Some neighbors want to cut the Cherry Hill Condominium project down to size--
They're in court today, going face to face with developers.
We'll have an update.
And half the student body at Brookville High School stayed home today because of a threatening message.
Snow... rain... and windy weather and that was just yesterday. What lies ahead for the next 24 hours... we've got the detailed forecast... next.
News 7 at noon is next.
Neighbors in South Roanoke say this building is too tall. Today, they face the building's developers in court.
Good afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Phase two of the Cherry Hill Condominiums has been the center of debate between city officials, neighbors and developers for months.
Today, all three parties are arguing their case in court.
Neighbors say the building is too tall and it's illegal because if its height.
However, developers say they got proper approval from the city and that neighbors shouldn't deem the project illegal just because they don't think it's quote "pretty".
Six neighbors who oppose the project will testify today.
Cherry Hill Developers are also expected to take the stand.
If the court rules the building is too tall, the top two floors may have to be removed.
We'll have more on this story tonight on News 7 at 5 and 6.[Brookville-Threat]
An apparent threat found scribbled on a desk last week has kept about half of the students at Brookville High School home today.
Principal Jim Whorley says someone wrote "Doomsday March 21st" on a desk in a health classroom.. it was discovered last week by a teacher.
School officials have not been able to identify who wrote the message or when.. but they have received hundreds of calls from worried parents.
Whorley says the school is trying to conduct business as usual.
But about half of Brookville's 875 students stayed home today.
Diesel fuel is starting to leak in the South Atlantic..
That after the world's biggest floating oil rig sank off the coast of Brazil yesterday.
300- thousand gallons of fuel were on board.
Workers are trying to clean-up the spill with oil- dispersing chemicals.
Scientists and government officials, meanwhile, says the environmental impact of the spill should be relatively small, because of the isolated location of the rig.
Before it sank, the rig was crippled and listing after an explosion last week.
Government agents have seized dozens of sheep in Vermont.
The farm animals are believed to be infected with a strain of Mad Cow disease.
The flock's owner (HOW-ton) Houghton Freeman lost his battle in court to prevent today's federal seizure.
Government officials said the presence of the sheep is a serious public health risk.
But Freeman says the tests on the sheep are NOT conclusive.
He wasn't present at the time of the seizure.
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((TOM AMADON/FREEMAN'S ATTORNEY: I BELIEVE MR. FREEMAN IS HOME AND OBVIOUSLY-- I HAVEN'T SPOKEN WITH HIM TODAY-- BUT I'M SURE HE'S DISAPPOINTED AND SAD. ))
[SUPER=01-Tom Amadon/Freeman's Attorney;]
[OUT Q=disappointed and sad.]
The flock is one of two in Vermont at the center of controversy since the U-S-D-A ordered
they be seized and destroyed.
No word on when government officials will take the other flock.
More than 30 people are under arrest in Pulaski County after a drug round-up.
Yesterday evening, county deputies, Dublin police officers and state troopers began rounding up suspects.
Charges include distribution of oxycodone, cocaine, L-S-D, morphine and marijuana.
Police say oxycodone was the drug of choice. It is a pain killer similar to Oxycontin.
Authorities say more arrests will be made in the next few days.
Authorities in Clifton Forge are looking for a missing man.
50-year-old Peter Louis Cardinal left work at Liberty House nursing home last Tuesday morning and disappeared.
His wife and family have not heard from him.
Police say his bank and credit cards have NOT been used since.
If you have any information, call Clifton Forge police at 5-4-0 8-6-3 2-5-1-3.
Authorities are investigating the death of a 16 year old Roanoke boy.
He was killed yesterday after being shot by a 15 year old girl.
The girl is now in her parents' custody.
Police say Neville Swain and the girl were playing with a 38-caliber gun inside his Elm Avenue apartment.
He was shot once in the head....and later died at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
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((SHELLY ALLEY/ROANOKE POLICE SPOKESWOMAN: WE'RE STILL INVESTIGATING THAT NOW AS TO WHO THE GUN BELONGS TO AND HOW IT ENDED UP IN HER HANDS.))
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((DINA FOSTER/NEIGHBOR: I REALLY FEEL IN MY HEART IT WAS AN ACCIDENT. THEY'RE NOT NO TROUBLED KIDS OR ANYTHING. JUST A LOADED GUN AROUND AND KIDS WANT TO BE KIDS. I BASICALLY FEEL IN MY HEART THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED, CONSIDERING I KNOW THEM.))
[SUPER=01-Shelly Alley/Roanoke Police Spokeswoman; :00 quick!]
[SUPER=01-Dina Foster/Neighbor; :06]
[OUT Q=I know them.]
No charges have been filed yet against the girl because the shooting is still under investigation.
