More parents are speaking out in an effort to keep three resource officers in each Roanoke city high school.
And the leader of one parent teacher group charged that the school system continues to downplay the number of violent incidents.
The comments came at the end of a lengthy school board meeting last night.
The president of the Patrick Henry P-T-S-A said the discipline, crime and violence report submitted to the Virginia Department of Education does not reflect the actual number of incidents.
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[IN Q=In closing I do intend]
((ALICE HINCKER/PATRICK HENRY PTSA PRESIDENT: IN CLOSING I DO INTEND TO SHARE THE FACTUAL BASIS FOR THE ALLEGATIONS I AM MAKING DR. HARRIS, BUT HOPEFULLY YOU WILL NOT BE THE ONLY INDIVIDUAL CONDUCTING THE INVESTIGATION.))
((MARSHA ELLISON/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOL BOARD: THIS IS WHAT CAUSES PARANOIA AND FEAR IN OUR COMMUNITY, WHEN SOMEBODY COMES
UP HERE AND STANDS UP AND PUTS DOWN ALL OUR GOOD PEOPLE IN OUR SCHOOLS.))
[SUPER=01-Alice Hincker/Patrick Henry PTSA President; :00]
[SUPER=01-Marsha Ellison/Roanoke City School Board; :11]
[OUT Q=puts down all our good people in our schools.]
The school superintendent and chief of police are now discussing the role of the resource officers, and their future in the two high schools.
Wayne Harris said he expects to bring a recommendation back to the school board next month.
The Alliance for Families and Children, a non-profit organization in Lynchburg, will lose thousands of dollars in city funding because its C-E-O is also a city official.
Steve Smallshaw has more last night's budget vote...Plus the city's decision to hike the cost of cigarettes and trash collection.
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[IN Q=Out of a]
[SUPER=01-Robert Garber/Lynchburg Council Member; :23]
[SUPER=01-Donald May/Opposes New Trash System; :59]
[SUPER=01-Barry Hawkins/Petroleum, Convenience & Grocery Assoc.; 1:11]
[OUT Q=SSM, News 7 Lynchburg;]
(( Out of a 127-million dollar budget, the money for the Alliance was just over 44-thousand dollars.
But in the end, Joan Foster's dual role as head of the Alliance and member of city council ended up costing the agency that money.
Because Foster could not vote to give money to her employer, council separated that item from the rest of the budget.
But that appropriation met with resistance.
((ROBERT GARBER/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: TO AWARD MONIES TO AN ORGANIZATION THAT A COUNCIL MEMBER SITS ON AS CHIEF ORGANIZATIONAL OFFICER IS WRONG.))
[OUT Q=is wrong.]
The measure needed five votes to pass.. with councilman Ed Barksdale absent, it could only muster three.
A measure to overhaul the city's trash pickup by charging more for a semi-automated system DID pass, despite a 13-hundred signature petition against it.
((DONALDY MAY/OPPOSES NEW TRASH SYSTEM: PEOPLE ARE SATISFIED WITH THE WAY THINGS ARE NOW... ...IN OTHER WAYS.))
[OUT Q=in other ways.]
Council also raised the city's cigarette tax from 15 cents a pack to 35 cents.. again, over concerns from store owners.
((BARRY HAWKINS/VA PETROLEUM, CONVENIENCE & GROCERY ASSOC'N: CIGARETTE TAXES ARE UNFAIR.. ..THE ENTIRE POPULATION.))
[OUT Q=the entire population.] ))
Lynchburg residents will soon see an extra 5 dollars added to their monthly utility bill to pay for the new trash system.
If they are smokers, it will cost them an extra three-fifty per carton beginning July 1.
Seven of the eight Americans killed in the terrorist bombings in Saudi Arabia were employees of a defense contractor in Fairfax.
The Vinnell Corporation has run a training program for the Saudi
national guard since 19-75.
[SUPER=03-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia;]
Meanwhile, the F-B-I is headed there to figure out who's responsible for the attack that killed at least 30 people.
U-S officials believe it was the work of al-Qaida, but Saudi investigators think a splinter group of the terrorist organization could be involved.
An apparent spokesman for the group recently vowed to target Americans..
