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A 10- year old Bedford County boy says his recent trip to 4-H camp was more about boxing than canoeing and swimming.
The allegations of staged fights center around the 4-H camp at Smith Mountain Lake and involve campers from Bedford and Halifax counties.
Teresa Hamilton spoke with the boy and his parents.
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[SUPER=01-D. J. Rawls/Bedford Co. Camper; :00]
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[SUPER=01-Poppy Rawls/D. J.'s Mother; 1:02]
[OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS7. ]
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((I WAS ACTUALLY KNOCKED OUT ONE TIME AND DIDN'T KNOW IT.))
[OUT Q= DIDN'T KNOW IT.]
10- year old D- J Rawls is describing the injuries he says he suffered last week while attending 4- H camp near Burnt Chimney.
He says he was attacked five times and that teenagers who volunteered to work as counselors at the camp were behind the violence.
[in q= The couselor]
((THE COUNSELOR WOULD WALK UP TO A BOY, AND WHISPER IN HIS EAR GO PUNCH SO AND SO AND THE BOY WOULD ACTUALLY MOST OF THE TIME WALK UP AND PUNCH THE BOY. ))
[out q= and punch the boy. ]
Rawls says once the fight started... the teenage counselors would then charge admission and even bet on the outcome.
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((THEY CHARGED ONE DOLLAR ADMISSION FOR EACH KID TO WATCH AS MANY AS HE WANTED, JUST ONE DOLLAR, THEY TOOK BETS FROM THE CHILDREN, RANGING FROM ANY AMOUNT OF MONEY THEY WANTED. ))
[out q= they watned.]
Rawls parents don't believe any paid staff were aware of what was allegedly going on but insist the camp is still responsible.
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((POPPY RAWLS/MOTHER: I THINK FOUR H DOES A LOT OF GOOD FOR A LOT OF CHILDREN BUT I THINK THEY NEED TO LOOK AT PROCESS... AND THEY NEED TO HAVE CHECKS AND BALANCES IN PLACE. ))
[outq = in place.]
The Virginia Cooperative Extension, which runs the state's 4-H programs and centers, says it's doing just that.
The extension's director says it's prepared to implement new policies to ensure the care and safety of campers.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS7.
The camp's programming director says the volunteer counselors under scrutiny were only at the camp for one week and all current campers are safe.
The man who allegedly gunned down Christopher Hanes in his Roanoke County home said "I don't know why I did it."
That's what accused killer Muhammed Majeed told police according to records that were released yesterday.
News 7's Rachel Cannon reports.
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(( 23-year-old Muhammed Majeed remains in custody after being arraigned and denied bond.
He faces first degree murder and a felony weapon charge in the shooting death of 42-year-old Christopher Hanes.
Hanes was killed at his home on Larson Lane Tuesday morning.
Records show police searched Majeeed's apartment on Garst Mill Road taking into evidence a gun case, holster, lease agreement, and computer.
Majeed had previously rented this home on Welton Avenue from Hanes.
Court records say he went to the Hanes home to get his $575-dollar security deposit.
Family members say Christopher Hanes let him into the house and while they were discussing the matter Majeed shot him.
They say Christopher's wife Jill heard noise and a gunshot, she asked Majeed not to hurt her children, he said they have nothing to do with this ... and she left with them safely.
Rachel Cannon, News 7, Roanoke County.))
Court records also show Christopher Hanes was set to go on trial in August.
He was accused of not revealing he was a convicted felon when trying to obtain a firearm.
The nature and date of that felony conviction are unknown but the attorney who was expected to represent Hanes says the pending case was a mistake. He says Hanes received a copy of his record, it came back clean so he thought he could apply for the permit legally.
Meanwhile, a preliminary hearing for the murder charge against Muhammed Majeed is set for August 25th.
A man arrested and suspected in the deaths of his former wife, mother-in-law and three children in California is now free again.
Vincent Brothers was released last night from a jail in North Carolina, where he turned himself in yesterday.
