Next on News 7-
A decision is made tonight on a Blacksburg Middle School-
Some scary moments for passengers aboard a plane headed to Roanoke-
A boy is attacked by a shark off the Florida Coast.
And good news at the gas pump for holiday travellers.
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((PROBABLY THE LOWEST IT'S BEEN SINCE I'VE BEEN DRIVING))
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Just in time for the holidays, gas prices in the Roanoke Valley drop below 80 cents a gallon.
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Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon...
Some motorists say they thought they'd NEVER see prices this low again.
Nationwide, gas prices are 18 cents lower than this time last year.
Eric Earnhart is here to tell us what's going on.
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Jean we found regular unleaded prices below 80 cents a gallon on Williamson Road and Orange Avenue...
Motorists couldn't be happier.
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((PETER KUO/MOTORIST; I THINK THE PRICE IS BETTER THAN BEFORE, BUT THIS CAR COSTS A LOT OF GAS THAT'S ALL...LAUGHS))
They're laughing all the way to the cash register on Williamson Road.
Visting New Yorker Michael Sales was stunned.
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((MICHAEL SALES/MOTORIST; YOU KNOW WHAT THESE PRICES ARE UP IN NEW YORK? A MINIMUM IT'S ABOUT DOLLAR FIFTEEN, AND WE THINK WE'RE GETTING A BARGAIN, AND I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S, WHAT IS IT, 79 CENTS A GALLON? (SHRUGS) ))
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Not everyone here came from out of state, but some drove clear across the county, they're saving plenty.
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((TODD HOYLE/MOTORIST; THE CHEAPEST YOU'VE GOT ON OUR SIDE OF TOWN, SOUTHWEST COUNTY, WHICH IS A DOLLAR AND THREE CENTS, I MEAN IT'S WORTH THE TWENTY-THREE CENTS YOU SAVE COMING ALL THE WAY OUT HERE.))
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((BRIAN SLAKMAN/MOTORIST; PROBABLY ABOUT, BETWEEN TEN AND FIFTEEN DOLLARS A WEEK AS MUCH AS I'M DRIVING.))
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But our good fortune is the result of someone elses misery.
Hollins University economist Juergan Fleck says it's a direct result of the Asian economic crisis.
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((JUERGEN FLECK/ECONOMIST; WHAT HAS HAPPENED IS THAT THE ASIAN COUNTRIES ARE IN A RECESSION SO THEY CONSUME A WHOLE LOT LESS OIL FOR PRODUCTION, ALSO PEOPLE ARE OUT OF JOBS SO THEY DON'T DRIVE AS MUCH, BUT IT'S MOSTLY PRODUCTION, AND IF YOU SEE A DROP IN DEMAND FOR OIL THE PRICES WILL DROP AND WE SEE THAT NOW HERE.))
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The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors tonight narrowly defeated a plan that would have enabled Blacksburg to have TWO middle schools.
The plan that was struck down called for building a new school and renovating the existing one.
The supervisors defeated the measure in a four to three vote.
The plan was supported by the county SCHOOL BOARD as well as numerous teachers and parents who feel the existing middle school is severely overcrowded.
The supervisors who ultimately voted against the proposal gave differing reasons--- some simply felt two middle scho
ols are just NOT needed.
What happens next is uncertain.
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Project supporters had hoped to see a new middle school built next to Kipps Elementary.
The supervisors have until December 15th to decide if they still want to purchase the land for future use.
Some of the supervisors had previously expressed interest in building a new high school there.
Some tense moments in the skies over Roanoke tonight.
A United Express plane was on its way from Dulles International Airport to Roanoke at about seven tonight when the motorized landing gear failed to work-
The pilot had to manually crank the gear in order to land safely at Roanoke Regional Airport.
No one was injured; the passengers were escorted away from the plane in a limousine.
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A police search for more possible victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy - did not turn up anything.
Detectives used radar to search below a Chicago apartment building-
More than 30 deaths have been linked to Gacy who was put to death in 1994.
Police decided to search the building after a detective said he remembered seeing Gacy near the building with a shovel in 1975.
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A nine year old boy is dead after a shark attack off Vero Beach, Florida.
((THE NINE YEAR OLD APPEARED TO BE IN SOME TYPE OF TROUBLE IN THE WATER. THE MALE COMPANION WENT TO ASSIST HIM AND HE GOT INTO TROUBLE, THE MOTHER LET OUT A YELL.))
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Authorities say shark attacks are unusual off the Florida coast.
They say the boy drowned after being attacked by the shark.
The boy's body was found this morning.
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A Michigan prosecutor says he wont' be rushed into deciding whether to charge Dr. Jack Keovrkian.
He does say it appears from a tape shown on 60 minutes that a homocide was committed.
((DAVID GORCYCA/PROSECUTOR: WHAT IS MOST DISTURBING THAT AIRED LAST NIGHT WAS THE TOTAL LACK OF COMPASSION EXHIBITED FOR MR. YOUCHT IN THE LAST FEW MOMENTS OF HIS LIFE.))
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Prosecutors want to view the entire 60-minutes tape before making a decision.
