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On NEWS 7 at Six tonight:
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The aftermath of a highly-charged electrical fire in downtown Roanoke.
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A criminal defendant arrives at the courthouse allegedly armed with a straight razor.
And we'll tell ONE spot you'll want to avoid, if you're about to hit the highway for the Memorial Day weekend.

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In sports, Another big night for high school regional playoffs a big weekend of Soccer throughout the Valley.
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And it's time again for the Saturn Cup Bike race through the streets of downtown Roanoke.
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Warm, sunny weather tomorrow with increasing humidity through the weekend. A great way to kick off the summer season just ahead. [open]
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New information on the cause of last night's electrical fire -- as Roanoke businesses recover from the damage.
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Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.[Downtown-Today]


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Now that the rubble's cleared away, A-E-P officials have a clearer picture of what sparked the fire.
They say there's no way they can prevent it from happening again.
Tina Tenret has the latest.
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Fire shot up from beneath Jefferson Street in downtown Roanoke for three hours.
Bolts of underground electricity fed the flames.
The only weapon firefighters could use was foam.
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No one was hurt.
The fire broke two windows in the old Heironomus building, not enough to scare away the lunch crowd.
Meanwhile, crews revived phone and computers at some downtown businesses and repaired a toppled light post.
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That underground equipment is still too hot to touch.
But A-E-P officials THINK this electrical switch failed, setting the gallons of mineral oil inside on fire.
They say they inspect manholes every day and saw no warning signs.
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((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: IN THE PAST FIFTY YEARS THIS TYPE OF FIRE HAS HAPPENED ONCE BEFORE IN ROANOKE. A-E-P OFFICIALS SAY THEY MAY NEVER KNOW WHAT CAUSED THIS ONE IF THE EQUIPMENT UNDERGROUND IS TOO BADLY BURNED. TINA TENRET NEWS7 ROANOKE))
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She's already facing a 35- count indictment for fraud.
Now a Bedford County woman could be in MORE trouble... for allegedly bringing a razor into the courthouse.
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When 66- year- old Dorothy A. Saunders showed up for her arraignment today, U-S Marshals discovered a straight razor inside a pillowcase she was carrying.
Prosecutors will decide whether Saunders should be charged for bringing a weapon into a federal building.
She's already accused of helping to defraud two elderly sisters out of nearly 300- thousand dollars.
Authorities say part of that money helped build a huge mansion for Saunders, which would be forfeited if she's convicted.
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((TOM BONDURANT/ASST. U.S. ATTORNEY: THERE'S A COLLECTION OF ANTIQUES AND FURNITURE AND ART AND WHAT-NOT, SO MARSHALS ARE GOING TO GO IN WITH A VIDEO CAMERA AND VIDEO EVERYTHING TO JUST MAKE SURE THAT NOTHING DISAPPEARS LATER.))
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Saunders and co-defendant, Thelma Mae Barger, will stand trial in September.
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One juror felt he should have received the death penalty, but convicted killer Darrell Lamont Fleming ultimately got a life sentence today.
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Fleming had been convicted of stabbing to death 16- year- old Corey Pennix last August.
His week- long trial wrapped up today in Lynchburg.
The jury first told Judge Richard Miller they were deadlocked 11 to 1, but came back thirty minutes later with a unanimous verdict of life in prison.
He'll be sentenced in July.
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If you're hitting the highways this weekend, you'll have the company of millions of motorists.
That's means plenty of traffic, and in some places, it means lengthy backups.
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Joy Sutton joins us along Interstate 81 with word on some of the worst trouble spots.
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A new Virginia museum honors soldiers from the Civil War. The details are still ahead on News 7 at 6.
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C-B-S is about to honor Bob Slaughter, the D-Day vet from Roanoke who has devoted his life to honoring his fallen comrades. That story is next.
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D-Day veteran Bob Slaughter of Roanoke will be featured among the People of the Century on C-B-S Monday.
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Though Slaughter is a primary focus of the Memorial- Day tribute to American heroes, Slaughter tries to deflect the spotlight from himself.
He points to the thousands of American soldiers whose bodies lie above Omaha Beach in France.
"The real heroes are still there," Slaughter says.
The hour- long broadcast is narrated by C-B-S newsman Ed Bradley.
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"People of the Century" airs Monday night at 10 here on W-D-B-J- -7.

