A speed trap, or a safety necessity-- Roanoke County police are handing the tickets almost faster than they can write them.
And school boards around the country today are focused on Washington as the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on student sexual harassment.
News 7 at noon is next.
Last summer, a Roanoke County woman was killed when she pulled her car into traffic on Route 2-20 in the Clearbrook area.
Since then, the speed limit has been reduced and the corridor is more heavily monitored by police.
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David Johnson has been doing some monitoring of his own and joins us live from the newsroom.
Melanie, The state's transportation department and Roanoke County officers are responding to the request of the Clearbrook community.
That is to show speeding motorists the err of their ways.
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(( A cross serves as a memorial to motorists like Sherry West who have died along this section of the 220-corridor.
It is also a reminder to others traveling the roadway to slow down.
Lt. G.W. Roche says his officers randomly patrol the area to enforce that.
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The speed limit along Route 220 from the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance to Boones Mill has been reduced from 55 to 45- miles per hour.
But people are still being pulled over in bunches.
Officers are finding that the vast majority of offenders are commuters on their way to or from work.
And they have various reasons for speeding.
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(Now officers feel like what they're doing is helping deter speeding because they say fewer tickets are being written a
s time goes on.)
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On News-7 at Five and Six later today, we'll find out just how many tickets a day the officers are writing.
The numbers may astound you.
"West is best".. at least that's what officials in Lynchburg and Campbell County say when it comes to building a bypass around the Hill City.
Both localities want the proposed Route 29 bypass to re- route traffic to the WEST of Wards Road up to the Route 4-60 interchange.
Another plan would send motorists along Route 5-0-1 in Rustburg, but officials fear the local economy would suffer.
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((STEVIE DOVEL/LYNCHBURG TOURISM DIRECTOR: IF WE GO THROUGH THE RUSTBURG AREA, NOBODY'S GOING TO FIND OUR RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS AND RETAIL FOR THAT MATTER. SO THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY STANDS TO LOSE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IF WE DON'T HAVE THE WESTERN BYPASS.))
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Residents will have a chance to voice their opinion on the two plans during public hearings next week.
For the second day in a row American warplaness patrolling the northern no fly zone have been forced to fire at Iraqi defense sites.
A Pentagon spokesman says a U-S F-16 fighter jet was forced to launch a missile at an Iraqi radar site after it was targeted by Iraqi radar.
Yesterday, Air Force planes fired at two more Iraqi defense sites, also in self defense.
Iraq'is continuing to DEFY U-S and British patrols of the no-fly zones, ANALYSTS say, to gain popular Arab support.
((MOHAMMED SAID EL SAHAF, IRAQI FOREIGN MINISTER
"THEY ARE COMING TO OUR REGION AND AGGRESSION AGAINST OUR COUNTRY. WHEN
WE RESIST THEM WE ARE NOT PROVOKING ANYTHING. THEIR PRESENCE HERE IS
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Today's is the sixth time since December 28th that Iraqi forces have threatened to shoot down U-S or British planes patrolling ``no-fly'' zones over northern and southern Iraq.
In just two days the first Presidential impeachment trial in more than 130 years get underway in the Senate.
The President's defense team issued its first official response yesterday, denying all allegations against the President.
((JOE LOCKHART/WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: ONE OF THE THINGS THAT
WE'D LIKE TO GET DONE HERE IS TO HAVE THIS DONE IN AN EXPEDITIOUS
WAY...AND ONE WAY TO DO THAT IS TO RELY ON THE RECORD, WHICH WE WILL
STIPULATE TO. ))
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House G-O-P leaders replied with a fifty-five page document outlining their case.
They say the evidence of perjury and obstruction of Justice is overwhelming.
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In one of the stranger sideshows of the Clinton Impeachment, Hustler Publisher Larry Flynt held a news conference last night accusing House Republican Bob Barr cheating on his wife.
