Two guilty pleas in a case of church vandalism in Bedford County..
And, several months after an off-track betting parlor opens - the bar is off and running.
Temperatures warm up a bit today with a few scattered showers followed by windy conditions tonight and more sunshine tomorrow. I'll have your forecast.
Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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Two Bedford County teenagers plead guilty to a racially motivated attack on two black churches ... and then apologize to church members and their family for the crimes.
Christopher and Joshua Little were arrested a few weeks after they vandalized two churches in the Goode area of Bedford County.
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Police say they spraypainted racial epithets on walls, destroyed property and tried to set fire to one of the churches.
The boys ... 15 and 16 years old ... had their case transferred to circuit court and were treated as adults this morning.
A plea agreement will send them to a juvenile detention center for the next 18 to 24 months.
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Both boys apologized for their actions in court today.
Their ten-year prison terms were suspended and they'll be on supervised probation for five years once they're released.
Colonial Downs has come up a winner in its efforts to get a liquor license for its Vinton betting parlor.
The state has approved the sale of alcohol at the gambling operation near the Lancerlot sports complex.
A citizens group had argued the betting parlor did not qualify as a restaurant under A-B-C regulations.
But a hearing examiner says the sandwiches and other meals gamblers can buy, *DO* meet state guidelines.
Colonial Downs will be able to sell mixed drinks in the restaurant, as well as beer and wine on site.
Election recounts are underway at this hour in Radford.
The city is double checking the results in the Commonwealth's Attorney race. Incumbent democrat Chris Rehak beat republican challenger Patrick Moore by just one vote. A three judge panel is overseeing the recount which is expected to last several hours.
Another recount will be held this afternoon for the sheriff's results. Republican Mark Armentrout beat Democrat incumbent Terry Alley by 26 votes. We'll have the latest tonight on News 7 at five and six.
We have one traffic and one college closing announcement at this hour.
We'll begin with US Route 220 in Henry County, the Martinsville bypass, where a tractor-trailer accident has blocked both southbound lanes for hours near Fieldale.
VDOT expects to re-open the road shortly.
And a power failure is causing some major disruptions today at Washington and Lee University.
As a result, all undergraduate classes and daytime activities on the front campus are canceled today.
However, all classes and activities in the Washington and Lee law school will go on as scheduled.
Several streets are closed around a historic Chicago high-rise after a fire last night.
The fire sent 37-people to the hospital - 22 of them were firefighters.
The blaze broke out on the 29th floor of a historic downtown skyscraper around 6:30 last night.
Within minutes the flames spread from one end of the building to the other.
Many tried to escape, but were driven back by smoke.
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((BOB BAILEY: I HAD MY COAT UP AGAINST THE DOOR SO THE SMOKE WOULDN'T BE ROLLING IN THERE. FOR A WHILE WE WEREN'T SURE WE WERE GONNA MAKE IT.))
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More than 300-firefighters were called to the scene, but it still took nearly six-hours to put out.
There are no reported deaths from the blaze and no word what caused the fire.
The long delayed Intelligence Reform bill could go to a vote today.
A stalemate over how intelligence information is distributed to commanders in the battle-field ..has been broken.
Scott Rapoport is in Washington with more.
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ON CAPITAL HILL...A SWEEPING OVERHAUL OF AMERICA'S SPY AGENCIES APPEARS TO BE JUST A VOTE AWAY. AND THAT VOTE COULD COME TODAY.
(SOT: Rep. Duncan Hunter / R-Chairman, Armed Services Committee / R-California)
We will support this conference report because it has now met the standard that we are most interested in which is protecting our troops on the battlefield.
WITH POWEWRFUL REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN AND FORMER DISSENTER DUNCAN HUNTER, AMONG OTHERS, NOW ON BOARD...
...IT APPEARS THE BILLS BIGGEST HURDLE HAS BEEN CLEARED.
SOT: Sen. Susan Collins / R-Chairman, Governmental Affairs Committee / R-Maine)
pleased to report....signed off on final....final conference report
i hereby convene this hearing.
THE INTELLIGENCE REFORM BILL IS BASED ON RECOMMENDATIONS BY THE 9-11 COMMISSION.
IT WOULD APPOINT A DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE...AND PROVIDE HIM SIGNIFICCANT, WIDE RANGING POWER OVER BUDGET AND PERSONNEL IN THE NATIONS 15 SPY AGENCIES. AMONG THE BUDGET INCREASES , MORE MONEY FOR AIRPORT EXPLOSIVE SCREENING EQUIPMENT, AIR MARSHALLS AND BORDER PATROL AGENTS.
