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Coming up on News 7--
A Bedford county teenager on trial for killing his father and attempting to kill his step-mother enters a plea.
We'll have the latest.
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And a longtime Roanoke steakhouse has served its last meal,
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A mix of sun and clouds could lead to a few thunderstorms later this afternoon....I'll have your forecast....
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News 7 at noon is next.

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[Martinez]


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A Bedford County teenager accused of killing his father and attempting to kill his step mother pled guilty this morning.
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Seventeen year old Eric Martinez was arrested in early December at his home on Johnson Mountain Road. Today his stepmother testified that Martinez shot his father at close range and then fired the weapon in her direction.
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Martinez plead guilty to charges including first degree murder and attempted capitol murder. He could face life in prison when he is sentenced later this year.

[Steak-Ale]


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After almost 20 years in the Roanoke Valley, Steak and Ale has closed its doors.
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Yesterday was the last "official" day patrons dined at the restaurant. Mangers are cleaning out today.
Metro Media Restaurant Group owns more than 100 Steak and Ale Restaurants in the area... all of them are being examined to determine which ones are not making enough money.
It was more than a year ago that dozens of patrons of the Roanoke restaurant became ill with the Norwalk virus.

The company says that incident didn't help that restaurant's reputation.
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[Code-Red]


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It won't likely affect your home computer, but it could slow down the Internet.
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Computer security experts warn the "Code Red" worm will likely begin spreading tonight.
It's infected hundreds of thousands of computers running Microsoft's Internet server software.
"Code Red" is fairly new -- making its debut nearly two weeks ago.
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The F-B-I says those most at risk-- BUSINESSES-- should download "patches" to head off the problem.
Meanwhile, the White House has changed its internet address in an effort to avoid possible national security violations.
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[Election-Reform]


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It might not have the greeting card quality of Christmas--
But the National Commission on Election Reform wants to see Election Day become a national holiday.
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While President Bush doesn't appear too keen on an Election Day HOLIDAY, he is ready to support election reform on a broad scale.
President Carter-- a member of the bi- partisan commission-- was on hand at the White House this morning to present the report to President Bush.
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Another proposal by the commission-- for Congress to offer one to two- billion dollars in matching grants to help states upgrade their election systems-- as long as the STATES have the power to run them.
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First Union shareholders overwhelmingly approve its proposed merger with Wachovia this morning. Shareholders representing 95 percent of the company's shares voted to approve the merger. The proposed combination of North Carolina-based banks would create the nation's fourth largest bank.
Wachovia's board of directors has endorsed the First Union merger and shareholders are expected to vote on the deal Friday.
First Union and rival suitor SunTrust Banks of Atlanta have battled all summer over the right to buy Wachovia.

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The Texas mother accused of drowning her five children faces arraignment next month in Houston.
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A grand jury has indicted Andrea Yates on two counts of capital murder.
Yates was indicted on one count of capital murder for the deaths of seven-year-old Noah and five-year-old John.
She was indicted on another capital murder count in the death of her six-month-old daughter, Mary.
Yates had been treated for post-partum depression.
The defense says Yates has a prolonged history of mental illness.
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Governor Jim Gilmore took to the skies yesterday to see first hand the damage flood waters left in far western Virginia.
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A state helicopter took the governor over Scott and Wise Counties.
He also got a closer look from the ground.
One man was killed and many others left homeless when heavy rains forced streams and creeks out of their banks.
The governor has sent in National Guard troops and promises that more help is on the way.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: THE STATE STANDS BEHIND THE PEOPLE OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA, FAITHFULLY AND LOYALLY AND WE INTEND TO BE THERE FOR THEM NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS ANYTIME.))
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Volunteers have been clearing debris and going door-to-door adding up the damage.
The Red Cross has about one thousand relief workers in the Applachians right now, with more aid on the way.
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Burger King is recalling millions of its kids' meal toys--
The fast-food chain says there are no reports of any injuries, but it isn't taking any chances.
An independent consultant found the "Look for Me Bumble Bee" and the "Hourglass Space Sprout" could break into small pieces-- posing a choking hazard.
This is the SECOND problems Burger King has had with its toys in recent months.
In March, 400- thousand "Rattling, Paddling Riverboat" toys were also recalled due to a risk of choking.
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Coming up - Investigators think more talks may give them new leads in the missing intern case -
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And Rocky Mount's looking for leads to ease it's rising unemployment rates.
But first-- let's find out from Leo if the TEMPERATURES will keep rising....
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[Levy]


