Good morning, I'm Denise Allen.
And I'm Andrew Freiden
It's Saturday April 4-th. And Welcome to New-7 Saturday Morning. There's lots of news and sports ahead, but first let's get a peek at the weather.
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Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King was shot in Memphis, Tennessee, 30 years ago today.
This weekend King's family and friends are holding a three day memorial service.
It started yesterday at Mason Temple, the same church where on the eve of his death King spoke the words, "I have been to the mountaintop" and told the multi-denominational crowd he was not afraid of death.
King preached nonviolence and equality.
He was killed April fourth, 1968, while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.
A ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of King's assassination is scheduled for noon at Lee Plaza in Roanoke.
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They probably won't be prosecuted, but ten members of a Washington and Lee fraternity are now facing suspension.
Joe Dashiell reports from Lexington on the hazing allegations .
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[SUPER=01-Paul Hourigan/W&L Student; :34]
[SUPER=01-Kelley Gilbert/W&L Student; :46]
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((For students at Washington and Lee University, the winter term is coming to a close with apprehension for next week's exams... but also with concern for the allegations of hazing that have surfaced here.
[IN Q=We're talking about]
[OUT Q=use of a cattle prod.]
The Kappa Alpha fraternity and ten of its members now face one - year suspensions. On campus the opinion ranges from strong support for the university to concern for the future of the fraternity system.
[IN Q=I'm not condoning hazing]
((PAUL HOURIGAN/W&L STUDENT: I'M NOT CONDONING HAZING, BUT I THINK PLEDGESHIP IN GENERAL DOES CONTRIBUTE. IF IT DOES DETERIORATE THE FRATERNITY SYSTEM, THEN IT'S SOMETHING THAT'S SO CRITICAL TO THE W&L COMMUNITY, IT WOULD BE A SHAME TO SEE THAT GO.))
((KELLEY GILBERT/W&L STUDENT: IT'S HARD TO WATCH YOUR FRIENDS GO THROUGH HARD TIMES, BUT AT THE SAME TIME WHEN YOU BELIEVE WHAT THEY DID WAS WRONG YOU HAVE TO TAKE THAT INTO CONSIDERATION TOO. SO THAT'S WHAT I THINK MAKES IT SO DIFFICULT, THE MIXED FEELINGS ABOUT IT.))
[OUT Q=mixed feelings about it.]
Members of the Kappa Alpha fraternity had no comment, but Commonwealth's Attorney Gordon Saunders says he doesn't expect that any of the students will be prosecuted.
University President Joh Elrod has scheduled a meeting next week with the W&L Faculty to discuss the hazing allegations.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Lexington))[VMI-Suit]
Three V-M-I freshman accused of lying to student investigators have filed a lawsuit in hopes of blocking their prosecution before the school's Honor Court.
The cadets say they were struck with a belt by three senior cadets, though they say they initially denied the incident to protect upperclassmen.
They 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.[11-Stoc
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Yesterday was a record day on Wall Street.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average went over nine-thousand points for the first time.
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When it happened, trading stopped briefly and the New York Stock Exchange erupted in applause.
But it didn't last long.
The market closed three points lower than the day before.
One local stockbroker said investors shouldn't pay too much attention to these thousand-point milestones.
He said it's more important to keep an eye on the stocks in your portfolio.
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[IN Q= eight thousand]
((GEORGE BRAMMER/A.G. EDWARDS & SONS: 8000, 9000 THESE ARE PSYCHOLOGICAL THINGS. AS FAR AS THE MARKET ITSELF, IT SEEMS TO BE IRRELEVANT.))
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((YOU NEED TO KNOW WHAT YOU'RE INDIVIDUAL OWNERSHIP IS. AND MOST PEOPLE DON'T OWN THE 30 STOCKS THAT ARE IN THE DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE))
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 14-percent so far this year.
Virginia reached its lowest February jobless rate
than its seen in almost three decades.
The Virginia Employment Commission says the state had three-point-four percent unemployment in February, down from four-point-five percent last February and three-point-seven percent in January.
The national unemployment rate in February was five percent.
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In sports, Steve Mason has a cornucopia of delights, from racing to hockey.
Good Morning Steve.
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[OUT Q=see you then]
Weclome back to News-7 Saturday Morning. It's on most people's minds this time of year.
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We're talking taxes this morning and Scott Goldberg joins us in the studio with more.
Good morning, Denise.
There's a week and a half left before federal taxes are due.
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If you haven't filed yet you might have some last-minute questions, concerns ... maybe even fears about the next few days.
