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help unlock a terrorists i- phone. why the company is refusing to help. good evening and thanks for i'm john carlin. and i'm dawn jefferies. today is county circuit court clerk erica williams to provide the board of supervisors with information on turnover rates and work attendance. while the board cannot force williams to provide this met the deadline. but as wsls 10's bethany teague explains ... the board is no closer to getting answers. supervisors is seeking erica williams. chris tuck, board of supervisors - "we need to start moving forward." the board wants to know why williams' office had a 155 percent turnover rate in her first term.. and how often williams was actually at work. while the board asked for an explanation by today.. it cannot force one. chris tuck, board of supervisors - "she is a constitutional officer, and while we can ask her to respond,
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williams' attorney sent a letter saying she was not prepared to provide any of that information. the board has not yet had a chance to discuss this as a group.. but for supervisor chris tuck.. that was a confusing message. chris tuck, board of supervisors - "she did discuss that in an open public forum at one of the debates. so i'm not certain why she's not willing to discuss that with us." tuck says in a debate during her campaign last year.. williams attributed the high turnover rate to a lack of ability to pay her employees well. on further investigation.. tuck says employees in other montgomery county courts make less than employees in circuit court.. yet they have less turnover. chris tuck, board of supervisors - "i have some more questions as to that turnover rate." in her letter to the board.. williams' attorney states, "obviously, personnel matters involving her current or former employees are confidential, and despite pressure from certain individuals or organizations, mrs. williams will not discuss
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inappropriate and/or public forum." williams also faced accusations on the campaign trail that she wasn't working 40 hours a week. the board asked williams to "provide a response as to her attendance record as clerk." her response states.. "she is unaware of the specific concerns the board of supervisors has regarding her attendance record due to the non-specific nature of the request, and is therefore unable to respond..." the board is expected to discuss the response at its meeting monday.. and whether this will impact williams' nearly 22 thousand dollars in merit-based pay. in christiansburg bethany teague wsls 10. pittsylvania county leaders begin working on the county's budget for the upcoming fiscal year ... and they're already having to make cuts. when they began ... there were about five and a half million dollars more in requests than the county is projected to have in revenue. county leaders have since cut about one and a half million dollars in requests. the county
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says ... the biggest challenge they're dealing with right now is how to overcome the roughly one point five million dollars they lost from a solid waste tax ... which was cut late last year. clarence monday/county administrator - the board had a public hearing and during the public hearing there were citizens who spoke up and asked that the fee be eliminated. the board took that under advisement and made the decision to repeal the fee." the county has to have the budget balanced by april fourth. turning now to your forecast ... another sunny day to melt the leftover snow. storm team ten chief meteorologist jeff haniewich joins us now. jeff ... the warm weather will continue into the weekend? after last night's clipper system that brought some parts of the mountains southern parts of the nrv and mountain empire a light accumulation, it was nice once again to see the sun come back
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warm into the 40s, so the melting continues across the area. but we are still dealing with the ramifications of the precipitation earlier in the week in the form of river flooding. the roanoke river at randolph is forecast to have moderate flooding, while the dan river at paces and south boston are forecast to have minor flooding. we'll keep a close eye on this for you, but any flooding is in news making national headlines ... apple is vowing to take on uncle sam in a fight over a terrorist's i- phone. a federal judge has ordered the company to help the f-b-i break into a locked phone used by one of the shooters in the san
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apple has five days to respond. brian mooar explains. apple says it will fight a federal magistrate's order forcing the tech giant to help the fbi crack an iphone used by syed farook - one of the shooters in the december terror attack in san bernardino. the obama administration says it's a simple - and narrow request. josh ernest / white house spokesman - "they are not asking apple to redesign its product or to create a new back door to one of their products. they're simply asking for something that would have an impact on this one device." not so says apple ceo tim cook ...who writes: "the government suggests this tool could only be used once, on one phone. but that's simply not true. once created, the technique could be used over and over again, on any number of devices." thomas austin / computer science professor - san jose state univ. - "it's like if you put a key under your mat. how do you make sure only the right people use that key? the fbi wants apple to invent new software to bypass a key
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erases all data after ten wrong passcode attempts - so techs can wage a brute-force attack to guess the number or password. jamil jaffer / homeland security law professor - george mason law professor - "here the government's not asking for a backdoor, what they're asking for is give us the ability to sort of knock on that door a million times until we can break in." but apple says this fight is far bigger than one attack and one phone - a legal fight pitting personal privacy against public safety. "brian mooar, nbc news, washington." flint michigan to hear about how people are being effected by the city's water crisis. more than 2- hundred people packed inside a church to ask questions including whether the filters are working. he reassured them ... the filters are working but said more needs to be done. /dr. vivek murthy/u.s. surgeon general - "a lot of help is on the way and has already arrived in flint. not to say it's nearly enough we have to do a lot more to get flint back to the place where the water is safe for everyone to
