Coming up on News 7-
A college shooting leaves two dead on the first day of classes.
Some are not CHEERING about a plan for one city park-
And a child is taken from her mother because authorities say the mother feeds her too much.
Plus a tech ticket update-
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((IT'S JUST NOT A THING YOU WANT IN YOUR BACK YARD. NOBODY DOES. ))
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Montgomery County residents draw battle lines over pipelines.
Virginia Gas is already building a 55-mile pipeline through Southwestern Virginia.
It runs from Radford Clearbrook in Roanoke County.
Last month, Roanoke County supervisors passed a resolution asking the company to run the pipeline along an existing one to reduce environmental damage.
Tonight, Montgomery County followed suit.
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Marya Jones was at that meeting and now brings us more on what the resolution means.
Jean, the resolution passed tonight has no legal teeth.
The state has already given Virginia Gas the go-ahead to build a new pipeline.
All anyone can do now is urge the company to do it with the least harm to neighborhoods and the environment.
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(( Mike Richardson and his wife, Trish, had just bought 4 acres joining their farm when they got the news:
Virginia Gas had permission to cut a 50-foot treeless swath through their new property.
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((TRISH RICHARDSON: THEY DON'T CONSIDER WHAT IT DOES TO THE VALUE OF YOUR PROPERTY. IT LIMITS WHAT YOU CAN DO. SO, IT'S NOT JUST THE PROPERTY THAT THEY'RE USING, IT'S THE PROPERTY THAT'S LEFT THAT'S DECREASED IN VALUE.))
The Richardsons are one of 165 families in Montgomery County and 215 in Roanoke County that may see their landscape changing in the next year.
Virginia Gas officials say increased demand in the area made the 55-foot pipeline necessary.
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((MIKE EDWARDS: ADDITIONAL PIPELINE INFRASTRUCTURE IS NEEDED TO SUPPLY THOSE INCREASING CUSTOMER NEEDS.))
Like Roanoke County's, Montgomery County Supervisors' resolution urges Virginia Gas to build its pipeline close to an existing one from East Tennessee Natural Gas Company.
That's in the hopes that it will reduce harm to landowners and scenic landscapes.
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((KAREN DAY: ONE'S BAD ENOUGH. I WOULDN'T WANT TWO IN MY FRONT YARD.))
Karen Day's subdivision was built on and around the existing pipeline.
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((KAREN DAY: THIS IS JUST A LINE TO GET IT FROM POINT A TO POINT B. WE COULDN'T USE THE GAS. THIS IS JUST A LINE TO GET IT SOMEPLACE ELSE.))
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((MIKE RICHARDSON: WE'VE SPOKEN TO OUR LAWYER AND THERE'S NOT A WHOLE LOT WE CAN DO. :33 WE HAVEN'T SIGNED OFF ON ANY SURVEYS. I GUESS THEY'LL DO WHAT THEY WANT TO DO, THOUGH. ))
Virginia Gas says it's willing to give property owners some say in the process.
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The company is also working to pair its pipeline close to the existing one.
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Police interviewed Patsy Ramsey for hours today.
Nearly four years after Jon Benet was murdered, her parents are still under suspision.
With their credibility questioned- and their legal bills mounting- John and Patsy Ramsey said they welcomed this chance to cooperate with police.
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((JOHN RAMSEY/JON BENET'S FATHER: WE'RE NOT HERE TO PROVE OUR INNOCENCE OR CLEAR OUR NAME WE'RE HERE TO FIND TEH KILLER OF OUR DAUGHTER. THAT'S BEEN OUR POSITION FOR THREE AND HALF YEARS.
PATSY RAMSEY/WIFE: THEY SAY THEY NEED OUR HELP WE'RE HERE TO HELP.))
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The couple agreed to sit down in THEIR lawyers office and only agreed to discuss new evidence.
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WE'VE GOT TWO PEOPLE, THAT THEY'RE EITHER INVOVLED OR THEY'RE WITNESSES
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Jon Benet's body was found in her parents home the day after Christmas, 1996.