Police say they don't have enough evidence to hold him in custody.
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[SUPER=01-Neil Mahan/Bakersfield Police Department;]
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Brothers works in California, but told investigators that he was visiting his mother in North Carolina.
A double- decker bus packed with schoolchildren and commuters plunges off a bridge in Hong Kong, killing at least 22 people.
[SUPER=03-Hong Kong, China;]
Authorities say dozens were injured.
Some of those hurt or killed included children as young as 10.
The bus crashed through a bridge safety barricade this morning, and tumbled more than 50- feet down a cliff.
A Hong Kong official is promising that the government will do
everything it can to find out how the accident happened.
Student athletes in Pittsylvania County will stick with the same game-plan when it comes to grades.
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Tuesday night, the school board rejected a proposal for stricter eligibility requirements for student athletes.
Currently, students have to pass three out of four subjects a semester in order to play sports.
That is in line with requirements set forth by the Virginia High School League.
A proposal would have required student athletes in Pittsylvania County to pass all subjects, but it failed by a five to one vote.
In business news, Nike is tying the laces on a deal to buy one of its competitors.
The company has agreed to buy Converse for 305 million dollars, plus the assumption of certain liabilities.
In other news, it was a mixed day on Wall Street.
Ed Crane has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Ed Crane/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York.]
((> FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ABOUT A WEEK--A DOWN DAY FOR THE DOW. THE BLUE CHIP
> BAROMETER DROPPED ABOUT A 100 POINTS BEFORE RALLYING LATE IN THE
> SESSION..CLOSING OFF 66
> THE NASDAQ HAS SHOWN SOME METTLE, BOUNCING BACK INTO THE GREEN THIS
> AFTERNOON GAINING 1FOR IT'S THIRD STRAIGHT WINNING SESSION.
> DESPITE THOSE PALTRY NUMBERS, NEARLY 300 STOCKS CRUISED TO NEW 52 WEEK
> HIGHS TODAY, INCLUDING CITIGROUP AND INTEL.
> PLENTY OF BAD NEWS TO DRAG THE DOW LOWER, ALTRIA, THE FORMER PHILLIP
> MORRIS WAS DOWN ABOUT 6 PERCENT, AMONG INDICATIONS IT MAY HAVE TO POST A
> 12 BILLION DOLLAR BOND IF IT WANTS TO FIGHT A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT IN
> ILLINOIS. ALCOA DROPPED AFTER A MORGAN STANLEY ANALYST BLASTED THE
> COMPANY'S LONG TERM BUSINESS PLAN. HOME DEPOT SAW SOME PROFIT TAKING TODAY
> AND INVESTORS HAVEN'T EXACTLY REWARDED MICROSOFT FOR IT'S DECISION TO STOP
> ISSUING STOCK OPTIONS AND TO PUT REGULAR STOCK PAYMENTS TO EMPLOYEES ON
> THE EXPENSE SIDE OF THE LEDGER
> AFTER THE BELL YAHOO AND GEN-EN-TECH REPORTED THEIR MOST RECENT QUARTERLY
> YAHOO EARNING 8 CENTS PER SHARE RIGHT ON TARGET, WHILE GENENETECH
> BEAT THE STREET BY A NICKEL EARNING 36 CENTS PER SHARETHE SEC'S
> INVESTIGATION OF THE BROKERAGE INDUSTRY IS MOVING UP THE FOOD CHAIN...THE
> WALL STREET JOURNAL REPORTS JOHN HOFFMAN THE FORMER HEAD OF STOCK RESEARCH
> FOR SALOMON SMITH BARNEY, ANDTHE MAN WHO SUPERVISED BANNED ANALYST JACK
> GRUBMAN, WILL BE CHARGED WITH A HOST OF CIVIL VIOLATIONS.
