A man is in serious condition today after flipping his car over several times along Hershberger Road in Roanoke.
The accident happened around nine this evening.
Witnesses say the car was speeding just before it hit the side of the bridge.
It landed right in front of another car carrying a family of five.
The driver of the wrecked car was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital and is in serious condition.
Meanwhile, police continue to investigate the accident.
[GRAPHIC=Drug Bust Marijuana]
A routine traffic stop in Wythe County turned into a huge drug bust for State Police yesterday.
Authorities pulled over a truck for a traffic violation along Interstate 81.
Two men inside the rig said they were taking mangoes from Texas to New Jersey.
What police found were plastic bags containing about two-thousand pounds of marijuana.
[IN Q=It's wrapped]
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Hayward Wray/Virginia State Police]
[OUT Q=packed very good]
Police estimate the street value to be about 32-hundred dollars a pound-- a grand total of nearly six and a half MILLION dollars.
Nearly 70 anti- abortion protestors continued their efforts in Lynchburg today, attempting to build support from the local Christian community for Operation Rescue.
Members of the group also took time to pray for two individuals they hold responsible for the imprisonment of Reverend Flip Benham.
David Johnson reports.
[IN Q=While trying to]
[SUPER=01-Patrick Mahoney/Operation Rescue; :42]
[SUPER=01-James McCormick/Lynchburg Schools Superintendent; 1:01]
[OUT Q=News 7, Lynchburg.]
((Plenty of state and local police were on hand to keep the peace as marchers began picketing throughout the community.
The marchers took their cause to the streets--protesting in front of the home of the city's school superintendent, James McCormick and Judge Richard Miller.
[IN Q=JUDGE MILLER]
((PATRICK MAHONEY/OPERATION RESCUE; JUDGE MILLER, WE WANT TO EXPOSE HIS RECORD. WE WANT TO SHOW HIS RELIGIOUS BIGOTRY AND INTOLERANCE. WE WANT TO SHOW THAT THIS IS AN INJUST SENTENCE.))
[OUT Q=INJUST SENTENCE.]
Liberty University student John Reyes questioned the authority of Superintendent McCormick, alleging McCormick banned Reyes from all school property in the city.
[IN Q=IT'S MY RESPONSIBILITY]
((IT'S MY RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC PROPERTY THE PUBLIC'S ENTRUSTED TO BOTH THE SUPERINTENDENT AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE STAFF AS WELL AS THE SCHOOL BOARD.))
[OUT Q=SCHOOL BOARD]
((RALLYING THROUGHOUT RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS IN OPPOSITION TO ABORTION AND THE JAILING OF THE REVEREND FLIP BENHAM WAS A COLLECTIVE EFFORT ON THE PART OF OPERATION RESCUE. MEMBERS OF THE GROUP WILL NEXT TAKE THEIR CAUSE INDIVIDUALLY TO CHURCHES THROUGHOUT THE LYNCHBURG AREA. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7, LYNCHBURG.))
Convicted rapist Mary Kay LeTourneau is pregnant again.
LeTourneau was found guilty of having sex with a 13 year old boy.
She had the boy's child, and her probation was revoked when she violated a judge's order to stay away from him.
LeTourneau's attorney says she didn't tell him who the father of THIS baby is.
[IN Q=She's happy]
((DAVID GEHRKE/LETOURNEAU'S ATTORNEY; SHE'S HAPPY THAT A LIFE HAS BEEN CREATED, SHE'S FEARFUL BECAUSE OF HER CONDITIONS OF CONFINEMENT AND THE AFFECT OF THAT ON THE FETUS.))
[SUPER=01-David Gehrke/LeTourneau's Attorney; ]
[OUT Q=the fetus]
LeTourneau is currently being investigated because the boy, now 14, reportedly told his therapist there had been more sexual contact.
Straight ahead on News 7 at 11, a local group is in high demand among some nationally known stars--
including Ray Charles and Michael Bolton.
The group is the Noel C. Taylor community choir and they're work usually begins when famous singers come to town.
We'll explain when the news continues.
[GRAPHIC=General Assembly '98]
The "no car tax" session of the General Assembly is turning into "no deadlines."
State lawmakers still deadlocked over budget and tax issues have simply frozen time.
Unfortunately, they're still stuck on Friday the 13th.
Ellen Qualls has the latest.
[IN Q=And now]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Warren Barry/(R) Fairfax; :23]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Dick Saslaw/(D) Springfield; :30]
[SUPER=01-Sen. John Chichester/(R) Stafford Co.; 1:34]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]
(([sot BRUCE 12:53:22]
((DEL. PAUL HARRIS/R-CHARLOTTESVILLE: AND NOW THE END IS NEAR.))
