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Nearly four days after the fatal explosion at New River Castings, a second body is recovered from the wreckage. That's our top story tonight on NEWS 7.
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We'll also have word from Richmond on money for memorials, museums and laid off textile workers.

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Tonight on News 7 sports, the ACC tournament opens tonight, we'll check in with the Virginia Cavaliers at the Charlotte Coliseum. The Hokies bow out of the A-10 tournament after getting hit by Temple.
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And speaking of hits - top ranked Cincinnati suffers not one but two bad breaks.
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The Hill City rises to record heights and the mild weather lasts one more day. Details ahead. [open]
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Flags fly at half staff as bodies are finally recovered at New River Castings... and we get advanced word that hundreds of the plant's employees could be OUT of work for six MONTHS.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]

Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=ejo]
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Authorities say the remains of one woman missing since the explosion at New River Castings Sunday have been found .. but not identified.
They're still searching for the other woman, hoping to bring closure for the families of Karen Hamilton and Deborah Shepard.
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Marya Jones is outside the plant tonight.
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[Marye-Radford]


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The company is NOT talking about the future of the jobs yet in Radford.
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But today, on the floor of the state Senate, actual numbers were discussed.
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((SEN. MADISON MARYE/D-SHAWSVILLE: I AM ADVISED...SIX MONTHS.))
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Union and company officials in Radford had NO comment on possible layoffs.



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In the legislative battle over relief for unemployed workers, he who bats last often wins.
After lawmakers end this year's regular session Saturday, it's all in Governor Jim Gilmore's hands.
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Ellen Qualls is at the State Capitol to bring us up to speed on what laid off workers can expect.
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Today in the Senate, the last bill Martinsville Delegate Ward Armstrong had any say in crafting went down to defeat, with every Republican voting against it.
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[SUPER=01-Sen. Marty Williams/(R) Newport News; :48]
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The Democrats' preference would have been to increase weekly unemployment checks in the 30 localities with the highest jobless rates.
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((SEN. JANET HOWELL/D-FAIRFAX: I DID GO TO HENRY COUNTY...THINK ABOUT IT.))
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But Republicans prefer the Governor's more modest plan... increasing the maximum check by just 36 dollars for unemployed workers statewide.
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((SEN. MARTY WILLIAMS/R-NEWPORT NEWS: MR. PRESIDENT, .... REMIND THE BODY... TAKEN RESPONSIBLE ACTION.))
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The Governor's plan still had NO health insurance.
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((DEL. WARD ARMSTRONG: WHAT THE GOVERNOR PROPOSED...NOT TARGETED TO SOUTHSIDE...CONFEREES...ORIGINAL HEALTH INSURANCE PROPOSAL.))
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Last night at midnight, the five Republicans, 2 Democrats, and one Independent who are the budget conferees approved seven million dollars for about year of health insurance benefits for Southsiders.
That's also subject to the Governor's veto pen as part of the budget.
The Governor's relief bill now goes to the House.
Delegate Ward Armstrong says he'll fight to amend it again tonight.
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Virginia's toughest-in-the-nation 21 day rule remains intact for another year.
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The law prevents death row inmates from introducing new evidence of their innocence after 21 days from their original murder trial.
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(( MARSH: AS YOU ALL KNOW, MY BROTHER DIED IN A SENSELESS KILLING....IF THAT PERSON COULD PROVE HIS OR HER INNOCENCE.))
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((SEN. ROSCOE REYNOLDS/D-HENRY CO.: WITH THE PASSAGE OF TIME, MEMORIES START FAILING... LETS SOME FINALITY TO JUSTICE TAKE PLACE.))
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After adopting a committee substitute that would have extended the 21 days to 45 days... the original bill's sponsor asked that the bill just be carried over and studied for another year.



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It's not officially a done deal yet, but another four million dollars could be headed to Bedford from Richmond.
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Legislators approved another large matching grant for the D-Day Memorial project yesterday as part of the overall state budget.
That spending bill still needs final approval, but foundation officials say this donation will keep the project on schedule.
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((RICHARD BURROW/D-DAY MEMORIAL DIRECTOR: THIS MONEY FROM THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY ALLOWS US TO COMPLETE THE CONSTRUCTION EFFORT IN A TIMELY FASHION, SO THAT WE CAN DEDICATE THE COMPLETED MEMORIAL COMPLEX ON JUNE 6TH, 2001, AND IT ALSO ALLOWS US TO GET AN ENDOWMENT STARTED FOR THE OPERATIONAL ASPECTS OF THIS.))
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The state has contributed nearly eight million dollars towards the D-Day Memorial.
Burrows says the state money has helped generate matching private donations.
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The budget picture has also improved for other museums and cultural groups in our area.
In most cases, negotiators resolved the differences between house and senate proposals by choosing the larger figure. Some programs, including Virginia's Explore Park, the Science Museum of Western Virginia and Opera Roanoke, received larger appropriations than either version recommended.
But Governor Gilmore could veto much of the funding for non-state agencies.

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Two students plead guilty to bomb threats. Still ahead on News 7, they won't see their homes for a while.
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((And I'm Tina Tenret -- a Franklin County farmer lets dead cows rot in his field.
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Animal control officers say if they catch him again, they'll charge him with a crime. I'll have that story next.))


