On News-7 tonight a killer is sentenced for killing his three- year old son and an attempt on the life of a Salem p
And we begin our SERIES of reports on the missing Confederate Treasure.
Tonight in sports, we'll have everything from cross country to canned food to your Thanksgiving football platter.
Plus, we'll check in with the Hokies who have a quarterback with tonsilitis and a bowl venue that's still uncertain.
Another mild day and the long range holiday forecast continues to be mild. Just a chance of a sprinkle in the next 36 hours.
A 38-year-old Roanoke man who murdered his toddler son and tried to kill two police officers earned 3 life sentences today.
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Tina Tenret was in court today with Kelvin Vaughn.
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A hearing for two teenagers charged with murder provided few details of the crime today.
Charges were certified to a Bedford County grand jury, but the preliminary hearing was closed to reporters.
17- year- old Randy Ross faces a charge of capital murder. He's accused of shooting Jamelle Poindexter to death in September.
Ross' sixteen year- old girlfriend Keirstin Davis is charged with first- degree murder and robbery.
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The judge certified all of the charges to the grand jury that meets in early December.
Defense attornies say they will ask the judge to move the trial when the case reaches circuit court.
A man was arraigned today for the worst multiple-murder in Roanoke since Robbie May's New Year's Eve rampage in Old Southwest.
Michael Jerrod Clements was formally charged with six counts of murder and one count of arson.
Clements allegedly set fire to a Church Avenue apartment building on May 18.
Six people died in the blaze.
If convicted, Clements could be sentenced to seven life terms in prison.
The trial is set for early February.
An attempt to overturn Virginia's laws against sodomy has been filed by an attorney for one of the 18 men arrested in Roanoke for soliciting under-cover police officers.
The investigation was prompted by a citizen complaint about public sex acts in Wasena and Smith Parks.
Roanoke Attorney Sam Garrison filed a motion to dismiss on behalf of Everette Elmo Davidson.
He says sodomy laws have been selectively enforced. It's also a first amendment issue, Garrison says, because it's an attempt to enforce religious views of morality.
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Officials believe the 15-year old was responsible for the July 28th fire at the Willow River apartments.
Police say the boy set the apartment on fire while burning some basketball trading cards he had apparently stolen and was supposed to return.
Officials say the investigation into the other fires continues.
A Roanoke woman has been charged with setting fire to a relative's home early this morning.
Police charged Sharon D. Jones with burglary and arson, in a fire that destroyed an apartment in the 23-hundred block of Staunton Avenue.
Jones and a family member were fighting, as the upper part of the building burned, when police got there. Firefighters soon had the flames out.
Jones could be facing additional charges.
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Smokers rush to beat the price hikes. Still ahead, a big increase in cigarette prices is keeping stores busy.
Later- -on NEWS 7 at SIX, "Treasure Trails:" The first half of our series on buried treasure... how this man may be closing in on the lost Confederate Treasury funds.
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Lighting up is going to cost you more.
It's the price smokers have to pay under last week's 200-billion dollar tobacco settlement.
The money reimburses states for the cost of treating smoking-related illnesses.
But as Scott Goldberg reports, it's smokers who have to foot the bill.
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Anyone buying cigarettes today found out what the national tobacco settlement means to smokers.
((REGGIE JOHNSON: SERIOUSLY, I'M GOING TO HAVE TO STOP SMOKING, THAT IS JUST ... 45 CENTS??))
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Stores that sell tobacco, and store owners like Frank Wilkerson don't have a choice.
They're raising prices, after the country's two biggest tobacco companies said they'd raise THEIR prices...45 cents a pack.
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((SCOTT GOLDBERG: OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, RETAILERS LIKE WILKERSON HAVE WATCHED SALES FALL AS ATTACKS ON TOBACCO HAVE MADE CIGARETTES LESS POPULAR. NOW, AFTER THE LARGEST PRICE HIKE IN CIGARETTE HISTORY, THEY EXPECT TO SEE EVEN MORE OF THEIR PROFITS GO UP IN SMOKE.))
