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The "Grim Reaper" greets motorists as they pass the proposed entrance to a new high school.

Coming up in just a moment on NEWS 7 we'll show you what that's all about.
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And we'll watch police retrieve what may be a murder weapon from the James River.
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Tonight on News 7 sports, the Wood Brothers got some advice from a local expert today at the Martinsville Speedway.
The Hokies begin the search for Bobby Hussey's replacement.
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And Dave Gagnon will be in goal tonight as the Express plays host to the Dayton Bombers.
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Mostly cloudy with some early scattered showers. The story ahead.
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(( THIS IS AN UNSAFE CONDITION THAT'S GOING TO BE PROPOSED AS A SCHOOL ENTRANCE ON BRAMBLETON AVENUE.))
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One demonstrator dresses as death, others put their protest up in lights, hours before a key vote on a new school.
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Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

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Tonight Roanoke County Supervisors will decide whether to give the school board permission to build a new high school on the Wood's End poperty.
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The Wood's End site is located just off Old Cave Spring Road, not far from the intersection of 419 and Brambleton.

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Eric Earnhart is outside the County Office building, where the meeting will begin in an hour.
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It could be the final hour for some neighbors of the site, who are now focusing most of their protests on the proposed entrance... the intersection of Brambleton and Pleasant hill drive...
One resident chose a unique way to make his point.
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((Death's protest ended abruptly this morning when police officers told him it's illegal for adults to wear masks in Virginia.... Rather than continue the protest unmasked... death packed up his sickle and went home.

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((ANONYMOUS PROTESTOR; THEY SAID YOU CAN PROTEST IF YOU WISH, AND I SAID I WOULD, BUT WITHOUT MY MASK, THAT WOULD IDENTIFY WHO I AM AND AT THE SAME TIME IT WOULD NOT DRIVE THE POINT HOME.))
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Other's took their point to the drivers themselves. placing a flashing sign on Brambleton avenue, calling the concept of place a school entrance here, less than intelligent.))
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A motorist drives by a house, sees someone shot to death outside, and calls for help.
That's what happened in Galax today, but before it was over, police found a second body .. INSIDE the home.
63 year old Carol Higgins was inside. 64 year old James Higgins was discovered outside.. both dead from gunshot wounds to the head. Police say the case is being handle as a homicide.


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Appomattox authorities say there's a "good chance" a gun they found in the James River this morning is the same weapon that was used to kill 35- year- old Nick Olivarri last fall.
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State police divers searching the river near Madison Heights recovered a small caliber, semi- automatic handgun about forty feet from shore.
The gun will be taken to the state crime lab for ballistics and fingerprint testing.
Olivarri's wife and another man are charged with his killing.
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The man whose country store used to host popular bluegrass jamborees no longer faces fraud charges.
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A judge in Floyd County ruled today there is not enough evidence against Freeman Cockram.
Cockram was charged with swindling an 85-year-old North Carolina man out of 30-thousand dollars.
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((FREEMAN COCKRAM: I KNEW I DIDN'T DO NOTHING WRONG AND I FELT LIKE GOD WAS IN THIS THING.))
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Cockram owned the Floyd County Country Store until 19-93 and hosted a series of Friday night jamborees there.
When he asked Albert Ellis for the 30-thousand dollar loan, Cockram said the money would help pay the cost of hosting those jamborees.
After today's trial, Cockram said he considered Ellis a "dear friend" and promised to pay back the money he borrowed.
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The Wilderness Leadership Academy was barely out of the woods when it got another strike against it -- a counselor fired for having sex with a student.
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The school for troubled boys only recently gained back its provisional license after the Department of Education investigated it for almost a year.
Now, Botetourt County sheriff's deputies have arrested a 23-year-old counselor, Sarah Ann Robinson, for having sex with a 16-year-old male student.
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They noticed an academy vehicle with steamy windows parked on the side of the road.
School leaders say they fired Robinson after she admitted the crime.
They say they did conduct the proper background checks before hiring her and that Robinson's alleged actions do NOT reflect the school's moral or ethical code.

