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Coming up on News 7,
Police have arrested a suspect in a fatal shooting earlier this week in Radford.
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And graduation turns into a political arena at one university in Lynchburg.
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Tonight in sports, Nascar's Ricky Craven weighs in on the Mother's Day holiday,
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and we'll check on the D3 Softball regionals from Salem.
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[ANCHOR=Brent]
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A brief relief from the extreme Spring heat, but the 80's return to the region for Mother's Day, along with a slight chance of an afternoon storm. The forecast for your hometown is coming up. [Video-Open]
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((JOSHUA GIBSON: IT WAS EXCITING TO GET A POLITICIAN HERE WHO LOVES GOD AND FOLLOWS AFTER HIM.))
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Liberty University graduates hear from President Bush's assistant, while John Kerry supporters rally outside.
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[ANCHOR=Myranda]
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Good evening, I'm Myranda Stephens.

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The 31st class of Liberty University received their degrees today after receiving some partisan advice on politics and life. Senior White House Advisor Karl Rove served as the University's commencement speaker, but as Jennifer Wishon reports, his visit wasn't without opposition.
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((POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE))
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More than two- thousand students ended their college careers at Liberty University Saturday in front of a full house at the Vines Center.
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((JOSHUA GIBSON: I'M SETTING UP INTERVIEWS RIGHT NOW FOR YOUTH MINISTRY POSITIONS AND THEN OFF TO SEMINARY A FEW YEARS DOWN THE ROAD AND THEN TO THE MISSIONS FIELD.))
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((LU CHOIR SINGING: AND EVERY ANGEL KNOWS THY NAME))
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The commencement ceremony included a mixture of prayer and politics. University Chancellor Jerry Falwell reflected on Liberty's accomplishments before introducing commencement speaker Karl Rove.
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((JERRY FALWELL: THE ONLY MAN I KNOW BEATEN AND HAMMERED MORE BY THE LEFT THAN KARL ROVE IS HIS BOSS GEORGE BUSH.))
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Rove's light- hearted advice drew applause and laughter from the crowd.
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((KARL ROVE: WHEN YOU GO IN FOR THE JOB INTERVIEWS DON'T ACT LIKE YOU'RE SMARTER THAN THE PERSON YOU INTERVIEW WITH. EVEN IF YOU ARE.))
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The President's senior advisor encouraged graduates to pick their friends and political leaders based on character.
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((KARL ROVE: POLITICAL PLATFORMS AND POSITION PAPERS ARE IMPORTANT, BUT ONE OF THE MOST VITAL AND OVERLOOKED QUALITIES IS CHARACTER - THE CAPACITY TO MAKE HARD DECISIONS QUICKLY AND WITH CONFIDENCE.))
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((JENNIFER WISHON/JWISHON@WDBJ7.COM: THE 31ST GRADUATION CEREMONY HERE AT LIBERTY UNIVERSITY WAS LIKE NONE- OTHER. AS STUDENTS GRADUATED INSIDE THE VINES CENTER THERE WAS JUST AS MUCH POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE OUTSIDE.))
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((HEY, HEY, HO, HO. GEORGE BUSH HAS GOT TO GO.))
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John Kerry supporters from Staunton to Roanoke met Rove as he arrived on campus - serving as a reminder that the White House is up for grabs in November.
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((RICK HOWELL/AMHERST COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CHAIRMAN: WE WANTED TO SEND A MESSAGE TO KARL ROVE TO RUN A CLEAN CAMPAIGN BASED ON THE ISSUES, NOT ON THE POLITICS OF PERSONAL DESTRUCTION.))
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Back inside, graduates didn't seem to pay attention to the political rhetoric. For them the day was one of new beginnings. Jennifer Wishon, News 7, Lynchburg.))

