The first reaction from Richmond seems to favor A-E-P's new route for the high-voltage power line.
And it's landscape worth fighting over- -though the government insists it acquired 60 acres of forest land from the Stewart family... legally.
Tonight on big 7 sports, UVa is knocked out of the ACC baseball tournament, Tech star Larry Bowles gets two postseason honors.
The Express's new GM arrives in town.
and Cave Spring's J.J. Redick is headed out west this summer to a prestigious hoop showcase.
The mid-Atlantic enjoyed some great late spring weather today. With more on the way for Friday.
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The A-E-P power line controversy is charging up again.
A report released today says the power company's latest proposal deserves "full consideration" from the state.
Two weeks ago, A-E-P gave state officials a study of a route running from Wyoming County, West Virginia, to the Jacksons Ferry station in WYTHE County.
Now the State Corporation Commission STAFF has looked it over.
And says THIS route wouldn't be as hard on the environment as A-E-P's last proposal -- one that ran to CLOVERDALE.
The staff also asks for a full review of the route.
That would include public hearings in five counties.
[GRAPHIC=Proposed Power Line]
Supervisors in Bland and Wythe Counties are joining forces to fight this latest proposal on the table.
[Double Boxes=Keith & Teresa/Starlink]
Teresa Hamilton is at the Bland County courthouse where members from both boards will be meeting in about an hour to map out their first strategy.
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[SUPER=01-Linda Bradshaw/Power Line Opponent; :40]
[OUT Q=over there.]
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A huge apartment fire in Danville 18 months ago created some sparks today in a Danville courtroom.
250 people lost their homes in the blaze.
Now, 122 tenants at Cabin Lake apartments are suing the management company and the owner's association for 12-million dollars.
Their lawyers said today that they've obtained documents from an anonymous source that show the landlords knew of fire hazards in the building.
Defense attorneys say the documents were destroyed or no longer exist.
Each side accuses the other of withholding information.
A grand jury will hear murder charges against an Appomattox County woman accused of killing her husband last fall.
29- year- old Sandra Ann Olivarri was in court for a preliminary hearing today.
Police say Olivarri confessed to the murder, and told them she shot Nick Olivarri twice while he was sharpening a knife in their home last September.
Neither side would discuss a motive for the killing.
Olivarri could be indicted next month.
Lynchburg Sheriff Lawrence Simpson calls it an "inadvertent remark," but the city's black leaders are upset about a reference Simpson made to burning crosses on the lawns of city council members.
The remark came during a recent staff meeting, where Simpson was urging his deputies to lobby council for a pay raise.
Simpson said he immediately clarified his remark as being facetious, but word quickly leaked out.
One of the city's two black council members says elected officials must always watch what they say.
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[IN Q=Those of us]
((CARL HUTCHERSON/LYNCHBURG CITY COUNCIL: THOSE OF US IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY, OF COURSE, LOOK AT CROSS BURNING AND SHEET WEARING IN A VERY SPECIAL LIGHT, EVEN SAID IN A JOKING MANNER, IT STILL KINDA HITS CLOSE TO HOME.))
[SUPER=01-Carl Hutcherson/Lynchburg City Council]
[OUT Q=close to home.]
Simpson says he's not a racist and would apologize, if he thought it was necessary.
A former Bedford County sheriff's deputy says the department needs to focus on preventing crime instead of luring criminals to central Virginia through the Internet.
Captain Chuck Reid currently works for the Blue Ridge Regional Jail system.
Bedford County Democrats have nominated Reid to oppose incumbent sheriff Mike Brown in the Fall election.
Reid was one of four candidates Brown defeated to win the office in 1995 when sheriff Carl Wells retired.
An old theater comes tumbling down.
A demolition crew started wrecking the Towers Mall Cinema today.
It's a project that will take about a week.
Starting Monday, the street that runs between the theater and the mall will be closed to traffic.
Twenty-third street, between Colonial and Brandon Avenues, will remain closed until a week from Friday.
Two buildings will replace the theater with space for 18 different retailers.
As one building comes down, a new one is going up.
Construction has begun on a new training center at the Greenfield Industrial Park.
Local companies will be able to teach their employees at the Education Center when it opens NEXT spring.
It will also include a Japanese Saturday- school for children of employees.
This summer Koyo Steering Systems will begin building a 37-million-dollar office in the park.
They planted a Japanese cherry tree in the park today as a symbol of growth.