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the surgeon general added he will do everything he can to make sure flint has the resources it needs. the centers for disease control is also working with local agencies to provide those resources. in news around virginia ... police hope to make downtown charlottesville a safer place using surveillance cameras. currently ... there are only privately-owned cameras on the downtown mall. one of those captured u-v-a student hannah graham on the last night police say ... she was seen alive in 20-14. now ... charlottesville police and city council want to put 36 cameras around intersections downtown. chief tim longo, charlottesville police: we would go to these systems and we would go to these images in the aftermath of an event in an effort to help us solve an incident that's already occurred. we have no desire or expectation of going in to randomly view images without any specific law enforcement purpose. the cameras would catch video of the downtown mall as well as its side streets. the
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73-thousand dollars. maintenance would cost 12- hundred dollars a month. hillary clinton's campaign team is launching a television ad campaign in the commonwealth ahead of the march first primary. the presidential hopeful's ads will first run in the richmond market. according to the campaign... the 30-second spots highlight clinton's record on foreign policy ... women's rights and other issues. clinton is running against bernie sanders for the democratic nomination. in your w-s-l-s ten timesaver traffic report... we're still keeping a close eye on interstate-81 in salem. there's at least a 4-mile backup near mile marker 1-37. the south left shoulder and left lane are still closed. still ahead on wsls 10 at 5:30 ... the west piedmont health district is recognized for its service. the honor it received. but first ... here's a look at how some stocks of local interest
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system that brought some parts of the mountains southern parts of the nrv and mountain empire a light accumulation, it was nice once again to see the sun come back today. and temperatures did warm into the 40s, so the melting continues across the area. but we are still dealing with the ramifications of the
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week in the form of river flooding. the roanoke river at randolph is forecast to have moderate flooding, while the dan river at paces and south boston are forecast to have minor flooding. we'll keep a close eye on this for you, but any flooding is expected to end any time between thursday afternoon and friday afternoon. tonight: fair skies and cold with lows in the mid-to-upper 20s. once again, tonight beware of the potential for re-freezing.
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highs in the middle 40s. we will stay mainly sunny on friday with highs in the mid-to-upper 40s. we will really warm things up this weekend. saturday will see a mix of sun and clouds, with more sun east and more clouds west. the mountains of west virginia may see a stray shower or two, otherwise we look dry across the commonwealth. clouds will continue to thicken into sunday turning mostly cloudy to stories we are working to
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you on wsls 10 at six. lindsey from the wsls 10 newsroom .. i'm lindsey ward. coming up at six ... vo how renovations at the western lab of forensic science in roanoke will alleviate a backlog of meth cases. our exclusive look inside. vo
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parenthood in blacksburg is closing its doors. those stories and more -- tonight at six. the piedmont health district
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and franklin counties and the city of martinsville
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recognition. wsls 10's colter anstaett explains what it means for the people it serves. for the second time, the west piedmont health district, based in martinsville, has been accredited by the national association of county and city health officials. chris garrett/wphd health emergency coordinator - "in 2010, we received accreditation originally. this process was a reaccreditation , which will since 2010." all health departments in the commonwealth are required to be certified by the organization and have to get reaccredited every five years. 12 other health departments have also just been reaccredited and the remaining health departments are either in the process of being reaccredited or are getting ready to start the process. chris garrett - "this really, for the community, lets them know we are doing our best to be prepared for emergencies on a public health level." the executive director of the near southwest preparedness alliance, which works closely with the health department and other healthcare organizations in 16 counties and nine cities across the state conducting
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departments and organizations be prepared for disasters, says it's reassuring to see the reaccreditation . john clark/phoner - "without representatives like them, being part of our membership, we wouldn't be able to help the region prepare for and respond the way we do." all of the health departments in the commonwealth are expected to have been reaccredited by early next year. in martinsville, colter anstaett, wsls 10. you might want to enjoy a cocktail this weekend with the warmer temperatures. the "big lick cocktail classic" will be held at the patrick henry on saturday. it's a mardi gras theme this year. nine local restaurants and caterers will be showcasing food to pair with drinks. proceeds from the event will go toward leap ... a non profit organization that builds community through sustainable agriculture. jd sutphin/big lick entertainment - "what's really cool about leap is that they're pushing that farm to table movement and i thought it was a really cool angle to think about in the world of cocktails and mixology." leap is working on several projects this year like a
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u-p-s announces it's increasing passport services at all of it's locations. why there's a need in a wsls 10
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says having food new visitors into the center the event runs from eleven a-m until two p-m. u-p-s is planning to expand passport services at all of country. it's in response to an expected increase in demand ... as nearly 50-million american passports expire over the next three years. the company announced last customers to schedule appointments for passport photos. u-p-s reported an eight-percent increase in passport service-sales last month compared to january of 20-15. still ahead on wsls 10 at 5:30 ... a rescued bear finds a new home in waynesboro.
