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School bus safety is on the minds of many after Friday's accident in Smyth County.
We'll hear what transportation experts say about equipping school buses with seat belts.
And police arrest a burglary suspect as he eats dinner in a Salem restaurant.
Sunny skies today with a cool twist. The dry weather continues... we'll find out why.
Stay tuned for News 7 at noon.
Parents are raising the issue of seat belts on school buses after Friday's accident that injured dozens of children.
Good afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
We'll have more on that story in just a moment. But first.
Two former Tultex plants may soon have a new owner.
Cohen Asset Management of Beverly Hills, California wants to buy the buildings, and lease them to new tenants.
The company already owns a 630 thousand square foot building in Martinsville that it recently leased to Basset furniture for 15 years.
Tultex declared Bankruptcy last December, laying off about two thousand workers.
The sale of its former plants must first be approved by the U-S Bankruptcy Court in Danville.
Some Smyth County parents want to know why a school bus involved in an accident last week was not equipped with seat belts.
The bus was hit by a car that ran a stop sign Friday.
46-children and 3-adults were hurt.
Now, some parents say seat belts could have cut down on the number of injuries.
But at least one transportation expert disagrees.
The Director of Transportation for Roanoke City Public Schools says seat belts can do more harm than good.
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Prince says high seat backs and safety cushions are designed to protect students from injury in the event of a crash.
He adds that those features coupled with the bus's steel frame make school buses one of the safest means of transportation.
A burglary suspect took some time to eat at the restaurant he allegedly broke into.
When police arrived at Miss Kitty's Cafe in Salem Friday night, they found 38 year old Marvin Hicks Junior of Salem inside the restaurant.
They say Hicks ate various food items.
Hicks is charged with burglary, petit (Petty) larceny and obstruction of justice.
He is being held in the Roanoke County Jail without bond.
Authorities say a total of five Salem businesses were burglarized early Friday morning.
Additional charges may be placed in relation to the other burglaries.[Campaign-2000]
With Election Day only about a week away, many are wondering how the outcome might shape the Supreme Court.
But the impact could be felt LONG after the next President leaves office.
Stephanie Lambidakis explains.
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[SUPER=201-Clarence Thomas/Supreme Court Justice; :17]
[SUPER=201-Stephanie Lambidakis/Reporting; :45]
[SUPER=201-George W. Bush/(R) Presidential Candidate; 1:03]
[SUPER=201-Al Gore/(D) Presidential Candidate; 1:17]
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NARR/clinton-breyer swearing-in, aug. 94)
It's been more than six years now since the President got to pick
a Supreme Court Justice. That's a record stretch between vacancies, and
it's fueled speculation even INSIDE the court that change is coming.
(SOT/JUSTICE CLARENCE THOMAS/CSPAN )
"I think the next president certainly will have some appointments.
And that's just a reality."
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justices as named)
That reality is driven in part by age. The justices mentioned most
often for retirement are the oldest... Justice John Paul Stevens, the
lone true liberal, is 80. And Chief Justice William Rehnquist, a
conservative stalwart, is 76. Two other justices, Ruth Bader Ginsburg
and Sandra Day O'Connor... a key swing vote... have both battled cancer.
THE BUZZ ABOUT RETIREMENTS IS ESPECIALLY LOUD THIS ELECTION YEAR
BECAUSE OF THE DEEP DIVISIONS HERE AT THE COURT. ON BIG ISSUE AFTER BIG
ISSUE, THE JUSTICES HAVE SPLIT 5 TO 4, WITH CONSERVATIVES OFTEN WINNING
That gulf has reverberated loudly throughout the campaign, with Bush
staking out the right...
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"I don't believe in liberal activist judges. I believe in strict
...and Gore issuing dire warnings that a Bush presidency could end
everything from affirmative action and legalized abortion.
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"A lot of young women in this country take this right for granted,
and it could be lost. (07)
Justice Thomas says let the voters decide:
"The composition of the court is really determined by the elections,
and they should be determined by the elections
So whether it's a Bush Court, or a Gore Court, the outcome will last
long after the votes are counted.
Stephanie Lambidakis, Washington.)
Getting in and out of the Martinsville Speedway may become easier if a new road is built.