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George Brammer's firm, A-G Edwards, predicts tobacco companies will do just fine because they sell so much overseas.
But the settlement will hurt sales in the U-S.
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And that makes Frank Wilkerson mad.
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It's the price smokers pay for indulging in a habit that's come under heavy political fire.
Scott Goldberg, news-7 Roanoke.
We checked several area stores. All said they expect to raise their prices by the end of the week.
The so called "Smart Road" won't be sharing space with a high speed rail system.
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American Maglev had hoped to build a nearly two mile test bed for what could one day be the world's fastest train adjacent to the "smart highway" in Montgomery County.
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But Virginia Tech recently decided to pull out of the project.
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((LARRY HINCKER/VIRGINIA TECH SPOKESMAN: WHAT THIS IS IS A DEMONSTRATION PROJECT WHERE THE TECHNOLOGY IS ALREADY DEFINED AND THEY ARE SIMPLY TRYING TO SCALE UP AND SEE WHAT IT DOES AT A FULL SIZED DEMONSTRATION AND AS A RESULT THERE WASN'T MUCH ROLE FOR THE UNIVERSITY FACULTY TO BECOME INVOLVED IN RESEARCH. ))
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American MagLev is currently looking at other sites in Virginia.
But a Richmond based lobbyist for the company says it's unclear whether they'll be able to keep a seven million dollar loan approved by the General Assembly now that Virginia Tech has backed out of the project.
Some drivers along Interstate-81 faced back-ups this afternoon when a truck caught fire.
The driver of this tractor trailer pulled over to the side of the road when he noticed flames coming from the rear of his truck.
Firefighters were able to extinquish the blaze quickly.
Officials suspect the truck's brakes caused the fire.
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Just twelve miles down the road, another vehicle caught fire in a rest stop.
Witnesses noticed smoke coming from this van.
Officials say it was fully engulfed by the time the owner returned to the vehicle.
Troutville firefighters were able to contain the blaze within minutes.
No one was injured in either incident.
Wall Street couldn't keep all of yesterday's advance.
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The Dow retreated 73 points, falling back just above 93-hundred. NASDAQ slipped 11 points.
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Buried treasure. It's the kind of thing dreams are made of.
But how many are there left, out there, actually waiting to be found?
There's at least one genuine treasure trove everyone agrees once existed- -most likely STILL does.
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((It's the Confederate Treasury.
In the final days of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis left Richmond on a slow train south on the night of April 2, 1865, headed for Danville.
((THE ENTIRE TREASURY IS MISSING))
This area's premiere civil war historian says there's a lot we DON'T know about whatever became of the treasury. But Danville native Bud Robertson says there's no question the Presidential train was followed by two car-loads of cash.
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((THE BOXCARS CONTAINED ABOUT 22,000 LBS OF GOLD AND SILVER COIN. THAT WE KNOW.))
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((IN ADDITION TO THE GOLD, THE CONFEDERATE TREASURY LIKELY CONTAINED A LARGE AMOUNT OF COPPER PENNIES, 16-18,000 POUNDS OF BRITISH STERLING, SOME CONFEDERATE NOTES- -THAT IS PAPER MONEY- -AND 50 KEGS OF UNCIRCULATED MEXICAN SILVER DOLLARS.))
It's those silver dollars that most intrigue treasure hunters... 200-thousand silver coins ...like this replica Ed Powers carries around with him.
Expanding on 20-years of research, "Big Ed" has tracked down the exact spot where the treasure train was parked on the evening of April 3rd.
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((ISN'T THAT HARD TO BELIEVE? 133 YEARS LATER, AND IT'S STILL HERE.))
Ed Powers lives in Louisburg, North Carolina, but he's tied to this spot on Craghead Street in Danville.
His mentor, J. Frank Carroll, wrote the book on the Confederate Treasure.
