On News 7 at SIX tonight- -
some thought- provoking tales from those who survived that horrendous wreck on I-81 last week.
And an African- American attorney explains why he's defending a cross- burning Klansman.
In sports, the latest on Virginia Tech's football mash unit that includes mostly quarterbacks, Jeff Burton comments on the some crucial Winston Cup races coming up,
and Major League baseball's divisional series hits the diamond, highlights in sports.
Temperatures tumble today and radar reveals showers in southwest Virginia. We will see how far they will spread in a moment.
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Ten people were seriously injured in a fiery wreck on Interstate 81 last week.
Now- -for the first time- -we're going to hear from some of those who were hospitalized, people who are lucky to be alive.
For many motorists, it was merely a major inconvenience... being stuck on the highway between Roanoke and Blacksburg.
But those who were actually involved in the accident are left with painful memories and a new appreciation of life.
Joe Dashiell has their stories.
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The accident that critically injured John Franklin and littered the highway with the wreckage of more than a dozen cars and trucks, also left its mark in other ways.
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David Paterno is thankful to be alive.
His Pontiac was totalled.
So was the Jeep, Justin Prillaman was driving.
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Truck Driver Vince West is nursing the cuts and bruises he received in the wreck. He was hit from behind and pushed into the truck in front of him.
He's hopeful the accident will give drivers on Interstate 81, something to think about.
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One of the images these three men will carry with them, is the sight of truck driver John Franklin on fire as he escaped from his burning truck.
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Keith, They say they're praying for the driver, who is still listed in critical condition tonight at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
A former high school teacher today admitted having sex with a female student in Wythe County.
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35- year old Michael Blevins had already pled guilty in SMYTH County to similar charges pertaining to the same student.
Blevins was the girl's eighth grade science teacher at Rural Retreat high school.
He'll be sentenced in late November.
Blevins also faces trial in Montgomery County where he worked as a teacher and coach--- for allegedly having sex wit
h two other students.
Two teenagers charged in the murder of a Liberty High School student will remain in juvenile detention a little while longer.
16- year- old Randy Ross is charged with capital murder for the robbery and shooting death of Jamelle Poindexter over Labor Day weekend.
Ross's girlfriend is accused of helping Ross steal Poindexter's car.
A judge today ordered both suspects to remain in juvenile custody.
A preliminary hearing is set for November.
A man arrested for picketing outside the Lynchburg Y-M-C-A has reached an agreement in his legal dispute with the city.
Bill Connelly was protesting what he called anti- gay policies at the "Y" when he was arrested last year.
Police determined Connelly was picketing longer than his permit allowed.
But the charges were later dropped, and in the face of a lawsuit from the A-C-L-U, the city decided to settle out of court.
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((BILL CONNELLY/PROTESTOR: I WOULD HAVE LIKE AN APOLOGY AND THAT'S ONE THING THEY EVIDENTLY DON'T DO. YOU DON'T GET AN APOLOGY FROM PEOPLE WHO VIOLATE YOUR RIGHTS.))
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Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The city has since repealed its law requiring picketers to get a permit before they stage a protest.
In August, an imperial wizard of the Ku Klux Klan burned a 30-foot cross in Carroll County.
The Virginia lawyer who will defend him in court is black.
Ellen Qualls asked the obvious question.
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(( So why is a black guy representing the Klan?
((DAVID BAUGH/BARRY BLACK'S ATTORNEY: EVERYONE, AS I SEE IT, UNDER THE FIRST AMENDMENT, HAS THE RIGHT TO SAY ANYTHING THEY WANT TO IN THIS COUNTRY. EVEN TO SAY THINGS THAT I PERSONALLY DESPISE. SO WHEN THE KLAN-- WHEN THE KLAN-- WHEN THE ACLU TOLD ME ABOUT THE CASE, AND ASKED ME IF I'D TAKE IT, I SAID YES. I AM AN AFRICAN AMERICAN. I AM ALSO AN AMERICAN.))
The client is Barry Black-- Imperial Wizard of the Keystone Knights of the KKK.
He's made waves for years in Pennsylvania-- where he's currently fighting his local prosecutor to remain town constable-- sort of like a sheriff's deputy.
But Barry Black's August Klan rally and cross-burning in remote Cana is what's drawn David Baugh's help.
