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A shake-up in the Radford City Police Department, as officials confirm the firing of Police Chief Wes Terry.
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And, an investigation is under way following a two- alarm fire on Centre Avenue in Roanoke.
Some residents say they had to break windows to escape the blaze.
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A quick moving clipper sytem will bring a few scattered rain and snow showers overnight with very gusty winds and colder temperatures. I'll have your forecast.
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Join us for News 7 at noon, straight ahead.

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The City of Radford is looking for a new police chief.
Good afternoon, I'm...
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Radford City Manager Tony Cox has confirmed that he did fire Police Chief Wes Terry yesterday afternoon.
Cox told the entire police department at a mandatory meeting around 8:30 this morning.
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New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel DePompa was there and joins us from Blacksburg with the details. Rachel?
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Kimberly, the meeting lasted about 45 minutes. Most in the department had already heard about Terry's firing on the 11:00 news last night.
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We were not allowed in the meeting. What you are seeing here are pictures of the department leaving.
City Manager Tony Cox says he fired Chief Wes Terry yesterday afternoon but says he can't say anymore than that because it's a personnel issue.
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((TONY COX:I SPOKE TO ENTIRE DEPARTMENT THIS MORNING ABOUT THE SITUATION. LAID OUT KIND OF A VISION FOR THE CITY'S DEPARTMENT, WHERE IT'S GOING TO GO. BASICALLY WE'RE GOING TO TAKE CARE OF FIRST THINGS FIRST. GET BACK TO THE CORE DUTIES OF THE DEPARTMENT. PUBLIC SAFETY AND TAKING CARE OF THE BASIC FUNCTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT.))
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Former Chief Terry has 33 years of law enforcement experience.
Terry was suspended from duty after a special grand jury charged him with an illegal search of an apartment on Halloween.
He will go to court on several charges this spring.
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For now, Commander Gary Harmon will be acting chief. The city will begin an extensive search to name a permanent replacement.
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Kimberly, City Manager Tony Cox tells me he will consider both in-house and outside candidates for the job. The search for new leadership is expected to last about 2 to 3 months.

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A two-alarm fire rousted residents on Centre Avenue this morning.
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The structure sustained substantial damage. People inside said they had to break windows to get out. The initial call indicated someone was still trapped inside, though that was no longer true by the time firefighter's arrived.
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((EVERYBODY'S OUT. TWO OF THE DOGS WE KNOW OF ARE DEAD. WE GOT 1, 2, 3 DOGS OUT. ONE, WE'RE NOT SURE WHERE IT IS.))
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Montgomery said he heard somebody "messing with the wood stove," and he figures that's where the fire started. However, city police- -including members of the detective division- -were investigating. The fire department says once a cause is determined the case will be turned out to Roanoke police to complete the investigation.
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A notorious sex offender is found dead in a Virginia prison, and officials are calling the death ``suspicious.''
A Department of Corrections spokesman says 64-year-old Richard Ausley was found dead in his cell at the Sussex prison.
Ausley pleaded guilty last year to sodomizing a teenager in 19-72 and was sentenced to another five years in prison.
That plea came as Ausley was set to be released after serving time for kidnapping and molesting a 13-year-old Chesapeake boy in 19-73.
Ausley's death remains under investigation.

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Lawmakers are back in Richmond today. The 2004 session of the General Assembly got underway just moments ago.
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Money matters are expected to dominate the 60 day session. Lawmakers will be crafting the state's new two year 59 BILLION dollar budget.
Several tax reform plans including one from Governor Warner are on the agenda. House republican leaders say they think a massive tax increase at this time is unwarranted.
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Governor Warner will lay out the case for his tax plan tonight during his State of Commonwealth address.
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[Take Pinnacle Full]
News 7 will provide live coverage of the Governor's address beginning tonight at seven, right here on your Home Station.