Both august bodies solemnly moved into the final hours of the 1998 session--
[sot BRUCE 12:27:48]
-- but final hours mean nothing to budget negotiators who have the power to freeze time to meet deadlines.
[SOT INTERVIEWS 05:13:55]
((DEL. FRANK HALL: WHAT CAN I SAY? WHAT CAN I SAY?))
[SOT INTERVIEWS 18:49:39]
((BARRY: I'M JUST CURIOUS AS TO HOW WOULD WE EXTEND TO MIDNIGHT FRIDAY WHEN IT'S SEVEN O'CLOCK SATURDAY?))
[SOT INTERVIEWS 18:51:33]
((SASLAW: WHEN MIDNIGHT OF REAL TIME COMES AROUND ON SATURDAY NIGHT, ARE WE STILL ON FRIDAY NIGHT?))
[sot interviews 13:57:35]
((STOLLE: IF WE WENT BACK TO TUESDAY, WOULD THIS RESOLUTION BE NECESSARY AT ALL?))
So as the legislature moves beyond its adjournment deadline, it becomes possible that budget and tax issues will be delayed until a special session in April.
[sot INTERVIEWS 04:47:45]
((DEL. BARNIE DAY/D-PATRICK CO.: IF WE GO OUT OF HERE WITHOUT A BUDGET I THINK THAT WOULD BE AN UNFORTUNATE THING FOR EVERYBODY, WITH THIS EXCEPTION. WHEN WE COME BACK, IF WE COME BACK HERE APRIL 22ND, THE BUDGET GOES BACK ON THE TABLE AND TO MY MIND, FOOD TAX GOES BACK INTO THE DEBATE.))
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I'M VERY CALM ABOUT THIS. I FEEL VERY CALM ABOUT THIS.))
Governor Jim Gilmore was asked if he had parameters for the budget deal.
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: YEAH I GOT A PARAMETER. IT IS THAT WE'RE GONNA ELIMINATE THE CAR TAX. WE'RE GONNA DO IT IN FIVE YEARS, 20-THOUSAND DOLLARS, AND THEN GIVE GENUINE AND HONEST TAX RELIEF TO THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA. AND THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE. IF THEY'RE NOT TAKING AWAY FROM THAT THEN I THINK THAT ANYTHING ELSE IS SOMETHING THAT WE'D BE WILLING TO LOOK AT.))
It is Senate Republicans who are slowing a deal the Governor and the House would be happy with on school construction money.
[sot INTERVIEWS 04:38:49]
((SEN. JOHN CHICHESTER/R-STAFFORD CO.: 110-MILLION DOLLARS IN SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION IS A DROP IN THE BUCKET. IT'S TOTALLY SYMBOLIC. AND WE REALLY SHOULDN'T BE BUDGETING ON EGOS, AND SYMBOLISM, AND FEEL-GOOD.))
So, no one will "feel good" until a deal is struck -- or put off.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
A pathologist has positively identified the remains of Air Force Captain Jason Ramsey.
This comes six months after the South Boston native was killed in a plane crash along the coast of Africa.
[edit 97-63, Ramsey; 97-62, Ramsey]
Ramsey and another crew member were flying over Namibia when their plane collided in mid-air with a German military plane.
The 27 year old Ramsey was part of a nine-member crew assigned to the 13th Airlift Squadron at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey.
A ceremony is scheduled for both victims April second at Arlington Cemetary.
On April 11th, a memorial service will be held for Ramsey in South Boston.
The FBI moves to protect children on-line...
And you can join the Iditarod from the comfort of your own keyboard.
Details in this week's WebWatch.
[IN Q=The FBI is urging]
[SUPER=03-Ruby, AK; 1:05-quick]
The FBI is urging parents to be more aware of their children's online activities. The Bureau's internet safety page has several safety recommendations, including, moving the computer out of the child's bedroom, and keeping it in a high-traffic area like a den or livingroom.
Meanwhile the national center for missing and exploited children has added a child pornography tip-line to it's website. If someone suspects a child is being abused, exploited, or molested, they can fill out an online report, and the Center will forward the information to the police.
There's also an interactive slide show, showing how the tip line works.
Privacy concerns are still keeping people off-line. 61 percent of the people in a business week survey say they'd be more likely spend money on the web if they could be sure their privacy was protected...
Current security measures don't seem to be enough... only nine percent felt companies would actually follow their security policies.
You can jump into the Iditarod without the bitter cold, we've had enough of that lately.
