Coming up on News 7-
It's a face off over redistricting. Now the Governor and the Attorney General are drawing their own lines.
And the Irish proved their luck today in downtown Roanoke as the annual parade-goers escaped the rain.
Plus, we've got the scoop on high school hoops...
Stay with us, News 7 is next.
A memorial service today for a murdered California girl.
Morners say seven years old is too young to die.
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Good evening, I'm Jennifer Miele, Teresa Hamilton has the night off.
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Danielle van Dam was taken from her home and murdered last month.
So many gathered to honor her, that the service venue had to be changed to a beach just north of San Diego.
Jeff Zevely was at today's memorial and filed this report.
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[SUPER=03-La Jolla Shores, CA;:00]
[SUPER=01-Brenda van Dam/Danielle's Mother;:21]
[SUPER=01-Damon van Dam/Danielle's Father;1:14 (QUICK!!!)]
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The war of words continues between Governor Mark Warner and Virginia's Attorney General.
The Democratic governor is at odds with Republican Attorney General Jerry Kilgore over a judge's ruling that overturned the state's redistricting plan.
Kilgore refused to meet with the governor Thursday to discuss the case.
Today, at the annual Virginia Press Association meeting, the governor laid out his options.
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[IN Q=I'm going to be meeting]
((GOV. MARK WARNER: I'M GOING TO BE MEETING WITH LEGAL SCHOLARS THIS WEEKEND DISCUSSING THEIR VIEW OF THE CASE. I'LL BE DRAWING MY OWN CONCLUSIONS NOW, I WISH I WOULD HAVE HAD THE BENEFIT OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S COUNSEL IN THIS MATTER AND THEN I'LL TAKE THE APPRIOPATE ACTION.))
[OUT Q=the appriopate action]
The governor says he'll decide sometime next week what action to take.
Warner maintains he has a say on whether to appeal the ruling to the Virginia Supreme Court.
The Attorney General disagrees saying it's his decision, not the governor's.
Parts of Roanoke are undergoing major renovations.
It's costing millions and will affect just about every section of the city.
And as Justin McLeod tells us the project is no walk in the park.
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[IN Q=NAT SOUND OF KID ON MONKEY BARDS]
[SUPER=01-Candice Couser/Parent; :13]
[SUPER=01-Mary King/Parent; :35]
[SUPER=01-Gary Henger/Parks & Recreation Dept.; 1:09]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke]
((((NAT SOUND OF KID ON MONKEY BARS))
Whether your an adventurous kid, parent, or athlete, you notice something is different here at the parks in Roanoke.
They're getting a major shot in the arm. (SHOT OF PLAYING TENNIS; 20:30:19)
[IN Q=I've noticed that they]
((CANDICE COUSER/ROAONOKE RESIDENT: I'VE NOTICED THAT THEY HAVE STARTED TO DO A LOT OF CLEANUP WORK WITH THE PARKS EVEN PAINTING, PUTTING IN NEW PLAYGROUNDS, IT'S GREAT NOW.))
[Out Q=it's great now]
It's a greatness that just about every park will see.
Some have newly treated grass. (59:40)
New lights (20:30:10) and trash cans are in place. (17:06:52)
A lot of the basketball and tennis courts have been resurfaced.
But the most welcome improvement appears to be the 18 new playgrounds. (20:29:00)
[IN Q=They're newer]
((MARY KING/ROANOKE RESIDENT: THEY'RE NEWER. THEY'RE BRIGHTER COLORS SO THE CHILDREN ENJOY THEM. THEY GOT A LOT MORE THINGS FOR THEM TO DO.))
[OUT Q=for them to do]
And Parks and Rec still has a lot more to do.
Many of the bathrooms will either be upgraded or replaced.
Some like Preston Park will soon have a completely renovated ballfield with new lights and bleachers. (SHOTS OF BALLFIELD; 20:35:39)
[IN Q=Voters passed a 3.7 million]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: VOTERS PASSED A 3.7 MILLION DOLLAR BOND ISSUE FOUR YEARS AGO TO PAY FOR ALL THESE IMPROVEMENTS. SO FAR, THE CITY HAS SPENT NEARLY HALF THAT. AND ALTHOUGH THERE'S STILL A YEAR TO GO ON THE PROJECT, THE CITY BELIEVES IT WILL COME WELL WITHIN BUDGET.))
