Coming up on News 7- Another hunter is dead after an accident in Franklin County.
The busiest shopping season of the year has retailers seeing green.
A Botetourt County school for troubled boys fights to stay open.
And a special anniversary at Virginia Tech.
News 7 is next.
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For the second time in less than two weeks, a hunting accident proves deadly in Franklin County.
Authorities say a 24-year-old man was killed after his uncle reportedly mistook him for a deer, and shot him.
Today's accident occurred around 8-30 this morning in a mountainous region of the Endicott area.
10 days ago, Franklin County High School student Raymond Hall was shot and killed by his older brother Verlon Hall while the two were hunting deer.
That shooting took place in the Cahas (KAY-hahs) Mountain section of the county.
The man who crashed into an entrance at Valley View Mall is in custody but the repairs are just beginning...
both outside the mall and at Mitchell's Formal Wear.
Police say Abdul Almasori drove through this entrance near J-C Penney late last night.
He then tried to rob the formal wear store.
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((TOBY WATSON/MITCHELL'S FORMAL WEAR: TWO BIG PANELS TO THE FRONT HAVE BEEN BUSTED. OF COURSE, THERE LOOKS LIKE THERE'S DAMAGE TO SOME TUXEDO COATS--THE GLASS IS EMBEDDED IN THE COATS AND IT WAS JUST A TOTAL MESS THIS MORNING.))
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Police caught up with the would-be robber, doused him with pepper spray and arrested him.
Meanwhile, workers were putting up temporary doors at the crash site tonight.
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President Clinton is back in Washington tonight after a short vacation at Camp David.
Earlier today, his lawyers handed over the president's answers to a list of questions from Henry Hyde.
The chairman of the House judiciary committee asked 81 questions, several of them asking the president to admit or deny giving false testimony under oath.
The president said again he did not lie about his affair with Monica Lewinsky.
House Republicans already are drafting three potential articles of impeachment against the president.
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Some thirty people are hurt and a bus driver is dead in Seattle, after the bus he was driving plunged through a bridge and landed on top of an apartment building.
Police say it happened after a passenger shot the driver.
The gunman reportedly was injured and is now in police custody.
About half of the bus's passengers are in critical condition.
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Prison officials in Texas continue a manhunt tonight.
They're looking for an escaped death row inmate.
Last night, Martin guh-ROO-lee and six others cut through a fence in the prison's recreation yard, then hid on a roof.
When guards starting shooting, the six surrendered.
But Gurule escaped.
He was sentenced to death for killing two men during a robbery in 19-92.
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Exxon and Mobil stocks led a Wall Street rally today.
The oil giants confirmed they're talking about a merger.
It would create the world's biggest energy company and the United States' biggest corporation in terms of revenue.
Mobil's headquarters are in northern Virginia.
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The forest fire in Augusta County is nearly contained.
A little bit of rain- -together with helicopters ferrying water to hot spots along the edge of the fire- -gave firefighters an edge in extinguishing the blaze.
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((WE HAVE SOME LINES THAT WE're STILL NOT VERY KEEN ABOUT. THEY'RE NOT AS SECURE AS WE'D LIKE TO HAVE THEM. SO THEY'RE EXPANDING THOSE LINES, MAKING THEM MORE SECURE. WE ALSO HAVE CREWS RIGHT UP AGAINST THE FIRE. SOMETHING WE HADN'T BEEN ABLE TO DO.))
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There have been a couple of minor injuries to firefighters.
The Forest Service is investigating the exact cause of this 16-hundred acre fire- -believed to have been the result of human activity in the Stony Lick area.
Two other- -much SMALLER- -forest fires have been reported in these extremely dry conditions... one near Clifton Forge, another in Craig County.
No doubt there are many tired feet and empty wallets tonight.
Shoppers flocked to the stores on what is traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year.
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75-thousand people were expected at Valley View Mall alone.
It's a day retailers count on to guage the upcoming shopping season.
((LOUISE DUDLEY/MALL MGR.: TODAY IS VERY IMPORTANT TO US. HOW SALES DO TODAY WILL GIVE US AN INDICATOR IF WE'RE GONNA HAVE A STRONG DECEMBER AS WELL.))
