Next on News 7... a bill requiring a waiting period for abortions takes another step forward in Richmond.
And should gun manufacturers be forced to pay the victims of violent crime.? We'll tell you what area dealers think.
In sports, Jeff Gordon is the man at Daytona, The Virginia Cavaliers come up short in College Park.
But Virginia Tech slips by George Washington at the Cassell.
Today's clouds signal the arrival of some rain tomorrow--
The soggy forecast is coming up.
It's the latest abortion battleground in the General Assembly.
A mandated 24-hour waiting period before a woman could get an abortion in Virginia is getting the green light so far at the Capitol.
Ellen Qualls has today's debate.
[IN Q=Why not]
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[SUPER=01-Del. Bob McDonnell/(R) Virginia Beach; :17 ]
[SUPER=01-Del. Viola Baskerville/(D) Richmond; :30]
[SUPER=01-Del. Mary Christian/(D) Hampton; :38]
[SUPER=01-Del. Kathy Byron/(R) Lynchburg; 1:00]
[SUPER=01-Del. Vivian Watts/(D) Annandale; 1:19]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News7, Richmond.]
(( Why NOT ask a woman to wait-- just 24 more hours-- to make sure she knows her options and the risks of an abortion?
[SOT 15:08:40 ]
((DEL. JO ANN DAVIS/R-YORK CO.: SOMETIMES I REACT OUT OF FEAR. OR JUST WORRY. AND I MIGHT DO SOMETHING RASH WITHOUT REALLY THINKING ABOUT IT.))
[SOT 14;40:30 ]
((DEL. BOB MCDONNELL/R-VIRGINIA BEACH: BY HAVING A 24 HOUR PERIOD OF REFLECTION, THE WOMAN IS ABLE TO ACTUALLY RECEIVE THE INFORMATION FROM THE PHYSICIAN OR THE NURSE AND HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO REFLECT ON IT IN AN APPROPRIATE MANNER.))
((DEL. VIOLA BASKERVILLE/D-RICHMOND: PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT A WOMAN DOES NOT JUST WALK INTO A FACILITY AND ORDER AN ABORTION.))
((DEL. MARY CHRISTIAN/D-HAMPTON: IT'S AN INSULT TO THE INTEGRITY OF WOMEN WHO WOULD FEEL THAT WE NEED TO BE TOLD, WE NEED TO BE LEGISLATED INTO KNOWING WHAT WE COULD DO ON SUCH AN EMOTIONAL ISSUE. AND TO MY MALE COUNTERPARTS...I KNOW OF NO SUCH LEGISLATION WHICH WOULD REQUIRE YOU TO REFLECT.))
[SOT 15:17:24 ]
((DEL. KATHY BYRON/R-LYNCHBURG: WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO HOW WOMEN FEEL ABOUT HOW THIS INSULTS THEM AND WHATEVER, ARE YOU ARE AWARE THAT THERE IS A 30 DAY WAITING PERIOD FOR A MAN TO HAVE A STERILIZATION PROCEDURE?))
Knowing that they don't have the votes in the House, abortion rights supporters are trying to make logistical arguments against the bill.
[SOT 14:55:43 ]
((DEL. VIVIAN WATTS/D-ANNANDALE: CERTAINLY THERE ARE MANY INDIVIDUALS WITH VERY, VERY STRONG FEELINGS OF PRO-LIFE THAT WOULD BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO BE CALLING IN TO AN ABORTION CLINIC AGAIN AND AGAIN, TYING UP THE MEDICAL STAFF.))
But the House has given the 24 hour waiting period a 61 to 39 thumbs up.
The measure's big hurdle is a Senate committee.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Another abortion- related matter--
a special license plate that would say "Choose Life"
was narrowly approved by the House Transportation Committee today.
The vote on the controversial plate was 10-to-9.
The money the D-M-V raises from the Choose Life plate would fund adoption programs in Virginia.
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Authorities are still investigating the cause of a plane crash in Franklin County earlier today.
The small Cessna 150 went down while trying to land at Bowman Airport near Burnt Chimney.
Authorities believe windy conditions may be to blame.
Kevin D. Angle of Wirtz, Virginia was the pilot.
Officials say there were no injuries reported.
An inmate died early this morning while being held at the Roanoke City Jail.
35-year old Joseph Franklin Overstreet was awaiting trial on charges that he violated his probation.
Authorities say Overstreet's cell mates were trying to wake him up just before 4 a-m and got no response.
Rescue workers eventually showed up and pronounced him dead.
Officials are still investigating the death and they say an autopsy may be performed.
Seven people in New York who've lost loved ones due to gun violence are suiing the manufacturers.
But, many gun dealers believe they're going after the wrong people.
