Coming up on News 7-
Slow down on Route 220- The speed limit's going down on parts of the road.
Hazardous materials turn up in the soil in northeast Roanoke.
Plus on the eve of the historic shuttle launch- we'll talk one on one with a Veteran Astronaut.
News 7 is next.
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Some Roanoke County residents say these are signs of progress on a dangerous stretch of Route 220.
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Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
V-DOT is trying to save lives on Route 220 in Roanoke County, the speed limit is going down and new signs are going up.
Eric Earnhart is in the newsroom with more.
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Jean, the road is too old, traffic is too fast, and people are getting killed.
V-DOT says drivers need to slow down, and watch out for each other.
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(( Traffic flies by the Carriage House on 220... where co-owner Ralph Mingee sometimes feels more like a rescue-squad worker than an antique dealer... helping accident victims outside the store.
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((RALPH MINGEE/CARRIAGE HOUSE ANTIQUES; THERE'VE BEEN SOME HORRIBLE ACCIDENTS OUT HERE, ESPECIALLY PEOPLE TURNING INTO DRIVEWAYS, REAR-END COLLISIONS, A VEHICLE TURNED OVER DOWN HERE THAT PULLED OUT IN FRONT OF SOMEONE, AND I THINK IT'S DUE TO SPEED. ))
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And that's why V-DOT is laying down the law, and dropping the speed limit to 45 on the entire stretch of Route 220, between the Roanoke City limits and Route 715 in Roanoke County.
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((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT; THERE ARE 24 CROSSOVERS IN ROANOKE COUNTY, THAT'S 24 OCCASIONS WHERE VEHICLES COULD CROSS PATHS, SO THAT'S NOT THE SAFEST CONDITION.))
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The typical accident scenario is a motorist pulling into the path of an on coming vehicle.
That's what police say happened to Sherry Ann West, who was killed two months ago.
Now THESE signs are also going up, warning motorists to watch out for each other.
Of course all the signs in the world won't make a difference if no one follows them, the signs are up right now and as you can see from the traffic going by my, very few people are going 45 miles an hour, residents here are hoping for some vigorous enforcement
And that will come soon... County police will give motorists a little time to get used to the new limits, and then start writing tickets. ))
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Hurricane Mitch is churning off the Honduras coast-
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bringing drenching rain, flooding and mudslides.
Mitch dumped more than 2 feet of rain in just one day.
So far 23 people have died in Honduras including three police officers swept into a river in their car.
In Neighboring Nicaragua, eight people have died from flooding.
Forecasters aren't sure where the storm will go next.
In Cancun, Mexico vacationers lined up at the airport to head home early.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Tons of soil in Northeast Roanoke are turning up contaminated.
According to freshly- filed documents in federal court, Singer Furniture buried more a dozen 55-gallon drums full of chemicals before the firm went out of business in 1996.
Star City Lumber bought part of the property in May of this year.
When grading and site preparation began in June, they discovered leaking oil drums just beneath the surface.
A total of 260 tons of contaminated soil and debris had to be removed before Star City could begin building.
Court records list benzene and toluene- -along with traces of arsenic and lead in the soil.
Star City Lumber says it cost 37-thousand dollars to clean it all up.
The site borders Tinker Creek.
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Jury selection is now underway in Grayson County, in the capital murder trial of Emmett Cressell, Junior.
The 37 year old is accused of burning and beheading Garnett "G-P" Johnson more than a year ago.
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As Teresa Hamilton reports from Independence, six potential jurors have been selected so far.
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Jury selection will resume in the morning. It is expected to last through Friday.[Mahone]
Sex charges against a 48-year old Salem man were dropped today, after the defense attorney noticed a technicality.
Fred Anthony Mahone was accused of loaning sexually explicit materials to a minor.
The state police radio technician allegedly gave the book "Kama Sutra", a sex manual for lovers, to a 13-year old girl.
But his attorney successfully argued that the indictment against him was defective because a word was left out of it.
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((FRED MAHONE/DEFENDANT; FINALLY GETTING IT RESOLVED IN THE LEGAL SYSTEM, MAYBE I CAN GET BACK TO WORK. I'VE BEEN SUSPENDED FROM MY JOB, GET MY NERVOUS SYSTEM BACK IN SHAPE. HOPEFULLY GO ON WITH MY LIFE AND PUT THIS BEHIND ME.))
Mahone cannot be tried for the same case because it would be double jeopardy.
