On NEWS 7 at SIX tonight: the cause of a fatal fire in Henry County overnight where two children died- -two others
We'll also check in with Ellen Qualls at the State Capitol where proposed new rules in the House may limit how muc
h of the public's business is broadcast.[Sports-Head]
Tonight in sports, the top drag racers in the world are in the Richmond area thi weekend,
and the top golfers in the world are in Greensboro, although at times today some of them had trouble living up to their reputations.
Passing showers early this evening then it's time for a change. Warmer weather is here on Friday.[Henry-Fire]
An overnight fire in Bassett that killed two children has been ruled an accident.
Henry County's fire marshall says burners on the stove were left on.
Family and friends are finding it hard to comprehend the loss of two young lives.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Christy/Microwave]
Christy Hubley's live in Bassett with more.
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(Rollcue:he couldn't get back in.)
[SUPER=01-Gary Bowman/Father; :08]
[SUPER=01-Ray Connor/Friend of Family; :44]
[OUT Q=The family needs them, they need everbody.]
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[Double Boxes=Keith and Christy/Microwave]
(Question: How is the family being helped tonight?)[Burned-Boy]
A fourteen-year-old boy was burned this afternoon while sniffing gasoline.
Police say the teenager was sniffing gasoline at a friend's house when he accidentally spilled some gas on his stomach.
His shirt caught fire and burned his stomach when a friend lit a cigarette lighter.
The boy ran across the street to Jackson River Middle School for medical help and he was transported to Roanoke Community Hospital for treatment.
He was released from the hospital a few hours later.
The commonwealth's attorney says two Botetourt County sheriff's deputies acted correctly in a shootout that killed a drunk driver.
The driver's father disagrees.
Tina Tenret reports.
[IN Q=When 28-year-old]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./March 1998; :00]
[SUPER=01-C.L. Jenkins/Driver's Father; :27]
[SUPER=01-Joel Branscom/Commonwealth's Atty; :40]
[OUT Q=TT, News7]
(( When 28-year-old Brent Jenkins was pulled over for drunk driving early on March first, his blood alcohol level was almost three times the legal limit.
Deputy Jay Spiva called for a breathalyzer device -- but when he approached the truck, Jenkins shot the officer twice in the chest, then killed himself.
Seconds later, backup deputy Greg Hepler shot Jenkins from behind the truck.
Jenkins' friend was passed out drunk in the passenger's seat.
[IN Q=The officer outside]
((C.L. JENKINS/DRIVER'S FATHER: THE OFFICER OUTSIDE THE VEHICLE HAD NO WAY OF KNOWING WHO INSIDE THAT CAB WAS FIRING THE SHOTS AT THE OFFICER THAT GOT HIT. HE DIDN'T KNOW IF IT WAS THE PASSENGER OR BRENT. BUT HE FIRED INTO THE VEHICLE AND HIT BRENT. HE COULD HAVE HIT AN INNOCENT PASSENGER.))
[OUT Q=hit an innocent passenger]
[IN Q=It was dangerous]
((JOEL BRANSCOM/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY: IT WAS DANGEROUS TO SHOOT IN THE CAR ... DEALT THAT ... CAN'T NOT TAKE ACTION.))
[OUT Q=NOT TAKE ACTION]
[IN Q=Jenkins' father]
((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: JENKINS' FATHER SAYS HIS SON SHOULD ALSO HAVE BEEN PUT IN A PATROL CAR UNTIL THE BREATHALYZER DEVICE ARRIVED -- INSTEAD OF SITTING IN HIS OWN TRUCK TO PANIC, WITH A GUN HIDDEN BY HIS SIDE. BUT THE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY SAYS THAT'S UP TO THE DEPUTY, AND THE CASE IS CLOSED. TINA TENRET, NEWS7.))
[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7]))
You could soon be seeing a lot less of what's really going on in Virginia government.
Virginia's House of Delegates is now operating under new rules for television coverage.
The system feeds other rooms in the Capitol and provides much of the footage for commercial TV stations.
Camera operators are now allowed to show only the lawmaker who's been recognized to speak.
[IN Q=By redefining]
((BRUCE JAMERSON/HOUSE CLERK: BY REDEFINING THE GUIDELINES TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE COVERING WHAT WE NEED FROM A HISTORICAL... WHAT WE THINK IS IMPORTANT FROM THE HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE OF THE BODY.))
((SCOTT LEAKE/JOINT REPUBLICAN CAUCUS: YOU KNOW THE TRUTH IS LARGER THAN WHAT CAN BE CAPTURED IN A SINGLE FRAME VERY OFTEN. AND THESE NEW RULES WON'T CAPTURE THE WHOLE TRUTH.))
((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/R-SALEM: WE'RE GONNA HIDE THAT BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE MAY NOT BE HAPPY WITH SOME OF THE THINGS THAT ARE SEEN. WELL, THE PUBLIC HAS A RIGHT TO SEE THE GOOD AND THE BAD.))
