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[7Fire-Afton-Mountain]


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A brush fire on top of Afton Mountain caused firefighters to work through the night, battling the blaze that affected more than 100 acres of trees and brush.
Crews evacuated more than 20 homes earlier yesterday.
Firefighters were able to save all the homes and everyone returned home.
Forest Service officials say a recent ice storm broke many trees in half, leaving them on the forest floor-
Those branches were helping to feed the fire, creating problems for firefighters.

[7E-W&L-Hazing]


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More problems with hazing in Lexington -- this time it's at Washington and Lee University. Ten students there won't be finishing out the year after the university suspended them on hazing charges.
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The school shut down the Kappa Alpha fraternity after investigating a complaint of hazing.
University officials said the pledges were forced to exercise to the point of exhaustion and to do personally degrading acts.
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The Kappa Alpha fraternity was started at Washington and Lee University.

[75-Franklin-Lots]


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People may soon be required to buy at least an acre to live in most parts of Franklin County.
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The rule would double the current minimum lot size, mostly in agricultural areas without public water or sewer.
Planners say half-acre lots do not leave enough room to build a backup septic system when the first one fails.
Larger lots would also preserve the county's rural character.
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((JOHN HELMS/CO. SUPERVISOR: THE COUNTY AND ALL THE LITTLE ROADS IN THE COUNTY ARE GETTING CLUTTERED UP WITH HOMES SIDE BY SIDE WITH NO ROOM TO LIVE ON. IF PEOPLE WANT TO MOVE TO A TOWN WITH A SUBDIVISION THEY CAN DO THAT.))
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But developers say people are buying the half acre lots, and will not spend the extra money for more.
They predict this proposal will kill Franklin County growth.
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[IN Q=For young people]

((FOR YOUNG PEOPLE THAT ARE MOVING INTO THE AREA AND WANT TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE LABOR FORCE. IF WE CAN'T PROVIDE AFFORRDABLE HOUSING THEY WON'T COME HERE, FRANKLIN COUNTY WILL BE THE LOSER.))
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The planning commission will hold a public hearing on April 14th.
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[7Roanoke-Cleanup]


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The city of Roanoke has submitted a plan for what it hopes will be the final search for potentially hazardous waste at the Public Works Service Center.
So far the city has uncovered more than 40 drums at the site. In a news release, City officials say the purpose of the latest work plan is to ensure that no other exploration is necessary, and so the clean-up can begin.
The city has also implemented a training program for employees who handle or manage the disposal of hazardous wastes. 100 supervisors and managers took part in the program this week.

[7Neely]


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Christiansburg lawyer Keith Neely is getting a week-long prison furlough.
The 48- year- old former attorney has served two years of a ten-year sentence for helping clients distribute cocaine and launder money.
The judge is letting him out, so he can come back to Roanoke and personally present his pitch in federal court for a new trial.
Neely is set to leave the federal pen in Morgantown at 8-A-M April 15th- -five days before the hearing- -to help his attorney get ready for it.
Neely is due back at the prison gate by six o'clock April 22nd.


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Your Friday will begin with sunshine, giving way to increasing clouds and rain.
Rain is likely and thunderstorms possible this afternoon...
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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 4/4/98
Saturday:

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[SUPER=130-6/Jenny Feller/Salem]



[SUPER=130-13/Matthew Nichols/Glade Hills]



[SUPER=130-16/Tony Huff/Pulaski]



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Anniversary:
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Anniversary:
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[45E-Tax-Help]


