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Part of route 460 is blocked for 12 hours after a tanker and milk truck collide.
Virginia's Parole Board says NO to Earl Washington.
The President's hopes for peace in the middle east are dashed this Holiday season.
Plus, Leo says tomorrow's warming trend won't last for long.
NEWS 7 is next.
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It was milk - and not traffic - that was flowing in Bedford County today.
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
All lanes of Route 460 in Bedford County have been reopened tonight .. Traffic was snarled there most of the day because of a messy early-morning accident.
A tanker truck carrying gasoline crashed into a milk truck around 6 a-m causing the closure.
Crates of milk and diesel fuel from both trucks spilled across both lanes.
State Police say the accident happened when the driver of the milk truck attempted to turn into the Moose Lodge.
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((SGT. KEN KEESEE/STATE POLICE: HE WAS ATTEMPTING TO SLOW DOWN AND PULL HIS TRUCK IN THE MOOSE LODGE TO CHECK IT FOR DAMAGE AT THAT POINT THE TANKER STRUCK HIM IN THE LEFT REAR AND PUSHED HIM DOWN THE HIGHWAY.))
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State Police believe the driver of the tanker fell asleep at the wheel.
Police say neither driver sustained any life-threatening injuries.
The money was fake - but the drugs were not.
At least 140- hits of the drug Ecstasy were discovered after police arrested a man yesterday on counterfeit money charges.
Police say John Adam Hudson of Roanoke was charged with passing off a fake one-hundred dollar bill at a local Walgreens.
Police say Hudson admitted to using the bogus bills at other Roanoke stores.
He also reportedly led police to a Roanoke county residence where the Ecstasy was discovered.
The drugs were confiscated, after police chased a man and woman from the home.
No one has been arrested yet in connection with the ecstasy bust.
A governor who is chairman of his national party will be jetting all over the nation in the next year.
But as his budget woes increase here in Virginia, it's been Jim Gilmore's rhetoric that's been all over the map.
Ellen Qualls goes back to the videotape, to listen in on what the Governor's been saying, then and now.
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((GILMORE: I'M A MAN OF MY WORD. I KEEP MY PROMISES.))
Twice a year, the Governor directly addresses the joint money committees of the General Assembly.
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This time, he broke from tradition and brought the First Lady on his arm, as he broke the news of budget cuts and borrowed money.
The presence of a First Lady can certainly can help keep the crowd friendly.
But Gilmore himself went on the offense, in a way some around Capitol Square saw as a bit disingenuous.
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((GILMORE: SOME URGED THAT WE PAUSE THE CAR TAX CUT AND INVADE THE REVENUE STABILIZATION FUND. I REJECTED THESE PROPOSALS.))
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But it was Gilmore's own Finance Secretary that floated the idea in November ... followed quickly by Gilmore himself.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: RAINY DAY FUND IS ON THE TABLE, BECAUSE IT IS PART OF THE OVERALL BUDGET PROCESSES THAT WE HAVE HERE.))
Back to his budget address:
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((GILMORE: THE REVENUE STABILIZATION FUND SHOULD ONLY BE USED FOR SERIOUS ECONOMIC DOWNTURNS.))06
But again, on November 30th:
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((THE RAINY DAY FUND IS THERE TO SMOOTH OUT GOOD AND NOT SO GOOD ECONOMIC TIMES.))
He's on the attack over VDOT too.
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((AND I REJECT THE RECKLESS CRITICISM OF VDOT FROM SOME QUARTERS))
But it was his own VDOT commissioner in the same week who publicly refused to defend mistakes made before his watch began in August.
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((CHIP NOTTINGHAM/VDOT COMMISSIONER: I'M NOT HERE AGAIN TO APOLOGIZE FOR PAST MISTAKES.))
On the subject of keeping promises... in August, he made this one:
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: NEVERTHELESS, I WILL KEEP MY PROMISE TO ELIMINATE THE STATE'S SHARE OF THE SALES TAX ON FOOD. ))
But now, in his final budget:
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((GILMORE: YOU KNOW, I WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE ON WITH THE FOOD TAX REPEAL IF THERE IS A WAY TO DO THAT. THE PRIORIITES THAT I HAVE SET OUT IN MY BUDGET DO NOT MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO PROCEED WITH THAT AT THIS TIME.))
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((TOM MORRIS/POLITICAL ANALYST: WELL I THINK GOVERNOR GILMORE IS CONFRONTING HARSH REALITIES OF BEING THE GOVERNOR, AND GOVERNING WHEN THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH REVENUES TO GO AROUND.))
Indeed, the Governor's playing offense instead of defense even with reporters.
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Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Teresa tosses to Leo in Weather Center
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The Virginia parole board turned down Earl Washington's request for early release.
The former death row inmate was pardoned by Governor Gilmore after D-N-A evidence cleared him of rape and murder.
But the Governor left it up to the parole board to determine whether Washington should be released from prison immediately.
The board yesterday denied Washington early release from a 30- year sentence for a malicious wounding conviction in 1983.
Washington's mandatory release date is February 12th.
