OUR local news
brings home the story of a death- row inmate released for lack of evidence. He's from Roanoke.
Weighs the impasse between Trigon and Martinsville Memorial Hospital.
We'll see the Clintons' new D-C digs.
And hear the harrowing tale of an international flight taken over by a passenger bent on suicide.
News 7 is next.
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A Roanoke native is returning home... after spending 13 years on death row in Louisiana.
37 year old Michael Ray Graham Junior was released yesterday.
Prosecutors say they found a total lack of credible evidence connecting Graham with the murder of an elderly couple in 1987.
Kate Weidaw has more.
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((After spending most of his adult life on death row Michael Ray Graham Junior walked out of the Louisiana State Penitentiary a free man on Thursday. During his 13 years behind bars he maintained his innocence. Graham had little to say as he walked to his lawyer's car.
((MICHAEL RAY GRAHAM JUNIOR: I FEEL GOOD, FEEL GOOD. REPORTER: WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO NOW? MICHAEL: GO HOME. REPORTER: ANY BIG PLANS? MICHAEL: NOT RIGHT NOW SEE MY FAMILY.))
Graham's lawyer says witness testimony led to his 1987 conviction. Most of that testimony has since been recanted. After officials took another look at the case - a judge threw out the convictions and sentences.
((MICHELE FOURNET/GRAHAM'S LAWYER: HE HAD A GOOD COMMITTED JUDGE PROSECUTORS WHO WERE INTERESTED ONLY IN THE TRUTH AND HAD SOME COMMITTED LAWYERS.))
Fournet says Graham is on his way home to Roanoke to start his life over again. Kate Weidaw News 7.))
45 year old Albert Ronnie Burrell from Monroe, Louisiana was also convicted in the 1987 murder.
A hearing is set for Tuesday to determine if Burrell will also be set free.
A 24 year old man was shot and killed, reportedly in a hunting accident, this afternoon in Danville.
Police say the man was illegally hunting near the Nestle Building off South Boston Road in Danville with three other people.
Authorities say the 24- year old victim was shot in the chest with a shotgun.
Police are not releasing his name.
Investigators continue to interview the three other people to determine exactly what happened.
After months of negotiating, Trigon Blue Cross Blue Shield and Memorial Hospital in Martinsville have still NOT settled on a new contract.
That means come January 1st the hospital will probably leave the network.
Joy Sutton has the details.
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More than 21-thousand people in Henry County and Martinsville will be affected.
That includes hundreds of Martinsville City school employees and city workers like police and fire officials.
In response to the negotiations, Trigon released a statement today saying,
"While we have made some progress in our negotiations over the past several months, the hospital continues to seek double-digit rate increases. As a result, we still have some distance to go reach an agreement that would serve our members' best interest and provide them with affordable access to hospital services"
The hospital's C-E-O released a statement saying,
"If we were to meet the demands of Trigon, we feel as if we would compromise our ability to provide quality health care."
The hospital says it has concerns about the reduction of payment that Trigon has requested.
As far as patients are concerned, they can still go to Memorial except now they will be billed directly, and that could mean they might end up paying more.
The other option is to travel to an in-network hospital -- which would mean traveling at least 18 miles.
Even though the deadline to reach a new contract is December 31 -- both parities say there is a possibility negotiations will continue.
Joy Sutton, N7 Martinsville.))
Virginia teenagers with psychiatric problems have been getting help at the DeJarnette Center in Staunton for years.
But now, a state lawmaker wants to strip the name off the center.
That's because Joseph DeJarnette was NOT just the director of the neighboring Western State Hospital for 38 years.
DeJarnette was also a Nazi sympathizer, who promoted the forced sterilization of 83- hundred Virginians he considered mentally or physically "unfit."
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((DEL. MITCH VAN YAHRES/(D) CHARLOTTESVILLE: TO HAVE HIM ENDORSING WHAT HITLER WAS DOING IN GERMANY WITH EUGENICS THERE. HE ADMIRED THEIR POSITIONS IN GERMANY, WHAT THEY WERE DOING BY CLEANSING THE POPULATION.))
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The bill to change the DeJarnette Center's name goes before the legislature in January.
The bill suggests renaming it the Carrie Buck Center, after the Lynchburg patient whose landmark sterilization case upheld laws against it in 30 states.
The center's director is taking NO position on the bill.
We may see some snow tonight and tomorrow.