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Police in Radford have arrested the man they say was involved in a fatal shooting earlier this week.
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*Aamir Darrin Lewis Brown* was arrested today in connection with the death of Brian Keith Gray in Radford.
The shooting happened around 10:45 Tuesday night on Downey Street, several blocks from Radford University's campus.
Brown is charged with capital murder.
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Police are investigating an early morning shooting that left a Roanoke man in critical condition.
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Police say an officer heard shots in the 33-hundred block of Salem Turnpike just before three.
When officials arrived on the scene, they found 32 year old Raghib Muhammad suffering from an apparent gun shot wound. Muhammad was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
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Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Crime Line or Roanoke City Police.
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A Rustburg man was killed in an accident last night in Campbell County.
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Officials say 33-year-old Alton Tweedy, Junior was driving on Candler's Mountain Road near Dove Lane when he ran off the road, hit a mailbox then continued off the road and struck a tree. Officers say he was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown through the windshield.
Investigators say the truck Tweedy was driving was illegal -- and had bald racing tires and no tags. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
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A birds' nest is being blamed for a fire that damaged a home in Blacksburg last night.
Officials say the fire started around 9:20 in the garage of a home in the three-thousand block of Lancaster Drive.
Flames quickly spread to the attic and a second floor bedroom of the main house.
Firefighters had the fire under control in about 20 minutes.
Officials say some birds built a nest in the light fixture and the heat from the light caused it to catch fire.
No one was injured in the blaze.

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Still ahead on the newscast, one local bride had something old, new, borrowed, and GREEN! We'll show you a wedding that is definitely out of the ordinary in just a little bit.
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and it appears the state budget approved by the General Assembly could still mean some massive cuts for some state agencies.
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The budget passed by the General Assembly yesterday isn't pleasing everyone in the commonwealth.
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The Virginia Department of Transportation says it will have to cut one billion dollars of its proposed six year highway constuction program because the state budget doesn't include the necessary revenue. V-DOT says the cuts mean there will be 14-percent less money available for road building. Officials say maintaining roads, repaying highway-construction loans and paying off debt on finished projects and projects now under way have first financial priority.
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Some workers are demanding less overtime, while a major employer hopes a new deal could bring jobs to the N-R-V. Donald Graham has more in News 7's Business Review.
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Workers at Yokohama say a series of layoffs have led to excessive overtime and they want to put the brakes on it.
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((CHRISTOPHER PRESSLEY: IT MAKES IT HARD AS FAR AS YOUR FAMILY LIFE YOU KNOW YOU WOULD LIKE TO SPEND THE TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY. BUT YOU HAVE TO COME INTO HERE AND PUT IN YOUR FOUR EXTRA HOURS A WEEK OR EIGHT EXTRA HOURS OR WHATEVER IT AS AS OPPOSED TO BEING WITH YOUR FAMILY SPENDING YOUR QUALITY TIME WITH THEM.)) [RUNS12]
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A company spokesperson says Yokohama has laid-off 160 employees since 2002 and all but 45 have been brought back. As a result, he says the overtime issue is not necessarily caused by the reduction in the workforce.
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Volvo officials hope a new agreement will mean more jobs in the N-R-V over the long haul. Volvo signed a new contract to deliver completed trucks nationwide with Swift Transportation. Swift will hire between 100 and 150 long-haul drivers, and 50 support staffers. Company officials say this agreement will benefit the area better because Swift employs mostly local workers, while Volvo's current transportation company uses a nationwide network of drivers.
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Some Botetourt County residents hope to put developers of a proposed quarry in between a rock and a hard place. The group, North Botetourt Concerned Citizens wants to stop a plan to rezone more than 300-acres of land. Timber Ridge Properties wants to open a stone quarry and processing plant. The quarry would be adjacent to the Santana Farm Quarry, on the other side of Catawba Creek. Residents worry the quarry would contaminate the creek and add truck traffic to an already busy route 220.
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((JONNIE SPEIGHT, CONCERNED CITIZEN: THERE ARE A NUMBER OF SINKHOLES IN THE AREA, THERE ARE ABOUT 19-CAVES. EVEN A MINOR DISTURBANCE IN THE KARST GEOLOGY CAN CAUSE MAJOR DAMAGE AND IF YOU GOT TWO QUARRIES OPERATING AT THE SAME TIME, YOU'VE GOT A GREATER POTENTIAL FOR AN EVEN GREATER PROBLEM.)) [RUNS:17]
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A representative for Timber Ridge Properties says the project is a good thing for the area. He says the quarry would bring jobs to the area and increase the county's tax base. The planning commission meeting is Monday, May 10th at six o'clock in Botetourt's Old District Courthouse.
For News 7, I'm Donald Graham and that's Business Review. [MUSIC AND GRAPHICS]
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Still to come on the newscast, Brent will be along with a gorgeous forecast for the weekend and beyond.
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and also, one locality is making strides to being a top fundraiser in the fight against cancer.
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Wytheville residents are taking huge strides towards finding a cure for cancer this weekend.
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Hundreds participated in this year's Relay for Life. Walkers raised more than 161- thousand dollars. That's an eight- thousand dollar increase over last year, when the community placed third in the nation for money raised for the American Cancer Society. The event kicked off Friday night with a camp-site contest and a "Woman-less Beauty Pageant." Organizers say the event is popular because so many people are touched by cancer.
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((LISA LESTER/RELAY FOR LIFE: WE JUST FEEL LIKE IT'S A WONDERFUL CAUSE AND THAT WE WANT TO HELP WIPE OUT CANCER IN OUR LIFETIME. I DO IT BECAUSE I HOPE MY CHILDREN WILL NEVER HAVE TO FACE CANCER.))
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Many cancer survivors helped organize the walk. They say it's important for anyone battling cancer to have a strong network of support.
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((JUNE KERSS/RELAY FOR LIFE: MY SPIRITS WERE KEPT VERY HIGH BECAUSE OF THE SUPPORT GROUP I HAD BEHIND ME AND THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT. I HAD A HUSBAND THAT WAS 100 PERCENT BEHIND ME, I HAD FRIENDS IN MY CHURCH AND THE WHOLE AMERICAN CANCER GROUP HERE WAS 100 PERCENT BEHIND ME AND THAT'S IMPORTANT AND GOD WAS ON MY SIDE.))
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Wytheville residents say they're already starting to raise money for next year.
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Coming up, Roanoke and Averett try to stay alive in Divison Three softball, Tiger backs up in Charlotte, and


