Coming up on News 7-
What you need to know before traveling this holiday weekend. We'll have a live report.
Also coming up - a 15 year old girl from this region will be tried as an adult for allegedly shooting her grandfather.
And Shania talks about her upcoming TV special.
News 7 is next.
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If you're planning a Thanksgiving trip - be prepared for long lines at the airport and back ups on the roads.
Tomorrow is one of the busiest travel days of the year as many folks head to out for Thanksgiving.
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Kate Weidaw is live at the Roanoke Regional Airport where workers are preparing for tomorrow's big rush.
Flights head out as early as six in the morning tomorrow and all of them are booked. Across the nation whether you're taking to the skies or are hitting the road there will be delays and congestion.
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Many folks were getting out of Roanoke early before holiday crowds pack into the Roanoke Regional Airport. The airport will have extra staffing to handle the large number of people expected to walk through the security gate. And with limited parking space, management has one request.
((JACQUELINE L. SHUCK/AIRPORT MANAGER: HAVE YOUR FRIENDS OR FAMILY DROP YOU OFF IF AT ALL POSSIBLE THAT WAY WE WILL HAVE PARKING FOR THOSE WHO HAVE COME 60 MILES.))
If you're planning on driving to your destination watch your speed. State police plan to be out in full force this holiday.
((TROOPER KEVIN HARTH/SALEM STATE POLICE: THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IS EVERYONE IS IN TOO BIG OF A HURRY THEY ARE DRIVING TOO FAST AND TOO CLOSELY YOU GET TO THINKING ABOUT WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO DO INSTEAD OF WHAT YOU'RE DOING.))
Roanoke City police will not only be cracking down on speeders, but also on parents who don't buckle up their children.
The department is joining a nation wide effort to make sure kids are wearing seatbelts. Check points will be set up around the city.
((SHELLY ALLEY/EDUC. AND INFO. SPECIALIST: MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHES ARE THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN CHILDREN 5 TO 14 YEARS OLD AND SO IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE THAT CHILD IS BUCKLED UP AND BUCKLED UP CORRECTLY.))
The best tip from officials: no matter what your destination, allow plenty of time to get there.))
If you are planning to fly out of the airport tomorrow some things to remember are a picture i.d., pack lightly, and if you are bringing wrapped gifts place them in your checked bags because security may unwrap them to search the box if you take it to the gate.
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Another deadly accident on Interstate 81... This afternoon a 16-year-old was killed when the jeep she was riding in went off the road.
It happened shortly after 12 in Rockbridge County, North of Natural Bridge.
Apparently the driver, Lucy Smith of Newport News, lost control of the vehicle... It went 150 feet beyond the guard rail.
Her passenger was pronounced dead at Roanoke Memorial Hospital shortly after 4 this afternoon. Authorities say the teen was not wearing a seat belt.
A 24-vehicle pileup left four people dead and 12 others injured on a foggy highway in Eastern Ohio.
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The accident happened this morning near Stone Creek, Ohio.
According to reports some passengers were trapped inside their cars beneath at least one burning tractor trailer nearly three hours after the accident.
Police say a slow moving car was the cause of this chain reaction crash in the fog.
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Last week's fire on Fort Lewis Mountain has been under control since last Thursday- but there are still hot spots- and crews are still on the mountain mopping up.
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The fire burned more than 13 hundred acres before it was contained-.
And officials with the Virginia Department of Forestry say if dry conditions continue, last week's fire may just be a preview.
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((RICHARD MILES/VA. DEPT. OF FORESTRY: WE'VE GONE THROUGH A VERY LONG EXTENDED DROUGHT AND A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T THINK THEY CAN HAVE THE PROBLEMS LIKE THEY HAD IN FLORIDA OR IN CALIFORNIA. AND WE CAN AND I THINK WE CAME REAL CLOSE TO HAVING THAT IN THIS AREA AND THAT'S SOMETHING PEOPLE NEED TO BE AWARE OF.))
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There's no word yet on the cause of the fire. Investigators are still working on that.