David Johnson caught up with some dealers at a local trade show today and has more on their reaction.
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[SUPER=01-Randy Clark/Clark Distributors; :43]
[SUPER=01-Jerry Cochran/Trader Jerry; :49]
[OUT Q=Djo, N7, Salem.]
[IN Q=I THINK THEY'RE]
((TOM KIVLEHAN/GUNTEK, INC.; I THINK THEY'RE GOING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. THEY SHOULD BE GOING AFTER THE INDIVIDUALS AND NOT THE MANUFACTURERS OR DEALERS OR ANYBODY ELSE IN THAT LINE.))
[OUT Q=IN THAT LINE.]
Tom Kivlehan and others in his trade have been keeping a close eye on the anti-gun lawsuit in New York.
Plaintiffs in the suit claim gun makers flood southern regions where gun laws are weak and eventually filter up north where gun controls are more strict.
But Kivlehan says they are off the mark.
[SOT=01:25:02 - 01:31:29 - 01:33:36]
[IN Q=WE SUPPORT]
((KIVLEHAN; WE SUPPORT NOTHING BUT SHOOTERS, HUNTERS AND COMPETITION SHOOTERS AND WE'RE NOT GOING AFTER ANYBODY WITH CRIMINAL; INTENTIONS. I THINK IT'S GOING TO HURT MOSTLY HONEST AMERICANS AND NOT THE CRIMINALS.))
((RANDY CLARK/CLARK DISTRIBUTORS; IT'S THE SAME AS CHARGING GENERAL MOTORS FOR THE CARS THEY MAKE THAT END UP BEING IN ACCIDENTS THAT KILL PEOPLE.))
((JERRY COCHRAN/TRADER JERRY; EACH INDIVIDUAL OUGHT TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN ACTIONS. IF AN INDIVIDUAL TAKES A FIREARM AND COMMITS A CRIME, THEY SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE, NOT THE FELLOW THAT MADE THE PRODUCT. WHERE'S IT GOING TO END? IS IT GOING TO BE CARS NEXT OR HAMMERS OR KNIVES.))
[OUT Q=HAMMERS OR KNIVES.]
Cochran says there's only one upside to the bullseye on gun manufacturuers.
[IN Q=ADVERTISING RIGHT NOW]
((COCHRAN; ADVERTISING RIGHT NOW. IT'S THE BIGGEST GIMMICK GOING ON RIGHT NOW. IT'S BOOSTING GUN SALES BECAUSE FOLKS WANT TO GET IN WHILE THEY CAN.))
[OUT Q=WHILE THEY CAN.]
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; BUT DISTRIBUTORS WOULD TRADE THAT ADVERTISING TO GET RID OF THE DOWNSIDE, WHICH THEY BELIEVE WOULD BE FEWER GUN MANAUFACTURERS AND HIGHER FIREARMS PRICES, WHICH WOULD BE PASSED ON TO THE CONSUMER. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7, SALEM.))
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Still ahead--a popular car manufacturer recalls thousands of its latest models.
And, we'll head out to the monument that marks the former home of Booker T. Washington.
The only problem is-- it's the wrong site.
We'll have more on that in a few minutes. First, let's get an update on the weather with Andrew Freiden.
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Volvo's non-union employees will have a more secure future--now that the trucking company has tripled their retirement benefits.
The company raised its 1998 matching contribution to 401-K accounts from 25 cents to 75 cents.
That means for every one thousand dollars saved by non-union workers the company will contribute seven hundred fifty dollars.
A Volvo spokesman says about one-thousand workers will be affected by the change.
But he could not say how many workers at the New River Valley Plant in Dublin will benefit.
Volkswagen is recalling some of its newest cars.
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The automaker says sound-absorbing material in the doors of its 1999 Jetta and Golf four-door models may have been improperly installed and could catch fire.
The recall involves more than 85-hundred cars in the United States.
Owners will be notified by mail.
Volkswagen says it is unaware of any accidents or injuries due to the problem.
Today was the kick-off of the First Annual Roanoke Valley Technology Awareness Week.
The effort is sponsored by "Save the Generations", "TAP" and HOPE Institute Technology, Incorporated.
The idea is to provide access to technology and training for minority and low-income youths.
[IN Q=A LOT OF]
((JAY SCOTT/CO-FOUNDER; A LOT OF STUDIES SHOW THAT THERE'S A DIGITAL DIVIDE BETWEEN PEOPLE OF COLOR AND THEIR WHITE COUNTERPARTS. THEY TYPICALLY DON'T HAVE COMPUTERS IN THEIR HOMES. THEY ALSO DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO TECCHONOLOGY IN THEIR COMMUNITY THAT YOU MAY FIND IN MORE AFFLUENT COMMUNITIES.))
