It's no joke talking about having a bomb at school.
We'll hear about that on NEWS 7 at SIX tonight.
And get an account of sexual shenanigans at W-and-L where the victims are men--a WOMAN is convicted of assault.
In sports, Rusty Wallace talks about going after his first win of the season at this weekend's race at Richmond, the latest on home run king Mark McGwire's injury
and the Roanoke Express introduces the franchise's second general manager in a news conference this morning at the Roanoke Civic Center.
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Severe Weather including damaging winds, large hail and possible tornadoes in the forecast tonight. A closer look at where the storms are now in just a moment.
Severe weather is bearing down on southwest Virginia. The area is under a tornado watch. Meterologist Robin Reed joins us with the latest.
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Yesterday it was an elementary school student in Covington. Today two high school students in Campbell County are learning a tough lesson about "zero tolerance".
The Brookville High School seniors have been suspended through the end of the year for joking about having weapons on school grounds.
Officials say it's clear the pair were not serious.. but given the recent rash of school violence across the country, educators can't afford to take chances.
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((JIM WHORLEY/BROOKVILLE H.S. PRINCIPAL: THERE GETS TO BE A GRAY AREA ABOUT WHETHER IT REALLY IS JOKING OR WHETHER IT'S SERIOUS. WE'VE DECIDED WE DON'T WANT TO BE MAKING THOSE DECISIONS, WE JUST DON'T WANT THOSE TYPE THINGS SAID AT ALL AROUND SCHOOL.))
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Whorley would not identify the students but says they WILL be allowed to walk with their class at graduation.
The lone student who refused a plea bargain in the pubic hair shaving incident at Washington and Lee University was sentenced to sixty days in jail today.
Sexual battery charges against Jessica Saveall (SAVE-all) were reduced to misdemeanor assault.
Chad Casto, the man on the right, testified Saveall and Lisa Williams entered his room wearing t-shirts and underwear, held him down on the bed and began fondling him.
When one of them started shaving his pubic area, he said he told them to stop but did not fight back because he was afraid of being cut.
The other victim, Eric Christ (krist) testified the girls came into his room with a razor and held him down on a couch, but that he pushed them off and told them to leave.
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((GORDON SAUNDERS/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY; I THINK GETTING JAIL TIME FOR THIS OFFENSE IS SIGNIFICANT, I THINK IT SENT A MESSAGE TO HER, AND IT ALSO SENT A MESSAGE TO OTHER PEOPLE THAT PRANKS CAN GET OUF OF HAND AND PEOPLE SHOULDN'T BE DOING THESE KIND OF THINGS.))
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Saveall testified that Casto did NOT object and seemed to enjoy what was happening.
The judge said the indignity that the men suffered should not be minimized because they are men.
Saveall has appealed the conviction to Circuit Court.
Blue Ridge Parkway officials are looking for a missing person after finding a vehicle with keys in it over the weekend.
The Roanoke River Overlook will be closed until dark as a search of the general area is being conducted.
Parkway officials are being assisted by Roanoke County's Sheriff's Department and Vinton Rescue.
Officials say the car's owner, apparently a resident of Thomas County, Georgia, has been missing for about a week.
At this point foul play is not suspected.
The President of the United States and his daughter probably never realized it.
Last Summer a man from Bedford County tried to make it look like someone else was on the way to Washington to kill the President and subject both Bill and Chelsea Clinton to unspeakable sex acts.
The Secret Service traced the threatening letters to Edmond Coffey at his trailer in Moneta.
Coffey admitted in court today that he mailed the letters addressed to the Clintons. However, it turns out he was merely trying to set up his ex-girlfriend's current companion as the letter writer... in a complex extortion and harassment plot.
Coffey's lawyer had reached an agreement to dispose of the charges without Coffey doing any prison time.
But the 55-year old Vietnam veteran continued to harass his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend while out on bond.
The prosecutor now says she'll ask for an 18- month jail term. [Tease#1]
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Roanoke Democrats are at this hour rallying around Mayor David Bowers, the underdog in the race against incumbent Congressman Bob Goodlatte. That story is coming up on News 7 at Six.
