One man was killed in a single car accident in Roanoke county this morning.
The accident happened just after midnight at the intersection of Starkey and Merriman Roads.
It was located near some railroad tracks.
Authorities had to halt the train than runs through the area as rescue crews worked on the victims.
The driver, 23-year- old Benjamin Royde Campbell of Roanoke was killed.
The passenger, 18- year- old Robert Wilson, also of Roanoke is hospitalized with non- life threatening injuries.
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the accident.
Roanoke County will be hiring 20 new fire and E-M-S workers, but as of now, the Mount Pleasant community won't get any of the new hires.
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Last night-- well over a hundred residents turned out at a community meeting to discuss the issue.
County officials indicated they were sympathetic but told the crowd based on the area's call volume and population-- Mount Pleasant doesn't need full time paid personnel compared to other areas.
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((TOMMY DUNCAN/MT. PLEASANT RESIDENT: I'M 59 AND I GOT HEART PROBLEMS AND OTHER PROBLEMS AND SURE IT'S AN ISSUE FOR ME AND THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE A LOT OLDER THAN ME.))
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What angers residents even more-- is that some county officials also want to reassign Mount Pleasant's only current paid position to another community.
County officials say Vinton and Clearbrook would be able to step in when volunteers were UNable.
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((ROBERT EARLY/MT. PLEASANT ASSIST. FIRE CHIEF: MONDAY MORNING WE HAD AN EMS CALL THE CAREER GUY GOT HERE IN 2- MINUTES, IT TOOK VINTON'S AMBULANCE OVER EIGHT MINUTES TO GET HERE.))
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The plan discussed by Roanoke County's fire and E-M-S chief and county administrator will be presented to the board of supervisors later today.
The SOL's may soon require some computer knowledge along with history and arithmetic.
Students will soon take the standards of learning test online.
Educators believe this new method will provide quicker results and expose kids to new technology.
The state hopes to have all high school students taking the test online within two years.
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((SARAH SUSBURY/VA DEPT. OF EDUCATION: THE TESTING ENVIRONMENT IS NOT THAT MUCH DIFFERENT IN THE SENSE OF THE CONTENT BUT IT WOULD BE DIFFERENT IN TERMS OF HOW THEY ARE SEEING IT.))
((UBAID HAQ/STUDENT: I THINK ITS A GOOD IDEA SINCE WE ARE MOVING INTO A NEW MILLENIUM AND WE NEED TO KEEP UP WITH THE TECHNOLOGY.))
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Eventually, kids as young as elementary age will take the test online.
Right now, the state is testing the new technology at eight schools across the state including Martinsville High School.
The state budget crisis is over, according to Governor Jim Gilmore.
But others fear his standoff with the State Senate will have a lasting impact on the Commonwealth.
Gilmore met with reporters in Roanoke yesterday afternoon, during a fly-around tour of the state.
He said he's identified enough savings to balance the budget without layoffs or severe cuts in services... and without retreating from the next installment of the car tax cut.
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((IT WAS THE SENATE THAT AGREED TO THIS SCHEDULE OF THE CAR TAX CUT. IT IS THE SENATE WHICH IS NOW RENEGING ON THAT. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING NATIONAL OF ANY KIND. THIS HAS TO DO WITH THE TRUST OF THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA.))
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There is still no provision for teacher, faculty or employee raises. And no money for local cultural agencies that depend upon the state for funding.
Fincastle Senator Bo Trumbo says he fears the long-term impact of the cuts and believes most Virginians support the Senate's position on the car tax.
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((THEY RECOGNIZE THAT IT'S NOT A TAX INCREASE BY TAKING IT TO 55 PERCENT. THEY RECOGNIZE THAT THEY'RE GOING TO GET MORE MONEY BECAUSE IT WAS 47 1/2 PERCENT. AND THEY'RE WILLING TO DELAY IT BECAUSE THE REVENUES JUST AREN'T THERE.))
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Yesterday, Virginia Democrats blamed the state's troubles on Republican infighting, and party officials renewed their call for a special session of the General Assembly to resolve the budget impasse.
Right now, that doesn't appear likely.
Gunfire was heard on the campus of William Fleming High school yesterday.
Now, Roanoke Police are searching for the person responsible.
A police spokesperson says the student fired a gun in the school's parking lot during extra-curricular activities between five and six o'clock last night.
The student did not point the gun at anyone or hit anyone.
Police have not released the student's name.
State police say D-U-I suspect who was shot by a state trooper was apparently unarmed.
24- year- old Edgar Jermaine Harvey of Lynchburg was shot during a high- speed chase and foot pursuit in Madison Heights.
Trooper James Scott told investigators Harvey ignored instructions to stop and turned toward him and appeared to reach into his jacket for a weapon.
Scott shot Harvey in the shoulder.. he's still recovering at Lynchburg General Hospital.
Scott has been taken off road patrol duty while an investigation is completed.
Harvey faces charges of being an habitual offender and eluding police.
A fire at Roanoke's Summit Apartment complex has left more than a dozen people looking for a new home.
Investigators are searching for a cause of the blaze that broke out around noon yesterday.
Jean Jadhon reports.
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(( The Fire broke out at lunchtime at the Summit apartments- off Route 220- Flames shot through the roof.
Karen Ball was on her way home for lunch when she spotted smoke.
KAREN BALL: I WAS COMING OT LET MY DOGS OUT AND I SAW SMOKE SO I INVESTIGATED AND SAW A TRAIL OF FIRE.
That trail of fire soon took off- before firefighters could get there, the blaze was out of control.
BY THE TIME THEY GOT THERE THE WHOLE SIDE WAS UP AND THE GLASS WAS BLOWING
One woman was sleeping at the time- she says a smoke detector woke her up.
NADINE CONNELLY: I WAS GETTING MY PETS AND THE APARTMENT GOT REAL SMOKY.. I GOT OUT.
Everyone got out safely... so did all the pets- But many apartments are gone.
Five units on one side of the building are unlivable-
Those who live in the five apartments on the other side of the building are also being kept out until the power is turned back on.
JEAN JADHON/NEWS 7: IT'S POSSIBLE THIS FIRE STARTED OUTSIDE THE BUILDING WITNESSES AT THE SCENE SAID THEY SAW WHAT THEY THOUGHT WAS BRUSH FIRE UNDERNEATH ONE OF THE BALCONIES.
Fire investigators say they don't know yet though what caused the blaze- the fire marshal's been called in to check it out.
Meanwhile many residents are struggling to keep their emotions in check -
I'M ALRIGHT I'M IN SHOCK UP UNTIL I'VE NEVER HAD ANYTHING CATCH FIRE BEFORE.
Jean Jadhon, News 7..))
Nine families- fifteen people in all are without a home. The Red Cross is helping those who need it.
A Martinsville jury will begin hearing from witnesses today in a capital murder trial.
Michael Jerome Hairston is charged with capital murder and first degree murder for the shooting death of Evonne Hairston and her 16 year old daughter Melveena.
Prosecutors say the defendant shot Hairston during an argument and then turned the gun on her daughter.
Jury selection began yesterday.
A phone scam has cost one of its victims THOUSANDS of dollar.
Bedford authorities are putting out a warning, so other residents won't be taken.
Officers say at least two people have received phone calls saying they've won a large amount of money, but they need to send a cash installment to cover the taxes.
One victim lost three thousand dollars to the scheme.
Police say the calls originate in Canada and are extremely hard to investigate.