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7p-knowles


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=amo
TAPE#597-24
GRAPHIC=knowles


Micheal Knowles could spend the rest of his life behind bars.
The Montgomery County jury that convicted him of murdering his wife and trying to kill a police officer, recommeded Knowles be sentenced to life in prison PLUS 83- years.
That is despite the defense's claims of mental illness.
Joe Dashiell reports.
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IN Q=we the jury
SUPER=01-Vanessa Knowles/Victim's Daughter; :18
SUPER=01-John Michael Knowles/Victim's Son; :36
SUPER=@joe1; :51
RUNS=1:02
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7P-Cooper


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=spr
TAPE#597-16
GRAPHIC=NONE


Archie William Cooper is wanted in Baltimore for a rape, a beating, THREE stabbings and an auto theft following a crime spree on Wednesday.
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VO-NAT


He was on the loose until Virginia State Police spotted him at the Ironto
rest stop yesterday morning... SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;

and took him into custody.
Cooper is originally from the New River Valley...
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;

but he spent much of his childhood in the care of Betsy Hodge in Roanoke County.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/Wednesday;


She's not surprised by his alleged crime spree... because Cooper, apparently, is no stranger to jail.
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SOT 10:36:17
IN Q=He done

((BETSY HODGE/COOPER'S FRIEND: HE DONE SOME STEALIN'. HE WAS IN... JUVENILE AUTHORITY HAD HIM. THEN HE RAN AWAY FROM RICHMOND. THEY FOUND HIM AND HE'S BEEN IN AND OUT OF TROUBLE ALL OF HIS LIFE. ))
SUPER=01-Betsy Hodge/Cooper's Friend;
RUNS=:10
OUT Q=all of his life
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=NONE


Cooper will be arraigned this morning in Montgomery County Domestic Court.

7E-OM-Team


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=sta
TAPE#=97-25
GRAPHIC=education


Some Crystal Spring Elementary seem to have all the right answers when it comes to science.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


They're testing a science project they hope will stack-up against world-class competiton.
The wooden base weighs only 35 grams but is able to support six-hundred 65 pounds.
The youngsters will present the structure as part of the Odyssey of the Mind science competition next week.
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SOT 16.10.22 - 16.10.32
IN Q=Everything you see

((MICHELE MCLEOD/CRYSTAL SPRING ELEM. TEACHER: EVERYTHING YOU SEE IS THE BRAINCHILD OF THE CHILDREN. THEY'VE MADE EVERYTHING, DONE EVERY PART OF PAINTING. THEY'VE WRITTEN THE SCRIPT AND PUT TOGETHER THE ENTIRE PRESENTATION YOU SEE.))
SUPER=01-Michele McLeod/Crystal Spring Elem. Teacher
RUNS=:10
OUT Q=presentation you see
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VO-NAT


Next the students will head-off to the University of Maryland for the world competition.
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7P-ITT


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#97-21
GRAPHIC=itt


It's full steam ahead on the production lines at I-T-T Night Vision The comapany was just awarded the largest international order in its history.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;


Its an an 80- million- dollar deal to supply night vision devices to the Australian military.
I-T-T says it's "highly likely" it will need to add people to its 650 employee workforce.
It's just not sure how many.
Last year I-T-T won a 269- million- dollar contract to be the exclusive supplier of night vision equipment to the U-S Army.
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7WEATHER


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


Time now to check the Friday forecast--
Mostly cloudy skies today, but warmer.
Highs climbing in to the low to mid 70s.
Clouds sticking around tonight, with light rain beginning after midnight.
Lows in the upper 50s.
Showers likely by tomorrow, with highs in the lower 70s.
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7BIRTHDAYS! 6/1/97
Sunday:

SUPER=130-15/William Givens/Clifton Forge;



SUPER=130-68/Annie Terry/Low Moor;



SUPER=130-5/Candace Harris/Christiansburg;



SUPER=130-11/Kimberly Britton/Brookneal;



SUPER=130-/Amy Dillon/Glade Hill;



SUPER=130-8/Josh Nelson/New Castle;



SUPER=130-6/Adam Tyree/Raphine;



SUPER=130-12/Loren Hess/Belspring;



SUPER=130-7/Timothy Hall/Cloverdale;



