The decision is in.
Last night, the Bedford County school board voted to renovate Jefferson Forest rather than build a new facility.
Justin McLeod has reaction to the vote and more on what happens next.
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[SUPER=01-Robin Greer/Supports New Building; :16]
[SUPER=01-Laura Rodes/Supports Renovation; :29]
[SUPER=01-Talbot Huff/School Board Member; :46]
[SUPER=01-Jim Fields/School Board Member; :53]
[SUPER=01-Robert Ashwell/Supports Renovation; 1:08]
[SUPER=01-Starlette Early/Supports New Building; 1:16]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Bedford County]
As for when renovations will begin at Jefferson Forest, the Superintendent says that is at least a year away.
Investigators searching for Jennifer Short and the killer of her parents are hoping to jog some memories.
The Henry County Sheriff's Office is going to release new pictures of Jennifer's mother, Mary Hall Short.
The photos were take while she worked at Pluma.
Investigators are trying to figure out the identity of a man who may have harassed her about ten years ago.
Anyone who recognizes her and recalls any of the incidents that took place at Pluma is asked to call the Henry County Sheriffs Office- The number is: area code 276 638 8-7-5-1.
In national news--
What started out as a normal baseball game in Chicago last night turned violent in the ninth inning.
While watching the game between the Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals, a father and his young son jumped out of the stands.
They then ran onto the field and started beating the Kansas City First- Base coach.
The Kansas players immediately came to the aid of their coach.
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[IN Q=I was just]
((TOM GAMBOA/ROYALS FIRST BASE COACH: I WAS JUST SHOCKED BECAUSE IT CAME FROM BEHIND AND TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH I DIDN'T HAVE A CLUE WHAT WAS GOING ON.. (BUTT TO) I TRIED TO KICK ONE GUY TO KEEP HIM ABREAST. ))
[SUPER=01-Tom Gamboa/Royals First Base Coach;]
[OUT Q=keep him abreast.]
After the incident, the father and son were arrested.
Gamboa was NOT seriously injured.
But according to players, security guards later found a knife on the ground.
Gamboa says he has no idea why he was attacked.
Today President Bush will meet with Russian leaders at the White House.
Bush wants Russia to support a United Nations resolution that threatens military action if Iraq does not comply with U-N orders.
Right now, Russia is opposed to the U-S using force.
Meanwhile, the U-N's chief weapons inspector says teams could arrive in Iraq as early as mid- October.
Democratic Congressional leaders say the President will soon get a resolution authorizing military force against Iraq.
But they add that it may not be exactly what Bush asked for.
Democrats want more specific wording, so that the President cannot authorize war anywhere.
Republican senators, meanwhile, are praising the President's proposal.
Most everyone has some idea on what should be done with Interstate 81- Now V-DOT wants the private sector's best minds to help map the highway's future.
No question - the state's longest interstate is congested.
V-DOT is asking engineering and design firms for a solution.
It wants the businesses to submit proposals on how they'd boost safety, economic development and technology on the I-81 corridor.
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((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT: WE DON'T KNOW OF ANY OTHER STATE TRANSPORTATION DEPT. IN THE COUNTRY THAT'S SAID GIVE US YOUR BEST IDEAS FOR 325 MILES. WE THINK THIS IS PRETTY HISTORIC AND PRETTY SIGNIFICANT. ))
[SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/VDOT Spokesperson;]
[OUT Q=pretty significant.]
Some suggestions include separating trucks and cars, shifting commercial traffic to trains... and linking 81 with major transportation hubs, like airports and railways.
The companies also have to figure out how to pay for the upgrades and share some financial responsibility with the state.
They have three months to submit proposals.
Previously the only company to submit a plan was Star Solutions- it will re-submit its idea to charge truckers a toll- and use that money to widen 81.
Blacksburg officials say they want to control the deer population, and at the same time, reduce the number of car accidents.
The state's early urban archery season begins Saturday and continues through October fourth.
But, this is the first time the town will take part.
Officials say the town already has a deer management program, but, they hope this early hunting season will help out even more.
For information on how to register, you can contact Blacksburg Police.
In business news, The Dow dropped below eight-thousand yesterday after losing 230 points.
Trish Regan has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[OUT Q=I'm Trish Regan.]
Investors are hoping for a recovery today after
the market lost ground in yesterday's session.
The dow closed below 8,000 for the first time since July sliding
230....while the nasdaq closed off 35.
Keep an eye on SHARES OF QUALCOM TODAY. THE COMPANY says it sees record
demand for chips for the final 3 months of
3-com is stuggling. After yesterday's closing
bell, the networking equipment company said it had a quarterly loss of
32 million dollars.
Sales were off 10% this past quarter and are likely to continue falling in
Another one to watch: Electronic Data Systems. Shares plunged yesterday
after the company released an earnings warning.
