What's going on at Cave Spring corner?
On NEWS 7 at SIX tonight... a LIVE report on Springwood Park- -and the re-zoning controversy there.
And we'll see how your tax dollars are being put to use in Franklin County providing something most of take for granted- -indoor plumbing.
In sports, New England patriot tight end ben Coates was in court this morning on domestic abuse charges, Redskins running back Terry Allen puts his run in with the law behind him,
while his new fellow teammates Dana and Dan talk about the new and improved national defense for washington.
Temperatures way below normal today but everything warms up tomorrow. That story and a look at the first tropical despression in the Atlantic just ahead.
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A little more than a week ago, a developer asked Roanoke County to rezone 20 acres of land.
The project at the corner of 419 and Brambleton Avenue has raised lots of questions.
But there have been few answers.
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Scott Goldberg has been following this story.
Scott, there's going to be a public meeting tonight.
What do you expect will happen?
Keith, this meeting should clear up some of the confusion about the project.
So far details have been hard to come by.
And the developer overseeing the project said much of the information out there is wrong -- especially reports that small business owners in a building he owns near the property will soon have to pick up and leave.
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[SUPER=01-Dr. Chris Lauria/Small Business Owner;]
[SUPER=01-Anne Marie Green/Roanoke County Spokeswoman;]
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[IN Q= i just hate]
((BOB FREEMAN/DEVELOPER: I JUST HATE THAT A LOT OF MISREPRESENTATION WAS ANNOUNCED PREMATURELY THAT OUR BUILDING WAS GOING TO BE TORN DOWN IN SIXTY DAYS AND THAT ABSOLUTELY UPSET A LOT OF MY TENANTS. ))
[OUT Q=lot of my tenants]
The truth is, according to Bob Freeman, even if the county DOES rezone this land in Southwest Roanoke County, the small businesses that are already there might be able to STAY there.
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[IN Q=the county's]
((BOB FREEMAN: THE COUNTY'S ATTEMPTING A REZONING ON THE PROPERTY TO ALLOW MORE RETAIL USE ON THE PROPERTY AND THESE BUSINESSES MAY BE HERE 20 YEARS FROM NOW.))
[OUT Q=20 years from now]
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The proposal is to take the land at the corner of 419 and Brambleton and rezone it for light commercial use.
That would clear the way for more retailers to move in...
And as some people who live nearby fear, more traffic.
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[IN Q=i wouldn't feel]
((TROY LANHAM/RESIDENT:I WOULDN'T FEEL TOO COMFORTABLE WITH IT. TRAFFIC AT ALL TIMES OF THE NIGHT. THEN CONSTRUCTION WHEN THEY ACTUALLY GO BUILD IT. ))
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Business owners have mixed feelings.
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[IN Q=i'd rather]
((I'D RATHER NOT MOVE MY BUSINESS. BUT IF I HAVE TO DO IT FOR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTY, THEN IT'S SOMETHING I WOULD TRULY LOOK AT DOING.))
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Everyone wants to know more about the project.
That's why the County scheduled a public meeting tonight.
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[IN Q=we will tell]
((ANNE MARIE GREEN:WE WILL WILL TELL WHAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO TELL. WE WILL TALK ABOUT ZONING, THE 419-MASTER PLAN AND WHAT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE THERE, WE CAN TALK ABOUT THE PROCESS. ))
[OUT Q=THE PROCESS]))
But what the county will NOT talk about is what sort of business might move onto the rezoned land.
The county and the developer say they're not ready to talk about prospects.
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Governor Jim Gilmore promised a "dollar for dollar" reimbursement to cities and counties with his "no car tax" plan.
Today, House Appropriations Committee members heard differently.
The state Compensation Board has sent a letter to localities,
promising to repay them only half of the administrative costs of calculating and issuing the tax refund checks.
[IN Q=As I recall]
((DEL. WHITT CLEMENT/D-DANVILLE: AS I RECALL, THE FIVE MILLION DOLLARS SET ASIDE TO IMPLEMENT THE REPEAL OF THE CAR TAX WAS TO PREVENT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FROM HAVING TO PICK UP THE TAB FOR IMPLEMENTING IT. BUT WITH THE COMP BOARD ISSUING THAT MEMO SAYING YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO PAY FOR HALF OF IT, IT DOESN'T SEEM TO SQUARE WITH WHAT WE'D BEEN TOLD EARLIER.))
