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A federal judge in Roanoke is to hear motions today seeking to block the Honor Court trials this week of six Virginia Military Institute cadets.
The cadets are accused of lying about alleged hazing. Attorneys for three freshmen say their clients were struck with a belt by three seniors for various infractions -- and all six initially denied the incidents.
If the cadets are found guilty of lying, they could be expelled.
The lawyers for the freshmen say their clients were pressured by the senior cadets to keep quiet.

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A state task force formed to study college drinking will meet today on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. The task force was created last year after several drinking-related deaths, including a Tech student who fell from a high-rise dormitory window after a night of partying.

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The National Guard may be in trouble due to funding cuts.
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Cutbacks on basic supplies like fuel mean the units aren't able to make as many trips to the standard training facilities like Fort Picket or A-P Hill.
Instead they're having to make due with sites like the national forest, Carvin's Cove and a boy scout camp in pulaski, that lack essential military training equipment.
Some guard members say the changes could prove costly on the battlefield.
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The units are also short on money for food and ammunition.
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A meeting with the N-double-A-C-P was in order for a Botetourt County civic group seeking to re-name an historic black school.
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Botetourt County officials plan to preserve the original slave cabins on the Greenfield Plantation, but have changed the name of Central Academy, the area's first black school, to William Clark Middle.
The group says that selectively excludes part of the county's black history.
So it is trying to cut funding for the Greenfield Development-- until the name of the school is restored.
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((VEE HINTON/COUNTYWIDE LEAGUE REPRESENTATIVE; WE'RE A MULTICULTURAL COUNTY AND WE FEEL THAT THE POWER OF THE NAACP IS NEEDED DUE TO A LOT OF ISSUES FACING US. WITH THE RENAMING OF THE SCHOOL, THE RESURRECTION OF SLAVE QUARTERS. WE JUST FEEL THE PRESENCE OF THE NAACP IS VERY NEEDED HERE IN BOTETOURT.))
[SUPER=01-Vee Hinton/Countywide League Rep.;]
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Members of the group met with Roanoke N-Double-A-C-P President Martin Jeffrey yesterday about starting their own chapter of the organization in Botetourt.
The group expects to have its branch of the N-Double-A-C-P up and running by next month.
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Your Monday forecast includes slightly warmer temperatures than the weekend...Sunshine is on the way today with breezy conditions and highs in the upper 60s. Night-time lows dip into the 30s tonight...
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[7BIRTHDAYS!]4/7/98
Tuesday:

[SUPER=130-1/Meaghan Poore/Collinsville]



[SUPER=130-23/Melody King/Lexington]



[SUPER=130-16/John Hammach/Chatham]



[SUPER=130-10/Elanna Irvin/Wytheville]



[SUPER=130-8/Curtis Buckner/Roanoke]



[SUPER=130-8/Kayla Fauber/Fairfield]


Anniversary:
[SUPER=130-50th/Tom & JoAnn Cook/Villamont]



[SUPER=130-11/Ashley Lowe/Blacksburg]



[SUPER=130-13/Cindy Epperly/Christiansburg]



[SUPER=130-6/Ashley Gibson/Roanoke]



[SUPER=130-2/Ryan Dean/Woodlawn]



[SUPER=130-/Richard Walker, Sr./Lynchburg]



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A state task force studying college drinking will meet today at the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg.
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The task force was created last year after several drinking-related deaths, including a Tech student who fell from a high-rise dormitory window in October after a night of drinking.
A autopsy found 18 year old Mindy Somers had an alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit.
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Meantime, some fraternities at the University of Virginia are upset that the school has forced the postponent of ``rush'' to January.
Virginia Tech President John Casteen said he took the action after the fraternities refused to endorse an alcohol-free ``rush.''

