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This time of year, schools often educate high school seniors about the dangers of drinking alcohol.
But this year, Roanoke County is taking a different approach by also giving the lesson to parents.
Justin McLeod tells us why.
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[SUPER=01-Andrew Cunningham/Hidden Valley High School Senior; :09 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Dave Blevins/Hidden Valley High School Principal; :17]
[SUPER=01-Mark Hurley/Roanoke Prevention Council; :51]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF PICTURING TAKING; ONE POSSIBLE SHOT IS AT 16:11))
It is a picture perfect time of year, high school seniors taking part in festivities like the prom.
[IN Q=It was a lot]
((ANDREW CUNNINGHAM/HIDDEN VALLEY H.S. SENIOR: IT WAS A LOT OF FUN. WE GOT TO SEE ALL OF OUR FRIENDS, JUST DANCE, AND JUST HAVE FUN.))
[OUT Q=JUST HAVE FUN]
But it is fun that sometimes involves alcohol.
[IN Q=I think we have]
((DAVE BLEVINS/HIDDEN VALLEY H.S. PRINCIPAL: I THINK WE HAVE TO DO THINGS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE SEND A MESSAGE THAT THERE ARE OPTIONS FOR THAT, THAT IT'S NOT SOMETHING THEY HAVE TO DO.))
[OUT Q=THEY HAVE TO DO]
So a lot of schools hold after prom parities.
75 percent of students who attended Hidden Valley's prom took part in the chaperoned alcohol free event.
[IN Q=I think it is very (WILL NEED TO COVER THE BEGINNING OF THIS BITE)]
((DAVE BLEVINS: I THINK IT IS VERY SUCCESSFUL. I THINK THIS YEAR WE HAVE DONE A REAL INTENSE EFFORT TO BRING TO THIS TO THE STUDENTS ATTENTION.))
[OUT Q=TO THE STUDENTS ATTENTION]
And it will soon involve the parents.
This year Roanoke County is sending out this brochure.
It warns parents about the dangers of allowing alcohol at a party in their home.
[IN Q=Most parents are]
((MARK HURLEY/ROANOKE PREVENTION COUNCIL: MOST PARENTS ARE GOOD ABOUT IT, I'D LIKE TO THINK NO PARENTS ARE DOING IT BUT WE'RE JUST REMINDING THEM AT THIS TIME.))
[OUT Q=AT THIS TIME]
The reminder points out parents who provide alcohol could be held responsible if that underage drinker does any of these offenses.
A Glenvar couple for example was sent to jail last month after pleading no contest to providing alcohol to high school students.
[IN Q=It's a strong]
((MARK HURLEY/ROANOKE PREVENTION COUNCIL: IT'S A STRONG REMINDER THAT IF ALCOHOL IS BEING SERVED AT A PARTY TO A MINOR IT CAN BE SEVERE CONSQUENCES.))
[OUT Q=CAN BE SEVERE CONSQUENCES]
[IN Q=Parents also have]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: ROANOKE COUNTY WILL SEND OUT THREE THOUSAND OF THESE BROCHURES. THEY WILL ARRIVE IN PARENTS MAILBOXES NEXT WEEK. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
Residents voiced concerns over Roanoke County's plans to develop Explore Park.
The county held community information meeting last night at Mount Pleasant Elementary School.
Officials talked about a specific zoning restriction that puts strict limits on any construction or activites that involve private business at Explore Park.
The county wants to lift that conservation overlay and possibly build an amphitheater or an RV campground.
Residents however have concerns over increased traffic and buffer zones.
The Planning Commission will vote on the proposal at its June first meeting.
Volunteers will operate The Harrison Museum of African-American Culture.
Yesterday, the Roanoke museum announced that it would lay off its handful of employees including Executive Director Aletha Bolden.
President Melody Stovall says the museum's suffered from a lack of financial support from the government and poor response to fundraising efforts for the past couple years and that the situation recently reached the breaking point.
The changes are immediate and will include reduced operating hours.
Stovall says it's now up to the community to decide whether the museum will have to close.
U-S troops have one more day to get through.. in what has been the deadliest month since the start of the war in Iraq.
While U-S troops continue to hammer insurgents from the ground and the air, negotiators have reached a tentative deal to stop the fighting in Fallujah.
The agreement calls for the Marines to pull back and allow an Iraqi force to move in and provide security.
The U-S has been under intense pressure to find a diplomatic way out of Fallujah, but many Iraqis are eager to see Iraqi solution to the problem.
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[IN Q=If it would]
((DR. SAIB AL-GILANI/NEGOTIATOR: IF IT WOULD HAPPEN IT WOULD BE A VERY GOOD SIGN, AN INDICATOR OF PEACEFUL PROGRESS.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Saib al-Gilani/Negotiator;]
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[OUT Q=peaceful progress.]
