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7E-Knowles


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#97-35
GRAPHIC=Knowles


First he sued Ann Landers after she published his letter in which he admitted killing his estranged wife.
And yesterday Michael Knowles exhibited more bizzarre behaviour when he tried to cut his throat in the presence of jury at his murder trial.
Joe Dashiell has the story.
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IN Q=Did it diminish
SUPER=01-Carl McGraw/Psychologist; :07
SUPER=01-Michael Knowles/Defendant; :29
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(( ))
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OUT Q=I would agree.


There were only two defense witnesses, the psychologist who diagnosed Michael Knowles as a classic paranoid schizophrenic, and the defendant himself.
As members of his family watched in the courtroom, Knowles told the jury that he was trying to threaten his wife into coming back home... not kill her.
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IN Q=Did you

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OUT Q=my family.


And once all of the evidence was in and the jury was preparing to leave, he spoke again.
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IN Q=I am a prophet of God.

((I AM A PROPHET OF GOD, AND WILLING TO DIE TO PROVE THAT. IT IS MORE SERIOUS THAN YOU CAN POSSIBLY IMAGINE.))
RUNS=:14
OUT Q=you could possibly imagine.


Michael Knowles outburst and comments that followed from others in the courtroom prompted the defense to ask for a mistrial.
The judge denied that motion, instead warning jurors to disregard the the incident.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Christiansburg.))

7E-Cole


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=abr
TAPE#97-31
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales


The man who is accused of killing his girlfriend's toddles was sentenced to thirty years in prison for that murder yesterday.
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VO-NAT


Steven Wayne Cole pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the death of two- year- old Joshua Blevins.
SUPER=03-Hillsville/File Tape;


Ten years of Cole's sentence was suspended.
He faces more prison time for unrelated crimes.
Cole accumulated eleven misdemeanors and seventeen felonies in five years.
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7E-VMI


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=spr
TAPE#97-24
GRAPHIC=VMI


Virginia Military Institute is letting its first group of women cadets know what's in store for them.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=04-File Tape;


V-M-I says the female cadets will get close-cropped haircuts and sleep in unlocked barracks.
And they won't be allowed to wear lipstick.
The school's report was filed yesterday in federal court.
It outlines not only the regulations for cadets, but also the school's policies on sexual harassment.
Last year, the Supreme Court ruled that V-M-I could not continue to get state money while keeping women out.
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ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=HOLD


There are 32 women among the 400 cadets who've been accepted at V-M-I for the school year that starts in August.

7P-Drowning-Heros


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=spr
TAPE#97-27
GRAPHIC=None


Their efforts were heroic and yesterday two brothers were rewarded for their bravery and courage.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;


Nathan and Jesse Foutz received the first ever Director's Award for Heroism for trying to save a drowning man at Smith Mountain Lake last month.
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./Last Month;


The brothers risked their own lives trying to rescue Vietnam war veteran Gary Marshall... but their attempt was not successful.
It was a day the Foutz family will always remember.
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SOT 2:26:56
IN Q=I can't swim

((LANCE FOUTZ/FATHER: I CAN'T SWIM AND HAVING TO WITNESS THE WHOLE THING FROM THE SHORE WAS AN EXPERIENCE I'LL NEVER FORGET. WONDERING WHETHER THEY WOULD MAKE IT TO THE MAN OR NOT. AND WONDERING IF THEY WOULD MAKE IT BACK AFTER THEY HAD GOTTEN OUT THERE. ))
SUPER=01-Lance Foutz/Nathan and Jesse's Father;
RUNS=:14
OUT Q=gotten out there
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VO-NAT


Members of the Marshall family were on hand to thank the brothers for their rescue attempt.
Gary Marshall's sister presented each of them with a rose before the ceremony.
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7weather


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cut-in
WRITER=kmc
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Time now to take a look at the Thursday forecast--
Mostly cloudy skies today, with scattered light rain and drizzle.
Highs in the low to mid 60s.
Still cloudy tonight, with more scattered showers.
Lows in the low 50s.
And the chance for rain lingers into tomorrow, with highs in the upper 60s to near 70.
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7BIRTHDAYS! 5/30/97
Friday:

SUPER=130-50/Carla Pickeral/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-11/Crystal Holland/Penhook;



SUPER=130-8/Christi Morrison/Blue Ridge;



SUPER=130-6/Jesse Hancock/Bedford;



SUPER=130-15/Sara Mae Tichenor/Clifton Forge;



SUPER=130-67/Arthur Beck/Chatham;



SUPER=130-40/Catherine Beck/Chatham;



SUPER=130-1/Karla Moore/Danville;



(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-28th/Bruce & Linda Watkins/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-12/Michelle Pearcy/Goodview;


Saturday:

SUPER=130-/Carl Echols/Dry Fork;



SUPER=130-6/William White/Glasgow;



SUPER=130-48/Rudy Johnson, Jr./Roanoke;



SUPER=130-3/Dalvin Dubby/Lynchburg;



SUPER=130-52/Delores Beale/Hot Springs;



SUPER=130-1/Ashli Tingler/Covington;


No Pictures:

SUPER=130-5/Zachary Hancock/Altavista;



SUPER=130-40/James Simmons/Lexington;

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55P-Methanol-Spill


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#597-16
GRAPHIC=none


State environmental officials say a chemical leak in northwest Roanoke County was caused by a corroded pipe.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality reports three- thousand gallons of methanol leaked into the ground at the Ingersoll Rand Rock Drill plant.
There are homes near the facility.
But the D-E-Q says nearby residents aren't in any danger.
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ANCHOR=Kimberly
SS=NONE


Methanol is defined as a volatile, flammable, and poisonous form of alcohol.
It's often used as a solvent and antifreeze.

55P-taylor


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=afr
TAPE#597-18
GRAPHIC=none


Financial woes may put the brakes on racing at the Franklin County Speedway.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;


Whitey Taylor's not making regular payments on a 25 thousand dollar loan he took out in 19-85.
Now his creditors are planning to auction the speedway June 10th unless Taylor settles the debt.
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SOT 14:06:31
IN Q=i'm about

((WHITEY TAYLOR/FRANKLIN COUNTY SPEEDWAY: I'M ABOUT 20 THOUSAND DOLLARS OUT RIGHT NOW, AND I'VE GOT TO SOMEHOW BETWEEN NOW AND JUNE 10TH-- I'VE GOT TO RAISE THIS MONEY.))
SUPER=01-Whitey Taylor/Franklin Co. Speedway;
RUNS=:06
OUT Q=this money
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VO-NAT


Taylor says cold weather has hampered ticket sales this year.
He's thinking of lowering ticket prices to five dollars, and having a family night to raise money--
But he's really counting on his friends to bail him out.
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SOT 14:14:03
IN Q=I WANT MY FRIENDS

((WHITEY TAYLOR: I WANT MY FRIENDS, IF THEY'RE MY FRIENDS, I WANT THEM TO SHOW UP NOW, TO SHOW UP WITH MONEY, OR TO SEND MONEY, TO BAIL ME OUT. THAT'S WHAT I'M ASKING FOR, AND I WANT TO FIND OUT WHO MY FRIENDS ARE, DON'T WAIT TILL I DIE TO SEND THE FLOWERS, CAUSE I WON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT. SEND IT NOW, IF YOU GOT IT, GIVE IT TO ME.))
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OUT Q=give it to me.
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VO-NAT


Taylor says if he can't come up with the money, he may have to file for bankruptcy before the June auction.
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55Education


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lba
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=education


The state Board of Education is considering a one-year delay in imposing new high school graduation requirements.
School districts have complained that students need more time to prepare for the changes.
The Department of Education in February proposed requiring high school students to take more history, math and science courses for a standard diploma.
Critics say the emphasis on basic subjects could crowd out art, music and vocational electives.

