On NEWS 7 at SIX tonight:
The attorney general becomes convinced state lawmaker's pay raises are UN-Constitutional.
And we'll take you back to Lucy Addison for a High School reunion- -re-viewing the building blocks of segregated learning.
In sports, Staunton River names its new boys basketball coach, second round qualifying from Indy,
and a former Salem standout and now rising VMI football star is lost for the season afetr suffering an injury on the job.
Light rains are ending....and a big dome of high pressure will bring unusually mild temperatures for August. The forecast is straight ahead.
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He surprised everyone by showing up last January to be tried for money laundering ...along with Realtor Earl Frith.
Today J-R Castellanos was sentenced to a prison term of 15 years and eight months for running the cell of drug traffickers that channeled cocaine through Roanoke at the direction of Javier Cruz.
The prosecutor says Castellanos took over the operation from Leo Rivera in 1991.
[IN Q=Following Mr. ]
((FOLLOWING MR. RIVERA'S ARREST IN DETROIT ON JANUARY 27TH, MR. CRUZ HAD ABOUT 630 KILOS THAT HE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH. HE MADE A TRIP TO NEW YORK, MET WITH MR. CASTELLANOS AND WAS INSTRUCTED HOW TO DISTRIBUTE THE COCAINE. ))
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[OUT Q=the cocaine.]
The pre-sentence report recommended a LIFE sentence, but Judge James Turk gave Castellanos credit for accepting reponsibility for his crimes- -though Castellanos pled NOT guilty.
The judge also acknowledged Castellanos returned to Roanoke for trial from Miami while on bond.
And he said Castellanos "didn't get on the stand and lie..." a pointed reference to Castellano's co-defendent, Earl Frith.
Attorney General Mark Earley has finally taken a stand against raises for state legislators.
Earley announced today he plans to fight the raises in the state Supreme Court.
He says they are unconstitutional.
Legislators had increased their daily pay and office allowances, but Earley blocked them from going into effect July first.
"in the hectic pace of a legislative session -- this issue has not received the scrutiny it deserves."
But Delegate Dick Cranwell says it's a waste of money to hire lawyers -- and legislators should just refuse the raises.
He says voters would agree.
[IN Q=Probably a lot]
((PROBABLY A LOT OF THEM WOULD VIEW IT THE SAME WAY I DO. WHAT WE'RE MAKING NOW IS SUFFICIENT ADN WE DON'T NEED TO INCREASE THESE ALLOWANCES.))
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Cranwell says he was one of about 30 members of the General Assembly that turned down the raise when others voted for it.
Earley's refusal to review the law before it took effect -- and his having taken earlier pay raises as a state senator which may ALSO be found unconstitional -- means taxpayers will probably have to hire another lawyer to defend the law.
Lucy Addison High School holds a special place in Roanoke's history and in the hearts of its graduates.
This weekend former students from more than 40 of its graduating classes are gathering in Roanoke.
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Joe Dashiell is at the school tonight with more on the big reunion.
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First they went up against Carilion and now the same group of doctors is going up against the Commonwealth.
We'll have the latest on efforts to open a new eye clinic in the Roanoke Valley.
And Middle School students in Lynchburg will be getting a lesson in abstinence.
The latest effort to lower the teen pregnancy rate coming up.
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A state mental health facility in Danville is defending itself in the wake of a recent report that recommends it be shut down.
Christy Hubley spoke with the people who run Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute.
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[SUPER=01-Earle Garrett/Special Justice; :51]
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(( Danville's Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute should get the ax.
That's according to a state-commissioned report prepared by Doctor Jeffrey Geller, a nationally-recognized expert in psychiatric care.
After visiting the facility, he concluded the majority of its patients could be better served in the community.
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((CONNIE FLETCHER/SVMHI DIRECTOR: WE WERE VERY SURPRISED AND SHOCKED AT THAT RECOMMENDATION.))
[OUT Q=at that recommendation.]
Director Connie Fletcher says she knew Geller would find some problems at Southern Virginia.
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((CONNIE FLETCHER/SVMHI DIRECTOR: WE WERE VERY PREPARED FOR A LOT OF REAL CONSTRUCTIVE, CRITICAL COMMENT AND HAD LET THE STAFF KNOW THAT THE CONSULTANT WAS HERE TO HELP US IMPROVE SERVICES BY TELLING US WHAT WE WERE DOING WELL BUT BY TELLING US AREAS THAT WE COULD IMPROVE IN.))
[OUT Q=could improve in.]
Earle Garrett is the man who has the final say on who should be committed.
