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Today on News 7 at 5, police in Roanoke believe the death of a 27 year old man last night was murder,
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And authorities in Giles County find the body of a man who drowned this weekend in the New River.
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Also today, Republicans accuse Democrat Mark Warner of violating state election laws,
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and settling a lawsuit could cost Ford as much as a BILLION dollars.
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Roanoke authorities may have another murder case on their hands.
A body found in Southwest Roanoke overnight is that of a 27-year old Rocky Mount man.
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Roanoke Police say Timothy B. Smithers body was found in an alley between the 14-hundred block of Patterson Avenue and Chapman around one this morning. A man who says he found the body also recalls hearing screams about half an hour earlier. Another neighbor says he saw police take away a rock as evidence. An autopsy was performed this morning- The case is being investigated as a homicide. If you have any information call the Roanoke Police.
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Rescue workers today recovered the body of a man who drowned this weekend in the New River.
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Crews found 42-year-old Kenneth Smith near the Shumate Falls area of Glen Lyn around 11 this morning. Authorities say Smith was fishing at the Giles County location with a friend yesterday when he stepped into deep water. The search to find the Bluefield, West Virginia resident lasted three-hours Sunday evening and continued this morning.

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Last Thursday, a Pulaski County man who was also fishing, drowned in a portion of the New River in Carroll County.
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The problems for Ford don't seem to be stopping.
This time it's an ignition problem with several of its vehicles.
The company is about to cut a deal in court that could cost close to a billion dollars- Drew Levinson brings us the details.
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(( Attorneys for both sides were back in a California Courthouse today--trying to fine tune a proposed class action settlement. But with a gag order in effect--neither side could talk.
Published reports however reveal Ford has agreed to replace ignition devices in up to five million of its vehicles. This comes after a long contentionous court battle in California that alleged Ford's cars and trucks would stall because of a small car part.
"ALL RIGHT HERE IT IS." It's called a thick film ignition module--and it was used in about 20-million Fords built between 1983 and 1995. Some of the cars involved--the Explorer, Mustang, Sable, Taurus and Town Car. Throughout the trial attorneys said there was a defect in the module that caused it to overheat and the cars to stall. Paul Nelson/Plaintiff Attorney:
"THE DEALER WOULD PRONOUNCE THE CAR FINE, MAYBE SUGGEST THERE WAS WATER IN THE GAS TANK AND THEY WOULD GO ON THEIR WAY ONLY TO HAVE IT TO HAPPEN AGAIN."
In 1997 Asalie Johnson told CBS News she was paralized in accident when the Mercury Sable she was in stalled without notice. ASALI JOHNSON THIS PROBLEM WITH THE CAR WAS SOMETHING THAT THEY COULD HAVE FIXED HAD THEY CHOSEN TO. Four months ago--in an unprecidented move California judge Michael Ballachey ordered as many as two million fords in California be recalled. "I DON'T THINK YOU HAVE TO KILL SOMEBODY TO HAVE AN UNSAFE CAR." Though Federal inspectors ok'd the module--the Judge found Ford concealed the defective parts from them. But if judge Belachey approves the settlement--that recall order would be wiped out. Instead Ford will extend all warranties to a 100-thousand miles and it will pay to replace the ignition if it stalls. In a statement, Ford still maintains it vehicles are quote--"as safe or safer than other vehecles." Drew Levinson, CBS NEWS, CHICAGO.))'

