On NEWS-7 at six tonight- -a local high school student charged with murder.
County supervisors reconsider letting Home Depot build a store in the Cave Spring area.
And we'll hear from the mother of Maryland basketball star Len Bias on the subject of drug-use and self-respect.
On the plus side, much cooler air has moved in. On the minus side, almost no chance of rain for the next week. Also a new tropical depression has formed in the gulf. Details just ahead.
Lawyers for a Covington man charged with hiring hit-men to kill his ex-wife's former husband, say it's all a big mistake.
Billy Ray Abshire died in a bomb blast in Rupert West Virginia 22 years ago.
Carroll Eugene Humphries is one of four people charged with the homicide.
Today, he fought extradition. Eric Earnhart is in Covington tonight with the details.
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The first day back from summer vacation brought tragic news for students at Liberty High School in Bedford County
Teresa Hamilton is live outside the school with more on the story.
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The medical examiner says a man found dead in his RV in Roanoke County this weekend was strangled.
Police say a shirt was wrapped around the neck of 49-year-old Charles Mandakis, Senior, of Roanoke.
The man's body was discovered in his vehicle on Route 220, near the Franklin/Roanoke County line.
The case is under investigation; detectives can't say for sure yet that Mandakis was murdered.
Roanoke County is the latest battleground in the fight over Interstate 73.
Residents turned out at today's Board of Supervisors meeting to oppose the so-called western route, one of three corridors the Virginia Department of Transportation is studying.
Residents asked the supervisors to support upgrading the current I-581, US 220 corridor.
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((THE NOISE, THE POLLUTION, THE CORRUPTED VIEW. I JUST THINK THE WESTERN ROUTE IS A REALLY BAD IDEA GENTLEMEN.))
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The Regional Chamber of Commerce and local lawmakers have scheduled meetings on I-73 in the next few weeks.
And the Department of Transportation is expected to make its recommendations sometime next spring.[County-Schools
Late this afternoon, the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors voted to reconsider the controversial Home Depot zoning decision.
Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom with more on that surprize development... and other news on school construction.
Keith... the issue was placed on the agenda at the last minute and within the hour the Supervisors approved the zoning change that failed in August...
Today's vote would apparently clear the way for the Home Depot development near Cave Spring Corner that generated so much opposition last month.
At the same time, school construction appears to be moving forward on several fronts.
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((County school officials now say they hope to have an agreement in the next few days that will let them move forward with testing on the Woods End property. That's the site the school board favors for the new south county high school.
Negotiations have continued for weeks, but officials say they've worked out an agreement and hope ot have it signed very soon.
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Construction of Bonsack elementary is now a couple of weeks ahead of schedule. And with some minor exceptions work at Burlington and Clearbrook Schools is also appears to be on track.))
Today the supervisors were also expected to advance funding for the science lab improvements at Cave Spring, North Side and Glenvar High Schools.
Keith, we'll have more on the Home Depot decision tonight at Eleven.[Tease#1]
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When her son died from a drug overdose, it made national headlines. Still ahead, a mother's crusade brings her to Virginia.
Then, a local teenager battles rare genetic disorder .. and doctors hope she can help them understand the deadly disease.
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It's been 12-years since college basketball star Len Bias died of a drug overdose.
But his story is still being told by his mother-- in an effort to save others.
Christy Hubley was there as Lonise (LOW-NIECE) Bias addressed the Carlisle School in Martinsville.
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((LONISE BIAS/MOTHER OF LEN BIAS: LIFE IS A BOWL WITH LEMONS AND HONEY IN IT. SOMETIMES IT'S SWEET AND SOMETIMES IT CAN BE VERY BITTER.))
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Students at the Carlisle School in Martinsville listened closely to Lonice (LOW-NIECE) Bias.
Her son Len Bias-- who played basketball at the University of Maryland-- died in 1986 after a cocaine binge.
Mrs. Bias encouraged the young audience to gain from life's trials-- as she did.
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((LONISE BIAS/MOTHER OF LEN BIAS: IT STRENGTHENED ME IT PERFECTED ME IT ESTABLISHED ME. THOSE HARD THINGS YOU ARE GOING THROUGH ARE DESIGNED TO PERFECT YOU, TO SEE IF YOU CAN KEEP YOURSELF.))
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The passionate speech kicked off a drug and alcohol awareness intitative at the school, designed to foster self-respect.
Lonise (LOW-NIECE) Bias says good decisions come from loving yourself.
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((LONISE BIAS/MOTHER OF LEN BIAS: LEN BIAS IS THE OLD NEWS. THE NEW NEWS IS THERE IS HOPE BUT IT BEGINS WITH YOU.))
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A standing ovation may suggest her message got through.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Martinsville.))
Local sponsors and community members are playing golf next week to raise money to find a cure for a devastating and rare disease. It's called Neimann-Pick, and one of its victims lives in Roanoke.
