Coming up next...
Another fatal accident on route eight in Montgomery County.
A three year old Danville boy dies after playing with a cigarette lighter.
Several physicians resign from Lewis Gale clinic.
And-- tickets to one of the year's hottest concerts go on sale today in Roanoke.
NEWS 7 is next.
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A three year old Danville boy died today after playing with a cigarette lighter.
Good evening I'm Teresa Hamilton.
Police say Dylan Anderson caught a sofa on fire--- and the flames spread from there.
It happened around 12:30 at this home on Banner Street.
When fire fighters arrived they say the front of the house was engulfed in flames.
The child's grandmother, Jacqueline Anderson, was the only other person in the house and made it out safely.
The little boy was found under his bed in cardiac arrest.
Fire officials say Dylan died on the way to the hospital.
His grandmother was treated and released from Danville Regional.
Three people died in New Mexico earlier today when a tractor- trailer slammed into the rear of a church van.
It happened this morning about 200- miles southeast of Albuquerque when a van, loaded with senior citizens heading to a cemetery, was hit by the rig hauling produce.
Police say it appears the van was rear ended by the truck as it slowed down and tried to turn left into the cemetery.... for a funeral.
State police say speed was a factor in a fatal accident this morning in Montgomery County.
24- year old Barry Ziegler died in the crash.
Authorities say Ziegler was traveling down route eight when his truck struck an embankment and flipped over shortly after two- A-M.
Ziegler was thrown the vehicle and died at the scene.
He is the fourth person to die in a traffic related accident on Route eight-- in approximately a month.
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Politicians from across the country are continuing to weigh in on whether six year old Elian Gonzalez should be returned to Cuba.
U-S immigration officials have ordered that the boy be sent back to Cuba, where his father is.
But it looks like Elian will remain in the U-S for a while.
He was subpoenaed yesterday by U-S Representative Dan Burton to testify before a House committee next month-- a move that overrides the I-N-S decision.
Today-- Republican Senator Bob Smith of New Hampshire met with the boy's relatives in Miami.
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The White House continues to insist that politics should NOT enter into the case.
Meanwhile, Cuban-American leaders have pledged to halt protests given the latest developments.
Several physicians at Lewis Gale Clinic have resigned.
But a clinic spokesperson will not confirm how many are leaving.
One published report puts the number at 14.
Joy Sutton has details.
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(( Lewis-Gale Clinic says the resignations started in December when the clinic put forth a plan designed to improve the facility-- part of that plan included continuing a relationship with Phycor-- the management firm that's been running the clinic.
While 70 percent of the physicians did vote in favor of the plan -- others decide to leave the clinic.
Published reports say these physicians had a disagreement with Phycor.
Clinic officials would not go on camera but gave a statement.
The Director of Communications Lynette Mutter says quote:
"Since the vote several physicians have resigned, this was expected. But we are disappointed that this occurred prior to the implementation of our plan."
Mutter says physicians left from several but not all of the clinics -- she would not confirm which ones.
Mutter says quote:
"We are in the process of discussions with the Physicians attorneys, Phycor, and Columbia-Lewis Gale. As soon as we have concrete information and are legally able to discuss this further we will. Our main concern right now is resolving patient care issues.
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(( THE PHYSICIANS WILL NOT BE LEAVING IMMEDIATELY -- A CLAUSE IN THEIR CURRENT CONTRACT REQUIRES THEM TO GIVE A 90 DAY NOTICE BEFORE LEAVING.
AND THE NON-COMPETE CLAUSE IN THEIR CONTRACTS PROHIBITS THE PHYSICIANS FROM ESTABLISHING A PRACTICE FOR THE NEXT 18 MONTHS IN ROANOKE COUNTY OR ANY OF THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES. JOY SUTTON,NEWS 7 ))
A state commission has recommended more aggressive efforts to protect Virginia wetlands. And that is setting the stage for a fight in the General Assembly session that begins next week.
Wetlands protection is expected to be one of the most controversial environmental issues in the legislature this year.
And this week in Roanoke, the Virginia director of the Sierra Club told members of the Roanoke Kiwanis Club that the issue will be one of the group's top priorities in Richmond.
