Coming up on News 7-
A brush fire on Afton Mountain tonight-
Washington and Lee boots ten students out of the University.
We'll show you a new way to zap unwanted hair- It's available in this region.
Plus if you need help with your taxes, stick around.
News 7 is next.
A brush fire is burning tonight on Afton Mountain-
15 familes have been evacuated.
More than 100 acres are burning.
So far Interstate 64 is not affected.
We'll check in on Hanover County where a tornado leveled this home and killed a mother and her infant son.
Washington and Lee University suspended ten students and shut down a fraternity.
That amid a complaint that about a dozen pledges were hazed.
Plus using a laser to get rid of unwanted hair.
The procedure is now being done locally.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.[Fire-Afton-Mountain]
Firefighters are battling a blaze that's feeding on more than 100 acres of trees and brush atop Afton Mountain.
Crews evacuated more than 20 homes earlier today.
Firefighters were able to save all the homes and everyone has returned home.
Forest Service officials say a recent ice storm broke many trees in half, leaving them on the forest floor-
Those branches are now feeding the fire and creating problems for firefighters.
A tree uprooted in one yard.
A home and family destroyed next door.
In all, 37 homes were damaged by a tornado last night in Hanover County.
The worst was a two story house, torn from its foundation.
[SOT TAPE ONE :00:37]
[IN Q=All I can]
((CYNTHIA SMITH/VICTIM'S COUSIN: ALL I CAN SAY IS LORD HAVE MERCY. I MEAN-- WHAT CAN YOU SAY? WHEN I LEFT YESTERDAY MORNING, THIS HOUSE WAS HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Cynthia Smith/Victim's Cousin;]
[OUT Q=this house was here.]
John Giles had gone next door to tell his father-in-law of the tornado warning.
He returned to wreckage.
45 minutes later, rescue workers found his 13-week old baby by cutting through the wall of his house.
The baby was dead and so was his wife.
[SOT TAPE ONE 04:49]
[IN Q=You never]
((BEN BRAXTON/VICTIM'S BROTHER: YOU NEVER REALLY THINK THAT ANYTHING COULD BE THAT DEVASTATING. NOT JUST THE PROPERTY DAMAGE THAT IT DOES, BUT IN THIS CASE WE LOST TWO BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE.))
[SOT TAPE TWO 35;55]
((LYN BUCHANAN/TORNADO WITNESS: SAW THE BLACK CLOUD COME ACROSS THE TREETOPS. FROM THERE...FUNNEL CLOUD CAME THROUGH THE BOTTOM. AND LOOKED LIKE IT HAD TOUCHED DOWN AND GONE BACK UP.))
[SUPER=01-Ben Braxton/Victim's Brother;]
[SUPER=01-Lyn Buchanan/Tornado Witness; :12]
[OUT Q=back up.]
The same storm system that delivered a twister to Hanover also hit Lunenberg and Caroline Counties with tornadoes or downburts in its trek across central Virginia.
Ten Washington and Lee students won't be finishing out the year after the university suspended them on hazing charges.
The school shut down the Kappa Alpha fraternity after investigating a complaint of hazing.
University officials said the pledges were forced to exercise to the point of exhaustion and to do personally degrading acts.
The Kappa Alpha fraternity was started at Washington and Lee University.[Budget]
A tax break could be coming your way.
Just moments ago the Senate passed a one-point-73 trillion dollar federal budget for 19-99.
It promises modest tax reductions-
The budget does not include what the President wants for schools, child care and health.
The vote came only after Republican leaders promised five disgruntled conservative senators they would pursue more
than 30 billion dollars in tax cuts over five years.[Tax-Help]
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With just a few days left before your taxes are due, where will you go if you have questions about your returns?
As Scott Goldberg reports, the Internal Revenue Service is more than happy to help.
[IN Q=it's the]
[SUPER=01-Mary Ann Craig/Taxpayer; :17]
[SUPER=01-Rick Hefner/Internal Revenue Service;:54]
[OUT Q=news-7, roanoke]
(( It's the government agency we love to hate.
The one politicians swear they're going to shut down.
The one that's so nasty it can only be described as:
((MARY ANN CRAIG/ TAXPAYER: EXCELLENT.))
Um, we ARE talking about the I-R-S, right?
