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A former general manager of the Roanoke Express is indicted for stealing from the organization.
Details on the embezzlement charges coming right up.
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And we'll take a trip to Washington to witness the swearing in of Virginia's new junior senator.

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In sports, Denise Allen will join is from Cassell Coliseum to preview the lady Hokies match up with third ranked Notre Dame, the Tech men talk about opening Big East play, hey, the national championship is tonight
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and the Redskins hire a new head football coach with lots of playoff experience.
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Very cold again this morning as temperatures go single digit for some. The outlook is a bit warmer. We'll explain.


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Former Express General Manager Tony Mancuso is indicted for embezzling funds from the hockey team.
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Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

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Former Express General Manager Tony Mancuso is indicted for embezzling funds from the hockey team.
A Roanoke Grand Jury handed up a pair of three- count indictments this afternoon... one against Mancuso, and the other against his assistant, James Higginbotham.
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Mancuso was let go at the end of the 98-99 season. The team's current general manager says the organization was "just swimming in red ink." But Mark Fackrell says it was only after Mancuso and Higginbotham left that the team realized what had happened.
Chief Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Betty Jo Anthony says about 10-thousand dollars was embezzled from the Express between June 1st of '98 and the end of June, 1999. Fackrell says it was AT LEAST 10-thousand.
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Higginbotham and Mancuso are charged with embezzlement, obtaining money by false pretenses and grand larceny. The prosecutor says there was equipment involved as well as certain trade-out arrangements intended for the benefit of the Express but allegedly diverted for personal use.

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A narrowly divided House and evenly split Senate convened today in Washington. Virginia sent two new congressMEN, only her second ever congressWOMAN and a new U-S Senator for the swearing in.
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Ellen Qualls is on Capitol Hill where the Chuck Robb era ended and the George Allen era began today.
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(QUESTION: With four new members of the delegation, Virginia has lost a lot of seniority. What kind of committee assi

gnment does George Allen think he can get?)

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Another murder indictment was handed up by the Roanoke grand jury today -
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against the man wanted in connection with a shooting Christmas Eve. 19-year-old Bernard Maurice Walker is also still on the loose.
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He's charged with killing Reaco (Reeco) Ramon Hilton at this Stop and Save Mini Mart on Melrose Avenue. Walker was directly indicted today on murder and firearm charges - including an unlawful possession of a firearm charge.
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A Tennessee woman will serve 30 years in prison for her role in a nine-hour standoff with police in Wythe County last spring.
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21-year-old Angel Tanner pled guilty in September to kidnapping, carjacking and a host of other charges.
Her boyfriend Dennis Lewis was sentenced to four life sentences for his role in the standoff.
The couple's arrest ended a two-day crime spree that began in Tennessee and ended at the home of a Wythe County family last April.
Ricky and Toni Sexton were held by the fugitives for nine hours, before authorities coaxed Tanner and Lewis out safely.
Tanner still faces federal charges and prosecution in Tennessee.
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The Roanoke man accused of killing his former girlfriend allegedly harassed the victim prior to the shooting.
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Teresa Hamilton talked with police and neighbors and joins us from the newsroom with more.
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Keith, a grand jury today indicted Earl Allen Hale on murder and firearms charged. Today police also released the suspect's photo and more background information. It turns out this wasn't the first time Earl Hale and his ex-girlfriend have had problems.
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(( Roanoke police today released this photo of Earl Allen Hale. The 29- year old man is accused of killing his former girlfriend yesterday afternoon. Police say he shot 27- year old Charlene Denise Ramsey outside Hot Rods Car Care. Hale is also accused of wounding Rodney Eugene Basham who managed to make his way from the parking lot to a nearby business to find help.
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Authorities immediately began looking for Earl Hale. Police say Hale used to date Charlene Ramsey and had harassed her on two occasions. Just last week Ramsey's car was vandalized and police believe Hale may have been involved. Lori Grahame lived next door to Ramsey and remembers well the words she saw spray painted on Ramsey's car.
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Police say Hale also harassed Ramsey on another occasion. They say about 12 hours before the fatal shooting... Charlene Ramsey called authorities saying Hale was trespassing on her property. ))
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When police arrived then, they say Hale was cooperative and left without incident.
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Keith, Hale is still at large tonight. By the way, authorities say the reason they were able to secure an indictment so quickly is that they were able to ta
lk to the surviving witness, Rodney Basham.[Tease#1]
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The battle for a piece of the state budget pie is underway.
Find out who wants what when News 7 returns.
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And a logging truck accident makes a mess of U-S 29 in Pittsylvania County.
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[State-Budget]


