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Today on News 7 at 5, a Franklin County man gets life in prison for murdering two family members,
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And authorities in New York say an explosion that caused a building to collapse was most likely an accident.
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Gusty winds at the moment will die down tonight. Expect plenty of sunshine for Friday. Forecast details coming up.


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As the government studies tougher laws, a leading tobacco company says its self extinguishing cigarette will prevent fires.
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Also we will see what it takes to get the story of Spiderman to the big screen.
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A Franklin County man gets life in prison for brutally killing his mother and cousin.
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The 20-year-old Franklin County man was spared the death penalty, in part because of his mental illness.
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James Gibson pleaded guilty to capital murder and was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.
He offered no explanation for what drove him to repeatedly stab his mother, Annette Gibson, and her nephew, George
(Oh-tha) Otha Patterson, inside their home last year.
Gibson's attorneys say he is in the early stages of schizophrenia, but his mental illness is not severe enough to be considered insane.
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((DAVID FURROW/GIBSON'S ATTORNEY: THE TEST FOR INSANITY IN VA IS THAT YOU CAN NOT DISTINGUISH BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG.
RIGHT AFTER IT HAPPENED, JAMES CALLED POLICE AND TOLD THEM HE HAD DONE SOMETHING WRONG. SO HE APPRECIATED THE CRIMINALITY OF HIS ACT. BUT HE COULDN'T STOP HIMSELF.))
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Gibson told his family he was "sorry for everything that has happened."
On News-7 at 6, find out why the plea brought closure ... but continues to divide members of Gibson's family.
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The man suspected of killing two women in the Shenandoah National Park six years ago pleaded "not guilty" to the crimes today in federal court.
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34-year old Darrell David Rice was arraigned on a four- count indictment, charging him with the murders of two female campers in May, 1996.
Police say Rice cut the throats of Julianne Williams and Laura Winans... he allegedly has told investigators the women deserved to die "because they were lesbians".
Prosecutors have charged him with a federal hate crime and could seek the death penalty.
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((TOM BONDURANT/ASST. U.S. ATTORNEY: THE NEXT STEP IN THE PROCESS IS THE U-S ATTORNEY'S OFFICE WILL SEND A MEMO, A DEATH PENALTY MEMO UP TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, AND THEY'LL LOOK AT IT, THEY'LL GIVE THE DEFENSE LAWYERS AN OPPORTUNITY TO COME UP AND ARGUE THE REASONS THE DEATH PENALTY SHOULD NOT BE IMPOSED. AND THE ATTORNEY GENERAL ACTUALLY MAKES THE DECISION ONE WAY OR THE OTHER WHETHER TO PROCEED WITH THE DEATH PENALTY IN THIS CASE.))
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Rice has been in federal prison since 1997 serving time for an assault and attempted abduction of a woman in the Shenandoah National Park.
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An explosion at a New York City building today- injures several people-
Tonight authorities say they don't believe the blast is suspicious.
Drew Levinson has the latest.
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(( IT WAS A CHAOTIC SCENE IN NEW YORK THIS MORNING, WHEN AN EXPLOSION ROCKED LOWER MANHATTAN. POLICE FIRST THOUGHT A BOILER COULD'VE IGNITED THE BLAST... BUT MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG SAID THERE IS A MORE LIKELY EXPLANATION. MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG/(R) NEW YORK "There were volatile chemicals in the building. There was a sign company that was using some of these chemicals." FRED ROWE HEARD A BIG BOOM, WHILE WORKING IN AN OFFICE BUILDING RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET FRED ROWE/WITNESS -They said oh my god, what was that? Some of the women ran away. I pulled the fire alarm - to get us the heck out of there." MORE THAN A HUNDRED FIREFIGHTERS AND RESCUE WORKERS RUSHED TO THE SCENE. AND DOZENS OF STUDENTS AT A TECHNICAL SCHOOL WERE EVACUATED. SCOTT BONILLA/STUDENT INSIDE THE BUILDING: The building was shakin' - they told us to rush out - I rushed out - that's all I see." AT LEAST 3-DOZEN PEOPLE WERE HURT. SOME SERIOUSLY. MANY WERE TREATED AT THE SCENE. OTHERS TAKEN TO AREA HOSPITALS.))

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A bittersweet homecoming for the U-S-S Cole-
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The warship returned to its home in Norfolk today-
One baby met his dad for the first time-
Many kisses and hugs as the crew reunited with family.
The ship has been in Mississippi since December of 2000 for repairs- after terrorists blew a hole in the ship.


