[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]

American Electric Power wants to build a new power line. But the construction would disrupt more than a dozen families' lives.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

Plus, a new and, some say, improved cigarette hits the market amid arguments it's just as dangerous as the old kind.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


Hot conditions today may not be quite so comfortable but there is a cool change in the forecast. Weather details are coming up.
[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[2-shot]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


News 7 Mornin' is next.


[11Power-Line]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=00-36 TC47:22]
[GRAPHIC=AEP Powerline]


A hearing examiner with the State Corporation Commission has made a recommendation concerning American Electric Power's proposed high voltage power line.
He says the company's current system is seriously overloaded and the only alternative is a new line.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./File Tape;]


Judge Howard Anderson, Junior, seen here touring the New River, says the least environmentally damaging route is the shorter of the two routes proposed by A-E-P.
That 57 mile route would run from Tazewell County to Jacksons Ferry in Wythe County.
An A-E-P spokesman says the company is cautiously optimistic.
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[SOT 00:43:41]
[IN Q=We are]

((TODD BURNS/AEP SPOKESMAN: WE ARE ENCOURAGED WITH THE RECOMMENDATION BUT WE ALSO RECOGNIZE THIS ISN'T THE FINAL HURDLE FOR THE COMPANY TO GO THROUGH.))
[SUPER=01-Todd Burns/AEP Spokesman;]
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[OUT Q=to go through.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Wythe Co./File Tape;]


Judge Anderson's decision serves as a recommendation for the S-C-C which is expected to make a final decision later this year.
Three other federal agencies must also approve the project.
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[11Line-Reaction]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-34 TC42:57]
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The proposed corridor runs through 18 families' homes and property.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Wythe Co.;]


Debbie and Dane Little's Wythe County "dream house" is one of them.
They moved here from California and built the house four years ago because of the scenery.
Last year, they found out their home was directly in the path of the 765-kilovolt line.
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[IN Q=We'll have an]

((DEBBIE LITTLE: WE'LL HAVE A 180-FOOT TOWER... NOT A RISK I'D TAKE WITH MY CHILDREN.))
[SUPER=01-Debbie Little/Powerline Opponent]
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[OUT Q=with my children.]
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[VO-NAT]


The family says a powerline running next to their home will reduce its value by about 80 percent.
They're hoping A-E-P will pay them the full value of their property so they can move.
But they say current eminent domain laws in the state are NOT on their side.
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[Middle-East]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=net]
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After five days of bloodshed, Israel and Palestine are confirming a cease-fire.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Jerusalem, Israel;]

The Israeli army says its commander has agreed to withdraw heavy weapons from the borders of Palestinian-held areas, while the Palestinian forces have promised to try to contain the violence. The clashes were sparked by last week's visit of an Israeli hard-line opposition party leader to a Jerusalem site holy to Muslims and Jews. Since then more than 50 people, mostly Palestinians, have been killed. Meanwhile, Israeli and Palestinian leaders are preparing for a U-S-arranged summit aimed at reviving the battered peace process.
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[Hurricane-Keith]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]

Keith is no longer a hurricane but could still cause widespread damage.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Belize City, Belize;]

The tropical storm is logging seventy-mile-per-hour winds and heavy rains and causing flooding and mudslides throughout Belize and parts of Mexico. The worst damage is in Belize, where roofs were torn off hotels, homes were blown over, streets were flooded, and electricity was interrupted. Four deaths are being blamed on the storm. Forecasters expect Keith to continue weakening as it moves over northern Belize and Mexico's Yucatan peninsula during the next few days.
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[11Backstreet-Cafe]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=00-35 TC40:23]
[GRAPHIC=Backstreet cafe]

Roanoke's Backstreet Cafe has re-opened, a week and a half after a gunman opened fire there, killing one person and injuring 6 others.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

The manager of Backstreet Cafe, Alan Blankenship, wouldn't allow T-V cameras inside, saying he wants to keep the bar's first night open private. But he says the bar's carpet has been replaced and the walls repainted. Additional lighting and a metal detector have also been installed near the front door.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=HOLD]

The Backstreet Cafe has been open in Roanoke for 22 years. Blankenship says in that time, there were no problems at the gay bar prior to the September 22nd shooting.

[11Gay]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=00-28; TC 1:59:04]
[GRAPHIC=Ronald Gay]


The man accused of the Backstreet Cafe shooting faces more charges.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Week]

Ronald Edward Gay is charged with first-degree murder for the shooting death of Danny Lee Overstreet. Yesterday a city grand jury returned a 13-count indictment against Gay. It includes six counts of aggravated malicious wounding, six counts of "use of a firearm" and one count of discharging a firearm within an occupied building.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=HOLD]

Gay could be sentenced to seven life terms plus 40-some years in prison if found guilty on all charges.

