Four ways of looking at Interstate 73... including the cost and impact on the environment.
V-DOT's findings top NEWS 7 tonight.
And putting a price tag on Virginia's seat in the U-S Senate.[Sports-Head]
Tonight on News 7 sports, a dejected Michael Vick resigns himself to the fact that he likely will not play against Miami.
And the Virginia High School League denies Cave Spring high school's eligibility appeal and forces the Knights football team to forfeit six of its victories from this season.
Heading into November with really warm numbers and no rain in the short term forecast. Details ahead.
I-73 is coming closer to reality, as V-DOT completes its environmental impact study.
Two of the four routes that have been studied would run through the city of Roanoke and they would affect the greatest number of homes.
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Jennifer Miele is on Interstate- 581 today....
A road which could become incorporated into the new interstate.
That's right Keith, V-DOT has determined the environmental consequences of its 4 build options.
Now there's no guarantee that this interstate will be built at all, that's why VDOT has also formulated a spot- improvement option.
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[IN Q=The proposal to construct]
[SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/VDOT Spokesperson; :16]
[OUT Q=CD-ROM's are fifteen fifty.]
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The proposal to construct a new interstate between Michigan and South Carolina arose almost a decade ago, when the Federal Government saw the need to fill a gaping interstate hole.
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V-DOT has spent the last three years coming up with several plans to create I-73.
[IN Q=That information has been]
((LAURA BULLOCK: THAT INFORMATION HAS BEEN COMPILED, IT IS AN OBJECTIVE, THROUGH LOOK AT THE AREA BETWEEN ROANOKE AND SOUTH CAROLINA. IT JUST REVEALS EVERYTHING THAT WE KNOW.))
[OUT Q=everything that we know.]
VDOT's environmental impact study estimates the cost, the agricultural impact and the adverse effects of each option. And today, V-DOT revealed those findings.
Before officials choose one option, V-DOT plans to hold four public hearings in December so concerned citizens can voice their opinions.
[IN Q=THe place for people]
((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT: THE PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO VOICE THOSE OPINIONS IS IN THIS ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENT. THEY NEED TO GET A HOLD OF THIS. WE WILL TRY TO EXPLAIN IT AS BEST WE CAN TO FOLKS. AND THEN WE WANT TO INVITE THEM TO PUBLIC HEARINGS.))
[OUT Q=to public hearings.]
Copies of the study will be available beginning November 10th by calling 1-888-I73-PLAN. Paper copies cost $61.00, and CD-ROM's are $15.50.))
The option that would affect the fewest homes would run east of 220, and around Roanoke through Bedford and Botetourt Counties.
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The most homes would be affected by a route running behind Tanglewood Mall and through Starkey, then linking up with 220 at the Franklin-Roanoke County line.
George Bush is holding his lead over Al Gore in Virginia, according to the latest News-7 poll.
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Mason-Dixon research says the Republican candidate leads the vice president by eight points, well above the 4 percent margin of error.
Ralph Nader is picking up 3 percent of the likely voters, Pat Buchanan one percent.
In Virginia's Senate race, George Allen today picked up the endorsement of a man can conceivably help Allen in an area where he's politically vulnerable-- his lack of military service.
Former Navy Secretary James Webb has endorsed Allen over Senator Charles Robb, despite the fact that Robb, like Webb, is a Viet Nam combat veteran.
Webb says military service is not always a qualifying criterion for a candidate.
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[IN Q=George McGovern]
((JAMES WEBB/FORMER NAVY SECRETARY: GEORGE MCGOVERN WON THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS IN WORLD WAR TWO AND I WOULDN'T VOTE FOR HIM IF YOU PUT A GUN TO MY HEAD. SO WE HAVE TO LOOK AT OTHER ISSUES, I THINK CERTAINLY HERE WE HAVE A SITUATION WHERE SENATOR ROBB COULD HAVE DONE A LOT MORE WITH THE KNOWLEDGE THAT HE LEARNED ON ACTIVE DUTY.))
