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Coming up on News 7,
A William Byrd Middle School student collapses and dies during P-E class.
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And V-M-I's class of 2004 receives some words of inspiration from one of the nation's top military leaders.
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Tonight in sports, the Division Three softball tournament continues in Salem plus
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second round action from the Roanoke Country Club in the 21st Scott Robertson Memorial.
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A few pop-up showers, and a mix of Sun and Clouds made up your Sunday weather story. We'll increase the chance of showers a bit for Sunday. A look at Skytracker7 and the 7-Day Planner is coming up. [Video-Open]
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[COVER BITE WITH MYERS AT THE PODIUM]
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((KEN WHITE: I THINK IT WAS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR... HEAR WHAT HE HAD TO SAY.))
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Cadets at the Virginia Military Institute hear from the nation's Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in person.
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Good evening, I'm Myranda Stephens.

[VMI-Graduation]


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The 162nd class graduated from the Virginia Military Institute today. It was a memorable day made more exciting by a visit from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Jennifer Wishon has more from Lexington.
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Patriotic Spirit was high at the Virginia Military Institute Saturday. Thousands of people packed Cameron Hall to watch nearly 250 cadets graduate and hear first hand from President Bush's top military advisor - General Richard Myers.
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The Chairman's visit came just hours after returning from Iraq - where he met with American troops. Reluctant to discuss the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at the hands of Americans - Myers says he has complete confidence in America's military men and women who are still working in hostile conditions.
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((General Myers))
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Myers says VMI's graduates will undoubtedly face challenging times as the U-S continues to fight terrorism, but reminded them they don't have to wear a uniform to make America strong.
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Cooper is one of about 120 cadets being commissioned into the Armed Forces - some of which will soon find themselves actively fighting under General Myers' command. Jennifer Wishon, News 7, Lexington.))

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A William Byrd Middle School student died yesterday after collapsing during a physical education class.
The eighth grader apparently collapsed while running on the school's track. The assistant principal and another person administered CPR until rescue crews arrived. The boy was taken to Roanoke Community Hospital where he died.
School officials are not releasing the boy's name.
Officials say the boy suffered from a medical condition, but declined to elaborate -- except to say that the condition did NOT keep him from participating in athletics.

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A call of a fire at an old warehouse put dozens of Roanoke firefighters on alert this afternoon. Shortly before 12-thirty, a small fire broke out at the old Evans Paint building on Cleveland Avenue, Southwest. The building is vacant, and fire officials say they have had problems with multiple fires at the building before. It turned out to be just a small rubbish fire in the rear of the building. It was quickly put out with a fire extinguisher. There was no damage to the building, and no word on what started the fire. The incident is under investigation.

[Tech-Recap]


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The future of three Virginia Tech football players convicted on misdemeanor charges yesterday is still uncertain in regards to whether they will remain on the team.
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Quarterback Marcus Vick, wide receiver Brenden Hill, and tailback Mike Imoh were all found guilty of three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor yesterday, stemming from a late night party at their apartment involving 14 and 15 year old girls. Each was ordered to pay fines and will spend between 10 and 30 days in jail. Now, university officials say it is up to Tech's athletic director, Jim Weaver, to decide what their future will be with the Hokie football team.
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((LARRY HINCKER/VIRGINIA TECH SPOKESPERSON: THE COMPREHENSIVE ACTION PLAN IS WRITTEN TO TAKE STUDENT DISCIPLINE OUT OF THE HANDS OF THE COACHES AND PUT INTO AN OBJECTIVE THIRD PARTY IN THIS CASE THE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR.))
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Some of the possible sanctions laid out in the university's comprehensive action plan include a warning, a suspension, or dismissal from the team. Attorneys for all three men say they do plan to appeal the convictions.
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Still ahead on the newscast, High gas prices aren't just putting a dent in wallets, but also putting some people out of business.
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and evangelist Billy Graham is hospitalized in North Carolina after suffering a fall at his home.
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[Graham-Fall]


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Evangelist Billy Graham is in stable condition at Mission Hospitals in Asheville, North Carolina after a fall.
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A statement on Graham's web site says Graham was admitted for evaluation and treatment of injuries from a fall he suffered yesterday. Graham had been at home recovering from a partial hip replacement surgery performed in January. His orthopedic surgeon said Graham is in stable condition and that preliminary tests indicated a possible hairline fracture to the pelvis. Further tests will determine the extent of his injuries, and the time needed for recovery.
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[Biz-Review]


