A pair of fugitives from Tennessee re-emerge in Wythe Co- -taking new hostages.
They're holed up in a house on Pump Hollow Road. We'll have a LIVE report for you in just a moment.
And the Governor agrees to include four and a half million dollars for the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford. A LIVE report from Richmond on that.
In sports, the 64th Masters teed off today at Augusta, Goody's Body Pain 500 qualifying at Martinsville is just a day away,
and defending Winston Cup champion Dale Jarrett proves he drive oh so much more than a car in Martinsville today.
The view outside is mild and windy. The winds will stay up through the weekend and eventually temperatures will crash again. Details coming up.
One hostage released ... for a carton of cigarettes. Two others remain captive.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
Police have a house surrounded, where the hostages and two suspects are still believed inside.
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The suspects are Dennis Lewis and Angela Tanner. This story began Tuesday night in Tennessee...
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and has led police to Pump Hollow Road, a few miles south of Wytheville.
Marya Jones has been there all afternoon.
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They stormed the beaches of Normandy in 1944 and decided the outcome of a World War.
Now, Governor Jim Gilmore's joining forces with D-Day veterans trying to complete a National Memorial in Bedford.
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Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
Keith, Governor Jim Gilmore had budgeted NO new money for the D-Day Memorial in his 2001 budget.
Then, the 2000 General Assembly voted to allocate four-point-425 million dollars over two budget cycles.
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(( The Governor's philosophical sticking points are these:
One, he doesn't like for so-called non-state agencies to keep getting state money after some initial start-up help-- which he'd already given D-Day.
Second, when this year's General Assembly wrote the first half of the more than four million dollars into this year's budget, they did it as "contingency funds"-- money that would only be available if there was a budget surplus.
The Governor thinks that's bad budget policy.
But then, in February he heard appeals like this:
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(( I HOPE THAT ALL OF YOU ALL WILL SEE FIT TO SUPPORT US.))
So the Governor will make the contingency funds a direct appropriation.
((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/R-SALEM: THIS IS TO HONOR TRUE AMERICAN HEROES, WHO GAVE FOR THEIR COUNTRY. A LOT OF THEM ARE NOT GOING TO BE THERE IF WE DELAY THE PROJECT INDEFINITELY TO SEE PROJECT COMPLETED. AND I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE GET IT DONE, AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT'S MOVING THE GOVERNOR.))
Lawmakers say the lion's share of the lobbying credit goes to Bedford Delegate Lacey Putney.
He and the D-Day board met with the Governor yesterday.
They won't comment until the Governor's official announcement.
But we understand this will provide the rest of the 12 million dollars needed to finish the project and dedicate it D-Day 2001.
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(KEITH COMMENT: And of course, they'll dedicate the Overlord Arch and Upper Plaza this Memorial Day...)
The Virginia Court of Appeals is trying to decide if Emmett Cressell Jr. received a fair trial.
Cressell is one of two men convicted of burning and beheading G-P Johnson in Grayson County in 1997.
Today, his attorney argued the trial should have been moved, and a prospective juror disqualified.
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((MARK CLAYTOR/CRESSELL'S ATTORNEY: ANY TIME THAT A CRIMINAL DEFENDANT COMES BEFORE A COURT, IT'S THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES THAT'S ON TRIAL. AND WE FEEL THAT WE ARE REPRESENTING THE CONSTITUTION IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE, AN WE'RE READY TO GO TO THE WALL FOR IT.))
((PATRICIA JOHNSON/VICTIM'S COUSIN: I WAS NOT ON THE JURY. I APPRECIATE THE JOB THEY DID AND I HOPE THAT THE JUDGES THAT WERE ON THE CASE TODAY WILL SEE IT TOO.))
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[SUPER=01-Patricia Johnson/Victim's Cousin; :16]
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The three judge panel will rule on the case later.
The jury didn't buy Michael Harris' explanation for fatally stabbing his friend in the back last year.
The 40-year old defendant testified yesterday that he'd gone to spend the night with Paul Andrew Wright November 14th. Harris had just broken up with his wife.
He claimed Wright was fondling him while Harris slept... and that that sent him into a rage.
The jury rejected that story ...by their verdict this afternoon.
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The jury set the sentence at life in prison.
The case was unusual in the way that Harris got caught.
He took the victim's car and drove to Smyth County where he robbed a convenience store.
Harris was later apprehended near Abingdon.
A Roanoke radio station is silent this evening.
The reason ...still ahead on News 7 at Six.
And Martinsville- area businesses are revving up for a big weekend of racing.
Thousands of people are pouring into Henry County for the Winston Cup race at the Martinsville Speedway this weekend.
As Surae Chinn reports, in an area hard-hit by layoffs, it's a big economic boost.
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[SUPER=01-Kim Adkins/Chamber of Commerce; :59]
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(( It's a site to behold. Preparations for the Goody's Body Pain 500 slated for this weekend. Hotels, restaurants and businesses are welcoming race fans from across the nation.
((STEVE GRODENSKY/HOTEL OWNER: YEAH BOOKED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE WEEK ABSOLUTELY.))
The Michael's Steak and More restaurant in Collinsville is a hot spot especially during these Nascar weekends. Sales jump 25 percent for the week.
((HOW CRAZY DOES IT GET? MIKE HATCHETT/RESTAURANT OWNER: I WOULDN'T SAY CRAZY. JUST A LITTLE HECTIC AND VERY BUSY. WE JUST MOVE THEM IN AND MOVE THEM OUT AS FAST AS YOU CAN.))
That's a good game plan since the thousands of fans spend a total of 30 million dollars.
