School officials in Lynchburg disavow the racist remarks attributed to them by former E-C- Glass Coach Bo Henson.
A LIVE report tops NEWS 7 at Six.
And the Legislature's in session, so it must be time to hear the latest rendition of candidates for state SONG.
In sports, a Radford men's basketball player is suspended, Liberty high school quarterback Robert Carson puts up his Dukes,
and doing just that has put Virginia tailback Antoine Womack in trouble with the law.
Temperatures were indeed mild today but a passing cold front brings things back to normal for Friday.
Emmett Cressell Junior's attorneys have subpoenaed less than a dozen witnesses to testify at his murder trial next month.
Cressell's co-defendant-- who's also accused in the brutal murder of a black man in Grayson County-- is among those on the list.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
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(( Emmett Cressell Junior will look much different when he faces a jury next month.
A judge says Cressell can appear in street clothes and conceal his security devices.
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((MARK CLAYTOR/CRESSELL'S ATTORNEY:GENERALLY SPEAKING PEOPLE THINK PEOPLE ARE LOCKED UP FOR A REASON, WE WANT AN UNBIASED JURY POOL TO SEE MR. CRESSELL AS A HUMAN BEING. ))
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Because of immense publicity surrounding the case-- anywhere from 40 to 80 potential jurors-- could be called.
Cressell-- and co-defendant Louis Ceparano-- are accused of burning and beheading Garnett "G-P" Johnson at a drinking party last summer.
Witnesses have said the crime was racially motivated.
Cressell's attorneys have NOT decided whether he'll testify.
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((JEFF DORSEY/CRESSELL'S ATTORNEY:THAT'S A STRATEGIC DECISION OBVIOUSLY THAT WE WILL MAKE AT THAT TIME BUT WE MAY VERY WELL. ))
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During this latest motion's hearing-- Cressell's attorneys asked the judge to limit the number of gruesome photos shown to the jury.
They also want to exclude portions of Johnson's autopsy-- information they say was provided to the medical examiner-- as hearsay.
Cressell's attorneys say-- so far-- their client's NOT been offered any deals to avoid a jury trial-- but they're still willing to negotiate.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
Comments from E.C. Glass Head Football Coach Bo Henson earlier this week brought a forceful response from school officials this afternoon.
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Joe Dashiell is in our Lynchburg newsroom tonight with the latest on a very public dispute.
Keith, Bo Henson said school officials cited racial concerns as they informed him of their decision not to renew his contract as head coach.
But Today, school officials broke their silence with a denial.
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[SUPER=01-Susan Morrison/E.C. Glass Principal; :44]
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After almost 30 years with the school system, and a list of accomplishments that includes state championships and coach of the year honors, Bo Henson will not head the Glass football program next year.
School officials say the time has come for new leadership in the football program... They emphatically deny Henson's statement earlier this week that racial issues played a part in their decision.
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Opposition to public charter schools is crumbling.
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With charter school success stories in 16 states, Virginia's General Assembly has turned a corner.
A Senate committee that narrowly defeated charter schools last year gave the concept a 12 to 3 endorsement today.
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((SEN. STANLEY WALKER: I DO NOT HAVE THE FEARS THAT I USED TO HAVE. THEY'VE PROVEN TO ME THAT WE CAN GO AHEAD AND TRY THIS OUT.))
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((SEN. JANET HOWELL/D-RESTON: IN THE PAST, I'VE BEEN VERY LEERY OF CHARTER SCHOOLS. BUT I HAVE EVOLVED IN THIS.))
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[SUPER=01-Sen. Janet Howell/(D) Reston;]
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The committee's turnaround is in part because five members toured some charter schools in Boston last year.
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((THREE SCHOOLS IN A ROW SHOWED ENORMOUS TEST RESULTS. BUT THE LAST ONE, WHICH WAS A PUBLIC SCHOOL WITH AN INNOVATIVE PRINCIPAL WHO HAD TURNED THIS WHOLE SITUATION AROUND FOR THOSE KIDS' LIVES. AND IF YOU GO AHEAD AND YOU VOTE THIS DOWN, YOU'RE NOT HURTING THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, BUT YOU ARE HURTING THOSE KIDS.))
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The bill still has its detractors.
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((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/D-ROANOKE: WE HAVE GOOD PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY. AND I DON'T WANT TO TAKE PUBLIC SCHOOL MONEY AND GIVE THEM TO A PRIVATE CHARTER SCHOOL -- WHICH IS IN EFFECT IS WHAT THIS BILL WOULD DO.))
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If a similar charter school bill gets out of the House Education Committee, the idea is likely to finally succeed in the full chambers.
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((VIRGINIA, DEAR OLD VIRGINIA.))
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It could be your new state song.
Sausage king and country music legend Jimmy Dean and his wife Donna took their offering to the State Capitol today.
