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Jeffrey Allen Thomas' defense attorneys are launching an attack on how investigators handled evidence in Tara Munsey's murder case.
Pulaski County investigator John Kellam showed jurors how investigators collected and preserved items found near Munsey's body.
On cross examination, defense attorney Mike Barbour suggested some items could have been contaminated when handled ... and that Munsey might not have been killed WHERE her body was found.
Thomas' friend Kevin Williams says he left his Marlin rifle in Thomas' car the week before Munsey disappeared. Authorities linked shell casings fired from the gun to one near her body. The weapon though was never found.
Prosecutors expect to call witnesses from the medical examiner's office Monday.
Dale Earnhardt's widow is trying to block the release of the driver's autopsy photos. Yesterday she got some help from a Florida legislator.
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It was an Orlando newspaper reporter who requested pictures taken by the Volusia County medical examiner following Earnhardt's crash at the Daytona 500.
But Florida legislator Jeff Miller says the photos should be off-limits to the media.
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[SUPER=01-Jeff Miller/Florida State Representative]
((Jeff Miller: My question is when did it become the media's responsibility to determine anybody's cause of death. We already have experts who do that for a living and they are called medical examiners.))
[OUT Q=medical examiners]
Miller is sponsoring legislation to keep autopsy photos private. He insists he's not trying to infringe on the public's right to know.
The number of reported injuries from Wednesday's Northwest earthquake continues to rise.
The number of people hurt is now at 410 from the quake- most of them are minor.
Meanwhile the work is far from over in the region- Crews work round the clock to clear the rubble and check buildings for safety.
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((ONE THING ABOUT EARTHQUAKES IS THEY ARE QUIRKY ANIMALS AND YOU REALLY DON'T KNOW UNTIL YOU GET IN TO MAKE THE ASSESSMENT.))
[SUPER=01-Joe Allbaugh/FEMA Director;]
[OUT Q=make the assessment.]
There are delays for many on the roads- many streets are closed while crews inspect them.
Officials say it could take days or even weeks to assess the damage from the quake- it's now estimated to top 2-billion dollars.
The fugitve financier will be arraigned in Federal court on Monday.
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Two years after fleeing the country amid fraud charges, Martin
Frankel is back in the United States.
Frankel's plane arrived at J-F-K airport in New York last night,
following his extradition from Germany.
He's in an undisclosed Connecticut prision until his arraignment.
Frankel faces dozens of state and federal charges for allegedly
defrauding insurance companies in five states out of more than 200 million dollars.
His disappearance sparked an international manhunt beginning in May 1999.
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More kids in Danville will have a place to go to after school.
The Boys and Girls Club unveiled its new facility on Industrial Avenue next to Gibson Middle School yesterday.
It houses a gym, a gameroom, and a learning center that includes internet access.
Kids will get their first chance to use the facility on Monday.
[IN Q=We can't wait until those kids]
((TODD LEE/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: WE CAN'T WAIT UNTIL THOSE KIDS COME THROUGH THOSE DOORS SMILING AND HAVING A GOOD TIME.
LIKE I SAID, WE HOPE THAT EVENTUALLY ITS TWO HUNDRED KIDS A DAY. AND WE CAN EVENTUALLY GET IT TO WHERE DANVILLE SAYS WE NEED TO BUILD ANOTHER ONE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF TOWN.))
[SUPER=01-Todd Lee/Executive Director]
[OUT Q=other side of town]
The club officially opens Monday at 2:30 in the afternoon.
It serves kids between the ages of 5 and 18.
Membership only costs three dollars a year.
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Americans love their cars.
But an Appomattox man takes that obsession to a new level.
In this week's Time Off Shannon Young takes us to Fred's Car Museum.
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[IN Q=It's been said...]
[SUPER=01-Fred Jones/Fred's Car Museum; :15]
((It's been said one man's trash is another man's treasure.
One look at Fred Jones' car collection and you know the adage is true.
He's spent the past 30-years buying and lovingly restoring what many visitors say is a surprising number of vehicles.
[IN Q=Most of e'm are...]
((MOST OF 'EM ARE NOT EXPECTING TO SEE WHAT'S IN HERE. THEY'RE EXPECTING TO SEE LESS CARS IN HERE.))
[OUT Q=less cars in here.]
Most of the 60-plus automobiles are Jones' own.
He says his privately held collection is one of the largest he's ever seen.
[IN Q=Well, that was one...]
((WELL, THAT WAS ONE OF MY MAIN THINGS. I WANTED TO GET ALL DIFFERENT KINDS SO WHEN YOU CAME IN YOU'D GET A IDEA OF THE HISTORY OF THE AUTOMOBILE.))
