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Coming up on News 7-
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Ronald Reagan is hospitalized after taking a fall- We'll have the latest.
As if you didn't have enough choices to make- now a decision about who to buy electricity from-
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Plus a warning for pregnant women to avoid some types of fish. We'll tell you why.
News 7 is next.

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Former President Ronald Reagan is in the hospital tonight.
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Reagan is said to be resting comfortably tonight-- after breaking his hip during a fall.
Chris Lawrence has the latest.
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((Ronald Reagan, Americas 40th President, is said to be resting comfortably after breaking his right hip in a fall Friday afternoon. The accident happened at his home in Southern California, and shortly afterward, the former president was rushed to St. Johns Health Center in Santa Monica. A spokesperson says it was a simple fall, but serious enough that surgery is scheduled for Saturday morning. That's when doctors are expected to install a pin in the hip.
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Mister Reagan turns 90 in February, and has rarely been seen outside his home since disclosing to the American people that he has Alzheimers disease.
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Officials say wife Nancy Reagan is at the former Presidents side. And they've notified his children, including eldest daughter Maureen, who ironically is at the same hospital undergoing cancer treatment. Chris Lawrence CBS News Los Angeles.))

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Competition- it's the American Way and now it's coming to the power industry.
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Customers of American Electric Power who sign up for the customer choice plan can decide on who to buy their electricity from.
Today News 7 learned that one company customers can choose from is based in Pennsylvania- it's called Allegheny power.
That means current American Electric Power customers enrolled in the program will be able to choose between the two companies for electricity.
Allegheny Power is A-E-P's first competitor in Southwest Virginia.
Customers could be able to buy electricity from Allegheny Power as early as February first.
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Meanwhile in California some say deregulation of it's power companies is what's lead to the recent shortage of power- and the constant fear of blackouts.
John Blackstone takes a look at the sunny state that's afraid of being in the dark.
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((With another power emergency declared in California today, Silicon Valley would pay almost ANY price to make sure the lights stay on. KURT YEAGER, ELECTRIC POWER RESEARCH INSTITUTE "EVEN A MOMENTARY OUTAGE TO A COMPANY HERE IN SILICON VALLEY CAN MEAN THE LOSS OF A MILLION DOLLARS A MINUTE." The computer driven economy demands reliable energy but California has made such a mess deregulating its electric utilities that the state is now routinely on the edge of blackouts. On one level it's a simple problem of supply and demand. CARL GUARDINO, SILICON VALLEY MANUFACTURING GROUP "IN THE PAST 11 YEARS WE HAVE NOT HAD ONE NEW POWER FACILITY BUILT IN THE ENTIRE STATE OF CALIFORNIA WITH 10 MILLION NEW CALIFORNIANS." But consumer advocate Nettie Hoag suspects the electricity shortage is a fiction. NETTIE HOAG, THE UTILITY REFORM NETWORK "IT'S MARKET MANIPULATION, COLLUSION, WITHHOLDING, STRATEGIC BIDDING-ITS, ALL THOSE ARE DIFFERENT NAMES FOR GOUGING CALIFORNIA CUSTOMERS." With deregulation California created a system that allows electricity generators to virtually set their own price if a shortage seems imminent. California should not be short of power during the winter. Yesterday electricity consumption in the state was almost 30 percent lower than during last summer's peak.. STANDUP Still the state was on the verge of blackouts because five generating plants were shut down yesterday for maintenance. Energy consultants say generating companies can increase profits dramatically by taking plants out of service. STEVEN STOFT, ENERGY CONSULTANT "WHEN THEY DO THE PRICE GOES THROUGH THE ROOF." JB: "THAT SOUNDS LIKE MANIPULATION?" SS: "IT IS." JB: "PRICE GOUGING? SS: "YES, AND IT'S PERFECTLY LEGAL." There are now worries that blackouts in a state as large and important as California could darken the economy everywhere. KURT YEAGER "TO A LARGE DEGREE THE LOCAL ECONOMY AND ULTIMATELY THE NATIONAL ECONOMY DEPENDS ON THIS. ITS SORT OF TEETERING ON THE EDGE OF SOME VERY SERIOUS PROBLEMS." Californians are now being told energy conservation must become a way of life...that the best way to keep the lights on is to turn more of them off. Jb cbs news sf))

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A Calloway woman died this afternoon in a single car accident.
38 -year old Carrie Lynn (Say) Seay was headed west on Route 739 in Franklin County when her car ran off the road and flipped.
Seay was thrown from the vehicle