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((ELEVEN YEARS, I'VE LEARNED NOT TO GET ANGRY AND I RARELY GET SURPRISED.))
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[SUPER=01-Del. Glenn Croshaw/(D) Virginia Beach; :23]
[OUT Q=get surprised.]
Governor Gilmore's spokeswoman says the true costs of refunding the tax are NOT even known yet-- because each locality's doing it its own way.
She says the Governor is committed to finding more money to make up the difference if there is one.
A Danville man admits he killed his estranged wife's friend but says it was NOT murder.
Laquan Stone is on trial for fatally shooting Alvin Averette in April.
The prosecution is seeking a first-degree murder conviction-- arguing Stone planned the shooting.
But defense lawyers say Stone acted in a fit of jealousy when he found Averette at his wife's apartment hiding in the shower.
Tomisha Stone says she tried to keep her husband from shooting Averette by telling him he was her cousin.
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((TOMISHA STONE/ACCUSED'S WIFE: AND THEN I GOT IN FRONT OF MY HUSBAND WHILE HE STILL HAD THE GUN AND I HAD MY LITTLE BOY IN ONE HAND AND I WAS TELLING LAQUAN HE WAS MY COUSIN AND I WAS TRYING TO PUSH HIM BACK YOU KNOW SAYING DON'T HURT HIM PLEASE DON'T HURT HIM AND THEN BUT WHEN I STEPPED AWAY FROM THE GUN THAT'S WHEN THE SHOTS WERE FIRED.))
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[OUT Q=shots were fired.]
The trial is still going on.
The prosecution has rested, and the defense is now presenting its witnesses.
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A federal judge in Roanoke has given the F-B-I a deadline to process Keith Neely's request for files related to the government's prosecution of the Christiansburg lawyer.
Neely is now serving a ten-year sentence for drug dealing and money laundering.
He's trying to get a new trial and says he needs the F-B-I's files to help prepare his case.
Neely is pinning his hopes on Mike Giacolone. The former football star told his probation officer that he lied under oath at Neely's trial in 19-93, though Giacolone won't talk about it now.
Judge Jackson Kiser today ordered the F-B-I to process Neely's request by the end of August. [Forensics-Lab]
Virginia was the first state in the nation to collect D-N-A samples from convicted felons.
This month, it became the first state to make an interstate match-- and the first state to start using a D-N-A analysis that narrows a killer or rapist down to one in 400 quadrillion.
Ellen Qualls reports on the state's new 30 million dollar forensics lab.
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[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]
Not even the FBI is using such an advanced DNA analysis technique -- so accurate it's basically an absolute identifier.
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((PAUL FERRARA/FORENSIC SCIENCES DIV. DIRECTOR: WE'RE RECOVERING DNA THAT HAS BEEN LEFT AT THE SCENE OF A CRIME, A SKI MASK...CIGARETTE BUTTS.))
The problem is that while Virginia's drawn DNA blood samples from 160,000 convicted felons -- the lab's only processed 10-thousand-600.
That's changing, as of this month -- with three years of funding to build the second largest DNA databank in the world.
The goal is a 36 hour turnaround-- instead of a year or more.
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((PAUL FERRARA/FORENSIC SCIENCES DIV. DIRECTOR: THIS WILL HAPPEN. THIS IS NOT A PIPE DREAM.))
But lawmakers touring this lab saw Virginia is state of the art across the board in forensic sciences.
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((PAUL FERRARA/FORENSIC SCIENCES DIV. DIRECTOR: BY USING THE SPECIAL INFRARED OR ULTRAVIOLET LIGHTING FOR EXAMPLE...THE EXAMINER IS ABLE TO DETERMINE THE NUMBERS AND SEE THE NUMBERS THAT ARE OBLITERATED.))
There is a world class firearms testing unit--
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--that fires every gun seized in any crime in Virginia, and then matches the bullet or a unique marking on the gun to any bullet fragments found at the crime scene.
The lab processes evidence from 40-thousand drug cases year.
