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A Pulaski County boy is facing suspension for bringing a toy gun to school.
And a two dollar steak sounds like a great deal -- but a Rockbridge County woman is calling it a scam.
Plus shoppers are flocking to North Carolina for the furniture sale of the year.
News 7 is next.
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Is a scam-artist targeting residents in the Rockbridge region?
At least one woman thinks so..
A Rockbridge County woman who feels she is the victim of a scam is trying to get the word out about two meat salesmen.
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Stacey Martin is in our newsroom with more..
Tonya, a contractor named Donald McDaniels with Joey's Quality Meat Incorporated of Nitro, West Virginia --and another man have apparently been going door-to-door selling meat in the Rockbridge region the last few days.
But, as Sharon Nicely found out, the deals they offer are often just too good to be true.
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((SHARON NICELY:THAT WAS STEALING AND THAT WAS LYING AND I DON'T WANT OTHER PEOPLE TO HAVE TO GO THROUGH THAT AND ALL.))
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Nicely said the pair showed her this menu and offered her a variety of steaks at the bargain price of two dollars apiece.
They claimed their refrigerated truck was malfunctioning and they were in a hurry to sell.
She paid them just under 200 dollars thinking the boxes contained a total of 94 steaks.
She found out later she'd been had.
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((SHARON NICELY: IT WAS 46 STEAKS I GOT. I WAS SUPPOSED TO GET 94. THEY CHARGED SIX PERCENT TAX, I PAID THEM 199 DOLLARS AND 28 CENTS WHICH SHOULDN'T HAVE EVEN BEEN 100 DOLLARS))
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The Rockbridge County Sheriff's Department is investigating the matter and late today got company managers to agree to refund all of Nicely's money.
But, an investigator says her's is not the only complaint.
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((CAPT. CHRIS BLALOCK: THE SECOND LADY HAD TALKED WITH THEM. SHE TOOK IT UPON HERSELF TO COUNT THE STEAKS AND LEARNED THAT SHE WAS BEING SHORTED A BOX APPROXIMATELY THE SAME AMOUNT THAT THE FIRST LADY WAS BEING SHORTED AND AT THAT POINT SHE TOLD THE PERSON SHE DIDN'T WANT TO DEAL WITH THEM AND FOR THEM TO LEAVE.))
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Tonya, Captain Blalock says he's gotten four complaints in the past two years involving door to door meat salesmen in general and he has a few tips..
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If you're suspicious, don't do business with the salesman and ask them to leave.
Inform police and remember that it's your responsibility to check the quantity and quality of the product--you shouldn't totally rely on the salesman.
A Massachusetts company is moving the earth in Alleghany County.
It will move 125-jobs there over the next two years.
L-K-M Industries has begun building a new factory in the Alleghany Regional Commerce Center.
The factory will make parts for air conditioners.
And it will bring some jobs back to a region where the unemployment rate has been high.
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Public and private-sector groups put together a two-million dollar incentive package.
That helped the Highlands beat out 30-other communities that were competing for the factory.
The factory is scheduled to open next spring.
An athletic clothing manufacturer with several sewing plants in Virginia is cutting 90-jobs company-wide.
Pluma Incorporated notified employees about the layoffs earlier this week.
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The layoffs are part of a cost-cutting plan to save the North Carolina based company more than 2-million dollars annually.
Most of the people affected were clerical workers and managers.
Pluma has its Virginia plants in Martinsville, Rocky Mount, Chatham, Alta Vista and Vesta.
A seven year old Pulaski County boy who brought a squirt gun to school may have to pay a hefty price for what his mother calls an honest mistake.
Grant Adkins was suspended yesterday and today, and COULD be suspended from Claremont elementary for the rest of the year.
The seven year old says his younger sister put the squirt gun in his book bag.
His mother says when it fell out of his bag some of the children started yelling that he had a gun.
Christa Adkins says her son immediately turned the toy over to his teacher, told her he was sorry and that he knew he wasn't supposed to have it.
Attorneys for a white man accused of killing a black man in Grayson County don't want prosecutors to present evidence that might lead jurors to think the crime was racially motivated.
Cressell's attorneys plan to file a brief Monday asking the judge to prohibit prosecutors from bringing up Cressell's criminal background among other things.
They're concerned the information may lead jurors to believe Cressell is a racist.
In court today--another issue was resolved.
Judge Colin Campbell says if he's NOT able to seat a jury in two weeks, he'll consider a defense request to have Cressell tried outside Grayson County.
Community Hospital is still feeling the effects of last week's fire... and so is Roanoke Memorial, but patients and employees of both hospitals are making the best of a challenging situation.
Planning, and practice have helped in the emergency room at R- M- H, where doctors and nurses from the two hospitals are working side- by side.
Tyler Lumsden found prompt attention for the wrist he fractured playing basketball.
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The kitchens at Roanoke Memorial have also been busy, preparing meals for patients at both hospitals.
Despite some hectic moments at first, the combined staff is now cooking.
