Will he stay or will he go?
That's the question regarding coach Beamer's status with Virginia Tech.
And, brides-to-be may wind up getting burned by a fire at a Roanoke County bridal shop.
A big change in temperatures today as we say good bye to the bitter cold... at least for a short while. Forecast ahead.
News 7 at noon is next.
Some Virginia Tech fans have put it in writing.....they don't want Frank Beamer to leave.
Good afternoon..I'm Shannon Young.
Tech fans all across the state are basically in a state of panic today after hearing that head football coach Frank Beamer may be leaving Blacksburg for the University of North Carolina.
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Mike Stevens joins us with more on what is turning out to be Manic Monday in Blacksburg.
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A women's clothing store in Roanoke County caught fire this morning.
Three departments responded to the alarm at the Patina bridal and formal wear shop just before nine.
Authorities say someone at the Shell station next door smelled smoke and called for help.
Firefighters had the smoke and flames under control in about 15 minutes.
They're still looking into what caused it.
The initial estimate of the damage to the building and merchandise is 800 to 900-thousand dollars.
No one was hurt.
The young hiker who was rescued after getting lost on Dragon's Tooth trail in Roanoke County is in stable condition today.
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17-year old Adam Hubert was hiking with his sister and a friend Saturday afternoon ..
Hubert's mother tells News 7 Adam decided to go ahead of the group to warm up the car for them.
But Hubert lost his way on the trail.
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((CHARLIE KING/ROANOKE CO. BATTALION CHIEF: I THINK HE JUST WANTED TO GET AHEAD OF THEM AND THEN GOT OFF THE TRAIL.))
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Rescue crews received a cell-phone call from Hubert around 5-30 Saturday evening saying he was lost.
But the antenna on his phone broke, and Hubert lost communication with rescue workers.
Hubert was finally located around 2 yesterday morning, however it took about five hours for rescuers to carry him down the trail because he was too weak to walk.
Hubert was taken to Roanoke Memorial.
His mother says he suffered from hypothermia, and is being held in the progressive care unit.
The Virginia Farm Bureau says farming may soon become a thing of the past.
So members are lobbying for state funding to generate new interest.
Farm Bureau representatives say farmers are too often selling their land to developers instead of new farmers.
They say state funding would encourage farm ownership.
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[SUPER=01-Bruce Hiatt/Virginia Farm Bureau Federation]
((BRUCE HIATT/VA FARM BUREAU FEDERATION: WE'RE HOPING THAT YOUNG PEOPLE WILL GO INTO FARMING AND THEY'LL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEAT WITH EXPERIENCED FARMERS, AND LEARN, AND MAYBE TAKE OVER THE OPERATION.))
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The Farm Bureau will be asking the General Assembly for 20 million dollars in farm aid in January.
The organization plans to appoint an environmental task force in December.
After falling short in Florida's now-certified presidential election Al Gore is preparing to challenge the results.
The Gore camp says thousands of votes were never counted.
In the meantime, George W. Bush is already working to form an administration.
Lee Cowan reports.
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George W. Bush may not want to be CALLED President Elect until
AFTER Al Gore conceedes the election, but he is clearly going about the
His Vice Presidential candidate, Dick Cheney has been ordered to
enter into discussions with the Clinton administration today to open the
doors, and the bank account of a transition office in Washington.
But the Federal Government is reluctant -- and is withholding some 5
million dollars and the keys to that office until all legal challenges
Arriving for a meeting with the Governor this morning, Andrew
Card-- officially named Bush's White House Chief of Staff -- said there
are ways around that.
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"We'll just set up our own transition office."
In Florida, the Gore camp.. for the first time in history, pressed
ahead with plans to contest the election results in at least three
The Vice President plans to address the nation tonight to explain
why. His argument: there are legal votes that have been counted but not
included in the final talley -- and the election CAN'T be over -- until
COWAN STANDUP: ( Bush expected to go so far as to name cabinet
A Shi-ite Muslim militant group is defending a deadly bombing this weekend.
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Hezbollah TV has released pictures of a bomb blast that took
place yesterday in an area on Lebanon's border with Israel.
The footage shows a vehicle driving through trees, followed by an explosion.
The bomb, which killed a tracker, was detonated by Guerrillas.
In a statement issued yesterday the Hezbollah said the attack was part of "its duty to complete the liberation of the occupied territory."
Meantime, Israel is beefing up security around Jerusalem for expected attacks by Palestinians during the month long holy period of Ramadan.
The holiest month in the Islamic calendar is celebrated as the period when the Koran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed about one thousand four hundred years ago.
