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Michael Vick rises to the top in the N-F-L draft.
Coming up-- Mike Stevens talks one on one with Vick about his future with Atlanta.
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[VO-NAT]

Plus, life at Virginia Tech after Vick. He may be gone-- but Hokie fans say the team is still in the game.
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In sports, The Virginia Tech Hokies wrapped up their spring practice today with the annual spring football game.
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And former Tech quarterback Michael Vick is going to Atlanta after the Falcons chose him with the N-F-L drafts number one pick. Mike Stevens will have a report.
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[WX-Head]
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Another mild day heads our way tomorrow as temperatures will rise into the 80s I'll have your hometown forecast just ahead....

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The most famous Hokie quarterback will be headed for Hot'lanta, as day one of the N-F-L draft kicks off.
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[ANCHOR=Teresa]

Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.

[Vick]


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After months of speculation, Michael Vick officially became the number one pick in the N-F-L draft. Shortly after the Atlanta Falcons called his name, our own Mike Stevens and photographer Greg Moore caught up with the Hokie inside Madison Square Garden.
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Mike Stevens will have more from New York, later in sports.

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Back home in Blacksburg, the Hokies carry on without Michael Vick at their annual Spring game today. At Lane Stadium, it was a chance to take a look at the lineup and the new plays that many hope will take Virginia Tech to a familiar spot... the top of college football. As New 7's Rachel Cannon tells us, fans are ready.
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(([tc 10:35:17] NATS "WERE GONNA BE HERE TO SUPPORT THE HOKIES, WHAT DO YOU SAY BOYS...RUF RUF RUF" The start of football season is still months away, but Hokie fans don't have to wait any longer for a taste (tc guy eating brownie), they are NATS [tc 10:47:06] hungry to see Tech in action
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((BENJI LAYMAN/TECH STUDENT;IT'S A GREAT DAY FOR TECH FOOTBALL.))
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A great day to look into Tech's future on the field, a future without their star player, but fans say, not without a new game plan.
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((JON EASLICK/TECH FAN; THEIR FINALLY GONNA GO BACK TO THEIR RUNNING GAME WHICH WAS THERE BREAD AND BUTTER GAME FOR YEARS.))
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((BENJI LAYMAN/TECH STUDENT;INSTEAD OF PASSING I THINK WERE GONNA HAVE TO CHANGE FACE AND GO A LITTLE MORE OF A RUNNING GAME.))
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But will the new game bring the team back to the top?
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((CHUCK CREGGER/TECH FAN; WE EXPECT FOR THEM TO COME OUT STRONG, LOOK WHAT WE DID LAST YEAR, WE IMPRESSED A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE.))
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and get the dedicated fans where they want to be?
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((TO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.))
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Only time will tell. Rachel Cannon News 7 Blacksburg))
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[ON CAM]
Highlights of today's spring game are coming up in sports.
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[Roanoke-Fire]


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Fire officials say a gas grill led to a house fire in Roanoke today.
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Crews responded to the 47-hundred block of Northridge road. Fire officials say the family was grilling on the deck, went inside and then heard an explosion. Nobody was injured in the fire. Officials say the damage was minor, and confined mainly to the attic and an interior wall.
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[RV-Fire]


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[WIPE WIPE WIPE]
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Fire destroyed an R-V and damaged nearby vehicles before fire fighters could put out the flames. Fire crews responded to the blaze about 12-thirty this afternoon in Vinton. Flames scalded nearby vehicles, and it took firefighters about 10 minutes to put out the blaze. No one was injured, officials say the fire started in the R-V's fuel line.
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[MS-Walk]


