Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
Another vacant building burns in Roanoke.
A suspect apprehended after he evades a roadblock checkpoint.
Putting back what they take out- -two million seedlings go into the ground in Pittsylvania County.
Tonight in sports, Reggie White decides to unretire, Steve Mason has a recap of last night's disapointing Express setback at the Roundhouse, plus Coach K is hurting,
And Sean Gilbert is officially a Panther as the Skins and Carolina work out a way to send him south.
A wet weather system will hang around for a few days. Look for more showers in the Wednesday forecast.[City-Fire]
Last night's fire in Northwest Roanoke WAS arson, but investigators say it's NOT connected with a series of suspicious fires in that area.
The fire heavily damaged a vacant house on Logan Avenue about 11 o'clock.
The owner says the home had just been renovated, and was about to be sold.
Several vacant homes have been burned in the northwest part of the city over the past few months, but Assistant Fire Marshal Bob Meyer says he doesn't think this fire is connected.
He says it doesn't fit the pattern, and is NOT in the same geographical area as the other fires.
An autopsy confirms the toddler killed in a fire in Bedford County died of smoke inhalation.
Two year old Victoria Parker died in a trailer fire near Big Island Sunday.
Her five year old brother and uncle escaped with only burns.
Jeff Bowman in the Bedford OCunty's Sheriff's office says the fire was accidentially started in the recliner in the front room.
The exact cause has not been determined.
No charges will be filed.
The girls father, John Lee, said he smoked a cigarette before leaving the house, but can't remember how he put it out.
A license check led to a brief manhunt this afternoon in Roanoke County.
The search started after a driver tried to avoid state police on Kessler Mill Road.
The man abandoned his car in a parking lot and lead police officers across a creek and into the woods.
A state police helicopter that was already in the area joined the search, while a tracking dog helped on the ground.
Police arrested 27- year- old William A. Goodwyne Jr. of Shawsville. He's charged with operating a vehicle after being declared a habitual offender.
A former Montgomery County high school teacher and coach accused of having sex with a student now faces similar charges in Wythe County.
34-year old Michael Blevins has been indicted for taking indecent liberties with a child.
Wythe County authorities say the incidents allegedly took place about two years ago with a girl between the ages of 13 and 15.
He already stands charged with 15 counts of fornication plus 30 other charges including sodomy from his relationship with a 16 year old Smyth County girl.
Blevins has been fired from his job at Shawsville High School.[Boty-Supers]
The Botetourt Board of Supervisors will NOT approve an apartment complex in Daleville unless developers scale the size down.
The proposal is to build 41 apartments on these three acres -- enough for more than 100 tenants.
Supervisors say that's just too much for the area -- currently the land is zoned for an elderly home.
The plot is located off Route 220 -- behind a row of businesses, across the street from a subdivision of large homes.
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Supervisors say they will give the project another chance IF developers can limit it to 30 units.
Builders say they will try -- but they will not be able to make it as nice a complex without the extra rent money.
Another public hearing is scheduled for May 19th.
A plea agreement today in a Lynchburg murder case.
27- year- old Sandra Allen pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter for the stabbing her husband to death last November.
Lawrence Eugene Allen died of a single stab wound to the chest during an argument in a Rivermont Avenue apartment.
Police say the couple had been arguing, and witnesses heard Sandra Allen tell her husband to stop hitting her.
Allen could got a ten- year prison term when she's sentenced in June.
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State lawmakers will be back at it Richmond tomorrow---the car tax cut and school construction expected to be the ho
t topics during a special session. Ellen Qualls has a preview, straight ahead on News 7 at Six.
and an author of children's books is on a crusade. She's created a character who tells kids it's not cool to smoke.
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Giles County residents are the latest to voice their opinion of A-E-P's proposed high voltage power line.
A State Corporation Commission hearing got underway this afternoon in Pearisburg.
The meetings are an opportunity for both project opponents and supporters to speak out.
Ron Bierman (Beer-man) with the Volvo plant in Pulaski County is among the powerline supporters.
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((RON BIERMAN/VOLVO SPOKESMAN:WE JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE WE GET CONSIDERATION FOR CONTINUING THIS LOW COST ENERGY WE HAVE AND THE GOOD RELIABLE ENERGY WE HAVE TODAY.
ROBERT CUNNINGHAM/POWER LINE OPPONENT: IF VIRGINIA IS CONCERNED ABOUT RELIABILITY THEN THIS RELIABILITY CAN BE BEST ACHIEVED BY UPGRADING POWER PRODUCING FACILITY IN VIRGINIA, NOT BEY STRETCHING A FRAGILE LINE A QUARTER OF THE WAY ACROSS THE CONTINENT. ))
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The hearing at Giles County high school will continue tonight at seven.
While Congress debates a bill aimed at stopping children from smoking ...
A local author is using her pen and a teddy bear to make sure they never start.
Scott Goldberg introduces us to a crusader who hopes kids never pick up a grizzly habit.
