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[ANCHOR=Keith]

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A temporary reprieve for cadets challenging VMI's honor court system--that story is straight ahead on News 7 at Six.

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[Talent=Keith]


And his co-defendant has agreed to testify against him--so now Louis Ceparano wants to know all about the deal made by prosecutors.[Sports-Head]
[ANCHOR=Mike]


Tonight in sports, the Express looks for the clincher tonight in West Virginia, Pierre Paiement talks about his new job in a new freezer, Tech transfer Jenis Grindstaff checks in with an SEC school,
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[VO-NAT]


and Tech quarterback Al Clark continues to get his knee back in shape as spring workouts roll on.
We'll talk with him tonight in sports.
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Cover the plants...many areas will find frost in the morning. But a one day warmup is on the way. More on that and

WeatherSchool coming up.[VMI-Beatings]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
[NEWSCAST=6]
[WRITER=KHu]
[TAPE#98-25]
[GRAPHIC=VMI]


This week's Honor Court hearing at V-M-I has been postponed... by a federal judge withOUT a court order.
Judge James Turk was about to issue an injunction- -delaying the hearing for a week- -until the appeals court could act. Then he denied the motion for a restraining order- -as long as V-M-I voluntarily agreed to postpone it.
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[IN Q=The attorneys]
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[SUPER=01-John Cooley/Attorney for Freshman Cadet; :18]
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[SUPER=01-Phantamich Promtol/VMI Senior;:50]
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[OUT Q=of that right now.]


((Attorney for the freshmen maintain their clients are placed in a no-win situation... where they're honor-bound to protect their dykes - -or mentors at all costs. So they're supposed to deny the upperclassmen ever wacked them- -and at the same time honor-bound not to lie.
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[SOT 1:28:05]
[IN Q=and so when confronted]

((AND SO WHEN CONFRONTED... CAN'T WIN ANYWAY THEY GO. )) [RUNS:13]
[OUT Q=way they go.]


Only one of the cadets was in court today. Phantamich Promtol was one of those questioned at length in the middle of the night.... quizzed about whether he'd ever hit a rat or told any one else that he had.
His attorney told the judge that the statements made by various various upperclassmen were inconsistent.... one to another.
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[IN Q=I can't really]

(( )) [RUNS:07]
[OUT Q=that right now.]

))
[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=VMI]


They argue the interrogation process violated their senior cadets' protection against self-incrimination.
Oddly enough- -for this hearing both the freshmen and the seniors were on the same side- -arguing that the honor c

ourt hearing should be postponed until these Constitutional issues are resolved. [Petersburg-VMI]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#98-27]
[GRAPHIC=VMI]


Two-hundred-and-60 other V-M-I cadets are putting a positive spin on the school's image up in Petersburg.
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They're contributing almost a half million dollars worth of free labor to Petersburg National Battlefield Park.
It's believed to be the National Park Service's largest single volunteer effort in history.
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[SOT 36:23]
[IN Q=It looks]

((TRACY CHERNAULT/NAT. PARK SERVICE: IT LOOKS LIKE WE'RE GONNA BE SAVING OVER TWO YEARS OF PARK SERVICE LABOR HERE IN ONE WEEKEND'S WORTH OF WORK. THREE DAYS WORTH OF WORK.))
[SOT 30:56]

((ROBERT MCGRATH/VMI SENIOR: THE WHOLE ASPECT OF IT BEING ONE OF THE FINAL BATTLES OF THE CIVIL WAR TOOK PLACE HERE. AND WE'RE AMONGST WHERE THE SOLDIERS ACTUALLY FOUGHT THESE BATTLES. AND IT'S VERY INTERESTING TO SEE ALL THE MARKS ON THE LAND FROM THE BATTLES. AND ACTUALLY IT'S VERY NEAT.))
[SUPER=01-Tracy Chernault/National Park Service; :00]
[SUPER=01-Robert McGrath/VMI Senior; :08]
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[OUT Q=very neat.]
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[VO-NAT]


These cadets are restoring the Fort Stedman battlefield.
Some 35- thousand Union and Confederate soldiers faced off here in March of 1865.

