The rats arrive for another school year at V-M-I.
On NEWS 7 tonight, we hear from General Bunting for the first time since the story broke about a state audit of the Superintendent's discretionary fund.
And debate over Gainsboro redevelopment continues, City Council takes some action but delays the rest.
In sports, The Winston Cup drivers were at Watkins Glen the P-G-A tour made a stop at Medinah.
And there's a club at Smith Mountain Lake that will teach you how to water ski.
We start out this work week with hazy, hot weather. Our best bet for rain comes along Thursday or Friday.
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432 prospective cadets brave the hot sun at VMI, as school officials hope for an uneventful year.
This opening day was clouded by controversy, over sexual misconduct by a former student, and possible spending violations by the Superintendent.
But as Eric Earnhart reports, both parents and administrators are facing the future with confidence.
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((Things appear to be getting back to normal at VMI... the new recruits look properly intimidated and the female faces among them don't seem so out of place.
There are no crowds of cameras this year, just the ones held by parents.
But the year is NOT free from controversy...
As General Josiah Bunting addressed the cadets about the importance of character, his use of a 100 thousand dollar discretionary account is under review by the Commonwealth's Attorney. Reports show it was used for gifts and a party, both outside state guidelines.
Bunting's response to the investigation was indirect, but clear.
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((MAJ. GENERAL JOSIAH BUNTING/VMI SUPERINTENDENT; MY CONCERN AT VMI ALWAYS HAS BEEN TO ADVANCE WHAT I CONSIDER TO BE THE BEST INTERESTS OF VMI AND SOLELY THAT.))
[OUT Q=and solely that.]
And parents brought their children to the campus knowing the cadet originally chosen as this year's Regimental Commander was expelled for coercing female cadets into sexual activity.
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((RAY DEESE/PARENT; NO CONCERN WHATSOEVER, VMI'S SYSTEM HAS A LONG HISTORY AND THEY TAKE CARE OF THINGS THAT NEED TO BE TAKEN CARE OF, SO IT'S CAUSED NO CONCERN. ))
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Cadets were not allowed to comment on either issue... but several indicated their respect for the integrity of the institution and its leadership remains unshaken.
In Lexington, Eric Earnhart, News 7.))
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One of the 29 female rats at VMI found a unique way to deal with her new haircut.
Lara Tyler of Richmond came to campus with long blond hair.
She arranged to have it donated to an organization that weaves wigs for cancer patients.
Tyler says she did it because she "wasn't going to be using it any more"
Six million dollars... that's how much farmers in Campbell County expect to lose this year thanks to a long summer drought.
Officials say close to 85 percent of the county's hay and pasture have dried up, forcing farmers to use LAST year's hay to feed their cattle.
Today, the Campbell board of supervisors declared the county an agricultural disaster area, and asked the governor to do the same.
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((DAVID LAURELL/CAMPBELL CO. ADMINISTRATOR: BASICALLY IT'S A LOCAL DECLARATION THAT'S REQUIRED, AND THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE WAITS FOR THE LOCAL DECLARATION AND TAKES THAT INTO CONSIDERATION WITH THE WEATHER CONDITIONS, AND OBVIOUSLY WITH THE OTHER LOCALITIES THAT HAVE BEEN DECLARED, I SUSPECT THAT WE'LL BE INCLUDED AS WELL.))
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A federal disaster declaration would make farmers eligible for low- interest loans to keep their farms operational.
For the first time in 20 years, Henry County is requiring residents in the southern part of the county to cut back their water use.
Marrowbone Creek... the water source for about three-thousand residents... is down to one- quarter of its normal level.
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((TIM HALL/HENRY CO. PUBLIC SERVICE AUTHORITY: THIS STREAM IS JUST NOT EQUIPPED TO HANDLE THE STRESS THAT WE'RE PUTTING IT UNDER RIGHT NOW.. IT'S NEVER BEEN UNDER THIS MUCH STRESS AND IT'S HAVING A HARD TIME SUPPLYING WHAT WE NEED.))
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The county is asking residents not to water their lawns or fill their swimming pools, among other precautions.
Officials say they're already seeing less water use because of VOLUNTARY restrictions last week.
They're also looking into buying more water from Martinsville.
The mandatory restrictions will end when the creek rises more than an inch and stays there for a week.
