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7Via

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A Roanoke woman has been charged with fatally beating her newborn daughter at a homeless shelter.
It happened last December.
In a statement to police, 28-year-old Veronica Janine Via said she was feared she could not raise her 14-day-old daughter alone, so she decided to -- quote -- "send her to a better place."
End quote.
Via was indicted yesterday on a charge of murdering Jasmine Monique Via at the Transitional Living Center for homeless people.
An official at the center said Veronica Via no longer lives there.

7Neighbors-Bell


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Two Roanoke City sheriff's deputies hope to be back on the job now that they've been cleared of sexual misconduct charges.
Yesterday, a judge dismissed the case, citing inconsistencies in the accuser's story.
Joe Dashiell has more.
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((LARRY NEIGHBORS/DEFENDANT: I'M JUST GLAD IT'S OVER WITH AND I'M GLAD THE PUBLIC IS FINALLY FINDING OUT THE FULL TRUTH.)) ((DAVID BELL/DEFENDANT: IT'S BEEN A TOTAL HELL, I'LL TELL YOU. IT'S PUT US THROUGH A LOT, BUT IT'S OVER AND I JUST WANT TO GET ON WITH MY LIFE.))
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The two deputies say they're pleased a fourteen- month ordeal is over.
For their accuser Ronlyn Eaton, the decision was a bitter disappointment.
She claimed the men offered her a ride home from a Roanoke bar in May of 1995, then forced her to have sex with them.
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((PEOPLE TAKE CARE OF THEIR OWN AND THEY THOUGHT THAT MAYBE BECAUSE OF WHO I WAS THAT MAYBE THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO GET AWAY WITH IT. UNFORTUNATELY THEY DID, BUT I JUST HOPE IT DOESN'T HAPPEN TO ANYONE ELSE.))
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While the judge raised questions about the deputies' behavior that night, he said there were too many inconsistencies in Eaton's story to convict the men.
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((BOB BUSHNELL/PROSECUTOR: I'VE GOT SOME CONCERNS ABOUT THE WAY MR. BELL AND MR. NEIGHBORS CONDUCTED THEMSELVES ON THIS EVENING WITH MS. EATON, BUT I THINK THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF ROANOKE HAVE A LOT OT BE PROUD OF WITH REGARD TO THE WAY THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AND THE CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE INVESTIGATED THESE ALLEGATIONS.))
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After more than a year of unpaid leave, the deputies say they hope to return to their jobs.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))

7Accident-Folo


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A small boy made a trip to a Lynchburg Fire station last night to say thankyou to some firefighters
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Six- year- old Zachary Snell was seriously injured in a car accident in Lynchburg May 17th.
Internal injuries sent Zachary to a Charlottesville hospital for more than a week, and he was released on Friday.
Zachary's first order of business was to come to Fire Station 8 and thank the firefighters who helped him when he was hurt.
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((KENNETH SNELL/FATHER: HE REMEMBERED DUANE WHO WAS IN THE AMBULANCE AND HELPING HIM OUT AND ALL, AND HE JUST WANTED TO COME BACK AND THANK DUANE, HE REALLY APPRECIATED ALL HIS HELP.))
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Zachary and his brother Paul presented paramedics Duane Stone and Tom Bartell with flowers and a thank- you card.
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((DUANE STONE/PARAMEDIC: IT'S NICE TO HAVE SOMEBODY THANK US ONCE IN A WHILE, IT GIVES US A LITTLE EXTRA PUSH, INCENTIVE TO DO THE JOB BETTER AS THE DAYS GO ON.))
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Zachary and his family didn't walk away empty- handed.
Firefighters presented the boys with caps and t- shirts, and gave them the royal tour of the fire station.
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7Weather


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Turning now to the forecast -
It's going to be another day - Highs are going to be around 90 degrees.
Expect partly cloudy skies with a chance of thunderstorms this after noon.
For tonight, look for clouds and the chance of showers to remain.
Lows will be in the mid to upper 60s.
Looking ahead, it's going to be partly sunny tomorrow with cooler temperatures - highs will be in the mid to upper 80s.

