[7E-Gilmore-ACLU]

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Governor Jim Gilmore has followed Attorney General Mark Earley and is the latest politician to attack the A-C-L-U on school safety issues. [TAKE GILMORE PAGE HERE]
In a letter to Virginia A-C-L-U director Kent Willis, Gilmore wrote
"... the ACLU's threats of lawsuits place Virginia's school children in jeopardy of physical harm by discouraging our teachers and administrators from enforcing school safety measures." [TAKE WILLIS PAGE HERE]
Willis fired back an e-mail to the Governor last night, saying he was mischaracterized.
Willis writes:
"The ACLU maintains that public schools... can be places where both student safety and individual freedoms can be protected."
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[SUPER=03-Chesterfield Co./Wednesday]


Both Earley's and Gilmore's letters come in the same week a Chesterfield County 12 year old was kicked out of school for pink hair.
Jade Bunk was let back in after the ACLU pointed out a federal judge in Richmond had ruled in favor of a Surry County student with blue hair in June.
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[7E-Ed-Center]


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A contract could soon be awarded to transform the old Norfolk and Western Office building into a Higher Education Center.
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Bids were taken yesterday for the renovations by the Higher Education Center Board.
The bids ranged from about 13-point-4 million dollars to 17 million dollars.
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[IN Q=Even the lowest bidder]

((THOMAS MC KEON/ROANOKE HIGHER EDUCATION AUTHORITY: EVEN THE LOW BIDDER IS A LITTLE BIT ABOVE WHERE WE HAD HOPED TO BE BUT NOT ENOUGH THAT WE'RE ANYTHING BUT EXCITED ABOUT THE PROSPECTS FOR THIS PROJECT))
[SUPER=01-Thomas McKeon/Higher Education Authority]
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The lowest bid is about 500-thousand more dollars than the board wants to pay.
The board is now planning to work out a lower bid with that contractor in hopes of beginning renovations on September 16-th .
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[7E-Casting-Call]


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Dozens of Tech students turned out yesterday hoping to be cast in a film that's scheduled to be shot in Blacksburg, next week.
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The film's casting director is searching for extras to play college students as they would have looked in the 1960's.
They're also searching for folks in their 40's and 50's to play the role of parents.
The movie will chronicle the lives of millionaires Robert Pamplin, Junior and his father.
Both attended Virginia Tech and have donated millions to the school.
The movie is being shot in Blacksburg because much of the film centers on the younger Pamplin's experience as a member of Tech's Corps of Cadets.
Casting will continue today at the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center.
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[7S-Henry-Nines]


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Some Henry County children spent the school day partying like it was 9 - 9 - 99.
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Students at John Redd Smith Elementary dedicated the ninth day of the ninth month of 1999 to celebrating the number nine.
All 350 of the them lined up on the field... forming the numbers 9 - 9 - 99.
They came to school dressed to the nines....
And all their classwork for the day centered around the number nine.
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[7Lottery]


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Speaking of the 9 craze, so many people in Virginia played that number that Lottery officials were forced to suspend play of the quadruple combination.
Lottery players were hoping the four nines that represented yesterdays date would win them six million dollars.


Thus far 12-hundred quadruple number tickets have been sold....but the nines haven't won.


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Taking a look at your Friday weather....we'll see early morning clouds, turning to mostly sunny skies. Temperatures will be in the low-to-mid 80's. Tonight will be clear with light winds. Temperatures will be in the low-to-mid 50's. The extended outlook...


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[45forum]


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Voters got a chance to hear from local and state candidates at a forum last night..
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


About seventy people turned out to listen to what the candidates had to say.
For House Incumbent Dick Cranwell and his opponent Al Bedrosian it was an opportunity to face -off on the issues.

Cranwell says one of the biggest issues they disagree on is public education and the use of vouchers.
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((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/ D-HOUSE OF DELEGATES: IF WE KEEP TAKING MONEY AWAY FROM THEM FOR VOUCHERS WE'RE HURTING AN ALREADY DIFFICULT SITUATIONS.))
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But Bedrosian says he just wants to give parents the choice of where their kids attend school -- and if that means a tax credit or voucher -- it's a good idea.
And he says if Cranwell was concerned about the conditions of schools, he's had plenty of time to make changes.
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((AL BEDROSIAN/CANDIDATE VA HOUSE OF DELEGATES: HE SAID 60 PERCENT OF THE SCHOOLS ARE 25 YEARS AND OLDER AND I'M THINKING YOU'VE BEEN THERE FOR 28 YEARS AND WHAT DID YOU DO ABOUT IT))
[SUPER=01-Al Bedrosian/House of Delegates Candidate;]
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Candidates for county offices also faced off last night.
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[45E-NRA-Cranwell]


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But there is one organization that's already giving Delegate Dick Cranwell ITS vote...that National Rifle Association.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Wayne LaPierre, the chief executive of the NRA hosted a rally at the Catawba Community Center.
On a day when President Clinton was calling on Congress to pass tougher gun control legislation, LaPierre said the focus should remain on the enforcement of existing laws.
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((DICK CRANWELL AND VIRGINIA ARE IN A POSITION TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, NOT ONLY FOR THE FREEDOM OF AMERICANS TO OWN FIREARMS, BUT ALSO TO CRACK DOWN ON ANYONE WHO MISUSES THEM. AND THAT'S WHAT HE'S DOING IN THE LEGISLATURE AND THAT'S WHAT WE SUPPORT.))
[SUPER=01-Wayne LaPierre/National Rifle Association]
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LaPierre grew up in Roanoke, and says he has known Cranwell since the late sixties.
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[45E-VA-Guns]


