Mandatory restrictions on water use in Roanoke are down the drain. Details and reaction to that on NEWS 7 at SIX tonight.
And a female cadet at V-M-I is dismissed.
In sports, Mike Stevens will have the story of a Hokie holiday football jingle, the Express is going taking action against a Trenton player who injured Joe Murphy,
and Virginia running back Antoine Womack was in a Charlottesville court room today as his trial began, details in sports.
Substantial rainfall overnight. More than an inch at Carvins Cove. Our outlook is drier and breezy.
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Five months of mandatory water restrictions have come to an end in the city of Roanoke.
The water level at Carvins Cove is still slightly below normal for this time of year, but today city officials said the time has come to ease restrictions.
Joe Dashiell attended the morning news conference, and has more tonight on the situation.
Keith, voluntary conservation will remain in effect for the time being... and mandatory restrictions could return if the dry conditions persist... but city officials say we're in much better shape than we were a year ago and have more options to deal with a continuing drought.
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[IN Q=Cheers to Roanoke City]
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With a sip of city water, Acting City Manager Jim Ritchie and acting assistant Diane Akers toasted roanoke residents and businesses that conserved more than 350 million gallons of water.
They say that effort, and the purchase of water from other localities have helped Roanoke weather its water crisis.
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The water level at Carvins Cove now stands at 17 feet below the spillway, still slightly below normal for this time of year. but with the water sharing agreement and new wells on the way, city officials say they're comfortable lifting mandatory restrictions.
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Water conservation officers patrolled the city and issued warnings to violators, and in few cases it took a couple of warnings.
But Keith, city officials say they didn't have to fine anyone or haul them into court to insure their complia
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Roanoke usually can count on winter rains to fully replenish Carvins Cove. That didn't happen a year ago. Let's see if Robin Reed can tell us what THIS winter may hold.
Early indications are for a drier than normal winter but there is no way to forecast how Carvins Cove will respond to winter moisture. It's a matter of how much runs off from the creeks and streams.
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You'd think lifting the water restrictions would lift the weight off residents and business owners who had to cut back.
But water rates are about to go up 18 percent.
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and Scott Goldberg reports there are some other concerns.
He's at the Roanoke Country Club tonight.
Keith . no one liked the drought or the water restrictions.
But not everyone's thrilled that they're over.
Here, the country club says it won't ever again rely on the city for its water.
Car washes say they did better during the drought when the rules didn't let residents was a car at home.
So there's some indifference out there . even after today's news that Roanoke survived its summer crisis.
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Even at the height of this summer's drought . it never was illegal to wash a car at a commercial car wash.
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The city just wanted you to feel bad about it.
BITE AT 1:05:40 (RUNS 07): LEROY EDWARDS/ROANOKE RESIDENT: I KNOW WE NEEDED TO CONSERVE .. NOW IT'S NICE TO RIDE AROUND IN A CLEAN VEHICLE.
Now Roanokers can wash their wheels wherever they want - including at home - which brings an official end to the hot summer for car-wash owners.
BITE AT 1:00:18 (RUNS 05): MIKE BELL/BRANDON AUTO WASH: I SAW A LOT OF NEW FACES . AND REGULARS THAT WOULD COME MORE.
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One business that didn't like the drought at all is the Roanoke Country Club.
Banned from using city water . it trucked in tanks from the county . which wasn't enough to keep the course from turning brown.
BITE AT 1:10:04 (RUNS 06) --- DAN WHEELER/ROANOKE COUNTRY CLUB: WE LOST SOME TEES. WE COULD KEEP UP WITH THE AMOUNT
OF WATER WE HAD TO PUT OUT BY HAND.
Now, the news that Roanoke is lifting its water restrictions doesn't really matter.
The country club is cutting itself off . digging its own wells . putting in its own pumping stations . filling its own reservoir.
The club spent a million dollars to make sure it won't once again get burned.
BITE AT 1:11:13 (RUNS 08) - DAN WHEELER: THIS WILL ALLOW US TO DO WHATEVER WE WANT TO DO IN RENOVATIONS, AND WE WON'T HAVE TO RELY ON THE CITY FOR WATER.))
The country club's independence may save the city some water, but it will cost it a lot of revenue.
The Roanoke Country Club's annual water bill was 42-thousand dollars.
That's money Roanoke will never again collect.
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A federal grand jury indicted a postal worker in Critz today for defrauding the Postal Service out of more than 60-thousand dollars.
Teresa H. Williams is accused of issuing money orders to herself and her husband without paying for them.
The 34-year old Stuart resident also allegedly pocketed money the public paid for money orders at the Critz Post Office between June of 1998 and February of this year.
A Martinsville cable talk show host couldn't talk his way out of welfare fraud charges in court today.