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What do tourism, teachers and transportation have in common?
They're all on the wish list for more money in the upcoming General Assembly session.
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Members of the House and Senate finance committees are holding public hearings across the state to get citizen input on possible budget amendments.
Among those speaking today in Rustburg was the director of Virginia's Explore Park, which has had to scale back its operating hours due to budget cuts.
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((JO NELSON/VA'S EXPLORE PARK: WE STILL REQUIRE FUNDS FOR THE COMPLETION OF INFRASTRUCTURE WORK OF IMPROVING ROADS, TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS AND SUPPORT FACILITIES. MORE IMPORTANTLY THE PARK REQUIRES OPERATING FUNDS TO KEEP OUR S-O-L COMPLIANT PROGRAMMING AT A HIGH QUALITY AND TO MARKET THE PARK TO THE PUBLIC.))
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Money for school repairs in Lynchburg also got a plug today.
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((JAMES MCCORMICK/L'BURG SCHOOL SUPT.: LYNCHBURG CITY NEEDS FUNDING TO RENOVATE DETERIORATING BUILDINGS, CORRECT HEALTH AND SAFETY ISSUES AND IMPLEMENT TECHNOLOGICAL AND OTHER INSTRUCTIONAL CHANGES.))
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The General Assembly will consider amendments to Governor Gilmore's 48- billion dollar budget when it convenes later this month.
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A logging truck overturned early this afternoon on U.S. 29 in Chatham.
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State Police say the driver was heading southbound when he drove into the left median, overcorrected and lost control of the tractor trailer.
It took troopers and V-Dot crews several hours to clean up the mess.
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((JOE KINSLEY/STATE POLICE: ONCE HE TURNED THE VEHICLE OVER, ALL THE TIE DOWN STRAPS BROKE AND SPREAD THE LOGS PRETTY MUCH INTO THE MEDIAN STRIP. ONLY A FEW LANDED IN THE ROADWAY SO WE'RE FORTUNATE IT IN THAT ASPECT OF IT.))
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The driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to Danville Regional Medical Center.
State Police say he will face reckless driving charges.
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A surprise from the federal reserve this morning as it cut interest rates by half a point-- that sent Wall Street soaring. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW surged ahead 300 points.
NASDAQ jumped 325-- its biggest one day point gain ever.
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[I-73]


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The public hearings on the future of proposed Interstate 73 may be over, but the topic is still hot.
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The Kiwannis Club of Roanoke heard from two advocates of the I-73 project today.
Beth Doughty of the Chamber of Commerce said the new interstate would be safer and would bring economic benefits to the Roanoke Valley.
She said that the period of feedback from the community is not over and citizens can still share their opinions.

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((THEY CAN MAKE THEIR COMMENTS DIRECTLY TO V-DOT AND THEY WILL BE INLUDED AS PART OF THE DECISION MAKING PROCESS. THE GREAT THING ABOUT THIS PROCESS IS PUBLIC INPUT IS PART OF IT EVERY STEP OF THE WAY))
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The public can send letters to V-DOT until January twelfth.
Many opponents of the proposed highway that will connect South Carolina and Michigan are concerned about the environmental impacts that it might have.
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The Commonwealth Transportation Board is expected to vote on the Interstate in the next couple of months.

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The Redskins have a new coach, will we have a new national champion in football tonight,
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and Roanoke college wraps up it's hoops tournament tonight with a special cause in mind,
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It's a big night for Virginia Tech basketball all the way around. Tonight, the Lady Hokies take on one of the top women's programs in the country.
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Denise Allen joins us from Cassell Coliseum to preview the Notre dame/Virginia Tech match up that tips off at 7 o'clock, Denise.
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The Virginia Tech men open their Big East era tonight on the road against Saint Johns. Both teams are 6 and 5 coming into the game and the Hokies are excited for the challenge of Big East ball.
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The Washington Redskins have named Marty Schottenheimer as the teams new head coach.
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Schottenheimer has accepted the job as head coach and director of football operations. His contract is over four years and it will pay him 10 million dollars. The former coach of the Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns has been an NFL analyst on ESPN. Schottenheimer has a career record of 145-85 and 1 and made 11 playoff appearances. He is the 11th all time winningest coach in the NFL and replaces Norv Turner.
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Tonight at eight o'clock, the Florida State Seminoles and the Oklahoma Sooners square off in the national championship Orange Bowl. The Seminoles offense has received most of the hype, but Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden has some concerns about Oklahoma QB Josh Heupful
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The Express takes on the Trenton Titans this Friday night on the road. The Express beat Greenville Last night 4 to 3 at the Round House.
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The Express had lost four straight coming into the game and one area of concern for the team has been the number of goals it has given up during part ogf that strectch. Roanoke was giving up 4 goals agame.
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V Foundation Classic wraps up tonight at 7:30. Roanoke takes on Maryville for the championship.
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The two day tournament raises money for the V Foundation and other local cancer charities.
But it's also a chance for the Maroons to warm up for Old Dominion Conference play after serveral weeks off in December.
Coach Page Moir hopes the past few weeks of practice and this tournament gets his team on track after a disapointing November.
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