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The fear sparked by last week's shooting is being felt close to home.
Two local students have been suspended for the rest of the school year after rumors kept over one hundred students away from Alleghany High School yesterday.
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Officials say the students have been charged with disruption to the education program. Police say they were involved with promoting and creating threats. Close to 200 students were either absent or left school early yesterday, after rumors of an Internet "hit list." Word of the list came about Monday night, and students say it has names of people who were going to be shot if they came to school yesterday.
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[00:05:24] ((DR.MARTY LAUGHLIN/SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR: SO FAR, THROUGH ALL THE RUMORS AND ALL THE PHONE CALLS WE HAVEN'T FOUND ANYTHING. BUT WE ARE CONTINUING TO INTERVIEW STUDENTS AND DECIDE ON ANY ACTION THAT MAY BE TAKEN, MAY BE NEEDED.))
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The sheriff and deputies searched the school and did not find anything. An extra deputy will be placed at the school for the rest of the year.
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The student accused of threatening to blow up Patrick Henry High School yesterday went before a juvenile court judge yesterday.
The prosecutor asked the judge to revoke bond for
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Jason Woodson, based on the fact that he called the teacher at home last night after he was released.
Woodson says the teacher, Leslie Cleveland lied.
She refused to discuss the incident yesterday, but school officials say the student communicated the threat to her directly.
Woodson says it took her an hour and a half to report it, so HE says she couldn't have been too concerned.
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He also denies having said to Mrs. Cleveland anything to the effect of "you're not dead, yet?"...once classes resumed.
The judge set a June 2nd trial date.

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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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Some parents are questioning school officials' handling of a bomb threat at Hidden Valley Junior High school yesterday.
A threatening note discovered on a bathroom wall sparked a thorough inspection of the school - it turned up nothing.
Children were allowed back into class, but some were NOT allowed to call home.
Out of order signs were placed on pay phones.
School officials say it was the best way to prevent chaos.
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(DAVID BLEVINS/PRINCIPAL: IT WAS PRETTY CHAOTIC. WE THOUGHT THAT GETTING STUDENTS BACK INTO CLASS AND SORT OF GETTING A

HANDLE ON WHERE PEOPLE WERE, WHERE THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO BE, WAS REAL IMPORTANT AT THAT TIME.)
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300 students did go home during the day. The school has called all parents to explain the incident.

[7-E-Newman]


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He's held elected office for most of his adult life, and Lynchburg's state senator Steve Newman hopes to return to Richmond for another four years.
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Newman kicked off his re-election campaign with a rally yesterday at Forest Middle School.
He says education, lower taxes and economic development are things he'd like to continue working on in the Virginia state senate.
Newman was first elected to the senate in 1995 when Elliot Schewel retired.
Democrats plan to nominate former C-I-A officer John Campbell as their candidate.
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Taking a look at today's forecast--
Scattered showers will continue from the overnight, then shifting to mostly cloudy skies for the rest of the day with a chance of more light rain.
The temperature will range in the low 40's.
That's your local forecast for the day--don't forget your umbrella!
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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 4/29/99
Thursday:
Anniversary:
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[SUPER=130-9/Xavier McCrowey/Buchanan]



[SUPER=130-17/KaRenda LaPrade/Rocky Mount]



[SUPER=130-7/Nicole Whitlow/Wytheville]



[SUPER=130-11/Sean Price/Roanoke]


Anniversary:
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[SUPER=130-36/Jonathan Kirk/Penhook]



[SUPER=130-6/Maurice Hampton, II/Martinsville]



[SUPER=130-80/Sue Bratton/Roanoke]


No Pictures:

[SUPER=131-38/Daniel Chinault/Charlotte, NC]



[SUPER=131-25/Chad Frye/Covington]



[SUPER=131-23/Trey Miller/Roanoke]



[SUPER=131-25/Tiffany Wimbush/Martinsville]


Anniversary:
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We do have one school closing to announce this morning. Halifax County schools are operating on a two hour delay. Th

at's a two hour delay in Halifax County.[45E-Drowning]


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Officials in Franklin County are waiting to notify relatives before releasing the name of a drowning victim.

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Game Wardens say a 57 year old construction worker died yesteray at Smith Mountain Lake.
The man reportedly was working with someone else on a dock in the Lake Mount subdivision in Moneta, when he lost his balance and fell from the scaffolding into the water.
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Wardens say the man could not swim, and he was dead when rescue workers found him more than an hour later.

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Hundreds of southside textile workers are without jobs.
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Pluma -the maker of fleecewear and T-shirts- announced Monday that it will be closing its sewing plants in Chatham and Alta Vista.
More than 330 employees will be laid off before July.
Pluma officials say the company has lost money steadily for over a year and that to cut costs, the sewing jobs will be contracted to workers in Mexico and Honduras.
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((SHERRIE DAVIS/PLUMA EMPLOYEE: I COME TO THIS JOB EVERYDAY. THIS IS LIKE MY HOME NOW. AND THEY'RE JUST GOING TO UP AND LEAVE US HERE. THEY'RE GOING TO GIVE OUR JOBS TO SOMEBODY OVERSEAS. I THINK IT'S WRONG.))
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Pluma is offering about 75 workers sewing positions in its Martinsville plant.

