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It generated a lot of controversy, but was granted months ago.
Only now is the Roanoke Civic Center ready to begin using its expanded alcohol license.
Justin McLeod tells us why.
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[SUPER=01-Lauren Coulter/Roanoke Express Fan; :11]
[SUPER=01-Mina Boyd/Director of Civic Facilities; :32]
[SUPER=01-Rev. Mark Washington/Hollins Road Baptist Church; 1:20]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF WORKERS POURING BEER))
You can already buy beer at sporting events like Roanoke Express games.
Beginning this weekend, you can also purchase wine.
[IN Q=I think it is really]
((LAUREN COULTER/EXPRESS FAN: I THINK IT IS REALLY COOL THAT THEY ARE DOING THAT NOW AND IF I HAD THE CHANCE I WOULD GET A GLASS OF WINE AND DRINK IT.))
[OUT Q=wine and drink it]
The Civic Center hopes there are more just like her.
City leaders believe expanded alcohol sales will bring in additional revenue and more events to the area.
After a lengthy process, the A-B-C granted the new license back in June but only now is the Civic Center ready to use it.
[IN Q=We have gone]
((MINA BOYD/DIRECTOR OF CIVIC FACILITIES: WE HAVE GONE THROUGH THIS WITH THE CITY ATTORNEY, WE HAVE ALSO TALKED TO THE CIVIC CENTER COMMISSION AND WE'VE ALSO HAD THE ABC COMMISSION REVIEW EVERYTHING THAT WE HAVE.))
[OUT Q=that we have]
That led to a new 20 page alcohol policy.
Some of it however is carried over from the old license.
For example, you will still have to show an I.D, then wear a bracelet and will be limited to just three cups of beer or wine.
The Civic Center plans to use the expanded license at concerts and Broadway shows.
[IN Q=Any of the family]
((MINA BOYD/DIRECTOR OF CIVIC FACILITIES: ANY OF THE FAMILY SHOWS THAT ARE STRICTLY CHILDREN RELATED WE WILL NOT DO IT.))
[OUT Q=will not do it]
That's exactly what opponents want to avoid.
Area churches continue to fight the expanded license believing it will ruin the family atmosphere and lead to alcohol related problems.
[IN Q=Some of the concerns]
((REV. MARK WASHINGTON/HOLLINS ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH: SOME OF THE CONCERNS WE HAVE ARE FOLKS LEAVING THE CIVIC CENTER UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL, HAVING WRECKS AND PEOPLE BEING KILLED. I THINK THOSE ARE ISSUES THAT SHOULD BE TAKEN VERY SERIOUSLY.))
[OUT Q=taken very seriously]
[IN Q=It is because of that]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: IT IS BECAUSE OF THAT OPPONENTS ARE APPEALING THE A-B-C'S BOARDS DECISION IN CIRCUIT COURT.
THEY HOPE TO GET IT ON THE DOCKET AS EARLY AS NEXT MONTH BUT CONCEDE IT MAY BE THE FIRST OF THE YEAR. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
Radford University's president is defending himself against criticism from his faculty.
Earlier this month, Radford's faculty senate passed a resolution criticizing President Douglas Covington's style of governing.
Some professors believe Covington makes important decisions without input from the faculty.
They want to have a bigger say.
Covington says he takes that request seriously.
BUT he adds it is his job to have the last word.
[IN Q=THE PRESIDENT CAN'T ABDICATE]
((DOUGLAS COVINGTON/RADFORD UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT: THE PRESIDENT CAN'T ABDICATE HIS RESPONSIBILITY FOR MAKING THE FINAL ADMINISTRATIVE DECISIONS IF HE'S GOING TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. IF HE ALLOWS THAT AUTHORITY TO BE USURPED OR IF HE ABDICATES THAT AUTHORITY THEN HE'S DONE THE UNIVERSITY A DISSERVICE.))
[SUPER=01-Douglas Covington/Radford University President]
[OUT Q=HE'S DONE THE UNIVERSITY A DISSERVICE.]
Covington also says he thinks most of his decisions have been good for the university.
The Roanoke County supervisors have approved a zoning change that should prevent drug treatment programs from locating in residential areas.
The zoning amendment was prompted by the recent controversy surrounding plans for a methadone clinic.
But the change will NOT affect that proposal, because the new provision cannot be applied retroactively.
In the future, outpatient mental health and substance abuse centers will be allowed only in commercial districts, and only with a special use permit.
A Martinsville man is under arrest and faces a number of charges as the result of a child pornography investigation.
After receiving witness statements, police searched 44 year old Billy Gene Stoneman's house on Monday and seized a number of items dealing with child pornography.
Stoneman is being held without bond in the Martinsville City Jail.
The investigation is ongoing.
Tens of thousands of people are on the move in Southern California, fleeing mountain communities to avoid the deadly and persistent wildfires.
[SUPER=03-San Bernardino Co., CA;]
Frustrated firefighters, meanwhile, say there's little they can do to stop the flames from more than a dozen wildfires-- many of which were arson.
