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Tonight on NEWS 7 at Six, a sit-down interview with Roanoke's Police Chief the day after one of his men admits to
racketeering.
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((I'M MARYA JONES... IN THE JEFF THOMAS CAPITAL MURDER TRIAL.))
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Tonight on News 7 Sports, Aikman and Belle are likely finished with pro sports. We'll flash back to 1976 on this silver anniversary of UVa's only ACC tournament championship.
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And there are some big changes in store for the area's Hall of Fame golf tournament's Those details are on the way.
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Expecting the weather to settle down and warm up a bit as well. Forecast details and our Wednesday WeatherSchool coming up.
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The prosecution rests. Defense attorneys begin making THEIR case on behalf of Jeffrey Allen Thomas.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]

Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

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One man says he saw three cars on the night Tara Munsey disappeared, close to the place where he body was later found.
A friend says he stopped at her house that night.
They were among about a dozen witnesses called by the defense today.
Earlier, prosecutors finished presenting their case, with the testimony of one important witness.
Marya Jones explains.
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The suspect in last night's murder in Lynchburg remains hospitalized after trying to kill himself.
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Police responded to the Deerwood Apartment complex around 10:30. That's where Gracie Yvette Dillard had been shot in the head.
Her boyfriend, 29- year- old Gregory Curtis Jones, has been charged with shooting her in a domestic dispute.
Jones is now at the U-V-A Medical Center, recovering from self-inflicted wounds to his wrists.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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As far as the chief of police is concerned, a guilty plea from Roanoke police officer Fred Pledge last night marks the end of the federal racketeering investigation.
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Though the prosecutor says the feds are still looking into certain allegations, Chief Joe Gaskins said today he knows of "no other officer under scrutiny as it relates to this investigation."
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((CHIEF JOE GASKINS/ROANOKE POLICE DEPARTMENT: THE INVESTIGATION IS BEHIND US. WE NOW MOVE ON AND DO WHAT WE ARE CHARGED WITH DOING. Q: ISOLATED ROGUE COP, FRED PLEDGE? A: I CERTAINLY THINK SO. Q: THE PROSECUTOR CALLED HIM A "THUG WITH A BADGE." IS THAT OVERSTATING IT? A: I THINK IT'S A VERY UNFORTUNATE SITUATION FOR PLEDGE, THE COMMUNITY, THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. AND I THINK THE COURTS ARE HERE TO DEAL WITH THAT.))
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A federal judge still has to decide whether Pledge is guilty of bribery and extortion or simple robbery. Pledge will be sentenced accordingly.
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The investigation may have been slowed by a legal doctrine known as "Garrity."
Though Pledge told federal investigators LAST JUNE that he'd accepted money and drugs from suspects without accounting for them, the Police Department was not made aware of that. At the same time, under Garrity, the police department couldn't reveal to federal agents statements Pledge had made to Internal Affairs investigators.
The city couldn't flat-out fire Pledge, for fear he would sue, file for discovery and compel the feds to reveal specific facts and sources.

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Now that voters in Clifton Forge have spoken, what's next for the city?
Yesterday two thirds of the city's voters said they'd rather live in a town.
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Teresa Hamilton set out to find out what's in Clifton Forge's future. She's in what is soon-to-be- the TOWN of Clifton Forge tonight.
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Thumb-prints help police in Lynchburg combat a growing number of counterfeit checks.
Details coming up.
Plus...
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((I'M ROXANE GILMORE))
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That's Virginia's First Lady plugging her passion... before her husband's high-stakes budget battle forced museum closures and layoffs across the state. The story ahead...
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A new program aimed at cracking down on counterfeit check scams is getting a big "thumbs up" from Lynchburg- area merchants.
Steve Smallshaw tells us how police hope to make an impression on would- be con artists.
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(( The checks started showing up last November.. payroll stubs from major companies that looked like the real thing.
Banks and convenience stores would cash the checks only to realize later they were clever fakes.
Investigators think it's the work of an informal group that knows what it's doing. [Standup ] ((Police say the group targets major corporations like Lowe's and Pizza Hut and uses their corporate logos to create fake payroll checks. Eventually, word gets out among local banks and merchants to be on the lookout for these checks.. but by then, the crooks have moved on to a new company.))
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So before they cash a check, authorities are urging local merchants to start asking for two forms of I-D, including a thumbprint on the check itself.
It's something SunTrust Bank has been doing for three years with non-account holders.. and it's cut their bad check losses dramatically.
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((GORDON HOWELL/SUNTRUST BANK: WE THINK THAT IS BECAUSE THE FOLKS WHO ARE GOING TO DO THESE FRAUDULENT ACTS ARE GOING SOMEWHERE ELSE. THE WORD HAS BEEN SPREAD AROUND THAT THIS PROGRAM IS IN PLACE AT EVERY SUNTRUST OFFICE AND THAT WE FOLLOW THE POLICY TO THE LETTER.))
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The police department handed out instruction sheets and inkpads to interested store owners.. many of whom plan to start using the new I-D procedure immediately.
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((TERRY GRAVELY/GOCO CHECK CASHING: A LOT OF IT'S TRAINING YOUR EMPLOYEES TO TAKE THE PROPER I-D AND MAKE SURE THAT PERSON IS THERE.))
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((INVEST. DENNIS LARIVIERE/LYNCHBURG POLICE: SO ALL WE CAN DO IS PROVIDE THEM THE TOOLS TO WORK WITH TO HELP THEM TO HELP US. IF THEY UTILIZE IT, GREAT. AND A LOT OF IT IS DETERRENCE.))
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Any business interested in the program should contact the police.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))


