Coming up on News 7-
Will he stay or will he go? Frank Beamer tells all about his future with Tech-
When the car tax goes what will become of the window sticker that shows if you paid your taxes.
And a jury deliberates at this hour in a Pittsylvania County Murder case.
News 7 is next.
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((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
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The Hokies put their hands together as their head football coach Frank Beamer gets what amounts to a lifetime contract extension from Virginia Tech tonight.
Popular Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer announced tonight that he has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him in Blacksburg as long as he coaches.
The winningest coach in Tech history had been courted by both Clemson and South Carolina in recent days.
He visited both schools this week, but said tonight he's doing exactly what he wants to do in Blacksburg.
Mike Stevens will have more on the announcement tonight in sports.
If your car is worth less than a thousand dollars, you won't owe ANY personal property tax next year.
But if you live in Roanoke City or County, you'll still get a bill.
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Eric Earnhart is in the newsroom to explain why.
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Jean, when you pay your tax bill, you get a decal...
When the car tax is gone... the decals will remain.
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((Like many automobile owners, Susan Kwilecki is sick of stickers...
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((SUSAN KWILECKI/MOTORIST; YOU PAY SO MUCH FOR THE CAR, THEN THIS STICKER, AND THEN THE ADDITIONAL STATE TAX AND THE LOCAL TAX, IT'S RIDICULOUS;))
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But though the car tax is on the way out... the 20 dollar decal that proves you paid it isn't going anywhere.
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((DAVID ANDERSON/ROANOKE CITY TREASURER; THEY STILL NEED TO GET A DECAL, AND WE'LL STILL MAIL THEM A BILL FOR THAT DECAL.))
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Roanoke County's tax collector says the decals have been around since the 60's
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((ALFRED ANDERSON/ROANOKE COUNTY TREASURER; AND IT WAS AN ENFORCEMENT MECHANISM TO ENFORCE THE COLLECTION OF PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXES.))
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And he says it will still needed, because, in reality, the car tax will still be around.
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((ALFRED ANDERSON/ROANOKE COUNTY TREASURER; THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS STILL HAVE CAR TAXES ON THE BOOKS, IT'S JUST A MATTER OF INSTEAD OF THE PUBLIC, THE LOCAL PUBLIC PAYING IT, THE MONIES ARE COMING FROM RICHMOND TO PAY IT.))
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But Richmond isn't paying a dime to replace the money generated by decals.
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((DAVID ANDERSON/ROANOKE CITY TREASURER; IT'S A GENERAL FUND REVENUE ITEM, IN ROANOKE CITY IN THE LAST FISCAL YEAR IT WAS ABOUT A MILLION-SEVEN HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS.))
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Some car owners are not happy to hear they'll still get a bill, when their car tax is eliminated.
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((BARRY WISEMAN/MOTORIST; WELL, I CAN'T SAY WHAT IT'D SAY... I DON'T AGREE WITH IT.))
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A Pittsylvania County jury's pulling a late night --
to decide the fate of a defendant accused of killing one man and wounding another in Keeling last April.
David Von Eime (VON-AM-EE) faced trial for shooting Franklin Gardner in the chest.
Gardner died at the scene.
Earlie Boles Junior was injured.
The jury is expected to deliver a verdict some time tonight.
Federal agents today searched a Lynchburg company suspected of discharging too much copper into the city's water treatment system.
About forty agents converged on the Waytec Electronics plant on McConnville Road.
E-P-A officials want to know whether Waytec has been discharging more copper waste than its permits allow.
Copper waste is toxic and could adversely affect the water treatment plant and the James River.
Waytec makes circuit boards for various electronic products.
Its 200 employees were sent home for the day.
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The House Judiciary Committee today confirmed it is expanding its impeachment investigation of President Clinton to look into his campaign finances.
((I BELIEVE IT'S OUR DUTY TO EXAMINE ANY CREDIBLE EVIDENCE THAT MAY INDICATE CRIMINAL WRONGDOING BY THE PRESIDENT WHICH IN TURN MAY CONSTITUTE IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES.))
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The committee began the day talking about perjury- some democrats say they've seen no proof- Bob Goodlatte disagrees.
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Huge job cuts are coming at Boeing.
The Seattle-Based airplane maker says it'll cut 20-thousand jobs in the next two years.
That's on top of the 28 thousand job cuts announced earlier.
Boeing blames the Asian financial crisis- saying it has forced the company to scale back production of several commercial jet aircraft.
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Some 9-thousand layoffs could come at Exxon and Mobile- after the oil giants announced today they're merging.
The deal would create America's largest company and it will be world's biggest oil company.
Exxon Mobile as it will be called will have 200 billion dollars in revenue, 123 thousand employees and 47-thousand gas stations worldwide.
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Today is World AIDS Day-
All Across the globe people recognized the day- from educating to promising help.
President Clinton today earmarked ten million dollars for children who will be left without parents because of the disease.
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World AIDS Day prompted Virginia health officials to look at their own numbers today.
They found a dramatic trend.
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New AIDS and HIV cases in Virginia are on the decline.
In 1997, AIDS cases declined three percent over the previous year.