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The new exit ramp off of 581 leading to Valley View seemed to help traffic move along.
Extended shopping hours also helped disperse the crowd, but made for some weary workers.
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((ALL DAY LONG, TONS OF CUSTOMERS, NOT EVERYONE IN A GREAT MOOD.))
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Many of us, understandably, don't like battling other shoppers for a parking space...
So it's no surprise a record number of people who feel the same way are doing their shopping in CYBER-space.
This Blacksburg man has a closet full of stuff he's bought at virtual shopping malls.
And that's where he plans to spend at least some of his money this holiday season.
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((BEAMISH: I PROBABLY SPEND MORE SHOPPING ON THE INTERNET THAN I WOULD SPEND SHOPPING REGULARLY BECAUSE IT'S A LOT EASIER AND I DON'T HAVE TO GO OUT.))
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One poll says there's going to be a 300-percent increase in the number of computer users who do their holiday shopping online.
But few experts think so-called "e-commerce" will ever be as popular as shopping the old-fashioned way.
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((GASSMAN: QUITE FRANKLY WE TAKE A TABLE-POUNDING POSITION THAT SAYS "NO." CONSUMERS ARE NOT GOING TO BE SO INFATUATED WITH E-COMMERCE THAT THEY WILL STOP GOING TO THE STORES.))
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[online books, cds, mall from "Internet Shopping" tape #2]
Analysts point out that online shopping is a lot like buying things from a catalog.
But catalogs have been around for years.
And still, 97-percent of retail sales are made at real stores.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Later on News 7 at 11, will the drought effect local Christmas tree selection?
We'll take a look.
And it's been a quarter-century since women were first allowed into Virginia Tech's Corps of cadets.
A look back, after this.
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((O-K everybody we'll here the final words from Virginia Tech and Virginia on the eve of their big showdown in Blacksburg. Texas Tailback Ricky Williams becomes the N-C-A-A's all time leading rusher breaking Tony Dorsett's record. Maryland contines to roll on the hardwood with a win in the Puerto Rico Shootout but Tubbyy Smith's 4-th ranked Kentucky Wildcats fall to Pittsburgh.
All that and more tonight on News 7 Sports.))
The Wilderness Leadership Academy will lose its license from the state Department of Education, unless it can clean up its act by January.
But children at this school for troubled boys say Education Department reports do not show the whole picture.
Tina Tenret shows us the conditions inside the school.
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((15-year-old Kevin Yopp says the Wilderness Leadership Academy is his home and his family.
But he was transferred out after an Education Department report in September called the school unsafe and unsanitary.
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((KEVIN YOPP/FORMER STUDENT: TO THE SEXUAL MOLESTING I DISAGREE WITH THAT. NONE OF THAT GOES ON HERE THAT I KNOW OF.))
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Todd Daniel has worked here for three years.
He watched staff and students leave after the Department's report.
Counselors are only paid 16-thousand-dollars a year to start, but they all took a pay cut to keep the school open.
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((TODD DANIEL/ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: I'VE NEVER SEEN AN UNSAFE ACT. THERE'S NEVER BEEN A KID WHO'S BEEN INJURED HERE EXCEPT FOR THINGS IN DAILY ACTIVITIES. NOTHING LIFE THREATENING FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS.))
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Hammers and nails have hit the Wilderness Leadership Academy.
Dirty carpets have been ripped up and the floors are getting new tiles.
Bedrooms are clean with new paint, ceiling fans, and unbreakable security lights.
A new dishwasher and a full-time cook are expected to keep the kitchen clean.
And 16-year-old Mike Posey led his fellow students to repaint their classrooms, fix broken windows, and clean the carpets.
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((MIKE POSEY/STUDENT: BEFORE I CAME HERE I DIDN'T CARE ABOUT NOTHING. YOU KNOW, WHAT I DID, I JUST DID IT AND NOT WORRIED ABOUT IT. SINCE I'VE BEEN HERE THEY'VE HELPED ME WITH IT AND I CARE MORE ABOUT THINGS AND NOW I THINK ABOUT THINGS BEFORE I DO THEM.))
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Staff members say important records were NOT being kept until the Education Department cracked down -- but now supervisors make sure every T is crossed.
