On NEWS 7 at Six tonight: we'll hear more from the 5-year old girl whose bus driver may have saved her LIFE... learn more about the driver.
And meet the stripper who STILL says she was raped- -despite her failure to appear in court.
Tonight on News 7 sports, we'll preview tomorrow night's Tech-UVa basketball showdown in Richmond.
Plus, we'll talk with one of the Falcons' dirty bird rookies, former Hokies Ken Oxendine.
And Powell Valley's Julius Jones says thanks but no thanks to UVa as he decides to play his college football at Notre Dame.
Would you believe temperatures around 70 for the next two days? That's the forecast straight ahead.
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One day after a deadly accident, the latest on the investigation, more on the bus driver hailed as a hero, and what does it take to make 220 safer?
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.[Bus-Wreck]
State Police are still trying to piece together exactly how the accident happened.
They have yet to catch up with the wrecker truck driver. So no charges have been filed.
It APPEARS to have been the result of "driver in-attention."
That won't be official, until police can consult with the Commonwealth's Attorney.
The wreck occurred around 3-30 yesterday as the wrecker ploughed into a car- -sending it careening into a school bus.
Two people were fatally injured: 61-year old Geraldine Gillispie and her 8-year old granddaughter, Emily.
The woman driving that bus says she is NOT a hero.
JoAnn Brown spent the day at home, trying to get over the shock of yesterday's wreck.
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Scott Goldberg talked with her privately- -and those who know her.
He's in Franklin County tonight.
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Keith, JoAnn Brown has driven a school bus for 27-years.
And she's never had a close call, let alone been involved in an accident like the one that happened out here yesterday.
She was too rattled to talk on camera today.
But there were other people willing to talk about her.
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Inside a grief-stricken Henry Elementary School, couselors spent the day with the students who survived the bus wreck.
Outside, James Thompson, father of three, praised the bus driver whose actions might've stopped a deadly wreck from turning deadlier.
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((JAMES : HEROIC. THIKING RIGHT OFF THE BAT. IT TAKES COURAGE TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT AND THINK QUICKLY.))
As her bus was struck from behind and jolted forward, JoAnn Brown instinctively reached out and grabbed 5-year-old Anita Young, who was standing in front of the the bus's open door.
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((ANITA YOUNG: MRS. BROWN, SHE TOOK THE BACK OF MY COAT AND SHE HOLDEED ON TO ME, AND IF SHE WOULDN'T HAVE HOLDED ON TO ME, I WOULD HAVE BEEN OUT THE WINDOW.))
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((DOUGLAS BROWN: THAT'S JUST THE GRACE OF THE LORD IT HAPPENED LIKE THAT. SHE HAD SOMEBODY HELPING HER.))
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Douglas Brown filled in for his wife today, driving her bus route, while she stayed at home.
Parents sent her thank-you notes.
And while they praised her actions, JoAnn Brown refused to let anyone call her a hero.
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((DOUGLAS BROWN: SHE DON'T WANT IT LIKE THAT. SHE JUST DONE WHAT SHE NEEDED TO DO.))
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JoAnn Brown will take some time to let her nerves settle.
But the mother of two and grandmother of one loves kids and says she'll be back on the road soon.
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Once again, a fatal accident is focusing attention on the safety of U.S. 220.
The 70 miles between Roanoke and the North Carolina line are well know for their blind hills and curves.
Just how safe is 220?
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Joe Dashiell has been asking that question today.
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Nobody ABOARD THE BUS was seriously hurt.
In fact, riding a school bus is generally quite safe in Virginia.
The most recent V-DOT figures cover a three- year period ending with 19-97.
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In those three years, one person died aboard a school bus in Virginia, a bus DRIVER.
306 people on school buses were injured, an averge of about 100 a year. Half of those were drivers.
In that three-year period, five students were killed OUTSIDE a school bus as they got on or off.
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They're worried about their electric bills, and yours. Still ahead, local customers go to Richmond.
Next, state lawmakers decide on a controversial license plate. Does the conferederate flag remain?
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The House of Delegates has signed off on a Sons of Confederate Veterans' license plate.
