An accident on Route 220 could tie up traffic for hours.
Plus, four days after a massive fire in downtown Roanoke, officials explain why it took so long to determine a cause.
Tonight on News 7 Sports - the new BCS numbers are on the way - plus - this week's edition of the Tech 2002 Report.
And the NBA's regular season hasn't started - but already you can feel thelove in the air.
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Traffic will remain tied up into the evening.
The backup is caused by truck accident on a busy highway.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
And I'm Shannon Young.
State police say the traffic situation will probably only worsen over the next hour or so.
That's because rush-hour traffic is still a factor.
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The problem is a tractor trailer that overturned around one o'clock-- blocking both northbound lanes of Route 220- between Boones Mill and the Franklin County line.
As a result-- all traffic is now using the southbound lanes while crews work to clean-up debris blocking the northbound side of the road.
The tractor trailer was hauling wood chips from Patrick County to Covington-- when the load shifted causing the truck to flip and spill wood chips onto the road.
State police say the driver suffered only minor injuries-- and believes his seat belt deserves the credit.
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State police say the driver-- Jerry Byrd has been charged with failure to maintain control of his truck.
An hour ago, traffic was backed up for more than four miles on 220 and is expected to remain tied up for a couple more hours.
Investigators have wrapped up their investigation into Roanoke's big warehouse fire.
Fire officials say the blaze on Salem Avenue was accidental .. due to an electrical malfunction.
Evidence at the scene confirms the initial belief that it began in the basement.
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New 7's Rachel Cannon joins us tonight with more....Rachel?
Shannon, the massive fire started at the warehouse last Thursday afternoon.
Roanoke officials say they don't often see fires of this magnitude and that may be one reason why they took their time with the investigation before releasing an official cause.
Investigators picked through the rubble one last time earlier today before concluding it was an accidental blaze caused by an electrical problem.
And for now, what little is left of the warehouse will not be demolished.
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((MARLAN MORRIS/ROANOKE FIRE MARSHALL; IT'S NOT ONLY A CONTRACT ISSUE ITS A STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY ISSUE AS WELL THE WAY THE BUILDING WAS CONSTRUCTED, THE ENGINEERS HAVING LOOKED THE SCENE OVER DISCOVERED THAT IF THEY'RE ABLE TO MAINTAIN THE WALLS AS THEY ARE THEN THERE'S LESS LIKELYHOOD THAT ALL THE WALLS WOULD COLLAPSE ))
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The city's property maintenance office is now involved in the future of the building.
Also released today...damage estimates. Officials say there is a loss of over 5-hundred thousand dollars.
The owner of the warehouse, which was a storage place for electrical supplies, does not have insurance.
Drivers may be happy to know that officials are re-opening Salem Avenue ... but they are asking you
to be cautious when traveling through.
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Norfolk Avenue, a side road behind the warehouse, will remain closed until all the debris is removed.
Child molester Tony Leyva's back in town, again.
He was released from prison last Spring, having maxed out his sentence under the old parole guidelines.
Two weeks ago he moved to Puerto Rico, but authorities there refused to supervise a man who'd run an interstate child prostitution ring under the guise of conducting Pentecostal revivals.
Now Leyva's back at the Jefferson Lodge in downtown Roanoke, having checked in yesterday.
Probation and Parole chief Paul Kiser says, "there's been no discussion about putting in for another transfer."
The two suspects in the Washington-area sniper shootings are now facing death penalty charges in Virginia.
Grand juries in Spotsylvania County and Hanover County indicted John Mohammed and John Lee Malvo today on a number of charges, including capital murder.
Hanover prosecutors are also charging the suspects on terrorism-related counts, invoking the state's new anti-terrorism law for the first time.
Maryland prosecutors charged the suspects with murder last week but Attorney General Jerry Kilgore says Virginia should get them first.
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Kilgore says he is NOT confident that Maryland will be able to get the death penalty for both sniper suspects.
He says he hopeful that prosecutors from Maryland, Virginia and Alabama will meet this week to decide on the process.
Another top state official made a stop today in the New River Valley. Lieutenant Governor Tim Kaine hopes to rally support for what he calls educational investment.
Next Tuesday, voters will decide whether to approve a 900-million dollar bond referendum for higher education.
