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[7-3-Bonnie]


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The shoreline is bracing for Hurricane Bonnie this morning.
Tropical storm force winds that extend more than 230 miles from Bonnie's eye, have already begun to batter the Carolina shores.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Atlantic Beach, NC;]

[4:03:38]
Almost half a million tourists and residents have been ordered off North Carolina's barrier islands as Bonnie picks up speed.
Forecasters expect the massive storm with 115 mile- an- hour winds to hit the North Carolina- South Carolina border today.
[SUPER=03-Kill Devil Hills;]

[4:01:49]
Many people aren't willing to take a change, remembering Hurricane Fran 2 summers ago.
That storm caused more than a billion dollars damage.
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((WE ARE REBUILDING FROM HURRICANE FRAN FROM 2 YEARS AGO AND WE HAVEN'T EVEN FINISHED HERE AND HERE WE HAVE ANOTHER ONE ON THE WAY."))
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[OUT Q=another one on the way.]
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Hurricane warnings have been posted from (SHEENK'-oh-teeg) Chincoteague, Virgiana south to Edisto (EH'-dih-stoh) Beach, South Carolina.
Bonnie is about 130 miles off the coast of Wilmington, North Carolina.
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[7E-Summer-Heat]


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Locally, it's extreme heat that is giving students the afternoons off.
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The ninety degree weather and no air conditioning made it just too hot for class at Franklin County high school. Students were let out at one-thirty. Windows and doors were opened for ventilation in the morning. Benjamin Franklin middle school and the Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration do have air conditioning but students there were also bused home early. All three schools use the same transportation.
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[SUPER=01-Florella Johnson/Associate Superintendent;]
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Around 3-thousand students left school early.
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A few schools will close early today.
Closing two hours early today-- Alleghany Highlands schools, Franklin County High School, Benjamin Franklin Middle School, and the (CAT-see) CATCE Center.
Edgemont Primary school in Covington will close at Noon and there will be no Afternoon Kindergarten.
Also in Covington, Jeter-Watson Intermediate will close at 12:26
And Covington High School will close at 12:34
Nelson County schools will close at one today.
Craig County and Smyth County schools will close at 1:30.
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[7E-School-Violence]


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Roanoke area school officials say they are acting to prevent school violence.
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Roanoke and Roanoke County, along with Salem school administrators yesterday, announced steps to keep the region's schools safe places to learn.
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((ANNIE HARMAN/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS; WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DEVELOP A COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGIC PLAN FOR THIS VALLEY TO BE PROACTIVE. WHAT CAN WE DO TO KEEPS THINGS FROM HAPPENING. ALSO IN THE WORKS ARE SOME PLANS FOR CRISIS MANAGEMENT IN CASE SOMETHING DOES HAPPEN. ALTHOUGH NO ONE IS IMMUNE FROM VIOLENT ACTS, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO PREVENT SOMETHING FROM HAPPENING.))
[SUPER=01-Annie Harman/Roanoke City Schools;]
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Intervention and strategic plans are already underway. A Youth Violence conference will take place tomorrow. Next week, Roanoke City resource officers and some school counselors will conduct a "truant roundup" of students who are on the street while classes are taking place.
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A tractor-trailer hit a Blacksburg pedestrian last night.
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Blacksburg police say the truck's driver apparently did everything he could to avoid hitting the victim on Route 460.
If he wouldn't have swerved, police say the victim probably would have died.
The accident occurred shortly before 10-30.
Police have not released the identity of the victim at this time, nor do they know why the victim was in the roadway.
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Taking a look now at your midweek forecast..
Expect mostly sunny skies today, with temperatures again climbing into the mid-90's.
Overnight, some clouds move in. Lows will only drop to around 70 degrees.
The extended forecast stays hot, with a mix of sun and clouds. Hurricane Bonnie is NOT expected to have much of an impact on our local forecast, but stay tuned to News 7 throughout the day for the latest on the storm...
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Hurricane Bonnie is closing in on the Carolina Coast.
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[SUPER=03-Atlantic Beach, NC;]

[4:03:38]
More than 300- thousand tourists and residents have been ordered off North Carolina's barrier islands as e Bonnie picks up speed.
Forecasters expect the massive storm with 115 mile- an- hour winds to hit the North Carolina- South Carolina border today.
[SUPER=03-Kill Devil Hills, NC;]

[4:01:49]
Many people aren't willing to take a chance, remembering Hurricane Fran 2 summers ago.
That storm caused more than a billion dollars damage.
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(( WE ARE REBUILDING FROM HURRICANE FRAN FROM 2 YEARS AGO AND WE HAVEN'T EVEN FINISHED HERE AND HERE WE HAVE ANOTHER ONE ON THE WAY." ))
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Hurricane warnings have been posted from Virginia to South Carolina.
Bonnie is expected to hit land this afternoon.
Bonnie is now about 110 miles off the coast of Cape Fear.
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[45-6-Pitts-Murder]


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A Pittsylvania County woman faces a first degree murder charge in connection with the shooting death of her husband.
39 year old Victoria Sands is being held without bond.
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It was Sunday night that 44-year old Thomas Lee Sands was found dead in his home on (CAL-inds) Callands Road in the Axton community.
An autopsy shows Sands was shot several times in the neck and chest.
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[45E-Timber-Lake]


