On News 7 at 6, Virginia's plagued with anthrax scares.
We'll have a wrap-up.
And why it's still a proud moment, becoming an American.
Tonight on the Big 7, the rundown of high school football games for tomorrow night is on the way, plus a chat with William and Mary's Corey Paxton.
And Tech's Ben Taylor is once against a semi-finalist for the Butkus award.
October brings big temperatures swings between morning and afternoon. That pattern continues through the weekend.
News 7 at Six.
Test results are back from a Roanoke County Antrax scare.
Meanwhile new scare pop up across the Commonwealth.
Good evening, I'm Shannon Young.
And I'm Keith Humphry.[Anthrax-Scare]
Hundreds of anthrax scares have been reported around Virginia in the last few days.
Today, Virginia's tallest state office building was evacuated and closed...
bomb dogs searched two court buildings in Richmond, and a "haz mat" team checked out suspicious letters at the Federal Reserve bank.
What's going on?
Ellen Qualls got a few answers.
[IN Q=The Federal Reserve building is]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Bill Bolling/Terrorism Subcommittee Chairman; :31]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Anne Peterson/State Health Commissioner; 1:00 ]
[SUPER=01-Don Williams/Dept. of General Services; 1:22 ]
[SUPER=@Ellen2; 1:39 ]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]
(( The Federal Reserve building is a logical target.
It's one of three in the nation that automates America's banking system.
Law enforcement sources say NO biohazards were found in a morning search.
But getting information is tough.
The subcommittee of the Governor's terrorism panel that deals with medical, health, and agricultural risks met in secret for almost three hours -- with virtually NO news resulting.
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((Is there anything that has been said in the last two hours that wouldn't jeopardize public safety for people to know?
SEN. BILL BOLLING/TERRORISM SUBCOMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: I THINK ALL OF THE ISSUES THAT ARE ON THE AGENDA TODAY DEAL SPECIFICALLY WITH THE COMMONWEALTH'S ABILITY TO PREVENT AND RESPOND TO TERRORIST ACTIVITY IN THE AREAS OF MEDICAL, HEALTH, AND AGRICULTURAL RISKS THROUGHOUT VIRGINIA. OBVIOUSLY WE'RE DISCUSSING SOME VERY SENSITIVE MATTERS.))
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The Health Commissioner emerged to say she's heard that some Virginia doctors are handing out anthrax medications like Cipro inappropriately, to people who face NO credible threat of terrorist attack.
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((DR. ANNE PETERSON/STATE HEALTH COMMISSIONER: WE SHOULDN'T WITH ALL OF THESE HUNDREDS OF LETTERS THAT ARE OUT THERE AND WHITE POWDERS THAT EVERYONE'S SUDDENLY NOTICING...SHOULDN'T BE TREATING PEOPLE... EVEN AT ALL LIKELY TO BE ANTHRAX.))
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It was one of those powdery substances that evacuated the state's Monroe Building Wednesday.
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((DON WILLIAMS/DEPT. OF GENERAL SERVICES: IT IS VERY POSSIBLE THAT IT WAS JUST A GARDEN VARIETY SPILL OF SOME TYPE OF POWDERY SUBSTANCE THAT YOU MAY PUT IN COFFEE OR A BREATH MINT OR WHATEVER.))
But now, the building is completely shut down, following a possible security breach in the ventilation system of the mechanical room.
It's closed through the end of the week.
That means state checks printed here will be at least one day delayed.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Tests on a suspicious substance found at Friendship Manor Retirement Community showed no trace of Anthrax.
On Monday, Haz-Mat crews responded when a Postal worker and employee in the administrative office discovered the white powdery substance on some mail.
A local Health Department official confirms that all tests have come back negative.
Roanoke Police are encouraging families to move their Halloween festivities INDOORS this year.
The city is asking churches, synagogues and civic groups to host their own events for children.
But for kids who prefer pounding the pavement, police urge some added caution.
They ask parents to go along with children... and check their candy thoroughly.
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((SGT. BUTCH STEAHLY/ROANOKE P.D.: WE'RE ALSO RECOMMENDING THAT INSTEAD OF GOING OUT AND WHOLESALE TRICK OR TREATING ANY NEIGHBORHOOD, THEY CONCENTRATE ON NEIGHBORHOODS THAT THEY'RE FAMILIAR WITH OR CONCENTRATE ON FRIENDS AND FAMILY. TRICK OR TREAT WITH THEM, WHERE YOU KNOW YOU'VE GOT GOOD CANDY.))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Butch Steahly/Roanoke Police Department;]
[OUT Q=you've got good candy.]
