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Timothy McVeigh says he's sorry for killing 168- people...but denies responsibility for his actions.
A local Wal-Mart is on the losing end of a federal lawsuit.
And, it may be a century old but the light is still shining bright inside this light bulb.
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Less than two days before his scheduled execution... Timothy McVeigh says he's sorry that 168- people died at his hands.
But still insists the blame rests on the U-S government.
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
The Oklahoma City bomber made the comments in a series of letters to his hometown newspaper.
Excerpts will appear in tomorrow's edition of "The Buffalo News".
Meanwhile-- the town of Terre Haute prepares for journalists and demonstrators.
Gretchen Carlson brings us the latest.
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After 33 years of life, Timothy McVeigh now has just hours until death.
Monday morning at 7 am local time, a lethal injection of drugs will
kill the Oklahoma City bomber. One of McVeighs lawyers says his client
is preparing for the end.
(SOT - 15:44:07) Chris Tritico - McVeigh Lawyer
Hes actually been in a good frame of mind through this whole process
and it made it easier for us because of his frame of mind.
But McVeighs frame of mind may be changing somewhat. For the first
time since the bombing, McVeigh is now admitting some remorse for
murdering 168 people. In letters to his hometown newspaper in Buffalo,
New York -- McVeigh says quote -- I am sorry these people had to lose
their lives but thats the nature of the beast. But McVeigh remains
defiant saying he has no fear of his impending execution, claiming quote
If Im going to hell Im going to have a lot of company.
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Meantime, protesters have already gathered to pray for McVeigh outside
(SOT) Harold Smith -- Albany, New York Protester
If we could forgive, thats what heals, thats what heals.
And a priest who once counseled the mass murderer -- claims McVeigh has
a side most Americans would find hard to believe.
(SOT) Father Ron Ashmore - Counseled McVeigh
The entirety of our life is never judged by the worst act we have
committed Ive seen a goodness in Tim.
(STAND-UP CLOSE) Gretchen Carlson Reporting
But Timothy McVeighs true feelings will no doubt be exposed just
moments before he dies. Thats when hell be allowed to speak his final
words. Gretchen Carlson, CBS News, Terre Haute, Indiana.
A federal jury has awarded a woman 750- thousand dollars in a lawsuit against a Salem Wal-Mart and her former boss.
39- year old Lisa LaFranca told jurors when she complained to her superiors she got no support.
LaFranca says the abuse began when her boss started making crude remarks and grabbing her.
She says when she complained to a higher boss, that boss told her he'd sleep with her if he had half a chance.
A jury yesterday awarded LaFranca 750- thousand dollars.
Wal-Mart's attorney would not comment on the verdict.
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A group of Gulf War veterans spent the evening in Roanoke County honoring the tenth anniversary of the war.
In December of 1990, 120- men left the Roanoke Valley to serve in the Persian Gulf.
The group held a reunion with a picnic earlier today and a banquet tonight.
Organizers say veterans from several states made the trip to reminisce about the conflict.
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The group held their banquet this evening at the Holiday Inn Tanglewood.
Tropical Storm Allison isn't finished just yet.
The storm is continuing to cause problems in southern Texas.
Terisa Estacio reports.
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Thousands were forced to abandon their homes, while others scrambled for
higher ground as severe flooding in parts of Southwest Texas forced
officials to declare a STATE OF EMERGENCY.
TWO DAYS OF TORRENTIAL RAINS DUMPED NEARLY 20 INCHES OF WATER AS
TROPICAL STORM ALLISON UNEXPECTEDLY REVERSED DIRECTION AND ADDED TO
ALREADY SWOLLEN BAYOUS, CREEKS AND SATURATED GROUND.
ALMOST EVERYONE WAS CAUGHT BY COMPLETE SURPRISE
WE GOT STUCK IN WATER ABOVE OUR HEADSWE HAD TO CLIMB A TREE AND WAIT
THIS NEW MOTHER WAS RETURNING FROM THE HOSPITAL WHEN SHE BECAME STRANDED
IN A CAR FOR 14 HOURS WITH HER INFANT TWINS.
BIG RIGS PILED UP ON THE HIGHWAYS
COAST GUARD OFFICIALS PLUCKED STRANDED MOTORISTS AND HOMEOWNERS FROM
WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK, RESCUE TEAMS WERE STRETCHED TO THEIR LIMITS.
