Area lawmakers convene to make Interstate 81 a safer place to drive.
And questions continue after students faced off with police on a local campus last night.
in sports, the Roanoke Valley Horese Show is back, the Knew York Knicks talk about what they need to do get that Spur out of their sides,
and lets go to a parade. dallas celebrates and recognizes the Stanley Cup champion Stars
The solstice has come and gone, but the weather didn't cooperate. Warmer weather is just around the corner, though.
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((JIMMY AYERS/AMHERST CO. SHERIFF: IT WAS A HAIRY SITUATION THERE FOR A LITTLE BIT, WITH CROWD CONTROL AND YOU GET A RIOTOUS TYPE SITUATION LIKE THAT, PERSONNEL IS WHAT YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE.))
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Amherst County sheriff Jimmy Ayers explains why an estimated 150 police officers were called out to a disturbance last night at the Old Dominion Job Corps.
It was a show of force almost like something out of a movie.. dozens of police squad cars, ambulances, SWAT teams and fire engines converging on the Job Corps center in Amherst County.
Steve Smallshaw was at the scene last night and he joins us live.. Steve how did this all start?
Jean, it started out as a bomb scare, but while police searched the buildings, some students apparently grew impatient.. and a confrontation with several Amherst County deputies quickly turned ugly.
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(( Deputies arrested one teenager who had cursed an officer then resisted arrest.. that's when dozens more students surrounded police on the scene and began to shout obscenities and spit on them.
((JIMMY AYERS/AMHERST CO. SHERIFF: THOSE STUDENTS KNEW RIGHT FROM WRONG AND TO STAND THERE WITH ALL THE RIOT GEAR, WHATEVER, THEY WERE STILL SPITTING ON THEM, THREW CIGARETTE LIGHTERS, CLOTHING ITEMS, JUST TOTALLY OUT OF CONTROL.))
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Administrator Bob Barlow wondered last night whether police over-reacted.
((BOB BARLOW/JOB CORPS ADMINISTRATOR: I'M NOT SAYING THAT THEY DID IT INAPPROPRIATELY, ALL I'M SAYING IS I'M SURPRISED ABOUT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT WERE HERE AND FELT THAT WITH OUR OWN STAFF WE COULD TAKE CARE OF IT.))
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But initally outnumbered by at least four to one, police were taking no chances.
Every available officer from a four-county radius was called in to help out.
((ROY WOOD/ON-DUTY SUPERVISOR: AND I THINK THAT WAS AN APPROPRIATE DECISION, FOR EVERYBODY'S SAFETY, THAT WAS THE NUMBER ONE THING, SAFETY. UNFORTUNATELY, SOMETIMES YOUNG PEOPLE DON'T MAKE GOOD CHOICES.))
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A 17- year- old boy was arrested and charged with obstruction of justice and assault on a police officer.. Sheriff Jimmy Ayers says several more arrests are pending.
Job Corps officials say they have identified the young female who called in the bomb threat.. that information will be turned over to the police. Jean?
Q & A:
Jean question: Steve, what does the Job Corps do?
The city of Roanoke is paying Salem more than one thousand dollars a day for water.
Carvins Cove is 22 feet below the spillway, so Roanoke needs water.
Roanoke County is giving the city more than one million gallons a day.
Salem is selling the city a million more gallons a day.
By August, new pipes will carry even more water from the county and the town of Vinton to city residents.
All this may still not be enough.
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((DIANE AKERS/ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER: WE ARE ASKING CITIZENS TO CONSERVE WATER VOLUNTARILY. IF THE SITUATION CONTINUES, IN ANOTHER TWO TO THREE WEEKS WE COULD SEE MANDATORY RESTRICTIONS.))
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The new plans and pipes will cut the burden on the city's water supply in half.
The volume of traffic on Interstate 81 and the number of serious accidents along the highway are fueling a search for solutions.
Two days after a fatal accident in Roanoke County, the task force created by western Virginia's Congressmen convened in Abingdon.
But as Joe Dashiell reports... members are finding there are no quick and easy answers.
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((The concern stretches more than 300 miles from Bristol to Winchester... and the state estimates it will cost three point four BILLION dollars to fix the problem. And that pricetag will likely rise.
So while the Virginia State Police step up speed limit enforcement... and troopers take a closer look at the problem, An I-81 task force is listening to truckers, motorists and others affected by this problem.
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[OUT Q=in the United States.]
If task force members were thinking this would be easy, they're learning otherwise.
