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The capital murder trial of Jeffrey Allen Thomas COULD reach jurors earlier than expected.
Closing arguments begin later today.
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And a Bedford County middle school student is arrested for allegedly threatening to to shoot a classmate.
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All that and more, coming up next on News 7 Mornin.


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Jurors could have the case sooner than expected.
Closing arguments will start today in Jeffrey Allen Thomas' capital murder trial.
It took prosecutors nearly seven days to present evidence, but Thomas' defense team rested its case in just one afternoon. Marya Jones has more.
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While Roanoke officer Fred Pledge has pleaded guilty to racketeering charges, the police chief is defending his decision to keep Pledge on the payroll during the federal investigation.
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As far as the chief is concerned, the D-E-A probe is complete.
Chief Joe Gaskins made the decision to place Pledge on leave WITH pay last year, pending the outcome of the case.


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((CHIEF JOE GASKINS/ROANOKE POLICE DEPARTMENT: THE ULTIMATE GOAL WAS TO GET AT THE FACTS, TO DETERMINE WHETHER PLEDGE HAD DONE ANYTHING WRONG. IF SO, WE WANTED JUSTICE TO RUN ITS COURSE.))
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A federal judge still has to decide whether Pledge is guilty of bribery and extortion or simple robbery. Pledge will be sentenced accordingly.
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A Bedford County middle school student has been arrested for allegedly threatening to bring a gun to school to shoot a female classmate.
The 12 year old boy who allegedly made the threat over the telephone later told police and school officials that it was all a joke. However, the girl told authorities he had made the same threat before. The boy is charged with a misdemeanor and has been suspended from school.

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In national news--
Authorities in Pennsylvania say yesterday's school shooting was the result of a grudge between two girls, and was NOT a random act of violence.
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A 14-year-old eighth grader is in custody after she allegedly shot another girl in the crowded cafeteria at Bishop Neumann Junior- Senior High School.
She's charged as a juvenile with attempted homicide.
Witnesses say the girl shot first at the ceiling, then at the floor, and a bullet ricocheted into the victim's shoulder.
Police say a male freshman was able to persuade the girl to drop the gun.
Meanwhile, classes at the school will resume tomorrow.
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[Marketwatch]


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In business news, Wall Street continues its move up.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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Clifton Forge held its first council meeting last tonight since voters said yes to reverting from a city to a town. But the town status issue came up only briefly with the mayor encouraging everyone to move forward.
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Interim City manager John Rowe says the first order of business will be financial matters. He says the city will have to close out existing bank accounts, open new ones and order new checks under the town of Clifton Forge. Rowe says Clifton Forge will also have to establish an office and hire staff to handle money collection now that the city will be losing its constitutional officers.
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((JOHN ROWE/INTERIM CITY MANAGER: THAT IS A JOB FOR A TREASURER WHICH IS A CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICER SO WE'LL HAVE THAT RESPONSIBILITY.))
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[vo-nat] Mayor Dusty Rhodes says there won't be any big changes in terms of city council. Council will simply become "town council". But the area WILL see a change on the county level. In the future-- Clifton Forge will be represented on the Alleghany County Board of Supervisors.
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((AGAIN, WITH REDISTRICTING WE SHOULD GET TWO MEMBERS FROM THE CLIFTON FORGE AREA DEPENDING ON HOW IT'S ALL DIVIDED UP.))
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Both the mayor and city manager say they expect the city to make a smooth transition.

Clifton Forge will officially become a town on July first. [11Trade-Show]