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((BARBARA TURNER: IT WAS A RAINY, WINDY OCTOBER DAY.))
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At Morningside Elementary School, they can't hear enough about Charles T. Bear.
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((BARBARA TURNER: UGH. HE WAS SOAKED THROUGH.))
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In this book Charles is a huggable hero who's happy and healthy after surviving a flood.
Next time they hear from Charles, he'll tell them how they can live healthier lives -- as long as they never start smoking.
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((BARBARA TURNER: I JUST HATE TO SEE THEM START SOMETHING THAT IS SO DAMAGING AND SO HARD TO QUIT.))
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Barbara Turner is the author and artist who created Charles.
She's also someone who hates cigarettes.
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((BARBARA TURNER: I HOPE I'M NOT PERCEIVED SO MUCH AS A ZEALOT, BUT AS A PARENT WHO WILL JUST NOT GIVE UP.))
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((SCOTT GOLDBERG/REPORTING: ONE DAY TURNER'S 16 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER GOT A SURVEY IN THE MAIL, OFFERING A FREE PACK OF CIGARETTES TO WHOEVER ANSWERED A SERIES OF QUESTIONS ABOUT SMOKING. IT WAS THEN SHE DECIDED BIG TOBACCO WAS OUT TO HOOK CHILDREN. AND SHE TOOK IT UPON HERSELF TO FIGHT BACK, USING CHARLES T. BEAR AS HER WEAPON.))
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((MISTY WHORLEY: IF HE TOLD YOU IT WOULD REALLY HELP YOU FOR YOU TO STOP SO YOU WOULDN'T GET SICK.))
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These third graders think they already know what Charles will say about smoking.
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((IT'S BAD FOR YOU AND CAN MAKE YOU DIE.))
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((YOUR BRAINS CAN TURN BLACK AND IT WON'T STAY CLEAR LIKE OURS RIGHT NOW.))
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Turner says kids trust teddy bears.
And SHE trusts Charles' next adventure will keep kids from lighting up.
Scott Goldberg, News-7, Roanoke.))
Museums or school buildings.
College professor pay raises or more elementary teachers.
Those are just some of the choices Governor Gilmore has given state lawmakers as they return for their final work this year.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/D-ROANOKE: HE STARTED OUT WITH THE CONCILIATORY INAUGURAL ADDRESS AND NOW HE'S ENDING UP PICKING FIGHTS UNNECESSARILY.))
Democrats stepped off their bus tour of run-down, overcrowded school buildings, and into a series of fights with the Governor.
But they'll get some help from Republicans too.
((DEL. PANNY RHODES/R-RICHMOND: I THINK WE'RE ALL CONCERNED ABOUT SOME OF THE CUTS. AND I HOPE THAT WE CAN FIND OTHER WAYS TO DO IT. BECAUSE ESPECIALLY, I'VE BEEN HEARING A LOT FROM THE COMMUNITY COLLEGES, HOW DISTRESSED THEY ARE ABOUT THE FACULTY SALARY INCREASES.))
That's the Governor's choice to CUT college faculty raises to pay for more elementary school teachers.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: IF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY WILL DO WHAT I'VE ASKED THEM TO DO, WHAT THE PEOPLE HAVE ASKED THEM TO DO AND THAT IS ADD SOME ADDITIONAL TEACHERS, WE CAN REDUCE CLASS SIZES AND DELIVER ON QUALITY.))
The Governor says he can only pay for school construction by cutting museums and cultural centers.
And he's done it through "executive order."
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL: HE HAS GIVEN US WHAT IS THE GILMORE PLAN RATHER THAN CONSULTING WITH US AS WE ASKED, BACKED THAT UP WITH AN EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT I THINK IS CLEARLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL, TO SAY IF YOU DON'T DO IT MY WAY, I'M GONNA VETO YOUR BILL AND RULE BY EXECUTIVE DICTATE. THAT DOESN'T SUIT ME IN THOMAS JEFFERSON'S DEMOCRACY.))
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((NO MATTER HOW BITTER THE FIGHTS, LAWMAKERS WHO WERE STUNG BY CRITICISM OF THE LONGEST REGULAR SESSION EVER THIS YEAR SEEM EAGER TO ADJOURN THIS ONE BY FRIDAY. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
The stock market was back to breaking records today.
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The Dow gained 43 points to close at 91 hundred 85.
NASDAQ was UP 17 points.
Protecting the environment is a matter of GIVE and TAKE.
The Virginia Department of Forestry is helping land owners REPLACE the trees they cut down with new seedlings.
Christy Hubley shows us how the program has "taken root."
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(( One by one, workers are planting seedlings in Pittsylvania County.
Two million seedlings to replace acres and acres of barren land.
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((ROGER KIMBRELL/GREENTREE FORESTRY: WE'D HAVE A DESERT BEFORE LONG IF WE DIDN'T REPLANT. AND WE NEED TO BE PLANTING MORE THAN WE ARE. THE HARVESTERS ARE OVERTAKING THE SOWERS.))