[SUPER=201-James Webb/Former Navy Secretary]
[OUT Q=on active duty.]
Webb endorsed Robb in his 1994 race against Oliver North.
He now says Robb has aligned himself too much with a corrupt administration that has mishandled the military.
If you've had the TV on for more than ten minutes, you won't be surprised to hear this.
The national political parties are now spending close to 100- thousand dollars a day to influence your vote in the U-S Senate race.
Ellen Qualls reports on the money behind the men.
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[SUPER=203-Richmond/File Tape; :00 ]
[SUPER=201-Ed Matricardi/Republican Party of Virginia; :50]
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(( Counting the money spent by George Allen and Chuck Robb, and on their behalf this year is a little like counting the gallons of water flowing down the James River.
Money raised and spent shows up in both federal and state reports, is funneled through party committees, and has contribution limits with big holes.
Let's start with the basics.
As of their last filing date of October 18th, Chuck Robb had raised 5-point-6 million dollars.
George Allen had raised 9-point-2 million.
You can bet they'll spend every cent.
In fact, Robb just loaned his own campaign 609- thousand dollars to buy ads in crunch time.
Not reported in their spending are these guys:
The National Republican Senatorial Committee has spent about 4-point-3 million dollars, mostly on ten TV ads benefitting George Allen.
That's called soft money... so it can gush in large amounts, through the state party offices.
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((ED MATRICARDI/REPUBLICAN PARTY OF VIRGINIA: THEY'RE NOT TECHNICALLY SENATE RACE ADS. THEY'RE NOT CANDIDACY ADS...BECAUSE HE WAS A GREAT GOVERNOR.))
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee's ponied up even more: 4-point-8 million as of last week, boosting Chuck Robb's campaign.
If you're adding, that's about 24 million dollars spent on these guys.
But it probably won't be a Virginia record-- Ollie North spent about 20 million dollars losing to Robb in 1994.
And if you're looking for who's spending the money-- like Richmond mystery novelist Patricia Cornwell -- her 115-thousand dollars to the Republican National Committee this year may never show up in the paperwork filed in Virginia's race.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))
It's a referendum on whether to have ANOTHER referendum.
Next week, Lynchburg voters will decide whether the city should try to raise its state sales tax to help pay for badly- needed school repairs.
Steve Smallshaw explains.
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[SUPER=204-Last Week; :12]
[SUPER=201-Del. Preston Bryant/(R) Lynchburg; :43]
[SUPER=201-Jim Whitaker/Former Lynchburg Mayor; 1:04]
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(( It's not often you'll find Republican Preston Bryant and Democrat Bert Dodson on the same side of a tax issue.. but the burning question of how to pay to renovate Lynchburg's schools has made for some strange alliances.
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((THIS TEACHER WOULD LIKE FIVE COMPUTERS IN THIS CLASSROOM AND WE CAN'T ADD COMPUTERS IN THIS CLASSROOM. WE DON'T HAVE THE ELECTRICAL POWER TO GENERATE INTO THE CLASSROOM AND WE DON'T HAVE THE SPACE.))
[OUT Q=have the space.]
The city needs about a hundred million dollars over the next ten years to renovate and expand its 17 public school buildings.
One way to do it is to raise the state sales tax within the city by a penny to 5 and a half cents on the dollar.
To offset that hike, property owners would get a ten- cent reduction in their real estate tax rate.
((DEL. PRESTON BRYANT/R- LYNCHBURG:
FOLKS, THIS IS ABOUT AS CLOSE AS WE CAN COME TO HAVING OUR CAKE AND EATING IT TOO. WHAT IS THERE NOT TO LIKE?))
[OUT Q=not to like?]
Plenty, say opponents, who have sparred with the pro- tax coalition for weeks now, including at last week's public forum.
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((NOBODY HERE, THAT I KNOW OF, IS ANTI- EDUCATION..))
