Bonnie is now a tropical storm but it's still making its presence felt along the coast of North Carolina.
Ellen Qualls was in Morehead City, North Carolina today and has this report.
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The high temperatures in our area are causing more school closings for tomorrow..
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Schools in Smyth County will be closing at two p-m.
And, Alleghany Highlands schools will close two hours early.
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In Covington--Edgemont Primary will close at noon tomorrow followed by Jeter-Watson at 12:26 and Covington High School at 12:34.
Maury River Middle School in Rockbridge County will also be closed tomorrow due to a power outage.
The Roanoke Valley's school systems are stepping up their efforts to prevent school violence.
David Johnson has more.
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(( A forum on youth violence was the first phase on deterring violence in the area's schools.
Raising community awareness about school violence was the idea of a Roanoke City school official.
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((ANNIE HARMAN/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS; AS YOU'VE SEEN ACROSS THE NATION THE SERIOUS INCIDENTS THAT HAVE OCCURED IN OREGON, PENNSYLVANIA AND KENTUCKY, THOSE INCIDENTS AFFECTED THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY, NOT JUST ONE SCHOOL. AND IF WE CAN COME OUT OF THIS CONFERENCE AND BRING OUT AN AWARENESS TO THIS ENTIRE VALLEY THAT IT TAKES EVERY PERSON IN THIS ENTIRE VALLEY TO PREVENT VIOLENCE FROM HAPPENING, THEN I'LL BE PLEASED.))
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It's an issue in which some students claim to know how vital their role is.
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((COCHISE BRYANT/WILLIAM FLEMING STUDENT; WE DON'T FEAR OUR SCHOOLS BECAUSE AS STUDENTS OURSELVES, WE WANT OUR SCHOOLS TO BE SAFE. SO WE'RE GOING TO GO OUT AND MAKE SURE THEY ARE SAFE. WE'RE NOT GOING TO WAIT ON ADMINISTRATORS TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.))
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And a long standing community child advocate is ready to lead the charge to ensure school safety.
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((PHILLIP TROMPETER/JUVENILE AND DOMESTIC RELATIONS JUDGE; AND IT'S A LIFETIME COMMITMENT. AND IT'S OUR COMMUNITY'S OBLIGATION TO CONTINUE TO HELP NURTURE THEM AND NOT TURN OUR BACKS ON THEM.))
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((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; A COMMITTEE WILL DEVELOP THE IDEAS GENERATED AT THE FORUM INTO STRATEGIES TO DETER SCHOOL VIOLENCE. THOSE STRATEGIES WILL APPLY VALLEY WIDE. ORGANIZERS HOPE TO HAVE THOSE COMPLETE BY THANKSGIVING. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS7.))
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The man portrayed by federal prosecutors as Roanoke's Godfather of Crime was sentenced today to 10 years in prison.
Other family members got as much as 47 years to serve.
Normally the jury's job is done as soon as the verdict is returned.
So it was highly unusual that two of the jurors who convicted members of the Abed family showed up for today's sentencing hearing six months later.
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((WELL I'M HERE BECAUSE IF I'M BRAVE ENOUGH TO VOTE A MAN GUILTY AS A PERSON I SHOULD HAVE ENOUGH COURAGE TO BE HERE AND STAND BY THE DECISION THAT I MADE.))
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This has been an unusual case from start to finish.
After the first of six defendants was led away this morning to begin serving a 47 and-a-half year sentence, he spat at the prosecutor.
But, he missed.
Attorneys for Emmett Cressell, Junior hope to reverse a judge's ruling that denied their client bond.
The notice of appeal was filed yesterday in Grayson County court.
Cressell is accused of killing a former black marine last summer in Elk Creek.
He was released on 150- thousand dollars bond when charged with first degree murder.
But Cressell's bond was immediately revoked when the charge against him was upgraded to capital murder.
He's been behind bars for several months, now.
Cressell's murder trial is set for October.
Up next--a local company is shutting down two of its plants, leaving more than 100 workers without jobs.
And, the "Kids First" campaign is putting some deadbeat parents behind bars.
More on that when the news continues.
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((Hey Tonya welcome to big night in sports!
Glass and Heritage rock the Hill City.
Northside and Glenvar hit the hardwood in Roanoke County.
John Daly has a rough day on the links as he continues battling his addiction.
And we'll get in the News 7 Sports the Big 7.))[Green-Meadow]
Today a judge said an eight-unit apartment building in Franklin County must be demolished.
The building was damaged by mudslides and heavy rains in 1996.
Eight families were evacuated, but for two years, it has stood empty, crumbling and condemned.
A judge says owner Bill Bratton of A and B Properties in Roanoke has three months to tear it down.