With me this morning, bringing some tips to help us get through the end of this tax season, is Harry Schwarz, a certified public accountant with H. Schwarz and Company in Roanoke.
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(4. A VERY POPULAR PROVISION OF THE NEW TAX LAW IS THE ROTH IRA?)
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A Texas high school principal has temporarily banned students from wearing camouflage clothing.
The principal of Keller High says the move is out of respect for the victims of the Jonesboro, Arkansas, school shooting.
The 11 and 13 year old boys accused in the March 24th slayings were wearing
clothing with a camouflage pattern at the time of the incident.
[IN Q=MORE OUT OF]
((RAY NAPIER/STUDENT: MORE OUT OF RESPECT FOR JONEBORO. I TALKED WITH MR. BAKER AND HE SAID IT'S NOT FOREVER. IT'S JUST FOR THIS YEAR. SO WE'RE NOT GOING TO MAKE A BIG ISSUE OUT OF IT.))
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Four girls and a teacher were killed in the Jonesboro shooting.
They've had to forfeit football games.. two coaches have been fired... the campus has served as a battleground in the debates over abortion and racism.
All in all, it's been a LONG year for students and teachers at Lynchburg's E.C. Glass High School.
But things took a turn for the better yesterday.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[SUPER=01-Emma Funk/Student; :31]
[SUPER=01-Peter Trice/Student; :40]
[SUPER=01-Susan Morrison/Principal; :55]
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]
At least for one day all the criticism and the controversy were nowhere to be found.
Instead, a wave of blue and white washed up on the sidewalk in front of E.C. Glass High School.
Students, parents and teachers joined together for a different kind of rally than what E.C. Glass is used to.
These messages were POSITIVE.. and the enthusiasm was tangible.
[IN Q=We are proud]
((SALLY VON OESON/PARENT: WE ARE PROUD OF THIS SCHOOL AND I THINK THIS SHOWS IT, AND IT'S GOOD TO SEE SOMETHING POSITIVE BECAUSE IT'S A WONDERFUL SCHOOL.))
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[IN Q=A lot of]
((EMMA FUNK/STUDENT: A LOT OF KIDS HAVE BEEN REALLY DOWN ABOUT EVERYTHING GOING ON BUT I THINK WITH THE TEACHERS AND STUFF DOING THIS, I THINK IT'S BROUGHT A LOT OF US TOGETHER AND IT'S HELPED US OUT A LOT.))
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[IN Q=It's just been]
((PETER TRICE/STUDENT: IT'S JUST BEEN CRAZY. NOW IT'S JUST THE TIME.. IT'S OUR TIME TO SHINE.))
[OUT Q=time to shine.]
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An afternoon pep rally put the polish on the day.
The idea was to restore some pride to the student body.
[IN Q=But what we]
((SUSAN MORRISON/PRINCIPAL: BUT WHAT WE TRY TO DO IS TRY TO THINK ABOUT THE GOOD THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING AND TRY TO PUT THAT OUT THERE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, SO THE KIDS CAN FEEL GOOD ABOUT COMING TO E.C. GLASS.))
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Things will calm down next week, but administrators hope these few days of blowing off steam will help get them through to June.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))[11-Wilderness]
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Trouble for the Botetourt County school for troubled boys--
The Education Department did a surprise inspection and uncovered beds with dirty sheets and no mattress -- food lurking underneath.
Headmaster Colonel Gene Nervo says the sheets are changed every week.
The Education Department also found food on kitchen sills.
The report says it's not clear whether the dishes are truly clean.
The inspector says bathrooms are leaking and muddy -- and boys urinated outside.
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((THEY'RE NOT PRETTY BUT THEY'RE ADEQUATE. EVERYTHING WORKS. (rush of water)))
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Nervo says he repairs holes punched in the walls and tries to keep the carpets clean, but says a home for 17 at-risk teenagers will never be in tiptop shape.
The Education Department also criticized Nervo for not letting them know about a so-called riot at the Academy last February -- Nervo says he did not know he had to notify the state and his staff was wrong to call the sheriff.
The Express lose an E-C-H-L play off game on the road.
And the Orioles pick up a win against Detroit.
For those scores and more, here's a look at the scoreboard.
If you're still looking to fill your schedule this weekend, here's some ideas from the weekend calender.
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This week's recipe is so easy you probably won't need to write in for the recipe.
"Sarge" shows us how a few subtle twists turn the ordinary into something quite special.
