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The Massachusetts hockey dad found guilty of involuntary manslaughter receives his sentence today.
The victim's family asked that Thomas Junta be sent to prison for as long as possible.
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And a Pennsylvania school bus driver is scheduled to appear in court today.
He's accused of taking 13 children on an un-authorized trip.
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The sunshine returns and it's going to stay awhile as the temperatures soar above normal this weekend...I'll have your forecast....

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The hockey dad convicted of involuntary manslaughter is sentenced today in Massachusetts.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
A judge has sentenced Thomas Junta to six to ten years behind bars.
Junta beat another hockey dad to death in front of their children at a rink.
Jennifer Miller has the story.
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[SUPER=01-Brendon Costin/Victim's Son;]
[SUPER=02-Thomas Orlandi/Defense Attorney;]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Miller/CBS News;]
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(nats - Judge Charles Grabau reads sentence)


Today the man known as the "hockey dad," Thomas Junta, learned his fate.
Two weeks ago a Massachusetts jury found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the beating death of 40 year old Michael Costin..at this hockey rink just north of Boston. Junta and Costin got into an argument over rough play during their children's practice. That argument turned into an all out brawl.

(SOT-Michael Costin, Jr./Victim's Son)

"I saw Thomas Junta beating my dad into the ground and my heart went into my throat" :08
Before giving sentence the judge heard from the family of Michael Costin... both of his son's say life will never be the same without their father.

(SOT- Brendon Costin/Victim's Son)

"daddy is the one that I loved so dearly, and its a shame that he left this earth like he did" :10
Unlike the jury the judge was able to consider Junta's troubled past. In 1991 Junta's wife obtained a restraining order on claims he beat her in front of their children. But the defense lawyer pointed out that the couple is still together and read a letter Junta wrote to his wife.

(SOT - Voice of: Thomas Orlandi/Defense Attorney)

"I love you honey bunchey,..." :08
STANDUP CLOSE: To come: (judge...explains why the number of years in jail)
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In another high- profile case--
A Pennsylvania school bus driver is facing kidnapping charges after taking a group of students over 100 miles, and into another state.
As Cindy Pena reports Otto Nuss had recently stopped taking medication for long-standing psychiatric problems.
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The rifle toting bus driver who abducted 13 children from a rural Pennsylvania school is set to appear in court today on federal kidnapping charges.
Otto Nuss spent the night in jail after surrendering to an off duty police officer in Prince Georges' County, Maryland where the 6 hour, 115 mile ordeal came to an end.

SOT: Peter A. Gulotta Jr./FBI spokesman

"He told the officer that he had some kids on the bus from Oley, Pennsylvania and he brought them to see Washington DCTERMS."
It was a happy ending for 13 the students and their worried parents.

SOT "Tyler Rudolph/Student

"He seemed to have the idea that he really wasn't going to get in trouble. It was just something he could do and it just didn't seem like he was kidnapping us."
The bus had picked up the students, ranging in age from 7 to 15, yesterday morning for their daily six mile trip to Berks Christian School. When school officials realized the bus hadn't arrived they called the police ...who began a frantic search in rainy and foggy weather.
The renegade driver ignored radio calls from his dispatcher as he drove South. He also ignored some of the kids who asked to be taken home...but did stop for lunch...at a fast food restaurant.

SOT: Josh Septscher/Student

"With these little kids, we couldn't be scared because when we got scared the little kids then the little kids would start to panic and that is the worst thing you want to happen."
Nuss was armed with a rifle kept behind his seat and covered with a coat, but never threatened anyone. It is still unclear as to why he committed the crime in the first place.
STANUP; TO COME; ))

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It has taken round the clock efforts, but officials say gas service is almost fully restored in the Town of Pulaski.
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According to United Cities Gas, only 50 homes are without gas, out of the original 19 hundred. Residents and business owners lost service Wednesday evening because of a malfunction. Crews came from as far away as Tennessee and Georgia to shut down the system, purge the lines, and one- by- one re-light pilots. United Cities Gas says its engineering group will determine the cause of the malfunction next week.
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A Roanoke man has pled guilty to using other people's identities to charge more than 24 thousand dollars in bills and cheat people out of 21 thousand dollars.
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Keith Wilburn Huffman faces up to 55 years in prison and fines of up to one-point-7-5 MILLION dollars.
He also has to pay 40-thousand dollars in restitution to the credit card companies, and to customers he defrauded on eBay.
Huffman used his access as a free-lance computer consultant at Salem Financial, in order to steal
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the Social Security numbers of six of the company's clients. He used the identities to auction computer equipment on eBay to an estimated 100 customers nationwide.
They sent him more than 21 thousand dollars for computers they never received.

