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Snow in some areas is affecting a few school schedules. Here are the announcements...[7Municipal-Association]


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What was once talk about a union for city workers concerned about racism has developed with 100-Roanoke municipal workers.
But a City Council member says there's nothing wrong with having a "MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION".
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Vice Mayor Linda Wyatt is a second grade teacher and member of one of the country's largest labor unions, the National Teacher Association.
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((LINDA WYATT/ROANOKE VICE MAYOR; I DON'T THINK THAT BEING A PART OF A UNION IS PARTICULARLY A NEGATIVE THING. I THINK IT CAN HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT FOR EMPLOYEES AND THE ORGANIZATION THAT THEY WORK FOR.))
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Some employees claim there are currently laws and personnel operating procedures in place which prohibit employee discrimination which have been ignored by supervisors for years.
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((ROBERT GRAVELY/CITY PARKS AND RECREATION EMPLOYEE; I'M NOT MAD AT CITY COUNCIL. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, I'M NOT MAD AT MY SUPERVISOR. WHAT I AM MAD AT CITY COUNCIL FOR IS WHY THEY KEEP LETTING MANAGEMENT GET AWAY WITH THIS.))
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An open forum was held last night for employees with questions and concerns about joining the union. The association is a branch of the AFL-CIO.

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A Botetourt County school for troubled boys is being eyed closely by the Education Department.
The director of the Wilderness Leadership Academy says complaints from a former employee led to the investigation.
Tina Tenret has more.
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(( ((The Wilderness Leadership Academy accepts teenage males with emotional or behavioral problems.
But now the Education Department wants to know if the school itself has run off course.
Retired Marine Colonel Gene Nervo directs the school -- he says a former teacher has gone to the Education Department with reports of dirty bedrooms and no heat or hot water at the academy.
Nervo denies the charges.
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((WE HAVE DOGS ON THE PREMISES. THE DOGS HAVE ALL RABIES SHOTS AND VACCINES BUT THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS HE LISTED. HE LISTED THAT THE BOYS SOMETIMES DON'T HAVE A CHANCE TO WASH THEIR CLOTHES. WE HAVE A WASHER AND DRYER. THEY MAY NOT HAVE IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO IT BUT THEY HAVE OPPORTUNITIES)) [RUNS:18]
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The school is expanding its opportunities by building new classrooms.
But Sheriff Reed Kelly says the school has built a record of assault problems -- in addition to a recent uprising.

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((REED KELLY/BOTETOURT COUNTY SHERIFF: WHEN OUR OFFICERS GOT THERE THEY DOCUMENTED 14 OR 15 KIDS COMPLETELY OUT OF CONTROL. THE STAFF HAD LOST CONTROL OF THE FACILITY. OUR OFFICERS QUESTIONED HOW STABLE THIS FACILITY WAS AT THAT TIME.))
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Colonel Nervo says six students -- not 15 -- were involved in the uprising and it should come as no surprise that at-risk kids might get out of hand.
What did come as a surprise to Nervo was the Education Department's inspection -- but he predicts it will give his school a positive evaluation.
Tina Tenret News7 Botetourt County.))))
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The Education Department spokesperson was not available for comment.




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Checking your chilly mid-week forecast...partly cloudy skies today with very cold temperatures and a chance of light snow in some areas...bitter overnight lows tonight...
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Thursday:

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[SUPER=130-55/Clayton Orange/Thaxton;]



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[SUPER=130-1/Lindsay Jefferson/Rocky Mount;]



[SUPER=130-/Shinese Tarpley/Danville;]



[SUPER=130-36/Cathy LaPrade/Christiansburg;]


No Pictures:

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[SUPER=131-33/Tammie Brightwell/Salem;]



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[SUPER=131-/Larry & Glenda Hamilton/Buena Vista;]



[SUPER=131-30/Troy Anderson/Roanoke;]


Steve: The below announcements are all for the same couple - they share birthdays and their anniversary all on the same day - That's planning!