[OUT Q=well within budget]
((NAT SOUND OF KIDS PLAYING))
Whatever the cost, city leaders say it's money well spent.
[IN Q=You got to spend money]
((GARY HEGNER/PARKS AND RECREATION DEPT.: YOU GOT TO SPEND MONEY TO BRING PEOPLE IN AND PEOPLE EXPECT TO HAVE GOOD AMENITIES AND A GOOD QUALITY OF LIFE AND IF WE DON'T HAVE THAT PEOPLE WILL LOOK ELSEWHERE TO LIVE.))
[OUT Q=elswhere to live]
It's the pull (SHOT OF ON MONKEY BARS; 20:28:26) that could bring more people to Roanoke as the city continues to slide (SHOT OF SLIDES) into the 21st century.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
With the improvements, Parks and Rec is hoping more civic groups will get involved to help keep the parks clean.
This is done through the city's adopt a park program.
Today's rain may help Roanoke's main water supply.
Carvin's Cove is nearly 25 feet below the spillway and is dropping on average about a tenth of a foot a day.
But city officials are hopeful this weekend's rain and some earlier in the week will help slow down the problem.
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[IN Q=We got a rain]
((MIKE McEVOY/DIRECTOR OF UTILITIES: WE GOT A RAIN EVENT EARLIER IN THE WEEK AND THAT SATURATED THE GROUND, ACTUALLY WE NOTICED A FEW TENTH'S RISE IN THE COVE AND SO WE'RE HOPING TODAY'S EVENT WITH THE GROUND STILL BEING SATURATED AND COOLER WEATHER WILL ALLOW SOME MORE RUNOFF AND HELP FILL THE COVE UP.))
[SUPER=01-Mike McEvoy/Director of Utilities]
[OUT Q=the cove up]
Mandatory water restrictions will kick in once the cove reaches 26 feet below the spillway.
(MAC-uh-voy) McEvoy says that could come sometime in April if we don't get substantial rain soon.
The city plans to mail out a brochure next week showing residents how to conserve water.
Mother nature heard the message loud and clear, don't rain on our parade.
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[OUT Q=Nat sound of pagpipes]
This morning's rain ended just before Roanoke's annual Saint Patrick's Parade and Celtic Festival.
This year's event featured bagpipe music, dancers, kilts, and plenty of green as well as a lot of red, white, and blue.
The parade's theme was a patriotic one as a way to honor those who keep us free and safe.
Despite the weather, several thousand people came out for this year's parade.
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Virginia now officially has yet another area code to remember.
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"The Code" is now 276 for Henry, Patrick, Carroll, Wythe and Smyth Counties .. all the way to far southwest Virginia.
The transition from 5-4-0 to 2-7-6 in these areas started last fall, but as of today, 540 does not work. You must use the new area code to call these counties, and cities within them.
Firefighters think they know the cause of a blaze that destroyed a Roanoke County home this week.
More than than fifty firefighters had to be called in to battle this house fire in the 28-block of Timberview Drive Thursday night.
The fire is believed to have started in a storage room off the garage.
That is where a family member was working on a science fair project and had just finished painting.
Investigators believe a halogen lamp positioned too close to the flammable material set the project on fire.
The home is a total loss.
Our live lottery drawing experienced some technical difficulties this evening, and will not be seen tonight.
Your winning numbers for Pick 3 are: 9-3-and-5
For pick Four, your numbers are 9, 2, 3, and 0.
For Cash 5: 16, 21, 14, 9, and 3.
And for Lotto South, 6, 7, 15, 42, 43, and 38.
Still ahead on News 7 at 11, Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and Altavista all had eyes on a state title tonight...
and oh what a Knight... J.J. Redick leads Cave Spring to the Group 3-A boys state championship. Mike Stevens will have highlights and more coming up in sports.
Roanoke County's Center for Research and Technology landed its first tenant this week... and the board of supervisors hopes the site will fill up quickly.
Novozymes Biologicals broke ground Thursday on a multi-million dollar building.
Supervisor Chairman Butch Church calls Novozymes a crucial anchor that will hopefully draw other high-tech companies to the park.
400 acres just off the Dixie Caverns exit of Interstate 81 was purchased by the county in 1999.
