Getting an old fire victim back under roof. Lexington Presbyterian passes a milestone in restoration of the burned out church.
And legislators get ready to met again with some optimism about resolving the budget crisis.
Tonight on News 7 sports, the Wildcats and Blue Devils are getting set to bring an end to March Madness in April.
Johnny Benson talks about knocking on the door of victory.
And the Yankees begins defense of their world series title with a win.
One day of sunshine but now clouds will come rolling back in. Passing showers and a Monday WeatherSchool are just ahead.
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[IN Q=It's a real]
((SKIP HESS/PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH MEMBER; IT'S A REAL GOOD THING, WE'RE REALLY HAPPY TO SEE THE WORK ACTUALLY BEGIN NOW THAT YOU CAN SEE A CHANGE IN THE HORIZON LINE HERE.))
[OUT Q=horizon line here.]
Like a phoenix from the ashes, a Lexington landmark is rising to prominence once again.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
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Barely eight months after flames consumed the historic Lexington Presbyterian Church, members are making good on their promise to rebuild.
Lynchburg bureau chief Steve Smallshaw brings us an update on the project.
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[IN Q=In a city]
[SUPER=03-Lexington/July 18; ]
[SUPER=01-Doug Hoback/J. M. Turner Construction; :29]
[SUPER=01-Linda Donald/Lexington Visitors Center; :46]
[SUPER=01-Skip Hess/Church Member; 1:02]
[OUT Q=News7, Lexington.]
(( In a city that has witnessed countless historical events, this one still burns in the memories of its residents... fire consuming the 155- year- old Lexington Presbyterian Church.
[natsot crane lifting truss 15:11:30]
Today marked another, more happier milestone in the life of the church.
Using a huge crane, crews began lifting into place the trusses that will hold up the building's new roof, restoring the familiar outline of its Greek Gothic architecture.
Replacing the roof will allow work on the interior to begin.
((DOUG HOBACK/J.M. TURNER CONSTRUCTION: IT GETS IT DRIED IN SO WE CAN GO ON TO OTHER THINGS, MAKE PLANS TO GET STARTED INSIDE.))
[OUT Q=started inside.]
Rebuilding has been a slow process, but one watched carefully by residents and tourists alike.
Tourism officials say they've received countless inquiries about the church since the fire last summer.
((LINDA DONALD/LEXINGTON VISITOR CENTER: I THINK THE HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE CHURCH IS WHAT HAS INTERESTED PEOPLE FROM OUTSIDE THE TOWN. OBVIOUSLY THE PEOPLE IN THE TOWN, THE CHURCH HAS PLAYED A VERY SIGNIFICANT ROLE.))
[OUT Q=significant role.]
Its members especially appreciate how far they have come in just a few months.
((SKIP HESS/PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH MEMBER: NOW THAT YOU CAN SEE A CHANGE IN THE HORIZON LINE HERE IN THE TOWN WHICH WILL KIND OF GET US BACK TO THE OLD WAY OF DOING THINGS, SEEING THE STEEPLE THERE AND THE CLOCK AND ALL THAT. IT'S BEEN REAL NICE, BUT WE'VE HAD A REAL GOOD FEELING THIS SUMMER TOO, MEETING IN OUR AUDITORIUM AND HAVING OUR SERVICES THERE.. IT'S KIND OF BROUGHT US ALL TOGETHER A LITTLE BIT CLOSER.))
[OUT Q=little bit closer.]
Crews hope to raise a new steeple on the church this fall and have the building re-open next spring.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lexington.))
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One person is dead following an accident near Boones Mill in Franklin County.
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Franklin County Sheriff Quint Overton says a 23 year old man was killed when his truck hit a school bus on Bethlehem Road.
Jason Marshall Jamison was driving a panel truck for Jamison Electric Company and struck the bus head-on.
State Police say Jamison was speeding.
A school bus driver and her son were the only people on the bus. Both had minor injuries.
The accident happened around 4:30. Traffic is at a standstill on Bethlehem Road.
The Henry County Sheriff's Department today arrested the mother of a four year boy who died in February.
The boy's stepfather called 9-1-1 after finding the boy unresponsive in bed.
The medical examiner determined Stephen Kelly died from blunt force injuries to the head, chest, and abdomen.
The boy's mother, 22 year old Donniele Norman, is charged with second degree murder.
Norman was arrested today and is being held at the Henry County jail with no bond.
Authorities also make an arrest in a two year old Henry County murder case.
[SS=Abundio Mora Soto]
24-year old Abundio Mora Soto was wanted for the murder of his cousine-- Jose Santos Mora Soto.