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[IN Q=He warned that]
((BRUCE HOFFMAN/TERRORISM EXPERT: HE WARNED THAT THERE WAS A NEW AL-QAIDA THAT THE AMERICANS IN PARTICULAR DON'T YET UNDERSTAND SO PERHAPS THE OPERATIONS IN SAUDI ARABIA ARE TIED TO THAT BLUSTER.))
[SUPER=01-Bruce Hoffman/Terrorism Expert;]
[OUT Q=to that bluster.]
President Bush, meanwhile, has pledged U-S support for Saudi Arabia's fight against terrorism.
He's already doing life behind bars.
Now Terry Nichols could face death.
A judge in Oklahoma City has ruled that Nichols will stand trial on 160 counts of first degree murder, charges that could bring the death penalty.
Nichols was already convicted in federal court of conspiracy and involuntary manslaughter charges in the 19-95 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City.
Bombing mastermind Timothy McVeigh was convicted of murder, and executed in 2001.
A Christiansburg police officer killed in the line of duty was laid to rest yesterday.
More than one thousand people paid their respects at funeral services for Scott Hylton.
The 43-year-old was fatally shot last Friday by a shoplifting suspect.
Hylton's law enforcement family is showing their support with representatives attending from around the state and beyond.
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[SOT 00:42:11 // 00:41:24]
[IN Q=IT'S UNBELIEVEABLE]
((CAPT. KELLY WALTERS/CHRISTIANSBURG RESCUE SQUAD; IT'S UNBELIEVABLE TO LOOK OVER THE CROWD AND SEE PEOPLE FROM VIRGINIA BEACH INTO MOUNT AIRY NORTH CAROLINA.))
((CHIEF TONY WEDDLE/FLOYD CO.VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT.; SCOTT HYLTON WAS THE SAME GUY WHETHER HE WAS IN UNIFORM OR JUST MEETING HIM ON THE STREET OR AT THE STORE HE WAS THE SAME JUST A FINE FELLOW.))
[SUPER=01-Kelly Walters/Christiansburg Rescue Squad; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tony Weddle/Floyd Co. Fire Department; :07]
[OUT Q=A FINE FELLOW.]
Hylton joined the Christiansburg Police Department last year but has been in law enforcement for 20-years.
He leaves behind a wife and four children.
Authorities have released new information about the lockdown at Patrick Henry High School.
Roanoke Police say reports of gunfire came from an adult, not a student.
The call was placed Monday from somewhere on campus.
The unidentified person reported hearing two gun shots from the woods behind the school.
A search by police turned up nothing.
For about an hour and a half, students were kept in their classrooms and no one was allowed on or off school grounds.
In business news, the merger of B-B-and-T and First Virginia banks got the green light from the Federal Reserve yesterday.
The Fed's board of governors determined that the merger would not threaten competition.
The deal makes B-B-&-T the number two bank operating in Virginia.
In other business news, The founder of Qwest Communications will pay millions of dollars for accepting lucrative initial public offering shares.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York.]
((NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL ELIOT SPITZER SAID THE FORMER CHAIRMAN OF THE
TELECOM COMPANY QWEST COMMUNICATIONS WILL PAY BACK 4-POINT-4 MILLION DOLLARS
IN ILL-GOTTEN GAINS. PHILLIP ANSCHUTZ IS ACCUSED OF IMPROPERLY RECEIVING
LUCRATIVE IPO SHARES AS A THANK YOU FOR INVESTMENT BANKING BUSINESS HE GAVE
TO THE FIRM SALOMON SMITH BARNEY. It marks the first time an executive has
given up profits linked to the Wall Street practice known as "IPO
spinning."Anschutz admitted no wrongdoing in paying the penalty, which will
be distributed in part to six New York law schools.
ON THE STOCKS TO WATCH LIST: APPLIED MATERIALS...
AFTER THE CLOSING BELL,
the chip gear heavyweight posted a quarterly loss compared with a profit a
Applied Materials said the loss resulted from a charge for layoffs and
ON WALL STREET.. THE MARKETS RECENT WINNING STREAK HIT A BRICK WALL. THE
MAJOR STOCK INDEXES ARE UP ABOUT 15 PERCENT SINCE MID MARCH AND SOME
ANALSYTS BELIEVE THE MARKET IS DUE TO FOR A PULLBACK.
THE DOW SANK 47 POINTS
WHILE THE NASDAQ DIPPED UNDER 2.
