Local hunters can now donate a couple bucks even if they leave the blind empty-handed.
And, State Police recruit a whole new class of rookies... before they've even graduated from high school.
Tonight in sports, the latest on the ACC/ Big East wranglings, there's a new golf course in West Virginia that pays tribute to the late Sam Snead,
plus we'll preview the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
The potential for flash flooding remains the major weather story. A look at current warnings and the 7 day outlook just ahead.
News 7 is next.
[IN Q=An employee of]
((AN EMPLOYEE OF ONE OF THE FOOD BANKS WE VISITED RECENTLY COMMENTED THAT FOOD SHOULD NOT BE ON A CHILD'S WISH LIST. DAVID DID HIS BEST TO SEE THAT THIS DID NOT HAPPEN.))
[OUT Q=did not happen.]
More than a year after his death, a Bedford County man continues to make a difference in the lives of hungry people throughout Virginia.
Governor Mark Warner today signed into law the David Horne Hunger Relief Bill.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
And I'm Shannon Young.
David Horne used to call himself a "professional beggar".
For more than a decade, his Hunters for the Hungry program kept thousands of hungry Virginians from begging for food.
Steve Smallshaw tells us the effort is going stronger than ever.
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[IN Q=For eleven years]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co./File Tape; :00]
[SUPER=01-Laura Newell-Furniss/Hunters for the Hungry; :18]
[SUPER=01-Bill Woodfin/VGIF Director; 1:09]
[OUT Q=News7, Bedford County.]
(( For eleven years, David Horne was a man with a mission.
((LET ME GET YOUR NAME SIR..))
From his tiny offices in Big Island, Horne directed one of the most successful food donation programs in the country.. taking in donated deer from hunters and turning it into venison for food banks across Virginia.
((LAURA NEWELL-FURNISS/HUNTERS FOR THE HUNGRY: HE TOOK THE IDEA OF PROVIDING VENISON TO THOSE IN NEED AND BUILT IT INTO THE MOST SUCCESSFUL EFFORT OF ITS KIND IN OUR NATION.))
[OUT Q=our nation.]
In fact, the program became a victim of its own success.. every year it had more deer than it could afford to process.
Before he died last year, Horne was working with lawmakers on a bill that would allow hunters to donate two dollars to the program every time they bought or renewed their hunting license.
That dream was signed into reality Wednesday by Governor Mark Warner.
Over the years, hunters have done their part in donating venison to the cause.. officials say they're confident sportsmen will continue to give to make a difference.
((LT. GOV. TIM KAINE: AND BECAUSE THE HUNTERS HAVE ALREADY PROVEN THEIR GENEROSITY BEYOND ANY MEASURE, WE HAVE REASON TO BELIEVE THAT A LOT OF THEM WILL CHECK OFF, WILL CONTINUE TO BE GENEROUS AND EXPAND THE ABILITY OF HUNTERS FOR THE HUNGRY TO PROVIDE FOR THOSE IN NEED.))
[OUT Q=those in need.]
((BILL WOODFIN/VGIF DIRECTOR: WE'RE GOING TO SEE HUNTERS STEP UP TO THE PLATE. THEY'RE GOING TO SAY THIS IS IMPORTANT, THIS IS GOING TO SUCCEED AND I THINK WE'RE GOING TO SEE HUNTERS DO WHAT THEY HAVE ALWAYS DONE AND THAT IS TO SUPPORT PROGRAMS THAT ARE IMPORTANT AND THEY'RE PASSIONATE ABOUT.))
[OUT Q=passionate about.]
In twelve years, the program has distributed more than six million servings of venison.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County. ))
Troubles with the law apparently led a Botetourt man to kill himself and his wife.
A passing motorist found 53-year-old Chester Spangler Junior and his 53-year-old wife, Carolyn, dead inside their car in a church parking lot last night.
The sheriff says Chester Spangler apparently shot his wife and then himself and left behind a note.
There were no signs of struggle.
Spangler had been indicted earlier this month by a grand jury.
He was charged with stealing 200-thousand dollars' worth of heavy equipment.
Friday, he was released from jail on bond.
The sheriff says the couple apparently did NOT attend Pierce Chapel United Methodist Church, where their bodies were found.
A Virginia ban on so-called "partial-birth" abortions is set to go into effect July First.
But a reproductive rights group is now suing to stop it.
