Coming up on News 7-
More people join in the search for a Missing Virginia Tech student.
A Florida toddler dies after being stung by bees 400 times- so why did his parents wait to call for help?
And this cadet traded VMI for a stint on MTV- on the show the Real World.
News 7 is next.
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((IS HALIFAX COUNTY ABOUT PEOPLE OR IS HALIFAX COUNTY OUT PIGS.))
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A debate over hog farms continues to stir up a stink in Halifax County.
Dozens of people turned out tonight at a public forum-- to either oppose or support new regulations for hog farms in Halifax County.
The county says it will weigh all sides before making any decisions.
Christy Hubley has our story.
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((Hogs. Many folks in Halifax County don't want them.
North Carolina recently decided it had too many of them.
So that state issued a moratorium on industrial hog farms.
And some people in Halifax County want stricter livestock regulations so the hog farmers can't move north.
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((JACK DUNAVANT/SOUTHSIDE CONCERNED CITIZENS: THESE HOG FACTORIES ARE DIRTY FOUL SMELLING POLLUTING INHUMANE PRODUCTS OF MAN'S GREED.))
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((LISA MORRIS LONG/RED BANK RESIDENT: TO ASSOCIATE HOG FACTORIES WITH FARMING AND CALL IT FARMING IS AN INSULT TO THESE TRADITIONAL FARMERS THIS IS A COMMERCIALIZATION AND INDUSTRY AND SHOULD BE REGULATED AS SUCH.))
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Odor, water pollution, and declining property values are the chief concerns of hog farm opponents.
Supporters believe the current livestock laws work just fine-- that's why there aren't problems with Halifax County's five existing hog farms.
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((J. REESE/FARM BUREAU: WE CAN ONLY CONCLUDE THAT THE SITED PROBLEMS EXIST IN OTHER STATES, IN PEOPLE'S IMAGINATIONS OR PERHAPS IN CYBERSPACE BUT THEY HAVE NOT HAPPENED HERE AT HOME.))
[OUT Q=happened here at home.]
Farmers looking to get into the pig business say they need to to make a living.
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((NELSON LINK/FARMER: WE'RE ENTERING THE BUSINESS IN ORDER TO PROVIDE DIVERSITY TO OUR FARMING OPERATION, TRY TO MAKE SOME MONEY AND SOME STABLE INCOME WE CAN COUNT ON.))
[OUT Q=can count on.]
Will Halifax County keep its livestock ordinance as is or change it?
The planning commission hopes to make its recommendation to the county board of supervisors by the end of the year.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Halifax County.
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It's been a long 12 days for friends and family of Robert Kovack.
That's how long the Virginia Tech graduate student has been missing.
Today Kovack's loved ones teamed up with West Virginia State Police as they combed Fayette County, West Virginia, where Kovack's abandoned car was discovered.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
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((((AT TIMES IT IS REALLY HARD I MEAN AT TIMES YOU JUST SIT BACK AND THINK ABOUT THINGS AND WONDER WHAT DID HAPPEN))
Rob Kovach's brother Mike is among the family and friends that are searching for the 24 year old Virginia Tech graduate student.
Some of them traveled from Blacksburg. Others made the trek from Kovach's hometown of Revisville, West Virginia.
((THAT'S ALL WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. YOU KNOW EVERYBODY IS WORRIED AND PRAYING FOR THE FAMILY))
Kovach was last seen in Blacksburg on September 18th where he withdrew 80 dollars from a money machine before leaving West Virginia to attend a college football game.
His abandoned Geo Tracker was discovered four days later off route 19 near the New River Gorge Bridge.
Sources say his vehicle may have run out of gas.
((RIGHT NOW IT IS JUST THAT WE ARE TRYING TO FIND SOME ANSWERS. YOU KNOW AFTER WE FIND THE ANSWERS THAT WILL BE THE BIG TEST. IT IS JUST UNKNOWN.))
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Search teams did find a few articles of clothing, some caps and a piece of paper with numbers on it that the canines were drawn to.
But so far, no one's been able to confirm whether the articles actually belonged to Rob Kovack.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Fayette County, WV.))
Since no one was able to find any valuable clues-- Kovack's brother says they do not intend to return to Fayette County tomorrow.
The state Education Department is giving an alternative boarding school in Botetourt County five months to straighten up -- or it'll be shut down.
The Wilderness Leadership Academy was scheduled to lose its license today.
Education Department inspectors say the school is unsanitary and unsafe.
But Colonel Gene Nervo, the school's director, told officials he would make the necessary changes.
He refused to speak on camera.