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Hundreds of people gather in Roanoke today, ready to walk for a good cause.
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They're taking part in a 5- mile walk organized by the Blue Ridge Multiple Sclerosis Chapter. The event raises money for research and awareness of the disease. Many of today's estimated 250-participants are walking for donations because a friend or family member is fighting their own battle with M-S.
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((JOHN WALKER/PARTICIPANT; I JUST APPRECIATE THE ALL THE PEOPLE THIS YEAR WITH US WHO ARE PARTICIPATING IN THIS WALK AND IT'S SOMETHING WE REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO DOING.))
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Southwest Virginians aren't the only ones walking today, MS Walks were held across the country.
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[Tease#1]
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Mergers and layoffs were part of this week in the business world. Jennifer Miele will take a look back...
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and we'll take a look inside the only house that Stonewall Jackson ever owned. Those stories and more... but first let's say hello to Leo on this beautiful day.
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[Biz-Review]


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It was merger mania this week as First Union and Wachovia announce their rivalry is over.
The two banks will become one within the next three years.
News 7 Business Reporter Jennifer Miele has that story and more in this week's Business Review.
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((MR. BAKER ON PRE PRO: BUT I MAKE THE POINT TO YOU NOW, THAT TOGETHER AT THE NEW WACHOVIA WE ARE NOT JUST BIG. IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT WE HAVE THE RIGHT PIECES, AND STRATEGICALLY, THEY WILL FIT TOGETHER WELL.
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The supposed "merger of equals" brings long-time bank rivals First Union and Wachovia Corporation together.
900 million dollars and 7000 employees will be shaved from the new company's budget.
No word yet on when or where the layoffs will happen. [INSERT GREEN FLASH HERE]
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Railroad retiree Joe Sailor says changes need to be made to his retirement fun. [PRE PRO]
A bill that's been introduced to Congress would allow railroad companies to invest money that it's employees have saved for retirement -- then hopefully, the investments would payoff.
The bill also says railroad companies will pay the difference if the investments DON'T payoff.
Plus, it would lower retirement age from 62 to 60 for employees with 30 years of service. [END PRE PRO]
Sailor was disappointed when the bill fizzled during the last session of Congress.
But with provisions for retiree spouses, Sailor says its sure to pass this time.
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((JOE SAILOR/RAILROAD RETIREE: ALL I'M SAYING IS, I DON'T SEE HOW ANY SENATOR CAN VOTE AGAINST 65,000 WIDOWS.))
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[INSER GREEN FLAHS HERE] [JENNIFER STAND UP] ((JENNIFER MIELE/REPORTING: THE WORLD'S LARGEST MOBILE PHONE MAKER, WITH A BRANCH IN LYNCHBURG, SAYS SALES ARE DOWN. ERICSSON SAYS LAYOFFS ARE IN THE COMPANY'S FUTURE. 12 THOUSAND JOBS ARE SLATED TO GO. ))
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The Dow Industrials average fell 113 points to ten-thousand-579. The Nasdaq composite gave up 18, to finish at 2163.38
For News 7, I'm Jennifer Miele. That's this week's Business Review.))

[Earth Day]


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This weekend-- people around the country pay tribute to Mother Nature and work to educate others about preserving it. In honor of Earth Day,
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Virginia Western's Community (ar-bor-EE-tum) arboretum came to life with its own celebration.
Representatives from 27-local environmental groups set up to inform folks about upcoming events in the valley.
The day draws participants of every age and walk of life, reminding them to appreciate nature.
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((BILL MODICA/EARTH DAY COORDINATOR; NOT JUST ONE DAY BUT HOPEFULLY ALL YEAR LONG BECAUSE THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT IS A VERY BIG PART OF THE ENJOYMENT OF THE ROANOKE VALLEY.))
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Live music for the event was provided by local performers.
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[Tease#2]
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Coming up, Roy Stanley will have more on today's N-F-L draft, and Virginia Tech's spring game...
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and kites were soaring in Salem today, taking advantage of the nice, but windy weather. Stay tuned, News 7 at 6 returns.
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[Stonewall-Jackson]


