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About 45-hundred Kroger employees in our area will vote on a new contract today.
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The clerks and meat cutters will be voting on a contract agreed upon Sunday by Kroger officials and union leaders.
The employees are represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers union local 400.
Before voting-- the workers will be briefed on the contract at the Salem Civic Center.
The workers' current 5- year contract expired on Saturday but was extended through today.
We'll have more on NEWS 7 at noon.
Lynchburg's community leaders are examining how educators are handling minority students -
especially those enrolled in alternative education.
Last month, school board chairman Tracey Shaw and superintendent Jim McCormick were quoted as describing alternative ed students' behavior as "thuggish".
It's a term minority leaders find offensive.
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((DANNY MCCAIN/CONCERNED CITIZENS COMMITTEE: WHEN THEY PUT THEM IN THE ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLS, THEY'VE ALREADY SPOKEN ABOUT THEIR BEHAVIOR BECAUSE THEY'RE STATING THAT THEY CANNOT MAKE IT IN THE REGULAR SCHOOL. SO WHY LABEL THEM AGAIN? BUT AGAIN, WHEN YOU LABEL KIDS AS THUGS, CUTTHROATS AND ASSASSINS, STUFF LIKE THAT.. THEY ARE NOT THAT.))
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McCain wants Shaw and McCormick to resign, or be removed from their positions.
Both men say they were only describing behaviors, NOT actual students.
The Reverend Al Sharpton is expected in town Friday to talk about the situation.
A teenage boy faces charges in the shooting death of a 14 year old Roanoke girl on New Year's Eve.
Officials say the boy had the gun so he could fire it during New Year's festivities.
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He allegedly shot Ashley Jones by ACCIDENT at the Westwood Village apartments in Northwest Roanoke.
The 16-year old suspect is charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless handling of a firearm and underage possession of a gun.
Authorities charge four teens in connection with a shooting incident at William Fleming High School.
Police have charged two brothers from southwest Roanoke with firing a gun in the school parking lot.
Their brother is charged with causing a disruption, and so is a boy from northwest Roanoke.
An adult, Curtis Beverly, Jr. was arrested last week in the case.
After nearly two weeks - a missing Clifton Forge man turns up in Pennsylvania.
Police say Peter Cardinal checked himself into a hospital in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.
His family became alarmed when he disappeared after leaving work at Liberty House nursing home on March 13.
Taking a break now to check on the weather - expect mostly sunny skies with winds 5-10 miles an hour. Highs in the mid 40's. It will be partly cloudy tonight with lows in the 20's.
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Pay raises ARE in the future for state workers and educators thanks to a last minute move by Governor Gilmore.
With a bill-signing deadline of midnight last night, the Governor's move came as a surprise.
He will reduce the amount the state and localities contribute to the Virginia Retirement System -- and use the savings for three and a half percent pay raises later this year.
The Governor says yesterday's actions do NOT mean there's NO hope for museums or cultural centers.
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((WHAT THIS IS SAYING IS THAT A MAJOR PRIORITY THAT I HAVE HERE IS ONE THAT I AM ADDRESSING... SOME MONEY IN FOR MUSEUMS AND SO ON LIKE THAT. I DID DO THAT.))
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The state teachers union says it's happy for the pay raise.
But the move does nothing to address educational needs that went unfunded.
And the union says it gives the perception that the state is being careless with future retirement benefits.
The V-R-S Board itself came up with the rate reduction idea last year.
But the same board declined to actually implement it for this fiscal year in a meeting this month.
In other news from Richmond, Governor Gilmore has signed legislation
mandating a 24-hour waiting period before abortions ... and bills
that place new restrictions on teen drivers.
The state Office of Consumer Affairs is asking Virginians to think before donating to the Biblical Archeology Society of Washington D-C.
The organization has not registered or been granted an exempt status as required by law.
So contributions to the organization MAY be used for non-charitable purposes.
Some Pittsylvania County residents are pleading motorists to slow down on their street.
Laniars (la-NEERS) Mill Road off of Highway 41 has been the site of many deadly accidents.
V-DOT recently lowered the speed limit from 45 to 35 miles per hour but residents say some motorists are still going as high as 60 or 70.
The road is dangerous because of its hill and sharp curves.
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((JAMES McLAUGHLIN/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT: YOU DON'T KNOW UNTIL YOU POP AROUND THE CURVE WHAT YOU REALLY GOT HERE. I DONT KNOW WHAT REALLY CAN DO TO CHANGE IT. BUT I GUESS WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO WHAT WE CAN.))
((GINA FOX/RESIDENT: ONCE THE CONSTRUCTION STARTS ON 41 ITS GOING TO BE EVEN WORSE. WHO'S GOING TO HAVE TO GET KILLED FOR PEOPLE TO SLOWDOWN.))
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The Sheriff's Department has set up trailers to tell motorists how fast they're going.
The State Police also plan to beef up patrols in the area.
State Senator John Edwards is Virginia's best democratic candidate for Attorney General--
That's the opinion of U-S Congressman Rick Boucher.
At a news conference yesterday, Boucher cited experience and dedication to Southwest Virginia as the main reasons he will be backing Edwards at the June 12th Democratic primary.
Edwards, a former U-S Attorney and Roanoke City Council member, faces Henrico Delegate Donald McEachin (muh-KEE-chin) for his party's nomination...
((U.S. REP. RICK BOUCHER/(D) 9TH DISTRICT; JOHN KNOWS AS WE KNOW THAT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION EQUALITY AND TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS ARE THE MAJOR ITEMS ON THIS REGION'S AGENDA.))
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((STATE SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/CANDIDATE ATTORNEY GENERAL/THE PEOPLE OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA KNOW ME, THEY KNOW MY RECORD AND THEY CAN BE ASSURED THAT SOUTHWEST VRIGINIA WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN IF I'M ATTORNEY GENERAL OF VIRGINIA.))
State Senator Madison Marye and other New River Valley officials also attended yesterday's event.
The democratic candidate for Attorney General will face unopposed Republican Jerry Kilgore.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte doesn't have to run for re- election until NEXT year.
But he still got some help from from a West Coast friend.
Goodlatte brought in California Congressman David Dreier for a midday fundraiser. The Chairman of the House Rules Committee, Dreier has worked closely with Goodlatte on issues of technology and trade.
Yesterday, he talked tax cuts with reporters.
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((REP. DAVID DREIER/R- CALIFORNIA: MANY OF US, AND THE PRESIDENT HAPPENS TO BE AMONG THEM, REALIZE THAT WE NEED TO HAVE BROAD TAX CUTS WHICH WILL GO INTO PLACE THIS YEAR, WHICH WILL STIMULATE ECONOMIC GROWTH. AND I'M CONVINCED THAT CLEARLY IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT.))
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The House begins general debate on the budget, and members are also scheduled to take up the marriage tax penalty later this week.
Virginia Tech police have arrested a custodian at the university in an attack against a female art student.
James Lee Harris of (Pembrook) Pembroke was taken into custody yesterday.
The victim, a freshman, was attacked in the basement of Henderson Hall.
She was taken to Montgomery Regional Hospital for treatment.
Harris is NOT a Tech employee.
He works for a private company called Defender Services.
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Less than a week after fire damages the Dutch Inn in Collinsville, the hotel has re- opened its doors.
Last Monday's fire caused nearly two million dollars in damage to the inn's lobby, lounge, and windmill tower.
Workers spent the weekend restoring services and cleaning up the property.
A hotel room now houses the front desk.
Fire investigators believe the fire started in an electricl outlet in the lounge.