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Martinsville and Henry County are hoping partnerships between local businesses will help boost the economy.
Those businesses had the chance to learn more about each other at this year's Fast Track trade show. Jennifer Miele reports.
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(( What do an appliance store, a dinosaur, and a jacuzzi have in common?
Each made waves at this year's Fast Track trade show in Martinsville.
More than a hundred local companies strutted their high-tech stuff.
The chamber of commerce hopes these local companies will use each other's technology to help their businesses grow. [tc:00:04:25] ((STEVE SHEPPARD/CHAMBER PRESIDENT: ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SPUR AN IDEA, AND IT MAY BECOME THE NEXT BIGGEST BUSINESS IN HENRY COUNTY OR MARTINSVILLE.))
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And partnerships ARE happening.
Bassett Furniture has teamed up with Site Star to bring locally made furniture to the world wide web. [TC:00:15:46] ((H.G. KOLINSKI/SITE STAR: THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TODAY IS CALLED THE CONNECTED OFFICE. WHEREBY, IF YOU'VE GOT A BUSINESS WITH SEVERAL OFFICES LOCATED IN SEVERAL AREAS, WE'LL ACTUALLY HOOK THEM ALL TOGETHER, AND BRING ONE POINT OF CONTACT VIA THE INTERNET. ))
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A local distributor is making high tech equipment a hot commodity for Martinsville Fire and Rescue services.
This heat sensor helps firemen find hot spots from outside a burning home, even in the dark of night.
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[tc:00:10:21] ((CHAD ANDERSON/EMS COORDINATOR: THESE CAMERAS COST ABOUT 15 THOUSAND DOLLARS A PIECE, BUT THE PRICE ON A LIFE, IS WELL BEYOND THAT.))
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Today we find Martinsville and Henry County businesses poised and ready for change.
Tomorrow, we may find them well aligned for the future.
Jennifer Miele, News 7, Martinsville.))



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In medical news, an aspirin a day not only prevents heart attacks, it may also prevent certain cancers.
Doctor Dave Hnida has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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((Information: ON CAM A SURPRISING SIMPLE PREVENTION FOR A COMPLEX DISEASE.

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RESEARCHERS AT THE NYU SCHOOL OF MEDICINE REPORT ASPIRIN TAKEN EVERY OTHER DAY CAN CUT A WOMAN'S RISK OF OVARIAN CANCER. SINCE OVARIAN CANCER IS SO HARD TO DETECT AND TREAT- THIS STUDY IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT TO WOMEN WITH A FAMILY HISTORY OF THE DISEASE. OVARIAN CANCER NOW JOINS A LIST OF DISEASES SUCH AS COLON CANCER AND HEART ATTACKS THAT APPEAR TO BE PREVENTED BY TAKING ASPIRIN REGULARLY.

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HOW LONG IS TOO LONG WHEN IT COMES TO WORKING WHILE PREGNANT? THE ANSWER IS - WE DON'T KNOW. BUT WHAT WE DO KNOW - BASED ON A NEW STUDY- THAT THE LONGER A PREGNANT WOMAN WORKS- THE HIGHER HER RISK OF DEVELOPING HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE- AND FIRST TIME MOMS ARE AT SPECIAL RISK- THEY CAN GO ON TO HAVE THAT HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE TURN INTO TOXEMIA OF PREGNANCY. THE STUDY CAN BE FOUND IN THE JOURNAL OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY.
ON CAM FINALLY TODAY- WHEN THERE'S A PROBLEM WITH A COUPLE GETTING PREGNANT- ABOUT HALF THE TIME THE PROBLEM RESTS WITH THE MALE PARTNER,BUT A NEW STUDY SUGGESTS A DIET HIGH IN LYCOPENE CAN IMPROVE THE NUMBER AND THE QUALITY OF A MAN'S SPERM AND PERHAPS TREAT THE INFERTILITY..LYCOPENE IS FOUND IN TOMATOES, TOMATO SAUCE, WATERMELON AND GRAPES. THATS A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAYS TOP HEALTH STORIES. IM DR DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.))


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Here's a look at today's top stories.
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The capital murder trial of Jeffrey Allen Thomas is winding down in Pulaski county.
After the defense took only a day to present its case, closing arguments will start today.
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An eighth- grade female student in Pennsylvania is behind bars after allegedly shooting another girl in a crowded school cafeteria.
Unlike the California school shooting suspect, the girl is NOT charged as an adult.
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And you may NOT want to clean your plate if you're dining out.
Health check reporter Joy Sutton serves up some important information about portion sizes in restaurants.
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And that's what's making news on this Thursday, March 8th.
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News 7 Mornin' will be right back.





