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A shooting early this morning in Smyth County killed three people and
injured a fourth.
Investigators believe 26- year- old Eric Shazier (SHAY-zer) shot his
girlfriend and their 21- month - old son before turning the gun on himself.
Police say the first shots were fired near the home of a Chilhowie man.
That's where Michelle Olson was killed, and where Tyrone Montgomery, the owner
of the home, was wounded.
Shazier then fled with the child.
The two were later found at a Campground, where Shazier's car collided with a
parked motor home.
Both were fatally shot.
Chilhowie Police chief Scott Sexton says the motive for the shootings is not
The Roanoke County man accused of shooting his ex- girlfriend to death has
been charged with first degree murder.
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Police say 32- year- old Ronnie Brooks is being held in the county jail
without bond in connection with the shooting death of 26- year- old Lisa
Sizemore, a woman identified as his ex- girlfriend.
The shooting took place earlier this month in front of Brooks' home.
Brooks will appear in court later this week for his arraignment.
He has also been charged with illegal use of a firearm.
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He has yet to be tried for killing his wife, but a Christiansburg man has
taken his case to syndicated columnist-- Ann Landers.
In a letter published in Sunday's newspapers, Michael Knowles says he killed
his wife, Angie, because of an affair started on the Internet.
Knowles states,- "I am writing in the hope that you will let your readers
know the Internet can be a dangerous place to meet people."
Landers, who claims 90 million readers, replies that Knowles was the source
She writes-"...The danger to your wife came from YOU, not the computer.
Blaming the Internet is a cop-out."
Knowles made similar claims in letters and local interviews last year.
His case is scheduled to go to trial in May.
A Martinsville woman died in a single car accident yesterday.
Police say Alice Dodd Inge was driving on route 58 through Pittsylvania
County, when her car ran off the road and hit a utility pole.
She was pronounced dead at the hospital.
American Airlines has slashed ticket prices in an attempt win back customers
spooked by the threat of a pilots' strike.
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It's offering discounts averaging 50 percent off domestic fares through March
14th and 45 percent on domestic fares through May 31st.
Discount fares are also being offered for international travel and double
frequent-flier miles will be offered through March 14th.
American is offering the discounted fares after President Clinton intervened
to halt a pilots' strike.
((JOHN HOTARD/AMERICAN AIRLINES SPOKESMAN:THERE WERE PROBABLY ONLY 2 DOZEN
FLIGHTS THAT WE CANCELLED THURS AND FRIDAY OF DEADLINE AND SO NO WE DON'T THINK
WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TROUBLE GETTING THE TRAVELER BACK. ))
SUPER=01-John Hotard/American Airlines Spokesman;
OUT Q=GETTING THE TRAVELER BACK.
United, Northwest and Continental are matching the cuts in competitive
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Meantime, a strike has been averted at five plants that supply parts to G-M
The United Auto Workers union reached a tentative agreement with American
Axle Manufacturing just before
today's strike deadline.
A strike could have idled nearly a dozen G-M light truck plants.
The crew of the space shuttle Discovery is one space-walk away from
completing its mission to improve the Hubble space telescope, thanks to some
innovative work overnight.
Liz Mullen reports.
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DISCOVERY'S FOURTH SPACEWALK ALMOST RESEMBLED AN ARTS AND CRAFTS CLASS.
ASTRONAUTS GREGORY HARBAUGH AND JOE TANNER SPENT OVER SIX HOURS SUCCESSFULLY
REPAIRING THE HUBBLE TELESCOPE.. AT TIMES USING WHATEVER MATERIALS WERE
AVAILABLE TO FIX TEARS IN THE INSULATION.
NATS UP: Houston: We're all marveling at Gregory's superb skills he's done a
THE TWO BILLION DOLLAR TELESCOPE WAS SHOWING SIGNS OF SUN DAMAGE BUT RATHER
THAN WAIT TWO YEARS FOR THE NEXT REPAIR MISSION.. OFFICIALS AT NASA DECIDED TO
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SOME EXTRA TIME ON THIS SIX DAY MISSION.
SOT: EDWARD WILER, NASA CHIEF SCIENTIST
"We're exercising the option we're putting on some shingles and tar."
