[Headlines]

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[VO-NAT]


A deadly night in Tornado Alley.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


President Clinton's heads to Brussells to talk to NATO officials about Kosovo.
But a senior administration official is downplaying any expectations about a diplomatic solution.
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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As killer tornadoes strike the southern plains...all is quiet here.
Expect lots of sunshine today and unseasonably mild temperatures
[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


[Storms]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#None]
[GRAPHIC=Tornado]


Portions of Oklahoma and Kansas look like war zones after a series of tornadoes touched down over night.
At least 34 people are dead and hundreds injured.
One twister, at least half a mile wide, destroyed as many as a thousand homes in Oklahoma City.
Steve Pickett joins us this the latest.
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((THERE WERE RESCUES IN THE AFTERMATH ((NAT SOUND)) PEOPLE SAVING THEIR NEIGHBORS WHO WERE HIDING IN FEAR.. AND STILL TRAPPED IN THE DESTRUCTION. IT IS CALLED "TORNADO ALLEY" AND THIS MORNING, AS PEOPLE WANDER THROUGH ((NAT SOUND)) AND OVER WHAT'S LEFT OF THEIR LIVES THIS PART OF OKLAHOMA HAS LIVED UP TO ITS NAME.. AND THEN SOME.
((SOT))

IT WAS A MASSIVE TWISTER.. A HALF-MILE WIDE , CREATING ITS CARNAGE AT 260 MILES AN HOUR.. CARS AND EVEN ENTIRE HOMES SIMPLY HAD NO CHANCE... AND THERE WAS LITTLE TIME FOR HUNDREDS OF RESIDENTS TRYING TO STAY ALIVE.
((SOT))

THE TORNADO WAS FAST AND FURIOUS.. LEAVING HOMEOWNERS WITH LITTLE.. OR NOTHING AT ALL.
((SOT))

IN A MATTER OF MOMENTS, ENTIRE LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS WERE SWEPT AWAY.. AND NOW THEY MAY TAKE YEARS TO REBUILD:))

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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Serbia Under Attack]


A showdown is expected on Capitol Hill this morning over using ground troops in Yugoslavia.
A group of senators led by Arizona Republican John McCain wants to give President Clinton the authority to use ``all necessary force'' to win in Yugoslavia.
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[VO-NAT]


Meantime, President Clinton heads to to Europe today to talk to NATO officials about Kosovo.
There's also a chance he'll meet with the former American P-O-W's freed over the weekend.
While clearly pleased with their release...President Clinton said NATO can not simply give up operation allied force... and forget the Kosovars.
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((CLINTON (PARAPHRASE) WE CAN HAVE A BOMBING PAUSE IF IT'S CLEAR WE'RE ON THE WAY TO A LARGER PURPOSE.))
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[OUT Q=to a larger purpose.]
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[VO-NAT]


Yugoslav media report NATO warplanes made two attacks today on a Serbian town near the border with Macedonia.
The air raids are the only overnight attacks reported by Serb media following several straight nights heavy bombing.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=99-18 9:36]
[GRAPHIC=Brush Fire]


A 40-mile stretch of the Skyline Drive is sealed off to visitors because of a fire.
The blaze in the Shenandoah National Park has covered more than 17-hundred acres.
The fire started by accident over the weekend from embers left by a planned burn that officials thought was extinguished.
A train is being blamed for a series of brush fires in Botetourt County yesterday afternoon.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.]


Four fires burned through the woods along a two mile stretch of track in the Blue Ridge area.
Firefighters from seven companies in Botetourt and Roanoke counties responded.
It took firefighter a little over six hours to extinguish the flames.
Winds and rough terrain hindered fire fighters because they could not get trucks into the area where trees were still down from winter ice storms.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Buena Vista]


A welding torch sparked a blaze at a local business yesterday.
Flames broke out at the Dana Corporation in Buena Vista around mid-day, but the biggest problem was the smoke.
Firefighters were able to put out the flames in just 15 minutes and eventually cleared out all the smoke.
The workers were allowed back in, but the welding area remains closed.
A few workers were treated with oxygen.
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[1-Sports]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=chr]
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In sports, The Express prepare for game three of the playoffs tomorrow night in Richmond.
Mike Stevens has the details.
Good Morning Mike.
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[City-Budget]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#99-16 TC07:45]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal]


While Roanoke City Council considers a cut in the real estate tax rate, officials are also proposing an increase in the lodging tax.
And last night, both of those proposals brought pointed reaction from citizens.
Joe Dashiell has more on the public hearing.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ray Rushton/Rodeway Inn; :18]
[SUPER=01-Esther Cirasunda/Roanoke Education Association; :43]
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((As members of Roanoke City Council gathered at the Civic Center Exhibition Hall, the city's lodging industry lead off.
While Roanoke hotels and motels are wary of any increase in the transient occupancy tax, they say they can accept it if the money goes toward an increase in local tourism promotion.
[SOT 00:49:23 tape 1]
[IN Q=Northern Virginia]
[RUNS= 15]
[OUT Q=if we let them know we're here.]


