[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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[VO-NAT]


Up next on News 7--
Firefighters are starting to get the upper hand on a blaze in Carroll County.
Crews have been battling the flames on Fancy Gap Mountain since yesterday afternoon.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And the Franklin County School Board is seeking a nearly three- million- dollar bond referendum for items like tennis courts and football stadium seats.
[ANCHOR=Leo]
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[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Start your morning here-- join us for News 7 Mornin.

[Carroll-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Carroll Fire]


Firefighters are keeping a close eye on a brush fire in Carroll County.
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[TAKE FS CARROLL FIRE MAP]
State and local crews have been fighting the blaze in Cana {Kay-NA} since yesterday afternoon.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Cana;]

As of this morning, firefighters have mostly contained the blaze that's burned around 75- acres on Fancy Gap Mountain.

They're still monitoring it closely.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT:27:53]
[IN Q=it's probably caused]

((DARRELL EDWARDS/CANA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT; IT'S PROBABLY CAUSED BY POSSIBLY SOME CARBON COMING OUT OF TRACTOR TRAILER EXHAUSTS.))
[SUPER=01-Darrell Edwards/Cana Volunteer Fire Dept.; QUICK]
[OUT Q=EXHAUSTS]
[RUNS=:05]
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[VO-NAT]


Edwards says dry conditions and gusty winds played a major role in feeding the fire.
Six homes in the region were evacuated-- but officials say residents have now returned home.
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[11Franklin-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Education]


Franklin County's School Board has unanimously passed a resolution seeking a 2-point-8 million dollar bond referendum.
The money would pay for athletic and recreation projects at the high school and middle school, including a field house, tennis courts, and stadium seats for the football stadium.
The school board also voted to cut 700-thousand dollars from its budget because of the state budget impasse.
As a result, there will be no personnel increase and no new textbooks purchased for grades 6 through 12.

[McVeigh]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=McVeigh]


A government official says MORE previously- undisclosed documents have been found, related to the Oklahoma City bombing.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Oklahoma City, OK/1995;]


Seven more documents were discovered late last week and have been turned over to Timothy McVeigh's attorneys.
Last week, the F-B-I admitted that it had mistakenly withheld thousands of documents, tapes, and photos.
McVeigh's attorneys say their client hasn't decided whether to challenge his conviction and fight the death penalty.
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[Bush-Guns]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


President Bush is arming states with a plan to protect themselves from gun violence.
It's called "Project Safe Neighborhoods".
Aleen Sirgany reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Al Valentin/Victim's Father; :05]
[SUPER=01-John Cowan/Americans for Gun Safety; :56]
[SUPER=01-Aleen Sirgany/Reporting; 1:24]
[RUNS=1:36]
[OUT Q=Sirgany, CBS News, The White House.]

(( AL VALENTIN IS STILL GRIEVING.

(SOT: AL VALENTIN)


HIS 17-YEAR-OLD SON DEREK'S LIFE CAME TO A SUDDEN END IN 1994 WHEN HE WAS GUNNED DOWN ON A STREET NEAR HIS HOME IN THE BRONX. HE WAS SHOT TO DEATH BY ANOTHER TEENAGER AFTER A FIGHT OVER A GIRL. THE SHOOTER BOUGHT THE GUN ON THE STREET FOR 50 DOLLARS.

(NAT GUN AMBULANCE)


THE SCENES ARE ALARMINGLY FAMILIAR. EVERY YEAR

(NAT CRYING VICTIMS)


MORE THAN 30-THOUSAND PEOPLE ARE SHOT TO DEATH..FOUR THOUSAND OF THEM CHILDREN AND TEENS.

(SOT: President George Bush

In America today, a teenager is more likely to die from a gunshot than from all natural causes of death combined.
TRACK: PROJECT SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD IS DESIGNED TO CHANGE THAT. IT S SIMILAR TO A VIRGINA PROGRAM THAT FOCUSES ON STIFF SENTENCES FOR GUN CRIMES INCLUDING NO PAROLE FOR OFFENDERS.

