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Another internet sex sting in Bedford County, this one nets a former top official in a West Virginia Governor's office.
A high profile speeding crackdown is underway on Interstate 81 tonight.
And peace talks in Kosovo stall as U.S. pilots continue to prepare for airstrikes.
News 7 is next.
A one-time aide to a West Virginia governor is behind bars in Bedford County tonight.
Thomas D. Rice is accused of soliciting sex from a minor in Virginia over the internet.
He was charged as part of an on-going program targeting crimes against children on the internet.
Rice was chief of operations under former West Virginia governor Gaston Caperton.
He was arrested last night and is being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Bedford County.
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State police were out in force today along I-81--cracking down on speeders as part of the governor's initiative.
And, an accident seemed to prove the extra effort was needed .
David Johnson has more.
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[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.; :00]
[SUPER=02-Sgt. Frank Duffy/Va. State Police; :17]
[SUPER=01-Col. M. Wayne Huggins/Va. State Police Superintendent; :34]
[SUPER=01-Curtis Herr/Truck Driver; :54]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; 1:00]
[OUT Q=Djo, N7, Botetourt Co.]
((Speeding and driver inattention--are what cause accidents like this.
They're also the reasons more than 100-state troopers are monitoring the 320-mile corridor of I-81--18 in the counties of Montgomery and Roanoke alone.
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((VOICE OF FRANK DUFFY/VA. STATE POLICE; THIS IS TO MAKE MOTORISTS AWARE THAT WE CAN PUT TROOPERS OUT HERE TO STRICTLY ENFORCE THE TRAFFIC LAWS.))
[OUT Q=TRAFFIC LAWS.]
Troopers are being brought in from other counties to get the project rolling.
That creates holes in those areas, which are being filled by local law enforcement.
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((COL. M.WAYNE HUGGINS/VA. STATE POLICE SUPERINTENDENT; THEY'VE BEEN VERY COOPERATIVE WITH US AND REALIZED THAT WE'VE PULLED RESOURCES AND THEY MIGHT GET EXTRA CALLS TODAY AS A RESULT OF US NOT BEING THERE.))
[OUT Q=NOT BEING THERE.]
Duffy says, judging by the flow of traffic over the past few days, people are getting the hint that it's time to slow down.
One truck driver agrees.
[IN Q=THE SPEED LIMIT]
((CURTIS HERR/TRUCK DRIVER; THE SPEED LIMIT IS 65-MILES-PER-HOUR. IF YOU CAN'T GET ENOUGH MILES COVERED AT 65-MILES-PER-HOUR, YOU'RE IN BAD TROUBLE.))
[OUT Q=BAD TROUBLE.]
The warning signs are up and down the road--and motorists are being monitored on the road and in the air.
((HELICOPTER FLYING OVRHEAD. Pan down to traffic))
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((DUFFY; IF THEY OBSERVE A VEHICLE DRIVING ERRATICALLY, THEY WILL RADIO A GROUND TO TAKE CARE OF THAT SITUATION.))
[OUT Q=OF THAT SITUATION.]
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; IT'S UNDETERMINED AT THIS TIME HOW LONG THE STRICT ENFORCEMENT ALONG THE I-81 CORRIDOR WILL LAST. BUT FOR THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, IT WILL BE FREQUENT, AT RANDOM AND UNANNOUNCED. DJO, NEWS 7 BOTETOURT COUNTY.))
A man was injured following an accident in Hardy earlier this afternoon.
It happened around three along Hardy Road.
A state police officer said the truck sped out of control then flipped.
The driver suffered minor injuries.
Charges against him are pending.
Chemical levels in some catfish are high enough to warrant a health advisory.
The advisory extends for 50 miles from Clover through Halifax County and on to Long Island.
Results released by the Department of Environmental Quality show some catfish caught in Altavista and Long Island tested above the state's P-C-B advisory level.
The source of the contamination hasn't been found.
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After inspectors cited the Star City Diner for serious health code violations it was forced to close for five days.
But state health officials say it's rare that they have to take that step.
