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Coming up on News 7 Saturday Morning.......
Former President Ronald Reagan is scheduled for surgery today after being injured in a fall.
And an elderly woman whose car ran into a Smyth County school bus full of children is convicted of reckless driving.
More on those stories just ahead...
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Former President Ronald Reagan will undergo surgery for a broken hip later today.
The 89-year old was injured in a fall at his southern California home yesterday.
Chris Lawrence has the latest.
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[IN Q=Ronald Reagan, America's...]
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[SUPER=01-Dr. William Young/Critical Care Specialist;:34]
((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. Doctors
expect Mister Reagan to make a full recovery. But at least one-- says
his Alzheimer's disease could pose a problem.
SOT: Dr. William Young/Critical Care Specialist, Cedars-Sinai Medical
Mister Reagan turns 90 in February, and has rarely been seen outside his
home since he disclosed his disease.
Parishioners from his church are keeping him in their thoughts.
SOT: Barry Glaser/Parishioner
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.))
A Calloway woman was killed in a single car accident.
38 -year old Carrie Lynn (Say) Seay was headed west on Route 739 in Franklin County yesterday afternoon when her car ran off the road and flipped.
Seay was thrown from the vehicle.
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Three months after her car ran into a Smyth County school bus full of children, an elderly woman is convicted of reckless driving.
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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.
The Democratic candidate for Virginia governor is reporting millions of dollars in campaign donations.
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In a report filed with the State Board of Elections, Mark Warner says supporters have donated slightly more than 4 (m) million dollars already.
According to the report, Warner's campaign ended 2000 with more than three (m) million dollars.
The wealthy businessman from northern Virginia is unopposed for the Democratic nomination.
Attorney General Mark Earley and Lieutenant Governor John Hager are seeking the Republican nomination.
Freshman Senator George Allen is the new deputy whip of the 107th Congress.
The Republican was appointed to the position yesterday by assistant majority leader, Senator Don Nickles of Oklahoma.
Allen -- who beat two-term incumbent Senator Chuck Robb for the seat -- will be responsible for working with the G-O-P leadership in formulating policy, developing strategy and generating support
for the party's legislative priorities in the Senate.
Allen says he looks forward to the job in an evenly divided Senate.
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Your services are needed on the railroad.
The Virginia Museum of Transportation is looking for volunteers to help restore train cars to their former glory.
In this week's edition of Time Off - I checked out Railcar Rescue.
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[IN Q=You won't]
[SUPER=01-Chris McBride/Restoration Director; 21]
[SUPER=01-John Garrett/Volunteer; 1:11]
[OUT Q=daydream I guess.]
((You won't find a ticket to ride at the Virginia Museum of Transportation, but you will be given permission to work.
Six Saturdays a year the museum opens its doors to anyone who wants to help restore dozens of aging train cars.
Railcar Rescue, as it's called, is designed to get the community involved in a project that will take years to complete.
[IN Q=We have a limited staff...]
((We have a limited staff here. I have myself and one assistant trying to restore 52 pieces total of rolling stock here. So we need lots of help.))
[OUT Q=lots of help.]
Chris is in charge of restoring these rolling mementos of years past to their original glory.
So far, the museum's completed work on the 611, the famous 1950's era engine, and a car designed specifically as a travelling movie theater.
But there is much more to do.
[IN Q=Actually, right now...]
((Actually, right now we're restoring a wooden caboose... This is involving disassembly right now. We're gonna be replacing all of the wood siding on it, and there's some metal work to do which would require some sanding and scaling and grinding and a little bit of painting.))
[OUT Q=and a little bit of painting.]
[IN Q=I come by...]
((I come by most every week...))
[OUT Q=most every week.]
John Garrett is a long-time museum volunteer.
He's helped restore a number of cars, including the Lake Pearl.
But his special project is the 611.
[IN Q=Oh, it's like a...]
((Oh, it's like a monument. You walk by and say, "Oh, I did so and so." It makes you feel good, satisfied.))
[OUT Q=good, satisfied.]
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[IN Q=These cars can...]
((These cars can take months to bring back to life. This engine is only 30-years old. But it took 4 months to restore.))
[OUT Q=months to restore.]
Before it was renovated the engine was used in the nation's bicentennial celebration in 1976.
But even if the cars don't have quite as colorful a history, those who pour love and sweat into their reparation say it pays off.
[IN Q=You can stand back...]
((You can stand back at the end of the day and have a sense of accomplishment 'cause it's beautiful work we're doing here.))
[OUT Q=we're doing here.]
[IN Q=I just wish...]
((I just wish they were all back out on the road, you know. It's just a daydream, I guess...))
[OUT Q=daydream, I guess.]
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If you'd like to spend your Time Off assisting in the Transportation Museum's Railcar Rescue you can log onto our website at wdbj7.com.
Click on the Time Off suitcase.
If you're still looking to fill your schedule this weekend, here're some ideas from the weekend calendar.
