[11Fire-Roanoke]

[ANCHOR=Kim]

[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=04-51 TC26:07]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]
[ENG#=1]

It's been a busy night for firefighters in Roanoke. Police dispatchers say they're on the scene of a small fire at a business on the 700 block of Marshall Avenue right now.
Earlier this morning firefighters battled flames and cold weather.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Firefighters got the call around 9:25 last night.
The home in the 14-hundred block of Grayson Avenue was in flames when they arrived.
Firefighters rescued an elderly man from the house.
He was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment of burns and smoke inhalation.
Crews say they don't yet know how the fire started, but say the house is a total loss.
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[11Employee-Burned]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


A worker at Roanoke Electric Steel was badly burned when some equipment malfunctioned.
Emergency crews say the equipment caught the employee's clothes on fire last night.
The employee suffered second degree burns to his upper torso and was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital in serious condition.

[PKGIvy-Market]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=04-54 TC 2:14]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=2]


Plans to bring Ukrop's Supermarkets to Roanoke have cleared another hurdle.
Last night, city council rezoned the property needed for the Ivy Market shopping center.
But as Justin McLeod discovered, the project is still generating a lot of excitement and controversy.

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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-Frank Smith/Neighbors of South Roanoke Association; :12]
[SUPER=01-Everett Ward/Tinnell's Finer Foods; :41]
[SUPER=01-Bev Fitzpatrick/Roanoke Vice-Mayor; :54]
[SUPER=01-Brian Wishneff/Roanoke City Council; 1:06]
[SUPER=01-Maryellen Goodlatte/Developer's Attorney; 1:23]
[RUNS=1:41]
[OUT Q=Justin McLeod, News 7.]



((((NAT SOUND OF THE VOTE AT 16:58:26 SAYING "MAYOR HARRIS? I AND THE ORDINANCE PASSES."))
The zoning request for the upscale shopping center was approved unanimously, it's the incentive agreement that still has people fired up.
[SOT 16:31:38]
[IN Q=The citizens you hear]

((FRANK SMITH/NEIGHBORS OF SOUTH ROANOKE ASSOCIATION: THE CITIZENS YOU HEAR TONIGHT ARE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE FACT ARE THEY GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A FAIR HEARING BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY ARE WE PART OF THE DISCUSSION.)) [Runs07]
[OUT Q=of the discussion]


That discussion centers around Painter Properties plans to build a shopping center at the corner of Franklin Road and Wonju Street.
It's called Ivy Market and will include a Walgreen's and a Ukrop's Super Market.
To make the project a reality, city council approved a performance agreement that could bring the developer nine million dollars over fifteen years.
Other business owners say that's unfair.
[SOT 16:30:13]
[IN Q=The proposed tax incentives]

((EVERETT WARD/TINNELL'S FINER FOODS: THE PROPOSED TAX INCENTIVES IN MY OPINION ARE NOTHING ELSE A TAX PAYER FUNDED BARRIER TO FREE TRADE.)) [Runs07]
[OUT Q=TO FREE TRADE]


Some city council members defend the incentives believing their worth every penny.
[SOT 16:51:33]
[IN Q=That entire area]

((BEV FITZPATRICK/VICE-MAYOR: THAT ENTIRE AREA WILL CHANGE PRETTY DRAMATICALLY IF OTHER ENTREPRENEURS INVEST THE WAY WE THINK THEY WILL.)) [Runs08]
[OUT Q=THINK THEY WILL]


Another council member points out Ukrop's was coming to the Roanoke Valley regardless.
[SOT 16:53:51]
[IN Q=The only question]

((BRIAN WISHNEFF/CITY COUNCIL MEMBER: THE ONLY QUESTION WAS WHERE AND THREE OF THE OTHER FOUR ALTERNATES WERE OUTSIDE THE CITY OF ROANOKE.)) [Runs07]
[OUT Q=CITY OF ROANOKE]


