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Flames fill the night sky- a home burns tonight...
While an accident in Pittsylvania County sends one man to the hospital.
Just who will Republicans pick to run for Roanoke Mayor? We'll have the picks.
And a 62 year old grandmother is executed.
News 7 is next.
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A house goes up in flames tonight. Four fire departments were called out but it wasn't enough to save the Pittsylvania County home.
The blaze broke out at about eight- and quickly engulfed the home.
This was the scene- Flames consumed the home on Mount Cross Road and West Sunrise Drive.
Part of the roof caved in- the house was gutted.
Firefighters say the home belongs to Sheriff's Deputy A-W Cheney (chain-ee).
No word yet on whether anyone was home when the fire broke out. No one was hurt.
A Danville man is fighting for his life tonight, after his went airborne and flipped several times in Pittsylvania County.
State police say 26-year-old Joseph Mangum was driving in the wrong lane on Whitmell School Road when he went into a curve, and saw an oncoming vehicle.
He reportedly swerved to miss it - and lost control.
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((HE WENT INTO THE DITCH STARTED ROLLING DOWN THE HILL THEN HE FELL OUT AND STOPPED AND LAY IN THE DITCH.))
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State police say speed WAS a factor in the accident.
A 14 year-old Bassett High School student died today after collapsing in class.
Tiffany Craighead was in 9-th grade.
There's no word yet on what caused her death.
Henry County's School Superintendent says this a tremendous loss for the school -- and that counselors will be at Bassett High School tomorrow to talk with students.
Due to the loss - the Piedmont District basketball tournament -- scheduled for tonight was postponed until tomorrow.
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Virginians don't pick their next governor for another 20 months.
But tonight, all four potential candidates were in the same place for the first time ever.
Ellen Qualls has their story.
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(( Republicans Mark Earley and John Hager are already publicly calling themselves candidates for 2001.
But on the Democratic side...
((MARK WARNER/D-FORMER SENATE CANDIDATE: ))
And don't forget L-F Payne: he lost to Hager in the Lieutenant Governor's race in 1997 -- and he gave up his Southside and central Virginia congressional seat after the Republican takeover of Capitol Hill.
((L.F. PAYNE/D-FORMER CONGRESSMAN; ))
From Payne, a challenge to whoever's running.
((L.F. PAYNE: ))
((LT. GOV. JOHN HAGER: ))
Hager's opposition for the GOP nomination was sporting a new look-- contact lenses instead of glasses -- and also made a little news, as the last prominent Virginia Republican to climb on board the George W- Bush campaign.
((ATTORNEY GENERAL MARK EARLEY: ))
So who had the best line of the night?
The guy who had the job they all want.
Jim Gilmore dubbed them "governor wannabes."
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
John McCain may have racked up surprising primary victories recently - but George W- Bush is still the strong Republican favorite in our area.
That's the finding of a News 7 poll released today.
The Mason-Dixon poll of 621 likely Virginia voters shows - statewide - 48 per cent favor Bush, 37 per cent are for McCain.
Bush gets the most support in western and southwest Virginia .. 57 per cent, almost double McCain's 29.
In Southside and Central Virginia - Bush has a 54 to 31 edge over McCain.
Among those saying they're Independents or Democrats, McCain takes the lead 54 percent to Bush's 25.
Virginia's Republican Primary is Tuesday, February 29-th.
John McCain's campaign says he may be in Virginia Beach on Monday-- pumping up his supporters in the military.
Today, his younger brother was in Richmond with P-O-Ws who support McCain.
JOE McCain lives in Fairfax.
He says his brother is NOT exactly asking Democrats and Independents to vote in Tuesday's Virginia primary.
But he clearly wouldn't mind if they did.
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((JOE MCCAIN/SEN. MCCAIN'S BROTHER: NOT SO MUCH DEMOCRATS OR INDEPENDENTS. JOHN HAS NEVER MADE A MESSAGE DIRECTLY TO DEMOCRATS OR INDEPENDENTS. BUT THE FACT IS WE THINK THE REASON THERE ARE SO MANY INDEPENDENTS IS BECAUSE THEY'D BE REPUBLICANS UNDER JOHN'S LEADERSHIP. IT'S THE PARTY LEADERSHIP NOW THAT HAS 25 OR 30 PERCENT INDEPENDENTS NOW IN PRACTICALLY EVERY STATE WE'RE WORKING IN.))
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Virginia's primary is like Michigan's-- open to all voters.
But voters must sign a pledge that they will NOT participate in the nominating process of any other party.
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One of the Senator's votes on Tuesday will come from a man who calls McCain his brother.
Jim Berger was a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
He met McCain when they were serving time in the same prison.
Berger was an Air Force pilot, shot down in 1966.
