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7E-Floyd-Murder


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TAPE#96-101
GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation


A rifle and a 20- year- old car may have been what cost a Floyd County man his life.
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The body of 38- year- old Stanley W. Harmon was found Wednesday morning at his home in the Buffalo Mountain area.
His rifle was missing, along with a 19-77 Pontiac Firebird.
Police in West Virginia found the car in Greenbrier County.
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That led to the arrest of 18- year- old Mark Anthony Beavers and 21- year- old Jerry Wayne McKinney on auto theft and fugitive warrants.
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7P-Giles-Murder


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TAPE#597-07

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Meanwhile the murder investigation of a Giles County woman has lead to the arrest of the victim's boyfriend. Police say Benjamin Scot Elliott shot Misty Dawn Dellinger in the head at their home near Newport.
HE says it was an accident.
County sheriff's investigators charged him with SECOND- degree murder and use of a firearm.
The two had lived together for the past couple of months in the mobile home where the shooting happened.
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7E-Crawford-Edmonds


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TAPE#97-1
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales


It's now up to a Mongtomery County grand jury to deide whether to indict two Virginia Tech football players on rape charges.
The woman accusing the two players, James Crawford and Brian Edmonds, told her story in court yesterday.
Joe Dashiell reports from Blacksburg.
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((The 19- year- old Virginia Tech student attended a party at the defendants' Blacksburg apartment on December 14th.
As she searched for a friend, the woman says Edmonds pulled her into his room.
She told the judge that Crawford removed her clothing, and both men had sexual intercourse with her, while she called out for her friends.

Crawford and Edmonds have denied the charges, and the two football standouts have filed a 32- million dollar lawsuit against their accuser.
The timing of events is critical to the case, and defense attorney Matt Pethybridge says "there wasn't a whole lot of time, for a whole lot of activity."
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Some of the defendants family and friends cried in the courtroom after the judge announced his decision, but the attorneys said they were not surprised by his ruling.
The charges are now headed to a Montgomery County grand jury.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Blacksburg))

7P-wythe-schools


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TAPE#597-13
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Earlier this week black students at George Wythe High School spoke out when a group of white students tied their jacket drawstrings into nooses.
Those students were suspended, but the problems are far from over.
Another racist incident was reported yesterday, -- leaving civic leaders wondering if violence will be next.
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Yesterday morning, students and teachers were greeted with a racial slur painted on the road leading up to the school and the adjacent school board office.
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((ROBERT GREEN/CONCERNED CITIZENS NETWORK: THEY HAD WROTE BURN NIGGER OUT TOWARD THE SCHOOL BOARD OFFICE AND THAT'S ALL I KNOW ABOUT THAT. ))
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That's all most anyone knows at this point.
We spoke with George Wythe principal R-T Phillips.
He calls this latest incident "very unfortunate," but says at this point there's very little the school can do.
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The principal says since the racial slur was painted on public property, the school is not really involved in the investigation.
Phillips adds that at this point there's no evidence it was done by a student.

7weather


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Let's check the weekend forecast now--
Some cloud cover today, along with the chance of showers.
Expect unusually warm highs near 70.
A better chance of rain tonight, with lows in the mid 50s.
And more showers and some thunderstorms likely tomorrow, with highs in the low 60s.
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7BIRTHDAYS! 2/23/97
Sunday:

SUPER=130-6/Whitney Kenley/Radford;



SUPER=130-8/Megan Wood/Danville;



SUPER=130-46/Dickie Shepherd/Newport;



SUPER=130-9/Patrick Ahern/Blue Ridge;



(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-45th/Irvin & Kathleen Gray/Elliston;



SUPER=130-13/Jessica Shorter/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-9/Jordan Tilley/Bassett;



SUPER=130-96/Lillie Phillips/Christiansburg;


Monday:

SUPER=130-12/Carlos Matos II/Salem;



SUPER=130-41/Danny McKee/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-12/Tiffany Adams/Phenix;



SUPER=130-83/Harry Woods/Ferrum;



SUPER=130-9/Brad Dunbar/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-2/Hubert Reed/Alum Ridge;



SUPER=130-11/Mandy Lowry/Staffordsville;



(Twins)
SUPER=130-7/Cameron & Kristin Brooks/Roanoke;



(Mother & Son Birthday!)
SUPER=130-/Kathleen Carter & Grant Carter/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-9/Amanda McManus/Radford;


No Pictures:

SUPER=130-/Rachel Stanley/Patrick Springs;



SUPER=130-32/Pamela Holland/Rocky Mount;



SUPER=130-/Gertrude Mullins/Boones Mill;



SUPER=130-83/Ecelle Wickline/Covington;



(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-24th/Ricky & Doris Owens/Radford;





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55E-XGR


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WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-2
GRAPHIC=Abortion


