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A tragic accident in Bedford County takes the life of a little girl.
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And police in Boulder, Colorado may have their first face to face interview with the parents of the murdered Little Miss Colorado.
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Stay with us News 7 at Noon is next.

Bedford-Ax


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A tragic accident took the life of a Bedford County girl yesterday.
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It happened in this cul-de-sac at the end of Franklin Place off Hawkins Mill Road.
State police say four- year- old Lauren Paige Cobb and two friends were playing in the street when she ran to a nearby driveway to pick up some rocks.
At the same time, a neighbor was backing out of the driveway, and struck Cobb.
Authorities say the driver could not see the girl because of a pickup truck parked in the street.
Cobb died at the scene.
Trooper Rick Snead says it's not likely any charges will be filed, but he will forward the information to the commonwealth's attorney.
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Murder-Arrest


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Police have arrested two men for the murder of a Roanoke man last week.
33- year- old Larry Edward Donahue was shot to death Monday night in Southwest Roanoke.
A 17- year- old boy was arrested and taken to the Coyner Springs Juvenile Detention Center.
And Michael Shrawn Benton was charged several hours later with murder and the use of a firearm in commission of a felony.
Police say the shooting was probably racially motivated.

CO-Murder


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In Boulder, Colorado police are preparing to interview the parents of JonBenet (jahn-buh-NAY') Ramsey.
The six- year- old was found strangled in the basement of her home the day after Christmas and eight hours after ransom note was found.
C-B-S News has obtained exclusive footage from within that house taken before the murder.
Diana Olick has the latest.
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GINGRICH


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House members are returning to Washington where tomorrow they will elect the speaker for the 105th Congress.
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Later today, Newt Gingrich will address his Republican colleagues, assuring them that he deserves re-election.
But a few Republicans and most Democrats say Gingrich should step down, at least until there is a ruling on his admitted ethics violations.
That's expected later this month.
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Meantime, President Clinton gets back to work today after a week-long vacation in the Caribbean.
With two weeks before inauguration day the President is expected to stress bi-partisanship and get to work on a balanced budget deal with Republicans.
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NW-WX


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The rain has stopped, but thousands of Northern Californians are still in shelters as melting snow adds to rain-swollen rivers.
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Yesterday levees broke along several bloated rivers flooding homes and farmland and forcing thousands of people to evacuate.
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President Clinton's top emergency official will view flood damage first hand today.
Yesterday James Lee Witt began surveying damage in Idaho and Nevada.
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Damage estimates from the rash of western storms are in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
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SNOW


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The bad weather is traveling east.
Crews are clearing highways in the Upper Midwest, after a winter storm dumped up to two feet of snow.
North Dakota has ten-foot drifts over some roads.
And the same storm could dump at least ten inches today in parts of Michigan.
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L'burg-Fire


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Fire broke out yesterday when a Lynchburg man was trying to renovate his home.
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Fire authorities say Ryan Ganim (GAN-im) and his landlord were stripping the floors in his James Street home when the fire broke out.
The two men apparently were using a blowtorch to dry up water on the floor. The flames from the torch ignited fumes from the floor and the house caught on fire.
Ganim and the other man escaped the burning home with minor burns.
All but one of the four rooms in the house were gutted by fire.
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Car-beating


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A Roanoke Cab driver was severely beaten last night by two passengers.
Bedford County police say he picked up two men early this morning near Stewartsville.
The men refused to pay, beat the driver and then took off in the cab.
The driver is hospitalized.
His car was recovered in Vinton, but police are still looking for the suspects. take pre pro
Both are white males.
One is described as 6 feet tall, about 215 pounds with black hair.
The other is said to be 5 feet 7 inches tall wearing a black jacket with a hood.

XGR-Preview


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Ethics reform will be the topic of choice when Governor Allen opens the General Assembly opens Wednesday.
One part of the plan calls for lobbyists to provide detailed accounts of the money they spend.
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Local lawmakers say they don't expect the legislature to make any major changes in the state's tax structure.
And they say there are no other issues that promise lasting controversy.
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Virginia lawmakers will be concentrating more on politics than on policies when the General Assembly session begins.
Republicans and Democrats say much of the seven-week session will be spent jostling for position as they prepare for November's election.
Up for election are the offices of governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general and all 100 seats in the House of Delegates.

Payne


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A candidate for one of those offices made it official last night.
LF Payne will seek the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor.
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Payne begins a statewide tour in Northern Virginia.
He's planning to tour eleven cities in the next three days.
He'll be in Roanoke today and Danville and Lynchburg tomorrow.
Payne announced his retirement from the House of Representatives earlier this year after serving for almost nine years.
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Animal-Zoning


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Franklin County officials say the case of a breeder charged with animal neglect is just one example of a county wide problem.
Humane Society representatives say the county has no ordinances governing the number of animals residents can own.
As Denise Allen reports they say zoning may be an answer.
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(( The Poindexters say they been trying for months to get county officials to do something about their neighbor's dogs.
Officials say Valery Green had about one hundred dogs and cats on the property.
The Poindexters say the noise and smell made life unbearable.
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Investigators began their looking into complaints on November 18th.
And on December second Valery Green was charged with failure of a pet dealer to provide adequate care.
Valery Green says these charges are false and plans to fight them.
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Essig says the Humane Society would like to see a limit on the number of animals a person can own.
And that they are in the process of discussing animal control issues with the board of supervisors.
These residents say they hope zoning is in the future.
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Humane Society officials say more improperly run kennels will keep cropping up until county ordinances are developed to protect the animals and surrounding property owners.
Denise Allen News 7.))

