[7-11Wythe-Shooting]

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An investigation is underway in Wythe County following a dispute between a landlord and tenant that has left one man dead.
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It happened shortly after one yesterday, outside a house just off Reed Creek Drive near Draper.
Authorities say the 65-year-old landlord, James Compton, shot an killed 27-year-old Darren Christopher Womack twice after a brief but violent fight.
Deputies say Compton had been severely beaten in the head and chest.
He was flown to Bristol Regional Medical Center where the hospital will NOT comment on his condition.
Sources say the two men had been involved in an ongoing dispute and the incident followed Compton asking Womack to leave his house.
Deputies are investigating whether Compton will be charged in the shooting.
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[7-11Easter]


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A former Radford athletic trainer and teacher's aide has been convicted of having sexual contact with two of his students.
43-year-old Cotton Lee Easter was found guilty of carnal knowledge of a child and sexual battery.
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Prosecutors say that Easter had several sexual encounters with a 14-year-old boy he helped train at John Dalton Intermediate School.
The encounters occurred both in the boy's apartment and in the school locker room.
Another boy at the school accused Easter of inappropriately touching him.
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Easter may be facing a maximum of 51 years in prison more than half a million dollars in fines.[7-Informant-Charge

s]


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The police informant who falsely reported drug activity in a Pulaski apartment is now facing charges himself.
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Last week the man falsely told investigators that a methamphetamine lab was operating in the apartment where William and Geneva Summers live. Agents then broke through a back door early Monday and held the couple at gunpoint until they realized they made a mistake.
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Police Chief Herb Cooley said the informant later

admitted he lied. [7-11L'burg-Manager]


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After serving more than eight years as Lynchburg City Manager, Charles Church is stepping down to concentrate on his health and family.
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Church underwent prostate cancer surgery in 1996.
He told city council his cancer had returned and was inoperable.
Church will step down effective August 1st, and plans to spend time with his family.
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[SOT 15:19:33]
[IN Q=I think although]

((CHARLES CHURCH/LYNCHBURG CITY MANAGER: I THINK ALTHOUGH THERE'S A REAL SADNESS ABOUT IT, I THINK THERE'S ALSO SOME JOY IN TERMS OF NOT EVERYONE GETS THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SPEND THE NEXT TIME.. WHATEVER IT IS, YEARS, MONTHS.. REALLY DOING THE THINGS THAT YOU THINK ARE MOST IMPORTANT IN YOUR LIFE.))
[SUPER=01-Charles Church/Lynchburg City Manager]
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[OUT Q=in your life.]
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City leaders credit Church with creating a more "customer- friendly" city government.
The search for his replacement has not begun.
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[7Weather]


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Let's take a look now at your Thursday forecast...
Partly sunny and less humid with highs in the mid and upper 80s.
Mostly clear overnight with lows in the 50s.
The weekend outlook is pleasant for tomorrow...but we could see some scattered showers on Saturday and a better chance of rain for Sunday.
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[45-11Wythe-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-17 TC28:06]
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An argument between a landlord and tenant escalated into a fatal shooting yesterday in Wythe County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Wythe Co.;]


It happened shortly after one yesterday, outside a house just off Reed Creek Drive near Draper.
Authorities say the 65-year-old landlord, James Compton, shot an killed 27-year-old Darren Christopher Womack twice after a brief but violent fight.
Deputies say Compton had been severely beaten in the head and chest.
He was flown to Bristol Regional Medical Center where the hospital will NOT comment on his condition.
Sources say the two men had been involved in an ongoing dispute and the incident followed Compton asking Womack to leave his house.
Deputies are investigating whether Compton will be charged in the shooting.
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[45-Dalton]


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After 25 years of leadership in Henry County, the chairman of the board of supervisors has passed away.
72 year old Jack Dalton, died of cancer yesterday.
He was diagnosed with the illness in January.
Vice Chairman Mike Seidle (SIDE-lee) assumed the chairman's responsibilities after the diagnosis.
He'll continue those duties temporarily.
Dalton's funeral is tomorrow at the First Baptist Church of Collinsville.

[45-11Baptist-Britt]


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Roanoke's only female Baptist pastor says women should not be limited in the ministry.
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The Reverend Donna Hopkins Britt was responding to the proposal from the Southern Baptist Convention, limiting the position of Pastor to men.
This 35-year old daughter of a Baptist minister thinks the S-B-C is using the Scriptures to bolster their beliefs.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Because I think we ]

((BECAUSE I THINK WE ALL TEND TO TAKE THE SCRIPTURES THAT WE LIKE AND USE THEM. AND SO I WOULD TAKE OTHER SCRIPTURES THAT TALK ABOUT WOMEN AS DEACONS, WOMEN AS FOLLOWS OF CHRIST AND EVEN DISCIPLES OF JESUS. THOSE ARE MY PREFERENCES.))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Donna Hopkins Britt/Calvary Baptist Pastor]
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[OUT Q=my preferences.]
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Reverend Britt assumed the position of Pastor at Roanoke's Calvary Baptist Church just this year.
She's one of only 100 women in the Southern Baptist ministry who serve as principal Pastor.
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[45-11Child-Health]