The county says the presence of Novozymes and the site's nearness to local colleges and the Interstate are selling points to other industry.
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[IN Q=Coming from 81]
((BUTCH CHURCH/ROANOKE CO. SUPERVISOR: COMING FROM 81 YOU WILL LOOK AT THIS AS A GATEWAY TO TECHNOLOGY, NOT TO SAY THAT EVERY FIRM WILL END UP BEING TECHNOLOGY, BUT WE WANT TO START WITH A TECHNOLOGICAL FIRM AND GROW.))
[SUPER=01-Butch Church/Roanoke Co. Supervisor]
[OUT Q=firm and grow.]
Novozymes executives say they will design their building to fit in with the scenic landscape of the county.
The Governor's Coordinated Economic Relief Center is now up and running in Henry County.
Displaced workers can find immediate job opportunities and insurance information, among other things, all under one roof.
The state says it hopes the center will provide quick and efficient help to those in need.
Some area college students checked themselves into a local doctor's office today.
They weren't sick, rather they were there to help.
More than 80 from Roanoke College's Phi (Me-eew) Mu sorority and Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity spent the day at the Bradley Free Clinic.
They were there as apart of their spring service project.
The students did everything from cleaning, painting, to office work.
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[IN Q=This is a great place]
((KAREN RYMERS/VOLUNTEER: THIS IS A GREAT PLACE. THEY HELP SO MANY PEOPLE AND THE FACT THAT I'M ABLE TO PARTAKE IN HELPING OUT IS A GREAT THING. THEY HAVE A LOT OF VOLUNTEERS THAT COME DOWN HERE AND DONATE THEIR TIME BUT THERE ALWAYS WILLING TO HAVE MORE VOLUNTEERS.))
[OUT Q=have more volunteers]
Many of these students do just that.
They volunteer several times a week working at the clinic.
Bradley Free Clinic offers free medical and dental care for the working poor.
Still ahead on News 7 at 11, Mike Stevens will have highlights of today's boy's state championship action...
and imagine playing 20 rounds of golf a week. It's possible, but it helps to play on a par-3 course. Shannon Young will take a trip on the links coming up.
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They are the Roanoke Valley's most famous felines, but still something is amiss...
It's been nearly a year since the Mill Mountain Zoo welcomed two new snow leopards into the world.
Zoo officials say the cubs are growing right on schedule and each have distinct personalities as well as facial features that set them apart.
But one thing is missing, the snow leopards still don't have names.
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[IN Q=We just hope the names]
((DAVE WOOD/MILL MOUNTAIN ZOO: WE JUST HOPE THE NAMES ARE GOOD NAMES AND NAMES THAT NOT ONLY REFLECT THEIR PERSONALITY BUT ALSO REFLECT THEIR UNIQUENESS FOR THIS AREA. WE WERE ONE OF ONLY A FEW ZOOS IN ALL THE UNITED STATES THAT WERE SELECTED TO BREED THE SNOW LEOPARDS.))
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[OUT Q=the snow leopards]
The snow leopards will soon have names and you can have a say in it.
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We'll tell you all about it in this week's Virginia Profile on News 7 Sunday morning.
Beginners, pros and everyone in between can improve their golf game by teeing off at a Par-3.
In this week's Time Off, Shannon Young takes us to Roanoke County for a day in the sun at Brookside.
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[IN Q=Give me a hand, Jesus.]
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[SUPER=01-Jack Dillon/Golfer; :17 (QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Milt Crandall/Brookside North Golf Course; :32]
[SUPER=01-Jim Bennett/Golfer; :44]
[IN Q=Give me a hand...]
((JACK DILLON/GOLFER: GIVE ME A HAND, JESUS.))
[OUT Q=a hand, Jesus.]
Jack Dillon may need a little help getting on the green, but he needs no assistance when it comes to choosing a course.
He took up golf 17-years ago and now hones his skills almost daily at the Brookside Par 3.
[IN Q=About, I'd say, five days...]
((JACK DILLON/GOLFER: ABOUT, I'D SAY, FIVE DAYS A WEEK, FOUR OR FIVE TIMES A DAY.))
[OUT Q=or five times a day.]
You heard correctly.
