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Fire damages a Blacksburg apartment...No one was injured.
And another fire damages a strip mall outside Lynchburg.
Both stories coming up.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And we'll hear what Roanoke's school superintendent thinks about S-O-L scores, as well as what changes will be made in the school system.
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A Flash Flood Watch is in effect in our area until 4 p-m today but the storms are dying down. Details coming up.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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News 7 at noon is next.

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Several residents were trapped inside their burning Blacksburg apartment this morning-- but no one was injured.
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[B-burg-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Good Afternoon. I'm Kimberly MCBroom. Firefighters say a fire this morning in a Blacksburg apartment complex was accidental.
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It started around nine in a second floor kitchen at the Ridgeview Apartments.
The flames and smoke spread quickly.
Several residents trapped inside were rescued by bystanders and sheriff's deputies.
No one was hurt.
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[SUPER=01-Indy Simpson/Witness;]

((INDY SIMPSON: WE RAN UP TO HELP AND WE COULDN'T GET IN. THERE WAS SO MUCH SMOKE, THE DOORS WERE LOCKED. WE STARTED TO BUST DOWN THE DOORS, BUT WE COULDN'T BUST THEM DOWN, BUT IN THE MEANTIME, WE PICKED UP ROCKS AND THREW THEM AT THE WINDOWS TO BREAK THEM TO MAKE SURE THAT IF THERE WERE CATS AND STUFF THEY COULD GET OUT.))
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Firefighters say it appears the fire started after a resident left a box of combustible items on top of a stove that was ON.
Six apartments were damaged by fire and smoke.
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[L'burg-Fire]


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Fire damaged a shopping center in Campbell County this morning.
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It took about three hours for firefighters to get the flames and smoke under control, at the strip mall on Ward's Road.
A mattress shop was destroyed. Some other businesses suffered minor damage.
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[IN Q=There were no injuries]

((KEITH JOHNSON/LYN-DAN FIRE CHIEF: THERE WERE NO INJURIES, EVERYBODY WAS EVACUATED. WE KNOW AN AREA OF ORIGIN BUT WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT THE CAUSE WAS QUITE YET.))
[SUPER=01-Keith Johnson/Lyn-Dan Fire Chief;]
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Four fire companies responded.
Authorities say Route 29 north will be down to one lane coming into Lynchburg until early this afternoon.
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[Roanoke-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Roanoke School Superintendent Wayne Harris is reporting improved test scores and a reorganization of his administration.
[Double Boxes=Kim ANCHOR/Joe Microwave]


Joe Dashiell is at the Addison Aerospace Magnet School this afternoon with more on the changes.
Joe, what did the Superintendent announce today?
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Joe adlibs
(rollcue... improve efficency and performance. )
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[IN Q=it effected a small]
[SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/Roanoke School Superintendent]
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[OUT Q=because of retirement.]
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Joe will adlib
[Out Q to VO: throughout the school system.]

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[Storm-Cleanup]


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It's cleanup day for people hardest hit by yesterday's flooding. One of those areas is along Starlight Drive ... between Clearbrook and Boone's Mill.
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Ruth Allen watched water from a nearby creek rise yesterday until it almost entered her home.
Firefighters couldn't reach her by road, so they came through the woods to make sure she and her family were OK.
A 10 year old girl who lives there is disabled.
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Nor far away, ground water got under Richard Brown's in-ground swimming pool, lifted the liner like a big balloon, and dumped a lot of the pool's water on his deck.
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[Convention]


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Dick Cheney will be in the spotlight at tonight's session of the Republican National Convention when he formally accepts the nomination for Vice President.
Meanwhile, Lee Cowan says the man vying for the TOP job arrived in Philadelphia this morning.
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[SUPER=203-Philadelphia, PA;]
[SUPER=201-George W. Bush/(R) Presidential Candidate;]
[SUPER=201-Sen. John McCain/(R) Arizona;]
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[SUPER=201-Lee Cowan/Reporting;]
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(LOCATOR: PHILADELPHIA)


GEORGE W BUSH ARRIVED IN PHILADELPHIA -- AN ENERGIZED CANDIDATE -- RIDING A WAVE OF POSITIVE POLLS NUMBERS .. AND HIS AIDES BEAMING OVER A CONVENTION THAT SO FAR HAS GONE JUST AS SCRIPTED.

