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Two minds are better than one.
That's the idea behind a new coalition that met last night to deal with violence in Roanoke City Schools.
Justin McLeod tells us how this is different from a similar task force set up by the city.
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[SUPER=01-Butch Lewis/RSVP Coalition; :23]
[SUPER=01-David Trinkle/School Board Member; :39]
[SUPER=01-Steve Guardipee/Roanoke Resident; :57]
[SUPER=01-Paula Wilder/Task Force Facilitator; 1:35]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF ALICE SPEAKING SAYING "WE FELT THIS WAS A GROUP ALONG THAT COULD WORK ALONG THE TASK FORCE" AT 15:54:52))
They call themselves the Roanoke School Violence Protection Coalition.
Founders Alice Hincker and Butch Lewis concede RSVP was formed in part because they were excluded from the city's task force.
But they say the group is about more than just sour grapes.
[IN Q=We're going to roll]
((BUTCH LEWIS/RSVP COALITION CO-FOUNDER: WE'RE GOING TO ROLL UP OUR SLEEVES, GET TO WORK AND BRING ABOUT SOME REAL CHANGE AND THIS CHANGE IS GOING TO POSITIVE FOR THE COMMUNITY.))
[OUT Q=for the community]
One person who had his doubts is current school board member David Trinkle but he showed up anyway to see what the group is all about.
[IN Q=The more I thought]
((DAVID TRINKLE/SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: THE MORE I THOUGHT ABOUT, THE MORE I SAW FROM THIS GROUP, THIS IS A HIGH ENERGY GROUP, A LOT OF WORK AND ENTHUSIASM INVOLVED IN THIS GROUP))
[OUT Q=in this group]
It is a group that anyone can join.
The first meeting attracted about 25 people and includes educators, former administrators, and parents who are fed up with the school system.
[IN Q=Certainly I felt it]
((STEVE GUARDIPEE/ROANOKE RESIDENT: CERTAINLY I FELT IT WAS AN EDUCATIONAL ISSUE WITH MY SON. WE DECIDED TO PULL OUR SON OUT OF WOODROW WILSON MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HAVE HIM HOME SCHOOLED THIS YEAR.))
[OUT Q=schooled this year]
((NAT SOUND OF COALITION MEETING))
The coalition has hired a facilitator and hopes to eventually bring to Roanoke several well known school safety experts.
The group plans to focus on several issues including the role of a school resource officer, violence prevention, and crisis preparedness.
These issues will most likely be discussed by members of Roanoke's school safety task force.
It held its second meeting Tuesday night and some members welcome another group.
[IN Q=Our work here]
((PAULA WILDER/TASK FORCE FACILITATOR: OUR WORK HERE IS NOT TO JUST SHARE OUR OWN OPINIONS ABOUT THIS BUT TO GET ORGANIZED SO WE CAN GO OUT IN THE COMMUNITY TO COLLECT EVERYBODY ELSE'S OPINIONS ABOUT THIS.))
[IN Q=The task force]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE TASK FORCE PLANS TO DO THAT BY HOLDING SEVERAL PUBLIC FORUMS. ORGANIZERS HOPE TO SCHEDULE ONE FOR DECEMBER AND ANOTHER IN JANUARY BEFORE ISSUING A REPORT NEXT SPRING. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
You may not be thinking much about any drought this morning, but Roanoke City and County are looking ahead.
A combined water authority holds it organizational meeting later today in hopes of preparing for and dealing with future droughts.
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./July 2002;]
Last year's long dry spell was the second to strike the region in the last five years, and that's when efforts got underway that led to creation of a joint city-county water authority.
The drought led to water restrictions across Virginia, and created problems for people everywhere .. in cities, suburbs, and the country.
Authorities in California are holding a news conference today to discuss their raid of Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch.
[SUPER=03-Santa Barbara Co., CA;]
So far, detectives haven't said what the investigation is about, but an attorney who's represented the singer in the past says the search warrant involves sexual abuse allegations by a 12- year- old boy.
A decade ago, Jackson was accused of molesting a 13- year- old, but there were no charges in that case.
Meanwhile, some believe this investigation is long overdue.
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[IN Q=I think there's]
[OUT Q=unrelated to him.]
Jackson and his three children are in Las Vegas.
However, he did issue a statement denouncing media coverage of the search, and called the allegations ``dreadful''.
[GRAPHIC=George W. Bush]
Queen Elizabeth herself will greet President Bush this
morning as he begins his state visit to Britain.
But the visit is also prompting extra security from Scotland Yard and the Secret Service.
In a speech, Bush will defend his decision to go to war.
And with so many U-S and British casualties in Iraq, the President will also acknowledge the war has been difficult.
Hundreds of protestors have already taken to the streets, and thousands more are expected in the coming days.
Many are not just anti- Bush, but also anti- Tony Blair, because the prime minister followed the President into war.