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If you drop us a self-addressed, stamped envelope, we'll send you this recipe.
You can see the address there on the screen. You can also check out our web site under the weekend mornings section.
And, don't forget if you'd like to be on the weekend diner, send us a note with your recipe, name, address and phone number.
And if we come to your house, you'll get a cool weekend diner apron.
Here's a look at today's top stories.
30 years ago today Civil Rights leader Reverend Martin Luther King was assassinated.
The man convicted of the murder, James Earl Ray, initially confessed to the killing but soon recanted his story.
Many in King's family, believe Ray did not act alone or is not the shooter at all.
10 members of a Washington and Lee University Fraternity are facing a possible one year suspension for hazing.
School officials say Kappa Alpha pledges were forced to eat beans laced with laxatives and do other degrading acts during initiations last month.
The Commonwealth's Attorney says he doesn't expect that any of the students will be prosecuted.
And Wall Street hit a record high.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average went over nine-thousand points for the first time.
It didn't last long, though.
The market closed three points lower than the day before.
And that's what's making news on this Saturday, April Fourth.
There's more coming up after this break.[2-Hello]
Good morning, I'm Denise Allen.
And I'm Andrew Freiden
It's (time) on Saturday April 4-th. Welcome back to News-7 Saturday morning.
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Eight days after moving into a new foster home, a 15-year old boy attacked and raped his 29-year old foster mother.
The attack happened in October.
The boy was convicted Thursday in a closed-door hearing in Montgomery County Juvenile Court.
He'll be sentenced in May.
Child Advocates say the incident is unprecedented.[Spencer-Plea]
A man accused of distributing several hundred pounds of marijuana pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to a conspiracy charge.
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 pleaded 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.
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Whether you like it or not, progress on the five- point seven mile "Smart Road" is speeding along.
By this summer-- nearly a mile of the road will be ready for research purposes.
Here's Teresa Hamilton and photographer Mark Hollandsworth with a progress report.
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Heavy machinery began moving mounds of dirt and rock last summer, preparing this stretch of road to serve as a test bed for transportation research.
((NATURAL SOUND OF CATERPILLAR MOVING MOVING DIRT. ))
The first phase of the project, adjacent to Federal Mogul, is nearly a a mile in length, and is expected to be complete by June.
Further up-- construction crews have already installed the pillars that will support a bridge over Jennelle Road.
Workers are also blasting rock in an area that will one day include much of the "Smart Road's" rain and snow making towers.
[IN Q=It's about]
((RAY PETHTEL/CENTER FOR TRANS. RESEARCH: IT'S ABOUT TWO- POINT THREE MILLION CUBIC METERS OF ROCK AND DIRT THAT HAS TO BE MOVED, SO WHAT YOU'LL SEE WHEN IT'S FINISHED WILL BE THE ROCK LINING, BASICALLY A CANYON HERE RATHER THAN A HILL. ))
[OUT Q=than a hill.]
Ray Pethtel is Associate Director of the Center for Transportation Research.
And while he's satisfied with the Smart Road as it stands-- he's focusing on the future.
He's working to convince investors to build a two mile high speed rail system test track-- adjacent to the "Smart Road".
[IN Q=The private]
((THE PRIVATE PARTNERS HAVE NOW COMMITTED SEVEN MILLION DOLLARS TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE DEMONSTRATION TRACK, THIS PAST SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY WE WERE AUTHORIZED A SEVEN MILLION DOLLAR LOAN AND CONGRESSMAN BOUCHER HAS INCLUDED TWO MILLION FOR THE DEMONSTRATION IN THE FEDERAL SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BILL. ))
[OUT Q=transportation bill.]
If investors decide to build the Maglev project-- Pethtel says preliminary work could begin as early as this summer.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Blacksburg.))[11-Truck-Safety]
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At 55 miles- per- hour, an 80-thousand pound tractor trailer needs the length of a football field to stop.
And with truck traffic on the nation's highways increasing, truck safety officials say it's important to educate young drivers in the hazards of sharing the roads.
[IN Q=Let the]
((LINTEL GREGORY/TRUCK SAFETY EXPERT: LET THE CHILDREN TO GET UP IN THE TRUCKS AND LOOK AT THE MIRRORS SO THAT THEY CAN GET A WHOLE NEW PERSPECTIVE ON WHAT IT'S LIKE TO DRIVE A TRUCK AND WHAT THE DRIVERS HAVE TO SEE ON THE ROAD. HOPEFULLY THAT'S GOING TO MAKE THEM MORE AWARE AND SAFE WHEN THEY GET THEIR LICENSES.))
