Do the Stars & Bars belong on state license plates in Virginia?
That's the top story on NEWS 7 tonight.
And there's the mansion authorities say was built at the expense of her friends.
And what it takes to be a member of the bomb squad- -in REAL life.
Tonight on News 7 sports, Hot news from hardwater with Roundhouse wrapup.
We'll hear from the only unbeaten women's team in the nation, Virginia Tech.
And George Lynch ends up signing a free agent contract with the 76ers.
Pretty strange weather for late January. Temperatures in the 60s tomorrow and the threat for very heavy rain this weekend. More coming up.
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Should Virginia license plates bear the Confederate battle flag?
They're taking up the controversial proposal in Richmond.
Good evening, I'mKeith Humphry.
It's a just a license plate.
But for supporters and opponents of a Sons of Confederate Veterans logo on a Virginia tag, it's free speech versus fear.
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Ellen Qualls was at the first skirmish today on one of the 1999 General Assembly's livelier questions.
Keith, the proposal is to put a three inch by three inch Sons of Confederate Veterans logo on a state plate.
The joint Transportation Committees heard both sides today.
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((NELSON WINBUSH/SONS OF CONFED. VETS: I COULDN'T DO NOTHING BUT BE PROUD...SAME RIGHTS AS YOU DO.))
The Sons of Confederate Veterans had a clear strategy.
Two of their four supporters in the public hearing were black.
((REV. CHARLES GREEN/SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS MEMBER: THEY ARE UPRIGHT CITIZENS. THEY ARE GOOD PEOPLE...BRING BACK UNITY. WHAT WE ALL SHOULD BE DOING.))
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People provided the only counterpoint.
((KING SALIM KHALFANI/VIRGINIA NAACP: IN MANY PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY'S OPINION, THAT FLAG REPRESENTS INTIMIDATION, TERRORISM, LYNCHING....SUPREMACIST GROUPS.))
But the bill's sponsor says the battle flag should remain on the tag.
((DEL. JOE MAY/R-LEESBURG: I THINK THAT THEIR SACRIFICE WAS MADE UNDER THE CONFEDERATE FLAG...DIDN'T FIGHT UNDER THE CANADIAN FLAG.))
Clearly, lawmakers are looking for some kind of compromise on this, because there are about 150 other kinds of commemorative plates already available through the DMV.
Folks around the capitol are amused by House BIll 1869, which would provide a special plate for collectors of pig memorabilia.
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The nation's four largest cigarette companies have finally agreed to set up a five-point-one Billion dollar trust fund, just to help tobacco farmers.
Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore and Attorney General Mark Earley spent the last two days at the negotiations in Durham.
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((AND I'M PLEASED TO ...AGREEMENT IN CONCEPT.))
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Meanwhile, Danville Delegate Whitt Clement called on fellow lawmakers to help him funnel 60- percent of the November national tobacco settlement to tobacco-dependent communities in Virginia.
He was joined by Halifax Delegate Ted Bennett.
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((DEL. TED BENNETT/D-HALIFAX: NO ONE EXPECTED A CRASH LANDING OF THIS MAGNITUDE AND WITH THIS SUDDENESS.))
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Clement's fund would be overseen by a 21-member commission.[Saunders]
A 12-thousand square foot home in Huddleston is the subject of a federal indictment handed up tonight.
Dorothy Saunders built the house... at the expense of her friends, according to the indictment.
Alice and Bettie McNeil gave Saunders power of attorney.
She allegedly made off with their life savings.
The McNeil sisters- -both in the late 80's- -were evicted from the Woodhaven Nursing Home, because Saunders allegedly failed to pay the bill. One of them died shortly afterwards.
The 300-thousand dollar house Saunders built is called: "Dora."
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Two men remain hospitalized after being shot during a brawl outside a Danville convenience store last night.
34- year- old Matthew Lynn Alverson and 21- year- old Cory Kinta Preston were both shot once in the head.
Alverson is listed as serious.. Preston is in critical condition tonight.
Police aren't sure what sparked the fight.. no arrests have been made.
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New information tonight on the woman charged with trying to hire a hit man, the woman who alledgedly had two pipe bombs in her pickup.
We learned today that Peggy Sullivan has made a bomb threat in the past.
Teresa Hamilton has been following the case from the beginning and joins us from our Blacksburg newsrom with the latest.
Keith-- sheriff's officials say Sullivan's past record is one reason they took the tip that she was allegedly looking for a hit man so seriously.
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For the past five years, 39- year old Peggy Jo Sullivan has worked at Volvo.
Co-workers we spoke with say she's a quite and polite woman-- and can't believe the charge against her.
On Tuesday, Sullivan was arrested for allegedly trying to hire an undercover police officer to kill her former boyfriend.
After placing Sullivan in custody-- sheriff's investigators discovered a homemade bomb in her truck.
This is actually the second time the 39- year old has been in trouble with the law.
