Coming up on News 7-
This view of Salem's Elizabeth Campus is changing- We'll tell you why.
Hurricane Mitch is churning up more power.
And with one kaboom- this huge building comes crashing down.
Plus an update on Anthony Poindexter's injury.
News 7 is next.
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Salem City Council members voted to sell off part of the Elizabeth Campus tonight, despite dozens of residents who begged them not to.
Eric Earnhart is in the newsroom with details...
Jean, the 4 and a half acre section they sold will become an
assisted living center.
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Salem needs money, and doesn't have much land, council members say in this case, development may be a necessity.
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(( Many call it their oasis of serenity... this 52 acre patch of green near the Salem Civic Center complex.
Harmon Logan walks her dog here, she says some things are more important than money.
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((HARMON LOGAN/NEIGHBOR; WE APPRECIATE THEIR....
CAN'T BE AN ISSUE....))
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It's a touch call for neighbor Chuck Snelling, who loves the area, but knows the city is hurting.
((CHUCK SNELLING/NEIGHBOR IT DEPENDS ON WHATS BEST FOR THE ENTIRE CITY OF SALEM, NOT JUST FOR ONE PARTICULAR AREA, BUT NO ONE WANTS LIGHT INDUSTRY IN THEIR BACK YARD))
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Sentiments echoed at the City Council meeeting, which was NOT an oasis of serenity. Speaker after speaker asked council NOT to sell of part of the land for an assisted living center, saying it would be the beginning of the end for their green space...
Council members countered saying their overall plan would leave 20 acreas untouched...
((FRANKIE ROBBINS/RESIDENT; THE REMAINING BUILDINGS ARE AN ARCHITECTURAL RENDERING, DO WE HAVE PLANS FOR THESE BUILDINGS?
SO HOW DO WE KNOW THAT THE 20 ACRES IS WHAT WE'RE GOING TO END UP WITH?
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((ALEX BROWN/COUNCIL MEMBER; IF YOU WOULD PLEASE LET ME SAY SOMETHING AND HOLD YOUR APPLAUSE FOR A MOMENT, I WILL SAY MRS. ROBBINS, THAT WE CAN BE TRUSTED TO DO THE RIGHT THING, BECAUSE WE'VE DONE THE RIGHT THING IN THE PAST MANY TIMES, I'VE PERSONALLY BEEN ON COUNCIL FOR THE PAST 18 YEARS))
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In the end, four of the five council members felt the "right thing" was to sell the four and a half acre tract of land, at a price of 85 thousand dollars a acre.
The fate of the rest of the property, is not clear, but Council members pledged to do the right thing... and keep tight controls on the type of business that might occupy the rest of the site in the future.... Jean?
Two Roanoke City police officers are on administrative leave after the death of a man in police custody over the weekend.
Officials say the leave is department policy.
Derek Glenn Poindexter was arrested Friday night for possession of crack cocaine.
An officer thought Poindexter was hiding more crack in his mouth, so he sprayed Poindexter with pepper spray.
Poindexter then collapsed and died.
The local chapter of the S-C-L-C issued a statement, expressing "outrage" over the incident, calling for a federal investigation.
The medical examiner says it will take at least 6 weeks to determine what killed Poindexter. [Minority-Health]
The life span of black Virginians is six years less, on average, than that of white Virginians.
That's just one disturbing statistic Virginia lawmakers will hear next month.
And it was unveiled as part of a national teleconference with U-S Surgeon General David Satcher today.
For every one hundred thousand Virginians, 128 whites die of heart disease.
187 blacks die.
Breast cancer is an equal opportunity disease.
But twice as many black women in Virginia are letting it get past the untreatable stage and actually dying from it.
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((ROBERT BOLLING/VIRGINIA MINORITY HEALTH DIRECTOR: WE THINK IT'S VERY SIGNIFICANT IN EDUCATING BLACK WOMEN TO BE SCREENED EARLY, WHETHER IT'S GETTING MAMMOGRAMS, GOING TO YOUR PHYSICIAN, GETTING IT CHECKED, DOING SELF BREAST EXAMINATIONS.))
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Blacks make up about 19-percent of Virginia's population.
But in 1997, blacks comprised 71-percent of all new AIDS cases in the state.
