The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors is concerned about the First Amendment right that guarantees the freedom of religion.
Some members say more needs to be done to guarantee that freedom - especially for students and others who want to pray in public.
[in q= To me]
((BUTCH CHURCH/ROANOKE CO. SUPERVISOR; TO ME IT WAS AN EXCITING VICTORY, NOT FOR PERSONALLY, IT'S JUST SOMETHING I BELIEVE IN AND I HAD SOME GOOD SUPPORT.))
[SUPER=01-Butch Church/Roanoke Co. Supervisors Chairman;]
[out q= some good support.]
Chairman Butch Church believes the First Amendment needs to be strengthened..
Yesterday, he and three other Roanoke County supervisors threw their support behind an amendment to the constitution intended to guarantee religious freedom in the United States.
[in q= My contention]
((BUTCH CHURCH/ROANOKE CO. SUPERVISOR: MY CONTENTION WAS EVERY DISASTER, CATASTROPHE WE HAVE THE PRESIDENT ASKING GOD TO TAKE CARE OF THE UNITED STATES, TAKE CARE OF OUR SOLDIERS, TAKE CARE AND BLESS OUR NATION, OUR CURRENCY IS IN GOD WE TRUST, OUR NATIONAL MOTTO IS IN GOD WE TRUST, IT'S POSTED ALL OVER WALLS OF GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS, WE CONDUCT PRAYER HERE, WHY CAN'T WE GIVE OUR CHILDREN THE SAME CHANCE.))
[OUT Q= the same chance. ]
The decision by the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors was NOT an unanimous one--
Supervisor Joe McNamara believes the First Amendment does enough to guarantee freedom of religion.
[IN Q=THE VOTE]
((JOE MCNAMARA/ROANOKE CO. SUPERVISOR: THE VOTE WAS NOT AGAINST PRAYER, PRAYER IS ALIVE AND WELL IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY AND IN PLACES OF WORSHIP, WHAT IT WAS, WAS A VOTE, WAS A VOTE FOR OUR FOUNDING FATHERS, FOR SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE, I THINK ANY PROPONENT TO SEPARATE THAT IS A STEP IN THE WRONG DIRECTION.))
[SUPER=01-Joe McNamara/Roanoke Co. Supervisors Vice-Chairman;]
[OUT Q= WRONG DIRECTION.]
The Board of Supervisors is NOT alone in approving this resolution which will be forwarded to lawmakers.
Counties in 44- other states have approved similar measures.
But before any of this could become a reality-- Congress and the states would have to approve it.
Officials are still investigating the cause of Monday's fire at the Opportunity School in Danville.
Police investigators think someone set the blaze in a cardboard box at the corner of the auditorium stage Monday morning.
The school will be closed again today due to smoke damage.
Lynchburg police are still looking for the murderer in last week's double homocide case.
Anthony and Rhonda Robinson were shot to death in their home on Sussex Street early Friday morning.
Authorities say it's likely the Robinsons knew their killer and that more than one suspect is involved.. but getting information has been tough.
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[IN Q=Some people we've]
((LT. DANNY VIAR/LYNCHBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT: SOME PEOPLE WE TALKED TO THEY'RE NOT TELLING US THE WHOLE TRUTH OR THEY'LL ADD SOMETHING TO IT, WE'VE RUN INTO THAT. AND THEN WE HAVE TO SPEND TIME GOING BACK AND RUNNING DOWN EVERYTHING THAT THEY'VE TOLD US, ANYTHING THAT THEY'VE HEARD SOMEONE ELSE MENTION, RUMORS OR WHATEVER, AND THAT'S VERY TIME-CONSUMING.))
[SUPER=01-Danny Viar/Lynchburg Police Department]
[OUT Q=very time-consuming.]
Police have not discussed a possible motive for the killings.
14 investigators from around the region are working the case.
Friends and relatives of a Roanoke man who shot and killed two people before ending his own life - believe it was a love triangle that may have led to the murders.
Brad Bundick's grandmother says the 23-year-old seemed happy on Monday.
He left the house telling her he'd be right back.
Bundick went to the home his ex-girlfriend, Monica DeHaven- a home she shared with her boyfriend Nathaniel Clay.
Police say Bundick shot them and then himself after an argument.
DeHaven was 7 months pregnant ... and Bundick's sister says she led both men to believe they COULD be the father.
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[IN Q=He was just hurt]
[sot 21:32:08 - :13]
((LAVONNE BUNDICK/SISTER: HE WAS JUST HURT BECAUSE HE REALLY LOVED HER AND HE WANTED TO KNOW IF THAT WAS HIS BABY OR NOT.))
[sot 21:20:44 - :56]
((GWENDOLYN REYNOLDS/BUNDICK'S GRANDMOTHER: I WOULDN'T HAVE THOUGHT HE WOULD BE CAPABLE OF IT. BUT THEN YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT PEOPLE WOULD DO.))
[SUPER=01-Lavonne Bundick/Sister; :00 QUICK!]
