Elections are just around the corner.
We'll show you how one community kicked off campaign season.
And, we'll tag along as VMI's new class of rats takes a fieldtrip.
Tonight on News 7 Sports - a Labor Day win for the Braves, Lou Holtz on UVa, and this week's Tech 2002 report.
Plus, Virginia Tech senior quarterback Grant Noel is set to have knee surgery tomorrow morning at Montgomery Regional.
Temperatures will be on the way up Tuesday along with the humidity. And a tropical storm is drifting off the Georgia coast. We will check that out in a moment.
News 7 is next.
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Good evening, I'm Shannon Young.
Keith is off tonight.
Today may mark the end of one season but its the beginning of another.
Meghan Muldoon was in Buena Vista today for the kick-off of Virginia's political campaign season.
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If bands are marching, children gaping and politicians shaking hands, then its the Buena Vista Labor Day Parade.
((BEN CLINE: THIS IS THE TOP EVENT OF THE YEAR. IT'S THE KICK-OFF.))
((CONGRESSMAN BOB GOODLATTE: IT'S GREAT TO GET OUT AND MEET MY CONSTITUENTS.))
((SENATOR JOHN WARNER: I BOUGHT THREE PIECES OF CRAFT TODAY.))
It's a time for eating, listening to music and for politicans it's a time to begin campaigning in earnest.
It's an opportunity for Republican Ben Cline and Democrat Mimi Elrod, who are vying for the House of Delegates seat vacated by Vance Wilkins, to get in some political sparring.
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Although not up for election this year, many state officials were on hand to enjoy the day and offer their differing views on exempting public education and safety from state budget cuts.
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Incumbent lawmakers, Congressman Bob Goodlatte and Senator John Warner, are both up for reelection but find themselves without major opposition.
Still, both were campaigning in support of President Bush's proposed military strike against Iraq.
It was an issue that was on their minds as well as many of those in attendance.
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So with the end of summer, the debate over U.S. military action against Iraq moves to Washington where President Bush faces a tough challenge, not unlike the ones American leaders have faced in the past.
Meghan Muldoon, News 7, Buena Vista))
Investigators still don't know the identity of body found near the Blue Ridge Parkway back in May... But they're hoping someone out there may recognize him.
Some people playing frisbee near the Poages Mill Overlook in Roanoke County found the badly decomposed body.
Medical experts have completed a facial recreation and plan to release sketches tomorrow.
They're hoping someone will reconize the man and help authorities figure out his identity.
A new walking trail will cause some headaches for drivers this week in Roanoke.
Starting tomorrow, the westbound lane of Wiley Drive will be closed from seven a-m to three p-m.
City crews are constructing a temporary walking trail between the Roanoke River crossover bridge near Victory Stadium and the current greenway terminus near the River's Edge Tennis courts.
Officials hope to have the work finished on Friday.
Traffic headed eastbound towards Roanoke Memorial Hospital will not be affected.
Rats entering the Virginia Military Institute got a different sort of introduction to the school's rigid code of conduct this year.
(KAH-dray) Cadre Week was expanded by two days for new cadets, and included exercises such as a trip to the National D-Day Memorial, and a climb up House Mountain in Rockbridge County where new cadets will learned about the history of VMI.
V-M-I officials say the change is a reflection of the school's effort to update its curriculum by providing cadets with more positive experiences.
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((COL. KEN WHITE/VMI COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR; THEY WERE INTRODUCED TO A 9 DAY CADRE PERIOD, THAT'S A NINE DAY INTRODUCTION TO VMI. IT WAS CHANGED DRASTICALLY THIS YEAR, MORE EMPHASIS ON TEAMWORK, AND THE POSITIVE ASPECTS OF VMI. THAT JUST CAME TO A CLOSE, WE WERE THRILLED WITH THE RESULTS.))
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White says some thought the Cadre period was too easy on the rats, but adds that the attrition level is similar to years' past.
Today's the unnoficial end of summer... So how did the state's tourist attractions fare?
Find out when News 7 at Six returns.
Plus workers at one area plant helped save nine trapped miners... now the county and the miners themselves are saying thanks.
A little more than a month ago crews working to free several trapped miners in Pennsylvania became discouraged when part of their equipment broke.
That's when a local company came to the rescue.
Recently-- the Roanoke County Board of Supevisors recognized Ingersoll Rand for its accomplishments.
And, as Jennifer Wishon reports-- the rescued miners have also found a way to say thank you.
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(( Just one day after nine Pennsylvania miners became trapped 240 feet below ground-- workers at Roanoke County's Ingersoll Rand plant received a call they never expected.