SOT: PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH

This nation must reclaim our neighborhoods )

SOT: JOHN COWAN/AMERICANS FOR GUN SAFETY

We applaud the president. What the president has done is the first step. We should get tough on criminals and anybody who uses a gun to commit a crime but we also need to make sure that criminals aren t getting guns in the first place. )
TRACK: AND THAT'S WHY GUN CONTROL ADVOCATES SAY MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE. FOR INSTANCE, CRACKING DOWN ON GUN SHOWS, WHERE YOU CAN BUY A WEAPON WITHOUT A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK. AND MANDATING TRIGGER LOCKS ON GUNS. ALTHOUGH BOTH REMAIN CONTROVERSIAL, ALMOST EVERYONE AGREES SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE. SINCE RICHMOND FIRST ADOPTED THE PROGRAM, PROJECT EXILE, GUN RELATED CRIMES THERE HAVE DROPPED 65 PERCENT. THE PRESIDENT HOPES HIS NEW PROGRAM HAS THE SAME SUCCESS. ALEENSIRGANY, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON

)[6-Lincoln-2000]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=01-12 TC1:22:13]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Renovations to Lincoln Terrace are underway, but residents are gaining more than just a new home.
Joe Dashiell updates us on the effort to transform the public housing project into a thriving community.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=After years of planning]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; 00]
[SUPER=01-John Baker/Housing Authority Executive Dir.; :11]
[SUPER=01-Cecil Wingo/Lincoln Terrace Resident; :26 quick]
[SUPER=01-Trina Willis/Lincoln Terrace Resident; :49 quick]
[SUPER=01-Valerie Clay/Lincoln Terrace Resident; :55 quick]
[SUPER=@Joe2; 1:02]
[RUNS=1:16]
[OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke]


(( After years of planning, Lincoln Terrace has become a construction zone... And Congressman Bob Goodlatte took a closer look at the major changes now taking shape. [NAT SOUND OF JOHN BAKER]
[IN Q=We're putting in new streets]

((WE'RE PUTTING IN NEW STREETS, SO ALL OF THE BUILDINGS WILL FACE ONTO A STREET LIKE A TYPICAL NEIGHBORHOOD.))
[RUNS= :05]
[OUT Q=like a typical neighborhood.]


The first families have already moved in to renovated units... and more will soon follow.
Cecil Wingo is one of the first, and he invited Goodlatte and others into his home.
[SOT 05:28]
[IN Q=It's going to be a whole lot of difference]

((IT'S GOING TO BE A WHOLE LOT OF DIFFERENCE, YOU KNOW. I'M TALKING LIKE THE COMMUNITY EVERYBODY WILL BE TOGETHER. IT'S GOING TO BE WONDERFUL, I THINK.))
[RUNS= :12]
[OUT Q=it's going to be wonderful I think.]


Physical improvements are only part of the story. Residents moving into new apartments must take part in a program called Upward Mobility through Public Housing.
So far, 39 families have signed on for the training and support that will help them land jobs, and become self-sufficient.
[SOT]
[IN Q=It's a good feeling]

((IT'S A GOOD FEELING TO KNOW THAT YOU'VE GOT PEOPLE STANDING BEHIND YOU, THAT WANT TO SEE YOUR LIFE CHANGE.)) ((I HAVE AN 11- YEAR- OLD SON, AND EVERYTHING THAT I'M TRYING TO DO TO BETTER MYSELF IS GOING TO BETTER HIM TOO.))
[RUNS= :12]
[OUT Q=is going to better him too.]

A four year, 41- million dollar project, Lincoln 2000 is now at the midway point... In two years, the Housing Authority expects to have CONVINCING evidence the project has transformed a neighborhood and the lives of its residents.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))

[11Suntrust]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=501-15 3:21]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]

In Business news this morning,
First Union isn't the only bank that wants to takeover Wachovia.
[SS=Suntrust/Wachovia]

Now Sun Trust wants a piece of the action.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

The bank made an unsolicited 14- point seven billion dollar bid for the company. It's a move that now threatens to derail First Union's plan to buy Wachovia.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 00:06:36]
[IN Q=Our proposal]

((BOB LAWSON/SUN TRUST WESTERN VA PRES.: OUR PROPOSAL WOULD DO AWAY....CONSOLIDATION OF BRANCHES.))
[SUPER=01-Bob Lawson/Sun Trust Western VA President;]
[RUNS=18]
[OUT Q=consolidation of branches.]
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[VO-NAT]

If Sun Trust and Wachovia were to merge it would create the eighth-largest bank holding company in the U-S.
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[Marketwatch]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]


In other business news, the Federal Reserve is expected to reduce interest rates at its meeting today. That would make the fifth rate cut this year. Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00 ]
[RUNS=1:19]
[OUT Q=your local stocks.]

