Up next on News 7, a gas leak and traffic accidents keep emergency crews in Roanoke and Franklin County busy.
And an effort is underway to preserve a piece of Roanoke's history, discovered during a clean-up project.
In sports, The Orioles win today Jeremy Mayfield leads qualifying for tomorrows Texas 500.
And Dale Earnhardt Junior wins his first race on the Busch Circuit.
The weather story tonight is chilly and breezy, with the chance of some scattered snow flurries-
Details coming up.
One woman was rushed to the hospital following a traffic accident involving three vehicles.
It happened in Franklin County along Route 2-20 around two-thirty today.
Authorities say a truck was turning off the road when it was rear-ended by a car.
That same car then swerved into another lane hitting a second car.
One woman was injured after her car hit the two other vehicles.
She was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Charges are pending against the injured woman.
Two people had to be flown to a local hospital following a traffic accident this afternoon in Bedford County.
It happened around four o'clock.
Witnesses say a man driving a car along Route 24 raced through a blinking yellow caution light--smashing into a truck travelling along Route 122.
The drivers of both vehicles were flown to the hospital--a third person was taken by ambulance.
Police continue to investigate the accident.
Charges are pending.
A gas leak forced residents in a South Roanoke neighborhood to take precautions this afternoon.
About four o'clock a work crew repairing a water line, hit a gas line on Townside Road.
The pipe ruptured causing a gas leak... fire and EMS crews were sent to the scene as a precaution.
And neighbors were asked to keep their windows closed until the gas company was able to shut it off and repair the line.
No one was hurt.
A 15-year old boy has been convicted of raping his 29-year old foster mother, only eight days after moving into a new foster home.
The attack happened in October.
The boy was convicted Thursday in a closed-door hearing in Montgomery County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
He'll be sentenced in May.
Child Advocates say the incident is unprecedented.[VMI-Suit]
Three freshman at V-M-I are hoping a last minute lawsuit will prevent the school's Honor Court from prosecuting them.
The freshmen are being accused of lying to student investigators about an alleged beating at the school.
The cadets say they were struck with a belt by three senior cadets--but say they initially denied the incident to protect upperclassmen.
The freshmen could be expelled if found guilty of lying.
A hearing on the cadets' request for a restraining order is set for Monday in U-S District Court in Roanoke.[Spencer
An accused drug dealer pled guilty in federal court yesterday to conspiracy charges.
Agents say Donald S. Spencer was a long-haul trucker who would return from trips to Texas with 330 to 500 pounds of marijauna.
He pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute marijuana and could be sent to prison for a minimum of five years.
He was originally charged with threatening a drug-informant as well.
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Spencer was also a suspect in the 1996 murder of Jeffrey Morris.
Morris was found shot to death at a mobile home in the Henry section of Franklin County.
Somebody could be ready to win big in the Big Game Lottery drawing scheduled for next Tuesday.
[SUPER=04-Courtesy Virginia Lottery]
No one had the winning ticket in last night's drawing for 50 million dollars.
The winning numbers were 8-29-38-47- and 50.
The big money ball was three.
The jackpot goes up to 60 million dollars for Tuesday's drawing.
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Straight ahead on News 7--we'll take you to one of many services held today in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
King was assassinated on this day back in 1968.
But, controversy still surrounds his killing.
We'll have more for you when the news continues, but first let's check in with Andrew Freiden in the weather center.
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There's little more than a week left to file your taxes. Some experts say there may be several advantages for you depending on your situation.
The ROTH Individual Retirement Account, which is new this year, will benefit people whose tax bracket increases each year.
Unlike traditional IRA's, you pay the taxes up front.
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((HARRY SCHWARTZ/H SCHWARTZ AND CO. CPA; AT RETIREMENT, 59 AND A HALF OR LATER, YOU CAN TAKE ALL THAT MONEY OUT THAT HAS ACCUMULATED IN THAT ACCOUNT AND IT IS NON-TAXABLE.))
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The withdrawals are also tax-exempt.
Schwartz says people who qualify should also be aware of child credits.
Those who are renting their homes, can also benefit from an Office-IN-Home deduction.
Home owners who work out of their homes have to pay back that deduction when they sell the house.[Congress-Votes]
Virginia's congressional delegation last week voted with the majority, on two big issues.
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The House approved funding for hundreds of transportation projects.
With something for just about every member's district in the bill, it passed easily, 337 to 80.
Democrats Rick Boucher and Virgil Goode joined Republican Bob Goodlatte in voting for the measure.
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The House also defeated a bill to reform campaign financing.
74 representatives voted for it; 337 against it.
