What will become of the Short family home in Henry County?
Ahead on NEWS 7 at six-- what family members plan to do with the house and its contents.
Plus, Governor Mark Warner prepares to challenge the law that would prevent him from running for a second- consecutive term.
Tonight in sports, hoops highlights from Roanoke College, Michael Vick does his thing in Charlotte, Everett Woods calls it quits at GW-Danville, and
the Wahoos react to last night's thumping of Maryland.
It felt more like Spring than Fall across the region today. Highs reached the mid 60's. Looks like we'll have one more warm day then a major cool down begins. I'll have the details coming up.
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((AMANDA DEHAVEN: HOLIDAY TRAVEL IS QUITE A BIT DIFFERENT THAN IT WAS THIS TIME LAST YEAR.))
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Travelers face longer lines and even more security at area airports this holiday season.
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
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Air travel is not what it used to be.
Ever since 9/11, the number of people traveling by air has fallen, while security measures have risen.
And as Justin McLeod discovered-- there are several new restrictions in place for the holidays.
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[SUPER=01-Amanda DeHaven/Airport Spokesperson; :26]
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((((NAT SOUND OF WHEELING SUITCASE AT 33:05))
If you're rolling into any airport over the holidays, there's a few things you need to know.
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((LAURA BERNSTEIN/AIR-TRAVELER: I CAME ABOUT AN HOUR EARLY BECAUSE USUALLY THEY SAY TO COME, USUALLY THEY SAY An HOUR AND HALF BECAUSE OF THE ALL THE SECURITY.))
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Security that begins right at the ticket counter.
You must show two forms of I.D. and there's a good chance your luggage will be searched.
From there, you head to the gate where you're greeted by even more security.
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((AMANDA DEHAVEN/AIRPORT SPOKESPERSON: THE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION IS NOW HANDLING IT, IT'S A FEDERAL AGENCY.))
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Meaning the screeners are now paid and trained by the government.
They've been here in Roanoke for several months and guards tell us you can expect up to a 15 minute wait getting through the gate.
To help with crowd control, the airport recently installed this divider wall.
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MANDATED THAT BY THE END OF THE YEAR ALL CHECKED BAGGAGE MUST BE SCREENED FOR EXPLOSIVES. THE ROANOKE AIRPORT JUST RECEIVED ITS BOMB DETECTION MACHINES BUT THEY WON'T BE UP AND RUNNING UNTIL AFTER THANKSGIVING.))
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((NAT SOUND OF SUITCASE))
Regardless, there are still several items that you cannot bring on the plane including weapons, pocket knifes, and scissors.
[IN Q=Things like nitting needles]
((AMANDA DEHAVEN/AIRPORT SPOKESPERSON: THINGS LIKE KNITTING NEEDLES AND NAIL CLIPPERS WEREN'T ALLOWED LAST YEAR WHERE AS THIS YEAR THEY ARE ALLOWED THROUGH SCREENING.))
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It is also recommended that you put any undeveloped film in your suitcase not your carry-on.
Also, all gifts should remain unwrapped.
It may be a lot to remember but many travelers are understanding.
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((LAURA BERNSTEIN/AIR-TRAVELER: USUALLY, IT'S NOT A HASSLE AT ALL, IT'S THE SAME EXCEPT THERE'S A LOT MORE SECURITY AROUND AND I FEEL SAFER.))
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Safer on the ground and in the air.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))
Virginia is the only state that does NOT allow its governor to run for re-election.
But that could change.
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Governor Mark Warner is pushing for a constitutional amendment to allow Virginia governors to run for a second consecutive term.
And, according to the Washington Post Warner is expected to enlist former governors to help the cause.
Critics say one four-year term doesn't give governors enough time to see their programs through.
A commission on government efficiency chaired by former Governor Doug Wilder has already endorsed the idea.
Virginia Military Institute will officially introduce its new Superintendent tomorrow.
As NEWS 7 has already reported, it's General Binford Peay (pee).
Keith Humphry broke the story ten days ago. As one source told him at the time, "everyone on Post seems to know who it's going to be."
Another highly-placed source in Richmond also confirmed for us that it was General Peay.
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(( Among the issues this retired four- star General will inherit when he assumes command next Summer is the still- unresolved matter of organized prayer in the mess hall.
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((O, GOD, WE ASK YOUR BLESSING ON THE CORPS.))
Customarily, the entire corps would bow their heads as a cadet chaplain said grace before the evening meal.
