Next on News 7-
Fraternities speak out after last weekend's alcohol raid at Virginia Tech.
A new regulation forces some gas stations to stop selling fuel.
And it's a bird, it's a plane... No, it's a cat-
We'll tell you what happened after one feline got itself in a tricky situation.
News 7 is next.
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Virginia tech fraternties are worried a raid on a Blacksburg party last weekend will give them a black eye they don't deserve.
Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Virginia Tech fraternities say they're trying to be part of the solution when it comes to underaged drinking.
Eric Earnhart is in the newsroom with more.
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Jean, fraternities have a tough time shaking the "Animal House" image...
This latest incident isn't helping.
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((A keg and several cases of beer.... stolen signs, drug parphenalia and 22 people too young to legally drink alcohol.
That's what police found when they raided the DEKE house Friday night.
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((LT. BRUCE BRADBERY/BLACKSBURG POLICE DEPT.; THEY HAD A COVER CHARGE AT THE DOOR AND THEN WHEN YOU GO IN AFTER YOU PAY THE COVER CHARGE THE BEER WAS FREE;))
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It fits the image many people have of fraternity life... problem is... The DEKE's are NOT an officially recognized fraternity at Tech... kicked out of the interfraternity council several years ago.
This is the image you don't often see.... a Rush party at Sigma Chi tonight... alcohol free. And when they do drink at parties, fraternity leaders say there are rules... and limits now...
But they're afraid high profile arrests like those at DEKE house will hurt the image they're working to improve.
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(( BRAD RAMSEY/IFC PRESIDENT; WHEN SOMETHING LIKE THAT HAPPENS, IT SHEDS A BAD LIGHT ON ALL OF US, AND IT'S NOT PART OF WHAT WE BELIEVE IN, IT'S NOT PART OF WHAT WE SUPPORT AND IT'S DEFINITELY NOT PART OF THE MINUMUM STANDARDS WE REQUIRE OF A FRATERNITY TO BE PART OF THE INTER-FRATERNITY COUNCIL. ))
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It's not just talk... Police working nightshift in Blacksburt say now, they don't get many calls about legitimate Tech fraternity parties.
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((OFFICER J.T. RUTLEDGE/BLACKSBURG POLICE DEPT.; I HAVE SEEN QUITE A BIT OF MATURITY BEING DISPLAYED, TRYING TO WORK OUT DESIGNATED DRIVERS AND TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR SOME OF THE UNDERAGED DRINKING THAT'S GOING ON. ))
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A former Virginia Tech student who was accused of setting fire to a fraternity house now faces probation.
Chad Niemi (NEE-mee) did NOT enter a plea, but he agreed there was enough evidence to find him guilty of a misdemeanor- destruction of property.
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The fire in December of 1997, gutted the Kappa Alpha fraternity house.
Lacking scientific proof of arson, Prosecutor Skip Schwab says the plea agreement was appropriate.
Niemi has made restitution of 15- thousand dollars to the fraternity and five individuals. If Niemi stays out of trouble for two years, the charge will be dismissed.
No sign of two armed robbers that held up a bank this afternoon in Danville.
Police are still looking for two black males who robbed this American National Bank on West Main Street around 2:15 today.
The men were wearing masks when they entered the bank.
One of the men pointed a gun at the tellers and demanded money.
The suspects fled the scene in a white Toyota Celica.
If you have a tip that leads to an arrest, you could earn a reward.
Alfred Martin now knows how much time he'll have to spend in jail for escaping from the Martinsville prison farm 25- years ago.
He's the fugitive who was just recently captured in Michigan and brought back to Virginia to face the consequences.
Christy Hubley was in Martinsville today for the sentencing.
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(( Alfred Odell Martin the Third will only spend an additional 10- days in jail for fleeing custody back in 1974.
He will serve that time in addition to his original sentence on two drug charges.
Martin's friends and family members, who filled half the courtroom, were pleased with Judge Charles Stone's lenient decision.
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((GLEN MARTIN/MARTIN'S BROTHER: AT ONE TIME I STOOD BEFORE MS. ZIGLAR AND JUDGE STONE AND I KNEW THAT THEY WOULD BE FAIR PEOPLE. SO I THINK JUSTICE WAS DONE HERE TODAY.))
