Next on News 7-
A gun goes off in a Southside classroom-
It's back out of the ring and back to jail for Boxer Mike Tyson.
While it's freedom for one death row inmate.
And we'll check out an erupting volcano-
Plus some Lexington parents question their children's school books.
News 7 is next.
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Accidental gunfire in a Southside classroom.
No one's seriously hurt -- but school officials want to know why a teenager brought a gun to school.
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A Southside student brought a gun to school today, and the gun accidentally went off.
It happened in this classroom at Dan River High School in Ringgold.
The unnamed 16-year old had the .22-caliber handgun in his book bag.
While he was getting something in his book bag, the gun went off.
The bullet hit an empty chair and landed on the floor.
The teen slightly injured his finger, but no one else was hurt.
School administrators took the student and the gun to a secure location until the authorities arrived.
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(( WE HAVE THE CHARGE OF HAVING SAFE SCHOOLS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT THESE THINGS CAN HAPPEN BUT WHEN IT HITS YOU IT SHAKES YOU UP. THE ONLY THING WE CAN DO IS REVIEW OUR PROCEDURES, CERTAINLY HAVE DIALOGUE WITH OUR COMMUNITY WITH OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT.))
[OUT Q=with our law enforcement.]
The Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Department isn't sure why the student brought the gun to school in the first place.
The student will face weapons charges in juvenile court.
The parents of a Lexington fifth grader say some of the books their daughter has to read for school aren't wholesome.
And, they say officials at Harrington (Wa-DELL) Waddell Elementary School shoudn NOT require children to read them.
Stacey Martin has the story.
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((Joan and Bucky Joyce weren't too aware of what books their fifth grade daughter's teacher required her to read until, "The Egypt Game" came along, and "Jennifer, HeCate, MacBeth, William McKinley and Me, Elizabeth"--which includes references to witchcraft.
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((JOAN & BUCKY JOYCE: ALTHOUGH IT'S COUCHED IN CUTSEY, CHILDISH TERMS AS IF THEY WERE JUST DABBLING AND PLAYING, IT RAISED OUR CONCERNS, BECAUSE WE THOUGHT IT MIGHT LEAD TO AN INTEREST IN THE OCCULT AND LEAD KIDS TO START DABBLING IN THAT.))
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The Joyce's have now filed an official complaint with the school challenging the decision to include the books as "instructional material".
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((JOAN & BUCKY JOYCE:ONE OF THE THINGS WE REALLY WOULD LIKE TO SEE CHILDREN READING IS SOME OF THE CLASSICS, SOME WHOLESOME READING--BOOKS THAT GIVE CHILDREN COURAGE AND FAITH AND HOPE.))
[OUT Q=courage and faith and hope.]
But, the school's principal says the real issue is protecting the rights of other children to read those books as well.
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((MARY ATTHOWE/PRINCIPAL: THEY REALLY DO HAVE A RIGHT AND EVERY PARENT HAS A RIGHT TO SAY WHAT HAPPENS TO THEIR CHILD BUT THEY REALLY--UNLESS THEY GO THROUGH A PARTICULAR PROCESS CAN'T SAY WHAT HAPPENS TO OTHER CHILDREN WITHIN THE SYSTEM.))
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The principal now plans to form a committee to read the two books and decide in they're inappropriate for children.
In the meantime, shes says the books will remain on the required reading list for most fifth graders. Stacey Martin, News 7.))
Fire tonight at Wintergreen Ski Resort in Nelson County.
The blaze broke out at a high rise condominium at the resort at about seven thirty tonight.
Firefighters from Wintergreen are still working on the blaze.
Officials at Wintergreen say only one condominium caught fire- Everyone is out of the building.
No one was hurt.
Over the past five years, Radford police have charged countless residents and college students for having an open container of alcohol in public- but it's actually NOT illegal.
Attorney Steven Helm of Salem discovered the discrepancy after agreeing to represent a Radford University student who was charged with breaking the law last fall.
The ordinance has been on the books in Radford since 1991.
But it became invalid in 1993 when the general assembly repealed the legislation that the law was based on.
To keep the ordinance valid, Radford City council could have updated the ordinance.
Helms says even the judge who eventually dismissed the charge was surprised to learn of the discrepancy.
[STEVEN HELMS/ATTONREY:MY RECOLLECTION OF IT WAS THAT HIS EYEBROWS WERE RAISED AND HE IMMEDIATELY LOOKED AT THE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY AND WAS VERY SURPRISED, IT WAS EXACTY THE REACTION I WAS LOOKING FOR.]
