The power line debate brings out the opponents. We begin tonight with a LIVE report from Bland.
And knowing your way around a big rig... We'll take the long haul with Charlie Craddock later on NEWS 7.
Tonight in sports, softball phenom Brandy Bailey is getting even more recognition this summer.
The RVGA junior golf event winds up at Countryside.
And the University of Minnesota picks up the pace in its pursuit of UVa athletic director Terry Holland.
Another cool day tomorrow-- with more rain showers and highs stuck in the 60s.
Details coming up.
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The first in a series of public hearings organized by the State Corperation Commission got underway in Bland County today.
The SCC has set aside the meeting to hear directly from those who would be affected if AEP is allowed to build a high voltage power line.
The latest route on the table would carry the line from Wyoming County, West Virgina, through Tazwell, Bland and Pulaski Counties and end at Jackson's Ferry near Wytheville.
Theresa Hamilton is at Bland High School where the first session wrapped up earlier today.
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[GRAPHIC=Clyde Howard jr.]
He shot a Southside man as his two-year-old granddaughter watched.
Now, a Henry County man will spend the rest of his life in prison.
A Circuit Court judge sentenced Clyde Howard Junior to two life terms plus 83 years in prison.
Howard pled "no contest" to shooting 56-year-old James Taylor in the head last December.
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Taylor was sitting in his pickup truck with his granddaughter ...when he was shot.
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[IN Q=She just don't understand]
[SUPER=01-Stanley Taylor/James Taylor's son;]
((STANLEY TAYLOR/JAMES TAYLOR'S SON: SHE JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND. WE TELL HER PAPA'S IN HEAVEN, BUT FOR A TWO YEAR OLD, IT'S JUST NOT MUCH OF AN ANSWER.))
[OUT Q=not much of an answer.]
Howard led authorities on a six-day manhunt before surrendering.
Today, Taylor's family members got an apology from Howard, in the form of a statement from his lawyer.
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[IN Q=Our family will never]
[SUPER=01-Nancy Taylor/James Taylor's wife]
((NANCY TAYLOR/JAMES TAYLOR'S WIFE: OUR FAMILY WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO GET OVER THIS TRAGEDY THAT WE HAVE SUFFERED, BUT WE PRAY FOR CLYDE HOWARD AND WE PRAY FOR HIS FAMILY AND WE WISH THEM THE BEST, WE REALLY DO.))
[OUT Q=the best, we really do.]
Howard has said he plans to spend his time in prison writing his autobiography.
He's already writing ...letters to the media complaining about Henry County's jail.
The first report of the pipe- bomb blast on a quiet street in South Roanoke was as much a surprise as it was loud.
Then Norvell West, the Third, told police a former lover must have done it.
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Almost immediately authorities began to suspect West had set the bomb himself.
Today West admitted to making false statements to police, impeding their investigation.
The prosecutor believes it was just the latest in a series of incidents in which West tried to portray himself as the victim of an ex-girlfriend.
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[IN Q=He had to justify]
((HE HAD TO JUSTIFY THE AFFAIR TO HIS FAMILY, SAYING THE GIRLFRIEND'S EXTORTING AND BLACKMAILING HIM. AND THAT'S WHEN THESE EVENTS STARTED TO OCCUR- -THE WINDSHIELD, SHOOTING INTO THE HOUSE AND FINALLY THE PIPE BOMB.))
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[OUT Q=finally the pipe bomb.]
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But WEST says he doesn't know who lit the fuse on the home-made bomb.
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[IN Q=This is a bomb]
((THIS IS A BOMB THAT BLEW UP IN HIS DRIVEWAY IN HIS PRESENCE WITH HIS WIFE AND SMALL CHILD INSIDE THE HOUSE. AND I CAN'T IMAGINE WHY ANYBODY WOULD SET OFF A BOMB IN THAT LOCALITY.))
[SUPER=01-David Damico/West's Attorney]
[OUT Q=in that locality.]
West could get up to five years in prison when he's sentenced in October.
But first he'll undergo another round of psychiatric evaluation.
By early next week, Roanoke County hopes to complete a water line project that may ease some of the demand on Carvins Cove.
Today, supervisors chairman Bob Johnson said the county should be working on more connections to Roanoke City's water supply.
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Joe Dashiell is at the county adminstration building, where the supervisors talked about the situation this afternoon.
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Tax revenue from new homes devoted exclusively to building new roads.
