What killed Derek Poindexter in police custody? Tonight, a medical examiner's ruling. And the officer who pepper-sprayed a 77 year old woman is terminated.
Plus, things are so dry now that even a "controlled burn" can quickly lead to big trouble.
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And a new proposal could mean fewer dogs in some homes, and more "pooper scoopers" on the streets.
Tonight in sports, it's been a busy day on the college football front.
Duke fires its coach, Clemson entertains from Tulane,
And the Virginia Tech Hokies officially accept an invitation to play in the Music City Bowl in Nashville.
We'll hear from Jim Weaver and some Tech players tonight in sports.
Temperatures soar and the records tumble again today. The hot December forecast is coming up.
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A toxicology report shows that a Roanoke man who died after being pepper sprayed apparently died of a cocaine overdose.
Derek Poindexter was pepper sprayed by officers in October after refusing to spit an object out of his mouth.
The police thought he was chewing crack cocaine.
A medical examiner's report shows Poindexter had a high concentration of cocaine in his blood when he died.
But according to officials, a report on mouth swab samples have not been returned.
Poindexter's relatives say they are dissatisfied with the results and will request a follow-up investigation.
Another pepper spray incident has left a Roanoke County officer without of a job tonight.
Russell Metcalf sprayed a 77-year-old woman with pepper spray earlier this month.
He was suspended with pay until police completed an investigation.
Today, the department announced it's terminating the 37-year-old officer.
Scott Goldberg joins us live tonight from the Roanoke County police headquarters.
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A former Wythe County school teacher will spend 15-years in prison for having sex with a former student.
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According to testimony, the girl was just 13-years old when she and 35-year old Michael Blevins began their relationship at Rural Retreat high school.
Blevins' attorneys had hoped their client would receive a seven year term...
That is the sentence Blevins is expected to receive in Smyth and Montgomery Counties as part of a plea agreement.
But Judge Colin Campbell opted for 15-years saying Blevins breached what is supposed to be confidence between a parent and teacher.
Amherst County firefighters have spent the past four hours battling a forest fire near Tobacco Row Mountain.
Authorities say a woman was burning trash in a barrel at her home on Wares Gap Road when sparks ignited the nearby woods.
The fire quickly got out of hand, destroying three outbuildings and blackening about five acres of woods.
Forestry department crews and a helicopter with a water bucket helped contain the blaze.
Crews are still mopping up at the scene.
How much money do local schools need for bricks and mortar?
Two separate study commissions with competing political agendas have produced different answers.
A commission run by state lawmakers is pushing for a history-making 600- million dollars in state aid to go for construction and repair.
But today, Governor Jim Gilmore's commission voted to back HIS plan.
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((WILBERT BRYANT/VIRGINIA SECRETARY OF EDUCATION: SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION IS ONLY ONE OF THE MANY VARIABLES IN THE EQUATION. GOVERNOR GILMORE HAS PUT FORTH A PLAN.))
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Halifax County's Superintendent served on the Governor's commission-- and was a little put off by the politics involved.
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((DENNIS WITT/HALIFAX CO. SUPERINTENDENT: THE SURVEY THAT THEY DID WITH ALL THE SUPERINTEDENTS ACROSS THE STATE TENDED TO PIT STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AGAINST SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION. AND WE NEED BOTH.))
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Expect how lottery profits are spent to be a big deal in the 1999 General Assembly.
State Police say Virginia will see few changes as a result of a new instant background check system for gun buyers. It was rolled out nationally today.
Virginia began instant background checks on handguns in 1989 and on rifles and shotguns in 1991.
Both started before the Brady Bill took effect in 1993.
Officials say having the whole country participate will give the state more access to Veteran's Administration mental health records and illegal alien records.
