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A mother is rescued from the Mozambique floods after giving birth in a treetop.
Two people are dead and more injured after today's Pennsylvania shooting and hostage situation.
Cher and Lou Bega turned up the sound and brought in the crowds in Roanoke tonight.
News 7 is next.
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A gunman who went on a shooting spree near Pittsburgh today was apparently mad about a broken door at his apartment.
Jennifer Jones joins us from the scene with the latest.
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Lunchtime near Pittsburgh.
Terror in the streets of the working class suburb of Wilkinsburg as a
gunman opened fire at two fast-food restaurants.
Witnesses say it all started over a broken apartment door.
Police say the madness began after 39 year old Ronald Taylor reportedly
flew into a rage as a maintenance worker fixed his apartment door.
"He got mad and shot the one maintenance worker in the neck, and then
set the apartment building on fire."
Investigators say that's when Taylor went to a nearby McDonalds and
Burger King and opened fire.
Officers say he shot four people, then ran away, firing at police as he
Police say he then took several hostages in a nearby building that
houses a daycare center for children and senior citizens.
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'We don't have a motive"
Police swat teams cordoned off the area, and evacuated the building.
A few hours after the shootings, police say Taylor released his hostages
Witnesses say Taylor was mad that maintenance workers were not fixing
his door fast enough.
But others think something else might be behind the violencepointing to
his past tirades.
(SOT: Rebecca Van Kirk, Apartment Manager)
"He called us racist pigs and white trashunfortunately he doesn't like
white peopleAnd you think this is what set him off? Yes."
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The latest on the school shooting in Michigan. Authorities may seek charges against the adults who left a handgun where a six-year old could get it.
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((ARTHUR BUSCH/GENESEE COUNTY PROSECUTOR: THIS GUN WAS OBTAINED FROM A BEDROOM UNDER SOME BLANKETS LEFT LAYING APPARENTLY LOADED IN THIS BEDROOM.
The gun was found in this home where the boy lived- Police describe it as a drug infested environment frequented by strangers.
The boy brought the 32 caliber handgun to school yesterday killing 6-year old classmate Kayla Rolland.
Police believe the gun belonged to a family friend who turned himself in for questioning today.
Police are also questioning the boy's uncle about a loaded shotgun and drugs found at the house.
Some believe the young shooter is as much a victim as the little girl.
IN AN INTERVIEW WITH THE POLICE HE DOES NOT SEEM TO APPRECIATE NOR UNDERSTAND THE GRAVITY OF WHAT HE DID IN FACT WHEN THE INTERVIEW CONCLUDED HE SAT THERE DRAWING PICTURES.
A judge ordered the boy and his two siblings away from their mother- for now.
The boy's father who is behind bars on a parole violation- apologized for the shooting.
FATHER: I'M SORRY THEY HAD TO GO THROUGH THIS.. REPORTER: IS HE A GOOD KID? FATHER: YES HE IS.))
The county prosecutor says the boy is too young to understand what he was doing and probably won't be charged.
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Most school districts immediately evacuate students when there is a bomb threat.
But not in Halifax County. They do the opposite. Students are kept in the classroom and not allowed out. And with three bomb threats in three weeks, many students and parents want this policy changed.
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((TODD EAKES/STUDENT: THERE SO MANY THINGS THAT COULD GO WRONG IN AN EVACUATION BUT SO MANY OTHER THINGS THAT COULD GO WRONG WITHOUT EVEN TRYING TO SAVE MY LIFE.
LARRY CLARK/PRINCIPAL: WELL MY THOUGHT ON EVACUATION AGAIN IS YOU'RE PUTTING STUDENTS THROUGH CORRIDORS, STAIR TOWERS. THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES THERE IS NOT A BOMB IN THOSE AREAS.))
[SUPER=01-Larry Clark/Halifax Co. H. S. Principal;]
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The school board is expected to address this issue at its next meeting on March 13th.
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A mandatory minute for Virginia schoolchildren to "reflect, pray, or meditate" is NO longer on the table in Richmond.
The bill's supporters argued it was timely-- given the latest school shooting in Flint, Michigan.
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((DEL. PAUL HARRIS/R-CHARLOTTESVILLE: THIS BILL IS NOT ATTEMPTING TO ESTABLISH A RELIGION. IT'S SIMPLY AN ATTEMPT TO SAY THAT WE THINK IT'S IMPORTANT IN OUR SOCIETY TODAY, GIVEN ALL THE CALAMITY THAT WE HAVE IN OUR SOCIAL FABRIC, THAT THERE SHALL BE A MINUTE OF SILENCE BEFORE WE START OUR SCHOOL DAY.))