Lawmakers get the full report November 17th.
Both Canadian and U-S officials are now hunting for the killer of Dr. Barnett Slepian-
The obstetrician was shot to death Friday- presumbably because he performed abortions.
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((THIS IS WHAT HE WAS ABOUT RIGHT HERE. CHILDREN. THIS IS WHAT HE SHOULD BE REMEMBERED FOR. NOT ABORTIONS.))
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The doctor died in the kitchen with his four young boys around him- a single shot from a sniper hiding in the garden.
Today police revealed the murder came just hours after Dr. Slepian's wife sent a fax requesting extra security.
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Dr. Slepian was often the focus of death threats.
((DR. BARNETT SLEPIAN//FILE TAPE: I'M NOT AFRAID OF THE VIOLENCE. I FEAR FOR MY FAMILY, MY CHILDREN. I THINK IF I WASN'T AROUDN WHAT THEY WOULD GO THROUGH.))
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Police say Slepian's death could be linked to three shootings in Canada, and one in Rochester - Slepian's was the only fatal shooting.
Slepian's murder sparked debate on abortion across the country today.
Both sides condemn his killing, but Operation Rescue director Flip Benham says people also should NOT be surprised by it.
Benham was arrested for trespassing during an anti-abortion rally in Lynchburg last year.
He and his supporters say that as long as the legal system prosecutes people for speaking out.. radical vigilantes are willing to step in.
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((REV. RICHARD KNODEL/BENHAM SUPPORTER: IF THAT ENCOURAGES THE CRAZIES THEN IT'S JUST PART OF THE PROBLEM. BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN WE CAN POSSIBLY STOP PREACHING WHAT IS TRUE AGAINST THE DARKNESS OF OUR LAND, BECAUSE THAT WILL ONLY ENCOURAGE MORE OF THIS KIND OF THING.))
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Meanwhile, local Planned Parenthood offices have warned their doctors and stepped up security in light of Slepian's murder.
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The fence surrounding the Oklahoma City bombing site is coming down- to make way for a national memorial.
The fence isn't going far though. It'll be put in storage with notes and flowers attached- and erected again as part of a living memorial on the site.
Tonight candles were lit - to help kickoff construction of the 24-million dollar national memorial.
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The Countdown is on.
In just three days U-S Senator and former Astronaut John Glenn returns to space.
Today the crew arrived in Florida from Houston.
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((SEN. JOHN GLENN/ASTRONAUT: I HAVE BEEN PLEASANTLY SUPRISED AT THE OUTPOURING OF INTEREST IN THIS FLIGHT. IT'S REALLY GRATIFYING TO SEE PEOPLE GET SO FIRED ABOUT THE SPACE PROGRAM AND THEIR INTEREST IN IT.))
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NASA is keeping its eye on Hurricane Mitch- It could affect Thursday's launch.
The storms fringes hit Jamaica today bringing torrential rains and violent winds.
Fortunately Jamaica missed the full strength of the Hurricane- but the island sustained damage- and flooding.
Flights were disrupted onto and off of Jamaica.
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Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Still ahead, a multi-million dollar gift makes history for Roanoke College.
And mixed drinks are on the menu for Giles County VOTERS.
A look at some of the issues of Election 98, coming up.
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((Hey Jean, the Monday night sports looks a little bit like heathcheck! We'll have the latest on Anthony Poindexter, and Dale Jarrett and his gall stones.
Plus, girls hoops and the latest AP polls.
And VMI's talented freshman quarterback wins another honor. All that and more tonight in sports.))[College-Donation
Roanoke College is motivated after being challenged to raise money for its most financially-demanding project.
A Pennsylvania family has donated five-million dollars to the Salem school, the biggest single gift in Roanoke College's 157-year history.
There was one condition of the gift though- School official smust match the gift through fundraising by December of 2001/
All of the money will help renovate the Sutton Student center.
The plan is to expand the center to 60-thousand square feet, with increased food preparation space and a larger dining facility.
The center will also house a post office, a bookstore, computer lounge and meeting rooms.
Mountain Lake is the only place in Giles County where you can buy liquor by the drink.
But that could change next week if voters in Pearisburg approve a mixed drink referendum.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
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Construction crews are putting the finishing touches on Pearisburg's newest Italian restaurant, La Terraza.
