The owners of the Depot Feed and Seed in Roanoke attempt to keep business going, despite a destructive fire overnight.
A live update on the fire investigation coming up.
And students at Blacksburg High School find out if they'll get to keep their Native American mascot.
A little rain early this morning but now just partly sunny skies in store for the rest of the day... and our temperatures feel more like Spring than Winter.
Stay tuned- for News 7 at noon.
Investigators are looking for the cause of an overnight fire that damaged a Roanoke business and railroad landmark.
The building is a total loss.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom
Now the owners of the depot country store in Roanoke are diverting customers to their other business location.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Kim /Shannon Microwave;]
Shannon Young joins us from outside the feed and seed store with the latest.
((ROLLCUE:...now the manager is trying to salvage all the business he can.))
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[OUT Q=This side of town]
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A task force has voted to keep Blacksburg High School's controversial Indian mascot.
In a closed meeting at the high school last night, 40 teachers, students and community members voted 2-to-one to retain the Indian.
The mascot is a symbol of pride to many people and a demeaning stereotype to others.
Opponents of the mascot say they'll still fight to have it removed.
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[IN Q=I'm not going to]
((ANNA DALTON/TASK FORCE MEMBER: I'M NOT GOING TO STOP NOW. I'VE DEVOTED MY ENERGIES AND EFFORTS TO SEEING IT CHANGE AND I WILL CONTINUE TO DO THAT BECAUSE IT'S IMPORTANT TO THE KIDS, THE SCHOOL AND THE COMMUNITY SO WE CAN WELCOME PEOPLE AND AND HONOR THEIR DIFFERENCES.))
[SUPER=01-Anna Dalton/Task Force Member;]
[OUT Q=honor their differences.]
The task force's vote is not binding.
The school board or the principal can change it.
Roanoke City Council may reconsider its decision on the future of Victory Stadium.
Last night, Roanokers turned out for a public hearing on the two alternatives that city council said it will consider.
One replaces the west grandstand with an amphitheater stage. The second calls for construction of an entirely new multi-purpose facility.
But the overwhelming majority of speakers said they favor a third option that council dismissed in December... renovation of the existing stadium.
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[IN Q=I think that we should]
((TIFFANY CURTIS/WILLIAM FLEMING JUNIOR: I THINK THAT WE SHOULD RENOVATE JUST LIKE THE CITIZENS OF ROANOKE SAID EARLIER. I THINK IT IS A MEMORIAL FOR ALL THE SOLDIERS WHO FOUGHT AND DIED FOR WORLD WAR II.))
((ADAM PETERS/PATRICK HENRY SOPHOMORE: QUITE FRANKLY VICTORY STADIUM IS NOT IN GOOD CONDITION AND IT WOULDN'T DO MUCH GOOD TO RENOVATE.))
[SUPER=01-Tiffany Curtis/William Fleming Junior; :00]
[SUPER=01-Adam Peters/Patrick Henry Sophomore; :12]
[OUT Q=wouldn't do much good to renovate.]
Meanwhile, a member of City Council who voted with the majority in December says he wants to reconsider the issue. Bill White says he's gotten the message from citizens.
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[IN Q=It was loud and clear]
((BILL WHITE/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: IT WAS LOUD AND CLEAR AND I THINK THE ADMINISTRATION AND COUNCIL MEMBERS WILL TAKE THIS UNDER ADVISEMENT AND WE'LL COME BACK WITH SOMETHING MORE RESPONSIVE TO THE PUBLIC.))
[SUPER=01-Bill White/Roanoke City Council]
[OUT Q=more responsive to the public.]
It's unclear if there are enough votes to reverse December's decision. Most members of council said they haven't changed their minds. The Reverend Nelson Harris did not attend the meeting, and was unavailable for comment.
The trial of Martinsville attorney Rickey Young is in its second day.
Young is accused of not making the "right" choice when it came down to paying for luxury or paying for taxes.
As the trial got underway in federal court yesterday, 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 verdict is expected tomorrow in the Lockerbie bombing trial.
The judges are hearing the case of two Libyans who are charged with the fatal attack on Pan Am Flight 103.
If convicted, they could get life in prison.
Allen Pizzey has a preview.
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[SUPER=03-The Netherlands; :00]
[SUPER=01-Rev. John Mosey/Victim's Father; :37]
[SUPER=01-Allen Pizzey/Reporting; 1:00]
[OUT Q=Pizzey, CBS News, London.]
vo: There are three possible verdicts under the Scottish law which
governs the case.guilty innocent...or not proven.
After 84 days of testimony from 235 witnesses filling more than 10,000
pages of transcripts one of those will be known tomorrow.
The verdict will be delivered in the high security courthouse that was
specially built for the trial of the two Libyans...Abdel Basset Ali
al-Megrahi and Lamen Khalifa...both of whom have steadfastly maintained
Relatives of the 270 victims of the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 don't
think the verdict will put their long ordeal to rest.
SOT Reverend John Mosey, father of victim
The prosecution has given away the best chance we had to hold the
government of Libya responsible by dropping the conspiracy charges.
vo: The two Libyans were handed over for trial after Libya had suffered
nearly ten years of economic sanctions.
