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Today on news 7 at 5, the Governor says state agencies will have to cut their budgets and can't hire any more workers.
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Also a New River Valley company lays off one hundred employees.
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In other news, another Dale Earnhardt Incorporated car wins in Rockingham. Mike Stevens will have the highlights,
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and we'll tell you why the battle of the sexes is moving to the Billboard charts.
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Two years after his son was beaten to death, a father looks for closure in the execution of a killer.
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32- year- old Thomas Akers is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Thursday night.
Barring a last- minute stay, Wayne Smith says he will be there.
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Smith's son, Wesley, was found in a Franklin County field in December of 1998. He had been beaten to death with a baseball bat.
One of two men convicted of the crime, Akers says he wants to die... and Smith says the lawyers who have continued his appeals without Akers' permission should stop.
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Smith says he has become more bitter in the months since his son's death, and he says he hopes that Akers' execution will help him and his family close a difficult chapter of their lives.

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A state hiring freeze and a halt in "discretionary spending" by state agencies.
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Those are the next two steps announced today by Governor Jim Gilmore, as a result of his Saturday executive order on the budget.
The General Assembly adjourned without a new budget compromise Saturday night.
That left the Governor with last year's budget -- based on higher revenues than the state has actually collected.
So the balanced budget act could require 419- million dollars in cuts.
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Lawmakers will return to Richmond in late March to try again for a budget compromise.
Gilmore blamed the Senate for the emergency spending freeze 15 times during today's news conference.
He set a deadline of Friday at noon for state agency heads to submit cuts of up to 15 percent.


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It is a slow and painful cleanup in a small Mississipi town-
A weekend tornado tore through the town killing five people and destroying dozens of homes.
Chris Lawrence has the latest.
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(( THIS IS WHAT ONE FAMILY'S HOME LOOKED LIKE A FEW DAYS AGO... AND HERE'S WHAT'S LEFT OF IT NOW, SHATTERED WINDOWS, CRUMBLING WALLS... AND PIECE BY PIECE A FAMILY TRYING TO PULL TOGETHER ANYTHING THEY CAN. JESSE KAUFMAN/PONTOTOC RESIDENT "JUST SEEN WHAT'S HERE I NEVER THOUGHT COULD SURVIVE SOMETHING LIKE THIS." FOR SOME, THE LOSS OF MATERIAL POSSESSIONS SEEMS INSIGNIFICANT. JOHNNY SEAL/PONTOTOC RESIDENT "WE HAD FIVE RIGHT HERE WITHIN 200 YARDS THAT LOST THEIR LIVES."
JOHNNY SEAL LOST HIS SON, SISTER AND NIECE. SEAL AGAIN "IT'S BAD, IT'S AWFUL BAD." WHILE MANY STRUGGLE TO COPE WITH THEIR LOSSES...OTHERS KNOW THEY MUST PUSH FORWARD. DOZENS OF DEMOLISHED HOMES MUST BE REBUILT. THE INJURED MUST HEAL BOTH BODY AND SOUL. RICKEY MOONEYHAN/PONTOTOC RESIDENT: "EVERYONE IS JUST TRYING TO CLEAN UP AND PUT EVERYTHING BACK TOGETHER. THERE'S NO WAY TO BRING THE ONE'S THAT WE LOST BACK, JUST HAVE TO TRY TO COPE WITH IT AND DO THE BEST WE CAN."))



