Roanoke Police are looking for a suspect in a shooting that sent one man to the hospital.
Officers say two men, who were acquaintances, were arguing in the 26-hundred block of Florida Avenue around 8 o-clock last night.
One man fired several shots at the other, though police have not yet said how many times the victim was hit.
He was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
There's no word on his identity or condition.
The Justice Department is investigating the case of a black man who died after being beaten by Cincinnati police.
[SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH/Surveillance Tape;]
The surveillance tape shows 350-pound Nathaniel Jones being clubbed by two officers.
It also shows him lunging at them and refusing to put his hands behind his back.
It's still not clear if the beating killed him.
Preliminary autopsy results show Jones had an enlarged heart and cocaine and P-C-P in his blood.
A man described by police as a sexual predator is under arrest for the kidnapping of a North Dakota college student.
Minnesota authorities say Alfonso Rodriguez has tried to kidnap and assault women before.
Yesterday, divers searched a river in Grand Forks for Dru Sjodin (Sho-DEEN).
The University of North Dakota student has been missing for 10 days now.
A man who admitted to killing a Roanoke woman and her two children will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Yesterday, Askia Shabazz (shuh-BAZ) pled guilty to four counts of capital murder and one count of arson in the deaths of Alice Jackson and her two young boys in May of last year.
Shabazz admits to strangling and smothering the 25-year old Jackson before setting her Hurt Park apartment on fire.
The children died of smoke inhalation.
Before being sentenced Shabazz apologized to his victims and their family.
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[SOT 2:43:07 - 2:43:16]
[IN Q=I know my apology in reality doesn't...]
((ASKIA SHABAZZ/DEFENDENT: I KNOW MY APOLOGY IN REALITY DOESN'T CHANGE ANYTHING BUT IT IS SINCERE AND RIGHT NOW I'M READY TO FACE MY PUNISHMENT.))
[OUT Q=ready to face my punishment.]
By pleading guilty Shabazz avoided the death penalty, a punishment prosecutors say some members of Jackson's family favored.
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[SOT 2:47:46 - 2:47:58 ]
[IN Q=They've suffered a great loss...]
((JOHN MCNEIL/PROSECUTOR: THEY'VE SUFFERED A GREAT LOSS AND WANTED TO SEE A GREAT PUNISHMENT, AT THE VERY LEAST THAT HE'D NEVER SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY AGAIN..))
[OUT Q=never see the light of day again.]
Judge Clifford Weckstein sentenced Shabazz to five life sentences, four of which offer no possibility of parole.
College students often complain they have to take too many courses, too many tests, and write too many papers.
Ferrum College now wants to do something to alleviate the problem.
But as Justin McLeod found out many students are against it.
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[SUPER=01-Richard Sours/Academic Dean of Ferrum College; :32]
[SUPER=01-Sandy Southard/Ferrum College Student; :52]
[SUPER=01-Ryan Walker/Ferrum College Student; 1:11]
[OUT Q=JM, News 7]
((((NAT SOUND OF TYPING))
Students here at Ferrum College typically take five courses a semester.
But soon their workload could be getting smaller by taking fewer classes.
[IN Q=I don't like]
((RYAN WALKER/FERRUM COLLEGE STUDENT: I DON'T LIKE IT AT ALL.))
[OUT Q=it at all]
What Ryan Walker dislikes is a proposed calendar change.
The college is thinking about splitting its 15 week semesters into a three week and a 12 week block.
How it works is students would complete one course in just three weeks and then take a normal schedule for the remaining twelve.
[IN Q=We're always looking]
((RICHARD SOURS/ACAEMDIC DEAN OF FERRUM COLLEGE: WE'RE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR WAYS TO ENHANCE THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE TO ENRICH, TO ENLARGE, TO INTENSIFY, TO GIVE THEM OPPORTUNITIES THEY'RE NOT HAVING.))
[OUT Q=they're not having]
Opportunities that would include more time to take field trips, internships, and programs abroad.
