Coming up on NEWS 7:
Shots fired at Leehy Manor Apartments late this afternoon.
Governor Gilmore on the car tax and school money... while he's still in the midst of an international dispute over tonight's execution.
And where to put the new Roanoke County High School?
We'll consider the site the school board seems to favor.
Tonight in sports, repairs begins at Yankee Stadium, Steve Mason checks UVa's pulse concering the Ronald Curry situation now thatr spring pracitce is over.,.
And it's race week in Martinsville as more than 80 thousand fans get set to invade Clay Earles ever expanding half mile mecca.
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Police thought a man murdered his girlfriend this afternoon -- but now they say she is alive.
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Tina Tenret has the latest.
Keith, police say they were able to revive the 28-year-old mother of two on the way to the hospital.
They say a neighbor called 911 after hearing gunshots around four o'clock this afternoon.
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(( Police say the woman's boyfriend shot her in the Lehigh Manor apartment the couple shared.
They say the man is in police custody after he turned himself in.
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Residents say the woman had two daughters ages nine and ten who may have been in the apartment during the shooting.
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((SHE'S A NICE CARING WOMAN ... STAYED TO THEMSELVES.))
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Police are not releasing names of the victim or her boyfriend right now -- they say they will release more information after collecting evidence and talking to witnesses.
The neighbors we talked to say the woman has lived on the top floor of Building 3734 for about two years.
Again they describe her as friendly but some say they had heard the couple arguing during the past few days.
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Will they build a high voltage powerline through Southwest Virginia? And if so where will they put it?
Those are the questions the State Corporation Comission will answer after public hearings end later this month.
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Scott Goldberg joins us now from today's hearings in Bland County. Scott we know powerline opponents have represented themselves well at these hearings, are we hearing anything from people who are in favor of building the line?
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Governor Jim Gilmore signed his name to what he considers an imperfect two year budget today.
But the budget pen erased any doubts about car tax relief and a first-ever, long term state commitment to school building.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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There's a method to his maneuvering.
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WITH MY SIGNATURE, THE MONEY FOR THE LARGEST TAX CUT IN VIRGINIA'S HISTORY WILL BE SECURE. AND MY COMMITMENT TO RESPONSIBLE SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION IN VIRGINIA-- BOTH OF THESE WILL BECOME LAW.))
So he locks in car tax cut money-- and just what Democrats wanted for school construction.
But with his own twist.
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WE WILL BEGIN IMMEDIATELY BY GUARANTEEING IMMEDIATELY THIS YEAR AT LEAST 200-THOUSAND DOLLARS, 400- THOUSAND DOLLARS OVER THE BIENNIUM TO EACH COUNTY, AND DISTRIBUTE THE REMAINING MONEY BASED ON THEIR STUDENT POPULATION AND ABILITY TO PAY.))
((SEN. EDD HOUCK/D-SPOTSLYVANIA: CERTAINLY ANYONE WHO WAS TUNED IN DURING THE SESSION KNEW THAT THIS SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION ISSUE GENERATED FROM THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS. AND AGAIN, I WOULD JUST COMPLIMENT THE GOVERNOR ON SEEING FIT TO GO FORWARD WITH IT.))
Gilmore's even appointing a commission to study a first-ever PERMANENT commitment to state funding of school construction.
It was a powerful fellow Republican who expressed doubt.
((SEN. JOHN CHICHESTER/R-STAFFORD CO.: IF WE'RE GOING TO INVOLVE OURSELVES IN A LARGE WAY, 110 MILLION DOLLARS AND RISING IF YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE FUTURE, THEN YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO CAUSE CERTAIN EXPENDITURES IN VIRGINIA TO SUFFER.))
State lawmakers rejoin Gilmore in Richmond in a week to resolve the issue.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))[County-School]
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There are few communities where school construction needs are more critical than in Roanoke County.,
There, officials have narrowed their search for land to build a new high school.
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But tonight, Joe Dashiell reports they may have opened the door on a new round of controversy.
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Big Boy is not amused by Spanky Macher's use of the portly child in checkered overalls as a symbol for his Star City Diner.
