Who's buying up all the stock in Colonial Downs?
Somebody is, just as the fall season is getting under way.
We'll look into it tonight on NEWS 7 at SIX.
And meet the mother of two sets of twins born just 10 months apart.
Watching for rain and coming up dry. Temperatures are on the decline by Friday and the tropics are very busy again.
The thoroughbreds thundered into their second season of racing at Virginia's only parimutuel race track last week.
Two days later, the bulls started running on Wall Street.
Some mysterious moves of massive amounts of Colonial Downs stock have state racing officials' rapt attention.
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Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom with the state of the state's troubled horse racing industry.
Keith, you know nothing's been easy since Virginia voters approved betting on the horses over a decade ago.
Last year, Colonial Downs struggled to open the state's first track by a mandated deadline.
Even thought this is expected to be a better year, a five million dollar loss is still projected.
The stock hit an all time low in August.
And now a mystery player has entered the picture.
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((IAN STEWART/COLONIAL DOWNS CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER: WE HAVE NO IDEA WHO THE IDENTITY OF THIS PERSON IS OR WHAT THEIR ULTIMATE OBJECTIVE IS, BUT AS I SAID WE'RE CALLING THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO INVESTIGATE THIS AND PROSECUTE 'EM IF NECESSARY.))
The racing commission had set a five percent threshold.
One legally can't purchase more race track stock without the commission's approval.
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((JIM WEINBERG/COLONIAL DOWNS ATTORNEY: THIS IS A GATE THAT EVERYONE MUST PASS THROUGH TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE ARE NO DISQUALIFYING FELONIES, THAT EVERYONE'S BACKGROUND WHO'S INVOLVED IN THE OWNERSHIP OF THE TRACK IS AS PURE AS SNOW.))
There was good news though.
The unique turf track that was NOT ready last year is finally open-- drawing a different kind of horse and gaining the track national attention.
This year, the average amount being bet at the New Kent County track is at a record level.
And, all four satellite wagering facilities are now turning a profit.))
As for the mystery investor or investorS, he, she, or they may NOT be revealed until early October, when a filing must be made with the S-E-C.
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(([Q&A]KEITH: Do they have any ideas about the motive?
ELLEN: Well, Keith, since it would be illegal for one investor with a motive, they suspect ignorance of the law may be at hand here.))
Bedford County was stunned when he killed his wife and five month old baby on Mother's Day 1991.
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Now, Kenneth Manuel Stewart, Jr. is grabbing more headlines, as the first man in Virginia to choose the electric chair since 1994.
Virginia has executed 30 killers by lethal injection since it became a choice.
But prison officials say they've tested the chair every month since '94 to make sure it's operational.
Stewart's attorney says he may have made the decision as a result of a continuing depression he's suffered.
His execution is scheduled for a week from tonight.
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American Electric Power says it is encouraged by the latest development in the power line controversy.
Yesterday, the state asked A-E-P to study an alternative route for the proposed high-voltage line.
Instead of running from Wyoming County, West Virginia, to Cloverdale...
The alternative would connect power stations in Wyoming and Jackson's Ferry, which is in Southeast Wythe County.
Even though studying the alternative will set back the date a power line could be built, A-E-P is heartened by language in the State Corporation Commission's request...
Language that says a new power line would protect Southwest Virginia's supply of electricity.
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((TODD BURNS/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: THE FOCUS OF THE PROJECT, AS WE'VE TALKED ABOUT SINCE THE BEGINNING IS: IT'S NEEDED TO SERVE THE CITIZENS OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA. WE'VE SAID THAT THE SCC HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE THE PROJECT BASED ON THE NEEDS OF THE CITIZENS OF SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA.))
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The group that has most vocally opposed the power line didn't have any public comments today.
But privately, members of the group believe A-E-P ultimately will win permission to build the line.
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It now appears that opponents of the Home Depot rezoning are going to get a full hearing on the controversial decision, and another vote by the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors.
Chairman Bob Johnson says he believes a majority of the board will vote next week to reconsider the decision, and then refer the issue to county staff.
That will set the stage for a full public hearing in October.
Johnson says he hopes the hearing will address criticism that the previous vote wasn't handled fairly.
Fear of a terrorist attack at the federal building in Roanoke... no matter how UNlikely it may be- -has prompted the closing of the parking lot beside the building.