It would also allow students to concentrate fully on one subject for a short period of time.
[IN Q=It's stressful trying]
((SANDY SOUTHARD/FERRUM COLLEGE STUDENT: IT'S STRESSFUL TRYING TO DEAL WITH ANY AMOUNT OF WORK BUT TO DEAL WITH ONE CLASS AT ONE TIME I THINK IT WOULD BE GREAT.))
[OUT Q=would be great]
Not everyone agrees.
With a three week course, students have concerns over attendance and consquences of dropping a class if they're failing.
Then there's issue of taking a single course three to four hours a day five days a week.
[IN Q=It's going to be a lot]
((RYAN WALKER/FERRUM COLLEGE STUDENT: IT'S GOING TO BE A LOT HARDER FOR STUDENTS LIKE ME THAT HAVE LEARNING DISABLITIES OR ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER TO PAY ATTENTION FOR THREE HOURS A DAY.))
[OUT Q=three hours a day]
[IN Q=College officials stress]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: COLLEGE OFFICIALS STRESS NO DECISION HAS BEEN MADE. RIGHT NOW, THEY'RE TAKING INPUT FROM FACULTY AND STUDENTS. WITHIN A FEW WEEKS, AN ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL MADE UP OF THE PRESIDENT AND SEVERAL VICE PRESIDENTS WILL MAKE A FINAL DECISION ON WHETHER TO IMPLEMENT THIS PLAN. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
Roanoke officials are turning to another committee as the city considers the best way to memorialize Dr. Martin Luther King.
The city is moving forward with plans to replace the First Street Bridge, and name the structure in honor of the civil rights leader.
A new 30- member committee will meet for the first time later today, to consider the design elements of the King memorial.
The Virginia Museum of Natural History breaks ground today, for the museum's new building.
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It has operated for years out of an old school building in Martinsville, but all that should change in two years and a month.
The new museum building will cost about 15 million dollars, money provided as part of a statewide bond package signed by Governor Warner last year.
Construction is scheduled to begin next month and last into the middle of 2005. Then it's time to move everything in, and current plans call for the new facility to be ready in January of 2006.
In business news, Both the Dow and Nasdaq posted big gains yesterday.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York, I'M AC.]
((> INVESTORS WERE BUSY SPREADING SOME HOLIDAY CHEER ON WALL STREET...
> THE MAJOR INDEXES TO THEIR HIGHEST LEVELS IN ABOUT 18 MONTHS.
> BETTER THAN EXPECTED ECONOMIC NEWS AND SOLID HOLIDAY SALES FIGURES OVER
> THE THANKSGIVING DAY WEEKEND PUT INVESTORS IN A BUYING MOOD.
> THE DOW RAN UP 116 POINTS.. ITS HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE MAY OF LAST YEAR..
> THE NASDAQ RACED AHEAD 29 POINTS TO ITS HIGHEST CLOSE SINCE JANUARY
> DECEMBER IS HISTORICALLY A VERY GOOD MONTH FOR STOCKS.. SINCE 1950
> DECMEBER HAS BEEN THE SP 500'S BEST MONTH.
> The retrial of Frank Quattrone, the former Credit Suisse First Boston
> investment banker charged with trying to thwart a government
> investigation, will begin March 22. In October, the first Quattrone
> ended in a mistrial when the jury failed to reach a verdict. Quattrone
> allegedly obstructed justice when he sent out an e-mail three years
> encouraging workers to "clean up" their files. At least one employee
> destroyed documents.
> IF YOURE THINKING OF GIVING A GIFT CARD THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.. BUYER AND
> RECIPIENT BEWARE OF A LITTLE GRINCH KNOWN AS SERVICE FEES. FOR MANY
> CARDS, IF YOU DONT USE THEM QUICKLY THEIR VALUE RAPIDLY DECLINES AND
> GO TO ZERO.. THE RETAILER SIMPLY DEDUCTS THE FEE RIGHT FROM THE CARD.
