Students kept in school when there's a bomb threat - Tonight parents speak out.
More information on the mother of a baby found dead in a dumpster.
These gunshot wounds are a result of road rage here in Roanoke.
Plus he used to be a patient - Now he runs a mental hospital.
News 7 is next.
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[IN Q=Do I tell]
((DO I TELL MY KIDS THAT I HOPE YOU'RE NOT IN THE ROOM THAT DOESN'T BLOW UP? I HOPE YOU'RE IN THE CLASSROOM THAT'S STILL STANDING.))
[OUT Q=that's still standing.]
Parents and students speak out against the bomb threat policy at a local Southside school.
It's a policy that keeps nearly 18-hundred students in the classroom during a bomb threat.
And for now, the policy will stay put.
But at a Halifax County School board meeting tonight, some parents and students let the board know how concerned they are.
Surae Chinn attended tonight's meeting. She's been following this story and is in our Danville Bureau.
Jean, the school board did decide to talk about changing the policy. But it's not enough for some parents and students who want it changed as soon as possible.
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[SUPER=01-Gaye Long/Concerned Parent; :00]
[SUPER=01-Todd Eakes/Concerned Student; :33]
[SUPER=01-Lt. Rick Loftis/South Boston Police Dept.; ]
[OUT Q=until the future.]
((GAYE LONG/CONCERNED PARENT: I DON'T WANT TO GO HOME AND SAY LET'S THINK POSITIVE THE CHANCES THE SCHOOL WILL BLOW UP IS SLIM.))
In a packed room, Gaye Long spoke to the school board....telling them that keeping her children in the classroom during a bomb threat is too risky.
((GAYE LONG/CONCERNED PARENT: DO WE JUST HOPE THAT ONE PERCENT NEVER HITS HERE? THERE'S NOT ENOUGH MONEY TO REPLACE MY KIDS))
Many students agree and have signed a petition against the policy.
((TODD EAKES/STUDENT: THAT'S 864 STUDENTS DISAPPOINTED, SCARED AND 864 STUDENTS TOO MANY.))
(nats of clapping) But others feel the policy in place is a safe one.
((LT. RICK LOFTIS/SOUTH BOSTON POLICE DEPT.:IF YOU MOVE THE KIDS YOU MIGHT WALK THEM INTO A BOMB THAT'S PLANTED IN THE HALLWAY OR STAIRWELL.))
In the end, the board did not change the policy. Instead they will meet to re-evaluate it.
((ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH THE MEETING. GAYE LONG/PARENT: I'LL HOLD MY THOUGHTS UNTIL THE FUTURE.))
Many who attended say there is no perfect solution but they say evacuating is a better one.
[Q & A]
Jean: When will the school board address this again?
Students in Campbell County thought a classmate had brought a gun to school. So some kids went home early.
But when the Rustburg High School principal searched the young man's locker and backpack, he didn't find anything.
None of the students could say they'd actually spoken to the young man about the gun.
But several called their parents and were allowed to go home early.
More than a week after an explosion killed three of their colleagues - New River Castings employees heard some good news today.
The Radford plant's parent company - Intermet - announced it will continue to pay health benefits for out of work employees until further notice.
Any vacation pay that employees have accrued will be paid immediately.
The company also announced today that 40 displaced workers will be moved to an adjacent plant - the Radford Foundry.
The news answers many questions for employees.
But the big question - what is the plant's future? - remains unanswered -and probably won't be for some time.
Jean tosses to Robin in Weather Center
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The mother of the dead baby boy found in a dumpster on Saturday in Blacksburg is a 21 year old Virginia Tech student.
So far her name is not being released and charges have NOT been filed against her.
Authorities discovered the baby after responding to an emergency call for a woman who had apparently given birth -- a trail of blood led officials to the dumpster.
Police say there are a variety of charges for this kind of situation that could be filed.
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((LT. BRUCE BRADBERY/BLACKSBURG POLICE DEPT.: YOU CAN BE CHARGED WITH IMPROPER DISPOSAL OF A FETUS YOU CAN BE CHARGED WITH SOME TYPE OF NEGLECT THAT WILL BE UP TO THE COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY'S OFFICE.))
[SUPER=01-Lt. Bruce Bradbery/Blacksburg Police Dept.]
