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Good morning, I'm Marya Jones.
You won't need a jacket this afternoon with sunny skies and temperatures reaching the 70's.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your forecast coming up in just a bit.





[7-2-11Malpractice]


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One local lawmaker hopes to avoid a potential medical crisis by bringing malpractive insurance reform to the state.
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Last night, Lynchburg state senator Steve Newman chaired a summit on malpractice insurance at Virginia Baptist Hospital.
Dozens of doctors, employers, attorneys and insurance agents talked about what to do about the problem.
Some local physicians say they're seeing more doctors retire or refuse to enter specialized fields because of the rising costs of malpractice insurance.
Newman says consumers are suffering as well.
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((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R-LYNCHBURG: THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO US, I THINK, IS MAKING SURE ONE: ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE MEDICINE REMAINS AND NUMBER TWO THAT ACCESS TO SPECIALTIES REMAINS. TO DO THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE SOME KIND OF CONTROL ON THE MALPRACTICE RATES THAT ARE GOING CONTINUALLY UP IN VIRGINIA.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Steve Newman/(R) Lynchburg]
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Newman says he hopes to avoid crises like those in other states, where doctors have staged strikes and walkouts protesting insurance rates.
He also downplays the importance of the issue to his re-election campaign.
Finance reports show that more than fifty doctors and medical groups have donated over 27-thousand dollars to his campaign since last summer.
Newman says most of those donors have given to his previous campaigns and that last night's summit was "not" about politics.
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Newman is opposed by Democrat Bob Clarke in the 23rd District state senate race.

[7-3-11Shell]


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A grand jury has indicted a Radford photographer with murder.
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Robert Shell now faces nine new charges, including felony homicide, defilement of a dead human body, forcible sodomy and distribution of drugs. The 56-year-old photographer had already been charged with object sexual penetration, in connection with the death of his model and assistant.
Police found 19 year old Marion Franklin of North Carolina dead in Shell's studio June 3rd. The prosecution will NOT release results of an autopsy. Franklin's family released a statement yesterday. It says Shell was a much older man who took advantage of a young girl's desire to better herself -- and for THAT there must be justice.
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Shell will remain on house arrest, if he is able to make a 75-thousand dollar bond.
He also has to show proof that his wife will let him stay with her. A judge also allowed Shell to visit his office once a week to finish work on a book.

[55-WXHeads]


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Good morning, I'm Marya Jones.
Comfortable temperatures continue today with high's in the 70's.

Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have Thursday forecast after the news.[55-11Knox]


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The trial of Roanoke pain specialist Cecil Knox will continue today. Yesterday, a representative of the drug maker Perdue Pharma said of all the doctors in America who prescribe OxyContin, Knox was 11th on the list.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Under cross examination, Knox's lawyer pointed out the drug company hasn't been called to testify in criminal proceedings against any of the top ten. The prosecutor showed the jury photographs of several patients who died under Knox's care.
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((OVER A 5-YEAR PERIOD THE INDICTMENT COVERS APPROXIMATELY 2,000 PATIENTS WERE SEEN, AND 31 MAKE UP THE SUBJECT OF THE COUNTS OF THE INDICTMENT, NINE OF WHOM THEY SAY RESULTED IN DEATH.... WITH THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE THEIR ARE RISKS INVOLVED.))
[SUPER=01-Tony Anderson/Dr. Knox's Attorney]
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The prosecutor declined to appear on camera to summarize his case.
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[55-2-11Stadium-Barrels]


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Another storage drum was uncovered Tuesday afternoon at the future site of Roanoke's new stadium-amphitheater complex. The city says it's following established procedures to test and dispose of the drum and its unidentified contents.
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Last month, five 55-gallon drums were uncovered at the site near the Public Works Service Center.
The material from those barrels was tested and determined to be non-hazardous.
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[55-11GED-Program]


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Southside Virginia is moving into the fast lane in hopes of a better- prepared workforce.
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Yesterday, local and state officials used the Martinsville Speedway to announce a new initiative called "Race to G-E-D."
It is designed to help adults get their high school diploma, which will then hopefully help turn around the Southside economy.
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((STACEY WRIGHT/ADULT EDUCATION REGIONAL DIRECTOR: WHEN ECONOMIC DEVELOPERS GO TO ATTRACT BUSINESSES THEY NEED TO BE ABLE TO SAY THERE'S A TRAINABLE FLEXIBLE WORKFORCE RIGHT IN OUR REGION, READY TO GO TO WORK AND WE BELIEVE WE HAVE THAT, WE JUST NEED TO GET THEM CREDENTIALED.))
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A 443-thousand dollar grant from the West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board will help 24-hundred adults this year.

The program is open to residents in Martinsville and Danville, as well as the counties of Henry, Patrick, Pittsylvania and Franklin.
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[55-11YMCA]


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The YMCA is celebrating a milestone. Its capital campaign raised millions of dollars for two new buildings.
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The Y exceeded its goal and raised more than ten- and- a-half million dollars. The organization also secured a half-million dollar challenge grant from the Kresge (KREZ-gee) foundation.
Two new buildings are now under construction in Salem and Roanoke.
Officials say the new Downtown Y will be named for the Kirk family to recognize their financial support and volunteer leadership.
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[8Wx-Headline]


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Good morning, I'm Marya Jones.
It feels like fall this morning, but we'll see temperatures in the 70s again this afternoon.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your weekend forecast coming up in just a bit.





[8-11Shell]


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A Radford photographer now faces a murder charge.
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A grand jury indicted Robert Shell yesterday on nine charges, including felony homicide, defilement of a dead human body, forcible sodomy and distribution of drugs. The 56-year-old photographer had already been charged with object sexual penetration, in connection with the death of his model and assistant. Police found 19-year-old Marion Franklin of North Carolina dead in Shell's studio June 3rd. The prosecution will NOT release results of an autopsy. Franklin's family released a statement yesterday. It says Shell was a much older man who took advantage of a young girl's desire to better herself - and for THAT there must be justice.
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Shell will remain on house arrest if he is able to make a 75-thousand dollar bond. He also has to show proof that his wife will allow him to stay with her. A judge is allowing Shell to visit his office once a week to finish work on a book.

[8-6-Bus-Accident]


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Some Montgomery County parents say they weren't surprised by Tuesday's bus accident. They say the school bus driver has a history of bad driving.
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Police say Joan Moses was traveling west on McCoy Road Tuesday afternoon, when she crashed into the back of a pickup truck. Two children and the driver of the truck, Frank Harrison, were hurt. Although Harrison was charged in the crash, many parents say their children have complained about Moses' driving in the past.
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((TAMMY SIMPKIMS: SHE WON'T GO BACK ON THE BUS IF THAT BUS DRIVER IS GOING TO GO BACK DRIVING THE BUS ANYWHERE.))
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Court documents show Moses has had at least four traffic violations in the last THREE years, including speeding and following too close.
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School superintendent Fred Morton says he can't address Moses' driving history, but that he was unaware of any complaints. Moses has been placed on leave while school officials investigate. She would not respond when News 7 called her about this story.

[8-2-11Tire-Plant]


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Plans are moving ahead for a tire-burning power plant in Henry County.
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Tuesday night, Martinsville city council unanimously voted to sell city-owned property to Tire Energy Corporation.
The company wants to build the plant in the Martinsville Industrial Park.
Some nearby residents oppose the project - they're concerned about the environmental impact.
The Department of Environmental Quality must now issue a permit.
A spokesperson says it will most likely be granted within the next two weeks. (------------)