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[7-Foster]
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Roanoke City Police made an arrest in connection with the murder of 20 year old Tina Foster. 26 year old Christopher Haynes was taken into custody yesterday.. News 7 learned that a tip from Chesterfield County authorities lead police to Haynes. Kate Weidaw tells us Haynes is a petroleum specialist in the army and is married with two children.
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((Thursday morning Roanoke City police arrested 26 year old Christopher Haynes and charged him with one count of murder. Authorities took Haynes into custody at Fort Pickett where he was taking part in petroleum training and transported him back to his army base at Fort Lee.
He's been charged with killing 20 year old Tina Foster, who was last seen on January 29th. She told friends she was meeting a man at the Hooters parking lot who was going to take some modeling pictures. Managers at Hooters would not go on camera but said Haynes was seen in the restaurant several times in the past. On Friday Roanoke City Police found Foster's body inside her car at the Rodeway Inn off Orange Avenue. [STANDUP]
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((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: SO FAR AUTHORITIES HAVE NOT SAID IF HAYNES HAS A PRIOR CRIMINAL RECORD.
HE'S SET TO BE ARRAIGNED THIS MORNING AT 8:30. KATE WEIDAW NEWS 7 ROANOKE.))
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[7-Thomas]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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The trial for the man accused of murdering Radford teen Tara Munsey begins in one week.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski;]


Jeffrey Allen Thomas will stand trial on capital murder charges... starting with jury selection a week from today.
His attorneys want the trial moved, saying there's been too much publicity.
But the judge says he'll try to seat a jury first.
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[IN Q=Do you think]

((MARYA JONES/NEWS7: DO YOU THINK YOU CAN GET AN UNBIASED JURY HERE IN PULASKI COUNTY? JEFF THOMAS: WHAT DO YOU THINK?))
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[VO-NAT]


16-year-old Tara Munsey's body was found just miles from the Taco Bell where she worked. She had been shot in the head and chest.
140 potential jurors have been called to show up next Friday.
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[7-Va-Gas]


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Building a propsed pipeline alongside an existing one would cost 10 and a half million dollars more.
That's according to Virginia Gas.
The company says it would fair better just building a new one.
Local residents have been waiting for justification -- because, they say, the environmental damages of the project would far outweigh the financial costs.
The State Corporation Commission got the 10-million dollar figure in support of a merger between Virginia Gas and New Jersey-based N-U-I.
If the merger DOES go through, the pipeline will most likely be built.
A hearing examiner from the S-C-C is due to make a recommendation on the merger within two weeks.

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Taking a break from the news now to check the Friday forecast--
Partly sunny with highs near 65.


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[45-Giles-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[GRAPHIC=Murder Invest.]

Authorities say they haven't made much progress into the investigation of a murder of a Campbell County convinience store owner last fall.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Campbell Co./October 26]


76- year- old Melvin Giles was shot to death October 26th during an apparent robbery at his store on Route 460.
Sheriff Robert Maxey had called the regional homicide squad back together this week to track down leads in the case.
But the squad disbanded yesterday, and Maxey says his department is no closer to making an arrest.
Giles' family and store owners in the area are offering 11- thousand dollars in reward money for help in solving the case.
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[WIPE TO CRIMESTOPPERS FULL SCREEN]
Anyone with information can call Crimestoppers at 1-888-798-5900.
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[45-Gas-Prices]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=500-16 1:44:16]
[GRAPHIC=Heating Prices]

A hearing into rising natural gas prices had almost everyone feeling hot under the collar during yesterday's General Assembly session.
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[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


The House Corporation, Insurance, and Banking Committees heard explanations from the gas industry and horror stories from the public.
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((DON FICKENSCHER/VIRGINIA NATURAL GAS: THE AVERAGE CONSUMER'S GAS BILL MORE THAN DOUBLED. EXCUSE ME ....105 IN DECEMBER.))
[sot tape two 11;45:11]