Despite all efforts to stabilize Iraq, U-S troops continue getting killed.
Guerilla fighters killed 10 soldiers in attacks yesterday.
126 U-S troops have died this month alone.
A small California town is gearing up for Michael Jackson mania.
[SUPER=03-Santa Maria, CA;]
Hundreds, if not, thousands of fans are expected at the Santa Maria courthouse to support the pop star as he's arraigned on child molestation charges.
They'll be joined by more than 100 media members covering the proceeding.
[SUPER=03-Los Olivos, CA;]
Last night, fans attended a candlelight vigil at Jackson's Neverland Ranch to show their support.
In court today, details of the grand jury's indictment will be revealed for the first time.
Jackson is expected to plead "Not Guilty".
A Liberty University student who fell off a railroad trestle last week remains in critical condition.
Marlon B. Roman was apparently trying to climb this trestle in the "Blackwater Creek Natural Area" last Thursday when he fell more than 30- feet.
The 22- year- old suffered severe head and chest injuries and is being treated at Lynchburg General Hospital.
Police say alcohol WAS a factor in the accident, but have not been able to talk to Roman because of his condition.
Officials don't suspect foul play, but are still investigating the fall.
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Rocky Mount will soon welcome a new business creating more than 60 new jobs.
Town council announced yesterday that Jammin Custom Made Apparel and Accessories will relocate from California by early next year.
The family-owned company has been in business for more than 20 years, and is widely known for making athletic team uniforms, including those worn by the L-A Laker cheerleaders.
The company will also open a small business incubator in Rocky Mount's Office and Technology Park.
In other business news, Google is moving ahead with plans to go public.
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'S BEING TOUTED AS THE WORLD'S BIGGEST INTERNET STOCK OFFERING EVER...
> THE POPULAR SEARCH ENGINE GOOGLE HAS FILED WITH THE SECURITIES AND
> EXCHANGE COMMISSION TO RAISE NEARLY 3 BILLION DOLLARS IN AN INITIAL PUBLIC
> STOCK OFFERING. THE IPO WILL BE DONE THROUGH WHAT'S CALLED A DUTCH
> AUCTION... WHICH MEANS BIG AND SMALL INVESTORS ALIKE WILL BE ABLE TO USE
> THE INTERNET, TELEPHONE OR FAX TO SUBMIT TO THE TWO UNDERWRITERS THE
> NUMBER OF SHARES THEY WISH TO BUY AND THE PRICE THEY ARE WILLING TO PAY.
> THE SIX YEAR OLD COMPANY CHOSE MORGAN STANLEY AND CREDIT SUISSE FIRST
> BOSTON AS THEIR UNDERWRITERS. GOOGLE IS STILL DECIDING WHETHER IT WILL GO
> PUBLIC ON THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE OR NASDAQ. GOOGLE WILL USE THE CASH
> RAISED FROM THE IPO TO BETTER COMPETE WITH YAHOO.
> IT LOOKS LIKE LEA FASTOW WILL AVOID A TRIAL AFTERALL..
> The wife of former Enron finance chief Andrew Fastow has a new proposed
> plea deal, and she likely won't spend more than six months in prison.
> Federal prosecutors on out a previous indictment charging Lea Fastow
> with SIX FELONY COUNTS AND REPLACED THEM t with a single misdemeanor
> charge of filing a false tax form.
> LEA FASTOW WAS SET TO GO TO TRIAL JUNE 2ND
> ON WALL STREET... SOME DISAPPOINTING PROFITS AND LINGERING INTEREST RATE
> CONCERNS PRESSURED THE STOCK MARKET:
> THE DOW SLID 70
> THE NASDAQ LOST 30 POINTS
> FIND OUT MORE AT CBS.MW.COM IN NY I'M ALEXIS CHRISTOFOROUS.))>
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The search for a U-V-a student suspected of shooting a former football player is over, and the victim's chances of making the pros may be over as well.
A U-V-A spokeswoman says Aaron Joshua Robinson turned himself in yesterday morning.
Robinson's charged with malicious wounding.
Police say he shot a man late Tuesday night at the Faulkner Residence Hall.
Though the University has not identified the victim, published reports indicate it was former U-V-A football player Jamaine Winborne.
Police say his wound is serious, but not life threatening.
It could be career- threatening though.
Winborne signed a contract with the New York Giants and was supposed to report to mini-camp next week.
The shooting will likely end his chances with the N-F-L team because the contract was contingent upon Winborne passing a physical.
Three current U-V-A players were arrested for a disturbance early Wednesday morning as police tried to investigate the shooting.
