Today on News 7 at 5, Lynchburg authorities investigate the murder of a 44 year old woman,
and a Roanoke buisnessman is accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill his wife.
Except for a possible stray shower tomorrow afternoon, we are dry dry dry. The arid details next.
In other news, today is an important deadline for illegal aliens seeking to become U-S citizens,
and firefighters have their hands full when a natural gas pipeline explodes.
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((RONNIE ROBERT/LYNCHBURG HILLCATS: AND AT THIS TIME WORDS CAN'T DESCRIBE WHAT A LOSS IT IS FOR ALL OF US PERSONALLY.))
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Friends and family mourn the death of a Lynchburg woman found murdered in her home over the weekend.
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Authorities are still piecing together the details into the murder of 44-year old Karen Williams East.
East was found dead in her Campbell Avenue home Saturday morning.. she'd been stabbed several times in the chest.
Her husband, John Wesley East, is in custody for violating a protective order not to have contact with his wife.. but he has "not" been charged with her murder.
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((LT. WAYNE DUFF/LYNCHBURG POLICE: AS A RESULT OF THIS INVESTIGATION WE DID DETERMINE THAT ON FRIDAY NIGHT, PRIOR TO THE BODY BEING FOUND THE NEXT DAY, THERE WAS CONTACT BETWEEN MR. JOHN EAST AND MRS. KAREN EAST, AND AS A RESULT OF THAT CONTACT WE OBTAINED AN ARREST WARRANT FOR HIM.))
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East was a secretary with the Lynchburg Hillcats baseball club.
A peace vigil was held outside her home today.
A Roanoke businessman is accused of giving someone 500 dollars to kill his wife.
48-year-old David John Neuhs was arraigned on charges of conspiracy to commit capital murder this morning.
State police say he gave a man a pistol and instructed him to kill his wife, Teresa Ann Neuhs, who lives in Franklin County.
Police say Neuhs paid the man 500-dollars after he'd been TOLD she was dead. She was NOT harmed.
Neuhs is the owner of D-and-T Trucking.
Police say he and his wife were separated and going through a divorce and property dispute.
A high pressure gas line exploded today-
near Oklahoma City- sending flames 60 feet in the air.
The blast sparked grass fires nearby- but luckily no homes were in danger.
The Gas company was working to shut off the 12 inch line- but officials don't know what caused the explosion.
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And another brush fire is burning in New Jersey- near the Meadowlands.
Lack of rain has left the state's forests and marshland grasses dry.
This is the second brush fire in just two days-
Yesterday's fire started when someone tossed a cigarette out of a bus window.
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It's deadline day for many illegal immigrants-
A temporary law will let up to 640 thousand immigrants apply for U-S citizenship.. without first returning to their home countries and filing there.
That's significant because most illegal immigrants are barred from re-entering the U-S once they leave.
As Chris Lawrence reports- the lines are long- as the deadline nears.
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They stretched around the building and down the block ..thousands
waiting as long as it takes.
"This morning's line was like nothing we've ever seen."
Maribel Suarez arrived early at the INS building in Los Angeles. Suarez
was born here ..but she wants her husband to stay.
"Everything's in here? Ok, you're all done then."
Gregorio Castillo left Mexico 7 years ago. Now he's married to Maribel
with a new baby girl. Gregorio wants a Visa ..so he can go back and forth to Mexico.
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'Cause I want to visit my mom. 'Cause I haven't seen her for like 7 years.
The lines were nearly as long in New York and Chicago. A temporary law allows U-S citizens to sponsor family members ..so they can stay in the
country and apply for a Visa here. But the deadline is midnight ..and you can only sponsor siblings, parents, children and spouse. That's why
some courts have seen the number of marriages triple in the last week.
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"One thing INS won't accept is a sham marriage ..taking vows just so someone can here in the country."
SHARON GAVIN/IMMIGRATION & NATURALIZATION SERVICE:
"People can be punished by a fine or even jail time. It's that serious an offense."
Many immigrants would have to wait years for a Visa in their own country. And their families would be split up for all that time. This
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Coming up next on our newscast, we'll learn more about the health hazards that have closed a local high school for the rest of the year,
and then a little later, we'll see what kind of vacation you can buy for 20 million dollars.
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In Health Check tonight, Environmental testing is underway at Jefferson Forest High School this week.
Enironmental engineers are trying to determine how wide spread a mold problem is in the school.
Five classrooms were found to have high levels of a mold know as stachybotrys (stack-ee-BAAH-tris).
The mold releases a toxin which can pose a potential health hazard.
And that's why school officials have closed the school for the rest of the year.
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But just how serious can this mold be for those who breath-in its spores?
Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton has the answer to that question.
She joins us from the Asthma and Allergy Center with more.
Joy interviews Dr. Matos
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Going back for a G-E-D in Patrick County will now save residents 1-thousand dollars on their property taxes.
That's the latest plan to bring education levels up and economic development back into the county.