[45S-State-Y2K]


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When it comes to the Y-2-K bug Virginia's top law enforcer appears most concerned about the human factor.
Ellen Qualls explains.
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(( While programmers fret over zeroes, and captains of industry hope they've found every suspect chip... Y2K conjures up a completely different vision for Virginia police.
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((COL. WAYNE HUGGINS/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: THE THING I'M MOST CONCERNED ABOUT IS THE PARTYING ASPECT OF THIS. THIS ISN'T EVEN A ONCE IN A LIFETIME SITUATION. THIS IS A ONCE IN EVERY A THOUSAND YEARS SITUATION.)) [runs:17]
So 18-hundred Virginia State Troopers will be preparing to deploy to the Y2K hotspots.
They're making sure THEY have the resources to operate if disaster strikes.
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((COL. WAYNE HUGGINS/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: BUT WE'RE NOT TRYING TO OVERREACT OR LOOK IT LIKE IT'S GOING TO BE SOME MONUMENTAL CRISIS, THE LIKES OF WHICH WE'VE NEVER SEEN. FOR THE LIFE OF ME, I CAN'T IMAGINE THAT'S WHAT'S GOING TO OCCUR.)) [runs:14]
Colonel Huggins says the fear factor may be what's most dangerous.
People stockpiling fuel to run their generators are more likely to blow up their houses than be some of the few who survive an apocalyptic New Years Eve.
Gun stockpiles cause a whole new array of police nightmares.
Then, there's the day after...
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((COL. WAYNE HUGGINS/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: I THINK PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE CURIOUS. I THINK PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE VENTURING OUT AND SEEING WHAT, IF ANYTHING, IS GOING ON.)) [runs:07]

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The Virginia State Police have been thinking about what the Year 2000 might mean since 1994.
They don't have the answers either. [runs:00]

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But they do know it's NOT all about computers.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))

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Taking a break now from the news to check weather--
Scattered showers today, otherwise mostly cloudy with highs around 60.
Breezy tonight, with a chance of light rain and lows tonight in the lower 40s.
The five day forecast stays cool and damp for the next couple of days...with a return of sunshine and warm weather this weekend.
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We do have one school closing to announce this morning. Halifax County schools are operating on a two hour delay. Th

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Whether recreational activities at Carvin's Cove will be encouraged or DIScouraged is the issue facing a committee of citizens and consultants.
Eric Earnhart has the story.
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(( Tony Richbourg drives from Bedford to cast a line into the receding waters of Carvin's Cove...
He'd spend more time here, if there was MORE HERE.
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(( TONY RICHBOURG/SPORTSMAN A CAMPSITE, YOU COULD STAY HERE ALL NIGHT, CAMPFIRES, TENTS, RECREATIONAL PLACES))
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A Land Use Committee and Consultant team is trying to map out the future of the lake, this is one of their informational meetings.
They're learning there is a strong public desire for more recreational opportunities at the reservoir.
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(( KATHY FULLER; SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE IS AT THIS POINT OVERCROWDED AND DANGEROUS, I'M REALLY EXCITED BECAUSE IT'S CLOSE TO WHERE I LIVE..))
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02:46:48 STANDUP Right now though, the immediate concern about Carvin's Cove is not what to do with it, but what's left of it, the reservoir looks more like a martian landscape than a lake, and the incoming flow of water has been reduced to a mere trickle.

It's a concern because low levels combined with increased recreation means people on the lakebed, leaving more contamination.
Engineers say water quality holds the final trump card in this contest.

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(( JIM TALIAN/ENGINEERING CONSULTANT; THAT'S WHY IT'S ALL HERE TO BEGIN WITH, AND NOW THERE ARE COMPETING USES FOR THE AREA, IT ALL HAS TO COME BACK TO WATER QUALITY, THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE. ))
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Tony Richbourg says whatever happens, he wants to see his favorite fishing hole protected.

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(( BASICALLY JUST LEAVE IT THE WAY IT IS, THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT, THAT'S THE WAY IT SHOULD BE. ))
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Eric Earnhart, news 7))



[8-E-NRV-Trail]


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Hikers and bikers can now enjoy the entire New River Trail, after a legal battle was settled over a two- mile stretch in Wythe County.
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Norfolk Southern donated land for the 57 mile trial.
But several property owners have fought the state arguing that the land was supposed to revert to the previous owners or their heirs when the right-of-way was no longer needed by the railroad.
A judge was supposed to decide the question of ownership yesterday but the property owners wanted more time to hire attorneys.
In the meantime, the judge has issued a temporary order opening the entire trail until the issue is finally resolved in court.
A June 21st trial date has been set.
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[8-E-Floyd-School]


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Some Floyd County students welcomed home their experiments from a mission with John Glenn on the Space Shuttle Discovery.
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After weeks of waiting, students at Blue Mountain School received the experiments they designed for the shuttle flight last October.
They were trying to measure the effects of microgravity and extreme temperature changes on ordinary materials such as photographic film, popcorn and motor oil.
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((PACO GELPI/STUDENT: WITH THE OIL, THE ONE THAT STAYED ON EARTH DEFINITELY DID LUBRICATE BETTER, AND THE SPACE OIL WAS ROUGHER.))
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Though their observations weren't unanimous, the students did find some differences between the samples that travelled in space, and those that remained on the ground.
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And their work isn't over. Yesterday, they planted some of the corn that made the shuttle flight, to see how well it grows after travelling in space.

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Time again to look at the mid- week forecast...
Scattered showers again today, then turning mostly cloudy this afternoon.
Highs around 60.
Breezy tonight, with a chance of more light rain overnight.
Lows in the lower 40s.
The extended outlook is calling for scattered showers through tomrorow...with drier and warmer weather ahead this weekend.
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