A shooting on the first day of school at the University of Arkansas-
An English professor and a grad student are both dead-
Police say it appears the shooting was a murder- suicide.
Officers responding- say they spoke briefly with a man behind the locked office door- Less than five minute slater, they herad a shot ring out. Officers found two men dead inside the office.
If you make the minimum wage- you may be in for a pay raise.
Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert is backing a proposal to raise the minimum wage by a dollar- to six dollars and 15-cents an hour- over two years. Most Democrats are already in favor.
A package of business tax breaks would go along with that to help employers to pay minimum wage.
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After running for cover last night, many Tech fans spent today counting their blessings that they escaped last night's electrical storm unscathed.
Mike Stevens spent today in Blacksburg.
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Governor Jim Gilmore's 50-thousand dollar severance package for a state agency head continues to draw criticism.
Today, the criticism came from a man who has never directly criticized a successor before.
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((DOUG WILDER/FORMER GOVERNOR: THERE ARE TIMES WHEN YOU HAVE TO JUST COME OUT AND SAY I BLEW IT! I MADE A MISTAKE! I WAS WRONG! ))
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Doug Wilder says Linda Byrd-Harden was incompetent from the start.
So, for Gilmore to hire her to run an agency that helps minority businesses is cynical and insulting.
But then he says, to NOT fire her for incompetence is a waste of taxpayer money.
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((DOUG WILDER/FORMER GOVERNOR: I CAN TELL YOU, THIS IS NOT GOING TO GO AWAY. YOU KNOW THAT. AND THE FACT THAT YOU MIGHT NOT HEAR ABOUT IT FOR A DAY OR TWO, IT'S NOT GOING TO GO AWAY. AND GUESS WHAT? IT SHOULDN'T GO AWAY.))
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A spokesman for Gilmore says the Governor has been up front about Byrd-Harden's severance package.
That's after his press office denied it for two days.
It's a new police vehicle ... and they call it "the beast". Find out why just ahead.
And people who live near this Raonoke park say it's too busy ... to let a private school get exclusive use ... for even an hour.
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((HI JEAN, TONIGHT SALEM HAMMERS HOME A WIN OVER THE LYNCHBURG HILLCATS. HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE MAJORS. A LOOK AHEAD TO UVA'S SEASON OPENER AGAINST BYU AND NEWS FROM THE NFL. THOSE STORIES COMING UP LATER IN SPORTS.))
A Roanoke neighborhood group is working to clean up Washington Park.
But they're worried a proposed lease agreement between the city and the Catholic Diocese could mean they won't be able to spend as much time in a park they worked to restore.
Meredyth Censullo reports.
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These pint-sized pom pon girls cheer for the YMCA.
Their practice sessions are held in Washington Park every week.
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((DEBORAH PRESTON/YMCA CHEERLEADING COACH: THEY'RE ALWAYS USING IT - EVEN WHEN SPORTS SEASON IS NOT GOING ON - BASKETBALL, FOOTBALL, IT'S ALWAYS IN USE.))
That makes Freddie Monk proud.
For three years, her group "Inner City Coalition for Selective Development", or ICSD, has been working with the city to upgrade and renovate the park.
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((FREDDIE MONK/ICSD PRESIDENT: THE PARK WAS IN SUCH BAD CONDITION, WE HAD TO GO ACROSS TOWN TO ANOTHER PARK TO SATISFY OUR NEEDS - AND I GOT MAD.))
More renovations could be on the way.
The Catholic Diocese wants to contribute 300-thousand dollars to add to the park's athletic facilities.
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((MEREDYTH CENSULLO/NEWS7: BUT THE ICSD SAYS THAT CONTRIBUTION COULD COST THE KIDS THAT USE THIS PARK, BECAUSE ROANOKE CATHOLIC IS REQUESTING EXCLUSIVE USE OF THE PARK'S FACILITIES AT CERTAIN TIMES OF THE YEAR.
THE ICSD SAYS THAT'S NOT FAIR.))
