Up next on News 7--
A 30- year veteran of the F-B-I is charged with spying for the Russians.
The Northern Virginia resident could face the death penalty, if convicted.
And Tyson Foods is re-calling some of its chicken products.
Things are heating up fast today as we head into a beautiful, warm sunny day but tomorrow things may get a little wet. Stay tuned for the forecast details.
News 7 at noon, right after this break.
Takeover negotiations between Transkrit and a New Jersey-based company called Net-2-Press fell through last week... but Transkrit's president now says the negotiations have resumed.
More than 200 employees manufacture and market business labels at Transkrit.
When takeover negotiations fell through, the employees were told they would be laid off.
Net-2-Press said it was VERY interested in buying Transkrit, but couldn't come to an agreement with Transkrit's parent company.
Both sides are now back at the bargaining table.
We'll keep you up to date.[City-Council]
The debate over Victory Stadium continues today, as city council takes up the issue yet again.
Council has narrowed the options for the aging stadium, with two plans that would remove part or all of the existing structure.
But last month, citizens urged council to renovate the stadium. And at least one council member who voted with the majority in December has changed his mind.
Also on the council agenda this afternoon, a report on Wiley Drive... and the plan to re-open the road through Smith Park to one- way traffic.
We'll have more on this story tonight on News 7 at 6.[Chicken-Recall]
Tyson Foods is recalling some of its chicken products that are labeled fully cooked.
Tyson says its own inspectors discovered that some folded or large overlapped pieces of chicken were not completely cooked.
The recalled products include some chicken tenderloins and breast strips.
They were sold under the Tyson label and other brand names.
Tyson says no illnesses have been reported.
Products should be returned to the point of purchase.
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For more information you can check out Tyson Foods' website by visiting our webpage at WDBJ 7 dot com.
Making national news today--
A veteran F-B-I agent from northern Virginia is charged with spying for Russia.
Robert Hanssen will be held without bond on two counts of espionage, stemming from alleged activities in the 1980s.
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Authorities arrested Hanssen at his home yesterday.
He reportedly disclosed to the Russians U-S methods for conducting electronic surveillance.
Hanssen has worked for the F-B-I for nearly 30 years.
He spent much of his career in counter- intelligence, spying on Russian government outposts in the U-S.
If convicted of ALL charges, Hanssen could face life in prison or the death penalty.
Two teenaged boys accused of murdering a couple of Dartmouth College professors will appear in court today in Indiana.
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Police arrested 16- year-old James Parker and 17-year- old Robert Tulloch seen here being escorted by authorities.
They may be sent back to New Hampshire where the killings occurred.
Both are charged as adults in the January stabbing deaths of the two professors inside their home.
The boys became suspects after authorities learned one of them bought a military-style knife over the Internet.
No word yet on a motive.
The bullets from sheriff's deputies are what killed a man in Floyd County Saturday night.
That's according to state police.
Roger Lee Whitlock was shot twice in the chest.
It is UN-clear whether a woman found dead at the scene was killed by Whitlock, or if she could have been struck by a deputy's bullet.
Darlene Yoders was hit in the face, but the autopsy was inconclusive on the source of that round. The F-B-I lab will examine some bullet fragments to see if that can be determined.
Sheriff's deputies were called to the Yoders home to check out a domestic dispute.
Whitlock shot at the deputies... who then returned fire.
Darlene Yoders' husband and their five children were home at the time, but were NOT hurt.
Some local students are hoping their creation is a winner at a national robotics competition...
The "Hokie Guard Team" is made up of Montgomery county High School students and Virginia Tech mentors.
Over the past six-weeks they have designed and constructed a robot to enter into the "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology" competition also known as FIRST.
One of the Tech mentors says the lessons learned are more than academic...
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((IT'S AMAZING TO SEE I THINK HOW IT CAN CHANGE PEOPLE'S LIVES, I MEAN IT REALLY DOES, IT GETS PEOPLE ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT LEARNING ABOUT SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY))
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The 27-member team takes its accomplishment to regionals at Virginia Commonwealth University the second weekend in March.
New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel Cannon will have more on the Hokie Guard team and its robot tonight on News 7 at 6.
It's a familiar phrase on money, but many Virginia students will NOT see "In God We Trust," in their classroom this year.
The bill mandating its posting in public schools was amended, re-referred, and effectively killed for the year in a Senate committee yesterday.
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((SEN. DICK SASLAW/D-SPRINGFIELD: I DON'T FEEL THAT WE SHOULD IMPOSE ON OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA, WHEN NO OTHER STATE HAS, ANYTHING THAT THE U-S CONGRESS BY LAW IS NOT WILLING TO REQUIRE IN EACH OF THE FEDERAL BUILDINGS THAT ARE OWNED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THROUGHOUT THIS COUNTRY.))
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Senator Saslaw had the bill re-referred to the Senate Finance committee to study the cost of "In God We Trust" banners or signs.
[IN Q=I just wish that he would]
((DEL. BOB MARSHALL/R-PRINCE WILLIAM CO.: I JUST WISH THAT HE WOULD HAVE HAD THE COURAGE OF HIS CONVICTIONS, AND VOTED UP OR DOWN THIS PROPOSITION, RATHER THAN HIDING BEHIND THIS EFFORT TO GET ANOTHER COMMITTEE, LIKE PONTIUS PILATE, TO DO HIS DIRTY WORK.))
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[OUT Q=to do his dirty work.]
The concept's NOT completely dead.
Another resolution, urging but NOT requiring schools to post "In God We Trust," made it out of Senate Rules.
