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Up Next On News 7 at eleven-
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O-J Simpson goes on the air- in his first live interview since he was acquitted.
Two planes collide on the ground in Miami-
And just what is the flat tax Steve Forbes wants? How simple is it really? We'll find out.
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Simpson


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It is O-J Simpson's first live television interview since he was acquitted of murder.
This past hour Simpson appeared on Black Entertainment Television.
As Byron Harlan reports- Simpson told the world he's innocent.
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((I DIDN'T COMMIT THE MURDERS.
O.J. Simpson's first words on live television and the critical question came right off the bat.
Next, Anchor Ed Gordon wanted to know how O.J. Simpson's been received among the folks who know him. O.J. SIMPSON I'M WELL RECEIVED.
What about the negative opinion many have about O.J. Simpson?
He says blame the media. O.J. SIMPSON: MOST PEOPLE SUPPORT ME.
Simpson appeared relaxed and candid during the television interview.
An intense legal interview occupied most of Simpson's day.
But this time Kim Goldman was under orders to stay out of the deposition room.
Simpson's lawyers asked she be kept from the room.
They won.
So now she's near the room and watches Simpson as he passes by. KIM GOLDMAN: I JUST STAND THERE AND I'M BASICALLY PARALYZED....I MEAN I'M AFRAID.
But she says she and the family are also determined to battle O.J. Simpson to the end.
They did lose a minor skirmish.
A judge decided the Goldman and Brown families cannot have access to O.J. Simpson's personally produced tape until it's released to the public.))

City-Housing


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It was just yesterday that Roanoke building officials said they would not take action against a landlord for failing to install smoke detectors-
But now they've referred the case to the commonwealth's attorney.
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Five members of one family died on Saturday night, when an extension cord caught fire and the flames spread to a second floor apartment.
Officials initially said they would not cite the landlord for possibly violating property maintenance code.
Today they called in commonwealth's attorney Don Caldwell to review the case.
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((RON MILLER/ROANOKE BUILDING COMMISSIONER: IT'S A VERY SENSITIVE ISSUE AND WE JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE WE DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE THAT WE HAVE DONE THE RIGHT THING AND I THINK THIS WILL PUT IT IN PERSPECTIVE.)) ((DON CALDWELL/ROANOKE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: MY DETERMINATION WILL BE BASED UPON WHAT THEY SHARE WITH ME CONCERNING HOW THE FIRE STARTED AND WHAT IF ANY CONTRIBUTIONS MIGHT BE LAID TO ANY INDIVIDUAL OR GROUPS OF INDIVIDUALS.))
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Meanwhile, the city has received more than 100 requests for building inspections, and more than 50 requests for home safety inspections since Monday.
The Fire Department has also given away more than 30 smoke detectors this week and is ordering more.

Mansion-Fire


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A mansion went up in flames near Chicago.
Now authorities are looking for signs of possible foul play.
The eleven thousand square foot home caught fire early this morning-
One of the owners was killed in the inferno and his wife is missing.
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Plane


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A close call for two planes at Miami International Aiport.
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The planes clipped wings on the ground.
No one was hurt, but the nose of one plane was damaged-
Both planes had tears in the wingstips.
The two planes were carrying over 400 passengers when they crossed paths at a taxiway intersection.
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Olestra


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The Food and Drug Admistration approves the nation's first fat substitute with zero calories.
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It's called Olestra. Proctor and Gamble makes it.
The FDA says Olestra can replace the fat in foods - if the products bear a warning.
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((DAVID KESSLER/FDA COMMISIONER: OLESTRA DOES PRODUCE CERTAIN SIDE EFFECTS IN SOME PEOPLE, THESE EFFECTS HAVE BEEN CAREFULLY REVIEWED AND THEY ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE MEDICALLY SIGNIFICANT.))
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Kessler said the product may cause gastro-intestinal problems and inhibit the absorption of some vitamins.
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Bond-Rating


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The federal budget impasse is leading one of the nation's chief credit rating services to issue a stern warning to Washington.
Moody's Investor Services is threatening to lower the rating on nearly 400 BILLION dollars in U-S Treasury bonds.
Such bonds are regarded as the safest in the world because they're backed by the credit of the U-S Government.