The Star City Diner reopened on Wednesday, after inspectors confirmed that the most serious violations had been corrected.
In the Roanoke Valley, there are now about 600 full-service restaurants, and health officials say the vast majority cooperate with inspectors and take food safety seriously.
Environmental Health Manager Dick Tabb says enforcement is a last step.
[IN Q=We view it as our job]
((DICK TABB/ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH MANAGER: WE VIEW IT AS OUR JOB TO MAKE SURE THAT THE RESTAURANT OPERATES SUCCESSFULLY IN A SAFE MANNER. IN A VERY FEW INSTANCES WE DO HAVE TO STEP IN AND DO ENFORCEMENT, BUT THAT'S CERTAINLY A MINORITY AND AN EXCEPTION.))
[SUPER=01-Dick Tabb/Environmental Health Mgr.]
[OUT Q=and an exception.]
Among those 600 restaurants, there were only about 10 closures last year, and Tabb says most of those were voluntary.
A frightening search for passengers of two Amtrak trains in Montana.
Telephone threats warned police there was radioactive material on the east and west-bound Empire Builder which run between Chicago and Seattle.
They were stopped in Montana where passengers were checked for contamination.
Nothing was found, and police don't have a motive.
More fighting and no progress in Kosovo, as U.S. pilots and NATO troops continue preparing for military intervention.
In Macedonia, NATO troops launched a surveillance rocket to keep track of Serb troops in Kosovo.
And U.S. planes continued arriving in Italy, including 50 stealth fighters, on standby in case they're needed to intervene.
While negotiations made no progress today, U.S. and British officials kept their optimism.
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((MADELEINE ALBRIGHT/SECRETARY OF STATE "IT'S A DECISION OF WAR
AND PEACE FOR THEM. I THINK WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE DIFFICULTY OF THE
DECISIONS THAT THEY ARE MAKING. AND, IT IS MY BELIEF THAT THEY ARE
MOVING TOWARDS YES.
ROBIN COOK/BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY "WE BELIEVE THAT WE ARE
CLOSE TO SUCH AN AGREEMENT AND THAT WE CAN SECURE THAT AGREEMENT OVER
THE NEXT TWO DAYS. THAT IS WHAT WE ARE WORKING TO."))
[SUPER=01-Madeleine Albright/Secretary Of State;]
[SUPER=01-Robin Cook/British Foreign Secretary; :12]
[OUT Q=working to]
Meanwhile violence continued in the region... Liberation Army Guerrillas were hit by heavy fire from Serbian artillery.
Still ahead--production officials make a decision on whether to film a movie in Bedford County.
And, find out what this teen did to meet Elton John in person.
That's coming up when the news continues.
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The movie "28 Days" won't be shot at The Peaks of Otter.
That's according to a location scout for Columbia Tri-Star Pictures.
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About a week ago congressmen Bob Goodlatte and Virgil Goode told federal officials they wanted the movie to be made at the resort.
But, Gary Everhart, the head of the Blue Ridge Parkway, has been opposed to the idea.
He says Columbia Tristar's plans to use the resort are not acceptable and would disturb the tranquility that lures visitors.
Company officials are now apparently looking at another site near Charlottsville.
A Roanoke teenager's dream came true when he went to the Elton John concert as a guest of the legendary rock star.
When tickets to the performance sold out before Fredy Wright could buy one, he simply wrote a letter to the Rocket Man.
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[IN Q=I JUST SAID]
((FREDY WRIGHT/ELTON JOHN FAN; I JUST SAID WE WERE BIG FANS, THAT WE REALLY ENJOYED HIS MUSIC. I JUST BASICALLY ASKED FOR THE PASSES AND THEY SAID WE COULD HAVE THEM.))
[SUPER=01-Fredy Wright/Elton John Fan;]
[OUT Q=COULD HAVE THEM.]
Along with three fifth row tickets and backstage passes-- Wright got a personal meet and greet with Elton John.
