This man is set to die tomorrow... Find out why big Hollywood names are fighting for his life.
Fire leaves eight people homeless in Roanoke.
And people will live "on camera" all for the chance to win a half mil- We'll get a sneak peak of Big Brother.
News 7 is next.
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The U-S Supreme Court stopped the execution of Russel William Burket-- at least temporarily.
He was scheduled to die in the state's electric chair tonight.
Burket was convicted of the 1993 murders in Virginia Beach of a woman and her five year old daughter.
Court records show Burket beat Katherine (Ta-fell-ski's) Tafelski's head in with "a rusted metal pry bar."
Burket then used the same bar to sexually assault Tafelski and beat in her daughter's skull.
Burket's lawyers say he had ineffective counsel at the time of trial.
The stay of execution will remain in effect until the Supreme Court considers that appeal.
Pressure is on the Texas Board of Pardons to stop the execution of a Texas man.
Gary Graham is scheduled to die tomorrow night- His cause has been championed by several big names including Jesse Jackson- and actor Danny Glover.
Teresa Estacio reports.
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[SUPER=01-Bianca Jagger/Amnesty International; 36]
[SUPER=01-Gov. George W. Bush/(R) Presidential Candidate; 1:08]
[Super=01-Teresa Estacio/Reporting; 1:29]
[OUT Q=CBS News, Houston;]
((On the eve of his scheduled execution, Convicted Murderer Gary Graham finds himself in the middle of one of the biggest death penalty debates in recent U.S. History.
This morning on the CBS Early Show Actor Danny Glover took to the airwaves to plead for his life.
Danny Glover/Actor: He is innocent.
In Hunstville, Texas where Graham sits on death row, Jesse Jackson and Amnesty International spokesperson Bianca Jagger explained why the State Pardons Board must spare Graham.
Bianca Jagger/Amnesty International:
To execute Gary Graham is a murderous act by the State of Texas.
One witness, Bernadine Shillern told a jury in 1981.. she saw Graham fatally shoot Bobby Lambert in a supermarket parking lot.
However, others at the scene that fateful night dispute her testimony identifying another man.
Jurors never heard the conflicting statements and based on that fact and other evidence, Graham supporters demand action.. but it isn't that simple.
Gov. George W. Bush:
My job is uphold the law
In this particular case, Republican Governor and Presidential hopeful George W. Bush has his hands tied.
Graham received a reprieve years ago by a former Governor.
Now, it is up to the Texas Board of Pardons to consider his options which could include a pardon.
This hotly debated death penalty case boils down to this the Texas Board of Pardons plans to announce their decision Thursday.. just hours before Graham is scheduled to enter the death chamber.
Terisa Estacio, CBS News, Houston ))
Hundreds of people are visiting the Bedford D-Day Memorial every day, creating security and safety concerns for the D-Day foundation and its contractors.
As Steve Smallshaw reports, some visitors forget the memorial is still a construction site.
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[SUPER=01-Richard Burrow/D-Day Foundation Director; :26]
[OUT Q=News 7, Bedford.]
(( It already has the polished look of a finished monument.. the arch, the statues and the views are attracting hundreds of visitors to Bedford's D-Day Memorial..
((IT'S A GREAT PLACE TO VISIT, WE'LL BE BACK WHEN IT'S DONE.))
..but unfortunately, not all of them are willing to keep out of the restricted areas.
Most of those drawn to this hillside obey the signs and fences, but officials say a few have ventured too close to the ongoing construction.
((RICHARD BURROW/D-DAY FOUNDATION DIRECTOR: I DON'T KNOW TO WHAT DEGREE WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO GO TO PROTECT THE SITE, BUT I AM NOT GOING TO HAVE SOMEONE FALL AND GET KILLED OUT THERE IF I CAN PREVENT IT, AND IF I NEED TO SHUT THE SITE DOWN TO THE PUBLIC 'TIL WE'RE FINISHED WITH IT.))
[OUT Q=finished with it.]
That would be especially bad news for the aging World War Two veterans who acknowledge they may not live long enough to see the official opening next year.
These unofficial sneak previews could be the only glimpse they get of a memorial dedicated to their sacrifice.
((BURROW: I'D LIKE FOR THEM TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT THE SITE AND WE'VE HAD A NUMBER OF THOSE VISITS FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE VISITED THE SITE WHO DON'T EXPECT TO BE BACK AND I REALLY WANT TO ACCOMODATE THEM.))
[OUT Q=accomodate them.]
Another concern is vandalism.. in the last few weeks, the plaza has been hit with paintballs, and someone spraypainted graffitti on a concrete barrier.
The paint has washed off, but questions linger about the site's security.
A former division director of the Danville Department of Utilities is fighting to get his job back.