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After years of planning the Fisher Peak Music Center is finally become a reality.
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Congress has appropriated five- point- two million dollars for the first phase of construction.
And the land has been acquired along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Carroll and Grayson Counties.
Ninth District Congressman Rick Boucher says the project is now on track for a groundbreaking later this year.
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((REP. RICK BOUCHER/D- NINTH DISTRICT: WE ARE NOW LOOKING AT WAYS TO REVISE THE PLANS TO MAKE EVEN A BETTER STRUCTURE THAN THE PLANS THAT ARE NOW ABOUT FOUR YEARS OLD CONTEMPLATE. AND SO WE'RE NOT BREAKING GROUND THIS MONTH OR NEXT, BUT DURING THE SUMMER WE'LL GET THIS WORK UNDER WAY.))
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A small number of graves have been found in Northwest Roanoke at an historical cemetery.
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A Radford University anthropology class was looking for unmarked graves in the "McClanahan Cemetery". At least eight pits were located during the archaeological dig.
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((CLIFF BOYD/ANTHROPOLOGY PROFESSOR; IN A WAY WE'VE ACCOMPLISHED OUR MISSION IN SEEING THAT THERE ARE SOME GRAVES WIDELY SCATTERED IN THIS AREA. THEY AT LEAST HAVE SOME BETTER BOUNDARIES NOW TO SAY THIS IS A CEMETERY. THIS IS WHAT WE SHOULD PROTECT. THIS IS WHAT WE SHOULD MAINTAIN.))
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As many as 100 people are believed to be buried in the cemetery, including an 1812 war colonel. It has not been determined how long it will take to locate each pit. Boyd says he may return in the fall with another class to continue the search. The Sons of the American Revolution plan to restore the private lot once all of the graves are located.
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A professor and native of West Africa hopes President Clinton's nearly two week trek to Africa will improve economic relations.
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Biology professor Samuel Pieh (PEE-Ah) says the current trading relationship with the U-S is oppressing African countries.
He hopes Clinton's recent visit will bring about a positive change.
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((SAMUEL PIEH/MEMPHIS UNIVERSITY ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR; I HOPE PRESIDENT CLINTON AND THIS GOVERNMENT WOULD LOOK OUT FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE AFRICA AT HEART. WHO ARE NOT JUST OUT TO RAPE AFRICA LIKE THEY DID IN SLAVERY TIMES. ))
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He says a win-win trade situation between the U-S and Africa could happen if both sides concentrate on the positive aspects of Clinton's visit.
The President visited six African countries over a 12-day period, hoping to persude African nations they could benefit economically by becoming democracies.
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Taking a break from the news to check weather--
Sunny skies ahead today, with slightly warmer temperatures in the mid to upper 60s.
Cold again tonight, under clear skies, with lows falling into the 30s.
In the extended forecast, expect an increase and clouds and the likelihood of showers..
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Attorneys for six cadets at Virginia Military Institute are hoping to convince a federal judge to block Honor Court trials scheduled this week.
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[97-63 8/20/97]
The freshmen are being accused of lying about alleged hazing.
The cadets say they were struck with a belt by three senior cadets--but say they initially denied the incident to protect upperclassmen. [98-30]
A fourth freshman, George Wade Junior stepped forward with the beating allegations and withdrew from V-M-I.
Now the other freshmen could be expelled if found guilty of lying.
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Some members of the Virginia Army National Guard say they're worried about what funding cuts could mean to the nation's security.
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Cutbacks on basic supplies like fuel mean the units aren't able to make as many trips to the standard training facilities like Fort Picket or A-P Hill.
Instead they're having to make due with sites like the national forest, Carvin's Cove and a boy scout camp in pulaski, that lack essential military training equipment.
Some guard members say the changes could prove costly on the battlefield.
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The units are also short on money for food and ammunition.
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A Botetourt County civic group fighting to re-name a historic black school is seeking support from the N-Double-A-C-P. The group met with Roanoke's chapter head over the weekend.
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Botetourt County officials plan to preserve the original slave cabins on the Greenfield Plantation, but have changed the name of Central Academy, the area's first black school, to William Clark Middle.
The group says that selectively excludes part of the county's black history.
So it is trying to cut funding for the Greenfield Development-- until the name of the school is restored.
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((VEE HINTON/COUNTYWIDE LEAGUE REPRESENTATIVE; WE'RE A MULTICULTURAL COUNTY AND WE FEEL THAT THE POWER OF THE NAACP IS NEEDED DUE TO A LOT OF ISSUES FACING US. WITH THE RENAMING OF THE SCHOOL, THE RESURRECTION OF SLAVE QUARTERS. WE JUST FEEL THE PRESENCE OF THE NAACP IS VERY NEEDED HERE IN BOTETOURT.))
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[OUT Q=here in Botetourt.]
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Members of the group met with Roanoke N-Double-A-C-P President Martin Jeffrey yesterday about starting their own chapter of the organization in Botetourt.
The group expects to have its branch of the N-Double-A-C-P up and running by next month.
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A historic discovery was made at an old cemetery in northwest Roanoke.
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A Radford University anthropology class was looking for unmarked graves in the "McClanahan Cemetery". At least eight pits were located during the archaeological dig.
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((CLIFF BOYD/ANTHROPOLOGY PROFESSOR; IN A WAY WE'VE ACCOMPLISHED OUR MISSION IN SEEING THAT THERE ARE SOME GRAVES WIDELY SCATTERED IN THIS AREA. THEY AT LEAST HAVE SOME BETTER BOUNDARIES NOW TO SAY THIS IS A CEMETARY. THIS IS WHAT WE SHOULD PROTECT. THIS IS WHAT WE SHOULD MAINTAIN.))
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As many as 100 people are believed to be buried in the cemetery, including an 1812 war colonel. It has not been determined how long it will take to locate each pit. Boyd says he may return in the fall with another class to continue the search. The Sons of the American Revolution plan to restore the private lot once all of the graves are located.
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Sunny and pleasant today, with highs warming into the mid to upper 60s.
Clear overnight, with patchy frost.
Lows in the 30s.
Looking ahead to tomorrow, an increase in clouds with some showers on the way....
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