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Time is just about out for a Virginia death row inmate convicted of killing his wife and two stepdaugthers.
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And Halifax County mourns the loss of a little girl who was accidentally shot by her great- grandfather. wx-head
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Davidson


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Mickey Wayne Davidson is set to die tonight for bludgeoning his wife and two stepdaughters to death in 1990.
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The murders are remembered as Saltville's most brutal crime.
Davidson confessed, saying he could not bear to let his wife Doris and her two teenage daughters leave him.
He first said he wanted to be executed, but changed his mind several times to file appeals.
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This time, Saltville police chief Steve Surber believes Davidson is ready to die.
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((STEVE SURBER/SALTVILLE POLICE CHIEF: I HAD A LETTER FROM HIM, IT WAS NOTARIZED AND HE ASKED THAT NOTHING BE RELEASED ON HIS CASE, THAT HE WANTED TO SWIFTLY GO THROUGH WITH HIS EXECUTION. THAT'S BEEN PROBABLY FOUR OR FIVE MONTHS AGO. ))
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Davidson has neither hired an attorney nor filed anymore appeals.
SUPER=03-Saltville;


He bought the cemetery plot right next to his wife.
Her brother told NEWS-7 the family considered moving the victims' graves.
But he says if they do anything, they'll most likely just remove the markers.
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A man who dumped a body in Wythe County in May pleaded GUILTY to murder yesterday in Henrico County.

Wythe-Body


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The victim- Gregory Scott Spencer lived and was murdered in a Richmond suburb.
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SUPER=03-Wythe Co./May 17;


But 23- year old Brett Matthew Wis-ne-ski testified he wrapped Spencer's body in TRASH bags and drove it to Route 6-19 in Wythe County.
Henrico prosecutors say the murder was related to a drug debt.
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A letter from Wis-ne-ski to his girlfriend was presented in court.
In it, Wis-ne-ski says he beat Spencer to death with a baseball bat, after planning the murder for TWO weeks.
He wrote that he had NO regrets -- it was "simply business."

Halifax-Shooting


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TAPE#95-73
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Friends and family are coping with the loss of a six- year old Halifax County girl- She was ACCIDENTALLY shot and KILLED Tuesday by a relative.
Police say Bridget Short's 85- year old great- grandfather apparently thought the little girl was INSIDE when he fired at a stray dog in his yard.
Authorities say Bridget was shot once in the chest as she rounded a corner.
The little girl was a first grader at Virgilina Elementary school.
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Her teacher remembers her as an IDEAL student who was known for her laughter and love of learning.
Bridget was also a relative of Sheriff Eugene Shortt.
He says there was NO foul play involved.
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((EUGENE SHORTT/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF: APPARENTLY FROM WHAT THE INVESTIGATION HAS REVEALED SO FAR HE HAD THE SHOTGUN TO SHOOT AT PERHAPS SOME STRAY DOGS OR SOMETHING THAT WAS IN HIS YARD AND THE BEST WE CAN TELL SO FAR THE YOUNG KID JUST RAN IN FRONT OF THE LINE OF FIRE. ))
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Police are NOT releasing the great- grandfather's name.
Several school psychologists were brought in yesterday to help teachers and students cope with the loss.
Bridget's classmates also drew cards to give to her family.

Selena


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The prosecution is expected to wrap up it's case today in the Selena Murder trial.
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SUPER=03-Houston, TX;


The jury will hear more testimony intended to prove that Yolanda Saldivar deliberately shot Selena.
The defense says the shooting in Corpus Christi last March was accidental.
Yesterday the judge in the case ruled that Saldivar's signed confession COULD be allowed into evidence, even though she gave her statement without a lawyer present.
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Crane-Ax


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Two construction workers in Clearwater Florida survived the toppling of their bucket truck as they dangled 90 feet above the ground.
The two injured workers climbed on to steel girders while fire rescue crews launched a quick, and brave effort to bring them to safety.
The truck stayed on its side, hinged at the edge of the New Bridge, dangerously dangling over the old bridge.
Both men suffered only minor injuries.
Officials suspect hydraulic or mechanical failure caused the truck to flip.
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1-Sports