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[IN Q=The warmer ]
((PETER RIDDEL/POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: THE WARMER GEORGE BUSH TALKS ABOUT TONY BLAIR - THE MORE EMBARRASSING IT IS FOR TONY BLAIR - BECAUSE IN BRITAIN - HE'S ACCUSED OF BEING BUSH'S 'POODLE.'))
[SUPER=01-Peter Riddel/Political Commentator;]
[OUT Q=Bush's poodle.]
Security for the visit is at an all-time high.
Some 14- thousand officers are on duty and the price tag could reach nine million dollars.
The third time may be the charm for Victoria's Secret models strutting down a New York runway, and across T-V screens tonight.
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]
C-B-S says none of its affiliates have declined to broadcast the third annual Victoria's Secret fashion show, despite protests from
the Parents Television Council.
The watchdog group says it asked affiliates NOT to air the program after complaining to the Federal Communications Commission that last year's show violated decency and standards.
C-B-S says the program is ``provocative,'' but is on at 10 tonight, and will be ``well within the boundaries of what's acceptable for
Roanoke could soon be a bus ride away for folks in the New River Valley.
The region is considering a new transit route.
Valley Metro's been awarded a 3-year grant to start the service, but it needs Blacksburg Town Council to get on board.
Under the proposal, 2 buses would run Monday through Saturday.
It's estimated a one-way trip will take an hour and a half and cost riders 3-bucks.
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[IN Q=I think that]
((REBECCA MARTIN: I THINK THAT THERE IS CERTAINLY VALIDITY TO RUNNING THE ROUTE, TO SEE WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT THE METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION WAS VOTING ON WAS THAT LET'S GET IT OUT THERE AND LET'S SEE WHAT IT'S ACCOMPLISHING))
[SUPER=01-Rebecca Martin/Blacksburg Transit;]
[OUT Q=it's accomplishing.]
It's not known who will foot the bill when the grant runs out.
Valley Metro's hoping to start the route this Spring.
The Blacksburg town council will vote on the transit plan in December.
In business news, Martha Stewart was back in court.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York, I'm AC.]
((IT WAS NOT A GOOD DAY IN COURT FOR MARTHA STEWART. A federal judge denied
> a request by Stewart's lawyers to drop two of the five charges against her
> in a securities fraud case. The judge denied Stewart's motion to drop
> obstruction of justice and securities fraud charges at a hearing in
> Manhattan. The judge also refused to separate Stewart's case from that of
> her broker, former Merrill Lynch employee Peter Bacanovic. Stewart is set
> to go to trial for her role in the imclone trading scandal January 12th.
> GENERAL ELECTRIC IS A STOCK TO WATCH TODAY.. G-E WILL SPIN OFF ITS
> MORTGAGE AND LIFE INSURANCE UNTIS THROUGH AN INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING.
> YOUR U-S DOLLAR WILL BUY YOU LESS IF YOU'RE TRAVELING toEUROPE OR ASIA.The
> dollar tumbled to a record low yesterday against the euro and a 3 year low
> against the japanese yen.
> that's on news that foreign investors are buying less u-s based stocks and
> ON WALL STREET.. THE STOCK MARKET WILL TRY TO SNAP A FOUR DAY LOSING
> THE DOW SANK 86 POINTS
> THE NASDAQ GAVE BACK 27
> AND KEEP YOUR EYE ON CRUDE .. THE PRICE OF CRUDE OIL SOARED ABOVE 33
> DOLLARS A BARREL.. THE HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE JUST BEFORE THE WAR WITH IRAQ.
> THAT SPIKE IN CRUDE OIL IS EXPECTED TO TRANLSTE INTO HIGHER PRICES AT THE
> GAS PUMPS IN THE COMING WEEKS.
> TRACK ALL THE PRE MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM IN NEW YORK I'M AC.))
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Massachusetts lawmakers now have to tackle the controversial issue of gay marriage.
That after the state's highest court ruled that the state cannot prohibit legal marriages by gay and lesbian couples.
It's a step that could eventually make Massachusetts the first state to recognized marriage between homosexuals.
However, controversy over the decision has already begun.
President Bush says he'll do whatever is necessary to ensure that only a man and a woman can be legally married.
Roanoke's city manager says recent complaints about the city's "pay for performance" system are unfounded.
Sergeant Bob Chandler is one of about 150 officers filing grievances against the police department.
It's because of a pay system that gives employees raises based on their supervisors' evaluation scores.
The problem is, supervisors and officers say they're being instructed to lower scores to save the city money.
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[IN Q=The employees of this city]
((BOB CHANDLER/ROANOKE CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT: THE EMPLOYEES OF THE CITY OF ROANOKE DO NOT LIKE THIS PROCESS, DO NOT FEEL IT'S FAIR AND THEY DO NOT WANT TO CONTINUE ON WITH IT. ))
[SUPER=01-Bob Chandler/Roanoke City Police Department;]
[OUT Q=continue on with it.]
