Although he says a Memorial Day shooting was an accident, a Roanoke man is charged with first- degree murder this
Details, coming up.
And symbol of Confederate history is found inside a Connecticut warehouse.
This flag was on President Lincoln's box- seat at Ford's theater the night he died.
News 7 at noon is straight ahead.
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A murder suspect tells police a man his Mother had been seeing threatened to kill HIM just before he shot 40-year old Keith Anthony Dillard.
Shortly after the shooting on Memorial Day Teon Lee Parris indicated the gun went off by accident.
At a preliminary hearing this morning, a city police detective recounted what Parris told him.
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((HE ASKED MR. DILLARD IF HE PUT HIS HANDS ON HIS MOTHER. MR. DILLARD STATED, IF I WAS GOING TO DO ANYTHING.... I JUST DON'T WANT YOU PUTTING YOUR HANDS ON MY MAMA.))
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Detective Meador said Parris quoted Dillard as saying: if you fight me and beat me, I'm going to get my gun and I'm going to kill you AND your Mama.
Parris also said he'd been pointing the gun at the ground and didn't know he'd shot Dillard until he saw blood.
Nevertheless, the judge certified a charge of first- degree murder against Parris.
A Bedford County woman is now facing murder charges for allegedly shooting her ex- husband in April.
32- year- old Angelia Michelle Bowles is accused of second degree murder and using a firearm in the commission of murder.
Police say Bowles called them on April 12th to say she had shot her ex- husband, 46- year- old Walter Lester Morris.
Morris died six weeks later of complications from his wounds.
Bowles remains free on bond.
A U-S servicemen accused of rape is now in the custody of Japanese police.
The handover comes just hours after the U-S ambassador to Japan announced approval of the transfer.
American officials wanted to make sure Staff Sergeant Timothy Woodland would receive fair treatment.
Bruce Dunning has the latest.
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A guilty plea to save his life--
Former F-B-I agent Robert Hanssen admitted in court today that he spied for the Russians.
In an Alexandria courtroom, Hanssen pled guilty to 15- counts of espionage and conspiracy.
It was part of a plea agreement, under which Hanssen will spend the rest of his life in prison and avoid the death penalty.
The father of six admitted to selling secrets to Moscow for 15 years.
As part of the plea agreement, Hanssen will have to give the government the details of his spying.
The work week is ending with bad news for the nation's job market.
The jobless rate rose to four-and-a-half- percent last month.
That's an increase of one-tenth-of-a- percent.
The Labor Department says businesses trimmed 114- thousand jobs from payrolls last month, which is much worse than analysts expected.
President Bush is celebrating his 55th birthday today.
With his father at his side, the President began the day on the golf course in Kennebunkport, Maine.
The younger Bush donned a hat with the number "43", reflecting his role as the nation's 43rd President.
Not to be left out, the elder Bush wore a hat with the number "41".
Other plans for the President's birthday include a dinner at the family's vacation home tonight.
This is Bush's first trip to the Maine retreat since his inauguration.
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Still to come on the newscast, two announcements mean big changes are coming for the local political scene.
Also we'll have an update on a daredevil whose world record attempt ended badly Wednesday night.
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A motorcycle daredevil is recovering after he crashed while performing a stunt in San Diego Wednesday night.
Bubba Blackwell was trying to set a new world record by clearing 22 cars.
But his bike fell short and he was thrown off.
His brother says Blackwell broke his pelvis, ribs and collar bone.
He also suffered bleeding on the brain and collapsed lungs.
He's regained consciousness and is able to move his arms and legs, but doctors say he's NOT out of the woods yet.
Blackwell has broken a number of records set by Evel Knievel.
When he was 28, he beat Knievel's 1971 world record of 17 cars --by three.
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After 30 years of service, House of Delegates Minority leader Dick Cranwell says he will not seek another term.
Cranwell says it's time to move on.
Joe Dashiell reports.
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((Three decades after Dick Cranwell began his first bid for a seat in the House of Delegates... the Vinton Democrat announced he will not return in January.
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((AND AS MUCH AS I ENJOY PUBLIC SERVICE AS AN ELECTED MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES, IT'S TIME FOR ME TO MOVE ON AND LOOK FOR OTHER WAYS TO SERVE FOLKS.))
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First elected in November 1971, Cranwell quickly staked his claim as one of the legislature's most effective politicians.... He added majority leader to his political resume before Republicans gained control of the House.
But in the wake of redistricting, in which he was placed in the same district as Roanoke Delegate and fellow Democrat Chip Woodrum, Cranwell faced a difficult decision.
It was after he returned from a family vacation last week, that Cranwell says the choice was clear.
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((HOME IS MORE IMPORTANT TO ME THAN THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES. NOW THAT MAY SOUND TRITE TO YOU, BUT IT REALLY IS. I WOULD NOT WANT TO BE A SUITCASE FATHER. ANDI WON'T BE.))
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Cranwell says the loss of seasoned lawmakers including Barnie Day, and Tom Jackson will have an impact on southwest Virginia.
Cranwell's supporters agree.
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((DAVE SAUNDERS/CRANWELL SUPPORTER: THE GRIN YOU SEE ON THE FACE OF VANCE WILKINS AND MORGAN GRIFFITH TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU AT THE EXPENSE OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA.))
