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[7E-Hopkins]


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Tom Hopkins, director of the state Department of Environmental Quality, has died. Governor Gilmore says he is deeply saddened by Hopkins' death.
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Gilmore's office says the 49- year- old Hopkins died at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital, where he had been in critical condition for several weeks from an undisclosed illness. Hopkins was from Roanoke.
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[7Alcohol-Task-Force]
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Virginia's state task force met yesterday to discuss the problem of alcohol abuse and alcohol-related deaths on college campuses.
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The group is conducting a series of meetings and public hearings across the state.
The plan is to collect input and pass the information along to the state's attorney general.
Some members think restrictions on certain privileges could be a starting place.
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((PAUL TORGERSEN/VA. TECH PRESIDENT; WE COULD RECOMMEND THAT IMPACTING DRINKING AT THE HIGH SCHOOL MIGHT BE DONE THROUGH CONTROL OF THE DRIVER'S LICENSE. IF A YOUNGSTER IS FOUND TO HAVE ALCOHOL IN THEIR POSSESSION, NOT NECESSARILY BE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL, PERHAPS THEY COULD HAVE THEIR LICENSE SUSPENDED.))
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Participants in last night's meeting leaned more toward education.
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((JUDY REEMSNYDER/FORMER NATIONAL SORORITY OFFICER; I THINK LONG TERM EDUCATION AND POSITIVE ROLE MODELING ARE THE ANSWERS TO TAKING CARE OF OVER CONSUMPTION.))
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The task force was formed after the deaths of seven college students statewide--who died after a night of heavy drinking.

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Autopsy results from Bedford city's first murder victim of 19-98 are will be released today.
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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.
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[7E-Halmode]


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An apparel company in New Castle is the latest to shut its doors to 117 employees.
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Late yesterday, Halmode Apparel Company in New York announced it is discontinuing operations at its New Castle plant.

The company said it could not come to terms with a supplier that gave the New Castle plant most of its work.
Halmode operates two other plants in Virginia.
But the company said neither its Covington nor its Roanoke operation is in danger of going out of business.
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Charges have been filed in connection with last week's massive forest fire on Afton Mountain.
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Kirk Anthony Johnson faces a misdemanor charge for accidently leaving a small brush fire unattended.
The fire spread and burned more than 400 acres on the Mounain's western slope.
Authorities say the fire was fed by dead limbs from witner ice storms and fanned by high winds.
At one point evacuations were ordered when the fire threatened 25 homes.
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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 4/8/98
Wednesday:

[SUPER=130-6/Joseph Whitmore/Roanoke]



[SUPER=130-28/Jerry Ruley/Buena Vista]



[SUPER=130-18/Tracy Shelton/Christiansburg]


Anniversary:
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[SUPER=130-7/Mallory Denison/Cloverdale]


Wow!
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[SUPER=130-9/Kristen Pullen/Clifton Forge]



[SUPER=130-/William Osborne/Chatham]



[SUPER=130-9/Alex Kibler/Salem]


No Pictures:

[SUPER=131-/Shelby English/Truevine]



[SUPER=131-/Jennifer Ferguson/Snow Creek]



[SUPER=131-/Jack Bondurant/Snow Creek]



[SUPER=131-28/Shannon Anderson/Ft. Bragg NC]


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More than 100 are losing their jobs in New Castle.
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Late yesterday, Halmode Apparel Company in New York announced it is discontinuing operations at its New Castle plant.

The company said it could not come to terms with a supplier that gave the New Castle plant most of its work.
The plant employs 117.
Halmode operates a plant in Roanoke and Covington but says neighter will shut down.
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The cause of the Afton Mountain fire is now known.
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A Waynesoro man has been charged with a misdemanor for accidently leaving a small brush fire unattended.
Authorities say Kirk Anthony Johnson faces a fine of 500 dollars.
Thursday's blaze burned more than 400 acres.
It was fed by dead limbs from winter ice storms and fanned by high winds.
At one point evacuations were ordered when the fire threatened 25 homes.
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Authorities hope to know today what killed a Bedford man over the weekend.
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Autoposy results are expected to be relased on the body of 35- year- old Jeffrey Kirkland.
He was found dead in his South Street home Saturday night.
Police say Kirkland had been severely beaten, but haven't ruled that the cause of 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.
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[45E-Campus-Drinking]