While the incentive agreement debate continues, the developer must now overcome more hurdles.
It wants to move a nearby creek to another location.
[SOT 17:01:41]
[IN Q=The Army Corps of Engineers]

((MARY ELLEN GOODLATTE/DEVELOPER'S ATTORNEY: THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, DEQ, FEMA HAVE TO APPROVE THE PLANS BUT THAT'S BEEN IN THE PLANS NOW FOR MANY MANY MANY MONTHS.)) [Runs07]
[OUT Q=MANY MANY MANY MONTHS]
[SOT ]
[IN Q= ]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THE DEVELOPER HOPES TO OBTAIN THOSE PERMITS IN THE COMING MONTHS AND BEGIN CONSTRUCTION BY THIS SUMMER. UKROP'S HAD HOPED TO OPEN BY NEXT FALL BUT NOW IT LOOKS LIKE IT WILL BE DECEMBER 2005. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))


[Iraq]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq]
[ENG#=3]


Military officials say five American soldiers were injured today in a car bombing north of Baghdad.
But President Bush says U-S forces will stay in Iraq, until Iraqi troops are ready to take over security.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Baghdad, Iraq;]


There aren't enough trained Iraqi troops to secure polling stations before next month's elections.
And Bush says Iraqi forces are a long way from being ready.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=There have been]

((THERE HAVE BEEN SOME CASES WHERE WHEN THE HEAT GOT ON, THEY LEFT THE BATTLEFIELD. THAT'S UNACCEPTABLE. . ))
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=that's unacceptable.]
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[VO-NAT]


Meanwhile, the Marine who went missing in Iraq faces a military hearing today at Camp Lejeune.
Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun is charged with desertion.
He was shown on Arab T-V as an apparent hostage, then turned-up safe in Lebanon.
A military judge will recommend whether he should face court-martial.
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[Aleve]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]

[GRAPHICMedical News]
[ENG#=4]


Another pain reliever, naproxen (na-PRAHX'-uhn), is being linked to a higher risk of heart attack and stroke.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


The drug is sold over the counter as Aleve.
It was being tested on elderly volunteers to see if it had any other benefits.
The government says it doesn't expect to take any immediate regulatory action.
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[6-Industrial-Expansion]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]


In business news, new jobs are coming to Botetourt County.
Arkay Packaging is expanding its plant in the EastPark Commerce Center.
The company says the 11-million dollar project will create about 75 new positions.
Arkay makes folding cartons for cosmetics and over-the-counter drugs.

[Marketwatch]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]
[ENG#=1]


In this morning's Marketwatch, you'll soon see Gateway computers in Circuit City stores.
Marcella Palmer has more on that plus details of a merger that will form the largest U-S electric utility.

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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Marcella Palmer/Reporting; :00]
[RUNS=1:19]
[OUT Q=In N.Y. I'm Marcella Palmer.]

((EXELON AND PUBLIC SERVICE ENTERPRISE GROUP, HAVE APPROVED A MERGER PLAN WHICH WILL MAKE THE COMBINED COMPANIES THE LARGEST U-S ELECTRIC UTILITY. THE NEW COMPANY'S TOTAL ASSETS WOULD EQUAL ABOUT 79- BILLION DOLLARS AND A BASE OF 9-MILLION GAS AND ELECTRIC CUSTOMERS ACROSS ILLINOIS,NEW JERSEY AND PENNSYLVANIA.
DRUG MAKER PFIZER HAS ANNOUNCED IT'S STOPPING ALL ADVERTISING FOR ARTHRITIS DRUG CELEBREX. THIS DECISION COMES AFTER NEWS LAST WEEK OF A STUDY LINKING THE DRUG TO AN INCREASED RISK OF HEART ATTACKS.
THE KIA SPECTRA HAS SURPRISINGLY EARNED A POOR RATING IN THE INSURANCE INSTITUTE FOR HIGHWAY SAFETY NEW FRONTAL CRASH TEST FOR SMALL CARS. THE INSTITUTE SAYS THE KIA SPECTRA IS THE FIRST VEHICLE TO GET A POOR RATING IN THIS CRASH TEST SINCE 2001... THE MAZDA 3 WAS THE BEST PERFORMER IN THE FRONTAL CRASH TEST.
THE BLUE CHIPS HELD ON TO SLIGHT GAINS, AS THE NASDAQ DIPPED INTO THE RED MONDAY. THE DOW CLOSED THE DAY UP 11... THE NASDAQ CLOSED THE DAY DOWN 7. CRUDE OIL SETTLED TO CLOSE THE DAY AT $45.64 A BARREL....
GATEWAY SAYS IT HAS A DEAL STARTING NEXT MONTH, TO HAVE ITS PERSONAL COMPUTERS ON CIRCUIT CITY STORE SHELVES. THE MOVE CONTINUES GATEWAY'S EXPANSION INTO RETAIL CHAINS.
FOR MORE ON THE MARKETS LOG ON TO OUR SITE AT CBS DOT MARKETWATCH DOT COM. IN NEW YORK I'M MARCELLA PALMER.))

