Drug dogs and metal detectors scan Roanoke city school students again.
The results of the search on NEWS 7 at Six.
And an one-on-one interview with Norfolk Southern chairman David Goode on safety concerns about the Conrail merger.
We'll have a LIVE report from Washington.
Tonight in sports, we will meet this year's Scott Robertson scholarship award winners, Roy Stanley takes us inside the squared a circle for look at pro rasslin in the area.
And James Hickenbotham, the former Friday Football Extraplayer of the week says he will play next season at Fork Union MIlitary academy before picking his college.
Some rain showers now and more on the way tomorrow. The weekend is shaping up nicely. Details coming up.
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There were more searches for drugs and weapons in the Roanoke City Schools today.
But the latest searches, like the first one in April, did not turn up any contraband.
School officials have promised random and unannounced visits by police officers and drug-sniffing dogs.
Today, they searched cars in a parking lot at William Fleming High School.
[IN Q=I think it sends a clear message]
((LISSY RUNYON/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS: I THINK IT SENDS A CLEAR MESSAGE TO PARENTS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS ESPECIALLY THE SUPPORT OF THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES THAT WE'RE GOING TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY AND WE'RE GOING TO DO OUR PART AS CUSTODIANS OF THESE CHILDREN WHEN THEY'RE WITH US SIX AND A QUARTER HOURS A DAY TO DO OUR PART TO MAKE SURE WE CAN HAVE A SAFE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT.))
[SUPER=01-Lissy Runyon/Roanoke City Schools]
[OUT Q=a safe school environment.]
Officers also used handheld metal detectors at William Fleming and at Breckenridge Middle School to check for weapons.
School officials say they expect the searches to continue.
A Bedford County middle school student has been suspended and will face a criminal charge for bringing a gun to class earlier this week.
The 12- year- old boy attends Forest Middle School.
Students there told officials they saw him with a .32- caliber revolver on school grounds Monday.
The gun is reportedly owned by a family member.
The boy's parents have cooperated fully with the police investigation.
He's being held in the Lynchburg juvenile detention home, charged with possessing a firearm on school property.
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Norfolk Southern chugged through another day of hearings in Washington.
The railroad is trying to win approval for its deal to join C-S-X in a take-over of Conrail.
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Scott Goldberg has been following the talks.
Scott when will we know if the deal wins approval?
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[SUPER=01-Sen. Alfonse D'Amato/(R) New York;:20]
[SUPER=01-James Brunkenhofer/United Transportation Union;1:00]
[SUPER=01-David Goode/Norfolk Southern CEO;1:19]
[OUT Q=we intend to keep it.]
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[Double Boxes=Keith and Scott/Satellite][Jones]
His testimony helped land his accomplice on death row.. now a Lynchburg teenager may get a break when he's sentenced on murder charges.
19- year- old Trevor Andrew Jones pled guilty today to helping abduct, rape, rob and murder Lisa Yvonne Crider last year.
Jones testified against his friend, Brandon Wayne Hedrick, two weeks ago. Hedrick got the death penalty for his role in the killing.
Prosecutor Tommy Lawson says that will work in Jones' favor when he's sentenced in August.
[IN Q=He's just as]
((TOMMY LAWSON/PROSECUTOR: HE'S JUST AS GUILTY AS MR. HEDRICK, I THINK THAT'S PRETTY OBVIOUS. ON THE OTHER HAND, HE DID TESTIFY FOR THE COMMONWEALTH AND HE ASSISTED US. I FEEL LIKE HE TOLD THE TRUTH WHEN HE TESTIFIED FOR US AND I FEEL LIKE HE TOLD THE TRUTH WHEN HE TESTIFIED FOR US AND I FEEL LIKE HE SHOULD BE COMPENSATED FOR THAT IN SOME WAY.))
((JOE SANZONE/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: I THINK THAT ANY TIME A PERSON COMES FORWARD AND TELLS THE TRUTH AND ACUTALLY IS GENUINELY REMORSEFUL FOR WHAT THEY'VE DONE, THE COURT ALWAYS TAKES THAT INTO CONSIDERATION AND I FEEL THEY WILL HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Tommy Lawson/Prosecutor; :00]
[SUPER=01-Joe Sanzone/Defense Attorney; :17]
[OUT Q=they will here.]
When asked how he felt about his friend's death sentence, Jones would only say that was "out of his hands".
A young girl was trapped for about 40 minutes when the pick-up truck she was riding in flipped on its top.
It happened on Hightop Road in Blacksburg around noon.
Police say the girl's older sister pulled into the path of a Chevy Lumina which struck the pick-up and caused it to flip over.
Eleven year old Natalie Walters was wearing her seatbelt and was NOT seriously injured.
Her 16- year old sister, Meredith, was charged with failure to yield the right of way.
The driver of the other car is also expected to be treated and released.
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In Roanoke, a driver apparently lost control rounding a curve on Tenth Street and slammed into a parked car.
Stephen Oliphant(Alli-fant) suffered minor injuries. His pickup truck was heavily damaged in the mishap.
