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Roanoke County school officials have successfully negotiated an option agreement with the owners of the Woods End property.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


That's the site the school board favors for a new south county high school.
The agreement signed yesterday will allow the county to perform the next phase of testing on the property.
Officials estimate it will take them ten to twelve weeks to determine if the site is suitable for construction of the new high school.
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[7S-Home-Depot]


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Roanoke County officials still haven't voted on whether to build a Home Depot store at Cave Spring Corners.
Home Depot representatives say recent controversy over the proposed site hasn't wavered their belief that the property is a "bulls-eye site" for their second store in the area.
But some south county residents don't agree, and they may be close to challenging the project in court.
Joe Dashiell reports.
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[IN Q=The Home Depot]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :15]
[SUPER=01-Ed Ogletree/Real Estate Manager; :27]
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[SUPER=01-Doug Basham/Cave Spring Citizens Group; :53]
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[OUT Q=Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke County]


((The new Home Depot on Hershberger Road is set to open October 22nd. Inside the home improvement superstore, products are stacked to the rafters... the aisles busy with employees preparing for their grand opening.
It's a scene the company hopes to repeat at Cave Spring Corner. And with another vote by the supervisors now one week away, store officials say the controversial location is the best south county site they can find.
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[IN Q=We think we're going to be able]

((WE THINK WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO A REALLY GOOD JOB HERE. WE THINK WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS INHERENT IN THIS PROPERTY AND WE THINK IF PEOPLE COME IN AND GIVE US A CHANCE TO SHOW WHAT WE KIND OF PEOPLE WE ARE, WHAT KIND OF MERCHANTS WE ARE, THEY WILL BE VERY GLAD THEY DID.))
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[OUT Q=very glad they did.]


Members of the Cave Spring Citizens group aren't persuaded... Now more than 700 members strong, the opponents claim pledges of close to 30- thousand dollars. Leaders are hoping the supervisors who have supported the development will change their minds.
[SOT DOUG BASHAM]
[IN Q=And I would like to be able]

((AND I WOULD LIKE FOR THEM TO BE ABLE TO OPEN THEIR EYES AND REALIZE WHAT THEY'VE DONE, WHAT THEY'RE DOING AND CHANGE THEIR POSITION AND AVOID ANY FURTHER CONFRONTATION AND BATTLE. BUT IF ITS NECESSARY, THE CITIZENS OF SOUTHWEST COUNTY AND THE CITIZENS GROUP THAT'S BEEN FORMED WILL FIGHT TO THE VERY END.))
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That fight may take the form of a legal challenge... that could come before the end of this week.

Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke County))[7S-VML]


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The Home Depot controversy is calling attention to the November elections.
State lawmakers say two constitutional amendments on the ballot this fall address the fact that some counties and cities are running out of space to develop, while others have space, but no money.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


The two amendments would allow cities, counties and towns to create regional industrial parks, sharing the cost, and the revenue.
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[SOT 10:53:26]
[IN Q=we are already]

((JOHN STROUD/ROANOKE REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE; WE ARE ALREADY SEEING STRAINS ON OUR LIMITED TAX BASE FOR EDUCATION, SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION, AND OTHER IMPORTANT SERVICES. WORKING WITH OTHER LOCALITIES WOULD GIVE US AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPAND OUR TAX BASE AND GENERATE NEW REVENUES FOR THESE IMPORTANT PROJECTS. ))
[SUPER=01-John M. Stroud/Roanoke Chamber of Commerce;]
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But they'll have to fight Governor Gilmore to get that opportunity.
The governor doesn't like the fact that the amendments give local governments the ability to raise taxes inside an industrial park without a public vote.


