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More tornados rip through Tennessee- one hits downtown Nashville. We'll have a live report.
Who says bigger is better? Not one hometown bank. Its making record profits.
And it's hip to be square- That seems to be the motto for this tricycle-
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Tennessee's governor says it's a miracle more people weren't killed in today's tornados.
One hundred people were hurt when a twister hit downtown Nashville at dinnertime.
Another twister touched down earlier killing two people in a mobile home park.
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Roanoke based Valley Bank is reporting record profits for the first quarter. The bank prides itself on hometown service.
Plus Avalanche highlights. Join us for News 7 at Eleven.[Tornados]
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Tennssee is socked by violent weather today.
Several tornados touched down- killing at least two people and injuring more than one hundred others.
Maureen Maher is in Nashville with the latest tonight.
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Congressmen Chuck Robb and Virgil Goode stopped in Danville today- speaking to tobacco farmers.
As Stacey Martin reports farmers want to know what to expect now that the big tobacco settlement is up in the air.
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((Last week came news that the long awaited Congressional tobacco settlements stalled.
Virginia tobacco farmers now say for them it means more days, months, or even a years of uncertainty.
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((JOE WILLIAMS/TOBACCO FARMER: WITHOUT ONE WE DON'T HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT THE FUTURE WILL HOLD FOR US--CHANCES ARE THAT IT WON'T BE GOOD THOUGH.))
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Senator Chuck Robb and Congressman Virgil Goode who were on hand for a meeting of the concerened friends for tobacco in Danville called the delay a "reality check" for penalities and fines against tobacco companies that may be going too far.
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((SEN. CHUCK ROBB: WE DON'T NEED THE TOBACCO COMPANIES TO PASS A BILL BUT WE CAN'T IGNORE SOME REALITIES IN TERMS OF WHAT A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE IN SOME PARTS OF THE COUNTRY THINK THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH IN TERMS OF JUST BEATING UP ON TOBACCO OR WHAT THEY REGARD AS BIG TOBACCO.))
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((CONGRESSMAN VIRGIL GOODE: I THINK THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT IS SO MUCH THAT IT WOULD JUST BE OVERWHELMING.))
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((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING: CONGRESS WILL TAKE UP THE ISSUE ONCE AGAIN AFTER ITS EASTER CONGRESSIONAL BREAKS ENDS--IN AN EFFORT TO COME UP WITH A SETTLEMENT THAT'S FAIR TO BIG TOBACCO COMPANIES AND ALLOWS SMALLER TOBACCO FARMERS THE CHANCE TO STAY IN BUSINESS.))
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The question of the necessity for a high voltage power line should ONLY be measured on a local level.
That was the message tonight from Congressman Rick Boucher who took part in a forum at Virginia Tech.
Boucher says its local residents who'd have to live with the environmental consequences if A-E-P is allowed to build.
Boucher also outlined alternatives for the line which A-E-P says it needs to meet the growing demand for electricity..
One suggestion is having A-E-P purchase a portion of the power it needs for the future from neighboring utilities.
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((REP. RICK BOUCHER/(D)ABINGDON:I'M VERY HOPEFUL THAT AS THE COMMISSION PASSES ON THE QUESTION OF NEED THAT IT WILL TAKE THESE RECOMMENDATIONS INTO ACCOUNT AND MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHETHER OR NOT, FIRST OF ALL, NEW POWER NEEDS ACTUALLY EXIST.
TODD BURNS/AEP SPOKESMAN:THE THING IS WE HAVE TAKEN ALL THE INCREMENTAL STEPS THAT WE CAN AT THIS POINT, IT'S BEEN 25- YEARS SINCE WE HAVE BUILT A POWER LINE LIKE THIS TO SERVE THIS AREA SO WE'RE TRYING TO REINFORCE THE BACKBONE SYSTEM THAT FEEDS THIS AREA AND BRINGS ELECTRICITY TO US. ))
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The forum was sponsored by the Young Democrats at Virginia Tech and the Montgomery County Democratic Committee.
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Charles Palmer says Roanoke County hasn't negotiated in good faith.
