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Thirty-Weather

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7Power-Squirrel


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Nearly four-thousand people in parts of Roanoke County went without power
for about 30 minutes over the weekend (----------------)
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when a squirrel scampered into an American Electric Power transformer.
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((TERRY MCMANN/ROANOKE AEP DISTRICT MGR.; WE HAVE ALSO EXPERIENCED PROBLEMS SOMETIMES WITH BIRDS. EVEN SNAKES, SNAKES CAN GET INTO OUR ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT SOMETIMES. THINGS A LITTLE LARGER LIKE CATS, RACCOONS AND POSSUMS EVEN.))
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This is the second time in less than two weeks South Roanoke County residents have been victimized by a squirrel.
The day after Christmas, about six-thousand A-E-P customers lost power for an hour and a half.
But officials say NOT every animal strolling through the electrical area is apt to cause a problem.
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((PROBABLY FOR EVERY BIRD OR SQUIRREL THAT CREATES A PROBLEM, THERE MAY BE A THOUSAND THAT SOMEHOW GAIN ENTRY AND DON'T CREATE PROBLEMS.))
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McMann says there's only so much the company can do to keep animals from causing outages.
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7Jessie


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The trial of a couple accused of torturing and killing a young girl in Dickenson County is scheduled to open today in Montgomery County.
Elizabeth and Kenneth Jessie are charged with the murder of four- year- old Annie Leftwich last May.
Both the 19- year- old mother and 30- year- old stepfather blame each other for her death.
The trial was moved because of a fear pretrial publicity would made it difficult to seat an impartial jury in Dickenson County.

7E-McMillan


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Roanoke's new sheriff is on the job, looking to serve his citizens and log-on to a better computer system in the department.
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George McMillan has worked for the sheriff's department for 24 years, and has served as chief deputy for 15.
He was elected in November after longtime sheriff Alvin Hudson decided not to seek another term.
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((GEORGE MCMILLAN/ROANOKE CITY SHERIFF: SOMEBODY SAID I'LL HAVE TO WALK IN HIS SHOES A LITTLE WHILE TO UNDERSTAND IT, AND I SAID I CAN NEVER WALK IN HIS SHOES. I CAN FOLLOW IN HIS FOOTSTEPS LIKE A CHILD DOES HIS DAD, BUT YEAH IT'S A HARD ACT TO FOLLOW.))
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Among his first challenges are federal mandates that will change many of the department's procedures... and require an updated computer system.
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((THE SHERIFF HAS TAUGHT ME TO ALWAYS BE ON TOP OF THE ISSUE, TRY TO BE THE FIRST, SO I WANT TO TRY TO DO THAT WITH THE COMPUTER SYSTEM, BUT THE MOST IMMEDIATE THING WE'VE GOT RIGHT NOW IS JUST TRYING TO GET REORGANIZED AND GET USED TO THE SHERIFF BEING GONE.))
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McMillan says he wants people to know that the sheriff's department is a service- oriented agency.

7BABE


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Expectant mothers needing a little extra help in Central Virginia will have a new place to "shop" for baby things this spring.
The program called Beds and Britches Etcetera, or BABE, will give mothers-to-be coupons good for child care supplies.
The program is intended to encourage pregnant women to get good prenatal care.
A non-profit store will open at the Woman's Resource Center in Lynchburg.
Items will include maternity and baby clothing and baby beds.

7weather


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Checking our Monday weather, the warm temperatures will continue throughout today...

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7Birthdays!1/6

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45Jessie


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A high profile Dickenson County murder trial is set to get underway today in MONTGOMERY County.
Elizabeth and Kenneth Jessie are charged with torturing and killing a four- year- old girl.
Annie Leftwich's body was found in the couple's trailer last May.
Both the 19- year- old mother and 30- year- old stepfather blame each other for the child's death.
The trial was moved after a judge ruling that pretrial publicity made it difficult to seat an impartial jury in the county.

45Power-Squirrel


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A fury creature turned out the lights in section of Roanoke County over the weekend.
The squirrel found its way into a
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transformer at this power station knocking out power for thirty minutes
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((TERRY MCMANN/ROANOKE AEP DISTRICT MGR.; WE HAVE ALSO EXPERIENCED PROBLEMS SOMETIMES WITH BIRDS. EVEN SNAKES, SNAKES CAN GET INTO OUR ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT SOMETIMES. THINGS A LITTLE LARGER LIKE CATS, RACCOONS AND POSSUMS EVEN.))
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This is the second time in less than two weeks South Roanoke County residents have been victimized by a squirrel.
The day after Christmas, about six-thousand A-E-P customers lost power for an hour and a half.
But officials say NOT every animal strolling through the electrical area is apt to cause a problem.
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((PROBABLY FOR EVERY BIRD OR SQUIRREL THAT CREATES A PROBLEM, THERE MAY BE A THOUSAND THAT SOMEHOW GAIN ENTRY AND DON'T CREATE PROBLEMS.))
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McMann says there's only so much the company can do to keep animals from causing outages.
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45Education


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The state Board of Education is set to take up an overhaul of teacher licensing requirements later this week.
The changes are intended to complement the state's tougher new Standards of Learning.
But they also have drawn criticism for a move to streamline endorsements for special education teachers.
Critics say the changes don't take into account that learning disabilities, emotional disturbance and mental retardation are different and require specific training.

