On NEWS 7 tonight: reviewing the decision to call the game. Just how much rain fell. And what happens now.
Also coming up: Doug Wilder speaks frankly out on a brewing controversy.
In sports, news from the NFL, the latest on the possibility of the Virginia Tech's BCA Bowl game being rescheduled and we'll
get a look inside the Cavalier new home. We'll actually their revamped stadium.
Winds off the ocean mean clouds and drizzle in the forecast. The cool details coming up.
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Tech fans await word on rescheduling the washout.
We'll call up the radar and numbers to show how bad it REALLY got at Lane Stadium.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
The electrifying start to the 2000 Virginia Tech football season didn't exactly come off as Hokie fans thought.
Mike Stevens is here to tell us what officials were working on the day after the big storm.
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Keith, you really had to be there to realize how serious the situation was.
The lightning was as dramatic as any Michael Vick play and the storm left may fans counting their blessings.
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Everybody's been talking about the buckets of rain, torrents, tons. The man who actually knows how much water we're talking about, Meteorologist Robin Reed.
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He has held his tongue for six and a half years -- expressing only his own opinions, but NOT directly criticizing.
But tonight, former governor Doug Wilder says Governor Jim Gilmore is wrong.
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Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom with continuing fallout on the severance package Linda Byrd-Harden received.
Keith, Linda Byrd-Harden was forced out a week and a half ago.
That's after a state audit showed her Minority Business Enterprise office was badly mismanaged, and Virginia State Police initiated a criminal investigation.
But rather than firing her, the Governor gave her an apparently unprecedented 50-thousand dollar severance package.
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Doug Wilder says Linda Byrd-Harden was never qualified.
So for Gilmore to have her head up an agency that helps minority businesses was nothing short of insulting to minorities.
But when she turned out to be doing a bad job, that's when Wilder says Gilmore really blew it.
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Even Byrd-Harden's successor as director of the state N-double-A-C-P condemns the severance package-- and says it means Gilmore's getting bad advice.
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Governor Gilmore's press secretary says tonight:
Byrd-Harden is NOT under State Police investigation -- that's confined to others she employed.
And they have NOT yet paid the 30-thousand dollars in consulting fees they've promised her.
And, Doug Wilder's welcome to his own opinion.
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There's a new "beast" loose on the streets of Bedford County.
That's what the sheriff's department is calling its new tactical armored vehicle, which it rolled out for the first time today.
A company in California donated the vehicle to the department, the federal government contributed state- of- the- art armament, and drug dealers picked up the rest of the tab.
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The tactical vehicle will be used by SWAT teams during hostage negotiations and barricade situations.
Sheriff Brown says the car will be available to any other jurisdiction that needs it.
400-thousand dollars for a downtown facelift. We'll see what it buys next on News 7 at 6.
And later, learn why Garth Brooks and pro baseball players are hoping to bring better health to children.
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Wachovia Bank is cutting back. 18-hundred employees will lose their jobs by next year, 16 of them in our region.
Wachovia says the system-wide layoffs are a bid to cut costs and boost earnings.
Wachovia tells investors that rising interest rates are hurting profits.
The company says the layoffs will have an impact on all levels of its workforce.
It employs more than 400 people in Roanoke, Lynchburg, Danville, and Blacksburg.
All 31 flavors and it's still Baskin Robbins.
The ice cream company pulled the Towers Mall store's franchise in March, going so far as to file suit in federal court, accusing Paul Meeker of trademark infringement for continuing to use the Baskin Robbins name.
The company kept selling him ice cream, though. Meeker just ignored the lawsuit, and in June Baskin Robbins won a default judgment.
Last week the company said the dispute had been settled, withdrew its complaint and the judge dismissed the case.
Meeker says the deal doesn't adequately address his concerns about advertising, but he's back in business as a Baskins Robbins franchisee.
Major averages were on the upswing on Wall Street.
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The Dow rose 60, NASDAQ climbed 28, and the Bloomberg-News 7 local index was up one.
A whole new look is coming to Danville's Main Street.
Many say the area has been declining for decades.
Now Danville has become the 19th city to enter into the Main Street Community program.
As Surae Chinn tells us that could drastically change downtown Danville.