> SENATOR CHARLES SCHUMER SAYS HE WANTS TO INTRODUCE FEDERAL LEGISLATION
> NEXT YEAR THAT WOULD BAN SUCH FEES.
> TRACK ALL THE PRE MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM IN NEW YORK I'M AC.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
U-S Army generals in Iraq say the enemy is becoming more organized.
They say Iraqi insurgents appear to have a central leadership that finances attacks and directs rebel groups.
They believe senior leaders of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party are still operating in Iraq -- and may have coordinated Sunday's ambush on U-S soldiers in Samarra.
November was the deadliest month yet for U-S soldiers in Iraq.
Local lawmakers say they will take methadone clinic concerns to Richmond.
Delegates-Elect William Fralin and Onzlee Ware, and Senator John Edwards met with members of Roanoke City Council and the city school board yesterday morning.
The lawmakers have heard from many of their constituents and say they will introduce or support legislation that would offer localities more protection.
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[IN Q=It's one of the top]
((WILLIAM FRALIN: IT'S ONE OF THE TOP THINGS ON THE MINDS OF CITIZENS OF THE ROANOKE VALLEY. THEREFORE IT'S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT OUGHT TO BE ON THE MINDS OF LEGISLATORS.))
((ONZLEE WARE: I'M ALL FOR TREATMENT AS I'M SURE EVERYBODY IS, BUT I THINK IT'S AN ISSUE THAT'S GOING TO BE ONGOING UNTIL WE FIND A SOLUTION AS TO WHERE IS THE APPROPRIATE PLACE TO LOCATE THE METHADONE CLINICS.))
[SUPER=01-William Fralin/(R) Delegate-elect; :00]
[SUPER=01-Onzlee Ware/(D) Delegate-elect; :10]
[OUT Q=to locate the methadone clinics.]
Fralin and Senator Brandon Bell plan to introduce legislation that would restrict the location of methadone clinics near schools.
Another proposal would give local governments more notice, when a proposed clinic seeks a state license.
Hurricane Isabel is still on the minds of state legislators.
The Senate and House Commerce and Labor Committees held a public hearing yesterday on the state's response to Hurricane Isabel.
One state agency reported that communication breakdowns and ice shortages were a major problem.
Clean drinking water was also an issue.
Lawmakers are seeking to learn from the mistakes made with Hurricane Isabel so that the state can better prepare for future disasters.
[IN Q=WE FOUND OUT THAT A LOT OF PLACES]
((VIRGINIA HEALTH COMMISSIONER ROBERT STROUBE: WE FOUND OUT THAT A LOT OF PLACES HAD DONE SOME EMERGENCY PLANNING BUT THEY REALLY HADN'T EXERCISED IT THAT WAS THE CASE WITH PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENTS AS WELL AS HOSPITALS AND NURSING HOMES. DELEGATE PRESTON BRYANT/R-LYNCHBURG:THERE ARE CERTAINLY ALOT OF LESSONS TO BE LEARNED ESPECIALLY IN THE COMMUNICATIONS AREA BETWEEN THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, THE STATE GOVERNMENT, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. HOPEFULLY WE CAN CLEAN UP SOME OF THAT AND KNOW NOT TO REPEAT THE SAME MISTAKES AGAIN.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Robert Stroube/Virginia Health Commissioner; :00]
[OUT Q=KNOW NOT TO REPEAT THE SAME MISTAKES AGAIN.]
33 people in Virginia died as a result of Hurricane Isabel.
Nearly two million households lost electricity.
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It's been serving customers since 1927, but old age may have caught up with one of Danville's most popular restaurants.
A grease fire broke out yesterday morning at the Schoolfield Lunch restaurant on West Main street.
The fire was contained to the kitchen, but the restaurant was closed while workers cleaned up.
Officials believe the fire may have been more intense because of all the grease that built up over the years behind the stove.
Damage is estimated at five-thousand dollars.
The owner says he hopes to reopen within the next few days.
