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Good morning, I'm Marya Jones. Kimberly is off today. Temperatures won't be quite so hot today, but we could see thunderstorms later on .. and throughout the weekend. Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your complete forecast in just a few minutes.






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Henry County residents have been given their say. Now their school system must decide which school consolidation plan to approve.
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There are currently four consolidation plans, each with different options.
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One would keep four high schools, others would close one or two.
Under each plan, at least three elementary schools will close.
They include Fieldale, Figsboro, and Spencer-Penn.
As far as the middle schools, one option would close all four.
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At a public forum yesterday, county residents got the chance to speak to school board members and administrators one on one.
The school board will review the responses next week, and a final consolidation plan should be in place by this fall.
Once it's decided, it will take effect for the 2004-2005 school year.

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Now that Virginia Tech has landed a spot in the A-C-C, new construction plans for Lane Stadium may move forward.


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Earlier this month, the university announced construction for the west end expansion was on hold, because of the uncertainty of Tech's future in the Big East conference. University spokesman Larry Hincker says it's a strong possibility that will change, but it's still too early to tell.

The university is moving forward with the design and planning phase of the project, thanks to nearly two-million dollars in donations from Tech alumni.
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Tech may be in the A-C-C, but Miami is still weighing its options. President Donna Shalala says the school's reviewing an informal counter-offer from the Big East and crunching the numbers on the proposed 2-team expansion. A final decision is expected no later than Monday.


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The Miss Virginia Pageant is now underway.
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27 women are competing for the title.
This is the 50th anniversary of the pageant, and many former Miss Virginias were on hand last night, including Nicole Johnson and Kylene Barker Hibbard, who went on to become Miss America.
The contest will wrap up Saturday night at the Roanoke Civic Center.
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Good morning, I'm Marya Jones. Not so hot and hazy today, but the threat of rain is re-entering the picture. Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your complete forecast coming up.





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A Moneta woman is out of the hospital after being shot while driving along an Interstate highway.
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It happened two nights ago in Cocke (KAHK) County, Tennessee on Interstate 40, about 50 miles east of Knoxville.
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Someone fired shots at two cars.
The driver of this pickup truck was killed when his vehicle was targeted.
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19-year old Kimberly Bede (Buh-DEE) of Moneta was riding in another car that came under fire.
She was rushed to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, and was released last night.
Police say a sniper may be to blame.
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Virginia gay rights activitists are pleased with a Supreme Court ruling on gay sex, but others, including Reverend Jerry Falwell are not. The court struck down a Texas State law yesterday that outlaws sex between men, a ruling that is expected to nullify similar laws in other states, including Virginia.
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Our state's anti-sodomy law applies equally to heterosexuals and homosexuals.
But gay rights supporters say the law was used solely to discriminate against homosexuals.
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((VICTORIA COBB/FAMILY FOUNDATION OF VIRGINIA: TODAY THE SC OPENED UP THE DOOR TO HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE, HOMOSEXUAL ADOPTION, THE ABILITY TO TEACH CRIMES AGAINST NATURE IN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS.))
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Attorney General Jerry Kilgore says he disagrees with the ruling.
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So does the Reverend Jerry Falwell, who says the ruling could set a dangerous precedent. He says sodomy laws should never have applied to married couples and that he foresaw this kind of ruling eventually coming.
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((REV. JERRY FALWELL/LIBERTY UNIVERSITY:THE SCRIPTURE SAYS THE MARRIAGE BED IS UNDEFILED AND MAN AND WOMAN LEGALLY MARRIED HAVE BIBLICALLY THE RIGHT OF INTIMACY WITH ONE ANOTHER AND I THINK THAT'S ALL INCLUSIVE.))
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The reverend also said the ruling could take society down a slippery slope--leading to the legalization of prostitution, heroin and cocaine-- because those things are done in private.

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Good morning, I'm Marya Jones. We could see showers return to the region later today, but temperatures shouldn't be quite so hot. Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your weekend forecast in just a few minutes.






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A Roanoke city councilwoman is speaking up for a school resource officer she worries has become a scapegoat.
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Linda Wyatt says she doesn't have a direct say in where Officer Butch Lewis is assigned, but she doesn't want the city to lose track of the big issue - the safety of Roanoke City school children. Officer Lewis was recently reassigned after working at Patrick Henry High School for ten years. Some believe he was moved because he spoke out about school violence. Wyatt says Lewis genuinely cares about the school.
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((LINDA WYATT/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL MEMBER: BY ALL ACCOUNTS I'VE GOTTEN FROM PARENTS AND OTHER TEACHERS THAT HAVE WORKED WITH HIM, HE'S DONE AN OUTSTANDING JOB THERE. I'VE HAD YOUNG PEOPLE COME UP TO ME AND SAY I WOULD HAVE NEVER GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL IF IT HADN'T BEEN FOR BUTCH LEWIS. HE'S THE REASON I MADE IT AND YOU KNOW, IF YOU CAN SAVE A KID, IT'S WORTH THE EFFORT.))
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City Manager Darlene Burcham has launched an investigation into Lewis' reassignment. Lewis is in the process of filing a formal grievance against the city.

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Investigators will try to determine what caused this plane crash yesterday in Giles County. Officials say the cropduster was spraying the area for gypsy moths, when engine trouble led to a forced landing near Pearis Mountain.
The plane hit a pile of rocks before coming to rest. The pilot, who is from Pennsylvania, was released after hospital treatment.
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A Lynchburg non-profit agency says the public has responded to its appeal for help since City Council cut its funding a month ago. But the agency is still short of its goal.
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The Alliance for Families and Children sponsors programs like Youth Connections, which teaches teenagers how to deal with the temptations of drugs, tobacco and alcohol.
The loss of city funding has put the program in jeopardy for next year.
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((JOAN FOSTER/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: THIS IS A MESSAGE FOR OUR COMMUNITY, A THANK YOU, YOU'VE HELPED TO MAKE THIS A REALITY THIS YEAR AND WE'RE HALFWAY TO MAKING IT A REALITY AGAIN NEXT YEAR.))
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The Alliance has raised about 27-thousand of the 44-thousand dollars it lost in city funding.
It hopes to come up with the rest by the end of the month.
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