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[VO-NAT]

Coming up on News 7 Saturday Morning....... A man in California is arrested for killing nine people, seven of them children.
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[VO-NAT]


And a former area Priest dies at the age of 50. We will have more on those stories in just a few minutes.
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[2-shot toss to Hello]

[11Salem-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Joy]
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A Salem home caught fire last night.
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[VO-NAT]
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The blaze broke out at a home on Golf Colony Drive around 7:30.
The fire apparently started on the back porch.
Firefighters say the homeowners were inside at the time and weren't aware of the flames until a neighbor warned them.
No word yet on what sparked the blaze.
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[Fresno-Slaying]


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When police in Fresno, California responded to a call over a custody dispute last night -- they found the bodies of nine people, mainly children inside a home.
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[VO-NAT]
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Police are not sure how they victims were killed --but they have arrested a suspect in connection with the murders.
Authorities believe the suspect, 57 year old Marcus Wesson may be the father of most if not all of the victims. Police believe the children are from multiple mothers.
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[IN Q=All nine victims were in the same room]

((ALL NINE VICTIMS WERE IN THE SAME ROOM; AGAIN THERE WAS A LOT OF CLOTHING THROWN ABOUT THE ROOM AND INTERTWINED WITH THEM. SO IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT TO DETERMINE THE ACTUAL NUMBER UNTIL WE WERE ABLE TO MOVE THE BODIES. ))
[SUPER=01-Jerry Dyer/Fresno, CA Police Department]
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[VO-NAT]

Police believe this may have been some type of ritual. They also found about 10 caskets inside the home. The victims include a women, a teenager, and seven children between the ages of one an eight years old.
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[Teen-Standoff]


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Day two --in the standoff between a Tennessee teenager and law enforcement officials.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Loudon Co., TN]


The armed 16 year old is hold up inside his parents home surrounded by more than a hundred officers.
The standoff started after the teenager allegedly shot and killed a deputy and injured several other officers who responded to a domestic call at the home.
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(( HE WAS PERFECTLY STILL AND QUIET UNTIL THE OFFICERS FRONT AND BACK GOT WITHIN TWENTY YARDS OF THE HOUSE, AND THEN HE OPENED FIRE ON THE FRONT, WALKED STRAIGHT BACK AND OPENED FIRE ON COUNTY OFFICERS ON THE BACK))
[super=01-Tim Hutchison/Knox Co., TN Sheriff]
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[VO-NAT]

The teenager is also said to have attacked his mother during a fight, which led to the domestic call for help.
Authorities have shut off the home's electricity and say they are willing to wait the standoff out.
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[11D'ville-Murder]


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Danville police say it appears robbery was NOT the motive for the murder of a woman... but there's still been no arrest in the crime.
Around nine last night, 34-year-old Annie Deloris Howerton was shot several times at a liquor store in the 200 block of North Union Street.

[Church-Fire]


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Firefighters in Wisconsin continue to battle a massive church fire.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Waukesha Co., WI;]


The fire broke out last night at the Reedemer United Church of Church of Christ sending flames shooting through the roof.
Officials say because the church is located in a rural area there is no threat to homes or buildings.
No word yet on what caused the blaze.
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[6-Stephenson]


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A Catholic priest who was known as one of the faithful who praised the Lord with music and dance has passed away.


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[VO-NAT]
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Father Lloyd Stephenson was the pastor at Saint Gerard's for seven years in the mid-eighties and early nineties.
A liturgical (li-tur-gu-cal) dancer, the 6-foot-7 cleric with the "My Lawd" license plate once took part in a production about Henry Street.
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[SUPER=10-Rev. Lloyd Stephenson/Former St. Gerard's Pastor/1986;]
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[OUT Q=spreading the Gospel.]
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[VO-NAT]


Father Stephenson withdrew from active ministry last year because of poor health.
The Diocese of Richmond says he died Thursday, at the age of 50.
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[5-Nursing-Shortage]