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((TERRY GONZALEZ/ MARTIN'S BUSINESS ASSOCIATE: PEOPLE ARE WAITING FOR HIM TO GO HOME THEY ASK ABOUT HIM CONSTANTLY AND THEY'LL BE GLAD TO HEAR THIS TODAY.))
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Martin's attorney was hoping for an even lighter sentence-- time served and community service.
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((BEN GARDNER/MARTIN'S ATTORNEY: WELL, I'VE NEVER LEFT THAT COURTROOM FELLING THAT THERE WASN'T A FAIR VERDICT AND THIS IS NO EXCEPTION. I'M DISAPPOINTED BUT NOT UNHAPPY.))
[OUT Q=not unhappy.]
The sheriff in Martinsville says Alfred Martin still has 151- days of his original sentence yet to serve, not including the 10- days he just received.
That means Martin won't get another taste of freedom until late July.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Martinsville.
Frustration among House prosecutors as they gave closing arguments-
They've known for days the Senate does not intend to remove the President from office.
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((IT BOTHERS ME THAT I CAN'T MAKE IT CLEAR THAT TO VIOLATE THE OATH AS A WITNESS IN A CIVIL CASE OR A CRIMINAL CASE IN THE JONES MATTER OR IN FRONT OF THE GRAND JURY, IS A SMASH AGAINST THE INTEGRITY OF OUR SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT.))
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The President's lawyers replayed some of the tapes seen Saturday- They claim whatever the President did does not warrant removal from office.
King Hussein left a trail of tears in Jordan- as a country and a world laid the King to rest.
Mark Phillips reports from Amman, Jordan.
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((This was a king who's death brought former and current adversaries together. Israeli Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu pausing by the
coffin to pay respects.
Syrian President, Hafez al Assad, barely on speaking terms with Hussein
because of his peace with Israel.
Even a clearly ailing Russia's president, Boris Yeltzin, came against doctor's orders.
President Clinton, was joined by former presidents Carter, Ford and Bush
all of whom had developed a deep respect in their dealings with the King.
With ceremony inherited from its British colonial past, King Hussein was
given a soldier's send off.
As the new King looking on, Jordan's princes took his white shrouded
body out of its coffin and in the Islamic tradition lowered it into his
grave. They buried more than a king, more than a father more than a
brother... the buried an era.
Mark Phillips, CBS News Amman.))
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King Hussein's widow, Queen Noor was not allowed at the funeral- a muslim tradition.
Twenty years ago the Princeton Graduate, Lisa Halaby had been swept up as his fourth wife by the King after a whirlwind courtship.
She converted to the Muslim faith
The two had four children together-
Queen Noor said she has roots and family in Jordan and plans to stay.
A Danville judge will "not" face criminal charges for the accidental shooting of a police officer last month.
Lieutenant Barry Creasy was slightly wounded when a bullet from Judge James Ingram's gun struck him in the wrist January 16th.
The two men had been target practicing in Pittsylvania County.
Special prosecutor Ed Meeks said today there was "no" evidence Judge Ingram acted recklessly in the handling of his firearm.
Meeks adds alcohol was "not" a factor in the accident.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Coming up, it's not one of the 3 "R"s, but some lawmakers want to make "character" a mandantory course in Virginia's elementary schools.
And the pilots aren't actually sick - but American Airlines is looking for a cure to the "sickout" that's leaving customers stranded.
The story straight ahead.
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If you're flying American Airlines anytime soon, you may want to double check your flight.
The Airline has cancelled about 500 flights sinces pilots began a sickout over the weekend.
One man travelling from Austin Texas to Raleigh Durham changed his flight to another Airline.
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((I'M A GOLD PASSENGER ON AMERICAN AIRLINES AND I HAVE BEEN FOR QUITE SOME TIME. I'M CHANGING BECAUSE OF THE UNCERTAINTY. I THINK ITS RIDICULOUS.))
((I THINK WE'D BE BETTER OFF IF THEY'D JUST GO ON A COMPLETE STRIKE OR NOT STRIKE. PROBABLY FORCE A BETTER RESOLUTION OR A QUICKER RESOLUTION.))