The bonds will be used toward improvement projects for state colleges and universities, as well as museums.
Kaine, along with the presidents of Virginia Tech, Radford University, and New River Community College, spoke this morning about its importance to higher-ed, and the state's economy.
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Kaine says the bond referendum will not raise taxes and if it is approved, it could create about 14-thousand jobs across the state within the next six years.
Next Tuesday also features a special election to decide who replaces Vance Wilkins in the General Assembly.
Republican Ben Cline faces Democrat Mimi Elrod in the 24th House District... and Tonight, Joe Dashiell begins our look at the race with a profile of the GOP candidate.
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It was Amherst in the morning, Rockbridge in the afternoon for Republican Ben Cline during a recent day of campaigning.
And he brought along one of the state's most popular politicians, as he toured the Bea Maurer plant in Fairfield.
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Sen John Warner was touting Cline's experience with Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte. The Rockbridge native has worked in Goodlatte's office for the last eight years, serving most recently as his chief of staff.
Cline also has the endorsement of the man he hopes to replace, former House Speaker Vance Wilkins, who resigned earlier this year following allegations of sexual harassment...
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((DO YOU FEAR THAT THE WAY VANCE WILKINS LEFT OFFICE WILL BE A DETRIMENT TO YOUR CAMPAIGN? NO I THINK PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED IN MOVING FORWARD AND FOCUSING ON BRINGING JOBS TO THIS AREA. AND I THINK WORKING WITH BOB GOODLATTE HAS GIVEN ME THE EXPERIENCE TO BRING THOSE JOBS AND THAT FUNDING TO THIS AREA.))
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Cline proposes as his first piece of legislation... a prescription drug program for seniors who don't have health insurance.
He opposes a tax increase... even as state agencies, institutions and programs face painful budget cuts.
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((I THINK THAT THROUGH CONSOLIDATION, PRIVATIZATION AND USE OF TECHNOLOGY WE CAN FIND THOSE SAVINGS.))
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Cline hopes the voters will give him a chance to find those savings...and says his youth, energy and experience will pay dividends for the district in Richmond.
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Tomorrow we will profile Mimi Elrod, the Democratic candidate in the race.
Investigators rule out some causes, but not others, in a Tech student's death. The details are still ahead.
And a landmark restaurant is on the move .. making another business bigger before it even opens.
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New information tonight about a Virginia Tech student who died from a fall over the weekend.
Virginia Tech Police finished their investigation into the death of Ryan Evans.
He fell from his seventh floor dorm room Saturday night.
A medical examiner ruled Evans died from injuries incurred in the fall.
Police have ruled out foul play, accident, or faulty windows.
While there has been no official determination, they did NOT rule out suicide.
Investigators want to talk to two men they believe are witnesses in the shooting death of a Henry County man.
25-year-old Charles Antwan Saunders was found shot once in the head inside his Fieldale home early today.
Investigators are trying to retrace Saunders' last 24 hours and they want to talk to anyone who saw him.
They've also released composite sketches of two men who were seen near Saunders' home.
One's described as about 6 feet tall, 160 pounds, wearing a black stocking cap.
The other's described as 5 feet 7, 135 pounds... also wearing a stocking cap.
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They were driving a 1980s black Ford Bronco with a gray stripe.
If you have any information, you're asked to call the Henry County Sheriff's Department at 276 - 638 - 8751.
Meanwhile in Danville, another murder investigation is underway.
Police say they have suspects in the shooting death of 21-year-old Harold Baize, who died of multiple gunshot wounds to the chest.
Police say the bullets pierced his car as he drove near Green Street early Sunday.
Virginia wants to keep you from becoming a traffic fatality statistic.
Business, community and government leaders today learned about the causes and effects of the thousands of traffic crashes in the Commonwealth every year.
Last year alone, 935 people died statewide.
153 of those fatal wrecks occurred in the Roanoke district.
More than 62-percent of those who died were not wearing a seatbelt.
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((SGT. C. DANIEL JESSEE/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: OUR JOB IN HIGHWAY SAFETY IS TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF CRASHES... SEATBELT IS ONE OF THE BEST TOOLS TO HELP CURTAIL DEATHS ON THE HIGHWAY.))