((SOT: GEORGE W. BUSH, R-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE))

"IF ALL GOES WELL, YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE USA."

(SUPER: THIS MORNING)


SO FAR THE ONLY MISFORTUNE TO BEFALL THE EVENT IS THE HOSPITALIZATION OF FORMER PRESIDENT GERALD FORD -- ADMITTED ONCE LAST NIGHT FOR A SINUS INFECTION -- AND AGAIN THIS MORNING.
AS THE DELEGATES PREPARED TO OFFICIALLY NOMINATE GEORGE W BUSH TONIGHT, THE MESSAGE ON THE FLOOR HAS CONTINUED TO SUBTLEY REMIND VOTERS OF THE DIGNITY OF THE OFFICE.

((SOT: SEN. JOHN MCCAIN, R-AZ))

"We need to be less content ... "
SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN TOOK THE PODIUM LAST NIGHT ... GETTING A ROUSING ENDORSEMENT TO HIS ONE-TIME POLITICAL FOE.
TONIGHT DICK CHENEY WILL TAKE THAT PODIUM. FORMERLY ACCEPTING THE PARTY'S NOMINATION FOR VICE-PRESIDENT. HE TOO HAS PROMISED NOT TO SIT BY AND LET PARTISAN ATTACKS GO ANSWERED, BUT ALSO PROMISES AN UPLIFTING MESSAGE.

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((NAT - PROTESTS))
BUT THE POSITIVE MOOD ON THE CONVENTION FLOOR WAS TEMPERED BY PROTESTS OUTSIDE. 285 PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED YESTERDAY AS VIOLENT CLASHES ERUPTED JUST BLOCKS WHERE GEORGE W BUSH WILL BE STAYING TONIGHT. PHILADELPHIA POLICE ARE GEARING UP FOR MORE OF THE SAME TODAY.
((COWAN STANDUP))
AFTER ROAD-TESTING HIS CONVENTION THEME ON THE ROAD FORT THE LAST FEW DAYS, THE G-O-P SAYS THEIR CANDIDATE IS READY TO GIVE THE SPEECH OF HIS LIFE. IF EVERYTHING GOES AS PLANNED, GEORGE W BUSH WILL LEAVE THIS CONVENTION AHEAD IN THE POLLS ... AND LEAVE THE DEMOCRATS THE TASK OF CATCHING UP. ))

[Ford]


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Former President Gerald Ford is back in the same Philadelphia hospital where he was treated after last night's session of the Republican convention.
Officials say the 87- year-old has suffered a small stroke.
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Ford arrived at (HAH-nuh-muhn) University Hospital this morning.
Ford initially went to the hospital to be treated for a sinus infection, after being honored last night at the convention.
The doctor says Ford will be in the hospital for five or six days.
He was admitted this morning, complaining of balance problems.
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[D'ville-Schools]


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Danville residents will vote on a 16 million dollar bond referendum in November.
In a seven to one vote, City Council agreed to place it on the ballot.
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Council member David Luther was the only dissenter last night.
The money is needed to renovate G-W High School and Langston Focus Campus.
Some repairs are going on this summer but many say it's not enough.
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((PHILLIP SMITH/COUNCIL MEMBER: THE NAME GEORGE WASHINGTON IS AN INSTITUTION OF THIS CITY. IT IS THE HIGH SCHOOL IT HAS BEEN THE HIGH SCHOOL FOR 4 GENERATIONS OF DANVILLIANS. THAT BUILDING IS WORN OUT AND IT NEEDS TO BE REPAIRS.))
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((PETER CASTIGLIONE/COUNCIL MEMBER: WE'RE MOVING FORWARD. YOU ALL GET ON THE BAND WAGON AND FOLLOW DANVILLE BECAUSE WE'RE NOT FOLLOWING ANYBODY ELSE. AND THE ONLY WAY IS TO GET EVERYTHING UP TO PAR. WE CAN'T STAY WHERE WE ARE.))
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The bond referendum would mean a more than 9 cent real estate tax increase-- that's 93 dollars for real estate valued at 100 thousand dollars.
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[Wildfires]