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"I WISH WE HAD 400 MORE FIREFIGHTERS AND 25 MORE BOATS"
PEOPLE RESORTED TO ANY MEANS TO ESCAPE THE FLOODS.
THE FEAR NOW IS THAT ALLISON --CURRENTLY ON HER WAY OUT TO THE GULF OF
MEXICO -- MAY RETURN - WITH ADDED STRENGTH AND MORE FLOODING.
TERISA ESTACIO CBS NEWS,
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Virginia is one of five states selected to take part in a federal program aimed at stopping abuse of the painkiller "OxyContin".
Pharmacies are being asked to participate in the prescription monitoring program on a voluntary basis.
The painkiller has been tied to 74 overdose deaths in Virginia
The other states invited to participate are Florida, Ohio, West Virginia and Mississippi.
Northside High School said good bye to its seniors today.
But for two students, graduating from high school means overcoming odds.
Kate Weidaw has their story.
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As the graduating class of Northside High School marches in two students stand out .... Elizabeth Rogers and Gary Kasey. Both have cerebral palsy, but through elementary and high school they have supported each other. Elizabeth's mother says getting to this day wasn't easy.
((ONITA COOK: THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF FIGHTS TO GET THEM MAINSTREAM AND WITH THE REGULAR CLASSES.))
Elizabeth was able to graduate near the top of her class.
((ELIZABETH ROGERS: I'M NUMBER 66 IN MY CLASS, I'M ON THE HONOR ROLE SO I THINK I'VE DONE PRETTY GOOD.))
Gary says his years in high school helped him deal with living in a wheelchair.
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((GARY KASEY: HIGH SCHOOL WAS VERY PLEASANT FOR ME BECAUSE I HAVE A LOT OF FRIENDS SO I HAD A STRONG SUPPORT SYSTEM THE WHOLE FOUR YEARS I WAS HERE.))
But graduating from high school isn't separating this pair. Elizabeth and Gary plan to leave in July for Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center in Fishersville where they'll attend Blue Ridge College together. And like most graduates they're looking forward to the perks of college.
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((GARY KASEY: WE'RE GOING TO TRY AND PUSH EACH OTHER AND KEEP EACH OTHER MOTIVATED.))
Gary hopes to have a successful career in business administration some day while Elizabeth is still deciding whether to study math or psychology.
And while they know challenges lie ahead, they plan to face those together. Kate Weidaw News7 Roanoke.))
Coming up in a few minutes, the Avalanche and Devils settle the Stanley Cup... and Point Given takes his second jewel of the Triple Crown...
but before that, the Roanoke Valley Horse Show is once again trotting ahead... Stay tuned... We'll have more on News 7 at 11.
A Blairs man is dead after being hit by a car.
Officials say 45-year-old Ben Petty was walking down the middle of Malmaison Road in Danville around 11:30 last night.
He apparently would not get out of the way of an oncoming car - and the car could not avoid hitting him.
Petty was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say the driver of the car will not be charged.
Lung cancer research was on the minds of staff at the Lewis Gale Clinic in Salem.
The Lee Hi Medical Center held a car wash and open house to raise money for the Mike (muh-LAR-ee) Mallare Golf Tournament in July.
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In addition to the car wash the public could have their blood pressure and blood sugar checked.
The new allergy clinic was open for the public to take a look at.
The clinic hoped to raise 1-thousand dollars.
Horse lovers had a chance to get an up close and personal look at some special breeds at Tanglewood Mall.
Organizers of the Roanoke Valley Horse Show brought some of their finest to the mall to demonstrate their jumping and trotting abilities.
All of the breeds represented in the week long horse show at the Salem Civic Center were also out there.
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((GERALD CARTER: WE'RE TALKING ABOUT WHAT THEY DO SO THE PUBLIC WILL BE INFORMED ON WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN THEY COME TO THE HORSE SHOW, ONE OF THE GREAT THINGS ABOUT THE ROANOKE SHOW IS THE SPECTATORS SHOW UP IN FORCE.))
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The 30-th annual horse show begins the 18-th and runs through the 23-rd.
The show is the longest running sporting event in the valley.
More than 1-thousand horses from around the country take part in the show every year.
Coming up, Shannon Young is monkeying around at the Mill Mountain zoo...
and stores advertise lightbulbs that will burn for 10 years or more, but a bulb in California has beaten those by a LONG LONG time... Stay tuned, there's more enlightenment ahead on News 7.
