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A shooting in Christiansburg this morning involving a police officer.

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[TAKE FS SHOOTING MAP] It happened in the parking lot of the shell station off Interstate 81 near exit 118.
Myranda Stephans is at the scene. She joins us by phone with the details of what happened. Myranda what have you been able to found out?
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Roanoke police have identified a man found dead in the Roanoke River.
29-year-old Brian Eugene Hale of Southeast Roanoke was pulled from the river Wednesday morning.
His body was discovered near 13th Street, behind the Roanoke Sewage Treatment Plant.
Police are still investigating his death.

[7-11Radford-Arsenal]


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Officials say that an explosion at the Radford Arsenal yesterday shold not disrupt production at the plant.
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It happened around 4:40 yesterday afternoon at the plant's nitro-cellulose processing operation, an area where they purify the substance. Officials say the explosion caused some damage to the outside wall of the building, but there were no serious injuries. However, four people were being evaluated at the facility's hospital for hearing-related problems. Investigators are looking into the cause of the explosion.

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Two Roanoke schools were locked down for an hour and a half yesterday, after police received reports of a gunman in the area.
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Students at William Fleming High School and Ruffner Middle School were released at about 5:30 yesterday afternoon.

School officials decided to lock down both schools at about 3:45, after police told them a man with a gun was seen driving on Ferncliff Avenue near the schools.
Though the man didn't go on school property, officials decided to play it safe.
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((RAVEN STEWART: I FEEL LIKE THEY TOOK OUR SAFETY AS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO PROTECT AND I THINK THEY DID A GOOD JOB OF IT.))
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((BLAKE TAYLOR: I'M PROUD OF MY SCHOOL BECAUSE THEY TOOK MATTERS INTO THEIR OWN HANDS AND HANDLED IT WELL. ))
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It was a real-life drill for the students, who had been told to expect a practice lockdown any time soon.
Police are still looking for the alleged gunman.
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[8-C'Burg-Shooting]


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A confrontation between a Christiansburg police officer and a robbery suspect ends in gunfire.
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It happened in the parking lot of the shell station near exit 118. That's the first Christiansburg exit off of Interstate 81.
Myranda Stephens is in Christiansburg and joins us now with an update. Myranda????

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[8-11City-Budget]


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Members of the Roanoke City Council rejected city budget plans to decrease funding for the Fire- E-M-S departments.
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Roanoke City Manager Darlene Burcham had recommended the department not fund six vacant positions.
Fire officials said the decision would not jeopardize fire protection or employee morale.
But some council members were not convinced.
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The prospect of fewer school resource officers at two Roanoke high schools also raised concerns.
Council member Bill Bestpitch encouraged the school board to put off consideration of any cuts until new high school buildings are constructed.
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Roanoke's school superintendent and the chief of police are now discussing school security and the future of the r esource officers.