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A New River Valley company is laying off one hundred workers. We'll have the details after this break,
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[VO] and the sun finally shines on NASCAR as the fans and drivers try to put a tragedy behind them.
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A Montgomery County company is laying off workers.
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Wolverine Gasket in Blacksburg is cutting approximately one hundred employees.
The move is effective next Monday and is expected to last at least through the end of March.
A company spokesman says the reduction is directly related to the slumping auto industry. Wolverine reports its business is down 40-percent since January.
The last time the business faced major workforce cuts was in the early 1990's.
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The financial picture is not so good for one of the world's automakers.
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Daimler Chyrsler is expecting losses this year- because of a poor showing in the U-S division-
But the company President says Chrysler will remain a big part of the overall strategy.
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DaimlerChrysler expectes to show a profit by 2003.
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Life is slowly returning to normal in the world of Winston Cup racing. For the first time since the death of Dale Earnhardt, the drivers and the fans were able to celebrate in victory lane. Jennifer Jones has more from Rockingham.
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A much younger driver, with a long road to travel much like the fans rebounding from Earnhardts death. -- Kathy Cabe Race Fan 12:28 in: its going to be a long time before allot of people are back into the swing of racing and really enjoying it. out: -- Rain suspended this race Sunday, but not before Dale jr. crashed in the first lap. His car slammed into the wall, much the way his fathers car hit the wall in the last lap of the Daytona 500- exactly one week earlier. Earnhardt Junior walked away with minor injuries. -- Simon Swain Race Fan 25:44 in: Almost the same angle, almost in the same place. -- Becky Quigley Race Fan in: My first immediate response was oh my gosh, its happening again. out: -- As race fans struggle to get past Earnhardts death, NASCAR is faced with more questions about safety. Should it impose regulations that could help prevent deadly crashes? Earnhardt was the 4th NASCAR driver killed within 9-months. All died of similar head injuries. Evenso, drivers feel they should make the final call. -- Dale Jarrett NASCAR Driver 21:28 in: Obviously we know we have to wear seatbelts and shoulder harnesses and a helmet, but from that point its up to the driver to take it to what level he wants to. -- JONES STANDUP CLOSE))
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A Roanoke County judge says a Carilion doctor violated the non-compete clause in his contract.
Carilion says Dr. William Ball failed to honor a two year waiting period before continuing to practice in the area.
Ball argued the clause didn't apply since his contract ended in September.
But the court ruled in favor of Carilion.
Ball will now have to move his primary care practice at least 25 miles away from its original location, or buy back his right to practice from Carilion.

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A hospital in Newark, New Jersey is using chicken soup to help some people fight off respiratory infections.
They workers there are handing out kits with chicken noodle soup, tea, tissues, antihistamine, cough medicine and Tylenol.
Doctors are trying this approach instead of antibiotics in some cases- It's an effort to stem the tide of antibiotic resistance. Health experts say some people insist on getting antibiotics for such illnesses as the flu, even though the drugs are useless for those ailments. The kits cost three dollars apiece, compared to about 75 dollars for antibiotics handed out in emergency rooms.

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Coming up next on the newscast, we'll see what Jacey Birch is cooking as she grills us on another subject.
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You can flip 'em... you can put blueberries or even chocolate chips in them... and you can top them with whipcream and of course syrup.
They're pancakes and over the years they have become a sweet staple on breakfast menus everywhere.
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Jacey Birch is at Hotel Roanoke to give us new and fun ideas to try when preparing pancakes.
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Still to come in Sports, Mike Stevens will have the highlights from the ROCK, and then a little later Rebecca Rankin will look at the latest competition for all the boy bands.
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Microsoft is back in court- the question today: Were consumers hurt by Microsoft's actions?
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Today Federal Appeals Court judges grilled government attorneys to try and find the answer.
The judges were equally skeptical in questioning the Microsoft attorney- who insists the software giant did nothing to keep its rival out of the market.
A federal judge had ruled Microsoft violated anti-trust laws and should be split in half.
The appeals court will hear final arguments tomorrow.
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After more than a week of selling pressure, buyers finally returned to Wall Street today as stock prices pushed sharply higher.
Alexis Christoforous has more in today's Marketwatch.
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If you 're getting ready for a little spring cleaning, you will want to check out our website of the day.
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It is, appropriately enough, how to clean anything dot com. The site tells you how to deal with everything from pet and laundry stains to dirty cars, boats and houses. If the suggestions fail, the site can even help you find a professional cleaner. So if you are ready to make a clean sweep,
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You can find our website of the day through a link to our homepage at WDBJ-7-dot-com.