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In sports, the World Series countdown is on. Mike Stevens has a preview.
Good morning.
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One-Larry


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(Roll cue:) With the arrival of the fall colors, just follow the crowds to your

favorite spot.
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SUPER=12-Floyd Co.; :14
SUPER=13-James Clark/Coffee Shop Manager; :22
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Sports-Complex


ANCHOR=Beth
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A proposed 17-million dollar sports complex in Lynchburg met FIERCE opposition last night.
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About 300 people packed a Lynchburg planning commission meeting.
While just about everyone admitted the city needs more sports facilities, hundreds of people in the Sandusky area said 'NOT in my back yard.
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((THIS THING IS FOR THE MONETARY BENEFIT OF A VERY FEW, AT A GREATER EXPENSE TO A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE' IT'S GROSSLY UNFAIR))
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But others argued Lynchburg greatly needs the fields for sports.
Part of the complex would also be the NEW home for the Lynchburg Hillcats.
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((WE HAVE THE OLDEST FACILITY IN THE CAROLINA LEAGUE, IN FACT ONE OF THE OLDEST IN THE COUNTRY. LET ME SAY WE SUPPORT THE COMPLEX AND THANK YOU. ))
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Without a NEW complex, Lynchburg could be in danger of LOSING it's minor league team.

Smart-Highway


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And the Smart Highway faced trouble of its own last night, as opponents turned out to say they're being run- over by the Virginia Department of Transportation.
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They got their chance to speak their minds at a public hearing, but they received no response from V- DOT officials.
Those against the plan say it's a waste of time and money.
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((RICK ROTH/NEW RIVER VALLEY ENVIRONMENTAL COALITION: BASICALLY THIS ROAD IS ROAD THAT A BUNCH OF PEOPLE IN ROANOKE DECIDED THEY WANTED A LONG TIME AGO, AND SORT OF GOT WHAT THEY WANTED THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. ))
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Earlier in the evening V- DOT officials did try to answer questions about the roadway in a less formal gathering.
That was met by protestors from the Sierra Club.
The Smart Highway would be a six- mile stretch, connecting a 460 bypass in Blacksburg to Interstate 81 in Roanoke.
The first two miles would be used to test hi-tech vehicles.
The state has already pledged 10- million dollars for that specific portion, but officials estimate the cost at 27- million dollars.
They say it will be worth every penny.
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((DAN BRUGH/VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION: WE THINK IT'S A NEEDED PROJECT, NOT ONLY FROM A RESEARCH STAND POINT BUT FROM AN OVERALL TRANSPORTATION STANDPOINT IN THE NEW RIVER VALLEY. ))
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Brugh says if everything goes according to schedule, the first two miles should be completed near the end of 1998.
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Campaign-Spending


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General Assembly candidates are raising money at a record pace.
And as Joe Dashiell reports, they're spending a lot of it on television advertising in the final weeks of the campaign.
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((Eva Craig and other volunteers GIVE their time to local candidates, but even postage and paper clips add up. Campaigns don't come cheap. STAND-UP BRIDGE
Consultants claim their share... but for a growing number of candidates in the state's general assembly races, broadcast advertising will be their largest expense. NAT SOUND OF AVERILL ADVERTISEMENT
On three Roanoke television stations, Trixie Averill has already spent more than 54- thousand dollars for television time.
Public files at WDBJ, WJPR, and WSLS also reveal that Dick Cranwell has spent more than 36- thousand dollars. NAT SOUND OF CRANWELL SPOT
And the airwaves will only become more crowded as election day approaches.
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((GEORGE BASSETT/WDBJ7 MARKETING DIRECTOR: WE DIDN'T EXPECT THE BIG OUTPOURING IN THE TELEVISION END OF ADVERTISING, BECAUSE OF THE LOCALIZATION OF SOME OF THESE RACES, BUT THIS HAS GOTTEN A LOT BIGGER THAN WE EXPECTED.))
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One of the biggest spenders has no opposition at all. NAT SOUND OF GRIFFITH AD
Salem Delegate Morgan Griffith is running an ad that barely mentions his name and boosts republican candidates in general. He hints that more may be waiting in the wings.
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((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/R- SALEM: TIMING IS EVERYTHING AND OBVIOUSLY THERE WILL BE SOME INTERESTING MESSAGES IN THE WEEKS TO COME.))
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At least a half-dozen candidates promise "some interesting messages" that will vie for the attention of viewers and voters between now and November 7th.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))

