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Today on News 7, former governor Doug Wilder has some harsh words for Jim Gilmore. We'll have the details.
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Also Mike Stevens looks at what last night's Virginia Tech washout will mean for the team and the fans.
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Coming up today in Health News, we'll have practical advice to help new college students avoid the Freshmen 15,
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and authorities say a mother is endangering the health of her four foot, 130 pound- three year old -
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Last night's deluge of rain in Blacksburg left many Tech Fans stranded and others wondering if the B-C-A Bowl will be rescheduled.
Mike Stevens has more on the day after.
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Former governor Doug Wilder has publicly held his tongue on the actions of his successors, giving only his views on issues of the day.
But looking at the chaos left at an agency near and dear to his heart, Wilder had a tongue-lashing for Gilmore today.
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Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
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Jean, it's NOT just Wilder.
We have yet to hear a public defense of a 50-thousand dollar severance package for an agency director whose management was blasted by a state audit, and whose department is still under criminal investigation.
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((DOUG WILDER/FORMER GOVERNOR: WE ARE NOT GOING TO TOLERATE IT. WE DON'T LIKE IT. IT SHOULD BE COUNTERMANDED. AND IT IS TOTALLY INDEFENSIBLE. AND YOU'VE NOT HEARD ANY DEFENSE.))
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Wilder's upset because hiring an unqualified former N-double-A-C-P official to head up an office that loans money to minority businesses was an insult to start with.
Then, letting her run the agency into the ground was too much.

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((DOUG WILDER/FORMER GOVERNOR: I DON'T WISH ANY HARM TO HIM. BUT I DON'T WISH ANY HARM TO THE TAXPAYERS OF VIRGINIA EITHER. NOR DO I WISH ANY HARM TO THE PEOPLE WHO SHOULD BE BENEFITTING FROM A PROGRAM OF MINORITY ENTREPRENEURIALSHIP.))
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((STEVE CALOS/COMMON CAUSE OF VIRGINIA: PERHAPS THE ODDEST THING IS THAT THEY MADE THE AWARD BEFORE THEY FOUND OUT THE RESULTS OF THE STATE POLICE INVESTIGATION.))
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Not even Byrd-Harden's successor at the N-double-A-C-P thinks the 50-thousand was a good idea.
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((SALIM KHALFANI/VIRGINIA NAACP: FOR THEM TO DENY THAT SHE HAD A PACKAGE .... MR. GILMORE ISN'T TEFLON LIKE RONNIE REAGAN WAS.))
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The Nation's fourth largest bank is firing 18-hundred employees. Sixteen people will lose their jobs locally.
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Wachovia bank is cutting more than eight percent of its workforce in a bid to cut costs and boost earnings.
The bank told investors that rising interest rates have hurt profits.
Wachovia has 20 branches in this region and employs about 400 people in Roanoke, Lynchburg, Danville, and Blacksburg.
The company says employees will receive severance and job placement benefits.
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Still to come on the newscast, passengers are shaken up as part of a plane's engine falls off in the air.
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and for the first time in years, the parents of JonBenet Ramsey talk to police investigating the unsolved murder.
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Something fell off a plane taking off from Los Angeles last night and someone caught the action on home video.
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Investigators initially blamed a bird in the plane's engine- but have now ruled that out.
Passengers on board the K-L-M flight bound for Amsterdam did not see an explosion but say they heard one.
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Three large pieces of the engine fell off but no one on the ground or on board was hurt.
The FAA has ordered 14-hundred General Electric Engines including the K-L-M one... to be inspected for cracks.
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The Jon Benet Ramsey Murder case is not over yet-
Boulder Colorado police are in contact with John and Patsey Ramsey- and for the first time in two years- police say the Ramseys are cooperating.
Jennifer Jones reports.
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((It's been a day of questions for Patsy Ramsey surrounding the murder of her 6 year old daughter, Jon Benet. Boulder Colorado police chief Mark Beckner and a team of seven investigators said they would be posing new questions involving forensic evidence and excerpts from the couples book, Death of Innoncence. PATSY RAMSEY "IT'S GOING WELL...." The Ramseys agreed to all the conditions of the scheduled 2 day session of questions. This after refusing to talk to Boulder authorities for more than two years. But now Patsy and John Ramsey say they will do whatever it takes to move the case forward. They hope that by answering questions - authorities will shift suspicion AWAY FROM THEM and towards evidence that could lead them to their daughter's killer. John Ramsey: There's one thing for certain, an intruder was in our house. But for now, authorities say the Ramseys remain under an umbrella of suspicion in the December 19-96 murder of Jon Benet. Now it's a matter of whether this new round of questions will offer anything to change that. mark beckner "hopefully somebody out there knows something...."))