The Center for Reproductive Rights claims that the Virginia law violates a U-S Supreme Court ruling allowing such procedures when the mother's health is in danger.
The suit also contends the ban is vague.
Attorney General Jerry Kilgore says the law was carefully drafted to withstand a legal challenge.
"It would never occur to Cecil Knox to write an illicit prescription," though the government certainly believes he did.
We got that unique perspective on the case today from his wife.
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[SUPER=01-Donna Knox/Dr. Cecil Knox's Wife; ]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :43]
[SUPER=04-February 2002; 1:16]
[OUT Q=LIKE THIS IN MY LIFE.]
(( Donna Knox is an attorney. Not her husband's lawyer, not an expert on criminal law.
Though not a part of the team preparing her husband's defense, there's probably no more strident an advocate for Cecil Knox than his wife.
((I'VE WATCHED CECIL PRACTICE MEDICINE FOR 18 YEARS, I KNOW HOW MUCH HE STRUGGLES TO MAKE GOOD SOLID DECISIONS FOR HIS PATIENTS AND HOW MUCH HE WORKS AT BEING THE BEST DOCTOR THAT HE CAN AND PRACTICING GOOD MEDICINE. IT WOULD NEVER OCCUR TO HIM TO WRITE AN ILLICIT PRESCRIPTION FOR WHATEVER REASON. ))
She recalls the day- -two years ago- -when federal agents arrived at the couple's North County home with a search warrant.
She says people who routinely operate on the shady side of the law probably may expect government agents at their door... but,
((WE DON'T BREAK THE LAW. SO WHEN YOU HAVE A DOZEN AGENTS SHOW UP AT THE DOOR WITH GUNS AND VESTS AND A BATTERING RAM AND EVERYTHING THAT FLOWS FROM THAT, IT SHAKES YOUR WORLD IN WAYS THAT ARE REALLY VERY DIFFICULT TO STATE CLEARLY.))
It was the beginning of what she now calls "a dark time." Her husband stands charged with 83 counts in a racketeering and kick-back conspiracy that alleges Knox prescribed OxyContin without a legitimate purpose, causing death and personal injury.
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((I READ THE ALLEGATIONS. I HEARD THEM IN COURT. IF MY LIFE WEREN'T BEING SO DEVASTATED BY THIS I WOULD THINK THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT SOMEBODY ELSE.))
Knox agreed to be interviewed himself, but his attorneys advised against it.
They also recommended the Knoxes cancel a benefit event scheduled this weekend at their home. Invited guests had been asked to bring their favorite dish and a donation to help cover what will ultimately amount to a million dollar legal bill.
((If you throw enough money at a problem like this can you solve it? I DON'T KNOW. I DON'T KNOW. I'VE NEVER SEEN SOMETHING LIKE THIS IN MY LIFE.))
We'll continue our examination of this issue tomorrow night on NEWS 7 at SIX, as we hear from a psychiatrist in Utah who was ultimately acquitted on similar charges.
Plenty of politicians come off the bench to join the fight between the Big East and A-C-C.
Still ahead on News 7, why one analyst says that's not a good thing.
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And these kids aren't just out for a joy-ride.
They're at summer camp, learning what it's like to be a Virginia State Trooper.
Leaders with the Atlantic Coast Conference spoke for three hours today.
But they are still apparently no closer to adding Miami, Syracuse and Boston College.
An A-C-C spokesman says league commissioner John Swofford (SWAH'-fird) had no comment on the issues discussed in the
meeting or when another conference call would be scheduled.
Meanwhile, political pressure to prevent the A-C-C from expanding is growing and may be having some effect.
Everyone from Governor Warner to Attorney General Jerry Kilgore, to a group of Senators and members of the House of Representatives has voiced concerns about the plans to expand.
U-V-A Polictical analyst Larry Sabato says the politicians should keep off the playing field.
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[IN Q=People care about]
((LARRY SABATO/UVA POLITICAL ANALYST: PEOPLE CARE A LOT ABOUT THEIR COLLEGE SPORTS TEAM AND WHAT PEOPLE CARE ABOUT INEVITABLY BECOMES WHAT POLITICIANS TALK ABOUT SO NOW POLITICIANS ARE DEEPLY INVOLVED IN A SUBJECT THAT PROBABLY SHOULDN'T BE INVOLVED IN BUT THEY DO WHAT PEOPLE WANT.))