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((GLEN BESA/VA. SIERRA CLUB: WE'VE SEEN THE LOSS OF OVER 3000 ACRES OF WETLANDS IN VIRGINIA, UNREGULATED LOSSES OF WETLANDS IN THE LAST YEAR AND THAT'S GOT TO STOP, OR WE'RE GOING TO BE GOING BACKWARDS SEVERELY. AND THE BAY AND THE WATER QUALITY OF OUR RIVERS IS GOING TO SUFFER AS A RESULT.))
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Scientists say wetlands play a key role in controlling flooding, providing wildlife habitat and filtering pollutants. Yesterday, members of the Committee Studying the Future of Virginia's Environment, voted 5-2 to recommend a comprehensive regulatory program. Critics say the proposed regulations are too restrictive.
Still ahead on News 7, Should the Confederate Flag fly from the state house in South Carolina? We'll tell you what some protesters are doing.
And tickets to one of the years biggest concerts go on sale in Roanoke. That story and more after the break.
Thousands turned out in South Carolina today in SUPPORT of the confederate flag.
The flag has flown from the Statehouse dome for 38 years.
But critics, including the N-Double-A-C-P say it's a painful reminder of slavery and want it removed.
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(( SOUTH CAROLINA RESIDENT:
IT IS ACTUALLY AN AFFRONT
TO AFRICAN-AMERICANS WHO LIVE IN THIS STATE..AND WE BELIEVE FROM A
HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE IT SERVES NO PURPOSE.
BETTY SLUSHER/ South Carolina Resident: THIS FLAG IS NOT SLAVERY.
IT WAS NOT FOUGHT OVER SLAVERY. IT WAS DEFENSE OF OUR HOME AND TAXISM. ))
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Approximately six- thousand people marched in today's parade.
There were no reported incidents of violence.
More bad news from Tultex rocks Martinsville.
And if you have 40-million dollars burning a hole in your pocket, there's a mall for sale.
Scott Goldberg has those stories and more in this week's News-7 Business Review.
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This week on the Review .... Martinsville's economy took another hit ... and once again it was Tultex delivering the blow.
The bankrupt apparel company is cutting its fleece production.
That means approximately 300 more layoffs ... on top of the 11-hundred announced last month.
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It's a save-us-from-going-out-of-business sale.
Tanglewood Mall is up for auction after going into foreclosure.
A company from Boston is expected to take over the 40-million-dollar property and revive it with higher-end stores.
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Optical Cable saw its best fourth-quarter sales ever in 19-99.
The Roanoke company reported sales of 14-point-eight million dollars ... up 11 percent from 13-point-three million in fourth quarter 1998.
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One of Lynchburg's biggest employers is selling off one of its divisions ... but is not selling out the 500-people who work there.
Ericsson's private radio systems division will be taken over by Pittsburgh's Com-Net Communications.
Com-net promises no jobs will leave the Hill City.
Live from its Tanglewood Mall studio -- in streaming audio and choppy video -- it's WREV-dot-net.
It's the first webcast to feature 24-hour-a-day Roanoke talk radio ... and online shopping at local stores.
Coming soon: Live simulcasts of WDBJ's News-7 at six.
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On Wall Street, the Dow climbed 25 points to a new record high.
The Nasdaq recovered from a three-day tailspin but still lost 187.
That's this week's Review.
I'm Scott Goldberg. ))
Tickets to one of the hottest upcoming concerts went on sale today.
Folks working the box office at the Roanoke Civic Center saw a steady stream of Cher fans buying tickets throughout the day.
Ticket prices range from 45 to 65 dollars.
You can also purchase tickets through Ticket Master.
The concert is scheduled for March 1-st.
Even though there hasn't been much snow.... business isn't hurting at one local ski resort.
Coming up we'll take you to Wintergreen and show you how the resort is keeping powder and skiers on its slopes.
The weather has not been very cooperative with local ski slopes so far this season.
But we've had enough cold nights for some snow making at the Wintergreen ski resort in Nelson County.
That's where we find Kimberly McBroom in this week's "Time Off".
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((On this particular day, the bright sunshine isn't keeping the snow blowers from doing their job, or ski enthusiasts from hitting the slopes.
