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7Brzonkala

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TAPE#96-10
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An alleged rape involving two Virginia Tech football players grabs the attention of Washington.
Attorneys for Christy Brzonkala say the U-S Justice Department will intervene as a plaintiff in the civil case against Tech, Tony Morrison, and James Crawford.
Ellen Qualls spoke with Brzonkala yesterday.
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(( A year and a half after her alleged multiple rape, Christy Brzonkala is just 19 years old, and back in college life -- this time at George Mason University. ((AND NOW IT'S SO WILD, CAUSE IT'S LIKE STATE POLICE... LIKE TOO MUCH, YOU KNOW.))
That's not all that's too much.
An aggressive attorney has gotten her intense national media attention -- some of it too close for comfort.
Like a New York Times piece about her life before the alleged rapes. ((AND THEY GOT REALLY PERSONAL AND THAT WAS HOW I WAS THEN. IT MAKES ME MAD BECAUSE I HAD TO CHANGE AND I'M NOT THAT INNOCENT YOUNG GIRL ANY MORE. I USED TO SAY I WISH I COULD GO BACK TO HIGH SCHOO.))
Brzonkala says she is skeptical about the Attorney General's office ordering a state police investigation -- but is hoping for the best. ((BUT IT'S NOT, I MEAN IT'S A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION AGAINST THE MEN, NOT VA TECH. I FEEL MADDER AT VIRGINIA TECH THAN THE MEN RIGHT NOW BECAUSE I WOULD HAVE BEEN HAPPY WITH WHAT THEY HAVE HIM THE FIRST TIME. I COULD HAVE GOTTEN ON WITH MY LIFE AND IT WOULD'VE BEEN FINE.))
One unnamed network would like to make her life more fine by paying her for the rights to a made-for-TV movie.
She says she hasn't completely ruled that one out.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Fairfax.))

7Teacher-Abuse


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A Martinsville teacher who allegedly sexually abused a former female student had the opportunity to retire BEFORE the charge was ever presented to a grand jury.
But prosecutors say 59- year old Anna Corbin did not follow through with the arrangement.
Corbin has been a fifth grade teacher at Albert Harris Elementary school for 33- years.
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The alleged victim, who's now 29, says the abuse began when she was eleven and continued until she left for college.
Commonwealth's Attorney Randy Smith says he wanted to indict in November, but held off until February.
He says Corbin's attorney asked that she be allowed to retire before presenting the case.
Smith says he was surprised to learn, Corbin in fact did NOT retire.
She was still employed as a teacher when the indictment was handed up this week.
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((RANDY SMITH/MARTINSVILLE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY: IF WE HAD THOUGHT THAT SOMEBODY WAS GOING TO BE IN JEOPARDY WE OBVIOUSLY WOULD NOT HAVE, BUT WE HAD NO EVIDENCE THAT ANYBODY WAS IN JEOPARDY BY WAITING OR DELAYING THE INDICTMENT. ))
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The alleged abuse included fondling and oral sex.
Corbin was suspended without pay this week.

7Citizens-Internet


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Some folks in rural sections of southwest Virginia haven't been able to access the Internet yet because of high, long-distance connection charges.
But that will soon change.
The Citizens Telephone Cooperative in Floyd is now offering a flat rate Internet connection service to a nine county area.
The service, called Citizens Internet, will be offered in Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, and Roanoke counties, as well as most cities and towns in the area. ESS/FULL
For more information, call 1-800-9-4-1-0-4-2-6.

7weather


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One school system is altering its schedule this morning -- Grayson County schools will be ONE hour late.
Turning now to the forecast -
The clouds and light rain will continue through the morning.
Highs will be in the upper 40s.
A 40 percent chance of snow after midnight, with lows around 30.

55Griffis


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TAPE#96-8
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A Franklin County man will not be allowed to attend the funeral for his 5- month old son, that's because Jerry Griffis is the prime suspect in the child's death.
A judge yesterday denied his request to be released on bond.
The 26-year old convicted child molester skipped town in the middle of his trial in Gainesville, Florida six years ago.
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((DON CALDWELL/ROANOKE PROSECUTOR: HE WAS ACTUALLY A FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE, FOLLOWING A CONVICTION BY A JURY OF OFFENSES INVOLVING SEX OFFENSES AGAINST A MINOR.))
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Though Griffis left Florida before the jury returned a verdict, he still faces multiple life sentences for sexually abusing a five year old.
So far, he has not been charged in the death of his baby.
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55Phelps


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TAPE#95-115
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A Lynchburg insurance agent says he's guilty of devising and carrying out a complex scheme of banking and investment fraud that netted him well over two million dollars.
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Stephen Michael Phelps admitted everything, and has cooperated fully with investigators.
The 51- year- old former agent for the Equitable Life Assurance Society ripped off 11 clients- -including his in-laws, forged his wife's name on fraudulent bank loan applications, and set himself up in a lavish lifestyle.
Phelps managed to conceal his creative accounting for nearly a decade.
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He's paid back a lot of the money. Phelp's will be sentenced in federal court later.

55Lippard


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A former Miss Williamsburg did not win her release from jail yesterday, but Tracy Lippard may be free this Spring.
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Lippard has served four months of a two year sentence for attempting to harm the family of her romantic rival.
Yesterday, a judge in Lewisburg refused to order a new trial or release her while she appeals.
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But he will allow her to serve two one-year sentences concurrently.
She should become eligible for parole in April.

