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Coming up on News 7,
Former President Ronald Reagan ends his longtime battle with Alzheimer's.
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Reagan passed away today at the age of 93. A look back at his life and contributions to the nation.
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Tonight in sports, UVA faces an uphill battle in the NCAA baseball regionals, and
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a Russian woman has won the French Open title for the first time.
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The clouds just didn't want to budge this afternoon. While most stayed dry, others felt a few raindrops as they walked out the door. Sunday looks a little better. I'll have forecast details in just a bit.
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Former President Ronald Reagan dies at his home in California.
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Good evening, I'm Myranda Stephens.

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Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, has died at at the age of 93. The actor-turned politician disclosed ten years ago that he was ill with Alzheimer's disease. Tonight he succumbed -- following complications related to his battle. Manuel Gallegus has a look back at his life.
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(( Ronald Wilson Reagan was the oldest man ever elected to the White House and his reelection was the greatest landslide Americans had ever seen. When he left office, Reagans public approval rating was higher than any other modern president. Sot: Ronald Reagan Let history say of us, these were the golden years, when the American Revolution was reborn, when freedom gained new life and America reached for her best. Reagans life had a Hollywood script quality to it. A poor boy from Illinois who managed to get to college and became a radio sportscaster known as Dutch. He took a screen test and won the role of George Gip, the Gipper, in Knute Rockne, All American.
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His first marriage to actress Jane Wyman ended in divorce, but his second to Nancy Davis lasted for the rest of his life. His first brush with politics came as president of the Screen Actors Guild. Later as a spokesman for General Electric he toured the country speaking on the evils of big government and high taxes. After a TV speech for Barry Goldwater in 1964, Reagan emerged as the hope of self-described conservatives all over America. Reagan served two terms as Governor of California, parlaying the office into a run for the presidency. He lost in 1976, failing to take the nomination from sitting President Gerald Ford. But four years later Reagan beat President Jimmy Carter.
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His presidency began with drama. On inauguration day, Iran released 52 American hostages after 444 days of captivity. In office barely two months, Reagan was gravely wounded in an assassination attempt. When the president came back to work public sympathy helped him push through the most sweeping changes in the federal government since Franklin Roosevelts administration and the biggest tax cut in history. In world affairs, President Reagan launched a massive military buildup and proposed the multi-billion dollar Star Wars space defense system. He rejected ditente with the Soviet Union, calling it an evil empire. Sot: They are the focus of evil in the modern world. Yet, in his second term, Reagan met with Mikhail Gorbachev, eventually signing the first treaty reducing the nuclear arsenals of the super powers. But the Iran-contra scandal cast a shadow on the rest of his presidency, though Reagan denied approving a plan to trade arms to Iran and divert the proceeds to Nicaraguan revolutionaries. Called the Teflon President because his administrations problems never seemed to stick to him personally. Reagan was at ease riding horseback or chopping wood at his ranch as well as hosting lavish parties. He was also known as The Great Communicator for the ability to inspire his audience. Sot: Every promise, every opportunity is still golden in this land. After leaving the White House, the spotlight shone on Ronald Reagan one last time when he revealed, in a poignant letter, that he was afflicted with Alzheimers disease. Not the happy ending that the Hollywood script might call for, but a brave one. Manuel Gallegus, CBS News.))