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Innocent on all counts.
A California jury has acquitted Susan McDougal on charges of tax evasion and embezzlement.
McDougal says the entire case was trumped up to pressure her into testifying against President Clinton in the Whitewater investigation.
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It appears a huge computer merger is in the works.
America Online is in the process of purchasing Netscape Communications.
The 4-billion dollar stock swap would combine the largest computer Internet provider-with one of the largest browsers.
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The Big Game is getting bigger.
It's always been a "Powerball wannabe."
So starting in January, the jackpots will be bigger.
It's all part of the Virginia Lottery's effort to boost declining lottery sales, with changes to the game it runs with five other states.
But longer odds for players are the price.
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((PENELOPE KYLE/VIRGINIA LOTTERY DIRECTOR: SINCE THOSE TWO HUGE POWERBALL JACKPOTS EARLIER THIS SPRING, THE 195-MILLION AND THE 295-MILLION, PLAYERS IN VIRGINIA WANT JACKPOTS LIKE THAT. THEY WANT TO PLAY FOR BIGGER PRIZES. So that means longer odds? LONGER ODDS. PRICE STAYS THE SAME. IT'S STILL A DOLLAR. WE'LL JUST INCREASE THE ODDS, ADD CASH OPTION, EXTEND THE ANNUITY TO 26 PAYMENTS. AND HOPEFULLY THE PLAYERS WILL BE HAPPY WITH THAT GAME AND I WON'T BE ANSWERING MY PHONE SAYING "NO WE DON'T HAVE A GAME EXACTLY LIKE POWERBALL."))
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Lottery officials are also worried that North Carolina is increasingly likely to start its own lottery.
That could mean 100-million dollars a year LESS in Virginia Lottery sales.
The Lottery currently contributes about 310-million dollars a year to the state budget.
One week after Governor Jim Gilmore laid out his 1999 budget priorities, Virginia Democrats are responding.
It's likely to be a winter of "one-upsmanship," with state revenues at record levels.
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((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: UH- I THINK WHAT WE CAN DO WITH THE LOTTERY, I THINK WE'RE IN A POSITION NOW TO GO AHEAD AND IN THE NEXT YEAR OF THIS BIENNIUM, IS TO EARMARK A HUNDRED PERCENT OF THE LOTTERY PROCEEDS FOR SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION.))
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The Governor wants lottery proceeds to go to schools.
Democrats are pushing school BUILDINGS.
They're also pushing a college tuition cut-- to make up for tuition increases in the early '90s.
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((DEL. ALAN DIAMONSTEIN/D-NEWPORT NEWS: AND WE REQUIRED STUDENTS TO BEAR MORE OF THE COST OF EDUCATION. AS A RESULT, UNFORTUNATELY COLLEGE IS NOW PRICED OUT OF THE REACH OF MANY OF OUR STUDENTS.))
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Governor Jim Gilmore has NOT ruled out a tuition cut.
More budget announcements are expected between now and December when he unveils his budget.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Coming up, an election dispute spells trouble for a local N-double-A-C-P chapter.
Plus, why more and more businesses are setting up shop on Smith Mountain Lake.
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((Hey folks this is Mike Stevens!
The Radford Highlanders moved to 3-and-0 on the season tonight.
Ferrum has the player of teh year in the Atlantic Central.
George Welsh celebrates the Peach and tunes u for Tech.
Plus, the Tech-UVa is creating a conflict for high school football fans.
All that more tonight on the Big 7.))
Is a computer glitch caused by the coming new millenium the work of God?
That's a theory the Reverend Jerry Falwell is putting forward in a new video-tape called "A Christian's Guide to the Millenium Bug."
In it, he says the computer problem could be God's way of starting a world-wide religious revival.
The bug known as "Y-2-K" could disrupt systems, because computers might read the year as 19-hundred instead of two-thousand, and just shut down.
Falwell advises stocking up on food, gasoline and ammunition as January two-thousand nears.[NAACP]
A dispute within the local chapter of the N-Double A-C-P continues to simmer two weeks after members elected a new president.
Brenda Hale narrowly defeated Martin Jeffrey for a two-year term that begins in January, but some who wanted to vote were reportedly turned away because their names were not on a membership list.
Jeffrey says a review of the vote will help to preserve the group's integrity and its relationships with others.
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((THAT'S AT STAKE, MAKING SURE WE HANDLE OUR BUSINESS PROPERLY AND THAT'S WHY IT'S A SENSITIVE MATTER. AND IT'S A CRITICAL TIME FOR OUR ORGANIZATION.))
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Brenda Hale says she welcomes a review of the election by state and national officials.
They're expected to rule on the complaint by early December.
State colleges and universities are tired of footing the bill for teaching freshmen what they should already have learned in high school.
A plan to have local school districts issue warranties of sorts on high school graduates is being considered by Virginia's higher education officials.
If enacted, the proposal would require districts to pay for any remedial classes that students must take as college freshmen.
The proposal reflects frustration among state ranks that one quarter of Virginia's public high school graduates must take remedial classes in the state's public colleges.
Smith Mountain Lake residents say finally, they have a shopping community to call their own.