[Optical-Cable]


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Optical Cable's board of directors has decided NOT to re-nominate former Chairman and C-E-O Bob Kopstein.
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Kopstein was fired in December from the company he started more than a decade ago.
Yesterday, the board said it would re-elect all other board members expect Kopstein.
He is faulted for losing millions of dollars and devaluing the company's stock price by making high risk investments.
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Kopstein was invited to take a consultant position with Optical Cable, but has yet to accept the offer.
He will officially be removed from the board at the annual shareholders meeting on March 12.
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A suicide bomber in the middle east injures more than a dozen people. We'll have that story after the break,
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Also the tension is rising between India and Pakistan as India tests a new missle capable of carrying a nuclear payload.
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India says today's test of a new version of its strongest missile was a success.
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The short- range, nuclear- capable missile was launched from an island of India's eastern coast.
The test comes as tensions continue growing between India and Pakistan.
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Overnight, troops from both countries exchanged gunfire in the disputed region of Kashmir.
Four Pakistani villagers were wounded.
The violence also damaged homes, displacing dozens of residents who were caught in the crossfire.
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A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up today on a busy street in Tel Aviv.
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At least two dozen people were wounded.
The attacker was on a motorbike when he set off the bomb along a pedestrian mall.
Afterward, thousands of Palestinians marched in the West Bank-- some of them handing out candy in celebration of the Tel Aviv attack.
Palestinians have carried out a series of suicide bombings and other attacks on Israelis over the past 16 months.
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United Nations Secretary- General Kofi Annan is in Afghanistan today.
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Annan is meeting with leaders of the post- Taliban government and commanders of the British- led peacekeeping force.
The U-N has completed a list of 21 people, who will help design the make-up of Afghanistan's next government.
Annan is asking the rest of the world to cooperate with the re- building of the war- torn country.
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((KOFI ANNAN/U.N. SECRETARY GENERAL: AND I BELIEVE THAT MOST OF THEM ARE BEGINNING TO ACCEPT THAT A STABLE, PEACEFUL AFGHANISTAN THAT IS FOCUSING ON THE INTEREST OF ITS PEOPLE AND ITS OWN DEVELOPMENT AND HAS NORMAL RELATIONS WITH ITS NEIGHBORS IS IN THEIR INTEREST. ))
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Meanwhile, the question of whether or not to expand the international security force in Afghanistan is still on the table.
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The Virginia Military Institute has ended all mandatory prayer at the school.
A federal judge ruled yesterday afternoon that the prayers at VMI were unconstitutional.
Justin McLeod has more.
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((((NAT SOUND OF DINNER AT VMI))
The more than fifty year tradition ended immediately.
Thursday night, cadets sat down for dinner without first saying grace together.
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((NEIL MELLEN/VMI CADET: ALTHOUGH THERE ARE A GOOD NUMBER DISAGREE WITH ME AND HAVE LET ME KNOW IN ONE FASHION OR ANOTHER AS OF YET THERE'S NO HUGE OUTCRY.)) [Runs10]
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Neil Mellen should know.
He is one of two students who with the help of the ACLU challenged VMI's practice of assembling students for a prayer ceremony prior to each evening meal.
The students claimed the tradition violated their constitutional rights.
A federal judge agreed ruling grace at the state funded school amounts to a "state sponsored religious exercise."
The state Attorney General immediately fired back.
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((JERRY KILGORE/ATTORNEY GENERAL: IT'S A SHAME TODAY WHILE AMERICAN SOLDIERS ARE FIGHTING FOR OUR LIBERTIES IN PLACES LIKE AFGHANISTAN, THAT THOSE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN TRAINING TO BE SOLDIERS AT VMI CANNOT PRAYER FOR THEIR SAFETY AS A BODY.)) [Runs15]
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And for that reason, the Attorney General plans to appeal the decision to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Lexington.))
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There was no official comment from VMI. Superintendent Josiah Bunting is out of the country.

