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The fight to save some Henry County schools appears to be over.
The school board could vote as early as this morning to scrap a plan that would close and consolidate several schools.
But as Justin McLeod discovered, a more than a million dollar budget shortfall will still force the school system to make cuts now and in the future.
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[SUPER=01-Sharon Dodson/Superintendent of Schools; :12]
[SUPER=01-Tim Hall/Henry Co. Spokesperson; :45]
[SUPER=01-Veronica Favero/Fieldale-Collinsville Student; 1:27]
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Students here at Fieldale-Collinsville high school may be locked in for another year.
The plan to consolidate several schools now appears to be dead.
[IN Q=I am recommending]
((DR. SHARON DODSON/SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS: I AM RECOMMENDING THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD CEASE ACTION ON THE PLAN.))
[OUT Q=action on the plan]
It is a plan that has drawn criticism and caused heated debate for months.
Back in December, the school board voted to consolidate four high schools into two, close three elementary schools as well as re-organize others.
But the reconfiguration plan hit a major roadblock this week after the Board of Supervisors refused the school board's request for an advance on next year's budget.
The money would have gone towards renovations at the consolidated schools.
[IN Q=I think the Board of Supervisors]
((TIM HALL/HENRY CO. SPOKESPERSON: I THINK THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HAD CONCERNS ALL ALONG ABOUT THE NUMBERS THAT WERE PROJECTED, THE COST OF THE PROJECT, HOW MUCH WOULD BE SAVED. THOSE NUMBERS WERE EVER CHANGING.))
[OUT Q=were ever changing]
Even if the schools don't consolidate the numbers still don't add up- there will likely be a more than a million dollar budget shortfall next year.
State law requires a school system to run on a balanced budget.
That could force the school system to make major cuts.
[IN Q=We would have to look]
((SHARON DODSON/SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS: WE WOULD HAVE TO LOOK REAL HARD AT OUR STAFFING ISSUES, OUR CLASS SIZE ISSUES, OUR COURSE OFFERINGS, ALL THOSE KINDS OF THINGS I WOULD THINK WOULD BE UP FOR DISCUSSION.))
[OUT Q=for discussion]
But for now, the discussion in the schools at least is one of joy as well as caution.
[IN Q=Everybody is]
((VERONICA FAVERO/FIELDALE-COLLINSVILLE STUDENT: EVERYBODY IS KINDA OF CAUTIOUS CAUSE I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S SET IN THAT IT'S REALLY GOING TO STAY THAT WAY THAT EVERYTHING IS REALLY GOING TO STAY OPEN.))
[OUT Q=to stay open]
[IN Q=The school board ]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE SCHOOL BOARD WILL HOLD A SPECIAL MEETING FRIDAY NIGHT. THEY COULD TAKE UP THE ISSUE AND EVEN VOTE ON THE PROPOSAL AT THAT MEETING. IF NOT, THEY'LL MOST LIKELY TAKE IT UP THEIR NEXT MEETING THAT IS SCHEDULED FOR NEXT THURSDAY. JUSTIN MCLEOD, NEWS 7, HENRY COUNTY.))
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Henry County]))[Missing-Girl]
Authorities say they've made a positive identification on the body of seven- year- old Danielle van Dam.
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Danielle's body was found Wednesday off a road near San Diego.
Authorities had to use X-rays and dental records to identify her.
The San Diego police chief says, despite reports to the contrary, her body had not been BURNED, but had decomposed.
50- year- old neighbor David Westerfield is charged with Danielle's kidnapping and murder, along with possession of child pornography.
[GRAPHIC=War on Terrorism]
After months of solid support for President Bush's efforts in the war on terrorism, the top Senate Democrat is now questioning plans to expand the war.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle says Osama bin Laden must be found in order for the effort to be successful.
Other lawmakers are attacking the senator-- asking how he dares to criticize the President as the war continues, and U-S troops keep fighting for our freedom.
Apparently, reports of its death were greatly exaggerated.
Officials at W-L-V-A radio in Lynchburg say they will "not" sign off the air today as expected.
The land where the station's transmission towers are located is being sold to a developer, but station manager Bob Abbott says they're working a deal to keep the city's oldest radio station on the air.
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[IN Q=It really is]
((BOB ABBOTT/WLVA STATION MANAGER: IT REALLY IS A TREASURE FOR THE CITY. I MEAN YOU THINK ABOUT THAT.. SIGNING ON IN 1930, THIS STATION'S BEEN THROUGH WORLD WAR TWO, THE EISENHOWER ADMINISTRATION, THE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION, IT'S BEEN THERE FOR ALL THOSE THINGS, IT HAS A REAL RICH HERITAGE, IT'D BE A SHAME TO LOSE THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Bob Abbott/WLVA Station Manager]
[OUT Q=shame to lose that.]
