Next on News 7 at Six... Roanoke's N-double-A-C-P finally chooses a President... we have results of today's election.
And Governor Gilmore explains how money from the tobacco settlement will help the people who need it the most.
In sports, Tech and Fordham go to overtime in the Brox, VMI clims the Appalachian trail in hoops, Brett Favre talks about being the lates NFL quarterback to join the racing ranks,
and the Busch Series Napa Auto Parts 300 had it's share or wrecks as the race took center stage at Daytona today.
A slow clearing process on tap tonight-- another cold one is on the way tomorrow.
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The votes are in and the leadership of Roanoke's NAACP will NOT change hands.
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David Johnson has been following today's election and is in the newsroom with more.
Eric, 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.
(Rollcue: win 39-36.)
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[SUPER=01-Anita Powell/Local NAACP Member; :26]
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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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It's that standard and the new votes which made the difference in today's vote.
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After nearly four months of being in question as to who their president was, the group is now ready to get back to the business of the organziation--fighting racial injustice.
The national chair of the civil rights group says it's not uncommon to have problems in some elections.
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.
Botetourt County has a growing auxiliary branch
of the Roanoke N-double A-C-P.
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And, some of its new members lent a helping hand
to today's elections while learning a little more about the whole process.
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((VEE HINTON/BOTETOURT AUXILIARY MEMBER; ABOUT THE LAWS AND THE ELECTION PROCEDURES AND ESPECIALLY WITH WHAT HAPPENED IN THE LAST ELECTION. WE WANT TO LEARN FROM THIS SO WE CAN DO THINGS IN THE RIGHT FORMAT IN BOTETOURT. WE WANT TO START OUT ON THE RIGHT FOOT.))
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Botetourt has to build its membership before it can have an election for officers.
The new branch currently has 20-members.
But, it must have at least 50 members to become its own chapter.
A Roanoke man who killed his ex-wife with a hunting knife pled guilty yesterday to avoid a mandatory life sentence.
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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 troubled teenager who tried to commit suicide last month at the Roanoke Juvenile Detention Center 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.
Schaffer's mother says her son has tried killing himself at least three other times.
Now that he's on the loose, she says he is a danger to himself and potentially to others.
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((SHERI RIERSON/SCHAFFER'S MOTHER; HE'S THREATENED TO KILL HIMSELF AND HE'S ADAMANT ABOUT IT. HE'S TOLD ME SEVERAL TIMES THAT IF ANYONE GETS IN HIS WAY, HE'LL KILL THEM.))
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Family members are asking anyone with information on Schaffer's whereabouts, to call
Marion State Hospital.
Health inspectors say a Roanoke restaurant hasn't cleaned up its act--so they'll shut it down.
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.
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Still ahead--an area referee announces his bid for a seat on the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors..
And, the governor was in Southside today promising more help to communities that depend on tobacco to make ends meet.
We'll have more on that in a few minutes but first let's get a check on the weather with Andrew Freiden.
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Governor Gilmore is trying to make sure tobacco dependent communities 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.
A former referee is trying his hand at politics.
Today Joe Church announced his candidacy for the Catawba District seat on the Board of Supervisors for Roanoke County.
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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[OUT Q=TO BRING FORWARD.]
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.
Another textile company is forced to cut costs -- and that means cutting workers.
Plus, 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 to come on News 7 at 6, Steven Mason fills us in on the latest NFL quarterback to try his luck on the race track.
And when will it warm up again? Andrew Frieden will have the extended forecast when News 7 continues.
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A busy work schedule or caring for the kids are just two things that can get in the way of romance these days.
But, there is a place that specializes in helping couples to put romance back into their lives.
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.))
Highligths from Tech and VMI hoops today, as well as a look back at the napa auto parts 300,
and Dale jarrett and Brett favre become the latest racer/ NFL quarterback team to to catch stock car fever.
The Green Flag for the daytona 500 drops tomorrow. Today,
the Busch Series grand national Division took over the 2.5 mile track in the Napa Auto Parts 300.
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Green bay quarterbacj Brett Favre gives the start you engines call for the drivers as the race begins.
On lap 25, Michale waltrip gets loose and causes a crash that involves Jweff Purvis amnong others. Elton Sawyer is also involved. Andy santerre is injured, breaking a leg and is out for 6 months.
On lap 100 Randy Lajoie takes the lead and thing are looking good, but
watch casey Atwood get tapped from behiond, with one lap to go, he spins over back wards in a scarry crash.
Lajoie goes on to ttake the checkered flag in the npa 300. Jeff Zgreen is second, then, Bobby Hillen, Adam Petty comes in 5th!!
Green bay packers quarterback Brett Favre is the lates NFL star to catch on to the racing craze.
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Today, Favre joined forces with Dale Jarrett and Kenny Irwin to form a new Busch series race team sponsored by Raovac batteries. The team will run 14 races, Irwin 11 and Jarett three.
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The Virginia Tech Hokies marched inbto the Brox tot take on Atlantic 10 rivbal Foprham having never lost to the Rams.
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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 wee are going to overtime.
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ensive rebound and scores the put back. 73-69 Tech .
Olivares for Fordam scores inside , but Tech holds on for the 79-75 win and improves to 5 and 7 in the conference.
VMI battled Southern Conference foe Appalachaina State today in Lexington, trying to avenge an early season loos to the Mountaineers.
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Bart Bellairs team had hopefully forgotten that 100-64 defeat.
Former Cave Spring standout Matt Matheny played for the present, as he knocks down the the tough turnaround jumper for 2 of his 8 points on the day.
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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 all 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.
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