Today on News 7 at 5, the man accused of killing a Radford teenager will not be moved away from Pulaski County. We'll have the details,
and more people are evacuated in California as out of control brush fires consume more homes.
A fast moving system blows through tomorrow with clouds and blustery winds. Details plus your ski report and school delays ahead.
Also today, we'll see where the Hokies ended up in the final poll of the football season,
and a Danville mental hospital may be closed. We'll have the latest in a live report.
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This is the view from above- as a wildfire fire rages in Southern California-
Hundreds of people in San Diego County are being told to get out- as the fires burn close to their neighborhoods.
Already four homes have been destroyed- as well as acres of dry brush- Teri Okita is in Califoria with the latest.
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AS THE WINDS DIE DOWN -- SO DO THE FLAMES -- IN EASTERN SAN DIEGO
WIND GUSTS DROPPED FROM 65 MILES PER HOUR TO AROUND 20 TODAY, BRINGING THE FAST-MOVING FIRE TO A SLOW CRAWL...BUT IT IS STILL FAR FROM UNDER CONTROL.
WITHIN THESE MOUNTAINS, HOT SPOTS STILL BURN -- ACTING AS A FIERY
REMINDER OF THE DEVASTATION THIS HUGE BRUSH FIRE HAS CAUSED.
Gary Adams, Fire chief, Borrego County:)
FOR A SECOND STRAIGHT DAY, CREWS ARE BATTLING THE BLAZE FROM UP ABOVE...
WHILE A THOUSAND MORE FIREFIGHTERS ARE JOINING EFFORTS ON THE GROUND.
FUELED BY UNUSUALLY HIGH TEMPERATURES AND BONE-DRY CONDITIONS, THE FIRE
HAS ALREADY DEVOURED MORE THAN 10-THOUSAND ACRES OF LAND -- FORCING
HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE TO FLEE THEIR HOMES.
MANY DISPLACED RESIDENTS, LIKE NYLA JOHNSON, ARE NOW STAYING AT
JOHNSON SAYS SHE LOST ONE HOME IN A BRUSH FIRE EIGHT YEARS AGO. SHE
CAN'T BARE TO LOSE ANOTHER.
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The trial for the man accused of murdering Radford teen Tara Munsey will NOT be moved out of Pulaski County ... at least not any time soon.
Attorneys for Jeffrey Allen Thomas asked for a change of venue last month, saying that media coverage poisoned prospective jurors.
The judge said he would try to seat an impartial jury in February. If that fails, he will consider moving the trial.
Thomas is charged with Munsey's capital murder during what prosecuors call either a rape or attempted rape last January.
State police have charged a Chilhowie funeral home director with distributing child pornography and sodomizing a child under the age of 13.
48-year-old Barry Lee Newberry was funeral director at Chilhowie's Newberry Funeral Home.
He was arrested yesterday and charged with three counts forcible sodomy, possession and distribution of child pornography over the internet and bribery.
He's being held in the Smyth County jail without bond.
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The patients, family and staff of a Danville mental hospital are concerned about their futures. The state may close it down, we'll have a live report.
Also a North Carolina housing company is having financial troubles- Will it have any impact on its offices here?
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Authorities in Texas are still searching for seven prison escapees in what has become the biggest manhunt in that state's history.
Now police believe the fugitives are responsible for the Christmas Eve murder of a police officer. Today officials released the autopsy.
Terisa Estacio has more.
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((A tense search for the these seven escaped prison inmates continues...
as an autopsy report reveals the police officer they are accussed to
have murdered...suffered 11 gunshots wounds.
Officials say Officer Aubrey Hawkins received 6 shots to his head, one
to his back and four in his left arm. The shots were fired from
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Hawkins was ambushed during a robbery at an Oshmans Sporting goods
store in Irving, Texas Christmas Eve.
High powered guns, ammunition and cash were taken so was the stores
Officials are convinced 7 escapees who broke out of a Texas State Prison
on December 13 committed the crime.
Hundreds of officers continue to scour the state looking for the
seven... they have been linked to several other crimes in the state.
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(The seven escapees are considered armed and extremely dangerous are are
still on the loose. Public Safety experts say it is possible you could
come in contact with them.. especially if you live in Texas. If you do
they have some very important advice. )
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the authorities. Do not put your life in jeopardy )
The Feds are broadening their role in the hunt...they are expected to
file unlawful flight charges against the seven. This would make it a
nationwide manhunt - instead of just statewide. The fugitives.. two
convicted killers, two armed robers, a child abuser ,a a serial rapist
and a burglar are still believed to be together. TE...CBS
He used to be a roughneck in the Texas Drillfields 30 years ago-
Now Donald Evans could be the next Commerce Secretary.
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Evans says he's eager to take on the challenger.
Today confirmation hearings got underway for Evans-
He faced some questions over the census, foreign markets and free trade.
He's not expected to have any problem being confirmed.
As the U-S Senate settles down to deal with its first ever 50-50 split, Virginia's two Republicans are weighing in.
Newly sworn-in Senator George Allen says with George Bush in the White House, Republicans don't need to worry so much about power sharing.
((SEN. GEORGE ALLEN/R-VIRGINIA: RIGHT OFF THE BAT, ...TAKE THE LEAD ON THESE.))
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((SEN. JOHN WARNER/R-VIRGINIA: WE'LL WORK OUR WAY THROUGH IT.))
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For 16 days, Democrats are in the majority because Al Gore still presides over the Senate.
Then the G-O-P retakes nominal control after the inauguration.
The renovation of Lynchburg's historic Kemper Street train station is steaming ahead and may even be a little bit ahead of schedule.
Amtrak moved its ticket offices into new digs on the bottom floor of the station last night.
