As high as gasoline prices have gone, they're still lower in this part of the country than most places.
And a plea and an apology aren't enough to make up for the loss of David Neal Bowman.
Tonight on News 7 sports - we'll from a couple of coaches with a lot on their respective plates - Frank Beamer and Joe Gibbs.
and another member of Pete Gillen's staff - Scott Shepherd - resigns.
We continue with a mix of clouds and sun for the next few days but showers also look likely for Wednesday. More on the forecast and our Tuesday WeatherSchool coming up.
News 7 is next.
Gas prices reach another all-time high.
But is that having any effect on what you drive?
Good evening, I'm Shannon Young.
And I'm Keith Humphry.
Virginia's gas prices rose another 2-cents over night, to an average of a dollar-89 per gallon.
That's still lower than the national average, which has now reached about TWO-dollars per gallon.
So, is that affecting automobile sales?
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Myranda Stephens has been looking into that.
Keith and Shannon, reports show sales for large S-U-Vs and trucks have gone down slightly -- about 1 and half percent -- from last month.
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And many local car dealers fear that as long as gas prices continue to go up, sales for SUVs will continue to go down.
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[SUPER=01-Lara Bingeman/Trading in SUV; :12]
[SUPER=01-James Graham/Duncan Finance Director; :47]
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(([NATS OF LARA PULLING UP @ 1:59:25]
Lara Bingeman calls her Ford Expedition a gas-guzzler -- which is why she's getting rid of it.
((LARA BINGEMAN/TRADING IN SUV: MY HUSBAND AND I DROVE TO ATLANTA THIS PAST WEEKEND AND IT TOOK US 150 DOLLARS IN GAS TO GET THERE AND BACK, SO WE'RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING A LITTLE MORE ECONOMICAL 25))
But, while Lara's scaling back her ride, she's not totally going S-U-V free.
((WE'RE ACTUALLY GOING FROM AN EXPEDITION TO AN EXPLORER -- SOMETHING THAT'LL GET A LITTLE MORE MILEAGE AND SOMETHING THAT'S GOING TO DO BETTER THAN THE GAS PRICES THAN WHAT THEY ARE NOW 51))
And Lara doesn't appear to be alone.
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James Graham of Duncan Mitsubishi in Salem says sales for his SMALLER S-U-Vs have actually gone up.
((WE'VE HAD A VERY GOOD MONTH SO FAR, AND WE ATTRIBUTE THAT TO OUR SMALLER SUV SALES, BUT IT LOOKS LIKE AMERICA'S NOT GONE GIVE UP ON THEIR SUV'S RIGHT NOW, REGARDLESS WHAT GAS PRICES ARE 14))
At the same time, many car dealers do fear that as gas prices continue to soar, that sales for even the SMALLER S-U-Vs could eventually take a hit.
Possibly forcing people like Lara, to make yet another trip to the lot --- for something even smaller.))
There are emails circulating around the Internet encouraging people to not buy any gas tomorrow.
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Keith and Shannon, whether that will make a difference, is yet to be seen. [Mower-Folo]
It was nearly a month-ago four-year-old Justin Simmons was accidentally run over by a riding lawn mower.
Now, the Department of Social Services says the caregiver was not providing adequate supervision at the time.
Justin was at the home of Roberta and Orville Reedy when the accident happened.
Social Services went to inspect the site five-days after the boy's death, and found the toddler wasn't being "closely supervised" at the time of the accident.
According to the violation notice- children must be watched so that the caregiver knows what the kids are doing at ALL times, and can promptly assist or re- direct activities when necessary.
The Reedys say they have disposed of the mower and will never mow their grass again.
He's accused of killing his cousin and today he was convicted of the crime.
Under a plea agreement, Milan (my-lan) Rube Goins, pled no contest to second degree murder.
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Susan Bahorich was there.
Susan, did we find out WHY Goins shot his cousin?
[LIVE= Susan /FULL NEwsroom]
Keith, No, in fact, family members are still asking "why?"
