An end to the Grayson County trial that captured regional attention. On NEWS 7 at SIX: Last night's verdict and tod
And the Dalai Lama goes to U-V-a-- among other Nobel Laureates- -AND NEWS 7's Ellen Qualls.
In sports, A rookie will start on the pole at Atlanta on Sunday we'll take a look at week 11 of Friday Football Extra.
And one of the game's we'll have will be from the Seminole District title as Heritage and Jefferson Forest do battle in Forest.
Bundle up this evening. Temperatures slip into the 20's again. Th weekend forecast and our Friday WeatherSchool is are just ahead.
A Grayson County jury today sentenced Emmett Cressell Junior to the maximum time behind behind bars for first degree murder.
Cressell got life in prison for his role in a murder that caught attention well beyond the borders of Virginia.
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The jury's decision brings to an end the week-long trial in the Grayson County seat of Independence.
Teresa Hamilton has been there all week. She's with us now with the final chapter of this story.
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A 31-year old man ploughed into the Blockbuster Video store on 419 at Starkey Road this afternoon.
The red Hyundai took out a plate glass window beside the front door- -along with some of the building's brick facade.
No one was hurt. County police say the driver of the car was NOT charged.
It's the second time in less than two years someone has gone searching for video at this store without first parking the car.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./December 26, 1996]
It was the day after Christmas- -nearly two years ago- -the same thing happened... only it was a little bit worse that time. Several windows were smashed out and it took several weeks to repair.
No estimate of the amount of damage in today's incident.
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Victory Stadium, Carvin's Cove, and a network of Greenways are just a few of the issues that are now on the table, as Roanoke charts a course for its park and recreation programs.
And the city is asking residents for help.
The Parks and Recreation Department is developing a master plan that will guide the city's programs over the next ten years.
With four public workshops scheduled during the next two weeks, the department is looking for feedback and fresh ideas.
[IN Q=The arboretum idea for the old transportation museum]
((THE ARBORETUM IDA FOR THE OLD TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM WAS A REALLY NEAT CONCEPT. I DON'T KNOW THE COST OF AN ARBORETUM. NOR DO I KNOW BECAUSE OF THE STUDY GOING ON AT CARVINS COVE WHAT KIND OF RECREATION WOULD BE SUITABLE, BUT PEOPLE ARE PROVIDING INPUT AND IT'S VERY EXCITING.))
[SUPER=01-Bev Fitzpatrick/Citizens' Advisory Committee]
[OUT Q=and it's very exciting.]
The first of four workshops will take place Monday night at Breckenridge Middle School.
There's a little known law in Christiansburg that says you can't run most types of businesses out of your own home. There are similar laws in many cities, but it hadn't been enforced in Christiansburg until recently.
And as Scott Goldberg reports, there's a sudden outcry of people asking for the law to change.
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[SUPER=01-Cindy Shorter/Mary Kay Consultant;36]
[SUPER=01-Scott Weaver/Christiansburg Town Council;1:01]
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(( For a year and a half, business was pretty good for Suzanne Russell.
She was making around 15-hundred dollars a month selling scrapbooks out of her basement ... until someone in the town zoning office noticed her home address on her business card.
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((RUSSELL: NOW I'M TOLD I'M VIOLATING THE ORDINCANCE AND I HAVE TO CEASE OPERATING MY BUSINESS.))
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[3-shot at table]
Russell is not alone.
She and friends who run small businesses like hers didn't realize the were breaking the law.
They went to the town council this week, trying to change the ordinance that restricted them.
[IN Q=we would]
((CINDY: WE WOULD BE WILLING TO FOLLOW ANY OF THE GUIDELINES THEY SET UP THAT ARE REASONABLE.))
