Roanoke County Supervisors want to take control of school building projects from the school board.
A live report to explain what's behind the proposal tops NEWS 7 tonight.
And an explosion and fire at a truck stop in Wythe County. We'll tell you how it happened.
In sports, Another big week of Friday Football Extra Coming up we'll check second round qualifying at the Lowe's Motor Speedway.
And Florida State's Peter Warwick is in trouble with the law and will miss this Saturday's game against Miami.
Our weather story starts out sunny but turns cloudy and wet by the weekend. Details coming up.
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The debate over Roanoke County's school construction dilemma takes on new direction... with an unusual offer from the Board of Supervisors.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
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Roanoke County Supervisors Chairman Bob Johnson has written a letter to the county school board offering to take control of the south county school construction project.
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Joe Dashiell is reporting from the County Administration Center tonight with more on this surprising offer, and the response of school board members.
Keith, this project has become mired in the debate over how much this school should cost, how much school the county can afford with the dollars the supervisors are prepared to spend.
But in a letter written last Friday, Bob Johnson says THE COUNTY can bring the project in on time and under budget.
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((Bob Johnson says he believes the county can construct the high school with an appropriate design for the dollars that have been allocated. He says the facility would include all of the components recently eliminated by the School Board because of budgetary constraints.
In the letter, he writes that his offer is a win, win situation. Students get the facilities they need, the school board gets the structure it desires without financial risk, and the board of supervisors ensures careful stewardship of taxpayer dollars.
The school board hasn't discussed the letter yet, but member Bill Irvin says he trusts the current architects, and wonders how Johnson would achieve more with less.
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Irvin also says he was elected to oversee school operations including new construction.
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Keith, he says he would be reluctant to turn over that responsibility to the Board of Supervisors. [Wythe-Explos
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It was a regular day at the gas pump, until it exploded in flames. The end result: serious burns and costly repairs.
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It happened at the Flying J truck Plaza, near the intersection of Interstates 81 and 77, just east of Wytheville.
34- year old Ernest Wade Osborne of Grayson County suffered second and three degree burns to over 50- percent of his body.
Sheriff's officials say Osborne was changing a fuel filter on a gas pump when it exploded.
Workers told investigators sometimes fumes are released when the pump is being worked on.
Right now-- officials believe a truck towing a camper may have ignited those fumes when it pulled in next to the pump.
Another man-- who tried to help Osborne suffered burns to one of his arms.
Total damage is estimated at roughly 400- thousand dollars.
The Franklin County prosecutor wants a psychiatric examination for Samuel Quinn, the former County Administrator charged with shooting his mother.
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He's accused of shooting 76-year-old Pauline Quinn in the head at her home yesterday afternoon.
Mrs. Quinn is in serious condition at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
They've been on strike for almost a month.
But members of the United Steelworkers Local 240 haven't said why ... until now.
Today the union released its first statement getting specific about their employer's alleged "unfair labor practices."
The union says the contract Rubatex proposed would mean less take-home pay...
Because wage increases would be offset by workers paying more for health insurance.
The union also said Rubatex wanted the right to force workers to sell back vacation days.
It all amounts to what the union calls "regressive" bargaining tactics.
For its part ... Rubatex has scheduled a meeting with reporters for tomorrow.
Lynchburg officials say it's time for residents there to step up to the plate, if they want a state- of- the- art ballpark for their minor league baseball team.
Architects say it will cost five million dollars to renovate City Stadium to add luxury boxes, seating and make it handicapped accessible.
But with two and a half months to go, fundraisers are still short of that goal by more than a million and a half dollars.
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((CALVIN FALWELL/HILLCATS PRESIDENT: WE FEEL VERY COMFORTABLE WE'RE GOING TO GET THIS FACILITY UPGRADED TO BE COMPARABLE WITH THE OTHER BALLCLUBS IN THIS PART OF THE COUNTRY, SO WE FEEL CONFIDENT OF THAT AND SO I'M NOT CONCERNED ABOUT ANYBODY PUTTING PRESSURE ON US FROM THE BIG LEAGUES TO MOVE THE BALLCLUB BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO MAKE THIS THING WORK.))
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Falwell says a corporate sponsor can have the park named after the company for a donation of one and a quarter million dollars over the next ten years.