Last January a U-S District Judge declared the practice unconstitutional and ordered the Institute to put a stop to it. The state attorney general immediately filed an appeal.
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((YOU KNOW WE'RE STILL IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS COURT CASE.))
Retiring Superintendent Josiah Bunting brought up the subject in a recent interview.
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((THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE DOES NOT CONCERN JESUS OR MOSES OR BUDDHA OR ANY PARTICULAR RELIGION. WE SIMPLY RETURN THANKS TO PROVIDENCE, TO AN UN-NAMED GOD, AND WE ASK HIM TO LOOK AFTER VMI AND THE COUNTRY.))
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The U-S Court of Appeals is set to hear oral arguments on the subject January 21st in Richmond.
Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.))
Keith will be in Lexington first thing in the morning, and he'll have an interview with the NEW Superintendent, General Peay (pee), on News 7 at Six.
Averett University in Danville already has its new leader in place.
Richard (FAW) Pfau became the school's 23rd president back in July.
He has spent the first few months on the job laying out his goals for the school's future.
He wants to strengthen Averett's reputation and help revitalize the area's economy.
But more importantly, he wants to raise the quality of education and student life on campus.
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((DR. RICHARD PFAU/AVERETT UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT: I EAT IN THE CAFETERIA FAIRLY OFTEN MUCH OF THE TIME WITH STUDENTS. WE'VE HAD STUDENTS TO OUR HOME. THERE'S JUST SO MANY WAYS TO DO THAT AND AS YOU DO IT YOU GET A FEEL FOR NAMES AND FACES AND BACKGROUNDS AND OFTEN CAN HELP SOLVE A PROBLEM OR ANSWER A QUESTION WHICH IS WHY WE ARE HERE TO SERVE STUDENTS.))
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[OUT Q=to serve students]
Student life is about to get more comfortable.
On Friday, the university announced it was the recipient of 750-thousand dollars from the E. Stuart James Grant Charitable Trust.
The money will be used to build a new student center.
The home where an unsolved murder took place in Henry County is up for sale.
The Short's Oak Level home is going on the auction block.
That is where Michael and Mary Short were found shot to death in August.
The remains of their daughter Jennifer were found in Rockingham County, North Carolina a month later.
The family plans to auction off the home and all its contents on Saturday December 7th.
No arrests have been made.
Still to come on the newscast, extra fees for some Blacksburg home owners raise some concern,
and, a fund to help a Virginia Tech athlete is growing fast.
More on that coming up, but first let's check on the forecast. Here's Brent in the Weathercenter.
It will probably be early next year before construction begins on a controversial pipeline.
This week, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved Duke Energy's plan to build a 95-mile natural gas pipeline called the Patriot Extension.
It will begin in Wythe County and end in Rockingham County North Carolina.
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Out of 379 landowners affected, Duke has secured 54-percent of the necessary rights- of- way.
Duke now has the power to take the remaining land through eminent domain but a spokesperson says it will only be done as a last resort.
Parts of the pipeline are scheduled to be up and running by May.
Federal regulators have yet to decide the fate of another pipeline project...
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Last week, four public hearings were held on the proposed Greenbrier Pipeline project.
The 275 mile natural gas pipeline would run from West Virginia-- through southwest and southside Virginia-- before ending in North Carolina.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission held the meetings to gather input on the government's draft environmental impact study.
The commission will continue to take comments on the document through December 16th.
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A proposed fee on rental housing in Blacksburg is in the works.
And it's the main topic in the viewer mail this week.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean with News-7's Feedback.
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((Blacksburg town council plans to hold a public hearing next month on a plan to charge landlords an annual registration fee of 100 dollars per unit.
The money would help finance the town's rental inspection program.
The hearing is set for December 10th.
But one town resident (Mark DeBusk) wrote to us, saying:
"A big thanks to whoever tracked down the story about the huge fee Blacksburg wants to impose on rental property owners. I was at the town meeting when the original ordinance was passed. The irony of the situation is that the property owners and many of the property maintenance companies did not want the program. Now they must also bear the cost. Hmm!"
Any thoughts you have about issues in the news or our coverage of them, please send them along.
The mailing address is PO Box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007.
The fax number is 343-7269.
And out email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
The Redskins get a big win against the Rams, and Michael Vick runs wild over the Panthers. We'll have highlights in sports...
Plus, Governor Warner is teaming up with auto dealers to drive home the point of child safety.
Local car dealerships are teaming up with Governor Mark Warner to help keep Virginia's children safe.
