Just ahead on News 7, what's behind the holdup? Carilion officials announce late today they still have no idea when they can re-open Community Hospital.
And, 160 people must find new jobs. Their company is about to close down this plant.
In sports, former Tech great Allan Bristow is having his jersey number retired, a couple of local NASCAR figures are making news.
And the Express opens the season tomorrow night at home but goalie Dave Gagnon is extremely doubtful because of a froken right index finger.
A pleasant, very stable weather pattern holds true for tomorrow so we'll see more of the same after a chilly night. Forecast details are on the way.
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It's been 10-days since an electrical fire knocked out the power on Community Hospital's first two floors.
Today, Carilion said it still does not know when the power will be restored.
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Scott Goldberg is in the newsroom tonight.
Scott, just how extensive is the damage over there?
Jean, it's bad.
And that's about all anyone can say.
Carilon does not know how the fire started, or how much it will cost to fix the damage.
Tomorrow electricians will begin the long process of testing each of the six-thousand circuits that were destroyed last week.
Patients want to know when Community's first two floors, including the emergency room, will be up and running.
Carilion does not have an answer.
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((MICHAEL BALLANTYNE/CARILION VICE PRESIDENT: THERE'S NOT AN EASY ANSWER BECAUSE THE FIRE DAMAGE WAS PRETTY EXTENSIVE. ALTHOUGH IT WAS CONTAINED IT WAS ONE AREA OF THE HOSPITAL, REPURCUSSIONS ACROSS THE REST OF THE HOSPITAL ARE PRETTY SIGNIFICANT (cover here with video) AND WE'RE DEDICATED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO COMPROMISE PATIENT CARE IN ORDER TO GET IT OPEN SOONER SO WE'RE BEING VERY METICULOUS.))
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Carilion said again nobody who needs attention will be denied medical care.
Women having babies can still go to Community.
All other emergencies are being sent to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Carilion staff is meeting every day to assess the situation at Community, and to make sure there's room at Memorial Hospital.
((JEAN QUESTION: Scott, what about scheduling surgeries? Is there a backup in the operating room?))
We're told there is not.
Carilion has set aside some beds at Memorial for emergency procedures.
It's asking patients to wait, if they can, to schedule elective surgery.
But Carilion said it's "making every effort to make sure patient care is not compromised."
About 160 textile workers in Floyd County will be out of a job by Christmas.
Employees at the Cross Creek Apparel company got the word today.
The sewing plant will close by mid-December.
The parent company, the Russell Athleticwear Corporation, said it has to cut back its domestic sewing operations to improve efficiency and reduce costs.
Workers will be offered jobs with other Cross Creek operations.
We have a crew in Floyd County tonight, and we'll have reaction to the loss of one of the county's largest employers, on News-7 at 11.
Home Depot now has Roanoke County's blessing to build a second store, but it may be several weeks before the company makes a final decision on the project.
Last night Home Depot cleared one of the remaining hurdles. The supervisors affirmed their support for the project on a three- to two vote.
Home Depot officials say they are now waiting for the results of a traffic study, and a review by the Virginia Department of Transportation.
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((LAURA BULLOCK/VA. DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION: SOME OF THE INFORMATION THAT WILL BE GIVEN TO US IS THE CURRENT TRAFFIC CONDITIONS, THE EXISTING CONDITIONS AND THE PROJECTIONS FOR THE TRAFFIC THE FACILITY MIGHT GENERATE. WITH THAT IN MIND, THEN WE'LL LOOK TO SEE OF THE PRESENT ROAD SYSTEM IS ADEQUATE AND IF IT IS NOT, WHAT ADJUSTMENTS MIGHT NEED TO BE MADE.))
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The most serious obstacle may be the lawsuit that opponents have filed against the supervisors in circuit court.
Roanoke County has until early November to respond.
Attorneys for the man accused of killing a former black marine are asking that their client be tried out of Grayson County.
Jury selection is set to begin in two weeks for capital murder suspect Emmett Cressell, Junior.
The issue is expected to be taken up in court tomorrow.
His attorneys are asking for a change of venue because of intense media publicity surrounding their client's case, as well as that of co-defendant Louis Ceparano.
Charges will NOT be filed against a mother whose eight-month old baby died after being locked in a hot car for hours.
A grand jury in Danville today decided Pamela Walton should not be held criminally accountable for the death of her son Zakary.