[OUT Q=history of the automobile.]
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[IN Q=The collection is eclectic...]
((THE COLLECTION IS ECLECTIC... FROM THIS 1929 FORD PICKUP TO THIS 1978 MACK. BUT TOGETHER THESE VEHICLES SERVE AS A TIMELINE, A KIND OF ROAD TRIP THROUGH THE PAST.))
[OUT Q= road trip through the past.]
[IN Q=I've seen a lot of changes...]
((JONES: I'VE SEEN A LOT OF CHANGES IN LIFE...ACTUALLY WAS BORN ALMOST IN BUGGY TIMES AND CAME ALL THE WAY UP. REPORTER: SO THIS IS A CHRONICLE OF YOUR LIFE? JONES: THAT'S RIGHT.))
As you cruise the aisles you'll find makes you know, like Chevy, Ford, Studebaker and Rolls Royce.
And some you may not have heard of, like Terraplane and Saxon.
There's a rare 1939 Lincoln Limousine...
[IN Q=Now this car here...]
((NOW THIS CAR HERE, THERE'S ONLY FOUR OF 'EM EVER MADE.))
[OUT Q=four of 'em ever made.]
And a 1906 German model, one of the first horseless carriages ever made.
But Jones says most people slam on their brakes for one beauty in particular.
[IN Q=Most of 'em like...]
((MOST OF 'EM LIKE THE 1932 CHEVROLET. MOST PEOPLE SAY THAT'S ONE OF THE PRETTIEST CARS IN HERE.))
[OUT Q=prettiest cars in here.]
The ornate roadster could one day have competition.
Like a spare tank of fuel to keep his passion running, Jones has more vehicles waiting to be restored.
Shannon Young, News 7, Appomattox.))
For more information about Fred's Car Museum you can log onto our website at www-dot-wdbj7-dot-com and click on the Time Off suitcase.
While you are watching News 7 Saturday Morning, some students at a Southside school will be sitting in a classroom.
It's called Saturday detention.
Danville Bureau Chief Justin McLeod shows us how this program emphasizes making the grade... AND making amends.
[IN Q=Nat sound]
[OUT Q=News 7, Danville]
((((NAT SOUND OF KIDS WORKING TO CLEAN))
Students here at Westwood Middle School in Danville know bad behavior won't be swept under the rug.((SHOT OF SWEEPING; 1:06:10))
[IN Q=I had done something wrong]
((JUSTIN GWYNN/STUDENT: I HAD DONE SOMETHING WRONG IN CLASS AND THEY SAID I COULD EITHER GET SUSPENDED OR GO TO SATURDAY DETENTION. SO I PICKED SATURDAY DETENTION SO I WOULDN'T GET IN TROUBLE.))
[OUT Q=get in trouble]
Saturday detention lasts three hours.
The first half consists of academics where students can make up assignments or get extra help in a particular subject.
Once that's completed, students roll up their sleeves and get down to work....the down and dirty kind.
[IN Q=Mop, sweep, wipe the tables off]
((STEVE HOWERTON/STUDENT: MOP, SWEEP, WIPE THE TABLES OFF, STUFF LIKE THAT AND WIPE THE WALLS AND CLEAN TEACHER ROOMS.))
[OUT Q=and clean teacher rooms]
The reason kids are cleaning and mopping the school?
Educators here at Westwood Middle School believe a student should do more than just time for their crime.
[IN Q=We believe in restitution]
((BRENDA DAVIS/COORDINATOR: WE BELIEVE IN RESTITUTION IF YOU DO SOMETHING WRONG THEN YOU SHOULD GIVE BACK TO THE SCHOOL.))
[OUT Q=back to the school]
Saturday detention started almost two years ago.
It's the only program of its kind in the Southside area.
The Superintendent, parents, and surprisingly many students support the program's goal of giving back.
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[IN Q=Its fun]
((STEVE HOWERTON/STUDENT: IT'S FUN. I LIKE IT.))
((LAURELL MALONE/PRINCIPAL: IT'S PART BUILDING CHARACTER TO REALLY LOOK AT YOU'VE DONE SOMETHING WRONG TO TAKE AWAY FROM SCHOOL DURING THE WEEK. AND THIS IS A CHANCE TO REMEDY THAT.))
[OUT Q=chance to remedy that]
((SHOT OF WIPING; 1:09:52))
A chance for students to wipe away a wrong and make it right.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Danville. ))
There is also another component to Saturday school.