[SUPER=01-Gwendolyn Reynolds/Bundick's Grandmother; :06]
[OUT Q=what people would do.]
Friends of all three say they saw NO signs that something like this could happen.
They believe the shootings probably occurred in the heat of an argument.
Officials say there is more than just tires that need to be removed from Willie Keeling's tire dump in Roanoke County.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Week;]
While putting the fire out, an official with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality says the E-P-A discovered an old trash dump on approximately one acre of Keeling's property.
The debris is mostly household garbage and it's buried underneath piles of tires.
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[IN Q=IT WAS PROBABLY]
((RICK WEEKS/DEQ REGIONAL DIRECTOR: IT WAS PROBABLY A TYPICAL RAVINE FILL THAT YOU USED TO SEE A LOT OF I WOULD GUESS IT WAS PROBABLY ABOUT AN ACRE OF MATERIAL, WE'RE NOT SURE HOW DEEP YET AS TO HOW MUCH IT WILL TAKE TO CLEANUP BUT WE'LL GO AHEAD AND WORK WITH THE EPA TO GET THAT MATERIAL OFF SITE. ))
[SUPER=01-Rick Weeks/DEQ Regional Director;]
[OUT Q=GET THAT MATERIAL OFF SITE.]
Rick Weeks say officials are working to find a place to take the debris.
They're also trying to find a trucking firm to haul the garbage.
Whether or not a man with ties to a suspected terrorist organization had the legal right to buy guns..is a decision that now lies in the hands of a federal judge.
[SUPER=04-ATF Surveillance Photos]
Prosecutors say 27-year-old Bilal Adullah Ben Benu.. seen here in these A-T-F surveillance photos.. can't own guns because he's a convicted felon.
But Benu's attorney says his client's Maryland drug conviction was a misdemeanor.. which means he can buy and own as many guns as he wants.
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[IN Q=The issue in]
((TONY ANDERSON/BENU DEFENSE ATTORNEY: THE ISSUE IN THIS CASE IS ONE OF A LEGAL DEFINITION, AND THAT IS HE IS NOT A PROHIBITED PERSON FROM OWNING OR PURCHASING FIREARMS, HE'S ONLY BEEN CONVICTED OF A MISDEMEANOR, NEVER A FELONY.))
[SUPER=01-Tony Anderson/Benu's Defense Attorney]
[OUT Q=never a felony.]
Benu is a resident of a Muslim community in Red House which authorities say has ties to the terrorist group Al Fuqra.
The U-S Forest service has said yes to a power line proposal that was turned down six years ago.
Yesterday, it released an environmental impact statement accepting American Electric Power's proposed route through the Jefferson National Forest.
The agency denied the project in 19-96...but now approves a new route starting in Wyoming County, West Virginia and ending in Jacksons Ferry.
The decision is a draft that now opens up a 90-day comment period.
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[IN Q=we intend]
((DAVID MUHLY/SIERRA CLUB; WE INTEND TO GENERATE QUITE A FEW COMMENTS WE INTEND TO LET THE FOREST SERVICE KNOW THAT WE DON'T RESPECT THIS DECISION WE FEEL THAT THE IMPACTS AS FAR AS AIR POLLUTION ARE SIGNIFICANT.))
[SUPER=01-David Muhly/Sierra Club;]
[OUT Q=POLLUTION ARE SIGNIFICANT.]
A final decision from the Forest Service is expected by the end of the year.
A-E-P says the line is needed to serve customers and hopes to have it running by the winter of 2005.
Opponents say they will take the matter to court to stop it.
One of the state's Republican leaders is agreeing with Democrats on the eavesdropping controversy.
Attorney General Jerry Kilgore was in Roanoke yesterday to honor law enforcement.
He spoke out about the alleged eavesdropping that his office initially exposed.
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[IN Q=I'M SEEING NOW]
((JERRY KILGORE/VA ATTORNEY GENERAL; I'M SEEING NOW STRONG LEADERSHIP FROM PARTY LEADERS TO STAND UP WITH ME AND SAY THIS IS WRONG. THAT WE SHOULD NOT BE STOOPING TO DIRTY TRICKS, WE SHOULD NOT BE EAVESDROPPING WHETHER ITS ILLEGAL OR NOT. WE SHOULD NOT BE ON PHONE CALLS THAT WE'RE NOT INVITED TO PARTICIPATE ON.))
[OUT Q= TO PARTICIPATE ON.]
Democratic state senator John Edwards, could not agree more.
[IN Q=IT'S SLEAZY BUT]
((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/(D) ROANOKE; IT'S SLEAZY BUT ITS ALSO ILLEGAL UNDER BOTH FEDERAL AND STATE LAW AND I HOPE ITS NOT A PATTERN OF THINGS TO COME. IT'S CERTAINLY NOT IN VIRGINIA'S TRADITION.))
[OUT Q=IN VIRGINIA'S TRADITION.]
Meanwhile, the investigation into alleged eavesdropping by GOP officials continues in Richmond.
The former head of the state's Republican party has already been indicted and a top aide to House Speaker VanceWilkins has been implicated.