Race fans are in place- -ready to part with their money in Martinsville.
We'll begin NEWS 7 with a look at that.
And see if we can figure out whether it makes sense to have two craft shows in Roanoke the same weekend.
In sports, Virginia Tech and Virginia prepare for conference games this weekend.
And Tony Stewart will start on the pole for this Sunday's NAPA AutoCare 500 at the Martinsville Speedway.
Weekend weather pattern looks good. The tropics stay active and weather for Martinsville should be comfortable on Sunday. All that ahead.
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((WE'RE JUST READY TO GO RACING.))
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NASCAR fans pour into Martinsville, where big-league racing brings in the big bucks.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
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It's a huge race weekend in Martinsville. NASCAR holds its Winston Cup race there on Sunday.
Tens of thousands of fans are coming in from all over, and the city is doing its best to take advantage.
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Surae Chinn is in our Danville Newsroom to show us what they're doing.
Keith--People are gearing up for the big race at the speedway, and they're gearing up a few miles away in the center of Martinsville. "Speedfest" should bring in plenty of dollars before the checkered flag waves on Sunday.
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[SUPER=01-Gene Gibson/Race fan from Minnesota; :21]
[SUPER=01-Joe Cobbe/Speedfest Chairman; :45]
[SUPER=01-Tim Martin/Hooker Furniture Outlet; :57]
[SUPER=01-Sharon Shepherd/Waitress; 1:07]
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The big event might be here at the Martinsville Speedway but it's in the city where you'll find all the festivities.
More than one hundred vendors have lined the streets for the second annual Speedfest event in uptown Martinsville.
Gene Gibson and his friends have come from the Midwest.
((GENE GIBSON/RACE FAN FROM WISCONSIN: WE TRAVELED 13 HUNDRED MILES. I'M GETTING TO BE A BIG FAN OF NASCAR CHEVROLET. AND EARNHARDT'S GOING TO WIN. THAT'S IT.))
True or not.... Speedfest organizers say it's the city of Martinsville that's the big winner....Complete with entertainment, crafts and -an anticipated crowd of 35 thousand , they expect atleast 30 millions dollars to pour in this race weekend.
((JOE COBBS/SPEEDFEST CHAIRMAN: IT'S HUGE FOR THIS COMMUNITY. THE WHOLE RACING INDUSTRY IS HUGE FOR THIS COMMUNITY.))
It's huge for Tim Martin who owns his business in town. He expects to sell thousands of dollars of furniture in the next couple of days.
((TIM MARTIN/HOOKER FURNITURE: WE'VE ALREADY DONE 5 THOUSAND DOLLARS AND IT'S FROM EVERYONE OUT OF TOWN AND AFFILIATED WITH THE RACE ORGANIZATION.))
((SHARON SHEPHERD/WAITRESS: WE ARE EXPECTING TRIPLE OR MORE OF BUSINESS IT REALLY PICKS UP.))
And many race fans say they don't mind giving Martinsville a boost and spending the cash.
((GENE GIBSON/RACE FAN FROM MINNESOTA: OH ABSOLUTELY SURE THAT'S PART OF THE FUN IS SPENDING THE MONEY.))
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Speedfest will go until 11 this evening. And it will start up again tomorrow at 11.
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(QUESTION: What kind of traffic should people expect?)
Roads will be blocked off in town. But organizers say there is plenty of parking around the event.
Mike Stevens has qualifying results live from the speedway in about 20 minutes.
A Japanese auto parts company is bringing 25 new jobs to Wythe County.
The company, Somic Ishikawa (SAW-mic ISH-ee-ka-wa), will invest more than five million dollars in the area, as it hires workers over the next two years.
It will be the first tenant in Wythe County's new Progress Park.
The company makes steering and suspension systems for passenger cars, trucks, industrial and agricultural vehicles.
Virginia beat out Tennessee and Maine as potential sites for the plant.
A tractor trailer overturned on a narrow, mountain highway in Amherst County this afternoon- -dumping a bridge in the road.
A piece of a bridge, anyway.
The rig had been righted by the time we got there... though traffic was still snarled as a crew hoisted the steel section back onto the flat-bed.
It happened on Route 130, about three miles from the Rockbridge County line- -
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not far from the permanent site of the bridge over the James River.
It'll be part of the Appalachian Trail, the largest foot bridge in the entire National Park system.
Police found a woman wanted in California for abducting her two children in Radford today.
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Radford police say they arrested 30-year-old Lashon Bettis for kidnapping her sons, ages two and five.
The boys were from Los Angeles, where they were in her husband's custody.
Now, they're on their way back to California.
Police are holding Bettis in the New River Valley jail without bond.
Authorities say they plan to extradite her to Los Angeles to face abduction charges.