Jean tosses to Robin in Weather Center
Tonight's weather story will be headlined by some dense fog in central Virginia but only patchy fog in the Roanoke Valley
where tonight's full moon was on display in a rather spectacular way. And while our weather was cloudy for much of the day, it was a stormy sight in the midwest.
The first major snow of the season blanketed the Twin Cities and other
parts of Minnesota forcing drivers to quickly call on their winter driving skills.
The Minneapolis-St. Paul area experienced a slippery commute during
morning rush hour due to puffy snow. Dozens of accidents were reported
by the State Patrol.
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The U-S Supreme Court has issued a stay of execution for the man who WOULD have become the 14th person executed in Virginia this year.
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The high court's stay for Bobby Lee Ramdass (RAM-dass) will remain in effect until the court decides whether to hear his appeal.
Ramdass shot and killed a Fairfax store clerk in 1992. His execution WAS set for tonight.
His appeal is based partly on the fact that the jury didn't know the only alternative to the death sentence would have been life in prison without the possibility of parole.
A 15-year old Carroll County girl will be tried as an adult for allegedly shooting her grandfather in the head as he slept.
A judge made the decision today-- after listening to the state's evidence which included Robin Martin's confession.
The 15-year old told authorities she shot her grandfather with a 12- gauge shotgun back in July because he was keeping her away from one of her friends.
Prosecutor Greg Goad will seek a first degree murder indictment-- when the case goes before a grand jury next month.
Virginia has too many prison beds and not enough prisoners.
But the governor who oversaw Virginia's prison building boom says we shouldn't worry-
George Allen made the comment.
It comes a day after House budget analysts said 44 hundred empty prison beds and the end of several contracts to house out-of-state prisoners mean the state could see a 74 million dollar shortfall in its prison budget.
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: YOU CAN WORRY ABOUT ALL OF THAT. MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THE VIOLENT CRIME RATE IN VIRGINIA IS DOWN TO THE LOWEST LEVEL IT'S BEEN IN 24 YEARS. AND VIRGINIANS ARE LEADING SAFER LIVES.))
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The out-of-state prisoner contracts had helped fund the new prisons at Sussex II and Wallen's Ridge, as well as an older prison in Chesapeake.
The Gilmore adminstration says the beds will be filled and the budget gap made up.
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Money for state colleges was also on Gilmore's mind today.
The Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission unveiled a sweeping plan today for just how state colleges should be funded and run.
Six year Institutional Performance Agreements would be forged between the universities and the state.
A base funding figure would be set... and then colleges could earn more money by meeting certain performance goals.
The tuition freeze would be extended to keep colleges affordable, and more financial aid would be offered to students.
But the colleges would be pressured to make sure they're doing as much private fundraising as they can.
A new company in Henry County says it must hire 40 people just to handle the demand for its product.
Blue Ridge Technology is a start-up company with a recipe for environmentally safe paint and ink.
There's no ammonia or alcohol in the paint.
Jobs will pay nine dollars an hour, and the company hopes to have 100 people on staff by this time next year.
Recent layoffs at Tultex and other textile plants mean there are many Southside workers looking for new jobs.
She's toured New York State and even bought a home there, so will Hillary Rodham Clinton run for the U-S Senate in New York?
Bobbi Harley has the latest.
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(( HILLARY CLINTON The answer is yes, I intend to run
HUGS AND KISSES ALL THE WAY AROUND A SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT WHEN SOME
POLITICAL PUNDITS HAD MRS. CLINTON BACKING AWAY FROM THE RACE
ESPECIALLY AFTER A NEW NASTY COMMERCIAL HIT THE AIR THIS WEEK.
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THE WIFE OF PALESTINIAN LEADER YASSER ARAFAT SOMETHING MRS. CLINTON
POINTED OUT WAS PART OF HER WHITE HOUSE DUTY.
HILLARY CLINTON I was there on official business, I went there
to further the peace process.
BUT IT GIVES PLENTY OF FODDER TO CLINTONS WOULD-BE COMPETITOR NEW
YORK CITY MAYOR RUDOLPH GIULIANI WHO HAS YET TO ANNOUNCE HIS OWN PLANS
FOR AN ELECTION THAT'S STILL A YEAR AWAY.
