Up next on news 7 at 5, family and friends of a missing Virginia Tech student join the search in West Virginia.
and a troubled home for boys in Botetourt County gets a five month reprieve.
A cold front is racing toward the area and promises to bring a touch of rain and very October like temperatures. Forecast is coming up.
The Clinton Administration wants to expand a controversial treatment
for heroin addicts.
Plus, researchers may be closer to solving a genetic disorder that affects half the world's population.
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Police say they have no new leads as they continue to search for a Virginia Tech student missing for 12 days.
The sudden disappearance of Robert Kovack continues to baffle authorities in two states.
Today family and friends joined West Virginia State Police in trying to solve the mystery.
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Teresa Hamilton joins us from Fayette County, West Virginia where nearly 100 loved ones have gathered to search.
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The state Education Department is giving a Botetourt County school for troubled boys one last chance to stay open.
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Tina Tenret tells us more.
Jean, the Wilderness Leadership Academy has been granted a five-month provisional license
-- despite allegations of sexual abuse and student arrests.
The school's director, Colonel Gene Nervo, has until January to make significant changes -- otherwise officials say they will absolutely shut the school down.
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Department of Education inspectors say the Wilderness Leadership Academy is filthy.
They say teachers do not have licenses, and parents are not always told when their children are in trouble.
Students also report being sexually assaulted by each other.
But in a closed hearing Monday, director Colonel Nervo promised to correct what he calls honest mistakes.
He refused to speak on camera -- but he testified he has a new staff training schedule, counseling services, and policies for calling police and parents.
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The school can keep 15 students -- about the same number they have had.
It must hire someone to correct the problems.
And it must also submit to the Department a revised policy manual, complete restoration plans for the school, and a revised brochure that accurately describes the program.
Inspectors will review the school again next January.
The Education Department has seen problems at the Wilderness Leadership Academy ever since it opened four years ago.
The hearings officer says the academy reacted in a last-minute fashion and did NOT take aggressive action to correct its deficiencies.
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But he says the school has potential.
It's clean up time along the Gulf Coast- where people are facing the mess left behind by Georges.
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Recovery crews will begin working on roads and untangling power lines.
Take a look at this deck- covered with boards-
Many business owners say it'll be months before they can reopen.
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Hundreds of thosuands from Louisiana to Florida are still without power.
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The Commonwealth wants to keep out of state trash out of Virginia landfills. We'll have that in a moment.
And today was a bad day on Wall Street as investors decided yesterday's good news on interest rates wasn't good enough.
On Health Check, a popular necklace for young people is linked to lead poisoning.
And Patrick Evans will search for the secrets of good seeds on this week's Growin' It.
For the first time in three decades- America is ringing in a 70 billion dollar budget surplus.
President Clinton claims his administration deserves most of the credit.
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But republicans don't see it that way- They say the credit also belongs to the Republican Congress and to the American people- as well as the White house.
((WE DIDN'T FRANKLY HAVE HELP FROM THE PRESIDENT. I LISTENED TO THE PRESS CONFERENCE WHERE HE TOOK SOLE CREDIT FOR BALANCING THE BUDGET AND BASICALLY GAVE IT TO THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. WHAT THEY DID WAS A TAX INCRESE.))
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Republicans say they agree social security needs fixing but they say the President is requesting billions in new federal spending from the surplus.
Yet another rocky day on Wall Street-
The Dow Jones finished the day with a drop of more than 230 points.
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Even though the Federal Reserve Chairman dropped short term interest rates yesterday- the quarter percentage point apparently was not enough.
Stocks skidded amid fears corporate profits would not get enough of a boost from the cut.
Today is also the end of a quarter- so institutional investors are trying to lock in profits by selling some stocks.
Today is also the Yom Kippur holiday restraining trading volume-
The Governor's already warned that Virginia's about to "drown in a regional sea of garbage."
Today, a state senator introduced the first anti-trash bill for 1999.
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It would ban trash barges, cap the amount of waste disposed of each year, and prohibit the construction of new landfills without a finding of public need.
Expanding "mega-fills" in eastern Virginia prompted the bill.