55Magician


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At 17 years old, a Martinsville boy is able to help in creating magic for patients at a local hospial.
Kimberly McBroom has the tricky details.
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With the sleight of hand, even the keenest observer finds it difficult to figure out these tricks.
And that's the way Joel Grodensky likes it.
At only 17, he's spent the past seven years perfecting his craft-- starting out as a child with a magic kit.
About once a week, he performs for patients at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville-Henry County-- volunteering through a partnership with his school.
And his magic seems to do the trick for his audience.
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((PEOPLE REALLY ENJOY IT. THEY APPRECIATE JUST SOMEONE TO TALK TO A LOT OF THE TIMES-- YOU KNOW, YOU DO SOME MAGIC FOR THEM AND YOU TALK TO THEM FOR A WHILE, AND THEY APPRECIATE JUST HAVING SOMETHING TO DO. ))
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The Carlisle School Junior is a paid professional-- performing at everything from birthday parties to the upcoming Business Expo.
As for the future-- there's no telling what he'll have up his sleeve.
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((IT'LL ALWAYS BE SOMETHING THAT I'LL DO-- NO MATTER WHAT CAREER I GO WITH. I'LL PROBABLY ALWAYS DO MAGIC SHOWS ON THE SIDE, OR JUST DO SHOWS FOR FRIENDS OR WHATEVER. BUT I WOULD LOVE TO PURSUE IT AS A CAREER. ))
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GRODENSKY SAYS HIS ULTIMATE AMBITION IS TO BECOME THE NEXT DAVID COPPERFIELD. BUT NO MATTER WHAT CAREER PATH HE CHOOSES, HE'S SURE TO KEEP HIS MAGIC TOUCH. Kimberly McBroom, News7, Martinsville.))

55weather


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Mount Rogers School, in Grayson County, is closed today.
All other school in Grayson County will be ONE hour late.
Turning now to the forecast -
The clouds and light rain will continue through the morning.
Highs will be in the upper 40s.
A 40 percent chance of snow after midnight, with lows around 30.

8Water-Main


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Many residents in Roanoke are without water this morning.
Officials say at about about seven o'clock a water line at the Crystal Springs pumping station broke, cutting off water to most of southeast and southwest Roanoke.
Assessment is being done to determine the amount of damage and how long it will take to fix the problem.
Jefferson Street from Reserve to Yellow Mountain Road is closed to traffic.
Roanoke residents are being asked to conserve water.

8Tech-Rape


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TAPE#96-10
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The U-S Justice Department will intervene as a plaintiff in the civil case of a Virginia Tech student who says she was raped by two Tech football players.
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An aggressive attorney has gotten 19- year- old Christy Brzonkala intense national media attention which is sometimes uncomfortable for her.
Brzonkala says she is skeptical about the Attorney General's office ordering a state police investigation -- but is hoping for the best.
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((CHRISTY BRZONKALA: IT'S A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION AGAINST THE MEN, NOT VIRGINIA TECH. I FEEL MADDER AT VIRGINIA TECH THAN THE MEN RIGHT NOW BECAUSE I WOULD HAVE BEEN HAPPY WITH WHAT THEY GAVE HIM THE FIRST TIME. I COULD HAVE GOTTEN ON WITH MY LIFE AND WOULD HAVE BEEN FINE. ))
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One unnamed network would like to pay her for the rights to a made-for-TV movie.
She says she has not completely ruled that one out.
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8Abuse


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A Martinsville teacher could have retired before being indicted on charges of taking indecent liberties with a former female student, but she chose not to.
59- year old Anna Corbin was a fifth grade teacher at Albert Harris Elementary school for 33- years.
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The alleged victim, who's now 29, says the abuse began when she was eleven and continued until she left for college.
Commonwealth's Attorney Randy Smith says he wanted to indict her in November, but held off until February.
He says Corbin's attorney asked that she be allowed to retire before presenting the case.
Smith says he was surprised to learn, Corbin did NOT retire.
She was still employed as a teacher when the indictment was handed up this week.
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((RANDY SMITH/MARTINSVILLE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY: IF WE HAD THOUGHT THAT SOMEBODY WAS GOING TO BE IN JEOPARDY WE OBVIOUSLY WOULD NOT HAVE, BUT WE HAD NO EVIDENCE THAT ANYBODY WAS IN JEOPARDY BY WAITING OR DELAYING THE INDICTMENT. ))
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The alleged abuse included fondling and oral sex.
Corbin was suspended without pay this week.

8George-Allen


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Governor George Allen is endorsing Bob Dole for the Republican nomination for President.
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Allen went all way to New Hampsire yesterday to give his blessing to Dole's bid for the White House.
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Allen was joined by Massachusetts governor William Weld, who's also backing the Senate Majority Leader.

8Shareef


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TAPE#96-9
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A Roanoke native and author has written a new book that looks back at the black community's influence in Roanoke.
It's called "The Roanoke Valley's African American Heritage and Pictorial History" --
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The book includes 275 pictures.
Reginald Shareef's (shuh-REEF's) book chronicles the history and influences of blacks in Roanoke.
Dr. Shareef is an associate professor of Political Science at Radford University and Roanoke native.
It's his strong ties to Roanoke and his desire to tell about history that prompted writing the book.
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((DR.REGINALD SHAREEF/RADFORD UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR; ONE OF THE THINGS THAT, UH, HAS HAPPENED IN HISTORIES WRITTEN ABOUT THE ROANOKE VALLEY IS THAT AFRICAN AMERICAN AND AFRICAN AMERICAN CONTRIBUTIONS HAVE BEEN EXCLUDED AND SO THAT WAS THE IMPETUS FOR THE BOOK. ))
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Dr. Shareef's book will be out this fall.

8weather


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Turning now to the forecast -
The clouds and light rain will continue through the morning.
Highs will be in the upper 40s. A 40 percent chance of snow after midnight, with lows around 30.