County authorities think they've solved a fatal car- bombing that goes back
more than 20-years.
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX, we hear from the prosecutor.
And we see the aftermath of another high-speed chase overnight.
In sports, The Umpires are working this afternoon's game in Cleveland we'll
take a look at our Friday Football Extra schedule.
And one of the games down in Daleville will put Lord Botetourt's Wesley Cox
and the Cavaliers against the Salem Spartans.
Bundle up for those high school games tonight. Not much wind but it will be
cold, cold cold.
It's been more than 20 years since what police call a racially-motivated car
bombing killed a baby and injured two other people in Roanoke County.
Today the County Sheriff's Department made an arrest in connection with the
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Jay Moore joins us with the story.
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A routine traffic stop turned into much more in Roanoke early this morning.
Police say an officer pulled a 45- year- old man over for weaving and told
the driver to step outside out of his van.
But the man jumped back in and fled, prompting a high speed chase through
northeast Roanoke that ended when the man crashed his van into a telephone
At one point, the suspect blew through two red lights and ran into a fence.
A patrol car blocked him in, but he rammed it twice to get away.
The man faces several charges, including Drunk Driving.
Police say he's a habitual offender.
He's at Roanoke Memorial Hospital tonight with unknown injuries.
One officer hurt his hand trying to help the driver after he crashed.
The parents of a Danville teenager are seeking charges against a local
Deborah Moran believes excessive force was used when her 17- year old
step-son was picked up this week for allegedly violating probation.
Moran took her accusations to a magistrate who issued a warrant against
officer Doyle Cook. Cook has been with the department for nearly 10- years.
Moran says her step-son was choked, bruised and scratched.
Danville Police Chief Neal Morris declined comment because the case is
pending in court.
Waiters, bartenders, and other tip workers listen up.
The fate of your hourly wage is now in the hands of Attorney General Jim
The Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association asked for his interpretation
of the new minimum wage.
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The Attorney General is expected to give his opinion within 90 days.
Meanwhile, tip workers' wages are frozen at two-dollars-and-13-cents an
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 6--
big plans for one museum's future--but did it cost the executive director his
and on this cool autumn day, a group of high schoolers takes a trip into the
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MAINTAINS IT. ))
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They didn't have to travel far, and we'll explain why.
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The Board of Trustees at the Museum of American Frontier Culture says the
museum is at a crossroads.
Board members say a new leader is needed to take the organization into the
The man who's held the job for 11 years, Walter (Higher) Hayer, resigned
yesterday, apparently under some pressure from the board.
A spokesman says while Hayer (Higher) did a good job, supporters of the
living history museum hope for big things.
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((SUE HANSON/INTERIM DIRECTOR: I THINK THEY WOULD LIKE TO RAISE THE PRESENCE
OF THE MUSEUM FROM A REGIONAL PRESENCE TO A NATIONAL PRESENCE AND THEY WOULD
LIKE ALSO TO EXPAND CERTAIN AREAS OF THE MUSEUM.))
((JOE GRANDSTAFF/MUSEUM OF AMERICAN FRONTIER CULTURE: AND FIND SOMEONE THAT
WILL HAVE THE LEADERSHIP CAPABILITIES TO TAKE US INTO THE 21ST CENTURY AND
CREATE THE SECOND PHASE OF THIS MUSEUM WHETHER THAT'S NEW EXHIBITS OR
EDUCATIONAL; INSTITUTIONS WITHIN OUR FACILITY HERE.))
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The museum includes living history exhibits of working farms from 18th and
19th century Europe and America.
It may not seem possible... but there's a desert in Franklin County... full
of cacti and other similar plants.
You really need to see it to believe it... and Scott Prince takes care of
that in this report.
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((These Franklin County High School students are walking out on their first
class... and heading to the desert.
But they'll definitely be back for second period.
You see, they're hiking up Bald Knob... located right behind the school.
And once at the top... it looks like a mirage... but it's for real.
Desert- like plants are actually growing in Rocky Mount.
The reason-- this granite outrock is storing sun light... and giving off
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((J.D. MITCHELL/FRANKLIN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR: I JUST DIDN'T REALIZE THIS
AREA WAS SO UNIQUE... AND THE VEGETATION THAT GROWS HERE. I THOUGHT IT WAS JUST
LIKE EVERYWHERE ELSE, BUT IT'S DEFINITELY DIFFERENT. ))
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((KIM KING/FRANKLIN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR: THIS IS NOT ONE OF THE PLACES
YOU EXPECT TO FIND CACTUS YOU KNOW-- JUST RIGHT HERE AT YOUR BACK DOOR. ))
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Ferrum College biology professor Bob Pohlad led the expedition.
Aside from the hundreds of cactus plants, he showed them other unique life
thriving on the rocks-- like this tiny fern... possibly three decades old.
But once he took a few steps off the granite, he found some very familiar
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((IT'S A WILD ONION. SAME GENUS. SAME SCIENTIFIC NAME AS THE ONIONS WE SEE BUT
THAT'S GROWING UP HERE. ))
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The wild onion may not survive through the winter.
But surprisingly, the desert plants probably will... especially if there's
lots of snow fall.
((DR. BOB POHLAD/FERRUM COLLEGE PROFESSOR: SNOW WOULD SIT UP HERE LONGER, BUT A
LOT OF TIMES THE SNOW PROVIDES A BLANKET LAYER. SO IT'S WARMER UNDERNEATH. SO A
LOT OF THE PLANTS AND ANIMALS WILL ACTUALLY THRIVE UNDERNEATH A LAYER OF SNOW.
