A pile of wood, paper and feed- -scattered among a dozen railroad cars... we'll take you to Elliston tonight with a LIVE report to see how the clean up is progressing.
And one of the longest running General Assembly sessions fails to create consensus.
Tonight in sports, the Express is back on the home ice tonight looking for win number 39.
Dell Curry is getting back on track as his comeback continues.
And we'll talk with Terry Holland about the everything from paying big bucks for a new coach to the possibility the Hoos could get slapped with an NCAA penalty.
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Looks like the threat of rain will stay with us through Friday but milder air will move in as well.
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Freight trains are once again making their way through a Montgomery County community.
Service was halted last night when a Norfolk Southern train derailed in Elliston.
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Teresa Hamilton has covered the story since last night and joins us now for an update.
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They've finally agreed that they just can't agree -- for now.
The 1998 General Assembly will reconvene at 9 p-m tonight for what many hope is the last time in regular session this year.
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Ellen Qualls is at the State Capitol.
What does that mean?
It means money for the car tax and school construction grants is in the budget that's being printed at this hour-- but the details will need to be worked out at a special session in late April.
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[OUT Q=this year.]
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I THINK IT CAN BE A WIN-WIN IF THEY CAN TAKE A LITTLE TIME NOW AND WE CAN PUT FORWARD A PLAN WHICH WILL PROPERLY IMPLEMENT SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION. I'VE ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT WE NEEDED TO TRY TO PUT SOMETHING TOGETHER, AND NOW THERE'S A LITTLE MORE TIME TO DO THAT. SO I'M PRETTY HAPPY ABOUT THAT.))
But House Democrats clearly don't view it as a win.
They see a delay til April as time for their need-based school construction grants to be meddled with.
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((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: THE PLAN THAT WE FASHIONED IN THE HOUSE WAS FAIR TO EVERYBODY. BECAUSE THE RICH LOCALITIES ARE GONNA MAKE OUT LIKE BANDITS UNDER THE CAR TAX-- ARE NOT GONNA MAKE UNDER SCHOOL DISTRIBUTION FORMULA. THE POOR LOCALITIES ARE GONNA GET THE BETTER END OF THAT BARGAIN. THAT'S THE WAY THIS PROCESS IS SUPPOSED TO WORK.))
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((BOB HOLSWORTH/VCU POLITICAL ANALYST: MY GUESS IS THAT WHAT THE GOVERNOR CAN SAY WITH HONESTY AND TRUTHFULNESS NOW IS THAT HE'S DELIVERED ON THE MAJOR FIRST INSTALLMENT OF THIS, THAT WILL GET US SOMEWHERE NEAR 30-PERCENT OF THE CAR TAX ELIMINATION. BUT-- THE NEXT 70-PERCENT IS STILL GOING TO BE DEPENDENT ON A SOUND ECONOMY, VERY SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH IN THE STATE BUDGET. AND THAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN REGARDLES OF HOW THEY WROTE THE BILL THIS YEAR.))
Former Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer is back in the spotlight today as news organizations comb their video files for shots of Kathleen Willey.
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We found our own video, where candidate Bill Clinton is greeted by Willey at the Richmond airport.
Don Beyer recalls today that Clinton said he remembered Willey from previous Democratic fundraisers, but couldn't remember her name.
Beyer says he simply said to Clinton "That's Kathy Willey."
Willey finally went public Sunday night on "60 minutes" with her allegations that Clinton had made a pass at her.
A Botetourt County judge says there's enough evidence to convict BOTH a school bus driver and a 12 year old girl who charged each other with assault.
But Judge Dudley Emick will dismiss the charges instead, if they stay out of trouble.
Eric Earnhart has details.
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((The assault charges came after a scuffle between bus driver Mary Sue Lester and the 12-year-old girl over assigned bus seats...))
((RONNIE CLAY/ASSISTANT COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY; THE JUDGE IS RETAINING CONTROL OF THE CASE, IF AFTER A PERIOD OF TIME THERE ARE NO FURTHER PROBLEMS, THE JUDGE DOESN'T RECEIVE ANY REPORTS THAT ANYBODY HAS ACTED INAPPROPRIATELY, ANY MORE CONFLICT BETWEEN THESE INDIVIDUALS, HE'LL DISMISS THE CASES AT THIS TIME.))
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((MARY SUE LESTER/BUS DRIVER; I'M INNOCENT FROM THE VERY BEGINNING AND I HAVE RULES SET FORTH BY THE COUNTY AND I'M TRYING TO ADMINISTER THOSE RULES AND DID THAT AND GOD AND MY FAMILY HELPED ME THROUGH THIS AND I'LL SEE MY KIDS TOMORROW.))
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((JAMES MARTIN/GIRL'S FATHER; AN ADULT KNOWS BETTER THAN TO PUT THEIR HANDS ON A 12 YEAR OLD CHILD AND SHOVE THEM, AND WHEN THAT ADULT DOES NOT KNOW BETTER, THAT ADULT SHOULD NOT BE WORKING IN A GOVERNMENT POSITION WHERE SHE HAS CONTACT OR ACCESS TO CHILDREN.))
