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The Governor's got a plan to improve student achievement in public schools.
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We'll hear how one of the schools in OUR area may be affected by the program.
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Tonight on News 7 sports - Allen Iverson faces a lengthy list of criminal charges. We'll get reaquainted with junior golfing phenom Jerel Whiting.
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And Buena Vista native Charlie Manuel is fired this afternoon as manager of the Cleveland Indians.
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Sharply cooler temperatures invaded the region today, will tomorrow be just as cool? Find out coming up. [Video-Open]
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Governor Warner wants to give struggling schools a boost.
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Will his plan for academic intervention make the grade?
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Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
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And I'm Shannon Young.
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Several struggling schools throughout our region will soon be getting help.
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Eighteen schools in our area are slated for intervention under Governor Warner's new plan.
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Meghan Muldoon is in Richmond, and has more.
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Governor Warner is calling it academic intervention.
And he believes its will help struggling schools across the state.
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(( Governor Warner announced a three million dollar plan to improve academic performance in Virginia's lowest-performing schools.
The Governor's Partnership for Achieving Successful Schools has identified 117 schools to receive varying levels of intervention.
This would involve visits from teams of educators and partnerships with business groups.
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34 of the state's worst schools will receive up to 12 days of intervention.
Others will receive only four.
Schools in Richmond, Portsmouth and Petersburg will serve as pilots to test the results of more aggressive full-time intervention.
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Dr. Michael Basham, the Superintendent for Wise County, supports the plan.
He says that instead of competing with other school districts, he will now be reaching out to help needy schools outside his division.
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Warner says the key to his plan, which has bipartisan support, is collaboration.
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Warner's plan is modeled after programs used in North Carolina and Kentucky.
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He hopes academic intervention will prove just as successful here.

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School officials in western Virginia say they welcome help from the state.
But they also believe their schools are already making strong progress toward accreditation.
Joe Dashiell is here with more on the schools that are affected, and the reaction in one local school district.
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Shannon, there's no question the schools on this list have plenty of room for improvement.
and the officials we spoke with say they welcome the interest of the govenror and any additional support from the state...
but they also say they're already following the governor's formula for school success.
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((Nine localities in central and western Virginia have schools on the Governor's list.
Of those, four schools are slated to receive priority assistance... Central Elementary in Amherst County, Jeter-Watson Intermediate in Covington, Woodrow Wilson Elementary in Danville and the Roanoke Academy for Mathematics and Science in the city of Roanoke.
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((ROANOKE ACADEMY FOR MATH AND SCIENCE DID VERY WELL ON SOL TESTING DURING THE 2002 TESTING, BUT OF COURSE WE'RE LOOKING AT THE FOUR SCHOOLS BASED UPON THE YEARS 2000- 2001.))
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Rita Bishop says the Roanoke Academy wouldn't have made the priority list if the latest test results were used.


Roanoke's Associate Superintendent for Instruction says she welcomes any additional help from the state, but believes all of the city's schools are already making progress toward accreditation.
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((FRANKLY WE BELIEVE WE'VE BEEN ON THE MOVE AND WE'VE BEEN IMPROVING FOR A LONG TIME, AND SO I PERSONALLY BELIEVE AND I THINK THE SUPERINTENDENT SHARES THIS PERSPECTIVE THAT OUR SCHOOLS ARE MOVING AND THE PROGRESS IS SUBSTANTIAL.))
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For a link to the Governor's website, and a complete list of schools that are affected, visit our homepage at WDBJ7.COM.
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Official results from the most recent round of SOL testing are expected soon...
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And Shannon, Roanoke City officials say they expect residents will be pleased with progress.


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A New River Valley car dealership is shifting into high gear.
Duncan AutoNet of Christiansburg announced today it is buying the Pontiac and GMC franchises from the Martin Family.


Duncan will move those operations to a new dealership on North Franklin Street when construction is complete this fall.
Duncan Automotive now owns 17 franchises, including 10 in Southwest Virginia.


