A child left behind- -literally, on board- -after the school bus is parked.
How it happened and how they hope to prevent it from happening again.
Also tonight: the net result of lower speed limits in I-81.
Tonight on News 7 sports, we'll examine the Star City true link to Baltimore's Title Town heritage.
One Roanoke player expresses himself in an unusual fashion today.
Plus, Miami head football coach Butch Davis is leaving the Big East for the Cleveland Browns.
The new 7 day forecast gives plenty of opportunity for rain, beginning later tonight. Check out the showers coming up.
It's a young child's nightmare.... a concern of parents as well: a child being left all day on the school bus.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
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That's exactly what happened to a seven year old Henry County elementary student.
The School Superintendent says the child was left on the school bus for more than five hours Thursday.
Now, school officials want to make sure this doesn't happen again.
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Justin McLeod is in our Danville newsroom. Justin, what do they plan to do?
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Keith, the Henry County School district already has in place a system where drivers are suppose to check their buses after each run.
The district believes that system still works even after this mishap.
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The Henry County school system transports seven thousands students to and from class each day.
Last week, one of those students was left behind.
A 7 year old child spent the day on the school bus rather than in the classroom.
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((DR. SHARON DODSON/SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS: THE BUS WAS PARKED AT THE DRIVERS HOUSE SUBSEQUENT TO A TRIP TO THE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL EVEN. THE CHILD WAS DISCOVERED WHEN THE DRIVER RETURNED TO THE BUS TO BEGIN HER PRE-TRIP INSPECTIONS FOR HER AFTERNOON RUN.))
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The child was left on the bus for more than five hours.
The county already had a system in place to prevent this type of incident.
It involves the driver placing a white flag in front of the bus.
After each run, the driver is supposed to take that flag and walk to the back.
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((VELERA GAMMONS/DIRECTOR OF TRANSPORTATION: WHAT THAT DOES IS FORCE THEM TO WALK DOWN THE AISLE AND VISUALLY CHECK TO SEE IF STUDENTS ARE LEFT OR ANYTHING ELSE LEFT ON THE BUS FOR THAT MATTER.))
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Since this incident, the district has contacted every bus driver to remind them of this policy.
School officials believe the system works, but admit there is room for improvement.
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((DR. SHARON DODSON/SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS: I'D LIKE TO ADD A PART TO THAT POLICY TO THAT PROCEDURE WHEREBY THE BUS DRIVERS CHECK UNDER THE SEATS.))
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The driver no longer drives a school bus for the county.
As for the child, we're told the seven year old is doing fine.
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One thing still left unanswered is whether the school attempted to call the parents after the child failed to show up for school.
Virginia law requires schools to make some attempt to see why a child is absent.
Three Blacksburg parents are charged with leaving their children in the car while they drank at a local nightspot.
Police found a 6-month old, a 3-year old and a 12-year-old sitting in a van outside Maxwell's on North Main Street after midnight Saturday.
They say the van was left running and there was an open beer on the dash.
Parents 19-year-old Sarah Cumbee and 19-year-old Raul Garcia were charged with felony neglect of the two young children.
Mildred Lynn Barker, mother of the 12-year-old, was also arrested.
The children are now staying with relatives.
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State Police say they've stopped about three dozen people for breaking the new speed limit on I-81.
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Those tickets were issued the first week the speed limit was lowered to 60 miles an hour from Salem to Cloverdale.
Officials say so far most people like the change.
Some drivers have complained that traffic is bunching up along that 15-mile stretch of interstate.
Police say if people would obey the signs, that would solve the problem.
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Buena Vista is getting 250 new jobs.
A company called Heat Transfer Specialties is moving from Indiana to an industrial park in the city.
H-T-S makes building ventilation systems.
It will be hiring welders, electricians and assembly line workers.
Its parent company also owns Des Champs (deh-SHAWMPS) Laboratories in Buena Vista.
It's a symbol of school pride for some and an offensive stereotype to others.
Tonight, a task force meets to decide whether to keep Blacksburg High School's controversial Indian mascot or to drop it.
The task force is made up of about 30 teachers, students and community members.
The group has held three months of meetings to prepare for tonight's vote.
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((MATT WRIGHT/SENIOR: IT'S NOT AN OFFENSIVE CHARACTER, I DON'T BELIEVE... IT'S NOT A CARTOON CHARACTER HOLDING A TOMAHAWK ON A BLOODY SCALP. IT'S JUST HISTORY AND THAT'S THAT'S THE WAY IT IS. ))
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(( IF PEOPLE ARE HURT BY IT BECAUSE IT FORMS PART OF THEIR IDENTTIY THAT WE SHOULD CHANGE IT. ))
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The task force has pledged to announce the outcome of the mascot vote to students before going public with it tomorrow.
We'll have more on the vote tonight on News-7 at 11.
Members of Roanoke City Council can also expect an earful tonight, as they hold a public hearing on the future of Victory Stadium.
