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[ANCHOR=Teresa]

Ahead on NEWS 7 at six...
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The city of Lexington gets ready to roll out the red carpet... as the premier of the civil war movie "Gods and Generals" quickly approaches.
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[anchor=Teresa]

And, a family dispute turns deadly in Amherst County.



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Tonight on News 7 Sports, a check on the Big Orange Wrestling Tournament, Duke gets back on track, and
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[VO-NAT]


Virginia Tech can't weather the Red Storm in Blacksburg.
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[WX-Head]
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Expect a brief relief from the frigid temperatures this weekend, but another blast of cold air is on its way in for Monday. I'll have your hometown forecast coming up. [Video-Open]
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((COL. KEITH GIBSON: WE'RE LOOKING TO HAVE A GREAT CROWD HERE TO EXPERIENCE THIS FILM I BELIEVE WILL REALLY BE ONE THAT I BELIEVE WILL BE THE EPIC CIVIL WAR FILMS OF OUR TIME.))
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It's lights, camera, action this weekend as the City of Lexington gets ready for its big hollywood premiere.
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[ANCHOR=Teresa]
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.

[Gods-Generals]


[ANCHOR=Teresa]
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History will soon come alive on the big screen. In just a few weeks, Virginia Military Institute will host the Virginia premiere of the civil war drama "Gods and Generals." Justin McLeod has more on the preparations and how television is playing a part in the Hollywood glamour.
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[SUPER=03-Lexington; :00]
[SUPER=01-Col. Keith Gibson/Virginia Military Institute; :14]
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((((NAT SOUND OF HELICOPTER LANDING AT 24:39))
The History Channel has landed in on the campus for VMI for the weekend.
They're here to film an upcoming episode of History vs. Hollywood.
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[IN Q=And of course]

((COL. KEITH GIBSON/VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE: AND OF COURSE COMING TO VMI BECAUSE HISTORICALLY THIS IS WHERE SO MUCH OF THAT FILM ORIGINATED.))
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That film is Gods and Generals.
It's a prequel to the movie "Gettsyburg."
More than a year ago, film makers used the campus of VMI as backdrops for several scenes in the civil war movie.
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((COL. KEITH GIBSON: IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT FOR THE DIRECTOR RON MAXWELL OF GODS AND GENERALS TO BE ABLE TO FILM ON THE ACTUAL HISTORIC SITES, PARTICULARLY ONE SO RECOGNIZABLE AS VMI.))
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And for that reason, the Virginia premiere for the movie will take place here at VMI.
It is a black tie gala scheduled for February 13th.
The film's director and some of the actors plan to attend.
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[IN Q=In many ways]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: IN MANY WAYS THIS WILL BE TREATED LIKE A HOLLYWOOD EVENT. THERE WILL BE A RED CARPET HERE ON THE ROADWAY LEADING UP TO JACKSON MEMORIAL HALL WHERE THE ACTUAL SCREENING WILL TAKE PLACE. THAT EVENT IS COMPLETELY SOLD OUT BUT THERE WILL BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE PUBLIC TO GATHER OUT HERE TO MEET AND GREET THE STARS.))
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((NAT SOUND OF COLONEL TALKING ABOUT THE SCREEN AT 11:43))
Nearly 500-hundred people will actually be inside for the screening.
Preparations are already underway to convert this historic building into a movie theater.
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((COL. KEITH GIBSON: IT'S A SORT OF A HISTORY MAKING EVENT FOR PREMIERES IN VIRGINIA. THIS WILL BE THE FIRST TIME I UNDERSTAND THAT A PREMIERE IN VIRGINIA WILL USE A DIGITAL FORMAT AS OPPOSED TO PHYSICAL FILM.))
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It is a film that's getting a lot of attention on the big screen and soon the small one.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Lexington.))