13-year old Hunter Ozmer was diagnosed with the disease that attacks the central nervous system.
Doctors know very little about the disease or how to treat it.
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((DR. JOSEPH DUCKWALL/PEDIATRICIAN: HAVING HAD THIS PATIENT HAS BEEN A VERY ENLIGHTENING FOR ME IN REGARDS TO THIS PARTICULAR DISEASE, BUT THANKFULLY IT'S VERY UNCOMMON.))
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This rare disease might not be as rare as many think, because of misdiagnosis.
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((ANNETTE OZMER/HUNTER'S MOM: AT ONE POINT THERE WERE ONLY 200 PEOPLE WITH AIDS OR EVEN JUST ONE PERSON WITH AIDS UNTIL THEY LEARNED HOW TO DIAGNOSE AIDS AND BECAUSE WE HAVE FOUND THE NEIMANN-PICK GENE THEY WILL BE ABLE TO DO A TEST THAT WILL DETERMINE MORE QUICKLY HAS OR DOESN'T HAVE IT.))
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Researchers are currently looking for another gene to study exactly how Niemann-Pick develops and possibly how to treat it.
A record-breaking day on Wall Street, this time on the up-side.
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average shot up 380 points, the largest one-day point gain ever, to close above 80-20.
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Now that he's caught Roger Maris, Mark McGwire can look forward to passing him on the all-time single season homerun list and setting a new modern day standard.
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McGwire got homerun number 61 yesterday and tonight he will again have a chance to feast on the Chicago Cubs pitching.
McGwire would love to set the record at home tonight before the Cards hit the raod to play twoin Cincinnati.
One note from the party pooers department!
The IRS originally said today says the ball that Mike Davidson retrieved yesterday and the one that will be once the conveted when number 62 is hit, would be subject to heavy gift taxes. In other words it would cost the preson thousands of dollars to give the ball back to McGwire.
But late this afternoon the commissioner of the IRS says the fan who gives back the ball shoudl get a round of applause and not a big tax.
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When Virginia Tech heads into Death Valley this weekend it'll do so with a number of notable South Carolina natives on the roster.
As Denise Allen tells us the homecoming is a dream come true for several of them.
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((Pierson Prioleau is going home this weekend.
The Alvin, South Carolina native wants to do more than survive Clemson in Death Valley.
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In Columbia, South Carolina rooting for Clemson is only natural.
And that's the way it was for Tech Linebacker Jamel Smith.
Playing in Memorial Stadium is a dream come true.
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But what about Lamont Pegues?
The tailback transfered from Clemson to Virginia Tech after the 1995 season.
In fact he's the only player from either team to rush for 100 yards at Memorial Stadium.
This week he's not talking with the media.
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DENISE ALLEN/NEWS 7: COACH BEAMER SAYS THE TRIP TO CLEMSON WILL BE A NEW EXPERIENCE FOR MANY ON HIS TEAM.
LAST WEEK THIS STADIUM WAS PACKED WITH TECH FANS AND IT WAS HOT BUT IT WILL BROBABLY BE HOTTER IN MEMORIAL STADIUM.
THE TIGER FANS AND THE HEAT ARE TWO REASONS IT'S CALLED DEATH VALLEY.
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Coach Beamer is Tech's South Carolina connection will help the Hokies come away from Death Valley with a win.
Denise Allen News 7 Sports.
UVa hosts Maryland this weekend in the Cavs home opener at Scott Stadium.
The Terps barely got by JMU last Saturday in College Park.
If UVa is to get by the Terps, it will have to do so without the services of fullback Anthony Southern.
He and cornerback Antwan Harris both have pulled hamstrings and are listed as doubtful for the game.
That home opener Saturday kicks off at Noon, and yes the bgi jumbotron will be working.
Fans of UNC football will get a look at Ronald Curry sooner than expected.
The former Hampton High school standout will be the starting Quarterback for the Tarheels when they face Stanford in their next game on Sept. 19th.
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The decision came after the teams starting QB Oscar Davenport underwent successful surgery to remove torn cartilage and repair a torn ligament in his left knee later Sunday.
The injury occurred on the fourth play of the Heels' season opening loss to Miami (ohio). Davenport will likely be out of the lineup for 4 to 5 weeks.
Last year Davenport broke his right fibula damaged ligaments in his other knee.
The Roanoke Express made a couple of player moves today plus, the team confirmed that recently signed Chris Cantu will open the preseason in the training camp of the IHL's Detroit Vipers.
Detroit's camp is 20 minues from his hometown and a natural fit. If he ends up back in the ECHL he will be in a Roanoke uniform.
Mike Peron who joined the season after being waived by the Jacksonville Lizard Kings was a fan favorite last season.
He had 29 points last year. He returns this season along with
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He comes back to Roanoke for his third season with the team.
He had 17 points and 93 penalty minutes in 67 games last year.
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