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They handled a dead bobcat that turned out to be rabid. Still ahead on News 7, the boys who touched it may be at risk.
And we'll meet a man who says this national forest land is really HIS, so he's taking on Uncle Sam.
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Health officials are looking for some boys exposed to a rabid bobcat Sunday in the Washington National Forest... in the Bealers Ferry Area. That's way up north in Page County... near Luray Caverns.
The bobcat was killed after attacking a camper.
Several young boys took pictures with the dead bobcat... One teenage boy put his hand in the bobcats mouth.
Rabies is deadly in humans once symptoms appear.[Forest-Land]
Also in the George Washington Forest- -but closer to home- -a fight over ownership.
In places where public land meets private property, disagreements often come with the territory.
Tonight Joe Dashiell has the story of one man's campaign to reclaim land his family lost more than 60 years ago.
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[IN Q=Not far from the Highland County]
[SUPER=03-Highland Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bill Stuart/Highland Co. Resident; :45]
[OUT Q=Joe Dashiell News 7 Highland County]
((Not far from the Highland County community of Headwaters, is land the Stuart family has owned since the 18th century.
But it's 60 acres the family doesn't control anymore, and a transaction that dates back more than 60 years that captured Bill Stuart's attention.
[NAT SOUND OF STUART 00:50:56]
[IN Q=And we were trading 23 acres]
((AND WE WERE TRADING 23 ACRES TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR 23 ACRES. AND ONCE WE STARTED THE SURVEY, WE FIND OUT THAT SOMETHING'S WRONG. IT DIDN'T MATCH UP WITH THE COURT RECORDS.))
[OUT Q=with the court records.]
Stuart believes the family lost the land because of an innacurate government survey. And he wants it back, even though two courts have rejected his claim, and ruled that the statute of limitations has expired.
[IN Q=It's the history behind the land]
((IT'S THE HISTORY BEHIND THE LAND. IT WAS THE WAY IT WAS TAKEN. TO ME IT WAS TAKEN ILLEGALLY. AND IT'S A MATTER OF JUSTICE TO SET THE MATTER RIGHT.))
[OUT Q=to set the matter right.]
At least one Forest Service official sided with Stuart a few years ago, but the agency now maintains it has clear title to the property.
District Ranger David Rhodes says court records and documents support the government's claim that the land was acquired legally.
He says every consideration seems to point beyond a shadow of a doubt that Stuart's case is without merit.
Meanwhile Stuart has taken his case to Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte, and Senator Chuck Robb. And though his request for a special relief bill from Congress is a longshot...
[IN Q=It's a matter of pride.]
((IT'S A MATTER OF PRIDE WITH IT.))
[OUT Q=with it.]
Stuart says he isn't giving up.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Highland County))
A Lynchburg truck driver hoped an escape ramp might save her life.
But she didn't know another truck had pulled onto the ramp a short time before.
31 year old Theresa Phillips died on Interstate 64 in West Virginia today. Her truck slammed into another rig that was already on the ramp.
It's designed to stop trucks traveling too fast down a long, steep hill.
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Virginia State Police are offering some new statistics that suggest their interstate crackdowns are a big reason for the lower number of traffic deaths this year.
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./February 21;]
On Interstate-81, State Police have written nine-thousand-360 tickets since February 21st.
That's when the first saturated patrols on 81 were conducted.
More than 55-hundred of those tickets have been for speeding cars.
810 for speeding trucks.
While they were at, troopers wrote 562 tickets for seatbelt violations.
Union leaders and workers gathered this afternoon in front of U-S Representative Virgil Goode's Danville office to send the legislator a loud message:
((NAT SOT: NO THANKS TO YOUR LEGISLATIVE PRANKS!))
The protesters criticized Goode for voting in April to use an 800-billion dollar surplus for tax cuts, instead of Social Security and Medicare.
Labor union leaders met with the congressman several months ago, asking him to help shore up the federal programs.
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[SOT 2:15:45 - 2:15:54]
[IN Q=He voted not too long]
((CAROL SHEERER/AFL-CIO: HE VOTED NOT TOO LONG AFTER THOSE MEETINGS TO SPEND THOSE 800-BILLION DOLLARS TO GIVE A TAX CUT TO PEOPLE WHO ARE RICH. WE DON'T NEED THAT.))
[OUT Q=don't need that.]