[OUT Q=Attorney's office.]
Bradbery says they are still unsure if the baby was born alive.
A toxicology report will determine the cause of death -- it should be out later this week.
Virginia's Attorney General is asking the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to drop its "Got Beer?" campaign.
The animal rights organization is urging college students to drink beer over milk -- the group says the dairy industry is cruel to cows and calves.
Attorney General Mark Early - who heads the Task Force on Drinking by College Students - hopes (pita) "PETA" will discontinue the ad and try other ways of making its point.
Alcohol played a role in the deaths of five Virginia college students in 1997.
He went from living in back-room seclusion at a mental facility to running a psychology department. Tonight Frederick Frese told a crowd at the Lewis Gale Medical Center how he over came his mental illness. Kate Weidaw has the story.
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[SUPER=01-Mary Lou Brown/Attended Speech;:37]
((This is the face of a man who was diagnosed with schizophrenia in his early 20's -- now Frederick Frese is a psychiatrist and a director of an Ohio Psychiatric Hospital.
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((FREDERICK FRESE/CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST: MANY OF THE PATIENTS TEND TO IDENTIFY WITH ME KNOWING THAT I'VE BEEN IN THE SAME CIRCUMSTANCES THEY'VE BEEN AND I TO SOME DEGREE THEY TELL M E THEY TAKE AN IF YOU CAN DO IT, I CAN DO IT RECOVERY SORT OF HOPEFULNESS.))
Frese's openness about dealing with the different stages of schizophrenia made some look at the disorder in a different light.
((MARY LOU BROWN/ATTENDED SPEECH: HE HAS COME SO FAR WITH HIS DISABILITY AND HE DID NOT USE IT AS AN EXCUSE TO JUST LIE THERE AND DO NOTHING, I THINK THAT'S VERY ADMIRABLE.))
His wife of 24 years knows first hand the ups and downs of living with someone with a mental illness. Not only does her husband battle schizophrenia - their four children have all been diagnosed as clinically depressed.
Penny says she has her own style of coping with her family.
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((PENNY FRESE/WIFE: ONE OF THE THINGS I THINK WE LEARN AS A FAMILY IS TO PUT THINGS ON HOLD SOMETHING THAT IS NOT POPULAR IN THIS COUNTRY WE WANT TO GO CRASHING THROUGH AND GET THINGS DONE AND TO LEARN TO BACK OFF, WE HAVE A LITTLE SAYING, WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH GO TO BED.))
Frese says educating the public about schizophrenia may not make the disorder go away but it will make people understand it better. Kate Weidaw News 7 Salem.))
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A case of apparent road rage-- a man is shot- and the shooter takes off.
It happened here in Roanoke just a few weeks ago in the middle of the day-
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[IN Q=It exited...]
[SUPER=01-Ricky McGuire/Shooting Victim; :40]
[OUT Q=AND IT SCARES ME.]
(( IT EXITED RIGHT BELOW THE HEART.
The bullet went through Ricky McGuire's shirt missing his chest- then it struck his arm going in one side and exiting out the other-
He has the blood stained shirt- and the bullet wounds to show for it.
IT ENTERED HERE AND WENT THROUGH AND EXITED OUT THIS.
It happened in broad daylight-
Ricky McGuire had just walked off of Williamson Road and started down Courtney Avenue-
At the same time- a faded gray or silver car was coming the other way-
Ricky says he stepped into the car's path by mistake- when a passenger in the car began shouting-
MCGUIRE: SOMETHING LIKE YOU WHITIE, THAT'S ALL I HEARD.
I SEEN A GUY POINTED AT ME LIKE THIS AND I SEE THE EXPRESSION ON THE GUYS FACE AND I SAW A PUFF OF SMOKE COMING OUT AND MY ARM FLEW UP JUST LIKE THAT.
The car sped off and so did Ricky heading for home- and then the hospital.
He waited an hour to call police- Detectives say that makes the case tough-
The tough part for Ricky is knowing the shooter is still out there.
JEAN JADHON: THIS IS QUIET RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE KIDS COME OUT AND PLAY, BUT SINCE THE SHOOTING RICKY SAYS HE'S AFRAID AND MANY PARENTS ARE KEEPING THEIR CHILDREN CLOSER TO HOME.
