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A green light tonight for a power plant in Henry County.
A Roanoke park is up for debate again--
tonight a possible solution, but will it make everyone happy?
And It's the great pumpkin Charlie Brown- we'll check out a big gourd- coming up.
News 7 is next.
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Residents in Northwest Roanoke say no thanks to a 300-thousand dollar donation by the Catholic Diocese.
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City Manager Darlene Burcham tonight asked residents of neighborhoods near Washington Park to accept the money from the Catholic Diocese - no strings attatched.
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Meredyth Censullo was at the forum -
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The money could be used to improve the park's athletic facilities, and build a tribute to Booker T. Washington.
And there would be NO contract giving Roanoke Catholic school exclusive use of the park at certain times of the year.
But some residents say they're worried this is a promise the city - or Diocese - won't keep.
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Northwest Residents are skeptical about a proposed donation by the Catholic Diocese.
Originally, the diocese said they'd give the money to the city for improvements to the park, and exclusive use of some of the facilities for Roanoke Catholic.
Because of an overwhelming community response, that stipulation has been dropped.
Use of the park would still be on a first come first served basis.
But some still worry the park will be taken away from them, because they say, in the past their community has been ignored by city government.
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((I BELEIVE THAT THE WAY TO HEAL MUCH OF WHAT HAPPENED IN PART IS FOR YOU TO BE INVOLVED IN SOMETHING CONSTRUCTIVE FOR THE FUTURE.))
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City manager Darlene Burcham addressed the neighborhood concerns, saying she won't ask city council to accept the money from the Diocese, until residents say it's OK.
She hoped that would happen Tuesday night.
Instead, Burcham asked residents to sign up to be a part of a community group that will look at future plans for the park.
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She says she'll accept the money, only when - and if, the group is satisfied with the plans.
Henry County is moving forward on a plan that some say would energize southside.
A power company has set its sights on the Axton Community.
Tonight, residents voiced their opinions in a public hearing and the Board of Supervisors voted to rezone the property.
Surae Chinn was at the meeting-
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(( A unanimous vote, will change part of the Axton Community from a rural to an industrial area.
But before the board's approval residents spoke out against the proposed power plant in their neighborhood.
Chelisa Elmore goes to school about three miles from the proposed site. She worries about a possible accidents.
((CHELISA ELMORE/AGAINST PLANT: IN 1987-2000 THERE WERE 42 DEATHS AND 209 INJURIES AND 250 MILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGE THAT'S WHY I DON'T WANT IT TO BE BUILT.))
Some were concerned about health and environmental safety others were just confused.
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The site is near the Axton substation in the Iriswood district. Cogentrix says the plant would be environmentally safe and fueled by natural gas, the closest house would be about 35 hundred feet away and the schools between 2 to 10 miles.
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Some residents who spoke agree and say there are many other benefits to the power plant.
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The plant would generate millions of dollars in tax revenue. It would also create about 40 new jobs-- with a yearly salary of 50 thousand dollars.
Still, the project needs to meet a host of state and federal regulations. The corporation hopes to start construction in one year. Surae Chinn, News7, Henry County.))
Two people remain in the hospital tonight, recovering from wounds from Friday night's shooting at the Backstreet Cafe.
One woman is listed in very serious condition... one man is in stable condition.
Today, expressions of sympathy and support for Danny Overstreet and those who were injured continued to draw people to the sidewalk outside the cafe.
But on the eve of Overstreet's funeral there is also concern, with the news that anti- gay demonstrators are planning to picket his funeral.
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The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and other, local, community groups are hoping that Roanokers will make a statement with Thursday night's vigil and march beginning in Elmwood Park.
Angered by the possible presence of anti-gay groups at Danny Overstreet's funeral, hundreds of his former co-workers plan to attend the service.
Dozens at Verizon Virginia wore white ribbons in honor of Overstreet.
Flowers and cards were placed on his desk in tribute.
Many say his lifestyle should not have been a motive for murder.
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Verizon Virginia is setting up a special fund for Overstreet's family.
Hundreds of donations from across the country have already arrived.
There will be no FEDERAL charges brought against Ronald Gay in relation to the Back Street Cafe shooting.
Roanoke's chief prosecutor confirmed today that he has consulted with the U-S Attorney, and they've found nothing suitable under federal law.
But the Back Street Cafe shooting is lending a new sense of immediacy to debate on Capitol Hill over hate crimes.
A bill that would include sexual orientation, disability, and gender in the existing federal hate crimes law has been tacked on as an amendment to the annual Defense Authorization Bill.
Virginia Republican John Warner is the chairman of the joint House-Senate conference committee, now in its final 72 hours of negotiations on the bill.