Renovations are already underway on another historic Lynchburg structure... this one along the city's riverfront.
Steve Smallshaw explains why two local investors hope to be singing the blues by December.
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(( From the outside, it looks like just another run- down warehouse along Lynchburg's waterfront.. but investors Greg Powell and Raymond Burford are looking beyond the dust and cobwebs.
They see a chance to turn this century- old building into something special.
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A restaurant and bar will occupy the main floor, while downstairs will house a dance floor where jazz bands, blues singers and comedians will perform.
The two men say they'll probably spend a half million dollars on their belief that Lynchburg's long- dormant riverfront is ready to come alive again.
((GREGORY POWELL/ENTERPRENEUR: JUST DIFFERENT PLACES TO GO TO HAVE SOME ENTERTAINMENT HERE IN THE DOWNTOWN RIVERFRONT AREA. JUST TO SHOW THAT THE OPPORTUNITY IS HERE AND WE CAN BE SUCCESSFUL AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE PLANNING ON, WE'RE PLANNING ON BEING HERE FOR A WHILE.))
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((And that's good because city officials say it will probably take them another five years to complete the necessary sewer renovations down here. In the meantime, Lynchburg IS spending money to make it easier for people to find their way down to the riverfront.))
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((RACHEL FLYNN/COMMUNITY PLANNING DIRECTOR: THE QUESTION IS WHAT CAN WE DO TO MAKE IT A NICER ENVIRONMENT, NOT ONLY FOR TOURISTS BUT FOR PEOPLE THAT LIVE HERE SO THAT THEY'LL START CIRCULATING AROUND THE DOWNTOWN.))
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Flynn says the city needs more people to take a chance on downtown.
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Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
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Internet service providers take on the Commonwealth. The reason ....still ahead on News 7 at 6.
Man the pumps. It wasn't rush hour, but "gush hour" at the mall, where a van took out a hydrant.
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Half the world's Internet traffic is routed through hubs and service providers based in Virginia.
Fifteen of those Internet companies have now slapped the state with a federal free speech lawsuit.
It's over a law passed by the General Assembly this spring.
The law prohibits the "knowing display" on the Internet of material "harmful to juveniles."
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((JOHN LOGALBO/PSINet: AND WE ALL KNOW THAT THERE ARE THINGS ON THE INTERNET WE DON'T WANT OUR CHILDREN TO SEE. IT'S NOT ALL GARBAGE... SOME OF IT IS LEGITIMATE-- AIDS INFORMATION. THERE'S LOTS OF INFORMATION OUT THERE THAT IS ESSENTIAL FOR ADULTS TO SHARE WITH ONE ANOTHER. ABOUT SEXUALITY, ABOUT AIDS, ABOUT HEALTH-RELATED ISSUES.))
((MARK EARLEY/VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL: WHAT THIS REALLY TRIES TO GET AT IS PEOPLE WHO ARE COMMUNICATING PORNOGRAPHY DIRECTLY TO CHILDREN. THIS IS A STATUTE WHICH HAS BEEN ON THE BOOKS FOR A LONG TIME TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM PORNOGRAPHY. AND IT JUST TRIES TO CONTINUE THAT PROTECTION VIA THE INTERNET.))
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The attorney general told Internet providers today that the decency law does NOT apply to them -- in the same way obscene phone call laws don't apply to the phone company-- just to the obscene callers.
Healing sick patients is sometimes a matter of Faith. That's why doctors and nurses are getting together in Roanoke next week.
The two-day workshop highlights programs like Carilion's Congregational Nursing.
Nurses are staffed at 17 churches throughout Southwest Virginia to improve the health of the community.
Doctor Paul Dallas says studies have proven faith plays a large role in healing.
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((DR. PAUL DALLAS/CONGREGATIONAL NURSING PROGRAM: THE GROUP THAT WAS PRAYER FOR HAD FEWER INFECTIONS IN THE HOSPITAL DIED LESS FREQUENTLY, GOT OUT OF INTENSIVE CARE UNIT FASTER AND NO ONE KNEW WHO WAS BEING PRAYER FOR, NEITHER THE PATIENTS, NOR THE DOCTORS.))
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Additional funding means the symposium is free to the public.
