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Two men charged with a shooting in Roanoke last month could be back in Virginia within a matter of days.
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But police are still looking for a suspect in a Roanoke shooting this afternoon. We'll tell you what witnesses say they saw.
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Tonight on News 7 sports, Cave Spring is trying to advance at this hour at the state basketball tournament. We'll have an update. Plus, some Tech football players flex for the NFL scouts.
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And his expression says it all - the March Madness has begun with several upsets already this afternoon.
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Summer like high temperatures on tap for tomorrow, followed by a chance for showers on Saturday, all the details are coming up...
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News 7 is next.
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These are the two men being held in Nebraska in connection with a Roanoke convenience store murder.
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But how soon they could return to Roanoke to face charges has yet to be decided.
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Good evening, I'm Shannon Young.
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And I'm Keith Humphry.
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Two Roanoke County men remain behind bars tonight far from home.
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They were arrested yesterday in Fremont, Nebraska... more than two weeks after the fatal shooting of a Roanoke convenience store clerk. [***NEWS 7 @ 6 MB GRAPHIC***]
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Marya Jones says a hearing tomorrow COULD determine how soon they return to Roanoke.
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Keith and Shannon,
Two Roanoke City detectives arrived in Fremont, Nebraska today.
Right now, Fremont police say they're interviewing the two men who've been in custody since yesterday afternoon.
Tomorrow, after an extradition hearing, we'll find out how SOON the suspects could be back in Roanoke.
If they waive extradition, it could be a matter of days.
If they fight it, it could be as many as 90.
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(( 27-year-old Mark Lamont Neamo and his friend, 18-year-old Christopher Brian Krug, are being held tonight in the Dodge County Jail on abduction and firearms charges.
The two men had apparently gone to Fremont, Nebraska, to stay with a female friend with ties to Virginia.
Roanoke police are saying little about WHY they believe the two men were the masked gunmen that shot two clerks at a Texaco "Stop In" on February 25th.
49-year-old Joyce Parrish died from a gunshot wound to the neck.
Her coworker, Steve Rivera, was wounded and has since returned to work.
He says he and Parrish did NOT know Neamo or Krug.
The two suspects lived in the Peters Creek Apartments in Roanoke County.
A coworker at the Williamson Road Famous Anthony's where Neamo worked for 8 months says that Neamo disappeared two weeks ago, after police came there looking for him.))
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Neamo and Krug are being held right now on abduction and firearms charges.
On April 1st, a grand jury will decide whether to charge them with murder.
We spoke to Joyce Parrish's 74-year-old mother Beulah Jones today.
She says she's glad someone has been arrested... and she plans to make the trip up from Galax -- in her words -- to see what people look like who could do such a horrible thing.
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Keith and Shannon?

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A Campbell County woman charged with killing her husband says she can't afford to hire her own attorney.
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48- year- old Elizabeth Michael Farinacci (fair-uh-NAH-chee) made a brief appearance in circuit court this morning.
She was indicted Monday on murder and firearm charges for the shooting death of her husband, Frank Farinacci, last month.
Farinacci told Judge Samuel Johnston she had little to no assets and was unable to hire an attorney.
Scott DeBruin was appointed to represent her.
She'll be arraigned in May.
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Police are searching for a suspect in a late afternoon shooting in Roanoke.
It happened just before four o'clock in the eleven hundred block of Melrose Avenue.
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That's where we find Justin McLeod who has the story. Justin?
Keith, the victim who is described in his late twenties is currently at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
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Police are looking for a suspect who is described as a black male with an afro like haircut.
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[***JUSTIN'S MIC HOT***]
This all happened just before four in front of this abandoned building.
Witnesses say a car pulled up, a passenger got out, and began arguing with the victim who was walking on the sidewalk.
The man then allegedly shot the victim once in the upper chest.
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((LT. BILL ALTHOFF/ROANOKE POLICE DEPARTMENT: THE SUSPECT THEN GOT BACK INTO THIS MAROON FOUR DOOR CAR WHICH WAS REPORTEDLY DRIVEN BY A WOMAN AND THE CAR FLED WEST ON MELROSE.))
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Keith

[Warner-Kilgore]


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They were supposed to meet this evening to "tone down the rhetoric"over the appeal of the state's redistricting plan.
Instead, late this afternoon Attorney General Jerry Kilgore refused to meet with Governor Mark Warner.
Kilgore said it's because he wants to avoid a potential conflict of interest in the case.
The attorney general said talking to the governor about the issue creates an attorney client relationship. And if Warner becomes a party to the appeal, he'd likely end up on the opposite side from the one Kilgore intends to represent.
Warner says he has NOT decided on his position, and he is demanding Kilgore give him a briefing.