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U-S forces in Iraq have captured the man known as number 54 on the military's 55- Most Wanted list.
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U-S troops apprehended Khamis Sirhan al-Muhammad-- a former Baath party regional chairman who served under Saddam Hussein.
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((BRIG. GEN. MARK KIMMITT/DEPUTY CHIEF OF OPERATION:WITH THE CAPTURE OF NUMBER 54 WE HAVE TAKEN ANOTHER SIGNIFICANT STEP IN REDUCING ANTI-COALITION RESISTANCE. HE WAS AN ENABLER FOR MANY OF THE RESISTANCE ATTACKS ON IRAQIS AS WELL AS U.S. AND COALITION FORCES. THESE ATTACKS WERE CRIMES AGAINST THE IRAQI PEOPLE. ))
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Early this morning, coalition forces detained four nephews of the most- wanted man still on the run in Iraq-- a former deputy commander in chief of the armed forces.
Two of those who were detained are suspected of helping to hide their uncle.
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A 21- year- old Palestinian mother of two is said to be the latest suicide bomber in the Middle East.
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Authorities say the woman blew herself up today at a crowded crossing point between Israel and the Gaza Strip.
Four Israelis were killed and seven others were wounded, putting yet another road block on the path to peace.
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((SHARON FEINGOLD/ISRAELI ARMY SPOKESPERSON: UNFORTUNATELY AND SADLY, TODAY'S EVENT JUST PROVES THAT WHENEVER WE EASE THE RESTRICTIONS ON THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE, THE TERRORIST ORGANISATIONS USE THE INNOCENT PALESTINIANS TO HIDE BEHIND. ))
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One U-S official says Israel will likely close the crossing for the four thousand Palestinian workers who use it to get to work each day.
But an Israeli government spokesman says it's too early to tell what measures they will take, because he says they're still counting the dead.
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Coming up next on the newscast, the President outlines his plan to return Americans to the moon.
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Plus conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh finds an unlikely ally in his latest legal battle.
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Lynchburg's school board says higher taxes and layoffs are an option to deal with a three million dollar deficit.

Saying nothing is safe from the budget ax, the school board gave the public the chance to offer its suggestions last night. Steve Smallshaw has more.
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(( Lynchburg educators call it their worst budget crisis in more than a dozen years.
Saddled with millions in new obligations to the state retirement system, the school board is looking at a long list of cost-saving measures.. including the layoffs of dozens of school employees.
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((JAMES MCCORMICK/LYNCHBURG SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: THIS IS NOT A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN GO IN AND TAKE A CHUNK OUT OF A COUPLE OF MILLION DOLLARS. THESE REDUCTIONS ARE GOING TO HAVE TO OCCUR EVEN IN THE ABSENCE OF RAISES.))
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Just a handful of people spoke at this public hearing, most urging the school board to stand strong and hope for the best when they submit their budget to City Hall.
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((BILL GODSEY/LYNCHBURG EDUCATION ASSOCIATION: EDUCATORS DO NOT WANT TO BREAK THE BANK, AND YOU KNOW THAT, BUT EDUCATION HAS TO BE A PRIORITY. THEREFORE PRESENT THE BUDGET NEEDED AND START THE HARD WORK OF CONVINCING THE POLITICIANS TO PUT EDUCATION FIRST.))
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Board members say despite every politician's natural aversion to raising taxes, it may be the only answer.
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Any budget the school board approves next week will have a deficit between three and five million dollars.
Later in the spring they'll know exactly how much the city can contribute and then the tough cuts will have to be made.

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School officials in the city of Roanoke are dealing with a brighter picture. They are expecting a substantial increase in state and local funding.
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Last night, they outlined a preliminary budget that includes an increase of more than six and a half million dollars.
That's enough to pay for rising retirement costs, fund a three- percent raise for teachers and administrators, and institute a seven period day in the high schools.
The proposal won't be assured until the General Assembly approves the state budget, but officials say they have tried to build their spending plan on a worst- case scenario.
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A Florida appeals court has ruled that prosecutors have to turn talk show host Rush Limbaugh's medical records over to the courts-- and keep them sealed at least for now.
Meanwhile, Limbaugh is getting support from an unlikely source-- the A-C-L-U.
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The debate continues over whether prosecutors should have access to the records in order to prove that Limbaugh went "doctor shopping."
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((KENDAL COFFEY/FORMER PROSECUTOR: THESE RECORDS ARE ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL TO THE ALLEGATIONS OF DOCTOR SHOPPING FOR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. THEY ARE SAYING THAT TWO THOUSAND PILLS WERE ACQUIRED FROM FOUR DIFFERENT DOCTORS WITHIN SIX MONTHS. )) ((RANDALL MARSHALL/A.C.L.U. OF FLORIDA: THERE'S A LOT OF INFORMATION IN THOSE RECORDS MORE THAN LIKELY THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE INVESTIGATION AND WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD HAVE ALL THOSE RECORDS, UNEDITED IS SOMETHING THAT WE DON'T THINK IS THE CORRECT WAY TO GO.))
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The court has ruled that the American Civil Liberties Union can join Limbaugh in fighting to keep the documents private.

