[7-Franklin-Ax]

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Roanoke County Police want to know whey a truck driver left the scene of an overnight accident.
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Police say it happened along Route 220 south near the Franklin County line when this truck ran off the road and struck some trees.
The driver was not at the scene when Police arrived. Police dispatchers called the owner of the vehicle to find out what happened.
The driver claimed to fall asleep at the wheel. Police at the scene say they think alcohol may be a factor.
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[7E-NRV-Storm]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[TAPE#=99-6 34:54]
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If you plan to hit the road later today, Interstate 81 and most other major roads in the area are clear of snow and ice.
But, people in the New River Valley are still feeling the affects of Wednesday's winter storm.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Riner;]


Thousands were left without electricity.
As night fell Wednesday, hundreds of customers in Carroll and Pulaski counties were still without service.
And thousands more were waiting for the power to return in Montgomery and Floyd counties.
Power company employees aren't the only ones working 'round the clock.
Many secondary roads are still snow covered.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=They have ]

((LT. CURTIS BAILEY/VA STATE POLICE: THEY HAVE ICE AND SNOW ON THEM BUT VDOT IS OUT WITH MOST OF THEIR PERSONELL TRYING TO CLEAR THEM.))
[SUPER=01-Lt. Curtis Bailey/State Police; :00]
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[OUT Q=clear them.]
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Power company officials hope to have service restored to everyone within a few hours.
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The American Red Cross has closed down its shelter for those without power in the Montgomery County area.
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[7E-Holdren's]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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People holding warranties from the old Holdren's appliance stores wanted their money back.
There getting some it, but not all.
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[SUPER=03-Vinton;]


Jeff Sobataka (Sa-botica) bought an extended service contract for 350-dollars.
He was supposed to be able to turn it in for a refund.
But Holdren's went out of business.
And to get his money, Sobataka had to file a complaint with the attorney general's office.
He got a reply this week.
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[SOT 11:40:27]
[IN Q=it's anticipated]

((JEFF SOBATAKA/HOLDREN'S CUSTOMER: IT'S ANTICIPATED THAT OUR REFUND IS ABOUT 87 DOLLARS, WHICH WE'RE GOING TO GET HALF OF.))
[SUPER=01-Jeff Sobataka/Holdren's Customer;]
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[OUT Q=HALF OF]
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A spokesman for Attorney General Mark Earley said Holdren's is bankrupt, and Earley's office worked diligently to get all of the money it could for consumers.
Consumers can file an appeal if they think they're entitled to a bigger refund.
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[7E-School-Nurses]


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A Supreme Court ruling concerning an Iowa student will have an impact on some local schools.
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[VO-NAT various shots from Wed 2:45 p.m. feed;]
[SUPER=03-Cedar Rapids, IA/File Tape;]

Yesterday the high court ruled that disabled students are entitled to one-on-one nursing care and that schools must foot the bill. Currently, Roanoke County provides full-time aides for about 75 disabled students. Not all of the aides have the medical training required by the new law.
The number of students who need special assistance will determine future school budgets.
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[SOT tc 7:35:53]
[IN Q=I think as;]
[SUPER=01-Carol Whitaker/Dir. of Special Education;]

((DR. CAROL WHITAKER/DIR. OF SPECIAL EDUCATION: I THINK AS WE WORK TOWARDS BUDGETS FOR NEXT YEAR AND THE PROCEDING YEARS WE WILL HAVE TO TAKE IN CONSIDERATION AND MAKE ALLOWANCES FOR COSTS WHERE WE THINK ASSISTANCE MIGHT BE NEEDED.))
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[OUT Q=might be needed.]
[ANCHOR=Jean]
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The costs for new positions will be substantial for schools because salaries for nurses are higher than aides.