Reached by phone today, Virgil Goode said that the 800-billion was NOT surplus money, but taxpayer's money from taxes on Social Security. He said he would not support spending any Social Security tax money.
A mixed day on Wall Street. Most stocks gained, but major averages were down.
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The Dow closed down 21 points at 10 thousand 866. NASDAQ dropped 35 points.
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There was another school shooting today ... this one in Georgia.
Six students were wounded by gunfire. Four are still under hospital care.
The full story on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather in about 15 minutes.
With this latest story comes the question: is media coverage in some way responsible for an increase in school shootings.
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CBS correspondent Randall Pinkston, who covered the Littleton shooting a month ago, is in town tonight for a conference.
We asked him if the media have played a role in fueling the recent shootings, and the battle over gun control in Washington.
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[IN Q=If we don't.]
[SUPER=01-Randall Pinkston/CBS News;]
[OUT Q=these kinds of events.]
Pinkston will be speaking at the Hotel Roanoke tomorrow morning at 8:00, on the topic of Multiculuturalism.
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, the defending champs are beaten in Salem at the NCAA softball event. Tech's Larry Bowles pulls off a rare double,
and UVa is knocked out of the ACC baseball tournament in Durham today after losing its second game in as many days.
The NCAA division two softball championsihps opened with a bang today in Salem with the two time defending champ California of Pennsylvania getting shutout.
[SUPER=03-Salem/Vulcans vs Lopers; :]
The Lopers of Nebraska Kearney were anxious to take a shot at the highly regarded Vulcans.
Kearney threatened to score in the first. With a runner on second California left fielder Meggan Wilton makes this diving catch to end the inning stranding a runner on second base.
The Lopers would get on the board in the second, as designated player Terrisa Eckmann sends this pitch over the wall for a two run homer and Kearney would take the two to nothing lead.
Kearney pitcher Amanda Kelly would get in the groove she struck out the side in the third and Nebraska upsets Cal-PA 4-to-nothing.
The Virginia Cavaliers were eliminated from the ACC tournament in Durham, North Carolina this afternoon as they lost their second game of the tourney.
[SUPER=03-Durham, NC/Woldpack vs. Hokies; :00]
Last night the Cavs lost to Wake Forest by one run, today they had to comeback and beat N.C. State to stay alive in the loser's bracket.
But it was not to be as the Wolfpack's Matt Postell goes postal with a two
run homer in the first inning. He had 5 rbis as N.C. State wins it 9-to-6 to knock the Cavs out of the tourney.
The Virginia Tech baseball team is playing the A-10 tournament at this hour against Temple in Boyertown, Pennsylvania.
Earlier today, the Hokies put Barry Gauch and Matt Griswold on the first team all-conference team.
Tech pitcher Jason Bush was named rookie of the year in the A-10, and Larry Bowles earned a rare double making second team all-conference as both a pitcher and a first basebman.
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[SUPER=01-Larry Bowles/All-Atlantic 10 Pitcher & First Base; :00]
[OUT Q=...HAVING FUN."]
[GRAPHIC=High school basketball]
Cave Spring fabulous freshman J.J. Redick received a great deal of attention on the basketball court this past season. He's about to get a lot more.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
Redick has been selected as one of the hundred top rising sophomores in the country invited to the Nike High Five basketball camp in San Diego. The camp runs from June 19 through the 22nd. As a freshman, J.J. averaged 17.8 points a game and shot 50 percent from three point land. His expectations for the camp are simple.
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[SUPER=01-J.J. Redick/Cave Spring Rising Sophomore; :00]
[SUPER=01-Billy Hicks/Cave Spring Head Coach; :11]
[OUT Q=....still just 14"]
The Roanoke Express's new general manager met the media today at a newsconference at the Roanoke Civic Center.
Tommy Benizio, a Radford University graduate, who once served as the team's marketing director, plans to spend the off-season working with the team's owners to get the club back in the black.
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[IN Q="OBVIOUSLY, WE HAVE...]
[SUPER=01-Tommy Benizio/New Express General Manager; :00]
[OUT Q=...LOSING MONEY."]
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It's out with the old and in with the new for one historic post office.
Though the story may be familiar, community response isn't.
Radford residents will soon lose their historic downtown post office to a new, larger facility.
And though similar situations have sparked outcry in communities like Lynchburg and Christiansburg, Radford's postal customers are welcoming the change.
We'll have details tonight on News 7 at 11.
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