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One of Botetourt County's bigger employers is going out of business.
Workers at Connex Pipe Systems found out yesterday they have two months left on the job.
Scott Goldberg has been following the story and is in Troutville this afternoon.
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How big of a hit is this for Botetourt County's economy?
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Bond was set this morning for a former Radford school teacher accused of engaging in a sexual relationship with one of her male students.
Cynthia Carroll posted the 15- thousand dollar bond using a friend's property in Dinwiddie County.
A grand jury last week indicted Carroll for allegedly having sex with a male student numerous times, beginning when the young man was 14- years old.
Carroll was a teacher and principal at the Three Angels Christian School run by the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
A jury will hear the case November sixth.
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Opponents of the Home Depot Rezoning are organizing their fight, but supporters of the development say the benefits are being ignored.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Night;]
Last night, the new Cave Spring Citizens Group held an organizational meeting. The group collected signatures and pledges of financial support.
But owners of property where the Home Depot would be built say the public debate has neglected the benefits of the project.
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The supervisors have scheduled a public hearing on the rezoning next Tuesday night.
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Several Roanoke County residents gave V-Dot an ear-ful about one of the proposed routes for Interstate 73.
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The Soutwest residents made their opposition known at a meeting last night.
The proposed route would run from Dixie Caverns through the county to Boones Mill.
It's one of several options V-Dot engineers are studying.
Some residents fear it would decrease property values and take away from the rural setting.
V-Dot will consider public input as it determines where to place the highway.
Tommy David Strickler will NOT be executed tomorrow night.
[SUPER=03-Augusta Co./June 1990;]
Yesterday the U-S Supreme Court granted a temporary reprieve for the convicted killer.
Strickler was scheduled to die by lethal injection tomorrow, for the 1990 abduction and murder of 19 year old Leann Whitlock of Roanoke.
The High Court gave NO reason-- but granted the stay of execution to review his case later this month.
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You've read some of what President Clinton told the grand jury, in the Kenneth Starr report -- and now, you may soon be able to see the videotape of that testimony.
House Republicans are pushing to release the tape.
Meanwhile, President Clinton is apparently hoping some guidance
from above will help him.
He's calling on at least two ministers to serve as spiritual advisers.
Maureen Maher reports.
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[SUPER=01-Kenneth Starr/Independent Counsel;]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Frank Murkowski/(R) Arkansas;]
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Roanoke Congressman Bob Goodlatte is one of several lawmakers facing questions concerning the decision to post the graphic Starr report on the Internet, despite the fight for the Communications Decency Act.
The 1996 law was struck down in court -- but it would have punished those who make "indecency" available to children on the Internet.
At the time, Goodlatte said: "The exact definition of indecency is 'any material that in context depicts or describes, in terms patently offensive, as measured by contemporary community standards, sexual or excretory activities or organs.'
The Starr Report has more than enough of that.
But Goodlatte went on to say: "Indecency is not an inherent attribute of words or pictures, but rather a matter of context and conduct."
In other words, the Starr Report is NOT meant to titillate ... just to educate.
So Goodlatte's spokesman yesterday said he stands by his vote to make the report public.
A late-night car accident on the Blue Ridge Parkway sent a man from Copper Hill to the hospital.
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The victim had to be airlifted after the accident near the 132 mile marker just off of Bent Mountain.
Park rangers say the victim's car flipped on its hood while making
Rescue workers say the man lost a lot of blood but his injuries did not appear life threatening.
It's another short school day for many students in the area, thanks to the heat.
All Danville schools ran just a half-day session today and will do the same tomorrow.
Closing 2 hours early TODAY are the following schools: Fraklin County High School, Benjamin Franklin Middle School, the "CATCE" (CAT-See) Center, Giles County AND Pulaski County schools.
In Montgomery County, Shawsville and Auburn Middle and High Schools closed at Noon.
As did Blacksburg and Christiansburg Middle Schools.
In Henry County, the elementary school closes at noon, the middle school dismisses at 12-45, and the high school closes at one.
Closing at 12:45 will be Margaret Beeks, Christiansburg, Belview, Price's Fork and Gilbert Linkous Elementary Schools.
In Martinsville, Patrick Henry Elementary closes at 12-30. Albert Harris Elementary sends students home at one.
All Pittsylvania County, Patrick County and Bland County schools will close at one today.
And in Smyth County, Craig County, and Wythe County, schools dismiss at one-thirty.
Martinsville officials have already announced plans for tomorrow: Patrick Henry Elementary will close at 12:30, and Albert Harris Elementary will close at 1pm tomorrow.
An exploding engine sent a jumbo jet back to a Canadian airport for an
emergency landing last night.
The Boeing 7-67 carrying 285 passengers and crew landed safely in Calgary after the pilots of the Dutch charter managed to dump some of their fuel.
They shut down one of the plane's two engines to stop flames sparked by the explosion from spreading.
No one was injured.
[SUPER=03-Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia;]
Divers off the coast of Nova Scotia are still trying to retrieve the
remnants of Swissair Flight 1-11 from the Atlantic.