The Kid-safe Virginia program will offer tips on fire safety, preventing substance abuse and how to handle dangerous online behavior.
Schoolchildren will get personal safety lessons from teachers or police.
Also, parents can pick up free D-N-A kits from area car dealers.
The kits enable parents to take D-N-A samples from their children to help police in missing child cases.
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((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE DOING ALL WE CAN FROM A GOVERNMENTAL PERSPECTIVE TO PARTNER WITH OUR SCHOOLS, TO PARTNER WITH OUT PARENTS TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE YOUNG PEOPLE FEEL SAFE EVERYWHERE THEY GO IN THEIR LIFE.))
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Corporate donations and 300-thousand dollars from the federal government will fund the three-year program.
A fund set up to help a Virginia Tech basketball player has grown by leaps and bounds.
Last April, Rayna (duh-beaus) DuBose was stricken with a rare form of meningitis and had to have parts of all four limbs amputated.
At the time of her illness, Rayna was on the women's basketball team and Friday she returned to campus to cheer on her teammates.
The fund set up to help pay for her treatment now totals more than ninety thousand dollars.
Rayna hopes to return to campus full-time sometime this summer.
Coming up, they're still celebrating in Charlottesville. Steve Mason checks in with the Cavs following their biggest win of the season, Roanoke College wins the Salem Bank & Trust Classic, and
Michael Vick helps the Falcons pummel the Panthers today in Charlotte.
The Atlanta Falcons got their usual performance from Michael Vick and another Hokie lent a helping hand as Atlanta rolled past the Carolina Panthers this afternoon.
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Keion Carpenter got the Falcons off on the right foot, intercepting Rodney Peete and takin' it to the house for a 41 yard touchdown and the Dirty Birds led 7-nothing.
Later Vick does what he does best. He buys some time with his feet and then finds Warrick Dunn with his arm. Dunn does the rest for a 31 yard TD. Vick finished the day 19 of 24 for 272 yards and two touchdowns
as the Falcons cruise 41 to nothing.
Steve Spurrier's revolving door at quarterback found Danny Wuerffel under center for today's contest with the Rams, who welcomed their quarterback Kurt Warner back to the starting lineup for the first time in over a month.
[SUPER=03-Landover, MD/Fox Sports; :00]
The Rams got Warner back but Marshall Faulk was still on the sidelines.
Stephen Davis stole the show for the Redskins. His first TD of the afternoon from a couple of yards out kept the Skins close at 10 to 7.
Davis was just getting started. He rushed for 88 yards on 31 carries and 3 touchdowns as the Redskins took a 20 to 10 lead.
Warner rallied the Rams with a late TD toss to former Wake Forest star Ricky Proehl. But with just
seconds left, Warner was sacked and fumbled away the pigskin. The Redskins survive 20 to 17. Now the rest of today's NFL numbers.
In the high school ranks, News 7 Sports has learned that GW-Danville Head Football Coach Everett Woods has decided to hang up his whistle. Woods has been the Head Eagle for the past 3 seasons.
[SUPER=03-Danville/August 2000; :00]
He took over the program for his good friend Ed Martin who passed away in June of 2000. Woods had served as Martin's defensive coordinator for eleven years. Prior to that he had served as the head coach at Dan River. Woods is expected to take an administrative post at the school.
The Virginia football team shook up the ACC race last night by whipping Maryland 48-13. Steve Mason has the implications of the victory from conference and post season perspectives.
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[SUPER=01-Bruce Olecki/Peach Bowl Representative; 1:47]
[SUPER=01-Michael Johnson/Scored Fourth Quarter UVa Touchdown; 2:19]
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A week before the showdown for the Commonwealth Cup, surprisingly the Cavs didn't crack the college football polls.
Meanwhile, the Hokies fell to 19th in the Coaches poll and 22nd in the A-P.
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We finish up on the court at the Bast Center where Roanoke College battled Goucher in today's championship game of the Salem Bank & Trust Classic.
[SUPER=03-Salem/Goucher vs. Roanoke College; :00]
Page Moir was firin up the troops early on.
Josh Foster was listening. He drives the length of the floor and scores with the kiss off the window and Roanoke had a three point lead.
Later in the first half. The Gophers go inside to Pierre Jones who puts in the nice turnaround jumper.
Then check out the Maroons Jarrod Butler as he threads the needle to Kevin Hunter for the easy hoop
inside to put the home team up by five and Roanoke goes on to win it 64 to 63, despite 21 turnovers.