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Many who were originally against a proposed shopping center in Roanoke County are now supporters.
A large crowd turned out last night to speak for and against the Keagy Road Village Project.
Kahn Development wants to build an upscale shopping center at the corner of Routes 419 and Keagy Road near Allstate Insurance.
After three hours of debate, the Board of Supervisors voted 4 to 1 to approve the project.
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((TODD WALTER/KAHN DEVELOPMENT: WE'VE GOT A LOT PLANNING TO DO IN TERMS OF THE DESIGN, SITE DESIGN WORK, THAT'S PROBABLY SIX TO TEN MONTHS AND THEN WE WILL START CONSTRUCTION SO WE WOULD HOPE TO HAVE THE SHOPS OPEN SOMETIME IN THE FALL OF 2005 OR MAYBE THE FIRST PART OF 2006 DEPENDING ON THE WEATHER.))
[SUPER=01-Todd Walter/Kahn Development]
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Many opponents had a change of heart after Kahn Development agreed to a buffer zone.
That agreement will keep all buildings at least three acres away from nearby homes on Keagy Road.
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Roanoke County also decided the fate of a controversial development near Tanglewood Mall.
Developer James Smith wants to build an office retail park on this hillside at the corner of Routes 419 and 220.
A vote on the Slate Hill project had been delayed several times because of concerns over erosion, size and heights of the buildings and increased traffic in the area.
That prompted the developer to agree to 39 conditions.
Last night, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the rezoning request.
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A Franklin County man who was re-indicted on murder charges has pled guilty to the crime.
This the second time a trial for Christopher Picard ended before it ever begin.
Myranda Stephens has more.
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[SUPER=01-Cliff Hapgood/Franklin Co. Commonwealth's Attorney; :29]
[SUPER=01-David Furrow/Picard's Attorney; :52]
[OUT Q=MS, News 7, Franklin County]
((During an unusual after hours hearing Tuesday, Christopher Picard pled guilty to the murder of Lori Metts Boyd.
((WHAT DO YOU SAY GUILTY OR NOT GUILT? PICARD: GUILTY.))
Boyd's body was found inside her burning car in September 2002 -- an autopsy revealed she had been strangled to death.
Charged with capital murder, Picard went to trial in November -- but as proceedings began, prosecutors dropped the charges to find more evidence.
((WE HAVEN'T ALWAYS BEEN ABLE TO PRESENT EVERYTHING THAT WE HAD, BUT I THINK AS YOU CAN SEE WITH THE TWO ATTORNEYS THAT HE WOULD NOT HAVE PLED GUILTY IF THERE WASN'T A FACTUAL BASIS FOR THIS.))
Picard's attorneys say up until two weeks ago, they were ready to go to trial AGAIN.
But new d-n-a evidence, which they wouldn't reveal, changed that plan.
((THE COMMONWEALTH PRODUCED ADDT'L EVIDENCE THAT CHANGED THAT STRATEGY, AND THEN THE STRATEGY BECAME TO SAVE HIS LIFE 51))
Through a plea agreement, Picard was sentenced to three terms of life in prison for first-degree murder, kidnapping and robbery.
However, all but 50-years of that sentence, was suspended, including the time Picard has already spent in jail.
((WE'RE VERY GLAD THAT THE RIGHT RESULTS HAS BEEN FINALLY RELEASED WE WISH IT HADN'T TAKEN QUITE THIS LONG BUT THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT HAPPENS 08))
Following his plea, Picard turned to Boyd's family to apologize -- saying he was quote, "truly sorry."
Whether that apology was accepted may be revealed in a statement the family says it plans to release at a later date.
Myranda Stephens, News 7, Franklin County.))
Militants in Iraq with links to al-Qaida have apparently set their sights on Iraq's new interim leader.
An audio tape purportedly from Abu Musab al- Zarqawi (ZAR- kow- ee) threatens the leader's life.
Yesterday the terrorist group carried out its threat to kill a South Korean hostage.
The armed men could be seen standing behind their captive, just before his execution.
The image resembled the tape militants recorded before beheading American Nick Berg.
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((THEY ARE TRYING TO GET US TO WITHDRAW FROM THE WORLD SO THEY CAN IMPOSE THEIR DARK VISION ON PEOPLE.))
[OUT Q=dark vision on people.]
Other insurgents working to derail the upcoming handover of sovereignty blew up a roadside bomb near a hospital today in Baghdad.
Iraqi police reported at least two civilians were killed.
The White House is working to counter charges about the prisoner abuse scandal in Iraq, with the release of hundreds of internal memos.
The documents show Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld approved stripping detainees and using dogs for intimidation-- then later rescinded his approval for those kinds of interrogation methods.
