The multi-million dollar renovation of Jefferson Forest High School is moving forward.
Last night, Bedford County supervisors voted unanimously for a plan that would spend more than 26 million dollars to overhaul the 30 year old school.
Architects recommend expanding the school's auditorium, relocating its cafeteria and library and adding new classrooms.
The concept got the O-K from the school board earlier this month.
Some supervisors believed they should not override that decision, but others still have concerns about whether the plan goes far enough.
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[IN Q=Last I checked]
((ROBERT BASHORE/BEDFORD CO. SUPERVISOR: LAST I CHECKED.. ...STAY WHERE IT IS.))
((DEBBY ALLEN/FOREST PTA COALITION: ONE SUPERVISOR SAID.. ...WORK WITH THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Robert Bashore/Bedford Co. Supervisor; :00]
[SUPER=01-Debby Allen/Jefferson Forest PTA Coalition; :25]
[OUT Q=we will work with that.]
County officials say they won't need to borrow money for the project until construction begins in 2005.
The future of Virgilina Elementary School remains unchanged.
The Hailfax County school board met with the board of supervisors last night to discuss their options.
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School board members say even if supervisors come up with more money, Virgilina Elementary will still have to close.
The school board cites declining enrollment and hefty renovation costs as reasons behind the decision.
The controversy over whether to allow alcohol sales at Radford City parks has taken a surprise turn.
One council member who originally voted for the ordinance has changed her mind.
She now wants the public to decide the issue.
That announcement came after the council heard once again from supporters and opponents.
The ordinance passed two weeks ago would allow vendors to sell beer and alcohol in restricted areas of Bissett Park, Riverside Park, and the city's new Recreation Center during non-city events.
It passed by a 3 to 2 vote.
But now the Vice Mayor wants the city to look into the possibility of residents deciding the issue through a referendum.
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[IN Q=I would like personally]
((GALE COLLINS/VICE MAYOR: I WOULD LIKE PERSONALLY RATHER THAN THE FIVE OF US COUNCIL MEMBERS MAKING THIS DECISION I'D LIKE IT BE MADE BY THE CITY OF RADFORD.))
((LAURIE BUCHWALD/COUNCIL MEMBER: THE LAWS OF THIS COUNTRY ALLOW FOR THE RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL AND DOING SO DOESN'T NOT MAKE ME OR ANYONE ELSE IMMORAL AND I AM OFFENDED BY THAT ASSERTION.))
[SUPER=01-Gale Collins/Vice-Mayor; :00]
[SUPER=01-Laurie Buchwald/Council Member; :09]
[OUT Q=BY THAT ASSERTION.]
Council members took no action on the second reading of this ordinance.
But council agreed to have the City Attorney ask the General Assembly to put this issue on a referendum in the future.
Most college administrators say the Supreme Court's decision on affirmative action will allow them to keep their admissions policies as they are.
Yesterday's ruling from the high court upholds affirmative action, but limits its practice.
Justices say schools CAN select students based in part on race ... BUT at the same time, that schools can't assign specific point values to minority applicants.
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[IN Q=Taken together]
((Terry Pell/Center for Individual Rights: "
Taken together, both decisions raise the bar higher and make it more
difficult for schools to use race." ))
[SUPER=01-Terry Pell/Center for Individual Rights;]
[OUT Q=to use race.]
The court's ruling is based on two cases involving University of Michigan admissions policies.
Virginia Tech will take another look at its policies concerning affirmative action.
Yesterday, the university said it will go back and review some of its minority programs that were scaled back in order to comply with state guidelines.
[IN Q=we had 16 programs]
((LARRY HINCKER/TECH SPOKESPERSON: WE HAD 16 PROGRAMS THAT WERE ALTERED OR ELIMINATED. AND WE'LL GO BACK AND TAKE A LOOK AT THOSE AGAIN 27 AND WE ALSO HAD FIVE PROGRAMS THAT WE HAD QUESTIONS ON AND THAT WE'VE ASKED THE AG FOR FURTHER INFORMATION . ONE OF THOSE WHICH IS ADMISSIONS PROCESS.))
[SUPER=01-Larry Hincker/Virginia Tech Spokesman;]
[OUT Q=admissions process]
This will be the second time the university reviews a decision it made about affirmative action.
