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HEADLINES

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Days of heavy rain and melting snow have created severe flooding in the northwest.
Hundreds have been forced from their homes.
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And the grim search continues for victims of a jetliner crash in the Atlantic. wx-head
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flooding


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Topping the news this morning, parts of the northwestern U-S are battling massive flooding.
In Idaho, some houses are under three or four feet of water.
Authorities say about 200 people living in north-central Idaho have been forced to leave because of rising streams.
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Helicopters are being used in Oregon to rescue people trapped by rising floodwaters and a mountain slide.
Authorities say an entire hillside fell, covering a freeway.
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Heavy rain began falling Monday night and it's not expected to let up until sometime today.
Portland residents are expecting floodwaters in the downtown this afternoon.
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Hundreds have already been evacuated in the lower Willamette (wil-AM'-it) Valley.
Residents were rescued from their homes in boats and emergency shelters have been set up in many areas.
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plane-crash


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A Coast Guard cutter spent the night searching for any sign of life following a jetliner crash off the Dominican Republic.
A search by air resumed this morning.
Authorities so far have retrieved 105 bodies.
The Boeing 7-57 was carrying 189.
Most of the passengers were German tourists heading home from the Dominican Republic.
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SALVI


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Jury selection is expected to resume this morning in the trial of accused abortion clinic shooter John Salvi.
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Yesterday Salvi had to be carried screaming from the Massachusett's courtroom after he flipped over a table.
Salvi's outburst came after a bailiff tried to restrain him from holding up a statement as a news photographer was taking his picture.
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Salvi is accused of gunning down two receptionists at two Boston-area abortion clinics in December 19-94.

Greene


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Also in court yesterday --
The Roanoke bank robber who robbed banks to buy a "breathing machine" for his little boy was sentenced.
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Calvin Greene got away with 97- hundred dollars in four hold-ups last February and March.
Bank cameras showed Greene became increasingly more agressive as his crime spree continued.
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((I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THE COURT TO GIVE ME A SECOND CHANCE AT MY LIFE. AND I'M SORRY FOR WHAT HAPPENED. I AM A NICE PERSON, AND I TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR WHAT HAPPENED.))
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Judge Diane Strickland read from several of the victims' "impact statements," citing one who said she suffered "no ill effects" and another who said she was "scared to death."
Greene became emotional as Strickland added up the prison time to a total of 17 years.
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Va-Tech


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State police will investigate Christy Brzonkala's (Bron-kala's) rape charges.
She's the former Virginia Tech student who says TWO Tech football players RAPED her and THEN, got preferential treatment.
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The state police investigation was actually the State Attorney General's idea.
A letter to Brzonkala's attorney last month notes that Brzonkala chose NOT to seek police involvement.
"I hope she will reconsider," says Deputy A-G Gary Aronhalt.
"If Ms Brzonkala requests it," he wrote, "the Attorney General is prepared to ask the State police to conduct an immediate and thorough criminal investigation...."
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Brzonkala's lawyer and Tech officials say they WELCOME the criminal investigation.

Scam


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Henry County authorities are investigating what's called a "pigeon drop" scam.
They say in late January, a 57 year- old woman was approached inside a K-Mart store in Henry County.
A man and woman reportedly told her they'd found a large sum of money.
They then promised her a share if she would put up 300 dollars in "good faith money".
And once she did-- they disappeared.
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Henry county authorities say since scam artists are usually transient--they could be anywhere in the region.
They are warning people to be on alert if they are approached.
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((LT. KIMMY NESTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: WE PREACH THAT IF IT'S TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, THEN IT IS. NO ONE'S GOING TO GIVE YOU ANYTHING IN THIS WORLD, ESPECIALLY MONEY. SO, IF IT'S TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, THEN IT IS. YOU SHOULD BE LEERY OF IT, SAY NO THANK YOU, AND GET AWAY FROM THESE PEOPLE. ))
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Nester also suggests calling the police.
He says the scam occurs most often in public places, like shopping centers and grocery stores.

1-Sports


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In sports, Mike Stevens tells us what high school basketball stars are being considered as college picks.
Mike also takes a look at the Cardinals' new coach.
Good morning Mike.
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One-Larry


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PCP


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A former government research chemist accused of concocting enough chemicals to make 40 million doses of P-C-P will be tried in federal court this month.
Reginald Booker and two other men are charged with conspiracy to manufacture and distribute P-C-P.
The investigation began in May when motorists reported seeing three men in a U-Haul heaving trash bags from the side of a bridge in Charlotte County.
Environmental Quality workers retrieved the chemicals from the banks of Ward's Creek.
Tests showed the sludge was the byproduct of P-C-P.