Witnesses thought speed might have been a factor in the accident.
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Will your children receive a passing grade on the state's new Standards of Learning exams? We'll have the latest, coming up on News 7 at Six.
And they're looking for the lucky customer in Henry County--the one who'll be splitting last night's big Lotto jackpot.
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Virginia schoolchildren have taken the tests.
But did they pass?
We won't know for months-- after the political and the professional sides of the education community work it out.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/State Microwave]
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
What was announced today?
[Live=Ellen Full/State Microwave]
Keith, Governor Gilmore's Board of Education President is opting for more opinions rather than fewer, in his quest for what is a passing score for each of the new Standards of Learning tests.
[IN Q=It's a process]
[SUPER=01-Kirk Schroder/Virginia Bd. of Education Pres.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bill Bosher/Standard Setting Advisory Cmte.; :42]
[SUPER=01-Cheri James/Virginia Education Assoc.; :57]
[OUT Q=someone improve.]
((KIRK SCHRODER/VIRGINIA BD. OF EDUCATION PRESIDENT: IT'S A PROCESS THAT HAS TO BE DONE IN AN OPEN MANNER.))
So there will be two committees.
One made up of education professionals.
The other: a political hodgepodge of education groups, parents, politicians, and gadflys.
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((PAUL STAPLETON/STATE SUPT. FOR PUBLIC INSTRUCTION: THE PROCESS IS PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WE'RE DOING. AND TO PRESIDENT SCHRODER, I WILL SAY AT THIS POINT THAT I AM EXTREMELY PLEASED THAT THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION UNDER HIS LEADERSHIP HAS CHOSEN TO INCLUDE A WIDE VARIETY OF EDUCATORS IN THE STATE, PARENTS, AND PEOPLE TO SIT ON THESE SUBCOMMITEES.))
The advisory committee will be headed by the man who was state superintendent when the Standards of Learning were developed.
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((BILL BOSHER: FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, STANDARDS, TESTING, REPORT CARDS, CONSEQUENCES. THIS HAS NOT BEEN ABOUT CATCH
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It is in fact the penalizing that's been the bone of contention all along.
((CHERI JAMES/VIRGINIA EDUCATION ASSOC.: OUR CONCERN WAS FROM THAT END. THAT IT'S NOT RIGHT TO SET CONSEQUENCES BEFORE YOU SET HOW YOU'RE GOING TO HELP SOMEONE IMPROVE.))
[Live=Ellen Full/State Microwave]
The consequences would come in 2004: schools with a certain percentage of students NOT passing -- at whatever level is set this year -- would lose state accreditation.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/State Microwave]
THAT'S a political hot potato.
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The Virginia Democratic Party is calling for an ethics probe into a state contract for a P-R campaign promoting abstinence.
This station, W-D-B-J, submitted a proposal to be a "partner station" with the state on the "Not Me, Not Now" abstinence campaign.
Our competitor, W-S-E-T, won the contract in this TV market.
Now an article in The Washington Post about whether a state-contracted P-R firm demanded NEWS coverage as part of the package has the Gilmore administration on the defensive.
[IN Q=We believe]
((CLAUDE ALLEN/SECT'Y OF HEALTH AND HUMAN RESOURCES: WE BELIEVE THAT ABSTINENCE IS IMPORTANT ENOUGH AND NEWSWORTHY ENOUGH THAT THE STATION WOULD WANT TO COVER IT ANYWAY. SO THERE'S NO ISSUE HERE WITH REGARDS TO WHETHER THERE'S AN ATTEMPT TO PURCHASE NEWS. THAT SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN, HAS NOT HAPPENED HERE, AND WOULD NOT HAPPEN UNDER THIS ADMINISTRATION.))
[SUPER=01-Claude Allen/Health & Human Res. Sec.;]
[OUT Q=this administration.]
But in our station's negotiations, W-D-B-J was asked to provide 30- thousand dollars in paid ads, but a total of 90- thousand dollars in "value," which could include public service announcements and news coverage.
The P-R firm told our public affairs director, Kelly Zuber, that WSET won the contract because of the "overwhelming" amount of news coverage that station offered.
WSET has NO comment on the matter.
The House of Representatives late this afternoon rejected an attempt to get prayer back in public schools.
The vote on the Religious Freedom Amendment was 224 to 203 .
That was 66 votes shy of the two-thirds majority needed to the proposed constitutional amendment.
It was designed to allow people to pray out loud and recognize religious beliefs in schools and other public places.
Among Virginia's congressmen, Democrat Virgil Goode and Bob Goodlatte voted for the bill.
Democrat Rick Boucher voted against it.
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Bob Denver, star of TV's "Gilligan's Island", has been charged with possession of marijuana.
Denver lives in Princeton, West Virginia. He was arraigned on a misdemeanor charge and released on one thousand dollars bond.
The case is being handled by a regional drug task force based in
Police have NOT commented on the circumstances of the arrest or how much marijuana is involved.
The stock market pushed higher today.
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The Dow gained 67 points to close at 88 hundred 71.