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A nationwide nursing shortage is starting to drain local colleges.
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[VO-NAT]
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It's estimated Virginia will need several thousand more people to become nurses over the next 10 years.
The state is trying to recruit more people, but universities like Radford say they can't grow their programs to keep up.
Radford's now facing a nursing TEACHER shortage.
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[SUPER=01-Marcella Griggs/Radford Nursing Program;]

((MARCELLA GRIGGS: THE STATE NEEDS TO RECOGNIZE THAT THEY NEED TO PUT MORE RESOURCES INTO PAYING FACULTY TO SUPPORTING ADVANCED NURSING EDUCATION IN ORDER TO PROVIDE QUALIFIED PEOPLE TO TEACH THE NURSES OF TOMORROW. :05))
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Educators say legislators need to take notice of the problem before it gets worse.
A state task force is compiling a report about the nursing and teacher shortage to give to lawmakers.
Educators also plan to ask for more funding.
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[11Fundraiser]


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[*****ANCHOR TAG*****]

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A-C-C basketball has dominated the attention of many, but last night one college held a game that captured just as much attentiveness. The main goal wasn't who scored the most points, but how much money was raised.
As Justin McLeod shows us a full court press is on, to help a Salem woman beat a debilitating disease.
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[SUPER=01-Christin Vandegirft/Roanoke College Senior; :27]
[SUPER=01-Misty Thomas/Roanoke College Junior; :46]
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[SUPER=01-Kaili Hutchison/Roanoke College Junior; 1:14]
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((((NAT SOUND OF THE GAME))
On Friday, some Roanoke College students put down their books and picked up a basketball.
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((BRETT WERMUTH/ROANOKE COLLEGE SENIOR: WHAT'S YOUR GAME PLAN? HOPEFULLY MAKE EIGHT OUT OF TEN.)) [Runs03]
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The more baskets he makes the more money is raised for cystic fibrosis.
It is a disease that leads to life threatening lung infections.
Many of these students never heard of it until they met their classmate Onjo Stevens.
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((CHRISTIN VANDEGIRFT/ROANOKE COLLEGE SENIOR: SHE COULDN'T DO A LOT PHYSICAL THINGS. SHE WAS CONSTANTLY COUGHING, VERY SHORT OF BREATH, THAT KIND OF STUFF.)) [Runs06]
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That stuff recently got better after Onjo received a double lung transplant.
To help pay her medical bills, Onjo's classmates held a fundraiser Friday night.
More than thirty took part in what is called a shootout.
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[IN Q=Each pariticpant gets]

((MISTY THOMAS/ROANOKE COLLEGE JUNIOR: EACH PARTICIPANT GETS A SPONSOR WHATEVER AND THE SPONSOR PLEDGES A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF MONEY PER SHOT THEY MAKE.)) [Runs04]
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Those shots produced nearly fifteen hundred dollars.
Half will go to Onjo, the other to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
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((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: ONJO COULDN'T BE HERE. SHE HAD HER SURGERY AT THE END OF DECEMBER AND HAS TO UNDERGO SEVERAL MONTHS OF THERAPY AT DUKE. AS A RESULT, SHE HAD TO DROP OUT OF SCHOOL BUT HOPES TO RETURN ONE DAY.)) [Runs11]
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((NAT SOUND OF CHEERING))
Her classmates are rooting for her all the way.
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((KALI HUTCHISON/ROANOKE COLLEGE JUNIOR: I DO CARE A LOT ABOUT HER BUT I KNOW THAT SINCE SHE HAS SUCH HIGH SPIRITS THAT YOU JUST HAVE TO BE HAPPY FOR HER.)) [Runs06]
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A happiness that should continue.
Onjo's prognosis is good and she hopes to lead a healthy life thanks to her friends support on and off the court.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Salem.))
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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If you would like to help raise money for Cystic Fibrosis research, you can take part in the "Great strides" walk on Saturday May first in Roanoke.