AND MRS. CLINTON WAS QUICK TO ADD HER ANNOUNCEMENT WASN'T QUITE
OFFICIAL SHE HADN'T EVEN TOLD HER FAMILY.
HILLARY CLINTON They're in Kosovo, they'll be back tonight, but I
doubt my husband or daughter will be surprised.
BH, CBS NEWS, NY))
Their ancestors' remains have been boxed up in cartons for decades.
Now a Virginia Indian tribe is getting them back.
The story, still ahead.
Plus... Kroger shoppers have noticed - if you want the savings now, you've got to get a card.
We'll have a look.
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A former hospital administrator in southwest Virginia is accused of helping swindle Lee County Community hospital out of SEVEN million dollars.
Authorities say James Davis received kickbacks for hospital contracts and used employees at the facility to work on his house.
He also allegedly handed out prescription painkillers to girlfriends.
Federal authorities say they started investigating Davis-- after receiving information that he'd embezzled 30-thousand dollars from a local doctor.
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Three other men-- including former hospital board member Charles (few-gut) Fugate were also named in a federal indictment.
Today Fugate pleaded guilty to mail fraud.
Authorities say he and Davis leased equipment to the hospital without telling the hospital board they owned the company and then charged the hospital up to 300- percent in interest.
Indian remains discovered nearly a century ago in Rockbridge County are being handed back to the Monacan (Mon-ah-can) Indian tribe.
The remains of more than a hundred Native Americans have been stored in cartons by the state, and were once on display in a Richmond museum.
For months, descendants have been trying to get the remains back from the state.
The Roanoke County Health Department in Vinton will reopen at its new location at eight Monday morning, but nurses already started seeing patients today.
Flu shots are administered in the old teacher lounge, and environmental health managers are becoming carpenters to adjust to using the old Roland E-Cook elementary school as a temporary health department.
Health workers plan to keep shop at the school for about three to six months.
The public is asked to use the Jefferson Street entrance.
It's a ticket to grocery bargains.
But why does Kroger want you to have the Shopper's Card?
The story ahead.
Plus, Shania Twain's gearing up for a Turkey-Day T-V special.
A behind-the-scenes look, coming up.
Kroger's new discount card is lowering prices but raising a few concerns.
Kroger has been touting its new Shopper's Card in the last couple of weeks.
It gives you discounts on food ... but also gives Kroger a list of what you like ... information Kroger says is confidential.
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((KROGER CUSTOMER: THE TRADEOFF IS THEY KEEP TRACK OF EVERYTHING THAT I'M DOING IN THE STORE. AND THAT SOUNDS LIKE AN INVASION OF YOUR PRIVACY. //////////ARCHIE FRALIN/KROGER: WE ABSOLUTELY AS WE SAY ON THE APPLICATION WON'T SHARE THE INFORMATION OR RELEASE THE CUSTOMER'S NAME TO ANYBODY.))
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Kroger says it's keeping other discounts on top of the card -- like double coupons.
The store says it can afford the promotions because it keeps attracting more customers.
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Shania Twain will rock in the heart of Texas in her latest TV special.
Bob Winsor takes us behind the scenes for a preview.
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((THE SCENE WAS TEXAS STADIUM IN DALLAS. SHANIA TWAIN CAME IN LIKE
A ROMAN CONQUEROR, AND KEPT THE PLACE ROCKING WITH A WHOLE NEW LOOK TO HER ACT.
SHANIA TWAIN: WERE GONNA HAVE A FEW SURPRISES CUZ WE HAVE A DIFFERENT STAGE, DIFFERENT PYRO, DIFFERENT LIGHTING, DYNAMIC
DIFFERENT THAN ANYTHING I HAVE DONE.
NOT TO MENTION A NEW SEXIER LOOK TO HER OWN REPETOIR
SHANIA TWAIN: I NEVER USED TO SHOW MY LEGS//EDIT//I
HATE MY LEGS THEY'RE VERY ATHLETIC, I DON'T HAVE NICE SLENDER BALLERINA
LEGS WHICH IS WHAT I WOULD WANT TO HAVE IF IM SHOWING OFF MY LEGS,.
