Next on News 7-
Parents speak out about bus stops on Route 220.
A hit and run crash injures several poeple including children.
If you're suffering from the flu you're not alone- the bug hits hard.
And a paralyzed NFL player takes steps before the cameras.
News 7 is next.
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Parents in Franklin County say they don't want school officials to move bus stops off busy Route 220.
Even after a fatal accident involving a school bus, parents say moving the bus stops is NOT the answer.
Eric Earnhart is in the newsroom to tell us why...
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Jean, school officials talked about moving the bus stops to business parking lots along the highway... but most parents at a public meeting tonight say that won't solve anything.
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[SUPER=01-Anita Young/Accident Victim; (quick)]
[SUPER=01-Tammy Young/Parent; (quick)]
[SUPER=01-William Martin/Parent; ]
[SUPER=01-Guy Buford/Board Chairman;]
[OUT Q=the situation.]
((Less than a month after the accident that killed two people and shook up the entire county... Five year old survivor Anita Young says she's not afraid to ride the bus again.
[IN Q=I like it]
(( ANITA YOUNG/ACCIDENT VICTIM; I LIKE IT, NOT SCARED AT ALL? (SHAKES HEAD) ))
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But while parents ARE still afraid, Anita's mother included... most spoke out AGAINST moving the stops OFF route 220.
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(( TAMMY YOUNG/PARENT; I JUST FEEL LIKE MOVING THE STOPS IS NOT GOING TO TAKE AWAY FROM THE ACCIDENTS ON 220. ))
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A proposal to use business parking lots as bus stops concerns parents who don't want their kids getting off the bus away from home.
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(( WILLIAM MARTIN/PARENT; IT WE HAD TO PICK HIM UP AT A PLACE OTHER THAN WHERE THEY GET OFF AT AND SOMETHING HAPPENED AND WE COULDN'T BE THERE, THEN THESE KIDS WOULD BE THERE BY THEMSELVES. ))
[OUT Q=by themselves]
And they say it doesn't address the main problem... speeding drivers who aren't paying attention.
[IN Q=if it takes.]
(( TAMMY YOUNG/PARENT; IF IT TAKES A FEW EXTRA DOLLARS TO PAY THESE PATROLMEN, SHERIFFS, COPS, STATE POLICE TO MAKE THESE PEOPLE AWARE THAT THEY NEED TO SLOW DOWN, THAT THESE KIDS ARE GOING TO BE GETTING ON AND OFF THE BUS, WHY NOT DO IT?
YOU'RE SAVING LIVES. ))
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We asked school officials how much weight the parents comments will carry when they make their decision.
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(( GUY BUFORD/BOARD CHAIRMAN; I THINK IT'D BE PRETTY HEAVY AND I THINK WE NEED TO TALK WITH DOUG BEATTY WITH VDOT AND WITH THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND SEE WHAT WE CAN DO THAT MIGHT IMPROVE THIS SITUATION. ))
[OUT Q=the situation]))
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The hunt is on in Danville --
for a driver who caused a multi-car crash on Claiborne Street tonight.
Several people were taken to the hospital, at least 3 of them children.
Danville police say a Lexus wiped out 2 other cars shortly before 6, then the driver fled on foot with a small child.
Authorities are advising area hospital personnel to alert them if a 3 to 5 year-old child is brought in with injuries from a car accident.
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A Danville passerby is being credited tonight for rescuing a Pittsylvania County woman from a burning car.
State Police say Robert Duncan pulled Sherry Renee Booth from her Buick that caught fire- The car had e careened off of Route 729 and into a tree around 5-30 this evening.
Police suspect Booth fell asleep at the wheel because of cold medication.
She is in stable condition at the Danville Regional Medical Center.
Investigators want to know what sparked the blaze --
that burned out a house at 429 Day Avenue Southwest tonight.
An elderly woman had to be rescued from the building that housed 4 apartments.
Another resident returned from dinner to find his apartment in shambles.
Authorities aren't yet sure just how extensive the damage is, or whether arson could be a factor in the fire.
Arson charges have been brought against four more volunteer firefighters for setting fires in Rockbridge County.
Warrants were served on Jeffrey Crouchhorn and Anthony Moore Friday. Two juveniles can expect to get papers tomorrow. They're all members of the South River Fire Company.
They're accused of setting fires to an abandoned house, a garage and a barn full of hay in 1997.
Doctors say the Roanoke Valley is experiencing an overwhelming number of flu cases.
David Johnson reports.