FORD MOTOR COMPANY ANNOUNCED IT WILL CARRY SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO IN SOME OF
ITS CARS COMING OUT THIS FALL.. SIRIUS RADIO IS A DIGITAL, LARGELY
COMMERCIAL FREE RADIO SERVICE THAT CAN BE PICKED UP ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
IT WILL BE AN OPTION FEATURE ON 10 DIFFERENT FORD LINCOLN AND MERCURY 2004
MODELS.SIRIUS RADIO IS ALREADY AVAILABLE IN BMW AND DAIMLERCHRYSLER CARS.
TRACK ALL THE PREMARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM AT THE NASDAQ
I'M AC IN NEW YORK.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
At least 63 miners are dead and 23 missing following a gas explosion in a coal mine in eastern China.
Officials say there's little hope that those missing will be found alive.
And so far, there's no word on the cause of the explosion.
Yesterday's blast is the latest major accident in China's mining industry, the world's largest and deadliest.
About seven- thousand people died in Chinese mine accidents last year.
Some Roanoke-based National Guard troops will be released from active federal service next month.
About 120 members of the 229th Chemical Company rolled out of Roanoke in late February, prepared for a deployment of one full year.
But the Army National Guard said yesterday the group will complete its active service June 7th.
There's no word yet on exactly when the unit might return to its home base in Roanoke.
Are Virginia's airports getting shortchanged on security?
That's the question being raised by many of the state's elected officials.
The Transportation Security Administration is laying off six-thousand airport security screeners around the country.
Under the current plan, thirteen screeners at Roanoke Regional Airport and ten screeners at Lynchburg will lose their jobs.
Virginia's lawmakers are concerned that fewer screeners may jeopardize security at the state's airports.
They want to know how the lay-off decisions were made.
[IN Q=WE DIDN'T COME HERE TO BEAT UP]
((CONGRESSMAN ERIC CANTOR: WE DIDN'T COME HERE TO BEAT UP ON A GOVERNMENT AGENCY. WE JUST WANT CLEAR ANSWERS FROM THE TSA ABOUT WHY THEY DECIDED TO MAKE THESE CUTS.))
((JON MATHIASEN/CEO, RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: IT SEEMS LIKE IT'S BEEN ARBITRARY. IF THERE'S BEEN A MODEL. THE MODEL DOESN'T WORK.))
[SUPER=01-Rep. Eric Cantor/(R) 7th District; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jon Mathiasen/Richmond International Airport CEO; :09]
[OUT Q=THE MODEL DOESN'T WORK.]
The agency says it plans to stick with the number of announced cuts in spite of the outcry.
Keanu Reeves is back in "The Matrix Reloaded", which opens in theatres across the country tonight.
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[IN Q=The machines are digging...]
[OUT Q=surprised to see me?]
Along with Reeves, Carrie Ann Moss and Laurence Fishburn continue their fight against the Matrix, machines that have enslaved the human race.
It's safe to say "The Matrix Reloaded" be one of the hottest movies of the summer.
Premiere Magazine is forecasting the film will take in a whopping 350- million dollars at the box office.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
As Christiansburg honors Officer Hylton, a state senator from Southside says the lawman's family should be revered, as well.
Senator Roscoe Reynolds spoke yesterday morning at a memorial service in Martinsville to remember the 8 officers killed in that area over the past century.
The officers served with the Henry County Sheriff's Department, Fieldale and Bassett Police and Virginia State Police.
Reynolds says those who love an "officer of the law" make their own kind of sacrifice.
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[IN Q=Because of the giving that...]
((SEN. ROSCOE REYNOLDS/(D) MARTINSVILLE: BECAUSE OF THE GIVING THAT THE FAMILY HAS TO DO IN ORDER FOR ONE TO SERVE AS A POLICE OFFICER. I THINK ALL OF US NEED TO BE MORE AWARE OF THE STRESS AND STRAIN BEING A POLICE OFFICER PUTS ON THE FAMILY.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Roscoe Reynolds/(D) Martinsville;]
[OUT Q=being a police officer puts on the family.]
Henry County and the city of Martinsville yesterday proclaimed May 13th and May 15th, respectively, as Law Enforcement Memorial Day.
They may not be in college yet, but some area high school students say it's time people listened to what they have to say about Affirmative Action.
