[7county-School]

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Work on the new south Roanoke County high school has stopped because of rising costs.
But that's not what county supervisors wanted to hear.
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They were surprised yesterday when School Superintendent Deanna Gordon told them that 28 million is not enough for the new South County High School....
And when Chairman Bob Johnson learned design work on the project has stopped until additional funding is approved, he got mad.
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(( BOB JOHNSON/CHAIRMAN; I'M NOT RUNNING FOR A POPULARITY CONTEST BUT WE'RE GOING TO BUILD THIS SCHOOL... NOW I WANT TO SEE IT BUILT IN A TIMELY FASHION ))
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School officials say the extra cost, as much as five million dollars, comes from adding an auditorium and more classrooms to the project.
Supervisors approved an additional sixty-seven thousand dollars, enough to get things going again, but said not another penny, until they meet with the school board in two weeks to discuss the overall scope of the project.
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[7E-Bible-Camp]


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Children at Smith Mountain Lake are creating a youth group to unite different denominations and communities.
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They've already kicked off the lake's first interdenominational Bible Camp.
70 kids from Presbyterian, Catholic, Episcopalian, even a nondenominational church, are here.
The older ones trained for weeks to lead the group.
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[SOT 11:52:08]
[IN Q=Our mission is to]

((COURTNEY SICHER/ELEVEN YEARS OLD: OUR MISSION IS TO REACH OUT TO THE KIDS IN THAT THEY WOULD REALLY REMEMBER SOMETHING FROM THIS AND REACH OUT IN THEIR FAITH OF JESUS CHRIST.))
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Rock climbers are taught to trust Jesus like they trust their partners -- as white water rafters learn that God is with them when the water gets rough.
Pastors say the kids don't see the differences in religious denominations.
They say adults, too, have united from different churches to make the Bible Camp a success.
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[7E-Book-Parkway]


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One of Virginia's better- known attractions is the Blue Ridge Parkway. But after years of road and subdivision-development near the Parkway, one new book predicts a bleak future for the scenic roadway.
Kate Weidaw has the story.
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((The Blue Ridge Parkway attracts millions of visitors to Virginia every year. But a new book called Blue Ridge 2020: An Owner's Manual says within the next few years, development and environmental issues like air pollution will affect it's natural beauty.

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((STEVE NASH/AUTHOR: A LOT OF OUR STREAMS IN THE BLUE RIDGE ARE GOING TO BE ACIDIFYING AND SOME OF THEM WILL BE BIOLOGICALLY STERILE BY THE MIDDLE OF THE NEXT CENTURY.))
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Tourists visiting the Parkway bring in 270 million dollars a year.
But with new development replacing the natural environment, some worry about what could come in the future.

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((HOUCH MEDFORD/EXEC. DIR. BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY FOUNDATION: WHEN THOSE SCENIC VIEWS ARE COMPROMISED BY DEVELOPMENT PEOPLE WILL NO LONGER VISIT THE PARKWAY AND THAT WILL HAVE A DETRIMENTAL EFFECT ON THE LOCAL ECONOMY.))
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A larger population means more roads, buildings, and fewer trees. But is there something that can be done to stop future problems?

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((STEVE NASH/AUTHOR: FOR EACH OF THESE PROBLEMS THERE IS A SET OF SOLUTIONS THAT ARE OUT THERE TO BE TESTED AND EXPLORED.))
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Nash says Blue Ridge 2020 is a book that clarifies the solutions - that could help the famous parkway in the future. Kate Weidaw News 7 Roanoke.))

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Taking a look at your midweek forecast.
Today will be partly sunny with scattered showers likely.
Temperatures will be in the mid-to-upper 80's.
Tonight will be turn mostly clear with temperatures in the comfortable low-to-mid 60's.


