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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom. We do have one school announcement, Tazewell County schools will open 2 hours late today because of light snow and ice.

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Convicted murderer Christopher Goins was executed just after nine-o-clock last night, after a failed plea to Governor Gilmore.
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Six years ago, Goins killed five members of his pregnant girlfriend's family, wounded his girlfriend and her daughter, and killed the fetus she was carrying.
It was the worst mass murder in Richmond history.
Goins turned 27 yesterday.
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A 17- year- old is charged with murder after a shooting in Huddleston.
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[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]


Authorities were called to the home on Johnson Mountain Road shortly before six yesterday morning.
There they found 43- year- old Peter Martinez (MAR-tin-ez) lying on the bedroom floor. He had been shot in the head.
They arrested a 17-year old, who also lived in the home.
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((WE HAVE A MOTIVE, BUT WE'RE NOT GOING TO COMMENT ON IT AT THIS TIME, DUE TO THE SENSITIVE NATURE OF THE CASE.))
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[OUT Q=sensitive nature of the case.]
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Investigators are not releasing the suspect's name because he is underage.
The suspect is being held in the Lynchburg Detention Center.

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A man accused of killing his ex-wife and her mother was found temporarily incompetent, and won't stand trial yet.
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53-year old Reginald Varner was also ordered to a mental facility yesterday.
His lawyer says he could be found competent to be tried later.
[SUPER=03-Farmville/July]


In July, Varner's ex-wife, Susan Varner, and her mother, Suzanne Arena, were found murdered in their homes.
The two owned Suzi's Antiques, a downtown Farmville shop that supplied Hollywood with movie costumes and sold vintage garments to celebrities.
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[7-BWX-Union]


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An effort to unionize employees at B-W-X Technologies in Lynchburg has drawn half that workforce.
They say unionizing would secure vacation and overtime pay.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Campbell Co.]


Retirees rallied in support even though there's no guarantee a union would help them.
Some of their insurance premiums have jumped from 14 dollars to 11 HUNDRED dollars a month.
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((GEORGE WAKSMUNSKI: THEY'VE BEEN PROMISED THIS RETIREE HEALTH CARE. NOW IT'S BLATANT SWITCH. FOR THIRTY YEARS THEY THOUGHT THEY WOULD HAVE IT. NOW WHEN THEY GO TO USE IT IT'S BEEN TAKEN AWAY. SO IT SHOWS A WEAKNESS THAT THE WORKERS INSIDE HAVE TO PROTECT WHAT THEY DO HAVE. AND THAT'S WHAT THEY PEOPLE JOINING THE UNION WANT TO DO, THEY WANT TO PROTECT WHAT THEY DO HAVE.))
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The company says employees enjoy steadily increasing benefits, and are virtually the highest compensated workforce in the area.
Still, retirees are encouraging current employees to vote for a union.
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Taking a break from the news now to check the forecast..
Cloudy for much of the day, with some clearing later.
Highs in the mid 40s.

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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom. We do have one school delay to pass along, Tazewell County schools will open 2 hours late today.

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A Roanoke Middle School will reopen today
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Students at James Madison Middle School left just before noon yesterday because of a water main break.
A 12-inch pipe broke about 5:30 yesterday morning, cutting service to the school and dozens of customers in southwest Roanoke.
Brambleton Avenue was blocked off while crews made repairs.
The road has re-opened.
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Opponents of several controversial projects in Virginia are joining forces to change a state law.
They hope to modify the statute that allows local governments and utilities to acquire property without a landowner's consent. Meredyth Censullo has more on a battle that's brewing over the right of eminent domain.
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(("SMPAC" opposes the Virginia Gas Pipeline Project. The I-73 "Regional Action Network" doesn't want an interstate crossing the Blue Ridge Parkway. And there's opposition to new power lines and a proposed biomedical center.
Now members of these groups have formed the Virginia Property Rights Coalition, to insure if their land is condemned, they'll receive what they consider fair and just compensation.
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((THEY GET THAT INITIAL OFFER, LOOK AT IT, CALL AN ATTORNEY, THE ATTORNEY SAYS "I'M GONNA CHARGE YOU X, Y, Z...THEY SETTLE BECAUSE THEY FIGURE "I MAKE MORE MONEY IF I SETTLE VERSUS GOING THROUGH ALL THE HEARTACHE OF A COURT CASE - .)) [RUNS:18]
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Brad Allen is on the Virginia Property Rights Coalition's board of Directors. He says property owners who take condemnors to court over the value of their land should be compensated for legal fees if they win .. Right now, they aren't, even if a judge rules in their favor.