It's just part of the 400-thousand pieces of evidence Virginia's world class forensic scientists see.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))[Tease#1]
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A plane crash is scheduled for tomorrow at Roanoke Airport.
We'll explain coming up,
Halem comes to Virginia Tech..
Some inner city students are sharing their talents and learning the what fun college can be.
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A brand new million dollar airplane owned by the Commonwealth will go up in flames at the Roanoke Airport tomorrow.
That's what the Mobile Aircraft Firefighter Trainer is designed to do.
The trainer uses propane fuel to simulate the heat and intense flames of a real aircraft fire.
It's one of the first of its kind in the world.
The commonwealth bought it in part, to help airports and fire departments save money.
((JIM NILO/PROGRAM MANAGER; INCREDIBLY COST EFFECTIVE, AN EXAMPLE WOULD HAVE BEEN 2 YEAR AGO. THE FOLKS AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT PAID OVER 14 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO SEND THEIR FIREFIGHTERS TO DALLAS-FORT WORTH FOR SOME TRAINING. WHILE THEY RECIEVED EXCELLENT TRAINING DOWN THERE, WE CAN DO VERY MUCH THE SAME THING HERE FOR 5000, COST SHARE BETWEEN THE AIRPORT AND MY AGENCY, SO IT IS VERY BENIFICIAL FOR THE AIRPORT.))
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[OUT Q=for the airport]
The trainer did NOT burn up a lot of state money. The Federal Aviation Administration picked up 90 percent of the cost.
Roanoke firefighters will use the trainer for the rest of the week, then it will travel to Danville.
The state is pumping 52-thousand dollars into Franklin County homes, to give residents indoor plumbing.
Tina Tenret visited some families who can put that grant money to good use.
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[SUPER=01-Linnie Thomas/Program Applicant; :15]
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[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7 Franklin County]
(( When Linnie Thomas moved in 35 years ago, she used an outhouse.
Now there's a toilet in the bedroom, but it doesn't flush.
And there's no shower -- Linnie and her daughter bathe from a pan and wash their hair in the kitchen sink.
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((LINNIE THOMAS/PROGRAM APPLICANT: YOU DO GET REAL TIRED AND DISAPPOINTED. EVERY TIME YOU GET READY TO FLUSH YOU HAVE TO TAKE YOUR BUCKET, COME TO THE KITCHEN, DRAW OUT YOUR WATER THEN GO BACK OUT AND FLUSH IT.))
[OUT Q=FLUSH IT]
Wastewater leaks from broken pipes, trickles into a sewage trench, then rots next to the drinking water well.
County officials say the house is beyond repair.
But they hope to build Thomas a new home -- after all, she qualifies for state funds.
[IN Q=You have]
((LIZ PARCELL/FRANKLIN CO. PLANNING DEPT.: YOU HAVE TO OWN THE PROPERTY, YOU HAVE TO BE BELOW THE LOW TO MEDIUM INCOME LEVEL AND YOU HAVE TO HAVE A BASIC PLUMBING PROBLEM.))
[OUT Q=BASIC PLUMBING PROBLEM]
Shirley Thomas is also applying for help -- 21-thousand-dollars worth.
She has no hot water, and her shower doesn't work.
Water leaks through the floor to the basement, which is full of sewer gases like methane.
[IN Q=I've never been ]
((SHIRLEY THOMAS/PROGRAM APPLICANT: I'VE NEVER BEEN IN THIS SITUATION BEFORE. I WAS INJURED LAST YEAR AND I GOT TO THE PLACE -- I KEPT THINGS PRETTY GOOD UNTIL I GOT DISABLED AND THEN THESE THINGS COME, AND YOU DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO DO IT.))
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[IN Q=Franklin County]
((FRANKLIN COUNTY CURRENTLY HAS ENOUGH MONEY TO RESTORE TWO HOMES. BUT IF THOSE SUCCEED IT CAN APPLY FOR MORE MONEY, ENOUGH TO FIX A DOZEN HOMES. AND CONSTRUCTION COULD START THIS FALL. TINA TENRET NEWS7 FRANKLIN COUNTY.))
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An up day on Wallstreet today.
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The Dow gained 91 points to close at 9 thousand 28.
