Even as some wish for sun, one community says "bring on the rain".
And, one of the players in a drug-deal gone bad expresses remorse.
Tonight on News 7 Sports the VHSL spring jubilee is expanding in Radford.
The Blacksburg Indians hope to be back in the title hunt next month.
and Steve Park is fired by Dale Earnhardt, Incorporated.
Warmer today and cloudy. Tomorrow, more of the same with thunderstorms tossed in as well. Details and our Tuesday WeatherSchool coming up.
News 7 is next.
[IN Q=It's like pulling]
((IT'S LIKE PULLING A TOOTH OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.. YOU'D HATE TO HAVE TO GO THROUGH THAT AGAIN. YOU JUST DON'T WANT TO EXPERIENCE SOMETHING LIKE THAT IF YOU DON'T HAVE TO.))
[OUT Q=don't have to.]
They came within just a couple of weeks of running out of water last year.
Today, things have turned around for Gretna residents, and the future looks even brighter.
Good evening, I'm Shannon Young.
And I'm Keith Humphry.
The forecast may be calling for showers throughout the week, but you'd be hard-pressed to hear any complaints in the town of Gretna.
Memories of last year's severe drought are still fresh in many residents' minds.
And most agree that wetter is better.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[IN Q=This was the]
[SUPER=03-Gretna/August 2002; :00]
[SUPER=01-David Lilly/Gretna Town Manager; :27]
[SUPER=01-Glenna Lingafelt/Gretna Mayor; 1:22]
[OUT Q=News7, Gretna.]
(( This was the Gretna reservoir in August of last year.
Months of extremely dry weather had left barely enough water for a heron to bathe in and the town was facing severe water restrictions.
This is what it looks like today.
A long, wet winter and steady rainfall throughout this spring have replenished the town's water supply to the point where the drought is just a distant memory.
Town manager David Lilly says the water situation has completely turned around.
((DAVID LILLY/TOWN MANAGER: 180 DEGREES. IT'S TOTALLY DIFFERENT NOW. OUR SPRINGS ARE BACK, THE RESERVOIR IS BACK. OF COURSE WE DREDGED IT OUT, WE GOT SOMEWHERE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF FIVE THOUSAND CUBIC YARDS OF SILT OUT OF IT. SO WE GAINED SOMEWHERE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF TWO TO THREE MILLION GALLONS OF WATER WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE.))
[OUT Q=said and done.]
The extra capacity means Gretna no longer needs the emergency pipeline and the containment pond it dug last summer.. it will form the basis of the county's new industrial park.
((And the good news continues for Gretna. The town and the county will use 1-point-5 million dollars in state tobacco money to build a nine-mile water pipeline from the Pig River west of here to the reservoir. As local officials learned last year, you can never have too many backup plans.))
[OUT Q=backup plans.]
((LILLY: I GUESS OUR LESSON LEARNED WOULD BE TO GET THREE OR FOUR BACKUP PLANS IN CASE ALL OF THEM FAIL. Reporter: A 9-mile pipeline will go a long ways towards being a big backup plan. LILLY: IT'LL HELP, IT'LL HELP.))
[OUT Q=it's help.]
Mayor Glenna Lingafelt says she learned just what her town is capable of.
((GLENNA LINGAFELT/GRETNA MAYOR: WE JUST HAD TREMENDOUS SUPPORT FROM THE COMMUNITY AND YOU REALIZE WHAT A GREAT PLACE THIS IS WHEN YOU HAVE THAT KIND OF SUPPORT IN THE SITUATION WE WERE IN.))
[OUT Q=we were in.]
It's a test they hope they won't have to pass again.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Gretna. ))
More prison time was imposed today for a man who arranged the drug deal that ended in murder at Roanoke's Tower's Mall a year ago.
Kip Lamont Walker was just one of the men in the car- -as they drove from Lexington to Roanoke in search of cocaine.
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He was the one in touch with drug dealer Ronald Steven Clark by cell phone, though Walker insists he had no idea there was a sawed-off shotgun in the car.
It was Christopher Riley who took the gun and shot Clark in the face when he learned Clark didn't have the drugs with him.