They also show that President Bush claimed the right to waive anti- torture laws for prisoners of war.
But speaking from the Oval Office, the President said he had never ordered torture.
A small plane made an emergency landing in a Franklin County field.
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State police say the Cessna 182 was spotting for another plane spraying for Gypsy Moths when the engine began sputtering about 3:30 yesterday afternoon.
The pilot landed in a field near the intersection of Retreat and Bethlehem Roads.
The pilot was not hurt.
The planes were under contract to the U-S Forest Service, which will now investigate the incident.
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Hundreds of textile workers in Danville have lost their jobs.
Dan River Incorporated says it needs to trim more than 300 jobs as it tries to emerge from Chapter Eleven bankruptcy.
The Schoolfield complex will lose its entire second shift and operate just one daytime shift from now on.. and the Piedmont comforter section will be trimmed from three shifts down to two.
Senior employees will be given preference for the remaining jobs and the company is offering what it calls a 'modest' severance package to those laid off.
In business news, General Mills is raising some of its prices.
Alexis Christoforous has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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[OUT Q=in New York, I'm AC.]
((YOU'LL SOON BE PAYING MORE FOR SOME POPULAR FOOD BRANDS AT YOUR SUPERMARKET.
GENERAL MILLS IS RAISING PRICES ON A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT FOOD CATERGORIES INCLUDING PROGRESSO SOUP, CHEERIOS CEREAL, SOME YOGURTS AND FROZEN BREAKFAST FOODS.
General Mills says the price hikes are in response tohigher costs for energy, commodities and packaging.
WALMART HAS BEEN SLAPPED WITH A CLASS ACTION SEX DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT.
A FEDERAL JUDGE IN SAN FRANCISCO RULED THAT 1.6 MILLION FORMER AND CURRENT FEMALE EMPLOYEES OF WALMART CAN BRING SUIT AGAINST THE RETAIL GIANT. THE SUIT ALLEGES THAT WALMART SET UP A SYSTEM OF FREQUENTLY PAYING FEMALE WORKERS LESS THAN MALE COUNTERPARTS AND BYPASSING WOMEN FOR KEY PROMOTIONS.
WALMART SAYS THE SUIT IS WITHOUT MERIT AND PLANS TO APPEAL.
THE NATION'S NO. 2 PHONE COMPANY WANTS TO BREAK INTO THE CABLE BUSINESS. SBC Communications will spend as much as $6 billion building a fiber-optic network that offers digital television service as it steps up competition with cable-TV providers.
ON WALL STREET.. STOCKS REVERSED AN EARLY SLIDE TO FINISH MODESTLY HIGHER HELPED ALONG BY TECH STOCKS
THE DOW ADDED 23 POINTS
WHILE THE NASDAQ CLIMBED 22.
ON THE STOCKS TO WATCH LIST: THE NETWORKING GIANT 3Com cut its quarterly losses by more than half thanks to increased cost cutting.
FIND OUT MORE AT CBS.MW.COM IN NY I'M AC.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
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There's word today from state- run radio in Iran that the country will release eight British sailors who've been detained for illegally entering Iranian waters.
The men were detained Monday in a waterway that runs along the
An Armed Forces spokesman tells state radio that the decision
was made to release the boats and their occupants, after
thesailors said they'd entered Iranian territory by accident.
Two of the sailors were shown on tape making apologies.
An arsonist is on the loose in Montgomery County.
The Oak Forest Mobile Home park in the northern section of the county's seen three fires in two nights; a total of four in the last two months.
This empty trailer caught fire around 4:30 Monday morning.
Police believe they are looking for one or two people.
Investigators also say the fires appear to be acts of vandalism and NOT designed to hurt anyone.
The fires have caused several thousand dollars in damage.
If you have any information, call the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.
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It's been in the works for years, now a plan to expand a Botetourt County town is moving forward.
Currently, Fincastle is made up of 91-acres and about 350-residents.
With an expansion now under consideration, the town could grow to six-times that size and to upwards of one-thousand people.
Officials say an expansion would help develop Fincastle as a business center, increase property values and serve as a base for citizens.
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Fincastle will host two public meetings, tomorrow night at the firehouse and next Wednesday the 30th at the library.
Both meetings begin at 7 p.m.
(Kim tosses to bump)
Another soldier with roots in Southwest Virginia has been killed in Iraq.
Army Staff Sergeant Gregory V. Pennington if from Glade Spring in Washington County. He died Monday.
The Defense Department says he was killed during a mortar attack on his camp in Baghdad.
The 36-year old was assigned to the First Cavalry Division based in Fort Hood, Texas.