It's not unusual to find members, like Jack and his buddies, on the 9-hole course for up to 7-hours a day.
[IN Q=They eat, they snack, they rest...]
((MILT CRANDALL/BROOKSIDE PAR 3: THEY EAT, THEY SNACK, THEY REST, THEY PLAY. THEY MAY PLAY FOUR OR FIVE ROUNDS. BUT THEY'RE IN A VERY FRIENDLY, WHOLESOME ATMOSPHERE.))
[OUT Q=friendly, wholesome atmosphere.]
[BUTT BUTT BUTT]
[IN Q=I like to play the par 3...]
((JIM BENNETT/GOLFER: I LIKE TO PLAY THE PAR THREE BECAUSE I'M GETTING OLDER AND IT'S EASY TO PLAY. MOST OF THE GUYS DOWN HERE ARE ABOUT MY AGE. IT'S WONDERFUL.))
[OUT Q=my age. It's wonderful.]
Crandall believes one of the reasons the course has so many regulars, members and otherwise, is because it's relatively short.
If traffic's light, a group of four can play through in about 40-minutes.
And that's without a cart.
[IN Q=At Brookside...]
((MILT CRANDALL/BROOKSIDE PAR 3: AT BROOKSIDE YOU HAVE TO WALK. (laughs)))
[OUT Q=you have to walk (laughs).]
Jack and company like the exercise.
[IN Q=Anybody's been sitting on their couch...]
((JACK DILLON/GOLFER: ANYBODY'S BEEN SITTING ON THEIR COUCH SO LONG, GET UP AND DO SOMETHIN' LIKE THIS, FEEL SO MUCH BETTER AND LOSE WEIGHT, TOO.))
[OUT Q=lose weight, too.]
But Crandall says a par-3 is also good for perfecting your play.
[IN Q=It's very important to work...]
((MILT CRANDALL/BROOKSIDE PAR 3: IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO WORK ON YOUR SHORT GAME, YOUR PUTTING, YOUR CHIPPING. ALOT OF GOLFERS WHO ARE VERY GOOD GOLFERS IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY COME HERE TO WORK ON THEIR SHORT GAME.))
[OUT Q=to work on their short game.]
And have been for quite some time.
The course will celebrate its 40th anniversary next month.
Crandall's considering holding a hole in one contest with the prize being a one year membership.
If you need any pointers, talk to Jack...course champ with 22-aces.
Maybe he doesn't need that help after all.
[IN Q=Ain't but two more good...]
((JACK DILLON/GOLFER: AIN'T BUT TWO MORE GOOD THINGS IN THIS WORLD TO DO BESIDES THIS. GO TO CHURCH AND BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST AND EAT.))
[OUT Q=Jesus Christ and eat.]
Shannon Young, News 7, Roanoke County.))
Sit back and relax because we have you covered with highlights of today state basketball tournament action from Liberty. We'll check in on the D-3 title game, the Tech women and the Express.
But first tonight,
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The fairytale marriage between Brooke and Jeff Gordon is apparently falling apart.
His wife of seven years has filed for divorce in Palm Beach Co. , Florida.
She cites that the union of marriage has been broken by Jeff's marital misconduct.
Gordon says he'll talk about the situation sometime next week.
Now a full Saturday night Scoreboard.
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Cave Spring made the most of it's first state championship appearance since 1969, beating 29 and 1 George Wythe for the group 3A title. Steve Mason has more from Liberty University's Vines Center.
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[SUPER=01-Billy Hicks/Cave Spring Head Coach; :13]
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[SUPER=01-Tom Hagan/11 Points & 6 Rebounds; 1:46]
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The Martinsville Bulldogs hooked up with Blacksburg in the final championship of the day at the Vines Center in Group Two A.
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The Bulldogs were ready to get unleashed and grab their second straight state title and the school's 12th overall.
But the Indians also came out smoking in this one as Jarhon Giddings hits the three point bomb to put the Indians on top.
Then Paul Velander throws the long pass to Sam Wheeler who makes the catch and powers it up strong for two.
Martinsville would attack back. Brandon Hairston dishes to Brian Fraiser who finishes nicely in traffic under the rack.
Then Jovan Williamson gets the rock and heads the other way finishing at the other end with the pretty layup.
Martinsville wins the title 70 to 67.