The anti- tax crowd says raising the sales tax here is bad for business and worse for low- income residents.
[SOT 19:54:46 SCHOOL FORUM #2]
((JIM WHITAKER/FORMER LYNCHBURG MAYOR: THE CITY OF LYNCHBURG HAS COME UP WITH ALL KINDS OF UNIQUE WAYS TO GET INTO THE POCKETS OF OUR CITIZENS.))
[OUT Q=of our citizens.]
((It's important to remember that next week's vote is NOT to raise the sales tax..it merely asks the General Assembly to change the city's charter to allow ANOTHER referendum next spring. Preston Bryant says the measure will have to receive significant support.. in the neighborhood of 62 percent.. to have any chance of survival. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg. ))
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]))
Michael Vick met the media this afternoon in Blacksburg, but he didn't offer Tech fans much hope that he will be ready to play against Miami on Saturday.
His injured right ankle kept him from practicing for the second straight day.
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[IN Q=TODAY, I THINK...]
[SUPER=01-Michael Vick/Va. Tech Quarterback; :00]
[OUT Q=AT LEAST 90 PERCENT."]
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Mike Stevens will have more with Vick coming up in about 15 minutes.
The list of people indicted for a Southside pyramid scheme could get bigger.
We'll have the latest next on News 7 at Six.
And authorities in Pittsylvania County are looking for two men who robbed a bank in Chatham.
A get rich quick scheme continues to have repercussions for many in the Danville area.
Chief Neal Morris announced yesterday that 52- people had been indicted by a grand jury for taking part in what's called a "pyramid scheme".
By handing over two- thousand dollars to someone... participants were expected to get rich by persuading more people to invest their money.
Three Danville police officers are among those charged with a misdemeanor.
Morris says most people don't realize such schemes are illegal.
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((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF: THAT'S WHAT A LOT OF PEOPLE TOLD US, THAT THEY DIDN'T THINK IT WAS ILLEGAL OR THEY WOULDN'T HAVE PARTICIPATED, THAT'S WHAT THE OFFICERS SAID.))
[SUPER=01-Neal Morris/Danville Police Chief; ]
[out q=the officers said.]
The officers have been assigned to other duties while their cases are resolved in court.
Morris says he does NOT expect them to lose their jobs.
In the meantime, Pittsylvania County is also conducting its own investigation which one official described as even larger than the one handled by Danville.
The search is on for two men who robbed a Pittsylvania County bank at gunpoint.
The suspects entered the Chatham branch of the American National Bank and Trust around two P-M.
Investigators say one of the men handed the teller a note and displayed a handgun.
The pair made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and may have gotten into a Toyota Forerunner or Nissan Pathfinder.
One of the suspects is described as a black male wearing a black Oakland Raiders jacket and ballcap.
The other man was wearing a plaid shirt and is described as black or hispanic with a mustache and light beard.
A woman hurt in a car crash in Bedford County this weekend has died.
The victim was 20-year-old Angela Carico of Vinton.
She was a passenger in a car involved in a head-on collision on Route 24 early Sunday morning.
Carico died yesterday from injuries she got in the accident.
State police say she was not wearing a seat belt.
No charges have been filed yet.
Wall Street took a break from this week's rallies.
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The DOW lost 72 points, NASDAQ dropped 36.
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A 15- year- old Campbell County girl is facing criminal charges after she allegedly sent a threatening e-mail to a classmate at Brookville High School.
Authorities say the girl made a threat involving a gun, but no weapons were found and they don't believe she ever intended to carry out the threat.
They say the incident may have stemmed from a court case the alleged victim was to testify in.
If convicted, the teenage girl could receive up to 5 years in prison and a 25- hundred dollar fine.
People who watch satellite TV may not know it. While they're surfing 200 channels in the sky somebody out there is watching THEM.
Companies such as DirecTV can tell who's paid the monthly subscription fee- -and who hasn't.
