Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX: we'll talk with pilots in the Virginia Air National Guard who've flown the same air space NATO planes are traversing tonight.
And we can't forget we're down to the wire - -for last-minute filers to settle up with Uncle Sam and the tax man.
In sports, The Express prepares for Chesapeake and the Second round of the playoffs Duke loses another basketball player.
And Darrell Strawberry is in trouble with the law in Florida at the Yankees extended spring training camp.
Fog is settling into the Roanoke Valley as a warm front gets hung up to the south. The full weather story just ahead.
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The countdown is on.
You have until midnight to file federal taxes.
Joy Sutton is live at the main post office in Roanoke.
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Keith: Are there people out there to help with tax questions?
A scuffle at a South Boston nursing home has ended in murder.
Police have charged 76-year-old Lillie Redd of Charlotte Courthouse with killing a 90-year-old resident of the Berry Hill Nursing home.
Police say Redd pushed Mary Perkins to the floor last week, where she struck her head.
Perkins died later at the hospital.
Police aren't saying what the two women were arguing about.
A family alleged to be at the top of a drug trafficking network INSIDE the Bland Prison Farm say they were actually performing undercover work for the government.
So why don't federal agents back their story?
Tina Tenret sat down with Inmate Mike Fulcher to try to find out.
Mike Fulcher is a career conman who's been previously convicted of dealing marijuana to inmates.
When THIS drug conspiracy went down, Fulcher was doing time in Bland Prison for stealing lawnmowers.
He says even though he had no FORMAL agreement with federal drug agents -- the government had always counted on him to trap criminals.
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((I HAVEN'T DONE DRUGS IN 20 YEARS, OVER 20 SOME YEARS.))
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Prisoner Mike Fulcher says he "let himself be recruited" into the Bland Prison drug ring ONLY to catch GUARDS selling marijuana to inmates.
Before this he spent years as a D-E-A informant busting international druglords like Robert Telc and George Kosko.
And he says in 1995 -- he helped trap Bland prisoners who made almost 28-thousand-dollars with fake tax returns.
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((I GUESS I GRADUATED FROM DOING INMATES AND PEOPLE ON THE STREETS TO LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS.))
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Four guards WERE arrested as drug dealers.
But federal attorneys say Fulcher was the KINGPIN and he was NOT working for them.
They say he mailed his mother Ethel money orders from inmates totalling more than 10-thousand-dollars -- for drugs.
Investigators searched Ethel Fulcher's home and took four computers, tape recorders, video and audio tapes, and 14 boxes of records.
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((MY MOTHER'S PROBABLY HELPED ME IN ALMOST EVERYTHING I'VE EVER DONE. SHE'S BEEN VERY SUPPORTIVE AND TRIED TO DO THE RIGHT THING butt butt butt MY MOM HAS ONLY TRIED TO DO WHAT SHE THOUGHT WAS RIGHT. SHE CERTAINLY NEVER COMMITTED A CRIME.))
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In fact, Mike and Ethel Fulcher DID help the Botetourt County sheriff trap a jail inmate trying to plot a murder.
In that sting, the inmate was told to mail the hit money to Ethel Fulcher.
Now -- the Fulchers say they were trying the same trick in this case -- mailing the drug money and records to Ethel Fulcher to turn over to federal agents.
But even though this pair helped him, the Botetourt County sheriff calls Mike Fulcher's credibility lousy.
A Giles County teacher has been charged with having sex with one of his former students.
A grand jury indicted Ricky Gene Lee-- who has since been suspended from his job at Giles High school pending the outcome of the case.
Lee teaches health, physical education and drivers ed.
According to the indictment, the alleged incident happened nearly NINE years ago.
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Still to come on News at 6, one local organization makes it possible for you to donate supplies to refugees in Kosovo.
And they enforced the no-fly zone over Bosnia - now Virginia's Air National Guard prepares for a possible
role in airstrikes over Serbia.
Details straight ahead.
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The reservists in Virginia's Air National Guard are doing anything but cooling their jets, waiting for the word that could send them into the skies over Belgrade.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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The mission is NOT halting genocide or taking out a rogue nation's tools of war.