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Rising gas prices are forcing some local business men to rethink their professions, and Craig County hopes to raise money by putting an extra tax on merchants. Donald Graham has more in News 7's Business Review.
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(( Record high gas prices are taking a toll on area businesses. David Hodges has owned a Roanoke Valley landscaping business for 17-years and says, during that time his biggest enemies, have been drought and the cost of fuel. Hodges is now paying about 100 dollars a week to keep his two trucks and handful of mowers running.
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((DAVID HODGES/LANDSCAPER: I THINK THAT IT'S KINDA STRANGE THAT GAS PRICES CAN BE AT A CERTAIN LEVEL AND THEN SPIKE THIS HIGH ALL OF A SUDDEN.)) ((HODGES: BASICALLY, I MEAN IF YOU CAN'T MAKE MONEY IN THIS BUSINESS YOU DON'T NEED TO BE DOING IT.))
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The prices are also making it hard on small gas stations. Jerry Chapman yearns for the past. The gas station owner says he passes his costs onto customers immediately after filling his tanks. He makes about 10-cents off every gallon but is still feeling the pinch.
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Chapman is selling his service station as a result, and Hodges is getting out of the landscaping business to go back to school. Craig County business owners may soon be digging deeper to pay thier taxes. Supervisers are set to look at a proposal that will impose a tax on local business owners. The Business Professional Occupational License, or B-POL, tax would levy a fee on the privilege of doing business in the county. An initial draft indicates the tax would bring in more than 40 thousand dollars. A new call center and hundreds of new jobs are heading to Pulaski. Global Contact Services says Pulaski County was able to provide an attractive as well as easily accessible location for a new center. The telemarketing firm has invested more than one million dollars into the old A-E-P building in downtown Pulaski. The company hopes to hire up to 300 people. For News 7, I'm Donald Graham and that's Business Review.))

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Warm weather, and a chance of storms in the afternoon. Brent Watts will have your forecast in just a few minutes.
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and also, why were these folks pounding the pavement on a hot spring day? We'll have the answer, in just a few minutes.
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[Dorsey-Benefit]


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A group of bikers played poker to help a friend today.
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Nearly a hundred bikers gathered at Glenn Maury Park in Buena Vista before heading out on a poker run. It's all in an effort to help Dylan Dorsey - a natural bridge boy who fell ill with a mysterious disease nine months ago.
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When Dylan returned home from the hospital the end of February about 500 motorcycles escorted him from Charlottesville to Natural Bridge. Since then it's been a rocky road and his family has incurred thousands of dollars in medical bills.
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((RICK DORSEY: THE FIRST TIME HE CAME BACK HE WAS HOME A WEEK BEFORE HE HAD TO GO BACK TO THE HOSPITAL... HEAD BACK AND FORTH AND CLAPS HIS HANDS.))
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The Dorsey benefit continues tonight at Glenn Maury Park with a number of bands, a bike- show and plenty of food.

[Grandin-5k]


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More than a hundred runners ran five kilometers to raise money today for a trip.
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Its the first year the Grandin Court Baptist Church hosted the Grandin 5-K and runners made their way through Roanoke parks and city streets. They managed to raise two thousand dollars for their annual mission trip.
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((I AM A FIRM BELIEVER IN HANDS ON MISSION PROJECTS AND THESE GUYS GOING AND DOING STUFF IN COMMUNITIES OTHER THAN OUR ONW IS VERY IMPORTANT. THEY DO A LOT OF WORK HERE IN OUR COMMUNTY THROUGH THE RESCUE MISSION AND OTHER PROJECTS. BUT THEM GETTING AWAY BY THEMSELVES INTERNALLY AS WELL AS DOING SOMETHING POSITVE FOR OTHER PEOPLE IS A GREAT THING FOR THEM TO DO.))
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Meadows says he hopes next years race will be much bigger and have even more community involvment.
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Coming up, the Cup cars are set to roll in the state capital,
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and we'll check in on the first of three qualifying days at Indianapolis for the 88th Indy 500.
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The Nextel Cup cars are set to rumble in Richmond tonight's Chevy American Revolution 400. Jeff Green starts 3rd for the second straight race in the famed 43 of Petty Enterprises. Green has had the chance to work for some top flight organizations in his career, including Dale Earnhardt and Richard Childress. He's now looking to put the Pettys back in victory lane.
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Time trials are underway at the Brickyard for the May 30th Indy 500.
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At last check, Buddy Rice, driving a car owned by Bobby Rahal had the top spot. Rice turned in a 4 lap average just a shade over 222 miles per hour.
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Round Two of the Scott Robertson Memorial is winding down at this hour at the Roanoke Country Club. In the girls 15-18 year old division, Marika Lendl, the daughter of tennis great Ivan Lendl is locked in a tie with first round leader Emma Cabrera Bello. Lendl shot 65 today while Cabrera Bello tallied a 68. Both golfers have a two day total of 134.
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In the boys 15-18 division,
2002 champ Webb Simpson is among the leaders. The Wake Forest bound golfer knocks in the short birdie effort.

Jesse Spiers will be with the final groups tomorrow as well. He just misses a birdie here. We'll update the leaderboard tonight at 11.
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Day number two of the NCAA division three softball championship is winding down at the Moyer Complex in Salem. The final game of the day gets underway at 6:30 tonight.
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Fans who plan to check out the athletes representing 8 schools from all over the nation will immediately notice that the talent level is outstanding. And if they're able to meet some of these young women, they'll also find out that the D-3 athlete is something special.
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If you think you might want to check out some action tomorrow. The games begin at Noon and follow at 2:30, five and 7:30.
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[WIPE to ENG!!]
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On the big league diamond today, rookie Kevin Youkilis made his major league debut for the Red Sox, and Youkilis made it one to remember, parking this pitch from Pat Hentgen in the left field seats for the first dinger of his career.

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David Ortiz followed that up later with his 10th bomb of the season, also off of Hentgen. Boston beat Toronto 4 to nothing.
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We finish on the ice where Philadelphia has evened up the Eastern Conference Finals with Tampa Bay at 2 games apiece.
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Keith Primeau assisted on the Flyers first goal of the afternoon and then late in the second period he put in this slapshot past Nicolai Khabibulin.
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