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Taking a break from the news now to check the Friday forecast--
Partly sunny and less windy today, with highs reaching the mid 50s this afternoon.
Expect clouds to be on the increase by tonight, with lows in the upper 30s.
An approaching storm system promises rain for tomrrow...but drier for the second half of the weekend.
Highs in the 40s and 50s over the next five days...
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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 3/5/99
Friday:
Anniversary:
[SUPER=130-59th/Bob & Nina Keeley/Roanoke]



[SUPER=130-80/Loretta Bonds/Moneta]



[SUPER=130-7/Clay Bailey/Troutville]



[SUPER=130-/Zeke Watkins/Natural Bridge Station]



[SUPER=130-/Randy Carter/Forest]



[SUPER=130-/Lance Gallimore/Bent Mountain]



[SUPER=130-6/Devon Smith/Bedford]



[SUPER=130-13/Derrick Scales/Ridgeway]


Anniversary:
[SUPER=130-11th/Stanley & Doris Walker/Moneta]



[SUPER=130-5/Christopher Buttner/Vinton]



[SUPER=130-1/Morgan Peraulas/Roanoke]



[SUPER=130-/Calvin Kanode/Virginia Beach]



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[45-Pitts-Gun]


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A Pittsylvania County teenager has been suspended from school for a year for trying to sell a gun on school property.
Officials found the 22-caliber revolver last month at the Danville-Pittsylvania County Regional Alternative School.
A teacher overheard the 17 year old student trying to sell a gun to another student in the bathroom. Pittsylvania County Sheriff Harold Plaster said the student was charged with possession or concealment of a handgun on school.

School officials say no one was injured in the incident. [45E-Davis]


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Former Lieutenant Governor Richard Davis has died.
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Dick Davis held the post under Governor Chuck Robb-
Davis sought the govenorship-but never achieved it.
He also ran unsuccessfully for the U-S senate .
Dick Davis had been in declining health for several months. He was 77.
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[45E-Crash-victim]


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Jim Stevens had a lot on his mind three years ago today - He was worried about his ailing mother- -on the way to pick up his sister who was flying in from Detroit to Roanoke- -
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And yet the part-time preacher says he had an unusual sense of peace
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/March 5, 1996]

just before the spectacular wreck that demolished his car three years ago.
He was driving along Orange Avenue- -less than a mile short of getting on the Interstate, when a fleeing murder suspect slammed into Stevens' car broadside, sending his Ford Taurus into a 360-degree spin.
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[SOT 15:26:10]
[IN Q=You may have noticed]

((YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED IN THE PICTURE IT LOOKED LIKE THE CAR IS EMPTY. BOTH SEATS COLLAPSED, AND I WAS THROWN BACK, JUST COVERED WITH GLASS. AND THE WHOLE RIGHT SIDE WAS SAVED IN. AND I WAS LYING THERE. AND WITH ALL THESE POLICE CARS, I THOUGHT, "WHY IS NOBODY COMING TO MY CAR?" OF COURSE, I SAW THE FILM LATER AND REALIZED THEY WERE TRYING TO ARREST THE MURDERER.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Stevens/Accident Victim]
[RUNS=20]
[OUT Q=arrest the murderer.]
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Stevens walked away from the wreck.
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[45E-Barksdale]
[anchor=Melanie]
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Not Guilty is the verdict for a Pittsylvania County jailer accused of having sex with a teenage inmate.
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[vo-nat]
A jury deliberated less than an hour before acquitting 26-year-old Andre Lamont Barksdale on 3 sex charges against him.
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A 17-year-old testified that she consented to sexual relations with Barksdale 3 times in 1997... But the jury did NOT believe her relationship with Barksdale went that far.

[45E-Indoor-Plumbing]


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One way to fix your plumbing problems is to have the state build you a new house.
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[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]


Linnie Thomas is ready to move into HER new two bedroom home.
Last summer, she had no indoor plumbing -- washing her hair in the sink with a pond of sewage in the backyard.
So Franklin County officials spent 40-thousand-dollars in state money.
Now she has a shower, washer-dryer hookup, a toilet that flushes, and new pipes under the house.
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[SOT 10:20]
[IN Q=It's going to]

((IT'S GOING TO MAKE IT A WHOLE LOT EASIER. AT LEAST I HAVE GOOD FRESH WATER. WON'T HAVE TO GO TO THE MINI MARKET TO GET ME A JUG OF WATER.))
[SUPER=01-Linnie Thomas/Homeowner;]
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[OUT Q=jug of water]
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To qualify for this kind of help, you must own your home, have a basic plumbing problem and earn less than the median income.
Most homeowners are expected to repay half the cost of repairs within ten years.
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Turning your attention now to weather--
Partly sunny skies today with highs in the low to mid 50s.
Increasing clouds overnight, with lows in the upper 30s.
YOur weekend outlook includes a good chance of showers tomorrow...otherwise partly cloudy this weekend.
Highs dropping from the 50s back into the 40s over the next several days....
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[8-Franklin-Ax]