Flat-Tax


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It's an idea that would do- away with the current tax rate system--
And one that Republican Presidential candidate Steve Forbes is using as his political platform.
The Flat- Tax proposal has surfaced before-- but the recent attention is spawning questions.
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The proposal would put a single flat tax on wages, retirement income, and unemployment compensation.
It's being touted by Republicans for its simplicity-- but tax preparers say red tape would still exist.
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((DEBORAH HILL/H AND R BLOCK: MOST PEOPLE WILL STILL HAVE TO FILE TAX RETURNS, SO IT ACTUALLY, WILL INCREASE OUR BUSINESS FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS BECAUSE THIS WON'T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT-- IT'LL HAVE TO BE PHASED IN. THERE ARE A LOT OF TAX LAWS THAT'LL HAVE TO BE WRITTEN AND THEN INTERPRETATION, SO IT WON'T DO AWAY WITH THE I.R.S. EITHER. ))
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Under the plan, no tax would be paid on interest, dividends and gains from the sale of investments-- which would benefit the wealthy.
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Hill suggests taxpayers ask specific questions about how a flat tax would effect them individually-- as well as let their congressmen know how they feel about it.
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Still to come on News 7 at 11, seven Virginia Tech students are disciplined for an alleged hazing.
Roanoke police say a cross burning was NOT racially motivated,
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and we'll see how members of Halifax County's championship football team have gone in completely opposite directions.
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Tech-Hazing


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A hazing incident prompts Virginia Tech to suspend seven members of the corps of cadet for two semesters.
University spokesman Larry Hincker says a cadet filed a complaint with the university after the incident in early December.
The seven students admitted their involvement without going through the judicial process.
Hincker says the students dropped off a fellow cadet in a remote area of Montgomery County, forcing him to find his way home.
Hincker says there was potential for harm to the student because it happened on an extremely cold night.

Halifax-Football


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In 1991, the Halifax County Comets were flying high.
It was the year, the football team secured a state title.
J-J Powell was on the winning team.
But today he's among several players who've found themselves at odds with the law.
Teresa Hamilton reports.
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((With a 14- and 0 record, the Comets were clearly on top.
The team was affectionately pegged "The Wreckin' Crew"-- a name they lived up to by defeating Lloyd Byrd High School for the State Title.
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((LARRY CLARK/HALIFAX CO. PRINCIPAL: WE'VE HAD MEMBERS OF THAT TEAM WHO'VE GONE ON TO THE COAST GUARD ACADEMY, TO THE COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY, TO THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA, TO EMORY AND HENRY.))
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Unfortunately, the State Title did not follow all the players in a positive light.
For some, going head to head with a teams like GW Danville would prove easy compared to what was in store down the road. end su
Robert Clark was the first of three players to run into serious trouble.
Two years after winning the state title, he was convicted of Capital Murder.
Larry Smith coached the team to victory.
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((LARRY SMITH/HALIFAX CO. FOOTBALL COACH: I HATE ITS HAPPENED BUT AT THE SAME TIME I DON'T FEEL LIKE A CERTAIN PART OF THIS SCHOOL SHOULD BE STIGMATIZED FOR THE MISTAKES OF OTHERS.))
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Not long afterward, another player was arrested for murder.
George Boyd was later acquitted.
But he was convicted of petty larceny for his role in the crime.
It's too early to tell what will become of J- J Powell.
The former team member wanted for the county's latest murder has yet to be apprehended.
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((JOHN GREENBACKER/HALIFAX CO. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY: I PERSONALLY HAVE WONDERED WHETHER OR NOT ITS GOOD TO GIVE YOUNGSTERS THE TRAPPINGS AND PUBLIC ADULATION SO EARLY IN THEIR LIVES BECAUSE OF SPORTS WHEN THERE'S A VERY HIGH LIKELIHOOD THEY CAN NOT SUSTAIN THAT POSITION BEYOND A FEW MONTHS. ))
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That question is one many have pondered. At the same time, it's unlikely anyone will ever find a clear cut answer. Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))

Cross-Burning


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A dispute with a neighbor-- NOT racism-- is believed the cause of a cross burning last weekend.
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Police say they've spoken with the residents of 12-22 Tompkins Avenue-- who don't believe their inter- racial relationship led to the incident.
Instead, they think it was the act of an angry neighbor.
Cross burning is a felony in Virginia.
Police are still investigating.
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When News 7 returns, we'll see what difference a year can make for Martinsville's Museum of Natural History,
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and it's a BIG opening as Walmart cuts the ribbon on its first superstore in our area.
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VMNH


