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Just ahead on NEWS 7 at six.

Work crews prepare Lane Stadium for tomorrow night's big match-up between the Hokies and Georgia Tech.
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Plus, meet a local couple whose devotion to the Virginia Tech Hokies goes beyond that of your average football fan.

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In a little more than 24- hours... Virginia Tech will kick off a new football season.
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.

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Thousands of Hokie fans will, of course, be in Blacksburg for tomorrow night's match-up.
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Today work crews were hard at work preparing for the big day.
Crews at the stadium were busy cleaning the stands before fans start piling in for the first game of the season.
The new north end zone bleachers were completed just in time for the game.
E-S-P-N is also at the stadium.
The network will be broadcasting the game.
Kick off is at 8pm against Georgia Tech.
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Virginia Tech fans are already showing their "Hokie Pride."
And for Roanokers Bobbi and Bill Spencer, there's no question where their allegiance lies.
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From the banner flying over the front yard, to the mailbox painted in orange and maroon, the Spencers' devotion to Virginia Tech is apparent.
Their cars are equipped with logos, and Virginia Tech license plates... Even the backyard is landscaped with Tech's football fortunes in mind.
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((BILL SPENCER: I DREAMED UP THE IDEA OF PUTTING A FOOTBALL IN THE BACKYARD, WITH A VT EMBLEM IN IT. MY WIFE HAD TO DO ALL THE WORK BECAUSE I HAD A NECK BRACE AND I WAS LOOKING UP AT THE SKY. WE GOT A UVA FRIEND OF OURS TO DO THE ACTUAL MANUAL LABOR.)) ((BOBBI SPENCER: FOOTBALL IS MY VERY FAVORITE SPORT. YOU CAN HAVE ALL THE REST OF THEM. AND I'M JUST LOOKING FORWARD TO FOOTBALL TIME AGAIN. I'VE BEEN GETTING READY FOR THIS FOR TWO OR THREE MONTHS NOW.))
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The Spencers say they've been fans of Virginia Tech football for more than 30 years.
And you can bet, they'll be in the stands of Lane Stadium when the Hokies take the field Sunday night.
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Like all recruits, two of the newest members of the Roanoke City Police Department have plenty of training ahead.


But Sebastian and Seiko (SEE-ko) are learning their lessons about police work at a stable in Shawsville.
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The two horses are the latest additions to Roanoke's Mounted Patrol. They're Frisians (FREE-jhuns), valued at more that 30- thousand dollars each... donated to Roanoke by a breeder in Florida.
Officers say the frisians (free-jhuns) have excellent dispositions, and are well-suited to police work.
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((OFFICER ERIC PENDLETON: THIS HAS GIVEN US THE OPPORTUNITY TO START OUT WITH TWO HORSES FROM THE GROUND UP, HOPEFULLY MAKE THEM INTO POLICE HORSES. THESE GUYS HAD NOT HAD ANY RIDING, ANY GROUND WORK. IT'S SOMETHING WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO HAVE AS A LEARNING PROCESS FOR US AS WELL AS THEM. AND IT'S KIND OF PUT US AT A NEW LEVEL IN OUR UNIT.))
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Sebastian and Seiko are currently stabled at Bent Tree Farm in Shawsville. Eventually they will join other Roanoke horses at a new barn that's nearing completion in the city.
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Congressional candidate John Boyd will remain President of the National Black Farmers Association. Earlier this week, Boyd said he was stepping down as the head of the organization he founded, in order to devote time to his campaign against Virgil Goode.
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But a successful national conference and an unanimous vote of confidence by the leadership has convinced Boyd to stay on with the N-B-F-A. Boyd says he won't be as active within the association - day-to-day operations will be handled by the executive director and vice-president.
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An inmate who died after being repeatedly shocked with a stun gun had previously raised concerns over his treatment.
Lawrence Frazier died in July at Wallens Ridge prison in Wise County.
He lapsed into a coma after being shocked during an apparent seizure.
In a lawsuit, Frazier - who was diabetic - claimed prison officials denied him insulin at least 3 times.
A judge dismissed the suit - saying the allegations didn't support the claim of cruel and unusual punishment.
Frazier was one of 500 inmates transferred to Wallens Ridge from Connecticut.