[SUPER=03-Henry Co./October 1999]
Jose Mora Soto's body was found in a creek near his home in October of 1999.
The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide by strangulation.
Sheriff's Deputies say Abundio fled Henry County a few days later.
Police in Charlotte North Carolina arrested him Saturday on suspicion of shoplifting.
Abundio Mora Soto is being held in North Carolina and will face charges there before being extradited back to Henry County.
The Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce is weighing in on the future of Victory Stadium. Today, the organization urged city council to move decisively as it makes plan for the aging landmark.
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[IN Q=So let me emphasize]
((SO LET ME EMPHASIZE. WE'RE NOT HERE TRYING TO TELL ANYONE WHAT TO DO.))
[OUT Q=tell anyone what to do.]
Board member Bruce Wood didn't endorse a specific plan, but chamber officials say they want council to know the issue remains on their radar screen.
They're encouraging council to move forward with a decision that creates a positive return on the city's investment, and fits with the future most citizens envision.
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[IN Q=It's an important issue]
((BRUCE WOOD/ROANOKE REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: IT'S AN IMPORTANT ISSUE. WE CALLED IT A SIGNATURE ISSUE. WE BELIEVE IT IS. AND SO WE'RE JUST HERE TO LEND SUPPORT.))
[SUPER=01-Bruce Wood/Chamber of Commerce]
[OUT Q=just here to lend support.]
Council members have discussed the stadium issue in closed session, and City Manager Darlene Burcham says she plans to bring more information to council within the next several weeks.
"Hope springs eternal in the heart o man."
That mildly encouraging summary today from the chief budget negotiator in Virginia's Senate.
The eight lawmaker budget team met today for the first time since the General Assembly session ended five weeks ago.
[IN Q=I think everybody went home]
((SEN. WILLIAM WAMPLER/(R) BRISTOL: I THINK EVERYBODY WENT HOME AND THEY HEARD PRETTY CLEAR... PEOPLE AT HOME EXPECT US TO COME UP WITH A PLAN.))
((DEL. JIM DILLARD/R-FAIRFAX: WELL, THERE ARE A LOT OF PRESSURES. CERTAINLY, I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANY QUESTION THAT THE SALARY PROPOSAL THAT THE GOVERNOR SENT DOWN IS NOT GOING TO GO ANYWHERE ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. THEREFORE, THERE IS A TREMENDOUS PRESSURE ON EVERYBODY TO MAKE SURE THAT WE TAKE CARE OF STATE EMPLOYEES, OUR TEACHERS, AND OUR CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS, AS WELL AS A VERY SIGNIFICANT AREA, THAT'S THE NON-STATE AGENCIES, THE VERY IMPORTANT MUSEUMS AND ART PROGRAMS WE HAVE.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. William Wampler/(R) Bristol; :00]
[SUPER=01-Del. Jim Dillard/(R) Fairfax; :07]
[OUT Q=and art museums that we have.]
Teachers in Fairfax County and Virginia Beach began a "work to the rule" work slowdown today, protesting the size of their paychecks and school calendar.
In Richmond, lawmakers reconvene Wednesday for a one day "veto override" session.
A six day redistricting special session kicks off Thursday.
Social Security faces a rocky road to recovery.
Next on News 7, find out what that could mean for your retirement.
And they've rolled through many of the world's conflicts, but they're having trouble rolling into a new tank musuem in Southside.
A progress report, later in the newscast.
The Social Security system may be running out of money, but there was no shortage of suggestions for ways to fix the problem today at Washington and Lee University.
A panel of speakers, including one of Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan's right hand men, made pitches that might save some money.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith and Jennifer /Performance Set;]
News 7 Business Reporter Jennifer Miele went to W and L today.
Jen, any quick fix ideas?
[LIVE=Jennifer /FULL Perform. Set]
No quick fixes Keith. But there were a lot of interesting ideas tossed around.
A decision must be made sometime soon -- the money supply is expected to run out within the next 13 years.
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[IN Q=The Social Security Act]
[SUPER=01-Edward Gramlich/Federal Reserve Governor; : 30]
[SUPER=01-Karen Burke/Law Professor; 1:09]
[OUT Q=from those accounts.]
(( The Social Security Act of 1935 offered an attractive promise to Americans struggling to make it through the Great Depression.
The government pledged that if workers paid a Social Security tax on all of their wages, they would be supported in their old age.
The now antiquated system is facing hard times, and that concerns students at Washington and Lee University Law School.
Unless the system is reformed, there won't be any money for them when its time to retire.
