Coming up on News 7-
Underwater pictures of the Swissair wreck are released.
A Covington Football player and his mother try to clear the air- after he was kicked off the team.
And if your allergies are worse this year than past years, you're not alone. Find out why.
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Firefighters in Danville win their federal lawsuit against the city over unpaid meal breaks.
Good evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
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Today's verdict means Danville owes most of its firefighters three years of back pay.
Christy Hubley has reaction from both sides.
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(( When the civil trial was over, firefighters were satisfied.
The jury agreed that a firefighter's job does not stop for dinner.
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((MOLLY ELKIN/PLAINTIFFS' ATTORNEY: THIS CASE WAS ABOUT FAIR LABOR STANDARDS AND THE MOST BASIC FAIR LABOR IS THAT WHEN WE WORK WE GET PAID AND THEY FOUND THAT THESE FIREFIGHTERS WORK 24 HOURS A SAY INCLUDING DURING THEIR MEAL BREAKS.))
[OUT Q=during their meal breaks.]
[IN Q=It's worked out well for ]
((RAY EARP/FIREFIGHTER: IT'S WORKED OUT WELL FOR US IT'S THE RESULTS WE HOPED FOR BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS WE WERE THERE YESTERDAY WE'RE THERE TODAY AND WE'LL BE THERE TOMORROW. WE'RE A FIRE DEPARTMENT AND WE'RE THERE FOR THE PEOPLE.))
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The city's attorney believes Danville broke no labor laws on purpose.
[IN Q=We do not believe]
((TIMOTHY SPENCER/CITY ATTORNEY: WE DO NOT BELIEVE THAT THERE IS ANY EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT, DESPITE TODAY'S VERDICT, THAT THE CITY ACTED WILLFULLY. ALL EVIDENCE SPEAKS OTHERWISE.))
[OUT Q=evidence speaks otherwise.]
The fire chief-- who assisted in the city's defense-- briefly remarked that the fire department will continue to operate in a professional manner.
The firefighters concur.
[IN Q=The city of Danville]
((STEVE FINKNER/FIREFIGHTER: THE CITY OF DANVILLE SHOULD BE PROUD OF THEIR FIRE DEPARTMENT THEY EMPLOY PEOPLE THAT ARE DEDICATED THEY'RE DILIGENT IN THEIR JOBS THEY'RE SKILLED THEY'RE CARING AND THEY'RE COMPASSIONATE.))
[OUT Q=and they're compassionate.]
In a statement News 7 received by fax, the city attorney says Danville "will take immediate steps to correct the apparent deficiencies and will undertake a thorough review of our firefighter policies."
Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.))
The total amount of damages owed to the firefighters still has to be determined in court.[Tausinger]
A mental patient at the V-A Hospital in Salem has been indicted for threatening to kill the President.
Garry Tausinger of Buchanan allegedly made the comment last May.
Since then, though, the Secret Service has determined Tausinger actually has the means to follow through on the threat.
He was indicted today for possession of a 12-guage shotgun, a couple of rifles and a semi-automatic pistol... all legal firearms, except for the fact that Tausinger had been committed to a mental institution.
Tausinger said he wanted to kill President Clinton because "he does not support veterans and is a quote "no good draft dodger."
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The House Judiciary Committee will debate again tomorrow whether to release President Clinton's videotaped grand jury testimony-
((I THINK JUST LIKE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WE WANT TO PUT THIS BEHIND US. I THINK WE IN THE JUDICIAL COMMITTEE WANT TO DO THAT TOO. I HOPE THE COMMITTEE WILL MOVE WITH THE WORK AS QUICKLY AND AS EXPIDITIOULSY WHILE AT THE SAME TIME BEING FAIR WITH THE PRESIDENT.))
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Republicans say Americans have the right to see the tape to make up their own minds- Democrats say it would only humiliate the President.
The tape reportedly shows a combative, evasive Clinton storming off under explicit questioning.
FBI officials have named a third suspect in connection with the bombing of the U-S embassay in Kenya.
Authorities say (Ha-roon Fa-zeal) Haroun Fazil helped plan the assault from a Nairobi villa he rented.
Fazil is still not in custody- but the state department's offered a 2-million dollar reward leading to his capture.
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Canadian authorities released the first video today of underwater wreckage from Swissair flight 111.