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((JOHN KIRCHNER/SKI MANAGER: WE'RE GETTING OFF THE GROUND. WE WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE SEEN IT START A LITTLE EARLIER, BUT DECEMBER IN VIRGINIA IS KIND OF HIT OR MISS FOR WINTER WEATHER. IT TURNED COLD RIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS AND THAT'S THE RIGHT TIME.))
The year 2000 marks the 25th ski season at Wintergreen...
While winter sports lovers still don the same heavy gear.... snow boarding is quickly emerging as a popular alternative to normal skiing.
Between 25 and 30- percent of Wintergreens clientele come to surf the snowy hills.
Resort officials say the only big change expected this year is the addition of a new quad lift that will accommodate many more skiers.
Advanced skiers can show off their skills on the more challenging slopes like the Highlands Trail.
But Wintergreen is also well known for its ski school, that welcome skiers at all levels.
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((JOHN KIRCHNER/SKI MANAGER: WE HAVE A VERY INTERESTING BEGINNER LEARNING CLIENTELE. WE'RE KNOWN IN THIS INTERESTING IN THIS REGION TO BE A TEACHING MOUNTAIN. PEOPLE COME HERE AND LEARN HOW TO SKI AND LEARN HOW TO IMPROVE THEIR SKILLS.))
With the highest point of the resort at nearly four thousand feet, Wintergreen is best known for it winter-time activities.
And once the weather warms up, this FOUR- season resort also offers tennis and golf, mountain biking, and hiking trails.
You can bring the whole family for a winter getaway.... Wintergreen offers overnight lodging, mostly at its scenic condominiums.
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((JOHN KIRCHNER/SKI MANAGER: LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING, BUT WE'RE PRIMARILY A FAMILY RESORT. FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN OR TEEN AGED CHILDREN. WE'RE SET UP FOR THAT GUEST.))
And it's a great place to see snow...if you're getting anxious for Mother Nature to bring some.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Nelson County.))
Tanglewood Mall wasn't just a place to shop this afternoon -- it was also a place to go on carnival rides.
It's all part of Tons of Fun at the Mall.
There were lots of fun activities for the kids from face painting --to the moon walk.
The event was sponsored by Roanoke County as part of its year long celebration of the year 2-thousand.
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((LINDA MCNUTT/EVENT COORDINATOR: ROANOKE COUNTY WAS LOOKING FOR A WAY TO CELEBRATE THE NEW MILLENNIUM. THEY JUST WANTED TO DO SOMETHING FUN AND MALL IS SUCH A GREAT VENUE))
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This is the first time the mall has had carnival rides inside the mall.
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The Roanoke Express failed to break the franchise record for consecutive wins tonight losing to Peoria 5 to 2.
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Crazy George was leading the Cheers tonight at the Roundhouse.
Roanoke would get on the board first as Duane Harmer takes the shot but Paul Di Francesco gets the rebound for the score to make it 1 to nothing Express.
But the Riverman would then score 5 unanswered goals first working the pass to Matt Smith who scores to make it 1 to 1.
Then in the second Cam Severson breaks out and scores the goal giving him the hat trick and Peoria spoils the party 5 to 2.
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The Roanoke College and Washington and Lee Women met in an ODAC matinee at the Warner Center in Lexington.
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Early in the game senior General Ansley Miller surpasses the one thousand career point mark with this three pointer. Miller led W&L with 16 this afternoon.
It was a tight game, Roanoke's Cheryl Rhodes posts up, the one handed shot goes and the Maroons hold a slight edge.
The Generals gave Roanoke a run for its money as Jessica Mentz finds Megan Babst for two of her 12 points.
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Suzanne Webb drives the baseline, puts up one shot, then grabs the rebound the putpack is good and the Maroons win it 61 to 59.
Paris Butler tied a Roanoke record by hitting 6 three pointers as the Maroons completed the sweep in Lexington beating Washington and Lee 90 to 59.
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Page Moir in the huddle setting up a play.
Washington and Lee gets it to Toussaint Crawford he takes it to the hoop for the score to make it 23 to 20 Roanoke.
The Maroons answer. Paris Butler fakes the pass then pulls up and hits the Jumper to make it 25 to 20 Maroons.
The Generals get it to Crawford on the base line he knocks it in off the glass cutting the lead to 3.
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The Maroons then kick it outside to Jaimar Mansell he hits the jumper and Roanoke beats Washington and Lee 90 to 59.