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Students at one Roanoke County High School came together today to raise money for a fellow student battling leukemia.
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The fundraiser was dubbed "Mike Aid".
Students from Northside High School organized the concert to raise money for Mike Calhoon.
The senior suffers from leukemia and the students wanted to help him pay for his medical bills.
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((MIKE CALHOON: IT MAKES ME FEEL REAL GOOD THAT I KNOW I HAVE THIS MANY FRIENDS AND THEY'RE WILLING TO HELP OUT.))
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Eight local bands took part in the concert which wrapped up at 4-30.
More than two thousand dollars were raised.
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Up next on News 7 - A new football team at a Danville college is helping draw in students ..
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And for some co-eds, learning extends beyond the classroom - and into the community. We'll have their story after the break.
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Finding time to volunteer while hitting the books as a college student can be tough.
But a Virginia Tech organization is making it possible for students to budget both.
Kate Weidaw has the story.
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This may look like the beginning of a summer job for a college student but it's just another Saturday during fall semester for members of Circle K.

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((MEGHAN MAHAR: WE DO SERVICE PROJECTS RANGING FROM HABITAT FOR HUMANITY TO ADOPT A HIGHWAY OR WE COULD GO CLEAN UP A PARK OR BENCHES OR TUTOR KIDS.))
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As Meghan goes into her junior year at Virginia Tech she says juggling classes and volunteering her time hasn't been that hard. In fact being a part of Circle K has taught her a thing or two about life.

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((MEGHAN MAHAR: I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT OTHER COLLEGE STUDENTS REALIZE THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE IN THE WORLD THAT ARE MAYBE NOT AS WELL OFF AS THEY AND IT'S IMPORTANT THEY TRY AND HELP OTHER PEOPLE OUT.))
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While Meghan and some of the other members lay the foundation down for a new home, across town others like Katie Lipresti are helping out with the Pet Fair.

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((KATIE LIPRESTI: LUCKILY THIS IS ON A SATURDAY SO EVEN THOUGH I'M GIVING UP MY SATURDAY AT LEAST IT'S NOT AFFECTING MY CLASS SCHEDULE.))
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As a freshman Lipresti isn't doing this just for her resume, the pre-vet major hopes Circle K's active involvement with the humane society will give her a chance work with animals more. And with hundreds of volunteer projects for Virginia Tech students every year it's giving many a chance to see beyond the walls of the classroom. Kate Weidaw News 7 Blacksburg.))



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Averett College in Danville is welcoming students this weekend.
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Underclassmen started moving in yesterday morning.
Enrollment is up this year.
There are 155 more students than last year.
The school says there is a reason for that. A new football team, computer labs and three new apartment style residence halls.
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((BROOKE ARNOLD/SOPHOMORE: IT MAKES IT MORE HOMEY. IT'S GOING TO BE EASIER TO STUDY AND CONCENTRATE. I WON'T BE SO UPTIGHT AND SCARED AS I WAS LAST YEAR.))
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((KAREN WEINKOPFF/MOTHER: WELL I HAVE FOUR OTHER KIDS. BUT SHE'S THE ONLY GIRL AND THE FIRST TO GOTO COLLEGE. IT'S GOING TO BE TOUGH BUT HOPEFULLY THE REST OF THE KIDS WILL KEEP ME BUSY.))
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Enrollment has increased 35- percent at Averett in the last two years.
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Still ahead on News 7, a federal lawsuit takes a back seat to this weekend's NASCAR race at the Bristol Motor Speedway ..
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And life is a highway for Harley riders. Thousands of HOGs roared into the Star City this weekend. We'll tell you why, after this.
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Roanoke is HOG heaven for motorcycle enthusiasts this weekend.
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The annual Virginia State Harley Owners Group - or HOG - rally has Harley fans rolling in to the Star City. The event is held in a different city each year. There's fun for the whole family - The Roanoke Chapter of the Ladies of Harley are giving tours of the Blue Ridge Parkway. And there are plenty of booths featuring games and contests. Event coordinators are thrilled with the turnout.
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((GARY PITASSI/EVENT COORDINATOR: ITS BETTER THAN WE EVER EXPECTED - WE'VE GOT A TOTAL OF 15-HUNDRED PEOPLE SIGNED UP OVER THE COURSE OF THREE DAYS.))
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The rally is being held at the Wyndham and Clarion hotels off Hershberger Road and runs through Sunday.
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The HOG organization holds a number of charity events each year.



