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We'll tell you what a Virginia death row inmate says about the afterlife.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

And, two people are being questioned about an afternoon standoff in Botetourt.
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Tonight in sports, Nascar heads to Vegas, and
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the Hokie hoopsters go for their 5th straight home victory at the Cassell.
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An encore performance of near 70 degree temperatures will be served up tomorrow. Details ahead.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 4-Shot]


News 7 is next.
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Virginia Tech's President responds to the arrest of three hokie football players including star quarterback Marcus Vick.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Charles Steger calls the allegations serious and says if convicted the players will suffer the consequences.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


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


And I'm Keith Humphry.
[Vick-Prez]
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President Steger issued a statement nearly 3-weeks after the players were arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of minors.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]
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We go to News &'s New River Valley Bureau Chief Rachel DePompa for the specifics.
Rachel, why did the president wait until now to speak about the allegations?
Keith and Shannon, The university did isssue a statement after the arrests.
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Officials say the president waited so he could address the misperceptions and clearly explain the university's policy and position.
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(([TAKE PRESIDENT STEGER] University President Charles Steger is calling the charges against... [TAKE PICTURES OF VICK/IHOM/HILL] quarterback Marcus Vick, wide receiver Brenden Hill and running back Mike Imoh ... serious. All three are accused of giving teenage girls alcohol and taking pictures of them as they strippped. [TAKE VO OF MARCUS VICK] Vick is also accused of having sex with a 15 year old. Under school policy, it's up to the athletic director to decide if any action should be taken against the athletes. The school has said no decision will made until the case is tried. [TAKE GRAPHIC OF STEGER] Steger is now defending that decision, saying. "Our plan works, and I have faith in it and in our athletic director's intention to enforce it fairly. This current incident is under his review, and he will take appropriate action at the appropriate time." [TAKE VIDEO OF STEGER] In the statement Steger also responded to concerns that the athletes were getting special treatment.. .saying the case is being treated like any other off campus incident involving a student.
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((JOHN ROCOVICH: I AGREE WHOLEHEARTEDLY WITH DR. STEGER 58 59 WE'RE VERY SENSITIVE TO THE BEHAVIOR OF ALL OUR STUDENT ATHLETES. WE KNOW THAT THE STUDENT ATHLETES ARE IN A HIGH PROFILE, HIGH SENSITIVITY, HIGH VISIBILITY ENVIRONMENT, BUT WE OUGHT TO TREAT ALL OF OUR STUDENTS FAIRLY 5212)) [RUNS16]
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The president is also pushing the notion innocent until proven guilty.
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Keith and Shannon, Steger is asking the community not to decide if these students are guilty until after the courts have spoken.

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Colonial Downs is off and running with state approval to build an off-track better parlor in Vinton.
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The company wants to build the 15-thousand
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square foot facility behind the Lancerlot Sports Complex. Four of the five members of the Virginia Racing Commission visited the site last month. This morning, all four voted to approve the project.
The panel will also have to approve the facility once construction's complete. A commission spokesman says the business is expected to open in October.
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[Boty-Standoff]


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Two people are in custody after a stand-off this afternoon in Botetourt County.
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Authorities responded to a home on Old Mill Drive near Carvin's Cove just before two o'clock.
Initial reports indicated a man inside had a gun.
Ninety minutes later as swat teams were about to enter the home, a man and a woman walked outside and gave themselves up.
It is unclear who will be charged or if this was even a hostage situation.
The two were taken into custody without incident.
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[Bedford-Fatal]


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Three families in our area are mourning the loss of their teenage children, victims of a fatal collision Monday night in Bedford County.
They include parents of Janae Mills, [***BEDFORD AX in MONIOTR***]
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith & Susan/Newsroom;]

who sat down today with Susan Bahorich. Susan, how is the family getting through this?
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Keith, the Mills family is religious and during this trying time, they're turning to their faith.
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16-year-old Janae was a junior at Staunton River High School. Janae is being remembered as a young woman who was involved with martial arts, her church and art. Her parents say Janae and the other teens will be missed.
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((BOB MILLS, JANAE'S FATHER: MIGHT WANT TO LOOK AT HER LIFE LIKE A BOOK, SHE WAS JUST BEGINNING TO FILL PAGES IN THE CHAPTERS OF HER BOOK. AND JUST BEGAN TO MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICES.))
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Visitations for the teens have been set. Michael Williams will be tonight from six to nine at Oakey's Chapel in Roanoke and tomorrow from two to four, and then again at six to nine. Janae and Ginni Creasy's visitation will be at Oakey's in Vinton, tomorrow from two to four, and again at six to nine.