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While the winter months are here, warm foods are always a welcome sight especially a good and easy beef stew....
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If you would like Carole's recipe or any recipe you see on Weekend Diner - check out our web site at WDBJ-7-dot com - just click on Weekend Diner. Or - you can send us a self-addressed, stamped envelope at... ( Ad lib address)
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A revival of passenger rail service is considered in Roanoke...
And federal officials question Florida's Secretary of State Katherine Harris to see if there were any civil rights violations during the election.
We will have more on those stories in just a few minutes.
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Will passenger rail service make a return to Roanoke?
The prospects are improving... Next week area leaders will deliver their recommendations to city council.
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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[IN Q=We've just got to make more noise I think]
((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.))
[SUPER=01-David Bowers/Passenger Rail Committee]
[OUT Q=make it happen.]
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.
Some AEP customers can choose a different company as their electricity provider.
Customers of American Electric Power who sign up for the customer choice plan can decide on who to buy their electricity from.
Yesterday 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.
Former President Ronald Reagan is scheduled to undergo surgery for a broken hip today.
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The 89-year old broke the bone in a fall at his southern California home yesterday.
He's said to be "fully alert, in good humor and in stable condition''.
Doctors at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica say they'll most likely put a pin in the broken right hip.
Reagan's children have been notified.
They include his eldest daughter Maureen, who's been undergoing cancer treatments at the same
hospital since last month.
Reagan, who has Alzheimer's disease, will turn 90 on February sixth.
President-elect Bush is urging Senate Democrats criticizing his Cabinet choices to ``tone down their
The comments were made as Bush defended two nominees: Gale Norton and John Ashcroft.
Some environmental groups have opposed Norton's nomination for interior secretary.
They say a speech she gave in 1996 shows she's insensitive to slavery.
Bush says that's a ``ridiculous interpretation of what's in her heart.''
Meantime, Ashcroft met with two key players in the vote over his confirmation... New York Democrat Charles Schumer and Pennsylvania Republican Arlen Specter.
Ashcroft is under fire from Democrats and civil rights groups... who say his conservative ideology might interfere with his duties as attorney general.
The Senate Judiciary Committee begins hearings on his nomination Tuesday.
The U-S Commission on Civil Rights is considering the testimony of Florida's Secretary of State in trying to determine whether any civil rights were violated during the 2000 presidential election.
Katherine Harris testified in front of the panel in Tallahassee yesterday afternoon.
Despite the lengthy recount process, Harris says the state did the best it could have under the circumstances.
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[IN Q=With additional funding...]
[SUPER=01-Katherine Harris/Florida Secretary of State;]
(("With additional funding, I believe we could do ever so much more in terms of voter education and other issues. But I believe within our
budget constraints and limited resources, I have confidence that our division of elections has done a very good job."))
[OUT Q=very good job.]
Meantime, the elections supervisor of Leon County says Governor Jeb Bush vetoed a voter education measure last year that might have helped avoid some of the state's election problems.
The question as to where seven statues representing Roanoke's sister cities should be located continues.
It's been seven years since the project was proposed and it's still in limbo.
Kate Weidaw brings us up to date.
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[SUPER=01-Dave Lisk/Roanoke Valley Sister Cities Exec. Dir.;:29]
[OUT Q=kw news 7]
((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.
((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.))
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.
((DAVE LISK: THE FIVE LOCATIONS WHERE WE WOULD NOT HAVE SCULPTURES WE WERE GOING TO PUT SOME MORE MALE GINGKO TREES BACK IN HERE.))
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.
((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.))
((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: 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. THE SISTER CITIES ORGANIZATION PLANS TO CONTINUE ITS PUSH TO HAVE THE STATUES PLACED IN CENTURY PARK DESPITE THE OPPOSITION.))
It's not a statue but a street name one Southside resident wants to honor Martin Luther King.
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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[IN Q=I think its important]
((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.))
[SUPER=01-Torrey Dixon/Proposed Name Change]
[OUT Q=just a side street]
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 is constructed in the area, a corridor that has no name yet.
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[IN Q=I'm not trying]
((JOHN HAMLIN/MAYOR: I'M NOT TRYING TO DELAY IT FOR THE PURPOSE OF DELAYING IT. I'M JUST LOOKING AT, IF THAT'S THE CORRIDOR WE SERIOUSLY WANT TO LOOK AT IT AND USE THAT THE PROPER TIME TO DO IT IS WHEN ITS COMPLETED.))
[SUPER=01-John Hamlin/Danville Mayor]
[OUT Q=when its completed.]
Completion of that corridor is still more than a year away.
Meantime, 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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Whether a street is renamed to honor Dr. King - the slain Civil Rights leader will be celebrated with a holiday Monday.
This time in Virginia - the honor is his alone.
Just ahead - how Lee- Jackson day was marked in the Commonwealth yesterday.
We'll take a look at the new film "Antitrust".
Anna Wentworth will tell us why the high-tech movie made such a low-impact.
