Roanoke Mayor Bowers is said to be the leading Democratic candidate to challenge Bob Goodlatte for Congress this ye
Bassett Furniture pitches in with basic building blocks for those who lost their homes in last week's tornado.
And tour the first new prison for WOMEN built in Virginia since 1932.
Tonight in sports, the women's final four tipsoff tonight in the midwest, Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt make their union official.
But DW and Dale were way to slow to put a glove on Rusty Wallace, who nipped Jeff Gordon this afternoon to win the pole for Sunday's Food City 500.
A warm day produces changes in the record book and more may be on the way tomorrow.[Bowers-Congress]
Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte may have opposition from Roanoke Mayor David Bowers in November.
Bowers isn't confirming the report, but local Democratic leaders say the mayor is seriously considering a campaign for the Sixth District seat.
Bowers took part in a city- wide clean- up program this afternoon. He wouldn't confirm that he's lining up support for the campaign, but he described a match-up with Goodlatte as an interesting race.
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((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: IT'S A TOUGH RACE. IT'S A TOUGH RACE. BUT THE TITANIC WAS UNSINKABLE.))
[OUT Q=the titanic was unsinkable.]
Goodlatte has served in Congress since 1992. In a statement this afternoon, he said he will kick off his campaign for re- election in the near future.
Donations are pouring into Stoneville, North Carolina aimed at helping the town rebuild from last week's devastating tornado.
Today, another generous donation.
This one from a furniture manufacturer in Southside Virginia.
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Christy Hubley went along on the donation drop-off.
Keith, this isn't the first time Bassett Furniture Industries in Henry County has helped where help is needed.
It has donated its products to flood and hurricane victims in the past.
And when company officials saw what Friday's tornado did to Stoneville, they thought they could help out again.
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[OUT Q=back to normal life.]
(( The force of the tornado left houses with no roofs, no windows, no walls.
There is a lot of rebuilding to do in Stoneville, North Carolina.
And people are in desperate need of building materials for the enormous job.
That's where Bassett Furniture Industries comes in.
[IN Q=But to see a community that's]
((JAY MOORE/BASSETT FURNITURE INDUSTRIES: BUT TO SEE A COMMUNITY THAT'S SO CLOSE TO YOU BEING DESTROYED LIKE THAT YOU FEEL LIKE YOU JUST NEED TO GET UP AND DO SOMETHING FOR THE COMMUNITY.))
[OUT Q=something for the community.]
Bassett decided to donated 16-thousand square feet of fiberboard worth 7-thousand dollars to the relief effort in Stoneville.
Workers loaded a flat-bed truck with fiberboard that will be used in flooring and roofing.
The truck was unloaded at a tobacco warehouse being used by the Salvation Army as a distribution center.
The building supplies will be handed out along with the other donations of canned foods, furniture, and clothing.
The Salvation Army says the support coming from neighbors near and far is overwhelming.
[IN Q=And that has been amazing]
((CAPT. ANDREW WILEY/SALVATION ARMY: AND THAT HAS BEEN AMAZING TO ME AND WE'RE JUST GRATEFUL TO EVERYBODY WHO PLAYED ANY PART IN TRYING TO HET THIS THING CLEANED UP AND GET THINGS BACK TO NORMAL LIFE.))
[OUT Q=back to normal life.]))
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If you want to help, the Salvation Army says it can always use monetary donations.
Send your contributions to the address on your screen... P-O BOX 686, REIDSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA, 27320.
Be sure to mark it for the Stoneville Disaster Relief Effort.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Christy/Microwave]
Keith, the rebuilding of Stoneville has only just begun.
Another prosecutor will look into filing criminal charges against some VMI cadets, for spanking a freshman.
A judge has appointed Buena Vista commonwealth's attorney Michael Irvine to investigate the incident involving George Wade.
The Richmond man left VMI, after he was swatted on the backside in the barracks last fall.
Lexington's prosecutor refused to bring charges, saying it would be difficult to prove assault, because Wade took part in the spanking voluntarily.
VMI suspended three seniors for their role in the incident. But school officials said their actions did NOT const
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Trying to deflate grade inflation.
That story from the University of Virginia is still ahead on News-7 at Six.
And labeling the agricultural history of Southwest Virginia-- part of a new project at the Blue Ridge Institute and a hobby of growing popularity.
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The authors of a bill banning so-called partial birth abortions in Virginia say they got the wording straight from the American Medical Association.
But today, the American Civil Liberties Union promised a court challenge if Governor Gilmore signs it into law.
The ACLU says NO state's ban on the procedure has yet withstood legal appeals.
The ACLU says Virginia's law is so vague, the state would "surely lose" a legal challenge.[Grade-Inflation]
If you're a parent shelling out thousands of dollars for your child's college education, you want to see some return on your investment.
But what if those A's and B's on Junior's report card still don't mean he's learning the material?
Steve Smallshaw reports some universities are starting to tackle the problem of "grade inflation".
