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160-million and climbing. Big Game fever is sweeping the commonwealth and it's the lead story on NEws-7 at Six tonight.
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And the U-S Supreme Court halts the execution of a Danville man-- for now.

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Tonight in sports, the Busch grand National cars are qualifying down in Nashville tonight for tomorrow's big race on Your Hometown Station.
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And John Brophy was in the house this morning - although they are about to kick him out.
Steve Mason with the latest on tonight's Express-Admirals game in just a moment.
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After a mostly sunny Friday, gulf moisture moves in this weekend, mainly with clouds, but a few showers too.

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No one has won the Big Game prize for 16 straight drawings.
But tonight, thousands of Virginians are hoping to change that.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]


Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon. Keith Humphrey has the night off.[Big-Game]


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The drawing for tonight's big game is still about five hours away.
And the lines are long at several area stores as people scramble to get tickets for the 160-million dollar jackpot.
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Stacey Martin is standing by at one of the busiest stores in Roanoke with more.
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[Williams]


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The U-S Supreme Court has stayed the execution of Terry Williams.
Williams was scheduled to die Tuesday night for the 1985 robbery and murder of a Danville man.
The stay was granted so the court can decide whether to hear Williams' appeal.
If the appeal is denied, the stay is over.
Williams has been on death row longer than any of the 40 Virginia prisoners currently housed there.

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Members of a Montgomery County jury say Bud Pritchett should serve life in prison for murdering Estel Singleton at an interstate rest area..
Joe Dashiell reports on the conclusion of the week-long trial and today's reaction to the sentence.
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((For Bud Pritchett, and the family of Estel Singleton the long wait ended before noon. [NAT SOUND OF SENTENCE]
Pritchett was convicted of robbing and murdering Singleton at the Ironto Rest Area in April of 1997.
Singleton's son said he was satisfied with the verdict, and convinced by the evidence that justice was served.


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((I THINK THE JURY TOOK THEIR TIME AND MADE EVERYTHING, AND OBVIOUSLY LOOKED AT EVERY POSSIBLE ANGLE. AND TO BE HONEST WITH YOU AS LONG AS HE'S PUT AWAY THE FAMILY'S SATISFIED. THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE.)) ((PHIL KEITH/COMMONWEALTH'S ATOTRNEY: HE WAS IN FACT GUILTY, AND HE WAS FOUND GUILTY.)) [RUNS :18]
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But members of Pritchett's family say they do not believe he received a fair trial.
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((THE INCONSISTENCIES STARTED THE DAY THEY ARRESTED MY BROTHER, WHEN THEY VIOLATED HIS RIGHTS. THAT'S WHERE IT GOT FISHY TO ME.)) [RUNS :09]
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And Pritchett's attornies say the jury never heard important evidence.
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((WE ALWAYS LOOK AT THE SYSTEM OF JUSTICE AS A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD AND FOR ABOUT A TWO DAY PERIOD I FELT WE WERE RUNNING UP THAT LEVEL PLAYING FIELD AT A 45 DEGREE ANGLE. AND I STILL FEEL THAT WAY.)) [RUNS :13]
[OUT Q=still feel that way.]

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Defense attornies say the testimony about Pritchett's mental capacity was crucial information the jury needed to evaluate his alleged confession. They're planning an appeal.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Christiansburg))


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Violence is a hot issue in Roanoke schools these days-- following several brawls inside several schools.
One concerned father wants to make sure officials are handling it properly.
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Following a fight Wednesday morning at James Madison Middle School, Jack Boyd's 12-year-old son was placed in intensive care.
The boy was under observation for swollen and bruised intestines.
He's okay now, just bruised and sore.
But his father wants the issue to be taken seriously.
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((JUST A FIGHT ISN'T JUST A FIGHT. IT'S VIOLENCE, IT LEADS TO OTHER VIOLENCE. AND IT NEEDS TO BE TAKEN MORE SERIOUSLY. . .))
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Boyd's son fought with two older boys over a girl.
The other boys have been suspended from school and charged with assault.
Yesterday, Annie Harmon, the Executive of Student Services, called it a "typical fight."
She said today that any fight on campus is serious.
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A Roanoke craft and frame store decides to hang it up.
A live report on financial problems at M-J-Designs is next on News-7 at Six.
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And, state officials know where the highest concentrations of P-C-B's are in the Staunton River.
Residents want to know where the chemicals are coming from.
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A Roanoke arts-and-crafts store is going out of business.
And by this summer, a new company will take its place
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Scott Goldberg is in the newsroom with more on M-J Designs.
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M-J Designs was a store that will be remembered for its good deals on frames and its eclectic assortment of arts and crafts supplies.
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In the end, it was a lack of people taking advantage those deals -- and buying those supplies -- that led to the company's demise.
M-J has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Its branch near Crossroads Mall opened in 19-94.
Now, the store is getting rid of its inventory ... and getting ready to offer customers some of its best deals ever.


