Towers shopping center signs a new tenant, and three more are on the way.
Custom Food Worx - a locally owned Pizza place - will be cooking soon next to Virginia Cleaners.
Towers' Realtors expect three more tenants to sign within the next three weeks.
They say one is a national tenant.
An elderly Roanoke man was killed after he was struck by a car.
92-year old (Bow-in) Bowen Louis Schrader was hit around 4:30 yesterday afternoon on Signal Hill Avenue Northwest.
The driver of the car said he saw Schrader, then was blinded by the sun.
Schrader was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where he died.
The 12-year-old hiker who was injured at Dragon's Tooth last month is now home.
Sam (Bread--igur) Brediger suffered a skull fracture and went into a coma when he slipped and fell more than 75 feet November 11th.
He's been recovering at the Kluge (Clue-Gee) Childrens' Rehab Center in Charlottesville.
Hundreds turned out at Hidden Valley Junior High Saturday for a benefit to raise money for Sam's medical bills.
More than 14-thousand dollars was donated.
Sam is continuing his recovery at home.
A final decision on the future of Roanoke's Victory Stadium has not been made.
Roanoke City Council will take up the issue again later this month.
Joe Dashiell reports on the steps council took during yesterday's meeting, and the questions that still need answering.
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((Members of City Council, and citizens who use Victory Stadium agree... the current condition of the Roanoke landmark is an embarrassment.
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((NOW THAT I'VE RETIRED FROM FOOTBALL, I'M STILL ANSWERING QUESTIONS FROM FORMER ATHLETES AND PRESENT ATHLETES ALIKE, COACH WHY DO WE HAVE TO PLAY UNDER THESE CONDITIONS, WHY IS IT THAT WE CAN GO ELSEWHERE AND PLAY UNDER MUCH BETTER CONDITIONS THAN PLAYING AT HOME. I'D RATHER PLAY AWAY.))
[OUT Q=rather play away.]
But what they don't agree on... is what to do about the problem.
Some, including Mayor Ralph Smith, want to renovate the structure, while other members favor building a new smaller facility.
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((I COULD NOT AGREE MORE WITH THOSE WHO THINK THAT WE ARE FAR PAST THE TIME TODAY TO FINALLY BE HAVING THIS DISCUSSION IN PUBLIC WITH THE PARTICIPATION AND OBSERVATION OF THE PUBLIC.))
[OUT Q=observation of the public.]
The resolution city council approved did not settle the issue... but it may move council closer to a decision.
The next round comes December 18th when City Manager Darlene Burcham will reveal her recommendation.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
Russia may return to the Soviet era, at least symbolically.
President Vladimir Putin has proposed the country adopt its former Soviet national anthem.
Putin also proposed adopting the Czarist -era coat of arms and the familiar white, blue, and red flag.
The Russian leader says the Communist era and the current period have seen substantial accomplishments that deserve to be honored by symbols reflecting the times.
The new anthem may be official by New Year's.
The timing alone would be symbolic, because Russians widely regard 2001 as the
beginning of the new millennium.
Health fears are spreading as new cases of Mad Cow Disease appear to be crossing Europe.
Richard Roth reports on what emergency action is under way.
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It'll be the first federal execution since 19-63.
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Condemned killer and drug trafficker Juan Raul Garza is scheduled to die by lethal injection at an Indiana prison a week from today.
The only person who could offer clemency is President Clinton.
With time running out, Garza's attorneys are
pleading his case by citing "longstanding racial bias" in the federal system.
They're using a Justice Department study that shows three- quarters of those on death row are minorities.
That's prompted a former White House attorney, along with hundreds of others to petition the President to stop any killings.
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((LLOYD CUTLER/FORMER WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL: WHETHER IT RESULTS FROM ANY KIND OF ETHNIC DISCRIMINATION ON THE PART OF JURIES, WE DON'T KNOW.))
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Compared to the states, the federal death row is fairly small, with about two dozen inmates.
He was on probation for conspiring to kill a Montgomery County judge, but now he's going back to jail.
An October standoff with police in Radford may put 29-year-old Christopher DeMoranville behind bars for a while.