> DON'T LOOK NOW BUT OIL PRICES ARE MOVING HIGHER AFTER A REPORT ON U-S
> ENERGY STOCKPILES SHOWED GAINS IN CRUDE OIL BUT A SHARP FALLOFF IN
> GASOLINE..LOOK FOR PUMP PRICES TO EDGE HIGHER IN THE COMING WEEKS.
TRACK ALL THE AFTER THE BELL ACTION AT CBS DOT MARKETWATCH DOT COM. I'M ED
CRANE IN NEW YORK
(tape tosses to stocks)
A Chicago man is under arrest, accused of working for Saddam Hussein's government.
The F-B-I says 60- year- old Khaled Abdel Dumeisi (doo- MAY- see) kept tabs on U-S- based Iraqi opposition members.
Investigators say he broke the law by acting as an un- registered agent of a foreign government.
Federal investigators say he was trained to use a pen with a hidden camera and microphone, and recorded an interview with a member of a group critical of Saddam.
Dumeisi (doo- MAY- see) is a permanent resident, and has lived in the U-S for about a decade.
The mother of Matthew Shallenberger says her son deserves to die.
Shallenberger has pled guilty to the October murders of Julian Lewis Junior and his 25 year old son at their Keeling home.
Prosecutors say Shallenberger and another man, Rodney Fuller, joined Lewis' wife Theresa in a murder for hire scheme.
During yesterday's penalty phase, Fuller took the stand to say insurance money was the motive.
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[IN Q=Who told you about]
((RODNEY FULLER/CO-DEFENDANT: WHO TOLD YOU ABOUT THE INSURANCE MONEY? SHALLENBERGER. WHAT DID HE TELL YOU ABOUT THE INSURANCE MONEY? HE SAID HE WAS GOING TO KILL HER HUSBAND, THEY WERE GOING TO GET THE INSURANCE MONEY.))
[OUT Q=insurance money]
The Commonwealth's Attorney argued that Shallenberger deserves to die because he planned the murders and showed no remorse for it.
Defense Attorneys argue putting Shallenberger to death would be too easy and believe the ultimate punishment would be life without parole.
Shallenberger's mother took the stand yesterday afternoon and said her son deserves life in prison as well as the death penalty.
A power outtage yesterday afternoon forced the judge to reschedule closing arguments for tomorrow morning.
U-S Senator Bob Graham is hoping to rev up his campaign for president with a trip to southwest Virginia.
The Florida Democrat will make a pit stop in Roanoke next Wednesday.
NASCAR drivers Ward Burton and Jon Wood will be campaigning with Graham at the Winners Circle NASCAR Shop-- along with Eddie Wood and Cooter Jones from the Dukes of Hazard.
Later in the evening-- Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys will join the campaign.
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[IN Q=You need to ]
((YOU NEED TO REACH OUT AND TALK TO VOTERS IN ALL PARTS OF THE STATE AND SO FOR BOB GRAHAM TO COME OT SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA IN HIS FIRST TRIP AND TO HAVE A MAJOR PRESENCE HERE WHICH HE'LL HAVE NEXT WEDNESDAY I THINK IT'S EXCITING AND THE RIGHT PLACE TO START. ))
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Graham will be at the Winners Circle NASCAR Shop from five to seven P-M.
Music with Ralph Stanley is scheduled for eight P-M at the Coffee Pot.
The campaign is asking for a 50- dollar donation.
Another area zoo is celebrating a rare unexpected birth.
The white tigers were born July first at the Natural Bridge Zoo.
The male and female are the first for parents Mohan (MOE-hahn) and Jasmine and, according to zoo officials, are the first white tigers born in Virginia.
The cubs are being bottle fed and kept seperate from their parents.
The cats will stay at the Natural Bridge Zoo for at least a year and may eventually be entered into a white tiger breeding program.
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The *snow leopard* cubs at Mill Mountain Zoo are beefing up.
The cats were weighed yesterday morning for the third time since they were born two weeks ago.
Both were right around two and a half pounds, with the female tipping the scales slightly more than her brother.
