Two new schools are the talk tonight in Blacksburg- We'll have more from tonight's school board meeting.
A 14 year old goes to court for the killing of his 8 year old neighbor-
Plus female infertility problems seem to be on the increase- Doctors explain why.
News 7 is next.
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((THERE ARE NO WRONG DECISIONS IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL DEBATE, A HIGH SCHOOL WORKS, A MIDDLE SCHOOL WORKS, A RENOVATED MIDDLE SCHOOL WORKS, MAKE A DECISION. ))
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The Montgomery County school board does just that...
Tonight the board rendered a decision that could impact the future of Blacksburg Middle School.
The majority of board members would like Blacksburg to have TWO middle schools to alleviate overcrowding.
That would mean building a new middle school and renovating the current one.
The majority of the board would also like to see a new Blacksburg high school built in the near future.
The Board's decisions are only recommendations-- the ultimate decision is up the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors.
Now tonight's decision was the same decision the school board reached in December.
They decided to revisit the issue after the Supervisors indicated the school board should consider building a new high school and converting the currrent one into a second middle school.
The recommendation angered many parents and faculty who voiced their opinions tonight -- before the school board decided to stick by its original position.
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((GARY MCCOY/BLACKSBURG MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL:IF YOU SINK MILLIONS INTO A NEW HIGH SCHOOL IT IS DOUBTFUL THERE WILL BE MONEY LEFT OVER TO RENOVATE THE PRESENT MIDDLE SCHOOL OR THE VACATED HIGH SCHOOL SO WE AS MIDDLE SCHOOLS WIL AGAIN INHERIT OR BE LEFT WITH ANOTHER BUILDING THAT WE MUST USE THAT IS NOT CONDUCIVE TO THE MIDDLE SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY. ))
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The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors meets tomorrow night and will likely discuss the issue.
Last year the Department of Transportion agreed to allow some drivers to turn off their airbags to protect themselves and their children.
But drivers who try, may run into a roadblock.
Eric Earnhart is here to tell us why.
Jean, getting government approval seems to be easy enough... getting someone to actually install a cutoff switch, is tough.
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((Myra Guilliams loves everything about her new Suzuki... except the passenger side airbag...
After learning how the bags can injure or kill children in low-speed accidents... she worried about her son.
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((MYRA GUILLIAMS; FROM TIME TO TIME, HE'S HAD TO BE UP HERE, AND IT CONCERNS ME, NOT ONLY FOR HIM BUT FOR OTHER CHILDREN I'VE HAD TO HAVE UP FRONT.))
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So she applied for and recieved government approval for a cut-off switch... but couldn't find anyone who would install it.
She said dealerships told her they didn't want to risk being sued.
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((MYRA GUILLIAMS; IT'S CRAZY THAT YOU CAN'T PURCHASE A CAR AND HAVE IT REPAIRED WHEN IT CAN BE A HAZARD TO YOUR FAMILY. ))
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Here at First Team Auto Mall, where Guilliams bought the car, they say there's a very good reason why they can't install a cutoff switch, it doesn't exist, Suzuki hasn't made the parts yet. Once they do they'll have to decide if they want to risk the liability of installing them.
Mary Cole knows the low-speed hazards of airbags first hand...
Her's activitated when her Honda was rear-ended at less than 15 miles an hour.
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((MARY COLE/AIRBAG VICTIM; I COULDN'T SEE WHERE I WAS, I COULDN'T SEE OUT MY WINDOW BECAUSE THE BAG WAS IN MY FACE AND THERE WAS SMOKE. SO I DIDN'T.. A CAR HIT ME FROM BEHIND SO I DIDN'T KNOW IF I WAS OUT IN TRAFFIC... ))
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And she says it cost more than a thousand dollars to replace and repair the damage caused by the airbags themselves.
While she believes airbags are lifesavers in higher speed crashes... she's nervous in bumper to bumper traffic now... and doesn't like hearing she might not be able to find anyone to install a cut-off switch.
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((MARY COLE/AIR BAG VICTIM; I THINK YOU SHOULD DEFINITLY HAVE THE CHOICE TO TURN IT OFF))
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Most dealerships we found DO NOT install cut-off switches... one does, but ONLY for models they sell... one said they'd consider it on a case by case basis, but no one has ever asked.
And also don't forget airbags, when used with seatbelts, are proven to save lives in adults and children over 12.
A Roanoke man is dead after last night's collision on Route 221.
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88-year old Fred Thomas Heslep (Hay-slip) died last night after a car hit the driver's side of his vehicle at the intersection of 221 and Chatsworth Drive around 6:30.
