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There's no word yet on what caused an early morning fire in Vinton.
The blaze broke out just before 12:30 in a mobile home on Etna Avenue.
A neighbor says he heard an explosion.
When firefighters arrived, they found one end of the home in flames.
Authorities do not believe anyone was inside at the time.
Officials believe the home is a a total loss.
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When talk turns to interstate safety, the competing plans to widen I- 81 get most of the attention.
But the Virginia Department of Transportation will soon target specific stretches of the highway for special action.
And Joe Dashiell reports, state traffic engineers are asking residents of western Virginia for their help.
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((Last year, 913 people died, and more than 78- thousand were injured in crashes on Virginia roads.
In an effort to reduce those numbers, the state is reviewing crash data, accident reports, traffic studies to isolate accident prone areas and warn drivers.
[IN Q=We're looking at]
[OUT Q=particularly in those locations.]
The designation will bring more attention from State Police, V-DOT engineers and the Department of Motor Vehicles.
If new warning signs don't grab drivers attention, officials say hefty fines should. The legislation allows fines to be doubled in the safety corridors
A public hearing in Salem drew a handful of citizens, but state officials hope more will weigh in with suggestions on the stretches of highway that require extra law enforcement, driver education or safety improvements.
They're asking anyone with suggestions to send an email to highwaysafetyzones@VirginiaDOT.org
Joe Dashiell News 7 Salem))
It will be some time before a final decision is made on A-E-P's new shoreline management plan.
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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission extended the public comment period for the plan 90 days.
It will now take feedback through January 10th.
Last month, Franklin County officials asked for more time, saying 30 days was not enough for public review of the lengthy document.
It's intended to control development and deal with environmental issues on the lake.
A-E-P is already enforcing it, but FERC has the power to approve, overturn or change it.
Decision day has arrived in California, as voters choose whether or not to recall Governor Gray Davis.
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If they do decide to oust him, they'll have to pick from a list of over 100 replacement candidates.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is leading the pack, but the movie star's numbers have been slipping lately amid a flood of accusations of sexual misconduct-- including a new one yesterday.
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((RHONDA MILLER/ALLEGED VICTIM: ARNOLD SUDDENLY PULLED UP MY SHIRT AND SNAPPED A POLAROID PHOTO OF MY BREASTS.))
((ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER/R- GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE: AND TO ALL THE INCREDIBLE WOMEN BEHIND ME THANK YOU. ))
[SUPER=01-Rhonda Miller/Alleged Victim;]
[OUT Q=thank you.]
To fight the accusations, Schwarzenegger has surrounded himself with women at campaign events.
Meanwhile, the race doesn't end tonight.
It could be days before the votes are tallied, and some Democrats are already vowing to recall Schwarzenegger if he becomes the winner.
After struggling to emerge from the crowd of Democratic PRESIDENTIAL candidates, Bob Graham is dropping out of the race.
The Florida Senator announced last night that he is dropping out.
Graham campaigned in Roanoke back in July.
He said last night that's he made the judgment that he can not be elected president.
He said his campaign failed because he started too late and had trouble raising money.
Cable T-V subscribers pay more for movie channels like H-B-O and Showtime-- but what about E-S-P-N and Fox Sports?
Cox Communications is now considering whether to make sports networks PREMIUM channels
The cable company says E-S-P-N and Fox Sports have become too expensive to remain part of basic packages.
Cox officials say the channels draw about eight percent of their viewers, but account for a- third of the company's costs.
Meanwhile, E-S-P-N and Fox officials say they won't allow their
channels to be part of premium packages.
In sports, The Boston Red Sox will face the New York Yankees in the the American League Championship Series.
The Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics last night 4 to 3.
Manny Ramirez ripped the tiebreaking, three-run homer in the sixth inning after Jason Varitek led off the inning with a solo shot.
Meanwhile, The Chicago Cubs open the National League championship series against the Florida Marlins tonight.
The first pitch flies shortly after 8 o-clock.
In business news, Alcoa will be among the first to release its earnings this week.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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Earnings season kicks off today amid high hopes. But will the numbers justify the year's big run-up in stock prices? It feels like old times again.. the dow is up 15 percent, the nasdaq up about 42 percent so far this year..
Dow component Alcoa leads the list of earnings out today..and the reports will come come fast and furious. Other big names due this week include Yahoo tomorrow and General Electric on Friday.
On Wall Street...
STOCKS DRIFTED HIGHER IN LIGHT TRADING AHEAD OF THHIS WEEK'S EARNINGS REPORTS.
THE DOW ROSE MORE THAN 22 POINTS
NASDAQ ADDED NEARLY 13.