Police say they anticipate no problems this year, but are urging added caution in light of recent national events.
Trick or treating in the city WILL take place on Halloween night, Wednesday, October 31st.
Despite widespread fear of terrorist attacks, America is still drawing thousands of immigrants a year.
Dozens of new citizens realized their American dream this morning, even as officials worked to make the immigration process more secure.
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[IN Q=With liberty and justice for all...]
[SUPER=141-Sonia Luppi Sehring;]
[SUPER=141-Rep. Bob Goodlatte/(R) 6th District;]
[OUT Q=always be a part of our society.]
[IN Q=With liberty and...]
((With liberty and justice for all.))
[OUT Q=justice for all.]
With those words, one hundred one people from 32 countries pledged their loyalty to one of the most powerful nations in the world.
But it took more than America's might to draw these foreigners overseas.
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((America is really, truly to me a land of milk and honey.))
[OUT Q=a land of milk and honey.]
((BUTT BUTT BUTT))
[IN Q=I don't know how to explain it...]
((I don't know how to explain it. I feel so proud, you know, because I love American people. They are really nice, polite and that's why I want to become one of them.))
[OUT Q=want to become one of them.]
That desire propels more than 15-thousand people a year to pledge their allegiance to the stars and stripes.
They spend years learning about American history and having their own background probed.
Then, the naturalization process itself can take up to 8 months.
[IN Q=Certainly, everyone has to go...]
((Certainly, everyone has to go through background checks before they become citizens where we check their fingerprints and check to see if any criminal record exists.))
[OUT Q=any criminal record exists.]
But those checks may not be enough.
Officials say, since the attacks of September eleventh, the INS has been working closely with other agencies to make certain the people priveledged with citizenship clearly deserve it.
But they add the country will stop short of closing its borders.
[IN Q=We need to recognize that we all have roots...]
((We need to recognize that we all have roots as immigrants. While we make sure the people who come here come here to experience freedom and democracy and to help our country and not to hurt it, nonetheless, immigration will always be a part of our society.))
[OUT Q=always be a part of our society.]))
Goodlatte says new legislation to tighten up the immigration process will be introduced sometime in the next couple weeks.
A new poll shows Mark Warner is holding his lead over Mark Earley in the campaign for governor.
But it's a lot closer than it was a month ago.
The News-7/Mason Dixon survey of 625 likely voters comes a week after the candidates last televised debate.
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Warner has a three point edge over Earley. That's within the poll's margin of error.
Last month, the Democratic nominee had a SIX point leader over his Republican opponent.
Libertarian candidate Bill Redpath is just barely hitting the charts.
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Warner continues to show strength in the Roanoke Valley and Southwest Virginia.
And he's far ahead of Earley in Northern Virginia.
Earley leads in Southside and around Richmond.
The chairman of Virginia's Democratic Party has finally lost her battle with pancreatic cancer.
Charlottesville State Senator Emily Couric was the Democratic frontrunner in the race for lieutenant governor -- but dropped out of the race last summer after learning she was ill.
She was the sister of N-B-C "Today" show co-host Katie Couric, who lost her husband to colon cancer.
Senator Emily Couric was 54.
Parents say school bus-overcrowding is to blame for a fatal accident yesterday.
That's next on News 7 at Six.
And a judge gives a proposed Southside drag strip a RED light.
Angry parents in Amherst County say yesterday's accident that killed a high school senior could have been avoided.
They believe administrators ignored their concerns about bus overcrowding.
Steve Smallshaw has the story.
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[SUPER=03-Amherst Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Susan Tyree/Concerned Parent; :27]
[SUPER=01-Nancy Campbell/Concerned Parent; :47]
[SUPER=01-Shirley Reid/Concerned Parent; :56]
[SUPER=01-John Walker/Amherst Co. School Superintendent; 1:10]
[OUT Q=News7, Amherst County.]
(( There are two bus stops on this section of Route 29.. one on the northbound side, the other on the southbound.
The problem, parents say, is the school bus comes south first and is usually full by the time it reaches the northbound stop.
