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7Schools


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7E-Boty-Shooting


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The father of a man who apparently killed himself during a police shootout earlier this week speaks out.
C-L Jenkins says he doesn't BLAME the Botetourt County sheriff's deputies involved, but he does believe the 23- year- old deputy in charge made some mistakes in procedure that HE says led to his son's death.
Tina Tenret has more.
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((28-year-old Brent Jenkins already had two D-U-I's on his record -- and was toting an illegal pistol -- when he was pulled over last Sunday.
The sheriff says Jenkins failed field sobriety tests so Deputy Earnest Spiva told Jenkins to stay in his truck until backup arrived with a breathalyzer.
When Spiva approached the truck 20 minutes later -- Jenkins shot him twice in the chest -- then killed himself at almost the same time a backup deputy shot him in the head from behind.
Brent's father says his son should have been put in the police car immediately after failing field tests, instead of being left alone in the truck to panic.
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((BRENT MAY HAVE NOT SIT THERE AND PONDERED ON THE DECISION HE MADE -- HE COULD HAVE STARTED UP AND TAKEN OFF AND HAD A HIGH-SPEED CHASE, KILLED THE PASSENGER IN HIS TRUCK, OR KILLED OTHER PEOPLE AND I'M SURE THE COUNTY WOULD HAVE FELT REALLY BAD THEN.)) RUNS:14
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((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: BRENT'S FATHER ALSO SAYS DEPUTY SPIVA SHOULD HAVE ASKED IF BRENT WAS CARRYING A GUN -- AND HE SHOULD HAVE HAD A BREATHALYZER READY IMMEDIATELY. MAJOR GARY WILLIAMS SAYS THIS WAS A ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP -- AND DEPUTIES REGULARLY LET DRIVERS SIT IN THEIR OWN VEHICLES AND THEY DO NOT CHECK THEM FOR GUNS. TINA TENRET, NEWS7.)) RUNS:18
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Deputy Earnest Spiva was wearing a bulletproof vest when Brent Jenkins shot him and was only bruised by the impact.

75-Wall-Collapse


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Part of a brick wall came tumbling down in Lynchburg yesterday but miraculously, no one was hurt.
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It happened around 1:30 at 11- 15 Main Street.
The brick veneer on one side of the building suddenly collapsed, burying seven cars in brick and rubble.
One woman had just parked her car near the building a few minutes earlier before the collapse.
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((JEAN ALSTAD/CAR OWNER: I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY, I'M LIKE IN SHOCK. I'M GLAD I WASN'T IN THE VAN. I WENT TO GET SOMETHING TO EAT, I PARKED MY CAR, CAME OVER AND JUST HEARD THIS BIG.. .. YOU KNOW.))
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Authorities aren't sure why the wall collapsed, but did note the building is showing signs of aging.
Engineers have inspected the structure and do NOT believe it is in danger of collapsing any further.
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7UVA-Balcony-Collapse


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A two-point-eight million dollar lawsuit has been filed by one of the 19 people injured when a balcony collapsed just before U-V-A's commencement last May.
Barbara Gerard's suit names the state, a university buildings official and a consulting firm as defendants.
Gerard's 73- year- old mother died from her injuries in the collapse.
They were in Charlottesville to see Gerard's daughter graduate from U-V-A's medical school.

7Weather


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A cool Wednesday is in store for today with partly sunny skies and light winds...
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7BIRTHDAYS!3/5/98
Thursday:

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SUPER=130-4/Chris Buttner/Vinton;



SUPER=130-/Calvin Kanode/Virginia Beach;



SUPER=130-1/Taylor Basham/Roanoke;



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SUPER=130-79/Loretta Bonds/Montvale;


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Movie Review 3/6
The loud disco music soundtrack is almost as important a player in New Line Cinema's "The Wedding Singer" as are its stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. It's the mid-eighties and Sandler is Robbie Hart, a musician who makes his living singing at wedding receptions where he encourages the guests to dance and defuse potential problems. He's a very good wedding singer until his fiance stands him up at his own wedding. In a downward spiral he is coerced into helping a young waitress, Drew Barrymore, plan her wedding to real jerk. The inevitable happens and the rest of the movie consists of contrivances to keep the two potential lovers apart. "The Wedding Singer" gets a B. It's sweet and effortless, but the only surprise is an unexpected appearance by an 80s rock icon. cutopen
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45Schools


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455-Boty-Shooting


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A Buchanan man commited suicide during a shootout with a Botetourt County sheriff's deputy.
Now his father is responding to the incident.
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Authorities say 28- year- old Brent Jenkins failed field sobriety tests -- then waited in his truck for 20 minutes while Deputy Earnest Spiva called for backup and a breathalyzer.
When Spiva returned, Jenkins shot the young officer twice in the chest, then killed himself.
Another officer fired shot at Jenkins.
Brent's father says Deputy Spiva should have made Jenkins wait in the police car until backup arrived.
Instead Jenkins was left in his truck.
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((C.L. JENKINS: IF HE HAD HAD ANY INTENTION ... MADE THIS DECISION.))
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Jenkins says deputies also should have asked his son whether he was carrying a gun.
Major Gary Williams says this was a routine traffic stop, and deputies had no reason to put Jenkins in the police car OR ask him for a gun.
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C.L. Jenkins says he does NOT blame the sheriff's deputy who shot his son -- he only wants officers to be better prepared in the future.