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#98-21]
[GRAPHIC=Louis Ceparano]


Attorneys for capital murder suspect Louis Ceparano are turning up the heat with less than two months to go before trial.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Teresa/Microwave]


Teresa Hamilton is in our Blacksburg newsroom with the latest developments.
[Live=Teresa Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=@Teresa1;]
[SUPER=05-Blacksburg;]


Keith-- Ceparano's attorneys want a judge to suppress all evidence gathered from their client's home, saying authorities did NOT have a search warrant.
That's just one of eleven motions filed this morning in Grayson County.
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((Louis Ceparano and another man are charged with burning and beheading Garnett "G-P" Johnson, last summer.
Right now-- Ceparano is behind bars.
But co-defendant Emmett Cressell Junior was recently released on bond after agreeing to testify against Ceparano.
It's an arrangement that's apparently raised a number of questions.
Ceparano's attorneys want commonwealth's attorney J-D Bolt to reveal the conversations between himself and Cressell's attorneys prior to the agreement.
They also want to know the nature of the relationship-- whether personal or professional between Bolt and Cressell, his family and friends.
In an interesting twist-- the defense is also seeking a gag order against Cressell's attorneys who they allege have manipulated the press into disclosing information about the case that's been quote "blatantly misleading and false."))


[Live=Teresa Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=05-Blacksburg;]


Which brings us to another point-- Ceparano's attorney renewed their request to have their client's trial moved out of Grayson County.
They say Bolt's arrangement with Cressell has led the public to believe what Cressell has to say is in fact quote "gospel and truth".
[Double Boxes=Keith and Teresa/Microwave]


(When is Ceparano's trial scheduled to begin?)[Bedford-Murder]



[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[TAPE#98-30]
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Bedford authorities are still waiting on autopsy results from the city's first murder victim of 1998.
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35- year- old Jeffrey Kirkland was found dead in his South Street home around 9:30 Saturday night.
Police say Kirkland had been severely beaten but don't know if that was the cause of his death.
Kirkland's brother and nephew were arrested at the scene and charged with his murder.
Police chief Milton Graham says both men have given conflicting statements about what happened.
Graham adds it appears Kirkland was beaten over a period of several hours.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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A Ferrum College student plans to take a message of music and missionary work overseas--that story is coming up on News 7 at Six.
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and one year after they left their homes and families to serve as peacekeepers, Danville soldiers reflect on their time in Bosnia.
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Financial help may be on the way for the city of Lynchburg to help overhaul its antiquated sewer system.
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Congressman Bob Goodlatte announced today he'll ask Congress for 39 million dollars to help the Hill City with its combined sewer overflow project.
Lynchburg expects to spend more than 200 million dollars on its sewers over the next 20 years.
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((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/R- 6TH DISTRICT: GIVEN THE FACT THAT LYNCHBURG IN GOOD FAITH HAD A FANTASTIC SEWER SYSTEM, BUT IT MET 19TH CENTURY STANDARDS AND NOT 20TH CENTURY STANDARDS, I THINK THEY NEED THE HELP AND WE'RE GOING TO BE PUSHING HARD TO GET AS MUCH FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HELP AS WE CAN.))
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Meanwhile Goodlatte is moving ahead with his plans for re- election.
He would "not" comment on a possible challenge from Roanoke mayor David Bowers.
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((GOODLATTE: I THINK THAT THE SUPPORT THAT I HAVE RECEIVED IN THE PAST WOULD BE REFLECTED AGAIN AND I CERTAINLY INTEND TO CONTINUE TO DO THE JOB THAT THEY'VE ELECTED ME TO DO AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT I SHOULD STAY FOCUSED ON.))
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[OUT Q=stay focused on.]
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Goodlatte also spent some time stumping for the three Republican candidates for Lynchburg city council.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[TAPE#98-29 12:17]
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[**Note Anchor Tag**]
They spent six months in Bosnia and hope they never have to go back.
A National Guard unit from Danville went to Bosnia about a year ago on a peace-keeping mission.
Christy Hubley takes a look at how the troops have re-adjusted to life at home since their return.
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[IN Q=15-month old Tyler was]
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[OUT Q=News 7, Danville.]


((15-month old Tyler was just an infant when his daddy went to Bosnia.
National Guardsman Roger Gilreath had a lot to learn about caring for his son when his returned from his mission.
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[IN Q=The baby was a month]

((MELISSA GILREATH/NATIONAL GUARDSMAN'S WIFE: THE BABY WAS A MONTH OLD WHEN HE LEFT AND WHEN HE CAME BACK HE'D JUST GROWN SO MUCH AND CHANGED SO MUCH. HE WAS EATING BABY FOOD AND WASN'T DRINKING BOTTLES THAT MUCH AND HE HAD TO GET USED TO TAKING CARE OF HIM ALL OVER AGAIN.)) [RUNS:11]
[OUT Q=him all over again.]


Gilreath says life back at home is a lot different than life in Bonsia-- like night and day.
What he remembers most about the war-torn country is the destruction.
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[IN Q=Everything was blown up and]

((ROGER GILREATH/NATIONAL GUARDSMAN: EVERYTHING WAS BLOWN UP AND DESTROYED. ALL THE ROADS WERE LIKE DIRT ROADS. THE PAVED ROADS HAD HOLES ALL IN THEM.)) [RUNS:06]
[OUT Q=holes all in them.]


