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The Blue Ribbon Committee's proposal for two South Roanoke County Schools won out Thursday night.
The School Board affirmed its support for the two schools with a vote.
Joe Dashiell has more on the vote.
[IN Q=The School Board]
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[SUPER=01-Bill Irvin/School Board Chairman; :53]
[OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke County]
((The School Board found itself in the middle of an emotional debate.... Build a small school that would coexist with a renovated Cave Spring High... or construct a larger one to replace it.
[IN Q=And I can tell you]
((AND I CAN TELL YOU THAT JOHN Q. PUBLIC IS FED UP WITH YOUR PING-PONG GAME YOU HAVE GOING BETWEEN THE BOARD OF EDUCATORS AND THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS. AND YOU HAVE BEEN USING MY CHILD'S EDUCATION AS THE BALL.))
((I BELIEVE THAT TWO HIGH SCHOOLS WILL NOT ONLY HAVE A GREAT NUMBER OF DISADVANTAGES FOR STUDENTS ON ACADEMIC, ATHLETIC AND SOCIAL LEVELS, BUT ALSO IT WILL HAVE NUMEROUS DETRIMENTAL EFFECTS ON OUR COMMUNITY.))
[OUT Q=on our community.]
In the end, school board members stuck with the recommendation of the Blue Ribbon Committee. And they confirmed their intention to build the new school on the Woods End property, and a football stadium for both schools at the site on Merriman Road.
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[IN Q=It is our belief]
((BILL IRVIN/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: IT IS OUR BELIEF THAT THIS PLAN WILL BEST SERVE THE EDUCATIONAL NEEDS O SOUTH ROANOKE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS BOTH NOW AND FOR MANY FUTURE GENERATIONS.))
[OUT Q=many future generations.]
With the school board's vote, the ball is back in the court of the county supervisors. If approval comes quickly, architects say the new school could open its doors by the end of 2001.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke County))
Yet another puzzling discovery in the switched-at-birth case that occurred at the University of Virginia Medical Center 3 years ago.
Paula Johnson says she and the other mother involved in the switch were given pictures of the same baby by the hospital.
Barbara Walters interviewed Paula Johnson for the ABC program 20-20.
Johnson told Walters she made the discovery when pictures were exchanged with the family of Rebecca Chittum, Johnson's presumed biological daughter.
The interview airs tonight.
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Meantime the University of Virginia is saying it understands the grief of the families involved in the mix-up.
In advertisements appearing in Virginia newspapers today, UVA president John Casteen says the situation has caused the families "unspeakable sorrow", and he says the university is sorry.
In the ad, Casteen also says the UVA Medical center is exploring every possible scenario to find out how the switch occurred.
And he pledges to improve security and hospital procedures in any way possible.
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Multi-million dollar lawsuits were filed yesterday in connection with last year's graduation day balcony collapse at the University of Virginia.
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The three million dollar suits were filed yesterday by the husband of a Texas woman who died in the 19-97 accident.
The state has already paid more than 22-thousand to settle three claims from people who were injured in the collapse.
Consultants concluded the collapse was caused by a severely corroded iron rod supporting the balcony.
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A collision between a dump truck and a tractor trailer in Pittsylvania County sent a man to the hospital.
It happened just before 10 this morning on Route 29 near the Mountain Market Texaco.
The driver of the dump truck was trapped temporarily.
Rescue workers got him out and he was taken to Danville Memorial Hospital.
No word yet on his condition.
One lane of traffic in each direction was blocked.
State police are investigating.
A stabbing on the Appalachian trail in Waynesboro yesterday has caught the attention of the F-B-I.
A 22 year old female hiker was stabbed during an overnight park stop.
She was NOT seriously injured.
40-year-old Edward Coffey is charged with attempted murder in connection with the stabbing.
The F-B-I is reportedly scrutinizing the case for ANY link to the 1996 murders of 2 women in Shenandoah National park.
As President Clinton prepares for Monday's grand jury testimony, there's word he might acknowledge some type of personal relationship with Monica Lewinsky.
A Clinton adviser says the President could even admit to a sexual relationship, then refuse to give specifics by citing privacy concerns.
Meantime, the President's spokesman calls it "idle speculation."
Bill Plante reports.
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[SUPER=01-Bill Plante/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=the White House.]