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He's is best known for his title as Confederate general. But before he stood like a "Stonewall", Thomas Jonathon Jackson lived a quiet life in Lexington. Shannon Young takes us to his home in this week's edition of Time Off.
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((His nickname serves as a testament to his intimidating presence in the Civil War Valley Campaign of 1862. In the same manner, Stonewall Jackson's home stands as a memorial to the hero's little known private side. This 3-story townhouse is the only home Jackson ever owned. And some of the furnishings, like these two prints purchased on his honeymoon with his second wife, show he filled it with dreams.
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((They reflect the two things that were the most important to Jacksoon here in his life: his spiritual life and his family. He was pleased to finally purchase this house, settle down and get started raising a family.)) [RUNS-:18]
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Jackson's wish for a large family never came true, but that didn't stop him from preparing the house for children.
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((When he and his wife first purchased the house they introduced stoves to the house. They introduced a cook stove and a couple of heating stoves to improve the quality of life here in mid-1900 century Lexington.)) [RUNS-:11]
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Jackson left Lexington in April of 1861 to join the Confederate Army, and never returned. The home eventually became a hospital. But restoration efforts in the late 1970's returned the dwelling to its Jackson era appearance.
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((In our permanent collection we're really quite fortunate to have a number of pieces that belonged to the Jacksons when they lived in this home. Most of these came to us from Jackson family members.)) [RUNS-:12]
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Tours highlight the kitchen, a bedroom, dining room, study and parlor. The grounds feature a garden Jackson was said to tend to regularly complete with plantings that were popular during his time.
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[IN Q=If you want to learn more...]

If you want to learn more about Stonewall Jackson there are plenty of books about the man, including this one written by a noted Virginia Tech professor who'll be here in May for a book signing. Shannon Young, News 7, Lexington.))


[Kite-Fest]


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With the winds cooperation, hundreds of kites took to the sky in Salem today.
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The third annual Family Kite Festival at Greenhill Park is one of 2-hundred being held around the country in celebration of National Kite Month.
Kite club members from all over Virginia sent specialty kites dancing in the air.
Kroger provided the first 5-hundred kids with kits to create their own designs.
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((JORDAN WOZNICKI/LIKES KITES; I REALLY LIKE TO FLY A LOT AND I LIKE THE DECORATIONS OF THEM AND IT'S REALLY EASY FOR ME TO FLY A KITE.))
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Kids received awards for best design and kite flying.
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[Sports Tease]


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And coming up in sports, The Atlanta Falcons take Michael Vick with the first pick in the N-F-L draft the Hokies wrap up spring practice today.
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And the Cubs slip by the Pirates in Pittsburgh today.
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Michael Vick took Manhattan by storm today as the Falcons scooped up the former Tech star with the number one pick in the N-F-L draft.
Mike Stevens and photographer Greg Moore have our exclusive draft coverage from the "Big Apple."
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[S-Tech]


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While Michael Vick was moving on to the next level, Virginia Tech fans were getting a look at what life would be like without the star quarterback
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Grant Noel has been the man all spring.
Noel led the White team to 10 points on 13 of 32 passing for 112 yards and one TD.
Jason Davis fumbled an early snap and had three interceptions, but he compiled 117 yards on an eight for 17 day passing.
Keith Burnell capped a great spring season with an impressive game. Burnell led the Maroon to a 24-10 victory with 183 yards rushing and a touchdown.
The QB question is still unanswered but Coach Frank Beamer says his staff will discuss it Monday.
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[S-UVA]


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The Virginia Cavaliers held their spring scrimmage this afternoon. Steve Mason is in Charlottesville and will have a report tonight at 11.


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In the Major Leagues today, The Pirates hosted the Cubs in Pittsburgh this afternoon.
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Outside P-N-C park on a cloudy day in Pittsburgh.
The Pirates took the 1 to nothing lead in the fifth. Then in the sixth Emil Brown hits a solo homer over the left field wall and the Pirates took a 2 to nothing lead.
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Then in the bottom of the seventh Chicago's Todd Hundley belts this 2 run homer over the left centerfield wall to tie the game at 2 and Chicago goes on to win it 4 to 3 on Hundley's homer in the ninth.
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