NASDAQ was up 2 points.
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Virginia Tech would have little trouble recruiting students from the "Harlem School of the Arts".
A group from the nationally recognized program is visiting the university to learn what campus life is all about.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
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[SUPER=01-Gerron Atkinson/Performing Arts Student; :37]
[SUPER=01-Don Drapeau/Virginia Tech Theatre Professor; :55]
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Few would argue-- those enrolled in the "Harlem School of the Arts" are exceptionally gifted.
Just ask John Husser-- one of the Virginia Tech professors assigned to teach music.
[IN Q=They're ]
((JOHN HUSSER/VIRGINIA TECH MUSIC DEPARTMENT: THEY'RE ALL EXTREMELY MOTIVATED, AS WELL AS BEING TALENTED. THEY'VE ALL HAD GOOD TRAINING, SO FAR, AND THEY SHOULD BE A REAL ASSET SHOULD THEY DECIDE TO GO TO COLLEGE. ))
[OUT Q=to college.]
Which is the goal of the students' two week stay at Virginia Tech.
That is.... to encourage the group of 22- to attend the college of their choice.
Gerron Atkinson would like to study acting.
((GERRON ATKINSON/PERFORMING ARTS STUDENT: ACTUALLY, I'M THINKING ABOUT COMING HERE, TO GO TO SCHOOL BECAUSE I JUST LOVE THE CAMPUS, THE CAMPUS IS BEAUTIFUL, THE TEACHERS I LOVE, THE DORMS I LOVE. ))
[OUT Q=i love.]
But it hasn't been ALL fun and games.
The students have also had to take courses, such as computerized math.
[IN Q=They have]
((DON DRAPEAU/THEATRE ARTS PROFESSOR:THEY HAVE THAT FOR AN HOUR AND THEN IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THAT THEY HAVE A CLASS IN HUMANITIES AND THE ARTS AND THAT IS FOR AN HOUR.))
[OUT Q=for an hour.]
The students two week stay comes to an end this weekend- with a performance August first... at Squires Student Center.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Blacksburg. ))
Roy Stanley ttalks with Edskins new defensive tackles Dana Stbblefield and Dan Wilkison at training camp, the Southern Conference pre season football poll has VMI in a postion to go no where but up,
and New England Patriot tight end Ben Coates was in court this morning on domestic abuse charges.
Two signings in the off season have filled a huge gap in the Washington Redskins defensive line. Roy Stanley and photographer Scott Ayers introduce us to the next wave of Hogs, Dana Stubbelfield and Dan Wilkinson.
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[SUPER=01-Dana Stubblefield/Redskins Defensive Tackle; :41]
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After a troubled season on and off the field last year marred by injury and a run in with the law, Skins running back Terry Allen looks to redeem himself. Today he made his first and only statement regarding his driving incident last summer.
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Several weeks ago, Allen spent a few days in jail in his home state of Georgia after being convicted of speeding and driving under the influence.
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[SUPER=01-Terry Allen/Redskins Running Back; :00]
[OUT Q=...to say aboutt that"]
While Allen is putting his mistake behind him, trouble seems to be just beginning for New England Patriot tight end Ben Coates
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Today, Coates arrived at a Massachusetts court room to face charges of domestic abuse. The four time pro bolw selection pleaded innocent today to charges he threw his girlfriend against a car and threatend to knock her out. Coates says he pushed her to defend himself. He was arrested at his home last night and is free on one thousand dollars bail.
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Now that NFL teams are in training camp, that means it's time for preseason college football polls as well.
The Southern conference released its predictions today.
And the Virginia Military Institute is picked to bring up the rear in the nine team conference.
The Keydets were oh-and-11 last season under first year coach Ted Cain.
Georgia Southern, Appalachian State and East Tennessee State take up the top three spots in the poll.
The '98 season opens at home for V-M-I when the Keydets host Lenoir-Rhyne.
Jeff Gordon heads into the Brickyard 400 with a solid lead over Mark Martin in the points race.
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His win in the Pennsylvania 500 gives him a 62 point lead over Martin after 18 races. Running up front was the key.
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Dale Jarrett's crew fixed a broken oil pan and saved a fifth place finish.
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