AFTER ONE FINAL SPACEWALK SCHEDULED FOR TONIGHT.. THE CREW ABOARD THE
DISCOVERY WILL HEAD BACK TO EARTH HAVING SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THIS 350
MILLION DOLLAR OVERHAUL. DISCOVERY IS SET TO LAND FRIDAY AT THE KENNEDY SPACE
Houston: Which looks farther away.. the earth or the shuttle? Astronaut: Close
call The earth. Almost looks like you could reach out and touch it. The view is
LIZ MULLEN CBS NEWS NEW YORK.))
This is not the first mission to repair the Hubble.
Kimberly McBroom has the story from another astronaut who has worked on the
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OUT Q=to you Melanie.
(( Well, he has quite an impressive record-- more shuttle flights than any
Story Musgrave performed the first spacewalk during a shuttle mission in
Today he joins us to talk about the current Hubble servicing mission aboard
the space shuttle Discovery.
Thanks so much for joining us, Dr. Musgrave.
(questions and answers)
That's about all the time we have. I want to thank Dr. Musgrave for
joining us today. Quite an interesting man, Melanie... ))
In Beijing, Chinese police have stepped up security around the South Korean
A high-ranking North Korean defector has been holed up in the embassy for
Earlier today staff from the North Korean embassy approached the compound,
demanding a public statement to prove the defector had not been kidnapped.
North Korea has warned of retaliation.
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Secretary of state Madeleine Albright says she's very concerned about the
new tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
Albright made that comment today during a visit to Germany.
Albright is on her first foreign trip as America's top diplomat.
She is trying to work out a unified NATO approach to Russia as the alliance
begins to expand eastward,-- an expansion Russia objects to.
Roanoke's rental properties are not making the grade.
Only 40 percent of those checked under the new inspection program passed.
City inspectors started with buildings along Elm Avenue in October.
In a report to members of council, city manager Bob Herbert says 65 units
have received certificates of compliance since then.
79 were found to have violations and one was condemned as unsafe and unfit
The program was designed to improve living conditions and encourage good
maintenance of rental property.
Properties owners along Orange Avenue northwest, and Bullitt and Jamison
Avenues southeast are next in line.
Inspections will begin there next month.
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The investment in the Virginia Horse Center was well worth it, according to
John Knapp from U-V-A's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service was one of
the main contributors to the report, which was recently updated.
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The latest figures he has tallied on both direct and indirect spending show
the horse center has quite a large economic impact on the Lexington- Rockbridge
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((JOHN KNAPP/UVA BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC RESEARCHER:WE CALCULATED THAT THE
OVERALL DOLLAR FIGURE WAS ABOUT 56- MILLION- THAT WAS IN 95, THE SPENDING BY
PARTICIPANTS AT EVENTS AT THE HORSE CENTER RESULTED IN THAT MUCH ECONOMIC
ACTIVITY IN THE STATE,24 AND MOST OF THAT WAS CONCENTRATED IN THE
SUPER=01-John Knapp/UVa Business Researcher; :09
Knapp adds that almost 53- percent of the spending related to the Virginia
Horse Center comes comes from out- of- state.
The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra takes its audience to Russia tonight.
The orchestra will perform the works of some of Russia's greatest composers,
including Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.
The public was invited to a sneak preview yesterday.
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The concert is a part of the Monday Night Classics series.
Tonight's performance will feature guest violinist Derek Reeves.
The curtain rises at 8 o'clock at the Roanoke Civic Center Auditorium.
Virginia's General Assembly may be trying to phase out the state song, but
some our viewers are singing a different tune.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean, with News-7's Feedback.
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OUT Q=McKean, News-7.
(( "Regarding the state song, Carry Me Back to Old Virginia, I do not want it
changed," wrote a viewer from Roanoke. "I have sung it since I was very little
and I don't see anything wrong with it. The African-Americans should be proud
of their heritage and not ashamed of it. After all, they live in the state of
Another Roanoke viewer wrote: "My family and I are offended quite often. But
I feel that we should not be asked to keep giving up the things that are dear
And a third letter from Roanoke said: "I want to know why should we give up
part of our heritage for a few people who say it (offends) them. Ebonics
"That's destroying our forefathers' history," said a viewer from Buchanan.
"To me after getting rid of the state song then it will be the state bird
because it's red."
A viewer in Danville said: "When some want their culture known, lived and
taught to their own, why not all the culture, and not just some of it?"
And from Lexington came these comments: "Keep the song as it is with no
words exempted, and let everyone sing it in the shower, or wherever they want
to sing it. I like the Ebonic English words in it and think it is a wonderful
tune...I would like very much for the elected officials to come up with a bill
that would make it illegal for anyone to change or eliminate history of any
But there was one letter with a different viewpoint.
