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Four area school districts are delaying the start of classes today.
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[Take Schoolwatch full]
Grayson County schools are on a ONE hour delay, but we just learned that Mt. Rogers elementary is closed.
In Smyth and Tazewell Counties, the delay is TWO hours. [Take next Schoolwatch page]
And Washington County schools are also on a TWO hour delay.
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Roanoke Police are investigating another shooting, and this time, whoever was firing the shots was very persistent.


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24 year old Randy Cabbler of Roanoke tells police he was driving down Staunton Avenue Northwest around 6:45 last night when someone repeatedly fired at him for several blocks.
Police say Cabbler managed to drive to the intersection of 5th and Orange Avenue when a tire on his car blew out. Cabbler apparently ran to a Holiday Inn Express at the intersection up Orange Avenue.
Cabbler's condition is not being released this morning. No word on suspects at this hour.
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[7Reverend-Crime]


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One local minister says Roanoke must look for ways to stop the recent wave of violence in the Star City.
Meredyth Censullo has the story.
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((4 murders since Christmas Eve .. 18-year-old Reaco Hilton shot to death at a Roanoke convenience store .. 2 others shot the next day, possibly in retaliation. Monique Swain stabbed to death the day after Christmas - allegedly by a 17-year-old girl Edward Anderson found dead New Years Eve at a local motel .. the woman he lived with charged with murder. And Charlene Ramsey, gunned down Tuesday in broad daylight - her friend, Rodney Basham, recovering from surgery after being shot several times. And then theres the 14-year-old girl who lost her life to a gun, possibly an accident, at this apartment complex New Years Eve.

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((REV. LEVI DENT: AND I'M HERE TO APPEAL, TO SEE WHAT CAN BE DONE...I'M ASKIN THEM TO STOP THE VIOLENCE...STOP THE VIOLENCE.))
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Reverend Levi Dent operates an outreach ministry .. He's concerned about what appears to be a rising number of violent crimes - especially among Roanoke's younger generations.

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((ONCE A PERSON LOSES THE AMBITION TO BE SOMEBODY, THEN THEY LOSE RESPECT FOR YOU AND FOR ME .. AND I'LL BE FRANK WITH YOU - ITS GETTING SCARED - ITS GETTING SCARY AND WE'RE JUST ABOUT HELD HOSTAGE IN OUR OWN COMMUNITY.))
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Dent says he's worried Roanoke's youth think "to die is to be a hero" - he wants to change that mindset. And he says he'll take his message to the streets.

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((THERES ENOUGH KILLING...ENOUGH BLOODSHED...ITS ENOUGH. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.))
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Meredyth Censullo, News 7, Roanoke. ))

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Turning now to weather--
Thursday promises to bring some sunshine by this afternoon...with highs in the upper 30s..




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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 1/05/01
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Classes will start late in four area school districts today, and one school is now closed.
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[Take Schoolwatch full]
Grayson County schools are on a ONE hour delay, with the exception of Mount Rogers Elementary, which is CLOSED today.
In Smyth and Tazewell Counties, the delay is TWO hours. [Take next Schoolwatch page]
And Washington County schools are also on a TWO hour delay.
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[45Mancuso]


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A former Roanoke Express General Manager, and his assistant, are charged with embezzling funds from the hockey team.
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A Roanoke grand jury indicted Tony Mancuso yesterday.
Mancusco was let go at the end of the 98-99 season, but the team's current G-M says the team didn't realize what had happened until Mancuso and his assistant, James (Higgin-both-um) Higginbotham had left.
Prosecutors say about 10 thousand dollars was embezzled from the Express between June of 1998 and June of 99.
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A nine-hour standoff means 30 years in prison for a Tennessee woman.
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21-year-old Angel Tanner pled guilty in September.
Her boyfriend Dennis Lewis got four life sentences for his role in the Wythe County standoff last Spring.
The couple's arrest ended a two-day crime spree that began in Tennessee and ended at the home of a Wythe County family last April.
Ricky and Toni Sexton were held hostage for nine hours.
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[4511Pain-Management]