Though Walker was not the trigger man, he apologized to Clark's family in court today.
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[IN Q=I never meant]
((KIP LAMONT WALKER/DEFENDANT; I NEVER MEANT FOR HIM TO GET HURT OR ANY OF THAT. I WISH I COULD TAKE HIS PLACE, AND I'M HONEST ABOUT THAT. I WISH I COULD, BUT I CAN'T. I JUST HOPE THEY CAN FIND IT DEEP DOWN IN THEIR HEARTS TO FORGIVE ME SOMEDAY.))
[SUPER=01-Kip Lamont Walker/Defendant]
[OUT=forgive me someday.]
Walker's is already facing 61-years in prison for robbery and murder in Rockbridge County. The 23- year sentence Judge Clifford Weckstein imposed today is in addition to that.
A man from Glade Hill is facing new charges in the death of a school bus driver.
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Police had charged Christopher Picard with the capital murder and robbery of Lori Boyd.
The 37-year-old woman was found in her burning car last September. An autopsy showed that she had been strangled.
The Franklin County grand jury yesterday added two more capital murder charges against Picard, along with abduction, arson and robbery.
Picard's attorney says the evidence doesn't support the capital murder charges and he'll move to have them dismissed.
Roanoke Police are investigating a suspicious fire.
The damage to the home on Highland Avenue in Southeast Roanoke is minimal but police are now investigating who may have set the fire and why.
Firefighter responded just before noon and quickly got the fire under control.
It started in the basement and was contained to that part of the house. Damage is estimated at 5-thousand dollars.
Three people were in the house at the time, no one was injured.
Police are investigating the claim that a man was locked in the basement and set the fire as a signal to be let out.
Overcoming childhood phobias... a new program could help children conquer their fear in a matter of hours.
More on that when News 7 returns.
And local Red Cross volunteers and equipment prepare to head west and help those devestated by tornadoes.
The American Red Cross is rushing disaster relief to midwestern states devastated by tornadoes.
One volunteer from western Virginia left this morning, and more may be following soon.
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Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom with more on the local response to the latest natural disaster.
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Keith and Shannon, the American Red Cross classifies natural disasters on a scale from one to five... This one rates a five... In some areas where those tornados touched down, the damage was complete.
Now, Red Cross employees and volunteers here in western Virginia are preparing to pitch in.
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[IN Q=Fred Dooley]
[SUPER=01-Fred Dooley/Logistics Coordinator; :15]
[SUPER=01-Amy Whittaker/Red Cross Spokesperson; :46]
[OUT Q=emergencies that may come up.]
((Fred Dooley knows the Emergency Response Vehicle inside and out.
The mobile feeding unit stationed in Roanoke is now on standby... and if needed the vehicle and its volunteers can serve thousands of meals every day.
[IN Q=I have been on]
(( I HAVE BEEN ON LIKE 44 IN SEVEN YEARS, SO I HAVE SEEN MY PART OF THE DEVASTATION LIKE THE TORNADOES THE HURRICANES THE FLOODS, 911 I WAS ON THAT, JUST ABOUT ANYTHING THAT WAS A DISASTER I'VE SEEN AND BEEN ON. ))
[OUT Q=I've seen and been on.]
This time, Red Cross Volunteers are headed to Missouri, Kansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Arkansas.
The volunteer who left from western Virginia will be working with families, making sure their basic needs are being met.
[IN Q=You can imagine]
((YOU CAN IMAGINE THERE IS A LOT OF DEVASTATION AMONG THESE FAMILIES, MANY HAVE LOST EVERYTHING THEY OWN. SO SHE'LL BE WORKING WITH THEM TO MAKE SURE THEY GET THE PROPER FOOD CLOTHING SHELTER NEEDS THAT THEY HAVE, ANY MEDICATIONS THEY MAY HAVE LOST, ANY TYPE OF EMERGENCIES THAT MAY COME UP.))
[OUT Q=that may come up.]))
[LIVE= JoeD /FULL Newsroom Pod]
Though the Roanoke Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross has dispatched just one relief worker so far, several others are on standby.