Drug-Bust


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Over in Montgomery County, a drug bust last night yielded 75- hundred dollars worth of powder and crack cocaine.
Authorities arrested 24- year- old Michael Bishop of Sunneyside, New York.
Bishop is in the Montgomery County jail on 65- thousand dollars bond.

Henry-Administrator


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Henry County Administrator Robert Lawler is OUT of a job.
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The county board of supervisors voted unanimously yesterday to RELEASE Lawler from his contract.
The board named "philosophical differences" as the reason.
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County officials added that Lawler's termination had nothing to do with his job performance-- nor was there any misconduct.
Some say the three newly- elected board members may have played a role.
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((VERONICA VENABLE/ACTING HENRY CO. ADMINISTRATOR: THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF A NEW BOARD OF SUPERVISORS. AND BEYOND THAT, I COULDN'T TELL YOU WHAT SPECIFIC DIFFERENCES OF PHILOSOPHY THEY MAY HAVE HAD, BUT THIS IS A NEWLY- CONSTITUTED BOARD.))
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Lawler could not be reached for comment--
But in a written statement to the board, he praised the county's staff.
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Lawler will receive monthly severance pay through May 27th.
He's worked as county administrator for the last two and a half years.

Wythe-Administrator


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And another county administrator will soon be out of the picture.
Wythe County Administrator Billy Branson is resigning effective September first.
Former county board of supervisors member James Crosswell says Branson was FORCED to resign because of his support FOR the proposed prison in Wythe County.
Branson could not be reached for comment.

2-scores


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In sports --
Dave Winfield is expected to announce his retirement from baseball today.
The five-time Gold Glove winner has played in 23 big-league seasons.
In the N-B-A --
The Chicago Bulls snapped their two-game losing streak last night.
Michael Jordan scored 40 points and grabbed eleven rebounds.
Let's take a look at the scoreboards.
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SUPER=96-Detroit/=97/Orlando/=83//Utah/102/Vancouver/=79;
SUPER=96-LA Lakers/106/New Jersey/=96//Houston/110/LA Clippers/102;
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Old-Farmers


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If you follow the Farmer's Almanac, you may be bracing for another snowstorm in the next few days.
That's not what meteorologists predict, but more folks are turning to the Almanac since it's been on the mark for the last two snowstorms.
So how reliable is it?
Tracy Altizer takes a look.
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((CLYDE MORRIS/FARMER: THE ALMANAC HAS HIT IT ALMOST WITHIN ONE DAY A YEAR OR A YEAR AND A HALF IN ADVANCE, THAT OUR LOCAL FORECASTERS CAN'T HIT A WEEK AHEAD. ))
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Morris really is a fan of Robin Reed, and watches the News-7 weatherman nightly for the next day's forecast.
But when it comes to long- range planning, this potato farmer has relied on Blum's Farmer's and Planter's Almanac for 40 years.
It has him worried about more snowstorms this month.
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((THE 16TH THROUGH THE 19TH AND THE 24TH THROUGH THE 29TH. I HOPE WE MISS THOSE. ))
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But it also depends on which almanac you depend on.
The Old Farmers Almanac was on the money last week, but it's not calling for anymore snow until the 19th thru the 21st of this month.
At the National Weather Service office in Blacksburg, meteorologists say it's all a matter of interpretation.
And even with all the latest computer models, they don't stick their necks out past a week.
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((MIKE EMLAW/N.W.S. METEOROLOGIST: WE CAN PREDICT FAIRLY WELL MOST OF THE TIME OUT TO ABOUT TWO DAYS. WE CAN DO REASONABLY WELL, KIND OF GET A GENERAL IDEA WHAT THE WEATHER'S GOING TO BE OUT TO PERHAPS SEVEN DAYS DEPENDING ON THE TIME OF THE YEAR, AND THEN ANYTHING REALLY BEYOND THAT IS GUESSWORK. ))
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But whether you subscribe to high- tech or down- home, only one person really knows what's in store, and we all know better than to mess with Mother Nature. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
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Two-Larry


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(Roll cue:) Here's Anna Wentworth with this week's movie review.
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((Anna Wentworth/Arts Reviewer: "Mr. Holland's Opus" refers not only to the concert the title character works on all his life. But, it refers to his legacy as well. (("MR. HOLLAND'S OPUS/HOLLYWOOD PICTURES: NAT SO...THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO DO THE REST OF MY LIFE.))
Richard Dreyfuss is compelling as Mr. Holland, forced into teaching for financial reasons...he has a baby on the way...and getting hooked.
He has a rough start, and his demanding principal, Olympia Dukakis, doesn't cut him any slack.
But he learns to teach the kids using unorthodox methods that start to work.
Jay Thomas has found the perfect role as the football coach who befriends him.
"Mr. Holland's Opus" spans three decades showing the changes that occur in Mr. Holland's life.
I give this movie an "A-". It has broad appeal among those who don't require car chases to enjoy a film.
Plus, it's nice to see a realistic portrayal of the teaching profession with all its sacrifices and its triumphs.
There are lots of Mr. and Ms. Hollands in our schools and THEY deserve our strongest appreciation.))