Students who have failed a subject or have been suspended for the year can go and get instruction or extra help.
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The Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball tournament tips off
today at the Richmond Coliseum.
The first round features William and Mary against Old Dominion
and Virginia Commonwealth against James Madison.
The championship game will be played Monday night.
And it looks like the C-A-A tournament will be played in Richmond for the next few years.
The tournament has a contract with the Richmond Coliseum until 20-07.
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Coming up on News 7 Sunday Morning......
we will have more on those stories in just a few minutes.
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A federal judge in San Francisco, California, hasn't said when she will rule on Napster, the computer music swapping service.
To avoid a court-ordered shutdown, the company says it will install new screening software this weekend to block access to a million copyrighted music files.
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[SUPER=01-Hillary Rosen/R.I.A.A.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Hank Berry/Napster CEO; :13]
[OUT Q=that service]
Users will soon have to a membership fee so the company can pay royalty fees to copywrite holders.
Governor Jim Gilmore is chipping away at Virginia's 421- million dollar budget shortfall.
Yesterday, he subtracted from the shortfall 72-million dollars the state won't have to donate to the Virginia Retirement System next year.
Localities will save 94-million in the deal.
That's money Gilmore had suggested be used for teacher pay raises-- which will now meet other spending gaps.
Yesterday was also the deadline for agencies to submit budget cuts of up to 15 percent.
The Governor is keeping those proposals secret for now.
[IN Q=We do not see at]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WE DO NOT SEE AT THIS TIME LAYOFFS FOR STATE EMPLOYEES THIS YEAR. MONEY SEEMS TO BE PRETTY CLEAR THAT WE'RE GONNA BE ABLE TO DO THAT. AND ASSERT THAT WE'RE GONNA HAVE TO DO ANY LAYOFFS TO STATE EMPLOYEES THIS YEAR.
AND THE GOAL OF COURSE IS GOING TO BE TO WORK TOWARDS MINIMIZATION OF ANY IMPACT ON STATE EMPLOYEES NEXT YEAR.))
[OUT Q=on state employees next year.]
The budget shortfall comes after the General Assembly failed to agree on how quickly to cut the car tax -- so the state is relying on last year's budget, but with less revenue than expected.
V-M-I graduate John Daniel Payne will not spend any time in prison for setting a fire in the barracks.
Because Payne turned in another former cadet as an accomplice to the arson, Payne got probation yesterday.
The 23-year old Hanover County man could have gotten a five year prison term, but instead did not get anytime to serve in return for what the government calls "substantial assistance" in the criminal investigation.
Virginia Tech's Provost search committee has narrowed its pool.
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They are Ellen Wartella, a college dean at the University of Texas....
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Dean Smith, a senior vice-president at the University of Hawaii...
[MARK MCNAMEE FS]
and Mark McNamee, a Dean at the University of California, Davis.
A Tech Spokesman says the candidates will be on campus the last two weeks of March for extensive interviews and that a decision is expected by April.
The Saint Francis of Assisi Service Dog Foundation is helping many people in our area with disabilities.
Last night a fundraiser brought in thousands to make it possible for new dogs to be trained.
Kate Weidaw reports.
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[OUT Q=kw news7 Roanoke.]
((They look like the dog next door - but these furry little animals are making every day tasks easier for the disabled.
((SUE KARR: HE'S SORT OF A REPLACEMENT FOR A WALKER, I PUT THE CANE IN MY RIGHT HAND I HOLD ONTO HIS HARNESS WITH MY LEFT.))
By the age of two each dog has been trained to perform 50 different tasks. Anything from opening a door, to turning on a light, to retrieving the phone.
Kinda has been in training more than a year.
((MITZIE TINAGLIA: KINDA HEEL, KINDA FORWARD, WHAT A GOOD GIRL.))
While the trainers for Saint Francis of Assisi make it look easy, it takes more then a year of training before these dogs are placed into their homes. And getting attached to the dogs is easy - while saying good bye is not.
((MITZI TINAGLIA/TRAINER: YEAH YOU MISS THEM YOU REALLY MISS THEM BUT WHEN YOU SEE THAT JOY TRANSFER OVER TO SOMEONE ELSE IT REALLY MAKES IT WORTH WHILE.))
For Sue Karr - her service dog has changed her life.
((SUE KARR: IT SORT OF TAKES THE ATTENTION OFF MY DISABILITY AND PUTS IT ON SOMETHING A WHOLE LOT CUTER.))
Kate Weidaw News 7 Roanoke.))
Last night's fundraiser brought in more then 50-THOUSAND dollars for the foundation.