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Radford's Assistant City Attorney Sarah Kirby says the convictions will stand for those prosecuted over the past five years.
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[SARAH KIRBY/RADFORD ASSISTANT ATTY.:AT THE POINT AND TIME THAT THEY WERE CONVICTED UNDER THAT PARTICULAR STATUE, THE STATUTE IS DEEMED TO BE VALID.]
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Radford's Mayor says city council could correct the problem with the ordinance as early as Monday.
A former Virginia Tech student will spend the next five years in prison.
Michael Eck has been convicted for downloading child pornography from the internet in his dorm room.
Eck pled guilty last month to seven counts of transporting and posessing sexual images of children.
Eck was convicted of sexual abuse of a child in 1994-
Taking that into consideration, the judge today sentenced the 30-year old to serve 5 years in prison, pay a 1-thousand dollar fine and forfeit his computer equipment.
Police are still on the lookout for the man who robbed a Pulaski bank this morning.
Police say the man was wearing a ball cap, but not a ski mask when he entered the Community National Bank at around 9-30.
Once he got inside the suspect stood in line and talked to a customer before approaching the teller with a note demanding cash.
Police say the note indicated the man was armed but the teller did not see a gun.
The robber is described as a white male, 30 to 40 years old, with grayish-blond hair.
He was wearing blue jeans and an army jacket.
King Hussein of Jordan is surrounded by family at a hospital in Amman.
Sources within the royal palace indicate the king's brain has stopped working and his liver and kidneys have failed.
Several Jordanians have come forward offering their organs to help the King.
Outside the hospital people gathered to pray.
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Tonight sources say the King's family does not want him removed from life support.
King Hussein is suffering from lymphatic cancer.
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Monica Lewinsky on tape for the world to see-
Tomorrow morning at Ten the Senate is back at it - when they're expected to play parts of the taped deposition.
Scott Pelley has more.
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((TOMORROW THE PROSECUTION AND DEFENSE WILL SHOW THE VIDEO DEPOSITIONS OF
SIDNEY BLUMENTHAL, VERNON JORDAN AND MONICA LEWINSKY.
TRANSCRIPTS OF THE DEPOSITIONS ARE OUT TODAY AND, OFTEN, THE TESTIMONY
SEEMS TO CUT BOTH WAYS. FOR EXAMPLE, LEWINSKY SAYS MR. CLINTON PHONED AT
2:30 IN THE MORNING TO SAY SHE COULD AVOID TESTIFYING BY FILING AN
QUESTION: "DID YOU TALK ABOUT THE COVER STORY THAT NIGHT?"
"YES SIR." "THE PRESIDENT SAID YOU CAN ALWAYS SAY YOU WERE GOING TO SEE
BETTY (HIS SECRETARY) OR BRINGING ME PAPERS."
PROSECUTORS CALL THAT WITNESS TAMPERING. BUT THE DEFENSE COULD POINT TO
THE NEXT QUESTION. QUOTE, "WAS (THE COVER STORY) IN CONNECTION WITH THE
AFFIDAVIT?" ANSWER: "I DON'T BELIEVE SO, NO."))
You can watch live coverage of the Trial here on WDBJ-7. It begins at ten tomorrow morning.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
A 9- year old Martinsville girl needs a bone marrow transplant to cure her leukemia.
So her hometown is organizing a major effort to find a suitable donor.
Kandis Joyce was diagnosed with leukemia in December 1997.
She and her foster parents uprooted their lives in Martinsville to move her closer to Duke University Medical Center for treatment.
Kandis recently underwent a cord blood transplant, but a bone marrow transplant would give her a better shot at beating the disease.
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((TERRI WHEELER/KANDIS' MOM: YOU KNOW ANYTHING YOU CAN DO YOU WILL DO. YOU JUST KIND OF TAKE IT ONE DAY AT A TIME AND SAY WE'LL GET THROUGH THIS DAY AND THEN WORRY ABOUT TOMORROW WHEN IT GETS HERE.))
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If you'd like to be tested to become a bone marrow donor, Kandis' friends and neighbors are organizing a bone marrow typing drive scheduled for next Thursday at the National Guard Armory in Martinsville.
The blood test costs 75-dollars, but local businesses and organizations have agreed to sponsor some people.
All minorities can be tested for FREE because there is a great need for minority donors.
For more information call 540-666-1298.
Still to come, UVa alumni accept the inevitable -- a Southwest Virginia college will soon carry the UVa name.
And he's been on death row for 16 years.
Today, he's a free man, thanks to journalism students.
The story straight ahead.