Again, Boucher, Goode and Goodlatte were among those voting to kill the bill.
Residents in Covington are logging complaints against a timber sale set to get underway in late spring.
The Peters Ridge Timber Sale is being conducted by the Forestry Department and is scheduled to last three years.
As part of the sale, the department plans to route logging trucks through residential streets--but, it's a plan that many people oppose.
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((JOHN HOLPE/COVINGTON CITY MGR.: I'M WORRIED ABOUT THE SAFETY OF THE RESIDENTS IN THE AREA. THIS IS A HIGHLY RESIDENTIAL AREA; A LOT OF PEOPLE. OLDER PEOPLE GETTING OUT WALKING IN THE EVENING AND AFTERNOON AN AWFUL LOT OF CHILDREN.))
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The Forestry Department held a public comment period about the plan.
Annie Downing, a District Manager for the department, says they will take residents' concerns into consideration before moving ahead with their plans.
AT and T wants its internet users to hang up the phone every once and a while...
and the post office says cyber-stamps are on the way.
More in this week's webwatch.
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[SUPER=01-Marvin Runyon/Postmaster General; :42]
(( A-T-&T Hung up on unlimited internet pricing this week, announcing that its Worldnet Service will now offer 150 hours a month for a 19.95 fee, additional hours are .99 cents.
The move is supposed to discourage customers from staying on all the time, tying up available modems.
By the way, AT&T currently boasts a near 100 percent successful connect rate for Roanoke and Lynchburg.
The U.S. postal service says it WILL sell on-line stamps in the future... In about a year, you'll be able to go to the post office website and buy a bar code you can print on an envelope.))
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((IMAGINE SITTING DOWN AT YOUR COMPUTER, COMPOSING THE LETTER, ADDRESSING THE ENVELOPE, AND CREATING POSTAGE ALL AT THE SAME TIME. POSTAGE WITHOUT LICKING OR STICKING, JUST CLICKING.))
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(( If you want to look beyond the headlines and read the Paula Jones lawsuit ruling for yourself, the U.S. District Court's Eastern Arkansas website has the document available on-line... You'll need an Adobe Acrobrat reader to view it.
The University of North Carolina is asking for 18 million dollars to build a "Cyber University" offering on-line classes to the entire world.
Virginia Tech is currently offering 20 on-line classes for this year's summer school session.
You can find links to all these sites on the WebWatch page, on the WDBJ website, at WDBJ-7-dot-com.))
It was 30 years ago today that the man who led a peaceful movement for civil rights, was shot and killed.
Today, members of the Roanoke branch of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference reflected on the day Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior died for the cause he believed in.
And, thirty years later, many of them still don't believe the assasination was done by one person.
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((REV. CARL TINSLEY; I BELIEVE IT WAS MORE THAN ONE MAN. IT WAS A CONSPIRACY. TO STOP THE MOVEMENT THAT WAS TO BRING JUSTICE AND FREEDOM TOWARDS THE NATION IN WHICH WE LIVE. A NATION WHOSE VERY CORE WAS BASED UPON FREEDOM.))
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Today's service included prayers, songs and speeches by S-C-L-C members.
It was one of many events held nationwide in Dr. King's honor.
When the newscast continues we'll tell you about a young boy's project--
that's uncovered a piece of history.
The cemetary he came across is believed to be the resting place for a few American military leaders.
We'll explain when the news continues.
It was discovered during a boy scout's clean-up project...now a major effort is underway to renovate and preserve a historic Roanoke cemetary.
David Johnson Reports.
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((The McClanahan Cemetery is located in the heart of Northwest Roanoke.
When the Sons of the American Revolution and others heard about its discovery, they wanted to get involved.
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((ROY WHITESCARVER/SONS OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION; THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY, THE SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, AND THE DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION HAVE GOTTEN TOGETHER TO TRY TO RESTORE THE CEMETERY, THE MCCLANAHAN CEMETERY.))
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((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; THESE BROKEN DOWN WALLS ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE ONCE CONTAINED THE BURIAL SITES OF COLONEL ELIJAH MCCLANAHAN, WHO FOUGHT IN THE WAR OF 1812, AND HIS WIFE AGATHA L. MCCLANAHAN, THE GRANDDAUGHTER OF GENERAL ANDREW LEWIS. AS MANY AS 100 OTHER PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT ETHNIC BACKGROUNDS ARE ALSO BELIEVED TO BE BURIED HERE.))