In March, the board of visitors voted to eliminate affirmative action for admissions, only to reinstate the policy two weeks later.
ANOTHER Supreme Court decision will have an impact on many libraries.
The court says libraries that get federal funding will now be required to use filters on their computers to block pornography.
Opponents had argued it amounted to censorship.
But in a six to three vote, the justices say it doesn't violate the First Amendment because the filters can be disabled.
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[IN Q=i think]
((MELISSA CUPP/LIBRARY PATRON; I THINK IT'S A GOOD IDEA BECAUSE I KNOW A LOT OF CHILDREN FROM SCHOOLS HAVE ASSIGNMENTS THAT NEED TO COME TO THE LIBRARY TO USE THEM SO IT WOULD BE GOOD NOT TO HAVE THEM GET ON THOSE SITES AS A PARENT I WOULD NOT WANT MY CHILD TO BE ABLE TO GET ON THOSE SITES ))
[SUPER=01-Melissa Cupp/Library Patron; ]
[OUT Q=THOSE SITES.]
Libraries that are not funded by federal money can keep their current policies.
The American Library Association is disappointed with the ruling and predicts some libraries will turn down the money rather than install filters.
In business news, Another interest rate cut could be on the way.
The Federal Reserve begins its two day meeting today.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York.]
((Wall Street is on Fed watch.. as Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan
and company kick off a two day meeting in Washington to talk interest
rates. Most economists are betting on the first rate cut of the year..
possibly a quarter point.. to boost the economy and ward off deflation.
But many analysts say a rate cut has already been factored into the
and that the statement the fed releases at the conclusion of its meeting
could move the markets.
on wall street... worriers about the upcoming second quarter earnings
season kep the buyers at bay.
The dow tanked 127 points
while the Nasdaq slid nearly 34.
Not even a huge merger was enough to prop up stocks. IDEC
will buy rival Biogen in a stock swap valued at 6.8 bln dollars. IDEC
makes the non-Hodgkin's lymphoma drug Rituxan.
Biogen is best known for its multiple sclerosis drug Avonex. The
combined company will creat the nation's third biggest biotech firm.
Fidelity Investments says you'll no longer have to pay extra money up
front to invest in several of its mutual funds, including the popular
All of Fidelity's retail diversified stock funds will now be sold on
what's called a "no-load" basis, bringing an end to the three-percent
front-end fee that the company has charged. However, Fidelity's sector
and industry funds will still carry the added cost.
And starting next month, you should see a little more money in your
paycheck. Beginning July first, the IRS is expecting employers to start
withholding federal income taxes based on the new tax law.
TRACK ALL THE PREMARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM . I'M AC IN NEW YORK.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Firefighters in Arizona say they're starting to win some battles against the blaze that's destroyed 250 homes.
[SUPER=03-Near Tucson, AZ;]
The fire is now 15 percent contained to 19-thousand acres.
No buildings have burned since Saturday.
Firefighters are now concentrating on making a direct assault on the fire's leading edge.
They still haven't determined the cause of the fire and expect to survey the starting point today.
Another sign that the SARS crisis is easing.
The World Health Organization is lifting a recommendation against travel to China.
Beijing and Hong Kong were the last places on the list of infected areas.
The news started a few street celebrations.
The World Health Organization is still warning that China must guard against future outbreaks.
ITT Night Vision says it's working hard to keep up with demand now that hundreds of its employees are on strike.
Close to 600 union workers walked off the job Saturday afternoon.
I-T-T says it's reassigning all available workers to critical production areas.
The Roanoke County company and the union are taking a cooling off period before contract negotiations resume.
Center in the Square is about to undergo phase two of a bold new advertising campaign.
The series of print ads depicts downtown Roanoke as it was before the Design '79 project.
The photographs show a prostitute, a wine bottle and a homeless person rummaging through a dumpster.
Starting in August, new ads will show the market area as it looks today.
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[IN Q=Of course, the campaign was...]
((JIM SEARS/PRESIDENT, CENTER IN THE SQUARE: OF COURSE, THE CAMPAIGN WAS MORE TO LOOK AT PAST AND COMPARE IT TO PRESENT AND HOPEFULLY PEOPLE WOULD SEE A CONNECTION BETWEEN CENTER AND THE IMPROVEMENTS THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN THE HISTORIC MARKET AREA AND DOWNTOWN ROANOKE.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Sears/Center in the Square President;]
[OUT Q=markiet area and downtown Roanoke.]