Major expansion plans are in the works for Lynchburg General Hospital.. to the tune of more than 80 million dollars.
Centra Health wants to build a new, five-story patient care tower near the existing front entrance of the hospital.
It also plans to construct a new cancer treatment center on the site of the city's old Human Services building.
Officials say it's all due to a growing demand for health care.
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[IN Q=We've also got]
((BILL VARNER/CENTRA HEALTH VP: WE'VE ALSO GOT AN OLDER THAN AVERAGE POPULATION IN THIS AREA, AND THE SENIOR POPULATION TENDS TO USE HEALTH CARE AT A RATE HIGHER THAN THE POPULATION THAT'S A LITTLE YOUNGER AND SO OUR PROJECTIONS SUGGEST THAT OUR IN-PATIENT DEMAND WILL CONTINUE TO GROW IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Varner/Centra Health VP]
[OUT Q=the foreseeable future.]
If the state approves the plans, construction should get underway by next fall.
(Marya tosses to bump)
In business news, The dow posted a triple digit gain.
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 MAJOR AVERAGES CLOSED AT THEIR HIGHEST LEVELS IN MONTHS ON MONDAY
THE DOW ENDED THE DAY UP 116-POINTS AND...
THE NASDAQ GAINED 29.
THE INSTITUTE FOR SUPPLY MANAGEMENT REPORTS ITS MANUFACTURING INDEX HIT A 20-YEAR-HIGH IN NOVEMBER.
THE I-S-M INDEX JUMPED TO 62-POINT-EIGHT FOR THE MONTH FROM A READING OF 57 IN OCTOBER.
ECONOMISTS HAD EXPECTED THE INDICATOR TO REMAIN UNCHANGED FOR THE MONTH.
ANY READING HIGHER THAN 50 INDICATES GROWTH IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR.
CONSTRUCTION SPENDING ALSO TOPPED ANALYSTS' EXPECTATIONS IN THE LATEST REPORT--THE ONE FOR *OCTOBER*.
THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT SAYS U-S CONSTRUCTION SPENDING INCREASED NINE-TENTHS OF A PERCENT TO A SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ANNUAL RATE OF 922-BILLION DOLLARS FOR THE MONTH.
THAT'S UP FROM A REVISED 913-BILLION IN SEPTEMBER.
DUPONT IS ABOUT TO IMPLEMENT SOME COST-CUTTING MEASURES.
THE COMPANY HAS ANNOUNCED PLANS TO CUT 900-MILLION-DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT YEAR.
DUPONT SAYS LAYOFFS ARE PART OF THEIR PLAN.
THE LAYOFF NUMBERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN APRIL.
THE COMPANY SAYS IT ALSO WANTS TO INCREASE REVENUES BY SIX-PERCENT.
BOEING'S CHAIRMAN AND C-E-O PHIL CONDIT HAS RESIGNED.
CONDIT TURNED IN HIS RESIGNATION ON MONDAY.
HE IS LEAVING THE COMPANY AMID A PERSONNEL SCANDAL THAT CAUSED BOEING TO FIRE ITS CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER LAST WEEK.
WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF, I'M STAN CASE.))
[TAPE TOSS TO STOCKS]
A Salem teenager charged in a methadone overdose death worked out a plea agreement yesterday.
The prosecutor dropped a felony homicide charge and another count against 15-year-old Kenneth Jacob Shelton.
Shelton pled no contest to illegal distribution of methadone in the death of 18-year-old Joey Lawrence last May.
The prosecutor says he wasn't sure he could have gotten a murder conviction under state law.
Shelton will be sentenced in February, as a juvenile.
Former Henry County administrator Sid Clower has left the state prison system.
The superintendent of a community diversion center in Pittsylvania County says the convicted embezzler was released yesterday morning.
[SUPER=03-Henry Co./Last Year;]
Clower spent three months at the Chatham center.
He's still on probation which he will serve in Henry County.
Clower also has to repay some 700-thousand dollars he took from the county's Public Service Authority.