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Valley Metro workers in Roanoke voted on a proposed new contract yesterday.
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Union members cast their ballots at the Union hall between three and five o'clock.
But when the votes were counted, union officials did NOT immediately reveal the results.
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((PERRY GROGAN/UNION OFFICIAL; RIGHT NOW WE HAVE TO NOTIFY THE INTERNATIONAL, AND LET THEM KNOW SO THAY CAN CONTACT THE COMPANY. IS THERE A CHANCE THERE COULD BE A STRIKE GOING ON? I DOUBT IT VERY SERIOUSLY, I DOUBT IT.))
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In 1997 Valley Metro workers rejected a proposed contract, but remained on the job as negotiations continued.
They eventually approved a new two year contract, which expired yesterday.
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It was a labor of love for one Christiansburg couple. Both are recovering from transplant surgery -- after the wife gave one of her kidneys to her husband -- who is suffering from diabetes.
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It was just one month ago that Scott and Melissa Cook were preparing for surgery.
Friends and churches were helping them to raise money for the procedure by having a yard sale.
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And yesterday a walk-a-thon was held to raise more money -- the couple needs.
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((KAREN COOK/FAMILY MEMBER: I THINK THEIR OPERATION IS GOING TO COST THEM ABOUT 20-THOUSAND DOLLARS. THEIR ANTI-REJECTION MEDICATION IS ESTIMATED AT 11-THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR AND HE'LL NEED TO TAKE THAT THE REST OF HIS LIFE))
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Sororities from Radford University were among those participating in the 3 mile walk on Huckleberry Trial.
The walk-a-thon raised about 53-hundred dollars for the couple.
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Healthcare policy, and the Al Bedrosian assault case, continue to bring letters to News-7's Feedback.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean.
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((A woman from Roanoke [Cheryl Clifton] wrote to defend Al Bedrosian and to criticize the mother of the child he swatted.
(She) stated that her child was playing with his cousin, not misbehaving. As numerous witnesses testified her child was very disruptive and certainly not in control. As a parent of three children, I cared enough about them and people they came in contact with to make them behave in public. Some people are concerned that this case was racially motivated, which is ridiculous. Maybe these people should be more concerned about a mother who has a problem with parenting skills...An episode like this would never have taken place if a parent cared enough about her child and others to correct him in the proper way.
From Vinton [Nancy E. McGuire] came a complaint about the business of healthcare.
"You see our pharmacies closing because we the people of the United States have to send our medicine off to be filled at a mail order company, and pray they send us back the correct medicine. Politicians, where are you standing when the Land of the Free needs you to stand up for us? We cannot go to the hospital of our choice anymore, or pick the doctors we need, want, trust, put our faith in, to help us get well...It does not matter what color we are, or if we are male or female. We all still have hearts, and we need the proper care from people whose hands have been tied, because of this political world."
Letters should be sent to News-7 at P.O. Box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007.
Our fax number is 343-7269.
Our e-mail is news@wdbj7.com.
And a moderated forum is on our website, wdbj7.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.))

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Taking a look at your monday forecast...it'll sunny with some winds out of the southeast. Temperatures will be in the lower 80's. Tomight will be mostly clear with temperatures in the mid-to upper 50's. The extended outlook calls for....


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A one vehicle accident has left two people dead in Montgomery County.
David Edward Lucas drove off route 612 near the intersection with route 614 and hit a tree.
Lucas and his passenger, Kenny E. Rader were both thrown from the car and died at the scene.
Neither was wearing a seat belt.
The accident happened just before nine last night.

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And three people are hospitalized following an accident yesterday on route 2-20 in Franklin County.
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It happened at about 6 p-m.
A northbound pickup truck hit the side of a car that was attempting to cross 220 at the intersection on route 619.
According to police the car was hit in it's most vulnerable spot, causing it to collapse on impact.
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((TROOPER DAVIS/ STATE POLICE: IT WAS A TYPICAL T-BONE ACCIDENT. THE VEHICLE WAS STRUCK CENTER MASS BY THE PICKUP TRUCK BETWEEN THE FORWARD AND REAR WHEEL.))
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Two people were flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital by Lifeguard 10 , and the third victim was taken by ambulance to Franklin Memorial Hospital, and then transferred to Roanoke Memorial.
Eyewitnesses to the accident say they tried to help.
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((MATT SUMMERELL/ EYEWITNESS: I JUST STARTED PRAYING FOR THEM. MY FRIEND HAD A RAG AND HE WAS PUTTING THE RAG ON THE GUY IN THE BACK SEAT TRYING TO STOP THE BLOOD, BUT THE BLOOD WAS COMING OUT OF ALMOST EVERYWHERE ON HIS FACE.))
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The driver of the car-- 19 year old Heather Elizabeth Brown of Salem -- is listed in critical condition.
The passengers were both minors, one is listed as stable -- the other is in intensive care.
The driver and the passenger in the pickup were not injured.
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A search is underway for the suspect or suspects who vandalized a police car.
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It happened when an officer was responding to a noise complaint at a house on Giles Road --- when he returned to his
car he found --- a broken window, two antennas bent down, and large scratches on the sides and hood of the car.
Police say it's about 800 dollars worth of damage--- and this vehicle was less than 5 months old.
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Blacksburg Police are asking with information to the crime line at 540-961-1819.
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A Roanoke man is being held without bond for allegedly killing his friend.
It happened early yesterday morning on the 2900 block of Rutrough Road in South East Roanoke.
According to police 20 year old Shane Weaver was arguing with 27 year old Robert Jenkins when Weaver picked up a shot gun and shot Jenkins in the chest.
Jenkins was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Weaver was arrested and charged with second degree murder.

