[7-11Cycle-Fatal]

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Funeral services will be held today for the Roanoke City Police officer who died over the weekend. Last night, family and friends paid their final respects to Connie Lee.
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Hundreds gathered inside the Hamlar and Curtis Funeral Home to pray and sing yesterday.
The 31 year old died early Sunday morning following a motorcycle accident Saturday night.
A one PM funeral service will be held today at the High Street Baptist Church in Roanoke for family and friends and then an additional private service and burial will take place near Alta Vista later this afternoon.
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[7-11Danville-Shooting]


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A school bus was dangerously close to a Danville intersection where a murder suicide was taking place.
Luckily, NO students were on board.
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Authorities say 35 year old Dennis Tanner took his estranged girlfriend, 34 year old Lisa Mays at gunpoint.
He forced her into a car and drove toward the intersection of Piney Forest and Parker Road.
Police officers were already near the scene after responding to 911 calls.
But when they got there Tanner allegedly shot Mays twice and turned the gun on himself.
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[SOT 2:02:06]
[IN Q=Immediatley they turned]

((MAJOR B.C. ELLIOTT/DANVILLE POLICE DEPT. : IMMEDIATELY THEY TURNED AROUND BEFORE THE VEHICLE STOPPED THEY HEARD SHOTS...THERE COULD HAVE BEEN MORE.))
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((RANDY KELLEY/ASST. SUPERINTENDENT FOR BUSINESS: WE ARRANGED FOR COUNSELORS BUT NO KIDS WITNESSED THE CRIME TO MY KNOWLEDGE.))
[SUPER=01-B. C. Elliott/Danville Police Department]
[SUPER=01-Randy Kelley/Asst. Business Superintendent]
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[OUT Q=to my knowledge.]
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Counselors will be on hand at Taylor Magnet school today. Authorities say the victims have three children that go to that school.
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[7-11Greenbrier-Casino]


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Greenbrier County, West Virginia may soon be the site of some Las Vegas style action.
Residents will vote this fall on whether to allow a casino to be built at the Greenbrier Resort.
Wednesday night, the County Commission voted unanimously to hold a referendum November 7th.
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The Greenbrier Resort hopes to open a Monte Carlo style casino in the space that served as a cold war bunker for members of Congress.
Greenbrier officials say the casino's purpose is to draw guests to the hotel during the winter. That would allow the resort to keep 300 part- time workers on the payroll year- round and create 75 full-time jobs.
Gambling opponents hope to organize churches and community groups in hopes of persuading voters to reject the proposed casino.
They fear that if gambling is allowed at The Greenbrier, other resorts in the state will want their own casinos.

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Taking a moment now to check your mid- week forecast...
Hazy and humid today with isolated storms...highs stay hot, reaching the lower 90s by afternoon.
Partly cloudy tonight with an evening storm.
Lows around 65.
Looking ahead to the next five days...
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[45-11Intermet]


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State Environmental Officials gave given the Intermet New River Castings company the green light to rebuild....
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The Department of Environmental Quality issued a new air permit allowing the plant to operate again ... under stricter air pollution standards.
The plant was destroyed in a March 5th gas explosion that killed three people.
Long before that, neighbors complained about its dust pollution.
The new air permit requires New River Castings AND the New River Foundry to drastically reduce dust emissions.
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[45-11Vinton-Police]


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The town of Vinton is reviewing applications in their search for a new police chief.
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The town has received 35 applications, 11 of those are from out of state.
Mayor elect Don Davis says everyone who has applied is highly qualified.
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[IN Q=A lot of them]

((DON DAVIS: A LOT OF THEM WITH MASTERS DEGREES BACHELORS DEGREES AND THEY ARE PATROLMEN ALL THE WAY UP TO CHIEF OF POLICE.))
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Town council is evaluating the applications and will begin interviewing the candidates in about two weeks.
A decision is hoped to be reached by next month.

[45-5-Power-Choice]


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It may be year 2002 before residents across the state have the option of choosing their own electricity supplier.