ONLY TWO AND A HALF DAYS NOW UNTIL THE PRESIDENT TESTIFIES BEFORE THE
GRAND JURY AND THE WHITE HOUSE IS A CONE OF SILENCE. THE FACT OF THE
MATTER IS NOBODY BUT THE PRESIDENT'S LAWYERS KNOW EXACTLY WHAT HE WILL
SAY TO THE GRAND JURY. BUT ONE THING IS CERTAIN, AS HE GOES BEFORE THE
GRAND JURY THERE ARE STILL KEY FACTS IN THIS CASE WHICH MR. CLINTON DOES
(LIVE CONTINUES OVER PIX OF THE PRESIDENT AND LEWINSKY/WASH FED :30)
FIRST, DID ANYONE ACTUALLY SEE THE PRESIDENT AND MONICA LEWINSKY IN A
COMPROMISING SITUATION? SOURCES TELL CBS NEWS ONE UNIFORMED SECRET
SERVICE AGENT TOLD A CO-WORKER HE DID SEE SOMETHING, BUT THAT'S NOT THE
SAME STORY HE'S TELLING TO THE GRAND JURY.
(LIVE CONTINUES OVER PIX OF LEWINSKY/ WASH FED :30)
ANOTHER MAJOR QUESTION: WHAT IF ANYTHING IS ON THE DRESS WHICH LEWINSKY
TURNED OVER TO PROSECUTORS? TEST RESULTS ARE KNOWN ONLY TO A HANDFUL OF
PEOPLE AND STARR'S OFFICE IS KEEPING THAT INFORMATIONAS CLOSE TO THE
VEST AS POSSIBLE. ACCORDING TO HIS ALLIES, STARR DOES NOT PLAN TO SHARE
THE RESULTS WITH THE PRESIDENT'S LAWYERS.
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THE PRESIDENT PROMISED TWO WEEKS AGO THAT HE WOULD TESTIFY "TRUTHFULLY
AND COMPLETELY" SINCE THEN, HE'S GOTTEN AN AVALANCHE OF UNSOLICITED
ADVICE FROM ALL SIDES ADVISING HIM TO DO THINGS LIKE TELL PART OF THE
TRUTH , OR REFUSE TO ANSWER CERTAIN QUESTIONS. BUT THE FACT OF THE
MATTER IS WHATEVER HE DOES BEFORE THE GRAND JURY ON MONDAY, IT MAY BE
THE SINGLE MOST CRITICAL DAY OF HIS ENTIRE PRESIDENCY. BILL PLANTE, CBS
NEWS, THE WHITE HOUSE.))
First they were going to prison in a foreign land, now six Americans are coming home.
The Americans were among 18 foreign activists sentenced today in Myanmar (mee-an-MAWR') for handing out pro-democracy leaflets.
Shortly after being sentenced to five years hard labor, the government announced the group instead would be deported within a day.
The U-S already bans American companies from making new
investments in Myanmar (mee-an-MAWR') because of human-rights violations.
Two people are dead and 20 injured following a tractor trail crash last night at a multi-state yard sale.
Tennessee authorities say the driver lost control of her rig and
plowed into vendors and shoppers at what's billed as the "World's largest Yard Sale."
The yard sale stretches over 450 miles and four states.
Four of the injured are in critical condition.
A group in Botetourt County has petitioned the school board to change the name of one middle school.
A group called the Botetourt Countywide League has gathered hundreds of signature in an effort to get William Clark Middle School renamed Central Academy.
That was the school's orginal name when it opened in 19-59 to serve the area's African American students during segregation.
Residents say they want to maintain county history.
[IN Q=The school board]
VEE HINTON:THE SCHOOL BOARD, THEY DO A VERY GOOD JOB FOR THE COUNTY. I WANT TO MAKE THAT CLEAR. MY CHILDREN GO TO BOTETOURT COUNTY SCHOOLS FOR THAT REASON. BUT, WE JUST DON'T WANT TO LEAVE OUT ANY PART OF HISTORY IN BOTETOURT. ))
[OUT Q=out any part of history in Botetourt. ]
More than a thousand people have signed the petition calling for the name change.
In court yesterday, it appeared it would have taken too much of John Claude Love's time to seek help after a fatal motorcycle accident.
The 26-year old was charged with felony hit and run following the June accident that killed two Blacksburg men.
Yesterday Judge Thomas Frith ruled to forward the charge to a grand jury after listening to witness testimony.
The victims were riding a motorcyle when they collided head on with Love's pick-up.
The accident happened around six PM-- Love was picked up by a Sheriff's deputy about a half mile from the scene.
[IN Q=At approximately]
((SGT. BILLY WIATT/MONTGOMERY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPUTY: AT APPROXIMATELY SIX THIRTY A WHITE MALE WHO WAS ON THE SHOULD OF THE ROAD, WALKING TOWARDS SHADOW LAKE, AS I APPROACHED THE SUBJECT WAVED ME DOWN, FLAGGED ME DOWN, MOVING HIS ARMS IN AN UP AND DOWN MOTION. ))
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[OUT Q=down motion.]
21-year old Michael Dove died at the scene.
His 21-year old friend, Michael Perry died later at a Roanoke hospital.