Marijuana


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A Virginia law has allowed the medical use of marijuana since 19-79.
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Now, it's getting new attention since the federal government objected to similar initiatives in California and Arizona.
Ninth District Congressman Rick Boucher was the chief state Senate sponsor of the Virginia law when he was in the General Assembly.
He said he does not remember that part of the bill, which generally stiffened penalties for selling large amounts of the drug.
Since the law was passed, there are no records of any court appeals involving it.
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AIDS


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More than 250-thousand-dollars spent to keep AIDS patients in western Virginia from having to live on the streets won't be coming from Washington in 19-97.
A state Department of Housing and Community Development official said the total number of reported AIDS cases in areas including Charlottesville, Roanoke and Danville was nine shy of qualifying for federal funding.
The money provided rental assistance, utility payments and other housing services to families infected with HIV/AIDS.
Local AIDS workers say they'll depend more on local private donations.

Falwell


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The Reverend Jerry Falwell will not end a 45 year movie boycott to see part of his life on the big screen.
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"The People vs. Larry Flynt," produced by Oliver Stone, opens in theaters this week.
It chronicles a First Amendment court fight that started when Flynt's Hustler magazine published a parody of Falwell in 19-83.
The Liberty University founder sued for libel.
Falwell says he holds no grudge against Flynt and still prays for him on a regular basis.
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BLIZZARD


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After a weekend of glorious weather you might have forgotten what January can REALLY be like.
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Last year at this time, snow was falling across Southwest Virginia, and a lot of it!
More than two feet of snow fell on January sixth & seventh, crippling the Valley, and closing just about everything from schools to interstates.
Roanoke City declared a state of emergency as the highway department played catch-up throughout the weekend, trying to clear the major highways.
Roanoke Regional Airport recorded 24.9 inches of snow over that two day period.
Today, quite a different story....
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Common-Sense


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Homeowners are not the only people who need to insure their valuables.
In this week's edition of Common Sense Len Besthoff explains how renters can protect their property.
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(( The Institute of Certified Financial Planners says a basic renter's insurance policy will pay for personal property that is damaged or destroyed.
These policies cover fire and smoke damage, windstorms, water damage, and many other hazards.
They also cover theft of property, and some will pay temporary living expenses if you're forced out of your rented apartment or home.
But remember: basic renter's policies DON'T cover flood or earthquake damage.
You have to buy separate coverage for that.
Also note that a bare bones policy will pay only the depreciated value of the items you lose.
You can pay extra for a policy that will pay you what it costs to replace everything.
That's this week's edition of Common Sense, let's send it back to the newsdesk.))
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The Institute of Certified Financial Planners says a basic renter's policy costs about 15- to- 20- dollars- a- month.
It suggests checking with an insurance agent on how much a renter's policy covers things like jewelry, art, and computer equipment.

VMI


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Virginia Military Institute Superintendent Josiah Bunting
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is expecting a call from former San Diego Chargers coach Bobby Ross.
Bunting says he has offered Ross the head football coaching job at V-M-I.
Ross has strong ties to the Keydet football program.
He is a V-M-I graduate, and his brother Donnie is currently an
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assistant coach.
Keydets coach Bill Stewart resigned last month amid allegations he used a racial slur.
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Grambling


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In other coaching news, a radio station report has Grambling State set to announce today that Doug Williams will be the school's next head football coach.
The former Super Bowl M-V-P will take over the program when Eddie Robinson retires at the end of the 19-97 campaign.

Panthers


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The Carolina Panthers became the second expansion team to advance to the N-F-L conference finals.
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In the first quarter, Cowboy receiver Michael Irvin makes the nice catch on the Troy Aikman pass but Irvin injured his shoulder and did not return to the game.
Kerry Collins put the Panthers on the board when he hit Wesley Walls on the one yard touchdown pass to make it 7 to 3 Carolina.
In the second quarter, Collins puts it up again hitting Willie Green on the 10 yard touchdown pass and the Panthers took a 14 to 3 lead.
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the Panthers on top. Carolina wins it 26 to 17.
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Roanoke


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Roanoke College won its fourth straight championship in the Domino's Pizza Lewis-Gale Classic at the Bast Center.
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On Roanoke's first possession Nathan Hungate hits the three pointer giving the Maroons the early first half lead.
But Goucher came right back. Tavar Witherspoon steals the pass and takes it to the hoop for the layup.
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