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((Does your throat hurt? It does hurt?))
Doctors around the area are seeing more than their usual amount of sick people lately.
One pediatrician describes it as "an epidemic".
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((DR. LINDSAY HICKAM/PEDIATRICIAN; ROUTINELY I SEE ABOUT 30-PATIENTS A DAY....THAT WE ROUTINELY SEE.))
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Symptoms include nausea, headaches, fever, sore throat and fatigue.
Last month, Brookville High School felt the wrath of the flu-- 250 of its nearly 900-students fell sick in the same week.
Last week, several Jackson Middle students also fell victim to the bug.
But children are not alone.
Several grown-ups are plagued with the virus.
Southeast Family Medical Center has so many patients, it's having to handle most by telephone.
Nurses recommend drinking lots of fluids and plenty of rest.
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((DR. TARIN SCHMIDT/SOUTHEAST FAMILY MEDICAL CENTER; TREATING THE SYMPTOMS AT HOME SUCH AS A HEADACHE.....COUGH MEDICINES OVER THE COUNTER.))
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Those most susceptible to the flu include nursing home residents and other elderly people and those who suffer from cancer, diabetes, asthma and heart disease.
They are among the high risk individuals the center takes care of.
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((DR. SCHMIDT; THOSE ARE THE ONES WE TRY TO TRIAGE AND GET IN HERE TO GET A LOOK AT AND MAKE SURE THEY ARE OKAY.))
[OUT Q=ARE OKAY.]
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; DOCTORS SAY ONE OF THE EASIEST WAYS TO KEEP FROM GETTING THE FLU IS TO SIMPLY WASH YOUR HANDS SEVERAL TIMES DURING THE COURSE OF A DAY. BUT FOR THOSE WHO HAVE PRESCRIPTIONS FOR ANTIVIRAL MEDICINES, THERE MAY BE PROBLEMS GETTING THEM FILLED. SOME LOCAL PHARMACIES ARE REPORTING SHORTAGES FOR THOSE MEDICINES. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7.))
A published report out of London says Volvo is considering buying out one of America's largest truck manufacturers.
According to the report, Volvo officials have been meeting with representatives from Navistar International to discuss a possible takeover.
The Chicago based company is the third-largest heavy truck maker in the nation.
The company also makes medium-sized trucks and school buses as well as diesel engines.
A Volvo official today said the report is purely speculation and that the company does not comment on rumors.
The man who served as President Nixon's domestic advisor has died.
John (Ur-lickman) Ehrlichman died of natural causes at his Atlanta home.
Ehrlichman resigned from his White House post in 1973.
He was later convicted for obstruction of justice, and perjury- and served 19 months in federal prison.
It was all part of an attempted cover up of the break in at the Democratic National Committee offices.
Ehrlichman earned a law degree from Stanford and was lead navigator in the 8th Air Force during World War Two.
He was 73.
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Roanokers turned out in force for the Dave Matthews Band last year.
Today, the Virginia General Assembly officially recognized the band that was second only to Elton John last year in ticket sales.
But a generation gap was clear-- when a number of lawmakers admitted they'd never heard the band's music.
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((PETER GERHART/COLONIAL HEIGHTS PAGE: QUITE A FEW PEOPLE DIDN'T EVEN KNOW WHO HE WAS.))
((AMANDA WHITLEY/GATE CITY PAGE: Did you know who he was? YEAH. I HAVE A SHIRT WITH HIS NAME ON IT OR SOMETHING.))
((How important was it to run out and see him? BEN SMOOT/BLACKSBURG PAGE: IT WAS --FOR THE GIRLS I THINK IT WAS MORE IMPORTANT THAN FOR THE GUYS. BUT IT WAS JUST REALLY COOL.))
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((DAVE MATTHEWS: THIS IS WHERE WE GREW UP AND WE ALL GOT OUR SPIRITS FROM. NOT ME, I GREW UP ANOTHER PLACE. BUT I'M REALLY HAPPY THAT I'M A VIRGINIAN NOW. AND SO IT MEANS A LOT TO US. AT LEAST SOME OF THE STATE THINKS HIGHLY OF US. ))
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The five member band hails from Charlottesville.
Later on News 7, a former Detroit Lion who was paralyzed in a football accident takes his first public steps today...
and American Airlines had some flights back on schedule today, but the long sick-out continues.
These stories and more when the news continues.
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(( Welcome everybody to wild Monday night. This is Mike Stevens warned you to keep your eye on TV screen or someone may come in from behind to burst your bubble.
