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[ANCHOR=Joy]

[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=jen]
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[VO-NAT]
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[SUPER=@Joy1;]
[SUPER=@Patrick1;]
[SUPER=@Brent1;]

Coming up on News 7 Saturday Morning.......
A Bedford County man is found guilty of murdering his estranged wife seven years ago...
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[VO-NAT]
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..And an apparent explosion at the Radford Arsenal leaves many unanswered questions....
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We will have more on those stories in just a few minutes.

[2-shot toss to Hello]

[Bedford-Trial]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat-AM]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=02-10 tc 1:46:14]
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A Bedford County man accused of killing his estranged wife seven years ago has been convicted of second degree murder.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford]


Roy Denver Sluder was charged with first degree murder, accused of killing Loria Sluder in 1995.
Authorities first thought the woman's death was a suicide, but later charged her husband after completing new tests on crime scene evidence.
Prosecutors argued that Roy Sluder killed his wife after he learned she was seeing another man.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Like i said, justice came rolling over those peaks]

((LIKE I SAID, JUSTICE CAME ROLLING OVER THOSE PEAKS, IT CAME SLOW, BUT IT CAME HARD))
[SUPER=01-Dirk Padgett/Prosecutor;]
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[OUT Q=but it came hard.]
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The jury set Sluder's punishment at 22 years in prison.
Defense Attorney Tony Anderson said it is likely Sluder will appeal.
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[React-Wilkins]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=mmu]
[TAPE#=02-22 52:40]
[GRAPHIC=Wilkins]

Some state political leaders are calling for House Speaker Vance Wilkins to either refute claims that he settled a sexual harassment suit - or step down.
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[SUPER=03-Richmond/File Tape]


It was reported yesterday that Wilkins paid at least 100-thousand dollars to a 26-year-old woman in Amherst County.
Lawmakers in Richmond say those are serious allegations.
Some Democrats are already calling for a formal investigation by the House ethics review panel.
Wilkins has already been linked to the recent GOP eavesdropping scandal.
The latest controversy is raising questions even among Republicans about Wilkins' continued leadership in the House of Delegates
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[SOT 14:31:48]
[IN Q=IF THE FACTS ARE TRUE]

((ATTORNEY GENERAL JERRY KILGORE: IF THE FACTS ARE TRUE I THINK IT CALLS INTO QUESTION HIS ABILITY TO LEAD AS SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE.))
[SUPER=@kilgore]
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[OUT Q=speaker of the house.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Amherst Co.;]


As for Wilkins, the Speaker of the House was in his house .. but he wasn't speaking.
Wilkins had said earlier in the day he was working on preparing a statement but last night told News7 he would have "no" comment except to deny the allegations.
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[Radford-Arsenal]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jwi]
[TAPE#=02-18 50:33]
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An apparent explosion lit up the Radford Arsenal yesterday evening.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;]

Montgomery County police are not releasing many details at this time. We do know that it happened around 6-thirty last night. A News 7 crew spotted at least one ambulance and one sheriff's patrol car entering the plant gates.
Security officials at the plant would not comment on what might have caused the explosion or if anyone was injured. Our attempts to reach plant officials by phone were not successful.
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[Missing-Girl]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=sat am]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The search for a missing Utah teenager will take to the air today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salt Lake City, UT]


Authorities have few leads in the reported abduction of 14 year old Elizabeth Smart.
But investigators have identified the type of shoes she took with her -- which could help find footprints or other clues.
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[SOT5:06:44]
[IN Q=Rather than ]

((RATHER THAN HAVE PEOPLE OUT SEARCHING AND PICKING AND CALLING US ON EVERY PAIR OF SHOES THEY FIND IN THE FOOTHILLS .. LET'S LOOK FOR THE RIGHT KIND OF SHOES))
[SUPER=01-Scott Atkinson/Salt Lake City Police]
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[OUT Q=right kind of shoes]
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[VO-NAT]


Elizabeth was reportedly taken at gunpoint from her home on Wednesday morning.
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[SOT5:07:10]
[IN Q=We believe that Elizabeth]

((We believe that Elizabeth is still living, and we feel urgently that we need to find her))
[SUPER=01-Cynthia Smart-Owens/Elizabeth's Aunt]
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[OUT Q=need to find her]
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[VO-NAT]


Today volunteer pilots will join the 2-thousand volunteers now aiding in the search for the missing teenager.
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[Wildfires]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=sat am]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]

Thousands of firefighters are struggling to contain wildfires across the U-S. A fire north of Los Angeles has burned at least nine homes... and has forced 15-hundred people to evacuate from rural homes in Los Angeles County. This blaze now covers 23-THOUSAND acres.
Another California fire that's been burning since last week has consumed 21-thousand acres.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Colorado Springs, CO]


Meanwhile, firefighters are also battling a massive wildfire at an Army base in Colorado.
The flames have charred about 500-acres of land at the Fort Carson Army base.
Officials say no buildings are in danger. The fire is mostly burning grassland generally used for training exercises.

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[weather next]

[Home-Tours]


[ANCHOR=Brent]
[NEWSCAST=Sat. AM]
[WRITER=bwa]
[TAPE#=Home Tours #3]
[GRAPHIC=Home Tours]



A Salem mansion that once welcomed dignitaries is now a succesful bed and breakfast. However, it's still home to Cindy Lou and Mark Bukowski. We stopped by and took a tour of The Inn at Burwell Place.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=Hi Cindy Lou...]
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[OUT Q=...to you anytime.]
[anchor=Brent]
[graphic=Home Tours]

Home Tours airs every OTHER Saturday here on News 7 Saturday morning.
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[Take HOME TOURS FS Chyron]
If you think YOUR home would make an interesting Home Tour - send your address, phone number, pictures and a description to Home Tours Care Of WDBJ7.....P.O. Box 7 Roanoke....Virginia 24022-0007. We'll be right back.
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[2Open-Heads]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=jen]
[TAPE#=net]
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[VO-NAT]
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Coming up on News 7 Saturday Morning..... Sid Clower's trial may be moved to the Star City.
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..And Roy Sluder could face up to 22-years in prison for killing his estranged wife....
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We will have more on those stories in just a few minutes.