55VMI-Allen


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Published reports today quote the superintendent of V-M-I as saying that a growing number of the Lexington school's alumni believes the military college should admit women WITHOUT changing its rigorous physical training.
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V-M-I head Josiah Bunting said the idea is that few women would want to undergo such training.
During a tour of the region,
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Governor Allen also discussed last week's Supreme Court decision.
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The governor has already stated he'll stand by the ruling...
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but says he plans to talk to school officials about the privatization issue.
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((GOVERNOR GEORGE ALLEN: THE BOARD WILL BE MEETING SHORTLY. THEY'LL SIFT THROUGH THIS, THEY'LL CERTAINLY HEAR FROM THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION AS TO WHAT THEY THINK THEY MIGHT DO. AND I DO WANT TO TALK TO JOSIAH BUNTING AND GET HIS LAY OF THE LAND. ))
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Allen thinks it will take 10 to 12 million dollars in donations each year for V-M-I to go private.
But he's not sure of the legal ramifications that might accompany such a switch.

55Allen-Botetourt


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The Governor made those comments in Botetourt County, where he not only paid a visit, but paid out hundreds- of-thousands-of-dollars to incoming businesses.
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His first stop was in Cloverdale... where he got a first hand look at the A-O Smith plant.
The automotive products company received 300- thousand dollars from the Governor's Opportunity fund.
A-O Smith plans to open its facility later this year and eventually hire 130 employees.
Governor Allen then headed north to Buchanan.
He presented Meadville Forging a check for 175-thousand dollars... and helped break ground on its new facility.
Company officials expect production to start next summer.
They will ALSO hire more than 100 workers.
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55Ferry-Farm


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Plans for Wal-Mart to build a store on a portion of the farm where George Washington grew up may be chopped down.
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A Wal-Mart spokesman says the company is willing to swap the site for another nearby, under certain conditions.
Plans for the store drew national criticism, although the land was zoned for commercial development.
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55Wal-Mart


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Meanwhile, in the parking lot of ROANOKE'S Walmart Supercenter, shoppers got a bargin country music concert.
As Kimberly McBroom reports the free concert was all part of Walmart's Country Music Across America tour.
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((SINGING, "JEANIE BAKER'S LOVE SLAVE." ))
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The grammy award winning group, Shenandoah took to the stage at, of all places, the Wal-Mart Super Center parking lot.
Although it's known mainly as a haven of good deals-- Walmart is also a key player in the country music business.
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((MARTY RAYBON/"SHENANDOAH" LEAD SINGER: WALMART'S THE BIGGEST RETAIL SELLING OUTFIT OF COUNTRY MUSIC, IN GENERAL. THEY SELL MORE THAN ANYBODY ELSE DOES. SO, WHEN THEY CALL YOU AND THEY WANT YOU TO COME AND DO A COUPLE OF SHOWS WITH THEM, YOU'RE MORE THAN HAPPY TO DO IT. ))
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Newcomer Paul Brandt opened up for Shenandoah.
After its current tour, Shenandoah will prepare for its largest audience yet-- the opening ceremony of the Olympics.
Group members say country music is replacing rock and roll in the hearts of young listeners.
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((MIKE MCGUIRE/"SHENANDOAH" DRUMMER: KIDS ARE LISTENING TO COUNTRY MUSIC NOW. THEY'RE NOT LISTENING TO ROCK AND ROLL LIKE THEY USED TO. THEY'RE LISTENING TO COUNTRY MUSIC BECAUSE COUNTRY MUSIC, IN MY OPINION, IS THE ONLY KIND OF MUSIC THAT'S GOT ANYTHING TO SAY. ))
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Shenandoah is one of nearly 100 acts on the Walmart tour--
The question is, do they shop there?
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((MARTY RAYBON: DEFINITELY. IN FACT, I GOT THIS SHIRT AT WAL-MART. IT'S BEEN SEVERAL YEARS, BUT I DID. ))
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((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: FOLLOWING THE OUTDOOR CONCERT, FANS WERE INVITED INSIDE THE STORE FOR AN ALBUM- SIGNING, AS WELL AS SOME BARGAIN SHOPPING. KIMBERLY MCBROOM, NEWS 7. ))
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55Weather


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Turning now to the forecast -
Partly cloudy skies today with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms.
Highs will reach the 90s.

