Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX...
We're waiting for word from the Roanoke County School Board on whether the Board will vote to condemn land and appropriate it for a new high school.
And we'll take you inside a Salem Courtroom to hear from the policewoman who was shot during a fatal domestic incident last month.
Tonight in sports, we'll examine the popularity explosion in pro rasslin, check out some big league matinee action for today,
and hear from the new head coach of the Detroit Pistons, Alvin Gentry who is no longer an interim boss.
Another chilly night ahead but records will likely stand pat. Show you why in a moment.[County-Schools]
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The debate continues in Roanoke County, where the school board is wrestling with a plan to condemn land for a new high school.
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Joe Dashiell's reporting tonight from the County administration building.
Joe is there any decision yet?
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(Rollcue:but now that's up in the air)
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A Roanoke County teachers group has some concerns about the new proposed school budget.
Members of the Roanoke County Education Association say there are budget cuts which the average taxpayer might not think twice about, but which teachers say will be harmful to students and staff.
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((KIT MCCARTHY-REAVIS/RCEA PRESIDENT; PROPOSED TRANSPORTATION FOR SUMMER SCHOOL STUDENTS HAS BEEN ELIMINATED. GIFTED MIDDLE SCHOOL AFTERSCHOOL WORKSHOPS WILL BE ELIMINATED. NO NEW RESOURCES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THE INSTRUCTION IN ECONOMICS IN GRADES K-12. TEACHERS HAVE BEEN TRAINED WITH NEW TECHNOLOGY, BUT WILL NOT HAVE FUNDS TO PURCHASE EQUIPMENT FOR USE IN THEIR CLASSROOMS.))
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The group fears such cuts mean increased class size and more student problems, which would result in lower teacher mor
An abduction and murder case that shocked parents throughout Virginia remains unsolved.
But authorities in Spotsylvania County believe they're making some progress in the search for the killers of three young girls.
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Two are sisters, Kristin and Kati Lisk. They disappeared a year ago after leaving school. Their bodies were found a few days later in Hanover County.
The Spotsylvania sheriff says investigators continue to work on several leads.
[IN Q=Significant progress has been made]
((RON KNIGHT/SPOTSYLVANIA CO. SHERIFF: SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE IN THIS INVESTIGATION. INFORMATION DEVELOPED DURING THE INVESTIGATION IS ROUTINELY EVALUATED AND RE-EVALUATED ON A DAILY BASIS.))
[SUPER=01-Ron Knight/Spotsylvania Co. Sheriff;]
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Parents are maintaining their own vigils, patrolling neighborhoods before and after school hours.
A Salem police officer was shot at and wounded last month--today she relived those frightening few seconds.
The officer testified at the preliminary hearing of the shooting suspect, Kelvin Vaughn.
Tina Tenret reports.
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((Kelvin Vaughn is charged with attempted capital murder of Officer Marge Dillon.
She was one of several police officers responding to a domestic dispute in Salem on March 11th.
A woman named Kim Carter said Kelvin Vaughn would not leave her apartment.
She did not know whether he had a gun, but he did have the couple's three-year-old son inside.
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((SHE POINTED TO THE WINDOW AND SAID THERE'S MY SON RIGHT THERE. AND I SAW TWO FACES PEEKING OUT THE WINDOW, WHAT I BELIEVED TO BE THE LIVING ROOM WINDOW. A SMALL BOY WHO I BELIEVED TO BE ABOUT THREE YEARS OLD AND AN ADULT MALE AND THEY WERE PEEKING BETWEEN THE BLINDS, PULLING DOWN, LOOKING AT US AND SPEAKING TO EACH OTHER.))
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Dillon says Kelvin Vaughn met officers at the front door, pointed the gun at her head, and fired.
Either bullet fragments or shrapnel hit her forehead, arm and leg.
Dillon says she then heard three more shots from within the apartment.
Vaughn's attorney Tom Blaylock points out that officers never knocked at the front door, spoke to Vaughn, or heard any cries from within the apartment.
But rescue workers later found three-year-old Kyrie, shot twice in the chest. The boy later died.
Commonwealth's attorney Fred King says he will file additional charges against Vaughn when his trial is set in May.
Tina Tenret, News7, Salem.))
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A national forum on college drinking comes to Virginia. Ellen Qualls brings us that story, coming up on News 7 at Six.
And from Russia to Henry County--it's a long trip for some educators who want to know how students learn here in the Commonwealth.
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Binge drinking has killed five college students in Virginia since last fall.
That death toll brought America's experts on college drinking problems to the Commonwealth today.
But despite the national attention-- the problem's NOT new.