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Pilots are unhappy with the airlines purchase of a regional carrier Reno Air- there's a dispute over salaries.
American says it hopes to have the problem resolved by the weekend.
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The transportation director of Franklin County schools is searching for ways to avoid future accidents on Route-220 similar to the one that occurred two weeks ago
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A school bus with 25-children was struck from behind when a rollback wrecker ran into a car.
The two people in the car died - no one on the bus was seriously hurt.
Steve Oakes plans to meet with state police, DMV officials and bus drivers tomorrow before talking with parents of students riding buses along that corridor.
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((STEVE OAKES/TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR; TO GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO SHARE ANY CONCERNS THEY MIGHT HAVE ABOUT THE 220-STOPS. WHETHER THEY THINK IT'S APPROPRIATE TO CONTINUE THAT OR IF THEY THINK ITS BETTER TO MOVE THEM OFF 220-AT BUSINESSES ALONG 220.))
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Joanne Brown, the driver of the bus in the accident, was commended today for her actions during the incident.
Brown pulled a student to safety as the wrecker struck from behind.
Both the driver and student have returned to the school system.
A federal environmental law may mean you can no longer stop at the corner store for gas.
Gas stations were required to upgrade their tanks by last December to prevent leaks into the groundwater.
But some small shops like People's Save cannot afford the work -- so they've stopped selling gas.
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((IT'S GOING TO PUT ALL THE SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS OUT OF BUSINESS WHICH IT HAS PUT SOME OF EM OUT. IT'LL JUST BE A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE THE REST OF EM GO OUT, THE SMALL ONES LIKE MYSELF.))
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[OUT Q=like myself]
Steve Meadors at the Glade Hill Quickette says replacing his tanks cost 50-thousand-dollars.
He says a store should not have to buy new tanks if the old ones don't leak.
But the Environmental Protection Agency says it wants to prevent leaks BEFORE they happen.
Inspectors will start checking gas stations later this month.
Those using old equipment could be fined up to 25-thousand-dollars PER DAY, starting last December when the law took effect.
We want our schoolchildren to exhibit trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship.
But Virginia's Senate fought today over whether every elementary school should teach such values.
The question was whether the "Character Counts" program from Roanoke's Fallon Park Elementary School should be in EVERY elementary school statewide.
[IN Q=A lot of]
((SEN. BILL BOLLING/R-HANOVER: A LOT OF SCHOOL SYSTEMS IN VIRGINIA TODAY ALREADY HAVE CHARACTER EDUCATION PROGRAMS, BUT THEY JUST DON'T HAPPEN TO MEET THE RIGID DOGMA IF YOU WILL THAT'S SET FORTH IN THESE REQUIREMENTS.))
((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/D-ROANOKE: THESE ARE THE KIND OF VALUES THAT HAVE BEEN PROVEN TO REDUCE DISCIPLINARY PROBLEMS IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, TO IMPROVE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT, AND TO MAKE BETTER CITIZENS LATER. AGAIN, THEY'RE NOT EXCLUSIVE. BUT THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM, AND IT'S HARDLY A RIGID DOCTRINE, OR A RIGID DOGMA.))
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In the end, the Senate said "yes" to "Character Counts" on a 35 to five vote.
Next, it heads for the House.
When News 7 returns, the Town of Rocky Mount is about to become bigger.
And a tree trimmer in Minnesota had a rescue in mind for a stranded feline, but the cat had other ideas.
We'll show you what happened later -- in our Video of the Day.
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In less than an hour -- the Town of Rocky Mount will have 70 new acres.
Today a circuit judge approved the town's boundary adjustment that will include the site of a large shopping center on Route 40 East.
It took the town months to cement the deal with Franklin County.
Now town officials are trying to take in Wal-mart but Franklin County has yet to agree to that.
A track and field gold medal winner in the 1996 Paralympics is in Roanoke for a training session on the latest high tech creation for prosthetic limbs.
Kurt Collier (KOHL-yer) is showing patients at Virginia Prosthetics how to use the new Flex Foot.
(kohl-yer) Collier says the prosthetic device is the next best alternative to the real thing.
