Family members say a Roanoke police officer caused the motorcycle accident of a man authorities were pursuing.
We'll hear from them, coming up.
And the Lynchburg School boards votes to keep a controversial diagram in a high school textbook.
Sunny skies and warmer temperatures really take over the day today as we prepare to say goodbye to summer. The complete forecast is ahead.
Hope you'll join us-- News 7 at noon is next.
Relatives of the man who died in a motorcycle accident after a Roanoke police chase blame it on authoritiesxz..
The Lynchburg School Board has voted NOT to remove a controversial diagram of the female anatomy from a high school textbook.
Steve Smallshaw has more.
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[IN Q=This board did]
[SUPER=01-Wayne Brindle/School Board Member; :25]
[SUPER=01-Mack Frankfort/School Board Member; :33]
[SUPER=01-Tracey Shaw/School Board Chairman; :55]
[SUPER=01-John Nye/Biology Teacher; 1:10]
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((THIS BOARD DID NOT BRING EMBARASSMENT OR NATIONAL ATTENTION TO LYNCHBURG ON THIS MATTER..))
But the decision two weeks ago DID create a firestorm of controversy.. it seemed everyone had an opinion about a single picture from a 500-page textbook: one that showed a frontal view of female genitalia, and one that some board members still feel is too graphic for high school students.
((WAYNE BRINDLE/SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: WHEN DOES A PORNOGRAPHIC PICTURE BECOME AN ANATOMICAL DIAGRAM? WHEN LABELS ARE ADDED TO IT? WHEN IT'S MOVED FROM A MEN'S MAGAZINE TO A BIOLOGY TEXTBOOK?))
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((MACK FRANKFORT/SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: THIS IS AN ANATOMICAL ILLUSION THAT I BELIEVE BELONGS IN A WONDERFUL TEXTBOOK.. I DON'T SEE IT AS PORNOGRAPHIC OR SUGGESTIVE.))
[OUT Q=or suggestive.]
So before a packed room the board voted 5- to- 4 to keep the book AND the picture.. and not to get into the business of cutting and pasting academic material.
((TRACEY SHAW/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: TO DO SO OPENS THE DOOR TO A MULTITUDE OF INTEREST GROUPS WHO, FOR INNUMERABLE REASONS, MAY OBJECT TO A PARTICULAR PART OF A SCIENTIFIC OR HISTORIC OR LITERARY WORK.))
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Biology teacher John Nye says he doesn't expect any problems once the book actually arrives in his class.
((JOHN NYE/BIOLOGY TEACHER: I HAVEN'T HAD ANY STUDENT COME TO ME AT ANY TIME OPPOSED TO HAVING ANY TYPE OF DIAGRAM LIKE THIS IN, I'VE HAD QUITE A FEW ACTUALLY SAY IT'S RIDICULOUS THAT IT'S EVEN GONE TO THIS LEVEL.))
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Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
Good afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Roanoke's city manager says she wants to work quickly to clear the air surrounding the death of James Minor.
The city has promised an independent review of citizens concerns.
But family members of the 31- year old, who died when his motorcycle collided with a car, say they don't trust the city or its police department.
Police had pursued Minor but say they broke off the chase well before the accident.
But Minor's family doesn't believe the department's account.
They say Minor did flee from police but say an officer hit the back of his motorcycle causing Minor to the crash into the car.
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Family members say Minor did NOT stop when police tried to get him to because he was afraid of police.
They say just two weeks before Minor's death-- officers had arrested Minor on trumped up charges.
The only man listed as a witness to that accident is siding with Roanoke Police.
Donald Stokes was driving the car that James Minor collided with at the intersection of eleventh and Hanover Streets.
Stokes says he remembers passing two police cars just prior to the accident.
He says the patrol car he spotted on Orange Avenue had its blue lights on.
But Stokes says the officer who had been behind Minor on Hanover Street did NOT have his lights flashing.
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((DONALD STOKES/WITNESS: I KNOW WHAT HAPPENED AND I'M THE ONLY ONE WHO WAS THERE AND YOU KNOW AFTER I REGAINED CONSCIOUSNESS I DIDN'T SEE ANYONE AROUND BUT THE PEOPLE THAT WAS UP ON THEIR BALCONIES UP THERE THAT I TOLD TO CALL THE POLICE. ))
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Stokes says some people in the community have blamed HIM for the accident.
But Stokes says the claims against him and police are FALSE.
He says he and Minor were friends and used to ride motorcycles together.
The six- year Whitewater investigation is complete.
Independent Counsel Robert Ray says there's insufficient evidence to charge the Clintons in the
Whitewater real estate deal.
Ray says he can't prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the President or Mrs. Clinton quote "knowingly participated in any criminal conduct."
The investigation into the Clinton's business dealings began in 19-96, and has cost taxpayers more than 50- million dollars.
Ray will also have to decide whether to bring criminal charges against President Clinton in the Monica Lewinsky scandal, once Mr. Clinton leaves office.
It's unclear where the survivors of a Cuban plane crash will end up.. their native country or the United States.
[SUPER=03-Off Florida Coast;]
Eight of the survivor's from yesterday's crash will be transferred to a Coast Guard ship sometime today for questioning from immigration and F-B-I officials.
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((LT. CMDR. RON LEBRECHT/U.S. COAST GUARD: THAT WILL GIVE US THE PLATFORM TO INTERVIEW THEM. ))
[SUPER=01-Lt. Cmdr. Ron Lebrecht/U.S. Coast Guard;]
[OUT Q= to conduct their investigations]
Depending on what the survivors tell U-S officials, they'll either be sent back to Cuba or receive political asylum here.
