Ahead on News 7 at noon, a historic gathering in St. Louis.
The future is determined for the controversial wilderness leadership academy.
News 7 at noon is next.
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A school for troubled boys has received a passing grade from the state department of education.
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State officials have been inspecting conditions at the Wilderness Leadership Academy for the past few days.
They were following up on a department report issued about a year ago that labeled the school as unsafe and unsanitary.
Officials at the academy have spent the last several month renovating and improving the facility.
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And today state officials said it passed the inspection in all categories and gave them a license to operate for another year.
Low priced garment imports have claimed more Virginia jobs.
Burlington Industries will close its plant in Hillsville on July First, putting 160 people out of work.
It's part of a company-wide cutback that will close seven U-S plants and eliminate nearly three-thosuand jobs.
Company officials blame low-priced garment imports, especially from Asia.
Agriculture officials are investigating an outbreak of Avian Flu at a Rockingham County turkey farm.
The virus was discovered last week at a contract poultry grower for Rocco.
Rocco officials say the entire flock of 30-thousand turkeys was destroyed.
They don't know if the virus has spread to other flocks.
Farmers are worried there could be a repeat of the flu outbreak of 1983 and 1984.
The Shenandoah Valley poultry industry lost 63 million dollars and one and a half million turkeys and chickens in that outbreak.
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It's believed to be the nation's largest indoor gathering.
In St. Louis this morning, more than 100-thousand packed the Trans- World Dome for a mass with the Pope.
Andrew Colton reports.
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The Senate could soon vote to hear witnesses in President Clinton's impeachment trial.
That story is still ahead.
And next on News-7 at noon, the latest from Colombia where the death toll continues to rise and rain is hampering rescue efforts.
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In western Colombia, one government official says there aren't enough coffins to bury the dead.
At least 700 bodies have been found since the earthquake hit Monday.
But the death toll is expected to climb much higher.
Food and drinking water are in dangerously short supply and relief agencies across the United States are pitching in with the recovery efforts.
John Blackstone reports.
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There could be two key votes in the Clinton impeachment trial today: one on dismissing the case, and the other on whether to depose witnesses.
The votes come as lawmakers try to close a deal on a timetable that would wrap the proceedings up by the middle of next month.
Lee Cowan reports from Washington.
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The second in command at Roanoke's airport is making a step up.. to take over the reins at the regional airport in LYNCHBURG.
Mark Courtney was introduced as Lynchburg's new airport manager during a news conference this morning.
He replaces David Blain who resigned the position last fall.
Courtney has more than 25 years of experience in aviation, including 12 years of service in Roanoke.
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((MARK COURTNEY/NEW LYNCHBURG AIRPORT MANAGER: TO ME THIS REPRESENTS A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY NOT ONLY TO MANAGE A FINE AIRPORT, BUT ALSO TO SHARE IN THE CHANCE TO HELP GUIDE THE LYNCHBURG REGIONAL AIRPORT, FULFILLING ITS ROLE AS A MAJOR INGREDIENT IN THIS REGION'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.))
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Courtney is expected to take over in March.
He'll report directly to the city's director of economic development.
Two major economic development projects that could mean millions of dollars in revenue for the city of Lynchburg are moving ahead.
Developers want to transform this 400-acre tract of land near Forest into a self- supporting community with retirement housing, a nursing home and light business.
After a two-year delay, the city has agreed to foot the cost of extending Enterprise Drive into the property, in exchange for new land for industrial sites.
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City council last night also rezoned 58 acres of land along Route 29 to accomodate a new 30-million dollar shopping center that's expected to create hundreds of new jobs.
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It's a hot issue in farming communities and in the General Assembly--
especially now that Halifax County is moving forward with more restrictive rules on hog farms.
We'll have that story next on News-7 at Noon.
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There's been some movement in the debate over hog farms in Halifax County.
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After seven months of review, the county's Planning Commision is recommending certain changes to the "confined animal feeding operation" ordinance.
Those changes include across-the-board increases to the current setbacks-- or the distance hog farms can be from neighboring property.
Even with stricter setbacks, some hog farms opponents say it's not enough.
