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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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An early morning fire damages two homes in Danville.
Firefighters responded FIRST to this home on Washington Street.
The blaze then spread to the house next door.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And a standoff in Henry County ends with an apparent suicide.
We'll have details.
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[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Grab some coffee and join us for News 7 Mornin.


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A Henry County man apparently committed suicide yesterday after a lengthy standoff with sheriff's deputies.
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Authorities say they repeatedly tried to negotiate with 38- year old Allen Boyd, Junior before firing tear gas into his mother's home in Collinsville. Once inside-- deputies say they found Boyd dead from a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Authorities were attempting to take Boyd into protective custody because they felt he was a threat to himself. They say, earlier in the day, Boyd smashed a car window in a fit of road rage and had also threatened his wife and mother.
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((FRANK CASSELL/HENRY CO. SHERIFF: ANYTHING LESS THAN THE SURROUNDING OF THE HOUSE AND EVENTUALLY BRINGING THIS TO A CONCLUSION BY POLICE WOULD HAVE BEEN IRRESPONSIBLE ON MY PART IF I'D HAVE LET THIS MAN GO HE COULD HAVE SHOT SOMEONE OR HE'D SHOT A POLICE OFFICERS OR ONE OF HIS FAMILY MEMBERS NOT ONLY WOULD I HAVE HAD IT ON MY CONSCIOUS I'D BE CRIMINALLY LIABLE.))
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No one else was inside the home and deputies say they did not fire any shots. The Sheriff says Allen Boyd, Junior suffered from depression and had not been taking his medication.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
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Firefighters battled an early morning blaze that damaged two homes in Danville.
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They responded to 1018 Washington Street around 2:30 this morning. The house was fully involved when they arrived.
There's no word if anyone was in that home at the time of the blaze. Meanwhile, the fire spread to a home next door, but caused minimal damage.
Everyone in the second house got out safely. There's no word yet on what caused the blaze.
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The maker of Oxycontin is trying to prevent abusers of the drug from forging prescriptions.
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Purdue Pharma is now distributing tamper-resistant prescription pads to Virginia doctors.
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((PAMELA BENNETT/PURDUE PHARMA: WE HOPE THIS WILL BE ONE TOOL THAT WILL HELP LAW ENFORCEMENT TO CATCH THESE CRIMINALS WHO ARE INVOLVED IN THESE TYPES OF ACTIVITIES))
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Kroger Pharmacy Manager Tim Lucas says the pads will make it easier for pharmacists to recognize forged or photocopied prescriptions.
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The pads have six safety features in all.
So far, more than 170 Virginia doctors are using them.
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[Doctor-Oxycontin]


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Meanwhile, a doctor is on trial in Grundy, accused of over-prescribing OxyContin. Franklin Sutherland is charged with dispensing the powerful painkiller and other drugs nearly 600 times for no legitimate medical purpose. He has pleaded NOT guilty to all the charges. The case is believed to be the state's largest prescription-fraud prosecution involving OxyContin.


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Many Southwest Virginia counties are seeing a rise in ilicit use of Oxycontin.
Yesterday law enforcement in Lee County struck back.
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The sheriff's department is looking for 45 people named in recent drug indictments.
30 of them face charges of distributing OxyContin, the strong and potentially addictive pain killer that has become a particular problem in Virginia's rural western counties.
The roundup is part of a year-long investigation into OxyContin abuse in Lee County.
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[Sudan-Open]


[ANCHOR=Steve]
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Dr. Charles Fuller retired as pastor from First Baptist Church in the fall of 1999 after 38 years. During his tenure one of his loves in ministry was missions.
It's a passion that thrives in his family through his son David, also a pastor, and his grandaughter Jessica. Steve Mason begins our five part series Surviving the Sudan, with the story of three generations committed to helping others.