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((EARLE GARRETT/SPECIAL JUSTICE: I WILL CONFESS THAT I HAVE COMMITTED ONE OR TWO THAT PROBABLY DIDN'T REALLY NEED TO BE HERE. BUT THEY HAD NOWHERE TO GO.))
[OUT Q=nowhere to go.]
If Southern Virginia goes, patients and their families would have to travel three hours to the nearest state mental health institutes.
They're not the only ones who would have to leave.
[IN Q=There would probably be]
((WADE HOPKINS/SVMHI ADMINISTRATOR: THERE WOULD PROBABLY BE ABOUT 175-180 EMPLOYEES THAT WOULD BE OUT LOOKING FOR WORK IN THIS COMMUNITY, POSSIBLY HAVE TO RELOCATE.))
[OUT Q=have to relocate.]
Governor Jim Gilmore has appointed a commission to review Geller's report and make its own finding.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.))
State lawmakers heard an unusual and emotional plea today on an issue still before state regulators.
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((LAVALETTE ANTHONY/CATARACT SURGERY PATIENT: I CANNOT UNDERSTAND A LAW THAT PROHIBITS BENEFITS TO CITIZENS. I THOUGHT LAWS HELPED PEOPLE.))
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Roanoke's Vistar Eye Center is simultaneously trying to get a "certificate of public need" to build an eye surgery suite...
and lobbying lawmakers against the law that requires the certificate.
Dr. Frank Cotter admits he can do eye surgery without a facility certificate-- but says he can NOT charge the extra facility charge that would make it profitable.
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((DR. FRANK COTTER/VISTAR EYE CENTER: WE CANNOT GET REIMBURSED FOR THIS PROCEDURE UNLESS IT IS DONE IN A CERTIFIED AMBULATORY SURGERY CENTER.))
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((I CAN PERFORM THE SURGERY IN ANY ROOM I WANT TO. I COULD PROBABLY DO IT IN MY GARAGE, AND GET MY DOCTOR'S FEE. THIS WHOLE DISCUSSION HAS TO DO WITH FACILITY FEES.))
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[OUT Q=facility fees.]
Vistar says it would charge about 925-dollars extra if it had the facility certificate.
But that's compared to Carilion's surgery facility fee of more than 21-hundred dollars.
Starting this fall, 140 seventh graders in four central Virginia school systems will take part in a novel program aimed at curbing the area's high rate of teenage pregnancies.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[SUPER=01-Joan Foster/Lynchburg Family Services; :13]
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(( Even with incentive programs like Marriage Before the Carriage, where a teenaged girl who stays childless for one year is eligible to win a new car, the rate of teen pregnancies in the Lynchburg area is speeding up.
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((JOAN FOSTER/FAMILY SERVICES OF CENTRAL VA: CENTRAL VIRGINIA NEEDS TO KNOW THAT OUR AGE GROUP, TWELVE TO FOURTEEN YEAR OLDS, ARE HAVING BABIES AT A FASTER RATE THAN THE STATE AVERAGE.))
[OUT Q=the state average.]
The other numbers are just as discouraging.. nearly half of all the babies delivered in the cities of Bedford and Lynchburg are born out of wedlock.. Virginia overall ranks 13th in the country in non-marital pregnancies.
But armed with 160- thousand dollars in federal grant money, Family Services Incorporated hopes to put a dent in those statistics with I AM.. Individual Abstaining 'til Marriage.
[IN Q=Unlike existing]
((Unlike existing programs which include information about birth control, this new after- school project will focus solely on abstinence as the way to prevent teen pregnancies. The 140 students who are chosen will have to stick with it for four years.. after which Family Services will look back to see just how effective the program was.))
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((FOSTER: WE'LL FOLLOW THEM VERY CLOSELY, THEY'RE GOING TO BE STUDIED BY A COMPARISON GROUP THAT'S NOT INVOLVED AND THEREFORE WE'RE GOING TO SEE WHAT IMPACT THE PROGRAM HAS, IF IT MADE A DIFFERENCE, WHICH WE JUST FEEL THAT IT WILL.))
[OUT Q=that it will.]
The Lynchburg area is one of just six Virginia localities to receive the grant money.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
Fire investigators are taking a closer look at the scene of yesterday's apartment fire.
The cause is still unknown, but investigators say it is suspicious.
The blaze makes two this week for the Willow River Apartment complex on Lancing Drive.
Investigators say the two fires are not connected.
The tenants were not home when firefighters arrived.
The fire was contained to one room, but the rest of the apartment suffered smoke damage.
The stock market took a tumble today in heavy trading.
