[7Danville-Fire]

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Firefighters are battling a blaze in Danville.
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The apartment building on the corner of Jefferson and Wilson Streets was fully involved when they arrived.
Firefighters were called out just before six this morning.
We'll have more details as they become available.
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[7S-VMI-Breakout]


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The latest group of VMI rats has made it's breakout.
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The Breakout process concluded yesterday, after 48 hours of physical endurance and mental challenges, where rats pushed their limits in order to become an official class.
The rats rose early Sunday morning for an 18 and a half mile march, which ended with the re-creation of the charge of VMI cadets during the Civil War Battle of New Market.
Several parents made the trip to the battle site.
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((DEBBY CHALKEY/PARENT; IT'S BEEN DEVELOPING SINCE FRIDAY... JUST VERY EXCITING)).
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The rats officially became VMI's class of 2002 in a formal ceremony.
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[7S-Teacher-Battery]


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[TAPE#=98-78; 1:26:04]
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After an educator was injured during last year's school shooting in Richmond, teachers may finally get a special protected status in Virginia.
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The General Assembly gave final approval to a measure mandating a two day jail sentence for anyone who physically assaults a school teacher.
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((SEN. KEN STOLLE THIS BILL IS ABOUT A MINIMUM STANDARD FOR TEACHERS THAT IS HIGHER THAN ANY OTHER CLASS IN VIRGINIA.
AND THAT IS NOT WHAT I BELIEVE IS THE RIGHT COURSE FOR VIRGINIA.))
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((SEN. HENRY MARSH/D-RICHMOND: TWO DAYS IN JAIL IS NOT LONG FOR A STUDENT WHO HITS A TEACHER. AND I THINK IT'S TIME WE NOT BE SOFT ON CRIMINALS WHO HIT TEACHERS. WE HAVE A REPUTATION OF NOT BEING SOFT ON CRIME. WHY SHOULD WE CODDLE THESE HOODLUMS?))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Ken Stolle/(R) Virginia Beach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Henry Marsh/(D) Richmond; :13]
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The teacher protection bill now goes to the Governor for review.

[7S-Tech-Dining]


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No, it's not the latest addition to the New River Valley mall-- but a campus dining center at Virginia Tech.
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More than three thousand students flock to the West End Market on campus each day.
One thing that makes the market unique is the wide range of food available.
There are seven restaurants inside-- and each prepares its food as you watch.
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((RICK : WHEN WE DESIGNED IT, WE KNEW THAT WE WANTED A WOOD FIRED PIZZA OVEN, AND WE HAD THE WRAPPED SANDWICHES, WHICH IS THE HOTTEST NEW FOOD TREND AND THEN WE GO TO SOMETHING LIKE THE CHOP SHOP, WHERE WE'RE ACTUALLY CUTTING STEAKS TO ORDER FOR STUDENTS AND WHAT'S AMAZED ME ABOUT IT IS THAT STUDENTS WILL ORDER A TEN OUNCE OR 12 OUNCE STEAK AND THEY GET IT CUT RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM, WE BROIL IT TO THEIR LIKING.))
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One of the most popular restaurant areas is "The Fighting Gobbler Sports Lounge"-- which is decorated with Virginia Tech sports memorabilia and also includes big screen TV's.
The Market Place also has a new coffee shop.
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Taking a look now at your Monday forecast..
A blustery day ahead, with increasing clouds and winds gusting up to thirty miles per hour. Highs will range from the upper-40s to the low-50s.
Winds will die down overnight, as the clouds move out. Look for lows in the thirties.
The extended forecast...
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[45Danville-Fire]


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Firefighters are having a tough time controlling an structure fire in Danville.
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The apartment building on the corner of Jefferson and Wilson Streets was fully involved when they arrived at about six a-m.
Now, the blaze is spreading to surrounding areas.
We'll have more details for you as they become available.
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[45E-Missing-Boy]


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A happy ending in the search for a missing toddler in Bedford County.
David Johnson reports.
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((Three year old Zachery Charles Ranson was found near a pond about a half mile from his father's home.
Police say when a rescue crew volunteer found the boy, he appeared unharmed.
Relatives say Ranson had been visiting his father over the weekend when he wandered off into a heavily wooded area with two family dogs Saturday afternoon.
Shortly after authorities were notified a full-scale search was underway.
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The effort included local and state law enforcement, the local national guard, search dogs from around the state and a helicopter.
Even state police scuba divers were brought in to sweep the Eagle Eyrie Lake where volunteers feared the boy had drowned.
Officials say this is one potential nightmare that had a story-book ending.
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[45S-Warner]


