The latest on Pensions for Roanoke City workers.
A Tech fraternity tells its side of the story in the case of the exotic dancer- allegedly held by frat members.
Hundreds of people took to the Streets of Bedford tonight.
While some tech students who waited hours in line are angry.
News 7 is next.
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((IT'S A COMPROMISE, AND HOPEFULLY EVERYBODY CAN LIVE WITH IT.))
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Roanoke officials hope months of controversy come to an end with a vote on benefits for city employees.
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Roanoke City Council has approved an increase in pension benefits for employees of the Star city.
But as Joe Dashiell reports, today's vote was a compromise.
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((The city employees who packed council chambers were seeking a fifteen percent increase in pension benefits.
What council ultimately approved was a five percent increase for employees who retire after January first.
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((JAMES FAZIO/POLICE BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION: OBVIOUSLY THERE'S SOME DISAPPOINTMENT ON BOTH SIDES, BUT WE DO APPRECIATE WHAT WE GOT. THE WAY WE LOOK AT IT, SOMETHING IS BETTER THAN NOTHING I GUESS.))
[OUT Q=is better than nothing I guess.]
With a fund surplus fueled by robust investment income, groups representing firefighters and police officers argued that the increase was justified.
But others say the city's pension plan is already competitive... the increase unnecessary and potentially dangerous.
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((ROB TONKINSON/PENSION BOARD CHAIRMAN: I'M DISAPPOINTED. I DON'T THINK THEY MADE A WISE DECISION HERE. IT'S CERTAINLY GOING TO BE EXPENSIVE OVER THE LONG HAUL.))
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Council members have also raise the prospect of a cut in the real estate tax rate... but that will have to wait until they begin budget study for the next fiscal year.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
They took to the streets of Bedford tonight.. hundreds of students and townspeople marching against gun- related violence in their community.
((NO MORE VIOLENCE, NO MORE VIOLENCE..))
[OUT Q=no more violence.]
The rally was held in honor of 17-year old Jamelle Poindexter, the Liberty High School student who was shot to death last month.
Organizers say it's time to take a stand.
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((MIKE SHELTON/BEDFORD MAYOR: YOU ARE DRAWING THE FOCUS ON YOUTH VIOLENCE AND GUN VIOLENCE IN OUR SOCIETY. YOU'RE DRAWING IT RIGHT HERE AT HOME. EACH OF YOU HERE TODAY WHO JOINED IN IS MAKING A CLEAR STATEMENT THAT WE WILL NOT SUCCUMB TO FORMS OF VIOLENCE AS A NATURAL PART OF LIFE.))
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Shelton presented Poindexter's parents with a plaque commemorating their son's life.
President Clinton singled out Southwest Virginia today while defending the White House.
Clinton says the White House did not lead the effort to limit the impeachment inquiry - 9th district congressman Rick Boucher did.
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((KEEP IN MIND THE PROPOSAL TO ADVANCE WAS DEVELOPED ENTIRELY BY CONGRESSMAN BOUCHER FROM VIRGINIA, A MAN WHO COMES FROM A CONSERVATIVE RURAL DISTRICT WHO DEVELOPED IT ON HIS OWN AND FOUGHT FOR IT IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE..))
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Boucher's proposal to limit the investigation was voted down by the Judiciary Committee.
Tomorrow the full house votes on whether to move forward with impeachment hearings.
A Virginia Tech fraternity is distancing itself from an incident involving an exotic dancer.
Michelle Russell says she was not allowed to leave when she refused to strip at a fraternity party at the (Fi) Phi Kappa Sigma house.
The fraternity's lawyer says it was NOT a fraternity-sponsored event, and it didn't happen the way Russell says it did.
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(( DAVID MULLINS/FRATERNITY ATTORNEY; WITHOUT GOING INTO DETAILS WHICH COULD CORRUPT THE PROCESS, WE WISH TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT OUR PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION INTO THE ALLEGED INCIDENT HAS DISCLOSED THAT THE FACTS ARE DECIDEDLY DIFFERENT THAT THE ALLEGATIONS SET FORTH IN TELEVISION AND NEWSPAPER ACCOUNTS THUS FAR. WE BELIEVE THAT WHEN ALL THE FACTS ARE KNOWN, A MUCH DIFFERENT PICTURE WILL EMERGE. ))
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Mullins would not say what facts he was talking about, or how "revealing them" would corrupt the investigation.
