[7-11Missing-Man]

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Bedford authorities are still searching for a man who has disappeared late last week.
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54- year- old James Walker was last seen in the Food Lion parking lot around 9:30 Friday morning.
Search teams spent the weekend combing the neighborhood with no success.
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((LT. TONY SULLIVAN/BEDFORD CITY POLICE: WE'RE GOING BACK AND CHECKING OVER EVERYTHING THAT WE'VE DONE JUST TO MAKE SURE THERE'S NOTHING LEFT OUT, BUT ESSENTIALLY WE'RE DEALING WITH A PERSON WHO AS FAR AS WE KNOW LEFT ON THEIR FREE WILL AND NOT MANY MORE AVENUES TO PURSUE.))
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[TAKE DESCRIPTION FULL SCREEN]
Walker stands 6- feet 7- inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds. [TAKE BEDFORD PD PHONE]
Anyone with information should contact the Bedford City Police.
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[7-11Pitts-Fatal]


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A head on collision in Pittsylvania County left two teens dead and another in critical condition.
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The accident happened just before two yesterday afternoon on Route 7-29.
Authorities say 18-year old Ronnie Lee Anderson Junior crossed the double yellow line and hit a pickup truck head-on.
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Anderson and his passenger... 18 year old Crystal Gayle Harris... died at the scene.
The driver of the pickup truck 18 year old Jerry Lee Trammell is hostpitatized in critical condition.
Investigators do not think alcohol or high speed were factors...but they are still investigating.

[7-11M'ville-Murder]


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Martinsville authorities are continuing to look for a murder suspect .
Marcus Leroy Stockton is charged with first degree murder for the shooting death of 29-year old Patrick Allen White.
White was found dead outside the Rivermont Apartments Saturday.
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[TAKE Description PINNACLE]
Stockton is a black male... six feet two inches tall... and weighs 185 pounds.
He may use the alias "Shaq." [TAKE MARTINSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT]
Police ask that you call the Martinsville Police Department at (540) 656-5301 with any information.
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[7-11Wolfe-Plea]


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A Wytheville man has pleaded guilty to beating another man to death.
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23-year-old Jason Wolfe entered the plea in Wythe County Circuit Court.
He was arrested in August and charged with the first-degree murder of 24-year-old Michael Alderman.
Police say Wolfe killed Alderman with several blows to the head after catching him sleeping in bed with his wife.


Wolfe is scheduled to be sentenced in June.
He could receive 20 years to life in prison.
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[7-11Bomb-Threat]


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A 13-year old girl will be placed on probation and electronically monitored for making bomb-threats.
The girl and her 17 year old co-defendant were convicted last month of making threatening calls to Lynchburg schools.
The 17 year old was sentenced to juvenile detention.

[7Weather]


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Here's a look at your mid week forecast.
Slow clearing skies today and windy with highs in the low 60s.
Tonight, mostly clear and chilly. Lows in the 30s.
The extended forecast...

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[45-11Lane-furniture]


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Lane Furniture in Altavista has announced it's cutting nearly a third of its workers.
That means more than 3-hundred will be layed off.
Surae Chinn has reaction.
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[SUPER=01-Randy Douglas/Lane Furniture Employee; :09]
[SUPER=01-J. R. Rudy Burgess/Altavista Mayor; :29 QUICK!!!!]
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[45-11Intermet]


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It looks like New River Castings' parent company intends to rebuild the plant.
In a recent letter to Radford's Mayor, Intermet C-E-O John Doddridge writes:
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"Thanks for expeditiously arranging all of the right people from the community and state to help get the ball rolling on the rebuild of the New River plant."
[SUPER=03-Radford/March;]


Still, Radford Council members say that Intermet has made NO commitment to reconstruct the plant, destroyed in a March 5th explosion.
But Intermet submitted permit applications late last week with the Department of Environmental Quality that would help clear the way toward rebuilding.
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[45-11County-Supervisors]


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Roanoke County officials have apparently put plans to charge for ambulance service on hold.
Last month, a majority of the Supervisors said they couldn't support the idea unless the county's volunteer rescue squads approved.
Last night, County Administrator Elmer Hodge confirmed that the plan will NOT be part of next year's budget.
The board also heard a request for ten new paid positions at Mount Pleasant and Back Creek.