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[SUPER=131-54/Zeke Craddock/Bassett;]



(Anniversary)
[SUPER=131-15th/Zeke & Julie Craddock/Bassett;Movie Review 3/13]


"US Marshalls" is a nonstop high intensity action movie that stays in hyper drive throughout. In kind of a "Con Air" meets "The Fugitive" scenario, a plane crash gives a federal prisoner, Wesley Snipes, the opportunity to escape from US Marshal Tommy Lee Jones and his team of young agents. A nation wide man hunt ensues. In true action movie style, jones has an unwanted partner, Robert Downey Jr. imposed upon him by the state department. Much of the plot is outlandish and predictable, but US Marshalls gets a B, it delivers exactly what fans of that genre are looking for- lots and lots of action.[cutopen]

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Snow in West Virginia is delaying the following school schedules there...[45E-Tax-Bill]


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The House is expected to vote today on a modified version of Governor Gilmore's car tax cut proposal and a 376 million dollar school construction package.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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(( The stage is finally set.
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((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/R-SALEM: IT'S NOT A PERFECT PLAN. BUT IT'S THE BEST PLAN WE'RE GONNA GET THIS YEAR.))
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((SEN. ROSCOE REYNOLDS/D-HENRY CO.: IT SEEMS TO HAVE SOME RELIEF FOR WEALTHY VIRGINIA. AT THE SAME TIME, IT SEEMS TO PROVIDE SOME OF THE NEEDS OF LESS WEALTHY VIRGINIA.)) [RUNS:09]
The bottom line for rural lawmakers is the 350- million dollars in school construction money that will go first to localities who need it most-- UNLIKE the way the car tax rebate will work.
But much of that will be borrowed money-- leaving almost what the Governor needed for his car tax phase-out.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: IT'S STILL A FIVE-YEAR PHASE-OUT. IT'S STILL A 20-THOUSAND DOLLAR PLAN. AND I THINK THAT THIS PROGRAM HAS SOME PROMISE. I THINK THAT IT CAN BE APPROVED. AND SOME OF THE OTHER ISSUES LIKE ON SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION, CERTAINLY HAVE GOT TO BE LOOKED AT.)) [runs:14]

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((DEL. TOM JACKSON/D-HILLSVILLE: I THINK THE GOVERNOR WILL HAVE ACCOMPLISHED WHAT HE CAME INTO THE SESSION SEEKING TO ACCOMPLISH. WHAT I HOPE HE WILL GET BETTER AT IS WORKING WITH THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO REACH A CONSENSUS. I THINK ALL THE WORK WAS DONE THIS YEAR BASICALLY BY THE DEMOCRATS AND THE REPUBLICANS ON THE HOUSE SIDE.)) [runs:18]
A possible improvement on Gilmore's plan came from House Republicans: cars worth a thousand dollars or less would pay no tax the first year.
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((DEL. TOM JACKSON/D-HILLSVILLE: I THINK THE THOUSAND DOLLAR FLOOR HELPS RURAL VIRGINIA BECAUSE STATISTICS SHOW THERE ARE, I DON'T KNOW, 25-PERCENT OF THE CARS THAT ARE IN THAT NEIGHBORHOOD. THAT WAS A BONE THAT WAS THROWN TO NORTHERN VIRGINIA TO MAKE THE PLAN MORE PALATABLE.)) [runs:15]
The session ends Saturday-- with some version of this plan expected.

Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))[45S-Optical-Cable]


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Optical Cable could be expanding in the future as plans as merger possibilites are explored.
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That was one of the topics brought up at yesterday's shareholder meeting.
The company voted to double its shares of common stock.
C-E-O Bob Kopstein said doubling the shares gives Optical Cable the resources to merge with another company.
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((THE AUTHORIZATION TO DOUBLE THE SHARES FROM 50 MILLION TO A HUNDRED MILLION BASICALLY MEANS INCREASING YOUR LINE OF CREDIT, LIKE IF YOU HAD A CHARGE CARD AND YOU KNEW YOU WERE GOING TO GO ON A TRIP AND YOU WANTED TO HAVE AN EXTENDED LINE ON IT FOR FUTURE USE.))
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Kopstein told shareholders his goal is to make sure his business grows faster than the rest of the industry.
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((THE INDUSTRY CAN SLOW DOWN. BUT IF THE INDUSTRY SLOWS DOWN ARE YOU GAINING IN THE MARKET SO THAT YOU'RE IN A STRONGER POSITION? BECAUSE THEN WHEN IT GROWS YOU'RE GROWING FASTER AND THOSE ARE THE THINGS THAT WE ARE DOING. DOING VERY AGGRESSIVELY AND EXPECT THAT TO PAY OFF FOR THE SHAREHOLDERS. ))
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Optical Cable's stock closed yesterday at 10 and three-fourths.
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Very chilly for the middle of your work week.
Partly cloudy skies, with scattered light snow showers today.
Highs in the 30s.
Tonight, low temperatures will plunge into the teens and single digits.
The four day outlook is..
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We have two school announcements for you this morning...[8E-Wilderness]