SUPER=130-/Carolyn Hardy/Roanoke;


Monday:

SUPER=130-7/Elizabeth Wright/Glasgow;



SUPER=130-6/Tamika Muse/Rocky Mount;



SUPER=130-11/Kayla Minnick/Radford;



SUPER=130-91/Gladys Bennett/Buena Vista;



SUPER=130-1/Martin Eckermann/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-/Kimberly Brumfield/Gretna;


No Pictures:

(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-33rd/Mike & Kathy Brightwell/Salem;



SUPER=130-54/Nancy Hodge/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-28/Dionne Jefferson/Covington;



SUPER=130-58/Jerry Hastings/Chatham;

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55P-Huff-Lane


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=sta
TAPE#=597-26
GRAPHIC=NONE


More opposition over the Valley View Road Extension.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


The planned route should ease congestion on Hershberger Road.
It would connect Valley View Mall to interstate 5-81.
Last night, city officials and developers met for the fourth time with residents near Huff Lane Magnet School.
Officials are pushing their plans, residents are voicing their objections.
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SOT 01.29.46 - 01.29.58
IN Q=I just don't

((ATWOOD HUFF/CONCERNED RESIDENT: I JUST DON'T THINK IT ALL LINES UP TO DO THIE TO PUT A SORRY ROAD INTO MESS UP A SCHOOL AND HAVE TO MOVE AND ADD MORE MONEY TO PUT IT SO CLOSE TO A SCHOOL. I JUST DON'T THINK IT ADDS UP.))
SUPER=01-Atwood Huff/Concerned Resident;
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=all adding up
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VO-NAT


Other concerns topping residents' lists include dust control from the construction and up-keep of the road after it's in place.
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ANCHOR=Kimberly
SS=hold


Construction for the part of the road cutting across school property will not start until next summer.

55Education


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


Governor Allen is trying to come up a plan to implement the new tougher high school graduation requirements.
He's recommending sex education be optional in state schools.
The proposal may help appease conservatives who don't want the state Board of Education to delay imposing tougher high school graduation requirements for one year.
A spokesman for Allen said the governor also will recommend that localities have the option of hiring reading specialists instead of counselors in elementary schools.
The board will take up school standards at its meeting June 11th.

55P-ITT


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#97-21
GRAPHIC=itt


I-T-T Night Vision has secured another multi- million dollar deal.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;


The Roanoke County operation will supply night vision devices to the Australian military.
The 80 million dollar deal is the largest INTERNATIONAL order in I-T-T history.
I-T-T says it's "highly likely" it will need to add people to its 650 employee workforce.
It's just not sure how many.
Last year I-T-T won a 269- million- dollar contract to be the exclusive supplier of night vision equipment to the U-S Army.
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55weather


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


Turning now to weather--
Cloudy skies again today, but temperatures will be rather pleasant.
Highs in the lower 70s.
Lingering clouds tonight, with light showers beginning late.
Lows in the upper 50s.
Rain likely tomorrow, with highs in the lower 70s.
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8E-Knowles


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


His attorneys argued Michael Knowles was not stable enough to plan the murder of his wife.
But a Montgomery county jury found Knowles guilty of the crime.
They sentenced him to life plus 83 years for first degree murder, attempted capital murder, and other crimes.
Joe Dashiell has more from Christiansburg.
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IN Q=Defense attorneys had argued
SUPER=03-Christiansburg; :00
SUPER=01-John Michael Knowles/Knowles' Son; :23
SUPER=01-Vanessa Knowles/Knowles' Daughter; :40
RUNS=1:04
OUT Q=JD News 7 Christiansburg


((Defense attornies had argued that Michael Knowles was incapable of pre- meditated murder because of his long history of mental problems...
But the jury disagreed.
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IN Q=We the jury
RUNS=:06
OUT Q=first-degree murder.


