Up next on News 7--
A judge approves a settlement for a fatal accident in Botetourt County that claimed the lives of seven people on Interstate 81.
And officials say a Roanoke antiques store is actually a crack house.
Cooler weather's heading our way but first ...another warm record breaking day.....I'll have your forecast....
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The government says an antique store on Williamson Road is actually a crack house.
Agents raided the place yesterday and made three arrests.
The suspects appeared in court this morning, charged in a ten- count indictment.
George Spence, is charged along with Keith Childress and Henry "Junior" Gunter. Two other men named in the indictment are still at large.
Together they're accused of possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine.
The government intends to seize at least one million dollars in cash from Spence, in addition to vehicles and the business, known as "George's Place."
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A judge has approved a settlement stemming from Botetourt County's deadliest traffic accident.
Truck driver Jerry Gregory was one of seven people killed in a crash on Interstate 81 nearly four years ago.
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His tanker collided with a car carrying a couple from Rockbridge County, and four children.
The accident gained national attention when it was discovered that Kevin Chittum and his girlfriend were parents of a baby switched at birth at the U-VA hospital.
Gregory's sons filed a lawsuit seeking two million dollars from Chittum's estate and their father's insurance company.
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((MATTHEW GREGORY/VICTIM'S SON: THAT'S THE HARDEST THING YOU'LL EVER HAVE TO DO IS SIT THERE AND ARGUE A PRICE OVER SOMEBODY YOU LOVED AND LOST. AND WHATEVER IT WAS IT JUST ISN'T ENOUGH. I'M SURE IT'S THE SAME ON BOTH ENDS.))
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The actual amount of the settlement was sealed... but both sides call it satisfactory.
A Palestinian man who attacked Israelis today in a suicide bombing reportedly worked alongside them in the past.
Police say the bomber threw himself on an Israeli vehicle parked close to the West Bank border.
In addition to killing himself, the man injured two members of Israel's security service.
Palestinian officials and Israeli radio reports say the man had worked as a collaborator with Israel.
He apparently lured the two agents to a spot where collaborators are said to regularly meet with Israeli officials.
Finally, some positive news about the U-S economy--
The government released a report, showing a much stronger than expected economic performance in the last quarter of 2001.
Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve is meeting today.
Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan arrived for the meeting under tight security.
Analysts predict the Fed will leave interest rates as they are because of signs of an economic rebound..
That would end a year- long stretch of interest rate cuts.
An official announcement of the Fed's intentions is expected this afternoon.
The speech is over-- now the real work begins.
President Bush is hitting the road to sell his State of the Union message to the country.
Aleen Sirgany reports.
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BACKED BY CHEERS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE....PRESIDENT BUSH IS
TAKING HIS STATE OF THE UNION MESSAGE ON THE ROAD. HE'LL MAKE STOPS IN
NORTH CAROLINA, FLORIDA AND GEORGIA OVER THE NEXT TWO DAYS.
HIS GOALS WERE LAID OUT TO CONGRESS AND THE NATION LAST NIGHT....
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"WE WILL WIN THIS WAR, WE WILL PROTECT OUR HOMELAND AND WE WILL REVIVE
MISTER BUSH RESERVED HIS STRONGEST WORDS FOR WHAT HE CALLED THE GRAVE
AND GROWING DANGER OF TERRORISM. HE DESCRIBED NORTH KOREA, IRAN AND IRAQ
AS AN AXIS OF EVIL... AND HE PROMISED TO ACT IF PERIL DRAWS NEAR.
"SOME GOVERNMENTS WILL BE TIMID IN THE FACE OF TERROR. AND MAKE NO
MISTAKE ABOUT IT: IF THEY DON'T ACT AMERICA WILL."
BUT THE PRESIDENT ALSO FACES ANOTHER TYPE OF WAR...A CONGRESSIONAL
BATTLE ON HOW TO JUMP START THE ECONOMY.
THE WAY OUT OF THIS RECESSION, THE WAY TO CREATE JOBS IS TO GROW THE
ECONOMY BY ENCOURAGING INVESTMENT IN FACTORIES AND EQUIPMENT AND BY
SPEEDING UP TAX RELIEF SO PEOPLE HAVE MONEY TO SEND."
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"WHILE WE DON'T AGREE WITH WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAS PROPOSED, THERE ISN'T
ANY DISAGREEMENT ABOUT THE NEED TO DO THE JOB AND FIND THE KIND OF
COMMON GROUND REQUIRED TO GET IT DONE."
(STANDUP.........To come: GLIMMER OF GOOD NEWS...MAY MAKE THAT JOB
EASIER...NEW ECONOMIC FIGURES SHOW ECONOMY MANAGED SLIGHT GROWTH...)
It appears that the east and west coasts have flip- flopped when it comes to weather--
For the first time in a decade, areas around Los Angeles are seeing snow.
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Motorists had to cope with a dusting of snow yesterday, when temperatures fell and wind chills plunged to ten- below.
Up to a foot fell in higher elevations.
The California Highway Patrol closed all northbound lanes of Interstate Five near Lake Hughes.
Meanwhile, the mountainous areas outside of Boise, Idaho are more accustomed to snowy weather.
Temperatures there are hovering near the freezing mark.
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Still to come on the newscast, some Henry County parents try to convince local officials to keep their neighborhood schools open,
Also the attorney representing the man accused of killing three people at a Grundy Law School wants his client to see a psychiatrist.