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The Senate has given the okay for a huge pay raise for U-S military personnel.
A little more than a million active duty men and women will get a five percent pay increase thanks to the Soldiers, Sailors and Airmans bill.
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Virginia's John Warner, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said higher pay is the best way to find and keep qualified personnel.
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((SEN. JOHN WARNER/R- VIRGINIA: WE NO LONGER HAVE IN SUFFICIENT NUMBERS THE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN COMING IN TO TRAIN AND OPERATE THESE EXPENSIVE PLATFORMS OR EVEN ONCE THEY'RE IN, ONCE THEY'RE TRAINED AT TAXPAYER'S EXPENSE, THE MONEY TO HOLD THEM IN. AND THAT'S THE REASON FOR THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION.))
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The measure now goes to the House.
It would cost about seven billion dollars more over five years than the White House proposal.
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[45General-Assembly]


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The end of the 19-99 General Assembly session Saturday marked the beginnning of election campaigning.
All 140 seats in the legislature will be up for grabs in November.
Right now, the balance of power is even in the one hundred- member House of Delegates, while Republicans have a one- seat advantage in the 40- member Senate.
Look for food tax relief, health insurance regulation and imported trash to be major election issues.


[45WEATHER]


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Taking a look now at the Monday forecast..
Partly cloudy and windy today, with gusts up to 30 miles an hour.
Also, some light snow showers will continue over the higher elevations.
Expect highs in the upper 40s.
Clearing overnight, and not as windy, with lows in the lower 30s.
And the extended outlook is calling for partly sunny skies tomorrow...maybe some rain on Wednesday.
Highs this week in the 50s.
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[8E-Missing-Boy]


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A weekend search resulted in a happy ending for a three- year- old boy, who had wandered away from his family's home in Bedford County.
David Johnson has the story.
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[OUT Q=DJO, News 7, Lynchburg.]

((Three year old Zachery Charles Ranson was found near a pond about a half mile from his father's home.
Police say when a rescue crew volunteer found the boy, he appeared unharmed.
Relatives say Ranson had been visiting his father over the weekend when he wandered off into a heavily wooded area with two family dogs Saturday afternoon.
Shortly after authorities were notified a full-scale search was underway.
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The effort included local and state law enforcement, the local national guard, search dogs from around the state and a helicopter.
Even state police scuba divers were brought in to sweep the Eagle Eyrie Lake where volunteers feared the boy had drowned.
Officials say this is one potential nightmare that had a story-book ending.
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[8S-Teacher-Battery]


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[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=98-78; 1:26:04]
[GRAPHIC=State capitol]


All it needs is the Governor's signature....a proposed new law would provide extra protection for school teachers in the Commonwealth.
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[VO-NAT]


The General Assembly gave final approval to a measure mandating a two day jail sentence for anyone who physically assaults a school teacher.
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[SOT FRIDAY INTERVIEWS 15:35:00 ]
[IN Q=This bill]

((SEN. KEN STOLLE THIS BILL IS ABOUT A MINIMUM STANDARD FOR TEACHERS THAT IS HIGHER THAN ANY OTHER CLASS IN VIRGINIA.
AND THAT IS NOT WHAT I BELIEVE IS THE RIGHT COURSE FOR VIRGINIA.))
[sot 15:33:50 FRIDAY INTERVIEWS]

((SEN. HENRY MARSH/D-RICHMOND: TWO DAYS IN JAIL IS NOT LONG FOR A STUDENT WHO HITS A TEACHER. AND I THINK IT'S TIME WE NOT BE SOFT ON CRIMINALS WHO HIT TEACHERS. WE HAVE A REPUTATION OF NOT BEING SOFT ON CRIME. WHY SHOULD WE CODDLE THESE HOODLUMS?))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Ken Stolle/(R) Virginia Beach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Henry Marsh/(D) Richmond; :13]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=hold!!!!!!!!!!]


The teacher protection bill will now be reviewed by the Governor.

[8S-VMI-Breakout]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=ame]
[TAPE#=98-83; 59:42]
[GRAPHIC=VMI]


The new class of V-M-I rats was able to stay out of the mud during this weekend's breakout...
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-New Market;]


The Breakout process concluded yesterday, after 48 hours of physical endurance and mental challenges, where rats pushed their limits in order to become an official class.
The rats rose early Sunday morning for an 18 and a half mile march, which ended with the re-creation of the charge of VMI cadets during the Civil War Battle of New Market.
Several parents made the trip to the battle site.
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[SOT 00:32:01]
[IN Q=It's been developing]

((DEBBY CHALKEY/PARENT; IT'S BEEN DEVELOPING SINCE FRIDAY... JUST VERY EXCITING)).
[SUPER=01-Debbie Chalkley/Parent]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=very exciting]
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[VO-NAT]

The rats officially became VMI's class of 2002 at a formal ceremony yesterday afternoon.
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[8WEATHER]


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Time again to check the Monday forecast--
With the exception of some light snow showers in the higher elevations, the region looks partly cloudy today.
Afternoon highs will climb into the mid and upper 40s, with winds gusting to near 30 miles an hour.
Clearing tonight and not as breezy...lows in the lower 30s.
The rest of the week looks mild, with highs in the 50s.....rain likely by Wednesday.
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