It's what we've learned about it that is.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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Nicole Breckenridge was just days away from submitting her art portfolio to Disney.
Then she and her friends went on a drinking binge that ended in a fatal accident.
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((TERESA ROBINSON/NICOLE'S MOTHER: NICOLE CHOSE NOT TO GET INVOLVED IN SORORITY LIFE BECAUSE OF ALL THE PARTYING AND DRINKING AND STUFF BECAUSE MY DAUGHTER HAD GOALS.))
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((ATTORNEY GENERAL MARK EARLEY: WE RUN THE REAL RISK OF LOSING AN ENTIRE GENERATION OF STUDENTS TO DEADLY CONSEQUENCES OF ALCOHOL ABUSE AND MISUSE.))
But according to these national experts-- this generation's NOT alone.
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((PHIL MEILMAN/CORNELL UNIVERSITY: THE BINGE DRINKING RATE AS MEASURED IN HIS STUDIES IS ACTUALLY EVER SO SLIGHTLY GOING DOWN.))
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So the binge drinking horrors college officials watched at this meeting are NOT new.
But details about them are.
In new data released at this symposium-- Cornell researchers say the worst role models for college students may be the ones they most esteem-- student leaders.
Last December, data showed fraternity and sorority officers to be the binge drinking leaders.
Now, student athletes are shown to be culprits too.
Athletes and team leaders say they average three or four more drinks per week than their non-athlete counterparts.
Teresa Robinson thinks of her own daughter.
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((TERESA ROBINSON/NICOLE'S MOTHER: SHE ALWAYS TOOK A LEADERSHIP POSITION. THAT'S WHY IT WAS SO STUNNING TO US THAT THIS HAPPENED. BECAUSE WE WERE SO TOTALLY UNAWARE THAT IT WAS GOING ON.))
Virginia's task force on college drinking hears from College of William and Mary students this week... and reports its findings in July.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Williamsburg.))[VMI]
The V-M-I honor court meets tomorrow.
This is the hearing that was postponed three weeks ago at the request of a federal judge.
The two-day hearing on Post in Lexington will be closed to the media and public, so we won't know what's going on inside... unless the Institute reveals the results.
Six cadets- -three seniors and three freshmen- -face dismissal if they're convicted.
They're all accused of lying about beatings administered by upperclassmen. V-M-I officially forbids them, but word
has leaked out about an unsanctioned form of physical punishment called the "whack" system.[Goodyear]
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The Goodyear tire plant in Danville is under fire today-- for allegedly discriminating against minorities in its hiring and promoting practices.
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference says it's been contacted by black employees and prospective employees about the alleged discrimination.
The group claims white applicants are getting the first and best jobs... leaving the jobs with least potential for advancement for minority applicants.
The S-C-L-C says Goodyear is purposely hiring black workers last.
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((REV. WILLIAM AVON KEEN/SO. CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE: IF THEY ARE HIRED ON THE END THE SENIORITY WILL BE LOWER SO IF ANYTHING COMES IN THE FUTURE WITH LAYOFFS, THEY WILL BE THE FIRST TO GET LAID OFF.))
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Keen says he wants more than just an apology from Goodyear.
A company spokesman says the tire plant in Danville does NOT discriminate against blacks in any way.
He says Goodyear sees it as an asset to have a diverse workforce.
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A new breast cancer treatment is still in the early phases, but a Roanoke doctor says by the end of the year he could be doing the procedure.
Dr. Alan Henry says sentinel node biopsy could save breast cancer patients a lot of the trauma associated with surgery.
Instead of taking out all of the lymph nodes under the arm, surgeons could pinpoint one problem node--called the sentinel node.
Removal of all underarm nodes has no benefit and sometimes causes scarring, numbness and swelling of the arm.
The sentinel node removal would mean a small incision, faster healing, and less expense.
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((DR.ALAN HENRY/BREAST CANCER SURGEON:WE'RE REAL EXCITED BECAUSE WE THINK THAT WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO AVOID FULL AXILLARY DISSECTIONS IN 70 TO 80-PERCENT OF WOMEN AND THAT WOULD BE A TREMENDOUS BENEFIT.))
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Dr. Henry says the recovery process would be about a day, instead of the current two weeks.
Mixed results on Wall Street today, after yesterday's big loss.
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The Dow dropped 19 points to finish at 88 hundred 99.
NASDAQ gained 11 and a half points.
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A painstaking restoration project has come full circle, with the opening of a new addition to Roanoke's Explore Park.
The historic Brugh Tavern, a popular landmark in Botetourt County, started as a private residence in the late 1700's and then as a tavern during the early 19th century.