[OUT Q=MORE AFFLUENT COMMUNITIES.]
The awareness week lasts through next Saturday.
For more information about the events, you can check their website at the address on your screen or call (540) 981-3784 or 981-4953.
For years tourists have gone to Franklin County to visit the childhood home of Booker T. Washington.
But, experts now say researchers picked the wrong location.
Tina Tenret has more.
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[SUPER=01-Dr. Amber Moncure/Sweetbriar College; :17]
[SUPER=01-Rebecca Harriett/Monument Superintendent; 1:41]
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(( For decades, visitors to the Booker T. Washington National Monument in Franklin County have been led to the place where experts THOUGHT Washington was raised.
They were wrong.
Dr. Amber Moncure recently uncovered the real cabin.
[IN Q=The building itself]
((DR. AMBER MONCURE/SWEETBRIAR COLLEGE: THE BUILDING ITSELF WE FOUND BECAUSE WE FOUND SOIL STAINS WHERE THE FLOORBEAMS WOULD HAVE ROTTED AWAY. AND WHEN WOOD ROTS IT LEAVES DARK BROWN STAINS IN VIRGINIA RED CLAY.))
[OUT Q=Virginia red clay]
The objects inside clearly belonged to poor black slaves.
[IN Q=Now these are actually]
((NOW THESE ARE ACTUALLY FROM THE BIRTHPLACE CABIN. BUTT BUTT BUTT THIS IS A LOCALLY MADE TERRACOTTA POT.))
[OUT Q=TERRACOTTA POT]
Moncure says local pottery was cheap and easy to come by.
She also found a pig's jaw and teeth -- leftovers thrown to the slave family.
The owners ate the ham and bacon.
Moncure also found home-made nails -- wire with a head hammered on -- that held the cabin together.
And, an overalls button worn by a field worker in the 1860's.
[IN Q=IT ACTUALLY SAYS]
((IT ACTUALLY SAYS ON HERE, THE ALAN OVERALL COMPANY. WE CAN LOOK UP AND SEE WHEN THE ALAN OVERALL COMPANY WAS IN BUSINESS AND ACTUALLY DATE THE BUTTON.))
[OUT Q=DATE THE BUTTON]
But if Booker T. Washington was born here, would his owners really have lived only a few feet away?
After all, they owned 200 acres, and experts say the Burroughs family would have built a larger house on higher ground.
[IN Q=Dr. Amber Moncure]
((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: NEXT SUMMER, DR. AMBER MONCURE WILL DIG UP THIS SITE OF THE SO-CALLED BIG HOUSE -- LOOKING FOR CLUES THAT THE BURROUGHS FAMILY REALLY DID LIVE HERE OR SOMEWHERE ELSE ON THE PLANTATION.))
[OUT Q=ON THE PLANTATION]
So when Booker himself visited this site back in 1908, why didn't he say these markers were wrong?
[IN Q=It was during]
((REBECCA HARRIETT/MONUMENT SUPERINTENDENT: IT WAS DURING THE BEGINNING OF THE JIM CROWE ERA. AND TO COME TO A HOUSE AND SAY YOU PEOPLE HAVE IT ALL WRONG WOULD HAVE BEEN AN AFFRONT TO THE WHITES WHO LIVED THERE AT THAT TIME. ))
[OUT Q=at that time]
So the mystery remains unsolved -- but every clue jars our history.
Tina Tenret News7 Franklin County.))
Coming up--if you've got a sweet tooth we've got the place for you..
a fudge factory in Southwest Virginia.
We'll meet the woman behind all the sweet treats when the news continues.
You'll find a lot of tempting desserts at Nancy's Homeade Fudge Factory--including peanut butter fudge and chocolate lollipops.
Kimberly McBroom has more on the sweetest spot in Meadows of Dan.
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[SUPER=01-Nancy Galli/Nancy's Homemade Fudge; :40]
[OUT Q=McBroom, News 7, Meadows of Dan]
[SOT 10:59:01 ]
((NANCY GALLI/NANCY'S HOMEMADE FUDGE: BASICALLY, WHAT HE STARTS WITH IS-- THIS IS 300 POUNDS AND HE DOES 300 POUNDS AT A TIME AND HE STARTS WITH SUGAR, LOTS AND LOTS OF SUGAR. WE START WITH BUTTER AND CREAM. WE DO USE HEAVY WHIPPING CREAM...))
If you're on a diet, you'd better not stop here...
For the last 10 years, Nancy Galli has been the creative force behind these sweet concoctions...