[SUPER=01-Bruce Jamerson/House Clerk; :00]
[SUPER=01-Scott Leake/Joint Republican Caucus; :15]
[OUT Q=the bad.]
Under the new rules, a protest on the session's opening day this year would NOT have been shown on camera.
The veto session's over.
The special session's underway.
Virginia lawmakers are just a few agreements away from a car tax cut and school construction.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/Starlink]
Ellen Qualls is at the State Capitol.
Did they stay on track today?
Of course not, Keith.
The House of Delegates did seem to close the door on one issue though: the 14-hundred school teachers Governor Jim Gilmore had wanted as a down payment on the four thousand he's promised by the time he leaves office.
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[SUPER=01-Del. Roger/McClure/(R)-Centreville; :00]
[SUPER=01-Boyd Marcus/ Gilmore Chief of Staff; :09]
[OUT Q=to get along]
((DEL. ROGER MCCLURE/R-CENTREVILLE: IT'S ANTICIPATED THAT THERE WILL NOT BE THE ADDITIONAL 14-HUNDRED TEACHERS, FUNDING FOR THAT IN THIS BILL. DEL. EARL DICKINSON: THAT IS CORRECT.))
((BOYD MARCUS/GILMORE CHIEF OF STAFF: IF WE DON'T GET IT THIS YEAR THEN WE'RE GONNA BE BRINGING IT BACK NEXT YEAR.))
What did re-emerge was a call from southwest Virginia lawmakers for a cut on the food tax.
It was quickly shot down-- even with friendly fire-- those that remembered how vicious the partisan battle got earlier this year.
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL: DO YOU ALL REMEMBER HOW LONG IT TOOK US...HAVE GOT TO BE ABLE TO GET ALONG.))
At this hour, both the House and Senate are re-convening to see what the money committees have done.
The House was working on an agreement to pump up the school construction money from 110 million to about 125- million dollars, Keith-- which is still just a drop in the bucket with about 6 BILLION dollars in needs identified around the state.
[Q&A Where will the extra money be found?]
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It's the last day of powerline hearings here in Southwest Virginia.
That story is still ahead on News-7 at Five.
And vandals attack Richmond's most controversial pieces of art.
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The latest now on our story on Roanoke Times reporter Ron Nixon.
Nixon covers the American Electric Power line story for the newspaper.
Until February of last year he was a member of Democracy South... also served on the board
It is a research organization that focuses primarily on campaign finance issues but also studies some environmental topics.
The group offers its research to various other groups and the media.
Until TODAY, Nixon was listed as treasurer of Democracy South on the group's website.
Nixon however has not been a member of Democracy South for 13 months.
The group says its website contained outdated information.
Powerline opponents recently distributed a letter that portrayed Nixon as currently affiliated with Democracy South.
Nixon and the Roanoke Times say he was required to be a board member at Democracy South as part of his job with Southern Exposure magazine.
American Electric Power's proposed route for a high voltage line passes through five counties in Southwest Virginia.
Of those, Roanoke County has the most industry.
It also has a large number of business leaders who think the new power line is a good idea.
At today's public forum in Vinton, power line supporters spoke out.
They said the reliability of this area's power supply helps developers attract new businesses.
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[IN Q=in a recent]
((BETH DOUGHTY/ROANOKE VALLEY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP: IN A RECENT PROJECT WE WORKED ON, IT WAS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE TRANSPORTATION NETWORK, MORE IMPORTANT THAN LABOR COST. IT WAAS MORE IMPORTNAT THAN THE COST OF LIVING. SO YOU CAN SEE WHERE ELECTRICITY, IN THIS REGION PARTICULARLY, IS WHAT GIVES US A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE.))
[SUPER=01-Beth Doughty/Econmic Dev. Partnership;]
[OUT Q=COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE]
Those who spoke in opposition to the line wondered whom it would really benefit -- the power company, or the people of Southwest Virginia.
One speaker said a coal-burning power PLANT would be a bigger help to the local economy.
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[IN Q=This transmisison]
((DAVID FOSTER/SALEM RESIDENT: THIS TRANSMISSION LINE WOULD BRING INTO VIRGINIA THE EQUIVALENT OF SIX MILLION TONS OF COAL A YEAR, WHICH WOULD BE A LARGE OPPORTUNITY LOST FOR VIRGINIA'S COAL INDUSTRY.))
[SUPER=01-David Foster/Salem Resident;]
[OUT Q=coal industry]
Tonight's hearing at seven is the last public hearing in Southwest Virginia.
Richmond's most controversial public art has been vandalized.
The two-year old statue of tennis star and civil rights advocate Arthur Ashe got hit by paintballs overnight.
It's the first known vandalism to the statue.
The Ashe statue received both condemnation and praise when Richmond's City Council voted to place it on Monument Avenue-- the home of four Confederate statues.
The Robert E. Lee statue is Monument Avenue's most prominent feature.
It was vandalized with spray paint last month.[Stocks]
A down day on Wall Street. The DOW lost
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33-points, closing at 91-hundred- 43.
Nasdaq fell 36-points.
