[7-11County-School]

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Roanoke County supervisors are trying to convince the school board there's a cheaper way to build a new high school.


But as Scott Goldberg reports ... the supervisors still have a lot of convincing to do.
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[SUPER=01-Robert Ferris/North Carolina Architect;14]
[SUPER=01-Tom Leggette/School Board Member;30]
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(( They spent the morning taking a tour of the Woods End site ... and drove away with the North Carolina architect saying it just might cost more than his 28-million dollar estimate to build a new high school here.
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((ROBERT FERRIS/ARCHITECT: OUR PROTOTYPE WAS DESIGNED TO FIT ON A VARIETY OF SITES AND TO DO THAT ECONOMICALLY Scott: And could your prototype fit Woods End for 28 million dollars? FERRIS: I CAN'T ANSWER THAT ... I REALLY WOULD HAVE TO LOOK AT THAT IN MORE DEPTH))
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That's what bothers school-board member Tom Leggette.
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((LEGGETTE: I DON'T SEE HOW THIS IS A POSSIBLE TAX-DOLLAR SAVINGS ...))
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Leggette says in the time it would take to adapt the North Carolina prototype to the hilly Woods End site ... the cost for building the new high school will have grown higher than the 30-million-dollars the school board now plans to spend.
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((LEGGETTE: I RESPECTFULLY DISAGREE WITH WHAT'S GOING ON NOW. I THINK IT'S A WASTE OF TIME.))
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Supervisors like Harry Nickens still insist hiring the out-of-state architect WILL save money.
But the supervisors can't do that unless the school board relinquishes control of the high school project ...
Something the BOARD insists it has no intention of doing.
Scott Goldberg, News-7.
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[7-11Giles-Prosecutor]


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Current Giles County prosecutor Garland Spangler may NOT seek a second term in office.
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Spangler says he's currently talking with friends and family about possibly withdrawing from the race.
It's too late to have Spangler's name removed from the ballot-- so Giles residents could still vote for him which is why Spangler says he'll go public with his decision soon.
Spangler says the past two years have been difficult-- citing publicity surrounding his job as prosecutor.
Earlier this year-- a three judge panel reprimanded Spangler for mishandling several criminal cases while prosecutor.
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Spangler is being challenged by attorneys Patrick Muldoon and Phillip Steele.

[7-11Employment-Center]


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Roanoke job seekers now have a high tech resource to search for jobs.
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It's the Resource Center at the Virginia Employment Commission.
You can get on the Internet and search the job market.
Once you find something, you can use V-E-C's word-processing software to perfect your resume, make copies, send out a FAX, and call an employer to set up an interview.
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[IN Q=I just started]

((I JUST STARTED USING IT ABOUT A MONTH AGO, WHEN I LOST MY JOB. SO, I CAME DOWN AND STARTED SEARCHING, JUST GETTING REFERRALS AND GOING ON INTERVIEWS AND STUFF.))
[SUPER=01-Laura Reed/Job Seeker]
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The V-E-C staff will also help you draft a resume, help you navigate the "net," and get the word out that YOU need a job.
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[7Weather]


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Here's a look now at your Thursday forecast...
Sunny and warmer today with highs in th mid 60s.
Tonight looks clear with some scattered frost.
Lows expected around 40.

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[45-11Trade-Protest]


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Southside textile workers fear they'll be out of work if a proposal makes its way through Congress.
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Dozens of apparel workers gathered in Danville to protest two bills before the Senate that would lower tariffs on African and Caribbean textiles.
They hoped to send a message to Senators Chuck Robb and John Warner to reject the proposals.
Workers say NAFTA has already put 400-thousand Americans out of work. They're afraid the new trade proposal means more layoffs.
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[SUPER=01-Myrtle Fitzgerald/Healthtex Employee;]

((MYRTLE FITZGERALD: THIS NAFTA HAS REALLY AFFECTED OUR PEOPLE IN THIS AREA WITHIN A 25 MILE RADIUS, WE HAVE LOST HUNDREDS OF JOBS TO NAFTA. AND WHEN I GO TO WORK TODAY, I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THAT I CAN GO TO WORK TOMORROW AND HAVE A JOB.))
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Senator Robb's spokeswoman said he would work to protect jobs. But he supports a version of the trade proposal that requires foreign sewing operations to use American fabrics.

[45-11Bank-Robbery]


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The search continues for a Carroll County bank robber.
It happened at about 2:30 yesterday at the B-B and T bank on Fancy Gap Highway in Cana.
The robber apparently handed the teller a note demanding money, but a weapon was never shown.
The man fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash- Police say he was driving a black Toyota pickup headed towards North Carolina. [++++++++++] [TAKE FULL SCREEN GRAPHIC] He is described as a white male, six feet tall, weighing 160 pounds. He has light brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a tee shirt, jeans, and a tan baseball cap. [TAKE FULL SCREEN GRAPHIC] If you have any information you can call the Carroll County Sheriffs Office at 540-728-4146 or the Twin County Crimestoppers at 540-236-7300. [++++++++++]


[45-Robbery-Suspect]


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Meantime a suspect has been apprehended in Henry County in connection with a home robbery and alleged abduction.
A woman says a man broke into her home and tied her up.
Police have charged Nicholas Apollo Streeter with four felonies, including abduction, stealing her money and car.
He's being held in the Henry County jail without bond.