Police say 23-year-old Taleena Charlesworth, who drove the car that struck Heslep's vehicle, will probably NOT be charged in the accident.
A Roanoke couple was reportedly robbed in their home last night.
City police say 3 suspects entered the home of Gary and Mary Draper on King Charles Avenue, Southeast.
One suspect reportedly fired a handgun twice at Mary Draper as she ran out of the house.
The shots missed, but police say Gary Draper was injured after he was beaten with the handgun during a struggle with his assailants.
Franklin County investigators are chasing leads in North Carolina to pinpoint the identity of a dead man.
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A black man was found face down and partially burned off Route 756 in the (SID-norsvilles) Sydnorsville section of Franklin County yesterday.
Deputies say the man suffered two fatal gunshot wounds.
He was wearing a sports shirt, underwear and gold bracelets, but no pants.
Deputies are pursuing leads in Rockingham County, North Carolina.
The U-S Environmental Protection agency has settled its case against a Pittsylvania County plastics plant.
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Cook Composites in Chatham has agreed to pay a fine of nearly 110-thousand dollars.
The company has also agreed to correct the violations it was cited for last year involving the disposal of hazardous waste.
As part of the settlement, Cook Composites will conduct a 50-thousand dollar study to investigate recycling options that could reduce the amount of hazardous waste generated by its manufacturing process.
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More U-S military power is headed to the Persian Gulf-
The United Nations secretary General is urging Iraq to cooperate with weapons inspectors- but Iraq is showing no signs of complying.
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But some in Congress want a say in whether U-S troops are sent.
((SEN. ARLEN SPECTER/R- PENNSYLVANIA: AN ATTACK ON IRAQ OR OTHERWISE WITH MISSILES IS AN ACT OF WAR AND THE CONSTITUTION EXPLICITLY REQUIRES PRIOR CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORITIY.))
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Spector says Congress should go into special session to decide.
Meanwhile the U-N pulled all of its non-essential personnel out of Iraq - fearing a U-S strike.
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The 14 year old charged with killing his 8-year old neighbor will stay locked up until his trial.
Joshua Phillips appeared before a Jacksonville judge this morning wearing an ankle and wrist shackles.
No word on whether he will be tried as adult.
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American Red Cross help continues to arrive in Honduras.
Today Red Cross President Elizabeth Dole saw first hand the death and destruction caused by Hurricane Mitch-
The American Red Cross is distributing much-needed food, medicine and hygiene kits to people in the region.
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It's been 36 years but today John Glenn once again got a welcome home parade -
Thousands of people lined the streets of Houston to honor the 77 year old astronaut and his space shuttle crewmates.
The crew rode in vintage convertibles to greet the crowds.
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Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Straight ahead, a Virginia state senator will soon drop that title to become a C-E-O, and not everyone's happy about it.
Plus a day to remember America's war heritage -- and the men and women who gave their lives for freedom.
Highlights from Veteran's Day ceremonies coming up.
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((Hey folks this is Mike Stevens it's Wednesday night and that means time for Hometoen Hoops Weekly.
Plus, Ronald Curry talks about coming home this weekend.
And the mailman says don't send his mail to Utah anymore, he wants the Jazz to trade him.
All that and more tonight on News 7 sports.))
Bluefield State Senator Jack Reasor's stepping down-- and who can blame him?
He'll be taking over as C-E-O of the million customer Old Dominion Electric Cooperative.
But Reasor's been the Senate's expert -- protecting the interests of citizens in the move to deregulate Virignia's power industry.
Now he'll be playing for the other side.
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((STEVE CALOS/COMMON CAUSE OF VIRGINIA: WELL WHAT HE'S DOING IS CERTAINLY LEGAL, BUT IT SMELLS. IT'S A LOSS TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY CERTAINLY. IT'S GAIN FOR THE INDUSTRY. AND I GUESS THAT'S ANOTHER REASON FOR CONCERN AS WELL.))
((SENAOR JACK REASOR: I THINK IT'S A GOOD CAREER CHANGE, AN OPPORUTNITY FOR ME AND IT'S GOING TO GIVE ME, I HOPE, A LOT MORE TIME WITH MY FAMILY AND HELP US TO PREPARE FOR OUR FUTURE.))
((LARRY SABATO/U.Va. POLITICAL ANALYST: NO ONE WOULD BLAME JACK REASOR FOR DOING WHAT'S IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF HIS FAMILY AND HIS OWN CAREER. CLEARLY THERE ARE DEMOCRATS WHO ARE UPSET SINCE HE WAS AN ABSOLUTELY SECURE INCUMBENT.))