William Kim Hensley filed suit against the city and his boss Fred Horne.
Hensley claims he was fired because he did not keep quiet about sexual harassment charges.
His lawyer says his client witnessed Horne harassing female employees at the department and that he shouldn't lose his job for telling the truth.
[IN Q=His goal is to]
((GARY BENGSTON/HENSLEY'S LAWYER: HIS GOAL IS TO GET HIS JOB BACK, HIS GOAL IS TO GET HIS MEDICAL BENEFITS BACK AND GET MONEY BACK FROM LOST WAGES. THAT'S HIS GOAL IN FILING THE LAWSUIT.))
[SUPER=01-Gary Bengston/Hensley's Lawyer;]
[OUT Q=filing the lawsuit]
The city declined an on camera interview.
But the city attorney released a statement saying "the city followed the proper procedures to ensure the protection of its employees while looking out for the best interest of the taxpayers."
A fire in Northwest Roanoke this afternoon left eight people homeless.
It started on the first floor of the house in the 2-thousand block of Moorman Avenue.
Smoke and flames spread to the second floor and attic, and made it hard to get the fire under control.
The owner says he was mowing his yard when he saw smoke coming from an part of the house near a window air conditioner.
No one was hurt.
A new ORAL H-I-V test -- called Orasure -- will become available Tuesday.
To check for H-I-V, you hold the swab between your cheek and gum for two to five minutes, pop it in the bottle and wait two weeks for the results.
But you can only get Orasure when Roanoke's AIDS Council visits your neighborhood.
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((EVENTUALLY SOME OF THESE TESTS WILL BE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT BUT AS I UNDERSTAND IT, THEY'RE NOT YET.))
[SUPER=01-Robert Morrow/AIDS Council;]
[OUT Q=they're not yet]
Orasure is not as accurate as the blood test for H-I-V -- it misses about one positive result in a hundred.
It's free but NOT anonymous.
Local health departments still offer free AND anonymous blood tests for H-I-V.
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Why are gas prices so high?
It could be anti-pollution regulations.
That's according to a congressional report released today.
The report also lists supply and pipeline problems.
Congressman Sensenbrenner of Missouri released the report- saying lower prices may not come until labor Day.
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((THAT MEANS THE ENTIRE SUMMER TRAVEL SEASON WILL SEE HIGHER GAS PRICES AND CONSUMERS WILL BE FORCED TO PAY THROUGH THE NOSE AT THE PUMP.))
[SUPER=01-Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner/(R) Wisconsin;]
[OUT Q=AT THE PUMP.]
The White house doesn't believe anti-pollution regulations are the reason for the high prices. It wants an investigation into possible price gouging.
And perhaps some relief from the other side of the ocean- Today in Austria Opec ministers agreed to increase the production of crude oil, but that may only help prices slightly at the pump.
Will a shortage of nurses in Southwest Virginia mean poorer patient care?
That's still ahead on News 7.
And next, visit a a Roanoke center that soothes mind, body and spirit.
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(( Hey folks, this is Mike Stevens back in the News 7 sports office with Michael Vick news sure to ease to the minds of Tech fans.
Heavy hearts in the high school ranks tonight as GW Danville's Ed Martin dies today.
Lenny Wilkins takes over the Raptors.
The Shaq Daddy shakes and shimmies in LA, while the Big Daddies invade the horse show tonight on the Big 7.))[Alt-Medi
When it comes to healing your body modern day medicine is one choice-- but there's also alternative medicine.
Kate Weidaw takes us to a business in Roanoke that uses integrated health care to heal your mind, body, and spirit.
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[SUPER=01-Dexter Hall/Manager; :16]
[SUPER=01-Ellen Mahan/Massage Therapist; :37]
[SUPER=01-Suzann Robins/Hypnosis Therapist; :54]
[SUPER=01-Trish Lewis/Herbalist; 1:18]
[OUT Q=kw news 7 roanoke.]
(([NAT SOUND GONG, MUSIC]
It's a place to relax, to relieve stress, and to heal your body.
When you walk in the door at Healthy Maintenance and Inspirations the art is the first thing that is soothing to the eyes.
((DEXTER HALL/MANAGER: THE ART IS SELECTED FOR IT'S BEAUTY AND UNIQUENESS AND SO YOU CAN COME IN HERE WHEN YOU'RE TIRED AND BURNT OUT AND JUST BE INVIGORATED BY BEAUTIFUL THINGS AROUND YOU.))
If you're looking to relieve your aches and pains a masseur will massage those away in the art gallery to the beat of the gong.
[NAT SOUND GONG INTO BITE]
((ELLEN MAHAN/MASSAGE THERAPIST: YOU CAN FEEL HOW THE VIBRATIONS ARE VERY CALMING VERY SOOTHING AND WHEN YOU COMBINE THAT WITH THE MUSIC AND MASSAGE IT HELPS TO OPEN UP THE BODY MUCH MORE.))
