Coming up on News 7-
It looks like southwest Virginia is in for more winter weather...
The latest forecast is just ahead...
Memories of September eleventh surface... after a 15- year old student pilot crashes into a Florida skyscraper...
Plus-- why are some saying the Mill Mountain Star is losing its luster--
News 7 is next.
Folks around the region are bracing for what could turn out to be yet another winter weather producer in our area.
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Good Evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.[Snow-Preps]
The threat of snow is in the air for most of our viewing area... with up to seven inches predicted in the Highlands and New River Valley.
The city of Roanoke says its ready for whatever mother nature brings our way.
Roanoke's Street Traffic Manager says the city will have 20 trucks on stand-by for tomorrow's storm.
Crews plan to fight the elements with salt and various other chemicals.
The city has more than 6-thousand tons of salt in storage.
Officials say salt laid down earlier this week for another storm should help melt any ice.
Let's get the latest on the storm now-- from Jacey.
A small plane piloted by a teenager crashed into a skyscraper in Tampa, Florida today.
Authorities say 15- year old Charles Bishop crashed into the building after ignoring a Coast Guard helicopter's signals to land.
The teenager was a student pilot who officials say took off in the plane without permission.
Officials say the crash occurred shortly after Bishop's grandmother brought him to a flight school for a flying lesson.
The plane's tail is dangling near the 20th floor of the 40-story Bank of America building.
One person was killed, but officials aren't saying if it was Bishop.
[GRAPHIC=Op. Enduring Free.]
President Bush says we've entered a dangerous phase in the war in Afghanistan.
The President made that point today in California... as he offered his condolences to the family of Nathan Chapman.
Jennifer Jones has more.
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[SUPER=01-Lynn Chapman/Mother; :32 ]
[SUPER=01-Omar Samad/Foreign Ministry Spokesman; 1:24]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Jones/CBS News; 1:32]
[OUT Q=JJ, CBS News, Washington.]
SERGEANT FIRST CLASS NATHAN ROSS CHAPMAN SPENT HIS LIFE MAKING PEOPLE AROUND HIM LAUGH. NOW THOSE SAME PEOPLE SEEM TO BE TRYING TO
PUT ON A GOOD FACE IN HIS HONOR. HIS FRIEND OF FOURTEEN YEARS SAYS HE HAD A MAGNETIC SMILE:
SOT: No matter how bad it sucked, he always made you laugh.
THE 31 YEAR OLD GREEN BERET WAS ALSO REMEMBERED AS A DEVOTED FATHER. HE LEAVES A WIFE, A TWO YEAR OLD DAUGHTER AND ONE YEAR OLD SON. HE HAD SERVED IN THE PANAMA, THE GULF WAR AND HAITI:
SOT: (EVE) He had served in so many actions, I didnt think anything could happen to him..
CHAPMAN AND A C-I-A OFFICER WERE AMBUSHED IN THE TOWN OF GARDIZ (GAR-DEZ) NEAR TORA BORA- BY WHOM ITS NOT CLEAR. IN CALFORNIA, PRESIDENT BUSH PRAISED THE WAR EFFORT TO DATE, SAYING ITS NOW
ENTERING A DANGEROUS PHASE, AND THAT CASUALTIES WILL BE PART OF IT.
THE CAUSE HIT A MAJOR ROADBLOCK ON SATURDAY. HOPES OF FINDING TALIBAN LEADER MULLAH MOHAMMAD OMAR WERE ALL BUT DEFEATED. AMERICAN AND AFGHANISTAN OFFICIALS HAD TO ADMIT THE SECOND MOST WANTED MAN
SUPER: SOT: ..WE KNOW HES ON THE RUN - HE WILL BE CAPTURED, EITHER DEAD OR ALIVE..
A dedication to public service paid off for some local heroes today.
The Science Museum of Western Virginia in Roanoke allowed firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical technicians to tour the museum for free today.
They were treated to a MegaDome Theater showing of "Wildfire: Feel the Heat" as well as an exhibit on wildfires.
Museum officials felt it was important to acknowledge and thank local men and women who have dedicated their lives to public service.
It's a place fit for a star.
Each year, thousands visit and enjoy the Mill Mountain Star.
But as Justin McLeod discovered, this Roanoke treasure doesn't always receive the star treatment.
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[SUPER=01-Greg Hegner/Superintendent of Parks; :40]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke]
((((NAT SOUND OF THE STAR))
Its a site that stands out beautifully day or night.