Crafts mean big business in the Valley this weekend; two shows are running just a few miles apart.
As News 7 business reporter Jennifer Miele reports, that means crafty competition.
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[SUPER=01-Patricia Wagstaff/Salem Show Organizer;:41]
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(( Santa Claus won't make it around the world tonight, because this weekend, Santa isn't leaving Salem-- but shoppers are. Both the Salem Civic Center and the Roanoke Civic Center are hosting classic arts and crafts festivals.
Is the Valley big enough for the both of them?
((LENA TAYLOR/CRAFTER: IT'S NEVER PRESENTED A PROBLEM FOR US, IN FACT, I THINK IT HAS KIND OF BEEN GOOD.))
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((JENNIFER MIELE/REPORTING: THERE'S MORE TO THE STORY THAN TWO-STOP SHOPPING, THOUGH. THE SHOWS ARE ACTUALLY IN COMPETITION ALL ACROSS THE REGION. IN FACT, THEY GO HEAD TO HEAD IN RICHMOND AND WASHINGTON, D.C. EVERY YEAR.))
Organizers of the Roanoke event say organizers of the Salem show follow them around the country trying to cash in on the overflow of shoppers.
Salem organizers deny that.
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((PATRICIA WAGSTAFF/SALEM SHOW ORGANIZER: OH, THAT'S NOT TRUE, NO. WE ARE AT THE MERCY OF WHATEVER DATES ARE AVAILABLE TO US. AND YOU CAN ASK THE DIRECTOR HERE, WHATEVER DATES THAT ARE AVAILABLE HERE ARE THE DATES THAT ARE GIVEN.))
Two shows in a 10 mile radius... naughty, nice, or just plane crafty?
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((WHEN YOU HAVE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS AT ONE TIME, EACH ONE DRAWS FOR THE OTHER ONE. I THINK IT WORKS OUT, IT WORKS OUT.))
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Make you list, and then shop for it twice..... if one show doesn't have it, the other might.
Jennifer Miele, News 7.))
Still ahead on News 7, Norfolk Southern is preparing shareholders for some bad news.
And a New York dancer is bringing a slice of the Big Apple to this weekend's Henry Street Festival.
A collaboration between Roanoke elementary school students and a New York dancer will entertain the audience at the Henry Street Heritage Festival.
This afternoon, fourth and fifth grade dance students at Westside Elementary were wrapping up their rehearsals for tomorrow's appearance.
They'll perform an African dance piece they've put together with the help of their teacher Wendi Wagner and New York artist Theresa Howard.
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((THERESA HOWARD/DANCE TEACHER: ADULTS ARE MORE LIKE REFINED. YES WE'RE LEARNING. CHILDREN JUST LEARN AND WHEN THEY GET IT THEY'RE EXCITED ABOUT IT. AND THAT'S THE JOY. THAT'S WHY I DO IT. LIKE I ALWAYS HAVE TO HAVE CHILDREN IN MY LIFE THAT WAY TO REMIND ME OF THAT.))
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The students will perform tomorrow afternoon at One o'clock on the main stage in Elmwood Park.
A Bedford woman is cashing in on new tax credits and boosting the state economy
by promising that her 158-acre family farm near the Peaks of Otter will never be developed.
Barbara Hatcher has created a conservation easement, so even if she sells her land -- no one can slice it into a subdivision.
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((BARBARA HATCHER/LANDOWNER: IT WAS QUITE A BIG FARMING AREA AT ONE TIME. WHERE YOU SEE ALL THE TREES, THERE WERE VERY FEW OF THEM. MOST OF THEM HAD BEEN CUT DOWN AT SOME TIME SO WE COULD HAVE TOMATOES AND THERE WERE CANNERIES ALL AROUND HERE.))
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Starting this year, people who protect their land can earn up to 50-thousand-dollars in tax credits -- and in some cases -- get paid what they would have made on future development.
The state profits too -- every year the Blue Ridge Parkway pulls about 300 million dollars into the area and provides 13 thousand jobs.
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((MICHAEL VAN NESS/WESTERN VA LAND TRUST: IF THE VIEWS OF THE PARKWAY WERE CUT BY 25 PERCENT MORE 75 PERCENT OF THOSE VISITORS WOULDN'T RETURN FOR ANOTHER TRIP. SO THAT'S REALLY SHOWING US THE IMPORTANCE OF THESE PRIVATE LANDS ADJACENT TO THE PARKWAY.))
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This is the first property in Bedford donated to the Western VA Land Trust.
Norfolk Southern says it expects earnings in the third quarter to be lower than analysts projected.
The railroad says it should post a profit between 22 and 26 cents a share.
Market watchers had estimated earnings would be about 27 cents a share.
The company says its third-quarter profits will include a 72 million dollar gain from the sale of timber rights held by subsidiaries.