(tape tosses to stocks)


[STOCKS] [WOOD ROGERS SPONSOR BOARD 5185 ESSC] [COMM]


[Stolen-Baby]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]
[ENG#=1]


Family and friends will hold funeral services today for Bobbie Jo Stinnett.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Skidmore, Missouri;]


Lisa Montgomery is accused of killing Stinnett in her Missouri home and stealing her fetus.
Montgomery made her first court appearance yesterday.
She'll have a preliminary hearing later this week.
After yesterday's proceedings, her husband, Kevin, apologized.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=My heart ain't]

((KEVIN MONTGOMERY/ACCUSED KILLER'S HUSBAND: MY HEART AINT JUST BROKE FOR LISA AND THEM KIDS, BUT FOR THEM TOO, THAT WAS A PRECIOUS BABY.))
[SUPER=01-Kevin Montgomery/Accused Killer's Husband;]
[RUNS=:05]
[OUT Q=a precious baby]
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[VO-NAT]


Authorities say they tracked down Montgomery by tracing the unique Internet address of her computer.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=We were able]

((TODD GRAVES/U.S. ATTORNEY: WE WERE ABLE TO USE THE INFORMATION WE GAINED OFF HER COMPUTER, TAKE IT TO OUR REGIONAL COMPUTER FORENSICS LAB WHICH IS IN KANSAS CITY AND BREAK IT DOWN VERY QUICKLY AND TRACE THAT TRAIL BACK TO MELVERN, KANSAS. ))
[SUPER=01-Todd Graves/U. S. Attorney;]
[RUNS=:12]
[OUT Q=Melvern, kansas.]
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[VO-NAT]


Meanwhile, Stinnett's baby, Victoria Jo has been released from a Kansas hospital to her father.
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[6-Roanoke-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jus]
[TAPE#=04-47 TC48:07]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Invest.]
[ENG#=2]


Roanoke Police are investigating a murder.
They found a man dead inside a room at the American Hotel around 1:30 yesterday afternoon.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The hotel is located in the forty six hundred block of Williamson Road.
Police are not releasing the name of the victim pending notification of next of kin.
A friend of the victim's tells News 7 the man had lived at the hotel for just a few weeks.
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[SOT 17:27:53]
[IN Q=I think it is a]

((WILLIAM BARGE/VICTIM'S FRIEND: I THINK IT IS A TRAGEDY. LONNIE'S A GOOD MAN. HE USUALLY WORKS SEVEN DAYS A WEEK IF WE BOTH CAN. WE WORK THROUGH A LOT OF TEMP SERVICES TOGETHER, HE'S A VERY FINE PERSON.))
[SUPER=01-William Barge/Victim's Friend; :]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=very fine person]
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[VO-NAT]


Barge says the victim lived at the hotel with his girlfriend.
Police are not saying whether they have any suspects. Investigators say the man apparently died of a stab wound.