That's one of the proposals on state Democrats' agenda this fall.
Details when we return.
And he's 63 years old and has three and a half million miles under his belt.
Coming up - a look at life in the big rig for one local trucker.
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William Fleming High School in Roanoke has been searching for a principal for five months.
As of this afternoon, the search is over.
Hallie Carr was named the new principal during the school board meeting.
Last night during a special meeting at William Fleming, faculty, students, and parents gave their imput on each candidate to Roanoke Superintendent Wayne Harris.
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Virginia Democrats want to freeze real estate taxes for senior citizens.
That's one of a series of campaign themes unveiled today in an all-out bid to maintain control of the General Assembly this fall.
Also on Democrats' minds: more money for road-building... by dedicating state recordation taxes and half of the entire state budget surplus to transportation.
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((DEL. KEN PLUM/VIRGINIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY: WE'RE TALKING ABOUT PUTTING SOME MONEY IN THE MIX TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT NOW. NOT LATER. NOT A PROLONGED STUDY. NOT AN UNWILLINGNESS TO RESPOND. NOT STICKING YOUR HEAD IN THE SAND AND PRETENDING IT DOESN'T EXIST. NOT SAYING NO, NO, NO. BUY SAYING YOU'RE RIGHT, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, YOU'VE SAT IN TRAFFIC LONG ENOUGH. WE CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT.))
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[OUT Q=about that.]
Democrats are also pushing to eliminate the rest of the grocery tax and put more teachers in middle and high schools.
Republicans say cutting the rest of the food tax would, ironically, take money away from roads and schools.
Republicans also point out that Democrats thwarted Governor Jim Gilmore's efforts to put more teachers in elementary schools this year.
Economic turmoil in Latin America launched a modest downturn on Wall Street today.
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The Dow lost 26 points.
Nasdaq dropped 12.
You might say Charlie Craddock is in his job for the "long haul".
Craddock is a commercial truck driver who's logged more than three million miles on the road in his 40 years on the job.
His perspective of the highway is one the average motorist doesn't see.
Steve Smallshaw puts you in the cab of an 18- wheeler, bound for Denver.
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[OUT Q=News7, Pleasantview, Tennessee.]
(([SOT 10:00:38 TRUCK 1]
((CHARLIE CRADDOCK: WHAT GOT ME INTO IT? I JUST LIKE TRUCKS, I LIKE TO TRAVEL AROUND THE COUNTRY, AND I'VE MADE SOME GOOD BUCKS.))
[OUT Q=some good bucks.]
63- year- old Charlie Craddock is about to do something he's done thousands of times before: climb into the cab of an 18-wheeler and hit the road..
[SOT 11:20:26 TRUCK 1]
((I KNOW THE MAIN ARTERIES LIKE INTERSTATE 10 AND 20...))
[OUT Q=and 20.]
The numbers of the highways Craddock has traveled roll off his tongue like the names of old friends.. and in forty years on the road, he's shared time with just about all of them.
In 48 states and two countries, Craddock's personal odometer has ticked off more than three and a half MILLION miles.
The trips are now a comfortable routine.. a few hours on the road, then a pit stop for fuel, food and a friendly face.
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((Waitress: YOU GOING TO HAVE SOMETHING TO EAT TODAY? Craddock: YEAH, I WANT A CHEESE OMELETTE.))
[OUT Q=cheese omelette.]
The break will last about an hour.. a chance to inject some caffeine into his blood and to give himself a respite from the noise and vibrations of the cab.
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((JUST SO YOUR BODY CAN REJUVENATE ITSELF, AND YOU GET AWAY FROM THE TRAFFIC, AND GET AWAY FROM THE PARKING LOT, YOU GET AWAY FROM THE TRUCK.. IT JUST CLEARS YOUR MIND OF ALL THAT STUFF THAT'S BUILT UP BACK BEHIND YOU.))
[OUT Q=back behind you.]
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Back on the road, the CB radio is Charlie's only tangible link with other human beings for the next few hundred miles..
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((Old Smokey Bear coming up to the scalehouse on the eastbound side..))
[OUT Q=eastbound side.]
..it warns him of speed traps, traffic jams and other potential highway problems.. and it breaks up the monotony of a long day spent staring at a dotted white line.
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((TO ME, HONEST TO GOD, IT'S LIKE A VACATION, GET AWAY FROM STUART, IT'S LIKE A VACATION.. YOU GO OUT THERE AND GET PAID FOR IT.))
