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Good morning, I'm Marya Jones...... temperatures cool off into the upper 70's today.... Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your weekend forecast coming up in just a few minutes.





[7-11Thomas]


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The convicted killer of Tara Munsey will spend his life behind bars...
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Yesterday, in Pulaski County Circuit Court, Jeffrey Thomas pled no contest to three charges in the shooting death of the Radford teenager. By entering into a plea agreement, Thomas is waiving his right to a second jury trial. Earlier this year, the State Supreme Court overturned his conviction and death sentence and ordered a new trial... but attorneys says Thomas didn't want to risk it.
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((MIKE BARBOUR/DEFENSE ATTORNEY; I THINK THE ESSENCE OF THE PLEA AGREEMENT WAS THAT HE OPTED TO MAKE SURE THAT HE WAS NOT GOING TO BE SUBJECTED TO THE POSSIBILITY OF THE DEATH PENALTY IN THE RETRIAL OF THIS CASE.))
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[OUT Q=OF THIS CASE.]
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The judge sentenced Thomas to life in prison without the possibility of parole plus 13-years. The Commonwealth's Attorney says Tara Munsey's parents have no objections to the plea agreement.
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[7-Danville-Fire]


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Unattended cooking caused heavy smoke damage to a Danville duplex last night. The Danville Fire Department responded to a house fire at 4-12 Overby Street just before 9. Firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the front of the duplex. The fire started in the kitchen - but had spread into the attic shared by the other duplex. The blaze was contained in 20- minutes. The resident awoke to a house full of smoke and escaped through a bathroom window. He cut the back of his hand and was taken to the hospital.


[7-AMStadium]


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Roanoke's new stadium and ampitheater plans were unveiled last night at the Civic Center....
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Citizens' main concern is traffic, since the new facility will be built next to the Civic Center.
But architects are working on plans to help solve that problem.
They are considering widening roads around the stadium or coordinating traffic lights.
There's a plan in the works to link the Civic Center to the Stadium with a pedestrian bridge... eventually, that bridge may hold vehicles to cut down on congestion around the area.
Each event will have a pre-planned traffic set-up.
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((FRED KRENSON/ARCHITECT: THERE WILL BE CERTAIN MEGA EVENTS LIKE THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND WE JUST HAD, AND THEN THERE WILL BE OTHER EVENTS SCALED DOWN WHERE WE'LL BE ABLE TO HANDLE IT WITH JUST A MINIMAL NUMBER OF POLICE OFFICERS.))
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Construction is set to begin in about a year. And the expected completion date is September of 2004.
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Good morning, I'm Marya Jones...... head outside today as we take a break from the heat... Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have all the forecast details in just a few minutes.





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Accused murderer Roy Sluder took the stand in his own defense yesterday. He told a Bedford County jury he would never have hurt his estranged wife, Loria.
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Loria Sluder was shot to death in June of 1995. Roy Sluder claims she committed suicide, but prosecutors say the evidence doesn't back that up.
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Authorities claim Sluder planted the gun back in the room after shooting Loria during an argument and lied to police about where he was when it happened.
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The jury will hear closing arguments in the case later this morning.
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[45-11Airport-arrests]


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Two Virginia airports were targeted by federal agents in an anti-terrorism crackdown.
32- airport employees were arrested in Richmond and Norfolk.
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They're accused of gaining access to secure areas by lying on their employment applications.
Authorities say the workers are NOT believed to be connected to terrorist activity.
But they say those employees who lied about their criminal record, immigration status or social security number are a security risk.
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[IN Q=If there are individuals who]

((U.S. ATTORNEY PAUL MCNULTY: IF THERE ARE INDIVIDUALS WHO WORK THERE WHO HAVE LIED ABOUT WHO THEY ARE OR WHAT THEY'VE DONE, IT PRESENTS A SECURITY RISK FOR THE FUTURE. THEY MIGHT DO THINGS OR MIGHT BE COERCED INTO DOING THINGS THAT COMPROMISE SAFETY AND THAT'S THE POINT.))
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The statewide round up is part of a national anti-terrorism program.
127- employees have been arrested at Virginia airports since the initiative began in April.
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[45-6-Tunnel-Bomb]


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Authorities now say that a pipe bomb found inside the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel could have been there for some time.
A State Police spokesman says a maintenance worker found the pipe bomb in a V-DOT building at the north end of the tunnel just after eight yesterday morning .
Troopers took the bomb off site and detonated it. No one was injured.
A spokesman says the tunnel was NOT at risk and that, while the pipe bomb was NOT powerful enough to damage the tunnel, it could have hurt a person.
State Police have inspected other tunnels in the region to make sure they are safe.

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[8Wx-Headline]


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Good morning, I'm Marya Jones...... the humidity has moved out of region- making it a pleasant day outside... Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner has the weekend forecast coming up after the news.





[8-11D-Day]


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A simple ceremony marked the 58-th anniversary of D-Day... as officials of the National D-Day Memorial met to discuss the foundation's financial future.
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Veterans and other visitors streamed across the site, while board members placed a wreath in the English Garden.


Despite a difficult year in which debts mounted, authorities investigated foundation finances, and the builder filed suit, board members say they hope to put those problems behind them.
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((PETER THOMAS/BOARD MEMBER: OUR MOTTO IN THE FIRST DIVISION WAS NO MISSION TOO DIFFICULT, NO SACRIFICE TOO GREAT, DUTY FIRST. AND I FEEL THE SAME THING ABOUT THIS. THIS IS A MISSION THAT CAN'T FAIL. IT'S TOO IMPORTANT TO BEDFORD, TO THE VETERANS, TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.))
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Board members met for several hours yesterday afternoon, but officials say more specifics about their financial plans will come later.
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[8-11Ealy]


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Stephen Samuel (EE-lee)Ealy WAS found NOT guilty on murder charges... but he is no longer a free man.
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Ealy was found guilty by a federal jury in Abingdon yesterday for murders he committed in 1989.
He was charged with seven homicide counts for the murders of Robert and Una (YOO-na) Davis and her son, Robert Hopewell.
Evidence at the trial this week suggested Robert Davis was killed to prevent his testimony in the federal narcotics trial of former Pocahontas mayor Charles Gilmore.
A jury will decide on Monday whether Ealy will face life in prison or the death penalty.
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[8-6-Amtrak]


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The tracks may soon be quiet if Amtrak doesn't get some much needed money...
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Amtrak's president warns that the railroad will shut down all service next month -- unless it gets a 2-hundred million dollar loan within the next few weeks. The railroad's governing board is meeting in Washington today, and could review management shake-ups and combining Amtrak's three railroad operating divisions. In February, the railroad threatened to shut down 18 long distance routes, including two that run through our area. Amtrak lost more than one billion dollars last year, and is more than 3-billion dollars in debt.
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