In business news, Stocks bounced back yesterday.
And, Walmart faces a sex discrimination lawsuit.
Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case.]
((STOCKS BOUNCED SLIGHTLY HIGHER LATE IN THE SESSION, AFTER SPENDING MUCH OF THE DAY IN THE RED.
THE DOW GAINED 23-POINTS...
WHILE THE NASDAQ ADDED 19.
A FEDERAL JUDGE ALLOWED A DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT AGAINST WALMART TO PROCEED AS A CLASS ACTION CASE.
THE LAWSUIT, FILED ON BEHALF OF ONE-POINT-SIX MILLION WOMEN, MAY BE THE LARGEST CIVIL RIGHTS CLASS-ACTION EVER.
IT ACCUSES THE COMPANY OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN EMPLOYEES, AND RETALIATION AGAINST THOSE WHO COMPLAINED.
WALMART, THE LARGEST PRIVATE-SECTOR EMPLOYER IN THE U-S, SAYS IT WILL APPEAL.
INVESTMENT BANKS GOLDMAN SACHS AND MORGAN STANLEY REPORTED STRONG NET INCOME GAINS IN THE LATEST QUARTER.
MORGAN STANLEY POSTED A PROFIT OF ONE-POINT-TWO BILLION DOLLARS -- ABOUT DOUBLE WHAT IT EARNED DURING THE SAME PERIOD A YEAR AGO.
AND GOLDMAN SACHS REPORTED NET OF ONE-POINT-2 BILLION DOLLARS, UP FROM 695-MILLION DOLLARS.
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL REPORTS A TWO-YEAR OLD INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGED PRICE-FIXING BY CHEMICAL MAKERS HAS WIDENED INTO A GLOBAL PROBE.
THE INVESTIGATION INVOLVES BAYER A-G, DOW CHEMICAL AND DUPONT.
THE JOURNAL REPORTS U-S AND EUROPEAN INVESTIGATORS WERE LOOKING INTO PRICE FIXING ALLEGATIONS IN SIX CHEMICALS USED IN RUBBER, PLASTICS AND SYNTHETIC MATERIALS IN THE U-S, EUROPE, JAPAN AND CANADA.
WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF... I'M STAN CASE.))
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[Kim at Performance Set]
NASCAR fan favorite, Jeff Burton is gearing up for a big race happening July 3rd in Daytona.
Burton is joining us now with a preview from the Rousch Racing Shop in Charlotte.
Good Morning, Jeff. Thanks for being with us.
(Jeff, the line-up of drivers you're racing with is being called a "Dream Team"...who all's taking part?)
[SUPER=01-Jeff Burton/NASCAR Driver;]
(This race is also designed to help raise money for the Victory Junction Gang Camp, which was created by Kyle Petty--
Tells us more about who the camp benefits?)
(And in addition to helping the camp, this race will also give you a chance to show off a new paint scheme..Tell us abo
(Jeff, you are currently 25th in the Nextel NASCAR standings - are you pretty hopeful for a big win in Daytona?)
Imagine having only a week to put together a musical production-- and you're just learning about what some of the instruments are?
That's what's happening this week at a children's music camp at Rainbow Forest Baptist Church.
[Take FS Early Years]
In today' "Early Years" segment, we'll learn more about the camp and some of the benefits of music education.
[Perf Set 2-SHOT]
Joining us this morning is Susan Hunter, who's the Children's Choir Director at Rainbow Forest.
Good Morning, Susan.
(You told me earlier that this is the first time you all have done a music camp at the church-- what is a typical day l
ike at the camp?)
[SUPER=01-Susan Hunter/Rainbow Forest Children's Choir Director;]
(We have some video of the kids rehearsing for a production they have Friday night-- how many kids are taking part and
what's the age range)
(Are there particular instruments that the kids are more interested in than others?)
(As choir director, what do you see as the biggest benefit to music education?)
(You said that you all would like to make this an annual event-- how can parents get more information?)
[SUPER=16-540-977-1789/Rainbow Forest Baptist Church]
Thanks for coming in today Susan, good luck with the show.
News 7 Mornin will be right back.
(Kim tosses to break)
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Merchants and customers at Roanoke's City Market Building are weathering the inconvenience of construction.
Downtown Roanoke Incorporated, or DRI, says it could take nine months to install a new air conditioning system.
Owners of several businesses in the Market Building say they've been told they might have to shut down for several days while the stalls are outfitted with the new equipment.
Outside, parking on Market Street is limited to one side.
DRI says the inconvenience will pay off with better temperature control and perhaps, more interest by developers in the currently unoccupied top two floors.