((EDWARD GRAMLICH/FEDERAL RESERVE GOVERNOR: BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE LIVING LONGER WE HAVE AN AGING POPULATION, THERE ARE GOING TO BE FEWER WORKER TO PAY BENEFITS. SO IF YOU LOOK WAY OUT THERE ARE SOME PROBLEMS AND WE OUGHT TO DEAL WITH THEM.))
Some suggest the government raise retirement age from 65 to 70 - that way more people pay in for a longer period of time.
The government could also invest Social Security money in equities -- but in today's market climate, that money could very easily be lost.
Also, the Government could create personal accounts -- another name for "individual savings accounts." You pay in, and your employer matches it.
((KAREN BURKE/LAW PROFESSOR: INDIVIDUAL WORKERS WOULD HAVE SOME CONTROL OVER HOW THOSE ACCOUNTS WHERE INVESTED. AND THEN UPON RETIREMENT WOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO RECEIVE BENEFITS FROM THOSE ACCOUNTS.))
[LIVE=Jennifer FULL/Perform. Set]
To keep the so-called "Social Security promise," the government must begin taking 30 to 40 percent of every worker's wages just to pay retirement benefits.
That's why students at W&L are hoping to find a better solution. Keith.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith and Jennifer /Performance Set;]
Sales for a Roanoke-based fiber optic company reached record levels last month.
Optical Cable reported more than 10 million dollars in orders.
About a third of the orders came from China.
C-E-O Bob Kopstein announced he was in negotiations with the Chinese last month.
Kopstein says more deals in China would double the company's workforce, sales, and may lead to construction of a new manufacturing facility there.
Wall Street opened the second quarter with losses.
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The DOW dropped 101 points.
NASDAQ fell 57.
Assault and battery charges have been filed by the parents of two teenagers who were maced by employees of a Roanoke teen nightclub.
Janice Goode says a bouncer at the Junction sprayed her 14-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son with mace after they were asked to leave.
The club's owner says it was self-defense.
It happened Friday night at the Williamson Road club.
Police did not charge anyone in the fracas.
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[IN Q=He didn't have to]
((JANICE GOODE/MOTHER: HE DIDN'T HAVE TO MACE HER. HE DIDN'T HAVE TO DO IT. IF SHE WAS SO DISORDERLY, JUST PUT HER OUT, LOCK THE DOOR, WHATEVER. GO GET THE POLICE. BUT HE DIDN'T HAVE TO DO THAT.))
((J.R. WILFONG/CLUB OWNER: WHEN HE WAS PHYSICALLY KNOCKED TO THE GROUND, HE HAD TO DO WHAT HE HAD TO DO....))
((...SHE WAS TWICE HIS SIZE. HE WAS DOING ALL THAT HE COULD DO.))
[SUPER=01-Janice Goode/Mother; :00]
[SUPER=01-J. R. Wilfong/Club Owner; :09]
[OUT Q=all that he could do.]
The club's owner says this was the first time mace has been used on a patron.
He says he's filing charges against the teens for assault and battery and destruction of a metal detector.
It's one of the largest private collections of military tanks and artillery in the world.
Two years ago, the American Armoured Foundation announced plans to move its tank museum to Pittsylvania County.
As Danville Bureau Chief Justin McLeod explains the museum still has one major battle to win before opening its doors.
[IN Q=Nat sound of owner talking]
[SUPER=01-William Gasser/Museum Director;:09]
[SUPER=01-David Kalbacker/Museum Business Director;:45]
[SUPER=01-Karen Gasser/Museum Co-Director;1:09]
[OUT Q=News 7, Pittsylvania County]
((((NAT SOUND OF OWNER TALKING, COVER WITH VIDEO))
((WILLIAM GASSER/DIRECTOR: ITS ONE OF THE LARGEST COLLECTIONS IN THE WORLD.))
A collection that has nearly 100 tanks, 700 uniforms, and thousands of war artifcats.
[IN Q=We hope to educate]
((WILLIAM GASSER/DIRECTOR: WE HOPE TO EDUCATE THE PROPER WAY BY SHOWING THE TRUE FACE OF WAR AND MILITARY HISTORY AS IT SHOULD BE AND AS IT WAS.))
[OUT Q=and as it was]
As it is now, the tank museum is closed to the public.
Workers have spent the last two years renovating the old Disstan plant along Route-29 in Pittsylvania County.
With that nearing completion, the museum recently moved thousands of smaller items from its old facility in New York.
