Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX, a guided tour of the 70-acres where Roanoke County wants to build a new high school.
And how do you convince a Mother Bear to let you borrow her cubs for a little research? We'll show you.
In sports, major league matinee madenss hits the diamond today; braves highlights for ya, also; the Golden Bear continues his hot streak; this time at the seniors championship,
and Mike Stevens takes us to a henry County School that welcomed Winston Cup driver John Andretti to school.
Woods End Farm is the piece of property that Roanoke County officials favor for a new high school.
But negotiations with the landowner have failed to produce an agreement, and today Charles Palmer urged county officials to look elsewhere.
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Joe Dashiell took a tour this morning.
Keith, Palmer says the county hasn't negotiated in good faith. And today he and a friend who lives on the property offered reporters a closer look at Woods End Farm.
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Meade Carter gives a four-wheel-drive introduction to a scenic 70-acre tract... a working farm, a patchwork of pastures, woodlands and hayfields surrounded by upscale housing.
Owner Charles Palmer grew up on the farm that his parents purchased in 1940, and he says the property has never been listed for sale. He says the county initiated discussions, but three meetings over 45 days have not produced an agreement.
Carter has lived on the farm for about four years... and says the property speaks for itself.
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County Attorney Paul Mahoney says he is hopeful that the two parties can still find some common ground and avoid a fight in court.
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Keith, Charles Palmer says he was told there are suitable sites... and tonight he's urging county officials to attempt to purchase one of those.
A federal judge in Norfolk has dismissed all charges against State Senator Richard Holland and his son.
They had been indicted on 31 counts of conspiracy, perjury and obstruction of justice.
The accusations stemmed from the Hollands' roles as officials of the Farmers Bank in Windsor from 1990 to 92.
The indictment alleged the Hollands conspired to violate the bank's legal lending limit.
Both men denied any wrongdoing and late today a judge dismissed all charges.
Henry County sheriff's deputies are trying to figure out who murdered an elderly woman on Easter weekend.
Tina Tenret tells us what they know.
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(( Relatives say Bessie Amos lived alone in this ramshackle house for decades -- her husband died when she was very young.
Family members found the 63-year-old woman lying dead in the backyard early Easter Sunday.
Right in the midst of the kennels where she kept her animals.
The sheriff says someone hit her repeatedly in the head with a blunt object but no weapon was found.
Apparently the attacker never entered the house but DID steal several hundred dollars Amos was carrying.
The sheriff has a suspect and says the man knew Amos.
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((H.F. CASSELL/HENRY CO. SHERIFF: PROBABLY CASUAL RELATIONSHIP. HE HAD KNOWN HER FOR SOME TIME. THIS LADY LIKED ANIMALS. I UNDERSTAND HE OR SOME OF HIS FRIENDS HAD SOLD HER SOME ANIMALS. HE KNEW HER.))
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Bessie Amos's house sits far back on Amos Road.
Neighbors used to see her pushing a shopping cart up her long driveway.
Even relatives who lived close by say they rarely spoke to Bessie Amos -- they agree she was eccentric and probably knew her killer.
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((NEIGHBORS SAY THEY SAW THE SUSPECT HEADING DOWN AMOS'S DRIVEWAY THIS PAST WEEKEND, BUT HE DENIES BEING IN THE AREA. INVESTIGATORS ARE GIVING HIM A LIE DETECTOR TEST HOPING TO FIND SOME ANSWERS.))
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But they do not expect to make any immediate arrests.
Tina Tenret News7 Henry County.))
Henry County deputies are also investigating a second, SEPARATE murder.
This one happened last night.
52-year-old Kenneth Bates is in jail for allegedly killing 40-year-old Randel Lee Lambert.
Investigators say the two men had been arguing outside Bates' mobile home off North Daniels Creek Road.
They say Bates was standing on his front porch when he shot Lambert with a shotgun.
After a neighbor called 9-1-1, Lambert was found lying in the yard with a chest wound.
He died later.
Bates is charged with second degree murder.
An early morning shooting in Roanoke sent one man to the hospital after being shot by an intruder.
It happened in the 400 block of Patterson Avenue, just before 4 o'clock.
Police say Glen Anderson Jr. heard a noise in his brother's bedroom.
He picked up a shotgun and says he saw a man wearing black sweat clothes and a ski mask.
The intruder fired twice, hitting Anderson in the stomach and forearm.
Anderson did NOT fire back.
He's listed in critical condition at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
The gunman has not been arrested.
Three Republicans running for Lynchburg city council are making school safety an issue in their campaign.