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The debate over Gainsboro redevelopment continues to confront Roanoke City Council.
Today council members delayed action on some improvements, gave their blessing to others, and left many in the audience unhappy with their decisions.
Joe Dashiell is at the municipal building tonight with details on today's meeting.
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In court today - a tale of drugs and money laundering behind bars at one local prison.
But one suspect says he was an informant, not a dealer.
We'll have the story.
And a little later - combating violence in area schools... Custodians and cafeteria workers are among those learning today how to spot trouble, before it turns dangerous.
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Michael Fulcher's trial got underway today in federal court.
It's the story of a complex criminal enterprise at Bland Prison involving drugs and money laundering ...with Fulcher casting himself in the role of "J-R Ewing." That's the government's version.
Fulcher says he was simply building a paper trail to expose crooked prison guards.
By Fulcher's account, the prison was rife with corruption.
The prosecutor says one of the guards brought in marijuana in a red and white Igloo cooler.
Fulcher says Corrections Officer Billy King was his "gopher."
Once the pot was sold to inmates, the proceeds allegedly went to Fulcher's Mother, ETHEL... through a number of different post office boxes.
The trial is expected to last at least two weeks.
Teachers and principals aren't the only ones capable of spotting a troubled student.
Secretaries and custodians are also in a position to detect problems, perhaps better than anyone else in the school system.
Teresa Hamilton explains.
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The shooting spree at Columbine High school earlier this year sparked changes in school systems around the country.
Here in Virginia, Governor Jim Gilmore created the "4 SAFE VA" program in hopes of averting a disaster.
One aspect of the program is to train secretaries, like Von Yost, to detect trouble.
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((VON YOST/SECRETARY: USUALLY WE GO IN BEFORE THE STUDENTS AND A LOT OF TIMES YOU THINK WHAT'S GOING TO BE WAITING ON ME IF I WALK IN THE DOOR.))
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But Yost now believes she's better prepared to handle an emergency.
Seminars, like the one she attended at New River Community College, are being held this week around the state.
This seminar was taught by Sergeant Lars Hermann who says secretaries, custodians and cafeteria workers are among the most important to train because students don't view them as a threat.
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((DEBBIE PEAK/SECRETARY: I THOUGHT IT WAS MORE IN THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL, AND, OF COURSE, YOU, LIKE HE SAID THIS MORNING, YOU MAY EVEN SEE IT IN ELEMENTARY BUT I HOPE THAT DAY NEVER COMES.))
[OUT Q=never comes.]
Sgt. Hermann not only taught the group the different ways children can smuggle weapons into school-- but also what contributes to aggressive behavior.
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(SGT. LARS HERMANN/VA STATE POLICE: EVERYTHING FROM POSSIBLY, MEDIA, TO PARENTAL PROBLEMS TO PEER PRESSURE AND GANGS.)
Seminars have also been held, around the state, for police officers and sheriff's deputies- as well as school resource officers.
And while each seminar is different-- the goal is still the same-- to make our schools safe for everyone.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
A Pittsylvania County man is in jail tonight... charged with the stabbing death of a friend.
Sheriff's Deputies say 37-year-old Troy Anthony Potter stabbed Kelvin Blake Keen once in the chest during an argument inside Potter's mobile home.
Deputies arrested Potter after they found him hiding in the woods several hundred yards from the house.
Potter was charged with murder and is being held without bond.
Deputies say they still don't know why the disagreement turned fatal.
Blue chips led the bulls on Wall Street.
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The Dow jumped 73 points, closing above 11-thousand once again. NASDAQ rose seven points.
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A Fincastle woman was killed in an auto accident this morning.
25-year-old Donna Howell Charles died driving on Route 640 in Botetourt County.
State Police say her car crossed the double yellow line and collided with a pickup truck around 8-30 AM.
The driver of the truck is in stable condition at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
The man who hopes to unseat Roanoke State Senator John Edwards was talking interstate safety today.
Republican William Fralin says Edwards has proposed "a Band-Aid solution for a hemorrhaging wound."
This morning, Fralin stood with Salem Delegate Morgan Griffith at a news conference along the interstate in Roanoke County.
He said that during four years in office, John Edwards has done little to address the safety issue.
