"Full-time hours with part-time pay."
Coming up on NEWS 7, the way we compensate our state lawmakers... how that stacks up against neighboring states.
And what muddies the waters at Smith Mountain Lake... it's more than just mud. We'll see what's being done to get to the bottom of it.
The tropics may be active but it's a sleeper of a forecast closer to home. Details just ahead.
Pay your politicians too much and you may attract the wrong kind of people.
Pay them too little, and they're more susceptible to corruption or may have trouble making ends meet.
But how much is just right?
It's a question that's thrown Virginia's government into a minor Constitutional crisis.
Today, an advisory panel headed by two former governors set off to lead the legislature out of the wilderness.
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Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom with the latest.
Remember, the 1998 General Assembly voted to increase its annual office expense allowance and outside-of-session meeting pay.
But those pay increases were frozen by the state comptroller July first, and Attorney General Mark Earley believes they are unconstitional because they were to take effect during the same legislative term.
So that's pending before the state Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, a Citizen Advisory Commission has stepped into the fray.
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Vance Wilkins is against a pay raise.
He says it would be dangerous to the concept of public service.
Virginia senators make 18- thousand dollars in straight salary -- with more for expenses.
Delegates make a little bit less.
In North Carolina, they pay them 13-thousand-951 dollars a year.
West Virginia pays 15- thousand even.
But Maryland shells out 29-thousand-700.
((DEL. VIC THOMAS/D-ROANOKE: I GO IN THE OFFICE EARLY MORNING. AND I'M THERE UNTIL LATE IN THE AFTERNOON, UNLESS I'VE GOT COMMITTEE MEETINGS OR WHATEVER. AND PEOPLE COME THROUGH MY DOORS-- THEY DON'T EVEN KNOCK. THEY JUST WALK IN.))
Most Virginia lawmakers say they spend much more than full-time hours on a part-time job.
And 750- dollars A YEAR is NOT a lot for office expenses.
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Former Governors Linwood Holton and Jerry Baliles hope to have a recommendation by December 2nd.
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Before then, we'll surely hear from the court on the existing raise.
City police have placed two Roanoke officers on "administrative leave" for their roles in apprehending a suspect who died in police 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.[Kovack-Reward]
The family of a missing Virginia Tech graduate student is offering a reward for information leading to his whereabouts.
24- year old Robert Kovack has been missing since mid-September.
He was last seen in Blacksburg preparing to leave for a college football game in West Virginia.
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Kovack's car was discovered several days later near the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayette County.
Friends, family and police have repeatedly searched the area looking for answers.
Family members declined to say how much money they're offering.
The talk about breathing new life into downtown Lynchburg is no longer just a lot of hot air.
City council tonight will study the most detailed plan yet for revitalizing the area between Court Street and the James River.
The design calls on the city to spend more than a million dollars a year over the next five years to spruce up downtown and attract new business.
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((RACHEL FLYNN/LYNCHBURG CITY PLANNER: I THINK IF THE CITY SAYS WE'RE PUTTING THE MONEY INTO THE INFRASTRUCTURE AND WE'RE GOING TO UPGRADE THE STREETS AND WE'RE GOING TO PUT IN BENCHES AND TREES AND ANTIQUE LIGHTING AND BRICK SIDEWALKS AND CLEAN UP THE PLACE, GARDENS AND WHATNOT, THEN BUSINESSES WILL SAY `HMM, THIS MIGHT BE WORTH MY INVESTMENT AS WELL'.))
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[OUT Q=investment as well.]
Plans call for rebuilding the old canal and making it part of a new riverfront park.
Council is expected to approve the design tonight.
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A new group is pledging to keep the water in Smith Mountain Lake clean.
This follows several recent incidents that raised concerns over the lake's water quality.
Tina Tenret was at their first meeting today.
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Smith Mountain Lake looks clean.
But there's trouble brewing upstream.
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For example, construction of new sewer lines in Roanoke muddies lake water.
