The Civil War is over but the ideas behind it are still thriving.
Coming up on NEWS 7 at six.
hear from members of a group that wants to separate the North and the South.
And, a teacher in Danville is convicted of stealing money from students.
In sports, Scores and highlights from the N-B-A and Major League Baseball.
And the Lady Maroons of Roanoke College win their opening game in the ODAC softball tournament.
The sun and our temperatures just didn't let up today...
But we're going to the other extreme tonight!
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((MICHAEL HILL: WHEN THE WAR WAS OVER THE FIGHTING ON THE BATTLEFIELD STOPPED BUT THE CLASH OF THE IDEAS DID NOT STOP AND IT WON'T STOP.))
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The Civil War may be over but for one group the battle to separate the North and South continues.
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
An organization formed in 1994 is working to bringing back the values of the Confederacy.
Today dozens came to Salem for the League of the South's state meeting.
Kate Weidaw has more.
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((It's been more than 136 years since the Civil War ended but to Steve Flora that doesn't mean the principles behind the Confederate's battle are over.
((STEVE FLORA/VA CHAIRMAN LEAGUE OF THE SOUTH: FOR THE NORTH TO INVADE THE SOUTH AND SAY YOU CAN'T LEAVE AND TO WIN THAT ONE BY FORCE WE FEEL LIKE THERE IS AN OPEN WOUND.))
That open wound gave Michael Hill the idea of forming the League of the South seven years ago. Hill says there is still a need to fight for the idea of limited self government.
((MICHAEL HILL: WE BELIEVE TODAY THE FOUNDING PRINCIPLES HAVE BEEN DISCARDED IN FAVOR OF PRINCIPLES THAT FAVOR A CONSOLIDATED GOVERNMENT THAT BASICALLY INTRUDES INTO EVERYBODY'S LIVES IN WAYS OUR ANCESTORS WOULD HAVE NEVER IMAGINED.))
So the group hopes to educate the nation on what they call the other side of the war, the side history books don't write about.
((STEVE FLORA: WE FEEL LIKE THERE IS A BIAS FROM 1865 AND THE VICTORS GENERALLY WRITE THE HISTORY BOOKS AND WE DIDN'T WIN THAT ONE SO WE'RE NOT WRITING THE HISTORY BOOKS.))
But the group's ideals are criticized by the NAACP, saying slavery was part of the Confederate principles and those ideals should remain part of history. Steve Flora says the organization agrees.
((STEVE FLORA: WE BELIEVE THE WAR WAS NOT FOUGHT OVER SLAVERY IT WAS FOUGHT OVER STATE SOVEREIGNTY AND STATES RIGHTS BEING ABLE TO SUCCEED FROM THE UNION.))
And while the battles on the field are over the League of the South hopes to continue the skirmish in the classroom. As for the future, the organization would like to see the South become a free and independent nation once again, so it can return to its Christian roots. Kate Weidaw News 7 Salem.))
Lieutenant Governor John Hager has another option at his disposal.
Hager is running for governor.
But the Republican Party today cleared the way for the Lieutenant Governor to seek re-election if he wishes.
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The party set a new May 10th deadline for candidates to file for statewide office after learning that the previous February deadline had NOT been properly advertised.
Hager.... who is trailing Mark Earley in the race for delegates for the nomination for governor... says he is keeping his options open.
A single vehicle accident in Appomattox County overnight has left one man dead.
State police have identified the man as 59- year old Ray Louis Johnson of Pamplin.
They say Johnson was traveling on Route 460 when he ran off the road near route 667 and was thrown from his vehicle.
Authorities say another vehicle then struck Johnson... who died at the scene.
The Mill Mountain Zoo in Roanoke is home to more then just animals this weekend.
The Virginia Mountain Arts and Crafts Guild has set up booths at the zoo.
You can find anything from stain glass to jewelry, and even a demonstration on weaving wool.
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((BECKY BEARD/SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATOR: WE HAVE SEVERAL ARTIST HERE AND A PERFUMERY AND SOAP MAKER THAT'S VISITING US AND THEY HAVE AN ARRAY OF PRODUCTS THAT ARE VERY SPECIAL.))
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If you missed the crafts fair today you can check it out tomorrow from 10 to 5.
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Spring is the season of rebirth - and nowhere is that as apparent as it is at a zoo.
In this week's Time Off Shannon Young takes us to the Zoo at Natural Bridge where babies are the name of the game.
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((On a typical day you'll find dozens of school kids roaming the grounds of Carl Mogensen's zoo.