Iditarod-dot-com will give you the latest standings... For something a little fancier, visit the Iditarod super-site.
Here you can check out a map of the race.
Read a little about your favorite musher, and if you have streaming video software, watch special reports about race.
For the links, mush over to the webwatch page on the wdbj website, at wdbj7-dot-com))
A group of local gospel singers is making a name for itself among national recording artists who perform in the Roanoke Valley.
The Noel C. Taylor community choir has sung back up for the likes of Ray Charles, Michael Bolton, and Puff Daddy at a recent concert.
[IN Q=WE RECEIVED A]
((ALMA DEANE/CHOIR PRESIDENT; WE RECEIVED A CALL FROM ONE OF THE PROMOTERS OUT IN OKLAHOMA. SHE ASKED IF MY GROUP COULD SING AND I TOLD HER I WOULD FIRST HAVE TO ASK THE MEMBERS. THIS I DID AND EACH ONE AGREED. ARTHUR DEANE/CHOIR DIRECTOR; THE PARTICULAR TWO SELECTIONS THAT HE WANTED US TO DO, WE FELT THAT IT MET THE CRITERIA OF WHAT OUR PRINCIPLES ARE AND OUR CHRISTIAN FAITH. AND WE GLADLY ACCEPTED.))
[SUPER=01-Alma Deane/Choir President; :00]
[SUPER=01-Arthur Deane/Choir Director; :15]
[OUT Q=GLADLY ACCEPTED.]
The choir has also performed with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and a few other recording artists.
The group includes members of local area churches and they've been together for the past 24-years.
Roy Stanley will be here in a few minutes with highlights from the winners and losers during March Madness.
And, Andrew Freiden will have your extended weather forecast coming up when the news continues.
[GRAPHIC=Habitat for Humanity]
They're giving up their Spring Breaks to build houses for needy families.
College students in Virginia and across the country are becoming "Habitat for Humanity" volunteers.
Christy Hubley shows us how their hard work is paying off.
[IN Q= They're hammering]
[SUPER=01-Kelly Hanlon/West Chester Senior;:18]
[SUPER=01-Bobbi Jo Brown/Habitat for Humanity;:23]
[SUPER=01-Ken Lam/West Chester Senior;:43]
[OUT Q=News 7, Danville.]
These college students travelled from West Chester University in Pennsylvania to Danville to build houses for needy families.
It looks like hard work... and it is.
But it's also a labor of love.
[IN Q=It's my final year so ]
((KELLY HANLON/WEST CHESTER SENIOR: IT'S MY FINAL YEAR SO I WANTED TO DO SOME COMMUNITY SERVICE BEFORE I GOT OUT AND GOT A JOB AND THAT KIND OF STUFF. ))
[OUT Q=that kind of stuff.]
[IN Q=These kids are great.]
((BOBBI JO BROWN/HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: THESE KIDS ARE GREAT. THEY'RE WILLING TO GIVE. THEY'RE EXCITED. THEY ASK NOTHING FROM RETURN IN US.))
[OUT Q=return in us.]
From foundation to roof, this house is built completely by volunteers.
Working weekends only, it usually takes the Danville-Pittsylvania County Chapter nine months to construct a new home.
But with the help these young people, the job will go more quickly.
[IN Q=For me I've been]
((KEN LAM/WEST CHESTER SENIOR: FOR ME, I'VE BEEN DOING A LOT OF SHEET ROCK STUFF YESTERDAY I WAS DRILLING SOME STUFF OUTSIDE, HELPING OUT WITH EVERYTHING. IT'S REALLY COOL. A LOT OF FUN STUFF.))
[OUT Q=a lot of fun stuff.]
[IN Q=You don't have to know]
((CHRISTY HUBLEY/NEW 7: YOU DON'T HAVE TO KNOW HOW TO DRYWALL OR EVEN HAMMER A NAIL. THESE COLLEGE STUDENTS CAME WITH JUST A WILLINGNESS TO WORK. THE SKILLS THEY LEARNED ON THE JOB.))
[OUT Q=learned on the job.]
[IN Q=We have some very]
((BOBBI JO BROWN: WE HAVE SOME VERY EXPERIENCED CONSTRUCTION COORDINATORS WHO WILL SHOW YOU WHAT TO DO ONCE YOU SHOW UP TO VOLUNTEER.))
[OUT Q=show up to volunteer.]
This sign of heart-felt thanks is from the Tawney family.. who will move into the house when it's done.
More college students will come to Danville to finish the house over the next several weeks.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.))
Children at Carilion Medical Center may not know much about March Madness, but most of them know the "Airman"-- one of the Harlem Globetrotters who visited the youngsters yesterday.