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((BILL TANGER/FRIENDS OF THE ROANOKE RIVER: THE ROANOKE CITY SEWER LINE PROJECT ... CONNECT WITH THE RIVER PEOPLE.))
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These experts from the health, boating, and business communities now stand guard as watchdogs -- to protect the lake.
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They decided to join forces after e-coli bacteria surfaced at three spots on the lake this past summer.
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E-coli also made three children sick at the State Park in 1997.
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The new Water Quality Task Force wants to combine test results from Ferrum College volunteers, the health department and the D-E-Q.
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Business members say they lose lots of money each time another report comes out, and they do not want people to panic.
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((PAUL CALHOUN/SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE CHAMBER PARTNERSHIP: THAT'S THE NUMBER ONE HOPE FOR THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY. WE DON'T FEEL THERE IS A WATER QUALITY PROBLEM SO MUCH AS A REPORTING PROBLEM FROM THE DIFFERENT TESTING PROGRAMS AND CONFLICTS BETWEEN DIFFERENT TESTING PROGRAMS.))
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Water testing has stopped until next summer.
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In the meantime, subcommittees of the new task force will tackle pollution from livestock and boats, for example, and try to protect the fish.
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((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: THE GROUP WILL MEET AGAIN ON NOVEMBER 16TH. THEY HOPE TO MAKE FINAL RECOMMENDATIONS BY MARCH. TINA TENRET NEWS7 FRANKLIN COUNTY.))
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A southside school is helping higher education in Africa. We'll show you how in a few minutes.
And just ahead, he's running for a fourth term in Congress, and he has much more to spend than his challenger. We'll hit the campaign trail with Bob Goodlatte.
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Bob Goodlatte says he's kept his campaign promises, and kept the faith with his constituents in western Virginia.
But his opponent, David Bowers, says Goodlatte is a tool of the far right.
Tonight, Joe Dashiell weighs in with his profile of the Republican candidate for the Sixth District seat in Congress.
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((Bob Goodlatte has been navigating the currents of Congress for six years, and he's proud of the progress.
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((BOB GOODLATTE: I THINK IT'S REALLY A DRAMATIC TURNAROUND FROM THE SITUATION THAT WAS IN WASHINGTON JUST A FEW YEARS AGO.))
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In 1998, Goodlatte is running on a theme of promises made, promises kept. He says the Republican majority has delivered on its commitment to balance the budget, cut taxes, and reform welfare.
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((DAVID BOWERS: MY OPPONENT WHO WE THOUGHT WAS A MODERATE REPUBLICAN WHEN WE SENT HIM TO WASHINGTON SIX YEARS AGO, HAS INSTEAD VOTED CONSISTENTLY WITH THE FAR RIGHT EXTREME.))
[OUT Q=with the far right extreme.]
His opponent paints a different picture, but Goodlatte bristles at David Bowers' suggestion that he's hoodwinked the voters.
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((IF MY OPPONENT IS GOING TO RUN A NEGATIVE CAMPAIGN, I THINK THEY SEE THROUGH THAT. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS I RAN IN 1992, AND IN EVERY ELECTION SINCE THEN ON THE PLATFORM THAT I'M RUNNING ON THIS TIME, AND IT'S ONE OF FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, OF PROMOTING THE FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM, REDUCING THE SIZE OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, RETURNING POWER TO THE PEOPLE.))
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As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, Goodlatte has found himself in the national spotlight.
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((NO PERSON IS ABOVE THE LAW, INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.))
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But he is also making a name for himself on other issues including food stamp fraud, and high tech questions raised by the growth of the internet and other emerging technologies.
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((BUT WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO WORK TO SLOW THE RATE OF SPENDING BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND TO RETURN DOLLARS BACK TO LOCALITIES AND CUT TAXES TO PUT MONEY BACK IN THE POCKETS OF TAXPAYERS.))
