The Governor's office approves a permit for Sons of Confederate Veterans to gather at the Capitol Sunday. On NEWS
7 at SIX tonight: a LIVE report from Richmond as we try to determine who actually gave the okay.
And a Roanoke man is arrested- -after a volley of shotgun blasts that lasted an hour on Orange Avenue.
In sports, we will have qualifying from Michigan Roy Stanley checks in with the Hall of Fame golf tournament,
and the Roanoke Wrath is coming right at you tonight at Victory Stadium against the top scoring team in the division.
Cloudy and cool weather today in sharp contrast to the majority of this week, but we are back on track for near normal highs as we move into the weekend. Sadly, no serious threat of rain in our forecast until next week.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I DON'T KNOW. DID I SIGN SOMETHING LIKE THAT? I DIDN'T SIGN--))
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The Gilmore administration approves a Confederate rally this weekend at the State Capitol.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
Robert E. Lee remains a hot button issue in Richmond.
The City Council member who asked that Lee's mural be taken down at the city's restored Canal Walk last week says he's gotten death threats.
Now, Governor Jim Gilmore is providing a forum for the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
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Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
A permit for a State Capitol rally involves some bureaucratic hurdles-- but is rarely denied.
The Governor says he was simply unaware that his administration had approved one for the S-C-V... but he stands by the decision.
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(( The Governor says the theme of his administration has been bringing everyone together.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: AND THAT MEANS THAT EVERYONE HAS TO HAVE A VOICE. NOT JUST ONE GROUP OR THE OTHER WINNING OR LOSING.))
So at two P-M on Sunday, the Sons of Confederate Veterans will rally at the Bell Tower in Capitol Square... just beneath the Governor's office.
So he's for free expression.
But would the Governor approve putting the Lee mural back up on the flood wall?
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: THE DECISION DOESN'T HINGE ON ME. SO I DON'T THINK I'LL ANSWER A HYPOTHETICAL QUESTION.))
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Gilmore doesn't shy away from the controversy altogether though:
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WE HAVE A RIGHT TO REMEMBER WHAT THE HISTORY OF VIRGINIA IS-- ALL PARTS OF IT. WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO RECOGNIZE THE GREAT LEADERS ON ALL SIDES EVERYWHERE. AND WE'RE DOING THAT. I EXPECT THAT AS WE GO FORWARD WE'RE GOING TO HAVE WONDERFUL MUSEUMS. I EXPECT THAT WE'RE GONNA HAVE A GOOD SLAVE MUSEUM AS WELL. WE SHOULD RECOGNIZE ALL PARTS OF THE HISTORY OF VIRGINIA. THAT WOULD BE A PART OF IT.))
So it sounds like he's in favor of Lee being pictured among a broad spectrum of historical figures.
Remember that Gilmore chose his words very carefully in a declaration of Confederate History and Heritage Month-- disappointing some on both sides of the issue with his inclusive wording.
Q&A KEITH: Where does the Lee mural stand now with the city?
ELLEN: A citizen committee will recommend which murals should go up. It's the choice of a private group funding the murals, called the Historic Riverfront Foundation.
But five of nine City Council members bothered to say last night they'd like to see Lee back up.
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When a juvenile is arrested- -state law says both parents must be notified.
When Jawawn Hale was charged with murder last year, authorities let his mother know, but failed to notify his father.
That procedural violation means Hale will get a new trial ...under a ruling upheld today by the Virginia Supreme Court.
Roanoke's Public Defender says notification could come from court services, juvenile intake, a victim-witness coordinator....
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((RAY LEVIN/PUBLIC DEFENDER: MANY MANY DIFFERENT BRANCHES COULD ASK THE QUESTION: WHERE'S THE MISSING PARENT?" IN THE HALE CASE, THE COMMONWEALTH HELD THE MISSING PARENT. Keith Humphry/NEWS 7: He was locked up in prison. LEVIN: AS I UNDERSTAND IT, IN PULASKI. SO THE COMMONWEALTH KNEW WHERE THE PARENT WAS AND NOTICE WAS EASY.))
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Levin says if society is truly interested in strengthening families, then both parents at least ought to be NOTIFIED when their child's in trouble.