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But opponents argued it's a religious sham-- and probably UNconstitutional.
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((REV. SHELTON MILES/HALIFAX CO. BAPTIST PASTOR: IT IS MORE A VACCINE AGAINST AUTHENTIC CHRISTIANITY BEING CAUGHT BY OUR YOUTH THAN MOST ANYTHING YOU COULD PRODUCE. BECAUSE IT LEAVES THOSE FROM SECULAR BACKGROUNDS WITH A FALSE IMPRESSION OF WHAT AUTHENTIC PRAYER TRULY IS.))
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((RODNEY SMOLLA/CONSTITUTIONAL LAWYER: BOTH JUSTICE O'CONNOR AND JUSTICE POWELL SAID I AM VOTING AGAINST THE ALABAMA LAW BECAUSE IT HAS THE WORD PRAYER IN IT.))
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The House Education Committee decided to leave it a local option for school systems to have a moment of silence-- but to provide state lawyers to defend them if they got sued.
Virginia Senator Emmett Hanger made a joke today about the basketball abilities of his fellow white, male Republican colleagues is the Senate.
But as Ellen Qualls reports, not everyone's laughing.
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(( It's an annual legislative tradition -- politicians playing basketball for charity.
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((SEN. EMMETT HANGER/R-AUGUSTA CO.: I THINK WE'RE PRETTY PATHETIC AS FAR AS BASKETBALL PLAYERS. LOOK AT US! WE HAVE NO AFRICAN-AMERICANS. WE HAVE NO CHEERLEADERS.))
The first response was on the cheerleaders part.
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((SEN. JANET HOWELL/D-RESTON: SURELY HE DOESN'T MEAN TO IMPLY THAT THE FEMALE SENATOR ALL-STARS CAN ONLY BE CHEERLEADERS.))
Hanger says, quoting now, "I didn't mean to infer that at all."
But what about the African-American part?
((SEN. EMMETT HANGER/R-AUGUSTA CO.: IT'S A KNOWN FACTOR THAT AFRICAN-AMERICAN MALES DO EXCEEDINGLY WELL IN BASKETBALL.
THAT'S A KNOWN FACTOR.))
((SEN. LOUISE LUCAS/D-PORTSMOUTH: DID HE SAY THAT AS WELL? OH MY GOD. THE PLOT THICKENS.))
((SENATOR Y.B. MILLER/D-NORFOLK: I'M GRIEVING FOR THE PERSON WHO MADE THOSE STATEMENTS, BECAUSE IT REALLY REFLECTS A VERY NARROW-MINDED VIEW.))
The implication, said some black Senators, was they had more brawn than brains.
((SEN. LOUISE LUCAS/D-PORTSMOUTH: I THINK HE JUST DOESN'T GET IT. BUT I THINK A LOT OF MEMBERS JUST DON'T GET IT. A LOT OF PEOPLE JUST DON'T REALIZE HOW OFFENSIVE SOME OF THOSE REMARKS ARE.))
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((SEN. EMMETT HANGER/R-AUGUSTA CO.: WHITE MEN CAN'T JUMP. I THINK YOU'RE FAMILIAR WITH THAT. THAT IS JUST A KNOWN QUANTITY.))
The Legislative Black Caucus ended the day with a news release labelling Hanger's comments a "slur," and "insensitive."
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Do Virginians have a constitutional right to hunt and fish?
It's up to Virginia voters now.
The state senate signed off for the second year on a ballot measure to amend the state constitution.
But NOT before some senators tried to add to the rights: shopping, golfing, food, and shelter-- in an attempt to derail what they regarded as a foolish change.
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((SEN. RUSS POTTS/(R) WINCHESTER: AND WHEN THEY PUT THOSE VOTES UP THERE, I'M GONNA VOTE YES. BUT I CAN TELL YOU RIGHT NOW, THIS AIN'T MY FINEST HOUR, AND IT'S NOT OUR FINEST HOUR EITHER.))
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The hunting and fishing constitutional amendment was the idea of Bath County Delegate Creigh (KREE) Deeds.
A Texas death row inmate may go free - partly because of a sleeping attorney.
She's survived the test of time.
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((EXCUSE THE COLD BUT I CAN ROCK THROUGH ANYTHING.))
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Tonight - Cher shows a Roanoke audience what she's made of.