Warner tells NEWS 7 tonight:
"Anyone would have to take into consideration the tragedy in Roanoke. That was a frightful, horrible situation."
"I strongly believe any hate crimes legislation should include sexual orientation."
"However, if we leave the hate crimes amendment in the bill that authorizes military pay and equipment, we run the risk of this very important bill being filibustered."
Warner says he will put the Back Street Cafe shooting in the Congressional Record to help make sure other Senators are aware of it.
He says he would probably support a separate hate crimes bill that included sexual orientation.
Police in New Orleans have arrested a 13 year old boy- who's accused of providing a handgun used in today's middle school shooting.
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Authorities say the boy slipped a 38 caliber revolver through a school fence to another 13-year old boy today.
Police say that boy shot a 15 year old who then grabbed the gun and shot him back.
The shooting happened in a breezeway with other students around.
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Both boys are in critical condition- Witnesses say they argued before the shooting.
News of the shootings brought parents to the school- Chaos erupted when the school security said they would let students out in shifts.
Parents wanted to see their children immediately.
The man convicted of killing a Vinton family is scheduled to be put to death in seven weeks - however,
Earl Bramlett's pursuit for appeal will most likely postpone the execution.
A judge set Bramblett's execution date for November 14th.
A Roanoke County jury decided Bramblett should die for the 1994 arson and murder of the Hodges family in Vinton.
Though Bramblett has exhausted his direct appeal for a new trial, his lawyers will now pursue the issue in federal court. So he undoubtedly will NOT be executed in November.
Still ahead on News 7-- how much do parents want their children to know about sex?
A new survey says more than you may think.
And a controversial demolition project is underway in a Roanoke neighborhood.
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((THIS IS DENISE ALLEN IN THE NEWS 7 SPORTS DEPARTMENT. THE LADY CAVALIERS CRUISE TO A WIN ON THE HIGH SCHOOL HARDWOOD. THE BRAVES AND THE METS MEET IN THE DECIDING SERIES FOR THE NL EAST TITLE. ROANOKE NATIVE LEE SUGGS IS A RISING STAR AT VIRGINIA TECH AND THE ROANOKE EXPRESS HOCKEY SEASON IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER. THOSE STORIES LATER IN SPORTS.))
Consumer groups are increasing pressure on Firestone to expand its recall-
They say the 16 inch Firestone tires have been replaced in some countries but not the U-S- and they want that to change.
Meanwhile relatives of some people killed while riding on Firestone tires are speaking out.
Drew Levinson reports.
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((Trying to move beyond the black and white of statistics to the flesh and blood of real life families put a face to the Ford/Firestone debacle.
JULIE LOCKWOOD STEINBERG/HOUSTON TEXAS: TIM WOULD BE ALIVE TODAY IF HE HAD NOT BEEN DRIVING A FORD EXPLORER WITH FIRESTONE TIRES.
Julie Steinburgs brother Tim was one of the more than 100 people killed while riding on Firestone tires.
Vickie Hendricks son was killed two and half years ago when his Ford Explorer overturned. She sued Ford and Firestone and won.
THE FACT THAT THEY KNEW THAT THE TIRES WERE DEFECTIVE AND FAILED TO ACT IS REPREHENSIBLE IN FACT I THINK IT IS CRIMINAL.
Congress is considering proposals that would send business executives to prison for knowingly selling defective products that harm and kill.
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IF EXECUTIVES FACE THE SPECTER OF JAIL THEY WILL THINK LONG AND HARD BEFORE PROFITS OVER SAFETY OF THEIR CUSTOMERS.
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ONE WOMAN WHO WAS SEVERELY INJURED IN A CRASH HAD ANOTHER IDEA FOR A PUNISHMENT. SHE SAID THE EXECUTIVES SHOULD BE FORCED TO RIDE IN FORD EXPLORERS WITH FIRESTONE TIRES AND SEE HOW THEY LIKE IT. DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS, CHICAGO.))
It may sound strange, but parents want their children to learn more about sex-
A nationwide survey shows parents want their children to learn more in sex education.
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The Kaiser Foundation study shows most parents want their kids to know the bare facts, 85 percent want the school to teach their kids about condoms.
94 percent want sex education to deal with teen pressure-
79 % say kids should discuss abortion-
and 76 % want sexual orientation discussed.
A woman pled guilty today to stealing more than 670-thousand dollars from a Roanoke business.
Patricia Cornette was convicted on 12 counts of embezzlement.
A city prosecutor says Cornette worked as the bookkeeper for ABAL Materials Handling Company.
The money she took over a six year period almost put the firm into bankruptcy.