And in Danville there are plans to turn an old church into a home for
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((HOPEFULLY WE CAN HAVE A PLACE WHERE WE CAN TAKE THESE CHILDREN AND GIVE THEM A NEW START.))
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What needs to happen next for the project to become a reality--we will have that story.
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Federal officials have begun the lengthy process of determining the cause of yesterday's plane crash in Floyd.
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Teresa Hamilton talked with F-A-A officials earlier today and joins us live from the scene.
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Today, a local organization marks history by writing it in stone.
The YMCA unveiled a landmark on Wells Avenue--the site of the first African American YMCA in Roanoke.
The city donated the plaque to commemorate the founding of that chapter in 1928.
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((DAVID BOWERS/MAYOR; A YMCA WITH THAT STATED PURPOSE OF ENRICHING SPIRIT, OF ENRICHING MIND AND OF ENRICHING BODY. THEY KNEW THAT THAT KIND OF EFFORT BY THIS COMMUNITY FOR THEIR YOUNG PEOPLE WOULD HELP TO BUILD STRONG KIDS, BUILD STRONG FAMILIES, AND BUILD STRONG COMMUNITIES))
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The organization has since grown into the Family Center Branch of the YMCA on Orange Avenue.
David Bowers has been running for Congress since mid- April. Tonight sixth district Democrats are declaring his nomination with a campaign rally at the city market building.
Sixth district democrats haven't tasted victory since Jim Olin's last campaign in 19-80.
Bowers says he believes the party regulars are hungry for a win.
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Bowers says he's recieved encouragement from former Congressman Jim Olin that his campaign is on track and he says those who discount his candidacy are in for a surprise.
An old church in Danville may get new life as a group home for children.
Christy Hubley tells us why some people think the city needs a place for troubled teens.
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(( The Greater United Church of God just bought this historic church building on North Main Street.
The congregation will use the sanctuary for worship services.
But pastor has different plans for the church basement.
He wants to turn it into a home for teenagers who can't be places with foster families.
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((PASTOR JOHN COLES: THESE ARE CHILDREN THAT HAVEN'T DONE ANYTHING WRONG. A LOT OF THESE CHILDREN ARE CHILDREN THAT ARE A VICTIM OF CIRCUMSTANCES. SOME OF THESE CHILDREN HAVE BEEN FROM FOSTER HOME TO FOSTER HOME THEN ONCE THEY BECOME TEENAGERS NOBODY WANTS THEM.))
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Imagine what it could look like.
Sunday school classrooms converted into bedrooms.
The social hall made into the group home's dining and recreation room.
The church has already started turning its ideas into reality.
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((PASTOR JOHN COLES: THE ARCHITECT CAME IN AND ONCE HE SAW THE SPACE HE WAS ABLE TO BASICALLY PUT IT ON PAPER EVERYTHING WE WANTED-- OUR FACILITY, OUR KITCHEN, OUR RECREATION ROOMS, OUR BED SPACE. HE JUST DONE A GREAT JOB DOING THE OUTLINE FOR US.))
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((CHRISTY HUBLEY: THIS CHILDREN'S HOME PROJECT IS STILL ON THE GROUND FLOOR. THE CITY BUILDING INSPECTOR MUST GIVE HIS STAMP OF APPROVAL AND THE CHURCH STILL NEED TO GET A STATE LICENSE TO RUN THE HOME. BUT BARRING ANY MAJOR ROAD BLOCKS, CHILDREN MAY BE CALLING THIS HOME BY THE FALL. CHRISTY HUBLEY, NEWS 7, DANVILLE.))
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The blue chips declined on the market today.
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The Dow dropped 31 points to close at 88 hundred 91.
NASDAQ gained 15 points.
A Franklin County man wants the county to quit bickering with the town of Rocky Mount.
He says otherwise the taxpayers will lose millions of dollars and drive away a golden development deal.
Tina Tenret has more.
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There's a chunk of land on Route 40 East that just begs for business.
20 acres, undeveloped, in the middle of a busy commercial strip.
In fact, Kroger has designs for a shopping plaza here.