Abbott says he's trying to find another tower to broadcast W-L-V-A's signal while they look for property to build a new facility.
In business news, It was another down day for stocks yesterday as Wall Street ended a
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[OUT Q=your local stocks]
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Three new judges for the Roanoke Valley have emerged from the General Assembly.
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[IN Q=Those in favor]
[OUT Q=General District Court.]
Roanoke County Commonwealth's Attorney "Skip" Burkart was endorsed by the County Bar Association for a spot on the Circuit Bench,
but the House named two other Circuit Judges and gave Burkart a spot on the lower court.
Charlie Dorsey, an attorney in private practice, got one Circuit Court position. Bill Broadhurst was elevated to Circuit Court from General District Court. And Burkart takes Broadhurst's place.
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[IN Q=It's nice]
((IT'S NICE TO BE ABLE TO PUT THREE QUALIFIED PEOPLE ON THE BENCH AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT WE'VE DONE TODAY.))
[OUT Q=we've done today.]
Judge Richard Pattisall was denied re-appointment, after he first indicated he would not seek another term on the bench and then changed his mind. Judge Diane Strickland had indicated she will step down in October.
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Few students who apply actually get to intern at the New York Stock Exchange- but one Hollins University student did.
Business Reporter Jennifer Miele tracked down the university senior.
She says her internship will be as good as gold when it comes time to apply for a job.
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[SUPER=01-Catherine Dapra/Hollins Student; :14]
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[OUT Q=JM News 7.]
((Not once... but twice has Hollins University student Catherine Dapra interned at the New York Stock Exchange.
In the international division, she helped coordinate foreign trade shows and hunted for new companies to list.
((CATHERINE DAPRA: WORKING WITHIN THE DIVISION ITSELF, WE'RE A VERY CULTURALLY DIVERSE GROUP, SO I LEARNED A LOT ABOUT DIFFERENT TYPES OF PEOPLE, IT WAS GREAT.))
Dapra landed her internship through the Hollins Career Development department - an office with some valuable connections.
Bill Johnston is one of them- As president of the stock exchange, he first opened the doors to interns from his alma mater- Washington and Lee in 1996.
And since his wife is a Hollins grad, he gathered Hollins students would also benefit from working there.
((CATHERINE DAPRA: I LOVE IT AND I MISS IT BECAUSE THERE'S SO MUCH ENERGY IN NEW YORK.))
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New York is where Dapra if from... and where she hopes to land a job.
She's finishing her senior year at Hollins studying economics....among other things.
Dapra encourages all students to make the most of internship opportunities.
She's banking that future employers will take notice of what she has done.
((WELL, I'M GRADUATING IN MAY, SO IF ANYBODY WANTS TO GIVE ME A JOB... LAUGH))
Jennifer Miele, News 7.))
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More education money could be coming to Southwest and Southside Virginia-
A northern Virginia lawmaker is offering a proposal that would do just that- even though a statewide referendum for public schools may not make it out of the General Assembly this year-
House Leaders oppose a statewide sales tax referendum, but they have approved a vote on a possible income tax hike for education in northern Virginia.
Yesterday, Fairfax County Senator Dick Saslaw proposed using some of that money to address disparities in some of the state's poorer school districts.
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[IN Q=What's in it]
((SEN. DICK SASLAW: WHAT'S IN IT FOR THE PEOPLE FOR INSTANCE IN MY JURISDICTION FAIRFAX COUNTY IS YES THEY WILL PAY A LITTLE MORE, BUT THEY KEEP AN ENORMOUSLY GREATER SUM OF MONEY AT HOME THAN THEY WOULD UNDER THE OTHER PROPOSAL.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Dick Saslaw/(D) Fairfax Co.]
[OUT Q=under the proposal.]
The bill would benefit the state's 51 poorest school districts, including many in southside and southwest Virginia. The proposal now goes to the Senate Finance Committee.
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An elderly man accused of shooting and killing his teenage neighbor was found guilty of murder in the past.
82-year-old Hallis (JAME-ison) Jamison pleaded guilty to second degree murder back in 19-52 and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Now, he's in jail, charged with the malicious wounding of Charlotte Brown, a 16-year-old William Fleming student.
The girl's friends and relatives say they feel sorry for Jamison -- and believe he did NOT mean to harm her.
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[IN Q=I feel sorry]
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((MARSHA JOHNSON/FRIEND: I FEEL SORRY FOR HIM. I HOPE THAT HE DOESN'T DO ANY TIME. HE JUST DID NOT KNOW. HE WAS SCARED. ))
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((SHIRLEY FLINT/CHARLOTTE'S AUNT: SHE LEFT US FOR A REASON... TO LEAVE A MESSAGE HERE FOR ALL OF THE CHILDREN FOR EVERYBODY TO REALIZE THAT TOMORROW'S NOT PROMISED TO NONE OF US. ))
[SUPER=01-Marsha Johnson/Friend; :00]
[SUPER=01-Shirley Flint/Charlotte's Aunt; :10]
[OUT Q=none of us.]
