Next on News 7 at 11...
N-double-A-C-P members chose their president at the polls today, we'll tell you who won.
American Airlines is held in contempt of court... still, thousands of pilots stayed off the job today.
And we'll show you an EXTREME kissing contest... Australian style.
News 7 is next.
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Martin Jeffrey will serve another two year term as president of Roanoke's NAACP.
In a second election held today he got 39 votes --challenger Brenda Hale received 36.
David Johnson has more.
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As NAACP members gathered to nominate officers and then to vote, the mood was light-hearted and good natured.
Members choose to see the past and present election as a learning process.
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((CARL TINSLEY/LOCAL NAACP MEMBER; IT GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO IT THE RIGHT WAY AND IN THE FUTURE TO KNOW FIRST HAND THAT WE'VE ALREADY GONE THROUGH SOMETHING LIKE THE CLINTON SAGA.))
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((ANITA POWELL/LOCAL NAACP MEMBER; IT'S A STEPPING STONE FOR US TO BECOME STRONGER AND PULL TOGETHER IN BEING PART OF A NATIONAL ORGANIZATION.))
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An investigation by the state and national chapters confirmed that some new members had been denied the right to participate.
So this time, the national secretary of the civil rights group presided over the election process just to make sure things were handled correctly.
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((MARK CLACK/NAACP NATIONAL SECRETARY; THE RULES SAY IF YOU'RE IN GOOD STANDING 30-DAYS PRIOR TO AN ELECTION, YOU'RE ALLOWED TO VOTE. SOME OF THE MEMBERS TURNED AWAY WERE MEMBERS 30-DAYS PRIOR TO THAT ELECTION AND WE'RE USING THAT SAME STANDARD TODAY.))
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((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING:IN NOVEMBER, BRENDA HALE DEFEATED INCUMBENT MARTIN JEFFREY 30-27.
BUT THE ELECTION DID NOT STAND DUE TO VOTING IRREGULARITIES--MEANING SOME OF THE NEW MEMBERS WERE NOT PERMITTED TO VOTE. THOSE PEOPLE WERE AMONG THE 75 WHO CAST BALLOTS AGAIN TODAY AND WHO POSSIBLY HELPED JEFFREY WIN 39-36. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7.))
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It's not unusual to have problems in some chapter elections--that's according to the national chairman.
But, Julian Bond says those problems don't reflect what goes on in most elections.
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((JULIAN BOND/NAACP NATIONAL CHAIR:WE HAVE 22-HUNDRED BRANCHES; TEN OF THEM HAD VOTING DISPUTES. THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO HONESTLY DISAGREE ABOUT THE OUTCOME OF THESE ELECTIONS AND THEY DON'T CHARACTERIZE US AT ALL.))
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Bond says such disputes are distractions to what the N-double-A-C-P is really in business to do--which is to fight racial discrimination.
A Roanoke man avoided a mandatory life sentence by pleading guilty to stabbing his ex-wife to death.
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Michael Jennings stabbed Wanda Ratcliff Jennings in her front yard during an argument.
Prosecutors reportedly threatened to use Jennings' criminal history to invoke the "three strikes and your out" law-- mandatory life sentence in the case, unless he entered a guilty plea.
Jennings' sentence will now be up to the judge; he faces a possible 20 years to life.
A teenager who recently tried to commit suicide has now escaped from a state mental hospital.
16-year old Noah "Drake" Schaffer tried to hang himself with a bedsheet at Coyner Springs January 28.
The staff intervened and Schaffer was transfered to the Marion State Hospital in Smythe County the next day.
Hospital officials confirmed Schaffer escaped on Monday and they've not yet caught up with him.
He was wearing the clothes seen in this picture.
Family members are asking anyone with information on Schaffer's whereabouts, to call
Marion State Hospital.
Communities dependent on tobacco are getting some help from Governor Gilmore.
He wants to make sure they benefit from the recent tobacco settlement.
Gilmore was attending a tobacco conference and trade show at Halifax County High School today.
While at the event Gilmore announced he's formed the Commission on the Economic Development Protection and Growth of Virginia Tobacco Dependent Communities.
The commission will advise the governor on how to distribute Virginia's portion of the 206 billion-dollar settlement.
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((GOVERNOR GILMORE: THE COMMISSION THAT I'M PUTTING FORWARD WILL MAKE SURE THAT THOSE FUNDS ARE SPENT IN A GOOD AND PROPER WAY TO SECURE THE FUTURE OF THESE COMMUNITIES AND OUR CHILDREN.))
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The 20-member commission will also figure out ways to increase employment and economic opportunities for those dependent on tobacco.
It will issue a final report on October first.