Events take place October 12th and 13th at Roanoke College.
A Danville street became a rushing river after a car took out a fire hydrant today.
Police say 41-year-old Alan Keith McDaniel was driving a van when he lost consciousness.
It headed into oncoming traffic and knocked out a hydrant near Piedmont Mall.
That flooded parts of Piedmont Drive and the mall parking lot ... and hindered traffic for most of the day.
Authorities say the waterfall took out a six foot section of dirt under the street.
The driver is in stable condition at the Danville Regional Medical Center.
Mixed news on Wall Street today as investors tooks some profits from yesterday's rally - but looked nervously toward tomorrow's government employment report.
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Nasdaq gained 4.
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Governor Jim Gilmore says it's up to voters to decide what to do with the criminal record of a Republican senate candidate he's endorsed.
Blacksburg businessman Jim Jones is challenging longtime Democratic Senator Madison Marye.
Jones has a misdemeanor assault conviction from 1993.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: UH, YOU KNOW, JIM JONES HAS PUT HIMSELF OUT AS A CANDIDATE. HIS RECORD WILL BE SCRUTINIZED. AND I THINK HIS OPPONENT'S WILL AS WELL. AND THE PEOPLE CAN MAKE THAT KIND OF DECISION. AND THAT'S WHAT OF COURSE THE ELECTION IS ALL ABOUT.))
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The Governor says he has NOT bothered to look at Jones' criminal record after endorsing him.
Jones says he was wrongfully convicted in 1993 of "unwanted touching" of a 21 year old female employee.
A Danville elementary school teacher THOUGHT she was going to a school assembly ... but ended up getting a lesson in surprise.
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Tomeka Campbell ... a third-grade teacher at Park Avenue Elementary ... got a 25-thousand dollar award for excellence in teaching... and a lot of hugs from her students.
Campbell is one of eight teachers in the state being surprised with the awards this week.
She was chosen by the Milken Family Foundation from a pool of 250 contenders ... for her ability to motivate students.
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((BRITTANY HALL/3RD GRADER: SHE'S SWEET AND... I LOVE HER A LOT. ))
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Campbell has been a teacher for about 7 years.
She says she doesn't know what she'll do with the money.
The school gave her a substitute teacher for the rest of the day ... to help her think about it.
And coming up in sports, A couple of Florida State receivers will miss Saturday's game against Miami. Joe Nemechek leads second round qualifying at the Lowes Motor Speedway.
And the Baltimore Orioles fire Manager Ray Miller.
Week seven of Friday Football Extra kicks off tomorrow night. Steve Mason has the list of games we will be covering and a closer look at the revamped Roanoke Catholic football program as the Celtics prepare for this weekend's homecoming game.
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Top ranked Florida State will play this Saturday with two of its top receivers.
Wide receiver Peter Warrick, a Heisman Trophy candidate, was arrested today on grand theft charges. The charges stem from an alledged theft at a department store in Tallahassee.
His roommate Laveranues Coles was also arrested and charged with grand theft.
Warrick has been suspended indefinitely and Coles has been thrown off the team.
The two are accused of buying over 400 Dollars worth of clothing from a department store for 21 Dollars. The clerk that sold them the merchandise has also be arrested.
The Baltimore Orioles are in the market for a new manager.
Orioles owner Peter Angelos said today that manager Ray Miller has been fired.
It's not really a surprise considering the fact that the Orioles have the highest payrolls in baseball and wound up their second straight sub 500 season under Miller.
Baltimore finished the season at 78 and 84. And the Orioles decided not to exercise the third year option on his contract.
Joe Nemechek led second round qualifying at the Lowes Motor Speedway. He turned in a speed of 182 Point 630 Miles per hour for the 26-th starting position.
And now lets look at the rest of the second round qualifiers.
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Darrell Waltrip failed to make the field.
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It's a problem for many disabled people throughout the Roanoke Valley -- the lack of a regional transportation system.
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Joy Sutton is working on that story for News 7 at 11.
Cortran and the Valley Metro Star are the two current para-transit systems available in the Roanoke Valley.
But some who are disabled say the restrictions associated with these two transportation systems make it impossible for them to travel throughout the Valley.
Tonight, on News 7 at 11 we'll show you the problems many are facing,
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