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A major announcement out of Richmond today--
International Speedway Corporation has purchased the Martinsville race track for over 190- MILLION dollars.
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Plus, trial begins today for three Virginia Tech football players.
We'll have a live report.
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Clouds continue to build across the area which could lead to a few afternoon showers and storms. I'll have your weekend forecast.
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And, we'll have a live interview with opera star Elizabeth Futral (FEW-trull).
Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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Fans and businesses in Martinsville are caught by surprise this morning.
International Speedway Corporation has bought the Martinsville race track.
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The company announced this morning it has purchased the speedway for 192 MILLION dollars.
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The track brings in 94 thousands fans for each of it two races every year.
Built in 1947, it was privately owned by the Campbell and Bill France families.
The France family also owns 60 percent of the company which has purchased the track.
A spokesperson for I-S-C says the Martinsville track has quote "a passionate and devoted fan base and we will continue to offer these customers a premium race experience."
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Former owner Clay Campbell is expected to hold a press conference announcing the sale today at two in Martinsville.


We'll have more on this story today on News 7 at 5 and Six.
Meanwhile NASCAR officials released the schedule for next year and it is bad news for tracks in North and South Carolina.
Darlington will lose one of its Nextel Cup races and as expected Rockingham will lose both of its events.
The changes are part of a sweeping realignment that will send races to Phoenix and Texas.


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The trial of Tech quarterback Marcus Vick and two teammates is underway in a Christiansburg Courtroom.
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Rachel DePompa is outside the Montgomery County Administration Center with the latest.
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The American civilian beheaded in Iraq was a familiar name to the F-B- I.
Agents questioned Nick Berg two years ago about an e-mail linked to an acquaintance of terrorism suspect Zacarias Moussaoui.
Investigators determined that Berg had nothing to do with Moussaoui.
As the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal gets deeper, the military is working to reduce the prison population there as quickly as possible.
And, new information is coming out about who allegedly did or did NOT give orders for the abuse.
Teri Okita reports.
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TRACK: WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS WAITING AT THE GATES, HUNDREDS OF IRAQI DETAINEES WERE RELEASED FROM ABU GHARIB PRISON IN BAGHDAD. ABU GHARIB IS AT THE CENTER OF THE PRISONER ABUSE SCANDAL. THEIR RELEASE COMES ONE DAY AFTER DEFENSE SECRETARY DONALD RUMSFELD MADE A SURPRISE VISIT TO THE DETENTION CENTER.

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SOT: It was important to get the secretary down to Abu Ghraib so he

could have an eyes-on, hands-on understanding of what happened out there.
TRACK: WHILE SOME PRISONERS SAY THEY WERE NEVER MISTREATED, OTHERS RELEASED TODAY SAY THEY WERE HUMILIATED, PSYCHOLOGICALLY PRESSURED, AND PHYSICALLY ABUSED. THERE HAVE BEEN RUMORS OF RAPE, TOO; ALTHOUGH, HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS SAY NO CASE HAS BEEN SUBSTANTIATED.
TRACK: PRISON GUARD SPECIALIST, JEREMY SIVITS THE FIRST U-S SOLDIER TO BE COURT-MARTIALED IN THE ABUSE SCANDAL MADE A DEAL WITH PROSECUTORS AND IS EXPECTED TO PLEAD GUILTY TO LESSER CHARGES NEXT WEDNESDAY IN BAGHDAD.
TRACK: ACCORDING TO NEWSPAPER REPORTS, SIVITS SAYS THE ABUSE WAS NOT AUTHORIZED BY HIGHER-UPS IN THE CHAIN-OF-COMMAND. SIVITS WAS THE ONE TAKING THE PICTURES AND DESCRIBES THE SOLDIERS AS LAUGHING AND JOKING AS THEY BEAT AND SEXUALLY HUMILIATED THE PRISONERS. HE SAYS, OUR COMMAND WOULD HAVE SLAMMED US IF THEY SAW WHAT WAS GOING ON, THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN HELL TO PAY.
ONE OF THE SOLDIERS HE ACCUSED OF WROND-GOING WAS CORPORAL CHARLES GRANER, WHO THE MILITARY NOW SAYS WILL BE THE FOURTH SOLDIER COURT-MARTIALED.

