Next on News 7-
Hundreds of acres burn out of control in Virginia-
The family of a man killed at Bassett furniture has reportedly settled with the company.
Millions of playpens are being recalled.
And the walls come tumbling down at a huge naval barracks in California-
News 7 is next.
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((STEVE PARSONS/U.S. FOREST SERVICE; IF THE WEATHER WILL COOPERATE, THEN MAYBE IN A FEW DAYS WE CAN GET THIS THING UNDER CONTROL))
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Firefighters say this should be a warning to everyone in Virginia tonight... hundreds of acres of dry forest, burning out of control.
Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
It started on Saturday... tonight firefighters from all over the country are converging on Augusta County.
The fire is burning about 20 miles west of Staunton.
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Eric Earnhart was there tonight, he's in the newsroom with details.
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Jean, they say a fire like this could happen anywhere in southwest Virginia right now, with our dry weather, high winds, and careless people in the woods.
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((The smoke-stained sunset stretched for miles across the sky, as the fire continued to chew up acre after acre on the mountain overlook the small town of Deerfield.
At the foot of the mountain, a small army of firefighters are doing what they can.
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((STEVE PARSONS/U.S. FOREST SERVICE; WE'VE TRIED SEVERAL TIMES TO CONTROL THE FIRE AND THAT WAS UNSUCCESSFUL.. WINDS, WEATHER CONDITIONS, THE DRYNESS OF THE AREA HAVE ALL CONTRIBUTED TO THESE UNSUCCESSFUL EFFORTS.))
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Earlier in the day, as the fire grew to 500 acres, more than 100 firefighters worked to block it's path, backed up by aerial water drops, but the fire still grew to 700 acres by nightfall.
The firefight is now a 24 hour operation. Right now there are four fire crews up there on the mountain, taking advantage of the lower winds, trying to make some progress.
Meanwhile, at the command post, a meteorologist works to develop a weather forcast the firefighters will use as they try to come up with a strategy to stop the advancing flames.
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((FIREFIGHTER; IF WE LOSE THIS PIECE OVER HERE, THEN THIS AINT GOING TO MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE...))
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((HARRY FINK/ DEERFIELD VALLEY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT. IT'S BAD, ONE OF THE WORST I;VE EVER SEEN.
HOW MUCH DANGER IS THERE FOR HOMES AND PEOPLE IN THE AREA?
NONE RIGHT NOW.))
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Residents and frequent visitors like Garland Newcomb say they've never seen anything like this.
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((GARLAND NEWCOMB/HUNTER; WE'VE ACTUALLY CAMPED RIGHT HERE WHERE THE FIRE IS GOING NOW, SI IT'S UNREAL... I UNDERSTAND IT BURNED HUNDREDS OF ACRES...))
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A Roanoke man will spend the rest of his life in prison for murdering his little boy and trying to kill two police officers.
Kelvin Vaughn was sentenced today to three life sentences.
He will serve two at the same time, as part of the plea bargain.
Last March he refused to leave his ex-girlfriend's apartment.
He fired shots at police, wounded officer Marge Dillon, and killed his three-year-old son.
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Vaughn said he was sorry he hurt people.
There is word tonight that the family of a man killed on the job at Bassett Furniture Industries in 1995 has settled with the company.
(Ga-beeno Eee-beara) Gabino Ibarra died after falling from the third to second story of the Bassett Superior Lines warehouse.
He had come from Mexico to work in Henry County so he could send money to his destitute parents.
Ibarra's family took the fight for his death benefits to court.
"Citizens for Improved Workers' Compensation" issued a press release saying Bassett and Liberty Mutual have agreed to settle with the family.
A press conference is scheduled tomorrow.
A Bedford County grand jury will hear the case against two teenagers accused of murder.
Today, a judge certified all of the charges against 17-year old Randy Ross and his 16-year old girlfriend Keirstin Davis.
Ross faces a charge of capital murder. He is accused of killing Jamelle (juh-MELL) Poindexter in September.
Keirstin (KEER-stin) Davis is charged with first degree murder and robbery.
Today, their attornies asked the judge to exclude reporters from the preliminary hearing.
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((TOM BLAYLOCK/ROSS' ATTORNEY: I KNOW YOU HAVE A JOB TO DO AND YOU WANT TO DO YOUR JOB, BUT WE HAVE A JOB TO DO AS WELL, AND THAT'S TO TRY TO GET A FAIR TRIAL HERE IN THIS COUNTY AND WITH ALL THE PUBLICITY THAT'S BEEN GENERATED, THAT'S GOING TO BE A VERY DIFFICULT THING TO DO.))