55weather


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Turning to weather--
Overcast skies today, with scattered light rain likely.
Highs in the low to mid 60s.
Still cloudy tonight, with more scattered showers.
Lows in the low 50s.
And the possibility of rain lasts through tomorrow.
Highs on Friday climbing to near 70.
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8COOPER


ANCHOR=Melanie
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WRITER=MEL
TAPE#
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A man wanted in Baltimore after going on violent crime spree yesterday morning has been apprehended in Montgomery County.
Archie Cooper is being held in the Montgomery County jail in connection with three stabbings, assault, rape, burglary and auto theft.
Authorities say early yesterday morning he stabbed his estranged wife, her boyfriend and another man.
Cooper also allegedly raped a thirteen year old girl and attacked a woman and stole two vehicles all in the Baltimore area.
He reportedly was arrested early this morning while sleeping in one of the stolen vehicles at the Ironoto rest stop.

8p-knowles


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=jda
TAPE#597-24
SS=knowles


After deliberating for more than two hours yesterday, jurors will return this morning in the first degree murder trial of Michael Knowles.
The Christiansburg man says he did NOT mean to kill his wife or injure his daughter.
But during yesterday's deliberations, Knowles made a dramatic outburst and attempted to cut his own throat.
Joe Dashiell has the story.
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SUPER=01-Michael Knowles/Defendant; :06
SUPER=03-Christiansburg; :17
SUPER=@joe1; :45
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8P-Cole


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=abr
TAPE#597-21
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales


A Hillsville man will spend the next 20 years in prison after being
convicted of killing his girlfriend's toddler. (----------------)
VO-NAT video from 597-11 - 97-03
SUPER=03-Hillsville/File Tape;


Steven Wayne Cole pleaded guilty to second degree murder back in March for the death of two- year- old Joshua Blevins.
Cole told police he was high on drugs when he shoved the child into a wall in the summer of 19-95.
A judge suspended 10-years of the 30 year sentence, Cole will serve 20-years withOUT parole
Cole could get more jail time--for crimes committed before the murder.
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8E-Truck-Belts


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=eea
TAPE#97-25
GRAPHIC=none


Safety belts are required when riding in a vehicle.
But the Virginia Pediatric Society reports
SS=Safety Belts

nearly three children each year die when they're thrown from the back of a pickup truck. Such an accident
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./May 24;


happened in Montgomery County last Saturday.
Seven- year- old Samantha Rentch was thrown from the back of a pickup when it crashed into another car.
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Doctor Hugh Craft, who heads Community Hospital's pediatric intensive care unit, AND the pediatric society, says he and his colleagues will make another attempt to ban unrestrained children in pickup truck beds.
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SOT 16:06:38 pickup safety tape
IN Q=For us this

(( FOR US THIS IS KIND OF A NO BRAINER, IT'S VERY MUCH LIKE WHY SHOULD YOU PUT A CHILD SAFETY SEAT IN THE CAR, CHILDREN RIDING IN THE BACK OF PICKUP TRUCKS ARE AT RISK NOT ONLY BECAUSE THEY MIGHT BE INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT, BUT OVER HALF THE CHILDREN THAT ARE KILLED OR INJURED RIDING IN THE BACK OF PICKUP TRUCKS ARE THROWN OUT JUST DURING REGULAR OPERATION OF THE VEHICLE. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Hugh Craft/Va. Pediatric Society;
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OUT Q=of the vehicle
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=HOLD


Governor Allen has vetoed pickup truck restraint legislation twice.
Craft says the bill's legislative sponsors will re-introduce the bill next year, in hopes that Governor Allen's successor will have a different viewpoint.
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8weather


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cut-in
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#
GRAPHIC=


Time now to check the Thursday outlook--
Mostly cloudy today, with a chance of light showers and drizzle all day.
Highs in the low to mid 60s.
More scattered showers are possible tonight.
Lows in the lower 50s.
Lingering clouds and the chance of rain on Friday.
Highs nearing 70.
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