HIV cases declined 1 and half percent.
In 1998, new AIDS cases have, through November, declined 15-point-7 percent.
HIV cases are down 13-point-8 percent over the year before.
Also, AIDS deaths are on the decline... from an epidemic peak in 1995 of 872 deaths... to 378 deaths in 1997.
Only 230 deaths are projected in Virginia this year.
The murder of an American student with ties to Hollins University is still under investigation.
Police in Paris France are still trying to determine who killed Blair Collings of Rockville, Indiana.
Collings was found stabbed to death in a telephone both last Friday.
The 20-year old French major from (Wa-BASH) Wabash College was one of 20-students participating in the Hollins Abroad-Paris Program.
Counseling is being provided to help the other students who are greiving the loss of their classmate.
The trial will resume tomorrow for the man accused of a deadly shooting at the Stanley Furniture plant.
Philip Boatman of Collinsville is charged with murder for killing Daniel Mussleman.
The shooting happened in April in the parking lot of the furniture plant.
At the time, Mussleman was apparently dating Boatman's estranged wife.
The trial is expected to go until Thrusday.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Still ahead, the F-B-I looks into whether an archaelogy group is illegally digging up Indian artifacts.
Plus Virginia farmers say they want to take care of the land, but there are some complaints about what the envirnmental movement is today.
The story straight ahead.
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((Welcome everybody to a jam packed night at News 7 Sports. Frank Beamer decides the Palmetto state is not for him, We'll have college hoop highlights from Tech, UVa and Roanoke College.
Plus, highlights and postgame comments from both of tonight's state quarterfinal games.
The girl's hoopla and the rest of the sorts is straight ahead on News 7.))
Environmental protection was on the table today as Virginia Farm Bureau members continued their annual convention in Roanoke.
Amid calls for new environmental policies, Joe Dashiell heard from local farmers and a Montana logger who is leading a national movement.
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((Richard Jeter has farmed for most of his 81 years... on property his father and grandfather farmed before him.
He says he has always tried to be a good steward of the land.
((YESSIR BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE YOUR LIVING'S COMING FROM, IF YOU'RE A FARMER.))
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At a time when financial pressures, and urban sprawl are making it more difficult to make a living off the land, farmers say excessive environmental regulations are also taking their toll.
Bruce Vincent is a logger from Montana who says the time has come for a new environmental movement.
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((THERE'S A THIN LINE BETWEEN ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL INSANITY. THIS COUNTRY JOINED THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT 30 YEARS AGO. IT WAS TIMELY. IT WAS NECESSARY, BUT IT HASN'T MATURED BEYOND A THREE- WORD VISION OF STOP DOING THAT.))
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Vincent found a receptive audience among members of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, meeting this week in Roanoke.
Members such as Roanoke Valley farmer Ned Jeter, Richard Jeter's son.
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((I KNOW MY FATHER, JUST TO PUT IT ON A PERSONAL BASIS, HE LOOKS AFTER THE LAND AND LITERALLY WATCHES OVER ME AND MAKES SURE THAT I TAKE CARE OF THE LAND SO MY BOYS IF THEY FARM CAN HAVE GOOD LAND TO TAKE CARE OF.))
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Back in Botetourt, Richard Jeter is surveying cattle from the seat of a tractor.
Despite the pressures of modern agriculture, he says he's hopeful his son will be able to continue the family tradition first cultivated here almost 150 years ago.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Botetourt County.))
Two weeks ago, two Roanoke City police officers returned to work after being cleared by an internal investigation of any wrong doing in connection with the death of a man they pepper sprayed.
Yesterday, a toxicology report proved Derek Poindexter died of a cocaine overdose.
But the Roanoke branch of the N-double-A-C-P has several questions about how the whole case is being handled.
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Jeffrey says, by his account, there are too many inconsistencies in the investigation.
A Wytheville-based archeology group is the target of an F-B-I investigation.
For two years, officials have been investigating the Reed Creek Archeological society.
The group is suspected of digging up Indian burial sites on this farm in Wythe County-- to retrieve artifacts and jewelry without the proper permit.
The F-B-I began its investigation after learning local artifacts had allegedly turned up in a North Carolina museum.
It's illegal to transport such items across state lines.
No charges have been filed.
He set a bomb once, apparently out of revenge for jail time.
Now he's free again.
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Frank DeWease got out of jail in Arlington November 10th.
Authorities have no idea where he is at the moment.
He has NO further probation obligations.
DeWease spent 24 years in prison and then jail this fall for the 1974 revenge bombing that blew the hands off Commonwealth's Attorney Patrick Graybeal.
DeWease told NEWS 7 in April that he might go home to Montgomery County.
Coming up, Governor Gilmore declares a state of emergency.
And it's taken ten years to finish, but the historic trail between two towns is finally complete.
The story later in the newscast.
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Governor Jim Gilmore has declared a state of emergency tonight because drought is causing extreme fire danger across Virginia.
The danger is at level "four."
"Five" is when fire has already broken out.
The emergency order puts Forestry, Emergency Services, and National Guard personnel and equipment on standby.
