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Tonight on News 7 at Six, a Lynchburg school is ringing in the new year with a new location.
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And twin brothers race to be the Roanoke Valley's first baby of 2003... an effort that might make their NASCAR namesake proud.
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In sports, a new years day bowl feast to fill everyones gut, the Hokies recap their bowl win form last night, the Cowboys have a new head coach
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and the NFL has a new MVP and he wears black and silver
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Starting the new year with an unsettled weather pattern that features clouds and showers. Details just ahead.
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News 7 at Six is next.
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((TELL ME ABOUT THE NAMES. THAT'S THEIR DADDY'S DOING. HE'S A RACE FAN. HE'S CRAZY ABOUT RACING.))
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Sterling and Marlin arrive one month early... and take first and third in Roanoke's New Year's competition.
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
Keith and Shannon have the night off.

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Gwendetta Jamison (gwen-DET-tah JAY-mi-son) wasn't due to deliver until the first week of February.
But her twins arrived early this morning, to claim New Year's honors and the name of a nascar veteran.
Joe Dashiell has the story.
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((I WAS GOING TO HOLD OUT UNTIL FEBRUARY SECOND, BUT I JUST COULDN'T DO IT.))
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Gwendetta Jamison was tired, and her sons asleep when reporters visited, but everyone was doing fine.
Sterling was the first to arrive at 12:21 AM. He weighed in at five pounds thirteen ounces.
Marlin was actually the third baby born at Carilion Community Hospital in 2003. He tipped the scales at six pounds one and a half ounces when he appeared about twenty minutes later.
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((LINDA JAMISON/GWENDETTA'S MOTHER: I'M JUST HAPPY THAT THEY ARE HEALTHY AND THEY MADE IT THROUGH, BECAUSE THE LAST TWO WEEKS SHE'S REALLY BEEN SICK.))
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Sterling and Marlin aren't the only twins in the family.
Gwendetta has a twin sister, and says there are four other sets among her close relatives.
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((WELL WE'RE TWINS AND THEY'RE TWINS AND THEIR SISTERS TWINS. AND WE'RE TWINS IDENTICAL TWINS. SO IT'S SOMETHING, AND NOW YOU HAVE TWINS OF YOUR OWN. LAUGHTER.))
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That they share the name of a nascar driver is not a coincidence.
The twins father, Derrick Toney, is a fan of Marlin, the nascar veteran who made a run at the winston cup championship last year before being injured.
And if a famous name helps the twins continue their winning tradition, that will be fine with their grandmother.
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((I JUST WANT THEM TO SUCCEED, GROW UP AND BE HEALTHY AND SUCCEED IN LIFE.))
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Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))

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A Blacksburg woman died in a snowmobile accident Sunday.
53-year-old Sandra Thompson died after she ran into a tree limb in Webb, New York.
Authorities believe a microwave oven being carried on the steering column may have shifted and hit the snowmobile's throttle.
Police say that's when Thompson lost control of the sled.

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One of Lynchburg's fastest-growing private schools will ring in the New Year by ringing a new school bell.
Construction is finished on New Covenant School's 50-acre campus and students and faculty have resolved to move in by next week.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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Starting next Wednesday, these halls will be filled with hundreds of students as New Covenant Schools welcomes its flock to a new 30-thousand square foot facility on the outskirts of Lynchburg.
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((JOHN HEATON/NEW COVENANT HEADMASTER: THIS IS A BLESSING FROM GOD AND WE FEEL LIKE WE JUST DON'T HAVE A BIG ENOUGH HEART TO RECEIVE IT SO IT'S SORT OF SINKING IN AND OUR CUP IS RUNNING OVER SO TO SPEAK AT THIS POINT, WE'RE VERY EXCITED.))
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The expansion was necessary because more parents are apparently discovering New Covenant.
The school's enrollment has swelled 75 percent in the last four years to 240 students.. the new school can handle up to 350, a figure officials expect to reach within a few years.
Heaton says they're attracted by a school where character and morals are highly valued and where Latin is part of a first grader's curriculum.
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((HEATON: THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS THAT OUR PUBLIC EDUCATION DELIVERS VERY WELL AND CERTAIN THINGS THAT THEY DON'T DO AND WE TRY TO OFFER THOSE CHOICES AND THOSE ALTERNATIVES. CLASSICAL EDUCATION HAS LARGELY BEEN ABANDONED IN THIS COUNTRY SINCE THE 19TH CENTURY, AND WE FEEL LIKE IT OFFERS ONE OF THE MOST PROMISING EDUCATION SOLUTIONS, GOING BACK TO THE OLD AND REBUILDING IT AND MOVING IT INTO THE FUTURE. AND OUR EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN THAT PARENTS RESPOND TO THAT.))
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Teachers have spent the week excitedly preparing their new classrooms.. which include art space, computer labs and a large chapel.
New Covenant has raised 90 percent of the three and a half million dollar price tag.. all of it through private donations.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg. ))

