The finger-pointing stops long enough to make a deal that allows work to begin on three school construction project
On NEWS 7 at SIX, we'll map out the agreement.
And take a peak at a surveillance tape of what police said amounted to prostitution- -but the judge rejected as sufficient proof.
Tonight in sports, a potpourri for your weekend with everything from NBA star Johnny Newman to Steve Mason's touching story of a T-ball player overcoming real life adversity.
And qualifying is still going on in California.
Gordon has been on the pole most of the afternoon.
Despite the heat, very few records set today. Saturday will be very warm and humid again.[County-Schools]
An uneasy truce between the Roanoke County Supervisors and the School Board almost unraveled this afternoon.
But as Joe Dashiell reports, the supervisors have released funding for three school construction projects.
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[SUPER=01-Tom Leggette/School Board Member; :09]
[SUPER=01-Bill Irvin/School Board Chairman; :55]
[OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke County]
((What was supposed to be a simple signing ceremony, became a new forum for disagreement between the Supervisors and members of the School Board.
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[IN Q=I can't believe]
((TOM LEGGETTE/SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT BOTH BOARDS ARE WASTING THE FUTURE OF THE CHILDREN ON THESE IMPORTANT PROJECTS OVER MEANINGLESS PROCEDURE. IT IS A SHAME.))
[OUT Q=a shame.]
With renovations to Clearbrook and Burlington Schools, and new construction for Bonsac Elementary hanging in the balance, the supervisors were looking for assurances the projects will come in on budget.
But school board members were unhappy with an agreement the supervisors wanted them to sign.
Ultimately, the three-page document was whittled down to three paragraphs... and the supervisors appropriated the money.
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((BOB JOHNSON/SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN: I DO THINK THE FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITY OF THE BOARD HAS TO THE TAXPAYERS TO MAKE SURE THERE IS ACCOUNTABILITY, I THINK THAT POINT HAS BEEN MADE. AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THAT PROGRESS ON A WEEKLY AND MONTHLY BASIS THROUGH THE STEERING COMMITTEE.))
((BILL IRVIN/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN:))
[OUT Q=adverse comments.]
The three construction projects will begin immediately, but it's going to be difficult to complete renovations at Clearbrook and Burlington before the start of the next school year.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke County))[Danville-Wastewater]
Danville says it is smarter and cheaper to have a private company, rather than the city, run its waste water treatment plant.
Residents shouldn't notice any differences in their service or any increases in their bills.
Christy Hubley has the story.
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[SUPER=01-Steve Hudson/Danville Purchasing Director; :00]
[SUPER=01-Larry Baker/American Anglian; :22]
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[IN Q=We anticipate savings]
((STEVE HUDSON/DANVILLE PURCHASING DIRECTOR: WE ANTICIPATE SAVINGS IN EXCESS OF ONE MILLION DOLLARS PER YEAR.))
[OUT Q=dollars per year.]
That's reason enough for Danville to turn over its waste water services to a private company.
American Anglian-- a New Jersey based business-- will begin operating and managing this facility July 1st.
It believes privatization is the way of the future for public utilities.
[IN Q=Most major cities]
((LARRY BAKER/AMERICAN ANGLIAN: MOST MAJOR CITIES ARE LOOKING AT PRIVATIZATION AS A WAY TO IMPROVE THE LEVEL OF TREATMENT WHILE CONTROLLING COSTS.))
[OUT Q=while controlling costs.]
American Anglian plans to make some changes during its 10-year contract with the city.
Few of those changes will be noticeable to residents.
[IN Q=We hope they'll]
((STEVE HUDSON/DANVILLE PURCHASING DIRECTOR: WE HOPE THEY'LL CONTINUE TO GET THE SAME SERVICE THAT THEY PREVIOUSLY RECEIVED WHEN IT WAS DONE IN HOUSE BY OUR OWN FORCES.))
[OUT Q=by our own forces.]
[IN Q=We have agreed]
((LARRY BAKER/AMERICAN ANGLIAN: WE HAVE AGREED TO HIRE ALL OF THE EXISTING EMPLOYEES WITH A COMBINATION OF PAY AND BENEFITS THAT IS EQUAL TO OR BETTER THAN WHAT THEY HAVE.))