[OUT Q=paid for it.]
After ten hours and 450 miles in the saddle, day one of Charlie Craddock's latest "paid vacation" comes to an end, just south of the Kentucky border.
((In another three days, Charlie Craddock will be in Denver, then it's back to Stuart, having logged more than 32- hundred miles in about seven days. But it's not the miles or the long hours that make his job hard.. Craddock says it's the four-wheelers--truckers lingo for the average motorist--who can make their job both difficult and dangerous. We'll talk more about that in part two of our series. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Pleasantview, Tennessee.))
[OUT Q=Pleasantview, Tennessee.]))
The latest on the Terry Holland situation is straight ahead along with RVGA junior golf results, more honors for Brandy Bailey
and a chat with Barbers as they get ready to open their third NFL training camp later this month.
The University of Minnesota and the Big 10 conference aren't giving up on Terry Holland just yet.
Reports out of Minneapolis today say that Big 10's commissioner Jim Delany is now behind the effort to make Holland the school's new basketball coach.
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Holland has been the Cavaliers' athletic director since 1995, and he is still the winningest basketball coach in school history.
Delany says Holland may be 57, but he has the energy of a 40 year old.
Plus, the biggest up side Holland has is that he is viewed as a man of integrity. Just the ticket for a program that has just been through an academic scandal.
Minnesota wants Holland to visit the campus before saying NO.
The honors continue to roll in this week for Northside high school softball pitcher Brandy Bailey.
Tomorrow she'll be featured in the pages of Sports Illustrated in the "Faces In the Crowd" section.
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Plus, today we learned that Brandy has been invited to play with an 18 and under AAU team out of Richmond in the national championships in Orlando at Disney World beginning this Thursday.
The 15 year old phenom will then head to Beaumont, Texas for an American Fastpitch Association tournament.
And then it's off to Los Angeles for the Friendship Games and competition against teams from Japan & Canada.
Unfortunately, she will miss the Commonwealth Games this weekend.
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The wet weather didn't stop the Roanoke Valley's best young golfers from competing in the two day Valley Junior Tournament.
Jason Owneby won the event shooting a one under par 70 at Countryside today and had a two day total of 117.
Chris Koon also shot a 70 today but finished with a two day total of 118 for second place.
Matt Chandler was in the third spot with 119 for the tournament.
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The day started with the Pee Wee's hitting the course first.
The 11 and under golfers play four and a half holes teeing off from 150 yards from the green.
It took five playoff holes to decide this year's Pee Wee Champion.
David Hudgins took first place while Eddie Truett came in a close second.
These young golfers are following in the footsteps of several other great golfers from the Roanoke Valley.
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[OUT Q=seven or eight years old]
Each participant in the Pee Wee division gets a trophy.
The youngest golfer this year is five years old.
August marks the start of Tiki and Ronde Barber's third NFL year. Their situations
heading into camp are somewhat different, but Steve Mason says their dedication and off season work ethic should once again make the Barbers a cut above the wrest.
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((Tiki Barber's size has forced him to hurdle both tacklers and doubters during his first two NFL seasons. The Giants are bringing five running backs to camp for his third year.
With the exception of the Roanoke Valley All-Stars football clinics and visiting he and his wife Jenny's family, Tiki has spent much of the off season staying in game shape.
Not being in shape and trouble with NFL offenses forced Ronde to the bench for most of his first two NFL seasons. But Tampa Bay coach Tony Dungy didn't lose confidence.
A June 27th article in the "Sporting News" selected a break out player for 99 in each position and Ronde was the chosen one at corner, saying " this guy has pro bowl writing all over him". The praise stems from the final six games of 98 in which lead Buccaneer cornerbacks in tackles, sacks and pass break ups numerous times.
The Barbers will be reunited September 12th when the Giants and the Bucs open the NFL season against each other in Tampa, Steve Mason, news 7 sports.))
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The controversy over changing the name of Orange Avenue is going to the Roanoke planning commission tonight.
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Jean Jadhon has details for us.
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Tonight commisioners hope to decide whether to approve the name change.
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The Southern Christian Leadership Conference wants to rename Orange Avenue in honor of Martin Luther King Junior.
But some merchants are not happy about it - they say it could be bad for business.
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Supporters and opponents of the name change are expected to turn out at tonight's meeting.
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We'll have the latest for you tonight on News 7 at 11.
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