It authorizes the use of blackhawk helicopters to fight the fires.
It's the first time since 1995 that the blackhawks have been on standby.
Three straight days with record highs, a major drought and no real end in sight. Still, we thought you might like to see the almanac numbers for December.
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Coming up, details on Frank Beamer's contract with Virginia Tech, highlights from high school and college hoops, but first our extra point.
The Baltimore Orioles have just made Albert Belle the highest paid player in franchise history.
Belle signed a 65-million dollar five year contract today.
He says Baltimore was his favorite team when he was a child.
The O's also signed free agent catcher Charles Johnson.
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We begin on the high school hard wood. William Byrd played host to Grundy in the first round of the VHSL girls basketball state tournament.
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Richard Thrasher had his girls focused on a win that would take them to the Salem Civic Center.
We pick up the action in the second half. Byrd's Nicole Bailey dumps it to Stephanie Parnell for the hoop and the harm. She hits the free throw for three of her game high 22 points.
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e for two. 49-38 Byrd in the fourth period.
But Grundy makes a run and when Melissa Bishop hits this trey from the left side, the Golden Wave was within three points, 49-46.
But Byrd holds on for the 54-48 victory and advances to the state semi-finals this Friday at 8:30 where the Lady Terriers will meet Turner Ashby.
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Down at Bassett last night, The Lady Bengals and Lady Vikings of Northside hooked up in the other Semi Final game.
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Lisa Black and her Bengals were focused on making a trip this weekend to the final four at the Salem Civic Center.
Northside trailed by 11 at the half but Amber Kern steps up and hits this three pointer in the third quarter cutting the lead to 8.
That's as close as it would get. Bassett's Heather Miller drives the base line hitting two of her 23 points in the game the bengals led by 13.
The undersized Vikings couldn't handle the Bengals inside game
Tawana McCall passes to Tierra Baliles for the basket and the Bengals win it 77 to 61 and advance to the final four.
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The Virginia Cavaliers suffered a heartbreaking 72 to 69 setback to Florida St. tonight after dominating the Seminoles the entire game.
Roanoke's Steve Robinson matched wits with Pete Gillen tonight at University Hall in the ACC opener for the Cavs.
The Cavs were amazing in the first half with the pressure, trapping defense. Adam Hall with the steal and the easy throwdown as the Cavs took a 39-to-35 halftime lead on the Noles.
Chris Williams was the bomb for the Cavs tonight as he had 18 points. The Freshman just elevates above the crowd for this hoop.
UVa had a 14 point lead, but FSU rallies to win on Adrian Crawford's three pointer in the closing seconds.
FSU wins it 72-to-69.
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Roanoke College opened conference played tonight when it hosted ODAC rival Randolph Macon.
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The Maroon bench provided morale support as their squad tried to overcome a double digit deficit.
The Yellow Jackets Matt Meehan led all scorers tonight with 21. He gets two here with this 'J.'
Former Cave Spring star, Alex Phillips muscles in two of his 11 for the Maroons.
Roanoke hits the boards in the second half, Kyle Murphy gets the put back, but
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the Yellow Jackets sting was just too much for Roanoke College and Randolph Macon goes on to win this one 66-to-50.
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Virginia Tech needed an extra period to beat the now one and three U-N-C Asheville squad.
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The Hokies took to the court tonight and upped their record to three and one.
Asheville's Adam Earnhardt, works the ball into Ben Ezell who gets the easy lay up and the Bull Dogs take an early lead on Tech.
At the other end it would be Brendan Dunlop who helps keep the Hokies close by knocking down the three making it 24-27 UNC.
And then with one tick left on the clock, Roland Roberts takes the in-bound pass and puts the Hokies up by two at the half.
In the end Tech picks up the 'W' 83-to-76 in overtime.
Still to come tonight Frank Beamer jumps in the News 7 sports spotlight
as we talk with him about his decision to stay at Virginia Tech for the rest of his career.
The Frank Beamer Sweepstakes came to a close last night with the Hokies winning the battle with Clemson and South Carolina to keep their popular coach in Blacksburg for the rest of his career.
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(( After visiting the Tigers on Sunday and the Gamecocks on Monday, a three hour visit with his boss Jim Weaver on Tuesday morning convinced Beamer that there's no place like home.
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As is his family and his extended family. His players weren't sure what their coach was going to say when they were summoned to the Merryman Center, but everyone from redshirt freshman Lee Suggs to Frank's son, Shane Beamer are glad big Frank is staying put.
((SHANE BEAMER/VA. TECH LONG SNAPPER:))
Still too early to tell if Shane will get an Explorer, but his dad get a seven year annuity that will pay him $75 thousand a year plus incentive money if the Hokies make a postseason bowl.
And his assistants get a pay raise, as well.))
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Dedication is what fueled completion of phase two of the Huckleberry Trail in Montgomery County.
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The nearly six mile "rails to trails" project has been under construction for nearly ten years and is a favorite among local residents.
The recreation trail follows the old Huckleberry Railroad-- which used to haul students to Virginia Tech as well as coal out of local mines.
Supporters hope to extend the trail even further into Christiansburg and Blacksburg.
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