[7E-Halifax-Planner]

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When a Halifax County planner went out to investigate a citizen complaint, he ended up in handicuffs.
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Planning Director Jerry Lovelace was arrested and charged with trespassing by a local hog farmer.
Lovelace says he was on Scott Hudson's Red Bank farm to check out an earlier odor complaint.
Hudson told authorities the visit was without his permission.
Lovelace and his boss, Halifax County Administrator Dan Sleeper, say the planner has the authority to make inspections under state zoning laws.
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[7E-Lalik]


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A Roanoke elementary school principal who was charged with contempt of court has been sentenced to a day in jail.


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William Lalik (LAH-lick) was a character witness earlier this week in Roanoke Circuit Court.
But he caused a mistrial when he left the courthouse during a break in his testimony.
Today, he told the judge he had a job interview in Blacksburg, and did not believe he was under court order to stay because he had not been subpoenaed.
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((I THINK THAT HIS TESTIMONY TODAY, THAT HE DID NOT UNDERSTAND THE COURT'S WORDS AS AN ORDER TO STAY AROUND WAS RIDICULOUS. AND I THINK THE COURT COULD SEE CLEARLY THROUGH THAT.))
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Judge Pat Doherty fined Lalik nine hundred dollars, the amount of money paid to the jurors who were called to court that day.
He also ordered Lalik to serve 24 hours in jail.
Lalick declined comment this afternoon as he left the courthouse.


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The increasing number of fatal accidents on Interstate 81 has been an ongoing concern for State officials.
Since July of 19-98, 20 people have been killed on the highway.
Now the Virginia Department of Transportation, Department of Motor Vehicles and State Police are working together to make 81 safer.
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(( The number of fatalities between Wytheville and Lexington continues to rise.
One short term solution: V-DOT plans to warn motorists of weather and traffic conditions by putting up message boards, and telling them on the radio.
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((WE THINK IF WE CAN GET INFORMATION TO THE DRIVER WHILE HE'S IN THE CAR THIS WILL HELP THEM MAKE DECISIONS AND IT WILL MAKE THEIR TRIP SAFER, MAYBE QUICKER)) [RUNS 11]
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V-DOT will also change some of the guard rails to keep vehicles headed in the right direction.
And starting in the fall - safety service vehicles will be on the roads to help motorists in trouble.
But the long term goal is to widen I-81 to five lanes in both directions.
V-DOT says this could take up to eight years to finish.
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((IT'S NOT JUST PUTTING 12 TO 14 FEET OF ASPHALT. IT IS ADDING MANY KIND OF ADDITIONS TO THE TOTAL SAFETY CAPACITY)) [RUNS 12]
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The addition would include wider shoulders, wider bridges, and different types of guardrails.
State Police are doing their part - cracking down on speeding motorist and those making the highway dangerous.
Once a week, state police are out in full-force on 81 to catch offending drivers.
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((AS OF TODAY WE HAVE ISSUED OVER 16-THOUSAND SUMMONS AND ARRESTS JUST ON THESE SATURATED PATROLS)) [RUNS 10]
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But officials ultimately agree: the responsibility lies with drivers, to be alert and to obey the rules of the road.

Joy Sutton, News 7, Roanoke County.))

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Taking a ook at today's weather...it will be partly sunny with temps in the low-to-mid 90's, BUT with the heat index, it'll feel more like 100. Tonight will be mostly clear with a light wind, temps will be in the upper 60's-to-low 70's.
Your Saturday forecast will have a.m showers then partly cloudy with temperatures in the mid-to-upper 80's. Saturday night the skies will clear and we'll see temps in the low 60's.


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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 7/31/99
Saturday:

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Wow!
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[45E-Dead-Cats]


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A Salem couple is facing criminals charges in connection with the discovery of dozens of dead and diseased cats in their home.
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[99-24 at 1:04:21]
Michael and Cheryl Boyd each face two counts of cruelty to animals and one count of owning too many cats at one location.
They had a total of 50 cats that were found sick or dead.
If they're convicted, the Boyds could be fined more than five-thousand dollars each AND sent to jail for as long as two years.
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[45E-VMI-Bunting]


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An internal audit at V-M-I has graduated to a state review on the institution's superintendent.
The State Auditor turned the case over to the Criminal Investigations Bureau a week ago.
Keith Humphry has more on General Josiah Bunting's use of discretionary funds.
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(( The report scrutinizes a 100-thousand dollar account- -money that comes from private sources, such as the V-M-I Foundation.
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((HERE HE'S PURCHASING HATS AS GIFTS.)) [RUNS :02]
Records in the business office show General Bunting used the fund to buy personal gifts, flowers, even a retirement party- -none of which fall within state regulations.
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((WHILE THE ACCOUNT IS NOT FUNDED WITH TAX DOLLARS, IT IS STILL SUBJECT TO STATE PURCHASING GUIDELINES.)) [RUNS 07]
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V-M-I financial officers point out this is just one of hundreds of accounts that make up the Institute's 39 and a half million dollar annual budget.
A $35,000 renovation of the Superintendent's office has received a lot of attention in one account of Bunting's spending habits, along with a 400-thousand dollar face-lift for the Superintendent's living quarters. But none of that came out of the Superintendent's discretionary account.
Bunting is not on Post this week. He's at his permanent home in Newport, Rhode Island.
Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.))

