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Good morning, I'm Susan Bahorich. Heavy rain last night has caused flash flooding in Henry County. Several roads are still closed in the Ridgeway and Horsepasture areas. Brent Watts will have your forecast in a moment.





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Authorities say a full grown black bear was shot and killed after it wandered into Franklin Memorial hospital last night.
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This was the scene shortly after ten o-clock last night when authorities brought the black bear out.
The incident began an hour earlier when the bear walked through an automatic door in front of the hospital.
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((DAN THOMPSON/HOSPITAL SECURITY GUARD: I CAME OUT OF A THE OB CLINIC AND WAS WALKING DOWN THE HALLWAY AND THERE WAS A BIG BLACK BEAR COMING TOWARDS ME, PROBABLY TEN FEET AWAY FROM ME. HE TURNED WENT INTO AN OFFICE ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE. I AM GLAD HE DID BUT I GOT ON THE RADIO AND CALLED FOR THE FRONT DESK TO CALL THE POLICE FOR ASSISTANCE BUT THERE WAS ALREADY A POLICE OFFICER ALREADY VISITING HIS SON.))
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The officer then shut the door and waited for additional units to arrive.
Authorities then made the decision to shoot the bear rather than tranquilize it.
An officer shot it once with a rifle and then twice with a handgun.
Witnesses say the black bear was roughly six to eight feet tall and weighed anywhere between 150 to 200 pounds.
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No one was injured, but a computer room suffered some minor damage.
Hospital officials say the bear traveled about 50 yards through the hospital, but was never near any patients.


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Some R-B-X retirees say they feel like they've been betrayed now that the company plans to cancel their retirement benefits.
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In federal court Monday, a judge upheld R-B-X Corporation's motion to terminate all retiree benefits -- including health insurance and prescription cards. By doing that, the bankrupt company can use the money to pay off it debts.
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But, retiree John Key feels the company owes him for his 37-years of service.
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((JOHN KEY/LOSING RETIREMENT BENEFITS: IT'S A HARDSHIP ON EVERYBODY AND SHOULDN'T HAVE EVER HAPPENED, SHOULDN'T BE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN.))
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Key retired from Rubatex in 1988 -- one of three R-B-X companies that announced earlier this year it was shutting down due to financial struggles. Under bankruptcy law, secured creditors are paid before UNSECURED creditors, such as retirees. R-B-X officials had no comment.
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The woman suspected of last week's bank robbery has turned herself in.
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Cynthia Leatrice Porter is held without bond on robbery charges in the Amherst County jail.
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Deputies say she held up the B-B-and-T in Madison Heights last Friday, claiming to have a gun and bombs. Porter surrendered to deputies about four yesterday afternoon. She is from Florida, but authorities say she has family in the area.
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Good morning, I'm Susan Bahorich. Heavy rain last night closed many roads and brought down power lines. In Patrick County, 880 customers are without power, and a thousand customers lost power in Pulaski County. Service should be restored between 10 and 11. Brent Watts will have your forecast in a moment.

