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The Craig County School Board says a lack of funds from the county supervisors has created an immediate threat to the public school system.
And, after a crowd of emotional Palestinians say goodbye to their leader, Yasser Arafat is finally laid to rest at his Ramallah compound.
Rain showers continue this afternoon but will begin to diminish as we head toward tonight. How will the weekend turn out. I'll let you know in your forecast.
Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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The saga between the Craig County Administrator's office and Craig County School Board is intensifying.
Last week the county administrator's office told the board it would not receive nearly 530-thousand dollars in school funding for November, because school board representative did not attend the last supervisors' meeting.
Today the school board sent a memo to the administrator's office, saying the failure to appropriate their requested money will essentially shut down public education for the rest of the month.
In the release, the School Board accuses the Board of Supervisors of trying to quote "illegally exert control over the school division" by holding its funding hostage.
The School Board says it has been unable to pay its bills on time.
Now a food distributor is requiring cash on delivery for the food used in school lunches.
Both sides say they want to resolve the dispute.
The next supervisors meeting is November 16th.
Members of the Craig County Board of Supervisors were not available for comment.
Lewis-Gale Clinic is closing two of its satellite offices.
The practices at Back Creek and Rocky Mount will shut down effective December 31st.
Clinic officials say the decision was based on the lack of patients.
Patients will be notified by mail about the closing
The clinic's Chief Executive Officer says its staff will work closely with patients to help transfer them to other locations.
The C-E-O says no other closings are planned for the future.
Palestinian officials say Yasser Arafat would have liked the outpouring of emotion from his followers today.
He's now buried at the compound where Israel kept him confined for the last few years of his life.
But Palestinians have vowed to honor Arafat's request to bury him in Jerusalem in the future.
Drew Levinson has more from Jerusalem.
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IT WAS A SCENE AS UNRULY AND CHAOTIC AS THE LIFE HE LED.
(NATZ GUNFIRE AS POLICE CONTROL CROWD)
THOUSANDS OF EMOTIONAL PALESTINIANS OVER-RUNNING POLICE BARRICADES TO
SAY ONE FINAL GOODBYE TO YASSER ARAFAT AT HIS WEST BANK COMPOUND.
AFTER HIS BODY ARRIVED BY HELICOPTER...POLICE WAITED ALMOST HALF AN
HOUR BEFORE OPENING THE DOOR TO REMOVE THE COFFIN . THEN SEVERAL
OFFICERS RODE ON TOP OF IT AS IT WAS CARRIED THROUGH THE FRENZIED
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PALESTINIAN OFFICIALS HAD PLANNED ON ALLOWING ARAFAT'S BODY TO LIE IN
STATE FOR SEVERAL HOURS...BUT WITH PANDEMONIUM ON THE STREETS THEY
BURIED ARAFAT QUICKLY.
THIS DAY OF TRIBUTE BEGAN IN A MORE DIGNIFIED MANNER IN EGYPT. A HORSE
DRAWN CARRIAGE CARRIED ARAFAT'S FLAG DRAPED COFFIN THROUGH THE STREETS
OF CAIRO... FOLLOWED BY HEADS OF STATE AND DIGNITARIES FROM AROUND THE
EGYPT'S TOP MUSLIM CLERIC PRESIDED OVER A BRIEF SERVICE BEFORE ARAFAT'S
BODY WAS FLOWN TO RAM ALLAH.
President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair have wrapped up a two- day meeting at the White House with a joint news conference.
While addressing reporters, Bush declared that a new opportunity exists for resolving the Israeli- Palestinian conflict.
Bush also warned that desperate militants may boost violence as democracy nears in Iraq.
But, he says with help from Britain and other nations, the U-S is determined to succeed.
Blair, meanwhile, has been pressing for a renewed commitment for negotiating creation of a Palestinian state.
U- S military officials say militants have shot down a U- S Army Black Hawk helicopter just north of Baghdad.
They say three of the four crew members were injured, but are expected to recover.
It was the third U-S helicopter downed this week.
Meanwhile, U-S forces are now concentrating on two rebel strongholds.
U-S warplanes are hitting the city of Mosul-- hoping to prevent another major rebellion there.
And after four days of fighting, U-S troops hope to gain control of Fallujah by tonight.