MCGUIRE: I'M STILL SCARED. STANDING HERE AT THIS SPOT. I HAVE COLD CHILLS AND IT SCARES ME.))
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The suspect is described as a black male wearing a (foo-boo) "Fubu" cap.
The car is a late 70s or early eighties mid sized sedan- it's a faded gray or silver color.
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Gas prices continue to rise. And there's apparently no end in sight.
O-Pec is the name for the nations that produce oil.
The eleven member countries get together and decide how much oil is needed and then they produce it.
When they produce a low amount of oil... gas prices rise.
Like at this New York gas station where premium gas reached two dollars and three cents.
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((PRICES ARE ALMOST DOUBLE THAN LAST SUMMER. IT CUTS INTO THE HOLIDAY BUDGET.))
[SUPER=01-Aaron Kildow/Prudential Energy Analyst ]
[OUT Q=into the holiday budget.]
People will start hitting the road for summer vacation soon.
In the meantime... truckers plan to take their fight for lower gas prices to the nation's capital in three days.
U-S Senate candidate George Allen brings up gas prices at a campaign stop in the Roanoke Valley today.
We'll tell you about it - and how opponent Chuck Robb's responding.
And... two area officers save a little girl's life at a correctional facility.
The story, coming up.
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[OUT Q=THE BIG 7."]
((Hey folks, this is Mike Stevens in the News 7 sports office where UVa closed practice and tried to open its mind concerning the reality of playing in the NIT. We'll hear form the Virginia men and women, plus the Liberty women are set to dance for the fourth straight year and Marino says so long to the league after 17 seasons tonight on the Big 7.))
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George Allen was surrounded by Republicans today cheering his candidacy in the race for U-S Senate.
The supporter who won the most attention was not a card-carrying member of the G-O-P.
Congressman Virgil Goode read a list of reasons HE's voting for Allen over Chuck Robb in November.
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[IN Q=I look forward]
((I LOOK FORWARD ON ELECTION DAY TO VOTE FOR GEORGE F. ALLEN FOR U.S. SENATE, A GREAT VIRGINIAN AND SOMEONE WHO'LL MAKE A GREAT U.S. SENATOR.))
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((AND LET ME SAY HOW PROUD I AM AND HONORED I AM THAT YOU'RE STANDING WITH ME AS WE EMBARK ON THIS U.S. SENATE CAMPAIGN.))
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[OUT Q=U.S. Senate campaign.]
Allen is running on a campaign to improve education, protect social security and reduce taxes.
Allen also took a swing at Democratic incumbent Chuck Robb's one-time support of a gas tax increase today.
Allen said that Robb's support for a 50-cents per gallon increase shows he is out of touch.
But Robb was quick to fire back.
A Robb campaign spokesman says Robb talked about that gas increase seven years ago - in the wake of the Persian Gulf War.
The Robb camp also charges that Allen has already set a shrill tone for the campaign.
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Some candidates for City Council are campaigning parade-style this Saturday in downtown Roanoke.
On the advice of the city attorney, the Roanoke Special Events Committee has invited City Council candidates to participate in Saint Patrick's Day festivities.
Independent Candidate for mayor, Duane Howard, had asked to be included in the parade, because incumbent Mayor David Bowers was scheduled to appear.
Though parade officials initially denied Howard's request, City Attorney Bill Hackworth wrote that he did not believe the committee could prohibit parade participants from promoting political or social causes.
One little girl is alive today because of some officers at Botetourt County correctional facility.
That story's still to come.
Plus... Tinseltown lets its hair down - before the big Oscar night.
We'll tell you about it, a little later.
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It may have the highest UN-employment rate in the state - but one company is seeing to it that Martinsville has the cheapest office-rental price around.
Martinsville's B-B-and T Bank is offering its third-floor, 9-thousand-square foot office space for any high tech business.
They rate: a dollar a year.
The mayor announced the deal to attract more jobs.
[IN Q=We have a ]
((MARK CRABTREE/MARTINSVILLE MAYOR: WE HAVE A LOT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES ALREADY HERE. WE NEED MORE AND WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE PROVIDE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR STABLE AND LONG TERM JOBS.))