Authorities in the United Kingdom are trying to figure out what caused a train to jump the tracks.
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Four people were injured when the engine and front three carriages of a Virgin train service from Euston to Glasgow Central derailed seven miles south of Glasgow.
The train is still standing at the junction and won't be moved until the investigation is complete.
Virgin says the incident is not expected to significantly affect its
services, which have already been hit by speed restrictions imposed
in the wake of a deadly crash at Hatfield last month.
Rescuers in Indonesia are looking for people believed buried alive by landslides and flooding.
At least 119 people on Indonesia's Sumatra island have been killed by four days of torrential rain
Some food aid has reached the worst affected areas .
But relief workers say blocked roads and continuing rain are hampering rescue efforts.
Landslides in Indonesia are frequently caused by monsoonal rain in
areas where land has been weakened by deforestation.
House fires are on the rise now that the temperatures have dropped.
Just last week, firefighters responded to six house fires in Roanoke.
There is help out there for families who are left to deal with the aftermath of the blaze.
Kate Weidaw explains.
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((Ricky and Laura Akers lost almost all of their belongings when their Stewart Avenue house caught fire on November 19-th.
That's when the American Red Cross stepped in and gave the family vouchers for food and clothing. Thanks to the organization's disaster relief fund, more then 2-thousand dollars has been given out in the past week to folks who have been the victims of house fires.
((AMY WHITTAKER/AMERICAN RED CROSS: THEIR TYPES OF NEEDS WOULD BE FOOD, SHELTER, CLOTHING, IF THEY'VE LOST THEIR EYE GLASSES WE CAN HELP REPLACE THOSE, PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION AND IN SOME CASES WE CAN ASSIST WITH BURIAL EXPENSES.))
((WENDY JONES: IT'S IMPORTANT TO HELP THESE PEOPLE REBUILD THEIR LIVES.))
Wendy Jones is taking it upon herself to help the Wade family .. They lost their home on Tillett Road in Southwest Roanoke November 22nd. Flowers now sit in front of the charred house in remembrance of six year old Yatoya Harper who lost her life in that fire. Jones placed a sign in the yard asking for donations.
((WENDY JONES: THEY DON'T HAVE ANY HOUSE WEARS ANY MORE, THEY DON'T HAVE A COUCH, THEY DON'T HAVE A TELEVISION, I BELIEVE I HAVE A DONATION OF A FULL SIZE BED, BUT THEY HAVE NO MATTRESS OR BOX SPRING.))
Fire officials believe a kerosene heater may have caused the fire. And this time of year those types of fires are common according to Captain Roger Manual.
((CAPT. ROGER MANUAL/ROANOKE FIRE DEPT.: SOME OF THE MOST COMMON CAUSES OF FIRES ARE AUXILIARY HEATERS, THE KEROSENE HEATERS, OR ELECTRIC HEATERS PLACED IN AREAS TO CLOSE TO OTHER COMBUSTIBLES, AND SOMETIMES OVER LOADED EXTENSION CORDS.))
Manual says while loosing everything in a house fire can be devastating, it's reassuring to know organizations like the American Red Cross will be there to help.
Kate Weidaw News 7 Roanoke.))
Authorities are investigating the shooting death of a 70-year-old Henry County man.
Officials with the Sheriff's department say the man's daughter found his body around two o'clock yesterday afternoon at his home on Old Bassett Heights Road.
A shotgun was found at the scene.
Officials say the man allegedly mentioned to his daughter earlier in the day that he might clean his guns.
Deputies believe the wound was self-inflicted, and that the shooting was accidental .. but the incident is still under investigation.
The man's name has not been released.
Several people were taken to the hospital following a three car accident in Salem.
Salem police say the driver of a Suzuki Sidekick was at a red light in front of Lewis Gale last night when he attempted to make a left hand turn onto Keagy Road.
The Sidekick was sideswiped by a Toyota Camry ..
The driver and a passenger in the Sidekick were taken to Roanoke Memorial.
The driver of the Camry was taken to Lewis Gale.
Police say none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening.
Charges are pending against the driver of the Sidekick.
It's was a record breaking Thanksgiving weekend at the box office.
''Doctor Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas'' starring Jim Carrey is still number one for the second straight weekend.
According to studio estimates, the top dozen movies grossed
more than 236 (m) million dollars. That exceeds last year's total by about eleven (m) million.
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Unbreakable finished second. 102 Dalmatians is third. ''Rugrats In Paris: The Movie''
and ''Charlie's Angels'' round out this week's top 5.