[IN Q=many towns and cities]
((SCOTT GOLDBERG: MANY TOWNS AND CITIES HAVE AN ORDINANCE LIKE THE ONE IN CHRISTIANSBURG. IT SAYS YOU CAN RUN A SMALL BUSINESS OUT OF YOUR HOUSE, BUT YOU CAN'T ADVERTISE IT, YOU CAN'T KEEP AN INVENTORY IN YOUR HOUSE AND YOU CAN'T INVITE PEOPLE OVER TO BUY WHAT YOU SELL. THERE'S SOMETHING ELSE THESE ORDINANCE HAVE IN COMMON: MOST TOWNS AND CITIES CAN'T USUALLY ENFORCE THEM.))
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[IN Q=WE HAVEN'T]
((SCOTT WEAVER: WE HAVEN'T ENFORCED IT BECAUSE, TO BE PERFECTLY HONEST WITH YOU, IT WOULD BE ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO ENFORCE.))
Town councilman Scott Weaver voted to keep the law the way it is, saying it's meant to keep business traffic out of residential neighborhoods.
But he also sympathisizes with people who run home businesses and thinks there's a middle ground on this issue.
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((WEAVER: IT WILL BE BROUGHT BACK UP, WE DON'T CLOSE THE DOOR ON THINGS.))
[OUT Q=ON THINGS]))
Suzanne Russell and her friends could probably ignore the ordinance, keep running their businesses, and keep getting away with it if they wanted to.
But they're mothers and churchgoers ... not exactly the sort of people who would purposely break the law.
They think it's entirely possible to write a new law that lets them run their businesses, without disturbing the areas where they live
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((Keith question: If there are lots of other places with similar ordinances, why aren't THEY enforcing them?))
If a neighbor doesn't complain, it's almost impossible to know these businesses exist.
Police won't search for scrapbooks, cosmetics or tupperware without probable cause.
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40 million dollars of school construction is on the line. Still ahead, one city gets ready to put it to a vote.
Next, the long drought is drying up profits on the farm. It's so bad that one county may ask for a disaster declaration.
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The long drought that started this summer is taking a serious toll on many local farmers.
So much so that Franklin County officials may ask the governor to declare the area a "disaster" -- in hopes of getting federal funds.
Tina Tenret visited one Franklin County dairy farm.
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Melvin Montgomery says this is the worst drought he's seen in 30 years.
The wheat won't grow.
Neither will the corn, so he's 600 tons short of bfeed.
The barn's usually brimming by now, but it's only a third full.
That means Montgomery's dairy cows -- his moneymakers -- don't have enough to eat.
[IN Q=For next year]
((MELVIN MONTGOMERY/DAIRY FARMER: FOR NEXT YEAR, UNLESS MILK PRICES GO UP A WHOLE LOT, AND WE HAVE AN AWFUL GOOD YEAR, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE A LOT OF DAIRY FARMERS THROWING IN THE TOWEL.))
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Montgomery is forced to buy corn this year -- 30-thousand-dollars worth.
What little hay he has, was soaked by spring rains--it's poor quality with little protein.
Some cows won't eat it.
Some will not even milk.
[IN Q=That's correct]
((MELVIN MONTGOMERY/DAIRY FARMER: THAT'S CORRECT. WE'RE DOWN ABOUT TEN PERCENT BECAUSE OF THE POOR QUALITY FEED WE'RE FEEDING THIS YEAR.))
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If the governor declares Franklin County a disaster area, farmers may get help.
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((G.B. WASHBURN/FARM SERVICE AGENCY: CONGRESS HAS PASSED A BILL, EMERGENCY RELIEF BILL, THAT WILL HAVE 6.9 BILLION DOLLARS IN IT NATIONALLY FOR THAT ASSISTANCE. SOME OF THAT ASSISTANCE IS NOT TIED TO DISASTER DECLARATIONS BUT SOME OF THE ASSISTANCE IS.))
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[IN Q=Milk prices]
((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: MILK PRICES ARE BASED ON HOW MUCH IS PRODUCED NATIONWIDE. PRICES ARE SCHEDULED TO GO UP A LITTLE NEXT MONTH. BUT AFTER THAT, THE GROUP DAIRY FARMERS OF AMERICA SAYS FARMERS WILL EARN LESS FOR THEIR MILK. TINA TENRET NEWS7 FRANKLIN COUNTY.))