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A man was hit and killed yesterday while walking in Buena Vista. 23-year-old William Tibbs was walking along 29th Street West just after 6 yesterday morning when he was struck by a car. Tibbs was walking with his back to traffic. The accident happened near the Buena Vista Visitor's Center. The name of the driver has not been released. Charges have been filed.
(EDITOR'S CORRECTION: Last sentence should read "Charges have NOT been filed.")




[11Schools-DDay]


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A Roanoke man's generosity was able to help some middle school students see the D-Day Memorial.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford;]

Gerald Willis started a campaign more than a year ago to send every area student to the National D- Day Memorial. Today more than 150 Woodrow Wilson Middle School students visited the memorial, thanks to Willis' donation to Roanoke City schools. Willis says he now knows anything is possible with love and dedication.
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((GERALD WILLIS: I USED TO SAY ONE PERSON CAN'T MAKE A DIFFERENCE - I'M LIVING PROOF. I'M NOT RICH AND I'M NOT POPULAR, BUT ONE PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN SOMEBODY'S LIFE.))
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So far Willis has donated nine- thousand- dollars to three school systems and hopes to expand his campaign in the future. He says he got the idea one day while wearing a D- Day hat. A little girl asked "What's D-Day" and that's when he knew he had to do something.
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It is not unusual for members of the Roanoke City School Board to be talking about Superintendent Wayne Harris.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape;]

The School Board has been holding meetings this week discussing Harris' performance. It's part of a mid-year evaluation that board members say is meant to clear the air, so there are no surprises when the end of the year evaluation is completed. Some board members admit the process has taken longer than usual this year because of concerns about his performance.

No additional meetings are planned so far, and the evaluation is expected to be completed within the next week or two.

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[11Pallas-Cat]


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Mill Mountain Zoo hopes to help in the survival of an endangered species by taking in a rare cat.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Katya (caught-cha) is a nearly one year old Asian Pallas (palace) cat, the zoo recently acquired from the Cincinatti Zoo. At 8 or 9 pounds she's almost full size. Her most distinctive characteristics are her apparent "grin" and the twitchy way she moves. Katya's (caught-cha's) being kept in quarantine until the zoo can build her a special enclosure designed to keep her from contracting a parasitic infection. Pallas (Palace) cats are endangered - Katya (Caught-cha) is one of fewer than 120 in the world. The zoo hopes to welcome a male Pallas (Palace) cat sometime this fall and breed the two.
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[Biz-Review]


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Radford changes its mind on a school for troubled teens, and Franklin County tries to attract new business. Donald Graham has more in News 7's Business Review.
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(( One of Franklin County's oldest manufacturing plants may soon be back in business. The Lane Furniture building has been closed since 20-01, and now, the county is working with the current owners to find a new use for the facility. Officials say they already have initial funding from the state -- they just need an idea. [MUSIC AND GRAPHICS]
[TAPE#=04-03 TC38:10]

A school for troubled youth in Radford got new life. The city council voted to re-zone this former plant so Concept One can start a private academy for 15 to 17 year olds.
The issue appeared to be dead earlier after council's last meeting because no one would second a motion to rezone the property. Concept One says it will create up to 80 new jobs. [MUSIC AND GRAPHICS]
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Union employees at Hubbell Lighting overwhelmingly voted down a new contract, but will continue to work.
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[IN Q=We're hoping to get]

((JASON LANGFORD: WE'RE HOPING TO GET BACK TO WORK AS NORMAL AND THEY'LL WORK THINGS OUT AND WE'LL HAVE A BETTER CONTRACT AND THEY'LL HAVE A MORE DEDICATED WORKFORCE.))
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Sticking points included no caps on their insurance premiums, and no raises or pension increases for the next four years. Hubbell Lighting makes outdoors, sport and industrial lighting and employs more than 300 people.
For News 7, I'm Donald Graham and that's Business Review. [MUSIC AND GRAPHICS]))