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Eight million dollars worth of research- -13 years after the big flood- -and the future of the flood reduction project in Roanoke remains adrift.
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Also on NEWS 7 tonight health inspectors are not impressed with the Star City diner's attempt get the bugs out of the restaurant.

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Tonight in sports, Mark Martin teams up with former Steeler Lynn Swann. Dave Cowens and Tony Womack may be on the move with their respective teams.
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[VO-NAT]


And Duane Harmer will be back in the house tonight as the Express takes on the Richmond Renegades in a battle for first in the Northeast.
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Nothing boring about the forecasts coming up. Everyday brings something different. Details ahead.
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14 years after one of Roanoke's biggest floods -- a project to protect the city is still not off the ground.
In fact, it's dangerously close to being dropped altogether.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]


Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.[Flood-Project]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Despite ten years of delay -- Roanoke's Flood Reduction Project is still afloat.
City engineers say they'll start advertising for a contractor next year.
But taxpayers will no longer get as big a bang for their buck, if any at all.
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Tina Tenret is along the Roanoke River tonight, with an explanation.
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Keith, all the delay has driven up the costs of this project.
Used to be for every dollar you spent -- you'd get $1.20 back in benefits.
Now you'll get only a dollar and a penny back.
The costs almost outweigh the benefits -- and if that happens, the whole project goes down the drain.
(Rollcue: down the drain)
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[SUPER=01-Greg Reed/City Engineer; :20 (WAIT FOR 2nd APPEARANCE)]
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((GREG REED/CITY ENGINEER: WE FEEL WE STILL HAVE A PROJECT AND WE'RE MOVING FORWARD.))
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The idea for the Flood Reduction Project flowed out of the 1985 flood -- which washed hundreds of millions of dollars worth of damage over Roanoke.
But now -- is it worth it to invest 43-million-dollars in a project that pays only one percent profit?
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((GREG REED/CITY ENGINEER: THAT MAY BE EASIER FOR SOMEONE ON THE TOP OF THE HILL TO SAY THAN SOMEONE WHO'S ON THE BOTTOM OF THE HILL AND EXPERIENCED THE FLOODING THAT OCCURS VERY FREQUENTLY ALONG THE ROANOKE RIVER.))
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Both Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and the sewage treatment plant have already been flood proofed.
For an idea of what the rest of the project will do -- look at the left side of the river.
Stone rip rap will replace trees.
The point is to keep the water moving quickly and smoothly.
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But project opponents say uprooting trees will heat up the city and kill river wildlife.
They say construction silt will destroy the homes of bugs and fish.
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((BILL TANGER/FRIENDS OF THE ROANOKE RIVER: THE APPEARANCE OF THE PLACE IS GOING TO CHANGE RADICALLY AND I DON'T THINK PEOPLE IN THE CITY OF ROANOKE HAVE ANY IDEA JUST HOW BARREN THE PLACE IS GOING TO LOOK.))
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City officials WILL plant trees behind the rip rap -- and run a recreational trail from Wasena Park to the Walnut Street Bridge.
But that's been cut from ten miles to just over two miles.
In fact, the whole project's been sliced down to six miles -- to avoid hazardous material sites.
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The opposition group Friends of the Roanoke River is trying to get their hands on that financial data.
They think the project's costs already outweigh the benefits.
If they're right -- the project loses federal funding and the whole things gets scrapped --
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even though the city's already spent more than a million dollars in research.

[Cummings]


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A downtown Roanoke business has closed its doors and the owner is in custody tonight accused of a probation violation.
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Queen Charlotte's Tea and More was one of the businesses on the first floor of the old Heironimus Building, but the restaurant closed in the last week after proprietor B. D. Cummings was jailed.
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In 1989, Cummings was convicted in federal court of forging checks from the City Rescue Mission worth more than 29- thousand dollars. She's still on state probation for writing a bad check, and was prohibited from handling other people's money.
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An antiques dealer who placed items in the building says he has not been paid for pieces that are now unaccounted for, but the owners of The Emporium say they intend to cover financial losses. Other shops in the building remain ope

n.[Star-City]


