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Roanoke police are following up on leads after a shooting.
Officers say 39-year old Ronnie Jones was driving his car last night in the 500 block of Patton Avenue when a bullet came through the window.
He was hit in the shoulder and was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Police say Jones may know who the shooter was, but no one has been arrested yet.

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Irregularities in a department of the Roanoke City School system has caused the school board to look deeper.
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An audit found discrepancies in the way construction bids are received and awarded. As a result, two employees were placed on administrative leave with pay and face possible criminal charges. According to the audit, contracts totaling nearly 400- thousand dollars were awarded to one company after competing bids were in some cases falsified. Last night, the auditors and Superintendent Wayne Harris briefed the board on the problem.
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((FROM THE OUTSET I'VE BEEN SUPPORTIVE OF THE BECAUSE WE NEED TO HAVE SOMEONE LOOK WITH FRESH EYES ON WHAT WE'RE DOING TO ASSURE WE'RE EFFICIENT THAT WE'RE EFFECTIVE, THAT WE ARE OPERATING USING THE HIGHEST ETHICAL STANDARDS. ))
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The auditors and superintendent Harris also talked with the board about ways to prevent similar situations in the future.
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In other news, the trial of former D-Day memorial foundation director Richard Burrow continues today in Lynchburg.
Yesterday, a former office manager told a federal jury that Burrow forced her to record millions of dollars in pledges without the proper documentation.
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Prosecutors claim Burrow used those pledges to secure bank loans to keep the cash-strapped memorial afloat before its June 6th dedication.
Much of that money never materialized and the foundation has since sought bankruptcy protection from its creditors.
Burrow's attorney says his client honestly believed the pledges would be made and that he acted in good faith.
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The Department of Transportation has suspended work on the Route 58 expansion for lack of money.
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The 680 mile long project from the Cumberland Gap to Norfolk is being built in segments.
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A review of V-DOT finances shows a "272- million dollar" shortfall between what the state had planned to spend on improvements, and how much is needed.
State officials say managers of separate sections made spending commitments without talking to each other.
And no one had overall authority over spending.
That will change.
Transportation secretary Whitt Clement says he's appointed someone to oversee the entire project.
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