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Good morning, I'm Susan Bahorich filling in for Kimberly McBroom.
Don't forget your sunglasses as you head out today as temperatures rise into the 80's.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your Thursday forecast in just a few minutes.





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A judge overturned the verdict against a former high school football coach convicted of assualting a player.
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It was a Patrick Henry High School player that said head coach Kevin Clifford slapped him after a game in Halifax County in the fall of 2002.
The coach was convicted of misdemeanor assault last summer and fined fifty dollars.
Clifford resigned his position as coach, and also appealed the conviction.
Late yesterday, a circuit court judge in Halifax County reversed the verdict. The student did *not* initially report the incident but witnesses and an anynomous letter led to investigations by the Roanoke School System and social services.
Clifford's attorney said that delay created doubt about the claim.
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A Virginia Tech Cadet was arrested on Monday after being accused of sexually assaulting another student. 21-year old Jan-Michael Walker is charged with sexual battery and object sexual penetration.
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Tech Police say Walker sexually assaulted a female student in Brodie Hall twice in the last two months. Police say the two knew each other and the most recent incident happened last week around 1:30 in the morning.
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One of the charges against Walker is a felony.

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A judge has ruled to LET the public and the media attend the trial of three Virginia Tech football players.
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Quarterack Marcus Vick along with wide receiver Brenden Hill and tailback Mike Imoh are charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
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Lawyers for both sides wanted the trial closed to the public. The judge in the case denied the request, but reserved the right to close the trial at times if necessary. Vick is accused of having sex with a 15 year old girl, while Imoh and Hill face charges for allegedly serving alcohol to minors.
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The Lynchburg Hillcats haven't gotten into full swing yet, but the they are already reaping the benefits of their newly-renovated ballpark.
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45-hundred people turned out for Opening Night on April 9th.. compared to just 18-hundred people last year.
And despite cool, wet weather, the Hillcats have pulled in more than 95-hundred fans.. that's a 33 percent increase over last year.
Team officials expect those numbers to get better as the weather improves and regulars start returning to the park.
The city spent close to six million dollars renovating City Stadium.
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Good morning, I'm Susan Bahorich.
There will be a mix of suns and clouds today with highs the low 80's and a slight chance of an isolated thunderstorm.

Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your weekend forecast coming up.

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A bill meant to erase years of pain to those Virginians hurt by segregation was signed into law by Governor Mark Warner.
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The new law creates a scholarship fund for those denied an education when schools closed in the 1950s following the Brown versus Board of Education decision.
Many of those affected by the state's "massive resistance" against desegration were on hand yesterday.
John Hurt had just finished first grade when the public schools in Prince Edward County were closed.
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((JOHN HURT/FORMER PRINCE EDWARD CO. STUDENT: AS I LOOK BACK OVER MY LIFE IT'S HARD FOR ME TO STAND HERE WITHOUT CRYING. THE THINGS I HAD TO GO THROUGH. THE APPLICATION I NEVER COULD FILL OUT FOR A JOB. NOBODY NEVER KNOW WHAT I WENT THROUGH.))
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Even though the scholarship fund has been created, the legislature so far hasn't appropriated a single penny for it.
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Lynchburg's public library system doesn't have to worry about the threat of major funding cuts any longer.
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On Tuesday, city council voted to restore 140-thousand dollars in proposed cuts to the library's 1-point-4 million dollar budget.
Library officials say the cuts would have meant reduced hours, fewer services and layoffs to the staff.
They credit the public outcry with restoring the money.
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((LYNN DODGE/LIBRARY DIRECTOR: WE'VE BEEN MOST GRATIFIED BY THE PUBLIC'S RESPONSE. OF COURSE IT WAS THE PUBLIC'S ACTION THAT I THINK PROMPTED CITY COUNCIL TO GO AHEAD AND RESTORE THE LIBRARY FUNDING. THEY SAID THEY WERE INUNDATED WITH LETTERS, E-MAILS, PHONE CALLS.))
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Dodge says many residents see the library as an extension of the Lynchburg school system.
Taxes in the Hill City are still likely to go up as city council tries to close a multi-million dollar budget gap.

