On NEWS 7 at SIX tonight,
we'll re-join the search for a Tech student in West Virginia... and hear from the man's family.
And a last-minute reprieve from Richmond for the Wilderness Academy.
Tonight in sports, the Indians get revenge on the Red Sox and the umpires today.
The Braves are trying to take out the Cubs in Atlanta,
And Rick Mast is looking for success tonight in Charlotte as he hopes for some positive in an otherwise negative season.
Today was rather warm but some big changes arrive tomorrow and by Friday it will be downright chilly for those homecoming football games. The numbers just ahead.
The search for a Virginia Tech graduate student is taking on greater urgency here at the end of the twelfth day.
No new leads have developed; old ones are turning up empty.
We'll check in with the search party in just a moment; first: a quick summary of what authorities know up 'til this point.
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24 year old Robert Kovac was last seen a week ago Friday, leaving his Blacksburg apartment.
His abandoned car was located four days later along route 19 near Oak Hill, West Virginia.
A source says it was out of gas, but state police will not confirm that.
At first they thought Kovac had been spotted at a nearby gas station, but they have not been able to determine for sure whether it was him.
Other than the car, investigators and worried family members still have no clue as to what happened to Kovack.
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So they joined forces to search along route 19 and the New River Gorge today, hoping to find anything to help solve this mystery.
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That's where Teresa Hamilton is with the latest.
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Where does the investigation go from here?[Wilderness-Academy]
The Department of Education is giving the Wilderness Leadership Academy another shot... a last-minute reprieve.
The school for troubled boys came very close to losing its license and having to close today.
Tina Tenret has more.
Keith, the Wilderness Leadership Academy has five months to make major changes.
And despite student arrests and allegations of sexual assault, the Education Department is letting boys stay at the school.
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The Education Department overturned its own staff recommendations.
Inspectors who visited the Wilderness Leadership Academy said it should shut down.
They say it's filthy, teachers are unqualified, students are hospitalized without their parents knowledge, and children report being sexually assaulted by each other.
The academy's director Colonel Gene Nervo appealed -- saying mistakes were never made out of malice and will be corrected.
Nervo would not speak on camera, but he testified Monday he had new programs for counseling, staff training and maintenance.
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((I'VE KNOWN COLONEL NERVO FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS ... MAKE THE INSTITUTION BETTER.))
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The hearings officer for the Education Department says the Wilderness Leadership Academy has great potential.
Inspectors plan to return in January for a full review.
In the meantime, they demand the Academy hire someone to correct these problems.
Officials also want to see a new policy manual, complete restoration plans, and a revised, accurate program brochure.
The Department of Education says the Wilderness Leadership Academy has had violations ever since it opened four years ago.
And officials say if everything is not shipshape by January -- they will close the school without another chance.
The Commonwealth of Virginia will NOT try to stop the family of comatose man from disconnecting the feeding tubes.
Governor Jim Gilmore reviewed yesterday's evaluation by state doctors of former TV anchorman Hugh Finn.
Finn's been on artificial life support since a car accident three and a half years ago.
His wife says he would NOT want to be kept alive in a vegetative state.
Other family members initially disagreed, but changed their minds this week.
A spokeswoman for the Governor says he might ONLY intervene if the family changes its mind again.
The feeding tube can be disconnected any time after midnight tonight.
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A well-known furniture store will close its doors. Still ahead, we'll tell you why.
And next, a V-M-I cadet is back from "The Real World." We'll hear from him about his stint on M-T-V.
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Last year at V-M-I, women got all the attention.
But this year one cadet is the spotlight as his senior year coincides with his starring role in a television show on M-T-V.
Melanie Moon went to Lexington to talk with him.
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Eight months ago Nathan Blackburn left Virginia Military Institute and headed for the Real World, M-T-V'S version that is.
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This is a true story, of seven people picked to live on a pier....
Nathan is a cast member on the M-T-V documentary style program "the Real World".
He and fellow V-M-I cadet David Burns, were among seven young people selected from thousands in a video tape casting call.
That got hip jobs in Seattle.
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HELLO, MY NAME IS DAVID, WE'RE GOING TO BE WORKING FOR 107.7 THE END RADIO STATION.
moved into a renovated warehouse on a pier and for nearly six months had their every move video taped.
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DAVID:AT FIRST YOU CHECK YOURSELF AND THEN START TO REALIZE NOT BEING MYSELF AND REALIZE I WAS PICKED FROM 30,000 FOR A REASON,
The show also captured some very personal moments for Nathan, like his sometimes turbulent long distance relationship with his girlfriend, Stephanie.
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I'M JUST THINKING FOR THE WORST TONIGHT, I'VE JUST BEEN THINK FOR THE WORST, NO DON'T.
YOU KNOW YOU DON'T WANT THE CAMERAS TO BE THERE INVADING YOUR PRIVACY AND I DIDN'T EVEN THINK ABOUT THAT GOING INTO IT, I WAS SO EXCITED ABOUT GOING ON THE SHOW THAT I DIDN'T WEIGH THE FACTS OF ME AND MY GIRLFRIEND'S RELATIONSHIP.
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And for the curious, yes, Nathan and Stephanie are still together.
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David, meanwhile, won't be returning to VMI until next semester.
Nathan says he's glad to be back on post, but it's been a big adjustment.
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NATHAN BLACKBURN:IT'S GOING FROM LIVING THE HIGH LIFE TO BRINGING YOU BACK DOWN TO REALITY, IT'S A GOOD THING, IT GETS YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE CLOUDS AND GETS MY GOALS FOCUSED AGAIN AND I'VE GOT MY LIFE STRUCTURED ONCE AGAIN.
