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[7E-County-School]


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[TAPE#=98-35]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Co.]


Roanoke County's proposal to use eminent domain to take over land for a new school has some south county residents concerned.
Last night both sides voiced their opinions.
David Johnson has the story.
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[IN Q=County officials say]
[SUPER=07-Jeff Copeland; :17]
[SUPER=07-John Boone; :42]
[SUPER=07-Wesley Hambirck; :57]
[SUPER=07-Danielle Rand-Byrd; 1:11]
[SUPER=07-Kathy Finch; 1:18]
[SUPER=@David1; 1:28]
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[OUT Q=DJO, NEWS7]

(( County officials say they have negotiated with "Woods End" owner Charles Palmer for months without success. After having their offer of more than one and a half million dollars turned down, one of the options the county is considering is filing a petition with the circuit court to obtain the land.
[SOT=19:28:11]
[IN Q=I DO DISAGREE]

((JEFF COPELAND; I DO DISAGREE WITH THE TACTICS OF TRYING TO CONDEMN THE PROPERTY TO GET THE SITE OF THE HIGH SCHOOL. PRIMARILY BECAUSE I FEEL THAT SITE IS WORTH MUCH MORE THAN WHAT YOU'RE PROBABLY GOING TO PAY FOR IT.)) [RUNS:20] Others say the site's not worth it, citing erosion control problems from its "Living Creek".
[SOT=19:23:51]
[IN Q=A CORE OF]

((JOHN BOONE; A CORE OF ENGINEER'S APPROVAL IS REQUIRED ANYWHERE OVER, ON OR IN THAT CREEK. SOME OF THE WET LANDS MAY ALSO BE REGULATED.)) [RUNS:10] And there were those who suggest the county has alterior motives for wanting the property.
[SOT=19:16:26]
[IN Q=THERE WILL BE A]

((WESLEY HAMBIRCK; THERE WILL BE A SPORTS COMPLEX. THERE'S NO REASON YOU'D PURCHASE 72 ACRES FOR A 14-HUNDRED STUDENT HIGH SCHOOL.)) [RUNS:08] But proponents say the school would offer stability in this residential area.
[SOT=19:09:07/19:05:45]
[IN Q=WITH THE SCHOOL]

((DANIELLE RAND-BYRD; WITH THE SCHOOL, THE NEIGHBORS WILL HAVE A PREDICTABLE SCHEDULE AND RESPECTABLE GUIDELINES.)) ((KATHY FINCH; IF THE SCHOOL IS NOT BUILT ON THE FARMINGTON PROPERTY, WHAT OTHER PIECE OF LAND IS LARGE ENOUGH FOR OUR HIGH SCHOOL NEEDS.)) [RUNS:13])) [STAND-UP/] ((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; ACCORDING TO ROANOKE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD CHAIR WILLIAM IRVIN, THERE ARE TWO OTHER SITES THAT ARE BEING CONSIDERED. WHERE THEY ARE, HE'S NOT SAYING. THE SCHOOL BOARD WILL DECIDE ON THE "WOODS END" SITE NEXT WEEK. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7.)) [RUNS:12]

[7E-Boty-Supers]


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Botetourt County supervisors know about the need for apartments in the county, but say housing one hundred people on three acres is not the best way to do it.
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[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]


That's why they won't approve plans for a 41-unit apartment complex in Daleville.
But IF developers can scale the project down to 30 units, the supervisors say they'll give it another chance.
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[SOT 13:19:45]
[IN Q=To me it's not acceptable]

((TO ME IT'S NOT ACCEPTABLE ... JUST TOO DENSE.))
[SUPER=01-David Mankin/Botetourt Co. Supervisor;]
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[OUT Q=just too dense]
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But developers hear a loud demand.
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[SOT 13:32:52]
[IN Q=I'm a builder]

((I'M A BUILDER ... YES WE NEED APARTMENTS IN BOTETOURT COUNTY.))
[SUPER=01-Sonny Spickard/Developer;]
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[OUT Q=in Botetourt County]
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Residents in a subdivision across the street say the complex will bring crime and more children running through busy streets.
Nearby businesses don't want cars cutting through their lots, either.
Developers say they will bring a smaller plan to the next meeting on May 19th.
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Turning now to your forecast, expect rain and colder temperatures today as a cold front passes through the region. Showers likely during the day, with temperatures only reaching the mid-to-upper 50's. Tonight, temperatures will drop into the mid-40's with patchy drizzle and cloudy skies. And taking a look at the extended forecast...
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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 4/23/98
Thursday:

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[SUPER=130-26/Kenney Thurmon/Rocky Mount]



[SUPER=130-62/Silvin Dalton/Hillsville]



[SUPER=130-15/Jon Rea/Spencer]



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[SUPER=130-9/Damien Ruley/Buena Vista]


No Pictures:

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[SUPER=131-50/Ed Jarrells/Dublin]






[45E-Restaurant-Fire]


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The manager of a Roanoke County Western Sizzlin' restaurant says it could be a day or two before the steak house reopens for business.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


That after small fire broke out last night.
No one was injured but evacuate customers and employees had to be evacuated.]
Fire investigators say grease build-up in the ventilation caused the blaze at the restaurant.
It sits across from the Lewis Gale Hospital.
The fire was contained within minutes.
The extent of the damage isn't known yet.
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[45E-XGR-Preview]


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[TAPE#98-22 TC 6:27]
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The General Assembly is back in session today for what could be the last day of lawmaking in the Commonwealth for 19-98.
Governor Gilmore has asked elected officials to choose elementary teachers over professor for pay raises-- and school construction funding over museums.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


Yesterday, Democrats ended their statewide bus tour of run-down, overcrowded schools at the State Capitol.
But the Governor's budget choices and methods aren't making them happy.
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[sot 12:30:22]
[IN Q=he has given]

((DEL. DICK CRANWELL: HE HAS GIVEN US WHAT IS THE GILMORE PLAN RATHER THAN CONSULTING WITH US AS WE ASKED, BACKED THAT UP WITH AN EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT I THINK IS CLEARLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL, TO SAY IF YOU DON'T DO IT MY WAY, I'M GONNA VETO YOUR BILL AND RULE BY EXECUTIVE DICTATE. THAT DOESN'T SUIT ME IN THOMAS JEFFERSON'S DEMOCRACY.))
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[OUT Q=jefferson's democracy]
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[SUPER=03-Lynchburg;]


The Governor did his own photo-ops to push for the new teachers.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I'm very]

((I'M VERY PROUD OF THE TEACHERS THAT I'M SEEING THAT ARE WORKING HERE IN THIS SCHOOL AND THEY'RE JUST DOING A TERRIFIC JOB. BUT WHY NOT GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A LITTLE MORE HELP?))
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[OUT Q=more help?]
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This mini-session is only scheduled to last until Friday.

[45Blevins]


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A Wythe County grand jury handed down a dozen indictments against a man already facing 45 charges in neighboring jurisdictions.
34-year old Michael Dwayne Blevins faces ten charges of taking indecent liberties with a child.
The indictments are in connection with an alleged sexual relationship he had with a Rural Retreat student about two years ago.
Montgomery County school superintendent Fred Morton says Blevins has been fired from his position at Shawsville High School.

[45E-Suspect-Chase]


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A routine license check in Roanoke County yesterday turned into a full scale police search.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


It happened on Kessler Mill Road where a motorist tried to avoid state police.
The driver left his car in a parking lot, crossed a creek and disappeared into the woods.
A state police helicopter was in the area and joined the search.
A tracking dog was also called in. Officers arrested the suspect in a barn.
Police have charged 27-year old William A. Goodwyne Junior of Shawsville with operating a vehicle after being declared a habitual offender.
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[45Teacher-Pushed]


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A Lynchburg fourth grader could face assault charges for reportedly pushing a teacher down some stairs.
It happened yesterday at Perrymont elementary school.
Authorities say the teacher injured ankle in the incident.
Police have declined to identify the student or the teacher involved, but they are currently investigating whether to charge the nine-year-old boy.

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The reward has raised in the search for a bomber or bombers in Louisa County.
Three bombings have occurred in Louisa since December.
One woman was killed in the first blast, and three others were injured last week.
The reward is now 20-thousand dollars.
The bombings have left residents jittery and calling authorities whenever they see something suspicious.