Security experts decided to keep vehicles at a distance.
There are just three other federal buildings in the country with the same super structure as the one Timothy McVey blew up in Oklahoma City.
The Poff Building is one of them... all glass front and back- -I-beam supports on the ground floor.
((LARRY MADDOX/U.S. MARSHAL: THIS IS ONE OF THE FEW FEDERAL BUILDINGS IN THE UNITED STATES THAT ALLOWS PUBLIC PARKING. MOST OF THEM YOU HAVE TO PARK OUT ON A STREET CORNER SOMEPLACE.))
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The last 20 unreserved, public parking spaces were painted over last week.
Maddox says the design for the federal building of the future includes a "moat" around it to prevent vehicles from getting anywhere near the building.
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The Starr Report is now at local bookstores. Still ahead on NEWS 7 at SIX, we'll see how well it's selling.
And next, "The Waltons" come back to life ... for tonight anyway. We'll tell you what that's about, Robin.
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25 years after his TV show put Nelson County on the map, "Waltons" creator and Nelson County native Earl Hamner is coming home again.
Hamner will be in Lovingston this weekend for the premier of a play based on one of the most requested episodes.
Steve Smallshaw is in Nelson County tonight. Steve, which episode are we talking about?
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An old friend is "hanging out" at the Christiansburg post office, once again.
The mural which has hung inside the downtown facility for 60- years is back home.
The painting was removed so it could be cleaned and restored to its original condition.
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((HAROLD LINKOUS/CHRISTIANSBURG MAYOR:IT'S VERY FAMOUS AND IT'S WELL DONE AND IT, AS I SAY, DEPICTS OUR HISTORY FROM EARLY TIMES UNTIL MODERN TIMES.
LANCE TERPENNY/CHRISTIANSBURG TOWN MANAGER:IT'S REAL FUNNY, WE DIDN'T REALIZE HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE EVEN AWARE OF IT UNTIL LIT TURNED UP MISSING AND THEN PEOPLE STARTED CALLING WONDERING WHAT HAD HAPPENED, WHERE'S THE MURAL, WHAT'S GOING ON WITH IT, AND THEY WERE ALL PLEASED THAT IT WAS GOING TO BE RENOVATED AND BROUGHT BACK. ))
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Those who attended today's ceremony were reminded that the mural might be hanging elsewhere had residents and others NOT successfully lobbied to keep the downtown post office open.
Another "up" day on Wall Street, the fourth in a row.
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The Dow rose another 65 points to close just under 8-thousand-90. THe NASDAQ climbed almost 12 points.
It didn't take long for the Starr Report to make it from Capitol Hill to local book store shelves.
But if you want a copy, you'll probably have to get in line. Even though three different publishers are printing the report in paper back form, store clerks say they can't keep them in stock.
Many stores are setting up waiting lists.
The report costs between five and ten dollars.
When asked if the books were placed in the fiction or non-fiction section, one clerk said, "we just keep them at the register."
A motivational speaker is using President Clinton as an example when he says: passion will take you to the top.
Tom Ryan told Ferrum College students that Clinton beat former President Bush because despite flaws in his record, Clinton wanted the job more.
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((SUCCESS REMEMBER ... HOW TOUGH IS IT TO ACHIEVE IT.))
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By the age of 25, Ryan owned a multi-million dollar apparel company.
But by 30, he had lost his money and his marriage.
He built another multi-million dollar company and says it's all about confidence.
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((TOM RYAN/MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER: IT'S ATTITUDE BABY. THAT'S WHAT IT IS. DO YOU HAVE TO OR DO YOU GET TO? I GET TO DECIDE IF I WANT TO GO INTO THE FBI. I GET TO DECIDE IF I WANT TO GO TO LAW SCHOOL. YOU DON'T HAVE TO, YOU GET TO.))
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Ryan says success follows focus, integrity, willpower, and passion.
Coming up tonight in sports, Brooks is coming to Salem, the Braves mover closer to 100 wins, the Wrath gets an all-star goalie pick.
And Steve Mason checks in from Charlottesville where the Cavs are still trying to figure out if Clemson is that bad, or Tech is that good.
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We begin tonight with news concerning one of my idols.