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Virginia Republicans wrapped up their annual convention in Richmond today.
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The two-day celebration kicked off yesterday, with an estimated TWO-thousand delegates. Despite losing three seats in the General Assembly last Fall -- state Republicans say they are confident about this year's election -- including winning back the congressional 9th district. Republicans say they're also looking ahead to next year, when Attorney General Jerry Kilgore is expected to be their nominee for governor.
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Meanwhile, state Democrats packed into the Hotel Roanoke today for THEIR annual convention. As Jennifer Wishon reports, the party believes it's picking up momentum in Virginia.
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((More than a thousand Virginia Democrats gathered in Roanoke for their annual convention and most everyone had their own agenda. Congressman Rick Boucher used the occasion to promote tourist attractions in the 9th District.
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((REP. RICK BOUCHER: WE REALLY HAVE THE STATE'S BEST OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE WITH ITS HIGHEST MOUNTAINS, MOST INTERESTING RIVERS, BEST HUNTING AND FISHING, CAMPING AND BACKPACKING OPPORTUNITIES THAT YOU CAN FIND ANYWHERE IN THE WHOLE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES.))
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A number of Democrats have already officially or unofficially put their names in the hat for the offices of Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General- to be decided in 2005. Candidates for Lieutenant Governor include Delegates Chap Petersen and Viola Baskerville, joined by Senator Phillip Pucket and former Senator Leslie Byrne. Senators Creigh Deeds and John Edwards will likely vie for the office of Attorney General. Party leaders say they're excited by the early enthusiasm and despite the number of candidates many long time Democrats say they've never seen the party more united.
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((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS: OF COURSE WE HAVE A GREAT BUDGET THAT WE PASSED, THE PARTY'S EXCITED ABOUT THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN COMING UP THIS FALL AND THEN LIKE I SAY IN 2005 PEOPLE LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT AS WELL.))
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The man of the hour was Tim Kaine - likely Democratic nominee for the 2005 gubernatorial race.
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But the celebration didn't come without opposition - a handful of protesters advertised their displeasure with the Democratic Party outside the hotel.
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((DAVE SUBLETT: AS A RETIRED MEMBER OF THE MILITARY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IN MY OPINION SLAMS THE MILITARY. THE SAY THEY SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, BUT NOT THE MISSION.))
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But back inside a number of veterans showed their support for John Kerry and stood with Former U- S Senator Max Cleland who flew in from Georgia to rally Virginians around Kerry.
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((MAX CLELAND: WE DON'T GO TO WAR BECAUSE WE WANT TO. AS JOHN KERRY SAYS WE GO TO WAR BECAUSE WE HAVE TO. AND WE MAKE SURE WE TAKE CARE OF THE WORKING PEOPLE OF AMERICA AND THAT WILL BOOST THE ECONOMY AND A RISING TIDE THAT WILL LIFT ALL BOATS.))
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((JENNIFER WISHON/JWISHON@WDBJ7.COM: DELEGATES ELECTED AT THE CONVENTION WILL GO ON TO REPRESENT VIRGINIA AT THE PARTY'S NATIONAL CONVENTION THE LAST WEEK IN JULY. IN THE MEANTIME THEY'LL WORK TO SPREAD THEIR ENTHUSIASM FOR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE JOHN KERRY ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH. JENNIFER WISHON, NEWS 7, ROANOKE))
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Still ahead on the newscast, deadly car accidents kill two people, and send several more to the hospital...
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and also, a proposed university in Southside could be a "college without walls", where technology does away with the blackboard.
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A head-on collision killed one person and sent three more to the hospital. It happened on Hardy Road around 6-forty this morning.
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State Police say a 17 year old girl driving a Pontiac Firebird lost control and crossed the center line, hitting a Toyota pickup truck. A passenger in the truck, 59 year old Joyce Jones was killed in the wreck, and the driver Calvin Jones suffered serious injuries. He is listed in critical condition at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
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The driver of the Firebird was charged with reckless driving. She and a passenger were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

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A single vehicle accident killed one in Roanoke County early this morning.
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20 year old David Secrist was driving on Route 4-60 near Glenvar shortly after midnight. Police say he hit a guardrail, went down a small embankment and struck a tree. Secrist, who was wearing his seat belt, was pronounced dead on the scene.
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Police say excessive speed appears to have contributed to the accident.

