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Coming up on News 7,
Ralph Nader may still have a chance to collect votes in Virginia.
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And is it a hate-crime or gang-related? Authorities try to translate the message behind vandalism in Botetourt County.

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In sports, race highlights from Michigan, and
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we'll raise some money at the Roy Stanley Memorial Captain's choice golf event at Hanging Rock.
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Another foggy start for some tomorrow followed by a mix of sun and clouds. Details ahead. [Video-Open]
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((I GUESS MY REACTION WAS. I WAS STUNNED.))
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Botetourt County residents clean up after vandals tear through their neighborhood.
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Good evening, I'm Myranda Stephens.

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Several communities in the Roanoke Valley have been the victims of vandalism this summer. This weekend a neighborhood in Botetourt County became the latest. As Jennifer Wishon reports, residents are both confused and disgusted by the messages left on their property.
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(( Hal and Mary Crotts have lived on Rollingwood Court for sixteen years. They enjoy the peacefulness that comes with living near the Blue Ridge Parkway, but early Saturday morning they were stunned when Botetourt County Sheriff's Deputies knocked on their door.
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((MARY: WHEN I OPENED THE DOOR A POLICEMAN AND A GENTLEMAN FROM INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES WAS HERE AND TOLD US WHAT HAD HAPPENED. WE HAD NO IDEA WHAT HAD HAPPENED.))
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Vandals had spray painted their mailbox and the brick facade of their home and the Crotts weren't alone. Nearly a dozen neighborhood homes, mailboxes and vehicles were trashed by spray paint, including vans and a storage building at Rainbow Forest Baptist Church. Vandals repeatedly left the marks J-UNIT and J-3. Residents say they're not sure what those messages mean, but the racial slurs left at one home were clear.
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((MARY: IT IS UNSETTLING, THERE'S NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT. IT FEELS LIKE YOUR PRIVACY HAS BEEN VIOLATED WITH SOMETHING OF THAT NATURE GOING ON RIGHT ON YOUR FRONT PORCH.))
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((JENNIFER WISHON/JWISHON@WDBJ7.COM: SOME RESIDENTS REPORTED HEARING NOISES AT THE SAME TIME POLICE BELIEVE THE VANDALISMS OCCURRED, BUT NEVER CALLED AUTHORITIES. IN THE FUTURE POLICE SAY THAT'S THE FIRST THING THEY SHOULD DO.))
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The Botetourt County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating the vandalism spree. Residents have been told to keep an eye out for any suspicious vehicles in the neighborhood.
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((MARY CROTTS: IT CAUSES YOU A LOT OF PROBLEMS. YOU THINK WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO TO RECTIFY IT AND CLEAN IT UP AND I JUST HOPE THAT THEY FIND OUT WHO IT IS.))
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The Crotts and other residents had their mailboxes smashed about six months ago, but say they've never seen anything of this nature in their neighborhoods. Botetourt County Sheriff Ronnie Sprinkle says his office is working diligently to catch the person or persons responsible. Jennifer Wishon, News 7, Botetourt County.))

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One person is injured and another under arrest after a stabbing this morning in Roanoke. Police say the stabbing happened after an arguement broke out at an apartment in the six-hundred block of Day Avenue around 10 o'clock. 26 year old Todd Perkins is charged with malicious wounding. He is being held at the Roanoke City Jail. There is no word on the condition of the victim.

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A teenager is dead following a one-car accident in Grayson County.
Officials say the car was headed eastbound on Route 274 just after seven last night -- when the driver lost control.
Police say the car went off the side of the road, hit an embankment, and then went airborne before hitting another embankment.
Officials say 17-year-old Wesley Forest Appleby - of Elk Creek - was a passenger in the car and was killed.

The driver was taken to the hospital, but there is no word on his condition.

