On News 7 at Six: an immigration crackdown in southwest Virginia.
At least 30 people have been arrested in raids at two factories around Galax.
And as AEP pushes for a new power line, we'll talk with folks in Floyd County, about the high voltage line they tried--and failed--to block more than 10 years ago.
Tonight in sports, the women's NCAA division three softball championship is set to start in Salem, Cave Sspring wins the RVD softball title today, APTEX and Indy racing are no longer together,
And Florida State punches out Virginia with some string pitching in the opening round of the ACC baseball tournament in Durham.
I'm ready for sunshine...how about you? The forecast through the weekend is coming up.
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Illegal aliens working at several factories in the Galax area are in federal custody tonight.
The charges are the result of a two year investigation by the immigration and naturalization service.
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Teresa Hamilton joins us live from Galax with more on what sparked the investigation.
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A traffic accident this afternoon in Botetourt County killed two people.
It happened around two-fifteen near the Cloverdale Exit on Insterstate-81.
The car was travelling south when it veered off the road and nose-dived into railroad tracks below.
Police have NOT released the names of the victims. The car had Tennessee tags.
The cause of the accident is NOT known.
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Children at Mountain View Elementary School in Rockbridge County should be able to play outside tomorrow.
They've been kept indoors this week, because standing water on the playground is contaminated with sewage from overflowing septic tanks.
Parents learned of the problem when a teacher sent a letter home with students Monday.
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Workers are fencing off the contaminated area and spreading lime to kill germs.
They'll keep pumping out the septic tanks until they can install a new drainage system around the property.
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A North Carolina woman pled guilty today to defrauding a Martinsville bank of more than 630-thousand dollars.
Linda Sechrest made the plea in Roanoke's federal court this afternoon.
She admitted to a check kiting scheme against Piedmont Trust Bank, from late 1996 to March of last year.
In court documents, Sechrest said the fraud started soon after the retail furniture business she and her husband started, ran into cash flow problems.
Prosecutors say Piedmont Trust Bank has recovered about 40-thousand dollars.
Sechrest will be sentenced in July; she faces up to 30 years in prison, and a million dollar fine.
Governor Jim Gilmore wants the public know he's so much more than the sum of his bumper stickers.
Ellen Qualls reports on the Governor's quest for a legacy larger than "no car tax."
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The first 100 days-- now in paperback.
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WE'VE HAD SOME DRAMATIC SUCCESSES IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. WE HAVE HIT THE GROUND RUNNING.))
He won funding for the first two years of the largest tax cut in Virginia history.
Democrats offer this.
((DEL. KEN PLUM/VA. DEMOCRATIC PARTY: PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA ARE GONNA REALIZE THIS YEAR THAT THEY'RE NUMBER ONE GOING TO PAY THAT TAX AND NUMBER TWO, WHEN THEY MAKE THAT APPLICATION, THEY'RE GONNA GET 12-AND-A-HALF CENTS BACK ON A DOLLAR. IF IN FACT THE ECONOMY STAYS STRONG, THE REST OF THE TAX CUT MAY BE REALIZED.))
He helped steer Democrats' school construction funds into a program he could support.
He won 600 of the four thousand new elementary teachers he's promised over four years.
((GILMORE: AND NOW WE'VE GOT THE ENTIRE FOUR YEARS LEFT TO CONTINUE TO MAKE SOME ADDITIONAL PROGRESS.))
In what areas?
His first official act was to name a higher education commission-- but 116 days later, he has yet to appoint its members.
Democrats and labor unions have chided him for his virtual silence on national tobacco legislation.
Now, the silence is over.
The Governor's offering to host a national summit in June of labor leaders and tobacco state interests.
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: THE IMPACT ON THE ECONOMY OF VIRGINIA, AND FOR THAT MATTER, THE OTHER TOBACCO STATES, IS POTENTIALLY VERY DRAMATIC. I DON'T THINK THIS IS BEING DISCUSSED AT NATIONAL LEVELS. I THINK THAT THE DISCUSSION HAS NOT BEEN ON WORKING MEN AND WOMEN. AND THE TIME HAS COME TO RAISE THAT AND TO TALK ABOUT IT IN DETAIL, AND SERIOUSLY, AND MAKE SURE THAT THE POLICY MAKERS IN WASHINGTON ARE ALERT TO IT.))
NO date's been set yet for the summit.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
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What's it like to have a high voltage power line as your neighbor?
