Coming up on News 7-
Preliminary findings from Egypt Air's flight data recorder.
It was six years ago that a baby was found abandoned in Lynchburg- Now police say they've solved the mystery.
And Nascar TV rights are jumping tracks- in a 400-million dollar deal.
Plus colder air heads our way.
News 7 is next.
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If a criminal kills or injures a pregnant woman and her fetus - should the assailant be charged with two crimes?
A bill being considered by federal lawmakers would make that a reality - and it's not something everyone is comfortable with.
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Kate Weidaw joins us from the newsroom with more.
The proposed bill is called the Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 1999... and it was subject to debate tonight at Hollins University.
The bill calls for the fetus and the mother to be considered separate entities under the law - when a person hurts or kills both mother and fetus.
Pro-choice advocates say the bill is a trap set to divide Americans on abortion. Pro-life supporters say the bill is just about preventing attacks on pregnant.
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((FIONA GIVENS/VIRGINIA SOCIETY FOR LIFE: WHEN A CRIMINAL ASSAILANT KILLS A PREGNANT WOMAN THE ASSAILANT SHOULD BE PUNISHED TWICE ONCE FOR KILLING A PREGNANT WOMAN AND AGAIN FOR DEPRIVING HER OF HER PREGNANCY.))
Fiona Givens is a strong supporter of a proposed bill that requires harsher punishments for criminals that commit acts of violence against pregnant women.
Her opponent - David Nova from Planned Parenthood - says the bill could eventually undermine a woman's right to choose.
((DAVID NOVA/PLANNED PARENTHOOD: WE SEE IT AS A DIRECT ATTACK AGAINST ROW VERSUS WADE AND ULTIMATELY INTERVENING ON THE WOMAN'S RIGHT OF ABORTION SERVICES.))
During the debate in front of Hollins students, Givens said the bill does not penalize a woman wanting or having an abortion - it simply makes criminals liable for killing a fetus. Nova says it still has implications for the abortion debate.
Students attending tonight's debate had mixed views on the proposed legislation.
((GREG : I LIKE THAT BECAUSE OF THE WAY IT ADDRESSEES CRIMINAL AND MAKES THEM RESPONSIBLE FOR ALMOST TWO CRIMES.))
((TAMMY EVANS: THE BABY IS TOTALLY DEPENDENT ON THE MOTHER AND I DON'T SEE HOW THEY ARE SEPARATE BEINGS WHEN THEY CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT ONE ANOTHER.))
The bill is under consideration in Congress...
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and has opened up several new debates on the abortion issue.
The City of Roanoke could be the next local government facing criminal penalties for burying chemical waste.
The Environmental Protection Agency is pressing for felony charges and criminal sanctions against the city.
The investigation dates back to the discovery of contaminated waste stored in 55-gallon drums, then buried underground at the service center on Courtland Avenue.
Sources say the city will probably have to answer to criminal charges for storing waste in buried barrels... either by entering a guilty plea to criminal information or going to trial.
City officials have begun putting together an environmental awareness program for city workers and local residents- -one which may include municipal employees from around the region.
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Part of the Big Apple came to a standstill today -
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as a water main break closed down one of America's most famous streets.
In tonight's Video of the Day - rushing water opened up a crater that spanned a half-block on Broadway after a cast iron pipe ruptured.
Traffic was rerouted and subway service suspended.
But one thing that wasn't affected: local water service.
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Early reports show no sign of mechanical failure on Egypt Air Flight 990-
The Auto-Pilot was disconnected and the flight then made a controlled descent toward the ocean.
Lee Cowan has more on preliminary findings from the Jet's flight data recorder.
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((After 9 days submerged in sea water some 250 feet deep, the flight
data recorder from EgyptAir flight 990 gave investigators at least part
of the news they had been looking for.
Although the results are only preliminary, investigators say they've
found no obvious sign of mechanical failure.
JAMES HALL, NTSB CHAIRMAN
The recorder-- reveals no wild gyrations and no out of control rolls.
Instead, it depicts the jet-- nose down-- wings level in a high speed--
but not a supersonic dive. Near the end of the plunge-- the black box
stops recording. Investigators think that happened when the plane lost
at least partial electrical power just above 16-thousand feet.
