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7E-Soering


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
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TAPE#97-17
GRAPHIC=Soering


The conviction will stand.
That's the ruling from a Bedford County judge over Jens Soering's request for a new trial.
Soering was convicted of killing his girlfriend's parents in 19-90, and claims the prsectution withheld evidence that could clear him.
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VO-NAT
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Soering says the jury should have been told about two drifters who murdered a Roanoke man one week after Derek and Nancy Haysom were killed in 19-85.
The former U-V-A scholar says the fact that Bedford authorities questioned the two men might have provided the jury with a reasonable doubt as to HIS guilt.
But Judge Sweeney ruled yesterday there was NO connection between the two crimes, making the drifters story inadmissable at trial.
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IN Q=We were comfortable

((DET. RICKY GARDNER/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: WE WERE COMFORTABLE WITH THE INVESTIGATION LEADING UP TO JUNE OF '90 AND THE THREE WEEK TRIAL OF MR. SOERING. AND WE FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH THE DECISION, NOT REALLY SURPRISED.))
SUPER=01-Ricky Gardner/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
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Soering's attorney Gail Marshall says she'll appeal Sweeney's ruling to the Virginia Supreme Court.
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7E-Dee-Stanley


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=spr
TAPE#97-24
GRAPHIC=Stanely


A Franklin County man known for making and selling moonshine was in court again.
He was charged with malicious wounding in the shooting of his son, but yesterday those charges were dropped.
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William Gray Stanley... who goes by "Dee"... had been accused of shooting his son at the family's Franklin County home last February.
SCOTT Stanley spent two weeks in the intensive care unit after he was shot in the stomach.
But during a preliminary hearing yesterday Scott Stanley told the court he did not remember the events leading up to the incident.
He blamed his memory loss on excessive drug and alcohol use before the shooting took place.
The judge threw out the charges immediately after that testimony.
Both Dee and Scott Stanley have been convicted numerous times for illegal liquor crimes.
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7E-Blue-bird


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=afr
TAPE#97-26
GRAPHIC=New Jobs


An old Factory is breathing new life into the Rockbridge County job market.
Seventy-five jobs could be created at the Old Blue Bird Bus factory.
Des-Champs (duh-shamps) labs is planning expansion into the Buena Vista building- that offers more than 250 thousand square feet of manufacturing space.
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Instead of picking up the entire two point 65 million dollars for the property, Des-Champs (duh-shamps) will pay around one point 85 million dollars.
The rest will be shelled out by Rockbridge County, Lexington, and Buena Vista.
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((WE'RE KIND OF BREAKING NEW GROUND, AS FAR AS AN AGREEMENT. AND IT WILL BE AN AGREEMENT WHERE THERE WILL BE REVENUE SHARING ON REAL ESTATE AND PP TAX OVER THE YEARS. ))
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The Blue Bird plant and 30 acres of land will go to Des-champs (duh-shamps) labs.
That leaves 46 acres of prime land.
The three municipalities will share an industrial park on the site.
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((THIS IS GOING TO GIVE US INSTANT INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY THAT ALREADY HAS WATER, SEWER, GAS, AND SO NOT ONLY DOES IT LOOK LIKE IT'S A GOOD DEAL WORKING WITH DOCTOR DES-CHAMPS, BUT IT GIVES US A QUICK POTENTIAL TO BRING OTHER INDUSTRIES IN.))
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Lexington and Rockbridge County still have to formally approve the deal.
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Buena Vista City Council approved the agreement by a 4 to 3 vote, but the agreement is being challenged.
Some council members say the city will lose out financially in the deal-- The issue will be taken up this Thursday at the City Council meeting.