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Meanwhile the first case agasint Bridgestone-Firestone makes its way to court in McAllen, Texas.
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The billion dollar lawsuit was filed by a family...
Dr. Joel Rodriguez and his family were traveling in Mexico when a tire on their 1998 Ford Explorer blew out and the vehicle rolled over.
Rodriguez's 39 year old wife Marisa will have to use a wheelchair for the rest of her life.
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In another Texas courtroom.. the alleged leader of the Texas Seven goes on trial. The group escaped prison last year... eluding police for weeks.
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George Rivas is on trial for capital murder for the death of a police officer.
Rivas is accused of killing officer Aubrey Hawkins on Christmas Eve of last year- after the group escaped prison.
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((WHEN THEY ESCAPED THEY MADE OFF WITH 16 WEAPONS, AN ASSULAT RIFLE, SHOT GUN AND 14 357 MAGNUM REVOLVERS. THESE WERE THE WEAPONS THAT WERE USED TO MURDER AUBREY HAWKINS.))
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The five other escapees will be tried individually. They also face the death penalty.
A seventh inmate committed suicide when the group was captured in Colorado.
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Changes are coming to downtown Roanoke, but one developer says they could have a negative impact on his business. We'll have the details in a moment.
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[VO] and on Health Check, we'll see how an exercise program is helping local people with arthritis stay active.
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The Roanoke Times is planning a 31- million dollar expansion that will keep the newspaper downtown. But at least one property owner and his tenants don't want a new printing plant next door.
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Roger Roberts says the city encouraged him to renovate the upper floors of his building into upscale apartments.
But he fears the large printing plant will destroy the view, create noise, and make it difficult to rent the luxury units.
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City Manager Darlene Burcham and Roanoke Times Publisher Wendy Zomparelli declined on-camera interviews, but Zomparelli described the project as "a terrific enhancement to downtown."
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The Board of Zoning Appeals will consider the proposal tomorrow. Zomparelli said the newspaper is eager to show the board what the new facility will look like.

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Republicans say Democrat Mark Warner is breaking state campaign finance law by having two committees raise money for his campaign.
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A group of Republican legislators has asked the State Board of Elections to look into the two funds.
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((LARRY FRAMME/VIRGINIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY: ANYONE, INCLUDING HYPOCRITES, ARE ENTITLED TO ASK THE BOARD OF ELECTIONS TO LOOK INTO A MATTER. BUT I THINK THAT THE REAL QUESTION IS WHY HASN'T THE REPUBLICAN JOINT CAUCUS NOT COMPLIED WITH A FUNDAMENTAL REPORTING REQUIREMENT. WHY IS THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE HAD TENS OF THOUSANDS IF NOT HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN A SECRET SLUSH FUND THAT PAID FOR ALL OF THE REPUBLICAN REDISTRICTING.))23
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The Warner campaign says its following a full disclosure policy and feels it is in full compliance with state election laws.



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In Health Check tonight,
If you have arthritis and other joint or muscle problems, you know simple movements can hurt.
But proper exercise can help decrease the pain while increasing flexibility.
Joy Sutton introduces us to some arthritis sufferers who are learning how exercise can make a difference.
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These ladies are all shook-up about their exercise class.
It's a program called People with Arthritis can Exercise. And even the instructor knows its benefits -- because she also has arthritis.
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((EVEN IF YOU CAN'T MOVE A MUSCLE OR A JOINT AS FAR AS YOU WOULD LIKE TO, AT LEAST YOUR INCREASING THAT MOTION AND THAT'S WHAT REALLY COUNTS WHEN YOU HAVE ARTHRITIS ... LUPUS, OR ANYTHING THAT'S RELATED TO ARTHRITIS CONDITION )) [RUNS16]
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In fact, studies have shown that exercise reduces joint pain and stiffness and increases endurance and flexibility --which can help with daily activities.
Ruth Stevens is partially paralyzed on her the left side of her body --but she says thanks to the class she has more mobility.
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The exercise routine is based on regimen outlined by the National Arthritis Association. And while it seem more like fun rather than fitness -each activity has its benefits.
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((PATRICIA REAVIS: THIS JUST INCREASE THE MOTION IN YOUR HIPS YOUR BUTTOCKS YOUR LOWER BACK--IT ALLOWS TO BE ABLE TO GET IN AND OUT OF A CAR UP AND DOWN THE STAIRS --IN AND OUT OF BATHROOM WHICH IS VERY IMPORTANT AS WE GET OLDER. WE WANT TO INCREASE THAT FLEXIBILITY OR KEEP IT THERE)) [RUNS17]
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The class is offered from 8 to 9 am on Monday and Wednesday at the Carilion Center for Health Education at Tanglewood Mall.
It costs 2 dollars a class.
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((BILLIE SMITH:IT'S ONE OF THE BEST THINGS THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME I FEEL GREAT I HAVE A LOT OF ENERGY)) [RUNS07]
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And these ladies are proving once and for all that exercise can be lots fun.
Joy Sutton, News 7, Roanoke County.))

