The word is out... News 7 Sports Director Mike Stevens says Frank Beamer is staying.
He'll have more on Tech's newly sweetened deal to keep the coach.
And a federal investigation temporarily shuts down a Lynchburg firm- -while the E-P-A looks into cooper discharge at Waytec.
In sports, The Virginia Tech women get a big win over the Lady Cavaliers last night at the Cassell.
and we'll come back to Mike Stevens who's at Tech for the announcement on Coach Beamer's future.
A record high for the third straight day in Roanoke and more may tumble as the heat wave continues in December.
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Frank Beamer has built a consistent winning football program at Virginia Tech, so when there is any talk of him leaving, it's big news.
Beamer was one of the top candidates for the Clemson coaching job, but just minutes ago he said he is staying in Blacksburg.
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Naturally, that's where we find Mike Stevens tonight.
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A Lynchburg electronics company is the target of a federal investigation into the discharge of copper waste into the city's water system.
About 40 federal agents executed a search warrant today at Waytec Electronics.
The E-P-A wants to know whether Waytec has been exceeding its copper discharge limits.
Officials say copper is a toxin that can adversely affect Lynchburg's water treatment plant and the nearby James River.
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Waytec makes circuit boards for electronic products.
Its 200 employees were sent home today and the plant may remain closed until Thursday.
The F-B-I is digging into the actions of a Wytheville- based archeology group.
The Reed Creek Archeological society is suspected of digging up Indian burial sites on this farm in Wythe County-- looking for valuable artifacts and jewelry.
According to an affidavit unsealed in Roanoke federal court-- the group did not have the necessary permit to do so.
The F-B-I got involved in the case about two years ago after learning some of the burial artifacts may have been taken across state lines into North Carolina and placed in a museum.
That is also considered illegal.
No charges have been filed.
For the first time in the 40-year history of Hollins University's Abroad-Paris program, a student has been killed.
20-year old Blair Collings of Rockville, Indiana was the victim of a fatal stabbing Friday in Paris.
Collings was found dead in a phone booth.
He was one of 20 American students who have been studying in Paris since September.
Hollins officials say their main concern now is the safety of the others and helping them cope with the loss of a classmate.
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Paris police are still investigating the murder.[Boatman]
The trial is now underway for the man accused of a fatal shooting at the Stanley Furniture plant.
Philip Boatman of Collinsville is charged with murder for killing Daniel Mussleman.
The shooting happened last Spring in the parking lot of the furniture plant.
At the time, Mussleman was apparently dating Boatman's estranged wife.
A jury was selected this morning, and lawyers made opening statements this afternoon.
The trial is expected to last three days.
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A Pittsylvania County jury will decide the fate of a man accused of killing a man and wounding another last April.
David Von Eime (VON-AM-EE) is on trial today for the two shootings in Keeling.
Franklin Gardner was shot in the chest and died at the scene.
Earlie Boles Junior was injured.
The trial is scheduled for just one day, and the jury is expected to deliver a verdict sometime tonight.
Montgomery County officials are aware that a revenge bomber could be headed their way.
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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.
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Congressman Goodlatte taking a new tack on the impeachment inquiry. Still ahead, we'll hear what he's saying in Washington.
Next, on this "World AIDS Day", the latest numbers show a clear trend in Virginia.
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Today is World AIDS Day.
And while the worldwide picture is still deeply disturbing-- there is a very encouraging trend in Virginia.
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Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom with the statistics.
Keith, we asked the Virginia Department of Health to run some numbers for us today that ended up surprising everyone.
They show two things: a dramatic decrease in new AIDS and HIV cases and more and more Virginians are LIVING instead of dying with this disease.
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(( In 1997, new AIDS cases declined three percent over the previous year.
HIV cases were down 1-point-5 percent.
Through November of this year, AIDS cases have dropped another 15-point-7 percent.
New HIV cases are down 13-point-8 percent.
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AIDS deaths in Virginia are dropping too.