American Airlines pilots are a little healthier... only 17-hundred called in sick as part of a labor dispute, down from 24-hundred yesterday.
Today a federal judge held the union in contempt for ignoring his order to return to work.
Andrew Colton has the latest.
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((THE AMERICAN AIRLINES PILOTS' UNION MAY HAVE TO PAY UP TO 10 MILLION
DOLLARS FOR STAGING A SICK OUT THAT'S CANCELED THOUSAND OF FLIGHTS SINCE
LAST SATURDAY, AND STRANDED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PASSENGERS COAST TO
SOT 15:18:27 Marcia Chobol/Passenger
"I think it's a really great idea.what they're doing is unconscionable.
They've stranded thousands and thousands of people who have lives and
plans of their own."
A FEDERAL JUDGE IN DALLAS RULED THE ALLIED PILOTS ASSOCIATION, AND TWO
OF ITS BOARD MEMBERS, WERE IN CONTEMPT OF HIS BACK TO WORK ORDER ISSUED
(Rich Lavoy - Allied Pilot's Association)
13:30:32 We're obviously disappointed and we obviously don't agree with
the judge's order. We are going to continue to comply with the judge's
order and ask that the pilots get back in the cockpits and get this
system up and operating.
(Chris Chiames/American Airlines Spokesperson)
13:27:51 We're obviously gratified with the judge's order today..
directing the pilots to comply with the law, but it's with a great deal
of sadness that we're even here today."
THE LONG LINES CONTINUE IN CITIES LIKE BOSTON AND DALLAS. IN MIAMI,
TICKET AGENTS GAVE ANGRY PASSENGERS FLOWERS, AND SANG TO SOOTHE SORE
IN DALLAS, THIS WOMAN WAS CALMED BY POLICE AFTER HER FLIGHT TO FRANKFURT
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AND JEFF DRESCO WANTS TO BE IN SAN JUAN, BUT CAN'T GET THERE UNTIL
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I actually had a supervisor tell me that there was no need to be upset,
and that if I would be patient, everything would be okay."
THE PILOTS ARE PROTESTING AMERICAN'S TAKEOVER OF RENO AIR, A SMALLER
CARRIER THAT PAYS ITS PILOTS LESS. THE JUDGE SAYS THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN
BACK TO WORK ON THURSDAY.
As punishment, the judge ordered the allied pilots association to set
aside 10-million dollars to pay a fine. He'll asses it on Wednesday.
American Airlines says if its pilots start coming back now, it will be
at least Wednesday before all flights are back to normal.
ANDREW COLTON FOR CBS NEWS, DALLAS.))
Still ahead--an area businessman announces his bid to become a member of the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors.
And, in about a month city officials reportedly plan to shut down this Star City restaurant.
We'll tell you why when the news continues.
Health inspectors are shutting down a well-known Roanoke restaurant.
Yesterday, inspectors closed the downtown Star City Diner after it failed sanitation inspections twice this week.
They say the restaurant has a history of violations, including roaches crawling around food.
Records show customers have also complained about roaches in the food.
The restaurant could temporarily re-open next week if it passes another inspection, but health officials indicate they plan to shut down the diner permanently March 12th.
A former Roanoke County referee is running for a seat on the county's Board of Supervisors.
Today Joe Church announced his candidacy for the Catawba District seat on the Board of Supervisors.
The former referee said his experience in sports will help him as a representative of the people.
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((JOE "BUTCH" CHURCH/CATAWBA DISTRICT CANDIDATE; I THINK IT REQUIRES A PERSON WHO CAN STAY COOL UNDER PRESSURE, WHO CAN MAKE DECISIONS, MANY OF WHICH AREN'T POPULAR. AND STILL GAIN THE RESPECT OF OTHERS. THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO BRING FORWARD. ))
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This is the first time Church has run for a political office.
His top priorities are resolving school construction needs and creating an open line of communication with county residents.
Church is running for the seat currently held by Fenton "Spike" Harrison, who could not be reached for comment.
The election will be held this November.
More workers loose their jobs as another textile company is forced to cut costs.
And, a local car dealer wins permission to sue the government.
Scott Goldberg has those stories and more in this week's News-7 Business Review.
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((This week on the Review, competition in the clothing industry is forcing another 180 layoffs.
JPS Converter announced its Rocky Mount factory will shut down in June.
The company makes linings for jackets.
Its South Boston plant will stay open.
A Montgomery County judge gave Shelor Automotive permission to move forward with a lawsuit against the county.
The car delearship wants a million dollars.
Shelor doesn't think it's fair that county businesses have to pay taxes on unsold inventory.
It's back to a full work week at General Electric.