Fellow guardsman Jimmy Lucia says the faces of the Bosnian people are etched in his mind.
He recalls throwing candy to smiling young children.
But military forces weren't welcomed everywhere they went.
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[IN Q=Some people liked us and]

((JIMMY LUCIA/NATIONAL GUARDSMAN: SOME PEOPLE LIKED US AND SOME OF THEM DIDN'T. SOME WERE IN FAVOR OF US BEING OVER THERE AND SOME WEREN'T.)) [RUNS:08]
[OUT Q=and some weren't.]


The guardman didn't have it easy.
They were always on the lookout for land mines.
They were seperated from their families.
A conflict could arise at any minute.
But what most of the guardsmen remember about Bosnia are the positives.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=1:05:34-:50]

((CHRIS WILES/NATIONAL GUARDSMAN: ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE EXERCISE, OF THE MISSION, WAS WORKING WITH THE SOLDIERS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES. I'VE CORRESPONDED WITH A COUPLE OF GUYS, SOLDIERS THAT I WORKED WITH IN SWEDEN. IN FACT, ONE OF THEM IS COMING OVER THIS SUMMER TO SPEND TIME WITH ME. GOING TO SHOW HIM AROUND THE COUNTRY. SO LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT.)) [RUNS:16]
[OUT Q=looking forward to that.]


Will these men have to go back to Bosnia?
Not likely... but they are prepared for the possibility.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.))
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
[SS=Bosnia]


Tomorrow, find out what these National Guard members think about the recent decision by Congress to keep U-S forces

in Bosnia.[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[TAPE#=98-23]
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In the last five years, exchange programs have brought more than 125 Russian and Ukrainian professionals to central and western Virginia.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The latest group arrived in the U.S. a week ago.
Hosted by Total Action Against Poverty and the United Way of Central Virginia, the delegation from Perm, Russia is studying the management of local non- profit groups.
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((TED EDLICH/TOTAL ACTION AGAINST POVERTY: THEY COME FROM NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS THEIR COUNTERPARTS TO OUR NON-PROFITS, SO WE'RE TRYING TO SHOW THEM A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT NON- PROFITS.)) ((VASILI V'IUZHANIN: FINDING OF FINANCIAL RESOURCES IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR ESTABLISHING THE THIRD SECTOR IN RUSSIA. AND WE ABSOLUTELY DON'T HAVE AN EXPERIENCE OF THIS KIND.))
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[SUPER=39-Vasili V'iuzhanin/Civic Initiatives Center; :16]
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[OUT Q=don't have any experience of this kind.]
[ANCHOR=Keith]
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The Russian visitors are here for three weeks.[Ferrum-Mission]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=98-24]
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A Ferrum College student is packing energy, passion and a powerful voice for a trip overseas -- as a Methodist missionary.
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[VO-NAT]
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[SOT 11:50:32]
[IN Q=See how I die]

((SEE HOW I DIE .... ))
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As a member of the Ferrum College choir, Bryson Smith portrays Jesus in the minutes before his death. Smith hopes to convey a message through music.
His talent has earned him a ticket overseas, one of just 25 students selected nationwide. The group will sing and perform missionary duties in Switzerland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Russia.
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[SOT 12:14:15]
[IN Q=It's love man]

((IT'S LOVE MAN, THAT'S IT. BOTTOM LINE IS TO LOVE EVERYBODY EVEN THE PEOPLE YOU DISLIKE. BECAUSE WE ALL GOT PEOPLE WE DISLIKE BUT YOU STILL LOVE EM AND I THINK THAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING.))
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[VO-NAT]


Smith has been a head resident director at Ferrum College dorms for two years.
He says helping fellow students paves the way for a career as a pastor.
But for now -- Bryson Smith is still practicing his pitch -- for a recital tomorrow night at Ferrum College.
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[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Coming up tonight in sports, the Roanoke Wrath gets a bigtime soccer player, the Hokies former point guard may be singing Rocky Top, Al Clark continues to comeback from knee surgery this spring
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[VO-NAT]


and Pierre Paiement, the outgoing Express general manager isn't moving too far from the ice.
I'll tell you about his next endeavor in the valley right after this.