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And Keith and Shannon, officials here say it is likely that more residents of western Virginia will soon be at work in the midwest... helping communities recover from a devastating series of storms.
Harvard Law School will name a summer fellowship for the dean of the Appalachian School of Law killed in a campus shooting last year.
Dean Anthony Sutin was a graduate of Harvard Law School.
The fellowship will pay for a Harvard Law student to work in public interest law.
Sutin was shot and killed in January 2002, along with a professor and a student.
Former student Peter Odighizuwa has been charged with the killings.
He is described as a paranoid schizophrenic and has been ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial.
Officials at Harvard say Sutin had tried to help the accused student.
Governor Warner says his administration is doing more business with minorities and women than the previous one, even though the numbers don't reflect that.
Warner told a group of business leaders today that less than three percent of the contracts awarded by the state go to minority or women-owned firms.
Under former governor Jim Gilmore, that percentage was slightly higher.
But Warner says Gilmore's numbers are wrong.
[IN Q=THE PREVIOUS NUMBERS INCLUDED FIRMS]
((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: THE PREVIOUS NUMBERS INCLUDED FIRMS THAT WERE NOT MINORITY FIRMS SO THAT THE NUMBERS OF HOW WELL THE STATE WAS ACTUALLY DOING WERE ACTUALLY INFLATED. SO I THINK OUR APPROACH IN THIS ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN STRAIGHT TALK. WE'VE DISCOVERED THAT A NUMBER OF THE FIRMS WERE NOT MINORITY BASED FIRMS, COMPANIES LIKE ARTHUR ANDERSEN.))
[OUT Q=COMPANIES LIKE ARTHUR ANDERSEN.]
Warner says progress is being made, but the state needs to do more to help minority and women-run businesses.
The Federal Reserve decided to leave interest rates unchanged. But the central bank also expressed concern about the possibility of
economic weakness ahead.
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The DOW rose 57 points.
NASDAQ gained 20.
Whether it's a fear of bees, thunderstorms or dogs, about 5-percent of children have phobias.
But researchers at Virginia Tech believe they may have found a way to help them.
For years, 10 year old Will King was scared off dogs --even small dogs like this, terrified him.
That was before he underwent therapy at the Virginia Tech Child Study Center.
As part of a four year study, Psychologist Thomas Ollendick (ALL-in-Dick) is testing a therapy option that requires only one, three hour session to treat the child.
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[IN Q=Basically it's a procedure]
((DR. THOMAS OLLENDICK/VIRGINIA TECH CHILD STUDY CTR.: BASICALLY IT'S A PROCEDURE THAT ALLOWS US TO EXPOSE THE CHILD TO THE FEARED OBJECT AND THEN HELP THEM OVERCOME IT OVER TIME. SO IT'S A VERY DIRECTIVE, ACTIVE, INTENSIVE TREATMENT))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Thomas Ollendick/Virginia Tech Child Study Ctr.]
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Ollendick say so far the therapy has worked for about 75-percent of children like Will.
Will completed his therapy more than a year ago. Soon afterwards he got Buddy.
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[IN Q=It helped me feel more comfortable]
((WILL KING: IT HELPED ME FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE. I NOW LIKE PLAYING WITH MY DOG IT'S A LOT FUNNER))
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Researchers are still looking for children between the ages 8 and 17 to participate in the study.
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For more information you can call 540-231-3514 or you can find a link to the project web site on our homepage at wdbj7.com
One of the most endangered species in the world is surviving with help from Mill Mountain Zoo.
Last week, the zoo celebrated the birth of three Red Wolf pups but, only one survived.
"Jimmy" as he's being called, weighs 438-grams and has yet to open his eyes.
Mill Mountain Zoo now has four Red Wolves but, because of their endangered status, only the pup is on display.
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[IN Q=You can see the adult Red Wolves...]
[SUPER=01-Dave Wood/Curator, Mill Mountain Zoo;]
((DAVE WOOD/CURATOR, MILL MOUNTAIN ZOO: YOU CAN SEE THE ADULT RED WOLVES FROM TEH ZOO CHOO. WE DO NOT ALLOW PEOPLE TO GET CLOSE TO THEM... BECAUSE THEY OR THEIR OFFSPRING COULD BE RELEASED BACK INTO THE WILD SO WE DO NOT WANT THEM GETTING ACCLIMATED TO PEOPLE.))
