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Wreckage on the streets of Lexington tell part of the story.
We'll start with a live report on the plane crash.
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And we'll hear the arguments for and against the mandatory moment of silence in schools.

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In sports, The Hillcats talk about reaching the playoffs for the first time in three years, a preview of week two of FFE,
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and we will hear from Arizona Cardinal and former UVa running back Thomas Jones as he approaches his first start in the NFL.
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Having trouble getting outdoors because of the rain your problems will continue.......

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Just as authorities begin clearing up questions about the Lexington plane crash-- new ones begin popping up.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]

Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

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National Transportation Safety Board officials say it will be a year before they know what caused the plane crash in downtown Lexington.
But state police have identified one of the victims.
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Tina Tenret is in Lexington tonight with more on the investigation
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A federal judge has refused to grant an emergency restraining order to block Virginia's public schools from mandating a minute of silence on Tuesday.
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But a court hearing on the merits of the law is scheduled for next week.
The American Civil Liberties Union says by including the word "prayer" as a suggested activity, the General Assembly has crossed the line separating church and state.
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((REBECCA GLENBERG/VIRGINIA ACLU: PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS HAVE THE RIGHT, THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT, TO PRAY SILENTLY WHENEVER THEY WANT ON PUBLIC SCHOOL PROPERTY DURING THE SCHOOL DAY. WHAT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF VIRGINIA IS DOING IS ACTUALLY AFFIRMATIVELY ENCOURAGING PRAYER.))
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After consultation with the Attorney General, the state's Superintendent for Public Instruction has suggested that teachers simply say: "As we begin another day, let us pause for a moment of silence."
But as a former teacher and mother, the Superintendent says it's also just a good idea.
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((JO LYNNE DEMARY/STATE SUPERINTENDENT: WHAT THEY WENT THROUGH IN ORDER TO GET TO SCHOOL, AND ME SAYING OKAY, I'VE GOT TO LEAVE, YOU'VE GOT TO GET OUT THE DOOR, AND EAT THIS, EAT THAT. I THINK IT'S HEALTHY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO STOP FOR A MINUTE, REFLECT ON HOW THEY FEEL, WHAT THE DAY IS, AND BEGIN THEIR WORK, WHICH FOR CHILDREN IS SCHOOL WORK.))
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61 of Virginia's school divisions have already started observing the 60 seconds of silence.
The other 71 will do it for the first time Tuesday.
The federal judge will hear arguments over it next Friday.

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Salem's delegate is weeding out some problems that aren't political.
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House majority leader Morgan Griffith and his brother-in-law bought this land in Roanoke ten years ago.
They were supposed to maintain it, but neighbors say they haven't.
Cecil Witt says he's even offered to maintain the land himself.
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((CECIL WITT: A LETTER FROM A LAWYER IN SALEM SAYS HE OWNED THE TEN FOOT. IF HE CAUGHT ME TRESPASSING HE WOULD GET ME FOR TRESPASSING IF HE CAUGHT ME ON THE LAND, SO I STAYED OFF THE LAND.))
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Now Witt says weeds and tree stumps are undermining his fence, and the land has become a breading ground for snakes and rats.
Griffith says his brother-in-law was supposed to maintain it.
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((MORGAN GRIFFITH/SALEM DELEGATE: HE'S INDICATED TO ME THAT HE'S BEEN TAKING CARE OF IT. BUT IF THEY WEREN'T SATISFIED WITH WHAT HE'S BEEN DOING, IF THEY WOULD HAVE PICKED UP THE PHONE, TRIED TO BE REASONABLE, I'D TAKE CARE OF IT.))
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Griffith says he had no idea that Witt had a problem.
A lawn crew was sent out to check on it, after we spoke with Griffith.
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A handful of local firefighters will soon be pitching in to help douse forest fires in the west.
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The Virginia Department of Forestry is loaning one dozen firefighters, five bulldozers and two support trucks to firefighting efforts in Texas. Members of the crew hit the road this morning. They're armed with plenty of practice in the type of blazes they'll fight.
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((THE EASTERN PART OF TEXAS IS JUST LIKE VIRGINIA AND THEN IT KINDA GOES INTO THE WASTELAND, SCRUB PINE AND SAGEBRUSH YOU SEE IN WESTERN MOVIES. SO WE'RE GONNA BE IN EASTERN TEXAS FIGHTING FOREST FIRES AND IT SHOULD BE VERY SIMILAR TO WHAT WE'VE BEEN FIGHTING IN VIRGINIA EACH SPRING AND EACH FALL.))
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The help is part of the Southeastern Forest Compact, an agreement between southeastern states to help each other in times of need.
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A hazardous materials spill in Lynchburg today sent one city worker to the hospital with minor injuries.
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Authorities say this garbage truck was making its rounds on Oakmont Circle when the compactor broke open a container inside a bag of trash.
A small amount of acid was released.. one of the truck's workers was treated for burns on his arms and hands.
Lynchburg's newly- formed haz- mat response team was then called in.
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((CAPT. KEITH JOHNSON/LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPT.: WE HAD TO TAKE A SAMPLE OF IT BECAUSE WE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WE WERE DEALING WITH. WE ACTIVATED THE VIRGINIA E-O-C, WE ALSO SECURED SOME OF THE PRODUCT THAT WAS STILL MIXED UP, AND IT WAS A SMALL AMOUNT, AND SECURED IT WITH THE REST OF THE GARBAGE IN THE TRUCK.))
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Authorities say no residents were ever in danger during the spill.
They have "not" determined what the hazardous material was that spilled.
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Some former presidents are turning heads in Buena Vista.
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The concrete sculptures the city has been expecting for weeks finally showed up today.
The busts of Zachary Taylor and William Henry Harrison were joined late today by one of Abraham Lincoln.
The truck carrying Honest Abe broke down on its way from Georgia, so it took him a bit longer to get there.
All three presidents will be in place in time for the annual Labor Day festivities in Buena Vista.
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Farmers turn up the heat on cancer-causing checmicals found in tobacco.
We'll explain later on News 7 at Six.
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And police prepare for a busy weekend on Virginia's highways.
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There was such chaos in the courtroom- -shots fired from all sides- -we'll never know exactly who was to blame for the shooting at the county courthouse in Hillsville 88 years ago.
A new book on the shoot out offers new information, but still doesn't settled the question of how it started.