But the site the Roanoke Star is located isn't always so pretty.
[IN Q=I think its a shame]
((BOB GORDH/VISITOR: I THINK ITS SHAME BECAUSE ITS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL PLACE HERE.))
[OUT Q=beautiful place here]
((NAT SOUND OF WALKING THROUGH LEAVES; 9:03:15))
Just take a walk around and you'll see the problem.
Trash and graffiti are as abundant as the amount of visitors.
[IN Q=It makes it look]
((GWEN GORDH/ROANOKE RESIDENT: IT MAKES IT LOOK AS IF WE DON'T APPRECIATE WHAT WE HAVE.))
[OUT Q=what we have]
Its Park and Recreation's job to clean this all up.
Officially, the city does a massive cleanup twice a year.
During the summer, crews do routine maintenance checks several times a week.
But in the winter its a much different story.
[IN Q=We're covering snow removal]
((GREG HEGNER/SUPERINTENDENT OF PARKS: WE'RE COVERING SNOW REMOVAL. WE'VE GOT A LOT OF OTHER DUTIES. WE DO LEAF COLLECTION AS WELL SO A LOT OF OUR STAFF IS DIVERTED TO OTHER ACTIVITIES.))
[OUT Q=other activities]
[IN Q=Parks and rec realized]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: PARKS AND REC REALIZED THERE WAS A PROBLEM. SO IN JULY, IT HIRED SECURITY. THEIR JOB IS TO COME HERE EVERY NIGHT AND CLOSE THE GATES AT 11 O'CLOCK. THE CITY SAYS THATS REDUCED THE PROBLEM BY NEARLY FIFTY PERCENT.))
[OUT Q=nearly fifty percent]
But some marks remain.
The city lacks equipment to remove spray paint (9:09:41) and permanent marker.
The city can replace wood panels and railings but that costs several thousand dollars each year.
However, some say the best way is for the public do its part.
[SOT 9:08:40; 8:54:29]
[IN Q=I think they]
((JEFF JANSEN/ROANOKE RESIDENT: I THINK THEY CAN WALK A LITTLE FURTHER TO THE TRASH CAN RATHER THAN THROW OVER THE SIDE.))
((GREG HEGNER/SUPERINTENDENT OF PARKS: WE CAN'T BE THERE ALL THE TIME AND WE CERTAINLY APPRECIATE ANYBODY'S HELP. IF THEY NOTICE A PROBLEM NOT JUST THAT PARK, BUT ANY PARK, CALL US PLEASE.))
[OUT Q=call us please]
Its all in effort to make Mill Mountain a pretty site, whether you're looking at the star or walking around it.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
The city will hold two community wide clean up days at the Mill Mountain Star.
The first on Saturday April 13th... The second will be held Saturday May 18th.[Tease1]
Still ahead on News 7 at 11, Danville is investigating its first confirmed case of rabies in a quarter-century...
and also, want to get behind the wheel of a monster truck? These look just like the real thing, just one-tenth the size. We'll have that and more coming up...
A growing budget deficit may bring painful cuts during the General Assembly session, which starts next week.
But as Joe Dashiell reports... lawmakers are hopeful they'll find a new life for the budget in Richmond.
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[IN Q=With a new Governor and a redistricted House of Delegates]
[SUPER=01-Sen. John Edwards/(D) Roanoke; :12]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Bo Trumbo/(R) Fincastle; :21]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :42]
[SUPER=01-Del. Chip Woodrum/(D) Roanoke; :55]
[SUPER=01-Del. Morgan Griffith/(R) Salem; 1:07]
[OUT Q=JD News 7]
(( With a new governor, and a redistricted House of Delegates, change is in the air. And following last year's embarassing budget stalemate, lawmakers say that may not be such a bad thing.
[IN Q=Everybody's committed]
((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS: EVERYBODY'S COMMITTED TO AVOIDING WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR. THE BREAKDOWN THAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR WAS EXTREMELY UNFORTUNATE. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT EVER HAPPENED AND I CERTAINLY HOPE WE DON'T EVER HAVE IT HAPPEN AGAIN.))
((SEN. BO TRUMBO: GIVEN THE SCENARIO OF LAST YEAR. IT WAS LIKE ALL THE STARS HAD MET AND ALIGNED THEMSELVES FOR THAT TO HAPPEN. I DON'T THINK ANY ONE PERSON COULD HAVE CHANGED THAT SCENARIO GIVEN THE MAKE-UP, GIVEN THE TRANSITION OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE OVER THE YEARS, AND SO I THINK EVERYONE'S GOTTEN THAT BEHIND THEM AND NOW WE'RE OUT TO DO THE THINGS WE NEED TO DO.))
