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A car accident backs up traffic on I-81 tonight.
While someone attacked a Valley Metro bus in Roanoke injuring a boy.
People speak out about a Danville mental hospital that may close-
And you probably know this face - OJ's famous lawyer takes a case not too far from here.
News 7 is next.
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An accident on Interstate 81 injured two people tonight.
It happened at mile marker 1-17 around 8:30.
Police say a tractor trailer struck a car, then hit a cement column on a bridge.
The driver of the car was thrown from the vehicle.
Both drivers were air lifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital by Life Guard 10.
Police have not released their names or conditions, but did say both of the victims are from out of state.
The accident is still under investigation.
The crash backed up traffic in the Northbound lanes but it is moving again now.
A child was hurt tonight when someone threw a rock at a Roanoke city bus.
The bus was driving on Andrews street in Northwest Roanoke about 8:30 when the rock smashed into a rear side window.
A young boy was hit by flying glass.
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The child was treated by rescue workers on the scene, police say he was not seriously hurt.
It was a terrifying experience for passengers.
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((ROBIN EASLEY/PASSENGER; JUST SCARED, ALL OF US WAS JUST TRYING TO FIND OUT IF HE WAS ALRIGHT, BECAUSE HE WAS SCREAMING AND CRYING... I DON'T LIKE RIDING THE BUS NO MORE NOW, I AIN'T RIDING NO MORE AFTER THIS, I'LL GET MY MOTHER TO TAKE ME TO WORK.))
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The bus driver says this is the second time something like this has happened to her bus, three weeks ago someone shot it with a b-b gun.
The recommendation to close Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute is one in a series of recommendations aimed at reforming the way Virginia provides services to the mentally ill.
Right now the proposed changes are laid out in a state-commissioned plan that will eventually be considered by the General Assembly.
Plenty of people aren't happy about what they've seen and heard so far.
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Christy Hubley was at a hearing tonight in Danville on the plan and joins us live now from our Danville newsroom.
This thick packet of papers is the draft version of a master plan on how Virginia should care for its mentally ill, retarded and substance-abusing citizens.
It includes various cost-cutting measures-- like closing state mental hospitals and relying more on community based treatment programs.
Tonight's hearing in Danville was one of 14-hearings to gain public input for the final version of this plan.
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(( This crowd of people at Danville Community College wants to make sure the mentally ill don't lose out on needed services when Virginia transforms the way it provides mental health care.
Many here believe the draft plan falls short.
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What draws the most criticism is the recommended closing of Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute.
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((ALL NEWMAN:IN THE ABSENSE OF SOUTHERN, OUR CONSUMERS WOULD HAVE TO TRAVEL.. FOR STATE HOSPITALIZATION.))
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Teresa Robinette's 12-year old daughter Courntey has cerbral palsy.
She's worried about a recommendation to move all children's services to one state facility.
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((TERESA ROBINETTE: MY GREATEST FEAR IS TO BE SEPARATED FROM HER AND TO NOT KNOW WHAT THE QUALITY OF CARE WOULD BE.))
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Other people want to know where the money will come from to add new community services that will be needed when patients are deinstitutionalized.
Jean, these public hearings continue through the week.
Tomorrow there are hearings in Lynchburg and Roanoke.
The final plan is expected to be completed by December.
A leading defense attorney plans to file a 7-million dollar lawsuit against the Bluefield, West Virginia Police Department.
Johnnie Cochran, who's perhaps best known for defending O-J Simpson, is representing a 20-year old paralyzed last month during a scuffle with Bluefield police.
Teresa Hamilton was at today's press conference in Charleston, West Virginia and has the story.
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Johnnie Cochran says he decided to get involved after he was contacted by the young man's family members still trying to deal with their grief.
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Cochran wants the highest ranking federal officials to investigate this case and others.
He's especially critical of an internal investigation by the Bluefield P-D that recently cleared the officers of any wrong doing.
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Ellison says his neck was broken when he was slammed against the trunk of a car and then knocked to the ground.
However, police say Ellison's injury occurred when one of the officers fell on top of Ellison while trying to bring him under control.
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((JOHNNIE COCHRAN/ELLISON'S ATTORNEY:IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO SUFFER A TRANSECTION OF YOUR SPINAL CHORD AT C4 AND C5 MERELY FALLING TO THE GROUND, I THINK YOU'LL FIND IT TAKES A GREAT AMOUNT OF FORCE FOR THAT TO HAPPEN. ))
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Although the Bluefield police department has wrapped up its findings...
The F-B-I's investigation is still ongoing.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Charleston, WV.))
A man who brought a lawsuit against the city of Lynchburg in connection with an anti-abortion protest had his case thrown out of Federal Court.
John Reyes (RAY-iss) was charged with violating the city's parade ordinance when he helped organize the rally at E-C Glass High School last November.
Reyes argued the ordinance was unconstitutional, but since he was never convicted, Judge Norman Moon dismissed his lawsuit.
Reyes is still appealing a six-month jail term he received for trespassing.
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Progress is apparently being made at the Mideast Peace Summit in Maryland.