((Information:
(on cam)

WALL STREET IS ON FEDWATCH....
MOST ANALYSTS EXPECT THE FEDERAL RESERVE TO CUT INTEREST RATES BY HALF A PERCENT THIS AFTERNOON...

(graphic)

OF 20 ECONOMISTS SURVEYED BY CBSMARKETWATCH ONLY ONE EXPECTS THE FED TO CUT RATES BY JUST A QUARTER POINT...

(on cam)

THE GREAT RATE DEBATE WAS SPARKED LAST WEEK AFTER WE SAW A SURPRISE JUMP IN RETAIL SALES AND CONSUMER CONFIDENCE... THAT LED SOME INVESTORS TO BELIEVE THE FED WOULD NOT BE AS AGGRESSIVE AT TODAY'S INTEREST RATE MEETING..
IT WOULD BE THE FIFTH AND POSSIBLY FINAL RATE CUT OF THE YEAR AS FED CHIEF ALAN GREENSPAN AND COMPANY TRY TO PREVENT THE ECONOMY FROM SLIPPING INTO A RECESSION..
BUT EVEN IF WALL STREET GETS WHAT IT WAS HOPING FOR, MOST ANALYSTS SAY STOCKS ARE LIKELY TO FALL ANYWAY.. SINCE A HALF POINT CUT HAS ALREADY BEEN PRICED INTO THE MARKET.
STOCKS WERE MIXED IN VERY LIGHT TRADING AHEAD OF TODAY'S MEETING IN WASHINGTON DCTERMS..

(graphic)

THE DOW CLIMBED 56 POINTS TO 10-877

(graphic)

BUT THE NASDAQ FELL BACK ABOUT 25 POINTS ..

(on cam)

THE FED ISN'T THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN THIS WEEK...

(graphic)

SOME BIG TECH COMPANIES ARE SLATED TO REPORT EARNINGS INCLUDING APPLIED MATERIALS, DELL COMPUTER AND HEWLETT PACKARD

(graphic)

TRACK ALL THE PRE-MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM - AT THE NASDAQ,

(on cam)

I'M AC IN NEW YORK.))



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[STOCKS] [COMM]

[11Clement]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=01-09 TC1:36:33]
[GRAPHIC=Whitt Clement]


Attorney General candidate Whitt Clement picked up several endorsements in Southside.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.]


Senator Roscoe Reynolds of Martinsville, sheriff's of both Henry and Franklin Counties, as well as other elected officials in Pittsylvania County all endorsed Clement yesterday.
He's just one of four democratic candidates running for Attorney General.
The others include State Senator John Edwards of Roanoke, Delegate Don McEachin of Henrico County, and Richmond Attorney Sylvia Clute.
The Democratic primary is Tuesday June 12th.
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[Marijuana-Ruling]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Supreme Court]


The Supreme Court hands a crushing defeat to sick patients who want to smoke marijuana. The court ruled yesterday that there should be NO medical exceptions that allow patients to smoke pot. Chris Lawrence reports.

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[SOT - 03NA - 03:34:38]
[IN Q=A lot of these]
[SUPER=01-Angel McClary/Medical Marijuana Patient; :09]
[SUPER=01-Chris Lawrence/Reporting; :22]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Jones/Oakland Cannabis Buyers Co-Op; 1:09]
[RUNS=1:26]
[OUT Q=CBS News Los Angeles]

((Narr: A lot of these patients are fighting AIDS, cancer and other diseases. Now they're ready to fight the federal government to keep these 'medical marijuana clubs' open.

(SOT ANGEL MCCLARY/MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENT)

"We are the ones who are out there sick! Why are they attacking the weak of our country? These are American citizens who are suffering and dying."

(Standup; CHRIS LAWRENCE/CBS NEWS)

"Although some referred to them as 'clubs,' they were more like doctor's offices. And one that ..if you didn't know what you were looking for ..you wouldn't even know it was there."
California voters approved Proposition 215 five years ago. It allowed doctors to prescribe marijuana to control the pain from cancer and other diseases. At this club in Los Angeles ..you had to have a membership card AND a note from your doctor. But three years ago the Justice Department sued the clubs ..saying distributing pot is against the law.

