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GRAPHIC=Dowe Resigns Good evening everyone.


Thanks for getting your news with us.


I'm Hollani Davis.


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*CG standup Travis Wells

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GRAPHIC=HOLD Roanoke City Council member


Alfred Dowe has resigned following
questions about his spending on meals,
travel and other expenses.


Mayor Nelson Harris says he
received new information yesterday that
caused him to ask for Dowe's
resignation.


DOUBLE BOXES=Hollani & Joe DOUBLE BOXES


Joe Dashiell has been following
this story, and he spoke with the Mayor
this afternoon. Joe, how did we get to
this point?


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*CG standup Joe Dashiell

jdashiell@wdbj7.com Hollani, earlier this week a
Roanoke Times article detailed Dowe's
spending that far exceeded any of his
council colleagues.


Mayor Harris called for an audit
of council members expenses and a
review of city policies... and then
last night what the mayor described as
a painful meeting in which he asked
Dowe to resign.


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Monday

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Roanoke Mayor

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Alfred Dowe has served on city
council for six years, and had two
years remaining on his term, but in a
letter to Mayor Nelson Harris, Dowe
said he was resigning, effective
immediately.


Dowe wrote, "it has been my
extreme pleasure serving the community
that I love and it is in that spirit,
given the recent events, that I choose
not to be a distraction to the progress
of the city."


Harris would not offer specifics
about the new information, but
confirmed that it involved cases of
double billing, in which Dowe sought
reimbursement from the state and the
city for the same expense.


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*CG standup Joe Dashiell

jdashiell@wdbj7.com When I spoke with Alfred Dowe
yesterday, there was no indication that
his resignation was imminent.


In a brief phone conversation
this afternoon, he told us he's not
ready to speak publicly about the
situation.


Mayor Harris other members of
city council will get together in the
next few to discuss the appointment of
Dowe's replacement, most likely someone
who would serve as a caretaker for the
next four months.


DOUBLE BOXES=Joe & Hollani DOUBLE BOXES


Hollani, it appears that we will
have a special election to fill the
last two years of Dowe's term... that
would be held on the same day as the
May council elections.




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If you would like to read Alfred
Dowe's full resignation letter, head
over to W-D-B-J DOT COM

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GRAPHIC=None Another city councilman, Bev


Fitzpatrick says don't count him out
just yet.



CHANNEL=C VO-NAT


VO-NAT The Roanoke native has served the


city in this position for more than


five years...


but failed to get the Democratic
nomination for the upcoming May
election.


Fitzpatrick tells News 7 though,
he might run anyway.


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Roanoke City Council Member BEV FITZPATRICK/COUNCIL MEMBER: YEAH I
COULD RUN AS AN INDEPENDENT. I'VE
THOUGHT ABOUT IT. I HAVEN'T TOTALLY
THROWN IT OUT YET. I'M JUST TRYING TO
LOOK AT ALL THE OPTIONS.


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OQ=...all the options."


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Fitzpatrick realizes he'll have
to make a decision quickly.


If he decides to run, he must
file by the March 4th deadline.


Two others have officially
announced their intentions to run as an
independent.


They are Valerie Garner and Bill
Lockard.


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*CG standup Hollani Davis

hdavis@wdbj7.com State police say not wearing a
seat belt cost two Southside teenagers
their lives this morning.


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*CG locator Henry Co.


Authorities say Ryan Lee Patton
of Collinsville and Andrew Evan
Bourland of Martinsville were killed in
an accident along Carver Road in Henry
County.


The crash happened around 12:30
a.m. when Patton lost control of his
car and hit a tree.


Both 16-year-old boys were taken
to Martinsville Memorial Hospital,
where they died.


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GRAPHIC=None A nationwide teaching shortage is

Educaiton 7 Banner prompting a local school district to
start hiring early.


As News 7's Sinu Abraham
reports.. hundreds came out from across
the region this weekend also looking to
get a head start.


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*CG locator Roanoke

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*CG 2line Dr. Rita Bishop

Superintendent RCPS

:22


*CG 2line Christopher Skrobot

Computer Science teacher

:32


*CG standup Sinu Abraham

sabraham@wdbj7.com

:39


*CG 2line Stephanie Bomar

Teaching candidate

:58


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OQ=roanoke < (END SOT) science teacher in Henry County but his


DREAM job would be to work for Ronaoke
city schools.



That's why he and more than 200 other
teachers and college graduates are
taking the hot seat.



" IM A LITTLE NERVOUS YES"



New Roanoke City Superintendent Rita
Bishop has made it her mission to
retain and recruit for future potential
openings.



"I LOOK FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE
KNOWLEDGEABLE.. HAVE GREAT TECHNIQUES
BUT HAVE PASSION AND BELIEF IN
CHILDREN."



Skrobot is hoping to prove he's got
what it takes.



"A COMPASSION FOR STUDENTS.. KNOW WHAT
THEY'RE GOING THROUGH.. BE ABLE TO
EMPHATHIZE WITH THEM."



THE INTERVIEWS ARE TAKING PLACE INSIDE
THESE DOORS. IF A CANDIDATE DOES
EXCEPTIONALLY WELL--THEY COULD BE
CALLED IN FOR ROUND TWO..THAT COULD
LEAD TO A TEACHING POSITION IN THE
UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR."



The current teaching staff for the city
is about 13 hundred.. from elementary
to high school.


The candidates have on on one
interviews with principals from various
schools.



"IT'S A TOUGH PROFESSION YOU REALLY
NEED TO KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO DO BEFORE
YOU START BECAUSE YOU'RE GONNA MAKE OR
BREAK THESE KIDS."



"I TRULY BELIEVE THE FUTURE OF ROANOKE
CITY DEPENDS ON ROANOKE CITY PUBLIC
SCHOOLS.



And these lessons students learn inside


the classroom will hopefully help them
when they get out.>>





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GRAPHIC=Tech The Virginia Tech Hokies were


hoping to carry the momentum from this
week's win at Maryland into today's
meeting with Georgia Tech. The
Ramblin Wreck was just anxious to get
back on the court after a leaky roof
postponed the Jackets home date with
Virginia Thursday night.


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Yellow Jackets vs. Hokies

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84

Virginia Tech

92

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*CG 2line Seth Greenberg

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discussion by defending their house.


But the Yellow Jackets quickly raced to
a 10 point lead in the opening minutes.


Lewis Witcher kept Tech afloat
scoring the Hokies first field goal
five and a half minutes in. Witcher
finished the day with 8 points 4
rebounds.


A-D Vassallo tallied a season
high 27, just two off his career high
as Tech went on a 12-oh run en route to
a 42-38 lead at halftime.


J-T Thompson threw in 13 points
and Malcolm Delaney added 16 including
13 at the free throw line in a game
that featured 81 fouls. Tech won it 92
to 84, for its 7th ACC win and 16th
overall. The 92 points is the Hokies
highest outburst this season.


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*CG locator Coral Gables, FL

Lincoln Financial Sports-Raycom Elsewhere in the league, :00 Maryland's postseason bubble is rapidly
bursting. Today the Terps lost their
second straight at Miami. Jack
McClinton finished off Maryland with
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Miami

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Thanks for watching Your Hometown
Station. I'm Hollani Davis for Jay
Webb and Travis Wells.


Have a great night we hope to see you back here for News 7 at 11.