Whether they're on school- related field trips or visiting for fun - chances are good they're learning about the world around them.
[IN Q=I didn't know how...]
((I didn't know how big giraffes were.))
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[IN Q=We find we get through more to them...]
((We find we get through more to them just injecting little facts here and there than we do with prolonged demonstrations and lectures.))
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The 25-acre zoo is home to species of bear, alligator, tigers, birds and elephants, to name a few.
And don't forget the monkeys.
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((Brian: I want to take them home. Reporter: Why? Brian: I don't know. They have personality and they're like real people.))
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There's also an animal petting area, which Karl says is the biggest in the state.
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((Now, you can't get up close and personal with all the animals, but some creatures, like this llama here, will be more than happy to befriend you.))
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[IN Q=Well, we have little miniature donkeys...]
((Well, we have little miniature donkeys, we have little llamas, we have little pot-bellied pigs running around. And we'll have little bear cubs, little tigers cubs they can touch, of course with staff there.))
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And spring time brings an even bigger treat.
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((So, the kids really enjoy seeing new babies. We try this time of year to have lots of baby llamas, donkey's, just everything new and fresh for them.))
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Karl's hope is that kids will come to appreciate animals apart from the way they're portrayed on TV.
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((I think, the living animal, it breathes, it moves, it walks. You don't get that on Discovery.))
[OUT Q=You don't get that on Discovery.]
[IN Q=On TV you don't get the idea...]
((On TV you don't get the idea of the size of a giraffe until you stand next to it. I think that's important for children.))
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Shannon Young, News 7, Natural Bridge.))
Coming up on News 7, it's double trouble for one man who hands over his stash to a courthouse bailiff...
and looking for a new house, or mansion perhaps? The infamous Dora estate is up for sale. We'll have details coming up in just a few minutes.
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The infamous DORA estate near Smith Mountain Lake is now up for sale.
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In February, the U-S Marshal auctioned off more than five-hundred items inside the house.
Now-- the home itself is up for sale.
The two-women who built the mansion are now sitting in federal prison.
They were convicted of purchasing the home with money they defrauded from two elderly sisters.
A man headed to court over a drug conviction finds himself in trouble again - when he inadvertently hands over a bag of dope.
Rockingham County authorities say James Mitchell was going to pay a court cost for a prior conviction. But the metal detector kept buzzing... even after he thought the metal was out of his pockets.
When the 20-year-old finally pulled out the dime that was setting off the metal detector - he also pulled out a bag of marijuana.
Mitchell was arrested for drug possession.
Now he has ANOTHER court date Monday.
A Danville teacher was convicted yesterday of stealing from students' lockers.
53-year-old Lucy Barringer is a physical-education teacher at George Washington High School.
In a sworn statement to police, Barringer said she took money from students lockers several times before she was caught.
Barringer says she did it to teach kids a lesson - NOT to leave personal items in unlocked lockers.
She was found guilty of petty larceny and fined a hundred bucks.
Barringer's been suspended with pay pending a school board hearing.
A six-month court battle over a Roanoke Condominium project is coming to an end.
And a telemarketing scam is surfacing in Roanoke.
Jennifer Miele has those stories in this week's business review.
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(( This week in Review... the court battle over the Cherry Hill Condominium project continues. Neighbors say the building is just too tall.
Closing arguments wrapped up on Thursday. The judge in the case says his rule soon. If neighbors win, the top two floors of the building may have to come down.
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Norfolk Southern in creeping out of a profit slump. In fact, earnings have quadrupled.
N-S says coal demand is boosting business this quarter.
The railroad is also spending less, thanks to the latest restructuring plan.
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The Better Business Bureau says its the worst scam they've ever seen.... A telemarketing firm selling protection from other telemarketers.
((JULIE WHEELER/BBB: THEY'VE GOTTEN IRATE WITH SEVERAL CUSTOMERS. YOU JUST WANT YOUR INFORMATION OUT THERE? WE'LL JUST LEAVE IT OUT THERE SO OTHERS CAN STEAL IT IF YOU WON'T PAY US.))
Frances Murray was charged for the service, even though she never asked for it.
((FRANCES MURRAY: WHEN I GOT MY VISA BILL, $289, I COULDN'T EVEN REMEMBER WHAT THAT WAS ABOUT.))
Authorities are investing the company known as "Peace and Quiet," and "R & R."
The Dow closed up 117 points to finish at 10,810. And the NASDAQ closed up 41 points to finish the week at 20-75-82.
For News 7, I'm Jennifer Miele, and that's this week's business review.))[Tease#2]
Coming up Roy Stanley will have highlights and notes from the diamond, the ice, and even the gridiron...