Alcohol-Awareness


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Folks in Blacksburg are raising a glass to a study at Virginia Tech.
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It's national Alcohol Awareness Week, and psychology students are administering breathalizer tests at various spots around town.
Those tested NOT only walk away knowing what their blood- alcohol level is-
They also receive a raffle ticket, which could mean free-bies from area businesses.
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((SCOTT GELLER/VIRGINIA TECH PROFESSOR: IT'S STUDENTS BEHIND THOSE TABLES WITH INFORMATION TO TELL OTHER STUDENTS ABOUT THE RISKS OF TOO MUCH ALCOHOL. ))
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Data from questionnaires, and from the tests themselves, will be recorded.
The findings will be revealed in March at a North Carolina psychology convention.
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2-scores


ANCHOR=Melanie
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In sports, the Roanoke Express comes up with a road win.
For that score and others from the ice, let's go to the scoreboards.
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SUPER=103-Buffalo/==4/Edmonton/==1//Colorado/==4/Washington/==2;
SUPER=103-Vancouver/==5/Anaheim/==1//Philadelphia/==1/Los Angeles/==1;


Two-Larry


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SUPER=15-Larry Dowdy;



(Roll cue:) Here's Anna Wentworth with this week's movie review.
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SUPER=18-"American Quilt"; :11
SUPER=04-Courtesy: Universal Pictures;
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(( Anna Wentworth/Arts Reviewer: "How To Make An American Quilt" is a charming little movie that will appeal most to women of "a certain age".
It's all about love, betrayel, romance, childbirth, and choices. ((HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICAN QUILT/UNIVERSAL PICTURES: I'VE DECIDED TO GO AWAY FOR THE SUMMER. THIS MAKES SAM NERVOUS. HE THINKS I'M LEAVING BECAUSE LAST NIGHT HE PROPOSED TO ME. YOU'LL COME PICK ME UP IN SEPTEMBER? MAYBE.))
Almost as beautiful as the WDBJ 40th Anniversary Friendship Quilt, this movie DOES have a quilt, lots of busy hands and opinions.
Winona Ryder is Finn. Sam is in love with her and so is the sexy stranger.
The women in the group talk as they work, reflecting on the men they have loved, joys and sorrows, chances taken, and opportunites lost. ((I NEVER LIKED FULL MOONS. THEY GIVE PEOPLE AN EXCUSE TO DO FOOLISH THINGS. I'M YOUNG. I'M SUPPOSE TO DO FOOLISH THINGS. ))
The women give advice, or just share their own experiences to help Finn find her own way.
This movie, about life's small heartaches and triumphs gets an "A-". "How To Make An American Quilt" is a real box office sleeper, that's a must see.))
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2headlines


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Here's a look at today's top stories.
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A showdown in the House today over the future of Medicare.
Lawmakers are to vote on a G-O-P plan to overhaul the health care program for the elderly.
Democrats concede defeat -- they say the bill's massive cuts will finance tax cuts for the wealthy.
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On the SIX MONTH anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, a witness in the case makes damning claims against prime suspect Timothy McVeigh.
Michael Fortier has reportedly told authorities Mcveigh showed him a diagram for a bomb while seeking his help.
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And in just a matter of hours death row inmate Mickey Wayne Davidson will be executed for the 19-90 murders of his wife and two stepdaughters.
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And that's what's making news on this Thursday, October 19th.
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Don't go away -- News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