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((FROM FEBRUARY FOURTH THROUGH THE 18TH, I HAD THE GREAT PRIVILEGE ACCOMPANYING DR. CHARLES FULLER'S SON DAVID AND HIS GRANDAUGHTER JESSICA TO SUDAN. THIS COUNTRY IS AFRICA'S LARGEST. A BLOODY CIVIL WAR BETWEEN AN OPPRESSIVE MUSLIM DICTATORSHIP IN THE NORTH AND CHRISTIANS IN THE SOUTH WHO DESIRE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM HAS BEEN RIPPING THIS LAND APART FOR ALMOST 50 YEARS. I LEARNED THAT, NO MATTER HOW FAR APART THESE THREE ARE GEOGRAPHICALLY, SHARING A PASSION FOR MISSIONS ALWAYS BRINGS THEM BACK TOGETHER.))
((Dr. Charles Fuller's basement is his refuge. A place decorated with gifts collected from dozens of stops around the world doing missions work. He shares this private place with his son and grandaughter, looking through Papa's , as Dr. Fuller is affectionately called, missions scrap book. Their missions connection has never been stronger after this trip to Sudan. ((:)) ((:)) ((:)) ((NAT SOUND:SOLDERIES CHANTING))
800 soldiers, who were just one day away from heading off to war, marched into formation. They gathered and sang Christian songs ((NAT SOUND))
and then fell quiet to hear David Fuller preach the word of Jesus Christ. ((DAVID FULLER:))
Daughter Jessica, an eighth grader at Faith Christian Academy in Roanoke walked with soldiers who were heavily armed. She was headed to the medical clinic, to help pack some of the five thousand prescriptions that would be distributed to the hundreds of sick Sudanese that lined the streets in desperate need of medical attention. ((JESSICA FULLER:)) The father and daughter also met with and prayed for a Sudanese man who, because of worms that went untreated for years, was just a few days away from death. ((:)) ((:)) ((STEVE MASON:)) ((:DAVE ON BOMBS:)) Back together again in Meridi a few days after the trip to Gargriel, a Sudanese town with a population of 250 thousand, Dave and Jessica toured the medical clinic there, only to be escorted off hospital grounds. ((RADIO NAT SOUND:))
A radio report warned the town that an Iraqi gunship was on the way to attack the very building where Jessica and David were located. ((:)) ((:)) ((:)) They return to Roanoke with a capacity to share something incredibly special with Dr. Fuller.))

[ANCHOR=Steve]
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Coming up in the next half hour, Steve Mason gives us a glimpse of what life is like in Southern Sudan. In part one of his diary, Steve takes us to Yambio. There the missions team delivered medical supplies to the Sudanese Christians.
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(Steve tosses to Kimberly for Marketwatch)


[Marketwatch]


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In business news, stocks were little changed after the Federal Reserve met expectations and slashed interest rates by another half percentage point.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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(((ON CAM) WITH THE FED MEETING BEHIND US, INVESTORS ARE LOOKING AHEAD TO EARNINGS REPORTS...AND AFTER THE BELL THEY WERE SWIMMING IN THEM AS SOME BIG NAMED COMPANIES MET OR BEAT ESTIMATES...
THE SOFTWARE COMPANY BEA SYSTEMS SAID PROFIT TRIPLED. BOTH BROCADE AND NETWORK APPLIANCE MET THEIR NUMBERS...
BUT PROFIT AT APPLIED MATERIALS CAME IN A PENNY SHY OF ESTIMATES..AS THE COMPANY CONTINUED TO EXPERIENCE A SEVERE DECLINE IN THE SECOND QUARTER.
THE FEDERAL RESERVE'S EXPECTED HALF POINT CUT IN SHORT TERM INTEREST RATES TURNED OUT TO BE A NON-EVENT FOR THE WALL STREET....LARGELY BECAUSE THE MOVE WAS ALREADY PRICED INTO THE MARKET
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THE DOW DIPPED 4 POINTS TO 10-872
THE NASDAQ INCHED UP ABOUT 4 POINTS TO 20-85..
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IT WAS THE FIFTH RATE CUT OF THE YEAR, BUT IT MAY NOT BE THE LAST.. IN A STATEMENT, FED CHIEF ALAN GREENSPAN AND COMPANY SAID THERE IS STILL THE RISK OF ECONOMIC WEAKNESS...
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THE FED MEETS AGAIN JUNE 26TH AND JUNE 27TH..
AND YOU CAN BET EVERY PIECE OF ECONOMIC DATA BETWEEN NOW AND THEN WILL BE POURED OVER CAREFULLY...
LATER TODAY, WE GET TWO BIG REPORTS ON NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION FOR APRIL AND THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX.
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THE FED'S RATE CUT PROMPTED MANY BANKS TO LOWER THEIR PRIME LENDING RATE.. THAT MEANS YOU CAN EXPECT LOWER RATES ON HOME EQUITY LOANS, ADJUSTABLE MORTGAGES, AUTO LOANS AND CREDIT CARDS
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BUT BEFORE YOU RUN TO LOCK IN A MORTGAGE OR RE-FINANCE YOUR EXISTING MORTGAGE THINK AGAIN..
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David Berson/ Fannie Mae
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BERSON PREDICTS LONG TERM MORTGAGE RATES WILL BE FLAT OR SPIKE A BIT HIGHER IN THE COMING MONTHS.
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You can track all of the market action on our website... at cbs dot marketwatch dot com. Now here's a look at your local stocks.))