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The judge certified the charges to the grand jury that meets early next month.
The defense attornies say they plan to ask for a change of venue when the case reaches circuit court.[Park-arrest
Virginia's laws against sodomy are being challenged by one of the 18 men recently arrested in Roanoke for soliciting an under-cover police officer.
The investigation was prompted by a citizen complaint about public sex acts in Wasena and Smith Parks.
Roanoke Attorney Sam Garrison filed a motion to dismiss on behalf of Everette Elmo Davidson.
He says sodomy laws have been selectively enforced.
It's also a first amendment issue, Garrison says, because it's an attempt to enforce religious views of morality.
A Danville man has died on death row in North Carolina -- from a heart attack.
Ricky Lee Price was convicted and sentenced to death for strangling a Danville woman in North Carolina 14 years ago.
Price was also convicted of a murder in Virginia, where he received a life sentence.
At the time of his death, Price's case was being appealed, so no execution date had been set.
Ten million portable mesh playpens are being recalled because of metal rivets that are now considered a danger to children.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that since 1982, eight toddlers have strangled themselves when their pacifier strings or clothing got caught on the playpens' protruding rivets.
Some of the models being recalled were made only a few months ago, others were manufactured 38-years ago.
The recalled playpens include brand names such as Bilt-Rite, Eveflo, Gerry, Graco, Kolcraft, Playschool, Pride-Trimble and Strolee.
What consumers should be looking for are rivets sticking out on the outside top rails of the playpen.
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((ANN BROWN/CPSC CHAIRMAN: AND DON'T JUST CHECK THE ONE YOU'RE CURRENTLY USING. GO TO YOUR ATTIC, GO TO YOUR BASEMENT, CHECK AT YARD SALES OR YOUR DAYCARE CENTER OR YOUR SECOND HAND STORES. NO ONE SHOULD TAKE THIS LIGHTLY, THIS IS A SERIOUS MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH FOR YOUR CHILD.))
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For more information on the recalled playpens, you can call the CPSC at 301 504-0580 or toll free at 800 794-4115.
Or go to the wdbj7.com home page and click on web watch.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Still ahead, yet another battle of wills brews between the U-S and Iraq.
And smokers are feeling the heat of having to pay up before they light up.
Details of a cigarette price hike, coming up.
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((Coming up in sports, a look at this weekends 80th meeting between Tech and Virginia. The Hokies put another one in the win column--we have highlights of their win over Liberty and another sports hero is arrested on drug charges. Those stories and more coming up in just a few minutes.))
An early-morning fire results in burglary and arson charges against a Roanoke woman.
Police have charged Sharon D. Jones in connection with a fire that destroyed an apartment in the 23-hundred block of Staunton Avenue.
When police got there, Jones and a family member were fighting, as the upper part of the building burned.
Firefighters soon had the flames out.
Jones could face additional charges.
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Good news for Vice President Al Gore today.
The Attorney General will not order an independent counsel to investigate Gore's fundraising activities in the 1996 election.
The decision allows Gore to put the '96 campaign behind him while he focuses on campaign 2-thosuand.
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Iraq is once again defying the United Nations- this time refusing to turn over documents requested by the chief U-N weapons inspector.
Meanwhile the U-S is warning of military action if Iraq does not cooperate.
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((WILLIAM COHEN/DEFENSE SECRETARY: WE HAVE ADDED ADDITIONAL AIRCRAFT OT THE REGION. THEY WILL REMAIN FOR THE TIME BEING.))
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Iraq says the letters don't exist or were already shown to inspectors.
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A warning goes out to parents be careful of dangerous toys- especially toys with small parts that children can choke on.
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13 children died just last year from toy related injuries- 11 choked to death-
A consumer group says use common sense.
((ED MIERZWINSKI/U.S. PIRG: PARENTS MUST REMEMBER THAT THE GOVERNMENT DOES NTO TEST ALL TOYS JUST BECAUSE A TOY APPEARS ON THE SHELF DOES NOT MEAN THAT IT'S SAFE.))
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A turkey waddled in front of the White House- but this one won't end up on the dinner table.
President Clinton gave it the traditional presidential pardon today.
The lucky Tom came from Minnestoa weighing in at 45 pounds.
The turkey will reside in a Virginia petting zoo.
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Smokers found out today what the 200-billion dollar tobacco settlement means to them.
They'll have to pay more to light up.
Around Roanoke, stores that sell cigarettes are raising prices.