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Making ends meet is a challenge for many families.
Affording to take their children to the doctor is even tougher.
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Now the Virginia Department of Social Services wants to make sure laid off textile workers know about a free or low cost health care plan.
The program is called the Children's Medical Security Insurance Plan or CMSIP (SIM-sip). The agency has set up outreach events in Southside to get the word out.
A representative was in Gretna yesterday.
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[SOT 5:29:08]
[IN Q=The benefits are]

((RACHEL BOYER/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SOCIAL SERVICES: THE BENEFITS ARE JUST FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 19. IT'S JUST LIKE HAVING AN INSURANCE CARD, IT PAYS FOR CHECKUPS, IMMUNIZATION, EYE EXAM, DENTAL--BASIC THINGS THAT WOULD BE COVERED UNDER INSURANCE.))
[SUPER=01-Rachel Boyer/Pittsylvania Co. Social Services; :00]
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[OUT Q=covered under insurance.]
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People who are interested can go to the Wal-Mart in Danville this Saturday.
If you miss the event you can visit your local social services department.

[45Weather]


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Turning your attention now to weather...
Partly sunny and breezy with highs in the mid and upper 80s.
Tonight should be mostly clear with lows in the mid 50s.
The five day forecast includes partly cloudy skies and the possibility of showers for the holiday weekend.
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[8-Informant-Charges]


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A Pulaski man who provided false information about drug activity to the police is now facing charges.
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[VO-NAT 00-06 TC 1:38:58]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski/Monday]

The man told investigators last week that a methamphetamine lab was operating in the apartment where William and Geneva Summers live. Acting on the tip, agents broke through a back door early Monday and held the couple at gunpoint until they realized they made a mistake.
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Police Chief Herb Cooley said the informant later

admitted he lied. [8-11Child-Health]


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In times like these with some job markets being unsecure, some families are having trouble paying for their children's medical bills.
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Now the Virginia Department of Social Services wants to inform laid off textile workers about a free or low cost health care plan.
The program is called the Children's Medical Security Insurance Plan or CMSIP (SIM-sip). The agency has set up outreach events in Southside to get the word out.
A representative was in Gretna yesterday.
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[SOT 5:29:08]
[IN Q=The benefits are]

((RACHEL BOYER/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SOCIAL SERVICES: THE BENEFITS ARE JUST FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 19. IT'S JUST LIKE HAVING AN INSURANCE CARD, IT PAYS FOR CHECKUPS, IMMUNIZATION, EYE EXAM, DENTAL--BASIC THINGS THAT WOULD BE COVERED UNDER INSURANCE.))
[SUPER=01-Rachel Boyer/Pittsylvania Co. Social Services; :00]
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[OUT Q=covered under insurance.]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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People who are interested can go to the Wal-Mart in Danville this Saturday.
If you miss the event you can visit your local social services department for information.

[8-11US-Airways]


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Airline customers can only speculate about what changes the merger between U-S Airways and United will bring about.
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Passengers flying in and out of Roanoke depend heavily on both airlines.
Some think a merger will be positive for customers.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I think]

((I THINK IT'S A GOOD IDEA. IT WILL EXPOSE US TO LARGER AIRPORTS AND MORE PLACES TO GO. IT WILL MAKE OUR AIRPORT LARGER.))
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[OUT Q=our airport larger.]
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While the merger won't happen without employee and government approval, the company has promised to freeze rates for two years with certain restrictions.
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[8-11Baptist-Britt]


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With a female Baptist Pastor here in Roanoke, the proposed changes from the Southern Baptist Convention may hit close to home.
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[VO-NAT]
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The Reverend Donna Hopkins Britt was responding to the proposal from the Southern Baptist Convention, limiting the position of Pastor to men.
This 35-year old daughter of a Baptist minister thinks the S-B-C is using the Scriptures to bolster their beliefs.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Because I think we ]

((BECAUSE I THINK WE ALL TEND TO TAKE THE SCRIPTURES THAT WE LIKE AND USE THEM. AND SO I WOULD TAKE OTHER SCRIPTURES THAT TALK ABOUT WOMEN AS DEACONS, WOMEN AS FOLLOWS OF CHRIST AND EVEN DISCIPLES OF JESUS. THOSE ARE MY PREFERENCES.))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Donna Hopkins Britt/Calvary Baptist Pastor]
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[OUT Q=my preferences.]
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[V/O-NAT]
Reverend Britt assumed the position of Pastor at Roanoke's Calvary Baptist Church just this year.
She's one of only 100 women in the Southern Baptist ministry who serve as principal Pastor.
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[8Weather]


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Taking a break from the news to check the forecast...
An area of rain will affect the region this morning. During the afternoon we will start to dry out.
Highs in the mid and upper 80s.
Mostly clear and cooler overnight, with lows in the 50s.
The extended outlook includes partly cloudy skies and the possibility of showers for the holiday weekend.
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