Only one person spoke in favor of the proposed cut in the real estate tax rate... and several suggested the reduction will take valuable resources from important programs... including the schools.
[SOT 15:13:57 tape 2]
[IN Q=Although Roanoke city property owners]

((ESTHER CIRASUNDA/ROANOKE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION: ALTHOUGH ROANOKE CITY PROPERTY OWNERS INCLUDING MYSELF AND MANY OTHER SCHOOL SYSTEM EMPLOYEES WILL BENEFIT SLIGHTLY FROM THE PROPOSED TAX CUT, ROANOKE'S CHILDREN OUR PROPOSED FUTURE, COULD BENEFIT FAR MORE IF THE CUTS WERE NOT MADE.))
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[OUT Q=if the cuts were not made.]


A penny cut in the real estate tax rate will save the owners of a 75, 000 dollar home, seven dollars and fifty cents on their tax bill.
Council will consider these issues this week, and adopt the budget next Tuesday.

Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))[E-Law-Day]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ssi]
[TAPE#=99-10 1:26:47]
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Three students from ONE high school won a state-wide law day essay contest.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington]

The Rockbridge County Court House honored Virginia Page, Susan Ayer and Cristin Conner yesterday. The Rockbridge High School seniors took the top three places in a contest with over 300 Commonwealth competitors. Judge George Honts presided over the ceremony and called it an awesome occasion.
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[IN Q=In the face]

[02:09:38] ((JUDGE GEORGE HONTS: IN THE FACE OF SO MUCH GRIEF OVER SUCH SENSELESS LOSSES IN OUR SCHOOLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND IN THE FACE OF THE UNREST AND DIS-EASE THAT HAS FOLLOWED IN THE WAKE OF THOSE EVENTS, IT'S APPROPRIATE THAT WE ARE HERE TODAY TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THREE SPECIAL YOUNG PEOPLE.))
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[VO-NAT]

The three students were awarded plaques and will receive savings bonds for their accomplishments. They wrote their essays on the controversial "right to die" issue.
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[2-shot=Mel/Kmc]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


It's been a devastating night in Tornado Alley.
At least 34 after a series of violent twisters ripped through Oklahoma and Kansas, and officials expect the death toll to rise.
Officials say at least one-thousand homes were demolished in Oklahoma City alone.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kim]


While storms hit the midwest, a lack of rain in southwest Virginia could lead to mandatory water restrictions for Roanoke residents.
The Carvin's Cove Reservoir is 18 feet below full pond, and may not fill back up this year.
While Roanoke COUNTY's Spring Hollow Reservoir is full, the county continues to buy water from the city.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And as the students of Columbine High school try to move on with their lives, investigators are making some headway in the case.
Police say they've arrested a 22-year old man for supplying one of the guns used in the rampage.
Mark Manes (MAN'-ihs) has been charged with providing a handgun to a minor.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Tuesday May 4th.
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[severe-weather]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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At least 34 people are dead after tornadoes tore through parts of Oklahoma and Kansas last night.
One twister, at least a-half-mile wide, stormed through Oklahoma City demolishing up to a thousand homes.
Mika Brzezinski has the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Mika Brzezinski/Reporting; :42]
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((THERE WERE RESCUES IN THE AFTERMATH...
(NAT)

PEOPLE SAVING THEIR NEIGHBORS TRAPPED AMID THE DESTRUCTION. IT IS CALLED "TORNADO ALLEY" AND THIS MORNING, AS PEOPLE WANDER THROUGH "NAT AAA" (Person climbing over their stuff, slipping) AND OVER WHAT'S LEFT OF THEIR LIVES.. THIS PART OF OKLAHOMA HAS LIVED UP TO ITS NAME.. AND THEN SOME.
MOS SOT

IT WAS FAST AND FURIOUS..AND LEFT NOTHING THE WAY IT WAS.
MOS SOT

AND FOR HUNDREDS OF HOMEOWNERS, THERE IS NOTHING LEFT..ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
MOS SOT

IT WAS A MASSIVE SYSTEM .. A HALF MILE WIDE, CREATING ITS CARNAGE AT 260 MILES AN HOUR.. POWERS LINES, CARS, ENTIRE HOMES SIMPLY HAD NO CHANCE.. AND THERE WAS LITTLE TIME FOR HUMDREDS OF RESIDENTS
MOS SOT - we we all in the closet

BECAUSE IN A MATTER OF MOMENTS, LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS WERE SWEPT AWAY. MIKA BRZEZINSKI CBS NEWS))

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[WRITER=eea]
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Here in Virginia, the story is dry weather.
Roanoke City water officials say there's a good possibility residents will face mandatory water restrictions at some point in the future.
The Carvin's Cove Reservoir is 18 feet below full pond, and may not fill back up this year.
Eric Earnhart has more.
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[SUPER=01-Kit Kiser/Roanoke Utilities Director; :19]
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((A year ago these children would be swimming... now they can walk on the bottom of Carvin's Cove where water was once a dozen feet over their heads.
City Utilities Director Kit Kiser says if May passes without significant rain, things get serious.

