[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


UP next on News 7--
Drivers will have to let up on the accelerators a bit, starting next Friday.
Officials have lowered the speed limit on a 14- mile stretch of Interstate -81.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And the Roanoke County School Board elects a new chairman and chooses a name for the new south county high school.

[ANCHOR=Shannon]
(ad lib weather)
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Plus we'll have a preview of a new play featuring Winnie the Pooh that's written and produced by a local man. [2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Start your Friday with us-- News 7 Mornin is next.

[County-Schools]


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Last night was a busy one for members of the Roanoke County School Board.
They elected a new chairman, selected a name for the new south county high school, moved the testing schedule for the standards of learning, raised substitute teacher pay and floated a new proposal for the early retirement incentive plan.
Mike Stovall is the new chairman, and board members chose Hidden Valley High as the name for the new school. They moved S-O-L testing dates by about two weeks to give teachers and students more time to review material. And they raised substitute teacher pay to 75 dollars a day.
The new early retirement proposal would offer current retirees a 20 percent supplement for seven years. The board will vote on that compromise at its next meeting in two weeks.

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Henry County's plan to consolidate high schools is on hold for now.
The school board decided yesterday to study the issue more.
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[SUPER=03-Henry Co./Monday]


This week, hundreds turned out for two public hearings on the plan.
It involves consolidating four of the high schools into two.
But there's a lot of opposition to the plan, including a fear that some kids will be on the school bus for more than an hour.
So Board members plan to actually ride the bus routes to see first-hand if that's true.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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The School board hopes to finish further study on the plan by the end of the school year.

[1181-Speed]


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Beginning next Friday you'll have to slow down on Interstate 81. The speed limit along
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN MAP] a 14 mile stretch between Salem and Cloverdale in Botetourt County will go from 65 miles per hour to 60.
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[Anchor=Kim]
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Kate Weidaw explains why the change is happening and tells us some drivers aren't to happy about the speed reduction.


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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/VDOT Spokesperson; :23]
[SUPER=01-Lisa Arthur/Driver; :41]
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((Traffic on interstate 81 can get backed up quickly between Salem and Botetourt County.
[NAT SOUND TRAFFIC]
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((LAURA BULLOCK: IN THE ROANOKE AREA WE HAVE INTERCHANGES THAT ARE REAL CLOSE TO EACH OTHER THERE IS A LOT OF MERGING AND WEAVING GOING ON.))
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So in order to make the interstate safer VDOT has decided to lower the speed limit from 65 to 60 miles per hour.

[SOT 3:04:40]
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((LAURA BULLOCK: WITH THE AMOUNT OF TRAFFIC COMING THROUGH THE TRUCKS THE COMMUTERS THE THROUGH TRAFFIC IT JUST SEEMS TO BE THE BEST THING TO DO IS LOWER THE SPEED LIMIT A BIT AND HAVE A BIT MORE CONTROL WITH THEIR VEHICLES WHEN THEY ARE DRIVING THROUGH.))
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But not everyone is excited about the change. Lisa Arthur drives the interstate everyday to get to and from work.

[SOT 3:47:43]
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((LISA ARTHUR: I THINK IT WILL BE JUST AS BAD BECAUSE EVERYBODY TRAVELS AT A DIFFERENT RATE OF SPEED ON THE INTERSTATE ANYWAY.))
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Others are asking what will a reduction of five miles per hour do?

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((DAVID SPATH: I THINK PEOPLE ARE GOING TO GO THEIR OWN SPEED AND IT WON'T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE.))
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But as of January 19-th the 65 mile per hour signs along the 14 mile stretch will be history.
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((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: NEW SIGNS WILL GO UP WITHIN THE NEXT FEW DAYS AND WILL BE UNVEILED NEXT FRIDAY.
VDOT WILL REEVALUATE THE SPEED LIMIT REDUCTION IN A YEAR TO SEE IF FEWER ACCIDENTS OCCUR AND IF CONGESTION IS REDUCED.))
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[11-77-Safety]


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Changes are also scheduled for Interstate 77.
Highway crews in Virginia and North Carolina are installing four message boards on the road near the state line.
They'll be linked to a weather station on Fancy Gap Mountain where weather often quickly turns treacherous.
The signs will be up next year.

