Just ahead on News-7, a serious accident ties up traffic for miles on Interstate 81. We'll have the latest.
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And a lawsuit may determine just how much development is permitted at Smith Mountain Lake.
Tonight on the Big 7, the Hokies are looking for revenge against Pitt, the Cavs are likely to find a healthy Duke teamon Saturday.
And the VHSL rules that Amherst can head back to Group Two A. We'll have that and the rest of today's local results from the executive committee.
Tropical weather is getting the big headlines but the local weather story could not be more gentle. The cool story ahead.
A major accident on Interstate-81 has backed up traffic for miles and put people in the hospital.
One person was flown to the Univeristy of Virginia's burn unit.
Another is at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Three with minor injuries are at Lewis-Gale Medical Center in Salem.
The accident happened around 4:30 this afternoon, at the 128-mile marker near Ironto.
At least six tractor-trailers and eight cars were involved, cutting off all north-bound traffic.
News-7's Joe Dashiell is on the scene and has the latest.
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A Smith Mountain Lake man is taking the Franklin County supervisors to court.
He says they broke the law, and if the suit is successful, it could limit development along part of the popular lake.
Tina Tenret tells us more.
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Allen Wilcox cherishes his lakefront view of trees and water.
He's suing the Franklin County supervisors to protect it.
Last month, the supervisors approved a condominium complex with 96 units, 180 boat docks, a community center and a convention center -- all on five acres near Bridgewater Plaza.
A stone's throw across the water from Wilcox.
Wilcox would not speak on camera, but he says traffic will clog this busy cove and his property values will plummet.
He claims supervisors broke zoning law by allowing a convention center, restaurant and commercial boat docks in that area.
County officials disagree.
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The county planning director says those uses may not be on the books, but the developers and county supervisors had the right to include them.
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((TIM KRAWCZEL/COUNTY PLANNING DIRECTOR: WE FEEL THEY HAD A PUBLIC HEARING, WE FEEL THEY HAD A CONCEPT PLAN, AND THEY ARTICULATED OR ASKED FOR THE DEVIATIONS THEY WANTED. BUTT BUTT BUTT
AND THAT'S WHAT THE ORDINANCE SAYS THEY'RE REQUIRED TO DO.))
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((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: THE COUNTY ATTORNEY DID NOT WANT TO SPEAK ON CAMERA BUT SAYS THE COUNTY SUPERVISORS DID EVERYTHING LEGALLY -- OTHERWISE, HE WOULD HAVE CORRECTED THEM. A DATE FOR THE CASE HAS NOT YET BEEN SET. TINA TENRET, NEWS7, FRANKLIN COUNTY))
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A Minneapolis company wants to buy one of Lynchburg's largest employers.
Sigma-7 Products today announced its intention to aquire Delta Star Incorporated.
Sigma is offering Delta Star stockholders 15 dollars and 50 cents per share.. the total value of the deal is close to 15-million dollars.
Delta Star employs about 250 people in its Lynchburg facility.. they make electrical transformers for power companies.
Its headquarters are in California.
No one with Delta Star could be reached for comment about the offer.
Floyd County's highest point went to highest bidder today, taking it off the federal government's hands.
It's the 100-acre mountaintop estate known as "Panther's Knob".
Here's Teresa Hamilton with more on the new owner, and the price tag.
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That's how the bidding war began...with 18- people vying for the secluded estate.
Less than 30- minutes later, the tense monetary battle was over...
With the highest bid coming from a retired Blacksburg aerospace businessman.
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((CLOSE THE BIDDING AT 380 THOUSAND DOLLARS SUBJECT TO ACCEPTANCE OF THE I-R-S. ))
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Bob Walters thought the Floyd County estate would be the perfect place for his wife to raise horses.
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((TERESA SPEAKS: SO WHAT ARE YOU FEELING NOW? YOU ARE SHAKING I CAN SEE.