After the weigh-in, zoo keepers painted the cubs' feet with non-toxic paint, and took their "fingerprints".
The resulting markings will become part of a piece of artwork to benefit a zoo fundraiser.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
Roanoke school teachers want citizens to pick the city's school board members.
As it is now, the Roanoke School Board is appointed by City Council.
In many places across the state, school board members are elected by the voters.
The Roanoke Education Association and the Roanoke City Retired Teachers Association want to let the voters decide which way is better.
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((ANNITA PRICE: ITS A VERY VERY IMPORTANT DECISION AND ITS ONE THAT CERTAINLY DOES INFLUENCE EVERYONE WHETHER OR NOT YOU HAVE A CHILD SPECIFICALLY IN THE SCHOOLS.))
[SUPER=01-Annita Price/Roanoke Education Association President]
[OUT Q=specifically in the schools.]
Signatures are being collected to put the issue on the ballot in November.
Teachers are hoping voters could have a voice in the selection process by next year.
There are at least two new multi- millionaires in the U-S this morning.
They're both winners from last night's Powerball drawing.
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Someone in Missouri and someone in Pennsylvania matched all six numbers, and now get to split 261- million dollars.
It was the dream of riches that inspired people across the country to get their tickets.
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[IN Q=Well we had lines]
((WELL WE HAD LINES OF PEOPLE THAT WERE MAYBE LIKE 12, 15 PEOPLE DEEP, TWO LINES SOME OF THEM WERE BUYING ONE DOLLAR SOME OF THEM WERE BUYING
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[OUT Q=buying 500 dollars.]
In some states, lottery maching were pumping out two thousand tickets a minutes.
Powerball is played only in 24 states, including West Virginia and in Washington, D-C.
In business news, Yahoo! reported its second quarter earnings after the closing bell yesterday.
The internet media company posted earnings of eight cents per share.
That's up from three cents per share one year ago.
In other news, Investors cashed in on profits yesterday.
Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case.]
((THE DOW CLOSED LOWER WEDNESDAY BUT THE NASDAQ MANAGED TO END THE DAY NEAR UNCHANGED ON SOME LATE-SESSION TECHNOLOGY BUYING.
THE DOW WAS DOWN 66 POINTS...
AND THE NASDAQ EARNED ONE.
AFTER THE CLOSE ON TUESDAY, ALCOA BECAME THE FIRST OF THE 30 DOW COMPONENTS TO REPORT EARNINGS IN THE LASTEST QUARTER.
THE WORLD'S TOP ALUMINUM PRODUCER POSTED NET INCOME OF 26-CENTS A SHARE.
THAT'S DOWN FROM 27-CENTS A SHARE A YEAR AGO.
ALCOA SAID HIGH ENERGY COSTS AND DECREASED DEMAND CONTRIBUTED TO THE DECLINE.
R.J. REYNOLDS IS IN MERGER TALKS WITH BROWN & WILLIAMSON TOBACCO.
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL REPORTS THAT, IN THE PROPOSED DEAL, REYNOLDS WOULD USE ITS STOCK TO BUY B&W.
THE AGREEMENT WOULD GIVE REYNOLDS A THIRD OF THE U-S TOBACCO MARKET, AND IT WOULD NEED THE APPROVAL OF REGULATORS.
THE COMPANIES SAY THE DEAL WOULD REDUCE THEIR COSTS OF MARKETING AND MANUFACTURING.
THE NASDAQ SAYS THAT IMCLONE HAS MET THE BOARD'S LISTING REQUIREMENTS AFTER THE LATE FILING SOME FINANCIAL REPORTS.
THE SCANDAL-RIDDLED COMPANY HAD FAILED TO MEET A FILING DEADLINE WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION.
THE NASDAQ ATTACHED A TELLTALE "E" IMCLONE'S LISTING SYMBOL AND THREATENED TO DE-LIST IT.
IMCLONE IS NOW SET TO REGAIN ITS TICKER I-D ON JULY 10TH.
WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF, I'M STAN CASE.))