[OUT Q=than what they have.]
The city still has control over water and sewer rates.
But it has avoided a proposed 8-percent increase thanks to privatization.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.))
Former Blacksburg resident and self-proclaimed serial killer Henry Lee Lucas will not be put to death.
Today, Texas Governor George W. Bush commuted his sentence to life in prison.
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Lucas confessed to three-thousand murders, including the one that put him on death row.
He later said those confessions were lies.
Bush said there were serious doubts about Lucas's guilt in the case where he was set to die next Tuesday.
A woman who stole between 20 and 60 thousand dollars will NOT go to jail.
Mary Lou Fisher was treasurer of a homeowners' association at Smith Mountain Lake when she took 24-thousand-dollars in dues.
Prosecutors argue it was more than double that amount.
Fisher says she needed the money to pay her husband's medical bills.
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((LIKE I SAY I'VE NEVER DONE IT BEFORE. I'VE NEVER BEEN RAISED THIS WAY AND I'M VERY REGRETFUL.))
[SUPER=01-Mary Lou Fisher/Defendant; QUICK!!]
[OUT Q=very regretful]
Fisher gave the last of her husband's retirement fund -- 10-thousand-dollars -- to the homeowners association today.
The judge also ordered her to turn over a piece of land worth another 10-thousand-dollars -- and repay the rest in monthly installments.
Fisher says she's now bankrupt.
Emmett Cressell Junior will undergo a psychiatric evlauation before his capital murder trial starts next month.
Cressell's lawyers asked the court to appoint a mental-health expert, knowing their client's state of mind will be a major issue.
But the lawyers said they do NOT plan on using Cressell's mental instability as a defense.
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((MARK CLAYTOR/CRESSELL'S LAWYER: WHILE I, IN ALL CANDOR, DON'T THINK THERE'S ANYTHING WRONG WITH MR. CRESSELL, IN THE EVENT THAT THE COMMONWEALTH MAY KNOW SOMETHING I DON'T, I WANT TO BE PREPARED TO MEET AND REBUT ANY EVIDENCE THEY MIGHT HAVE.))
[SUPER=01-Mark Claytor/Cressell's Attorney;]
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Cressell's lawyers also asked for -- and received -- a private investigator to help them build their case.
Cressell is the second of two white men to go on trial for the burning and beheading of a black man in Grayson County.
Louis Ceparano is serving a life sentence after entering into a plea agreement last month.
Roanoke prosecutors want to toughen the laws against prostitution and pandering.
But to do that, they say they need city council to put pressure on the General Assembly.
[SUPER=04-Roanoke Police Videotape]
The city vice squad has recently caught several men, on camera, buying sex from undercover officers.
But judges have been throwing the cases out, saying the tapes do NOT show a "substantial furtherance of the act" of illicit sex.
Prosecutors want the word "substantial" taken out of the state code.
They also want the legislature to toughen the penalties for repeat offenders.
They'll take their case to city council next month.
Here we are just five days into Summer. We haven't quite broken any temperature records, but the power companies are talking about setting records for peak demand of electricity.
To the men pouring concrete from Franklin Ready Mix, it's all a matter of degrees.
The sun was beating on the crew making a sidewalk at the new Target store near Valley View.
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((IT'S REAL HOT, A REAL HOT DAY. OF COURSE, WE GOT A LITTLE BIT OF AIR GOING. YOU KNOW, THAT'S ALL RIGHT.))
[OUT Q=all right.]
[IN Q=Oh I got]
((OH I GOT SOME ADVICE FROM KIMBERLY MCBROOM TO SEEK ALL THE SHADE AND DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS.))
[OUT Q=plenty of fluids.]
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That's easier said than done ON the job- -where the nearest tree- -the ONLY trees are so new, it looks like they may not survive this heat wave.
((ARE YOU EVER TEMPTED TO PLAY HOOKY ON A DAY LIKE THIS? I SHOULD HAVE STAYED RETIRED. YOU CAME OUT OF RETIREMENT FOR THIS? I DIDN'T KNOW IT WAS GOING TO BE THIS HOT.))