In other news, the ex-CEO of Tyco, Dennis Kozlowski may have come up with
his bail money. his ex-wife has agreed to post 10 million dollars in bail
for him. but the lead prosecutor says the Manhattan district attorney's
office needs to determine whether that money was gained as part of the fraud
kozlowski was charged with last week...He is
said to have made off with 600 million dollars from the company he
Tobacco giant Phillip Morris has decided to spend 200 thousand dollars and
hire 4 lobbyists to fight mike bloomberg's quest to rid new york city bars
and restaurants of smoke.
bloomberg likens second hand smoke to toxins like aspestos.
and, finally, Mortgage rates dropped again...The average 30-year mortgage
hit a historical low today: 6.05 percent.
For more market news, log onto cbs-dot-marketwatch-dot-com.
in the cbsmarketwatch newsroom, i'm TRISH REGAN.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Israeli forces have blown up at least two buildings inside Yasser Arafat's compound in the West Bank.
Palestinian officials say the buildings were for security and intelligence use.
Arafat was NOT injured.
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Meanwhile, Israeli tanks and helicopter gunships attacked the outskirts of Gaza City.
Two Palestinians were killed in the raid.
Both attacks are in response to yesterday's suicide bombing aboard a bus in Tel Aviv that killed five people.
An executive at Dan River Incorporated is the newest member of Danville City Council.
Albert "Buddy" Rawley was picked to fill the vacancy created by the death of Charles Scott last month.
Many people had hoped city council would pick former mayor Seward Anderson to fill out Scott's term.
Anderson came close to winning a seat on council in the last election.
Vinton Supervisor Harry Nickens says he will leave the Roanoke Valley with mixed emotions.
A 20- year veteran of the Roanoke County board, and a former president of the College of Health Sciences, Nickens is taking a position with a health system in Danville, Kentucky.
Joe Dashiell has more on Nickens' decision and the search for his successor.
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[OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke Co.]
((Harry Nickens says the Ephraim McDowell health system offered a challenging position and a good fit for his experience...
But after 30 years in the Roanoke Valley and 20 on the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors, the decision wasn't an easy one.
[IN Q=Mixed emotions]
((HARRY NICKENS: MIXED EMOTIONS AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, BUT I DO THINK IT'S A GOOD FIT FOR ME AND IT'S A QUALITY ORGANIZATION AND HOPEFULLY THROUGH THE YEARS I'VE MADE SOME CONTRIBUTIONS THAT WILL STILL YIELD DIVIDENDS IN THE ROANOKE AREA.))
[OUT Q=in the Roanoke area.]
Supervisors Chairman Butch Church says it will be difficult to replace Nickens experience'... but the remaining members must choose his replacement within 30 days of his departure.
And that person will serve until a special election in November of 2003.
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((JOE "BUTCH" CHURCH: IT'S SUDDEN. WE DON'T HAVE ANY PRECONCEIVED, I DON'T BELIEVE OUR BOARD DOES, IDEAS OR CRITERIA FOR ANYONE TO APPLY. WE JUST HOPE AND I THINK WE WILL GET SOME REALLY GOOD SOLID APPLICANTS THAT ARE WILLING TO COME FORWARD.))
[OUT Q=willing to come forward.]
Church says board members will discuss the selection process in more detail Tuesday night.
In the meantime, they're thanking Harry Nickens for his service to the county, and encouraging anyone who'd like to succeed him to put their interest in writing.
Joe Dashiel News 7 Roanoke County))
Graduating seniors at Virginia Tech will get their wish afterall.
The university announced yesterday it won't cancel Fall commencement... thanks to some help from the local hotel community.
At least eight hotels say they will donate a portion of their sales toward commencement, which brings in about a quarter of their revenue.
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((JEREMY ALLEN/AMERISUITES GENERAL MANAGER: DECEMBER'S BASICALLY A SLOW MONTH IN BLACKSBURG, SO, THE RESTAURANTS, THE MERCHANTS AND EVERYBODY WILL BENEFIT FROM THE COMMENCEMENT GOING THROUGH))
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Right now, it's not known just how much money will be donated, but, officials say the costs will be balanced out through the university's parents fund, which is used toward campus enhancements.
Fall commencement usually runs the school about 30-thousand dollars.
It's not the grammys, but it almost seems like it-
The winners are all teenagers- From love ballads to rap, area teens are showing off their musical talent.
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((YO... VERBAL ASSAULT... WON'T WON'T WON'T))
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This group is called Verbal Assault- it's members are some of many teen musicians- showing their stuff- at last night's 3rd annual Encore Music Awards.
Six awards went out in all- one to Sierra Woford who won "best vocal performance" for her song- Don't Come to Me.
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((MUSIC.... EVEN IF YOU'RE WEARY.. MUSIC.))
[OUT Q=even if you're weary.. musical nat.]
The crowd loved the show- they watched at the Dumas Center for Artistic Development.
The students are all part of the Downtown Music lab- a non profit after school music program- where students learn how to write, record and perform their own music.