Period paintings in a couple of city courthouses are cause for concern.
We'll also head out to the ski slopes where real snow's falling tonight.
In sports, the Redskins stay in the NFC playoff hunt with an up set win over the Rams and it's the talk of the state. We'll hear from the Cavaliers and
Mike Stevens catches up with the Hokies. Michael Vick will be behind the center for Saturday's UVA-Tech game.
Oh for heavens sake. Why is it so cold and when will it change? That's the weather story coming up.
[IN Q=It is denigrating]
((CARL HUTCHERSON/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: IT IS DENIGRATING TO ME AS AN AFRICAN- AMERICAN, AND I BELIEVE DENIGRATING TO THOSE FAMILIES TO SEE A SLAVE PULLING AN OX.))
[OUT Q=pulling an ox.]
A 1930's mural is at the heart of a present- day controversy over what is appropriate artwork for a public building in Lynchburg.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
The painting was commissioned by the federal government in 1934.. but the building it hangs in now belongs to the city of Lynchburg.
And as Steve Smallshaw reports, city leaders have also inherited the problem of deciding what's offensive and what's history.
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[IN Q=The mural]
[SUPER=01-Carl Hutcherson/Lynchburg Mayor; :24]
[SUPER=01-Jack Mills/Local SCLC President; :41]
[SUPER=01-Joe Seiffert/Lynchburg Council Member; 1:01]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]
(( The mural.. entitled "Going Down to Lynchburg".. shows a tobacco farmer and a black man presumed to be his slave driving an oxen team to market.
No one's questioning the historical accuracy.. antebellum Lynchburg was one of the world's biggest tobacco markets and was dependent on slave labor.
The problem is some feel this sort of artwork has no place in a building where families.. some of them minorities.. come seeking justice.
((CARL HUTCHERSON/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: I STILL BELIEVE THAT IN THE SOCIETY IN WHICH WE LIVE, THAT WE MUST PORTRAY A POSITIVE IMAGE TO YOUNG PEOPLE, NO MATTER WHO THEY ARE.))
[OUT Q=who they are.]
((JACK MILLS/LOCAL SCLC PRESIDENT: I WOULD SUGGEST THAT 20 DOLLARS WORTH OF PLYWOOD AND A DOLLAR 87'S WORTH OF PAINT WOULD COVER IT.))
[OUT Q=would cover it.]
The controversy is not centered solely on the Juvenile court mural.
A block away, in Lynchburg's circuit court, stylized depictions of the area's early history also are drawing fire.. in particular these two figures shown planting tobacco.
((JOE SEIFFERT/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: AND I WOULDN'T HAVE ANY PROBLEM IN TAKING DOWN THE METALWORK THAT SHOWS THOSE BLACKS, BECAUSE THEY'RE CARICATURES AND THEY'RE MADE TO LOOK LIKE MONKEYS, AND I OBJECT TO THAT.))
[OUT Q=object to that.]
((But Seiffert says he wouldn't spend a penny to have the mural in the juvenile court building taken down. Cost may be the deciding factor.. experts say it will take about 50-thousand dollars to remove, clean and relocate the painting.. a decision on what to do with it is not expected for several weeks. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.] ))
The Virginia N-double-A-C-P appears to have backed down from its threat of a national boycott of the Commonwealth.
After an almost two hour closed-door session with Governor Jim Gilmore today, the civil rights group's leaders refused to comment.
Gilmore's Secretary of Health and Human Resources said Confederate History Month was NOT even mentioned.
[SOT 16:47:43 ]
[IN Q=They're not]
((CLAUDE ALLEN/HEALTH & HUMAN RESOURCES SECRETARY: THEY'RE NOT A SPECTACLE. THEY'RE NOT TO BE PUT ON DISPLAY. THERE'S NOT A DISPUTE HERE. THERE'S AN ONGOING DISCUSSION AND DIALOGUE. AND I THINK THAT THAT WAS REFLECTED IN THE MEETING, AND REFLECTED BY THE NAACP'S WILLINGNESS TO MEET WITH THE GOVERNOR BUT ALSO NOT TO DISCUSS IT IN THE PRESS.))
