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Coming up next on News 7 at Six... Police are chopping up what's left after a massive moonshine bust across Southwest Virginia.
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And more criminal charges are filed against a Virginia Tech football player.

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In sports the Scott Robertson golf tournment is in full swing, Virginia Tech needs a win to stay in the hunt for an A-10 softball championship and
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Former NFL great Jim McMahon paid a visit to Hanging Rock Golf Culb to help raise scholarship money for high school students.
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It's being called one of the biggest moonshine busts of all time and it happened here in southwestern Virginia.
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Good evening, I'm Eric Earnhart.

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Federal and state officials are carting off truckloads of evidence today from yesterday's raids on suspected moonshining operations throughout Southwest Virginia.
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Marya Jones has been following the latest developments and is live in our newsroom with more.
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Eric, officials are calling it "Operation Lightning Strike," and, like the name suggests, it appears to have taken suspected moonshiners in three counties by storm.
Yesterday, agents and local authorities swept into farms, stills and businesses all over Southwestern Virginia.
Today, we had the opportunity to tour one of what police say is among the largest operations involved...in Craig County.
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These empty stills are all that's left of a moonshine operation in Craig County that was going full steam just yesterday.
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((SHERIFF B.B. MCPHERSON/CRAIG CO.: TWO STILLS HERE ON THE END WERE IN OPERATION. AND THEY WERE PROBABLY PUTTING OUT STREAMS PROBABLY AN INCH OUT OF EACH STILL THAT WAS STILL OPERATING AT THE TIME WE CAME IN. THE LIQUOR WAS REALLY FLOWING.)) 11:37:34 [RUNS15]
That bust was just one of several raids in Pittsylvania, Franklin and Craig counties that ended an 8-month investigation. Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and state officials executed 10 search warrants in those three counties yesterday.
They say they've uncovered an illegal liquor-manufacturing empire that produced an estimated 7-million dollars worth of moonshine in just four years.
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((SHERIFF B.B. MCPHERSON/CRAIG CO.: FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND, THIS IS THE SECOND BIGGEST STILL THAT HAS EVER BEEN CONFISCATED HERE IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA. ))
Authorities say the hub of the operation was here at the Helms Farmers Exchange Warehouse in Rocky Mt. They say that the warehouse was "the largest distributor of raw materials" used to make moonshine in the U-S.))
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Craig County officials we spoke to today said that this series of raids took a major bite out of the entire moonshine industry....the likes of which has rarely been seen since Prohibition.
Agents will continue to investigate and cart off evidence from the stills over the next few days. [Double Boxes=

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They say indictments are forthcoming.... Eric?

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A Virginia Tech football player is facing more criminal charges.
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Blacksburg police have charged Lorenzo Ferguson with nine felonies including bribing a witness and forgery.
The charges followed a complaint from a woman who claimed checks were stolen from her apartment in Blacksburg.
Ferguson is a linebacker on the Hokies football team.
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Earlier this week, he was suspended from the team after police charged him with breaking into student dorm rooms and allegedly stealing blank checks.

