Former Henry County Administration Sid Clower is scheduled to be released from prison today.
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Clower spent 400 days behind bars after pleading guilty to three counts of embezzlement last year.
He admitted to stealing more than 800- thousand dollars from the Henry County Public Service Authority over a nine- year period.
But Clower isn't totally in the clear.
Today he begins a 90- day work release program at the Chatham jail.
And he still owes about 620- thousand dollars in restitution to the P-S-A.
State Police say there has been a fatal accident involving a train in Franklin County.
We'll have more on that in a few minutes.
Inn other news, Roanoke County police say speeding and alcohol were involved in a fatal accident last night.
A passenger is dead and the driver is charged with driving under the influence.
County officers got the call just after 10 PM to Newport Road, southwest of Catawba. They found a pickup truck overturned, with one person trapped inside.
Police have charged Archie Wilson of Alls of Roanoke with D-U-I. They have not yet released the identity of his passenger, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Alls was not seriously hurt.
The Labor Day weekend turned out to be a busy one for Virginia State Police.
75- percent of the troopers working in each division were on the roads over the holiday weekend.
According to Triple- A, the Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest travel holidays of the year.
So, Virginia State police bring in additional troopers to man the roads, including Interstate 81.
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[IN Q=More broken down]
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Tom Foster/State Police Spokesman;]
((MORE BROKEN DOWN VEHICLES, THERE'S MORE TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS AND WE WANT TO HAVE THE PEOPLE TO RESPOND TO THAT SO THAT WE CAN HANDLE ANY SITUATION THAT COMES UP VERY QUICKLY.))
[OUT Q=up very quickly.]
Last year, three people were killed in traffic accidents over the holiday weekend in the Salem state police division, which includes 14 counties around Roanoke.
This year, three people have been reported killed so far in that same area... one in Roanoke, Roanoke County and Henry County.
Roanoke City Council will meet with members of the school board later this morning.
Officials plan a wide-ranging discussion.
Topics include legislative proposals, middle school and high school sports programs, and technical education.
But the proposed agenda also includes a discussion of school safety, and an update on the school discipline task force that recently sat down for its first meeting.
Congress and the President return to Washington today with a long "to do" list.
While they'll address the economy, energy, and Medicare-- Iraq will likely overshadow those discussions.
It costs four billion dollars a month to run military operations there, and some believe it'll cost another 30- billion to re- build Iraq.
But many in Washington are asking where the money will come from, with a projected 480- billion dollars in deficits and one-point-four trillion in new debt over the next decade.
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[IN Q=You can't afford]
((ROBERT GREENSTEIN/CENTER FOR BUDGET AND POLICY PRIORITIES:YOU CAN'T AFFORD ALL OF THE PRESIDENT'S TAX CUTS, AND THE MEDICARE
PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT, AND THE WAR IN IRAQ, AND EDUCATION, ALL AT THE SAME TIME. ))
[SUPER=01-Robert Greenstein/Center for Budget and Policy Priorities;]
[OUT Q=the same time.]
Lawmakers have to wrap up work on 13 spending bills to make the new budget deadline of October first.
Virginia's tax amnesty program kicks off today.
The program will help balance the state budget.
The idea is that people who have fallen behind on paying their taxes will have nine weeks to pay back their debts under favorable
Those who don't will face an additional 20 percent penalty on their unpaid balances, as well as up to five years in jail and a
The program is expected to raise about 48-point-five million dollars, all of which will go into the 52 billion dollar state budget.
We'll have more on this story tonight on News 7 at 6.
The CBS Early Show will air the inspiring story of a Virginia Tech student later this morning.
Rayna DuBose is the Virginia Tech Women's Basketball player who was hospitalized with Meningitis in April of 2002. She spent three months in the hospital, and lost parts of all four limbs to the infection.
This summer, she assisted with a women's basketball camp. This fall, she'll take classes in Blacksburg and she'll also serve as a student assistant coach with the Hokies this season.
In April, the U. S. Basketball Writers Association presented its "Most Courageous" Award to Dubose. And later this morning, she'll be featured on the CBS Early Show.
The segment is scheduled to air around 7:30.
In business news, Some big economic reports will be released this week.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York.]