Shares of Martha Stewart's company enjoyed their biggest bump in more than a month after a Delaware court tossed out a sharehodler lawsuit. in possibly more good news for the Domestic Diva.. James Comey, the New York U.S. attorney who led the charge to indict Stewart and her Merrill Lynch broker for insider trading has been tapped by President Bush to be Deputy Attorney General. That could ease the burden for the Stewart case if the new U.S. attorney doesn't look at it in quite the same way as Comey did. Legal experts say it also opens the door for a settlement.
TRACK THE PRE MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM IN NEW YORK I'M AC.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Sniper suspect John Muhammad is heading back to a Manassas courtroom today.
The judge is expected to decide if the 42- year- old's alleged accomplice, Lee Malvo can be forced to answer the prosecutor's questions.
During a hearing last week, the teenager was asked about his relationship with Muhammad.
But he took the Fifth Amendment and said nothing.
Last week marked the first anniversary of the beginning of the sniper attacks in the Washington area that killed 10 people.
Henry County and Martinsville authorities are tracking down 126 people accused of dealing and possessing illegal drugs.
The arrests are the result of a year-long undercover investigation involving federal, state and local narcotics officers.
The investigation again targeted the community of Sandy Level, which drew national attention for its drug problems several years ago.
12 people from Sandy Level face FEDERAL charges.
Authorities say the arrests mainly targeted street-level dealers and that the majority of offenses involved crack and powder cocaine.
KIK Virginia officials say they are cooperating with investigators from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Last week, agents with the E-P-A raided the plant.
Affidavits allege the company violated the Clean Water Act by discharging high levels of chlorine.
The E-P-A believes that contamination killed a number of fish in the Roanoke River in late August.
KIK Virginia released a statement yesterday saying "we are responding to the concerns expressed and are cooperating with the investigators."
The company, which makes a number of household products, has not been charged with any violations.
Today, State police will reconstruct the scene of an accident that sent four people to the hospital.
State police say it happened about 3:45 yesterday afternoon just outside the Lynchburg City limits in Bedford County.
Troopers say a Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme abruptly crossed every lane of Route 221 and hit a Mazda pickup head on.
Kenneth Bernard Wright, the elderly driver of the pick up, was airlifted to U-V-A medical center.
56 year old Judy Hensley Forest of Lynchburg is in critical condition at Lynchburg General -- her daughter and grandson are in serious condition.
Hurricane Isabel has left its mark on the American Red Cross.
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Officials say the storm has depleted the organization's disaster relief fund.
The Red Cross has spent over 14 million dollars in disaster aid for those affected by Isabel.
That's eight million dollars more than what was raised.
Lieutenant Governor Tim Kaine and the head of the state's homeland security, John Hager, are leading the effort to replenish the fund.
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((FORMER LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR JOHN HAGER: THE RED CROSS HAS BEEN THERE FOR US THE LAST TWO WEEKS. IT HAS BEEN THERE FOR US FOR A LONG, LONG TIME. NOW ITS OUR TURN TO BE THERE FOR THEM. LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR TIM KAINE: WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THE RELIEF FUND IS REPLENISHED BECAUSE WE NEVER KNOW EITHER IN VIRGINIA OR SOMEWHERE ELSE, WHEN THE NEXT CLAIM ON RED CROSS DOLLARS WILL BE.))
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Those interested in making a donation to the Red Cross can call 540-985-3539.
A Lynchburg couple still can't believe they won the lottery.
Yesterday, Martha and James Featherston were presented with a check for 17-point-6 million dollars from Lotto South.
James bought his ticket at the Kroger on Boonesboro Road the night before the September 17th drawing, saying he had a feeling he might win.
Martha knew just what to do with the money.
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((MARTHA FEATHERSTON/LOTTERY WINNER: WELL, THE FIRST THING I DID WAS PAY OFF ALL MY BILLS. ZIP, NO BILLS.))
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James says he's grateful for the money but that he's even happier his wife and son survived a recent car accident.
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((JAMES FEATHERSTON/LOTTERY WINNER: I 'D RATHER HAVE THEIR HEALTH THAN TO HAVE THAT CHECK.))
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[OUT Q=than to have that check.]
The Featherstons chose the cash option of 9-point-5 million dollars.
After taxes they'll take home about five-million.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
Almost two million dollars in grants and loans are flowing towards Franklin County for water and sewer improvements.
Congressman Virgil Goode says a federal grant and loan will go to the Ferrum service area.
Goode says the money should help attract new businesses.
Some half million dollars from the tobacco settlement fund is also headed to the Ferrum water and sewer authority, and to the Ferrum College Foundation.
Bedford County's highest law enforcement officer is receiving high honors.
Sheriff Mike Brown has won the national "Wired Cops" award from a non-profit Internet safety agency.