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If the young people in your life have never been to a farm, they will have a chance this weekend- They can find out where their food comes from. Jacey Birch has a preview coming up next.
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What do the hamburgers we eat, the sweaters we wear and the wine we pour all have in common?
All these products originate on farms right here in Virginia.
You can tour three such farms this Saturday in Bedford County, and today Jacey Birch shows us what to expect.
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(( At Morgan Farms, Eric and his father grow pumpkins, tobacco and bale hay.
Seems basic enough... but this is a process that has been simplified through technology and advanced machinery.
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WITH THIS MACHINE RIGHT HERE, YOU CAN GO RIGHT OVER IT AND YOU CUT OUT AT LEAST TWO OR THREE PASSES OVER THE FIELD, YOU DO IT ALL IN ONE PASS.
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This no-till seeder is just one of many machines on the farm which help to save time, money, manpower and even reduce soil erosion.
Agriculture is a mutimillion dollar industry in Bedford County... where nearly twelve hundred farms occupy about half of the land area.
This is the reason the Bedford Agricultural Council designed the Farm Tour three years ago.
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A LOT OF OUR CITIZENS ARE ONE OR TWO OR THREE GENERATIONS REMOVED FROM THE FARM AND THEY MAY NOT REALIZE HOW STRONG AN INDUSTRY AND HOW MUCH HERITAGE WE HAVE FOR AGRICULTURE IN BEDFORD.
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AND not all farms are alike.
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WE HERE AT CENTAUR FARM ARE WHAT WE CALL SMALL FARM AGRICULTURAL ALTERNATIVE. WE BASICALLY RAISE CATTLE ALONG WITH GOATS.
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THESE YOUNG GOATS ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE CENTAUR FARM BECAUSE MANY WILL BE SOLD TO OTHER FARMS TO BE USED FOR BREEDING, SOME WILL EVEN BE KEPT AS PETS, AND OTHERS WILL BE SENT TO THE MEAT INDUSTRY COME FALL.
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And the livestock stretch their usefulness even further.
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WE FOUND THE ANGORA GOATS, WHICH ARE FIBER GOATS, THEY PRODUCE MOHAIR, THAT'S WHAT I'M WORKING WITH RIGHT HERE AND I GOT INTO THE SPINNING FROM HAVING DONE A LOT OF KNITTING.
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Accompanying the traditional farm and the modern farm on the tour is a grape farm... better known as Hickory Hill Vineyards.
All three are family owned and operated .. and from grapes to goats .. they'll show you life behind the gates and barn doors this weekend.
Jacey Birch, New Seven, Bedford County.))
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Still to come on the newscast, Mike Stevens will see what yesterday's Road Race did to the Winston Cup points race,
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[VO] and then following sports, we'll hear about a program that wants to save music education in the public schools.
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On wall Street today, analysts say investors remain reluctant to commit to the market when the timing of a business recovery remains unknown.
Alexis Christoforous has the details in our Marketwatch report.
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Welcome everyone to the Monday ticker.
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We begin this afternoon with a rare Monday afternoon matinee in the big leagues involving two teams that are headed in opposite directions.
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In St. Ptersburg is was hair wrap day at the ball park as the Devils Rays won thier fourth straight game beating the Twins 5-to-1. The Twins on the other hand have now lost five in a row to fall one and a half game behind the Indians.
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Ben Grieve keyed the D-Ray win with his 9th homer of the season.
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[graphic mlb] Thanksto this four game winning streak the Devil Rays are just 27 and a half game behind the Yankees.

