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Coming up on NEWS 7, the view from Roanoke Regional Airport as the government rolls out new baggage screening regs.
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And the Governor was "not happy" with his emergency preparedness director for agreeing to speak at Lee-Jackson Day ceremonies.

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In sports, Mike Stevens joins us from teh NASCAR media tour for another report, a new head girls bassketball coach is selected at Hidden Valley
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and UVa talks about gearing up for Florida State this weekend.
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Many Saturday plans may be disrupted by a fast moving winter storm. Timing and accumulation ranges are just ahead.

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Local airport officials warn of the possibility of long lines in airport terminals .. as new federal luggage- screening guidelines are in effect.
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Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry. Shannon is off tonight.

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Those new safety screening guidelines for airlines took effect today .. at all US airports. They require all bags to either be checked for explosives or linked to a passenger who has actually boarded the plane.
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Richard Lesko is at the Roanoke Regional airport tonight.
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Well Keith, passengers who we have talked to say that the security measures are good for the safety of air travel, although not everybody was prepared for the heightened security.

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There were visible signs of the heightened security at the Roanoke Regional Airport. A few passengers had their checked bags searched at the ticket counter. So far, there have been few disruptions. One passenger said the security was very similar to the baggage checks he's seen since September Eleventh.
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((ERIC KATZ/AIR TRAVELER; FOR ROANOKE, ABOUT FOUR OF US IN LINE. MIGHT BE DIFFERENT IN NEWARK OR SOMEPLACE THAT IS A LITTLE MORE CROWDED BUT HERE IS WAS PRETTY SMOOTH.))
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Since there is a national shortage of bomb sniffing dogs and machines which search for explosive residues .. searches, and matching bags to passengers on board are a few of the practical ways airports like Roanoke can meet the federal requirements. In the meantime, airport officials are hoping they can avoid delays, and the early indications here show that everything is running smoothly.
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((AMANDA DEHAVEN/ROANOKE REGIONAL AIRPORT COMMISSION; EVERYTHING HAS BEEN OPERATING SMOOTHLY THIS MORNING. SOME OF THE LARGER AIRPORTS, THEY'LL PROBABLY EXPERIENCE MUCH BIGGER DELAYS. OUR BIGGEST AIRCRAFT IS 50 PASSENGER AIRCRAFT. IT'S NOT GOING TO TAKE AS LONG AS A 200-250 PASSENGER AIRCRAFT.))
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And airport officials aren't saying how baggage is being checked behind the scenes, saying that it's too sensitive of a security matter.
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And Keith, because of the extra security, airport officials are stressing that if you want to catch your flight without any hassles, you should get here at least an hour and half before your flight leaves.
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The word is already out from Governor Warner .. expect less state-funded highway construction in the years ahead. But one company says that improving Interstate 81 doesn't have to rest entirely on taxpayers.
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Star Solutions proposes widening Virginia's portion of Interstate 81 by four lanes .. and charging trucks a toll fee to pay for it.
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The coalition of road construction companies presented its plan in both Roanoke and Richmond today.
Initially, the project would be privately financed to pay for the separate truck lanes, interchanges and rest stops.
Over time, trucks would pay for the project, freeing up tax money for other needed areas.
Legislators from the area met in Richmond to speak about the proposal.
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((TOLLS ARE ONE WAY THAT WE CAN GET NEW CONSTRUCTION WITH OUT HAVING A TAX INCREASE. AND YOU HAVE THE FOLKS WHO ARE ACTUALLY USING THE ROAD HELPING TO PAY FOR IT AND NOT JUST COMING OUT OF THE GENERAL TAX DOLLARS.))
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If approved, Star Solutions hopes to begin construction in 2005 and finish by 2020.
The group would also place a 20 year warranty on the pavement.

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This is a state holiday in Virginia .. Lee-Jackson day .. and again this year, confederate heritage has become a flashpoint of controversy in the Virginia General Assembly. This week, a cancelled speaking engagement and a salute to the flag have raised a battle cry once again.
Joe Dashiell has the story from Richmond.
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For over a century, admirers of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson have paid tribute to the past with annual ceremonies at the state capitol. [NAT SOUND]
But this year, as the Friends of the Lee Jackson Holiday met in the Old House Chamber it was the absence of former Lieutenant Governor John Hager that made news.
Hager had accepted the group's invitation to speak a year ago, only to pull out last week after his new boss, Governor Mark Warner, expressed his displeasure.
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And on the floor of the House, what seemed like a harmless gesture has only added more controversy. [NAT SOUND OF SALUTE TO THE FLAG]
After members of the House decided to start each session with a Salute to the Flag of Virginia, they learned the oath was written by a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1954.
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Members of the black caucus and the House leadership are now discussing changes that may put that controversy to rest.
Late this afternoon Governor Warner issued a proclamation honoring Lee and Jackson... as brilliant leaders, educators and military strategists.
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A college remembers a fallen professor. Still ahead on News 7, the mourning continues in Grundy.
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And the million dollar answer to water restrictions. It's working for a country club .. and for Roanoke.
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One of Roanoke's biggest water users won't get burned again, if mandatory water restrictions return.
The lessons from 19-99, and a million dollars, will see to that.
As Jennifer Miele found out, money spent will pay for itself .. in more ways than one.
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Roanoke Country Club's storm water retention pond is more than just a water hazard that could add an extra stroke ...
The pond serves as an irrigation system .. that uses no water from the city.
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The Club's yearly water bill used to be 40 thousand dollars.
Management says the cool million spent on the pond in 19-99 will actually save money in the long run..
It IS saving Roanoke water in the short run.... about 27 million gallons a year that would come from Carvins Cove.
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City utility officials says its pleased that the country club's pumping station prevents valuable drinking water from being used to water grass.
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If only golf were that easy.
Jennifer Miele, News 7.
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Roanoke's Utility Director is looking forward to the completion the city's own addition... the up-graded Crystal Spring pumping station.