Medicare


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A political battle over Medicare that's been brewing for months comes to a head today.
The House is to vote on the Republican plan to make sweeping changes in the health insurance program for the nation's elderly.
The G-O-P package would squeeze 270- billion dollars from Medicare over seven years.
Kent Jarrell reports.
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(( Behind closed doors, last minute negotiations are underway to make sure wavering Republicans don't vote "No" on the massive plan to save Medicare from bankruptcy.

SOT REP. NEWT GINGRICH/SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE/R. GA: ONE THING I AM LEARNING

ABOUT GOVERNING - IN THE LAST 48 HOURS, 17 PEOPLE COME IN AND WANT SOMETHING - IT'S A LITTLE LIKE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING.
NARR: Democrats are pounding away at the Republicans, charging budget cuts will end up harming just about everybody, young and old. The Democratic mantra is repeated - "Republican Medicare savings will go to pay for tax cuts," but Kennedy of Massachusetts takes the rhetoric up a notch.

SOT SEN. TED KENNEDY/D. MA: REPUBLICANS LOVE THEIR TAX BREAKS, THEY'LL DEFEND

THEM TO THE DEATH, THE DEATH OF LARGE NUMBERS OF SENIOR CITIZENS.
NARR: Senate Republicans announced the numbers in their budget are now certified, by the Congressional budget office, to actually balance the budget by 2002, with a $245 billion tax cut plan.
Republicans want a five hundred dollar tax credit per child, but not for wealthy families. Individual retirement accounts would be expanded, capital gains taxes would be cut, and the marriage tax penalty would be reduced.

SOT SEN. WILLIAM ROTH/D. DE: MOST FAMILIES WILL END UP WITH AN EXTRA ONE

THOUSAND DOLLARS INSTEAD OF SENDING IT TO WASHINGTON.
CLOSE: With votes pending, the fine art of political compromise is in high gear. President Clinton says watching all this is a form of torture. He says he's optimistic about the outcome,but has his veto pen ready, just in case. Kent Jarrell for CBS News Washington.))
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And our area is dealing with a series of health cuts of its on...

Health-Cuts


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A local health care giant plans to CUT over 135 management jobs over the next TWO years.
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Carilion has announced it will be CONSOLIDATING it's staff and
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DIVIDING hospitals according to the type of medical service provided.
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((TOM ROBERTSON/CARILION HEALTH SYSTEM CEO: WE'RE BUDGETED THIS YEAR TO ACHIEVE SAVINGS OF 13 MILLION DOLLARS FROM OUR RE-ENGINEERING EFFORTS. THIS PARTICULAR MOVE THAT WE'RE ANNOUNCING TODAY COUPLED WITH THE JOBS THAT WE'LL BE LOSING IN THE 24 MONTHS WILL RESULT IN SAVINGS OF ABOUT FIVE MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR.))
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Community and Roanoke Memorial Hospitals will have ONE management team.
And to give physicians more say in Carilion's day to day operations, each department will be co-managed by an administrator and a doctor.
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The changes will take place next year at Carilion facilities in the Roanoke Valley, as well as Bedford and Franklin counties.
Carilion's New River Valley operations will get revamped sometime after that.


Clinton


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A one word answer from president clinton, on whether he regrets his 19-93 tax hike.
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The tax flap follows comments in Texas when he told an audience he'd raised their taxes too much.
Republicans claim the President is backtracking on his own policies, the White House says it isn't so.
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oklahoma-bombing


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WRITER=mel
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The President is expected to use today's six month anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing to call attention to congresional inaction on an anti-terrorism bill.
Meantime, a man who has pleaded guilty to charges connected to the April 19th attack reportedly has provided some damaging evidence against suspect Timothy McVeigh.
The Dallas Morning News reports that Michael Fortier told authorities
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McVeigh showed him a truck-bomb diagram while the attack was being planned.
Fortier has pleaded guilty to charges that include failing to tell authorities what he knew about the plot before it was carried out.
He's to be sentenced after testifying against McVeigh and Terry Nichols in a trial scheduled to begin in May.
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ruby-ridge