"Anger and rancor are easy," this viewer wrote. "So white Virginians want
their heritage in a song. Fine, but NOT a state song to unite. They want their
rights to their heritage on an act so despicable in history that the debt has
not even been attempted to be paid."
If you'd like to join the chorus of comments on the state song, or address
some other topic, get in touch with us at News-7 Feedback, P.O. Box 7, Roanoke,
We accept faxes at 343-7269.
And our e-mail address is email@example.com.
Joe McKean, News-7. ))
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As technology advances, so do your options when it comes to filing your
Len Besthoff has details in this week's edition of Common Sense.
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((Over the years the way we file our income taxes has changed. Bill Williams
with H&R Block explains.))
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IN Q=Electronic filing
((BILL WILLIAMS/H&R BLOCK: ELECTRONIC FILING IS REALLY THE WAVE OF THE FUTURE.
ABOUT 15 MILLION TAXPAYERS FILED ELECTRONICALLY LAST YEAR. WHICH IS MORE THAN
10- PERCENT, QUITE AN INCREASE FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR. ELECTRONIC FILING
ENABLES THE TAXPAYER TO FILE MORE ACCURATE RETURNS, AND ALSO ENABLES THEM TO
GET THEIR REFUNDS A LOT QUICKER. And now what physically is electronic filing?
Is that doing it on a computer, or how does that work? WILLIAMS: ELECTRONIC
FILING IS A CASE WHERE THE TAXPAYER MAY PREPARE THEIR OWN RETURN OR THEY HAVE A
TAX PREPARER PREPARE IT, AND THE PREPARER FIRM THEN FILES THE RETURN
ELECTRONICALLY, DIRECTLY INTO AN IRS DATA PROCESSING CENTER.))
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IN Q=I'm Len Besthoff
((I'm Len Besthoff with this week's edition of Common Sense, let's send it back
to the newsdesk.))
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Jeff Gordon became the youngest winner ever in the Winston Cup season-
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The Daytona 500 literally got off to a flying start for driver Robert
Pressley his car goes airborne. Pressley was taken to the hospital.
A caution came out because of debris on the track then Dale Earnhardt hits
the wall loses control and the car flips over several times bringing out
another caution and ending Earnhardt's day with 10 laps go to.
Several cars were involved in another wreck on the re-start and because of
oil on the track Gordon wins the Daytona 500 under caution.
Team owner Rick Hendrick gets the one-two-three with team members Jeff
Gordon, Terry Labonte, and Ricky Craven.
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((JEFF GORDON/DAYTONA 500 WINNER: ))
((TERRY LABONTE/FINISHED SECOND: ))
((RICKY CRAVEN/FINISHED THIRD: ))
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Bill Elliot was fourth and Sterlin Marlin fifth.
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N.C. State's C.C. Harrison's shot at the buzzer went in.
Officials called it a three pointer and the Wolfpack beats second ranked
Wake Forest 60 to 59 in overtime.
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C.C. Harrison nails this three pointer and the Wolfpack took a lead.
Wake's Steve Goolsby pulls up and hits this trey and the game was tied at
The Wolfpack scored the first five points of the second half Harrison's
three pointer tied the game at 28.
The game remained close throughout SUPER=33-Wake Forest/59/N.C.
State/60/;the second half and went to overtime then Harrison, who scored 21
points, hit the buzzer beater and North Carolina State wins it 60 to 59.
A record day for golfer David Graham on the Senior Tour yesterday.
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Graham shot a final round 6 under par 65 to win the G-T-E Classic. Graham's
total of 204, 9 under, gave him a three shot win and he earned the biggest pay
check of his career, 135-thousand dollars.
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And Paul Stankowski had a long day. He needed four extra holes to win the
Hawaiian open. He birdied the fourth extra hole of a playoff to beat Mike Reid
and Jim Furyk.
In China, a pair of abandoned lion cubs have found an unlikely surrogate
A dog who has been busy nursing her own pups, is now nursing the lion twins.
Zoo officials at Shanghai's Wild Animal Zoo found the cubs cold and hungry.
Shortly after giving birth, the mother lion left them behind as she headed
to another part of the den, refusing to nurse them.
Zoo officials say they are hopeful that the twins will survive
and develop into healthy adults.