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This year's elections may be just over, but residents in one southside city can already start thinking about a 40 million dollar question.
Danville esidents will vote next year on a school bond referendum.
Their city council agreed last night to put the referendum on the March 2nd ballot.
Half of the 40-million would go toward renovating George Washington High School.
[IN Q=If we don't renovate]
((ANDY OVERSTREET: IF WE DON'T RENOVATE GEORGE WASHINGTON THE ONLY OTHER OPTION WOULD BE TO BUILD A NEW HIGH SCHOOL AND I THINK THAT WOULD BE LESS DESIRABLE TO THE COMMUNITY AND CERTAINTY MORE EXPENSIVE THAT WORKING WITH THE SCHOOL THAT WE HAVE.))
[SUPER=01-Andy Overstreet/Danville Schools Superintendent;]
[OUT Q=school that we have.]
The other half of the money would go toward building a new school to replace Glenwood Elementary.
Also, all 15-school buildings would get air conditioning.
If the referendum passes, the school projects would be completed over a 10-year period.
Wall Street finished a strong week on a winning note.
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The Dow rose another 60 points today, that's a gain of 383 for the week. NASDAQ up 20 today.
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From a relatively whirlwind campaign to shame the world into banning landmines... to five decades and counting of violent oppression in Tibet.
It is believed to be the largest gathering of Nobel Peace Prize winners ever.
The University of Virginia's Nobel Laureates Conference wrapped up today.
Ellen Qualls was in Charlottesville.
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[SUPER=01-Bobby Muller/Int'l Campaign to Ban Landmines; :25]
[SUPER=01-Betty Williams/Northern Ireland Peace Activist; 1:01]
[SUPER=01-His Holiness/The Dalai Lama of Tibet; 1:29]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Charlottesville. ]
(( They are united in a single belief. [sot tape TWO 02:40:22]
((JODY WILLIAMS/INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO BAN LANDMINES: WE SAW A PROBLEM. WE KNEW IT HAD TO BE RESOLVED. WE CAME TOGETHER TO DO IT. ACTION. NOT CRYING.))
With varying measures of success, on varying scales, they have dedicated their lives to peace and compassion.
Jody Williams and Bobby Muller won the Nobel just last year-- with a little help from Princess Diana, and a lot of persuasion.
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((BOBBY MULLER/INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO BAN LANDMINES: LANDMINES CAUSE PROBABLY THE MOST DEBILITATING, PAINFUL KIND OF INJURY, OTHER THAN I WOULD SAY THE BURN CASES, THAT YOU CAN IMAGINE. UNDERSTAND THAT THEY ARE DESIGNED TO DO THAT.))
Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez won in 1986.
Guatemalan activist Rigoberta Menchu Tum became the prize's youngest winner ever in 1992.
Irish housewife Betty Williams was jarred to action in 1976 when she saw an IRA gunman slam his getaway car into three children.
[sot tape TWO 02:58:24]
((BETTY WILLIAMS/NORTHERN IRELAND PEACE ACTIVIST: I SOMETIMES GET OUT THERE EVEN WHEN I GET A PUNCH IN THE JAW, WHICH HAPPENS QUITE FREQUENTLY. I'LL GET KNOCKED OVER. YOU KNOW THAT SONG "I GET KNOCKED DOWN, BUT I GET UP AGAIN?" WELL THAT HAPPENS TO ME AT LEAST 40 TIMES A WEEK. BOOM, BOOM, BOOM. IT'S REALLY, THIS WORK IS REALLY VERY LIKE THAT.))
But much of the crowd had turned out for a man who has personally fought oppression in his Tibetan homeland since 1950-- without ever advocating anything but love and compassion.
