Two years after a deadly shooting at a Roanoke cafe, gay activists say the issues that sparked the attack are as
real as ever.
And, a local fire department is moving *away* from the heart of town in order to better serve the community.
Tonight in sports, Week Three NFL highlights, the Hokies are moving up in the polls after taking care of Texas A&M, plus
Jimmie Johnson wins at Dover for the second time in three months.
Some parts of the viewing area seeing some heavy showers at the moment. The rest of us, just cloudy skies. Fall is on the way and so is the fall-like weather. I'll have the details coming up.
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((CHARLES RICHARDS: I THINK PEOPLE IN THEIR MIND ARE SAYING WE DON'T WANT THAT KIND OF VIOLENCE AGAIN FOR ANYONE, NO MATTER WHAT THEIR LIFE WOULD BE LIKE.))
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The gay community comes out to show its pride and remember the fatal shooting at a local gay bar.
Good evening, I'm Shannon Young in for Teresa Hamilton.
In a little over a hour, a memorial service will get underway at the Backstreet Cafe in Roanoke.
That is where Ronald Gay shot seven people, killing one, two years ago today.
As Justin McLeod discovered the issues the shooting raised are still alive and well.
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Through song, fellowship, and education, hundreds came out Sunday afternoon for the annual Pride in the Park celebration.
It is an event that attracts more people every year.
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((CHARLES RICHARDS/ORGANIZER: 13 YEARS AGO I WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN AN ATTENDEE AT THE FESTIVAL, MUCH LESS THE DIRECTOR OF A FESTIVAL LIKE THIS.))
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It is a festival that now includes a memorial service.
Two years ago, Ronald Gay walked into a gay bar in downtown Roanoke and shot seven people.
Danny Overstreet was killed.
The shootings divided the coummunity and ignited fierce a debate over homosexuality.
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((WARREN KING/SHENAHDOAH BAPTIST CHURCH: I THINK FOR THOSE THAT HOLD THE BIBLE AS THEIR STANDARD OF TRUTH THEY'RE NOT ACCEPTING OF THAT BECAUSE THEY CONSIDER IT'S SIN. BUT AGAIN, THE BASIS OF THAT UNACCEPTANCE IS NOT HATE, IT'S LOVE.))
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE SHOOTINGS HERE AT THE BACKSTREET CAFE THERE WAS A CALL FOR HATE CRIME LEGISLATION ON THE STATE AS WELL AS THE FEDERAL LEVEL. TWO YEARS LATER, THAT LEGISLATION STILL DOESN'T EXIST AND THERE'S STILL A DEBATE ON WHETHER IT EVER SHOULD.))
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Some say it's a necessity .. other say it's redundant.
And now the debate is taking a new and quite visible turn.
The Roanoke Times announced it will publish announcements of same sex unions.
We're told a lesbian couple from Roanoke plans to submit one in a matter of weeks.
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((EDDIE RATLIFF/GAY ACTIVIST: IT'S UP TO US I THINK AS A COMMUNITY TO SHARE OUR EXPERIENCE WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD AND TO LET PEOPLE KNOW THAT WHAT HAPPENED HERE CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE.))
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It is what happened here that continues to shape the debate now and most likely in the future.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
The memorial service for the shootings gets underway at 7 o'clock at the Backstreet Cafe.
Those older photographs of Jennifer Short's mother are bringing in some new tips.
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The pictures were taken in the early 90's when Mary Short worked at the Pluma factory in Bowles Industrial Park.
The photos were released in hopes of jarring someone's memory of her.
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Today, investigators told the Martinsville Bulletin that the photos have drawn new leads.
They hope in particular that someone will remember when a man apparently harassed Mary Short where she worked .. back when these photos were taken.
The fire is out .. but the investigation isn't over .. and neither is adding up the damage.
Fire destroyed two storage barns near Troutville in Botetourt County last night.
The full extent of the damage is more visible today.
Fire officials say among the items destroyed were antique Army vehicles and a rare Harley-Davidson snowmobile.
Four departments were called out around nine last night but were ordered to stand back when officials learned there were chemicals and acetylene tanks stored
The last volunteers left around three AM.
Fire officials suspect a tractor that had been returned to the barn last night may have started the blaze, but fire and insurance investigators are expected there tomorrow in hopes of officially determining the cause.
One of Virginia's oldest established fire departments is getting set to move into to new quarters.
The price tag is more than two million dollars, but as Richard Lesko reports, the change should allow the department to better respond to the people it serves.
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(( The Lexington Fire Department was established in 1796, and now they are preparing for a major move to the outskirts of the city.
In just a few weeks, hoses, engines, and ladders will be moved from the old firehouse to a brand new building.
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((ROBERT FORESMAN/LEXINGTON FIRE CHIEF; IT'S JUST LIKE WHEN YOU MOVE YOUR OWN HOME, YOU NEED TO MAKE SURE YOU DON'T TAKE ALL THE TRASH AND EVERYTHING. AND IT GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A FRESH START.))