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WRITER=mel
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F-B-I Director Louis Freeh testifies today as a Senate panel concludes its hearings into the 19-92 siege at Ruby Ridge, Idaho.
During the siege, an F-B-I sniper fatally shot the wife of white separatist Randy Weaver.
Yesterday new ``deadly force'' rules were announced.
The new policy says agents can only shoot to kill when they believe there is imminent danger of death or serious injury.
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Babbitt-Powell


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WRITER=cro
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Two famous faces from Washington D-C visit Virginia this week.
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt is on a three-day tour across the state promoting the environment.
He'll be in Appommattox today.
And tomorrow retired Army General and former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Colin Powell pays a visit to Norfolk to promote his autobiography.

3-Sports


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In sports, the Express won on the road last night.
Mike Stevens has the details.
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Birthdays
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Three-Larry


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WRITER=ldo
TAPE#M95-8 Wine
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(ROLL TAPE STRAIGHT OUT OF BIRTHDAYS)
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SUPER=15-Larry Dowdy; :00
SUPER=13-David Morrisette/Owner; :15
SUPER=12-Floyd Co.; :47
SUPER=24-Summer 1992; 1:30
RUNS=2:45
OUT Q=more news seven mornin.
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Mickey-Davidson


ANCHOR=Beth
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=tal
TAPE#95-78
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Mickey Wayne Davidson is set to die tonight for one of Saltville's most BRUTAL crimes.
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SUPER=@File;


Davidson bludgeoned his wife and two stepdaughters to death in 1990.
He confessed, saying he could NOT bear to let his wife Doris and her two teenage daughters leave him.
He first said he wanted to be executed, but changed his mind several times to file appeals.
SUPER=03-Marion;


This time, Saltville police chief Steve Surber believes Davidson is ready to die.
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((STEVE SURBER/SALTVILLE POLICE CHIEF: I HAD A LETTER FROM HIM, IT WAS NOTARIZED AND HE ASKED THAT NOTHING BE RELEASED ON HIS CASE, THAT HE WANTED TO SWIFTLY GO THROUGH WITH HIS EXECUTION. THAT'S BEEN PROBABLY FOUR OR FIVE MONTHS AGO. ))
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Davidson has neither hired an attorney nor filed anymore appeals.
SUPER=03-Saltville;


He bought the cemetery plot right next to his wife.
Her brother told NEWS-7 the family considered moving the victims' graves.
But he says if they do anything, they'll most likely just remove the markers.
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In Henrico County, a man pleaded GUILTY to a murder that has ties to OUR area.

Wisneski


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The victim- Gregory Scott Spencer lived in and was murdered in a Richmond suburb.
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SUPER=03-Wythe Co./May 17;


But 23- year old Brett Matthew Wisneski testified yesterday he wrapped Spencer's body in trash bags and dumped it in Wythe County last May.
Henrico prosecutors say the murder was related to a drug debt.
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A letter from Wisneski to his girlfriend was presented in court.
In it, Wisneski says he beat Spencer to death with a baseball bat, after planning the murder for two weeks.
He wrote that he had no regrets -- it was "simply business."

Tazewell-Ax


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WRITER=nle
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A 15-year-old is dead following a single vehicle accident last night.
Police say Patrick Johnson of Richlands was killed when the car he was riding in crashed into a tree.
It happened on Route 631 in Tazewell County at about nine last night.
Police say the driver of the car lost control while trying to round a curve.