Abortion opponents and Governor Allen scored a major victory yesterday when the House of Delegates approved a strict parental notification bill.
Ellen Qualls has more.
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(( House Democratic leaders have tried every trick in the book, and some would say invented some new ones, to support abortion rights in the past.
But with a different committee assignment in the Senate this year -- for the first time in 18 years there wasn't the guarantee of help on the other end of the capitol.
The Senate said yes days ago.
The House finally got down to business -- after working backwards through the calendar to delay the controversy.
But there was none to be had.
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With NO further debate, the board lit up with a 74- to 26 approval.
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The 18 year irony of parental notification in Virginia is that it has often had majority support among voters, but been defeated by the General Assembly committee system or a Democratic Governor.
Governor Allen campaigned on it.
He will sign it into law.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))

55P-Health-Sciences


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NEWSCAST=cutin
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TAPE#96-105
GRAPHIC=none


The College of Health Sciences will soon have a new home.
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At a news conference yesterday, the school received the deed to 38 acres of land just west of Dixie Caverns.
The tract was donated by American Electric Power.
College officials say they expect to outgrow their current Roanoke facility in the next few years.
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((DR. HARRY NICKENS/COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES: THE GROWTH... BECAUSE JOBS ARE THERE... IS JUST GOING TO CONTINUE. NOT ONLY IN SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA, BUT THROUGHOUT VIRGINIA AND THE NATION. SO OUR CHALLENGE IS TO CONTINUE TO BE AHEAD OF THE JOB DEMAND CURVE. ))
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The College of Health Sciences currently has around 550 students.
That number is expected to increase by more than 35- percent by the time the new campus is opened.

55weather


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Turning now to weather--
Expect variably cloudy skies today, along with the chance of showers by afternoon.
Highs will be very mild, near 70.
Tonight, we'll have a better chance of rain, with overnight lows in the mid 50s.
Saturday looks wet, expect highs in the low to mid 60s.
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8P-Crawford-Edmonds


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TAPE#597-03
SS=legal scales


The woman accusing two Virginia Tech football players of rape and sodomy told her story in court yesterday.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Blacksburg;


A 19- year- old Virginia Tech student attended a party at James Crawford's and Brian Edmonds' apartment.
She claims both men forced her to have sexual intercourse, as she called for help.
Both players deny the charges-- they've filed a 32 million dollar lawsuit against their accuser.
A defense attorney says there were inconsistencies in the woman's testimony.
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((MATT PETHYBRIDGE/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: THE STORY IS OUT THERE. THE TIMELINE IS OUT THERE FOR YOU TO TAKE A LOOK AT. YOU ALL CAN GET YOUR OWN TRANSCRIPTS AND TAKE A LOOK AT IT, AND SEE WHAT CONCLUSIONS YOU CAN REACH FROM THAT.))
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Supporters of the defendants' cried after the judge announced his decision, even though the charges were expected to move on to the Grand Jury.
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8E-Wythe-School


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TAPE#96-110
GRAPHIC=none


Police are investigating the latest in a series of racial incidents at George Wythe High School.
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VO-NAT
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A hate message aimed toward blacks was spray painted on the road leading up to the school.
Less than a week ago a group of white students was suspended for two days.
They had tied their jacket drawstrings around their necks like nooses.
Civic leaders say something needs to be done to ease the racial tension.
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((ROBERT GREEN/CONCERNED CITIZENS NETWORK: THE PROBLEM WE'VE GOT NOW, WE'VE GOT TO GET THE WHOLE COMMUNITY. THAT INCLUDES THE CHURCHES, CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND ALL OF THE PEOPLE IN WYTHEVILLE TO SAY WE'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE THIS. ))
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At this point police don't have any suspects in this latest incident.

8E-Floyd-Murder


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TAPE#96-101
GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation


A rifle and a 20- year- old car may be the motives for the murder of a Floyd County man.
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VO-NAT
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The body of 38- year- old Stanley W. Harmon was found Wednesday morning at his home in the Buffalo Mountain area.
His rifle was missing, along with a 19-77 Pontiac Firebird.
Police in West Virginia found the car in Greenbrier County.
SUPER=04-Last Night;


That led to the arrest of 18- year- old Mark Anthony Beavers and 21- year- old Jerry Wayne McKinney on auto theft and fugitive warrants.
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8E-XGR


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-2
GRAPHIC=Abortion


After 18 years of debating-- the General Assembly has decided pregnant teens should tell their parents before having an abortion.
Ellen Qualls has more on yesterday's approval of parental notification.

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SUPER=01-Del. Thelma Drake/(R) Norfolk; :25
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(( House Democratic leaders have tried every trick in the book, and some would say invented some new ones, to support abortion rights in the past.
But with a different committee assignment in the Senate this year -- for the first time in 18 years there wasn't the guarantee of help on the other end of the capitol.
The Senate said yes days ago.
The House finally got down to business -- after working backwards through the calendar to delay the controversy.
But there was none to be had.
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With NO further debate, the board lit up with a 74- to 26 approval.
sot standup


The 18 year irony of parental notification in Virginia is that it has often had majority support among voters, but been defeated by the General Assembly committee system or a Democratic Governor.
Governor Allen campaigned on it.
He will sign it into law.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))

8weather


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Some wet weather ahead for the weekend--
Variably cloudy, with the chance of showers this afternoon.
Highs will be warm, near 70.
Rain likely by tonight, with lows only dropping into the mid 50s.
And more showers and thunderstorms on the way tomorrow, with highs in the low 60s.
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