Owner Nino Ceritano says a number of residents have indicated they'd like him to offer mixed drinks.
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((NINO CERITANO/RESTAURANT OWNER:THIS IS FOR SOMEONE WHO ENJOYS FINE DINING, TO GET A DRINK WITH THEIR MEAL. ))
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Ceritano hired Pearisburg attorney Richard Chidester to get the issue on the ballot.
Chidester says despite what some may think-- there's little chance the restaurant would encourage heavy drinking.
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((RICHARD CHIDESTER/PEARISBURG ATTORNEY:THE COST OF THOSE THINGS IS NOT GOING TO JUSTIFY A PERSON GOING IN AND GETTING DRUNK THERE, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO SPEND FOUR OR FIVE DOLLARS ON A DRINK IF YOU'RE GOING TO GET DRUNK YOU'RE GOING TO GO TO THE ABC STORE. ))
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((DR. WAYNE BRACKENRICH/MIXED DRINK OPPONENT: RESEARCH SHOWS THAT, YOU KNOW, JUST ONE DRINK OF ALCOHOL IMPAIRS YOU, IMPAIRS YOU VISION, IT IMPAIRS YOUR THINKING.))
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Dr. Wayne Brackenrich is a Giles County physician.
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((DR. WAYNE BRACKENRICH/MIXED DRINK OPPONENT: WHEN I HAVE TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL AND PRONOUNCE, LIKE I HAD TO DO NOT TO LONG AGO, A MIDDLE AGED WOMAN, AND A MAN AND HER YOUNG DAUGHTER ALL DEAD IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM AS A RESULT OF A DRUNK DRIVE ACCIDENT, IT REALLY CHANGES YOUR WHOLE ASPECT OF THIS SUBJECT. ))
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Indeed Brackenrich feels so strongly, he and the Giles County Christian Coalition took out an ad in the local paper listing the negative aspects of alcohol.
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((48- PERCENT OF ALL MURDERS OR ATTEMPTED MURDERS HAVE ALCOHOL ON BOARD, 86-PERCENT OF ALL SUICIDES INVOLVE ALCOHOL. ))
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Voters in Pearisburg have a week to decide which way they'll vote.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Giles Co.))
Besides voting for state offices next week, Virginians will also decide the fate of five amendments to the state constitution.
Today, Southside leaders put their support behind the two amendments they believe will boost economic development.
State Senator Charles Hawkins and Delegate Whitt Clement want people to vote YES on Amendments 3 and 4.
These amendments would allow cities and counties to share resources and work together on projects such as industrial parks.
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((CHARLES HAWKINS: IT DOESN'T PUT IN PLACE ANYTHING CALLED A SUPER GOVERNMENT. IT DOENS'T ALLOW ANY TAXATION OUT OF THE ORDINARY. BUT IT GIVES US THE TOOLS TO BUILD A FUTURE WITHOUT DEPENDING ON SOMEONE ELSE TO SUPPORT US.))
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Danville and Pittsylvania County officials hope to team up on an industrial park project in the Ringgold area if these amendments pass.
Straight ahead, some area homebuilders say Roanoke County officials aren't doing their part to keep the home fires burning.
And, 25 floors and dozens of years of history go down with a Detroit department store.
The story's up later on News 7 at 11.
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It may not be an issue that "sizzles," but local homebuilders say Roanoke County is considering a plan that could have serious consequences for the county's future.
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((STEVE STRAUSS/ROANOKE REGIONAL HOMEBUILDERS: THE AVERAGE CITIZEN SHOULD BE CONCERNED BECAUSE THIS IS GUIDING AND DIRECTING WHERE WE WILL GO AS A COUNTY FOR THE NEXT TEN TO FIFTEEN YEARS.))
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The Roanoke Regional Homebuilders Association is unhappy with the proposed comprehensive plan, a document that will guide development in the County.
The builders say the plan does not do enough to promote economic development.
But county officials say the plan is the product of four years of hard work.
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((TIM GUBALA/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR: I FEEL IT PROVIDES THE ADEQUATE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT BASE FOR ROANOKE COUNTY TO DEVELOP MORE COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL SITES IN THE FUTURE.))
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The supervisors will consider the new comprehensive plan at a public hearing tomorrow night.
