Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX, the high percentage of minority students on the list of discipline problems in Lynchbur
A closer look at the numbers.
And your faithful four-legged companion may provide the right stimulus to improve YOUR health.
In sports, The complete Friday Foottball Extra menu, Roy Stanley will tell us how Gretna has gone from famine to feast, UVa and Tech previews,
and number six wins the pole at Dover whiel the wonder boy will start 6th, qualifying in sports
Lightning and heavy rain in southwest Virginia. Radar gives us an idea of where it is raining the hardest. And a major hurricane threatens the islands in the Atlantic.
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Are black students being unfairly singled out for discipline in Lynchburg city schools?
And is the city doing enough to attract more minority teachers?
School administrators in Lynchburg tried to answer those questions today.
Steve Smallshaw is here to talk with us about that tonight. Were they able to do that, Steve?
Keith, at the request of a minority citizens committee, educators have spent six months digging through files and records.
What they came up with is open to interpretation.
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[SUPER=01-James McCormick/School Superintendent; :52]
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(( On the surface, the numbers appear slanted.
Parents were especially concerned about Robert S. Payne Elementary where 185 suspensions were handed down last year.. 143 or 74 percent of them involved black students.
That number seems high until you take into account that 80 percent of the school's base population is black.
Educators say it's also important to look at WHY the kids are being disciplined: nearly 150 of the suspensions were for acts of flagrant misconduct.. and most of those occurred IN the classroom.
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((ELLEN NYGAARD/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: I THINK THAT IF THE PUBLIC WOULD REALLY LIKE TO SEE WHY CHILDREN ARE BEING SUSPENDED, I DON'T THINK PARENTS WOULD WANT CHILDREN ACTING THIS WAY IN SCHOOL.))
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The citizens committee also feels the school system isn't doing enough to recruit and hire minority teachers.
Administrators say part of the problem is the pool of applicants is very shallow.
[IN Q=There are few]
((JAMES MCCORMICK/SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: THERE ARE FEW MINORITY TEACHERS OUT THERE READY TO STEP IN TO THE CLASSROOM BECAUSE THERE'S SO FEW ENROLLED IN SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES OF EDUCATION.))
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McCormick says only 7 percent of teachers nationwide are minorities.. in Lynchburg it's closer to 18 percent. Keith?
(keith ?: is this report likely to satisfy the concerns of the citizens committee?)
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An underwater search for the gun used in a Campbell County murder turned up nothing today.
State police divers using a metal detector scoured a creek near the spot where 35- year- old Nick Olivarri's body was discovered Monday.
Investigators speculated whoever shot Olivarri may have thrown away the weapon as they fled the scene.
[IN Q=The victim did]
((ROBERT MAXEY/CAMPBELL CO. SHERIFF: THE VICTIM DID DIE FROM GUNSHOT WOUNDS AND IT'S NOT UNCOMMON FOR PEOPLE TO DISPOSE OF WEAPONS IN RIVERS AND CREEKS SO WE'RE JUST NOT LEAVING ANY STONE UNTURNED AT THIS POINT.))
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Maxey says 12 investigators are now working the case.
A former county supervisor's legal problems may be near an end, now that he's entered a plea to wiretapping charges.
The incident involved Bobby Williams, who recently resigned as a supervisor in Giles County. Teresa Hamilton has more on today's hearing in Pearisburg.
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In court, Williams pleaded NO contest to a single misdemeanor rather than two felonies after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors.
Williams admits he played an illegally taped phone conversation he'd acquired from someone else in front of others.
But says he NEVER intended to break the law.
((BOBBY WILLIAMS/FORMER GILES CO. SUPERVISOR: SOMEBODY WAS GOSSIPING ABOUT MY FAMILY AND I CAME IN POSSESSION OF THAT INSTRUMENT AND WHAT I DID WAS WHAT MOST RED BLOODED AMERICAN DID I WENT AND CONFRONTED THE MAN AND ASKED WHY HE WAS DOING THIS FOR AND THEN HE TRIED TO LIE AND THAT MADE ME MAD-- YOU CAN SAY ANYTHING ABOUT ME AND I CAN TAKE IT BUT NOT MY WIFE AND CHILD. ))
[OUT Q=and child.]
