New developments in Tuesday night's shooting and arrest of three U-V-a football players.
And it's one of the smallest public library buildings in the country, a first for Craig County.
Tonight on News 7 sports - Steve Mason checks in from the ODAC baseball tournament in Lynchburg.
The Kentucky derby starting to look a lot like NASCAR.
And Majestic Mapp will get to play another year of college ball but not at UVA.
May showers and flowers will highlight the forecast as we head into the weekend. All the details coming up.
News 7 is next.
The search for a U-V-a student suspected of shooting a former football player is over.
The victim's chances of making the pros may be over as well.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
And I'm Shannon Young.
A U-V-A spokeswoman says Aaron Joshua Robinson turned himself in this morning.
Robinson's charged with malicious wounding.
Police say he shot a man late Tuesday night at the Faulkner Residence Hall.
Though the University has not identified the victim, published reports indicate it was former U-V-A football player Jamaine Winborne.
Police say his wound is serious, but not life threatening.
It could be career- threatening though.
Winborne signed a contract with the New York Giants and was supposed to report to mini-camp next week.
The shooting will likely end his chance with the N-F-L team because the contract was contingent upon Winborne passing a physical.
Three current U-V-A players were arrested for a disturbance early Wednesday morning as police tried to investigate the shooting.
A man already accused of robbing one bank is now charged with robbing another.
Gregory Leon Young of Greensboro is already being held on bank robbery charges in Henry County.
Yesterday Danville police charged him with robbing another bank.
They say Young robbed the American National Bank on Nor-Dan Drive in January.
Thousands of textile jobs have left the area over the past few years.
But 60 will come back when Rocky Mount welcomes a new business to its Office and Technology Park.
Town council announced today that Jammin Custom Made Apparel and Accessories will relocate from California by early next year.
The family-owned company has been in business for more than 20 years, and is widely known for making athletic team uniforms, including those worn by the L.A. Laker cheerleaders.
Town officials say Rocky Mount has a workforce that's already trained in the apparel business.
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The Jammin Apparel company will also start a small business incubator in the park.
The President of the Roanoke Museum dedicated to African-American culture says the financial situation is so bad it's time to beg for money.
The Harrison Museum today announced that it would lay off its handful of employees including Executive Director Aletha Bolden.
President Melody Stovall says the museum's suffered from a lack of financial support from the government and poor response to fundraising efforts for the past couple years but that the situation recently reached the breaking point.
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((MELODY STOVALL/PRESIDENT, HARRISON MUSEUM: THAT MEANS WE'RE GONNA BECOME A VOLUNTEER OPERATED ORGANIZATION AND COUNT ON THE COMMUNITY TO COME FORTH WITH THEIR TIME, TALENTS AND MONES TO MAKE SURE THE MUSEUM SURVIVES THE FINANCIAL CRISIS.))
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Stovall says the board plans to refill the staff positions once funding increases.
The changes are immediate and will include reduced operating hours.
For more than 50-years its been an idea in the works.
As of Monday, though, Craig County will finally have a library.
Susan Bahorich shows us: it may be small but it stacks up.
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[SUPER=01-Patty Day/Friends of the Library President]
[SUPER=01-Caitlyn Day/Friends of the Library]
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((YOU'VE GOT THAT ONE...))
It's a group effort here in New Castle, even 7-year-old Stephanie is lending a hand.
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((CAITLYN DAY, C.C. FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY: IT WAS VERY STRESSFUL AND WE THOUGHT ABOUT QUITTING MORE THAN ONCE, IT JUST GOT REALLY HARD...))
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But, the hard work is paying off. About three-years ago, Craig County Friends of the Library was formed. The Days are one of about half-a dozen families who have stuck it out and seen the project through.
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((PATTY DAY, PRES., C.C. FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY: I WAS DRIVING THE CHILDREN TO SALEM OR ROANOKE TO USE THOSE LIBRARIES.
IF THEY HAVE A PROJECT DUE OR ESSAY TO WRITE OR RESEARCH TO DO, IT'S DIFFICULT TO BE ABLE TO JUMP IN THE CAR AND DRIVE TO SALEM OR ROANOKE.))
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So, instead of constantly driving- they became the driving force behind the library project. After dozens of fundraisers, bake-sales and donations more than 13-thousand books were collected and the library was on a roll.
((LET'S PUT NON-FICTION OVER THERE AND FICTION OVER THERE.))