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The old location may be close to the center of town, but that doesn't mean it's more convenient. Fire engines have to battle one-way traffic and dodge parked cars on Jefferson Street.
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((ROBERT FORESMAN/LEXINGTON FIRE CHIEF; WE DO HAVE A WIDER STREET, WE'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE TO FIGHT THE ISSUE OF GETTING AROUND VEHICLES ON A ONE-WAY STREET, YES IT IS ON ONE END OF TOWN, AND THAT'S GOING TO SLOW OUR RESPONSE AT TIMES, TO CERTAIN PARTS OF THE CITY. ))
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The new building features expanded office space, a new communications room, improved living quarters for fire personnel, and expanded parking bays so fire engines won't be stacked two deep...
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((ROBERT FORESMAN/LEXINGTON FIRE CHIEF; THAT OLD FIREHOUSE WE WERE REALLY HAVING TROUBLES GETTING OUR VEHICLES INTO THE FACILITY, AND THIS IS GOING TO GIVE US THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPREAD OUR VEHICLES OUT A LITTLE BIT, GIVE US SOME MORE OPERATING SPACE.))
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Foresman says once the move is complete the fire department is planning to let the public to take a look around at some new digs for a fire department with centuries of history.
Richard Lesko, News 7, Lexington.))
A decision is expected soon. Still ahead, the fate of a controversial pipeline is about to be determined.
And you may find slow going on Interstate 81 tonight. We'll tell you where to expect it, and why.
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If you're planning to head north from Roanoke on I-81 or US 11 this evening, you may find it slow going.
Construction work between Troutville and Buchanan limits north bound traffic on 81 to just one lane which has created backups of several miles today.
Many are deciding to take US-11 instead, but an accident near Troutville within the last half hour has made a mess of traffic on that road, as well.
There are no accidents reported on 81, just slow going.
We'll soon know whether the federal government plans to approve a controversial natural gas pipeline.
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Duke Energy wants to build a 95-mile natural gas pipeline called the Patriot Extension.
The line would begin in Wythe County and end in Rockingham County North Carolina.
A Duke spokesperson says the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has indicated it may issue its final environmental impact statement by the end of the month.
The commission could then give its final approval to the pipeline at its next meeting scheduled for October 9th.
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Balancing children and a career.
It's a challenge facing many working women.
So is it possible to have it all?
News 7's Rachel Cannon takes a look at one local woman making it happen in this week's Virginia Profile.
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When Andie Gibson had her son Ben almost three years ago, she had a tough decision to make.
Leave her full-time job in Roanoke or put him in day care.
She found the answer in Gibson Media Design.
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((ANDIE GIBSON/WORKS FROM HOME; I DO LOGO DESIGN ALL SORTS OF ADVERTISING, SUPPORT MATERIALS BROCHURES, NEWSPAPER, MAGAZINE.))
all from a desk at her home on Smith Mountain Lake.
She's one of many women who want to raise their kids and contribute financially to the family's household.
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((IT WAS JUST A LEAP OF FAITH I KNEW THAT IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT STARTING UP AS A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER ON MY OWN.))
Difficult but successful.
She says her client base has grown steadily thanks to referrals and need in her area.
But Gibson is the first to admit, she doesn't do it all alone.
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((MY FOLKS WATCH HIM FOR ME FOUR DAYS A WEEK AND I WORK A LOT IN THE EVENINGS AFTER HE GOES TO BED.))
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Her line of work also makes this set-up successful.
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With today's technology she can complete projects and e-mail designs right from her computer.
But no matter what's at her fingertips, working from home is a balancing act.
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((THE TRADE OFF FOR ME BEING ABLE TO BE FLEXIBLE AND BE MY OWN BOSS IT MAKES IT ALL WORTH IT.))
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and so does seeing the smile on her son's face.
Rachel Cannon, News 7, Franklin County.))
Our viewers are talking tobacco .. and they're burning mad. Just ahead, we'll share their comments in this week's Feedback.
And this field of football dreams starts at the local level, but the winners could make their way to a national stage.
Smoking and tobacco taxes have been lighting up our viewers.
Assignment editor Joe McKean has this week's Feedback.
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((The new state law that bans smoking inside school buildings prompted a viewer from Salem (Mary Burton) to write:
"When I see stories of the ever expanding rules and laws about smoking, I wonder if the "powers that be" realize that it won't be too many years before these "criminal smokers" will be voting. Just a thought."
Some people are looking to an increase in Virginia's cigarette tax to help reduce the budget deficit, bringing this comment from a viewer in Roanoke (Ralph Hayes):
"What will cities, counties and states do when there is no more tobacco? What will they raise next? No jobs, no work. This country could go bankrupt. Maybe it would be the best for this country!"
Any thoughts you might have about our news coverage or issues in the news, are welcome.
