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A live update from Franklin county, as a jury deliberates the future of a 15- year- old boy on trial for capital murder.
And Pittsylvania county authorities are looking to an overnight drive- by shooting that killed a 22- year- old man.
Sunshine has returned in most locations but if your not seeing it yet....you'll have to wait just a little longer...I'll have your forecast...
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The Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Department is investigating a drive by shooting that killed one person.
Deputies responded to Rockford School Road in Hurt just before one this morning
They arrived to find 22 year old Marcus Lavar Dawson dead of a gunshot wound.
Witnesses say a dark color, small vehicle pulled up in front of a home Dawson was visiting, and someone began shooting.
The victim stepped out and was struck by one of the rounds.
No charges have been filed and no motive is known at this time.
Two former Danville Sheriff's deputies have pled guilty to sexual misconduct at the city jail. Doyle Cook pled guilty today to seven counts of having sex with an inmate. He faces 35 years in prison and more than 17 thousand dollars in fines.
Steve Terry pled guilty to one count of having sex with an inmate. He could get up to five years in prison and a 25 hundred dollar fine.
Both will be sentenced August 30th. Two other former deputies, Ernest Carter and Marvin Riggins, have already pled guilty to similar offenses at the jail.
Firefighters in North London are searching through rubble for five people believed trapped in a collapsed apartment building.
Four others suffered minor injuries -- including a baby.
The three-story building collapsed this morning. Dozens of firefighters rushed to the scene, using thermal imaging equipment and microphones in hopes of finding more survivors.
The building was under renovation, but authorities have not yet determine what caused it to cave in.
A train derailment is keeping Baltimore firefighters busy again today--
The crews say they're finally on track toward removing the C-S-X freight train that derailed and caught fire in a downtown tunnel.
Authorities say most of the box cars appear to be connected AND on the track.
They hope to pull them out of the tunnel with a locomotive.
Meanwhile, firefighters say they made good progress on putting out the blaze.
Workers also spent the night pumping hydrochloric acid that was leaking from one of the cars.
Rennovations are under way at Virginia Tech's Large Animal hospital after parts were closed earlier this summer because of
For the safety of its animals, officials at the teaching hospital decided to send all patients home, close it off to animals and completely replace the floor.
At this point, floor glue is being removed and the ground is being prepped for a new dis-infectable surface-
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The facility is still serving a limited number of animals on an out-patient basis.
Officials say vet students are getting hands on experience with large animals at other Tech departments.
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A Franklin County jury is entering its eighth hour of deliberations in the capital murder trial of Alexander Hudson.
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Shannon Young is at the courthouse with the latest.
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A North Carolina judge will NOT block the merger between Wachovia and First Union.
Wachovia suitor SunTrust Bank was denied a request that would have stopped the merger.
The judge did however say a non-termination clause in the Wachovia-First Union deal was ``invalid and unenforceable''.
That clause would, for several months, block Wachovia from merging with another bank if the agreement with First Union fell through.
Wachovia shareholders will vote on the merger deal with first union on August 3rd.
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Still to come on the newscast, federal tax refunds begin hitting the mail,
and from the Circus world, one of the nation's best known performers has passed away.
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A 20- year flight from justice ended this morning in Philadelphia.
Convicted killer Ira Einhorn stepped off a plane from France around four A-M, after losing his fight to halt extradition.
U-S marshals took the 61-year-old in handcuffs to a federal courthouse.
Einhorn was then transferred to maximum security prison.
He'll get a new trial for murder charges stemming from the 19-77 death of his girlfriend, Holly Maddux.
For prosecutors, Einhorn's return to the U-S has been a long time coming.
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Prosecutors also agreed NOT to seek the death penalty.
Uncle Sam says the checks are in the mail--
The first batch of federal refunds is heading out today to more than 112- million U-S taxpayers.
President Bush is hoping taxpayers will use that money to help boost the economy, but not everyone is convinced Americans will go on a spending spree.
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Depending on the last digits in your social security number, you'll be receiving your check anytime between this coming Monday through the end of September.
President Bush is in Italy for the G-Eight Summit.
But it's the violent protests, NOT the meeting that's attracting most of the attention.
Gretchen Carlson has more on the intensifying clashes between police and demonstrators.
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As Air Force One touched down in Genoa, Italy President Bush emerged
ready to discuss issues like Aids and global warming with other world
But just a half a mile, thousands of protesters were making security the
main concern. Close to 100-thousand protesters are here in the port
city -- turning Genoa into a city under siege.
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To combat the violence, Italys police forces have come prepared.
20-thousand officers and soldiers are stationed throughout the city.
They search vehicles coming into the city for any signs of explosives.
Divers also patrol the waters surrounding the port.
But the greatest defense against the protesters is this 6-mile stretch
of steel fence. Police put it up around the area of the city where the
world leaders will meet - creating a safety zone called the red zone.
(STAND-UP) Gretchen Carlson Reporting - Genoa, Italy
Inside the safety zone behind this huge steel fence you could start to
hear the protesters as they approach this way -- and just behind me here
you can see police were ready in full riot gear to take them on.
