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Coming up on News 7-
The latest on the search for a missing five year old boy.
And why tuition may be going up again at Tech.
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Plus an interest free loan to fix up your home? sounds like a great deal.. but many people are not taking advantage in one Roanoke neighborhood. We'll have details.
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Coming up in sports, racing highlights from Atlanta, plus women's hoop from the Big East, Big South, and
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the ACC where Virginia tried to beat North Carolina for the second time in a week.
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[WX-Head]
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After a very pleasant weekend, cooler temperatures are on the way for the work week. We'll check out your hometown forecast and take a peek at the seven day planner coming up. [Video-Open]
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[IN Q=When I first moved]

((BONNIE LOWE/RESIDENT: WHEN I FIRST MOVED HERE WHEN I WAS SEVENTEEN, IT WAS A VERY QUIET NEIGHBORHOOD.))
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One Roanoke neighborhood works to return to the good old days.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon, in for Teresa Hamilton.

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Southeast Roanoke is not what it used to be.
That's why the city is about to spend millions of dollars cleaning it up.
But as Justin McLeod found out, so far NOT many residents are taking advantage of it.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Mike Etienne/Project Organizer; :25]
[SUPER=01-Virginia Lapish/Southeast Resident; :42]
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((((NAT SOUND OF HAMMERING AROUND 1:53:22))
There's a lot of noise in Southeast Roanoke these days, and residents say it's a welcome sign.
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[IN Q=I think the more]

((BONNIE LOWE/SOUTHEAST RESIDENT: I THINK THE MORE YOU DO TO YOUR HOUSE THE BETTER YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD WOULD BE.))
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The city of Roanoke agrees.
More than six million dollars is about to be spent in the area between Jamison and Bullit Avenue.
It is all part of the Southeast, By Design Pilot Project.
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[IN Q=Southeast by Design]

((MIKE ETIENNE/PROJECT ORGANIZER: SOUTHEAST BY DESIGN IS THE FIRST NEIGHBORHOOD SELECTED UNDER THE CITY'S NEW NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION INITIATIVE.))
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Part of that initiative allows residents to apply for no interest loans to help fix up their homes.
This house on Jamison Avenue has already seen 15-thousand dollars worth of improvements.
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[IN Q=It's a great thing]

((VIRGINIA LAPISH/SOUTHEAST RESIDENT: IT'S A GREAT THING FOR ANYBODY TO HAVE. IT HELPS A LOT. IT'S DONE A LOT FOR ME.))
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It's done a lot for her, but not many others.
Only two residents have taken advantage of the no interest loans so far.
The city however is moving forward with its revitalization plans.
It has already purchased seven vacant lots to build homes on.
And abandoned homes like this one will soon be renovated.
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[IN Q=Another problem here]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: ANOTHER PROBLEM HERE IN SOUTHEAST IS THE TRAFFIC. THE CITY HAS HIRED CONSULTANTS TO COME UP WITH WAYS TO SLOW THIS TRAFFIC DOWN. SUGGESTIONS ALREADY INCLUDE ADDING LINES TO THE ROADWAYS AND PLANTING TREES.))


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((NAT SOUND OF PUTTING TRASH IN BAG AT 1:59:25))
These improvements will take several years to complete.
But residents say the project is already on a roll. (SHOT OF GIRL ROLLER SKATING)
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((ELIZABETH THOMASON/SOUTHEAST RESIDENT: IT MAKES IT FEEL MORE WELCOME SOMEWHAT TO LIVE IN THIS AREA.))
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Six other areas will eventually see projects like this one throughout the city. ((NAT SOUND OF CAR DRIVING BY))
It is a driving force that could revitalize several neighborhoods.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))


[Rke-Budget]