((> INVESTORS RETURN FROM THE LONG HOLIDAY WEEKEND WITH A PACKED ECONOMIC
> CALENDAR TO LOOK FORWARD TO.
> THIS WEEK EXPECT REPORTS ON AUGUST AUTO SALES, SECOND QUARTER PRODUCTIVITY
> AND THE ALL IMPORTANT AUGUST UNEMPLOYMENT REPORT..
> AND ON THURSDAY, THE TECH TITAN INTEL WILL OFFER A MID QUARTER UPDATE.
> September is generally a soft month for the stock market and we are
> embarking on the pre-announcement season. When companies warn if earnings
> will miss the mark.
> STOCKS TO WATCH THIS WEEK INCLUDE:
> GILLETTE THE COMPANY IS SUING
> RIVAL SCHICK OVER ITS 4 BLADED MEN'S RAZOR. GILLETTE IS REQUESTING A
> PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION TO PROHIBIT THE SALE OF THE QUATTRO RAZOR UNTIL THE
> PATENT INFRINGEMENT CASE IS SETTLED.
> Oklahoma won't have to send out a posse to round up indicted ex-WorldCom
> CEO Bernie Ebbers. Ebbers is scheduled to surrender to authorities
> Wednesday and appear in Oklahoma County District Court for an afternoon
> arraignment. OTHER STATE ATTORNEYS GENERAL ARE ALSO EXPECTED TO FILE SUIT
> AGAINST THE WORLDCOMA ND ITS FORMER EXECUTIVES INCLUDING WEST VIRGINIA AND
> POSSIBLY OREGON.
> United Airlines says it won't emerge from bankruptcy protection this year
> Though the airlines revenue has improved in recent months, there
> still are lingering effects of the war in Iraq and the outbreak of
> SARS in Asia.
> United now hopes to emerge from chapter 11 by the spring of next year.
> TRACK ALL THE PRE MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM... I'M AC IN NY.))
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A train struck and killed a person in Franklin County.
State Police say it happened on a small private bridge that crosses the tracks on Blue Street near Boones Mill.
At 12:45, Norfolk Southern reported that a train struck a person who was riding a bicycle on the tracks.
The victim died at the scene.
Authorities have not yet released a name.
Labor Day was a washout for much of the country, and today's expected to be another soggy one.
In Indianapolis, seven inches of rain pounded the city, breaking a 108- year- old record.
Some residents throughout the state had to evacuate their flooded homes.
Throughout the Midwest, parades and other holiday events had to be cancelled.
And rain delayed tennis at the U-S Open for more than four hours.
Two more U-S soldiers have been killed in Iraq.
Officials say they were in a military convoy that was hit by a roadside bomb in southern Baghdad.
One other soldier was injured.
In other developments, an over 100- mile funeral procession for one of the leading religious leaders in Iraq concludes today.
Ayatollah Mohammed Al-Hakim is being layed to rest in the holy city of Najaf (NAH'-jahf).
He was killed in last week's bombing along with more than 120 others.
The procession started Sunday in Baghdad, where some 300- thousand Shiite Muslims gathered to mourn the cleric.
Meanwhile, his son warns that Iraq is entering what he called a dangerous period.
Senator George Allen says President Bush has a good strategic plan for post-war Iraq, despite the criticism coming from some of the Democratic presidential hopefuls.
Allen says the military action in Iraq "went way better" than anyone had anticipated.
And he says the mounting death toll following the conflict is a source of frustration and sadness for all Americans.
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[IN Q=TO CRITICIZE IS JUST LIKE MONDAY]
((SEN. GEORGE ALLEN/(R) VIRGINIA: TO CRITICIZE IS JUST LIKE MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACKING. I DON'T JUST SPEAK FOR MYSELF BUT I THINK FOR EVERY AMERICAN WE WANT TO HAVE THE GOVERNANCE OF IRAQ TURNED OVER TO THE IRAQIS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. IF OTHER NATIONS OR NATO WANT TO COME IN THAT'S GREAT.))
[OUT Q=TO COME IN THAT'S GREAT.]
Allen also says he does not think ANY of the Democratic candidates will be able to beat President Bush next year.
Investigators are now trying to figure out who may have helped paroled child molester Tony Leyva leave the country.