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Time now to shift gears and check the wet Wednesday forecast--
Rain likely today, with some cooler temperatures.
Highs in the upper 50s.
Tonight, expect lows in the mid 40s with lingering clouds and drizzle.
Looking ahead to the next four days, more showers are the way for tomorrow...
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[8E-Pitts-Trees]


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[TAPE#98-28 37:08]
[GRAPHIC=Earth Day]


Today is Earth Day, and those working to maintain the Appalachian Trail in West Virginia will get a special visit
from President Clinton. (----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.;]


The Virginia Department of Forestry is doing its part by helping land owners replace the trees they harvest for timber with new seedlings.
Migrant workers plant pines from January until May.
In Pittsylvania County alone, two million seedlings will go into the ground.
The Department of Forestry says there is money to help defray the costs of re-forestation.
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[SOT 34:04-:18]
[IN Q=In most cases]

((LESLIE MACE/FORESTRY TECHNICIAN: IN MOST CASES THERE'S MONEY THAT IS AVAILABLE THAT'S PROVIDED THROUGH A SPECIAL TAX THAT SAW MILLS PAY THAT PAYS FOR ABOUT 35-PERCENT OF THE COST OF THE REFORESTATION SO THE LAND OWNERS WILL PAY ABOUT 65-PERCENT OF THE TOTAL COST.))
[SUPER=01-Leslie Mace/Forestry Technician;]
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[OUT Q=of the total cost.]
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[VO-NAT]


Forestry officials will check on the trees in the Fall to see if they survived the hot summer.
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[8Eminent-Domain]


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The future site for a new high school remains a hot button issue in Roanoke county.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


County officials have selected "Woods End", a farm site in South County as the preferred location of a new high school.
But the county has not been able to close a deal with property owner Charles Palmer.
So the government is considering flexing its eminent domain powers, a thought that doesn't set well with some residents.
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[SOT=19:28:23]
[IN Q=I DO DISAGREE]

((JEFF COPELAND; PRIMARILY BECAUSE I FEEL THAT SITE IS WORTH MUCH MORE THAN WHAT YOU'RE PROBABLY GOING TO PAY FOR IT.))

[SUPER=07-Jeff Copeland;]
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[OUT Q=PAY FOR IT.]
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[VO-NAT]


Flood-prone problem areas and concerns about what else would go on the 70-acre site besides the school were also reasons people do not want this particular location used.
But there are those who say they trust the county's judgement in determining that this site suits the needs of the neighboring Farmington community.
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[SOT=19:09:07]
[IN Q=WITH THE SCHOOL]

((DANIELLE RAND-BYRD; WITH THE SCHOOL, THE NEIGHBORS WILL HAVE A PREDICTABLE SCHEDULE AND RESPECTABLE GUIDELINES.))
[SUPER=07-Danielle Rand-Byrd;]
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[VO-NAT]


The school board will make a decision about the "Woods End" farm property next Tuesday.
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[82-E-Restaurant-Fire]


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Although it was fairly small, last night's kitchen fire at a local Western Sizzlin restaurant will keep it closed for at least another day or so.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]

Fire investigators say grease build-up in Western Sizzlin's ventilation caused the blaze at the restaurant across from the Lewis Gale Hospital. The fire was contained within minutes.
No one was injured. The extent of the damage is unknown. Management of the restuarant says it may be a day or more before the establishment is re-opened for business.
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[8E-Allen]


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After confessing to the murder of her husband, a Lynchburg woman faces a possible 10- year prison sentence for the crime.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/November 1997;]


27-year old Sandra Allen admitted to stabbing to death Lawrence Eugene Allen during an argument November 12th.
Police say the couple had a history of domestic problems, and witnesses heard Sandra Allen tell her husband to stop hitting her the night she killed him.
Allen pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter yesterday in Lynchburg Circuit Court.
She'll be sentenced in June.
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[8Marijuana]


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A Bedford teacher has admitted to buying marijuana from one of her students.
Liberty High School teacher Suzanne Hudson pleaded guilty yesterday to two counts of contributing to the delinquency of minor.
She got a two-year suspended sentence.
A third similar charge was dropped in return for the plea.

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Turning to weather now--
Expect rain today, with highs only in the upper 50s.
Lingering clouds and patchy drizzle overnight, with lows in the mid 40s.
The extended outlook stays damp through tomorrow, with sunshine returning by the weekend.
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