He was a P-O-W for 6 years and three months -- nine months longer than McCain.
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Berger says his military training taught him not to favor one party over another.
But that changed when McCain entered the race.
Berger says he began campaigning for McCain because he knows what kind of person it takes to survive in a prison camp.
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George W. Bush is scheduled to be in Richmond tomorrow.
He'll be working the phones at his Virginia phone bank... and helping Virginia Republicans raise a quarter million dollars at a gala dinner.
George W. Bush did not intervene- Neither did the U-S Supreme Court - Tonight a 62 year old Texas grandmother was executed- for the killing of her fifth husband.
Teresa Estacio has more.
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EVERYTHING BETTY BEETS PUT IN US, THROUGH OUT THESE 17 YEARS CAN FINALLY BE GONE.
THAT IS JAMES BEETS.
HIS FATHER, A DALLAS FIREMAN, WAS SHOT TO DEATH BY THE 62-YEAR OLD
THE FORMER BARMAID KNOWN AS THE BLACK WIDOW WAS CONVICTED IN 1985 OF KILLING BEETS HER 5TH HUSBAND.
HE WAS FOUND BURIED IN HER YARD. AS WELL AS HER FOURTH HUSBAND.
BEETS WAS ALSO CHARGED WITH SHOOTING AND WOUNDING HER SECOND HUSBAND. RECENTLY, BEETS CLAIMED SHE WAS A VICTIM OF SPOUSAL ABUSE AND DESERVED
TO HAVE HER LIFE SPARED.
HOWEVER , THE US SUPREME COURT DENIED HER APPEAL. AND TEXAS GOVERNOR
GEORGE BUSH ALSO REFUSED TO GRANT HER A 30 DAY STAY.
ABOUT 100 DEMONSTRATORS GATHERED IN FRONT OF THE PRISON THURSDAY TO
PROTEST THIS LATEST DEATH PENALTY CASE.
TWO YEARS AGO KARLA FAYE TUCKER WAS EXECUTED HERE BEHIND
THOSE BRICK WALLS. BETTY LOU BEETS WAS ONLY THE SECOND WOMAN TO BE
EXECUTED IN TEXAS SINCE THE DEATH PENALTY WAS RE-INSTATED IN THE MID
1970S. TE, CBS NEWS, HUNTSVILLE, TEXAS))
A disgruntled worker apparently is to blame for a fire at Bedford's Rubatex plant this morning.
The blaze started in an extrusion oven in the plant's Waltex division around six.
Police say the worker.. who reportedly was about to be let go.. vandalized several pieces of equipment before leaving.
The suspect has not yet been arrested, so police have not released his name.
He was one of dozens of replacement workers hired since Rubatex's union went on strike last September.
They didn't expect to lose this year...
But supporters of a bill that would have required Virginia women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion are disappointed tonight.
And a suspected bomber is shot and captured - he's at a Richmond hospital tonight.
Details coming up.
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((HEY EVERYONE, STEVE MASON WITH YOU. COMING UP IN SPORTS, OUR MIKE STEVENS SHOWS OFF HIS COACHING TALENTS, THE ODAC WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT IS IN FULL SWING, THE THREE RIVERS DISTRICT TOURNAMENT TAKES THE VALLEY BY STORM, BYRD HAS
A NEW GIRLS HOOPS COACH, CALL UPS STRIKE THE EXPRESS AGAIN, HOPE YOU CAN PICTURE ALL OF THIS IN SPORTS.))
Republicans have chosen their candidates for Roanoke City Council.
The candidates were picked tonight at Republican mass meeting.
Joy Sutton attended the event as joins us from the newsroom with details.
There are four seats up for grabs on Roanoke City Council-- three council member seats, and the mayor's seat.
Democrats currently hold all 7 seven council seats -- But Republicans are confident that will change after the May elections.
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(( Republicans were fired-up at the their mass meeting -- ready to choose candidates -- they know will bring new insight and leadership to Roanoke City Council.
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((BILL CARDER/CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE: IT'S TIME FOR A CHANGE, IT'S TIME FOR A VISION, IT'S TIME FOR EXECUTION, IT'S TIME FOR INCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP NOT EXCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP, IT'S TIME TO LISTEN AND RESPOND TO CITIZENS OF ROANOKE CITY))
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The party voted to endorse Ralph Smith for Mayor, and Don Hogan and Bill Carder as city council members.
Smith says he's not a politician - just a concerned citizen hoping to bring a new approach to city government.
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((RALPH SMITH/MAYORAL CANDIDATE: WHAT I AM IN AWE OF IS PEOPLE WHO DISAGREE WITH ME PHILOSOPHICALLY IN SOME WAY, BUT THEY'RE SUPPORTING ME BECAUSE OF MY BUSINESS ABILITY TO DO THIS.))
