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[7Schools]


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The weather today is changing some school schedules... [take swatch]
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[7Hager-Ax]


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Lieutenant Governor John Hager was involved in a potentially deadly car accident last night but was NOT injured.
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Hager's car was slammed in the rear by another vehicle in downtown Richmond.
Police estimated the other vehicle, which was stolen, was going 90 miles per hour.
But Hager wasn't hurt.
An aide said he'll be checked by a doctor today as a precaution.
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The 17-year-old boy driving the other vehicle is in satisfactory condition at a Richmond hospital.

[7E-Hamlett-Guilty]


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A bizarre shooting that led to a car crash near Danville finally brought a guilty plea from the man responsible.
Last night Lawrence Hamlett Junior admitted he shot and killed Clifton Perkins more than two years ago.
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The fatal shooting happened near the Express Mart on Goodyear Boulevard in Danville in August of 1995.
The victim was shot while he was driving his car.
The car then crashed into a parked car and a house.
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Perkins was from Eden North Carolina.
Hamlett also pleaded guilty to three unrelated drug charges.
He'll be sentenced in April and could get up to 123-years in jail and one million dollars in fines.

[7E-Akers]


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The work of a group of parents in Covington has forced a twice-convicted sex offender to live elsewhere -- instead of next door to thier children's elementary school.
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Randall Akers was convicted of statutory rape and video-taping girls in the bathroom of a teen night club in 19-90.


Parents in Covington began protesting in January after finding out that Akers was living near the Edgemont Primary School playground.
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((DAVID KIDD/EDGEMONT PARENTS TAKING ACTION: OUR INTENTION NEVER WAS TO RUN HIM OUT OF THIS AREA. PERSONALLY, AS A SPOKESMAN FOR MY OPINION. IT WAS NEVER TO RUN HIM OUT OF THIS AREA. IT WAS TO HAVE HIM IN AN AREA WHERE WE FELT SAFE.))


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"Edgemont Parents Taking Action" also started a letter-writing campaign to change the law to allow officials to contact parents when a sex offender moves into town.
The group is also sponsoring a class to teach children and their parents ways of protecting themselves.
The Stranger-Awareness; Self-Defense class will take place at Covington High School tonight.
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[7E-Pulaski-Ball]


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Pulaski's minor league ball park will be shining like a new diamond.
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Town council recently approved 610-thousand dollars in improvements to Calfee park.
Mayor John Johnston says the upgrade was necessary to secure a four year minor league deal with the Texas Rangers.
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((JOHN JOHNSTON/PULASKI MAYOR:WE FELT LIKE IT WAS A QUALITY OF LIFE ISSUE MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE, IN PULASKI, THAT LIKE BASEBALL. ))
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The decision to upgrade the ball park comes at a sensitive time.
The town recently paid 30-thousand dollars for a study that examined ways the town could save money.
One recommendation was to cut the number of police officers.
Pulaski has 29-officers on its force.
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((HERB COOLEY/PULASKI POLICE CHIEF:I DON'T THINK THAT'S TOO MANY OR TOO LITTLE, I THINK IT'S A GOOD AMOUNT, I THINK WE'RE ABLE TO PUT OUT THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF PEOPLE TO COVER THE TOWN EFFECTIVELY. WE'RE ABLE TO DO CRIME PREVENTION, WE'RE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DRUG TASK FORCE AND DO INVESTIGATIVE WORK. ))
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[SUPER=03-Pulaski/December 1997;]


The study also suggested cutting the number of paid firefighters.
At this time-- a decision regarding the cuts has not been made.
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Your Thursday includes cloudy skies and light winds, highs in the upper 40s with a chance of snow flurries in some areas...
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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 3/6/98
Friday:

[SUPER=130-7/Christopher James/Clintonville, WV;]



[SUPER=130-13/Ashley Williams/Goodview;]



[SUPER=130-25/Luke Lucas/Hiwassee;]



[SUPER=130-11/Aleshia Furell/Martinsville;]



[SUPER=130-6/Brittany Hayes/Vinton;]



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[SUPER=130-14/Jessica Stiltner/Rocky Mount;]



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No Pictures:

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[SUPER=131-/Darryl Campbell/Snow Creek;]



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[SUPER=131-50/Mary Roberts/Roanoke;]



[SUPER=131-37/Mary Saunders/Roanoke;]

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[45-Schools]


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The recent wintry weather is causing some area school systems to open later than usual this morning-- [take swatch]
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[45E-Holdren's]


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Many Holdren's customers who purchased extended warranties were left with no one to service their purchases when the store went out of business.
But Attorney General Mark Early announced a judgement against Holdren's.
The only thing is-- it'll be tough for customers to get back their money from a bankrupt company.
Scott Goldberg has more.
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(( It seemed like a breakthrough announcement:
A one-point-seven MILLION dollar judgment against Holdren's...
Money that would go back to thousands of consumers who bought warranties that were never honored.
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((ATTORNEY GENERAL MARK EARLEY: FEW THINGS ARE MORE DISAPPOINTING THAN PAYING GOOD MONEY AND NOT GETTING WHAT YOU PAID FOR AND UNFORTUNATELY HOLDREN'S DID NOT DELIVER ON THEIR EXTENDED SERVICE CONTRACTS.)) [RUNS:10]
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The problem is Holdren's did not deliver because it COULD NOT deliver.
The company is bankrupt, its assets bought in 19-96 by North-Carolina based Crenshaw's.
When that happened, Crenshaw's said it did not have to honor Holdren's extended service contracts because Crenshaw's did NOT assume Holdren's liabilities.
Customers holding those contracts felt robbed.
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((IT PUTS A BAD TASTE IN YOUR MOUTH. ME, PERSONALLY, I WOULD NEVER GO BACK TO HOLDREN'S.)) [RUNS:04]
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That's why Attorney General stepped in: to try to make Holdren's pay.
But even Earley acknowledged it will be hard to get a bankrupt company to fork over one-point-seven million dollars.