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A new director, 12- million year old whale bones, and contemporary jazz.
The Martinsville- based Virginia Museum of Natural History held its annual awards reception for lawmakers in Richmond.
Ellen Qualls has a status report on the museum.
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The Virginia Museum of Natural History's singing a different tune in 1996 than it was just one year ago -- when budget cuts loomed and the Martinsville location was questioned.
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((GERALD BALILES/FORMER GOVERNOR: I GREW UP NEXT TO MARTINSVILLE IN PATRICK COUNTY. SO I UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF THAT MUSEUM TO OUR PART OF THE STATE. SO I'M DELIGHTED IT'S THERE.))
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Baliles feels strongly enough about the museum to have donated some of the proceeds of his new book, "Preserving the Chesapeake Bay."
It's just another step toward major league fundraising that museum officials hope their new director- designate will continue.
Stephen Pike was an assistant director with the Smithsonian Institution, and is an expert in marketing museums.
Why Martinsville?
Partly for the prehistoric whales.
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((STEPHEN PIKE/NEW DIRECTOR-DESIGNATE: THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT'S REALLY KIND OF UNIQUE ABOUT IT. AN AWFUL LOT OF MUSEUMS DON'T HAVE RESEARCHERS. YOU MENTIONED ONE, THE SMITHSONIAN THAT OBVIOUSLY DOES HAVE. OR SAY THE CARNEGIE INSTITUTION IN PITTSBURGH. THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY. WELL THE VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY HAS SOME WORLD CLASS RESEARCHERS TOO. AND THAT'S ANOTHER GREAT ATTRACTION TO ME, AND SOMETHING THE STATE CAN BE VERY, VERY PROUD OF.))
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((THE MUSEUM DID TAKE ABOUT A 65- THOUSAND DOLLAR BUDGET HIT THIS YEAR. IT'S ONLY ABOUT A THIRD OF WHAT THE GOVERNOR HAD PROPOSED TO CUT LAST YEAR. BUT MUSEUM OFFICIALS MAKE NO BONES ABOUT IT. THEY WANT IT ALL RESTORED. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
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Rockbridge-Water


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Recent flooding in Rockbridge County is to blame for drying up water reserves in the area.
Lexington officials say that caused a serious water shortage this week.
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The flooding created problems processing water at the treatment plant.
For the past two days residents have been asked to conserve.
Consultants were called in to address the problem.
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((JON ELLESTAD/LEXINGTON CITY MGR.: ALL THE SNOW MELTED IT ALL CAME DOWN THE RIVER. IT FLOODED OUT OUR INTAKE A LITTLE BIT. BUT PRIMARILY IT WAS SOMETHING IN THE WATER AND THE RIVER THAT WAS DIFFERENT THAN NORMAL. AND SOMETHING WE HADN'T SEEN BEFORE IN TWENTY YEARS IN THIS AREA. AND WE WERE SIMPLY UNABLE TO TREAT IT.))
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Officials say they've fixed the problem and the conservation request has been lifted.
They also say they do NOT anticipate a water shortage if there are future floods.
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Cascades


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Last week's flooding forced the Cascades Recreation Area in Giles County to close indefinitely.
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About 90 percent of the trail to the falls sustained major damages.
Rocks slid from saturated hillsides, and Little Stoney Creek deposited even more debris when it raged out of its banks.
The floodwaters wiped out two bridges and severely damaged a third.
Much of the trail must be completely rebuilt, at an estimated cost of as much as 300 thousand dollars.
But with cuts to the Forest Service budget, the question is when.
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((BILL SWEET/RECREATION STAFF OFFICER: SO WHERE WE NORMALLY HAVE A TRAIL CONSTRUCTION BUDGET OF ANYWHERE FROM 150 TO 300 THOUSAND DOLLARS, WE WON'T BE LOOKING AT ANYMORE THAN 50 THOUSAND DOLLARS, AND THAT WON'T TAKE US VERY FAR ON THIS PROJECT. ))
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The upper trail is an old access road.
It sustained some damage as well, but may be able to reopen this summer.
The Cascades is a popular recreation and tourist spot. Last year it hosted more than 115 thousand visitors between May and November.
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S-Score


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And the much anticipated Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue has hit the stands.
Supermodels Mazza and TYra Banks grace the cover of the magazine that hits newsstands today.
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S-UVa


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The Virginia Cavaliers were in Winston-Salem night trying to keep from falling below the 500 mark on the season against Wake Forest.
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Jeff Jones was also hoping to break a four game losing streak to the Demon Deacons.
And in the first half he would get a hoop from of all people Chris Alexander, who knocks in the jump hook to keep the Cavs within 5.
But Wake would answer on the other end with a jump hook from All-American Tim Duncan as the Deacons extend in their advantage.
Wake would end up taking a 10 point halftime lead on some sloppy Cavaliers ball handling as Rusty Larue makes the steal and score.
Harold Deane would break out of his slump and score a game high 28 points.
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But it would not be nearly enough as UVa falls to 7-and-8 on the season with the 81-to-64 loss to the Deacons.
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S-JMU


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The James Madison Dukes lost their 13th game of the season tonight falling to Old Dominion 58-to-45 at the Convocation center.
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Lefty Driesell has had one of the toughest years of his career this season.
And tonight it would get no better, despite playing tough all night long his team fell apart down the stretch as Odell Hodge gets the second effort tip-in to give ODU a 7 point lead with just over a minute to play.
JMU star Darrin McLInton was no help tonight hitting just 5 of 15 shots.
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The Dukes are now 5-and-13 and assured of a losing season, while ODU continues to improve as Hodge scores 17 tonight.
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S-Roanoke