Knowles showed no emotion as the verdicts were read in court, but members of his family said they were thankful that the case is finally over.
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IN Q=It's been a long

((JOHN MICHAEL KNOWLES/KNOWLES' SON: IT'S BEEN A LONG ARDUOUS PROCESS, BUT I THINK IT'S MADE US REALIZE WHAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO US AND IT'S MADE US REALIZE THAT TOGETHER WE CAN GET THROUGH ANYTHING. AND IT IS IN A SENSE A CLOSURE. I THINK IT'S SOMETHING WE ALL NEEDED, TO BE ABLE TO GO ON.)) ((VANESSA KNOWLES/KNOWLES' DAUGHTER: JUST START A NEW LIFE AND GO ON THE WAY OUR MOM WANTED US TO IN THE FIRST PLACE, BECAUSE NOW SHE CAN REST AND WE CAN REST TOO.))
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OUT Q=we can rest, too.

stand-up close
The verdicts brought two more motions for a mistrial, but judge Ray Grubbs denied the defense request.
That means Michael Knowles will return to the courthouse in July for formal sentencing.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Christiansburg.))

8E-Cooper


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=spr
TAPE#97-27
GRAPHIC=NONE


After allegedly committing a series of violent crimes in Maryland, a man with ties to Southwestern Virginia was apprehended in the area yesterday.
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VO-NAT


34- year- old Archie William Cooper was captured by Virginia State Police at the Ironto Rest Area yesterday morning.
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;


He's accused of raping a 13- year- old girl, stabbing three people including his estranged wife, and stealing a pickup truck.
A woman who helped raise him... says she's not surprised by the charges.
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SOT 10:36:17
IN Q=He done some

((BETSY HODGE/COOPER'S FRIEND: HE DONE SOME STEALIN'. HE WAS IN-- JUVENILE AUTHORITY HAD HIM. THEN HE RAN AWAY FROM RICHMOND. THEY FOUND HIM AND HE'S BEEN IN AND OUT OF TROUBLE ALL OF HIS LIFE. ))
SUPER=01-Betsy Hodge/Cooper's Friend;
RUNS=:18
OUT Q=all of his life
ANCHOR=Kimberly
SS=NONE


Cooper is being held in the Montgomery County jail.
He'll be arraigned this morning.

8P-Payne-Tobacco


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=equ
TAPE#597-17
GRAPHIC=tobacco under fire


The golden leaf is a major crop in the Commonwealth--
But so far, the state has NOT taken part in the tobacco talks.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Caroline Co./Wednesday;


Former Congressman and Lieutenant Governor candidate L-F Payne says he'd like to see Virginia in on the talks.
But he supports Attorney General Jim Gilmore's decision NOT to join the lawsuits against the tobacco companies.
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SOT 14:38:52
IN Q=The 30 states

((L.F. PAYNE/D-CANDIDATE FOR LT. GOVERNOR: THE 30 STATES WHO ARE INVOLVED ARE SPEAKING FOR ALL 50 STATES. AND CONSEQUENTLY WE'VE GOT PEOPLE FROM OUTSIDE OF VIRGINIA WHO ARE REPRESENTING US. AND I JUST THINK WE'D BE MUCH BETTER OFF HAVING OUR OWN ATTORNEY GENERAL INVOLVED IN THIS AS OPPOSED TO SOMEBODY FROM ANOTHER STATE SUCH AS CALIFORNIA OR NEW JERSEY OR WHEREVER THOSE ATTORNEY GENERALS MAY BE FROM.))
SUPER=@Payne;
RUNS=:20
OUT Q=be from.
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VO-NAT


Payne is asking Gilmore to get Virginia involved... and says he's doing so at the request of tobacco farmers from Southside.
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SOT 16:17:59
IN Q=Well you'd

((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: WELL YOU'D HAVE TO FIGURE OUT HOW YOU GET TO THE TABLE. OTHER THAN I SUPPOSE THE ONES WHO ARE SUING ARE AT THE TABLE. WE HAVE OUR POSITION OBVIOUSLY AS VIRGINIANS.))
SUPER=@Allen;
RUNS=:09
OUT Q=as Virginians.
ANCHOR=Kimberly
SS=none


Attorney General Gilmore says his office is closely monitoring the negotiations and keeping in touch with congressional leaders about any forthcoming legislation.

8weather


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


Checking the weekend outlook--
Mostly cloudy skies to start it off.
Highs today warming into the low 70s.
Continued cloudy tonight, with a chance of showers after midnight.
Lows in the upper 50s.
Showers ahead for Saturday, with highs in the low 70s.
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