WITH SUCCESS COMING SO FAST, SHANIA SAYS SHE WANTS TO ESTABLISH
SOME NEW GOALS IN HER LIFE. WHICH IS WHY HER NEW PROJECT IS CO-WRITING A
SONG FOR TEEN SENSATION BRITTANY SPEARS.
SHANIA: MY DREAM MY GOAL IS TO WRITE MUSIC FOR OTHER
PEOPLE TO RECORD, ITS JUST SO MUCH MORE INTERESTING FOR ME.
FOR CBS.. THIS IS BOB WINSOR REPORTING.))
You can catch the Shania Twain special Thanksgiving night here on WDBJ-7 at eight.
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Coming up, highlights from the Round House, Tech talks about the big game, and national honors are handed out to state college football players.
But first our extra point.
Former Glenvar standout Trish Nervo placed 15th among 249 runners in the collegiate National Championship Cross Country meet.
She ran the 5K in 17-minutes and -seven-point-seven seconds.
Nervo is a senior at the University of North Carolina.
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The Roanoke Express had won three in a row when the Checkers came to town las night.
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And the fans in attendance were hoping to see that streak stretched to four at the expense of the six and eight Charlotte Checkers.
Fans weren't disappointed as the homeboys came out of the blocks shooting. Charlotte keeper Derek Wilkinson knocks away the first attempt, but Joe Murphy ends up with the puck front and center, the shot is good for the score.
The Express again on the offensive, Tim Christian does an end around of sorts and slips it by Charlotte's keeper one more time.
Roanoke jumped out to a five to nothing lead by the end of the first period and gets its fourth straight win beating the Charlotte Checkers 7-to-2.
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The Express was without captain Duane Harmer tonight.
Harmer was called up to the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League.
He's expected to miss at least four games with Roanoke.
Harmer leads Roanoke in scoring with 16 points on four goals and 12 assists.
He spent time in A-H-L last season with the Lowell Lock Monsters and Providence Bruins.
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Usually players and coaches play down the importance of a big game.
But not this week. Mike Stevens has this morning's Tech report from Blacksburg.
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The Tech-BC game is sold out, so grab a bag of potato chips and settle in on the couch Friday because you can watch the game right here on Your Hometown Station starting at 2:30.
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Plus, the News 7 sports team will have a LIVE half hour post game show for you at seven o'clock from Lane Stadium. It's a big day of football right here on Your Hometown Station.
Still to come, the NFL puts the nix on the latest fad among players and
several state college players pick up national honors. More after the break.
Virginia Tech's defensive end Corey Moore has been to the Football News All American team and is a finalist for the magazine's Defensive Player of the Year Award.
Virginia tailback Thomas Jones is also a Football News first team All American and finalist for Offensive player of the year.
Football News has also named former William Fleming star John St. Clair second team All American.
The UVA offensive lineman has been voted the most outstanding blocker in the ACC as well.
Thanks in part to his efforts as a center, the Cavaliers have won four of their last five, and with seven wins, are guaranteed a bowl bid.
Thomas Jones is averaging over 150 yards a game and St. Clair has not only been there to snap the ball, but he has also opened big holes for his Heisman Trophy teammate.
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Number 50 received his Bachelors Degree this past May and is completing this season as a first year graduate student.
While he has the smarts to excel off the field his sites are set on the NFL.
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The 76ers will be without Hampton Native, Allen Iverson, for the next three to six weeks.
Last year's NBA leading scorer broke the thumb on his shooting hand during last night's game.
Iverson scored 35 points for Philadelphia in the 76ers' 94-91 loss to the Spurs.
He got hurt during the second quarter, possibly while diving for a loose ball but played the rest of the game.
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The N-F-L will smack the hand of any player displaying the slashing, hand-across-the -throat gesture.
Recently it has been used to taunt opponents and celebrate big plays.
The league is sending a letter to all the teams saying the growing fad is being banned.
From now on, it's a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.
The N-F-L makes a Lynchburg teacher an M-V-P of sorts.
Phyllis Hicks picked up the N-F-L's Teacher of the Month award today.
On hand for the announcement was a former pupil, Ruben Brown of the Buffalo Bills.
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