Volunteers and people throughout the community have helped make this small building, a cozy hideaway for book lovers. Now, the finishing touches will offer kids a sanctuary to read their first books, the community a place to surf the net and even resources for the unemployed to find a job.
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((CAITLYN DAY, C.C. FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY: IT'S REALLY EXCITING, BUT THERE'S STILL A LOT OF WORK TO BE DONE.))
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And, while one chapter of the library's story will soon be closing - another chapter will soon begin. Once this small facility gets of the ground, the wheels are already in motion to build phase 2- a larger facility.
SB, News 7, New Castle. ))
One of the candidates for Roanoke mayor says he's being left out in the cold.
The debate over the debate when News 7 returns.
Plus three years of work pays off for tech students and their very high-tech car.
Independent George Sgouros (SCORE-us) will be on the ballot next week when Roanokers choose a new mayor, but it now appears he won't be in a broadcast debate tomorrow morning.
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As Joe Dashiell reports that decision has created a small debate of its own.
Keith and Shannon...
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Radio station WFIR reviewed campaign finance reports before deciding to invite the three other candidates to participate in the 90- minute debate. Sgouros has raised and spent just over 200 dollars.
Sgouros objected to the decision, but Program Director Kevin Larue says WFIR tried to make an objective, good faith judgment in the best interest of the station's listeners.
Tonight we complete our look at the candidates, with a profile of Sgouros and some of the obstacles he has faced.
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((George Sgouros has friends on the city market, and he hopes an expanding circle of supporters in the Mayor's race.
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(( WELL GEORGE I WISH YOU LUCK... OKAY WELL THANKS A LOT. GOOD.))
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Though he moved to Roanoke last year, Sgouros says he's been a regular visitor to the Valley for fifteen.
Though he hasn't run for public office before, he has a business background and says his lack of political experience is actually an advantage.
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Sgouros acknowledges the difficulty of challenging candidates who will outraise and outspend him 100-fold, but during a recent candidates forum, Sgouros argued that his campaign provides the only true alternative.
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((IF YOU THE PEOPLE ARE MORE THAN ANNOYED BY THE INEPTIBILITY, 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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Sgouros says Roanoke needs a full-time mayor, and he promises an open door to citizens concerns. Though he may be the dark horse in a four way-race, Sgouros says he's the Seabiscuit of this bunch, poised for a come-from-behind victory on Tuesday.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
As the election nears, civic groups are chiming in on who they think should be running the city.
Today the Roanoke Firefighters Association and the Roanoke City Police Officer's Association endorsed Nelson Harris for mayor, and Brian Wishneff, Sherman Lea, and Wendy Jones for city council.
The group interviewed the candidates for knowledge of public safety issues, and then made its choices.
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((RODNEY JORDAN/ROANOKE FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT; DID THEY DO ANY INVESTIGATION, DID THEY DO ANY RESEARCH? AND A LOT OF THESE CANDIDATES, NOT ONLY DID THEY DO RESEARCH BUT THEY CAME TO THE TABLE WITH PROPOSED SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEMS, AND THAT'S WHAT MADE THEM STAND OUT.))
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Meanwhile, members of the Business Leadership Fund endorsed Harris for mayor, and Jones, Bev Fitzpatrick, and Bill Carder for the three open council positions.
The president of the group says this race should NOT be focused on Victory Stadium, but the economic future of the city and the region.
He says those candidates know that what's good for businesses is also good for the people who live here.
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((ED HALL/BUSINESS LEADERSHIP FUND PRESIDENT; EACH OF THESE CANDIDATES, BASED ON THE INTERVIEWS, BELIEVES IN REGIONAL COOPERATION, WE THINK THEY UNDERSTAND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND WE THINK THAT THEY UNDERSTAND THAT NEIGHBORHOODS ARE DOWNTOWN, BUSINESS DISTRICT AS WELL AS RESIDENTIAL, AND THAT WE ALL LIVE AND PLAY HERE, AND NOT JUST WORK HERE.))
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The group also endorsed Jane Johnson, Gerald Pace and Howard Packett for Salem City Council.
Stocks fell for the second straight day.
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The DOW dropped 70 points.
NASDAQ fell 31.
There's a new Commonwealth's Attorney in Radford.
Chris Rehak was sworn in as the city's first, NEW chief prosecutor in 14 years.
He replaces Randal Duncan who will be sworn in as a judge tomorrow.
Rehak was a Roanoke County Police officer for five years before going to law school.