Today, he invited reporters to take a closer look at the site the county favors for a new high school.
Palmer grew up on the 70-acre tract that his parents purchased in 19-40. A working farm in the years since, the land is now a scenic patchwork of pastures, woodlands, and hayfields.
Meade Carter has lived on the land for about four years, and says it should be treated as a treasure, not a site for major construction.
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((MEADE CARTER: THIS FELLOW UP HERE HAS BEEN LIVING IN THIS HOUSE FOR TWENTY YEARS AND HE THINKS HE HAS THE BEST VIEWIN THE VALLEY AND I CAN'T HARDLY DISPUTE HIM. AND FOLKS AROUND THIS NEIGHBORHOOD TAKE A LOT OF PRIDE IN LIVING AROUND A GREAT BIG OPEN SPACE LIKE THIS.))
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County Attorney Paul Mahoney says he remains hopeful that the parties can find some common ground, before the issue ends up in court.
Meanwhile, Charles Palmer is urging the county to look elsewhere and purchase one of the other sites that county of
ficials have deemed suitable.[School-Safety]
Lynchburg Republicans want to make school safety a top issue in this year's city council campaign.
Bruton Langley, Schaefer Oglesby and Jeff Helgeson (HELL-guh-son) are seeking the three at-large seats on council.
The trio wants city leaders, school officials and law enforcement to meet on a regular basis to discuss school safety.
They also recommend placing chronically disruptive students in alternative schools.
The candidates also say Lynchburg's process for getting a parade or demonstration permit needs to be tighter.
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The arts not only bring culture to Roanoke, but also cash flow,
We'll have the story coming up,
And a tearful Paula Jones vows to continue her quest for her day in court.
Paula Jones says what the President did was wrong- and with that- she vowed to continue her sexual harrassment lawsuit against him.
Jones will appeal a judge's decision to throw out the lawsuit.
((PAULA JONES: DESPITE THE CONTINUING PERSONAL STRAIN ON MY FAMILY AND ME. I HAVE NOT COME THIS FAR TO SEE THE LAW LET MEN WHO'VE DONE SUCH THINGS DODGE THEIR RESPONSIBLITY.))
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Jones' husband stood by her side during today's press conference.
Jones fought back tears saying she was shocked when her lawsuit was thrown out.
There's no end in sight to the independent counsel's investigation of the President.
Those were the words of Ken Starr- As a result he will not accept a deanship at Pepperdine University.
((KENNETH STARR/SPECIAL PROSECUTOR: AS YOU KNOW I HAD EAGERLY LOOKED FORWARD TO SPENDING MANY HAPPY YEARS AT PEPPERDINE AFTER COMPLETING MY DUTIES AS INDEPENDENT COUNSEL. THE WORK OF THAT OFFICE HOWEVER HAS EXPANDED CONSIDERABLY.))
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Starr had been criticized because the deanship was created with funds provided by one of Clinton's fiercest conservative enemies.
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Investigators think they know who bludgeoned an elderly woman to death on Easter weekend.
But they do not plan to make any immediate arrests.
63-year old Bessie Amos was found dead in her backyard-- behind the house where she had lived alone for decades.
The sheriff says someone beat her over the head with a blunt object then stole a few hundred dollars she was carrying.
Apparently the attacker never entered the house.
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((I THINK SOMEONE CAME UP THERE ... WENT ANYWHERE NEAR THE HOUSE.))
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Investigators say Amos probably knew her attacker-- and they are questioning a man who sold animals to Amos.
Neighbors say they saw that same man near Amos's driveway on Easter weekend.
He denies being in the area, but has agreed to take a lie-detector test.
Deputies say they still have a lot of work to do before making arrests.
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And only last night-- another UNRELATED murder in Henry County.
This one HAS resulted in an arrest.
52- year- old Kenneth Bates allegedly killed 40- year- old Randel Lee Lambert, shooting him in the chest with a shotgun.
Deputies say the two men were arguing outside Bates's mobile home on North Daniels Creek Road in Henry County.
They say Bates was standing on his front porch when he fired-- and Lambert was found wounded in the front yard.