[CA-Power]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Everything from Mother Nature's fury to de- regulation is being blamed for California's power crisis.
Rolling blackouts in neighborhoods are possible alternatives for the energy- starved state.
But for now, federal and state officials say hydro- electric power is picking up the slack.
Manuel Gallegus has more.
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[SUPER=01-Kellen Fluckiger/California Power Grid; :39]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC; 1:07]
[SUPER=01-Bill Richardson/Energy Secretary; 1:18]
[SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/Reporting; 1:38]
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((

(NATS)

With California being slammed by a winter storm, the Golden States power system went into "shock". The wild weather and other problems, like maintenance, forced generating plant after generating plant off-line.
One example, the Diablo canyon nuclear power plant power output was cut 80 percent, because high surf pounded its intake valves..
EVEN before the statewide storm, California was facing a severe energy shortage. Now officials have declared a Stage Three emergency, which could bring rolling blackouts, and the loss of power temporarily to about two million people, mostly in northern California.

(SOT: Kellen Fluckiger/Cal. Power Grid )


planned blackouts are a desperate final step to protect the entire power grid from collapsing. Neighborhood by neighborhood, power companies would cut the power for an hour or so. It could be the most severe action yet in the power crisis gripping the Nations most populated state.

(NATS)
(TRACK)

In Washington, Clinton Administration officials said they were calling a crisis meeting. The Secretary of Energy insists relief would only come after California provides a conservation plan.

(SOT: Bill Richardson, Energy Secretary)

"I've asked the state of California to develop a conservation program, 5 percent; my understanding is that they're doing that. Should this happen, should this be a good program, I would seriously consider extending my order, for a few more days, until we get all the parties to come forth with, with a solution."
(TRACK)


some are already taking conservation seriously. Cal poly Pomona closed the campus to its 19-thousand students in an effort to conserve...
(STANDUP)

Californias electricity system has been stressed for months. Deregulation is blamed. Instead of bringing lower rates, its an experiment consumers, businesses and state officials wish they could now end.

))[AOL-Merger]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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But first in business news--
It's been a year in the making.
Now, A-O-L and Time Warner have sealed the deal for their 106- billion- dollar merger.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]


The F-C-C okayed the deal last night for creation of the nation's largest media empire.
It'll include outlets like A-O-L Internet service, C-N-N, H-B-O, and Time Magazine.
The F-C-C approved the deal after requiring the companies to take modest steps to open A-O-L's widespread instant messaging service to rival providers, over Time Warner's cable lines.
The new business will be called A-O-L Time Warner.
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[Anchor=Kimberly]
[SS=None]

But first, Here's an early look at the Stock Market.



(Kimberly tosses to stocks)

[STOCKS] [COMM] ((Archive:))

[Saldivar]


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The so-called "Angel of Death" has two more weeks to decide his plea.
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[SUPER=03-Glendale, CA;]


Attorneys postponed the arraignment of Efrin Saldivar, the former respiratory therapist accused of killing several patients in California.
Family members of the victims walked out of the courtroom yesterday, shortly after hearing the news.
Prosecutors have accused Saldivar of poisoning six patients.
He told police he was "an angel of death" who helped elderly people die.
But a month later, Saldiver said he lied.
When they go back to court, prosecutors say they might seek the death penalty.
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[11Tech-Embezzlement]


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A former Virginia Tech professor has admitted he embezzled 34-thousand dollars from the university using his state-issued credit card.
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[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]


58-year-old George (Ly-bee) Libey was a professor in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Prosecutors say he charged personal expenses on his Tech credit card and submitted false invoices to the university.
The purchases ranged from a ladies' ring to upgrades for his van.
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Under a plea agreement, Libey received 10 years' probation.
He'll have to repay the money.