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To the Moon, and then some.
That's President Bush's proposal for space exploration.
He'll announce his plan this afternoon.
But as Teri Okita reports, some are questioning the President's financial priorities.
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TRACK: ITS BEEN 35-YEARS SINCE ASTRONAUTS TOOK ONE GIANT LEAP FOR MANKIND. NOW, PRESIDENT BUSH WANTS TO GO ONE STEP FURTHER CALLING FOR A PERMANENT BASE ON THE MOON WITHIN 20-YEARS AND, EVENTUALLY, A MANNED MISSION TO MARS.

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defining seeking new horizons and investing in a program that meets that objective.
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TRACK: BUT ALSO EXPERIENCED SOME DEVASTATING LOSSES ... AS THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE COLUMBIA DISASTER DRAWS CLOSER.
TRACK: MR. BUSHS AMBITIOUS PROPOSAL COMES WITH AN EXTRA 775-MILLION A YEAR FOR NASA ONE OF THE FEW AGENCIES TO GET A SPENDING INCREASE. BUT WITH A BALLOONING FEDERAL DEFICIT, SOME SAY NOWS NOT THE TIME.

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love the space program. Ive always voted for it, but we have a space station program we havent yet even begun to complete.
TRACK: OTHERS SAY THE COST WONT BE PROHIBITIVE.

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SOT: Its going to be a methodical, development effort. Its basically

going to amount to what we see every year, the cost of a monthly cable television payment that any individual makes.

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STANDUP: Disputes over funding space exploration happened before when the first President Bush proposed putting astronauts on Mars. The pricetag back then was 500-billion. The proposal never got off the ground. Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington.
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Coming up next, some people are wondering what history will say about VMI's plans for the future.
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Plus we will tell you what the next generation of Scream Queens was doing yesterday in Hollywood.
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We have more on our lead story. Former Radford Police Chief Wesley Terry has just issued a statement regarding his firing from the department yesterday afternoon.
Terry says quote, "Due to the three pending misdemeanor indictments against me and two of my officers, on the advise of council, I am unable to make a comment at this time on recent developments with the City of Radford. I remain confident that the criminal justice system will deal appropriately with these misdemeanor indictments. I regret that the city did not await the outcome of the criminal justice process prior to addressing my employment status." end quote.

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Virginia Military Institute is planning for its future but some fear the past will end up paying the price.
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V-M-I unveiled a 100-million dollar expansion plan to city leaders Tuesday afternoon.
The plan calls for new athletic fields, expanding six buildings and constructing four new ones, including a field house, an aquatic center, and a parking garage.
Some preservation groups have concerns the project will mean the demolition of several historical buildings on post.

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((PAM SIMPSON/ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIAN: I HOPE THERE IS GOING TO BE SOME KINDA PROCESS OF GIVE AND TAKE AND DICUSSION WITHIN THE COMMUNITY SO THEY'LL KNOW WHAT HISTORICAL VALUES ARE FOR US TOO.)) ((GEN. BINFORD PEAY/VMI SUPERINTENDENT: THEY WILL BE MODERN BUT THEY WILL RETAIN ALL THE GOTHIC ARCHITECT THAT VMI IS KNOWN FOR AND WILL BLEND IN THE CITY OF LEXINGTON IN A HISTORIC WAY.))
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V-M-I says the project will take more than twenty years and will be paid for mainly by private donations.
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The Hollywood Wax Museum is a real SCREAM.
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Yesterday, visitors gave their lungs a work- out, and competed in a screaming contest to celebrate the unveiling of two new wax figures at the museum.
The lifelike images of horror movie slashers Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees were finished, just in time for the release of the movie, "Freddy Versus Jason" on D-V-D.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 74 points. The NASDAQ has gained seven.

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Up next in sports, the N-B-A suspends a longtime veteran.
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And Ricky Rudd talks about the move out of Stuart and testing at Daytona.
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On the NBA front, former Duke star Christian Laettner has been suspended from the league for five games.
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The Washington Wizards forward violated the league's drug policy. The league cannot say when the violation occurred or what drug was involved, but it was not a one time incident. A player must fail three drug tests before he gets a five game suspension. Laettner is in his 12th season in the league, and this year he has started 15 games for the Wizards.
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The second week of pre- season testing for the Nextel Cup series opened yesterday at Daytona with John Andretti posting the top time.
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27 drivers were involved in the test, including Ricky Rudd and the Wood Brothers. Rudd says while the move out of Stuart was tough for many, it's been huge for the race team from a personnel standpoint.
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