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Several local soldiers in Iraq are getting help from a Blacksburg business.
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Tetra Incorporated, a fish food maker, collected several hundred dollars worth of supplies for nine soldiers. The eight men and one woman are Army Reservists based in Salem. The company spent the last week collecting dozens of items including snack foods, visine, cough drops, gum and razors.

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((ADRIAN LEWIS/U. S. ARMY RESERVE: I'VE HAD EMAILS FROM SOLDIERS SAYING THEY HAVEN'T' SEEN PAPER TOWELS, THEY'VE SEEN WATER. AND JUST LITTLE NAPS AND LITTLE THINGS. MANY OF OUR SOLDIERS ARE JUST DRIVING IN THE CONVOY AND WE'VE GOT LITTLE SNACKS AND THINGS THEY CAN EAT DURING THEIR BREAK TIME.))
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Soldiers picked up the items yesterday morning and will immediately begin sending monthly care packages to the local reservists.
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Good morning, I'm Susan Bahorich.
Today will be sunny with a few pockets of clouds and a slight chance of an afternoon thunderstorm.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your 7 day outlook coming up right after the news.





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A case involving allegations of police brutality in Lynchburg is now in the hands of the F-B-I.
Efrain ("F"ran) Anderson sustained a head wound during his November arrest for assaulting and eluding police.
The Lynchburg Police Department has been investigating the injury and has decided to turn the case over to the F-B-I to guarantee an impartial investigation.

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Roanoke Mayor Ralph Smith will step down at the end of June, and four candidates are vying to replace him.
Joe Dashiell caught up with them as they made their case to members of the Kiwanis Club.
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((After four years on the school board and eight on city council, Democrat Nelson Harris says the issue is experience.
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((REV. NELSON HARRIS: WE MUST UNDERSTAND THAT CITY COUNCIL, CITY GOVERNMENT IS NOT JUST ABOUT SINGLE ISSUES, BUT IT IS ABOUT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND ZONING AND SOCIAL SERVICES AND EDUCATION AND REGIONALISM AND NEIGHBORHOODS AND BUDGETS AND PUBLIC SAFETY AND INFRASTRUCTURE.))
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Republican Alice Hincker told Kiwanis members that new priorities are in order... to make city government more responsive and representative.
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((WE'D LIKE TO BELIEVE THAT EVERYONE IN THE CITY RECEIVES THE SAME EXCELLENT HIGH QUALITY SERVICES FROM THE CITY, BUT DEPENDING ON WHAT NEIGHBORHOOD YOU'RE IN, WHAT SCHOOLS YOUR KIDS GO TO, WE HAVE SOME CITIZENS WHO WILL TELL YOU THEY DON'T BELIEVE THAT'S HAPPENING.))
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Independent Mac McCadden says he's tired of those bash the city, and says his single-minded focus is to re-build Roanoke's population.
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((MAC MCCADDEN: WE NEED TO REVERSE THE DECLINE IN POPULATION IN ROANOKE CITY. WE NEED TO WANT OUR CHILDREN TO COME BACK HERE. WE NEED TO PROVIDE THEM WITH OPPORTUNITIES FOR THEM TO COME BACK HERE AND FOR THEM TO SUCCEED.))
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Independent George Sgouros believes citizens want a full-time mayor, free of special interests.
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((IF YOU THE PEOPLE ARE MORE THAN ANNOYED BY THE INEPTIBILITY OF MISGUIDED LOYALTIES, COSTLY DECISIONS AND CONSTANT EMBARASSMENTS OF OUR CITY GOVERNMENT, COUNCIL AND MAYOR, THEN YOU'RE IN LINE FOR A CHANGE LIKE ME.))
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The candidates will come together for at least one more joint appearance before May fourth, and most are going Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))door to door as they start to focus on the finish line.