[7Salem-Rezoning]

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Salem residents spoke out in full force against rezoning the Elizabeth campus, but City Council has voted to rezone the land.
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The issue has generated vocal opposition from Salem residents who believe the land should remain undeveloped.
Last night, one opponent was escorted from the meeting room, when the council attempted to end the debate after 30 minutes.
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Despite the opposition, the vote was unanimous in favor of rezoning 30 acres for light industrial use.

Council voted four to one to rezone five acres for an assisted living center.[7E-Monty-Schools]


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Students at Kipps Elementary School in Blacksburg are getting some new neighbors.
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Last Night, the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to purchase a 30- acre plot of land, which is located on Price's Fork Road.
The land cost the county 650-thousand dollars and will be used for school purposes.
However, the board has not decided what kind of school may be built there.
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Some residents would like to see a new middle school built there while others would prefer a new high school.

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An apparent car theft took a bizarre turn when a crash close by killed the car's driver.
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Police say Debra Burnett from Moneta stole the car from the Bodycamp convenience store on Route 24.
She took off and crashed into a home off Route 24 located about a mile down the road.
No one was in the house at the time.
Burnett was pronounced dead at the scene.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
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[7E-Tuition-Cost]


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Governor Gilmore has announced his proposed college reforms, and the plan holds something special for the Roanoke Valley.
In addition to a 20-percent tuition cut at Virginia's state colleges and universities, Gilmore is earmarking funds for a higher education center in Roanoke.
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At a press conference yesterday, Gilmore said the tuition cut would save the average student 456 dollars a year.
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((GILMORE: IT MEANS THAT A PERSON DOES NOT HAVE TO DELAY AN EDUCATION IT MEANS A PERSON CAN GET THROUGH THEIR SCHOOLING QUICKER. AT IT MEANS THEY DON'T HAVE TO CARRY BURDEN OUT THERE INTO THE REAL WORLD AFTER THEY FINISH THEIR SCHOOLING. ))
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The Governor also announced a gift of more than 3-and-a half million dollars to open a higher education center in Roanoke.
Fifteen different colleges will use the center to teach classes for college credit.
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((EDWARDS: I'M DELIGHTED THAT THE GOVERNOR HAS NOT JUST THIS YEAR DECIDED TO GIVE US THE 3.6 MILLION FOR THE HIGHER EDUCATION CENTER, BUT ALSO HAS SIGNED ONTO THE IDEA OF ROLLING BACK TUITION. IT'S SOMETHING I'VE BEEN PUSHING FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS. ))
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Gilmore also proposed giving schools 75-million dollars, paying back what they'll lose from tuition bills.
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Taking a look now at your Tuesday forecast..
Sunny and breezy today. Expect temperatures to be a bit warmer, with highs reaching the low- to mid-50s.
Clear and cold overnight. Look for lows in the upper-20s.
The extended forecast...
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Bluefield area residents go to the polls today to elect a new state senator.
A special election is being held to fill the seat of Democratic Senator Jackson Reasor.
It's a three-way race featuring Democrat Phillip Puckett, an insurance agent -- Republican Roger Rife, a high school coach -- and independent Jerry Ward, a retired coal miner turned evangelist.
No matter who wins, Republicans will maintain control of the senate, which was 21 to 19 favoring the G-O-P before Reasor resigned.

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Presidential aides are trying to shore up support for their boss amid a pro-impeachment trend.
Three previously undecided Republicans now say they'll vote in favor of impeachment.
The Reverend Jerry Falwell called on the President to resign 3 months ago.
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He says Congress has no choice but to impeach President Clinton.
And he doesn't buy predictions that the President will NOT be convicted in the Senate, which will act as a jury in an impeachment trial.
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((JERRY FALWELL/; FOR A JUROR TO SAY HERE'S HOW I'M GOING TO VOTE, HE SHOULD BE DISQUALIFIED FROM THE JURY. I DON'T THINK YOU'RE GOING TO FIND THAT, AND THERE ARE VERY DECENT PRINCIPALED DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS IN THAT SENATE, THAT NOBODY CAN PROPERLY DETERMINE OR PREDICT WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO VOTE.))
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The house begins debate on impeachment Thursday.

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A Montgomery County judge has sentenced a former wrestling coach to seven years behind bars for having sex with two female students.
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35-year old Michael Blevins was a wrestling coach and teacher in Shawsville.
Earlier this month, he was sentenced in Wythe County to 15-years in prison for a separate incident.
Those charges pertain to a relationship Blevins had with another underage girl when he taught at Rural Retreat high school.
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Blevins will serve the seven year sentence he received yesterday at the same time he serves the 15-year sentence.

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Students at Stanleytown Elementary School today are dealing with the loss of a special ed student who choked to death yesterday morning.
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Nine-year old Donald Eugene Schmidt of Martinsville was one of five students in a class for children with severe and profound disabilities.
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((THE TEACHER AND AIDE WERE IN THE CLASSROOM. THEY PROVIDED THE APPROPRIATE IMMEDIATE EMERGENCY CARE, TRYING TO DISLODGE THE ITEM IN THE CHILD'S THROAT.))
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But the Stanleytown school staff- including a registered nurse- was unable to get it out.
The boy was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
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[45E-Transplant]


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A Roanoke toddler's condition has been upgraded from critical to serious following heart transplant surgery.
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18-month old Kayla Griffin was rushed to the University of Virginia Medical Center and underwent transplant surgery Sunday morning.
Kayla was one of two area toddlers who'd been waiting for new hearts.
The other.. two-year old Courtney LaPlante.. died last week.
Organ donation officials say Kayla stands a 75 percent chance of living for at least another year with her new heart.
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Turning to weather--
Expect scattered frost and patchy morning fog, otherwise skies will be sunny again today.
Highs in the low to mid 50s.
The four day outlook is sunny and mild, with highs generally in the 50s and lows in the 30s.
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The voices of opponents did NOT prevent Salem City council from voting to rezone the Elizabeth Campus.
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The issue has generated vocal opposition from Salem residents who believe the land should remain undeveloped.
Last night, one opponent was escorted from the meeting room, when the council attempted to end the debate after 30 minutes.
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Despite the opposition, the vote was unanimous in favor of rezoning 30 acres for light industrial use.

Council voted four to one to rezone five acres for an assisted living center.[8Suicide-Lawsuit]


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A lawsuit has been filed against the Bedford County School Board by the parents of a 13- year- old girl who committed suicide.
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The parents of Lisa Renee Hall say Staunton River Middle School counselors knew she was suicidal but failed to tell them.
Floyd and Karen Hall said they knew their daughter was upset about being taunted at school for her large size but didn't know she had been referred to counselors for depression.
The suit seeks unspecified damages.
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[8E-Holiday-Mail]


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Yesterday was the traditional BUSIEST day of the year for U-S postal employees as people rush to mail Christmas gifts.
Tina Tenret takes us for a look inside the Roanoke Post office.
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The postmaster also suggests packing toys in bubble wrap and taping them up tightly. If they weigh more than a pound, take them straight to the post office clerk.










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Taking another look at your Tuesday forecast..
Expect skies to turn sunny today, with a light breeze.
Highs will warm into the lower 50s.
Staying clear overnight, with lows in the upper 20s.
And the four day forecast is partly to mostly sunny, with a bit warmer-than-normal temperatures.
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