Coming up on News 7-
The latest on Hurricane Mitch- and where he's headed.
Find out what may become of the Lynchburg Riverfront.
Plus a teen who fathered two children with his former teacher-
heads back to class.
and the latest on the case of gymanst Dominique Moceaneau.
News 7 is next.
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Hurricane Mitch hits the coast of Honduras- forecasters try to figure out where the powerful hurricane will go next.
Forecasters now think Mitch is headed toward (Ba-Leeze) Belize instead of the Mexican resorts of Cancun and Cozumel.
In Honduras- where grocery stores are packed- shelters are running out of room.
Mitch is expected to bring 15 to 20 inches of rain everyday for the next several days.
While Hurricane Mitch has weakened, forecasters say it could still prove deadly.
((JERRY JARRELL/NAT'L HURRICANE CENTER: IF MITCH WERE HITTING A PLACE LIKE MIAMI IT WOULD BE TOTAL DEVASTATION. MITCH IS MUCH STRONGER THAN ANDREW.))
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So from Honduras to Cancun thousands wait to see where Mitch will go.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Mitch's fury was even felt in Roanoke, where it blew a couple of newlyweds right out of their honeymoon.
Eric Earnhart reports.
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((DEBBIE BOONE/HURRICANE VICTIM; A HURRICANE CAN HAVE LOTS OF RAIN, LOTS OF WIND, SOMETIMES THUNDER, LIGHTNING, IT'S LIKE A BIG STORM.))
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And it can really mess up your plans... Teacher Debbie Boone is supposed to be honeymooning in Jamaica, right now.
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((DEBBIE BOONE/HURRICANE VICTIM; WHEN AN AREA HAS A WARNING THAT MEANS YOU'RE IN DANGER OF BEING HIT, AND THAT'S WHY MRS. BOONE DIDN'T GO ON HER HONEYMOON BECAUSE WHEN WE WERE GOING TO FLY OUT SUNDAY, JAMAICA, ON THE NEWS, WAS ALL IN RED))
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Wrapped up in wedding plans, Debbie and new husband Alexander didn't find out till the reception, that Mitch was headed for their Jamaican resort... called, ironically..."Swept Away".
((ALEXANDER BOONE/HURRICANE VICTIM; WE JOKED THAT WE'D GET DOWN THERE AND THE RESORT WOULDN'T BE THERE, OR WE'D GET DOWN THERE AND BE EVACUATED INTO A SMALL SCHOOL IN JAMAICA WITH A BUNCH OF SANDBAGS))
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Much of Mitch missed Jamaica, then the next disaster hit, the airline wanted to charge them for missing their flight.
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((ALEXANDER BOONE/HURRICANE VICTIM;AND THEN WE FOUND OUT THAT THE RESORT ALSO WANTED TO PENALIZE US EACH NIGHT THAT WE WERE A NO SHOW ))
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The airline finally agreed to waive the penalty, we called the resort and were told they were dropping the extra charges too.
Turns out the delay was for the best... Alexander gets to wrap up a major project at his lawfirm firm...
And Debbie got a chance to teach her kids a lasting lesson about mother nature.
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((DEBBIE BOONE/HURRICANE VICTIM; THEY WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER IT BECAUSE IT'S SOMETHING REAL TO THEM, THAT IS NOW EMBEDDED IN THEIR MEMORY.
YOU'LL ALWAYS REMEMBER IT TOO?
OH YES, DEFINITELY))
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Eric Earnhart, News 7))[County-Supers]
School construction was back on the agenda tonight in Roanoke County, as a group of parents urged the supervisors to move forward.
Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom with the latest on that... and on the status of the controversial comprehensive plan.
Jean, plans for a new south county high school have been in the spotlight in recent weeks... but tonight the focus was on a different part of the county's school construction plan... Glenvar Middle School.
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((More than a dozen parents and supporters urged the supervisors to fully fund the renovation and expansion of Glenvar Middle School.
With the pricetag now exceeding early estimates by more than two million dollars, supporters are urging the supervisors to find the money.
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The supervisors also dealt with the Comprehensive Plan.... a controversial document that will guide development in the county for the next ten to fifteen years.
Tonight conservationists came out in favor of the proposal. Other speakers, including local homebuilders and representatives of the outdoor sign industry urged a delay.
Jean, the supervisors gave tentative approval... but they delayed a second vote until January giving enough time for competing viewpoints to be heard at a December work session.
Whether it's a lack of parking or a shortage of things to do, downtown Lynchburg is "not" a popular destination for tourists OR residents.
But city council tonight approved a riverfront revitalization plan it hopes will change all that.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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(( If you know where to look, you can see some of the changes that have already been made along the riverfront.
This intersection near Jefferson Street has been repaved, with new brick sidewalks and plantings and a pathway down to the James River.
Lynchburg hopes to add the same cosmetic touches elsewhere.. adding new benches, lighting and sidewalks.
The idea is to make downtown more attractive.. not just to tourists, but to city residents who normally avoid the area.