That two-way technology is what lead the F-B-I to Danny Dehart- -"a significant dealer" in satellite- encrypted programming.
He and Wallace Payne specialized in selling computer cards that enabled their customers to watch DirecTV without subscribing.
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[IN Q=But they have]
((JENNIE WAERING/PROSECUTOR: BUT THEY HAVE THIS SPECIALIZED COMPUTER EQUIPMENT THAT CAN PROGRAM THESE CARDS, SO THEY CAN RECEIVE THE SATELLITE PROGRAMMING WITHOUT PAYING DIRECTV. AND THEN, IN TURN, SELL THEM TO PEOPLE FOR A FLAT FEE? RIGHT. THEY PROGRAM THE CARD. THEY CAN SELL THE CARD. IF THE CARD GETS SCRAMBLED BY DIRECTV, THEN THEY CAN REPROGRAM IT. ))
[OUT Q=re-program it.]
The two men from Stuart pled guilty today.
Dehart and Payne face up to five years in prison, though it's unlikely they'd do any time. Since they got caught in May, they've been helping DirecTV and the F-B-I identify other satellite TV pirates.
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, the Virginia High School League's appeals committee denies Cave Spring and as a result the Knights' football team must forfeit 6 of its wins.
And Michael Vick is feeling his own kind of disappointment tonight as he tells the media today that he'll have a hard time playing against Miami.
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The Cave Spring Knights football team has been playing and practicing with a cloud over its head ever since the Virginia High School League began investigating the possibility that the Knights had used an ineligible player in 6 of their wins this season.
This afternoon Cave Spring administrators had an opportunity to present their case before the Virginia High School League's appeals committee in Charlottesville.
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VHSL Executive Director Ken Tilley first reviewed the Cave Spring case and found the player to be academically ineligible according to a league rule that states that a student cannot take a class twice and have it count for credit twice.
Cave Spring argued that the young person, who took a foreign language class twice to improve his grade, did technically meet eligibility guidelines, but the four committee members who heard the Knights' case today ruled otherwise.
The infraction was first discovered by Salem athletic director Sandy Hadaway after the student transferred to Salem high school several weeks ago.
The student practiced with the Spartans for a couple of days last week, but did not play in the Spartans game last Friday night against Alleghany.
As a result of today's ruling that basically resulted because Cave Spring's guidance and athletic administration failed to catch the repeated class on the child's transcipt, the Knights will miss the upcoming playoffs and the six teams the Knights beat earlier in the year - Northside, Jefferson Forest, Blacksburg, Salem, William Fleming and Franklin County will each be credited with an additional win.
To make matters worse, the Knights must now regroup and be ready to host Pulaski County on Friday night.
The ineligible player in question began the season as a back up lineman.
With Tech's Big East brawl with Miami now just three days away, it appears that Michael Vick's chances of playing against the Hurricanes are extremely slim.
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[SUPER=01-Michael Vick/Still Questionable for Miami; :12]
[SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra 1995; 1:17]
[SUPER=01-Andre Kendrick/82 Touchdowns at E.C. Glass; 1:33]
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He may get to play a few other spots if folks don't quit getting hurt. Besides Vick and Andre Davis, Emmett Johnson and Ben Taylor are also fighting through some imjuries suffered in practice this week.
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It's the biggest game in the country this Saturday and you can watch it right here on Your Hometoen Station, WDBJ-7.
This afternoon in Roanoke, the Martinsville Speedway announced a new sponsor for its Saturday race days next year.
The Craftsman Truck Series will wear the colors of Advance Auto. The April 7th race will be called the Advance Auto Parts 250.
Advance Auto also will sponsor the Featherlite Modified tour race that is set for October 13th.
It's not the company's first involvement with racing at the speedway. Advance sponsored the Busch Grand National and Late Model Stock car doubleheader in 1993 and 1994.
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[SUPER=01-Clay Campbell/Martinsville Speedway President; :00]
[OUT Q=.........great things."]