[SOT 11:17:04 ]
((NANCY GALLI/NANCY'S HOMEMADE FUDGE: AS I ALWAYS SAY, I HAVE A VERY BIG SWEET TOOTH. I'VE ALWAYS HAD A BIG SWEET TOOTH.))
Nancy's Homemade Fudge Factory is one of only a couple wholesale manufacturing candy companies IN Virginia.
Over the years, it's become quite popular with people travelling along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
[SOT 11:19:29 ]
((NANCY GALLI/NANCY'S HOMEMADE FUDGE: THEY SEE THE SIGN AND THEY SAY, "AH! CANDY FACTORY!" THEY HAVE TO STOP AND SEE AND HAVE A TASTE. SO, YES, WE SEE LOTS OF PEOPLE COMING OFF THE PARKWAY AND LOTS OF PEOPLE JUST DRIVING THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS. IT'S A BEAUTIFUL AREA, MEADOWS OF DAN IS JUST A GORGEOUS LITTLE PLACE. PEOPLE LIKE TO COME AND JUST VISIT.))
Galli opened her retail store in the factory four years ago...but most of her business still comes from shipping.
((NANCY GALLI/NANCY'S HOMEMADE FUDGE: WE SELL ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. WE HAVE A FEW CUSTOMERS IN CANADA. WE DO HAVE ONE IN BERMUDA, WHICH WOULD BE A GREAT SALES CALL. WE HAVE A CUSTOMER OR TWO IN MEXICO.))
[SOT standup 11:48:03 ]
((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: THIS SPRING, NANCY'S CUSTOMERS WILL HAVE A BIGGER PLACE TO SATISFY THEIR SWEET TOOTH. THIS NEW FACTORY UNDER CONSTRUCTION WILL BE LARGE ENOUGH TO ALLOW CUSTOMERS TO SEE THE ENTIRE CANDY-MAKING PROCESS, AND IS EXPECTED TO SWEETEN SALES BY 25 TO 50 PERCENT.))
[SOT 11:18:54 **B-ROLL WITH SHOTS OF STORE ]
((NANCY GALLI/NANCY'S HOMEMADE FUDGE: RIGHT NOW, THE STORE IS A SMALL STORE. THEY CAN COME IN AND BUY WHATEVER THEY LIKE AND HAVE A TASTE OF WHATEVER THEY LIKE TO SAMPLE. BUT THEY CAN ONLY LOOK THROUGH ONE LARGE WINDOW AND THEY CAN ONLY SEE THE FUDGE BEING MADE.))
In the new facility, candy lovers will get to see all that goes into making their favorites like caramel turtles and amaretto coffee spoons.
And just to "sugar- coat" it even more, Galli is also planning on a video tracing the HISTORY of candy.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Meadows of Dan. ))
And coming up, The Express has a big game at the Roundhouse tonight the Hokies win at home.
And Jeff Gordon will start on the pole in the Daytona 500.
1999 has started as 1998 ended for Jeff Gordon. He won the pole for the Daytona 500 today and shares the spotlight with another young racing Star.
Mike Stevens has more.
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The Virginia Tech Hokies pulled off a big upset in the Atlantic 10 this afternoon beating George Washington 77 to 75.
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Bobby Hussey could feel the Hokies coming up with a big win at the Cassell.
And Tech got off to a good start behind senior Eddie Lucas. He steps up and hits this three pointer the Hokies led 20 to 14.
Tech would keep the outside game going on this play Rolan Roberts hits the three pointer and the Hokies led by 9.
The Hokies continued to hit from the outside this three pointer and Tech went in at the half leading 38 to 26.
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The Colonials called on veteran point guard Shante Rogers he finished the game with 31 but the Hokies win it 77 to 75.
The Virginia Cavaliers made a run near the end of the game but it was not enough as 7-th ranked Maryland beats the Cavs 88 to 72.
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Pete Gillen and his Cavaliers hoping to catch the Terps on a low point in the A-C-C showdown.
And when Chris Williams drives to the hoop and scores the layup Virginia led 5 to 4.
But the Terps answered after the steal Steve Francis takes the ball to the hole for the Jam and Maryland led 5 to 4.
After a 10 to 10 tie the Cavaliers would take a three point lead when Donald hand steps up and hits the three pointer.
But freshman Jason Dixon came in and hit four three pointers in the first half and the Terps win it 88 to 72.
A couple of other scores from state teams in the area.
East Tennessee State slips by V-M-I in Lexington 83 to 81.
And the Roanoke College Maroons come up short losing to Hampden-Sydney for the second time this season 86 to 72.
The Roanoke Express will be on the rebound tonight at the Roundhouse after last night's loss to Johnstown.
But handling the Speed of the Richmond Renegades will keep the Express busy tonight.
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Face off tonight at the Roundouse is 7-thirty.
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