To open your mind, hypnosis and image therapy is offered.
((SUZANN ROBINS/HYPNOSIS THERAPIST: THERE IS A BELIEF IN OUR BODY THAT WE HOLD IN OUR BODY THE MEMORY EVERY HURT EVERY CELEBRATION AND JOY AND ANXIOUS AND THROUGH HYPNOSIS IS A WAY TO GET RID OF SOME OF THAT STUFF.))
If you're wanting to heal your body from with in there's herbal therapy.
A muscle test will determine what your body is lacking.
[NAT SOUND OF HER DURING THE TEST BEFORE BITE]
((TRISH LEWIS/HERBALIST AND NUTRITIONAL CONSULTANT: I USE GINGER FOR NAUSEA I USE RED RASPBERRY FOR PREMENSTRUAL PROBLEM YOU CAN USE FENNEL FOR DIGESTION.))
None of these treatments are to replace a health care professional.
Many people say they go to Healthy Maintenance and Inspirations for an alternative when modern day medicine just isn't doing the job.
Kate Weidaw News 7 Roanoke.))
Nurses are in demand in the Roanoke Valley and across the nation.
That's because there is a shortage of RN's.
Carilion Health system says it could be a serious problem because there aren't enough graduates to replace those who are retiring.
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((PATRICIA CONWAY-MORANO/SENIOR VP NURSING SERVICES: AS WE SEE PEOPLE LIVING LONGER AND TECHNOLOGY ENHANCING QUALITY OF LIFE AS WELL LENGTH OF LIFE WE'RE GOING TO NEED NURSES TO TAKE CARE OF PATIENTS))
[SUPER=01-Patricia Conway-Morana/Senior VP Nursing Services]
Nurses make up nearly a-third of Carilion's hospital staff.
Officials say the shortage could potentially be serious enough that they would have to limit the number of patients -- or have to start relying on unlicensed workers.
Already a coalition of nurses and other health care professional have joined forces to address the problem.
The Virginia Partnership for Nursing is trying to find out just how serious the problem might be in the near future.
A judge is keeping two pit bulls away from a Franklin County man who's accused of allowing dogfighting --
even though for now, Kyle Pearce can keep his other 17 pit bulls.
Deputies found a dogfighting pit, treadmills and performance notes on Pearce's property in April.
They took two of the dogs as evidence.
For the animals' protection a judge refused to release them today, even though one has had puppies.
Pearce's trial will be set in August.
The fruits of Roanoke's gun-buyback program feel the heat.
We'll explain when News 7 returns.
And get an inside look at the "Big Brother" house-- before ten volunteers move in for the summer.
561- fewer guns are at risk of falling into the wrong hands.-- and their demise is our Video of the Day.
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The guns were collected last month as part of Roanoke's first "Gun Buyback Program."
The morning-- they were melted at Roanoke Electric Steel to mark the completion of the program.
For bringing in an unwanted gun-- residents were given a 50- dollar gift certificate.
Police say senior citizens were the biggest contributors.
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((SEVERAL OF THEM TOLD ME THAT THEY'D HAD GUNS LEFT THERE BY THEIR SPOUSES WHEN THEY DIED AND JUST DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DOW WITH THEM AND THEY FINALLY FOUND AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET RID OF THEM AND KNEW THEY WEREN'T GOING TO FALL IN THE WRONG HANDS.))
[SUPER=74-R. L. Arrington/Roanoke Police Dept.;]
[OUT Q=wrong hands.]
Police say the program was a success.
But critics say it fell short in terms of getting guns out of the hands of hard-core criminals.
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have someone watch your every move?
The latest show - Big Brother- does that.
Ten people will live together with the chance to win 500 thousand dollars-
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[SUPER=01-Les Moonves/CBS TV President; :54 quick! ]
[OUT Q=era for CBS.]
((Take a walk inside- where there is no T-V, telephones or computers, but plenty of cameras-
even in the commode.
NOW NEITHER OF THOSE WILL BE RECORDED WHILE SOMEONE IS DOING THEIR BUSINESS.
Shy residents need not apply- Cameras and microphones pick up what's going on everywhere.
Each bedroom is set up for five people- with three twin beds and one bunk bed- but residents won't be told where to sleep.
And don't think the patio and pool are the places to go for privacy either.
THERE ARE MICROPHONES, NO CAMERAS IN THE POOL BUT ONE HANGING OVERHEAD. THEY WON'T HAVE ANY PRIVACY.
So while Big Brother watches the residents CBS hopes you'll watch Big Brother.