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((WHEN THE SUN SETS ON THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY--))
((JIMMY DEAN: TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH IT'D BE A GREAT EGO TRIP. IT WOULD BE WONDERFUL FOR MY GREAT GRAND-KIDS TO SAY HEY DID YOU KNOW THAT MY GREAT GRAND-DADDY WROTE THE STATE SONG OF VIRGINIA. IF THAT WOULDN'T BE A KICK IN THE HEAD I DON'T KNOW WHAT WOULD.))
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The song is called "Virginia."
It faces some stiff competition just a year after lawmakers put "Carry Me Back to Old Virginia" on the shelf after years of protest over its lyrics.
There are a number of schools closed again tomorrow because of the weather.
Here's the latest list called into our newsroom:
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The dispute between Trigon and three local hospitals left many patients out in the cold.
One lawmaker wants to make sure it doesn't happen again.
We'll have that story coming up on News 7 at Six.
and the future of Smith Mountain Lake is at the center of another dispute.
Some say proposed development would be too much of a good thing.
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Tobacco company executives admitted today that nicotine is addictive.
The comments came in a hearing called by Congressman Tom Bliley.
The tobacco executives testified before his House Commerce Committee.
Bliley said recent disclosures about their marketing practices make him wonder whether they "care about the truth."
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((REP. TOM BLILEY/R- VIRGINIA: WE MUST BE CONVINCED YOU ARE SINCERE ABOUT YOUR PROMISE TO CHANGE THE CORPORATE CULTURE OF THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY AND TO STOP MARKETING CIGARETTES TO OUR CHILDREN.))
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The head of Philip Morris said the tobacco companies are NOT blowing smoke on this issue.
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((GEOFFREY BIBLE/PHILIP MORRIS CEO: WE REALLY DO WAT TO HAVE THIS ISSUE RESOLVED. WE DON'T WANT OUR KIDS TO SMOKE. WE WANT THE YOUTH SMOKING ISSUE RESOLVED.))
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The hearing came as Congress gets ready to consider the proposed settlement of dozens of lawsuits against the tobacco companies.
It started as a battle over a contract, fought between a health-care company and three area hospitals.
It ended with Trigon dumping three area hospitals from its list of preferred providers.
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Scott Goldberg joins us from the newsroom.
Scott, I understand the latest front in this health-care war is being fought in Richmond.
Keith, two area lawmakers are trying to do what Trigon and Columbia/H-C-A could not:
Come up with a plan to let consumers pick the hospitals they use when they need treatment.
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((IT WOULD LET THE CONSUMER DECIDE WHICH HOSPITAL THEY WANTED TO USE AS OPPOSED TO HAVING CORPORATE GIANTS -- THE HOSPITALS AND INSURANCE COMPANIES -- DECIDING WHICH HOSPITAL A CONSUMER WOULD USE. ))
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Salem Delegate Morgan Griffith wants to avoid a situation like the one now facing Trigon subscribers.
Staring Sunday, Montgomery Regional Hospital in Blacksburg...
Pulaski Community Hospital ...
And Lewis-Gale Medical Center in Salem are no longer part the Trigon preferred provider network.
That means people used to using those hospitals will have to pay extra out-of-pocket fees to keep going there.
UNLESS they're on the Virginia payroll.
State employees can keep using all three hospitals until June 30th this year.
And they can use Montgomery Regional and Pulaski Community through June of 19-99 ... without paying extra out-of-pocket costs.
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After that, all subscribers will have to use Carilion hospitals -- even if they don't live near one.
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((DEL. JIM SHULER: IT SEEMS ABSURD TO ME THAT CONSTITUENTS NEED TO DRIVE BY ONE HOSPITAL TO BE SERVED BY ANOTHER HOSPITAL. ))))
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Delegates Shuler and Griffith both said today it's going to be tough to get a bill regulating health-care giants like Trigon through the General Assembly.
And one final note tonight, Keith.
Lewis-Gale Medical Center says it reached an agreement with Trigon.
The hospital will stay a member of Trigon's Participating Hospital Agreement.
That's NOT the same as the preferred provider network from which we just said Lewis-Gale was dropped.
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The hospital is calling it an "alternative" for subscribers hurt by Lewis-Gale's elimination from Trigon's preferred plan.
A Lynchburg pediatrician has been charged with possession of child pornography.
Lynchburg police say John G. Powell was charged this afternoon with a class three misdemeanor, which could carry a fine of up to 500 dollars.
Lynchburg police declined to offer specific details of the alleged offense, but a spokesman says pornographic material was recovered from the doctor's office on McConville Road.
News 7 was unsuccessful in our attempts to reach Dr. Powell for comment.
The stock market advanced again today with another strong performance, sparked by testimony by Federal Reserve
Chairman Alan Greenspan about the state of the U-S economy.
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The Dow gained 58 points to close at 79 hundred 73.
NASDAQ was UP nearly nine points.