45E-Gun-Show


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It was an eclectic gathering this weekend at the Roanoke Valley Gun Show.
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The quarterly event has been around for 27-years and is believed to be the civic center's very first show.
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((ANNETTE GELLES/GUN SHOW COORDINATOR; WE CELEBRATE OUR ANNIVERSARY WITH THE CIVIC CENTER EVERY YEAR. MY FATHER IS THE ONE THAT STARTED IT. AND IT WAS JUST A BUNCH OF FRIENDS OF HIS, COLLECTORS AND THERE WERE SO MANY OF THEM THAT THEY RENTED OUT THE EXHIBIT HALL HERE TO HAVE A SHOW AND THAT'S HOW IT GOT STARTED.))
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The show has become more diverse in recent years, with displays of civil war memorabilia and books amid an assorted range of rifles and shotguns.
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((OUR MAIN CUSTOMERS ARE HUNTERS, GUN ENTHUSIASTS, COLLECTORS. WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO COME FOR THE COINS, BOOKS. WE HAVE MILITARIA.))
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Looking at old coins can be an educational experience... for example, the face value of an 18-82 ten dollar gold piece doesn't mean much... but the coin retails for 295 dollars.
Vendors say they'll be back in March.
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45weather


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Shifting your attention to weather--
Partly sunny skies, with highs in the low to mmid 60s.
Mostly cloudy tonight, with light south winds, lows in the mid to upper 40s.
Staying warm, but turning wet over the next few days...
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8Jessie


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The trial of a Dickenson county couple accused of killing a small girl begins today in Montgomery County.
Elizabeth and Kenneth Jessie are charged with torturing and murdering four year old girl Annie Leftwich.
The girl's body was found in the couple's trailer last May.
Both the 19 year old mother and 30 year old stepfather blame each other for the child's death.
The trial was moved after the judge in the case ruled that pretrial publicity made it difficult to seat an impartial jury in Dickenson County.

8S-AEP-Outage


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A thirty-minute power outage in sections of Roanoke County this weekend wasn't caused by the weather.
About four-thousand American Electric Power customers...
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...were in the dark after a squirrel got into a transformer at this power station.
A-E-P officials say it's an occasional occupational hazard.
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((TERRY MCMANN/ROANOKE AEP DISTRICT MGR.; SIX TO TWELVE TIMES MAYBE, WE'LL HAVE A SQUIRREL CREATE A PROBLEM IN ONE OF OUR STATIONS THAT WILL AFFECT SOMETIMES SEVERAL THOUSAND CUSTOMERS.))
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Recently, the problem has occurred more often. The day after Christmas, about six-thousand South Roanoke County residents lost power for the same reason.
McMann says other animals, such as birds, raccoons, possums, even cats and snakes can also cause outages...
Officials say there's only so much they can do to stop it.
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((IF A BIRD'S NEST HAS BEEN BUILT IN SOME OF OUR STATION STRUCTURES, WE CERTAINLY WANT TO CLEAR THAT OUT OF THE WAY. BUT THESE ANIMALS ARE VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO 100-PERCENT PREVENT GETTING IN THE STATIONS.))
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McMann says overall, animals are not a big problem, for every one that causes trouble, a thousand go along without disturbing anything.
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8E-McMillan


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Roanoke's sheriff may be new to his position, but he's NOT new in town.
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George McMillan has worked for the department for 24 years, and has served as chief deputy for 15.
He was elected in November after longtime sheriff Alvin Hudson decided not to seek another term.
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((GEORGE MCMILLAN/ROANOKE CITY SHERIFF: SOMEBODY SAID I'LL HAVE TO WALK IN HIS SHOES A LITTLE WHILE TO UNDERSTAND IT, AND I SAID I CAN NEVER WALK IN HIS SHOES. I CAN FOLLOW IN HIS FOOTSTEPS LIKE A CHILD DOES HIS DAD, BUT YEAH IT'S A HARD ACT TO FOLLOW.))
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Among his first challenges are federal mandates that will change many of the department's procedures... and require an updated computer system.
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((THE SHERIFF HAS TAUGHT ME TO ALWAYS BE ON TOP OF THE ISSUE, TRY TO BE THE FIRST, SO I WANT TO TRY TO DO THAT WITH THE COMPUTER SYSTEM, BUT THE MOST IMMEDIATE THING WE'VE GOT RIGHT NOW IS JUST TRYING TO GET REORGANIZED AND GET USED TO THE SHERIFF BEING GONE.))
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McMillan says he wants people to know that the sheriff's department is a service- oriented agency.

8Education


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Who becomes licensed as a teacher in the Commonwealth will be the topic of discussion by the state board of education this week.
The changes are intended to complement the state's tougher new Standards of Learning.
But they also have drawn criticism for a move to streamline endorsements for special education teachers.
Critics say the changes don't take into account that learning disabilities, emotional disturbance and mental retardation are different and require specific training.

8weather


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Time to check the Monday outlook--
Partly sunny and very pleasant today, with temperatures warming into the lower 60s.
Clouding up overnight, with lows in the mid to upper 40s.
Rain enters the extended forecast by tomorrow, and the wet weather sticks around through Friday.
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