City Manager Darlene Burcham says she never told anyone to limit scores on evaluations.
She says by her calculations, 60 percent of the officers are actually getting raises HIGHER than the standard "2- and a quarter" percent citywide increase.
With elections just two weeks behind them, some local sheriffs have wasted no time in knocking political opponents and their supporters down a notch.
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./Last Month]
Tommy Guill, a 30-year veteran who opposed Botetourt County Sheriff Ronnie Sprinkle, was demoted from lieutenant to deputy and put back on shift work in the jail.
[SUPER=03-Henry Co./Last Month;]
In Henry County, Sheriff Frank Cassell has demoted his opponent's son.
Shane McPeek, son of Michael McPeek, was taken off patrol and moved to the jail.
The demoted deputies have no legal recourse.
According to policy, they serve "at the sheriff's pleasure."
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Kroger is making sure those who benefit from the Second Harvest Food Bank will have a well-balanced Thanksgiving meal.
The company yesterday donated 100-thousand pounds of fruits and veggies in its fifth annual Produce Frenzy.
It took three tractor trailers to haul all the boxes into the donation center.
The produce will be divied up among more than 350-local non-profit agencies that, along with the Food Bank feed about 15-thousand households a month.
The food bank's executive director says food lines in our area are lengthening because of recent plant closures.
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In business news, General Electric has announced plans to have an initial public offering.
G-E says it will have an I-P-O for most of its life insurance and mortgage insurance operations.
The new company will be called Genworth Financial Incorporated.
It's expected to take place in the first half of 2004.
Now here's a look at your local stocks.
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It may be a longer year than usual for members of the General Assembly.
Governor Mark Warner said yesterday he will call a special session if lawmakers do not tackle tax reform.
Warner said that if lawmakers don't agree on reforms to the state's tax code before they adjourn in March, he will call them back to Richmond to finish the job.
The governor says that without tax reform, the state faces annual budget shortages through the end of the decade.
Some Republican lawmakers say that if the governor had presented his tax reform plan sooner, there would be no need for a special session.
[IN Q=THE GOVERNOR PROMISED IN HIS]
((DELEGATE MORGAN GRIFFITH/R-SALEM: THE GOVERNOR PROMISED IN HIS CAMPAIGN HE'D HAVE THAT OUT BY 02, 03 IS ALMOST GONE AND WE'RE
STILL WAITING FOR THE GOVERNOR'S PLAN.GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: MY HOPE IS THE LEGISLATURE WILL BE ABLE TO DEAL WITH THIS DURING THE GENERAL SESSION. I'VE SAID ALL ALONG, WE'VE GOT TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE DURING THIS BUDGET CYCLE IF IT TAKES LONGER IT WILL TAKE LONGER. MY HOPE IS LEGISLATORS WILL ROLL UP THEIR SLEEVES AND GET TO WORK.))
[OUT Q=ROLL UP THEIR SLEEVES AND GET TO WORK.]
Warner says he will unveil his tax reform ideas later this month.
It used to be the mommy wars, the stay at home mom versus the working mom. But now their seems to be a condition affecting ALL moms.
It's called "Mom Envy".
[Take FS Early Years]
In today's Early Years segment, "Parenting Magazine" has some tips on how to keep that urge in check.
Rachel Hall explains.
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[IN Q=Stay at home]
[SUPER=01-Janet Chan/Parenting Magazine; :14]
[SUPER=01-Diane Colangelo/Mother; :37]
[OUT Q=mom internalizes it.]
STAY AT HOME OR WORKING. ONE OR FIVE KIDS WHEN YOU GATHER WITH OTHER MOTHERS ODDS ARE EACH ONE OF YOU IS EXPERIENCING SOME FORM OF MOM ENVY.
Mom envy is when you believe another mom is doing it better.
Whether her house is cleaner her child is quieter she seems more put together. You think she bakes the brownies for the school fair when you could barely get it together to remember to bring a snack. Mom envy is insidious it really undermines your confidence
Mom Nat Sot
I defiantly have mom envy I have a girl friend who has 4 kids and she just everything runs smoothly. I just envy people who look like their lives run so smoothly, cause it gets a little crazy.
IF YOU FIND MOM ENVY SEEPING INTO YOUR THOUGHTS, TRY THESE CONFIDENCE BOOSTERS.
LET IT OUT. SHARE YOUR INSECURITIES WITH OTHER PARENTS WHO ARE OPEN AND COMPASSIONATE.
DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU SEE. THE PICTURE YOU ARE ENVYING MAY NOT BE SO ROSY AFTERALL.
TRY TAKING A CUE FROM DADS.
Good job Connor
This is one case where mom's can learn from dads.
If they see there own child misbehaving they don't blame themselves mom internalizes it.))
That was Rachel Hall reporting.
News 7 Mornin' will be right back.
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