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[**ANCHOR TAG**] The community holds the fate of the Roanoke Academy for Mathematics and Science. The Roanoke City School Board is trying to decide whether to invest 7-point-five million dollars to renovate the school, or spend 10-million to build a new one. Meredyth Censullo has more.
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(( Roanoke Academy was built in the 40s - as a junior high. Two reason's why the school board is looking to invest millions - an out of date building suited for older children, not the preschool and elementary students that learn here now.

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((MAC McCADDEN: IT WAS BUILT FOR STUDENTS A LITTLE BIT OLDER, LEGS A LITTLE LONGER, STAIRS A LITTLE LONGER THAN WOULD BE FOR ELEMENTARY AGE CHILDREN AND I LOOK AT IT THAT WAY AND I THINK MAYBE THE BEST THING FOR THIS AREA, COMMUNITY IS THAT WE DEMOLISH THIS SCHOOL.)) [RUNS:18]
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Superintendent Wayne Harris says that's one option he's offering up to parents, teachers and the community - Build a new school... Or fix up the old one, adding new classrooms and a media center and renovating the auditorium, gym and cafeteria. That option appeals to some who want to preserve the school's history.

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((PATRICIA PRICE: LEAVE IT HERE, RENOVATE IT, BECAUSE IF YOU BUILD ANOTHER BUILDING IT WILL NOT BE ROANOKE ACADEMY...THIS IS THE ACADEMY.)) [RUNS:07]
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If the School Board decides to build a new school, they're faced with another dilemma - construct it here, or ask the city if they can build it in adjacent Kennedy Park for use as a community facility. Superintendent Harris says that option would ALSO go to the community for feedback. Meredyth Censullo, News7, Roanoke.))
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The last of several public hearings will held today at Roanoke Academy at 3:30. Superintendent Harris says he WILL make a recommendation to the school board tonight.

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Roanoke residents can also help determine the city's future tonight.
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City council is revising its comprehensive plan, which determines the next 20 years. Residents can choose where they want new housing and which neighborhoods they want preserved. They can also target locations for new businesses and new parks. Or, they could talk about cultural needs in the city.
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((I THINK THERE'S A LOT OF PENTUP DEMAND AND ENERGY IN THE CITIZENRY TO BE A PART OF THAT PROCESS. WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO HAVING A LOT OF CITIZENS PARTICIPATE.))
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Tonight's meeting starts at 7 at the Civic Center. Roanoke residents will also get a survey in the mail as part of the new Roanoke city magazine.
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Taking a look now at the forecast..
Mostly sunny and breezy today with highs warming into the mid 60s..
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Authorities found a dead woman's body in a car in Floyd County early yesterdy morning.
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Investigators found the body in the trunk of a junked car near an abandoned house off Sandy Flats Road.
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They're not releasing her name or the details of how she was killed, because they say it could compromise the investigation.
Sources tell News-7 that it was an 18-year-old woman from Pennsylvania who had been missing for several days. Investigators believe her body may have been in the trunk for one to two days.
It's been sent to the medical examiner's office in Roanoke for an autopsy and full identification.
Investigators say no one who lives near where the body was found is a suspect.
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[45-11Lynchburg-Registrar]


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Lynchburg's voter registrar says their new location at the Department of Motor Vehicles is persuading more people registered to vote.
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The registrar's office moved to the D-M-V last month to make it easier for people to register to vote.
In their first day, the staff signed up more new voters than they had in six months at City Hall.
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((ANNE- MARIE MIDDLESWORTH/LYNCHBURG VOTER REGISTRAR: I THINK THAT WE ARE STILL SERVING THE PUBLIC OUT HERE THAT WOULD ALREADY BE COMING TO THIS OFFICE, AND WE STILL HAVE THAT ACCESSIBILITY AT CITY HALL WITH VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS THERE FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN'T GET OUT HERE, SO I THINK WE'RE TRYING TO COVER OUR BASES IN BOTH LOCATIONS.))
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There also are 17 other locations where Lynchburg residents can pick up registration forms.
The deadline for registering in the November election is 5 p-m today.
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You can learn more about the voter registration process today on News 7 at Noon.[45-11Korean-Vet]