[SUPER=01-Claude Allen/Health & Human Resources Sec.;]
[OUT Q=in the press.]
The apparent pact of silence between the administration and the N-double-A-C-P is a far cry from the summer.
Then, director Salim (suh-LEEM) Khalfani threatened civil action if Gilmore declared next April Confederate History Month.
Gilmore has NOT announced his plans on that yet.
[GRAPHIC=Standards of Learning]
Virginia's Standards of Learning tests "meet or exceed" reliability standards for such standardized tests.
But the jury's still out on whether they're teaching children more.
Ellen Qualls reports.
[IN Q=Good news]
[SUPER=01-Ronald Hambleton/Testing Expert; :16]
[SUPER=01-Kirk Schroder/Virginia Board of Education; :46]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]
(( Good news for the state Department of Education: six national testing experts have signed off that the S-O-L tests are scientifically sound.
However, the experts say the two week turnaround the state demands of its testing contractor is unheard of, and could cause mistakes.
((RONALD HAMBLETON/NATIONAL TESTING EXPERT: IT'S A QUALITY CONTROL ISSUE....NIGHT SHIFT IS NOT ALWAYS STRONG AS THE DAY SHIFT.))
The experts say they need more data throughout to offer a better assessment-- but much of that data won't come until colleges report back on how prepared Virginia students are when they come to them.
((KIRK SCHRODER/VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION: WHILE WE DON'T HAVE ANY PROBLEMS THAT YOU'RE ASKING US TO IMMEDIATELY ADDRESS...FEAR AND UNFOUNDED CRITICISM ABOUT THE TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF THIS TESTING PROGRAM.))
Parents Across Virginia United to Reform the S-O-Ls says these findings show the tests may be legally defensible... but they don't answer the question of if they're educationally defensible.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
[GRAPHIC=Tech Graduation Rate]
When you're a star football player on one of college's top-rated teams, graduating on time may not be your top priority.
And statistics released by the NCAA suggest it may not be very likely either.
But some Hokies do it in four years...and even make the Dean's List.
Marya Jones talks to wide receiver Andre Davis.
[IN Q=Andre Davis]
[SUPER=03-Boston, MA; :00]
[SUPER=01-Andre Davis/Tech Wide Receiver; :17]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Tech Football Coach; 1:08]
[OUT Q=MJN7, Blacksburg.]
(( Andre Davis is managing a balancing act that few other Division One college football players accomplish.
He's a star wide receiver, whose speed and talent are helping the Hokies' to victory...
And he's senior property management major, on the Dean's List, with a 3-point-2 average.
[SOT 1:24:25 - :38]
((ANDRE DAVIS: IT'S BEEN HARD. RIGHT NOW, I'M TAKING 16 CREDIT HOURS AND A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULDN'T EXPECT THAT FROM A FOOTBALL PLAYER DURING THE SEASON, BUT I REALLY WANT TO GRADUATE ON TIME IN FOUR YEARS. THAT'S BEEN ONE OF MY PLANS SINCE I CAME HERE AND I REALLY WANT TO STICK TO THAT.))
He expects to graduate on schedule this spring.
But recent NCAA figures on players' graduation rates suggest that Davis may be doing it against the odds.
In the last four years, only 50 percent of all Division One scholarship players graduated within six years.
At Virginia Tech, it was 45 percent.
Last year, in part due to a high transfer rate, only 29 percent got their degrees.
[SU 1:41:52 - 1:42:08]
((MARYA JONES/NEWS-7: OFFICIALS AT TECH'S ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT SAY THAT'S SOMETHING THEY'RE WORKING ON. THEIR GOAL IS TO GET THE ATHLETES' GRADUATION RATES ABOVE THE SCHOOL'S 73% AVERAGE FOR ALL STUDENTS. TO DO SO, THEY'VE DOUBLED THEIR ACADEMIC SUPPORT STAFF, MADE STUDY HALL MANDATORY FOR CERTAIN STUDENTS AND CREATED A MENTORING PROGRAM.))