After finishing touches have been applied to the new waiting room, Amtrak hopes more people will be hopping the train in Lynchburg.
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Most of the 3-and half million dollar restoration is being covered by federal transportation grants.
The station will also house the Greyhound bus terminal and the city's visitors center.
Fleetwood Homes is making cutbacks in North Carolina, but stores in Virginia are apparently safe.
186 employees in Roxboro North Carolina will be let go in March.
Despite the layoffs, Fleetwood Homes in Rocky Mount and Bedford report their sales are rallying.
The company is the top U-S maker of recreational vehicles and manufactured housing.
One store manager says yesterday's interest rate cut will push home sales higher.
The company says the cutbacks will not affect Fleetwood Homes in Virginia.
Boris Becker has quite a battle ahead of him-
But this time it's not on the tennis court- it's in Divorce Court.
The German tennis star arrived in a Miami court today for a hearing on alimony and child support for his ex wife- Barbara Becker.
Boris has filed an action to get the case shifted back to Germany where the family lived.. But Barbara is in Florida with the kids. Their seven year marriage is over, but with children, money and property involved- this divorce battle could go on for quite some time.
Coming up next, Jacey Birch will show us a place where local residents are enjoying getting their kicks while they learn self defense.
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The first week of the new year is time for change and positive attitudes... it's the time to do all those things you've been saying you will do... one of these days.
For many of you self-defense classes have been on that list... so Jacey Birch has brought one of those classes to us.
She is at Taekwondo America in Roanoke right now.
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Today in Sports, we'll hear from Michael Vick as Virginia Tech fans wait for the decision about his future,
and on Health Check, low income children of the Valley will soon have place to get the dental work they need.
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Every year, thousands of children in Southwest, Virginia go without dental care.
One factor -- many parents can't afford to take their children to the dentist because they are either uninsured or don't have insurance at all.
But Carilion is hoping to fill the gap by opening a new Pediatric dental clinic.
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And as Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton tells Carilion is one step closer to doing that.
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Carilion has now hired a pediatric dentist.
His name is Doctor Gabriel Brown.
And he says he's excited about getting started and making a difference for children in the Roanoke Valley.
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Doctor Gabriel Brown is getting the grand tour -- of the new pediatric clinic inside Roanoke Community Hospital.
While it doesn't look like much now--in just a few months it will house four exams rooms, an x-ray room and dental lab.
Brown is from Curacao (Kure-u-so) in the Netherlands Antilles.
He's says he already loves Roanoke despite the cold -- and kids are his passion.
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The clinic will provide routine and emergency dental care for children birth to 18 years of age.
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The clinic will also concentrate on treating children who are mentally,physically or developmentally disabled .
And Brown says knowing he'll be helping children in need makes it all the more rewarding.
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The clinic is scheduled to open in early Spring.
In the meantime, Brown will be treating patients at various Health Clinic's in the Roanoke Valley.
For an appointment with Dr. Gabriel Brown at the new clinic contact Carilion at 981-7128.
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There are more questions than answers tonight regarding the possible closing of the Southern Virginia Mental Institute in Danville.
Hundreds turned out today for a public forum in which Virginia's Commissioner of Mental Health took questions from the public.
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Justin McLeod joins us now live from our Danville bureau. Justin, What did the commissioner have to say?
Jean, the nearly three hundred people who attended wanted to hear for sure whether the state plans to close the Southern Virginia Mental Institute.
The Commissioner has made a recommendation to the Governor but until Governor Gilmore says what he plans to do Richard Kellogg will not say what that recommendation is.
But he did make one thing clear, the state wants to privitatize mental health care in Virignia.
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The next step is for the Governor to submit this plan to the state legislature.
And state lawmakers will have the final say on whether to adopt the plan.
So tonight many people here in this area just want to know what are the details of that plan and whether or not that means the hosptial will be closing. Jean, back to you.
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Good afternoon folks and welcome to the Thursday night ticker that begins with recruiting news. The Virginia Tech Hokies have already cleaned up in state as far getting commitments from seniors goes, but today they landed a big time junior, as Salem Spartan kicker Nic Schmidt verbally committed to join the Hokies after his senior season next year with Salem. He hit 15 of 18 field goal tries this past season.
Beamer is also doing some recruiting of one of his own players today as he attempts to convince all-american quarterback Michael Vick that returning to Tech next season
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is the right thing to do.
Beamer is trying to convince Vick that coming back for his junior year and putting the NFL on hold would be best for his career in the long run.
Vick has until next Friday to declare his intentions.
We'll have more on today's meeting tonight on News 7 at Six.
The Oklahoma Sooners are College Football's national Champs. Last night in Miami, The Sooners capped a 13 and 0 season beating Florida State 13 to 2 in the Orange Bowl.
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Two field goals and the Sooners took a 6 to nothing lead.
then in the second half Seminole quarterback Chris Weinke fumbles the ball and the Sooners recover on Florida State's 15 yard line.
Oklahoma turned that turnover into the only T-D of the game when Qnentin Griffin scored on the 10 yard run and the Sooners beat Florida State 13 to 2.
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The Associated Pres has released its final college football poll. and the Sooners of Oklahoma are at the top. Miami is second and Florida State dropped to number 5.
Virginia Tech checks in at number 6 and here are the rest of the top 25.
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New Redskins head coach Marty Schottenheimer meets the media today more coming up at six and Jean will be back in a moment.
The Central Intelligence Agency wants your children to know it's not just a bunch of spys in trench coats.
So it has its own web site for kids. The agency built the site after the Clinton administration decided all federal agencies should encourage children to use the internet.
This C-I-A site explains what the agency does in simple terms. It also introduces some of their animal co-workers.
In addition, surfers get to dress up agents in a variety of disguises.
So if you have a budding James Bond or Harriet the Spy in your house,
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