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Tuesday's interest rate freeze was good news for investors.
News 7 business reporter Jennifer Miele has more in this week's business review.
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(( This week in review.... 80 thousand striking union workers at Verizon went back to work this week. Those in New York and New England headed back Monday morning, those in Virginia went back Thursday.
Union members still have to vote on the new 3-year contract.
A local company has won a 43 million dollar Navy contract.
I-T-T Industries is now contracted to supply 13 million dollars worth of night vision goggles next year.
The company furloughed 70 salary and hourly workers in June.
Despite the new contract, I-T-T has no plans to rehire those workers.
Union workers at Rubatex are mounting pressure on the company to resolve a year-long contract dispute. Teamsters at the Arkansas plant rejected the company's proposal Tuesday by 67 percent.
Major issues included mandatory overtime, and the freezing of the defined benefit pension plan.
The Federal Reserve did not raise interest rates on Tuesday at a policy setting meeting in Washington.
Stocks made modest gains this week, as most traders were confident that rates would go unchanged.
Finally the Nasdaq was DOWN 10.60 to close at 4042.68. And the Dow was UP 9.89 at 11,192.63.

For News 7 I'm Jennifer Miele and that's this week's business review.))[Lee-Hospital]


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NASCAR inadvertently put the brakes on a federal case in Abingdon yesterday.
The trial of a doctor accused of racketeering at Lee county Community was postponed until Monday after the prosecutor made a motion concerning hotel rooms.
The prosecutor said a nearby NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway had made reasonably priced hotel rooms hard to come by.
The defense attorneys offered no objection.
They, apparently, couldn't find hotel rooms, either.

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And coming up in sports, Houston is the W-N-B-A champion Steve Mason chats with Virginia running back Antowine Womack.
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And Mike Stevens will preview Virginia Tech's season opener tomorrow night against Georgia Tech at Lane Stadium.
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Tomorrow night, the college football season in the Commonwealth kicks off with the battle of two Techs in the BCA bowl. News 7 sports is getting set for the game with a half hour special tonight. Here's Mike Stevens with a look at what we can expect to see at 7.
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The Virginia Cavaliers head into the 2000 season with a question mark at running back. Steve Mason says, after a few run ins with police that resulted in two assault charges, Antwoine Womack is ready to take over at running back.
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((George Welsh has never been about promoting his running backs, he feels their on the field production should take care of that. But, he is loyal and during the senior seasons for Tiki Barber and Thomas Jones, they combined for 515 carriers. Could this season's backfield formula include Antwoine Womack, Arlen Harris and Tyree Formean in a run by committee format? ((:))
While Thomas Jones and his UVa record breaking 3, 998 career rushing yards will be sorely missed, the UVa offense seems juiced about the trio of replacements. ((:)) But the edge has to go to Womack. His 6.3 yards a carry lead the ACC in 1998, a year in which he ranked sixth in the conference in rushing yards playing behind Thomas Jones, but this former back up has a first string mentality this season. ((:)) ((:)) ((:))
During the spring game, Womack also took advice and encouragement from Warwick high school football coach Tommy Reamon, who is also the mentor of Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick, Steve Mason News 7 sports.))



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The Houston Comets have won their fourth straight W-N-B-A championship beating New York today 79 to 73.
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Cynthia Cooper playing in her last pro game.
After she hit a three sending it to over time, Cheryl Swoops opens overtime with a three she scored 31 points in the game.
But New York battled in overtime Sue West knocks down the three pointer and the Liberty took a 70 to 69 lead.
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But Cooper hit a running jumper late in the period and the Comets go on to win the championship 79 to 73.
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Colorardo scored 4 times in the first on the way to an 11 to 4 win over Pittsburgh.
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Chuck Tanner and Jim Leyland at the game.
Pittsburgh's Armais Ramirez fields this grounder but the throw home is wild and ends up in the dug out allowing 2 to score Colorado led 2 to nothing in the first.
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Then Todd Walker adds the icing to the cake in the first when he hits this two run homer over the right field wall to make it 4 to nothing and Colorado wins it 11 to 4.
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