Dial up the state police web site, and you can find out how many sex offenders live in your neighborhood or anywhere in Virginia.
That's the top story on NEWS 7 at SIX tonight.
And the year 2000 looms ahead with the prospect of a power grid shutdown. How likely is that?
In Sports the Lady Hokies make it 11 in a row.
And the Hokies are making Music in Nashville.
Steve Mason has a live report.
A full blown winter forecast as we head into the new year. Details just ahead.
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The World Wide Web just got a little more worldly.
In the last 24 hours, Virginia has posted 46- hundred violent sex offenders on a website for public viewing.
It's even a searchable database that allows you to hunt by zip code, surrounding zip codes, county, city, and name.
It's a new way to find out who lives and works among us.
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Ellen Qualls got a demo from the Virginia State Police today.
She joins us from our Richmond newsroom.
Keith, first a warning.
What might start out as sort of a matter of curiosity can quickly become a little disturbing.
We discovered, for instance, in a search of Roanoke addresses, 120 violent sex criminals turned up.
Lynchburg lists 41.
Danville lists 28.
But keep in mind, no matter what address is listed, MOST of these people are still in prison.
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(( So what does a violent sexual predator look like?
Some you'd expect.
Some you may not.
Whatever the quality of the pictures, they are all recent.
And while State Police don't guarantee accuracy, the names, addresses, and offenses are a starting point for the public to protect itself a little better.
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((DEL. CREIGH DEEDS/D-WARM SPRINGS: SOME PEOPLE ARGUE WELL IF THEY'VE PAID THEIR PRICE TO SOCIETY, WHY CAN'T YOU JUST LEAVE THEM ALONE. BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT TIME AFTER TIME, PEOPLE THAT COMMIT SEXUAL OFFENSES, PARTICULARLY SEXUAL OFFENSES AGAINST CHILDREN, REPEAT, THEY RECIDIVATE... PUBLIC INTEREST IN SAFETY.))
Creigh Deeds sponsored the bill.
And the fear of policy makers like him is that publicly posting such heinous crimes might encourage a lynch mob mentality.
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((COL. WAYNE HUGGINS/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: I'M NOT CONCERNED ABOUT THAT. I THINK WE AS VIRGINIANS ARE MORE CIVILIZED THAN THAT. THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS THAT WE PUT THE WARNINGS.))
The warnings are reminders that harassment or intimidation of these criminals would be a crime itself.))
If you'd like to check out the sex offender registry, you can access it from our web site at WDBJ7-dot-COM.
That will link you to the State Police web site with this database.
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KEITH: Do other states have such databases?
We have new information tonight about yesterday's accident that critically injured a construction worker.
37- year old Wesley Burford fell about 45 feet inside a concrete pillar that will support a bridge for the "Smart Road".
A Sheriff's department report states that Burford WAS wearing a safety harness but that the rope broke.
A spokesman for the construction company says that's NOT true.
He says they still do NOT know what happened but are certain the rope holding him did NOT break.
And that the Virginia Occupational and Health Safety office is looking into whether his harness was working properly.
OSHA would not comment on the investigation.
An accident on Interstate-81 killed one woman and sent another to the hospital this afternoon.
The women were driving a pickup truck south near Salem.
The truck flipped out of control and onto the median after spinning out on the slick road.
The two women were trapped inside for more than half an hour.
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((NANCY WALLEN: I GOT DOWN AND WE LOOKED THROUGH -- IT'S SCARY -- YOU DON'T LIKE TO SEE ANYTHING LIKE THAT.))
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The driver -- who died -- was 69-year-old Geneva Lou Caroli of Bluefield, West Virginia.
The passenger -- who survived -- was Caroli's mother, 85-year-old Carrie M. Bailey.
She suffered bruises and a broken elbow.
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In Lynchburg, an Appomattox man was slightly injured when his truck crashed through a storefront this morning.
75- year- old Curtis Eagle told police the accelerator on his Ford pickup jammed when he started it up.
The truck shot out of its parking space, struck another car and a concrete pillar, then smashed through the front of the Dollar Duz It store.
Eagle suffered a cut to his hand.
No one in the store was injured.
Police say no charges will be filed.
Authorities in Pittsylvania County are searching for a prisoner who walked away from a work detail.
40-year old Stephen Ore took off yesterday afternoon and hasn't been seen since.
He was serving a 12-month sentence for obscene phone calls and failure to appear for court.
The Sheriff's Department says Ore has family in the area and friends in North Carolina.