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An area furniture manufacturer has a new plan to compete with overseas imports.
That's next on News 7 at six.
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Plus we'll kick off 2003 by looking back at the biggest local stories of 2002.
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The past year saw several events in western and central Virginia that got national attention.
Assignment editor Joe McKean takes a look back at the top ten, as chosen by the staff of News-7.
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((The death of a Pittsylvania County lawman in the line of duty begins our list of the main events of the year.
Frank Betterton was shot and killed after a traffic stop
on Route 58 near Danville on a Friday afternoon in May.
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((TAMMY JORDAN/FAMILY FRIEND: IT MAKES ME VERY ANGRY. ALL HE WAS DOING WAS HIS JOB. I JUST DON'T KNOW WHY ANYTHING LIKE THAT HAD TO HAPPEN.))
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The man charged with his murder, Roy Inge, awaits trial in February.
Virginians in 2002 also saw a sexual harassment scandal topple one of the leading politicians in central Virginia, former Speaker of the House Vance Wilkins.
Wilkins resigned his leadership post following the disclosure of a payment to a young woman who said the Amherst lawmaker had groped her and made unwanted sexual advances.
An extramarital affair and the theft of thousands of dollars in public funds sent former Henry County administrator Sid Clower to prison.
He admitted taking 800-thousand dollars, using the money on trips, debts and women.
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((DON CALDWELL/SPECIAL PROSECUTOR: WE ARE DEALING WITH A CHARLATAN THROUGH AND THROUGH. I DO NOT THINK THAT MR. CLOWER HAS ANY TYPE OF MORAL BASE.))
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Clower was sentenced to 15 months in prison, three months of work release and ordered to pay back all the money he took.
The death of WDBJ-7 sportscaster Roy Stanley comes next on our list. The end of his thirty year career as a sports reporter and anchor with News-7 stunned his colleagues, friends, family and fans. Scholarships named in his honor went to three student athletes in December.
2002 was a difficult year for the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, and the man who built it.
The Memorial's trustees announced it was million of dollars in debt. A federal investigation led to fraud charges against its former president, Richard Burrow.
He stood trial in Lynchburg in December, a trial that ended in a hung jury.
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((RICHARD BURROW/FORMER D-DAY PRESIDENT: I'M NOT GUILTY. THEY CAME AFTER ME WITH THEIR BEST CASE. WEDNESDAY THEY HAD SEVEN ATTORNEYS IN THAT COURTROOM AND THEY CAME AFTER ME AND I'M NOT GUILTY.))
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The U.S. attorney has yet to decide whether he'll come after Burrow again.
A brush fire that spread to an abandoned tire dump in Roanoke County and smoldered for weeks comes next on our list.
It took three months and millions of dollars to clean up the site. A 15-year-old boy was found responsible for starting the fire, but his parents are challenging the decision.
The tire fire came in the midst of a continuing dry spell in Virginia, a drought that emptied public reservoirs and forced communities to restrict water use all through the spring and summer. Fall rains and December snow finally eased one of the worst droughts in state history.
At number four on our list, the murders at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy.
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((MICHAEL GROSS: HIS COMMENTS WERE I HAD TO DO IT. I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO. I HAD NOWHERE TO GO.))
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A former student, Peter Odighizuwa, was charged with the killings. So far, he's been found incompetent to stand trial.
Many Virginians will remember 2002 for the long lines at Division of Motor Vehicles offices. Closing some offices and reducing hours at others was one of the ways Governor Mark Warner dealt with a three billion dollar budget deficit. along with cutting 18-hundred state employees from the payroll.
Governors are always in the headlines. Few people if anyone would have expected a nine-year-old girl from Oak Level and her parents to be there, until Mary and Michael Short
were found shot to death in their home, and Jennifer Short disappeared.
Family and friends hoped she would be found alive, until one day in September.
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((SAM PAGE/ROCKINGHAM CO. SHERIFF: THE SKELETAL REMAINS RECOVERED IN ROCKINGHAM COUNTY NORTH CAROLINA ON SEPTEMBER 25, 2002 HAVE BEEN DETERMINED TO BE A MATCH WITH THE DNA PROFILE IN THE JENNIFER RENEE SHORT CASE.))
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((SHERIFF FRANK CASSELL/HENRY COUNTY: I WOULD DO ANYTHING TO SAVE A LITTLE GIRL'S LIFE. BUT SHE'S GONE NOW. SHE'S SAFE NOW.))
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Authorities focused much of their investigation on a handyman who had lived nearby, but was trying to build a new life in Canada. The Henry County sheriff says Gary Bowman remains a person of interest in the effort to solve the mystery of the Short family murders, the top story of the year in the view of News-7 staff members.
Joe McKean, News-7.))