Fire crews are becoming exhausted, and many are in desperate need of reinforcements.
Meanwhile, authorities say 16 people have died so far, but expect that number continue growing.
Close to 16- hundred homes have been destroyed by the fires, and it's estimated nearly two billion dollars worth of damage has been done to the region.
Russian officials say 11 of the 13 miners who have been trapped for nearly a week have been found alive.
They say one miner died and another is still missing at the site 600- miles south of Moscow.
Rescuers had to tunnel through solid rock from an adjacent mine to reach the workers.
The other 33 miners, who were also trapped, were pulled out over the weekend.
Meanwhile, there's word of another mine explosion in the Russian Far East.
Officials say five miners were killed but more than 60 were rescued.
Information about the shooting of two cows in Montgomery County could be worth one-thousand dollars.
One of eight pregnant cows owned by Larry and Sandra Hollandsworth was shot to death on their property last weekend.
Another cow was shot twice.
The couple's five children are offering a reward of one thousand dollars for information leading an arrest and conviction.
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is investigating and says no arrests have been made.
In business news, Wythe County is about to get some new manufacturing jobs.
Wytheville Technologies is expanding its auto parts plant and plans to hire 102 people.
The governor's office says the Japanese parent company will invest about 31 million dollars in the project.
A former bank employee is accused of insider trading.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York, I'm AC.]
((> GOOD MORNING..
> A FORMER EMPLOYEE OF FLEETBOSTON BANK HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF INSIDER TRADING.
> FEDERAL REGULATORS HAVE FROZEN THE ASSETS OF GUILLERMO GARCIA SIMON, A
> FORMER FLEETBOSTON EMPLOYEE AT THE BANK'S BUENOS AIRES OFFICE. HE'S
> ACCUSED OF ENGAGING IN INSIDER TRADING ON KNOWLEDGE OF THE BLOCKBUSTER
> FLEETBOSTON AND BANK OF AMERICA MERGER ANNOUNCED MONDAY. THE S-E-C SAYS
> SIMON AND HIS RELATIVES WOULD HAVE REALIZED PROFITS OF AT LEAST
> 500-THOUSAND DOLLARS AND POTENTIALLY MORE THAN A MILLION WITHOUT THE
> Avon delivered a stunning 47 percent jump in profits for the third quarter
> as sales grew at their strongest levels in nearly nine years thanks to
> robust international results and solid demand for new products.
> ON WALL STREET.. STOCKS BLASTED HIGHER AFTER THE FEDERAL RESERVE DID THE
> EXPECTED AND LEFT INTEREST RATES AT 45 YEAR LOWS..
> THE DOW RACED AHEAD 140 POINTS
> THE NASDAQ ROCKETED 49 POINTS, ITS BIGGEST GAIN SINCE JULY.
> JURORS IN THE CORRUPTION TRIAL OF FORMER TYCO CHAIRMAN DENNIS KOZLOWSKI
> WERE TREATED TO A RAGE GLIMPSE OF ONE OF THE BIGGEST CORPORATE PARTIES IN
> RECENT MEMORY.. A 2.1 MILLION DOLLAR BIRTHDAY BASH FOR KOZLOWSKI'S WIFE IN
> SARDINIA, ITALY - MORE THAN HALF WAS PAID FOR BY TYCO. THE PARTY FEATURED
> SINGER JIMMY BUFFET, GLADIATORS, CHARIOTS, EXOTIC DANCERS AND ANADULT
> THEMED CAKEAND ICE SCULPTURE.
> TRACK THE PRE MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM IN NEW YORK I'M AC.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Japan is feeling effects from the the biggest solar flare in decades.
Scientists say THIS solar storm is 100 times more powerful than the one that hit Earth last week.
A Japanese communications satellite has malfunctioned.
It's been temporarily shut down, but officials with Japan's
space agency say it will be turned back on once the solar storm
U-S scientists ay the solar storm isn't harmful to people, but it can wreak havoc with satellite systems, navigation systems, radar and pagers.
Today prosecutors in Modesto, California will lay out their case against Scott Peterson.
He's charged with murdering his wife Laci and their unborn son last December.
After the preliminary hearing, a judge will decide if there's enough
evidence to go to trial.
The hearing itself could last five days.
If convicted, Peterson could face the death penalty.
Radford University is helping to establish a child advocacy center.
The center's designed to make child abuse and neglect cases less traumatic for children.
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[IN Q=It will be required for the child]
((MARTHA RABY/THE CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CENTER; IT WILL BE REQUIRED FOR THE CHILD TO BE INTERVIEWED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT AND SOCIAL SERVICES. BY THEM DOING IT AS TEAM IN A CHILD FRIENDLY SETTING, THEN IT CUTS DOWN THE NUMBER OF TIMES A CHILD HAS TO TELL THEIR STORY OR RETELL THEIR STORY))
[SUPER=01-Martha Raby/The Children's Advocacy Center]
[OUT Q=their story or retell their story]
The room is also equipped with hidden cameras and a microphone --so that a child's interview can be recorded without
his or her knowledge.