[2-shot toss to hello]

[Sluder]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat-AM]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=02-17 tc 1:02:10]
[GRAPHIC=Sluder]


The verdict was second- degree murder. The sentence... 22 years in prison.
Members of a Bedford County jury considered the evidence against Roy Denver Sluder for almost four hours Friday before returning a verdict, but Joe Dashiell reports it was a case that was seven years in the making.
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[SUPER=03-Bedford; :05]
[SUPER=01-Tony Anderson/Sluder's Attorney; :24]
[SUPER=01-Dirk Padgett/Prosecutor; :33]
[SUPER=01-Lena Thurman/Victim's Mother; :48 Quick]
[SUPER=01-Joseph Thurman/Victim's Brother; :54 QUICK!]
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(([OPENS ON NAT SOUND OF VERDICT]
Roy Sluder was charged with first degree murder, accused of killing his estranged wife in 1995.
Authorities first ruled Loria Sluder's death a suicide, but later charged her husband after re-testing evidence from the scene.
Prosecutors argued that Roy Sluder killed his wife after he learned she was seeing another man.
[SOT]
[IN Q=It appears to me it was a compromise verdict]

((TONY ANDERSON/SLUDER'S ATTORNEY: IT APPEARS TO ME IT WAS A COMPROMISE VERDICT. THEY KIND OF SPLIT THE VERDICT FORM IN HALF, AND APPARENTLY THAT WAY ON PUNISHMENT AS WELL.)) ((DIRK PADGETT/PROSECUTOR: THEY CAME BACK WITH A MURDER CONVICTION. I COULDN'T ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE THAN THAT. THAT'S WHAT IT WAS... MURDER.))
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[OUT Q=what it was murder.]


Roy Sluder was taken into custody folowing the verdict, and members of his family declined comment.
Loria Sluder's relatives said they were glad to put the trial behind them.
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[IN Q=I knew he did it]

((LENA THURMAN/VICTIM'S MOTHER: I KNEW HE DID IT. AND I THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO GO FREE, BUT I'M GLAD IT'S OVER.)) ((JOSEPH THURMAN/VICTIM'S BROTHER: AT LEAST SOME JUSTICE WAS DONE.))
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[OUT Q=at least some justice was done.]


Meanwhile Sluder's attorney says he anticipates an appeal.

Joe Dashiell News 7 Bedford))[Clower]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=rle]
[TAPE#=02--11 1:49:27]
[GRAPHIC=Sid Clower]


The trial for suspended Henry County Administrator Sid Clower' will NOT be held in Henry County, but more likely Roanoke instead.
Circuit Court Judge Martin Clark approved a defense motion to move the trial because he believed an impartial jury could NOT be seated in Henry County.
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Clower is accused of stealing nearly 800-thousand dollars from the Henry County Public Service Authority, then using some of the money to pay child support to a fellow employee. If a courtroom is NOT available in Roanoke, then the trial could be held in Radford. The trial is scheduled to begin on July 30th.
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[Health-Dept]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=02-24 06:43]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Seniors who rely on the Health Department for low cost medications will soon have to find other resources.
As of June 30th, the Health Department will only provide prescriptions to its patients.
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[SUPER=03-Salem]


For Elwood Journell that's a hard pill to swallow because he has 16 different prescriptions.
He says he may end up paying more than twice as much for his medications.
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[SOT3:59]
[IN Q=I can't buy all the medicine]

((ELWOOD JOURNELL: I CAN'T BUY ALL OF HT. MEDICINE THERE'S NO WAY AND WHEN THEY CALLED AND TOLD ME IT WAS DEVASTATING))

[SUPER=07-Elwood Journell]
[RUNS=07]
[OUT Q=it was devastating]
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Roanoke and Alleghany Health Districts were forced to change their policies on medication distribution after it was uncovered that they were violating a contract.
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[SOT18:55]
[IN Q=It has to do with compliance]

((DR. MOLLY O'DELL: HEALTH DEPT. DIRECTOR: IT HAS TO DO WITH COMPLIANCE WITH A CONTRACT AND WE DON'T WANT OUR PRACTICE TO DISABLE THE WHOLE STATE FROM BEING ABLE TO ACCESS THESE GREAT SERVICE OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE CONTRACT))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Molly O'Dell/Health Department Director]
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[OUT Q=public service contract]
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The Health Department is trying to help the 2-thousand people affected by this change by connecting them to other pharmacy programs.
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[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=jen]
[SS=None]

[BOTH MICS HOT] Coming up on News 7 Saturday Morning
Meet a local man who recently helped an Olympian put mind over body.

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[vo-nat]
AND - See ya later, gator... this reptile's stroll through a park had little bite, but did get him a nice swampy place to call home. We'll have details a little later..
[ANCHOR=Patrick]

But first if you are traveling today...
[Patrick ad-lib the travel forecast -- WX PRO]
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[Patrick MIC hot] [ No 2-shot toss go straight to Travel Bump] [soft music under]

[Gator]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
[NEWSCAST=sat am]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


It was like a scene out of Crockadile-Dundee in downtown Savannah, Georgia yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Savannah, GA]


A 5-five foot gator hanging out in Franklin Square near the City market met his match.
Jack Douglas is licensed to handle the problem predators. After only a brief struggle he had the gator's mouth bound and hauled it away.
The gator will be release in a pond at nearby Skidaway Island.
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