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[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=sma]
[TAPE#=SP-11]
[GRAPHIC=Express/Huntingtton]


The Express is in Huntington tonight for game four of the first round Kelly Cup playoff series.
[SS=Pierre Paiement]


Express general manager Pierre Paiement joined the team late this afternoon,
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Morning; :00]


but not before introducing the media to the next business venture he will take part in after leaving the Express.
He will open the Paiement Pro Shop inside the brand new Ice Station May first. Paiement joins forces with the Lionberger family; which renamed the rink this morning. The shop will sell hockey sticks, pucs, pads, inline skating equipment as well as figure skating apparel.
Paiement will also teach hockey as the Director of Developmental programs at the Ice Station.
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[SUPER=01-Pierre Paiement/Pro Shop Director; :00]
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[VO-NAT]


Paiement will also sell Express memorabilia. After the news conference; he commented on Roanoke's key to victory tonight in game four of the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Huntington's home ice.
[SOT]
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[OUT Q=...with a win"]
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[ANCHOR=MIke]
[SS=Express]


Express officials said today; they are about 10 days away from naming Paiement's replacement. The list has been narrowed from 50 candidates to 3. The board has met an discussed two of those possible G.M. replacements at length.

[S-Grindstaff]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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When Tech freshman basketball star Jenis Grindstaff announced he was transferring back on March 25th, those close to him said he was headed to the ACC.
[graphic=tennessee]


The last time we checked the Tennessee Vols are not a member of that conference.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Season; :00]


However, News 7 Sports has learned that Grindstaff spent this past weekend in Knoxville checking out the UT campus and the Volunteers' program.
If the attraction seems strange, think again.
Tennessee assistant coach Chris Ferguson was at Tech until last April, and he was responsible for recruiting Grindstaff.
The Vols made the NCAA tournament this season for the first time since 1989.
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[talent=mike]
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The spring signing period begins this Wednesday.

Grindstaff also is looking at Wake, NC State, GA Tech and Vanderbilt. [S-Tech]


[ANCHOR=Roy]
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[WRITER=rst]
[TAPE#=SP-9]
[GRAPHIC=Tech Football]


The Virginia Tech Hokies have been working hardon a number of areas this spring including improving the health of starting quarterback Al Clark.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg; :00]


Clark is coming back from off season knee surgery and his recovery has been little slower than expected.
But Clark says the mobility and strength in the leg is getting better day by day.
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((AL CLARK/TECH QUARTERBACK: ))
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[VO-NAT]


Clark's work in the spring will be very important to the Hokies. Tech will have a new group of receivers in the lineup and the Hokies are hoping to improve on their passing game when they get into action this fall.
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((FRANK BEAMER/TECH HEAD COACH:))
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Tech Head Coach; :]
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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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The E.C. Glass high school football program has a new head coach tonight.
This afternoon, Dennis Peters, a longtime assistant and social studies teacher at the school took over the program on an interim basis.
Peters replaces Mike Berry, who was forced out on March 19th, just two days after he was hired, when school officials found out he had embezzled money from an insurance company in the past.

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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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A former Cavalier is coming home to Virginia to play soccer for the Roanoke Wrath.
And we're not just talking any Wahoo, folks, but All A-C-C, National College player of the year, Mike Fisher.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Davidson, NC/December 6, 1993;]


Fisher played at U-V-A from 1993 through '96.
He helped the Cavs win national titles in '93 and '94. Fisher is U-V-A's career leading scorer and was drafted by the Tampa Bay Mutiny last year.
But he's has opted for a career in medicine over the professional soccer league.
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[Anchor=Mike]
[Graphic=Roanoke Wrath]


You can catch Fisher and the rest of the Wrath in action during the first home game April 18th.[Wx-Tape]
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An apparel plant in New Castle is shutting down.
That means 117 people who work at the Halmode apparel plant are out of a job.
The news came late this afternoon from Halmode's headquarters in New York.
The factory in New Castle accounts for 25 percent of Halmode's production in Virginia.
Two other factories -- in Roanoke and Convington -- will continue to operate.
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A rash of alcohol-related deaths on Virginia's college campuses is bringing a state task force to the New River Valley today.
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[Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom]


Jean Jadhon says the group has been meeting at Virginia Tech and will hold a public hearing tonight.
[Live=Jean Full/Newsroom]
[SUPER=@Jean1;]


Keith, Tech student Mindy Somers was one of
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[VO-NAT]


the students who died last year after heavy drinking.
The 18-year-old fell to her death from a high-rise dormitory in October.
Autopsy results showed that the Somers had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit when she died.
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[Live=Jean Full/Newsroom]


Meantime, U-Va President John Casteen says alcohol is the reason he is postponing the University's fall fraternity rush until January.
Some fraternities are angry about the measure, but Casteen says he took the action after the fraternities refused to endorse an alcohol-free "rush."
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[Double Boxes=Keith and Jean/Newsroom]

[Keith ad lib byes] We'll have that story and more tonight on News 7 at 11--Keith?