The Virginia Cavaliers hit 3 pointers from all over the courtt in an 83 to 65 win over Georgia Tech.
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Pete Gillen and the Cavs playing before a sell out crowd.
Freshman Roger Mason pulls up and hits this three pointer but the Cavaliers trailed 30 to 27.
The Yellow Jackets worked the inside Jason Collier with the layup to make itt 34 to 29.
U-V-A trailed by 1 at the half but this Chris Williams three pointer made the score 44 to 39 Virginia.
The Cavaliers would put together a 22 to 2 run to open the third quarter and Virginia wins it 83 to 65.
V-M-I will have to wait to get its first conference win.
The Keydets held off the College of Charleston for 40 minutes, but fell to the Cougars in overtime.
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The ball boys took a new angle on their job of drying the hardwood at intermission. The catchy tune helped produce quite a show.
Aaron Demory for the Keydets, dribbles around the key before pulling up and laying it off the glass.
Charleston comes right back as Jeff Bolton finds Leighton Bowie in the paint. Bowie goes up the middle and gets the deuce and draws the foul.
VMI kept it close Eric Mann on the baseline looks to the otherside of the court. Tim Cole is there and takes the pass strong to the hoop for the score.
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James Griffin can't get the ball to fall for the Cougars, Mike Benton is there for the clean up and the defending Southern Conference champions pick up the overtime win beating VMI 77-69.
Auburn, Florida, Syracuse and Kentucky protected their to 25 rankings.
But Arizona upsets top ranked Stanford. For all of the college scores lets check the boards.
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And coming up, The Nashville Titans advance to the second round of the N-F-L playoffs.
And the Redskins beat the Lions to advance to a second round game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Redskin running back Stephen Davis left the game in the first half with a sprained knee.
But Washington advanced to the second round of the N-F-L playoffs with a 27 to 13 win over the Detroit Lions.
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Bobby Ross and the Lions looking for their first every win on the Skins field.
Davis scored on Washington's first drive then he takes this Brad Johnson handoff blows through the line and races down the sideline on a 65 yard run setting up the Redskins second touchdown of the game.
Leading 7 to nothing, Davis takes the handoff and scores from the four his second T-D on the Day and the Redskins led 14 to nothing.
Brad Johnson throws this pass to Albert Connell he takes it to the house on the 32 yard score and the Redskins beat the Lions 27 to 13.
With the win Washington heads to Tampa Bay next Saturday.
A controversial lateral on a kickoff with three seconds left gave Tennessee a 22 to 16 win over Buffalo.
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Quarterback Rob Johnson warming up.
Leading 2 to nothing on a safety Titan quarterback Steve McNair rolls out and scores on the one yard run to make the score 9 to nothing Tennessee.
But Buffalo's Antowain Smith scored a T-D in the third and this one yard run in the fourth gave the Bills their first lead at 13 to 12.
Buffalo led 16 to 15 but on the kickoff Frank Wycheck gets the ball and throws it cross the field to Kevin Dyson he takes it down the side line for the 75 yard T-D and after a review the officials ruled it was a lateral and the Titans win it 22 to 16.
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The A-F-C match up has the Miami Dolphins facing the Seattle Seahawks.
A tough game for the Dolphins because its on the road at the Superdome in Seattle.
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The A-F-C playoff games kicks off tomorrow afternoon at 4 on your Hometown Station.
Dallas travels to Minnesota to play the Vikings in the N-F-C playoff game.
The new year brought new leadership to the Roanoke County school system.
With the retirement of Deanna Gordon, Linda Weber (WEBB-er) has taken over as superintendent.
Weber comes to the Roanoke Valley from Staunton where she served as superintendent, but she also has extensive experience in four other states.
Still getting to know the Roanoke County school system, Weber says she's impressed with what she's found, and is excited about the opportunities.
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((IT IS JUST A RIPE TIME TO TAKE A NEW LOOK, TAKE A FRESH LOOK TO SAY WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE AND DO WE WANT TO DO THINGS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENTLY. I THINK THE TIMING IS RIGHT AND I HOPE WE'LL ALL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT.))
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We'll hear more from Weber tomorrow on News 7 Sunday morning. She's the subject of this week's Virginia Profile.