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Women fill the ranks in all classes at V-M-I for the first time.
An exclusive report from Lexington on NEWS 7 at SIX tonight.
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And a strong price on opening day at the Danville Tobacco market.

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Tonight on News 7 sports, Aaron and Brooks and Shayne Graham are hanging in at Saints' camp in Thibodaux. Patrick Kerney is more than holding his own at Falcons' camp.
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And despite some early season adversity, Roanoke Catholic is hanging tough in preseason practice with less than 20 players.
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As we heat up locally, the same can be said tropically. We'll explain in a few minutes.

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Another first for Virginia Military Institute, as the school's newest recruits arrive on post.
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Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

[VMI]


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For the first time in its history, V-M-I now has female cadets in all four of its classes .. and none of the male cadets enrolled now was ever part of the all-male corps.
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Joe Dashiell is in Lexington tonight .. with more on the significance of this school year.
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Carroll County public school students are getting an extra week of summer vacation.
Five elementary schools in the county are still under construction. Parents convinced the school board to delay the start date for safety reasons.
The first day for all students has been pushed back from this Thursday, August 17, to next Thursday, the 24th.

[Celanese]


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Celanese and union negotiators have averted a strike in Giles County and say they'll go back to the bargaining table this week.
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Last week, union members at the plant voted down Celco's second contract offer by a margin of almost two-to-one.
Both sides hope the mediated session Thursday will resolve the two-month contract dispute.
Union members are pushing for better pensions and less mandatory overtime.
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The cleanup continues after fire destroyed a Danville church.
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This afternoon firefighters volunteered to save 42 pews from the Bethel Holiness Church on Grove Street.
The church does not have enough insurance to cover the inside of the 70 year old building.
Each pew costs about three thousand dollars.
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The fire broke out about 10:30 last night. 20 firefighters tried to save the building but could not.
The roof collapsed.
One firefighter fell 10 feet from a ladder. He was treated and released.
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The Danville Tobacco Market opened this morning.
Though there is an unspoken cloud of uncertainty over the tobacco industry, Surae Chinn says opening day was strong.
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The mood is one of cautious optimism on opening day of the tobacco market.
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((LARRY SPELL/TOBACCO FARMER: I'M HAPPY RIGHT NOW WITH TODAY'S PRICES.)) [RUNS:03]
Larry Spell is a tobacco farmer who sold 5 thousand pounds of the golden leaf at about a 1.90 a pound. That's UP at least 13 cents from last year's opening day.
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((LARRY SPELL/TOBACCO FARMER: I SOLD SOME I HAD FROM LAST YEAR IT DONE VERY WELL. IT DONE VERY WELL.)) [RUNS:08] [auction nats 30:47] [RUNS:02] ((BRUCE JONES/PITTSYLVANIA CO. EXTENSION AGENT: RIGHT NOW THE SALE IS VERY STRONG. THE PRICE IS VERY GOOD.)) [RUNS:04] [auction nats]
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((SURAE CHINN/REPORTING: SOME FARMERS SAY IT'S RISKY BUSINESS SELLING ON OPENING DAY--BUT THEY ARE PLEASED WITH THE AVERAGE OF A DOLLAR 90 A POUND. THEY HOPE THAT'S A TREND THAT WILL LAST THROUGH THE BUYING SEASON.)) [RUNS:09]
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((JOHN HAGER/LT. GOV.:AS THE EXCITEMENT OF A NEW OPENING COMES HOPE IT'S A BEGINNING NOT AN END.)) [RUNS:05]
Lieutenant Governor John Hager tried to rally the troops despite quota cuts, lawsuits and increased production costs.

