[7-11Bedford-Aircraft]

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Police are trying to figure out why a small aircraft hit powerlines and crashed in Bedford County.
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It happened early yesterday evening at the Scotts Strawberry Farm on Joppa Mill Road.
That's near Staunton River High School.
Authorities say the ultralight aircraft went down in a field shortly before five after hitting some power lines.
One person was taken to the hospital by Lifeguard 10.
Witnesses say the victim was complaining of chest pains and may have had a broken shoulder.
There's no word on his condition.
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[7-1181-Fatal]


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State troopers are investigating the death of a female pedestrian, who was struck and killed by a tractor - trailer on Interstate 81 Sunday night.
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[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]

Officials say the unidentified woman was standing in a northbound lane of Interstate 81 near Buchanan when she was hit. The accident happened shortly before midnight.
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((SGT. MIKE HONAKER/STATE POLICE: WE KNOW SHE WAS STRUCK BY A TRACTOR TRAILER. THE DRIVER OF THE VEHICLE STOPPED. SHE WAS ACTUALLY STRUCK BY THE BACK PORTION OF THE TRUCK AS OPPOSED TO RUNNING IN FRONT OF THE VEHICLE.))
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[OUT Q=as opposed to running in front of the vehicle.]
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The truck driver stopped after the accident. He does not face charges.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
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State Police originally thought they'd identified the victim but now say their information was inaccurate. All they know is that she appears to have been in her twenties.

[7-11B'Burg-Sewer]


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Blacksburg officials believe their new plan to improve the town's water system wil draw criticism.
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The system is now nearing capacity and officials say in order to prevent overflow, the town has a few options. It could upgrade the current system or build a new system to include service in the Tom's Creek area. A third option would include building more treatment sites, but that could take more time. Officials say whichever plan they choose, they hope to reduce the amount of disruption to traffic and the environment.
A public hearing is scheduled for June 24th.
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[7-6Directv]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
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DISH Network is now being joined by Direct-TV in offering local chanels.
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Direct-TV says the service begins today and will be available for customers in the Roanoke television market. Not getting local channels was the biggest complaint from satellite subscribers. Retailers now expect dish sales to steadily increase and say new deals will increase competition among satellite providers.
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[45-11Williams]


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A Roanoke man is facing a murder charge for a deadly stabbing outside a city bar.
34-year old Michael Keith Williams of Crown Point Road is charged in the April 5 incident at the Allsports Cafe.


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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/April 5]


Police say Williams and Jonathan Freel of Salem got into an argument outside the bar.
Freel was stabbed and died at the scene.
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[45-11Wine-Sales]


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Wine makers are saying "cheers" to a new law signed by Governor Mark Warner.
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[SUPER=03-Glen Allen]


Beginning July first, wineries will be allowed to ship up to two cases a month to customers who reside in certain states, and Virginians will be able to order wines from sellers in those states.
Some wineries are already getting orders.
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((ANN KIERNAN/JAMES RIVER CELLARS; IT'S ABOUT THE CONSUMER. IT'S A CONSUMER ORIENTED BUSINESS AND IF THEY'RE HAPPY, THAT GENERATES HAPPINESS, MORE KNOWLEDGE OF THE INDUSTRY, MORE INTEREST IN PURCHASING OUR PRODUCT.))
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Virginia had few wineries when the inter-state sales were banned in 1933.
Now it's a growing industry.
The Commonwealth is home to 80 wineries.
By the way, the new law also applies to beer.
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[45-11Resource-Officers]


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Roanoke school officials say they hope a decision to keep three resource officers in each of the city's high schools will help parents rest easier.
But one parent who applauds the move says she still has concerns about school safety.
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Board members made the decision at a Saturday workshop, voting to keep the third resource officer at Patrick Henry and William Fleming High schools.
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Yesterday, School Board Chairman Gloria Manns and Superintendent Wayne Harris said they wanted to reassure parents, while continuing to re-examine the officers' role and responsibilities.
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((WAYNE HARRIS/ROANOKE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: THEY PLAY A VITAL ROLE ON OUR CAMPUSES. WE DO NOT WANT TO PLAY THAT DOWN. THEY PLAY A VITAL ROLE, AN IMPORTANT ROLE, AND WE SUPPORT THE CONTINUATION OF RESOURCE OFFICERS, BUT WE DO NEED TO RE-EXAMINE THEM.)) ((ALICE HINCKER/PATRICK HENRY PARENT: THEY 'VE BEEN REDEFINING THOSE ROLES WITHOUT INPUT FROM PARENTS OR STUDENTS OR TEACHERS, OR THE COMMUNITY. AND WITH A SCHOOL BOARD THAT HAS PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT AS A PRIORITY, I'M KIND OF SURPRIZED THEY'RE NOT ASKING FOR INPUT FROM OTHER PARTS OF THE COMMUNITY.))
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School officials say they haven't decided what will happen at the end of the next school year.
Harris did raise the possibility of a city-wide study to gauge public opinion on a number of issues, including school safety.
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[8-11Orange-Murder]


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Two people from Christiansburg face charges in the fatal shooting of a Roanoke man last winter.
The city grand jury has indicted 23-year-old William Henry Brown and 20-year-old Candace Marie Davis in the death of Antwone Lamont Preston.
Brown was charged with murder; Davis, with being an accessory.
Preston was riding in a car on Orange Avenue last January, when he was hit by gunfire from another vehicle that had pulled alongside.
Police are not saying what might have led up to the shooting.

[8-11Tech-Visitor]


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Virginia Tech's board of visitors is re-evaluating how it makes important decisions.
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The board is now considering a resolution that says its members and the public must be notified at least ten days BFORE a resolution can be passed. The proposal is a response to the board's March 10th meeting, when members made a surprise move to eliminate the university's affirmative action policy.
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((RODMAN LAYMAN: I THINK THE REAL EFFORT HERE IS SORT OF THE SPIRIT OF THE THING TO MAKE SURE EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT WE WANT THEM TO BE INFORMED WHENEVER POSSIBLE AND THAT WE WANT TO KEEP EACH OTHER INFORMED.))
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=Bruce Smith]

In another surprise announcement, the board announced the resignation of Bruce Smith, citing scheduling conflicts. Smith was appointed to the board last July. He has attended one of six meetings.


[8-AM-Virgilina-Elementary]


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After the Halifax County School Board's recent decision to close Virgilina Elemenrty School, some residents are still doing what they can to keep it open.
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[SUPER=03-Halifax Co./January 2002]


Since the vote, opponents have gathered nearly 700 signatures.
Last night, they took that petition to county leaders.
They're asking the Board of Supervisors to pass a resolution urging the school board to keep Virgilina open.
They also want the board to restrict or eliminate county tax dollars and loan obligations to capital programs, which encourage the closing of community schools like Virgilina.
Opponents feel they have a good chance, because over a year ago, the Board of Supervisors passed a resolution in support of keeping Virgilina open.
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Supervisors did not take any action last night because two members were absent.
They could take up the issue at next week's meeting.