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[6-Danville-Death]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


Danville police say the death of a woman was murder.
Officers found 82 year old Mamie Lee Jackson dead inside her Grace Street home Sunday.
An autopsy showed she was strangled.
(XXXXXXX)

[TAKE CRIMSTOPPERS FS]
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crimestoppers at 434-793-0000
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(Kim toss to bump) [BUMP]

[COMM] [Biz-Brief]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]
[ENG#=1]


In other business news, the I-Pod appears to be this year's hot holiday gift. Retailers say they're having a hard time keeping the music player in stock and analysts say four million could be sold this season. In other news, stocks closed mixed yesterday. Stan Case has more on that in today's business brief.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[RUNS=1:15]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case.]


(( BLUE CHIP STOCKS EDGED HIGHER MONDAY. THE DOW INDUSTRIALS ROSE 11-POINTS. BUT THE NASDAQ LOST SEVEN. EXELON, THE LARGEST U-S NUCLEAR POWER COMPANY, HAS AGREED TO BUY PUBLIC SERVICE ENTERPRISE GROUP, A NEW JERSEY UTILITY, FOR NEARLY 13- BILLION DOLLARS IN STOCK. THE COMPANIES SAID THE MERGER WOULD CREATE THE LARGEST U-S UTILITY COMPANY, TO BE CALLED EXELON ELECTRIC AND GAS. THEY EXPECT TO CUT THEIR COMBINED WORKFORCE OF 28-THOUSAND BY FIVE PERCENT -- OR 14-HUNDRED JOBS. PFIZER SAID IT WILL STOP ADVERTISING ITS CONTROVERSIAL CELEBREX DRUG-- BUT PLANS TO KEEP IT ON THE MARKET. LAST WEEK, A STUDY FOUND AN INCREASED RISK OF HEART ATTACKS IN PATIENTS TAKING HIGHER-THAN-NORMAL DOSES OF THE DRUG. PFIZER SAID THE DECISION TO PULL ADS WAS MADE IN DISCUSSIONS WITH THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. THE FDA MAY REQUIRE WARNING LABELS OR WITHDRAW ITS APPROVAL. THE S-E-C SAID WALT DISNEY FAILED TO DISCLOSE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THE COMPANY AND SOME MEMBERS OF ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS. IT SAID BETWEEN 1999 AND 2001, DISNEY DID NOT DISCLOSE IT EMPLOYED THREE PEOPLE WHOSE PARENTS WERE DIRECTORS. AND IT DID NOT DISCLOSE THAT ANOTHER DIRECTOR'S SPOUSE WORKED FOR A SUBSIDIARY HALF-OWNED BY DISNEY. INSTEAD OF A FINE, DISNEY AGREED TO COMPLY IN THE FUTURE. WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF... I'M STAN CASE. ))

[TAPE TOSS TO STOCKS] [STOCKS] [WOOD ROGERS SPONSOR BOARD 5185 ESSC] [COMM]


[11Mail-Theft]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=04-40 TC1:47:13]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=2]


A U-S postal worker is Roanoke accused of stealing hundreds of pieces of mail.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Officials say a citizen tipped them off Thursday that someone had dumped more than 400-pieces of undelivered mail into a Roanoke city dumpster. Authorities tracked the mail to an employee at the Main Office,
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]

and searched his home the next day, where they recovered several THOUSAND pieces of undelivered and rifled mail.
Officials say most of it was greeting cards from customers in Roanoke City and County. Authorities retained about 200-pieces of the mail for evidence, and are now trying to identify all of the victims, and send them a letter of explanation.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[SS=None]

Officials say the employee has been terminated. Charges may be filed next week.

[11Craig-Cold]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=sba]
[TAPE#=04-49 TC34:07]
[GRAPHIC=Winter Weather]
[ENG#=3]

Chilly early morning temperatures had tempers flaring in Craig County yesterday morning. A number of parents were upset their kids had to go to school on-time.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Craig Co.]