[IN Q=The museum has another]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE MUSEUM HAS ANOTHER 50 OF THESE LARGE TANKS LIKE THESE STORED IN NEW YORK. AS YOU MIGHT IMAGINE YOU CAN'T JUST FIRE THEM UP AND DRIVE THEM DOWN THE HIGHWAY. TO GET THESE TANKS FROM THERE TO HERE ITS GOING TO TAKE MORE THAN A MILLION DOLLARS.))
[OUT Q=more than a million dollars]
[IN Q=We're looking to raise]
((DAVID KALBACKER/MUSEUM BUSINESS CONSULTANT: WE'RE LOOKING TO RAISE SOME FROM OUR CORPORATIONS, PERHAPS A LOCAL REGIONAL GOVERNMENT AND ALSO PEOPLE WHO HAVE AN INTEREST IN MAKING SURE THIS HISTORY REMAINS ALIVE.))
[OUT Q=history remains alive]
So when will this history come alive in Southside?
Museum curators don't have a target opening date.
But they believe once opened, the museum will attract more than a hundred thousand visitors in the first year.
[IN Q=We want to have school systems]
((KAREN GASSER/COMMUNITY RELATIONS: WE WANT TO HAVE SCHOOL SYSTEMS BRING CLASSES IN. WE WILL HAVE CRITERIA GIVEN TO US BY THE TEACHERS TO GO THROUGH A SPECIAL STUDY OF A CERTAIN AREA IN HISTORY.))
[OUT Q=area in history]
But until the museum opens, the lesson may be that moving history sometimes takes longer than making it.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Pittsylvania County.))
Coming your way tonight on News 7 sports, opening day in baseball as the Yanks and Braves pick up wins.
We'll check in with the Express, Duke and Arizona
and hear from Johnny Benson - one of the hottest properties in Winston Cup racing.
The Braves and Reds opened the 2001 major league season today with Atlanta winning 10-to-4.
[SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH/Reds-MLB; :00]
This was the first game in the newly reconfigured Cinergy Field in Cincinnati.
The dimensions seemed to suit the Braves Andruw Jones just fine as he hit one out to help the Braves beat the Reds 10-to-4.
Ken Griffey Junior didn't start and struckout as a pinch hitter in the 7th.
The New York Yankees' Roger Clemens struck out five, recorded strikeout number three-thousand-509 and passed Walter Johnson to become the American League's strikeout king as the Yankees beat the Royals 7-to-3.
[SUPER=03-New York, NY/MLB-Yanks;:00]
Tino Martinez would make sure the Yanks opened defense of their world series title with success as he ripped this homer to power New York over KC.
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Bernie Williams also went yard with a massive shot to right center as New York gets 13 hits and the 7-to-3 win.
The Martinsville Speedway is in the NASCAR spotlight this weekend as the Craftsman Truck Series and the Winston Cup regulars roll into Henry County for two big races.
Saturday the Trucks take part in the Advance Auto Parts 250, then Sunday the Cup cars turn left for 500 laps in the Virginia 500.
One of the drivers to watch Sunday is red-hot Johnny Benson.
The driver of the Valvoline Pontiac is 3rd in points with 5 top 10 finishes in the first 7 events of the year.
Benson is poised to be the next first time winner on the circuit.
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[IN Q="It's just a matter...]
[SUPER=01-Johnny Benson/Third in Points Standings; :00]
[OUT Q=...REAL HAPPY."]
Tickets are still available for both the Cup and truck races.
Qualifying for both events takes place Friday with the trucks at 1:30 and the Cup cars at 3.
The Express opens the first round of the ECHL playoffs this Friday night on the road Against Toledo. Roanoke has outscored the Storm 16 to 11 in four games this season, but playing in Toledo's barn means the fans are right on top of you.
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((PERRY FLORIO/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:THE TOP ROW OF THE STANDS IS ONLY ABOUT 40 FEET FROM THE BENCH. THERE REALLY IS NO DIVIDER BETWEEN THE HOME BENCH AND THE STANDS SO PEOPLE SIT WITH YOU. THEY ARE LOUD, THEY ARE OBNOXIOUS, THEY ARE EVERYTHING OLD TIME HOCKEY IS ALL ABOUT. IF YOU ARE A YOUNG TEAM THAT CAN GET RATTLED EASILY, AND GET FRUSTRATED EASILY, IT CAN BE A VERY DIFFICULT PLACE TO PLAY.))
[SUPER=01-Perry Florio/3-1 vs. Toledo This Season; :00]
[OUT Q=difficult place to play"]
Here's the entire schedule. Game two this Saturday night at Toledo. Today, the Express set its home dates last night, but changes them today.
Instead of playing Friday the 13th, game three will be played Thursday April 12th at 7:30. Game four, if needed, of the best of five series with the Storm would be Saturday April 14th.