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But yesterday Virginia's Attorney General and the state N-Double-A-C-P hosted an informational meeting on electricity choice, as the Power companies opted for limited pilot programs.
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[IN Q=So that]
[SUPER=01-Salim Khalfani/Virginia NAACP;]
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[OUT Q=another company.]
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Virginia power starts pilot programs in the Richmond and Fairfax areas this fall. American Electric Power is still waiting for state approval for a small pilot program statewide, to start in October or November.
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[45-11Moment-Silence]


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Virginia's attorney general denies the Education Department is not avoiding a controversy over a moment of silence.
Mark Earley says at the beginning of the school year, students and parents will be informed of their right to pray during the moment of silence.
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[TAKE PINNACLE PAGE HERE]
Superintendent Jo Lynne DeMary says teachers should say "As we begin another day, let us pause for a moment of silence."
The attorney general's office says that will avoid Constitutional problems.
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But some lawmakers are upset over the wording, saying prayer should specifically be mentioned as an option.
The Attorney General's office says that IF a student asks, he or she should be told they CAN pray silently if they want.

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Let's take a break from the news to check the forecast...
Not much change from yesterday....hazy and humid, with isolated storms possible.
Highs reaching the low 90s.
Partly cloudy overnight, with an evening storm or two...lows around 65.
In the extended forecast.....
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When it comes to the Standards of Learning Tests, it looks like Lynchburg schools are going to get a good grade.

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The unofficial results of this year's testing show ten of the city's seventeen schools meet the state standards.


The rest are provisionally accredited but show areas that need improvement.
Superintendent Jim McCormick says the scores are encouraging, especially at the elementary level.
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[SOT 17:07:01]
[IN Q=We're extremely]

((JAMES MCCORMICK/LYNCHBURG SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: WE'RE EXTREMELY EXCITED THAT SIX OF OUR SCHOOLS ARE PROVISIONALLY ACCREDITED AND MEET STATE STANDARDS, AGAIN I'M ENCOURAGED THAT FIVE MORE ARE PROVISIONALLY ACCREDITED AND NEED SOME IMPROVEMENT. I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE 12TH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BUT AGAIN, WE WILL MAKE PROGRESS.))
[SUPER=01-James McCormick/Lynchburg School Superintendent]
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[OUT Q=will make progress.]
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The final test scores won't be available until August.
All state schools must meet the standards for accreditation by the year 2004.
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[8-11Cong-Races]


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Some Virginians privately have two words for Governor Jim Gilmore: (Roo-bull) "Ruble Hord."
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Hord's the G-O-P House candidate the Governor endorsed last year, only to see a backlash of support for maverick fellow Republican Panny Rhodes on election day.
Yesterday, as the Governor flew back from an Asian trade mission, Republicans reflected on his scorecard in Tuesday's congressional primiaries.
In the first district, Gilmore endorsed Paul Jost (JOAST).
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[SUPER=01-Paul Jost/(R) Failed Candidate; ]
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[OUT Q=endorsed me.]
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That prompted negative attacks that Jost thinks sent fellow Republican Joann Davis to victory.
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In the third district around Richmond, Gilmore's pick won by fewer than 300 votes out of 41 thousand.
His opponent is NOT asking for a recount.
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[IN Q=My heart is]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Steve Martin/(R) Failed Candidate; ]
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[OUT Q=were stressed.]
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V-C-U political analyst Bob Holsworth says the results for Gilmore merely show that voters don't care too much about high profile endorsements.

[8-11Hedrick]


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A Pittsylvania County man who was convicted of manslaughter and D-U-I will NOT be spending time in jail.
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[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./October 1999]
In October 1999, Kenneth Wayne Hedrick crossed the center line on Mount Cross Road and hit an oncoming car---kil

ling the other driver.
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A jury found Hedrick guilty last night but did not recommend any jail time-- just a 5 hundred dollar fine.

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Let's check the forecast once more before we wrap up this morning...
Continued hot, hazy, and humid with some isolated storms.
Highs near 90.
Partly cloudy tonight with more storms possible and lows near 65.
In the extended forecast.....
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