Still missing however-- is the cockpit voice recorder another
crucial piece of the EgyptAir puzzle.
The Navy s Deep Drone, along with another civilian sub dubbed the
Magnum, were both working side-by-side combing the areas around two
debris fields the first time both subs were used simultaneously.
But so far they ve come up empty handed and time is running out.
High seas are forecast for later in the week, making an already
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A Radford police officer is being investigated by state police for allegedly taking advantage of a female coworker.
At this time, NO charges have been filed against (Gay-thur) Gaither Blackburn who's been with the Radford police for 12- years and also works with the local drug task force.
Authorities say the female officer went to state police alleging Blackburn took advantage of her sexually at a party in Floyd County.
Floyd County Commonwealth's attorney Gino Williams asked for a special prosecutor because of his ties to the local drug task force.
A judge then appointed Franklin County prosecutor Cliff Hapgood to the case.
Blackburn would only say he's cooperating with state police.
Bedford County sheriff's authorities have charged an 8th-grader with selling L-S-D at Jefferson Forest High School.
The alleged transaction took place yesterday and was reported to the school resource officer.
The student was arrested but has since been released into his parents' custody.
It was six years ago that an abandoned baby was found in Lynchburg and now police say they've solved the case.
It was November of 1993, when 15-year old Shekita Champion told police she found a newborn baby girl in a trash heap behind her home.
Police always suspected Champion was the baby's mother but could never prove it until recently.
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((CAPT. EARL BURNETTE/LYNCHBURG POLICE: THE ORIGINAL STORY DIDN'T QUITE ADD UP, IT WAS SOMETHING THAT YOU COULDN'T QUITE PUT YOUR FINGER ON. THERE WAS NO PHYSICAL EVIDENCE, THERE WAS NO ADMISSION ON HER PART, YOU HAD NO PROBABLE CAUSE TO PURSUE HER ANY FURTHER LEGALLY. WE HAD NO PROBABLE CAUSE FOR A CHARGE BUT WE JUST FELT HER STORY WASN'T RIGHT.))
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Burnette says D-N-A tests show Champion is the girl's mother.
She was arrested yesterday in Washington D-C and awaits extradition back to Virginia.
He killed two students at school and wounded 12 others-
Today Kip Kinkel had no reaction after hearing his fate- 111 years in prison.
It was 1998 that Kinkel went on a shooting spree at school- The night before, he had killed his parents.
In court Kinkel's sister burst into tears- one father whose son was killed, suffered a seizure.
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((JENNIFER ALLDREDGE/SHOOTING VICTIM: UNTIL THE SCARS GO AWAY, UNTIL MY HAND HEALS, UNTIL MY BOYFRIEND STOPS FEELING GUILTY FOR NOT SAVING HIS FRIEND FROM DYING, I WON'T GET OVER IT.))
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As a minor Kinkel was not eligible for the death penalty in Oregon.
The judge said if Kinkel was a model prisoner he may one day qualify for a Governor to commute his sentence.
They're NOT closing it down-- but Virginia's Juvenile Justice Board has "de-certified" the state's largest juvenile prison.
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Beaumont Juvenile Correctional Center currently holds 27 percent more teen inmates than it's designed to handle.
It is 25 security officers SHORT.
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((LT. CHIP HARDING/JUVENILE JUSTICE BOARD: I'M AT THE POINT WHERE IF MY SON WAS IN TROUBLE, HE WOULDN'T GO TO BEAUMONT. IF I HAD TO FLEE THE COUNTRY WITH MY SON, I WOULD NOT LET JUVENILE JUSTICE PUT HIM AT BEAUMONT, BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW IF HE WOULD SURVIVE.))
((CONNIE SEAGLE/JUVENILE JUSTICE BOARD: I AM SURE THAT GOVERNOR GILMORE WILL MAKE THIS A PRIORITY.))
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((DEL. JAY DEBOER/D-PETERSBURG: I THINK IT SHOWS CONSIDERABLE COURAGE BY A POLITICALLY APPOINTED BOARD TO TAKE AN ACTION SUCH AS THIS THAT OBVIOUSLY MUST BE AN EMBARRASSMENT FOR THE ADMINISTRATION.))
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The Gilmore administration says conditions and discipline at Beaumont do NOT merit "emergency" attention-- but conditions are slowly being improved.