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The deadline for filing you taxes is less than two weeks away.
If you have some questions this tax season, expect to find a friendlier I-R-S to help out.
Scott Goldberg reports.
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(( It's the government agency we love to hate.
The one politicians swear they're going to shut down.
The one that's so nasty it can only be described as:
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((MARY ANN CRAIG/ TAXPAYER: EXCELLENT.)) [RUNS:01]
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Um, we ARE talking about the I-R-S, right?
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((MARY ANN CRAIG: YES. THEY JUST TOOK CARE OF ME RIGHT AWAY AND BOTH OF THE PEOPLE I DEALT WITH WERE VERY PLEASANT.)) [RUNS:08]
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[**QUICK NATSOUND at 17:29 -- agent and taxpayer laughing]
This year, it's all smiles here.
It's a kinder, gentler tax collector.
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((RICK HEFNER/INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE: WE'VE MADE A REAL CONCERTED EFFORT TO BECOME MORE CUSTOMER FRIENDLY.)) [RUNS:05]
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[STANDUP]
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((SCOTT GOLDBERG/REPORTER: IN ROANOKE, THE IRS PRIDES ITSELF ON CUSTOMER SERVICE. BUT NATIONWIDE, IT'S FAIR TO SAY THE AGENCY HAS A BIT OF AN IMAGE PROBLEM. THAT'S WHY THIS YEAR, INSTEAD OF STRIKING FEAR IN THE HEARTS OF TAXPAYERS, THE IRS IS WORKING HARD TO BE YOUR TAX-PREPARING FRIEND.)) [RUNS:15]
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((RICK HEFNER: WE'D LIKE TO MAKE SOMEBODY'S INVOLVEMENT WITH US AS PAINLESS AND CERTAINLY NOT INTIMIDATING, IF WE COULD DO THAT.)) [RUNS:08]
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This tax season, the I-R-S is open Saturdays, working overtime to answer questions. [from IRS website tape]
And online, a new website tells you what to make of new tax laws, [map of US] where to file your returns and [screen that says "dispute"] how to avoid being audited -- or, as the I-R-S says, "examined."
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((RICK HEFNER: THE BEST TIP I WOULD OFFER IS TO TRY TO HAVE RECORDS THAT SUPPORT THE STUFF THAT GOES ON THE TAX RETURN.)) [RUNS:06]
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In other words, if you earned it, report it.
That's just one nugget of information the new, user-friendly I-R-S hopes will make your tax burden a little bit lighter.
Scott Goldberg, News-7, Roanoke.))
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Charges of hazing have resulted in the suspension of ten students at Washington and Lee University.
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The school has also shut down the Kappa Alpha fraternity after investigating a complaint of hazing.
University officials said the pledges were forced to exercise to the point of exhaustion and to do personally degrading acts.
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The Kappa Alpha fraternity was started at Washington and Lee University.

[45E-Chiefs-Charity]


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Roanoke's new police chief is proving he's ready and willing to SERVE the community.
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Yesterday, Joe Gaskins was waiting tables at a local restaurant.
He joined Roanoke County Police Chief Ray Lavinder and others at the Valley View Applebees.
They were taking part in a fundraiser for the Virginia Baptist Children's Home.
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((JOE GASKINS/ROANOKE POLICE CHIEF: I THINK IF YOU HAVE GOOD COMMUNITY SUPPORT, YOU HAVE A GOOD POLICE DEPARTMENT. IF YOU HAVE GREAT COMMUNITY SUPPORT, YOU HAVE A GREAT POLICE DEPARTMENT, SO I'LL ALWAYS BE WORKING IN THAT VEIN.))
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Chief Gaskins says the Children's Home fundraiser was just one of many ways he hopes to work in the community and get to know its citizens.

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Turning to the Friday forecast--
Expect some sunshine this morning, otherwise skies will turn cloudy throughout the day.
Highs in the low to mid 60s.
Rain likely tonight, with the chance of thunderstorms.
Lows mid to upper 40s.
The four day outlook is chilly through the weekend..
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[8Clifton-Forge]


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The race is on for the three available city council seats in Clifton Forge.
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Incumbents James Morris and Jack Simpson announced yesterday they're teaming-up with newcomer John Dotson to run on the same ticket.
They're all campaigning to prevent the reversion of the city, back to town status.
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[IN Q=Going backwards is]

((JACK SIMPSON/CANDIDATE FOR CLIFTON FORGE CITY COUNCIL: GOING BACKWARDS IS NOT GOING TO HELP NOBODY. WE NEED TO STAY STRONG. I THINK THE CITIZENS OUT THERE BELIEVE THAT WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS NOTHING ELSE WE'RE A SMALL TOWN.))
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The three are also fighting efforts to build a new elementary school outside city limits.
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The other candidates running for city council include Meredith Mills, Kenneth Yeagley, Merilew Barnes, Johnn Wright, and Dorsey Huffman.

