[7Roanoke-Fire]

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Arson is thought to have caused a fire that destroyed a Roanoke apartment building early this morning.
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The blaze began around one in a building on Staunton Avenue in Northwest Roanoke.
A district fire chief says the blaze was deliberately set.
Just a few minutes before the fire, police were called to a domestic dispute in the neighborhood-- authorities believe the two events were related.
No one was injured in the fire.
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[7Augusta-Fire]


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A fire is burning in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, and firefighters from as far away as Oklahoma are answering the call to duty.
The 300- acre blaze is burning near Deerfield in western Augusta County.
Officials say the fire began on Saturday.
Firefighters set up containment lines, but the blaze jumped them.
The cause is under investigation.

[7Monty-Supers]


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Blacksburg will NOT have two middle schools.
That's after the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors last night defeated a plan that called for building a new middle school-
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and renovating the existing one.
The supervisors struck down the measure in a four to three vote.
The plan was supported by the county SCHOOL BOARD as well as numerous teachers and parents who feel the existing middle school is severely overcrowded.
The supervisors who ultimately voted against the proposal gave differing reasons--- some simply felt two middle scho

ols are just NOT needed.
Montgomery County's Superintendent supports the two- school concept, but says he remains open-minded.
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((FRED MORTON/MONTGOMERY CO. SUPERINTENDENT: IT'S NOT AN EITHER OR IN MY MIND, IT'S AN ISSUE THAT WE HAVE MULTIPLE NEEDS IN THE COUNTY RIGHT NOW AND YOU COULD SAY WE COULD PROBABLY NEED TO BE CONSIDERING BUILDING MORE THAN ONE SCHOOL AT A TIME. ))
[SUPER=01-Fred Morton/Montgomery Co. Superintendent; :00]
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Project supporters had hoped to see a new middle school built next to Kipps Elementary.
The supervisors have until December 15th to decide if they still want to purchase the land, which has also been mentioned in connection with a new Blacksburg HIGH school.
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[7-5-Lottery]


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Hitting the jackpot will become more lucrative, but less likely come January.
In an attempt to be more like "Powerball", the Big Game will start having bigger payouts.
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It's all part of the Virginia Lottery's effort to boost declining lottery sales, with changes to the game it runs with five other states.
But longer odds for players are the price.
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[SOT lottery tape 11:17:10]
[IN Q=Since those]

((PENELOPE KYLE/VIRGINIA LOTTERY DIRECTOR: SINCE THOSE TWO HUGE POWERBALL JACKPOTS EARLIER THIS SPRING, THE 195-MILLION AND THE 295-MILLION, PLAYERS IN VIRGINIA WANT JACKPOTS LIKE THAT. THEY WANT TO PLAY FOR BIGGER PRIZES. So that means longer odds? LONGER ODDS. PRICE STAYS THE SAME. IT'S STILL A DOLLAR. WE'LL JUST INCREASE THE ODDS, ADD CASH OPTION, EXTEND THE ANNUITY TO 26 PAYMENTS. AND HOPEFULLY THE PLAYERS WILL BE HAPPY WITH THAT GAME AND I WON'T BE ANSWERING MY PHONE SAYING "NO WE DON'T HAVE A GAME EXACTLY LIKE POWERBALL."))
[SUPER=01-Penelope Kyle/Virginia Lottery Director;]
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[OUT Q=like Powerball.]
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Officials are worried Virginia could lose 100-million dollars a year if North Carolina starts up its own lottery.
The Lottery contributes about 310-million dollars a year to the state budget.
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Taking a look now at your Tuesday forecast..
Sunny skies return this afternoon, with moderate winds gusting up to 25 miles per hour.
Look for very pleasant temperatures in the mid- to upper-60s.
Winds die down overnight, under clear skies.
Expect lows in the mid-30s.
The extended forecast...
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Wednesday:

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More budget announcements are expected between now and December when Governor Gilmore unveils his 19-99 budget.
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With with state revenues at record levels Democrats and Republicans are trying to out do each other.
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[SOT 12:16:42]
[IN Q=Uh I think]