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[Teacher-Shooting]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Today will mark the THIRD day of jury deliberations in the murder trial of 14- year- old Nathaniel Brazill.
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Florida jurors spent seven hours deliberating yesterday without reaching a verdict.
The teenager has admitted shooting and killing killing English teacher Barry Grunow last year.
But defense attorneys say the shooting was accidental.
Brazill is being tried as an adult for first- degree murder.
He faces life in prison if convicted.
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Jefferson Forest High School students will be back in their own classrooms next fall.. that's the plan, according to school officials.
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Engineers charged with eliminating a fungus from the school say their work should be finished by late August.
At least four classrooms have elevated levels of the stachybotrys (statch-ih-BAH-tris) bacteria which is being blamed for causing a variety of ailments.
Those rooms will be completely gutted and rebuilt, with dehumidifiers added to keep moisture to a minimum.
The cost of the project isn't known yet.. the school board and county supervisors will review the plan next week.

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[Health-Check]


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In medical news, a change in the treatment for breast cancer... and men might want to finish a glass of milk this morning...
Doctor Dave Hnida has those stories and more in this morning's Health check.
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(( THERE'S A MAJOR SHIFT IN TREATMENT FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE HAD BREAST CANCER. WE USED TO WORRY HORMONES WOULD CAUSE THE CANCER TO RETURN- BUT NOW A REPORT FROM THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE SAYS HORMONES - SUCH AS ESTROGEN- MAY ACTUALLY PREVENT NEW TUMORS FROM FORMING. IN FACT, IN THIS STUDY- WHEN WOMEN TOOK HORMONES AFTER BREAST CANCER- THEIR RISK OF A RECURRENCE WAS CUT IN HALF COMPARED TO WOMEN WHO DID NOT TAKE HORMONES. YOU MAY HAVE HEARD THE PHRASE- MILK DOES A BODY GOOD- AND THAT MAY BE ESPECIALLY TRUE FOR MEN. ALMOST 6 THOUSAND MEN WERE FOLLOWED FOR MORE THAN 25 YEARS- AND THOSE MEN WHO AT LEAST ONE GLASS OF MILK EVERY DAY HAD A LOWER RISK OF HEART DISEASE AND CANCER. AND EVEN THOUGH WE ALWAYS RECOMMEND LOW FAT MILK- IN THE STUDY- IT DIDNT MATTER IF THE MEN DRANK WHOLE MILK, SKIM, OR ANYTHING IN BETWEEN,
INCIDENTALLY - THE REASON MILK MAY HELP CUT THE RISK OF A HEART ATTACK IS THE CALCIUM IN IT- MAY KEEP BLOCKAGES FROM FORMING IN HEART ARTERIES.
FINALLY TODAY- IT LOOKS LIKE WOMEN MAY BE UNDERESTIMATING JUST HOW BIG THEIR RISK IS OF HEART DISEASE. A NEW SURVEY BY THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION SHOWS ONE IN TEN WOMEN DO NOT KNOW HEART DISEASE IS THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF DEATH IN WOMEN- MOST BELIEVE CANCER IS NUMBER ONE- ITS NOT.
AS A RESULT- SOME WOMEN MAY NEGLECT KEEPING THEIR BLOOD PRESSURE AND CHOLESTEROL LEVELS UNDER CONTROL.
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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An apparent suicide ends a lengthy standoff in Henry County.
Sheriff's deputies tried unsuccessfully to negotiate with Allen Boyd, Junior, who was holed up in his mother's home.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Firefighters respond to a house fire in Danville this morning, only to find the flames spread to a home next door.
Both blazes broke out after two this morning on Washington Street.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And nearly 200 doctors in Virginia are now using tamper- resistant prescription pads.
It's an effort by the maker of OxyContin to keep the painkiller out of the hands of drug abusers.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Wednesday, May 16th.
News 7 Mornin' will be right back.


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A Henry County man is dead after apparently committing suicide following a lengthy standoff with sheriff's deputies.