((DAVID BAUGH/BARRY BLACK'S ATTORNEY: ACTUALLY IT'S KIND OF GRATIFYING. WHEN YOU GO TO LAW SCHOOL AND YOU BELIEVE IN IT, TO GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION, TO TAKE ON THE KIND OF CASE THAT REALLY TESTS YOU AND YOUR FAITH IN THE CONSTITUTION, IT'S SORT OF GRATIFYING. IT'S LIKE THE DOCTOR WITH THE REALLY DIFFICULT CASE.))
((GREG GOAD/CARROLL CO. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY: THEY BURNED AN APPROXIMATELY 30- FOOT CROSS WHICH COULD BE SEEN FROM A PUBLIC ROAD WHEN PEOPLE DROVE PAST IT AND THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS COULD SEE IT FROM THE PUBLIC ROAD ALSO. ))
((DAVID BAUGH/BARRY BLACK'S ATTORNEY: THIS A GROUP OF PEOPLE GETTING TOGETHER TO HAVE THEIR LITTLE CLUB MEETING, AND THEY ENDED WITH A CROSS BURNING.))
Whether there was intent to intimidate or not, as Virginia's law assumes -- the ACLU says the Klan has as much right to burn a cross as Martin Luther King had to march on Selma. Barry Black's case is expected to be the first Constitutional test of Virginia's decades-old law.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
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The Virginia lottery is leaving T-V, but you'll still get the numbers. Just ahead on NEWS-7, we'll tell you why there are changes are in the works.
And next, the numbers aren't good for local cattle ranchers. You can start with the drought, but there's another reason across the water.
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This summer's long dry spell is proving to be a tough one for local beef producers, and now they're getting a double-whammy from a second source, one thousands of miles away.
Teresa Hamilton explains.
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There was NO shortage of activity at the Narrows Livestock Market in Giles County-- where calves were weighed for large companies to come in and buy.
But beef producers won't be earning nearly as much as they did last year.
Cattle prices are down 10 to 15 cents a pound.
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((JOHN SCOTT, JR./GILES CO. EXTENSION AGENT: THE MAIN PROBLEM IS WE JUST GOT SO MUCH MEAT AND WHEN I SAY MEAT I'M TALKING ABOUT BEEF AND PORK AND CHICKEN AND TURKEY ON THE MARKET AND THEN WE, OF COURSE, HAD THE PROBLEM WITH THE ASIAN ECONOMY GOING DOWN, WHO WERE IMPIORTING A LOT OF MEAT, SO THIS REALLY COMPOUNDED THE PROBLEM. ))
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Beef producers who raise cattle for a living are the ones really feeling the impact.
((ALL YOUR OTHER EXPENSES, MACHINERY AND REPAIRS, AND SUPPLIES ALL REMAIN THE SAME AND EVEN GO HIGHER SO IT REALLY PUTS THE FARMERS IN A BIND. ))
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Drought like conditions over the summer are also taking a financial toll on local farmers.
The lack of rain has dried up pastures-- which means many beef producers will either have to sell early or begin dipping into their feed.
((CECIL CARR/GILES CO. BEEF PRODUCER:YEAH, I'LL HAVE TO START FEEDING PROBABLY ABOUT A MONTH EARLIER THAN I DID LAST YEAR. ))
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Fortunately for Cecil Carr-- raising cattle is NOT his primary means of making a living.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Narrows.
They will still draw the ping pong balls in Richmond -- and you can still get your winning numbers from us.
But the decade-old live lottery drawing show will come to an end Thursday.
Virginia Lottery officials say actually broadcasting the drawing around the state costs too much.
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((ED SCARBOROUGH/VIRGINIA LOTTERY SPOKESMAN: THERE ARE DEFINITELY PEOPLE THAT ARE UPSET ABOUT THAT. WE EXPECT THAT. WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THE TOTAL NUMBERS OF CALLS THAT WE GET. SO WE URGE PEOPLE, IF THEY DO HAVE OPINIONS ABOUT IT, THEY NEED TO GET IN TOUCH WITH US.))
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Nineteen state lotteries have stopped broadcasting live drawings.
If sales slump, the live drawings could be brought back in Virginia.
If you still don't trust the lottery and need to see the drawing for yourself, the Virginia Lottery invites you to Richmond to see it in person.
And we will continue to show you the winning numbers each night on NEWS 7 at ELEVEN.
A down day on Wall Street, but not by a lot.
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You have about 45 minutes left to get to a free immunization clinic, at Roanoke Community Hospital's Pediatric Clinic.
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Community Based Immunization Project is promoting public awareness about chicken pox and hepatitis B vaccines.