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[SUPER=01-Melvin Leffler/UVA Dean of Arts & Sciences; :35]
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[OUT Q=News7, Charlottesville.]
(( Thomas Jefferson may be surprised to learn that a degree from his "academical village" may carry less weight today than it did thirty years ago.
Like many campuses, grade inflation is a very real concern at the University of Virginia.
Students are getting more A's and B's for doing less work.. and they're singling out the easier courses to boost their grade point averages.
[IN Q=Grade point]
((SHELLEY CAVALIERI/UVA STUDENT: GRADE POINT AVERAGES ARE USED TO DETERMINE WHETHER PEOPLE CAN KEEP THEIR SCHOLARSHIPS. THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO COME TO THIS UNIVERSITY WHO CAN'T BE HERE WITHOUT THEIR SCHOLARSHIPS.))
[OUT Q=without their scholarships.]
Educators say it's time to start challenging students again.
[IN Q=If A's are]
((MELVIN LEFFLER/UVA DEAN ARTS AND SCIENCES: IF A'S ARE EASIER TO GET PEOPLE ARE NOT GOING TO WORK QUITE AS HARD.))
[OUT Q=quite as hard.]
[IN Q=The other concern]
((The other concern is the correlation between grade inflation and alcohol abuse on college campuses. One professor fears if students are handed grades they don't deserve, the consequences of drinking is a lesson they'll never learn.))
[OUT Q=they'll never learn.]
Mark Edmundson suggests toughening the standards could help ease students away from the social life.
[IN Q=It still seems]
((MARK EDMUNDSON/UVA ENGLISH PROFESSOR: IT STILL SEEMS TO ME WE'VE GOT TO BE REALISTIC IN WHAT WE EXPECT. I THINK THAT IF WE GIVE A FEW C'S FOR INSTANCE, MAYBE A `D' EVERY COUPLE OF MONTHS, OUR STUDENTS WILL BE MORE PASSIONATE ABOUT DOING WELL.))
[OUT Q=about doing well. ]
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Charlottesville.))[Womens-Prison]
Virginia's prison building boom has -- until now -- been a guy thing.
The first new women's prison in 66 years opened its doors to the public today.
Ellen Qualls checked it out.
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[SUPER=01-Patti Leigh Huffman/Warden; :55]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Fluvanna Co.]
(( The 53 million dollar Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women now holds only bustling crowds of interested citizens... and congenial corrections officials.
But over the next several weeks, 900 female inmates from all over Virginia will fill the cells and dayrooms.
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((THE AREA IN HERE IS MORE LIKE A DAY ROOM WHERE THEY CAN SOCIALIZE, LEARN SOCIAL SKILLS.))
From the public road, it almost looks like a Holiday Inn.
But these women won't be on holiday. They'll be working -- or learning how to.
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((JULIAN TAYLOR: A CAREER LEARNED HERE IS SOMETHING THEY MIGHT NOT HAVE OTHERWISE COME IN CONTACT WITH. SO IT COULD BE A BENEFIT. laughter.))
So going to prison's never a good career move -- but with training in eight career fields, much more than cosmetology -- it won't be a dead end.
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((JULIAN TAYLOR/VOCATIONAL EVALUATOR: MOST OF THE BETTER PAYING JOBS ARE IN THE NON-TRADITIONAL FIELDS. AND AS YOU MIGHT IMAGINE, MOST ELECTRICIANS ARE PAID BETTER THAN MOST WAITRESSES.))
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((PATTI LEIGH HUFFMAN/WARDEN: AT A FEMALE INSTITUTION ...CO-DEPENDENCY.))
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((PATTI LEIGH HUFFMAN/WARDEN: WE DIDN'T JUST TAKE A MALE INSTITUTION, YANK OUT THE URINALS-- THAT WILL GO ON MY TOMBSTONE.))
Virginia has four other women's prisons.
But a Chesterfield woman is expected to become Virginia's first death row female -- probably in this cell -- after her sentencing.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Fluvanna County.))[Bedford-Judges]
The senior- most Circuit judge in Virginia retired today.
His successor labeled Bill Sweeney simply "what a judge ought to be: patient, dignified and courteous."
After 33 years on the bench in Bedford, Sweeney has earned the respect of some heavy hitters in his profession.
[IN Q=He's one of the most fair]
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When it came time for Judge Sweeney to address the overflow crowd of judges and other dignitaries, he remembered one of his most celebrated trials.
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[SUPER=01-Judge William Sweeney/Bedford Co. Circuit Court]
[OUT Q=in the Jens Soering case.]
Sweeney administered the oath of office, as former Commonwealth's Attorney and District Judge Jim Updike was sworn in as Sweeney's successor.
Updike- -in turn- -swore in Lynchburg attorney Harold Black as HIS replacement on the General District bench.
Charlie Woods has an enduring interest in Western Virginia's rich agricultural heritage...