[OUT Q=this hot.]
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For years, residents in Roanoke County have wanted to see a dangerous road fixed -- now construction plans for Route-221 have been approved.
But they may not include everything residents hoped for.
And a pair of eyes for police in the city of Bedford.
Coming up on News-7 at Six, we'll show you the technology that has officers excited.
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The Commonwealth Transportation Board has given the green light for work on Route 221 in Roanoke County.
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The proposed construction would widen narrow sections of the road as well as add turn lanes and eventually traffic signals.
The road would also be raised to prevent flooding.
Some residents wanted a bike lane included in the plans, but the board rejected the idea.
They say a bike lane would add too much to the price and bring the road too close to Back Creek.
The estimated price for the project is about 16 million dollars.
No timetable has been set for the construction.
If you've never seen a tax cut you didn't like -- you're NOT a drug store owner right now in Virginia.
Former Governor Doug Wilder got rid of the tax on NON-prescription drugs in 1990.
Only this year did it get funded by the General Assembly.
But the state tax department's been hammered with questions over what counts.
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((TOMMY THOMPSON/PHARMACIST: I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE TAX BREAK. IT'S THE LACK OF HELP FROM THE STATE AS FAR AS ADMINISTERING. YOU KNOW, WE NEED AN ITEM BY ITEM YES OR NO ON SOMETHING.))
[OUT Q=on something.]
Mineral oil, for instance, is NOT taxable now.
But herbal supplements are taxable.
Chapstick Lip Petroleum Jelly Plus -- taxable.
Chapstick with S-P-F -- NOT taxable.
The state says NO sales tax on peroxide.
But what about toothpaste with peroxide in it?
The confusion -- and savings to the customer -- begin July first.
A new 12 step treatment plan is being offered to any health care professional in Southwest Virginia.
But it's not to teach those in the medical professional to treat addicts, it's for those in the medical profession.
A conference was held today at Lewis-Gale to raise awareness about the new center and to talk about how to identify a health care professional who may be chemically dependent.
The actual treatment may last as long as four months and monitoring continues for five years.
Psychiatrists say health care workers are more likely to suffer from denial and shame than other professionals.
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[IN Q=Typically a professional]
((DR. JITENDRA DESAI/PSYCHIATRIST:TYPICALLY A PROFESSIONAL IS LESS WILLING TO ADMIT THAT THEY HAVE A PROBLEM. THEY TEND TO MINIMIZE THEIR PROBLEMS OR THEY TEND TO RATIONALIZE THEIR PROBLEMS.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Jitendra Desai/Psychiatrist]
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Moderate trading made for slight advances on Wall Street today.
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The Dow gained about eight points, closing at 89-hundred-44.
NASDAQ gained six-points.
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The plan to revitalize Henry Street is moving forward again with optimism.
Today, the Roanoke Neighborhood Development Corporation gave residents a look at the latest proposal.
Developers unveiled their plan to build an office complex, convenience store and add other tourist attractions to the area.
Community leaders and residents appeared to be pleased with the new layout.
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((DAVID BOWERS/MAYOR: This was a lively center for Roanoke for many many years and we are determined to bring it back.))
((SAMUEL HAYES III/RESIDENT OF COMMUNITY: IF YOU LOOK AT IT RIGHT NOW IT IS DEGRADATION AND DEATH BUT IF YOU CAN BRING IT BACK IT WILL BRING SOMETHING MORE TO THE COMMUNITY. THIS IS THE FOCAL OF A LOT RACIAL THINGS AND IF THEY CAN BRING IT BACK THEY WILL PROBABLY BRING US CLOSER.))
[SUPER=01-Samuel Hayes III/Resident of Community; :08]
[OUT Q=bring us closer.]
The Roanoke Neighborhood Development Corporation hopes to to start the project at the end of this year.
If you're a criminal in the city of Bedford, police there have a warning: you can run, but you can't hide.
Steve Smallshaw shows us a new camera that gives new meaning to the term "packing heat".
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[SUPER=01-Lt. Phillip Sullivan/Bedford Police; :12]
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Billy Graham/Bedford Police; 1:03]
[OUT Q=News7, Bedford.]