The legislature has since amended the law- -again- -allowing notification of only ONE parent.
Two weeks after Orlando Nolasco was charged with running over his girlfriend with his car, the woman has died.
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Police and prosecutors are now trying to decide what new charges Nolasco will face in the death of Charlotte Martinez.
Nolasco was arrested for aggravated malicious wounding after the incident May 30th.
A volley of gunshots interrupted a quiet afternoon in Northwest Roanoke today.
The shots came from a house on the corner of 11th street and Orange Avenue.
When police got there, they saw a man standing inside the house, holding a shotgun.
Thirty-seven-year-old Wilbur Lewis Shears apparently was shooting at random.
Police said, as far as they could tell, nothing provoked him.
Shears turned himself in and was charged with firing a gun within the city limits.
Nobody was hurt.
Witnesses said the shooting lasted for about an hour.
In Danville, three men that posed as police officers to commit a 1998 bank theft entered guilty pleas today.
Robert Hamilton, Christopher (MAY-han) Meehan, and Richard Erick Houston face between two and five years in prison for that scheme against Peoples National Bank.
Dressed as police officers, they shot out the windows of a money courier truck for the bank last May. They made off with over 200-thousand dollars.
The men were caught about six months later.
Most of the money has been recovered.
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When News 7 at 6 returns - the Governor picks a design for Virginia's turn on the 25-cent piece.
They've been bringing the sounds of bluegrass to a Roanoke park for three decades now.
How the Fiddle and Banjo Club plans to celebrate, coming up a little later.
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Monticello's already on the nickel.
But the Colonial Capitol at Williamsburg, the Jefferson-designed State Capitol, and Washington's Mount Vernon home just simply didn't make the cut.
Jamestown will represent Virginia on the back of the quarter for the 50 States Commemorative Coin Program.
((JAMESTOWN WAS THE BEGINNING...EXEMPLIFY THAT FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES.))
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Jamestown is depicted by the three ships: Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery, AND a reference to the quadricentennial in 2007.
Hundreds of people spent lunchtime outside today to support Meals on Wheels.
People of all ages dined to the sounds of the bluegrass band "Deep South."
This was the League of Older Americans' annual "Lunch on the Lawn" fundraiser.
The proceeds go towards purchasing food for home-bound elderly people.
The L-O-A says this year it's more important than ever for people to support Meals on Wheels.
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((SUSAN WILLIAMS/ LOA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: WE HAD ADDED SO MANY PEOPLE TO MEALS ON WHEELS IN THE LAST YEAR BECAUSE OF THE AGING OF THE POPULATION AND WE HAVE SO MANY MORE PEOPLE WHO NEED IT THAT IF WE DIDN'T RAISE THIS MONEY THEN WE WOULD BE IN A SITUATION WHERE WE WOULD HAVE TO TURN PEOPLE DOWN OR PUT THEM ON A WAITING LIST.))
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They sold more than 14-hundred tickets - including those on the lawn and deliveries to area businesses.
A Lynchburg man has created his own political party and is making a bid for the state senate.
John "Swartz" Trent collected enough signatures to get on the ballot in the 23rd district, the seat now held by Republican Steve Newman.
The founder of what he calls the Wheeler party, Trent is an abortion rights advocate.
He believes the state should finance abortions for women who want them, if it's their second child.
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((JOHN TRENT/ I- CANDIDATE FOR STATE SENATE: I THINK MOST PEOPLE AGREE WITH MY POSITION AND I AGREE WITH THEIRS THAT MOST PEOPLE WOULD RATHER SEE A WOMAN HAVE AN ABORTION THAN HAVE A CHILD ABUSED.))
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Wheeler says another reason he's running is that the General Assembly needs more people who aren't married.
Another day of losses on Wall Street.
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The Dow lost 131 points.
Nasdaq fell 37 points.
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When the Roanoke Fiddle and Banjo Club celebrates its thirtieth anniversary this weekend, it will also mark a longstanding relationship with a local radio station.
The Fiddle and Banjo Club held its first meeting in Wasena Park in the summer of 1969.
