How various re-districting proposals deal with Montgomery County and Lynchburg.
The latest from Richmond in a moment.
And we'll go back to the site of last night's interstate bridge fire to assess the damage in the light of day.
Tonight on News 7 Sports, the Avalanche is ready to open it's 2001 home campaign at Salem Memorial.
Dave Odom is no longer a Deacon.
And Winthrop boss Gregg Marshall is still in the hunt to become the king of the Monarchs.
Some pop up downpours contain heavy rain and small hail. We'll check them out in our first weather segment coming up.
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((SEN. MADISON MARYE: THAT'S VERY SIMILAR TO MY CURRENT DISTRICT.))
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Madison Marye has his own plan.
Virginia Democrats have theirs.
And the Republicans in power in Richmond have made some minor changes to the plan most likely to succeed.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
The redistricting special session is finally underway in Richmond.
And the changes are fast and furious.
Richmond Bureau Chief Ellen Qualls brings us up to speed.
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Madison Marye obviously didn't like the Senate map that picked up his district in southwest Virginia and dropped into Fairfax.
So he's got Senate Plan number three-- which leaves his district largely intact in western Virginia.
Democrats in the House know their plan is probably dead on arrival... but it would pair only eight incumbents in four districts, unlike the GOP plan which lumps 15 delegates into seven districts.
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((DEL. BILLY ROBINSON/D-NORFOLK: THERE ARE TWO DEMOCRATS, DELEGATES JONES AND MOSS... AND TWO REPUBLICAN.... BYRON. AND WHO?))
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That's Lynchburg Republicans Kathy Byron and Preston Bryant who get the same district in the Democrats' plan.
But in the latest changes to the Republican plan, Lynchburg gets its wish.
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((DEL. CHRIS JONES/R-SUFFOLK: LYNCHBURG IS ONE AND CAMPBELL COUNTY IS ONE. Why did you do that? REDUCING THE NUMBER OF SPLIT JURISDICTIONS. IT WAS POSSIBLE, IT COULD HAPPEN AND SO WE DID IT.))
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But it's beginning to sound like poker on the House side.
ON The three of a kind district that lumps Democrats Tom Jackson, Barnie Day, and Ward Armstrong together in Southside, the Republican author of the plan now admits he'd have preferred two pairs.
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((DEL. CHRIS JONES/R-SUFFOLK: WELL, I WOULD HAVE PREFERRED TO SEE IT DONE A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENTLY. BUT THAT'S THE WAY IT IS RIGHT NOW. I'M NOT SURE WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN AT THE END OF THE DAY. BUT THAT'S THE WAY IT IS AT THIS POINT IN TIME.))
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They've scheduled three days to approve their own chambers' plans.
Next week they trade off.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Should Blacksburg High school keep its mascot and remain the Indians?
Members of the Montgomery County school board will be listening to what citizens have to say at a public hearing tonight.
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The meeting will be at Blacksburg High school and that's where we find Teresa Hamilton.
Keith, the school board called this public hearing to outline two of its proposals to deal with this sensitive issue.
Some of course want the Indian name to stick along with the mascot, but others believe it's offensive to Native Americans.
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The school board as we mentioned has outlined two proposals deal with the dilemma.
One of the proposals would eliminate both the Indian name and Indian mascot.
The other proposal is what some call middle of the road.
Under that policy--- the Indian name would remain but the mascot would go.
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This is a sensitive issue--- Blacksburg High School has been known as the Indians for more than 50- years but those wh
o feel the name and mascot are offensive feel very strong in their belief.
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Keith, the public hearing will start at 7:30 here at the high school. We'll of course have reaction tonight on NEWS 7 at eleven.
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No apparent mascot problems for Hidden Valley High, the new south Roanoke County high school scheduled to open in the fall of 2002.
The students at Hidden Valley Junior High, who will make up the first classes of students at the school, overwhelmingly voted to be known as the "Titans."
Sixth-Three percent picked the nickname.
A 30 member committee made up of students, parents and school staff members whittled the menagerie of choices down to the final five.
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The school board is expected to formally approve the choice.
Last night's accident on Interstate 81 is still causing problems there today.
Northbound traffic was backed up for several miles near the 581 interchange.
V-Dot is working to repair damage to the bridge there.