He's been Radford's ASSISTANT Commonwealth's Attorney for the last four years.
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((CHRIS REHAK/RADFORD COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: HOPEFULLY FOR A LONG TIME I'LL BE THE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTONREY. BUT YES, THIS IS AN EXCITING STEP. THERE'S BEEN 15 YEARS OF PREPARTION FOR THIS. AND I'M READY FOR THE RESPONSIBILITY.))
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Radford will hold a special election in November.
Rehak says he intends to run for office in hopes of winning the job permanently.
Virginia Tech's future engineers may have created America's future truck.
Over the last three years more than 80 tech students have been working on a 2002 Ford Explorer.
They're trying to make the SUV more efficient for the Future Truck competition.
15 universities from around the country will compete this June.
Tech's SUV is hydrogen powered.
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((HENNING LOHSE-BUSCH: THIS CAR WILL SOLVE THE EMISSIONS PROBLEMS THAT YOU HAVE NOW IN CONGESTED CITIES AND IT WILL ALSO SOLVE THE PROBLEM WITH IMPORTING FOREIGN OIL. HYDROGEN CAN BE MADE DOMESTICALLY AND ITS RENEWABLE.))
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The SUV will be judged over ten days on efficiency and the degree to which it's better for the environment.
The team is competing to win a 6-thousand dollar grand prize.
Team members say, win or lose, the real reward is the engineering experience they've gained.
Coming up tonight on News 7 Sports - ODAC baseball tournament highlights.
Plus, Majestic Mapp will play another year of college hoops,
and with the temperatures improving - we'll check out some new equipment for those of you who plan to leave work a little early tomorrow.
Majestic Mapp, the UVa point guard with the unforgettable name and hard luck career has been the OK to play another season -
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but not at UVa.
Mapp will play for division two State University of West Georgia next year.
In 2000 he suffered a knee injury that required four surgeries and two and half years to heal.
He was never the same player he was before getting hurt.
He will eligible to play immediately after getting clearance from the NCAA.
Last night we told you that UVa had offered Heritage high school star Chris Cook a full scholarship.
Today, UVa assistant coach and central Virginia native Anthony Poindexter paid Cook a visit, and the all-state defensive back verbally committed to the Cavaliers.
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With the golf season in full swing, Ashley Plantation gave local hacks a chance to try out some new equipment with its demo day.
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Club representatives from 9 different manufacturers were on hand, including Titleist, Ping, Callaway, and Taylor Made. The competition between the club makers has gotten ultra fierce.
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The ODAC baseball tournament invaded City Stadium today in Lynchburg. Top seeded Virginia Wesleyan beat sixth seeded Roanoke 9-7 in the first round. But Steve Mason says Roanoke is no longer Marooned on the conference's last place island.
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there are a lot more Roanoke College baseball shirts because there are more Roanoke College baseball fans. The fact the team has doubled its winn total from last season is one reason why.
Morris's Maroon roster has nine players from Byrd, Northside, Salem, Alleghany, William Campbell, Covington , Liberty and Parry McCluer.
The Maroons trailed Virginia Wesleyan 9-2 by the bottom of the fifth inning thanks to Ryan Ellis's RBI single to left. But Roanoke came out of left field with five runs from the eigth inning on and had a chance to win it in the ninth. Despite the loss Roanoke has a bright future with not one senior.
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Finally tonight - the Kentucky Derby is set for this weekend - and without a doubt the jockeys are all winners.
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In a move that mirrors NASCAR in many ways - the jockeys sued and won the right to wear advertising patches and logos on their shirts.
The jockeys expect to get as much as $30 thousand a piece for wearing the logos in the derby.
The Science Museum of Western Virginia is planning a murder.
A murder *mystery* to be exact.
This weekend, the museum will host a dinner theater event in which guests will try to figure out who killed "Victor Vicarious".
His girlfriend, "Rory Roanoke" is one of the suspects.
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((LEAH WILEY/"RORY ROANOKE": I HEARD MY FORMER PARAMOUR... HE LOVED ME. IN FACT, I HOPE I'M REMEMBERED IN HIS WILL.))
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You may recognize one of the other suspects, Bill Bruminator, a lawyer who's always dreamed of being a meteorologist, played by News 7's own Robin Reed.
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For more information about the "Mystery at the Science Museum", log onto our website at wdbj7 dot com and click on websites in the news.
The event will include a catered dinner, cash bar and silent auction.