Hourly workers had planned to work only four days a week all month.
But normally slow first-quarter sales picked up.
Now there's enough work on the floor to keep everyone busy.
A twenty-three million dollar gift is the biggest donation ever given to Virginia Tech.
That's what the school got in the form of patent rights from the DuPont corporation.
Tech will use the patents for commerical licensing and research.
After the first week of February, most families have earned enough money to put food on the table for the whole year.
The state Farm Bureau celebrated "Food Check-Out Day" by donating edibles to the Ronald McDonald House.
Farm groups say we spend about 11 percent of our annual income on food.
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On Wall Street, late-week profit takers and worries about tech stocks brought down the major averages.
The Dow dropped 29 points.
The Nasdaq lost 52.
That's this week's Review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.))
Still ahead-- if you're looking for a way to add some romance to your relationship..
we'll show you a place that just might help.
It's called the Steeles Tavern Manor.
More on that when we return.
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Hectic work schedules and busy lifestyles can often put romance on hold for many couples.
But, there's a place that specializes in bringing the romance back.
Kimberly McBroom has more on Steeles Tavern Manor.
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(( It was an early Valentine's getaway for Joseph Nusbaum and his wife, Lisa..
For him, breakfast in bed was the BEST perk of spending the weekend at the Steeles Tavern Manor.
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((JOSEPH NUSBAUM/GUEST: USUALLY, YOU HAVE TO COME DOWNSTAIRS AT A PRE- ARRANGED TIME AND YOU HAVE TO SIT DOWN AT A LARGE TABLE AND YOU MAY OR MAY NOT FEEL LIKE SOCIALIZING. BUT YOU DON'T HAVE MUCH OF A CHOICE, WHICH IS OKAY. BUT THIS IS GREAT BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE OPTION OF THAT OR STAY IN YOUR ROOM AND HAVE IT DELIVERED.))
Built in 19-16, the historic bed-and-breakfast sits on 55- acres of countryside, with a stocked pond and creek nearby.
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((LISA BALDWIN/GUEST: THERE'S A LOTS OF PLACES YOU CAN DRIVE AND SEE THINGS, OR YET YOU CAN STAY IN YOUR ROOM AND NOT DO ANYTHING, YOU KNOW. IT'S NICE. YOU CAN LOOK OUT YOUR WINDOWS AND SEE THE COWS AND THE POND, AND YOU KNOW, IT'S VERY PICTURESQUE.))
Innkeeper Eileen Hornlein does all the cooking.
Her husband, Bill greets guests, and makes sure everything is in its proper place.
All while allowing couples who stay there the privacy they desire.
((EILEEN HOERNLEIN/INNKEEPER: MOST COUPLES NOWADAYS ARE IN HIGH- STRESS JOBS. THEY DON'T GET THAT TIME TOGETHER, AND THEY REALLY NEED TO SPEND TIME WITH ONE ANOTHER.))
For early risers, the Hoernleins often leave a pot of coffee outside the door....and breakfast times are flexible.
A five- course Saturday night dinner is served by candlelight, at private tables for two.
There are five guest rooms, each decorated in a romantic, floral pattern with antique furnishings.
Some rooms include a two- person Jacuzzi tub, fireplace, and an entertainment center.
Weekend rates start at 135- dollars a night, and it helps to book early.
((EILEEN HOERNLEIN/INNKEEPER: SPECIAL OCCASIONS...WE CAN BOOK UP VERY FAR IN ADVANCE. ACTUALLY, WE HAD A CALL YESTERDAY FOR SOMEBODY WHO WANTED NEW YEAR'S EVE, 2000. PLANNING WAY AHEAD! AND CAUGHT US OFFGUARD, BECAUSE WE HAVE NOTHING READY AS FAR AS A KIND OF PACKAGE TO DO. ))
But whatever they put together, it'll likely leave guests a bit more relaxed-- and in love.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Rockbridge County.))
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Lots of college hoopla is on the way along with plenty of news from Daytona that is guaranteed to turn your night upside down.
It's all coming your way right after the scores.
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In Salem last night, the Roanoke College Maroons took on the Generals from Washington and Lee in a battle for position in the ODAC standings.
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On the eve of Valentine's Day these young men obviously were dressed to impress and still without that special young lady.
Roanoke jumped out to the early lead with Dwayne Bullock going inside to former Cave Spring standout Alex Phillips who gets the basket off the glass along with the foul and Roanoke led by 6.
The Maroons extended the lead as Bullock drives and misses the jumper but former Patrick Henry Patriot Colby Leftwich comes flying in for the one-handed putback and Roanoke would lead by 10 at the half.
