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A routine honor for the man they call the "greatest" boxer of all turns into a slug fest in the Virginia General Assem
bly.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

And a resolution in the case of a man who went on a killing spree at the Appalachian School of Law.
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The ODAC women play their semi-finals this afternoon. The Express gets ready to open up a three games in three days weekend.
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And its Retro Night with the Dazzle at the Roanoke Civic Center as Geroge Gervin the "Ice Man" drops in on the Star City.
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[WX-Head]
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A chance to feel like spring this weekend. Nature has a pleasant change in store for us.
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News 7 is next.
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[SOT 25:35]
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((DEL. ONZLEE WARE/D-ROANOKE: I'M NOT GOING TO GET INTO WHETHER IT WAS RACIALLY MOTIVATED OR WHATEVER.))
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[OUT Q=MOTIVATED OR WHATEVER.]
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


A Roanoke lawmaker's tribute to his personal hero leads to controversy.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


A well-known black American is called a coward and draft dodger on the floor of the House of Delegates.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


And I'm Shannon Young.
[Ware-Ali]
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Former world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali was involved in a bout today.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


It was one of words, not fists, and it took place not in the ring but on the floor of the House of Delegates.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Meghan /State Microwave;]


Richmond Bureau Chief Meghan Muldoon joins us from the state Capitol with more.
Today Delegate Onzlee Ware was asking for a tribute to Muhammad Ali.
[LIVE=Meghan /FULL State Microwave]
[SUPER=@Meghan1]
[SUPER=05-Richmond]


These motions are generally granted without objections.
But not today.
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[IN Q=IN RECOGNITION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH]
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[SUPER=@Ware; :12]
[SUPER=01-Del. Mark Cole/(R) Fredericksburg; :34]
[SUPER=01-Del. Robert Hull/(D) Falls Church; 1:04 quick!]
[SUPER=01-Del. Dwight Jones/(D) Richmond; 1:17]
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(( In recognition of Black History Month, Roanoke Delegate Onzlee Ware asked that the House adjourn for the day in honor of his personal hero, Muhammad Ali.
[SOT :55:32]

((DELEGATE ONZLEE WARE/D-ROANOKE: THIS MAN IS A SYMBOL OF INTEGRITY AND DISCIPLINE HE FACED MANY ADVERSITIES IN HIS LIFE BUT HE WORKED HARD TO RISE ABOVE THEM TO REACH THE PINNACLE OF FAME AND RESPECT.)) [RUNS:14]
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But Fredericksburg Delegate Mark Cole objected to the normally routine motion.
The Republican said Ali was not worthy of the honor.
And he called the former boxing champion a draft dodger and a man of questionable moral character.
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((DELEGATE MARK COLE/R-FREDERICKSBURG: THE MAN REFUSED TO SERVE HIS COUNTRY AND TRIED TO, I THINK, HIDE BEHIND THE CLOAK OF HIS FAITH EVEN THOUGH MANY IN HIS FAITH DID SERVE HIS COUNTRY BUT WHEN IT CAME TO MORAL ISSUES HE DID NOT ADHERE TO HIS FAITH SO I THINK THE MAN WAS A COWARD.)) [RUNS:20]
Other delegates spoke in favor of the tribute.
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((DELEGATE ROBERT HULL/D-FALLS CHURCH: UNLIKE MANY WHO WENT TO CANADA, MUHAMMAD ALI WAS WILLING TO GO TO PRISON FOR HIS BELIEFS AND I THINK ITS FITTING THAT WE HONOR HIM.)) [RUNS:08]
Ware's motion passed with only a handful of delegates voting no.
After the voice vote, some were still questioning Cole's motives.
[SOT 12:31:13]

((DELEGATE DWIGHT JONES/D-RICHMOND: I THINK WHEN YOU START TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE'S MORAL CHARACTER YOU OPEN A PANDORA'S BOX AND THAT WE WOULD DO WELL TO LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE IN THE BODY POLITICK IN LIGHT OF WHAT WE'VE LEARNED ABOUT SOME OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS IN THE LAST FEW YEARS.)) [RUNS:13]
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[LIVE=Meghan /FULL State Microwave]
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As for Delegate Ware he told me he disagrees with his colleague.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Meghan/Microwave;]


But like Ali, he had the courage to stand up and say what he believed.