Sources report a preliminary agreement on a peace accord.
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The deal would apparently call for a 12-week Israeli pullback from more of the West Bank- plus a greater effort by the Palestinians to counter terrorism.
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Paula Jones legal team brought her case against the President to Circuit Court in Minnesota today.
They're appealing the dismissal of her sexual harrassment suit against the President.
It's up to a three judge panel to decide if Jones case will be heard.
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A half trillion dollar spending plan got the green light tonight-
The bill runs more than 4-thousand pages- It's so big Congressional staffers decided to weigh it.
At 38 pounds it's one of the heaviest pieces of legislation ever.
The budget includes 520 billion dollars for farmers, teachers and the Pentagon.
Tomorrow the Senate will vote.
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More flooding and more deaths in Texas- where at least 20 people have been killed from storms.
One child is also still missing.
While the rain has stopped, the rivers are rising.
This river normally 150 yards is now a mile wide-
People are leaving homes because in the next 12 hours flood waters are expected to crest-
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Jean tosses to Andrew in the Chromakey
When the News returns, Campbell County residents are warned NOT to eat fish caught in a local river.
And it's a roasting for the political toast of the town.
UVA's Larry Sabato hears an earful from the politicians HE usually analyzes.
The story straight ahead.
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((Good evening Jean this Mike Stevens back in the house passing out gifts tonight. Sosa gets an MVP award, McGwire get s diamond ring!
Martinsville almost gets a state golf title and Ronald Curry gets another chance to start for the Tarheels.
All that plus, some Tech talk tonight in sports. ))
He's the one who made the term "feeding frenzy" apply to American politics.
Tonight, University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato was the fish food.
Six Virginia governors and our U-S Senators finally got their revenge.
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Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
Jean, the news element of this first.
The roast of Larry Sabato was a fundraiser for UVA's new Center for Governmental Studies.
It aims to get average citizens involved in fixing American politics.
But Governor Jim Gilmore set the tone, reminding the crowd that Sabato said the more he got to know Virginia governors, the more he was glad there was a one-term limit.
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Chuck Robb versus Larry Sabato may have been the most anticipated grudge match...but Robb had words for all.
He remembered Sabato had once been a Democrat.
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And for his possible future Senate opponent, a dig at George Allen's mixed results downsizing of state government.
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Chuck Robb got the last word there.
But it was George Allen who pointed out that Larry Sabato would be getting the last word for years and years on all of these characters.
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((JEAN: How much money did they raise?
ELLEN: The good news for Sabato tonight was that he raised 310-thousand on the dinner, and got another quarter million from the University of Virginia to fund the new center.))
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Residents along the Staunton River in Campbell County are still being warned not to eat fish from the river which may be contaminated with P-C-B's.
State water officials were on the river today, using electro-shock methods to collect additional fish for testing.
The sampling is a follow-up to a 1993 study that showed fish caught near Altavista and Brookneal had dangerously high levels of the carcinogen P-C-B.
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((SHELTON MILES/FRIENDS OF THE STAUNTON RIVER: THEY'RE DOING ADDITIONAL TESTING, THESE FISH WILL BE SENT TO THE LAB AND WE WANT TO BE SURE THAT EVERY SPECIES THAT THEY NEED IS COLLECTED AT EVERY STATION, SO WE CAN DETERMINE IF PCB CONTAMINATION IS STILL A PROBLEM AND ALSO SO WE CAN BEGIN TO TRACK THE SOURCE AND BEING TO THINK ABOUT REMEDIATION.))
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Officials say it could be several months before the latest tests have been completed.
State tax collections for the first three months of this fiscal year are a whopping 13-point-two percent higher than the official estimate.
Despite that rosy scenario, the fate of a Democratic proposal to cut the state sales tax on food is still a mystery.
Today, a House committee debated exactly which foods should even be in line for a tax cut.
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((DEL. JACK REID/R-HENRICO: YOU KNOW YOU CAN GET PACKAGES OF THOSE... IF YOU BOUGHT A PACKAGE OF KLONDIKES WOULD THAT BE TAXED OR NOT?))
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Lawmakers debated whether Snapple is a soft drink and Twinkies are food.
They were urged to think of the:
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((JO KITTNER/VIRGINIA RETAIL MERCHANTS: MINIMUM WAGE LABORER SITTING THERE TRYING TO MAKE THESE DECISIONS ABOUT WHAT YOUR INTENTION IS AND WHAT IT ISN'T.))
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The tax cut itself will be fodder for the 1999 General Assembly.
Coming up later--what does an ex-spice girl have in common with the late Audrey Hepburn?
You might be surprised.
And, a new Breast Care Center should make planning a mammogram much easier for area women.
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October is breast cancer awareness month.
Timeliness is crucial when it comes to fighting the disease.
A new Breast Care Center in Roanoke is making it easier for women to remember their annual mammograms.
