[7E-Bank-Robbery]

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Danville police are still looking for two armed men who fled the scene of a bank robbery in a white Toyota Celica.


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Two black males robbed this American National Bank on West Main Street just after two o'clock yesterday.
The men were wearing masks when they entered the bank.
One of the men pointed a gun at the tellers and demanded money.
Officials say a reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.
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[7Alcohol-arrests]


[ANCHOR=Melanie ]
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[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=98-81 57:28]
[GRAPHIC=College Drinking]


Anyone who's seen the movie "Animal House" knows the stereotype-- college fraternities are loud, drunken forums for irresponsible men.
But if that's the case, why has a raid and several arrests at an "unofficial" Blacksburg fraternity house raised serious concerns among legitimate Virginia Tech fraternities?
Eric Earnhart reports.
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[IN Q=A keg and several]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :09]
[SUPER=01-Lt. Bruce Bradbery/Blacksburg Police Dept.; :12]
[SUPER=01-Brad Ramsey/IFC President; :47]
[SUPER=01-J.T. Rutledge/Blacksburg Police Department; 1:09]
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((A keg and several cases of beer.... stolen signs, drug parphenalia and 22 people too young to legally drink alcohol.
That's what police found when they raided the DEKE house Friday night.

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[IN Q=they had a cover charge]

((LT. BRUCE BRADBERY/BLACKSBURG POLICE DEPT.; THEY HAD A COVER CHARGE AT THE DOOR AND THEN WHEN YOU GO IN AFTER YOU PAY THE COVER CHARGE THE BEER WAS FREE;))
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[OUT Q=beer was free]


It fits the image many people have of fraternity life... problem is... The DEKE's are NOT an officially recognized fraternity at Tech... kicked out of the interfraternity council several years ago.
This is the image you don't often see.... a Rush party at Sigma Chi... alcohol free. And when they do drink at parties, fraternity leaders say there are rules... and limits now...
But they're afraid high profile arrests like those at DEKE house will hurt the image they're working to improve.


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[IN Q=when something like that]

(( BRAD RAMSEY/IFC PRESIDENT; WHEN SOMETHING LIKE THAT HAPPENS, IT SHEDS A BAD LIGHT ON ALL OF US, AND IT'S NOT PART OF WHAT WE BELIEVE IN, IT'S NOT PART OF WHAT WE SUPPORT AND IT'S DEFINITELY NOT PART OF THE MINUMUM STANDARDS WE REQUIRE OF A FRATERNITY TO BE PART OF THE INTER-FRATERNITY COUNCIL. ))
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It's not just talk... Police working nightshift in Blacksburt say now, they don't get many calls about legitimate Tech fraternity parties.

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[IN Q=I have seen]

((OFFICER J.T. RUTLEDGE/BLACKSBURG POLICE DEPT.; I HAVE SEEN QUITE A BIT OF MATURITY BEING DISPLAYED, TRYING TO WORK OUT DESIGNATED DRIVERS AND TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR SOME OF THE UNDERAGED DRINKING THAT'S GOING ON. ))
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[OUT Q=that's going on]



Police say the real problem comes from private, off campus parties. They want to send a message that underage drinkers at those parties can and will be arrested.
Eric Earnhart, News 7))



[7E-Niemi]
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More than a year ago, fire destroyed another Tech fraternity house. A former student was charged with setting the blaze-- he now faces probation.
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Chad Niemi (NEE-mee) did NOT enter a plea yesterday in court, but he agreed there was enough evidence to find him guilty of a misdemeanor destruction of property.
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/December 16, 1997;]


The fire in December of 19-97, gutted the Kappa Alpha fraternity house.
Lacking scientific proof of arson, Prosecutor Skip Schwab says the plea agreement was appropriate.
Niemi has made restitution of 15- thousand dollars to the fraternity and five individuals. If Niemi stays out of trouble for two years, the charge will be dismissed.
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Taking a look now at your Tuesday forecast.. A very warm day ahead, with partly cloudy skies and southwesterly breezes pushing temperatures into the mid-60s.
Scattered clouds overnight, with lows ranging from the mid-30s to about 40 degrees.
The extended forecast...
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Anniversary:
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[45E-Alfred-Martin]


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A Martsinville judge has sentenced a man who walked away from a prison farm 25 years ago.
Alfred Martin was captured in Michigan and brought back to Virginia.
Christy Hubley reports.
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[IN Q=Alfred Odell Martin the Third will only]
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[SUPER=01-Glen Martin/Martin's Brother; :19]
[SUPER=01-Terry Gonzalez/Martin's Business Associate; :29]
[SUPER=01-Ben Gardner/Martin's Attorney; :40]
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(( Alfred Odell Martin the Third will only spend an additional 10- days in jail for fleeing custody back in 1974.
He will serve that time in addition to his original sentence on two drug charges.
Martin's friends and family members, who filled half the courtroom, were pleased with Judge Charles Stone's lenient decision.
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[SOT 1:01:30-:40]
[IN Q=At one time I stood]