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The Candidates say some may think the Democratic candidates are shoe-ins -- but that will not be the case this year.
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((DON HOGAN/CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE: PEOPLE ARE BEGINNING TO SEE WHAT'S GOING ON AND THEY'RE STARTING TO SAY MAYBE WE HAVE THE WRONG PARTY IN OFFICE. MAYBE WE SHOULD GIVE SOMEBODY ELSE A CHANCE))
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There is still one council member seat available on the Republican ballot.
But voters decided to allow the Executive Committee of the Roanoke City Republican Committee to choose that candidate.
The Governor wants it.
The House passed it.
And the Senate Committee that voted on it today was expected to be a little more friendly to the bill than it's been in the past.
So it came as a shock to some anti- abortion activists that the 24- hour waiting period bill was stalled on an eight to seven vote.
The tie-breaker came from the chairman, who announced he's torn on the issue.
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((SEN. WARREN BARRY/R-FAIRFAX: PUTS ME IN A PREDICAMENT THEN THAT I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A STRONG BELIEVER THAT THIS MATTER IS SO IMPORTANT THAT IT'S SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE DECIDED BY WOMEN IN COUNSEL WITH HER FAMILY, HER DOCTOR, AND HER CLERGY, AND NOT BY LAYMEN LEGISLATORS.))
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((FIONA GIVENS/VA. SOCIETY FOR HUMAN LIFE: UNTIL LAST WEEK, WE WERE CONFIDENT. SENATOR BARRY HAD EXPRESSED SOME RESERVATIONS. WE HOPED THAT THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN ANSWERED TODAY.))
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The bill would require a 24 hour reflection period before an abortion, and after a woman gets information on the procedure and alternatives from a licensed doctor.
A fugitive suspected of setting off three bombs in Virginia was tracked down today in a crawl space beneath his church.
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State police say they found Luis Cristobal beneath the Dinwiddie County church - with an explosive device and an assault rifle.
He reportedly drew a semi-automatic pistol on the officer who found him and refused to drop it, so the officer shot him.
Cristobal was flown to a Richmond hospital.
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He's suspected of planting two car bombs in Chesterfield County, and a third bomb at an ironworks plant in Petersburg over two weeks ago.
One person was injured.
Cristobal's in Intensive Care at the Medical College of Virginia.
Still ahead - he gave the feds mob boss John Gotti - but tonight - Sammy the Bull Gravano's got legal troubles of his own.
The story, still to come.
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The man who helped bring down Mob Boss John Gotti- is back in trouble with the law.
Salvatore, Sammy the Bull, Gravano- is in jail in Arizona for allegedly financing a drug ring.
Gravano and dozens of others including his ex-wife and daughter- are accused in a drug operation that included distributing the drug ecstasy to teens and young adults.
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((JANET NAPOLITANO/ARIZNOA ATTORNEY GENERAL: ALL I WILL SAY ABOUT HIM AT THIS TIME IS THAT HIS PRIOR TESTIMONY
AGAINST THE MOB WAS NOT FREE PASS TO PEDAL DRUGS TO ARIZONA YOUTH.))
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Gravano is a self confessed hit man who's admitted to 19 murders.
His testimony helped put mob boss John Gotti in prison for life.
Under his deal- Gravano spent only 5 years in prison- he entered a witness protection program in Arizona.
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I'M IN THE COMMUNITY, IM PART OF THE COMMUNITY I'M IN BUSINESS, I RUN
A COUPLE OF BUSINESSES. I'VE NEVER RAN FROM ANYTHING IN MY LIFE.
BASICALLY IN MY HISTORY OF CRIME, THIS IS A MINOR THING. ))
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Agents spent the day at Gravano's ex-wife's home seizing boats, luxury cars and cash-
If convicted Gravano faces 12 years in prison.
Two juvenile girls have been charged with phoning in two bomb threats to Lynchburg's Heritage High School this week.
The threats delayed the start of classes both Monday morning and today.
"No" explosives were ever found.
Police say the phone company helped them determine where the calls came from.
They arrested a 17- year- old and 12- year- old today.
Each faces two counts of threatening to bomb a building.
More details on Tonya Harding's most recent run-in with the law...
The figure skater is charged with domestic violence after she allegedly threw a hubcap at her boyfriend, Darren Silver, and then repeatedly punched him in the face.
She says she was just defending herself.
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((TONYA HARDING: FIRST OF ALL I'D LIKE TO SAY I'M VERY SADDENED BY WHAT HAPPENED WITH DARREN. ALL I WAS TRYING TO DO IS DEFEND MYSELF. THAT'S ALL I CAN SAY RIGHT NOW. THANK YOU.))
