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[7County-Schools]


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Successful negotiations have stopped the condemnation of a plot of private property in Roanoke County.
Roanoke County officials confirm that representatives of the School Board and the owner of the Woods End property have reached an agreement.
Joe Dashiell has more on the story.
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((Roanoke County officials and landowner Charles Palmer have been at odds over the scenic 70- acre tract.
It's the site the school board favors for a new high school, but Palmer has been unwilling to sell at the price the county orginally offered.
The school board contemplated condemnation, but twice delayed a vote on the issue to allow more time for negotiations, and it now appears a deal is in the works.
In a brief statement, school officials say the parties have reached an agreement subject to solving various legal requirements.
School Board Chairman Bill Irvin says officials were hopeful they could proceed without condemning the land, and he says he's pleased with news of a likely agreement.
Assuming remaing issues can be ironed out, Irvin says the architects will move forward with their work on a site plan, and begin to answer the questions of neighbors who want to know how the property will be developed.
Joe Dashiell News 7))

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An apparent murder-suicide in Bedford County yesterday left two people dead.
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Police say 36-year old Robert Wells drove to his estranged wife's home on Lazenbury Road armed with a rifle yesterday morning.
Wells then cut the phone lines and ordered his two children out of the trailer.. neighbors reported hearing a total of five gunshots.
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((LT. KENT ROBEY/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: HE ASKED THEM TO LEAVE, EVIDENTLY HE DIDN'T WANT THEM TO SEE IT OR DIDN'T WANT THEM TO GET IN THE WAY OF IT. SO THE TIRES WERE CUT ON THE TWO CARS SITTING OUTSIDE THE RESIDENCE. APPARENTLY HE DISABLED THE PHONE AND THE CARS SO SHE COULDN'T GET AWAY FROM HIM.))
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This was not Wells' first brush with police.. he was arrested four years ago after abducting another woman at gunpoint.
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A Montgomery County murder investigation continues as police search for more evidence.
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State police and sheriff's investigators searched a pond yesterday along Smith Creek road, near Pilot.
The pond is adjacent to a mobile home where murder victim Micheal Durham used to live.
Durham was shot and killed in March.
42-year old Robert Lee Crook, Senior is charged with the crime.
Authorities would only say they were searching for evidence.
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Block scheduling will remain in Bedford County schools.
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Some board members raised concerns that the block scheduling was allowing students to do homework in class.
However, most students at the meeting said block scheduling helped them better prepare for college.
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((TIM HECK/LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT: IT HELPS YOU PREPARE YOURSELF AND BROADEN YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON COLLEGE AND EARN MORE CREDITS.))
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Block scheduling includes four 90-minute class periods--allowing students more time to study fewer subjects.
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Sharon Alley faces child abuse and murder charges after the death of her daughter. Now the Henry County prosecutor says he wants only one trial for both charges.
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Alley lost custody of her baby daughter last fall after being accused of cracking the girl's skull by throwing her across a room.
The 8-month-old was stabbed to death on Mother's Day, and Alley is accused of the murder.
Meanwhile Alley's attorney is offering insight into questions about the baby's custody.
Her attorney said Juvenile Judge Susan Deatherage was told by the baby's father at the March hearing that the couple planned to reconcile.
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Taking a peek at the forecast, look for sunny skies and warm temperatures across the area. High's will be in the mid- to upper-80's. Clear skies stick around tonight, with temperatures dropping into the mid-50's. The extended forecast looks bright through the weekend...

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[45E-Bedford-Murder]


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Bedford County police are investigating an apparent murder suicide involving a husband and wife.
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Police say yesterday morning 36-year old Robert Wells drove to his estranged wife's home on Lazenbury Road armed with a rifle.
Wells then cut the phone lines and ordered his two children out of the trailer.
Neighbors reported hearing a total of five gunshots.
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This was not Wells' first brush with the law.. he was arrested four years ago after abducting another woman at gunpoint.
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Meantime, a murder investigation continues in Montgomery County.
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State police and sheriff's investigators searched a pond yesterday along Smith Creek road, near Pilot.
The pond is adjacent to a mobile home where murder victim Micheal Durham used to live.
Durham was shot and killed in March.
42-year old Robert Lee Crook, Senior is charged with the crime.
Authorities would only say they were searching for evidence.
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With sunny, dry weather in the forecast for the next couple of days southside tobacco farmers are hoping to catch up on their planting.
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Recent rainy weather has put them about two weeks behind.
There are still wet and muddy spots in the fields--
--but growers and migrant workers are taking advantage of the break in the rain to get tiny bright leaf plants in the ground.
Tobacco experts say the infamous El Nino may be to blame for this unusually long wet weather season.
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((LARRY MCPETERS: WE'VE HAD WET WEATHER PERIODS AND PERIODS THAT CAME THAT WERE NOT CONDUCIVE TO GETTING LAND READY AND TOBACCO IN THE GROUND. BUT IT DIDN'T BEGING SO EARLY IN THE FALL. WE USUALLY HAD A BREAK WHERE WE COULD GET THESE THINGS DONE BUT IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S STAYING WITH US THIS YEAR.))
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Barring any more weather problems, Southside tobacco should be ready to harvest by the end of July.
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[45E-Tug-Tots]