Plans for the Roanoke landmark have been narrowed down to a couple of options, that would accomodate concerts as well as athletic events.
The first would demolish the west grandstands and replace them with an amphitheater stage.
The second would create a new multi-purpose facility from the ground up.
The public hearing begins at seven tonight in city council chambers. We'll have the debate tonight on News 7 at Eleven.
The case against Martinsville Attorney Rickey Young comes down to "taxes versus Porches," says the prosecutor.
As the trial got underway in federal court today, Assistant U-S Attorney Rick Mountcastle told the jury it is a case "about choices," a choice between filing taxes and buying luxury cars.
Young says it's not a criminal case. It's actually Ricky Young versus the United States, he says.
He thinks government investigators believe he "stole cars, laundered money and sold drugs." Since they can't prove any of that, Young figures the tax case is the best they can do.
He blames his accountant for not preparing tax returns, though he says he knew he was behind in his taxes.
The jury- -by the way- -is all women, even the alternates.
A Craig County teenager claims she was sexually assaulted on a mission trip to Australia.
In a lawsuit docketed today in federal court, Amanda Musick says the incident took place on the flight from L-A to Auckland. The complaint says once she got to Australia, she was kept in a room by herself, "falsely imprisoned," by representatives of "Teen Mania Ministries."
They called her parents and said Amanda- -16 at the time- -would be sent home early for holding hands with a boy.
They're not in the majority, but that doesn't mean they're not fighting to be heard.
More on Virginia's disgruntled Democrats when News 7 returns.
And from Baltimore...
To Bedford County, they're celebrating the Ravens Super Bowl win.
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Virginia Democrats are NO longer in the seats of power.
But they're NOT sitting in the quiet section.
Today, from serious to silly, Democrats took on the issues from the minority side of the aisle -- including a successful effort to water-log a bill to give tax credits for private school tuitions.
Ellen Qualls has a wrap-up.
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(( It was the former Majority leader, now minority leader in the House, Dick Cranwell, that fired the first shot on a bill he considers to be private school vouchers : make the SOLs apply to home, private, and Christian schools too.
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: BUT IF YOU PUT YOUR HAND OUT AND ASK FOR PUBLIC FUNDS...JUST AS WE MAKE THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEMS.))
The bill's supporters say most commerical curriculums don't match VIrginia's SOLs.
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((DEL. KIRK COX/R-COLONIAL HEIGHTS: AND YOU HAVE A VARIETY OF CURRICULUMS...WOULDN'T FIT IN VERY WELL WITH THE SOLS AT ALL... VERY CHRISTIAN-BASED....IN THE BEGINNING TO 400 A.D.))
The bill social conservatives most want was derailed for a day.
The former Speaker had his own jesting answer to the NO car tax dilemma placed on the budget this year.
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((DEL. TOM MOSS/D-NORFOLK: WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO...DO AWAY WITH THE STATE INCOME TAX.))
In the Senate, Madison Marye likened the Governor and his NO car tax based budget to a history lesson.
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((SEN. MADISON MARYE/D-SHAWSVILLE: AND JOHN PAUL JONES SAID... DOESN'T GET THE WORD.))
They're making mischief... and in some cases, converts among Republicans this session.
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It's another mandated benefit that could drive health insurance out of reach of more Virginians.
But a handful of state Senators today said making insurers pay for hearing aids could make the difference between a life of inclusion and a life of misery.
One Senator almost produced tears over his hearing-impaired mother's struggle.
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((SEN. RUSS POTTS/R-WINCHESTER: AND AFTER SHE GOT THAT HEARING AID, ON THE PHONE SHE GOT ONE OF THOSE LITTLE DEVICES THAT TURNED THE VOLUME UP. AND WHEN I WAS OFF AT COLLEGE I COULD CALL MY MOM, AND SHE COULD HEAR EVERYTHING I SAID AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, SHE COULD ALWAYS HEAR THOSE WORDS I LOVE YOU. AND I'M HERE TO TELL YOU, THIS IS THE REAL DEAL HERE. AND YOU GOT A CHANCE TO DO THE RIGHT THING. OR YOU GOT A CHANCE TO THINK ABOUT MONEY.))
((SEN. FRANK WAGNER/(R) VIRGINIA BEACH: IF WE'RE GONNA TALK ABOUT COMPASSION, WE TALKED AT LENGTH ABOUT HEALTH INSURANCE POLICIES. ALREADY WE KNOW 40 PERCENT OF THE SMALL BUSINESS EMPLOYERS AREN'T EVEN PROVIDING HEALTH INSURANCE. THAT NUMBERS GONNA GO UP WHEN WE KEEP PILING UP THE MANDATES.))
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Supporters of the legislation say it could cost as little as three dollars more per year on everyone's premiums.
The Senate must vote once more for the mandate before it heads to the House.
In other action, the Senate gave preliminary approval, without comment, to a bill mandating the Pledge of Allegiance in schools.