[sot tape three 03:39:26]
((HIS HOLINESS/THE DALAI LAMA OF TIBET: IN ECONOMY FIELD, OR SOME OTHER FIELD, IT IS STILL VERY MUCH INTERDEPENDENT. SO UNDER THAT CIRCUMSTANCES, THE DESTRUCTION OF YOUR ENEMY IS ACTUALLY DESTRUCTION OF YOURSELF.))
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((ONE MAY QUESTION THE IMPACT OF TWO DAYS OF TALKING TO JUST A FEW HUNDRED STUDENTS, ACTIVISTS, AND REPORTERS. BUT THE WHOLE POINT THESE NOBEL LAUREATES ARE MAKING IS THAT IT ONLY TAKES ONE PERSON. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, CHARLOTTESVILLE.))
And coming up, It's week 11 of Friday Football Extra we'll have the schedule of tonight's games UVA is set for Florida State.
And Rookie Kenny Irwin captures the pole for Sundayy's NAPA 500 in Atlanta.
It's been a long rookie season for Kenny Irwin but he's looking to close it out in Style.
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Today in Atlanta, Irwin put the Robert Yates ford on the pole for Sunday's final Winston Cup race the NAPA 500.
Irwin, who failed to qualify at Charlotte, turned the oval in Atlanta at a speed of 193 point 461.
South Boston's Ward Burton will start on the outside pole and here's a look at the top 25.
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[SUPER=0107-1. Kenny Irwin/193.461/2. Ward Burton//3. Dale Jarrett//4. Mark Martin//5. Mike Skinner//;]
[SUPER=0107-6. Derrike Cope//7. Bobby Labonte//8. Dick Trickle//9. Jeremy Mayfield//10. Geoff Bodine//;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Joe Nemechek//12. Jeff Green//13. Ken Schrader//14. Bobby Hamilton//15. Brett Bodine//;]
[SUPER=0107-16. David Green//17. Steve Park//18. Rusty Wallace//19. Jerry Nadeau//20. Todd Bodine//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Jeff Gordon//22. Chad Little//23. Jimmy Spencer//24. Sterling Marlin//25. Ted Musgrave//;]
[OUT Q=..last driver."]
Rick Mast, Ricky Rudd, Jeff burton and Dale Earnhardt failed to make the field and will try again tomorrow.
Both Jefferson Forest and heritage are 5 and OH in the Seminole District and will play for that championship toninght in Forest. Steve Mason has the call.
[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=01-Pem Apperson/Heritage Head Coach; :23]
[SUPER=01-Ed Landis/Jefferson Forest Head Coach; 1:06]
[OUT Q=News 7 sports"]
((The Pioneers have already qualified for the playoffs, heading into the game with an 8 and 1 record. But playoff home field advantage is at stake.
Jefferson Forest students were grovin this afternoon in a pep rally for tonight's game. The 7 and 2 Cavaliers are lead by quarterback/safety Jerton Evans, who is drawing comparisons to former Forest standout and NFL bound Anthony Poindexter. The Cavalier coaching staff says it will need some DEXterity to slow dow the Pioneers.
Wedensday, Heritage star running back Chris Booker had bronkitis and did not practice, but he should be ready for toni
ght's 7:30 kickoff, in Lynchburg, Steve Mason, News 7 sports.)) [S-FFE]
It's week 11 of Friday Football Extra and we have some big games coming up tonight.
Lets take a look at the schedule.
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The UVa football team will be in the national spotlight tomorrow as it travels to Tallahassee to battle Florida State.
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/October 26th; :00]
The Cavs will certainly miss the play of Anthony Poindexter who finally had his major knee surgery today to repair the torn ligament in his left knee.
The players are dedicating this game to him.
[IN Q="He worked...]
[SUPER=01-Tim Spruill/UVa Cornerback; :00]
[SUPER=01-Thomas Jones/ACC's Top Rusher; :21]
[OUT Q=...Play for Him."]
The Cavs aren't getting a whole lot of respect this weekend. The oddsmakers have them listed as 17 and a half point underdogs.
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