[11Lewis-Gale]


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Lewis Gale-Clinic is taking two of its former physicians to court saying they violated the "no-compete clause" in their contracts.
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[SUPER=03-Salem]


The clinic asked a judge to keep Doctors Gregory Reibel (Ree-bul) and Preston Waldrop from practicing in the area until a final ruling in the case.
But the judge denied that request.
The Clinic says the doctors violated the employment agreement after opening a new medical practice in direct competition with the clinic.
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[SOT6:31:37]
[IN Q=We've invested]

((JON NESS/CEO LEWIS GALE CLINIC:WE'VE INVESTED SIGNIFICANT RESOURCES IN HELPING THEM DEVELOP A PRACTICE AND IT HAS HAD AND CONTINUE TO HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE CLINIC AND IS UNFAIR TO REST OF THE PHYSICIANS WHO ARE HONORING THEIR COMMITMENTS AND THEIR CONTRACTS ))
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The judge also refused the doctors request to dismiss the case.
But the doctors' attorney says his clients are pleased with the ruling because they can continue to see their patients.
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[SOT6:35:47]
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((MIKE URBANSKI/DOCTORS' ATTORNEY:THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT THESE DOCTORS ARE TAKING CARE OF SURGICAL PATIENTS AND I THINK FOR THE GOOD OF COMMUNITY AND THE GOOD OF THE PATIENTS THAT THIS MATTER BE RESOLVED AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE ))

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The clinic has 15 days to appeal the decision to the Virginia Supreme Court.
The clinic's board will make that determination.
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[Health-Check]


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In medical news, Doctor Dave Hnida has some tips on how to stick with your exercise regiman in this morning's Health check.
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((Information:

ITS A TERM NO ONE LIKES TO HEAR- OR FOR THAT MATTER BE CALLED:: EXERCISE DROP OUT. BUT THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS 4 OUT OF 5 PEOPLE WHO TAKE UP A NEW EXERCISE PROGRAM WILL QUIT WITHIN 60 DAYS.
IF YOU'RE JUST STARTING OUT- HOW CAN YOU KEEP WITH THE PROGRAM.
NUMBER ONE- DON'T EXERCISE EVERY DAY. TRYING TO DO TOO MUCH TOO SOON NOT ONLY SETS YOU UP FOR INJURY- ITS ALSO SETS YOU UP FOR BURNOUT. TAKE YOUR TIME WHEN STARTING OUT- GIVE YOUR BODY A CHANCE TO ADAPT TO THE EXTRA WORK YOU'RE GIVING IT. YOU MAY EVEN WANT TO SET A SCHEDULE- SAY WORKING OUT EVERY OTHER DAY. THAT WAY YOU DON'T FEEL GUILTY WHEN YOU TAKE A DAY OFF. ANOTHER GOOD IDEA IS TO WRITE DOWN YOUR SCHEDULE ON A CALENDAR- AND WHILE YOU'RE AT IT- KEEP A LOG OF WHAT YOU'VE DONE- FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF. .
NEXT- MAKE EXERCISE FUN. IF WORKING OUT IS LIKE A ROOT CANAL- YOU'LL NEVER STICK WITH IT. FIND SOMETHING YOU LIKE TO DO- OR BETTER YET A VARIETY OF THINGS YOU LIKE TO DO. ITS HARD TO KEEP ON DOING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER.
FINALLY- KNOW YOUR COMFORT ZONE. A WORKOUT SHOULDN'T BE PAINFUL OR LEAVE YOU WIPED OUT. IF YOU'RE A BEGINNER- CHOOSE SOMETHING EASY . AND BY ALL MEANS FORGET ABOUT TARGET HEART RATES AND OTHER FANCY FORMULAS.. THE MAIN THING YOU NEED TO REMEMBER IS DOING SOMETHING IS BETTER THAN DOING NOTHING.))
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[2-HEADLINES]
[2-shot=KMC/SYO]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


His fellow Republicans are throwing a wrench into Governor Jim Gilmore's plan to cut the car tax.
A committee has killed a major funding mechanism for Gilmore's budget... meaning the car tax cut might be frozen for a year.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


Start next Friday, you'll have to slow down on one part of Interstate 81.
The speed limit on the a stretch between Salem and Cloverdale in Botetourt County will drop from 65 miles per hour to 60.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And for the first time ever, Oklahoma executes a woman.
The woman was put to death last night for killing her lesbian lover.
Meanwhile, death penalty opponents say she was mentally retarded.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Friday, January 12th .
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.