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Dale Jarrett is still in the hospital listed in fair condition ater being diagnosed with gall stones.
He has transfered to a new hospital and his doctor has not ruled out the possibility that he could be well enough to race at Rockingham on Sunday.
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The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Kansas City Chiefs last night in Monday night Football _20_ to _13__.
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I want to show you a couple of non-scoring highlights from this game. KOrdell Stewart to Hines Ward the former Georgia Bulldogs who throws it back to Kordell on the play. The Steelers with not one but two slashes on the team.
And check this out. Darren Perry picks off Elvis Grbac's pass. He makes nice return, but at the end
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Andre Rison stris the ball and Grbac recovers.
But the Steelers get the win _20__ to _13__.
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Time now to check out the brand new Associated Press high school football polls that were released earlier last night.
Amherst County which has been stuck in 8th in the Group Three A poll for a couple of weeks jumps up to 6th this week without even playing. The Lancers host GW Danville this Friday.
Salem remains number one in the Group Two-A poll for another week.
The Spartans are joined by Marcus Hairston and the Martinsville Bulldogs who are second. The Heritage Pioneers are 7th.
Powell Valley stays on top in Group-A while Grayson County debuts in the 9th position.
Last night there was a rare Monday Night girls high school hoops game. Narrows hit the road to take on the Craig County Lady Rockets.
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Craig County came out of the locker room looking to pick-up victory number 9 in this non-district match-up.
They would start up quickly as Gina Guthrie kicks it over to Jody Harden who knocks down the jumper from the right and the Lady Rockets are up 4-to nothing early.
But the Green Wave would try to keep it close as April Conley dumps it down to Jessica Green and she turns to the basket and lays it in for two.
Then, Heather St.Clair makes good on this jumper as she finishes with 12 points and teamate Gina Guthrie
scored a game high 19 points to give their team a
43-to-34 victory over Narrows last night.
Neither Craig nor Narrows made the top 10 but a number of area powers did make in this week's polls.
In Group A, PH Glade Spring, Shawsville and Northwood continue to hold down spots. The Shawnees are all the way up to number four this week.
Four area teams are dominating the Group Two-A rankings. Northside, Salem and Bassett are all chasing unbeaten Byrd which is 18-and-0.
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And don't forget to join Steve Mason each and every Wednesday during the season for Hometown Hoops Weekly on News 7 at 5 & 11.
The VMI Keydets are back home this weekend taking on Western Carolina in a one o'clock kickoff.
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Saturday's loss to Morehead State was a big disapointment for the Keydets.
But the fans can't blame freshman quarterback Aaron Mitchell for the loss.
He was named freshman of the week in the Southern Conference yesterday after passing for 266 yards and three TDs. It's his second honor on this kind this year.
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The Washington Redskins says they will bench Gus Frerotte again this week.
Trent Green will get the start again this week against the Giants.
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The Skins were off yesterday but they still suffered key injury as Dana Stubblefield injured his right knee while walking down some steps at his home.
He sat out today's practice but may play on Sunday.
Still to come tonight, Anthony Poindexter is set to undergo surgery tomorrow.
we'll hear from the all-american who most likely will never play again at UVa.
This morning, all-American Anthony Poindexter underwent an MRI on his injured knee. Test revealed ligament damage and the Virginia Cavalier may undergo surgery as early as tomorrow. Steve Mason has more from Charlottesville.
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While Dx was moving slowly today, coaches and other personnel were on the move reclaiming their offices at University Hall.
The building has been closed since August 12th due to structural problems.
20 teams and 50 employees were dislaced, but even the women's basketball team got back on the arena's main floor today.
And finally someone with more money than Robin Reed.
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This afternoon the Mets signed Mike Piazza to a seven year $91 million dollar contract.
That is an average of $13 million a season.
As part of the deal he will get a hotel suite to himself on all road games and use of a luxury box for all home games.
History came tumbling down in Detroit over the weekend-
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It took an estimated 27 thousand pounds of explosives for this implosion of Hudson's department store.
The 25-story building was once a symbol to many of downtown Detroit's glory years.
But after Hudson's closed 15 years ago, the building came to represent the city's urban decay.
Detroit officials anticipate months of clean-up, then hope to redevelop the cleared area.
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