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this Nextel Cup driver pays tribute to Mom, on the third off week of the season.
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The NCAA Division Three Softball regional rolled on this afternoon at the Moyer Complex. Roanoke College is underway at this hour with Muskingum in the winner's bracket. The Maroons trail 10 to nothing in the 4th inning.
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Earlier in the day, Averett faced elimination against Emory.
Hits were tough to come by for the Cougars in this one. Jessi Moss raps this base knock to centerfield for Averett. But that was one of just three on the day.
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Emory got three early runs and pitcher Christine O'Brien was dialed in, as the Eagles took out Averett 4 to nothing.
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The Nascar Busch Series races under the lights tonight in Saint Louis in the Charter 250.
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As for the Cup drivers, they're enjoying the long standing tradition of having the Mother's Day weekend off.
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On the big league diamond this afternoon, Greg Maddux went after his 3rd straight win as the Cubbies hosted the Rockies.
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Sammy Sosa went deep in the bottom of the first off Jason Jennings tying the game at 1. His 8th bomb of the year cleared the ivy in deep left field.
But Jennings who throws righty and bats lefty answered with a dinger of his own, coming off Maddux.
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Jennings, the former member of the Salem Avalanche helped Colorado slip past Chicago 4-3.
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With temperatures in the 80s - it's hard to get serious about football, but they are doing just that in the NFL this weekend as a number of teams continue mini-camps.
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The Pittsburgh Steelers were a disappointing 6-and-10 last season, but they are upbeat these days for several reasons.
One of those is rookie quarterback Ben Roethlisberger - who says this NFL stuff is tougher than it looks.
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Bill Cowher also is keeping an eye on his backfield that will require Jerome Bettis and newly acquired Duce Staley to share.
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That won't be possible until Plaxico Burress gets his head on straight. He skipped this weekend's mini-camp and his absence is unexcused.


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We finish up on the links where Tiger Woods couldn't hold the lead in this afternoon's third round of the Wachovia Championship in Charlotte.
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Tiger shot a 75 today, struggling with his driver, but faring ok with the irons. Check out the approach at 18. From 224 yards away, Tiger sticks it to within about 4 feet. Woods is five shots back of the leader Arron Oberholser.
Oberholser is looking for his first Tour win. Today the second year PGA Tour pro carded a 68 that included 4 birdies and 2 eagles. He owns a one shot lead over Notah Begay the Third and Geoff Ogilvy.
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She must have thought his tractor was sexy because she ended up marring him.
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It was not your typical wedding apparel with bare feet, overalls and John Deere. Jeff Swafford and Tiffany Cox exchanged vows today using John Deere as their theme.
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((TIFFANY SWAFFORD/BRIDE: I AM JUST AN OLE COUNTRY GIRL AND MY STEP DAD IS ON THE FARM AND MY NEPHEW IS A JOHN DEER FREAK AND WE JUST GREW UP AND WHEN HE WAS YOUNGER AND THAT'S WHAT HE WANTED TO DO AND I JUST BECAME A JOHN DEER FREAK WITH HIM.))
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(------------) The bride and the groom are both in the military and intend to move to Fort Bragg, North Carolina.