[SUPER=01-Larry Sabato/UVA Political Analyst]
[OUT Q=people want]
Although he is a U-V-A professor, Sabato supports Virginia Tech entering the A-C-C.
He believes it would be good for the conference and the two universities because of the in-state rivalry.
A Blacksburg artist working on a sculpture that will honor fallen police officers says the project has been a learning experience.
Lawrence Bechtel (beck-Tel) designed "Officer Down," which depicts a wounded officer and his comrade kneeling by his side.
Bechtel worked with actual police officers to create this scale model of what it will look like once it's done.
He says the experience has given him a new respect for their profession.
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[IN Q=when i see]
((LAWRENCE BECHTEL/SCULPTOR: WHEN I SEE A POLICE CAR WHEN I HEAR A SIREN NOW, EVEN SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS THAT, IT'S MUCH MORE MEANINGFUL TO ME, SO I REALLY LIKE THAT 2257))
[OUT Q=really like that]
The model will be digitized to create a life-size bronzed statue, that will stand outside of the new Roanoke Police Building on Campbell Avenue.
It's scheduled to be unveiled in May of 2004 during National Police Memorial week.
Nearly 400 union workers at General Electric in Salem will vote on a tentative contract proposal next Tuesday.
The agreement affects about 5 percent of the total G-E workforce.
G-E workers went on strike in January to put pressure on the company leading up to contract negotiations.
I-U-E/C-W-A Union officials say that strike won the contract battle, and now is recommending union workers approve the contract.
They add the new contract essentially freezes health care costs that workers pay, and raises pension benefits for retirees.
The tentative agreement was reached just hours before the old contract was set to expire this past Sunday.
If approved, the new contract would run through 2007.
Wall Street put in a mixed day thanks to some profit-taking.
[TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
The DOW fell 29 points.
NASDAQ rose nine.
Did you ever want to know what it is like to be a Virginia State trooper...
29 high school students from across the state are getting that chance.
Meghan Muldoon tells us more about the Junior Law Cadets.
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[SUPER=03-Chesterfield Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dewey Parsons/Danville Cadet; :23]
[SUPER=01-Trooper Steve Lowe/Wytheville; :41]
[SUPER=01-Ken Powell/Director; :50]
[SUPER=01-Megan Brewster/Lynchburg Cadet; 1:20]
[OUT Q=MM, News 7, Fort Pickett]
(([NAT Sound GET DOWN GET DOWN]
Swat team maneuvers, defensive driving courses and target practice...it's all part of the training for Virginia State troopers.
And part of the Junior Law Cadets, a program for rising high school seniors sponsored by the American Legion and Virginia State Police.
[IN Q=I HAVE TO TELL YOU]
((DEWEY PARSONS/DANVILLE CADET: I HAVE TO TELL YOU THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST FUN TIMES I'VE EVER HAD IN MY LIFE. JUST BEING OUT HERE BEING ABLE TO DRIVE THE CARS AND SHOOT THE WEAPONS. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE DON'T GET TO DO ON AN EVERYDAY BASIS.))
[OUT Q=ON AN EVERYDAY BASIS.]
The program is now in its 14th year.
Organizers say they hope it encourages more young people to go into law enforcement but say there are other benefits as well.
[IN Q=I THINK THEY PICK UP]
((TROOPER STEVE LOWE/WYTHEVILLE: I THINK THEY PICK UP A SENSE OF LEADERSHIP. THEY PICK UP A SENSE OF DISCIPLINE AND ORDER AND STRUCTURE IN THEIR LIVES THAT THEY MAY NOT GET SOMEWHERE ELSE.))
[OUT Q=MAY NOT GET SOMEWHERE ELSE.]
[IN Q=IF THEY LEAVE HERE]
((KEN POWELL/DIRECTOR: IF THEY LEAVE HERE WITH NOTHING MORE THAN THE RESPECT OF A POLICE OFFICER'S UNIFORM AND WHAT IT STANDS FOR THAT MONEY'S BEEN WELL SPENT.))
[OUT Q=MONEY WELL SPENT.]
Police officials say that about half of the former junior law cadets DO end up pursuing law enforcement as a career.
In addition to skidding and shooting, the program involves class room instruction, jail tours and physical fitness.
And while it may look like all fun and games, it is training that state troopers and eventually the junior law cadets come to take very seriously.