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Defense attorneys want a psychiatrist to examine the man charged with killing three people during a shooting spree at the Appalachian School of Law this month.
Peter Odighizuwa (oh-dee-gee-ZOO-uh) allegedly committed the murders after he learned he had flunked out of school for the second time.
His attorney said he has quote-"distorted perceptions of reality.''
Attorney Jimmy Turk wants him examined before a preliminary hearing, scheduled for March 21-st.
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The Henry County School Board and its controversial plan to close and consolidate several schools came under more fire last night.
The board has asked the county to help fund the plan.
But as Teresa Hamilton reports-- residents who gathered at last night's public hearing urged the supervisors to say no.
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Don Pruett's message to the board of supervisors echoed that of nearly everyone in the room.
Residents say closing one elementary school and consolidating four high schools into two will be detrimental.
((SANDRA WIMBISH: I FOR ONE AM NOT WILLING TO MAKE SACRIFICE OF GIVING UP SMALLER COMMUNITY SCHOOLS AND THE ATTENTION MY CHILDREN RECIEVE.))
The school board says the proposal is necessary because of a lack of funds and has asked the county for money to make the plan a reality.
The county board of supervisors has not yet made a decision... but got an earful from residents urging them not to fund the plan.
It's a message that grew even louder once the topic of salaries was raised.
While discussing the issue-- some supervisors questioned the amount paid to certain school administrators-- especially the more than 100- thousand dollars paid to school superintendent Dr. Sharon Dodson.
((TOMMY WYATT: THE PEOPLE OF THIS COMMUNITY MAKE 25- THOUSAND DOLLARS IF THAT AND WE'RE PAYING THAT MANY PEOPLE 70 THOUSAND DOLLARS, SOMETHING AIN'T RIGHT WITH THAT SITUATION.))
((TERESA HAMILTON/NEWS 7: THIS MEETING LASTED ABOUT THREE HOURS-- WHEN THE SUPERVISORS WILL NEXT TAKE UP THE ISSUE IS UNCLEAR.))
TERESA HAMILTON, NEWS 7, HENRY COUNTY.))
The city of Lynchburg is helping to make an entrepreneur's dream of building a luxury hotel along the riverfront a reality.
Hal Craddock has put together 11-million dollars to finance his Bluffwalk Center... a complex that will include a hotel, conference center and restaurants.
The final piece of the financial puzzle fell into place yesterday when City Council agreed to borrow three-point-two million dollars in federal housing loans.
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((HAL CRADDOCK/BLUFFWALK DEVELOPER; I AM TICKLED TO DEATH... TO HAVE COUNCIL VOTE UNANIMOUSLY TO SUPPORT THIS PROJECT... IT'S JUST ANOTHER GREAT STEP TO BRINGING BACK DOWNTOWN AND CONNECTING WITH THE RIVERFRONT, REALLY MAKING LYNCHBURG A DYNAMIC PLACE TO BE.))
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The first phase of construction... a restaurant and office space... should be finished by this fall.
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Coming up next on the newscast,
we'll see how television's number one game show is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
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For three decades now, you've been hearing the phrase, "Come on Down" from C-B-S studios in Hollywood.
But thousands of fans made the trip to Las Vegas to see a taping of "The Price is Right's" 30th anniversary special.
Bob Winsor has a preview.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 11 points. The NASDAQ has lost 27 points.
, the Dow was points. Nasdaq points.
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Today in Sports, former Redskins coach Marty Schottenheimer has a new job. We'll tell you what it is after the break.
And boxer Lennox Lewis is revealing more about last week's brawl with Mike Tyson. Lewis says the former champ bit off more than he could chew.
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Boxer Lennox Lewis is revealing more about the brawl that cost Mike Tyson his boxing license.
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Tyson attacked Lewis during a press conference to hype April's scheduled fight.
In addition to his out of control tirade, Lewis says Tyson bit through his pants, and took what he called a "significant piece of flesh" out of his thigh.
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As a result of the fight, the Nevada Boxing Commision yesterday refused to give Tyson a license to fight in the state.
The fight could be moved to another location.
But after the attack, Lennox says he is considering other options.
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Former Redskins coach Marty Schottenheimer has a new job.
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The San Diego Chargers have finally named Schottenheimer their head coach after days of contract negotiations. Schottenheimer will earn about ten (m) million dollars over the next four seasons,
although the Washington Redskins will pick up some of that salary.
Schottenheimer was fired earlier this month after going 8-and-8 in his only season with the Redskins.
The Super Bowl is right around the corner and the big question on some people's minds is - who will start at quarterback for the Patriots - Drew Bledsoe or Tom Brady.
Both men have their thoughts on who is ready to go.
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Virginia Tech set out to put an end to a two game losing streak last night when they faced the women's basketball team that's sweeping the region - the U-Conn Huskies.
Steve Mason has the wrap up and says that the fans DEFINITELY got their money's worth.
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Some artists in London are having a BLAST with their new
A new Mozambican exhibition features guns welded together into items like chairs, birds, humans, and even a saxophone.
"Swords into Ploughshares" is the culmination of efforts to collect guns left over from the southern African nation's civil war, which ended in 19-91.
Citizens who give up their guns receive bicycles, sewing machines or tools, in return.
The destroyed guns are then given to sculptors, who turn them into
FINAL LOOK AT THE WEATHER
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