[7-Taylor]

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Former Roanoke mayor Noel Taylor is hospitalized in Roanoke Memorial hospital this morning.
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The hospital is releasing few details but we do know his condition is listed as critical.
Taylor served as Roanoke Mayor for 17 years.
He left office in 19-92.
Taylor also served as the pastor at High street Baptist Church for 37 years.
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[7-Roanoke-School]


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The Glenvar Middle School project, that has been in the works for over a year now, may be taking a step forward.
Board of Supervisors member Spike Harrison made an announcement yesterday regarding the funding needed for the project.
While some school board members say this is good news -- others question if it is a political ploy by Harrison who is up for re-election on Tuesday.
Joy Sutton has more.
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[IN Q=The needs of Glenvar]
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[SUPER=01-Spike Harrison/Roanoke Co. Bd. of Supervisors;05]
[SUPER=01-Butch Church/Candidate Bd. of Supervisors;29]
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((NAT SOUND:THE NEEDS OF GLENVAR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS BOTH NOW AND IN THE FUTURE CAN BE MET WITH PHYSICAL PLANT IMPROVEMENTS AND ADDITIONS THAT ARE IN THE 6 TO 6.8 MILLION DOLLAR RANGE.))
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Spike Harrison and Harry Nickens -two members of the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors -- say it is time to move forward on the expansion of Glenvar Middle School.
That's why they say it is important to allocate the funding now -- because any further delay in action would jeopardize the projects future.
But not everyone agrees on the timing of this announcement.
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[SOT1:37:08]
[IN Q=It's a shame]

((BUTCH CHURCH/CANDIDATE ROANOKE CO. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS:IT'S A SHAME...SMACKS OF ELECTION TIME)) [RUNS9]
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[IN Q=I just don't think]

((THOMAS LEGGETTE/ROANOKE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD:I JUST DON'T THINK IT'S RIGHT THIS CLOSE TO AN ELECTION TO TRY TO PLAY GAMES WITH PEOPLE AND SO THAT'S WHY I REFUSED TO VOTE)) [RUNS7]
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Thomas Leggette was the only Roanoke School Board member who voted against accepting the money. But other board members say regardless of the timing Glenvar Middle School needs this money.
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((MIKE STOVALL/ROANOKE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD:YOU DON'T LOOK A GIFT HORSE IN THE MOUTH WHETHER. IF IT WAS POLITICS, NON-POLITICS WHATEVER THE CASE MIGHT BE. IT'S 6.8 MILLION DOLLARS IT'S GONNA GO TO COMMITMENT WE MADE AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO IT)) [RUNS12]
[OUT Q=forward to it]


Harrison says he would be criticized regardless even if waited till after the election.
And everyone involved agrees that improvements to Glenvar Middle School are crucial and in the best interest of the students.
Joy Sutton, News 7, Roanoke County. ))













[7-11Helicopter-Logging]


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Leaf watchers along the Blue Ridge Parkway may have noticed the sound of helicopters this week near the Peaks of Otter.
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Contractors for Georgia Pacific are using a twin-propeller helicopter to clear a 120-acre stand of ice- damaged trees in Botetourt County.
Crews on the ground cut the trees and the chopper flies them to a nearby staging area.
The operation is quick, efficient and more environmentally- friendly than conventional logging methods.
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[7Weather]


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Here now is a look at your Friday forecast. Expect a sunny and warm day with light winds. Temperatures today will reach the low 70s. Tonight, look for clear skies with lows in the upper 30s. For your five day outlook....

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[45-Taylor]


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Former Roanoke mayor Noel Taylor is hospitalized at Roanoke Memorial hospital this morning.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/December 28, 1998;]


The hospital is releasing few details but we do know his condition is listed as critical.
Taylor served as Roanoke Mayor for 17 years.
He left office in 19-92.
Taylor also served as the pastor at High street Baptist Church.
He resigned as pastor in December 1998.
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[45-11Robbery]


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A police search continues for two men who held up a Vinton convenience store at gun point.
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It happened at about 9:30 last night.
Vinton Police say the suspects stole over 800-dollars from a store on Walnut Avenue... then fled on foot.
Police believe the two suspects are black males in their late teens.
They were last seen wearing dark clothing and both had on a ski mask.
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[45-11Rubatex]
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The strike has been on for weeks, but for the first time the Steelworkers Union is communicating with Rubatex.
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The two sides still have NOT met face-to-face ... and they still don't plan to sit down and talk.
But they exchanged letters this week.
The union wrote to request more information about the contract that's in dispute.
The company wrote the union to let members know it's getting close to hiring permanent replacement workers.