Last night, a tractor trailer hit the bridge and caught fire.
Crews will work on the bridge again tomorrow from 9 to 4.
A family is salvaging what's left of their belongings after their Christiansburg home was hit by fire.
The back of the two-story house on Cullen Court was hardest hit.
Officials believe hot coals caught trash on fire around 8:30 last night.
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When crews arrived flames had moved quickly to the second floor destroying most of their belongings.
The five people living there had been renting the home for only about two-months.
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((WILLIAM PALMER/FIRE VICTIM; JUST HAVE TO TAKE IT ONE STEP AT A TIME RIGHT NOW DON'T REALLY PARTICULARLY KNOW WHAT TO DO RIGHT NOW WERE TRYING, CALLING A FEW PLACES, COMMUNITY ACTION, RED CROSS, GOODWILL STUFF LIKE THAT. ))
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The Montgomery County Red Cross is helping the family since it had no renter's insurance.
A second man has been identified in connection with the shooting of a cab driver in Roanoke last weekend.
29-year-old Shawn Conace Vaughn is charged with robbery, aggravated assault and violating parole after he and another man allegedly shot their cab driver early Sunday morning.
Police say Vaughn and Phillip Alex Foreman demanded money from cab driver John Powers, shot out his two way radio, and shot him in the back.
Phillip Foreman was arrested Monday.
The cab driver is in fair condition at Duke University Medical Center.
A boy will be tried as an adult for his role in the beating of a counselor at Arcadia Leadership Academy last month.
A judge certified aggravated malicious wounding and carjacking charges against 17-year-old Tahir (Tuh-HEAR) Alston today.
He's one of four boys at the school for troubled juveniles who's charged in the attack.
Counselor David Hipes testified that he was driving them to a restaurant when another boy hit him with a steel pipe and all four stole the car.
Prosecutors say Alston drove the car, but did not hit the counselor.
The three others will be in court next month.
A Salem house goes for a ride.
We'll explain that coming up on NEws 7 at Six.
And find out what they've dug up at Thomas Jefferson's house, and why some are calling it an important discovery.
Finally, some movement toward a state budget compromise.
At least among members of the legislature.
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((SEN. JOHN CHICHESTER/R-STAFFORD CO.: WE PROPOSE THAT WE SET ASIDE IN A LOCKBOX, A SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION THAT COULD BE USED TO ADVANCE THE CAR TAX ONLY AND FOR NO OTHER PURPOSE. THE MONEY IN THE LOCK BOX WOULD BE USED TO ADANCE THE CAR TAX IF CERTAIN REVENUE TARGETS ARE MET.))
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The Senate Finance Committee finally says it could up go to a 70 percent car tax phase out, IF state revenues go up four-point-four percent.
That brings the Senators to the number the House is talking about.
44 Democrats in the House have signed a letter asking the Governor to call the special budget session he promised when the regular session ended in February -- without a budget agreement for the first time in history.
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((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: I THINK THE PURPOSE OF OUR LETTER IS TO REALLY INVITE THE GOVERNOR TO BECOME A PLAYER. AN OFFENSIVE PLAYER, NOT A DEFENSIVE PLAYER. AND I REALLY THINK THAT'S WHERE HE NEEDS TO BE. BECAUSE I THINK ONCE HE DOES THAT, I REALLY THINK THIS PROBLEM CAN GET RESOLVED REAL SOON.))
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Governor Jim Gilmore is in Arizona, golfing this week with his eldest son.
His chief of staff rejected the Senate car tax lockbox idea upon its announcement today.
Many cultural organizations in the Roanoke Valley are considering a new approach to fund raising.
The lack of money in the new state budget for institutions like the Science Museum and Mill Mountain Zoo has directors considering the creation of a united front.
Rather than ask the state for money individually, the organizations would make the process more efficient by banding together and requesting a lump sum.
In the meantime, organizations like Center in the Square are working on building their donor base.
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((JIM SEARS/CENTER IN THE SQUARE: MOST CITIZENS DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT THE COST OF A TICKET WOULD TRIPLE AND QUADRUPLE IF WE TRIED TO MAKE TICKET PRICES COVER THE OPERATIONAL COSTS. IT'S THE SAME AS PUBLIC EDUCATION. THE AVERAGE CITIZEN CANNOT AFFORD TO PAY THE SCHOOL SYSTEM WHAT IT COSTS TO EDUCATE THEIR CHILD.))