Here's Meteorologist Robin Reed. Still think most of it's going to miss us?
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George W. Bush is back in Texas to see in the New Year.
Earlier today in Washington he announced the names of four more men and women - to fill key posts in his administration.
Gretchen Carlson runs down the list.
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President-Elect Bush continues to make good on his pledge to assemble a
diverse Cabinet by selecting another African-American and another woman
to head up two more Cabinet departments. Bush's choice for Education
Secretary, Rod Paige, is a fellow Texan and the current superintendent
of Houston schools.
(SOT) Rod Paige/Sec. Of education Designate
We know that if expectations are high and if educators and parents work
hard together every child can thrive.
Gale Norton is a former Colorado Attorney General and worked in the
Department of Interior during the Reagan administration. But Norton
could face some criticism from environmentalists for supporting Bush's
plan to look for more oil at home - possibly drilling for oil in Alaska.
(SOT) Gale Norton/Sec. Of Interior Designate
The Department of the Interior faces the challenge of seeing that our
land is used in an environmentally responsible way.
A decorated Vietnam veteran is Bush's pick for Veterans Affairs
Secretary. Tony Principi also served in the George Bush senior
(SOT) Tony Principi/Sec. Of Veterans Affairs Designate
I know of no mission more worthwhile than serving the men and women who
have so honorably served their nation.
And Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson is the nominee for Secretary of
Health and Human Services - well known for his welfare reform.
(SOT) Tommy Thompson/Sec. Of Health and Human Services Designate
These are issues I have dedicated 35 years of public service to
(STAND-UP CLOSE) Gretchen Carlson Reporting
Mr. Bush says he'll make his 3 remaining Cabinet appointments sometime
next week in Texas. He also plans to hold a 2 day economic forum to
discuss the state of the U-S economy. Gretchen Carlson, CBS News,
George Allen's campaign manager is Washington- bound too.
Republican sources say Chris LaCivita (LA-sih-VEE-ta) will become the political director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
That means the former state party director and Allen aide will channel resources to G-O-P Senate candidates nationwide.
The Clintons have found a new home in the nation's capital.
With just three weeks left on the lease at 16-hundred Pennsylvania Avenue,
Bill and Hillary have contracted to buy this six- bedroom brick colonial in Northwest Washington.
While the Clintons just bought a home in New York last year, this one will serve as the D-C residence for the former President and the junior senator from New York.
They have a 2-million dollar mortgage on the 2-point-85- million dollar house.
It was the ride from hell today for passengers on-board a British Airways flight bound for Kenya.
Kimberly Dozier says a passenger tried to wrestle the controls from the pilot.
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((A British Airways Jumbo jet is safely on the ground...now, after a
terrifying roller-coaster ride at thirty-five thousand feet, when a
passenger burst into the cockpit...and attacked the lone copilot.
SOT Todd Engstrom/ Passenger ( from Portland, Oregon)
'The plane suddenly pitched, then went into a series of steep
dives...then made a sharp turn.'
The jet was six hours into its flight from London to Nairobi.
(SOT Audio.OVER GRAPHIC Benjamin Goldsmith/passenger)
'I was sitting with my sister next to me and her two baby boys, and she
was praying out loud with the two boys clinging around her neck. My
mother was pretty much passed out. And I've never heard the sound of
grown men screaming before. I mean, the whole plane was filled with
grown men screaming.'
With seconds to save the plane, the crew broke into the cockpit.
(SOT Todd Engstrom/Passenger from Portland, Oregon)
'A struggle ensued...then put him in handcuffs.'
FONT: Dola Ineadis, Kenyan police spokesperson
(SOT..he's been taken to hospital for medical examination)
There's one report the man was carrying a suicide note. The pilot told
passengers after the attack that the man had just tried to kill them.KD,
CBS News, London.))
A local pyramid scheme results in MORE guilty pleas.
The latest, just ahead.
And last night's fire in Martinsville could have had fatal results... if it weren't for the quick thinking of the fire chief's son - and the 12-year-old who helped him rescue a man.
The story ahead.
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((STEVE MASON HERE TO CLOSE OUT YOUR WORK WEEK. THE WORK IS JUST BEGINNING FOR THE HOKIES AS MICHAEL AND THE GUYS TRY TO LIMIT PRO FOOTBALL DISTRACTIONS AND FOCUS ON CLEMSON, WISCONSIN AND UCLA WERE JUST A FEW THAT WENT BOWLING TODAY, THE EXPRESS TAKES ON THE ECHL'S TOP TEAM, THE LADY HOKIES HAVE WON THREE STRAIGHT AND HIGHLIGHTS FROM FOUR HIGH SCHOOL HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT GAMES IN SPORTS.))