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It's a project that could bring seven scupltures to downtown Roanoke- each would represent one of Roanokes seven sister cities.
It's been years since the idea was proposed- seven years in all- and questions are still being raised on where the statues should go.
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Kate Weidaw is in the newsroom- what's the holdup?
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The Roanoke Valley Sister Cities organization has struggled with the community, city council, and its artists for the last 7 years.
The location for the statues has changed twice and after years of debate nothing has been finalized.
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((In 1996 Mill Mountain was the proposed site for three sister city statues that would depict the similarities between the foreign cities and Roanoke. But after a long public debate on whether the statues would be appropriate in that location the city decided it didn't want to the responsibility. Many believed the sculptures would be vandalized. Today Roanoke's sister cities have grown from 3 to 7 and a new location has been proposed, Century Park.

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((DAVE LISK/EX. DIR. ROANOKE VALLEY SISTER CITIES: WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE AN IDEAL LOCATION BECAUSE IT HASN'T REALLY BEEN DEVELOPED AND UTILIZED TO MUCH.))
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In order to place the statues in the park the organization would cut down 12 of the female Gingko trees. Lisk says he thought it would be a win win situation for the city since the female trees produce a berry that has a foul smell.

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((DAVE LISK: THE FIVE LOCATIONS WHERE WE WOULD NOT HAVE SCULPTURES WE WERE GOING TO PUT SOME MORE MALE GINGKO TREES BACK IN HERE.))
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But the owner of the building next to the park is fighting the proposal. Dave Bandy the co-owner of Spectrum Engineering says: The company welcomes the sculptures to the park and thinks it's a great idea. However we do not want to see the Gingko trees in the park cut down. We plan on working with the city to clean up the berries that create the unpleasant odor.

The situation has become very frustrating for Lisk who has been working on this project since the beginning.

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((DAVE LISK: I'VE BEEN KIND OF TIRED AFTER SEVEN YEARS OF BEING BLAMED FOR THE DELAY WHEN WE HAVE NO SAY IN WHERE WE GO OTHER THEN RAISE THE MONEY.))
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It's also been frustrating for the two artists who were selected to construct the statues. They haven't been able to start the final project because the funds have not been raised.
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The sister cities organization plans to continue its push to have the statues placed in Century Park despite the opposition.