According to both sides Milan (my-lan) Goins and his cousin, David Bowman- were friends.
Apparently in the minutes leading up to the murder- the men were joking, moments later Bowman was shot in the chest.
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[SUPER=01-Barbara Fallin/Goins' Sister; :18]
[SUPER=01-Chris Kowalczuk/Defense Attorney; :42]
[SUPER=01-Joel Branscom/Botetourt Co. Commonwealth's Attorney; 1:03]
[OUT Q=BEST THING TO DO]
48-year-old Milon Goins cried as Commonwealth Attorney Joel Branscom read to the court the events of August 26, 2003. The day started out normally enough, but by the end, 46-year-old David Neal Bowman was dead.
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((BARBARA FALLIN, GOINS' SISTER: I'M JUST VERY MUCH SORRY THIS ALL HAPPENED- WE ALL ARE. AND I KNOW MY BROTHER IS VERY MUCH SORRY FOR WHAT HAPPENED.))
[OUTQ=... for what happened.]
Goins and Bowman were friends and the family has been torn apart by the shooting.
Originally facing first degree murder and three gun charges in connection with case- Goins and his attorney accepted a deal from the state and pled no contest to the lesser charge of second degree murder.
[IN Q=This is a very...]
((CHRIS KOWALCZUK, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: THIS IS A VERY DIFFICULT CASE AND I THOUGHT IT WAS SECOND DEGREE FROM THE START. I'M VERY PLEASED IT WAS RESOLVED IN A FAIR AND JUST MATTER.))
[OUT Q=.. and just matter.]
Goins apologized to Bowman's family as he left the courtroom, but his wife replied "sorry doesn't bring David back..." They want the maximum penalty allowed by law, and the Commonwealth is working to deliver just that...
[INQ=When it comes..]
((JOEL BRANSCOM, COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY: WHEN IT COMES RIGHT DOWN TO IT- SECOND DEGREE CASE, WE HAVE 43-YEARS TO WORK WITH, AFTER THE DISCUSSION WITH THE FAMILY, WE THOUGHT IT WAS THE BEST THING TO DO...))
[OUTQ=.. THING TO DO.]))
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One of the items the judge may consider during sentencing is an incident which happened while Milan (my-lan) Goins was being transported last year- authorities say he tried to escape, but not before attacking a deputy.
[LIVE= Susan /FULL Newsroom]
A judge will sentence Goins on August 24th, nearly a year after the murder.
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Keith- Goins could face as many as 43-years in prison for his crimes.
Blacksburg's Mayor wants another engineering study on the need for a new sewer line in town.
Town council just canceled a controversial project that would have brought a 12 mile line to Toms Creek after candidates against the project were voted into office.
Mayor Roger Hedgepeth says a new sewer line is still very needed.
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[IN Q=Hopefully we]
((ROGER HEDGEPETH: HOPEFULLY WE CAN DO ANOTHER STUDY BY A REPUTABLE OUTSIDE ENGINEERING FIRM WITH A NATIONAL REPUTATION AND MORE OR LESS GIVE THEM AN OPEN FIELD TO STUDY THE ENTIRE DRAINAGE AREA.))
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[OUT Q=drainage area.]
Hedgepeth says the study should include Montgomery County's drainage area and should help decide once and for all where to put a sewer line and what type should be used.
Still ahead on News 7, one local school system is getting a two and a half million dollar windfall from the state.
Now the question is how to spend it.
Plus a family talks about the day a jet fell from the sky and landed all around their Franklin County home.
Twelve days after a military jet crashed near a home in Franklin County, the owners have returned to the property.
And even though rescue crews and investigators are long gone Julie and Robert Paulitzky say they are certainly not alone.
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((Although the sign outside Julie and Robert Paulitzky's home reads "Dew Drop In", the Franklin County couple never dreamed their list of unannounced visitors would include an F-15 fighter jet.