[45-11Liberty-Rally]


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It's been more than year since a Liberty High school football player was fatally shot.
But students haven't forgotten his death, in fact their rallying to stop future violence.
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Last night hundreds of students, teachers and parents showed up at Liberty High School for a "Rally Around the Promise".
There were enough of them to encircle the entire school.. organizers say the third in a series of anti- violence rallies helps build morale among the students.
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((JOHN EGGLESTON/RALLY ORGANIZER: THESE THINGS HELP BECAUSE THEY REMEMBER, THEY REMEMBER THE CAMARADERIE, THE TOGETHERNESS,THE ENJOYMENT OF LAUGHING AND BEING OUT IN FRONT, OF YOU GUYS COMING OUT AND GIVING THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW EVERYBODY OUT THERE THAT 'HEY, WE ARE TOGETHER', SO I MEAN IT DOES A LOT FOR US.))
[SUPER=01-John Eggleston/Rally Organizer]
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[OUT Q=a lot for us.]
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Eggleston and the students began their anti- violence rallies after the shooting death of Liberty High student Jamelle Poindexter.
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[45Weather]


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Taking a moment now to check the forecast...
Sunny and warmer with highs of 60 to 65.
Clear overnight, with more scattered frost possible tonight as lows fall into the upper 30s.
The five day forecast includes lots of sunshine...with a cooling trend by the weekend highs in the 50s...lows in the 30s.

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[8-11Voter-Ids]


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Lawyers in the Virginia Attorney General's office say the State Supreme Court has until Monday night to rule.
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After that, state lawyers say it will be too late to get a million voter ID cards mailed out to the ten cities and counties which will require them on election day.
The state is also asking the Supreme Court to make the Virginia Democratic Party pay the 300-thousand dollar cost of printing the ID cards - if the high court upholds a Richmond judge's ruling.
The Democrats successfully challenged the pilot Voter ID project in court this week.
The party says it could discourage some voters and impact legislative elections.
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The General Assembly narrowly approved the program this year to fight voter fraud.


[8-11Utilities]


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Your home heating bill could see a 40 percent increase this winter.
Natural gas supplies are going up in price-- directly affecting natural gas and home heating oil customers.
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[SOT 15:48:14]
[IN Q=And you've]

((KEN SCHRAD/STATE CORPORATION COMMISSION: AND YOU'VE GOT TO KEEP IN MIND TOO THAT A LOT ELECTRICITY THAT'S BEING GENERATED NOW ESPECIALLY FOR PEAK LOAD, IN OTHER WORDS, WHEN EVERYBODY'S HEATING THEIR HOME, EVEN IF THEY HAVE ELECTRICITY FOR THEIR FURNACE, ALL THAT ELECTRICITY'S BEING GENERATED BY NATURAL GAS. SO IN THE LONG RUN, IT COULD HAVE AN IMPACT ON ELECTRIC BILLS AS WELL.))
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51-thousand Roanoke Gas customers in the Roanoke Valley will see only about a 14-percent increase.
The utility says it anticipated the cost increase and locked in rates early.
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Meanwhile, American Electric Power says it will shave about one-dollar 57 cents off the average consumer's home electric bill.
That's a price readjustment based on the cost of the fuel A-E-P uses to produce electricity.

[8-11Bedford-Bus]


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Two people were taken to the hospital following a school bus accident in Bedford County yesterday.
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[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.;]


It happened shortly after four on Gravel Hill Road. The bus was dropping off students from school when a pickup truck coming the other direction collided head on with the bus.
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((TROOPER G. R. SNEAD/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: ACCORDING TO WITNESSES HE WAS IN THE CENTER OF THE ROAD HIT HIS BREAKS SLID ACROSS, THE ROAD, AND HIT THE BUS HEAD ON.))
[SUPER=01-Trooper G. R. Snead/Virginia State Police]
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One person inside the bus and the juvenile driving the truck were taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.
Officials say weather may have been a factor.
Police say they may press charges against the pickup driver after an investigation.
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[8-11B'burg-Accident]


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[VO-NAT]
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Another accident involving a school bus- this one in Blacksburg.
Police say the driver of a school bus was stopped on North Main Street yesterday, preparing to unload children, when she was hit from behind.
The driver of the two door Nissan that caused the accident was charged with reckless driving.
Police say none of the children on board was injured.
Damage to the bus is estimated at 35-hundred dollars.
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[8Weather]


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Turning now to weather...
Sunny and warmer today with highs in the low to mid 60s.
Clear tonight, with scattered frost possible with lows in the upper 30s.
The five day forecast is partly to mostly sunny through the weekend, with temperatures turning colder during the overnight periods.
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