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The votes have been counted but still now word on whether Valley Metro workers in Roanoke have approved a new contract.
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Union members cast their ballots at the Union hall yesterday afternoon.
But when the votes were counted, union officials did NOT immediately reveal the results.
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((PERRY GROGAN/UNION OFFICIAL; RIGHT NOW WE HAVE TO NOTIFY THE INTERNATIONAL, AND LET THEM KNOW SO THAY CAN CONTACT THE COMPANY. IS THERE A CHANCE THERE COULD BE A STRIKE GOING ON? I DOUBT IT VERY SERIOUSLY, I DOUBT IT.))
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In 1997 Valley Metro workers rejected a proposed contract, but remained on the job as negotiations continued.
They eventually approved a new two year contract, which expired today.
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Taking a moment now to check the Monday forecast...
Sunny and a bit breezy today, with highs near 82.
Mostly clear skies tonight, with lows in the upper 50s.
The five day outlook includes the chance of scattered showers by tomorrow as a cold front moves in.
Highs around 80...lows in the 50s.


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A heated argument ends with a man killing his friend.
It happened early yesterday morning on the 2900 block of Rutrough Road in South East Roanoke.
According to police 20 year old Shane Weaver was arguing with 27 year old Robert Jenkins when Weaver picked up a shot gun and shot Jenkins in the chest.
Jenkins was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Weaver was arrested and charged with second degree murder.
He's being held without bond.

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Two death row inmates are appealing their sentences to the state supreme court today.
Steve Edward Roach and Douglas Christopher Thomas were juveniles when they were convicted and were scheduled for execution this summer.
But in June, the state Supreme Court upheld a ruling that overturned a juvenile conviction in another case because the youth's father wasn't notified of a key hearing.
The justices suggested that any conviction resulting from proceedings in which both parents weren't notified would have to be set aside.
Roach was 17 when he robbed and killed a woman in 1993.
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Thomas was 17 when he killed his girlfriend's parents in 1990.
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He alleges still that his 14 year old girlfriend killed her own mother.
But he admitted to killing his girlfriend's father with a shotgun.
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Three people are seriously injured after a car crash on route 220 in Franklin County.
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It happened around 6 last night.
A pickup truck traveling northbound hit the side of a car that was attempting to cross 220 at the intersection on route 619.
According to police the car was hit in it's most vulnerable spot, causing it to collapse on impact.
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((TROOPER DAVIS/ STATE POLICE: IT WAS A TYPICAL T-BONE ACCIDENT. THE VEHICLE WAS STRUCK CENTER MASS BY THE PICKUP TRUCK BETWEEN THE FORWARD AND REAR WHEEL.))
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Two people were flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital by Lifeguard 10 , and the third victim was taken by ambulance to Franklin Memorial Hospital, and then transferred to Roanoke Memorial.
Eyewitnesses to the accident say they tried to help.
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((MATT SUMMERELL/ EYEWITNESS: I JUST STARTED PRAYING FOR THEM. MY FRIEND HAD A RAG AND HE WAS PUTTING THE RAG ON THE GUY IN THE BACK SEAT TRYING TO STOP THE BLOOD, BUT THE BLOOD WAS COMING OUT OF ALMOST EVERYWHERE ON HIS FACE.))
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The driver of the car-- 19 year old Heather Elizabeth Brown of Salem -- is listed in critical condition.
The passengers were both minors, one is listed as stable -- the other is in intensive care.
The driver and the passenger in the pickup were not injured.
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And a fatal accident in Montgomery County leaves two men dead.
David Edward Lucas of Check drove off route 612 near the intersection with route 614 and hit a tree.
Lucas and his passenger, Kenny E. Rader of Pilot were both thrown from the car and died at the scene.
Neither was wearing a seat belt.
The accident happened just before nine last night.

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Blacksburg police are searching for the person who vandalized a police car.
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It happened when an officer was responding to a noise complaint at a house on Giles Road --- when he returned to his
car he found --- a broken window, two antennas bent down, and large scratches on the sides and hood of the car.
Police say it's about 800 dollars worth of damage--- and this vehicle was less than 5 months old.
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Blacksburg Police are asking with information to the crime line at 540-961-1819.
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Before we finish this morning's updates, here's one more look at the forecast.
Sunny skies today with seasonable highs in the lower 80s.
Mostly clear tonight, with lows in the upper 50s.
The extended forecast clouds up a bit tomorrow, with scattered showers possible off and on this week.
Highs around 80.

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