It's practice bombing runs over Nags Head, North Carolina... and dog fight exercises over the Atlantic Ocean.
But for the 900 Virginians who are part of the Air National Guard, the Balkan air war is in the forefront of their minds.
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((COL. BOB SEIFERT/VIRGINIA AIR NAT. GUARD: WE'VE BEEN OVER THERE. WE'VE BEEN IN THAT AREA ONCE.... IN TURKEY THREE TIMES. WE'VE DEPLOYED OVERSEAS A LOT IN THE LAST TEN YEARS. SO WE DO HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH IT.))
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Indeed, the 15 plane deployment of f-16s that flies out of Richmond's airport has done reconnaisance over Bosnia, and patrolled Iraq's "no fly zone."
Does the Kosovo conflict make their families worry?
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((CAPT. SCOTT CROXTON/VIRGINIA AIR NAT. GUARD: OF COURSE IT DOES. THEY'RE ALWAYS THINKING ABOUT THOSE THINGS AND I WISH I COULD TELL THEM MORE. BUT UNFORTUNATELY, WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS. WE JUST HOPE THAT IT STAYS CONTAINED AND IT DOESN'T ESCALATE ANY GREATER.))
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((MSGT. JAMES MONROE/VIRGINIA AIR NAT. GUARD: I THINK IT'S VERY SAD. I REALLY DON'T GET INTO THE POLITICS OF IT, YOU KNOW? BUT IF WE'RE CALLED TO GO, WE NEVER SECOND GUESS OUR LEADERS. WHATEVER THEY CALL UPON US TO DO, WE'RE READY AND WILLING TO GO.))
So NO overseas orders yet for the 192nd Fighter Wing.
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Just more practice in friendly skies.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Henrico County.))
It's not people but supplies being readied for Kosovo in Bedford County.
Steve Smallshaw visited with a non-profit organization that may be small, but it's making a BIG difference in thousands of lives.
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(( If a picture is worth a thousand words, this is all the advertising World Help will ever need.
((NOEL YEATTS/WORLD HELP: THIS IS URGENT AND I KNOW THAT EVERYBODY SEES IT ON THE NEWS EVERY NIGHT, IF YOU'VE BEEN SITTING AT HOME, WONDERING WHAT YOU CAN DO AND HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED, THIS IS HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED.))
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World Help has been involved for seven years.. sending 28 shipments of emergency supplies from its Forest headquarters to crisis points all over Europe.
Nothing, however, compares to what's happening in Kosovo now.
((VERNON BREWER/WORLD HELP: THIS IS PROBABLY THE GREATEST CRISIS THAT WE'VE EVER RESPONDED TO, AND THE NEED IS JUST INCREDIBLE.))
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((BANDAGES, MEDICAL SUPPLIES HERE.. LATEX GLOVES.))
Right now they need blankets and bedding, clothing of all sizes, flour, oil and baby food, and over the counter medicines.
All of it will go directly to the Bosnian town of Goradze, to where an estimated 20- thousand refugees have fled.
((NOEL YEATTS: THIS PARTICULAR TOWN HAS BEEN COMPLETELY BOMBED OUT,THE REFUGEES ARE LIVING IN BUILDINGS WITH NO ROOFS SO THE CONDITIONS ARE PRETTY BAD, AND THEY NEED THESE SUPPLIES TO SURVIVE.))
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More than ten drop-off points for donations have been set up in Roanoke and Lynchburg.
They hope to ship the supplies by May 1st.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))
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For information on where you can drop off donations, contact World Help at 1-800-541-6691.
Another record breaker on Wall Street --
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for the fourth straight day the Dow makes a record-close at 10-thousand, 4-hundred and 63.
Tech stocks climbed out of a slump to bring Nasdaq a 15 point gain.
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With an increasing need for services, comes an increasing need for funding.
And for a local Food Bank independence seems like the perfect solution.
The Southwestern Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank is becoming an independent non-profit agency on July 1st.
They have been under the umbrella of Total Action Against Poverty -- or TAP -- since 1981.
TAP's President Ted Edlich (Ed-lick) initiated the break.