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The Real World Season ends November 3rd. Now we can't tell you about the final few episodes but we're told there are a few surprises. But at least you know what happened to one cast member, he's back in the real, real world, VMI styl
Furniture shoppers in Roanoke will have one less store to visit after Halloween.
Franklin's Furniture is closing at the end of next month. The owner tells us it lost nearly 35- percent of its business since moving INSIDE Tanglewood Mall.
The store left its old location BEHIND the mall when construction began on the new theatre.
Owner William Franklin says the move created some confusion among customers.
Franklin says right now, furniture is NOT a "priority purchase" among consumers, so he's not sure whether he'll open another store.
Another sharp drop on Wall Street today.
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The Dow fell 238 points to close at 7-thousand-843.
NASDAQ fell more than 40.
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Most of Virginia's incumbent congressmen apparently don't care, whether you know their stands on the issues.
Eight of the ten running for re-election this fall did NOT bother to respond to the non-partisan "Project Vote Smart" National Political Awareness Test.
Republican Bob Goodlatte did NOT respond.
Democrat Rick Boucher did NOT respond.
Democrat Virgil Goode did NOT respond.
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Roanoke Democrat David Bowers, running against Goodlatte, is one of the few who did answer the test.
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Blacksburg Republican Joe Barta, running against Boucher, also bothered to respond.
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Project Vote Smart will mail you a book with their responses to key issues, if you call toll free 888-VOTE-SMART.
Goodlatte says the House of Representatives should move as quickly as possible to deal with the presidential sex scandal and the Starr Report.
But today, the Sixth District Congressman also argued it would be a mistake to place a time limit on the impeachment inquiry the House is preparing to authorize.
Goodlatte made the remarks following a midday fundraiser in Roanoke.
Though Democrats and Republicans are sparring over the scope of the probe, Goodlatte is promising a full, and fair review of the independent council's report.
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Goodlatte was joined by Missouri Senator John Ashcroft, Northern Virginia Congressman Tom Davis, and Lieutenant Governor John Hager at the 50- dollar a plate fundraiser.
Goodlatte faces Roanoke mayor and Democratic nominee David Bowers in the November election.
Coming up tonight in sports, qualifying is on tap tonight in Charlotte.
Another big league has been fired.
And controversy is king in Cleveland this afternoon as the Indians look to even the best of five series witrh the Red Sox despite come questionable umpiring.
The Cleveland lost the home field advantage to the Red Sox last night, but today they won back some respect and showed some emotion as they took game two 9-to-5.
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The fireworks in this one began in the top of the first when two of Dwight Gooden's first three pitches that appeared to be strikes were called balls.
Mike Hargrove protested and was tossed out of the game by Joe Brinkman.
Later in the first, Brinkman would get his second ejection. Red Sox runner, John Valentin is heading home. The relay throw to Omar Vizquel is perfect and so is his throw to Sandy Alomar. Valentin is out by mile, but he is called safe! Gooden goes nuts and he is tossed from the game.
And it's days like this when it pays carry your sketch pad and a magic marker to the game.
Dave Justice didn't argue with anyone and in the
second he ripped this three run homer to right field.
The Indians win a wild one 9-to-5. The series now shifts to Boston for game three on Friday..
The Braves and Cubs opened up their best of five series this afternoon in Atlanta.
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And it was former Longwood College star Michael Tucker who would open up the scoring with a two run homer with two outs in the second.
The blast to right field off of Mark Clark scored Andruw Jones.
That hit and John Smoltz stellar pitching put the Braves on top 3-to-nothing and Ryan Klesko just hit a grand Slam and the Braves lead 7 to 1 in the top of the 8-th.
One of the most intimidating baseball pitchers in the 80's died earlier today.
Former Royals' ace Dan Quisenberry, whose submarine delivery would freeze batters and make them look worse than silly while swinging, died after a long battle with brain tumors.
The three-time All-Star was part of two Royal teams that won American League pennants,including the club that won the 1985 World Series.
The Los Angeles Dodgers not only removed the interim tag from manager Glenn Hoffman's title, but they also removed him as the team's skipper.
Hoffman did a decent job after taking over for Bill Russell.
The team won 47 games and lost 41 underhis leadership.
The irony is that the Dodgers had only two managers from 1954 to 1996, but needed two additional one to get through this season.
The Winston Cup drivers are in Charlotte tonight for first round time trials for this weekend's UAW GM 500.
One driver who is in desperate need of a good finish is Rick Mast. The Remington Ford finished 41st at Martinsville and Rick is now buried in 31st in the points standings.
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Although he is under contract through next season, Mast has been rumored to be leaving Butch Mock Motorsports at season's end.
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Virginia Tech won't be back in action until Thursday night when the team travels to Chesnut Hill to battle Boston College.
As for Al Clark's status for that game.
We likely won't know
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As for Dave Meyer's performance on Saturday and his prognosis - both are lokking pretty good these days.
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And if you're planning ahead to the weekend, Your Hometown Station will have the Tennessee-Auburn game for you Saturday at 3:30.
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Then on Sunday the NFL Today gets things started at Noon. And after that it's the Jets and the Dolphins at one right here WDBJ-7.
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The new Miss Virginia was in the area today.
Nita Booth was awarded a 1999 Mercury Cougar, which goes along with the state title.
The Chesapeake native plans to implement a program called "Music for Virginia Babies", which is based on the use of music to aid in brain development.
Nita will take classes part-time via the internet while fulfilling her duties as Miss Virginia. She assumed the title of Nicole Johnson who won the Miss America title.
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