Today on News 7 at 5, Home Depot decides NOT to build the proposed store that sparked controversy in Roanoke County.
and we'll see if the weather has had any effect on Christmas shoppers' spending habits.
Snow, sleet, and freezing may contribute to a Night Before Christmas nobody likes, but it may leave us with something of a White Christmas. All the slippery winter-weather details coming up.
A nationwide hot dog recall is underway after reports of bacteria contamination.
Plus a Radford obstetrician is trying to get the word out about a procedure that could save your child's life.
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The fight is over, for now.
Home Depot dropped a bombshell today, announcing it WILL NOT build a second Roanoke store at the corner of 419 and Brambleton.
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Scott Goldberg is the newsroom tonight with the late details.
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Jean, Cave Spring Corner has been the most controversial piece of land in Roanoke County since Septmember.
That's when County supervisors voted to rezone the land, clearing the way for Home Depot...
setting off a round of fireworks between the supervisors and citizens who vowed to fight the project.
That fight looks like it ended today, with Home Depot saying simply: it will cost too much money to build a new store on that land.
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Suzanne Seth said even though Home Depot is not coming to her neighberhood, her citizens group that fought to keep the store out of Cave Spring Corner is going to stay together.
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The home improvement store's decision not to build here means the land will stay zoned for residential use only.
Supervisors could once again to rezone the land for business use, but this time the county vows to work closely with the neighbors.
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((HODGE: I'M ALWAYS GLAD TO STEP BACK, LOOK AT IT AGAIN, WORK WITH CITIZENS, SO IN THAT RESPECT I WELCOME THE OPPORTUNITY.))
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Meanwhile, Suzanne Seth's citizen group is deciding whether or not to drop its suit against the county supervisors...
a suit that charged chairman Bob Johnson illegally voted in favor of the rezoning that would've let Home Depot build its store.
Home Depot will reimburse the county nearly 275-thousand dollars.
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That's what the county paid to buy two pieces of property near the site.
The search for two local murder suspects is over. It ended this morning on an Indian Reservation in upstate New York, near the Canadian border.
Thomas Akers and Timothy Martin were found in the the Mercury Tracer police had been searching for. It belonged to the murder victim, Wesley Smith of Roanoke.
He was found beaten to death in a Franklin County field over the weekend. Akers and Martin both face capital murder charges when they're returned.
A former probation officer will spend six years in prison for having a sexual relationship with one of his clients.
Patrick Gould pleaded guilty today in Pittsylvania County court to two counts of object penetration.
The victim says she is happy with the plea and the sentence.
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((BRENDA PREVETTE/VICTIM: THE GUILTY PLEA IS A BOOST TO ME, FOR ALL WOMEN WHO ARE PUT IN THIS POSITION OF MEN HURTING THEM....TODAY WAS A WIN FOR US.))
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Gould's bond was continued until January 4th.
That's when he must turn himself in to be taken to prison.
The victim says she is now pursuing a civil lawsuit against Gould.
Confirmation that two stray missiles may have hit Southern Iraq today.
Earlier the U-S denied the attack-
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The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs says the attack was most probably provoked.
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The planes were patrolling the no fly zones.
Shelton is on a Christmas visit to 7-thousand soldiers serving in north Bosnia.
The mercury is dropping all over the country-
In Fargo North Dakota- FIVE degrees registered on this outdoor thermometor.
People are bundling up and running for cover all around the nation.
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Cold weather made for a tough start to the car for some folks in Minneapolis.
And in Chicago steam rose off the water- Ice was the problem in Dallas- Temperatures there plunged into the 20's.
Overall, at least 29 deaths are being blamed on the winter
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Some small gas stations could face up to 25-thousand dollar a day fines starting tomorrow. We'll have that after this break.
and we'll see how a local singing group has made the trip from southside churches all the way to the White House.
On Health Check, we'll see how local parents are taking some unique steps to help protect their children from cancer.
We'll have that and the story one man's very unique garden.
An afternoon stabbing in Lynchburg has landed one man in the hospital, another in police custody.
It happened just after two in the one-thousand block of Rivermont Avenue.
Police say 40-year old Michael Lessard (les-SARD) was stabbed once in the left abdomen.
He was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital where he's listed in serious condition.
Police arrested 66-year old Ray Lane Senior at the scene.
He's been charged with malicious wounding.
They've know it was coming for ten years.
Tonight at midnight, about one third of Virginia's gas stations will be in violation of federal law because they have NOT replaced their underground storage tanks.
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Gas stations that are NOT in compliance -- because they waited too late or can't afford it -- could theoretically face fines of up to 25- thousand dollars a day.
This Richmond station replaced its tanks in 1993.
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((DAVE AXSELLE/AXSELLE'S AUTO SERVICE: DOWNTIME ALMOST THREE WEEKS AND IT WAS SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 65 AND 80-THOUSAND DOLLARS. Did it make you mad? WELL NO. IT'S THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS. IT'S JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT YOU HOPE THAT YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO BUT YOU KNOW THAT IF YOU'RE GONNA BE HERE FOR THE LONG HAUL YOU HAVE TO DO. AND IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. SOMETIMES IT'S NOT THE FEASIBLE THING TO DO.))
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The E-P-A regulation was approved in 1988.
China ordered three balloonists to land today- but the balloonists said no- it's too dangerous.
The balloon will not land in China as the country requested.
((MIKE KENDRIKC/PROJECT MANAGER: ICE CAN COLLECT ON THAT BALLOON IN SECONDS... TONS OF IT. SO IF THEY GET INTO AN ICY SITUATION AND THEY'RE ON THE GROUND AND IN VERY SERIOUS TROUBLE.))
