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Will Roanoke County Supervisors change their mind on a Home Depot vote?
A live report coming up.
While in Lynchburg some want to know if the city will keep a promise concerning historical property.
And Monica is just one costume- We'll tell you about Virginia laws that apply on Halloween.
News 7 is next.
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Concerns over development also took center stage in Lynchburg tonight, where preservationists were asking the city to keep a 20- year- old promise.
Steve Smallshaw is in our Lynchburg newsroom.. Steve what promise were they talking about?
Jean, when the city built the Route 29 Expressway in 1979, the Diamond Hill historical society agreed not to make a fuss over the demolition of several buildings that were in the way of that construction.
In return, Lynchburg created the Diamond Hill Historic District.. and promised to eventually take those parcels of land where the buildings were torn down and make them part of the district.
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(( And now preservationists say it's long past time to fill in those gaps.
The empty plots of land sit right next to existing historic properties and lie within the natural street boundaries of the district.
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((HAL DEVENING/HISTORICAL SOCIETY'S ATTORNEY: AND WE FEEL IT MAKES PERFECT SENSE TO MAKE THE DISTRICT CONTIGUOUS, PROVIDE BUFFERS TO PROTECT THE PROPERTIES ALREADY IN IT.))
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Supporters say rounding out the historic district will keep unwanted development like convenience stores or billboards from cropping up on its outskirts.
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((RAY STOKES/SUPPORTS HISTORIC DESIGNATION: WHY NOT ENSURE THAT THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE AREA WILL BE COMPATIBLE WITH THE HISTORIC NATURE OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD?))
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But some residents oppose expanding a district which they feel already imposes too many restrictions on homeowners.
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((BOBBY SLAUGHTER/OPPOSES HISTORIC DESIGNATION: IF THESE PROPERTIES WERE IMPORTANT ENOUGH TO BE INCLUDED IN THE DISTRICT, THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN INCLUDED 20 YEARS AGO WHEN DIAMOND HILL BECAME A HISTORIC DISTRICT.))
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Bobby Slaughter and several other people went before council last February trying to secede from the historic district but were turned down.
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City council told them they could try again in one year, and they are planning to come back next February.. so council postponed action on this measure until then. Jean?
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After hearing an earful from angry residents, Roanoke County supervisors stuck with their earlier decision to approve a controversial rezoning request.
David Johnson is at the county's administration building where tonight's public hearing and vote have just ended.
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A Danville taxi cab driver is recovering from injuries after a robber slashed his throat yesterday.
Police say a customer pulled a knife on the driver, robbed him, and then took the wheel of the cab.
A few minutes later, police say the robber forced the driver out of the Capitol Cab Company car before cutting his throat.
He listed in stable condition.[Tech-Dancer]
Sexual battery and indecent exposure.
Those are the charges filed today against a Virginia Tech fraternity member for his alleged role in a party involving an exotic dancer.
Bond was set at 75- hundred dollars for 19- year old Nicholas Desarno (Da-Sar-no).
An exotic dancer from Roanoke says the Tech sophomore exposed himself and then tried to remove her lingerie during a fraternity party last month.
Five other members of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity have already been arrested on separate charges relating to the incident.
All five are charged with felony abduction.
The exotic dancer says the men refused to let her leave the party, because she wouldn't take off ALL her clothes.
Virginia Tech police say their investigation is ongoing and that more arrests could be made.
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The U-S is warning Yugoslavian president Slobadan Milosovic- If he does not live up to his promises air strikes could be ordered- in four days.
The deal includes a cease fire and allowing humanitarian workers to care for thousands of ethnic Albanian refugees.
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A fiery explosion at a chemical plant in South Baltimore tonight- injures several people.
It happened in the Wagners Point area-
Firefighters are using water to contain the chemicals and put out the lingering fires.
Five people were hurt- the most serious injury was to a worker who fell some 30 feet from a catwalk.
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Caravans of buses made their way to Conyers, Georgia- to hear what is supposed to be the last message from the Virgin Mary.
Nancy Fowler - a Conyers homemaker, hosted the gatheirng for what she calls the "final message."
Fowler claims the Virgin Mary has been speaking to her privately since 1983.
For the past eight years thousands have flocked to Fowlers' farm to hear the various messages.
Fowler has said this is the last message- She is reportedly moving to Florida next month.
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Straight ahead, if you have a nicotine habit, a local organization wants to patch it up, maybe for free.
From the Spice Girls to a wig called Monica... we'll tell you what costumes are the hottest tickets for Halloween.
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((Hey Jean, this is Mike Stevens back in the sports office - guess what the Express was at the mall tonight, but the players weren't shopping.
Shawsville takes out Glenvar on the hardwood, while thge NBA takes out two weeks of its season.
Kerry Collins heads out of Charlotte tonight, and just in time for Christmas WCW trading cards.
Ho Ho Ho Jean!))
Governor Gilmore apparently did NOT like a secret economic report produced by the state's top business leaders last week.