Kate Weidaw has more.
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((Once students graduate from the halls of Patrick County High School the question is where will they go next.
((IAN DUNLAP/SENIOR: A LOT OF THE STUDENTS HERE DO NOT HAVE THE RESOURCES TO GO TO FURTHER THEIR EDUCATION.))
And that's a problem that didn't have a solution until now.
Former Governor of Virginia Gerald Baliles has come up with a plan and founded an organization known as the Patrick County Education Foundation.
The foundation will provide graduating seniors with financial help through grants and scholarships to attend a 2 or 4 year college.
Adults who go back for their G-E-D will receive a 1-thousand dollar local property tax credit.
In return the county hopes the foundation will attract much needed business to the area.
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Students say the foundation will provide resources that many never knew about.
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The county's retired teachers will recruit the 5-thousand plus adults eligible for the GED program.
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((KATE WEIDAW: THE FOUNDATION PLANS TO HELP SENIORS WHO ARE GRADUATING NEXT YEAR WITH FINANCIAL AID TO GET TO COLLEGE AND THEY HOPE TO START RECRUITING RESIDENTS RIGHT AWAY FOR THEIR GED. KATE WEIDAW NEWS7 PATRICK COUNTY.))
Coming up next on the newscast,
we'll learn what it takes to turn water from a local reservior into clean drinking water.
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You've probably never given much thought to where your drinking water comes from. But this weekend you can actually see what it takes to turn river water into clean drinking water. Here's Steve Pardon to give us a preview.
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Coming up next we'll see how the markets are treating investors today,
and then in Sports, the controversy surrounding the death of racer Dale Earnhardt grows as a rescue worker disputes the official findings.
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Stocks turned in a mixed showing today as end-of-the month selling pushed blue chip stocks lower.
Alexis Christoforous wraps it all up for today's Marketwatch.
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Welcome everybody to the Monday two minute ticker that like so many of these tickers begins with the ongoing Dale Earnhardt saga.
Yesterday would have been Dale Earnhardt's 50th birthday, instead it will be remembered as the day the secrecy surrounding his death at Daytona took another bizarre tone.
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As we all no doubt remember - NASCAR president Mike Helton and director of competition Gary Nelson surprisingly showed up at Rockingham five days after Earnhardt's death and dropped a bomb when they disclosed that Earnhardt's seat belt broke.
Almost everyone associated with any type of racing couldn't believe that a seat belt could actually break.
Now one of the first rescue workers on the scene says the five point harness was anything but broken when he arrived.
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More from Propst tonight on News 7 at six.
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The City of Champions is getting ready to host its final Spring Jubilee, the group A and Double-A spring high school sports championships.
Organizers gathered at a kick off luncheon today. Champions in 11 different sports will be crowned the weekend of June seventh through the ninth.
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This is Salem's fourth Jubilee. Next year the event moves to Radford.
The City, Radford University and Radford City Schools are hosting the 2002 Jubilee.
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Two high school athletes from our area have recieved the VHSL's highest honor.
The VHSL Achievement Award is given to 10 seniors.
Radford High School's Jennifer Gray won the group A femal athlete of the year. She's a senior on the tennis team with 4.18 GPA.
Chatam High School's Tommy Fitzgerald is the group two-A Male Athlete. He's lettered in three sports and has a 3.75 GPA.
Tonight at six Steve Mason checks in on three local baseball products who are making waves on the college diamond.
In may have cost him up to 20 million dollars, but the world's first space tourist seems to be enjoying his trip.
Terisa Estacio has more on Dennis Tito's out of this world vacation.
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((Rocketing into orbit from the Russian port in Kazakhstan., the world's
first space tourist has arrived at international space station Alpha.
Nat Pop: Tito ``A great trip here!''
The Russian Soyuz capsule carrying American millionaire Dennis Tito and
two cosmonauts hooked up to the orbiting outpost just 14 hours after the
departure of space shuttle Endeavour.
The Crew of Endevor had this to say about the guest they just missed
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"It's exciting that tourists are flying in space and I think that
everybody around the world should be excited about that."
Tito and his cosmonaut crewmates floated through a hatch into the
International Space Station about an hour and a half after docking.
Sot: Tito ``I don't know about this adaption that they're talking about.
I'm already adapted. I love space!''
NASA had opposed Tito's trip on safety grounds, and Alpha's residents
were under orders to conduct safety briefings and drills with the
business man - as soon as the hatches opened. NASA has also imposed
strict limitations that will confine Tito's movements throughout the
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"They signed a deal before he launched saying that if he comes into the
US side, he has to be escorted by a space station crew member to make
sure he stays out of trouble."
Tito is reported to be paying as much as $20 million for this adventure
of a lifetime. All the money is going to Russian space officials. The
60-year-old Californian worked as an aerospace engineer during the 1960s
and plans to focus on Earth observations and photography during his
visit. He and his Russian crewmates will depart Saturday night aboard
the Soyuz that's been docked to the space station for the past six