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((CHARLES ALLEN/NERVO'S ATTORNEY: I THINK COLONEL NERVO HAS BEEN TRYING ... EXPECTS OF HIM.))
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Nervo has been ordered to hire someone to oversee changes.
He must also submit a new policy manual, a revised program brochure, and complete restoration plans for the school.
Education Department inspectors will conduct another review in January -- and this time if the school does not meet standards, officials say they will close the Academy.
The Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation and others continue their efforts to salvage what may be the city's oldest house.
The Howbert House near Peter's Creek Road was cleaned up with the efforts of Amos construction company which donated equipment and manpower.
The 19th century log cabin has been boarded up for security, the porch has been stabilized and the debris cleaned up.
Now the foundation has enlisted the expertise of landscape architect David Hill to develop a general concept plan to save the property from demolition.
[IN Q=WITH THAT PLAN]
((BRIAN SHELBURNE/ROANOKE VALLEY PRESERVATION FOUNDATION; WITH THAT PLAN, IT GIVES US SOMETHING A LITTLE MORE CONCRETE TO WORK WITH SO WE CAN USE IT FOR FUNDRAISING EFFORTS. WE CAN SORT OF PRESENT THAT TO PEOPLE AS A POSSIBILITY OF WHAT THE PROPERTY COULD END UP AS.))
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The idea is to sell the historic house.
A judge will decide tomorrow whether the house is safe enough to save.
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Traders saw it as a day for Selling on Wall Street- Stocks fell sharply. The Dow Industrials fell nearly 230 points.
Some traders were worried that corporate profits would not get enough of a boost from yesterday's small cut in interest rates.
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President Clinton says he did it, but Republicans say they did.
Both are claiming credit for the first budget surplus in 29 years.
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Both Republicans and Democrats want to save Social Security with the surplus.
Republicans also want to use some of it for a tax cut.
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A Tampa, Florida Toddler died Tuesday from over 400 yellow jacket stings.
Now police are investigating why the parents waited seven hours before calling for medical attention.
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((MY SON HAS STOPPED..... HELP RIGHT NOW.))
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When paramedics arrived they were not able to revive the boy.
Neighbors say the parents have a history of denying medical care for themselves and their children because it's against their religious beliefs.
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Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
When the News returns, the state decides whether to reverse a family's decision to disconnect a feeding tube from a comatose loved one.
And hundreds turn out to say "Welcome Home" to a Lynchburg student paralyzed in a diving accident.
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((Hey Jean, this is MIke Stevens back in the fast lane in the sports office. Whooah Jeff you weren't fast enough tonight. Qualifying results from Charlotte where Derrike could Cope tonight.
We'll hear from former pro rassler Ted Dibiase, who was at Liberty U. today.
Plus Hometown Hoops Weekly shocks and rocks.
And we'll slide in some baseball playoff action later tonight in sports -- as long as we don't wreck first.)) [Car-Accident]
6 people have been taken to hospitals after a head-on collision tonight in Roanoke COunty.
Early reports indicate 4 teenagers were in a Ford Bronco that lost control on Newport Road near Route 311 and slammed into a pick-up truck.
The pick-up was carrying 2 adults.
Investigation continues into the cause of the crash.
It was a hero's welcome for a Lynchburg student who is back home for the first time since a diving accident left him paralyzed from the waist down.
Hundreds of friends, teachers and family turned out at Heritage High School tonight to welcome home 15-year old Mark Schomaker (SHOO-maker).
Mark and his family were surprised by the turnout.
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((MARK SCHOMAKER/PARALYZED STUDENT: JUST SHOCKED. I DIDN'T THINK THERE'D BE ALL THIS .. ALL THESE PEOPLE.))
((PEGGY SCHOMAKER/MOTHER: I KNEW THE BAND WAS GOING TO PLAY AND I KNEW THAT THEY'D SAID ANY STUDENTS THAT WANT TO COME BACK, AND IT LOOKS LIKE EVERYBODY'S HERE, FROM ALL DIFFERENT PLACES THAT WE KNOW PEOPLE. IT'S ALMOST OVERWHELMING BUT IT'S GREAT. IT JUST GREAT TO BE HOME.))
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Fundraisers helped buy Mark a specially- equipped van and electric wheelchair.
He still has limited use of his arms and hands.
Mark says he's anxious to start the 9th grade on Monday.
Governor Gilmore went to court tonight to prevent
the family of a comatose man from removing the feeding tube that
has kept him alive for three-and-a-half years.
Governor Jim Gilmore reviewed yesterday's evaluation by state doctors of former TV anchorman Hugh Finn.
Finn's been on artificial life support since a car accident three and a half years ago.
His wife says he would NOT want to be kept alive in a vegetative state.