[Grundy-Shooting]


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Peter Odighizuwa burst into tears today upon learning he'll spend the rest of his life in prison..
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Odighizuwa admitted to killing three people at the Appalachian school of Law as part of a plea agreement that will keep him from receiving the death sentence.
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((SHEILA TOLLIVER/BUCHANAN COUNTY COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY: A NUMBER OF THE VICTIMES EXPRESSED RESERVATIONS ABOUT THE LENGTH OF TIME WHAT WOULD BE INVOLVED AND NOT ONLY THE LENGTH OF TIME IN GETTING IT TRIED BUT ALSO IN THE EVENT OF A CAPITAL MURDER CONVICTION THE NUMBER OF YEARS THAT IT TAKES ON A APPEAL AND HAD WANTED SOME CLOSURE FOR THEIR FAMILIES AND THEMSELVES.))
[SUPER=01-Sheila Tolliver/Buchanan Co. Commonwealth's Attorney]
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[OUT Q=FAMILIES AND THEMSELVES.]
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Police said Odighizuwa was angry about failing his classes in January 2002 when he took a gun to the school and began shooting. The judge today sentenced him to six consecutive life prison terms plus 28 years.
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[Draper-Fire]


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Jerry Eller says it's only natural that his mother and brother would have died together.
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[VO-NAT]

The bodies of 83- year- old Ruby Eller and her son, 54- year- old Jackie, were found early Thursday morning in their burned out home.
[SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.;]

The Pulaski County natives had lived together all their lives. Relatives say Ruby's body was found next to her son's bed - she'd apparently been trying to wake him up. The hundred- year- old farm house off Clark Ferry Road was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived early yesterday morning. Police are still investigating the cause, but the family has been told there's so little left of the home they may never know what started the blaze.
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[Danville-Snow]


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Most people in southwest and central Virginia missed out on the snow.
But folks in southside had plenty to shovel.
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[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.]


Around Danville some eight to 12 inches fell overnight and early this morning.
Parts of neighboring North Carolina also got a foot or more.
Snowplows had cleared most of the main roads in southside by daybreak.
Clear skies and warm temperatures were making the snowfall little more than a memory by late this afternoon.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
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There are thousands looking for work. But still ahead on News 7, see why it's not always easy to build a workforce in the Southside furniture industry.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


And Tech and Toyota team up to make cars a little more friendly for older drivers.
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[Bassett-Jobs]
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Despite complaining that Chinese companies are undercutting their business, local furniture manufacturers still have the "help wanted" signs up.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

Now, the real work is in trying to find people to man the shifts, [***NEWS 7 @ 6 IN MONITOR***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Richard - NEWSROOM POD]

Richard Lesko joins us in the newsroom with the story. Keith and Shannon, Bassett Furniture is looking to fill about one-hundred jobs at its plant in the town.
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After a couple of weeks of looking for workers, employment officials say they HAVE found qualified candidates, but are still looking for applications.
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((JOYCE SNEAD/VIRGINIA EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION MANAGER; BASSETT AND A NUMBER OF OTHER EMPLOYERS IN THE AREA ARE LOOKING FOR WORKERS, THERE'S OF COURSE AN AVAILABLE WORKFORCE HERE, WE'VE GOT APPROXIMATELY 7,000 PEOPLE REGISTERED IN OUR DATABANK JUST FOR RESIDENTS IN MARTINSVILLE, HENRY COUNTY, AND PATRICK COUNTY.))
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3 weeks ago, the V-E-C started sending letters out to qualified candidates, more than one hundred fifty in all. The one hundred positions at Bassett pay roughly 7-50 to 10-fifty an hour to start, and Masterbrand Cabinets is expected to start hiring some workers this year. But a majority of the available workforce has experience in textiles, and not furniture. Now employment officials hope that laid off workers will take advantage of the training programs that are available so when the companies start calling, the workers will be ready.
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((JOYCE SNEAD/VIRGINIA EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION MANAGER; THERE'S MONEY IN THIS AREA, THE GOVERNOR HAS SEEN TO THAT THAT THEY ARE CHANNELING DOLLARS TO THIS AREA, THEY REALIZE THE NEED, THERE'S A DESPERATE NEED.))
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Bassett is not the only furniture company looking for workers in Henry County. Stanley Furniture will be holding a job fair on March 10th.
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Keith and Shannon, Bassett is also planning a job fair, but has not finalized a location and time. But anyone interested in the positions can contact the Virginia Employment commission at any time.


[Judgeships]


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A pair of prosecutors in the Rockbridge County area has been nominated to become judges.
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Buena Vista Commonwealth's Attorney Michael Irvine has been designated to replace George Honts on the Circuit Bench.
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Lexington Commonwealth's Attorney Gordon Saunders would take Joseph Hess's seat in General District Court.
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A by-partisan delegation of nine legislators submitted the names to a joint legislative committee. The full General Assembly actually picks judges, but the unanimous endorsement of a local delegation usually assures their appointment.