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((KURT COLLIER/FLEX FOOT: AS A TRAUMATIC AMPUTEE MYSELF I KNOW I HAVE TO KEEP MY ANKLE ON MY SOUND SIDE...OSTEODEGENERATION OF THE BONE AND JOINTS.))
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Amputees say wearing the flex foot gives them a more normal stride, so they can maintain active lifestyles.
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Let's start off on the hardwood of womens' basketball.
Virginia tech sophomore guard Amy Wetzel is the Atlantic 10 player of the week for the first timein her career. She hit a three pointer to ttie the game against Xavier and then hit the game winning free throw. She also scored 16 points and had 6 boards in a 68-60 win over Dayton.
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Over in salem at the Bast Center, Roanoke and Lynchburg were looking to get back on the winning track last night.
The Maroons were coming off a loss to Hampden Sydney and the Hornets had lost three straight.
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The stars came out last night, that's of course former Fieldale Collinsville and Roanoke standout Kevin Martin back in town to support the Maroons.
Lynchburg stung the Maroons early by going inside to Jerry O'Hara for the lay-in.
Roanoke attacked from the outside, passing around the perimeter, finally getting it to Paris Butler for the trey.
The Hornets stick to the inside game, former Jefferson Forest star Zach Stinson, drives to the hoop for two.
But the Maroons continue to bomb Lynchburg from outside and go on hand the Hornets their fourth straight conference loss 85-to-56.
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The Detroit Pistons remain undefeated by surviving the Washington Wizards last night.
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The Pistons rode the shirt tails of Grant Hill. Hill scored 46 points last night. He gets two of them here.
Washington looking for the lead late in the game, Rod Strickland drives to the hoop and pulls up in the paint for the bucket and the 103-102 lead.
But Grant Hill sinks the winning free throws then blocks the Wizards last shot at the win and the Pistons win 106 to 103.
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The NBA season is in its infancy, but already the league has dished out 10-thousand dollars in fines.
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In Cleveland, Mike Fertella was trying to lead his Cavs past Larry Bird's Indiana Pacers.
But Chris Mullin was hot from outside, he hit the shot from the top of the key and scored 22 on the night.
Shawn Kemp lead the Cavaliers with 26 points, he hit the turnaround jumper here to keep Cleveland within winning range.
Indiana just kept hitting from outside, Travis Best gets three of his 11 here and Cleveland stays winless, dropping this one to the Pacers 95-to-89.
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Hometown Hoops Weekly will take a sabatical this week to make room for the fast cars and fast coverage at daytona. But here's a look at the Associated press rankings.
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In double A boys, Mark hanks Liberty Minutemen are rated the state's number 4 team at 17 and 2. Patrick County is right behind Liberty at number 5. Altavista comes in at number 8 and rounding out the Group 2A teams is Alleghany at number 9.
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in single A boys, George Wythe is going strong, ranked second with only one loss on the season. Glenvar rounds out this group at number 10.
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finally, in triple A girls, G.W. danville is ranked number fifve in the state and William Fleming is the state's ninth rated team.
Yesterday afternoon Virginia head football coach George Welsh announced that Gary Tranquill will replace Sparky Woods as the Cavaliers new offenseive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Tranquill is no stranger to Virginia. He was We;sh's QB coach from 1987 to 1990 and he also coached Maurice DeShazo and served as Virginia tech's oofensive coordinator for the 1994 season. Tranquill has been an assistant coach at Michigan State for the last four years He also coached with Welsh at the Naval academy.
Still to come in sports, we will fly you to Daytona Beach
and join Mike Stevens and a legion of Winston Cup drivers, cars, crews and fans as Speedweeks 99 rolls on, stay with us.
Sppedweeks 99 rolls on from Daytona Beach tonight. Mike Stevens and our news 7 sports race team are as busy as the drivers and crews preparing for the daytona 500.
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It's never easy going out on a limb -- and the feline in our video of the day found that hanging on wasn't too simple either.
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The cat had been stuck in this tree for nearly a week when a tree trimmer came to the rescue.
But the spooked feline opted to take a plunge instead of waiting on the stranger.
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After landing safely in a blanket, Fluffy didn't stick around to thank the rescuers.
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