((SURAE CHINN/REPORTING: THE WEEKEND EVENT DRAWS MORE THAN 150 THOUSAND PEOPLE TO MARTINSVILLE. THE WINSTON CUP SERIES IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR IN HENRY COUNTY AND EVERYONE FROM A 100 MILE RADIUS KNOWS IT.))
Many southside hotels are booked a year in advance.
((KIM ADKINS/CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: SO WE HAVE TO REFER THEM OUT AN HOUR AWAY TO ROANOKE AND GREENSBORO TO GET HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS.))
((KIM ADKINS/CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: WE AREN'T TURNING INTO A GHOST TOWN BUSINESS IS THRIVING.))
No ghost town here some would say, but a roaring place that's on the fast track toward a growing economy. Surae Chinn, News 7 Henry County.))
Another Winston Cup race is scheduled for the fall and is expected to bring another 30 million dollars to Henry County.
The organization the represents 55-thousand Virginia schoolteachers has taken a stand in the U-S Senate race.
The Virginia Education Association annual meeting kicks off tonight.
Its candidate is the Democratic incumbent Chuck Robb.
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((CHERI JAMES/VIRGINIA EDUCATION: WE KNOW HIS RECORD...PUBLIC EDUCATION.))
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[OUT Q=public education.]
The V-E-A says Republican George Allen had what they consider negatives as governor.
They perceived Allen's Board of Education as unfriendly to public education... and too unyielding on the new Standards of Learning.
Tomorrow, Allen will unveil his education platform.
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Some doctors are coming out of retirement to lend a hand to Lewis-Gale Clinic's shortage.
Two retired doctors have been hired to work for the clinic until replacements are found for the ones who resigned over the past few months.
Doctor Thomas Ward left his urology practice at Lewis-Gale Clinic six years ago.
He's currently seeing patients for office visits.
Retired surgeon William Sibley is also back at the clinic.
Doctor Sibley is working in the vascular lab.
Clinic officials say both doctors have signed agreements with the clinic to work as long as they are needed.
A former Martinsville television personality will not go to jail.
A judge this morning, gave former Cable Six talk show host Bob Sharp three years probation for a welfare fraud conviction.
Sharp will also have to pay nearly 350 dollars in court costs.
Last December, a Judge found Sharp guilty of lying on a welfare application.
A slight recovery by technology stocks led to a positive day on Wall Street.
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The DOW gained 80 points while NASDAQ climbed 98 and a half points.
The Bloomberg News 7 Index gained more than a point and a half.
Roanoke's talk radio station went mum this afternoon.
WFIR went off the air just after lunch.
The main cable linking the station's transmitter to its studios was accidentally cut.
No word on how long it will take to fix the problem.
A nationally- known comedian is telling local kids not to take the blame for the world's problems.
Dick Gregory is a comedian- turned civil rights activist.
He came to Roanoke today to celebrate kids' achievements along with the N-double-A-C-P.
He says adults give kids a bad rap.
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((WHATEVER IT IS ... SOMETHING WRONG WITH US.))
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Kids asked Gregory why people shoot them hateful looks on the street.
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((YOU SEE BLACK ... SELLING DRUGS.))
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Gregory says the key is to keep a clean image.
The N-double-A-C-P will hand out its Image Awards to local role models at a ceremony tonight.
We'll have more on that on News 7 at Eleven.
A lot of racing news today as well as golf
Dale Jarrett talks about driving golf balls, not cars
while Ricky Rudd stuck to four wheelers in Halifax County today, just smaller than cup cars.
The race festivities in Martinsville got underway this morning
as Dale Jarrett breezed into town a day early. Mike Stevens has more on his arrival in Henry County.
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[SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/1999 Winston Cup Champ; :17]
[SUPER=01-Becky Poindexter/Martinsville High Golfer; :54]
[SUPER=01-Joe Ruttman/1995 Winner At Martinsville; 1:29]
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And part of that coverage will include a half hour pre-race special this Saturday night at seven right here on WDBJ-7.
Winston Cup drivers are once again making the shift from a bigger track, the one and a half mile Texas speedway, to a short track in the half mile at Martinsville. Here's Dale Earnhardt Junior and Matt Kenseth.
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[SUPER=01-Matt Kenseth/Second in Rookie Points; :14]
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The 64th masters teed off today at Augusta and right now Dennis Paulson is your leader in the club house at four under.
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Tom Lehman was your first round leader. Here on his approach to 17, Lehman puts himself in prime position for a birdie. Lehman would par the hole. He was at five under but would slide just a bit on the final hole to fall to three under.
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The Salem Avalanche is in Winston Salem tonight to start the Carolina League season.
The team worked out at Salem Memorial Stadium Tuesday.
Manager Alan Cockrell says he has good hitting throughout the lineup and whoever takes the mound will give opposing batters fits.
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((ALAN COCKRELL/AVALANCHE MANAGER: WE'VE GOT A CLOSER WITH A VERY UNORTHODOX DELIVERY AND HE THROWS ABOUT 95 MILE AN HOUR AND WE GOT GOOD PITCHER THROUGHOUT THE LINE UP WITH A GOOD BLEND OF SPEED AND POWER.))
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The Virginia football team plays it's spring game April 14th at Klockner Stadium in Charlottesville.
UVa starting quarterback Dan Ellis, who threw 20 touchdown passes and only 10 interceptions a season ago, has been sidelined after separating his left non-throwing shoulder.
The extremely serious qualifying at Martinsville is tomorrow so Ricky Rudd
relaxed at the Virginia International Raceway in Halifax riding go carts. Rudd raced on an adjacent parking lot this (------------)
morning. Rudd raced go carts at VIR back in the late 60's.