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Local business and political leaders are convinced they need to bring Southwest Virginia's unique assets together to benefit the entire region.
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Today, the "Fifth Planning District Regional Alliance" released its outline of a new economic strategy.
Some of the goals are to seek global recognition of the benefits of living and working in the region, to attract high-tech businesses while nurturing the ones that are already here, and to lure a pool of highly-skilled employees to the area.
Alliance members say that by working together they can succeed where other plans in the past have not.
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The regional alliance stretches from the Alleghany Highlands to the New River Valley.
Alliance members have been putting together the plan for more than a year.

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One eastbound lane of Route 460 between Thaxton and Bedford is now open.
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The lanes have been closed since a tractor tanker tipped over Monday, spilling thousands of gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel. V-DOT's been hauling away contaminated soil and will need to refill the evacuated areas before both lanes can be re-opened. Until that time eastbound traffic will remain reduced to one lane.
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Still ahead on News 7 at 6, it's no heyday for Virginia's farmers. The state's hay supply dries up as the drought gets worse.
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and also, some fire officials in Lynchburg say they are dealing with an emergency shortage of firefighters.
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After months of negative headlines, there is welcome news tonight for the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford.
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The town's "Main Street" business association made a donation of more than 3-thouand dollars to the memorial.
The money will be used to help pay down the memorial's 5-million dollar debt.
Officials say every dollar counts -- and donations like today's can spur more donors to come forward.
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(("PEOPLE JUST, THEY KNOW THAT YOU NEED MONEY THEY KNOW THAT PEOPLE ARE BEHIND YOU AND THEY RESPOND TO THAT." (6 SEC.))) (("THIS IS OUR MEMORIAL BUT IT'S ALSO THE NATION'S MEMORIAL THIS IS THE ONLY WORLD WAR 2 MONUMENT IN THE COUNTRY RIGHT NOW THAT'S ON A NATIONAL BASIS, BUT IT'S HERE IN BEDFORD AND WE'RE VERY PROUD OF THAT" (9 SEC.)))
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The money for today's donation was raised at Bedford Main Street's 4th of July celebration.
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Imagine your house catches fire but the fire department across the street doesn't respond, because there's no one on duty.
Recent manpower shortages in the Lynchburg fire department forced authorities there to run just such a risk last month.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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(( It was only for a few hours, but for the first time in recent memory, the Lynchburg fire department had to close one of its eight fire stations... the reason: not enough personnel to do the job.
But even in the face of staffing shortages brought on by retirements, comp time and budget cuts, officials say public safety has never been jeopardized.
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((DEPUTY CHIEF LES PUCKETT/LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPT.: IT'S BEEN TOUGH, BUT WE HAVEN'T MISSED ANY CALLS AND THE PUBLIC HAS NOT SUFFERED BECAUSE OF THAT AND I THINK A LOT OF OUR SUCCESS IS A DIRECT REFLECTION ON THE RESILIENCY OF OUR FOLKS.))
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Puckett says the addition of ten new rookies last month has finally brought the department up to full staff.
But the recruits are not additional hires.. they're simply replacing people who have recently retired.
Over the next couple of years, an estimated 40 percent of the department will be eligible to step down. [Standup] ((And that has the Lynchburg Firefighters Association worried. Their president says while they fully support the department's management they do plan to make public their concerns about the manpower situation.. they're just not sure what the solution might be.))
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That's because new positions cost money.. money that must ultimately come from the taxpayers.
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((PUCKETT: AS FAR AS WE'RE CONCERNED, WE'RE VERY HAPPY WITH THE WAY THINGS ARE TODAY. AND WE'RE TAKING STEPS TO KIND OF MINIMIZE THE NEGATIVE IMPACT OF RETIREMENTS IN THE FUTURE.))
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Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))

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One of three forest fires in Rockbridge and Bath Counties is expected to be contained this evening.
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The Skillern Fire is centered in a remote area around Skillern Mountain.
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The Forest Service says the blaze, which escaped containment lines Monday, has charred about 540-acres of George Washington and Jefferson National Forest land. The agency expects full containment by eight tonight.
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The Panther Gap Fire in Bath County has burned about 4-hundred acres of private land. The Sisters Fire, also in Bath County, has consumed 150-acres. Despite receiving up to two inches of rain the smaller blazes aren't expected to be contained for at least another day or two.