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again! again! again! again! again? again! again! general mills is removing artificial flavors and colors from our cereals. so you can love cereal... again! florida man. matthew cardorzo was fishing in clearwater beach when he saw "rocky" sleeping on the ground. rocky told him he had been
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rocky ben, homeless: "he felt so sorry for me and gave me a hoodie and took a picture of me and said he was gonna give it to his wife, i had no idea he was gonna put it on facebook." but to matthew cardorzo, good samaritan: "it's not more of what i did, it's more or less what everybody should do for someone that's less fortunate." a go-fund-me page was created after rocky's story was posted. within a matter of hours -- hundreds of dollars had been put into the account. in fact .. people donated money to put rocky in a hotel for a few days until enough money could be raised to find him a permanent home. more help came for rocky when a local bar and grill hired him. the wildlife center of virginia comes to the rescue of a small black bear cub found in a tree in christiansburg. we first told you about the cub last week when a homeowner got quite a surprise after finding it in his backyard. a department of game and inland fisheries biologist rescued him this week and took it to the center's bear complex. despite weighing just 11-pounds
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the bear is a yearling. he was underweight, anemic and had an old fracture when he was found but the bear is being properly fed and showing improvement. when he's healthy enough -- he will be released back into the wild. you can track his progress on our website .. wsls dot-com. that's all for wsls ten at 5-30. wsls ten at 5-30. your 90 minutes of news continues right now. after last night's clipper system that brought some parts of the mountains southern parts of the nrv and mountain empire a light accumulation, it was nice once again to see the sun come back today. and temperatures did warm into the 40s, so the melting continues across the area. but we are still dealing with the ramifications of the
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week in the form of river flooding. the roanoke river at randolph is forecast to have moderate flooding, while the dan river at paces and south boston are forecast to have minor flooding. we'll keep a close eye on this for you, role of the library is to help people hear information that will help them stay safe and family friendly." now at six .. increasing internet safety on the heels of nicole lovell's death. roanoke public libraries and virginia state police team up to protect local kids from online dangers. plus .. planned parenthood patients in the new river valley will soon have to travel further or find another provider. but first .. kevin patrick/directo r of western laboratory of forensic science: "it impacts us which in turn impacts southwest virginia. what it's giving us is a capacity to grow." an exclusive first look inside renovations at the western lab of forensic science. how the upgrades will make a difference
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and serving justice. good evening and thank you for joining us for wsls 10 at six. a 40-million dollar expansion at the western lab of forensic science in roanoke is almost complete. the lab analyzes evidence associated with crimes for 185 law enforcement agencies. it's the second busiest lab in the commonwealth. wsls 10's ananda rochita has an exclusive look at how the renovations could help alleviate backlog problems. this 40-million dollar project is two years in the making ... nat sound from kevin patrick showing us around and now it's almost finished. kevin patrick, the director of the western laboratory of forensic science is giving us an exclusive first look inside. quick nat sound from kevin patrick again. this lab is one of the busiest in the state averaging 15- thousand cases a year. patrick
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