The Redskins lose Green but a former Purple uniform wearer.
Gordon gives away his car, and Roanoke College closes out it regular season.
It's all coming later tonight on the Big 7.))
The body found behind a house in Danville Sunday is scheduled for an autopsy tomorrow.
Police have stated that Anthony Broadnax had been shot in the head.
A woman in the 100 block of Walker Street in Danville found the body yesterday morning.
Police say right now, they don't have any suspects.
Only 10 percent of American Airlines flights were cancelled today-
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That's good news for American passengers, but the ongoing sickout has many travellers anxious anyway.
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((WE LOST A LOT OF SLEEP WORRYING ABOUT WHETHER WE'D HAVE A FLIGHT TONIGHT.))
[OUT Q=flight tonight.]
800 pilots called in sick today- forcing some cancellations.
Many flights did resume though and negotiations began again between American Airlines and the pilots union.
Another baby switching case- This one at a California hospital only lasted an hour.
A woman was sent home with the wrong newborn-
Four nurses at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange are now on administrative leave.
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((HOSPITAL POLICY MANDATES ALL ARMBANDS ON MOTHERS AND NEWBORNS ARE CHECKED AT POINTS OF TRANSER AND DISCHARGE. NOT DOING SO IS A BREACH OF HOSPITAL POLICY.))
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[OUT Q=HOSPITAL POLICY.]
DNA testing will confirm the mothers receive the right babies.
The Virginia Senate recognized President's Day with an odd slam at our current President.
A resolution praising Virginia-born presidents was read-- but never adopted by the full Senate.
Then President Clinton's impeachment was mentioned.
[IN Q=We acknowledge]
((WE ACKNOWLEDGE THAT HIS INAPPROPRIATE ACTION...NOT THE NINTH PRESIDENT TO BE BORN IN VIRGINIA.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Emmett Hanger/(R) Augusta Co.;]
[OUT Q=in Virginia.]
Senator Hanger's statement has NO official weight beyond his opinion, since the full Senate never took a vote.
When News 7 at 11 returns, they may be small steps -
but for a former pro-football player paralyzed on the field, today's public steps open up a world of hope.
Mike Utley's story, straight ahead.
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It was seven years ago that former NFL player Mike Utley was paralyzed.
Today, as John Roberts reports, he took his first public steps.
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((SEVEN YEARS AND THREE MONTHS AFTER HIS INJURY, WEARING
BRACES TO SUPPORT HIS ANKLES--MIKE UTLEY TOOK HIS FIRST TENTATIVE STEPS
IT WAS JUST A FEW FEET, BUT HE'D PASSED A MILESTONE.
Utley: I was told that I d never get anything back..I d never walk
again. Well today, I proved that they were wrong.
A FORMER DETROIT LION WENT DOWN HARD IN A GAME AGAINST THE RAMS IN NOVEMBER OF 1991. X-RAYS REVEALED HE HAD CRUSHED TWO
VERTEBRAE AT THE BASE OF HIS NECK...LEAVING STRENGTH IN HIS UPPER ARMS,
BUT WEAKENING HIS HANDS AND PARALYZING HIM FROM THE CHEST DOWN.
UTLEY: WHEN I HIT THE GROUND I KNEW IT WAS BAD.
AT THE MIAMI PROJECT, ONE OF THE CENTERS WHERE UTLEY WAS
TREATED, IT WAS FOUND THAT LIKE MANY PATIENTS, HIS SPINAL CORD WAS BADLY
DAMAGED, BUT NOT SEVERED. THERE WERE STILL SOME CONNECTIONS, THAT GIVEN
INTENSE REHABILITATION, MAY COME BACK TO LIFE.
IN ADDITION TO SIX HOUR DAILY WORKOUTS, UTLEY STAYED
ACTIVE..SKIING...LECTURING TO YOUNG PEOPLE....EVEN VISITING HIS OLD
TEAM.. TODAY, HE CAME A FEW STEPS CLOSER TO HIS DREAM--TO ONE DAY WALK
OUT OF THE STADIUM HE WAS CARRIED FROM.
JOHN ROBERTS CBS NEWS))
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The old Heironimus building in downtown Roanoke is getting a makeover, and the owners hope the landmark is on its way back to being busy.
Crews have been painting the wood trim, and the building is getting new windows. Soon it should appear much as it did in the 1920s.
Several businesses now occupy the first floor, and owner Calvin Powers says he believes Jefferson Street has a bright future.