((BRUCE VALLEY/BB&T REGIONAL PRES.: WE BRING IN A NEW COMPANY WE ADD TO THE PAY ROLLS, WE PUT PEOPLE TO WORK. THE BANK PROSPERS.))
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[SUPER=01-Bruce Valley/BB&T Regional Pres.; :12]
[OUT Q=the bank prospers.]
This deal could mean dozens of new information technology jobs.
Two officers at a Botetourt County correctional facility saved a two-year-old girl's life this weekend.
Brianna Pontani (Pahn-TAHN-ee) was visiting her father at Camp 25 in Troutville when the little girl choked on a piece of popcorn.
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[IN Q=We held her]
((WE HELD HER UPRIGHT AND GAVE HER A FEW GENTLE COMPRESSIONS, ASKED HER IF SHE COULD COUGH. AT THAT MOMENT SHE COUGHED AND SCREAMED NO.))
[SUPER=01-Ofcr. Jerome Lovell/Camp 25;]
[OUT Q=screamed no]
Officer Pat Fowler helped him perform the Heimlich maneuver.
The little girl is fine.
The officers also taught the girl's father how to rescue a choking victim.
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Dan Marino calls is quits from the Fins, we'll begin the March madness with as we check in with the UVa men and women and the Liberty Ladies are again ready to dance. Plus, I'll have the broadcast schedule for Thursday's opening NCAA action here on WDBJ-7.
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But first in tonight's Extra Point, the Bulls have been playing short handed lately with BJ Armstrong and Ron Artest both out with injuries.
Tonight at the United Center they tried to outrun the aging Jazz. One of the young Utah players would fire in this three as Jaques Vaughn knocks in the triple from the left side.
The Bulls would answer with a holdover from their title days, Randy Brown, who scores in transition.
Let's check the scoreboard to see who won.
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[OUT Q=....last score."]
Dan Marino officially retired from the NFL after 17 record setting seasons as the Miami Dolphins quarterback morning.
He leaves with some anxiety but plenty of good memories.
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The Dolphins plan to retire his jersey, erect a statue in his honor and name street after him.
While the UVa men are still trying to clear their heads after getting snubbed by the NCAA, the UVa women are trying to attract some fans to U-Hall.
Steve Mason has more on the state of both programs heading into the post season.
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[SUPER=01-Lisa Hosac/UVa Senior Forward; :48]
[SUPER=01-Pete Gillen/UVa Men's Basketball Coach; 1:05]
[SUPER=01-Roger Mason/UVa Freshman Guard; 1:14]
[OUT Q=News 7 sports"]
((Some of the Lady Cavaliers energy and bounce will have to come from within. The UVa students are on spring break. Debbie Ryan played both coach and promoter during her Monday news conference as a Friday St. Patty's day NCAA Mideast Region opener against Pepperdine draws closer.
((DEBBIE RYAN/17TH STRAIGHT NCAA APPEARANCE:I CAN'T PROMISE GREEN BEER BUT, MAYBE WE CAN GET SCOTT WARNER AT WJC TO SEE WHAT HE CAN DO. ANYWAY, WE REALLY WANT YOU GUYS OUT THERE AND PUTTING LOTS OF FANS IN THE STANDS AT UNIVERSITY HALL.))
The regular season ACC champs lost in the second round in 1998, the first round last year, a trend these ladies feel is over with their high four seed and home court advantage where UVa doesn't have to pack it's bags until the sweet 16.
((LISA HOSAC/UVA SENIOR FORWARD:IT'S IN OUR HANDS THIS YEAR WHERE AS THE PAST WE'VE REALLY HAD TO DO SOMETHING SPECIAL TO GO ON BUT THIS YEAR WE GOT WHAT WE WANTED, WE COULDN'T ASK FOR A BETTER DRAW.))
While the women were quite open about their goals, the UVa men's team closed practice after being snubbed by the NCAA.))
((PETE GILLEN/UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL COACH:WE'RE DISAPPOINTED WE DID NOT MAKE THE NCAA TOURNAMENT. WE FELT LIKE WE DESERVED IT, MAINLY BECAUSE OF OUR 9 AND 7 CONFERENCE RECORD.))