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2HEADLINES


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Here's a look at today's top stories.
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In Oregon helicopters are being used to rescue residents trapped by a landslide.
Much of the state is battling severe flooding from days of heavy rain and melting snow.
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The Coast Coard is in the Atlantic this morning searching for the victims of yesterday's jetliner crash off the coast of the Dominican Republic.
More than a hundred bodies have been recovered but dozens more are missing and may never be found.
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And the regulatory walls surrounding the telecommunications industry are about to come crashing down.
President Clinton is scheduled to sign the telecommunications overhaul bill today.
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And that's what's making news on this Thursday February 8th.
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News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

Truck


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Motorists traveling south on I-81 in Wythe County should expect some delays this morning.
State police are still working to clear a tractor trailer wreck near milemarker 68 -- they've opened one lane so far.
Cars are being re-routed on exit 70, but tractor trailers will not be able to use it becuase there is a bridge with a weight limit on the detour.

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In other news this morning torrential rains and melting snow and ice have forced thousands of people from their homes in northwestern U-S.
In Idaho, homes are under several feet of water forcing the evacuation of at least 200 residents.
Montana residents are bracing for more flooding today from rising temperatures, increased runoff and ice jams and days of rain.
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In Oregon, National Guard helicopters are ferrying out residents trapped by a landslide.
An Oregon State Police lieutenant says a ``whole mountainside is moving.''
Heavy rain began falling Monday night.
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It melted several inches of snow and ice that covered the region in and around Portland.
The rain is not expected to let up until sometime today.
Portland residents are expecting floodwaters in the downtown area.
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CRASH


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The grim chore of retrieving bodies from the Atlantic Ocean continues this morning some 13 miles off the coast of the Dominican Republic.
Searchers so far have recovered 105 bodies from yesterday's crash of a Boeing 7-57.
The jetliner was carrying close to 200, most of them German tourists.
Some of the bodies will probably never be found, the wreckage extends over a two mile area.
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aids


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A San Francisco doctor and his patient say they'll try an experimental AIDS procedure again.
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Jeff Getty had received a transplanted liver from a baboon, but his system is not accepting it.
Baboons have an unexplained immunity to the AIDS virus.
Even though few baboon marrow cells are showing up in Getty's marrow the patient says he is feeling better.
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Doctors say Getty's surprising improvement may be as important as the experiment itself.

MUSHROOMS


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A 13-year-old California girl who ate DEADLY mushrooms is undergoing an emergency LIVER transplant this morning in San Francisco.
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The transplant is expected to take six to eight hours.
Authorities say the girl and her family were poisoned after eating ``death cap'' mushrooms.
They apparently picked the wild mushrooms during an outing and later cooked and ate them in spaghetti sauce.
Doctors say it's too soon to tell if the other family members will need transplants.
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Dugan


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The body of the FIRST American to be KILLED in the peace mission in
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Bosnia is due BACK in the United States today.
Meanwhile, an investigation continues in an effort to determine just HOW Sergeant Donald Dugan was killed.
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FARM-BILL


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The Senate has passed a MAJOR farm bill that MAY spell the END of farm subsidies.
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Instead, farmers will get a series of FIXED and DECLINING payments.
Supporters describe it as a shift from growing for the government, to growing for the market.
Critics say it's unfair to small farmers.
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TELECOMMUNICATIONS


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President Clinton today signs into a law a bill that makes DRAMATIC changes in the way Americans get and pay for telephone, television and computer services.
Congress approved the landmark telecommunications bill last week.
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It REMOVES long-standing monopoly protections -- so that long-distance companies can get into the local telephone company business and local phone companies can get into the cable T-V business.
The bill ENDS federal controls on many cable T-V rates.
It also requires television makers to install chips that will let parents screen OUT violent shows.

3-Sports


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In college basketball --
The Radford Highlanders pulled an upset last night with a win over unbeaten U-N-C Greensboro in the Big South Conference.
Mike Stevens has the highlights.
Good morning Mike.
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Truck


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Motorists traveling south on I-81 in Wythe County should expect some delays this morning.
State police are still working to clear a tractor trailer wreck near milemarker 68 -- they've opened one lane so far.
Cars are being re-routed on exit 70, but tractor trailers will not be able to use it becuase there is a bridge with a weight limit on the detour.