(SOT)

"Proposition 215 does not allow for storefront operations. And they don't even have to be storefront. It could be back room and still be illegal."
Voters in several states are considering medical marijuana laws. Opponents say there's no proof it works any better than legal drugs. Supporters say the drug eases side effects from chemotherapy and saves AIDS patients from wasting away. They attacked the court's decision.

(SOT JEFF JONES/OAKLAND CANNABIS BUYERS CO-OP)

"I feel it's heavy-handed and misguided. And it does not take into account what these patients should do with no alternative."
The decision does not strike down state laws allowing medical use. But it leaves those distributing marijuana open to prosecution. Chris Lawrence CBS News Los Angeles.))


[5-Hair-Transplant]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=501-07 7:14]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin' Health Check]

[*******ANCHOR TAG******]

In this morning's Health Check, there's a hair replacement option available that doesn't involve surgery. As Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton tells, it's made a big difference for one local woman who lost her hair because of her cancer treatment.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=21 year old Junie]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]
[SUPER=07-Junie Jamison; :22]
[SUPER=01-Dave Mauer/Nu Image; :55 QUICK]
[SUPER=@Joy2; 1:18]
[RUNS=1:34]
[OUT Q=JS for News 7 Mornin'.]

((
21 year old Junie Jamison has chronicled the last few years of her life in a photo album --from having a brain tumor removed in 1997 --to undergoing chemotherapy and radiation -to finding out she is now cancer free.
And through it all she has maintained her spirit --but she has lost a good majority of her hair.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT2:32:05]
[IN Q=I couldn't lay down and sit -up]

((I COULDN'T LAY DOWN AND SIT-UP AND THERE NOT BE A GLOB OF HAIR THERE. SO IT WAS SO MUCH TO GO AFTER AND CLEAN-UP. SO WE ENDED UP SHAVING MY HEAD)) [RUNS14]
[OUT Q=my head]


Jamison lived without a full head of hair --for a couple of years --until she found out she didn't have to.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT2:35:20]
[IN Q=It was just a step to being normal for me]

((IT WAS JUST A STEP TO BEING NORMAL FOR ME KIND OF.)) [RUNS5]
[OUT Q=we found out about it]


David Mauer owns the Nu Image Hair Replacement Center. He says --they can replicate any hair color or texture.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT2:55:20]
[IN Q=This is what we use for a dermafuse]

((THIS IS WHAT WE USE FOR A DERMAFUSE PROCEDURE FOR A MEN OR WOMEN. IT IS LIKE SYNTHETIC SKIN. THE PERSONS SCALP ACTUALLY BECOMES THE BASE OF IT. ONCE APPLIED IT LOOKS LIKE GROWING HAIR COMING OF THE SCALP)) [RUNS23]
[OUT Q=of the scalp]


Jamison is receiving human hair --attached to her scalp with a type of medical bonding .
And Junie says she can wash and style her hair like anyone else, and she couldn't be happier.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT2:41:46]
[IN Q=Most people don't even know that i have itm]

((MOST PEOPLE DON'T EVEN KNOW THAT I HAVE IT. THEY CAN'T TELL AT ALL)) [RUNS06]
[OUT Q=tell at all]

Joy Sutton for News 7 Mornin'.))
[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=HOLD]


The intial cost for the procedure is between 5-hundred and 8 hundred dollars. But as your own hair grows, you need to get the hairpiece "retightened" every two months or so, for a cost of about 38 dollars.

(Kimberly tosses to bump)

Stay with us...News 7 Mornin' will be right back.
[bump-chyron] [Streaming-Video]
[comm #3]


[2-HEADLINES] [Kim at Desk]
[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Several Carroll County families are waking up in their own homes this morning after a fire forced them out yesterday.
Firefighters are keeping a close eye on the blaze that's burned around 75- acres on Fancy Gap Mountain.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


The first- degree murder trial of a 14- year- old Florida boy will now go to the jury.
In closing arguments, Nathaniel Brazill's attorney insisted that the teen didn't intend to shoot his teacher.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And actor Robert Blake's attorney releases audiotapes from Blake's wife.
The tapes feature conversations Bonnie Lee Bakley had regarding an alleged scheme to bilk money from men through the mail.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Tuesday, May 15th .
News 7 Mornin' will be right back.