So he's created a new panel.
The secret report in question predicted a BILLION dollar shortfall per year in the state's budget until 2001.
That's, perhaps coincidentally, the projected annual cost of eliminating the car tax.
Today, Governor Jim Gilmore created a ten-member Governor's Advisory Board of Economists.
The executive order will keep the Board in place until 2002.[Hospital-Fire]
It will probably be this weekend, at the earliest, before the first two floors reopen at Roanoke Community Hospital.
The contractor who's repairing damage from last week's fire said a lot of work still needs to be done.
Emergencies other than women having babies are being sent to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Meanwhile, Lewis Gale Medical Center in Salem is trying to accommodate patients who want to schedule outpatient surgeries.
The hospital's C-E-O says all patients need to do is make sure their insurance companies will foot the bill.
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Community Hospital has been closed since last Monday's boiler room fire.
Smokers who need help quitting are being offered some free assistance from the American Lung Association of Virginia Southwest Area.
On Your Mark, Get Set -- Quit is a campaign of the Association and the makers of Nicotrol.
80 free six week treatment programs of Nicotrol patches and self help booklets will be given away locally.
Health officials say once the treatment program is complete, users should be smoke free.
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((TONI FERGUSON/AMERICAN LUNG ASSOC: WE GET CALLS EVERYDAY FROM PEOPLE WHO WANT TO QUIT AND HAVE TROUBLE QUITTING. ON THE AVERAGE IT TAKES A PERSON FIVE TIMES TO QUIT SO MAYBE IT'S SOMEBODY THAT WE'VE TRIED TO ASSIST BEFORE AND THEY MIGHT HAVE RELAPSED AND THEY'RE READY TO TRY AGAIN.))
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Today is the campaign kick off to help 35-thousand smokers across the country stop smoking.
To qualify for the kits you must be at least 18 years old, smoking at least 10 cigarettes a day, and have no heart problems and you must not take depression medication.
Really good Halloween costumes are already in the planning.
But if you're planning yours, bear in mind, there is a Virginia law that applies.
Ellen Qualls has the legal, and the lighter side, of holiday costuming in Virginia.
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(( Everyone's got their own criteria for costuming.
((JENNIFER DANIEL: SOMETHING THAT EVERYONE'S GONNA KNOW IMMEDIATELY WHAT IT IS. I DON'T WANT TO JUST WEAR A BIG ORANGE BAG AND EVERYBODY'S LIKE "WHAT ARE YOU?"))
((Is looking attractive important? ANGEL BROOKS: KIND OF, YEAH. I DON'T WANT TO BE LIKE A BIG PUMPKIN OR A BIG M&M OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT.))
This year, of course, there is the faddish solution-- they claim the wig was already named Monica.
((JERRY GUM/RICHMOND'S PREMIERE COSTUMES: I HAVEN'T HAD A SINGLE REQUEST FOR ANYTHING KEN STARR.))
Bill and Hillary are always an option.
Then there's the ghost of impeachments past.
And the option that really lets folks know how you feel about President Clinton.
((JERRY GUM/RICHMOND'S PREMIERE COSTUMES: THERE'LL BE SOMEBODY WHO WANTS TO DO THIS I'M SURE. IT'S MIDDLE-AGED WHITE MAN THING. laughs. WHAT CAN I SAY?!))
What else is in demand?
((JERRY GUM/RICHMOND'S PREMIERE COSTUMES: TELETU-, UH TELLY, TELETUB, TELETUBBIES! YEAH, THOSE THINGS. EXCEPT IT'S ALL ADULTS THAT WANT TO BE THEM. OF COURSE THEY DON'T EVEN MAKE THOSE COSTUMES.))
There is a lot of stuff they do make though.
But there are rules.
Virginia has a law that actually prohibits the wearing of masks or hoods in public -- except for:
-- things that are clearly holiday outings, like trick-or-treating,
-- a job like surgery, where a face covering is a job requirement
-- and theatrical productions.
There are reasons.
For one, a Virginia tradition the General Assembly would like to see die.
And then there's the anti-crime aspect.
((JERRY GUM/RICHMOND'S PREMIERE COSTUMES: USE COMMON SENSE. DON'T WALK INTO A BUSINESS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY WEARING A MASK. OR EVEN ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT, IF YOU HAVE TO STOP IN TO PICK UP SOMETHING AT A STORE, TAKE YOUR MASK OFF. YOU'RE ASKING FOR TROUBLE IF YOU WALK INTO A STORE.))
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((CLEARLY THERE ARE SOME SORTS OF MASKS THAT BANK TELLERS WOULDN'T WANT TO SEE COME INTO THE BANK.))
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((JERRY GUM: I'VE HAD TO SELL MASKS TO PEOPLE WHO I WASN'T REALLY THRILLED ABOUT THE INDICATION THAT I THOUGHT THEY MIGHT BE USING IT FOR.))