(( To some it looks like a radar gun.. others are convinced its a microphone for listening in on people's conversations.
Bedford's newest weapon in the war on crime certainly has the community talking.
[IN Q=A lot of]
((LT. PHILLIP SULLIVAN: A LOT OF STRANGE LOOKS. OF COURSE, THE FIRST RESPONSE IS `WHAT IS THAT?' AND WE DON'T HOLD BACK, WE TELL THEM IT'S A THERMAL IMAGING UNIT THAT'S USED TO PICK UP HEAT FROM BODIES AND CARS AND EVERYTHING ELSE.))
[OUT Q=everything else.]
Using a joystick, an officer can rotate the thermal camera 360 degrees.
Anything that radiates heat.. like a person, a car engine.. even skidmarks will show up as a white flare on the screen.
[IN Q=The thermal]
((The thermal camera can be used in both day and nighttime situations. Say an officer is responding to a shooting incident and the suspect has placed the gun in his front pocket. Using the thermal camera, the officer can detect heat coming from a weapon that has just been fired, making it that much easier to make an arrest.))
[OUT Q=make an arrest.]
At night an officer can park almost a quarter of a mile away and use the camera to monitor a situation before moving in.
[IN Q=And when you]
((SGT. BILLY GRAHAM/BEDFORD POLICE: AND WHEN YOU DETERMINE THAT THEY ARE IN FACT BREAKING THE LAW, YOU CAN MOVE IN AND DO WHAT YOU GOT TO DO AND MAKE WHAT ARRESTS HAVE TO BE MADE. AND IT'S PRETTY SURPRISING TO THEM, THEY'RE NOT EXPECTING THAT WHEN YOU COME PULLING UP YOU ALREADY HAVE THE GOODS ON THEM, SO TO SPEAK.))
[OUT Q=so to speak.]
Money seized from area drug dealers helped buy this camera for the department.
They hope to add a few more in the coming years.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford.))[Sports Tease]
Coming up tonight in sports qualifying is underway in Sonoma. We'll have an update plus, senior golf, a chat with NBA star Johnny Newman and
Steve Mason introduces us to Danville's Casey at the bat. A very special T-Ball player.
The Winston Cup stars are smoking this weekend out in Sonoma, California.
They are on the newly configured Sears Point road course for this weekend's Save Mart 350.
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Jeff Gordon was the second driver to qualify this afternoon and he immediately went out at set the time to beat with a lap at 98 point 711 miles an hour.
Right now its an all-Gordon front row, as Robby Gordon the full-time IRL driver put the Caterpillar Chevy on the outside pole.
Right now less than half the drivers have gone out on the the track.
I'll have the complete top 25 for you tonight at 11.
Danville's Casey Harris runs, hits and fields just like most little league T-ball players. And that's what makes her so special. Steve Mason explains.
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[SUPER=01-Casey Harris/Plays with an Artificial Leg; :08(QUICK)]
[SUPER=01-Priscilla Harris/Casey's Mom; :29]
[SUPER=01-Dave Hoskins/Casey's Coach; 1:02]
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After a year abscence, Johnny Newman's basketball camp returned to Danville.
After getting married last year, Newman took a year off from the camp. But his return this week attracted more than 50 campers.
Newman stresses more than just basketball and this year he presented the group with something special.
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[SUPER=01-Johnny Newman/Denver Nuggets Forward; :]
[OUT Q=...of their lives."]
Newman says he would like to play at least two more years in the N-B-A. However, the free agent is not sure just where he will play those final two years.
[IN Q="I want...]
[OUT Q=...good decision."]
Roanoke's Billy King shot a two over 74 today during the first round of this week's PGA senior Cadillac Classic.
He's tied for 55th, 8 shots off Charles Coody's lead.
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Dave Stockton has also had a hot hand today shooting a five under par round with a barrage of birdies in the late holes.
Some NFL players are taking part in this event including Jerry Rice, and Vinny Testaverde.
It's being played in Clifton, New Jersey.
If you want to cool off at the ball park tonight the Salem Avalanche is home at Salem Memorial hosting the Danville 97s in game two of their three game set.
The first pitch is set for later tonight at 7.