On the eve of a four-day Holiday weekend, you may find you've got a lot of company.
ALSO coming up on NEWS 7 a workers' comp settlement at Bassett Furniture....
...and a background check on the Roanoke County officer who used pepper spray on a 77-year old woman.
Tonight in sports, the Pete Gillen era at University Hall begins tonight, the Martinsville-Salem game is now messing with Santa Claus's plans.
And we'll take a look at the sack men from Tech and UVa who figure to take an active role in determining Saturday's outcome.
A bit of rainy travel tonight but things clear quickly on Thanksgiving Day. More straight ahead.
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Millions of people are packing up and heading out for Thanksgiving.
That's expected to create crowded conditions on the roadways.
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Stacey Martin is standing alongside I-81 with more.
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People catching a plane tonight should have no problems, once they get to the terminal.
Officials at the Roanoke airport says most flights are on time.
However, their parking lots are full, and people are being directed to satellite parking.
Officials say last minute travelers should give themselves extra time, if they're planning to leave their car at the airport.
The family of a man who was killed on the job at Bassett Furniture has settled its workers' compensation claim against the company.
Standing outside the furniture plant today, family members announced they've received a check for the death benefits of Gabino Ibarra.
Ibarra died in 1995 when he fell through a 12-foot hole on the third floor of a Bassett warehouse.
He had been sending money to Mexico to support his destitute parents.
After three years of fighting the claim, Bassett Furniture decided to settle for around 64-thousand dollars. (/////
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((ANITA LAWRENCE/CITIZENS FOR IMPROVED WORKERS' COMPENSATION: HIS FAMILY SHOULD NOT HAVE HAD TO PUT UP SUCH A FIGHT AND WAIT SO LONG TO GET WHAT THEY WERE ENTITLED TO UNDER THE STATE LAW OF VIRGINIA.))
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[OUT Q=state law of Virginia.]
In a statement from Bassett Furniture, the company says it never wanted to deny benefits to Ibarra's parents, but just wanted proper evidence that they were entitled to them under the law.
Franklin County authorities have concluded their search for a killer.
Investigators say the man who killed (Willie Kathy) Willey Cathey killed himself after he was arrested on un-related charges.
All evidence indicates that Frank Kirkland, a known drug dealer from North Carolina, had something to do with Cathey's death.
Cathey was shot and burned, left on a private driveway in the Sydnorsville section of Franklin County.
Officials believe his death was drug-related.
Kirkland would have been charged with capital murder.
Officials say the case is closed.
Roanoke County's pepper spray investigation continues,.
Officials now hope to release their review of the incident early NEXT week.
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77- year- old Goldie Akers was sprayed in the face on the morning of November 8th.
She was sitting in her car parked in the wrong direction, when officer Russell Metcalf stopped to investigate.
County officials had hoped to complete their investigation before Thanksgiving, but they say a few issues remain to be worked out.
Martinsville Attorney Rickey Young says he wasn't surprised when he read about the pepper spray incident.
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In 1992, Young represented Henry Gravely, a man who was arrested following an altercation at the Elephant Walk Lounge in Roanoke County.
Gravely accused Officer Metcalf of using excessive force then, but the charge was later dismissed.
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((IT WAS AN INTERESTING CASE, BECAUSE ALL OF THE EVIDENCE WAS AGAINST IN MY OPINION OFFICER METCALF, BUT POLICEMEN WALK IN WITH THAT BIG SHIELD ON THEIR CHEST AND PEOPLE AUTOMATICALLY BELIEVE THAT THEY HAVE TO DO THE RIGHT THING. I LIKE TO BELIEVE THEY DO THE RIGHT THING. I JUST DON'T BELIEVE THAT THEY ALWAYS DO THE RIGHT THING.))
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A court rules Governor Gilmore went too far. Still ahead, a ruling in favor of a wife who pulled the plug.