Sears credits the campaign with raising 600-thousand dollars in donations during the current capital campaign, more than the annual fundraiser has EVER raised.
But he stresses that the non-profit's also running a 600-thousand dollar *deficit*.
He says, if finances continue to be as strained as they have been since Center lost its state funding, the organization could close in three to four years.
27 Virginia women are embracing a week filled with camaraderie and community.
Yesterday, the Miss Virginia contestants visited the Art Museum, where they spent some time with kids from the West End Center.
Then it was off to the Hotel Roanoke for swimsuits, evening gowns and lots of photos.
This year is the 50th year for the Miss Virginia Pageant.
The competition runs Thursday through Saturday.
(Marya tosses to bump)
In business news, Wall Street has opened the new trading week with a sell-off.
Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case.]
((STOCKS TUMBLED MONDAY AS INVESTORS TOOK PROFITS BEFORE THE FEDERAL RESERVE'S TWO-DAY POLICY-SETTING MEETING.
THE DOW WAS DOWN 127 POINTS.
THE NASDAQ LOST ALMOST 34.
UNILEVER HAS TRIMMED ITS 2003 SALES FORECAST BY ABOUT 30 PERCENT.
THE BRITISH-DUTCH COMPANY NOW PROJECTS SALES AT ONLY FOUR PERCENT HIGHER THAN LAST YEAR.
NONETHELESS, THE COMPANY REAFFIRMED ITS EXPECTED TEN PERCENT IMPROVEMENT IN EARNINGS FOR THE YEAR, FINANCED IN PART BY ELIMINATING 33-HUNDRED JOBS.
UNILEVER SHARES LOST NEARLY TEN PERCENT ON THE DAY.
SHARES OF GOODYEAR WERE OFF BY MORE THAN EIGHT PERCENT AFTER THE COMPANY REPORTED OPERATING INCOME IN ITS NORTH AMERICA TIRE OPERATIONS DECLINED IN MAY.
TURNING AROUND THE NORTH AMERICA OPERATIONS IS SEEN AS CRUCIAL TO GOODYEAR'S FINANCIAL STABILITY.
THE COMPANY HAS RECENTLY REFINANCED ITS BANK LOANS, ELIMINATED ITS DIVIDEND, PUT ITS CHEMICALS DIVISION UP FOR SALE, AND STOPPED MATCHING EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT CONTRIBUTIONS.
PERENNIAL FAVORITE FANNIE MAE LOST THREE PERCENT FOLLOWING A PUBLISHED REPORT THAT QUESTIONED ITS ACCOUNTING PRACTICES.
ACCOUNTING EXPERTS CONTEND FANNIE MAE'S ASSETS SUFFERED A LOSS IN THE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS LAST YEAR DUE TO A DROP IN INTEREST RATES.
THE NEW YORK TIMES REPORTS THAT ACCOUNTING RULES ALLOWED FANNIE MAE TO KEEP THE LOSSES OFF ITS INCOME STATEMENT.
WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF, I'M STAN CASE.WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF, I'M STAN CASE.))
[TAPE TOSS TO STOCKS]
A man missing for two weeks was found dead in Pearisburg .
Police say the 57-year-old died of natural causes.
The town's police chief says the body was found Sunday by the man's son in an empty lot on Route 460.
The son told police that no one had seen his father for about two weeks.
The chief is holding off on releasing the man's name until other relatives are notified.
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[GRAPHIC=Paws and Claws]
Summer is finally here.
While thoughts of vacation are probably at the front of your mind right now, it's also important to think about changes in your pet's needs this time of year.
[TAKE FS PAWS AND CLAWS]
In the first of a two- part interview for "Paws and Claws," Kimberly McBroom talks to pet expert Brian Kilcommons about ways to protect your pet from warm weather dangers.
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[SUPER=01-Brian Kilcommons/Pet Expert and Author;]
[OUT Q=any problem.]
In next week's "Paws and Claws" segment, Brian offers advice on how to travel with pets, so that you and they have the best vacation possible.
News 7 Mornin' will be right back.
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