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A former Roanoke City Council member adds his name to the list of this year's candidates.
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Today, Jack Parrott announced his intention to run for one of the three open city seats.
The Republican sat on the council from 1994 to 1998.
Three other GOP members and three democrats have already announced, with several more expected.
Parrott said it was an easy decision to run again, having a positive experience the first time around.
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((JACK PARROTT/(R) ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE: I ENJOYED BEING ON COUNCIL. IT WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH THE CITY STAFF AND OTHER PEOPLE ON COUNCIL AND I'M JUST GLAD I HAVE A CHANCE TO TRY FOR IT AGAIN.))
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Parrott said his first order of business would be to tackle Roanoke's water shortage problem.
He also said that his engineering background would help council on issues such as the city's aging water mains.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Leo will let us know what our weekend weather will look like.
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also we'll see why a salute to the flag is dividing lawmakers at the state capitol.
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There is still no compromise on the General Assembly's controversial salute to the Virginia flag.
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Black lawmakers objected to the salute after they learned it was written by a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
They will ask fellow lawmakers to end the controversial practice.
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((DEL. JERRAULD JONES/D- NORFOLK: WHY WE'RE HAVING TO SPEND SO MUCH TIME OVER SOMETHING THAT IS NOT GOING TO PRODUCE ONE JOB, NOT GOING TO IMPROVE A FAMILY, NOT GOING TO DO ANYTHING THAT'S GOING TO MAKE A QUALITY OF LIFE DIFFERENCE FOR PEOPLE, YOU KNOW PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND.))
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House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith says the words of the salute are fine. If "its history" is an issue, He says the state should shut down the University of Virginia and move the capitol to Roanoke.
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((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/R- SALEM: WE HAVE A SIMPLE LITTLE PLEDGE. IT SAYS WE BELIEVE THAT VIRGINIA IS THE MOTHER OF STATES AND STATESMEN AND THAT HERE IN THE OLD DOMINION WE CHERISH LIBERTY AND INDEPENDENCE. I DON'T THINK THOSE ARE BAD PRINCIPLES.))
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Members of the black caucus have proposed a change in house rules that would eliminate the salute to the Virginia flag. A vote is expected next week.

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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 51 points.
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The Nasdaq has lost 13 points.


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In sports - Could the Keydets pull off a victory over the Cavs?
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And -- this Duke-bound Cave Spring senior has stumbled across a FOOTHOLE that could keep him off the court. We'll have those stories and more coming up in sports.
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Duke- bound Cave Spring senior J. J. Redick suffered an injury to his right foot against Halifax Tuesday night.


Now, he and his parents are trying to find out exactly what is going to happen next.
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But at this time, there is no final diagnosis.
J.J., who attended the Knights' practice last night at Cave Spring Junior High, described what happened when he injured his foot late in the Halifax game.
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J.J.'s Father Ken Redick said by phone last night that J.J. is seeking medical treatment and various medical opinions on his foot. J.J. said he had a little tendinitis in the arch of his right foot recently, but that it's gone away.
His foot is encased in a protective boot.
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Tonight Cave Spring hosts GW Danville for first place in the Western Valley District.


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V-M-I met the U-V-A Cavaliers last night in Charlottesville.
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VMI was hoping looking for an upset in University Hall.
And they would hang close for much of the first half.
Jason Conely, the nation's leading scorer, takes the rebound, and takes it down the court for the basket.
Then Conely flushes the alley-oop pass from Richard Little.
All of a sudden VMI is up 14 to 12.
But that's about as close as it would be for the Keydets.
Roger Mason stops and pops in the lane for a deuce.
Then J.C. Mathis would score 20 points on the evening.
[SUPER=33-Virginia#7/93/VMI/59/; :]


And VMI can do nothing but watch, as the Cavs run away with this one, 93-59.
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7-th ranked Virginia has now stretched its winning streak to FIVE games
Steve Mason tells us why a pair of freshmen guards have made all the difference.
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The Roanoke Dazzle played host to the Columbus Riverdragons at the Civic Center last night--
But they were a bit TOO hospitable, losing 85 to 79.
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Dazzle coach Kent Davison working the bench during the game.
The River Dragons were on the move--
Kareem Poole gets the ball and hits the mid range jumper.
Then Roanoke's Marshall Phillips takes it coast to coast and banks it off the glass for the Dazzle.
Columbus then gets it to Chris Garner
He goes straight up the middle and hits the three- pointer at the top of the key.
[SUPER=33-Columbus/85/Roanoke/79/; ;]


Off the inbounds, Artie Griffin throws it in to newcomer Anthony Pell.
He turns and throws down the Jam.
Columbus wins it 85 to 79.
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