8Via


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A Roanoke woman faces murder charges in the beating death of her newborn baby.
It happened last December at a homeless shelter.
Via was indicted yesterday on a charge of murdering Jasmine Monique Via at the Transitional Living Center for homeless people.

8CHurch-arrest


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Two men and a girl have been arrested in the April 16th fire that destroyed a building owned by a black church in Chesterfield County.
But authorities say there was no evidence that the fire at the First Baptist Church of Centralia's auxiliary building was racially motivated.
The suspects have been charged with malicious burning of an unoccupied church.

8Deputies


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Two Roanoke City sheriff's deputies may soon be back on the job after being cleared of sexual misconduct charges.
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A judge yesterday dismissed the case against David Bell and Larry Neighbors.
Circuit Judge Barnard Jennings said the alleged victim's story was not believable.
Ronlyn Eaton claimed that the two off-duty deputies raped and sodomized her after offering her a ride home from a night club.
But she also had claimed that one of the men had gotten her pregnant.
D-N-A tests, however, excluded both men as the father.
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8Kim-Stan


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A large state grant should help speed up cleaning efforts at the Kim Stan landfill.
But as Ron Jones reports, residents there are far from finding a permanent solution.
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((Eight years of stench-- eight years of dangerous toxins-- eight years of frustration.
That's how some residents would describe the Kim Stan Landfill.
Mounds of trash brought in by the steady flow of trucks produced 36-thousand gallons of leachate that flows into the Jackson River even to this day.
These citizens have fought hard over the years to rid their community of industrial irresponsibility.
The fight is still on going.
But after the help of a retired NASA scientist this grassroots organization finally has some hope.
They are planning to do construct a organic vegetation filter system to absorb the leachate.
But it takes money.
And the state has finally stepped in.
Governor Allen presented the County with a check for more than 134-thousands to begin the project.
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: WHILE THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT FIRST STEP IT IS ONE OF MANY STEPS, MANY STEPS THAT ARE GOING TO BE NEEDED TO BE TAKEN IN THE FUTURE TO CLEAN UP THIS SITE, AND TO SECURE THIS SITE, AND PROTECT THE PUBLIC AND OUR RIVERS.))
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((ALICIA GORDON/SELMA RESIDENT: LIKE THE GOVERNOR SAID I AGREE IT'S A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. BUT LIKE HE ALSO SAID WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO AND I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE COMMUNITY OF VIRGINIA HELP US IN OUR SEARCH FOR OTHER INNOVATIVE TREATMENTS FOR THE LAND FILL.))
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But some beleive the best solution would be to rid the mess.
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((HERB TAYLOR/KIM STAN COMITTEE MEMBER: WE STILL NEED TO PUT MORE OF A COVER OVER AS YOU WELL KNOW THAT WE DON'T HAVE MUCH OF A COVER ON THERE AND WE STILL NEED TO VACATE THE GAS THAT COMES UP.))
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But for now residents say this first step has been a big one-- on the road to a clean and safe community.
Ron Jones News Seven.))

8Weather


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Turning now to the forecast -
It's going to be another day - Highs are going to be around 90 degrees.
Expect partly cloudy skies with a chance of thunderstorms this after noon.
For tonight, look for clouds and the chance of showers to remain.
Lows will be in the mid to upper 60s. temperatures - highs will be in the mid to upper 80s. Looking ahead, it's going to be partly sunny tomorrow with cooler