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A top executive at Optical Cable Corporation has sold all of his holdings.
Senior Vice-President of Sales Luke Huybrechts (HUE-bricks) sold 15 thousand shares in December. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Roanoke-based fiber optic company.
Local stock brokers say his move is a surprise to them.
That's because Optical Cable has recently hired financial advisors who are known for handling mergers and acquisitions.

And any Optical Cable buyout could drive the stock price up considerably.[Stocks]


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Another down week for stocks .. the second in a row. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The Dow closed the week falling 78 points today. NASDAQ dropped 55.
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Friends and Family turned out to mourn one of the victims of Wednesday's shooting at the Appalachian School of Law.
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A memorial service for professor Thomas Blackwell was held at a Buchanan County church today.
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Blackwell was shot and killed along with Dean Anthony Sutin and student Angela Dales.
Three others, including a woman from Roanoke, were also injured in the attack.
Former student Peter Odighizuwa (oh-dee-gee-ZOO-uh) is charged with three counts of capital murder in the shooting spree.
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Allegations of an unusual bank fraud scheme were made public today in federal court. When a bank branch in Maryland closed in 1997, the bank hired a company called Document Destructors to destroy American Express Money Orders the bank had left over. An indictment under seal since August charges: employees of Document Destructors took some of the money orders, along with blank checks from the Pentagon Credit Union. Eventually more than 10-thousand dollars worth of money orders were deposited in an account at the First National Bank of Blacksburg. The government says the account holder got 600-dollars out of the deal, and the rest went to those who took the checks.

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Montgomery County is moving into a 10-million dollar home. The new county government center in Christiansburg is finally ready for the region's offices and staff after a year long renovation.
New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel Cannon has the story.
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((Nats Precious county cargo is making its way into a new home starting today and continuing through the weekend.
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The massive undertaking has been in the works for some time. It took a year of renovations to transform this old sewing factory on Roanoke Street into the new government center it is today, complete with skylights and open space.
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Benefits include having county services that were once spread out in different buildings...now at one location. For employee Randall Gwinn, taking care of the county's computer system will be much easier.
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It may take residents same time to realize what's where but phone numbers are staying the same and the county is working on public transit servicing the location.
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The threat of snow has thrown a monkey wrench into some high school sporting events set for this weekend, UVa talks about FSU
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Hidden Valley high school announced that Bob Hicks will be the new girls head basketball coach when the school opens in 2002.
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Hicks has been a long time assistant coach in Southwest Roanoke County, coaching in the area at Hidden Valley junior high and at Cave Spring high school for the last 10 years. He has served as an assistant to the Cave Spring boys varsity team the last several years under head coach and brother Billy Hicks.
Sources say that his daughter, Virginia Tech senior Sarah Hicks, will be one of his assistant coaches while she works towards her masters at Tech. A full time woman assistant will also be hired.
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Be sure to check out the Suntrust Classic high school boys basketball tournament this weekend at the Roanoke Civic Center. [WIPE TO PINNACLE!!!!]
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William Fleming takes on Franklin County at 3pm foloowed by the Cave Spring contest against Virginia beach COastal Christina Academy at 4:45
Then , Patrick Henry takes on Kjngsport Dobyns Bennettout of Tennessee at 6:30.
The night cap features Roanoke Cathlolis against Oak Hill at 8:15.

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One other scheduling note. Brookville high school has announced that the Coca-Cola wrestling classic at Brookville tomorrow has been postponed until February seccond due to the pending forecast which call s for snow.

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When Dodge returned to Winston Cup racing last year, most figured Bill Elliott would be the man. But instead the golden boy turned out to be Sterling. Here's Mike Stevens.
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The 10th ranked Virginia Cavaliers are coming off a huge win against 14th ranked Wake Forest, but the Wahoos, in one respect, face an even more dangerous team Sunday at four PM at University Hall.
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The Wahoos face unranked Florida State. The seminoles have already knocked off the nations number one ranked team in Duke. Pete Gillen is quite respectful of the Noles, especiall head coach and former Fleming product Steve Robinson.
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Governor Warner presents his budget amendments to state legislators tomorrow .. and from all indications .. the governor is preparing Virginians for even more difficult financial news.
We'll look ahead to the Warner budget tonight at News 7 at 6.