A Roanoke scrap yard is not contaminated as the city says it is.
The Department of Environmental Quality visited Virginia Scrap Iron and Metal Company this morning.
The D-E-Q analyzed the site and found NO violations of solid waste regulations.
City Manager Darlene Burcham said the site was highly contaminated, and estimated clean-up costs to reach 30 million dollars.
She later told News 7 that the statement was just a guess.
Today was the first time Virginia Scrap Iron and Metal Company was inspected for contamination.
The D-E-Q does not plan to do any further testing on the site.
A twenty- million dollar housing complex under construction in Lynchburg promises to solve some of the city's affordable housing problems.
State and federal officials gathered for a "wall-raising" this morning at the site of the Vistas at Dreaming Creek.
The 286- unit development will offer mixed-use apartments for families of many different income levels.
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Construction is expected to be completed next year.
Funeral services were scheduled this morning for retired judge Beverly Fitzpatrick, Senior.
Family members and the community remembered him over the weekend.
Fitzpatrick passed away early Saturday morning at the age of 80.
Family members say Fitzpatrick was more comfortable and at ease in Roanoke than in any other place.
And--- he gave back to the city he loved.
Fitzpatrick was one of the first judicial leaders in Virginia to recognize alcoholism as a disease.
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((BEV FITZPATRICK, JR./SON: HE OBVIOUSLY SPENT A LOT OF TIME WITH THE FOLKS WHO CAME THROUGH HIS COURT. ALL OF US COULD NEVER UNDERSTAND HOW YOU COULD COMMIT YOURSELF TO ALCOHOLICS WHEN YOU NEVER HAD HAD A DRINK IN YOUR LIFE BUT HE WAS REALLY COMMITTED TO THOSE FOLKS AND REALLY UNDERSTOOD THAT IT'S NOT A SOCIAL PROBLEM BUT A SICKNESS AND THAT THEY NEEDED TO BE TREATED WITH A DIFFERENT KIND OF DIGNITY AND THAT WAS REALLY HIS LIFE'S WORK.))
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Fitzpatrick had another passion, as well.
When he retired in 1980-- he led the efforts to save the Old Jefferson High school by turning it into the Jefferson Center.
The crew aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis is now Earth- bound...
Atlantis un- docked from the international space station last night.
That after the astronauts worked to prepare space station for its first residential crew, arriving in November.
The seven- member team installed a toilet, oxygen generator, and treadmill in the Russian- built living quarters.
Despite tropical activity, Atlantis is expected to make a smooth landing in Florida Wednesday morning.
Los Angeles is known for its crowded freeways-- but today's rush hour traffic is worse because of a transit strike.
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The walkout has left nearly a half- million bus and rail riders scrambling to find other ways to get to work.
No talks are scheduled between the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and unions representing bus drivers and mechanics.
A group representing the rights of public transportation users says it's received dozens of calls from concerned people.
The transportation authority plans to run 30 PRIVATE buses, in the meantime.
A final decision has not been made, but the Catholic Diocese says plans to build athletic facilities at Washington Park are moving forward.
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Yesterday morning, Bishop Walter Sullivan held service in Washington Park and told the crowd that he wants to be a good neighbor to the residents of Gainsboro.
The Catholic Diocese has offered to donate 3 hundred thousand dollars to the city to build two soccer fields, a baseball field, and additional parking with one condition, Roanoke Catholic can use it at scheduled times.
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((BISHOP WALTER SULLIVAN/CATHOLIC DIOCESE: THE SCHOOL HAS BEEN USING THE PARK FOR YEARS THAT'S NOTHING NEW AND THE PARKS OF THE CITY ARE OPEN TO EVERYBODY AND WE DON'T WANT TO PUSH ANYBODY OFF, WE DON'T WANT A CONTRACT THIS IS A FREE WILL OFFERING TO IMPROVE THE PARK.))
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However some residents in the area think otherwise. They say additional athletic facilities would be great, but allowing Roanoke Catholic to use it when it's convenient for them is not okay.
((JOSEPH CRUTCHFIELD/NORTHWEST RESIDENT: WE THINK THE BISHOP SHOULD DONATE THE MONEY IN GOOD FAITH SAYING THEY WILL CONTINUE TO USE THE PARK LIKE THEY DO RIGHT NOW ESPECIALLY THE ATHLETIC FIELD WITHOUT ANY STRINGS ATTACHED.))
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Right now, the proposal for the athletic facilities is still in the planning phase. The city has been holding neighborhood meetings to get feedback from the community on the idea.
The Reverend Jesse Jackson endorsed U-S Senate candidate Chuck Robb while visiting Roanoke over the weekend.
He also encouraged people to get out and vote.
Kate Weidaw has more.
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((Despite arriving an hour and a half late the Reverend Jesse Jackson was greeted by an excited crowd.
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Jackson emphasized the importance that everyone has a right to vote and if you don't take advantage of it then you're missing out on the American Dream.
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((JESSE JACKSON: FOR STUDENTS, PUBLIC EDUCATION, SOCIAL SECURITY ALL HAVE REASONS TO VOTE.))
Some walked around with clipboards to register anyone 18 year or older to vote.
Jackson says voting Democratic is the right thing to do because they represent what the American people need.
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((JESSE JACKSON: 1500 AMERICANS DIE A DAY FROM CANCER SO WE MUST USE SOME OF THE SURPLUS BUDGET TO INVEST THE AMERICAS WHO HAVE BEEN LEFT OUT AND NOT JUST A BREAK FOR A FEW AND CHUCK ROBB REPRESENTS INCLUSION FOR GROWTH.))
((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: THE REPUBLICAN PARTY DID RESPOND TO EVENT BY SAYING THEY HAVE ALWAYS ENCOURAGED PEOPLE TO VOTE AND IN FACT RESEARCH SHOWS THAT AS VOTER REGISTRATION GOES UP MORE PEOPLE VOTE AS A REPUBLICAN.))
"The Watcher" is still number one at the box office.
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The thriller about a serial killer tracking an F-B-I agent held on to the top spot for the
second week in a row.
The Watcher'' made an estimated five-point-seven million dollars.
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"Bait" is in second place, "Bring It On" is number 3, number 4 "Nurse Betty" and What Lies Beneath rounds out the top 5.
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The Alzheimer's Association Chapter of the Blue Ridge has organized a fund raiser to honor people who suffer from Alzheimer's disease and raise awareness about the illness.
The fourth annual Memory Walk is next Saturday at Roanoke County's Green Hill Park.
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((TREENA FOGG/ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION OF THE BLUE RIDGE: A BIG PART OF WHAT WE DO IS EDUCATE THE PUBLIC AND DO A LOT OF OUTREACH TO INFORM THEM OF ISSUES AROUND ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AND SYMPTOMS AND BASIC INFORMATION ON WHERE TO GO FOR SOME HELP.))
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More than 90 percent of the money raised will stay in Southwest Virginia.
The Memory Walk is Saturday September 23rd at Green Hill Park.
If you'd like to get involved contact the Alzheimer's Association at 540-345-7600.
Today's session of the Olympic Games has ended, and the United States is tied with host-country Australia in the medal count with 13 apiece -- but the American team leads in GOLD medals with six. American swimmers pocketed 2 golds today, Lenny (KRAY-zuhl-berg) Krayzelburg won the 100-meter-backstroke, and Megan Quann swam away with the 100-meter breaststroke.