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Coming up on News 7,

Liberty University has to postpone the opening of its new law school.
Tech charges for its Spring game to raise money for a student.
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and authorities continue their search for a man whose boat capsized in the New River last weekend.
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Tonight in sports, the NBA Playoffs are underway, we'll hit the diamond in Charlottesville and preview tonight's Carolina League matchup in Salem,
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plus Mike Stevens has spring football highlights from Blacksburg where Marcus Vick and Bryan Randall were on display in the Hokies annual spring game.
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The clouds will prevail overnight with some fog developing in some locations. But, the bunny will bring in some sunshine and warmer temperatures for Easter Sunday. Forecast details ahead.
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Stay with us, News 7 at 6 is next.
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((WE JUST COME OUT HERE AND DO OUR BEST TO FIND THESE PEOPLE. WE DO EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN.))
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Another day of searching for a man believed drowned in the New River.
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Good evening, I'm Joy Sutton, in for Teresa Hamilton.

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Volunteers held another search for a missing Stuarts Draft man whose boat overturned in the New River last weekend. And as Jennifer Wishon reports conditions along the river haven't improved, making it difficult and dangerous for searchers.
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((((NATS WALKING SHOT)) They searched the river banks by foot. ((NATS 20:57:22 ((READY)) PUSHING BOAT INTO WATER)) Water ((NATS OF 4- WHEELERS)) and with four wheelers. About 20 emergency service volunteers from Giles County searched a six mile area of the New River Saturday.
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((SCOTT DAVIS/GILES COUNTY RESCUE SQUAD: WE'RE COVERING FROM HERE TO SHUMATE FALLS WHICH IS THE END OF VIRGINIA AND WEST VIRGINIA IS COVERING FROM THERE ON.))
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It's all in an effort to find 40- year- old James Pearly Simonds whose boat capsized a week ago near Glen Lyn. Volunteers say their search has been hampered by the rough conditions on the river.
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((SCOTT DAVIS: I'VE SEEN TREES FLOAT DOWN HERE BIG AS TRUCKS. IT'S UP, IT'S HIGH, IT'S ROUGH. THERE'S STUFF FLOATING IN IT.))
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When Simonds put his boat in the river officials say water levels were higher than normal and they haven't receeded a week later. For example, these trees aren't usually underwater.
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((JENNIFER WISHON/REPORTING: SEARCHERS ARE PAYING CLOSE ATTENTION TO AREAS THEY CALL CATCHING POINTS. THIS COULD BE A BEND IN THE RIVER, A TREE JUTTING OUT OR RAPIDS IN THE WATER. SEARCHERS SAY AN OBJECT MOVING DOWN THE RIVER COULD EASILY GET CAUGHT IN ONE OF THOSE AREAS.))
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((NATS OF WATER)) In fact, Simonds boat was found the day after he capsized in this river bend. ((NATS OF 4-WHEELER)) 18- year- old Amanda Shrader has searched for Simonds every day since he disappeared. She says conditions may be difficult, but she has plenty of motivation.
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((AMANDA SHRADER/GILES COUNTY RESCUE SQUAD: JUST KNOWING THAT THESE PEOPLE'S FAMILIES ARE OUT HERE WAITING. I KNOW IF IT WAS ONE OF MY LOVED ONES I'D WANT SOMEONE OUT HERE LOOKING.))
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Searchers say their work is all in an effort to bring some closure to the victims family. Jennifer Wishon, News 7 Giles County.))

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A Hillsville teenager was killed in a car accident last night.
Officials say 15-year old Justin Goad was the passenger in a pickup traveling on route 757 in Carroll County just after 11.
Police say the driver - who has not been identified- ran off the road, hit a fence and the overturned the pickup several times.
Goad was pronounced dead at the scene.
No charges have been filed.