Beaumont was passed over for state certification ten times before today's board action.
It's a school known for tradition.
But some UVA students are hoping to put an end to one rite of passage.
Details coming up.
And it looks like a local lawmaker will play a key role in the historic shift of power in Virginia's House of Delegates.
We'll tell you how.
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(( Hey guys this is Mike Stevens back in the News 7 sports office with news of NASCAR selling it's soul.
We'll check high school district tournament action, college exhibition action at Radford U.
Plus, Poindexter is activated by the Ravens and Oster prepares to go west.
Details are on the way on the Big 7.))
It appears a Central Virginia lawmaker will make history.
Amherst Delegate Vance Wilkins now appears to have his party's vote locked up to become Virginia's first Republican House Speaker ever.
Wilkins' top opposition, Jack Rust of Fairfax, threw his support behind Wilkins today.
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((DEL. JACK RUST/R-FAIRFAX: THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT CAN HAPPEN IS THAT WE COME OUT AS A UNIFIED CAUCUS.))
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((DEL. VANCE WILKINS/R-AMHERST: I TALKED TO JACK LAST NIGHT AND I SAID `DON'T WORRY ABOUT NOT DOING THIS, BECAUSE THERE WILL BE PLENTY FOR YOU TO DO'. [:07] THERE ARE A MULTITUDE OF THINGS WE NEED TO LOOK AT AND WE DON'T NEED TO TRY TO DO EVERYTHING ALL AT ONE TIME, ROME WASN'T BUILT IN A DAY AND WE WON'T CHANGE THE WORLD IN A DAY EITHER. [:16]))
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Bedford Independent Lacey Putney was a possible compromise candidate for Speaker.
Putney has now also withdrawn his name from contention.
Allstate says when the ax drops ... slashing 4-thousand jobs nationwide ... it won't take a cut out of the Roanoke Valley.
The service center in Roanoke County shut down for more than an hour while employees found out what was going on.
Everyone inside was listening to a conference call ... and waiting to find out if Allstate's reorganization would cost anyone a job.
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((RICK ZAHARIAS/ALLSTATE VICE PRESIDENT: NO ONE WAS TOLD TODAY THAT THEY'D BEEN LAID OFF OR THEY WERE LOSING A JOB. ////// WE'RE GOING TO TAKE SOME WORK OUT AND BRING NEW WORK IN. SO THE WORK WE LOSE IS GOING TO BE REPLACED WITH NEW WORK. SO WE'RE NOT LOSING PEOPLE.))
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About 85-percent of the people who work at the service center will see the scope of their job change ... but the company insists their jobs will stay here.
The company is changing the way it does business ... selling insurance online and through an 800-number.
CBS News has surrendered the transcript of a TV interview with dragging death suspect Shawn Berry.
Berry is one of three accused in the killing.
The dispute over the interview transcript had threatened to land a CBS producer in jail.
Prosecutors wanted the transcript from the interview done by Dan Rather amid claims that Berry changed his story.
Testimony in the trial resumes tomorrow.
Some UVA students are hoping to make one annual tradition at the University a thing of the past.
A UVA study found that 16 percent of students attempt the "Fourth-Year-Fifth" - in which Fourth-Year students try to down a fifth of alcohol on the day of the last home football game of the year.
A group of students called "Fourth Years Ending Stupid Traditions" is asking students to sign pledges that they won't partake in the tradition.
Around 200 students have signed the pledge.
UVA's last home game is Saturday.
Still to come on News 7 -
The past comes to life in Southside today as an national icon with local origins was celebrated.
We'll show you.
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It was a celebration of two of Danville's best-known movers and shakers.
But some Danville residents marked it by standing still.
These models posed to re-enact portraits from the Gibson Girl era.
It was a tribute to Irene Langhorne (LANG-ern) Gibson... a Danville native who inspired an entire movement in fashion.
The event also honored her sister, Nancy ... BETTER known as Lady Astor. SHE was the first woman to sit on the British Parliament 80 years ago.
Some say that where the women were from had a lot to do with their success.
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The (Lang-ern) Langhorne Museum in Danville will be conducting tours Thursday and Friday to commemorate the Langhorne women's place in Danville's history.
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The Baltimore Ravens last night activated rookie defensive back Anthony Poindexter.
