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Since Jennifer was reported missing on Thursday, you have probably heard a lot about the Amber Alert system being used to try to find the missing girl. While Roanoke and a few other localities in our area voluntarily participate in the program...that's not the case for the entire Commonwealth.
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Last month, Attorney General Jerry Kilgore announced a push for legislation to expand the AMBER Alert program state-wide. The program is designed to provide a rapid response to abductions through several outlets - including the media's airing of information about the child as soon as it becomes available.
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((ATTORNEY GENERAL JERRY KILGORE: EVERYTHING WE DO WILL PROBABLY NOT PREVENT AN ABDUCTION IN THE FUTURE IN VIRGINIA BUT IF WE HAVE AMBER IN PLACE THEN WE MAY CAN SAVE THAT CHILD WITHIN THOSE FIRST SEVEN HOURS))
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Virginia is one of only 14 states that currently participates in the program.
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Coming up in our next half hour, Brent Watts will be talking with Roanoke City Police Department spokesperson Shelly Alley more in depth about the AMBER Alert system and how its working in our area.

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[ANCHOR=Joy]
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A Roanoke County woman was found shot to death in her home last night.
Police say the victim was Beverly Haygood of the 600 block of Tyler Road.
Her body has been taken to the medical examiner for an autospy.


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The Henry County Sheriff's Office says it has received few promising leads from the public about Short's disappearance.
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Authorities say they have received a few calls locally and nationally, including two from as far away as Missouri. Henry County Sheriff Frank Cassell says any bit of information can help investigators put the puzzle together.
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If you have any information about Jennifer's disappearance, you are asked to call the Henry County Sheriff's Department or 9-1-1.
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This week, fans across the world remembered the 25th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death. And while many people are Elvis fans, one Roanoke woman is taking her love of the King one step further. She's transformed her home into an Elvis' museum, filled with memorabilia she's collected long before the king of Rock and Roll passed away. We take a tour of her home in this week's hometown hometour.
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Home Tours airs every OTHER Saturday here on News 7 Saturday morning.
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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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Coming up on News 7 Saturday Morning...... Henry County officials are expected to give a briefing this morning on the missing girl...and we will bring it to you live ...
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And Roanoke's police spokesperson will join us to talk about the AMBER Alert System - what it is and how its working to find missing children.
We will have more on those stories in just a few minutes.
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In just a few minutes, the Henry County Sheriffs Department will hold a briefing on the progress of its investigation into the disappearance of Jennifer Short, and the murder of her parents.
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Joe Dashiell has been following the case this morning, and he's reporting from the Henry County Administration Center. Joe, are you expecting any major developments this morning?
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Joy, unfortunately no... Overnight, the Henry County Sheriffs Department wrapped up most of its work at the Short Family home in Oak Level, and shifted the base of operations to the county complex.
But solid leads remain in short supply... and so far today there is no indication that investigators are any closer to solving this case... or finding Jennifer Short.
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If you have any information about Jennifer's disappearance, you are asked to call the Henry County Sheriff's Department or 9-1-1.
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As soon as it was confirmed that Jennifer Short was missing, an AMBER Alert was called - in order to have the media alert the public of the situation.
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But what exactly is an AMBER Alert? Brent is talking with Roanoke City Police Spokesperson Shelly Alley this morning to find out more about this program.
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That's right, Joy. Virginia is actually one of only 14 states that participate in the AMBER Alert - which is a program that takes quick action in attempts to find missing children.
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Shelly was actually the person who called out the alert in the Jennifer Short case... and she is here to talk more about that this morning. Good Morning!
First, What is the AMBER Alert Program?
When was it called in this case?
Why not earlier?
The program started in California... how did it gain popularity in Virginia?
How popular is it in this area?
Thanks for joining us this morning..
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Joy, Attorney General Jerry Kilgore is pushing for legislation to make this a state-wide program.. but like Shelly said, areas such as Roanoke and Bedford already have the plan in place.
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In fact, Kilgore made that announcement last month in response to the recent rash of kidnappings nationwide.
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In addition to the AMBER Alert, Kilgore also wants to implement the Code Adam Program that triggers an alert over a P-A system and immediately seals off exits to the building where the child is reported missing.
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((ATTORNEY GENERAL JERRY KILGORE: IT WON'T FIND EVERY CHILD, BUT IT WILL FIND ONE CHILD - TWO CHILDREN AND IT WILL BE WORTH IT ALL.))
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There are strict criteria to using the AMBER Alert and Code Adam. Both are only used when officials know that there is a serious situation and a child is in danger. The programs are not used for runaway situations.

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[ANCHOR=Joy]
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A Roanoke County woman was found shot to death in her home last night.
Police say the victim was Beverly Haygood of the 600 block of Tyler Road.
Her body has been taken to the medical examiner for an autospy.


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[ANCHOR=Joy]
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[WRITER=jen]
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[BOTH MICS HOT] Coming up on News 7 Saturday Morning -
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Life's a beach for three surfer girls until life throws them off balance... find out whether they sink or swim at the (-----------) box office in this week's movie review...