NASDAQ was UP 28 points.
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There are at least two new millionaires after last night's Lotto drawing.
The jackpot was worth nearly 25 million dollars.
One of two winning tickets was sold at a Ridgeway convenience store.
The manager says the person bought the ticket at precisely 11:49 yesterday morning.
[IN Q=THIS IS ONE]
((CLIFF HUGHES/HENRY CO. LOTTO REP.; THIS IS ONE OF THE LEADING RETAILERS IN THE STATE AND BEING THE REP FOR THIS PARTICULAR REGION IT WAS REALLY NICE TO SEE SOMEBODY WIN AT THIS PARTICUALR LOCATION. IT CREATES A LOT OF EXCITEMENT.))
[SUPER=01-Cliff Hughes/Virginia State Lottery; :00]
[OUT Q=OF EXCITEMENT.]
State lottery staff say the Henry County winner is choosing to receive his or her half of the jackpot over 25 years.
It seems the winnings could have been split three ways.
Store workers confirm a Ridgeway resident has played last night's winning numbers for the past two years, but failed to purchase a ticket yesterday.
The other winning ticket was sold in Fairfax.
Coming up tonight in sports, James Hickenbotham talks about where he'll be playing football later this year. We will meet the Scott Robertson scholarship winners.
And Roy Stanley takes us ringside for some pro rasslin' that is unlike what you're used to seeing on TV these days.
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One of Friday Football Extra's best players from last season has decided to spend next year at Fork Union Military.
Patrick Henry's James Hickenbotham, says he hopes a year at the academy will help him completely qualify academically for a division one scholarship.
[SUPER=04-Friday Football Extra; :00]
Hickenbotham is close to meeting the NCAA's sliding scale for freshmen qualifiers, and he believes a year at Fork Union will not only help him do that, but also make other colleges aware of his talents.
[IN Q="Of course...]
[SUPER=01-James Hickenbotham/Will Attend Fork Union; :00]
[OUT Q=....the next level."]
[SUPER=03-Fork Union/Last August; :00]
Last year GW Danville star Tyrone Robertson dropped out high school early to repeat his senior year at Fork Union.
Hickenbotham says he is not following in those footsteps, and plans to get his PH diploma next Thursday.
[IN Q="It's been a lot...]
[OUT Q=...very important."]
North Cross's Brandon Lacroix and Glenvar's James Jett are this year's recipients of the Scott Robertson and Eugene A, Hawthorne scholarships.
The Scott Robertson memorial scholarship's eight thousand dollars will be of great use to LaCroix next year when he begins his college golf career at Duke. Brandon is also a national honor society vice president who participated in cross country, golf, and basketball.
[IN Q="they say]
[SUPER=01-Brandon LaCroix/Scholarship Receipient; :00]
Jett has a 4.0 grade point average and is ranked number one in his class. The senior is also a member of the Glenvar band and an all district soccer player.
[SUPER=01-James Jett/Scholarship Winner; :00]
The Utah Jazz has a one game lead on Chicago In the N-B-A finals.
[SUPER=03-Salt Lake City, UT/NBC SPORTS; :]
Last night in Salt Lake City John Stockton hit a running jump shot with 9 seconds to ice the Jazz win.
Stockton finished with 24 points in the 88 to 85 victory in overtime.
[IN Q="I think...]
[SUPER=01-John Stockton/Jazz Point Guard; :00]
[SUPER=01-Michael Jordan/Bulls Guard; :11]
[OUT Q=....i think."]
Game two of the best of seven series is Friday night in Utah.
WCW and WWF are the big dogs in professional Wrestling these days.
But did you know there are guys right here in southwest Virginia working in factories, offices and garages during the day and then wrestling at night?
Roy Stanley tells us about some guys trying to voice their own opinions in pro rasslin.
[SUPER=01-Pistol Pez Whatley/Veteran Wrestler; :33]
[SUPER=01-Jimmy Valiant/"The Boogie Woogie Man"; 1:04]
[SUPER=01-Chief Wahoo McDaniel/Pro Wrestling Legend; 1:22]
[OUT Q=...news 7 sports."]
((American Championship Wrestling is just one of the smaller orginizations that compete on the East coast and throughout the south.
The Ultimate goal for these guys is to some day end up in one of the major wrestling groups.
But making it to the big time is harder now than it has been in the past because of big money and corporate sponsorship.))
((PISTOL PEZ WHATLEY/VETERAN WRESTLER:))
((But Jimmy The Boogie Woogie Man Valiant says there is hope for the up and coming wrestler. Valiant runs a wrestling school in Shawsville and he says come the year 2-thousand he will be the only wrestler to have wrestled in 5 decades.))
((JIMMY THE BOOGIE WOOGIE MAN VALIANT/VETERAN WRESTLER:))
((CHIEF WAHOO MCDANIEL/VETERAN WRESTLER;))
((Whatley, McDaniel and the Boogie Woogie Man have had their day in the spotlight and hopefully through their efforts some of the young talent will get their shot.
Roy Stanley news 7 sports.))
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