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Washington police now say Congressman Gary Condit is not the central figure in their investigation of missing intern Chandra Levy.
Its the latest bit of news -- some encouraging, some far from it -- to reach Levy's family since her disapparance.
Lee Cowan reports.
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(( Everyday day for the last several weeks - the Levy's have made a very public, but routine trip to their mailbox.

Inside -- hundreds of cards and letters from well-wishers all over the country.

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"I receive lots of wonderful mail. I received a letter from a woman in Texas I could bring it out later and read the poetry. It just brings tears to my eyes."

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But sources say the Levy's have also received disturbing things in the mail -- including bizarre audio tapes from psychics -- and letters with cryptic phrases.
One letter bothered the Levy's so much, detectives took it away in plastic -- treating it as a possible evidence.

It was the latest ordeal for a family grasping at anything that might be a clue.

Over the weekend -- FBI sources say a reverend who claimed his daughter had been threatened by Congressman Gary Condit -- apologized to the Levy family for making the story up.

There have been bizarre drive byes at the home -- with one woman arrested who said she just wanted to talk to the Levy's.

Still the family perseveres.

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"Same old nightmare continuing, just, sometimes we hope to see something that helps us as far as finding her."
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The fighting is escalating in the Middle East--
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The spiritual leader of Hamas is threatening revenge after an Israeli military attack today.
Israel's military fired explosives, killing a senior Hamas leader and six others in the West Bank.
The attack was so quick, Palestinians say they didn't know whether the Israeli's struck from land or air.
Officials say at least two explosives were fired through windows on the floor where Hamas has offices in the seven- story building.
The Hamas leader was believed to be the primary target.
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Like many other communities, the slowing economy is hitting Franklin County hard.
So last night, county officials took a hard look at what they could do to spur economic development.
Joe Dashiell reports.
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((The loss of Lane Furniture has brought uncertainty for hundreds of employees, attracted the attention of statewide candidates... but so far there is no promise of new jobs.
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((I THINK THERE IS REASON FOR OPTIMISM IN OUR WHOLE REGION, IT JUST DOESN'T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT AND THAT'S THE UNFORTUNATE THING , ESPECIALLY FOR THOSE PEOPLE NOW WHO'VE LOST THEIR JOBS.))
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As Franklin county officials took a hard look at their economic development efforts, they wondered if they could learn something from other localities such as Botetourt County that are landing new industrial prospects... and if they could do a better job of playing to Franklin County's strengths.
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((WAYNE ANGELL/SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN: I THINK MAYBE WE SHOULD BE A LITTLE MORE SPECIFIC IN THE INDUSTRIES WE TARGET AND TRY TO WORK WITH THE TOWN AND THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION TO POOL OUR RESOURCES TO GIVE US A BETTER POSITION.))
((MARK NEWBILL/ROCKY MOUNT MAYOR: BRIGHTER DAYS ARE AHEAD AND WE'LL KEEP ON WORKING. AND WE JUST WANT THE PUBLIC TO KNOW WE'RE NOT SITTING BACK, WE'RE WORKING ON IT.))
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Though there is frustration that a strong workforce and excellent quality of life aren't enough to attract new industry, Franklin County officials say they're confident their economic development efforts will eventually pay off.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Franklin County))[Tease2] [SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
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Coming up next on the newscast,
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a rose by any other name may smell just as sweet, but is a ketchup of another color still good to eat? We'll examine the newest color in the condiment rainbow after this break.
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President and Mrs. Bush helped celebrate the 200th anniversary of the U-S Marine Band.
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The First couple attended a taping of the "President's Own" at the White House last night.
The musical special airs on P-B-S in September.
Among the celebrities performing, country stars Larry Gatlin and Toby Keith, singer- actress Nell Carter, and the marine band.
The U-S Marine band was first invited to play at the White House by President John Adams at a New Year's Day reception in 18-01.
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[Ketchup]