[11New-Cigarette]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-32 TC1:09:04]
[GRAPHIC=tobacco]


They may have taken some of the danger out of smoking -- and put a little more money in the pockets of Virginia tobacco farmers.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chester;]


The "Advance" cigarette rolled out yesterday in test markets in Richmond and Kentucky.
It's made by Chester, Virginia-based Star Scientific -- with a new curing process that removes some of the chemicals known to cause cancer.
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[SOT 16:12:43]
[IN Q=We want to]

((PAUL PERITO/STAR SCIENTIFIC: WE WANT TO START A RACE TO THE BOTTOM: THE LOWEST POSSIBLE LEVELS OF TOXINS.))
[SUPER=01-Paul Perito/Star Scientific;]
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[OUT Q=of toxins.]
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[VO-NAT]


Last week, R-J Reynolds released test data showing the tobacco causes just as many DNA mutations in bacteria as the traditional curing process.
But Virginia growers are selling almost 30 percent of their quota to Star Scientific this year, partly because money talks.
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[IN Q=We're paying]
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((JIM JENNINGS/STAR SCIENTIFIC GROWER RELATIONS: WE'RE PAYING THE FARMER A 25 CENT PER POUND PREMIUM OVER AND ABOVE THE MARKET.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Jennings/Star Scientific;]
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[OUT Q=above the market.]
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[VO-NAT]


The company is clearly trying to avoid the lawsuit -- and develop a market for its future smoking cessation products.
The Advance label itself says "smoking-related diseases can kill you," and "there is no such thing as a safe cigarette."
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[Health-Check]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]


In medical news, smoking may trigger depression in teenagers.

Doctor Dave Hnida has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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((Information: -DAVE- THERE ARE NUMBER OF DANGERS WHEN TEENAGERS PICK UP THE SMOKING HABIT- AND today comes yet aNOTHER: DEPRESSION.
A NEW STUDY IN THE JOURNAL PEDIATRICS SUGGESTS WHEN TEENS SMOKE- THERE IS A CHANGE IN THE CHEMICALS OF THE BRAIN- AND THOSE CHANGES TRIGGER DEPRESSION.

THIS STUDY MAY HELP EXPLAIN WHY ANTIDEPRESSANT MEDICATIONS ARE HELPFUL IN HELPING SMOKERS KICK THE HABIT.
NOW THERE IS SOMEONE WHO DEFINITELY DOES NOT NEED ANTIDEPRESSANT MEDICATION- ITS YOUR DOG OR CAT.
RESEARCH FROM THE NATIONAL ANIMAL POISON CONTROL CENTER SHOWS MORE AND MORE PETS ARE GETTING INTO THEIR OWNER'S PROZAC OR OTHER ANTIDEPRESSANT MEDICATION- AND HAVING HORRIBLE REACTIONS.

JUST LIKE WITH KIDS- YOU NEED TO KEEP ALL MEDICATIONS UP ON A SHELF OUT OF THE REACH OF CLAWS AND PAWS.
FINALLY TODAY- HAVING A BABY? DON'T BE AFRAID TO TALK TO YOUR BABY IN THE WOMB.- HE OR SHE MAY LEARN SOMETHING. THE JOURNAL THE LANCET SAYS DEVELOPING BABIES DO HAVE MEMORIES- RECALLING NOISES AND SOUNDS THEY HEARD MINUTES TO DAYS TO WEEKS BEFORE- WHILE STILL INSIDE.

OTHER RESEARCH HAS SHOWN BABIES AFTER BIRTH- REACT TO SOAP OPERA THEMES AND DR SUESS STORIES THEY HEARD BEFORE BEING BORN- ESPECIALLY IN THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS OF PREGNANCY.

THAT'S A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAYS TOP HEALTH STORIES.IM DR DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.))