Protesters broke windows during their march and set small fires --
demanding President Bush and other world leaders pay attention to the
concerns of the worlds poor. Bush addressed those concerns on his way
to Genoa from England, condemning the violence.
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Instead of embracing policies that represent the poor you embrace
policies that lock poor people into poverty.
With 2 more days of meetings still ahead, police will remain on high
alert, trying to keep these world leaders far away from protesters doing
their best to be heard. (nat) Gretchen Carlson, CBS News, Genoa, Italy.
One of the biggest stars of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus has died.
Animal trainer Gunther Gebel-Williams passed away yesterday of cancer.
During his 30 years with the circus Gebel-Williams never missed a show and performed in front of 200 MILLION people.
A friend says the trainer had an ``incredible rapport'' with a wide array of animals, including tigers, leopards, elephants, horses and giraffes.
Gebel-Williams was born in Germany, and was introduced to circus life at age 12 when his mother joined Circus Williams as a wardrobe assistant.
He was 66 years old.
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Still to come on the newscast, Leo will have this week's edition of Growin It,
and the secret is out. A Hollywood reporter reveals the name of the person who spent almost 600 thousand dollars on an Academy Award.
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Altavista's volunteer rescue squad is facing a major staffing shortage after nine members resigned their positions this week.
The group, which includes four officers, says it's unhappy with the direction the squad is going, according to Crew Captain Ken Gowen.
Gowen told News7 yesterday there's "no chance" he and the others will reconsider.
Campbell County's public safety director, John Larkin, says the county is still looking into ways it can help both sides resolve their differences.
The Lifesaving Crew suffered another setback in February when it was revealed that tens of thousands of dollars in funds were missing.
An investigation into that is ongoing.
The anonymous bidder who paid 578-thousand dollars for Bette Davis' Oscar has been identified.
Variety columnist Army Archerd says it was Steven Spielberg. Davis won the Academy Award for best actress for ``Jezebel'' in 1939.
Archerd writes that Spielberg will give the Oscar back to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences -- just like he did when he bought the Oscar Clark Gable won for ``It Happened One Night.''
Spielberg paid 607-thousand-500 dollars for that Oscar.
Kimberly on two shot to Leo
In this week's Growin It, we are heading to downtown Roanoke where you can some some bright and beautiful ideas for your home landscaping.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 51 points.
Nasdaq lost 21 points.
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Still to come - a former Franklin County sports star signs with the Cincinnati Reds ..
Myrtle Beach outplays Salem .. but the Avs get a second chance tonight as they close out their three- game set.
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Kyle Petty has returned to the track where his son died, preparing to drive a stark, black race car to
honor Adam Petty's memory.
The third-generation driver delayed his decision until today.
He was unsure whether he was ready to race in Loudon, New Hampshire, where his son died last May during practice for a Winston Cup race.
Qualifying for the New England 300 begins today.
The car, which would have been driven by Adam Petty this year, is painted completely black, and is adorned with white logos.
On the side is a sticker with a Number 45, and the words ``Adam Petty, forever in our hearts.''
In the big leagues, Randy Johnson set a major league record yesterday.
Relief pitching .. he struck out 16 batters in 7 innings.
The Diamondbacks went on to beat the Padres 3-to-0.
A little closer to home it was ..
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Night number 8 of this current 13- game home stand, AND it also was "Thirsty Thursday."
Salem would fall behind 2-to-nothing before coming back behind the bat of Greg Catalanotte.
He dings this two- run homer over the center field wall.
It's now 2-all, after 2.
But Myrtle Beach would out-gun the Avs last night.
Damien Jones drives in this run with a shot to center field.
Adam LaRoche scores and Myrtle Beach outscores Salem 11-to-7.
They close out their 3 game set tonight.
Local product Bobby Basham has signed to play for the Cincinnati Reds.
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Our 1997 Friday Football Extra "Scholar Athlete of the Year", who was a three- sports star at Franklin County high school, was drafted by the Reds in the seventh round.
He's leaving for Billings, Montana today.
He'll play for the Red's advanced rookie team until he leaves for College on August 25th.
He'll graduate from the University of Richmond next May.
15 year N-B-A veteran Dell Curry was back in town yesterday camping out in Salem with Page Moir.
Roy Stanley has more on this annual pilgrimage back to the valley.
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((Curry was a role player for the Raptors. He averaged over 13-minutes a game averaging 6 points a game. But he shot over 42 per cent from the three point line.
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Tomorow would have been late author Ernest Hemingway's birthday.
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To commemorate the occasion every year, Key West hosts the Hemingway Days Festival.
The novelist called Key West his home for nearly a decade.
Perhaps the most popular event at the festival is the "Papa Hemingway" Look-Alike contest at the author's favorite watering hole, Sloppy Joe's.
More than 100 bearded men take the stage, trying their best to out-HEMINGWAY the competition.
The final round is set for tomorrow.
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