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Roanoke health inspectors have ordered the closing of a downtown restaurant.
And they want the Star City Diner to remain closed, at least for one more day.
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The health department closed Star City on Friday, citing violations like roaches and rotten food.
Health officials apparently still didn't like what they found after RE- inspecting the restaurant today.
Restaurant owner Spanky Macher says he made the improvements they wanted to floor tiles and the dishwasher, areas where roaches HAD been.
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((SPANKY MACHER/STAR CITY DINER: WE DID HAVE A ROACH PROBLEM, NOT TO THAT EXTREME. SO, ROACHES COMING OUT OF SOMEBODY'S FOOD-- ABSOLUTELY NOT. US PREPARING FOOD WITH ROACHES IN IT-- ABSOLUTELY NOT.))
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ANOTHER inspection is scheduled tomorrow afternoon.
Even if Star City passes muster then...there's still a hearing planned March 12th to determine whether it can retain its food permit.
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[Flu]


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Area doctors say children and the elderly are most susceptible to the flu outbreak that has spread through the region.

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Local day- care centers, schools and nursing homes agree.
Over the past two weeks, the Children's Discovery Day Care Center on Peter's Creek Road has dealt with about 20-cases of the flu and 10-cases of chicken pox. The director says when children play with toys, they share germs.
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((CAROLYN WOOTEN/CHILDREN'S DISCOVERY CENTER DIRECTOR; AT THAT AGE, ESPECIALLY TWO YEARS OLD AND UNDER, PICKING UP TOYS, PUTTING THEM IN THEIR MOUTHS. WE DO SANTIZE, BUT IT SEEMS LIKE THEY'RE JUST PASSING IT BACK AND FORTH.))
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One local nursing home says its residents suffer from a similar environment. South Roanoke Nursing Home says once the virus enters the building, the staff has to monitor its patients frequently.


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((PAM MOYSAKIS/DIRECTOR OF NURSING; SINCE IT'S COME ON SUDDENLY AND THEY'VE RUN A FEVER. IT'S UP TO THE DOCTORS.....DEPENDING ON WHAT THE SYMPTOMS WERE.))
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All of the facilities report a decrease in the number of people out sick. Health department officials around the region say the only thing unusual about the flu season this year is that it's about four weeks later than normal.
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A new company is coming to the New River Valley, and that means more jobs. The details are still ahead on News 7.
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Next, the first step to open these big doors for casino gambling, less than two hours from Roanoke.
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Gambling is a step closer to the Greenbrier Resort.
The Senate judiciary committee in West Virginia today endorsed a bill to allow a casino there.
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The bill would allow Greenbrier County voters to decide if the hotel should operate a casino for its overnight guests... in "the bunker", an underground area that for years stood ready to house congressmen and senators in case of a nuclear attack.
The proposal still faces several more steps in West Virginia's legislature . Similar efforts in recent years have failed.
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[Landfills]


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We have more today on Virginia's out-of-state trash battle.
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Attorney General Mark Earley won a temporary restraining order this morning in a Charles City County court.
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The order would just pump up the penalties for Houston-based Waste Management Incorporated if any more of its trucks are caught dumping hazardous medical waste in Virginia landfills.
Meanwhile, Governor Jim Gilmore's bills to limit out-of-state trash are sailing through the State Capitol.
But today Senator John Warner said federal legislation would be needed to make the Governor's bills legal.
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((SENATOR JOHN WARNER/R-VIRGINIA: WE WORKED VERY CLOSELY WITH THE GOVERNOR'S STAFF IN DEVISING THIS LEGISLATION, SO I THINK YOU CAN DRAW FROM THAT IT IS NEEDED BY THE GOVERNORS OF THE SEVERAL STATES THAT WANT TO DEAL WITH THIS PROBLEM.))

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Warner and Senator Chuck Robb's federal legislation would allow states to get around the commerce clause in the U-S Constitution that allows free trade between trash haulers and landfills.
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More industrial jobs are on the way to the New River Valley. "Tritex" will locate industrial operations in Independence, bringing about 30 new jobs to Grayson County. Tritex will make insulation materials.