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((TONIGHT IN SPORTS, HOOPS HIGHLIGHTS GALORE. THE LADY MAROONS ADVANCE PAST THE FIRST ROUND OF THE D-THREE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT, TECH WINS IN OVERTIME, REGION THREE ACTION FROM THE SALEM CIVIC CENTER AND IT'S WEDNESDAY SO THAT MEANS HOMETOWN HOOPS WEEKLY
THOSE STORIES AND MORE IN JUST A FEW MINUTES.))
Blacksburg police say the Virginia Tech resident advisor who died Monday was beaten after he broke into someone's house.
Police say 29-year-old Thomas L. Hyman was intoxicated outside the house when he got in an argument with a man he didn't know who lived inside.
Police say Hyman then broke the glass on the front door... and was beaten unconscious.
So far, the Commonwealth's attorney is NOT pursuing charges against the man who beat Hyman.
A man who's been on death row for the last 16-years may go free because of a technicality... and a sleeping attorney.
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((out that front gate in five days and it's gonna be the greatest day of my life
cause I'm gonna get to hug my momma. ))
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Calvin Burdine of Texas was sent to prison for stabbing a former roommate.
He was granted a re-trial - when evidence came to light that his defense attorney slept through the proceedings.
A judge ordered prosecutors to set a new date - but they missed the deadline.
So the Judge says Burdine's a free man, come Monday.
The state's attorney's office is filing an immediate appeal..
A real-life diva lights up the Star City tonight.
Cher and Lou Bega concert highlights, coming up.
And... in an area that's seen so much death and devastation - a miraculous story of life today.
Straight ahead - details on the baby born in a tree...
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An amazing story out of Africa today.
As thousands continue the fight to survive flood waters in Mozambique - a woman and her new born baby are rescued from a tree top.
Sofia Pedro apparently gave birth to her baby girl - Rositha (Rose-ETTA) - after climbing into a tree Sunday to escape rising waters.
Mother and child were rescued by helicopter, and taken to a nearby field with other survivors.
Music legend Cher rocked the Roanoke Civic Center tonight to a nearly sold out crowd for her "Do You Believe" tour. Kate Weidaw brings us the highlights.
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Cher graced the stage - in a wild outfit she described as a Judge Judy, road warrior, power ranger style.
Some fans even tried to copy Cher's style for the concert -- hair and all.
Others were practicing their vocals.
((HEY I GOT YOU BABE.))
((DO YOU BELIEVE IN LIFE AFTER LOVE.))
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((SHE'S A GOOD SINGER SHE'S ABOUT MY AGE BUT SHE LOOKS REALLY GOOD.))
((SHE'S A FINE LADY. HA HA HA,))
[NAT SOUND LOU BEGA]
And let's not forget Cher's opening act -- the man who made Mambo Number Five a huge hit.
But it was Lou Bega's dancers - and their wild dance moves - that attracted the attention.
[NAT SOUND LOU BEGA]
In the end though, Cher stole the show with a dazzling voice and an electrifying set that got Roanokers out of their seats and dancing. Kate Weidaw News 7 Roanoke.))
March is a month of transitions. Today it came in like a lamb. But this can be a surpising month as we learn from Patrick Evans in our March Almanac.
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Coming up highlights of the Lady Maroons' first round N-C-Double-A Tournament game and Virginia Tech-LaSalle, plus region three action.
First our extra point.
Radford's Jason Williams was named The Big South's Player of the year. He's the first Highlander to win the honor.
Bedford native, Peanut Arrington, was named to the Big South All Rookie team.
On the women's side, Liberty University's Sharon Wilkerson was voted Big South player of the year.
Now here are the scores.
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The Lady Maroons of Roanoke College advanced in the N-C-A-A division three tournament with a 69 to 55 win over Shenandoah.
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The Maroons and Hornets hooked up last night at the Bast Center.
Roanoke would get out to the early lead with a six to nothing run capped when Jill Quesenberry pulls up and hits the three pointer.
The Hornets would cut the lead to one, moments later when Carrie Weimer hits the jumper to make it 12 to 11.
Roanoke's Suzanne Webb the takes it to the hoop for the score, the Maroons led by 4 and Roanoke wins it 69 to 55.
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In Blacksburg, LaSalle came to explore the Cassell in an A-10 game with Virginia Tech.
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LaSalle would re-write the record books last night, for the most three pointers-15- against Virginia Tech, here Rasul Butler plays cat and drains the long three for a 22-18 Explorer lead.
The Hokies' offense moved the ball well all night, Russ Wheeler finds Rolan Roberts in the paint he rolls in two and gets the foul bringing Tech within three mid way through the first.