45S-Hate-Crimes


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Only 40 hate crimes against gays and lesbians were reported in Virginia last year -- down from 55 in 1996.
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But Virginians for Justice -- the group that collects the statistics -- says that doesn't mean much.
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((SHIRLEY LESSER/VIRGINIANS FOR JUSTICE: THE REPORTS WE HAVE ARE BARELY THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG IN TERMS OF WHAT'S GOING ON OUT THERE. THAT'S WHY IT'S SO IMPORTANT TO GET REAL TRAINING TO LAW ENFORCEMENT ON HOW TO RECOGNIZE HATE VIOLENCE SO THAT THEY CAN THEN REPORT THE INSTANCES OF HATE CRIMES.))
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A bill adding sexual orientation- based crimes to Virginia's existing hate crimes law stalled in General Assembly committees again this year.
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45Drug-Dogs


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Drug sniffing dogs will soon be joining students on Roanoke high school campuses.
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The proposal to use dogs to detect drugs as a way to rid schools of the element was approved last night by the school board.
Some suggested that the policy challenged a child's constitutional rights.
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((SHELIA SMITH; ALL OF THESE RULES AND ALL OF THESE LAWS AND EVERYTHING WE FOUGHT FOR IS SO IMPORTANT AND APPLY TO ALL CITIZENS, UNLESS OF COURSE YOU'RE AN ADOLESANT AND YOU'RE IN A PUBLIC SCHOOL. AND THEN YOU NO LONGER HAVE THESE RIGHTS.))
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But some school members insist the program could be used as a tool to aid existing proactive programs like D.A.R.E and after prom parties.
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((ELIZABETH LEE/PATRICK HENRY H.S. PRINCIPAL; THE FIRST INITIATIVE HERE STARTED WITH THE PARENTS IN A DISCUSSION WITH THE P-T-S-A BOARD. THEY ARE VERY SUPPORTIVE OF SCHOOL OFFICIALS IN ANY OF THE ENDEAVORS THAT WOULD MAKE THIS A SAFER SCHOOL FOR THEIR CHILDREN.))
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The policy will be implemented next month, starting with William Fleming and Patrick Henry high schools.
The searches will be frequent, unannounced and at random.
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45Weather


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Scattered snow showers continue this morning across the higher elevations...meantime, expect partly sunny skies for the rest of the viewing area today.
Highs near 50.
Staying partly cloudy overnight and seasonably cool with lows in the 30s.
The four day outlook turns wet again by late tomorrow into Friday...
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8Sex-Offender-Bill


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With one signature a bill to notify people when a sex offender is released from prison could become law.
The House of Delegates voted unanimously to approve a minor change made by the Senate.
A Gilmore spokeswoman said the governor supports the idea but wants to review the details.
Under the measure, local police would be told when an offender considered a low risk is released.
Schools, child-care centers, foster homes and people seeking child care would be told when a violent offender is freed.

8E-Parental-Notification


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Virginia's new law pertaining to abortions is already under fire--
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Parental notification for teenage abortions made it to the full U-S Court of Appeals yesterday.
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((EVEN IF A YOUNG WOMAN PROVES THAT SHE IS...TERMINATE HER PREGNANCY.))
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But lawyers for the state say the part of Virginia's law that allows teens to bypass their parents and go to a judge is completely Constitutional.
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((IT IS. IT IS MORE GENEROUS FOR HAVING THE BYPASS...DOES NOT REQUIRE IT.))
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The appeals court could just rule to take the law out of effect for now-- or could rule on its long-term merits.

8E-Extended-Schools


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Some Roanoke City parents fear their children may suffer from "burnout" if the school year is extended.
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Hurt Park elementary is the pilot site for such a program, which would stretch out the current 180-day school year by about a month.
But Doreen Merchant fears her children and others would be overworked.
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((DOREEN MERCHANT; IF YOU BURNOUT....SICK OF SCHOOL.))
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The program cost the school system about 360-thousand dollars.
It will be implemented at the start of the next school year.
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8S-Norfolk-Southern


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Norfolk Southern has left behind a bit of a mess for residents in Blue Ridge.
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Norfolk Southern recently installed a drainage pipe near the railroad so these ditches would not overflow with rainwater.
But they left their litter behind -- including railroad ties, metal cans and spikes.
Norfolk Southern says it will clean up the mess today -- and that machines were not available to do the job before.
But families here are already suing Norfolk Southern -- the railroad wants to close this crossing and force residents to drive along a rough narrow dirt road beside the tracks.
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((NOW IT LOOKS LIKE WE'RE GOING TO COURT. SO WE'RE GOING TO FIGHT 'EM. CAUSE WE'RE LANDLOCKED OTHERWISE. I'M TRYING TO FARM, I CAN'T GET NO FARM EQUIPMENT DOWN HERE WITHOUT TEARING IT UP. CAN'T TAKE A VEHICLE DOWN HERE WITHOUT TEARING IT UP. BECAUSE OF THE TRASH AND STUFF THEY LEFT.))
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Norfolk Southern would not comment on camera but says it's unsafe for residents to cross the tracks.
The two parties are scheduled for court on March 19th.
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8Weather


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Turning your attention now to weather--
There are some light snow showers this morning across the higher elevations.
Elsewhere, expect partly sunny skies and highs approaching 50.
Partly cloudy tonight, with lows in the 30s.
Looking ahead to the extended forecast...rain is likely toward the end of the work week.
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