17 sailors were killed in that attack including Timothy Lamont Saunders- of Pittsyvania County.
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Coming up next on the newscast, a large hotel catches fire in Miami,
Also Jacey Birch will introduce us to a program that helps pet owners keep their animals healthier and happier.
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It was not quite the vacation hotel guests were hoping for-
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Fire broke out at a Miami Beach high rise- flames and smoke poured from a lower level room-
Guests staying at the Castle Beach hotel were forced out-
The 17 story building is in the middle of the city's row of high rise hotels and condominiums along Collins Avenue.
Fire officials say the blaze started in an entranceway on the hotel's second floor.
No on was hurt and the cause of the fire is still not known.
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Cigarettes designed to extinguish themselves could eventually be the national standard.
Congress is considering a "Fire Safe Cigarette Act" that would mandate the changes as a way to snuff out the hundreds of smoking-related fires.
Teri Okita has details.
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((TRACK: IT HAPPENS HUNDREDS OF TIMES A YEAR...CARELESS SMOKING CAN LEAD TO FIRES LIKE THIS ONE AT A SENIOR CITIZENS HOME IN NEW YORK EARLIER THIS WEEK. ONE PERSON DIED AND MANY OTHERS WERE INJURED.
TRACK: SO, LAWMAKERS ARE PUSHING LEGISLATION TO REGULATE CIGARETTES AND THEIR IS THE ONLY CIGARETTE MANUFACTURER TO SUPPORT THE PROPOSAL, SO FAR.

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STANDUP BRIDGE: So, here s how it works. Phillip Morris says its Merit brand cigarettes have rings of ultra-thin paper on top of the regular paper that are supposed to slow the burn . (:10)
TRACK: YOU CAN SEE THE RINGS IN THIS PHILLIP MORRIS ANIMATION. IT SAYS THESE ANY SMOKERS SAY THEY RE INCONVENIENT.

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and that s too much attention, for me, to have to pay to the cigarette. (:10)
TRACK: NEXT YEAR, NEW YORK STATE WILL SELL "ONLY" SELF-EXTINGUISHING CIGARETTES AND THAT S ONE MAIN REASON PHILLIP MORRIS SUPPORTS THE NEW LEGISLATION. OTHER STATES ARE CONSIDERING FOLLOWING SUIT WHICH WOULD DRAMATICALLY CHANGE THE TOBACCO MARKET. TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))


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Keeping the pet population to safe numbers is a problem for many humane societies... but the job of spaying and neutering animals has just become much easier for pet owners.
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Jacey Birch is in Christiansburg at the Angels of Assisi mobile van, which helps keep pets healthy and at home.
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If the nice weather has lulled you in a false sense of security, you will want to stay tuned. Patrick Evans has some advice to make sure the plants in your garden do not receive a chilly reception.
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With a few showers and some warmer weather under our belts, many people feel like it's time to start planting those summer veggie crops, but don't be too hasty.
Patrick Evans explains that frost is still a possibility for a few more weeks, he has some ideas on how to protect what you plant from the Roanoke City Farmers' Market.
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Coming up a little later in the newscast, we will see what it takes to tell the story of a New York Swinger on the big screen.
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A late round of buying allowed Wall Street to break this week's losing trend, with the major market averages ending little changed and narrowly mixed. Alexis Christoforous has the details.
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Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your Thursday ticker.
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The Salem Avalanche is in the middle of it's six game road swing. The Avs battle Myrtle beach tonight.
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Salem is 11 and 8 on the season and tied for first in the southern Division with the pelicans. Despite the early success, these Avs are not sitting back and relaxing.
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The Avalanche returns home this Sunday for a three game series with the Kinston Indians.

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The National Hot Rod Association invades the Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend for the Mac Tools Thunder Valley Nationals.
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Darrell Russell, who is currently ninth in the points in the top fuel nitro class, will be one of the competitors. His funny car goes from zero to 330 miles per hour in four and a half seconds. But speed is only one reason to come out and watch.
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Time trials are tomorrow and Saturday.

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The first round of the PGA tour;s Greater Greensboro Classsic is underway from Forest Oaks Country Club in Greensboro. The leader so far after the first round is Mark Calcaveccia, he fired a seven under 65.
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Scott Hoch is the first returning championship not to defend his title since 1994. Hoch withdrew from the tournament this morning due to the double vision problems he was having after corrective laser eye surgery.
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That's it for the two minute ticker, coming up tonight at six, a talk with Virginia Tech quarterback Bryan Randall. See ya then everybody.
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