[11XGR]


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Governor Jim Gilmore has already been dealt a blow by his own party concerning his plan to cut the car tax.
The Republican chairman was careful to say it's NOT a thumb in the eye to the Governor.
But yesterday, his committee killed a major funding mechanism for Gilmore's budget... meaning the car tax cut might be frozen for a year.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


Southside Senator Charles Hawkins carried the bill for the Governor that would take tobacco settlement money up front in a one-time payment.
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But the lump sum would shrink the overall tobacco payout.
The committee voted 15 to 1 to kill the bill-- which could freeze the Governor's car tax cut for a year.
And the Senators were shocked to hear revenue growth is at just one and half percent.
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[SUPER=01-Sen. John Chichester/(R) Stafford Co.; ]
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The Governor's tobacco borrowing scheme is still alive in the House... but would face the same Senate committee.

[Bush]


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In the nation's capital, President- Elect Bush is still choosing Cabinet members that are attracting controversy.

But confirmation hearings are going well for at least ONE of them.
Stephen Clark has the story.
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[SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :00]
[SUPER=01-Elaine Chao/Labor Secretary Designate; :14]
[SUPER=01-Lori Cole/Eagle Forum Exec. Director; :35 Mighty Quick]
[SUPER=01-Sen. John Warner/(R) Virginia; :51]
[SUPER=01-Stephen Clark/Reporting; :59]
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LOCATOR: WASHINGTON, DC

(NAT off top 14:49:0: I welcome Elaine to our Cabinet, as well)


PRESIDENT-ELECT BUSH MOVED QUICKLY TO NAME A NEW LABOR SECRETARY NOMINEE. TAIWAN-BORN ELAINE CHAO WAS THE DIRECTOR OF THE PEACE CORP UNDER PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH AND A DEPUTY TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR.

(SOT: Elaine Chao/Labor Secretary Designate: 14:51:23 I look forward to

ensuring that America's workforce continues to compete successfully in the global economy)
HER NOMINATION IS LIKELY TO ANGER LIBERALS BECAUSE OF HER CRITICISM OF AFFIRMATIVE ACTION.
MR. BUSH'S NOMINATION OF JOHN ASHCROFT FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL CONTINUES TO ATTRACT HEAT FROM THE LEFT...NOW REPUBLICAN SENATOR JOHN KYL AND CONSERVATIVE GROUPS ARE COMING TO ASHCROFT'S DEFENSE.

SOT: Lori Cole/Executive Director, Eagle Forum 11:40: "Perhaps the left

fears a qualified attorney general." (03)

(natsound of rumsfeld 11:08:50 decisions have been made)


FORTUNATELY FOR Mr. BUSH, THE CONFIRMATION HEARINGS FOR DEFENSE SECRETARY NOMINEE DONALD RUMSFELD ARE GOING SWIMMINGLY.

(SOT 10:18:55 He is a extremely well qualified d nominee for this

position. (05)
(SOT 10:21:39 Sen. John Warner: You have the character, the honesty to

do this job second to none. (05)
STAND-UP TAG: ALMOST LOST IN THE SHUFFLE OF HIS VISIT, THE PRESIDENT-ELECT DREW AGAIN FROM HIS FATHER'S ADMINISTRATION TAPPING ROBERT ZOELLICK AS U-S TRADE REPRESENTATIVE. BUSH IS NOW HEADED BACK IN TEXAS, WHERE HE'S EXPECTED TO REMAIN UNTIL NEXT WEEKEND'S INAUGURATION. ))

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Members of the Roanoke County School Board took care of a lot business last night.
They elected a new chairman, selected a name for the new south county high school, moved the testing schedule for the standards of learning, raised substitute teacher pay and floated a new proposal for the early retirement incentive plan.
Mike Stovall is the new chairman, and board members chose Hidden Valley High as the name for the new school. They moved S-O-L testing dates by about two weeks to give teachers and students more time to review material. And they raised substitute teacher pay to 75 dollars a day.
The new early retirement proposal would offer current retirees a 20 percent supplement for seven years. The board will vote on that compromise at its next meeting in two weeks.