Divers are working at more than 100 feet below the surface where visibility is difficult and the water is extremely cold.
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((THESE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO DETEORIORATE AS WE GET INTO NOVEMBER.))
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Authorities say recovering bodies is still a top priority as is recovery of the cockpit and engine parts.
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A third lawsuit has been filed in connection with the the death of a woman at UVa's graduation ceremonies last year.
Mary Jo Brashear was killed when a balcony collapsed on the University of Virginia lawn in May of 1997.
A relative has filed the latest lawsuit -- this one in the amount of 1-point-8 million dollars against a university employee AND a consulting firm.
Suits have already been filed on behalf of Brashear's Texas estate, and her husband.
The total amount sought in those suits is 6-point-2 million dollars.
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Antonio Hill says he just wants to play football.
The Covington High School student was kicked off the team Friday during a disagreement with his coach.
Tonight, his mother made a public statement that she hopes will help clear the air.
Joe Dashiell has the latest details on the Covington controversy.
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((The Hills emerged from their attorney's office to read the statement to reporters.
Following Covington's loss to Alleghany Friday night, Audra Hill acknowledges her son made a mistake, failing to give coach Brad Morton his full attention.
She doesn't believe the punishment fit the crime, but Hill also says misinformation has contributed to the controversy.
[IN Q=Duke wasn't kicked off the bus.]
((DUKE WASN'T KICKED OFF THE BUS, AND COACH MORTON NEVER TOLD HIM HE COULDN'T RIDE THE BUS. HE DID NOT GO WITH ME, BUT WAS RELEASED TO A FRIEND AND STEPMOTHER. PLUS DUKE DOESN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THERE BEING A DISPUTE ON THE BUS. THAT JUST DIDN'T HAPPEN.))
[OUT Q=just didn't happen.]
Audra Hill says the dispute has been a stressful experience for everyone. She hopes her statement will help clear the air, and clear the way for successful negotiations.
Antonio says his goal is simple.
[IN Q=Just need to get back]
((JUST NEED TO GET BACK TO PLAYING FOOTBALL, BACK THE WAY THINGS USED TO BE.))
[OUT Q=the way things used to be.]
Discussions with school officials will continue, but the Hill's attorney says he's hopeful Antonio will ultimately return to the team.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
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The teacher who was beaten up by a student at Bland County High School three years ago will NOT collect the 77-thousand dollar judgment awarded him by a federal jury.
The judge over-ruled the jury and struck the case of Tom Bird versus the Bland County School Board.
Bird testified he was driving to work when Sammy Blankenship flipped him "the finger."
The high school math teacher followed the boy in his car.
The two got out.
Bird says he threw up his hand, hitting Blankenship on the chin.
The boy severely beat him.
Bird was fired. The question became: was that the reason he was fired -- or was that a pretext for getting rid of him.
Judge Sam Wilson says Bird SHOULD have been fired for getting into a fight with a student, and he decided not to second-guess the school board's motives.
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A Virginia school board is grappling with controversial academic standards for high school athletes.
A football coach in (Glaw-ster) Gloucester complained that a policy requiring a 2-point-oh grade-point average is keeping his best players off the field.
Gloucester High Coach Dale Heath says a player was hurt in a recent game because academic problems prevented so many of his starters from playing.
So last night the community's school board voted to rescind the policy.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
When News 7 at 11 returns, other people's garbage continues to pile up in the Commonwealth, and the Governor is NOT happy about it.
Plus, he shaped Radford University into the co-ed institution it is today.
Now officials deal with the loss of Donald Dedmon.
Details straight ahead.
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((Hey Jean this is Mike Stevens back in the News 7 sports office watching more than 110 cars get ready for this weekend's taco Bell 300 at Martinsville.
Ferrum is getting ready for homecoming, we're getting ready for Friday Football Extra with the week four schedule, and we'll talk with Geraldine Barber whp was on the lecture circuit tonight in Martinsville.
It's all coming up tonight in sports.))
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Governor Jim Gilmore's NOT excited about it.
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But Virginia ranks second only to Pennsylvania in the amount of trash it imports and buries.
A new contract is about to increase that amount by another 30 percent.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I DON'T WANT VIRGINIA TO BECOME THE REPOSITORY OF THE NATION'S GARBAGE. I DON'T THINK THAT'S THE IMAGE WE WANT TO PRESENT AND I DON'T THINK THAT'S THE POLICY WE WANT TO FOLLOW. NOW TO THE EXTENT THAT WE CAN REGULATE WITHIN THE CONFINES OF THE INTERSTATE COMMERCE CLAUSE, I THINK WE SHOULD.))
