Don't drink the water in Buena Vista. Coming up on NEWS 7, residents wonder why they're only now hearing about it.
And another drug roundup two weeks shy of election day. Is it politically motivated?
Tonight on News 7 sports - Stacy Compton won't be watching Cartoons this weekend - he'll be driving them.
Shyrone Stith is the Big East offensive man of the week.
And Tiki Barber is the NFL's man of the hour after lighting up the Cowboys last night.
Hurricane Jose threatens the Virgin Islands, and closer to home, rain is on the way. All the maps & details forthcoming.
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Health experts say you should not drink the water in Buena Vista, or even buy a fountain soda.
In August, they found bacteria from animal waste in public water.
They waited 2 months to warn people.
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Tina Tenret is in Buena Vista with the latest.
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A teacher's aide at Hidden Valley Junior High School has been charged with sexual offenses involving a minor.
Salem Police arrested 25- year- old Jeffrey R. Chaney this afternoon.
Police say a 16- year- old boy brought complaints to investigators. The alleged offenses began in 1996. The youth was not a student at Hidden Valley.
Chaney is charged with taking indecent liberties with a minor, carnal knowledge without force, sodomy, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
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A drug round up in Wythe County is drawing heat from Sheriff Kermit Osborne's opponent.
Osborne held a press conference today, along with neighboring law enforcement officers, announcing the indictment of approximately 25 people in Wythe and Pulaski counties.
These suspects were brought on charges pertaining to marijuana.
However-- the majority of those indicted are accused of selling crack cocaine.
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Osborne's opponent-- former Sheriff Wayne Pike says he predicted to friends that a drug 'round up would take place, just weeks before the election.
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The head of the Mountain Empire Chapter of the Virginia Police Benevolent Association says to suggest that the indictments were politically motivated is insulting to the officers involved.
Don't look for a new voter-ID card in the mail just yet.
A Richmond judge issued an injunction today -- it prohibits the state from sending the controversial cards to voters.
Today's ruling comes after state Democrats sued.
They say a pilot program ... sending IDs to voters in 10 different jurisdictions ... was a conspiracy to influence elections... And that it hearkened back to the days of Jim Crow laws.
The State Board of Elections says its program was nothing more than an attempt to cut down on voter fraud.
About a million cards are getting printed.
But for the time being they'll sit in a Richmond warehouse.
The Attorney General's office is expected to appeal.
The job market in Pittsylvania County just got a little better.
A manufactured home company there is expanding and adding 66 new jobs.
Princeton Homes Corporation says it's taking over the new shell building in the Pittsylvania Industrial Park.
The company already employs 40 people.
With this expansion, Princeton will invest one-point-five million dollars in the county.
Environmental issues were in the spotlight today in Roanoke, as local high school students gathered at the Jefferson Center.
They were taking part in Earth Summit '99, an event organized by the Clean Valley Council.
The students heard from a variety of speakers including Author and ecologist Daniel Botkin.
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((DANIEL BOTKIN/ECOLOGIST: AND WE'RE IN A CRUCIAL TRANSITION WHETHER WE'RE GOING TO CHOOSE NATURE OR CIVILIZATION OR HOW WE'RE GOING TO COMBINE BOTH. WE WANT TO COMBINE BOTH AND THE KEY TO THAT IS WHAT THE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS LEARN AND HOW THEY THINK ABOUT THE PROBLEMS.))
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Botkin says the most important environmental challenges of the next century will be what he describes as "green issues."
He says they include the future of endangered species, explosive population growth, and efforts to control pollution.
More than 100 students from public and private schools in the Roanoke Valley took part in today's program.
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A Southwest Virginia doctor is out of business after fraud and illegal drug distribution.
We'll have details.
And canines from across the country are in Southside.
They're being trained to be a lot more than man's best friend.
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A physician in Grundy has admitted to health-care fraud and illegally distributing drugs.
Vasu Arora pled guilty today and promised to never practice medicine again.
He'll also forfeit his clinic and the Rite-Aid Pharmacy Building he owns in Grundy.
Though he hasn't been sentenced yet, Doctor Arora has to report to jail within 48 hours and stands to serve at least three years in prison.
A man who killed a sub shop clerk in Portsmouth seven years ago is scheduled to die tonight by lethal injection.
The U-S Supreme Court denied a stay of execution today for Jason Matthew Joseph.
He shot and killed 22-year-old Jeffrey Anderson after demanding money and a sandwich. Joseph got both and shot Anderson anyway.
Two justices voted to review the case, but the majority rejected it.
Joseph's lawyers said a report that Joseph swore at the victim's family after being convicted inflamed the
jury that sentenced Joseph.
The F-B-I has taken D-N-A samples from a man who went to the home of a 15-year-old girl and began asking personal questions.