WE ARE EXTREMELY EXCITED ABOUT THIS PROJECT IT'S THE BEGINNING OF A YOUNGER ERA FOR CBS.))
The participants have a back to basics environment- They must grow their own vegetables and bake their own bread.
Every other week the residents pick two people to boot out of the house.
The T-V audience then decides who is evicted based on a telephone vote-
The final person left wins 500 thousand dollars.
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Quit worrying about Mike Vick and Rockies, the big animals take over the horse show.
GW Danville head football coach Ed Martin is dead at the age of 50.
And the Lakers' fans learn to peacefully celebrate their title.
But first in tonight's Extra Point -
[SUPER=75-Toronto, Canada; :00]
62 year old Lenny Wilkins was introduced today as Toronto's new head basketball coach today.
He was released by the Hawks earlier this year.
He gets a four year contract worth $20 million.
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[SUPER=0092-/Milwaukee/4/j/Florida/5///j/San Francisco/4//St. Louis/1//2 Late Games/;]
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If you have been worrying yourself silly that the Colorado Rockies would somehow woo Michael Vick away from Blacksburg with some wild million dollar signing bonus - forget about it!
Recent reports said Vick met with Colorado Rockies this past weekend - but the fact is NO meeting ever took place.
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Season; :00]
Vick's high school coach Tommy Reamon says while Vick was back home in Newport News last weekend, he never met with anyone from the Rockies - the team that made him a 30th round draft pick.
The Rockies say they would still like to sign Vick, but there's little chance of that happening since he begins summer school classes next week.
One of Vick's counterparts in the Sugar Bowl, former Florida State kicker Sebastian Janikowski, is once again in trouble with police.
[SUPER=03-Tallahassee, FL; :00]
Janikowski and two other men were arrested outside a Tallahassee night spot near the Florida State campus Tuesday night.
When police searched the Raiders top draft pick they found in his possession the date rape drug G-H-B.
From that sad case we move on to the sad saga of John Rocker. Earlier yesterday he said he plans to ride the subway when the Braves get to New York later this week.
Problem is he may not even be with the Braves.
Last night Rocker came in to the game with the Cubs in the ninth hoping to keep things close for Chipper Jones and Andres Gallaraga.
Instead, Rocker allowed five runs on just one hit.
He walked four and hit a batter in just one third of an inning.
The Braves get rocked 8-to-1.
A massive heart attack has claimed the life of former Friday Football Extra coach of the year Ed Martin.
The head coach at George Washington High in Danville for the past 14 years, died early this morning at the age of 50.
Many of you may remember that in 1995, he had open heart surgery at Duke Medical Center, but was able to return to the sidelines by the midway point of the season.
Earlier this year in April, Martin checked into the Cornell Medical Center in Ithaca, New York to have his condition evaluated.
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[IN Q=Those of us...]
[SUPER=01-Joel DeBoe/G.W. Danville Principal; :00]
[OUT Q=...SHOCK TO US."]
DeBoe and the school system will have to begin searching for a replacement, but that in itself will not be an easy job.
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[OUT Q=...EDDIE MARTIN."]
Funeral services for Martin will be held Friday morning at eleven at the George Washington high school auditorium. He will buried at the White United Methodist Church in Rustburg, Friday at 3.
Martin is survived by his wife Debbie and sons Sid and Scott.
Former GW quarterback Dan Newell who played on the state title team in 1982 has been mentioned as a possible interim coach. He is currently an assistant at Pulaski.
Day three of the Roanoke Valley Horse Show is now complete.
Yesterday afternoon, the show welcomed some pretty big guests. The Southern States Royal Thunder Percheron Team arrived. These draft horses weigh over two thousand pounds. A good size regular horse weighs a thousand pounds.
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[SUPER=01-Bryan Craig/Percheron Trainer; :00]
[OUT Q=....a lot of armor"]
This horse team is currently on a a 14 state tour through the southeast and will travel 110 days of the year visiting 80 to 90 events entertaining fans like the ones at the Roanoke Valley Horse show.
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[OUT Q=.....these horses"]
[WIPE TO ENG#!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]
Last night the coliseum floor was a busy place with nearly 20 different classes of competition.
The big Friesians got a chance to strut their stuff.
These beautiful animals are judged on their performance, presence and their manners.
Karen Waldron, from the Bent Tree stables in Shawsville had the most mannerly one tonight as
"Floris" took home the first place ribbon.
The NBA and the city of Los Angeles regained a little of its reputation yesterday as the Lakers victory celebration came off without incident.
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA; :00]
More than 250 thousand folks turned out for the nine block parade that concluded at the Staples Center - the Lakers' home arena.
No one had a better time than Shaquille O'Neal - who danced to the music and even promised to buy the LA police department two new squad cars to replace the ones that were torched on Monday night.