Cornette will be sentenced in November.
Still ahead on News 7, George W. Bush gets an invitation to stop in the Hill City next week.
The question is-- will he come?
And it would take a lot of carving-- but imagine the Jack-O-Lantern you could make with this prize-winning pumpkin.
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Presidential hopeful George W. Bush's campaign trail may include a stop in Lynchburg next week.. but that's a BIG "maybe."
Bush has been invited to address the Reverend Jerry Falwell's annual Super Conference of pastors and Christian leaders.
Bush was criticized for speaking at another Christian school.. Bob Jones University.. earlier in the campaign.
But Falwell says the G-O-P's candidate has nothing to fear by coming to Lynchburg.
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((REV. JERRY FALWELL/LIBERTY U. CHANCELLOR: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIBERTY UNIVERSITY AND BOB JONES UNIVERSITY IS THIS UNIVERSITY HAS BEEN INTEGRATED FROM DAY ONE, HAS NEVER HAD A RACIST POLICY. THIS UNIVERSITY IS NOT ANTI- ANYBODY.))
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Bush is likely to pass up the invitation since he already holds a strong lead in Virginia polls.
It's still a month away, but how would you like to have this for your Halloween Jack-O-Lantern...
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It's a 613 pound pumpkin-- the winner of Maine's Giant Pumpkin and Squash Weigh-In.
It's an annual event at the Cumberland County Fair.
The largest squash weighed 396 pounds.
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Coming up hoop highlights from the girls high school hardwood, the first game of the Mets-Braves three game series and Mike Stevens catches up with Lee Suggs at Tech.
First our extra point.
This is day two of the Marty McSorley assault trial.
McSorley is on trial for this slash of Donald Brashear during the Bruins-Canucks game on February 21st.
McSorley's appearance on a criminal charge stemming from the on-ice incident is the first by an NHL player since Dino Ciccarelli was sentenced in 1988 to one day in jail and fined $1,000 for striking a Leafs defenseman in the head with his stick.
The trial is expected to last all week.
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We start off this segment on the hardwood. Christiansburg coming off a win last night over Giles, traveled up to Daleville in search of another victory.
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Last night the Lady Cavaliers would just be too much to handle as Amber Graham makes the spin move in the paint to score the bucket.
Christiansburg finds its long range shooting ability, off the inbounds the long bomb is good for three.
Botetourt hits the boards, the third times the charm as Graham scrambles for the rebound and gets the dirty bucket.
The Lady Cavaliers beat Christiansburg 48 to 27.
Other girls basketball scores Patrick County beat Tunstall 53-26, and Galax beat Fort Chiswell 60 to 44.
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The Braves clinch a ninth Division Title. Atlanta and New York started a three game series last night and Atlanta picked up the 7-to-1 win in Shea Stadium.
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In the sixth inning, the Braves up one nothing all ready, Chipper Jones hammers one out of the park at left center two nothing Atlanta.
Still in the sixth, Edguardo Alfonso finds almost the exact same spot, his solo shot puts the Mets on the board and it's four-one Braves.
But New York just can't get it going, Andres Galarraga's double to the wall brings home two for Atlanta.
John Rocker threw the last pitch in the seven to one Braves win for the National League East Title.
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Virginia Tech, the Big East Conference rushing leader, is taking its nearly 300 yards a game ground attack to Boston College this weekend.
Mike Stevens says a lot of that offensive success can be attributed to a Roanoke native.
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THIS Saturday afternoon Your Hometown Station is the place to be as we bring you the Tech-BostonCollege game.
Coverage starts at 3pm with pre-game festivities. Kickoff is set for 3:30.
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Virginia Tech's leading three point shooter is out for four to 10 weeks.
Point guard Brian Chase broke his foot during a pick up basketball game last weekend.
The five foot 10 sophomore will have surgery on Thursday, to insert a screw to help speed up the healing process.
Last season he averaged nearly 13 points a game and led the Hokies in three pointers.
Officials say he will miss the season opener against VMI in November and maybe other games as well.
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ECHL games will be a little more like their NHL courterparts.
A major rule change will call for a five minute, four on four sudden death overtime if the game is tied after regulation.
If the game is still tied, THEN, it will go to a shootout.
The ECHL wants to be the premiere developmental league for the NHL.
Officials made the change to model its game format as closely to the NHL as possible.
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The Roanoke Express starts its season against the Richmond Renegades on October 13th.
One of the mainstays again this season will be the two veteran goalies in Daniel Berthiaume and Dave Gagnon.
They will shoulder some of the responsibility of bringing along 13 new players. Many of these guys will be expected to play tough.
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