Other family members initially disagreed, but changed their minds this week.
The man challenging Democratic imcumbent Rick Boucher doesn't think the current scandal in Washington will affect the election.
Joe Barta says he hopes his race boils down to the issues.
He was traveling the district today, adding his support to a republican plan to use the federal budget surplus to save social security and cut taxes.
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((JOE BARTA/(R) CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE; CERTAIN TAX PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN CRYING OUT TO BE CHANGED. THE MARRIAGE TAX PENALTY, THAT'S INCLUDED WITH THAT, SO IT'S NOT WITHOUT SOME RISK, BUT AT LEAST WE SHOULD NOT ALLOW THIS MONEY TO BE SPENT ON OTHER NEW PROGRAMS.))
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Barta has called on the President to resign, but says he hasn't changed his campaign strategy.
Still to come on News 7 at 11,
a star of MTV's "The Real World" returns to life at VMI.
We'll find out which Real WOrld he prefers.
The story's straight ahead.
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Two V-M-I cadets are finding themselves in the M-T-V spotlight -- after starring in the show "The Real WOrld"
Melanie Moon caught up with one of the cadets, to see how life on the t-v version of "The Real World" compares with VMI's.
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Eight months ago Nathan Blackburn left Virginia Military Institute and headed for the Real World, M-T-V'S version that is.
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This is a true story, of seven people picked to live on a pier....
Nathan is a cast member on the M-T-V documentary style program "the Real World".
He and fellow V-M-I cadet David Burns, were among seven young people selected from thousands in a video tape casting call.
That got hip jobs in Seattle.
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HELLO, MY NAME IS DAVID, WE'RE GOING TO BE WORKING FOR 107.7 THE END RADIO STATION.
moved into a renovated warehouse on a pier and for nearly six months had their every move video taped.
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DAVID:AT FIRST YOU CHECK YOURSELF AND THEN START TO REALIZE NOT BEING MYSELF AND REALIZE I WAS PICKED FROM 30,000 FOR A REASON,
The show also captured some very personal moments for Nathan, like his sometimes turbulent long distance relationship with his girlfriend, Stephanie.
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I'M JUST THINKING FOR THE WORST TONIGHT, I'VE JUST BEEN THINK FOR THE WORST, NO DON'T.
YOU KNOW YOU DON'T WANT THE CAMERAS TO BE THERE INVADING YOUR PRIVACY AND I DIDN'T EVEN THINK ABOUT THAT GOING INTO IT, I WAS SO EXCITED ABOUT GOING ON THE SHOW THAT I DIDN'T WEIGH THE FACTS OF ME AND MY GIRLFRIEND'S RELATIONSHIP.
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And for the curious, yes, Nathan and Stephanie are still together.
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David, meanwhile, won't be returning to VMI until next semester.
Nathan says he's glad to be back on post, but it's been a big adjustment.
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NATHAN BLACKBURN:IT'S GOING FROM LIVING THE HIGH LIFE TO BRINGING YOU BACK DOWN TO REALITY, IT'S A GOOD THING, IT GETS YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE CLOUDS AND GETS MY GOALS FOCUSED AGAIN AND I'VE GOT MY LIFE STRUCTURED ONCE AGAIN.
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The Real World Season ends November 3rd. Now we can't tell you about the final few episodes but we're told there are a few surprises. But at least you know what happened to one cast member, he's back in the real, real world, VMI style. ))
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Highlights from the big leagues are coming up plus, the million dollar man was in Liberty today.
Steve Mason has Hometown Hoops Weekly and I'll have qualifying results from Charlotte.
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But first in tonight's Extra Point, the ARCA cars ran at Charlotte tonight in the Easy Care 100.
Bobby Hamilton Junior sparked this chain reaction crash early in the event.
But the big news was who won! In his first superspeedway event, Adam Petty, the 18 year old son of Kyle and grandson of Richard beat Mike Wallace to the line by a half a car length to get the victory.
And a hug from Dad in victory lane.
Now the scores.
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We begin with a bizarre night of qualifying for the Cup cars in Charlotte. How bizarre you ask? Jeff Gordon missed the top 25.
And for the first time in his 16 year career Derrike proved he can Cope when it comes to qualifying as he won the pole for the UAW 500.
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Dale Jarrett was looking sharp as came out in the new Batman painted Quality Care Ford. He ended up 17th.
Sunday's winner at Martinsville, Ricky Rudd, was 14th last night.
But no one could cope with Derrike in the Gumout Pontiac. His lap of 181 point 165 miles an hour took the pole with ease.
Mark Martin will start second. He's 199 points behind Gordon, who was just 26th fastest last night.