After going two for twenty-one in the first half the Generals come out firing in the second half, Will Ballard drains the three pointer as the Generals try to come back.
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But Roanoke was too much last night as Phillips passes to Jason Strickland for the baseline jumper. Roanoke wins 72-to-64.
Roanoke finishes its regular season at home Monday night against Guilford.
ODAC veteran coach Joe Davis captured his 400th career win yesterday as his Lynchburg Hornetts topped Bridgewater 63-53.
The win total includes high school and college. This is a bright spot in an otherwise challenging season for the Hornets who are 5 and 18.
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In the ACC yesterday, Maryland completed its first seasonal sweep of UNC for the first time in 9 years with an 81-to-64 win over the Heels.
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In Durham, Mike Krzyzewski celebrated his 52nd birthday with as his number one Blue Devils beat Wake Forest 102-to-71 and in the process wrapped up the top seed in the ACC tournament and clinched at least a share of the ACC regular season title.
Today at four catch UVa and NC State here on Your Hometown Station LIVE from Charlottesville.
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The Virginia Tech Hokies beat the Fordhma Rams in overtime on the road this afternoon.
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Tech trailed by as much as 10 in the first half, but Bobby Hussey's guys never quit,
and with 1.8 second left in the game, Tech guard Brendan Dunlop, who grew up playing in Rose Hill Gym and had a dozen family members at the game, hits a despearation three pointer to tie it up at 65 and send the game to overtime.
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ensive glass and he scores to make it 73-69 Tech .
Alejandro Olivares for Fordam scores inside , but Tech holds on for the 79-75 win and improves to 5 and 7 in the conference.
VMI lost to Appalachian State for the second time this season this afternoon.
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Bart Bellairs team had hopefully forgotten the 100-64 defeat from earlier in the season..
Former Cave Spring standout Matt Matheny tried to move on, as he knocks down the the tough turnaround jumper for 2 of his 8 points on the day.
The Moutaineers answered VMI's leader. The Keydets bounce pass is picked off and Appy state converts on the other end. Tyson Patterson with the spinning lay up and the Moutaineers lead 68-52 with just over 7 minuttes to play.
VMI's Aaron Demory then makes the nice ally oop pass to Nick Richardson who converts, but Appalachain State wins 83-65, VMI is now 7 and 7 in the conference, 10 and 14 overall.
Still to come we'll leave the hardwood and at times leave the ground
as we check in on today's wild and wooly action from Daytona where it didn't pay to be parked in the grass or driving with your wheels off the ground.
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The 41st annual Daytona 500 gets underway at high noon today here on Your Hometown Station.
But, yesterday the Busch grand National Series took over the track in what turned out to be another crash filled event at the World Center Racing.
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Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre served as the Grand Marshal for the Napa Auto Parts 300.
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And get it on they did!
On lap 25, Michale Waltrip gets loose and causes a crash that involves Jeff Purvis among others. Elton Sawyer is also involved. Andy Santerre broke his leg in the wreck and Waltrip's spirit was broken.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. moved from 38th to second, but this ridiculous restart on lap 77 involving seven cars ended his chances for a win. He finished 14th.
Randy Lajoie the eventual winner would take the lead for good with 20 laps to go, and he was thankful he was in front of this mess. With a lap to go Andy Hillenburg taps Casey Atwood and the 18 year old rookie get airborne. The car slides on its hood and eventually flips through the grass. Atwood didn't even suffer a scratch.
Lajoie would survive the 6 cautios to win the race and $90 thousand bucks.
Jeff Green was second, while rookie Adam Petty was fifth, Jason Jarrett 27th, pole sitter Ken Schrader 38th , Kerry Earnhardt 20th and Jeff Burton 9th.
Favre didn't just give the command to fire the engines today,
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he also joined forces with Dale Jarrett and Kenny Irwin to form a new Busch series race team sponsored by Rayovac batteries. The team will run 14 races, with Irwin driving in 11 of them and Jarrett three.
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Today at Noon Dale Earhardt will try to become the fourth man to win back to back Daytona 500's.
It's a major task considering the intelligence level of today's youngbloods.
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Look for all the tricks tomorrow at Noon here on WDBJ-7.
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Last night we told you about K-92's contest where total strangers had to kiss for 92 minutes in order to win Elton John tickets.
But, today in Australia that record may be kissed good bye.
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Twenty couples locked lips in Newcastle, Australia trying to set a new world record for the longest kiss.
The couples will need to smooch nonstop for more than 29 hours and 57 minutes to make it into the Guinness Book of Records.
Participants aren't allowed to take bathroom breaks and they must remain standing at all times.
The couple who can kiss the longest wins a trip to Paris.
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