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Since the school year began last fall, some seven college students have died in accidents attributed to alcohol abuse.
Now a task force is looking for answers.
David Johnson reports.
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Statistics show students begin consuming alcoholic beverages as early as intermediate schools. Members of the task force say that means the issue needs to be addressed earlier.
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((PAUL TORGERSEN/VIRGINIA TECH PRESIDENT; BECAUSE WE'RE LOOKING AT A STUDENT WHO COMES TO A UNIVERSITY WITH AN ACQUIRED HABIT AND THAT'S SOMETHING WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE.)) ((DOUGLAS COVINGTON/RADFORD UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT; IN SOME INSTANCES THE PROBLEMS ARE EXACERBATED WHEN THERE'S MORE INDEPENDENCE AND MORE FREEDOM. BUT IT'S A PROBLEM THAT, I THINK, MUST BE ADDRESSED IN THE HOME AND AT THE BASIC EDUCATION LEVEL.)) [RUNS :25]
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Public hearing participants agree education is key.
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((JUDY REEMSNYDER/FORMER NATIONAL SORORITY OFFICER; I THINK LONG TERM EDUCATION AND POSITIVE ROLE MODELING ARE THE ANSWERS TO TAKING CARE OF OVER CONSUMPTION.)) ((EDWARD SPENCER/STUDENT AFFAIRS ASST. VICE-PRESIDENT; I THINK THAT WE'RE DEALING WITH A MAJOR PROBLEM WITH CHANGING CULTURES. AND IT'S GOING TO TAKE A NUMBER OF SMALL STEPS TO CARRY THAT OUT. IT'S NOT GOING TO BE A ONE MAGICAL SOLUTION KIND OF THING.)) [STAND-UP/19:53:43] ((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; THIS TASK FORCE IS ONE OF FOUR LOOKING AT ISSUES WHICH INDICATE COLLEGE DRINKING IS A PROBLEM. THE OTHER GROUPS WILL LOOK AT CHANGING COLLEGE CULTURES, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND EXSITING UNIVERSITY POLICIES. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7, BLACKSBURG.)) [RUNS :14]

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Clouds will be on the increase throughout the day, with highs in the mid to upper 60s.
Mostly cloudy and not as cool tonight, with lows in the lower 50s.
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[8E-Hopkins]


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Governor Gilmore says he was sad to hear the news of Tom Hopkins' death.
Hopkins was the director of the state Department of Environmental Quality.
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Gilmore's office says the 49- year- old Hopkins died at the Medical College of Virginia Hospital, where he had been in critical condition for several weeks from an undisclosed illness. Hopkins was from Roanoke.
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Authorities hope an autopsy will provide the missing clues surrounding the death of a Bedford man last weekend.


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Autoposy results are expected to be released today on the body of 35- year- old Jeffrey Kirkland.
He was found dead in his South Street home Saturday night.
Police say Kirkland had been severely beaten, but haven't ruled that the cause of 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.
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All-night poker games at their home have resulted in indictments against a Roanoke man and his son.
Police said the games netted Larry and Timothy Harless two-thousand dollars or more a day.
The pair face felony charges of conducting an illegal gambling operation.
They could get up to ten years in prison and 20-thousand dollar fines if convicted.
During the investigation, detectives recorded license plate numbers of visitors, sifted through the trash and then raided the home.

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Virginia could get the GREEN light for GREENBACKS, thanks to Congress' new tranportation bill.
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Sixth District congressman Bob Goodlatte says more of the money from federal gasoline taxes will find its way to Virginia to pay for much-needed road projects.
Goodlatte says the money will help fund improvements to several area highways and build new ones.
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((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/R- 6TH DISTRICT: VIRGINIANS ARE GOING TO GET A BIGGER SLICE OF A BIGGER PIE AND IT'S GOING TO MEAN A 70 PERCENT INCREASE FOR THE STATE OF VIRGINIA, THAT'S THE SIXTH HIGHEST INCREASE OF ANY STATE, AND THEREFORE, I THINK A TREMENDOUS BOOST FOR THE STATE. IT'LL BE A TREMENDOUS BOOST FOR PROJECTS I'M SUPPORTING LIKE A NEW INTERSTATE HIGHWAY TO RUN THROUGH LYNCHBURG TO NORFOLK.))
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Goodlatte also announced he'll ask Congress for 39 million dollars this year to help Lynchburg overhaul its sewer system.
The Hill City is expected to spend more than 200 million dollars over the next twenty years to help the system meet new environmental requirements for clean water.
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Spreading his message through music-- that's the dream of one Ferrum College student.
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((I HAVE TO KNOW I HAVE TO KNOW MY LORD. I HAVE TO SEE I HAVE TO SEE MY LORD.))
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Bryson Smith is one of only 24 students nationwide selected to sing and perform missionary duties in Europe this summer.
The group will tour Switzerland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Russia.
But mixing music with religion is nothing new to Smith -- he hopes to become a pastor and break into song during sermons.
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((BRYSON SMITH/STUDENT: IF I'M SINGING ABOUT GOD, I WANT THAT PERSON TO FEEL HOW HAPPY I AM.))
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Smith says he enjoys the college environment so much, he may become a chaplain.
He's already applied to Duke Divinity School -- but ask him about his goals, and he'll say he's just trying to get the words right for tonight's recital at Ferrum College.
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Turning from the news for a moment to check weather--
Clouding up later today, with highs in the mid to upper 60s.
Mostly cloudy and mild overnight, with a chance of showers developing.
Lows in the lower 50s.
The extended forecast is fairly wet through Thursday...
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