Traffic came to a standstill in three lanes of Interstate 581 in Roanoke this evening.
State police say a van traveling on the entrance ramp pulled into traffic to avoid hitting two other cars stopped on the ramp.
The van then hit another car in the side. The driver, 18 year old Jeremy Smith of Blue Ridge was charged with drinking underage, but his blood alcohol was below the legal limit of point-zero-eight.
Smith was NOT injured.
One person in the other car was taken to the hospital.
Straight ahead -- we speak with Mir astrounaut Dave Wolf for his take on tomorrow's historic shuttle launch.
And the threat of fire forces new rules on hikers and campers in the area.
The story still to come.
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((HEY JEAN AND EVERYBODY--SPORTS IS PACKED WITH ACTION. WE'LL HAVE THE LATEST ON THE NBA LOCKOUT. HIGHLIGHTS FROM NHL ACTION AND PREVIEWS OF THE TECH-WEST VIRGINIA GAME AND UVA'S CONTEST WITH WAKE FOREST. ALL THAT AND MORE COMING UP IN SPORTS.))
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((Tomorrow afternoon the Space Shuttle Discovery is set to lift off.
It's a historic voyage for 77-year old Senator John Glenn.
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Tonight we are joined by veteran astronaut Dave Wolf-
Wolf most recently spent 119 days aboard Russia's space station Mir.
Q: NASA claims this mission is all about science..What do you think?
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Q: John Glenn is 77. If there is an emergency on board. would he have any problem safely exiting the shuttle?
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Q: something else????
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You can catch tomorrow's shuttle launch right here on your Hometown station.
Liftoff is set for 2 pm.
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Several burning bans are being issued because of the very dry conditions throughout the region.
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Pittsylvania County has issued an emergency burning ban, effective tomorrow. The county-wide ban on outdoor burning is in effect until further notice.
The dry weather is also forcing a few more rules on hunters and hikers camping out in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.
Officials announced fire restrictions that will go into effect later this week.
Stacey Martin has more.
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((Stephen Smith loves hiking so much he gave up his day job to do it full-time. And, he's happy officials are stepping-in to protect the trails he treads up to three or four times a week.
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((STEPHEN SMITH/HIKER: IF I WERE TO FOR SOME REASON GET CAUGHT OUT THERE AND HAVE TO HOLD UP FOR THE NIGHT, I'D DEFINITELY TAKE THESE RESTRICTIONS INTO CONSIDERATION. AND, I THINK IT'S GOOD THAT THEY'RE GETTING THE WORD OUT.))
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Beginning Friday--camp fires, and the use of charcoal, coal or wood-burning appliances will be prohibited on national forest land unless there's a posted exception.
And, smokers are only allowed to light-up in designated areas.
The fall season and extremely dry conditions in the forests are prompting the restrictions to prevent wildfires--like this one-- that scorched nearly 250 acres in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests in Rockbridge County about a year and a half ago.
Since August there have been 21 fires in both national forests-- that's 15 to 20 more than in previous years.
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((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING: NATIONAL FOREST OFFICIALS PLAN TO POST THESE YELLOW FLIERS IN AREA STORES AND THROUGHOUT THE FOREST AS A REMINDER OF THE RESTRICTIONS. PENALTIES FOR BREAKING THE RULES INCLUDE A MAXIMUM SIX MONTH JAIL SENTENCE AND/ OR A FIVE-THOUSAND DOLLAR FINE. STACEY MARTIN, NEWS 7, ROANOKE COUNTY.))
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Forest officials say it will take a steady, heavy rain to relieve the dry conditions and thus lift the restrictions.
It's going to be a grueling three days for the State Board of Education as a score-setting session gets under way.
Board members will decide what's an "advanced" score and what's a "proficient" score for 27 of Virginia's new Standards of Learning tests.
The first official round of testing this spring had some disappointing results.
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((BRANDON BELL/VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION: WHAT WE'RE GONNA BE FOCUSING MOST OF OUR ATTENTION ON ISN'T SO MUCH THE SCORES, BUT WHAT THE TEACHERS REVIEW OF WHAT THEY THINK CERTAIN, THEY THINK QUALITY OR THE LEVEL THEY NEED TO BE AT FOR A KID TO BE PROFICIENT. TEACHERS HAVE GIVEN US THEIR REVIEWS SAYING IT'S 50 QUESTIONS, SOME MAY THINK 10, SOME MAY THINK 40, AND WE'VE GOT TO SET A RANGE WITHIN THAT.))