Troops are turning back hundreds of men trying to flee the city.
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World champion ice skater Scott Hamilton has already won a battle with cancer once.
Now he's facing another serious health challenge that doctors are still trying to figure out how to treat.
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Doctors have diagnosed world figure skating champion Scott Hamilton with a benign brain tumor.
The 46 year old Hamilton has a slow growing non-cancerous tumor near his pituitary gland.
His publicist says the skater noticed a problem with his vision a few weeks ago.
His doctors are still considering his treatment options.
Hamilton was diagnosed with testicular cancer several years ago, and was successfully treated with surgery and chemotherapy.
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Many people agree the deer population in the city is causing problems, but they disagree on how to control it.
As Justin McLeod tells us, the latest plan is to bait and then kill the deer.
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When you're out driving, you're bound to see them.
Some deer even take up residence in people's yards.
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((LIN MELCHIONNA/ROANOKE RESIDENT: FREQUENTLY OUR NEIGHBORS WILL CALL AND SAY WE SAW TEN TO TWELVE, FIFTEEN DEER IN YOUR YARD LAST NIGHT.))
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Many have had similar experiences.
So last year the city of Roanoke hired sharpshooters to kill deer within city limits.
But they only took 109 deer.
This year, the city hopes to kill nearly 400 by hiring the federal agency and a private contractor called White Buffalo.
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((MAJOR STEVE LUGAR/ROANOKE POLICE DEPT.: THEY WILL BAIT AREAS WHERE THEY FIND HIGH CONCENTRATION OF DEER FOR APPROXIMATELY TEN DAYS TO TWO WEEKS BEFORE THEY ARRIVE, AND ONCE THE DEER BECOME ACCUSTOMED TO THE BAITING AREAS THEY WILL THEN COME IN AND REMOVE THE DEER.))
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Some believe the use of bait is inhumane.
Others like Roanoke's mayor wonder if the 80-thousand dollar price tag is worth it.
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The mayor realizes there's a problem in Roanoke but he wants the state to deal with it.
Many frustrated residents don't care who handles the deer as long as someone does.
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THIS YEAR'S PROGRAM WILL BEGIN IN A FEW WEEKS AND LAST UNTIL FEBRUARY. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
Franklin County Veterinarian Richard Flint has been called before the state Veterinary Board again.
As Keith Humphry reports, his license remains suspended pending the outcome of a complaint filed nine months ago.
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(( Dr. Flint's license was suspended in May, after the Vet Board found he had violated nine separate state laws and veterinary regulations.
The four-month suspension was due to expire September 26th.
But the Board was still considering the case of a Persian cat Flint allegedly misdiagnosed in 2002.
Paul and Reba Sink say "Sweetie" almost died in Flint's care, so they filed a complaint in February.
Bedford County activist Jack Mills has taken an interest in Doctor Flint's case.
He believes the Vet Board failed to act on the Sink's complaint until Flint was just about to get his license back.
((THEY HAD NO RIGHT TO SIT ON THAT FROM 17 FEBRUARY TO THE MIDDLE OF SEPTEMBER.))
A committee of the state board will hold a hearing next week to air the Sink's complaint.
Mills believes the Sinks are at fault for failing to follow the Doctor's advice.
((DOC FLINT SAID TO HIM THEN, ACCORDING TO WHAT DOC FLINT TOLD ME, "YOU SHOULD TAKE THE CAT TO VIRGINIA TECH, AND LET THOSE PEOPLE FIGURE OUT WHAT'S GOING ON HERE, BECAUSE THIS ISN'T NORMAL."))
According to records Flint's office provided the Vet Board, "the owners declined to take the cat to Tech." There are two entries to that effect in Flint's records.
However, the Sinks say Flint never recommended taking Sweetie to Tech.
They have their own copy of her "Patient History Report" - -records Reba Sink got from Flint the last time she took Sweetie to see Doctor Flint.
The February 6th entry makes no mention of "Virginia Tech." And there is no entry at all for March 10th, the second time Flint says he referred the case to Tech.
The State Veterinary Board sent Flint a letter two weeks ago pointing out that "records provided the client... do not contain the same entries as the records" he "provided the inspector for the Department of Health Professions...."