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((MICHELLE STELLMON/BUSINESS OWNER: HAVING BEEN DOWN HERE, I KNOW THAT MY BEST CUSTOMERS HAVE BEEN PEOPLE FROM OUT OF TOWN. WE REALLY NEED TO BRING THE AWARENESS TO OUR TOWN.))
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((Many feel part of the problem is that downtown shuts down after 5 o'clock. Except for the occasional restaurant, all of the shops and businesses have closed for the night, and there's almost no one on the streets. City officials hope the new plan will help change that perception, and make this area the place to be both day and night.))
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((RACHEL FLYNN/LYNCHBURG CITY PLANNER: ONCE IT'S SUCCESSFUL, THEN I THINK PEOPLE WILL COME BACK BECAUSE THEY REALIZE THAT IT'S SAFE, NUMBER ONE, THERE IS THAT SENSE OF ORDER, IT'S BEATIFUL.. ALL THE THINGS THAT PEOPLE LOOK FOR.))
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Of course it will cost money.. at least a million dollars a year for the next five years.
City council approved the concept Tuesday.. how to fund it will be decided later.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))[Poindexter]
Two Roanoke police officers have been placed on "administrative leave" for their roles in apprehending a suspect who died in their custody Friday night.
The city manager's office identified the officers tonight as: R-A Johnson and M-L Pendleton.
They remain on the police department payroll.
The city points out that this is NOT punishment... that Pendleton and Johnson will be on leave only while the internal investigation is conducted.
Derek Poindexter died after being sprayed with pepper spray at the city jail.[Lake-Water]
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A new Smith Mountain Lake group met for the first time today.
These experts in science, health and business now want to make sure the lake water stays clean.
They plan to monitor construction, livestock and boats that pollute the water.
They also want to present test results from the Health Department, Ferrum College and the D-E-Q so the public doesn't panic.
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((PAUL CALHOUN/SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE CHAMBER PARTNERSHIP: THE QUALITY OF THE LAKE IS GOOD. THERE AREN'T ANY SERIOUS PROBLEMS RIGHT NOW. AND IF THERE ARE SERIOUS PROBLEMS THAT MAY OCCUR IN THE FUTURE, WE'RE GOING TO GET A HANDLE ON THEM NOW AND MAKE SURE THEY DON'T BECOME A REALITY. THAT'S THE NUMBER ONE HOPE FOR THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY.))
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In the past, businesses have lost money when reports of E-Coli at the lake scared customers away.
The group meets again on November 16th.
Still to come, how much is too much when it comes to paying state lawmakers?
Some former governors are trying to find out.
And an Olympic gymnast gets her wish for independence.
Details straight ahead.
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Hazardous industrial waste is still being cleaned up at an old Danville manufacturing plant.
Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality says contaminants at the former Disston plant no longer pose an "unacceptable risk" to human health or the environment.
The waste materials were left by the previous owner of the site-- Sandvik Incorporated-- which is now assisting in the cleanup.
Work is on-going to evaporate solvents from the soil.
Sandvik hopes to find another industry willing to buy and use the property.
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President Clinton says there is a chance for peace in the Balkans after a cease fire- but not a guarantee.
The President says it's not enough for the nation to comply with U-N demands on Kosovo- he says the Government must also comply.
2-thousand international observers will monitor the cease fire.
Meanwhile NATO airstrikes are on hold.
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It's back to school for the teenage lover of Mary Kay Latournau.
(VILL-ee Foo-ah-LAU) has fathered two of his former teacher's children.
He's been in France promoting the book the two wrote.
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Letourneau was (Foo-ah- LAU's ) second and sixth grade teacher.
He says he loves her and plans to wait for her to be released.
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Olympic Gymnast Dominique Moceaneu is getting the independence she wants.
Moceaneau's attorney says Dominique's parents have dropped their resistance to having her declared a legal adult-
Both sides have reportedly resolved their differences.
The 17 year old wanted to be declared a legal adult so she could have control of her earnings- She claims her parents squandered most of it.
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When Virginia lawmakers voted for their most recent pay raises, they may have broken the law.
That's what the Supreme Court has yet to decide, based on the technical issue of WHEN the raises take effect.
So a citizens' advisory commission, headed by two former governors, took up the bigger question today: how much is a part-time legislator worth?
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((SEN. MADISON MARYE/D-SHAWSVILLE: MOST OF MY WORK IN THE OFFICE...AWFUL LOT OF TIME IN DOING.))
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Madison Marye is one of the voices for an increase in the 18- thousand dollar annual salary.
THAT part of the compensation package has NOT been increased since 1988.
Delegate Vance Wilkins is against a pay raise.
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The new commission will make a recommendation in December.
Congressman Rick Boucher was campaigning today .. and doing it Rick Boucher style.
He touted another one of his legislative accomplishments.
This one, a federal program that will pay heating bills for 23-thousand low-income families in Southwest Virginia.