About 20- years ago she was arrested for threatening to bomb Fort Chiswell high school.
The charge was eventually dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
As for this latest investigation-- authorities say their biggest task now is figuring out who built the bombs found in Sullivan's truck.
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((JIM DAVIS/PULASKI CO. SHERIFF:THE INVESTIGATION IS, OF COURSE, ON GOING, AS WE SPEAK, AND THAT'S ABOUT ALL I WANT TO SAY ABOUT THAT. ))
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Early Wednesday morning, investigators searched Sullivan's home looking for evidence as to whether she was the one who built the device.
According to court documents, they seized two notebooks and a piece of paper with names and phone numbers.
It's not known if those document contained any incriminating evidence.
However, today authorities said there's a good chance additional charges will be filed against Sullivan as well as someone else.
State Police defused a record number of explosive situations in Virginia last year: 371... and have yet to lose a member of the bomb squad.
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[Keith on ENG]
It's NOT the way they make it out to be in the movies, like the 1994 Film: "Speed," for example... with the heroic, high-speed, hair-raising search for the right wire.
((I CAN'T BY-PASS IT. IT'LL FIRE.))
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Meet Gus Necessary of the state police bomb squad, and his best friend: The Percussion-activated Non-electric Disrupter.
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((THE WHOLE IDEA IS TO KEEP ME FROM BEING ON TOP OF THE PACKAGE PERFORMING SOME OPERATION THAT THIS THING CAN DO FOR ME.))
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In contrast to the Hollywood version, Agent Necessary says he relies on slow, plodding, but predictable, hi-tech methods.
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((THAT'S THE BEST WAY TO HAVE A LONG CAREER IN THE BUSINESS.))
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A local congressman gets a big snub from his own party. That story is still ahead.
And why are these students lucky? Their school is one of the few to already meet every S-O-L standard. We'll take you there next.
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When the state released scores from the first round of testing on the Standards of Learning, one Roanoke County school was at the top of the list.
Back Creek Elementary was one of only 39 schools in Virginia to meet new requirements for accreditation.
Joe Dashiell reports the school's success is a team effort.
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The third graders in Neita Kraus's class are preparing for the S-O-L tests they will take this Spring.
But they're confident they'll do well. Back Creek Elementary ranked among the top two percent of schools in Virginia following the first round of testing.
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((MOLLY KELLEHER: THE TEACHERS TEACH REALLY WELL AND MOST OF THE KIDS LISTEN PRETTY GOOD.))
((JAKE GERL: I WAS HAPPY AND I HOPE I PASS IT TOO, BECAUSE I WANT TO BE JUST LIKE THE OTHERS.))
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With 285 students in pre- school through fifth grade, Back Creek is a close-knit community.
The school's recipe for success includes hard- working students, skillful teachers, and parents who take an active role in their children's education.
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((RON WEAVER/BACK CREEK PRINCIPAL: AND REALLY THERE'S NO MAGIC BULLET. IT'S JUST AN EFFORT. IT'S A COOPERATIVE EFFORT. IT'S A WONDERFUL JOB DONE BY OUR TEACHERS, AND OUR KIDS THAT VALUE EDUCATION, AND IT'S THAT PARENTAL SUPPORT NETWORK THAT'S THERE TO BACK THESE KIDS UP.))
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Maintaining their place on the state's honor roll will be difficult.
But Weaver says the parents students and teachers are doing their best every day... to ensure that Back Creek Elementary remains at the FRONT of the class.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke County))
Residents of a Lynchburg neighborhood are breathing a little more easily tonight, as the E-P-A prepares to wrap up a Superfund cleanup site there.
81 drums of various chemicals were removed from the old Allen- Morrison sign company today and shipped to Pennsylvania for disposal.
Neighbors and city officials had worried about what might have happened if the vacant buildings were to catch fire.
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((CHRIS WAGNER/EPA ON- SITE COORDINATOR: THAT WAS THE PRIMARY CONCERN, THAT IF THERE WAS A FIRE, THESE MATERIALS MIGHT CONTRIBUTE TO THE FIRE OR BE SPILLED OFF- SITE.))
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Wagner says there's "no" indication of any soil or groundwater contamination, but test results should be available in a few months.
A down day on Wall Street, but internet stocks took the biggest beating.
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The Dow fell almost 72 points, but the big story was NASDAQ, down 71. That's almost three per cent.
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A proposed bypass around Route 29 in Lynchburg is still years from being built, but residents are having their say on where the new roadway will go.
The bypass would alleviate traffic congestion along Route 29 in the south end of Lynchburg.
A public meeting on the road plans is still going on at this hour at the Lynchburg Hilton.
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((TOM RAMEY/VDOT DISTRICT ENGINEER: A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK `WELL, THE DECISION'S ALREADY MADE, WHY SHOULD I BOTHER?' BUT THE MEETINGS ARE REALLY IMPORTANT AND WE REALLY WANT TO GET INPUT AND SEE NOT ONLY THE PEOPLE THAT ARE DIRECTLY AFFECTED THAT MIGHT HAVE THE ROAD COME THROUGH THEIR PROPERTY, BUT THE PEOPLE THAT USE IT.))