In the early evening of May 6th, an Air Force jet on a low altitude mission crashed into the ground just yards from the house.
Robert had gone outside to watch the plane pass.
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[IN Q=MY FIRST FEELINGS WERE NOBODY COULD HAVE SURVIVED THAT CRASH...]
((ROBERT PAULITZKY/HOMEOWNER: MY FIRST FEELINGS WERE NOBODY COULD HAVE SURVIVED THAT CRASH... A FIREBALL... I'VE GOTTA GET OUT OF HERE.))
[OUT Q=I've gotta get out of here.]
Julie was in the bedroom resting when she heard the plane go over.
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[IN Q=And I said, boy he's low...]
((JULIE PAULITZKY/HOMEOWNER: AND I SAID, BOY, HE'S LOW. THEN THERE WAS A VROOM, VROOM AND THE HOUSE SHOOK VIOLENTLY AND I RAN OUTSIDE AND WE STARTED PUTTING OUT THE FIRES.))
[OUT Q=putting out the fires.]
Neighbors immediately showed up to help.
Emergency crews and the Air Force weren't far behind.
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[IN Q=The flames and the fuel were awful...]
((JULIE: THE FLAMES AND THE FUEL WERE AWFUL. I HAPPENED TO HAVE SOME MASKS SO I'M HANDING OUT MASKS TO EVERYBODY!))
[OUT Q=I'm handing out masks to everybody!]
The pilots had ejected safely.
No one was injured.
The Paulitzkys, who are still finding pieces of wreckage, say they're amazed but not surprised.
Just two hours before the crash they'd returned from a week away, a week during which they'd focused on prayer.
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[IN Q=And then, when we returned...]
((JULIE: AND THEN, WHEN WE RETURNED THERE WAS AN F-15 IN OUR FRONT YARD! AND WE WERE PROTECTED SO... PRAYER WORKS...))
[OUT Q=So, prayer works...]))
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The cause of the crash has yet to be determined.
A faulty electrical wire is being blamed for last week's fatal fire in Montgomery County.
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61 year old Barbara Jean Gray died in the fire from smoke inhalation.
It happened around midnight last Wednesday at her home on 569 Friendship Road, about five miles from Shawsville.
Investigators are calling the fire an accident.
Montgomery County teachers may soon need some thicker wallets.
The state budget numbers are in, and the county is getting 2-point-6 million dollars MORE than expected for county schools.
Local leaders say extra funds will help the board fund a 7-percent increase in salaries.
Employees have seen increases of only about two- percent over the last two years.
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The Board of Supervisors is holding a special budget hearing tonight at 7:15 at the Government Center.
Members could finally approve Montgomery County's 118-million dollar budget.
The City of Martinsville is looking for a new school superintendent.
Ira Trollinger today announced he will resign effective July first.
He's leaving to take a similar job in McDowell County North Carolina.
Trollinger has been Martinsville's school superintendent for eight years.
The school board will soon begin the task of finding a replacement.
A day after hitting a low for the year, Wall Street saw a modest recovery.
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The DOW rose 62 points.
NASDAQ gained 21.
There'll be a race for the Radford Commonwealth's Attorney's office.
This morning, local lawyer Patrick Moore threw his hat in the ring.
Moore is a native of Southwest Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Tech.
He's practiced different types of law in the area for many years and says educating the public on how to protect itself is going to be a top priority.
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((PATRICK MOORE/(R) RADFORD COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY CANDIDATE.: I THINK I'D BE THE KIND OF PERSON, THAT IF I WERE IN TROUBLE, I'D WANT SITTING ACROSS FROM ME. WHO'S GONNA LISTEN TO BOTH SIDES. I KNOW ITS NOT ALL BLACK AND WHITE. AND THAT DOESN'T MEAN I'M NOT GOING TO BE TOUGH. BUT I'M GOING TO BE FAIR.))
[SUPER=01-Patrick Moore/(R) Radford Comm. Attorney Candidate]
[OUT Q=to be fair.]
