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The fight heats up to keep Home Depot out of one Roanoke County corner.
A court overturns the conviction in the much publicized Jenny Jones talk show murder case.
And trash could help lead FBI investigators to Eric Robert Rudolph.
News 7 is next.
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Opponents of a commercial development near Cave Spring Corners packed a meeting room in Roanoke County tonight.
They oppose the construction of a Home Depot store in the area.
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And Joe Dashiell reports tonight they laid out a battle plan on three fronts.
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Several Southwest Roanoke County residents voiced their opposition to an alternative Interstate-73 route near their homes.
The proposed route that would run from Dixie Caverns through Roanoke County to Boones Mill is one of several options V-DOT engineers are studying.
Cotton Hill Road residents fear the road would decrease property values and have a negative impact on the area's beauty.
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((LISA HOLT/COTTON HILL RESIDENT; I MOVED FROM CALIFORNIA. THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY I MOVED, WAS TO COME TO A MORE RURAL AREA. I THINK THAT IT WOULD CHANGE THAT ENTIRELY.))
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Others say V-DOT's efforts would be better spent elsewhere.
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((ALAN GLIENER/ROANOKE CO-SALEM INTERSTATE IMPACT NETWORK; IN OUR EYES, 220 IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THIS EQUATION. IT MUST BE TAKEN CARE OF. IT'S A DANGEROUS ROAD. IT'S UNSAFE, THERE'S TOO MANY TRUCKS ON IT FOR THE KIND OF ROAD THAT IT IS. IT NEEDS TO BE UPGRADED.))
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Public participation and input is one of the ways V-DOT will determine where to place the highway that promises to increase economic development and provide jobs.
A convicted murderer on Virginia's death row has avoided execution at least a little longer.
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Tommy David Strickler was given another temporary reprieve.
Strickler was scheduled to die by lethal injection this Wednesday night, for the 1990 abduction and murder of 19 year old Leann Whitlock of Roanoke.
The U.S. Supreme Court gave NO reason-- but has granted a stay of execution to review his case later this month.
President Clinton's videotaped grand jury testimony could be the next thing made public- although democrats will likely oppose the release.
Jonathan Freed has the latest.
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(( TRYING TO LEAVE THE Monica Lewinsky scandal behind him, PRESIDENT
Clinton landed in New York.
HE WAS THERE to TALK ISSUES.
No FORMAL mention of the scandal surrounding his administration.
YOU'RE ATTENDANCE HERE MEANS MORE THAN YOU COULD KNOW.
First stop Monday night, New York's Supper Club.
Then the President headed TO BROADWAY for a showing of The Lion King, hosted by Disney Chairman Michael Eisner...RAISING millions of
dollars for the Democratic Party.
IN Washington, Republicans and Democrats are telling the President the could help his case considerably if he would rein in his lawyers,
CHANGE HIS STORY, and say he lied to the grand jury about his relationship with Lewinsky.
Both Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle and House Leader Dick
Gephardt are urging the President to stop SPLITTING HAIRS over legal technicalities.
They want a quick resolution to the crisis.
And as pressure for IMPEACHMENT hearings PERCOLATED, the President
lost the support of A SOMETIMES POLITICALLY FRIENDLY Republican Congressman.
Iowa Representative Greg Ganske urged the President to step down.
REP. GREG GANSKE, R-IOWA:
I BELIEVE THE PRESIDENT SHOULD NOW DO THE HONORABLE THING AND RESIGN.
There was even word from mr. clinton's former opponent on the campaign trail.
ROBERT DOLE, FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE)
I DIDN'T LOSE THE ELECTION TO BE THE CHIEF CLINTON BASHER, BUT I THINK HE HAS A REAL PROBLEM ON HIS HANDS.)
The Reverend Jerry Falwell says Starr's report supports what HE'S been saying for months: that President Clinton is a sex addict who needs professional help.
Falwell also says it's time for Clinton to step down.
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((REV. JERRY FALWELL: I THINK THAT HE HAS SO MANY SKILLS, HE HAS SO MANY THINGS, HE JUST DOESN'T HAVE ANY
CHARACTER AND NEEDS HELP, AND HE SHOULD BE PRAYED FOR, HE DOES NEED HELP. I HOPE HE WILL RESIGN AND GET IT OUT OF OFFICE, SO HE CAN, IN THE MEANTIME, NO ONLY REBUILD HIS LIFE BUT HIS FAMILY.))
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Falwell is urging America's pastors to start using their pulpits to condemn Clinton's actions and the country's moral crisis.