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((SEN. BILL BOLLING/R-HANOVER CO.: NOW I WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT THAT. 306 GARBAGE TRUCKS COMING DOWN ROUTE 17 IN A SINGLE DAY. AND ACCORDING TO THEM, THEY'RE AVERAGING ABOUT 15-HUNDRED GARBAGE TRUCKS A WEEK THROUGH THE TOWN OF TAPPAHANNOCK. NOW THAT'S NOT JUST THE CASE IN TAPPAHANNOCK. BUT I THINK WE HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES, IS THAT REALLY WHAT WE WANT FOR VIRGINIA? IS THAT THE IMAGE? IS THAT THE LEGACY? IS THAT WHAT WE WANT FOR VIRGINIA?))
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Virginia is currently the number two trash importer in the nation.
Franklin's Furniture is shutting its doors after 15 years.
The store moved out of its old location behind Tanglewood Mall because of construction of the new multi-plex theatre.
But the store owners says sales have dropped nearly 35-percent since Franklin's moved INSIDE the mall last November.
William Franklin says he doesn't see any chance of moving back to the former location.
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Franklin's Furniture is scheduled to close on Halloween.
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Just because the summer is gone, that doesn't mean you can neglect your garden. Patrick Evans is standing by to let you know how to prepare your garden for the Fall.
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You may think that the growing season is nearly over, and for the most part that's true.
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So now Patrick Evans has some FALL growin' it tips for you lawn & garden.
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Still to come in sports, we'll take a look back at the week in High School Basketball.
Coming up next on health check --
Doctors could be prescribing the heroin addiction treatment methadone to patients by early next year.
And a new government approved heart device is giving hope and precious time to transplant patients.
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A new portable, hi-tech heart pump booster is giving transplant patients on the waiting list, a cut in line.
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The government has okayed Left Ventricle Assist devices for those with failing hearts.
It buys them more time by doing all the pumping work while preserving the heart's other connections to arteries, veins and lungs.
Jeff Abner is living with the temporary solution.
He says he has faith in the medical device.
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But the pumps aren't a permanent solution -- infection, blood clotting and pump life limit the survival to about 2 to 5 years.
The research is teaching lessons.
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Some surgeons say the pump can also be used for patients with damaged hearts who aren't candidates for a transplant.
Experiments are underway with another device that would fit on the outside of the heart and help move blood throughout the body.
Methadone is a drug that eliminates the craving for heroin and has been used to treat addicts for more than 30 years.
Now the main treatment is once again the subject of controversy.
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Methadone is an opiate, just as addictive as heroin, but it allows addicts to lead normal lives until they can kick the habit.
A strictly controlled substance, doctors cannot prescribe it.
But that could change.
The White House National Drug Policy Director says methadone needs to be accredited like other medical procedures and made available where addicts live and work.
Critics say the therapy is simply replacing one drug with another.
Barry McCaffrey disagrees.
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Last year, more than 140-thousand Americans tried heroin for the first time.
Researchers say a cure for lactose intolerance is in the genes.
Millions suffer from the genetic disorder that makes it difficult to digest milk and other dairy products.
The body has trouble breaking down milk sugar called lactose.
Scientists developed a way to make it easier by injecting a gene into the digestive tract.
The method has worked in rats, but hasn't been proven in humans.
Parents are being warned a popular jewelry item contains high levels of poisonous lead.
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The "W-W-J-D -- What would Jesus Do" necklaces and bracelets have been blamed for a two year old's lead poisoning in Nashville, Tennessee.
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So far, K-Mart is the only business to voluntarily take the items off their shelves.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission plans to conduct further testing to decide if a recall is needed.
Wednesday always means Hometown Hoops Weekly.
Steve Mason is here with the latest round up of girls high school basketball.
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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.
If you would like prize winning pumpkin pie, this next story is for you.
Maine is showing off its champion pumpkin.
Dick Blaney brought his 800 pound monster to the Cumberland County fair yesterday.
The pumpkin easily won this year's blue ribbon.
Blaney says it just takes good seeds and good ground to grow such a big pumpkin.
No one's sure what will happened to his extra large produce.
It could be turned into a giant jack o lantern or a whole lot of pumpkin pies.