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Campbell County residents who were forced to pay when the Timber Lake dam collapsed three years ago are trying to prevent another financial burden.
Steve Smallshaw reports on the debate over creating a Watershed Improvement District.
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(( About sixty people turned out to debate the merits of a Watershed Improvement District-- or "WID"-- for the Timber Lake area of Campbell County.
When their dam collapsed in 1995, residents had to put up their own money to replace it.. a WID would allow them to tax themselves to pay for any future repairs.
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((JENNY KERR/FAVORS WID: WE PAID 800 DOLLARS MORE THAN OUR FAIR ORIGINAL SHARE TO REPLACE OUR DAM BECAUSE A FEW PEOPLE REFUSED TO PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE.)) [RUNS:10]
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But some see the WID as another level of government bureaucracy, threatening higher taxes and turning a deaf ear to citizen concerns.
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((STEVE COSTA/OPPOSES WID: IT'S THINGS LIKE THIS THAT HAVE PUT ME AGAINST ANY TYPE OF ORGANIZATION THEY TRY TO DO BECAUSE IT JUST DOESN'T WORK OUT.)) [RUNS:10]
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((Officials say they were told if the WID had been in place when the dam broke three years ago, the federal government would have written them a check to replace it with no questions asked.)) [RUNS:09]
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((BUD KOINER/FAVORS WID: SO THIS IS OUR SECOND CHANCE TO MAKE THIS WID WORK AND I HOPE WE DON'T LOSE IT.)) [RUNS:07]
[OUT Q=don't lose it.]


For the WID to pass, two thirds of the lakefront residents owning at least two thirds of the total acreage will have to okay it.. they'll head to the polls October 3rd.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Campbell County.))

[45E-Krantz]


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The former director of the Franklin County Development Center must perform 100 hours of community service after pleading guilty to misdemanor charges of embezzlement.
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[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]


35-year old Jeffrey Krantz is accused of charging pleasure trips to the company card.
He was in charge of the Development Center, where handicapped adults make and sell baskets.
But last year he stole 16-hundred-dollars in cash and credit card purchases, using the company card to pay for rental cars and a vacation in Virginia Beach.
Special Prosecutor Everett Shockley agreed to drop the felony charges to avoid a trial.
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((EVERETT SHOCKLEY/SPECIAL PROSECUTOR: MR. KRANTZ HAS NO CRIMINAL HISTORY AND I'M SURE HE COULD PARADE A NUMBER OF CHARACTER WITNESSES TO SAY HE'S AN HONEST MAN AND WOULD NOT DO THIS TYPE OF THINGS.))
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Krantz has four misdemeanors on his record.
He must also repay the money to the development center.
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Time now to focus our attention on weather--
As Hurricane Bonnie continues heading toward the North Carolina coast, our weather stays much the same as it has been this week.
Expect mostly sunny skies today and continued hot temperatures in the mid 90s.
Turning partly cloudy tonight, with an isolated shower possible.
Lows near 70.
The extended outlook doesn't call for much change, except a chance of showers again by Saturday.
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The shelters are packed with people this morning in North and South Carolina as Hurricane Bonnie bears down on the Carolina Coast.
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[SUPER=03-Atlantic Beach, NC;]

[4:03:38]
Hundreds of thousands of tourists and residents were ordered off North Carolina's barrier islands yesterday as Bonnie picked up speed.
Forecasters expect the massive storm with 115 mile- an- hour winds to hit the North Carolina- South Carolina border today.
[SUPER=03-Kill Devil Hills, NC;]

[4:01:49]
Many people aren't willing to take a chance, remembering Hurricane Fran 2 summers ago.
That storm caused more than a billion dollars damage.
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(( WE ARE REBUILDING FROM HURRICANE FRAN FROM 2 YEARS AGO AND WE HAVEN'T EVEN FINISHED HERE AND HERE WE HAVE ANOTHER ONE ON THE WAY." ))
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Bonnie is about 110 miles south of the coast of Cape Fear.
Forecasters expect the storm will reach the coast this afternoon.
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[8E-Summer-Heat]


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It's not high winds but hot weather that's affecting schools in our region.
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The ninety degree temperatures and no air conditioning made it just too hot for class at Franklin County high school.
Students were let out at one-thirty. Windows and doors were opened for ventilation in the morning. Benjamin Franklin middle school and the Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration do have air conditioning but students there were also bused home early. All three schools use the same transportation.
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[SUPER=01-Florella Johnson/Associate Superintendent;]
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Around 3-thousand students left school early.
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A few schools will close early today.
Closing two hours early today-- Alleghany Highlands schools, Franklin County High School, Benjamin Franklin Middle School, and the (CATt-see) CATCE Center.
Edgemont Primary school in Covington will close at Noon and there will be no Afternoon Kindergarten.
Also in Covington, Jeter-Watson Intermediate will close at 12:26
And Covington High School will close at 12:34
Nelson County schools will close at one today.
Craig County and Smyth County schools will close at 1:30. Patrick COunty schools will close at 1.
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Some new developments in the Switched baby case.
The Virginia attorney general has assigned a special lawyer to look into the case at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
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The assignment is viewed as unsual since no lawsuits have been filed over the switched.
But Paula Johnson, the only living mother in the case, has hinted she might sue the hospital if it didn't offer a settlement.
Johnson is still waiting for the results of genetic tests to show whether the child she's been raising for three years was born to the couple who raised her biological daughter.
The results should be in later this week.
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Taking a break from the news to check the forecast--
It doesn't look like Hurricane Bonnie will have much effect on our weather.
Look for mostly sunny skies again today, with highs in the mid 90s.
Turning partly cloudy tonight, with the possibility of an isolated shower.
Lows around 70.
The extended outlook stays partly cloudy, with some showers possible again by Saturday.
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