You may remember when the indictments were handed up in January, Williams attempted suicide that very day.
He eventually returned to the Board of Supervisors.
But recently resigned.
Sources close to the investigation say Williams was told prosecutors would be more willing to go with a plea agreement once he stepped down.
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((TOM BLAYLOCK/WILLIAMS' ATTORNEY: THAT REALLY WASN'T THE ISSUE WE RESIGNED, OR BOB RESIGNED, MORE FOR HIS MENTAL HEALTH, PHYSICAL HEALTH THAN THIS SITUATION.))
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Three others charged in connection with the wire tapping case were also in court, today.
All had their charges reduced and none will serve any jail time.
Sources close to the investigation say authorities have also been looking into other other allegations related to the case.
But say those charges never materialized for an apparent lack of evidence.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.
The suspect in a pair of bank robberies in Dublin three weeks apart turned himself in Monday.
Today, Christian David Cahours (COW-ers) went before a magistrate, but he was NOT released.
The 18-year old suspect's lawyer told the judge his parents are "itinerant evangelists," that he's been "essentially on his own" since the age of 13 or 14. And has no money or property to post bond.
The F-B-I says Cahours admitted he went into the First American Federal Savings Bank, handed the teller a note.
The note said he had a gun, but he never showed the teller a weapon. He left with 17-hundred dollars.
The teller says it was the same person who held her up in July.
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Multi-million dollar fraud suspect Clyde Bryant was next.
The 54-year old antiques dealer and reputed con artist wants to go back to Ocracoke Island, North Carolina, where he'd been working until his arrest.
Magistrate Glen Conrad agreed to let him return to Ocracoke, pending trial in March, but he'll have to post 75-thousand dollars bond and wear an electronic monitoring device.
So far Bryant has been unable to find anyone to co-sign or post property for his release.
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Republican governors meet in Virginia, and they have choice words for President Clinton. That story is just ahead.
And later, do pet owners live healthier lifes? Experts say the answer is quite clear.
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Governor Jim Gilmore stood alone today among his peers in his cautious approach to the scandals of the Clinton presidency.
Gilmore played host to the leadership of the Republican Governor's Association.
The group's chairman turned the topic from education to the Clinton scandal.
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((GOV. DAVID BEASLEY/(R) SOUTH CAROLINA: IT'S VERY BAD. IT'S BAD FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. IT'S BAD FOR THE UNITED STATES. I DON'T LIKE IT. I WISH IT WERE NOT HAPPENING. I THINK THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS LOST THE MORAL AUTHORITY TO GOVERN AND I THINK HE SHOULD STEP DOWN AND DO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE A VERY BIG FAVOR.))
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But Governor Gilmore won't go that far in his rhetoric.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I DON'T THINK I'M HOLDING BACK. I THINK I'M BEING RESPONSIBLE. AND THAT MEANS THAT THE CONGRESS IS THE PROPER FORUM FOR MAKING A DECISION WITH RESPECT TO IMPEACHMENT. AND WITH RESPECT TO CONVICTION. BUT I RECOMMEND THAT THEY GO FORWARD AND I THINK THAT THEY WILL.))
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Two other governors joined Beasley in calling for Clinton's resignation.
There are plenty of big smiles at Roanoke College, thanks to a former student's generosity.
The school's endowment is getting a three-million dollar gift from Francis T. West.
West went to Roanoke College.
He then went on to start his own window company and serve as mayor of Martinsville.
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[IN Q=if you]
((FRANCIS T. WEST/BENEFACTOR: IF YOU WORK HARD, THEN SOME LUCK WILL COME... THIS IS THE FRUITION OF THAT.))