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Roanoke College made a big statement in the ODAC last night by beating Emory & Henry by 20 points.
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Roanoke College entered the game with a three game winning streak in front of big crowd at the Bast Center.
Point guard Nathan Hungate stepped up his game hitting 20 points as the Maroons led the Wasps 73 to 62 in the second half.
But Emory came back hitting a couple of three pointers and cutting the roanoke lead to 73 to 66.
Page Moir called on his bench and SUPER=33-Roanoke/=96/Emory &
Henry/=76;Courtney Fitch came through with 11 points Roanoke beats Emory &

Henry 96 to 76.
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S-Cave


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The battle for supremacy in the Roanoke Valley district girl's race continued tonight as Cave Spring hosted Pulaski County.
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Both teams came in anxious to pick up a victory tonight and they played a tremendous first quarter combining for ____ points.
Pulaski would get off to a fast start as Lisa Skeens finds Robin Bower behind the 3 point arc for a trey and an early advantage.
Cave Spring would battle back as Stacie Morioka gets the loose ball, drives inside and makes the no look pass to Jackie Banks who scores for the KNights.
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But Skeens would again get in the giving mood as she dishes to Jessica Cobbs who drives and does the pin move for the hoop as Pulaski win it 65-to-62.
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S-Hornets


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Kenny Anderson made his debut last night with the Charlotte Hornets, and it's one that neither he nor the fans at the hive will soon forget.
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Anderson was in the starting lineup and in the spotlight in more ways than one.
And he would not disappoint. He turned in a double-double last night scoring 12 points and dishing out 10 assists as the Hornets produced their biggest offensive output of the year.
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The Hornets win it 127-to-113 as Anderson leads the way to victory.
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S-Tech


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The Virginia Tech basketball team is bouncing its way into the upper tier of college basketball these days.
And Roy Stanley says the Hokies are handling the upward mobility quite well.
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((The Hokies are now hanging out with the big boys.
Last week the Hokies and Forward Ace Custis were featured in Sports Illustrated.
This week C-B-S sports spent the day at the Cassell and will feature the Hokies this weekend.
Tech is ranked 8-th in the Associated Press Poll the hokies are 12 and 1 overall and 5 and 0 in the Atlantic 10.)) ((BILL FOSTER/TECH HEAD COACH: )) ((The Players are enjoying all the exposure but they know all it takes is one slip and the spot light will go dim.
But the seniors are working hard on and off the court with the new and young players to prevent anybody from getting the big head.)) ((SHAWN SMITH/TECH FORWARD: )) ((BILL FOSTER: )) ((ROY STANDUP: ))
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Sports Tease


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Coming up after a quick break we'll find out how the Virginia Tech Hokies
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are getting used to their new home in college basketball's penthouse.
Roy Stanley has the story from Blacksburg right after this.
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S-Daytona


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The final laps of preseason testing for both GM and Ford products wrapped up yesterday at Daytona.
And surprisingly a Ford turned the fastest lap afterall.
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Jeremy Mayfield, in Cale Yarborough's Thunderbird turned a lap at 188 point 971 miles an hour.
Terry Labonte finished up second fastest, with teammate Ken Schrader third, Michael Waltrip in the Woods Brothers Ford was 4th and Sterling Marlin 5th fastest.
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Walmart


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If you shop WalMart this is the day you've been waiting for- The first Supercenter in the Roanoke Valley opened today.
For other folks, the grand opening offered the chance at becomming a Walmart convert-
And as Len Besthoff reports a lot of people did just that.
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(( Poor holiday sales recently forced WalMart to announce its upcoming earnings report will fall below analysts expectations.
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On this day, WalMart cuts the ribbon on its Roanoke SuperCenter...one of more than a hundred that will open this year alone.
The stores are truly mammoth...up to a quarter mile long...and shoppers love them.
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((JUDY WHITT/WALMART CUSTOMER: IT'S KINDA OVERWHELMING, BUT IT'S EVERYTHING UNDER ONE ROOF. Think you'll be shopping here? YEAH, I'LL BE SHOPPING HERE.))
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((Probably one of the biggest differences between what's known as a standard WalMart and one of their Supercenters is the fact that a Supercenter has a grocery, to a seafood center, to a bakery, and of course, quite a bit of produce.))
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These SuperCenters redefine "one-stop-shopping", with everything from a hair salon to an eye care center, and soon WalMart will have SEVEN SuperCenters within a hundred miles of Roanoke.
Analysts say WalMart will move ahead with its aggressive plans in spite of its earnings drop because it thinks the supercenter concept is unique, and Len Besthoff, News-7.)) there's an advantage to being the first one in the market to have it.