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Coming up on News 7--

The president of Liberty University is calling it quits.
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And, even though he was wearing a bomb vest when Israeli authorities stopped him, a 16- year- old Palestinian says he was afraid to die.
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Spring has sprung, again in Southwest and central Virginia. Expect highs near 70 today and tomorrow. But will the warmth stick around for the weekend. The full forecast is coming up.
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The face of terrorism gets younger-- Israeli troops arrest a Palestinain teenager strapped with explosives at a checkpoint.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The Palestians have started a disturbing new trend of using children as suicide bombers.
That, as Israel braces itself for retaliation for this week's assassination of the leader of Hamas.
Scott Rapoport has the story.
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With fewer than 100 days left before the U-S- led coalition hands over power in Iraq, there are warnings of even more attacks against U-S troops and their allies.
One of those attacks killed a soldier today north of Baghdad, where a homemade bomb exploded.
The violence comes a day after another soldier and three insurgents were killed when an American patrol came under attack.
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A group trying to block a shopping center in Roanoke County is not letting one loss stop its efforts.
As Justin Mcleod tells us, the opponents of the Keagy Village project are considering hiring an attorney.
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Letting it go won't come easy to these residents.
They gathered Wednesday night for the first Greater Hidden Valley Community Association meeting.
It was formed after the Planning and Zoning Commission approved the Keagy Road project.
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That development would go here on Keagy Road off of Route 419 near Allstate.
A South Carolina company wants to build a retail office complex that would be made up of small speciality stores.
The development would be located next to several residential neighborhoods.
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A nightmare he and some neighbors hope to avert by taking their fight to the Board of Superivsors.
Opponents are already making phone calls and writing letters to each Superivsor.
One of their main arguments is the increased traffic on Route 419 and Keagy Road.
But even as they fight the project, they're keeping an open dialogue with the developer in hopes of winning some concessions.
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The President of Liberty University is stepping down.
John Borek will leave the school in June after seven years on the job.
He plans to move back to Georgia to spend more time with his family.
Liberty chancellor Jerry Falwell says he unsuccessfully tried to talk Borek out of leaving.
Borek said yesterday his time at the University was a wonderful experience.
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An elementary school in our region takes steps to stop an infection that is making students and faculty sick. We'll have the details next.
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Also we'll hear how another school is trying to recover after fire consumes much of its sports heritage.
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The 9- 11 commission ended a two- day hearing with dramatic testimony by former counterterrorism advisor Richard Clarke, whose new book blames President Bush for failing to take the terror threat seriously.
As Bill Plante reports, Clarke spoke directly to the loved ones of 9-11 victims.
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your government failed you, those entrusted with protecting you failed you and I failed you. We tried hard, but that doesn't matter because we failed. And for that failure, I would ask -- once all the facts are out -- for your understanding and for your forgiveness.

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Bye.

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AT THE WHITE HOUSE, THE AGRESSIVE COUNTEROFFENSIVE AGAINST CLARKE'S ALLEGATIONS CONTINUED.

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This goes directly to Mr. Clarke's credibility. And I think he has some questions to answer.

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THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY READ REPORTERS A TRANSCRIPT OF A TELEPHONE BRIEFING CLARKE GAVE TO THE PRESS IN AUGUST 2002 IN WHICH CLARKE SAID THAT THE ADMINISTRATION HAD "VIGOROUSLY" PURSUED THE CLINTON WHITE HOUSE'S CONCERN WITH AL QAEDA AND QUICKLY INCREASED MONEY FOR COVERT OPERATIONS.

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Selection begins today for the grand jury probing the child molestation charges against Michael Jackson.
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About 100 prospective jurors have been summoned.
Citing the extraordinary media attention, a California judge has issued orders threatening contempt charges against anyone who communicates with a grand juror, a prospective juror or witness -- or reveals secret testimony.
Media attorneys are calling the order ``overboard and unconstitutional.''
Jackson, meanwhile, says he's innocent of the charges.
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An apparent stomach virus forced more than one hundred students and teachers at Claremont Elementary in Pulaski County to miss school yesterday.
The New River Valley Health Department is investigating the illness.
The contagious virus is said to mimic the symptoms of the Norwalk virus. Health officials informed students and advised school officials on decontamination procedures. The Pulaski County school superintendent says extra custodial staff have been disinfecting the school.
The symptoms generally last 24 to 48 hours.

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Fire destroyed the athletic fieldhouse - along with all the history inside - at Stuarts Draft High School in Augusta County.
Travis Wells and photographer Greg Moore spent the day there yesterday to see how folks are picking up the pieces.


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((Just after 6 o'clock Saturday evening the first smoke started to billow from the building and within minutes flames were shooting through the roof.
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The field house was built 27 years ago with several additions along the way. Cougars football Coach Tom Goforth lost 25 years of trophies, team photos, game tapes, and memorabilia.
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Coaches and administrators now have the tough task of drawing up a game plan to move forward. In Augusta County, Travis Wells, News 7 Sports.))
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Coming up next on the newscast, the host of C-Span's Booknotes talks about his own book on American character.
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C- SPAN is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
"Booknotes" host Brian Lamb has interviewed more than 750 authors on the program, which have been the basis for three best- selling books.
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Today we're interviewing HIM about the new collection called "Booknotes: On American Character."
Good Afternoon, Brian.

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n year....how far back does it go?)

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Thanks for joining us today, Brian and good luck with the book..
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Coming up in sports- JMU may soon be handing over the reigns of its basketball program.
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and the Roanoke Express wins, but did the victory help in the playoff hunt? We'll have the answer next.
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The Roanoke Express beat Greenville 5-2 at the Round House last night, but the team is no closer to the final playoff spot.
That's because the Everblades downed Charlotte, 7- to- 2.
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The Express entered the game four points behind the Everblades, and received inspiration before face- off from the Jackson Middle School Strings.
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Kevin Bergin was a force to be reckoned with, as he scored two goals on the night.
Carl Mallette extended his scoring streak to 15 straight games in the 5-to-2 victory.
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J-M-U may soon name a new head basketball coach - and it appears he will have a ACC background.

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Sources in the coaching ranks tell News 7 Sports that Larry Hunter, the associate head coach at N.C. State, has emerged as the front- runner to replace Sherman Dillard. Hunter has 25 years of head coaching experience at all levels, including division one at Ohio University, where he won over 200 games.
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Matt Doherty may still be in the running. He is supposed to be in Harrisonburg today.
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ESPN reported last night that Larry Eustachy - one of JMU's front runners for the job - will be named the new head coach at Southern Miss today at four pm.
Eustachy is the coach who was fired at Iowa State, after pictures of him partying with coeds landed on the Internet.

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In sports, the Men's March Madness resumes tonight right here on WDBJ-7.
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[GO TO PINNACLE THURSDAY NIGHT] The U-Conn Huskies take on the Vanderbilt Commodores in the opening game. Tip off is set for 7:10. The night cap will feature Wake Forest and number one seed St. Joes.
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The flame is burning brightly again at the birthplace of the Olympic Games.
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Thousands gathered to watch as the Olympic torch was lit earlier today by a Greek actress playing the role of a priestess.
The flame will burn at the Athens Games this summer.
It'll light the torch of a Greek javelin champion, who will be the first bearer in an un-precedented global relay that'll carry the flame around the world.
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