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A school for troubled boys in Botetourt County is the subject of an investigation by the Education Department.
Tina Tenret has more.
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(( ((The Wilderness Leadership Academy accepts teenage males with emotional or behavioral problems.
But now the Education Department wants to know if the school itself has run off course.
Retired Marine Colonel Gene Nervo directs the school -- he says a former teacher has gone to the Education Department with reports of dirty bedrooms and no heat or hot water at the academy.
Nervo denies the charges.
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((WE HAVE DOGS ON THE PREMISES. THE DOGS HAVE ALL RABIES SHOTS AND VACCINES BUT THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS HE LISTED. HE LISTED THAT THE BOYS SOMETIMES DON'T HAVE A CHANCE TO WASH THEIR CLOTHES. WE HAVE A WASHER AND DRYER. THEY MAY NOT HAVE IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO IT BUT THEY HAVE OPPORTUNITIES)) [RUNS:18]
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The school is expanding its opportunities by building new classrooms.
But Sheriff Reed Kelly says the school has built a record of assault problems -- in addition to a recent uprising.

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((REED KELLY/BOTETOURT COUNTY SHERIFF: WHEN OUR OFFICERS GOT THERE THEY DOCUMENTED 14 OR 15 KIDS COMPLETELY OUT OF CONTROL. THE STAFF HAD LOST CONTROL OF THE FACILITY. OUR OFFICERS QUESTIONED HOW STABLE THIS FACILITY WAS AT THAT TIME.))
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Colonel Nervo says six students -- not 15 -- were involved in the uprising and it should come as no surprise that at-risk kids might get out of hand.
What did come as a surprise to Nervo was the Education Department's inspection -- but he predicts it will give his school a positive evaluation.
Tina Tenret News7 Botetourt County.))))
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The Education Department spokesperson was not available for comment.




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Starting July 1st, it will be a felony in Virginia to threaten someone by E-MAIL.
A bill passed in the General Assembly yesterday amends the existing law that only covers threats by letter or telephone.
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The change was suggested by Amherst County prosecutor Ed Meeks, who says they've had problems with students threatening each other electronically.
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((ED MEEKS/PROSECUTOR: WELL, THE LAW ALWAYS HAS TO CHANGE AS TECHNOLOGY CHANGES AND THE SOCIETY CHANGES, AND WE'RE STARTING TO FIND OUT THAT IN PROPERTY RIGHTS AND PUBLIC SAFETY, THE LAWS HAVE TO BE CHANGED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE INFORMATION AGE.))
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Meeks says lawmakers were also alerted to the INDIRECT threats being made by a man named Sam Sloan.
Sloan's web page has suggested that several central Virginia judges be killed for some legal decisions he hasn't agreed with.
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A bill passed yesterday in the House of Delegates is GOOD news for two elderly Lynchburg women.
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For years, the women have been cared for in the private home of Dora Cunningham, but a neighbor recently complained that violated local zoning laws.
A judge had given Cunningham 90 days to find new homes for the two women.
But legislators Steve Newman and Preston Bryant helped craft a bill that allows up to FOUR elderly or disabled people to stay in a private home.
The senate is expected to pass the measure today.
An emergency clause will allow the law to take effect immediately.
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Let's take a break from the news to look at the Wednesday forecast--
Partly cloudy today and very chilly, with highs only in the 30s.
There will also be some scattered light snow showers in some areas.
Meanwhile, tonight turns much colder.
Lows dropping into the teens and single digits.
In the extended forecast-
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