Please include your name and hometown in your letters...faxes...or email.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
Some area kids were trying to get hot on the football field today.
The annual N-F-L Gatorade punt, pass, and kick competition took place at Northside High School.
Kids ages eight to fifteen competed in several events on the football field.
The top four winners now go onto the sectionals which take place next month in Pulaski.
There's a chance the winner from that event could compete at the national compeition which takes place before an N-F-L play-off game.
Don't look now, but the Carolina Panthers are 3 and oh. We'll have NFL highlights coming up, plus racing from Dover Downs,
and the Hokies are still celebrating yesterday's big win over Texas A&M.
We start on the track at Dover where Rusty Wallace started on the pole for today's MBNA 400. But Rusty knows it's not where you start, but where you finish that counts. He was looking to break a 53 race winless streak that dates back to April of 2001.
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Unfortunately, Rusty and teammate, Ryan Newman both had problems this afternoon. Newman was 8th and Wallace 15th.
Jeff Gordon didn't fare much better. He gets caught up in the mess started by John Andretti and Todd Bodine. Gordon spent 59 laps behind the wall and finished 37th. Not the way to get back in the points race.
Jimmie Johnson led 170 laps of 400 today. He grabbed the lead for the final time at lap 240, and never looked back. Jimmie Johnson held off Mark Martin over the final few laps to sweep the year's races at Dover and claim his third win this season.
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[SUPER=0106-11. Dave Blaney//12. Michael Waltrip//13. Jeff Green//14. Ricky Rudd//15. Rusty Wallace//;]
[SUPER=0106-16. Kyle Petty//17. Robby Gordon//18. Bill Elliott//19. Mike Skinner//20. Jeremy Mayfield//;]
[SUPER=0106-21. Sterling Marlin//22. Ken Schrader//23. Joe Nemechek//24. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.//25. Elliott Sadler//;]
In the NFL this afternoon, the Carolina Panthers would be off to a 3 and oh start with a win at Minnesota. Caroli
na was just one and fifteen last season. But the Panthers lone win just happened to come inside the Metrodome.
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John Fox has got 'em playing some ball in the Tarheel State.
The Panthers trailed 7-nothing at halftime, but Rodney Peete changes that with a 14 yard touchdown strike to Steve Smith tying the game at 7.
New acquisition Lamar Smith had a big day for Carolina, rushing for 154 yards and two touchdowns. His
second score of the day came from 24 yards out and put this one on ice. Break up the Panthers. They win it 21 to 14.
Elswhere in the NFC, Emmitt Smith reaced a milestone, but the Eagles spoiled the day by beating their division rivals.
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Smith's 6th carry of the day moved him past Walter Payton for number 1 on the all time rushing attempts list. He needs 362 yards to pass Sweetness and become the league's all time rushing leader.
Speaking of sweet feet, check out Donovan McNabb step up in the pocket and hit former Tech standout Antonio Freeman, who takes it 59 yards to paydirt.
Philadelphia rolls past Dallas 44 to 13.
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In the AFC, another former Hokie Andre Davis and the Browns invaded the Music City to battle the Titans.
And Andre might not be a country fan, but he made some music today at Adelphia Coliseum with his 3rd and 4th T-D catches of the season. He also hauled in this bomb in overtime to setup Phil Dawson for the game
winning field goal. Dawson knocks it thru and the Browns come back to beat the Titans 31 to 28.
Seven games are in the books while five more are in progress. Here's a look at all the afternoon numbers from the NFL.
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Virginia Tech moved up two spots to number 5 in both of the latest college football polls after yesterday's ten point win over Texas A&M.
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The Hokies gave up just 156 total yards to the Aggies in picking up their third straight win over a ranked opponent.
Bryan Randall and Ernest Wilford broke open a defensive struggle with a 52 yard pass play that led to the only TD of the game by Lee Suggs.
The Hokies gained a measure of respect and some confidence, which will come in handy next weekend when they'll be road warriors again at Western Michigan.
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Randall had ice on his left ankle following yesterday's game. He said it's just a little banged up, but nothing s
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Tiger Woods tuned up for next week's Ryder Cup matches today by winning the American Express Championship in Ireland.
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Reteif Goosen fired the round of the day--matching the course record with a 62, but he came up one shot short of Tiger.
Woods tallied 5 birdies and an eagle on his way to a final round 66. He didn't have a bogey all weekend, until the 18th hole today. But it didn't matter. Woods finished at 25-under par and won a million dollars for his efforts.
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Finally, there was plenty of good food, good music, and good old fashioned fun in Botetourt County this weekend.
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A crowd of more than 10-thousand turned out for the 34th annual Fincastle Festival.
The two day event featured more than 30 crafters and artists, several children's activities, and live entertainment.
Historic Fincastle Incorporated put on the annual show.
Proceeds from the festival are used to preserve and protect historic structures throughout Fincastle.
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