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The school year is almost over but it will be a busy summer in the Roanoke school system.
Administrators will be taking up several issues that could lead to major changes, including an overhaul of the school resource program and revisions to the student handbook.
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Administrators will have plenty of input thanks to the RSVP coalition.
They are a group of citizen's who formed to address safety problems in Roanoke schools.
The group has met a total of fourteen times and has come up with specific recommendations for changes to the student handbook.
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((ALICE HINCKER/RSVP COALITION CO-FOUNDER: THEY WOULD LIKE TO STUDENTS AND TEACHERS KNOW THAT IF YOU DO THIS THEN THIS WILL HAPPEN AND SMALL RANGE OF WHAT COULD HAPPEN IF YOU DO THIS. AND THE ANOTHER MOST IMPORTANT THING WOULD BE TO SEE THE HANDBOOK CONSISTENTLY IMPLEMENTED.))
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Some of the recommendations include clear consequences for verbal abuse of staff.
They would also like to see options for teachers to remove disruptive students from the classroom.
The group also wants to see more parental involvement and have the dress code enforced.
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The City of Roanoke is set to honor a civil rights leader, and supporters say it's just what they're looking for.
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An open house yesterday afternoon showed off the latest plans to turn the old First Street Bridge into a memorial honoring Dr. Martin Luther King.
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((PERNELLER WILSON/MARTIN LUTHER KING COMMITTEE FOUNDER:SO MUCH THAT HE HAS DID AND DONE FOR THE PEOPLE ESPECIALLY THE PEOPLE IN ROANOKE, AND A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE WHAT TRUELY HE DID DO.))
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If approved, the old iron bridge will be replaced with steel, and divided between pedestrians and one way vehicle traffic. It will honor Dr. King through plaques, quotes, engravings, and a statue of the civil rights leader.
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Blacksburg is hoping an old piece of route 460 will lead the way to economic development.
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V-DOT is in the process of giving Blacksburg about 34 acres of land that used to be an old exit ramp. The Blacksburg Partnership wants to turn the green space into a park with three soccer fields and two softball fields.
The group wants to lease about six acres of the land to a hotel or restaurant to pay for the two million dollar project. The town council still needs to approve the project. If approved the park could be open by the spring of 2006.
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Good morning, I'm Susan Bahorich. Authorities in Henry County say some roads are still closed after flash flooding last night. Power is out to nearly 900 customers in Patrick County and about one-thousand customers in Pulaski County. A-E-P says power should be back on by 11. Brent Watts will have your full forecast in a moment.





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The woman Zachary Bryant had been staying with in Roanoke was the one who identified him as a suspect in the vandalism of a historic church last January. Rebecca Manning had heard Bryant talking about knocking over pews and busting out windows.
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Yesterday, Bryant admitted to vandalizing Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, opening himself to a maximum sentence of as much as 25 years. Back in January, police had nothing to go on, until Manning provided the tip that led to Bryant's arrest. Though the suspect- -now 23- -denied it at first, Bryant's story began to unravel. Then he turned over his shoes, and they matched an imprint left in the chemical spray of a fire extinguisher.
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((I SEEN THAT, AND I SEEN THE PLATES. THERE WASN'T A PLACE IN THE CHURCH NOWHERE YOU COULD STEP WITHOUT HITTING GLASS... BOOKS TORE UP AND BIBLES, ALL THAT STUFF.))
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A second suspect, 35-year old Christopher Martin, has yet to be tried.

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A local man faces a life sentence after being found guilty yesterday of murdering his landlord.
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24 year old Muhammed Majeed pled no contest yesterday afternoon in court.
Prosecutors say Majeed shot and killed 42 year Christopher Hanes at the victim's Roanoke County home last July.
The defendant had rented property from Hanes and went to Hanes' house to get his security deposit.
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((SGT. BRET ALTIMORE/ROANOKE CO. POLICE: MR. MAJEED STATED HE HAD JUST KILLED A MAN. HE IDENTIFIED IN THE CONVERSATION AS CHRIS HANES. MAJEED HAD STATED HE HAD SHOT HANES THREE OR FOUR TIMES AT LEAST ONE TIME IN THE HEAD. IN THE CONVERSATION MAJEED HAD STATED THAT HE, HANES, HAD OWED HIM MONEY.))
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Defense Attorneys point out Majeed did not flee the scene and he allowed Mrs. Hanes and her two children to leave the home.
A judge will sentence Majeed next month- He faces life in prison.
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A local museum is hoping area lawmakers and the governor find the right chemistry later today.
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The Science Museum of Western Virginia was slated to receive 200-thousand dollars under the state's new budget.
But Roanoke legislators are concerned that changes made by Governor Warner threaten to strip those funds away.
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Lawmakers will vote on Governor Warner's budget amendments later today during a special veto session in Richmond.

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