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Virginia Tech will continue helping fight terrorism.
The Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Tech received a seven million dollar federal grant yesterday.
The money will enable Tech to continue its work to create a national database of biological security threats, also known as a Global Pathogen Portal.
Virginia Tech is one of the nation's leading institutions on biological threat research.
A Roanoke woman says she's taking her 57 dogs and leaving town.
The city gave Caroline Laprad until next week to either get rid of her dogs or move.
So, she's packing up and moving somewhere she and her animals are welcome.
Her attorney says she's signed a lease on some property in Patrick County.
Her new landlord is OK with all the animals.
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(( GOD PUT THEM ON THIS EARTH FOR US TO TAKE CARE OF. MAYBE I'VE GOT MORE THAN I SHOULD. BUT THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT'S TURNED OUT. AND SO I'M GOING TO DO MY BEST AS FAR AS TAKING CARE OF THEM. ))
[SUPER=01-Caroline Laprad/Dog Owner;]
[OUT Q=taking care of them.]
The city limits homeowners to FOUR dogs, but Patrick County has NO limits on how many animals a person can own.
Laprad says her nearest neighbor will be a mile away.
She's asked the city to give her more time, so she can find a way to transport all of her dogs to their new home.
The principal from the movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" goes before a judge on a child pornography charge.
And, a legal battle is brewing over Pamela Anderson's new animated series "Stripperella".
Brooke Anderson has more in today's Hollywood Minute.
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[IN Q=With the Hollywood]
[SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA/November 5; :06]
[SUPER=04-"Stripperella" - TNN; :29]
[OUT Q=I'm Brooke Anderson.]
((WITH THE HOLLYWOOD MINUTE..I'M BROOKE ANDERSON.
ACTOR JEFFREY JONES--WHO'S BEST KNOWN AS THE PRINCIPAL FROM "FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF --HAS PLEADED NO CONTEST TO A CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGE. A JUDGE SENTENCED JONES TO FIVE YEARS PROBATION...AND HE'S BEEN ORDERED TO GET COUNSELING AND REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER. POLICE ARRESTED JONES LAST FALL IN A PORN INVESTIGATION THAT ALSO NETTED ACTOR PAUL REUBENS -- BEST KNOWN AS "PEE-WEE HERMAN."
MEANWHILE--A FORMER STRIPPER FROM DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA, SAYS SHE'S THE ONE WHO REALLY CAME UP WITH THE IDEA FOR CABLE'S ANIMATED SERIES "STRIPPERELLA." JANET CLOVER HAS FILED SUIT AGAINST ACTRESS PAMELA ANDERSON AND SERIES CREATOR STAN LEE.
ANDERSON IS THE VOICE OF THE LEAD CHARACTER... A STRIPPER WHO MOONLIGHTS AS A SUPERHERO.
AND SOME OF MUSIC'S BIGGEST NAMES WILL SHARE THE STAGE TONIGHT IN A TRIBUTE TO DALE EARNHEART.
SHERYL CROW...ALABAMA...KENNY CHESNEY AND THE GOO GOO DOLLS ARE JUST SOME OF THE PERFORMERS
THAT WILL HONOR THE LATE NASCAR GREAT IN A FOX SPECIAL, WHICH AIRS TONIGHT 8 EASTERN.
WITH THE HOLLYWOOD MINUTE, I'M BROOKE ANDERSON.))
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A local lawmaker thinks too much of the state's public business is being conducted.
Delegate Chip Woodrum says he wants all political caucuses to stop meeting behind closed doors.
He is asking the Attorney General to issue an advisory on the matter.
Woodrum says "a lot of the people's business goes on" in those meetings and citizens should know about them.
House Democrats opened their caucus meetings to the public this past year.
But Republicans continue to meet in private.
A spokeswoman for the Attorney General says their office will respond to Woodrum's legal questions.
She adds that it is Jerry Kilgore's personal belief that the caucus meetings should be open.