The city of Salem is hosting a double header this weekend.
This one features the Salem Avalanche and the Southwest Virginia Festival with Franklin Graham.
Both events are taking place this weekend at the James Tailiaferro Sports and Entertainment Complex.
V-Dot is warning people to expect heavy traffic in that area as well as on Interstate 81.
Salem city officials are encouraging motorists to consider taking a free shuttle bus to the stadium.
The service begins two hours before any Festival event gets underway.
You can pick up the shuttle bus at a number of locations including General Electric and Lewis-Gale Clinic.
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Sports teams at the new Hidden Valley High School often play home games...away.
Many students and parents are frustrated with the school's current field situation.
Justin McLeod has more on the problem and the larger issue of where to play football.
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[SUPER=01-Brian Wilson/Parent; :11]
[SUPER=01-Phil Anderson/Hidden Valley Booster Club President; :30]
[SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra; 1:10]
[SUPER=01-Drew Barrineau/School Board Member; 1:30]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Roanoke County]
((((NAT SOUND OF SOCCER GAME))
Here at Hidden Valley High School, soccer games begin much earlier than normal.
A lack of lights.
[IN Q=The varsity games]
((BRIAN WILSON/PARENT: THE VARSITY GAMES HAVE TO BE AT 4:30 BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE LIGHTS AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE CAN GET THE VARSITY GAME IN BEFORE DARK.))
[OUT Q=in before dark]
That proved difficult before day light savings.
The soccer team had to play on a lit field and that usually meant traveling to different fields around the county.
The team now plays on a field at the high school but even that is less than ideal.
[IN Q=We don't have any]
((PHIL ANDERSON/PARENT: WE DON'T HAVE ANY POWER SOURCE HERE FOR PA SYSTEMS. WE CAN'T PLAY THE NATIONAL ANTHEM, WE CAN'T INTRODUCE THE KIDS, WE DON'T HAVE ANY WATER HERE AT THE SITE SO IT HAS BEEN FRUSTRATING.))
[OUT Q=has been frustrating]
It has also been frustrating for the softball and baseball teams.
The fields they'll play on are still under construction leading the teams to play elsewhere.
[IN Q=Then there's the issue]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THEN THERE'S THE ISSUE OF FOOTBALL. LAST YEAR HIDDEN VALLEY PLAYED HERE WHERE CAVE SPRING PLAYED. THE SCHOOL SYSTEM WANTED TO LIGHT THE FIELD HERE AT HIDDEN VALLEY MIDDLE AND POSSIBLY PLAY FOOTBALL HERE BUT STRONG NEIGHBORHOOD OPPOSITION KILLED THAT PLAN. SO NOW THERE'S A GOOD POSSIBILITY THAT HIDDEN VALLEY COULD BE PLAYING HERE AT BOGLE FIELD NEXT YEAR.))
[OUT Q=field next year]
((NAT SOUND FILE OF FOOTBALL))
Another option is on the table.
The county is still looking into building a stadium near Penn Forest Elementary School.
An announcement is expected within a few weeks.
County leaders say once the decision is made, they can address the issues at the other fields including whether to light the soccer field.
[IN Q=As we talk]
((DREW BARRINEAU/SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: AS WE TALK TO THE VARIOUS GROUPS ON OUR OPTIONS THEY UNDERSTAND THAT A GOOD LONG TERM FIX IS BETTER THAN A POOR SHORT ONE.))
[OUT Q=short one]
They hope that long term fix is soon kicked into high gear and leads to a win win situation for everyone.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke County.))
The Danville Police Department welcomes its new chief to the job today.
Incoming chief Phil Broadfoot celebrated his last day with the Waynesboro Police Department yesterday.
The J-M-U graduate will take over in southside for retiring chief Neil Morris today.
He says he'll be armed with 30-years of police experience and a reputation for ethical behavior.
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[IN Q=I have stressed that with my officers...]
((PHIL BROADFOOT/INCOMING DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF: I HAVE STRESSED THAT WITH MY OFFICERS... IT MAKES FOR A MUCH BETTER OPERATING POLICE DEPARTMENT WHEN YOU HAVE A HIGH STANDARD THAT EVERYONE ADHERES TO.))
[SUPER=01-Phil Broadfoot/Incoming Danville Police Chief;]
[OUT Q=that everyone adheres to.]
Broadfoot has been Waynesboro's chief of police for thirteen years.