The findings of a Georgetown University study on the diet drug Redux are reassuring to millions of Americans.
The first carefully controlled study of Redux's effect on the heart found no sign it caused damage to those who used it for a couple of months.
The Center for Bariatric Medicine in Roanoke offered it's patients the drug.
Bonny Lee says the study does NOT mean Redux is safe.
And even though manufacturers say the majority of patients used it for two months or less, long term users may still be at risk.
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[IN Q=We really can't]
((BONNY LEE/BARIATRIC MEDICINE:WE REALLY CAN'T LOOK AT THIS AS A DRUG THAT'S GOING TO BE USED THREE MONTHS IN THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE, THAT'S WHERE THE CONCERN IS. WE NEED TO KNOW IN NUMBERS WHAT THE RISK REALLY IS.))
[SUPER=01-Bonny Lee/Center for Bariatric Medicine; ]
[OUT Q=really is.]
The prescription diet drug Redux was voluntarily pulled from drugstores last year after the government estimated one-third of people taking it suffered heart valve problems.
Coming up tonight in sports, the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic opens under less than perfect conditions, we'll update you on a couple of former prep baseball stars who are now making their mark in the college ranks.
And if you a loud rumble this weekend it's probably coming from Dinwiddie where the NHRA series has set up shop this weekend for four days of intense drag racing.
Rain delayed the opening of the first round of golf at the Greenboro Chyrsler Classic this morning.
They did get on the course by 8:15 today and some nice have been posted and some nice shots have been made.
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Take a look at crowd favorite Fuzzy Zoeller a winner of the event back when it was the GGO drain the putt from off the edge of the green.
Masters' champ Mark O'Meara wasn't so lucky out of the trap he looks just like me, flying the ball over the green and into the VIP tent on thepar three 17th.
Hal Sutton is at 7 under right now, and the leader is Chris Perry at minus 8.
The National Hot Rod Association Pennzoil Nationals are in the Commonwealth this week at the Virginia Motorsports Park in Dinwiddie just outside of Richmond.
Joe Gibbs' driver Cruz Pedregon in the Interstate Batteries Pontiac Firebird Funny Car has been the runnerup at Richmond in his division the past two years.
[SUPER=01-Cruz Pedregon/Pontiac Funny Car Driver; ]
[OUT Q=...ROUND WIN.]
More than 600 machines of all types will compete in qualifying over the next four days and battle for more than one and half million dollars.
That means he who rules the throttle wins!
But believe it or not there is such a thing as having too much trottle.
[IN Q="I think...]
((JOE AMATO/TENNECO DRAGSTER DRIVER:))
[SUPER=01-Joe Amato/Tenneco Dragster Driver; :00]
[OUT Q=...the track."]
The qualifying began today and time trials will continue in the early round through Saturday.
The finals for all divisions including these crazy Pro Stock Bikes begin Sunday morning at 11.
The Salem Avalanche played an early game today to close out its series with Wilmington. Salem lost it 4-to-3 in 11 innings.
The team will be back in Salem Meorial tomorrow night taking on Prince William.
But tonight the field belongs to the Ferrum Panthers as Abe Naff's team hosts Bridgewater in a seven o'clock game.
The Virginia tech baseball team is in the middle of a brutal stretch that includes 10 games in nine days.
[SUPER=03-Salem/Last Night; :00]
The Hokies lost to UVa 3-2 last night at Salem Memorial. One of Tech's top players; junior shortstop Chad Foutz is recovering from Knee Surgery after tearing ligaments in his right knee two weeks ago against Richmond.
[SUPER=01-Chad Foutz/Virginia Tech Shortstop; :00]
[SUPER=01-Chuck Hartman/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :14]
[OUT Q=...gonna be back"]
The Hokies are 24-16 and 2 and are 6 and 3 since losing Foutz for the season. He has already started rehabing and hopes to return at full strength for his final season.
[OUT Q=....fall season"]
While Foutz has one more year; this is former Jefferson Forest and UVa senior Ryan Gilleland's final collegiate season.
[SUPER=03-Salem/Last Night; :00]
The second baseman has a .968 fielding percentage. Gilleland is batting .320 with 7 homers; third on the UVa team. His solid, consistent career; filled with many highlights; leaves a mark in Virginia's record books.
[IN Q="I had]
[SUPER=01-Ryan Gilleland/UVa Senior Second Baseman; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dennis Womack/UVa Head Coach; :12][RUNS=:28]
[OUT Q=...Ryan Gilleland"]
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Covington officials are ready to begin building a new regional jail.
But, first they have to get past local opposition to its location.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom]
Jean Jadhon is in the newsroom now with more on that.
Keith- the Main Street jail in Covington is more than a hundred years old.
And, officials want to tear it down and build a new one in its place.
But, the new jail will be almost three times bigger and house more prisoners.
That's angering people in the area who are fighting to stop construction on it.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom]
[Keith ad lib byes] We'll have the story, plus all the latest news, weather, and sports tonight on News 7 at 11--Keith?