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The so-called "mega-fills" that take in trash from places like New York are in the eastern half of the state.
The Governor says he'll review possible executive orders or legislation to regulate them.
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A single-car accident slowed traffic today in Southeast Roanoke.
The crash happened at 11-45 this morning near the intersection of Dale Avenue and 20th street.
The Ford Escort apparently veered off the road, hit a utility pole, and spun around.
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((TRAVIS SLUSHER: I DIDN'T SEE IT. I CAME ALMOST RIGHT ON TOP OF IT AND I HAD TO HIT THE BRAKES REAL HARD TO KEEP FROM HITTING IT MYSELF.))
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The driver's name hasn't been released.
Rescue workers say he suffered only minor injuries.
They say the car's air bag DID deploy, but the driver was NOT wearing a seat belt.
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Carroll County's top prosecutor has fond memories of the man who piloted Radford University for 22-years.
Donald Dedmon is credited with transforming the college from an all-female, liberal arts school to a comprehensive co-ed university.
Dedmon's wife says her husband died of a heart attack in Florida back in February.
But the school was NOT made aware of his death until recently.
Carroll County commonwealth's attorney Greg Goad is a member of the school's board of visitors.
[IN Q=He was]
((GREG GOAD/RADFORD UNIVERSITY BD. OF VISITORS:HE WAS AT THE HELM FOR 22- YEARS AND SO MUCH HAPPENED DURING THAT TIME AS I MENTIONED BEFORE, I MEAN, WE WENT FROM RADFORD COLLEGE THAT AN ALL FEMALE SCHOOL TO A COED UNIVERSITY STATUS, A LOT OF DEVELOPMENT WAS MADE ON CAMPUS, THE NEW BUILDINGS, THE DEDMON CENTER, OF COURSE, HE REALLY DID TRANSFORM THE UNIVERSITY INTO WHAT IT IS TODAY. ))
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[OUT Q=it is today.]
Dedmon left the university in June of '94 amid allegations that he had mismanaged funds.
For that reason, Goad says he's not surprised Dedmon's family did NOT contact the school....
Or that no one from the university appeared to have stayed in contact with the former president.
When News 7 returns, if you can't wait for the end of allergy season, stay with us, we'll tell you what you can do to relieve the suffering.
And, we'll see why flocking to the State's Capitol these days is for the birds.
That story's coming up.
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Virginia's 210 year old State Capitol was designed by Thomas Jefferson-
It houses the oldest continuously-legislating body in the New World
-- and it's seen some battles.
In fact, the one with the birds is just the latest.
Ellen Qualls has more.
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Gunfire in Richmond is nothing new.
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Fireworks at the State Capitol happen every legislative session.
But when nature invades our civilized spaces-- Alfred Hitchcock warned us-- the state fights back.
((TONY GRIFFIN/CAPITOL GROUNDS SUPERVISOR: IT'S HARD TO SAY MILLIONS OF BIRDS...IT'S A MESS.))
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((WILDLIFE IS GENERALLY WELCOME IN CAPITOL SQUARE. THEY FOUGHT TO SAVE THE SQUIRRELS, THE PIGEONS ARE NO PROBLEM. BUT THERE'S DEFINITELY A DOWNSIDE TO FLOCKING BIRDS.))
Three nights of gunfire may have done the trick.
((TONY GRIFFIN: I THINK THE BIRDS HAVE GOTTEN THE MESSAGE...AT LEAST THEY'RE NOT IN OURS.))
((RONNIE ANDREWS: WELL IF THEY RUN THESE BIRDS OUT, I'M PRETTY SURE I'LL END UP SEEING SOMEWHERE NEAR MY HEAD. BUT IT'S NOT GONNA BOTHER ME. I MEAN IT'S NATURE. THESE ARE BIRDS. THEY GOT TO LET IT GO SOMEWHERE. I MEAN THEY'RE NOT HUMAN BEINGS. THEY DON'T GO TO BATHROOMS IN PLACES. SO THEY'RE JUST DOING WHAT NATURALLY GOD CREATED THEM TO DO.))