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It's budget time again and city leaders in Roanoke believe higher taxes are not the answer.
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The city like many localities in our region is dealing with another round of state cuts this year.
City Manager Darlene Burcham is currently working on the city's upcoming budget.
She says citizens can expect either an increase in local taxes and fees or a reduction of services to balance the budget.
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((DARLENE BURCHAM/CITY MANAGER: WE'VE APPROACHED THE BALANCING WITH THE IDEA THAT WE DO NOT WANT TO RAISE ANY TAXES. WE HOPE WE ARE ABLE TO KEEP THAT COMMITMENT. WE'LL PROBABLY SEE SOME CHANGES IN SERVICES AS A RESULT OF TRYING TO BALANCE THE BUDGET BOTH BECAUSE OF THE REDUCTION IN STATE FUNDS AS WELL AS THE FACT WE'VE GOT INCREASED EXPENDITURES AND NEEDS ALL THE TIME.))
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Burcham says the city's budget should be completed by mid-April.
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[Giles-Search]


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Giles County authorities resumed a search for two men presumed drowned in the New River.
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The two men, one from Roanoke and one from Vinton were last seen launching their boat on Friday night. The boat has been recovered, but there is no sign of the men. Today, crews went to the air, using helicopters to look for any clues. Searchers are concentrating their efforts around the Ripplemead bridge near Pearisburg. American Electric Power is controlling the Claytor Lake Dam to help keep water levels low to help in the search.
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[Grayson-Search]


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Another day of searching also turned up nothing in the case of the missing boy from Grayson County.
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More than one hundred volunteers searched this weekend for five year old Logan Bowman.
Logan has not been seen or heard from since January 8th and investigators fear he is dead.
Searchers concentrated their efforts this weekend in the area near where Logan lived.
The sheriff says no future searches are planned until concrete leads come in.
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[BOV-Tech]


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The cost of an education at Virginia Tech is going up yet again.
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The Board of Visitors met today to discuss raising tuition by more than four percent.
That would increase the total package at Tech by 363 dollars next year.
Students are already dealing with a more than one thousand dollar increase from last year.
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((LARRY HINCKER/VT SPOKESPERSON: THE STATE OF VIRGINIA HAS DRASTICALLY REDUCED ITS APPROPRIATIONS AND SUPPORT FOR HIGHER EDUCATION OVER THE LAST YEAR. AT VIRGINIA TECH FOR EXAMPLE WE LOST 62 MILLION DOLLARS THIS YEAR ALONE. WE'LL LOSE MORE NEXT YEAR, ALMOST 11 MILLION DOLLARS SO TUITION IS RISING PARTIALLY TO OFFSET SOME OF THOSE COSTS.))
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The board will also consider a proposal to ban smoking in all dorms on campus.
Currently, a student can smoke if their roommate agrees to it.
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[IN Q=It's your room]

((ASHLEY FOX/VT STUDENT: IT'S YOUR ROOM, WHY ARE THEY GOING TO STEP INTO YOUR ROOM THAT WE PAY FOR, THE ROOM AND BOARD A LOT OF MONEY, WHY ARE THEY GOING TO STEP IN THERE AND TELL YOU CAN'T SMOKE.))
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A survey recently done on campus revealed a majority of students want smoking banned from the dorms.
The Board of Visitors will vote Monday afternoon on that proposal and the plan to raise tuition.
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[D'ville-Shooting]


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A Lynchburg man is recovering after being shot in Danville last night. Police say 24-year old John David Ashley was shot twice - once in the left shoulder and once in the right.
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[TAKE 101ESSC FS - MAP] Officials say it happened when Ashley was waiting for friends in the parking lot of Mr. T's on Ridge Street. Friends drove him to Danville Regional Hospital where he was treated and released.
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[TAKE 4083 FS] Police have no suspects - but say the case is still under investigation. If you have any information about the shooting, call the Danville Crimeline at 434-799-0000.
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A 45-year-old man beat up the 71-year-old boss who fired him will spend three years in prison for malicious wounding. That was his sentence handed down last week. Walter Sherman attacked Clarence Franklin of Prospect on September 19th. Franklin fired Sherman after finding him asleep, with alcohol on his breath at a work site for an asphalt paving job.