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Authorities say they repeatedly tried to negotiate with 38- year old Allen Boyd, Junior before firing tear gas into his mother's home in Collinsville. Once inside-- deputies say they found Boyd dead from a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Authorities were attempting to take Boyd into protective custody because they felt he was a threat to himself. They say, earlier in the day, Boyd smashed a car window in a fit of road rage and had also threatened his wife and mother.
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((FRANK CASSELL/HENRY CO. SHERIFF: ANYTHING LESS THAN THE SURROUNDING OF THE HOUSE AND EVENTUALLY BRINGING THIS TO A CONCLUSION BY POLICE WOULD HAVE BEEN IRRESPONSIBLE ON MY PART IF I'D HAVE LET THIS MAN GO HE COULD HAVE SHOT SOMEONE OR HE'D SHOT A POLICE OFFICERS OR ONE OF HIS FAMILY MEMBERS NOT ONLY WOULD I HAVE HAD IT ON MY CONSCIOUS I'D BE CRIMINALLY LIABLE.))
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No one else was inside the home and deputies say they did not fire any shots. The Sheriff says Allen Boyd, Junior suffered from depression and had not been taking his medication.
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The maker of Oxycontin is trying to keep illegal presciptions out of the hands of the drug's abusers.
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Purdue Pharma is now distributing tamper-resistant prescription pads to Virginia doctors.
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Kroger Pharmacy Manager Tim Lucas says the pads will make it easier for pharmacists to recognize forged or photocopied prescriptions.
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The pads have six safety features in all.
So far, more than 170 Virginia doctors are using them.
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Making national news this morning--
The fate of 14- year- old Nathaniel Brazill lies in the hands of a jury.
They'll attempt for a THIRD day to reach a verdict in the teenager's murder trial.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-West Palm Beach, FL;]


Florida jurors spent seven hours deliberating yesterday, with no success.
The teenager has admitted shooting and killing English teacher Barry Grunow last year.
But defense attorneys says the shooting was accidental.
Brazill is being tried as an adult for first- degree murder.
He faces life in prison if convicted.
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[McVeigh]


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On the same day convicted Oklahoma city bomber Timothy McVeigh was to be executed, the director of the F-B-I will be in the hot seat instead.
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Louis Freeh goes before a House panel today.
He'll have to answer tough questions about the F-B-I's failure to turn over thousands of documents in McVeigh's case.
Yesterday, members of the Senate Intelligence Committee had the opportunity to question Freeh on Capitol Hill.
The chairman of that committee is now asking for a "broad review of the F-B-I".
In the meantime, McVeigh's execution has been postponed until June 11th.
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[Family-Murdered]


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Police in California have launched a statewide man-hunt for a man they believe may have killed a grandmother and three small children.
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Authorities say the woman and the children, aged four through seven, apparently died of gunshot wounds yesterday.


The suspect, Robert Johnson, is an ex- boyfriend of the mother of ONE of the children.
Police say they received a frantic phone call from a 10-year-old boy, who said there were dead people in his house, and that he was being chased by the killer.
They say the boy was a brother of one of the victims, and had escaped.
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Many of us know the aggravation of living next door to a neighbor who neglects their yard or house.
Run-down houses drive down property values and affect the neighborhood's quality of life.. but there IS something government can do about it.
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Lynchburg was the first locality in the state to take advantage of a law that allows local housing authorities to attack so-called "spot blight".
Property owners are given a chance to make needed repairs and if they don't, the housing authority can choose to seize the property through eminent domain.
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((ED MCCANN/REDEVELOPMENT & HOUSING AUTHORITY: IT'S ONE OF THE MOST DRASTIC ACTIONS THAT GOVERNMENT CAN TAKE, TO SEIZE SOMEONE'S PROPERTY, EVEN THOUGH THEY'RE COMPENSATED FOR IT. BUT IT'S A SIGNIFICANT UNDERTAKING AND OUR COMMISSIONERS DON'T TAKE IT LIGHTLY.))
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In our continuing series on eminent domain, we'll hear how Lynchburg is using the process to clean up it's most dilapidate neighborhoods.. on News7 at Six.
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[2-Scores]


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In sports, It appears Beijing is the favorite to land the 2008 Olympics.
An I-O-C report praises Beijing's bid as excellent- but doesn't mention China's human rights record or other political issues.
Paris and Toronto are still in the running for the 2008 games.
Osaka and Istanbul were all but eliminated as potential sites.
For yesterday's scores, let's check the scoreboards.
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[2-Sudan-Open]


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This past February, our Steve Mason joined a Missions team from Church of the Holy Spirit on a two week missions trip to Africa's largest country, one caught in the middle of a civil war. He explains in part one of his Surviving the Sudan diary.