Cable Six host Bob Sharp was found guilty of lying on his application to receive welfare benefits earlier this year.
But Martinsville Circuit Judge Charles Stone dismissed a charge of food stamp fraud.
Prosecutors unsuccessfully argued that Sharp illegally received more than 500-dollars in food stamp money.
Welfare fraud can carry up to a 10 year sentence.
Sharp will be sentenced in February.[VMI]
A woman in the original co-ed class of cadets at Virginia Military Institute has been dismissed.
V-M-I did not make any announcement of her departure when she was kicked out four or five weeks ago. Her dismissal became apparent only today with a report to the federal judge who's monitoring the court-ordered admission of women to V-M-I.
V-M-I's Public Relations officer said only that the female cadet was dismissed "for reasons satisfactory to the Superintendent." But it's believed she was drummed out for an Honor Code violation.
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Two trucks, two separate accidents on 81. The details are still ahead on News 7 at 6.
And state police are getting some four-legged help. The first of their arson dogs are heading for southwest Virginia.
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Figuring out if a fire is arson is about to become a breeze in southwest Virginia.
Salem and Bristol are going to get the first two "accelerant-detecting" dogs from Virginia State Police.
Ellen Qualls sniffed out the story.
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Bristol will be getting Marko.
He's a Belgian Malinois... and he's about to graduate from 12 weeks of arson training.
Petroleum-based products can't hide from him.
His reward is a towel... and a lot of praise.
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((DAVID BROOKS/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE K-9 TRAINER: THESE DOGS ARE PASSIVE-RESPOND. THAT MEANS THAT THEY'LL SIT WHEN THEY GET TO THE ODOR. THEY'LL ALSO PIN-POINT THE ODOR. THEY'LL TELL YOU WHICH CAN THE ODOR IS IN.))
The shepherd's named Flame.
He'll be stationed out of Salem, living with Trooper and new best friend Mike Keen.
((MORE THAN LIKELY, UNLESS I GET A CALL TO GO ASSIST WITH AN ARSON, THEN THE DOG WILL BE IN THE CAR WITH ME RIDING. FOR THE FULL EIGHT HOURS.))
But Flame burns for just one thing: the smell of a fire-starter.
((MIKE KEEN/VIRGINIA STATE TROOPER: HE'S A HARD-WORKING DOG. AND SEEMS TO BE REAL INTERESTED IN DOING WHAT HE'S SUPPOSED TO BE DOING.))
((FRANK BREWER/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE CANINE UNIT: THE DOGS CAN GO IN THERE AND CLEAR AN AREA IN A MINUSCULE AMOUNT OF THE TIME THAT IT WOULD TAKE HUMANS TO GO IN THERE AND DO IT.))
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((CHESSIE HERE WAS DONATED. BUT THE OTHER DOGS COST ABOUT TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS EACH. AND THEY BUY THEM IN GERMANY. IT COSTS ANOTHER TWO THOUSAND TO SHIP EACH OF THEM OVER. BUT YOU DON'T PAY FOR IT. DRUG DEALERS DO.))
The new program will be funded with the assets of drug criminals.
Only four other arson dogs work in Virginia.
Before now, none was south of Richmond.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Chesterfield.))
State police are also making some changes in the air, and that's going to benefit central Virginia.
Governor Jim Gilmore today announced he's including money in next year's budget to buy five new helicopters for state police.
That means one of the existing police choppers will be given to Lynchburg for use in medical emergencies.
Local legislators say they'll work hard to make sure the money survives the budget process in next year's General Assembly.
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((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R- LYNCHBURG: AND ALSO THE OTHER IS THIS JUST MAKES SENSE. WE GET RID OF SOME OF THE OLDER HELICOPTERS AND WE GET FIVE BRAND NEW HELICOPTERS, BUT MOST IMPORTANT I THINK FOR CENTRAL VIRGINIA IT CLOSES THAT GAP AND OUR PEOPLE WILL BE PROTECTED.))
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Right now, the Lynchburg- Danville corridor is the only part of Virginia not served by a medevac helicopter.
A down day on Wall Street.
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The Dow lost 32 points.
Nasdaq slipped 87.
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A couple of accidents involving tractor trailers caused backups on Interstate 81 this afternoon.
A truck carrying bread ran off the road at Exit 150 near Troutville just after 2:30.
It blocked one southbound lane for a couple of hours.
The driver was taken to Carilion-Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Police don't believe he was critically hurt.
A short time later, another truck overturned on the interstate near the Ironto exit.
The truck was hauling a load of fish sticks. Police said the driver choked on something while at the wheel.
The south-bound rig left the roadway and overturned. Nobody was hurt.
Millions of vehicles have passed through the East River Mountain Tunnel on Interstate 77, since it opened 25- years ago.