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And that's the hope of Carilion officials, who say they'll have a better idea next week when the power at Community Hospital will be fully restored.
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President Clinton says the U-S is ready to do whatever it can to get the Mideast peace process moving again.
The peace summit began today and talks are expected to last four days.
Both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat are hoping to compromise over the long deadlock on the next stage of Israeli withdrawal and on Israel's security demands.
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The White House and congressional leaders say a budget agreement reached today is good for America.
The 500 billion-dollar package includes money for teachers, farmers and the military.
The House and Senate are expected to pass the overdue spending plan tomorrow.
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The anti-impotency drug Viagra has gone on sale in France for the first time.
The French are expected to buy the pill by the millions.
A recent survey has shown roughly one fifth of French men suffer from at least occasional impotence.
Viagra is priced at almost 14 U-S dollars a pill, the French state health system has refused to pay.
The drug will only be available by prescription.
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Tonya tosses to Andrew Freiden in the Chromakey
Straight ahead, a college student says Virginia is holding him hostage.
Plus... Wondering how to furnish a home?
70 thousand furniture dealers converged on a North Carolina city today in hopes of helping you answer that question.
Jean Jadhon will have details.
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A Liberty University student convicted of trespassing at E.C. Glass High School last fall says the state of Virginia is holding him hostage.
John Reyes (RAY-iss) is appealing his conviction and says his bond requires he ask permission to leave the state.
Reyes claims a recent request was turned down.. he blames that on religious persecution.
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((BILL PETTY/PROSECUTOR: I WOULDN'T OBJECT TO SOMEBODY LEAVING THE STATE, PARTICULARLY IN MR. REYES' SITUATION, SO I WAS A LITTLE BIT SURPRISED THAT HE CHOSE TO CALL A NEWS CONFERENCE WHEN HIS ATTORNEY APPARENTLY HAD NEVER BOTHERED TO TALK TO US AND FIND OUT WHAT THE PROBLEM WAS.))
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Petty says when Reyes appealed, the state attorney general's office took over the case.. and any bond requests should be directed to them.
18 months after a federal judge tossed out their lawsuit, two former Lynchburg registrars may yet have another day in court.
Inez Sales and Debra Miller claim partisan politics forced them out when Republicans appointed Carol Spencer Read to the registrar's post in 1994.
Sales and Miller were assistants who were not kept on when Read took over.
In April, 1997 a federal judge claimed the two women were simply playing on the sympathy of the court and threw out their lawsuit.
But a federal appeals court has overturned that ruling.. opening the way for the lawsuit to be heard again.
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Furniture is big business in Southwest and Southside Virginia- so the International Home Furnishings market just down the road in North Carolina is a BIG deal.
The twice a year event brings buyers and sellers together from all over the world.
Jean Jadhon takes us to Opening Day in High Point, North Carolina.
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((Take a walk into the Furniture market and you'll find more furniture than you can imagine- more than 8 million square feet of showroom space- where Furniture makers sell their stuff to buyers from all over the world.
WERNER SCHAEFFER/GERMAN BUYER: SO WE COME TWICE IN A YEAR TO HIGH POINT TO SEE ALL THE FURNITURE HERE AND ACCESSORIES WE ARE HERE TWICE A YEAR.
And This isn't just sofas.
Buyers will have no problem brightening up their day or
reflecting on their purchases.
You get the picture- if it goes in the home- it's on sale here.
Among the hundreds of exhibors- are companies based right in this region.
For them, market is big business.
BILL SIBBICK/STANLEY VP SALES: IT BASICALLY SETS THE TONE FOR THE FOLLOWING SIX MONTHS AND PEOPLE WANT TO CHANGE THEIR FLOORS AND SPRUCE IT UP FROM DESIGN STANDPOINT IT HAS TREMENDOUS IMPACT.
ROB SPILMAN/BASSETT PRESIDENT: THIS IS OUR TIME TO INTROUDCE OUR NEW PRODUCTS, EXCITE THE DEALERS.. SEE WHERE THE COMPANIES GOING.
Throughout the market you'll find buyers from across the globe-
And salesman's peddling the newest products- from morning until night.
ROBERT BOLLING/ROWE SALESMAN: IT'S BEEN A MADHOUSE ABSOULUTELY FROM EIGHT IN THE MORNING UNTIL FIVE OR SEVEN AT NIGHT IT'S NON STOP IT'S A MADHOUSE.
Media swarm high piont as well- and we're not just talking about your hometown station.
ROBIN CAMPBELL/STANLEY MARKETING: WE'VE ALREADY HAD BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS HERE, WE'VE HAD A COPULOF BRIDAL PUBLICANS, NEWSPAPERS TRADE PUBLICATSIONS
JEAN JADHON/NEWS 7: HIGH POINT HAS A NEW YORK CITY FEEL TWO TIMES A YEAR. 70 THOSUAND PEOPLE FROM ALL ACROSS THE WORLD- COME HERE FOR MARKET. AND THIS ISN'T OVER YET. MARKET GOES UNTIL NEXT THURSDAY. IN HIGH POINT NORTH CAROLINA, JEAN JADHON, NEWS 7.))