A judge sentenced him to seven months in jail on misdemeanor charges yesterday.
Meanwhile, eight felony charges of assaulting officers were sent to a grand jury.
Police say DeMoranville held officers at bay for 11 hours when they went to arrest him at a Radford mobile home.
It was just three months earlier that Demoranville pled guilty to conspiring to kill a Circuit Court judge.
An 18-year-old in Botetourt County who helped make an explosive that killed his friend now faces felony charges.
Sheriff's deputies have charged Geoffrey Glass with making, possessing and transporting a firebomb.
His friend 20-year-old Mike Henry died when the firecracker went off last month.
Two boys who were there did NOT take part in making the explosive, according to the commonwealth's attorney.
Glass will be arraigned December 28th.
Two people have been indicted by a Roanoke County grand jury for conspiracy to commit murder.
Indictments were handed up Friday against Exie (Ex-E) Dianne Colby and Jonathan Mackenzie Connor.
Vinton police received a tip and began working the case in August.
State police also assisted with the investigation.
Hokie fans planning to attend the Gator Bowl may have luck getting a ticket, but finding a place to stay is a different story.
Virginia Tech's ticket office has sold more than 12-thousand seats -- at 40 dollars apiece -- to the Gator Bowl so far.
Tech expects as many as 20-thousand Hokie fans to descend on Jacksonville for the game.
But travel agents say they'll have a hard time finding a hotel room nearby.
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((BILL ORTEGA/UNIVERSITY TRAVEL OWNER: THE MAJOR OBSTACLE IS HOTEL ROOMS. CLEMSON HAVING THE JUMP ON US FOR TWO WEEKS ALREADY TOOK MOST OF THE ROOMS, SO THERE'S NOT REALLY THAT MANY ROOMS AVAILABLE. THE PRICES HAVE GONE UP CONSIDERABLY BECAUSE THE DEMAND IS THERE.))
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[OUT Q=demand is there.]
University travel offers a three-night package, including airfare, that runs from one-thousand to 11-hundred-50 per person for a double room.
A Virginia author is returning to his rural roots with his latest novel.
Richmond-born David Baldacci (Bal-da-chi) is known mainly for his suspense novels - including "Absolute Power".
Baldacci stopped briefly at the Ram's Head Book Shop in Roanoke last night to sign copies of his new release "Wish You Well."
Baldacci says the novel is set in rural Southwest Virginia - and draws on stories his mother and grandmother passed on to him.
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((DAVID BALDACCI/AUTHOR, "WISH YOU WELL": THE STORY IS FICTIONAL IN "WISH YOU WELL" BUT THE SETTING IS NOT. I'VE CHANGED THE NAMES A LITTLE BIT, BUT HOW THE CHARACTERS IN THE BOOK GREW UP, LIVED, SURVIVED THE DYNAMICS OF THE REGION WITH THE COAL MINES, TOWNSFOLK, FARMERS...THATS ALL BASED ON THE LIFE THEY LIVED IN THE 30S AND 40S.))
[SUPER=01-David Baldacci/"Wish You Well" Author]
[OUT Q=in the 30s and 40s.]
Baldacci is making stops in 3 dozen Southern cities to promote the book.
If you're in the right place around town, you could wind up on the internet.
Tiny cameras are broadcasting live pictures onto a website called cam-around-town dot-com.
The electronic eyes are mounted on the city market building, inside the Z-101 studios, on top of the Patrick Henry Hotel downtown and on the Amerisuites hotel on Hershberger.
One woman logs onto the website to see Community Hospital.
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((SHE SAID SHE LIKED OUR SITE BECAUSE SHE WATCHED THE LIGHTS GO ON AND OFF AT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL AT NIGHT, WHEN IT WAS SHOWING.))
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Starke says the site got 120-thousand-hits in October alone.
People have logged on from Tonga, Australia, Vietnam, and Morocco.
Next week five new cameras go up at the Mill Mountain Zoo, showing the Roanoke Valley, the snow leopards and the llamas.
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You can find a link to the cam-around-town site in the Webwatch section of our homepage at WDBJ-7- dot- com.