Governor Mark Warner is calling the state's ongoing drought "a crisis" on the same footing as the state's budget shortfall.
He said yesterday the drought is a more immediate and acute problem for most Virginians because it affects people's day-to-day lives.
He's called for an emergency meeting of the state's Drought Monitoring Task Force later today.
The governor ordered an inventory of the Virginia's water storage and transportation equipment.
He also urged schools and businesses to use disposable dishes, cups and utensils to cut down on washing.
A Roanoke priest is facing allegations of sexual misconduct.
Father Steven Randy Rule, pastor of St. Andrew's Catholic Church, has been placed on administrative leave.
Rule is being accused by an adult male of one incident of sexual abuse that allegedly took place when the victim was a minor.
The 53-year-old priest has also been directed to undergo a psychological evaluation.
Diocese officials are not saying when or where the alleged abuse took place.
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Diocese officials are also not saying whether Father Rule has denied the accusation.
The matter is now in the hands of the newly formed "sexual abuse review board" which will meet for the first time next month.
The Catholic community knows Father Steven Rule as Father Randy.
He's been a fixture at St. Andrews for nearly a decade ... and now as these allegations are surfacing, the community is reacting.
One local leader says he's surprised and hopes people keep the church in their prayers.
Rachel Cannon has the story...
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(( It's business as usual at Roanoke Catholic.
While the facility shares grounds with St. Andrews... it's a separate institution ... one that has relationship with Catholic churches across the region.
Its President is only just learning about the allegations against Father Rule.
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((RAY-ERIC CORREIA/PRESIDENT ROANOKE CATHOLIC SCHOOL; I WAS VERY SURPRISED WE KNOW WHAT YOU KNOW AT THIS POINT. FATHER RULE HAS BEEN A VERY ACTIVE AND SUPPORTIVE MEMBER OF OUR SCHOOL AND SURPRISE.))
Nearly 6-hundred students attend grades K through 12 here.
Correia says classes were told about the allegations.
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((RAY-ERIC CORREIA/PRESIDENT ROANOKE CATHOLIC SCHOOL; WE ARE VERY MUCH A FAMILIAL KIND OF SCHOOL AND THAT MEANS YOU SPEAK DIRECTLY AND OPENLY WITH THE STUDENTS.))
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Correia says he's known Father Rule for about eight years.
He stresses that at this point information is limited and hopes that people remember the church in their prayers.
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((RAY-ERIC CORREIA/PRESIDENT ROANOKE CATHOLIC SCHOOL; I JUST THINK THAT IN THIS COUNTRY WE ARE CONSIDERED INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY AND THAT'S SOMETHING WE NEED REMEMBERED. ))
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((RACHEL CANNON/RCANNON@WDBJ7.COM; NEXT WEEKEND WAS TO BE FATHER RULE'S LAST AT ST. ANDREWS. HE'S BEING TRANSFERRED TO A CHURCH IN RICHMOND. OFFICIALS SAY THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ALLEGATIONS AND THAT IT HAS BEEN IN THE WORKS SINCE LAST MAY. MONSIGNOR THOMAS PHILLIPS IS TAKING OVER AT ST. ANDREWS. HE WAS SUPPOSED TO START RIGHT AFTER LABOR DAY. OFFICIALS AREN'T SURE IF THE MASS SCHEDULE WILL BE CHANGED THIS WEEK. RACHEL CANNON, NEWS 7, ROANOKE.))
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An accident in Campbell County killed one person, injured four others and tied up traffic for hours.
State police say a delivery truck may have run a red light yesterday evening.
Troopers say the Lancaster Galleries truck pulled out of Route 608- and into the path of a flatbed truck on U-S 460.
The delivery truck overturned- its driver, Jason King of Lynchburg, was ejected and killed.
A passenger in the delivery truck, Leland Jones, was flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He's in good condition.
Two adults and a seven year old child in the other truck were taken to Lynchburg General Hospital.
Their injuries were not as serious.
Route 460 was closed for several hours while the mess was cleaned up and state police investigated.
Troopers say they're checking into possible problems with the delivery truck's brakes.
Henry County is pitching in on the reward for a missing Henry County girl.