[OUT Q=to do the things we need to do.]
As local legislators told Roanoke County officials recently, money will be tight. New initiatives will have to wait for better times. But they are optimistic the new governor and members of both parties will work harder to find common ground.
[IN Q=Governor Elect Warner has reached out]
((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM: GOVERNOR ELECT WARNER HAS REACHED OUT, MADE SERIOUS EFFORTS AT TRYING TO COME TO AN AGREEMENT AND TO TRY TO START TO WORK ACHIEVING A CONSENSUS.))
((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH: WE'VE HAD SOME MEETINGS TO TRY TO MAKE SURE WE DON'T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKES WE MADE LAST SESSION... TO TRY TO MAKE SURE WE KEEP AN OPEN OUTLOOK ON EVERY PROPOSAL THAT'S BEING PUT OUT THERE.))
[OUT Q=that's being put out there.]
Stay tuned. The General Assembly convenes its 60 day session on Wednesday... with Governor Gilmore's final State of the Commonwealth address Wednesday night.
Joe Dashiell News 7 ))[Danville-Rabies]
A stray cat that scratched several people in Danville has reportedly been diagnosed with rabies.
The animal was reported to the humane society by a local resident who had been scratched by the cat.
The animal, which was drooling and acting disoriented, also scratched two workers at the animal shelter.
The cat was later euthanized-- and tested for rabies.
This is the first confirmed case of rabies in Danville in more than 20- years.
It's ALMOST like the real thing, revving up a monster truck and hitting the pavement.
In this week's Time Off Shannon Young makes a pit stop in the world of radio-controlled cars.
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[IN Q=(screaming engine) They whine. They haul.]
[SUPER=01-Sam Peters/Xtreme 4x4; :22]
They even guzzle fuel.
The fact that these nitro-methane powered, radio controlled trucks are only one tenth the size of the real thing in no way diminishes their appeal.
In fact, the mini-monsters of today can just about match the big-boys stunt for stunt.
[IN Q=A couple of these nitro-trucks...]
((A couple of these nitro-trucks that we have today have real big motors in 'em where, if you hit the gas hard enough it'll pull a wheel-stand and ride up, what they call a "sky wheelie" with a real monster truck. You can do that with these.))
[OUT Q=You can do that with these.]
Peters, who specializes in four wheel drive vehicles, has been a fan of RC cars for more than 20-years.
He says it's easy to sink wads of cash into the hobby.
But the pay-off comes on the pavement where the 11-pound trucks can cruise at up to 50-miles an hour.
[IN Q=Well, it's the smell...]
((Well, it's the smell, the power and the sound.))
[OUT Q=the power and the sound.]
[BUTT BUTT BUTT]
[IN Q=The fact that you can make it do...]
((The fact that you can make it do what you want and you're not right there with it. You can run it all the way across a parking lot and you don't have to be right there with it.))
[OUT Q=don't have to be right there with it. (second time)]
Recently, he's shifted his attention to the quieter, electric RC vehicles, like this Jeep, that can be guided through intricate courses... the perfect solution for die-hard off-roaders who'd rather risk it from a distance.
[IN Q=Rock climbing... which is just like the real Jeeps...]
((Rock climbing... which is just like the real Jeeps and off-road buggies that they have. You try to articulate a course and make it up and you put different obstacles in it to make it tough.))
[OUT Q=obstacles in it to make it tough.]
[IN Q=It's exactly like real 4-wheeling...]
((It's exactly like real 4-wheeling. You can roll or get in a situation where you have to back up a little bit.))
[OUT Q=back up a little bit.]
If your only hurdle is that you're new to RC cars, Peters say that obstacle is easily overcome.
Ready-to-run starter kits can have you fired up and on the road in less than an hour.
Shannon Young, News 7, Roanoke.))
Up ahead on News 7 at 11, after starting 9-and-oh, the Virginia Cavaliers get bitten by the N-C State Wolfpack... Roy Stanley will have highlights.
and also, you still have a chance to experience the wild wild west here in the Roanoke Valley... We'll have details coming up. Stay with us.
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[Web Address Announce]
If you have one last chance to experience the Wild Wild West this weekend.
The second day of the 34th annual Salem Stampede rodeo took place tonight.
Organizers call it a family event that features everything from bareback bronc riding, calf roping, to clown acts for the kids.