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It was 110 years ago that Virginia celebrated the FIRST Lee-Jackson Day.
Now, the Confederate generals are on their own again.
Ellen Qualls reports from Richmond.
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[SUPER=01-Red Barbour/Sons of Confed. Veterans; 1:08]
[SUPER=01-Henry Kidd/Sons of Confed. Veterans; 1:26 ]
[SUPER=01-J. E. B. Stuart, IV/Museum of the Confederacy; 1:55]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]
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For 17 years, the third Monday in January's been like Sunday mornings in Virginia-- simultaneous but seldom-shared observances.
Virginia's been lumping together Robert E- Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Dr. Martin Luther King in one holiday.
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((LEE, JACKSON, AND KING WERE ALL PUT ON THE SAME HOLIDAY... GILMORE WHO FOUGHT TO SEPARATE THE HOLIDAYS LAST YEAR.))
Gilmore sees it as a matter of respect.
But for which one?
He says he had NO plans to celebrate the newly single Lee-Jackson Day.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WELL I'M WORKING I GUESS TODAY. AND NEED TO BE DOING THAT. AND I'VE GOT A GUEST COMING IN FROM THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE TONIGHT THIS EVENING. SO I THINK I'LL PROBABLY STAY PRETTY CLOSE TO HOME TODAY. BUT I AM GOING TO ATLANTA TOMORROW. I'VE BEEN INVITED TO COME DOWN BY CORRETTA SCOTT KING TO TALK TO HER BECAUSE OF THE ADVANCEMENTS THAT WE'VE MADE HERE IN INCLUSION AND OPENING OPPORTUNITY.))
((RED BARBOUR/SONS OF CONFED. VETERANS: I THINK WITH TODAY'S CLIMATE, THE CONFEDERACY'S BEING DEMONIZED AS RACIST. THAT'S THE PART THAT BOTHERS ME MOSTLY, BECAUSE THAT'S AN UNTRUTH.))
The Sons of Confederate Veterans point out that Robert E- Lee actually shared the most crucial of views with Martin Luther King.
((HENRY KIDD/SONS OF CONFED. VETERANS: HE INHERITED MORE THAN 200 SLAVES FROM HIS FATHER-IN-LAW. FREED ALL OF HIS SLAVES. WROTE DOWN ALL OF THEIR NAMES INDIVIDUALLY AS PEOPLE, NOT PROPERTY, PRIOR TO THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION.))
Initially irritated that the Confederates had to move to the Friday before the King holiday, their supporters now say it's okay with them.
Take it from J.E.B. Stuart the fourth... a direct descendant of another famous Confederate.
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((JEB STUART IV/MUSEUM OF THE CONFEDERACY: I THINK THE THING THAT WILL GIVE THIS A LITTLE MORE IMPETUS IS THE FACT THAT STATE EMPLOYEES WILL BE HAVING A DAY OFF AND MAYBE THEY'LL REFLECT AND SAY WELL GEE, MAYBE I OUGHT TO STUDY A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THAT PERIOD AND UNDERSTAND IT A LITTLE BETTER. SO I THINK THAT'S THE MOST POSITIVE EFFECT.))
Monday, Virginia celebrates its first-ever King Day, all by itself.
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Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
State offices were closed to mark Lee Jackson Day yesterday.
Otherwise - few communities marked the occasion with a ceremony.
One area where there was a ceremony - was Bedford.
Civil War re-enactors there say it makes sense to have two holidays: one for Virginia's most famous generals and another for King.
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[IN Q=They're all good]
((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.))
[SUPER=01-Leslie Mehaffey/U. D. C. Reenactor]
[OUT Q=the King period.]
Re-enactors dressed in period costume to draw attention to a new Confederate exhibit at the Bedford City- County museum.
Consumer groups are cheering the federal government's blessing of the America Online-Time Warner merger.
The two companies closed their 106 (b) billion-dollar deal last night.
The F-C-C approved the deal after requiring the companies to take modest steps to open A-O-L's widespread instant messaging service to rival providers over Time Warner's cable lines.
Consumer groups had feared the merger would hurt competition.
Now some experts say the government's conditions ``could actually expand consumer choices."
But the FCC did say it had to come up with conditions for the deal that would protect the company's rivals.
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[IN Q=Because of the...]
[SUPER=01-William Kennard/FCC Chairman;]
(("Because of the size and scope of the two companies involved we had to make sure that this historic marriage of companies would benefit American consumers. "))
[OUT Q=American consumers.]
A-O-L Time Warner's new chairman, Steve Case, pledges the company ``will lead the convergence of the media, entertainment, communications and Internet industries.''
The merger is the biggest in US history.
Air Cable of Roanoke is once again operating in compliance with Virginia law, according to the State Corporation Commission.
Until Thursday, the company had not paid its annual state corporate fees .. and was therefore technically violating a state law.
In addition, Air Cable employees who work in this and a second area building were paid Thursday. 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.