The Board of Supervisors offered prayers for Jennifer Short and her family, along with a thousand dollars in reward money.
That's in addition to 12-thousand dollars already offered in the case.
Leads have dwindled in the 12 days since the 9-year-old was apparently snatched from her bed and her parents shot to death.
But relatives and investigators are counting on the public to help.
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((CHRIS YOUNG/JENNIFER'S UNCLE: JUST DON'T GIVE UP ON HER BECAUSE WE'RE NOT. AND JENNIFER, IF YOU'RE WATCHING, DON'T GIVE UP BECAUSE WE'RE STILL TRYING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO BRING YOU BACK HOME.))
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((RUBY YOUNG/JENNIFER'S AUNT: JENNIFER, WE LOVE YOU ... PLEASE LET HER GO. JUST PLEASE LET HER GO.))
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[SUPER=01-Ruby Young/Jennifer's Aunt; :08]
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Jennifer's classmates at Figsboro Elementary started the school year yesterday without her.
Counselors were on hand, but no students sought their help to deal with the situation.
Sheriff Frank Cassell says leads in the case are drying up ... but he's still got a dozen investigators on it, along with 20 more from the F-B-I, state police and other police and sheriff's departments.
In Oregon, prosecutors say they'll seek a murder indictment against the suspect in the disappearance of two girls.
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Yesterday authorities identified a SECOND body found in the back yard of Ward Weaver's home.
The girl was 12- year- old Ashley Pond, who disappeared earlier this year.
Over the weekend, police identified the remains of Ashley's neighbor, 13- year- old Miranda Gaddis.
Weaver is already behind bars on charges of raping his son's girlfriend.
A former motel handyman now faces the possibility of the death penalty.
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Yesterday, a jury convicted Cary Stayner of murdering three tourists three years ago at Yosemite National Park in California.
Defense attorneys concede their client committed the murders, but plan to argue he was insane in order to avoid execution.
The sanity phase of the trial begins Thursday.
Meanwhile, Stayner is already serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for killing another woman at the park.
In business news, A late market rally gave Wall Street a winning Monday.
And Nestle offers a sweet deal to buy Hershey.
Ed Crane has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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IT WAS A TALE OF TWO MARKETS MONDAY ON WALL STREET----THE BEARS RULED IN THE MORNING...THE BULLS RAN IN THE AFTERNOON..
AND WHEN IT WAS OVER..GAINS ACROSS THE BOARD
THE DOW GAINED 46 POINTS
THE NASDAQ RALLIED TO PICK UP 11
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AND THE S AND P TACKED ON 7
DESPITE A 5 WEEK RALLY, A LOT OF AMERICANS ARE GIVING UP ON THE STOCK MARKET--AT LEAST FOR NOW. LAST MONTH A RECORD 49 BILLION DOLLARS FLEW OUT OF STOCK MUTUAL FUNDS. 19 BILLION DOLLARS IN FRESH MONEY WAS DROPPED INTO BOND FUNDS, BUT A LOT OF FOLKS ELECTED TO PUT THEIR DOLLARS TO WORK IN REAL ESTATe
NEW HOME SALES SHOT UP A SIZZLING 6 POINT 7 PERCENT. WHILE RE SALES OF EXISTING HOMES ROSE ALMOST 5 PERCENT. INDUSTRY SOURCES SAY 2002 WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY BE A RECORD YEAR FOR HOME SALES, DUE TO BOTH THE SOUR STOCK MARKET AND THE LOWEST INTEREST RATES SINCE THE 60'S,
THERES WORD THAT NESTLES BEEN KISSING UP TO RIVAL HERSHEY FOODS. HERSHEY CLOSED HIGHER AFTER A REPORT THAT THE SWISS FOOD CONGLOMERATE HAS OFFERED 11 AND A HALF BILLION DOLLARS FOR HERSHEY, OR ABOUT 82 DOLLARS PER SHARE. HERSHEY MAY BE WAITING TO SEE IF AN EVEN SWEETER OFFER IS FORTHCOMING FROM WOULD BE BUYERS KRAFT FOODS AND CADBURY SCHWEPPES.
