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[GRAPHIC=News 7 Mornin']
The fight over a planned methadone clinic in Roanoke County is over.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape]
In a surprise move last night, Life Center of Galax dropped plans to open a drug treatment facility at the corner of Colonial Avenue and Ogden Road.
The county had already denied the center's zoning request, but the company was appealing that decision.
Life Center was prepared to head to court but in the end decided the legal fight would take too long.
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[SOT 18:04:15; 18:09:26]
[IN Q=The second thing]
((ED NATT/LIFE CENTER OF GALAX ATTORNEY: THE SECOND AND EQUALLY IMPORTANT THEY DID UNDERSTAND THE CITIZEN'S CONCERNS. MY CLIENT IS VERY CONCERNED ABOUT PUBLIC RELATIONS WITH PEOPLE AND THEY UNDERSTOOD THE DISRUPTION THAT IT WOULD HAVE IN THE COMMUNITY.))
((MARK GRAHAM/OPPOSED METHADONE CLINIC: WE WERE DELIGHTFULLY SURPRISED. IT'S A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY GIFT. WE ARE GRATEFUL TO LIFE CENTER PEOPLE FOR THIS DECISION AND I BELIEVE IT IS A DECISION THAT WILL BENEFIT ALL THE CITIZENS.))
[SUPER=01-Ed Natt/Life Center of Galax Attorney; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mark Graham/Opposed Methadone Clinic; :18]
[OUT Q=all the citizens]
The attorney for Life Center of Galax says it may try to open a drug treatment facility in another Roanoke County location, but the Colonial Avenue site is no longer an option.
Roanoke County officials have named one possible location for a new public safety building.
The property is near the county school administrative offices on Cove Road.
The site includes 43 acres, and the school board has given the okay to offer the location as one of several possible alternatives.
But officials stress the project is still at a very preliminary stage.
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[IN Q=Under this process]
((DAN O'DONNELL/ASSISTANT ROANOKE CO. ADMINISTRATOR; UNDER THIS PROCESS, THE PPTA PROCESS IT'S REALLY UP TO THE DEVELOPERS, THE PROPOSERS TO TELL US IF THAT'S A GOOD SITE, OR IF THEY HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE THAT'S BETTER.))
[SUPER=01-Dan O'Donnell/Assistant Roanoke Co. Administrator;]
[OUT Q=an alternative that's better.]
The county had solicited proposals for the project, and last night the supervisors learned that one of three potential developers has dropped out of the process.
The current public safety building houses County Police, Fire and Rescue, the 911 center, and the Department of Information Technology.
The Reverend Jerry Falwell calls it a great Christmas gift.. Lynchburg city council approves his request to rezone the former Ericsson plant.
That means Falwell can relocate Thomas Road Baptist Church and expand Liberty University.
Lynchburg Bureau Chief Steve Smallshaw has more.
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[IN Q=What was once]
[SUPER=01-Joe Seiffert/Lynchburg Council Member; :15 (QUICK!)]
[SUPER=01-Julian Adams/Lynchburg Council Member; :39]
[SUPER=01-Rev. Jerry Falwell/Liberty University Chancellor; 1:01]
[OUT Q=Steve Smallshaw News 7 Lynchburg..]
(( What was once Lynchburg's biggest employer has since languished as its biggest industrial eyesore.
But where some see empty warehouses and floor space, Jerry Falwell sees opportunity: for a law school, an iceskating rink, public recreation areas and more.
((JOE SEIFFERT/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: WE'VE GOT A LEMON AND LIBERTY UNIVERSITY WANTS TO MAKE SOME LEMONADE.))
[OUT Q=make some lemonade.]
But the recipe needed city council to okay the rezoning from industrial to a business district that would allow some commercial uses... an important distinction that would allow the university to make the ice rink and recreation areas available to the public.
With no potential industrial tenant on the horizon, council agreed this was the best use for the property.
((JULIAN ADAMS/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: THINGS COME AND THINGS GO AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT'S COMING IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ONE OF OUR LARGEST CITIZENS TO GET A LITTLE BIT LARGER AND A LITTLE MORE ORGANIZED AND THAT'S GOOD FOR THEM.))
[OUT Q=good for them.]
Acquiring the Ericsson property essentially doubles Liberty University's academic floor space.
((REV. JERRY FALWELL/LIBERTY UNIVERSITY CHANCELLOR: AND ADDING TO IT A TREMENDOUS RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, YOU KNOW SIX GYMNASIUMS, A SWIMMING POOL, AN ICE ARENA AND INTRAMURAL FIELDS THAT ARE NOT EVEN A PART OF THIS, AND THEN WE'RE BUILDING THIRTEEN DORMITORIES RIGHT NOW AS WE SPEAK.))
[OUT Q=as we speak.]
Last night's vote gives Falwell the chance to start relocating offices and classrooms during the next month, while Liberty students are gone for winter break.
Steve Smallshaw News 7, Lynchburg))
Another deadly morning in Iraq--
At least 10 Iraqis are dead after a truck loaded with explosives rammed into a small bus and blew up in Baghdad.
Witnesses say the suicide bomber was racing toward an Iraqi police station when the bus got in the way.
Iraqi authorities blame the attack on supporters of Saddam Hussein, who are angry over the former dictator's capture.
While Saddam can no longer help the insurgency, he isn't helping the U-S military either.
The C-I-A is now overseeing Saddam's interrogation, but he isn't offering any information.
Today jurors in Virginia deliberate the case against sniper suspect Lee Malvo.
During closing arguments the prosecution said Malvo and convicted sniper John Muhammad were willing to kill for money.