Marlin Reeves is a junior at Christiansburg High School.
He says colleges need Affirmative Action to ensure a diverse environment.
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[IN Q=I WANT TO GO]
((MARLIN REEVES/CHRISTIANSBURG HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT: 2514 I WANT TO GO TO A SCHOOL WHERE THERE'S A BALANCE OF MINORITIES AMONG STUDENTS BUT AMONG FACULTY ALSO AS WELL 2523 YOU DON'T WANT TO GO TO A SCHOOL WHERE THERE'S ALL CAUCASIAN PROFESSORS OR ALL SOME TYPE OF PROFESSOR TEACHING YOU YOU WANT A BALANCE A MIXTURE 32))
[SUPER=01-Marlin Reeves/Christiansburg High School Student;]
[OUT Q=A MIXTURE]
[Take University Diversity Promo FS #4391]
We'll hear Marlin and some of his classmates offer differing points of view as we continue our series on Affirmative Action, called "University Diversity", tonight on News 7 at 6.
In business news, It's all fun and games in Los Angeles this week.
The video game industry's annual trade show begins today.
Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E-3, is used to generate ``buzz'' for new software titles from now until the holiday shopping season.
Some 13-hundred products are being introduced at the show.
In other news, Stan Case takes a look at yesterday's closing numbers in today's business brief.
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[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case]
((THE ON-AGAIN-OFF-AGAIN RALLY ON WALL STREET TOOK THE DAY OFF TUESDAY.
PROFIT-TAKERS MOVED IN, AND...
THE DOW FELL 47 POINTS ON THE DAY.
AND THE NASDAQ WAS DOWN ONE.
WAL-MART REPORTED FIRST-QUARTER PROFITS THAT ROSE FASTER THAN ITS SALES, AS THE COMPANY BENEFITED FROM MARGIN IMPROVEMENT AND DECREASED INTEREST EXPENSES.
THE RETAIL GIANT MATCHED ANALYSTS' ESTIMATES AND EARNED 42 CENTS A SHARE, IN ITS QUARTER ENDED APRIL 30TH, UP FROM 37 CENTS A SHARE A YEAR AGO.
EL PASO CORPORATION NOW PLANS TO SAY GOOD-BYE TO ITS PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER PLUS THREE OTHER EXECUTIVES NEXT MONTH.
THE LARGEST U-S NATURAL GAS PIPELINE OPERATOR REPORTED A LOSS OF 66-CENTS A SHARE DURING THE FIRST QUARTER AND WILL CUT ITS SENIOR EXECUTIVE STAFF BY NEARLY HALF.
LAWYERS FOR MARTHA STEWART REPORTEDLY MET WITH GOVERNMENT PROSECUTORS AS RECENTLY AS LAST WEEK TO DISCUSS A SETTLEMENT OF THE ALLEGATIONS OF INSIDER TRADING SHE FACES.
THE FINANCIAL TIMES REPORTS NO DEAL IS IMMINENT.
A POTENTIAL DEAL, WHICH COULD FOCUS ON LESSER CHARGES OF OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, COULD BE WEEKS AWAY, ACCORDING TO THE NEWSPAPER.
WITH THE BIZ BRIEF, I'M STAN CASE.))
[TAPE TOSS TO STOCKS]
A program that's helping Roanoke students improve their reading skills is receiving a closer look from state education officials.
Virginia's Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jo Lynne DeMary (de-MEHR-ee) visited Hurt Park Elementary School yesterday morning.
Hurt Park is one of five Roanoke schools that have found success with a mentoring program called Hosts.
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[IN Q=You can read books]
((YVES MERISTIL/STUDENT: YOU CAN READ BOOKS AND MEET OTHER PEOPLE, READ STUFF PLAY WITH YOUR MENTOR.))
((CHUCK AYLING/MENTOR: THE READING TEACHER WRITES DOWN EXACTLY WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. I HAVE THE SAME TWO CHILDREN EACH WEEK. I THINK THIS ONE ON ONE APPROACH IS VERY EFFECTIVE. ))
[SUPER=01-Yves Meristil/3rd Grade Student; :00]
[SUPER=01-Chuck Ayling/Mentor; :13]
[OUT Q=is very effective.]
Students at Hurt Park have shown significant improvement in their reading skills, and Roanoke officials say they believe the program may have potential for schools across the state.