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The reward for information in a Rockbridge County shooting is growing.
An anonymous donor has pledged more than ten-thousand dollars.
Investigators are trying to find out who shot and killed a turkey hunter last weekend.
44- year- old David Stack of Maryland was hunting between South Buffalo Road and Bluegrass Trail last Saturday when he was shot in the back.
The Virginia Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is also chipping in a thousand dollars in reward money.
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[TAKE PINNACLE FULL]
Anyone with information is asked to call the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries wildlife crime line at 1-800-237-5712.
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[SARS]


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According to published reports, a Virginia woman may have been the first person to contract SARS in the United States.
The 71 year old Loudon County woman apparently came in contact with the virus while on trip to China.
She has fully recovered.
But five other people in Virginia are believed to be infected with the virus.
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At least 180 people have died from SARS and more than 3-thousand people have been infected world wide.
Since most of the cases have been in Asia, Asian nations are looking for ways to stop the spread of this respiratory illness.
So for there is no known cure for the disease.
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[Rayna-Dubose]


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Rayna DuBose, the Tech student who was striken with a rare form of meningitis and eventually had to have parts of her arms and legs amputated, is a member of the women's basketball squad. But Mike Stevens says today she was embraced by Tech's football team.
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We will have highlights and postgame comments from the spring game later in sports.


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Still ahead on News 7 at 6, a proposed law school at Liberty University is being put on hold,
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and also, the Roanoke Valley was celebrating the environment today, and looking for ways to protect the earth.
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[Liberty-Law]


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The opening of Liberty University's planned law school is being pushed back a year. The college, founded by Jerry Falwell, had planned to open the new school this fall, but has announced it will open in the fall of 2004. The school is interviewing potential faculty members and meeting with the American Bar Association about accreditation. However, Liberty can NOT promise prospective students that it will be ABA-accredited.

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Despite the rain, foresters want you to know you still have to be careful with open air fires after a recent spell of forest fires in the region.
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Three separate fires quickly went out of control in Rockbridge County, Pulaski County, and Roanoke County earlier this week. One of the fires started with a prescribed burn that quickly went out of control, while the others appear to have ignited by natural causes. Foresters across the region say the fires show that even with some rain, small fires can quickly get out of control.
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((KAREN STANLEY/ROCKBRIDGE CO. AREA FORESTER; RIGHT NOW WE ARE STILL IN OUR SPRING FIRE SEASON. THE FIRE LAW IS STILL IN EFFECT, SO BETWEEN THE DATES OF FEBRUARY 15TH AND APRIL 30TH YOU CANNOT HAVE AN OPEN AIR FIRE BEFORE 4 PM, UNLESS YOU ARE OUTSIDE OF 300 FEET OF ANYTHING THAT IS FLAMMABLE.))
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Stanley says it is a good idea to let your local forestry office know if you plan to have a legal open air fire.

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He made national news by defending a klansman in a cross-burning case.
A Virginia law professor has made a name for himself defending speech he doesn't necessarily like.
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Rod Smolla is a nationally recognized First Amendment scholar.
The University of Richmond law professor recently argued before the U-S Supreme Court against Virginia's cross-burning ban.
He has been defending free speech for twenty years.
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((ROD SMOLLA/FREE SPEECH LAWYER: I GOT INVOLVED IN IT BECAUSE I LOVE THE CONSTITUTION. I LOVE AS A LAWYER TO BE INVOLVED IN DEBATES OVER CIVIL RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES. I LIKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TRY TO INFLUENCE OUR DECISIONS IN THAT AREA.))
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Smolla is the author of eleven books about free speech.
One of his books has been made into a movie starring Timothy Hutton.
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[TAKE 9156ESS FS- PROFILE PROMO BOARD] We'll meet the man who is drawing the lines for what is constitutionally-protected free speech in this week's Virginia Profile.
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Up ahead on the newscast, in sports we'll have highlights of today's Spring Football game at Virginia Tech.
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but before that, spirits were soaring for hundreds of people as they took to the skies in Roanoke County.
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[Earth-Day]