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((JOHN HAGER/LT. GOVERNOR: IT'S TIME TO STAND STRONG, IT'S TIME TO PERSEVERE, IT'S TIME TO PULL TOGETHER.)) [RUNS:05]
Dan Robertson knows that. He owns Holland's Warehouse. Today marks his 60th year in the warehouse business. He's seen the cycle of good and bad times.
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((DAN ROBERTSON/HOLLAND'S WAREHOUSE PRES.: I'VE SEEN THE FARMER BROKE AND COME BACK AND BROKE AGAIN.)) [RUNS:04]
Many farmers can only look to the present and with the prices up today they say the market has started on a definite bright spot for the golden leaf. [auction nats] Surae Chinn, News 7, Danville.))
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A man who plotted to kill a judge will get a new sentencing hearing, because of another judge's mistake.
That's next on News 7.
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And a new service at the Roanoke Regional Airport is lightening travelers' loads.
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A judge's admitted goof will mean a new sentence for a Radford man convicted of plotting to kill another judge.
Derrick Chapman's 30-year murder sentence was repealed today.
And a lot of people say THAT's justice.
Marya Jones explains why.
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(( When he went into court today, 21-year-old Derrick Chapman was looking at 30 years in prison for conspiring to kill a judge.
Now, no one knows exactly HOW MUCH time he could be looking at.
Substitute judge Howe Brown said he made an error back in April, when he did NOT let Chapman testify during his sentencing hearing.
Now, a new set of jurors will decide Chapman's sentence... Something that hasn't happened before in Radford.
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((GARY LUMSDEN/CHAPMAN'S ATTORNEY: NOT IN MY EXPERIENCE, NOR IN ANYONE ELSE'S EXPERIENCE THAT WE'RE AWARE OF.)) [RUNS:06]
Chapman's father calls this the first bit of justice in a case that's stacked up against his son.
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((CALVIN CHAPMAN/DERRICK CHAPMAN'S FATHER: IT WAS WRONG AND WE'RE GOING TO FIGHT IT. YOU CAN SEE THE SUPPORT WE GOT HERE TODAY IN THE COMMUNITY AND WE THINK IT'S WRONG AND WE'RE GOING TO FIGHT IT AS LONG AS WE CAN. )) [RUNS:08]
Chapman says he was hired by his friend Christopher DeMoranville to kill Montgomery County Circuit Judge Ray Grubbs and DeMoranville's parents for two-million dollars.
But in jail on other charges, DeMoranville told police of the plan, testified against his former cohort, and walked away with three years' probation.
Chapman's family lashed out at prosecutors for cutting a deal with DeMoranville.
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((CALVIN CHAPMAN: HE TURNED CHRISTOPHER DEMORANVILLE LOOSE. A MAN WITH 37 FELONIES. A CAREER CRIMINAL. A MASTERMIND OF THIS SO-CALLED CONSPIRACY. )) [RUNS:09]
That can't be undone.
But, on September 25th, Chapman's family and attorneys are hoping a new jury will impose a lighter sentence.
Marya Jones, News-7, Radford.))

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Virginia has put its money where its mouth is on open government.
The Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council now has a "sunshine office" and a staff of two.
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The Freedom of Information Act was passed in 1968 -- but has been interpreted by citizens and bureaucrats with varying degrees of openness.
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((MARIA EVERETT/VIRGINIA FOI COUNCIL DIRECTOR: THERE'S A SORT OF DISCONNECT, WHERE PUBLIC OFFICIALS ARE REQUIRED TO ... WHAT WILL MY BOSS SAY IF I RELEASE THIS?))
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The F-O-I-A Advisory Council is still fine-tuning its hotline and website.
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[TAKE WEB PAGE FULL]
But for more on the law, check out the Virginia Coalition for Open Government link from the politics page on our website at WDBJ-7-dot-COM.
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A Roanoke tattoo artist says a competitor is keeping him from making his mark on the Internet.
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The owner of Alex's New Tattoo has filed a 250-thousand dollar lawsuit in federal court.
Joe Hegarty wants to use the name of his business as the address for a website.
But it turns out that another tattoo firm has the rights to the name right now.
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Hegarty says Danny Fowler registered "alex's new tattoo-dot-com" with an Internet agency last year.
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These two have tangled before. Fowler sued Hegarty three years ago in circuit court over the use of the name. That

case was dismissed. [Taylor]


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The owner of the Franklin County speedway faces trial later this month.
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Whitey Taylor already faced a charge of holding a carnival without a permit. Then he missed his court appearance last week. The judge ordered Taylor arrested, but Taylor turned himself in. Now he has an additional charge of failure to appear in court. His trial is set for August 23rd.
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A good start to the week on Wall Street. [TAKE DOW, NASDAQ & BLOOMBERG PAGE ]
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The DOW climbed 148-points, NASDAQ gained 60.
The Bloomberg News-7 Index rose nearly two points..
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Some Danville and Pittsylvania County leaders paint a dark picture of the region's economy.
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But a local organization called the Future of the Piedmont Foundation is trying to change that.
It's hired a consultant to help brighten the Dan River region's economic picture.
Linwood Wright, a former Danville mayor and the president of the foundation, says the region is facing an economic crisis.
He says there is a lack of job opportunities-- The population is declining and so is education.
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((LINWOOD WRIGHT/FOUNDATION PRESIDENT: GENERALLY SPEAKING, THE LAW OF PHYSICS IS IF YOU DON'T APPLY SOME FORCE TO CHANGE THE DIRECTION YOU WILL CONTINUE IN THAT DIRECTION OF WHICH YOU ARE HEADED. WE DON'T WANT THAT TO HAPPEN.))
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A full report called "Learning, Working, Winning," will be released over the next two days.
It will include recommendations and five guiding principles on how to create a brighter economic future.
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[Sky-Caps]


