Those opposed to building a new stadium in Roanoke, call for an independent investigation.
And we'll hear from the suspect who says he shot his landlord, because the man wouldn't return a 575 dollar deposit.
Tonight on News 7 sports - the Express is taking an aggressive approach to the upcoming season.
Chip Sullivan is trying to make the cut at the PGA -
and the Hokies get an early commitment from one of the top high school quarterbacks in the state.
As we head into the weekend, temperatures will be about right and showers will pop up in the afternoon.
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[IN Q=The city administration]
((THE CITY ADMINISTRATION HAS REALLY MISLEAD THE PUBLIC AND COUNCIL AND EVEN THEIR OWN CONSULTANTS.))
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The controversy over Victory Stadium raises new allegations...
Today, a citizens group calls for an independent investigation.
Good evening, I'm Shannon Young.
And I'm Keith Humphry.[Victory-Stadium]
The group supports the renovation of Victory Stadium and opposes the plan for a new multi- purpose facility near the civic center.
Today, Citizens for a Sensible Stadium Decision allege that officials intentionally misrepresented information about the two proposals.
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Joe Dashiell is here tonight with more on the call for an independent investigation.
Keith and Shannon, the group says it's considering legal action. A decision on that may come in the next couple of weeks.
In the meantime, citizens for a sensible stadium decision are calling on members of city council to launch an investigation of what they describe as inaccurate, incomplete, skewed and misleading information.
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[SUPER=01-Brian Wishneff/Citizens for a Sensible Stadium Decision; :00]
[OUT Q=walking away from quite an overwhleming case.]
[IN Q=Just like with the ]
((BRIAN WISHNEFF: JUST WITH THE SCHOOL SAFETY INFORMATION PEOPLE WANTED TO KNOW WHETHER THAT WAS ACCURATE OR NOT WHAT THEY COULD BELIEVE, WE FEEL LIKE A SIMILAR EFFORT NEEDS TO BE MADE TO EVALUATE THIS INFORMATION.))
[OUT Q=made to evaluate this information.]
In a letter mailed to members of city council today, the group alleges that consultants' studies were based on faulty information provided by city officials.
And that the administration misrepresented the consultants conclusions to city council and the public.
Though members of council voted to move forward with the new stadium amphitheater earlier this month, Wishneff is asking them to take a closer look at the information and order an independent investigation.
[IN Q=If they actually]
((IF THEY ACTUALLY READ THE INFORMATION AND THEN CHOOSE NOT TO DO IT, THEY WOULD BE WALKING AWAY FROM QUITE AN OVERWHELMING CASE.))
[OUT Q=quite an overwhelming case.]))
City Manager Darlene Burcham wasn't available this afternoon, and other senior managers did not have a chance to review the charges in detail.
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But Keith and Shannon, Assistant City Manager Chip Snead said they will look at the allegations closely, respond to any questions that council members may have, and make sure that council and the public will have all of the relevant facts.
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Negotiators representing Goodyear Tire and Union employees are still talking about a new contract.
Goodyear had placed a mid-day deadline for negotiators to reach a tentative agreement on a new contract, but the two sides continued talking into the evening in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Goodyear had announced the deadline on Wednesday.
Union employees have been working under the terms of their old contract, which expired in April.
More than 2-thousand employees are affected at the plant in Danville, and union officials say they will strike if necessary.
A head- on collision in Franklin County sent three people to the hospital this afternoon.
State Police say this white pickup collided with a motorcycle on Route 122 in the Burnt Chimney area around 2:30.
The driver of the motorcycle is in serious condition and was airlifted to R-M-H.
The conditiono of the pickup driver is also listed as serious. His passenger escaped with fairly minor injuries.
Police say they won't know exactly what happened until they question the victims.
A man died last night after a boating accident on Smith Mountain Lake.
Authorities say two bass boats collided in the Roanoke arm of the lake near the old Cape Carolyn Marina around 8 o'clock.
60-year-old Ray Swim of Moneta suffered critical head injuries,
He died at the hospital.
The other three boaters involved were NOT seriously hurt.
A judge has revoked bond for the man who admitted he went to his landlord's home last month and shot him.
A district judge had set bond for Muhammed Majeed at half a million dollars.
The 23-year old murder suspect didn't have that much money- -even ten percent, so he had not been released.
However, the Commonwealth's Attorney asked a CIRCUIT Judge to hold Majeed withOUT bond.
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[SUPER=01-Muhammed Majeed/Murder Suspect; :04]
[SUPER=01-Bret Altimore/Roanoke Co. Police Detective; :14]
[OQ=pistol in his hand.]
(((WHAT IF YOU GOT OUT WOULD YOU STAY HERE? YES SIR. WOULD YOU RUN AWAY, NO SIR. IF I WANTED TO RUNS I WOULD HAVE IN THE FIRST PLACE.))
Mejeed had gone to Christopher Hanes' home to try to get his rental deposit back.