President Clinton was hoping for "Peace on Earth" this holiday season - but Israeli and Palestinian negotiators left a White House meeting today, still struggling with differences over Jerusalem and other issues.
Peter King reports from Washington.
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((AFTER MEETING WITH PRESIDENT CLINTON FOR A HALF-HOUR, ISRAELI AND
PALESTINIAN NEGOTIATORS LEFT THE WHITE HOUSE ... ONCE AGAIN WITHOUT A
(SAEB EREKAT/CHIEF PALESTINIAN NEGOTIATOR) "I would like to reiterate that major gaps still exist."
PALESTINIAN OFFICIALS SAY THERE'S STILL DISAGREEMENT OVER JERUSALEM'S HOLY SITES, THE RETURN OF PALESTINIAN REFUGEES TO ISRAEL, AND SECURITY IN THE REGION.
SATURDAY MORNING'S MEETING WRAPPED-UP A WEEK OF TALKS HELD IN
WASHINGTON. AND EVEN THOUGH NO AGREEMENT WAS REACHED, BOTH SIDES SAY THEY WILL SERIOUSLY CONSIDER THE IDEAS OFFERED BY PRESIDENT CLINTON.
(SHLOMO BEN AMI/ISRAELI FOREIGN MINISTER) "Well we have had a week of very fruitful and very serious discussions.
Inevitably differences remain but I feel that it was a very encouraging round of talks."
IF ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER EHUD BARAK AND PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT YASSER
ARAFAT ACCEPT THE PROPOSALS, THERE'S SPECULATION PRESIDENT CLINTON MIGHT HOST A NEW ROUND
OF TALKS AS EARLY AS NEXT WEEK.
IT MAY BE THE LAST CHANCE MR. CLINTON GETS TO BROKER A MIDEAST PEACE DEAL ... BEFORE HIS TERM ENDS IN JANUARY.
(P.J. CROWLEY/WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN)
"Obviously, the United States interest in the Middle East will not end on January 20th ... but there is an opportunity here to make progress.
ON SATURDAY, PALESTINIANS GATHERED FOR ANOTHER FUNERAL IN THE WEST BANK...MORE THAN 300 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED SINCE VIOLENCE ERUPTED BETWEEN ISRAELI TROOPS AND PALESTINIAN PROTESTERS BACK IN SEPTEMBER. NOW LEADERS HOPE THESE LATEST TALKS WILL FINALLY RESULT IN PEACE.
PETER KING, CBS NEWS))
A Roanoke church wants to ensure the spirit of giving stays with them year round...
The Holiness Tabernacle Church made lunch at the Roanoke Academy for anyone who wanted a hot meal.
The pastor of the church says he hopes to offer the free lunches every month, but wanted to start the tradition during the holiday.
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((REV. DWIGHT L. GREEN: THIS IS ONE OF THESE OUTREACHES THAT WE WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW WE CARE ABOUT OTHERS ALSO.))
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The church served more than 2-hundred meals this afternoon.
Coming up on News 7 .. Did they or didn't they?? The latest on the secret wedding of Madonna and Guy Ritchie...
And this group knows how to "horse around."
Now they're taking their talents to the Orange Bowl.
We'll be right back.
The material girl is now a married woman.
There haven't been any sightings of the famed couple ..
But Madonna and Guy Ritchie did indeed tie the knot at a castle in Scotland yesterday - that according to the minister who performed the ceremony.
The singer and film director are now reportedly honeymooning in an undisclosed location.
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Comedian-pianist, Victor (BOHR-guh) Borge, known for his antics at the keyboard, has died.
Borge was known for making fun of classical music by falling from his bench while playing...or playing upside down and in other unusual ways.
Borge was 91.
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It's Horses - not Hokies - that will be heading to the Orange Bowl.
Kate Weidaw has more on a unique team from Blacksburg thats preparing to make the trip to Miami.
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((If you've never heard of horse vaulting - you're not alone. Its a unique sport from Europe where the athletes perform gymnastics on a horse. The Mount Tabor Vaulting team has been around for 20 years and is the only one in Southwest Virginia, but the sport dates back to ancient times.
((KIM BEISECKER/COACH: IT WAS ACTUALLY AN ORIGINAL SPORT OF THE ANCIENT OLYMPICS IT WAS USED TO TRAIN THE GREEK AND ROMAN SOLDIERS HORSE BACK RIDING AND THEN IT WAS A DEMONSTRATION SPORT IN THE ATLANTA OLYMPICS.))
After making several appearances in local parades, Beisecker felt the team was ready for the national spot light and entered the group in the Orange Bowl parade.
((KIM BEISECKER/COACH: THEY CAME BACK AND SAID OUR THEME IS A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE AND THAT COMBINED WITH A GROUP OF ATHLETIC CLEAN CUT AMERICAN TEENAGERS WOULD BE A GREAT ADDITION TO THEIR PARADE.))
To get ready the team of 22 vaulters ranging in age from 8 to 20 years old have been practicing as much as they can. And even though their moves may look a little dangerous one of the youngest members on the team says its easy.