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STANDUP: But the other guards facing charges say they were simply carrying out orders from their superiors. Their lawyers say Sivits fabricated the story and claim his statements are questionable because of his plea deal. Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington.
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Meanwhile, U-S tanks are in the center of the Iraqi holy city of Najaf.
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Hospital officials say four Iraqis have been killed, and 22 others wounded.
They've been shelling positions held by fighters loyal to anti-American cleric, Moqtada (Mook- tada) al- Sadr.
Despite earlier reports, a U-S commander says American troops have not attacked a Shiite shrine located there.
But a hotel in Najaf housing journalists did come under fire.
There were no reports of any casualties.
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An al- Qaida statement posted on Islamist websites encourages readers to help militants in Iraq.
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A top al-Qaida leader in Saudi Arabia says the terrorist group was helping Muslim militants fighting to expel U-S forces from Iraq.
It also claimed responsibility for a shooting this month in Saudi Arabia that killed five Westerners, and vowed more deadly attacks in the region.
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Coming up next on the newscast, police in Danville are looking for a murder suspect.
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And one person is dead foloowing a plane crash between Washington and Baltimore.
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A pilot is dead after a small plane crashed in a neighborhood near the Baltimore- Washington International Airport this morning.
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Authorities don't believe anyone else was on board the plane, or that anyone on the ground was hit.
The turbo- prop plane was heading to the airport from Philadelphia when it crashed just before 7:30 this morning.
It was carrying a cargo of checks and financial documents.
No word yet on what may have caused the crash.
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Authorities in Danville are trying to solve murder case.
In March, 34-year-old Annie Deloris Howerton was shot and killed at a liquor store on North Union Street.
Police are now offering a five-thousand dollar reward thanks to an anonymous donation.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Danville Police Department or Danville Crime Stoppers at 434-793-0000.

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The Roanoke police department today unveiled its memorial honoring officers who've died in the line of duty.
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Lawrence Bechtel (BECK-tel), the artist who designed the statue, portrayed one wounded officer being comforted by another. The statue is designed as a way for the community to remember the sacrifices the city's police officers have made. The memorial also has a plaque naming Roanoke's fifteen fallen officers.
The idea for a memorial has been planned since 1986.
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One reason nutritional experts are frustrated by low- carbohydrate diets is because many of the plans cut out fruits and vegetables.
However, carb counters may be surprised to learn that the good foods aren't that bad.
Doctor Sean Kenniff explains.
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((YOUR MOTHER ALWAYS TOLD YOU TO EAT THEM. BUT THESE DAYS FRUITS AND VEGETABLES HAVE BEEN GIVEN A BAD NAME THANKS TO THE LOW-CARB CRAZE.
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APPLES, ORANGES AND ALL OTHER FRUITS HAVE THE HEALTHY STUFF EVERY-BODY NEEDS.

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"The vitamins, the minerals, the antioxidants, the phitochemicals"
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"Fruit has a sugar in it called fructose".
AND NATURAL FRUCTOSE IMPACTS YOUR BODY TOTALLY DIFFERENT THAN " THAT" REFINED SUGAR.

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"actually is absorbed more slowly than the sugar in a candy bar."
THAT SLOW DIGESTION KEEPS YOUR BELLY FULL LONGER AND STOPS YOU FROM EATING AGAIN.... WHICH IS WHAT DIETING IS ALL ABOUT.

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"and they don t have a lot of calories,(butt to) I think people should eat a lot of vegetables as often as they can."