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Brian Chase was the one man gang on this trip down the court as he gets his own miss and goes over the LaSalle 'D' for the hoop and this one goes into overtime with Tech beating LaSalle 96-to-86.
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The Region 3 boys basketball tournament opened at the Salem Civic Center last night.
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The Vikings of Northside and Nelson County would start off the night.
Northside opened the first half with a 7 to 2 run and Sean Simpkins takes it inside for the easy score to make it 7 to 4 Vikings.
Nelson County would keep it close in the first quarter Brian Awkard hits the bucket off the glass.
The Vikings opened it up in the second half and Northside advances to the championship game with the 66 to 43 win.
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In the night-cap, Salem would take on the Hawks of Gretna.
Gretna took the early lead in the game when Marcus Clements pulls up and nails the three pointer.
The Spartans would answer when Andrew Rutledge hits the three pointer behind the line the Spartans led 11 to 10.
Salem fell behind in the second half and the Hawks would advance to the championship with the 63 to 57 win.
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Fans can't argue that both Northside and Liberty high schools boys basketball teams have had solid seasons, both made it to regionals.
One reason, their coaches.
Steve Mason tells us about this interesting connection in Hometown Hoops Weekly.
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[SUPER=01-Derek Elmore/Liberty Head Coach; :58]
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((WE ARE WAY DEEP INTO REGIONAL TOURNAMENT PLAY. NORTHSIDE IS ONE OF MANY LOCAL TEAMS GUNNING FOR A STATE PLAYOFF BIRTH. HE
AD COACH BILLY POPE CAN BE PROUD OF MANY THINGS THIS SEASON. WINNING THE BLUE RIDGE REGULAR SEASON CROWN AND WATCHING DEREK ELMORE, ONE OF HIS FORMER PLAYERS, DEVELOP INTO A SOLID YOUNG COACH.))
((In his first season as Liberty High School head coach, Derek Elmore posted an 18 and 6 record and won the Seminole regular season, posting a 12 and 2 overall district record.
((BILLY POPE/NORTHSIDE HEAD COACH:))
Elmore was a two year starter for Pope. After graduating in 1989, he played at Emory and Henry was part of four NCAA tournament berths and a sweet 16. Elmore attributes part of his success to Pope even though they didn't always see eye to eye.
((DEREK ELMORE/LIBERTY HEAD COACH:))
Pope watched his former student from the Salem Civic Center stands as Liberty fell to Salem in the Region III quarterfinals.
The Vikings reached the regionals this year without a marquee player, a tribute to Pope, who has taught Elmore some valuable basketball and life skills.
That's a rap for this edition of Hometown Hoops Weekly, we'll see ya next time.))
South Boston's own Ward Burton is currently third in the Winston Cup points standings
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heading into this Sunday's race at Las Vegas.
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Yesterday, he visited Halifax Elementary School and spoke to the second graders about bicycle safety.
Burton was invited to participate in the Risk Watch program spear headed by the Virginia Department of Health Center for Injury and Violence Prevention.
The Halifax police department ran yesterday's instructional class and the goal is to prevent needless injuries to children.
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[SUPER=01-Ashley Powell/Halifax Elementary Second Grader; :]
((WARD BURTON/DRIVER OF #22 CATERPILLAR PONTIAC:WHEN I WAS A KID THERE WASN'T ANY AWARENESS ABOUT WEARING HELMETS AS WE
ROAD OUR BIKES AND DID THINGS AROUND THE YARD WITH MOTORIZED VEHICLES AND NOW THERE'S ALOT MORE AWARENESS. THIS IS MORE JUST TO HELP THE KIDS AND THE PARENTS BE AWARE THAT THERE ARE MEASURES YOU CAN TAKE TO ASSURE THE SAFETY OF YOUR CHILDREN.))
((ASHLEY POWELL/HALIFAX ELEMENTARY 2ND GRADER: I LEARNED ABOUT BIKE SAFETY I LEARNED ABOUT WEARING A HELMET.))
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After strong showings in Daytona and at Rockingham, Burton and the Caterpillar team are off to Las Vegas for this Sunday's Carsdirect.com 400.
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((WE FINISHED EIGHTH IN THE DAYTONA 500 AND WE FINISHED THIRD LAST WEEKEND AT ROCKINGHAM SO THE TEAM HAS BEEN GIVING ME GOOD CARS SO AND THEY'RE WORKING REALLY HARD AND WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THIS RACE TEAM"))
[OUT Q=....of this race team"]
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