Fire Investigators in Martinsville are still trying to determine what caused a fire off Route 220 last night.
Flames broke out just after 10:30 on Henry Street.
The fire chief's son happened to be coming home from the movies and saw smoke coming from the building which housed a business and an apartment.
Joe Brock quickly entered the building and rescued a disabled elderly man who could not walk.
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((JOE BROCK: WE JUST GOT IN ON THE THIRD TIME ON OUR HANDS AND KNEES AND JUST CRAWLED IN. REPORTER: YOU PUT YOUR LIFE IN DANGER DID YOU EVEN THINK OF THAT? I WASN'T EVEN THINKING ABOUT IT))
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A 12-year old boy named Dennis Carter assisted in the rescue.
The victim, 80-year old Joe Deal, is recovering at the hospital.
Fire investigators estimate the damage at nearly three hundred thousand dollars.
The guilty pleas are adding up in a Pittsylvania County pyramid scheme.
Three more defendants pled today... two guilty, one not guilty.
Thirteen other defendants pled guilty earlier this week.
Authorities say each participant invested 2-thousand dollars.
They expected to get rich by persuading more people to get involved.
The judge fined Charlie Royster 100 dollars and Shon Roberts 200 dollars.
The third defendant, Barney Lee Hughes, pled not guilty.
His trial will be set next week.
Virginia tobacco farmers have 16-MILLION dollars coming to them in the new year.
The Virginia Tobacco Trust Certification Board is getting ready to pay out the 2001 installment of the farmers' share of the tobacco settlement.
The checks will be smaller than last year, because of the way the settlement is structured with the tobacco companies.
But state lawyers say the relief checks will go back up in 2002.
A top high-school quarterback says he's committed to Virginia Tech... but all the Gator Bowl talk is about Michael Vick.
That story just ahead in sports.
And we'll show you how one gator got rescued... not from the bowl... but from the sewer...
The story, still to come.
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Alcohol-related auto accidents account for more than half of all fatal crashes in the state.
While the cost of a human life is priceless,
the financial price of a drunk driving conviction may be far more than you imagined.
News 7 Business reporter Jennifer Miele takes a look at the financial costs.
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(( What New Year's Eve would be complete without a romantic dinner for two?
Add some wine, and you're set.
Just remember, a few glasses could cost more than you bargained for.
Driving under the influence may result in a visit to the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program.
((BETH LIPES/VASAP: WE FUNCTION AS PROBATIONARY OFFICERS FOR THE COURT FOR DUI OFFENDERS. WE PROVIDE PROBATION AND INTERVENTION FOR THE INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE CHARGED WITH DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE.))
First time offenders get a year of probation.
But that's nothing compared to what will come out of your pocket.
The average attorney will charge a thousand dollars for representation.
Court costs and fines add up to about fifteen hundred.
State Law requires you to visit VASAP, that's 350 dollars.
And if the state deems it necessary, you'll enter treatment for alcohol dependence.
After you lose your license for a year, you'll pay the DMV $105 for reinstatement.
Add 40 bucks on to your insurance premiums per month for a year, and that totals about $500.
And, if you or your car needs fixing up, plan on another two thousand dollars.
A first time D-U-I offense adds up to nearly six thousand dollars.
((JENNIFER MIELE/REPORTING: THAT DUI COULD HAVE PAID FOR A DOWN PAYMENT ON A NEW HOUSE, A YEAR OF COLLEGE, OR A TRIP TO EUROPE FOR TWO. MAKES YOU WONDER IF THAT DUI IS REALLY WORTH 112 ROMANTIC DINNERS FOR TWO. JENNIFER MIELE, NEWS 7, SALEM.))
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Mike Stevens will have another report from Jacksonville, Express and Lady Hokies,
But first our Extra Point. Former Redskins coach Norv Turner might have a job soon. He has spoken with St. Louis Rams head coach Mike Martz about the possibility of becoming the Rams offensive coordinator. The two are good friends and Martz, seen here with Turner before a 1997 game against Carolina, was Turner's quarterbacks coach in Washington during the 97, 98 seasons.
