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Thirty-Weather

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7Closings


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A few schools are adjusting their schedules due to the weather.
You can find the school information a the bottom of your screen.
V-DOT has not reported any problems on the roads this morning, but officials say drivers in higher elevations should use caution.

7E-Tinsley


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TAPE#97-76
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The evidence is in, so today the jury will hear closing arguments and begin to deliberate whether Pete Tinsley killed Rick Knobel (kuh-NO-buhl) in self defense.
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Tinsley admits he killed Knobel earlier this year.
He fired at least two shots from a handgun as Knobel tried to enter the defendant's home on Bent Mountain.
The two had been drinking and began to argue over a pick-up truck. Tinsley said he feared for his life, because of the victim's size and his reputation for violence when he was drinking.
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7E-Bedford-Supes


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TAPE#97-86
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There's no question Bedford County needs to spend more on new schools and infrastructure, but where will the money come from?
Steve Smallshaw has more from last night's public hearing on the county's capital improvements plan.
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(( Bedford County's school system eats up 60 percent of its annual budget, so it's no surprise school requests also comprised the biggest chunk of the county's 60 million dollar capital improvement plan.
The big projects would add three new elementary schools over the next five years, and make improvements to existing facilities.
Residents had a chance to make a pitch for their favorite project.
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((TERRY WILKERSON/LIBERTY H.S. PTA: DURING THE LAST FEW DAYS, LIBERTY HAS BEEN WITHOUT HEAT DUE TO THE FAILURE OF THE ANTIQUATED BOILERS. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO WAIT UNTIL SEPTEMBER, 2000.))
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Of course, the county still has to find a way to pay for these projects.
And some residents are concerned that Bedford County, which already spends 7- point- 5 million dollars on debt service every year, is considering adding even more.
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((TOM FOSTER/RESIDENT: WE'RE TALKING ABOUT 17 HUNDRED AND SOMETHING DOLLARS PER CITIZEN OF DEBT. THAT'S QUITE A BIT OF DEBT FOR PEOPLE THAT ARE RETIRED, WHICH MEANS THE TAX BASE IS GOING TO GO UP.))
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((JOHN SUBLETTE/RESIDENT: BUT I BELIEVE YOU'RE GOING TO BURDEN THE PEOPLE OF BEDFORD COUNTY WITH TOO MUCH DEBT IF WE DON'T WATCH IT.))
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((The planning commission will return with its recommendations on January 12th, the same night the county will unveil its revenue projections for the next fiscal year. That should give the board of supervisors a better idea of exactly how much they can afford to spend. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford.))
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7Prepaid-Tuition


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Virginians who participate in the state's prepaid tuition program could get a tax-break of up to two-thousand dollars a year.
That's what Governor Allen has proposed, but the General Assembly must still approve it.
Allen is trying to make prepaid tuition more affordable.
Statistics show that the vast majority of people signing up for the program are affluent white families.

7weather


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Turning to weather now--
Some areas of light snow or sleet are possible this morning-- otherwise expect rain to spread across the area.
Highs around 40.
Periods of rain will continue into tonight, with temperatures dropping only a few degrees, into the mid 30s.
The extended outlook is cloudy...
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7BIRTHDAYS! 12/10/97
Wednesday:

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55Schools


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Some local schools are changing their schedules due to the weather.
School information is listed at the bottom of your screen.

55Bedford-Supers


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The Bedford County school district is taking a big bite out of the county's budget.
The school system eats up 60 percent of the annual budget, and now it's taking a bite out of the county's 60 million dollar capital improvement plan.
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The big projects would add three new elementary schools over the next five years, and make improvements to existing facilities.
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Some residents expressed concern that Bedford County, which already spends more than seven million dollars on debt service every year, is considering adding even more.
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((TOM FOSTER/RESIDENT: WE'RE TALKING ABOUT 17 HUNDRED AND SOMETHING DOLLARS PER CITIZEN OF DEBT. THAT'S QUITE A BIT OF DEBT FOR PEOPLE THAT ARE RETIRED, WHICH MEANS THE TAX BASE IS GOING TO GO UP.))
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The planning commission will return with its recommendations in January when the county unveils its revenue projections for the next fiscal year.
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55Route-221


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V-Dot is trying to make road improvements in southwest Roanoke County to keep up with the region's growth.
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And it's placed Route 2-21 at the top of its list.
Thirteen homes are slated to be acquired by V-DOT, and several others are slated to lose a portion of their property.
Sue Hart will lose some land, and get a new driveway.
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((SUE HART: LEAVE IT ALONE, LIKE I TOLD FRED ALTIZER, LEAVE IT LIKE IT IS THE PEOPLE THAT MOVED OUT HERE HAD TO TRAVEL 221. IF THEY DIDN'T LIKE IT, THE SAME ROAD THAT BROUGHT THEM IN CAN BRING THEM BACK. I DIDN'T INVITE ANYONE OUT HERE.))
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In the first of two phases V-DOT would widen and straighten out the infamous "harris curves" on 2-21.
To do that, VDOT is proposing two bridges to span Back Creek.
The next phase would just be a widening process.
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55E-Kennard-FCC