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The city of Radford is a little closer to naming a new police chief.
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More than 30 people have applied since the position opened up last month.
That's when the city fired former Police Chief Wes Terry.
City officials say they are pleased with the number of applications and have just begun sorting through them.
Acting police chief Gary Harmon is among those vying for the job.
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[Boone]


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The judge in the criminal case against Cecil Knox has appointed a lawyer to represent the doctor's office manager. It'll be the same attorney she HIRED to defend her the first time.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/October 2003]

The order was entered today, granting Bev Boone court-appointed counsel. She convinced the judge the first trial on illegal drug distribution and racketeering charges had all-but bankrupted her. Attorney Bill Cleaveland will represent Boone at taxpayer's expense this time, as he gets ready for the new trial in April.
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[Stocks]


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A mixed closed ended the week on Wall Street. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW gained four points.
NASDAQ lost three.
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[SPONSOR ANNOUNCE]
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[Tech-Study]


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Virginia Tech was chosen over several universities to conduct research for Toyota...
Research that will help car makers design automobiles that are more user friendly for senior citizens.
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Driving can be more challenging for many seniors because of changes in vision and hearing.
That's why Tech researchers are studying how to make automobiles safer for them.
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((THURMON LOCKHART/TECH LOCOMOTION RESEARCH LAB DIR.; THIS WILL RESEARCH WILL DIRECTLY LEAD TO BETTER DESIGN OF CONTROL PANELS INSIDE THE CAR. AS WELL AS DESIGNING TYPES OF MIRRORS, ESPECIALLY THE DRIVER SIDE MIRRORS))
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Linda Frazier is one of 28 senior citizens who is part of the study.
She also sees some improvements that can be made to automobiles.
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((LINDA FRAZIER; BETTER INSTRUMENT PANELS, BETTER LIGHTS, BETTER COLORS. AS I WAS INDICATING ON THAT LIGHT PANEL THE GREEN WAS BETTER THAN THE GOLD AND THE YELLOW))
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Tech researchers plan to deliver their findings to Toyota in late March.
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[Mega-Million]


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The second largest lottery jackpot ever won has STILL not been claimed.
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It has now been a week since the mega millions drawing made one lucky person feel like a million bucks. 239 million, in fact. That winning ticket was sold in Virginia and state lottery officials are beginning to get some clues about the winner.
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((PENELOPE KYLA/LOTTERY DIRECTOR: WE HAVE TALKED THIS WEEK TO TWO DIFFERENT GENTLEMEN EACH OF WHOM PROFESSES TO BE THE LAWYER REPRESENTING THE WINNER.))
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[OUT Q=the winner]
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One claims the winner is from Virginia, while the other says the winner was just passing through the state. Either way, nothing will be official until someone brings forth the signed winning ticket.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Officials say the winner can take the cash option, or claim the annuity which would give them $9 million dollars annually for the next 26 years.

[Sports Tease]


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Coming up tonight on News 7 sports - George Gervin is in town tonight to help the Dazzle break in a Retro Weekend. The ODAC championship mathcup is all set for the women,
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and the Express has three games in three days - including two at the Roundhouse on Saturday and Sunday. Coach MacAulay's thoughts in a moment.
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This is a huge night for the Roanoke Dazzle - as the team turns back the clock for the "Retro Weekend" and welcomes one of the 50 greatest players of all-time to the Roanoke Civic Center. Earlier this afternoon we had a chance to talk with hall of famer George Gervin "The Ice Man" about helping the Dazzle celebrate Black History Month tonight.
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Tonight's game with Huntsville tips-off at seven o'clock.

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The ODAC Women's Tournament Semifinals tipped off this afternoon in Salem. Eastern Mennonite took care of Guilford 65 to 58 in the day's opener.
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[SUPER=03-Salem/Eagles vs. Yellow Jackets; :00]


There was no clowning around in the second semifinal as Bridgewater took on Randolph-Macon for a spot in the final.
Shannon Scales got the Eagles started. She gets into the lane and then gets a friendly bounce from the iron on the short jumper.
But Macon then went to Kristen Morgan who puts in the baseline 'j'. But the Jackets still trailed by 10 at halftime.
[SUPER=33-Randolph-Macon/62/Bridgewater/57/;]


They kept plugging away and outscored Bridgewater by 15 in the second half. The Jackets will get to defend their title with a 62-57 win.
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[S-Liberty]


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The Liberty Flames women will enter next week's Big South Tournament as the top seed after claiming their seventh straight regular season title. A big reason why is the team's rebounding numbers.
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Led by Katie Feenstra, the Flames lead the nation in rebounding differential, getting nearly 12 more boards a game than their opponents.
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[S-Express]


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The Express battles Atlantic City tonight at seven PM on the Boardwalk Bullies home ice.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]


Roanoke has 15 games remaining in the regular season and is three points out of a playoff spot behind South Carolina and Charlotte in the Southern Divisional race.
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[OUT Q=...a playoff spot"]
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The Express has made the playoffs each season of its existence but not reaching the post season is hardly a focus.
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And Roanoke is home Saturday night and Sunday afternoon hosting the Dayton Bombers.