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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... Plan outdoor activities for the weekend - and the weather should be cooperative... expect warm temperatures and sunny skies. Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your complete weekend outlook in just a few minutes.





[7-11Patrick-Bust]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=dse]
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The owner of the property housing a methamphetamine lab near Stuart has not yet been charged. Officials are waiting for test results on the seized items - although Patrick County Deputies and federal agents have destroyed the lab.
Sheriff David Hubbard says authorities also seized parts of a moonshine still and drug paraphernalia yesterday.



[7-11Forest-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Forestry officials say the fire season will be a couple weeks longer -
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[SUPER=03-Giles Co.;]


That's because of the recent spell of dry weather.
A blaze that started in Giles County Wednesday burned more than 75-acres and took crews 24-continuous hours to fully contain.
Forestry officials say lightning strikes started the fire and drought conditions fueled it.
Fire fighters will now be on alert for brush fires until the middle of May, two weeks later than usual.
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[7-11Longwood-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Some Longwood College students were back on campus yesterday gathering their belongings - more than a week after several historic buildings on campus fell to fire.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Farmville;]


Frantic freshman and their families had just four hours to get everything they owned out.
NO smoke or water damage was discovered in the first two dorms.
The only mess, students say, was caused by their hasty departure.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=My mom followed me all]
[sot tape 14;41;44]

((MY MOM FOLLOWED ME ALL THE WAY UP, AND THEN I WAS JUST LIKE CAN YOU PLEASE GET OUT IN THE HALLWAY WHILE I GET MY THINGS TOGETHER.))
[SOT 14:34:28]

((NICOLE HARRIS/LONGWOOD FRESHMAN: ONE OF MY TEACHERS ACTUALLY GAVE WHAT HE CALLS A "FIRE CURVE." .... ANTHROPOLOGY, I WAS DEPENDING ON THE FINAL AND STUFF.)) [no super on first bite!]
[SUPER=01-Nicole Harris/Longwood Freshman; :08!!!!]
[RUNS=:19]
[OUT Q=on the final and stuff.]
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[VO-NAT]


Longwood gave up on its final two weeks of classes.
Arson has been ruled out.
But so far, NO cause for the devastating fire has been determined.
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[7-5-Bus-Safety]


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A program designed to increase drivers' awareness of school buses is also boosting police presence in some areas.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/March 1;]

For the past couple months police have asked school bus drivers to keep track of the cars that fail to stop when the buses' red lights flash.
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[SOT 15:15:48-15:16:07]
[IN Q=If there's a vehicle that goes by a city bus...]
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Randy Scott/Roanoke Police;]

((SGT. RANDY SCOTT/ROANOKE POLICE: IF THERE'S A VEHICLE THAT GOES BY A CITY SCHOOL BUS WHILE IT'S LOADING OR UNLOADING CHILDREN AND HAS THE LIGHTS FLASHING THEY'RE REQUIRED TO STOP. IF THE VEHICLE DOESN'T STOP THE DRIVER NOTES THE DESCRIPTION OF THE VEHICLE AND DATE AND TIME OF INCIDENT AND THAT'S FORWARDED TO ME AND I GET IN TOUCH WITH THE DRIVER THROUGH A LETTER.))
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[OUT Q=with the driver through a letter.]
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[VO-NAT]

Scott says 45-warning letters have been sent out since the program began in early February. He also says he's noticed some patterns that have to do with locations and times of day that drivers are more likely to ignore school buses. Uniformed officers now target those areas and hand out summons instead of warnings.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... The beautiful weather will stick around for the weekend - Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have a complete look at your weekend weather in just a few minutes.





[45-2-Student-Paper]


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The issue of censorshiop brought several concerned students, parents and teachers to GW Danville's school board last night. It's all over the schools news magazine.
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[SUPER=03-Danville]

The controversy started about a month ago when the Chatter Box wanted to print articles dealing with sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancy, and interacial dating.
Some of the articles contained real names.
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[SOT 17:06:19]
[IN Q=It personally offends me]

((KELLY BAKER/STUDENT: IT PERSONALLY OFFENDS ME THAT YOU'VE ASKED FOR THE NAMES ON THE ARTICLE OF INTERACIAL DATING TO BE CHANGED. I AM NOT ASHAMED ON WHO I AM DATING. IN FACT, I AM PROUD OF IT.))
[Super=01-Kelly Baker/Student]
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[OUT Q=I am proud of it]
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[VO-NAT]

The school board asked that real names not be used because of worries the district could be held liable.
Board members also wanted to print a letter in the magazine saying they have the power to censor the newspaper but weren't going to do that in this case.
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[SOT 16:48:06]
[IN Q=Quite simply the letter is illegal]