No rest for the jury in the Jayson Williams manslaughter trial--
The panel is getting back to work this morning.
After 18 hours of deliberations, the jurors told the judge yesterday they're split on two of the eight charges against the former N-B-A star.
The judge told them to keep trying.
Among the charges Williams faces are aggravated manslaughter and
tampering with witnesses.
The charges stem from the 2002 killing of a limo driver.
At the invitation of the school president, John Kerry will speak to students at Westminster College today.
During an appearance at the school Monday, Vice President Dick Cheney sharply attacked Kerry.
The college invited the Democratic Presidential hopeful to respond.
The Bush- Cheney campaign and the Kerry campaign have been trading jabs over war service records all week.
Independent George Sgouros (SCORE-us) will be on the ballot next week when Roanokers choose a new mayor, but it now appears he won't be in a broadcast debate later today.
Radio station WFIR reviewed campaign finance reports before deciding to invite the three other candidates to participate in the 90- minute debate. Sgouros has raised and spent just over 200 dollars.
Sgouros objected to the decision, but Program Director Kevin Larue says WFIR tried to make an objective, good faith judgment in the best interest of the station's listeners.
This morning, Joe Dashiell completes our look at the candidates, with a profile of Sgouros and some of the obstacles he has faced.
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[IN Q=George Sgouros has friends on the city market]
[SUPER=01-George Sgouros/(I) Candidate for Roanoke Mayor; :24]
[OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke]
((George Sgouros has friends on the city market, and he hopes an expanding circle of supporters in the Mayor's race.
[NAT SOUND ON THE MARKET 04:23]
[IN Q=Well George]
(( WELL GEORGE I WISH YOU LUCK... OKAY WELL THANKS A LOT. GOOD.))
[OUT Q=Thanks a lot. good.]
Though he moved to Roanoke last year, Sgouros says he's been a regular visitor to the Valley for fifteen.
Though he hasn't run for public office before, he has a business background and says his lack of political experience is actually an advantage.
[SOT 11:24 ]
[IN Q=I'm a fresh face]
((I'M A FRESH FACE. I HAVE FRESH IDEAS AND A NEW OUTLOOK ON THINGS AND YOU KNOW HOPEFULLY IF I'M IN THERE I CAN GET SOMETHING DONE BY UTILIIZING THAT ADVANTAGE.))
[OUT Q=by utilizing that advantage.]
Sgouros acknowledges the difficulty of challenging candidates who will outraise and outspend him 100-fold, but during a recent candidates forum, Sgouros argued that his campaign provides the only true alternative.
[IN Q=If you the people]
((IF YOU THE PEOPLE ARE MORE THAN ANNOYED BY THE INEPTIBILITY, MISGUIDED LOYALTIES, COSTLY DECISIONS AND CONSTANT EMBARASSMENTS OF OUR CITY GOVERNMENT, COUNCIL AND MAYOR, THEN YOU'RE IN LINE FOR A CHANGE LIKE ME.))
[OUT Q=in line for a change like me.]
Sgouros says Roanoke needs a full-time mayor, and he promises an open door to citizens concerns. Though he may be the dark horse in a four way-race, Sgouros says he's the Seabiscuit of this bunch, poised for a come-from-behind victory on Tuesday.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
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Radford has a new chief prosecutor.
Chris Rehak was sworn in as the city's first, NEW Commonwealth's Attorney in 14 years.
He's replacing Randal Duncan who will be sworn in as a judge on Friday.
Rehak worked as the city's Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for the last four years.
Radford will hold a special election in November.
Rehak says he's definitely running to try and take over the job permanently.
In other business news, Gateway has posted a first quarter net loss of 49 cents a share.
That's compared to a loss of 62 cents a share during the same period last year.
The company also said it will cut about 15 hundred jobs by the end of the year.
In other news, Stocks fell yesterday.
John Lisk has more in today's business brief.
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[SUPER=01-John Lisk/Reporting; :]
[OUT Q=I'm John Lisk.]
((U-S STOCKS TUMBLED THURSDAY FOR A SECOND SESSION IN A ROW.
THE DOW LOST 70 POINTS...
WHILE THE NASDAQ DROPPED 30.
GOOGLE FILES FOR ITS MUCH-ANTICIPATED INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING.
THE POPULAR SEARCH ENGINE COMPANY PLANS TO RAISE TWO-POINT-SEVEN BILLION DOLLARS THROUGH THE STOCK OFFER.
THIS MOVE HAS BEEN RUMORED FOR THE BETTER PART OF A YEAR.... AND RECENT SPECULATION CREATED BUZZ ABOUT INTERNET STOCKS NOT SEEN SINCE E-BAY WENT PUBLIC IN SEPTEMBER, 19-98.
