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Coming up on News 7 Saturday Morning.......
A Lynchburg man is headed to prison after a shooting he claims was accidental.
And the Virginia Cavaliers remain undefeated on the hardwood.
We will have more on those stories in just a few minutes.
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We have some weather related announcements to tell you about this morning,
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All exams at the UVA college at Wise are on a 90 minute delay.
Also, the Bland County youth basketball games scheduled for today are cancelled.
A North Carolina man was killed in an accident in Patrick County.
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It happened around five last night at the intersection of Routes 661 and 631.
State troopers say 70 year old Donald James Melvin of Sandy Ridge, North Carolina pulled into the path of a pickup truck.
He was not wearing a seatbelt and died at the scene.
He still claims it was an accident, but a Lynchburg man is headed to prison for the shooting death of another man last spring.
19-year-old Darryl Lee Anthony Gray was convicted of second degree murder for the killing of Siron (sy-RONE) Carr in March.
Authorities say the shooting stemmed from bad blood between the two men.
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((ED LUSTIG/PROSECUTOR: THE UNDERLYING CAUSE WAS AN ARGUMENT THAT THE VICTIM AND THE DEFENDANT HAD HAD A FEW WEEKS BEFORE AND IT WAS OUR THEORY TO THE JURY THAT THE DEFENDANT CAME LOOKING FOR REVENGE AND HE GOT THROUGH THE BARREL OF A GUN.))
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Gray apologized to the victim's family in court Friday, but maintains the shooting was accidental.
Judge Mosby Perrow (Purr-uh) upheld the jury's sentence of 23 years for the murder and firearms charges.
Roanoke County's newest elected leaders had their day in court Friday.
The County Investiture ceremony took place at the Roanoke County Court House yesterday.
Four county constitutional officers who were elected last month were sworn in.
Supervisor Fuzzy Minnix thanked all in attendance for their support over the past 12 years as he prepares for retirement. Michael Wray will serve as his replacement in the Cave Spring District.
Judge Robert Doherty said the leaders sworn in may represent Roanoke County, but their decisions will affect residents across the valley.
It's still unsure whether a new election will be held to decide who will sit on Bedford County's board of supervisors and school board.
Last month, Supervisor Tony Ware lost by twelve votes and school board candidate Carolyn Dixon lost by eight votes.. but it was discovered that 41 people voted in the wrong precinct.
The winners of the election, Steve Arrington and Betty Earle, agreed not to be sworn in with the rest of the constitutional officers yesterday.
Their attorneys may ask for a court injunction to keep the two boards from meeting next month until the judges hear the case on January 14th.
Who says young people aren't interested in politics?
A group of college students is proving the belief wrong by trading in the classroom for the halls of the statehouse.
Meghan Muldoon has more on the group that will soon be the state's youngest lobbyists.
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[SUPER=01-Sarah Godlewski/George Mason University Student President; :00]
[SUPER=01-Brant Snyder/Virginia Tech Student Body President; :19]
[SUPER=01-Jesse Ferguson/Virginia21 Executive Director; :45]
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((SARAH GODLEWSKI/GEORGE MASON STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT: STUDENTS ARE DEFINITELY PAYING ATTENTION.))
That is the message of Virginia21 a group created this year to galvanize the state's 18 -to 24-year-old voters.
They plan to lobby state lawmakers this winter.
Their main issue: more money for Virginia's colleges and universities.
((BRANT SNYDER/VA TECH STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT: WE CAN NO LONGER AFFORD TO STAND BY WHILE RICHMOND MAKES SHORT SIGHTED DECISIONS TO CUT FUNDING, GUT FINANCIAL AID, FIRE FACULTY AND ELIMINATE PROGRAMS.))
To kick off their lobbying campaign, the group delivered a petition to Governor Warner signed by more than twelve-thousand college students.
Warner's new budget includes additional funding for higher education but these politically-savvy students say it is not enough.
((JESSE FERGUSON/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, VIRGINIA21: WHEN IT COMES TO FUNDING OUR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES WE GET BEAT BY MISSISSIPPI, ALABAMA AND WEST VIRGINIA IT'S NOT ACCEPTABLE AND ENDANGERS OUR FUTURE.))
Organizers of Virginia21 say it is the first political advocacy group in the nation for the college-aged.
Their recent voter drive brought an additional three-thousand voters to the polls in November's lections, proving that they can be a loud voice in the political process.
Meghan Muldoon, News 7, Richmond))
Blacksburg officials aren't taking any chances with the towns water system.
The town took a one-million gallon water tank off line this week because of a structural crack.
The 70-year old tank is in the Highland park subdivision. City leaders say a new 2-million gallon replacement tank was already in the plans for next summer.
Town officials say folks in the region shouldn't notice any change in their water supplies.
The wet and frozen weather hasn't halted construction on Blacksburg's new parking garage.
Crews have been working through rain, snow and even ice to keep the new retail center and garage on track.
They are building 100-thousand square feet of office, retail and apartment space.
Workers will begin putting in the concrete for the parking garage in the next month.
