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On NEWS 7 at SIX tonight an interview with one of the owners of a home for adults now under investigation.
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And the state board of education responds to S-O-L's critics.

[TALENT=Keith][Sports-Head]



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Tonight on News 7 sports Vick get more headlines and almost snags another award. The Radford basketball team is looking forward to Thursday's date with Tech.
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[VO-NAT]

And Jeff Gordon gets a new crew chief from the King.
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A chilly day today was a nice change, but we're back to the warmer than normal conditions tomorrow. Details coming up.[open]
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[SOT 10:45:08]
[IN Q=There's been no]

((THERE'S BEEN NO ATTEMPT TO MISHANDLE ANY RESIDENTS' FUNDS.))
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Administrators at a Botetourt County adult home say they're not taking residents' money.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]


Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

[Richwood]


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The day after investigators seized financial documents from the Richwood Acres home, one of the owners insists she's done nothing wrong. And in fact, no charges have been filed.
[Double Boxes=Keith & Tina/Newsroom]

Tina Tenret talked to the home's administrators today.
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[SUPER=@Tina1;]

Keith, in October, state licensing agents found more than 12-hundred dollars missing from residents' accounts at the Richwood Acres Adult Home. Residents' checks did not make it into their accounts last month either. But home administrators dismiss it as a case of sloppy bookkeeping.
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[IN Q=There has not]
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[SUPER=01-Linda Housman/Co-Owner; :22]
[SUPER=01-Teresa Ellis/Bookkeeper; 1:03]
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((LINDA HOUSMAN/CO-OWNER: THERE HAS NOT BEEN ANY RESIDENTS' MONEY DISAPPEARING.))
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Linda Housman co-owns Richwood Acres, which serves 23 elderly and handicapped residents. Each month they get between 34 and 54 dollars from state subsidies for personal spending -- and they sign those checks over to the owner. So why is that money missing from their accounts?
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[SOT 10:46:16]
[IN Q=If you count]

((LINDA HOUSMAN/CO-OWNER: IF YOU COUNT THEIR CIGARETTES, THEIR MEDS, THEIR SHAMPOO AND WHAT THEIR NEEDS ARE, THE $54 IS WELL GONE AND WE GIVE TO THESE RESIDENTS RATHER THAN TAKE AWAY. I'VE CLOTHED RESIDENTS. I'VE GIVEN CLOTHES OUT OF MY HOUSE. I'VE WENT TO THE SALVATION ARMY TO GIVE THESE PEOPLE CLOTHES ON THEIR BACKS.))
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Housman owns the home with her mother, Caren Simpson, and says they have been studying administration at Danville Community College for the past two months. She says that's why the money did not make it from the bank to the home's safe on time. She also blames the bookkeeper -- Teresa Ellis -- for not logging patients' expenses.
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((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: CAN YOU TELL US WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THE RESIDENTS' MONEY? TERESA ELLIS/BOOKKEEPER: I DON'T HAVE NO COMMENTS AT THIS TIME. CAN YOU DENY THESE CHARGES? ELLIS/BOOKKEEPER: I DON'T HAVE NO COMMENT AT THIS TIME.))
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Administrators say this investigation has greatly upset the residents at Richwood Acres. They would not let us talk to them to protect their privacy.
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The search warrant targets Linda Housman's mother -- Caren Simpson -- as the one responsible for the missing money.
[Double Boxes=Keith & Tina/Newsroom]

But Caren Simpson would not talk to us, letting her daughter speak for her instead.

[Villarini]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Bank teller Karen Villarini quit her job and left town so suddenly in 1997... she didn't bother to close her account or ask the Bank of Floyd for her final pay check.
The 47-year old former banker was sentenced today to serve three years and four months in prison for embezzlement and money laundering.
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Though she left the courtroom in tears, Villarini broke into a smile by the time she reached the street.
The judge had said he wouldn't have voted to convict her of money laundering, if he'd been a juror in the case.
She intends to appeal the conviction.
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[SOT 10:23:45]
[IN Q=If Miss Villarini]

((IF MISS VILLARINI HAD INDICATED ANY KIND OF ACCEPTANCE OF THE EMBEZZLEMENT CHARGE, WHO KNOWS WHAT MIGHT HAVE HAPPENED IN THE COURTROOM TODAY.))
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Judges are generally more lenient on those who accept responsibility for their crimes.
Villarini might have gotten by with less than a year to serve, if she'd cooperated when the F-B-I first approached her about the missing 83-thousand dollars.