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((VERN CAMERSON/GENERAL MANAGER INGERSOLL RAND: THE ORIGINAL CALL CAME AT 4:30 IN THE MORNING WHICH NOT EVERYBODY HAD ARRIVED AT WORK YET. AND SO AS SOON AS THE TEAM ARRIVED AT WORK THE FIRST HAMMER RECOGNIZED IN THE RESOLUTION WAS DISPATCHED.))
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By eight o'clock that morning workers were transporting a specialized drill and 30 inch drill bit to Somerset.
But those weren't the only Ingersoll Rand products used in the rescue process.
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((VERN CAMERSON/GENERAL MANAGER INGERSOLL RAND: THEY HAD TO DRILL TO GET AIR DOWN SO WE ACTUALLY HAD FOUR DIFFERENT TOOLS THAT WERE BEING USED. SO THE FIRST SIX INCH HOLE WAS DRILLED WITH ONE OF OUR HAMMERS AND BITS TO PUSH AIR IN TO KEEP THEM BREATHING AND ALSO SUPPLY HEAT. ANOTHER 22 INCH BIT WAS DRILLED THROUGH TO DE-WATER.))
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In recognition of the employees and the company's 35th anniversary as a local business partner--- the Roanoke County
Board of Supervisors recently declared August 27th Ingersoll Rand day in Roanoke County.
But the recent attention has not affected the employees.
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((KAY FECHISIN/HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER: WE'RE EXTREMELY PROUD OF OUR BOYS IN THE ROANOKE FACILITY AND IN DOING THIS AND MAKING ALL OF THIS HAPPEN THOROUGHLY AND EXPEDITIOUSLY THEY'VE BEEN VERY HUMBLE THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE PROCESS.))
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((JENNIFER WISHON/REPORTING: AS A REMINDER OF WHAT LOCAL INGERSOLL RAND EMPLOYEES ACCOMPLISHED THE NINE MINERS WHO WERE RESCUED ARE PUTTING THEIR SIGNATURES ON THE CASING OF THE DRILL BIT. IT WILL THEN BE RETURNED TO THE PLANT AND PUT ON DISPLAY TO REMIND EMPLOYEES WHAT THEY ACHIEVED THROUGH HARD WORK AND DEDICATION.. JENNIFER WISHON, NEWS 7.))
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It's taken a decade... but a study says pollutants that cause acid rain, haze and smog should be cut to protect the southern Appalachian Mountains.
The Southern Appalachian Mountains Initiative, a group involving
Virginia and seven other Southeastern states, released the study.
The report calls for reductions in sulfur dioxide and nitrogen
oxides -- chemicals produced largely by old, coal-fired power
However, it does NOT suggest specific amounts or target
dates for the cuts.
Some environmentalists are criticizing the report for not
providing more specific solutions.
But the group's director says at least there's now broad agreement that the southern Appalachians have an air quality problem.
The stock markets were closed today in observance of the Labor Day holiday.
They'll reopen tomorrow.
Still ahead on NEws 7, see how some Virginia museums are marking the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
Plus the Commonwealth's newest license plate will soon be showing up on cars... just in time for September 11th remembrances.
Thousands of new license plates are in the mail, heading to Virginia drivers who want to spread the message, "fight terrorism."
The special tags were unveiled at the State Capitol.
A Northern Virginia man came up with the idea for the plates.
It's the third terrorism-related special license plate the state offers.
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((DELEGATE BOB HULL/(D) FALLS CHURCH: THE GOAL IS TO GET THEM TO PEOPLE IN TIME TO PUT THEM ON THEIR CARS FOR THE SEPTEMBER 11TH ANNIVERSARY. ONCE PEOPLE PUT THESE ON THEIR CARS AND START DRIVING AROUND, AND OTHER PEOPLE SEE THIS, IT'S GOING TO MAKE A BIG IMPACT. ))
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Like most special plates, the fight terrorism tags cost ten dollars extra.
Virginia drivers have already ordered four-thousand plates.
And a member of Governor Mark Warner's cabinet says he expects to see one of the tags on the Governor's vehicle before long.
A Virginia museum is offering a special exhibit to mark the first anniversary of September 11th.
Artifacts related to last year's terrorists attacks are on display at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond.
Museum officials say the exhibit offers Virginians a way to reflect upon an important event in the state's history.