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((CHRIS THOMA/EDUCATION COORDINATOR: OUR FOCUS IS ALWAYS ON THE KIDS ... ARE MET THERE.))
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The Education Department will conduct a full inspection in January to see whether the Wilderness Leadership Academy deserves another license.
Tina Tenret News7 Botetourt County.))
A quarter of a century has passed since 25- young women altered the history of Virginia Tech's Corps of Cadets.
In the fall of 1973, the first women were admitted to the Corps to boost enrollment.
At the time, anti- war sentiment was high on college campuses.
But what did the male cadets think?
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((EMILY DAVIS/VIRGINIA TECH GRADUATE:MOST EMBRACED US, OTHERS WERE NOT AS HAPPY, THERE WERE UNITS THAT WEREN'T LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THEIR HISTORY, THEIR TRADITION OF THE CORE, BEING CHANGED BY ADMISSION OF THE WOMEN, MY HUSBAND WAS NOT HAPPY. ))
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The women say more than anything the experience allowed them a chance to form strong friendships.
Tonight-- they're holding a reunion on the Tech campus.
Later in the Newscast --
a look at Fantasyland -- close to home.
We'll show you the exhibit that's bringing the toys of Christmas past to life.
If you're thinking this weekend would be a perfect time to cut a Christmas tree, you're probably right.
But, if you're thinking this year was a great year to grow a tree, you're dead wrong.
Ellen Qualls reports on the drought that may dry up the Christmas tree market six or eight years from now.
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((Central Virginia's Rolling Oaks Farm got less than an inch of rainfall this year.
That's not much.
((NORM EDWARDS/ROLLING OAKS FARM: WE STARTED LOSING FIRST OF ALL THE SEEDLINGS THAT WE PLANTED THIS SPRING. AND ONCE MOST OF THOSE KIND OF WENT BY THE WAYSIDE, WE STARTED LOSING LAST YEAR'S SEEDLINGS. AND THAT'S WHAT REALLY STARTS TO BOTHER US. WE CAN KIND OF RECOVER FROM ONE YEAR. BUT WHEN WE START GETTING TWO YEARS IN A ROW, IT'S GONNA HURT US DOWNSTREAM.))
That could mean a Christmas tree shortage, as soon as Y2K plus four-- or 2004.
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((FOUR THOUSAND FEET OF PIPE ACTUALLY IRRIGATE THIS FIELD. BUT A TREE LIKE THIS IS NOT GOING TO GET ANY WATER IF IT'S SPRINKLED FROM A SPRINKLER BLOCKED BY A ROW OF TREES LIKE THIS.))
((NORM EDWARDS/ROLLING OAKS FARM: WELL WE PLANTED OUT ABOUT TWO THOUSAND SEEDLINGS THIS PAST YEAR. SO WE'VE LOST OVER 15- HUNDRED.))
((NORM EDWARDS/ROLLING OAKS FARM: IT'S JUST FRUSTRATING. YOU KNOW THERE'S NO SENSE IN SITTING AROUND AND CRYING ABOUT IT. WE'LL RECOVER.))
Norm Edwards spent last year as the President of the Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association.
So he knows just how bad it is for the industry statewide.
((NORM EDWARDS/ROLLING OAKS FARM: I KNOW I WAS TALKING TO GROWERS IN THE MOUNTAINS, OVER IN THE VALLEY, AND WHAT HAVE YOU OVER THE WEEKEND. AND THEY DON'T SEEM TO BE AS AFFECTED AS BAD AS WE WERE.))
So some good news-- tree farms in western Virginia could help fill a Christmas tree vacuum in about six years.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Henrico Co.))
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There's a new all time college rushing leader Virginia Tech and Virginia are set for tomorrow's showdown in Blacksburg.
And today both teams played players on the Football News All American Team.
Tech offensive lineman Derek Smith and defensive lineman Corey Moore were named third team along with Virginia's Wally Rainer.
U-V-A's Anthony Poindexter was second team.
And U-V-A defensive lineman Patrick Kerney was named first team. He leads the A-C-C with 14 quarterback sacks one shy of a school record held by Chris Slade.