Students all over the nation celebrated a very famous children's doctor's birthday yesterday.
In conjunction, National Read to Me Day was also a main focus...
Volunteers reading their favorite Doctor Seuss books to children.
You might recognize some of the readers who spent time at Callaway Elementary.
The idea behind the special day was to not only teach children to read but to teach them to love to read.
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[IN Q=We have an (19:02)]
((WE HAVE AN ACCELERATED READER PROGRAM AND THAT'S THE BASIS OF OUR ENCOURAGEMENT. WE ASK STUDENTS TO READ AND EARN FIFTY POINTS IF THEY ARE IN KINDERGARTEN THROUGH SECOND GRADE, SO WE CELEBRATE WHEN THEY REACH THAT GOAL AND IF THEY ARE IN THIRD THROUGH FIFTHE GRADE THEY READ TO REACH ONE HUNDRED POINTS.))
[SUPER=01-Stelia Wibourn/Callaway Elementary Principal]
[OUT Q=one hundred points (19:17)]
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[IN Q=It made me (14:10)]
((IT MADE ME READ A LITTLE MORE TO SEE IF I COULD, IT CHALLENGED ME TO SEE IF I COULD GET ONE HUNDRED POINTS.))
[SUPER=01-Alyson Garst/Fourth Grader]
[OUT Q=one hundred points (14:16)]
Even though the celebration has ended... students are still working to earn more points.
They are encouraged through prizes and surprise visitors like the Salem Avalanche team... who challenged them with a new set of reading goals.
Some local students are making a bundle, at least on paper. It's a program that teaches all about stocks and the value of a dollar.
Eighth grade students at North Cross Middle School are competing in a national contest for a FREE share of stock.
News 7's Jennifer Miele says: "watch out Wall Street... the kids in the hall mean business."
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[IN Q=What about Cysco Systems...]
[SUPER=01-Thomas Wright/North Cross Student;:44]
[SUPER=01-Suzi Wright/North Cross Parent;1:06]
[SUPER=01-Eli Lesser/North Cross Teacher;1:19]
[OUT Q=JM News 7, Roanoke Co.]
((WHAT ABOUT CYSCO SYSTEMS... NO!!))
Forget about plain old fractions and decimals.
These 8th graders at North Cross High school are putting together a stock portfolio with one thing in mind... winning.
This class is one of 50 across the country participating in Salomon Smith Barney's Young Investor's program.
They'll pick five stocks from a list of 25.
North Cross students with the best portfolio at the end of three months get a share of Citi Corps Stock.
((I THINK IT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN THE WORLD FOR YOU TO UNDERSTAND, THAT YOU WILL BE AN OWNER OF SOME OF THE BEST BUSINESSES OUT THERE.))
Thomas Wright's group passed over American Online and Gap stock, and went for Exxon instead.
((THOMAS WRIGHT/NORTH CROSS STUDENT: THERE'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE MONEY IN A GAS COMPANY, NOT A DOT COM COMPANY. LIKE AMAZON, YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN.))
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((THOMAS WRIGHT/NORTH CROSS STUDENT: IT COULD GO BROKE OR IT COULD MAKE A LOT OF MONEY. IT'S KIND OF A RISKY INVESTMENT.))
Many adults have trouble balancing a check book, let alone compiling a stock portfolio.
That's why Thomas' parents say the Young Investor's Program is worth millions.
((SUZI WRIGHT: STARTING KIDS AT A YOUNG AGE TO START UNDERSTANDING SOMETHING WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND FOR THE FUTURE. ESPECIALLY FOR THEIR FUTURE.))
North Cross students like Thomas are no strangers to ticker tape.
It's been running in Eli Lesser's classroom since last year.
((ELI LESSER: WE PROGRESSED TO TEACHING STUDENTS ABOUT HOW THEY MIGHT LEARN ABOUT STOCKS AND USING THEM. STOCK SYMBOLS, STOCK GRAPHS, RESEARCHING A STOCK. AND INFORMATION THAT GOES ALONG WITH IT.))
Just by looking, you can tell their interest rate is sky high.
So win or lose, the payoff is priceless.
Jennifer Miele, News 7, Roanoke County.))
And finally today, Miss Texas is now wearing the crown of Miss USA 2001.
[SUPER=04-Miss Universe L.P., LLLP;]
The big moment came last night in Gary, Indiana, when William Shatner announce Kandace Krueger the winner of the pageant.
The 24 year old is a journalism student at Texas A&M.
Liane Angus of the District of Columbia was first runner-up, followed by Tiffany Fallon of Georgia.