[Bank-Robbery]

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A bank robber is still at large in Roanoke after a mid-morning hold-up.
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Tina Tenret is at the Nations Bank on Melrose Avenue to give us a report.
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(Rollcue: By the time police arrived)
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(Melanie Question: Is the bank closed now?)[SCHOOL-MEETING]


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The question of racial equality was the focus of a school board meeting last night in Lynchburg.
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To the citizens's Committee the school system is anything but fair.
Black teens make up nearly half the student body E-C Glass High School, but only 18 percent of the Teachers are black.
Meanwhile black students make up 90 percent of the long- term suspensions.
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(( DR. JULIUS SIGLER/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: THE NUMBERS THAT WERE QUOTED ARE REAL AND THOSE NUMBERS REFLECT A REAL PROBLEM. THE QUESTION IS WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT IT? ))
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Both sides agree there are no easy answer, but they've promised to meet again.
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[E-Henry-Murder]


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A Martinsville woman accused of killing her baby on Mother's Day will face trial July 7th.
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Investigators say 29-year old Sharon Denise Alley fatally stabbed her eight-month old daughter with a kitchen knife.

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Her nine-year old son was in the next room and told deputies his mother came out of the baby's room, yelling "I killed her, I killed her".
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((LT. KIMMY NESTOR/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT: CERTAINLY BEING NINE YEARS OLD IT'S VERY TRAUMATIC WHAT HE'S BEEN THROUGH.
HE'S BEEN COOPERATIVE WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT AND HE'S NOW BEEN RELEASED TO HIS FATHER'S PARENTS AND THEY'RE LOOKING AFTER HIS WELL-BEING. SOCIAL SERVICES IS ACTIVELY INVOLVED AND THEY'LL MAKE SURE HE'S WELL TAKEN CARE OF.))
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Alley is currently in jail on one million dollar bond.
Court papers say she threw the same baby on the floor last October--
At that time, she apparently told her husband voices had told her to do it.

A court allowed her to keep her children while she awaited trial.[Tree-Accident]


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A Roanoke County woman is in stable condition after driving her car into a tree last night.
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Police say 35-year-old Melanie Elmir (El-Meer) wrapped her car around the tree after apparently losing control of her 1992 Mercedes.
Elmir was airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where she was treated for a few broken ribs and some lacerations.
The accident took place on Bradshaw Road near Catawba.
Investigators say speed was a factor, but it was not determined how fast Elmir was going.
More than 200-yards of skid marks resulted from the accident.
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[INDIA]


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India is drawing criticism from around the globe today for conducting a series of nuclear tests.
The United States is bringing home the U-S ambassador to India-- and China today issued a statement saying the nuclear tests jeopardize peace and stability in South Asia.
And as Mark Phillips reports, the tests may put pressure on India's neighbor and rival Pakistan, to step up testing in a dangerous nuclear arms race.
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(( The world is looking on anxiously as nuclear sabres are being rattled along one of its most unstable frontiers. The announcement by India that it had conducted three underground nuclear tests is even more ominous as once of those tests involved a thermal nuclear device -- a hydrogen bomb. Pakistan's reaction was swift.
GOHAR AYUB KHAN -- PAKISTAN FOREIGN MINISTER:INDIA HAS FORCED THE SUBCONTINENT INTO AN ARMS RACE, INTO A NUCLEAR WEAPONS RACE AND MISSILE.
In fact both countries now have the bomb and both have the missiles that could deliver warheads.
There were protests in Japan today. And condemnations in Australia and New Zealand.
Alexander Downer, Australian Foreign Minister:THIS IS AN ACT WHICH IS IN DEFIANCE OF A WHOLE TREND OF INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMACY IN RECENT YEARS, ITS IN DEFIANCE OF THE WISHES OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, IT WILL SIMPLY RAISE THE LEVEL OF TENSION IN SOUTH ASIA.
JENNY SHIPLEY, NEW ZEALAND PRIME MINISTER:THE GOVERNMENT VIEWS WITH DEEP CONCERNAND TO BE FRANK, ALARM THAT JUST AT THE POINT WE WERE HOPING THAT WE WERE SEEING A GENUINE REDUCTION IN NUCLEAR WEAPONS WORLDWIDE, THIS TREAND HAVE BEEN REVERSED WITH THIS ACTION BY INDIA.
India and Pakistan have already gone to war three times since the two countries were partitioned. Territorial and other disputes make renewed conflict possible. If that conflict were to involve a nuclear exchange there would be disastrous consequences far beyond the region. MP CBS News London.))