Narrows high school is getting ready to graduate a first for Giles County, a student who will go on to college 2-years early.
16-year-old Eric Atkins skipped fifth grade and his junior year to graduate with the Class of 2001.
The youngest of three-kids, he says he's already planning for an early retirement.
But before he can do that, Atkins will attend college at the University of Illinois to study business.
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((ERIC ATKINS/GRADUATING EARLY; I CHOSE THE U OF I BECAUSE IT'S A LARGE SCHOOL AND THAT'S KIND OF A BIG CHANGE IN NARROWS WHICH HAS NOTHING, AND, THEY HAVE A GOOD BUSINESS PROGRAM.))
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Graduating early is only one of Atkins achievements.
More on this local boy with a bright future tomorrow on News 7 Sunday morning.
Roanoke's Mill Mountain offers much more than a sweeping view of the valley.
Part of the hilltop is set aside for interaction with wildlife.
In this week's Time Off Shannon Young takes us to the Mill Mountain Zoo.
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It's not quite feeding time and Dave Wood is having trouble waking the animals, especially the leopards, from their early afternoon nap.
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((Everybody loves cats, especially big cats, but alot of times they'll come to the zoo and say, "Well, they're sleeping." Well, that's what cats do.))
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Other creatures, like this red panda, are pacing, perhaps waiting for visitors to arrive.
This is the relaxed atmosphere of Mill Mountain Zoo, 4-acres of wooded hillside atop one of Roanoke's most well-known landmarks.
For the past 49-years the zoo has sought to encourage a relationship between humans and their feathered, furry and fantastical friends.
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((It's hard to become emotionally involved with animals and wildlife by looking at pictures in a book. You need to smell, you need the sound. You need to touch when it's appropriate.))
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((Although you can't get as close to the animals as I am to Bernice here, you can get a whole lot closer to some species you typically wouldn't find in this area.))
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That's because the zoo's changing its focus to become a home primarily to Asian species, instead of the African animals most zoos specialize in.
Plus, Wood says Asian animals, like these snow monkeys, are used to climates like Roanoke's that swing from hot to cold.
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((Alot of times people see them in National Geographic articles and stuff, they're sitting in the hot springs in the snow...this is the species. This is that animal.))
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You may also be familiar with Ruby the tiger, the zoo's most famous resident.
Wood says Mill Mountain will be bringing in still more tigers to keep Ruby company and boost the zoo's big cat population.
Snow leopards Boris and Tasha recently made their own contribution by having cubs.
Look for the babies to make their debut in the coming weeks.
Shannon Young, News 7, Roanoke.))
It may seem like an urban legend...
But folks in Livermore, California swear it's true.
Workers at a fire station there are celebrating the 100th birthday of a light- bulb.
They say the bulb has been burning continuously since 1901.
Folks there say it's survived two moves and some power outages.
It's even continued to shine through a few earthquakes.
And, it's earned itself quite a reputation.
Workers at the fire station say the bulb draws travelers from as far as Illinois.
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The Salem Avalanche scored 4 runs in the 8-th to come from behind and beat Winston-Salem 7 to 6.
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Salem would pick up its second straight win.
In the second inning, Tino Sanchez hits a shot to centerfield the relay comes home but Salem's Greg Catalonotte slides and avoids the tag for the score and the Avalanche led 2 to nothing.
Then in the third with Javier Colina on second he's running on the pitch the throw to third is low and Colina gets up and scores to make it 3 to nothing Salem.
The Warthogs would score in the fourth when Ryan Hankins hits it to left field Tommy Nicholson scores but the Avalanche holds on to win it 7 to 6.
The Salem Avalanche will have four players on the Carolina League All Star Team.
Javier Colina was added today to replace Potomac second baseman Bo Hart who will miss the game because of an injury.
He joins outfieldere Dan Phillips, First baseman Garrett Atkins and left handed pitcher Cory Vaance as representatives from the Avalanche.
The Avalanche is at home tonight against Winston Salem.
Atlanta fell behind and then roared back to beat the New York Yankees yesterday 10 to 6.
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New York fell behind 2 to 1 then in the second, Chipper Jones, who homered in the first hits a single up the middle scoring Andruw Jones the Braves led 4 to 1.