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Taking a look now at your midweek forecast...
Clouds stick around today, along with the chance for some more rain.
Look for highs in the mid-60s.
Thunderstorms and more rain are possible overnight.
Temperatures won't drop much. Expect lows in the low-60s.
The extended forecast...
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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 10/8/98
Thursday:
Anniversary:
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No Pictures:

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Anniversary:
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[SUPER=19-Melanie/Moon;][45Radford-Vote]



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Workers at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant have a new contract this morning.
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[SUPER=03-Fairlawn; :01]

Radford Arsenal union members yesterday agreed to the terms of the deal offered by Alliant Techsystems. The plant employs an estimated 900 workers.
[SUPER=04-File Tape; :06]

880-of those are union members. More than two thirds of those who participated voted to accept the contract. There were some concerns about overtime and additional maintenance work, but union officials said there were enough incentives in the overall package to make the deal worthwhile.
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[IN Q=BOTH SIDES ARE]

((LUTHER WOOLWINE/LOCAL 3-495 PRESIDENT; BOTH SIDES ARE RELIEVED THAT WE HAVE REACHED AN AGREEMENT THAT WE FEEL WE CAN WORK WITH FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS.))
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The new deal went into effect just after midnight.[45E-Tech-Stripper]


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The exotic dancer who alleges she and her boyfriend were held against their will at a Virginia Tech frat party is speaking out.
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19-year old Michelle Russell was prepared to dance for a group of Tech professors.
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Yesterday;]


When she arrived in Blacksburg she found out she'd been hired by a Tech fraternity to dance at a drinking party with about 30 men.
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[IN Q=They all]

((MICHELLE RUSSELL/EXOTIC DANCER: THEY ALL KEPT GETTING ROWDY AND KEPT DRINKING AND THROWING CANS ALL OVER THE FLOOR AND I THOUGHT THIS AIN'T COOL BUT I SAID I'M GOING TO KEEP GOING. ))
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[OUT Q=keep going.]
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Russell danced in lingerie and says when she refused to strip some of the men got angry.
She says one asked her to perform a sex act with a broom while another exposed himself and tried to take her clothes off.
Penny Wells is the office Manager for the Roanoke based Always Amber escort agency-- where Russell works.
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[IN Q=I don't care]

((PENNY WELLS/ALWAYS AMBER OFFICE MGR.:I DON'T CARE IF YOU DANCE PROFESSIONALLY OR WHAT YOU DO YOUR BODY IS YOUR OWN AND YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO SAY DON'T TOUCH ME. ))
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[OUT Q=touch me.]
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[SUPER=03-Christiansburg/Monday;]


On Monday, Ryan Worch was arrested by Virginia Tech police and charged with two counts of abduction in connection with the incident.
Russell says Worch gave her boyfriend one hundred dollars for the couple to not tell police.
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[45E-Hospital-Fire]


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Except for expectant mothers, all emergency medical care in Roanoke is being directed to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.


Community Hospital's E-R is still closed following Monday's boiler room fire.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


The emergency room still hase no electricity.
That fire started in the boiler room and destroyed a transformer.
It will take at least two days to fix the damage and reopen the E-R.
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[IN Q=all emergency situations]

((BETH BALDWIN/CARILION SPOKESWOMAN: ALL EMERGENCY SITUATIONS SHOULD GO TO MEMORIAL. HOWEVER WE ARE ACCEPTING WOMEN HAVING THEIR BABIES. WOMEN IN LABOR CAN STILL COME TO COMMUNITY. WE DO HAVE A SPECIAL PEDIATRIC AREA SET UP AT MEMORIAL THAT WE USUALLY HAVE HERE AT COMMUNITY. SO ANY PEDIATRIC EMERGENCIES AT MEMORIAL WILL STILL GET THE SAME KIND OF CARE AT MEMORIAL THAT THEY GET HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Beth Baldwin/Carilion Spokeswoman;]
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Nobody was hurt in Monday's fire.
Ten patients and 50 workers were evacuated.
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[45S-Halifax-Fair]


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Children of all ages are enjoying junk food, games and rides at the annual Halifax County fair.
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[SUPER=03-South Boston;]


This is the 88th year for the Halifax County Fair.
It runs for the next five days.
Besides the food and fairway, don't forget the livestock exhibits.
There's something for music fans.
This year's Saturday night headliner is country star Billy Ray Cyrus.
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Taking a look now at your midweek forecast...
A cloudy day, with the chance of rain.
Highs in the mid-60s.
Rain and storms overnight.
Lows in the low-60s.
The extended forecast...
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The plans are moving forward for a new Roanoke County High school.
Roanoke County school officials yesterday signed an option agreement on the Woods End property.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