The arts and crafts chain has stores in Texas, Maryland and Virginia.
The Roanoke franchise is one of 16-M-J Designs that will be taken over by Michaels.
Michaels is a Texas company that calls itself the "world's largest" chain of arts and crafts stores.
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Thirty-nine people work at M-J Designs' Roanoke store, and Michaels said some of those employees will get jobs with the new company.
M-J Designs of Roanoke was five years old.
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Jean.


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State health officials have narrowed down the portion of the Staunton River that contains the most highly PCB-contaminated fish.
Now residents want to know the SOURCE of the contamination.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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(( Shelton Miles' family has lived on the banks of the Staunton River for more than two centuries.
He's never been more worried about the future of that waterway than he is right now.
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For five years, state health officials have been monitoring the level of P-C-B's.. a cancer- causing chemical.. in several species of fish taken from the river between Altavista and Long Island.
Residents have been warned to only consume small amounts of the fish.. but so far, the advisory has only reached as far as Miles' farm near Seneca Creek.
He thinks it needs to be extended.
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((SHELTON MILES/FRIENDS OF THE STAUNTON RIVER: WE CERTAINLY HAVE A DIFFERENCE WITH THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT TODAY ON THE REACH OF THE ADVISORY. THEY HAVE COLLECTED FISH THAT WERE ABOVE THE LIMITS UP AT ALTAVISTA, THERE'S A LOT OF FISHING TERRITORY BETWEEN ALTAVISTA AND THE MOUTH OF SENECA CREEK, WHERE THEY HAD STOPPED THE ADVISORY AT ITS UPSTREAM TERMINUS.))
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[Standup] ((And while residents monitor the DEQ web site for test results on the SEDIMENT taken from the river, the search is on for the source of the contamination. PCB's have been outlawed in the U-S for 20 years.. so tracking that source down could take be difficult.)) [RUNS 13]
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In the meantime, Miles and state officials say residents should take the warnings seriously, but not over-react.
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((SHELTON MILES: THAT DOES NOT MEAN IT'S DANGEROUS TO FISH IN THIS RIVER, IT'S NOT DANGEROUS TO SWIM, CANOE, TUBE.. PRIMARY CONTACT IS NOT A HEALTH RISK. AND I DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO WALK AWAY FROM THE RIVER, OR TURN THEIR BACK ON IT, THAT'D BE A BIG MISTAKE RIGHT NOW.)) [RUNS 14]
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Another meeting between the Friends of the River committee and state health officials is scheduled for later this month.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Campbell County.))

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If you're heading south on Interstate 77 this weekend, you can expect some delays near the North Carolina border.

A construction project has one lane closed from the North Carolina-Virginia border southward for seven miles.
V-Dot says backups will extend well into the Virginia portion of the highway.

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Bulletproof glass helped to prevent a bank robbery in Henry County yesterday.
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A man with a handgun went into the Crestar on Greensboro Road and demanded some cash.
The tellers refused, and retreated behind the glass shield around the counter.
The robber got so mad, he pounded on the glass with the gun several times, and then gave up.
Authorities think he drove away in a brown or burgundy 2-door Honda.
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The stock market was closed today in observance of Good Friday.
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Still ahead on News-7 at Six, Madison Marye says he's in the best political shape of his life-- and he's ready to push for another term in the state Senate.
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[Gilmore]