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The prospects for passenger rail service in Roanoke are improving, and next week local leaders who have been studying the issue will deliver their recommendations to city council.
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At the peak of passenger rail service, 20 trains stopped at the Roanoke station every day, but since the 70s only the occasional excursion has picked up passengers here.
Former Mayor David Bowers chairs the committee that's studying what it will take to restore passenger rail service.
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((DAVID BOWERS/PASSENGER RAIL COMMITTEE: WE'VE JUST GOT TO MAKE MORE NOISE, I THINK AND THE PEOPLE OF WESTERN VIRGINIA HAVE TO SPEAK UP AND TELL BOUCHER, TELL GOODLATTE, TELL YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS THAT THIS IS AN IMPORTANT THING AND WE WANT TO HAVE THE GOVERNMENT WORK WITH THE PRIVATE SECTOR TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.))
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Next week, the committee will ask city council to designate the former N-and-W passenger station as the future passenger depot in Roanoke.
The committee is also encouraging the city to contribute one point seven million dollars over several years to renovate the landmark.
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Black smoke clouds billowed into the Los Angeles sky today- as fire burned atop an L-A high rise.
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The flames broke out on a top deck of the 27 story building that houses the Metropolitan Transportation authority.
Employees were told to get out- authorities say the evacuation was orderly considering 22-hundred people were forced out- Three people did suffer minor injuries.
Meanwhile firefighters climbed 50 flights of stairs to fight the blaze.
No word yet on what caused the fire.
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A new warning for pregnant women to avoid some types of fish.
The Government is warning expectant moms to steer clear of four types of fish- because of the harm mercury may cause to developing babies.
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Mothers to be are being used not to swordfish, shark, king mackerel and tilefish.
Critics say tuna should be on the list too- saying tuna steaks contain more mercury than canned tuna.
Mercury can damage an unborn child's brain.
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The government says if a pregnant woman ate swordfish for dinner- don't panic- The risk comes from a build up of mercury over time.
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Amrerica honors Martin Luther King Junior on Monday, but a Southside man wants to do it year-round.
Find out how when News 7 returns.
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And Virginians honor two generals who used to share a holiday with King.
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((Alright sports fans here's what's happening tonight, Cave Spring and William Fleming squared off in a Roanoke Valley District basketball game Steve Mason has a report on the quarterbacks at Tech looking to replace Michael Vick and Mike Stevens check's in with Dale Jarrett and Yates Racing as we continue our reports from NASCAR's Media Tour.
All that and more coming up in sports.))
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A four day weekend for state workers kicked off with a rebel yell in Richmond.
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Today was Lee-Jackson Day in Virginia.
It's the first time in 17 years the Confederate generals got a holiday to themselves.
Monday is King Day, recognizing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Fans of Robert E- Lee and Stonewall Jackson were skeptical when Governor Jim Gilmore suggested splitting up the holidays last year.
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((RED BARBOUR/SONS OF CONFED. VETERANS: I THINK THAT IT'S NICE FOR THE STATE EMPLOYEES TO HAVE A FOUR DAY WEEKEND HOLIDAY. AND I HOPE THAT IT STAYS THAT WAY. AND ONE OF THE DAYS DON'T GET CUT OFF TO BUDGET CUTS LATER ON DOWN THE ROAD.))
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The man who suggested the new holidays had NO plans to celebrate Lee-Jackson Day.
But Governor Gilmore's off to Atlanta tomorrow to honor King Day with the slain civil rights' leader's widow.
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Civil War re-enactors in Bedford today say it makes sense to have two holidays: one for Virginia's most famous generals and another for King.
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((LESLIE MEHAFFEY/U.D.C. RE-ENACTOR: THEY'RE ALL GOOD MEN, LEE, JACKSON AND KING, THEY ALL HAVE WONDERFUL IDEALS ABOUT THEM. PEOPLE LOOK AT THIS TIME PERIOD DURING THE 1860'S DIFFERENTLY, OF COURSE, THAN THEY LOOK AT THE KING PERIOD.))
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Re-enactors dressed in period costume today to draw attention to a new Confederate exhibit at the Bedford City- County museum.
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Monday is Martin Luther King Day and one Southside resident wants to honor the civil rights leader in a unique way.
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Torrey Dixon has asked Danville's city council to rename a roadway after Doctor King. It's one road with three different names-- South Main Street, Central Boulevard, and Piney Forest Road. So far, the proposal has failed to get off the ground.
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((TORREY DIXON/PROPOSED NAME CHANGE: I THINK ITS IMPORTANT BY DR. KING BEING A MAJOR LEADER, A MAJOR FIGURE IN AMERICAN HISTORY THAT YOU SHOULD GIVE HIM A MAIN STREET NOT JUST A SIDE STREET.))
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Dixon made the proposal more than a year ago. Since then, the city council has not even formally discussed the issue. Danville's Mayor wants to wait until a new corridor in the area is constructed, a corridor that has no name yet.
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((JOHN HAMLIN/MAYOR: I'M NOT TRYING TO DELAY IT FOR THE PURPOSE OF DELAYING IT. I'M JUST LOOKING AT, IF THATS THE CORRIDOR WE SERIOUSLY WANT TO LOOK AT IT AND USE THAT THE PROPER TIME TO DO IT IS WHEN ITS COMPLETED.))
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Completion of that corridor is still more than a year away. Dixon has started a petition campaign in favor of the name change. He hopes to give the petition to the city council within the next few months. He says he's already gathered several hundred signatures.
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Voters in Rocky Mount will elect a Mayor and town council this May.
Here's why- last July, the town annexed one and a half square miles of Franklin County and state law requires a special election when a town's population increases by five percent.
Councilman Mark Newbill and incumbent Ben Pinckard already plan to run for mayor.
Four other council members have thrown their hats in the ring for re-election.

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An elderly woman has been convicted of reckless driving, three months after her car ran into a Smyth County school bus full of children.
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The crash happened south of Chilhowie in October.
Police say 86-year-old Virginia Garrett ran a stop sign and hit the bus, which overturned in a ditch.
More than 40-children were thrown out of their seats.
Five were airlifted to area hospitals.
A Smyth County judge fined Garrett 500 dollars and suspended her license for 90 days.
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The State Corporation Commission says Air Cable of Roanoke is once again operating in compliance with Virginia law.
Until yesterday, the company had not paid its annual state corporate fees .. and was therefore technically violating a state law.
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In addition, Air Cable employees who work in this and a second area building were paid yesterday. Some hadn't seen a paycheck in at least a month.
The company says it will take care of all its debts to employees by Monday.
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Still ahead on News 7-- Robin has the weekend forecast.
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And they'll soon be more than just bathrooms and vending machines.
The governor unveils new technology to create virtual rest stops.
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[Rest-Stops]