[CRIME]


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President Clinton says the U-S is deeply disturbed by India's action.
He's calling on India to conduct no further tests and to sign the comprehensive test ban treaty, with no conditions.

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He's also urging India's neighbors not to go down the same path.
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(( THE US STRONGLY OPPOSES THIS ACTION BY INDIA IT NOT ONLY THREATENS....THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. ))
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Mr. Clinton's came as he unveiled a new plan to turn back the tide of international crime.
It calls for 280 million dollars to combat illegal trafficking in drugs, arms, automobiles and even people.
It also tries to counter new technology used in money laundering, counterfeiting and computer hacking.

[NETANYAHU]


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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in the United States today.
Tomorrow he meets with Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in an effort to get the stalled peace talks back on track.
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The talks reached an impasse over the U-S proposal for Israel to withdraw its troops from 13 percent of the West Bank.
Officials in Jerusalem say Netanyahu will propose that Israel withdraw from nine percent of the West Bank over a 12-week period and hold an additional four percent of the area in reserve.
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[herman]


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President Clinton is standing behind Labor Secretary Alexis Herman.
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Yesterday Attorney General Janet Reno requested an indepenent counsel to investigate whether Herman solicited money for illegal campaign donations or engaged in influence peddling.
President clinton says he's confident the labor secretary will be cleared.
And Herman insists she's done nothing wrong.
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(( ALEXIS HERMAN:THERE'S NOT ONE DOCUMENT THAT I HAVEN'T GIVEN TO THEM. THESE ALLEGATIONS HAVE BEEN FALSE SINCE THE VERY BEGINNING. ))
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In other news from Washington, the Secret Service wants a judge to create a new privilege to bar agents from having testify against the President.
The head of the Secret Service has warned that a President will be assassinated in the next few years -if- his agents are forced to testify.

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[S-Cruz]


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It could be a matter of national security.
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Drug informant Javier Cruz wants to tell a judge about information he provided the feds... hoping to get a break when it comes to sentencing.
The government says Cruz's tips spawned investigations all over the country.
Cruz spent several YEARS- -out on bond- -living in Roanoke County, trying to infiltrate the upper levels of the Columbian drug cartels.
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In court yesterday the government argued revealing the details might jeopardize law enforcement "trade-craft techniques."
The D-E-A will review the case and decide whether it can now be told OR if it's information only the judge gets to

see.[E-City-Council]


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An issue that has proved divisive to Roanoke City Council has been put off until fall.
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A crowd of city employees turned out yesterday afternoon, as city council approved the budget for the next fiscal year.
Council delayed a decision on the pension increase that supporters say is long overdue, and opponents consider a risky idea.
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((CHUCK WELLS/ROANOKE FIRE FIGHTERS ASSOCIATION: THE EMPLOYEES HAVE STUCK WITH THE CITY THROUGH THE BAD TIMES AND TOOK PAY FREEZES AND PROMOTIONAL FREEZES AND LAST YEAR, THE STOCK MARKET'S DONE REAL WELL. THE PENSION BENEFIT WHICH IS SET ASIDE FOR PENSION BENEFITS HAS DONE REAL WELL, SO WE'RE JUST TRYING TO GET SOME OF THOSE BENEFITS OUT TO THE EMPLOYEES.)) ((ROBERT TONKINSON/PENSION PLAN BOARD MEMBER: RIGHT NOW WE'RE EXPERIENCING GREAT INVESTMENT RETURNS AND THE PENSION PLAN IS VERY STRONG, BUT ANY TIME YOU INCREASE BENEFITS IT'S GOING TO FLOW THROUGH EVENTUALLY TO THE BUDGET THROUGH CONTRIBUTIONS. THE CITY'S BEEN VERY LUCKY. IT'S CONTRIBUTION WAS SLATED TO DECREASE BY A COUPLE OF MILLION DOLLARS THIS YEAR. THAT FREED UP A COUPLE OF MILLION DOLLARS THAT COULD BE USED FOR ANY PURPOSE IN THE CITY BUDGET.))
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Council also filled two seats on the School Board yesterday, appointing current board member Melinda Payne, and newcomer Ruth Willson.
The vote means that controversial board member Harry Davis won't be returning when his current term expires in a matter of weeks.