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A dangerous blend of hot temperatures and high winds continue fueling the raging wildfires out west...
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This blaze began Monday night in Reno, Nevada.
Forestry officials say lightning ignited the fire that's burned 15- hundred acres so far.
Authorities have asked residents in the area to evacuate their homes as a precaution.
So far, the blaze has claimed six homes.
Firefighting efforts are coming from the air, as well as on the ground.
Helicopters are dropping water and chemicals.
Officials estimate the fire to be only 10- percent contained.
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[Gulf-Anniversary]


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It's been 10 years since Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, marking the beginning of the Persian Gulf War.
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Officials in Kuwait are drawing attention to the plight of more than 600 prisoners of war, whose whereabouts are unknown.
A burnt-out car and a badly damaged house have been turned into a war memorial.
The Pentagon says Kuwait remains free, but Iraq is still not living up to the cease-fire that ended the Gulf War.
The State Department, meanwhile, is calling on Saddam to allow U-N weapons inspectors to resume the monitoring work they've been prevented from doing since 19-98.
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[Edwards]


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Authorities have spoken with the 15- year old girl charged with murder in the death of a Franklin County man.
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Sarah Edwards was in juvenile court yesterday for her alleged role in the death of 41- year old Mike Campbell.
A sheriff's officials testified Edward gave investigators a statement saying she was there and knows what happened.


She'll be back in court on Friday.
Deputies say Campbell was shot several times in his bed.
26- year old Mickey Tex Rogers is also charged in Campbell's murder.
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[McDonalds-Suit]


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McDonalds' coffee is too hot--
That's according to a lawsuit customers have filed against the fast food chain in the U-K.
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McDonalds' is accused of knowingly serving tea and coffee at dangerously high temperatures.
The legal action comes after more than 40 people said they, or their children, were scalded by the drinks.
In a statement, McDonald's says its first concern is the safety of customers, and points out that all of its hot drinks are properly labeled, advising consumers to be "cautious".
Restaurant officials say they'll closely monitor the lawsuits.
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[Jewel-Theft]


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Two customers stopped a robbery in its tracks and saved a local jewelry store some 30- thousand dollars in merchandise.
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Their quick thinking was put to the test Monday night at Henebry's jewelry in Valley View Mall.
The manager was working with a customer when she noticed a man with his hand in a display case and yelled for him to stop.
The suspect tried to leave the store when customer Drew Settle grabbed the bag from him.
It turns out the bag contained thousands of dollars in diamond rings.
Police believe the suspect was able to open the display case using keys he'd stolen from another Henebry's store.
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((HEATHER RUTHERFORD/MANAGER: I'M GRATEFUL THEY WERE HERE, I'M GRATEFUL THEY ACTED AS QUICKLY AS THEY DID AND WERE ALERT TO WHAT WAS GOING ON FROM THE MINUTE I TURNED AROUND. DREW SETTLE/CUSTOMER: I DON'T KNOW, I JUST DID WHAT NEEDED TO BE DONE.))
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[SUPER=01-Drew Settle/Customer; :08 QUICK!!!]
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[OUT Q=to be done.]
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Settle's friend chased the suspect but was NOT able to catch him.
Police did arrest a woman who was allegedly with the would-be robber.
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[M'ville-Night]


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Martinsville held its first National Night out in the city.
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Yesterday, crews worked to prepare for this event.
They said they were excited but nervous about their first National Night Out event.
Many came for the free food, entertainment and other reasons.
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[IN Q=Socialize, get to know]

((CAPTAIN ROBERT RAMSEY/MARTINSVILLE POLICE: SOCIALIZE, GET TO KNOW YOU'RE NEIGHBORS AND THAT'S THE SECRET TO CRIME PREVENTION THE POLICE AND COMMUNITY WORKING TOGETHER AND THE COMMUNITY WORKING TOGETHER.))
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((STEVE DRAPER/MARTINSVILLE SHERIFF: WE CAN GET A LOT FROM CITIZENS INPUT THEN FROM US SEEING THINGS BECAUSE THOUSANDS OF PAIRS OF EYES ARE BETTER THAN HUNDREDS OF PAIRS OF EYES AND WHEN YOU BECOME FRIENDS AND THEY CAN TURN A LOT OF THINGS OVER TO US IN THEY WAYS OF CRIME.))
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[SUPER=01-Steve Draper/Martinsville Sheriff; :11]
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[OUT Q=ways of crime.]
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Many hope this becomes an annual tradition in Martinsville. (------------)