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The president is expected to use his weekly radio address to talk about the Kosovo crisis.
Governor Jim Gilmore will be giving the Republican response.
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He taped it today at a Richmond radio station.
He told reporters that many people are raising questions about the reasons behind the bombing campaign.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I THINK THAT THE PRESIDENT SHOULD COME FORWARD AND EXPLAIN WHAT THE END GAME IS, WHAT IS THE OBJECTIVE, SO THAT WE CAN ALL BE ASSURED THAT OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN COMBAT, MANY OF WHOM ARE VIRGINIANS OR WHO ARE STATIONED HERE IN VIRGINIA, SO WE CAN BE ASSURED THAT THEIR LIVES ARE BEING PUT AT RISK FOR AN ACHIEVABLE OBJECTIVE.))
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Clinton's talk and Gilmore's reply will be aired Saturday.
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After 26 years in the State Senate, Madison Marye thought about stepping down this year.
But the Shawsville Democrat said today that he'll go for another term after all.
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Marye said he's in the best political shape of his life, after helping to cut the food tax in the last General Assembly.
As for flexing a different kind of muscle...
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((SEN. MADISON MARYE/D- SHAWSVILLE: I THINK I'M IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE; I HOPE THAT DEMONSTRATES THAT I'M DOING PRETTY WELL.))
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Marye said among the issues he'll focus on in the fall campaign: increased funding for public schools, and Governor Gilmore's veto of money for a new dairy barn at Virginia Tech.
The district he represents stretches from Roanoke County to Grayson County.
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Coming up tonight on the Friday night edition of the Big 7 sports, Steve Mason got to talk with John Brophy today - we'll see what he thinks about returning to the Roundhouse tonight.
A UVa basketball king gets some more national props.
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And the Busch Grand National stars will be on WDBJ-7 tomorrow.
We'll meet one of the series top young stars in just a moment.
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Face off for tonight's Express/Admirals battle is just over an hour away. Even though he cannot be on the Round House ice, John Brophy's visit to the Star City today added more fuel to an already roaring fire. Steve Mason has more.
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((The all to familar white haired fireball of a coach patrolled the ice in practice in one of his least favoirte buldings. ((:))
Brophy went on and on and was slapped with assault and battery charges, an April 28th Roanoke Court date and an ECHL suspension. He sat out last friday night's game at the Scope, but still managed to be in just about everyone's face, thanks to a Hampton Roads promotion. Roanoke has answered with two thousand brophy pins that will be handed out at the game. Al McGizak will captain the Admiral ship and enjoy a luxury Brophy hasn't. ((:)) ((:)) By Friday at 1pm, left winger Mark Cadotte's locker name tag was gone, cut. Sources indicate that defenseman Jason Dailey will be released Monday. He's on I.R. Newcomers Chad Spurr and Mike Oliveira have been told, the Northeast Divsion banner comes down to tonight. ((:)) ((:))

The Puck drops at 7:30. Steve Mason, news 7 sports.))[S-Chris]


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The Virginia Cavaliers biggest bright spot last season other than first year coach Pete Gillen, continues to be freshman Chris Williams.
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The ACC rookie of the year, who almost never made it to UVa, was made an all-freshman team selection by "Basketball News." today.
The six-six swing man from Birmingham started 28 games and averaged 17 points a game for the Cavs.
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The Virginia football team is in the midst of spring drills.
The Cavs have a number of holes to fill with the loss of stars such as Ptrick Kerney and Aaron Brooks.
There is also a new coach, who really isn't all that new.
Gary Tranquill is back, replacing Sparky Woods as Virginia's offensive coordinator.
His first job is grooming quarterback Dan Ellis.
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The NASCAR Busch Grand National Division steps into the spotlight this weekend down in Nashville.
With the Winston Cup drivers off for Easter, Busch will attempt to prove that it is better.
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One guy who will trying extra hard to prove that point is Nashville-native Casey Atwood.
Atwood won more than a doezen races at the Nashville Speedway while growing up in the area. He also won his first Busch pole there, and he finished second in his second career Busch series start.
He did all of that without major sponsorship, and before his 18th birthday.
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Atwood got a little more notcied than we wanted to in the opening race of the season when he went airborne and then upside down in the tri-oval at Daytona.
Don't forget you can watch tomorrow's race LIVE at one right here on Your Hometown Station.
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This race will also feature a couple of other part-time young lions on the Busch series. Joe Gibbs' son, JD, is entered in this event along with Terry Labonte's son Justin. Both guys ran New River Valley at one point last year.
Quaifying is just winding up in Nashville, I'll have the rundown for you tonight at 11. And again, the race comes you way LIVE tomorrow afternoon at one.[Wx-Tape]
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As we said earlier, the Big Game jackpot is up to 160 million dollars and could go even higher by the time it's all said and done.
We'll have more "Lottery Fever" tonight on News-7 at Eleven and of course we'll have the winning numbers. Hope to see you then.