Virginia Republicans go on the attack... but we still don't know who will top the Republican ticket.
Ahead on NEWS 7 at six... Ellen Qualls will bring us the latest in a report from Richmond.
And, a Roanoke man is charged with killing his mother's boyfriend.
In sports, The Festival 5 and 10 k runs were held in downtown Roanoke today we'll have a report.
And The Yankees get a big win over the Cleveland Indians in New York this afternoon.
Sunny and dry weather starts off the month of June and our weekend weather. You can set some plans because we may be rain-free for the next few days.
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9-thousand Virginia Republicans weigh in on who will be their candidate for governor.
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.[GOP]
Only the Virginia Republicans that made it to the Richmond Coliseum today have the final say and they are still counting the ballots. Ellen Qualls has the latest on the 2001 Republican race for governor.
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[SUPER=01-Henry Hager/John Hager's Son;]
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Republicans weren't the only ones hard at work today.
In Roanoke County today-- some of the candidates for Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor attended the Sixth District Democratic Committee Convention.
Kate Weidaw has more.
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[SUPER=01-Del. Whitt Clement/(D) Attorney General Candidate; 1:01]
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With a little more than a week to go before the Democratic primary, candidates were hot on the campaign trail shaking hands and talking politics.
Richmond Mayor Tim Kaine says he brings a people perspective to his campaign for Lieutenant Governor.
((TIM KAINE: WHEN YOU'RE IN LOCAL POLITICS IT'S JUST SO RETAIL YOU ARE TOUCHING PEOPLE EVERYDAY AND TALKING TO THEM AT THE GROCERY STORE AND THEY'VE GOT THEIR HOME PHONE NUMBER AND THAT'S A GOOD BACKGROUND TO HAVE.))
Running against Kaine is Delegate Alan Diamonstein from Newport News. During his 30 plus years in the General Assembly he says he's made education a number one priority.
((ALAN DIAMONSTEIN: I'VE WORKED HARD OVER THE YEARS TO MAKE SURE PUBLIC EDUCATION IS ON THE TOP OF THE AGENDA.))
Attorney General candidate Delegate Whitt Clement says he has the most experience over the other candidates. With 14 years in the General Assembly and a law practice that's going into it's 25-th year in Danville, he says he's prepared for the job.
((DEL. WHITT CLEMENT: I UNDERSTAND THE STATE BUDGET PROCESS I'VE CHAIRED PUBLIC SAFETY SUB COMMITTEE I'VE DONE A LOT OF WORK WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT I HAVE 40 SHERIFFS WHO ARE SUPPORTING MY CANDIDACY.))
All of these candidates say they're looking forward to running on the same ticket with Mark Warner.
((TIM KAINE: THE REASONS THERE ARE SEVEN DEMOCRATS RUNNING FOR DOWN TICKET POSITIONS FRANKLY IS A REAL PERSPECTIVE THAT MARK WARNER WILL BE STRONG AT THE TOP.))
The Democrats will decide who runs along side Warner on June 12-th. Kate Weidaw News 7 Roanoke County.))
A Roanoke man is behind bars - charged with killing his mother's boyfriend.
25-year-old Teon Lee Parris is charged with murder and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.
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He's accused of shooting and killing 40- year old Keith Anthony Dillard at a cookout.
Dillard was shot at Hunt Manor Apartments in Roanoke on Monday night.
Parris is being held at the Roanoke City Jail without bond.
Police are investigating an apparent sexual assault at Blacksburg High School.
Yesterday, a 14-year old student told officers she was assaulted by a 15-year old male student while at the school.
The girl was taken to the New River Valley Medical Center for treatment.
No serious physical injuries were reported
No arrests have been made, but police say they've identified the alleged assailant.
A stolen teddy bear ended up costing a Roanoke man jail time.
23-year-old Corey Lee Coles was sentenced yesterday to 34 days in jail after pleading no contest to property damage and stealing a 75-dollar stuffed animal from a florist.
Coles was also ordered to pay the florist 300-dollars in restitution.
Coming up, Roy Stanley will join us with notes from the pavement and the diamond...
and if you're in the market for some new art, then Downtown Roanoke is the place to visit.
We'll have more coming up in a few minutes, but first, a gorgeous June day, let's check in with Jacey in the weather center.
Plans for a gas pipeline are put on hold, but expansion plans for other area businesses are set in motion.
Here's News 7's Jennifer Miele with this week's business review.