Reggie "Airman" Dixon says the athletes are entertainers, but community service is a large part of calling yourself a Globetrotter.
[IN Q=The Globetrotters]
((REGGIE "AIRMAN"DIXON/GLOBETROTTER:THE GLOBETROTTERS ARE THE GOOD WILL AMBASSADORS OF SPORTS TODAY, IT'S WHAT SPORTS REALLY SHOULD BE. IN OTHER WORD'S WE DON'T GO AROUND KICKING CAMERAMEN WE PRETTY FRIENDLY TOWARD THEM. A LOT OF PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES DO THIS, SO THIS IS THE BRIGHTER SIDE OF SPORTS.))
[SUPER=01-Reggie "Airman" Dixon/Harlem Globetrotters; ]
[OUT Q=of sports]
And it certainly was a brighter day for the young patients.
Dixon spent the afternoon spinning balls on their fingers and putting smiles on their faces.
This was the first time some of these children got to meet a real life Globetrotter in person, but they have seen them before.
[IN Q=On Scooby]
((BRIAN WINSLOW/PATIENT:ON SCOOBY-DOO.))
[SUPER=01-Brian Winslow/Patient; ]
The children also got an autographed picture of the athlete and their own Polaroid picture with him, spinning ball included.
[SUPER=332-Mostly Clear/& Breezy/25-29/Mostly Sunny/& Breezy/43-47;]
[SUPER=333-Mostly/Clear/21-25/Partly Sunny/& Breezy/38-44;]
The Eagles of G.W. Danville won the Group three a state Championship yesterday beating Potomac 71 to 50.
[SUPER=03-Norfolk/Eagles vs Panthers; :]
The Eagles and Panthers locked up in a rematch of the Northwest Regional game in Norfolk at the Scope.
G.W. would increase the lead at the end of the first quarter as Jerian Younger hits this 16 foot jumper to make it 18 to 15.
The Eagles continued the run and gun offense as Yuri Crews pulls up and hits the baseline jumper giving Danville a 26 to 17 lead.
Danville went up by 11 late in the second quarter when Marcus Cunningham knocks down this jumper from the top of the key.
In the second half, G.W. came out jamming to its own beat as Younger takes this pass from Derrick Gunn and goes up for the slam for a 16 point Eagle advantage.
Danville's Keith Harris would score two of his 12 points on this layup late in the third quarter to increase the lead to 20.
The Eagles would take a 24 point [SUPER=33-G.W. Danville/71/Potomac/50;]lead when Charles Stephens throws down thi
s monster two handed jam as Danville wins the state championship 71 to 50.
[IN Q=First audio]
((CHRIS CARTER/DANVILLE HEAD COACH: ))
((CHARLES STEPHENS/14 POINTS 13 REBOUNDS: ))
((JERIAN YOUNGER/17 POINTS 13 REBOUNDS: ))
[SUPER=01-Chris Carter/Danville Head Coach; :]
[SUPER=01-Charles Stephens/14 Points 13 Rebounds; :12]
[SUPER=01-Jerian Younger/17 points 13 rebounds; :19(quick outcue)]
[OUT Q=....AND FOR G.W."]
The Warriors of Magna Vista denied Liberty its third Group Two A state championship last night beating the Minutemen 73 to 67 to bring the title back to Henry County.
[SUPER=03-Norfolk/Minutemen vs Warriors; :]
The Warriors had their game faces on during warm ups.
But the Minutemen were determined to make it a three peat in the state championship.
Liberty wasted no time getting on the board as Robert Carson takes it into the middle and hits the sweet jumper inside the foul line to take the early lead.
But Magna Vista would play tough as Jerry Hodge passes the ball inside to Harvey Milner who scores the easy layup as the Warriors led by three.
Liberty's defense would tighten up as Travis Bowyer gets the steal and passes to Peanut Arrington who scores the layup liberty trailed by one.
Magna Vista's Landa Martin gets [SUPER=33-Liberty/67/Magna Vista/73/;]this rebound and puts it up for the easy duec
e for the lead and Magna Vista goes on to win it 73 to 67.
The Lady Hokies of Virginia Tech advance in the NCAA Tournament. We'll have that in our next sports segment.
[GRAPHIC=Women's Final Four]
The Lady Hokies of Virginia Tech have advanced to the second round of the N-C-A-A women's West Regional with a 75 to 64 win over Wisconsin.
[SUPER=03-Gainesville, FL/Hokies vs Badgers; :]
Bonnie Henrickson and the Hokies playing the underdog role in the game.