Shooting


ANCHOR=Beth
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=THA
TAPE#95-73
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Halifax County is mourning the loss of a little girl who was ACCIDENTALLY shot and KILLED Tuesday by her great- grandfather.
Six-year-old Bridget Shortt was a first grader at Virgilina Elementary school.
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Her teacher remembers her as an IDEAL student who was known for her laughter and love of learning.
Bridget was also a relative of Sheriff Eugene Shortt.
He says there was NO foul play involved.
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((EUGENE SHORTT/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF: APPARENTLY FROM WHAT THE INVESTIGATION HAS REVEALED SO FAR HE HAD THE SHOTGUN TO SHOOT AT PERHAPS SOME STRAY DOGS OR SOMETHING THAT WAS IN HIS YARD AND THE BEST WE CAN TELL SO FAR THE YOUNG KID JUST RAN IN FRONT OF THE LINE OF FIRE. ))
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Police are NOT releasing the great- grandfather's name.
Several school psychologists were brought in yesterday to help teachers and students cope with the loss.
Bridget's classmates also drew cards to give to her family.

Kids-Guns


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#95-76
GRAPHIC=none


Life has returned to normal at Bassett Middle School after a student cut another student with a razor.
There's been a lot of concern lately about kids bringing weapons to school.
But as Kimberly McBroom reports, at least one school official says the problem doesn't live up to the hype.
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SOT
IN Q=I don't remember
SUPER=01-Stephen Burton/Bassett Middle School Principal;:00
SUPER=03-Henry Co.;:13
SUPER=@Kimberly1;:31
SUPER=01-Dr. Michael Chiglinsky/Psychologist;:56
RUNS=1:24
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
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SOT tape 1 13:08:49

((STEPHEN BURTON/BASSETT MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL: I DON'T REMEMBER IN THE YEARS THAT I'VE BEEN HERE THAT ANYBODY BROUGHT A WEAPON TO SCHOOL TO INTENTIONALLY DO HARM TO ANOTHER STUDENT INSIDE THE BUILDING. ))
RUNS=:10


And he says that includes the recent incident involving one student cutting another student with a razor.
Burton says the situation got out of hand-- but there haven't been any similar occurences since then.
A new state law requires school officials to suspend students for 10 days if they bring weapons on campus.
And Burton says that seems to have done the trick.
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SOT tape 1 standup 13:54:30

((Burton feels reports about youth violence have been blown out of proportion, and that by nature, children are the same as they ever were. ))
RUNS=:06
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SOT tape 1 13:08:38

((STEPHEN BURTON/BASSETT MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL: IT WAS ALMOST LIKE A SHOW AND TELL. I'VE GOT A KNIFE AND I'M GOING TO BRING IT AND I'M GOING TO SHOW IT TO EVERYBODY SO THAT THEY CAN SEE HOW MACHO, OR COOL, OR BAD THAT I AM. ))
RUNS=:10


The motivation for agressive behavior usually comes from the child's home life-- according to one psychologist.
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SOT tape 2 15:08:13

((DR. MICHAEL CHIGLINSKY/PSYCHOLOGIST: IT'S BELIEVED THAT MANY OF THESE FAMILIES USE PHYSICAL DISCIPLINE AS A FORM OF CONTROL-- AND EVENTUALLY, THAT CHILD WILL SEE THAT NEED AS BEING THE BEST WAY TO CONTROL OTHER CHILDREN-- A WEAPON IS THE BEST FORM OF CONTROL.))
RUNS=:14


Chiglinsky says parents should be advised to be watchful whenever their children are exposed to any form of violence.
He says even if it's just played out on television-- impressionable kids may try to act it out on their peers. Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))

4-scores


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=morn
WRITER=cro
TAPE# none
GRAPHIC=express


In sports, the Roanoke Express wins one on the road.
For that score and more, let's go to the scoreboards.
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SUPER=#C-200;
SUPER=104-Roanoke/==7/Charlotte/==5;


SUPER=103-Vancouver/==5/Anaheim/==1//Philadelphia/==1/Los Angeles/==1; SUPER=103-Buffalo/==4/Edmonton/==1//Colorado/==4/Washington/==2;