Bruton Langley, Schaefer Oglesby and Jeff Helgeson (HELL-guh-son) outlined their plan today.
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.
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((SCHAEFER OGLESBY/R- LYNCHBURG COUNCIL CANDIDTE: OUR SCHOOLS MUST BE SAFE HAVENS FOR OUR STUDENTS. OUR PARENTS MUST KNOW, AND BELIEVE BEYOND ANY DOUBT, THAT WHEN THEIR KIDS LEAVE THEIR CARE AT 7:30 IN THE MORNING AND BOARD A BUS FOR SCHOOL THAT THEY WILL BE SAFE.))
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In light of recent anti- abortion protests at E.C. Glass High School, Republicans say it's time to tighten up the city's process for getting parade and demonstration permits.
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Bob Goodlatte has spent six-years in the House of Representatives and wants at least two more.
As opponent David Bowers gets ready to announce his candidacy, we'll hear the incumbent's side of the story on News-7 at Six.
And they can be a bear of a nuisance in populated areas.
But a program at Virginia Tech is giving nuisance black bears a second chance in the name of science.
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As Southwest Virginia anticipates another battle for the Sixth District, Representative Bob Goodlatte is involved in a battle of his own.
Tonight Eric Earnhart tells us how Goodlatte is making his mark on-line.
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(( After 6 years in Congress, Bob Goodlatte still has one of the smaller offices on Capital Hill, but his website 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 HAVE A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE, BECAUSE 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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But only with an internet that's safe, and secure, and Goodlatte is on a mission to make it that way...
His "No Electronic Theft Act" was recently signed into law, protecting software developers, musicians and others whose work was being given away on the web.
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((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/(R)SIXTH DISTRICT; THE LEGISLATION MAKES IT CLEAR IF YOU GIVE AWAY ANY LARGE AMOUNTS OF SOFTWARE TO PEOPLE, DELIBERATELY INTENDING TO INFRINGE ON THE OWNER OF THE COPYRIGHT, EFFECTIVELY INTENDING TO KEEP THEM FROM PROFITING FROM THEIR CREATION THEY THEY CAN BE PROSECUTED AS WELL.))
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From protecting profits to guarding secrets. Goodlatte's proposed Security and Freedom through Encryption Act, would remove government controls on powerful computer programs that protect data from theives and hackers, allowing U.S. companies to develop and market the software abroad.
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((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/(R)SIXTH DISTRICT; IT PREVENTS CREDIT CARD THEFT, IT PREVENTS PEOPLE STEALING YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS AND INDUSTRIAL TRADE SECRETS, IT PROTECTS THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE COUNTRY.))
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Goodlatte lost the battle to regulate soft-core pornography on the web last year, when the Communications Decency Act was struck down as unconstitutional.
Goodlatte says the porn bill was misunderstood.
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((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/(R)SIXTH DISTRICT; A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK IT WAS TO KEEP IT OFF THE INTERNET ALTOGETHER, NO THAT WASN'T THE CASE, IT WAS SIMPLY TO KEEP IT OUT OF ACCESS TO CHILDREN.))
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Goodlatte may be more successessful in his battle against internet gambling, which won the support of the Casino industry and anti-gambling forces.
The bill, which may go before the house later this year, would make it illegal for U.S. residents to play on-line games run by off-shore, unregulated gambling operations.
Goodlatte 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, IF THEY ARE PREPARED AND READY TO TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF IT.))
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Eric Earnhart, News 7. ))
The Goodlatte campaign today said the only CITY mayor in the Sixth District who's NOT endorsing their candidate, is David Bowers.
The other nine all said they want him re-elected. And Goodlatte has been endorsed by former Roanoke mayor Noel Taylor...also a Republican.
There's a group in New Castle trying to get rid of the only practicing physician in town.
Doctor William Andersen won't talk about it publically...
and it's unclear exactly who's behind it, but there's a petition conspicuously displayed on the counter at the feed store.
Tim Snider was quick to sign it while we were there today, but he wouldn't say why.
It's one of several petitions around town demanding Doctor Andersen's immediate removal from the Family Practice Medical Center run by Lewis Gale Clinic.
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((THIS IS AN ON-GOING THING THAT'S BEEN GOING ON FOR SEVERAL YEARS, AND PROBABLY THE NURSE-PRACTITIONER THING WAS THE STRAW THAT BROKE THE CAMEL'S BACK.))
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Nurse- practititoner Deltona Figliola was let go by Lewis Gale the first of the month.