[OUT Q=getting acclimated to people.]
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Jimmy is one of about 250 Red Wolves in the world.
He can be seen in his incubator through the windows in the animal clinic.
Coming up tonight on News 7 Sports - the spring jubilee is picking up steam in Radford.
The ACC expansion isn't dead, but it won't happen this week.
and Steve Mason checks in with the Blacksburg soccer dynasty.
It was dented early this season - but it's once again business as usual for the Indians.
The ACC expansion that began as a whisper several weeks ago, but has been growing in volume in recent days, isn't likely to die down anytime soon.
Miami is the key to the whole thing, and while the ACC would have liked to have been able to announce that the Canes were leaving the Big East for the ACC at this Thursday night's 50th anniversary gala - it won't happen that quickly.
Any expansion first needs the approval of seven of the nine ACC presidents.
Then Miami needs a formal invitation.
ACC Commissioner John Swofford wants approval before the conference's meetings May 17th through the 21st in Ponte Vedra.
It is pointless to talk about what happens to Tech, until we know if Miami wants to move or just play politics.
June fifth through the seventh, Radford University will host 12 state championships in tennis, baseball, softball and soccer in the Virginia High School League spring jubilee.
For the second straight year, the event committee hosted the annual jubilee kick off luncheon. The first year went so well, the VHSL agreed to extend the jubilee in Radford through 2006 and bring four more state championships to the area in 2004. Double and single A Swimming and Group A track and field will be added.
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[SUPER=01-Ken Tilley/VHSL Executive Director; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ron Downs/Spring Jubilee Event Coordinator; :13]
[OUT Q=....keep coming back"]
Part of the double and single A soccer state championships will be played at the new 35 hundred seat Radford soccer stadium, the same complex that will host the track field championships next year.
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[SUPER=01-Mark Lineburg/Spring Jubilee Committee Member; :00]
[SUPER=01-Greig Denny/Radford Athletic Director; :15]
[OUT Q=.......best experience"]
The Blacksburg boys soccer team is 11 and 1. And while the defending two A state champions are strong again this year Steve Mason says there has been some adversity in Blacksburg.
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[SUPER=01-Shelley Blumenthal/86 & 1 District Regular Season Record; :20]
[SUPER=01-Richard Troy/Blacksburg Senior Forward; :44]
[SUPER=01-Kenny Griffin/Blacksburg Senior Sweeper; 1:35]
[OUT Q=....News 7 sports"]
((The Indians have eight Blue Ridge District wins, but the stat that stands out the most is the one loss Shelley Blemunthal's team suffered against a tough William Byrd team March 25th, a loss that snapped a 93 game streak without a district loss that dates back two days short of exactly six years.
((SHELLEY BLUMENTHAL/BLACKSBURG HEAD SOCCER COACH:))
Blacksburg is in a rebuilding mode, replacing seven starters from a last seasons title team and the fact critics are saying that these Indians are not as strong has only fueled their fire.
Blumenthal's desire to learn more about soccer by coaching with Benne is just one way the Blacksburg boys team has benefited from Blumenthal's experience at Roanoke College.
The Blue Ridge District boys soccer tournament kicks off May 17th through the 23rd and will be played in Blacksburg. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
GW Danville baseball and football star Jon Fulton is one of 30 players selected nationwide to play in the all-American baseball game on June 9th.
Fulton is a shortstop at George Washington high school who has accepted a baseball scholarship to Tech.
The game is modeled after the McDonald's basketball game and it will be played at Yogi Berra Stadium in New Jersey.
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On the racing front - Steve Park - was fired this afternoon.
Park was the first driver hired by Dale Earnhardt Incorporated.
But ever since he was seriously injured at Darlington several years ago he has struggled in his comeback.
Jeff Green, was himself was fired by Richard Childress yesterday, has been hired to drive the car on an interim basis