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To assure themselves of a seat, many students risk crossing four busy lanes of traffic to board on the southbound side.
That's apparently how 17- year- old Dana Marie Roberson died Wednesday.
((SUSAN TYREE/CONCERNED PARENT: THAT GIRL DIDN'T DESERVE TO DIE. AND IF THE SCHOOL OFFICIALS WOULD JUST SPEAK UP AND TELL THE TRUTH, EVERYBODY WOULD KNOW IT.))
[OUT Q=would know it.]
Parents say they've complained about the situation for months but have been ignored.
About two dozen citizens gathered at the site, demanding answers to their questions.. and changes to the system.
((NANCY CAMPBELL/CONCERNED PARENT: I THINK YOU PERSONALLY SHOULD GET A TICKET FOR EVERY CHILD STANDING UP ON A BUS EVERY SINGLE DAY, UNTIL YOU DECIDE THAT IT IS OKAY TO MAKE SURE OUR KIDS ARE SAFE.))
[OUT Q=kids are safe.]
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((SHIRLEY REID/CONCERNED PARENT: YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING, TAKE EVERY PARENT SERIOUSLY, BECAUSE YESTERDAY WE LOST A CHILD AND THAT WASN'T NECESSARY.))
[OUT Q=wasn't necessary.]
School officials say they'll investigate all the concerns but won't say whether a problem does exist.
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((JOHN WALKER/AMHERST CO. SCHOOL SUPT.: SOMETIMES A PERSON NEEDS TO GET A RESPONSE QUICKLY AND I NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT OCCURS AND THAT WILL BE ADDRESSED. SOMETIMES I THINK PART OF THE PROBLEM IS THEY DON'T GET THE ANSWER THEY WERE HOPING FOR.))
[OUT Q=were hoping for.]
Parents plan to raise the issue again at the November 1st school board meeting.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Amherst County.))
There's been no arrest yet in a murder last night in Lynchburg.
Police found 20- year- old Michael A. Mosley inside a car on Bedford Avenue just before midnight.
He'd been shot at least once and was pronounced dead later at Lynchburg General Hospital.
A big buyer wants a big chunk of Optical Cable.
But the president of the company is refusing to sell.
Bob Kopstein's shares are up for grabs, but he's not letting go without a fight.
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Business Reporter Jennifer Miele is here to explain why.
Shannon, Kopstein pledged every thing he owned in Optical Cable as collateral for other investments...
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and that added up to 93 percent of the company.
Now it's pay back time, and there just doesn't seem to be enough money to go around.
Let's do the math to show you why.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;:20]
[SUPER=10-Robert Kopstein/Optical Cable CEO/Last Week;:26]
[OUT Q=value without me.]
(( 50 million shares of Kopstein's Optical Cable stock could be sold.
Today, the share price went for a dollar thirty four.
If he were to sell at that price, he would get 67 million dollars to pay off debts.
But his original loans totaled 91 million. That leaves him 24 million short.
That's why Kopstein wants to compromise.
Mediation is going well with three of his lenders, but one is still fighting him over a million shares.
((ROBERT KOPSTEIN/OPTICAL CABLE CEO: IT'S NICE TO SEE THAT PEOPLE ARE LOOKING AT WAYS TO WORK THIS OUT CONSTRUCTIVELY.))
So, if your wondering who may buy all those shares you aren't alone.
In a phone interview this afternoon, Kopstein said he'd been called by someone who was already buying up shares and promised to continue to do that.
When I asked him how he felt about someone else trying to take control, he said simply, "Let's just say the guy wasn't happy when we got off the phone. My shares have zero value without me."))
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Kopstein says Optical Cable has been flooded with calls from people who want a chunk of the company, and others just giving him a vote of confidence to stay strong during these tough financial times.
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A mixed day for the markets as the possibility of more terror attacks pressured Wall Street.
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The DOW dropped 69 points.
NASDAQ gained 6 and a half.
The Roanoke Times has won approval for its new printing plant, but opponents continue to press their case against the project.
Demolition is under way on the property across second street from the newspaper's current location.
The Board of Zoning Appeals has already cleared the way for construction, and today the Planning Commission onsidered a zoning amendment to allow printing plants downtown.