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((PAM IRVINE: HE REALIZED THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE ADEQUATE FUNDING. HE REALIZED THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE CAPITAL FUNDING FOR EQUIPMENT. AND WE COULD NOT GO FORWARD IN OUR FUNDING UNLESS WE DID INDEPENDENTLY INCORPORATE.))
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Second Harvest can now expand its funding base.
It will keep such corporate sponsors as Kroger, but will actively search for more.
The Food Bank currently serves 26 counties and 11 cities in Southwest Virginia.
We need to make a clarification.
Last night at this time we presented a story about new billing procedures at Lewis-Gale CLINIC.
During presentation of the story, we showed you a logo once used by Lewis-Gale HOSPITAL.
The story was correct: the billing changes apply only to the Lewis-Gale CLINIC. We apologize for confusion caused by showing the wrong logo.
Now you can add hundreds of square feet to your home... and do it in a day.
Nationwide homes transported a 16-by-34- foot module bedroom and bath from Martinsville, and added it to a 5-thousand square- foot home in minutes.
The finishing work and connecting utilities will take about a week to finish.
Module homes differ from on-site construction homes, because they are built in a controlled environment which cuts down building time.
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((RON EVANS/PRES. NATIONWIDE HOMES: THE TYPICAL HOME RENOVATIONS OR HOME REMODELING EFFORT TAKE 6 TO 8 MONTHS TO ACCOMPLISH, WE'LL DO THIS SOMEWHERE AROUND 3 WEEKS, SO THE INCONVENIENCE TO THE HOMEOWNER WHETHER IT BE ME OR ANYONE ELSE WILL BE FAR LESS.))
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All of the module home additions meet the same National and State Building Codes as on-site construction.
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The Goody's 500 defending champ arrived back in Martinsville this morning. Sunday Bobby Hamilton hopes to teach his competitors a lession or two.
But today he was the one that went to school.
Mike Stevens has more on his visit to Martinsville High School.
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Rick Reeves, The women's head coach at Libertyt University is leaving the school to become the coach of the women's program at Southern Mississippi.
Reeves led the Lady Flames to three straight N-C-A-A tournament appearances, back to back conference championships and his 1997-98 team was undefeated in the regular season and he was named the Big South Conference coach of the year three times.
Reeves took the job at Liberty in 1991 and he had a three year record of 71 and 16
Liberty will begin its search for a new head coach immediately.
The Roanoke Express is getting ready to open the second round of the East Coast Hockey League playoffs against the seventh seeded Chesapeake Icebreakers.
The Express dominated its series with Dayton beating the Bombers in four games.
And Roanoke also won its regular season series with the Icebreakers.
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Games 1 and 2 are scheduled for the Roundhouse beginning Friday night then the series switches to Chesapeake for 2 games and game 5 if necessary will be at the Roanoke Civic Center.
Yesterday, Duke's Elton Brand announced he was leaving school to enter the N-B-A draft. Well today Duke is losing its second player and head coach Mike Krzyzewski is not to happy.
Guard William Avery announced today that he's giving up his final two years of eligibilty to enter the Draftt.
Krzyzewski says research has shown that entering the draft would not be in Avery's best interest and he's not in favor of Avery's decision.
But coach K said everyone is entitled to make their own decisions and he wishes Avery the best.
New York Yankee outfielder Darrell Strawberry's baseball career took a downward turn last nightt in Tampa, Florida.
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Strawberry was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine and soliciting a prostitute.
The 37 year old outfielder, an eight time all star, was in Florida getting back in shape after last years colon cancer surgery.
Strawberry's list of substance abuse problems is a long one. He was suspended by Major League Baseball for 60 days in 1995 after testing positive for cocaine and the previous year he entered the Betty Ford Center and spent 4 weeks undergoing treatment for substance abuse.
The Yankees have declined to comment.
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There's support in numbers--especially when it comes to battling cancer.
Some local men learned that lesson during their battle with prostate cancer - they're in a support group called "Man to Man."
Tonight a leading physician in the fight against the disease is talking man-to-man, to tell the group about the latest efforts being made to treat the illness.
Tonight on News 7 at 11, we'll hear from the physician and cancer survivors.
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