Now-- something else is flowing through the tunnel that took five years to build and is shared by Virginia and West Virginia.
Teresa Hamilton explains.
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(( When the East River Mountain Tunnel opened in December of 1974...Charlie Fore was among the crowd gathered to watch as the first vehicles saw the light at the end of the tunnel.
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((CHARLIE FORE/TUNNEL SUPERINTENDENT: WE HAD LIKE MAYBE THREE THOUSAND THE FIRST DAY AND THE DURING THE GAS SHORTAGE IT PROBABLY SHRUNK DOWN TO TWO THOUSAND OR SO AND IT'S RUNNING AVERAGE OF ABOUT 30-THOUSAND VEHICLES PER DAY.))
Fore is superintendent of the tunnel-- a position he's held since it first opened, a job that includes making certain the tunnel's 15-hundred lights and 24- fans are in working order.
The fans pump fresh air into the tunnel-- and then remove the exhaust.
The tunnel also includes other safety features such as cameras and an emergency crash truck.
And while there have been a number of accidents-- none have resulted in fatalities.
TERESA HAMILTON: The most serious accident was in June of 93-- when an R-V caught fire and the tunnel filled with smoke.
The accident caused substantial damage to the walls of the tunnel but no one was seriously injured.
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((WE WENT THROUGH THE BLIZZARD AND THEN I THOUGH NOTHING COULD BE WORSE THAN THE BLIZZARD AND THEN WE GOT THE FIRE.))
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The accident did bring about one positive change. Water lines were put in place to bring water from West Virginia to the tunnel in the event of another fire.
Now-- those same pipes also provide drinking water for folks in Bland County.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.[Sports tease]
The trial involving Virginia running back Antoine Womack begins in Charlotteville today, The Express's lose Joe Murphy for two weeks and take their complaint to the ECHL
[SUPER=03-] and Mike Stevens checks in with a dynamic duo who have jumped a board the Tech football train with some n
Virginia running back Antoine Womack was in a Charlotteville court room today, for his alledged malicious wounding of two UVa students this past spring. Today, jury selection was completed by one o'clock. The prosecution began presenting it's case. The prosecution is maintaining that Womack and others were involved in a vicious attack that occured after a party at Newcomb Hall on UVa grounds.
The defense , to this point, has been questioning the account of events as they are being presented. The trial will continue tomorrow in the Albemarle Circuit court. If convicted, Womack could face up to 20 years in prison.
Womack was in uniform for the Cavaliers this past spring and had a successful spring season in the backfield for the Wahoos. In the spring game he rushed for 143 yards on 22 carries and a 75 yard touchdown run. Womack sat out this past season but remained in school.
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Whether you like the Hokies or hate 'em - one thing is certain - you cannot ignore them!
Sugar Bowl merchandise is available on virtually every corner.
And now, Mike Stevens says the Hokies are even bombarding the airwaves.
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((If you listen to morning radio in the Roanoke Valley you have probably heard the new "Go Hokies Mix."
If you haven't you will soon -
The song was written, composed and performed by Cary Rutledge, the same guy who also performed the Friday Football Extra theme.
The song took over a week to produce from start to finish, which was for Rutledge was a rush job. But his creative partner Grant Plaskon knew they had to seize the moment.
Plaskon and Rutledge are the only ones singing the Hokies praises in a studio - but they still needed permission from Tech's licensing department to do so.
So far the two have invested over $2000 of their own money in the project.
They hope to break even after selling cassettes and giving Tech its standard 8 percent cut.
The cassettes are available at John Norman, Play it Again Sports and Barnes and Noble. Mike Stevens News 7 sports.)
A warrant has been issued charging Carolina Panther Rae Carruth with first degree murder after his girlfriend died today from gunshot wounds.
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Carruth was free after posting bond. Nearly a month ago, Carruth's girlfriend was shot and Carruth has been linked to the shooting since it occurred. Carruth WAS on paid leave from the Panthers but the team has now stopped payment on his contract.
The Express returns to the round house this Friday night to play Trenton in a game Roanoke perhaps looks forward to more than any other. A Trenton player delivered a crushing elbow hit to Express right wing Joe Murphy in the third period of their game Sunday. He will miss two weeks. The Express has sent video tape of the hit to the ECHL in hopes of a stiff sanction.
Murphy is Roanoke's leading scorer.[Wx-Tape]
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There's an idea floating around Roanoke that could raise your taxes when you go shopping.
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Jean Jadhon is in our Newsroom with a story we're working on for 11.
The idea would help pay for marketing industry and tourism- as well as helping the science museum and the library.
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But that would mean every time you purchase a taxable item it would take more money out of your wallet.
Tonight on News 7 at 11, where this idea started, how it would work, and what consumers
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