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((MARC VERNIEL: IT'S BEEN A PROJECT THAT'S BEEN TALKED ABOUT FOR A LONG TIME. WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON PROVIDING PARKING DOWTOWN FOR THE PAST 30 YEARS. AND TO FINALLY SEE THE PROJECT GOING UP AND MAKING PROGRESS IT'S REAL REWARDING.))
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Work is also moving forward on the restoration of the Andrew Black House. That's the future home of the Blacksburg History Musuem.
Crews are almost finished with the foundation and officials will hire a restoration architect by January first.
Some local high schoolers are giving a helping hand to needy children in Haiti.
Each year French students at Glenvar High school complete a humanitarian project.
This year, French Club president Holly Sacra (SOCK-rah) decided they'd drum up donations for Three Angel's Children's Relief.
The organization provides food, clothing and housing for abandoned children in Haiti.
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((VANESSA CARPENTER/THREE ANGELS CHILDREN'S RELIEF: IT WAS OVERWHELMING. I'VE NEVER HAD A FRENCH CLASS CALL ME BEFORE.
I'VE BEEN GOING TO HAITI FOR THREE YEARS.))
((HOLLY SACRA/STUDENT: WE GOT A LOT OF STUFFED ANIMALS, BABY FORMULA, PEANUT BUTTER, SCHOOL SUPPLIES, GAMES, BALLS, SHEETS CLOTHES, BASICALLY EVERYTHING THAT THEY NEEDED, WE GOT.))
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[OUT Q=basically everything that they needed, they got.]
Sacra (Sock-rah) says the project was eye-opening and made her appreciate where she lives and all she has.
A warning to pet owners --a popular flee medication could be harmful to your pet.
One cat owner says here kitten nearly died because of it.
Pat McGillivray has the story.
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((TRINITY IS CRYSTAL BOECHLER'S EARLY CHRISTMAS GIFT.
THE 17-WEEK OLD KITTEN IS AS ACTIVE AS YOU'D EXPECT... AND SHOWS FEW
SIGNS OF THIS WEEK'S ORDEAL.
BOECHLER SAYS IT STARTED WITH THIS SPRAY-ON FLEA MEDICINE.
CG: Crystal Boechler/Cat Owner
("Hold bottle upright six inches from pet. Directly spray toward pet
and spray entire coat.")
BUT SHE SAYS SHE ONLY USED A SMALL AMOUNT, DABBED ON WITH A TOWEL.
("She started shaking and twitching and we called the doctors and
they're like, is she twitching? And we're like yeah. And they're like
well, bring her in immediately or she's going to go.")
CG: Pat McGillivray
("She rushed the kitten to this animal hospital. That was followed by a
stay at the vet's. The kitten's recovered, but the bills total more
BOECHLER SAYS HARTZ MOUNTAIN, MAKER OF THE FLEA AND TICK MEDICINE, HAS
AGREED TO PAY THE VETS BILLS.
BUT SHE'S ON A MISSION TO SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT A PRODUCT SHE CLAIMS IS
("The vet told me that in her 10 years she's seen over 250 patients that
have almost died from that product.")
THE VET'S OFFICE HAS TOLD ITS CLIENTS NOT TO USE HARTZ FLEA MEDICINE
BECAUSE OF REPEATED PROBLEMS WITH ADVERSE EFFECTS.
CG: Tori Steinmetz-Lewis/Q st. Animal Hospital
("There is a significant percentage of our patients that come down with
neurological symptoms, even things as serious as death because of it.")
ON ITS WEBSITE, HARTZ MAINTAINS SEVERAL MEDIA REPORTS ABOUT ITS FLEA
MEDICINE HAVE BEEN INACCURATE, AND 90% OF THE PROBLEMS HAVE OCCURED
BECAUSE OF THE OWNERS' MIS-APPLICATION, NOT THE PRODUCT.
BOECHLER SAYS SHE KNOWS BETTER... AND DOESN'T WANT OTHER PET OWNERS TO
GO THROUGH WHAT SHE'S EXPERIENCED.
("It's great having her back.")
I'M PAT MCGILLIVRAY IN SPRINGFIELD.))
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What better gift to give this holiday--than the gift of health.
And today we have some ideas from the Wellness Shoppe.
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Joining us this morning are Tina Altice and Mandy Noffsinger.
Don't go away. News 7 Saturday Morning will be right back.
Libya has agreed to come clean about its weapons of mass destruction.
Libya's leader, Colonel Gaddafi, say his country will disclose and dismantle all of its chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons programs.
The announcement comes after nine months of secret negotiations between Libya, the United States and Britian.
President Bush says because of the country's troubled history Gaddafi will not simply be taken at his word. He says the U-S and Britain will be vigilant in making sure he follows through.
Libya has agreed to give arms inspectors free rein to verify compliance.
A piece of Clifton Forge history is getting a new owner.
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The Appalfolks Association of America gave the historic Stonewall Theater to Clifton Forge, citing a downturn in donations and rising expenses.
The theater was built in 1905 as an Opry house, and the likes of Gene Autry, Burl Ives, and Roy Rogers and Trigger once performed there.