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The talk of the town in Jacksonville, as far as the Gator bowl goes, was once again centered around Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick. Mike Stevens has more reaction to a story the Hokies are hoping will not be a distraction as they prepare for Clemson.
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Earlier yesterday, Virginia Tech received a commitment from Bryan Randall, the top quarterback prospect in the state. The six-two, 205 pound QB from Bruton high school in Williamsburg picked Tech over Tennessee and North Carolina. Tech has now signed four of the top five prospects in the state.
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And don't forget, to join Mike Stevens this Saturday night at seven for a half special, another January in Jacksonville.
[VO-NAT Wipe to #eng!!!!!]
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17th ranked Georgia Tech battled LSU in the Peach Bowl yesterday. LSU back up quarterback Rohan Davey entered the game in the second half and sparked the Tigers to the upset win.
He connected on three touchdown passes to lead LSU.
The Yellow Jackets committed six turnovers as LSU scored 25 unanswered points in the 28-14 Peach Bowl win.
College bowling rolled on yesterday. Colorado State won the Liberty Bowl 22-17 over Louisville.
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Wisconsin finished the season 9 and 4 while dropping UCLA to 6 and 6 with a win over the Bruins in the Sun Bowl.
UCLA jumped out to a 20 to 7 lead only to watch it disappear. With 4:38 left in the third
quarter, the Badgers Brooks Bollinger finds Chris Chambers in the back of the end zone for the score. 20-14 UCLA.
The Badgers tie it when Michael Bennett takes the rock and goes in on the left side, the point after made it 21-20 and that is your final.
The Express battled the ECHL's top team in Trenton without two players who were called up and without one of if not their top defenseman most of the game last night. Calvin Elfring received a five minute major.
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The first 15 hundred kids in the Round House received free Adam Dewan jerseys as a promotion for the Express.
The Titans would score first. Sandy Cohen rips rope from point blank range on the assist from Paul Spadafora at the 4:10 mark of the opening period.
Roanoke answers in the second period as Doug Shepherd beats Scott Stirling on the angle shot for his 11th goal of the season, an Express high.
Daniel Berthiuame game up big, he's the league's second rated goalie behind Sterling. Trenton wins 4 to 3.
The Virginia Tech women's hoops team took on Maine for the Lady Luck tournament championship last night.
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Lady Luck on hand for the championship game.
Just before half, Tech's Tare Williams passes cross court to Lisa Guarneri who rips rope from three point land. 29-27 Lady Hokies.
[SUPER=34-Virginia Tech/79/Maine/68;]Maine's Kizzy Lopez then shoots and is just off the mark, but Eva Moldre grabs
the rebound and scores.
Former Lord Botetourt star Sarah Hicks dishes to Leva Kublina who turns and hits, Tech wins 79-68 and Nicole Jones is the MVP. Tech is now 9 and 3.
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Cave Spring will meet William Fleming tonight at 8:15 in the Member One Holiday Hoopla tournament championship.
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The Knights earned that spot by beating Garfield last night in the late game.
Davey Arthur cuts through the lane and pulls up for the J to make the count 89-54 Cave Spring in the fourth.
[SUPER=33-Cave Spring/94/Garfield/62;]Garfield comes back, Chris Van cannot connect but Daren Petty is there for the p
ut back but it was 91-62 Cave.
Justin Harris drives and hits, Knights win 94-62.
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in the other Member One semifinal, Fleming took on Roanoke Catholic.
The Colonels strike first. Derrike Hankins gets the loose ball and goes in on the left side for the lay up to make it 35-27 Fleming in the second half.
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Catholic answers. Eddie Pulja makes the nice move and scores on the jumper but Fleming wins 70-54.
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In action earlier in the day, the Patriots held court at the Salem Civic Center.
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Patrick Henry and Osbourn met in the day's first game.
The Patriots Dujuan Johnson passes to Tony Stovall, he rips rope from behind the three point ark to make it 57-49 PH in the final period. And the Patriots win 71-60
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Salem and Robert E Lee began play just before five. The Leemen's Kyle Simmons passes to Eric Fields who hits the jumper.
Salem comes back. Andrew Rutledge scores off the window and the Spartans win 71-40.
So you're tired of hearing about the Gator Bowl. The game's still three days away.
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Well, let's just yank that gator out of there.
That's what they did to an alligator in South Florida today.
"Drano" the alligator had been stuck in the sewer for more than a month.
After several failed attempts to get it out, a trapper did the trick with electrical tape and hose.
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