Elias Brothers Restaurants has gone to court, demanding Macher take down the roof-top statue.
In correspondence over the past three years, Macher has indicated he doesn't believe it's a Trademark infringement... apparently because he added an earring, blond hair and a tattoo.
The lawsuit in U-S District Court rejects that notion and seeks an injunction.[Tease#1]
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Grandparents take their fight for visitation rights all the way to the highest court in the Commonwealth,
The streets of downtown Rocky Mount are paving their way into history... and maybe some tax breaks too.
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The United Nations' World Court has spoken.
Secretary of State Madeline Albright has asked Virginia to NOT go forward with tonight's scheduled execution.
But Governor Jim Gilmore's still weighing his options.
Albright's concerned that the execution of Angel Francisco Breard -- after he was denied legal help from his Paraguayan consulate -- could jeopardize imprisoned Americans abroad.
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The U-S Supreme Court has still NOT ruled on Breard's case.
He killed an Arlington woman in 1992.
He's scheduled for lethal injection at 9 p-m tonight at Greensville Correctional Center.
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Virginia grandparents may love their grandchildren.
But do they have the RIGHT to see them?
Virginia's Supreme Court will decide just that-- after hearing the Montgomery County case today of seven- year- old Leslie Williams.
Her grandparents won 10 hours visitation a week after a falling out with her parents.
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((GREGORY CAMPBELL/GRANDPARENTS' ATTORNEY: THE GRANDPARENT VISITATION IS NOT ABOUT GRANDPARENT RIGHTS. IT'S ABOUT THE CHILD'S RIGHTS. WHAT WE'RE BALANCING ARE THE CHILD'S RIGHTS TO VISIT WITH HER GRANDPARENTS AGAINST THE PARENTS RIGHTS CONSTITUTIONALLY.))
((HARRIET DORSEY/PARENTS' ATTORNEY: WE ARE TAKING THIS CHILD PHYSICALLY AWAY FROM FIT PARENTS WHO ARE NOT IN DISPUTE WITH EACH OTHER.))
((JUSTICE LEROY HASSELL/VA. SUPREME COURT: WHAT RIGHT DOES THE GOVERNMENT ...REQUIRED TO SEE?))
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The Supreme Court will NOT rule on the Williams' case before June.[Historic-District]
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Rocky Mount town council wants to see the town become a historic district.
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Downtown Rocky Mount offers a peek at the past -- with an old courthouse, farmer's exchange, and several churches.
So town council has asked an architectural historian to nominate the town to the national register of historic places.
Rocky Mount would gain not only extra attention, but also tax breaks on buildings being restored.
First, though, a public hearing will be held to make sure at least half the residents approve of the idea -- that hearing is not yet scheduled.
The stock market blasted off today.
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The Dow gained 98 points, to close at 91-hundred-10.
NASDAQ was up 18 points.
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The Dave Matthews Band concert is sold out.
An estimated 30-thousand spectators are expected at Victory Stadium, where they're gettings things ready for the crowd.
David Johnson takes a look at the city's big event.
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(( City work crews are putting the finishing touches on 30-thousand dollars worth of improvements to the stadium where the Charlottesville-based band will begin an international tour.
An additional fence is part of the sprucing up.
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((JOHN COATES/ROANOKE PARKS AND RECREATION; WE'RE TRYING TO SET UP A SECURE AREA. THE STAGE ACTIVITIES AND ALL THE PERFORMERS WILL HAVE THIS WHOLE AREA FROM THE FRONT STAGE BACK SECTIONED OFF FOR ALL THEIR NEEDS.))
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Parking will not be permitted nearby, but the Roanoke Civic Center has designated five parking areas and will provide a shuttle service.
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((JIM EVANS/ROANOKE CIVIC CENTER; WE FIGURE WE'RE GOING TO BE MOVING ABOUT 25-THOUSAND PEOPLE ON BUSES. IT'LL TAKE ABOUT FIVE TRIPS PER BUS. PEOPLE CAN FIGURE IT MAY TAKE A WHILE GETTING OUT OF THERE. COULD TAKE A COUPLE OF HOURS TO GET EVERYONE BACK TO THEIR CARS.))