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((RAY ALLEN/APPALFOLKS OF AMERICA ASSOCIATION; THE TOWN WILL BE HERE AFTER I'M DEAD AND GONE, AND AFTER OUR CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS ARE DEAD AND GONE. HOPEFULLY EVERYTHING WILL BE HERE AND THE TOWN WILL CONTINUE TO OWN A VIRGINIA TREASURE THAT WE'VE TRIED FOR 13 YEARS TO SAVE AND RESTORE.))
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[OUT Q=years to save and restore.]
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Continuing renovations on the building are expected to begin sometime next year.
The town will apply for multiple grants to try to fund the renovations.
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A month of work at Roanoke's oldest fire station has paid off.
Friday, city officials unveiled the newly renovated Station Number One.
The historic landmark got a paint job and other repairs, from the equipment bay, to the dormitory, to the bell tower.
Built in 1906, when horses pulled fire wagons, the building may eventually become a museum.
It's not what you'd expected to find inside a Happy Meal -- but it sure did bring a smile to the face of one Florida woman.
As Art Barron reports she got a bag full cash instead of hamburger and fries.
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((NO, THIS WASN'T A MCDONALD'S MONEY GIVEAWAY, BUT IT MAY HAVE LOOKED LIKE
IT WHEN JANICE MEISSNER OF WESTON ORDERED BREAKFAST HERE.
"Is it a trick... is it McDonald's Monopoply?"
THIS MOTHER OF THREE HAD JUST DROPPED OFF HER DAUGHTER MEGHAN AT
PRE-SCHOOL AND ORDERED HER DAILY FAVORITE AT MICKEY D'S.
Art Barron/WFOR (bridge)
"Have a nice day.... When Janice.... was quite right."
"But was much heavier... wrong order."
JANICE SAYS THE FOOD BAG CONTAINED A STACK OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS.
" I started sweating.... very bizarre."
IT TURNED OUT TO BE THE RESTAURANTS BANK DEPOSIT...PLACED IN A FOOD BAG
AS A SECURITY PROCEEDURE TO MAKE IT LESS CONSPICUOUS. ONCE JANICE
NOTICED WHAT SHE HAD... SHE BACKED UP AND RETURNED THE CASH.
"I said do you want to see... didn't know it was gone."
THIS WAS ONE RETURNED ORDER THAT GOT EVERYONE'S ATTENTION INSIDE... A
MISTAKE NOT LIKELY TO HAPPEN AGAIN.
"I would make sure the bag would get back... it's Christmas what can you
"I hope that's the happy time meal, order the same thing."
JANICE MAY NOT BE AN INSTANT WINNER, BUT HER HONESTY IS CERTAINLY
WINNING OVER MCDONALD'S MANAGEMENT ALL THE WAY UP TO THE CORPORATE LEVEL.
"I think most people would do the same thing."
"The manager here is sending Janice a thank-you letter for her honesty
and 50 dollars in gift certificates. The woman who handed Janice the
wrong bag is a little embarrassed but still has her job. ))
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"Lord of the Rings: Return of the King"
New Line Cinema
Could any movie live up to the anticipation generated for the last episode of "Lord of the Rings"? Yes, absolutely.
"Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" brings the trilogy to a close in grand style. There are magnificent castles and towering cities of stone.
There are amazing special effects of all kinds. There are epic battles and horrible creatures. The magical, beautiful, desolate places seem real. But what really makes the movie worthwhile is its focus on personal issues; honor, loyalty, courage; and most of all, friendship. In tying its many strands together, it begins with the history of Gollum's discovery of the ring and then leads on to the Hobbits Frodo and Sam
struggling toward Mount Doom in order to destroy the ring and bring peace back to Middle Earth. Gollum/ Smeagle who is guiding them to Mount Doom still covets the ring. He begins a campaign to turn the two friends against each other. He creates suspicion between them
and then plans to lure Frodo into the lair of a giant spider (a very effectively nasty looking arachnid) will then eat Frodo, leaving his clothes-and the ring-behind.
The other two hobbits, Pippin and Merry are with Gandalf and the band of warriors. Pippin finds the globe that once belonged to Sauron and through it, sees where the next battle for Middle Earth will take place. The white wizard, Gandalf, the man Aragorn, the elf Langolas and the dwarf, Gimli organize what men they can to defend the city, but the odds are overwhelming. Aragorn must face his destiny in order
to give them a chance against Sauron's Orcs and their zombie-like compatriots. Heroism is rampant, whether the noble warriors fighting evil even though death seems a certainty; or Frodo and Sam who face deprivation and terror in their quest to destroy the ring. Frodo may be the nominal hero, but it is often the doggedly loyal Sam who saves the day. The Gollum creature is a marvel because he seems as real as any
of the others. The movie stretches out toward the end, tying up many threads, but by then one is so involved, it doesn't matter. The longer, the better.
If you are a fan, you've already seen the first two films and of course, will see this one. If you haven't seen the others, rent them and then go see this. "The Lord of the Rings" Trilogy may supercede the original "Star Wars" trilogy as a true film epic. Rated PG-13
Grade A (the three movies together-A+)
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