The premise is that the defendants placed the bomb on a flight from
Malta that connected to a Pan Am flight from Frankfurt and then onto the
doomed U.S.-bound jumbo jet out of Londons Heathrow airport.
on cam close:
But even if that is proven...the case won't be over...because it still
won't answer who ordered the bombing or why.
Allen Pizzey CBS News, London
Experts will attempt to re- construct the Austrian cable car that was involved in the tunnel fire that killed more than 150 people.
Final preparations are being made to remove the ill- fated cable car, piece by piece.
A helicopter has carried 15- tons of specialist equipment to assist investigators in salvaging the train.
Rail experts will try to re- assemble the carriages in an effort to track down the cause of the deadly fire.
In November, a fire erupted as the cable car was heading up a tunnel through the mountainside.
The Henry County school district is taking steps to make sure kids aren't left on the bus.
This comes after a 7 year old child was left on a school bus for more than five hours Thursday.
The bus was parked at the driver's home.
The driver discovered the child when she returned to the bus to begin her afternoon run.
School officials want to re-assure parents they are taking the necessary steps to prevent similar incidents in the future.
[IN Q=The bus drivers]
((SHARON DODSON/SUPERINTENDENT: THE BUS DRIVERS DO CHECK THEIR BUSES ON A ROUTINE SYSTEM. WE JUST NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT ANY SYSTEM INVOLVING PEOPLE IS FOLLOWED UP AND MONITORED.))
[SUPER=01-Sharon Dodson/Henry Co. Superintendent]
[OUT Q=up and monitored]
That system involves drivers placing a white flag in front of the bus.
After each run, they're supposed to do a visual "walk through" and place the flag in the rear window.
The Superintendent would like the drivers to go one step further and check under the seats.
The driver no longer drives a school bus for the district.
Authorities have ruled the death of a former Bedford county police lieutenant an accident.
47-year John McCane 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 mis-using county funds.
He had also been arrested earlier this month after allegedly violating a protective order sworn out by his stepdaughter.
Three Blacksburg parents are charged with neglect for leaving their children in the car while they drank at a local nightspot.
Police found a baby, a 3-year old and a 12-year-old in a van outside a North Main Street restaurant after midnight Saturday.
They say the van was left running with an open beer on the dash.
Sarah Cumbee and Raul Garcia, both 19, 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.
Governor Jim Gilmore isn't saying he wants to be the one to name his successor.
But he IS asking either Lieutenant Governor John Hager or Attorney General Mark Earley to drop back and run for re-election and let the other run for governor.
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[IN Q=Just facilitating]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: JUST FACILITATING SOME DISCUSSIONS... ANYTHING CAN BE WORKED OUT.))
[OUT Q=worked out.]
The Washington Post reported on its website yesterday that the Governor's staff was asking former party chairman Randy Forbes to step aside and let Hager run again in the number two spot.
That would also muscle out ( Faw- keer) Fauquier Delegate Jay Katzen from the Lieutenant Governor race.
[IN Q=Why wouldn't]
((Why wouldn't Randy Forbes or Jay Katzen be good candidates for the party? GOV. JIM GILMORE: THEY WOULD BOTH BE EXCELLENT CANDIDATES... CONVENTIONAL WISDOM IS INCUMBENTS ARE GENERALLY STRONGER.))
[OUT Q=generally stronger.]
A spokesman for Lieutenant Governor Hager says he's definitely running for governor... but he does have until the end of the week to file for another office, instead.
He has NO comment on whether the Governor's pushing for Earley instead of him.
[GRAPHIC=HTS New Jobs]
250 jobs will open in Buena Vista once a new company sets up shop.
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.
12 percent of Virginia's budget is spent on substance abuse.
That's about what the state spends on higher education.
That's according to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse.
Yesterday, the center released the results of a three- year study of 45 states.
The report showed that the state spent about 267-dollars per- Virginian on fighting drug, alcohol,and cigarette addiction.
The center recommends that states spend more money on prevention and treatment.
[GRAPHIC=81 Speed Limit]
Despite all the new speed limit signs dotting Interstate 81, about three dozen people were nabbed for driving too fast.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./January 19;]
Those tickets were issued the first week the speed limit was lowered to 60 miles an hour between Salem and Cloverdale.
State Police say most people like the change.
But some drivers have complained that traffic is bunching up along that 15-mile stretch-
Police say if people would obey the signs, that would solve the problem.
[GRAPHIC=First Union Layoffs]
First Union has cut 80 jobs in its technology division.
Most of the positions are based in Charlotte, North Carolina, and involve people who develop and maintain business software.
First Union has been cutting thousands of jobs, to try to trim expenses.[Greenspan]
Financial analysts predict today's Federal Reserve meeting could bring another interest rate cut-- this time, by a half-point.
Fed chairman Alan Greenspan is meeting with other board members for a private two- day session in Washington.
A decision on the potential rate cut is expected tomorrow afternoon.
The meeting follows Greenspan's testimony before Congress last week.
He said the nation's economic growth is "very close to zero".
A rate cut could be just the remedy to fix that.