Ten Washington and Lee university students and their fraternity are facing suspension following an alleged hazing incident.
Joe Dashiell is in Lexington with more on the story.
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A 400 acre forest fire on Afton Mountain has been contained, but it's not out.
The fire started late yesterday afternoon on the Waynesboro side of the mountain.
About 20 homes were threatened at one point, and the roof of one caught fire.
But homeowners who were evacuated have been allowed to return.
State forestry officials say about 40 firefighters are working to put out hot spots.
Interstate 64 crosses the mountain, and remains open.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
They were rallying again outside E.C. Glass High School today, but this time there's no controversy involved.
Steve Smallshaw joins us live from outside E.C. Glass.. Steve, what was the message today?
Melanie, for months, E.C. Glass has been a lightning rod for criticism and controversy.. ranging from its football program to the anti- abortion crusade that landed here last month.
But today marks the finale of what has been a three- day pep rally for students, parents and teachers.
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[SUPER=01-Helen Gilmer/Parent; :37]
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[OUT Q=helped us out a lot.]
((YOU WANNA BE A TOPPER.. WHOO, WHOO.))
No graphic signs, no angry chants, not a single political agenda in sight.
This rally was about, by and for E.C. Glass High School.
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((SANDY WILLIAMS/E.C. GLASS TEACHER: I WANTED TO SHOW THE COMMUNITY THAT E.C. GLASS IS A GREAT PLACE TO GO TO SCHOOL, WE HAVE GREAT KIDS HERE AND GOOD THINGS HAPPEN, AND I WANTED TO HELP SUPPORT THE KIDS AND RAISE THEIR SPIRITS.))
[OUT Q=raise their spirits.]
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Mission accomplished this morning.
As the buses rolled in, they were greeted by smiling faces and loud cheers.. many of them from parents of Glass students.
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((HELEN GILMER/PARENT: I THINK THE RALLY PREVIOUS TO THIS WAS DISRUPTIVE AND A LITTLE SCARY EVEN TO SOME OF THE KIDS, SO THE TEACHERS COMING UP WITH THIS IDEA IS SO POSITIVE AND ENTHUSIASTIC, WE WERE HAPPY TO HELP OUT.))
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((EMMA FUNK/E.C. GLASS SENIOR: A LOT OF KIDS HAVE BEEN REALLY DOWN ABOUT EVERYTHING GOING ON, BUT I THINK WITH THE TEACHERS AND STUFF DOING THIS, I THINK IT'S BROUGHT A LOT OF US TOGETHER AND IT'S HELPED US OUT A LOT.))
[OUT Q=helped us out a lot.]))
And there's more to come.. local companies have donated food, drinks and prizes which are being given away all day..
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..and this afternoon there will be a schoolwide pep rally in the gymnasium.
A former C-I-A employee has been charged in a new spying case.
Law enforcement officials say it's someone who recently left the agency.
The officials wouldn't identify the former employee.
According to C-N-N, the individual is suspected of passing or
trying to pass U-S secrets to multiple other countries.
Those countries haven't been identified yet.[CLINTON]
Senate Republicans have passed a federal budget for 19-99.
It features modest tax reductions and healthy surpluses.
But President Clinton offered words of concern over the proposal because it didn't include what he wants for schools, child care and health.
Still he was pleased that the budget surpluss will be used to help save Social Security.
WITH THE BUDGET SURPLUSES....UNTIL WE SAVE SOCIAL SECURITY FIRST. ))
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Mr. Clinton also dismissed today's news of an increase in the unemployment rate.
The Labor Department today said the unemployment rate edged up one-tenth of a percent to four-point-seven last month.
Mr. Clinton told reporters the economy is still one of the strongest in history.
He also had little to say about the recently dismissed Paula Jones lawsuit or the probe of whitewater prosecutor Ken
Lawmakers disagree whether the dismissal of the Jones case will slow congressional Republicans from preparing for a possible impeachment inquiry.
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Jones emerged from seclusion yesterday at her home in California but would say little to reporters.
Her attorney's say they're 99 percent certain they'll appeal the dismissal.
For his part, prosecutor Starr says his investigation remains on track.
Nearly 30 years after Martin Luther King's death, his family is still looking for answers.
They gathered yesterday in Atlanta for a news conference.
Citing what she says is a large body of new evidence in the case King's widow, Coretta Scott King, is calling on President Clinton to initiate a federal investigation.