And before the concert got started, the singer autographed Wright's "Princess Di Beanie Baby Bear", his "Candle in the Wind" C-D, and took pictures with him.
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More people are going on-line to file their tax returns.
And license plates in a nearby state are getting a face-lift.
Details in tonight's WebWatch.
[IN Q=good news]
Good news for the IRS, electronic filing is up, which saves time and paper work for IRS workers. As of a week ago, 13-point-three million people filed their tax returns electronically. It's up about 11 percent over last year.
The IRS website has more information and a list of sites where you can file your taxes on-line... good news for consumers too... the average refund is higher this year, and you get it faster when you e-file.
Doctors across the country are participating in a new program at Cornell University's Weill Medical College... The Grand Rounds project allows medical specialists to present interesting cases to their colleagues around the world... a special web page puts the doctor in a video window on the right, and allows him to show slides and images in the frame next to him.
Doctors who have attended the on-line program say it's just like being there in person.
Pennsylvania is tired of its license plates. DOT officials say they're dirty and dingy and don't represent the state very well... and the new plates will be the first in the nation to carry the state's official web address...
The web address will take would-be tourists here... where Pennsylvania can project a more positive image.
For links to these sites, click on WebWatch, on the WDBJ website at WDBJ7-dot-com
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Thousands of laid-off workers are complaining about that giant sucking sound..
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Virginia apparel companies are closing.
And many of them are sending jobs south to Mexico.
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[IN Q=i wanna]
((BETTY SHELTON: I WANNA KNOW WHY. WE NEED JOBS, TOO. YOU KNOW, I KNOW THEY NEED JOBS. BUT WE NEED OUR JOBS.))
[SUPER=01-Betty Shelton/Former Seamstress;]
[OUT Q=OUR JOBS]
We sent Scott Goldberg south of the border to see where the jobs are going.
He visited a Mexican factory where workers earn a fraction of what the same jobs paid in the U-S.
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[SOT NOVALINK 1:06:12]
[IN Q=these young]
((BILL WOLFE: THESE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE MAKING A VERY GOOD LIVING, COMPARATIVELY SPEAKING. THEY'RE NOT MAKING THE SAME LIVING THEY ARE IN THE UNITED STATES, BUT THEY DON'T HAVE TO.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Wolfe/Sewing Plant Manager;]
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[ALICIA from novalink 4]
But how well ARE they living?
We'll meet a Mexican worker who's doing the sort of work that used to be done in Virginia...
[take pinnacle board #4737]
When we begin our look at the apparel industry that's Going South.
Be sure to watch News-7 tomorrow at six o'clock.
Still ahead--we'll tell you about a man who was at the top of his career..
playing to sell-out crowds, before he left it all behind.
More on his story when the news continues.
Olen Gardner used to play his banjo in front of sell -out crowds until life on the road got to be too much for him.
So, he put his family first.
Teresa Hamilton has more in this week's Virginia Profiles.
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[SUPER=01-Olen Gardner/Musician; :18]
[SUPER=@Teresa2; 2:21 ]
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Olen Gardner's been playing banjo nearly all his life.
It's a talent he discovered as a child growing in Carroll County during an era when music lessons were a luxury few could afford.
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[OLEN GARDNER/MUSICIAN:WE HAD TO LEARN ON OUR OWN, I REMEMBER WHEN I LEARNED EARL SCRUGGS BANJO, I HEARD HIM ON THE RADIO AND ON RECORDS AND I WOULD HITCHHIKE FOR 40 OR 50 MILES TO WATCH HIM TO SEE WHAT HIS FINGERS WAS DOING.]
As a young child, Gardner soon realized he also had a gift for making his own instruments.
Around age five-- he fashioned his first.
[INq=A wooden ]
[OLEN GARDNER/MUSICIAN:A WOODEN CIGAR BOX WITH A CARVED NECK FASTENED IN IT, WITH HORSE HAIR AND WIRE OFF A SCREEN DOOR FOR STRINGS.]
Gardner's interest in making instruments and playing music would continue to grow.
