Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
A close call at Staunton River High- -with a drug that's all-too easy to MAKE.
And we'll sneak a peak at one million dollars worth of improvements recently completed at the Explore Park- -in anticipation of this week's season opening.
Tonight in sports, Steve Mason checks in with the Express as they get ready to tangle with Huntington in the playoffs. He'll tell us why they should be ready for a fight.
Plus, the Lady Vols of Tennessee return home this afternoon.
And tonight it's the national title game, as Utah without Keith Van Horn this time tries to somehow beat Kentucky.
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The hot weather continues for one more day,
But if you think we've skipped spring, you'll want to stick around for the forecast.
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It's a date rape drug that the D-E-A wants to put on its list of controlled substances.
The recipe for "G-H-B" can be found on the Internet, and it has now made its way into a local high school.
Just a few drops of G-H-B or Gamma Hydroxy Butyrate (byoo-tih-rate) can induce drowsiness and incoherence in a victim.
Last Friday, a 17-year-old boy at Staunton River High School gave a classmate a capful of G-H-B to drink.
The other 17-year-old boy immediately became ill, and only the quick actions of school personnel prevented a tragedy.
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((MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF: THE RESCUE SQUAD RESPONDED POST- HASTE, DID A TREMENDOUS JOB AND I'M SURE SAVED THE KID'S LIFE. I MEAN, HE WENT INTO CARDIAC ARREST EN ROUTE TO THE HOSPITAL AND HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR THEM, THEN WE WOULD HAVE HAD A FATALITY ON OUR HANDS THIS MORNING AND POSSIBLY A MURDER CHARGE.))
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The victim has since been released from the hospital.
The other teen has not told police how or where he got the drug.
Authorities say he could face charges of reckless endangerment.
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In Washington, lawmakers hope they've cleared a big hurdle in the proposed national tobacco settlement.
The issue is immunity from future lawsuits.
Today, Senate negotiators decided tobacco companies should not have to pay more than six-and-a- half billion dollars a year in damages.
It's all part of a proposed half -Trillion- dollar settlement the Senate commerce committee will consider Wednesday.
[IN Q= youth smoking]
((SEN. JOHN MCCAIN/(R) ARIZONA: YOUTH SMOKING IS NOT A BIPARTISAN ISSUE. IT'S A NON-PARTISAN ISSUE. THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF THE NATION'S CHILDREN IS A CAUSE THAT TRANSCENDS PARTY AFFILIATION.))
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At a news conference, some Democratic lawmakers said the bill does not do enough to ensure tobacco companies will not market cigarettes to children.
[IN Q= anytime you]
((REP. HENRY WAXMAN/(D) CALIFORNIA: ANYTIME YOU SPELL OUT WHAT THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY CAN'T DO, THEY ALWAYS FIGURE OUT WHAT THEY CAN DO. THAT'S WHAT WE LEARNED WHEN THEY WERE BANNED FROM ADVERTISING ON RADIO AND TELEVISION. AND MANY PEOPLE THOUGHT, "THEY'RE CERTAINLY NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO SELL THEIR PRODUCT EFFECTIVELY. WE WERE WRONG AND WE COULD BE WRONG AS WELL IF WE ONLY TELL THEM WHAT THEY CAN'T DO.))
[SUPER=01-Rep. Henry Waxman/(D) California;]
[OUT Q=can't do]
The White House said there is "room for real improvement" in the proposed bill.
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Do all kids belong in all classes?
Inclusion is the practice of integrating children with special needs into regular classrooms.
Advocates say such integration is needed for more than just academic reasons.
Born with cerebral palsy, advocate Norman Kunc (Koontz) says it's important for all children to be accepted by their peer group.
[IN Q= How do ]
((NORMAN KUNC/INCLUSION ADVOCATE: HOW DO WE START TO BUILD SCHOOLS, WHERE STUDENTS AND TEACHERS FEEL THEY LIKE THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO BELONG.))
[SUPER=01-Norman Kunc/Inclusion Advocate; :]
[OUT Q= to belong.]
Jon Cloeter says he's happy with inclusive education.
His son goes to Oak Grove Elementary School.
[IN Q=He interacts]
((JOHN CLOETER/PARENT: HE INTERACTS WITH HIS PEERS, HE GOES TO BIRTHDAY PARTIES, HE HAS FRIENDS OVER, HE HAS FRIENDS CALL AND ASK IF THEY CAN COME OVER, AND I DON'T THINK THAT EVER COULD HAVE POSSIBLY HAPPENED IF HE HADN'T BEEN INCLUDED IN A REGULAR CLASSROOM))
[SUPER=01-John Cloeter/Parent; :]
[OUT Q=regular classroom.]
A two-day workshop on inclusion in education attracted more than 180 teachers, administrators and parents to Roanoke
Virginia's new public schools chief comes from the state's 12th poorest county.
Paul Stapleton's spent 11 years at the helm of Charlotte County schools, and served as a high school principal in southwest Virginia's Scott County.
Stapleton says his first job will be to come up with a fair plan for handing out school construction money.
