Just ahead on News 7, a new lawsuit alledges Singer Furniture left a legacy of hundreds of gallons of toxic chemicals buried beneath the plant.
And it's underway .. the Grayson County trial of Emmitt Cressell, Junior, charged with burning and beheading his victim.
In sports, West Virginia and Wake Forest talk about their matchups with Tech and UVa, we'll go cross country with some Radfird runners,
and Michael Jordan and his supporting NBA cast lose more games as the lockout continues.
Clouds and some light rain for southwest Virginia today. The Northwest breeze will pick up tommorrow. More on that and our Wednesday WeatherSchool just ahead.
A time-bomb of hazardous wastes has surfaced in Northeast Roanoke.
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.
The case of a Salem state police employee charged with loaning sexually-explicit material to a minor has been dismissed, thanks to a defense attorney who noticed a legal error.
Frederick Anthony Mahone stood accused of giving the book "Kama Sutra", a how-to manual for lovers, to a 13-year old Chesterfield County girl who was a guest in his home.
But Mahone's attorney pointed out that the wording of the indictment against her client was incorrect.
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Mahone has been on administrative leave since his arrest in May. He cannot be re-tried, and with this now behind him, the radio technician says he's ready to return to work and get on with his life.
A concert violinist is going to jail... for exposing himself to women at shopping malls, bookstores, and other Roanoke Valley businesses ... seven places in all.
27 year old Nathaniel Carlisle appealed a 7-year sentence.
He'll now serve TWO years.[Burning-Ban]
The very dry conditions are leading to several burning bans in our 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.
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Dry conditions have prompted officials to put up fire restrictions for George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.
Beginning Friday, campfires are prohibited on all national forest land along with the use of charcoal, coal or wood burning appliances unless there's a posted exception.
There are also some restrictions on smoking.
The maximum penalty for violating the restrictions is six-months in jail and/or a five-thousand dollar fine.
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An area college gets a new classroom...and it's acres big. That story is still ahead.
Next, we'll follow Joe Barta as he takes on a tough task...trying to unseat a long-time congressman.
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Emmit Cressell Junior's attorneys say their client did nothing wrong more than a year ago -- the morning Garnett "G-P" Johnson was burned alive and later decapitated.
It's an argument that may soon be left up to a Grayson County jury to decide.
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The trial is in Independence, about 100 miles southwest of Roanoke, not far from the North Carolina line.
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That's where Teresa Hamilton joins us with the latest.
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What is the racial makeup of the potential jurors?
Ever since his first run for Congress in 19-82, Rick Boucher has been a tough man to beat.
But this year's challenger is a die-hard conservative who says Republicans -- now more than ever -- have a good chance to win the ninth district.
Scott Goldberg has the first of our 9th district profiles with a look at Republican challenger Joe Barta.
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(( It's a confident Joe Barta walking the campaign trails in the ninth district...
Side by side with high-profile Republicans who say THIS is the year they'll beat Rick Boucher.
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((WARNER: WELL, HE HAS BEEN A TOUGH MAN TO BEAT. AND THAT'S WHY THIS YEAR WE FOUND A TOUGHER MAN. AND THAT'S WHY I'M CONFIDENT JOE WILL CARRY THIS DISTRICT.))
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But the Radford eye doctor knows who he's up against:
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A 16-year incumbent who usually wins re-election by a landslide.
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((BARTA: I'VE OVERCOME THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE, WHICH IS NAME RECOGNITION. BECAUSE YOU CAN GO THROUGH THE DISTRICT, PEOPLE SAY, YES, WE'VE SEEN YOU ON TV, WE'VE HEARD ABOUT YOU IN THE PAPER, WE'VE SEEN YOUR SIGNS.))
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((NATSOUND AD: I'M VOTING FOR JOE BARTA BECAUSE HE'S A CONSERVATIVE WHO STANDS FOR OUR VALUES.))
Barta has used his own wealth, and money from the Republican Party, to fund an aggressive ad campaign.
((BARTA AD: YOU KNOW HOW YOU FEEL WHEN SOMEONE YOU VOTE FOR LETS YOU DOWN?))
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((BARTA: MY WHOLE CAMPAIGN IS POINTING TO THE FACT THAT WE NEED THE CHANCE TO HAVE A COMMON SENSE ALTERNATIVE TO MR. BOUCHER.))
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[campaign stuff, shaking hands from barta/warner tape]
Barta is counting on the conservative ninth district to support his platform of cutting taxes, banning flag burning and banning late-term abortions.
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He's also counting on Republican voters to turn out in force, inspired by President Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky.
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((JOE BARTA: WE NEED TO SEND A MESSAGE TO PRESIDENT CLINTON AND RICK BOUCHER BOTH THAT WE NEED NEW, BETTER LEADERSHIP IN BOTH THE 9TH DISTRICT AND IN THE COUNTRY.))
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But that strategy could backfire.
Boucher became a national figure when he authored the Democrat's plan calling for a speedy end to the Impeachment inquiry.
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((TOM MORRIS: HE HAS NAME RECOGNITION IN THE DISTRICT, BUT I THINK SOME MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT ARE PROUD THAT HE'S BEEN SHOWCASED ON THE NATIONAL STAGE.))
((SCOTT GOLDBERG: ACCORDING TO MOST POLLS, AMERICANS AGREE WITH BOUCHER AND THE DEMOCRATS, THAT AN IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY SHOULD BE LIMITED AND RESOLVED QUICKLY. BUT THE FIRST CHANCE VOTERS GET TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES COMES NEXT WEEK. AND IF THERE IS A REPUBLICAN TIDE SWEEPING OVER THE COUNTRY, JOE BARTA IS WELL-POSITIONED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT. SCOTT GOLDBERG, NEWS-7.))