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There still may be hope for Ralph Nader's election bid in Virginia.
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The Attorney General's office says it decided to deny Nader a spot on the ballot, based on information from the State Board of Elections. On Friday, the petitions containing more than 14-thousand signatures were denied by the state because they weren't grouped by congressional district. Now there is some doubt of whether that restriction is a requirement. No word yet on when a final ruling will be issued.
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Still ahead on News 7 at 6, it's that time of year again,
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back to school -- as thousands of college students prepare to hit the books. We'll tell you what's new at the area's campuses.
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Many students across the region will start their school year tomorrow.
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More than 20- thousand students moved into Radford University and Virginia Tech this weekend. New dorm rooms need decorating and that means big business for vendors like "Beyond the Wall." Students flocked to the company's tent set up in front of the Book Exchange.
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((CHERYL DELANEY: WE'VE BEEN HERE SINCE FRIDAY AND WE'VE BEEN SELLING LOTS BUT IT'S BEEN RAINING SO PEOPLE HAVE BEEN BUYING POSTERS IN THE RAIN AND UNDER TARPS AND JUST HOLDING THEM UNDER THEIR SHIRTS.))
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Down the road in Blacksburg, Virginia Tech students returned to a campus that changed this summer. This year students will attend football games as crews work to expand Lane Stadium. The university recently opened a new 21- thousand- square- foot Career Services building. Construction of the school's BioInformatics facility is also complete. Classes at both universities start tomorrow.
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Work is winding down on Blacksburg's downtown improvements.
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The town is adding new brick sidewalks, trash cans, lighting, and benchs to main street. One side of the road is finished and the town is trying to have the other side done in time for the first HOME football game. The initial goal was to complete the project by the time Tech students returned, but they began arriving on Wednesday.
The first HOME football game of the year is Saturday, September Eleventh.
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A major downtown construction project in RADFORD wrapped up just in time for student arrivals there.
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Radford finished up work last week on phase one of the Tyler Avenue improvement project. The city is adding bike lanes, new crosswalks and fixing the medians. Radford University began moving in Friday, but weren't able to park on those medians to unload. New grass was planted -- so they've been roped off. City officials say phase two of the project will begin NEXT summer, as soon as the students leave again.
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Gospel music filled the air today in Vinton.
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The 16th annual Vinton Old-Time Bluegrass Festival wrapped up today with the sounds of some of the area's best known gospel performers. The festival kicked off Thursday with some traditional bluegrass music, but organizers say this is the first time the festival has featured gospel music. It appears to have been a good selection -- an estimated 500-people attended today's performances.
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A warm up is on the way this week. Robin will have your full forecast in a few minutes...
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and we'll take a look at how this old film can bring context to today.
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In the early days, long before video tape and digital video, WDBJ photographers, and many others, produced their work using film. At the time, what they captured was simply breaking news. But looking back, it's much more. Connie Stevens has more on the efforts to preserve Southwest Virginia's history in moving pictures.
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(( These are the images of this region's history. Some are grainy and fading, some are silent, but all tell the story of Southwest Virginia, it's times and people.
WDBJ now houses the region's most extensive historical film collection-- countless hours of nearly every major event since the station signed on the air in 1955.
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(( NEWSMEN EDIT FILMS WITH THEIR OWN SPLICERS, VIEWER, PROJECTOR, FILM REWINDERS AND COUNTERS. A COMPLETE FILING SYSTEM LOCATES ANY PIECE OF FILM IMMEDIATELY AND AN ALL-WAVE RECEIVER MONITORS LOCAL STATIONS AND SHORTWAVE BROADCASTS. ))