And oh yeah, Earnhardt was 33rd and Rick Mast 36th.
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The Yankees and Rangers continued their best of five series last night in New York.
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The Yanks came in with a 1 game to none lead and the home field advantage.
They would jump all over Texas in the 2nd as Shane Spencer rips a solo shot to left center field.
The Yankees went on top 1-to-nothing and they win it 3 to 1.
Earlier yesterday afternoon the Indians won a contorverial decision over the Red Sox in game two of that series.
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The fireworks in this one began in the top of the first when two of Dwight Gooden's first three pitches that appeared to be strikes were called balls.
Mike Hargrove protested and was tossed out of the game by Joe Brinkman.
Later in the first, Brinkman would get his second ejection. Red Sox runner, John Valentin is heading home. The relay throw to Omar Vizquel is perfect and so is his throw to Sandy Alomar. Valentin is out by mile, but he is called safe! Gooden goes nuts and he is tossed from the game.
And it's days like this when it pays carry your sketch pad and a magic marker to the game.
Dave Justice didn't argue with anyone and in the
second he ripped this three run homer to right field.
The Indians win a wild one 9-to-5. The series now shifts to Boston for game three on Friday.
Liberty University had a million dollar speaker this morning.
It was no other than wrestling's Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase.
Now most of the fans expected to hear from a man who was so rich and so mean, he once bought the World's Heavyweight Title for himself.
Instead what they got was a man who has a real heart for God.
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((TED DIBIASE: I WANT TO WRESTLE WITH EVERYONE IN THE ROOM. I WANT TO WRESTLE WITH YOUR HEART. I WANT TO CHALLENGE YOU A LITTLE YOU A LITTLE BIT. MAYBE WE CALL IT IN FOOTBALL THAT OLD GUT CHECK. AND ASK YOU THIS. DO YOU REALLY KNOW JESUS CHRIST.))
[OUT Q=do you really know Jesus Christ.]
DiBiase has written a book about his career in wrestling and his personal faith. It's called Every Man Has His Price.
And it's out at a time when professional wrestling is the hottest thing on cable television.
But Ted says this popularity shouldn't come as a surprise.
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To learn more about DiBiasie's career or his ministry, you can check out his web page at million dollar man dot com.
Still to come tonight we'll step up to the foul line and take a few
shots with Steve Mason in this week's edition of Hometown Hoops Weekly.
Finally tonight we check in with Steve Mason for our weekly dose of girls' roundball.
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((Auburn is on a mission to prove the critics wrong. After being picked to finish fifth out of 6 teams in the Three Rivers District, the lady eagles officially took flight Tuesday night when freshman Staci Humphrey scored the game winning basket with under ten seconds to play to beat perennial power Floyd County 70-69.
Tim Goetz returns just three varsity players from a 10 and 9 team last year. The lady Eagles attribute their respectable 7 and 4 record so far to a tough schedule early.
Although Floyd County lost to Auburn in it's district opener, count on the Lady Buffaloes to be ready for the long hall. At 8 and 4, all but two of their 12 games have been against double A teams.
Shawsville is 10 and 2. Senior Megan Forester is averaging 18 points a game and the lady Shawnees are 2 and 1 against double A schools.
Last but certainly not least are the defending state champion Lady Highlanders, Glenvar might be 6 and 5, but a brutal double A schedule should prepare Brian Harvey's troops down the stretch.
Speaking of double A, Salem has quietly built a 10 and OH record and is perfect so far in the Blue Ridge at 4 and OH.
With two starters and five varsity contributors back, reaching the state semi finals a season ago just isn't enough for Salem.
The new Miss Virginia arrived in the Roanoke Valley today.
Nita Booth assumed the title after Nicole Johnson was crowned Miss America.
As Miss Tidewater, Booth was promoting visual and performing arts.
With her new title, she will upgrade her effort.
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((NITA BOOTH/MISS VIRGINIA 1998; THROUGH MY STUDYING ABOUT MY PLATFORM, I FOUND OUT ABOUT HOW MUSIC AFFECTS CHILDREN AND HOW IT AFFECTS BRAIN DEVELOPMENT. SO I'VE DECIDED TO IMPLEMENT A NEW PROGRAM WHICH IS "MUSIC FOR VIRGINIA BABIES". THROUGH THIS, I WILL DISTRIBUTE TAPES INTO THE HOSPITALS TO PARENTS OF NEWBORN BABIES, SO THAT THEY CAN START AT AN EARLY AGE DEVELOPING THE CHILD'S BRAIN.))
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The Chesapeake native was in Salem, where she was awarded a 1999 Mercury Cougar, which comes with the Miss Virginia title.
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