ALL IN AN ATTEMPT TO AVOID THE ANOTHER SEPTEMBER 11TH.
It is a good piece of legislation. It is a necessary piece of legislation.
THE PRESIDENT HAS A LARGE POLITICAL STAKE IN ALL THIS. HE ORIGINALLY OPPOSED THE 9-11 COMMISSION, AND HAS BEEN ACCUSED BY SOME OF NOT PUSHING HIS FELLOW REPUBLICANS HARD ENOUGH FOR REFORM. A DEFEAT - AT THIS POINT -WOULD BE EMBARASSING.
(STAND UP TO COME: Left out of bill...immigration issues.))
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Coming up next- the head of the Arthritis Foundation will tell us about some advancements made in the fight against arthritis.
Plus, Afghanistan swears in its first duly elected president.
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Dignitaries from around the world gathered in Afghanistan.. to witness the beginning of a new chapter in the country's history
Afghanistan's first popularly elected President- Hamid Karzai -took the oath of office today.
Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife Lynne had front row seats for Karzai's swearing-in ceremony.
Cheney is the highest ranking U.S. official to visit Afghanistan in the three years since the U.S. led war to overthrow the Taliban.
It marks the beginning of a five-year term where Karzai will face enormous challenges.
Among those will be the country's drug problems and increasing the standards of living.
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Some residents in Bedford County are upset because they could be evicted from a trailer park right after the holidays.
They say it isn't their fault the owner has had problems with the federal government.
Justin McLeod has the story.
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The people you see here may soon be left out in the cold.
Residents say their landlord is evicting them.
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((BILL ONDELL/RESIDENT: THIS IS DEVASTATING. THIS IS OUR FAMILIES UP THERE. THIS IS OUR CASTLE. THIS IS WHERE WE LIVE.))
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They live in the Hardy Road Trailer Park.
The owner D.J. Cooper is in trouble with the feds over a sewage lagoon on his property.
The government claims partially treated waste from the lagoon flowed into a creek that feeds the Roanoke River.
After being indicted, Cooper capped the sewage discharge pipe and is now pumping it out and hauling to a local treatment center.
But 22 trailers are still connected to the sewage lagoon and that's where these folks come in.
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Residents say Cooper told them to fix the problem permanently all 22 families must leave.
They can move to other parts of the trailer park but there are only ten slots.
Each resident must also pay for the move themselves.
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((BILL ONDELL/RESIDENT: IT'S GOING TO COST THEM ROUGHLY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS TO GET THEIR TRAILERS OUT OF HERE. IT'S FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS THAT AIEN'T GOT AND THEY GOT KIDS AND IT'S CHRISTMAS.))
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((JUSTIN LEFTWICH/RESIDENT: THIS IS MY DAUGHTER'S FIRST CHRISTMAS. I WANTED HER TO HAVE A TREE AND EVERYTHING AND NOW THAT WE HAVE TO MOVE THERE IS NO ROOM FOR A TREE OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT.))
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: WE CONTACTED D.J. COOPER FOR HIS SIDE OF THE STORY BUT BY PHONE HE DECLINED TO COMMENT. COOPER HAS PLED NOT GUILTY TO ALL CHARGES. HIS TRIAL IS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
70- million Americans suffer from Arthritis in one form or another.
With a statistic like that, the Arthritis Foundation is encouraged to say there have been some exciting discoveries made this year in the fight against the disability.
The Foundation has just released its list of the top ten advances of 2004.
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Dr. John Klippel -president and C-E-O of the non-profit Arthritis Foundation joins us now with more.
What do you see as the major advance made this year in the fight against Arthritis?
Not all of the advancements are just medical, some new Medicare legislation made your list. How is that helping Arthritis patients?
2004 is being hailed as a year of advances, but are you optimistic about the challenges arthritis patients will face say five years in the future?
So exactly what is the best advice you can give to people who have recently been diagnosed with arthritis?
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Coming up after the break, Leo Hirsbrunner will have our detailed forecast.
Plus we'll tell you why some people think we should be more concerned about the nationality of our food.
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The food and drug administration announces new rules for food companies- aimed at protecting the nation's food supply.
Tom Foreman has details.
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MORE PORK, MORE BEEF, MORE VEGETABLES, FRUIT, WINE AND CHEESE. FOOD FROM
FOREIGN PLACES NOW MAKES UP THIRTEEN PERCENT OF WHAT AMERICANS EAT. AND WITH
THIS NEW FLURRY OF WORRY ABOUT TERRORISM, SOME CONSUMERS ARE WONDERING WHERE EXACTLY IT'S ALL FROM.