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After 16 years on Death Row, Anthony Porter is a free man.
A Northwestern University investigative reporting class provided the information that freed him.
((WHAT'S UP DAVID!...CHEERS!))
Tears and hugs as Porter left prison.
A judge released Porter while Prosecutors investigate another man's confession to two murders in 1982..
The videotaped confession was tracked down by journalism students with the help of a private investigator.
One of the prosecutions key witnesses then recanted his eyewitness testimony.
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((ANTHONY PORTER/FREED FROM PRISON: I LOVE MY COUNTRY. I'M A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES. I MUST BE HEARD. IT'S A SHAME. THIS HAPPENS TO ME. I'M JUST SO HAPPY. I'M READY TO GO.. ALRIGHT! LET'S GO! LET'S GO!))
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Porter was released on a ten thousand dollar recognizance bond.
He remains charged with the murders of an 18 and 19 year old while the investigation goes on.
A confession from a serial killer freed Jacob Beard from prison, but it now appears likely that Beard will face a new trial later this year.
Beard is now at home in Florida, enjoying his first taste of freedom in five years.
He was sentenced to two life terms for the murders of Vicki Durian and Nancy Santomero, two young women who were hitchhiking to a Rainbow Family Gathering in the summer of 1980.
Beard was freed last month after a judge overturned his conviction, and now prosecuting attorney Walt Weiford (WY-ford) is deciding whether to try him again.
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((WALT WEIFORD/PROSECUTING ATTORNEY: THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT THERE WITH INFORMATION WHO ARE AFRAID TO REVEAL WHAT THEY KNOW. PART OF WHAT WE'RE DOING AT THIS POINT IS IDENTIFYING WHO THOSE PEOPLE ARE AND WE'RE LEARNING NEW THINGS EVERY DAY.))
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Weiford says he remains convinced that Beard is the man responsible for the Rainbow murders.
As for the confession by white supremacist and death row inmate Joseph Paul Franklin, Weiford says inconsistencies in his statements raise serious questions about his credibility.
If Weiford decides to move forward, he says Jacob Beard could face a new trial sometime next summer.
It's official -- Clinch Valley college will now be "University of Virginia's College at Wise."
Today U-V-A ended its campaign to fight changing the name of it's branch.
Supporters of the change are looking to the future.
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((DEL. TERRY KILGORE/R-SCOTT CO.: WELL YOU KNOW, SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WERE SAID DURING THE PROCESS, IT WAS DIFFICULT. BUT I THINK WE'RE BIG ENOUGH PEOPLE WE CAN GET OVER THAT, AND NOW GO BACK AND TRY TO WORK TOWARD MAKING UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA COLLEGE AT WISE A GREAT PLACE.))
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[OUT Q=great place.]
Clinch Valley College has been a branch of U-V-A since 1954.
But college officials want to emphasize the school's connection to Charlottesville with the name change.
When News 7 at 11 returns,
Europe's tallest volcano erupts into a river of fiery lava.
A look at Italy's Mount Etna, coming up.
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Virginia's Senate has finally signed off on a cut in the sales tax on groceries.
But the bill approved today in the upper chamber is a slower phase-out than Montgomery County's Madison Marye wanted.
Marye estimated his bill would save the average Virginia family 156 dollars a year.
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((SEN. MADISON MARYE/D-SHAWSVILLE: AND I THINK THAT'S REAL TAX RELIEF. THAT'S TAX RELIEF ... PUT IT IN THE BANK IF YOU SAVE IT.))
[OUT Q=save it.]
But Republicans, led by Botetourt's Bo Trumbo, say Virginia can't afford to phase the tax out too quickly-- AND continue to phase out the car tax.
[IN Q=Where you]
((SEN. BO TRUMBO/R-FINCASTLE: WHERE YOU GONNA CUT? WHO YOU GONNA STAND UP ON THE SPEECHES AND THE STUMPS ON THE HUSTINGS IN NOVEMBER AND SAY I CUT YOU!))
[OUT Q=cut you!]
The Republican version, supported by Governor Jim Gilmore, would start the phase-out of the food tax in January of next year.
The plan now faces scrutiny the House of Delegates-- which is evenly divided between the parties.
A natural wonder is tonight's explosive Video of the Day.
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Take a look at these pictures.
The Mount Etna volcano on Italy's island of Sicily is erupting-
It's spewing smoke and lava for a second day.
Today scientists discovered a crack along one side of the Volcano's crater- the crack apparently means the crater is changing shape.
Workers standing extremely close to the lava checked it out.