Health officials say it's important for adolescents as well as babies to have all their booster shots.
The program is a joint effort involving local hospitals, the Kiwanis Club, and health care agencies.
Students at a Southside high school witnessed some high flying and dare-devil stunts today.
Take a look at these model planes in action over Tunstall High School in Pittsylvania County.
Their spectacular feats were part of an air show by Flights Unlimited of Danville.
Teachers hope the show sparked a hobby or career interest in some of the students.
((BYRON ARCHER/TECHNOLOGY TEACHER: WHO KNOWS WE MAY HAVE AN ENGINEER, AND AERONAUTICAL ENGINEER, A NASA ENGINEER WHO REALLY GOT SPARKED BY WHAT WE DID TODAY AT LEAST THAT'S WHAT WE'RE HOPING.))
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This motor-powered aircraft with its rainbow parachute wowed the young audience.
So did a fly-by by a small engine airplane piloted by students from Averett College.
The red Sox take it to the Indians today, Virginia basketball coach pete Gillen was in town to talk about, among other things, U-Hall,
and speaking of repairs, a few Hokies are banged up, an update on the quarterback injury report in a few.
Major league Baseball's divisional playoff series began this afternoon.
In the American league, Boston pummelled Cleveland 11-3 at Jacobs field.
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A scary moment for Boston. Outfielder Darren Lewis is hit in the head by Cleveland pitcher Jarrett Wright. Leiws would be okay. Sox win the playoff opener 11-3.
Houston sent Randy Johnson to the mound to face San Diego's Kevin Brown in the first game of their best of five series. The Padres lead 2-nothing in the 8th.
And tonight the New York Yankees battle the Texas Rangers.
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A Saturday off is coming at a good time for Virginia Tech.
The Hokies number one and two quarterbacks are on the mend, prompting the need for defensive players to switch sides of the ball.
Nick Sorenson moved from safety to Q-B after Dave Meyer went down in the second half of Tech's 27-7 win against Pittsburgh.
And now freshman linebacker Jake Houseright will do more at fullback than just run short yardage situations.
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Starting quarterback Al Clark missed Saturday's game with an injured foot.
He's expected to start throwing Thursday.
His back-up, Dave Meyer has a separated shoulder and is out for at least a month.
Virginia mens basketball coach Pete Gillen was in town last night speaking to the Roanoke valley Sports club.
He discussed many topics, including the state of Univeristy Hall, which is closed and under repair. According to Athletic director Terry Holland, the complex will not be re-opened until October.
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Winston Cup drivers now turn their focus to Charlotte for this weekend's UAW-GM Quality 500.
Jeff Burton will be gunning for his thrid win of the season.
Burton has two wins and 14 top five finishes after 28 of 34 races this season. Burton is 7th in points, and while he;s out of the championshiup race, his teamate Mark martin is not and the next few races are crucial.
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The call "Start you engines," goes out many a summer weekend in Natural Bridge.
As Denise Allen tells us the dirt track and the dragstrip offer fans a grassroots look at racing.
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Racing isn't just a passtime in the foothills of Henry County.
The thunder rolls through places like Natural Bridge from March through October.
Roger Willets bought the dirt track track from Whitey Taylor in 1992.
The dragstrip came a few years later.
The racing season at the Natural Bridge Speedway and Dragstrip wraps up this weekend.
Denise Allen News 7 Sports.))
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An update on our story earlier about the Jamelle Poindexter murder case.
Bedford County authorities now say that they're charging girlfriend of 16-year-old Randy Ross with murder, robbery and illegal use of firearms.
She had been held to this point on a car theft charge.
Both teens will remain in juvenile custody for now.
If the promise of a good education isn't enough to keep kids in school...
Try giving away popsicles.
That's what the principal did at Fishburn Park Elementary.
Every one of the school's 400-kids showed up for class today.
The popsicles were a reward that students felt was well-deserved.
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Next time there's perfect attendance, they get two popsicles instead of one.
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Now that baseball's regular season is over, officials may decide whether some supplements used by the players should be banned.
Jean Jadhon has moremore about that.
Keith, the controversy stems from the use of a testosterone boosting agent used by baseball's new home-run king Mark McGwire.
(Ann-dro-steen-die-own)Androstendione is a performance enhancer which helps increase strength levels.
Other sports organizations have banned "andro", placing it in the same category as anabolic steroids. But local nutritionists and a baseball general manager say the information on andro is misleading.
We'll hear what they have to say tonight on News-7 at 11.
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