Police say Sherman began punching Franklin after he fired him.


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Still ahead on the newscast, it may not be a hit with the critics,
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but the film Gods and Generals is drawing an ovation from some Civil War museums around the region.
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It may not be a box office hit, but the movie Gods and Generals is paying off in other ways.
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V-M-I recently hosted the Virginia premiere for the civil war drama.
More than 400-people attended the event which raised roughly 37-thousand dollars.
After expenses, organizers hope to have 25-thousand dollars.
That money will now be divided among the Stonewall Jackson House, Lee Chapel, V-M-I Museum, Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, and the Ron Maxwell Civil War Center.
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[Health-Review]


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Some health experts believe ephedra should only be taken with a doctor's supervision, and arthritis doesn't just affect older people --children can get it as well. Joy Sutton has more has more in this week's health review.
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Sixteen year old Molly Tainer was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis when she was 10 years old.
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[IN Q=Somedays, I forget i have it]

((SOME DAYS I FORGET I HAVE IT AND OTHER DAYS IT'S JUST LIKE A PAIN IN YOUR JOINTS AND YOU CAN'T BEND YOUR FINGERS ALL THE WAY AND THEN OTHER DAYS YOU CAN'T GET OUT OF BED))
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She had all of class symptoms of the disease: morning stiffness, joint pain and swelling and limited range of motion.

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((ABOUT ONE A THOUSAND CHILDREN IN THE US HAVE JUVENILE ARTHRITIS. ALL CHILDREN WILL VARY WITH HOW SEVERE IT IS. ABOUT HALF OF THOSE KIDS HAVE ARTHRITIS THAT IS NOT VERY SEVERE SO IT' NOT SOMETHING YOUR REALLY THINK ABOUT. BUT IT'S MORE COMMON THAN CYSTIC FIBROSIS OR SICKLE CELL ANEMIA))
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Treatment for Tainer includes medication and exercise.
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And in other medical news,
Some health experts say the risks of taking Ephedra far outweigh the benefits.
Doctor Janet Rankin a Virginia Tech professor say the herbal supplement can be dangerous because it can increase blood pressure and heart rate, which can cause side effects.
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[IN Q=They're mainly cardiovascular]

((THEY'RE MAINLY CARDIOVASCULAR MEANING AN INCREASE HEART RATE AND BLOOD PRESSURE WE KNOW THOSE CAN INCREASE RISK OF HEART ATTACK OR STROKE. SO SOME PEOPLE HAVE HAD STROKES AFTER TAKING HIGH DOSES))
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That's why it is not recommend for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, thyroid problems, or people under 18 year of age.
That's health review.))

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March is here, and the madness has started. We will wrap up the last day in the men's regular college basketball season ahead in sports.
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but before that, perhaps "Happy Birthday" would be more appropriate than Brahms for the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. We'll explain after the break.
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[Symphony-Profile]


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The Roanoke Symphony will soon be playing a different tune. The symphony is about to turn fifty years old and it plans to celebrate in a very big way. Justin McLeod has more in this week's Virginia Profile.
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(( You could say David Wiley is upbeat these days.
The symphony he's conducted for nearly seven years is about to celebrate its golden anniversary.
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((DAVID WILEY/MUSIC DIRECTOR: THERE ARE NOT MANY REGIONAL ORCHESTRAS THAT CAN SAY THEY'VE ACHIEVED FIFTY YEARS OLD.))