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Good evening everybody. A long taxing week and more came to a close for thousands of NASCAR
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fans this afternoon as the rain delayed Dura Lube 400 finished the sun at Rockingham with one of Dale Earnhardt's drivers, Steve Park, in victory lane.
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The race was extremely clean today as the caution came out on just 2 occasions. Stacy Compton started on the point as the race was resumed from yesterday's rain out, but on lap 300 Compton's engine expired and Stacy finished 41st. Jeff Gordon, who won the pole back on Saturday was the man to beat for most of the race. Gordon led 120 of the first 125 laps. But on lap 339 Park was able to muscle the Pennzoil Chevy past Gordon and into the lead. He would stay in front the final 54 laps holding off a hard charging, but clean driving Bobby Labonte to win one in honor of his boss.
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Labonte ended up second with Jeff Gordon third, Tony Stewart fourth and Ricky Craven 5th. As for the locals - Elliott Sadler was 11th, Ward Burton 16th, Rick Mast 32nd, Jeff Burton 37th and Stacy Compton 41st. Kevin Harvick, who took over the Goodwrench Chevy was 14th, while the highest finishing Dodge driver was Sterling Marlin. he was 8th.

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Postseason Tourney time is once again Roanoke Catholic's time. The Celtics' boys basketball team
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won the 56th annual Virginia State Catholic basketball championship this past weekend. The tournament was played at Roanoke College and the Celts upended powerful Benedictine and Bishop Ireton to win the title. Catholic will now begin defense of its state Independent Schools Division 2 state title on Tuesday night.
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Roanoke Catholic will play that game this Tuesday night with the tipoff set for 8 o'clock.
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Coming up on News 7 at Six. Roanoke College reacts to getting a home game in the NCAA basketball tournament, and a Florida State football player dies after a spring practice workout. Take care everyone and have a safe night.

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Boy bands like N-Sync and the Backstreet boys have dominated the music scene for the past couple of years. Now as Rebecca Rankin tells us, it's time for the girls.
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((GIRL GROUPS are hot! This ON GOING phenomenon STEMs BACK TO THE 60'S WHEN THE SUPREMES CONQUERED THE AIRWAYS. NOW THERE'S A NEW CROP OF GROUPS....WITH DESTINY'S CHILD LEADING THE WAY.

THEY'RE BEING HAILED AS THE NEW SUPREMES. DESTINY'S CHILD's on a TEAR....PICKING UP TWO AWARDS ON GRAMMY NIGHT. THIS CAPPED OFF A YEAR IN WHICH THEY HAD THREE NUMBER ONE SONGS, AND SOLD OVER SEVEN MILLION RECORDS.
Christopher John Farley - Time Magazine There's a lot of competition in the marketplace for that pop girl group dollar.
DOLLARS SIGNS THAT EVEN HIP HOP'S BAD BOY SEAN "PUFFY" COMBS RECOGNIZED WHEN HE SIGNED HIS NEW GROUP "DREAM". THEIR 1ST SINGLE WENT STRAIGHT TO NUMBER TWO ON THE POP CHARTS AND THE ALBUM HAS BEEN IN THE TOP 20 SINCE ITS RELEASE IN JANUARY.
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THE GIRL GROUP FASCINATION ISN'T LIMITED TO R&B flavored POP. THE DIXIE CHICKS CONTINUE TO DOMINATE THE COUNTRY AND POP CHARTS WITH THEIR ALBUM "FLY" SELLING OVER SEVEN MILLION COPIES.
Ann Powers - New York Times The fact that they play their instruments and the fact that they are a band is very unusual for women in country and I think that's a really great thing.
BUT STAYING POWER SEEMS TO BE THE BIG ISSUE...WHEN THE SPICE GIRLS 1ST EXPLODED ONTO THE SCENE IN 97 - FANS WENT INTO A FRENZY...BUT IT SEEMS THAT THEIR POWER RAN OUT WITH THEIR RECENTLY RELEASED 3RD ALBUM "FOREVER" WHICH
DEBUTED AT #39 ON THE CHARTS.



REBECCA TAG AND WHAT FIERCE COMPETITION IT IS...THE SPICE GIRLS SINGLE "HOLLER" OFF "FOREVER" NEVER BROKE INTO THE TOP 100 SINGLES CHART. GET THIS... NOW THERE'S EVEN A NEW TV SHOW CALLED "POPSTARS" THAT IS SCOUTING THE NATION TO FIND FIVE GIRLS THAT THE PRODUCERS OF THE SHOW WANT TO MAKE THE NEXT BEST THING. IN NEW YORK I'M VH1'S REBECCA RANKIN ))
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