HERE'S A SIGN OF THE TIMES. STATE REGULATORS ARE OUT WITH THEIR ANNUAL LIST OF THE WORST FINANCIAL SCAMS OUT THERE. CRACKING THE TOP TEN FOR THE FIRST TIME, BAD ADVICE FROM UNSCRUPULOUS STOCK BROKERS OR FINANCIAL ANALYSTS WITH CONFLICTING INTERESTS.
DESPITE MUCH REPORTED SHENNANIGANS FROM EXECS AT ENRON--WORLD COM..TYCO AND GLOBAL CROSSING....ENROLLMENT AT THE NATIONS BUSINESS SCHOOLS IS UP--BUT A NEW STUDY CONCLUDES AN M-B-A DEGREE TEACHES LITTLE OF REAL USE IN THE BUSINESS WORLD AND HAS LITTLE LONG RUN EFFECT ON SALARIES.
GET MORE ON OUR WEBSITE. CBS DOT MARKETWATCH DOT COM. I'M ED CRANE CBS MARKETWATCH N.Y.))
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A wildfire is forcing evacuations in New Mexico-- Four homes have already gone up in flames.
The blaze is just 50 miles north of Alburquerque, and it's grown to more than two- thousand acres.
Authorities aren't sure yet what sparked the fire.
Crews are also battling fires in Wyoming, Oregon, and Northern California.
In Colorado, a firefighting helicopter crashed, injuring all four people on board.
Tough economic news for workers at Salem's G-E plant.
Approximately 200- employees, mostly in manufacturing, are being laid off.
A company spokesman says there's little chance the workers will be called back.
Additional layoffs are also possible next year.
The Salem G-E plant--- which delivers drive and control systems for the industrial market- is blaming tough economic
times for the decision.
A spokesman says there has been a reduced demand for G-E's products.
Valley Metro workers in Roanoke have a new contract...
Union members voted in the deal on Sunday.
They had been working under an extension of their former contract which expired June 30th.
Officials say vacation time and rising health care costs were the most debated issues.
The new contract covers about 72-hourly workers.
It's in effect through next September.
The Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center is expanding...and officials say the entire New River Valley should benefit from it.
The center was awarded a two-million dollar grant from the U-S Department of Commerce yesterday, to construct a small business incubator.
Officials say the incubator will create locally-owned technology-based companies, that will develop products stemming from research at the University.
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((REP. RICK BOUCHER/9TH DISTRICT: THIS WILL BE A MAJOR BENEFIT FOR THE REGIONAL ECONOMY. THE ECONOMY HERE IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY AND ALSO THE ECONOMY OF THE NEW RIVER VALLEY GENERALLY.))
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The incubator is sponsored through the university's Knowledge Works Project.
The five-point-eight million dollar project is scheduled to begin next spring.
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Homeowners will replace golfers at a Roanoke County course.
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The new owners of the Hollyfields Golf Club property say they'll turn the course into a subdivision.
The course was auctioned off earlier this summer.
The development will be called Stoneridge at Bent Mountain-
It'll consist of about 50 homesites, each averaging more than three acres.
The developers say keeping the golf course as part of the project was not economically feasible.
Montvale's water system is getting a million dollars in help. The improvements should help the system's storage volume and pressure, and provide sufficient water flows for fire crews.
More than half the money is from a federal loan .. the rest comes from a federal grant.
This morning's Tech 2002 report serves up a variety of topics including musical quarterbacks to taming the Tigers.
Here's Mike Stevens
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(( With the trouncing of Arkansas State now behind them - the Hokies can finally turn their attention to the opponent most folks have had circled on the schedule for months - the boys from Baton Rouge - LSU.
The defending Southeast Conference champs roll into Blacksburg next Sunday with 17 starters off last year's squad.
The Hokies plan to continue their quarterback rotation against the Tigers on Sunday.
Both Grant Noel and Bryan Randall are as comfortable as two competitors can be with splitting time at quarterback.
The south endzone addition that was less than full for the opener will be jammed packed for LSU.
The $43 thousand dollar a year suites were full for the Arkansas State game and their inhabitants had no reason not to be full, as well.
Wes Worsham is part owner of one of the suites, but he understandably spent his day walking the field that bears his name.))
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