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Meanwhile, a state police accident reconstruction team will be on the scene tomorrow morning. At this point, it's believed the driver of the car, Ginni Creasy, over-corrected and lost control after drifting off the road.
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But, police say many such accidents can be avoided, if drivers slow down, stay calm and don't panic. Trooper Steve Fijalkowski (fig-a-cow-ski) used to teach driver's training. He says the common problem is drivers over-correcting when something goes wrong.
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((TROOPER STEVE FIJALKOWSKI, VSP: WHEN YOU RUN OFF THE ROADWAY, THE BEST WAY TO RECOVER IS GRADUALLY, IF YOU CAN. IF IT'S A CURVE, YOU MAY HAVE TO TAKE OTHER ACTIONS, BUT THE BEST WAY TO RECOVER IS GRADUALLY, THAT IS LET OFF THE GAS. DON'T SLAM ON THE BRAKES, IF YOU HAVE TO -HIT THEM LIGHTLY.))
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Keith, Fijalkowski (fig-a-cow-ski) says in addition to reducing your speed, it's important to remain calm, and ALWAYS wear your seatbelt.

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He's been on Virginia's death row for more than seven years, but it's not Levar Walton's guilt that's now in question.
Why his mental state was the topic in court today, when News 7 returns.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


And find out why two former Washington Redskins are huddling with the General Assembly over an abortion bill.
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[1st-Wx]
[Walton]
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Death row inmate Percy Levar Walton has a "robust religious belief ...in the afterlife."
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
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That view comes from an independent psychiatrist who interviewed the condemned killer in January.
While Walton now denies killing the three people he originally admitted murdering, Walton told Dr. Mark Mills that he fully expects to go to Heaven.
The psychiatrist concluded Walton realizes he's going to be executed.
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((DR. MARK MILLS/FORENSIC PSYCHIATRIST; IT'S ALSO TRUE THAT HE IS SORT OF CHILD-LIKE. MANY YOUNGER CHILDREN HAVE A VERY CONCRETE VISION OF WHAT THE AFTER-LIFE IS. THAT DOESN'T NECESSARILY MEAN THEY'RE WRONG OR THAT HIS VISION IS SIGNIFICANTLY IMPAIRED. BUT IT IS SOMEWHAT SIMPLE.))
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Walton's lawyers believe Walton functions at the level of a child, and therefore should not be executed.
Judge Sam Wilson asked Dr. Mills to examine Walton to determine whether he understands he's going to be executed and why. The psychiatrist concluded Walton does know he's scheduled to die, because he was convicted of killing Jessee and Elizabeth Kendrick and Archie Moore seven years ago in Danville.
The judge promised a ruling tomorrow.

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The sendoff of Bedford's National Guard troops has been moved up.
The parade for Company A will now start at 8:30 tomorrow morning.
Governor Warner will attend the 10 o-clock ceremony at the National D-Day Memorial.

[VFP]


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A local company is relocating part of its business.
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V-F-P Incorporated is moving its lightweight shelter manufacturing operation from Roanoke, to Duffield in Far Southwest Virginia. The move will consolidate the company's production under one roof. Current production employees ARE being offered jobs in Duffield, if they are willing to relocate. The company's C-E-O says no more than 35 people will be laid off, and the move should be finished by June first. V-F-P's administrative offices will stay in Roanoke.
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[Stocks]


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Wall street was unable to shake early concerns about a possible hike in interest rates. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW rose two points today.
NASDAQ lost six.
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[Fetal-pain]


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Two former Washington Redskins were tackling a controversial issue today in Richmond.
Meghan Muldoon has more on their visit.
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((CHARLES MANN/FORMER WASHINGTON REDSKIN: I AM PRO-LIFE. I DON'T STUTTER WHEN I SAY THAT. I DON'T BITE MY TONGUE. I DON'T LOOK AWAY. I'M TELLING YOU STRAIGHT UP THAT'S WHAT I BELIEVE IN.)) [RUNS:09]
Charles Mann joined fellow Pro-bowler and pro-lifer, Art Monk in asking lawmakers to pass fetal pain legislation...a bill requiring physicians to administer pain medication to fetuses prior to an abortion.
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((ART MONK/FORMER WASHINGTON REDSKIN: WHETHER YOU'RE PRO LIFE OR PRO CHOICE WE WOULD ASK THAT YOU CONSIDER PASSING THIS BILL THAT HELPS TO REDUCE THE SUFFERING OF AN UNBORN CHILD.)) [RUNS:10]