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It all started back in 1953.
In its first year, the Roanoke symphony played only a 1/2 dozen concerts.
In those days, the symphony was a community orchestra meaning the musicians were volunteers.
It was only in the mid 80's that it became a full professional orchestra.
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((DAVID WILEY/MUSIC DIRECTOR: WE BRING OUR PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS NOT ONLY FROM THROUGHOUT VIRGINIA BUT FROM NEIGHBORING STATES AS WELL AND THESE ARE SOME OF THE TOP MUSICIANS IN THE COUNTRY.))
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Today the orchestra has nearly 80 musicians, plays more than 40 performances, and reaches more than a 100-thousand people a year.
Even more amazing is the fact the symphony has had only four directors.
Gibson Morrissey was the first conductor and held the position until 1975.
Then came Jack Moehlenkamp and Victoria Bond who each served for nearly a decade.
David Wiley took the helm in 1996.
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE SYMPHONY WILL CELEBRATE IT'S ANNIVERSARY HERE AT THE CIVIC CENTER ON MARCH 31ST. IT WILL BE EXACTLY FIFTY YEARS TO THE DAY THE SYMPHONY BEGAN PLAYING. IT WILL BE A NIGHT FULL OF OLD FAVORITES, SPECIAL GUESTS, AND A FEW SURPRISES.))
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The performance will include several selections from the orchestra's very first performance.
Many past musicians are also expected to attend including the current director of the Indianapolis Pops Orchestra.
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((DAVID WILEY/MUSIC DIRECTOR: IT'S ALWAYS EXCITING FOR ME AS MUSICAL DIRECTOR TO HAVE EVERYONE COME TOGETHER FOR THAT REHEARSAL PROCESS AND TO FEEL THE EXCITEMENT AS WE PUT TOGETHER GREAT MUSIC AND SEE THE JOY IN THE COMMUNITY FACES AS WE DO THESE CONCERTS.))
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Whether it's playing for large crowds, teaching musicians of tomorrow, or just playing around on the piano, the Roanoke Symphony plans to continue to hit all the right notes.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Roanoke.))



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On the way in sports, the Tech women advance in conference tournament play, Liberty and UVA try to do the same, and
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Bobby Labonte wins for the 6th time in Atlanta, taking today's MBNA Bass Pro Shops 500.
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Joe Gibbs Racing has dominated the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Tony Stewart won last season's spring race at the mile and a half track and today his teammate Bobby Labonte went to victory lane, giving Gibbs 7 of the last 14 wins there.


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The first 135 laps of the event were caution free.
It wasn't a good day for Roush drivers. Both Mark Martin and Kurt Busch suffered blown engines bringing their days to premature ends.
Later, Rusty Wallace got up close and personal with the wall. Rusty recovered to finish 15th.
With just 10 laps to go, Labonte got past Jeff Gordon with a little bump and run. Labonte led 172 of the 325 laps and cruised to the victory, his first of the season and the 20th of his career.
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[S-Tech]


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The Virginia Tech Women kept things rolling today in the Big East Tournament. Bonnie Henrickson got 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 blocks from Ieva Kublina. Chrystal Starling chipped in with 18 and Dawn Chriss scored a career high 14 points as Tech knocked off 23rd ranked Boston College 74 to 70 in overtime. Next up a date with Connecticut on Monday at 5 in the semifinals.

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To the ACC, where Debbie Ryan's Virginia Women battled Number 9 North Carolina in the tournament semifinals. The Cavs knocked off the Heels in last week's regular season finale at U-Hall.
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[SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/Comcast Sports Net; :00]


To Greensboro we go where Cherisse Graham was on fire in the first half. She lit it up to the tune of 19 first half points for the Cavs, but UNC took a 44-41 lead to the locker room.
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But in the second half, Carolina pulled away to win it 88 to 78. Lea Metcalf with the three. The Heels face Duke in the final.
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[S-Liberty]


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In Lynchburg, the Liberty Women tried to wrap up a berth in the Big Dance. High Point stood in the way in the Big South title tilt.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/ESPN Plus; :00]


LU came in with a record of 25 and 3. The Flames owned an impressive 21 game winning streak--the third longest in the country.
Krystal Tharp scored 12 first half points and Katie Feenstra had eleven as the Flames led 43 to 32 at the break.
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In the second half, more Feenstra. This time she works for a hard earned bucket off the window and in. (------------) Liberty claims a 7th straight Big South title and advance to the NCAA Tournament beating High Point 84 to 71.