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((KIT KISER/ROANOKE UTILITIES DIRECTOR; YOU'VE GOT JUNE, YOU'VE GOT JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, ARE DRY, HIGH USE MONTHS, AND THE RESERVOIR NORMALLY DROPS 2 TO THREE FEET A MONTH )) [RUNS 11]
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Fifteen percent of that drain comes from Roanoke County. The city has an contract to sell the county water well into the next century.
Technically, the County doesn't need it... the Spring Hollow Rervoir is full.
But some North County residents are connected the the City system, and have no access to Spring Hollow.
County officials say it might be possible to give some of that water back.

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[IN Q=We already have some]

((GARY ROBERTSON/ROANOKE CO. UTILITY DIRECTOR; WE ALREADY HAVE SOME PLACES IN MIND THAT WE COULD TAKE SPRING HOLLOW WATER INTO AREAS OF THE CITY TO OFFSET SOME OF THE WATER WE'RE USING FROM CARVINS COVE )) [RUNS 10]
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Thanks to Spring Hollow, County residents will NOT face any water restrictions this summer.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))

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[TAPE#=None]
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Dry, windy conditions are fueling a brush fire in the Shenandoah National Park.
17-hundred acres have already burned and a 40-mile stretch of Skyline Drive is closed.
No one has been hurt, and no structures are immediately threatened.
The fire started by accident over the weekend from embers left by a planned burn that officials thought was extinguished.

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=99-8 1:45:56]
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Autopsy reports show a Campbell County woman who was shot by her husband over the weekend, died from a single bullet wound to the neck.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Campbell Co.]


27-year old Douglas Pendleton told police he was showing his wife how to fire a Glock semi-automatic pistol when the gun accidentally went off.
28-year old Jennifer Pendleton died early Saturday morning.
Her husband has "not" been charged and the investigation is continuing.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=99-5 1:44:49]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


Eighteen men charged with soliciting sex in Wasena Park WILL go to trial in Roanoke.
Judge Richard Pattisall (PAT-uh-sahl) issued a 15-page opinion yesterday, rejecting the defendants' claim that the charges violate their right to privacy.
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[VO-NAT ]


Attorney Sam Garrison was on the losing side of the argument, though he took some satisfaction in the judge's ruling that there IS a "right to privacy" under the state Constitution.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Yesterday's ruling clears the way for the trial of 18 men accused of trying to get undercover vice squad officers to engage in oral sex.

[bombing]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=mornin]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Serbia Under Attack]


President Clinton heads to Brussels today to meet with officials coordinating Operation Allied Force.
Mr. Clinton is also going to Germany where he will likely meet with the former American P-O-W's.
The President says NATO will not be coerced into a quick, diplomatic solution to the conflict -- despite yeterday's pleas from both Jesse Jackson and a Russian envoy.
Cindy Pena reports.
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(((NAT) A NIGHT OF DIPLOMACY IN WASHINGTON DIDN'T STOP THE BOMBING IN BELGRADE... THE YUGOSLAV STATE NEWS AGENCY SAYS NATO FORCES HIT THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE CAPITAL CITY... AS RUSSIAN PRIME MINISTER VICTOR CHERNOMYRDIN AND JESSE JACKSON TALKED SEPARATELY TO PRESIDENT CLINTON ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF PEACE. JACKSON-- ARMED WITH THE VICTORY OF THE AMERICAN P-O-W RELEASE.
SOT: JESSE JACKSON/RAINBOW COALITION (PARAPHRASE) MR. MILOSEVIC HAD THE OPTION TO KEEP THE SOLDIERS....THEM IN A GESTUR

E OF DIPLOMACY. JUST HOURS BEFORE... IN GERMANY, THE THREE U-S SERVICEMEN ALMOST REVELED IN THEIR NEW-FOUND FREEDOM... ON A SUN-DRENCHED BALCONY --WITH THEIR FAMILIES BY THEIR SIDE. DOCTORS SAY ALL ARE DOING WELL... ALTHOUGH A BIT MORE BEAT UP THAN ORIGINALLY ANTICIPATED.
SOT: CLINTON OUR AIR CAMPAIGN CAN NOT STOP... THE KOSOVARS.