But the Yankees rallied, Trailing 5 to 1 in the third Jorge Posada gets all of this pitch for a two run homer over the centerfield wall but the Braves still led 5 to 4.
Then in the bottom of the fourth Bernie Williams unloads with this two run homer over the left field wall to make it 6 to 5 but Atlanta rallys to win it 10 to 6.
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The college world series continued today at Omaha, Nebraska.
U-S-C's Alberto Concepcion hit two homers, tripled and drove in five runs as the Trojans beat Georgia 11 to 5.
And here are tonight's scores.
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The final game of the National Hockey League season was played last night and Colorado is the Stanley Cup Champion.
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Denver and New Jersey hooked up at the Pepsi Center.
Colorado's Alex Tanguay would take control of the puck behind the net skate to the side and fire the slap shot for tthe score and Colorado took the 1 to nothing lead in the first.
The Avalanche then struck in the second this time Tanguay gets the rebound off the Joe Sakic shot and scores the goal to make it 2 to nothing and Colorado goes on to win it 3 to 1.
Blacksburg comes up short on the group two A soccer championship. More later on Sunday Morning.
"Point Given" blew away the field running to a 12 and a quarter length victory at the Belmont Stakes, the seventh biggest winning margin in 133 Belmont Races.
Lets listen to the call.
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"A-P Valentine was second and Kentucky Derby Winner "Monarchos" was third.
Blacksburg put an 87 game win streak on the line against Jamestown yesterday in the Group Two A state soccer championship.
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The Indians graduated yesterday morning before their fourth straight title attempt.
We pick it up in the first half. Jamestown has the direct kick. Colby Renniger scores one of his four goals on the day. 3-nothing Jamestown.
[SUPER=34-Jamestown/5/Blacksburg/0;] In the second half, Jamestown has a penalty kick and Colin Wyatt puts it past
Harper Thornsen to make it 4-nothing.
Thornsen again facing a penalty kick and he makes the save but the Eagles end Blacksburg's 87 game streak without a loss with a 5-nothing win.
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On the girls side, Jefferson Forest would battle Broad Run in the Group 2A state championship.
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This was the Cavaliers second straight trip to the title game.
The game was scoreless until Broad run junior Kayla Kirby scores to give the Spartans the 1-nothing lead with 3:03 left in the game and that would be enough as the Spartans top Jefferson Forest 1-nothing for the group 2A girls state championship.
On to baseball where Heritage would try and knock off Poquoson in the state championship.
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The Pioneers were fired up and focused for their state title game at Kiwanis Field.
Heritage had a 1-nothing lead but in the bottom of the fourth Poquoson's Jeff Parrish scores from third on a fielder's choice to tie it at 1 all.
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Cobb and the Islanders go on to win the group 2A baseball state championship with the 3-1 victory.
Radford is the Group A tennis team champion.
The Bobcats led by singles champion Caroline Downs won all six of the matches against Thomas Walker today.
The final team score was 6 to nothing.
Radford wins its fourth straight team championship.
Downs and Jenni Gray won the doubles title.
The final set took over an hour to finish but Jennifer Capriati survived to win the French Open final.
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Her opponent Kim Clijsters (KLY'-sturs) would put up a strong fight by winning the first set 6 to 1.
But Capriati would rally to win the final two sets closing the match with a forehand winner down the line that Clijsters couldn't reach.
Capriati now becomes the first woman to win both the Australian and French Opens in the same year since Monica Seles in 1992.
That's it for sports, have a great sunday everybody...
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Jack Allara is the leader after two rounds of the Roanoke Valley Hall of Fame golf tournament.
Today at Hanging Rock, Allara shot 68 today for a total of 138. That's two shots better than Robbie Craft who's at 140 after shooting a 70.
On the women's side, Meg Davies has a one shot lead on Dot Bolling. Davies shot 75 and Bolling 76.
The Material girl has launched her latest world wide tour and as she heads to the US, tickets could cost you a pretty penny.
Madonna Mania has hit the world, starting in Barcelona.
Her first stop here in America will be in Miami and it's already causing quite a frenzy.
The Miami concerts sold out in an hour and a half, but if you have the cash, and a lot of it, the newspaper and internet are full of tickets.
The highest asking price so far... TEN Thousand dollars for a pair on the internet.
If that's a little high, the newspaper is chock full of tickets for a few thousand.
Still too high?
Some people are trying their luck with radio contests.