[2-Carroll-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=rca]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Carroll Fire]


A night without sleep for some fire fighters battling a brush fire in Carroll County.
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[TAKE FS MAP]
State and local crews have been fighting the fire in Cana {Kay-NA} since yesterday afternoon.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Cana;]

As of this morning, firefighters have mostly contained the blaze that's burned around 75- acres on Fancy Gap Mountain.

They're still monitoring it closely.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT:27:53]
[IN Q=it's probably caused]

((DARRELL EDWARDS/CANA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT; IT'S PROBABLY CAUSED BY POSSIBLY SOME CARBON COMING OUT OF TRACTOR TRAILER EXHAUSTS.))
[SUPER=01-Darrell Edwards/Cana Volunteer Fire Dept.; QUICK]
[OUT Q=EXHAUSTS]
[RUNS=:05]
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[VO-NAT]


Edwards says dry conditions and gusty winds played a major role in feeding the fire.
Six homes in the region were evacuated-- but officials say residents have now returned home.
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[Teacher-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


Also making national headlines--
The defense admits a 14- year- old boy shot and killed his teacher.
But in closing arguments, Nathaniel Brazill's attorney insisted that the teen didn't mean to do it.
Now, the case is up to the jury.
Jennifer Jones has more.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-West Palm Beach, FL; :00]
[SUPER=01-Robert Udell/Brazill's Defense Attorney; :21]
[SUPER=01-Marc Shiner/Prosecution Attorney; :57]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Jones/Reporting; 1:23]
[RUNS=1:40]
[OUT Q=Jones, CBS News, West Palm Beach.]

(( It was the defense's last chance to convince jurors that the fatal shooting carried out by Nathanial Brazill was not murder, but an accident. The 14 year old's attorney.. hammered the point over and over. Then asked them to strongly consider manslaughter rather than 1st degree murder.

sot: Robert Udell/Brazill's Defense Attorney


Narr: But the prosecution calls this a clear case of cold blooded murder.During the trial jurors had already watched the school surveillance tape showing brazill with a handgun taking aim.
Narr: This time they watched the prosecution during closing arguments waving the same handgun.. demonstrating how Brazill shot his English teacher Barry Grunow.

sot: Marc Shiner/Prosecution Attorney


Narr: Brazill was only 13 years old when he shot Mr. Grunow last May at Lakeworth Middle School. And as the trial winds down there have been more demonstrations by protesters who are outraged that the teenage boy is being tried as an adult.

(standup: Jennifer Jones reports.)

))

[11Witcher]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=01-11 TC1:14:55]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A Franklin County farmer says he's losing everything as he waits for his share of a discrimination lawsuit against the government.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]


Sherman Witcher is one of the plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against the U-S Department of Agriculture.
He says he was repeatedly denied farm loans because of his race.
Last year, a court-appointed arbitrator awarded him 1-point-3 million dollars.
But since then, the case has remained tied up in appeals.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 46:14 - :19]
[IN Q=They're deliberately stalling]

((SHERMAN WITCHER: THEY'RE DELIBERATELY STALLING MY CASE SO I WILL BE IN A FINANCIAL DEFICIT.))
[SUPER=07-Sherman Witcher;]
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=financial deficit.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Last month, when creditors planned to foreclose on Witcher's home, California Congresswoman Maxine Waters intervened.
She says she'll push for the government to settle claims faster.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 15:10:49 - :56]
[IN Q=I think they have]

((REP. MAXINE WATERS/(D) CALIF.: I THINK THEY'VE BEEN MUCH TOO LONG AND THEY HAVE COMPLICATED THE LIVES OF A FEW PEOPLE WHO HAVE TRIED TO JUST WORK THROUGH THESE CLAIMS.))
[SUPER=01-Rep. Maxine Waters/(D) California;]
[RUNS=07]
[OUT Q=through these claims.]
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[VO-NAT]


Waters got Witcher another month to pay his debt.
He hopes to settle his case in the meantime.
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[11Strongman]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=01-28 TC08:45]
[GRAPHIC=none]

There's going to be some heavy lifting, later this month, at Festival in the Park. This year's event will feature the Strongman Challenge. Teresa Hamilton talked with one contestant getting ready for some strong competition.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Nat sound]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Shawn Semones/Competitor; :26]
[SUPER=01-William Shrader/Organizer; 1:20]
[SUPER=@Teresa2; 1:30]
[RUNS=1:41]
[OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7, Roanoke.]