Walton apparently forgot to drop her son off at daycare one morning in July, and left him in the car while she was at work.
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An internal police report concludes excessive force did NOT play a part in a local man's paralysis.
20-year old Robbie Ellison was injured last month during an altercation with officers in Bluefield, West Virginia.
Ellison told family members police slammed his head on the trunk of a car and knocked him to the ground.
But the police investigation maintains one of the officers fell on top of Ellison while trying to bring him under control, and that's what caused the injuries.
The F-B-I is conducting its own investigation.
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A standoff and shootout leaves two dead .. one is a police officer. That story is just ahead.
And this man was a minor when he murdered. With just hours to go before he's executed, some people think Virginia could make a big mistake.
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Virginia is about to execute its first person for a crime committed as a juvenile in the modern era.
And the Commonwealth will set another modern record to boot.
Ellen Qualls has the latest.
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A State Capitol vigil marking what would be the 10th execution this year-- topping 1996's modern annual state record.
Opposition from the Catholic, Episcopal, and Unitarian churches.
Murder Victims' Families for Reconciliation.
((NANCY GOWAN/MURDER VICTIMS' FAMILIES FOR RECONCILIATION: FORGIVENESS CAN TRULY SET YOU FREE. IT NEVER OCCURED TO ME TO THINK ABOUT--edit out some of pause--IT NEVER OCCURRED TO ME TO THINK ABOUT THOSE WHO HAD A FAMILY MEMBER ON DEATH ROW.))
It's all about 26 year old Dwayne Allen Wright.
He's to die for a rape and murder he committed in Fairfax when he was 17-- and by most medical accounts, brain damaged and incorrectly turned loose from a mental hospital.
((ROB LEE/WRIGHT'S ATTORNEY: WHAT DO WE DO WHEN WE FAIL TO CARE FOR THE FRAIL IN OUR SOCIETY? AND WHEN WE FAIL TO ACT RESPONSIBLY AS PROTECTORS OF THEM? AND WHEN THOSE PEOPLE ARE CHILDREN? DO WE CARE FOR THEM? OR DO WE KILL THEM?))
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WELL OF COURSE THE LAW IN VIRGINIA IS CLEAR ON THIS AS WELL AS THE LAW OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES, AND THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION REGARDING THESE MATTERS. SO THE LAW IS THERE.))
Wright committed three murders.
His last victim's family says he deserves to die.
Ellen Qualls, News 7,))
A police chase and standoff in Richmond ends in death for an officer and the suspect.
Authorities were trying to pull Anthony (Pick-ola) Picciola over for erratic driving when he opened fire.
Officer Thomas McMahon was shot and died later in the Medical College of Virginia hospital.
Following the initial shooting, SWAT team members surrounded Picciola, then shot him to death after a two and a half hour standoff.
The director of the Rockbridge region's new emergency dispatch center says the project is an example of local governments working together.
The Rockbridge Dispatch Center will field emergency calls from people in Rockbridge County, Lexington, Buena Vista and other area localities.
The consolidated effort is expected to save the region thousands of dollars.
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((TOM SNEAD/CENTRAL DISPATCH DIRECTOR:WE'VE REDUCED THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DISPATCHERS INVOLVED--SO THAT SAVES MONEY. WE DON'T DUPLICATE THE EQUIPMENT SO THAT SAVES MONEY. AND, JUST THE PHYSICAL OR THE STRUCTURES WE ONLY HAVE TO HAVE ONE SO THERE'S ONLY ONE BILL FOR EVERYTHING.))
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The idea for the center first came about 10 years ago.
But, construction didn't begin until last year.
It was completed in July.
The system finally got up and running today after operators made a series of test calls this morning.
A positive day on Wall Street, with most stocks closing higher.
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Nine arrested in the Wytheville area.
Eight around Roanoke.
They're just some of the 141 fugitive felons who let the state know where they were by applying for food stamps.
It's part of "Operation Talon," a joint state and local effort with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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((COL. WAYNE HUGGINS/VA. STATE POLICE SUPERINTENDENT: I SUPPOSE IT'S SOMEWHAT AMUSING. NO IT'S NOT EVEN AMUSING. IT'S SAD.))
((ROGER VIADERO/USDA INSPECTOR GENERAL: WE'VE GOTTEN SOME PEOPLE OFF THE STREET FOR YOU. AND WE'VE SAVED A LOT OF TAX DOLLARS FOR YOU.))