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[2-HEADLINES]
[2-shot=SYO/JBI]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


A plan to build a new high voltage power line is being considered by a handful of federal agencies. A-E-P says the line is needed to relieve the currently overloaded system. That 57 mile route would run from Tazewell County to Jacksons Ferry in Wythe County.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]

18-families would be affected by the line's construction. Members of one such family they hope A-E-P will pay them the full value of their property so they can move.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]

And more than a week after a deadly shooting at the Roanoke nightclub, the Backstreet Cafe is once again open. Meantime, the man accused in the attack now faces six charges of malicious wounding in addition to first degree murder.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]


And that's what's making news on this Tuesday October 3.
[ANCHOR=Jacey]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

[11Pipeline]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=00-39 TC26:23]
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Opponents of the proposed Virginia Gas pipeline will meet tonight.
Virginia Gas wants to move ahead with its plan to build a new natural gas pipeline through Roanoke and Montgomery counties-- despite an offer from another company to share an existing easement.
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[VO-NAT]


In a letter to Duke Energy, Virginia Gas president Michael Edwards says co-locating a pipeline with an existing easement would create a number of major problems.
It would violate the company's agreement with Roanoke Gas.
A co-located line would not ensure additional capacity or increased reliability for the area.
It would also require a new compressor station in Montgomery County which would affect residents.
Virginia Gas's new pipeline already has federal approval, while a co-located line would have to go through the process again.
And Edwards also noted construction over an existing line could be dangerous.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape]


The proposed line would affect more than 350 families.
Edwards says that's 100 fewer land owners than would be affected by a co-located line.
Opponents say Edwards' arguments are not supportable.
They'll hold a meeting tonight at 7 at the Brambleton Center in Roanoke County.
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[11Wiley-Drive]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=00-29]
[GRAPHIC=None]

The planned reopening of Wiley Drive - which runs through Roanoke's Smith Park - has hit some speed bumps. The road has been closed for nearly two years while a new sewer line was being installed. In June, city officials said they'd spend more than 200-thousand dollars on measures to slow traffic through the area.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

But some Roanoke residents are urging city council to keep the road closed to cars, saying they will disrupt the park's natural beauty - and pose a threat to the people who use the park daily.
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[IN Q=Opening the...]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

((AMY BEARD/OPPOSED TO RE-OPENING WILEY DRIVE: OPENING THE ROAD WILL DESTROY THE TRANQUILITY OF THE PARK. IT WILL MAKE IT DANGEROUS FOR PEDESTRIANS, BIKERS, FISHERMEN...))
[SUPER=07-Amy Beard]
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[VO-NAT]

Several people spoke out at Monday's council meeting in favor of re-opening Wiley Drive, saying it's a convenient shortcut for commuters, and that the elderly and disabled need the road for access to Smith Park.
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[IN Q= I think the idea...]

((JAMES ARMSTRONG/FOR RE-OPENING WILEY DRIVE: I THINK THE IDEA THAT THIS URBAN PARK IS AVAILABLE FOR DRIVERS TO ENJOY, AS WELL AS THE PEDESTRIANS AND RUNNERS IS AN ENORMOUS ADVANTAGE.))
[SUPER=07-James Armstrong]
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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City Council voted unanimously to refer the issue to the City Manager. She'll examine both sides of the issue and report back to council.


[Campaign-2000]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2000]

With the first presidential debate of the election just hours away it's almost show-time for George W. Bush and Al Gore.
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[SUPER=203-Sarasota, FL;]

Gore has spent the past few days along the Florida coast, soaking up some rays and preparing for tonight's war of words. A campaign spokesman says Gore will avoid going into attack mode and plans to remain positive and focus on his own proposals and the future.
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[SUPER=207-Tipper Gore;]

((Not only is he preparing for the debate with people who are practicing with him, but he also has folks that he has met from around the country that have told him their personal stories. 36:39))
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[VO-NAT]

Meantime, Bush spent yesterday campaigning in West Virginia His campaign is trying to keep expectations low for his performance emphasizing the years of experience Al Gore has had debating in Congress. Tonight's debate will take place at the University of Massachusetts.
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[Yugoslavia]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]

A second day of strikes is under way in Yugoslavia, where the opposition is trying to drive President Slobodan Milosevic from office.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pristina, Yugoslavia;]

Convoys of cars and trucks cut off traffic for hours at a main intersection just outside Belgrade, and many miners are refusing to work. The opposition is calling for people to converge on Belgrade tomorrow, in a final push to drive Milosevic from power. Milosevic counter-attacked with a rare address to the nation...warning Serbs that by voting for the opposition they would lose their independence. He says that without him Yugoslavia will break apart..
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[11Roanoke-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-33]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]


A Roanoke police officer is recovering after he tried to save a woman from her burning home.
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[VO-NAT]

Sergeant Mac Babb knocked on Joan Blankenship's door yesterday morning to wake her up and tell her house was on fire.