[IN Q= yes]
((MARY ANN CRAIG: YES. THEY JUST TOOK CARE OF ME RIGHT AWAY AND BOTH OF THE PEOPLE I DEALT WITH WERE VERY PLEASANT.))
[OUT Q=VERY PLEASANT]
[**QUICK NATSOUND at 17:29 -- agent and taxpayer laughing]
This year, it's all smiles here.
It's a kinder, gentler tax collector.
[IN Q=we've made]
((RICK HEFNER/INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE: WE'VE MADE A REAL CONCERTED EFFORT TO BECOME MORE CUSTOMER FRIENDLY.))
[IN Q=IN ROANOKE]
((SCOTT GOLDBERG/REPORTER: IN ROANOKE, THE IRS PRIDES ITSELF ON CUSTOMER SERVICE. BUT NATIONWIDE, IT'S FAIR TO SAY THE AGENCY HAS A BIT OF AN IMAGE PROBLEM. THAT'S WHY THIS YEAR, INSTEAD OF STRIKING FEAR IN THE HEARTS OF TAXPAYERS, THE IRS IS WORKING HARD TO BE YOUR TAX-PREPARING FRIEND.))
[OUT Q=TAX-PREPARING FRIEND]
[IN Q=we'd like]
((RICK HEFNER: WE'D LIKE TO MAKE SOMEBODY'S INVOLVEMENT WITH US AS PAINLESS AND CERTAINLY NOT INTIMIDATING, IF WE COULD DO THAT.))
[OUT Q=do that]
This tax season, the I-R-S is open Saturdays, working overtime to answer questions.
[from IRS website tape]
And online, a new website tells you what to make of new tax laws,
[map of US] where to file your returns and [screen that says "dispute"] how to avoid being audited -- or, as the I-R-S says, "examined."
[IN Q=the best tip]
((RICK HEFNER: THE BEST TIP I WOULD OFFER IS TO TRY TO HAVE RECORDS THAT SUPPORT THE STUFF THAT GOES ON THE TAX RETURN.))
[OUT Q=TAX RETURN]
In other words, if you earned it, report it.
That's just one nugget of information the new, user-friendly I-R-S hopes will make your tax burden a little bit lighter.
Scott Goldberg, News-7, Roanoke.))
And starting next week we'll have nightly tax tips in our Countdown to April 15th on News 7 at 11.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Some hot issues are attracting a number of candidates to a local city council race,
And a small tobacco company is keeping an eye on the nation's capital as debate over the proposed tobacco agreement heats up.
The President is arriving back in Washington tonight- to an upbeat White House.
Today Clinton reacted to a judge's decision to throw out Paula Jones sexual harrassment lawsuit.
((OBVIOULSY I'M PLEASED WITH THE DECISION. IT HINK THE JUDGE'S DECISION SPEAKS FOR ITSELF.))
[OUT Q=speaks for itself.]
Paula Jones had little to say as she left her California home today for a workout.
Meanwhile, a CBS News poll shows most Ameircans agree with the ruling- 53 percent felt the Judge did the RIGHT thing by throwing out the Jones lawsuit.
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R-J Reynolds is denying it's pulling out of a proposed tobacco settlement.
But it says a bill Congress is working on is NOT what it agreed to last year.
Lee Cowan has the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting; 1:05]
[OUT Q=CBS News Charlotte.]
((It would be a stunning setback for the proposed tobacco settlement if RJ
reynolds did pull out. The settlement has earned some states billions of
dollars, and promised to change the way the tobacco companies do business.
while the company denies it's pulling out of the deal, there's no denying the
industry is dismayed at congressional attempts to make the settlement much
SEN. JOHN MCCAIN, R-COMMERCE COMM. CHAIRMAN
It was late last year that several attorneys general announced that big
tobacco had settled forty state lawsuits.
the deal was supposed to require the tobacco companies to pay more than 500
billion dollars over 25 years.
And it would have curbed their marketing practices towards teens and adults.
RJ Reynolds confirms that what it agreed to last year is not what the mc-cain
bill tries to do. But a spokesperson says that for now, the company remains
part of the deal. McCain says, however, this is just the beginning.
Lee Cowan CBS News Charlotte.))
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One Southside tobacco company is keeping a close eye on what's happening in Washington.