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((CARL SIMPSON/LANDOWNER; WHEN THIS IS TOTALLY DEVELOPED THE ROUTE 40 EAST SECTION SHOULD PROVIDE ABOUT A MILLION DOLLARS TO THE COUNTY TAX REVENUE, HALF A MILLION OR MORE FOR THE TOWN.))
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But this land does NOT have sewer lines -- and few big businesses want outhouses.
The town of Rocky Mount has offered to build the lines, but the county says no deal -- unless Franklin Heights, a residential subdivision, is also included.
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((MACON SAMMONS/CO. ADMINISTRATOR: ROUTE 40 IS IN OUR VIEW THE CREAM OF THE CROP INSOFAR AS TAX INCOME AND UTILITIES INCOME IS CONCERNED. IF WE JUST FOCUS THERE WITHOUT A PLAN FOR FRANKLIN HEIGHTS IT IS NOT VERY LIKELY WE WILL SOLVE THE FRANKLIN HEIGHTS PROBLEM.))
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So the two parties head for court -- as the Route 40 East plot sits.
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((CARL SIMPSON/LANDOWNER: TO GO INTO COURT AND SPEND OUR MONEY, NOT ONLY IS TAHT AN OUTGO OF TAXPAYERS MONEY BUT WE ARE LOSING THE INCOME THAT WE WOULD BE GAINING FROM THIS PROJECT.))
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((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: THE COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR SAYS FRANKLIN COUNTY HAS PLENTY OF BUSINESS SO IT DOES NOT NEED TO RUSH INTO A SEWER DEAL. HE SAYS INSTEAD, THEY CAN AFFORD TO HOLD OUT FOR THEIR OWN TERMS. TINA TENRET NEWS7 FRANKLIN COUNTY.))
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The media and the fans meet the Roanoke Express's new general manager, NFL stars Vinny Testeverde and Bryan Cox get their pink slips,
and Rusty wallace continues to search for victory lane, his comments on Richmond coming up right after this.
The Roanoke Express introduced it's second general manager in franchise history today.
is 35 year old Tony Mancuso, who replaces Pierre Paiement.
Fans, boosters, team owners and the media gathered at the Roanoke Civic center for a 10 am news conference today to meet Mancuso, who brings his wife and three son to the valley from Tallahassee, Florida.
He has ECHL experience. Most recently, he spent three and a half years with the Tallahassee Tiger Sharks where he was the GM during the 96-97 season. His focus will be marketing, getting involved in the community and bringing the fans out tot the Round House.
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Mancuso says he is content to run the off ice operations and let coach Frank Anzalone take care of the team. The owners and the players seem to support this approach.
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Anzalone was not at the news conference. he is on a recruiting trip and sources say he is also looking into another affiliate for the Express.
The Baltimore Ravens served up some cold cuts for lunch today in Baltimore by cutting
Vinny Testaverde. The 34 old signal caller had a great season two years ago when he passed for over 4 thousand yards and 33 TDs.
The Ravens release him in order to save $2.6 million dollars in salary cap allowances. Jim Harbaugh will be the team's starter this coming season.
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Also, John Elway officially returned to football today.
A day after announcing he would play one more season he surprised a few of his teammates by showing up for mini-camp camp and throwing this afternoon.
Elway is 37.
And to no one's surprise the Bears released volatile linebacker Bryan Cox this afternoon.
Cox started 15 games last year and had 101 tackles.
The Major League's player of the month for the past three months will likely miss the next three games with back spasms.
This harmless looking swing in last night's Padres-Cardinals game has put Mark McGwire out of commission for St. Louis's next series against the Dodgers.
McGwire leads the majors with 27 homers and says it's nothing to worry about. He's had the same problem one and off since 1989.
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The Pontiac Excitement 400 returns to the Richmond International Speedway this weekend and one driver many eyes will focus on is Rusty Wallace.
The defending champion has yet to win this season. In 12 races he has six top 5 finishes and will be gunning for his first trip to victory lane of the season at the three quarter mile track.
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The washington Capitals have a 3 games to 1 lead going into tonight's game 5 of their eastern Conference finals against the Buffalo Sabres. The caps are the oldest NHL team never to reach the Stanley Cup finals; that can all change tonight.
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