[IN Q=As the Governor]
((PAUL STAPLETON/SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION: AS THE GOVERNOR SAID, AND I AGREE WITH HIM A HUNDRED PERCENT. WE'RE IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA, IN THE COMMONWEALTH, WE DON'T WANT ANY CHILD TO RECEIVE LESS OF AN EDUCATION BECAUSE OF WHERE THEY LIVE GEOGRAPHICALLY. SO I DON'T HAVE AN ANSWER RIGHT NOW BUT GIVE ME A FEW MONTHS AND I MAY HAVE YOU A PLAN.))
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[OUT Q=you a plan.]
Governor Jim Gilmore also appointed two new deputy secretaries of Education -- including former state Board of Education member Cheri Yecke (YECK-ee).
Yecke advocated many of the same conservative stances that controversial former Board chairwoman Michelle Easton did.
[IN Q=I made it]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I MADE IT VERY CLEAR THAT I WANTED TO SEE SOME DIFFERENT LEADERSHIP. BUT I DID WANT TO SEE MICHELLE THERE. SO I DON'T THINK THAT HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT AT ALL. WITH RESPECT TO CHERI, SHE'S DONE REALLY AN OUTSTANDING JOB ON THE BOARD OF EDUCATION. SHE WAS VERY INSTRUMENTAL IN THE CREATION OF THESE STANDARDS, PARTICULARLY THE STANDARDS IN HISTORY.))
[OUT Q=in history.]
Henrico County teacher Susan Noble will replace Yecke on the State Board.
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Roanoke is planning for an April concert at Victory Stadium which promises to draw fans from near and far. We'll have more on that story coming up on News 7 at Six.
And what was the problem with the evidence in the Abed trial? We'll get a behind the scenes view from the jury foreman.
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How Bill Moore brought his own experience as a store owner to bear on two weeks of deliberations.
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The foreman of the jury that rejected huge chunks of the racketeering case against the Abed family says the evidence just wasn't there.
Bill Moore is reluctant to talk about individual defendants or specific charges, but the 69-year old store owner gave us some insight into how the verdict was reached.
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Moore's Country Store has been a fixture on 460 for 72 years.
Bill Moore gave up running the day-to-day operation of the store a few years ago.
His son David is in charge now.
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((I MOSTLY WORK ON THE BOOKS AND TAXES, HELP HIM WITH THE MECHANICAL STUFF AND THAT. ))
Bill says he's a just part-time employee, but he's BEEN a store owner. He knows the numbers.
He wasn't impressed by the evidence of financial records from the restaurants and stores in the Abed case.
((FOR ANYBODY THAT KNOWS THE BUSINESS, IT JUST TOLD YOU NOTHING.))
((NUMBER ONE IT WASN'T ACCURATE. NUMBER TWO THE FIGURES WERE MOSTLY COMPLETELY OFF THE WALL. ))
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Moore's is mostly known for spicey hot dogs- -we're talking H O T dogs... just ask J-B Viars.
((WE'RE FROM ALTAVISTA. WE'RE ON OUR WAY TO RICHMOND. WE COULDA WENT 24. INSTEAD WE COME TROUGH LYNCHBURG, BY MOORE'S TO GET A HOT DOG. ))
The records of Mixer's Restaurant- -for example- -indicated 74-percent of gross receipts were spent on food and drink.
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((WHEN MINE GETS ABOVE 35% IN THE FOOD BUSINESS, I'M WORRIED. ))
Moore says 74% doesn't prove a thing, except that maybe "a lot of people were living out of the cash register."
((DID YOU EVER FEEL THAT THERE WAS SOME QUESTION THAT SOME OF THESE CHARGES OR EVEN SOME OF THESE INDIVIDUALS SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN BROUGHT BEFORE THE BAR?
OH YEAH OH YEAH. ))
((A LOT OF THOSE ACTS WERE SO OLD AND THE EVIDENCE WAS SO THIN. I MEAN IT JUST WASN'T THERE. ))
A V-M-I graduate and former Army captain who pulled two years with the C-I-A, Moore once ran for The House of Delegates. He remains active in politics.
((AROUND THE EDGES. I HAVEN'T DONE TOO WELL LATELY, HA HA.))
Judges, lawyers and court personnel were universally impressed that Bill Moore managed to survive the longest running criminal case in Roanoke's federal court- -AND that he set a date with the court to return the verdict ten days in a
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The Dave Matthews Band is a hot ticket. In fact, close to 25- thousand have already been sold for the group's appearance next month in Victory Stadium.
The stadium has a capacity of 35- thousand for the April 18th concert, which also features Bruce Hornsby and Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise.
Ticket sales have been strong up and down the east coast, and city officials say a sell- out is within reach.
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[SUPER=01-Jim Evans/Civic Center Manager]
[OUT Q=come off very well.]
The concert will benefit Virginia charities, and Evans says city expenses will be covered by the rental fee, tax revenues and concessions.
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A stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway through the Roanoke Valley will soon re-open.
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The road has been closed to traffic from Bent Mountain to Clearbrook for about a month, to repair damage from winter storms.