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((DEL. CREIGH DEEDS/D-BATH CO.: I GREW UP IN A HOUSE WITH A PORTRAIT OF ROBERT E. LEE OVER MY HEAD. I'M PROUD OF THAT HERITAGE. AND I DON'T WANT TO DO ANYTHING TO DIMINISH IT. AND I DON'T WANT TO DO ANYTHING TO DIMINISH THE BRAVERY AND THE COURAGE AND THE ACTIONS OF THOSE PEOPLE THAT FOUGHT FOR THE SOUTH. BUT I THINK WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT THIS THING WE'RE GETTING READY TO DO.))
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But the final version coming out of the House has NO flag on the plate.
That's after a commanding speech from the chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus on his memories of seeing a Klan rally in 1960.
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((DEL. JERRAULD JONES/D-NORFOLK: AND I LOOKED OUT THAT WINDOW, NOT KNOWING EXACTLY WHAT WAS GOING ON, BUT SEEING THE STARK TERROR OF FEAR ON MY MOTHER'S FACE. AND SEEING THE BURNING CROSS, AND YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE WAS THERE, FLYING, WITH THE BURNING CROSS? IT WAS THAT FLAG. THAT FLAG ON THE LICENSE PLATE THAT YOU ALL WANT TO PUT ON THE CARS OF VIRGINIA.))
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The fate of the Confederate plate is now in the Senate's hands.
It was a day for the little guy to lobby the lawmakers.
Virginians who get their home electricity from small electric cooperatives want to make sure utility de-regulation doesn't hurt them.
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((GERALD GROSECLOSE/CRAIG-BOTETOURT ELECTRIC CO-OP: OUR CONCERN THAT THIS HAS BEEN DRIVEN BY THE REAL LARGE INDUSTRIAL USERS-- WHICH WE HAVE NONE ON OUR SYSTEM-- AND THEREFORE WE FEEL LIKE THERE IS A POSSIBILITY, IF THERE ISN'T PROTECTION FOR THE SMALL CONSUMERS, THAT RATES COULD INCREASE.))
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A bill to de-regulate electric utilities by 2004 is likely to pass the General Assembly this year.
Frito Lay says it will expand its Lynchburg plant this year, adding dozens of new jobs.
The snack-food giant says it is closing four of its older, unexpandable plants in the United States and shifting production to its newer facilities.
The Lynchburg plant, which opened two years ago, already employs about 175 people.
They currently make "WOW" potato chips.. and will expand to include Lay's, Ruffles, Tostitos and Doritos snack chips.
The move is expected to create 35 to 40 new jobs.
Another major shopping center project is in the works for Lynchburg, now that city council has given its okay to the plan.
Developers want to rezone these 58 acres near the city limits to construct a shopping center with 17- hundred parking spaces, anchored by a Target department store.No one spoke out against the River Ridge Crossing development during a public hearing two weeks ago.
But council delayed action on the project to study its impact on traffic congestion along Wards Road.
Late this afternoon, council approved the project by a 6- to- nothing vote.(----------------)
Two strong days in a row for the stock market.
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The Dow jumped 121 points, easily passing 93-hundred. NASDAQ did even better, climbing 64, more than two and a half per cent.
The exotic dancer who said a Roanoke man raped her still wants to press charges, despite the fact she failed to show up in court for the trial.
The charges against Kim Kennedy were dropped yesterday, because the alleged victim wouldn't help the prosecutor develop the case against him.
Carolyn Huffman says she will exercise her right to press charges again.
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((CAROLYN HUFFMAN/ALLEGED RAPE VICTIM; THE ONLY REASON I DIDN'T WANT TO GO TO COURT.....I JUST DON'T WANT TO BE AROUND HIM.))
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The former employee of "A Triple-A Babe" escort service claims Kennedy attacked her after she completed a strip tease at the Knights of Pythias Lodge.
Kennedy had been suspended without pay from his custodial job in the Roanoke School system.
He'll be back on the job tomorrow, having been reinstated today.
Kennedy's attorney says his client hopes to put the matter behind him and move on with his life.
A federal judge in Danville is threatening to make public the F-B-I's entire criminal case file on former Christiansburg Attorney Keith Neely- -unless the government can come up with a good reason not to- -before the end of the week.
The F-B-I gave Neely some documents last year in his bid for a new trial.
But many of them were so heavily blacked out, they were meaningless.