((HE STATED THAT THE LAST THING HE CAN REMEMBER WAS THE ARGUMENT, FINDING OUT HE WAS NOT GOING TO GET MONEY RETURNED TO HIM, REMEMBERS HAVING THE PISTOL IN HIS HAND, DOESN'T REMEMBER ANYTHING AFTER (:11) THAT BESIDES SEEING THE VICTIM LYING ON THE GROUND, STILL HAVING THE PISTOL IN HIS HAND.))
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Once he shot Hanes, Majeed dialed 9-1-1, told police what he'd done,
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./July 8; ] then waited for officers to arrive.
Judge Jim Swanson ordered Majeed held without bond. The Hanes family literally applauded the judge's decision.
Friends and relatives of Jennifer Short and her parents will hold a memorial service this evening, one year after their own lives were forever changed.
For those who know the family, the idea that a couple could be murdered and their child abducted and killed is hard to accept.
But it's also been hard for those who never met them.
As Teresa Hamilton reports-- the case has affected many lives in many different ways.
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[SUPER=01-Kimmy Nester/Henry Co. Sheriff's Office; ]
[SUPER=01-Curtis Spence/Henry Co. Investigator; ]
[SUPER=01-Howard Painter/Henry Co. Investigator; ]
[OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS7, Henry Co.]
[in q=IT WEIGHS HEAVY ]
(( KIMMY NESTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S OFFICE: IT WEIGHS HEAVY ON YOUR HEART, AND IT'S JUST SOMETHING THAT'S JUST VERY STRESSFUL TO GO THROUGH.))
[OUT Q= TO GO THROUGH.]
Thoughts of Jennifer Short and her family are never far for Captain Kimmy Nester... thoughts that haunt him as much today as they did one year ago.
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(( YOU CAN JUST REMEMBER AUGUST THE 15TH, IT'S A SPECIAL DAY JUST LIKE NINE ELEVEN, IT'S A DAY WE'LL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE HORROR OF A CHILD BEING ABDUCTED AND LATER KILLED AND HER PARENTS KILLED. ))
[out q= HER PARENTS KILLED.]
Nester says the case has made him stronger as a person.
Something echoed by the other Henry County investigators who keep photos of Jennifer and her family as constant reminders.
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((CURTIS SPENCE/HENRY CO. INVESTIGATOR: EMOTIONALLY, I HAVE A LITTLE NIECE ABOUT THE SAME AGE OF JENNIFER SHORT AND JUST TO LOOK AT HER AND TO KNOW SOMETHING LIKE THAT COULD HAPPEN TO A BEAUTIFUL LITTLE CHILD IT REALLY GETS TO YOU.))
[OUT Q= GETS TO YOU. ]
The case has also been physically exhausting....
All three investigators say they routinely log more than five thousand miles a month on their cars... in search of the clue that will lead them to the killer.
[in q= Before I go ]
(( HOWARD PAINTER/HENRY CO. INVESTIGATOR: BEFORE I GO TO BED, I THINK OF WHAT I'VE GOT TO DO THE NEXT DAY, HOPING THAT THE BIG LEAD WILL COME, WHICH I FEEL IT WILL, ITS JUST AROUND THE CORNER.))
[OUT Q= JUST AROUND THE CORNER. ]
So they can put to rest what happened to a family they've come to think of as their own. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS7, Henry County.
A Virginia Tech expert on electric power says the big blackout was inevitable. We'll hear from him just ahead on News at 6.
And a soldier injured during an important mission in Iraq is welcomed home to Virginia.
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The massive power outage is still causing problems for millions of Americans and Canadians.
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In New York City, the lights are gradually returning across the city, but getting around is still difficult.
Subways are not running yet, hundreds of flights have been delayed or cancelled, and anyone hoping to leave by train toward New England is still out of luck.
And the lack of power is still creating all kinds of problems as far west as Detroit.
While some are calling for a more modernized grid system, many experts say the problem goes deeper than that.
Virginia Tech professor Richard Hirsh has studied electric power for more than 20-years.
He says yesterday's blackout was almost inevitable because of the grid system's complex, centralized technology.
Hirsh is now working with other researchers at Tech to develop a DEcentralized system, called distributed generation.
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((RICHARD HIRSH/HISTORIAN OF ELECTRIC POWER: SO IF A POWER PLANT OR A TRANSMISSION LINE OR A TRANSFORMER GOES OUT IN NEW YORK STATE, EVEN THOUGH IT MAY CAUSE SOME PROBLEMS AND CAUSE SOME PEOPLE TO LOSE POWER THE DISTRIBUTER GENERATION SYSTEM WOULD ALLOW US LOCALLY TO STAY ONLINE.))
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[OUT Q=stay online]
Hirsh says a similar system is already being used at Tech.
He says it could take several years, though, before distributed generation goes widespread.
Governor Mark Warner today had some harsh words for President Bush.
Warner, speaking at the state A-F-L-C-I-O convention, blamed President Bush for the job losses in Southside Virginia.
The governor says he doubts that few of the workers who lost their jobs at Pillowtex benefitted from Bush's tax cuts.
Warner, a Democrat, says the Bush administration is on pace to oversee an unprecedented number of job losses.
He also urged state labor leaders to support Democratic candidates in the upcoming General Assembly elections.
The big power blackout slowed activity on Wall Street today.
