Still no word on why a car slammed into a bridge in Carroll County Friday night, killing three people
And the story of the infamous exploding whale... is online in this week's WebWatch.
In sports, It was Hall of fame night at the Roundhouse last night Denise Allen will introduce you to TaeBo.
And it takes Duke an overtime period to beat St. John's today at Madison Square Garden.
Above normal temperatures for 8 full days-- That warm trend will continue.
But at least the nights will be near normal.
Details coming up.
All of the victims in Friday's fatal accident in Dugspur were related.
Authorities say 59-year old Arlie Kendall Simpkins was driving along Route 221 when he veered off the road, and hit a bridge.
The car then burst into flames.
Simpkins, his wife, 56-year old Kitty Duncan Simpkins and their 14-year old grandson Ricky Lee Simpkins Jr. all died.
Two of the couple's other grandchildren, 13-year old Jessica Simpkins and her 7-year old brother, Kendall survived the crash with only minor injuries.
All of the victims were from Indian Valley.
A lot is riding on negotiations between Volvo Trucks and the United Auto Workers Union in Pulaski County.
Volvo has threatened to pull the plug on an expansion that would add 13-hundred jobs.
Volvo made the threat after the union last weekend rejected the company's new six-year contract.
Whatever happens has the potential to impact more than just Volvo and its employees.
In Pulaski County, there are at least six- companies that are tied to Volvo.
The companies either provide parts or services.
Similar plants are located in Giles and Wythe Counties, as well as Salem.
If Volvo and the union are able to work out their differences and the General Assembly approves funding for the expansion-- the deal could benefit the extended companies, as well.
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Business leaders predict that for every 100-jobs Volvo adds to its truck plant...there will be 107-spinoff jobs added to the New River Valley's economy.
This past Thursday was Arts Advocacy Day.
And, Miss Virginia used the occassion to push her agenda before state lawmakers.
Nita Booth and others spent the day at the state General Assembly, lobbying for additional funding for the Arts for Virginia Commission.
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((NITA BOOTH/MISS VIRGINIA 1999; WHAT WE HOPE TO DO IS REACH A DOLLAR PER CAPITA FOR THE ARTS IN THIS STATE. WE NEED 1.5 MILLION DOLLARS FOR THIS FISCAL YEAR AND AN ADDITIONAL 1.5 MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR.))
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The funding would be split among the state's various arts organizations.
Booth says that will still put the state about 36-percent below the national average.
On the web tonight, Archie's after Vernonica again... and we have the infamous exploding whale... in tonight's WebWatch.
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If you know the melody but can't recall the words, you're out of luck on-line. The International Lyrics Server and it's 100-thousand songs is gone.
It's servers in Switzerland were confiscated by police after the National Music Publishers Association filed a lawsuit.
Veronica, on the other hand, gets to keep her website. Veronica's parents registered Veronica-dot-org for her when she was born... But the folks at Archie-comics-dot-com called it copyright infringement, saying Veronica is THEIR trademark.
Veronica's dad told them to take a hike, saying nobody owns his daughter's name... and dot-org website is for NON-commercial purposes.... Archie backed off and is NOT taking legal action... besides, if you go to Veronica-dot-COM, who do you find? BETTY.. what's up with that?
Join the North Carolina Zoo on Safari as they track African elephants in Cameroon. A team from the zoo fitted elephants with satellite tracking collars... you can use the data with a tracking map and watch elephant migration patterns...
Speaking of large mammals, remember the story of the coastal town that tried to get rid of a dead whale with a half ton of explosives... it's NOT an urban legend, it happened in Oregon several years ago... and the film is on-line to prove it.
You can watch the whole story in streaming video... and you really should check this out, its a classic.
For links, click on webwatch on the wdbj website, at WDBJ7-dot-com.))[S-Women]
The Lady Hokies of Virginia Tech are 18 and 0 and 8 and 0 in the Atlantic 10 with this afternoon's 20 point win over Temple at the Cassell.
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The Lady Hokies being introduced to another big crowd at the Cassell today.
And Tech gets the first points of the game on the opening tipoff Amy Wetzel taking it to the hoop for two of her 20 points.
Temple then gets the ball to Natalie Isaac who pulls up in the paint and banks it in off the glass.
But Tech pushes the ball up the court Lisa Weatherspoon passes to Tere Williams who gets it to Michelle Housewright for two of her game high 24.
Tech continued to work the inside this time
getting it to Williams for two of her 23 and the Hokies win the game 89 to 69.
The A-C-C and Big East hooked up at Madison Square Garden today and Second ranked Duke holds on for a 92 to 88 win over 8-th ranked St. John's.
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Duke head coach Mike Kryzeski watching the close game in the second half.
The Blue Devils turned a 2 point halftime lead into a 48 to 42 lead when William Avery hit the three pointer.
St. John's would answer working the boards and getting the tap in cutting the lead to three with 8 minutes left in the game.
Duke would go up by five but Ron Artest pulls up behind the line and hits the three pointer sending the game into over time tied at 81.
St. John's scored the first points of overtime
but Duke's Shane Battier gave the Blue Devils the lead with the basket and Duke wins it 92 to 88 in overtime.
Fourth ranked Maryland took on Clemson right here on your home town station and Maryland won the game 81 to 79.
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The Roanoke Express celebrated Hall of Fame weekend at the Roundhouse last night.
Former player Dave Stewart was among 4 inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Stewart played four years as a defenseman for the express before retiring at the end of the 1997-98 season.
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Joining Stewart in the Hall of fame are Dave "Moose" Morissette, former head coach Frank Anzalone and Tom Mullin.
The Express lost this afternoon to Huntington 7 to 3.
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The Catholic Church has been looking for a few good men to join the priesthood--but in recent years they've been harder and harder to find.
Beginning Tuesday Tina Tenret will take a look at the shortage in priests and why men aren't as eager to join as they used to be.
Our three-part series, "God's Calling" begins Tuesday night at 11.