GOOGLE, FOUNDED IN 19-98 BY TWO FORMER STANFORD UNIVERSITY STUDENTS, HAS QUICKLY BECOME ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL INTERNET COMPANIES.
DOW CHEMICAL SAYS IT WILL CUT ABOUT THREE-THOUSAND JOBS, OR SEVEN PERCENT OF ITS WORKFORCE, THIS YEAR.
THE LARGEST U-S CHEMICAL MAKER ALSO POSTED A FIRST QUARTER PROFIT OF 50-CENTS A SHARE ON ROBUST SALES OF FARM CHEMICALS AND CAR PLASTICS.
THAT'S UP FROM EIGHT-CENTS DURING THE SAME PERIOD A YEAR AGO.
THE GOVERNMENT REPORTS GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT, THE BROADEST MEASURE OF THE ECONOMY, GREW AT AN ANNUAL RATE OF FOUR-POINT-TWO PERCENT IN THE FIRST QUARTER.
THAT'S SLIGHTLY HIGHER THAN IN THE FOURTH-QUARTER OF LAST YEAR... BUT NOT NEARLY AS STRONG AS MOST ECONOMISTS HAD EXPECTED.
PART OF THE INCREASE CAME FROM A SHARP INCREASE IN MILITARY SPENDING.
WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF, I'M JOHN LISK.))
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For more than 50-years its been an idea in the works.
As of Monday, though, Craig County will finally have a library.
Susan Bahorich shows us: it may be small but it stacks up.
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[IN Q=You've got that one..]
[SUPER=03-New Castle; :00]
[SUPER=01-Caitlyn Day/Friends of the Library; :08]
[SUPER=01-Patty Day/Friends of the Library President; :27]
[OUT Q= SB, News 7, New Castle.]
((YOU'VE GOT THAT ONE...))
It's a group effort here in New Castle, even 7-year-old Stephanie is lending a hand.
[INQ=It was very...]
((CAITLYN DAY, C.C. FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY: IT WAS VERY STRESSFUL AND WE THOUGHT ABOUT QUITTING MORE THAN ONCE, IT JUST GOT REALLY HARD...))
[OUTQ=... got really hard.]
But, the hard work is paying off. About three-years ago, Craig County Friends of the Library was formed. The Days are one of about half-a dozen families who have stuck it out and seen the project through.
[INQ=I was driving...]
((PATTY DAY, PRES., C.C. FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY: I WAS DRIVING THE CHILDREN TO SALEM OR ROANOKE TO USE THOSE LIBRARIES.
IF THEY HAVE A PROJECT DUE OR ESSAY TO WRITE OR RESEARCH TO DO, IT'S DIFFICULT TO BE ABLE TO JUMP IN THE CAR AND DRIVE TO SALEM OR ROANOKE.))
[OUTQ=... Salem or Roanoke.]
So, instead of constantly driving- they became the driving force behind the library project. After dozens of fundraisers, bake-sales and donations more than 13-thousand books were collected and the library was on a roll.
((LET'S PUT NON-FICTION OVER THERE AND FICTION OVER THERE.))
Volunteers and people throughout the community have helped make this small building, a cozy hideaway for book lovers. Now, the finishing touches will offer kids a sanctuary to read their first books, the community a place to surf the net and even resources for the unemployed to find a job.
[INQ=It's really exciting..]
((CAITLYN DAY, C.C. FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY: IT'S REALLY EXCITING, BUT THERE'S STILL A LOT OF WORK TO BE DONE.))
[OUTQ=.. to be done.]
And, while one chapter of the library's story will soon be closing - another chapter will soon begin. Once this small facility gets of the ground, the wheels are already in motion to build phase 2- a larger facility.
SB, News 7, New Castle. ))
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Murder is on the menu at the Science Museum of Western Virginia.
The Roanoke attraction will be hosting "Mystery at the Science Museum" tomorrow night.
The evening will begin innocently enough...
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[IN Q=We'll have a time to mingle...]
((FRAN FERGUSON/SCIENCE MUSEUM OF WESTERN VA: WE'LL HAVE A TIME TO MINGLE AND PICK TEAMS. THEY'LL COME TO THE PLANETARIUM AND MEET THE COP. HE'LL LAY OUT THE EVIDENCE THAT'S BEEN DISCOVERED.))
[SUPER=01-Fran Ferguson/Science Museum of Western Virginia;]
[OUT Q=evidence that's been discovered.]
The suspects include News 7's Robin Reed as lawyer and wannabe meteorologist Bill Bruminator.
The event includes a catered dinner, cash bar and silent auction.
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