S-and-M Brands is a family-owned business that's been making Bailey's Cigarettes for about five years.
President Steve Bailey says any hike in the federal cigarette tax or restrictions on advertising will hurt his business.
[IN Q=Companies like]
((STEVE BAILEY/S&M BRANDS: COMPANIES LIKE PHILLIP MORRIS DON'T NEED THEIR PRODUCTS TO BE SEEN, THEY'RE WELL- KNOWN NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY. WHEREAS OUR PRODUCT IS RELATIVELY WELL- KNOWN ON A LOCAL BASIS, BUT IN ORDER TO REMAIN IN BUSINESS ON A LONG TERM, WE HAVE TO EXPAND OUR MARKETS AND IN ORDER TO DO THAT WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE SMOKING PUBLIC.))
[SUPER=01-Steve Bailey/S & M Brands; :00]
[OUT Q=the smoking public.]
Bailey's has joined a coalition of small manufacturers lobbying Congress on the tobacco settlement.
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Every day, six thousand children pick up a cigarette for the first time. (------------)
Today, students fought back- staging anti-smoking rallies as part of National Kick Butts Day.
A new government report says 43 percent of high schoolers use tobacco products on a regular basis.
And while no one is offering a solution, one local health expert says a teenager's desire for control could be a motivating factor.
[IN Q=TEENS PARTICULARLY]
((JULIE KEITH/CARILION HEALTH ED. CENTER: TEENS PARTICULARLY WANT TO BE IN CONTROL OF THEIR LIFE. THEY DON'T WANT PARENTS, TEACHERS TELLING THEM WHAT TO DO. THEY WANT TO MAKE THEIR OWN DECISIONS. SO WHEN I WORK WITH TEENS, I GET THEM TO THINK ABOUT IF YOU ARE USING TOBACCO, WHAT'S IN CONTROL OF YOU. YOU'RE ADDICTED TO IT.))
[SUPER=01-Julie Keith/Carilion Health Ed. Center]
[OUT Q=ADDICTED TO IT.]
Keith says talking with small children about the dangers of tobacco use could stop them from smoking later in life.[
Today three people running for city council of Clifton Forge combined forces, announcing they're running on the same ticket.
They're top concerns?-- local schooling and the city's status.
Stacey Martin has more.
[IN Q=Elementary school children]
[SUPER=01-John Dotson/Clifton Forge City Council Cand.; :15]
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[SUPER=01-James Morris/Clifton Forge City Council Cand.; :35]
[SUPER=01-Jack Simpson/Clifton Forge City Council Cand.; :42]
[OUT Q=News 7, Clifton Forge.]
((Elementary students in Clifton Forge will soon be attending a new school--and the question of whether to build it in Alleghany County or in the city is one of two major issues at the forefront of the race for city council.
[SOT 16.19.39 - 16.19.45]
[IN Q=The county is]
((JOHN DOTSON/CANDIDATE CLIFTON FORGE CITY COUNCIL: THE COUNTY IS WANTING TO MAYBE PUSH THE SCHOOLS OUT FURTHER AND WE NEED NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS LIKE THE OTHER COUNTY SCHOOLS HAVE.))
[OUT Q=county schools have.]
Also at issue is the city's status.
Recent efforts to revert back to TOWN status ended when the Alleghany Board of Supervisors voted NOT to annex the city.
Now, the three hope their election will table the issue for good.
[SOT 16.18.27 - 16.18.33]
[IN Q=I don't like]
((JAMES MORRIS/CANDIDATE FOR CLIFTON FORGE CITY COUNCIL:I DON'T LIKE ANYTHING I'VE SEEN ABOUT BEING A TOWN. I DON'T LIKE THE RESIDTRICTING. I DON'T THINK IT'S FAIR TO A LOT OF THE CITIZENS.))
[OUT Q=of the citizens.]
[SOT 16.07.00 - 16.07.11]
[IN Q=Going backwards is]
((JACK SIMPSON/CANDIDATE FOR CLIFTON FORGE CITY COUNCIL: GOING BACKWARDS IS NOT GOING TO HELP NOBODY. WE NEED TO STAY STRONG. I THINK THE CITIZENS OUT THERE BELIEVE THAT WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS NOTHING ELSE WE'RE A SMALL TOWN.))
[OUT Q=a small town.]