((GLEN MARTIN/MARTIN'S BROTHER: AT ONE TIME I STOOD BEFORE MS. ZIGLAR AND JUDGE STONE AND I KNEW THAT THEY WOULD BE FAIR PEOPLE. SO I THINK JUSTICE WAS DONE HERE TODAY.)) [RUNS :10]
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[IN Q=People are waiting]

((TERRY GONZALEZ/ MARTIN'S BUSINESS ASSOCIATE: PEOPLE ARE WAITING FOR HIM TO GO HOME THEY ASK ABOUT HIM CONSTANTLY AND THEY'LL BE GLAD TO HEAR THIS TODAY.)) [RUNS :04]
[OUT Q=hear this today.]


Martin's attorney was hoping for an even lighter sentence-- time served and community service.
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[IN Q=Well, I've never left ]

((BEN GARDNER/MARTIN'S ATTORNEY: WELL, I'VE NEVER LEFT THAT COURTROOM FELLING THAT THERE WASN'T A FAIR VERDICT AND THIS IS NO EXCEPTION. I'M DISAPPOINTED BUT NOT UNHAPPY.)) [RUNS :07]
[OUT Q=not unhappy.]


The sheriff in Martinsville says Alfred Martin still has 151- days of his original sentence yet to serve, not including the 10- days he just received.
That means Martin won't get another taste of freedom until late July.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Martinsville.
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[45-5-Character-Counts]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=equ]
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They're traits we want instilled in our children: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship.
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[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


But Virginia's Senate fought yesterday over whether every elementary school should teach such values.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/January 11;]


The question was whether the "Character Counts" program from Roanoke's Fallon Park Elementary School should be in EVERY elementary school statewide.
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[SOT 03:02:24]
[IN Q=A lot of]

((SEN. BILL BOLLING/R-HANOVER: A LOT OF SCHOOL SYSTEMS IN VIRGINIA TODAY ALREADY HAVE CHARACTER EDUCATION PROGRAMS, BUT THEY JUST DON'T HAPPEN TO MEET THE RIGID DOGMA IF YOU WILL THAT'S SET FORTH IN THESE REQUIREMENTS.))
[SOT 03:07:39]

((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/D-ROANOKE: THESE ARE THE KIND OF VALUES THAT HAVE BEEN PROVEN TO REDUCE DISCIPLINARY PROBLEMS IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, TO IMPROVE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT, AND TO MAKE BETTER CITIZENS LATER. AGAIN, THEY'RE NOT EXCLUSIVE. BUT THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM, AND IT'S HARDLY A RIGID DOCTRINE, OR A RIGID DOGMA.))
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The Senate voted 35 to 5 to implement "Character Counts".
It now heads for the House.
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[45E-Bus-Stops]


[ANCHOR=Mleanie]
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[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=98-78 36:48]
[GRAPHIC=School Bus Safety]


Franklin County's transportation director is searching for ways to avoid future accidents involving school buses.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co./January 25;]


Two weeks ago, a school bus carrying 25-children was struck from behind on Route 2-20 after a tow- truck ran into a car. The two people in the car died - no one on the bus was seriously hurt.
[SUPER=04-Yesterday;]

Steve Oakes plans to meet with state police, DMV officials and bus drivers before talking with the parents of students riding buses along that corridor.
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[SOT=19:34:53]
[IN Q=TO GIVE THEM]

((STEVE OAKES/TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR; TO GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO SHARE ANY CONCERNS THEY MIGHT HAVE ABOUT THE 220-STOPS. WHETHER THEY THINK IT'S APPROPRIATE TO CONTINUE THAT OR IF THEY THINK ITS BETTER TO MOVE THEM OFF 220-AT BUSINESSES ALONG 220.))
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Joanne Brown, the driver of the bus involved in the accident, was commended for pulling a student to safety.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Both Brown and student have returned to the school system.