((EVA LITTLEJOHN/PETERSBURG RESIDENT: IF I PAY A 900 DOLLAR GAS BILL, I HAVE TO BORROW MONEY TO PUT WITH THAT. TO PAY THE GAS BILL. BECAUSE WE DON'T GET BUT 700 AND SOME DOLLARS A MONTH. THE TWO CHECKS TOGETHER. MY CHECK AND HIS.))
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[SUPER=01-Eva Littlejohn/Petersburg Resident; :18]
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[VO-NAT]


Governor Jim Gilmore's administration opposed a bill that would have taken contributions from the gas industry, and put them into state emergency assistance coffers.
Some lawmakers took the social services department to task yesterday.
The bill's still alive in a weaker form.
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[45-Columbia-Gas]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Heating Prices]


Some customers with high gas bills can get help from Columbia Gas of Virginia.
Starting with bills mailed on February 5th, gas customers can enroll in a special "winter budget payment plan".
The plan allows residents to pay just the estimated average of their next six months' worth of heating bills.
Customers can learn more about the plan and how to join it by checking out Columbia's web site.
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[TAKE WEBWATCH FULL]
You can find a link to it in the Webwatch section of our homepage and W-D-B-J-7- dot- com.
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Let's check the forecast as we wrap up the work week---


Partly sunny with highs in the mid 60s..


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[8-Foster]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=kwe]
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An army petroleum specialist is arrested and charged with the murder of 20- year- old Tina Foster.
26- year- old Christopher Haynes of Fort Lee is in custody.
Chesterfield County authorities provided a tip that lead police to Haynes. Kate Weidaw has more.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Friday; :21]
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((Thursday morning Roanoke City police arrested 26 year old Christopher Haynes and charged him with one count of murder. Authorities took Haynes into custody at Fort Pickett where he was taking part in petroleum training and transported him back to his army base at Fort Lee.
He's been charged with killing 20 year old Tina Foster, who was last seen on January 29th. She told friends she was meeting a man at the Hooters parking lot who was going to take some modeling pictures. Managers at Hooters would not go on camera but said Haynes was seen in the restaurant several times in the past. On Friday Roanoke City Police found Foster's body inside her car at the Rodeway Inn off Orange Avenue. [STANDUP]
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((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: SO FAR AUTHORITIES HAVE NOT SAID IF HAYNES HAS A PRIOR CRIMINAL RECORD.
HE'S SET TO BE ARRAIGNED THIS MORNING AT 8:30. KATE WEIDAW NEWS 7 ROANOKE.))
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[8-County-Bar]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-46 TC1:51:55]
[GRAPHIC=Roy Willett]


A local attorney is the Salem- Roanoke County Bar Association's choice as possible successor to Judge Roy Willett on the Circuit Bench.
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[SUPER=03-Salem]


Salem lawyer Jim Swanson got the nod on the first ballot.
Swanson is 47. He spent two years in the late 70's as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney.
He's been in private practice for 20 years.
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((I'M PLEASED. I'M HONORED, OBVIOUSLY, WITH THE RESULTS....))
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Swanson didn't want to say any more, before the CITY Bar Association meets next Tuesday.
A Task Force of judges and lawyers has already begun to develop a plan to evaluate sitting judges.
County Commonwealth's Attorney Skip Burkart is a member of the statewide task force.
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[SOT 6:25]
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((THE FIRST THING WE DID WE HAD JUDGES COME IN FROM CONNECTICUT AND ARIZONA TO PRESENT US THEIR PROGRAMS AND HOW THEY ESTABLISHED IT, HOW THEY DID IT, THE PROS AND CONS. IN THE MEANTIME WE'VE BEEN WORKING THE LAST 5 OR 6 MONTHS ON DEVISING A PLAN FOR VIRGINIA.))
[SUPER=01-Skip Burkart/Judicial Performance Evaluation]
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[OUT Q=for Virginia.]
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Burkart says the Task Force will hold public hearings next month.

[8-Roanoke-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=00-48 TC1:36:42]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]


A dog's life is saved in a Roanoke house fire.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The blaze on Dakota Avenue began around 8:30 last night.
No one was home at the time and no firefighters were hurt.
Investigators think the fire started in the basement.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=AM Cutins]
[WRITER=kmc]
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Let's turn to the forecast once more--
Partly sunny and unseasonably mild again with highs in the mid 60s...


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