[Abbott]


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Pancake Joe is dead. The government called Joe Abbott the Godfather of crime, naming him the lead defendant in a racketeering conspiracy. Abbott was serving a 10-year penitentiary term.
And yet he also held a reputation for generosity.
As a successful restaurateur, he helped fund a privately- run soup kitchen in the early 80's.
His family tried to get him a hardship release from prison, once he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Abbott's attorney, Gary Lumsden, says the body has still not been released to the family.

[Gatekeeper]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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He was found in a New York hospital, passed out, with a needle sticking out of his arm.
He was a doctor.
He turned up in August in Virginia, still practicing medicine.
Today, the drug-addicted New York anesthesiologist became a poster boy for state and federal authorities in Richmond.
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The U-S Attorney and Virginia Attorney General call it "Operation Gatekeeper."
It's an effort to nab bad doctors who use fraud to obtain licenses or employment in Virginia.
The model is New York's Doctor Peter Lipsius (LIP-see-us), who got a job in Virginia with convictions in New York, just by putting his resume on the Internet.
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((ATTORNEY GENERAL MARK EARLEY: THE LOCAL COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY, WORKING WITH OUR OFFICE, WILL PROSECUTE IF THERE'S A VIOLATION OF STATE CRIMES. BUT IN MANY OF ... MAIL FRAUD OR WIRE FRAUD.))
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The New York doctor now faces 15 federal counts in Virginia, mostly dealing with fraudulently representing himself as a doctor in good standing in New York.

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It came as a united attack last week from state teachers, principals, superintendents, counselors, and parents' organizations: don't make the SOL tests the sole measure by which schools are accredited and students graduate.
Today, the state Board of Education president threw up his hands and asked for suggestions.
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Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
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[SUPER=@Ellen1;]
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Keith, it's almost a "put up or hush up" letter that board president Kirk Schroder's written.
Instead of criticism, he asks for specifics.
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((KIRK SCHRODER/STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION: IT'S ONE THING TO SAY THAT YOU'RE... AND IMPROVE THE EDUCATION SYSTEM AS A WHOLE.))
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Schroder says he respects the groups asking for more measures to be used.
They are the education establishment.
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((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM: WE NEED TO LISTEN TO THE EXPERTS. AND THE EXPERTS ARE NOW SPEAKING WITH A FAIRLY UNIFIED VOICE. SO I THINK WE NEED TO PAY HEED TO THAT.))
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The superintendent of one of the state's best testing systems has one quick fix:
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((MARK EDWARDS/HENRICO SUPERINTENDENT: MOVING TO ELECTRONIC TESTING SO THAT WE CAN TEST AT THE VERY END OF THE YEAR, HAVE IMMEDIATE DATA TO USE IN TERMS OF PLANNING FOR IMPROVEMENT WOULD BE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. AND I SEE THAT MOVEMENT COMING. SO I WOULD STRONGLY URGE THAT WE STAY THE COURSE... AND THAT WE CONTINUALLY FINE TUNE IT.))
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Hundreds of job openings for former Tultex workers. Still ahead, new efforts to find them new jobs.
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And they're called high-tops ... the newest product coming out of Norfolk Southern's Roanoke shops.
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[Tultex]


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More than eleven-hundred former Tultex workers are flooding a tight job market in Martinsville this week. They lost their jobs last week when the company filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Their former employer has called in some help.
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More than 250 workers in Martinsville met today with career advisors hired by Tultex to help them start their job search.
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[SUPER=01-Terry Frank/Career Management Group;]

((TERRY FRANK/CAREER MANAGEMENT GROUP: SOME COMPANIES HAVE ALREADY BEGUN CALLING US AND SAYING WE'RE REALLY INTERESTED IN THE TULTEX PEOPLE. SO, WE'RE WORKING WITH THEM TO IDENTIFY WHAT JOB VACANCIES AND SKILLS THEY'RE GOING TO NEED AND WE'LL PROVIDE THAT TO THESE PEOPLE AND MAKE HOOK-UPS WHEREVER POSSIBLE. ))
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Since the layoffs last week, several furniture companies and another textile plant have announced they're expanding.
That will create more than 600 new jobs.
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((WENDY AMOS/FORMER TULTEX WORKER: I'M AWAY FROM TEXTILES. A LONG TIME AGO, I SAID I WOULD NEVER WORK IN ANOTHER FURNITURE FACTORY AGAIN, BUT I'M ON MY WAY TO START LOOKING AT FURNITURE FACTORIES NOW. ))
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[OUT Q=furniture factories now.]
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A job search center will open later this month in Danville to help laid off employees with their search.