Since 1973, the monthly concerts have been staged at the Roanoke Civic Center, and most of them have been broadcast by Salem radio station WSLC.
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Master of Ceremonies Hillard Jones says WSLC has played an important role in the Club's 30- year- run.
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((HILLARD JONES/FIDDLE & BANJO CLUB: BLUEGRASS MUSIC WAS FADING OUT AND WE STARTED OUR OWN SHOW TO PRESERVE BLUEGRASS AND OLD TIME MUSIC. AND I THINK THAT HERM REAVIS AND WSLC HAVE PLAYED A GREAT PART IN THAT.))
((HERM REAVIS/WSLC STATION MANAGER: HILLARD SAID PEOPLE HAD DOUBTS THAT WE'D LAST SIX MONTHS OR SO. IF WE'D HAD THOSE DOUBTS WE WOULDN'T HAVE GOTTEN WITH THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE. WE THOUGHT THAT IT WAS GOING TO GO ON FOREVER. AND IT THINK IT'S GOING TO DO THAT.))
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The Fiddle and Banjo Club now includes 24 bands and three dance groups. All are scheduled to perform Saturday night, from six to ten p-m, when the club holds its thirtieth anniversary concert in the Roanoke Civic Center Coliseum.
A local radio station found out just how far fans will go to see Bill Cosby.
The Q-99 Breakfast Club put four listeners to the test.
They filled an inflatable pool with chocolate pudding and turned the contestants loose.
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They were searching for a tiny button among the mess--the first to find it got fifth row seats to Cosby tonight.
After a few minutes of searching, 15-year-old Curtis Shell of Vinton emerged the winner.
So how would he describe his morning swim?
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((Curtis Shell/ Winner: Cold. Would you do it again? Probably.))
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Patrick Evans stayed dry while D-J Dick Daniels went for a big splash.
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Cosby takes the stage at the Salem Civic Center tonight at 8pm.
On News-7 at 11...we'll take you on stage with the legendary star...who has been an icon in the homes of millions of Americans for more than 20 years.
The Roanoke Wrath gears up for the division's number one team, the Avs go for a 9th straight win, qualifying from Michigan,
and Roy Stanley roams the links in the Hall of Fame Golf Tournament.
Jeff Gordon won his fourth Bud Pole of 1999 today, his 27th of his career, capturing the top spot for Sunday's KMart at the Michigan Speedway.
Gordon turned in a speed of 186 point 945 miles an hour, breaking his own record at the 2 mile oval set in 1995. Ernie Irvan will start on the outside pole. Here's a look at the top 25.
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[SUPER=0107-21. Dave Blaney//22. Robert Pressleyy//23. Geoffrey Bodine//24. John Andretti//25. Darrell Waltrip//.]
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Former Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson could be going Hollywood.
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Several reports have confirmed that the Los Angeles Lakers have made an offer to Jackson to become their head coach. The two parties have met. No aggreement has been reached. A decision could be made as early as next week.
The Avalanche is chasing it's 9th straight win tonight as Salem plays host to Frederick at Memorial Stadium. The Avs longest win streak of the season comes just before the season's halfway point after a tough start.
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The Roanoke Wrath battles Atlantic Division first place South Carolina tonight at 7:30 at Victory Stadium. The Shamrocks lead the division in scoring, averaging four a game and are coming off a seven goal performance last week. The 2 and 1 Wrath are not intimidated.
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The Roanoke Valley Hall of Fame golf tournament is underway at Westlake.
Roy Stanley has this report on the course and what the scores should be after the first round.
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((Head pro Stewart Smith and his staff spent most of the day on Thursday marking and painting the course getting the hazzards and ground under repair for the opening round.
At just over 65-hundred yards long, Westlake is one of the shortest course in the three day event. But the ever present wind and tight fairway's will make up for the courses length.))
((STUART SMITH/WESTLAKE GOLF PRO:))
((The conditions were almost perfect as the first groups teed off for the morning round.
Scores during the Smith Mountain Invitational earlier this year were high and several players shot in the 80's.
The 80's were the case as several of the early groups finished. But those scores should improve throughout the round.))
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Gary Leroux of Ole Monterey was the leader in the clubhouse. He shot a two under par 70.
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