[SUPER=01-Linel Gregory/Truck Safety Expert; :]
[OUT Q=their licenses.]
Some Northside High School students got to slip behind the driver's seat and got a first- hand glimpse of the semi's many blind spots.
[IN Q=You're in]
((DARRELL QUARLES/TRUCK DRIVER: YOU'RE IN A BLIND SPOT, THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR YOU TO BECOME A CAUSUALTY.))
[SUPER=01-Darrell Quarles/Truck Driver]
[OUT Q=a casualty.]
The statewide "Sharing of the Road" program aims to improve highway safety.
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This weekend's environmental report comes from Covington where the Forestry Department is planning to start a logging operation and timber sale by the end of the Spring.
But, for many residents in the area--that's a little too close for comfort.
Stacey Martin explains.
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The sawed timber and wood chips from logging operations like this one will soon carry over, closer to the city of Covington once the planned Peters Ridge Timber Sell is in place.
But, it's a move that has city residents logging complaints--and concerned about dangers they say are stacked up against them, including logging truck traffic.
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((WINFORD CRAWFORD: I CAN'T UNDERSTAND HOW THE FOREST SERVICE CAN STEP INSIDE THE CITY LIMITS AND TELL US WHAT WE CAN RUN OVER THE STREETS AND HOW SAFE THEY ARE.))
[OUT Q=safe they are.]
The Forestry Department plans to open this road--sending logging trucks travelling up and down these residential streets two to three times a day for the next three years--directly in the path of school buses according to some residents.
They say it will make the streets unsafe for other motorists and children at play.
But, the department disagrees.
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[IN Q=The people who]
((ANNIE DOWNING/DISTRICT RANGER, GEO. WASH. NAT'L FOREST: THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN THAT AREA NEED TO HAVE TRUCK TRAFFIC TO SERVE THEIR OWN PERSONAL NEEDS.))
[OUT Q=bring their cars.]
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((ANNIE DOWNING/DISTRICT RANGER, GEO. WASHINGTON NAT'L FOREST: I DON'T THINK THE ADDITIONAL LOGGING TRUCK TRAFFIC WILL BE A REAL ISSUE WHEN THE TIME COMES AND PEOPLE SEE IT.))
[OUT Q=people see it.]
The public comment period for the sale ended March 26th.
Now, the Forestry Department says it will take local concerns into consideration.
But, residents fear the plans and routes are already clear cut for the department, and its too late to stop it now. SM, N7.))
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Daylight saving time begins tonight.
Time to turn your clocks AHEAD one hour.
Firefighters say it's also a good time to test the smoke detectors in your house.
Firefighters suggest you change the batteries in your smoke detectors when you change your clocks-- twice a year.
Henry County's fire marshal says there were NO working smoke detectors in the home of Garnett and Alice Via.
The couple, their grandson, and three great-grand children all died in a fire last November.
Fire fighters say you need to have more than one smoke detector in your house.
[IN Q=You need at least]
((MANKER STONE/BASSETT VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT: YOU NEED AT LEAST ONE ON EACH LEVEL AND YOU NEED ONE OUTSIDE THE SLEEPING AREA. AND WE'RE TELLING PEOPLE IF THERE'S A SMOKER IN THE HOUSE THAT YOU NEED TO HAVE ONE INSIDE THAT BEDROOM. IF YOU SLEEP WITH THE DOOR CLOSED YOU NEED ONE INSIDE THAT BEDROOM.))
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[OUT Q=inside that bedroom.]
Henry County has declared Sunday "Smoke Detector Awareness Day."
The Bassett Volunteer Fire Department will be handing out FREE smoke detectors from one-until-five.
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Its owner calls it a slice of Little Italy in the heart of downtown Roanoke.
Saltori's Roastery opened for business last night.
It's a combination coffee house, pastry shop and cigar bar.
And it's quite a cozy atmosphere.
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[IN Q=we have ]
((SAL CRISAFI/SALTORI'S ROASTERY: WE HAVE SOFT CHAIRS, COUCHES AND FIREPLACES. CIGAR LOUNGE ON THE SECOND FLOOR WITH A VENTILATION SYSTEM DIFFERENT COFFEES FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD, ITALIAN PASTRIES THAT YOU CAN'T GET IN ROANOKE...))
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Not to mention custom-made cheesecakes and a full lunch menu.
The Roastery is filling the space left empty when Books, Strings and Things closed last year.