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A Montgomery County company has hooked up with NASA.
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Blacksburg-based Phoenix Integration provides software to integrate, link and process data.
NASA has chosen the organization to be PART of a 20- million- dollar contract involving hardware and software designers for the international space station and space transportation vehicles.
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Malone expects his staff of 16 to grow by 50-percent by the end of the year.
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For the third straight session - buyers send the major stock averages higher at the close. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The pitched budget battle between Jim Gilmore and the Senators of his own party has another high profile victim: Mrs. Gilmore.
At the moment, come July first, there will be absolutely NO state money available for the First Lady's favorite cause: museums and cultural centers across the Commonwealth.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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Roxane Gilmore is a historian and classics professor, who's dedicated much of her husband's tenure to teaching about the historical treasures of the Commonwealth.
She sits on the board of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation... and is the state spokesperson for the 250 museum Time Travelers program.
In the fall of 1999, she recorded a public service announcement for the 550 museum Virginia Association of Museums.

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((AS A TEENAGER...ACROSS OUR RICH COMMONWEALTH.))
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Turns out the Commonwealth's NOT so rich -- as her husband's NO car tax promise prepares to return a BILLION dollars a year to taxpayers.
The budget impasse leaves non-state agencies zeroed out in the fiscal year that begins July first -- despite this Senate budget effort to restore some money.
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((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS: IT IS TRULY IRONIC THAT THE FIRST LADY HAS TAKEN THIS POSITION, BECAUSE THE GOVERNOR'S...IMPROVES THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR OUR VALLEY.))
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The Science Museum of Western Virginia is already operating on a reduced schedule... and its 38 employees could all be gone by in a matter of months.
The Governor's spokeswoman says blame the Senate... but acknowledges only 41 museums and historic sites got any help at all in Gilmore's proposed budget amendments -- which were never passed.
The Virginia Association of Museums calls the budget fiasco "shortsighted," since a new report shows arts and culture are a BILLION dollar a year business in Virginia... the same cost as NO car tax.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))





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Tonight on News 7 sports, some changes are in store for the Roanoke Valley hall of fame golf tournaments. Troy Aikman is released by the Dallas Cowboys in an unceremonious fashion.
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And it's old school night here on the Big 7. We're turning back the clock to 1976 and relive Virginia's one and only ACC tournament title - the Miracle in Landover at the old Cap Centre.
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The Dallas Cowboys, America's team, dumped its American hero tonight - cutting Troy Aikman. The veteran quarterback was waived tonight by Dallas, one day before the team would have had to pay him a $7 million dollar bonus.
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Aikman's agent Leigh Steinberg says he will not comment on the Cowboys' action until he sees if Aikman is picked up by another team. With Troy at the controls, the Cowboys won three Super Bowl titles. However, Aikman is now 34 years old and in his 12 year career he has suffered 9 concussions. There is a strong possibility that Aikman may end up in San Diego reunited with his former Dallas offensive coordinator, Norv Turner.
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As expected the Orioles' Albert Belle is finished playing baseball.
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Belle's arthritic hip is forcing him into retirement. However, it's likely that Belle will not retire, but rather that he will be released by the Orioles or be put on waivers. Belle will certainly be able to enjoy his retirement. He's guaranteed $13 million each of the next three seasons.
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This year's ACC tournament that opens up tomorrow night at the Georgia Dome marks the 25th anniversary of the Virginia Cavaliers only ACC tournament championship. That 1976 team limped through the ACC regular season with a 4 and 8 record before mowing down N.C. State, Maryland and North Carolina to win the title.
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((TERRY HOLLAND/326 CAREER WIN AT UVA:)) ((That 1976 team featured Wally Walker, Marc Iavaroni, Bobby Stokes, Mark Newlen, Steve Castellan, Dave Koesters and a blonde headed, hard charging point guard named Billy Langloh.)) ((BILLY LANGLOH:)) ((TERRY HOLLAND:))
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The Cavs would go on to lose their NCAA tournament opening game to De Paul, 69-to-60. But UVa would get plenty of mileage out of the win over Phil Ford and Carolina in the ACC championship. At his summer basketball camp in 1976, Holland wore a powder blue T-shirt with the words "UNC- ACC runners-up" printed across the front of it.
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[go to pinnacle 1201] Virginia begins its quest to make this silver anniversary of the "Miracle In Landover" a good one when the Cavs play Ga. Tech Friday at 2:30 in the ACC quarterfinals. Carolina opens Friday's session at Noon.
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[go to pinnacle 1202] The night games on Friday have N.C. State taking on Duke and Maryland battling Wake Forest. Beginning Friday, the entire tournament is right here on WDBJ-7.
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The Roanoke Valley Hall of Fame golf tournament is 28 years old this season. And the Hall's growth has created some changes this year.
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Over the past two years, The Hall of Fame has grown from 7 clubs to 12. Golf courses throughout the area can only accommodate 144 people at a time.
So that number forced the Hall of Fame to trim the number of players on both the men's and women's teams.
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Cutting the number of players on a team will also allow the Men and Women to play at the same time on the same course.
The Men play three days and the women two.
The Hall of Fame tournament is June 8th, 9th and 10th. These moves will also free up more tee times for the general public.
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The city of Martinsville is fighting hard to get its economy back on track....
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and some are roasting chickens to prove it.
Hundreds of Martinsville businesses are gathering today at the city's annual trade show to show off their latest inventions.
The chamber of commerce is hoping local companies will use each other's technology to grow their businesses.
Tonight at 11, News 7's Jennifer Miele will find out what's so hot about Martinsville's Fire and Rescue Department.
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