That 15-mile section of the parkway is supposed to open again on Friday.
A few maintenance crews will still be working on roadside cleanup; parkway officials want visitors to keep an eye out for them.
The stock market slipped today in lackluster trading.
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The Dow dropped 14 points to finihs at 87 hundred 82.
NASDAQ was off almost five points.
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Roanoke's Explore Park opens this Friday.
After pouring more than a million dollars into the park this winter -- the executive director expects revenue to double.
Tina Tenret shows us what's new and exciting in colonial living.
[IN Q=Some say]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7]
(( Some say this bridge -- called the Roanoke River Parkway -- will soon be the number one spot for pictures.
But it's only ONE of the new sites at Explore Park.
Many locals have strong sentimental ties to this Presbyterian church from the 1880's.
Imported from Botetourt County, it's pegged for weddings, meetings, possibly regular church services.
Then there's the Brugh Tavern -- an 18th century building turned restaurant and pub.
The stones are original, complete with 250-year-old graffiti.
[IN Q=There's the date]
((THERE'S THE DATE ... SOME THINGS DON'T CHANGE.))
[OUT Q=SOME THINGS DON'T CHANGE]
Anything that does change around here is really just a throwback to the past.
Take the new American Indian wigwam - built just the way they would have done it, and left open for natural air-conditioning.
The finishing touches are in place on the European outbuilding -- carved with homemade tools, molded with home-grown materials.
[IN Q=That mixture of mud]
((THAT MIXTURE OF MUD ... ABUNDANCE OF RED CLAY HERE.))
[OUT Q=red clay here]
Deer and beaver skins dry in the sun at the hunter's camp -- where children can brush up on their tomahawk-throwing skills this summer.
Caretakers over at the original 19th century farmhouse are almost finished tidying up for visitors.
[IN Q=Events at Explore Park]
((EVENTS AT EXPLORE PARK THIS SEASON INCLUDE A BIKE FESTIVAL ON THE NEW BIKE TRAILS, AN AMERICAN INDIAN POW-WOW, A PRE-CIVIL WAR WEEKEND AND A RE-ENACTMENT OF A BATTLE FROM THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR. AGAIN, THE PARK OPENS THIS FRIDAY. TINA TENRET, NEWS7.))
[OUT Q=Tina Tenret, News7]
Coming up tonight in sports, the Madness is about to end as Utah and Kentucky prepare to play for the national championship tonight in San Antonio.
The Lady Vols returned home today with their third straight national title.
And the Express begins its quest for its first ever
ECHL championship tomorrow night as it opens the postseason at home against Huntington.
[GRAPHIC=MEN'S FINAL FOUR]
It willbe Tubby vs. Tubby in tonight's NCAA men's championship game, as least that's the way comical Utah head coach Rick Majerus sees it.
The man who once said after having bypass surgery that he had a bypass for each food group, now hopes to bypass the Wildcats and win his first national title.
Utah knows it will not be easy. Despite having Keith Van Horn rocking the rim in the past, the Utes have been knocked out of the NCAA tournament three of thepast four years by Kentucky.
[IN Q=Now we're...]
[SUPER=01-Andre Miller/Utah Point Guard; :00]
[SUPER=01-Allen Edwards/Kentucky Forward; :21]
[OUT Q=...great game."]
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The game tips off tonight 9:18, the coverage from CBS right here on Your Hometown Station begins at nine.
[GRAPHIC=WOMEN'S FINAL FOUR]
The women's title game last night was a blowout as Tennessee destroyed Louisiana Tech 93 to 75.
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The newly crowned champs returned home from Kansas City today with the championship trophy in hand.
Last night's win gives the UT dynasty it's third straight title. In other words it's no big deal.
[IN Q="This is exciting...]
((CHAMIQUE HOLDSCLAW/25 POINTS:))
((PAT SUMMITT/TENNESSEE HEAD COACH:))
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[SUPER=01-Pat Summitt/Tennessee Head Coach; :07]
[OUT Q=...happy for them."]
The Express opens the Kelly Cup playoffs tomorrow at the Round House against Huntington. Steve Mason sizes up this first round match up.
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[SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :40]
[SUPER=01-Duane Harmer/Express Captain; :53]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Morning; 1:06]
[SUPER=01-Mike Holden/Express Trainer; 1:30]
[OUT Q=.....News 7 sports"]
And finally, last night at the World Wrestling Federation's WresleMania in Atlantic City, New Jersey MIke Tyson came out of the house to earn a pay check as did Pete Rose of all people.
But Charlie Hustle more than he bargained for as Kane picked him up and gave him a tomb stone pile driver.
Pete and Tyson must be flat broke!
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That's News 7 at Six.
Coming up tonight, you see them on the sidelines of college football and basketball games.
Now they're vying for a championship of their own.
Cheerleaders from Averett College and Virginia Tech are on their way to a national competition
And for the second straight year the Hokie Bird is going for honors in the mascot competition.
[Keith ad lib byes] We'll catch up with those athletes tonight on News 7, after the Kentucky-Utah national championship game.