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Filming is not the only thing taking place at V-M-I this weekend.
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Today is the day that RATS officially become fourth class or freshmen.
It's a ritual that once completed means a cadet is accepted into the V-M-I family.
But getting there takes several hours of intense physical effort.
One obstacle has cadets pushing a bus across a field.
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[IN Q=They definetely have]

((KEN WHITE/DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS: THEY DEFINITELY HAVE TO BE IN SHAPE TO GET THIS DONE. IT IS VERY PHYSICAL, THERE'S NO QUESTION ABOUT IT. THEY HAVE TO BE IN SHAPE AND THE RATS ARE IN OUTSTANDING SHAPE NOT ONLY THROUGH THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION CLASSES THEY TAKE BUT THE PHYSICAL TRAINING ON THEIR OWN.))
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Break-out ends with a ceremony where the RATS become full fledged cadets.
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[Amherst-Murder]


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An Amherst County man is in jail - charged with murdering his nephew.
Deputies were called to Blue Ridge Lane in Monroe just after eleven last night. There they found 31- year old Jeffrey Wilson Thorne dead of an apparent gunshot wound. The victim's uncle - 39- year old David Lee Bryan is charged with murder.
Authorities say the two were intoxicated when Thorne became violent and began damaging the house. Investigators say Bryan then went to the rear of the home and got a 22 caliber rifle and shot Thorne one time.
Bryan is being held without bond.


[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Teresa]
[SS=NONE]

Still ahead on News 7 at 6, the City of Roanoke is getting some help to take its name nationwide.
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plus, this competition isn't judged on talent or gowns, but it does take purr-fection to win. We'll have that story coming up a little later.
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[Business-Review]


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Paying the price to stay warm this winter and a major bank merger affects Virginians. News 7's Rachel Cannon has those stories and more in this week's Business Review.
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(([MUSIC AND GRAPHICS] Delma Law is in front of a small heater and under a quilt in her two-bedroom patio home in Roanoke County.
She's trying to stay warm for an affordable price. After a nearly 90-dollar natural gas bill for December, Law turning it down the heat and her costs.
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((ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT I HAVE IT ON 60 AT NIGHT BUT I GOT PLENTY OF COVER ON ME I DON'T GET COLD))
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((JOHN WILLIAMSON/ROANOKE GAS; BECAUSE OF THE COLD WEATHER CUSTOMERS ARE SEEING SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER BILLS. IN DECEMBER LAST YEAR IT WAS ABOUT 65 OR 70 DOLLARS THIS YEAR IT'S ABOUT 105 OR TEN.))
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Willamson says you can blame mother nature. Even though the price of natural gas is just about the same as last year, because its colder, heating systems have to work harder to heat the air. [INSERT GREEN FLASH HERE]
First Virginia Bank is announcing it will be purchased by B-B and T. The merger involves a stock swap of almost three-point-four-billion dollars. If the deal is approved bank officials expect the transition to be complete by October of this year. As the dates gets closer we'll learn more about what customers can expect. [INSERT GREEN FLASH HERE] Some earnings reports ... Advance Auto reports solid fourth quarter results despite less than anticipated sales. And 2002 was also a good year for struggling Optical Cable.
The company turned a profit that translates to four cents a share. For News 7, I'm Rachel Cannon and that's this week's Business Review. [MUSIC AND GRAPHICS]))



[Roanoke-Identity]


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The city of Roanoke wants to take its name and image nationwide.
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But how should the city market itself in an effort to lure new residents to Roanoke and to boost tourism? The city, with the approval of city council, has hired a company to help answer those questions.
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[SUPER=01-Chris Slone/Roanoke City Spokesman; ]

((WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS SAY IS WHAT ARE OUR GOALS WHICH IS THE MESSAGE WE SHOULD BE SENDING OUT TO EVERYONE ELSE IN THE WORLD WHAT SEPARATES US FROM EVERYONE ELSE AND THE OTHER CITY'S OUT THERE, AND THEN HOW SHOULD WE COMMUNICATE THAT MESSAGE AND TO WHOM SHOULD WE COMMUNICATE THAT MESSAGE AND USING WHAT CHANNELS ALL OF THAT IS WHAT A MARKETING IDENTITY IS ABOUT. ))
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City council has allocated 300- thousand dollars for the marketing initiative. Slone says a firm has been selected and that the money will cover the cost of the contract plus any additional costs.

