[7E-Snow]

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The winter weather also made for treacherous driving conditions in Montgomery County.
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Snow and freezing temperatures made Route 460 in Blacksburg a trouble spot.
Police say the driver of this Sport-Utility Vehicle lost control after hitting a slick spot below an overpass.
Other motorists had problems in the same spot.
No one was seriously injured.
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[7E-Floyd-Fatal]


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A fatal accident in Floyd County is being blamed on yesterday's snow.
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90- year Ora Lee Phillips died yesterday when the car she was riding in crashed on Route 221, just outside the town of Floyd.
State police say Phillips' daughter, Eunice Perdue, was behind the wheel.
Perdue told state police she lost control on the slick roads and slid into the path of a van.
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[7E-XGR-Wrap]


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Carilion seems to be winning a battle in Richmond. A group of Salem doctors trying to open an eye surgery center is not getting the support they need from the General Assembly.
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Vistar Eye Clinic will NOT get legislative help to open an eye surgery center outside of Carilion.
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That's despite a passionate plea from Botetourt's state senator.
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[SOT 13:28:33]
[IN Q=Are we going]

((SEN. BO TRUMBO/R-FINCASTLE: ARE WE GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THE DEEP, DARK RECESSES OF THIS BUREAUCRACY AND SAY LADIES AND GENTLEMEN WAKE UP? NO!))
[SOT 13:32:46]

((SEN. TOMMY NORMENT/R-WILLIAMSBURG: WILL THAT FACILITY TREAT HYPERVENTILATION? trumbo laughs))
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Another local issue... the Character Counts program that teaches values to kids at Roanoke's Fallon Park Elementary School got House approval to be a model for other state schools.
And southwest cattle farmers also won a victory in the House.
The Delegates voted to place a bounty on the heads of coyotes.
About 28- hundred coyotes are now legally killed each year in Virginia.
The bounty would pay hunters to do the job.
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[7E-General-Assembly]


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State lawmakers beat a midnight deadline and came through with a budget compromise to spend 275- Million dollars in lottery profits on schools.
Half of that money will go to schools with no strings attached, the other half will be restricted to school construction and other specified needs.
The issue was considered the biggest obstacle for General Assembly budget negotiators.

[7E-Civic-Center]


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The lottery system used by the Roanoke Civic Center for major events has come under fire-- most recently after hundreds were turned away from buying tickets to the Elton John concert.
But despite the criticism, the Civic Center will continue to use
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/ January 8]


the wristband number system.
Workers draw one number to determine who gets the first place in line when tickets go on sale.
Organizers claim it helps prevent fighting to get to the front.
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[IN Q= when you have;]
[SUPER=01-Robyn Schon/Marketing Director;]

((WHEN YOU HAVE SUCH HIGH DEMAND AND LITTLE SUPPLY: 10-THOUSAND 5-HUNDRED TICKETS BASICALLY, AND 40-THOUSAND PEOPLE WANTING TO SEE THE CONCERT, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE FIGHTING TO BE IN FRONT OF THE LINE. SO THIS WAS AN ORGANIZED WAY FOR US TO SELL TICKETS AND DISTRIBUTE THOSE TICKETS.))
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As for complaints that the eight-ticket limit is too high, civic center officials say that's a decision made by concert promoters.

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Taking a look now at your midweek forecast..
Some light snow could stick around this morning, before giving way to partly sunny skies. Look for highs in the low- to mid-30s.
Expect cloudy skies tonight, with the possibility of some flurries. Lows will range from the mid-20s to about 30 degrees.
The extended forecast...
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[45E-County-Supers]


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Although the vote is a month away, it looks a majority of the Roanoke County Supervisors WILL support construction of a new high school on the Woods End site.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;]


The School Board has requested a special use permit for the property. Yesterday, the supervisors advanced the project to the Planning Commission.
Though some of the supervisors had favored property on Merriman Road, it now appears most will approve the school board's plan.
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[IN Q=I think if you don't at this particular stage]

((I THINK IF YOU DON'T AT THIS PARTICULAR STAGE, THEN YOU WOULD BE VOTING AGAINST A NEW HIGH SCHOOL IN SOUTHWEST COUNTY, BECAUSE I DON'T SEE ANY ALTERNATIVE SITES AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME.))
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The county will hold a community meeting on the school project tonight at Cave Spring Junior High School. The Planning Commission will consider the issue on Tuesday, and it will be back on the Supervisors' agenda March 23rd.

[45E-School-Bond]


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It looks like Danville residents won't be voting on a bond referendum aimed at improving schools, at least for now.


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[99-9 23:11]
[SUPER=03-Danville/Monday;]


Monday night, supporters of the school bond referendum told the public that 36-Million dollars
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is needed to improve and build city schools.
Now the city attorney says a deadline for announcing the referendum wasn't met.
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Legal notice of the vote was published in an area newspaper only 9 days before the scheduled vote.
The law requires at least a 10-day notice.
A special council meeting takes place today to address the problem.