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((WE THINK DOWNTOWN WITHIN TWO YEARS WILL BE BACK LIKE IT WAS 20 YEARS AGO.))
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The top floors remain vacant, but Powers says he is negotiating with several large corporations that are interested in leasing office space.
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Reggie White officially retired from the NFL last night, turning his letter of retirement to the Packers' front office.
The NFL's all-time sacks leader is 37.
He leaves at the top of his game. He had 16 sacks as was the league's defensive player of the year.
His retirement should help the Packs' effort to re-sign Antonio Freeman since 4 million bucks is now free under the salary cap.
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High school basketball tournaments are firing u all over the area this week. Down in the Piedmont they first had to settle the regular season with a special playoff game between Laurel Park and Patrick County
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((The Lancers of Laurel Park came into the playoff having already beaten the Cougars two times earlier this season.
((FRANK SCOTT/LAUREL PARK HEAD COACH:))
Patrick County would move the ball well early as Carter Deekens gets the layup and the Cougars take a four point lead.
Laurel Park would keep it tight throughout the opening half. Traivs Hairston firs in the three point bomb. Patrick County is up 23-to-22 at halftime.
The Lancers got within striking distance again in the fourth as Jason Gravely turns Ryan Hairston's dish into two with the jumper. It's 44-to-42.
But with under 1:30 to go Wes Martin hits a triple for the Cougars to give Patrick County a 47-to-42 lead.
Laurel Park had a chance to tie in the closing seconds, but Cornelius Wilson is stripped from behind and Cougars get the top spot in the upcoming Piedmont tournament with a 49-to-46 win.))
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Roanoke College and Guilford teamed up for the final game of the regular season.
The Maroons were looking for their 16th straight win over the Quakers.
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Roanoke College loses only one senior. For Dewayne Bullock this was his last home game.
And the senior from Indianapolis, Indiana, started the Maroons off right with this three pointer.
Guilford's Matt Lewis up high looks underneath and finds Jon Evans and Evans gets the points for the Quakers.
On the other end Roanoke College hits the boards, Jason Strickland finally ends up with the ball and puts it back for the Maroons. Strickland led Roanoke with 22.
Strickland sinks another here and The Maroons win their fourth straight beating Guilford 109-to-85.
The Washington Redskins got a bargain last year when they found out Trent Green could lead the team to victory at a time when they were only paying him $250 thousand dollars a season.
They offered him a 4-year $12 million dollar contract Sunday night,
but yesterday Green turned it down and instead signed a four year $16 and a half milion dollar deal with the St. Louis Rams.
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Last week the Skins released Gus Frerotte so that leaves 37 year old Jeff Hostetler as the only quarterback on the roster under contract for next season.
But wait, maybe the Skins let Green slide back to his hometown because the man they wanted all along was Brad Johnson.
Last night the Skins completed a trade with the Vikings to get the former Florida State quarterback who before getting hurt in 1997 was one of the best quarterbacks in the league.
The Skins will give u a first and third round pick in this year's draft and a second round pick next year.
Johnson is scheduled to take his physical in DC tomorrow to complete the trade.
Still to come tonight, we'll shift back into the fast lane and talk with Rick about the Rock.
And Jeff Gordon gives his Daytona 500 winning car away this morning.
Yesterday Jeff Gordon picked up 2 million bucks and his second Daytona 500 trophy.
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Today he lost his car. As part of the winner's agreement with the Speedway, the driver must give up his car for a year so it can be put on display inside Daytona USA.
The DuPont Chevy was the first car in the museum back in 1997 when it first opened.
If you still don't think Gordon is the real deal - just compare the numbers.
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Earnhardt has started 3 times as many races as Gordon, yet Gordon is close to having two thirds as many wins as the Intimidator.
The two continue their fun as the series rolls into Rockingham later this week.
Rick Mast finished 10th yesterday and now he heads to his favorite track this coming weekend - Rockingham.
Mast won the pole there last Spring and his best career finish, a second, was at the Rock - but why the success on this track?
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Rick is about as confused about his sponsor situation for the Rock. After running with Bud and Sonic at Daytona, he likely will have a phone card company and several others on board for this coming weekend.
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General Washington welcomed dignitaries and tourists to his stately home on the Potomac River this President's day.
Actually it was a re-ennactment- on this the bicentennial of Washington's death.
Mount Vernon has assembled a collection of artifacts for display "only in 1999."
A re-enactor depicting the Continental Army Commander was on hand.
Among the things visitors to Mount Vernon will see this year include a dinner table ready for 18th Century guests.
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