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Thursday:

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Anniversary:
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[SUPER=130-62/James Wertz/Troutville]



[SUPER=130-/Clint Treadway/Dublin]


No Pictures:

[SUPER=131-33/Jennifer Martin/Roanoke]

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[45E-Forest-Fire]


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Another forest fire broke out in Botetourt County last night - this one much smaller.
A blaze on Apple Orchard Mountain, near the Blue Ridge Parkway, burned one acre before firefighters brought it under control.
Meantime, firefighters battling the massive blaze in the county are now getting a break.
Where there was once billowing smoke and raging flame -
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there is now a mountainside dotted with small fires, and covered by a lingering haze of smoke.
The Virginia Department of Forestry says the fire that has burned on Purgatory Mountain 4 days is now officially controlled.
95 firefighters spent yesterday re-inforcing back-fire lines.
Today almost half of them will be allowed to go home.
[super=04-Monday]


12-hundred and 85 acres were charred by the blaze.
Officials expect it to continue smoldering until there's significant rainfall.

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Tossing a cigarette the sidewalk in Lynchburg could mean a hefty fine.
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Last night Lynchburg city council amended its litter control ordinance to include cigarette trash in its definition of litter.
The new law means Hill City business owners must now keep the sidewalks and gutters in front of their stores clean of cigarette butts in addition to other trash.
City officials agree enforcement could be tricky.. but the public should still be aware.
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((JIM WHITAKER/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: WE'VE GOTTEN TO A POINT IN OUR NATION WHERE WE'VE ENCOURAGED PEOPLE NOT TO THROW LITTER OUT AND THIS IS JUST ONE MORE ENCOURAGEMENT TO REMEMBER THAT CIGARETTE BUTTS IS LITTER ALSO.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Whitaker/Lynchburg Council Member]
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A first- time violation of the litter law could carry a 500 dollar fine.
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[45E-Tobacco-Auction]


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The Tobacco market is now open for business in Danville.
Over a million pounds of tobacco were sold in yesterday as farmers, warehouse workers and politicians celebrated the 130th opening of the market.
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But the celebration quickly turned to concern because of low prices.
Bales of tobacco sold for an average of a dollar-eighty a pound... compared to a dollar-ninety-three for the same crop last year.
Most of what was sold was premium quality tobacco carried over from last season. This year's crop is expected to arrive on the auction floor later in the week.
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((MEARL WITCHER/TOBACCO FARMER: IF THEY'RE GOING TO BUY ONE-YEAR AGED TOBACCO FOR THE PRICES THAT THEY'RE PAYING NOW, WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO PAY FOR THE NEW?))
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((JOHN GIBSON/PITTSYLVANIA CO. EXTENSION AGENT: MORALE IS NOT VERY GOOD, NATURALLY. AND THAT KIND OF GOES WITH WHAT WE'RE SEEING WITH THE LOW PRICES, THE MORALE GOES THAT WAY ALSO.))
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Farmers say the low prices are another blow in a series of uncertainties this year.
They've had a 35-percent cutback in their quota this year and say that with these prices, they're profits will go up in smoke.
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[45E-Goode]


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Democratic Congressman Virgil Goode was at the tobacco auctions yesterday, but offered little insight about a possible party switch.
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The fifth district representative offered a speech of encouragement to farmers.
But he refused to speak out on the Republican offer of a seat on the House Appropriations Committee.
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((VIRGIL GOODE/(D) 5TH DISTRICT: I GUESS SOME WOULD SAY IT'S A GOOD THING, SOME WOULD SAY IT'S A BAD THING, TO DO IT ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, BUT I'M JUST GOING TO LOOK AT 2000 WHEN 2000 COMES AND HOPE THAT I'LL BE ABLE TO RUN FOR RE-ELECTION.))
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He wouldn't say WHICH party he plans to run for re-election with.
But Goode said he wanted to focus on issues and not partisanship.
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Time again to check the mid- week forecast...
Partly sunny skies today and a bit warmer with a slight chance of afternoon showers.
Highs in the upper 80s.
Turning mostly clear overnight, with lows falling to near 65.
The five day outlook promises sunshine through Friday...with scattered showers possible by Saturday.
Highs near 90...lows in the upper 60s.