And now here's tonights numbers.
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Virginia Tech and Virginia will knock heads tomorrow at noon in Lane Stadium.
Steve Mason takes a closer look at some of the keys for both teams.
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((Virginia Tech allows just 10.6 points per game. The Hokies give up only 105 yards on the ground per game. The nations 2nd rated scoring defense and it's 14th ranked run defense is on a collision course with Thomas Jones and Antoine Womack, Virginia's two tailbacks whose 227 yards per game average is 11th nationally.
Aaron Brooks has thrown only eight interceptions all season but has seen a defense as aggressive as Tech's only once in Tallahassee.
Beamer's secondary past the Rutgers test, intercepting six balls. Brooks gets this secondary's attention and has earned it's respect.
UVa's defense is seventh nationally in turnover margin. Patrick kerney, who has picked up the slack since Anthony Poindexter's injury, is quite aware of Tech's ground horses.
Put isn't this game more about emotion? While tthe hometeam has not faired well, count on Lane Stadium's colorful cheering section to play a factor.))
West Virginia and Pittsburgh hooked up this afternoon in the Big East Back-Yard Brawl.
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Don Nehlen on the sideline at the games start.
The Mountaineers led 3 to nothing than in the second quarter Marc Bulger goes to the air and hits Corey Ivy on the 24 yard T-D pass to make it 10 to nothing.
West Virginia led 17 to nothing when Pittsburgh's Kevan Barlow goes outside makes the nice spin move to score on the 9 yard run to make it 17 to 7 Mountaineers.
Bulger added to his first half stats on this play
he hooks up with Anthony Becht on the 4 yard T-D pass and West Virginia goes on to win it 52 to 14.
Ricky Williams is the N-C-Double-A career rushing leader.
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The record was held by Tony Dorsett who was on hand to watch Ricky run for the record.
And he would break it in dramatic style. With just over a minute left in the first quarter Williams breaks tackles at the line and takes off on a 60 yard T-D run.
Williams was 11 yards short when he made the long record setting run down the left side line.
Dorsett congratulated Williams after the run his old mark was 6-thousand 82 yards.
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Williams rushed for over 250 yards in the Longhorns 26 to 24 win over Texas A & M.
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In Lincoln today Nebraska and Colorado slugged it out.
Colorado took its first lead in the third quarter when Mike Moschetti hits Andy Peak on this 15 yard touchdown pass to make it 14 to 13.
But the game came down to a Chris Brown field goal.
Brown booted a trio of field goals this 25 yarder and the Cornhuskers hold on for the 16 to 14 win.
And coming up, The fourth ranked and defending national champion Kentucky Wildcats saw their 17 game win streak end today.
But fifth ranked Maryland remains undefeated with a win over U-C-L-A in the Puerto Rico Shootout.
Maryland has won its first five games by an average of 42 points and today in the Peurto Rico Shootout the Terps beat U-C-L-A 70 to 54.
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Bruin head coach Steve Lavin clapping in front of the bench.
The Terps jumped out to a 4 to nothing lead but when Jaron Rush hit this three pointer the lead was cut to 7 to 6.
But Maryland would take it inside Steve Francis throws the alley oop to Laron Profit for the jam and a five point lead.
Terence Morris had another good day on the court.
he matched his career high of 22 in the 70 to 54 win.
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The fourth ranked Kentucky Wildcats were upset in the shootout.
The Cats had their hands full with Pittsburgh on this play Scott Padgett works for the score putting back the missed shot for a 17 to 15 lead.
But the Cats couldn't do anything with Pitts
Vonteega Cummings. He had 20 points and 7 assists in the 68 to 54 win.
A holiday tradition in Roanoke has a new look this year.
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The History Museum of Western Virginia opened its annual Fantasyland exhibit today.
It's a collection of scenes, mechanical figures and toys that appeared in department store windows many years ago.
The two working O-scale train layouts are new this year.
And many pieces, like Santa's Sleigh and some elves have been restored.
Fantasyland will be open every day but Monday, between now and Christmas.
The museum also opened a new exhibit that looks back at the history of Roanoke's airport.
Wings over Woodrum Field includes airplane models, toys and other memorabilia.
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