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"No" decision has been made on whether the new road will take a western or eastern route.
Business and political leaders in the New River Valley want to make sure everyone in the Volvo truck deal is getting along.
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They don't want to lose what they're calling "the most significant economic development proposal" in recent history.
So they're passing a resolution, asking Volvo and its union workers to resolve a contract stalemate.
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((CAROLE PRATT: THERE IS SOME UNCERTAINTY BUT I THINK EVERYONE IS HOPEFUL THAT EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THE DECISION MAKING WILL LOOK FORWARD NOT ONLY TO THIS DECISION, BUT TO THE FUTURE OF OUR COMMUNITY, OUR REGION, OUR CHILDREN AND MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION.))
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Volvo has threatened not to add 13-hundred jobs to its Pulaski County truck plant,
Unless there's a new labor deal this month.
The expansion would add millions of dollars in wages and thousands of dollars in taxes to the local economy.
Fifth District Democrats have dis-invited their Congressman from co-hosting a February reception.
But the Virginia Democratic Party says Virgil Goode is more than welcome at the rest of the party's annual Jefferson Jackson Day dinner February sixth.
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((DEL. KEN PLUM/VIRGINIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY: THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS THE PARTY OF INCLUSIVENESS. ALL GOOD DEMOCRATS ARE INVITED. VIRGIL GOODE SERVES US WITH GREAT HONOR AS A MEMBER OF THE CONGRESS. WE LOOK FORWARD TO HIS ATTENDANCE.))
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Goode still considers himself a Democrat-- but voted FOR impeaching the President, and has voted against the Preside
nt on other matters nearly three quarters of the time.[Sports Tease]
Tonight on News 7 Sports, as the NBA lockout ends the bell tolls for Lynch, while Dell gets stung by the Hornets.
We'll hear from the unbeaten Tech women.
And Steve Mason checks in with this week's edition of Roundhouse wrapup.
George Lynch has left the Vancouver Grizzlies and the 57 percent tax rate above the border for what he hopes will be better times in Philadelphia.
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The free agent forward who helped Patrick Henry win a state title in 1988 and later was part a national title team at UNC, has signed a one year contract with the 76ers.
Lynch will be coached by fellow UNC grad Larry Brown.
He is expected to play the small forward spot, and depending on how other signings shake down, he could end up as a starter.
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Dell Curry has rejected the Hornets final offer of one million dollar for next season.
The veteran free agent guard, who was the only original Hornets stillon the team will liekly end up in Portland, Milkwaukee or Chicago.
Speaking of the Bulls, they had to cancel practice today because they didn't have enough players under contract.
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ACC basketball returns to Your Hometown Station tonight. Join us at eight this evening as UVa takes on the North Carolina Tarheels in the Dean Dome. Tonight at eight on WDBJ-7.
Don't look now but the Tech women's basketball team is the only unbeaten team in the nation.
The Lady Hokies are 16 and 0 and ranked 13th.
Tech is on top of the west division of the Atlantic 10.
And tomorrow night the Hokies face the top team in the east St. Joseph's. Both are undefeated in conference play.
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The Lady Hokies and Hawks tip it off at 7 tomorrow night at the Cassell.
The Tech men are on the road tonight at Dayton.
The Express returns home tomorrow night to face the Peoria Riverman.
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Here's Steve Mason with this week's edition of Round House Wrap up.
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((The remaining five Express defenders have made the most of the extra ice time.
Jeremy Schaeffer re-agrivated his January 10th head injury against Peoria and is doubtful for Friday. Mike Peron's sprained right knee is more serious.
Recent European acquisition Dan O'Connell has two goals in three games. Daniel Berthiaume and Dave Gagnon are allowing 2.66 goals a game, best in the ECHL. The Bandit, who missed last year's playoffs against Hampton, is 4 and OH against the Admirals this season.
One final note, sources also say, former Express Coach Frank Anzalone will also be inducted into the Roanoke Hockey Hall of fame. Steve Mason, roundhouse wrap up.))
The preseason Daytona testing is now over and after 105 different cars hit the track
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this one was the fastest. Rusty Wallace in the Miller Ford was the only driver to top 193 miles an hour.
Jeff Gordon was second in the Rainbow Pirate and Kyle Petty third.
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Each year, area pounds receive thousands of unwanted pets.
Now, a local agency is changing directions, in hopes of reach the source of the problem.
Jean Jadhon is in our newsroom with more.
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Keith for years the Roanoke Valley SPCA--
has been providing temporary homes for unwanted animals-- and running many of the region's pounds.
But, now they say they're getting out of the pound business in order to spend
more time and money educating people about the problem of pet overpopulation.
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We'll have more on that story plus more news, weather and sports coming up tonight at 11.
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