But before that....
it's April, no hollies, berries, or sugarplums to be seen, but some local volunteers were out playing Santa. We'll explain coming up in a few minutes.
It may be April but Christmas came early for some Roanoke residents today.
Trees were cut down and bathroom floors were re-done on Loudon Avenue in Roanoke this morning.
It's all part of a program called Christmas in April.
Corporations sponsor a home that needs some fixing up.
More than 30- volunteers worked on the two homes on Loudon Avenue.
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((ROGER VEST/HOUSE CAPTAIN: WE'RE GOING TO PUT NEW CABINETS IN, PAINT THE ENTIRE HOUSE, TAKE DOWN THE OLD TREES AND WORK OUT THE YARD IN THE BACK.))
[SUPER=01-Roger Vest/House Captain]
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Volunteers also renovated 15 other homes in Roanoke today.
Homeowners are selected by an application process based on need.
The sunny skies made it a perfect day for the annual Dogwood Festival in Vinton.
Folks lined the streets to see antique cars that were polished up like new.
Some kids had their own fun racing cars and climbing through an obstacle course.
And it wouldn't be a festival be without food and lots of it.
You can check out the live music in downtown Vinton tonight until 11.
And coming up in sports, Roanoke College wins its first game in the ODAC tournament at the Moyers Sports complex in Salem.
And the Philadelphia 76-ers go back home leading the Indiana Pacers 2 to 1 in their N-B-A playoff series.
The ODAC Softball tournament opened at the Moyers Sports complex this afternoon.
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Roanoke College and Lynchburg would entertain the fans in the tournament's second game.
In the first, Roanoke's Rachel Capozzi hits a grounder that scores Holly Morris and the Maroons jumped out to the one to nothing lead.
Still in the first, Mary Thomas hits a fly ball to centerfield another runner scores and the Maroons were on top 2 to nothing.
Lynchburg pitcher Michelle Edelen makes a wild throw to first Liz Crow scores the run to make it 3 to nothing Maroons and Roanoke goes on to win it 4 to nothing.
Chuck Knoblauch singled, doubled and homer to lead the New York Yankees to a 7 to 6 win over Oakland
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A beautiful day at Yankee Stadium for the afternoon game.
New York gets on the board in the bottom of the third. Paul O'Neill hits a single through the infield into right field scoring Knoblauch to make it 1 to nothing Yankees.
Then in the bottom of the fourth Knoblauch hits this single to left field scoring Alfonso Soriano and the Yankees took a 4 to nothing lead.
The A's would get back in the game in the top of the fifth. Ramon Hernandez hits this two run homer to left field to make it 4 to 3 but the Yankees hold on to win it 7 to 6.
Allen Iverson scored 32 points and Philadelphia held off a 4-th quarter rally to beat Indiana 92 to 87.
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Larry Brown and the Sixers will go home leading the series 2 to 1.
In the third quarter, Iverson takes it to the hoop high on the back board gets the roll and the Sixers led 61 to 53.
Then Philadelphia gets it to the big man Dikembe Mutombou and he hits the jump hook and Philly led by 15.
But Indiana's Reggie Miller, who scored 35, would rally the Pacers. This three pointer tied the game at 82.
The Sixers hit their free throws down the stretch for the 92 to 87 win.
The National Hockey League playoffs resumed today for those and scores from Major League baseball lets check the boards.
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The Carolina Panthers rookie camp is this weekend. One of the many veterans participating is former UVa standout receiver Patrick Jeffers.
Jeffers was in Charlottesville this past weekend watching his Cavaliers wrap up spring football. Jeffers is coming back after missing all of last season with a torn ACL.
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Jeffers has emerged as one of the Panthers top receivers. Two seasons ago, he hauled in 12 touchdown catches and compiled over a thousand receiving yards. Jeffers will be catching balls thrown by quarterback Jeff Lewis, a longtime friend of Jeffers. Lewis replaces veteran Steve Beuerlein who was cut by Carolina.
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In Lacrosse, Washington and Lee wins the 14-th annual Lee Jackson Classic.
Pope Hackney led the Keydets with 5 goals as the Generals get the 15 tto 5 win.
Brad Muston led V-M-I with 2 goals and 2 assists.
In Women's pro Soccer, The Washington Freedom beat the North Carolina Courage today 2 to 1.
Washington's Mia Hamm would score the winning goal for the Freedom.
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The Civil War is over
but the fight lives on.
That's according to one group that wants to secede.
(-------------)More tonight at 11.