That means union jobs might be at risk.
Rubatex says it's producing 80-percent of what it produced before the strike ... and it's doing it with a much smaller workforce.
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[45-Glenvar-School]


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Funding may be in the works for renovations to Glenvar Middle School.
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[SOT 1:32:31]
[IN Q=There is a basic agreement]

((SPIKE HARRISON/ROANOKE CO. BD. OF SUPERVISORS: THERE IS A BASIC AGREEMENT AMONG THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO RECOGNIZE BETWEEN 6 MILLION AND 6 POINT 8 MILLION FOR THE NECESSARY COSTS FOR GLENVAR MIDDLE SCHOOL))
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Four of five of the Roanoke School Board members voted in favor of accepting the money.
But board member Thomas Legette voted against -- saying he question the timing of the announcement since Spike Harrison is up for re-election on Tuesday.
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[SOT21:30:43]
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((THOMAS LEGGETTE/ROANOKE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD:I JUST DON'T THINK IT'S RIGHT THIS CLOSE TO AN ELECTION TO TRY TO PLAY GAMES WITH PEOPLE AND SO THAT'S WHY I REFUSED TO VOTE))
[SUPER=01-Thomas Leggette/Roanoke Co. School Board]
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Harrison says he is doing this in the best interest of the students -- and he would be criticized regardless even if waited till after the election.
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[45-11Halloween]


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More Saturday trick or treating to tell you about.
Floyd County and the town of Floyd are asking parents and children to trick or treat on Saturday.
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For an updated list of communities observing Halloween one day early, visit our home page any time at WDBJ7-dot.com.
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With Halloween so close - the Salem Museum set out to introduce people to the ghosts of their area.
Re-enactors played the roles of some of the city's late residents on the second annual ghost tour.
The goal is to give the living... a lesson in history.
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[45Weather]


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Turning your attention now to the forecast...
We'll wrap up the work week with sunny skies, light winds, and mild high temperatures in the lower 70s.
Staying clear overnight, with lows in the upper 30s.
The extended forecast looks dry through the Halloween weekend and beyond...with highs in the 70s...lows in the 40s.

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[8-Taylor]


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Former Roanoke mayor Noel Taylor is hospitalized in Roanoke Memorial hospital this morning.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/December 28, 1998;]


The hospital is releasing few details but we do know his condition is listed as critical.
Taylor served as Roanoke Mayor for nearly 20 years.
He left office in 19-92.
Taylor also served as the pastor at High street Baptist Church for 37 years, retiring in December 1998.
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Glenvar Middle School may soon get the funding it needs for renovations.
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[SOT 1:32:31]
[IN Q=There is a basic agreement]

((SPIKE HARRISON/ROANOKE CO. BD. OF SUPERVISORS: THERE IS A BASIC AGREEMENT AMONG THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO RECOGNIZE BETWEEN 6 MILLION AND 6 POINT 8 MILLION FOR THE NECESSARY COSTS FOR GLENVAR MIDDLE SCHOOL))
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Four of five of the Roanoke County School Board members voted in favor of accepting the money.
But board member Thomas Legette voted against -- saying he questions the timing of the announcement, since Spike Harrison is up for re-election on Tuesday.
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[SOT21:30:43]
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((THOMAS LEGGETTE/ROANOKE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD:I JUST DON'T THINK IT'S RIGHT THIS CLOSE TO AN ELECTION TO TRY TO PLAY GAMES WITH PEOPLE AND SO THAT'S WHY I REFUSED TO VOTE))
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Harrison says he is doing this in the best interest of the students -- and he would be criticized even if he waited until after the election.
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[8-11Superintendent]


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The Roanoke County School Board has also approved the contract for its new superintendent.
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Linda Weber will start her three year term on January 1st.
She will receive a 98-thousand dollar salary.
Weber was introduced to teachers and staff yesterday afternoon.
She will replace Deanna Gordon who is retiring.
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[8-11Rubatex]
[anchor=Melanie]
[Newscast=AM Cutins]
[tape=99-44 25:09]
[graphic=Rubatex Strike]


Rubatex workers have been striking for weeks and for the first time, the Steelworkers union is communicating with the company.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford]


The two sides still haven't met face-to-face ... and they still don't plan to sit down and talk.
But they exchanged letters this week.
The union wrote to request more information about the contract that's in dispute.
The company wrote the union to let members know it's getting close to hiring permanent replacement workers.

That means union jobs might be at risk.
Rubatex says it's producing 80-percent of what it produced before the strike ... and it's doing it with a much smaller workforce.
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[8-11Robbery]


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Authorities continue their search this morning for two men who robbed a local convenience store at gunpoint in Vinton.
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[SUPER=03-Vinton]


It happened around 9:30 last night.
Vinton Police say the suspects stole over 800-dollars from Alveros on Walnut Avenue... then fled on foot.
Police say they think the two suspects are black males probably in their late teens.
They were last seen wearing dark clothing and ski masks.
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[8Weather]


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Before we finish up the morning updates...here's one more look at today's forecast.
Sunny and warm today, with temperatures climbing into the lower 70s.
Clear skies tonight, with lows falling into the upper 30s.
Meanwhile, the weather stays very pleasant through the Halloween weekend.
Highs in the 70s...lows in the 40s.
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