(([NAT SOUND] [RUN03] For most people-- finding the strength to pull an eleven thousand pound pickup truck would be impossible. But for Shawn Semones of Roanoke it's a hobby. [nat sound] [RUNS03] The 37- year old is training for the upcoming Strongman Challenge where he'll be competition against other heavyweights to see who can pull a 29- thousand pound fire truck the fastest.
[SOT 00:15:26]

[nat sound] ((IT'S SOMETHING I DO TO JUST KILL TIME LIKE I SAY IT'S JUST THE TEST YOU EIGHT CAN DO IT YOU DON'T. THAT MAKES IT A LOT OF FUN.)) [RUNS10] Semones, who's a dental technician by day, trains about three days a week at the Iron Sports gym in Roanoke. And, while he'll be competing in a number of other events. He says flipping an 800- pound tire is his favorite.
[sot 00:17:15]
[IN Q= And then ]

(( AND THEN, EVENTS, LIKE THE STATUE HOLD, WHERE WE'LL HAVE 25 POUND WEIGHTS, THAT TENDS TO BE RATHER PAINFUL, BUT SOME OF THE EVENTS LIKE THE KEG TOSS THAT'S MORE OF A FINESSE MOVE.)) [runs10] William Shrader is one of Semones' closest friends and helped organize the local competition. [nat sound] [runs03] He says Semones has the mental skills necessary to compete. [nat sound]
[sot]

((IT'S ALWAYS JUST HIM AGAINST HIM, HE'S COMPETING SOLELY AGAINST HIMSELF AND NOT EVERYONE ELSE IN THE FIELD.)) [RUNS10]
[OUT Q= in the field.]

Right now-- there are 38- men signed up for the competition. Organizers say about half are from Southwest and Southside Virginia. The event itself will be held May 26th. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Roanoke.))

[Blake]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Audiotapes from actor Robert Blake's wife COULD shed some light on her murder.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;]


Blake's attorney just released the tapes that shooting victim Bonnie Lee Bakley allegedly made of herself on the telephone.
At one point, Bakley is talking to a man about problems she had with a scheme she allegedly had to get money from men through the mail.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 3:01:55]
[IN Q=And then Western Union]

((BONNY LEE BAKLEY/SHOOTING VICTIM: AND THEN WESTERN UNION WENT AND CALLED ALL THE GUYS BACK THAT WERE GONNA SEND US MONEY AND TOLD TEM NOT TOO, REALLY? YEAH, AND THAT SCREWED ME UP REAL GOOD. ))
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=up real good.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Blake's attorney says he released the tapes to show that Bakley may have had enemies and a troubled past.
Meanwhile, the actor himself, has NOT yet been ruled out as a suspect.
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[11Pulley]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=01-08 TC1:39:00]
[GRAPHIC=Patty Jo Pulley]


The disappearance of a Pittsylvania County woman remains a mystery, but authorities remain optimistic they'll one day solve the case.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


It's been two years since Patty Jo Pulley of Ringold was last seen going shopping in Danville.
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./May 1999]


Her red pickup truck was found parked the next day outside Milton, North Carolina.
Investigators have no concrete leads.
Regardless, they are still treating this as a high priority case.
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The Sheriff's Department still considers this a missing person's case because there was no evidence of a crime.
They have even contacted national media to publicize this case.
Patty Jo's husband has since moved away from the area.
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Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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Franklin County's School Board unanimously passed a resolution seeking a 2-point-8 million dollar bond referendum.

The money would pay for athletic and recreation projects at the high school and middle school.
The school board also voted to cut 700-thousand dollars from its budget because of the state budget impasse.
As a result, there will be no personnel increase and no new textbooks purchased for grades 6 through 12.
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Firefighters have mostly contained the blaze that's burned around 75- acres on Fancy Gap Mountain in Carroll County.

But they're still monitoring it closely. Fire officials say dry conditions and gusty winds played a major role in feeding the fire.
Six homes in the region were evacuated-- but officials say residents have now returned home.

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Attorney General candidate Whitt Clement picked up several endorsements in Southside yesterday.
Clement is one of four democratic candidates running for Attorney General.
The others include State Senator John Edwards of Roanoke, Delegate Don McEachin of Henrico County, and Richmond Attorney Sylvia Clute.
The Democratic primary is Tuesday June 12th.

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Now here's Shannon Young with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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