Authorities think the results may link Melvin Hogan to the murder of three Spotsylvania County girls.
The two and a half year long investigation began with the murder of 16 year old Sofia Silva, then 8 months later - the murders of 15 year old Kristen Lisk and her 12 year old sister, Kati.
The Lisk sisters' bodies were found floating in a Hanover County river. Silva's body was discovered in a creek in King George County.
The F-B-I will examine the samples.
Danville is going to the dogs this week.
That's because more than 50 police officers from and their work dogs are gathering there for yearly training and certification exercises.
Marya Jones reports.
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Harry Pherson has few harsh words for his 4-legged partner in the Richmond police.
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Pherson and his police dog, Arno, are one of nearly 50 K-9 teams padding into Danville this week for some intensive training and recertification.
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The city has become the backdrop for dogs and their handlers to practice area searches, drug searches and suspect chases.
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It also an opportunity for a little K-9 bonding.
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The handlers work all day with the dogs and take them home with them.
That only produces some minor headaches.
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But these K-9 handlers say work dogs are making good partners ... and helping police take a bite out of crime. Marya Jones, News 7, Danville.))
A powerful rally cooled off late in the session on Wall Street today, bringing mixed news.
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The search for a new state song has led to a lawsuit.
An Alexandria man is suing for ten million dollars in damages, because his song didn't make the cut.
Ray Parker says the selection process is more about politics than good music.
"Carry Me Back to Old Virginny" was dropped as the state song, because of its references to slavery.
A Salem security lock maker says the "key" to safety is its employees.
Medeco High Security Locks won two National Safety Council Awards for going more than four years without any injuries or missed work days because of an accident.
Medeco has incentives for employees to make sure they don't get hurt on the job.
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Medeco makes high security locks for homes and companies internationally.
Coming up tonight here on News 7 sports - Tiki takes over Monday night football - we'll here from him, plus Shyrone Stith gets a big honor,
and Stacy Compton gets a big opportunity to move up to the Winston Cup ranks this week at the Rock.
Former Cave Spring Knight Tiki Barber, UVa's all-time leading rusher finally made some noise in the Big Apple last night as single-handedly beat the Cowboys on Monday Night Football.
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Tiki broke open a 3-all game in the fourth quarter with two huge plays. The first this 85 yard punt return for a TD put the Giants in front 10-to-3.
He later caught a 56 yard pass to set up the game winning field goal in the Giants 13-to-10 win.
He had 233 all-purpose yards, and this afternoon we talked to Tiki on the phone from his home in New York City.
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Another back with a lot of heart but not much height made a big impact over the past weekend and as a result is this week's Big East offensive player of the week.
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Virginia Tech's Shyrone Stith ran for 140 yards and scored two touchdowns on 22 carries in Tech's 62-to-nothing romp over Syracuse.
He averaged 6 point 4 yards a carry in the game as he racked up his 5th 100 yard game of the year.
Stith leads the Big East in rushing with a 121 yards per game average.
So far this season Stith and the rest of the Tech runners have racked up just under 15 hundred yards in six games on the ground.
Mike Vick and Dave Meyer have thrown for another 11 hundred yards.
In all the Hokies have scored 34 touchdowns and a total of 256 points.
And a lot of the credit for those gaudy numbers needs to go to the Hokies' offensive line.
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Local racing favorite Stacy Compton, will get another chance to show his stuff in the Winston Cup ranks starting this week in Rockingham, North Carolina.
Compton has been picked to drive the Cartoon Network, Melling Ford in this Sunday's Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400.
Compton also will have the opportunity to drive the car the rest of this season.
Next week he also will close out his most successful year to date in the Craftsman Truck series on October 30 in the season finale in California.
Compton is considered one of the top up and coming stars in NASCAR - something the former late model star at New River Valley and South Boston has worked hard at achieve along with his family.
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Stacy is fourth in the truck points race with 11 top ten finishes.
Officially he is under contract to drive the RC Cola machine one more season.
The Braves and Nets resume their national league championship series tonight with game six in Atlanta.
One of the big stars for the Braves so far this post-season has been closer John Rocker.
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Rocker's Corvette was badly
damaged in an accident early this morning on Georgia Route 400 in Fulton County.
A spokesman for the Braves said Rocker was not hurt in the crash. He was on the way to a session with trainers at Turner Field when the accident occurred. No charges were filed.
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Some Native Americans in Southwest Virginia feel they're being misrepresented in public schools.
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Jean Jadhon will tell us what that's about tonight.
There are three sports teams in Montgomery County with Native American names.
The Unified Coalition for American Indian Concerns says the logos for the Shawsville Shawnees, the Blacksburg Indians and the Blacksburg Braves teach non-Indian children to buy into stereotypes.
In about an hour - the coalition takes its concerns before Montgomery County's school board.
We'll have the story tonight, on News 7 at 11.
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