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says, in America more people die in traffic crashes than are murdered: one every 13 minutes as compared to one every 34-minutes.
Officials say most wrecks are predictable and preventable.
Profit takers hit Wall Street today, after three weeks of gains.
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The Dow fell 76 points. Nasdaq dropped 15.
The new Land Rover dealership in Roanoke County is expanding, again... and it hasn't even been built yet.
The old Parkway Motel was torn down a year ago to make way for the dealership.
Now the Buck Mountain Grille- -which was once part of the motel- -will also be razed, so the luxury car showroom and service center can be that much bigger.
Al Mazzarella has been the proprietor of the restaurant for nearly eight years.
He had already sold his new neighbors land behind the restaurant and had begun to see himself hemmed in by the giant dealership.
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Mazzarella has plans to re-open under the same name in the old Pizza Den on Franklin Road- -within the Roanoke city limits.
He hopes to be back in business in about six weeks- -in a smaller, but he says "cozier" place- -with a new menu.
Meanwhile, what started out as a Land Rover dealership has added Mercedes, Jaguar and Volvo to its product lines. AND the county is just days away from granting approval for actual construction.
Roanoke County Economic Development Director Doug Chittum predicts it'll be open for business by next Summer.
Coming up tonight on News 7 Sports - the new BCS numbers are out.
We have a brasket-brawl and a new skipper for Mets with local ties.
And last year's game with the Panthers was worse than the "PITS" - that flashback and Tech's center of attention are the topics in tonight's Tech 2002 report.
The brand new Bowl Championship Series rankings are out, and the this week the Hokies take a two spot tumble falling from fourth to sixth.
Tech's win over Temple did little to hurt their strength of schedule which actually improved a spot - however, both Georgia and Ohio State pass Tech this week.
Oklahoma is still first with Miami second and Notre Dame and even closer third.
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Former Hokie Nick Sorensen, now with the Rams, was back on campus this past weekend.
He was on the first Tech team to ride the BCS surf in 1999.
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If for some reason the Hokies have had trouble focusing on their opponents the past two weeks, the picture should be quite clear this week with Pittsburgh coming to town.
Possible pay back for the Panthers and a center who is anything but the center of attention are the hot topics in tonight's Tech 2002 Report.
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(( In case your memory is a little fuzzy - here's some perspective to provide clarity. Ronyell Whitaker's 71 year touchdown return of a blocked punt was the lone Tech highlight at Heinz Field last season.
The 38-to-7 pasting was as dominant of a performance as Tech has ever seen. It was the Hokies worst Big East loss ever as they managed just 15 rushing yards and turned the ball over 4 times.
The players and coaches alike were and still are speechless when it comes to describing what happened.
Owens is one of two seniors starters on the offensive line - but it's the man in the middle with big biceps that will be the key Saturday against Pitt.
Junior Jake Grove - who played under Ed Landis - at Jefferson Forest - graced the cover of the game program this past Saturday - He benches a team best 440 pounds. So I can why he's a cover boy - but a make no mistake about it once he's on the field - he's no alter boy.))
The Anaheim Angels captured the world series title last night with a 4-to-1 win in game seven.
Today - several of those underachievers who didn't come close to the Angels lofty stature began making moves to climb the baseball ladder.
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This afternoon in New York, Art Howe was officially introduced as the new manager of the Mets.
Howe, who is a member of the Salem-Roanoke baseball hall of fame, leaves Oakland for a four year nine and a-half million dollar contract.
Howe won the Carolina League batting title while playing for Salem in 1971.
NBA commissioner David Stern will be Roanoke on Thursday - today he was busy handing out suspensions.
The Lakers Rick Fox and Doug Christie got into last Friday night as the Lakers and Kings battling in Los Angeles.
Both were ejected from the game, and later the two continued their confrontation in the portal as Fox ambushed Christie.
Fox gets a six game suspension, while Christie is suspended for 2 contests.
By the way - the regular season doesn't even begin until this Wednesday.
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When is a pound more than a pound?
When it's also a center for adopting unwanted animals.
Groundbreaking later this morning officially kicks off work on a regional animal pound. It's a joint effort involving several Roanoke Valley governments, and the S-P-C-A.
The center is decades in the planning, and supporters say they're barking up the right tree. The story tonight on News 7 at 6.
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