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J-M-U's former president is now leading the effort to build a NEW university in Southside.
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The Harvest Foundation recently hired Ronald Carrier to help the organization establish a state-supported college in Henry County. After reviewing a study commissioned by the foundation, Carrier concluded that a traditional college is NOT the way to go. Instead, he says the foundation envisions a college that uses distance learning and Internet courses. Carrier says the goal, in part, would be to offer degrees in disciplines sought by high-tech companies, thus encouraging economic development.
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60 years later, a French man remembers the Allied invasion that liberated his homeland...
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and, the festivities at the National D-Day Memorial kick off tomorrow. We'll tell you what you need to know if you plan to attend, and what you can expect. Stay with us, we'll be right back.
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A French man served lunch today to the men who helped liberate his country.
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Bernard Marie hosted the 20th luncheon for area D- Day veterans in Salem today. French born, Marie became a U-S citizen in 1982. That's when he decided to hold the luncheons to say thank you to the men who saved his way of life. He was five- years- old on D-Day and remembers his entire life changed when his family learned Allied Forces had won the battle in Normandy.
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((BERNARD MARIE: MY MOTHER ON THE AFTERNOON OF THE 6TH, HER LIFE CHANGED. SUDDENLY SHE BECAME A LADY OF THIRTY- SOMETHING YEARS WITH A SMILE AND THE LIFE WAS INSIDE EVERYBODY, THERE WAS A NEW LIFE. THEY WERE BORN AGAIN BECAUSE FOR FOUR YEARS WE WERE UNDER PRESSURE FROM THE OCCUPATION.))
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Marie canceled the lunch last year. He says he didn't want to face the questions that would have surfaced about France's opposition to the U-S led war in Iraq.
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Tomorrow marks the 60th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy
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and the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford has planned a number of activities to commemorate the event. A ceremony is planned for 11 o'clock followed by 1940's music performed near the memorial at Bedford Elementary School. The Library of Congress will be interviewing veterans for its "Oral History Project" while World- War- Two military vehicles are on display. The Memorial is expecting large crowds and has set up a number of off- site parking lots to accomodate visitors.
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[TAKE FS E514] Parking will be provided at the Bedford Moose Lodge in the Oak Tree Business Park, the Bedford Wal- Mart and Liberty Lake Park. Shuttle buses will run back and forth from the parking lots to the Memorial from 8 in the morning until three in the afternoon.
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Visitors will NOT be allowed to park at the D-Day Memorial until after 1 o'clock.
We will have live reports from the memorial on News 7 Sunday Morning, and News 7 at 6.

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Coming up, Virginia tries to stay alive on the road to Omaha, French Open highlights, and
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some fans at tomorrow's MBNA 400 at Dover will get a unique perspective on the race.
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The Virginia Cavaliers baseball team had to wait an extra day for their NCAA Tournament opener with Princeton after persisitent rain forced the Cavs and Tigers off the diamond at Davenport Field late last night.
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Virginia took a 1-nothing lead in the 4th when Paul Gillispie ripped a double down the left field line scoring Scott Headd with the game's first run.
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But Princeton broke a 2-all tie in the 8th as Ryan Reich smoked a double of his own scoring two runs. Princeton won it by a final of 4-2.
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UVA by cranking this 2 run homer to deep right center field in the 3rd. Virginia bounced back to win it 7 to 2. The Cavs now face the Vandy-Princeton loser.
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Several ACC players have high hopes as the Major League draft approaches on Monday, including Clemson hurler and Roanoke native Tyler Lumsden. Georgia Tech has two such players that should make a major impact in the big leagues as well. Outfielder Brandon Boggs and Yellow Jackets second baseman Eric Patterson.
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Boggs is batting .330 this season with eight homers and 55 RBI's. The junior has also stolen 11 bases and combines plenty of speed and power. The long, grueling ACC season has prepared him for the next level.
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Patterson is batting .314 with seven homers and 43 RBI's. The junior infielder has a major advantage in his progression to pro baseball. His older brother Corey has been playing for the Chicago Cubs since 2000 and batted .298 last season. Eric has made sure to listen to older brother when he speaks about playing in the "bigs".
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On the big league diamond, the Phillies knocked off Atlanta at Turner Field. Ricky Ledee drove in three runs for the Phils
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who beat the Braves and Russ Ortiz 5 to 3.
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Anastasia Myskina is the women's champ at the French Open after taking care of fellow Russian Elena Dimentieva in today's final.
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Myskina, who had never been past the second round on the clay in France, won in straight sets 6-1 and 6-2, becoming the first Russian woman to ever win a major title.
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Today's Nascar Busch Series race at Dover has been in a rain delay most of the afternoon and will likely be run on Monday.
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The Nextel Cup Series takes over the Monster Mile in tomorrow's MBNA 400 and some lucky fans at Dover are getting a chance to experience this racing weekend like no fans have ever done before.
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The track unveiled its brand new "DuPont Monster" bridge at the start of this racing weekend. The structure actually crosses over the track and allows fans to watch the race from inside as the cars roar by 29 feet beneath them.
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The Monster Bridge accommodates 50 fans in theatre style seating luxury. By the way, the glass was tested for its strength by firing lug nuts at it - at over 200 miles an hour.
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