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((BILLY WOODING/HOG FARMER: SOME OF THESE SETBACKS MAY OR MAYNOT BE REASONABLE AND WE WANT TO GO AHEAD AND GET THIS THING OVER WITH JUST AS BAD AS ANYONE DOES BUT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE IT'S GOING TO BE RIGHT FOR EVERYBODY.))
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The Planning Commission now recommends that livestock feeding operations be at least 15-hundred feet away from other existing dwellings,
--at least 500 feet away from neighboring property lines,
--at least 500 feet from streams, rivers and ponds,
--and at least 25-hundred feet away from public facilities like schools and recreation areas.
There will be at least two more public hearings on the hog farm issue before the Halifax County Board of Supervisors votes on the ordinance.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 36 points.
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Still ahead in sports, the Express chugs back onto the winning track.
Plus, one young Virginia football star decides to blaze his own trail, rather than follow in his brothers' footsteps.
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Seven was the magic number for the Express, as the team took on Johnstown at the Roundhouse.
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Over 34 hundred fans showed up to cheer on the Roanoke icemen.
We'll pick up the action in the third period. Johnstown's goalie misplays the puck, J-C Ruid takes advantage of the mistake and puts it in for the Roanoke goal.
J-F Tremblay and Kris Cantu led the scoring, with two goals apiece. This shot from Cantu made it 7- 3 Express.
That forced the Chiefs to make a change in goal, but it was too little too late.
Roanoke's Dave Gagnon
turned away 26 shots, and the Express take home the 7 to 3 victory.
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In high school roundball last night western Roanoke County hosted one of the top matchups as Glenvar hosted Radford in a 3-Three rematch.
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Glenvar was out for revenge, after losing to Radford by a point last week.
Here, Brian Fasnacht does his part. He'll break the defense and drive to the hoop for two of his 13 first- half points.
But Radford had an answer. Josh Woods finds the hole and gets two.
Then, Fasnacht turns Charlie Wright's pass into the tough basket. Fasnacht finished the game with 28.
But every player had a hand in this Glenvar victory
as the great ball movement here gets the bucket, and Glenvar gets the 61-to-48 win.
Both teams are now 5-and-1 in the Three- Rivers district.
Elsewhere last night, Salem lost at Allegheny 61-to-56, Cave Spring topped Franklin County by 9, P-H beat Pulaski by two and Fleming crushed Halifax.
Northside scored a dozen more than Rockbridge County, Parry McCluer beat James River, Narrows lost to Galax, Ft. Chiswell slipped past Pocahontas, and James Monroe of West Virginia defeated Montcalm 70 to 46.
All eyes will be on the state capitol tonight, as Tech and U-V-A meet for the 113th time on the floor of the Richmond Coliseum.
And, as Steve Mason reports, although both teams are struggling, the game still holds a lot of meaning for a lot of people.
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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 surprise announcement from a Virginia high school running back, who many expected to follow his big brother to U-V-A.
Powell Valley High School running back Julius Jones held a press conference yesterday at the Ramada Inn in Duffield.
He told his fans AND his family that he'll be going to Notre Dame, NOT UVa or UCLA.
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Julius' older brother Thomas led the A-C-C in rushing this season at UVA. And Julius says his brother is upset by his decision not to follow him to Charlottesville.
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Thomas Jones also gave a verbal committment to Notre Dame, before changing his mind, and signing with U-V-A.
If it wasn't for the Carolina Panthers, Atlanta wouldn't be in the Super Bowl.
Several Falcons say comments made by the Panthers after their opening day loss to Atlanta served as motivation to the team that's so far 16 and 2.
Yesterday was media day in Miami. The players held court with over a thousand reporters, saying things like "we're gonna have to score to win."
One player who's not in the spotlight is Falcons rookie running back Ken Oxendine, but the former Hokie says he's thrilled just to be there.
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The last time Oxendine played in Pro Player stadium, he was the M-V-P of the 19-96 Orange Bowl.
And the Broncos' Terrell Davis was his campus escort back in high school when Oxendine made his official visit to th(------------)
e University of Georgia.