That's the site the school board favors for the new south school.
The agreement will allow the county to perform the next phase of testing on the property.
Officials estimate it will take them ten to twelve weeks to determine if the site is suitable for construction of the new high school.
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[8E-Barta]


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House Democrats are gathering today to talk strategy as they prepare for tomorrow's floor vote on an impeachment inquiry.
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[SUPER=03-Washington DC/Monday;]


Yesterday Democrat Rick Boucher suggested postponing the deadline from November 25th to the end of the year.
He says the House Judiciary Committee can wrap up a full investigation of the President this year.
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]


Radford Republican Joe Barta is fighting for Boucher's ninth district seat.
He says when the House of Representatives votes Thursday -- Boucher should ditch ANY deadline and instead support an open-ended investigation.
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[IN Q=Our message]

((JOE BARTA/(R) CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE: OUR MESSAGE IS SIMPLE. MR. BOUCHER, DO THE RIGHT THING FOR OUR NATION AND OUR CHILDREN. STOP STONEWALLING ON BEHALF OF THIS PRESIDENT AND VOTE FOR A REAL IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY.))
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Boucher says he's not stonewalling -- in fact he says his proposed impeachment inquiry would start next week, instead of two weeks later as Republicans have proposed.
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[8S-Budget-Shortfall]


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Governor Gilmore is disagreeing with a report issued by the Virginia Business Council that says the Commonwealth could face a billion dollar a year defecit by the year 2001.
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[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


That's about the estimated annual cost of Governor Gilmore's fully phased-in "no car tax" plan.
Partial refunds started this year.
The Governor remains unworried.
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[SOT 12:27:27]
[IN Q=We don't]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WE DON'T SEE ANYTHING THAT WOULD INDICATE THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT DEFICIT SPENDING ANYWHERE UP THE ROAD. THERE'S NO REALITY I THINK THAT ATTACHES TO THAT. BUT LET'S LOOK AT THE REPORT AND FIND OUT WHAT IT IS AND WHETHER IT'S CONSTRUCTIVE. WE'RE OPEN TO LISTENING TO ANY NEW IDEAS THAT COME FORWARD.))
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[OUT Q=come forward.]
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A Democratic state Senator who calls the Business Council "a very reputable group" says if the report's true:
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[SOT 12:33:22]
[IN Q=We're in trouble]

((SEN. BENNY LAMBERT/D-RICHMOND: WE'RE IN TROUBLE. WE'RE IN TROUBLE.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Benny Lambert/(D) Richmond; ]
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The Business Council calls the situation "a fiscal paradox": growing state needs and shrinking revenue during a time of economic prosperity.

[8E-Drug-Taskforce]


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Law enforcement agents in Halifax County are now part of a unique drug task force.
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[SUPER=03-Halifax Co./File Tape;]


Authorities there have teamed up for a new Regional Narcotic Enforcement Task Force.
Drug raids like this one will be a part of the new intiative.
Most drug task forces in Virginia are combined efforts among several counties.
But this one is different because its agents are only from Halifax County.
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[SOT 2:36:37-:51]
[IN Q=Due to the volume]

((RAY LINK: DUE TO THE VOLUME OF THE DRUG ARRESTS IN HALIFAX AND SOUTH BOSTON WE DECIDED TO ASK THE STATE POLICE IF THEY WOULD CONSIDER ALLOWING US TO HAVE OUR OWN TASK FORCE WHERE WE COULD ACCOMPLISH MORE IN THE LOCAL AREA AND WOULDN'T HAVE TO BE WORKING OUTSIDE IN OTHER COUNTIES.))
[SUPER=01-Maj. Ray Link/Halifax Co. Sheriff's Office;]
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[OUT Q=in other counties.]
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The drug task force is made up of the Halifax County Sheriff's Office, the South Boston Police Department, State Police and Alcoholic Beverage Control.
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Taking a look now at your midweek forecast...
Another cloudy, rainy day today.
Look for highs to only reach the mid-60s.
Overnight, some thunderstorms are possible, along with a good chance of rain.
Temperatures won't drop much. Expect lows in the low-60s.
The extended forecast...
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