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The Federal Communications Commission is using a Botetourt County school to showcase how technology can benefit a rural community,
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Commission Chairman William Kennard toured Botetourt County yesterday.
One stop was a fiber-optic classroom at Lord Botetourt High School.
The system allows students in other schools to join the class by way of a two-way television hook-up.
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((WILLIAM KENNARD/FCC CHAIRMAN: STUDENTS IN A MORE RURAL PART OF THIS COMMUNITY WHO WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO HAVE THE ADVANCED GERMAN ARE BEING PUT INTO THE SAME COMMUNITY OF LEARNING AS KIDS IN MORE URBAN AREA.))
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Schools such as Lord Botetourt will be able to cash in on a discount from the federal government starting in January.
That would allow schools to save money by using telecommunications technology.
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55E-Franklin


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Some strong words of praise for some potential judges in the region.
Governor Allen says the candidates for a judgeship that would serve citizens from Craig County to Staunton are the most qualified attorneys he's interviewed, outside his interviews for state Supreme Court vacancies.
But it's substitute Judge Humes Franklin, Junior who got the nod to sit in the 25th judicial circuit.
Franklin is from Waynesboro.

55weather


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Shifting your focus now to weather--
Spotty light snow and sleet are possible through mid- morning before rain spreads across most of the viewing area today.
Highs around 40.
Light rain continuing overnight, as lows fall a few degrees, into the mid 30s.
The four day forecast is cloudy, with highs mainly in the 40s.
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8Schools


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This morning's wintry weather is causing some area school systems to operate on a delayed schedule.
All school information can be found at the bottom of your screen.

8E-Tinsley


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TAPE#97-76
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Closing arguments are expected in the murder trial of Pete Tinsley.
Tinsley maintains he shot Rick Knobel (kuh-NO-buhl) in self- defense.
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Tinsley admits he killed Knobel earlier this year.
He fired at least two shots from a handgun as Knobel tried to enter the defendant's home on Bent Mountain.
The two had been drinking and began to argue over a pick-up truck.
Tinsley said he feared for his life, because of the victim's size and his reputation for violence when he was drinking.
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8E-Route-221


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Route 2-21 is a long and winding road that many say gets MORE than its share of traffic.
But plans for its improvement are finally on the table.
Andrew Frieden has reaction from residents who are most affected.
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(( 13 homes are slated to be acquired by VDOT, and several others are slated to lose a portion of their property.
Sue Hart will lose some land, and get a new driveway.
She says the drivers need improvement, not the road.
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((SUE HART/ROANOKE COUNTY RESIDENT: YOU HAVE THOSE OLD IDIOTS OUT THERE DRIVING LIKE CRAZY. IF YOU'RE GOING TO DRIVE A CAR, YOU DRIVE A CAR-- YOU DON'T USE THE PHONE, CHOW DOWN, READ MATERIAL, AND EVERYTHING ELSE, AND TRY TO DRIVE A CAR. ))
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There are two phases to VDOT's plan.
The first phase would widen and straighten out the infamous "harris curves" on 221.
To do that, VDOT is proposing two bridges to span Back Creek.
The next phase would just be a widening process--
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((CHARLIE LAVINDER/ROANOKE COUNTY RESIDENT: GOOD PROPOSAL, WELL NEEDED, BEEN NEEDED FOR A LONG TIME, THEY'VE DONE A GOOD JOB. THEY'VE TRIED ANYTIME YOU HAVE PROGRESS, YOU HAVE PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO HAVE TO SUFFER FOR IT ))
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VDOT officials say you don't have to suffer in silence, though.
There's still plenty of time for public input before the plans are finalized in spring of 1998.
Andrew Freiden, News 7, Roanoke county.))

8E-Hospital-Security


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A shooting inside a waiting area apparently isn't enough to tighten security at Danville Regional Medical Center.
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Twenty-four- year- old Derrick Coles allegedly shot 21- year- old Darrell Bradner in the waiting area Friday night.
Hospital officials say Coles may have been reacting to an earlier shooting at Hardee's where Eric Coles was hurt.
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((LARRY DEPRIEST/HOSPITAL PRESIDENT: WHAT YOU SEE IN THE HOSPITAL AND PARTICULARLY IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM IS A REFLECTION OF WHAT HAPPENED IN THE COMMUNITY. THIS DID NOT START IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM. THIS STARTED IN THE COMMUNITY. THERE IS VIOLENCE IN THE COMMUNITY.))
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The only security guard on duty was NOT armed-- and the emergency room door did NOT have a metal detector.
Still DePriest says he has no plans to tighten security.
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The alleged gunman, Derrick Coles, was arrested-- the hospital is not releasing the victim's condition.

8Prepaid-Tuition


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A break on college tuition AND maybe a tax break for Virginians who take part in the state's prepaid tuition program.
Governor Allen has proposed a two- thousand- dollar-a- year tax break, but the General Assembly must still approve it.
Allen is trying to make prepaid tuition more affordable.
Statistics show that the vast majority of people signing up for the program are affluent white families.

8weather


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Time now to update your Tuesday forecast--
We still have the possibility of more light snow or sleet across the area, with a changeover to rain later this morning.
Highs near 40.
Periods of light rain or drizzle tonight, with lows in the mid 30s.
The four day outlook stays overcast and cool...
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