Most of the speakers at the public hearing were representatives of businesses, who fear the impact of a plan that would widen the buffer zone around interstate interchanges and restrict access to existing businesses.
[IN Q=They might as well]
[OUT Q=it could kill a business.]
The task force has no authority to implement changes.... but members will present their findings to the Virginia Department of Transportation following a final public hearing in Lexington later this summer.
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Virginia is designing and building roads so fast it can't afford to pay for all the work.
So today, state transportation officials had to explain road building delays to the House Finance Committee.
The state has more than 11-hundred projects in its current six year plan.
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((DAVID GEHR/VIRGINIA TRANSPORTATION COMMISSIONER: IT IS THE LARGEST THAT THE COMMONWEALTH HAS EVER HAD, BOTH IN TERMS OF NUMBERS OF PROJECTS AND AND DOLLAR VALUE.))
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But some lawmakers say citizens are angry over the delays.
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20- percent of the projects in the six year plan have just been delayed.
VDOT reminded lawmakers that they have diverted 264- million dollars in road funding to other projects in the last ten years.
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Still ahead, an update on the search for a suspected kidnapper who kept Carroll County police busy for part of the weekend.
And today didn't exactly bring us bathing suit weather - but Miss Virginia contestants donned swimwear in the Star City today.
The story, a little later.
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The man authorities searched for in Carroll County over the weekend is in police custody.
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41-year old Leroy Johnson was arrested Saturday in Lexington, North Carolina.
Authorities in Carroll County began searching for Johnson Friday afternoon after his girlfriend left a note at an Exxon station in (cain-uh) Cana--asking the clerk to call 9-1-1.
Local police searched for the pair throughout the night and into Saturday morning before Johnson was arrested Saturday evening at the woman's home in North Carolina.
No one was seriously injured.
A three- judge panel will decide in July what action if any should be taken against Giles County's Commonwealth Attorney.
For more than a year, the Virginia State Bar has been investigating Garland Spangler's conduct while in office.
Spangler's trouble began when he lost a rape case after missing the deadline to prosecute the suspect.
Today-- the results of the state bar investigation were filed at the Giles County courthouse and include several other allegations of misconduct regarding other cases he's handled.
A three- judge panel will decide July 12-th if Spangler, who's seeking reelection, should loose his license, have it suspended or be given a public reprimand.
Sales over the Internet are increasing 300-percent a year right now in America.
It's called "e-commerce," and it's got traditional retailers worried.
Governor Jim Gilmore headed off to Williamsburg today for the first meeting of a national advisory panel he will chair on the issue.
The commission's top job is to decide whether or how to tax e-commerce.
Gilmore's personal "no tax" preference is clear.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I THINK THAT ALL THOSE ISSUES ARE ON THE TABLE, AS A MATTER OF FACT. THE QUESTION OF WHETHER LOCAL MERCHANTS ARE IN FACT DISADVANTAGED. OR WHETHER OR NOT, IN THE NEW WORLD OF THE 21ST CENTURY, EVERYBODY COULD GO TO A MORE NO-TAX TYPE OF POSITION.))
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Gilmore's commission hopes to make recommendations before a federal moratorium on new e-commerce taxes expires in October of 2001.
Mixed news to begin the week on Wall Street.
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The Dow lost 40 points, but Nasdaq gained 67 points to finish up at 26-30.
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All but ONE of the property owners involved in a dispute over the New River Trail have agreed to settle with the state.
The land in question was donated to the state by Norfolk Southern for use as a trail.
But some Wythe County property owners have challenged the state-- claiming the right of way once used by Norfolk Southern was supposed to revert back to its original owners or their heirs.
Clara Edwards is the sole property owner still fighting the state.
Today-- she and her attorney attempted but were unable to reach a settlement.
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((PAUL STANLEY/EDWARDS' ATTORNEY: OUR POSITION IS THAT THE PROPERTY REMAINS OURS AND THAT IN ORDER FOR THE STATE TO CONTINUE TO USE IT IN THE WAY THEY HAVE THAT MY CLIENT'S SERVE SOME SORT OF COMPENSATION FOR THAT USE AND THAT'S REALLY WHAT THE DEBATE IS.))
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Since the two sides have been unable to resolve the dispute-- they will take up the issue in court, next week.
In the meantime-- the trail will remain open to the public.
Roanoke is building a memorial to six city firefighters killed in the line of duty.
This is a replica -- the true statue will be larger than life and shows a firefighter on bended knee with his hat on the ground beside him.
The city is paying 83-thousand-dollars for the memorial.