Fraternity member Ryan Worch was charged with abduction in the case, he's been released on bond.
The opening day at the murder trial of Willie Caldwell produced no new information about the fire that killed Caldwell's neighbors.
The fire broke out within hours of the shooting on Gilmer Avenue.
Six people were killed.
There may be a connection between the two incidents, but no one has ever been charged in the arson.
Caldwell says the gun went off- -either accidentally- -or in the course of a struggle with the victim, Kevin Jones.
But witnesses made it sound more malicious.
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((HE SAID, "I SHOT YOU, YOU MOTHER F-----. I'M GOING TO STAND HERE, AND I'M GOING TO WATCH YOU DIE."))
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The trial resumes tomorrow- -with a key witness for the Commonwealth. Caldwell remains free on bond.
A Henry County woman accused of killing her baby wants to use her mental state as part of her defense against a murder charge.
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Lawyers for Sharon Alley want to introduce psychological evidence at her trial next month.
Alley is accused of stabbing her 8-month old daughter Brooke to death on Mother's Day.
At a motions hearing today, the Commonwealth's Attorney said he wants Alley to be examined by his own expert.
The judge is expected to make a ruling by next Monday.
When you think of educational television, you may think of P-B-S.
Tonight, the president of P-B-S was in Danville for several special announcements.
Christy Hubley has the story.
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(( PBS--the network that brings you programs like "Reading Rainbow" and "Scientific American Frontiers"-- is growing.
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((ERVIN DUGGAN/PBS PRESIDENT: WE ARE HEALTHY, WE'RE APPRECIATED, AND WE'RE POISED FOR A TERRIFIC FUTURE.))
[OUT Q=for a terrific future.]
A future in Southside Virginia.
At a special reception for PBS's president, Blue Ridge Public Television announced its plans to create a new interconnection.
It would allow interactive video and audio communication between Roanoke and Danville.
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((LARRY DYER/BLUE RIDGE PUBLIC TELEVISION: BLUE RIDGE PUBLIC TELEVISION COVERS SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA BUT WE ALSO WANT TO MAKE SURE WE'RE INTO SOUTHERN VIRGINIA FOR YOU.))
[OUT Q=virginia for you.]
This will happen through a partnership with Averett College and Danville Community College.
But the partnership doesn't end there.
The three announced they are jointly working on a new documentary on tobacco-- a economic mainstay of Southside.
And they are developing a college-level program in broadcast technology.
Technology that keeps changing.
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((ERVIN DUGGAN/PBS PRESIDENT: VIEWERS NEED TO KNOW THAT PUBLIC TELEVISION IS THE ONE CORNER OF THE TELEVISION UNIVERSE THAT WILL USE THIS TECHNOLOGY FOR EDUCATION, FOR CULTURE, AND FOR CITIZENSHIP. EVERYBODY ELSE IS DOING IT MERELY TO ENTERTAIN AND TO MAKE MONEY. WE'RE DOING IT TO SERVE HUMANITY.))
[OUT Q=to serve humanity.]
Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.))
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Still ahead... the government sues Visa and Mastercard -- and your wallet may benefit.
Plus Virginia Tech students cry foul because they won't get to see the Hokie-Wahoo showdown on the football field.
Details coming up.
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(( Good evening Jean, this is Mike Stevens in the News 7 sports office. The Roanoke Express was on the ice tonight, Panthers' quarterback Kerry Collins voluntarily puts himself on ice, and the Hokies hope to avoid the Big Chill against BC tomorrow night.
Hope you can join me later in sports, if not you might get hit in the back by a Yankee.))
Several Virginia Tech students spent this morning waiting in line for tickets to the Tech-U-V-A football game in November, only to find out the game is sold out.
Now some of those students want something done about it.
They blame the problem on the way game tickets are distributed.
Ticket office officials say about 33-thousand were purhcased by season ticket holders and Hokie Club members between May and July.
That left 19-thousand for students.
A fraternity is organizing an e-mail chain letter asking school officials to change the procedures.
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((JEFF HUMMEL/ALPHA KAPPA SI; EITHER CHANGE IT TO HOW SOME OF THE OTHER SCHOOLS MIGHT HAVE IT DONE WHERE TICKETS ARE GIVEN OUT AT THE BEGINNING OF FOOTBALL SEASON. REALIZING THAT IF THERE'S 25-THOUSAND STUDENTS AT A SCHOOL, RESERVE CLOSE TO 25-THOUSAND TICKETS, OR AT LEAST ENOUGH TO FILL UP THE STADIUM WITH MOSTLY STUDENTS AND THEN LET THE REST GO ON SALE FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO SEE IT.))