But some residents are concerned the proposed road's path will affect their property.
Kate Weidaw has more.
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((This open field used to park thousands of cars on race day may soon have a new road running through it. Officials say it's needed because the road leading into the race track can not accommodate the traffic.
((STEVE SHEPPARD: THE EXISTING SPEEDWAY ROAD WAS BUILT IN 1970 AND THAT'S WHEN WE HAD 25-THOUSAND PEOPLE COMING TO THE RACE NOW WE HAVE 86-THOUSAND AND THE EXISTING ROAD CAN NOT HANDLE THE AMOUNT OF TRAFFIC.))
The proposed road would start at the top of Speedway Road and run through the field avoiding the property of the nearby homes. Walkways off the road would provide easy access for race goers to get to their cars and would keep them from walking in traffic.
((STEVE SHEPPARD/MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY: WE CAN'T MOVE TRAFFIC COMING INTO MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY ANY FASTER THEN WE CAN PARK THEM SO IF WE HAVE A ROAD THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE PARKING AREA WHERE TRAFFIC CAN MOVE OFF ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ROAD THEN TRAFFIC ON 220 WILL ALSO MOVE FASTER.))
But some residents on Speedway Road aren't so sure the proposed road would avoid their property. Bill and Edith Maxwell say the race track brought two other proposals to the Henry County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday that showed the road cutting through their back yard.
((BILL MAXWELL: IT WOULD COME RIGHT DOWN AND COME RIGHT THROUGH OUR HOUSE AND GO RIGHT THROUGH THIS FIELD.))
((EDITH MAXWELL: AT OUR AGE WE'RE NOT YOUNG AND WE DON'T NEED TO BE MOVING INTO A NEW PLACE AND A NEW HOME.))
But race track officials say they want to avoid homes and just try to cut down the two and a half hour wait in and out of the parking lot on race day.
((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: BUT BEFORE THE ROAD IS BUILT THE RACE TRACK NEEDS TO GET APPROVAL FROM THE COUNTY, ONCE THAT'S COMPLETED OFFICIALS HOPE TO HAVE THE ROAD BUILT BY NEXT SUMMER. KATE WEIDAW NEWS 7 MARTINSVILLE.))
It's the "storm of the year" in the U-K.
At least four people are dead from severe weather that's struck Britain and France.
The storms have even spawned a pair of tornadoes, a rare event in Britain.
High winds uprooted trees and knocked out power to thousands of homes.
Several roads are closed.
On the railway, two trains collided with trees, smashing windows.
But the big fear for residents and rescue workers is the threat of more flooding.
Forecasters expect the storm to spread to other parts of Europe over the next few days.
A car bomb exploded in a busy residential area of Madrid, Spain during rush hour this morning.
The blast killed three people, including a Supreme Court judge.
35 other people were injured.
The explosion shattered windows for blocks, making the area look like war zone.
No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing but authorities are blaming the separatist group, E-T-A.
The group is seeking an independent homeland in the area connecting northern Spain and southwest France.
A collision between a car and a van in Roanoke County sent five people to the hospital.
The crash happened around six-o-clock last night at Middleton and Williamson Road.
According to investigators-- the driver of the car pulled into the path of the van.
A 60- year old woman in the car had to be cut from the vehicle.
She and four people in the van were taken to the hospital with NON life threatening injuries.
Authorities say charges are pending against the driver of the car.
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Bedford County teachers want more money.
They addressed the county supervisors meeting last week.
Viewers respond to our coverage of the meeting in this edition of Feedback.
Assignment editor Joe McKean has more.
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((Bedford County teachers have spoken out on the difference between what they get and what localities next door are paying on two occasions.
Our coverage of last week's meeting brought this note: (Fred Glover/Bedford County).
"Thanks to you and your news reporters for covering the Bedford County supervisors meeting addressing, among other things, the low teacher pay in the area. The battle has just started but I'm sure your coverage of the story is a start in the right directions for us."
A teacher who talked to us at an earlier meeting thought her comment was taken out of context.
Here's what we put on the air:
((MARIANNE NESTER/TEACHER STEWARTSVILLE ELEMENTARY: 10-THOUSAND DOLLARS IS A LOT OF MONEY TEACHERS ARE BECOMING SHORT AND SOME OF US ARE GOING TO HAVE TO DO WHAT WE HAVE TO DO IF WE DON'T GET THE RESPECT HERE.))
