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After nearly 12 hours a Roanoke jury returns a sentence in a November 2001 shooting...
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Early this morning a Roanoke jury found 22-year-old Brandon Thomas Green guilty on four-counts, including first degree murder, attempted robbery and gun charges in the November 2001 death of 28-year-old David Tickle, Junior. Authorities say Green shot Tickle two-times in the back after a drug deal gone bad.
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((SHERI JONES, ASSISTANT COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY: I ALWAYS THINK THERE ARE DIFFICULTIES IN PROSECUTING A CASE LIKE THIS BECAUSE PEOPLE REALIZE WHEN YOU ENGAGE IN INHERENTLY DANGEROUS CONDUCT LIKE DRUG DEALING THERE ARE FATAL CONSEQUENCES TO BOTH SIDES.))
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The jury recommended Green serve a 54-year sentence for his crimes. The judge has order a pre-sentencing investigation before he hands down his sentence.
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A 19 year old Virginia Tech student was injured after falling out of a fourth floor window early this morning.
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Michael Bury plunged from a bathroom window around four A-M at the West Ambler Johnston Residence Hall. No one saw Bury fall, but another student found him unconscious in the grass.
He was taken to Montgomery Regional Hospital.
He is in stable condition and is expected to recover. Virginia Tech police are investigating if alcohol was a factor.
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State Police say a car hit a school bus in Pittsylvania County this morning.
The driver of the car was killed.
No children were on the bus, and the bus driver was not hurt.
The accident happened on Andersonville Road, sometime after nine o'clock.
Police have not yet released the name of the person who died.

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There's been another bombing in Iraq.
Police say a suspected suicide bomber blew up his car in Basra, killing himself and three civilians.
15 people were hurt.
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Meanwhile in Baghdad, the death toll from yesterday's hotel bombing has been lowered from the original estimate of 27 victims, down to seven.
Dozens of others were injured. Early indications are that al-Qaida may be responsible for the attack.
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((BRIG. GEN. MARK KIMMITT/DEPUTY DIR. OF OPERATIONS IN IRAQ: THE COALITION REMAINS RESOLUTE IN OUR MISSION TO HUNT DOWN EXTREMISTS WHO ATTACK INNOCENT CIVILIANS AND STAND IN THE WAY OF A FREE DEMOCRATIC AND SOVEREIGN IRAQ. THE TERRORISTS WILL FAIL. ))
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A military spokesperson adds that the hotel may NOT have been the intended target of the bombings, since the car was in the middle of the street and not in front of the hotel.
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Spanish media is reporting that one of the four new suspects arrested in last week's train bombings in Madrid may be linked to a previous attack.
They say police believe he may have been involved in last year's deadly bombings in Morocco.
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Meanwhile, five earlier detainees are appearing in court for a preliminary hearing today.
Authorities are looking for connections between the men and Islamic militants abroad.
Last week's bombings killed more than 200 people, and left 17- hundred others injured.
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