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A special election has NOT yet been scheduled to replace Reasor.
It was a day to seek peace, and remember war veterans across the nation today.
Close to home, a Dublin man was honored for his service during the Vietnam War.
I-C (Mau-drick) Modrick was held as a prisoner of War, and says today's ceremony in his hometown was quite a contrast to his homecoming 30 years ago, when he says strangers spit at him.
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Sounds of a rifle salute rang out over Monument Terrace in Lynchburg this morning.
That's where veterans from every American conflict from World War One to the Persian Gulf war gathered to honor their fallen comrades.
Among them were six men who took part in the D-Day invasion in 1944.
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In Salem, 98-year old Cary Campbell said today's a day for other Americans to reflect on how wars affect the world.
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((CARY CAMPBELL/WWI VETERAN; WORLD WAR ONE WAS FOUGHT TO END WARS, BUT HAS NOT ENDED WARS. WE'RE STILL HAVING WARS AND WE WILL HAVE WARS AS LONG AS TIME LAST BECAUSE MEN WILL NOT ACCEPT ONE ANOTHER.))
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Today marks the 80th anniversary of the end of World War 1.
A Vietnam veteran is preparing for a humanitarian tour-of-duty in Nicaragua... and he's asking others to join him.
Many hospitals in the Central American country are overcrowded.
So, Curtis Cloud is working with the Penn Forest Church of God to get doctors and nurses to volunteer their services.
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((CURTIS CLOUD: THEY'RE GOING TO BE EXPECTED TO GO OVER THERE FOR A ONE TO TWO WEEK MINIMUM AND A MONTHS TO TWO MONTHS MAXIMUM. I DON'T THINK ANYONE WOULD BE ABLE TO GO OVER THERE AND SPEND MUCH MORE TIME THAN THAT.))
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Cloud is hoping to organize teams of 5 to 10 volunteers.
The Penn Forest Church of God is overseeing the effort and will hold a meeting for volunteers November 18th and 19th.
You can contact the church if you'd like to help.
Still to come-- the latest in our series "Conceiving a Miracle" -- new hope for women who delay starting a family.
Plus, over one hundred kids converge on a Roanoke bookstore tonight.
What's all the fuss about? We'll tell you later in the newscast.
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Researchers are making great strides in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility.
But local doctors say they're seeing an increase in female fertility problems.
Tonya Flory reports.
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(( It's called the miracle of childbirth -- but for some couples it seems like an impossibility.
The chances for an infertile couple to conceive in any given month are 15-percent compared to 25-percent for a couple with no problems.
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((DR. JAMES HOLMAN/INFERTILITY & REPRODUCTIVE ENDOCRINOLOGIST: GENERALLY, IF THEY'VE BEEN TRYING FOR A YEAR AND THEY HAVEN'T CONCEIVED, THEN IT'S APPROPRIATE TO SEE SOMEONE.))
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But for women beyond the age of 35 -- doctors recommend waiting only 6 months before seeking medical help.
In fact, age is the number one reason doctors say infertility is becoming a growing problem.
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((DR. ROBERT SLACKMAN/INFERTILITY & REPRODUCTIVE ENDOCRINOLOGIST: MORE AND MORE WOMEN ARE PUTTING OFF HAVING CHILDREN UNTIL LATER IN LIFE DO TO FAMILY CONCERNS AND DO TO CONCERNS OF THE JOB SITUATION, YOUR CAREERS, SO AS WOMEN GET INTO THEIR MID THIRTIES AND LATE THIRTIES IT'S VERY DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO GET PREGNANT.))
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((DELAYS IN STARTING A FAMILY HAVE BECOME COMMON IN THE UNITED STATES WITH TWENTY PERCENT OF FIRST CHILDREN BEING BORN TO MOTHERS OVER THE AGE OF 35. AND WITH NEW FORMS OF TREATMENT ON THE HORIZONS AND RESEARCH INTO GENETICS WOMEN CAN POSTPONE GETTING PREGNANT WELL INTO THEIR 30S, EVEN 40S.))
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((DR. ROBERT SLACKMAN/REPRODUCTIVE ENDOCRINOLOGIST: PROBABLY THE BIGGEST CHANGE IS GOING TO BE THE ABILITY TO TAKE IMMATURE EGGS FROM THE OVARIES AND MATURE THEM IN THE LABORATORY WHICH WE CANNOT DO AT THIS POINT, BUT WE ARE ON THE VERGE OF BEING ABLE TO DO THAT AND THEN THERE'S PROBABLY GOING TO BE BIG CHANGES IN THE FUTURE IN TERMS OF HELPING WOMEN WHO ARE OLDER, 35-40, GET PREGNANT WITH THEIR OWN EGGS.))
