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Criminal charges are pending against the City of Roanoke over barrels of buried waste at the Public Works Center. Details on that top NEWS 7 at Six.
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And Amherst Delegate Vance Wilkins is poised to become the next Speaker of the House.

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Tonight on News 7 sports, the Avalanche is set to make a big move. The Hurricanes are primed for their visit to Blacksburg Saturday nightt.
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And after years of stability, the William Byrd basketball team will a its third coach in as many years next season.
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Weather returns to normal tomorrow but will the cool doawn last long? I'll have the forecast in just a few moments.
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Barrels of waste buried at Roanoke's Public Works Center years ago- -come back to haunt the city in the form of pending criminal charges.
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Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

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An eighth grade student at Jefferson Forest High School has been charged with selling L-S-D on the school campus.

Bedford County sheriff's authorities say the transaction took place yesterday and was reported to the school resource officer.
The student was arrested but has since been released into his parents' custody.



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Police persistence pays off. Still ahead on News 7, an arrest for abandoning a baby ... six years ago.
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And it's all yours on the Internet. A crime risk ranking for every college in Virginia, and the country.
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Mixed news from Wall Street today with the Blue Chips taking some modest losses. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE ]
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Coming up tonight in sports, the Avalanche loses a key member of its management team. William Byrd loses a head basketball coach.
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And Miami is tired of losing to Tech. We'll hear from Butch Davis and wonder if Game Day can create excitement in Blacksburg the second time around.
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Salem Avalanche owner Kelvin Bowles has called a newsconference for tomorrow afternoon. News 7 sports has learned that team general manager Dave Oster will be leaving the team.
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Oster has been the general manage in Salem since replacing Sam Lazzaro. He also has offered his services and expertise to a number of other pro teams including the Redskins on the first day their new stadium opened in 1997.
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Oster reportedly is headed to the Lake Elsinore Storm in the California league.


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Girls basketball tournament action resumes tonight all over central and southwestern Virginia. William Byrd's season ended last night in a loss to Alleghany in the Blue Ridge District tourney.
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After the game, head coach Debbie Williams-Arthur announced to the team that she has resigned. She was a long time assistant under Richard Thrasher and steps down after her first season as head coach.
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Byrd senior Andrea Gay signed her letter of intent to play college ball at Ohio University this morning. Andrea says Ohio U's large enrollment of over 20 thousand was best suited for her.
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More from Byrd, plus a look at Blacksburg and Fort Chiswell tonight at 11 on Hometown Hoops Weekly. [S-Miami]


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The Battle for first place in the Big East conference is that and more this Saturday night. And surprisingly, the Hokies are 10 point favorites to beat the Hurricanes - something Tech has managed to do for four straight years.
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But the Hokies' four straight victories over the Canes have all been close. In fact, the last two meetings between the two rivals have been decided by a combined 9 points. People get ready because - the Canes are coming.
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With the Big East title on the line - the Gameday folks from ESPN are bringing their act back to Blacksburg this Saturday morning.
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The last time the Game Day crew set up shop in Blacksburg folks camped out to get in the stadium, and then rushed the gate to get a prime spot for the show. But like the players, the fans are getting accustomed to the national coverage and they will likely be a bit more civilized this Saturday.
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[GO TO PINNACLE 9404] And we hope you can join Denise Allen and Andrew Frienden this Saturday on News 7 Saturday Morning as they get you set for the Miami game and bring some of the flavor surrounding the Big East battle. I hear they may even let Andrew shoot a cannon.
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There are a couple of notable Redskins' notes tonight. First, the team's horrid defense will face a rookie this Sunday. The Eagles say Donovan McNabb will start at quarterback this Sunday. And former Redskins' coach and player Dick Todd died today at the age of 85. Todd played alongside Sammy Baugh in the 1940's and also coached the team for a year and a half.

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