A teacher and coach has been indicted on charges of sexual abuse.
26-year old Jeremy Ryan Cox is accused of taking indecent liberties with a tenth grade girl.
She was a member of an athletic team he coached.
Authorities say the allegations came to light when the student told personnel at Floyd County High School.
Cox faces seven counts, the most serious- abduction with intent to defile.
It carries a possible prison sentence of 20 years to life.
Cox turned himself in and was released on bond. Neither he nor his attorney was available for comment.
California officials have called a Stage One power alert.
Stage One is considered the mildest of three forms of alerts.
Meanwhile, two power plants are back in service, with residents hoping they'll be able to keep the lights on.
Sandra Hughes reports.
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[SUPER=01-Patrick Dorinson/CA-ISO Spokesman; :25]
[SUPER=01-David Sokol/Midatlantic Energy; :59]
[SUPER=01-Gov. Gray Davis/(D) California; 1:13]
[SUPER=01-Sandra Hughes/Reporting; 1:17]
[OUT Q=Sandra Hughes, CBS News, Los Angeles.]
AVOIDING A SECOND NIGHT OF RANDOM POWER OUTAGES, CALIFORNIA DODGED
THE BLACKOUT BULLET.
BUT EARLIER IN THE DAY THE POWER GRID WAS CLOSE TO COLLAPSE AND
ROLLING BLACKOUTS CAUGHT PEOPLE BY SURPRISE; PUTTING SOME IN
DANGER...nats at elevator AND SNARLING TRAFFIC WHEN TRAFFIC LIGHTS WENT
BY EARLY EVENING THE ENERGY DISTRIBUTOR SAID CONSERVATION HAD
SUPER: Patrick Dorinson/Spokesman Ca-ISO
" we saw the system in ca. Conserve 900 megawatts now that's a lot that
can power a great deal of customers in ca.
THE TROUBLE STARTED ON MONDAY WHEN TEMPERATURES SOARED AND TWO POWER
PLANTS WENT OFF LINE DUE TO FIRE.. IN ADDITION, A THIRD OF THE STATE'S
ENERGY COMES FROM ALTERNATIVE ENERGY PROVIDERS MANY OF WHICH AREN'T
GETTING PAID FROM CASH STRAPPED UTILITIES AND WON'T SELL CALIFORNIA
POWER ON CREDIT.. THE SALTEN SEA GEOTHERMAL PLANT IS OWED 140-MILLION
DOLLARS BY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON:
SUPER: David Sokol, Chairman, Midatlantic Energy
We've stayed on line, we've operated at 98 percent availability you
just can't continue that forever because you run out of money.
CALIFORNIA'S GOVERNOR WANTS TO FORCE THE UTILITIES TO PAY THE
ALTERNATIVE ENERGY PROVIDERS, MANY WHO HAVEN'T BEEN PAID SINCE LAST
SOT Gov. Gray Davis, D. CALIF.
/ It's immoral, unethical and it has to stop
O.C. TODAY A FEDERAL JUDGE WILL RULE ON WHETHER TO CONTINUE TO FORCE
MAJOR GENERATORS TO SELL POWER TO CALIFORNIA-EVEN IF THE STATE DOESN'T
GUARANTEE PAYMENTS TO THEM...AND THIS WEEK THE LEGISLATURE IS
CONSIDERING DOZENS OF BILLS TO ENCOURAGE CONSERVATION AND THE BUILDING
OF NEW POWER PLANTS. SH CBS NEWS LA..
Falling snow made travel in the higher elevations tricky last night.
An accident on Interstate 81 blocked the northbound lanes between Christiansburg and Ironto for several hours overnight.
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Around ten o'clock-- state police say three tractor trailers and a car collided blocking both northbound lanes.
Snow had been falling throughout the area for several hours making driving treacherous.
To help keep traffic from backing up-- motorists traveling north were routed onto Route 460 at exit 118.
A number of drivers, fearing they too would be involved in an accident took a break at area truck stops.
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((ANDREW JONES/TRACTOR TRAILER DRIVER: IT DOESN'T TAKE LONG FOR IT TO GET REALLY MESSY. YOU KNOW JUST USE CAUTION. I WAS DOWN TO 30 MPH YOU KNOW. I THINK IT WAS TIME FOR ME TO STOP.))
[SUPER=01-Andrew Jones/Tractor Trailer Driver;]
[OUT Q=TO STOP.]
State police say two people were taken to the hospital with injuries.
No word on how serious those injuries were.
This April will not be known as Confederate History Month.
Instead, Governor Gilmore is proclaiming April, 2001 as Virginia's Month for Remembering the Sacrifices and Honor of All Virginians Who Served in the Civil War..."