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The entire trip through the Rocky Mount desert lasted only about an hour...
but many of the students said they'd be back.
They say it's not exactly the Mojave... but it's the closest thing to it in
this neck of the woods.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Franklin County.))
A Southside furniture maker accused of copying a competitor's design has
reached an out- of- court settlement.
Bassett Furniture has agreed to discontinue production of its "Legacy" line.
Thomasville Furniture says it bears too close a resemblance to its American
Revival Furniture Group.
In return, Thomasville is dropping its claim for three times the
profits Bassett has made on Legacy furniture.
A Roanoke County company is contemplating a move to "The Big Board".
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Optical Cable has polled shareholders about being listed on the New York
Stock Exchange, and they apparently approve.
The company wants to take its stock off Nasdaq, where it's currently traded.
It says on that exchange, there are too many opportunities to do what's
called "selling short." That can drive down the price of a company's stock.
Optical Cable has been a Wall Street favorite ever since it went public last
At one point it sold at more than 130- dollars- a- share.
The stock market took off today in another record-breaking session.
The Dow jumped 60 points to close at 59 hundred 92.
NASDAQ gained 14 and a half points.
Radford University has weathered some negative publicity over the last
couple of years, but it apparently hasn't hurt fundraising efforts.
President Douglas Covington released an annual report from his first year in
It reveals nearly three million dollars in donations, making it Radford's
second- best fundraising year.
((DOUGLAS COVINGTON/RADFORD UNIV. PRESIDENT: WE WANT TO GET MORE GRANTS AND
CONTRACTS AND WE WANT TO GET MORE PRIVATE GIFTS SO THAT WE CAN EXPAND OUR
ECONOMIC BASE, OUR REVENUE BASE FOR THE UNIVERSITY. AND WE BELIEVE THAT THIS
YEAR A SIGNIFICANT STRIDE WAS MADE IN THAT DIRECTION. ))
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Officials also outlined Radford's master plan, which includes various
building projects including a student center addition and expanded athletic
Covington says he wants to make Radford more student- centered and public
The Annual Roanoke Symphony Polo Cup takes tomorrow at Green Hill Park in
This year the match-up pits team Michelob against Team Grand Interiors.
Green Hill Park is the traditional site for the match, since the late
Marion Via donated funds to maintain a polo field there.
Last year's event grossed around 100 thousand dollars, and this year they
hope to raise the same amount.
Is there as much controversy in refereeing Polo as there has been in
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THAT PEOPLE HAVEN'T LIKED AND PROBABLY WON A GAME. BUT I GO BY THE RULES AND I
CALL IT AS I SEE IT. ))
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Park gates open at 10:00am, the match itself gets underway at 2:00
And coming up, Salem and Lord Botetourt will square off tonight in a key
Blue Ridge District game.
And the Virginia Cavaliers talk about their big game at Georgia Tech this
One of the big games tonight pits two Blue Ridge District unbeatens in Lord
Botetourt and Salem.
Steve Mason is down in Daleville for a chat with Cavalier Head coach Andy
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The Virginia Cavaliers hit the road this week for an A-C-C showdown against
Virginia is 4 and 0 after last weeks rout of Texas in Charlottesville.
The victory moved the Cavaliers to the 12-th spot in the A-P Poll.
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The Cavaliers haven't had much time to talk about that victory and their
ranking in the polls.
Their main topic of discussion since the win over Texas is this weeks
opponent Georgia Tech.
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((TIKI BARBER/UVA RUNNING BACK: ))
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The Cavaliers and Yellow Jackets kick if off Saturday at 3:30 in Atlanta.
The Keydets of V-M-I hit the road this Saturday for a game at Georgia
V-M-I is 0 and 4 on the season.
Ferrum will try and bounce back from last weeks loss to nationally ranked
The Panthers take their 0 and 3 record on the road for a game at Newport
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Your Hometown station has an ACC, Big East doubleheader for you tomorrow.
The day gets started at Noon with Maryland hosting NC State in College Park.
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Then at 3:30 - the unbeaten West Virginia Mountaineers welcome Boston College
to Morgantown. Catch both games right here on WDBJ tomorrow.
The defending American League champions are back home this afternoon hoping a
change of scenery can keep their season afloat as they host the Orioles in game
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So far, this game has been anything but a pitcher's duel as the Indians Manny
Ramirez lifts this homerun off Mike Mussina into the left field seats to give
Cleveland a 2-to-1 lead in the second.
The long ball action would fire back up in the fourth when B.J. Surhoff hit
his third homer of the series, a three run shot to right.
Right now the game is in the bottom of the sixth inning and it's all tied up
at 4 a piece.
If Baltimore wins the series is over.
The major league umpires did not strike today as promised. Instead they
reluctantly called the Orioles and Indians game after they were ordered to stay
on the job by a federal judge this morning.
((JERRY CRAWFORD/NATIONAL LEAGUE UMPIRE:))
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OUT Q=...THE JUDGE SAID."
Elsewhere today - former Pittsburgh skipper Jim Leyland was introduced as the
new manager of the Florida Marlins.
He signed a lucrative five year deal.
Meanwhile, the Astros handed Terry Collins a pick slip.
Collins was fired today and he will be replaced by former big leaguer and
current broadcaster Larry Dierker.
The Lady Hokies of Virginia Tech are losing their leading Scorer, Michelle
Head coach Carol Alfano said the junior is withdrawing from school for
Hollister averaged just over 17 points and 9 rebounds per game. She also
averaged an impressive 49 point 2 percent shooting on the season. Hollister
was also second team all Atlantic 10.
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