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The third ranked Virginia Tech Hokies were dominated and humiliated by a fired up West Virginia team last night in Morgantown.
Tech lost its cool, it's number three ranking and any chance it had of playing for the national championship.
Travis Wells has more from Mountaineer Field.
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The jurors in the OxyContin trial of Dr. Cecil Knox will get to work today.
They got the case around five o-clock yesterday and decided to go home and begin deliberations this morning.
Over the course of the seven-week trial, many of Knox's patients have gone to the federal courthouse to demonstrate their support for him.
Yesterday, Rick Dudding arrived, sporting a prescription signed by the Doctor two years ago.
It's the real thing- -except that Knox drew a Cupid's Heart in the space usually reserved for instructions to the pharmacist.
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((RICK DUDDING/FORMER KNOX PATIENT; I GUESS WHAT YOU CALL AN ADRENALINE SHOT. THE MEANT IT FROM THE HEART. HE GAVE ME A HUG AND SHOOK MY HAND THE DAY HE WROTE IT. ))
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As the jury got the case last night, three alternate jurors were excused, including Mark Harless.
Though the judge did not identify him by name, he said there were indications Harless had been discussing the case before it went to the jury.
Three more alternate jurors remain- -in case any of the 12 jurors become ill during deliberations.
The City of Roanoke has 90-days to stop construction on a new stadium or go to federal court.
Yesterday, two neighborhood groups announced they intend to sue the city over construction at the site near the Roanoke Civic Center.
That after the recent discovery of hazardous waste on the property.
The notice alleges Roanoke failed to adequately check the site for contamination.
Residents of Lincoln Congress and Historic Gainsboro want construction halted and a full environmental assessment conducted.
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((REV. JOHNNY STONE/NEIGHBORDOOD: THEY SAY THEY'VE ALREADY DONE ONE SO THEY SHOULD HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH US DOING ANOTHER ONE 'CAUSE WE ARE THE TAXPAYERS THAT'S PAYING FOR THIS.))
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City Councilman Bill Bestpitch said Monday he thinks the ball is now in DEQ's court and that the agency needs to let Roanoke know what the city should do.
President Bush has said "Good Day" to Down Under, after
thanking Australians for sending troops to Iraq and Afghanistan, and for standing by the U-S in the war on terror.
Meanwhile, anti- war protestors were out to greet Bush as he arrived to address Australia's parliament.
Earlier, Bush thanked Prime Minister John Howard for his help in Iraq, and he defended the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.
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((WHO CAN POSSIBLY THINK THAT THE WORLD WOULD BE BETTER OFF WITH SADDAM HUSSEIN STILL IN POWER? SURELY NOT THE DISSIDENTS WHO WOULD BE IN HIS PRISONS, OR END UP IN HIS MASS GRAVES.))
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Security was tight for Bush's visit--
Air Force jets were ordered to shoot down unauthorized aircraft, and the public was banned from the parliament when Bush was there.
The Senate is moving its attention from telemarketing calls to unsolicited E-mails.
Lawmakers have approved the "Can Spam" bill.
It would impose limits on the millions of E-mails that offer everything from cheap loans to pornography.
The Bush administration also supports the bill.
However, computer users won't be getting immediate relief, a similar bill is stalled in the House.
Roanoke Gas customers will have to pay more to stay warm this winter.
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The State Corporation Commission has authorized a temporary rate hike of slightly more than 2 percent.
The rates are subject to final approval, and a public hearing about the increase is scheduled for late February in Richmond.
The last increase for the company was in December of last year.
In business news, some area textile employees will soon be out of work.
Between 50 and 100 people are expected to lose their jobs at New River Industries in Fairlawn.
The company weaves fabrics for apparels and outdoor furniture.
Officials say the layoffs are part of a restructuring plan to prepare for the elimination of quotas on imported textiles in 2004.
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((KEN EHRHARDT/NEW RIVER INDUSTRIES: THIS ISN'T SOMETHING THAT'S JUST IMPACTING NEW RIVER INDUSTRIES THIS IS IMPACTING THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY IN THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.))
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New River Industries has been operating at its Fairlawn plant since 1992 and currently employs about 360-people.
Several of the employees transferred from the company's Radford plant, which shut-down about three years ago.
More jobs are opening up in Lynchburg.
Printing company R-R Donnelley plans to spend five million dollars on new binding equipment and machinery for its Lynchburg plant.
A 50-thousand dollar grant and other state and local incentives helped the Hill City factory beat out several other states for the investment.
Lynchburg's R-R Donnelley produces over 700 million catalogs and retail inserts ever year.
It employs about 600 people.
The maker of Big Red wants to see more green.
Prices for Wrigley's Spearmint, Doublemint, Juicy Fruit, Big Red and Winterfresh brands will go up by a nickle in January.
It's Wrigley's first price increase in 16 years.
Meanwhile, the company plans to shave five cents off the price of its Extra sugarfree gum.
In other news, Mortgage rates may soon go up.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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((> GOOD MORNING..
> IF YOU'RE IN THE MARKET FOR A MORTGAGE LISTEN UP: THE CHIEF ECONOMIST FOR
> THE MORTGAGE BANKERS ASSOCIATION SAYS U-S MORTGAGE RATES MAY JUMP IN THE
> COMING WEEKS, BUT WILL SETTLE BACK DOWN AND END THE YEAR ABOUT WHERE THEY
> ARE NOW.. AT AN AVERAGE 6 PERCENT FOR A 30 YEAR LOAN.
