[7-School-Violence]

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Preventing violence is a top priority at schools across the country this year.
Last night at Cave Spring High School parents learned about the potential warning signs for at risk children.
Kate Weidaw has the story.
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((It's every parent, student, and teacher's worst nightmare: a school shooting like the one at Columbine High School in Colorado. It left people across the country trying to figure out why young people commit acts of violence in school.

Virginia State Trooper Tom Foster tried to shed some light on that matter to parents at Cave Spring High School.

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((TROOPER TOM FOSTER/VA STATE TROOPER: THE PARENTS HERE CAN MAKE SURE THEIR KIDS ARE AWARE OF WHAT MEANS AND METHODS THEY HAVE AT THEIR DISPOSAL TO REPORT THIS TYPE OF THING.))
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During the presentation, a video showed a police officer concealing over 97 pounds of weapons in his clothes and on his body. Some parents were shocked.

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((MARY GRACE CENTIAL/PARENT: I WAS TOTALLY AMAZED AT HOW MUCH HE COULD CONCEAL AND KEPT THINKING MY SON WEARS LOOSE CLOTHING HOW MUCH COULD HE REALLY CARRY IN THERE.))
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Trooper Foster says there are specific warning signs in young people who commit acts of violence, like prior violence, substance abuse, and being picked on by peers--these were all present in the young boys who committed school shootings last year. Parents say the key to finding warning signs is paying attention to your children.

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((MARIA MARKS/PARENT: I'M ONE OF THOSE PARENTS WHO GOES THROUGH THE ROOMS AND MAKES SURE THE KID HAS EVERYTHING IN ORDER AND THEY'RE DOING WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSE TO BE DOING.))
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((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: BUT IF YOU'RE A PARENT WHO DOESN'T FEEL COMFORTABLE GOING THROUGH YOUR CHILDREN'S THINGS, KEEP IN MIND GOOD COMMUNICATION CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. KATE WEIDAW NEWS 7.))
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[7-E-Botetourt-Land]


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Conservationists no longer have to worry about twelve acres overlooking Carvins Cove.
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Bill Tanger has created a conservation area out of his backyard.
Now it is illegal to develop or rezone the land no matter who owns it in the future.
Since the land borders Carvins Cove, environmentalists say this will protect the water quality.
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((MR. TANGER IS WORKING WITH HIS NEIGHBOR AND HOLLINS COLLEGE TRYING TO ESTABLISH A TRAIL THAT WOULD BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND ALLOW ACCESS ALL THE WAY FROM HOLLINS COLLEGE TO CARVINS COVE.))
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Tanger received tax credits for his contribution.
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[7-S-Shoney's]


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A good breakfast crowd couldn't make up for small crowds at lunch and dinner.
That's why some Shoney's branches are closing.
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The company announced yesterday it's closing three restaurants in our area:
Two in Roanoke -- on Hershberger and Electric Roads -- and one in Lynchburg.
A corporate spokeswoman said the Shoney's branches weren't drawing big crowds in the afternoons or evenings.
Nationwide, Shoney's is closing 72 restaurants in 14 states.
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Today's forecast is mostly cloudy with rainshowers during the day.
Highs today in the low 70s, lows tonight in the upper 60s.

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[45-E-Microwave-Baby]


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New Kent County prosecutors say a court appearance has been scheduled for tomorrow for the 19 year old woman who allegedly killed her baby in a microwave.
But the hearing could be delayed because Elizabeth Renee Otte (O-TAY) is in a psychiatric facility.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
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(( Elizabeth Renee Otte voluntarily checked into an unnamed mental health facility over the weekend -- after allegedly telling family members she had a severe epileptic seizure that confused her so much she thought she was warming the milk -- NOT burning her baby to death in a microwave last Thursday.
New Kent's prosecutor has charged her with first degree murder.
She has given NO official explanation to police.
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((LINWOOD GREGORY/PROSECUTOR: SHE GAVE A STATEMENT...REPORTED TO ME.))
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The national Epilepsy Foundation has released a statement saying impaired consciousness and confusion can result after seizures. But "the connection of these known consequences and this extraordinarily unusual and tragic event" would just be speculation at this time.
Otte's currently scheduled for her murder arraignment on Wednesday.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))