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((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; THE CIVIC CENTER WILL ALSO PROVIDE A POTPOURRI OF SECURITY PERSONNEL, WHICH WILL BE HEADED UP BY THE CITY'S POLICE DEPARTMENT.))
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((LT. RAMEY BOWER/ROANOKE POLICE DEPT.; ALL OF THESE OFFICERS ARE OVER AND ABOVE OUR REGULAR COMPLIMENT. THEY WOULD NORMALLY HAVE BEEN OFF AND ARE WORKING O.T. THEY'LL BE IN TO WORK THIS EVENT. IT DOESN'T AFFECT THE NORMAL STAFFING OF THE DAY AT ALL.))
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The concert falls on the same day that weddings at two nearby churches take place.
Members of the wedding parties have hired their own security, in hopes of ensuring parking and minimal traffic concerns for their guest.
David Johnson, News 7.))[Sports Tease]
Coming up tonight in sports, baseball news from the yard in Salem to Yankee Stadium.
Plus, Martinsville readies itself for a big race weekend and
Spring practice is now over at UVa. We'll see what George Welsh and some of his players think about Ronald Curry's decision to head south now that they've had time to think about it.
The Salem Avalanche is right is the middle of its seven game opening homestand.
In the first series Salem only took one out of its four games with Winston Salem.
The Avalanche picked up its first win of the season last night.
Salem had a big third inning, Mark Hamlin knocks one to the wall. Doug Livingston crosses the plate and the Avalanche wins it 8-to-6.
Salem is is 1 and 3 this season.
The fifth game of this home stand is against Wilmington, tonight.
Roanoke Symphony Conductor, David Wiley, is trading in his wand for a glove as he throws out the first pitch tonight.
The Lynchburg Hillcats play their home opener tonight as they return to City Stadium to host the Frederick Keys.
Jeff Martin starts on the hill for the Cats.
He was winless in five starts against Frederick last year.
And the Danville 97's are on the road tonight playing in North Carolina against Kinston.
Virginia Football coach George Welsh is speaking in Christiansburg tonight. His team conlcuded Spring practice This past Friday.
One athlete that will NOT be in a Virginia uniform next season is Ronald Curry. Steve Mason has player reaction on his change of mind; plus a recap of the April season.
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((Shoulder surgery limited UVa's top defensive player to hand workouts in spring ball. Offensively; UVa's number one threat from last year is practicing his NFL draft acceptance speech for this upcoming weekend. But the loss of receiver Germane Crowell hasn't seemed to worry George. a 300 pound plus offensive line and a decent stock of recievers to go with some solid tight ends could be the reasons why.
((GEORGE WELSH/UVA HEAD COACH:))
While the offensive line is bigger; the UVa defense has a quicker look at some positions. Shannon Taylor's 249 pound frame is the biggest at a linebacking position manned mostly by lightning fast players like Wali Rainer and Donny Green.
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((THOMAS JONES/UVA JUNIOR RUNNING BACK:))
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((ANTHONY POINDEXTER/UVA SENIOR CAPTAIN:))
The cavaliers will meet Curry and his tarheels November 14th at Scott Stadium. Steve Mason news 7 sports.))
The Washington Redskins got some good off the field news today concerning the on-going battle over the estate of the late Jack Kent Cooke.
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Cooke died at the age of 84 on April 6th of last year. At the time of his death he left his wife nothing.
She filed suit claiming she deserved a third of his $825 million dollar estate.
Today the often nasty battle was settled in what attorneys are calling a secret agreement.
The Martinsville Speedway has been creating thunder in the foothills a year longer than NASCAR.
Last year the track celebrated its 50th anniversary and this year it's celebrating its first season with 80,000 seats.
Construction on the brand new 75 hundred seat addition on the front stretch was completed in time for this coming Sunday's Goody's 500 and the new skyboxes which got for more than $30 thousand a year will be finished by the spring.
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Be sure to join News 7 Sports this Saturday at 6:30 for a special half hour preview of this Sunday's Goody's headache powder 500 as our NASCAR 98 specials continue.
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