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(( The girl's mother Wosum Martin was charged with disorderly conduct for trying to get on the school bus during the altercation. Yesterday she agreed to stay 50 feet away from the bus for the rest of the school year.
Lester also charged Dewayne Long, whose daughter was a witness in the case, with disorderly conduct, and stalking, because he followed the bus to school... the stalking charge was dropped... He's still in custody on unrelated charges.))
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((DEWAYNE LONG/PARENT; I THINK THE JUDGE WAS FAIR, I THINK IT WAS OVER-REACTED, I THINK IT COULD HAVE BEEN HANDLED IN A DIFFERENT WAY THAN IT WAS.))
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(( A sentiment perhaps shared by the judge, who called the case "a lot of to do, about very little.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))
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Bedford authorities say they've snared another child pornographer on the internet. We'll have that story next,
and then we'll hear from the newest V-M-I cadets as they explain if it was all worth it.
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The Roanoke man accused of shooting at police officers was released from hospital today to make a brief court appearance before heading to jail.
38-year-old Kelvin Vaughn is charged with trying to kill police officers who responded to a domestic dispute at his ex-girlfriend's apartment.
Officer Marge Dillon was slightly injured. Officer Blake Critz then shot Vaughn twice in the stomach.
Judge Vince Lilley appointed a Salem lawyer to defend Vaughn and says the seriousness of the charges may warrant a second lawyer.
Police have yet to file charges against Vaughn for the death of his three-year-old son who was in the apartment at the time of the shootout.
Bedford County authorities have made another "on-line" arrest.. this time it was a Blacksburg man accused of distributing child pornography.
An undercover investigator posing as a pedophile began exchanging e- mail with the suspect several weeks ago.
The man allegedly transmitted dozens of child porn pictures to the officer.
Bedford sheriff Mike Brown says the pictures are the worst he's ever seen.
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25- year- old Thomas Brooks Jenkins was arrested at his home last Friday.
Police also confiscated computer disks, sexual paraphernalia and more than a thousand images of child pornography.
Jenkins is free on a 25- thousand dollar bond.
Newly- minted cadets at V-M-I made their first public pronouncements on co-education today.
It was the long-awaited inside view... eight months in the making.
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They say if you can remember the rat line is just a game, you'll get along just fine.
For Rachael Love, a Econ major and track star from Emmaus Pennsylvania, that was easier said than done.
((WHEN YOU ARE IN THE RAT LINE, YOU CAN'T LOOK AROUND. YOU CAN SEE WHAT'S GOING ON. SO IT'S NOT A GAME IT'S SERIOUS. ))
Only now, does she realize it was all in fun... says she actually HAD fun the last week or so.
She's not especially eager to turn the tables on next year's freshmen.
And she was just as happy having an all-male cadre.
((I'M GLAD I DIDN'T HAVE TO BE YELLED AT BY ANOTHER FEMALE. I MEAN I SERIOUSLY WOULDN'T WANT TO BE DROPPED BY ANOTHER FEMALE. ))
These students are well aware they've given up a lot by attending a military school, in contrast to many of their friends at conventional colleges.
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((YA NOW I'D GO HOME AND THEY'RE LIKE, "YEAH WE HAD THIS REALLY GREAT PARTY LAST NIGHT." AND I'M LIKE I HAD THIS REALLY GREAT SWEAT PARTY, YA KNOW. ))
((HOW MANY OF YOUR FRIENDS ARE ACTUALLY GOING TO BE PROUD OF THEIR FRESHMAN YEAR OF COLLEGE? WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO HAVE TO REALLY BE PROUD OF?
AND WE DO. WE DEFINITELY HAVE SOMETHING TO BE PROUD OF. ))
It may be a little unfair that everyone paid so much attention to the women in the Class of 2001.
The men had some adjusting to do, too.
Freshman Luke Beazley, a Cave Spring High School graduate from Roanoke County, had to learn to accept female "brother rats" as equals.
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Eight months after it began in the heat of the summer- -and ended just a few degrees above freezing- -men AND women are glad to be out of the rat line.
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On Wall Street today, the DOW continued its record climb,
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He came to Henry County from Mexico to earn money to send home to his ailing parents.
But in July 1995, Gabino Ibarra (GAB-EENO EE-BEARA) died on the job at a Bassett Furniture Industries warehouse.
His family's long fight to get his death benefits has just hit a major road block.
Christy Hubley has our story.
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These are members of the group "Citizens for Improved Workers' Compensation."
They rallied Tuesday in Danville and Martinsville to call attention to the story of Gabino Ibarra.
Ibarra died two-and-a-half years ago while working at Bassett Superior Lines.
He fell from the third floor to the second floor of the warehouse through a 12-foot wide hole.
The Henry County company was cited for safety violations and eventually fined 35-hundred dollars.
The family of Gabino Ibarra believes his parents in Mexico deserve to receive his death benefits.