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The Dow lost 144 points to close at 88 hundred 83.
NASDAQ was down 47 points.
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Danville and Pittsylvania County hope merging some services will be more productive and cost effective.
Leaders from the city and the county are meeting this weekend at Wintergreen to discuss potential regional projects.
This is the second year council members and supervisors have conducted a working retreat.
The city and county are already sharing their resources on several joint projects including a regional workforce training center and a legislative plan.
Danville's Vice-Mayor says city-county cooperation is the wave of the future.
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((PETE CASTIGLIONE/DANVILLE VICE-MAYOR: WE DON'T HAVE A CHOICE BECAUSE IF WE DON'T LOOK IN THAT DIRECTION OUR NEIGHBORS IN NORTH CAROLINA, WHO ARE VERY CREATIVE, WHO ARE MARKETING GURUS WHEN IT COMES TO BRINGING INDUSTRY AND FIND WAYS OF WORKING TOGETHER, THEY'LL JUST BLOW US OUT OF THE WATER.))
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Regional waste management, highway construction, and tourism are among the topics up for discussion at this year's retreat.
A retirement community in Danville will undergo its first major renovation since it opened eight years ago.
The Stratford House has announced plans for a million-dollar renovation project.
Construction is already underway in some of the assisted-living areas.
There will be 12 new assisted-living apartments.
There will also be a separate main entrance, wellness center, and outdoor terrace.
Residents say it's nice to know the Stratford House is changing to meet their needs.
[IN Q=We have people]
((FRED OGBURN/STRATFORD HOUSE RESIDENT: WE HAVE PEOPLE HERE WHO HAVE BEEN HERE OF COURSE SINCE THE PLACE OPENED 8-9 YEARS AND THEY ARE NOW GETTING A LITTLE OLDER AND THEY NEED A DIFFERENT LEVEL OF CARE. THIS WILL PROVIDE THAT FOR THEM.))
[SUPER=01-Fred Ogburn/Stratford House Resident;]
[OUT Q=provide that for them.]
The renovation project is expected to be finished by early next year.
VMI and the Salem community get quite ascare when one of it's top football products is injured on his summer job,
and second round qualifying at Indy for the brickyard 400 saw a few drivers get to close to the wall.
The VMI fiootball team took a huge hit this week. Sophomore Linebacker Jeff Akers suffered a serious head injury Wednesday and will miss the upcoming season. Akers was doing mantinence work for parks and recreation and was working arounda vehicle when the freek accidentt occurred. he was released from Roanoke Memorial Hospital today and is wresting at home in salem.
The rising sophomore was projected as a starter for the Keydets this season at the will linebacker position. He was selected defensive MVP of the Spring drills as well. Akers had 29 tackles as a freshman for VMI this past season.
At Salem High school, Jeff was a first team all district, region, and all state selection at linebacker. Doctors will re-evaluate him August 10th, but Akers should be able to play in future seasons. he will attend classes at VMI this year.
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Now to the Indianapolis Speedway for the second round of qualifying for the Brickyard 400.
Today all drivers stood on their times.
But their was some drama on the track this afternoon as Gary Bradbury cracked up his number 78 Ford.
He slammed into the wall in the first turn and remarkably walked away from the accident.
Here's how everyone else qualified.
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[SUPER=0107-36. Morgan Shepherd//37. Bill Elliott//38. Ted Musgrave//39. Johnny Benson Jr.//40. Brett Bodine//;]
[SUPER=0107-41. Jerry Nadeau//42. Rick Mast//43. Darrell Waltrip//;]
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June first, Linda Linda campbell's son Timothy was on his way to Roanoke from Christiansbug when he was killed in a car accident. The 31 year old was one of Mark martin's biggest fans. And while mrs. campbell can't bring her son back, there is an item now missing from his gravesite that she hopes will return.
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Staunton River basketball coach Tom Karnes will be pulling double duty this school year.
Karne, who has coached the Golden Eagles girls basketball team for the last five years, has been named the new Staunton Rover boys head basketball coach as well. He replaces Steve fuaquair. Karnes and the lady Golden Eagles won the Seminole District crown last season and went to regionals. He's never had a losing season as girls head coach.
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Another mainstay of the Roanoke Express is returning to the ice next season.
Net-minder Dave Gagnon has signed on for another season.
This is Gags fourth with the Express.
The 31 year old has played in more games, 132 of them, and his 72 victories is more than any other goaltender in franchise history.
He and fellow goal-keeper Daniel Berthiaum will both be in uniform when the Express take the ice on October 15th.
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