[45-Hogan]


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A Republican candidate who withdrew from the race for Roanoke City Council says he was forced out by a handful of party leaders who learned he had a misdemeanor embezzlement conviction in 19-94.
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Party leaders neither confirmed nor denied Don Hogan's account.
Hogan said he had forgotten about the embezzlement case when he accepted the council nomination in February.
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The case arose while Hogan was working as a life insurance agent.
It involved insurance funds, but Hogan said he never took money for personal use. He had to pay about 13-hundred dollars in restitution and complete a community service requirement.

[45Weather]


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Taking a break from the news to check the forecast...
Expect clouds to slowly clear out today with afternoon highs in the lower 60s.
Tonight looks mostly clear and chilly, with lows falling into the 30s.
The five day outlook keeps a chance of showers around over the weekend...with highs mainly in the 60s and 70s.

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[8-Online-Class]


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Busy schedules often prevent students and other adults from taking college courses. Now, people are taking advantage of classes on the internet. Kate Weidaw has more.
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((SARAH AIREY/VT ONLINE STUDENT: SO THIS IS ONE OF HIS LECTURES.))
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Sarah Airey is a third year student at Virginia Tech majoring in computer engineering. Her busy schedule lead her to register for an online class in Technical Writing.

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((SARAH AIREY/VT ONLINE STUDENT: I'M A BUSY STUDENT AND IF I CAN TAKE A REQUIRED COURSE ONLINE AND DO THE WORK THAT IS REQUIRED AND DO IT WHEN I HAVE TIME IT'S GOOD FOR ME.))
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Her professor Virgil Cook has been teaching online classes for Virginia Tech for 7 years. A a veteran teacher of 37 years-- his computer reads the material to him because he is blind. Cook says he finds online classes improve student's writing.

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((VIRGIL COOK/ONLINE PROFESSOR: THEY'RE FORCED TO COMPOSE FOR THEIR ONLINE RESPONSES OF COURSE SOMETIMES YOU CAN TELL THEY HAVEN'T COMPOSED.))
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Cook e-mails his lecture material along with discussion questions twice a week to his 52 students -- the assignments are due once a week.
Students like Kim Snider who is a mother of a two year old finds the online class an opportunity to take a course she normally wouldn't have time for.

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((KIM SNIDER/VT ONLINE STUDENT: IT OFFERS PEOPLE WHO CAN'T BE AT A UNIVERSITY OR WANT TO TAKE ONE COURSE AND HAVE A DAY JOB TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT.))
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((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: AND IT'S NOT JUST AT VIRGINIA TECH YOU CAN FIND ONLINE CLASSES. MOST MAJOR UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES ARE OFFERING THEM AS WELL. TO FIND OUT ABOUT THE CLASSES YOU CAN LOG ONTO THE SCHOOLS WEB PAGE OR CALL THEM. KATE WEIDAW NEWS 7 BLACKSBURG.))
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[8-11Vietnam-POW]


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The man who graced a famous cover of Life magazine has now met the girl who comforted him while he was a prisoner of war.
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Paul Galanti says C-J Dickerson helped pull him through seven years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam.
She was only 11 but she wore a bracelet with his name on it.
They met yesterday -- 30 years later -- for the first time.
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((I GOT A HUG FROM A SHERIFF. THAT'S NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE. SOME OF THEM I THOUGHT WERE GOING TO HIT ME ONCE OR TWICE BUT THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I EVER GOT A HUG FROM A SHERIFF. IT ALL WENT FULL CIRCLE. IT WAS JUST THE GREATEST THING. HE'S SUCH A WONDERFUL MAN.))
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Galanti is now a motivational speaker and talked to kids at Lord Botetourt High School about the power of positive thinking.
He led the Virginia presidential campaign for John McCain -- who was a fellow prisoner in Hanoi.
He's headed up the Science Museum of Virginia.
He also helps run an internet company and is building a subdivision for the elderly in Richmond.
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[8Weather]


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Let's take a look at the mid- week forecast once more...
Slow clearing today with northerly winds and highs in the lower 60s.
Mostly clear and chilly overnight with some frost possible.
Lows in the 30s.
The five day outlook keeps a chance of showers around over the weekend...with highs mainly in the 60s and 70s.

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