Schools


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The temperatures have warmed up some since the big freeze but not enough to thaw out all the schools.
Some schools are closed today because of snow covered roads.
But as for Salem public schools, officials defied the ice and opened anyway.
Ron Jones has the story.
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When the snow pounded our area this winter some students, and few teachers, were elated!
No more school, no more books no more teachers...well for a while at least.
But now there are classes to make up because of the snow... about a dozen days in some localities.
Salem City schools are back in session.
But some students say let it snow, let it snow let it...
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((CHRIS FOUTZ/SALEM HIGH STUDENT: SNOW... I LIKE BEING OUT OF SCHOOL. BUT I LIKE SCHOOL BUT I LIKE TO BE OUT SOMETIMES AND VACATION.))
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((JAMIE HELM/SALEM HIGH STUDENT: SNOW MOST DEFINITELY.. WHY BE AT SCHOOL WHEN YOU COULD BE AT HOME.))
Some say the school delays are even worse.
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((JOYCE NOELL/SALEM HIGH TEACHER: GET THE BOOKS OUT, GET THE DISKS OUT, BOOT UP THE COMPUTERS AND IT WAS TIME TO PUT THEM AWAY AND GO HOME.))
But some just want to get back to business and get it over with.
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((DANA DUDLEY/SALEM HIGH STUDENT: I THINK I'D RATHER HAVE SCHOOL BEING IN... BECAUSE I'M GETTING READY TO GRADUATE SO I JUST WANT TO GET OUT OF HERE.))
But whatever the view of students or faculty they're going to have to make up their time... one day or another.
Ron Jones, News Seven.))
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We'll have the school closings and delays for you during CBS This Morning.

Helems


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Meantime, Craig County's school superintendent is being asked to resign.
This week, school board members voted three to two to oust Dallas (Helms) Helems.
The decision comes on the heels of a recent fuel leak at Craig County High School.
(Helms) Helems says he was disappointed with the board's decision, and that he had no idea this decision was coming.
Helems still has about a year and a half left on his contract and says he wants to honor it.

Va-Tech


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State police will investigate Christy Brzonkala's (Bron-kala's) rape charges.
She's the former Virginia Tech student who says TWO Tech football players RAPED her and THEN, got preferential treatment.
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The state police investigation was actually the State Attorney General's idea.
A letter to Brzonkala's attorney last month notes that Brzonkala chose NOT to seek police involvement.
"I hope she will reconsider," says Deputy A-G Gary Aronhalt.
"If Ms Brzonkala requests it," he wrote, "the Attorney General is prepared to ask the State police to conduct an immediate and thorough criminal investigation...."
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Brzonkala's lawyer and Tech officials say they WELCOME the criminal investigation.

Henry-Scam


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Scam artists are hitting Henry County.
This time, the scam is called a "pigeon drop".
In late January, a 57 year- old woman was approached inside a K-Mart store in Henry County.
A man and woman reportedly told her they'd found a large sum of money.
They, then promised her a share if she would put up 300 dollars in "good faith money".
And once she did-- the couple disappeared.
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Henry county authorities say since scam artists are usually transient--they could be anywhere in the region.
They are warning people to be on alert if they are approached.
These people should be considered dangerous.
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Nester says the scam occurs most often in public places, like shopping centers and grocery stores.
He suggests calling police if someone tries it on you.

4-scores


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Time now for sports.
Today's edition of ``The Washington Post'' reports Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell may try to get former Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula to coach the team if it's allowed to move to Baltimore.
The N-F-L's all-time winningest coach retired last month after 33 seasons in the league.
In college basketball --
There was a big upset last night in Radford as the Highlanders handed U-N-C-greensboro its first conference loss of the season.
Let's take a look at the scoreboards.
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SUPER=97-Radford/=81/UNC Greensboro/=67//Richmond/=84/James Madison/=80;
SUPER=97-Kentucky/120/Vanderbilt/=81//Kansas/=89/Iowa State/=70;
SUPER=97-Cincinnati/=81/St. Louis/=49//Wake Forest/=81/Fla. State/=67;
SUPER=97-Texas Tech/=85/Texas Christian/=70//Purdue/=75/Wisconsin/=42;
SUPER=97-Arizona/=71/Arizona State/=69//Syracuse/=73/Pittsburgh/=67;
SUPER=97-Iowa/=88/Northwestern/=77//Boston College/=89/St. John's/=73;
SUPER=97-East. Michigan/=89/West. Michigan/=83;