Barr has denied the allegations.
Flynt had offered a reward of one million dollars to anyone providing information of sexual misconduct by prominent republicans.
The U-S Supreme Court takes up a case today that could affect every school in the nation.
At issue is whether any school receiving federal funds can be sued for failing to prevent sexual harrassment among students.
The case involves a Georgia girl who says she was groped by a male classmate while she was a fifth grader.
She says the harassment continue even after she reported it to school officials.
A high court decision is not expected until July.
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The man who broke out of the Blue Ridge Regional jail is back behind bars.
That story is still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
And it's not official yet.
But people are already asking "What will the N-B-A be like without Mike?"
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When the shortened N-B-A season gets under way next month, the league could be missing its biggest star.
A source says Michael Jordan will announce his retirement tommorow.
It's another blow to pro basketball, as players return from a six month lockout.
Thalia Assuras (THAL-YA AH-SURE-IS) reports.
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(((FONT: Courtesy: NBA 6/14/98)
His last shot was the final stroke of a masterpiece.
Track: Was Michael Jordan telling us something when he froze, as if to
savor the moment?
Track: A sixth NBA championship was complete, as if it were needed to
justify the statue erected outside Chicago's United Center in
1994..after Jordan's first retirement. The inscription "Best there ever
was, best there ever will be."
Sot: Voice of Magic Johnson/Fmr. Guard, L.A. Lakers
"I want to thank him for everything that he brought to the game."
Track: Superman's spellbinding shots were not confined to the NBA. The
man with a million moves also won two Olympic gold medals. And his last
second jumper as a skinny freshman gave North Carolina its first NCAA
title in 1982. 10 scoring titles..five most valuable awards and an MVP
award for each of his six performances in the NBA finals are only part
of the resume. His international appeal is nearly impossible to measure.
The smile, the wagging tongue and the victory cigar are probably just
memories for now. Michealangelo's work on the court may be complete.))
That was Thalia Assuras reporting.
We'll have more on Michael Jordan's possible retirement later in sports.
America is in a blood supply crisis.
Harsh January weather has pushed the usual post holiday blood shortage to epidemic proportions.
Some hospitals have been forced to postpone elective surgeries with many blood banks carrying less than a one-day supply.
Officials have made an urgent call for donors to respond to the crisis.
Blood types 0-negative and 0-positive are in the most demand because they're the most common.
The American Red Cross says Southwest Virginia is not in as dire need as some parts of the country, but as is usual for this time of year, blood supply is low.
Type O and A negative are in high demand right now.
Bedford authorities are making plans to pick up a missing inmate who's been caught.
Randy Penkert was arrested early this morning by state police in the Williamsburg area.
An informant led them to a motel, where he was picked up without any trouble.
The convicted car thief has been on the loose since breaking out of the Blue Ridge Regional Jail over the weekend.
No word yet on when Penkert might be brought back to the county.
A governor's school for agriculture could be part of this year's General Assembly session.
The plan is to accept about 200 students into a summer residential program.
The details of what would be taught are still undecided.
Governor's schools have been around since 1973, teaching sciences, humanities, visual arts and performing arts.
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Coffee comes to a land of traditional tea drinkers.
More on Starbucks new store in China is just ahead on News-7 at Noon.
And the Cold War may be over, but the military hardware race is still on.
Take a look at the latest Russian fighter when News-7 at Noon continues.
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It won't be tested in the skies until next month, but Russia today is showing off its new fighter jet.
Designers of the M-F-I claim the plane will outperform the latest U-S fighter, the F-22.
Russia's defense minister says if the Iraqis had had the new aircraft during the recent American and British air raids, they would have been able to shoot down 90 percent of the launched guided weapons and cruise missiles before they reached their targets.
Here's a question for you, How do you say ``mocha latte'' in Chinese?
Go to the new Starbucks in Beijing and find out.
The coffee giant has opened its first store in China.