More than 300 riders from all the country are competing in this rodeo.
You can catch the fun one more time Sunday afternoon at 2:30 inside the Salem Civic Center.
The City of Roanoke hopes an event held today will net a perfect opportunity in the future.
For the first time in more than 15 years, the city held a ping-pong tournament.
The event held at the Norwich Recreation Center attracted fewer than ten players.
But Roanoke's Parks and Recreation Department hopes to expand this and other programs in the next year.
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[IN Q=We're starting teen programs]
((MIKE BARNHILL/PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT: WE'RE STARTING TEEN PROGRAMS IN OUR RECREATION CENTERS TO TRY TO GET OUR NUMBERS UP AND HELP GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO DO AND HELP THEM PLAN THE PROGRAMS SO THAT WE CAN OFFER WHAT THEY WANT INSTEAD OF OFFERING SOMETHING THAT JUST MAY NOT FLY.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Barnhill/Roanoke Parks and Recreation Dept.;]
[OUT Q=may not fly]
Today's tournament was open to all ages.
Players had to win two out of three games to move foward in the competition.
The first place winner received a gift certificate to C-M-T.
[!!!NOT AN OBVIOUS OUT!!!]
A Pennsylvania sewer worker didn't expect to find the owner, when he flushed out a high school class ring.
As Dave Crawley explains some school spirit is never lost...
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[IN Q=WHO KNOWS]
[SUPER=03-Aspinwall, PA; :00]
[SUPER=01-Lee Albacker/Aspinwall Public Works Supervisor; :19]
[SUPER=01-Terri Esser/Class of 1941; :43]
[SUPER=01-Betty Cook/Class of 1945; 1:10]
[SUPER=01-Dave Crawley/CBS News; 1:20]
[OUT Q=no we won't!]
((WHO KNOWS WHAT HIDES BENEATH THE STREETS OF ASPINWALL. LEE ALBACKER
KNOWS. THE PUBLIC WORKS SUPERVISOR SAYS ONE OF HIS CREWS WAS FLUSHING
OUT THIS SEWER, WHEN...
Lee Albacker�ASPINWALL PUBLIC WORKS SUPERVISOR
THE HOSE GOT STUCK AND THEY WERE TUGGING ON THE HOSE AND IT BROKE
LOOSE AND ON A BURR IN THE HOSE WAS AN ASPINWALL HIGH SCHOOL RING. 1945.
WITH THE INITIALS B B M. LEE CALLED TERRI ESSER, CLASS OF '41.
I CALLED A COUPLE WHO HAD GRADUATED IN THAT YEAR. AND SHE SAID THE
ONLY ONE THAT I CAN THINK OF THAT IT MIGHT BE IS BETTY MARTIN WHO
MARRIED A THOMAS COOK...AND I CALLED LEE ALBACKER AND GAVE IT TO HIM AND
HE CALLED HER.
LEE'S WIFE CLAUDIA HAND DELIVERED THE RING TO BETTY COOK'S HOUSE IN
THIS IS OUR 1945 HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK, HERE'S THE PICTURE OF ME WITH
MY BEST FRIEND. AND THERE'S TOM.
BETTY'S HUSBAND STILL HAS HIS CLASS RING. BUT SHE SAYS HER TWO YEAR
OLD DAUGHTER LOST HER RING 48 YEARS AGO... A BLOCK FROM WHERE IT WAS
CG�Betty Cook�CLASS OF '45
I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO THINK WHEN THEY CALLED. I SAID IS THIS SOME
KIND OF A JOKE.
THIS HAS BEEN IN A SEWER FOR 48 YEARS. YOU GOING TO PUT IT ON YOUR
WELL, THEY CLEANED IT UP.
WHAT OTHER TREASURES MIGHT BE LURKING IN THIS...
COME ON. WE'LL TAKE A LOOK.
NO WE WON'T. HAHA.))
The fourth ranked Virginia Cavaliers lost their first game of the year, falling to 11 and 2 N.C. State 81 to 74. Steve Mason has more on how the Wolfpack took a bite out of the wahoos.
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[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/Wolfpack vs. Cavaliers; :00]
[SUPER=01-Herb Sendek/N.C. State Head Coach; :28]
[SUPER=01-Roger Mason Jr./18 Points, 6 Assists; :50]
[SUPER=01-Travis Watson/20 Points, 13 Rebounds; 1:20]
[SUPER=33-N.C. State/81/Virginia/74; 1:45]
[SUPER=01-Pete Gillen/UVa Head Coach; 1:55]
[OUT Q=....news 7 sports"]
Virginia Tech was seeking its first win in the Big East this afternoon but Seton Hall leaves the Cassell with an 80 to 72 win over the Hokies.