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Altavista took on the Eastern Shore's Nandua Warriors in the Group A title game.
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Another nice crowd on hand at the Vines Center in Lynchburg to see this one.
Up 35-31 at halftime, the Colonels would come out in the 3rd looking for more. Scott Jester with the steal and pop from downtown.
But Nandua would comeback strong. A.J. Custis powers his way up for two.
Altavista gets the two back with Kenny Hunt's turnaround and the Colonels go up 41-40 late in the third.
But that was it for the Colonels as Nandua goes on a monster 25 to 8 run to finish the game and take the group A title.
Altavista finishes the season 25-and-6.
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[IN Q=We won...]
[SUPER=01-Mike Cartolaro/Altavista Head Coach; :00]
((we won ten in a row, got hot at the right time, what a great group of guys. most wins in school history, easily one of the best teams to play at A.vista and thats saying a lot. its a proud bball school were please...it hurts right now.))
[OUT Q=...IT HURTS RIGHT NOW."]
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In other high school notes,
Roanoke Catholic beat Baltimore's Archbishop Spalding last night to win the consolation bracket at the prestigious Alhambra Catholic Classic in Frostburg, Maryland. The Celtics finished the tourney 2-and-1.
Also, Dayspring Christian is back home after finishing second in the nation at the just completed Division Three National Association of Christian Athletes Tournament in Dayton, Tennessee.
Caleb Williams topped the 2000 career point mark during the week and was named the tournament's top defensive player.
The Virginia Tech women reached the 20 win plateau on the season last night with a 2nd round win in the WNIT in front of 22 hundred and 81 fans at the Cassell.
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The Hokie Bird wasn't the only one getting dizzy with all the hoops this weekend.
Tech hoped to work the inside tonight as some good ball movement early will get the ball in the hands of Ieva Kublina who gets two of her 21 points.
GW would stay in the game with plays like this. Greeba Outen Barlow picks up the miss and goes coast to coast for the score to put the Colonials on top 32-to-27 at the half.
Tech would take control in the second half as Kublina eventually get the rebound, the putback and the foul. Tech outscores GW 41-to-20 in the second half to get the 68-to-52 win.
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The Hokies play the winner of tonight's St. Joe's - Vermont game next week.
The UVa women saw their season end today in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
The Cavaliers lost to Iowa 69-to-62 to finish the year with a 17-and-13 record.
Liberty's women lost tonight at South Carolina 69-to-61.
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One team from the Commonwealth did advance today.
Old Dominion beat Georgia in the mideast regional 68-to-54.
This game was tight until the closing minutes when ODU was able to build up some cushion.
Three Time Colonial Conference player of the year Lucienne Berthieu led ODU with 24 points and 9 rebounds.
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The Salem Civic Center was the site for the NCAA men's division three championship last night as Otterbein, out of Ohio, took on Pennsylvania's Elizabethtown in the title tilt.
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After working overtime in the semi-finals Elizabethtown head coach Robert Schlosser was hoping for an easy night at the office.
Not likely against Otterbein. Kevin Shay drives to his right and dishes to Tony Borghese who drops two of his 21 points.
The Cardinals work it again. This time Jeff Gibbs leads the break, dishes to Scott Hadley and then cleans up his miss with the putback. He had 25 points and 25 rebounds.
But E-Town was determined to takes care of business. Rocky Parise uses some nice hesitation and splits the defense for the driving score. Elizabethtown led by 11 late in the second half.
But Dick Reynolds' team would put on a furious comeback to capture the 2002 Division 3 national title with the 102 to 83 win.
The Express was back home last night involved in a key Northeast division game with Richmond - a team hot of Roanoke's heels.
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A great big crowd was on hand last night at the Roundhouse and that is something management and the players like to see.
What none of the home folks wanted to see, however, was Richmond opening scoring with Bryan Goudie slapping the biscuit in the basket to make it 1-to-nothing.
Roanoke answers with Tim Verbeek taking advantage of good positioning right in front of the net to make it a 1-all game.
Richmond skates back on the other end. Verbeek will clear the puck, but Lars Peterson snags it and fires it back in for the tally. It's 2-to-1 Renegades in front.
David Cunniff will add another one with this slap shot as the Gades leave town with a key 3-to-2 win.