Lake residents are building more than new homes -- They're also building a sturdy retail business.
The latest arrival is Capps Home Building Center -- featuring a drive-through loading zone plus a portable conveyor belt to stock entire shelves at once.
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((WE'RE GETTING TO THE POINT WHERE WE CAN STAY IN THIS COMMUNITY AND SPEND OUR MONEY HERE INSTEAD OF TRAVELING TO ROANOKE OR LYNCHBURG.))
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Capps joins a growing number of stores and services at Smith Mountain Lake.
Residents say only a few years ago, all they had was a grocery store.
And new retail space under construction promises even more opportunity.
Just ahead -- Virginia's first family is moving out of the executive mansion, for now.
Plus, the Colorado Blue Spruce that will decorate the mansion this Christmas comes from the mountains of Southwest Virginia.
We'll show you, in just a moment.
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Four-point-7 million dollars of Tudor stucco architecture may soon house Virginia's First Family.
The Governor confirmed today that he's interested in renting a mansion in Richmond's West End as a temporary executive residence.
That's while Virginia's Executive Mansion undergoes about seven months of renovation.
It's a Colorado blue spruce-- but it's NOT from Colorado.
Governor Jim Gilmore today accepted a 12-foot tall spruce tree grown in Carroll County.
The spruce was grown at Billy Cornette's Reed Island Farm.
The Governor praised the tree for its 360-degree perfection.
He says the First Lady wants mansion guests to be able to walk around the whole tree... not just see one side.
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Radford U. hoop hilites, the first shots are fired in the annual Tech-UVa battle.
That big game is creating some problems from are high school football fans.
And the Braves acquire Jordan.
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But first in tonight's Extra Point we head to Raljon, Maryland the home of the Redskins.
They haven't had much to cheer about their this year but this man delighted the crowd by signing the national anthem yesterday.
His name is Ernie Holley.
He's from Staunton and he also was by high school guidance counselor, plus he sang at my wedding.
He won a rigorous tryout to earn the right to sing yesterday.
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We begin this morning down at the Dedmon Center in Radford where the Highlanders got their toughest test of the season against Metro Atlantic Member St.Peter's.
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The Highlanders came onto the floor looking to go 3-and-0 for the first time since the 1990-91 season.
RU did a good job on the offensive boards in the early going as Jason Williams skies for the ball, and get the putback for 2 of his 6 points.
Then in transition, Lamar King pushes the ball to the hole and beats the St. Peter's defenders for the driving hoop.
Now take a look at the most impressive back door cut, as Jamar Betz connects with Leslie Ballard on the baseline for the bucket.
Ricky Bellinger made life miserable for the Highlanders last night as he scored a game high 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting.
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But Ryan Charles was the man for the Highs as he scored 24 and hit the gamer winner at the buzzer.
Radford wins it 73-to-71 to stay unbeaten.
The Ferrum College Panthers had a winning season this year and a big reason for the success of the program
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was the play of linebacker J.C. Harmon.
The preseason all-american was named the defensive player of the year today in the Atlantic Central Football Conference.
He had 101 tackles this season as Ferrum finshed 6 and 4 overall.
The Virginia Cavaliers celebrated their new Peach Bowl berth today, and at the same time took time to talk about the Hokies.
Steve Mason was there for it all.
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Unfortunately for football teams in the area, the Tech-UVa kicks off at Noon and the state semi-final football game around the state get underway at 1:30.
Many folks think the VHSL would have been wise to play the games on Friday or Saturday night.
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Larry Johnson, the boy's program director for the Virginia High school league told me this afternoon that the only team to request that their game be moved was Giles high school.
But Johnson says the only way the VHSL can consider a switch is if both teams agree to one, and Powell Valley opted to keep the kickoff at 1:30.
Johnson admits that by going head to head with the Tech-UVa game the VHSL will certainly lose money at the gate.
Still to come tonight, some football and baseball news plus,
word that the Hulkster, Hollywood Hogan is set to retire - for real!!
The Alomars are reuniting for next season in the big leagues.
Yesterday the Indians, who already have catcher Sandy Alomar, now have his brother Roberto, the former Oriole and Blue Jay.
The Indians have given the free agent a reported 4 year $32 million dollar contract.
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The Braves beat that number as they free agent Brian Jordan to a five year $40 million dollar contract.
Jordan layed this season for the Cards, but he lives in Atlanta.
If you've been watching WCW lately you probably have noticed Hollywood Hogan has been Missing in action.
Sources with W-C-W say Hogan will announce his retirement Thursday night on the Tonight Show.
Like him or hate him, Hogan has been in the forefront as wrestling made its charge to the mainstream.
While this sounds like another sinister wrestling plot, WCW HAS removed Hogan from all future shows.
Finally tonight -- police officers are trained to chase criminals, but for some deputies in Tennessee today, the chase was more like going on a wild safari.
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An emu led sheriff's deputies on a wild chase through the woods for hours this morning in Knox County.
Officers tried to capture the five foot bird after it escaped from a nearby farm.
It took a couple of hours, but the emu finally surrendered to the law and is back on the farm safe and sound.
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