He says he knew he needed to move on or risk getting "itchy feet".
Meantime, Chief Morris will stay with the Danville Police Department in an advisory position until retiring at the end of May.
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Tonight marks an official end to major combat operations in Iraq.
President Bush will make that announcement aboard the U-S-S Lincoln off the coast of California.
However, Bush will stop short of declaring victory in the war, since there are still pockets of resistance.
Seven U-S troops were injured today by grenades in Fallujah, where the Americans had fired on protesters hours earlier, killing two and wounding 18.
Despite the violence, officials say the soldiers are staying put until they learn the secrets of Saddam Hussein's regime.
Roanoke police are investigating the second bank robbery this week.
This time it was the N-B-C Branch on Williamson Road at the corner of Maitland Avenue.
But the description of the bank robber in this case was much different than the man who held up the F-N-B on Hershberger three days ago.
Around 3:15 yesterday afternoon, a white man entered the N-B-C bank, demanded money and fled on foot. Witnesses said he was about 5-8 to 6-feet tall, weighing 170 to 180 pounds in his mid-20's.
In business news, Wall Street gave back some of the week's gains yesterday, but still managed to finish the month in positive territory.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[SUPER=01-Alan Greenspan/Federal Reserve Board Chairman;]
[OUT Q=in New York.]
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A massive earthquake in southeastern Turkey has left nearly 140 children trapped beneath the rubble of what used to be a school dormitory.
Authorities confirm the six-point- four magnitude earthquake has killed at least 84 people, and has left nearly 400 injured.
The quake struck early this morning, causing buildings to collapse and sending hundreds of frightened residents out into the streets.
Earthquakes are common in Turkey, which lies on a number of seismic fault lines.
Two major quakes hit the country in 19-99, killing tens of thousands of people.
The SARS outbreak could also damage the health of the U-S economy.
That's according to Fed chairman Alan Greenspan.
He told lawmakers that if the situation in southeast Asia
worsens, it could disrupt U- S manufacturing operations in that part
of the world.
But Greenspan was quick to point out that there are no signs that operations have
been affected yet by the virus.
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About a hundred community activists let their feet do the walking AND the talking in Lynchburg.
A good crowd turned out for the Y-W-C-A's annual "Side By Side" community walk through downtown yesterday.
The purpose was to raise public awareness about the need for racial justice and harmony.
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[IN Q=And these are]
((SUSAN HARRISON/LYNCHBURG YWCA: AND THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO REALLY CARE ABOUT THIS ISSUE. WE'VE NOTICED THAT PEOPLE COME YEAR AFTER YEAR BECAUSE THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE TO THEM AND THEY WANT TO MAKE THEIR BELIEFS KNOWN, THAT THEY DO CARE ABOUT RACIAL HARMONY IN OUR COMMUNITY.))
[SUPER=01-Susan Harrison/Lynchburg YWCA]
[OUT Q=in our community.]
The walk was first organized in 1992 in response to the riots following the Rodney King verdicts in Los Angeles.
She could very well be the luckiest woman in the world.
Monika Culbertson, a German- born grandmother, has won the Washington State Lottery for a THIRD time.
Culbertson's already receiving 200- thousand dollars in annual payments from the four- million- dollar jackpot she won in 19-97.
In 2001, she won a thousand bucks.
And just this past weekend, Culbertson won the 50- thousand- dollar Lucky for Life drawing.
She's the first triple winner in the history of the state's lottery,
which began in 19-82.
And it's probably no suprise that she plans to keep playing.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
An electrical fire in Roanoke Tuesday night has some lasting effects for at least one major A-E-P customer.
The Roanoke Times worked late into the day to deliver papers that were delayed by the nine-hour outage.
Downtown Roanoke went dark for the second time in two months Tuesday night, after a switch on a transformer sparked an underground fire.
The Roanoke Times' publisher says the newspaper has suffered tens of thousands of dollars in losses in a string of recent outages.
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[IN Q=It's certainly of very grave]
((WENDY ZOMPARELLI/PUBLISHER: IT'S CERTAINLY OF VERY GRAVE CONCERN. THESE KINDS OF FIRES, WE'RE TOLD THEY'RE VERY UNUSUAL EVERY TIME THEY HAPPEN. BUT THEY'RE HAPPENING WITH ALARMING FREQUENCY. AND SO WE WILL BE VERY EAGER TO HEAR FROM AEP WHAT THE PLAN IS TO ENSURE THAT THIS SITUATION DOESN'T KEEP OCCURRING. ))
[OUT Q=doesn't keep occurring.]