BOB WALTERS/RETIRED BUSINESSMAN:YEAH, I KNOW, I'M NERVOUS, A LOT OF EMOTIONS, I'M HAPPY, I'M JUST CONFUSED ABOUT WHAT PLACE I'LL STAY IN BECAUSE LIKE I SAY I HAVE ANOTHER REALLY NICE PLACE BUT WE'LL PROBABLY COME HERE. ))
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Kathryn Bonanno- Patrizzi is a native of Floyd County and was one of the folks bidding against Walters.
The rare gem dealer currently divides her time between New York and Switzerland.
But there's no place like home.
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The estate was put on the auction block by the government-- after determining marijuana sales were used to buy the property.
Proceeds from the sale of the house and property will go toward other crime fighting operations.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Floyd County.
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The owner of a local shopping plaza says more is on the way. That story is still ahead.
And later, one church's response to President Clinton's troubles ... white ribbons!
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A recent court decision involving unpaid meal breaks for firefighters raises a new question: could it spark similar legal battles in other municipalities?
Christy Hubley investigates the question.
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(( If firefighters work 24-hours-- putting out flames and saving lives-- they should be paid for 24-hours.
That's what a federal jury told the city of Danville last week with its verdict in a lawsuit brought by 83-firefighters.
The decision means the city will have to pay the plantiffs for three-years worth of unpaid mealbreaks.
After the verdict, the city attorney told reporters this case will set a dangerous precedent for other fire departments.
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((TIMOTHY SPENCER/CITY ATTORNEY: THIS IS A SITUATION WHERE THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 100-OTHER FIRE DEPARTMENTS IN THE AREA WHICH HANDLE FIREFIGHTERS SIMILARLY SO FOR THAT UNFORTUNATLEY WE MAY BE THE LEAD DOG IN THAT FIGHT.))
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Ed Crawford says that's not so.
He is the Vice President of the Virginia Professional Firefighters Assocaition and says Danville is the last fire department to fall in line with compensation for mealbreaks.
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((ED CRAWFORD/VA PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS: TO OUR KNOWLEDGE THIS IS THE ONLY DEPARTMENT IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA AS FAR AS OUR ORGANIZATION GOES THAT WAS ACTUALLY DEDUCTING TIME FROM THE FIREFIGHTERS FOR THEIR MEALTIME WHICH IS A VIOLATION OF THE FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT.))
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What does this violation of the FLSA mean to Danville in dollars and cents?
A final damage figure has not be determined.
Danville's city council will be briefed Thursday night on the potential consequenses.
Christy Hubley, News 7.))
Despite signs that business might be slowing, the man who owns Towers Shopping Center said the place is actually growing.
Even though there's empty space where a movie theater just closed ...
And holes where other big stores moved out...
Gary Rappaport said Towers is turning a profit.
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A new deli-style store, called "Heavenly Ham" is opening tomorrow.
Rappaport said he's also recruiting stores to move into the old movie theater and an old gas station on the property.
On Wall Street today, profit taking forced the market lower.
The Dow dropped 152 points to close at eight thousand two.
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He convinced Patrick Henry the Constitution was a good idea.
He intimidated Thomas Jefferson in the courtroom.
But he remains a mystery to many Virginians.
Ellen Qualls takes us to John Marshall Day in Richmond.
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That may indeed be up to a higher power.
But John Marshall certainly did his part.
((HARRY CARRICO/CHIEF JUSTICE OF VIRGINIA: HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR JOHN MARSHALL, THIS COUNTRY WOULD NOT BE WHAT IT IS TODAY. I ALSO MAINTAIN THAT IT IS TIME HIS GREATNESS WAS RECOGNIZED.))
So his restored grave was rededicated.
great-great-great-grandson helped lay the wreath.
That's when we learned--
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The unproven theory is that he and his wife Polly are buried five or six feet down.
So we don't know that.
But we do know this:
((ROXANE GILMORE/FIRST LADY OF VIRGINIA: HIS COLLEGE LEGAL NOTEBOOK CONTAINED MARGINALIA WHERE HE INSCRIBED NAMES LIKE POLLY, OR MISS M. AMBLER PLUS J. MARSHALL.))