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A Bedford family is homeless tonight after fire gutted their home.
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Volunteers from three area fire departments responded to the call around 9:30 this morning.
Smoke and flames were pouring from the back of the building when crews arrived.. it took them about fifteen minutes to bring the blaze under control.
Authorities say the fire started in a rear bedroom and quickly spread to the rest of the house.
The cause is not yet determined.
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The woman who was Carilion's in-house physician recruiter for two and a half years will spend a year and nine months in prison.
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Cathy Fulton admitted she defrauded Carilion by way of phony invoices and kickbacks worth well over a hundred thousand dollars.
In court today the 32-year old former recruiter confessed she spent the money... used it to buy "home furnishings and gifts," she said.
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Earlier this week, Fulton's co-defendant, Teresa Duggan, was sentenced to a year and a day.
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Fulton got 21-months, a 5-thousand dollar fine plus restitution.[Stocks]


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Stocks rebounded from yesterday's steep sell-off, but still finished down for the week. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE ]
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More Americans died during the Civil War than all other American wars combined.
The survivors often suffered unspeakable horrors ...that have often been overshadowed by tales of heroic generals and battlefield strategies.
A massive new Virginia museum tells the soldiers' story.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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Pomp and circumstance surrounded the opening of the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier.
It is, after all, being called the nation's most historically important private gift since John Rockefeller created Colonial Williamsburg.
But it is about something more grim: the struggle of the three million common men who gave their lives, limbs, and sanity for their causes.
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((A. WILSON GREENE/PAMPLIN PARK DIRECTOR: INSIDE THIS BUILDING, WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL LEARN SOMETHING ABOUT WHO THESE MEN WERE, HOW THEY LIVED, THE SACRIFICES THEY MADE, AND WHY THEY CHOSE TO LEAVE HOME AND FIGHT FOR CAUSES THAT THEY TREASURED MORE THAN LIFE ITSELF.))
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389-thousand died from disease alone.
In fact, only 204-thousand were actually killed in battle.
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But visitors at this museum get a taste of that too.
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((IT IS TO MUSEUMS WHAT SAVING PRIVATE RYAN WAS TO MOVIES: WARFARE IN BIG HEAPING DOSES OF REALITY. IN THIS GALLERY, THE FLOOR EVEN SHAKES WITH THE POUNDING OF EXPLOSIONS.))
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Georgia Pacific heir Robert Pamplin Junior built this museum.
It's part of the larger 24-million dollar Pamplin Park complex-- at the site where Union forces broke through Lee's lines to take Petersburg and Richmond... and force surrender a week later.
CD players triggered by remote sensors interpret the musem -- and tell the story of individual soldiers at key points in the War.
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((ROBERT PAMPLIN, JR./PAMPLIN PARK FOUNDER: IN MY BOOK, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF 'EM WAS A HERO.))
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Pamplin Park is just south of Petersburg.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.

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If you want to avoid a long drive and heavy traffic this weekend, there's plenty to see and do in downtown Lynchburg.
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The annual Fair By the James gets underway tonight along Lynchburg's riverfront.
The four- day event features everything from rides to games to live entertainment.. even pig races.
Thousands of people are expected to turn out for this year's fair.. organizers say events like this are helping to revive Lynchburg's riverfront area.
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And coming up in sports, A 13 year old Fincastle racer is ready for this weekend's Saturn cup.
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And Mike Stevens checks in with some new things you need to keep an eye on this weekend as the Winston Cup Drivers prepare for the Busch and Winston Cup Races.
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The Busch Grand National drivers hit the track tomorrow at Charlotte for the Carquest Auto Parts 300, and then on Sunday the Cup drivers step up for the 40th annual Coca-Cola 600.
Mike Stevens has a look at some new things you need to keep an eye on this weekend.
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While the Saturn Cup pro race might be the big draw in this weekend's Festival Cup cycling events, fans should keep an eye on Fincastle 13 year old phenom Brandon Tate.
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Tate is the reining national time trial champion in his age group and will race in this weekend's Lance Armstrong Junior Olympic Road Race.
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Tate trains on the back roads of Fincastle. The chance to compete a half hour from his home instead of going out of state is an extra bonus. But someday, Brandon hopes to win overseas in cycling's Daytona 500.
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Tonight at 7, Blacksburg takes on Jefferson Forest in the Region III boys soccer championship game at Lord Botetourt.
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The Indians have reached the state playoffs 11 straight years and are chasing their fifth state championship. The Indians have scored 97 goals this season while allowing only 3! Seven seniors have been the key to a successful year that will hopefully be capped off with another state trophy.
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The 13th annual Memorial day youth soccer tournament kicks off tomorrow morning at four different sites. 155 teams will play in 400 games in two days. Fans will witness some of the best players in the state and in the country. Cave Spring's John Hartman is receiving national attention already.
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The Virginia Tech baseball team opened play in the Division One baseball championship in Winston-Salem this afternoon.
Richmond beats Virginia Tech 5 to 3 in the first round. We'll have the highlights tonight at 11.




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The summer season must be here ... Roanoke's biggest festival gets underway tonight.
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Jean Jadhon is in our newsroom with an opening night preview.
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Keith, Billy Ray Cyrus is best known for "Achy Breaky Heart."
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But he's had other country hits, such as "It Could Have Been Me." Tonight, it WILL be Cyrus, as he kicks off the 10 day- "Festival in the Park" at Victory Stadium.
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We'll take you to opening night, on News 7 at 11.



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