Mount Etna is Europes tallest and most active volcano- It's been erupting off and on since July.
The last major eruption was in 1992.
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Highlights from four high school hoops games for ya, the Express, the Lady Hokies and iron mike,
butt first our extra point. Atlanta falcon free safety Eugene Robinson won the bart Starr awar recently, given to an athlete who exemplifies character and outstanding morals. He has given the award back. Robinson was arrested the day before the Falcons super bowl loss for allegedly soliciting a prostitute. Now your numbers.
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The 14th ranked Virginia Tech Lady Hokies looked to avenged their only loss of the season last night against Atlantic 10 rival Xavier.
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Before the game, Tech guard Lisa Witherspoon was presented with a ball from Bonnie Henrickson for becoming Virginia tech's all time assist leader in both men's and women's hoops. She passed Bimbo Coles record of 547.
Xavier came out fast. Here Nicki Kremer gets the steal and goes coast to coast for the lay up, putting the Musketeers in front early.
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onnor, who finds Amy Wetzel for the bucket.
The Muskereers Kaite Griggs then hits Jennifer Phillips who nails the short J, 20-16 Xavier late in the first half.
The Lady Hokies Michelle Housewright gets the Wetzel miss and scores. tech regains the lead 25-23 and Tech wins 61-60 in front of a crowd of 9 thousand 724.
In high school action, Patrick henry ventured into Knight court to face Cave Spring.
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Cave Spring coach Billy Hicks and his knights were in a fight against a touch PH team.
The Patriots took a 28-20 halftime lead. Tyrone ferrell takes the rock into the paint and scores on the finger roll lay up.
Then, teammate Ray Johnson drives hard to the baseline, pulls up and rips rope [SUPER=33-Patrick Henry/ 49/Cave Sprin
g/57;]from the corner.
Cave Spring's fab freshman J.J. Redick then goes strong to the hoop and hits the shot in close.
Then Jess Seamon takes matters into his onw hands, scoring 2 of his game high 24 with this basket and Cave Spring comes back to win 57-49.
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The Colonels were at home last night protecting their lead in the Roanoke Valley District.
Franklin County opened with a strong inside game taking a quick 4 to nothing lead when Shawn Helms gets the easy duece inside.
But the Colonels rallied behind senior Michael Fleshman who steps up and hits this jumper giving Fleming its first lead of the game.
Then later in the first quarter Fleshman would hit two straight baskets
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and fleming would take a 4 point lead and Fleming wins it 54 to 40.
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On to the double A ranks the Indians and the Spartans fought it out in Salem.
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Blacksburg in the pow wow couldn't come up with a defensive plan to stop the Spartan scoring machine.
Salem's Trey Shifflet to Reggie Brown underneath picks up the score for the Spartans.
On the other end of the court, Darren Eversol finds Patrick Curran for two of his 22 points for the Indians.
But the Spartans' Andrew Rutledge sinks three of his game high 23 here and Salem beats Blacksburg 65 to 44.
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Just down the road Ed Green brought his Shawsville squad into the Highlanders' haven.
Erick Johnston splits the defense with the bounce pass to Josh Ward underneath. Ward gets two for Glenvar.
B-J Beckner in control for Shawsville, drives the baseline and finds the hoop for the Shawnees.
Glenvar had its way with Shawsville. The Highlanders get the steal here and Jason Underwood finishes with the lay up and Glenvar wins it 60-to-32.
The Roanoke Express opened a big three game weekend last night hosting the Johnstown Chiefs.
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This hockey fan getting a litttle sweetness from the honey bee.
Roanoke trailed 3 to nothing after one period. then in the second Dru Burgess is in the right place and scores the goal on the rebound and the Express trailed 3 to 1 in the second.
But Johnstown would reel off two straight goals in a matter of minutes. The first came when Brad Englehart scores in front of the net on the power play to make it 4 to 1 Chiefs.
Then just a couple of minutes later the Chiefs would strike again.
this time Aaron Cain gets the easy goal on Dave Gagnon to make it 5 to 1 and Johnstown win it 6-5 in a shootout.
still to come tonight, apreview of what's a head this coming week from Daytona
and Mike Tyson is escorted back to jail for a second time, details when we come back.
Former Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is going back to prison.
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This afternoon in Rockville, Maryland Tyson was sentenced to a year in jail for assaulting two motorist after a minor traffic accident.
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Tyson has 30 days to appeal to the Circuit Court and he's being held in the Montgomery County jail without bond.
Qualifying is tomorrow at Daytona. Yoyr Hometown Station will have you covered throughout race week. Mike Stevens has the call.
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