The former Friday Football Extra star who was an all-American at UVa before shredding three ligaments in his left knee a year ago, will be in uniform for this weekend's game with Jacksonville.
If you think NASCAR has gotten to big for its britches, you may now have proof of that. Today stock car's governing body is expected to announce a new TV deal worth $400 million dollars.
The catch is that starting in 2001, not a single NASCAR race will be shown on CBS, TNN or ESPN.
Instead, NASCAR has sold the rights to Fox, FX, NBC, and TBS.
CBS had televised the Daytona 500 since 1979. In two years it moves to Fox right along side Hank Hill.
Hopefully, we'll all wake up and realize this is a bad dream.
The Radford University Highlanders were so shocked by the news they went out and lost their exhibition game with Court Authority 86-to-80.
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The Red Heads couldn't wait for the start of the regular season at the Dedmon center to get into the act.
Radford would get an early lift inside from Ryan Charles, who is back near 100 percent after last year's knee problems. Charles had 22.
But the patented RU defense was kind of nonexistent last night as Phil Stinnie nails the jumper.
The bright spot for Radford tonight was freshman Peanut Arrington, who makes the steal and takes it all the way for the layin. He had 16.
But Radford assured itself of a brutal practice today, as former UVa star Jason Williford scores and RU loses by 6.
The UVa men beat the Nantucket Nectars in exhibition action last night 94-to-70.
Colin Ducharme had a double-double while Majestic Mapp and Travis Watson each dropped in a dozen.
The Three Rivers final 4 were in the high school spotlight last night.
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Tracy Poff and his Shawnees, the regular season champs knew they were headed to the regionals no matter what happened last night.
The game with Radford would go to overtime - Anne Ryan would find T'neece Ford inside. She works the defense and gets two of her game high 20 points. It's 34-to-32 Shawsville.
The Shawnees would continue to rule the OT as Katie Childress clears the floor and hits the pull-up jumper. She had 10. Shawsville wins 39-to-34.
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In the nightcap, two evenly matched teams- Floyd and Auburn would hook with a regional berth on the line.
Floyd would look strong early as Adria Mannon gets the quick pass to Allison Hatcher, who drives inside, scores off glass for 2 of her 15.
Auburn would then get the loose ball off the Floyd miss. But Mannon gets the steal and the basket for the Lady Buffs, who win it 52-to-44.
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Teams and players are also making news off the floor in girls' hoops this week. Steve Mason has the latest in Hometown Hoops Weekly.
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((A search for a new has started. Byrd softball coach and graduate Marcee Hufton should be a front runners if she wants it.
Byrd senior guard Andrea Gay signed her letter of intent to play at Ohio University after being offered a full scholarship.
Blacksburg beat Rockbridge last night and meets Alleghany tomorrow night in the Blue Ridge Semi-finals. The Lady Indians are looking to make their first trip back to Region III tournament play since 1994.
In single A, Fort Chiswell is 12 and OH in district play and has been flexing it's Mountain Empire muscle for years, winning the last three regular season titles but the district tournament crown is missing.
Fort Chiswell plays Pocahontas and then Narrows takes on Galax in the tournament semifinals tomorrow night. Steve Mason Hometown Hoops Weekly.))
The Salem Avalanche has called a news conference for tomorrow afternoon, and News 7 sports has learned that team general manager Dave Oster's resignation will be announced at that time.
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Oster has been a popular general manager in Salem for the last half of the 90s.
He also has offered his services and expertise to a number of other pro teams including the Redskins when he helped open their stadium in 97.
Oster reportedly is headed to the Lake Elsinore Storm in the California league.
Still to come tonight, the Hokies
know Miami will be raising Cane this Saturday night as they come to the Burg looking to correct a four game skid.
The Hokies are 10 point favorites to beat the Miami Hurricanes Saturday night at Lane Stadium.
Tech has four straight victories over the Canes, but they have all been close.
In fact, the last two meetings between the two rivals have been decided by a combined 9 points.
Don't be surprised if this one is tight, as well.
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And this weekend your Hometown Station is the home for more college and pro action as Alabama hosts unbeaten Mississippi State at 3:30 on Saturday.
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And the AFC showdown on Sunday pits the once beaten Miami Dolphins against the Buffalo Bills.
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