The Reverend Jerry Falwell and his son, Jerry, Junior, talk about their tenuous connection to the long-lost Confederate Treasury.
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Wall Street enters the holiday on the positive side.
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The Dow rose about 13 points, to 93-14. NASDAQ climbed almost 19.
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For more than 100 years treasure hunters have been confounded by a set of ciphers, a coded message that purports to pinpoint the location of the Beale Treasure.
Legend has it that Thomas Beale brought back four tons of gold, silver and jewels from an expedition out west in the early 19th Century.
Tonight we have a new explanation for what's supposedly buried in Bedford County.
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Peter Viemeister has spent 20 years researching the legend. Now he's come up with a new theory.
The Beale Papers- -published in 1885- -could have been an elaborate cover story.
In his new book, Viemeister wonders whether a small circle of Confederate officers could have concocted the Beale Papers as a means of accounting for the Confederate Treasury.
((AND THEY MAKE UP CIPHERS THAT NOBODY CAN SOLVE, AND MAYBE THAT'S WHY NOBODY HAS REALLY SOLVED IT, BECAUSE MAYBE THOSE CYPHERS WERE NEVER INTENDED TO BE SOLVED.))
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We know the Confederate Treasury left Richmond late on the night of April 2, 1865- -headed for Danville.
((THE THEORY IN THIS NEW BOOK IS WELL, NO, IT WAS DIVERTED BEFORE THEY GOT TO DANVILLE.))
Either way, the train would have passed through Burkeville.
In 1865 it was a convenient stopping point... a source of water. Just as they do today, the tracks came to a crossroads in Burkeville.
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Six weeks earlier Robert E. Lee had written the Confederate secretary of War, urging that "everything of value be removed from Richmond to Lynchburg or some point west."
One week before General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, the treasure could have been taken to Bufordville- -now Montvale- -for safe keeping.
((THE GUYS WHO WERE DOING THIS REALLY WERE PRETTY HONORABLE GUYS. THEY WERE PUTTING THIS STUFF IN THE GROUND FOR HONORABLE PURPOSE, FOR THEIR LOYALTY TO THE SOUTH.))
Viemeister doesn't name names in his book, but he suspects Confederate paymaster Ferdinand Hutter could have written the Beale papers to explain the eventual recovery of such a sizable fortune.
Lieutenant Hutter lived in Lynchburg. His home still stands in the Sandusky area.
((THE CURRENT OCCUPANT OF THAT HOUSE IS REVEREND JERRY FALWELL.))
((I WONDER IF THEY REALLY LOOKED THROUGH ALL THE CLOSETS CAREFULLY.))
Jerry Falwell's son has researched the history of the house.
((THERE IS AN ATTIC THAT WE'VE NEVER BEEN IN, SO, I DON'T KNOW.))
((Could there be something in the attic that could shed some light on this? I DON'T KNOW, BUT I COULD TELL YOU IN MORNING. HA HA.))
It's unlikely the treasure is buried on Falwell's seven-acre estate; The evangelist would still like to know more about it.
((AND IF WE FIND IT, WE'LL DOUBLE THE SIZE OF LIBERTY UNIVERSITY WITHIN 12 MONTHS AND THANK JEFFERSON DAVIS IN THE PROCESS.))
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If the Falwell- -Confederate gold connection seems too far-fetched, you may prefer another theory.
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On News 7 at 11 tonight, we'll consider whether the Beale Treasure
is buried MORE than four miles from Montvale.
You can read the Beale Papers- -including the coded "Locality of the Vault"- -on our web page... at W-D-B-J- -7.-co
Coming your way tonight on the Big 7, some NASCAR news and your holiday sports viewing schedule.
We'll hear from the Hoos and Hokies.
Plus, it's a big night in Charlottesville as Pete Gillen makes his U-Hall debut as the Cavs host Hampton.
The Virginia men's basketball is on the hardwood at Univeristy Hall tonight taking on Hampton University.