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Martinsville is scrambling to figure out what Tultex troubles will mean to the city's future. The results may be felt by anyone who pays taxes in the city.
Tultex WAS the city's largest employer.
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[VO-NAT]


It produced roughly nine percent of the city's real estate and property tax revenue.
Tultex still owes the city more than 650-thousand dollars in real estate and property taxes for THIS year.


It was the city's biggest water customer --accounting for about half of all Martinsville water and sewage use.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Martinsville doesn't know yet if it will ever get the money Tultex owes.


Any hole in the city budget could have an impact on taxes city residents pay.[NS-Cars]


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A new product for Norfolk Southern .. but no new jobs. Its coal cars are getting higher.
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The N-S shops in Roanoke are adding four-foot walls around the tops of coal cars.
The taller cars... called "high tops" are specially designed to move coke.
Coke is a byproduct of coal that's used to make steel -- and Norfolk Southern says the demand for it keeps growing.
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((ANTHONY WADE/NORFOLK SOUTHERN: THIS IS A PROMISING EVENT ON THE DOMESTIC SIDE OF THE COAL BUSINESS. THE INTERNATIONAL SIDE IS ANOTHER STORY. BUT STEELMAKING IS STILL GOING ON IN AMERICA AND WE WANT A FLEET TO SUPPORT THAT EFFORT.))
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International demand for coal is slumping ... and that has hurt Norfolk Southern's business.
In April, the railroad laid off 110-people who worked on coal cars.
N-S says they WILL NOT be recalled to work on the coke cars.
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Blue chips and tech stocks traveled in sharply different directions today. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE ]
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The Dow fell 118 points, but NASDAQ continued its record run, up 41.
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The Lynchburg school board has to decide whether its decades- old custom of opening meetings with a prayer is worth fighting for in court.
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The American Civil Liberties Union has threatened a lawsuit if the board continues to pray before each meeting.
Board members consulted with lawyers behind closed doors today.. they are still weeks away from making a decision.
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[IN Q=We are all]

((ELLEN NYGAARD/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: WE ARE ALL VERY THOUGHTFUL INDIVIDUALS AND HAVE OUR OWN RELIGIOUS BELIEFS AND WHAT WE HAVE TO WRESTLE WITH NOW AS A BODY IS DECIDE HOW DOES THAT FIT INTO OUR ROLE AS PUBLIC SERVANTS AND, AS YOU SAID, HOW FAR WE WANT TO GO AS FAR AS PROMOTING THIS, IS IT PART OF OUR MISSION OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS.))
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Board member Sterling Wilder opened tonight's meeting with a poem AND a short prayer.
An A-C-L-U representative was at the meeting.
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[First-Night]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Organizers of Roanoke's First Night are hoping to end the nineties with fireworks, and friendship.
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They expect that the annual New Year's Eve festival downtown will attract a lot of people who want to come together to mark the arrival of the year 2000.
And they'll have several ways to take note of this historic date.
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[IN Q=We're going to have]

((WENDI SCHULTZ/FIRST NIGHT DIRECTOR: WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A TIME CAPSULE. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A REPOSITORY YOU CAN SIGN. IT'LL BE LEATHERBOUND. IT'LL BECOME A PERMANENT EXHIBIT IN THE VIRGINIA ROOM OF THE PUBLIC LIBRARY.))
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First Night will also have ham radio operators on hand, to send messages around the world.
Fireworks will welcome in the new year at midnight.
It all starts at six p.m. on New Year's Eve.
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[Sports Tease]


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Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, more props for Mike Vick and Corey Moore. Gordon gets a new crew chief.
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And we'llcheck in on the Radford men's team as it gets set to play the Hokies on Thursday.
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We get started tonight with NASCAR news from the Jeff Gordon camp. This afternoon
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[SUPER=04-1999 Season; :00]