That's because the country's two biggest cigarette companies are hiking THEIR prices.
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((BRAMMER: WE'RE TALKING ABOUT AN IMMEDIATE 45-CENT PER PACK INCREASE. ON AVERAGE, AROUND THE COUNTRY THAT'S GOING TO GO FROM ABOUT &2.20 A PACK TO $2.65. THAT'S A 20 PERCENT INCREASE IN THE COST OF A PACK OF CIGARETTES.))
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A-G Edwards predicts cigarette sales will drop eight percent in the U-S.
Some smokers say they plan on kicking the habit.
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((I'M GONNA QUIT. why? CAUSE IT'S GETTING TOO EXPENSIVE.))
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The price hike goes into effect this week.
Virginia Tech recently put the brakes on a Florida company's plan to build a test bed for a high speed rail system in Montgomery County.
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American MagLev had hoped to build the nearly two mile project adjacent to the "Smart Highway".
The company is hoping to create the world's fastest train.
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Virginia Tech recently pulled out of the project saying it did not provide enough research opportunities for Tech faculty.
An American MagLev lobbyist says the company is looking at other sites in Virginia.
Up next, in our series "Treasure Trails",
a search to find a piece of Confederate history winds down.
The story straight ahead.
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There's a race coming to a close in Danville these days... one that started 133 years ago.
It's a search for the Confederate Treasury funds that disappeared at the end of the Civil War.
Keith Humphry followed the trail of one man who may be as close as anyone to finding it.
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Coming up Tech-Liberty hoop highlights, whispers from Hokie quarterback Al Clark and news from the NBA Lockout.
First our extra point.
For 26 years the '72 Dolphins have stood alone as the NFL's only team with and undefeated season.
But the Denver Broncos are making a strong run at that record.
This week's Sports Illustrated has Elway leading the charge.
Now here are the boards.
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New York Giants defensive tackle and former Heritage star, Keith Hamilton is in trouble with the law.
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Hamilton is facing charges of possession of marijuana and driving under the influence of a controlled substance.
Police say the 27-year-old lineman was driving more than 70 miles per hour in a 45 zone early Monday morning.
Hamilton is scheduled to appear in a New Jersey court on December 15.
Giants officials say any disciplinary action is in the hands of the commissioner.
This is Hamilton's first drug offense so if he's found guilty he would not be suspended by the league.
The University of Virginia women's basketball team has lost one of its seniors.
Fifth-year guard Tiffany Bower has left the team for personal reasons.
Bower graduated last May and was competing this season as a graduate student.
She missed two seasons and part of another due to injuries.
Bower scored six points and five rebounds in the Cavs first game of the season at West Virginia.
Bower took a leave of absence from the team last week and did not travel to Arkansas State.
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Labor negotiations between NBA players and owners have hit a major snag and could result in the cancellation of Saturday's talks.
It has to do with a "back-up tax" the two sides agreed on last week.
NBA deputy commissioner Russ Granik says the central part of the deal is no longer on the table which means no progress has been made since last Friday.
Yesterday, the league announced the lockout had wiped out the two games scheduled for Christmas Day.
Still to come, Al Clark will have to let his playing do the talking--Mike Stevens explains.
And Tech officials hope next year's match up with the Cavs will hit a little earlier in the season.
We'll tell you why after this.
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When the Hokies and the Cavs met on the gridiron last season Tech Quarterback Al Clark had a bum knee.
This year Clark's injuries have healed, but as Mike Stevens reports his voice may be missing in action.
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This year marks the ninth straight season in which these two rivals have met in their season finale.
The timing of the game often causes headaches for fans and the teams, alike.
There has been talk of moving the game next year to either September 18th or the week before Thanksgiving.
But rest assured, nothing will be done without the blessing of TV.
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The Roanoke Civic Center was brimming with holiday spirit during the Express game Saturday.
Fans donated turkeys and canned food as they entered the RoundHouse.
In return the Express gave them a ticket to an upcoming
The 650 pounds of food collected is on its way to the Roanoke Rescue Mission.
The Express return to the home Thanksgiving night for a game with the Huntington Blizzard.
A few well-placed sticks of dynamite and a huge building goes down in a pile of dust.
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Take a look AS the old navy barracks in California is imploded-
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((IT'S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW NICKI... EXPLOSION SOUNDS.))
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The ten story building along with a nearby tower came tumbling down this morning at Long Beach Harbor.
The view from the sky is also impressive- the old navy barracks IS MAKING way for a shipping terminal.
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