"Big Ed" has it practically memorized.
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(("WELL LIKE ON PAGE 35, AS AN EXAMPLE RIGHT HERE."))
But that doesn't mean he knows where to start digging.
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((HA HA HA. TRUST ME. I DON'T KNOW WHERE IT'S AT. IF I DID I'D GO DIG IT UP.[runs :04] But you think you're close? I'M AWFUL CLOSE, I THINK.))
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((You believe you know exactly where it is.
OH YES, I CERTAINLY DO.))
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Valued at 523-thousand dollars in 1865- -the Confederate Treasury could be worth 20 times that now.
So "Big Ed" spends a lot of time around Carroll, hoping for hints.
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((AFTER HAVING READ THE BOOK SO MANY TIMES AND GONE OVER IT SO THOROUGHLY, I SOMEHOW BELIEVE THAT IF ANYBODY HAS A SHOT AT IT, BIG ED DOES.))
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((Aren't you afraid that raising the public consciousness about this is just going to bring out more people who are doing what you're doing and may get there first? YES, THAT POSSIBILITY LOOMS. YEAH.))
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We'll have more on the missing Confederate Treasury on NEWS 7 at 11 tonight.
You can also learn a lot more by visiting our web site: W-D-B-J- -7--dot-com.
Coming up for you tonight in sports, the Express gives back to the community, we'll check out some NFL and cross country news.
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Plus, our Tech-UVa previews continue as we check in with the Hokies who have a quarterback without voice and a sore throat.
Last year when Virginia Tech and Virginia got together in Charlottesville, Al Clark was played on a bad knee.
Well, when the two teams meet for the 80th time this Saturday, Clark's knee will be just fine, but his voice may not be worth a nickel.
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UVa knows its postseason destination will be Peachy, but Tech still is uncertain where it will spend the Holidays.
And it's not likely Tech will know if its headed to Nashville or Tuscon after Saturday's game.
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And if you're planning to serve up some football this Thanksgiving, you can feast on the Steelers-Lions game this Thursday at 12:30 right here on WDBJ-7.
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And then on Friday, the West Virginia Mountaineers return to Your Hometown Station for a 2:30 kickoff against Pitt in the backyard brawl.
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Drew Bledsoe led New England to victory over the Dolphins in the final seconds of last night's game despite a broken finger.
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Bledsoe suffered a double fracture of the index finger on his throwing hand when he banged it against a Miami defender's helmet.
It happened during the 80 yard game winning drive, but it didn't stop him from connecting with Shawn Jefferson.
The 25 yard touchdown pass with 29 seconds on the clock powered the Patriots over Miami 26-to-23.
Bledsoe says he'll shake it off and be on the field next week.
The NCAA cross country championships wrapped up yesterday for women out in Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kansas.
Local product Trish Nervo
the former Glenvar standout and winner of the festival 10k run, finished a very respectable 75th out of 254 runners.
Nervo quailfied for the meet by first finishing second in the ACC meet, and then sixth in the Southeast regional that were held at Furman University.
Nervo will be back at the University of North Carolina next year for her senior season.
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The Roanoke Express and their fans teamed up to help the needy Saturday.
Fans donated turkeys and canned food as they entered the Civic Center.
In return the Express gave them a ticket to an upcoming
The 650 pounds of food collected is on its way to the Roanoke Rescue Mission.
The Express return to the roundhouse on Thanksgiving night for a game with the Huntington Blizzard.
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Firefighters are having a tough time battling blazes in area forests.
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Jean Jadhon is in the Newsroom with more.
Keith, the biggest fire now is in Augusta County, near Staunton. Its behavior is described as "extreme", meaning it is very difficult to control.
Officials say more than 500-acres of federal land have been destroyed so far.
They expect that number to quadruple before the fire is contained.
leven. We'll tell you what's making this fire exceptional, and how firefighters are battling the blaze tonight on News 7 at E