Senators also gave a green light to a bill raising the driving age for teens.
The House gave final approval, with NO comment, to a bill mandating "In God We Trust" be placed in every classroom.
Stocks started the week on a winning note.
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The DOW gained 42 points.
NASDAQ rose 57.
Bedford sheriff's authorities say former police lieutenant John McCane died of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning over the weekend.
The 47- year- old deputy was found dead in his home near Boonsboro Friday night.
His brother- in- law, sheriff Mike Brown, says McCane had been working on an all- terrain vehicle in his garage when he apparently was overcome by exhaust fumes.
The state medical examiner's office says it appears the cause of death was carbon monoxide poisoning.
McCane resigned from the Bedford County sheriff's department in 1998 after being accused of misusing county funds.
He also had been arrested earlier this month after allegedly violating a protective order sworn out by his stepdaughter.
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Hard work and a heavy dose of confidence paid off last night for Cornell Brown.
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The linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens helped carry the team to victory in the Super Bowl.
One of Brown's former coaches at E-C Glass high school says it was easily one of the proudest moments of his life.
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(( BO HENSON/BROWNS' FORMER COACH: HE NEVER DOUBTED HIMSELF AND IF YOU WATCHED HIM ON THE SIDELINES YESTERDAY, IF YOU WATCHED HIM AT COLLEGE, HE'S A TEAM MAN, YOU KNOW HE NEVER GETS DOWN ON HIMSELF...HE JUST KEEPS THINGS GOING. ))
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Anthony Poindexter's coaches at Jefferson Forest are beaming over another Baltimore Raven.
In high school-- Anthony Poindexter not only played football but also basketball.
You could also find the talented player on the baseball field.
One of his former football coaches says he just had the right spirit.
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(( WE HAD A COACH AT VMI ONE TIME COME AND WATCH US PRACTICE AND HE TOLD US HE COULDN'T BELIEVE HOW HARD OUR KIDS PRACTICED AND IT'S BECAUSE OF WHAT ANTHONY BROUGHT TO THE TABLE, WHEN HE WENT OUT ON THE PRACTICE FIELD HE PLAYED AND PRACTICES AS IF HE WERE PLAYING ON FRIDAY NIGHTS.))
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A sign went up outside Jefferson Forest today congratulating the school's star player.
Poindexter's number 16 jersey was retired last year.
Coming up tonight on News 7 Sports - the Browns raise a little Cane and steal Butch Davis.
We'll flashback to Roanoke's true NFL championship link to Baltimore.
And tonight we'll show you why the Express is suddenly making noise on and off the ice.
The Cleveland Browns are doing their best to steal a little bit of the thunder away from the old Cleveland Browns - who are now known as the Super Bowl champion Ravens.
Less than 24 hours after the Ravens whipped the Giants
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The Browns wisked the University of Miami's head coach Butch Davis into town to make him the Browns' new head football coach tonight.
Miami's athletic director has confirmed the hiring.
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Tech and the rest of the Big East football teams will now have a keen interest in how this affects the Canes' recruiting efforts. The National signing day in next Wednesday.
Davis told his players of his decision to leave this morning.
The Browns may be getting a new coach, but the Ravens and Art Modell got the trophy and Ray Lewis got the Most Valuable Player award.
The latter item seems almost surreal considering exactly a year ago Lewis was begin charged with murder.
Whether you like Lewis or not, the man who went head to head with him last night says you have to admire the way he has persevered.
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Perhaps no one in Roanoke enjoyed Baltimore Super Bowl success more than
former Baltimore Colt great George Preas and his wife B.J. who watched the game from their Roanoke County home yesterday evening.
Preas who played Sandlot ball in Fallon Park and later starred at Jefferson High School and Virginia Tech before joining the Colts in 1955,
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was a member of Baltimore's first ever world championship teams in 1958 and 1959.
Preas played offensive line on those teams in front of good friend Johnny Unitas, who is shown here in July of 1964 helping Preas give a football clinic at Victory Stadium.
Preas and the Colts also played the Steelers at the Stadium in 1961.
After the 1958 season Preas was voted the Colts' "Unsung Hero Award."
Preas, who has been battling Parkinson's disease in recent years is also a member of the Virginia
Sports Hall of Fame in Portsmouth where the number 60 uniform he wore during his final season with the Colts in encased in glass.
Besides the two titles Preas helped bring to Baltimore, the city's only other Super Bowl title came in 1979 when they
The Express puts it's recent hot streak on the line tomorrow night at the Round House against Charlotte. Steve Mason checked in with the team today and
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has a Round House Wrap up worth "listening" to.
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Virginia Tech's Tere Williams has been named Big East Basketball Player of the Week.
Williams lead the Hokies with 22 points and seven rebounds in their win over 24th rank Villanova last week. The 5'11' senior leads Tech in scoring, averaging more than 15 points and six rebounds a game.
The Hokies play at Syracuse Wednesday.