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This week in review, plans to build a new gas pipeline through Southwest Virginia have been canceled.
Virginia Gas, now known as N-U-I says construction costs are just too high.
Brent Riley spent almost a year hoping to convince local officials that a new pipeline would cost more than just money. He foresaw thousands of acres of private properties destroyed.
So he's among the happiest with NUI's decision.
((BRENT RILEY/PIPELINE OPPONENT: WE HAD A GROUP OF CITIZENS THAT WERE DETERMINED THAT THERE HAD TO BE A BETTER WAY, AND ALL OF THAT TOGETHER IS WHAT TURNED THIS AROUND.))
Riley's efforts to fight the project were matched only by those of John Williamson -- he was one of its biggest supporters.
Williamson's company, Roanoke Gas, was counting on NUI to build a new pipeline.
((JOHN WILLIAMSON/ROANOKE GAS: WE'RE CERTAINLY DISAPPOINTED THAT A THIRD GAS PIPELINE IS NOT GOING TO COME ALL THE WAY TO ROANOKE WE FELT A THIRD PIPELINE MET LONG-TERM CAPACITY NEEDS HERE.))
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What's cooking in Roanoke?
How about several retail and restaurant expansions including a new Szechuan Chinese Restaurant at Town Square by the Airport.
((FENG CHEN/SZECHUAN CHINESE RESTAURANT: BOTH OUR RESTAURANTS WE DO VERY GOOD, BUT WE DON'T HAVE NONE ON THE OTHER SIDE O TOWN NEAR BY THE AIRPORT. THAT'S WHY WE MADE THE DECISION TO PUT ANOTHER ON IN THERE.))
Towers is getting five new tenants.
Wood oven-fired pizza is part of Custom Food Work's new menu, along with made-to-order sandwiches and soups.
Leasing Agent Millie Moore says the Record Exchange will open on June 10th in what used to be John Norman Clothing.
Zeus Juice, a baby store called Tiny Tots, and a ladies clothing store called Bliss will all be in by in the end of summer.
On Wall Street, The Dow Jones industrial average gained 78 points, ending at ten-thousand-990. The Nasdaq composite
went up about 39.
For News 7, I'm Jennifer Miele, and that's this week's business review.))
You won't find them listed on the New York Stock Exchange, or even in a local business directory.
But one of Altavista's most important businesses is making a big difference in many people's lives.
The Sheltered Workshop of Altavista takes in clients who have mental or physical challenges and have difficulty functioning in an outside work environment.
The Workshop employs them in a variety of light manufacturing and industrial jobs and gives them a sense of achievement and self- worth.
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((FRANCES SHOEMAKER/SHELTERED WORKSHOP DIRECTOR: IT'S NOT GOOD FOR ANYBODY NOT TO HAVE THE SOCIAL ACTIVITIES THAT GROUP ACTION PROVIDES. THEY COME, THEY INTERACT WITH A NUMBER OF PEOPLE HERE AT THE WORKSHOP, BUT WE ALSO DO A LOT OF COMMUNITY INTERACTION AND THAT PROVIDES A TRAINING THAT'S JUST INVALUABLE.))
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The Workshop has been in business for 25 years.
You can learn more about what they do in this week's "Virginia Profile" on News7 Sunday morning.
It's the largest outdoor art show on the east coast and it's underway this weekend in downtown Roanoke.
2-hundred artists from across the region are displaying and selling their works of art.
You can find anything from drawings, to water color paintings, and sculptures.
This is the 43-rd year the Art Museum of Western Virginia has put on this event.
If you missed it today-- the artists will be back out tomorrow from noon until 5.
While the sidewalk exhibit you just saw may be the largest on the East Coast,
Coming up... we'll take a look at some art that's traveled worldwide. Stay with us, there's more to come on News 7 at 6.
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By a three to one margin, Mark Earley has won a convincing victory today over
John Hager to capture the Republican nomination for governor at the
party's state convention.
Earley has won the right to face Democrat Mark Warner in the fall -- and the burden of keeping the
governor's office under G-O-P control.
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As the anniversary of D-Day nears, the nation is remembering American veterans who lost their lives in World War Two.
At the History Museum of Western Virginia - the perspective is broadened to include other nations affected by the war.
In this week's Time Off, Shannon Young takes us to the mail-art exhibit "Omaha Beach, Bloody Beach."
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[IN Q=There are actually several dozen countries represented here...]