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Ted Stone is on the front line to preserve and protect WDBJ's extensive film archives. Stone and other staffers have worked to transfer decades of film to digital tape. But not all of it has been recovered.
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((TED STONE/WDBJ PRODUCER-EDITOR:ONE OF THE ELEMENTS OF FILM EMULSION THAT MADE THE PICTURE WAS SILVER, AND SO THEY RAN IT THORUGH A PROCESS WHERE THEY RECOVERED THAT SILVER AND THREW THE REST AWAY. BUT UNLIKE A LOT OF TELEVISION STATIONS, WE KEPT A WHOLE LOT OF IT.))
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((DOUG HIGGINS/FORMER WDBJ PHOTOGRAPHER: I WAS THE FIRST PHOTOGRAPHER HIRED IN 1955 WHEN WE FIRST STARTED OUT, WE STARTED OUT IN THE MOUNTAIN TRUST BUILDING AND WE GOT ON THE AIR IN OCTOBER OF '55. IT WAS PRETTY PRIMITIVE, TELEVISION HAS COME A LONG WAY SINCE THEN.))
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After a lifetime in news, retired photographer Doug Higgins says one of the most memorable stories was a tragedy that hit close to the WDBJ family. ((FROM Archive A-13, 1:30:34)) In 1959 a Piedmont plane crashed on Afton Mountain, killing 26 people, including a WDBJ advertising salesman.
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(( THE LONE SURVIVOR WAS IN THE HOSPITAL AND IT WAS WALL TO WALL NEWS PEOPLE TRYING TO GET A STATEMENT FROM HIM, I DON'T REMEMBER EXACTLY WHAT HE SAID BUT I GOT SOMETHING ON THE AIR.))
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The News 7 archives also tell a slow-moving story of progress....beginning just after the 1954 Supreme Court ruling that black and white children should attend school together.
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((TED STONE: THE BIGGEST STORY THIS TELEVISION STATION EVER COVERED IS THE CIVIL RIGHTS STRUGGLE. IT WAS JUST REALLY GETTING INTO FULL SWING THE TIME WE WERE GETTING ON THE AIR IN 1955 AND IT WENT ON DAY AFTER DAY FOR AT LEAST ANOTHER 15 YEARS. ))
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*****STANDUP BRIDGE******
Currently, the University of Virginia's Center for Digital History is working to archive the hours and hours of film that tells the story of massive resistance and the civil rights struggle in this part of the state. By mid-fall, it will be posted on UVA's website, where all will have access to this historical footage.
But there are countless hours of images in storage, without any record of their contents.
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((TED STONE: BY RANDOM I'M GOING TO REACH IN AND GRAB TAPE 87 AND WE'LL FIND OUT WHAT'S ON IT.))
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The first image from the mystery tape is Former Secretary of State Dean Rusk, talking about Vietnam.
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(( CONNIE: WHAT YEAR DID THIS TURN OUT TO BE? TED: THIS IS THE FINCASTLE COURTHOUSE FIRE. THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE MATERIAL FROM 1972 AND THE COURTHOUSE FIRE WAS IN 1970 SO THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW FILM WILL MOVE FROM ONE STORY TO ANOTHER AND SHOW UP IN A DIFFERENT YEAR. ))
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There are some noticable absences to the archives here-- for instance, most of the film shot from the ravages of Hurricane Camille in 1969 has been lost. And there's no film notation of Norfolk and Western's landmark conversion from steam locomotive power to diesel locomotives.
At the time, what they captured was simply the news of the day. Turns out, today's news is tomorrow's history.
Connie Stevens, News 7.))


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Coming up, we'll recap a great day at the 3rd annual Roy Stanley Memorial golf event,
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and visit victory lane at Michigan with Greg Biffle.
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More than 150 folks took part in today's third annual Roy Stanley Memorial golf tournament at Hanging Rock. Mike Stevens says this year the event raised more than money.
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DC Comics sponsored several Nextel Cup cars today at Michigan, including that of Greg Biffle who carried Flash Gordon on his hood. Appropriately, Biffle went to victory lane in a flash, for the first time this season in the GFS Marketplace 400.
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Kasey Kahne brought out the first of 8 yellows this afternoon following this early scrape with Kevin Harvick. Kahne did recover to finish 5th.
Then at lap 98, Kurt Busch goes on a spin-o-rama of his own for another caution. But he managed to keep his Taurus off the wall.
Biffle took four tires on his final pit stop and used that to his advantage, leading a total of 73 laps today, and holding off teammate Mark martin for the checkers.
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Our preseason Friday Football Extra road tour makes a stop in Pulaski County tonight at the home of the always tough Cougars.
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Jack Turner begins his second season as head coach after replacing the legendary Joel Hicks a year ago. Both Turner and his players are hungry for success this preseason.
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Turner and his staff have some key players back on both sides of the ball, and really only lack some experience up front. And no one has to remind the Cougars that another 6 and 4 season like last year's won't cut it.
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[GO TO PINNACLE 612] And don't forget we'll kick off our 21st season of Friday Football Extra this coming Friday night with a special prime(---------------) time season preview show at 7pm.