She insists she doesn't know what she did to get fired.
And you insist that there are no infractions, no rules broken, nothing improper, no unprofessional conduct. NO ONE HAS TOLD ME OF ANYTHING LIKE THAT.))
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Dr. Andersen says "professional ethics" prevent him from saying why Figliola was fired.
A down day on Wall Street. The DOW
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closed 86-points lower at 9-thousand-77.
NASDAQ lost five points.
No one is quite sure exactly how many bears there are in Virginia.
The Cooperative Alleghany Bear Study is trying to learn that and more in a tiny research facility at Virginia Tech.
Andrew Freiden reports.
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((THESE GUYS GET TO A POINT WHEN THEY GET PRETTY TESTY, THEY MIGHT BITE AND SCRATCH))
The bears that end up here have been captured as "nuisance" bears.
That means they've infringed on human territory.
Most nuisance bears are released into less populated areas--
But every fall Michael Vaughn brings 6 pregnant females to Blacksburg.
((MICHAEL VAUGHN: THE THOUGHT HAS BEEN THAT MALE BEARS HELP REGULATE POPULATION BY KILLING EXCESS CUBS, OR NOT ALLOWING YOUNG MALES TO BREED. WE THINK THE FEMALES PROBABLY PAY A MAJOR ROLE IN REDUCING REPRODUCTION, IN TIMES WHEN FOOD IS NOT ABUNDANT. ))
Every ten days, the study team weighs and measures the cubs, in an attempt to learn more about growth patterns of bears.
To do that, you have to convince the mother to let you borrow the cubs for a while.
That's where Chris Ryan and his blow dart come in.
((IT MAKES SUCH A SMALL HOLE, A SMALL LITTLE DART INTO THE BEAR, INSTEAD OF HAVING TO SHOOT A TRANQUILIZER PISTOL OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.))
((NAT SOUND: BLOW DART, AND BEAR FLAPPING GUMS.))
((SHE'LL BE OUT FOR ABOUT AN HOUR TO AN HOUR AND A HALF, AND THEN SHE'LL WAKE UP, AND BY THAT TIME WE'LL WEIGH AND MEASURE THE CUBS AND PUT THEM BACK WITH HER.))
And in a month and a half, when the turkey hunters are out of the woods, the whole family gets put back in the wild.
Andrew Freiden, News 7 Blacksburg.))[Sports tease]
Mike Stevens and some Carlisle students go to Winston Cup racing school with John Andretti, highlights from the braves and Cubs victories,
and the Golden Bear marched up to the 18th green today the clubhouse leader; a few of his shots in sports
Qualifying for the Goody's Headache Powder 500 takes place tomorrow at the Martinsville Speedway.
Students at the Carlisle school in Henry County got a jump on their Spring vacationing peers as two guests dropped by for assembly.
Mike Steves has more.
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On to major league baseball where the Atlanta Braves downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 today.
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Mother nature had a a thing or two to say as a little rain interfered with the ball game.
on to the action. We pick it up in the bottom of the second. Watch Michael Tucker connect on the double that is gonna score Javier Lopez to make the score 1-nohting in favor 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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Lets head to New York where the Mets played host to the Cubs. Two of my favorites throw out the first pitch. Bert and Ernie on the mound to do the honors with a friend!!
To the game. Chicago trails by a run until Jeff Blauser, a former brave, goes the distance with the solo homerun and in the top of the second we are knotted at 1 a piece.
The Cubs would go out in front in the same inning. Brant Brown with the one bagger that scores a pair od runs; 3-1 Chicago lead and the Cubs win 8-4.
Jack Nicklaus is hardly ready to end his hot streak that began at Augusta with a 6th place masters finish.
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In the first round of the Senior PGA Championships; the Golden Bear fired a four under 68. Check out this nice sandshot on 15.
Nicklaus appraoched 18 at three under and his putt would put him at 4 under and he is the clubhouse leader.
The Express ran out of gas last night and now hold a 3-1 lead in the second round playoffs as Hampton Roads wins game three of the kelly Cup series 4-3 to force game four Friday night at the Scope.
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Hampton Roads could not beat goalie dave Gagnon; so they ruoghed him up a little; bumping him and screening him to get 4 goals.
The Express got tthe games first goal from Pete Brearly with aboutt 2 and a half minutes left in the first period;
then , goals by Wayne Strachand and J.C. Ruid in the second gave Roanoke a commanding 3-1 advantage; but Hampton closed and Victor Gervaies scored the game winner in closing minutes for a 4-3 win.
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