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The Roanoke Valley is celebrating Earth day today.
It's a time set aside every year to remind people about the importance of taking care of the environment.
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The festivities in downtown Roanoke include music and several exhibits related to the environment. There is even an electric power car on hand.
Valley Metro is also taking part offering free bus fare today for all its customers.
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((WE HOPE THAT PEOPLE WILL REMEMBER THAT EARTH DAY IS EVERYDAY NOT JUST ONCE A YEAR. AND WE'D LIKE PEOPLE TO RECYCLE AND PICK UP TRASH AND TAKE CARE OF THE PLANT AND PARTICULARLY OUR ROANOKE VALLEY WHICH IS SO BEAUTIFUL))
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This is the first time the festivities have been held in downtown Roanoke.
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Skate boarders in Vinton can now skate legally thanks to thousands of dollars in donations and some help from town council.
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The town held a ribbon cutting ceremony today for the new Gearhart Skate Park. When skateboarding was outlawed in town some teens decided to do something about it. They attended town council and asked the town to help build a skate park. Council got a 10- thousand dollar grant from Roanoke County and told the kids they would build a park if they could match the money.
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((BRAD GROSE/VINTON TOWN COUNCIL: IT'S A WONDERFUL ADDITION TO THE COMMUNITY AND IT'S GREAT FOR THE YOUTH BUT IT'S ALSO QUITE A LESSON. IT'S BEEN CALLED CIVICS 101 HERE IN VINTON.))
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The skaters raised the money in less than three months, and some teens say the park provides them with a positive diversion.
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((BRANDON CARLOSCO/SKATEBOARDER: IF WE DIDN'T HAVE THE SKATE PARK WE WOULDN'T BE ALLOWED TO SKATE AT ALL BECAUSE WE'RE NOT ALLOWED TO SKATE IN DOWNTOWN ANYMORE.))
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Money for the project was raised through bake sales and corporate donations.
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Today's cold weather didn't keep some folks from flying high in Roanoke County.
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The 5th Annual Kite Festival continued at Green Hill Park. The event featured a display from the Richmond Air Force Kite Club, and was sponsored by Salem-Roanoke Chamber of Commerce. Some people brought out home-made kites while others took advantage of free kites that were available. Event organizers hope to expand the festival to two days next year.
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Coming up, highlights from the annual Maroon-White game at Lane Stadium, plus a check on the early season success of the Lynchburg Hillcats and
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Virginia battles N-C State on the ACC diamond in Charlottesville.
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The biggest crowd to ever see a spring game at Virginia Tech turned out this afternoon. Mike Stevens says the fans not only got a taste of the present, but a peak at the future.
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The Salem Avalanche and Lynchburg Hillcats will try again tonight at Salem Memorial Stadium, after being rained out on Friday. The Hillcats have averaged nine runs per contest over the first two weeks of the season, proving to be a difficult matchup for just about every team in the Carolina League. Experience must count for something. Five current Cats were members of last year's league championship team and 18 more got a ring in the South Atlantic League with Lexington.
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The first pitch is set for 7:05.

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On the college diamond today, Virginia failed to gain any ground in the conference standings losing to North Carolina State.
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The second place Pack touched Uva starter Andrew Dobies for 5 runs in the 8th inning to blow open a two run game.
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Mike Rogers threw 8 shutout innings for the Wolfpack who went on to win it by a 7-1 final.
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The Ferrum Panthers were eliminated from the Dixie Conference Tournament this afternoon, losing 7-3 to Averett.

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The prestigious Scott Robertson Memorial Golf Tournament will celebrate its 20th anniversary next month at the Roanoke Country Club, and today junior golfers from all across the Commonwealth joined the race to make the field.
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More than 60 golfers teed it up this afternoon with hopes of securing one of just 7 qualifying spots for the event. Four alternates will also be selected. The recent wet weather didn't put a damper on the competition level.
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The tournament has evolved from humble beginnings into a top flight juniors event.
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Speaking of golf, the PGA Tour is in Hilton Head for the Heritage Classic at Harbour Town. Stewart Cink is the third round leader at 12 under par. He fired a round of 69 today.

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We finish up on the NBA hardwood where the postseason got underway today and the New Jersey Nets began their quest to make it back to the finals against Milwaukee.
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Jason Kidd took Gary Payton to school to the tune of 14 points, 14 assists and 6 rebounds for New Jersey.
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