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Interstate 73 is still just a proposal, years away from construction, but for communities that want the road, and those that don't the stakes are climbing.
Today, I-73 was in the spotlight as the Commonwealth Transportation Board and other state officials met with the public in Salem.
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Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom tonight with that story.
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Keith, dozens of highway projects are vying for limited funding.
Today, we heard community leaders calling for the widening of Interstate 81, construction on Route 58, and safety improvements on Route 220... but it was I-73 that received most of the attention this morning.
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((For local officials who have embraced the project, I- 73 is an economic development issue...
A make or break proposition for communities such as Martinsville and henry County that are losing traditional industries and jobs.
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((DEL. WARD ARMSTRONG/D- MARTINSVILLE: IF IT COMES IN 12 TO 15 YEARS, IT'S ONE THING, BUT IF IT'S 20 TO 25 YEARS, I'M NOT CERTAIN BUT THAT IT WILL BE AN INTERSTATE THROUGH A GHOST TOWN IN MY PART OF THE STATE, THAT IT WILL COME TOO LATE.))
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But during a day-long hearing that brought speakers from Roanoke, southside and the New RiverValley... transportation officials also heard from individuals who believe the routing of I-73 will determine if the project is an economic boon or a community nightmare.
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((ALAN GLEINER/I-73 REGIONAL IMPACT NETWORK: YOU BASE YOUR DECISIONS ON ENGINEERING DATA AND TOPOGRAPHY AND ENDANGERED SPECIES. WE'RE MAKING OUR DECISIONS BASED ON THE CHARACTER OF OUR LIVES, AND WHAT WE VALUE FOR OUR CHILDREN AND OUR NEIGHBORHOODS.))
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This was not a dialogue... Members of the Transportation Board were listenting today.
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Keith, The hard choices the Board will have to make, will have to wait for another day.[Tease#1]

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A new prison could cost some taxpayers a lot more than first thought. That story is just ahead on News 7.
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And four and half years after this plane crash kills three area men, investigators name the probable cause.
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Federal investigators believe a plane crash that killed three area people four-and-a-half years ago was caused by a faulty rudder control valve.
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132 people were aboard US Air flight 427, when it crashed not far from Pittsburgh's airport.
A report released today suggests the faulty valve was responsible for this and another deadly crash involving a Boeing 737, although there is no way to tell for sure. The crash took the lives of Richard Talbot, founding dean of the veterinary school at Virginia Tech ... Dewitt Worrell, a businessman from Lexington ... and Dave LaManca, a businessman from Roanoke County.
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The Virginia Tech students who went on a hunger strike to draw attention to animal dissection have achieved their goal.
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Pierre Grzybowski and Dylan Eastman announced they were embarking on a hunger strike, last week.
Their goal was to persuade the biology department to note in writing on course syllabuses that students with strong objections to animal dissection may apply for an alternative assignment.
About an hour ago, the two sides reached an agreement.
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The syllabus will strongly suggest that students who do NOT have to take biology take another science course.
For those who have to take the courses, it states they must fill out an application noting their objections.

Their case will then be reviewed by the department.[Floyd-Jail]


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One Floyd County official isn't so certain signing on with the New River Valley Regional Jail will be in the county's best interest in the long run.
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Prosecutor Gino Williams believes the regional jail is a great concept but predicts it's going to cost the county more money than originally expected.
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Many were under the impression the Floyd jail would simply close once the inmates were transferred.
But Williams says the Floyd jail is probably going to have to be renovated to make it handicap accessible.
The renovations are necessary because the county must have holding cells to keep inmates in while they're in court.

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((GINO WILLIAMS/FLOYD CO. PROSECUTOR: I THINK IT WILL BE SEVERAL TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS, I THINK YOU'RE LOOKING AT SOME MAJOR ARCHITECTURAL CHANGES, MY GUESS IS THAT YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO PUT AN ELEVATOR IN ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BUILDING TO MAKE IT ACCESSIBLE OR YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO START KNOCKING WALLS OUT AND I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S GOING TO WORK VERY WELL IN THIS BUILDING.))
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The courthouse is handicap accessible but Williams says there's no space to convert a room into a holding cell.
An architect is currently looking into the situation on the county's behalf.
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We have a correction to pass along tonight. It's not anything we said, but something we showed.
Last night at this time, we told you about a court ruling involving Barry Black, an imperial wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, accused of burning a cross.
In our presentation, we accidently showed you other people from an entirely different story.