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We continue our high school football reports today with the Patrick Henry Patriots.
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When the Patriots opened the pre season with 2 a days, Head coach Jeff Johnson was shocked at the numbers.
83 players reported forcing Johnson and his staff to order more uniforms and helmets.
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The numbers are positive for a Patrick Henry program competing in the new Western Valley district.
And to go along with those numbers, The Patriots have senior experience and a strong junior class.
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Because of the new district and the lack of close by out of district opponents, the Patriots have to hit the road for games in Petersburg and Bluefield, Virginia.

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Jeff Gordon continues to build his points lead in the Winston Cup ranks. After 22 of the 36 events Gordon is almost 200 points ahead of Ricky Rudd. I'll see you back here tonight on News 7 at Six. But first the top 20 heading to Michigan. [GO TO BOARDS WITH MUSIC]
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As the slowing economy means less revenues for localities, some say education budgets are suffering.
That could mean trouble for music programs.
V-H-1's Rebecca Rankin has more.
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((THERE'S BEEN A REAL INCREASE IN EDUCATION BUDGET CUTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.....WITH MUSIC PROGRAMS BEING HIT HARD. ON BEHALF OF VH1'S SAVE THE MUSIC...WHOSE PRIORITY IS RESTORING MUSIC PROGRAMS IN AMERICA'S PUBLIC SCHOOLS..... I WENT TO WASHINGTON AND SAT DOWN WITH SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ROD PAIGE TO TALK ABOUT THE POLICIES AND THE FUTURE OF MUSIC EDUCATION UNDER THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION...
RR: Is there a vision for music education in this country? Rod Paige: We'd like to see music education, especially in the early grades, so that every child at least has the experience of uh, some formal training in music and art early on.
THAT MUSIC TRAINING PAYS OFF. RESEARCH SHOWS THAT KIDS WHO STUDY MUSIC ARE MORE LIKELY TO GRADUATE FROM HIGHSCHOOL, STAY OFF DRUGS 6AND EVEN SCORE HIGHER IN READING AND MATH.
6Rod Paige: It's because of the foundation that music provides, the discipline, the listening, you know, the concentration is good to promote other academic goals.
READING AND MATH ARE THE BACKBONE OF PRESIDENT BUSH'S "NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND" EDUCATION PLAN....HOWEVER.... THE ADMINISTRATION DOES RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF MUSIC AS PART OF AN OVERALL EDUCATION.
Rebecca: Do you believe, from your perspective, that music and arts should be considered a core subject?
Secretary of Education, Rod Paige: I think that music and the arts should be considered a core-core subject. // There's absolutely no conflict between the expansion of our fine arts programs and our music programs and focus on //other// academic programs. The whole thing means we want excellence, we want the whole program to move up and we don't think penalizing one side of the operation would be helpful at all.
R2 - every child obviously out there should have the benefits of music education...how can we ensure that they do?
Rod Paige - Education Secretary what we've go to do is get to the leaders at the local levels and make sure they understand the importance of this...by providing authentic examples and talking to them about this and let them see that it really works...because I think that every community wants the very best for their .....young people, and if they know this is best it's gonna work well for them.
REBECCA TAG THE BUSH EDUCATION BILL PROPOSES AN 11.5 % INCREASE IN SCHOOL FUNDING OVERALL, HOWEVER IT'S UP TO INDIVIDUAL COMMUNITIES TO DECIDE HOW TO USE THAT MONEY. SO...THE BEST APPROACH IS TO GET INVOLVED. FIND OUT WHAT'S HAPPENING IN YOUR STATE AND COMMUNITY....TALK TO THE FOLKS IN YOUR AREA ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF MUSIC EDUCATION. YOU CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WORK THAT VH1 SAVE THE MUSIC HAS DONE AND SEE MORE OF MY INTERVIEW WITH SECRETARY PAIGE....ON VH1'S: SAVE THE MUSIC, REPORT CARD. TOMORROW 7:30/6:30 CENTRAL. IN NEW YORK, I'M VH1'S REBECCA RANKIN))
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