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((JUDY SHIVELY/NEIGHBOR: I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO COME TOWARD ME, YOU KNOW, BUT EVIDENTLY THOSE BEAMS ARE HOLDING IT UP AND IT JUST LOOKS TERRIBLE. IT REALLY DOES.))
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Bratton says he doesn't know what he'll build on the land -- but due to new zoning ordinances, it will NOT be another apartment complex.
A Roanoke public-housing complex is getting a 15-million dollar facelift.
The money is coming from the U-S Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Lincoln Terrace will use the grant to tear down old units...
Then build new duplexes and single-family homes.
It's part of an aggressive federal program to change the image of public housing.
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((ELINOR BACON/ASSISTANT SECRETARY, US DEPT. OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT: THE PLANS FOR ROANOKE...IT BECOMES ONE CITY, ONE COMMUNITY.))
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More than a hundred communities competed for the money.
Roanoke was one of only 22 to win a grant.
Workers at two Donnkenny garment plants are the latest to suffer the effects of cheaper overseas labor.
The company is closing its New River Finishing plant in Christiansburg which employs nearly 65- people.
Donnkenny is also shutting down its plant in Lee County-- putting another 167 workers out of a job.
Company officials blame lower cost imports and changes in department store buying patterns.
They say the move will strengthen the company's operations in Floyd, Wytheville and Independence.
Another Virginia bank got the urge to merge.
This time it's MainStreet Financial Corporation, which has been sold to Branch Bank and Trust.
B-B-and-T is based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
It already has branches in Virginia, including three in Roanoke.
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MainStreet operates 11 community banks, with headquarters in Martinsville.
The merger could close a couple of MainStreet branches.
And some of MainStreet's upper-level managers will lose their jobs.
The latest "Most Wanted" poster of deadbeat parents who owe child support includes a father from central Virginia.
Social services officials unveiled the poster today in Lynchburg, where authorities are still looking for 45- year- old Laurence Edwin Judd who owes 150- thousand dollars in child support payments.
The "Kids First" campaign is putting pressure on delinquent parents.. even landing some of them in jail.
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((NICK YOUNG/CHILD SUPPORT DIRECTOR: THAT IS AN OPTION. IT HAPPENS, WE DO IT EVERY DAY. WE DO NOT LIKE BEING PUT TO THAT. FATHERS AND MOTHERS IN JAIL DO NOT EARN MONEY. FATHERS AND MOTHERS IN JAIL DO NOT CONTRIBUTE TO THE EMOTIONAL AND FINANCIAL WELL- BEING AND SUCCESS OF THEIR CHILDREN.))
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Young says his agency is still looking for 200- thousand other parents who are behind in their payments.
Still to come--construction is set to begin soon on a deadly section of Route 220 in Henry County.
Community members gathered there today to remember traffic accident victims and to remind motorists to drive carefully.
More when the news continues.
Safety improvements are coming to a stretch of Route 220 in Henry County, that has claimed several lives in recent years.
Christy Hubley takes us to a very emotional ceremony marking the start of the road project.
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Joyce Young's husband lost his life life at this dangerous intersection at Routes 220 and 902 in Ridgeway.
Jim Young-- who coached basketball at Magna Vista High School-- was killed in car accident in 1996.
Despite her tears of sadness, Mrs. Young say she is happy.
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((JOYCE YOUNG/HUSBAND KILLED IN ACCIDENT: HAPPY THAT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AND ALL OF THE COUNTY AND STATE OFFICIALS HAVE COME TOGETHER TO MARK THIS AREA TO MAKE IT A SAFER PLACE FOR THE REST OF MARTINSIVILLE AND HENRY COUNTY.))
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Bob and Jan Allen lost their son Steven in an accident at the same intersection in 1995.
They had hoped for safety improvements back then to prevent other deadly accidents.
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((JAN ALLEN/SON KILLED IN ACCIDENT: AFTER LOSING YOUR OWN CHILD AND YOUR OWN FAMILY BEING TURNED UPSIDE DOWN YOU CAN UNDERSTAND WHAT MS. YOUNG AND HER FAMILY WENT THROUGH AS WE JUST DIDN'T WANT THAT HAPPENING AGAIN.))
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The plan is to move the crossover near Clarence's Restaurant and install a traffic light at the new intersection.
Community leaders say safety precautions start with the warning lights inside ourselves.
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((ROSCOE REYNOLDS/VA STATE SENATOR: WE NEED TO BE AWARE, WE NEED TO TAKE THE TIME, WE NEED TO THINK WHEN WE'RE OPERATING MOTOR VEHICLES TO MAKE SURE THAT THE TOLL DOES NOT GROW BECAUSE OF OUR OWN IRRESPONSIBILITY.))
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The road work is expected to be completed by next summer.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Henry County.))