((CHARLES BRYAN, JR/VA HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESIDENT: IT'S THE GREATEST LOSS OF LIFE IN ONE DAY IN VIRGINIA SINCE THE LAST MAJOR BATTLE OF THE CIVIL WAR, THE BATTLE OF SAILOR'S CREEK ON APRIL THE 6TH, 1865. SO WHEN YOU PUT THAT IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE YOU REALIZE THAT THIS WAS AN IMPORTANT EVENT NOT ONLY IN AMERICAN HISTORY BUT IN THE HISTORY OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA.))
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The exhibit runs through Thanksgiving.
The museum, like others in the state, will be open free to the public on September 11th.
The Library of Virginia will display the state's 1789 original manuscript copy of the proposed United States Bill of Rights.
The document was last displayed in 1991.
Travel experts say Virginia hosted an increased number of tourists this past year.
Today wraps up the unofficial end of tourism season... and officials say because of September 11th - many Americans avoided flying, and headed to Virginia because it's an easy destination.
The Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association says while northern Virginia hotels and motels experienced a slight drop in occupancy this year - the numbers grew by as much as four percent in other parts of the Commonwealth.
Virginia Beach, Busch Gardens and Historic Jamestown are reported to have been the busiest areas.
Coming up tonight on News 7 Sports - Virginia Tech's Grant Noel will have knee surgery tomorrow.
Lou Holtz talks about the Cavaliers, plus big league baseball.
And two Hokies winning Big East player of the week honors are just a small part of tonight's Tech 2002 report.
This may the morning after a Holiday - but we couldn't have a more jam-packed Tech 2002 Report for you if we tried.
Everything from upward mobility, to players on the move, to big honors in the Big East make up this morning's Report.
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(( After completely dismantling LSU - the Virginia Tech Hokies were allowed to enjoy Labor Day practice free.
But while the team wasn't working it was making headlines. For starters the brand coaches Top 25 poll has advanced Tech into the Top 10. The Hokies climb six spots and make the biggest jump of any school in poll to land in the 10 spot.
The Hokies also picked two Big East player of the week honors.
Defensive End Jim Davis is the Big East defensive player of the week. He had three sacks, four solo tackles and a he forced a fumble against the Tigers. It was just his 5th career start, but as a redshirt junior he is quickly becoming a leader.
Vinnie Burns, who averaged 45 yards a kick on his nine punts against LSU is the Big East special teams performer of the week.
As for the Tech quarterback situation - the Tech coaches did work on Labor Day and they have decided to make Bryan Randall the starter against Marshall on Thursday night September 12th.
Randall lived in Charleston West Virginia, about 50 miles from Marshall, until his 5th grade year. To get his first career start against the Thundering Herd is too ironic.
In one other note from the LSU weekend - Michael Vick not only had his jersey retired in the pregame ceremonies but he also was recognized for a major contribution to the athletic department. Inside the Merryman center - the players and coaches meeting rooms area is called Michael Vick hall.))
The decision to start Bryan Randall at quarterback in the Marshall game got a whole lot easier for the Tech coaching staff this afternoon when it found out that
Grant Noel will need to have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee tomorrow morning.
Noel has been playing this season with a damaged ACL in the left knee and Tech trainer Mike Goforth says for the past three weeks Noel has experienced a clicking in the lateral side of the knee.
The surgery which will take place tomorrow morning at 8 is being done to evaluate the knee.
If all is well, Noel should be OK for the Marshall game.
If not, Will Hunt shifts into the backup role.
And the Tech coaches then have to start thinking long and hard about using Marcus Vick.
Again today at UVa, Al Groh refuses to name his starting quarterback for this coming Saturday's game against South Carolina.
He also did not discuss the injuries his team suffered at Florida State.
But when kids are in the lockeroom on crutches you don't have to say much.
Former Fleming star Jermaine Hardy was on crutches today along with Raymond Mann, and center Kevin Bailey had a cast on his leg from his ankle to his thigh.
All will be re-evaluated tomorrow.
This afternoon Lou Holtz did his own evaluating.
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Lots of afternoon baseball in the big leagues this afternoon.
Already the Whitesox, Indians, Brewers, Expos, Reds have claimed wins.
Also, Greg Maddux got his first victory in a month as the Braves beat the Pirates 5-to-1 at Turner Field.
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The Pirates were hoping to slow down the Braves and stop their three game winning streak.
But in the 3rd, Atlanta erased a one to nothing deficit with Andruw Jones' single to left field just in front of Brian Giles. Two runs score on the play.
The Braves then got some insurance in the fifth as Chipper Jones hit 22nd homer of the
season. The opposite field shot sealed Atlanta's 5-to-1 win.