7weather


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Turning now to weather--
A flash flood watch is in effect for the New River Valley.
More rain today, possibly heavy at times.
Highs will linger in the upper 40s.
Tonight, cloudy, with periods of rain.
Lows in the lower 40s.
Mostly cloudy and breezy tomorrow, with scattered showers.
Highs in the 50s.
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Theater-Review


ANCHOR=Larry
NEWSCAST=Mornin'
WRITER=ldo
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From the elegant set to the professionalism of even the smallest roles, Showtimers does a fine job with their current production, "Rebecca".
The story is archetypal romantic suspense, and it's a ripping good tale.
Michael Mansfield is the handsome and wealthy Maxim DeWinter who marries a sweet young thing--Alexis K. Black--and take sher home to his estate, Manderly. A place still haunted by Maxim's first wife, Rebecca, who drowned ten months earlier.
Young Mrs. DeWinter is out her depth intimidated by her new role in life and by the servants, particularly the cold and aloof Mrs. Danvers played by Stephanie Rowe.
Maxim doesn't understand her fears.
Some of the best performances come from the supporting cast who are all excellent.
The play drags a little bit at times, but overall is engaging and enjoyable.

"Rebecca" is directed by Jenefer Davies and continues through April 27 at the Showtimers Studio on McVitty Road.

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55E-Allen


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#97-16
GRAPHIC=Allen


Governor Allen had to cancel a speaking engagement this week because of a bomb threat.
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The dinner was held at Woodlawn Academy for Concerned Friends of Tobacco.
The school and the tobacco group both received threatening telephone calls.
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The caller was upset with Allen for signing the Confederate History proclamation.
Allen withdrew when it became clear someone was intent on disrupting his appearance.
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THE MAIN PROBLEM WAS ME. IT WAS NOT WOODLAWN ACADEMY. Where ever you might have been? YEAH, I DON'T THINK IT HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH THAT, BECAUSE IN THE WAY THAT THE CALLS WERE TO THE FOLKS OF THE TOBACCO, THE CONCERNED CITIZENS AND ALSO TO THE SCHOOL.))
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The governor was at the Roanoke city market- -part of his "Listening Tour" of the Commonwealth.
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55E-Green


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=spr
TAPE#97-11
GRAPHIC=Green


More court action for animal breeder Valery Green, this time its in Richmond.
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Through her attorney, the former Franklin County animal breeder is petitioning the Virginia Court of Appeals.
Green lost her hundred plus dogs and cats to the Humane Society, after a Franklin County judge ruled she neglected the animals.
She was also told she could no longer own any pets.
Green also faces assault charges in MONTGOMERY county.
She's accused of threatening to burn down a woman's home.
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55P-VMI


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#597-12
GRAPHIC=VMI


A former Air Force Academy superintendent has some words of advice for V-M-I cadets on the subject of co-education.
He says cadets will uphold the honor of their school by accepting women into their ranks.
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Lieutenant General Winfield Scott spoke to V-M-I cadets and faculty, as the school wrapped up a series of meetings on the assimilation of women.
Scott said he is convinced that V-M-I will be better off for having admitted women.
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((LT. GEN. WINFIELD SCOTT/USAF RETIRED: IF THEY WILL STEP BACK AND REALLY TAKE A CAREFUL LOOK AT IT, THEY'LL KNOW THAT IT'S IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF VMI THAT THEY INTEGRATE ONE, AND TWO THAT THEY DO IT RIGHT.))
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V- M- I is expecting between 25 to 30 women to join the corps of cadets at the start of the next school year.

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Time again to check out the wet forecast--
Rain continuing today, possibly heavy at times.
A flash flood watch is posted for the New River Valley this morning.
High temperatures staying in the upper 40s.
Cloudy tonight, with periods of rain.
Lows in the lower 40s.
Lingering clouds tomorrow, along with scattered showers.
Highs in the 50s.
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8P-Soering


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#597-09
GRAPHIC=Jens Soering