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Just when you were starting to get used to the green ketchup, Heinz announced today it's adding another version to its OFF- color lineup.
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Purple is the newest condiment. Heinz had kids test out yellow, orange, purple and hot pink ketchup.
Purple came out on top.
Kids are the number one consumers of ketchup, devouring more than half of all ketchup in the U-S...roughly 5 billion ounces annually.
Heinz says the original idea of bringing a new color to an old condiment came directly from kids. The company introduced the green version last year.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 158 points. NASDAQ has gained 32.
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Still to come on News 7 at noon The Redskins are braving two a day practices -
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And its a round of 'chicken' for one local business owner.
We'll have details after the break.
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The Redskins opened training camp yesterday without top draft picks Rod Gardner and Fred Smoot. So some other faces occupied the media's attention. Mike Stevens has more from Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
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The Carolina Panthers are going through training camp at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. One key for the cats will be the running game.
Tim Bi-aka-batuka, who has a string of injury- filled seasons, says he and his offensive line are healthy.
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Winston Cup drivers head to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend for the Brickyard 400.
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And Wood Brothers driver Elliott Sadler will have a new look. The U-S Airforce has signed on as an associate sponsor for the Number 21 Motorcraft Ford.
In an effort to boost recruiting, the Air Force will be at the track with Sadler, and take a 21 car to high schools
and malls.
And a B-52 with the number 21 on it will buzz Indianapolis before the Brickyard 400.
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[11SML-Chicken]


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While many people have asked, "Why did the chicken cross the road?"...not many ever wondered if it was in the back of pink Cadillac convertible.
Franklin County's most famous, and some would say infamous chicken did just that yesterday, as a local buisness owner decided to take a road trip.
Marya Jones reports.
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(( When this chicken crosses the road, it's bound to turn some heads before it gets to the other side.
Afterall, the 8-foot fiberglass fowl now perched atop a pink Cadillac may be Smith Mountain Lake's most famous outlaw.
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((JOE ALTADONNA: CHICKEN IS BIG STAR NOW. SO NOW WE LET IT DRIVE IN STYLE IN A PINK CADILLAC CONVERTIBLE. )) [RUNS:09]
Back in June, the county's planning commission ordered the chicken's execution...
Joe Altadonna put it out on Route 616 to promote his business, Westlake Safari Mini Golf.
But the county said he'd violated a sign law -- by putting the bird too close to other signs and the road.
Altadonna says THAT bird won't budge.
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(( THEY THINK THEY OWN THE COUNTRY AND THEY'RE WRONG. WE GOT THE RIGHT TO PUT WE WANT ON OUR OWN PROPERTY.)) [RUNS:07]
Altadonna is fighting the planning commission in court... but in the meantime, he decided to have some fun by putting ANOTHER bird on his Cadillac.
And this time, he says, it's perfectly legal.
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(( PERFECTLY LEGAL. I NEVER DO NOTHING ILLEGAL.)) [RUNS:05]
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((MARYA JONES/NEWS-7: SUPPORT FOR THE BIRD HAS SPARKED T-SHIRTS, SIGNS, EVEN A NAME THE CHICKEN CONTEST THAT'S ATTRACTED MORE THAN 800 ENTRIES. SO DOES IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE THAT THE BIRD IS ACTUALLY A ROOSTER? IT'S OWNER SAYS NO.)) [RUNS:10]
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((TO ME IT'S A CHICKEN. A ROOSTER, A CHICKEN, STILL IT'S CHICKEN.)) [RUNS:03]
To critics, the rooster may be a tacky eyesore ... but as Joe Altadonna sees it, it's poultry in motion.
Marya Jones, News-7, Franklin County.))
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