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The Daughters of the American Revolution in Danville paid tribute to Korean War veterans.
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It was 50 years ago when American troops first fought in Korea.
Fifth district congressman, Virgil Goode, dedicated a U-S flag and State Senator Charles Hawkins dedicated a Virginia State flag.
22 Americans from Pittsylvania County and Danville died during the conflict. Many veterans say they're proud of serving but there are many memories they would like to forget.
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((CARLTON DUNN/KOREAN WAR VETERAN: THERE'S SO MUCH...HAVING TO SLEEP IN MUD HOLES. YOUR FOX HOLE WAS FULL OF WATER HALF THE TIME. AND YOU DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WAS COMING OVER THE HILL HALF THE TIME OR WITH IN THE NEXT FEW MINUTES. A LOT OF PEOPLE WENT THROUGH A LOT OF STUFF OVER THERE.))
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The Korean War lasted from 1950 to 1953.
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Turning to the forecast once again--
Expect a nice warm- up for the afternoon...with highs in the mid 60s under mostly sunny skies.,


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Additional flights and lower airfares could arrive in Roanoke as early as next month.
Potomac Air will soon make its home at Roanoke Regional Airport.
Jennifer Miele has the story.
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(( Roanoke Regional Airport spent $800,000 revamping what it calls "hangar four." U.S. Airways used to do maintenance there, but pulled out three years ago.
Before Roanoke Regional started looking for a new tenant, Potomac Air landed a deal.
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((JACQUELINE SHUCK/ROANOKE REGIONAL AIRPORT: WE'VE DONE A LOT OF WORK OVER THE LAST YEAR AND WERE ABOUT TO GO OUT AND START TO HEAVILY RECRUIT AND FIND AN OPERATOR TO COME IN, WHEN THEY SORT OF APPROACHED US FIRST.))
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Potomac Air will service Washington, D.C. traffic.
The new airline is a subsidiary of U.S. Airways. If the merger between U.S. Airways and United Airlines goes through, officials say Potomac Air could grow faster than anyone anticipated.
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((JACQUELINE SHUCK/ROANOKE REGIONAL AIRPORT: WE'RE VERY HOPEFUL, IN TIME, IT WILL GROW INTO REGIONAL JET, MAYBE FULL SIZE JET SERVICE.)) [RUNS06]
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Potomac Air is hiring pilots, flight attendants, mechanics, dispatchers and crew schedulers immediately.
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((JACQUELINE SHUCK/ROANOKE REGIONAL AIRPORT: IT'S ALWAYS GOOD TO HAVE A TENANT WHO IS AN AIRLINE DOING MAINTENANCE THERE. IT INCREASES THE LIKELIHOOD OF PLANES COMING IN. THEY DON'T LIKE BRINGING THEM IN AND GOING OUT EMPTY. IF AT ALL POSSIBLE, WE'RE VERY HOPEFUL THAT IN TIME IT WILL GROW INTO MORE AIR SERVICE.))
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[RUNS15] [STAND UP] ((JENNIFER MIELE/REPORTING: POTOMAC AIR OPERATIONS WILL BEGIN AS EARLY AS NOVEMBER. A NEW AIRLINE COULD BE JUST WHAT ROANOKE REGIONAL NEEDS TO TAKE OFF. JENNIFER MIELE, NEWS 7, ROANOKE.)) ))

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Federal funds will finance new safety technology on Interstate 81.
The House has passed the final version of a bill that provides three million dollars.
Senate approval and President Clinton's signature are expected.
The money would help pay for instruments along 81 that would determine road hazards such as bad weather or congestion and signs to warn drivers.

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Virginia's parental notification law also applies to the abortion pill, R-U-486. Attorney General Mark Earley made that ruling yesterday.
The Food and Drug Administration approved the abortion pill late last month. Earley had his staff evaluate the law in light of the F-D-A's action. Virginia is one of 32 states with parental notice or consent laws for minors seeking abortions -- but it's one of the

FIRST to say its law also applies to R-U-486.[8WEATHER]


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Checking your forecast now...
Mostly sunny and breezy today with a steady warm-up this afternoon....highs in the mid 60s.
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