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Dead cows. A Franklin County man is leaving them to rot on his farm. Tommy Robertson says he's not creating a problem .. but officials say it's illegal and could pose health risks. Tina Tenret shows us his neighbor captured the evidence on tape.
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(( At least eight cows, DEAD in just over a year. All left to rot where they die. Two are calves.
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((EARL ARRINGTON/CARETAKER: THAT'S A NEWBORN, PROBABLY ABOUT 25 POUNDS HE COULD HAVE PICKED THAT UP, PUT IT ON THE BACK OF THE TRUCK AND TOOK THAT OUT OF THERE. HE LEFT THAT LAYING FOR AROUND THREE MONTHS.))
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Earl Arrington captures the carcasses, day by day, on camera. He and his girlfriend live on a corner of this farm in exchange for fixing up the place. A farmer named Tommy Robertson rents the rest to raise beef cattle.
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((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: BY LAW YOU MUST BURY COWS OR TAKE THEM TO THE LANDFILL. LAST FEBRUARY, AN ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER GAVE ROBERTSON A DAY TO BURY FIVE COWS, AND BY ALL ACCOUNTS HE DID. BUT ONLY LAST FRIDAY, THE SAME ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER FOUND ANOTHER DEAD COW. IF THEY CATCH HIM AGAIN, THEY SAY THEY WILL CHARGE HIM WITH A MISDEMEANOR. butt butt butt TOMMY ROBERTSON/FARMER: MY REACTION IS, I HAD BACK TROUBLE AND COULDN'T GET TO BURYING THEM.))
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Robertson's retired from the Department of Agriculture. Still, he lets his cows eat around the dead. Extension agents say that will make healthy animals sick.
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((ROBERTSON: TO ME IT'S JUST NOT THAT BIG A PROBLEM.))
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Robertson says a couple animals died of old age -- he doesn't know what's killing the rest. He drags some of the corpses to the edge of the farm, near a creek.
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((STEVE BRITT/EXTENSION AGENT: PROBABLY ARE GETTING BACTERIA AND UNWANTED MATERIAL IN THAT WATER. BUTT BUTT BUTT IT'S PRETTY WELL ACKNOWLEDGED THAT DRINKING WATER THAT IS CONTAMINATED CAN CAUSE ILLNESS IN HUMANS AND ANIMALS.))
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Both farming experts and animal control officers call this very unusual. They say most farmers bury their dead quickly, if only to protect the rest of their herd. In Robertson's case -- bucking the law again could cost him 500-dollars in fines. Tina Tenret News7 Franklin County))






































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Two young girls have pled guilty to phoning in bomb threats to Lynchburg's Heritage High School last month.
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The threats delayed classes and forced the evacuation of the school on February 24th.
A judge yesterday ordered the girls... ages 12 and 17... to undergo psychological evaluations.
They're being held in juvenile detention until April when the judge will decide what their punishment should be.
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Stocks reached some important milestones today. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE ]
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The Dow rose 154, to finish above 10-thousand once again. NASDAQ climbed 150, for its first close above FIVE thousand.
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The Census Bureau wants you to fill out its form in the coming weeks.
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The Census bureau is taking that message on the road as part of a national campaign .. now in its fourth week visiting various cities and states.
Today the tour made a stop in Danville, hoping to motivating people to complete the census forms.
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((LINDA EDWARDS-WHITE/U.S. CENSUS BUREAU: IT'S ASKING BASIC INFORMATION LIKE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS. IT'S ALSO ASKING THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THE HOUSEHOLD. THOSE NUMBERS ARE USED TO ALLOCATE FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL FUNDS. IN ORDER FOR DANVILLE TO RECEIVE ITS FARE SHARE THEY NEED TO BE SURE EVERYONE IS COUNTED.))
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The census forms are due the first of next month.
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Coming up tonight on the Big 7, Steve Mason checks in from Charlotte as the Cavaliers go through their ACC workout at the coliseum. The top ranked Bearcats bite the dust.
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And the Hokies watch their season come to a close in Philly at the hands of Temple.
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Virginia Tech played its final game in the Atlantic 10 conference this afternoon as Ricky Stokes squad closed out the season with a 71-to-52 loss to Temple.
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The Hokies went toe to toe with the Owls for the first couple of minutes as senior Brendan Dunlop gets three of his 12 points in his final game for Tech. Temple's main man Pepe Sanchez was virtually perfect hitting 3 out of 3 treys, and igniting the offense, his dish eventually leads to this Kevin Lyde throw down in deep. Mark Karcher also did the Hokies in from the outside as the sharpshooter hits three treys and finished with a game high 17 points. The Hokies could only try to make the final score respectable in the second half
[SUPER=33-Temple/71/Virginia Tech/52;] as they lose 71-to-52 in their final Atlantic 10 game and finish up the season

with a 16 and 15 record.
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The 47th annual ACC tournament tips off tonight at the Charlotte Coliseum with Florida State and Ga. Tech getting the party started around seven o'clock. Virginia plays its opening round game tomorrow night against the Wolfpack of N.C. State. Steve Mason now checks in from the Queen City where the Cavaliers worked out earlier this afternoon.
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[WIPE TO PINNACLE 7512] And the ACC party gets started on Your Hometown Station tonight at nine o'clock when the tournament's top seed Duke takes on Clemson. Catch it LIVE tonight right here on WDBJ-7.
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[S-NCAA]


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If you don't think March Madness is alive and well in this new century,just ask the folks from the University of Cincinnati, who lost it all in one game this afternoon.
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First, the Bearcats lost their top player, Kenyon Martin three minutes into the first half when he went down in the paint with a broken right leg. He also tore ligaments in the leg and will have surgery on Monday. And as if that wasn't bad enough - the Bearcats went on to lose their Conference USA tournament game to lowly St. Louis - 68-to-58. Just 5 days ago, the Bearcats beat the Billikens by 43 points.
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Georgetown also upset Syracuse in the Big East tournament today .[S-Skins]


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The Washington Redskins finally got rid of punter Matt Turk today.
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The Skins traded Turk to the Dolphins for a 7th round draft pick in 2-thousand and One.
The three time pro bowler missed several games with a broken finger this past season and along with his brother Dan cost the Skins a couple of wins. The trade is good for both parties.
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