Foster parents and staff members of the social services department in Giles County will NOT get a pay check today.
That's what the department's director, Linda Boggs, says.
Giles County's Board of Supervisors failed to approve the department's appropriation for August.
One of the five board members was out of town.
Supervisors Robert Williams and Larry Blankenship voted against releasing the money.
The tie vote meant no action.
Boggs has turned the matter over to the state.
In the meantime, she says her office WILL remain open.
A new health care facility received a new name in the New River Valley yesterday.
The Carilion New River Valley Medical Center will replace the old Radford Community Hospital.
The 56-million dollar hospital includes a medical office complex, a new emergency room focusing on children, rehabilitation pools and an indoor track to name a few of the added features.
Hospital officials say it was a day to recognize the work of everyone whos made the hospital move a smooth transition.
The Carilion N-R-V Medical Center will serve Radford and eight surrounding counties.
Luray Caverns is going back in time to celebrate a unique anniversary.
The caverns are celebrating an "inch-iversary."
120 years have passed since the caverns were discovered.
Since then, rock structures inside have grown one inch.
Cavern officials turned off the electric lights inside and illuminated the caverns with 2-thousand candles.
Tourists saw the candlelit attraction as it would have looked more than a century ago.
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((VIRGINIA RITTMAN/TOURIST:I COULDN'T BELIEVE THIS COULD BE SO BEAUTIFUL. WE'VE STOPPED OFF TO VISIT SOME FRIENDS IN COLUMBIA AND I SAID TO MY HUSBAND WE HAVE TO STOP AT LURAY TO SEE THE CAVERNS. WE'VE SEEN SMALLER CAVERNS BUT NOTHING LIKE THIS. THIS IS GOURGEOUS.))
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Half-a- million people a year visit Luray Caverns.
The caverns were carved by underground rivers 400-million years ago.
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It's not just a new way to sing.
Dozens of Roanoke children are learning some valuable messages for life... in song.
Tina Tenret takes a look.
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[SUPER=01-Randal McChesney/Richards Institute; :24]
[SUPER=01-Drew Linkous/Student; 1:02]
[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7 Roanoke]
Enter the Raleigh Court United Methodist Church.
Randal McChesney conducting.
[IN Q=One and two and energize]
((RANDAL MCCHESNEY/RICHARDS INSTITUTE: ONE AND TWO AND ENERGIZE. BRIGHT EYES, THAT'S RIGHT. GOSH YOU'RE GOOD. watch students rise))
[OUT Q=gosh you're good]
[IN Q=I learned about]
((DREW LINKOUS/STUDENT: I LEARNED ABOUT MUSIC AND HOW TO SING AND HOW MUCH POWER I DIDN'T KNOW I HAD IN SINGING AND HOW MUCH I KNEW ABOUT SINGING.))
[OUT Q=knew about singing]
Little do they know, McChesney is also tuning their life skills.
For example, how to respect adults and follow directions.
[IN Q=nat sound]
((INTERACTING WITH MCCHESNEY WITH SCOTLAND'S BURNING))
How to focus, when the rest sing a different tune.
And ultimately -- how to find the strength to stand alone.
[IN Q=Fire Fire]
((FIRE FIRE ... SOLO... WOW COOL!))
[IN Q=I have confidence]
((flute music, then I HAVE CONFIDENCE IN YOU!!))
[OUT Q=I have confidence in you]
((CHOIR, THAT'S THE BEST EFFORT YET. THAT'S THE WAY TO SUCCEED IN EVERYTHING YOU DO IN SCHOOL, IS TO ADD MORE EFFORT. NEVER GIVE UP!))
[OUT Q=never give up]
The group will perform at the Raleigh Court United Methodist Church.
Tina Tenret, News7, Roanoke. ))
Winston Cup qualifying begins this afternoon for the Pepsi 400 in Michigan this weekend.
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The drivers like South Boston's Jeff Burton like to race at Michigan because of speeds that sometimes go over 190 miles an hour.
[IN Q="It's dangerous...]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Burton/Exide Ford Driver; :]
[OUT Q=....fast race track."]
Burton is hoping his Exide Batteries ford is up to speed because he and his crew want to win this weekend's Pepsi 400 on the tough two mile oval.
[IN Q="We want....]
[OUT Q=...like to win.]
Qualifying begins at three this afternoon but yesterday Burton captured the pole for Busch Race.
Burton turned in a speed of 177 point 122 miles per hour to start up front in the Pepsi 200.
It's the sweetest smelling carpet around.
Some 800-thousand Begonia petals were placed on the pavement of the
central square in Brussels forming a huge flower carpet.
About 80 people worked to install the carpet.
It will will be on display until Sunday.
A flower carpet has been laid there every two years since 19-71.