A ninth survivor is in a Florida hospital, suffering from serious head and neck injuries.
One person died in the crash.
Meanwhile, relatives of the survivors have few details as to what the pilot planned to do when he left Cuba yesterday.
The first Lotto Virginia drawing will be held tonight.
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((WHERE IS LOTTO, VIRGINIA? LOTTO? VIRGINIA? YOU GUYS HAVE A CAR?))
[OUT Q=have a car?]
The ten year old Lotto game is now "Lotto Virginia."
But bigger jackpots mean it's harder to win.
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((ED SCARBOROUGH/VIRGINIA LOTTERY: YOU KNOW, WE DID A LOT OF FOCUS GROUPS ABOUT THIS. WE HAD A LOT OF DIFFERENT OPTIONS. YOU COULD HAVE CHARGED TWO DOLLARS, GOTTEN THE SAME EFFECT, WITH ONE IN 7-POINT-1 MILLION ODDS. BUT WE DECIDED TO KEEP IT A DOLLAR. THE WHOLE IDEA BEING THAT LOTTERY PLAYS COST A DOLLAR. AND WE DECIDED TO GO THIS ROUTE.))
[SUPER=01-Ed Scarborough/Virginia Lottery; ]
[OUT Q=this route.]
The unpopular "Kicker" game is gone.
Now, you choose six numbers between one and 49.
The Henry County-Martinsville Department of Social Services has released the results of an internal investigation into the agency's handling of the Elizabeth Stolbun case.
Stolbun died in November - after she was found in her home, covered in urine, blisters and vomit.
The department says it followed standard procedure, despite complaints that social services waited too long to remove Stolbun from the home.
Meredyth Censullo has more.
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[SUPER=01-Don Thomas/Social Services Board Chairman;:23]
[SUPER=01-Joyce Martin/Social Services Director;:47]
[OUT Q=News7, Roanoke.]
((The report says a concern about Stolbun's welfare was considered a non-emergency complaint.
State regulations require the department had to look into that concern within five days.
The report says Social Worker Ronda Handy made several attempts to gain entrance to the Stolbun home - the first two days after the complaint was filed.
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((DON THOMAS: THERE WERE THREE EFFORTS, THREE HOME VISITS AND SHE WAS NEVER ABLE TO GAIN ENTRANCE IN ANY OF THE THREE ATTEMPTS.))
[OUT Q=three attempts.]
The report says on November 16th, Handy verbally requested a court order to enter the Stolbun home, but because of a miscommunication between her and the department's Attorney, Robert Haley, that court order wasn't obtained until a week later.
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((THERE WAS NO FAULT TO BE LAID ON ANYONE. IT WAS JUST A MATTER OF MISCOMMUNICATION, NOT FOLLOWING CERTAIN ORDER.))
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Social Workers took Stolbun from the home, with her permission. She later died at a hospital.
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As a result of this case, Social Services has implemented strategies to prevent future miscommunication.
All requests for legal assistance must be submitted in writing to their attorney.
The department will conduct an internal investigation within five days any time a case involves a death by abuse or neglect.
And Social services will initiate a program to educate the public about the department's services.
Social Services says the report was completed last month - but they waited to release it until after the trial of Stolbun's husband.
Paul Stolbun was found guilty of depriving his wife of water, food and medicine earlier this month.
Meredyth Censullo, News7, Roanoke.))
Intermet is investigating an accident that sent two Radford Foundry workers to the hospital.
They were burned while using a torch to light a melting furnace inside the plant.
47-year old Fred Rogers received first and second degree burns to his face.
He was expected to stay at the hospital overnight.
29-year old Cameron Jones got first degree face burns. He's been released.
The Radford Foundry is operated by Intermet ... the company that owns New River Castings.
OSHA is also expected to investigate the accident.
Firefighters quickly extinguished a blaze that damaged a Roanoke County home.
Units from the Fort Lewis, Masons Cove and Elliston Volunteer Fire Departments responded to West River Road around 7:30 last night.
Firefighters found heavy flames in the basement, but were able to control the fire quickly.
No one was injured. And as yet, there's no word from investigators as to the probable cause.
Police in Oklahoma are searching for two men suspected of starting a huge brush fire.
[SUPER=03-Logan Co., OK;]
A witness says he saw the two throwing fireworks into an area of dry brush.
Authorities say the state's fire marshal is calling the blaze arson.
The weather isn't helping-- it hasn't rained there in nearly two months.
And there's not enough local personnel to fight the fire.
Many firefighters are believed to be fighting the raging wildfires out west.
After a near- perfect mission.... a picture perfect landing for the Space Shuttle Atlantis.
[SUPER=03-Kennedy Space Ctr., FL;]
The space shuttle landed smoothly and on time in Florida at 3-56 this morning.
Mission control congratulated the crew once Atlantis rolled to a stop.
It was only the 15th night- time landing in space shuttle history.
During the five- day visit to the international space station, the astronauts and cosmonauts delivered three tons of equipment for the first permanent crew arriving in November.
And finally today--
It's a baby boom in China.... of giant PANDAS, that is...
Six giant panda cubs have been born over the past four days.
This one, simply dubbed "Panda Number One" gave birth to a healthy cub that researchers are watching closely.
They say while the mothers were able to breed naturally, they also received artificial insemination.
Pandas in captivity are known for their feeble mating habits...making these bundles of joy even more special..