Or as the lawyer representing Holdren's put it, [quote pre pro]
This is an "attorney-general-wants-to-look-good story."
Holdren's has paid what it could afford: 100-thousand dollars.
That money will be available to former Holdren's customers holding invalid warranties if a judge approves the deal. [pre-pro -- Holdren's Claims]
Place your claim by calling area code 8-0-4, 7-8-6, 0-5-9-4.
Scott Goldberg, News-7. ))

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Last night, Lieutenant Governor John Hager was involved in what could have been a much- worse car accident.
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Hager's car was slammed in the rear last night by another vehicle in downtown Richmond.
Police estimated the other vehicle, which was stolen, was going 90 miles per hour.
But Hager wasn't hurt.
An aide said he'll be checked by a doctor today as a precaution.
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The 17-year-old boy driving the other vehicle is in satisfactory condition at a Richmond hospital.

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It appears the tourism industry has a lot to say about when Virginia's students go back to school.
A bill to clamp down on Virginia school systems that open before Labor Day has passed the Senate and is headed for a final vote in the House.
The tourism industry says it needs students to run roller coasters and guard swimming pools until the vacation season is over.
The Virginia Education Association says education shouldn't be put on the back-burner for tourism.

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Turning your attention now to weather--
Cloudy skies today.
Some scattered snow showers are also likely in the higher elevations.
Highs today in the upper 40s.
Partly cloudy tonight, with lows in the 30s.
Looking ahead to the next four days...
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The wintry mix of weather in some areas is causing changes in a few school schedules. Let's take a look at the list... [take swatch]
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[8S-Abed]


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The jury is still out in the Abed racketeering case, but jurors have posed some questions to the court.
Tuesday and Wednesday, they sent written questions to judge Sam Wilson.
One was a procedural issue.
The others dealt with defendants who may have had knowledge of an alleged offense, but did not actively participate in the crime.
The jury is promising verdicts on Friday.

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A historic injection of state money into local coffers for school construction and repair is virtually guaranteed in Virginia.
But Governor Jim Gilmore wants to wait a year on the issue.
General Assembly Democrats do not.
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((DEL. TOM JACKSON/D-HILLSVILLE: VIRGINIA IS ONE OF ONLY TWO STATES IN AMERICA THAT ONLY DOES LOAN PROGRAMS FOR SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION. WE SHARE THAT DISTINCTION WITH ARKANSAS. AND I WANT TO MOVE US UP IN THE CATEGORY OF STATES THAT GIVES MONEY AS GRANTS TO LOCALITIES WHO ALSO IN PARTNERSHIP HELP FUND THE PROJECTS.))
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So Jackson's bill would provide about 128- million dollars over the next two years -- only the second state money in 50 years to help localities.
But Senate Republicans won full Senate approval yesterday for a smaller amount of money-- and the year's delay the Governor would like to see.
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((SEN. BILL MIMS/R-LOUDOUN CO.: ULTIMATELY WHEN WE LEAVE HERE ON MARCH 14TH, OR WHENEVER IT IS, THAT WE WILL HAVE A BI-PARTISAN SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM THAT WE CAN ALL BE PROUD OF, THAT WE CAN ALL TAKE HOME.))
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The fight over school construction money will be fought-- along with the tax fight-- over the next ten days.
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[8E-Boxing-Club]


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The Roanoke Boxing Association's newest opponent in the ring is the thousands of dollars in debt it has accumulated. And all that's left in the club's bank account is 300 dollars.
The city cut off grant payments after an audit turned up questionable financial transactions.
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The gym at Victory Stadium is locked up, a sign on the door says it will reopen when it gets the proper insurance.
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But the city has suspended the Association's rental agreement.
The audit found several hundred dollars unaccounted for.
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((WIL DIBLING/CITY ATTORNEY; THERE'S ABOUT 22 HUNDRED DOLLARS IN QUESTIONS EXPENDITURES, THERE ARE ABOUT 440 DOLLARS OF REIMBURSEMENT FOR UNAUTHORIZED EXPENDITURES.))
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Brad Minter trained at the Gym, he says he worries about the kids who worked out there after school.
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((BRAD MINTER/BOXER; IT WAS A FREE PLACE TO TRAIN, IT WAS GOOD FOR THE KIDS AND A LOT OF THEM KIDS THEY CAN'T AFFORD THAT STUFF AND THEY CAME DOWN THERE TO LEARN AND WORK OUT, AND NOW THEY AINT GOT A PLACE FOR THAT.))
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Rick Hawkins, the executive director of the association could not be reached for comment.
The Commonwealth's Attorney's office is investigating the discrepancies in the group's finances.
Don Caldwell says he hasn't decided if charges are warranted in the case.
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Time now to check the Thursday weather outlook--
The clouds will stick around, with some scattered snow flurries in the higher elevations.
Highs today in the upper 40s.
Tonight looks partly cloudy and cool, with lows in the 30s.
The extended forecast is wet...
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