[SOT BEAMER 2:28 - :45]
((FRANK BEAMER/TECH FOOTBALL COACH: I THINK THE MORE PEOPLE WE CAN GET TO HELP US WITH ACADEMIC ADVISING AND COUNSELING AND KEEP THESE GUYS GOING IN A POSITIVE DIRECTION, THE BETTER. AND I DON'T THINK THERE'S A STAFF IN THE COUNTRY THAT DOES MORE TO WORK WITH THE ACADEMICS OF THE PLAYERS THAN MY STAFF RIGHT HERE AT VIRGINIA TECH.))
[NATS 1:30:27 - :30]
((NATS CLASSROOM: THE BALANCE OF POWER AMONG THE THREE BRANCHES OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT.))
Davis hopes to finish out his eligibility at Tech while earning his Master's degree in business.
And one day, he hopes to manage commercial real estate properties.
[SOT 1:25:32 - :43]
((ANDRE DAVIS: FOOTBALL IS GREAT, BUT IT'S NOT GOING TO BE THERE FOR YOU FOREVER. AND I REALLY THINK THAT YOU SHOULD CONCENTRATE ON GETTING YOUR DEGREE, BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN FOOTBALL MIGHT BE DONE.))
That's an attitude that's paying off for Davis and for Tech.
Marya Jones, News-7, Blacksburg.))
State Police say they've noticed a deadly trend among teenage drivers.
Still ahead on News 7, find out how they're trying to stop it.
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Snow conitnues to fall tonight in Pocahontas County West Virginia.
This wave of wintry weather is a welcome sight for the Snowshoe Resort.
[Double Boxes=Keith and JoeD/Starlink]
Joe Dashiell spent the day at Snowshoe and joins us from Pocahontas County tonight.
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[IN Q=The snow guns]
[SUPER=03-Snowshoe, WV; :00]
[SUPER=01-Kent Leach/Silver Creek Rental Manager; :14]
[SUPER=01-Mike Pauer/Snowshoe Marketing Director; :30]
[OUT Q=right on top.]
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[Double Boxes=Keith and JoeD/Starlink]
Authorities have identified the man killed in that plane crash in Patrick County.
He's 54-year-old David Samkey, from Silver Spring, Maryland.
Samkey was on his way to Greenville, South Carolina when his plane went down about two weeks ago.
The Civil Air Patrol spotted the wreckage Saturday.
Carilion Health System will usher in a new President and C-E-O in January.
Tom Robertson announced today he's retiring January 15th.
Robertson has been with the system for 32- years and expressed confidence in Carilion's future.
Dr. Edward G- Murphy will become Carilion's new president and C-E-O.
Robertson, meanwhile, will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Carilion Biomedical Institute.
A mixed day on Wall Street as investors struggled to find direction.
[TAKE DOW, NASDAQ & BLOOMBERG PAGE ]
The DOW gained 32 points, NASDAQ fell four.
Virginia State Police are so worried about an alarming spike in teen motorist fatalities, they're asking parents to take some time this holiday weekend to ride with their teen drivers and make sure their skills are up to par.
[SUPER=03-Henrico Co./November 1;]
142 young motorists between the ages of 16 and 20 have died on Virginia roads so far this year.
That's compared to 119 in all of last year.
Eleven of the deaths came in this month alone.
The State Police superintendent says the General Assembly might want to revisit its decision to lower the age at which teens can get a learners permit.
But there's a bigger problem.
[IN Q=Right now]
((COL. GERALD MASSENGILL/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: RIGHT NOW, THE 18 YEAR OLDS... 180 PERCENT ... NOT SURE HOW THAT RELATES OR IF IT DOES.))
[SUPER=01-Col. Gerald Massengill/State Police;]
[OUT Q=or if it does.]
Most of the teen fatalities are the result of over-corrections when the car runs off the road.