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[IN Q=If you stand in the way of progress]
((DAVID BOWERS/OPPONENT'S ATTORNEY: IF YOU STAND IN THE WAY OF PROGRESS AS ROGER ROBERTS DOES IT SHOULD BE FOR A GOOD PURPOSE. AND HIS PURPOSE IS TO DAY, HE IS GOING TO BE ECONOMICALLY DAMAGED INJURED BY THIS. IF THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE PROGRESS THEN THEY SHOULD BE CONCERNED WITH THE PEOPLE THIS PROGRESS AFFECTS.))
((WENDY ZOMPARELLI/ROANOKE TIMES PUBLISHER: THIS JUST MAKES IT POSSIBLE FOR US TO KNOW THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO DO BUSINESS DOWNTOWN IN THE FUTURE, THAT WE'RE WELCOME AND A RECOGNIZED PART OF DOWNTOWN.))
[SUPER=01-David Bowers/Opponent's Attorney; :00]
[SUPER=01-Wendy Zomparelli/Roanoke Times Publisher; : 18]
[OUT Q=part of downtown.]
The planning commission approved the zoning amendment on a unanimous vote.
A Pittsylvania County judge puts the brakes on a proposed drag strip in Java.
Judge Charles Strauss ruled Yesterday that the special-use permit issued for construction of the drag strip was invalid.
Landowner Stone Gregory, the Third, wanted to build a quarter-mile drag strip off of Route 832.
Last year, the the Board of Zoning appeals issued the permit allowing for construction.
Residents who oppose the project sued, arguing the board failed to follow the county's ordinances.
Judge Strauss agreed.
No word on whether Gregory plans to appeal.
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, Ben Taylor and UVa hoops are making news - while the Virginia football team has a slight scheduling problem.
We'll check the rundown of games for tomorrow night's high school football action.
And get caught up with former Friday Football Extra star Corey Paxton - who is now a junior at William and Mary.
Virginia Tech's head hunting linebacker Ben Taylor is one of the 12 semi-finalists for the prestigious Butkus Award for the second straight season.
This award is given annually to the best linebacker in the nation by the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando.
Taylor was a semi-finalist last season, as well.
He leads Tech with 53 tackles, 11 for losses and he has 10 quarterback hurries.
The winner will be announced on December 7th.
As expected the UVa men's basketball team is getting all kinds of recognition this preseason.
The Cavs are ranked 11th by both the Sorting News and Street and Smith. And Pete Gillen's team is ranked 16th by ESPN dot com.
Also, UVa announced late this afternoon that this Saturday night's football game with Florida State is now completely sold out.
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[SUPER=01-Monsanto Pope/UVa Defensive Lineman; :00]
[SUPER=01-Kevin Bailey/UVa Offensive Lineman; :14]
[OUT Q=on national television.]
Dealing with Florida State on Saturday may be easier than straightening out an apparent scheduling problem UVa has gotten into.
Reports out of South Carolina today indicate that UVa is scheduled to play at Penn State next season and take on South Carolina on the same day - September 7th. It would end up being a costly mistake if one of these games has to bought out. Even costlier if they have to play a doubleheader.
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The Tribe of William and Mary is 3 and 3 on the season heading into this Saturday road game at Delaware.
The Tribe's losses have been to two nationally ranked One Double-A schools and powerful East Carolina in Greenville, North Carolina.
One of the starters on this year's team is junior H-back Corey Paxton, a former Friday Football Extra star at Cave Spring - who after arriving in Williamsburg with high hopes of playing quarterback, adapted quickly to coach Jimmye Laycock's wishes.
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[IN Q="I didn't really...]
[SUPER=01-Corey Paxton/William & Mary Junior H-Back; :00]
[OUT Q=...ANY FUN."]
Paxton who is now six feet and 220 pounds and adjusted to blocking and hitting defenders well.
He's also working hard to get the Tribe back into the top 10 of the Division One Double A rankings.
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[OUT Q=...EVERY GAME."]
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Paxton is also helping his fellow Cave Spring grad - freshman quarterback Jacob Lewis - who is redshirting this season and learning the ropes.
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[IN CUE=JAKE AND I...]
[OUT Q=...FUN TOGETHER."]
It's already week number eight of the high school football season.
A number of teams are still in the hunt for district titles and regional playoff berths.
Here's the rundown of games for tomorrow night in the Friday Football Extra coverage area.
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