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((WILLIAM FRALIN/R- CANDIDATE FOR STATE SENATE: WE NEED SOMEONE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY WITH FORESIGHT, NOT REACTING TO PROBLEMS ONCE THEY BECOME CRITICAL, BUT ANTICIPATING THESE TYPES OF PROBLEMS AND INTRODUCING LEGISLATION TO SOLVE THAT PROBLEM.))
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Last week, Edwards outlined a plan that includes hiring 100 additional troopers to patrol the interstate.
Today, he said Fralin's criticism is "a smokescreen designed to hide his own lack of ideas."
Doctors are splitting with a Carilion practice after two years.
Doctors Chuck Hiles and Michael Malpass are leaving the Internal Medicine group in Jefferson Plaza.
Carilion administration has not decided whether the break will affect the rest of the clinic.
A decision on whether to close the practice is expected by October.
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((HUGH THORNHILL/CARILION HEALTHCARE CORP: WE'LL BE SENDING LETTERS TO PATIENTS TELLING THEM WHERE THEIR PHYSICIANS ARE GOING TO GO AND ENCOURAGING THEM TO GO CONTINUE ON WITH THEIR EXISTING PHYSICIANS, BUT AT THIS POINT NOT ALL THE DECISIONS HAVE BEEN MADE ON THAT.))
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Doctors from Carilion Internal Medicine were not available for comment.
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, Freeman is a Rich-Man, the Skins says what the Heck, we're going with Andy.
And Steve Mason checks in from the Panthers' camp with former UVa receiver Patrick Jeffers.
We begin tonight at the Packers' camp where Antonio Freeman hit the jackpot this afternoon.
The all-pro from Virginia Tech is now the highest paid receiver in the NFL after signing a seven year deal worth $42 million bucks. He gets $10 million as a signing bonus for staying in Green Bay.
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Despite having some success in their preseason opening night win against New England last Friday night, head coach Norv Turner is still fine tuning the 1999 edition of the Redskins.
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This afternoon he announced that 11 year veteran Andy Heck, will move into the starting lineup at offensive tackle for this weekend's game with Buffalo.
Heck spent his first ten years in the league with the Seahawks and Bears, he replaces Joe Patton, who gave up a key sack on Friday night.
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If you're a avid high school football fan you may remember that Andy Heck played in the Virginia High school coaches' association all-star game at Lynchburg's city stadium in 1985 before heading to Notre Dame.
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One of the only bright spots in the Carolina Panthers 35-10 loss to Jacksonville was receiver Patrick Jeffers touchdown reception. Steve Mason caught up with the former Virginia receiver at camp.
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((Patrick Jeffers third NFL team is a charm, considering he is reunited with Panther quarterback Jeff Lewis who played and lived with the receiver during their time with the Denver Broncos. He also served as a groomsman in Patrick's wedding earlier this summer.
Lewis along with then Denver assistant and now Panther coach Bill Musgrave, introduced Jeffers to his bride, but Jeff tells another story of how Patrick found his wife.
Jeffers, who from 1992 to 1995 became Virginia's fifth all time receiving leader with 15 touchdowns, has not lost his UVa work ethic. He spent the entire summer in Charlotte, polishing his knowledge of the West Coast offense. As far as playing right away?
Jeffers must battle the often injured Mushin Muhamad and Ray Carruth for a starting job. Steve Mason news 7 sports.))
The Virginia football team will field a new offensive coordinator and quarterback.
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But, except for Terrence Wilkens, the Cavs return an experienced receiving corp. Junior Ahmad Hawkins is back. He scored the winning touchdown against Virginia Tech last year.
All-ACC tight end Casey Crawford is joined by Kevin Coffey. Look for the receivers to play a bigger role this season.
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((KEVIN COFFEY/UVA JUNIOR WIDE RECEIVER:))
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One local man who drives for a living says Norfolk Southern is bad for business - during rush hour.
Jean Jadhon is going to tell us more tonight.
David Lawhorn has a gripe about traffic...
And he says trains are to blame.
Lawhorn says trains passing through downtown Roanoke tie-up traffic and force him to drive out of his way in the afternoon and early evening hours.
Tonight he plans to voice his concerns before Roanoke City Council - to see if something can change.
We'll have the story on News 7 at 11.
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