((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: UH- I THINK WHAT WE CAN DO WITH THE LOTTERY, I THINK WE'RE IN A POSITION NOW TO GO AHEAD AND IN THE NEXT YEAR OF THIS BIENNIUM, IS TO EARMARK A HUNDRED PERCENT OF THE LOTTERY PROCEEDS FOR SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION.))
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The Governor wants lottery proceeds to go to schools.
Democrats are pushing school BUILDINGS.
They're also pushing a college tuition cut-- to make up for tuition increases in the early '90s.
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[SOT 12:11:02]
[IN Q=And we required]

((DEL. ALAN DIAMONSTEIN/D-NEWPORT NEWS: AND WE REQUIRED STUDENTS TO BEAR MORE OF THE COST OF EDUCATION. AS A RESULT, UNFORTUNATELY COLLEGE IS NOW PRICED OUT OF THE REACH OF MANY OF OUR STUDENTS.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Alan Diamonstein/(D) Newport News;]
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[OUT Q=our students.]
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Governor Gilmore has NOT ruled out a tuition cut.

[45E-NAACP]


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It's been two weeks since the local N-Double A-C-P elected a new president, But Brenda Hale's victory has been anything but sweet.
Hale narrowly defeated Martin Jeffrey for a two-year term that begins in January.
But some who wanted to vote were reportedly turned away because their names were not on a membership list.
Jeffrey says a review of the vote will help to preserve the group's integrity and its relationships with others.


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[SOT 15:02:51]
[IN Q=That's at stake]

((THAT'S AT STAKE, MAKING SURE WE HANDLE OUR BUSINESS PROPERLY AND THAT'S WHY IT'S A SENSITIVE MATTER. AND IT'S A CRITICAL TIME FOR OUR ORGANIZATION.))
[SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP President]
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[OUT Q=for our organization.]
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Brenda Hale says she welcomes a review of the election by state and national officials.
They're expected to rule on the complaint by early December.


[45Falwell-Y2K]


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The Reverend Jerry Falwell has his own theory on the comming millenium computer glitch.
In a new video tape called "A Christian's Guide to the Millenium Bug," Falwell says it could be God's way of starting a world-wide religious revival.
The bug known as "Y-2-K" could disrupt systems, because computers might read the year as 19-hundred instead of two-thousand, and just shut down.
Falwell advises stocking up on food, gasoline and ammunition as January two-thousand nears.

[45E-Lake-Business]


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Smith Mountain Lake residents are praising a new shopping community.
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[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]


Lake residents are building more than new homes -- they're also building a sturdy retail business.
The latest arrival is Capps Home Building Center.
It features a drive-through loading zone plus a portable conveyor belt to stock entire shelves at once.
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[SOT 10:22:02]
[IN Q=We're getting]

((WE'RE GETTING TO THE POINT WHERE WE CAN STAY IN THIS COMMUNITY AND SPEND OUR MONEY HERE INSTEAD OF TRAVELING TO ROANOKE OR LYNCHBURG.))
[SUPER=01-Evelyn Cassaday/S. M. L. Chamber-Partnership;]
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[OUT Q=or Lynchburg]
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[VO-NAT]


Capps joins a growing number of stores and services at Smith Mountain Lake.
Residents say only a few years ago, all they had was a grocery store.
And new retail space under construction promises even more opportunity.
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Time again to check on your Tuesday forecast--
Turning sunny later today, with a westerly breeze up to 25 miles an hour at times.
Highs in the upper 60s.
Clear skies tonight and not as windy, with lows falling into the mid 30s.
The outlook for this Thanksgiving Week is partly sunny , with increasing clouds for the holiday.
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Fire investigators suspect a fire that destroyed a Roanoke apartment building this morning was the work of an arsonist.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The blaze began around one in a building on Staunton Avenue in Northwest Roanoke.
A district fire chief says the blaze was deliberately set.
Just a few minutes before the fire, police were called to a domestic dispute in the neighborhood-- authorities believe the two events were related.
No one was injured in the fire.
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[8Monty-Supers]


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A proposal for construction of a new middle school in Blacksburg was shot down last night at the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors' meeting.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]