Brown's department has been a leader in cracking down on child pornography and on-line pedophiles through its "Operation Blue Ridge Thunder" task force.
The group "Wired Safety" will present Brown with the award in Washington D.C. tomorrow.
Previous winners include the F-B-I, the Secret Service and the U-S Customs service.
In business news, Both the Dow and Nasdaq kicked off the week in postitive territory.
Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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((STOCKS CLOSED HIGHER ON MONDAY, LED BY BUYING IN TECHNOLOGY.
THE DOW WAS UP 22 POINTS...
...THE NASDAQ GAINED 12.
SHARES OF MOTOROLA WERE UP NEARLY TEN PERCENT ON THE DAY AFTER THE COMPANY ANNOUNCED PLANS TO SPIN OFF ITS MONEY-LOSING SEMICONDUCTOR OPERATIONS.
THE MOVE WILL ALLOW MOTOROLA TO CLEAN UP ITS BALANCE SHEET AND FOCUS ON COMMUNICATIONS AND NETWORKING EQUIPMENT.
THE SEMICONDUCTOR BUSINESS WOULD BE FREE TO EXPAND INTO NEW PRODUCTS WITHOUT WAITING FOR MOTOROLA'S APPROVAL.
AND MOTOROLA WOULD NO LONGER HAVE TO FUND A BUSINESS THAT'S HIGHLY CYCLICAL AND CAPITAL INTENSIVE.
MESA AIRLINES WANTS TO BUY ATLANTIC COAST AIRLINES.
MESA'S BID TO "PURCHASE" A-C-A IS AN ALL STOCK DEAL.
MESA HAS OFFERED A 35-PERCENT PREMIUM OVER A-C-A'S AVERAGE TWO-MONTH TRADING PRICE.
THE PURCHASE WOULD CREATE A 300 AIRCRAFT REGIONAL AIRLINE.
THE UNITED AUTO WORKERS HAS REACHED ANOTHER AGREEMENT.
THE U-A-W HAS A NEW DEAL WITH GENERAL MOTORS AND DELPHI CORPORATION.
THE NEW FOUR-YEAR CONTRACT ALLOWS FOR THE CLOSURE OF AT LEAST TWO G-M PLANTS.
147-THOUSAND U-A-W WORKERS ARE EMPLOYED BY G-M AND DELPHI.
THE U-A-W RECENTLY CONCLUDED CONTRACTS WITH FORD AND DAIMLER-CHRYSLER.
WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF, I'M STAN CASE.))
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Some students at Hollins University hope to teach the administration a lesson.
Yesterday, a group calling themselves Students Against Discrimination held a demonstration on campus.
They want to highlight what they say is a problem with racism, sexism, harrassment, and homophobia at the university.
The students cite two recent racial incidents that happened on campus.
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((SOPHIA KOINIS/HOLLINS UNIV. STUDENT: EVEN JUST ONE RACIAL HARASSEMENT CASE A YEAR IS TOO MUCH.))
((JEFF HODGES/HOLLINS UNIV. SPOKESPERSON: THEY WERE RECENTLY HERE ON CAMPUS AND THEY INVOLVED A VERBAL EXCHANGE UNFORTUNATELY THAT IS ABOUT I CAN EXPLAIN AT THIS POINT BUT THERE WAS IMMEDIATE AND APPROPIATE ACTION TAKEN REGARDING THOSE INCIDENTS. THEY HAVE BEEN SERIOUSLY AND THOROUGHLY BEEN INVESTIGATED AND THE APPROPIATE ACTION IS BEING TAKEN AT THIS POINT.))
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[SUPER=01-Jeff Hodges/Hollins Univ. Spokesperson; :06]
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The university has set up a task force to look into diversity issues on campus.
The 15 member board made up students, faculty, and administrators will make a recommendation to the president by December.
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Students at Radford University were also protesting yesterday... over the firing of a residence hall director.
Former Madison Hall R-D, Joe Travoglino (Trav-uh-LEE-no) says he lost his job following a physical altercation last Thursday between he and another student.
Travoglino (Trav-a-leeno) says the student was causing a disturbance and swung at him, when he swung back.
Travoglino was NOT on-duty at the time of the incident, but admits what he did was wrong.
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((JOE TRAVOGLINO/FORMER RU RESIDENTIAL DIRECTOR: I TOOK MY JOB FARTHER THAN I HAD TO, AND I UNDERSTAND THAT. BUT IF I'M GOING TO BE HELD THEN WHY ISN'T ANYONE ELSE BEING HELD AS WELL.))
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More than 800-students signed a petition demanding Travoglino (Trav-a-leeno) get his job back.
University officials would not go into details because it is a personnel matter, but says Travoglino did NOT follow procedural guidelines.
The incident is still under investigation.