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Roanoke Mayor David Bowers got married yesterday.
It was a quiet civil ceremony at the Courthouse in Rocky Mount... an event that not even his closest friends and relatives knew about.
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Keith Humphry is at the Mayor's law office downtown... where Bowers met with reporters just a few minutes ago.

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[2-Metcalf]


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It looks like Roanoke County has reached a settlement with the officer fired for pepper spraying a 77 year old woman.
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The case of Russell Metcalf went to a hearing last month, but now, the Roanoke Times reports the two sides have reached an agreement, one which will go on the books as a resignation, not a termination.
According to published reports, the agreement will be signed later today.
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[Dow-Jones]


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[WRITER=mel]
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There were plenty of grins on Wall Street today when the market again opened in positive territory, heading toward the magic 10-thousand number.
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[10NEWSPATH]
But by mid morning, stocks were mixed.
Yesterday the Dow soared to 125 points, closing at a record 98-97.
The market was pushed along by new of higher oil stocks, and growing retail sales.
Possibly adding fuel to the market's fire is a better than expected inflation picture.
Today's Labor Department numbers show the Producer Price index fell four-tenths of one percent last month.

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The N-C-double-A tournament enters its second day of action on WDBJ.
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In just a few minutes, you can catch the Tennessee Volunteers as they take on Delaware.
Immediately following that game, Oklahoma hooks up with Arizona.
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Tonight, the Duke Blue Devils open up play against Florida A & M. And the late game features the defending national champs from Kentucky taking on New Mexico State, right here on your Hometown station. (----------)