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((FREDDIE MONK: BECAUSE WHAT WE SEE, THEY WOULD KNOCK OUT THE OTHER CHILDREN TO BE PRACTICING BECAUSE ITS PEAK SEASON RIGHT NOW FOR CHEERLEADING PRACTICE, FOR LITTLE LEAGUE WITH THE INNER CITY AND YMCA.))
The Catholic Diocese says the contributions would mean a "win win" situation for the school and nearby neighborhoods, by providing additional facilities for everyone to enjoy.
The ICSD says they welcome the money, and are willing to share ... but they don't think Roanoke Catholic, or anyone else, should have automatic rights to this park.
Meredyth Censullo, News7, Roanoke.))
The City of Roanoke has not yet decided whether to lease the park to Roanoke Catholic, and guarantee certain practice hours for the school's football team.
Wachovia Bank will let 16 local employees go next year ... part of a much larger systemwide layoff scheduled for 2001.
The bank says it will eliminate 18-hundred positions in efforts to cut costs and boost earnings.
Wachovia has 20 branches in this region and employs more than 400 people in Roanoke, Lynchburg, Danville, and Blacksburg.
The owner of a Smith Mountain Lake water company may be charged with a crime .. for allegedly selling hazardous water to his customers.
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Robert Winney's Waterworks Company serves three subdivisions.
Inspectors say Winney has refused to submit water samples and broken a dozen rules.
When we called Winney for comment, he hung up.
Bedford County has another weapon in its crimefighting arsenal.. this one doesn't fire bullets, it stops them.
The sheriff's department unveiled its new tactical armored vehicle today.. four and a half tons of state- of- the- art ballistic material on four wheels.
The T-A-V will be used for hostage situations, barricaded criminals and high risk drug raids.
The vehicle is already nicknamed "The Beast". It comes at no local cost to Bedford taxpayers.. "The Beast" its armament and radios were all donated or covered by federal grants.
"Main Street" money is on the way. Still ahead, how 400 grand should help Danville.
And the story of a three year old girl who weighs more than some adults. Is it medical ... or her mothers fault?
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Members of the Virginia Education Association held news conferences across the state today in support of Senator Chuck Robb.
George Allen's campaign dismissed the endorsement as the work of a Democratic "front group."
In Roanoke this afternoon, VEA members from around the region gave Robb high marks for his efforts to improve student achievement, teacher salaries, and educational funding.
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((CHUCK ROBB HAS HONESTLY PUT HIS MONEY WHERE HIS MOUTH WAS WHEN HE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO. GEORGE ALLEN TALKS A GOOD GAME WHEN HE TALKS ABOUT EDUCATION, BUT HE DOESN'T BACK IT UP WITH ANY REAL SUBSTANTIVE ACTION.))
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Allen Supporter and Former State Senator Brandon Bell says the VEA endorsement is no big surprise when many of the group's members have long been active in Democratic campaigns.
Bell says Allen has a strong record on education, moving the state toward higher standards and accountability.[Ma
Danville is changing its downtown-
with the help of a state program- called the "Virginia Main Street Community."
Danville is the 19th city in the state to enter into the program.
A team of experts will help decide which businesses should come to Main Street and how to attract them.
Also the look of the storefronts and sidewalks will change.
Danville has about 400 thousand dollars of private and city funds for the next five years to change Main Street.
A three year old girl who stands four feet tall and weighs 130 pounds-
Does she have a medical conditon or is her obesity her mother's fault? State officials in New Mexico have taken Anna Marie Regino into thier custody- claiming her mother feeds her too much.
A local hospital says the girl suffers from Prader-Willi syndrome- a medical condition in which the vicitm never feels full after eating.
The girl's relatives say she has tested negative for the condition-
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((MARGARET MARTINEZ/GRANDMOTHER: WE DIDN'T DO ANYTHING WRONG. I KNOW WE DIDN'T. MY DAUGHTER DIDNT' HOW COULD WE HURT MY GRANDDAUGHER? I DON'T UNDERSTAND.))
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The girl was removed from her mother's home after authorities presented evidence that her health was threatened.