Relatives say two of Charlotte's cousins had been pounding on (JAME-ison's)Jamison's door.
They say Charlotte went there to try to return a set of keys the other girls had stolen from him.
Charlotte excelled as a Special Olympics athlete.
At her funeral Tuesday, her teammates plan to drape her basketball jersey over her casket.
Testimony continues in Houston today at the trial of Andrea Yates.
Her husband Russell told a Houston jury yesterday that when he left for work, he thought his wife would be okay with the children until his mother arrived.
That was on June 20th, the day the children were killed.
Andrea Yates is charged with capital murder, and pleaded innocent by reason of insanity.
The defense says she suffered severe post-partum depression. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
It's all systems go for space shuttle Columbia--
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The seven- member crew is about to launch.
The astronauts are making a trip to the Hubble Space Telescope.
NASA had postponed the launch one day, in order to wait for warmer weather at the Kennedy Space Center.
And there's been some concern about low clouds today.
The astronauts are set to do five spacewalks in what's being described as the trickiest work yet on the two- billion- dollar telescope.
If successful, the upgrades will dramatically improve the telescope's imaging ability.
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]
In medical news, on top health official says mammograms are valuable.
And The F-D-A has approved the drug Remicade.
Melissa McDermott has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
[SUPER=01-Melissa McDermott/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]
((THE U-S CANCER CHIEF IS STRESSING THE VALUE OF MAMMOGRAMS,
AFTER SEVERAL RECENT STUDIES CREATED CONFUSION ABOUT WHETHER THEY SAVE
A PANEL OF LAWMAKERS IS BASHING THOSE STUDIES, WORRIED THAT INSURERS
MIGHT USE THE CONTROVERSY, AS AN EXCUSE TO CUT COVERAGE OF THE BREAST
CANCER EXAM, BY DEEMING IT UNNECESSARY.
FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE FDA HAS APPROVED A DRUG SHOWN TO IMPROVE
PHYSICAL FUNCTION IN PATIENTS WITH RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS.
REMICADE, IN COMBINATION WITH METHOTREXATE, IS NOW THE ONLY THERAPY
APPROVED, THAT HAS PROVEN EFFECTIVE IN FIGHTING THE DISEASE.
WHEN IT COMES TO TRACKING AND PREVENTING BIRTH DEFECTS, MOST STATES ARE
EITHER FLUNKING OR BARELY PASSING.
THE TRUST FOR AMERICAN'S HEALTH ISSUED THE REPORT CARD THIS WEEK, SAYING
ONLY EIGHT STATES ARE DOING ENOUGH TO PROTECT NEWBORNS.
THEY INCLUDE ARKANSAS, CALIFORNIA, GEORGIA, HAWAII, IOWA, MASSACHUSETTS,
OKLAHOMA AND TEXAS.
IDAHO, OREGON AND SOUTH DAKOTA ARE AMONG THOSE, REPORTEDLY DOING THE
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THOSE ARE SOME OF TODAY'S TOP HEALTH STORIES.
I'M MELISSA MCDERMOTT, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
A Bedford County woman is behind bars charged with robbing a beauty salon at gunpoint.
Police say 41-year old Tammy Johnson Buchanan demanded money from Anita's Finishing Touch Salon in Goodview late yesterday afternoon.
She left with an undisclosed amount.
Police later found Buchanan at her home- about five miles from the salon.
She is being held at the Bedford County Adult Detention Facility without bond.
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Some leaders in the City of Galax say they want to get rid of a position that does nothing but take taxpayers money.
City Councilman Odell Hamden is leading a petition to eliminate the Treasurer's office.
He says Treasurer Margaret Hensley takes in a 40-thousand dollar state-paid salary but has no official duties.
Yesterday, 450-signatures are being certified for the General Assembly.
Richmond can order a referendum to let Galax voters decide the position's fate.
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[IN Q=IT'S JUST SENSELESS]
((ODELL HAMDEN/GALAX CITY COUNCILMAN; THIS IS NOT A PERSONAL MATTER, AS I SAID EARLIER I CONSIDER HER MYSELF A FRIEND TO HER, IT'S JUST SENSELESS TO FOR ANYONE TO OCCUPY AN OFFICE AND DEFER THAT MUCH OF THE STATE'S RESOURCES FOR NO PURPOSE.))
[SUPER=01-Odell Hamden/Galax City Councilman;]
[OUT Q=FOR NO PRUPOSE.]
Officials say Margaret Hensley has been dedicated to the job but that over the years the workload has declined and gone to other offices.
She declined an interview but told a Richmond newspaper she stays busy and helps people with taxes.
Hensley has been re-elected as Treasurer for nine straight terms serving for the past 33-years.