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The drought in our area is putting a crunch on the hay production in the commonwealth. Dry conditions are forcing many farmers to start feeding livestock hay earlier in the season.. which is resulting in slim pickings of the crop. The Virginia Department of Agriculture is working to assist farmers in need of a supplemental stock.
It's making it easier for farmers to buy from those who have extra amounts they would like to sell.
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[take webaddress fs 4472essC] Sources and prices are available on a newsletter via the department's website - which you can access through our website a WDBJ7.com
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Coming up tonight on News 7 sports - Charlie Manuel is fired, Allen Iverson is about to be charged.
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And Steve Mason talks with a Martinsville golfer who has the ear of the great Tiger Woods.
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Buena Vista native and one-time Roanoke County resident Charlie Manuel was fired this afternoon as manager of the Cleveland Indians. Manuel was in his third and final contract year with the Tribe, but he was hoping for a long time extension. Instead the popular clubhouse figure was fired - in what is certain to an unpopular decision with his players.
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Charlie is being replaced by third base coach Joel Skinner on an interim basis. He has never managed in the big leagues.
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Hampton native Allen Iverson will be charged for the break-in at his cousin's house over the past weekend in which he allegedly brandished a gun while searching for his wife. He faces nine charges - four felony counts and the rest misdemeanors ranging from Terroristic threats to Criminal trespass. Iverson does not have a gun license in the state of Pennsylvania.
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Jerel Whiting is defending his title in the 12th Andrew Haley Memorial Junior Golf Tournament at Mariner's Landing Golf Club. Steve Mason tells us how this rising Magna Vista freshman is linked to Tiger Woods.
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((Jerel turned 14 Sunday. He received an early birthday present in May when the Tiger Woods Foundation invited him to join the Tiger Woods National Golf team as one of only 18 minority junior golfers to earn the honor. ((:)) ((:))
Jerel has met Woods twice at his Clinics in New York and in Atlanta. Woods offers Whiting instruction in this picture. Jerel also draws inspiration from another sports legend closer to home. Six years ago, the late Roy Stanley introduced us all to Whiting. The two became friends and when Roy passed away, Jerel asked his father to laminate a picture of his friend. Whiting keeps the photo with him in his golf bag. ((:))
This year, Whiting played on three different tours and in 24 tournaments from September to May. He has his parents support. His father puts a thousand miles on his car a week traveling to tournaments . He's a four handicap. But the TWF selection committee requires much more than golf skill to make Tigers teams.)) ((:)) ((:))

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The summer months are filled with basketball camps, but perhaps none has been in existnece longer in Northwest Roanoke than the CORD camp.
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CORD stands for Community Organization for Research and Development. The late Catherine Ross began the basketball camp many years ago in the Northwest Roanoke Community. In the past 25 years the camp has both flourished and struggled Now, two of its alumni are taking it to a never before seen level of success.
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The camp, which wraps up its second of three session tomorrow, has produced some of the valley's top basketball talent over the years.
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Finally tonight, area law enforcement personnel have a new assignment.
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They're working to protect and serve in a much different way than we're used to.
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That is just one of the stories we're working on for News 7 at 11. Justin McLeod joins us now from the newsroom with a preview. Justin?
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Keith and Shannon, as we know, the world
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has changed since September 11, and that means men and women in law enforcement must learn new techniques.
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I-T-T Night Vision recently donated night vision goggles to allow police to literally see in the dark.
This week, officers from all over are training to use them and learn other techniques to deter and combat terrorism.


Tonight, they'll put that training to good use by staging a mocked terrorist attack at one area high school.
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We've been invited to watch the exercise and you'll see it tonight on News 7 at 11. [DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Justin/FB Newsroom]