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(( The old Carroll County Courthouse is no longer in regular use.
But the biggest event in county history is still a subject of interest to writers like Bill Lord, a former Park Ranger and life-long student of the shoot out.
To hear him recount how Sidna Allen took aim at Clerk of Court Dexter Goad- -as the gun battle spilled out of the courtroom onto the courthouse steps- -you'd hardly think he was talking about an event that occurred in 1912.
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((AND THEY'RE FIRING LIKE, SIDNA WOULD JUMP OUT, PROTECTING HIS EYES, BECAUSE THERE WAS SUNLIGHT THEN, AND WITH HIS RIGHT HAND. HE WAS RIGHT HANDED. HE WOULD SHOOT AT DEXTER ON THAT LOWER STEP, AND THEN HE'D DUCK BACK AGAIN. SO IT WAS ALL VERY QUICK.)) [RUNS11]
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It was the trial of Floyd Allen. He'd been convicted of interfering with a peace officer and had just been sentenced to a year in prison. Allen got up and said, "Gentlemen, I'm not a-goin'" That's when the shooting started. When it was over, five people were dead or dying, including the judge, the Sheriff and the prosecutor.
Lord discovered handwritten documents in the State Library that indicate stray bullets from a sheriff's deputy's gun ended up in the judge's chair and the sheriff's back... .38-caliber lead slugs that are highly significant to Lord.

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((BECAUSE IT DEMONSTRATED BEYOND A DOUBT THAT THERE WAS WILD FIRE, UNCONTROLLED FIRE. THE PROSECUTOR BUILT UP A SCENARIO WHERE THIS WAS ALL PLANNED. THE ALLENS HAD DESIGNATED PLACES AROUND THE COURTHOUSE, AND THEY COOLLY PICKED OUT A TARGET AND SHOT THEM BEFORE OFFICERS RETALIATED.)) [RUNS20]
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The Allens were depicted at the time as lawless thugs, and the lawmen as blameless overseers of justice. All were armed and ready for a fight.
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Lord will be selling copies of his book, "The Red Ear of Corn," at the flea market in Hillsville this weekend.