[IN Q=I HAVE A LOT MORE RESPECT]
((MEGAN BREWSTER/LYNCHBURG CADET: I HAVE A LOT MORE RESPECT FOR THEM. I THOUGHT THEY JUST LIKE TO GO AROUND AND WRITE TICKETS. I REALLY RESPECT THEM A LOT MORE.))
[OUT Q=THEM A LOT MORE.]
and who knows how far that appreciation may take them..
Meghan Muldoon, News 7, Fort Pickett.))
Coming up, John Swofford has been working the phones to gain support for ACC expansion, the 14th annual Commonwealth Games are just around the corner, and
legendary golfer Sam Snead's legacy will live on through a golf course built in his honor.
Virginia has informed the ACC that it will not vote in favor of the league's expansion due to the intense political pressure that the school is receiving around the state. Uva's stance appears to now put pressure on both Duke and North Carolina to vote yes.
One other possibility is still out there though. According to the Washington Post, ACC leaders have asked their lawyers to explore the possibility of amending the league's by-laws, so that 6 pro-expansion votes would be sufficient to move forward.
The ACC has also hired the North Carolina PR firm of French West Vaughan in an attempt to improve its image in the expansion debate.
The Commonwealth Games of Virginia return to the Valley and surrounding area in just a couple of weeks. This marks the 14th year for the Olympic style festival.
[SUPER=04-2002 Commonwealth Games; :00]
The number of sports offered, has grown from 29 to 47 this year. But as in years past, basketball is the most popular.
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[SUPER=01-Pete Lampman/Virginia Amateur Sports President; :07]
[OUT Q=available for them."]
Sam Snead captivated us for decades. We lost him at 90 last May and his longtime home course, the Greenbrier, has joined forces with a development group to build "The Snead" Sporting Club's golf course. Steve Mason has more.
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[SUPER=03-Greenbrier, WV; :00]
[SUPER=01-Larry Kline/Greenbrier Sporting Club General Manager; :16]
[SUPER=01-Jack Snead/Sam's Son & Golf Course Architect; :48]
[SUPER=01-Steve Schram/Dolan, Pollak and Schram Development; 1:21]
[OUT Q=....News 7 sports"]
((The 18 hole, par 71 seven thousand yard course is nestled in the blue ridge mountains in White Sulfur Springs West Virginia. And while the course is still under construction, it is quite clear this course is quickly taking on some very distinct characteristics of its name
sake, Slammin Sammy Snead.
The course was designed by famous golf architect Tom Fazio. It will also have the touch of Sam's son Jack, who carries on his fathers name in his own golf course design work from his home in Hot Springs.
The Snead will be a private club with a membership initiation fee of 95 thousand bucks. Dolan, Pollak and Schram Development is building 500 lots around the course and 200 of them have already been purchased. Many of the buyers were sold on the chance to play on a course with a big name.
This is the Greenbrier's fourth course and it will showcase the areas natural landscape. Many holes will have five tee boxes and the elevation changes will make the course challenging but not playable to the ordinary hacker. Just the way Sam Snead would have wanted it.))
Nascar drivers will make right and left hand turns for a change this week in the first of 2 road races on the schedule. The Dodge-Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway should provide a nice change of pace.
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[SUPER=01-Kurt Busch/Rubbermaid Ford Driver; :00]
[OUT Q=feel comfortable there, can't wait."]
Virgnina Tech's annual Civil War event is now in its 25th year.
"Campaigning with Lee" is the oldest summer Civil War event in the U-S.
More than 130 Civil War buffs from all over the nation participate in the weeklong event, attending seminars and visiting historical sites across the area.
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[IN Q=for example]
((BUD ROBERTSON/HEAD ORGANIZER: FOR EXAMPLE YESTERDAY WE WERE IN ROANOKE GOING TO PLACES LIKE THE FIFTH AVENUE CHURCH. A PREDOMINANTLY BLACK CHURCH WHO'S CHANCELLOR WINDOW IS A MEMORIAL TO STONEWALL JACKSON.5832 TOMORROW THURSDAY WE'LL BE IN SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA WE'RE GOING TO THE LEAD MINES AT AUSTINVILLE, THE IRON MINES THROUGH WYTHEVILLE TO SALTVILLE PLACES SUCH AS THAT.))
[SUPER=01-James "Bud" Robertson, Jr./Head Organizer;]
[OUT Q=as that]
In addition to the summer event, the group also holds a Civil War weekend in March.
Campaigning with Lee will wrap up on Friday.