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This is Pete Gillen's University Hall debut as the new Cavalier head coach had his team on the road for the first four games of the season playing everywhere from Richmond to Alsaka.
The Cavs come into the game with a 2-and-2 record.
Hampton gave UNC fits before losing by eleven on Monday night to the Heels.
The game tipped off just a few moments ago. The game is tied at 8-all early in the first half. We will highlights of this one for you tonight at 11.
While most student-athletes at area high schools got out for Thanksgiving break today, some girls' hoopsters in Region Four will be hitting the hardwood tonight in the region 4 semi-finals.
Patrick County is playing at Grundy and Virginia High is at Bassett. The winners move on to State next week in Salem.
Six of Friday Football Extra's teams are still in the hunt for a state championship.
But the game that is attracting the most attention is the division four semi-finals that pits Martinsville against Salem.
We talked earlier in the week about how the Tech UVa game conflicts with all of these games.
But Martinsville's Taylor Edwards says he never thought about moving his game.
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The game is causing a disruption in Martinsville. The cIty's annual Christmas parade that was set for two in the afternoon Saturday has been moved to 10am.
Usually, whenever Tech and UVa get together it is billed as a battle of the quarterbacks or running backs.
But this year I encourage you to keep an eye on the two defensive end stars in this game.
Tech's Corey Moore and UVa's Patrick Kerney.
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Both speedsters lead their respective conferences in sacks, Moore with 12 and Kerney with 14. But they are different in size. Moore is 6 feet and weighs around 220 pounds.
In his senior year, the 6 foot 6 Kerney has beefed up to 260 pounds, but he started out much like Moore, underweight and underated. Kerney holds Moore's dedication in high regard.
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The Governor may feel he's morally right... but taxpayers will now be picking up both tabs in the Hugh Finn case.
The severely brain-damaged man died October 9th, after three and a half years on a feeding tube that his wife went to court to finally remove.
But Michele Finn was outraged that she had to fight Governor Jim Gilmore, even after getting a judge's permission to remove the feeding tube.
The governor commented this morning.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: YOU KNOW YOU HAVE TO DO WHAT YOU THINK IS RIGHT AND AND WHAT'S IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE COMMUNITY AND THE INVIDIDUALS INVOLVED. AND THAT'S WHAT I DID. SO WE'LL SEE WHAT THE JUDGE SAYS.))
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What Prince William County Judge Frank Hoss Junior said today was that Gilmore owes Mrs. Finn 13- thousand dollars in legal fees.
The Judge says the Governor exceeded his authority.
He say Gilmore and others who oppose the right-to-die law should make their argument in the political arena -- NOT in court.
April and May means tax time for MOST Virginians.
But Thanksgiving is tax time for Virginia's first citizens.
The Mattaponi (matta-puh-NYE) and Pamunkey (puh-MUN-kee) Indians made their 352nd annual tax payment today in the form of game and tribal gifts.
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[IN Q=It's a tradition]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: IT'S A TRADITION THAT IS AS BONDING TO OUR CULTURES AS THE SHARED NAMES OF VIRGINIA'S CITIES AND RIVERS AND TOWNS AND LAKES. IT'S A TRADITION THAT THRUSTS UPON US A REGARD AND A RESPECT FOR WHO WE ARE AS VIRGINIANS.))
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((WILLIAM "SWIFTWATER" MILES/PAMUNKEY INDIAN CHIEF: YOU'VE CUT THE CAR TAX. YOU'RE WORKING ON OTHER TAXES. WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO FOR THE NATIVE AMERICANS? laughs))
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After the ceremony, the Governor reflected on the question.
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[IN Q=No hoof]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: NO HOOF TAX. THAT'S THE THING. NO HOOF TAX.))
[OUT Q=hoof tax. 2X!]
But after three and half centuries of tradition in Virginia, the Indian tax is NOT likely to go away.
After all, deer don't vote.
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