After reviewing the files, Judge Jackson Kiser says the government obscured "matters which are public record"- -found in land records, for example.
Neely is half-way through a ten-year sentence for drug trafficking and money laundering.
Coming up tonight in sports, the top football player in southwest Virginia will not follow in his brother's footsteps.
It's Media Day at the Super Bowl. We'll hear from Ken Oxendine.
And tomorrow UVa battles Virginia Tech at the Richmond Coliseum. We'll hear from some of the principles in the game in just moment.
After his sophomore season at Powell Valley, Julius Jones said he hoped he would be able to someday follow his brother to UVa.
But this afternoon at the Ramada Inn in Duffield, Jones told his fans and family that last night he decided to pick pick Notre Dame over UVa and UCLA.
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Julius' older brother Thomas led the ACC in rushing this season at UVA. But Julius says his brother is supportive of his decision not to follow him to Charlottesville.
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Jones rushed for nearly 40 TDs this past season alone.
It was media day in Miami for the Falcons and Broncos as the two teams were forced to face over 1000 members of the media.
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They promised to give things like 150 percent. And said things like "we're gonna have to score to win."
One guy who didn't have to answer too many questions was Falcons rookie running back Ken Oxendine, the former Hokie is thrilled just to be in South Florida.
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Two other minor items for yu to digest about OX. The last time he played in Pro PLayer stadium he was the MVP of the Orange Bowl in 1996.
Also, the Broncos' Terrell Davis was his campus escort back in high school when Oxendine took his official visit from Thomas Dale to the University of Georgia.
Virginia Tech and Virginia will meet for the 113th time tomorrow night at the Richmond Coliseum. While the Wahoos lead the series 68 to 44, Steve Mason says these teams are dead even in many ways.
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((They are a combined 2 and 12 in conference play. But that hardly takes away from Wednesday's clash, especially with in state bragging rights on the line.
Rebuilding programs is just one of many similarities between tech and UVa. Both team's offensive catalists center around the forward position. Eddie Lucas averages nearly 16 points a game.
The senior's counter part is UVa freshman Chris Williams, who scores about 18 points a game.
So what are the keys to victory? The cavs will try and press while Tech will pound the ball inside.))
A bizarre event took place during women's singles play today at the Australian Open.
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Venus Williams received a warning after some of her hair beads came loose and spilled onto the court.
More cam loose moments later and a oint was taken away from her that cost her a game.
She eventually lost her quarterfinal matchup with top seeded Lindsey Davenort 6-4 and 6-love.
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Tonight on News7 at 11 -- why is there a shortage of Catholic priests?
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Tina Tenret is at St. Andrew's Church in Roanoke with a preview of her special report -- "God's Calling."
Keith, more than just Catholics are worried about losing Catholic priests.
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((IT'S ALL ABOUT ONE IN CHRIST. YEAH I THINK IT MEANS A LOT FOR US -- TO HAVE A CALLING AND LISTEN.
So why are young men not answering the need for Catholic priests?
It's more than just the vow of celibacy that scares young men away.
FATHER JOE LEHMAN/ROANOKE PRIEST: YOU KNOW YOU'D BE ONE OF THEM ... MAKING REFERENCE TO SOME OF THE THINGS YOU SEE ON TV -- THE DRINKERS, THE MOLESTERS ... SO YOU DON'T GET THAT KIND OF ENCOURAGEMENT I DON'T THINK.))
The true reasons fewer men become priests say a lot about us all -- and what we consider important.
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Don't miss our special report "God's Calling" tonight on News7 at Eleven.
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Herbie survived being run over by a car.
But the bill that would make him the official state reptile was finally crushed today in the House of Delegates.
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((DEL. LEO WARDRUP/R VIRGINIA BEACH: AND WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, THE BOX TURTLE IS NOT EVEN A VERY RESPECTABLE REPTILE. ohhhh!))
((DEL. GEORGE GRAYSON/D-WILLIAMSBURG: HE IS A VALIANT CREATURE.))
((DEL. RICHARD BLACK/R-LOUDOUN CO.: AND AS I THINK OF THE BOX TURTLE, THE NAMES THAT COME TO MIND ARE LOW, SLOW, BORING.))
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Another downside to the Eastern Box Turtle being made an official state anything-- his scientific name is Terrapin Carolina.
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