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[IN Q=If they make...]

((IF THEY MAKE A FAIR OFFER THIS NEVER HAPPENS...NO ONE GOES TO COURT, NO LITIGATION EXPENSES ARE AWARDED...THIS IS WHAT WE CALL A FAIR CHECKS AND BALANCES.)) [RUNS:11]
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MEREDYTH CENSULLO: MEANWHILE, THE CITY OF ROANOKE WILL BE KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION..IN IT'S 2001 LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM, CITY COUNCIL WENT ON RECORD OPPOSING NEW RESTRICTIONS ON THE EMINENT DOMAIN POWERS OF STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. MEREDYTH CENSULLO, NEWS7. ))

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Let's take a look at the Thursday forecast...
Cloudy, with some clearing this afternoon.
Highs near 45.

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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom. We have a school delay te pass along to you., Tazewell County schools will open 2 hours late today.

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The battleship U-S-S Wisconsin has come out of retirement-- [TAKE LIVE VO]
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You're looking at a live picture of the World War II-era ship as it moves a mile-and-a-half, to its new home along Norfolk's downtown waterfront.
The mission is in honor of the 59th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
The ship will become a floating museum when it arrives at its new location next to the Nauticus Maritime Center.

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Students can get an idea of what to expect from the Standards of Learning test online.
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Virginia's Department of Education put last spring's English, math and science questions on the Internet .. along with answers and an explanation of each question's purpose.
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[TAKE WEB WATCH FS]
For a direct link to the S-O-L question site, log onto to WDBJ7-dot-com, and click "Webwatch."
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In other S-O-L testing news--
Students who narrowly fail the tests may be allowed to re- take them the same year.
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That proposal will be part of Governor Jim Gilmore's final budget- That's according to an administration source who spoke to News 7.
Today, the Governor will also announce he's kept his promise to fund four thousand new teachers.
In previous budgets, the Governor had given localities money for about 39- hundred new teachers.
His new budget will cover the final 100 teachers.
Gilmore will unveil his entire budget in two weeks.

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The Wythe county man who fell through the floor of his outhouse will soon get a new home.
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75-year-old Coolidge Winesett spent three days trapped under his privy in August, after the floorboards broke.
[SUPER=03-Wythe Co.;]


Next month, he'll move into his new, FREE home with indoor plumbing.
It was paid for with state grants made available through a community assistance program.
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[IN Q=The Bible says]

((COOLIDGE WINESETT: THE BIBLE SAYS BEWARE OF THE UNEXPECTED. AND THAT WAS THE MOST UNEXPECTED THING THAT HAPPENED TO ME.)) ((MAXINE WALLER/VA WATER PROJECT PROGRAM DIRECTOR: MR. WINESETT WHEN HE FELL IN THE PRIVY, IT WAS A TRAGEDY, BUT OUT OF THAT TRAGEDY, WE'VE HAD A MIRACLE.))
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[OUT Q=had a miracle.]
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Waller says that many people who heard about Winesett's accident and need indoor plumbing are seeking help.
People around the country sent Winesett more than three-thousand dollars in checks and cash.
He plans to use it to buy furniture and a new porch where he can play the fiddle with friends.
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Checking the Thursday forecast again---


Some clearing later this afternoon...highs reaching the mid 40s.

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