[45Finn]


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Another twist in the fight over Michelle Finn's legal fees.
State Legislators have revived a 48-thousand dollar payment to Finn who fought Governor Gilmore in court over her right to let her husband die.
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[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


Last Week, The House Claims Committee rejected a bill to pay the money to Finn.
But Last night, House and Senate budget negotiators restored the money while working out a compromise spending package. Since the money can't be stripped from the budget in a floor amendment, Governor Gilmore will have to use his line-item veto to prevent paying Finn.
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Hugh Finn died in a Mannasas nursing home last October after Gilmore sued to try to keep the man's feeding tube

from being removed.[45E-Animal-Bills]


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Meantime a victory in Richmond for animal rights advocates and all animal lovers.
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Yesterday, a bill to stiffen the penalties for animal cruelty got final legislative approval.
The link to human violence has made more lawmakers pro-animal rights.
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[SOT]
[sot tape animal bills 14:05:07 ]

((ALVINA PITCHES/VIRGINIA FED. OF HUMANE SOCIETIES: MOST OF YOUR SERIAL KILLERS, FROM JEFFREY DAHMER TO CHILD ABUSERS AND OTHER CRIMINALS, THEY HAVE A PREVIOUS HISTORY OF ABUSE TO ANIMALS. AND ALL THE RECENT SCHOOL SHOOTINGS, THE CHILDREN INVOLVED IN THOSE CASES-- AT LEAST ONE INVOLVED IN EACH CASE WAS INVOLVED WITH ANIMAL CRUELTY IN THE PAST.))
[sot tape animal bills 16:42:39 ]

((SEN. RUSS POTTS/R-WINCHESTER: I'M AN ACTIVE ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVIST. BECAUSE I BELIEVE STRONGLY THAT WE MUST PROTECT ALL OF GOD'S CHILDREN AND ALL OF GOD'S ANIMALS.))
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[OUT Q=God's animals.]
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Also among the animal-friendly measures: -- a bill that would ban the sale of domestic pet fur in Virginia, -- a bill to study improving animal shelters -- and a bill to make it easier to prosecute people who set up dog fights.
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Time again to check the mid- week forecast...
Light snow showers are falling this morning, otherwise expect partial clearing today.
Highs in the lowerr 30s.
Mostly cloudy tonight, with a chance of more light snow overnight, as lows in upper 20s.
The five day forecast is calling for partly cloudy skies toward the end of the week...along with warmer temperatures.
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[8E-Floyd-Fatal]


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An elderly woman died yesterday after slippery road conditions caused a two vehicle accident in Floyd County.
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[SUPER=03-Floyd Co.]


90- year Ora Lee Phillips was killed when the car she was riding in crashed on Route 221.
State police say Phillips' daughter, Eunice Perdue, was behind the wheel.
Perdue told state police she lost control of the car and slid into the path of a van.
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[8E-Hall]


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The federal lawsuit filed by the parents of a Staunton River Middle School student who took her own life four years ago has been withdrawn.
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[VO-NAT]


Lisa Hall's parents sued Bedford County School officials and the guidance counselor who'd heard
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co./September, 1998]

that the 13-year old was suicidal-- but did not tell her parents.
Karen and Floyd Hall said they decided "it was in everyone's best interest to withdraw the lawsuit."
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[8E-XGR-Wrap]


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A group of Salem Eye doctors is not getting needed support from the Virginia legislature.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem/1998]


Vistar Eye Clinic will NOT get legislative help to open an eye surgery center outside of Carilion.
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


That's despite a passionate plea from Botetourt's state senator.
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[SOT 13:28:33]
[IN Q=Are we going]

((SEN. BO TRUMBO/R-FINCASTLE: ARE WE GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET IN TOUCH WITH THE DEEP, DARK RECESSES OF THIS BUREAUCRACY AND SAY LADIES AND GENTLEMEN WAKE UP? NO!))
[SOT 13:32:46]

((SEN. TOMMY NORMENT/R-WILLIAMSBURG: WILL THAT FACILITY TREAT HYPERVENTILATION? trumbo laughs))
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[SUPER=01-Sen. Tommy Norment/(R) Williamsburg; :11]
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[OUT Q=laughs]
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[VO-NAT]


Another local issue... the Character Counts program that teaches values to children at Roanoke's Fallon Park Elementary School received House approval to be a model for other state schools.
The Delegates also voted to place a bounty on the heads of coyotes.
About 28- hundred coyotes are legally killed each year in Virginia.
The bounty would pay hunters to do the job.
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[8E-General-Assembly]


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Profits from the Virginia lottery are on the way to state schools.
Lawmakers beat a midnight deadline and came through with a budget compromise to spend 275- Million dollars on schools.
Half of that money will have no strings attached, the other half will be restricted to school construction and other specified needs.

[8E-Rowe-Furniture]


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After 53-years and 22-additions, the Rowe furniture company has outgrown its Salem plant.
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[SUPER=03-Salem;]


The company announced plans yesterday to move most of its operations to Montgomery County.
Only the plant's furniture frame manufacturing will remain in the Salem facility.
Officials say it's good news for the company, its employees and stockholders.
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[SOT=14:53:31]
[IN Q=WE WERE REALLY]

((STEVE SHELOR/ROWE SPOKESMAN; WE WERE REALLY EXCITED TO RELEASE......PUTTING OUR MONEY WHERE OUR MOUTH IS.))
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170-jobs will be added to the furniture maker's workforce of more than five-hundred.
Officials expect to begin production in the 15-million dollar facility by the first of the new year.
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[8E-Cheap-Gas]


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Your eyes aren't playing tricks on you-- gas prices have dropped below 70 cents a gallon at one gas satation.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


In an attempt to attract customers, the newly- opened Sheetz gas station in New London is selling "87" octane for 69- nine cents a gallon.
Other gas stations such as Huddlestons General Store at Smith Mountain Lake sell gas for just under 69 cents.
Nationwide, the average price of a gallon of gas has dipped below one dollar for the first time in decades.
Experts say prices will probably rebound this spring.
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Taking a look now at your midweek forecast..
Expect light snow showers this morning, with partial clearing later today.
Highs will only reach the lower 30s.
Lingering clouds tonight, with the chance for some more light snow.
Lows in the upper 20s.
The extended outlook dries out later this week, with warmer temperatures and sunshine ahead for the weekend.
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