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Gun buybacks hasn't been a common practice in the Commonwealth since the mid-90s.
The group Virginians Against Handgun Violence says getting any gun off the street is good.
But often the guns that are acquired at turned over voluntarily. .
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((LT. COL. FRED RUSSELL/RICHMOND DEPUTY CHIEF: THOSE WEAPONS MIGHT NOT BE THE ONES BROUGHT FORWARD BY CRIMINALS, BUT MIGHT BE ONES THAT ARE EASILY PLACED LATER IN THE HANDS ... ARE GOOD.))
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Richmond's police department seizes more than a hundred guns from criminals each month -- but hasn't allocated money for a buyback since 1994.
The department took gun control a step further this month.
It signed a contract to replace some 800 service revolvers with new guns-- but require the dealer to only resell the old guns to other law enforcement agencies.
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[45E-Gilmore-ACLU]


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[TAPE#=99-38 11:27]
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Governor Jim Gilmore is following the lead of Attorney General Mark Earley in his attack on the A-C-L-U regarding school safety. [TAKE GILMORE PAGE HERE]
In a letter to Virginia A-C-L-U director Kent Willis, Gilmore wrote
"... the ACLU's threats of lawsuits place Virginia's school children in jeopardy of physical harm by discouraging our teachers and administrators from enforcing school safety measures." [TAKE WILLIS PAGE HERE]
Willis fired back an e-mail to the Governor last night, saying he was mischaracterized.
Willis writes:
"The ACLU maintains that public schools... can be places where both student safety and individual freedoms can be protected."
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chesterfield Co./Wednesday]


Both Earley's and Gilmore's letters come in the same week a Chesterfield County 12 year old was kicked out of school for pink hair.
Jade Bunk was let back in after the ACLU pointed out a federal judge in Richmond had ruled in favor of a Surry County student with blue hair in June.
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Taking a moment now to check the forecast...
Cloudy this morning, then turning mostly sunny later with highs today in the low to mid 80s.
Clear and breezy tonight, with lows in the lower 50s.
As for the weekend outlook...lots of sunshine and more Fall- like temperatures...



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Fire investigators are not sure what sparked last night's house fire in 42-hundred block of Grandin Road.
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It took fire fighters about 45 minutes to get to the source of the fire-- which was in upstairs storage area.
Authorities say there was heavy smoke and one fire fighter was sent to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.
Richard Bova's mother lived in there alone.
He was dropping her off -- when he smelled something burning.
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((RICHARD BOVA/OWNER'S SON: WE SAID WE BETTER CALL 911 JUST FOR THE HECK OF IT BECAUSE THAT SMELL IN THERE COULD BE SOMETHING. IT COULD BE SOMETHING GOING ON))
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When fire fighters arrived minutes later the back of the house was in flames.
Authorities say it appears the fire may have started in a light fixture.
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[8E-Switched-Babies]


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The Virginia Supreme Court rejected Paula Johnson's challenge of her biological daughter's settlement
Johnson's biological daughter, Rebecca Chittum was switched at birth in 1995 at University of Virginia hospital.


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[SUPER=03-Buena Vista/April]


Johnson is appealing a judge's approval of an 875- thousand dollar settlement for 4- year old Rebecca Chittum and the grandparents raising her.
Yesterday the court ruled there was no error in that judgment.
Rebecca Chittum is being raised by her grandparents after the Chittum's were killed in a car accident.
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[8E-Homecare-Sting]


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One elderly Lexington woman's suspection led police to catch her home health care worker in the act of stealing.
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Delois Alexander suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and has relied on in-home care for ten years.
Alexander says she recently began to realize that the woman helping her with her daily routine, was also helping herself to her clothes and money.
So Lexington police set up a hidden camera and caught the woman in the act.
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((DELOIS ALEXANDER/VICTIM: I DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO THINK THEY CAN JUST STEAL.. ..PROBLEMS WITH THEM.)) ((SGT. TORBEN PEDERSON/LEXINGTON P.D.: JUST WHEN YOU HEAR.. ..STICK OF GUM.))
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The worker.. 57- year- old Hazel Wingler.. has been charged with eight counts of petit (petty) larceny.
She's been unable to post a one hundred dollar bond.
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[8forum]


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As the election month approaches, candiates are making sure voters hear their agendas. Last night's forum set the stage for candiates' to talk with voters.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


About seventy people turned out to listen to what the candidates had to offer.
For House Incumbent Dick Cranwell and his opponent Al Bedrosian it was an opportunity to face -off on the issues.

Cranwell says one of the biggest issues they disagree on is public education and the use of vouchers.
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((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/ D-HOUSE OF DELEGATES: IF WE KEEP TAKING MONEY AWAY FROM THEM FOR VOUCHERS WE'RE HURTING AN ALREADY DIFFICULT SITUATIONS.))
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But Bedrosian says he just wants to give parents the choice of where their kids attend school -- and if that means a tax credit or voucher -- it's a good idea.
And he says if Cranwell was concerned about the conditions of schools, he's had plenty of time to make changes.
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((AL BEDROSIAN/CANDIDATE VA HOUSE OF DELEGATES: HE SAID 60 PERCENT OF THE SCHOOLS ARE 25 YEARS AND OLDER AND I'M THINKING YOU'VE BEEN THERE FOR 28 YEARS AND WHAT DID YOU DO ABOUT IT))
[SUPER=01-Al Bedrosian/House of Delegates Candidate;]
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[VO-NAT]


Candidates for county offices also faced off last night.
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Before we wrap up this morning's updates, here's one final look at the forecast..
Morning clouds will give way to mostly sunny skies and highs of 80 to 85.
Clear overnight, with a strong breeze and lows falling into the 50s.
The five day forecast includes sunshine and cooler temperatures in the 70s....



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