But a defense attorney argued that the teenager was brainwashed and under Muhammad's control.
Malvo is charged with killing F-B-I analyst Linda Franklin.
If convicted, he could face the death penalty.
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[GRAPHIC=Richard Burrow 2013]
It's been a year since a federal jury in Lynchburg failed to reach a unanimous verdict in the case of Richard Burrow.
And there's still no resolution of the case.
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/December 16, 2002]
The jury voted seven to five in favor of acquitting the former D-Day Memorial President.
The U-S Attorney announced last March that he intended to re-indict Burrow with the help of what he called an insider.
Prosecutor John Brownlee predicted a new indictment would be presented within 90 days.
That was nearly nine months ago.
We couldn't reach Brownlee yesterday for an update on the case.
In business news, The largest public pension fund has filed a lawsuit against the New York Stock Exchange.
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.]
((IT'S A BIG DAY FOR THE BIG BOARD... THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE
> COMMISSION VOTES ON A PLAN TODAY FOR REFORMING THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE
> IN THE WAKE OF FORMER CHAIRMAN DICK GRASSO'S 188 MILLION DOLLAR PAY
> BUT OFFICIALS AT THE CALIFORNIA PENSION FUND CALPERS ARE SAYING "TOO
> LITTLE, TOO LATE"
> THE LARGEST PUBLIC PENSION IN THE COUNTRY S SUING THE NEW YORK STOCK
> EXCHANGE AND SEVEN TRADING FIRMS FOR ILLEGAL TRADING.
> CALPERS SAYS THE NYSE WAS NOT ONLY AWARE THAT THESE ILLEGAL TRADING
> PRACTICES WERE GOING ON, BUT PERPETUATED THEM AND PROFITED FROM THEM.
> OFFICIALS IN CALIFORNIA ARE SEEKING CLASS ACTION STATUS FOR THE SUIT..
> THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE HAD NO COMMENT.
> THE LAWSUIT BOOSTS THE ONGOING ARGUMENT FOR DOING AWAY WITH FLOOR TRADERS
> AND HAVING MORE ELECTRONIC TRADING ON THE EXCHANGE.. MUCH THE SAME WAY THE
> NASDAQ MARKET OPERATES.
> ON WALL STREET.. STOCKS LOGGED GAINS AFTER SOME STRONG ECONOMIC REPORTS:
> THE DOW RAN UP 106 POINTS
> WHILE THE NASDAQ MOVED UP A LESS DRAMATIC 6 POINTS.
> New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer HAS FINALIZED AN AGREEMENT WITH
> THE MUTUAL FUND COMPANY ALLIANCE CAPITAL. THE SETTLEMENT INCLUDES A 20
> PERCENT REDUCTION OF PORTFOLIO FEES FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. ALLIANCE WILL
> ALSO PAY 250 MLN DOLLARS TO SETTLE CIVIL FRAUD CHARGES WITH THE SEC THE
> AMOUNT WOULD BE USED TO REIMBURSE ALLIANCE INVESTORS WHO LOST MONEY WHEN
> THE COMPANY ALLOWED PRIVILEGED CLIENTS TO MAKE IMPROPER TRADES IN ITS
> track all the market action at cbs.mw.com in ny I'm Alexis Christoforous.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
A report of an assault at an area library has both parents and police on alert.
The alleged incident occurred LAST Tuesday afternoon at the Blacksburg library.
According to library officials, a man lured a six-year-old girl into the adult section of the library, pulled down her pants and then touched her underwear.
The incident prompted library officials to post signs throughout the library warning parents about their children's safety.
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[IN Q=an event]
((MARSHA HERTEL/MONTGOMERY-FLOYD REGIONAL LIBRARY: AN EVENT LIKE THIS REALLY DOES WAKE US UP THAT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF BEING A PARENT IS FULL TIME.))
[SUPER=01-Marsha Hertel/Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library;]
[OUT Q=is full time]
The library also plans to install security cameras and mirrors.
Police are investigating the incident, but are NOT releasing any details.
It only took 12- seconds for two brothers to change travel as we know it.
On this date 100 years ago, Orville and Wilbur Wright launched the first powered flight.
[SUPER=03-Kill Devil Hills, NC;]
The milestone is being celebrated in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, and will culminate with an attempt to re- enact the first flight using a replica aircraft.
Among those taking part in the festivity of flight is John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth.
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[IN Q=I hope that whatever]
((JOHN GLENN/ASTRONAUT:I HOPE THAT WHATEVER WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH CAN ENCOURAGE OUR YOUNG PEOPLE OF TODAY TO BUILD ON OUR SHOULDERS AND GO AHEAD. GO FOR IT KIDS. ))
[OUT Q=Go for it kids.]
Nearly 35 thousand people are expected to be at today's event, including President Bush.
The historic re-enactment is set for 10- 35 this morning.
An observance is also planned this morning at the Roanoke Regional Airport.
We'll have more on that later today on News 7.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
It's been widely reported that this flu season could be the worst one in DECADES...and small children are among those most vulnerable.
The flu has already proven deadly for nearly two dozen children across the country, and flu vaccines are running low.
[Take FS Early Years]
In this week's "Early Years" segment, we asked pediatrician Doctor John Moore about his concerns about this flu season and what parents should be on the look-out for.
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[SUPER=01-Dr. John Moore/Pediatrician; :00]
[Take FS Symptom Board 9551essc---:37 to :52]
[Take FS Prevention Board 9552essc---1:49 to 2:01]
[OUT Q=will be right back.]
[Tape tosses to break]