((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING:BUT SIMPSON,MORRIS AND DOTSON WILL HAVE A TOUGH FIGHT AHEAD OF THEM AS THEY SQUARE-OFF AGAINST FIVE OTHER CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR ONLY THREE SEATS ON CITY COUNCIL. STACEY MARTIN, NEWS 7, CLIFTON FORGE.))
[OUT Q=News 7 Clifton Forge.]))[Tease2]
Still to come,
Roanoke's police chief was literally serving the city tonight.
And a new method in hair removal makes its way to this region.
((SANDRA HARRIS/LASERTROLOGIST: IT DOES HEAT UP THE FOLLICLE YOU HAVE A LOT OF MOISTURE IN YOUR SKIN SO IT HEATS UP THE MOISTURE SURROUNDING YOUR FOLLICE IT'S LIKE A COOKING PROCESS.))
[OUT Q=a cooking process."]
People are coming from as far away as Maryland and North Carolina to Blacksburg- to get rid of unwanted hair.
They're saying goodbye razor- Hello Laser.
The Food and Drug Administration gave the epi-laser the OK for hair removal just last year.
[SUPER=01-Dr. Herbert Harris/Dermatologist; :00]
[SUPER=01-Maggie Wells/Patient; :31]
[OUT Q=make that claim.]
((DR. HERBERT HARRIS/DERMATOLOGIST: THE LASER ENERGY IS ABSORBED SPECIFICALLY BY HAIR FOLLICLE AND THAT DISABLES THE HAIR FOLLICLE SO IT WILL NOT REGROW.
This particular laser is directed at the pigment in the hair- so it works best on darker hair which has more melanin.
The procedure is faster than electrolysis- instead of zapping one hair at a time- it can reach ten times that amount.
But because hair grows in stages it takes more than one treatment- and it isn't pain free.
MAGGIE WELLS/PATIENT: IT'S JUST A MILD STINGING LIKE SOMONE FLICKING YOUR SKIN. IT'S TOLERABLE.
IT'S NOT JUST WOMEN BUT MEN COMING IN FOR LASER REMOVAL- MOSTLY TO GET RID OF HAIR ON THEIR BACK- BUT ALSO FOR THE NECK AND FACE- ESPECIALLY FOR MEN WITH INGROWN HAIRS AND IRRITATION.
But if you want to get rid of hair- you'll have to shell out some cash..
800 dollars for your back for the first visit- 600 for the second visit and 400 for the third.
The lower legs start at 500 for the first treatment-
Smaller areas- equal a smaller price.
The bikini line is 300 for the first visit-
The neck or chin starts at 250- The price goes down with each additional treatment.
And while the laser does remove hair, doctors cannot claim it's permanent-
It's just too new- people haven't used it long enough to make that claim.))
People with darker skin have more side affects- dark or light spots- but it's only temporary.
He's been on the job for a couple of weeks, but Roanoke's new Police Chief is already delivering on his promise to become involved in the community.
Today, that meant waiting tables at a local restaurant. Joe Gaskins joined Roanoke County Police Chief Ray Lavinder and others at the Valley View Applebees.
They were taking part in a fundraiser for the Virginia Baptist Children's Home.
[IN Q=I think if you]
((JOE GASKINS/ROANOKE POLICE CHIEF: I THINK IF YOU HAVE GOOD COMMUNITY SUPPORT, YOU HAVE A GOOD POLICE DEPARTMENT. IF YOU HAVE GREAT COMMUNITY SUPPORT, YOU HAVE A GREAT POLICE DEPARTMENT, SO I'LL ALWAYS BE WORKING IN THAT VEIN.))
[SUPER=01-Joe Gaskins/Roanoke Police Chief]
[OUT Q=working in that vein.]
Chief Gaskins says the Children's Home fundraiser was just one of many ways he hopes to work in the community and get to know its citizens.[Forecasts]
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Girls' high school soccer highlights tonight, plus Roy checks in from Charlottesville with new UVa head coach Pete Gillen. We;ll also examine a numbe rof other NCAA moves today, and take a look at another big day for Mark McGwire.
But first , tonight's Extra Point heads to Scottsdale, Arizone the sight of this week's Senior event, The Tradition.
This is Gary Player on the 14th hole knocking in his second shot for an eagle.