In the data available through September, only one in six is related to alcohol.
The widow of an industrial accident victim has won an out-of-court settlement.
Beth Wheeler will receive about 840-thousand dollars for the loss of her husband, Lewis.
Lewis Wheeler died after he got caught in a press at Virginia Forge in Buchanan last year.
The manufacturers and distributors of the press will have to pay the one and three quarter million dollar settlement.
Fundraisers trying to renovate Lynchburg's aging minor league ballpark say they're still more than a million dollars short of their goal.
Officials estimate it will cost about five million dollars to make 65- year- old City Stadium comparable to other minor league stadiums around the country.
Three and a half million dollars would make it compliant with handicapped access regulations, but team officials are aiming higher.
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[IN Q=Bringing it up]
((CALVIN FALWELL/LYNCHBURG BASEBALL CORP.: BRINGING IT UP TO COMPLIANCE, I WOULDN'T GO FOR THAT, I'D SELL THE BALL CLUB, BECAUSE WE CAN'T MAKE A GO OF IT IN COMPLIANCE, WE'VE GOT TO HAVE SOMETHING COMPARABLE TO WHAT THE OTHER CLUBS HAVE AND WE JUST CAN'T OPERATE A MODEL T FORD WHEN THEY'RE OPERATING A CHEVROLET.))
[SUPER=01-Calvin Falwell/Lynchburg Baseball Corp.]
[OUT Q=operating a Chevrolet.]
The team is asking the city to pick up about 400- thousand dollars in interest payments while it continues to raise funds in the community.
Coming up, it may be cold but the hype for Saturday's UVA-Tech football game is heating things up in Blacksburg.
And the Redskins are in the middle of the NFC playoff race after last night's win in Saint Louis.
The Tech-UVA week always involves a lot of hype.
But tonight we're talking about the health of three key Virginia Tech players.
Mike Stevens has more.
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[SUPER=01-Michael Vick/Will Start vs. UVa; :12]
[SUPER=01-Andre Davis/Questionable for UVa.; :37]
[SUPER=01-Chad Beasley/Questionable For UVa.; 1:15]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/97 Wins At Tech;1:40]
[OUT Q=News 7 Sports]
Virginia Tech leads the all time series against Virginia 40 to 36.
The Hokies are ranked sixth in the nation and in line for a BCS berth while the 6 and 4 Cavaliers have struggled a good portion of this season.
[SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA/2000 Sugar Bowl; :00]
The Hokies played for the national championship last year and the Wahoos were asked this week if they thought that Tech's success has hurt Virginia in national attention and recruiting.
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[IN Q="some of]
[SUPER=01-George Welsh/UVa Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Brad Barnes/UVa Senior Offensive Tackle; :18]
[OUT Q=.....up to them"]
[TAPE#=Sp-75 tc 1:54:20]
The Redskins needed to pick up a win last night against the St. Louis Rams and did it with well rounded play and a few tricks.
[SUPER=03-St. Louis, MO/ABC Sports;]
Trent Green is the first quarterback to top 300 yards against Washington this season. It looked like he'd pick up more when Torry Holt made this grab over a stumbling Deion Sanders. Sanders catches up to knock the ball loose. Matt Stevens recovers for the Skins.
Jeff George threw three touchdown passes last night, including this 34 yard toss to Irving Fryar near the end of the third for the 25-20 lead.
The kicking problems may be a thing of the past as 44 year old Eddie Murray lands on his own onside kick which sets up one of his four field goals.
Washington upsets the Rams 33-20.
[TAPE#=SP-76 tc 1:47:56]
The American passtime is in financial trouble and things need to change.
That's what baseball commissioner Bud Selig told a Senate panel today.
Selig says 18 to 20 of the 30 Major League baseball teams
lost money this season.
He says the time has come for ``sweeping change'' in the way baseball operates.
Officials from the players' union opted not to attend the
hearing, but in the past their stance has been, no change is
The current labor contract between the two sides ends next year on October 31st.