Teenagers MAY have to wait a little longer to get their license.
The Senate has passed a bill that would raise the age for getting a learners permit from 15 to 15-and-a-half ... and for a drivers license from 16 to 16-and-three-months.
The bill would also prohibit driving from midnight to 4 a.m. by drivers younger than 18 ... but police would have to stop the driver for another offense before issuing a ticket for breaking the curfew.
The legislation now heads back to the House for approval of the Senate amendments.
Motorists can still have an open container of alcohol in their car.
A bill that would have prohibited an open container was killed by the House Militia and Police Committee yesterday.
The state will lose nearly six million dollars in federal highway money this year and twice that much next year for failing to enact an open container ban.
The Committee also killed a bill that would have allowed police to pull over and ticket anyone they see not wearing a seat belt.
Under current law, police can write a ticket for a seat belt violation only if the driver was stopped for something else.
Dale Earnhardt memorabilia is going fast, despite a price increase.
News 7 business Reporter Jennifer Miele spoke with fans who say no matter what the cost is, they plan to buy up Earnhardt collectibles.
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(( What probably costs 20 cents to make is now selling for 20 times its original value.
Hundreds are flocking to collectable stores to get the last of the Dale Earnhart memorabilia made before his death.
((RONNIE KING/NASCAR FAN: I WAITED FOR TWO HOURS AT VALLEY VIEW TO GET AN EARNHARDT CAR I PAID A HUNDRED THIRTEEN DOLLARS FOR. I FEEL BAD THAT HE DIED, BUT THE STUFF IS GOING TO GO UP IN VALUE. THAT'S ALL I CAN DO.))
((TODD CROSS/NASCAR FAN: I AIN'T GETTING RID OF NONE OF IT. THESE ARE JUST MEMORIES. I AIN'T BUYING NONE OF IT TO SELL IT. I'M KEEPING IT FOR MEMORIES.))
Whether you're buying it to keep it or buying it to sell it, one thing is for sure -- it's going to cost you.
This Dale Earnhardt helmet is going for more than 3 thousand dollars on e-bay.
The most sought after item that's NOT in stores is the Earnhardt's Oreo Car - 355 bucks on line.
Is it the work of mourning fans, or money-making scams?
((TRACEY RAYME/BIG T'S COLLECTIBLES: MY PERSONAL OPINION IS THAT I DON'T THINK THAT IS TAKING ADVANTAGE OF IT. IF I HAVE MORE KNOWLEDGE THAT YOU, IT'S SHAME ON YOU NOT ME.))
Things that can't be reproduced, like Earnhardt autographs will most likely go up in value, much faster perhaps, than the Oreo.
The trick is to look in the right places.
((RICK FOLEY/WINNER'S CIRCLE: OUR'S TODAY IS SELLING FOR THE SAME PRICE IT DID YESTERDAY. THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE NEED TO WATCH OUT FOR. THERE' CARS ON E-BAY THAT ARE GOING FOR 100 TIMES WHAT THEY SHOULD GO FOR.))
((JENNIFER MIELE/REPORTING: FOR SOME, PUTTING A PRICE ON DALE EARNHARDT MEMORABILIA IS IMPOSSIBLE, BUT FOR OTHERS, THAT SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT MEMORY WILL DRIVE ON. JENNIFER MIELE, NEWS 7, ROANOKE.))
Two - TRILLION dollars' worth of falsified Federal reserve bonds and millions of dollars in counterfeit money are seized in the Philippines.
It was a joint operation between U-S and Philippine officials.
At a news conference today, police displayed stacks of counterfeit U-S hundred- dollar bills.
The seizure also included phony currency from Argentina, Japan, and Germany.
A Filipino man was charged with counterfeiting and authorities are looking for five others.
Large counterfeiting operations like this one are a growing problem in the Philippines.
The Grammy Awards air tomorrow night on C-B-S.
Manuel Gallegus has a sneak preview of the most popular stars on the music scene rehearsing for the big event.
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-NAT SOT- CHRISTINA AGUILERA
WINNER OF LAST YEARS BEST NEW ARTIST AWARD CHRISTINA AGUILERA
REHEARSING FOR THIS YEARS SHOW
-SOT-CHRISTINA AGUILERA, SINGER
AGUILERAS PERFORMANCE IS ONE OF SEVERAL BY SOME OF THE WORLDS MOST
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ESTABLISHED SUPERSTAR NOMINEES U2.
ARE SHOWING OFF WITH RAGS TO RICHES NEWCOMERS MACY GRAY
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BUT PERHAPS THE MOST TALKED ABOUT PERFORMANCE OF THE NIGHT WILL THE
PAIRING OF RAPPER EMINEM KNOWN FOR HIS STRONG ANTI-GAY LYRICS WITH
OPENLY GAY ELTON JOHN
THE GRAMMY BOSSES STAND BY THE PERFORMANCE
DONT LET EM FOOL YOU THESE ICONS KNOW ABOUT PUBLICITY, EMINEMS
LATEST CD HAS SOLD OVER 7-MILLION COPIES.
In business news, imagine a roundtrip ticket to Europe that only costs 25 dollars.
It may sound like a dream, but its reality for 143 United Airlines customers.
United has changed its mind and now says it will honor the tickets sold on its Web site during a 55-minute period on January 31st.
The world's largest airline blames the cheap fares on a computer glitch.
l thinks it was on solid legal ground with its original plan to cancel the tickets.
A United spokesman says the customers should go ahead and enjoy their ultra-cheap deals, even though the airline stil