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((STEVE MASON:))
((This town and it's surrounding counties covers an area of 350 square miles and holds nearly a half million Sudanese. Most of the people living here have either been displaced by the Muslim regime in the North or have fled the brutal Congo War that rages in the south. First on the agenda, a trip to the church where our missions team was greeted with a celebration and song. ((NAT SOUND:))
From church, we walked with the Sudanese Christian children back to the compound to start a long four days of work. After meetings with the local pastor, our missions team unloaded the medical supplies ((NAT SOUND))
In addition to helping produce a documentary about the Sudanese Christians, I assisted the team in dispersing 100's of eyeglasses that had been discarded in the United States. It was incredibly uplifting to watch and hear the Sudanese read again, after years of poor sight. ((NAT SOUND:)) Spending time with the Sudanese Christian children was also a spiritual high, they followed us everywhere. One 12 year old boy's story I will never forget. Emanuel John ran out of money for school and for that reason, will be sent to fight and most likely die. Jessica Fuller developed a close friendship with John and we were able to help her put together a video that told his story. The soldiers that protected us and the guns they carried in Yambio would be a sign of things to come.))
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News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

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[11Voting]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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In last November's elections, two percent of Virginia's votes were never counted.
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A new study shows punch cards that are optically scanned by machines had the highest error rate.
Brunswick County was at the top of the list, with a full ten percent of its ballots rejected.
In the top ten BEST LOCALITIES... Roanoke and Montgomery counties, Salem, and Galax- Those are the communities with only about half percentage point of ballots rejected.
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A new General Assembly committee studying elections got to work yesterday.
Lawmakers already admit the state needs to come up with money.
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[IN Q=No, the State Board of Elections]

((SEN. KEVIN MILLER/R-HARRISONBURG: NO THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS....ASSUMING WE CAN AGREE ON A BUDGET FOR THE NEXT BIENNIUM.))
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((WILLIE DELL/NAACP VOTER FUND: WELL, WE HAVE WHAT WE HAVE...WE WILL FIND THE MONEY.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Kevin Miller/(R) Harrisonburg; :00]
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The best performing voting machines, statistically speaking, are computer touch screens.
They have an average rejection rate of nine-tenths of one percent.

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Franklin County Supervisors have delayed action on moving or upgrading the county's overcrowded library, but library trustees say that's not all bad news.
Marya Jones explains why.
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[SUPER=07-Dick Shoemaker; :22]
[SUPER=01-Beth Garst/Library Board Chairwoman; :54 QUICK!]
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[OUT Q=MJN7, Rocky Mount.]


(( Library workers in Franklin County will have to feel boxed in a little longer.
The Board of Supervisors voted to look at other locations and financing options for the library before taking action.
Some citizens want the library moved to the old Peebles department store downtown.
They say the library would serve as an anchor to revitalize the area and lure new businesses.
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((DICK SHOEMAKER: IT SEEMS WASTEFUL TO LEAVE SUCH A GRAND AND GLORIOUS BUILDING EMPTY IN ORDER TO CONSTRUCT OR ENLARGE A NEW BUILDING THAT CAN'T COMPARE WITH THE BUILDING WE ALREADY HAVE.))
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Proponents of a downtown library say it would also solve a space squeeze for the Sheriff's Department, freeing up the present library site to expand the jail and county offices.
But library trustees say a 3-point-two million dollar expansion at the Peebles building doesn't meet their needs.


They propose expanding the current library at a third of the cost... or finding another building.
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[SOT 50:20 - :26]

((BETH GARST/LIBRARY BOARD CHAIR: NONE OF OUR BOARD FEELS THIS BUILDING WILL EVER MEET THE CRITERIA NECESSARY FOR A LIBRARY THAT WILL SERVE THE NEEDS OF PATRONS.))
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Board members say that even though a change is overdue, they need more time to check out all the options.
Marya Jones, News-7, Rocky Mount.))
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Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

A lengthy standoff with sheriff's deputies ends with a Henry County man apparently committing suicide. Authorities say they repeatedly tried to negotiate with 38- year old Allen Boyd, Junior before firing tear gas into his mother's home in Collinsville. Once inside-- deputies say they found Boyd dead from a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Authorities were attempting to take Boyd into protective custody because they felt he was a threat to himself.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

Two homes in Danville were damaged by fire this morning. Fire officials responded to a home on Washington Street around 2-thirty. The fire spread to a home next door, but caused minimal damage. No injuries were reported, and there's no word yet on what caused the blaze.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

The maker of Oxycontin is trying to prevent illegal presciptions from getting into the hands of the drug's abusers. Purdue Pharma is now distributing tamper-resistant prescription pads to Virginia doctors. The pads will make it easier for pharmacists to recognize forged or photocopied prescriptions.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's Keith Humphry with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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[OUT Q=on News 7 at 6.]
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