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Virginia still ranks among the highest in the nation in food stamp fraud overall.
New state enforcement offices will get going on that problem early next year.
The new Adjutant General of the Virginia National Guard is from far southwest Virginia.
Major General Claude Williams got a new star and a new post today at a Richmond ceremony.
Outgoing General Carroll Thackston warned his successor of the tough political times.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: BUT TODAY WE LIVE IN A TIME OF MAXIMUM DANGER..VIRGINIA NATIONAL GUARD.))
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Williams will command the eight- thousand member Army National Guard, the 12- hundred member Air National Guard, and the Virginia Defense Force.
Attorney General Mark Earley was in Lynchburg today, telling school superintendents from across the state how they can make their schools safer.
Earley says Virginia is fortunate not to have experienced a serious school shooting like those in Arkansas, Kentucky and Mississippi.
He told the superintendents they need to be more pro-active to prevent violence in the classroom.
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((MARK EARLEY/VA ATTORNEY GENERAL: GOOD TRAINING ON THE PART OF THEIR TEACHERS AND PRINCIPALS IN THE SCHOOLS, MAKIGN GOOD USE OF SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS, HAVING A GOOD DISCIPLINE CODE IN PLACE AT THE SCHOOL THAT ALL THE STUDENTS ARE AWARE OF AND MAKING SURE PARENTS ARE INVOLVED IN THAT PROCESS.))
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Earley's task force on gangs and youth violence will hold its final public hearing in Richmond on October 26th.
A man whose house was damaged after a water storage tank collapsed is now the third person suing the town for damages.
You may remember that last May 7th, a tank in Jonesville gave way, releasing 500 thousand gallons of water.
Doctor (Ba-man) Bahman Payman lives next to the tank. He alleges that along with damages to his home, his property has lost value as a result of the tank collapse.
No comment from town officials. Jonesville is in Virginia's far southwest corner.
Coming up tonight in sports, the Express gets defensive 24 hours before its season opener with both of its top goalies on the shelf.
We'll check in with UVa hoops coach Pete Gillen.
And if this video looks old it is.
A star off of Tech's 1973 NIT championship squad will have his jersey number retired this Friday night at the Cassell.
The Express opens the season tomorrow night at the Round House against Hampton Roads with a goalie dilemma.
At this time, Roanoke will use goalie Chris Bernard tomorrow night. He played in college last season and was cut by Columbus of the Central Hockey League this pre season.
Today, goalie Dave Gagnon's broken right index finger was wrapped in a protective splint. There is still a chance he will be available.
Daniel Berthiaume will sit out the opener, completing his ECHL suspension from last year's playoffs.
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Game six of the NLCS is in fifth inning, as the Atlanta Braves trail the San Diego Padres 2-to-0 in the 6th.
The Braves must win to force game seven tomorrow night.
The Yanks wrapped up the American League pennant last night with a 9-to-5 win over the Indians.
They win the series 4 games to 2 thanks to some super pitching and clutch hitting.
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And don't forget that they cloed it out with great defense.
Watch Scott Brosius with the Brooks Robinson-like play to get the next to last out of last night's game.
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The Virginia men's and women's basketball teams were introduced to the media yesterday in Charlotteville. Steve Mason says Pete Gillen's first year pales in comparrison to Debbie Ryan's 21 seasons, but the real competition is with the doubters.
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((Pete Gillen's theme, remain positive despite having only five scholarship players back. The graduation of Curtis Staples and Norman Nolan meant their 40 of Virginia's 65 point per contest last season are gone.
The freshman will be depended upon not only for quality minutes, but to handle the emmence pressure that comes with playing in the ACC on aseniorless team
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The Madness will be evident at Tech this Friday night as the Hokies retire the number 44 jersey number of former great Allan Bristow.
The Richmond native and former Charlotte Hornets coach helped lead Tech to the 1973 NIT championship over Notre Dame.
This weekend Tech also is celebrating the 25th anniversary of that '73 squad.
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The memory of a gay Wyoming college student, whom police say was the victim of a hate crime, will be honored tonight in Blacksburg.
Matthew Shepard died after being pistol whipped, burned and strung up on a fence.
Members of Virginia Tech homosexual alliance have planned a candlelight vigil in shepard's honor and a silent prayer in protest of hate crimes.
Some plan to share their stories and concerns.
We'll hear what they have to say tonight on News 7 at 11.
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