((ROGER MASON/UVA FRESHMAN FORWARD:WE DON'T WANT TO LOOK AT THE SELECTION COMMITTEE, WE HAD A CHANCE TO SOLIDIFY A NCAA TOURNAMENT BID AND WE DIDN'T DO IT, SO INSTEAD OF PLACING THE BLAME WE NEED TO LOOK AT OURSELVES.))
((STEVE MASON:UVA HAS MET GEORGETOWN JUST TWICE IN THE LAST TWO DECADES, THE LAST TIME WAS 1991. THEN THEIR WAS THE 1983 GAME THAT MATCHED RALPH SAMPSON AGAINST PATRICK EWING. BY THE WAY UVA WON THAT GAME. TIP OFF WEDNESDAY NIGHT IN THE NIT OPENER IS SET FOR SEVEN PM. IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, STEVE MASON NEWS SEVEN SPORTS.))
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The NCAA tournament opens up on Your Hometown Station later this week.
The Thursday afternoon session will have Kentucky opening things up against St. Bonaventure at 12:20.
Then that game will be followed by the Syracuse-Samford contest. Samford is the second best three point shooting team in the nation. You also will see plenty of the LSU-Southeast Missouri State game.
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Then on Thursday night covergae begins at 7:30 from CBS sports with Maryland and Iona tipped off their game at 7:55.
The late game will St. Johns hooking up with Northern Arizona.
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For Liberty's Lady Flames the road to the Final Four starts in Louisiana on Friday.
LSU is the Flames' first stop on their fourth consecutive trip to the N-C-Double-A Tournament.
This will be no small task as the 23 and seven Liberty squad will be meeting the 15th ranked Tigers on their home court.
The Flames' first year coach Carey Green says his squad will need to get back on defense on the transition and win the battle on the boards.
But Green says LSU is vulnerable.
He's also hoping the Tigers will be looking past Liberty.
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[IN Q=they're a team]
((CAREY GREEN/LIBERTY HEAD COACH: THEY'RE A TEAM THAT WILL HOPEFULLY FALL ASLEEP. THEY'RE A TEAM THAT GETS INTO FOUL TROUBLE. IF THEY GET INTO FOUL TROUBLE THEY ARE NOT VERY DEEP OR SHE HASN'T USED HER BENCH VERY MUCH.))
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[OUT Q=VERY MUCH]
The Flames are playing their best ball of the season.
Liberty is on an eleven game win streak. And the Flames are getting use to playing top ranked opponents at the big dance.
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[IN Q=we're playing]
((ELENA KISSELEVA/LIBERTY SENIOR: WE'RE PLAYING BETTER AND BETTER EACH YEAR AS WE GET MORE EXPERIENCE PLAYING THAT TYPE OF COMPETITION. THIS YEAR WE'VE IMPROVED SO MUCH AND LEARNED SO MUCH WITH A NEW COACH. I BELIEVE WE HAVE A REALLY REALLY GOOD CHANCE.))
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[OUT Q=really good chance]
The Tech women open play in the women's NIT on Thursday night at Cassell Coliseum against Georgia State. The game will tipoff at seven Thursday night.
We'll hear from the Hokies tomorrow night.[S-MLB]
And from the Grapefruit league yesterday, the Braves were beaten by the Pirates 5-to-1.
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Steve Avery got in for an inning and the Braves are hoping he might be able to fill some of the void created by John Smoltz's absence.
Avery got a strikeout, but he also gave up three hits and two earned runs in just one frame as the Braves lose it 5-to-1.
No tuxedoes... No formal gowns... No award-night jitters.
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Just plenty of stars today - getting together for lunch.
All of this year's Oscar nominees let their hair down at the Beverly Hilton - before the big night.
One of the nominees - who played in "The Sixth Sense" with Bruce Willis - says he wouldn't be the best judge of what should win -
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[IN Q=I haven't]
((I haven't seen any of the other movies, besides "Sixth Sense" cause they're rated R, and I'm not allowed to see R movies. hahaha.))
[SUPER=01-Haley Joel Osment/Best Supporting Actor Nominee]
[OUT Q=R-movies. (laughs)]
Osment - at age 11 - is the youngest nominee this year.
The Oscars will be presented on March 26-th.
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