Some Floyd County residents have lived with it for years, and they'll tell us about it, coming up on News 7 at Six, as we continue our series Power Struggle.
And it's never too early to learn the lessons of good health, as some Roanoke County youngsters found out today.
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The high voltage line that American Electric Power hopes to build between Wyoming, West Virginia and Cloverdale is not the first to generate opposition.
Twenty years ago, Floyd County was the battle ground, and tonight
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Joe Dashiell revisits that controversy in the third part of our series, Power Struggle.
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But so is the talk of a new high voltage line power line in another part of westen Virginia.
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Wayne Bradburn was the coordinator of Citizens for the Preservation of Floyd County, a group that opposed construction of the line.
The fight began in 1974, when Appalachian Power applied to the State Corporation Commission for permission to build the line from Jackson's Ferry in Wythe County to Axton in Henry County, and it continued for more than ten years.
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APCO argued that the 73-mile line was needed to serve a pressing demand in the Martinsville, Danville area.
The SCC granted a 200- foot corridor, and rejected environmentalists requests to re-open hearings.
The opponents did not succeed in stopping construction of the power line, but leaders of the group say they have no regrets about their fight, and in some ways they believe they were successful.
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((WAYNE BRADBURN/FLOYD COUNTY RESIDENT: WE WERE ABLE TO EFFECT POLITICAL CHANGE AND ENABLED PEOPLE LIKE THE GROUPS THAT ARE FIGHTING IT NOW TO BE FAR MORE EFFECTIVE THAN THEY OTHERWISE MIGHT HAVE BEEN.))
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Today, Floyd County residents are living with the power line, but for some such as Charles Harmon their opposition has given way to aggravation..
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((CHARLES HARMON: SOMETIMES WHEN YOU REALLY NEED SLEEP, IT DON'T BOTHER YOU SO BAD, BUT YOU GET TO LISTENING TO IT AT NIGHT, YOU'LL BE UP AND DOWN. OH THAT DURN POWER LINE. CLOSE THE WINDOWS. PUT A PILLOW OVER YOUR HEAD AND STILL YOU CAN BARELY HEAR IT YOU KNOW.))
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The Floyd County citizens group officially disbanded a couple of years ago, but not before offering a contribution and encouragement to a new group of power line opponents.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
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Franklin County is ready to share five secrets.
They are Routes 623, 602, 640, 748, and parts of Route 40.
Planners want state maps to highlight these as scenic roads.
The goal is to lure people off the Interstate onto narrow country paths, through farmland and villages.
And there's a side benefit for businesses.
((WAYNE ANGELL/HARDWARE STORE OWNER: PRIMARILY THE RESTAURANTS, THE MOTELS AND THE HOTELS AND THOSE FOLKS GEARED TO TOURISTS. THEY TELL US TOURISTS LEAVE THE BEST MONEY BECAUSE THEY SPEND MONEY, WE COLLECT SALES TAX ON THEM, AND THEN THEY GO HOME.))
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This land has no zoning laws, leaving it wide open for development.
But according to the planning director, new buildings would have to fit in with the scenery.
The commonwealth's transportation board ultimately decides whether to mark these roads as special Virginia byways.
A record close on Wall Street today---
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The Dow gained 50 points to finish at 92 hundred 12.
NASDAQ was UP six points.
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Students gathered around at Glen Cove Elementary in Roanoke County today for a lesson in keeping their bodies as strong as their brains.
Tonya Flory shows us how Salem V-A Medical Center nurses brought a message of good health to fourth graders.
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((SHELBY THOMASON/GLEN COVE ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL:ONE OF THE THINGS THEY CAN DO IS ANSWER QUESTIONS AND MAKE THOSE ANSWERS TRUE TO LIFE WITH SOMETHING THEY WORK WITH EVERYDAY AND THEY TRULY ENJOY THAT.))
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((LINDA ARCHULETA/V.A. NURSE:EACH OF THE STATIONS IS INTERTWINED FOR THEY'LL BE PICKING UP HOW IMPORTANT EXERCISE IS FOR THEIR HEART BECAUSE THEY HEARD THAT IN THE HEART STATION OF MAYBE THEY HAD A GRANDPARENT WHO HAD BYPASS SURGERY BEFORE, SO THEY KNOW THE IMPORTANCE OF DIET AND EXERCISE.))
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((SAM RYDER/4TH GRADER:THE CARDIAC ONE WHERE WE LEARNED ABOUT OUR HEARTS, THAT WAS FUN.))
