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Coming up on News 7-
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Six months... that's how long the D-Day Memorial in Bedford has to pay off about 300- thousand dollars in liens or risk losing the property.
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The architect that designed the memorial and the construction company that built it are actually owed close to three million dollars for their work.
They filed liens this weeks for expenses dating back the past five months.. after it became apparent the Foundation had no concrete repayment plan.
Officials remain confident they can settle the debts.
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McIntosh hopes that making the public more aware of the financial troubles will encourage people to donate money to help retire the debt.
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No arrests yet in the murder of a young Lynchburg couple found dead in their home this morning.
Police say the killings apparently happened while the couple's young children were in the house at the time.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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(( Police were called to this home at 410 Sussex Street around 11:30 after concerned relatives asked them to check on the family there.
That's when the bodies of 25- year- old Anthony McKinley Robinson and 23-year-old Rhonda Whitehead Robinson were found dead inside.
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((LT. DANNY VIAR/LYNCHBURG POLICE: THERE WERE TWO SMALL CHILDREN IN THE HOUSE, THEY WERE NOT HARMED.. AGES FOUR AND EIGHT.))
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It turns out one of those children had called a relative who in turn called police.
Police would not say how the Robinsons died only that guns were involved.. the bodies will be sent to Roanoke for autopsies.
Whoever killed the couple forced their way into the home.. but authorities "don't" believe this was a random murder.
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Investigators spent several hours processing the crime scene and canvassing the neighborhood, talking to residents in hopes that someone saw or heard something that may help the investigation.
The Regional Homicide Squad has been called in to help.
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[Standup ] ((But authorities say they also need the public's help. Anyone who may have information that could assist with the investigation is asked to give police a call. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
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Former GOP executive Ed Matricardi was in court again today.
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Matricardi has been charged with illegally eavesdropping and recording a Democratic conference call.
A judge in Richmond today denied his request to throw out the charges.
Matricardi's lawyer insists his client has done nothing illegal.
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Matricardi resigned earlier this month as executive director of the Republican Party of Virginia.
Democrats are alleging that another Republican official, Claudia Tucker, may also have listened in on the call.

Tucker, a close aide to House Speaker Vance Wilkins, has not been charged.
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After today, things are looking up at Roanoke College...
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Students in the environment program planted a two year old sycamore tree on the school's front quad... It's a descendent of a tree near Appomattox Court House, and was selected as a symbol of peace...
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((JON CAWLEY/ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM COORDINATOR; THEY ARE HISTORIC TREES, OR THE PROGENY OF HISTORIC TREES THAT HAVE BEENIN THE AMERICAN HISTORIC TREE GERM PLASM COLLECTION. THE FIVE THAT WE ARE PLANTING ARE ANTIETEM, APPOMATTOX, MANASSAS, FREDERICKSBURG, AND GETTYSBURG, BEING THE FIVE MAJOR CIVIL WAR BATTLES.))
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The school has planted 15 tulip trees, the descendents of a large tree that was planted more than a hundred years ago by one of the school's founders.
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They're not professional athletes but that hasn't stopped them from going for the gold in the U-S Transplant Games.

Hundreds of organ recipients are gearing up for the Olympic style competition including several people from our area.
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Joan Akers never imagined she would be competing in a 20 mile competition four years after her kidney transplant.
She says she is proof that organ donation really works.
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((JOAN AKERS/KIDNEY RECIPIENT: TO GIVE HOPE TO THE WORLD TO THE PEOPLE WHO ARE WAITING ON TRANSPLANTS TO KNOW WITH THE GRACE OF GOAD WE CAN HAVE A SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE))
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The U-S Transplant Games will be held in June at Disney World. There are 13 sports in the competition.
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Advance Auto Parts has opened three new stores in our area.
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Company and city officials attended a ribbon cutting today at one of the new stores.
The Roanoke-based auto parts retailer converted three former Rite Aid stores in an attempt to expand its 70-year presence in the market.
Though the square footage in the new facilities is larger than average Advance Auto Parts stores, the company says they are much more accessible.
Advance Auto has 24-hundred stores and 36 thousand employees in the United States.
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The time has come.
News 7 ends more than four decades of broadcasting from our studios on Colonial Avenue in Roanoke with this newscast.
We're going to make a mad dash overnight to our new Digital Broadcast Center, and we'll present our first newscast there tomorrow morning at 8.
Photojournalist Dennis Brown has followed construction from the moment we tore down the Best Products building and started putting up our own.
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Here is his look at our Building for the Future. We'll see you tomorrow morning from Hershberger Road.
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