The supervisors defeated the measure in a four to three vote.
The plan was supported by the county SCHOOL BOARD as well as numerous teachers and parents who feel the existing middle school is severely overcrowded.
The supervisors who ultimately voted against the proposal gave differing reasons--- some simply felt two middle scho

ols are just NOT needed.
Montgomery County's Superintendent supports the two- school concept, but says he remains open-minded.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=It's not an ]

((FRED MORTON/MONTGOMERY CO. SUPERINTENDENT: IT'S NOT AN EITHER OR IN MY MIND, IT'S AN ISSUE THAT WE HAVE MULTIPLE NEEDS IN THE COUNTY RIGHT NOW AND YOU COULD SAY WE COULD PROBABLY NEED TO BE CONSIDERING BUILDING MORE THAN ONE SCHOOL AT A TIME. ))
[SUPER=01-Fred Morton/Montgomery Co. Superintendent; :00]
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[OUT Q=at a time.]
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[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]


Project supporters had hoped to see a new middle school built next to Kipps Elementary.
The supervisors have until December 15th to decide if they still want to purchase the land, which has also been mentioned in connection with a new Blacksburg HIGH school.
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[8Gas-Prices]


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With the busiest travel weekend of the year coming up, motorists can gas up without spending a lot of money.
Across the country, gas prices are at least 18 cents lower than this time LAST year.
Eric Earnhart has reaction from some drivers.
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[IN Q=I think the price]
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[SUPER=01-Juergen Fleck/Economist; :59]
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((
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[IN Q=I think the price]

((PETER KUO/MOTORIST; I THINK THE PRICE IS BETTER THAN BEFORE, BUT THIS CAR COSTS A LOT OF GAS THAT'S ALL...LAUGHS)) [RUNS07]
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They're laughing all the way to the cash register on Williamson Road.
Visting New Yorker Michael Sales was stunned.

[SOT 06:31:49]
[IN Q=you know what these prices]

((MICHAEL SALES/MOTORIST; YOU KNOW WHAT THESE PRICES ARE UP IN NEW YORK? A MINIMUM IT'S ABOUT DOLLAR FIFTEEN, AND WE THINK WE'RE GETTING A BARGAIN, AND I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S, WHAT IS IT, 79 CENTS A GALLON? (SHRUGS) )) [RUNS10]
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Not everyone here came from out of state, but some drove clear across the county, they're saving plenty.

[SOT 06:29:15]
[IN Q=the cheapest]

((TODD HOYLE/MOTORIST; THE CHEAPEST YOU'VE GOT ON OUR SIDE OF TOWN, SOUTHWEST COUNTY, WHICH IS A DOLLAR AND THREE CENTS, I MEAN IT'S WORTH THE TWENTY-THREE CENTS YOU SAVE COMING ALL THE WAY OUT HERE.)) [RUNS08]
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[SOT 06:57:22 ]
[IN Q=probably as much as]

((BRIAN SLAKMAN/MOTORIST; PROBABLY ABOUT, BETWEEN TEN AND FIFTEEN DOLLARS A WEEK AS MUCH AS I'M DRIVING.)) [RUNS06]
[OUT Q=as i'm driving]



But our good fortune is the result of someone elses misery.
Hollins University economist Juergan Fleck says it's a direct result of the Asian economic crisis.

[SOT 02:15:55]
[IN Q=what has happened]

((JUERGEN FLECK/ECONOMIST; WHAT HAS HAPPENED IS THAT THE ASIAN COUNTRIES ARE IN A RECESSION SO THEY CONSUME A WHOLE LOT LESS OIL FOR PRODUCTION, ALSO PEOPLE ARE OUT OF JOBS SO THEY DON'T DRIVE AS MUCH, BUT IT'S MOSTLY PRODUCTION, AND IF YOU SEE A DROP IN DEMAND FOR OIL THE PRICES WILL DROP AND WE SEE THAT NOW HERE.)) [RUNS15]
[OUT Q=that now here]



Prices are lowest in the Southeast... a bit higher in the Northeast, and the worst, in the West.
Eric Earnhart, News 7))

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Turning to weather now--
Skies will become sunny later today, with warm westerly winds pushing high temperatures into the upper 60s.
Clear skies overnight, with diminishing winds.
Lows dropping into the mid 30s.
In the four day forecast, look for partly sunny skies tomorrow, but an overcast day on Thanksgiving.
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