((LING BEISECKER: SOMETIMES YOU'RE SCARED BECAUSE YOU THINK YOU MIGHT FALL BUT IT'S JUST FUN.))
In fact most of the members have little if not any training in gymnastics or horse back riding.
((AMY DAPPER: I HAD NO IDEA WHAT IT WAS BUT I CAME AND SAW IT AND I SAID THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO DO.))
Now all the team wants to do is leave the cold weather of Virginia and introduce the Sunshine state to the sport of horse vaulting. Kate Weidaw News 7 Blacksburg.))
Any chances for a white Christmas??
Leo will have your full forecast a little later.
And Roanoke's Jewish community is celebrating the "Festival of Lights."
A look at the tradition .. Next on News 7.
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One day - that's how much time you have to wrap up your Christmas shopping!
But don't worry - you're not alone...
Shoppers were out in full force at Valley View Mall today buying those last minute presents.
As a gift to customers, both Tanglewood and Valley View Mall have extended their hours .. you can shop 'til you drop until 6 p-m tomorrow.
As many in our area prepare to celebrate Christmas ... many others are already celebrating the 8-day Jewish observance of Hanukkah.
News 7 Videographer Brent Watts brings us the sights and sounds of local folks commemorating the Festival of Lights... as Rabbi Manes (MANN-iss) Kogan (COE-gun) tells us about the holiday.
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Roger Mason scored 23 and Travis Watson added 19 as 14-th ranked Virginia posted its 8-th straight win 85 to 69 over Maryland Baltimore County.
It's Virginia's first game since upsetting Tennessee.
The Cavaliers fell behind by one early in the first half when Kennedy Okafor hits the jumper.
Then Virginia gets it to their big man Travis Watson he throws down the jam and the Cavaliers led by three.
Virginia upped that lead to six but UMBC's Peter Mulligan worked the inside for the basket cutting the lead to 2.
It remained close throughout the first half but the Cavaliers pulled away in the second half to win the game 85 to 69.
Virginia Tech's three game win streak ended on the road today as Chattanooga beat the Hokies 84 to 70.
Joe Hamilton led the Hokies with 18 points Tech is now 5 and 5 on the season.
Tech guard broke Brian Chase broke his right hand during practice on Friday. Chase is out indefinitely and will be reevaluated when the team returns from the Holiday break.
In the A-C-C, North Carolina's Joseph Forte scored 29 points to lead the 15-th ranked Tar Heels to an 80 to 70 win over UCLA.
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In College Park, Maryland would score a 44 point win over Norfolk State.
Lonny Baxter was 12 of 14 from the field scoring a career high 32 points as the Terps beat the Spartans 123 to 79.
And here are the rest of the college scores.
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Virginia and Georgia are one day away from their Christmas Eve showdown in the Oahu Bowl in Hawaii.
The game marks the end of a 19 year coaching era at UVa for George Welsh, and it's only fitting for him, that in Hawaii, aloha means goodbye. Steve Mason has words from players past and present on a man they call a legend.
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((In 19 years at Virginia, George Welsh has won few hats, he has shown his true self, admittedly, only a few times.
While the media rarely sees his sense of humor, his players seem to know a George Welsh that can be funny at times.
At all times, Welsh's players want to win for him, especially now.
Welsh leaves a program that is in good shape and many of the stand out underclassman have already said, even without Welsh, they are staying put at UVa.
Players present and past not only respect George Welsh but are realizing he single handily built UVa into a college football power whose athletes are reaching the NFL with increasing regularity.
Welsh's influence has not just been limited to players, other coaches and announcers have also been inspired by this 67 year old's wisdom.
Perhaps Welsh's impact can best be seen through the eyes of someone he has never met. During his final news conference at UVa, three UVa fans from Roanoke made the trip to Charlottesville to say an emotional goodbye.
Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
The New York Giants will have the home field advantage throughout the N-F-L playoffs.
Tiki Barber rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown to lead New York to a 28 to 25 win over Jacksonville.
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Tiki gave New York the early lead when he goes outside and cuts it up the gut from the three yard line the Giants led 7 to nothing.
But Jacksonville came right back Fred Taylor breaks tackles at the line and dashes down the sideline on the 44 yard T-D run and the game was tied at 7 to 7 at the half.
The Jags led 10 to 7 in the third then in the fourth quarter Kerry Collins rolls out and hits Ike Hillard on the 4 yard T-D pass and the Giants led 14 to 10 in the fourth quarter.
The Giants put the game away with less than 3 minutes remaining when Collins hits Amani Toomer on the 51 yard T-D pass to make it 21 to 10 and the Giants win it 28 to 25.
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The Denver Broncos can still win the A-F-C west after ripping San Francisco 38 to 9.
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The Broncos played the final regular season game at Mile High Stadium.
Brian Griese returned and injured his shoulder again but Gus Ferrotte was shaken up and Greise returned handing off to Karon Coleman who scored on this 24 yard run to make it 10 to nothing Broncos.
Frerotte returned to the game and in the third quarter he hits Ed McCaffrey on this 25 yard T-D pass and the Broncos win it 38 to 9.
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