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[8E-Earley]


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In the wake of fatal school shootings, Virginia's school officials are addressing the problem. School violence was the topic at a
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seminar yesterday sponsored by the Virginia Association of School Superintendents.
Virginia Attorney General Mark Earley spoke at the seminar and wants to develop a mentoring program to curb trouble in classrooms.
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((MARK EARLEY/ATTORNEY GENERAL: UNLESS EACH ONE OF US TAKE THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR A CHILD THAT IS NOT OUR OWN, WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO HAVE THESE DISCUSSIONS IN AMERICA AND THEY'RE GOING TO GET WORSE AND WORSE AND WORSE.))
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Educators also discussed crisis management, and legal issues involved in dealing with potentially violent students.
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[8E-County-Supervisors]


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It's a trade-off for two major issues.
While Safety improvements on I-81 could come sooner than expected,
Work on a new school for Roanoke County has halted.
Eric Earnhart has more on last night's Board of Supervisors meeting.
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((With the recent rash of accidents... some fatal, some causing massive traffic backups, Supervisors appealed to Congressman Bob Goodlatte for help.
Goodlatte, who has formed an I-81 task force, says the house has appropriated money that could be available by the end of the year, long before VDOT adds improvements as part of a scheduled widening project.

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(( REP. BOB GOODLATTE/(R) VA; ONE POINT FIVE MILLION DOLLARS TO BUILD SOME SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS INTO THE HIGHWAY AS IT EXISTS NOW, IT'S THE FIRST YEAR OF FIVE YEAR PROJECT TO DO THAT. ))
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Goodlatte also brought good news for farmers in his district... saying federal aid for drought stricken farms could be available as early as next month...

But not all the news the Supervisors received at this meeting was good...
They were surprised when School Superintendent Deanna Gordon told them that 28 million is not enough for the new South County High School....
And when Chairman Bob Johnson learned design work on the project has stopped until additional funding is approved, he got mad.

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(( BOB JOHNSON/CHAIRMAN; I'M NOT RUNNING FOR A POPULARITY CONTEST BUT WE'RE GOING TO BUILD THIS SCHOOL... NOW I WANT TO SEE IT BUILT IN A TIMELY FASHION ))
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School officials say the extra cost, as much as five million dollars, comes from adding an auditorium and more classrooms to the project.
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(( MARION ROARK/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN; IT WOULD BE RIDICULOUS TO BUILD A SCHOOL THAT DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH CLASSROOMS OR ENOUGH SPECIAL ED ROOMS, OR ENOUGH SCIENCE ROOMS, SO YOU ARE LOOKING AT MAYBE SOME INCREASING COSTS THERE. ))
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Roark says she doesn't know how much the school will eventually cost in the long run.
[17:21:24] Supervisors approved an additional sixty-seven thousand dollars, enough to get things going again, but said not another penny, until they meet with the school board in two weeks to discuss the overall scope of the project. In Roanoke County, Eric Earnhart, News 7))

[85-Downtown-Blacksburg]


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The green light will be given soon to build a parking garage in the heart of downtown Blacksburg.
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Town officials are currently in negotiations with H-C-M-F Real Estate to build the structure along Draper Road.
If the deal is finalized the garage would most likely be three stories high and contain about 300 parking spaces.
Plans also call for the ground floor to include space for a number of retail shops.
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((GARY HUFF/BLACKSBURG TOWN MGR.: WE'D LIKE TO SEE IT DESIGNED SO THAT IT'S ATTRACTIVE TO THE DOWNTOWN, ATTRACTIVE TO THE COMMUNITY, THAT HAS A LOT OF PUBLIC SPACE IN IT, THAT WE CAN UTILIZE IT FOR A LOT OF DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS, NOT JUST A PARKING DECK BUT ALSO COMMUNITY SPACE ALSO.))
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The town would own the parking garage-- while H-C-M-F real estate would own the retail space.
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[8WEATHER]


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Shifting gears now to weather...
Partly sunny and warmer today, with highs in the upper 80s to near 90.
There is a slight chance of showers this afternoon.
Meanwhile, turning mostly clear tonight, with lows in the mid 60s.
The extended forecast is sunny through Friday...with increasing clouds by the weekend and scattered showers possible on Saturday.
Highs around 90...lows in the upper 60s.

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