[E-SE-Tour]


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City COuncil members put on their walking shoes yesterday and took to the streets of the neighborhoods they represent.
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Roanoke's City Council launched its neighborhood tour program by walking through Southeast.
The program gives residents a chance to discuss community concerns with city officials.
They can voice their opinions as to what strategies work in their neighborhoods.
Additional council neighborhood tours are scheduled for June and again in the fall.

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After tying the major league record for strikeouts in a game, Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood now has his own place in history.
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The 20 year-old phenom set the major league record for strikeouts in consecutive games by fanning 13 Arizona Diamondbacks en route to a 4-2 win last night.
Last week Wood fanned 20 Houston Astros.
With 33 strikeouts in two starts, Wood broke the old record of 32 held by Luis Tiant, Nolan Ryan, Dwight Gooden and Randy Johnson.

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[Braves]


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A new franchise record for the Atlanta Braves after they homered as a team for the 23rd straight game last night, toppling Cincinnati 8-1.
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And the man last night was Andruw Jones.
A month ago there was talk he might get shipped back to Richmond, last night he cracked this three run homer to left in the first
He then hit another to right in the 5th.
The Braves are off to
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their best start ever having won 12 of their last 14 games.

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The North Cross Raiders won their 7th straight team crown in the Virginia Independent School golf tournament yesterday.
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64 golfers from 10 teams battled the elements most of the day at Ole Monterey golf club.
North Cross senior and defending champion Brandon Lacroix was one over at the turn and was ready for a repeat.
But Covenant's Andy Dofflemyer had the hot club. He finished with a 2 under 69 to capture the tourney as a junior.
Lacroix finished with a three over 74 in his last match as a North Cross golfer. He finished in 2nd; 5 shots behind behind Dofflemyer; his long time rival.
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North Cross topped Martinsville's Carlisle School by a slim 3 strokes for its 7th straight team title.
Covenant came in third place. Lynchburg Christian finished in 8th place.
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[Allen]


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An end to the legal wrangling may be near for Washington Redskin Terry Allen, who had a run-in with Georgia police last summer.
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A report in the Washington Post says Allen will accept a plea bargain agreement that will among other things force him to spend three nights in jail.
Allen was charged with drunk driving, speeding and eluding police.
Georgia law requires a minimum 48 hour jail sentence for drunk driving.

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The partnership between former NASCAR champions Dale Earnhardt and Darrell Waltrip will end just before the Brickyard 600.
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Waltrip will return to the #17 car he formerly owned in time for the big race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


Since selling his team to businessman Tim Beverly, Waltrip has driven the Earnhardt owned Pennzoil car replacing the injured Steve Park.
Now Park is expected to recover enough to return in time for the Brick.
So Waltrip heads back to the seventeen.
But the problems there are not completely solved. It still needs a sponsor.

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Just when you thought El Nino couldn't be blamed for anything else, something new slithers along, literally.
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Officials say El Nino is bringing a bumper crop of rattlesankes to San Diego County.
Thick foliage from El Nino's wet winter has created a big food supply this spring for rats.
And since rattlers eat rats, that means more snakes.
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