"I DON'T KNOW WHERE THE GREENS ARE FROM, BUT I ALWAYS ASSUME THEY'RE LOCAL."
"I DON'T KNOW WHERE IT'S FROM."
THE 2002 FEDERAL FARM BILL REQUIRED THAT A LOT OF FOREIGN FOOD START CARRYING
LABELS SHOWING ITS ORIGIN, SO CONSUMERS WOULD KNOW IF THEY WERE BUYING
AMERICAN. BUT THE PROCESS HAS BEEN SLOW. SO SOME LAWMAKERS ARE SAYING IT
NEEDS TO HAPPEN NOW for safety reasons.
"YES, I BELIEVE IT IS IMPORTANT. NOT ONLY FROM THE STANDPOINT OF PROTECTING
THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FROM TERRORISTS, BUT I JUST THINK IT'S A GOOD IDEA SO THAT
PEOPLE KNOW THE COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF THEIR FOOD."
FIFTY-SEVEN BILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF FOREIGN FOOD ANNUALLY, HOWEVER, WOULD
REQUIRE A LOT OF LABELS. AND IF A TERRORIST HAS THE TRAINING AND RESOURCES TO
POISON SAY, A SHIPMENT OF FISH, INDUSTRY ANALYSTS SAY HE COULD FAKE A LABEL, TOO.
LOOK AT THIS CAN OF PERFECTLY GOOD SARDINES. THE LABEL SAYS IT IS FROM SOUTH
AFRICA. BUT A HALF HOUR WITH A SCANNER ...A COMPUTER...A COLOR PRINTER... AND SOME
GLUE. AND NOW OUR SARDINES ARE QUITE CLEARLY FROM FLORIDA.
THE GOVERNMENT HAS IMPROVED ITS TRACKING OF FOREIGN FOOD PRODUCERS, AND SOME OF CONSUMERS ARE UNCONCERNED...
"WE HAVE A PROBLEM RIGHT NOW OF INSTILLING MORE FEAR IN PEOPLE THAN IS ACTUALLY
NECESSARY OR HELPFUL."
BUT CONSIDER THIS: THE INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SAYS SEVEN PERCENT OF
ALL WORLD TRADE MAY ALREADY BE COUNTERFEIT...KNOCKOFF GOODS AND KNOCKOFF LABELS MADE TO DECEIVE. ))
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State Police in Wytheville say an accident involving at least one tractor-trailer is blocking one lane of I-81.
The wreck is on the northbound side at mile-marker 78 near Fort Chiswell.
No word yet on injuries.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP five points. The NASDAQ has gained three.
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Florida's fired football coach is about to find a new home. The details are just ahead in sports.
And how about those Cowboys.
Two scores in the final two minutes put them back in the NFC playoff picture.
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Dallas is back in the NFL playoff picture after pulling out a victory in Seattle in the final minutes.
The Cowboys erased a ten-point deficit last night with less than two minutes to play.
Julius Jones ran for a career-high 198 yards including the game-winning 17-yard touchdown with 32 seconds left as the Cowboys beat the Seattle Seahawks 43-to-39.
Dallas keeps its playoff hopes alive improving to 5-and-7 while Seattle dropped to 6-and-6.
The NCAA's coaching carousel is about to take another turn.
Ron Zook, fired by Florida, will be introduced as the next head coach at Illinois later today.
He will replace Ron Turner who was fired November 22nd after the team went 3 and 8.
Florida fired Zook on October 25th, but he coached the Gators for the rest of the season, finishing 7-4, including 3-1 after he was fired, and getting an invitation to the Peach Bowl.
The U-V-A men's team went through some big highs and lows yesterday.
It started with word that the team jumped five spots in the latest Associated Press top 25 -- to 19th in the nation.
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But last night they had to hit the hardwood in Ames, Iowa against the Iowa State Cyclones.
Devin Smith was hot for the Cavaliers in the first half as he shot them to a 42-to-41 lead at the break. Smith would finish the game with a career high 40 points, hitting 11 of 17 shots.
But Iowa State would come back with a flurry in the second half hitting a barrage of transition dunks to push the lead into double figures.
But Roanoke's J.R, Reynolds would get the game even again at the 4:12 mark at 70-all. UVa was up by 2 with under 20 seconds to go, but Curtis Stinson hit three of his 30 points on the night.
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The Cyclones hand UVa its first loss of the season 81-to-79.
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