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Empty stores line the heart of Danville's Main street.
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Sylvia Key owns Yesterday's Cafe on a corner street--her business does mediocre. She wishes main street was alive again.
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Danville has taken a step to make it happen.
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The city has entered into the Virginia Main Street Community program. That means Danville will model after other successful cities and some much needed guidance.
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Not only that, but the team will discuss the types of trees and flowers for a new landscape. And possibly additional parking as more businesses move in.
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And Danville is starting with about 400 thousand dollars of private and city funds for the next five years to give downtown a boost. And avoid comments like this:
((BARBARA COLES/DANVILLE RESIDENT: I HAVE TO GOT OTHER PLACES CAUSE THERE ARE NO OTHER PLACES TO SHOP.))
Surae Chinn, News7, Danville.
The owner of a Smith Mountain Lake water company may face criminal charges .. for selling potentially dangerous water to 80 people.
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Robert Winney's Waterworks Company serves three subdivisions.
The Health Department found chloroform bacteria in the water four years ago.
Inspectors say since then Winney has refused to submit samples and broken a dozen rules.
The State Corporation Commission is also trying to punish Winney -- saying he threatened to cut off customers' water unless they paid a one-thousand-dollar hookup fee.
The state fined Winney 24-thousand dollars last April for overcharging people and not fixing leaks.
He never paid that fine.
When we called Winney, he hung up.
His hearing's next week.
The Child Health Investment Partnership of Roanoke Valley has a long list of local supporters.
Today, CHIP added a national foundation started by a country music superstar.
Garth Brooks' Touch 'Em All Foundation has paired up with major- league baseball players to raise money for children's charities.
Today at Memorial Stadium, members of the Avalanche and children from the Salem Head Start Program helped CHIP announce the receipt of a 30- thousand dollar grant.
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Tonight is also "CHIP night" at the ballpark. The Avalanche is hosting CHIP children and their families for the game against the Lynchburg Hillcats.
Coming your way tonight on News 7 sports, we'll check in with the Cavs at UVa, Hillcats and Avalanche begin a three game set at Salem Memorial tonight.
Plus, this evening we begin a new installment - the Monday night Tech 200 report.
Tonight - we'll check the aftermath of the washed out BCA Bowl.
The Virginia Cavaliers open the season at home this saturday for the first time since 1997. Brigham Young Comes to town. The Cougars and the Hokies were all part of the conversation on media day, Steve Mason explains.
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Tonight we begin with the state of the Tech players, the campus and your ticket mnoey the day after the washed out BCA bowl.
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((Rain and lightning rocked Lane Stadium in ways that long time Hokie fans have never seen before.
But it's uncertain if the Yellow Jackets and Hokies will ever have a chance to make the stadium shake.
Officials from the BCA Bowl and both Techs were involved in several meetings the day after the deluge to discuss resheduling the game.
Sources close to the Tech football program told News 7 sports that the game will not be rescheduled.
Now official word will come until Tuesday afternoon at the earliest, but if it is wiped out what about the 56 thousand fans and their $35 dollar tickets?
Word has it that the BCA has a no refund policy. That's a situation that certain to make Tech fans and administrators fume.
Some of those fans were still digging out their cars the day after the game.
Many of the parking lots turned into mud bogs leaving cars stranded overnight.
As for the Hokies - the Tech coaching staff gave the players Monday off to dry out. In the end - missing the Ga. Tech game may be a blessing in disguise.))
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 have chosen a starting quarterback for Sunday's game against Baltimore Ravens.
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Coach Bill Cowher has picked Kent Graham over Kordell Stewart despite the fact Graham threw this interception.
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 on Friday.
The Lynchburg Hillcats will be taking the mound against the Avalanche tonight in Salem, the first contest of a three game series.
The Hillcats have been on a tear in the second half of the season, leading the Northern Division and winning nine of their last 10.
Lynchburg is coming off a five to four loss to Wilmington yesterday.
Salem beat Myrtle Beach Sunday 12 to four. But the Pelicans clinched the Southern Division second half title this weekend.
Currently the Avalanche is second in the Southern Division despite losing eight of their last 10.
Weather permitting the first pitch will be thrown at 7:05.
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