Tonight, Joe Dashiell reports his passion is a sign of the times.
[IN Q=Orchards are still a part of ]
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[SUPER=01-Charlie Woods/Label Collector; :37]
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((Orchards are still a part of western Virginia's landscape, but there was a day when DOZENS of fruit growers sent Virginia apples far and wide.
[IN Q=There are even ]
((RODDY MOORE/BLUE RIDGE INSTITUTE: THERE ARE EVEN GREAT STORIES ABOUT APPLES FROM HERE BEING SHIPPED TO QUEEN VICTORIA IN ENGLAND. WE WERE FORTUNATE THAT ONCE THEY LEFT HERE, THEY WERE STILL IDENTIFIED BY THEIR LABELS AND IN BEDFORD WE HAD THE PIEDMONT LABEL COMPANY THAT HAD DESIGNERS AND GRAPHIC ARTISTS THAT REALLY PRODUCED BEAUTIFUL LABELS.))
[OUT Q=beautiful labels.]
And as the Blue Ridge Institute of Ferrum College demonstrated in a recent exhibit, vintage labels are attracting the attention of historians and collectors.
[IN Q=Crumpacker's Orchard]
((CHARLIE WOODS/LABEL COLLECTOR: CRUMPACKER'S ORCHARD, THEY'RE OUT OF BUSINESS, HERE. BIG SUBDIVISION THERE. BONSONS FROM CHILHOWIE, THEY'RE OUT OF BUSINESS, BUT THEIR LABELS ARE STILL UNIQUE.))
[OUT Q=are still unique.]
Charlie Woods now has hundreds of labels from apple boxes and barrels... and he also collects labels from the many canneries that packaged tomatoes and other vegetables. His detective work has turned up colorful stories along with the commercial art.
[IN Q=Found a lot of history]
((CHARLIE WOODS/LABEL COLLECTOR: FOUND A LOT OF HISTORY. PEOPLE TELL ME , WELL GRANDPA HAD ONE UP HERE. UNCLE JOE HAD ONE DOWN THE HOLLER HERE. AND THEY'LL TELL ME ABOUT THE CHILDREN FALLING OFF THE PORCH IN THE CREEK AND DUMPING THE TOMATO PEELINGS IN THE CREEK. AND A LOT STUFF LIKE THAT.))
[OUT Q=and a lot of stuff like that.]
Though vintage labels are becoming harder to find, Woods says his search continues... with copies of the most interesting bound for museums in Bedford and at Ferrum College.
Joe Dashiell News 7))[Sports Tease]
Coming up tonight in sports the women's final four is set to tip off tonight in Kansas City, Curtis Staples shoots out the lights in the Alamo and
and Steve Mason checks in from Bristol with qualifying results and the latest on the Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt marriage on the track.
Rusty Wallace, the Winston Cup points leader, tamed the Beast at the BUll ring today by winning the pole for Sunday's Food City 500 in Bristol.
But Steve Mason says time trials were hardly the most eventful occurance of the day.
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[SUPER=107-11. Greg Sacks//12. Morgan Shepherd//13. Kenny Wallace//14. Ken Schrader//15. Derrike Cope;]
[SUPER=107-16. Todd Bodine//17. Randy Lajoie//18. Geoff Bodine//19. Rick Mast//20. Brett Bodine;]
[SUPER=107-21. John Andretti//22. Jerry Nadeau//23. Kevin Lapage//24. Sterling Marlin//25. Hut Stricklin;]
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A number of big names were too sloe to go.
Michael Waltrip was 30-th Kyle Petty 31-st, Earnhardt 42-nd and Bill Elliott just 44-th today.
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It's lady's night in Kansas City as the women's final four takes center stage.
In the opening game of the night N.C. State takes on Louisiana Tech, and Tennessee meets Arkansas in the nightcap.
N.C. State is without question the cinderella team in the tourney, and the Wolfpack owes all of its success to veteran coach Kay Yow.
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And don't forget tomorrow night Your Hometown Station is the place to be for the Men's final four as Kentucky and Stanford get things started at 5:30 , and then around 8 - the Tarheels take on Utah right here on WDBJ-7.
Roanoke native Curtis Staples opened more than a few eyes last night in San Antonio as he easily won the three point battle of the sexes in San Antonio by drilling 18 straight three pointers.
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The competition is exactly like the one used on NBA All-star weekend with the competitors emptying a rack of balls as quickly as possible. Take a look and listen.
[IN Q="That's seven...]
[OUT Q=...in a row."]
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Also, today Antawn Jamison became only the second player in North Carolina history to earn Associated Press player of the year honors. The first Tarheel was Michael Jordan in 1984.
The AP also named Michigan State's Tom Izzo its coach of the year.
And Chamique Holdschaw of Tennessee was named the women's player of the year, She averages 23 points and 8 rebounds a game.
Coming up tonight at 11, girl's softball highlights from this afternoon's Cave Spring-Pulaski County game.
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