Some schools block student access to Ken Starr's report, but other students have all the graphic sexual details at their fingertips.
At Patrick Henry High School, a government teacher says the report is not only available on school computers, but her students actually discussed the difference between sexual foreplay and sexual intercourse as it relates to the president.
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Franklin County has tried to screen Starr's report from all computers, but children can still read it on government or media websites.
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((PAUL STRICKLER/PRINCIPAL: WELL THAT'S TRUE. BUT WHAT WE GENERALLY DO IS ONLY GIVE ADDRESSES WE WANT THE STUDENTS TO GO TO AND IF THOSE ARE ADDRESSES THAT HAVE THAT, WE HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL.))
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Salem teachers say they try to focus on constitutional issues like impeachment.
But then, after school, anyone can find the report at the Roanoke Public Library.
The heat is forcing many schools in our area to close early tomorrow.
All Danville schools are running on just a half-day session Tuesday.
Fraklin County High School, Benjamin Franklin Middle School, and the "CATCE" (CAT-See) Center are all closing two hours early.
In Henry County, the elementary school closes at noon, the middle school dismisses at 12-45, and the high school closes at one.
In Martinsville, Patrick Henry Elementary closes at 12-30. Albert Harris Elementary sends students home at one.
All Pittsylvania County schools will close at one tomorrow.
And in Smyth County, schools dismiss at one-thirty.
Patrick County schools close tomorrow at one.
Also in Montgomery County,
Shawsville and Auburn Middle and High Schools will close at Noon.
As will Blacksburg and Christiansburg Middle Schools.
Closing at 12:45 will be Margaret Beeks, Christiansburg, Belview, Price's Fork and Gilbert Linkous Elementary Scho
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((HEY JEAN, COMING UP IN SPORTS THE SALEM AVALANCHE AND THE COLORADO ROCKIES DECIDE TO CONTINUE THEIR BASEBALL RELATIONSHIP. AND THE CAVALIERS TALK TURKEY ABOUT TECH VICTORY OVER CLEMSON AND THE TIGERS' VISIT TO SCOTT STADIUM THIS WEEKEN
D. ALL THAT AT MORE COMING UP IN JUST A FEW MINUTES.))[Flood-Grant]
Two years ago, people in a Danville neighborhood were flooded out of their homes and church by Hurricane Fran.
Tonight, they're still waiting for relief money.
Residents of Water Street gathered at the Mount Carmel Baptist Church tonight to hear about the status of a FEMA grant.
The director of Danville Emergency Services told them he doesn't know what's taking so long.
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More than 25-homes on Water Street were flooded during Hurricane Fran in 1996.
The federal grant money would be used to relocate the homes away from the flood zone.
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((DOUG YOUNG/EMERGENCY SERVICES DIRECTOR: WE WANT TO KNOW ANSWERS FROM FEMA AS TO WHAT IS THE HOLD UP OF THIS PROCESS THAT SHOULD HAVE TAKEN YWO YEARS FROM THE START AND HERE IT IS 6 MONTHS FROM THAT TWO YEAR PERIOD AND WE HAVEN'T GOTTEN THE YEA OR NAY ANSWER FROM THEM YET.))
((REV. JAMES STEWART/MT. CARMEL BAPTIST CHURCH: MY ADVISE IS THAT ALL OF US WRITE OUR SENATORS, WRITE THE CONGRESSMAN A LETTER WITH HOPE THAT THEY WOULD DO WHATEVER THEY CAN TO GET THIS EXPEDITED.))
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Danville Emergency Services says it has followed all of the grant application procedures and thought it would have seen the grant money by now.
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A storage building at the Hunting Hills Country Club mysteriously caught fire this afternoon.
It took place at around 5-30.
Firefighters say the structure was fully involved when they arrived.
Authorities say plastic lawn chairs stored inside the structure accelerated the fire.
The blaze was extinguished quickly.
No one was injured, but the building was a total loss.
Investigators have not been able to determine how the fire got started.
It's the seventh year Virginia Tech researchers have done their annual Quality of Life survey.
And they say they're learning two things: Virginians enjoy a pretty high quality of life, AND their minds are mostly made up on issues politicians continue to debate.
The survey of 726 Virginians conducted in March of this year was just released today.
Among the highlights:
Seventy-seven percent favor continuing sex education in public schools.
Seventy percent still support a woman's right to have an abortion.
On the death penalty, 75 percent favor it, down from 80 percent last year.
Then, when given an alternative of life in prison with NO possible parole for 25 years, combined with restitution to the victim's family, 56 percent of Virginians preferred it to execution.