There was no snow, sleet or slick conditions, but parents thought temperatures, which hovered near zero, were too cold for children to deal with as they waited for the bus. Parents told News 7 it didn't seem as if the schools cared about the kids' well-being, but the school superintendent says that couldn't be further from the truth.
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[SOT@9:10:31.25]
[INQ=SAFETY IS THE MOST ...]

((DR. ROSE MARTIN, CRAIG CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: SAFETY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. I CHECK THE ROADS IN THE MORNING - SOME MYSELF- ALSO CALL VDOT AND CERTIFY THE SAFETY OF THE ROAD CONDITIONS W/VDOT AND SEE IF THEY'RE HAD A CHANCE TO PUT CHEMICALS OR CLEAR IN SNOWY WEATHER...))
[SUPER=01-Rose Martin/Craig Co. School Superintendent]
[RUNS=:15]
[OUT Q=.. in snowy weather.]
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[VO-NAT]

Two buses were late yesterday morning because their batteries wouldn't turnover, but Martin says parents were contacted about the delay.
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE]

[11NRV-Cold]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=rde]
[TAPE#=04-43 TC1:06:35]
[GRAPHIC=wipe]



[ENG#=4]

[WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Giles Co.;]

There was snow in Giles County yesterday. Mountain Lake had two and a half inches on the ground. It snowed last week and the resort got another dusting last night. The trees are covered in icicles and the lake itself is even starting to freeze up.
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[SOT: 4:11:45:00 to :55]
[IN Q=My building]

((DAVE DESHLER:MY BUILDING'S ON STILTS AND SO I GET ALL THE NORTH WIND COMING UP FROM THE LAKE AND IT'S PRETTY CHILLY IN MY OFFICE AND I SAY HEY.. WHAT'S GOING ONDOWN HERE. LAUGHS.. IT'S WARM HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Dave Deshler/Wilderness Conservancy;]
[RUNS=:10]
[OUT Q=it's warm here.]
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[VO-NAT]

At one point the thermomter read five degrees below zero.
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[6-Blue-Santa]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=04-46 TC47:16]
[GRAPHIC=None]
[ENG#=2]


Santa traded in his usual red outfit for a good cause.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Dressed all in blue, Santa handed out gifts at Roanoke's Carilion Community Hospital yesterday morning.
The toys and donations go to sick kids as part of the Blue Santa project by the Roanoke Police Academy.
It involves recruits from both Roanoke and Roanoke County.
Blue Santa also picked up some cold cash from Wachovia to help pay for more gifts.
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(Kim tosses to bump)

[BUMP]

[COMM] [11Kilgore]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jwi]
[TAPE#=04-39 TC1:59:03]
[GRAPHIC=Jerry Kilgore]
[ENG#=1]

The 2005 General Assembly session is just weeks away and lawmakers are working to garner support for their agendas.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]

Attorney General Jerry Kilgore outlined his yesterday. He hopes to push the "Death Penalty Enhancement Act." One that would make any defendant who participates in a capital murder eligible for the death penalty. It would also eliminate automatic life in prison when a sentencing phase ends in a hung jury.
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[SOT 23:37:10]
[IN Q=Under this legislation]

((JERRY KILGORE/VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL: UNDER THIS LEGISLATION A HUNG JURY WILL NO LONGER EQUAL LIFE IN PRISON. NOW THE COURT WILL BE ABLE TO DISMISS THE HUNG JURY AND IMPANEL A DIFFERENT ONE TO CONSIDER WHETHER THE DEFENDANT SHOULD RECEIVE THE DEATH PENALTY.))
[SUPER=@Kilgore;]
[RUNS=12]
[OUT Q=receive the death penalty]
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[VO-NAT]

Kilgore also wants to create gang- free school zones and enact tougher penalties for those who manufacture methamphetamine in the presence of a child. He says he also wants to decrease regulatory burdens on small business owners.
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