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((CAPT. J.H. MCLAUGHLIN/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: SO WHAT ARE WE DOING? WE JUST GOT PEOPLE IN THE AREA ON THE LOOKOUT FOR HIM, STATE AND LOCAL AND ALSO THE CITY POLICE.))
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The Sheriff's Department believes Ore's had outside help in his escape.
Deputies found his orange prison uniform nearby and believe he changed into civilian clothes.
One year after a funding crisis threatened TAP's Transitional Living Center, the program is looking to the future.
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((SOMETIMES I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'D DO WITHOUT THEM, REALLY. EVERY DAY THAT I WAKE UP I'M THANKFUL.))
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Millie Sullivan was homeless for nine months before the transitional living center gave her shelter, and hope for the future.
The T- L- C has helped more than 26- hundred people since 1988.
At this time last year, officials were struggling to keep it open after their application for a federal grant was rejected.
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((STEVE MUSSELWHITE/TAP BOARD CHAIRMAN: A YEAR LATER, I AM THANKFUL TO GOD THAT WE ARE HERE WITH THE NEWS THE GRANT HAS BEEN APPROVED AND THAT THE TRANSITIONAL LIVING CENTER WILL BE OPEN FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS.))
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Roanoke City, Roanoke County and the United Way provided funds to keep the center open this year. Today, the center also thanked Congressman Bob Goodlatte for his help securing the federal grant.
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Still to come on News 7,
we'll tell you why entire cities are simulating disasters to prepare for the year 2000.
The story straight ahead, in part two of our series "Battling the Bug".
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One year, two days and six hours from now, we'll KNOW just how serious the Y-2-K bug really is.
But plenty of people are already taking it seriously.
Eric Earnhart is in the Newsroom with part two of Battling the Bug.
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People are taking the problem seriously... but can they fix it in time?
The problem is we won't REALLY KNOW... until it't too late...
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(( Imagine January first 2000, and everything that CAN possibly go wrong... DOES.
That's just what officials in Lubbock, Texas did.
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WE DO HAVE WORD THAT THERE IS A RIOT AT THE MONFORD UNIT))
They say they learned a lot about what they WEREN'T prepared to handle...
Their disaster simulation began with the BIG one... A nation-wide power grid shutdown... but is that a REAL danger?
American Electric Power officials say no.
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((DON JOHNSON/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER; THE ENTIRE INDUSTRY HAS GROWN UP WORKING AROUND DISASTERS, SO WE'RE PRETTY WELL PREPARED, WE THINK, TO RESPOND TO JUST ABOUT ANY SITUATION.))
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Norfolk Southern information VP Wick Moorman is more than a suit, he's a former programmer... who's taken a hard look at the power grid situation, and his own.
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((WICK MOORMAN/NORFOLK SOUTHERN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY VP; COULD IT FAIL, YES, DO I FEEL REALLY LIKE THE ODDS ARE GREAT THAT THE POWER GRID'S GOING TO GO, NO I FEEL PRETTY COMFORTABLE ABOUT THAT, I FEEL COMFORTABLE ABOUT WHERE NORFOLK SOUTHERN WILL BE.))
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But NO one is willing to say NOTHING will happen... with good reason, says Y2K consultant Dawna Clephas.
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((DAWNA CLEPHAS/Y2K CONSULTANT; THERE'S NO WAY THAT WE CAN KNOW YET WHETHER WE HAVE SUFFICIENTLY REMEDIATED THESE SYSTEMS, BECAUSE A LOT OF THESE SYSTEMS DEPEND ON EMBEDDED PROCESSORS.))
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She's talking about these little chips, scattered throughout the nation's electronic equipment like so many cockroaches... no one knows how many there are, or how many might fail... and ONE failure, say, at a stoplight, could be fatal.
That worries Fredricksburg City Council member Harold Bannister.
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((HAROLD BANNISTER/FREDRICKSBURG CITY COUNCIL; UNFORTUNATLY WE CAN'T TEST Y2K PROBLEMS CITY WIDE, I DON'T KNOW HOW WE'RE GOING TO GO ABOUT ISOLATING STOP LIGHTS FOR TESTING PURPOSES. ))
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In fact, HALF of the Country's 3000 counties don't even have a plan to deal with Y2K problems in their 911 computers.
ROANOKE County officials say THEIR 911 system is already ok, they believe other county systems will be too.
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((CRAIG HATMAKER/ROANOKE COUNTY; WE THINK WE CAN GET EVERYTHING, WE HAVE A VERY GOOD PLAN AND WE THINK THAT WE HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO DO IT. ))
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If you're thinking I don't own a computer, i don't use computers, i don't even like computers, this doesn't affect me... look around.
almost everything around you, cars, electricity, food, your money in the bank, its all controlled, managed, or in some what dependant on computers. Like it or not, you're connected.