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Meanwhile, Governor Warner will not proclaim April Confederate Heritage and History Month.
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The Governor met today with Southern Heritage Leaders to discuss historical issues. The Sons and Daughter of the Confederacy say they won't let the Governor's refusal to designate April a special month keep them from honoring the past.
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((BEN JONES/SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY: WE'RE REACHING OUT NOW. WE'RE GONNA CELEBRATE CONFEDERATE HERITAGE AND HISTORY MONTH WHETHER THERE'S A PROCLAMATION OR NOT BECAUSE WE ARE PROUD OF THESE PEOPLE FROM WHOM WE DESCENDED, WHO BUILT THIS STATE, MANY OF THEM BLACK AND WHITE.))
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Although he refused to sign the proclamation, Governor Warner did promise to meet with the group again in the future to continue a dialogue about preserving Southern tradition.

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Hundreds of layoffs are coming to the Hill City.
Details when News 7 returns.
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Plus some V-M-I students are getting a little break... Their professor is in the Middle East trying to broker a peace deal between the Israelis and Palestinians.
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Charges are pending in a crash that killed three people and injured fourteen more in Campbell County last night.
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State police say 48- year- old Michael Armstrong of South Boston was headed north on Route 501 when he tried to pass a truck in foggy conditions.
Armstrong's van collided with two other vans headed south.. killing his wife Diane and injuring his two daughters.