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((EDLBERTO IBARRA/IBARRA'S BROTHER: HE SAYS HE WOULD LIKE THEM TO GIVE HIS FAMILY JUST SOMETHING SO THAT THEY CAN LIVE BECAUSE THEY CAN'T WORK. THEY'RE OLD AND THEY REALLY DEPENDED ON HIS BROTHER TO SUPPORT THEM. HE WAS THE ONLY MEANS OF SUPPORT THAT THEY REALLY HAD AND NOW THEY DON'T HAVE THAT.))
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Just last week, a deputy commissioner with the state Workers' Compensation Commission dismissed the Ibarra case.
He says the Ibarras and their lawyer did not provide information the commission asked for.
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((ANITA LAWRENCE/CITIZENS FOR IMPROVED WORKERS' COMPENSATION: HE GRANTED THE DISMISSAL WITH PREJUDICE WHICH MEANS IT CANNOT BE REFILED AND AN APPEAL HAS BEEN MADE TO THE FULL COMMISSION TO REVERSE THAT.))
[OUT Q=that justice prevails.]
Bassett Furniture Industries says, following Ibarra's death, the company did everything it was required to do under the law.
Bassett also says the case was dismissed properly.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.))
Coming up tonight in sports, Terry Holland talks about everything from spending bug bucks for a new coach to the possibility of NCAA sanctions.
Plus, Curry is getting back in the groove,
and the Express hopes to stay in one.
Tonight they go for win number 39 at the Roundhouse against Huntington.
Denise Allen with more on tonight's game right after this.
March Madness spreads to the Round House tonight as the Roanoke Express starts its last homestand of the season.
And as Denise Allen reports the Express only has six games left to set a franchise record and bring home a divisional championship.
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((40 wins and a division crown have been the talk at the round house since Roanoke assumed the number one spot in the Northeast Division.
The Express notched its 38th victory Sunday night.
Many of those wins have come in shoot outs.
Roanoke leads the league in shoot out victories.
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((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS COACH: I THINK OUR TEAM THINKS THEE'RE SOMETHING THEY'RE NOT AT TIMES BECAUSE THEY LOOK AT THE 80 POINTS AND THEY DON'T LOOK AT THE REAL HARD POINTS AND SOMETIMES WHEN WE PLAY JOHNSTOWN IN THE THIRD PERIOD AND WE'RE UP SIX TO ONE AND WE LET DOWN SIX TO FOUR AND WHEW WE GET IN THE PLAYOFFS AND THAT HAPPENS YOU COULD END UP LOSING A GAME.))
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DENISE ALLEN/NEWS 7: 39 WINS IS THE FRANCHISE RECORD SET BY THE 94-95 TEAM. ROANOKE HAS A CHANCE TO BREAK THAT RECORD DURING THIS FOUR GAME HOME STAND.
THE TEAM ALSO NEEDS SEVEN OUT OF 12 POINTS TO CLINCH THE FRANCHISE'S FIRST EVER DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP.
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((WE ARE TRYING TO HAVE SOME FUN GETTING THE BANNER, BUT WHEELING IS NOT MAKING IT ANY FUN. THEY ARE NOT GOING AWAY. SO OBVIOUSLY IT MAY TAKE 42 WINS TO WIN THE DIVISION BUT RIGHT NOW WE CAN'T DO ANYTHING TILL WE WIN TONIGHT.))
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((CHRIS LIPSETT/HAS 30 GOALS, 27 ASSISTS: THE BIGGEST THING IS WHAT WE'VE BEEN DOING ALL YEAR, WORKING HARD AND PLAYING OUR SYSTEM. IF WE TRY AND GET AWAY FROM THAT AND DO THINGS ON OUR OWN AND TRY OTHER SYSTEMS IT JUST DOESN'T WORK.))
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If Roanoke's system works against Johnstown tonight, it will skate away with its 39th win and tie the franchise record.
Face off is at 7:05.
Denise Allen News 7 Sports.))
Jeff Jones' departure from UVa this week has raised more than a few eyEbrows across the Commonwealth.
For starters, a whole lot of folks are wondering how it is you can quit your job and get a $600 thousand dollar severance package.
There are also those who wonder if such a payout may effect the University's ability to pay the big bucks necessary for a new coach.
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Holland also knows his department is not full of NCAA rule breakers. And he's confident the current investigation into possible violations by the men's basketball program will not find any wrongdoing.
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Former UVa star Courtney Alexander is now out at Fresno State, but tonight he's probably wishing he was back in Charlottesville
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This afternoon, his teammate Avondre Jones was kicked off the Fresno team after he and recruit Kenny Brunner were arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon and grand theft.
Police in Fresno say Jones is accused of pointing a gun at
someone in an apartment and taking $230 dollars in cash and a $500 dollar camera out of the victim's backpack.
The Charlotte Hornets beat Denver 109-to-84 last night thanks to the man Dell Curry.
Dell is slowly getting back in the groove after missing 29 games with a strained calf. Last night he had a team high 18 points.
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