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Few people worry about speeders racing through their backyards.
Unless, of course, they live on Smith Mountain Lake.
As Tina Tenret shows us, lake residents are putting the brakes on boat traffic.
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[SUPER=01-Mark DeTournillon/Marina Manager; :46]
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((Silence settles over Smith Mountain Lake in the wintertime -- no boat ventures through this cove.
But ask Dick Hack about summers -- and he'll show you a different picture.
He's seen boat waves large enough to damage a dock -- or hurt a child.
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((DICK HACH/LAKE RESIDENT: IF THERE'S A KID...WE'VE GOT A PROBLEM.))
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Boats motor through here to get gas from the marina -- where they must slow to idle speed in what's called a "no wake zone."
Hach and other residents want the same speed limit for the rest of the cove.
But marina managers say that would slow gas sales -- boaters might not travel the extra time to the marina.
And residents could no longer run motor-boats through the cove to ski -- or tube.
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[IN Q=The recreational boater]
((MARK DETOURNILLON/MARINA MANAGER: THE RECREATIONAL BOATER ... MORE TRAFFIC IN THE MAIN CHANNEL))
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Marina managers say making this a no-wake zone would set a dangerous precedent -- forcing boaters to dawdle through every cove.
But residents counter -- this is the only cove with a marina -- and the traffic that goes with it.
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((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: THE LAKE'S POLICY ADVISORY BOARD WILL HAVE A SAY IN WHETHER THIS COVE CHANGES TO A NO-WAKE ZONE. BUT ULTIMATELY IT'S UP TO THE STATE'S DEPARTMENT OF GAME AND INLAND FISHERIES. THE ENTIRE PROCESS COULD TAKE MONTHS. IN THE MEANTIME, THIS ISSUE IS CERTAINLY MAKING WAVES IN THE SMITH LAKE COMMUNITY. TINA TENRET, NEWS7, FRANKLIN COUNTY.))))
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Virginia tailback Antoine Womack is found guilty of assault--
also radford prepares for Liberty this weekend withoutt a point guar. a suspension to talk about in sports.
We start with college football. Virginia running back Antoine Womack has been found guilty today of assaulting fellow U-V-A student Nefertiti Leach.
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Charlottesville general district court Judge Bill Barkley sentenced Womack; a freshman tailback for the Cavaliers, to 30 days and suspended the jail time pending two years good behavior.
Leach accused Womack of improperly touching her at a party last November.
Another Friday Football Extra star has earned a college scholarship to play football.
Liberty high school quarterback Robert Carson has verbally committed to James Madison University.
The 6'1", 215 pound Carson was the seminole District offensive player of the year this past season with 15 touchdowns and nearly 1300 hundred yards as a quarterback.
He was a first team all state kick returner averaging 29 yards a return. Carson is projected as a tailback or full back at JMU and will receive a full scholarship.
The senior has also been a 3 year starter on the Liberty basketball team.
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Peanut Arrington; one of Carson's basketball teammates, has four Virginia college's on his list for next year.
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The Liberty senior is considering Virginia Tech, James Madison, VCU and Richmond among others. Penn State is also one of his choices. Arrington is averaging 25.1 points a game.
Last Friday night; Tech assistant coach Deene Keaner attended the Liberty/Heritage game.
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Hometown Hoops Weekly is back and you can catch up on several local high school basketball teams tonight at 11.
The Radford men's basketball team takes a Big South breather tonight at the Dedmon center against Belmont at 7. The Highlanders will play without one of their point guards.
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freshman Lamar King has been suspended for three games for violation of team rules. His suspension begins tonight. The 6'1" guard has played in 15 of the Highlanders 17 games so far this season and scored a season high 11 against Winthrop.
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Saturday at 1:30 Liberty visits the Dedmon center to play Radford. You can watch the game right here on your hometown station in another News 7 sports local production.
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Then, later Saturday afternoon at 4; be sure to check out a huge ACC clash between North Carolina State and Clemson.
If you don't want to waitt until saturday; then watch the Maryland/Duke contest tonight at 8 right here on your hometown station.
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NASCAR's 50th anniversary season will be full of parties and elaborate celebrations in the upcoming months.
But popular driver Kyle Petty is planning something special for those less fortunate.
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The driver of the Hot Wheels Pontiac is instituting a program called "The Race To End Hunger."
Fans are being asked to bring canned food and non-perishable items to races at Charlotte and Rockingham this year to help stock food banks in North Carolina.
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((KYLE PETTY/HOT WHEELS PONTIAC DRIVER:))
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Fans can trade in the food items for a special free t-short at Kyle's souvenir trailer on race days in the Carolina's
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Coming up tonight at 11, he spent 23 years of his life in labor camps-- Chinese human rights activist Harry Wu will s Check out News 7 at 11 with Jean Jadhon for that story tonight.
peak at Washington and Lee University.