It has now been restored and re-opened in Roanoke County.
The campaign to move the structure began in 1995, when it was taken apart and numbered piece by piece, then rebuilt at Explore Park.
They've travelled a long way to Virginia to learn everything they can about American schools.
Five Russian educators are in Henry County this week-- visiting classes and meeting with students and teachers.
They are also seeing non-traditional instruction-- like this "hands-on" agriculture class at Laurel Park High School.
The Russian visitors say they're in awe of the facilities and technology at American schools.
But they're even more impressed by how friendly everyone is to them.
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((ALEXANDRE AUBRIMOV/RUSSIAN EDUCATOR: I CAN SEE KINDNESS SHINING THROUGH THEIR EYES. IT'S MY FIRST VISIT TO AMERICA AND I'M IMPRESSED.))
((DARRYL HOLLAND/LAURAL PARK HIGH SCHOOL: I THINK THEY NEED TO SEE THE DIFFERENT THINGS WE CAN LEARN FROM EACH OTHER AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO SHOW THEM EVERYTHING WE DO. THAT DOENS'T MEAN THEY'LL TAKE ANY OF IT HOME BUT JUST IMPORTANT WE SHOW THEM ALL WE CAN.))
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The Russian guests were treated to a special lunch today featuring American cuisine-- complete with southern fried chicken.
Coming up tonight in sports, the Pistons have a new permanent coach, a Parry McCluer athlete has a college home, a former Braves shines this afternoon in the big leagues.
And they've been wrestling in Roanoke since the 50's.
We'll take a look at why pro rasslin is more popular now than ever not here but across the nation.
The NBA playoffs continue tonight with the Hornets and Lakers both looking to wrap up their respective first round playoff series.
The Detroit Pistons were a major disappointment this season and didn't make to the post season.
But after firing head coach Doug Collins, interim boss Alvin Gentry lead the team to 5 wins over playoff teams.
This afternoon the Pistons took the interim tag off of his title and gave him a two year contract worth one million a season to take over the team full-time.
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Also this afternoon the Hawks' Steve Smith was given the NBA's citizenship award for outstanding community service.
He donated $2 point five million dollars to his alma mater, Michigan State in his late Mom's honor.
In the major leagues this afternoon the Oakland A's beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 4-to-3 despite a big blast for former Brave Fred McGriff.
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The Crime Dog smacked his 6th homer of the year in the fourth inning off pitcher Dave Telgheder. The solo homer to right field with no one out made the score 4-to-2 Oakland.
And the A's would not only win the game but they would get the hit of the day as this foul ball knocked out a light in the upper deck and forced a quick cleanup.
The Salem Avalanche is rind g a two game winning streak and tonight the team is back in Salem Memorial for a seven o'clock game with the Danville 97s.
Highlights this evening at 11.
As well as highlights from tonight Prince William and Lynchburg Hillcats game in City Stadium.[S-Blues]
Parry McCluer all state cross country runner and basketball standout Damion Beverly will attend Old Dominion Athletic Conference power Bridgewater where he intends to run and play basketball.
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Beverly was the Pioneer District player of the year in leading the Fighting Blues to the regionals. The two guard averaged 16.8 points and around 3 assists per game while shooting 40 percent from three point land. His decision was between Virginia tech and Bridgewater.
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If you have a TV in your house, there have no doubt been times over the years when you would swear professional wrestling of some sort was blaring from the box even when it was turned off.
Pro wrestling has been around since the 1950's, as we approach the year 2000, it's hotter than ever.
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[OUT Q=...THEY ARE ENTERTAINED.]
(( Sunday night 8000 fans shelled out an average of $20 bucks a piece to watch six matches of World Championship Wrestling at the Roanoke Civic Center.
To put this in some kind of perspective, there were only two times this past season when the Roanoke Express drew that many fans to the Roundhouse.
And only 64-hundred showed up for the UVa-Tech basketball game this past season.
Plus, earlier this month in Charlotesville at University Hall, a building that was never full during UVa's basketball season - a sellout of 9000 packed the place for wrestling.
Music, fireworks. lights and explosive personalities like the new sensation Bill Goldberg and former football player at the University of Gerogia are partially responsible for bringing a second and often third generation of fan back to coliseums across the country.
But the real reason pro wrestling is as popular now as it was 40 years ago when it Victory Stadium hosted matches on hot summer nights remains a constant. Pro Rasslin' is still the ultimate athletic soap opera.))
And entertainment it is. Like one man told me Sunday night, hey "The Young and the Restless" soap opera isn't real but people keep watching it don't they.
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