Moore is seeking the Republican nomination.
He's running against acting Commonwealth's Attorney Chris Rehak.
Rehak took over the job three weeks ago once longtime prosecutor Randall Duncan became a judge.
Aubrey Overstreet said he had the best job on the railroad. The retired photographer passed away Saturday at the age of 75.
The N & W photographers rarely received individual credit, but like O. Winston Link, they documented the railroad and the region.
In 2001, Overstreet told us about one assignment, inside a new locomotive.
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[IN Q=I was so small]
((AUBREY OVERSTREET/RETIRED NS PHOTOGRAPHER: I WAS SO SMALL, I COULD GO IN THE FIREBOX, NATURALLY WITH NO FIRE, AND GO OVER THIS BIG HUMP AND ONCE YOU GET IN THERE IT HAS A ROOM AS BIG AS THIS. I COULD STAND UP. I HAD LIGHTS IN THERE. I'D TAKE MY LIGHTS AND CAMERA AND EVEN SET IT ON A TRIPOD, AND TAKE VARIOUS PICTURES INSIDE THE BOILER.))
((MR. FRANCIS ALWAYS GOT A BIG KICK OUT OF IT. IF HE WANTED ME TO GO IN THERE TOMORROW, I'D SEE HIM TODAY AND HE SAID WEAR SOME NICE CLEAN CLOTHES TOMORROW BECAUSE YOU'RE GOING IN THE BOILER.))
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[OUT Q=because you're going in the boiler.]
A funeral service for Aubrey Overstreet is scheduled for Wednesday morning at First Baptist Church.
Tonight on News 7 sports - Frank Beamer and Joe Gibbs both have a lot on their minds these days - we'll see what they're thinking The Dazzle is ready to open camp in the Civic center -
Pete Gillen has another assistant coach resign when we come back.
Pete Gillen is in town tonight speaking to a group of UVa alums and supporters.
It's a position he wasn't sure he's find himself in when last season ended and his job was in jeopardy.
After it was spared earlier this spring - Gillen promised to evaluate every phase of his program and make some changes.
Most figured it was nice rhetoric, but that little would happen. However, Gillen has been busy.
This afternoon Scott Shepherd became the second assistant coach to resign in the past 5 weeks. Shepherd came to UVa from Hargrave and was a Gillen staff member for five seasons.
Beside losing Shepherd and fellow assistant Rod Jensen, part-time starter Derrick Byars announced he was transferring back on April 20th. Gillen has yet to announce replacements on his staff.
Replacing staff members and having kids transfer is small potatoes compared to what's on Frank Beamer's plate these days.
One of marquee players in his program - Marcus Vick -
is appealing a misdemeanor conviction that at this moment would net him 30 days in jail.
Beamer spent part of this past weekend in Richmond - where he briefly addressed the conviction of three of his players and the "different climate" plaguing not only programs in this state but throughout the nation.
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[IN Q=WELL, I THINK...]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/18th Season at Virginia Tech; :00]
[OUT Q=...THE WHOLE THING IS OVER."]
On his way out of the media room - Beamer bumped into a coach with his own worries.
Joe Gibbs watched his two Cup teams race Saturday night - a rare break from his renewed position as head coach of the Redskins.
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The Roanoke Dazzle will be back in the Roanoke Civic Center this summer, but not for any NBDL games.
Instead, the league has taken its partnership with the Roanoke Civic Center to a brand new level.
The Dazzle is hosting its annual basketball camp on the Civic Center floor the first two weeks of August.
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[SUPER=01-Kent Davison/Dazzle Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=...during our season."]
The camp has grown from a modest number of less than 40 campers its first season to nearly 150 last year.
The camps are open to boys and girls ages 7-15.
The interesting thing about "Camp Dazzle" is that it runs from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
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[OUT Q=...WATCH US PLAY."]
Of course you can get more information on Camp Dazzle at the team's web site - roanoke dazzle dot com.