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fun and very educational.
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((SAM RYDER/4TH GRADER:THERE ARE TWO VENTRICLES AND TWO ATRIUMS AND THAT THE VENTRICLES PUMP THE MAIN BLOOD AND THAT THE ATRIUMS RECEIVE IT.))
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Tonya Flory, News 7, Health Check. ))
Coming up tonight in sports, highlights from Virginia's battle with Florida State this afternoon at the ACC tournament, Cave Spring wins the RVD softball title this afternoon,
and don't look now but the valley has been invaded by eight of the best college softball teams in the nation, the women are also pretty good dancers.
We'll see what's up with this year's NCAA tournament.
The ACC baseball tournament is enjoying some outstanding weather today down in Durham as first round of play in the six day event began this morning.
Four games are set for today, two already are complete.
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Virginia, which won its play in game with Maryland last night is got the honor of battling top seeded Florida State.
UVa would scratch the scoreboard first, as Mark Rueffert singles to right field in the top of the second and drives in a sliding Hunter Wyant. It's one to nothing Virginia.
But Florida State would come back slowly no the Cavs, slowly build on their own advantage and eventually take the 4-to-1 win.
FSU pitcher Chris Chavez, kept UVa at bay all afternoon by tossing a complete game five hitter and retired 23 of the last 25 batters he faced.
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The Cavs will now play N.C. State in the loser's bracket tomorrow morning. Wake Forest beat the Wolf Pack 9-to-1 in a mild upset.
Ga. Tech and Duke are playing at this hour and Clemson takes on North Carolina later tonight.
The Virginia Tech baseball team saw its season end later last night in Philadelphia as they lost to Fordham in the Atlantic 10 championship game.
The 3-to-1 setback left the Hokis with 28 wins on the season.
Head coach Chuck Hartman got his 12 hundredth career win in the semi-finals as the Hokies beat U-Mass.
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It's another championship weekend over in Salem as the city welcomes the N-C-A-A division three softball championship.
And Roy Stanley says the teams enjoyed an afternoon of fun and practice.
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((As usual, The City of Salem rolled out the red carpet for the teams participating in this years champijonship.
They were treated with a barbecue and some of the players showed their talent off the field with a little song and dance.))
((HENRY CHRISTOWSKI/SIMPSON HEAD COACH:))
((Simpson is back to defend the title it won at the Moyers Sports complex in 1997.
There are a total of 8 teams in the field including who won the championship in Salem in 1995.))
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Cave Spring's Lady Knights won the Roanoke Valley District Softball Tournament this afternoon in Salem.
But not without some controversy.
First Franklin County stalls a Cave Spring scoring drive, Megan Conklin and Missy Carter turn the double play to end the third inning and keep the game scoreless.
Eagle Stephanie Burgess comes up to bat in the top of the fourth inning, fans and Franklin County thought they had scored off this single but the ump says Amil Davis was hit by the ball. No score and the out sends the Knights to the plate.
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Cave Spring scores two runs in the bottom of the fourth.
It was all they would need. As the Lady Knights beat the Lady Eagles 2-0 in the R-V-D Tournament.
Both teams have a spot in the regionals.
Also, tonight at eleven we'll have highlights of the Pioneer district tournament from Covington.
Aptex, the Roanoke based robotics company that created quite a stir and plenty of excitement last Tuesday when it showcased its Indy car and driver at the Hotel Roanoke has been dropped as a sponsor on the car.
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that is driven by Greg Ray. The car and driver turned the fifth fastest lap of the month at Indy yesterday, but the car did not bear the APTEX decals that covered it in Roanoke last week.
A spokesman for Thomas Knapp Motorsports told us this afternoon that the agreement with APTEX was terminated because money that was promised the team was not paid on time.
The spokesman says there were some sticking problems in negotiations before, but they felt as though they were taken care of prior to last week's presentation in Roanoke.
APTEX president Scott Repsher could not be reached for comment tonight.
It's uncertain at this time if Ray and the car will still be able to race in the Indy 500.
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That's News 7 at 6. Coming up tonight--what can be done to help Roanoke County residents whose homes are frequently flooded?
In Roanoke City's Garden City neighborhood a voluntary buy out allowed residents to move--and tonight a similar program for parts of Roanoke County will be discussed, at a meeting at the Hollins Library.
We'll have that story and more tonight on News 7 at 11
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