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[VO-NAT]

Seven years after the suspicious death of a Bedford County woman, authorities point the finger at her husband.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]

And, if hard times make up the backbone of country music, a band with local ties may have some new material.


[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Tonight on News 7 Sports - the Stanley Cup playoffs are set to open. The Jefferson Gym is making a major comeback.
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[VO-NAT]

And Tech's Joe Saunders leads a parade of local college players taken in today's amateur draft.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Patrick]
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Some severe storms move through the area this evening, and we'll keep an eye out for more tomorrow. I've got the complete news 7 weather center forecast.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 3-Shot]


News 7 at Six is next.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


Two different theories about how a Bedford County woman died in 1995.
One puts the gun in her own hands, the other points the finger at her estranged husband.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]


Good evening, I'm SHannon Young.
Keith is off tonight.

[Sluder]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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It was exactly seven years ago today that 32-year old Loria Sluder was found shot to death in her home near Smith Mountain Lake.
Her death was originally ruled a suicide, but authorities now believe Roy Sluder was the one who pulled the trigger.
He is on trial for murder in Bedford County circuit court.
[Double Boxes=Shannon and Steve/Microwave]


That's where we find Steve Smallshaw tonight... with more on the first day of testimony.
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(Rollcue: the way Roy Sluder said it did.)
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[Infant-Death]


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Officials in Montgomery County say an Elliston infant has died from a drug overdose. The Sheriff's Department is investigating the death of Toby Robert Harris as a homicide. Last month, Harris stopped breathing and was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Officials say it appeared the cause of death was SIDS or accidental smothering but the death is now bring ruled a homicide because blood tests revealed drugs in his system. No arrests have been made.

[McIninch Appeal]


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The man who set fires at two apartment complexes in Roanoke will remain behind bars..
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Last year a jury in federal court convicted Stephen McIninch of starting fires at the "Pebble Creek" and "Ridge" apartment complexes.
He appealed the conviction, arguing that a video-taped re-enactment of one of the fires should not have been admitted into evidence.
But the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled that even without the tape, prosecutors presented overwhelming evidence of McIninch's guilt.
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McIninch will continue to serve his five-year sentence.

[Via-School]


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A new medical school in Blacksburg is busy recruiting faculty and developing a student curriculum.
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Construction of the Edward (VIE-ah) Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine is ahead of schedule. Classes at the privately funded school are set to begin next Fall with a target enrollment of 150-students. Officials say they already have an association with 12 area hospitals and that the school has two major goals.
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((JOHN ROCOVICH/MEDICAL COLLEGE CHAIRMAN; FILL THE UNDER SERVED MEDICAL NEEDS IN SOUTHWEST, SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA AND THE OTHER COUNTIES IN THE STATE THAT ARE UNDER SERVED WITH PHYSICIANS AND MEDICAL SERVICES. AND SECONDLY WE WANT TO BE A SIGNIFICANT MEDICAL RESEARCH COLLEGE AND IN DOING THAT WE HOPE TO HELP VIRGINIA TECH REACH ITS TOP 30 STATUS.))
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(Rock-o-vich) Rocovich says the medical school will help Tech become a top 30 research university thanks to an affiliation agreement with the campus. Medical research at the (Vie-A) Via School will count for Tech when measuring its research success.
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[Civic-Center]


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If you plan to attend graduation ceremonies or the circus at the Roanoke Civic Center tomorrow, plan ahead and leave home early.
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More than five thousand people are expected to be on the premises at one time, and parking will likely be a problem.
So the Civic Center will be running shuttle buses from the Gainsboro Parking Garage on Center Avenue near the Hotel Roanoke beginning tomorrow at four o'clock and running until 9.
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((JIM EVANS/ROANOKE CIVIC CENTER: WE'LL BE RUNNING SHUTTLES CONTINUOUSLY FROM THE GAINSBORO PARKING GARAGE AS LONG AS THEY ARE NEEDED TO THE CIVIC CENTER.))
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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Shuttles will also run on Thursday morning because both Patrick Henry High School's graduation and UniverSoul Circus will take place at the same time.