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Going to the hospital may be less painful in the future. That's because hospitals here and across the country are now required to make pain relief a top priority when treating patients.
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That sounds good to Dan Pellitteri, who says getting adequate treatment for his chronic pain has made a big difference in his life.
Pellitteri crushed his vertebrae in a motorcycle accident -- and now has a metal cage in his back.
He could barely move before going to a pain specialist, who has helped make his pain bearable.
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((I'M ABLE TO GET UP, TAKE CARE OF MY KIDS. I MEAN FROM BEING IN A BODY BRACE, NOT ABLE TO DO ANYTHING I WAS SOLELY DEPENDENT ON MY WIFE FOR EVERYTHING))
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Doctor Jack Hutcheson says pain management is a major factor both in terms of helping patients heal and for assessing quality of life.
And he says the standards should help doctors treat pain more effectively.
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(( I BELIEVE WHAT THIS WILL DO IT WILL ENCOURAGE PHYSICIANS TO FEEL MORE FREE ABOUT ADEQUATELY TREATING PAIN AND REGARDING PAIN AS MAJOR PORTION OF THE CARE OF THE ONGOING CHRONIC PAIN PATIENT ))
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The commission will monitor the hospitals and those that fail to implement the new standards could lose their accreditation.

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Taking a break from the news now to check the forecast...
We'll start off the day with clouds, then see sunshine breaking through by this afternoon.
Expect highs in the upper 30s.




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The school day will begin a bit late for a few school systems in the area.
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[Take Schoolwatch full]
Grayson County schools are on a ONE hour delay.
But Mount Rogers Elementary School is closed today.
In Smyth and Tazewell Counties, the delay is TWO hours. [Take next Schoolwatch page]
And Washington County schools are also on a TWO hour delay.
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[8-Fatal-Accident]


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A Roanoke man is dead after being hit by a car. The accident happened around 11 last night in the 35-hundred block of Orange Avenue Northeast.Authorities say 35 year old Thomas Sidney Draper of Roanoke struck the pedestrian who was pronounced dead at the scene.
His identity has not been released. Police are investigating.

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Roanoke police are investigating yet another violent incident--
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24 year old Randy Cabbler of Roanoke tells police he was driving down Staunton Avenue Northwest around 6:45 last night when someone repeatedly fired at him for several blocks.
Police say Cabbler ran for help several blocks later a tire on his car blew out.
Cabbler's condition is not being released this morning. No word on suspects at this hour.
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[8Roanoke-Shooting]


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The suspect in a fatal shooting at a Roanoke Car shop is still at large--
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29-year-old Earl Allen Hale was indicted by the Roanoke grand jury on murder and firearms charges.
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He's accused of fatally shooting 27-year-old Charlene Ramsey outside Hot Rods Car Care. Police say Hale used to date Charlene Ramsey, and had harassed her on two occassions, including the day of her murder.
Hale is also accused of wounding Rodney Eugene Basham, the operator of "Hot Rods." Basham underwent surgery Tuesday - his condition isn't being released.
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[8I-73]


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A major supporter of I-73 has put in her two- cents' worth.
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Beth Doughty of the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce spoke to the Kiwannis club yesterday.
She says not only would the interstate bring economic benefits to the Roanoke Valley, but it would also be safer than US-220. Some I-73 opponents don't want the route going past the Blue Ridge Parkway- but Doughty says that shouldn't eliminate all construction options.
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((AND I HATE TO SEE THE BUILD OPTION OR THE POSSIBILITIES AND THE BENEFITS THAT COME FROM THE BUILD OPTION TO BE LOST IN A DEBATE OVER EXACTLY WHICH ROUTE THE ROAD IS GOING TO TAKE))
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A definite route for the highway that would connect South Carolina to Michigan cannot be made until a decision to build the highway is final.
The Commonwealth Transportation Board is expected to vote in the next few months.
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The public can offer input until January 12th.

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Shifting gears once more to weather--
Mostly cloudy early on, then turning mostly sunny later in the day.
Highs will be cooler today, in the upper 30s.




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