((THOMSON SILVERS/STUDENT: QUITE SIMPLY PUT THE LETTER IS ILLEGAL. NO PERSON OR GROUP CAN BE REQUIRED TO PRINT AN ITEM THEY DON'T SEE AND DON'T AGREE WITH.))
[SUPER=01-Thomson Silvers/Newspaper Editor]
[Runs=06]
[OUT Q=don't agree with]
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The school board argues it can censor the paper since the Chatterbox is part of the curriculum.
The Supreme Court does give school districts powers to censor under certain conditions. Last night, the school board agreed to allow the paper to go to print today as long as their letter is printed.
The students must now decide whether to comply or continue to fight.
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[45-11Attorney-General]


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A top elected leader from THIS region is backing a RICHMOND candidate for Attorney General - NOT one of his colleagues from Roanoke.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Vinton]


House minority leader and Vinton delegate Dick Cranwell announced his support for Henrico County Delegate Don McEachin.
The endorsement bypasses Roanoke State Senator John Edwards, who is also seeking the nomination.
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[IN Q=It's awfully humbling...]

((DON MCEACHIN/(D) CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL; IT'S AWFULLY HUMBLING BECAUSE I DO UNDERSTAND THE ISSUE HE HAD TO WRESTLE WITH TO MAKE THIS DECISION IN ORDER TO MAKE AN ENDORSEMENT. THIS IS A FAMILY DISCUSSION. IT'S TOUGH TO MAKE DECISIONS BETWEEN FAMILY MEMBERS.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Don McEachin/(D) Attorney General Cand.;]
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[OUT Q=between family members.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Edwards supporters held their own rally in Roanoke later in the day. His backers say Edwards has collected more than 5-hundred endorsements from elected officials, as well as Democratic and community leaders. Democrats pick their candidate June 12-th.
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[8Wx-Headline]


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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom... sunny and hot today...Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will be along in a couple of minutes with forecast details.





[8-11Bank-Robbery]


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[WRITER=dse]
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A bank robbery in Radford has police and the F-B-I working together to catch the suspect.
Detectives say the Wachovia on Norwood Street was robbed around 3:15 yesterday afternoon.
The suspect is described as a white male wearing jeans, an orange shirt and a white baseball hat.
He made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

[8-11Forest-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=01-08 TC1:47:38]
[GRAPHIC=Forest Fire]


Officials say fire season will last two weeks longer this year.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Giles Co.;]


That's because of the recent spell of dry weather.
A blaze that started in Giles County Wednesday burned more than 75-acres and took crews 24-continuous hours to fully contain.
Forestry officials say lightning strikes started the fire and drought conditions fueled it.
Fire fighters will now be on alert for brush fires until the middle of May, two weeks later than usual.
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[8-11Black-Nurses]


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[NEWSCAST=AM Cutin]
[WRITER=jsu]
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Preventing illness through education is the mission of a group of local nurses
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Yesterday, the Roanoke Valley Black Nurses Association held it's annual health conference.
The nurses say their message is prevention ---encouraging people to take steps now to avoid future health problems

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[SOT36:25]
[IN Q=People are going to have to learn]

((ROSA HARDY/ROANOKE VALLEY BLACK NURSES ASSOCIATION: PEOPLE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO LEARN TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES, LEARN HOW TO EAT AND DO BETTER TO PREVENT ILLNESS))
[SUPER=01-Rosa Hardy/Roanoke Valley Black Nurses Assoc.]
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[OUT Q=to prevent illness]
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[VO-NAT]


The conference included several booths and seminars on a range of topics from complimentary medicine to stress management.
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[8-AEP-Family]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=mjo]
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The dream home of a Wythe County family could lie in the path of a proposed powerline.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Wythe Co.;]


Debbie and Dane Little moved to their house on the New River from California four years ago.
They wanted a quiet place to raise their children.
Soon after, they found out at a community meeting that they were in the path of a proposed 765-kilovolt A-E-P powerline.
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[SOT 28:19 - :34]
[IN Q=To see a satellite]
[SUPER=01-Debbie Little;]

((DEBBIE LITTLE: TO SEE A SATELLITE PHOTOGRAPH OF YOUR HOMES WITH BIG, ORANGE DOTS THROUGH THEM, IT WAS JUST AMAZING. I JUST COULD NOT BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE CAN PROPOSE TO CONDEMN YOUR HOME AND NOBODY EVER HAS TO TELL YOU.))
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[OUT Q=has to tell you.]
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The Littles are one of 18 families whose homes are in the path of the preferred powerline corridor.
Find out more about how eminent domain turned their dream home into a nightmare tonight on News-7 at 6. (------------)