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The Clark Family had a country hit with "Back at the Ranch"... but now members of the group may be down on their luck.
We'll explain next on News 7.
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[VO-NAT]


Plus Salem celebrates a happy 200th birthday.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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They won a recording contract, produced a hit single, and performed with many of the most successful groups in country music.
But now, six brothers with ties to Franklin County are filing for bankruptcy. [***NEWS 7 @ 6***]
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Joe Dashiell has more tonight on the Clark Family Experience and their financial problems.
Shannon, the Clarks appeared to be riding high...
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touring the country, recordingand receiving airplay on country radio and television.
But their attorney says the Clark brothers haven't received the compensation they believe they are due... and have simply run out of money.
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((Despite their youth, members of the Clark Family Experience are experienced music veterans. [NAT SOUND]
Travelling with their parents on the bluegrass gospel circuit, the six brothers were regulars at the Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax, and occasional guests of the Roanoke Fiddle and Banjo Club.
Back in 1993, Alan Clark was already thinking of a country music career.
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((ALAN CLARK/GUITARIST AND SINGER: BLUEGRASS GAVE ME A START, BUT COUNTRY, I'D LIKE TO DO THAT, THAT'D BE MY DREAM.))

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That dream appeared to be within reach, as the six brothers signed a deal with Curb Records, went into the recording studio with country superstar Tim McGraw, and hit the road to promote their hit record.
But their album has yet to be released, and attorney Richard Foster says their income hasn't met expectations.
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((RICHARD FOSTER/CLARKS' ATTORNEY: IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT RIGHT NOW THEIR INCOME IS NOT SUFFICIENT TO MEET THEIR EVERY DAY EXPENSES AND THEY FELT THAT SOMETHING JUST HAD TO BE DONE IN ORDER TO TRY TO GET A FRESH START TO CORRECT THE SITUATION, AND HOPEFULLY LET THEIR TALENT GIVE THEM THE REWARDS THAT THEY THINK, AND A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK THEY ARE DUE.)) [RUNS :19]
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Foster says their future remains bright... he says the bankruptcy does not affect their innate talent, or their ability to market that talent.
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Shannon, a creditors meeting is scheduled for July 3rd, and the group will play Victory Stadium on July 4th.[Day-


Danielsen]


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Former delegate Barnie Day is back in government.
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Day will serve as the new Chairman of the Virginia Compensation Board.
The former Democratic lawmaker served four years in the General Assembly.
His Meadows of Dan district was eliminated last year under the Republican-drawn redistricting plan.
The 3-member Compensation Board approves the salaries of constitutional officers such as local sheriffs and commonwealth's attorneys.
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Day wasn't the only southwest Virginian singled out by Governor Warner today.
Vernon Danielsen of Roanoke was appointed Chairman of the Alchohol Beverage Control Board.
Danielsen currently works for a subsidiary of the architectural firm, Hayes, Seay, Mattern & Mattern.

[Jackson]


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A Grayson County man pled guilty today to cheating more than one hundred e-Bay customers out of 75- thousand dollars.

Federal prosecutors say 28- year old Michael Paul Jackson of (freez) Fries listed computers for sale on eBay... But when he received payment from customers, authorities say he never sent the computers. Jackson was also convicted of bank fraud. Prosecutors say Jackson falsely stated on loan applications that he was employed at Virginia Western Community College. He'll be sentenced in August.


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A volatile session on Wall Street ended with a mixed close. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW dropped 22 points.
NASDAQ gained 15 and a half.
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[Salem-Birthday]


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The City of Salem is officially 200-years old today.
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The city chose June 4th to break out the birthday cake, although a variety of bicentennial celebrations have already been held. A noon-time party included entertainment by "Antique Brass", refreshments and plenty of city employees in period dress. The festivities continued until 4 this afternoon with an open house at all city offices. Officials aren't sure of the exact date of Salem's birth but they do know *how* the community came to be.
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((ALEX BROWN/SALEM VICE-MAYOR: THERE WAS A MAN NAMED SEMPKINS WHO SOLD THE FIRST LOT TO A WOMAN... THE LOT CITY HALL NOW SITS ON. AND THAT'S HOW SALEM GOT STARTED.))
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The bulk of Salem's bicentennial celebrations ended today although there there are a handful of smaller events planned for later in the year.
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[Torch-Run]