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((CHARLES MANN/FORMER WASHINGTON REDSKIN: THAT UNBORN CHILD DOES NOT HAVE A VOICE. TODAY WE STAND TO GIVE THAT CHILD A VOICE. AND WE SAY HOW ABOUT HAVING A LITTLE COMPASSION FOR THAT CHILD?)) [RUNS:11]
Supporters of Delegate Dick Black's bill say medical evidence shows that fetuses in the second trimester can feel pain.
But abortion rights supporters have dismissed those claims as "junk science."
The say the bill has less to do with compassion than with politics.
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((BEN GREENBERG/PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF VIRGINIA: IT CREATES ANOTHER STEP IN THE DIRECTION BY WHICH THEY WOULD TRY TO ACCOMPLISH THEIR GOAL AND THAT'S OUTLAWING ABORTION IN VIRGINIA AND THE NATION. IT'S CLEARLY THEIR GOAL THEY'VE STATED IT ENOUGH TIMES AND THIS IS ANOTHER SIGNIFICANT STEP, WOULD BE, IN THAT DIRECTION.)) [RUNS:13]
The fetal pain bill has already passed in the House of Delegates but it faces a tough vote this week in a Senate committee.
If signed into law, it will be the first of its kind in the nation.
Meghan Muldoon, News 7, Richmond.))

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The Governor and Attorney General squared off today, and the state budget was the battlefield.
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Jerry Kilgore said today that he supports a referendum on any proposed tax hikes this year. He also criticized some members of the Senate and Governor Warner for trying to raise taxes and ignoring budget proposals that don't include a tax hike.
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((JERRY KILGORE/VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL; THE HOUSE HAS MOVED TWO TIMES. WE HAVE SEEN NO MOVEMENT FROM THE SENATE LEADERSHIP OR FROM THE GOVERNOR. AND IT'S TIME THAT WE REALIZED THAT WE'RE NOT RUNNING IN A DICTATORSHIP. THE PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE.))
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Meanwhile, Governor Warner said that Kilgore is using the budget for political gain and does not have the best interests of Virginia in mind.
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((GOV. MARK WARNER; IT'S REMARKABLE THAT THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP HAS THROWN IN THE TOWEL BEFORE NEGOTIATIONS EVEN START. I URGE THE SENATE AND HOUSE TO LOWER THEIR RHETORIC, AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO LOWER HIS RHETORIC AND LET THEM GO ABOUT MEETING, TRYING TO FORM A COMPROMISE.))
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The General Assembly has until March 13th to finalize a budget.

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Coming up, the Hokies try to get at least one more win, Elway speaks on Michael Vick, and
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Nascar will gamble on tires this weekend in Sin City.
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[S-Tech]


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The Virginia Tech Hokies are one win away from a trip to New York next week for the Big East Tournament. Seth Greenberg's team is battling Miami and Georgetown for one of the final two spots. The Hokies have tonight's contest against Rutgers and this weekend's tussle with the Hoyas to get the job done, after a win over West Virginia on Saturday.
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The Hokies and Scarlet Knights tip at 7pm. Highlights are on the way at 11.

[S-Boards]


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[TAKE Pinnacle #12999]


And it's a busy night in the ACC as the regular season winds down. Duke hosts Georgia Tech while right here on Your Hometown Station at 9, Maryland tries to stay out of 8th place with a win at North Carolina State. The Wolfpack has won 7 of its last 9 games. It is Senior Night in Raleigh.
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After a week off for some R & R, the Nextel Cup drivers roll the dice in Vegas this weekend. It's the first mile and a half track on the schedule, which means the first real test for the new softer tires, and shorter spoilers.
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When NFL great John Elway was in the area on Monday,
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[SUPER=03-Bassett/Monday; :00]

he took time out to do a little more than just check out the inner working of Bassett Furniture. He also took a few moments to offer up an assessment of Michael Vick.
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Elway also gave some insight into the return of Joe Gibbs to the NFL. Elway and the Broncos were on the wrong end of one of Gibbs' beatings in 1987 when the Skins hammered Denver in Super Bowl twenty-two, 42-to-10.
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[Girl-Scouts]
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Sixty years ago she was paid two dollars to pose for a magazine cover.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Today, a Salem woman finally found the portrait again.
[ENG#=1]
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Elinor Bent posed for the 1944 American Girls' salute to the Girl Scouts' thirty-second anniversary.
Even though she lost her copy, she HASN'T forgotten about it.
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[IN Q=Just casually I said]

((ELINOR BENT: JUST CASUALLY I SAID IF YOU EVER GET AHOLD OF ANY AMERICAN GIRL MAGAZINES, I'M ON THE COVER OF ONE OF THEM, AND I SURE WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT AGAIN.))
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[OUT Q=TO SEE IT AGAIN.]
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[VO-NAT]


After searching the magazine's archives and finding the original, the Girl Scout archive group replicated it and presented it to Elinor.
It was the first time she'd seen the picture in decades.
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