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You will soon notice a speed limit reduction along one part of Interstate 81.
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN MAP] Beginning next Friday, a 14 mile stretch between Salem and Cloverdale in Botetourt County will go from 65 miles per hour to 60.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]

VDOT has decided to lower the speed limit in order to make the interstate safer.
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[SOT 3:04:40]
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((LAURA BULLOCK: WITH THE AMOUNT OF TRAFFIC COMING THROUGH THE TRUCKS THE COMMUTERS THE THROUGH TRAFFIC IT JUST SEEMS TO BE THE BEST THING TO DO IS LOWER THE SPEED LIMIT A BIT AND HAVE A BIT MORE CONTROL WITH THEIR VEHICLES WHEN THEY ARE DRIVING THROUGH.))
[SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/VDOT Spokesperson;]
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[VO-NAT]


New signs will go up in the next few days, but they won't be unveiled until next Friday.
VDOT says it will re-evaluate the speed limit reduction in a year.
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V-Dot also hopes to untangle Exit 150 in Daleville.
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[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co. ]


V-Dot discussed a re-routing US 11 and 220 yesterday at the Courthouse in Fincastle.
No specific plans have been made yet, but many voiced concerns that the re-route would harm local businesses.
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[IN Q=WE WANTED TO]

((GERALD BURGESS/BOTETOURT CO. ADMINISTRATOR; WE WANTED TO MAKE A POINT TO THEM TODAY THAT WE STILL HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT THE ELIMINATION OF BUSINESSES AND THE RESULTING IMPACT ON BOTETOURT COUNTY'S TAX BASE))
[SUPER=01-Gerald Burgess/Botetourt Co. Administrator]
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V-dot does not have a definite route for US 11 yet. They will consult land and business owners before they go further with the idea.
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[IN Q=WE ARE ATTEMPTING]

((PETE SENSABAUGH/VDOT; WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO TRY TO NOT ADVERSALLY IMPACT ANY OF THE EXISTING DEVELOPED PROPERTY OR ANY OF THE PROPERTY THAT IS NOT DEVELOPED))
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V-Dot will have a plan for US 11 in thirty to forty-five days. If the plan is approved, construction will begin around 2006.

[OK-Execution]


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The first woman ever to be executed in Oklahoma was put to death last night.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-McAlester, OK;]


41- year- old Wanda Jean Allen was also the first black woman executed in the U-S since 19-54.
Allen was convicted of killing her lesbian lover in 19-88.
At the time of the murder, she was on parole for another killing.
Allen's attorneys have argued that her performance on an I-Q test during the 1970s put her in the range of mental retardation.
That had death penalty opponents out in force last night.
But Oklahoma's governor denied a stay of execution nearly four hours before Allen died by lethal injection.
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[11Air-Cable]


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40 Air Cable workers have received their paychecks. Some of them had not seen paychecks for at least a month.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]


Paychecks for this pay period did arrive yesterday -- but the company still owes many of its workers AND its landlord thousands of dollars in back pay.
The local digital cable company services about a thousand customers in the Roanoke Valley.
Air Cable says all of its debts will be taken care of by Friday or Monday.
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[11Vick]


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Michael Vick has confirmed he'll enter the N-F-L draft in April.
Vick said he began to consider entering the draft after the Gator Bowl.
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[SOT]
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[SUPER=01-Michael Vick/Will Enter NFL Draft; :00]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :17]
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Frank Beamer was tearful at times during yesterday's news conference.

[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Kmc/Syo]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
We do have a few school announcements to let you know about this morning.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

[TAKE FS SCHOOL WATCH]
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Pleasant View Elementary in Amherst County will be closed today because of problems with its well pump. Also, Grayson County Schools are delayed two hours as well as Washington County School.
(XXXXXXX)
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


The Roanoke County School Board chose Hidden Valley High as the name for the new South County High School.
The meeting last night also included a new proposal for the early retirement incentive plan. It would offer current retirees a 20 percent supplement for seven years. The board will vote on that compromise at its next meeting in two weeks.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

VDOT has decided to lower the speed limit on one part of Interstate 81 in order to make safer.
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN MAP] Beginning next Friday, a 14 mile stretch between Salem and Cloverdale in Botetourt County will go from 65 miles per hour to 60.
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[2-SHOT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's Mike Stevens with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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[IN Q=The 18-th annual]
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[OUT Q=on News 7 at 6.]
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