It's located in a posh five-star hotel in the capital.
Starbucks is confident a nation of tea drinkers will take to mochacino and all the other concoctions.
So much so they're planning to open another nine stores in Beijing in the next year and a-half.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 75 points.
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Still ahead in sports, Patrick Henry steals a victory from Cave Spring.
Plus, it could be legal hot water for Hampton Roads coach John Brophy following his outbursts Sunday night.
We'll have the details coming up, when News 7 at Noon continues.
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As we mentioned earlier, it appears one of the N-B-A's greatest- loved players is hanging up his sneakers.
N-B-A sources say Michael Jordan will announce his retirement during a news conference tomorrow.
It would be his second retirement from the N-B-A in 5 years, but his agent says any talk of retiring is speculation.
Jordan's retirement would likely signify the end of the Bulls championship era, and the beginning of a rebuilding period in Chicago.
Jordan's 13- year career produced ten NBA scoring titles, five Most Valuable Player awards, and six NBA championship trophies.
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Cave Spring may have won the game on the court, but a misunderstanding of the rules cost the Knights a victory.
Coach Billy Hicks said he didn't realize it was against league rules for a player to participate in both the junior varsity and varsity contests.
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The Knights met up with P-H to make up a game cancelled because of last week's bad weather.
The Knights get fancy early with this lob to a waiting Michael Hamler. Hamler finishes with the lay-in.
The P-H offense takes over, breaking the press and finially getting it into the hands of Jerry Dulin for the score.
Cave Spring outscores P-H 81-69, but the Patriots win it by forfeit.
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On to the Pioneer district, where the Fighting Blues paid a visit to Covington.
Parry McCluer's Chad Coffee starts things off when he pulls up and makes this shot for three.
Here, the Cougars' Travis Bogar wins the battle on the boards and gets the putback for Covington.
But Josh Lowder receives the pass and takes the long baseline jumper to give Parry McCluer a commanding lead.
And the Blues stay out front to beat the Cougars 61- 46.
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The Roanoke Express aren't the only ones complaining about Hampton Roads coach John Brophy.
Brophy's tirade after Sunday's loss to the Express could land him in prison.
The team has filed a complaint with the ECHL, while Roanoke police continue to investigate possible assault charges.
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Following a bloody game, Brophy left the ice and pushed three men-- Civic Center Events Coordinator Richard Day, a Roanoke City police officer and a Civic Center Security official.
The Express is also sending the league its tape of Admiral Jeff Corbett's cheap shot on Roanoke's Jeremy Schaeffer.
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Roanoke City police are reviewing the tape and will decide today whether or not to press charges against Brophy.
The league is now in the All Star Break.
The ECHL All Star game is tomorrow.
It's back to the books today for former Patrick Henry star Chris Combs.
Steve Mason talked with Duke's all-conference defenseman about his new coach-- former Florida assistant Carl Franks.
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((Fred Goldsmith's dismissal was made easier for Combs when he learned the entire defensive staff has been retained by Franks, enabling Chris to focus even more on training this Holiday break at the Roanoke Athletic Club.
Combs has added 65 pounds of muscle to his now 280 pound 6 foot 6 frame. He heads into Spring practice as Duke's only first team all-ACC selection. In just three season's Combs has set Duke's career record for tackles for loss. Despite's Duke's 9 and 35 record since Chris began playing, he spells double trouble around the ACC.
Combs is well known for his work ethic, and he's hit the books just like the weights; hard, posting a 3.2 GPA this past semester. And it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out his approach to his last season.))
N-F-L teams continue to make coaching moves.
The old switcheroo is being carried out between Philly and Green Bay.
After being fired by Philadelphia two weeks ago and replaced by Green Bay assistant Andy Reid, Ray Rhodes is now the Packer's head coach.
And Kansas City is among those looking for a new coach.
Marty Schottenheimer resigned after 10 years as the Chief's head coach.