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((TROOPER KEITH CHILDRESS/VA STATE POLICE: ON A NIGHT LIKE TONIGHT WITH VISIBILITY PROBABLY NO GREATER THAN 300 FEET OR SO, IN A 55 MILE AND HOUR ZONE, THERE'S NO NEED TO ATTEMPT TO PASS ANY VEHICLE, LET ALONE A TRACTOR TRAILER.))
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83- year- old Virgie Tucker of Gretna and 45- year- old Ralph Miller of Wilmington, Delaware were pronounced dead at the scene.
Six other people remain hospitalized.
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Hundreds of telecommunications workers in Lynchburg are apparently headed for the unemployment line.
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State officials say they've been told Sanmina-(san-MEE-nuh) S-C-I plans to lay off at least two hundred people from its Candlers Mountain Road facility tomorrow.
The plant makes cell phone base stations and wireless infrastructure for companies like Ericsson.
Sanmina and S-C-I merged last fall, a move that led to layoffs in September and December.
Fewer than 700 people are still employed at the plant.
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At the opposite end of the employment spectrum, they are crawling into Roanoke County and bringing 25 new jobs with them.
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These microorganisms are engineered by Novozymes Biologicals.
They can do everything from grow better tomato plants, to clean spots off the floor.
Novozymes' biotechnology has been so successful that the company has outgrown its Salem facility and is
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building a new one in Roanoke County.
At the Center for Research and Technology, the company will build new labs, offices and a manufacturing plant over the next five years.
Novozymes has two new patents pending, and is launching its latest fertilization product in two weeks.
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((TED MELNICK/NOVOZYMES: WE'RE REALLY IN THE EYE OF THE STORM. THERE'S SO MUCH STUFF GOING ON AND THINGS ARE HAPPENING THAT IS JUST SEEMS LIKE ITS SWIRLING AROUND US.))
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Novozymes currently employs 65 people in the Valley and plans to hire 25 more.
The Denmark-based company is currently expanding in Europe, Asia and South America as well.
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Caution was the name of the game on Wall Street today. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW gained 15 points.
NADAQ lost eight.
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Eight candidates, three seats and six weeks.
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As Joe Dashiell reports, those numbers add up to a spirited Roanoke city council campaign.
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((With petitions, paperwork and nomination battles behind them, the candidates are now on the campaign trail... A visit with the Retired Teachers Association was the first of many candidate forums...
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((REV. NELSON HARRIS: I DO CONSIDER MY SEAT ON ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL TO BE A PUBLIC TRUST. IT IS NOT MINE. IT IS YOURS, SO I WOULD BE HUMBLED TO RECEIVE YOUR VOTE.))
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And they provided a glimpse of the issues they will emphasize in the council race. Issues such as the city's water supply...
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((JACK PARROTT: I HAVE LEARNED TO GET ALONG WITH PEOPLE AND TO WORK WITH SURROUNDING GOVERNMENTS, WHICH IS ONE THING THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO, BECAUSE WE'VE GOT TO HAVE A SOURCE OF WATER.))
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the state of its neighborhoods...
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((RUPERT CUTLER:AS AN ENVIRONMENTALIST, WHAT MY PRIMARY CONCERN ABOUT THE ROANOKE ENVIRONMENT IS, IT'S THE DETERIORATED NEIGHBORHOODS IN THE CITY. THEY NEED TO BE FIXED UP. THEY NEED TO BE SAFE.))
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The responsiveness of city government
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((DON HOGAN: WE NEED A CITY COUNCIL THAT'S UNITED, THAT WORKS TOGETHER, NOT AS DEMOCRATS , REPUBLICANS OR INDEPENDENTS, BUT FOR EVERY PERSON THAT WORKS.)) ((DOUG TROUT: YA'LL ARE THE PEOPLE. WE OWN THE CITY. WE PAY THE BILLS, BUT THEY DON'T TREAT US THAT WAY. THEY TREAT US LIKE SECOND CLASS CITIZENS.))
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Experience in business and civic affairs...
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((MARK HURLEY: AS A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS OWNER, I WOULD LOOK AT THE BUDGET OF THE CITY TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE SPENDING THE MONEY CORRECTLY AND EFFECTIVELY.))
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And the need to take a long-range view of the city's problems.
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((STEVE MABRY: THESE ARE SERIOUS ISSUES FOR CITY COUNCIL AND THEY REQUIRE CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS WHO ARE GOING TO DO THEIR HOMEWORK TO DEVELOP SOLUTIONS.)) ((ALFRED DOWE: I WANT TO ADD MY PERSPECTIVE TO THE PLANS AND POLICIES WE MAKE FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR CITY, WHICH INCLUDES NOT ONLY YOU, NOT ONLY YOUR CHILDREN BUT YOUR GRANDCHILDREN AS WELL.))
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And that's just the beginning. The candidates will be on stump until Roanokers head to the polls May 7th...
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))

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"Would you like OxyContin with that?" That's essentially what waiters at a Pulaski restaurant were asking patrons.

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"Confidential sources" tell the F-B-I they saw customers at Tom's Drive-In served OxyContin tablets with their food. Court papers unsealed today allege that some of the employees were paid only minimally... that most of their wages came in the form of OxyContin. The F-B-I indicates owner Melvin Chrisley told employees to throw any OxyContin tablets in the deep fryer in the event of a raid by police. The place WAS raided December 30th.
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At least some of the pills were allegedly prescribed by Cecil Knox, the Roanoke pain Doctor indicted last month. The affidavit made public today claims Knox prescribed more than 360 tablets for one patient in just two days.

