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Virginia Tech spells out what it means to take 25-million dollars out of its budget.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR= Keith 2-Shot]

And appearances can mean everything... like the indistinguishable difference between a toy and an A-R-15 assault rifle.
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[Sports-Head]


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Tonight on News 7 sports, high school basketball news that will shake up the local landscape. The all-NBA team is announced tonight.
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[VO-NAT]

And the Wood Brothers and Elliott Sadler may be parting ways by season's end.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
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Plenty on tap weatherwise including Leo's Almanac, Wednesday Weatherschool and a forecast that may bring rain.
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News 7 is next.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Virginia Tech knew the cuts were coming.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

Today the harsh reality set in of dealing with the loss of millions in state funding.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


And I'm Shannon Young.
[Tech-Budget]
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A letter from Tech President Charles Steger detailing the cuts went out to the university community this afternoon.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

It lays out the plan for dealing with a budget reduction of 25-million dollars.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Rachel /Microwave;]

New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel Cannon has more on how the campus will be affected. Since about 80-percent of Tech's overall budget is in human resources,
[LIVE= Rachel /FULL Microwave]
[SUPER=@Rachel1; ]
[SUPER=05-Blacksburg;]

jobs are being hit hardest by the reductions. Officials say just over 2-hundred positions are being lost at Tech.
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[***RACHEL'S MIC HOT***]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg;]

To give you a breakdown of that number... Papers show 88-of those are teaching and research faculty, 55 are administrative and professional faculty, just under 20- are graduate teaching assistants and 50 are classified staff. Now those numbers may change slightly after severance packages or if positions are filled with lower salary levels. Officials say personnel reductions add up to about 16.5 million dollars. Other cost cutting measures at the university include a 4-million reduction in operating costs, and a loss of over 1-million dollars in programs and services. It's not clear at this point exactly what programs or services will be affected.
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[LIVE= Rachel /FULL Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Blacksburg;]

In the letter Steger does talk about how while dealing with these massive cuts, Tech will meet growth and research goals. The library is getting an increase in funding, 2-major research initiatives will continue, a capital package for construction is on track.
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The school's Board of Visitors meets June 4th. They will be asked to accept the budget with the proposed cuts.

[HSN]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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The Home Shopping Network cut 20 positions at its Salem fulfillment center... that's the entire second shift.
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[VO-NAT]
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They've all been offered new jobs at H-S-N's Roanoke call center.
That facility will not be affected by the cutbacks the company calls "necessary" to deal with slow business.
All other non-management employees in Salem have been offered a 45 day leave with reduced pay and benefits.
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[Bedford-Gun]


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It's the kind of call every police officer dreads.. a man wearing a SWAT team helmet, goggles and apparently carrying an assault rifle was spotted walking through downtown late at night.
The gun turned out to be fake.. but the danger to its owner was very real.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[SUPER=01-Capt. Tony Sullivan/Bedford Police Department; :20]
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(( One of these guns is a police-issue Colt AR-15 assault rifle.. the other is a toy.
If you think it's hard telling them apart now.. imagine seeing one in a dark parking lot at 12:30 at night.
It happened a couple of weeks ago behind this church in downtown Bedford.
A police officer pulled up and started to draw his gun as he ordered the man to drop his.
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((CAPT. TONY SULLIVAN/BEDFORD CITY POLICE: FORTUNATELY THE MAN COMPLIED WITH WHAT WE ASKED AND DIDN'T DO ANYTHING LIKE POINT IT AND SAY 'IT'S A TOY' OR ANYTHING. HAD HE DONE SOMETHING DIFFERENT, WHO KNOWS WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED.))
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((I WOULD CALL THAT REAL POOR JUDGMENT.. IF I SAW THAT I WOULD CALL THE POLICE..))
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Rick Rodriguez sold the gun to the man stopped by the police.
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Rodriguez says the guns.. which are powered by a rechargeable battery and fire small plastic pellets.. are catching on with collectors, target shooters and paintball enthusiasts.
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((RICK RODRIGUEZ/PELLET GUN ENTHUSIAST: I WOULDN'T WANT TO SEE ANYONE GET HURT, NOR WOULD I WANT TO SEE ANYBODY PUT AT RISK, BUT THERE ARE NO LEGAL RESTRICTIONS AS FAR AS THE OWNERSHIP OR THE USE OF THEM IN A SAFE MANNER.))
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It's that last phrase that has police worried.
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((CAPT. SULLIVAN: AND THAT'S THE SCARY PART, IS THESE YOUNG KIDS GET THESE THINGS AND WHILE THEY MAY NOT BE ILLEGAL, THEY DON'T USE THE BEST JUDGMENT.))
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Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford.))

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Federal regulators say building a 90-mile natural gas pipeline from Wythe County to Eden, North Carolina would have limited impact on the environment.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued the draft environmental impact statement on the planned Patriot Extension.
Duke Energy Gas Transmission wants to build the line.