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Kimbrell is one of the private contractors hired by the Virginia Department of Forestry for its yearly reforestation work.
Workers-- mostly migrant workers-- plant the little pines from January until May.
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((LESLIE MACE/FORESTRY TECHNICIAN: EACH MAN WILL PLANT BETWEEN 3-THOUSAND AND 4-THOUSAND TREES PER DAY.))
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((CHRISTY HUBLEY/NEWS 7: THE TREES ARE BEING PLANTED MOSTLY ON PRIVATE PROPERTY ONCE HARVESTED FOR ITS TIMBER. THE WORKERS PLANT RIGHT AROUND ALL OF THIS LOGGING DEBRIS THAT WILL EVENTUALLY ROT AND BECOME FERTILIZER FOR THE NEW SEEDLINGS.))
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Land owners buy the seedlings and hire the contractors through the Department of Forestry.
State grant money helps defray the cost.
Environmentalists say these baby trees are worth the time and money.
When they're adults, they'll help with soil erosion, clean air, and ground water.
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((LESLIE MACE: IT'S GOOD TO SEE THAT PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED IN PUTTING SOMETHING BACK ON THE LAND AS THEY TAKE TREES OFF THE LAND.))
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The work isn't done when the trees are in the ground.
The Department of Forestry will come back in the Fall to see if the seedlings survived the hot summer.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Pittsylvania County.))
Coming up tonight in sports lots of football news including a settlement in the Sean Gilbert case, Reggie White unretires, and the Giants dump Rodney Hampton.
Plus, Steve Mason with Roundhouse Wrapup as the Express reflect on the series with the Hampton Roads, and a successful season that doesn't feel so great right now.
The Express 3-2 overtime loss to Hampton Roads last night closed the chapter on Roanoke's best season in the Franchise's five year history.
Despite barbaric Hampton Roads coaching tactics that seemed to lead
[round house wrap up full!!!]
to the end of a Kelly Cup run; this team continues to try and stay on track. Steve Mason haa recap in our final edition of Round House Wrap up.
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It took the Roanoke Civic Center crew just 2 hours to remove the ice Tuesday morning. It might take some a summer to forget a bitter second round series loss in which Hampton Roads coach John Brophy head butted Frank Anzalone after game three.
While Anzalone and his players found their cool and integrity; they lost the league's leading goaltender and their playoff second leading scorer at the most crucial time.
But this team, as it has done all year in winning a franchise record 47 games; battled back from adversity behind Dave Stewart's two goals.
While the Admirals stole a Kelly Cup playoff run from the Express; no one can take away Roanoke's first Northeast Division banner. At the Round House, Steve Mason News 7 sports.
The NBA playoffs open this week, and the Hornets will have a tough opening draw in the Atlanta Hawks.
They played four times this season and the Hakws won all four.
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The Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic gets cranked up tomorrow with with the annual pro-am day.
Last year the tournament quit inviting celebrities, but it can't do much about the rain.
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Wet skies are in the forecast for both tomorrow and Thursday at Forest Oaks.
The chance of precipitation is greater tomorrow though.
Tomorrow's action is scheduled to get started at 7 am.
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Reggie White's retirement didn't last long.
Green Bay Packer management says the 13-year veteran has changed his mind and WILL return for the 1998 N-F-L season.
The All-Pro defensive end says he'll explain his change of heart during a news conference tomorrow.
The news conference had originally been scheduled for White to formally announce his retirement.
The Carolina Panthers and Washington Redskins have finally settled the Sean Gilbert.
The Skins designated franchise player who held out all of last season signed a 7 year $47 million dollar offer sheet with the Panthers last night.
Today the Skins told NFL they have no intentions of matching it. That means Gilbert is now a Panthers and the Skins are getting two first round draft picks in exchange for his services.
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The Giants made an interesting move today as they cut the leading rusher in franchise history, Rodney Hampton.
Hampton spent all eight of his seasons with New York and had five straight 1000 yard seasons.
His departure should be a good sign for Tiki Barber, who accounted for nearly 1000 yards of offense last season.
Duke head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski had back problems three years ago that forced to take a year off.
Now, he's suffering from chronic hip pain and arthritis.
The pain is so great that Coach K is considering hip replacment surgery.
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The pros and cons of the preferred site for a new Roanoke County High School will be debated tonight.
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Jean Jadhon is here with a preview.
Keith, there is little debate that a new high school is needed, to ease overcrowding. But where to build is another matter--
School leaders apparently favor the Woods End farm property, which is close to the upscale Farmington Place subdivision.
Some neighbors oppose the plan and want the school system to build elsewhere.
A public hearing tonight may determine whether the county exercises its eminent domain powers to buy the land from the owner even though he is reluctant to sell it.
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[Keith ad lib byes] We'll have the story and more tonight on News 7 at 11--Keith?