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Closing arguments will start today in the capital murder trial of Jeffrey Allen Thomas.
It took the defense just one day to present its case. Marya Jones reports.
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A Lynchburg murder suspect is still in the hospital after trying to take his own life.
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Police responded to the Deerwood Apartment complex Tuesday night, where Gracie Yvette Dillard had been shot in the head.
Her boyfriend, 29-year old Gregory Curtis Jones, has been charged with shooting her in a domestic dispute.
Jones is now at the U-V-A Medical Center, recovering from self-inflicted wounds to his wrists.
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Another incident of school violence-- this time, in Pennsylvania.
But authorities say unlike other school shootings, this one was NOT random.
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A 14-year-old eighth grader is in custody after she allegedly shot another girl in the crowded cafeteria at Bishop Neumann Junior- Senior High School.
She's charged as a juvenile with attempted homicide.
Witnesses say the girl shot first at the ceiling, then at the floor, and a bullet ricocheted into the victim's shoulder.
Police say a male freshman was able to persuade the girl to drop the gun.
Meanwhile, classes at the school will resume tomorrow.
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Meanwhile, the 15- year- old suspect in Monday's school shooting in Santee, California makes his first court appearance.
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Murder suspect Andy Williams showed no emotion as his public defender successfully argued for a two week continuance of his arraignment.
The attorneys defending Williams are trying to keep him from being tried as an adult.
Meanwhile, his former classmates returned to Santana High School yesterday.
Security was tight and counselors were on campus to help students cope with the tragedy.
Two students died in the shooting-- 13 others were injured.
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The Space Shuttle "Discovery" is on the launch pad, about to lift off to space station, "Alpha".
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Seven astronauts are on board the shuttle.
NASA says the weather is cooperating.
Three members of the crew will become the new occupants of the international space station.
The crew will also deliver science gear, and stage two spacewalks to get the station ready for the new equipment.
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Thanks to a new partnership with NASA...a Montgomery County business is expanding...
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Blacksburg-based Phoenix Integration is a software design company.
Yesterday, it was announced NASA chose the company to be one of the vendors in a 20-million dollar contract to build the international space station and space transportation vehicles.
Because of the additional business, President and CEO Brett Malone expects his staff of sixteen to grow by 50-percent by the end of the year.
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You may have been told to clean your plate when you were growing up. But if you're dining out you might be eating more food than you realize. And while that's not necessarily a bad thing -- its something you want to be aware of you're trying to maintain or watch your weight. Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton takes a look at the portion sizes of several dishes from four local restaurants.
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If you're like most Americans going out to eating out is a favorite past time. And for many its hard to resist -not eating every bite. But just how much are you eating? We took four different dishes to Donna Proctor an Extension Agent specializing in nutrition and wellness. Our first meal -- a steak dinner--with a baked potato, 2 rolls and a salad.
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In fact, that one steak is all the meat you need for an entire day.
Proctor says the potato is probably two servings. And she says watch out for the dressing --in the container that's probably at least two servings.
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((DONNA PROCTOR: ONE TABLESPOON OF ANY FATTY PRODUCT IS 100 CALORIES)) [RUNS03]
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Or next dish was fetticine alfredo. One serving of pasta, rice, or grain is a half a cup.
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((IF YOU COMPARE THAT TO THE LUNCH SIZE SERVING. I THINK YOU CAN SEE WE HAVE AT LEAST THREE TIMES AS MUCH PASTA IN THAT SERVING)) [RUNS11]
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Next we took at look at a fast food burger and fries.
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And because the french fries are cooked in fat --that don't even count as a vegetable on the food pyramid.
Our last dish was chicken and brocolli.
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Proctor says while you can eat as much broccoli as you want -- be mindful of what it was cooked in. To determine how many servings you should have in a day. Proctor says follow the food guide pyramid.
That would include sparingly eating fats, oils,and sweets, 2 to 3 servings of dairy, 2 to 3 servings of meat, beans or nuts, 3 to 5 servings of vegetables, 2 to 4 servings of fruit and 6 to 11 serving of bread, pasta, or cereal.
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Joy Sutton News 7 Roanoke County))
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There are a few tips to keep in mind, your fist is about the size of a cup, and a deck of cards is about the size of 3 ounces of meat or one serving. [Local-Recap]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


A 12 year old Bedford County middle school student has been arrested for allegedly threatening to bring a gun to school to shoot a female classmate.
The boy later told authorities that it was all a joke. He is charged with a misdemeanor and has been suspended from school.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]


Closing arguments will start today in Jeffrey Allen Thomas' capital murder trial.
Thomas' defense team rested its case in just one day yesterday.
Thomas is charged with murder during what prosecutors say was a rape or attempted rape of 16 year old Tara Munsey last January.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

A Montgomery County business has formed a partnership with NASA.
Blacksburg-based Phoenix Integration is a software design company.
Yesterday, it announced NASA chose the company to be one of the vendors in a 20-million dollar contract to build the international space station and space transportation vehicles.
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Now here's Robin Reed with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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