So far only five of the flight's 2-29 victims have been identified.
And yesterday brought stunning new details about what the plane was
A Picasso painting worth one and half million dollars, 100 pounds of cash and four pounds of diamonds.
The Hunting Hills Country Club is recouping after extensive damage caused by a fire yesterday.
And Roanoke County investigators still don't know what sparked the blaze.
The fire destroyed a storage building at the pool, causing about 125-thousand dollars damage.
The structure was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived but they put it out quickly.
No one was hurt.
Dozens of Danville firefighters resume testimony today in their lawsuit against the city.
[SUPER=03-Danville/April 19, 1996;]
At issue-- whether the firefighters should be paid for their meal breaks.
The city says the lunch and dinner hours are personal time.
But the firefighters disagree-- arguing they must respond to emergency calls even during meal time.
Attorneys for both sides say they will not comment until the jury has returned a verdict.
The civil trial in federal court is expected to last through tomorrow.
Virginia Tech has completed its "Quality-of-Life" survey in the Old Dominion.
The 726 respondents convinced surveyors that Virginians mostly enjoy a high quality of life, AND their minds are made up on some hot political issues.
Among the highlights:
Seventy-seven percent favor continuing sex education in public schools.
Seventy percent still support a woman's right to have an abortion.
On the death penalty, 75 percent favor it, down from 80 percent last year.
Then, when given an alternative of life in prison with NO possible parole for 25 years, combined with restitution to the victim's family, 56 percent of Virginians preferred it to execution.
More Virginians feel it is safe to walk alone in their neighborhood at night this year over last year.
Thirty-seven percent say it's "very safe" -- up five percent from the year before.
It's been two years since Hurricane Fran devastated a Danville neighborhood, but residents still have not seen any federal relief money.
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Residents of Water Street gathered at the Mount Carmel Baptist Church last night to hear about the status of a FEMA grant.
The director of Danville Emergency Services told them he doesn't know what's taking so long.
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More than 25-homes on Water Street were flooded during Fran in 19-96.
The federal grant money would be used to relocate the homes away from the flood zone.
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((DOUG YOUNG/EMERGENCY SERVICES DIRECTOR: WE WANT TO KNOW ANSWERS FROM FEMA AS TO WHAT IS THE HOLD UP OF THIS PROCESS THAT SHOULD HAVE TAKEN YWO YEARS FROM THE START AND HERE IT IS 6 MONTHS FROM THAT TWO YEAR PERIOD AND WE HAVEN'T GOTTEN THE YEA OR NAY ANSWER FROM THEM YET.))
((REV. JAMES STEWART/MT. CARMEL BAPTIST CHURCH: MY ADVISE IS THAT ALL OF US WRITE OUR SENATORS, WRITE THE CONGRESSMAN A LETTER WITH HOPE THAT THEY WOULD DO WHATEVER THEY CAN TO GET THIS EXPEDITED.))
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Danville Emergency Services says it has followed all of the grant application procedures and thought it would have seen the grant money by now.
Members of a General Assembly subcommittee plan to make recommendations about state college tuitions before the legislature convenes in January.
A State Council of Higher Education official wants Virginia to lift its tuition freeze.
But some Senators want state schools to stay affordable.
The tuition freeze was imposed earlier this decade to stop skyrocketing increases as schools struggled through a recession and cuts in state funding.
Cause for celebration in Europe: Viagra is coming!
The European Union today authorized the sale of the impotence drug to its 15 member nation.
Only men over 18 will be allowed to buy it.
And it's up to each country to decide whether to make the drug available through the government health programs.
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The Colorado Rockies are staying in Salem.
[SUPER=03-Salem/September 15, 1994;]
Avalanche owner Kelvin Bowles announced yesterday that Salem and the Rockies have signed an affiliation agreement good for an additional two years.
The affiliation started in 1995. That four year agreement ended September sixth to allow both teams time to negotiate with other organizations.
But Bowles says after talking with other teams, the Rockies seemed to be the best choice.
In the four years of the affiliation, the Avalanche have won 255 games and lost 301. The only time the has team finished over 500 was the second half of 1997.
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Week Two in the N-F-L didn't prove any more fruitful than opening day for the Washington Redskins.
The Skins now have two in the loss column after last night's matchup with the San Francisco Forty-Niners.
Washington went with fifth year veteran Trent Green- who was making the first start of his career last night.
And the Redskins drew first blood- driving 86 yards on their first possession. Green hits Leslie Shepherd for the score and the seven- nothing lead.
San Francisco comes right back. Steve Young finds Terrell Owens for the 20 yard T-D reception.
And the 49ers go on to win the game 45 to 10.
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The LPGA has called, and Lynchburg's Donna Andrews will answer- forcing the postponement of the Tee Off for Sight Tournament.
Andrews has qualified for the Gillette Challenge, which falls on September 29th.
As a result, her appearance at Hunting Hills has been rescheduled for Monday October 12th.