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A man with local ties is back in the Middle East, trying to hammer out a peace agreement.
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News 7 caught up with U-S Middle East Envoy Anthony Zinni last month as he was teaching a class on "Ethics and National Security" at the Virginia Military Institute.
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Today, Zinni returned to the Middle East, and is meeting with both Israeli and Palistinian leaders. Last month, he said both sides know how the conflict will eventually end.
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((ANTHONY ZINNI/US MARINE CORPS (RET.); I THINK ALL SIDES REALIZE THERE IS NO SOLUTION OTHER THAN THE PEACE PROCESS. THERE'S NO MILITARY SOLUTION, THERE'S NO SOLUTION THAT VIOLENCE IS GOING TO BRING ABOUT, SO NEITHER SIDE BELIEVES THAT THEY HAVE A SOLUTION IN THE CURRENT SCHEME AND THE WAY THINGS ARE GOING.))
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Two earlier efforts by Zinni to arrange a truce were scrapped because of new outbreaks of violence.
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Coming up tonight on News 7 Sports, Cave Spring is battling in the state semi-finals. The NCAA March Madness is well underway in day one.
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And the NFL scouts came out of the woodwork today to check out the talent at Virginia Tech with the draft drawing closer.
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We begin tonight with the Group Three A final four at Liberty University where the Cave Spring Knights is battling 26-and-2 Hayfield this afternoon
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J.J. Redick led his Knights on to the Vines Center hardwood in front of more than 8000 fans at the Vines Center. The Knights would face senior forward James Steward - who would score on this trip down the floor to put the Hawks up by a bucket. But most of the half was all Cave Spring as Tom Hagan collects the missed shot and converts the putback for the Knights. Redick would then warm up with this three pointer from near the top of the key to tie the game in the first half. Andrew Davison would come off the bench and dazzle the crowd with a couple of three pointers. He takes advantage of his opportunity. Steward kept the Hawks close in the second quarter with several nice moves to iron.
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But Redick took the rock inside and Cave Spring pulled away in the second quarter to lead 28-to-17 at the break. The Knights are up by 15 points early in the fourth.
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The Virginia High School League's state tournament continues tomorrow afternoon at the Vines Center.
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In the Group A semi-finals - Altavista battles Honaker in a 2:45 tip-off tomorrow. Tomorrow night in the Group Two a ranks, Blacksburg hooks up with King George at 7, and Robert E. Lee and Martinsville play in the nightcap at 8:30. All of the championship games are Saturday.
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The NCAA March Madness officially began this afternoon with first round action all across the country. Two 12 seeds were able to upset their respective 5th seeded opponents as Missouri hammered Miami,
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and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, the 12th seed in the East beat the 5th seeded Marquette Warriors. Tulsa is no joke. The Hurricane now has 85 wins over the last three seasons including 27 this season. Today's final 71-to-69.
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Tenth seed Kent State whipped Oklahoma State. Wake Forest beat Pepperdine. Kentucky also won along with Alabama and Ohio State beat a pesky 14th seeded Davidson team 69-to-64.

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[GO TO PINNACLE 6997] Tonight, more March Madness is on the way as Charlotte and Notre Dame hook up in the early game on Your Hometown Station just after 7:30. The late game tonight features ACC Tournament champ Duke battling Winthrop at 9:57. The only place to get the action is right here on WDBJ-7.
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March Madness is spilling over to the Salem Civic Center this weekend for the final four of the Division Three basketball.
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Otterbein, Elizabethtown, Rochester and Carthage will compete for the national title.
Carthage enters the tournament 27 and 1 overall and ranked number one in Division three.
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Carthrage and Otterbein open the final four at 6 oclock tomorrow night and Rochester and Elizabethtown tip it off in the night cap at 8. Individual tickets are available for both Friday night and Saturday night, but the best way to go is to buy a two day pass that will cost you just $17.50 for four games. That same deal for kids - high school age and younger is just $10 bucks.


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College football players all over the nation are in the midst of pursuing their dreams of playing in the N-F-L.
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At Virginia Tech today several Hokies took the first step toward making themselves available for the April N-F-L draft.
Roy Stanley and photographer Greg Moore have our story.
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((Scouts representing over half the N-F-L teams were in Blacksburg for a combine.
The players go through drills like the standing broad jump, the vertical leap and weightlifting.
Their motivation is simple, do something that will catch the eyes of the pro scouts.)) ((JARRETT FERGUSON/FORMER VIRGINIA TECH FULLBACK:)) ((NICK SORESEN/ST. LOUIS RAMS SPECIAL TEAMS:)) ((The scouts are hush, hush when it comes to grading any particular players performance.
But most of them like Tech Wide Receiver Andre Davis already know where they stand.
And for that reason Davis skipped most of the combine drills.)) ((ANDRE DAVIS/FORMER VIRGINIA TECH FLANKER:)) ((FERGUSON:)) ((Whether they graded good or bad they all know an individual workout is ahead before the N-F-L draft.
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