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The balloonists are attempting to fly around the world- but they were thown off course by storms. That brought them 250 miles north of where China had allowed them to fly.
Five young singing sensations from Martinsville are taking their music to nation's capitol today.
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The Dodson-5 are performing today at a holiday reception at the White House.
The boys, ages 12 to 15, are all cousins.
They began singing together at family functions seven years ago.
Now they perform mainly at local churches.
The Dodson-5 sings gospel music because of its message of a higher power.
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((KASEY LUCAS: GOSPEL MUSIC. THAT'S REALLY WHAT THE WORLD NEED TODAY. I MEAN YOU KNOW YOU GOT ALL THIS OTHER KIND OF MUSIC RIGHT NOW THAT'S NOT WHAT YOU NEED. GOSPEL MUSIC. IT SPREADS A MESSAGE. IT TELLS EVERYBODY WHAT THE TRUTH IS. THAT'S WHY WE SING THAT.))
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The Dodson-5 has plans to record a C-D in the near future.
Coming up a little later on the newscast,
we'll head to one man's porcelin palace. He has rescued unwanted bathroom fixtures to build his own unique garden.
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The Lady Hokies are climbing the polls. Denise Allen will have the details in today's two minute sports ticker.
Today on health check --
two recalls are making the news. A popular toy and some best selling hot dogs are being pulled from store shelves.
And while some parents are saving money for their child's future, more local families are saving blood.
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((DR JAMES WESTON/OBGYN: THIS IS A TRUE KIND OF LIFE INSURANCE WHERE YOUR GIVING BABY A DIFFERENT AVENUE OF LIFE IF IT SHOULD BECOME VERY SERIOUSLY ILL.))
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The Federal government is ordering the recall of more than ten million toy basketball sets because of a strangling hazard.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says 20 children have become entangled in the nets over the last decade.
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The Toys have a net and hoop attached to a plastic pole.
The nets can come loose creating openings big enough for a child's head.
Some of the sets have been on the market since 1976.
The ones involved in the recall are made by Ohio Art, Little Tikes, Today's Kids, and Fisher Price.
Sara Lee Corporation is recalling hot dogs and other packaged meats due to a threat of deadly bacteria.
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The recall includes products sold nationally under the Sara Lee, Ball Park, and Mr. Turkey brands.
Sara Lee officials say they're acting on reports the meats could contain listeria.
The bacteria can cause flu like symptoms in healthy people. But it could kill by causing meningitis or blood infection.
Saving the placental cord blood after birth is becoming a more popular option for many families.
One Radford Doctor says before expectant parents think about buying diapers and daycare, they should plan for their baby's healthy future.
More available services are making it possible to store the blood rich in stem cells as an alternative to bone marrow
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((MARTI GRAHAM: MY HUSBAND STEVE AND I BOTH HAVE A HISTORY OF CANCER IN OUR FAMILIES, OF DIFFERENT VARIETIES, FROM LYMPHOMA TO BREAST CANCER AND ONCE I READ ABOUT IT I WAS LIKE OH, WOW, THIS WOULD BE SO NICE FOR OUR GIRLS, JUST IN CASE.))
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6-month old Mackenzie Graham was Doctor Weston's first patient for stem cell storage.
This most recent procedure was just performed Sunday -- Doctor Weston says it's a quick and painless process that draws blood from the cord and into a collection bag.
The blood is frozen and preserved at a cord blood bank in case it is ever needed in the future for a transplant.
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((DR. JAMES WESTON/OBGYN: IN THE GENERAL POPULATION TO FIND A PERFECT MATCH FOR YOUR CHILD WOULD TAKE ABOUT 1 IN 20-THOUSAND POTENTIAL DONORS TO FIND A PERFECT MATCH, HAVING THE CORD BLOOD AVAILABLE FOR YOUR BABY GUARANTEES 100% PERFECT GENETIC MATCH.))
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And Mackenzie's cord blood has a one in four chance of matching her siblings.
Her mother says the cost of storing the blood is worth it to ensure her child's health.
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((MARTI GRAHAM: ESPECIALLY JUST THE 50 DOLLARS A YEAR, THAT'S GOING...PROTECTION THAT IT PROVIDES.))
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The first year storage fee is $275 dollars and an annual fixed cost of 50 dollars a year.
Right now umbilical cord blood is being used for lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and leukemia.
Medical researchers are looking into the possibility of cord blood being used to treat breast cancer, sickle cell anemia and even AIDS.
The V-M-I Keydets are getting ready for tonight's big matchup against U-V-A.
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Good afternoon today on the ticker a story of David and Gallith.
Tonight the Virginia Military Institute travels to Charlottesville.
VMI has won three of its last four games, but the six and four Cavaliers have won 19 staight over the Keydetts.
And for 3 and six VMI taking on Virginia, even during this rebuilding, year will be a struggle.
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We'll have highlights of that game tonight on News 7 at 11.
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The Virginia Tech lady Hokies survived a run by George Mason last night to remain unbeaten.
The 66-57 victory ups Tech's record to nine and oh.
The Hokies are ranked 17th in the A-P Top 25 and 19th in the ESPN-USA Today Coaches Poll.
But coach Bonnie Henrickson says success isn't going to her team's head.
She says the players are handling it with great maturity.
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The Lady Hokies hold court again when they host the Diamond Club Classic next Monday and Tuesday.
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And as my two minutes runout today...eight groups are making bids on the Washington Redskins this afternoon.
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The sale of the NFL team could bring record prices of up to 700-million dollars.
The investment firm handling the sale will trim the list to two or three, in hopes of picking a buyer by the end of January.
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A California man was having trouble with gophers attacking his garden.
But rather than resorting to killing the animals, he decided to use some washed up household fixtures to plant his garden.
Larry Himmel has more.
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