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[Tease#2]
[ANCHOR=Teresa]
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Still ahead on the newscast, we'll have highlights of today's high school and college basketball action,
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and it may be a long way to Atlantic City, but some Miss America hopefuls took their first step today.
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[Cat-Show]


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If cats are your fancy, then you'll want to prowl around Roanoke this weekend.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The annual C-F-A all breed cat show is taking place today and tomorrow at the Clarion Hotel near the airport.
More than two hundred cats from all over the country are competing for the chance to become the grand champion.
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((BOB MOLINO/CAT SHOW ORGANIZER: YOU'RE LOOKING FOR CONFORMATION, YOU'RE LOOKING FOR HEAD TYPE, PLACEMENT OF EARS, EYE COLOR AND SHAPE, COAT, PATTERN, BONE STRUCTURE, THOSE ARE THE TYPES OF THINGS ALL CATS ARE JUDGED ON.))
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The show features just about every cat breed you can imagine and there are also opportunities for you to adopt cats and kittens.
The show costs 6 dollars for adults and 4 dollars for seniors and children.
It wraps up tomorrow.
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[Miss-Roanoke]


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Cats are not the only ones taking center stage this weekend.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Fifteen contestants took part in the first annual "Tiny Miss Star City" pageant at the Tanglewood Mall this afternoon.
Girls ages six months to 19 years old competed in categories for best talent, smile, and hair.
Each contestant went home with either a trophy or a goodie bag.
The pageant was hosted by current Miss Roanoke Valley Shauna Payne.
The event helped raise money for the Miss Roanoke Valley scholarship program.
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Coming up, Stokes and the Hokies try to make it three straight, highlights from the Suntrust Classic, plus grappling with the Big Orange. Stay with us, sports is next.
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The Virginia Tech Hokies tried to put together their first three game winning streak since November with a win over Saint John's this afternoon at the Cassell.
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[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/ESPN Plus; :00]


Tech shot just 31 percent in the first half and trailed by eight at the break.
But the Hokies opened the last twenty minutes on a 10-2 run to tie things up. Bryant Matthews hit Terry Taylor with the nice pass and Taylor did his part with the finish. Matthews scored 20 this afternoon and Carlos Dixon tossed in 16 including this three from the corner late.
Saint John's kept the Hokies at bay though. Marcus Hatten dropped a dime for Christian Diaz and the
[SUPER=33-St. John's/62/Virginia Tech/59/;]

Red Storm went on to win it 62 to 59.
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In the ACC, the Duke Blue Devils avoided their first three game losing streak in seven years by beating up on Georgia Tech.
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[SUPER=03-Durham, NC/ESPN; :00]


The Yellow Jackets hung around in the first half. JJ Redick struggled offensively for Duke scoring just 11 points, but he did set a school record by making his 36th consecutive free throw.
[SUPER=33-Georgia Tech/71/Duke #3/91/;]

Dahntay Jones picked up the slack by tallying 21 points as Duke pulled away to win by 20, 91 to 71.
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The Roanoke Civic Center is the place to be today for some excellent high shool hoops. The SunTrust Classic was back for its 16th season.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Celtics vs. Colonels; :00]


William Fleming and Roanoke Catholic got the party started in this afternoon's opener.
Dick Wall liked to see this. Check out the Celtics Tadas Stanaitas go right down the lane for the bucket and one.

Later, Stanaitis played some defense to come up with the steal. He went coast to coast for another deuce.
[SUPER=33-Roanoke Catholic/53/William Fleming/40/;]

Fleming's Cameron Johnson tried to keep the Colonels in this one by making the nice move on the baseline. But Catholic went on to win it 53 to 40.
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[S-Orange]


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The Big Orange wrestling Classic wraps up with the second day of action at William Byrd High School today. The tournament is one of winter's most anticipated event for high school wrestling fans.
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[SUPER=03-Vinton; :00]


The event is in it's 27th year and each season, the level of competition has improved.
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[OUT Q=......former wrestlers at willliam byrd"]
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Like the former Byrd wrestlers who are now tournament workers, the current Terrier wrestlers get a big time wrestling tournament atmosphere right in their back yard. They can experience what some of the state competition will be like without leaving their home gym.
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[SUPER=01-Brad Argabright/16-0 Entering the Big Orange Tournament; :00]
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[OUT Q=.....lot of fun"]
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