He later died-- Bates is now in jail. Bail has been set at 100-thousand dollars.
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When NationsBank announced its record-breaking merger this week, the bank's C-E-O said "bigger is better."
There's one local bank that couldn't disagree more.
Roanoke-based Valley Bank only operates three branches.
But it prides itself on the "hometown" service it offers its customers.
The bank president said he expects customers who are turned off by big mergers to take their business to banks like his.
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((ELLIS GUTSHALL/VALLEY BANK PRESIDENT: THE BIGGER SOME OF THESE BANKS GET, THE MORE IT HELPS BANKS LIKE OURS. WE GIVE THOSE CUSTOMERS A DIFFERENT ALTERNATIVE THERE'S GONNA BE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO STILL WANT THE BIG BANKS. BUT WE'RE SEEING A LOT MORE PEOPLE COME OUR WAY.))
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Valley Bank held its annual shareholders meeting tonight.
The company reported record profits for the first quarter of this year.
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The Roanoke region's quality of life is vital to its economic development.
And a more vibrant arts community means a better qulaity of life.
That's what the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge says.
The group released a study tonight.
It said organizations like museums and theaters make up an industry that plays an important role in the local economy.
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((WAYNE STRICKLAND/DIRECTOR, FIFTH PLANNING DISTRICT COMMISSION: AND WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS HAVE CORPORATIONS AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND PEOPLE IN GENERAL SUPPORT THESE CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS BECAUSE IT IS SOUND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT POLICY.))
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The Arts Council's study said the culture industry adds 28-million dollars to the local economy each year.
The council plans to conduct studies like this every two years.
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Bob Goodlatte is gearing up to take on a new political opponent.
He's served six years in Congress and has built a website which rivals the speaker of the house.
Goodlatte says he realized early on the Internet was a golden opportunity for his district.
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((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/(R)SIXTH DISTRICT;WE CAN OFFER A MUCH SUPERIOR QUALITY OF LIFE IN PLACES LIKE ROANOKE AND LYNCHBURG AND ELSWHERE IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA, AND STILL OFFER THE SAME KIND OF SERVICES THAT YOU USED TO HAVE TO LIVE IN A BIG CITY TO OFFER.))
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Goodlatte's "No Electronic Theft Act" was recently signed into law, but he lost the battle to regulate soft-core pornography on the web.
He says all his work online is part of the big picture for Southwest Virginia's future...
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((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/(R)SIXTH DISTRICT; SO I LOOK AT THIS AS SOMETHING THAT, IN THE LONG RUN, IS GOING TO BE A TREMENDOUS BENIFIT TO MY CONSITUENTS.))
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But within an hour there will be another candidate vying for Goodlatte's constituents.
Roanoke Mayor David Bowers is scheduled to announce his candidacy at midnight.
We'll have more on News 7 Mornin', staring tomorrow morning at 6.[Spring-Fever]
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The winter blues are behind us for the next several months, but this season is the worst for many people.
Psychologists say springtime is even harder for depressed patients.
Seeing people in love and enjoying the warm weather is more difficult for someone who can't share the happiness.
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((IT'S ALSO A TIME OF NEW BEGINNINGS AND THAT'S OFTEN VERY DIFFICULT FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE DEPRESSED. THEY KNOW ON SOME LEVEL THIS IS A REBIRTH SPRINGTIME IS THERE. AND THEY WANT TO BE DIFFERENT AND THEY KNOW THAT THEY DON'T HAVE THE ENERGY OR THE MOTIVATION OR THE POWER TO DO THAT.))
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Dr. Todd says even severe depression is treatable with therapy, but during these sunny months increased medication is also often recommended.
A new track design at Virginia's only horse track may mean a new world record in harness racing this year.
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Colonial Downs in New Kent County plays host to its first ever harness races through July.
The massive track allows the horses to run a full mile with only one curve --a unique design in the nation.