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CORETTA SCOTT KING: I AM SURE YOU CAN UNDERSTAND HOW PAINFUL IT HAS BEEN FOR MY FAMILY AND ME TO REOPEN THE DEEP EMOTIONAL WOUNDS ASSOCIATED WITH THE KILLING OF MY HUSBAND. ))
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Mrs. King says it's ``morally wrong'' to make James Earl Ray a scapegoat, when he has never had a
Although Ray confessed to the 19-68 killing, he later recanted.
The 30th anniversary of King's death is this Saturday.
Danville police have concluded that what happened to an emergency room doctor last week was self-inflicted.
Doctor Carl Clark was found on Central Boulevard with nails stuck in his chest and thigh.
His shirt was on fire and there was a noose around his neck.
Police aren't saying WHY Doctor Clark did all this to himself, but they say they've closed the book on the case.
Clark is being treated at the University of North Carolina
Medical Center's burn unit. [Gilmore-Allowance]
Governor Jim Gilmore says he'll probably go along with an increase in the expense allowances of state lawmakers.
Legislators voted last month to hike their pay for attending meetings while the General Assembly is not in session
from 100 dollars to 200 dollars a day.
They also increased their own office expense allowance from 750 dollars a month to 12 hundred 50 dollars a month.
Some legislators have criticized the increases as a poorly
disguised pay raise.
Governor Gilmore says he probably will NOT veto or reduce the hikes.
The Governor wouldn't say whether he felt the increases were
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 insure 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.
One hundred supervisors and managers took part in the program this week.
An earthquake has rattled nerves in central Italy.
There is no word yet of any injuries but there are reports that 300
homes in two towns were damaged and declared unsafe.
The two towns were hit hard in powerful quakes in September.
The quake had a magnitude of five-point-oh.
It was sharp enough to rattle
windows in Rome, more than 100 miles south of the epicenter.
An imprisoned Christiansburg attorney will be furloughed for a week.
The judge is letting Keith Neely 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.
The 48- year- old former attorney has served two years of a ten-year sentence for helping clients distribute cocaine and launder money.
Reversion is the issue bringing candidates together for one of three city council seats up for grabs in Clifton Forge.
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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((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 SMALL TIME.))
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[OUT Q= small time.]
The three are also fighting efforts to build a new elementary school outside city limits.
The other candidates running for city council include Meredith Mills, Kenneth Yeagley, Merilew Barnes, Johnn Wright,
and Dorsey Huffman.[TAX-QUESTIONS]
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.
The 200 proposals for overhauling the Internal Revenue Service include rewarding agents for treating taxpayers with fairness and courtesy.
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RICK HEFNER/IRS: WE'D LIKE TO MAKE SOMEBODY'S INVOLVEMENT WITH US AS PAINLESS AND CERTAINLY NOT INTIMIDATING, IF WE COULD DO THAT. ))
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This tax season, the I-R-S is open Saturdays, working overtime to answer questions.
And online, a new website tells you what to make of new tax laws,
where to file your returns and how to avoid being audited.
A big day for UVA yesterday.
Athletic Director Terry Holland officially welcomed Pete Gillen on board as the new head coach of the men's basketball team.
Roy Stanley has more.
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The Northside girls soccer team in Roanoke County played host to Blue Ridge rival William Byrd last night.
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The Terriers jumped out to a quick one to nothing lead, before Northside went on a scoring barrage. After several nice headers in close, Donna Robertson gets the ball to Tiffany Jones for the score tying the game at 1-all.
Then in the second, Paige Fraley will drill one in the net from close range to give Northside the lead for good at 2-to-1.
The Lady Vikes would then record their third unanswered goal as Fraley and Jones get the ball to somehow slide under goalie Gwynne Austin.
Northside beats Byrd last night 4-to-2.
The Group Three A all-state girls' basketball team was released last night and only one local player was able to earn a spot on the first or second teams.
George Washington Danville's Shanna Price a five-ten senior was named to the all-stae first team.
Gar-Field swept the top honors with Fred Milbert winning coach of the year and Shannon Segress taking the player of t
he year award. [Cubs]
A big come-from-behind win for the Chicago Cubs on day three of the new major league season.
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The Cubs came back from a six run first inning defecit to beat the Florida Marlins 8-to-7.
Tyler Houston iginited the comeback with this three run shot in the fourth inning.
The Cubs have now won two in a row after losing thier opener.
What's better than young love in spring-- how about old love, very old
Armand and Jeanne Giraud -- both 99 years old-- celebrated their 80th
wedding anniversary today in France.
Armand was a teacher and a member of a French Resistance during World War TWO.
Jeanne stayed home, raising a family that's now five generations and 35 members strong.