((There are actually several dozen countries represented here, more or less affected by World War Two. Some of them, you can tell, it hit home closer than others.))
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This is an exhibit of postal art, a relatively new art form created when one artist develops a theme and - by mail - invites other artists to contribute pieces along that theme.
The constant running through this artwork?
War, specifically the bloody battles on Omaha Beach.
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((An artist in Charlottesville provided several panels that have to do with children's feelings about war, such as, "Why is my daddy not coming home?" It's really heartbreaking.))
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Christina Koomen Smith says that artist, Steve Endres, has been instrumental in promoting cultural ties between Roanoke and its sister city of St. Lo, France.
St. Lo was liberated by American soldiers in the weeks following D-day.
The gratitude of the French is one of many emotions artists chose to convey.
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((Oh, there's a lot of sadness, there's certainly some anger, some hopelessness, I would say. But at the same time there's a little element of hope and of moving on.))
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The exhibit is a product of cultural exchange, the reason the Sister Cities program was invented.
Mail-art is one way to promote intercultural communication, with the ultimate goal being peace.
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((The thought was if international friendships could be formed across borders and the citizens' feelings towards one another can shape government policy then maybe we can avoid some of this war altogether.))
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Shannon Young, News 7, Roanoke.))
And coming up in sports, The Cave Spring girls played for the Northwest Region softball championship today.
And the Festival run celebrated it's 20-th year today Mike Stevens will have a report.
This morning's running of the Festival Classic 5 and 10k runs marked the 20th anniversary of Roanoke's biggest road race.
Mike Stevens and photographer Greg Moore were on hand for the sprint through the streets of downtown Roanoke.
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[SUPER=01-Aimee Phillippi/Women's 10k Winner; 1:28]
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[SUPER=01-Joel Hicks/Runs 10k in 45:10 at Age 60; 2:27]
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(( A Patriotic start to the Festival Run proved to be the calm before a deceptive humidity storm as more than 400 runners pounded the pavement. By the time the field crested Jefferson and rolled by Victory Stadium the overall 5 and 10 k winners already had put themselves in position for wins. And as the fields split at Roanoke Memorial Tommy Maguire found himself chasing his own shadow.
The Northside graduate, who just completed his four years of eligibility at Radford University had very little competition as won the men's 5k event in a time of 16 minutes and 5 seconds.
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While Maguire was a first time victor, the women's 5k champ was a repeal offender. Blacksburg's Roxann Polo Reasor won her 4th straight Festival Classic title in a time if 20 minute and one second.
((ROXANN POLO REASOR/WOMEN'S 5K WINNER:))
Roxann's training partner, Aimee Phillippi, a University of Maryland grad and a current Vet school student at Tech, joined her friend on the victor's stand as she won her second straight 10k race in 40 minutes and 39 seconds.
((AIMEE PHILLIPPI/WOMEN'S 10K WINNER:))
Fincastle's Steve Crowder, a graduate of Roanoke Valley Christian and Roanoke College, won the men's 10k event in 32 minutes and 41 seconds. His time was faster than when he won in 1998 - but that day the assistant vice president at Member One didn't have hurry off to work.
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In downtown Roanoke at the AEP Classic - Mike Stevens News 7 Sports.))
The Lady Knights of Cave Spring hosted the Northwest Region softball championship today at Lynn Saunders field at Darrell Shell Park.
The two teams would put up a defensive battle until the 12-th inning.
Garfield will push two runs across the plate in the 12-th to get the 2 to nothing win over the Knights.
We'll have the highlights from that game plus scores from other high school regional playoff scores tonight at 11.
The New York Yankees were at home in New Bronx this afternoon hosting the Cleveland Indians.
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Cleveland took a 1 to nothing lead on a Jim Thome homer in the second.
Then in the bottom of the second Yankee catcher Jorge Posada gets all of this pitch sending it over the left field wall for a three run homer and a New York 3 to 1 lead.
Still in the bottom of the second Chuck Knoblauch hits a grounder down the first base line scoring Scott Brosiaus from third to make it 4 to 1 and New York goes on to win it 9 to 5.
A game seven will determine the N-B-A Eastern Conference champion. Last night in Milwaukee Ray Allen scored a career playoff high 41 points to lead the Bucks to a 110 to 100 victory over Philadelphia.
The series is tied at 3 games apiece.
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Game 7 is in Philadelphia tomorrow evening.