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((CONGRESSMAN RICK BOUCHER: ABOUT HALF OF THOSE HOUSEHOLDS HAVE AN ELDERLY OR DISABLED INDIVIDUAL. AND BY GETTING THIS FUNDING FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THESE FAMILIES ARE NOT PUT TO THE CHOICE OF HEATING THEIR HOMES ON ONE HAND OR BUYING MEDICINE FOR SICK CHILDREN OR PUTTING FOOD ON THE TABLE ON THE OTHER.))
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Boucher said he did NOT make this announcement in public ... with lots of campaign paraphernalia...
Because that's simply not his style.
Boucher has said that, in Congress, he's "more of a workhorse than a show horse."
When the News returns, a new effort to keep the Blue Ridge Parkway beautiful gets under way.
And, the combat scenes in the movie "Saving Private Ryan" may be very close to the military experience of one prominent Virginia Senator.
The story coming up.
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Virginia Senator Chuck Robb didn't appear in the credits for "Saving Private Ryan..."
but his combat experience may have played a role in the film.
An article in the November issue of the magazine "George" profiles six U-S Senators with combat experience, first among them is Senator Robb.
More than serving in the Senate, even more than serving as Governor of Virginia, Robb says: serving as a Marine infantry company commander- -in combat- -in Vietnam- -was the "defining experience" of his life.
"This platoon of warriors"- -which also includes 11 House members- -deserves our respect," says the author of the article, "for risking their lives for us, for showing that Vietnam veterans, so often maligned and marginalized in the media... are in fact at the forefront of our society...."
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But first our extra point. The greatest basketball player ever is launching a new career...as an author. Michael Jordan's new book " For the Love of the Game" went on sale today. The book includes 200 photos ranging from the serious to the humorous. There's the shot of Michael crying after the Bulls 4th championship on fathers day. He dedicated the title to his slain father. There is also the photo of his winning shot in the NCAA championship at Carolina. Now your numbers.
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Lets start in the freezer tonight with some NHL action. First, Blues and Flyers
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The 2 and 1 Express return to action Friday night on the road against Richmond.
After 10 days on the Injured Reserved, veteran goalie Dave Gagnon is slated to come back Thursday. His fractured index finger on his right hand has healed. Gags has been practicing with the team for a week and a half. Another player either goes on the IR or is cut to keep the roster at 20.
In girls hoop action last night the Chatham Cavaliers visited the Gretna Lady Hawks.
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The Gretna Band was doing its part to get the crowd pumped up for the game.
Their team would not dissapoint early as Amy Cook would hand it off to a cutting Twyla Irvin who lays it in for 2 of her 14 points on the night.
Chatham would keep it close for awhile as Asia [SUPER=34-Gretna/60/Chatham/44;]Horton finds Nitaya Bennett on the righ
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But, the Lady Hawks kept pushing as Cook with the nice dish to Latoya Slayton and she scored 2 of her 12.
Cook lead all scorers with 20 as Gretna wins 60-to-44.
The Big South conference released it's preseason polls and all conference teams for the 1998-99 season yesterday.
In men's, the Radford Highlanders, the defending conference champs were picked first! UNC Asheville is the second pick. The Liberty Flames were picked fifth.
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Radford guard Leslie Ballard is a pre season all conference pick, as is teammate and RU center Ryan Charles, who helped the Highlanders advance to their first ever NCAA tourney last year.
On the women's side, Liberty, gunning for a third straight trip to the NCAA's, is picked number one while Radford is a close second.
The Lady Flames Elena Kisseleva is the preseason conference MVP. The forward lead Liberty to an undefeated regular season last year.
Radford guard, # 5, Lori Mitchell is a preseason all Big South selection as well.
finally, Liberty sophomore guard Sharon Wilkerson is also a preseason conference pick.
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The NBA lockout has hardly kept former Patrick Henry product Curtis Staples from finding the key to some local kids hearts.
College basketball's all-time three point king spent this morning at Stonewall Jackson Middle School talking to 6th, 7th and 8th graders.
His message was in line with the school's "Drug Awareness Week", but he told the kids to do more than just say no.
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As soon as the NBA lockout ends, Staples is headed to Chicago where he has been told he will be given every opportunity to become a member of the Bulls.
Still a head, the latest on Virginia safety Antthony Poindexter and totday's knee surgery
and the Hokies hope to disect the powerful West Viriginia offense this weekend. Mike Stevens has Tech media notes next.
Virginia Tech is all set to go trick or treating with West Virginia this weekend.
Mike Stevens says the only question is which team will walk away with the treats.
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UVa safety Anthony Poindexter underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee today in Charlottesville.
Some cartilege was trimmed and some scar tissue was taken out. Next week he'll have the ligaments repaired.
It's doubtful he will play again this season.
Plenty of folks put on their boots and pulled out the shovels today in an effort to preserve the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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Friends of the Parkway is spearheading an effort to preserve the area's view-shed and ecology by planting trees.
With help from local children, Roanoke College, and some area businesses, several trees were planted near Milepost 125 today.
Friends of the Parkway says the children are a pivotal part of ongoing preservation, because they can teach the next generation the importance of protecting natural areas.
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