After nearly a year's worth of work, the Virginia State Police have a new shield of armour.
Thanks to a military surplus, this vehicle and six others like it were donated to the law enforcement agency, one for each of its divisions statewide.
The units are smaller than their heavier, older units.
That makes them more practical for tactical response situations.
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((TROOPER BOB CARPENTIERI/VA. STATE POLICE; IT'S MORE MANUVERABLE. IN A LOT OF SETTINGS, THAT MAKES IT MORE EASY TO GET AROUND IN. THE OTHER VEHICLE THAT WE HAVE IS A 1967 INTERNATIONAL. IT'S A LARGER PIECE OF EQUIPMENT AND IT'S NOT AS EASY TO GET AROUND IN AS THIS VEHICLE WOULD BE.))
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The units became part of the state police's armoured car fleet just a short while ago.
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The fan favorite, who has been battling hard to beat alcoholism, came down with a bad case of the shakes yesterday on the 15th hole during round one of the Greater Vancouver Open.
To his credit he composed himself with tears running down his cheeks and parred the 15th hole and then went onto birdie the 16th.
His playing partners Corey Pavin and David Frost comforted him and later said he was shaking so badly he couldn't even sip his diet Coke.
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The 1998 Friday Football Extra season opened last night in the Hill City as cross city rivals E.C. Glass and Heritage knocked heads at City Stadium.
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A new era of Glass football began last night as the captains met at midfield for Dennis Peter's first game as the Hilltoppers head coach.
And Glass stepped up big on its first possession. The Hilltoppers capped a 74 yard drive when Brian Horsley scored from the six yard line the extra point was good and Glass led 7 to nothing with 2-minutes left in the first quarter.
Heritage turned it over on its next possession. Quarterback Alex Lucy's pass was intercepted by Carlos Waller and he returns it 18 yards to the Heritage 11 yard line.
Three plays later Waller takes the handoff and scores over the left side from the two yard line the extra point made it 14 to nothing Hilltoppers at the end of the first quarter.
Heritage turned it over two more times in the second quarter. Jabariee Higginbotham intercepts this
pass and he returns it 37 yards for the score Glass led 21 to nothing at the half and Glass wins it 21 to 6.
Tonight, the Friday Football Extra party shifts into high gear as our crews hit the road to bring you the highlights of 16 games.
Here's the week one rundown.
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Girls single and double high school basketball tipped off all over the WDBJ coverage area tonight. We visit the Group A defening state champion Lady Highlanders.
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1 and 2 Glenvar was looking for revenge, after losing to Northside in the Byrd tip off classic.
In the second quarter, Helen Ferguson make the pass to Amber Kern. She sinks three of her team high 11 from the left side to extend the Lady Vikings lead.
[SUPER=34-Northside/60/Glenvar/42;]Kern returns the favor, finding Ferguson on the fast break. Northside was out
in front 30 to 12 with a few minutes left in the half.
Glenvar cuts into the lead. Kelly Shreve dishes to Lara Nester for the deuce, but The lady Vikings drop the champs to 1 and 3.
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and folks, here's a reminder. Hometown Hoop Weekly returns next week for it's third season.
The Maris chase resumed last night in St. Louis as the Cardinals welcomed the Braves and the best pitching staff in baseball to town.
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Last night Mark McGwire would have to battle Denny Neagle in order to increase his homer total.
But he just could not get it down striking out
and going 0-for-4 on the night as the Braves beat the Cards 6-to-4
The Jaguars and Cowboys closed out their preseason schedules last night in Jacksonville.
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Many folks are picking the Jags to make it all the way to the Super Bowl, and with Mark Brunell slinging passes they certainly have a chance. Brunell and Jimmy Smith hooked up for two first half TDs as the Jags lead 21-to-10 at halftime.
They win it 42-to-20 to keep Dallas winless for the preseason.
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The Colts and Lions also played last night in Indy.
Scott Mitchell hits Danville's Herman Moore for the TD as the anemic Detroit offense gets just its second TD of the preseason.
But Peyton Mannin has been sharp. He threw two scoring passes to Marvin Harrison in the first half.
And, the Colts win it 20 to 17.
Still to come tonight we'll continue the football team and check in with UVa, plus more NFL games of a different
variety are on the way this evening. We will take a look at the new Gameday 99 Playstation and PC game.
The NFL regular season opens next weekend, but a number of players have already been playing some real games.
Sports 989, the makers of the popular Game Day video series have been busy working on Game Day 99.
Sony Playstation's best selling disc just got a whole lot better with with all new 3D motion graphics and more than 500 working plays.
Plus, this year it's available for your PC as well as your Playstation.
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Players such as Davis, Mike Alstott and Ryan Leaf had a more active roll in developing the actual plays and movement(------------)
s in this year's game.