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((CAPT. LEWIS VASS/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: ALL 50 STATES ARE NOW DOING WHAT WE'VE BEEN DOING FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. [:03] Is it a good feeling? YES, IN A WAY IT IS, BECAUSE [:09]NOW WE KNOW THAT EVERYONE THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY REGARDLESS, WHO IS PURCHASING A FIREARM OR ATTEMPTING TO PURCHASE IS GOING THROUGH THIS BACKGROUND CHECK, AND IT WILL PROHIBIT THOSE PERSONS WHO HAVE CIRCUMVENTED THE SYSTEM BY GOING TO THOSE STATES THAT DIDN'T DO THE CHECKS.))
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Since Virginia put the system in place in November 1989, nearly 16-thousand sales have been denied after background checks.
More than half of those were because of felony convictions.
Roanoke City Council may crack down on dog owners-- even limiting how many dogs they can own.
Dog lovers on both sides of the issue are barking up a storm.
Tina Tenret tells us more.
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Clarissa Noland says her dog is so well-trained, he doesn't need a leash.
She says city council members should not force her to restrain Jazz.
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((I THINK DOGS NEED TO RUN, ESPECIALLY BREEDS LIKE AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERDS WHICH IS WHAT I HAVE. SHE JUST NEEDS TO RUN SOMETIME. I CAN'T KEEP HER ON A LEASH ALL THE TIME. A LOT OF THE TIME I HAVE A STROLLER IN THE OTHER TWO HANDS SO IT'S KIND OF HARD.))
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But city council members say too many dogs run stray.
About eight-thousand-animals A YEAR wind up in Roanoke Valley shelters -- abandoned.
Eight in ten are killed.
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So city council members may limit the number of dogs you can keep -- four if they're sterilized, only two if they are not sterilized.
Pet owners would have to leash their dogs and clean up after them.
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Nancy Puffer says most of the time, her Molly wears a leash.
She's all for the proposed law -- including the pooper scooper part.
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Roanoke City Council will hold a public hearing tonight to see how the proposed law sits with voters.
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Still ahead, an expert says global warming is NOT causing a problem for Virginia's farmers... but they may end up paying for over-reaction to it.
And after a disappointing loss Saturday, it looks like the Hokies are headed to Nashville for the Music City Bowl.
Details coming up in sports.
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Virginia farmers say their way of living is at stake, if the U-S signs a global "Greenhouse Emissions" treaty.
At the same time, Virginia's state climatologist says the farmers have a right to be angry with their government's willingness to sign the pact.
Andrew Freiden was at the Virginia Farm Bureau's annual convention in Roanoke.
He has more from our newsroom.
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Pat Michaels is controversial. He often disagrees with many of the warnings about global warming coming out of Washington.
He says, "sure, we have global warming-- but it's in the winter. So it's no big deal"
And he certainly doesn't think we should sign global treaties to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.
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Take the current drought in Virginia-- Sure it's bad news for farmers.
But farmers around here expect droughts every once in a while. Michaels says politicians like Vice President Gore attribute every extreme weather event to global climate change.
But farmers like Ned Jeter don't. And they don't like the winds they hear blowing south from DCTERMS.
((NED JETER/ROANOKE FARMER: THEY'RE GIVING FALSE INFORMATION TO THE PEOPLE, TO GET THEM TO FEEL ONE WAY, WHEN THE TRUE FACTS IS SOMETHING ALTOGETHER DIFFERENT.))
However, the White House and many environmentalists believe the "Global Warming" threat is real, and last year, the government agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions drastically.
But Michaels says if the KYOTO treaty passes the Senate, it will cripple Virginia Farmers.
((PAT MICHAELS/VA CLIMATOLOGIST: IT WOULD REQUIRE US TO RAISE THE PRICE OF ENERGY DRAMATICALLY. ON THE ORDER OF GREATER THAN THE ENERGY SHOCKS FROM THE ARAB OIL EMBARGO OF 1973. THAT WILL HAVE TREMENDOUS AFFECTS ON THE AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY.))
Michaels says if the treaty passes, Virginia farmers will lose out to farmers in other countries.
Farmers in Brazil and Argentina won't face the same increased costs that farmers here will.