[DMV-Fee]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=mjo]
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Starting today, you'll have to pay more to register your car.
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[VO-NAT]
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The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles raised vehicle registration fees and fees for driver and vehicle records by two dollars.
Governor Warner says the money will bring in an extra 25-million dollars each year to pay for anti-terrorism efforts.
Also effective today, the D-M-V will stop giving discounts to customers who use the mail, phone or the Internet to renew their license and registration.
The price of registering a car now is 28-dollars and 50 cents.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
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Virginia has all kinds of specialty license plates... supporting everything from colleges to the arts.
Still ahead on News 7 at Six, find out why the Lieutenant Governor says the state should get rid of them all.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Plus, we'll hear how viewers are responding to WDBJ's new digital, high definition programming.
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[HDTV]
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WDBJ is now broadcasting a digital signal.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


That means you can see us digitally on channel 18 and possibly even in high definition ... if you have the right equipment. [***BUILDING MONITOR GRAPHIC***]
[TOSS ACROSS=Keith-Shannon & Jennifer /Monitors;]


Jennifer Miele has been following our transition.
Jen have you had a chance to watch WDBJ-DT?
Keith, Shannon, I did. It's a big difference from what we're watching now.
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[SUPER=@jennifer1]


If you have a tuner and antenna, you can get our digital signal.
If you get that equipment along with a High Definition TV, you can watch the best broadcast picture available in America today.
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[SUPER=01-Carl Guffey/WDBJ Operations & Engineering Director;:16]
[SUPER=01-John Cosgrove/Lee Hartman & Sons;:46]
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(([NAT SOUND] ((YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS.. HELLO VICTOR..... MUSIC AND VICTOR TURNS AROUND.)) [RUNS7]
Victor never looked so good.
That's because the Young and the Restless can now be seen in High Definition.... right here on Your Hometown Station.
You need a high-def television, a tuner and an antenna... and trust me, the difference is dramatic.
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((CARL GUFFY: WE ARE ESSENTIALLY BIRTHDAY A NEW BABY... TODAY, YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS THE HIGHEST QUALITY PICTURE YOU CAN TRANSMIT IN AMERICA TODAY.)) [RUNS15]
Work to go digital began more than three years ago. We flipped the switch around 8 last night... and thanks to this digital transmitter, now located up on Poor Mountain, it worked.
Though we still have some kinks to be worked out, those who've seen digital can't get enough.
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((THE DIGITAL SIGNAL... IT'S REALLY GREAT.)) [RUNS09]
Unfortunately, you almost have to be as rich as Victor Newman to afford it.))
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High Def tv's can cost anywhere from two to 14 thousand dollars.
The folks at Lee Hartman & Sons expect that price to go down within the next year or so.
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Keith, Shannon.

[Carilion-Demolish]


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Before Roanoke's biomedical complex can be built, many structures will have to be torn down.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

The work started this morning when crews started demolishing a tire company building. The project will make room for a 1-thousand car parking garage, and other support facilities. It will take about a week for crews to remove asbestos before demolishing the entire building.
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[Leyva]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Child molester Tony Leyva is living in a motel where children often stay.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Yesterday]

The 55-year old self- ordained minister was paroled from prison yesterday. He was brought back to Roanoke where he checked into the Jefferson Motor Lodge. State parole officials say he'll stay there only temporarily. With long- term room rates as low as 14-dollars a night, however, the lodge attracts semi-permanent residents. The barbers across the street say they see children who live at the motel waiting for the bus in the morning.
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((JOHN MCGONIGAL/BARBER; AS FAR AS THE CHILDREN ARE CONCERNED, I THINK THE WELFARE OF THE CHILDREN THAT LIVE OVER THERE SHOULD DEFINITELY BE A CONSIDERATION.))
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[* * * Keith on ENG * * *] Leyva molested more than 100 boys who attended his tent revivals. Parking lot attendant Wayne Fulp- -a father of five- -is afraid Leyva will return to his old ways.
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((WAYNE FULP; I'M GLAD THEY'VE GOT SOME KIND OF MONITORING DEVICE ON HIM, BUT I DON'T THINK THEY CAN STOP HIM FROM DOING SUCH A THING.))
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[OUT Q=doing such a thing.]
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[VO-NAT]

FEDERAL parole officer Mike Price stopped by to check on Leyva, but the preacher didn't leave his room while we were there.
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[Stocks]


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It was a volatile day as bargain hunting lifted some stocks. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW climbed 113 points.
NASDAQ fell eleven.
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[Kaine]


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Virginia has no business being in the specialty license plate business.
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[VO-NAT]
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That's the opinion of Lieutenant Governor Tim Kaine-- who today weighed in on the Confederate license plate debate.
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((TIM KAINE/LT. GOVERNOR: PEOPLE CAN YOU KNOW PUT A STICKER ON THEIR CARS IF THEY WANT AND YOU KNOW GOD BLESS THEM, PEOPLE CAN BUY, YOU KNOW, THESE LICENSE PLATE HOLDERS THAT HAVE YOU KNOW ALL KINDS OF MESSAGES ON THE, BUT RATHER THAN TIE UP THE TIME OF LEGISLATURE AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN, YOU KNOW, I THINK WE OUGHT TO BE FOCUSING ON IMPORTANT PUBLIC BUSINESS AND NOT WASTING TIME.))
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[OUT Q=AND NOT WASTING TIME.]
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[VO-NAT]

Attorney General Jerry Kilgore's considering an appeal to the federal ruling that allows a special plate for the Sons of Confederate Veterans.. complete with the Confederate flag logo.
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[All-American]


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Bedford is in the running for an All-America City Award.
The National Civic League presents the award every year to recognize civic excellence.
Bedford is one of 30 finalists for this year's award.
Ten winners will be announced on June 15th.

