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A gunman shoots six people at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, killing three including the Dean.
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We'll have reaction from Governor Mark Warner as he attempts to console the school's President and elected officials who were in Richmond today.
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In sports, The Hornets will try and relocate in New Orleans The Virginia Cavaliers talk about last night's win over Wake Forest.
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And today Mike Stevens and Photographer Lynn Eller caught up with Jon Wood on the NASCAR Media tour.
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Clouds replaced the sunshine from earlier today. Looks like more clouds than sun expected into the weekend. Forecast details are straight ahead.
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News 7 at Six.
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Three dead... three injured... in Far Southwest Virginia. Just after one o'clock this afternoon a student walked into the office of the Dean of the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, shot and killed Dean Anthony Sutin- -execution style. Then the shooter did the same to Professor Thomas Blackwell.
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The gunman also shot four students, killing one, seriously injuring the other three.
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We're told the gunman was an exchange student who'd been expelled from the school today. Though the shooter was armed with a .380 semi-automatic handgun, there are reports that other students were able to apprehend him. Dean Sutin was a graduate of Harvard Law School who advised the Democratic National Committee on campaign finance issues. He also worked on Bill Clinton's first election campaign in 1992. Appalachian Law School is only about five years old and graduated its first class of 34 students in 2000. Federal Judge Glen Williams of Abingdon was instrumental in establishing the school. Today's shooting occurred in Grundy, a small mining town in Buchanan County a few miles from Kentucky and West Virginia.
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The president of the law school's alumni association is an attorney from Christiansburg, Paul Dull.
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He spoke with us by phone a few minutes ago, and described what he's been told about the shootings.
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Paul Dull said he met the alleged gunman at a law school open house a few years ago, and recommended the school to him.
Dull also said that Dean Sutin and his wife had just adopted a child
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The Buchanan County Sheriff's office will hold a news conference about the shooting at half past the hour.
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Rachel Cannon is in Grundy and joins us now by phone.
Rachel what have you learned.
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The gunshots in Grundy reverberated in Richmond this afternoon.
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Governor Warner had served on the board of the law school until just last week, and the President of the school was there preparing for a reception with lawmakers.
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Joe Dashiell has the reaction tonight from the State Capitol...
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Keith and Shannon, the shooting may have occurred a few hundred miles from here, but the pain was very personal for many who were connected with the college, and knew those who were shot and killed.
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It was clear the grief had reached capitol square, when Delegate Jackie Stump, Senator Phillip Puckett and Governor Warner met with reporters outside the Governor's mansion.
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The Governor knew the Dean, and had met the other faculty member who was shot and killed. Warner said he was deeply saddened by a senseless and horrible act. He said his heart goes out to the school and the community.
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((SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA IS A FAMILY. THIS WILL BE FELT NOT ONLUY IN GRUNDY, BUT I KNOW ALL OVER SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA AND FOR THAT MATTER ALL OVER THE STATE. AND OUR SYMPATHY GOES OUT OT HTE FAMILIES INVOLVED.))
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The Governor made a state airplane available to the President of the Law school so he could return to Grundy as quickly as possible. Tonight we also have reaction from State Attorney General Jerry Kilgore
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Keith and Shannon, as a native of southwest Virginia Kilgore said he learned of the shootings with great sadness. He added, "there is a clear sense among us all that as Virginians we cannot tolerate such acts of violence."

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A SWAT team in Lynchburg helped nab a murder suspect from Hampton early this morning.
Acting on information from Hampton police, a tactical team surrounded the Greenbrier Apartments on Rivermont Avenue around four.
A search of one of the apartments turned up 21- year- old Robert Karl Akins of Hampton.
Police there say Akins is wanted for a homicide that occurred on December 26th.
Akins is being held without bond in the Lynchburg jail until he's transferred to Hampton.

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The merger transition is officially underway for Wachovia and First Union...
25 hundred jobs are being cut to trim costs and increase profits.
The layoffs make up some of the seven-thousand positions the banks said would be eliminated when the merger was announced last spring.
The three-year schedule for eliminating positions varies from each department.
Numbers for Roanoke are not yet available.