They've had the impertinence to sit on George Washington's head.
And leave a calling card on his jacket.
The calling cards are everywhere.
((NOEL CONSTABLE/BRITISH TOURIST: AT NIGHT THEY ALL COME BACK FROM WHEREVER THEY ARE TO REST IN TREES. SO THE ANSWER IS CHOP YOUR TREES DOWN. laughs))
That's NOT what happened here... but it is one less bird outhouse.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond. ))
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The weeks of dry weather in the area are great for those allergic to mold.
But without the rain to wash away the pollen, ragweed sufferers are dealing with constant runny noses and watery, itchy eyes.
By mid-October the autumn ragweed season will be over, but for now allergists say it's important to treat those symptoms.
If not, allergies can lead to much more serious conditions.
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((DR. THOMAS FAME/ALLERGY & IMMUNOLOGY: A PERSON WHO IS ALLERGIC TO DUST MITES, CATS AND DOGS IS EIGHT TIMES THE RISK OF DEVELOPING ASTHMA AND THAT'S MUCH MORE THAN EVEN PEOPLE WHO ARE, CHILDREN WHO ARE EXPOSED TO SMOKERS FOR INSTANCE.))
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Doctor Fame says antihistamines are the most common medications taken in the United States.
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Griffey carries the homer torch alone tonight, quarterbacks are again making news in the NFL tonight, we'll check out the Friday Football Extra schedule of games for this week, plus go racing, hear from Ferrum, and Tiki and Ronde's mom.
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But first, the Roanoke Express traded defenseman Cory Peterson to the Pee Dee Pride today.
In return, the Express will get Doug Searle a former Roanokeplayer who himself was shipped to Pee Dee two years ago.
Now let's check tonight's scores.
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The homerun race slowed down a bit last night as Mark McGwire and the Cardinals had the night off.
Sammy Sosa and the Cubs beat the Padres 4-to-3 yesterday, but it was Gary Gaetti and not Sammy who won the game with a homer in the 10th.
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The forgotten one in the chase did blast another one yesterday.
Ken Griffey Junior hits a three run shot in the first inning yesterday to lead the Mariners past the A's 8-to-nothing.
Griffey now has 53 homers on the year plus, he is just the third man in history with 50 homers and 20 steals in the same year.
One more note from the Sosa camp - Reggie Jackson drove 150 miles to attend yesterday's camp and shake Sammy's hand.
No confusion concerning this week's edition of Friday Football Extra.
30 teams will be in the spotlight tonight at 11:35.
Here's our week four rundown.
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This year's Henry County United way theme is kids. And Steve Mason says, who better to kick off a campaign that works so closely with the NFL than Geraldine Barber.
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Still to come tonight horsepower and Panthers power lead the way as we check the stocks at Martinsville,
and visit with the Ferrum football team. Dave Davis's club is getting ready for a big homecoming weekend this Saturday.
The Martinsville Speedway was alive and well yesterday as 113 late model stock car drivers dropped in for an open test
session to get their cars ready for this weekend's Taco Bell 300.
Teams from all over the Mid-Atlantic converge on Martinsville for this race because the winner gets $25 thousand dollars.
But many of the local Late model kings are anxious to keep that money in their backyard.
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No matter what the drivers will be hard pressed to duplicate last year's finish when an amazing chain of events on the final lap allowed Billy Hogan to come out of nowhere to win the event.
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[OUT Q=....the winner."]
Qualifying takes place tomorrow at two for the first 20 spots. The race is Sunday. All tickets are general admission.
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The Ferrum College Panthers are getting ready for Homecoming 98 this Saturday against Greensboro.
Ferrum had open date last week after beating Newport News Apprentice in its season opener. Offensively, the Panthers are winning with quickness rather than size.
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[OUT Q=...little more productive"]
Defensively, The panthers have a great deal of experience with six seniors and three juniors. Former Graham star J.C. Harmon is a pre season all American selection at linebacker. He leads a unit that is facing some challenges head on.
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[OUT Q=...win football games"]
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And here's the football lineup this weekend here on WDBJ-7.
Pitt battles Penn State at 3:30, and then at 8 that night we head to Knoxville for the Tennessee-Florida game.
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On Sinday you can catch the Steelers and Dolphins at one and then watch the Broncos tanglw with the Raiders at 4:15 right here on Your Hometown Station.
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