Wisconsin's Latoyna Sims would go inside for the rebound and score as the Lady Badgers took a four point lead.
But Tech's Amy Wetzel goes to the baseline for the jumper but the Lady Hokies trailed by four at the half.
Tech would take the lead at the 15 minute mark of the second half when Maria Albertson hits her second straight jumper.
The Lady Hokies went up by 10 [SUPER=33-Virginia Tech/75/Wisconsin/64/;]points late in the second half and never lo
oked back Tech beating Wisconsin 75 to 64.
Wetzel led Tech with 28 points and she set a school record with 16 free throws.
[GRAPHIC=Women's final four]
The Lady Flames of Liberty found out last night what big time basketball is all about.
The undefeated Flames took on undefeated Tennessee. Sharon Wilkerson scored a game high 26 points but it was not enough as Tennessee routed Liberty 102 to 58.
And coming up, March Madness continued today as Carolina and Maryland from the A-C-C advance.
And West Virginia is headed to the Sweet 16 on a shot that goes in at the Buzzer.
U-N-C Charlotte took top seeded North Carolina into overtime before the Tar Heels came through with a 93 to 83 win.
[SUPER=03-Hartford, CN/CBS SPORTS; :]
Carolina coach Bill Guthridge working the sideline.
Demarco Johnson carried the 49-ers in the first half here hitting the three pointer for 2 point lead.
Vince Carter comes right back and hits three of his 24 points in the first half against the 49-ers.
But Charlotte's Diego Guevara hit this off balance three pointer with 2 seconds left to send the game into overtime tied at 74.
Carolina's Shammond Williams scored [SUPER=33-UNC/83/UNC Charlotte/73/;]the first basket of overtime he finished wit
h 32 as the Tar Heels advance.
[IN Q="We feel that...]
((VINCE CARTER/24 POINTS: ))
[SUPER=01-Vince Carter/24 Points; :]
[OUT Q=......job to do."]
Richmond's dream of a spot in the Sweet 16 ended today as Washington beat the Spiders 81 to 66 at the M-C-I center.
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC/CBS SPORTS; :]
The Huskie doing his dance before the game's tip off.
Richmond took it inside early in the first half David Hnesel going to the hoop for the score but the Spiders trailed 23 to 16.
The Spiders then kick it outside and Jarod Stevenson steps back behind the line and hits this three pointer.
But the Huskies would open a 13 [SUPER=33-Washington/81/Richmond/66/;] point lead in the second half and hold on to
beat the Spiders 81 to 66.
A shot at the Buzzer and West virginia beats Cincinnati 75 to 74 to advance to the third round of the N-C-A-A tournament.
[SUPER=03-Boise, ID/CBS SPORTS; :]
Cincinnati's Bobby Huggins calling in a play to his team.
In the second half, D'Juan Baker pulls up and hits this three pointer with just over 7 seconds left in the game giving the Bearcats a 74 to 72 lead.
But West Virginia's Jarrod West pushed the ball up the court and he [SUPER=33-West Virginia/75/Cincinnati/74/;]bank
s in a three pointer with 8-tenths of a second left to give the Mountaineers the 75 to 74 win.
[IN Q="I didn't know]
((JARROD WEST/HIT WINNING SHOT: ))
[SUPER=01-Jarrod West/Hit Winning Shot; :]
[OUT Q=.....DROPPED FOR US."]
And, that's a wrap from the News 7 SPorts Department.
Connecticut beat Indiana, Michigan State downed Princeton and Utah slips past Arkansas.
[SUPER=03-Sacramento, CA/CBS SPORTS; :]
In Sacramento, Gary Williams and his Maryland Terps taking on Illinois.
Sarunas Jasikevicius scored 20 points on 7 of 11 shooting from the floor to lead the Terps over Illinois 67 to 61.
For all the college scores lets check the boards.
[WIPE TO MOTION:]
[SUPER=0098-/Middle Tenn. St./67/j/Duke/92//Women//Liberty/58/j/Tennessee/102//Women/;]
[OUT Q=......last score."]
The windy city played host to its annual St. Patrick's Day Parade today--three days earlier than the actual holiday.
Marchers dressed in green made their way down the famous "Loop"--braving the chilly temperatures along with thousands of spectators.
The event featured a bag pipe ensemble, St. Patrick's look-a-like, and even politicians--preparing for upcoming primary elections on Tuesday.
It ended with the dyeing of the Chicago River--a local tradition where concentrated green dye is poured into the water.
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And that's it for news-7 at eleven, be sure to join us for news-7 Sunday morning tomorrow at eight. Good night.