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The Vinton Delegate says he will continue to serve southwest Virginia but as he announced his exit from the House of Delegates he wouldn't speculate on his political future beyond the November election.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Vinton))
Cranwell's announcement surprised the House Majority Leader.
Delegate Morgan Griffith says the floor debate will be less interesting without Cranwell.
The Majority Leader says even though Southwest Virginia is losing a delegate with seniority in the house, it will not hurt this area.
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((MORGAN GRIFFITH: BASED ON POPULATION WE'VE LOST SEATS BUT WE STILL HAVE THE MAJORITY LEADER AND JUST UP THE ROAD IN AMHERST WE HAVE THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE THE OLD SPEAKER WAS FROM NORFOLK, I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU LOSE POWER WHEN YOU HAVE THE MAJORITY LEADER AND THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE IN YOUR REGION.))
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So far Griffith is unopposed in the November election.
Another long time Democrat is also calling it quits. After serving 14 years...
Democratic Delegate Tom Jackson says he will NOT seek re-election either.
But Jackson says a political future is still possible.
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((DEL. TOM JACKSON/D-HILLSVILLE: ONE OF THE GREAT THINGS ABOUT LIFE IS THAT YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT'S AROUND THE NEXT CURVE. AND, YOU KNOW, I ENJOYED MY 14 YEARS. I THINK MY PERSONALITY AND WHAT ABILITIES THAT I HAVE WERE WELL SUITED FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PROCESS. I HOPE, IF IT'S MEANT TO BE, I HOPE THAT THERE WILL BE SOME OTHER OPPORTUNITIES COMING DOWN THE ROAD.))
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[OUT Q=opportunities coming down the road.]
Jackson says campaigning in an almost entirely new district, against a fellow Democrat, was NOT an enticing prospect.
His decision is based largely on the amount of time it would take away from his family.
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Still to come on the newscast, a Richmond car dealer has the ultimate fish story,
Plus we'll tell you where a piece of American history has been hiding for the last century.
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A slice of American History has been discovered in a dusty warehouse in Connecticut....one of the flags that adorned President Lincoln's box seat at Ford's Theater, the night he was assassinated.
Jim Axelrod has the story.
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Today on Growing It, we're looking at a garden in an unusual location. A local school is using it to beautify its grounds as well as teach a lesson.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 218 points.
Nasdaq has lost 68 points.
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Still to come on News 7 -
The Avalanches lose in the Hill City.
And .. Slugger Mark McGwire seems to be in a hitting slump.
Now he says he may call it quits. We'll have details after the break.
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Baseball super slugger Mark McGwire says he may retire after this season.
McGwire still holds the single-season home run record he set in 1998, but this season his numbers are down.
Lately he's gone oh-for 29 .. a career worst slump.
McGwire is quoted in this morning's St. Louis Post Dispatch as saying even if he does not retire.. he doesn't expect to be back at full strength for at least a year, after off-season knee surgery.
About his 183 batting average.. McGwire said quote "I'm embarrassed".
The Avalanche fell to the Lynchburg Hillcats last night 5 to 7.
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The Hillcats' mascot, Southpaw was entertaining the kids as always before the game.
Bottom of the 2nd, Salem was up 1-0.
The Hillcats' first baseman Chris Combs takes this one deep and out of the park for the solo home run that ties the score at one to one.
The Avalanche would get things going in the 3rd.
Dan Phillips smokes it past 3rd baseman James Langston, and the runner comes in to score.
Offense wasn't all that was cooking for the Avalanche.
Defense was tough
Avs pitcher Randey Dorame with the quick glove catches the rocket off the bat of Jon Prieto, but Lynchburg goes on to win it 7 to 5.
Patrick Rafter goes for the duce at Wimbledon - beating Andre Agassi for his second straight trip to the finals.
It took five games for Rafter the down the former champion.
This is the third straight time he faced Agassi in the semifinals.
Rafter, a two-time U-S Open champ, lost to Pete Sampras in the final last year.
He faces the winner of the Tim Henman-Goran (ee-vah-NEE'-seh-vihch) Ivanisevic match.
Henman is 4-and-0 lifetime against his opponent, but (ee-vah-NEE-seh-vich) Ivanisevic has slammed 150 aces in THIS year's tournament.
Qualifying for the Pepsi 400 continues today at Daytona after rain delayed last night's session.
Stacy Compton, like many of the Cup drivers, is returning to Daytona for the first time since Dale Earnhardt crashed and was killed on the final lap of the 500.
Compton says the drivers think about Earnhardt all the time.
However, the Pepsi 400 is at the top of the list this weekend.
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The Pepsi 400 is scheduled for Saturday night.
While America's already celebrated with Fourth of July fireworks, Spanish citizens were full of spark today.
Tens of thousand of people gathered in Pamplona to kick off the San Fermin festival.
They gathered in the main square spraying champaign and waiting for the firework to go off that signals the start of the fiesta and the running of the bulls.
The city of 180- thousand residents is swamped with visitors for the week-long celebration.
An estimated 10- thousand Americans are among the revelers.
Finally today we have a big fish story out of Richmond.
Warren Doub (dowb) is a used car salesman who was more interested in landing a sale when he ended up landing a fish.
He was showing a car to a customer, when a two- pound shad fell from the sky and smashed into a pickup on the lot.
(Dowb) Doub says he first thought someone had thrown a rock, until he found the fish.
Two Virginia bird experts say a bald eagle was probably flying overhead with its dinner, when it dropped the fish.
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