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Roanoke Regional Airport hopes to make travelling a little easier by introducing a Sky Cap service.
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At least two Sky Caps will be on hand from five a-m to eleven thirty p-m every day to help passengers with baggage.
Managers say they hope the service will make flying even more friendly.
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((IT'S NICE WHEN PASSENGERS COME OUT THAT THAT SERVICE IS AVAILABLE, THAT THEY KNOW SOMEONE WILL BE THERE TO HELP THEM WITH THEIR LUGGAGE. IN ADDITION, THEY WILL BE PROVIDING WHEELCHAIR SERVICE TO THE GATE.))
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The new service is provided by International Total Services for all airlines at the Roanoke Regional Airport.
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Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, Roanoke Catholic is fighting a number crunch in the preseason. We'll check in with a former Cav and a former Hokie at Saints camp.
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And Steve Mason gets us up to date with Patrick Kerney from the Falcons camp in Greenville, South Carolina.
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Our Friday Football Extra pre-season cameras stopped in on Roanoke Catholic today.
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The Celtics are rebuilding having lost 7 starting seniors from last year's 8 and 3 team. Roanoke Catholic lost two players to transfer and two more to academics leaving the roster at 16 players.
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Low numbers have not meant lack of enthusiasm. The team fields a seventh grader who can only watch this season but is practicing all year. The lone senior leader is Eddie Masello. He will lead the defense. The offense will open it up this year.
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Don't forget, our Friday Football Extra Pre-season half hour special kicks off this Friday night at 11:35. [S-Kerney]


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The Atlanta Falcons are 3 and OH this pre-season. Steve Mason checks in with one of the reasons why former Virginia star Patrick Kerney.
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((At UVa, he was the big man on campus, now the Falcons are banking on him being one of the biggest defensive forces in the league. And at training camp, Kerney seems to have an air of confidence around him coming off an educational rookie year. ((PATRICK KERNEY/FALCONS DEFENSIVE END:)) ((STEVE MASON:)) ((KERNEY:)) ((DAN REEVES/FALCONS HEAD COACH:))
Staying healthy and playing all 16 games is one major key for a successful debut as the Falcons main defensive end and to prepare for the long haul, Kerney has added 18 pounds of muscle to his frame that now carriers 282 pounds. ((:))
Kerney's defensive end mate is Brady Smith, a free agent pick up from the New Orleans Saints. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))

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Kerney's former teammate at UVa, quarterback Aaron Brooks is trying to settle in to his new role as a backup in New Orlenas with the Saints.
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Brooks was traded to New Orleans back on August 1st, and he was immediately thrown into the battle playing in both preseason games against the Vikings and the Colts. In those two games he's attempted 12 passes, thrown and interception and fumbled once. The Saints are hoping Brooks will go into the season as their number 2 quarterback. He's trying to play within himself and show the Saints coaches he's ready for that opportunity.
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Brooks is joined in Saints' Camp by former Hokie kicker Shayne Graham who is wearing number. Shayne faces a tough fight to beat out incumbant Doug Brien. Recently we asked one of Graham's former mentors about his chances and got a surprise answer.
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((MARK MOSELEY:))
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Graham kicked in the Saints first preseason game against the Jets, but did not play against the Vikings or Colts. The first NFL cut day is next Monday.





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Two college students from Vinton are being hailed as heroes.
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Meredyth Censullo talked with the young men .. I understand they're back from a little trip?
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That's right Keith, .. Jason Hartman and David Hess spent the weekend in Buffalo, New York, visiting the man who's life they saved.
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The two are studying to be paramedics. While on vacation in Florida in June, they witnessed a serious car accident. They responded, and found 37-year-old Michael Herberger of Buffalo not breathing. Hartman and Hess revived him .. They say the first ambulance didn't arrive for 30 minutes - if they hadn't been there, Herberger would've died.
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I'll tell you what the town of Vinton is doing to recognize these students' heroics ..
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thats tonight at 11.