Brooks Robinson, the man considered by many to be the greatest third baseman of all-time
is coming to Salem for this year's Hot Stove banquet.
Robinson will be the guest speaker for the 8th annual Salem-Roanoke hall of fame induction ceremony that is set for February 14th of next year at the Salem Civic Center.
Brooks played for the O's from 1955 through 1977 and he was world series MVP when the O's won the title in 1970.
In 1983 he was inducted into the baseball hall of fame.
This year's inductees will be announced later this fall.
Future big league hall of famer Mark McGwire finally got his groove back last night against the Pirates.
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In game one of a double header with the Bucs, the Mac Daddy came up in the ninth as a pinch hitter last night and launched a 385 foot blast over the fence in left center.
It's his 63rd homer of the year and the 450th of his career.
He is now one homer in front of Sammy Sosa will try to once again catch McGwire in a ten o'clock game tonight out in
The Atlanta Braves moved a step closer to nailing down a 100 victory season as they won their 98th game today by beating the Phils 16-to-3.
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Chipper Jones hit his
34th homer of the season in the 1st inning.
That put the Braves in front to stay.
Eddie Perez also got into the long ball act he jacked his 5th dinger of the year. The 2 run shot made it 3-to-nothing.
John Smoltz improved to 16 and 3.
He has won 11 of his last 12 starts.
Again the final, 16-to-3 Braves.
Virginia's defense is ranked fourth in the ACC and, although the Tigers are coming off an awful offense day against Virginia Tech, Steve Mason says, the cavaliers feel Clemson will still come to Charlottesville with the eye of the Tiger.
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((Is the Virginia defense sweating out this weekend's match up with Clemson. Yes! The Hokies held the Tigers to 102 yards of total offense, but the UVa D is hardly licking it's chops.
The Cavs lead the ACC in sacks with 9.5 in two games. Releasing their explosive safety valve has been key.
To much Poindexter? He made a team high 19 tackles against the Terps. But if there's any time Dex welcomes a bigger work load, it's against Clemson where's he's averaged nearly 14 tackles and has an interception in three games against the Tigers.
The Tigers lead the series 32-4 and 1. Steve Mason, News 7 sports. ))
The Roanoke Wrath closed out its season last month and today one of its players was rewarded for his stellar play this year.
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Goalie Danny Britton has been voted the top goal keeper in the D3 professional leaguem in which the Wrath played.
He gave up only 11 goals all season, that's less than one a game.
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And the football lineup for this weekend here on Your Hometown Station is all set. Saturday Pitt battles Penn State at 3:30, and then at eight that night we head to Knoxville for the Tennessee-Florida game.
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Then on Sunday the NFL doubleheader action features the Steelers and Dolphins at one and the Broncos and Raiders and 4:15.
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A controversy involving a star High School football player has many people in his community at odds.
Jean Jadhon is in our newsroom with more on that.
Keith, it all started at a game last week--
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between Covington and Alleghany High School.
Antonio Hall put in a good performance.
But, he and his coach didn't see eye to eye after the game and had a disagreement that spread far outside school grounds.
The Covington Board of Supervisors now hopes to resolve the issue at its meeting tonight.
We'll have more on that story, plus more news, weather and sports tonight on News 7 at 11--Keith?
Having babies born 10 months apart isn't that unusual, but giving birth to twins, twice in one year is a medical oddity.
A Roanoke woman has done just that.
Kathy and Larry Trotter picked up Lindsey from Roanoke Community Hospital today.
She joined Lauren, her fraternal twin and Kimberley and Kaitlin her older twin sisters.
The Trotters say the practice the first time around is preparing them with some lessons learned.
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((KATHY TROTTER/TWINS MOTHER: JUST KEEP THEM ON A SCHEDULE WE LET THEM EAT THEM ANYTIME THEY WANTED TO, SLEEP WHEN THEY WANTED TO, IT TOOK US EIGHT MONTHS TO GET THEM TO SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT SO, DAY ONE LYNDSEY AND LAUREN WILL BE ON A SCHEDULE.))
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((DR. HUGH WELLS/NEONATOLOGIST: HAVING TWO SETS OF TWINS IN OUR NURSERY WITHIN TEN MONTHS IS REALLY VERY UNCOMMON.))
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What's makes this situation even more umcommon is the Trotters were NOT using any fertility drugs.
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