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The judge ordered Harding to avoid all contact with Silver. She must also avoid weapons and alcohol.
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Good morning everybody. Let's start on the hardwood.
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament wasn't the only basketball gang grabbing attention at the Salem Civic Center yesterday.
Our very own Mike Stevens is not just a sportscaster. Last night, using the lethal diamond press, Coach Stevens led his son's team to victory at half time of the ODAC women's tournament game between Roanoke and Washington and Lee. After falling behind by a basket, the Cave Spring Hawks won against the Cave Spring Hornets. The ODAC invites local rec teams to come out and play throughout the tournament. Now your numbers.
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Radford University's men's basketball team clinched at least a tie for the Big South regular season championship by beating High Point 74-65 tonight on the road. Mike Hornbuckle lead five Highlanders in double figure scoring with 16 points. Radford is now 17 and 9 and 11 and 2 in the conference
The Virginia Tech women played host to the La Salle Lady Explores last night at Cassell Coliseum in a crucial Atlantic 10 Western Conference match up.
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It was senior night at the Cassell. Kim Seaver and Missy Lemons were both honored for their contributions to the Tech program over the last four years.
In the first half, Bonnie ball was rollin with quick passing. Crystal Starling gets the assists with the dish to Nicole Jones, she rips rope and is fouled, Tech was out in front.
The Lady Hokies then go on the fast break. Amy Wetzel finds Sarah Hicks down court, she steps up and rips rope for the long 2, 15-8 Tech.
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the kiss off the glass.
The Lady Hokies Kim Seaver capitalizes with two of her 12 points as Tech wins 64-57.
The Lady Maroons of Roanoke College will play Guilford in the semi finals of the ODAC tournament at the Salem Civic Center.
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Susan Dunagan and the Maroons open with the Generals of Washington and Lee.
Roanoke's Jill Quesenberry steps up and nails this three pointer from downtown as the Maroons take the early lead.
But the Lady Generals come right back going to Jessica Mentz for two of her game high 14 points.
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Crystal Barrett led the Maroons with her 10-th double-double she scored 13 and pulled down 15 rebounds in the 72 to 58 win over the Generals.
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Guilford beat Virginia Wesleyan 77 to 71.
The semi finals of the Three Rivers district tournament were held at Blacksburg high school yesterday evening.
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In the opener Radford trailed Glenvar by four at the half.
And when Glenvar's chad Phillips scored on the put back the Highlanders went up by six.
But the Bobcats rallied Shane Nichols gets it on the break and scores the layup to make it 32 to 28 Highlanders.
Then with less than a minute left in the third Ben fisher gets the steal and layup and the game was tied at 32.
Radford led by three after three and the Bobcats advance with the 54 to 45 win.
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The Giles Spartans and Auburn would hook up in the other semi final.
Giles would jump out to the early lead David Clayton hits the short jumper in the paint to make it 7 to 3 Spartans.
But Auburn would come right back as Nick Stewart hits the three pointer and Auburn would cut the lead to 1 7 to 6.
Auburn would keep the game close in the first half with the outisde shot from T. J. Campbell.
The Spartans then kick it outside to Paul Sutphin he nails the jumper for a 5 point lead but Auburn goes on to win it 65 to 62.
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William Byrd announced yesterday that Marcee Hufton is the Lady Terriers new head girls basketball coach.
Hufton is the Lady Terriers softball coach and attended high school at Byrd. She played hoops at the Vinton high school. She replaces Debbie Williams Arthur. Hufton was also a stand out college basketball player in the ODAC at Roanoke.
A few years ago, Chicago and Indiana was a great rivalry in the NBA. With the Bulls rebuilding, it's usually just a great show for Pacers fans.
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Larry Bird looking calm before this one.
Look att the new Bull work. John Starks, from Golden State steps up and nails the three pointer.
[SUPER=32-Indiana/100/Chicago/83;] Rookie Elton Brand rocked the Pacers house with 38 points including this Jorda
n-like fade away that made it 65-65 in the third.
But Jalen Rose had an answer, along with his 22 points as the Pacers win 100-83.
Roanoke travels to Hampton Roads tomorrow night. Defenseman Duane Harmer has been called up, the team announced today.
Harms has been called up to the Providence Bruins and will join Mike Peron and Dieon Del Monte this weekend. The Express will be without six of it's top eight scorers for Saturday night's game. The Express has won with young talent. Scott Gordon and Perry Florio have developed 14 new Express players this season.
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The Cave Spring boy's swim team won the school's firstt state aquatics title over the weekend.
Last night, members of the team gathered at the Gator Aquatic Center to strike a pose and continue celebrating the State Championship.
The Knights boys nipped South Lakes high school by just five points to win the crown at George Mason University.
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