We certainly did not mean to show the people we did as part of this story, and we apologize for the error. [Stocks]


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Wall Street took a big dive today. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE ]
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Starting next year, Lynchburg city employees will get Martin Luther King's birthday off.. but they'll lose an existing city holiday.
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City council tonight voted to replace the spring holiday with a day to honor Dr. King.
Lynchburg's minority community had pressured city leaders to give King a day to himself, but some council members balked at the cost.
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A similar proposal to make Martin Luther King's birthday a city SCHOOL holiday will be voted on at next week's school board meeting.
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[Mental-Health]


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Cesar Chumil (say-ZAR chew-MILL) is considered the most dangerous patient at Virginia's Western State Hospital.
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Today, he became a symbol of patient abuse in Virginia.
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((JANET RAMOS/CESAR CHUMIL'S NIECE: WHEN MY UNCLE WOULD BECOME AGGRESSIVE, THE HOSPITAL'S SOLUTION WAS TO TIE HIM UP, EITHER TO A BED OR MATTRESS ON THE FLOOR, OR TO A CHAIR WITH LEATHER RESTRAINTS. tears AT ONE POINT, MY UNCLE WAS TIED BY HIS ANKLES AND HIS WRISTS TO HIS BED AND DRUGGED UP SO BAD HE COULD BARELY SPEAK.))
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Virginia's Alliance for the Mentally Ill is urging Governor Jim Gilmore to sign a bill that would create a separate watchdog agency to oversee mental health.
A spokesman for the Governor says he'd like to keep the watchdog agency accountable to him -- NOT completely independent.
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[Searches]


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State and federal authorities have seized 58 home video tapes from a Roanoke County man who claims he's totally disabled.
They suspect Jesse Wayne Martin of insurance fraud.
According to documents filed today in federal Court, Martin managed to convince people he's a quadriplegic. He was convicted in 1992 of incest. But he never served time, because of his supposed medical condition.
However, police have had his house under surveillance for the past several months. They say they watched Martin lugging hay bales, wielding a sledge hammer and shoveling snow.
Martin received a lump sum insurance settlement of 670-thousand dollars in 1996.
Authorities believe the home videos will show Martin roller skating , among things.

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Coming up tonight in sports the Express looks to shoot down the Bombers at the Roundhouse.
We'll hear from rising senior Andre Ray on the state of Tech men's team a day after the firing of Bobby Hussey.

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And we'll also head down to Martinsville where Elliott Sadler and the Wood Brothers gave the ole half mile oval a workout today.
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The Express is back in the Round House tonight to face the Dayton Bombers in a 7 o'clock face off.
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Dave Gagnon will start in net tonight. In practice today, center Dru Burgess worked out OFF the ice., as he continues to wrest. The Express cannot relax tonight against Dayton, a team Roanoke has not beaten this season.
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When Virginia Tech fired head men's basketball coach Bobby Hussey yesterday most fans of the Hokies weren't surprised by the move.
Afterall, athletic director Jim Weaver didn't hire Hussey, so he wasn't directly responsble for his successes or failures.
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Weaver is, however, responsible for the Tech players.
He informed them of Hussey's dismissal yesterday afternoon, and now they are entrusting him to bring in a top flight replacement.
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Who ever takes over the Tech program will inherit more than Hussey did when he replaced Bill Foster.
All but Alvaro Tor and Eddie Lucas return next season.
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Martinsville Speedway opened it's gates to Elliott Sadler and the Wood Brothers as the Citgo Ford racing team wrapped up two days of testing.
Steve Mason has more.
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Former Baltimore Orioles manager Cal Ripken Senior is gravely ill.
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Ripken has been battling lung cancer since being diagnosed with the disease in October.
The elder Ripken had a 36-year association with the Orioles as a minor-league player, scout, coach and mananger.
During that time he became the first person to manage two sons--Cal Junior and Billy--at the same time.
Cal Junior left the O's training camp to join his father in Maryland.
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