[45S-Greenfields]


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A little Japan culture is introduced at Botetourt County's newest industrial park. Yesterday Koyo (Coy-oh) Steering
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systems broke ground for its new facility at at the Greenfield Center.
Shovels and dirt turned into saki and salt. The ceremony is a Japanese tradition--and it asks for safe construction and divine protection over the land.
And the company called a passing thunderstorm an added bonus.
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((AKIHISA MYUYAMA/ PLANT GENERAL MANAGER: JAPANESE TRADITION SAYS WHEN WE HAVE RAIN--THE GROUND IS FIXED. SO THAT IS A GOOD RAIN. WE CAN START VERY GOOD CONDITION FROM NOW ON.))
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The 37-million dollar facility will provide over a hundred jobs to manufacture electrical steering systems for American cars. County officials are hoping that having the (Coy-oh) Koyo plant constructed by next year will attract other companies.

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[45S-Amazement-Square]


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A Lynchburg business makes a major contribution for a downtown project that will benefit children.
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G- E Financial Assurance.. the company that owns First Colony.. made a large donation to one of its downtown Lynchburg neighbors yesterday.
G- E presented the Amazement Square children's museum with a check for 250- thousand dollars to help fund educational programs.
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((MORT SAJADIAN/MUSEUM DIRECTOR: IT CERTAINLY WILL ENABLE US TO GET THE MESSAGE OF THIS MUSEUM AND OUR ACTIVITIES TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND TO THE GREATER LYNCHBURG COMMUNITY AND IT WILL HOPEFULLY MAKE A GREAT DIFFERENCE FOR A GREATER COMMUNITY BECAUSE OF ITS OUTREACH PERSPECTIVE.))
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Amazement Square will be located in newly- renovated, 150- year- old riverfront building.
It's scheduled to open next summer.
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Taking a break from the news now to check the Friday forecast...
Partly sunny and very hot today, with highs in the mid 90s....with heat index, feeling like 100.
Tonight looks mostly clear, with lows near 70.
The five day forecast stays hot through the weekend...with a mix of sun and clouds and scattered thunderstorms possible by Sunday.
Highs in the 90s....lows around 70.


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[8Body-Found]


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Foul play is not suspected in the death of a Henry County woman.
The body of 58 year old Jo Ann Rea(Ray) was found floating yesterday in the Smith River.
Her husband made the discovery.
He had been searching for her after she disappeared from the couple's funiture store.

Officials say she had been receiving treatment for depression. [8I-81]


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The increasing number of fatal accidents on interstate 81 is prompting concern from state official's.
Since July of 19-98, 20 people have been killed on the highway.
So in a joint effort the Virginia Department of Transportation, Department of Motor Vehicles and State Police is actively trying to make 81 safer.
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[SUPER=01-Fred Altizer, Jr./VDOT; :13]
[SUPER=01-Capt. Charles Compton/State Police; 1:15]
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(( The number of fatalities between Wytheville and Lexington continues to rise.
One short term solution: V-DOT plans to warn motorists of weather and traffic conditions by putting up message boards, and telling them on the radio.
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((WE THINK IF WE CAN GET INFORMATION TO THE DRIVER WHILE HE'S IN THE CAR THIS WILL HELP THEM MAKE DECISIONS AND IT WILL MAKE THEIR TRIP SAFER, MAYBE QUICKER)) [RUNS 11]
[OUT Q=maybe quicker]


V-DOT will also change some of the guard rails to keep vehicles headed in the right direction.
And starting in the fall - safety service vehicles will be on the roads to help motorists in trouble.
But the long term goal is to widen I-81 to five lanes in both directions.
V-DOT says this could take up to eight years to finish.
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((IT'S NOT JUST PUTTING 12 TO 14 FEET OF ASPHALT. IT IS ADDING MANY KIND OF ADDITIONS TO THE TOTAL SAFETY CAPACITY)) [RUNS 12]
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The addition would include wider shoulders, wider bridges, and different types of guardrails.
State Police are doing their part - cracking down on speeding motorist and those making the highway dangerous.
Once a week, state police are out in full-force on 81 to catch offending drivers.
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((AS OF TODAY WE HAVE ISSUED OVER 16-THOUSAND SUMMONS AND ARRESTS JUST ON THESE SATURATED PATROLS)) [RUNS 10]
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But officials ultimately agree: the responsibility lies with drivers, to be alert and to obey the rules of the road.

Joy Sutton, News 7, Roanoke County.))

[8County-Water]


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Recent rains have not done much to help resolve Roanoke county and city water problems.
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With the water level at Carvins Cove at a record low, the city has called for mandatory conservation.
So the county wanted to maximize connections between the two water systems.
But even as water flows from the Spring Hollow Reservoir, county officials are frustrated with the city's response. Some perceive it as an unwillingness to negotiate regional water issues.
In a July 28th letter, county Supervisor Chairman Bob Johnson said the county isn't interested in merely trading water... but rather the problems stems from a larger issue...the need to address overall water supply needs of the Roanoke Valley.
In response acting City Manager Jim Ritchie said the county's demands are unreasonable, and in effect are holding the city hostage during a drought.
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The county has set an August 20th deadline for changes to the current water agreement.
But the city is not happy with the rate the county wants to charge for water purchases.... arguing that the county is taking unfair advantage of the city's water shortage.

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Turning your attention now to weather...
Partly sunny, hot, and humid today with temperatures in the mid 90s.
But high humidity will make it feel more like 100.
Cooling off tonight to 70, under mostly clear conditions.
Tomorrow, and the next several days should stay hot.
The forecast also remains dry, with the exception of scattered thunderstorms Sunday.
Highs in the 90s...lows near 70.


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