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Coming up tonight on the Big 7, Steve Mason checks in with Hometown Hoops news that will affect high school roundball throughout the valley. The Wood Brothers and Sadler may be heading in opposite ways.
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[VO-NAT]

and Grant Noel is definitely ready for his comeback without surgery.
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[S-Reynolds]


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As news 7 sports reported this past Thursday, Roanoke Catholic junior guard J.R. Reynolds is indeed leaving for Oak Hill Academy. Steve Mason has been following this story and has an exclusive with J.R. Reynolds.
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((J.R REYNOLDS WRESTLING WITH HIS DECISION FOR A YEAR. HE LED ROANOKE CATHOLIC TO THREE PRIVATE SCHOOL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS AND SCORED OVER 2200 POINTS AND AFTER FOUR YEARS AS A STARTER HE REALIZED IT WAS TIME FOR HIM TO MOVE ON. ((:))
Reynolds averaged 23.2 points a game this past season, but it was completion of team goals at Roanoke Catholic that prompted J.R. to make this decision. One that Oak Hill coach Steve Smith, who we spoke to by phone Wednesday, can understand. ((:))
Reynolds joins Curtis Staples as the second player from Roanoke to play for Oak Hill. J.R. talent, along with the fact that Smith returns only his sixth man from last season's team enables Reynolds to make an immediate impact. ((:)) ((:))
Reynolds will be exposed to a schedule that, year in and year out plays 5 to 8 teams ranked in the top 15 in the country. ((:))
Oak Hill has won 4 national championships. Before J.R. can help the Warriors win a 5th, he has AAU ball to take care
of. Reynolds plays in the Nike tournament this weekend in Minnesota, Steve Mason news 7 sports.))



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The NBA released its all NBA first team this afternoon and not surprisingly the Lakers make up 40 percent of the five man squad with Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant. Tim Duncan, Jason Kidd and Tracy McGrady round out the first team selections.

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The Winston Cup circuit is centered in the state this week, but today it would have been focused on Patrick County even if they weren't racing in Richmond later this weekend. There's news tonight that Wood Brothers and Elliott Sadler may be splitting.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville; :00]

Sadler has confirmed that he has asked the Wood Brothers to be released from his contract at the end of the current season that isn't even a third of the way finished.
Sadler said there is NO truth to the internet reports that said he wanted his immediate release from the team. Elliott began his Winston Cup career with the Woods in 1999 when they took a chance on him out of the Busch series. Eddie and Len Wood were tied up in meetings this afternoon and were unable to return our calls.
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[S-Tech]


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Virginia Tech quarterback Grant Noel had already decided to play through the pain and not have surgery on his injured knee, but it now looks like that won't necessary, anyway.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Month;]


Tech Orthopedic surgeon Marc Siegel says Noel has progressed well and that the knee he injured April 17th has a full range of motion.
Noel will begin a rehab program in the next couple of weeks. There is still a chance he may need surgery in the future.
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[Almanac]


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Despite the usual April showers, the drought continues to grow as we slide into May. Let's check in with meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner for other things skywise in our almanac.
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[***MUSIC CONTINUES FOR 1:30***]
[Gregory]
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A federal appeals judge visited local schoolchildren today to celebrate Law Day.
[ANCHOR=SHannon 2-SHot]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Judge Roger Gregory read to third graders at Lincoln Terrace Elementary and talked about his job on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
The kids ruled the Judge was a hit.
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((AUTUMN BOOTH/STUDENT: I LEARNED THAT YOU COULD BE ANYTHING THAT YOU WANT TO WHEN YOU GROW U\P.)) ((KRISTEN VINES/STUDENT: I THOUGHT IT WAS REALLY FUN.))
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[SUPER=01-Kristin Vines/Student; :06 (QUICK!!)]
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[OUT Q=IT WAS REALLY FUN.]
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[VO-NAT]


Gregory was invited by the Roanoke Bar Association as part of its Barristers Book Buddies program.
It's a year-round volunteer effort that brings attorneys into local classrooms.
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[SOT 00:21:54]
[IN Q=THE INTERACTION IS]

((DOUG DENSMORE/ROANOKE BAR ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT: THE INTERACTION IS GREAT FUN. I DO IT MYSELF AND I ENJOY IT THOROUGHLY.))
[SUPER=01-Doug Densmore/Roanoke Bar Association President]
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[OUT Q=I ENJOY IT THOROUGHLY.]
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-SHot]

Law Day was first established in 1956 by President Eisenhower.