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Back in the Sixth District, Goodlatte owns an overwhelming lead in campaign fundraising.
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((HEY RUTH ANNE, HOW ARE YOU? GOOD TO SEE YOU.))
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When he first ran for Congress, Goodlatte said he'd serve no more than 12 years in the House. He's halfway there... And voters willing, Goodlatte says that's another commitment he intends to keep.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
The clean-up continues at an old Danville manufacturing plant plagued by hazardous industrial waste.
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.
A mostly down day on Wall Street.
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Lois Bettis Johnson appears to be on the mend, after suffering a massive heart attack.
The co-founder of the Roanoke Rescue Mission has been in the hospital since Thursday night.
That's when she collapsed in a hallway and needed CPR.
Her daughter, Joy, says she's made a "miraculous recovery".
Lois Johnson has been running the rescue mission for fifty years now.
A Southside community college may be the model for a new institution of higher education in southern Africa.
Scholars from Namibia are in Danville today learning how Danville Community College serves rural communities.
Right now there is only one university in all of Namibia.
There are plans to build a branch campus in one, northern, rural part of the country.
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((HAAVESHE NEKONGO-NIELSON/UNIV. OF NAMIBIA: SO WHAT WE WILL TRY TO DO IS FIND THE THINGS WE WOULD LIKE TO COPY FROM THESE EXPERIENCES THAT WE HVE SEEN TO FIRST CONVINCE THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY SO THAT WE CAN IMPLEMENT THEM FOR THE REGION WHERE WE HAVE A BRANCH.))
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The scholars will tour nine-other community colleges during their two-week visit to the United States.
The Army officer portrayed by Tom Hanks in the movie "Saving Private Ryan..."
may by embodied by Virginia's junior Senator.
An article in the November issue of "George" profiles six U-S Senators with combat experience, first among them: Chuck 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...."
Coming up tonight on the Big 7, the Hokies relish the challenge of stopping the powerful West Virginia offense.
Anthony Poindexter has his surgery today.
And Curtis Staples spenthis day at Stonewall Jackson Middle School in southeast talking to kids about keeping their ears open.
The Virginia Tech Hokies have been pretty good trick or treaters over the years.
They have won 10 of the 15 games they've played on Halloween.
They'll get a chance to fill their Big East bag with another win Saturday if they can stop West Virginia.
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Anthony Poindexter underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee today in Charlottesville.
Some cartilege was trimmed away today. Next week he'll have the ligaments repaired.
It's unlikely he will play again this season.
And while his absence will hurt the Cavaliers secondary and help UVa's opponents, no one likes to see an All-American get hurt - especially one you recruited.
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[OUT Q=...the NFL."]
The on going NBA lockout is keeping Curtis Staples from chasing his dreams.
But, it's not keeping him from helping others set thteir own goals.
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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[OUT Q=...help them."]
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.
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[OUT Q=...TO COME BACK."]
The 2 and 1 Express is back in action Friday night on the road at Richmond.
After 10 days on the Injured Reserved list, veteran goalie Dave Gagnon is slated to come off that list Thursday. His fractured index finger on his right hand has healed. Gags has been practicing with the team for a week and a half. His return means the Express must either cut a player or put someone on I.R. to keep the roster at 20 players.
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While Hurricane Mitch is half a world away, some people in Roanoke are feeling its impact.
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Jean Jadhon is in the newsroom with a preview.
Keith, Hurricane Mitch blew his way into one unsuspecting couple's honeymoon plans.
Debbie Boone expected to be spending this week on the beach, instead she was back at work.
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((DEBBIE BOON/HURRICANE VICTIM; WE'RE GOING TO GO OVER TO A WORLD MAP AND WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT HURRICANE MITCH AND WHERE HE IS RIGHT NOW, ADN THAT WAS WHY MS. BOONE COULDN'T GO WHERE?
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But the newlyweds aren't giving up and this story may have a happy ending...
We'll tell you more tonight on News 7 at 11.
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