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It was the lightest trading day of the year. The Dow gained 11 points. Nasdaq rose less than two.
A Covington soldier injured in Iraq can expect to be "fed, loved and pampered" for the next few weeks.
Family and friends today greeted Private First Class Adam Loan as he returned to the Roanoke Valley after a stint overseas.
The 21-year old is recovering from electrical burns sustained last month while securing fencing around the house occupied by Saddam Hussein's sons.
He says the best gift Americans can give soldiers is their thanks.
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[IN Q=Just to be appreciative of what we do...]
[SUPER=01-PFC Adam Loan/Injured Soldier;]
((PCF ADAM LOAN/INJURED SOLDIER: JUST TO BE APPRECIATIVE OF WHAT WE DO 'CAUSE WE ALL VOLUNTEERED. WE DO IT BECAUSE WE CHOOSE TO AND IT'S NOT EASY 'CAUSE WE LEAVE OUR FAMILIES BUT WE DO OUR JOB AND WE APPRECIATE ALL THE SUPPORT THAT WE GET.))
Adam's been in the Army for about a year and a half.
He'll spend 25-days at home.
He says he hopes to heal sufficiently enough during that time to avoid going through skin grafts.
His parents say, for the next few weeks at least, he'll be pampered.
They say the third time's a charm, and for Virginia Tech it could be a money-maker as well.
The university unveiled its newest specialty license plate today.
The plate features the V-T logo with the phrase "Go Hokies."
Compared to the two existing plates, officials believe this one could become their biggest seller.
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[IN Q=we expect]
((LOCKE WHITE/DIRECTOR OF LICENSING: WE EXPECT BIG THINGS FROM THE NEW PLATE AND WE HOPE TO BRING OVER 200-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN REVENUE ANNUALLY FOR THE UNIVERSITY.))
[SUPER=01-Locke White/Director of Licensing and Trademark;]
[OUT Q=the university]
Right now, the university pulls in about 140-thousand dollars a year from its specialty license plates.
However, fans will have to wait a while before they can buy the latest edition.
Officials say it won't be available at the D-M-V for at least another five to six weeks.
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports - day two of the PGA, rain is delaying qualifying in Michigan and Steve Mason visits with the Express.
Plus, the Friday Football Extra preseason tour rolls into southside where GW has a new coach and a new lockeroom.
Golf's final major of the year is turning into a major test of the world's best golfers.
Masters champ Mike Weir leads the event at three under par through 14 holes today.
But it has been rough on the big names as David Duval withdrew,
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and Tiger has done nothing, but play even par golf today.
Tiger is even through 15 holes and still plus four for the tournament.
He will make the cut, but he just isn't playing that well.
The projected cut is likely plus 9 - and right now that is where Chip Sullivan sits. He is five over today through 12 holes.
Virginia Tech picked up a early recruiting commitment and some firm start times for the upcoming season today.
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First the commitment - Sean Glennon, the highly touted quarterback from Chantilly's Westfield high school has decided to play his college football at Tech.
Glennon was rated by the Roanoke Times as the top junior in the state last year.
He's six four, and in the past two years he has tossed 42 TD passes. He was recruited by assistant Lorenzo Ward.
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As for this season - the Hokies released the start times for the first four home games of the year.
The UCF game will kickoff at three pm.
The JMU contest begins at one, the Thursday night Texas A&M game will begin at 7:30 and the UConn game will start at Noon.
The ECHL collective bargaining agreement is still on the table and the Express cannot sign players until its completion. But the franchise announced from 419 West today that the team is moving forward. Steve Mason has more.
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[SUPER=01-Tony MacAulay/Express Head Coach; :54]
[OUT Q=...lets go back to the studio"]
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Tonight's Friday Football Extra stop takes us to Southside where a new era is set to get underway at GW Danville as Dan Newell takes over the reins for the Eagles.
Newell is a Danville native and a former Eagle who played on the 1982 state championship team.
He spent the last four seasons as an assistant at Pulaski and he hopes to bring a winning attitude back to GW, where the Eagles were just 5 and 5 last season.
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[SUPER=01-Dan Newell/Eagles First Year Head Coach; :04]
[OUT Q=have lacked."]
The Eagles are getting used to the comforts of a brand new locker room at the school thanks to a community wide effort.
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The Winston Cup drivers have had a real test of their patience since arriving in Brooklyn, Michigan - the site of this weekend's event.
Most had to deal with the Detroit power outage yesterday and today rain delayed time trials almost 2 hours.
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When they finally got on the track Ryan Newman went out and ran the top lap of the early going with a circuit at 189 point 93 miles an hour to earn the provisional pole.
Only about half of the cars have qualified, so we'll have to wait until 11 for the official rundown.
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Being a police dog can be dangerous work.
But one girl is doing her part to help keep the four-legged crime-fighters safe.
Nine-year-old Jessica Story has raised more than three thousand dollars to buy bulletproof vests for police dogs.
This week, she donated her fifth vest to Mike, a member of the state police K-9 squad.
Each vest costs six hundred dollars.
Jessica raised the money through raffles and collection jars left in stores.
Jessica, who lives in Frederick County, says she really likes dogs and doesn't want them to get hurt.
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