The death toll peaked in 1995 with 872 deaths.
It dropped to 631, and then 378.
This year, only 230 deaths are projected.
That's still 230 too many.
But it means more than 11-thousand-500 Virginians are living with AIDS or HIV.
There is a downside to that statistic.
Virginia is very close to having to wait list AIDS and HIV patients for drug assistance money-- which covers those who lose insurance for very costly drugs.
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There is another depressing statistic which is not new-- but underscores the good news about declines in new AIDS and HIV cases.
In 1997, 71-percent of the new HIV cases and 62-percent of the new AIDS cases were among African-Americans in Virginia.
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So it's not all good news, Keith.[Poindexter]
A man who died in police custody last month died of a massive overdose of cocaine.
Roanoke police said Derek Poindexter had something in his mouth- -something that he refused to spit out, so they used pepper spray on him.
The Roanoke branch of the N-double-A-C-P says there are several inconsistencies about the whole Poindexter investigation.
The group's leader is seeking some answers.
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Jeffrey says Roanoke County's investigation and termination of Officer R-L Metcalf sends the right message for dealing
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An effort to recognize the historic contributions of Lynchburg's black citizens got a financial boost today from one of the Hill City's biggest employers.
The printing company R-R Donnelly is donating 20- thousand dollars to the Legacy Museum.
Organizers want to renovate this old home on Monroe Street and turn it into a black history museum.
So far, they've raised about two thirds of their 300- thousand dollar goal.
The museum is expected to open next summer.
Wall Street rebounded from early losses to finish on the up side.
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The Dow rose 17 points, closing at 91-34. NASDAQ surged 54 points closing above two thousand again.
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Roanoke's congressman seems to be toughening his stance on the impeachment of President Clinton.
Republican Bob Goodlatte sits on the House Judiciary Committee, which is considering articles of impeachment.
Today, some Democrats on the committee said they've seen no proof the president committed perjury.
That brought this response from Goodlatte:
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The committee today voted to expand its investigation to include Clinton - Gore fundraising tactics.
The panel also heard testimony from some convicted perjurers.
Customers of a Roanoke frame store may find out this week whether they've lost money and gifts.
Deck the Walls in Valley View Mall has filed for bankruptcy protection.
Many customers had already paid deposits on framing and artwork.
Now they may never see that merchandise.
Trustee George Vogel says he will try to meet with them this week.
He wants to re-open the store to deliver orders and sell leftover prints, but he's not making any promises.
And coming up, Albert Belle is leaving Chicago and headed to Baltimore Frank Beamer talks to Mike Stevens about his new deal.
And the Lady Hokies of Virginia Tech score a big win over the 15-th ranked lady Cavaliers of Virginia.
You heard it at Five Virginia Tech Head Coach Frank Beamer is staying in Blacksburg.
Mike Stevens is at the Merriman Center on the Tech campus with the latest on Beamer's decision to remain a Hokie, MIke.
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17th ranked UVA walked into The Cassell Colisium last night.
The Lady Hokies beat the Cavaliers 81-65 and today the A-P Top 25 has the WaHoos ranked 15th.
Tech is five and oh so far this season with wins over a 10th ranked Duke team inaddition to last nights pummeling of Virginia.
But so far the Hokies have yet to crack the Top 25 in either the A-P or ESPN-USA Today poll.
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The Virginia men's Basketball team gets a big Test when the Cavaliers begin their A-C-C schedule tonight against Florida State at U-Hall tonight.
Tomorrow night, James Madison plays host to Liberty in Harrisonburg.
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Last Night. JMU head coach Sherman Dillard was in Lexington to watch Wake Forest beat VMI 75-61. His Dukes are 2 and 2.
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In other games tonight, Tech Hosts U-N-C Asheville at the Cassell and Roanoke is against Randolph Macon.
Children maybe hanging their stockings by the chimney withy care, but if things don't change we won't need to use the fireplaces anytime soon. Here is a look at our December almanac.
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