Leyva was captured Saturday in Haiti, more than a month after he disappeared from his room at the Jefferson Motor Lodge in downtown Roanoke.
U-S Marshals quickly learned he'd left the country.
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[IN Q=The U-S Marshalls]
((JOHN BROWNLEE/U. S. ATTORNEY; THE U-S MARSHALS LOCATED TONY LEYVA IN HAITI WITHIN 7 DAYS OF HIS LEAVING THIS AREA. WHAT WE'VE BEEN DOING SINCE THEN IS TRACKING AND PINPOINTING HIS LOCATION.))
[SUPER=01-John Brownlee/U. S. Attorney]
[OUT Q=pinpointing his location.]
U-S attorney John Brownlee describes Leyva's flight as an organized action and investigators are now trying to figure out who may have helped him.
The government is now in the process of bringing Leyva back to the United States where officials say he'll likely go back to prison to serve the remaining 9 years of his federal sentence.
Authorities say a man used a stun gun to rob a Danville woman.
They say the woman was robbed outside the Rockola Cafe about 9:30 yesterday morning.
The male suspect used the stun gun on the woman's hand- she dropped her purse along with the restaurant's bank deposit.
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The suspect's a man in his early 20's, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 175 pounds.
He was wearing a black hood or hat, a white bandana over his face, black shirt and pants and black sunglasses.
If you have information call the Danville police.
(Kim tosses to bump)
It's graduation week for a group of ex- con CANINES.
The group of reformed dogs is completing a program at the Botetourt County Correctional Unit that's proven to be a real life saver for them, and real inspiration for inmates.
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In this week's "Paws and Claws" segment, trainer Connie Kniseley and Botetourt Officer Virginia Fulgham join us with a couple of the "paroled pooches."
[SUPER=01-Connie Kniseley/Pen Pals Training Instructor;]
[SUPER=01-Virginia Fulgham/Botetourt Co. Correctional Unit;]
(First of all, tell us how the Pen Pals Program is saving dogs from being euthanized?)
[B-ROLL OVER FIRST QUESTION]
(And the dogs are graduating from the program this week...How has their behavior changed?)
(Virginia, as an officer at Botetourt Correctional Unit, how have you seen the inmates change, as a result of their inv
olvement with these animals?)
(Some of the dogs are still needing homes and are up for adoption...Who have you brought with you today?)
[Take FULL SCREEN WDBJ WEB PAGE]
Thanks so much for coming in today with the dogs.
If you'd like more information about adopting one of the dogs in the Pen Pals Program, you can access their web site by logging on to our web site later today...W-D-B-J-7-DOT-COM.
News 7 Mornin will be right back.
(Kim tosses to break)
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This is one of those rare times when the Tech football team actually plays twice in the same week.
Here's Mike Stevens with this Morning's Tech 2003 report.
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[IN Q=FIRST AUDIO]
[OUT Q=...A NICE TUESDAY."]
(( Tonight's Tech 2003 Report centers on Big East awards, a big baby girl, some not so big injuries and a big payday for the Hokies' next opponent.
Bryan Randall played the game of his career against Central Florida and the folks in the Big East office noticed.
Randall is the conference's Offensive player of the week. He completed 79 percent of his passes against the Golden Knights going 22 for 28 with 278 yards and three touchdowns.
He did not fumble, did not throw an interception and he wasn't sacked.
Randall and the offense made coordinator Bryan Stinespring's life easy- and boy did he need a break. His wife Shelley gave birth to their fourth child at 3am on Sunday morning - just 12 hours before kickoff.
With Tech's 532 yards outburst that produced a school record 36 first downs and was triggered by a pass happy attack - Stinespring says fans may want him to follow that sleep pattern every week when calling the plays.
On a more serious note, wide receiver Chris Shreve, from Grayson County suffered mild concussion against UCF, but he is better and will be held out of contact drills until Wednesday.
Kevin Jones, who had 83 yards rushing, two touchdowns and xrays, just has a badly bruised shin.
Both will likely play on Saturday when JMU rolls into town.
Mickey Matthews Dukes spanked Liberty in their opener.
They will get $150 thousand bucks for playing the Hokies.
The Hokies hope to get win number two out of the deal.))
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