"I explained how much I loved my school," Ms. Nester wrote, "and job but when the same job in a neighboring county was offering $10,000 more it would be hard not to walk away. My response that was aired left the majority of that sentence off. It sounded as though I was making a threat. I was very disappointed in Channel 7's editing and portrayal of me."
The mailing address at News-7 is PO Box 7, 24022-0007.
To send a fax, dial 540-343-7269.
The e-mail address is email@example.com.
And you'll find an online forum at our web site, wdbj7.com.
Joe McKean, News-7."))
Friends and neighbors of a slain actor say police over- reacted when they shot the man during a Halloween party over the weekend.
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An officer shot and killed 39- year- old Anthony Dwain Lee at a party in a West Hollywood mansion.
The officer was investigating a noise complaint when he saw Lee waving around a toy gun.
L-A police are conducting an internal investigation, and the District Attorney's office is also looking into the matter.
Friends say the actor's career was just starting to take off.
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((CAROL HOLTON-STROBEL/LEE'S FRIEND:
HE'S BEEN INDUCTED IN THE ACTORS' HALL OF FAME IN HIS OWN HOMETOWN, AND THAT HE REALLY FELT
THAT HIS LIFE WAS TAKING OFF, AND FOR HIS LIFE TO BE TAKING AWAY WHEN
THE NIGHT HE WAS FEELING IT WAS TAKING OFF, IT'S A TRAGEDY.))
[SUPER=01-Carol Holton-Strobel/Lee's Friend;]
[OUT Q=it's a tragedy.]
Lee had appeared in supporting roles on T-V shows like "ER"
and had a part in the Jim Carrey movie, "Liar, Liar".
You'd think a scary movie near Halloween would open number one at the box office, but that wasn't the case.
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``Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2'' couldn't knock off reigning box-office champ"Meet the Parents". The comedy starring Robert DeNiro and Ben Stiller stayed on top for the fourth week in the row.
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Blair Witch 2 debuts at number 2. Remember the Titans finishes at number 3 and Bedazzled and Pay It Forward wrap up t
his weeks top 5.[Ethnic-Service]
The Catholic Diocese helps refugees find new homes in Southwest Virginia.
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Yesterday, more than 100 immigrants celebrated with prayer, song, and dance at Virginia Western Community College.
Bishop Walter Sullivan says the diocese is holding these types of services across Virginia to celebrate diversity.
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((BISHOP WALTER SULLIVAN/CATHOLIC DIOCESE: AS WE CELEBRATE WE FIND THE WONDERFUL BEAUTY OF ALL THE DIFFERENT PEOPLES, IT BRINGS US CLOSER TOGETHER.))
[SUPER=01-Bishop Walter Sullivan/Catholic Diocese]
[OUT Q=closer together.]
Since the church's Refugee and Immigration Services program began in 1975 more than two-thousand refugees have settled in the Roanoke area.
The Bedford Central Library celebrated its 100-th birthday over the weekend.
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Award winning bluegrass fiddler, Jack Hinshelwood made an appearance at the library yesterday.
He was joined by New York Times best-selling author Sharyn McCrumb... who read passages from her new book "The P-M-S Outlaws".
Their program focused on ballads... which play a key role in McCrumb's writing.
The program was sponsored by "The Friends of the Bedford Public Library" in honor of the library's 100th birthday.
Over the past 23- years, the organization has donated 100- thousand dollars to the Bedford library.
And finally, we end this broadcast with a look back at a radio drama that frightened the entire nation 62 years ago.
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On this date, Orson Welles created a nationwide panic with his play, "War of the Worlds".
Welles set up the hoax as a music program interrupted by phony bulletins about martians landing near Princeton, New Jersey.
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((ORSON WELLES/ACTOR: I THOUGHT IT'D BE FUN TO PROVE THE RADIO COULD LIE, ALONG WITH EVERYTHING ELSE.))
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[OUT Q=everything else.]
Although Welles did warn listeners they were hearing a science fiction story, there was widespread panic.
Frenzied motorists created traffic jams, and one person even drove his car off a bridge.