It states in part:
"Whereas the four years of Civil War was suffered by both North and South to protect what each side believed to be threatened rights and imperiled liberty..." -- specifically naming slavery as an abhorred and condemned cause of the war.
[IN Q=There's nothing in this proclamation]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: THERE'S NOTHING IN THIS PROCLAMATION THAT DOES ANYTHING EXCEPT HONOR THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE CONFEDERACY, HONOR THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE UNION, AND HONOR THOSE WHOSE HISTORY IS TIED UP WITH AFRICAN-AMERICAN SLAVERY. SO I THINK THERE'S PLENTY OF GOOD REMEMBRANCES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE.))
[OUT Q=remembrances and opportunities for people.]
A spokesman for the Sons of Confederate Veterans is calling the proclamation a great disservice to Virginians who served in the Confederate army.
He says the Governor, quoting now, "knuckled under to the N-double-A-C-P with a proclamation that's a hodgepodge of competing interests."
Last year, the N-double-A-C-P threatened an economic boycott of the state.
The group had NO immediate comment yesterday.
Virginia's only black governor has only praise for Gilmore's new proclamation.
Doug Wilder says it offers a real historical backdrop, and clearly addresses the suffering and the anguish of slavery and war.
Wilder says Gilmore's proclamation is appropriate when one considers what could have been if the Confederacy had won the war.
The U-S Attorney for Western Virginia is stepping down.
Robert Crouch sent letters to President Bush and to Attorney General Ashcroft stating that his resignation will be effective at midnight on May 1.
Crouch has served as U-S Attorney for the Western District of Virginia since 1993.
He was appointed by the Clinton Administration.
The city of Salem hopes by helping its employees become healthier -- it will not only reduce insurance costs but have more productive employees.
That's why the city has teamed up with the Lewis Gale Clinic to offer a wellness and nutrition program.
Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton has details.
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[SUPER=01-Cpt. Tom Roseberry/Salem Fire Department; :07]
[SUPER=01-Kenneth Blevins/Salem Automative Technician; :25]
[SUPER=01-Alex Brown/Salem Vice Mayor; :43]
[SUPER=01-Forest Jones/Salem City Manager; :56]
[OUT Q=Joy Sutton, News 7, Salem]
(( Captain Tom Roseberry says more than 20 Salem firefighters have signed up for the program.
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((CPT. TOM ROSEBERRY/SALEM FIRE DEPT:THE WHOLE CITY HAS GOTTEN BEHIND THIS THING IN A SUPPORT EFFORT AND I THINK THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT. NOT ONLY FOR THE GUYS IN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT BUT IN THE WHOLE CITY KNOWING THEIR BEING BACKED TO BECOME HEALTHIER INDIVIDUALS))
[OUT Q=to become healthier indivials]
City automotive technician Kenneth Blevins says the program has helped him shed the pounds and feel better.
[IN Q=If You're healthy you won't be]
((KENNETH BLEVINS/SALEM AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIAN: IF YOU'RE HEALTHY YOU WON'T BE AS SICK NEAR AS MUCH. YOU LEARN HOW TO EAT RIGHT AND EXERCISE --IT'S JUST A BETTER WAY OF LIFE))
[OUT Q=way of life]
The Vice -Mayor has even joined. He's in the smoking cessation class.
He's hoping the program in the long run will help reduce rising insurance costs.
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[IN Q=We need to somehow get a handle on this]
((ALEX BROWN/SALEM VICE MAYOR: WE NEED TO SOMEHOW GET A HANDLE ON THIS OR IT'S GOING TO BE TOO EXPENSIVE FOR US TO OFFER OR TOO EXPENSIVE FOR OUR EMPLOYEES TO PAY))
[OUT Q=for our employees to pay]
Salem is paying 30-thousand dollars a year for the program. It's free for the employees.
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[IN Q=If you have a healthy workforce]
((FOREST JONES/SALEM CITY MANAGER: IF YOU HAVE A HEALTHY WORKFORCE AND A HAPPY WORKFORCE IT'S GONG TO BE A MORE PRODUCTIVE WORKFORCE))
[OUT Q=more productive workforce]
And for those employees who reach their goals there are rewards -- the biggest being 500 dollars towards a personal insurance policy.
Joy Sutton, News7, Salem.))
After more than four months in orbit, the first residents of the international space station are back home on solid ground...
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The space shuttle Discovery touched down in Florida at 2-31 this morning after NASA waved off an earlier landing opportunity because of inclimate weather.
American astronaut Bill Shepherd and his two Russian crew mates received a big welcome home from their families.
Another crew has taken their place on space station, Alpha.
So, what's your first meal after spending months in space?
For Commander Shepherd, it was a cheeseburger-- and a beer.