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33 Employees at the Roanoke Times will be out of work come March.
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The paper is eliminating its Transportation Department, and will contract delivery out to Ryder Systems Incorporated.
Furloughed employees will receive severance. Some will get early retirement benefits.
All the employees will be invited to interview at Ryder.
The company contracts with 70 newspapers.
The Roanoke Times says it expects financial savings from the move to be quite significant.
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Coming up on News 7-
The internet network is high speed, but making the change to it.... is not going so quickly at Cox Communications.


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Plus it's was the place where city leaders met and students went to school.
Now this is what's left- after a controversial demolition-
The story coming up.
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A mother says she slept just four feet away as her baby daughter drowned in a bathtub.
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It happened in December of 2-thousand at a Smith Mountain Lake Apartment.
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Prosecutors say she's guilty of murder, but a Franklin County judge found Kimberly Jenkins Ratliff guilty of Felony Child Neglect. Marya Jones has more.
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After months of verbal and legal battles, Covington's Old City hall is little more than rubble.
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Crews have been working to demolish the building for about a month now. Little is left except for some piles of bricks and stacks of wood. The wood fromt the building has been sold to a Connecticut company which will build antique furniture with it.
The demolition follows nearly a year of battles beteween a group of preservationists and City Council.
The building had once housed the city hall and Covington's high school.
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Cox Communications says it's experiencing some difficulty transitioning thousands of area customers to its own high-speed Internet network.
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Two months ago, a federal judge ordered Internet provider Excite at Home off-line in bankruptcy proceedings.
From then, Cox had about two weeks to begin transferring customers over to its own network.
Many are now unable to gain Internet or e-mail access, and customer service lines are being flooded with calls.
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((MIKE PEDELTY: COX COMMUNICATIONS: WHEN YOU HAVE A SITUATION LIKE THAT ITS INEVITABLE YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE DIFFICULTY. WE'VE ISOLATED WHAT WE THINK IS THE PROBLEM. WE'RE IN THE PROCESS OF FIXING IT AS WE SPEAK.))
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Cox would not say how long it expects the problems to last, but does not anticipate a lengthy process.
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A selloff in technology issues pushed stocks sharply lower today. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW plunged 212 points.
NASDAQ lost 56 and a half.
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Two more Republicans are in the crowded race for city council.
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Financial consultant Paul Higgins and St. Andrew's Church Director of Operations Stephen Mabry announced their candidacy today.
Both cite education and transportation as needing improvement and say improving the area's economy is a priority.

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((PAUL HIGGINS/(R) ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL CAND.: MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE EFFICIENTLY SPENDING OUR MONEY, MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE CREATING THE PROPER PARTNERSHIPS AND MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY CONTINUE TO EXPAND AND CREATE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR A NUMBER OF ENTITIES.)) [buttbuttbuttbutt] ((STEVE MABRY/(R) ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL CAND.: WE HAVE TO REALIZE THAT ROANOKE IS COMPETING WITH EVERY OTHER COMMUNITY IN THE NATION.))
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Several other Republicans are expected to announce for city council.
Yesterday, Mark Hurley was the first GOP candidate to enter the race.
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Incumbent Nelson Harris and three other democratic candidates are also running for the three open seats.

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And coming up In sports, Virginia picks up a big A-C-C win in Charlottesville last night.
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And Former Redskin head coach Joe Gibbs comments on the hiring of Steve Spurrier as the Skins new head coach.
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He is a year a head of his NASCAR time table and if he keeps improving he could be light years a head of the competition. In tonight's NASCAR Media Tour report Mike Stevens check in with Stewart's Jon Wood.
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During Steve Spurrier's news conference he mentioned his admiration for former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs. Gibbs offered responded to the Skins situation from the NASCAR media tour.
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10th ranked Virginia posted it's most impressive win of the season last night, beating 14th ranked Wake Forest 86-74. Steve Mason has a quick recap.
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((Adam Hall was on crutches with an injured foot, so Roger Mason picked up the slack with a season high 25 points. Travis Watson posted a career high in rebounds with 17 and added 20 points. But it was freshman guard Jermaine Harper that sparked the Cavaliers to their second straight ACC win with 10 points.)) ((:)) ((:)) ((:)) ((:))