And there IS a chance, you'll be affected.
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((WICK MOORMAN/NORFOLK SOUTHERN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY VP; THERE'S NO ONE I THINK IN MY JOB, OR AROUND TECHNOLOGY WHO WILL TELL YOU THERE WON'T BE GLITCHES, WE WILL HAVE GLITCHES.))
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A glitch in your vcr, no big deal, a glitch in the power grid could be serious.
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For more Y2K information click on the webwatch page, at WDBJ7-dot-com.
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Tomorrow at Six we'll look at what you can do to prepare yourself...And we'll tell you why the Rev. Jerry Falwell is speaking out about Y2K.
Things are looking up again on Wall Street.
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The Dow gained 94 points to close at 93-21.
Nasdaq was up a point and a half.
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General Injectables and Vaccines in Bland County is gaining a new owner.
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"Biological and Popular Culture" of Radford is selling the Bastian based company to Henry (Shine) Schein, Incorporated.
Schein is the world's largest supplier of healthcare products to doctor's offices in the U-S.
A G-I-V spokesman says the company's 180- employees are expected to keep their jobs.
The Music City bowl is the big talk today.
Here's Steve Mason from Nashville.
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The inaugural American General Music City Bowl kicked off shortly after five at Vanderbilt Stadium.
Steve Mason joins us from Nashville for an early report on Virginia Tech's battle with the Alabama Crimson Tide.
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Though Hokie fans might not admit it there are two other bowl games taking place tonight.
In the Micron P-C Bowl in Miami, 24th ranked University of Miami is facing North Carolina State.
Miami bounced back from its first losing season in '79 to win eight games this year.
State had victories over second ranked Florida State and Big East Champion Syracuse.
The Bowl Championship series still has some kinks and that's evident as fourth ranked Kansas State is playing unranked Purdue in the Alamo Bowl
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Virginia Tech remains undefeated in women's basketball.
The 16th ranked Lady Hokies hosted the Diamond Club Tournament and ran away with the event.
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Bonnie Henrickson and her squad put their heads together as they prepared to take on the Lady Bulldogs of Mississippi State.
Tech's Lisa Witherspoon plays traffic director as she finds Michelle Houseright underneath for the easy two.
THe Hokies continue the run as Amy Wetzel takes it to the middle and goes all the way as she helps her team to the early lead.
State's Litisha Benson dishes off to LaToya Graham. Graham's waiting under the bucket and gets the two.
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Tech's Kim Seaver and Wetzel team up for the next score and the Bulldogs just don't have enough bite as the Lady Hokies go on to win it 73-to-52.
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The Roanoke Express is looking to gain on the Richmond Renegades tonight.
Roanoke is third in the northeast division one point behind the Renegades.
The Express won its tenth home game of the season Saturday.
Tonight the staff hopes to welcome the one millionth fan.
The franchise needs just two-thousand-10 fans to come through the door to reach that goal.
That special fan will get a prize package that includes lifetime season tickets.
Game time tonight is 7:00 and all the fans will enter through one door so the one millionth fan can be properly identified.
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Tonight on News 7 --
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The director of the Smith Mountain Lake policy advisory board could lose her job.
The board meets in closed session at 7 tonight to decide whether to keep Hilde Hussa.
She has been at the center of controversy for saying the lake needs to be cleaned up.
Sources say the board would have dismissed her last month - but members wanted legal advice.
Also tonight -- the board will discuss whether to eliminate Hussa's position entirely or hire another director.
Tina Tenret will have the full story at 11.
Southside Virginia is hoping to attract big tourism dollars with a new military museum.
The American Armoured Foundation announced today that it's moving its tank museum to Pittsylvania County.
The museum has outgrown its current location on Long Island, New York.
It will move into the former Disstan plant along Route-29, which was donated to the museum.
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((DAVID KALBACKER/MUSEUM BUSINESS CONSULTANT: IT HAS THE LARGEST COLLECTION OF MILITARY TANKS AND ARMOURED VEHICLES... THOUSANDS OF PIECES OF MEMORABILIA, HUNDREDS OF UNIFORMS, AND IT'S VERY VERY INTERESTING.))
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The new facility is large enough to display the entire collection under one roof, with room to grow.
There's no set date for the museum's opening because the American Armoured Foundation hasn't figured out how it's going to move the tanks to Virginia.
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