> ON WALL STREET IN THE LAST SESSION, INVESTORS CASHED IN SOMEP ROFITS
> PROMPTED IN PART BY SOME DISAPPOINTING PROFIT REPORTS..
> THE DOW TMBLED 149 POINTS
> WHILE THE NASDAQ GAVE UP 42 POINTS
> LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES SAYS THE WORST IS OVER - THE TELECOM EQUIPMENT GIANT
> POSTED A PROFIT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THREE YEARS.
> ON THE STOCKS TO WATCH LIST: DRUGMAKER ELI LILLY
> AND COMPUTER ASSOCIATES EACH POSTED PROFITS IN LINE WITH ESTIMATES..
> ATT WIRELESS ALSO POSTED PROFITS THAT WERE ON TARGET BUT THE WIRLESS
> POHONE COMPANY SAID IT ADDED 229 THOSUAND CUSTOMERS IN THE
> QUARTER...ABOUT A HUNDRED THOUSAND FEWER CUSTOMERS THAN EXPECTED.
> HOW ABOUT A CELLPHONE THE SIZE OF A POSTAGE STAPE.. MOTOROLA SAYS IT'S
> WORKING ON A DESIGN THAT WILL ALLOW POSTAGE- STAMP SIZED WIRELESS PHONES
> WITHIN TWO YEARS. MOTOROLA SAYS Chips made with the new "mobile extreme
> convergence" technology will be small enough to be embedded in other
> devices, like MP3 players or digital cameras, to give almost any gadget
> wireless phone capability.
> NO WORD ON HOW MUCH THE TINY PHONES WILL COST.
> TRACK THE PRE MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM IN NEW YORK I'M AC.))
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John Muhammad's days as his own attorney are over.
The sniper suspect re- instated his attorneys yesterday.
During the proceeding, fellow suspect Lee Malvo was brought into the courtroom so that a shooting survivor could identify him.
Muhammad Rashid was shot and robbed before the sring of attacks in the Washington, D-C area began.
Prosecutors say Muhammad and Malvo were trying to finance their operation.
Meanwhile, prosecutors in the Malvo case are asking to delay the start of his trial until at least December 10th.
It's now scheduled to begin November 10th.
State police have made an arrest in the murder of one of their own.
Yesterday, trooper Taylor Blanton's wife was arrested and charged with murder.
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Trooper Blanton was found shot to death in his home near Richmond last week.
Only days before the murder, Donna Blanton reported an invasion at the home.
She's being held without bond.
Authorities would not reveal a motive.
Three Roanoke police officers who sued the department for reverse discrimination have lost an appeal.
Scott Altizer and Rick Drewery had sued the police department along with Susan Camper, complaining that they'd been passed over for promotion.
They said another, less qualified, black woman made the Sergeant's list,
when each of the plaintiffs had out-scored her on the placement exam.
A federal District judge threw out the case in March.
The officers appealed to the Fourth U-S Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld the lower court's ruling yesterday.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
In other business news, Stocks plummeted yesterday.
Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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((STOCKS DROPPED SHARPLY ON WEDNESDAY TO CLOSE IN THE RED FOR THE DAY.
THE DOW LOST 149 POINTS...
...THE NASDAQ WAS DOWN 42.
J-P MORGAN CHASE REPORTED AN INCREASE IN PROFITS FOR ITS THIRD QUARTER.
THE BANK POSTED EARNINGS OF 78-CENTS PER SHARE FOR THE PERIOD...THAT'S UP FROM A NET INCOME OF A PENNY PER-SHARE A YEAR EARLIER.
THE COMPANY SAYS INVESTMENT BANKING FEES CONTRIBUTED TO THE JUMP IN PROFITS.
THESE LATEST QUARTERLY NUMBERS MARK J-P MORGAN'S THIRD CONSECUTIVE INCREASE IN EARNINGS.
MERCK AND COMPANY MISSED ANALYSTS EXPECTATIONS BY TWO-CENTS FOR ITS THIRD QUARTER.
THE DRUG MAKER POSTED EARNINGS OF 83-CENTS A SHARE...THAT'S EVEN WITH ITS NUMBERS FROM A YEAR EARLIER.
MERCK ALSO ANNOUNCED IT WILL CUT 44-HUNDRED JOBS IN A RESTRUCTURING MOVE.
THE COMPANY ALSO WARNED IT IS IMPLEMENTING A NEW DRUG DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM THAT WILL NEGATIVELY IMPACT REVENUES FOR ITS FOURTH QUARTER.
MCDONALD'S POSTED A 12-PERCENT JUMP IN ITS THIRD QUARTER EARNINGS.
THE HAMBURGER GIANT REPORTED EARNINGS OF 43-CENTS PER SHARE... UP FROM 38-CENTS A YEAR AGO.
MCDONALD'S SAYS NEW PRODUCTS, INCLUDING UPDATED SALADS AND BREAKFAST SANDWICHES, CONTRIBUTED TO THE NUMBERS.
MCDONALD'S IS THE WORLD'S LARGEST RESTAURANT CHAIN.
WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF, I'M STAN CASE.))
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