Radford's Assistant Commonwealth Attorney hopes this will make it easier to prosecute crimes against kids.
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[IN Q=This will serve as a tool]
((CHRIS REHAK/ASSISTANT COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY; THIS WILL SERVE AS A TOOL FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE PROSECUTORS SO THE INTERVIEWE IS DONE ONCE AND IT'S DONE RIGHT AND WHAT WE AVOID HAVE THE INTERVIEW DONE RIGHT WE LIMIT THE POSSIBILITY THAT THE CHILDREN'S CREDIBILITY CAN BE CALLED INTO QUESTION ))
[SUPER=01-Chris Rehak/Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney;]
[OUT Q=can be called into question]
The Children's Advocacy Center is located at Radford University.
Officials have access to it 24 hours a day.
The church planning to tear down a Northwest Roanoke landmark says it's time to move into the future.
"Guildhall" mansion was built in 1882 by Reverend D. C. Moomaw and his wife.
The stately house has stood on Cove Road overlooking Hershberger Road ever since although it's been unoccupied for decades.
Now, a salvage company is stripping the manse in preparation for a demolition crew.
The church next door owns the building and will replace it with a new sanctuary and gymnasium.
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[IN Q=Even though a piece of my heart...]
((PAT REYNOLDS/GARDEN OF PRAYER CHURCH: EVEN THOUGH A PIECE OF MY HEART IS GONNA GO, FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE FUTURE, MORE SOULS WILL BE SAVED AND THAT KIND OF ELIMINATES THE SADNESS THAT I FEEL WHEN I SEE IT.))
[SUPER=01-Pat Reynolds/Garden of Prayer Church;]
[OUT Q=the sadness that I feel when I see it.]
Salvage work should be completed this week with demolition soon to follow.
The church hopes to begin construction on the sanctuary around the first of the year.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
In business news, Investors react to news about interest rates.
And Verizon released it earnings report.
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 ON A HIGH NOTE AFTER THE FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD LEFT INTEREST RATES UNCHANGED.
THE DOW GAINED 140 POINTS...
...THE NASDAQ WAS UP 49.
U-S CONSUMER CONFIDENCE MOVED SHARPLY HIGHER IN OCTOBER.
THE CONFERENCE BOARD SAYS THE INDEX OF CONSUMER CONFIDENCE ROSE TO 81-POINT-ONE FOR THE MONTH...THAT'S UP FROM A REVISED 77 IN SEPTEMBER.
THE BOARD "EXPECTATIONS" INDEX ALSO ROSE TO 90-POINT-SEVEN FROM A REVISED 88-POINT-FIVE IN AUGUST.
R-J REYNOLDS POSTED A NET LOSS OF 41-DOLLARS-AND-31-CENTS PER SHARE FOR ITS THIRD QUARTER...THAT'S DOWN FROM A PROFIT OF A-DOLLAR-56 PER SHARE A YEAR EARLIER.
THE COMPANY SAYS RESTRUCTURING CHARGES AND A TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT JUDGEMENT ADDED TO THE LOSS FOR THE PERIOD.
ON MONDAY, R-J REYNOLDS AGREED TO PURCHASE THE U-S OPERATIONS OF BRITISH-AMERICAN TOBACCO.
THE NEW COMPANY, REYNOLDS AMERICAN WILL CONTROL 30-PERCENT OF THE U-S TOBACCO MARKET.
VERIZON POSTED A DROP IN THIRD QUARTER EARNINGS.
THE COMPANY REPORTED EARNINGS OF 64-CENTS PER SHARE...DOWN FROM A-DOLLAR-60 A YEAR EARLIER.
VERIZON DID BEAT ANALYSTS EXPECTATIONS BY TWO-CENTS.
THEY SAY A DECREASED DEMAND FOR LOCAL PHONE SERVICE CONTRIBUTED TO THE NUMBERS.
VERIZON IS THE NATION'S LARGEST PHONE COMPANY.
WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF, I'M STAN CASE.))
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Though the November election is still a week away, some in Roanoke are already thinking about next spring's ballot.
The Roanoke Education Association and the Roanoke City Retired Teachers Association want citizen's to pick the city's school board members.
As it is now, the Roanoke School Board is appointed by city council.
Yesterday, supporters announced plans to collect signatures in hopes of putting the issue on the ballot next May.
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[IN Q=With an elected]
((ANITA PRICE/ROANOKE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION: WITH AN ELECTED PROCESS THAN NOT TO MAKE A POLITICAL ARENA IT CERTAINLY DOES GIVE MORE PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE.))
[SUPER=01-Anita Price/Roanoke Education Association]
[OUT Q=opportunity to participate]
A similar drive this past spring failed but organizers are confident they can get the five thousand signatures needed by January.