[8E-Bailey's-Tobacco]


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Fallout from decisions made in the nation's capital regarding tobacco will trickle down to a company in Southside Virginia.
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[SUPER=03-Lunenberg Co.]


S-and-M Brands is a family-owned business that's been making Bailey's Cigarettes for about five years.
President Steve Bailey says any hike in the federal cigarette tax or restrictions on advertising will hurt his business.
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((STEVE BAILEY/S&M BRANDS: COMPANIES LIKE PHILLIP MORRIS DON'T NEED THEIR PRODUCTS TO BE SEEN, THEY'RE WELL- KNOWN NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY. WHEREAS OUR PRODUCT IS RELATIVELY WELL- KNOWN ON A LOCAL BASIS, BUT IN ORDER TO REMAIN IN BUSINESS ON A LONG TERM, WE HAVE TO EXPAND OUR MARKETS AND IN ORDER TO DO THAT WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE SMOKING PUBLIC.))
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Bailey's has joined a coalition of small manufacturers lobbying Congress on the tobacco settlement.
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[8E-KICK-BUTTS]


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They've repeatedly heard it's bad for them, but children are STILL trying cigarettes.
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But yesterday, students fought back- staging anti-smoking rallies as part of National Kick Butts Day.
A new government report says 43 percent of high schoolers use tobacco products on a regular basis.
And while no one is offering a solution, one local health expert says a teenager's desire for control could be a motivating factor.
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((JULIE KEITH/CARILION HEALTH ED. CENTER: TEENS PARTICULARLY WANT TO BE IN CONTROL OF THEIR LIFE. THEY DON'T WANT PARENTS, TEACHERS TELLING THEM WHAT TO DO. THEY WANT TO MAKE THEIR OWN DECISIONS. SO WHEN I WORK WITH TEENS, I GET THEM TO THINK ABOUT IF YOU ARE USING TOBACCO, WHAT'S IN CONTROL OF YOU. YOU'RE ADDICTED TO IT.))
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Keith says talking with small children about the dangers of tobacco use could stop them from smoking later in life.


[8Spanish-Teacher]


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Como Estas (kuh-MOH) (eh-STAHS) might soon become a popular phrase at one Carroll County elementary school.
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Children at Gladeville Elementary are learning to speak spanish with the help of a 27-yea- old exchange student.
Paola (Pie-Oh-la) Monteros is a journalist back home in Argentina.
She's been teaching Spanish in Carroll County since December as part of the Amity Scholar program.
It's apparently been a rewarding experience not only for the students but also Monteros.
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((JORDYN LAMB/SECOND GRADER: SOME PEOPLE, IT'S HARD FOR THEM TO LEARN SPANISH BECAUSE THEY CAN'T GET THE LETTERS RIGHT AND THE VOWELS BUT I THINK MOST OF THE KIDS CAN. PAOLA MONTEROS/EXCHANGE TEACHER: THIS STATE IS BEAUTIFUL, GALAX, HILLSVILLE, WOODLAWN, I KNOW MY PRONUNCIATION OF WOODLAWN IS VERY VERY BAD, BUT, IT'S HARD FOR ME, THE "W' IS HARD, BUT I LIKE THIS AREA, VERY, VERY MUCH. ))
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A local bank, the P-T-O and ruritan club are picking up the cost.
Monteros hopes to stay in American if she can land a job in journalism.
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Shifting gears now to weather--
Mostly sunny skies early today, then clouds will thicken toward the evening.
Highs in the low to mid 60s.
Rain tonight, with the possibility of some thunderstorms.
Lows expected to fall into the 40s.
The four day outlook is cooler...
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