Around 1956, while working as a mechanic, Gardner was hired by singer and musician Charlie Monroe, the younger brother of bluegrass legend Bill Monroe.
But life on the road, playing banjo, was lonely.
Gardner was missing his children, community and church.
[OLEN GARDNER/MUSICIAN: SOMETIMES PEOPLE WOULD STAND AND WAIT FOR A THIRD SHOW, STAND IN LINE AT THEATRES AND STAND IN LINE FOR YOUR AUTOGRAPHS, YOU SEE THOSE PEOPLE, THOUSANDS OF FACES, BUT GO BACK TO YOUR HOTEL ROOM AND YOU'RE VERY LONELY, YOUR AWAY FROM HOME, YOUR FAMILY, YOUR COMMUNITY.]
Gardner quickly decided to forego his musical career---a decision he says he doesn't regret having gone on to find
fulfillment as a teacher at Christiansburg High School.
These days-- Gardner is retired but hasn't slowed down.
[OLEN GARDNER/MUSICIAN:WELL NO, I'M NOT IN BUSINESS, NO, I FIX A FEW GUITARS FOR FRIENDS, BUT I DON'T HAVE A BUSINESS.]
Gardner says he took up the hobby so he'll always have someone to play music with in the basement of his home in Rin
er--- a place he commonly refers to as his "pickin parlor".
And, while he mainly works for friends Gardner recently fixed a guitar for country music star, Ricky Van Shelton.
[WHEN HE WALKED IN, HE USED TO BE A PIPE FITTER AND I SAID, RICKY, I SURE AM GLAD YOU SHOWED UP, WE GOT TWO COMMODES THAT NEEDS FIXIN. ]
Gardner and Van Shelton may be "pickin" again in the near future.
Gardner is currently working on a guitar belonging to country music star's father.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Riner. ))
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The five seniors on the Lady Hokies basketball team celebrated Senior yesterday at the Cassell with a 66 to 64 win over George Washington..
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Tech coach Bonnie Hennrickson would start her five seniors against the Colonials yesterday afternoon at the Cassell.
Tech gets it out on the opening tip off Witherspoon passing to Maria Albertson who scores the short jumper.
The Colonials could answer that when Mandissa Turner steps out and hits the jumper.
Tech runs the floor Witherspoon with the no look pass to Tere Williams and the Hokies would lead by 14 at the half.
But the Colonials would come back and take the lead in the second half when Marlo Egleston hits this jumper.
[SUPER=33-Virginia Tech/66/George Washington/64/;]
That's when the Hokie senior leadership took over Katie O'Connor would score 4 points in a row as Tech holds on for the 66 to 64 win.
The Lady Hokies are 25 and 1 overall and 15 and 1 in the Atlantic 10.
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A big upset in Baton Rouge yesterday as L-S-U knocks off top ranked Tennessee.
The big play came when Katrina Hibbard scores and draws the foul with 11 seconds left on the clock she completes the three point play to make it 70 to 69.
Tennessee had a shot to win the game but it misses and the Lady Tigers end Tennesee's 31 game Southeastern conference win streak.
Hampden-Sydney beat Emory and Henry yesterday 89 to 56 putting the Tigers in the ODAC championship game tonight at the Salem Civic Center.
[SUPER=03-Salem/Hamp-Sydney vs Emory & Henry; :]
Tony Shaver getting his Tigers fired up for the afternoon showdown.
And the Tigers come out on the hustle battling for the lose ball and getting it to Alex Robbins for the easy layup and the lead.
Emory and Henry would answer at the other end of the floor as Donald Thurston pulls up and hits this jumper at the free throw line but the Wasps trailed 62 to 43.
[SUPER=33-Hampden-Sydney/89/Emory & Henry/56/;]
The Tigers would add to that lead when Bobby Jackson takes it to the hoop for the score Hampden-Sydney advances with the 89 to 56 win.
The Tigers will play Randolph-Macon a 74 to 67 winner over Virginia Wesleyan.
Mark Martin wins at the Rock. More later on Mornin'.