A Craig County horse rescue farm is in the business of saving abused, neglected and unwanted horses.
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This seven month old foal named Lucky is getting a second chance at the Silver Spring Equine Rescue.
Lucky is a (PREM-AR-IN ) Premarin foal, meaning he's the offspring of mares used in the production of the hormone replacement drug ( PREM-AR-IN) Premarin.
It's a process that animal activists call cruel and inhumane.
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This early weaning can cause the foals to be underweight and susceptible to disease.
But Lucky is making progress.
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(Prem-ar-in) Premarin is used as a hormone replacement therapy to protect postmenopausal women from osteoporosis and heart disease.
Wyeth-Ayest, the company that makes Premarin, says numerous independent experts have looked into the care of the horses and have confirmed that they receive a high standard of care.
Wall Street started the week with a nose dive.
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Two local congressmen are playing key roles in guiding Congress' internet policy.
Rick Boucher and Bob Goodlatte have very few party differences on this subject.
They are the house Co-Chairmen of the Congressional Internet Caucus.
Members educate colleagues about the Internet's promise and potential, along with important Internet-related policy matters.
Coming up tonight in sports it's been a busy day as the Hokies officially accept a bid to play in the Music City Bowl.
We'll have reaction from Blacksburg and Nashville.
Plus, Duke fires Fred Goldsmith,
And George Welsh and the Cavs continue reveling in Saturday's win over the Hokies and awaiting world on just who they will play in the Peach.
The Virginia Tech Hokies will have a chance to turn Saturday's sad ballad into a toe taping season ending shindig as they found out today they will be spending the bowl season in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Music City Bowl will be played on December 29th.
The Hokies will play a southeast conference member, likely, Alabama or Kentucky.
Two Techsters, who hail from the Volunteer state are thrilled to be heading back to Tennessee.
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The Hokies SEC opponent for the December 29th Music City Bowl has yet to be determined.
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Tech athletic director Jim Weaver attended a news conference in Nashville today to officially accept the bowl invitation. The fact that Nasheville is only 6 hours from Blacksburg made it easy to say yes!
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The Virginia Cavaliers are preparing for their December 31st date in the Peach Bowl.
Like the Hokies, the Wahoos also do not know at this time who their opponent will be. Peach Bowl oficials said late this afternoon that the front runners to play Virginia in Atlanta are Kentucky and Alabama. Mississippi State and Georgia are also under consideration. While George Welsh is happy now, some of his players put a DAMPER on his post game celebration Saturday with a traditional gatordade bath that the coach was not happy about.
Frank Beamer was involved in meetings all day today in Blacksburg.
He has reportedly met with Clemson officials and remains their number 2 choice.
The number one man was on campus today as Tulane's Tommy Bowden got the grand tour of the Tigers' facilities.
Bowden led the Tulane Green Wave to an 11-and-oh record this season and a berth in the Liberty Bowl.
We also have learned Clemson has scheduled a mandatory players meeting for tomorrow afternoon.
Buying out either coach's current contract will not be cheap. It reportedly would cost Clemson $774 thousand dollars to buy out Beamer's contract.
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Clemson isn't the only A-C-C school looking for a new gridiron leader.
Duke has fired coach Fred Goldsmith today.
Goldsmith led the Blue Devils to a bowl in his first season.
But his teams have gone 9 and 35 since.
This year Duke was four and four, but lost its last three games of the season.
University officials say it was time to go in a different direction.
Overlooked in all the unusual calls made in the N-F-L in recent days was the fact that Roanoke native Ronde Barber scored his first professional touchdown yesterday.
The Bucs were down by seven in the second quarter yesterday when Ronde picked up the blocked punt and ran it back 24 yards for the first career touchdown for the second year N-F-L star from Cave Spring.
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And Virginia Tech and UVa play tonight in Blacksburg.
The Lady Hokies play Virginia at the Cassell at 7 in basketball.
Tech is gunning for it's first 5 and OH start ever. A tall, order considering 17th ranked Virginia has some of the nations top players.
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