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The Special Olympics torch traveled through Franklin and Roanoke counties today...by hand and by foot.
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The torch was carried by the Roanoke County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies jogged down Route 220....and then stopped for a post Torch Run reception at Suncom in the Hunting Hills Plaza.
They were met by Special Olympics athletes towards the end of the run.
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((WALTER EANES/RETIRED SHERIFF'S DEPUTY - YES, I WANT TO CONTINUE TO RUN AND ENJOY IT AND I THINK ITS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT CAUSE THERE IS BECAUSE SPECIAL OLYMPICS, THEY'RE SPECIAL THEY ARE.))
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The Torch Run is supposed to help create awareness and raise funds to support Special Olympics.
The torch will eventually make its way to Richmond, where the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics Summer Games will be held on Friday.
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[Sports Tease]


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Coming up tonight on News 7 Sports - the Stanley Cup finals open tonight in Motown. The Major League amateur draft is gobbling up fresh local college talent.
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But sometimes an old veteran is better than a new prospect. Jefferson Gym is coming back to life with a dazzling future.
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[S-NHL]


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The NHL Stanley Cup finals open tonight with game one in Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. On paper it appears to be a misprint or at the least a mismatch. But Carolina believes it has something for the mighty Red Wings.
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[S-MLB]


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Major League Baseball's two day - 50 round amateur draft opened this afternoon at one and already a pile of players with local ties have been goobled up by bigleague clubs.
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And as expected it did not take long for the Hokies' Joe Saunders to be gobbled up. Saunders, the 6-3 left handed pitcher from Springfield was taken with the 12th overall pick in the first round by the Anaheim Angels. It's the highest any Tech player has ever been drafted. Saunders is 27-and-7 with 255 strikeouts in his first 3 years at Tech.
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JMU lefty Daniel Meyer was taken with the 34th pick in the supplemental first round by the Atlanta Braves. Fellow Duke Jared Doyle was taken in the third round with 99th pick by the Mariners. Liberty University had three players taken in the first 12 rounds. Joey Monahan and Keith Butler goe to the Cubs, while Liberty's Matthew Hagen joins the Mariners. UVa first baseman Robert Word was the 293rd overal pick - he too was taken by the Mariners. UVa's Daneil Street went to the Rockies in the 20th round. Another Liberty player - 6-7 pitcher Jonathan Schneider was taken in the 15th round by the Pirates. Speaking of LU - the team's baseball coach wuit this afternoon. Dave Pastros resigned - effecitve immediately.

[S-Hagan]


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As for the local high school talent that will likely go before this draft is finished - Jefferson Forest's Daniel Tanner who is headed to UVa has yet to be picked.
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And Cave Spring's Tom Hagan - another UVa bound athlete, who won this year's B'nai B'rith award has yet to be selected. Hagan has said he plans to keep his commitment to UVa no matter where he is picked.
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The Williams sisters, Venus and Serena have advanced to the semi-final round of the French Open tennis championships. Venus beat Monica Seles in straight sets and Serena needed just 49 minutes to eliminate Mary Pierce.
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[SUPER=03-Paris, France/ESPN; :00]

The French Open's defending women's champ, Jennifer Capriati also moved on the final four with a three set win over Jelena Dokic. Capriati beat the Yugoslavian 6-4, 4-6 and 6-1. Capriati will next face Serena in the semi-finals.
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[S-Gym]


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Just as Jefferson High School was brought back to life by the Jefferson Center, the old Jefferson Gym will soon begin a comeback as well. One beneficiary of the renovation effort is the NBDL's Roanoke Dazzle.
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The Downtown YMCA runs the Jefferson Gym, once the home to the Magicians, who won eight basketball state championships. When a significant amount of the 600 thousand dollars is raised, the Y will renovate the facility. The changes to the gym will include a running/walking track and two new full basketball courts. The Dazzle has formed a partnership with the YMCA and their teamwork has already been productive.
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Roanoke City officials played match maker between the Y and the NBDL team. Before the partnership, the Dazzle didn't have a facility where they could consistently practice.
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