A-E-P says it's only the third time in 20 years the entire downtown network has been shut down.
The power company says a full time crew maintains the downtown grid, but that it's impossible to foresee mechanical failures.
In business news, Investors cashed in yesterday and put an end to Wall Street's rally.
Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case]
((STOCKS ENDED THE DAY LOWER WEDNESDAY, AS PROFIT TAKING FOLLOWED TWO UP DAYS, AND WEAK ECONOMIC DATA PROMPTED SOME SELLING.
THE DOW LOST 22 POINTS ON THE DAY.
THE NASDAQ WAS DOWN SEVEN.
TYCO INTERNATIONAL SAID WEDNESDAY IT WILL TAKE MORE THAN A BILLION DOLLARS IN AFTER-TAX CHARGES IN THE SECOND QUARTER.
THE COMPANY HAS UNEARTHED NEW ACCOUNTING PROBLEMS, YET ANOTHER SETBACK TO THE CONGLOMERATE'S CREDIBILITY WITH INVESTORS.
THE FINANCIALLY TROUBLED CONGLOMERATE SAID IT EXPECTS TO REPORT A QUARTERLY LOSS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS OF 23 CENTS A SHARE AND TAKE CHARGES OF 55 CENTS A SHARE TO REFLECT THE ACCOUNTING PROBLEMS.
THE DOLLAR FELL TO A FOUR-YEAR LOW AGAINST THE EURO WEDNESDAY.
THERE APPEARS TO BE A WIDESPREAD BELIEF THAT THE EURO IS SIMPLY A BETTER BARGAIN FOR INTERNATIONAL CURRENCY INVESTORS, RIGHT NOW.
AT NOON EASTERN TIME, THE EURO BOUGHT ALMOST A-DOLLAR-12-CENTS.
CHAIRMAN ALAN GREENSPAN REITERATED HIS POSITION ON PRESIDENT BUSH'S PROPOSED TAX CUTS WEDNESDAY.
HE TOLD THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WHAT HE HAS SAID BEFORE: HE SUPPORTS TAX CUTS WHEN THERE'S A BUDGET SURPLUS AND/OR WHEN THEY'RE MATCHED BY CUTS IN SPENDING.
THE CHAIRMAN SAID HE BELIEVES DEFICITS MATTER AND HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON INTEREST RATES.
WITH THE BIZ BRIEF, I'M STAN CASE.))
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Governor Mark Warner took final action on the remaining bills from this year's General Assembly.
Yesterday, he vetoed seven items including a bill that denies in-state tuition to undocumented students.
In Virginia, illegal aliens are not eligible for the cheaper tuition rates given to documented residents.
Legislators passed a bill this year to clarify that law.
Warner's spokeswoman says the governor vetoed the measure because it was unnecessary.
[IN Q=THE EXISTING LAW]
((ELLEN QUALLS/WARNER'S SPOKESWOMAN: THE EXISTING LAW IN VIRGINIA DOES NOT ALLOW UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS TO RECEIVE IN-STATE TUITION. THEREFORE, THE LEGISLATION SERVED NO EFFECT OTHER THAN TO BASICALLY DIVIDE OUR PEOPLE.))
((TIM MURTAGH/ATTORNEY GENERAL'S SPOKESMAN: WE'RE DISAPPOINTED THAT THE GOVERNOR HAS VETOED THE BILL AND DECIDED TO SEND THE MESSAGE THAT IF SOMEONE IS BEHAVING IN AN ILLEGAL MANNER AND IS IN THIS COUNTRY ILLEGALLY IT WOULD BE OKAY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF STATE-SUPPORTED INSTITUTIONS.))
[SUPER=01-Ellen Qualls/Governor's Spokesman; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tim Murtagh/Attorney General's Spokesman; :15]
[OUT Q=OF STATE-SUPPORTED INSTITUTIONS.]
Warner also vetoed a requirement that he share with lawmakers the information used to make state budget cuts.
Two Roanoke County schools were locked down for nearly an hour during a gun scare yesterday.
The school resource officer at William Byrd High school received a report from someone who saw two men with a gun near the William Byrd High and Middle Schools.
Police located the two men nearby and found they had a Daisy pellet pistol.
21 year old Shawn Davis and 31 year old Charles Pastel both of Vinton were arrested and later released.