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((MARGARET HARVEY/BREAST CARE CENTER DIR.: AS A WOMAN, OUR SCHEDULES GET SO BUSY AND WE FORGET TO GO GET OUR MAMMOGRAM, NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES WE WRITE IT DOWN AND WHAT WE DID IS WE HAVE A BASKET FULL OF FORGET ME NOT SEEDS AND WHEN THE PATIENT LEAVES WE GIVE HER THE PACKAGE SO SHE CAN REMEMBER TO GET HER MAMMOGRAM AND GET AN APPOINTMENT FOR THE NEXT YEAR.))
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The center is equipped with four mammography rooms, an ultrasound room, and dressing rooms all in a comfortable atmosphere.
Since the Breast Care Center opened in late August, they've averaged 65 patients a day.
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Lots of baseball coming up plus, golf results from the Double a and triple a tournaments.
A tought soccer game for UNC tonight plus,a suspension.
And we'll talk Tech with the Hokies.
But first, many folks were surprised last night when we told you that Mike Tyson was granted permission to resume his boxing career by the Nevada Athletic Commission yesterday.
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But when you consider who Tyson had on his side, you really shouldn't be all that shocked.
Former champ Muhammad Ali spoke on Tyson's behalf through a letter that was read by Ali's wife.
But the heaviest hitter was Magic Johnson, who not only spoke on Tyson's behalf but, also vowed to replace Don King and serve as Tyson's promoter and advisor.
Plus, remember the two men Tyson assaulted in Maryland after a minor traffic incident in late August?
Well, they too urged the commission to restore his license.
The men say they also want the assualt charges against Tyson to be dropped.
All they want is a financial settlement, an apology and for Tyson to get some pyschiatric help.
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Sammy Sosa couldn't get his Cubs into the world series but he will be picking up postseason awards for the next couple of weeks.
Last night Sosa got the first big one.
The Sporting News has named Sosa the player of the year in the major leagues.
Over 400 major leaguers voted on this with Sosas getting 191 votes and Mark McGwire 185 and a half.
Monday night Jean told you Mark McGwire was preparing to make his Late Night debut with
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David Letterman. Dave and the slugger closed off 53rd steet and put some life into the postseason with a little impromtu homerun derby.
McGwire hit the third itch from Letterman from Midtown Manhattan to downtown Manhattan.
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Yesterday, McGwire stayed an extra day in the Big Apple and received a huge $25 thousand dollar diamond ring from Harry Winston. The ring is platinum and gold.
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When the Highlanders and the Tar Heels meet on the soccer field it's always the close match.
Radford has won the last two meetings by a score of one to nothing.
But last night it was a draw.
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North Carolina had outscored non-conference opponents 29-to-11.
Last night, though, Radford held U-N-C scoreless.
But the Highlanders couldn't find the promised land either as goal keeper Michael Ueltschey makes the save on this amazing Angel Cardozo shot.
On the other end of the field, Sacha Drouin, notches his third consecutive shut out against U-N-C. and the contest ends in overtime, a zero-zero tie.
The William Byrd Terriers and Martinsville Bulldogs were unable to keep the state double-a golf title in part of the state yesterday.
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The defending state champion Terriers of Byrd played well during the second round, but ended up in third place.
Host Martinsville did an excellent job at the Forest Park Country Club, the Bulldogs' home course, but the Ville comes up two strokes short.
Sherando hangs on to the first round lead and wins the title by two shots over Martinsville.
Michael Wray of Martinsville was the top local finisher in 4th. Botetourt's Ryan Greer finished 5th.
At the Triple-A event in Chesapeake the Roanoke Valley district did everything but win!
Cave Spring came in second, and Patrick Henry was third.
The home team Great Bridge won the event at the Greenbrier country club.
Still to come tonight some football news for you from UNC where the quarterback has been suspended, and
from Tech where the one time defensive back will again be the starter this week against Alabama Birmingham.
As if North Carolina's start to this season with three straight losses wasn't bad enough news, last night head coach Carl Torbush was forced to suspend his starting quarterback Oscar Davenport for this weekend's game with Wake Forest for violating unspecified team rules.
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Torbush says he hates to suspend him, but no player is above the team rules.
That means true freshman Ronald Curry will again be back in the spotlight as the starter for Saturday's game with Wake.
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When you lose to a team like Temple, that earlier this year lost to William & Mary, the best thing you can do is keep your mouth shut and move on.
Steve Mason says the Hokies are doing just that with Alabama-Birmingham on the horizon.
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The Washington Redskins are off this week. Actually, you could say they've been off all year.
Today they signed an offensive tackle names Paul Wiggins.
He suspended for four games earlie this year for taking a banned substance.
Desperate measures for desperate times!
Check out this editorial cartoon. With the Capital in the background, two congressmen apparently talking politics say "It's ugly, it's embarrassing and everyone's sick of it! It's time for him to go!"
But then the other quickly chimes in- "I agree, but is it legal for us to impeach the Redskins coach?"
She's giving Girl-Power an all new meaning.
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Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell -- also known as Ginger Spice -- has been named Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund.
Halliwell will lead the campaign for reproductive health care, gender equality and the empowerment of women throughout the world.
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Halliwell joins the ranks of other celebrities such as Audrey Hepburn -- who have also become Goodwill Ambassadors.
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