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Sears says it's the Center's goal to eventually be able to operate without financial assistance from the state.
A rebound in the technology sector set off a rally on Wall Street.
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The DOW climbed 258 points and closed above the ten-thousand mark for the first time in weeks.
NASDAQ gained 106.
After years of speculation and two months of digging, Monticello historians have made what they call a significant archaeological discovery.
Steve Smallshaw has the story from Charlottesville.
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(( On a mountain already chock full of history, Monticello archaeologists have dug up a little more.
For years, experts had suspected this plot of ground at the southern end of the visitors parking lot was the site of a Jefferson-era slave cemetery.. now recent excavations may have confirmed that.
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((SEE THE DARK BROWN, THEN THE BRIGHT RED? THE BRIGHT RED IS THE FILL OF THE GRAVE SITE.))
Inside this 75 by 65 foot section, crews have identified 20 burial sites of both children and adults, some marked with uninscribed fieldstones.
Scientists figure anywhere from 40 to 110 people are buried here.
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((The discovery of the cemetery does nothing to settle the ongoing controversy over whether Thomas Jefferson fathered children with his slave Sally Hemings. Scientists say it's highly unlikely any of the graves contain human remains that could be tested for D-N-A, so the plan right now is to leave them undisturbed.))
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((DAN JORDAN/TJ MEMORIAL FOUNDATION: WE DIDN'T FEEL.. ..REST IN PEACE.))
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The discovery adds another chapter to Monticello's long history.. and puts a more human face on the other less-famous residents of this historic plantation.
((DIANNE SWANN-WRIGHT/HISTORIAN: IT'S EXCITING BECAUSE IT'S A REFLECTION... ...HERE TO BE BURIED.))
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Steve Smallshaw, News7, Charlottesville.))
After more than a century on Main Street, a Salem landmark has a new address tonight.
The Wiley House was on the move today... making the slow trip from Main Street to a lot on the corner of Chestnut and Second.
Built in 1883, the Victorian cottage was threatened by an expansion of the post office.
The Salem Historical Society plans to renovate and resell the Wiley House... with the proceeds going to a local preservation fund.
Coming up tonight on the big 7 - the Avalanche opens its home campaign. We'll have a LIVE report.
Plus, Cory Alexander shows us "Y" it's important to give back.
Dave Odom leaves Wake Forest and takes over at South Carolina this afternoon.
The Salem Avalanche opens its home season tonight at Salem Memorial.
The team is 1-and-2 after its first three games on the road.
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Steve, Denise, and I drew straws to see who could go outside tonight. Steve and I lost, so Denise gets the yard work this evening.
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Former minor league baseball player and future NBA hall of famer Michael Jordan could make a comeback, according to Washington Wizards owner Abe Polin.
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Polin told the Washington Post that his gut feeling was that Jordan will play for the Wizards next season.
He has been practicing with the Wizards. Jordan said he is working out because his body weight got up to 240 pounds.
If Jordan's comeback talk is a shock, get a load of this item out of South Carolina tonight.
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formally introduced Dave Odom as their new head basketball coach shortly after five o'clock.
Odom, the former UVa assistant, leaves Wake Forest after 12 seasons as the Demon Deacons' head coach.
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There are even more rumblings in the Palmetto state tonight as Winthrop head coach
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and Cave Spring grad Gregg Marshall is contemplating leaving Rock Hill, South Carolina and returning to the Commonwealth to coach Old Dominion.
He has interviewed for the job, but ODU is taking its time to find a replacement for Jeff Capel.
It's now been five weeks since he quit.
A former UVa basketball great has opened up his heart and his wallet for his hometown.
Cory Alexander, who is now a reserve guard for the Orlando Magic, came through with a $150 thousand dollar donation this month to help save an organization that in many ways helped save him as a youngster.
The YMCA in Cory's hometown of Waynesboro was in debt and in dire need of some help to keep it open.
Cory, who got his first membership at the "Y" when he was 6, came through with the key pledge that will now enable the YMCA to get out of the red and stay in business through at least 2006.
Cory's parents still live in the Waynesboro area.