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Tech officials say the ticket distribution policy has changed several times over the past decade.
But they say the Tech-U-V-A rivalry traditionally sells out before some students get to buy tickets.
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The Government is taking Visa and Mastercard to court- The justice department charges the nations two larges charge card companies with limiting competition.
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((JOE KLEIN/U.S. JUSTICE DEPT.: WHAT WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE IS REALLY TO BREAK THIS OPEN, COMPETITION WILL GENERATE NEW PRODUCTS AND NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR CONSUMERS.))
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A Visa Spokesman denies the charge saying all you have to do is look in your mailbox to see there's plenty of competition.
The Justice Department says if the suit is successful, it could eventually mean lower credit card interest rates.
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It appears Yugoslavia is preparing for a possible attack by NATO.
The government has begun sweeping out bomb shelters and increasing security at government offices.
This after U-N Envoy Robert Holbrook failed to get President Slobodan Milosevic to end his violent crackdown in Kosovo.
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Miss America is taking her fight against Diabetes to the Capitol.
Nicole Johnson- the former Miss Virginia -- says a third of diabetes patients don't know they have the disease- that's 5 million people.
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((NICOLE JOHNSON/MISS AMERICA: THAT'S THE ChILD WHO JUST UNEXPECTEDLY DIES WHILE SLEEPING. IT'S ALSO THE TEENAGER WHO ALL OF SUDDEN SLIPS INTO A COMA AND NO ONE KNOWS WHY.))
[OUT Q=NO ONE KNOWS WHY.]
Johnson says those are the faces of diabetes.
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Where there was once was water at Smith Mountain Lake -- there now is rock.
The water at Smith Mountain Lake has sunk almost three feet because of a lack of rain.
Boats are stuck in their slips -- or beached on sand that's usually underwater.
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((MARC DETOURNILLON/SHORELINE MARINA: I'D BE CAREFUL FOR PROPERTY DAMAGE ... NEED TO BE CAREFUL.))
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Officials at the Smith Mountain Lake Dam say there's nothing they can do, except hope for rain.
The dam churns water OUT of the lake to create electricity.
Most of it is pumped back into the lake, but some goes downstream to support marine life.
Without rain, nothing refills Smith Mountain Lake.
[IN Q=This situation]
((MIKE THACKER/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: THIS SITUATION IS PRETTY MUCH NORMAL FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR.))
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If the lake sinks three more feet, power company officials will ask the state's permission to stop funneling water downstream.
It's now looking like Sunday is the earliest a Roanoke hospital could reopen its emergency room.
Much of Community Hospital's first two floors are without power after Tuesday's electrical fire.
Today Carilion said it is not sure when the power will come back.
There was extensive damage in the hospital's boiler room.
But there's no dollar estimate yet.
The hospital is still able to treat women in labor.
All other emergencies -- and surgeries -- are being sent to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Still to come--
If you're interested in studying the martial arts, you could get an academic degree in the discipline right here in the area.
We'll tell you how when News 7 returns.
A Radford University physical and health education professor is teaching folks the art of self defense while making a name for the liberal arts school.
David Johnson has more.
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(( Dr. Jerry Beasley got into martial arts 32 years ago.
The 47-year old Christiansburg native got his martial arts masters and doctorate degrees at Virginia Tech.
The eighth degree black belt began passing on his skills and knowledge at Radford University in 1974.
His goal, to have Radford set a standard in academic martial arts.
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((JERRY BEASLEY/RADFORD UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR; WE'RE TRYING TO ELEVATE MARTIAL ARTS TO AN ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE THAT WE CAN ALL BE PROUD OF. THAT'S THE IDEA.))
[OUT Q=THAT'S THE IDEA.]
Beasley has done that by conducting 20 martial arts summer camps since 1988.
He's also written four books and he's been published in more than 100 articles.
One of which says RU may have the only legitimate martial arts curriculum in the nation.
And as he demonstrates the benefits of self defense, such as another way of keeping fit, Beasley also says allows people to escape their fears.