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A Lynchburg- area developer's generosity has put the drive for a new Y-M-C-A for central Virginia on the fast track.
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Bill and Ellen Jamerson have donated 26 acres of land and one million dollars towards the construction of a new Y-M-C-A in the Forest-Timberlake area.
The new "Jamerson Family Y" will be located in the center of a major residential and commercial project off Laxton Road.
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((SUSAN LANDERGAN/YMCA DIRECTOR: I THINK THE PROJECT WILL HELP US AND WE'LL HELP THEM. THE GREAT NEW RETIREMENT CENTER ACROSS THE ROAD FROM US WILL BE WONDERFUL, AND THEN THERE WILL BE A LOT OF BUSINESS AND RESIDENTIAL AS PART OF THAT PROJECT AND THEY'LL ALL WANT TO COME TO THE 'Y'.))
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Organizers hope to raise 7-point-8 million dollars by the end of the year to finance the new "Y" and to renovate the existing downtown facility.
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Stocks were a little bit up today, and a little bit down. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE ]
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The Dow gained 22, to get within 3 points of 93-hundred. NASDAQ lost 8.

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[Firefighters]


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Danville's City Council is a step closer to adopting a new work schedule for full-time firefighters.
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Men and women in blue crowded this afternoon's council work session.
The firefighters presented a work schedule they'd like council members to choose.
In their proposal, firefighters would continue to work 7 days out of every 21 days, but they would get 1/2 a day off every cycle to prevent overtime.
[SUPER=03-Danville/April 1996]


The city started looking at the work schedules of its public service departments after the firefighters successfully sued the city for unpaid meal breaks.
Still, firefighters say the issue isn't paid mealtime.
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The city manager recommended that city council adopt a work scheduled developed by an outside consulting firm where firefighters would work one day on, two days off.
The majority of firefighters don't like the consultant's proposal, saying it doesn't give them any weekends off.
City council will vote on the matter March 2nd.
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[Danville-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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The person who ran from the scene of a multi-car accident last night in Danville is still running, but police say they know who they're looking for.
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Police say Sylvester Waverly Hood was speeding in a Lexus down Claiborne Street when he smashed into a second car, then veered into the path of a third..
Police say Hood fled the scene on foot, carrying a small child.
Charges against Hood are pending.
Seven people were treated and released from the hospital, including four children who were riding in one of the cars.
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[Juvenile-Found]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=599-2 10:42]
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The Salem teenager who escaped from the Marion State Hospital more than a week ago is back in custody.
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[VO-NAT]

Salem police found 16-year old Noah "Drake" Schaffer around 11-30 this morning.
[SUPER=03-Smyth Co./Sunday;]

Schaffer had eluded authorities for eight days after climbing out a second-story window of the "Adolescent Unit" of the mental health facility last Monday.
Police captured the boy after someone who recognized his photo over the weekend turned him in.
Schaffer had tried to kill himself several times last month, when he was at Coyner Springs--causing concern among his family members and hospital officials when he escaped last week.
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Coming up tonight on the Big 7, the Express and the Hokies are back in action this evening.
Dave Cowens and Tony Womack may be coaching and playing elsewhere in the future.
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[VO-NAT]


And Mark Martin is joiing hands with a former Steeler Super Bowl MVP to help raise money and awareness for Big Brothers and Big Sisters
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[S-Express]


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The Roanoke Express is back home tonight looking to snap a three game losing streak as it hosts Richmond in a battle of the top two teams in the Northeast division .
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Faceoff is set for 7. And News 7 sports has learned that the Express will get a big boosts as Duane Harmer will be back on the ice for the team tonight.
He has been with the Lowell Lochmonsters since January 26th, missing the past 9 Roanoke games.
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[S-Tech]


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The Virginia Tech men's team is getting ready for a big Atlantic 10 battle with the Temple Owls tonight.
The Hokies have never beaten the Owls in their five pervious meetings.
Tipoff at the Cassell is at 7. We'll have highlights for you on News 7 at 11.