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((GIL SHORT/COLONIAL DOWNS: UNLIKE THOROUGHBREDS, HARNESS PEOPLE ARE REALLY AGGRESSIVE TO BREAK WORLD'S RECORD, MEANING THE TIME. THE WORLD'S RECORD IS 1:46:1 AND I'M SURE THAT IT WILL HAVE A DEFINITE ATTEMPT TO TRY TO LOWER THAT MARK.))
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Virginia will also host the World Series of Harness Racing in November-- after the regular fall thoroughbred season comes to a close.
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Highlights from the Avalanche and Hillcats games; but first; Jack Nicklaus and Hale Irwin share
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the first round lead in the Senior PGA Championships; after firing first round 4 under 68's. the Golden picked up right where he left off at Augusta. Check out this nice sandshot on 15.
Nicklaus approached 18 at three under and his putt made him the clubhouse leader before Irwin stormed back.
Lets get rollin over in Salem. The Avalanche entertained the Wilmington Blue Rocks in the seasonal rubber match between the two non divisional rivals.
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A cold night hardly stopped the baseball diehards as father and son kept warm.
In the top of the fifth; the Avs turn the nifty double play that begins with Clint Bryant who goes to second and then Doug Livingston finishes it up.
[SUPER=34-Wilmington/3/Salem/1;]The Blue Rocks get on the board in the 6th. Dee brown with the bloop fly. Salem's
Bernard Hutchinson makes the catch but a run scores from third. and the Blue Rocks notch a "W"3-1.
Over in the Hill City; The Hillcats and the Keys squared off in a battle of Northern Divison leaders.
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Last night marked the second of a three game series between the Keys and the Hillcats.
In the first inning; Frederick's Chris Bryant hits a single up the middle that plates a run to make the count 2-nothing Keys.
[SUPER=34-Frederick/8/Lynchburg/7;]On to the top of the third...the Keys do some more damage. Jason Lecronier greet
s Hillcat pitcher Kris lambert with a solo blast over the centerfield fence and Fredrick was on top 4 to 1.
How about defense. Cats centerfielder Tike Redman then robs Bobby O'Tool with the great catch; but Frederick wins 8 to 7.
The Keys major league brethren; the baltimore Orioles, lost to Chicago 8-2 yesterday.
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Campden Bird watchers would see Mike Musina fall to 2 and 2; giving up 4 homers. Ray Durham started the assualt with this shot with nobody a board. 1-nothing Sox in the third.
[SUPER=35-Chicago/8/Baltimore/2;]Jeff Abbott did most of the damage; clocking two dingers; this one made it 4-zip
Albert Belle batted after Abbott and...well you can see what happened; O's lose by 6.
Four months after elbow sugery; Atlanta pitcher John Smoltz seemed, bigger, stronger and faster in shutting down the Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday in Hotlanta.
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Or should I say wetlanta. Mother interefered a little.
We pick it up in the bottom of the second. Watch Michael Tucker connect on the double that is gonna score Javier Lop
ez to make the score 1-nothing in favor [SUPER=34-Atlanta/3/Pittsburgh/1;]of the braves.
In the third; Atlanta adds to that lead behind the bat of Ryan Klesko. He smacks an RBI single that plates Chipper Jones ot put the Braves up 2-zip and Attl;anta goes on to win it 3-1.
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More sports coming your way. JOhn Andretti and his Winston Cup anterage invade Henry County,
and Mark Martin was in town tonight signing autographs and talking about Martinsville.
Mark Martin is fourth in the Winston Cup standings with wins at Las Vegas and Texas after 7 races.
Martin spent a couple of hours at Cummins Atlantic Deisel in Botetourt County last night signing autographs and meeting many of his fans.
We asked Mark about the importance of today's qualifying considering he brushed the wall during time trials for last year's race.
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Martin and the wrest of the cup drivers begin qualifying for the Goody's Headache Powder 500 at 3pm tomorrow at the Martinsville Speedway.
Mike Stevens says on eof his rivals made the grade today at Henry County's Carlisle school.
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The wheel is one of man's earliest tools, but now it may be changing shape.
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A math professor at Macalester College in Minnesota built this unusual tricylce, that rests on square wheels.
It was no brakes or gears and he rides it on this bumpy surface.
No word on how the contraption works on a flat surface.
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