More Virginians feel it is safe to walk alone in their neighborhood at night this year over last year.
Thirty-seven percent say it's "very safe" -- up five percent from the year before.
Attorney General Mark Earley comes to the Valley to look at the problems of youth crime, we'll have that next.
and firefighters are suing the city of Danville. After this break, we'll tell you why they say they're owed back overtime.
Testimony continues tomorrow in the case of 83-firefighters suing the city of Danville.
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At issue-- whether the firefighters should be paid for their meal breaks.
The city says the lunch and dinner hours are personal time.
But the firefighters disagree-- arguing they must respond to emergency calls even during meal time.
Attorneys for both sides say they will not comment until the jury has returned a verdict.
The civil trial in federal court is expected to last through Wednesday.
Attorney General Mark Earley says it will take more than tougher laws to control the problem of juvenile crime.
Earley toured the Roanoke Juvenile Detention Center this morning as he prepared for a task force meeting on gangs and violence.
He's interviewing young offenders, and researching programs in other states as he tries to craft a plan for Virginia.
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((MARK EARLEY/ATTORNEY GENERAL; WE'RE FINDING SOME VERY INTERESTING THINGS, WE'RE FINDING, FIRST OF ALL, THAT EVERYBODY IN THE COMMUNITY'S GOTTA BE INVOLVED. IT'S NOT ENOUGH FOR JUST A SCHOOL TO DO IT, WE NEED SCHOOLS, CHURCHES, BUSINESSES, PARKS AND RECREATION GROUPS, WE NEED PARENTS, WE NEED THE PERSON NEXT DOOR, WHO LIVES NEXT DOOR TO KIDS TO BE INVOLVED.))
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Earley says that such neighborhood involvement could prevent youth crimes before they happen.
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Coming up in sports, we'll talk to the UVA football team, and Johnny Newman returns home.
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Two Virginia Tech football players collected Big East Player of the Week honors today.
Tech Linebacker Lorenzo Ferguson shared the Defensive Player of the Week award as he tied a Big East and Va. Tech single game record with three interceptions against Clemson.
Tech's place kicker Shayne Graham was named Special Teams Player of the Week scoring 13 points including a 53 yard field goal.
Now here are the scores.
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The Salem Avalanche and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to continue their affiliation.
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Avalanche owner, Kelvin Bowles announced yesterday that Salem and the Rockies have signed for additional two years.
The affiliation started in 1995. That four year agreement ended September sixth to allow both teams time to negotiate with other organizations.
But Bowles says after talking with several other teams, the Rockies seemed to be the best choice.
In the four years of the affiliation, the Avalanche have won 255 games with 301 losses and finished the last half of last season over 500 for the first time since 1988.
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Mark McGwire was back in the line up for the Cardinals after leaving yesterday's game with Houston with back spasms.
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McGwire season home run total stands at 62. He didn't get one in the Cards 7-to-3 victory over Pittsburgh but he did drive in two RBI's with this single.
Sammy Sosa also has 62 homers.
His Cubs are in San Diego playing the Padres right now.
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The second week of the NFL season wrapped up in DC last night as the Washington Redskins played host to the 49ers at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium.
But it was more like a beginning for fifth year veteran Trent Green who made the first start of his career last night.
And the Redskins draw first blood driving 86 yards on their first possession. Green hits Leslie Shepherd for the score and the seven nothing lead.
San Francisco comes right back Steve Young finds Terrell Owens for the 20 yard T-D reception.
And the 49ers go on to win the game 45 to 10.
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Clemson visits Charlottesville this Saturday.
The Tigers are coming off a humiliating 37-nothing loss to Virginia Tech.
Steve Mason talks with the Cavaleirs about thier game plan for this weekend's ACC contest.
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Still to come, Johnny Newman returns home to talk manners.
The Denver Nuggets star also shared his views on the NBA lockout.
We'll here from him when sports continues.
A new commitment for LPGA star Donna Andrews has forced the Tee of for Sight Tournament set for later this month to be postponed.
Andrews has qualified for the Gillette Challenge which falls on September 29th.
As a result, her appearance at Hunting Hills has been rescheduled for Monday October 12th.
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A NBA star returned home to talk manners with elementary school students in Danville.
Denver Nuggets forward Johnny Newman visited Glenwood Elementary to give something back to the community.
Newman graduated from G. W. Danville and says he wanted to give these children an opportunity they might not normally have--a chance to talk with a pro-athlete.
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Newman is a free agent going into the '98-99 season.
He says he's coming off a great year and is disappointed that the NBA lockout has kept him from negotiating a new contract.
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