[S-Cowens]


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As if the Charlotte Hornets didn't have enough problems these days, now head coach Dave Cowens is stirring things up.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/1997; :00]


Cowens is the lowest paid coach in the NBA with an annual salary of $675 thousand dollars a season.
He is the final year of a three year contract and says its unlikely he will stay after this past season unless the Hornets show him the Money.
Cowens says he just wants the league's average salary.
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[S-Womack]


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Danville native and Pittsburgh Pirate Tony Womack may be on the move.
The Arizona Diamondbacks may acquire the second baseman as a part of a four player deal.
Womack and fellow Pirate Al Martin would go to Arizona for outfielder Bernard Gilkey and an unnamed player.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-News 7 Sports File;]


Womack is an infielder who can also play in the outfield.
The 30 year old lead the league in stolen bases last season with 58 and was only caught eight times.
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[S-Mark]


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In case you haven't noticed NASCAR isn't just for rednecks anymore.
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This past weekend at Daytona everyone from Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to Packer quarterback Brett Favre to Oscar winner Paul Newman to Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown made an appearance at the track.
[GRAPHIC=MARTIN]


And even with his rotten luck in the 500, Mark Martin was able to link himself up with a former Super Bowl MVP.

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(( Martin's hopes of winning the 500 were dashed in this crash on lap 136. Martin ended up finishing 31st in the race because of the incident.
But there are 33 more races to go for the newest honorary Big Brother. While in Daytona last week Martin and his sponsor Valvoline, joined forces with former Pittsburgh Steeler great Lynn Swann to announce a $1 million "Caring Hands" program for Big Brothers and Big Sisters. ((LYNN SWANN:))
It will be tough for Martin to be any more successful than he was last season when he won 7 races and 3 poles. But this year Valvoline is giving Big Brothers and Big Sisters big cash everytime Mark wins a race, a pole or leads a lap.

((MARK MARTIN:))
Valvoline also will be setting up shop at 15 races this season including the sring Bristol, Richmond and Charlotte races. Fans will have a chance to place their caring hands on a canvas wall. And Valvoline will give Big Brothers a dollar for every handprint collected.)) [Wx-Tape]
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Lesbian and gay rights advocates in Roanoke say it shouldn't be against the law to talk about sex. They 're taking that message to city council tonight.
[Double Box=Keith & Jean/Newsroom]


Jean Jadhon is in the newsroom with details. [Take Jean full]
Keith they say 17 people arrested for soliciting in Wasena Park will pay a high price for a simple conversation.

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[VO-NAT]


Police launched an undercover sting operation in the park after residents complained about condoms scattered through the area.
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[Take Jean Full]
Gay advocates say police are using an outdated law to unfairly target homosexuals.
We'll have city council's reaction
[Double Box=Keith & Jean/Newsroom]


tonight on News 7 at 11, Keith.[Youth-Program]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=vvo]
[TAPE#=98-79 1:24:48]
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There is an after-school program going in Roanoke now to help children stay out of trouble and start concentrating on their homework ... and it's free.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

St. John's Community Youth Program was officially introduced today as an after-school program. James Madison Middle School students enrolled at St. John's meet with volunteer tutors four days a week to go over homework. On Fridays, they become volunteers themselves, visiting the elderly or preschool children. Organizers of the program feel its important to target children between the ages of 10 and 15 who are typically left unsupervised after school.
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[IN Q= studies have]

((RUTH HUSK/YOUTH PROGRAM DIRECTOR: STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT THE HOURS OF 3 TO 6 P.M. ARE WHEN STUDENTS ARE ENGAGING IN EARLY SEXUAL BEHAVIORS, THEY'RE BEING ARRESTED FOR JUVENILE DELINQUENCY, EXPERIMENTING WITH DRUGS AND ALCOHOL.))
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St. John's currently has 26 students in the youth program. They hope to double the enrollment in the next three years.

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