Mostly, though, we should know this:
((HARRY CARRICO/CHIEF JUSTICE OF VIRGINIA: WHEN JOHN MARSHALL BECAME CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE UNITED STATES IN 1801, THE CONSTITUTION WAS AN OBJECT OF RIDICULE, SEEMING DESTINED FOR OBLIVION. ALEXANDER HAMILTON CALLED IT A FRAIL AND WORTHLESS FABRIC.))
By the time of his death, 34 years later--
((HARRY CARRICO/CHIEF JUSTICE OF VIRGINIA: MARSHALL HAD MADE THE CONSTITUTION THE SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND, AND THE SUPREME COURT THE FINAL AND RESPECTED ARBITER OF THAT LAW.))
That's why Virginia's John Marshall is known as "The GREAT Chief Justice."
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))
Coming up tonight in sports, the Virginia HIgh School league acts on all the redistricting moving and shaking today in Charlottesville.
And Duke is trying to steady itseld for Saturday afternoon's battle with Virginia in Durham.
The Virginia High School League's executive committee members cast their votes today on a number of requests from area high schools.
Some of the athletic moves were approved but many were not.
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((A number of familiar faces from the area made the trek to Charlottesville on Wednesday. All were heard but not everyone was pleased after the votes were tallied.
For starters, the Northwest region's attempt to keep Amherst County from dropping back to Group Two-A failed. The Lancers will return to the Seminole next season.
That leaves the western district with just four teams. The Committee refused to combine the Western and Roanoke Valley.
Dan River and Tunstall asked for and received permission to return to the Piedmont.
Their spots in the Dogwood district will be taken by Appomattox and Nelson County.
But not everyone left Charlottesville a happy camper.
Rustburg's request to join the Dogwood was denied. The Red Devils stay in the Seminole.
Rockbridge County was thought to be on its way to the Valley district where Lexington used to compete on a regular basis.
But the the Cats request was soundly defeated. Rockbridge will stay in the Blue Ridge.))
In two other moves, Carroll County's request to remain the Southwest district instead of moving to the HIghlands was approved.
And Lebanon's request to stay in the Highlands district instead of moving to the Black Diamond was also approved.
Duke is 2 and 1 coming into this Saturday's game against UVa. Steve Mason says, the 10th ranked Cavaliers know they won't smoke the Blue devils on this trip down tobacoo road.
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((By mid week, the Blue Devils had recovered from their bout with food poisening and had put the Florida State weekend out of their minds.
Coach Fred Goldsmith hopes his team won't remember Aaron Brook's performance last year either.
The ACC's leading passer has recieved help from a recievers who have surpassed all expectations.
UVa needed a field goal last year to win. Despite a constant double team, former PH standout Chris Combs was a reason Virginia mustered only 13 points.
Welsh will have to contend with the ACC's second rated rushing attack. Steve Mason, news 7 sports.))
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And the Saturday afternoon football broadcast schedule on WDBJ has been changed.
The UCLA-Miami game originally
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set for Noon has been cancelled. And cancelled and not rescheduled is correct. At this time, Miami says the game wil not be made up.
CBS has not named a replacement game at this time.
Qualifying is all set for tomorrow in Martinsville for the Winston Cup and Super Truck machines.
And we're almost all set for Saturday night's hour long race special.
Among other things, you'll get to take a shop tour with Ricky Rudd, relive some of NASCAR's greatest rivalries, get up close and personal with Martinsville dominator Bobby Hamilton, and meet a local trash man who has recorded a song about the Martinsville Speedway.
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That's all coming your way Saturday from 7 to 8 as we present More Thunder in the Foothills.
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Recapping our top story, traffic in the northbound lanes of Interstate 81 remains backed up for 15 to 20 miles, after a multi-vehicle pileup late this afternoon.
It happened about 4:30 at milemarker 128, near Ironto.
Witnesses are saying a small truck and a tractor-trailer collided, setting off a series of collisions involved several trucks and cars.
At least two serious injuries were reported.
And state police say it will take hours to clear the scene.
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