A committee of the board meets in Roanoke Wednesday.
Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.))
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Micheal Jackson used to be the "King of Pop," but now another famous pop star is using the embattled singer's troubles...
in a new song. After the break we'll find out why Jackson is so mad at Eminem, and what he's doing about it.
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Sparks were flying, LITERALLY, when a woman driving a stolen vehicle led police on a chase through Los Angeles last night.
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The pursuit started on a freeway--
Then the van hit a wall exiting the freeway, and the chase took to the streets.
At some point, the vehicle's front right tire gave way, and the female suspect continued on, driving on the RIM.
As police kept up with her, sparks started coming off the vehicle.
The driver eventually stopped and surrendered to police.
It's Michael Jackson versus Eminem.
The rapper mocks Jackson in a scathing new music video.
Now Jackson is speaking out.
Vince Gonzales has a "wrap" up.
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SCRIPT (NO SUPER AT TOP) Thanks to a gag order Michael Jackson can't talk about the molestation allegations he faces, but this video by rapper Eminem is getting under his skin: (SUPER: "Just Lose It"/Eminem) (NATS) video And he's starting to call sympathetic broadcasters to complain. Jackson is upset by scenes in which Eminem portrayed him with his hair on fire...his nose falling off....and sitting on a bed with children. (GRAPHIC-- Pic of Jackson, a telephone, and
Fox News Logo) (SOT/Jackson) I THINK IT'S DEMEANING AND DISRESPECTFUL. BUT I ALSO WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR IT'S NOT JUST A
BOUT MICHAEL JACKSON BUT A PATTERN OF DISRESPECT THAT HE HAS SHOWN TO OUR COMMUNITY. HE NEEDS TO STOP IT, AND HE NEEDS TO STOP IT NOW. (END GRAPHIC) Lampooning the man the British press dubbed Wacko-Jacko is nothing new but the video appears to have hit home with lines that may refer to the singer's ongoing court battle. (NATS Video) COME HERE, LITTLE KIDDIE, ON MY LAP. GUESS WHO'S BACK WITH A BRAND NEW RAP. (NATS/Jackson) I WANT TO THANK MY FANS... (or use fans cheering from Fox or at court) While many of his fans have supported him... (NATS) fans (SUPER: Aug. 16) ...nearly a year after his arrest on molestation charges Jackson has been unable to clear his name. He's scheduled to go on trial at the end of January. Lawyers now expect the case to take six months-- not four as they previously thought. In the meantime, Jackson says he's working on new music. But his most recent releases have languished, with sales low... (NATS) video ...while Eminem looks likely to make money off the controversy dogging the self-proclaimed King of Pop. Vince Gonzales, CBS News, Los Angeles))
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP one point. The NASDAQ has gained three.
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The weather is having an impact on at least one high school football game tonight. We'll have the details next.
Plus the Roanoke Dazzle get ready for their season opener next week by taking the axe to the roster.
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The first Minnesota Twin since 19-88 won the American Leage Cy Young Award this year.
Johan (YOH'-hahn)Santana took the honor with a unanimous decision.
Santana went 20 and 6 with league best two point 61 E-R-A and 265 strike outs.
Boston's Curt Schilling finished a distant second.
Major League Baseball will continue to rely on umpires to make the tough calls.
General managers spent part of yesterday discussing the idea of bringing instant replay to America's past-time.
They were split 15 to 15 on whether to at least continue exploring the idea.
The Hokies and Cavs are tied atop the ACC standings with identical 4 and 1 records.
As a result, the bowl folks are keeping an eye on the Commonwealth, as Steve Mason has more on what that could mean.
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The Roanoke Dazzle opens up the season next Friday night, and yesterday the team served up some serious cold cuts - cutting four of its players.
Both former Virginia Tech players were dropped from the team.
Terry Taylor - the 290 pound power forward was sent packing, as was point guard Brian Chase.
The Dazzle also cut 7- footer Josh Sankes and guard Mark Davis.
The team must still cut two players before the home opener on the 19th.
The weather has lead to at least one high school to postpone its football game tonight, the Dan River and Bassett game has been rescheduled until Monday night at Seven at Dan River.
That is the only postponement we have so far, but we will have any further announcements on air and our website at WDBJ7.com.
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