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Law enforcement agencies say you can expect a lot of traffic this weekend.
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At a pre-holiday weekend checkpoint in Pittsylvania County, officers reminded drivers about safe driving rules.
They stopped drivers and checked cars and trucks... everything from seatbelts, and child safety seats to vehicle registration.
Nine people died last year during the Labor Day holiday weekend.
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Wall Street ended the month on a high-note. [TAKE DOW, NASDAQ & BLOOMBERG PAGE ]
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The DOW climbed 112 points, NASDAQ rose 103.
The Bloomberg News 7 Index gained about three-quarters of a point.
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Tobacco farmers face hard times with new rules and disease that threaten their crops.
The Halifax County Cooperative Extension office is trying to help farmers reduce production costs.
Surae Chinn tagged along on a tour that is teaching farmers how to grow the best quality tobacco while saving money.
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((((LARRY MCPETERS/EXTENSION AGENT: YOU MIGHT WANT TO TALK A LOOK AT THAT ONE.)) [RUNS:03]
14 different varieties of the golden leaf are grown on this field. The Garners took a tour to find out which one stood up to the test.
They've been growing tobacco for 25 years. They worry about disease that destroy their crop.
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((JAMES GARNER/TOBACCO FARMER: JUST TRYING TO RAISE GOOD QUALITY TO MAKE SOME MONEY)) [RUNS:04]
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((THIS IS ANOTHER MOSAIC VARIETY RESISTANT LOOK IT OVER.)) [RUNS:03]
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((SURAE CHINN/REPORTING: BUT GROWING THE RIGHT TOBACCO IS ONLY THE FIRST STEP. NOW MORE AND MORE FARMERS ARE HAVING TO CONVERT THEIR BARNS TO ELIMINATE CANCER CAUSING COMPOUNDS.)) [RUNS:11]
The entire process of outfitting their curing barns with heating devices that reduce cancer risk in tobacco costs about three thousand dollars. The tour teaches how farmers can make it cheaper.
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((LARRY MCPETERS/VA. COOPERATIVE EXTENSION: WE ARE VISITING FARMS THAT HAVE ALREADY CONVERTED BARNS THAT HAVE MADE A HOME MADE JOB THING AND CUTS SOME CORNERS GOT THE BARNS CONVERTED AND WILL HELP FAMILY INCOME.)) [RUNS:16]
But Stephen Woltz says it's just another burden on their livelihood.
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((STEPHEN WOLTZ/TOBACCO FARMER: IT'S SOMETHING WE HAVE TO DO I DON'T LIKE IT WE ARE RUSHED INTO IT BUT IT'S SOMETHING WE HAVE TO DO.)) [RUNS:09]
Woltz and other farmers say they don't have a choice if they want to stay in business. Surae Chinn, News7, Halifax County.))
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Thomas Jones gets his first NFL start this weekend, he's gonna talk about it, The Hillcats win the Northern Division second half title,
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and Mike Stevens will preview week two of Friday Football Extra, including a look at the game of the week which pits Pulaski against the Hilltoppers.
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The Lynchburg Hillcats won 24 out of 28 games so far this month and last night in Salem the Hillcats lost but clinched the second half pennant in the Northern Division.
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Lynchburg started the second half of the season more than 24 games under 500 but the strong showing in the Month of August was enough to get the Hillcats over the hump and clinch the pennant, the first since 1997.
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((TRACY WOODS/HILLCATS MANAGER: I KNOW THEY WON IT IN 1997 BUT RIGHT NOW WE GOT A LOT OF YOUNG KIDS THEY HAD A REAL GOOD PITCHING STAFF BACK IN 97 AND TO BE WHERE WE CAME FROM 24 25 GAMES UNDER 500 FOR THE YEAR AND TO GET BACK AND WIN 24 OF 28 IN AUGUST I THINK ITS A CREDIT TO THEM.))
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The Hillcats wrap up the regular season with a three game set with Frederick in Lynchburg.


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It's time for week number two of Friday Football Extra. Here's Mike Stevens with a preview of what on the menu for tomorrow night.
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((MIKE STEVENS:)) ((JOEL HICKS:)) ((But the extra travel time will affect the size of the normally large Cougar following that makes the trek to Amherst.
((JOEL HICKS:)) Pulaski rolled in its season opener - hanging 54 points on out manned Christiansburg, while Glass was equally tough shutting out cross town rival Heritage 14-to-nothing.)) ((JOEL HICKS:)) ((MIKE STEVENS:))


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Former UVa great Thomas Jones has been named the starting tailback for the Arizona Cardinals' NFL opener this weekend. He will face his mentor and Giants tailback Tiki Barber.
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The Big Stone Gap native was the Cardinals first round draft pick this year, but he failed to start any of the Cardinals preseason games. But just like he did at UVa, Jones has worked so hard to make himself a better player that the coaches felt starting him over Michael Pittman was the thing to do.
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((THOMAS JONES:))
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Jones had 100 yards rushing on 31 carries in the preseason which started back in July. Thomas says he now understands why you have to pace yourself at this level.
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The Carolina Panthers have extended quarterback Steve Beuerlein's contract two years, a deal that could pay him 12.3 million bucks.
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The 35 year old quarterback says the deal is done in principle and it's just a matter of getting everything cleane(------------) d up. Beuerlein threw 36 touchdown passes last season.