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Today 16 local businesses will try to pull each other down.
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Only one group will be left standing when it's all over, but each team will be winners to the children they're helping.
The Child Health Investment Partnership has collected 16-thousand dollars for low income children to get medical care.
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((JEAN GLONTZ/CHIP:WE HAVE DIFFERENT COMPANIES ENDING FAXES TO ONE ANOTHER...THE COMPETITIVE SPIRIT IS THERE BUT I THINK THAT THEY ARE ALSO KEEPING IN MIND THAT THIS IS FOR CHILDREN.))
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If you want to cheer on your favorite local business, the charity tug of war starts today at noon at the River's Edge Complex soccer field.
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U-V-A's alcohol task force is proposing a ban on drinkning at tailgate parties.
Yesterday the task force also called putting ages on student I-D cards and making an honor offense of carrying a fake I-D.
The proposals were in a package submitted to university President John Casteen.

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Turning your attention now to the Friday forecast--
After patchy morning fog, skies will be mostly sunny and warm high temperatures reaching the mid 80s.
Clear skies and light winds overnight, with lows in the lower 50s.
Looking ahead to the weekend, staying sunny and warm with highs in the mid to upper 80s tomorrow...
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[8School-Site]


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It now appears that Roanoke County will not have to condemn property for a new high school.
County officials have reportedly reached an agreement with the owner of the Woods End site on Farmington Drive.
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Two weeks ago, the two parties were far apart. Owner Charles Palmer said he wasn't interested in selling the scenic 70- acre site at the price the county had offered.
The county raised the prospect of condemnation, but the board delayed a vote in the hope that an agreement could be worked out, and now it appears that one is imminent.
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In a brief statement last night, school officials said that negotiations have produced an agreement, "subject to solving various legal requirements."
School Board Chairman Bill Irvin says that no one on the board wanted to proceed with condemnation, and he says he's pleased that it now appears condemnation won't be necessary.

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Bedford County schools will still have block scheduling, after students spoke out at a school board meeting last night.
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Some board members raised concerns that the block scheduling was allowing students to do homework in class.
However, most students at the meeting said block scheduling helped them better prepare for college.
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Block scheduling includes four 90-minute class periods--allowing students more time to study fewer subjects.
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Two people are dead following an apparent murder-suicide in Bedford County yesterday.
That according to authorities.
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Police say 36-year old Robert Wells drove to his estranged wife's home on Lazenbury Road armed with a rifle.
Wells then cut the phone lines and ordered his two children out of the trailer.. neighbors reported hearing a total of five gunshots.
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This was not Wells' first brush with police.. he was arrested four years ago after abducting another woman at gunpoint.
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Authorities donned diving gear in Montgomery County yesterday to continue searching for evidence in a murder investigation.
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State police and sheriff's investigators searched a pond yesterday along Smith Creek road, near Pilot.
The pond is adjacent to a mobile home where murder victim Micheal Durham used to live.
Durham was shot and killed in March.
42-year old Robert Lee Crook, Senior is charged with the crime.
Authorities would only say they were searching for evidence.
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The Henry County prosecutor says Sharon Alley should have one trial to face charges of child abuse and murder.
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Alley lost custody of her baby daughter last fall after being accused of cracking the girl's skull by throwing her across a room.
The 8-month-old was stabbed to death on Mother's Day, and Alley is accused of the murder.
Meanwhile Alley's attorney is offering insight into questions about the baby's custody.
Her attorney said Juvenile Judge Susan Deatherage was told by the baby's father at the March hearing that the couple planned to reconcile.
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That's all for the news-- Here's a final look at your forecast this morning.
Patchy fog early today, otherwise sunny and warmer.
Highs in the mid 80s.
Clear overnight, with lows in the lower 50s.
Your four day forecast looks pleasant, with summerlike temperatures continuing.
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