[45-E-Henry-Sewage]


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Help may be on the way for customers of a private sewage treatment plant in Henry County.
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Residents in the Stones Dairy section of the county have complained of sewage backing up in their homes, and flowing into Blackberry Creek.
William Kingsley has a septic system, but says the problems have affected his property as well.
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The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is now investigating the Fairway Acres Treatment Plant.
And county officials say they may declare an emergency, that would allow the public service authority to operate the facility.
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The owner of the sewage treatment plant, Richard Anthony, says he believes residents have overstated the problems.
When the plant was built almost thirty years ago, Anthony says he thought he was doing what was best for the community, but now he says he is unable to operate the plant, and can not afford a costly upgrade.

[45-S-Arsenal]


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There is a new commander on post this morning at the Radford Arsenal.
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Yesterday, a change of command ceremony was held at the Arsenal for Lieutenant Colonel Rodney (All-ston) Alston.
Alston took over for Lieutenant Colonel Armando Lopez, Junior who left to work in the Pentagon.
He will work in the office of the secretary of defense.
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[45Weather]


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Time again to check out the forecast...
Cloudy again today, with rain likely today with highs in the lower 70s.
There's a lingering chance of light rain or drizzle overnight, with lows in the mid and upper 60s.
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[8-E-Henry-Sewage]


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They've complained for years, now it looks like help is on the way for customers of a private sewage treatment plant in Henry County.
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Residents in the Stones Dairy section of the county say sewage has been backing up in their homes, and flowing into Blackberry Creek.
William Kingsley has a septic system, but says the problems have affected his property as well.
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((WILLIAM KINGSLEY/HENRY CO. RESIDENT: YOU CAN'T HAVE A COOKOUT BECAUSE OF THE SMELL. IT JUST RUNS RIGHT DOWN THE DITCH. AND I'M AFRAID THE KIDS ARE GOING TO GET IN IT AND PLAY IN IT AND GET SICK.))
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The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is now investigating the Fairway Acres Treatment Plant.
And county officials say they may declare an emergency, that would allow the public service authority to operate the facility.
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The owner of the sewage treatment plant, Richard Anthony, says he believes residents have overstated the problems.
When the plant was built almost thirty years ago, Anthony says he thought he was doing what was best for the community, but now he says he is unable to operate the plant, and can not afford a costly upgrade.

[8-E-Long-Distance]


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Competition for customers means much cheaper rates for long distance service.
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MCI and Sprint offer 5 cents a minute during certain times of the day.
One AT&T plan features a 7-cents-per-minute rate all the time.
So what's in it for the companies, besides your business as a phone customer?
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(( RANDY BILLINGSLY/VA. TECH ECONOMIST; IF THEY CAN GO AHEAD AND DRAW PEOPLE IN WITH, MAYBE, NEXT TO NOTHING PRICES ON LONG DISTANCE, THEN THEY CAN GET THEM INTO THINGS THAT HAVE HIGHER MARGINS, LIKE WIRELESS, INTERNET SERVICE PROVISION ))
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It's called bundling... some companies get you in the door with cheap long distance, and make money by selling you paging service, or internet access.
Some long distance services, especially the ten-ten varieties, add fees and charges to the cheap rates.
To protect yourself, make sure to read the fine print, or check the web.
10-10phone-rates-dot-com keeps track of the latest changes in 10-10 plans, and lists the hidden charges.
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[8-E-Monarch]


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A research project at a Radford High School has students flying to new heights.
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For several years now, Frank Taylor and students in his biology classes have been rearing and tagging butterflies.


Their work is part of a nationwide research project designed to help scientists learn more about monarch migration.

A few weeks ago-- Taylor found out that one of the butterflies tagged by his students last September was discovered in Mexico.
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Another butterfly was also discovered.
This one was found by a couple in North Carolina.
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[8Weather]


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Here's one more look at the forecast.
Cloudy today, with more rain likely.
Highs in the lower 70s.
A chance of light rain or drizzle lingers for tonight, with lows in the upper 60s.
As for the next five days....keep the umbrellas handy tomorow.. otherwise, partly to mostly sunny through the weekend.
Highs in the 60s and 70s...lows in the 40s and 50s.

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