A Bedford Judge has rejected a new trial for Jens Soering.
The 30 year old son of a German diplomat was convicted of killing his girlfriends parents.
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VO-NAT
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Soering had claimed prosecutors withheld evidence about other suspects that might have cleared HIM.
But judge William Sweeney ruled there was NO proof two men who killed a Roanoke drifter could also have murdered Derek and Nancy Haysom a week earlier.
And without that connection, the story would not have been admissible at Soering's trial.
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((DET. RICKY GARDNER/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: BACK THEN WE DID LOOK AT THESE GUYS AND THEY WERE ELIMINATED AS SUSPECTS. A LARGE PORTION OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION IS NOT ONLY FINDING OUT WHO THE GUILTY PERSON IS, BUT GOING THROUGH AN ELIMINATION PROCESS ALSO.))
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Gardner says as far as he's concerned, the guilty people are in jail.
Soering is serving two life terms for the murders.
His girlfriend Elizabeth Haysom received a 90-year sentence.
Soering's attorney Gail Marshall told News-7 she will appeal Sweeney's ruling to the Virginia Supreme Court.
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8E-Richmond-Murder


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=tbr
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=Murder


Police are investigating the shooting deaths of three people at a Richmond adult care home.
At least one of the dead is a man in his 30's who lived at the Kensington Gardens apartments for the elderly and disabled.
Police would not reveal any information about the other two victims.
A handgun was found at the scene, but authorities would not say if it was the murder weapon.

8E-Domestic-Violence


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-21
GRAPHIC=domestic violence


In recent weeks, domestic violence has escalated from verbal lashings to murder- suicides.
Whether or not the incidents mark a trend in Virginia-- they do prove domestic violence is becoming more deadly.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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In a frightening series of recent crimes in southwest Virginia, they have been dead.
Wives, girlfriends, children, mothers.
It mirrors what hotline workers are hearing.
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((KRISTI VAN AUDENHOVE/VIRGINIANS AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: THE THINGS THAT WOMEN ARE EXPERIENCING ARE MUCH MORE HIDEOUS TO LISTEN TO.))
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A statewide hotline's been getting 2000 calls a month -- double what it got before the OJ Simpson case -- and on top of what 43 local hotlines get. LAY IN PRE-PRO PAGE ONE HERE
But the homicide numbers Virginia keeps show very little's changed in the last five years.
Homicides involving a spouse or boy or girlfriend were 12-point-4 percent of all Virginia murders in 1991.
They're up only slightly as a percentage. END PAGE ONE HERE
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Homicides of other family members are about equal as a percentage of overall murders in the same five year snapshot. END PAGE TWO HERE

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((KRISTI VAN AUDENHOVE/VIRGINIANS AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: I THINK WE'VE DONE A GOOD JOB IN EDUCATING THE POTENTIAL VICTIMS.))
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((KRISTI VAN AUDENHOVE/VIRGINIANS AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: WHAT WE HAVEN'T MADE A DENT IN IS THE NUMBER OF MEN WHO FEEL ENTITLED TO ENGAGE IN THIS BEHAVIOR OR IN THE LEVEL OF VIOLENCE THAT THEY'RE GOING TO PERPETRATE.))
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These are men with incredible jealousies, who can't live without the woman they feel they own.
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((KRISTI VAN AUDENHOVE/VIRGINIANS AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: AND THEY OFTEN HAVE VERY STRONG FEELINGS THAT SHE'S NOT GOING TO LIVE WITHOUT THEM EITHER.))
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There is some good news among the body bags.
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((KRISTI VAN AUDENHOVE/VIRGINIANS AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: VIRGINIA HAS PASSED SOME OF THE-- I THINK WHAT IS THE LEADING EDGE LEGISLATION IN THE COUNTRY.))
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Those laws take effect July first.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))

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Let's now take a look at the mid- week forecast--
Rainy again today, showers heavy at times.
A flash flood watch is in effect for the New River Valley.
Highs will stay in the upper 40s.
Periods of rain continuing tonight, with lows in the lower 40s.
Clouds and some scattered showers tomorrow, but it will be warmer.
Highs expected in the 50s.
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