Tomorrow and Saturday night on News 7 at Six- we'll hear from local companies about how sales are going this year- and we'll check out the latest styles and trends you can expect to see at furniture stores.
Still ahead, Congressional Candidate Joe Barta finds support from a state anti-abortion group.
And some children in Franklin County have a new safe haven in a shelter that is working to keep families together.
Details to come.
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The Republican trying to unseat Congressman Rick Boucher has picked up the support of a conservative antiabortion group.
The Virginia Society for Human life endorsed Joe Barta today.
Barta was campaigning with Virginia Attorney General Mark Earley.
The Radford eye doctor said, if elected, he would vote to ban the procedure opponents call "partial-birth" abortion.
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((JOE BARTA/(R) CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS: IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTION IT IS AN ISSUE WHO'S TIME HAS COME AND THERE WILL BE A BAN ON PARTIAL-BIRTH ABORTION IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS. I FEEL SURE.))
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Barta said the only time this late-term abortion should be performed is when the mother's life is at risk.
A new shelter will help abused women and children in Franklin County, but it will also open up space for men.
24 women and children can move into this shelter Monday.
It even has room for social workers, just down the hall from residents.
They say children especially will benefit from having a warm and safe home.
Meanwhile, the first shelter next door will be reserved for full families.
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Women who spent time in the first shelter now volunteer in the new place.
Officials say there is still plenty of space available for new residents.
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Qualifying results from the night time, time trials at Daytona are coming up!
As are Highlights and postgame comments from a tough defensive struggle at the Roundhouse.
And the wekk 8 schedule for Friday Football Extra is also on the way.
But first in tonight's Extra Point the NFL has handed down a little fine for former Hokie Bruce Smith.
The sack master was ticketed for $75 hundred dollars for this hit on Colts' quarterback Peyton Manning.
The hit came in the second quarter and league officials thought it was aimed at Manning's knee.
This is just the second time Bruce's 14 year career that he has been fined.
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The smoked out Pepsi 400 that was originally scheduled for the July fourth weekend in Daytona finally got underway last night with first round time trials.
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They could have saved a lot of that down time by giving Bobby Labonte the pole. He won the top spot for the Daytona 500 and last night he won the pole under the lights.
Points leader Jeff Gordon will start 8th, Mark Martin will be right in front of him in 6th.
And give it up for Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt. He went out 1st and qualified 5th.
Here's the top 25.
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Michael Waltrip was 27th, Bill Elliott 29th, Ricky Craven driving for Ernie Irvan was 39th, Rick Mast was 42nd and Kyle Petty 46th.
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The Express fell to Hampton Roads 1-nothing in the season opner tonight. Despite the loss, Steve mason says it wasa positve first night.
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The NFL was in action last night as two members of the black and blue division net in the Silverdome with the Lions hosting the Packers.
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Cheeseheads were in the house outside of Detroit, and they would the Pack score first as Brett Favre hooks up with the former Hokie Antonio Freeman on the 67 yard scoring strike in the first quarter.
But early in the fourth, UVa rookie Germane Crowell outdoes him by a yard. Watch Crowell haul in the
Charlie Batch pass with one hand as he beats former William & Mary star Darren Sharper. Detroit wins it
Closer to home, the Friday Football Extra schedule is set for week number eight of the season.
And there are several crucial games in a number of districts. Take a look.
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Still to come tonight, the weekend schedule of football on Your Hometown Station, plus
Michael Jordan was in a very different kind of court today. I'll have the verdict of his breach of contract suit right after this break.
The NBA lockout is at least giving Michael Jordan an oportunity to consider coming back from one more season.
If he retires he'll have an extra $50 thousand in his pocket.
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About a month ago we told you that Michael was being sued in a breach of contract lawsuit that alleged he backed out of a movie deal in 1991 for the film "Heaven is a Playground."
The film bombed and its makers said it was Michael's fault.
A jury today would have none of that talk as it ended up awarding Jordan $50 thousand bucks in compensatory damages.
The plaitiff's lawyer said putting Jordan on trial in Chicago was like trying God in Heaven.
Michael gave the $50 thousand to charity.
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And you can catch a number of things this weekend on WDBJ. The Busch race from Madison, Illinois comes your way tomorrow at 12:30.
Then at 3:30 check out the Boston College-Syracuse game.
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And Sunday the NFL Today comes your way at Noon followed by the Ravens and the Steelers at one.
A changing of the guard ceremony was held in Roanoke today.
Nita Booth of Chesapeake was formally crowned Miss Virginia.
She assumed the title the moment Nicole Johnson was named Miss America last month.
This made it official.
Both women made it a point to downplay their physical beauty and promote the pageant as a source of scholarship money.
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A parade through downtown Roanoke is planned for tomorrow afternoon- -in honor of the second Miss Virginia to become Miss America.
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