In A-C-C action, Maryland knocked off Georgia Tech today 91 to 60.
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/RAYCOM; :]
Gary Williams coaching early in the game.
Georgia Tech would take it inside to Alvin Jones who throws down the jam cutting the Terp lead to three.
But Maryland went to the up tempo game this good ball movement resulted in this Steve Francis Jam and the Terps led 27 to 25.
The Terps opened it up in the second half Laron Profit with the pump fake and Jumper and Maryland beats Georgia Tech 91 to 60.
[SUPER=03-New York, NY/NBC SPORTS; :]
The Chicago Bulls are finding life after Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen tough.
This afternoon, Allan Houston scored 26 points as the Knicks beat the Bulls 79 to 63. Chicago has lost 7 straight.
And here's the rest of the scores.
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[SUPER=0096-/New Jersey/79/j/Indiana/80////L.A. Lakers/89/j/Seattle/92///;]
[OUT Q=....last score."]
And coming up, Ernie Els wins the Nissan Open Denise Allen has a report on Adult Hockey.
And Mark Martin uses a quick pit stop late in the race to win the Dura Lube Big Kmart 400 at the Rock.
Mark Martin took the lead on a late pit stop and he pulled away to win the Dura Lube Big Kmart 500 at the Rock.
[SUPER=03-Rockingham, NC/TNN SPORTS; :]
Dale Earnhardt was on the move early in the race. Earnhardt was using the top of the track to moving from 18-th to 12-th place.
Jeff Burton would lead 35 laps until he backed off and let Jeff Gordon take over the point.
Rusty Wallace and Dale Jarrett were racing together for the sixth place spot on the track with 270 laps to go.
Moments later Burton, who won Saturday's busch race, would pull his car to the front Burton running in a pack of cars.
Then just past the halfway mark of the race the first caution of the day came out after Ernie Irvan got lose and hit the wall collecting several other cars.
Gordon developed engine problems and dropped out of the race.
That opened the door for Martin he would survive a couple of caution flags near the end of the race and hold on for the win at tthe Rock giving all the credit to his pit crew.
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[IN Q="They did...]
[SUPER=01-Mark Martin/Dura Lube 400]
[OUT Q=...I ever dreamed."]
Dale Jarrett was second, Bobby Labonte third, Jeff Burton fourth and Jeremy Mayfield fifth.
[SUPER=03-Pacific Palisades, CA/CBS SPORTS; :]
In golf, Ernie Els wins the Nissan Open in Los Angeles.
Els struggled over the final four holes but he finished the round with a 3 under par 68 for a two shot win over Ted Tryba, Tiger Woods and Davis Love the third.
Tryba shot 72 Woods and Love 70's.
That's it for sports. Have a great day everybody!
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Adults who have never skated before are picking up the game of hockey.
The Roanoke Valley Adult Hockey league has three divisions to accomodate players of all levels.
Denise Allen has more.
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[IN Q=Louise Rothe]
[SUPER=01-Louise Rothe/Hockey Player; :06]
[SUPER=01-Thomas Rothe/Hockey Player; :22]
[super=01-Jim VanCleaf/Hockey Player; :36]
[super=01-Bob Carpentieri/Hockey Player; :49]
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(( Louise Rothe has been playing in the Roanoke Valley Adult Hockey League for almost two years.
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[IN Q=i'd been]
[OUT Q=a lot of fun]
Louise is half of the brother and sister act on the red team. Thomas has been a big influence on her hockey career.
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[OUT Q=me started]
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[IN Q=i could see]
[OUT Q=do it for it]
Playing in the league isn't cheap, but there are ways to save money on the equipment.
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[IN Q=i got my]
[OUT Q=cheapest end]
But these athletes say the benefits far outweigh the costs.
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[IN Q=the comeraderi]
[OUT Q=more enjoyable]
And Thomas Rolfe says the games have become more enjoyable since his sister joined the team.
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[IN Q=i like her]
[OUT Q=good player]
And the two make a good combo on the ice, they've combined for eight goals this season.
Denise Allen News 7 Sports.))