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Tech vs Seton Hall; :]
Ricky Stokes and the Hokies trailed by only 3 at the half.
But the Pirates came out with a 10 to 2 to run and took a 7 point lead in the first 5 minutes of the second half.
Tech trailed by 12 8 minutes into the half when Demari Tompkins came in and hit the jumper cutting the lead to 10.
Seton Hall then scored 8 straight points and with 12 minutes left in the game the Hokies trailed 60 to 42.
Brian Chase ended the Hokie drought this jumper made the score 60 to 44 Seton Hall.
[SUPER=34-Seton Hall/80/Virginia Tech/72/;]
Tech's Terry Taylor led the Hokies with 16 points but it wasn't enough Seton Hall downs the Hokies 80 to 72.
Roanoke College won a big ODAC game tonight at the Bast Center beating Washington and Lee 71 to 56.
[SUPER=03-Salem/Maroons vs Generals; :]
The Generals Toussaint Crawford hits this three pointer but the Generals trailed 62 to 51.
Roanoke's Jaimar Mansell then passes to Heath Pucket who takes it under the hoop for the layup to make it 67 to 51 Roanoke.
Washington and Lee's Michael Stewart takes it to the hoop for the score to make the score 69 to 53.
[SUPER=33-Roanoke/71/Washington & Lee/56/; :]
And the Maroons then kick it outside for the three pointer and roanoke gets the ODAC win 71 to 56.
Several upsets in Men's college basketball today, Texas knocked off 5-th ranked Oklahoma State, Wisconsin topped 7-th ranked Illinois
[SUPER=03-Starksville, MS/JP SPORTS; :]
Sixth ranked Kentucky and Mississippi state hooked up this afternon.
The game went to overtime but the Wildcats Keith Bogans misses this layup that would have Kentucky the lead and Mississippi State holds on for the 74 to 69 win.
Lets check the rest of the college scores.
[SUPER=0098-/Virginia#4/74/j/N.C. State/81///j/Seton Hall/80//Virginia Tech/72///;]
[SUPER=0098-j/Clemson/83//Georgia Tech/76///j/Florida#3/69//South Carolina/60///;]
[SUPER=0098-j/Roanoke/71//Washington & Lee/56///j/Birmingham/83//Liberty/65///;]
[SUPER=0098-j/Ga. Southern/100//VMI/60///j/William & Mary/59//Delaware/53///;]
[SUPER=0098-j/Va. Wesleyan/93//Emory & Henry/76////Liberty/65/j/Birmingham/83///;]
[SUPER=0098-j/Ferrum/89//Florida College/78///j/Hampton/86//Md. East. Shore/71///;]
[SUPER=0098-j/Wake Forest#23/84//UNC/62///j/Texas/70//Oklahoma St.#5/61///;]
[SUPER=0098-/Boston College#11/74/j/Pittsburgh/77///j/Cincinnati#13/72//East Carolina/62///;]
[SUPER=0098-/Iowa#9/62/j/Ohio St/72////Texas A&M/63/j/Oklahoma#10/89///;]
[OUT Q=....last score."]
The Lady Hokies of Virginia Tech took on Big East rival Syracuse tonight at the Cassell and Ieva Kublina scored a career high 24 and Sara Hicks added 14 as the Hokies beat Syracuse 62 to 56.
[SUPER=03-Knoxville, TN/CBS SPORTS; :]
Meantime, number 1 Connecticut and number 2 Tennessee met in Knoxville this afternoon.
The Lady Volunteers get out on the run Kara Lawson with the layup and foul and Tennessee led 12 to 9.
But The Huskies rallied Sue Bird pulls up and hits the three pointer to tie the game at 18.
Connecticut's Diana Taurasi would lead the Huskies with 32 in the 86 to 72 win over Tennessee.
The Express lost another tough one at the Roundhouse last night, losting to Reading 2 to 1.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Roanoke vs Reading; :]
The Roanoke Valley Youth League Mites entertained the crowd in between periods and the Express could have used some help.
Reading's Francois Drainville passes to Scott McCallum who slips it by the Express goalie for the score to tie it at 1 to 1 in the second period.
The Royals Tommy Degerman comes from behind the net his shot is blocked but he gets the rebound and scores and Reading wins it 2 to 1.
That's it for sports, have a great day everybody.