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The American Society for Reproductive Medicine reports pregnancy rates are higher among infertile women who participate in support groups.
An Infertility Support Group for those experiencing problems conceiving is held the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 at the Fralin Center for Community Health Education.
Tonya Flory, News 7, Health Check. ))
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Martinsville Speedway CEO Clay Earles on the left of your screen was honored yesterday for his 50 straight years of membership in the American Legion.
Earles served in the Navy during World War Two.
The Pannill post 42 of the Legion presented him with the award. Earles is 84.
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The Roanoke Express won its fifth straight game last night beating Johnstown 3-to-2 on the road in a shootout.
Drew Burgess had the game winner, and big Daddy Dave Gagnon got the win in net with 30 saves.
Roanoke will be back home on Saturday.
But the question is will Karl Malone be back home this weekend or later this year.
Malone is doing an afternoon talk show in Los Angeles these days, and last night he said he wants the Jazz to trade him as soon as the lockout ends.
The Mailman has played all 13 of his seasons in Utah.
But when will the NBA lockout end?
Well, if it lasts three more weeks it certainly will not start until 1999.
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The players met yesterday, but no new talks with the owners are scheduled.
Right now the owners are apparently determined to make the players miss their first pay checks which would normally be delivered in about a week.
Virginia hosts North Carolina Saturday in a game many are billing as the return of the traitor.
UNC freshman Ronald Curry, who verbally committed to the Cavaliers and then turned his back on them, returns to the Commonwealth Saturday with the Heels.
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Curry got his college baptism early this year when senior Oscar Davenort was hurt in the opening game.
He has since split time at quarterback for the Heels, but his numbers are impressive. He has completed just under 50 percent of his passes for 913 yards and 6 touchdowns.
But Saturday he will experience something he has never experienced in his home state - verbal abuse.
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We'll hear what UVa has to say about the return of the former Hampton Crabber tonight.
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The Tech-Syracuse game this Saturday has taken on a a little bit different complexion thanks to last week's results.
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After beating West Virginia in Blacksburg two weeks ago, The Hokies were off last Saturday watching Syracuse lose in Morgantown.
A while they'll take WVU's win over the Cuse, they know it probably made thier task that much toughter on Saturday.
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Saturday night's game kicks off at 8, and Syracuse is still favored at midweek.
The Carolina Panthers says that running back Tim Biakabutuka may get his first action of the season this Sunday against the Dolphins.
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Also, the team signed quarterback Steve Buerlein to a three year nine million dollar contract extension.
He gets a one and a half million dollar signing bonus.
The Panthers host the Dolphins this weekend.
Still to come tonight, it is Wednesday! That means
it is time to hit the hardwoods with Hometown Hoops Weekly. Tonight we'll check on the postseason tourneys and some signings from today with Steve Mason right after this.
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Time now for Steve Mason and Hometown Hoops Weekly. Tonight we catch the "Mase Man" in the middle on his fan club.
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((A rebuilding Galax team shocked Fort Chiswell 45-44. The lady Pioneers finished district play 13 and 1 and will host Glenvar Tuesday In the Region C tournament opener.
((DANNY JONAS/FORT CHISWELL HEAD COACH:))
The Maroon Tide's emotion and a distinct height advantage is a combination that will be needed Tuesday at Three Rivers district champion Shawsville.
Lady Shawnee Megan Forester and her teammates season long battle in perhaps the toughest group A district should come help in the Regionals.
William Byrd's Group 2A defending state champion center Stephanie Parnell signs with Stetson. It's a full ride for the 6'2 center, who is averaging 18.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
Glenvar state title catylist Katrina Williams decided about two years ago on Virginia Tech. Her role with the lady Hokies?
The Blue Ridge District semi finals are tomorrow night at Northside. The Peidmont semi's tip off at Magna Vista, Heritage hosts the Seminole final four and the pioneer semi's take place at Bath County. Steve Mason Hometown Hoops Weekly.))
In one other women's hoop note, Tech was picked second in the Atlantic 10's western division by the coaches today.
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The Hokies got one first place vote, and spohomore Tere Williams is a preseason first team all A-10 selection.
Tech opens the season Friday night at Liberty U.
A popular children's author was all the rage at a Roanoke bookstore tonight.
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Nearly 150 kids turned out at the Ram's Head Bookstore to meet Avi (ah-vee).
The Newberry Award winner has written such books as "The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle" and "Nothing But the Truth".
Avi is in the area for a visit to Radford University.
His latest book is "Perloo (Purr-lew) The Bold"
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