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The Virginia Cavaliers entertain Brigham Young University this Saturday in the Wahoos first home opener in three seasons. Steve Mason catches us up to date on UVa ball from Charlottesville.
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The red hot Hillcats came to Salem last night and got snowed under by the Avalanche.
Lynchburg is leading the Northern Division and came into the game having won nine of its last 10.
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The Salem fans started the victory dance early and it seemed to work.
In the first inning Lynchburg gets on the board as Rolando Segura smacks it to right field bringing home JJ Davis.
In the fifth the victory dance starts to work as Scott Seals hits it to right center. Josh Bard comes home and it's tied at one.
Then in the sixth John Lindsey at bat, this play brings home Chone Figgins and the Avalanche goes on to win it five to one.
In the majors, Houston traveled to New York hoping to cool off the Mets.
New York came into this contest winning six of its last 10.
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The Astros got on the board first with this Roger Cedeno lead off blast to left field. And it's one nothing Houston in the first.
But the Astros would never lead again, still in the first Edgardo Alfonzo knocks it out of the park. Benny Agbayani and Derek Bell come home and
New York takes it four to two. The Mets are even with Atlanta in the National league east. THe Braves lost to Cincinnati tonight six to three.
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Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia ended up playing under the lights at The Battle at Bighorn. The match play event brought hordes of golf fans to the desert on this August night.
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Tiger is coming off another record setting victory at the NEC invitational.
20 year old Sergio Garcia's last showing was a tie for 17th at the Reno-Tahoe Open.
The world's number one golfer and the young challenger were tied through the 15th hole.
Sergio went one up with two holes to go and in the end --- would prevail.
Tonight, highlights from the Avalanche-Hillcats game, notes from the majors and Steve Mason checks in with the Cavaliers before their season opener against BYU.
First our Extra Point.
Former Virginia Tech head basketball coach Bobby Hussey has a new job.
Clemson hired Hussey as an assistant.
He's been a coach for 28 years, 20 of those as a head coach.
He spent two years at Virginia Tech before being fired after the 1999 season.
Here are the scores.
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Braves first baseman Andres Galarraga is out for three games.
He's being suspended and fined for charging the mound after being hit by a pitch from Colorado's John Wasdin last week.
Wasdin and Rockies manager Buddy Bell are each being fined and suspended for two games for their role in the incident.
A former Hokie is packing his bags and heading to another NFL team.
The Tennessee Titans acquired offensive lineman Gennaro DiNapoli from the Oakland Raiders for a conditional draft pick.
This is DiNapoli's third season in the NFL.
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The Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher has chosen Kent Graham over Kordell Stewart as starting quarterback in Sunday's game against Baltimore.
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Graham gets the nod despit threwing this interception in Friday's loss to Washington.
He was seven of 16 for 94 yards.
Stewart was five of 15 for 47 yards.
Neither QB lead the Steelers on a scoring drive in their 17-10 loss to the Redskins.
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You can watch Pittsburgh and Baltimore hook up right here on your Hometown Station.
Kick off for that game is one.
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The nightcap in Sunday's doubleheader is the Jets at Green Bay. Tune in for that at 4:15.
A local non-profit organization has added a famous name to its list of donors.
Today, the Child Health Investment Partnership of Roanoke Valley announced a 30- thousand dollar grant from Garth Brooks' Touch 'Em All Foundation.
The country music superstar combined his love of baseball with support for children's charities, when he established the foundation in 1999.
This morning at Memorial Stadium, members of the Avalanche and children from the Salem Head Start Program helped CHIP celebrate the award.
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((IT'S VERY SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE IT'S A NATIONAL FOUNDATION. AND WE JUST FEEL LIKE IT SAYS SOMETHING WHEN A NATIONAL FOUNDATION IS INVESTING IN A LOCAL PROGRAM. AND I THINK WE HAVE A LOT TO BE PROUD OF.))
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There are almost six thousand children in the Roanoke Valley who qualify for CHIP services. The organization has the resources to help about 15-hundred each year.
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