[IN Q=IF A PERSON FEELS]
((BEASLEY; IF A PERSON FEELS EMPOWERED, IF AS PERSON FEELS LIKE THEY CAN DEFEND THEMSELVES, THEN THEY TEND TO BE A LITTLE MORE EASY TO WORK WITH, LESS DEMANDING, BETTER PE0PLE.))
[OUT Q=BETTER PEOPLE.]
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; SO WHAT'S NEXT FOR JERRY BEASLEY? HE'S GOT ANOTHER BOOK IN THE WORKS, HIS FIFTH ON SELF DEFENSE. HE'S ALSO PREPARING FOR ANOTHER MARTIAL ARTS CAMP. HE SAYS IT'S PART OF HIS CONTINUING EFFORT TO MAKE RADFORD UNIVERSITY THE ONLY LEGITIMATE MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOL IN THE COUNTRY. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS7, RADFORD.))
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In our Extra Point, the Roanoke Express was in the Roundhouse last night along with a handful of fans for a preseason intrasquad scrimmage.
Daniel Berthiaume was in one net, while Dave Gagnon was in the other. And look at "Gags" make the stop on the point blank shot.
The team plays its first home exhibition game next Thursday night against Hampton Roads.
They'll also be home next Saturday, as well.
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The American League championship series between the Yanks and Indians is all tied up at a game a piece.
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Cleveland won last night 4-to-1 in 12 innings.
The eventual game winner was scored on Travis Fryman's bunt.
Fryman was hit in the back as he reached first base. The Yankees argued while the Indians rounded the bases.
Was Fryman out of the base line or not??
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So far tonight rain has been the big winner in the national league championship series.
Game one between the Braves and Padres
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didn't get started until about 15 minutes after ten.
Heavy rain swept through the Atlanta area in the early part of the evening and drenched Turner Field.
The game is now in the 5TH inning with the Braves
on top 1-to nothing. More rain is likely tonight, but they've enver had a rainout at Turner field.
Losing can make a man do strange things.
Take this example to heart.
The Carolina Panthers are 0-and-5 this season.
And this afternoon starting quarterback Kerry Collins walked into the regular quarterback and took himself out of the starting lineup.
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[VO NAT CON'T]
Beuerlein is no stranger to the emergency backup role. He has a made a living in the league of filling in for not only Collins, but also the Cowboys, Raiders and Cardinals.
Beuerlein is in his 12th year in the league and is a proven winner.
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Two of the unbeatens in the Big East conference, Tech and Boston College, are set to bang heads tonight in a national cable telecast.
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The Hokies have won two straight against the Eagles, including last year's 17-7 win at Lane Stadium Worsham Field. Tech leads the series 3 games to 2, but the Hokies expect an all out war tonight.
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[OUT Q=...expect them too"]
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The Radford women's basketball team has always been able to make the grade on the court, and now the Lady High's are getting some credit for their work in the classroom.
The RU women are ranked fourth in the nation with a cumulative grade point average of 3 point 361.
Duquesne University is number one.
NASCAR's 50th anniversary season continues to produce some memorable moments for race fans.
Last night the Petty family announced
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that Kyle's son Adam will make his Busch Grand National debut next Sunday in the Carquest Auto Parts 250 in Madison, Illinois.
Adam has been racing on the ASA circuit in the midwest this year, but his career got a huge jump start last Wednesday when he won the ARCA event at Charlotte.
He will have backing by Sprint-Spree phone cards next week, as well.
Still to come on the Big 7 tonight, Steve Mason will
join us with Hometown Hoops weekly.
He'll take a look at the balanced Blue Ridge and have news of a former area star who banged up at Tech.
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Time now for our Wednesday night tradition.
Here's Steve Mason with this week's edition of Hometoen Hoops Weekly.
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[OUT Q=..see ya next time"]
((The number one ranked Lady Terriers waged a defensive war with third ranked Salem. There were only two double digit scorers and Byrd's Andre Gay lead the stat pack with 13. Both these teams are a combined 25 and 1, once again proving just how awesome this district is.
Alleghany suffered a 54-34 defeat at the hands of Northside last night. The Lady Mountaineers are 7 and 5 overall. Despite a 1 and 5 district record coach Danny Keene remains up beat.
Former Lord Botetourt standout and now Virginia Tech star Sarah Hicks is battling through injury, wearing a sling around her right shoulder.
The former group 2A all state performer is trying to wrest the shoulder and rehab in hopes of being ready for the season. She has three options.))
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