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Time now to look at the Tuesday forecast--
Partly cloudy skies today, with southwest winds.
Highs soaring into the mid 60s.
Variable clouds overnight, with lows in the upper 30s.
In the five day outlook....temperatures stay unseasonably mild, then a big cooldown is in store for the weekend.
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[8S-Judge-shooting]


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[TAPE#=98-80 1:30:06]
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Last month's accidental shooting of a police officer will NOT result in criminal charges for a Danville judge.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape]


Lieutenant Barry Creasy was slightly wounded when a bullet from Judge James Ingram's gun struck him in the wrist January 16th.
The two men had been target practicing in Pittsylvania County.
Special prosecutor Ed Meeks said today there was "no" evidence Judge Ingram acted recklessly in the handling of his firearm.
Meeks adds alcohol was "not" a factor in the accident.
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[8Dupont-Gift]


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DuPont has made a record- setting donation to Virginia Tech, in the amount of 23- MILLION dollars.
The company donated a number of patent rights to the school with the provision that it uses the information to improve the technology.
The University of Iowa and Penn State also received patents.
DuPont said the 64-Million dollar total is the largest philanthropic gift in company history.

[8E-Boundary-Adjustment]


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[TAPE#=98-76 1:29:57]
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The boundaries have broadened for the town of Rocky Mount, with 70 new acres of land.
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[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]


Yesterday a circuit judge approved the town's boundary adjustment that will include the site of a large shopping center on Route 40 East.
It took Rocky Mount months to cement the deal with Franklin County.
Now town officials are trying to take in Wal-mart, but Franklin County has yet to agree to that.
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[8S-Fuel-Tanks]


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[TAPE#=98-77 1:15:36]
[GRAPHIC=Underground Tanks]


Many service stations are now required by federal law to replace their gas tanks, even if there's no leakage-- in order to prevent groundwater pollution.
But as Tina Tenret found out, the law is putting the squeeze on smaller, family- owned gas stations.
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[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :00]
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[SUPER=01-Larry Houston/Store Owner; 1:04]
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((COME ON IN THE HOUSE NEIGHBOR.)) [RUNS:02]
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Steve Meadors welcomes you warmly to the Glade Hill Quickette.
It is, after all, the community meeting place, a trading post for stories of moonshine, fishing and racing.
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[SOT 10:15:25]
[IN Q=Customers like]

((STEVE MEADORS/STORE MANAGER: CUSTOMERS LIKE TO COME AROUND AND HAVE A PLACE TO NEGOTIATE, TO TALK, TO TALK ABOUT BUSINESS, FARMING, BUILDING ROADS, WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE IN THE COUNTY.)) [RUNS:08]
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Meadors says to meet federal laws, the store's owner recently shelled out about 50-thousand-dollars for new gas tanks.
Meadors now pays higher rent, and he's cut back on employee hours.
Other stores taking the hit have raised prices.
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[SOT 10:21:43]
[IN Q=I just feel]

((I JUST FEEL KINDA BAD ABOUT THE OLDTIMERS THAT'S BEEN IN IT ALL THEIR LIVES, THAT'LL HAVE TO TAKE THEIR RETIREMENT MONEY AND THE VACATION TO DO THE FISHING AND HUNTING THEY WERE GOING TO DO, TO BE SHOVED OUT OF THEIR SEAT LIKE THAT -- IT HURTS THEM.)) [RUNS:12]
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And it hurts customers.
At People's Save Station, you can still grab a dog with chili but you must stop somewhere else for gas.
Larry Houston has shut down his tanks.
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[SOT 11:16:25]
[IN Q=the cost of]

((LARRY HOUSTON/STORE OWNER: THE COST OF REPLACEMENT, IT'S WAY TOO HIGH. AT MY AGE I CAN'T RECOVER FROM IT AND I'LL BE PAST RETIREMENT BEFORE I EVER GET IT PAID BACK.)) [RUNS:05]
[OUT Q=get it paid back]


Houston now loses about two-thousand-dollars a day in cash flow.
He says this will kill small shops.
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[SOT 11:17:58]
[IN Q=I HAD MY TANKS CHECKED]

((I HAD MY TANKS CHECKED AND THEY'RE NOT LEAKING SO I DON'T THINK I SHOULD HAVE TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. )) [RUNS:05]
[OUT Q=anything about it]
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[SOT 12:11:36]
[IN Q=State inspectors]

((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: STATE INSPECTORS WILL START VISITING THESE GAS STATIONS LATER THIS MONTH. ANY GAS STATION CAUGHT USING THE OLD EQUIPMENT COULD GET FINED UP TO 25-THOUSAND-DOLLARS A DAY. THAT'S EVERY DAY SINCE DECEMBER 22ND WHEN THE LAW TOOK EFFECT. TINA TENRET NEWS7 FRANKLIN COUNTY)) [RUNS:17]
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Taking a break from the news to check the weather--
Partly cloudy and very mild again today.
Expect afternoon temperatures in the low to mid 60s.
Variable clouds overnight, with lows cooling off into the upper 30s.
IN the extended forecast, partly sunny skies for the next couple of days, then a rainy and cooler start to the weekend.
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