[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Then a piece of debris fell on Sergeant Babb's head, and he jumped off the porch into a rut -- breaking his leg. A neighbor pulled Joan Blankenship off her porch -- both Blankenship and Sergeant Babb are in stable condition at the hospital this morning. Investigators say faulty electrical wires caused the fire.
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[6-Pitts-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=sch]
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[****WIPE **********]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Ringgold]


A fire in Pittsylvania County nearly destroyed a home.
It happened around nine yesterday morning on Lafayette Drive in the Ringgold area.
Two different fire departments battled the blaze after a neighbor saw smoke coming out of the house.
Investigators say it appears the fire started in the kitchen.
They do not believe there was any foul play.
No one was injured.
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[Tech2000]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=TECH 2000]
[GRAPHIC=TECH 2000]


It's time now for the weekly Tech 2000 report. This morning Mike Stevens has Hokie news from Massachusetts to Arizona.
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[Mike throws to the break] (( As News 7 sports caught the Hokies heading out of the Boston Marriott in Newton, Massachusetts on Saturday morning, you could tell by looking at Michael Vick that he was thinking about more than the music flowing through his Walkman. Vick dazzled his first northern audience of the season by rushing for a career high 210 yards and three scores. On Friday he signed dozens of autographs for BC students and during the game on Saturday he was urged to turn pro immediately and join the Patriots. ((MIKE VICK:)) The BC students weren't the only ones trying to get a piece of Vick! Fiesta Bowl's chairman Evan Paoletti attended the game - he desperately wants Vick out in Tempe, Arizona for the new year. ((EVAN PAOLETTI:)) He's an attraction all right! Thanks mainly to Vick, Tech sold out every home game in advance this year for the first time ever. The success of the program also has forced Tech to make its alumni up the ante if they want to keep the same privileges they enjoyed in the lean years. ((T.J. ROSS/VT SUPPORTER FROM BOTETOURT:)) Frank Beamer likely will be making a few changes this week. Larry Austin has a sprained knee and an MRI scheduled He could miss a month. Lee Suggs and Chad Beasley are both fighting a case of turf toe, but Vick's knee appears to be OK. Not surprisingly, he is this week's Big East offensive player of the week - again. And Andre Davis is the conference's special teams player of the week for the second time this season. He leads the nation in punt returns.))

[Interest-Rates]


[ANCHOR=Shan]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=syo]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Interest Rates]

Look for an announcement about interest rates this afternoon. Many experts believe the Federal Reserve will repeat its June and August decisions not to boost rates. They base that theory on mounting evidence the nation's economic growth is becoming more moderate.



[11Washington-Pardon]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=00-43 TC02:57]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Governor Gilmore has pardoned a former death row inmate after a D-N-A test proved his innocence.
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[VO-NAT]


Earl Washington, Junior, was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1982 Culpeper slaying of a 19-year-old woman.
The sentence was later commuted to life in prison.
[SUPER=@file]


Gilmore said D-N-A tests showed that evidence taken from the victim's body did not come from Washington.
He will continue to serve a 30-year sentence for beating a 73-year-old woman, burglarizing her home and shooting her brother in 1983.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[SS=None]


The D-N-A tests from the 1982 case identified semen on a blanket found at the crime scene as that of a convicted rapist.
The Governor has ordered state police to reopen the investigation.

[11Northside-Drugs]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=00-40 TC18:27]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Roanoke County police gathered evidence of drug dealing by students in one high school by going undercover.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


An officer posing as a student spent ten months looking into drug use at Northside High School.
The undercover investigator went to class and took part in school activities.
Police say eight current and former students will face more than 50 charges, including drug sales on school property.
Five other people will be charged once some lab work is done.
Police say none of the adults who may face charges works for the school system.
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[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Syo/JBI]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]

A hearing examiner with the State Corporation Commission has made a recommendation concerning American Electric Power's proposed high voltage power line. Judge Howard Anderson, Junior says the least environmentally damaging route is the one that would run from Tazewell County to Jacksons Ferry in Wythe County.


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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


The man accused of the Backstreet Cafe shooting has been indicted on more charges. Yesterday, a city grand jury returned a 13-count indictment against Ronald Edward Gay which includes six counts of aggravated malicious wounding, six counts of "use of a firearm" and one count of discharging a firearm within an occupied building..
Gay is also charged with first degree murder.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


People for and against the re-opening of Roanoke's Wiley Drive spoke out at yesterday's city council meeting.
No final decision has been made. City Council voted unanimously to refer the issue to the City Manager. She'll examine both sides of the issue and report back to council.

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[ANCHOR=Jacey]
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[2-SHOT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


Now here's Robin Reed with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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