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To say thanks for the gift, Roanoke College is naming its Courthouse Academic Building the "Francis T. West Hall."
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((DAVID GRING/COLLEGE PRESIDENT: IT'S BEEN A REAL BLESSING FOR ME TO KNOW THE MAN. TO HAVE HIM DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS OF STUDENTS IS JUST REMARKABLE.))
[OUT Q=fruition of that]
The three-million dollar donation is one of the biggest gifts ever given to Roanoke College.
The stock market finished the week on the up-side.
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THe Dow climbed almost 22 points, closing at 78-95. NASDAQ stocks climbed 17 and a half points.
A traffic stop in Danville led police to a convicted felon alledgedly carrying a lot of drugs and a gun.
Keith Foster of New Jersey was arrested last night on Aiken Bridge.
Police say they found 17-thousand dollars worth of crack cocaine in his vehicle, along with a handgun, scales, documents, and more than two-thousand dollars in cash.
More arrests are expected.
Experts say people with pets have lower blood pressure, but they also drink more alcohol.
Virginia Tech held its first major conference tying animals to human health.
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Studies show pet owners have lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and less anxiety.
[IN Q=Pet owners]
((SANDRA BARKER/MEDICAL COLLEGE OF VIRGINIA: PET OWNERS, ALTHOUGH THEY HAVE REDUCED CARDIOVASCULAR RISK FACTORS, THEY DRINK MORE ALCOHOL, THEY EAT MORE JUNK FOOD, THEY EAT MORE MEAT THAN NON PET-OWNERS SO THAT WAS AN INTERESTING FINDING IN THAT STUDY AS WELL.))
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Experts say even though these trends are common, they cannot PROVE pets cause them.
Still they take animals to hospitals -- they've seen patients talk, smile and heal after a pet's visit.
Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital currently offers pet therapy.
It's free to the patient and run by volunteers.
Qualifying from Dover coming up in sports, and we will preview both Tech's and UVa's football games tomorrow,
But first, Roy Stanley will check in with the Gretna Hawks, a team that is turning things around.
Mark Martin won the Bud pole today in qualifying for Sunday's MBNA Gold 400.
But many thoughts were with the driver not at the track. Bill Elliott's father died last night.
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Matt Kenseth qualified the McDonalds Ford and will start 16th.
Jeff Gordon had a decent run on the concrete mile and will start 6th.
But Mark Martin's pole winning lap speed of 155 point 966 miles an hour is a record.
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Dale Earnardt was 41st, Rick Mast made a nice save after hitting the wall. He's 44th quickest, the top 25.
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Tonight on Friday Football Extra we'll bring you the highlights of 15 games and the feature game comes from Gretna where the Hawks will take on the Lancers of Laurel Park.
Roy Stanley has more on this match up, Roy.
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The 10th ranked Virginia Cavaliers host Clemson tomorrow at Scott Stadium in a 3:30 kickoff.
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UVa beat the Tigers 21- 7 last year in Death Valley. Clemson is a mystery after a 37-nothing loss to Tech.
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The Hokies say they have to play mistake free football to make it 4 in a row against Miami.
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Virginia Tech has handled it's first two opponents easily allowing only three points while scoring 75.
But Tech is not resting on its laurels.
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Tailback Andre Kendrick did not make the trip.
Freshman Linebacker Jake Houseright traveled with the team, but officials haven't decided if he'll be redhirted.
VMI is at East Tennessee State tomorrow in a 7pm kick off.
Liberty hosts South Florida at 7:35.
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Washington & Lee travels to Guilford for a 1:30 game.
and Ferrum entertains Greensboro in a 1:30 Homecoming tilt.
We have learned in the last 24 hours that there are a lot of viewers who really know their ragweed.
As many of you told us, a story we aired last night showed goldenrod, not ragweed.
So let's set the record straight, with pictures to make your eyes water. This is ragweed. IT is the big cause of September allergies.
While it's not as colorful as goldenrod, it can put much more pollen into the air this time of year.
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