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A truck driver left the scene of an accident in Roanoke county last night-- also leaving authorities wondering WHY.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


Police say it happened along Route 220 south near the Franklin County line when this truck ran off the road and struck some trees.
The driver was not at the scene when Police arrived. Police dispatchers called the owner of the vehicle to find out what happened.
The driver claimed to fall asleep at the wheel. Police at the scene say they think alcohol may be a factor.
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[8E-Tech-Minister]


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Father Jack Wilcox will be on the job tonight, in an usual way.
His official title is chaplain at Virginia Tech.
But as Stacey Martin explains, he's taking his work far beyond the pulpit .
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[IN Q=nat sot]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :01]
[SUPER=01-Alex Tighe/Tech Student; :18]
[SUPER=07-Rev. Jack Wilcox; :44]
[SUPER=@Stacey2; 1:31 QUICK!]
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[OUT Q=SM, News 7, Blacksburg.]
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[SOT 23.26.08 - 23.26.15]
[IN Q=I'm Father Jack]

((I'M FATHER JACK. HOW ARE YOU DOIN? ALEX, HOW ARE YOU DOIN'? )) [RUNS07]
[OUT Q=are you doin'.]


A friendly greeting and kegs full of hot water and coffee aren't the typical offerings at area homes at 11 o'clock on Friday nights.
But, then again this is Father Jack's place.
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[SOT 23.33.01 - 23.33.14]
[IN Q=We walked by the first]

((ALEX TIGHE: WE WALKED BY THE FIRST TIME AND I WAS LIKE WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT? AND, THEN WE JUST WALKED BY AGAIN AND JUST STOPPED BY AND IT'S UNEXPECTED. I DON'T THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD EXPECT THIS KIND OF GENEROSITY.)) [RUNS13]
[OUT Q=this kind of generosity.]


But generosity doesn't compel him.
He says it's a matter of acting out his faith and meeting students on their terms-- as they file past his home in search of a party--sometimes returning after drinking to excess.
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[SOT 16.01.20 - 16.01.40]
[IN Q=I do grieve when]

((FATHER JACK WILCOX:I DO GRIEVE WHEN THEY DRINK TOO MUCH ESPECIALLY WHEN THE UNDERAGE STUDENTS DRINK. I DON'T KNOW HOW THAT'S GOING TO BE A REALITY ANYMORE. AND, IT IS A REALITY AND THEY'RE THERE AND THEY NEED SOME HELP. )) [RUNS20]
[OUT Q=need some help.]


He leaves lecturing to college professors and preaching to the pulpit-- bringing up religion when students ask questions.
But signs of his convictions are evident, alongside handouts for those in need of more serious help.
Donations have been coming in as word of his late-night ministry has spread.
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[SOT 23.11.58 - 23.12.08]
[IN Q=Donation to your]

((DONATION TO YOUR PROGRAM. YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO THAT. WE'LL YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO THIS EITHER. GOD BLESS YOU. THANK YOU.)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q=thank you.]


But, Father Jack suggests this challenge to others..
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[SOT 16.05.44 - 16.05.51]
[IN Q=I don't see]

((FATHER JACK WILCOX:I DON'T SEE THIS AS JUST SOMETHING THAT I DO. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE COMMUNITY OUT AND DOING SOME THINGS POSITIVE FOR THE STUDENTS, INSTEAD OF COMPLAINING ABOUT THE STUDENTS.)) [RUNS07]
[OUT Q=about the students.]


Stacey Martin, News 7, Blacksburg.))

[8E-Wilson-Jason]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-13 20:02]
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It's a spring break of a different nature for some Roanoke Valley students, basking in the heat of Peru this week.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


It's called the Jason Project -- an interactive satellite broadcast.
The project links students to the man who discovered Titanic- Robert Ballard is now exploring the rainforests of Peru.
The students watch experiments in the rainforest, then copy those tests here.
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[anchor=melanie]
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Don't forget .. Patrick Evans will have a live update from Peru at 5 and 6.

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Before we finish off the morning updates... here's another look at the Friday forecast.
Partly sunny today, with a lighter southeast breeze.
Highs in the low to mid 50s.
Increasing clouds tonight, with lows falling into the 30s.
The five day outlook includes a few rainy days...otherwise, partly cloudy with highs in the 40s and 50s.
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