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A Martinsville-based furniture maker is overhauling its factories to stem the negative effects of increased imports.
Hooker Furniture is making changes at its six plants.
The changes are geared to meet consumer demand for customized furniture that can be delivered in days.
One plant manager says responsiveness and customization are the only way the U-S furniture industry can hope to compete with foreign furniture makers.

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After three straight losing years, Wall Street took the first day of 2003 off.
The markets will reopen tomorrow.

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Some say it will fight crime. Others say it goes too far.
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Coming up next on News 7, more on a new law that requires DNA testing of violent criminals.
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A new state law goes into effect today that lets Virginia officials collect D-N-A samples from anyone charged with a violent felony.
Under the law passed last year, anyone arrested and charged with a crime such as murder, rape, assault or burglary must give police a saliva or tissue sample.
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The sample will be used to enter the person's D-N-A profile into the state's genetic database, where it will be compared with evidence gathered at crime scenes.
If the person is acquitted or the charge is dismissed in court, the person's genetic profile will be deleted from the database.
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A New years day sportscast filled with bowl games, from the outback to the cotton to the gator. Frank Beamer talks abut the Hokies win over Air Force,
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and the big tuna will hopefully get the Cowboys cookin in Dallas as Parcells is named the new head coach in Big D.
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10 teams and five Bowls are the New Years day featured attraction today. Lets start with the Outback Bowl between 12th ranked Florida and 22nd rated Michigan.
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This game featured one of the best quarterbacks in college football in Rex Groosman out of Florida.
[SUPER=34-Michigan/38/Florida/30;]But the Wolverines would outscored Grossman and his Gators 38-30. Chris Perry accoun

ted for 193 total yards and four touchdowns for Michigan. Rex Grossman threw for 323 yards and two scores, but the Gators dropped to 8-and-5.
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The ACC got another big win today as N.C. State dominated Notre Dame in the Gator Bowl.
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The 17th ranked Wolfpack beats the 11th ranked Fighting Irish 28-6. The win marks the end to the most productive season in Wolfpack history. The Pack finishes 11 and 3 while Notre dame closes out it's season 10 and 3.
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In the Cotton Bowl LSU came running out in Dallas to battle Texas, but when you mess with the bull you get the horns.
Chris Simms led number nine Texas to a 35-20 victory against the Tigers. Wile Simms was tough, he got a lot of help from Roy Williams. He scored twice during a stretch in which the Longhorns tallied 28 straight points.
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19th ranked Auburn edged 10 rated Penn State 13-9 in the Capital One Bowl. Now the Rose bowl kicked things off at five today. Right now it is 3-nothing Oklahoma over Washington State with 3 minutes left in the first half. The Sugar Bowl between Georgia and Florida State begins tonight at 8:30.

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The Hokies are the 2003 Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl champions and finished the season with two straight wins.
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Last night 21st ranked Tech beat Air Force 20 to 13 in the inaugural bowl game. Lee Suggs capped off his awesome Tech career by scoring two touchdowns and extended his NCAA record by scoring in his 27th straight game.
The win was not secure until Ronyell Whitaker made a huge hit that forced a fumble at the tech goal line as time ran out. The Hokies finish the season 10 and 4.
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Bill Parcells will be introduced as the next head coach of the Dallas Cowboys at a news conference tomorrow.
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Parcells previously coached the New York Giants, New England Patriots and New York Jets, posting a .579 winning percentage and capturing two Super Bowls. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones had two meetings with Parcells before Dave Campo was fired Monday. A sources says the deal is four years in length and worth 17.1 million bucks.
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Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis is still very uncertain about interviewing for the Cincinnati Bengals head coaching position.
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The Washington Times reports Lewis says he will only agree to an interview if the Bengals can convince him he's not being contacted to fulfill the N-F-L's new minority interviewing guidelines. Lewis apparently told friends he's interested in the Bengals job but only if he's a top candidate. The Redskins have given the Bengals permission to interview Lewis for the job.
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The NFL named Oakland Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon the league's most valuable player after leading the Raiders to an 11-and-5 mark and the A-F-C West title.
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Gannon spoke to the media at a news conference. He led the league with nearly 47-hundred passing yards, and set N-F-L records with 418 completions and ten 300-yard games. He completed nearly 68 percent of his passes.
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Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre (fahrv) finished second and Tennessee Q-B Steve McNair third.

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The drought dominated the headlines last year and brought many conservation efforts to the minds of area residents. But maybe 2003 will bring a return to more normal precipitation and temperature patterns. Let's check in with meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner.
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