Norfolk Southern also says the high cost of diesel fuel is cutting into profits.
The bulls didn't run long on Wall Street.
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Today, the DOW plunged 172 points, NASDAQ lost 106.
The Bloomberg News 7 Index lost just over a point.
A dream came true this morning thanks to the Live A Dream Foundation.
Nannette Compton and her family left for Disney World.
We told you a couple weeks ago how Nannette is dying from cancer and five brain tumors, and her dying wish was to go to the Magic Kingdom.
And thanks to donations from the community and businesses the Live A Dream Foundation raised more then enough money to send the family.
Nannette says seeing the kids excited gives her joy.
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((NANNETTE COMPTON: THEY CAN'T WAIT TO GO AND ALL THE THINGS THEY CAN SEE AND RIDES THEY CAN RIDE THEY WANT TO RIDE ALL THE ROLLER COASTERS AND THEY WANT ME TO RIDE WITH THEM BUT I DON'T THINK SO.))
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Close to five thousand dollars was raised.
Tonight on News 7 at 11 we'll hear from the family and one local businesses that pitched in to make this dream a reality.
Virginia Tech is warning anyone using the university's trademarks on their websites to cease and desist.
The university owns federal trademarks for the names "Virginia Tech" and "Hokies."
This week, Tech sent letters to Internet registrants who use those names in their web addresses telling them they're breaking the law.
Some of the unauthorized sites are commercial enterprises ... but many were just created by fans.
Tech says all are infringing on the school's trademark.
Many of the websites are inactive or have already complied with Tech's request.
And coming up in sports, Tony Stewart captures the pole position at Martinsville Virginia hits the road for a conference game at Wake Forest.
And Michael Vick and the Hokies are in Boston College for a Big East Conference game.
The Winston Cup cars qualified at Martinsville today for Sunday's NAPA AutoCare 500. Mike Stevens is at the track bringing us all the action, Mike.
Mike Ad Libs
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[SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/NAPA 500 Defending Champ; :14]
[SUPER=01-Tony Stewart/NAPA 500 Pole Winner; :48]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Burton/Nervous Father; 1:13]
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[SUPER=0107-1. Tony Stewart/95.371/2. Rusty Wallace//3. Jeff Burton//4. Ward Burton//5. Jeff Gordon//;]
[SUPER=0107-6. Kenny Wallace//7. Bobby Hamilton//8. Mike Skinner//9. Brett Bodine//10. Steve Park//;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Ricky Rudd//12. Dale Earnhardt//13. Jerry Nadeau//14. Bobby Labonte//15. Ted Musgrave//;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Robert Pressley//17. Wally Dallenbach//18. Darrell Waltrip//19. Rick Mast//20. Bill Elliott//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Dave Blaney//22. Casey Atwood//23. Mark Martin//24. Joe Nemechek//25. Jimmy Spencer//;]
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Mike throws back to Roy
Virginia Tech battles Boston College in Chestnut Hill Massachusetts tomorrow in a key Big East match up for the Hokies.
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Season; :00]
While Tech beat the Eagles convincingly last year, it was not easy, especially with how physical Boston College plays.
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[SUPER=01-Bryan Stinespring/Tech Off. Line Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-David Pugh/Virginia Tech Defensive Tackle; :13]
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[WIPE TO BOSTON COLLEGE/TECH PINNACLE BOARD!!!!!]
You can catch the Tech/Boston College game right here on your Hometown Station.
Virginia is also on the road. The 2 and 2 Cavaliers battle Wake Forest in an ACC clash in Winston-Salem.
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The Wahoos downed the Demon Deacons last year in Charlottesville. Tomorrow's game is crucial.
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[SUPER=01-Dan Ellis/UVa Quarterback; :00]
[SUPER=01-Donny Green/UVa Linebacker; :]
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The Keydets of V-M-I hit the road this weekend for a Southern Conference showdown with Georgia Southern.
V-M-I is 0 and 4 Kickoff is 1 oclock.
The Liberty Flames put their 1 and 3 record on the line at home tomorrow afternoon against Wingate. Kickoff is 7 oclock.
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And Washington and Lee has a big ODAC game in Lexington tomorrow against Randolph-Macon. Tthe Generals are 3 and 0 the best start for the team in many years. Kickoff is 1 oclock.
Macon has won each of the last 10 meetings between the schools.
The Roanoke Express has hired an interim play by play radio broadcaster for tthe 2000-2001 season.
John Reiter joins the Express after spending the summer as a broadcaster for the Salem Avalanche. He replaces Randy Sieminski who accepted a job with the N-H-L's Florida Panthers as their Media Relations Manager.
Reiter's commitments to the Avalanche means he will not be available after the regular season ends in March.