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Radford University officials plan to build the biggest academic facility in its history.
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A ground breaking was held yesterday morning in honor of the "Waldron College of Health and Human Services".
The seven- point- five- million dollar building is named for the late Elbert and Evelyn Waldron and their daughter, Karen, who's president of the Roanoke real estate company Fralin and Waldron.
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School children gathered in Bedford today to get their school security education off to a running start.
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Kids from six area schools came to Liberty High School for talks with school and law enforcement officials about how to keep their schools safe.
But there were also plenty of races, crafts and games to make the lesson more fun.
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Organizers say that more than one-thousand people showed up for the event.
It will be followed by a dance tonight, also at the school.
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Up next Scott Goldberg will have a wrap-up of the latest developments in the AEP power line.
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And, what a difference a carriage ride can make.
Especially if you're taking a tour of this historic Virginia city.
We'll have more on that in a few minutes, first let's check in with Andrew Freiden in the weather center.
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The AEP power struggle looks like it's going to start all over again.
And die-hard Jedi-knight wanna-bees are already feeling the force.
Scott Goldberg has those stories and more in this week's News-7 Business Review.
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American Electric Power turned over to the state its analysis of a new route for a high-voltage power line.
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Trigon Blue Cross Blue Shield is dropping the part of its business that processes Medicare claims ... and in the process, it's dropping 145-people from its workforce.
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It's the end of the Rainbo and there's no pot of gold for the 60 people who work there.
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A short time in the future at a theater not so far away, you'll be able to watch Star Wars -- The Phantom Menance.
But if you can't wait for opening night, you can get your fix by getting your hands on the action figures.
They went on sale this week. [DOW JONES PRE PRO]
On Wall Street, the Dow climbed 243 points to a new record this week.
The Nasdaq slipped 39.
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Several tours can show and tell you about the famous sites in Lexington.
But, seeing the city from a horse-drawn carriage offers visitors a very different perspective and experience.
Kimberly McBroom has more in this week's Time Off.
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((KRISTIN WISE/CARRIAGE DRIVER: MY NAME IS KRISTIN AND THE HORSES ARE CASEY AND LASEY. THEY'LL BE PULLING US AROUND TOWN TODAY. GLAD THEY'RE HERE WITH US TODAY FOR THE TOUR. LEXINGTON WAS SETTLED AROUND 1730, PRIMARILY BY SCOTCH, IRISH, AND GERMAN IMMIGRANTS WHO SETTLED THE AREA PRIMARILY FOR THE GOOD AGRICULTURAL LAND.)) [RUNS:20]
A slightly bumpy ride to the hypnotic sound of trotting horses... similar to how it must have been for those who took the carriage through Lexington during the late 18th century.
On the tour, you'll learn the town didn't earn its name until 17-78...after Lexington, MASSACHUSETTS, birthplace of the American Revolution.
One of the most popular stops....the Stonewall Jackson House.
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While cruising down Main Street, Wise points out that Lexington was built on a steep hill to protect the townspeople from Indian raids.
Years later, some of the hills were leveled...that's why the foundation is exposed on some of the buildings and many of the doors don't quite reach the ground.
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((KRISTIN WISE/CARRIAGE DRIVER: COMING UP ON THE RIGHT-HAND SIDE IS THE MCCAMBELL INN. BUILT IN 1809, IT'S A GOOD EXAMPLE OF WHERE THE STREET LEVEL ONCE WAS ON MAIN STREET HERE.)) [RUNS:09]
The scenic, 12- dollar tour also includes oral history lessons about Washington and Lee University and this cemetery containing the remains of veterans from nearly every war in which the U-S was involved.
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((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: THE 40- MINUTE CARRIAGE RIDE SEEMS TO TRANSPORT YOU BACK IN TIME THROUGH THE HERITAGE OF LEXINGTON. THE TOWNSPEOPLE WAVE...YOU CAN ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL SPRING WEATHER...AND SEE MORE OF THE TOWN THAN YOU CAN FROM THE INSIDE OF A CAR.)) [RUNS:12]
Working for the Lexington Carriage Company, isn't such a bad gig for the horses, either.
The teams are very people- oriented, usually rotate in three- day shifts, and of course, obey the rules of the road.
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As for the driver, she also has a full-time job in Staunton.
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((KRISTIN WISE/CARRIAGE DRIVER: I DO THIS BECAUSE I HAVE A GOOD TIME WITH IT. I ENJOY HORSES, THE PEOPLE, THE HISTORY.)) [RUNS:06]
And showing her passengers the REAL historic Lexington.
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Up next--a Hollywood actor is going head to head
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with a mummy in theatres these days.
What was it like battling the supernatural?
Find out when the news continues.
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Hollywood is offering up a relatively new leading man for its latest action-packed movie, "The Mummy".
It recently opened in theatres across the country and stars Brendan Fraser.
Dan DiNicola has more.
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Former Bears' Q-B Jim McMahon visits the Roanoke Valley, k-9 athletes go over the river and through the woods for glory and a trophey and the
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Lady Hokies faced a must win situation in the A-10 Softball Championship. the Highlights are coming up.
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Virginia Tech faced Dayton in the loser's bracket of the Atlantic 10 Softball Championship this afternoon after yesterday's upset at the hands of St. Joseph's.
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The Hokies had to win or it meant an early exit from the double elimination tournament so this afternoon the ladies found their bats.
Clarissa Crowell on the mound again today, struck out a Flyer batter here on her way to a shut out.
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In the fifth, Tech extends its lead as Ally Verbage clears the bases with the triple to right field, two runners score and Tech gets the five to nothing win and is playing St Joseph's right now for a trip to the championship round.


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Defending champion Hunter Mahan and Ron Won are tied for the lead after two rounds of the Scott Robertson Memorial Golf Tournament at the Roanoke Country Club.
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There was pre-tournament hype surrounding the fact the tournament committee moved the date of the event up to the beginning of May.
Now that the 54 hole stroke play tourney is two thirds of the way over, the decision makers have had a chance to evaluate the move.
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The third and final round gets underway tomorrow.

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A former NFL quarterback hit the links in Southwest Virginia to help needy high school students.
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Former Chicago Bears signal caller, Jim McMahon was the guest of honor this afternoon at the 2nd annual Spring Scholarship outing sponsored by Virginia Blue Ridge Chapter of BYU Management.
Proceeds from the event help deserving high school students in southwest Virginia.
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McMahon was also a teammate of All-time leading NFL rusher Walter Payton.
Payton is awaiting a liver transplant.
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Since his retirement three years ago, McMahon has been involved in Martial Arts and holistic healing.
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Man and his best friend hit the trials today in the first annual Police K-9 Triathlon.
The Virginia Police Workdog Association mapped out the rugged course you're about to see.
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((Jim Hilton and Thunder are veterans of Police K-9 Triathlon competitions.
The team traveled from Canada for this 5-k race on a Roanoke County farm.
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The team with the fastest time and fewest penalties wins.
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Several dozen teams from all over Virginia, DC and Canada participated in the race.
They say it's family fun and especially enjoable for the four-legged runners.
But the course isn't just fun and games. It's supposed to mirror real life.
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