A heart attack may be responsible for the traffic death yesterday of a Rocky Mount police officer, but a medical examiner says more tests are needed before there's a ruling.
36-year-old Joe Shiveley was turning onto Main Street in Rocky Mount when his car flipped over a bank and landed upside down in Mary Elizabeth Park.
A generally "up" day on Wall Street.
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The Dow rose about six points .. the NASDAQ average was up almost 20 .. and several stocks of local interest showed significant gains.
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Monday we told you about the mixed drink referendum that Pearisburg residents will vote on next week.
Well, some residents of Pittsylvania County will also be deciding that same issue for their town.
Christy Hubley spoke with supporters and opponents of the liquor-by-the-drink referendum in Chatham.
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(( Jayne dePaulo serves light lunches, coffee and sweets at her restaurant Boppas in downtown Chatham.
She's voting YES on the mixed drink referendum so that she can expand her offerings to customers.
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((JAYNE DEPAULO/BOPPAS: I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN ADDING THE DESSERT CORDIALS, THINGS LIKE KAHLUA, FRANGELICA, QUANTRO, THINGS THAT WOULD GO AND SERVED WITH COFFEE AND DESSERT.))
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There are a handful of other restaurants in town that could opt to add mixed alcoholic drinks to their menus if the referendum passes.
One Chatham attorney believes the change could be good for the town's economy.
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((VICTOR MILLNER/REFERENDUM 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 dead set against the referendum.
He says there's more to it than economics.
His son Hal was killed by a drunk driver almost 30-years ago.
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((CHRISTY HUBLEY/NEWS 7: THIS IS THE FIRST TIME A MIXED DRINK REFERENDUM HASEVER BEEN ON THE BALLOT IN CHATHAM. VOTERS WILL DECIDE NEXT WEEK WHETHER IT WILL SUCCEED OR FAIL. CHRISTY HUBLEY, NEWS 7, CHATHAM.))
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Christiansburg Attorney Terry Teel has been publicly reprimanded by the Virginia State Bar.
The disciplinary committee cited incidents where Teel missed deadlines in the course of handling estates and failed to post a bond before acting as a court- appointed guardian.
Contacted this morning, Teel said simply, "I have nothing to say about that."[Nature-Center]
Lynchburg College is adding a new classroom.. in the size of a 470- acre farm in Bedford County.
The farm is being donated to the college by A. Boyd Claytor in memory of his late wife.
The college plans to turn the property into the area's first Nature Study Center.
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((BOYD CLAYTOR/DONATED FARM: IT'S REALLY TURNING OUT TO BE SOMETHING REALLY TERRIFIC AND I COULDN'T BE HAPPIER WITH IT. AND MY WIFE WHO DIED LAST JANUARY, I THINK, WILL BE LOOKING DOWN ON US AND THINK IT'S A GOOD IDEA TOO.))
((DR. JULIUS SIGLER/LYNCHBURG COLLEGE: WE HOPE THAT WE CAN ATTRACT AND PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS TO NOT JUST COME AND LOOK BUT TO COME AND EXPERIENCE AND TO COME AND LEARN ABOUT OUR ENVIRONMENT.))
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The center will include nature trails, formal gardens and an educational laboratory.
The latest on the NBA lockout, a few cavliers make the grade as ACC players of the week,
and the West Virginia Mountaineers take a turn talking to the Media about the Virginia Tech Hokies and the upcoming showdown.
Today, the NBA cancelled another two weeks worth of games, adding to the frustration the lockout has taken on the league and fans
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that had hoped to be watching Michael Jordan and his cast of basketball stars next week when the regular season was supposed to start.
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West Virginia and Virginia Tech clash in Blacksburg this weekend in a Big East showdown. Miami's win over the Eers breathes new life into the Hokies conference title hopes.
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Wets Virginia brings the conference's third rated offense into Lane Stadium, averaging about 450 yards per game.
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The UVA football squad enters this weekend's Wake Forest game bosting the ACC's top two running backs.
Last week against NC State, Thomas Jones tallied 117 yards on the ground while breaking into the endzone 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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UVa's Patrick Kerney is picking up the slack for the injured Anthony Poindexter.
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The senior has been selected as the ACC defensive lineman of the week for registering two timely sacks against NC State this past weekend to go along with 8 tackles.
Punter Donnie Scott is the conferences specialist of the week. 6 of his 7 punts landed inside the State 20.
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The Radford University Men's cross country team has won two out of their five meets this year. This after winning just one meet since their 1990 Big South Conference Championship.
Chris Whitley has more.
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(( The reason that the Highlanders have had such a great season might have something to do with the amount of local runners on the '98 roster. With nine student athletes from around the area, one might wonder how Coach Tom Morris manages to attract so much local talent.
((TOM MORRIS/RADFORD HEAD COACH:))
The Highs top finisher in every meet this season is Justin Mosby.
He is one of three Christiansburg High School graduates currently on the team that Coach Morris helped bring to the Radford program.
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While John Glenn is preparing for his return to space, Roanoke's own rocket is close to reclaiming its public profile.
The jupiter rocket that used to stand by the Wasena Bridge is now in a Roanoke warehouse.
It's being repaired and repainted... for display near the Virginia Museum of Transportation and the Second Street Bridge.
Built in 1959, the rocket was brought to Roanoke in '65. It should be ready for its new home in a couple of weeks.
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