Carolyn Helm lost her husband in 1985.
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Six Roanoke firefighters have died on duty since 1911.
City council members say police in Roanoke may build their own memorial too.
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The new Miss Virginia will be crowned this week.
26 of the state's brightest and most beautiful arrived today to compete for the title.
The contestants say they have worked hard and most are glad the competition is finally underway.
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[SUPER=01-Amy James/Miss Greater Franklin Co.]
((AMY JAMES/ MISS GREATER FRANKLIN CO.: IT'S SO EXCITING. IT'S A LITTLE OVERWHELMING. BUT, I'M JUST SO EXCITED TO BE HERE. AND I JUST THINK THIS WEEK'S GONNA BE A LOT OF FUN.))
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Contestants compete in swimsuit, interview, talent, and evening gown competitions.
Pageant officials say it takes a lot more than just a pretty face to bring home the crown.
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((STEVE MUSSELWHITE/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: IT'S ORIENTED AROUND THEIR TALENT AND THEIR ABLILITY TO COMMUNICATE AND THAT'S WHAT OUR PAGEANT'S ABOUT AND WE'RE EXCITED BECAUSE I KNOW THAT WE HAVE A LOT OF ARTICULATE YOUNG WOMEN.))
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The women will be rehearsing and making appearances around town all week.
Last year's Miss Virginia--Nicole Johnson--went on to win Miss America.
Some Busch series news for you, the Stars hit the streets is Dallas,
and the while we're on the subject of horse power, there's a ton of itr at the Salem Civic Center.
Tonight, the New York Knicks begin their quest to become only the third team in NBA history to come back from a 2-nothing deficit and win the NBA finals. Game three between the San Antonio Spurs and the Knicks tips off tonight at Madison Square Garden at 9.
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In the best of seven series for the first two game in San Antonio, the Spurs outscored the Knicks by 12.5 points. Moving the series to New York seems to have little signifigance to both parties.
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One note from the freezer. Dallas Texas hockey fans welcomed home their Stanley Cup Champion Stars today
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with a parade through the city streets. The parade, which began at City Hall and heaed down to Reunion Arena for a party, involved thousands of fans and bands. Fans came out in their true colors to support their newly crowned champs. One of the first floats contained the Dallas coaching staff and the players would follow. Darian hatcher was one of many Stars who held up the cup for fans to see. The Stars captured the NHL title with a triple overtime win over the Buffalo Sabres Sunday.
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The Roanoke Valley Horse Show is still growing after 28 years. And so is the purse that's up for grabs.
Riders can cash in on the 250-thousand dollars in prize money, plus the 50-thousand dollar Grand Prix Saturday Night.
More than a thousand equine competitors are vying for top honors.
Organizers weren't sure how many to expect when it was announced Atlanta would host a show this week as well.
But the new show didn't stop riders from coming to Salem.
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New to the show this year are Friesian Horses.
They are warmbloods and are marked by their long wavy manes and tails, plus the feathers on their legs.
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You can also expect to see the old standards such as a demonstration by the Mounted Police Wednesday, dressage on T
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The Winston Cup Drivers head to Sears Point this weekend for the Save Mart/Kragen 350.
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But yesterday at the Pocono 500 Bobby Labone led for only 27 laps, but took the most important one for the checkered flag.
It's his second win of the '99 season.
LaBonte is second in the points
standings, 89 points behind Dale Jarrett.
Jeff Burton is third, Mark Martin fourth and Jeff Gordon is fifth.
The Busch Series drivers head to watkins Glen this weekend after taking thtis past saturday off.
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Dale Earnhardt Junior is leading the Busch Points race after winning two straight, including a win at Souht Boston in which he won the pole and then took the checkered flag. One other Busch note. Bobby Hillin and team Rensi Motorsports have made an aggreement for the Lysol 200 at the Glen that could result in the first African American driver to start a Busch race in the series 17 year history. Bill Lester will drive Hillins number 8 Chevrolet, the 17th of 32 Busch races.
Wimbledon is underway and the worlds most famous center court attraction was his usual self.
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in fact the only thing that could stop top seeded Pete Sampras on this day..was a pigeon, who decided to steal somwe of pistol Pete's thunder just before match point. Sampras went on to win over Scott Draper in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, and 6-4.
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The discussion of new internet taxes going on in Williamsburg this week could have a big impact on many area businesses.
Tonight on News 7 at 11, we'll meet a Roanoke entrepreneur who makes at least half his sales online, and find out how new internet taxes would affect his budding business.
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