((And why don't you choose masks? JENNIFER DANIEL: UM, I DON'T KNOW, WELL FOR ONE, I DON'T WANT TO BE ANYTHING SCARY OR UGLY. YOU KNOW?))
((THE GOOD NEWS FOR VIRGINIANS WHO WANT TO WEAR COSTUMES IS THAT THE LAW ONLY APPLIES TO MASKS. SO ANYTHING ELSE AT ANY TIME OF YEAR IS FAIR GAME. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
Still to come --
A company in one area locale wants to keep residents healthy by making medical care more affordable.
We'll tell you about the plan when News 7 returns.
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Franklin County health providers have pledged to reduce the cost of medicine-- now they have 165-thousand-dollars to back them up.
After a recent countywide survey, Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital decided to make dental care, mental health and prescription drugs more affordable.
The hospital has given social service agencies 165-thousand-dollars to spend on new programs.
Today was their first brainstorming session.
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Perry says proposals and funding should be nailed down within four months.
Carilion also plans to survey health needs in Roanoke, Bedford, and the New River Valley.
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Mark McGwire ended his vacation yesterday and found out that if you hit 70 homers you get your picture on a cereal box.
Marc Buoniconti, who heads a foundation in his name to find a cure for paralysis joined McGwire as the two announced that a dime from each box sold between now and November 6th will benefit the cause.
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The Roanoke Express is all set to open up another season tomorrow night at home inside the Roundhouse against the team's long time nemesis, Hampton Roads.
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Last night, the team took up residence inside Tanglewood Mall as fans of the squad gathered to meet the members of this year's team.
First year Express head coach Scott Gordon announced the 21 man roster that he hopes will lead the team to its sixth straight winning season.
Last year the Express won the Northern division championship.
On the hardwood we head to the ultra-balnaced Three Rivers district where there was a battle for first place as Glenvar visited Shawsville.
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A nice crowd was on hand to watch this important district matchup in the home of the Shawnees.
We pick it up in the third, Shawsville up 35-to-31 when Megan Forster weaves her way through a crowd of green jerseys and makes good on the short jumper in the lane to put the Shawnees up 6.
Then Forster would show some passing skills as she finds Kate Childress on the backdoor cut and she puts in the easy two.
Glenvar stuck with the Shawnees as Katrina Williams knots the score at 43 when she steps back and connects on three of her game high 27 points.
However, the Shawnees remain tough down the stretch and they go on to win it over the Highlanders 55-to-51.
Elsewhere last night, Lord Botetourt beat Blacksburg, Staunton River topped Rustburg by 7, Byrd crushed Christiansburg, Craig draiuned James River and Ft. Chiswell bombed Bland.
Shawsville is fifth in the new single a associated press poll this week in group-A.
Floyd County is back in the poll at ninth, while PH Glade Spring 4th.
In Double A, Northside is 10th, Bassett and Salem are tied for fifth and Byrd remains on top of the poll.
For the first time in 51 years the NBA is being forced to cancel some regular season games.
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The players union presented a united front today after negotiations between the players and the owners broke off after three and half hours.
The impasse forced commissioner David Stern to cancel the first two weeks of the season. That's 99 games.
The Carolina Panthers said so long to the man they once thought would anchor their franchise his entire career.
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Quarterback Kerry Collins, who last week said his heart just wasn't in the job any more, was released by the team yesterday.
He flew out of Charlotte last night saying he's looking forward to a fresh start.
The Panthers were unable to trade him before yesterday's deadline.
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Closer to home this week's new associated press top 10 high school football polls
again have plenty of local flavor.
In the single A ranks, George Wythe and PH Glade Spring are now 8th and 9th, while Powell Valley remains a strong number one.
In Group Two A, Christiansburg is 6th with Martinsville 2nd while Salem remains number one.
And Despite winning it's last three games 180 to 7, Amherst County is still just 8th in the Triple A rankings.
Still to come tonight everything from a look at the new WCW trading cards,
to the latest Hokie to step up in the quarterback spot.
Nick Sorensen prepares for his second straight start right after this break.
Nick Sorensen, the Gator Bowl MVP turned Defesnvie back, turned quarterback will have his offensive hat back on Saturday against Temple.
Roy Stanley has more on his second start.
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Nascar's 50th anniversary season is starting to pproduce a number of driving changes.
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This afternoon veteran Michael Waltrip who split with the Wood Brothers earlier this year announced that he has signed a two year agreement to drive for Mattei Motorsports.
That car has been occupiped all of this season by Geoff Bodine with sponsorship from Phillips electronics.
Every now and then I like to give you a look at some of the new trading cards sports memoribilia that's on the market.
You probably know that WCW is coming to Roanoke on Thursday night November 5th at the Civic Center, but what you might not know is that the Topps company is ready to release a new 72 item set of trading cards featuring your favorite WCW/NWO rasslers.
The cards will retail for .99 cents a pack.
The set also will include a variety of autograph insert cards.
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