BUT SOME LOW-CARB DIETS CUT OUT FRUIT AND VEGGIES IN THE FIRST STAGES OF THE PLAN. SO IF YOU'RE 'NOT' ON AN OFFICIAL DIET AND ARE JUST COUNTING CARBS THEN DO THE MATH.
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You see low carb items at restaurants and in the grocery store so are school cafeteria's next?
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A school in New Hampshire recently began offering bunless burgers.
The Roanoke school system says strict U-S-D-A guidelines would make it nearly impossible to endorse a particular diet.
But officials concede low carb items may eventually make it onto the menu.
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((LISSY MERENDA/ROANOKE SCHOOL SYSTEM: IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO WATCH, IT REALLY WILL TO SEE IF YOU CAN DO SOME OF THESE LOW CARB PRODUCTS THAT STILL MEET THE USDA REQUIREMENTS.))
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But some dietitians warn a strict low carb diet is unhealthy for kids.
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((HEATHER COX/REGISTERED KROGER DIETICIAN: THERE ARE SOMETHINGS THAT ARE LACKING FROM THOSE DIETS. WE TALKED ABOUT THERE ARE SOME DIFFERENT VITAMINS AND MINERALS AND LACKING IN THEIR DIETS. WE WORRY ABOUT THAT AND THEIR GROWTH ABILITIES.))
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Cox says parts of the Atkins diet may be beneficial like cutting out the sugars you see soda.
The Roanoke school system recently began replacing soft drinks in the vending machines with juices and milk.
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Coming up on News 7--
We'll tell you why late night funnyman

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David Letterman was "saddling up" to the studio before the sun came up this morning.
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These days, most of the time David Letterman is up at 4 AM is to change a diaper--
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But the Late Show became the EARLY Show this morning, when Letterman arrived at the Ed Sullivan Theatre on horseback.

He took the stage at 4:00, in an effort to show what the "city that never sleeps" is like before dawn.
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The show will air tonight.
Dave's early bird guests include comedian and actress Amy Sedaris, rat expert Robert Sullivan and the musical group, Modest Mouse.

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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 14. The NASDAQ has lost 20.
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Up next in sports, the NCAA Division- 3 softball championship starts today, but not before the players had a chance to relax and have some fun.
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And another University in our region is swapping conferences. We'll have the details next.
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The college athletics conference swap could affect another school in our area.
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Radford University is considering leaving the Big South Conference to join the Atlantic Sun Conference. School officials have had preliminary conversations with the Atlantic Sun. That conference is looking for replacements for Troy State who left for the Sun Belt, and the University of Central Florida who jumped ship to the MAC.
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Hidden Valley has a new head football coach. The Titans have replaced one former Friday Football Extra player of the week with another one.
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J.R. Edwards takes over for Steve Magenbauer at the Roanoke County school. Edwards has spent the past 12 years working as an assistant coach at his alma mater William Byrd.
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In 1986 - J.R. won player of the week honors during his senior season at Byrd under head coach Jeff Highfill.
He starred at quarterback for the Terriers, and later went on to William & Mary. Edwards' formal approval from the Roanoke County school board came earlier last night.
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The NCAA division three softball championship begins today in Salem ,as 8 teams vie for a national title at the Moyer Complex.
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One team in particular had to go the extra mile to make it to Salem. Alma College - located in Alma, Michigan had all kinds of travel-related problems as it tried to make its way to the City of Champions.
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[VO NAT CON'T] Each team got in an hour- long practice at the Moyer, but there also was plenty of time to unwind before the tournament starts. Yesterday morning four of the teams either made the rounds at area hospitals, or visited elementary schools and read to the students. And then there was a midday barbecue and karaoke session - all designed to make the Salem-Experience a memorable one.


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You can use them to take pictures, surf the Internet and watch television--
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But starting in June, owners of Japanese mobile phones will also be able to enjoy KARAOKE whenever they want.
After downloading the instrumental version of a tune from the Internet, Vodaphone's V- 601- T model can be folded in half to become a microphone.
Plug the mobile phone into the nearest T-V set, and the screen will show the lyrics, so you can sing along.
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