YET MR. CLINTON CLEARLY HINTED THERE SOME LEEWAY ... FOR NEGOTIATION -- BUT UNDER NATO'S CONDITIONS ONLY.
SOT: CLINTON (PARAPHRASE) WE CAN HAVE A BOMBING PAUSE IF IT'S CLEAR WE'RE ON THE WAY TO A LARGER PURPOSE.

STANDUP: CINDY PENA/REPORTING))

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((Archive: Loch Haven Music Festival))

[School-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=School Shooting]


Police in Colorado have arrested the man they think supplied the Columbine High School shooters with a semi-automatic handgun.
Meanwhile the survivors of the shooting are trying to readjust to life in the classroom.
Bobbi Harley has more.
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[SUPER=01-Steve Davis/Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :15]
[SUPER=01-Richard Kaufman/Jefferson Co. Schools; :37]
[SUPER=01-Bobbi Harley/Reporting; 1:25]
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((Before now 22-year old Mark Manes worst offense had been a traffic violation. Now he's the first arrest in the nation's worst school massacre. police say he supplied the semi-automatic handgun to the two teenage killers.
(Sot, Steve Davis, Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

This comes as Columbine High School students went back to class-- their schoolmates killed April 20th were not the only ones missing from their ranks. Friends and associates of the two shooters - Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold - will stay at home with the Jefferson County school district providing them tutors. Super: Richard Kaufman/Dir. Of Communications/Jefferson Co. Schools Sot..(134045)."primarily for their well-being as well as because it's a very difficult time for everyone involved." As difficult as it is for many Columbine students, they say need to return to class - even if it's not at their old school. That remains an active crime scene - where 12 students and a teacher died at the hands of Harris and Klebold who then took their own lives. Nearly 2 thousand Columbine students will attend class here at nearby Chatfield High School for the rest of the year - in split sessions - Chatfield in the morning, Columbine in the afternoon. And there's a new dress code - no more trenchcoats. The shooters wore them the day of the rampage - and as part of their outcast group - the trenchcoat mafia. Now no student wearing one will be allowed into any Jefferson County school.
(HARLEY STANDUP)))


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[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-15 18:09]
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One local politician is urging lawmakers NOT to use the high-school massacre in Colorado to justify stronger gun-control laws.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Al Bedrosian told a crowd outside his house yesterday that nobody should "cower" to the anti-gun lobby.
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[SOT 2:04:07]
[IN Q=after a while]

((AL BEDROSIAN/REPUBLICAN DELEGATE CANDIDATE: AFTER A WHILE IT GETS SILLY. I MEAN YOU GOT KIDS BEING KILLED BY CARS, WE'RE NOT BANNING CARS. IT'S A SILLY ... WE'RE MAKING THESE ANALOGIES AND IT'S WRONG.))
[SUPER=01-Al Bedrosian/(R) Delegate Candidate;]
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[VO-NAT]


Bedrosian said one solution to violence in schools is giving parents tax credits to take children out of public schools and help pay for a private education.
His opponent in the Republican primary said he, too, would support a plan like that...
But Ed Lynch said it may not have been the best idea for Bedrosian to make his announcement so soon after the Colorado shootings.
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[SOT 2:09:12]
[IN Q=but that doesn't]

((ED LYNCH/REPUBLCIAN DELEGATE CANDIDATE: BUT THAT DOESN'T TAKE AWAY FROM THE MERIT OF THE IDEA OF TAX CREDITS FOR PARENTS FOR WHAT I CONSIDER TO BE THEIR FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO EDUCATE THEIR CHILDREN THEIR WAY.))
[SUPER=01-Ed Lynch/(R) Delegate Candidate;]
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[OUT Q=their way]
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Lynch and Bedrosian are running for the seat held by Democrat Dick Cranwell.
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[3-Sports]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=sports cut in]
[GRAPHIC=None]


In sports, The shock of Saturday nights' fatal Indy Car race leaves the Charlotte Motor Speedway with several decisions to make.
Mike Stevens has more.
Good Morning Mike.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
(weather toss)

[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Mel/Kmc]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Roanoke City residents could be facing water restrictions if May passes without significant rainfall.
Carvin's Cove Resevoir is 18 feet below full pond.
In Roanoke County-- Spring Hollow Resevoir is full and county residents should not have to deal with any restrictions.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


The dry weather has also raised the dangers of forest fires.
Seven fire companies fought a blaze in the Blue Ridge area of Botetourt County yesterday.
A brush fire in the Shenandoah National Park has closed a 40 mile stretch of Skyline Drive.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Autopsy reports show a Campbell County woman who was shot by her husband over the weekend, died from a single bullet wound to the neck.
27-year old Douglas Pendleton told police he was showing his wife how to fire a Glock semi-automatic pistol when the gun accidentally went off.
He has "not" been charged and the investigation is continuing.
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