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Easter is coming up next Sunday--
That means Easter egg hunts, new spring outfits, and most notably, religious services honoring the holiday.
If you've ever considered travelling to Israel to learn more about the Bible, Kimberly McBroom has a LOCAL alternative.
Here's this week's edition of "Time Off."
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((RITA DOOLEY/HOLY LAND U.S.A.: WE BRING THEM OUT HERE AND THEY COME HERE, AND THIS IS THE FIRST SCENE, BECAUSE THIS IS THE NATIVITY, THE MINISTRY STARTS WITH THE BIRTH OF CHRIST.))
Rita Dooley and her husband, Richard lead the "Sharing Shepherd Outreach" ministry at Holy Land U-S-A in Bedford County.
For the past 17 years, they've helped visitors walk the path of Biblical figures at this replica of the Nation of Israel.
Dooley has travelled to the REAL Israel--
She says Bedford county's version is a good representation, especially with its naturally rocky terrain.
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((RITA DOOLEY/HOLY LAND U.S.A.: THIS SIDE OF THE SEA OF GALILEE IS CALLED CAPERNAUM.))
Dooley says there's always plenty of work to do to keep Holy Land appealing to visitors.
Riding along one of her "journeys", she points out some downed trees and brush from recent flooding.
Despite the work, Dooley says she'd like to see Holy Land grow even larger in the future.
((RITA DOOLEY/HOLY LAND U.S.A.: AS THE LORD PROVIDES THE MEANS TO DO SO, WE WOULD LOVE TO. WE'VE GOT LOTS OF IDEAS, BUT OUR FIRST PRIORITY IS JUST TO KEEP UP WHAT WE ALREADY HAVE.))
Dooley is awaiting the blossoms of Spring to beautify the walk into "Jerusalem".
((RITA DOOLEY/HOLY LAND U.S.A.: AND THE FLOWERS WILL START COMING UP. WE'VE GOT FLOWERS PLANTED OVER THERE IN DIFFERENT AREAS. IT'S GOING TO BE BEAUTIFUL.))
As you would imagine, the upcoming Easter holiday will be a big one here at Holy Land.
Each year, a special Sunrise Service is held at the replica of the "empty tomb".
((RITA DOOLEY/HOLY LAND U.S.A.: WE'LL LEAVE THE PARKING LOT PROMPTLY AT SEVEN, TO TO THE GARDEN TOMB ON OUR WAGONS AND GET OFF THERE IN FRONT OF THE TOMBS AND HAVE A BEAUTIFUL EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE.))
For tourists who want to stay on the grounds overnight, Holy Land offers lodging that accomodates up to 42 people.
But no matter how long their journey is, Dooley says she hopes visitors come away with a feeling they've been blessed.
((RITA DOOLEY/HOLY LAND U.S.A: WE'VE HAD PEOPLE TO COME HERE THAT ARE SO DOWN AND DISCOURAGED AND WHEN THEY LEAVE HERE, THEY'RE SO ENCOURAGED ABOUT THE THINGS OF THEIR LIFE, AND AS WELL AS THE THINGS OF THE LORD.))
Holy Land U-S-A is a non- profit organization.
It's grounds are open every day, with no set fee for self- guided tours.
For riding journeys, the fees range from 36- dollars to nearly 300- dollars, depending on the size of your group.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Bedford county.))
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In sports, news from the U-V-A gridiron.
And a Tech's cheerleading squad performs well in a national competition.
Here's Steve Mason.
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Finally this morning, Did You See That?
You might say some folks around the area are hoping for a big increase in the beetle population-- the Volkswagon Beetle population, that is.
Demand for the new bug has been huge.
First Team auto mall says there's already a six-month waiting list.
Steven Oliver snatched up one of the first 30 bugs to arrive in Roanoke.
He said there's a big difference between this Beetle and the one he drove as a kid.
[IN Q= the old style]
((STEVEN OLIVER/NEW BEETLE OWNER: THE OLD STYLE VWs, YOUR FEET WERE EITHER ON FIRE OR YOU WERE TOTALLY COLD BECAUSE OF THE HEAT IN THOSE THINGS. THIS HAS GOT FULLY INTEGRATED AC, HEAT, DOESN'T EVEN AFFECT THE POWER WHEN THE AC'S ON. IT'S REALLY NICE.))
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[OUT Q=it's really nice]
There are a couple of other differences.
In this Beetle, the engine is in the front of the car, not the back.
And the 19-98 model costs around 16-thousand dollars.
The old one was less than two thousand.