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((CLIFF BOYD/ANTHROPOLOGY PROFESSOR; THERE HAVE BEEN SOME SUGGESTIONS THAT WE HAVE AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND NATIVE AMERICANS BURIED HERE AS WELL. AGAIN WE JUST DON'T KNOW. ONE THING THAT MIGHT HELP US DETERMINE THAT IS TO DO SOME OF OUR TRENCHING EXCAVATIONS HERE AND FIND GRAVES OF DIFFERENT FORMS THAT MIGHT INDICATE DIFFERENT ETHNIC GRAVES.))
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So an archaeological dig is being performed.
The purpose is not to exhume or recover bodies, but simply to find the unmarked graves.
Normally on such an expedition, it would be ideal to identify the people who are buried in the cemetary.
But, Boyd says that's not so in this case.
((UNFORTUNATELY FOR A LOT OF SMALL CEMETERIES AND PRIVATE CEMETERIES LIKE THIS ONE, EVIDENTLY THOSE RECORDS ARE NOT AVAILABLE OR DON'T EXIST OR HAVE BEEN LOST OR WHATEVER.))
((BUT WE CAN AT LEAST IDENTIFY WHERE THEY ARE AND AGAIN SHOW THEM SOME RESPECT BY LEAVING THEM THERE AND RESTORING THE CEMETERY.))
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The Sons of the American Revolution plan to restore the cemetery back to its original state after all the graves are located.
David Johnson, News 7.))[Sports Tease]
And coming up, Virginia holds its spring football game today we'll check in with the Radford Highlanders baseball team.
And the Orioles use two runs in the sixth inning to beat the Tigers.
The Virginia Football team held its annual blue White scrimmage today in charlottesville.
A few of Virginia's top players were missing in action which allowed a couple of other stars to showcase their talents.
Steve Mason has a recap.
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The Baltimore Orioles were at home this afternoon for a game with the Detroit Tigers.
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The Tigers get in trouble in the sixth inning and talk it over at the mound.
The game was scoreless until Cal Ripken hits this hot shot to third base Roberto Alomar scores on the fielders choice and the Orioles led 1 to nothing.
Still in the sixth, B.J. Surhoff [SUPER=35-Baltimore/2/Detroit/1/;]hits this line drive to centerfield. Eric Davis
tags and third and scores to make it 2 to nothing and Baltimore wins it 2 to 1.
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Radford University's baseball team is making some noise in the Big South Conference this season despite having just two seniors on its roster.
Intern reporter Jennifer Kraska introduces us to the man who is helping the team grow up in a hurry.
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[SUPER=01-Mike Lombardi/Radford Second Baseman; :29]
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(( The Radford baseball team is a talented, but young one. So the Highlanders are looking for an older, more experienced leader. And Junior second baseman Mike Lombardi is ready to answer the call.
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As the only returning starter in the infeild for the Highlanders, Lombardi is vital both in the feild and at the plate. He's batting .471 and is currently on a school record hitting streak.
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Lombardi suffered a broken foot in the fall, but his stats show that since then he has fully recovered. The key to this success lies in his hard work and dedication to the game.
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If you want to catch Lombardi in action, you will have plenty of chances in the next few days Radford is in the mis
t of a ten game homestand that doesn't wrap up untill Easter Sunday. Jennifer Kraska News 7 Sports.))[S-Qualify]
Jeremy Mayfield was the man today as he took the pole position for tomorrows Texas 500 at Roanoke, Texas.
Mayfield turned in a speed of 185 point 906 miles per hour as fords claimed 6 of the first 8 starting positions.
Now, here's the rest of the top 25.
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[SUPER=0107-1. Jeremy Mayfield/185.906/2. Joe Nemechek//3. Ward Burton//4. Kenny Irwin//5. Chad Little//;]
[SUPER=0107-6. Rusty Wallace//7. Mark Martin//8. Robert Pressley//9. David Green//10. Gary Bradberry//;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Bobby Labonte//12. Mike Skinner//13. Dale Jarrett//14. Rick Mast//15. John Andretti//;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Kevin Lapage//17. Jeff Gordon//18. Brett Bodine//19. Ernie Irvan//20. Ricky Rudd//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Sterling Marlin//22. Wally Dallenbach//23. Jeff Burton//24. Randy Lajoie//25. Bobby Hamilton//;]
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Dale Earnhardt qualified 34-th and Bill Elliott was 38-th.[S-Busch]
An exciting finish and a little bit of history today in the Coca Cola 300 at Texas as Dale Earnhardt Junior takes the checkered flag in the Busch Race.
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A couple cautions late in the race slowed the field but Earnhardt Junior would use the patented move of his father to pass Joe Nemechek in turn one and win the Coca Cola 300, his first busch win in 16 starts.
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