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Last year, state lawmakers thought the Governor's wish to make interstate rest stops more like museums was just too pricey.
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So today, Gilmore unveiled his discount solution: 24 hour online "virtual visitor centers."
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: TOURISTS CAN ACCESS THE VIRGINIA TOURISM AUTHORITY WEBSITE WHERE THEY CAN READ AND PRINT INFORMATION ABOUT TRAVEL DESTINATIONS, REAL TIME INFORMATION ABOUT WEATHER, TRAFFIC, ROAD CONDITIONS.))
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Restaurant reservations and directions will be available.
And if you've brought your clubs, the Governor says you can even use the computer terminals to set up your golf tee time at one of Virginia's many fine courses.
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The Hokies have some work to do in replacing quarterback Michael Vick Steve Mason surveys the options and Mike Stevens visits Robert Yates racing and Dale Jarrett as our NASCAR Media tour reports continue. But first our Extra Point.

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Interim head coach Terry Robiskie will not be back with the Washington Redskins.
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Robiskie coached three games, winning one, after Norv Turner was fired this season.
New head coach Marty Schottenheimer says Robiskie and Linebackers coach Foge Fazio have been fired. He said the two are excellent coaches but that he has decided to go in another direction with his staff.
And here are tonight's high school scores.
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With the departure of Michael Vick, the Virginia Tech football program must now find a quarterback to lead the Hokies in 2001. Will it be Grant Noel? Jason Davis? Or the three high school players who have committed to Tech, Bruton's Bryan Randall, Arkansas product Will Hunt or Deep Creek's Chris Clifton? Steve Mason has more.
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((An overflow crowd at the Boys and Girls Club listened to hometown hero Michael Vick say leaving Tech for the NFL was a decision he had to make in order to reach the next level as a football player and as a person. ((:)) The hype and comparisons between Michael's talents and those of his quarterbacking younger brother Marcus Boddie will certainly grow. Last August Marcus, a junior at Warwick high school where his brother played, told news 7 sports he wanted to follow in his brothers footsteps at Virginia Tech, a stance that has not changed, although weighing his options has become important. ((:))
Marcus says no matter which NFL city his brother goes to, he will finish his career at Warwick. He also responded to the fact Tech recruited and received a commitment from Bruton senior quarterback Bryan Randall, the state's number one prospect. ((:))
Randall was planning to redshirt next season at Tech, but with Vick's departure, one has to wonder if that plan could change. ((:)) Tech does have talent at quarterback already on campus. Red shirt sophomore Grant Noel played in three games this past season. Sources have also mentioned defensive back Eric Green moving to quarterback. He was all state in Florida in high school. In the mean time, Beamer and his staff are working overtime to find the right quarterback to fill Michael Vick's shoes. ((:)) ((:))
The Hokies return 9 of 11 starters on a defensive unit that finished 16th in the nation in rushing defense and the entire backfield returns. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
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Cave Spring and Salem win district basketball games. More later when we return.

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Cave Spring's J. J. Redick scored 30 as the Knights beat William Fleming 79 to 69 Cave is 13 and 0.
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The Knights warming up before the district contest.
Redick passes the ball to Bryan Hamilton for three of his 27 points and the Knights led 10 to 4.
The Colonels come back Derrick Hankins hits Richard Barrett he goes through the lane and lays it in for 2 of his 23.
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Then Redick gets it in the open court and slams it home the Knights beat the Colonels 79 to 69.
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Over at Northside last night, The Salem Spartans pick up a win in the Blue Ridge with a 52 to 50 win over the Vikings.
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The Vikings huddle around head coach Billy Pope.
Salem's A.G. Dowell pulls up for the jumper but misses But Matt Collins is there for the put back to make it 31 to 25 Salem in the third.
Northside's Jeremy Naff takes it down the right side for the basket but the Vikings still trailed 33 to 27.
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Then Salem's Keith Rockford gets the ball in the low post and makes the move laying it in and the Spartans win it 52 to 50.
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After failing to pull off a repeat last season, 1999 Winston cup champ Dale Jarrett again has his sights set on racing's top prize.
In this report from the NASCAR media tour, Mike Stevens tells us how Jarrett plans to DELIVER the championship.
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That's it for sports, have a great day everybody.