Robbie Loomis, who has spent his entire Winston Cup career with Richard Petty, serving the last nine years as the crew chief of the 43 car, today left Petty Enterprises to become Gordon's new crew chief. Loomis's arrival means that Virginia Tech graduate and Stuarts Draft native Brian Whitesell will now serve as team manager for the 24 car.
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[S-Corey]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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The postseason awards continue to flow in for the Hokies. Last night in Charlotte, defensive stalwart Corey Moore picked up the prestigious Nagurski Award.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/Last Night; :00]

The Touchdown Club of Charlotte and the Football Writers Association of America voted Moore the nation's top defensive player last night. Bobby Bowden spoke at the banquet but is was Moore and his Big East record 17 sacks that swayed the voters.
He beat out Florida State's Corey Simon, Minnesota'sTyrone Carter and Penn State's Courtney Brown and Lavar Arrington

to take home the trophy.
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[S-Dayne]


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If you were surprised that Michael Vick got a Heisman invitation yesterday, you better get used number 7 butting heads with the big boy upperclassman. This afternoon Vick ended up as the national runner-up for the Associated Press's college player of the year honor.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-NCAA; :00]

Vick finished a distant second to Wisconsin's Ron Dayne. College football's all-time leading rusher received 43 of the 82 votes that were cast. Vick picked up 14 of them, Drew Brees was third.
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Vick will be the first freshman ever to attend the Heisman ceremony in New York, and since yesterday's announcement he has been stirring up quite a bit of excitement nationally.
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[VO-NAT]

On the CNN-Sports Illustrated web page, Vick is all over the Heisman section with not only his likeness, but speculation that he could even win the thing. He certainly is making his mark in the fan poll. Nearly 7000 fans have voter on line - and Vick is in the lead with more 42 percent of the vote. Ron Dayne is next with 35 percent.
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[S-KJ]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[TAPE#=SP-48 1:27:52]
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Roanoke native and Stanford sophomore K.J. Hippensteel is the nations number one collegiate tennis player.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]


The Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings were released today and KJ tops the list. The former North Cross student earned the number one spot by going undefeated in singles play during the fall season and by winning the Reebok/ITA All-American Grand Slam championship.
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[S-Radford]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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The Tech men's basketball team that beat VMI by 19 last night, next plays host to rival Radford University this Thursday night.
[GRAPHIC=RADFORD LOGO]

It's a game that is imortant for Tech, but huge for the Highlanders.
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(( The Highlanders have taken on the tag of Road Warriors so far this season. They have yet to play at the Dedmon Center this year, and thisThursday night's game with Tech will mark the team's fifth straight away from home. At this point - several things are obvious. For starters, Ryan Charles is all the way after knee surgery. He's averaged 27 a game in his last two starts. Point guard Rian Everett has been outstanding hitting 54 percent of his threes. And Peanut Arrington has been as good as advertised, if not better, playing almost 30 minutes a game ((PEANUT ARRINGTON:)) ((RON BRADLEY:)) The mystery to date is the play of sophomore center Andy Savtchenko. The team's leading rebounder last season, bulked up over the summer adding over 30 pounds of muscle and increasing his bench press to 300 pounds. But through four games his level of play has dropped. ((RON BRADLEY:))
At 7-feet and 265 pounds Savtchenko has the potential to dominate games. RU fans hope to see him and the rest of the deepest team in school history blossom in the Cassell on Thursday.)) ((ANDRE SAVTCHENKO:)) [Wx-Tape]
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In November some Vinton residents were outraged after Police Chief Ricky Foutz resigned. Many took their complaints to the town council last month, tonight they're going back to the meeting.
[Double Boxes=Keith/Kate Microwave]


Kate Weidaw is live outside the Vinton town hall with more.
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[SUPER=@Kate1]
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Tonight residents are expected to come before the Vinton town council with petitions.
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[VO-NAT 99-46 18:55]

Last month Foutz supporters said they believed the police chief quit under pressure. Town officials said they were acting in the best interest of the town.
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[Live= Kate/Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Vinton]

Tonight on News 7 at 11 we'll hear reaction from Foutz supporters
[Double Boxes=Keith/Kate Microwave]

and town officials on tonights meeting.


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