Tom Wargo leads the event with a four under total.
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We begin in north Roanoke County where the Northside girls soccer team played host to Blue Ridge rival William Byrd.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Wm. Byrd vs.Northside; :00]
The Terriers jumped out to a quick one to nothing lead, before Northside went on a scoring barrage. After several nice headers in close, Donna Robertson gets the ball to Tiffany Jones for the score tying the game at 1-all.
Then in the second, Paige Fraley will drill one in the net from close range to give Northside the lead for good at 2-to-1.
The Lady Vikes would then record their third unanswered goal as Fraley and Jones get the ball to somehow slide under goalie Gwynne Austin.
Northside beats Byrd last night 4-to-2.
The Group Three A all-state girls' basketball team was released last night and only one local player was able to earn a spot on the first or second teams.
George Washington Danville's Shanna Price a five-ten senior was named to the all-stae first team.
Gar-Field swept the top honors with Fred Milbert winning coach of the year and Shannon Segress taking the player of t
he year award. [S-GILLEN]
A new era of hope for the men's basketball program began at Virginia today as fast talking Pete Gillen came south to officially take over for Jeff Jones as the Cavs new head coach.
Roy Stanley says his first priorities are recruiting some athletes who can help out immediately and hiring a black assistant.
[SUPER=01-Terry Holland/UVa Athletic Director; :28]
[SUPER=01-Pete Gillen/New UVa Head Coach; :38]
[OUTCUE=....NEWS 7 SPORTS."]
While that was taking place in Charlottesville, Gillen's old school Providence was wasting little time in naming his successor.
Tim Welsh, who led Iona in to the NCAA tournament this past season moves on to become Providence's 5th coach in the past 12 years.
He is 37 years old.
In other NCAA coaching news, Tom Penders has agreed to resign as head coach at Texas. He'll get about one million for leaving early.
And Kansas ace Paul Pierce is also leaving early, giving up his senior year for a shot at the NBA.
He made the announcement tonight in Los Angeles.
Also from out West, Utah's Rick Majerus says he is staying put for at least another year with his NCAA runner-up team. Majerus turned down the chance to coach Arizona State tonight and make $1 million a season.
In the NBA last night the Miami Heat had to hit the road without Alonzo Mourning and take on the twin towers of San Antonio in the Alamodome.
[SUPER=03-San Antonio, TX/Heat vs. Spurs; :00]
With Mourning out Tim Hardaway had to take on the challenge of carrying the team on his back.
He would almost get it done hitting for 2 three pointers and scoring 21 points.
The problems were inside as Tim Duncan, the league's rookie of the month for March scores inside, He had 22.
David Robinson also cooled off the Heat with 21
points taking this assist from Duncan.
San Antonio wins it 103 to 89.
When we come back after this short break we'll check out some on today's action in the big leagues
as we zero in on the Big Bopper, Mark McGwire who once again got in the groove this afternoon against the Dodgers.
The Chicago Cubs got day three of the new major league season started with a big come from behind win in Miami at Pro Player Stadium.
[SUPER=03-Miami, FL/Cubs vs. Marlins; :00]
The Cubs came back from a six run first inning defecit to beat the Florida Marlins 8-to-7.
Tyler Houston iginited the comeback with this three run shot in the fourth inning.
The Cubs have now won two in a row after losing thier opener.
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[SUPER=03-St. Louis, MO/Dodgers vs. Cardinals; :00]
In St. Louis yesterday, Mark McGwire continued his torrid pace at the plate as he followed up Tuesday's grand slam with a game winning three run homer in the bottom of the 12th yesterday as the Cards beat the Dodgers 8-to-5.
McGwire was also awesome with his glove. Check out the unassisted double play at first base as he doubles up the runner.
You know the saying what is one man's trash is another's treasure-
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Our video of the day fits that.
Tyree Giten brought his own style of art to Detroit-
with shoes, dolls, toys, car hoods- even vacumn cleaners.
He says it's better than looking at vacant lots and crack houses.
((THIS WALL OF OBJETS IS A REFLECTION OF MY LIFE... GROWING UP IT WAS CRAZY.))
[OUT Q=IT WAS CRAZY.]
The display brought tourists to look- so at first Tyree was applauded.
Now neighbors want Tyree's work OUT- City council says it must go by August.
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