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The scores mean a great deal.
Schools that don't have 70-percent of their students getting "proficient" scores by the year 2007 will lose state accreditation.
When News 7 returns--
Some local restaurants say passing next week's mixed drink referendum will be good for business.
But will their vote get washed out on election day? We'll hear from both sides on this very hot debate. Stay with us.
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Should restaurants in the town of Chatham be allowed to serve mixed alcoholic drinks?
Voters will cast their ballots next week on a liquor-by-the-drink referendum.
Restaurants in Chatham can already serve beer and wine.
If the referendum passes, these establishments will be allowed to serve mixed alcoholic drinks as well.
Chatham lawyer Victor Millner believes the change might be good for the economy.
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((VICTOR MILLNER/MIXED DRINK SUPPORTER: WE THINK THAT ALCOHOL IS A LAWFUL PRODUCT AND UNDER THE CONDITIONS AT RESTAURANTS THAT IT WILL BE AN INCENTIVE FOR RESTAURANTS TO EXPAND AND HOPEFULLY NEW ONES TO OPEN AND PEOPLE TO COME TO THIS AREA.))
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Maury Moses is against the referendum and says public safety is more important than economic gain.
His son Hal was killed by a drunk driver almost 30-years ago.
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((MAURY MOSES/MIXED DRINK OPPONENT: WHY IF THAT'S WHAT IT'S GOING TO TAKE TO MAKE CHATHAM MODERN WHY GOODNESS SAKES LET'S STAY OLD FASHIONED. WE'D BE A LOT BETTER OFF.))
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This is the first time a mixed drink referendum has ever been on the ballot in Chatham.
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The Virginia Military Institute is picked fourth in the Northern division in both the coaches and media polls.
Both polls also agreed in picking Davidson, Appalachian State and East Tennessee State ahead of the Keydetts.
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WE start off on the ice tonight as the Blackhawks travel to Greensboro and skate away losers.
But first hawks net minder Glen Wesley keeps the Hurricanes in check with this great glove save.
But Chicago can't hold Carolina back has the Hurricanes Ron Francis gets the empty net goal and the canes win it 2-nothing.
All talk and no play is the situation in the National Basketball League.
The players and owners are still negotiating an end to the lockout.
But more games were canceled yesterday.
A total comes to 194 games lost with the latest cancellation of 95 games.
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The earliest the season could start is December first.
When the Hokies and the Mountaineers meet on the gridiron Saturday Tech's chance at the Big East Conference title will be on the line.
West Virginia's loss to Miami has given Hokies another shot at the ring.
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West Virginia brings the conference's third rated offense into Lane Stadium, averaging about 450 yards per game.
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The Wake Forest Demon Deacons will face the ACC's top two running backs when they take on UVA this weekend.
Last week against NC State, Thomas Jones tallied 117 yards on the ground while breaking into the end zone twice, showing why he's the Conference's number one rusher.
His back up, Antwoine Womack proved his number two rushing status, scoring the game's final TD and amassed 109 yards.
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Just ahead, Steve Mason joins us with some words of wisdom from college basketball's best players.
It's Wednesday so that means Hometown Hoops Weekly.
That's coming ups after this break.
Tonight in Hometown Hoops Weekly Steve Mason gets some pointers from some of the best collegiate ball-players.
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((ok, words of wisdom from Univeristy of Virginia preseason all american candidate Monick Foote on adversity.
On the physical side, what about high school playes lifting weights? Virginia Tech feels it's important. The lady Hokies steady diet of iron has helped them Reach the NCAA tournament 3 out of the last five years.
Tech's Bonnie Hendrickson is one of the nations hottest young college coaches. In her inaugural season in Blacksburg, she lead the Lady Hokies to the Atlantic 10 tournament chamnpionship, the second round of the NCAA big dance and a 22 and 10 record. Part of her secret, the basics.
To win you gotta score, and who better to address marksmanship than former Virginia star Curtis Staples, who set the N
CAA record for three pointers in a career with 413.))[S-Leiter]
One baseball note, yesterday the New York Mets' bank account got a little bit lighter.
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In an afternoon news conference the Mets announced the resigning of pitcher Al Leiter to a 4 year $32 million dollar deal. Leiter led the Mets with 17 wins last season. New York has spent $123 million in two days, yesterday's signing follows Mike Piazza's 7 year $91 million deal.
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