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A whole new look is in store for downtown Danville.
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The city has entered into the Virginia Main Street program.
That means Danville will get the guidance to bring new businesses to many vacant buildings on Main Street.
There are plans to change the look of storefronts and bring in trees and flowers for a whole new landscape.
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((SENATOR CHARLES HAWKINS/(R) CHATHAM:THE MAINSTREETS ARE DIFFERENT. IT REFLECTS THE PERSONALITY AND HISTORY OF WHO THE PEOPLE ARE. IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP WHAT WE HAVE BUT PRESERVE THE PAST. SO THE NEXT GENERATION CAN SEE THAT. WITHOUT ARCHITECTURE THERE IS NO WAY TO DO IT.))
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((SCOTT BURTON/DOWNTOWN ASSOCIATION DIRECTOR: IT'S BEEN GOING ON FOR 20 YEARS NATIONWIDE. IT'S PROVEN IT WORKS. AND YOU HAVE A CONCENTRATED EFFORT ON DOWNTOWN.))
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We will hear from local business and residents to find out what they think about the project at six.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Jacey Birch will tell us what the West End Center is doing to help students pack up for the new school year.
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The Helping Hands Organization has been working to get kids ready for the new school year.
School supplies are usually at the top of every student's need list... and now almost two-hundred children are even more prepared for this school year.
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Jacey Birch is live at Roanoke Valley's West End Center to tell us more about the Center and the Helping Hands Program.
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Coming up today in Sports, we'll check in with the U-V-A Cavaliers as they prepare for their home opener with Brigham Young,
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And on health check, a court accuses a mother of child abuse for overfeeding her daughter.
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A young girl is in state custody in Albuquerque today- authorities say her mother has been overfeeding her.
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Anna Marie Regino is three years old, stands nearly four feet tall and weighs 130 pounds.
A local hospital says the girl suffers from Prader-Willi syndrome- a medical condition in which the sufferer never feels full after eating.
The girl's mother says her daughter tested negative for the condition- She says she's hurt at what state officials have said-
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((ADELA MARTINEZ/MOTHER: JUST SAYING WE COULDN'T TAKE CARE OF HER THAT DIET SHE WAS ON WAS NOT BEING TAKEN, THEY NEVER GAVE US SPECIFICS OF WHY SHE WAS BEING TAKEN AWAY.))
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The girl was removed from her mother's home after authorities presented evidence that her health was threatened.
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For those heading to college for the first time a heavy course load may soon not be the only thing weighing them down,
Often times so are the pounds. Health Reporter Joy Sutton tells why so many student fall victim to the freshman 15, and what they can do to fight the battle of the bulge.
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((The first day class hasn't even started at Roanoke College in Salem.
But already freshman like Kristy Ellmer and her friend have been warned about the freshman 15, and they've been told for many, the number of extra pounds is growing.
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((KRISTY ELLMER/FRESHMAN:IT'S ABOUT 25 POUNDS ABOUT THE AVERAGE GAINED HERE. WE'RE A LITTLE NERVOUS ABOUT THAT WE'RE HOPING OUR JEANS ARE GOING TO FIT BY THE END OF THE SEMESTER))
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Nutrionist Mark Schueler says some students gain weight because of the change in diet as they shift from home cooking to cafeteria food.
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((DOCTOR MARK SCHUELER:IF YOU GET TOO MANY CARBOHYDRATES WHICH INCLUDE VEGETABLES, SALADS, SNACK FOODS, PASTA, BREAD, ALL HIGH IN CARBOHYDRATES, AND YOUR BODY BASICALLY GOES INTO RAISING THE INSULIN LEVEL ))
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And he says that causes the body to store fat.
And just listen to what students are eating.
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((KRISTY ELLMER: TODAY WAS LIKE FRENCH FRIES, CHEESEBURGER, CHIPS, THERE WAS EVERYTHING OUT THERE EASILY IN A WEEK YOU CAN GAIN FIVE POUNDS))
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And Schueler warns about drinking beer. Not only is it illegal for underage freshman, it can also pack on the pounds.
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For many freshmen, the freedom to set their own menus can make it easy to overeat.
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But Schueler says the best advice is to simply watch what you eat, and get plenty of exercise.
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Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the two minute ticker which starts on the college gridiron.
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The Virginia Cavaliers are preparing for this weekend's date with Brigham Young Univeristy, the first home opener for the Cav's since 1997.
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Pressure is building for a broader recall of Firestone tires. Drew Levinson has the latest details on what appears to be an escalating problem .
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((Demanding answers for the American public over what has become a major tire dilemma --Congressional investigators met with Bridgestone/ Firestone executives.

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WHAT DID FIRESTONE KNOW ABOUT THIS PROBLEM, WHAT SHOULD THEY HAVE KNOWN ABOUT THIS PROBLEM DURING THE LAST EIGHT YEARS.
In prepping for a congressional hearing, investigators are seeking documents and trying to find out if the company acted soon enough in recalling six and a half million tires.
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Friday the investigators were in Michigan, asking Ford officials the same questions.
The treads are shredding and most of the tires in question are found on Ford Explorers
The recall earlier this month and the government investigation have prompted hundreds of complaints including allegations of at least 62 highway-related deaths and 100 injuries.


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NOW, ACCORDING TO THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, BRIDGESTONE AND FORD MAY FACE CRIMINAL ACTION IN VENEZUELA. THE VENEZUELAN GOVERNMENT SAYS THE TIREMAKER AND AUTOMAKER ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS THERE AND THEY PLAN TO FINE THEM.
Ford says its already re-called 40-thousand tires in Venezuelabut in statement released by Ford, the company claims this recall has nothing to do with the one in the US. This one came about because driving conditions there are different.

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IN A RELATIVELY SMALL VEHICLE POPULATION WE WERE SEEING QUITE A LARGE NUMBER OF TREAD SEPARATIONS, WE ASKED FOR AN INVESTIGATION, IT SHOWED NOTHING SO WE ACTED
Though the house has yet to set a hearing date, the Senate commerce committee has invited Ford and Firestone officials to testify at its hearing next month. Drew Levinson, CBS News, Detroit.))

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