[Thomas]

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The man charged with the murder of Tara Munsey in January was in a Pulaski courtroom today.
Prosecutors presented the case against Jeffrey Allen Thomas before a general district court judge.
[Double Boxes=Kimberly ANCHOR/Marya Starlink]


Marya Jones was in the courtroom this morning.
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[Church-Avenue]


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A Roanoke jury has just begun deliberating in the Church Avenue arson trial.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke, May 18, 1998;]


Only one person has ever been convicted of setting the fire that killed six people two years ago.
That man became the prime witness against another person on trial this week in Roanoke circuit court.
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[Double Boxes=Kimberly ANCHOR/Keith Microwave]


Keith Humphrey is at the courthouse where the attorneys have just completed their closing arguments in the case.


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[Bedford-Standoff]


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Police in Bedford are involved in a standoff at this hour.
There's little information at this point as to what led up to it.
The incident started around 10, near the Carder-Tharp funeral home on North Bridge Street.
A tactical team from the county sheriff's office has been called in to assist, along with Virginia State Police.

We'll have more details as they become available.

[Fralin]


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The teenager who accidentally killed his friend in a high speed police chase was in court today.
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Josh Fralin may be released today if his family can afford to pay a 25-thousand-dollar bond. He is charged with involuntary manslaughter and refusing to stop for police. He sped through downtown Rocky Mount last weekend before driving off the road into a ditch. Police say he'd been drinking. His passenger -- 16-year-old A-J Perdue -- died. Fralin's trial is July 27th.

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Authorities in Pittsylvania County say four dogs attacked an 11-year-old boy last night.
Two chow dogs and two German Shepherds bit the boy on the leg, arm and throat.
He was taken to a hospital in High Point, North Carolina.
No word on his condition.
The incident took place near the boy's home on Medical Center Drive in the Axton area.
Animal control officers and sheriff's deputies are looking for the dogs.

[Bakersfield-Crash]


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A U-S Marshal and three federal prisoners died in a fiery crash
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just north of Bakersfield, California.
Another four people were seriously injured in the accident that involved two semi- trucks and several other vehicles.
There was heavy rain when the crash occurred yesterday afternoon.
Highway patrol officials say one of the semi's might have blown a tire that set off the chain reaction accident.

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[Forest-Ax]


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Four people were sent to the hospital following two accidents in Bedford County. One of those included a local volunteer fire chief.
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36- year- old Buddy Russell was responding to the first accident yesterday when his car collided with a schoolbus on Route 811 in Forest.
Authorities say other cars had pulled over when they saw Russell's vehicle, but the bus couldn't stop in time.
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Russell was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital with a broken leg.
There were 26 children on the bus, but none was hurt.
Police say charges against the driver, Hilda Bryant, are pending.
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[Boty-Schools]


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The Botetourt County Board of Supervisors has voted to open Greenfield Elementary this fall.
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The school board's decision came after the Board Supervisors decided to allocate more than 325-thousand toward the half-million- dollar project.
The school board must now come up with the remaining money. It already has 100 thousand on hand.
But this will mean more budget cuts.
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((JIM RUHLAND/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: WE'VE GOT ABOUT 48-THOUSAND THAT NEEDS TO BE CUT FROM THE BUDGET AND WE'VE CONTINUED TO CUT FROM THE VERY BEGINNING))
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((DR. JACK THOMAS/SUPERINTENDENT: THE OTHER CUTS PROBABLY WON'T IMPACT STUDENT WISE. THEY'LL BE MORE ALONG THE LINES OF TRAVEL. I'M ALSO THINKING IN STAFF DEVELOPMENT AND IT DOES IMPACT THE CHILDREN. BUT IT WON'T BE AN IMMEDIATE IMPACT))
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[SUPER=01-Dr. Jack Thomas/Superintendent]
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The school board will make its final budget decision June 30th.
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[Corning]


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Union workers at the Blacksburg Corning plant have ratified a new three- year contract.
The agreement includes annual wage increases, plus improvements in the retirement plan and other benefits.
The Corning plant manufactures ceramic cores for automobile catalytic converters. Its customers include every major car manufacturer in the world. The new labor agreement between Corning and the American Flint Glassworkers Union takes effect immediately. It runs through July 2003.

[Columbine]


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Now that a judge has ordered the release of tapes showing the Columbine High School massacre, the public can buy them.
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The tapes from security cameras in the school cafeteria are now on sale.
Viewers can watch the drama unfold-- beginning at 11-20 A-M on April 20th, 19-99 when the first shots rang out.
Several detonations that ignited fires were also captured on the tapes.
The recording also shows Eric Harris in white, Dylan Klebold in black surveying the crime scene before turning the guns on themselves.
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[Gun-Control]


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Florida is ranked THIRD in the nation for people killed by firearms.
It ranks FIFTH for the deaths of children under the age of 19.
As Bill McGinty reports, residents are "taking steps" to push for responsible gun ownership.
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[Gates-Foundation]


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Microsoft chairman Bill Gates has made headlines this week with the company's anti- trust case.
But the software tycoon is receiving attention for a new scholarship program that's helping a local student continue her education.
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[SUPER=03-Seattle, WA;]


The Gates Millennium Scholars initiative provides financial aid to high- achieving minority students.
23- year- old Brandy Rutledge from Chatham is one of the recipients.
Rutledge is pursuing a P-H-D from Virginia Commonwealth University.
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((BRANDY RUTLEDGE/GATES MILLENNIUM SCHOLAR: I WOULD LIKE TO THANK BILL AND MELINDA GATES FOR BASICALLY, BEING A TESTIMONY THAT HOLDING ON TO YOUR DREAMS AND NEVER LETTING THEM GO REALLY DOES PAY OFF. ))
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((BILL GATES/MICROSOFT CHAIRMAN: IF YOU LOOK AT THE VERY TALENTED KIDS THAT SHOULD HAVE THE OPPORTUNITIES THERE'S A LOT OF BARRIERS PUT IN FRONT OF THEM, MANY OF THOSE ARE FINANCIAL.))
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The program will give financial assistance to a thousand new students each year, over a 20- year period.
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[Anchor=Kimberly]

Patrick returns with Growin It after this.

[Growin-It]


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[Sponsor Open]

Fresh vegetables are coming in from all over, and you can find an abundance of locally and regionally grown produce right on the Roanoke City Farmer's market.
I went down to check out the selection that's now available, and what's coming in soon.

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