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7Murder-Suicide


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Police say it appears a domestic dispute turned deadly in Carroll County.
Authorities were called to Little Bear Road in the Cana section of the county yesterday.
The first officer on the scene found 51- year- old Frederick Ray Edwards and 35- year- old Mary Ruth Hiatt both dead.
Police say the evidence indicates Edwards shot Hiatt and then turned the gun on himself.
Authorities are awaiting autopsy results.

75-Bramblett


ANCHOR=Melanie
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A Roanoke County judge followed the recommendation of the jury that convicted Earl Bramblett when he sentenced him to death for killing a family of four.
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Bramblett never wavered from his position that the police accused the WRONG man.
Blaine Hodges' brother told the judge HE feels victimized by Bramblett.
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((RANDY HODGES/VICTIM'S BROTHER: I THINK THAT THIS MAN HAS MADE ALL OF US VICTIMS. YOU, THE DEFENSE TEAM, THE PROSECUTION, THE PUBLIC, BECAUSE I THINK WHAT HIS MURDEROUS ACTS DID ALL OF US WILL REMEMBER.))
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A jury convicted Bramblett last month of killing Blaine Hodges, his wife Teresa and their two young children, ages 11 and three.
Judge Roy Willett adopted the jury's sentence of multiple life terms, plus 400-thousand dollars in fines and a DEATH sentence.
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7Fires-Tech


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A suspicious fire has lead to arson and PERJURY charges for one Virginia Tech student.
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Sources tell NEWS 7 after police learned Chad Justin (knee-me) Niemi lied about his criminal record they revoked his 15- thousand dollar bond.
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Niemi was taken into custody after the Kappa Alpha house on Roanoke Street caught fire. This is the second time, in four months, flames have destroyed a Tech fraternity.
Police say there've actually been 12 suspicious fires in Blacksburg since early August and are looking at a possible connection.
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((2:55:28LT. KIM CRANNIS/BLACKSBURG POLICE: WE ARE LOOKING AT TYING ALL THOSE TOGETHER, WE DON'T HAVE ANY LEADS ON THEM RIGHT AT THE MOMENT BUT WE ARE LOOKING AT THEM AS BEING RELATED.))
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A student, standing across the road from the fraternity house, told police he saw Niemi leave his apartment carrying a bag.
Minutes later, they say, the frat house was engulfed in flames.
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7E-Special-election


ANCHOR=Melanie
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TAPE#97-88
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal


Republican Lieutenant Governor-elect John Hager will wield the tie-breaking vote in the state Sentate.
That, after Republicans won the seat vacated by Attorney General-Elect Mark Earley.
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State G-O-P chairman Randy Forbes easily won yesterday's special election to fill the District 14 seat.
Unofficial results show a 69 to 31 percent margin separated Forbes from Democratic challenger James J. Wheaton.
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Republicans now hold 20 of the Senate's 40 seats.

7Education


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The new standards of learning are replacing the Literacy Passport in Virginia schools.
For eight years, Virginia students were tested on their reading, math and comprehension skills before going to high school.
Students had to pass all three components to get a high school diploma.
The state Board of Education decided yesterday that the test is no longer needed because of the state's rigorous new Standards of Learning.
Testing on the new standards will start next year.

7weather


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Taking a look at your mid week forecast... Another warm December day.
Mostly sunny skies with highs possibly reaching 60.
Tonight looks clear with lows dropping in the upper 20s to low 30's.
and taking alook ahead...
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7BIRTHDAYS! 12/18/97
Thursday:

SUPER=130-8/Jessica Lawson/Bassett;



SUPER=130-6/Rebecca Kimberlin/Clifton Forge;



SUPER=130-8/Connie Smith/Natural Bridge;



SUPER=130-11/Lamore' Calloway/Brookneal;



SUPER=130-6/Rhiannon Miller/Elks Creek;


No Pictures:

SUPER=130-/Betty Blanks/Lynchburg;



SUPER=130-2/Brianna Kirk/Figsboro;



(anniversary)
SUPER=130-/Ira & Betty Cooper/Snow Creek;



SUPER=130-66/Elbert Lee/Roanoke;

Movie Review -- Anastasia
Fox outfoxes Disney with its charming musical fantasy, "Anastasia." The only problem is that this story of the Russian Romanov has no historic basis.
The animation is grand and the voices will cast.
Meg Ryan is a spunky Anya, an orphan who may be the only remaining member of the Russian aristocracy. Two con men plan to pass her off as Anastasia in order to receive the reward offered by Anastasia's grandmother. John Cusack is the voice of the attractive Dimitri and Kelsy Grammer brings life to Dimitri's partner is crime, Vladimir.
Here Raputin is a villain returned from the underworld to complete his curse against the Romanov's by getting rid of Anastasia once an for all. There is a cute dog, villainous bat and lots of pleasant songs. "Anastasia" gets a B. It's not a bad choice for the holidays, but it's simply a fairy tale, not historical fact. MOVIEVIEW-FLUBBER

"Flubber," Disney Studios update of the "Absent Minded Professor" will have problems finding an audience.
The Flubber character will strike older kids and adults as silly.
Younger kids will quickly lose interest in the romantic triangle and the slow moving plot.
Robin Williams could ben an endearing professor, but the script has him acting in a ridiculous and often illogical manner.
The best character is an amorous flying computer with a crush on the professor.
"Flubber" gets a C.
Not much of the movie makes sense, even for kid-movie comedy standards. cutopen
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55Murder-Suicide


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The investigation continues into an apparent murder suicide in Carroll County.
Police discovered two bodies at a home in the Cana section of the county when they went to investigate a report of a domestic dispute.
The first officer on the scene found the bodies of 51- year- old Frederick Ray Edwards and 35- year- old Mary Ruth Hiatt.
Police say the evidence indicates Edwards shot Hiatt and then turned the gun on himself.
Authorities are awaiting autopsy results.

55Fires-Tech


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
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TAPE#net (97-86)
GRAPHIC=Fire


In addition to arson charges a Virginia Tech student is also faces perjury charges in connection to a fraternity house fire.
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Sources tell NEWS 7 after police learned 21 year old Chad Justin (knee-me) Niemi lied about his criminal record they revoked his 15- thousand dollar bond.
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Niemi was taken into custody after the Kappa Alpha house on Roanoke Street caught fire. This is the second time, in four months, flames have destroyed a Tech fraternity.
Police say there have actually been 12 suspicious fires in Blacksburg since early August and are looking at a possible connection.
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((2:55:28LT. KIM CRANNIS/BLACKSBURG POLICE: WE ARE LOOKING AT TYING ALL THOSE TOGETHER, WE DON'T HAVE ANY LEADS ON THEM RIGHT AT THE MOMENT BUT WE ARE LOOKING AT THEM AS BEING RELATED.))
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A student, standing across the road from the fraternity house, told police he saw Niemi leave his apartment carrying a bag.
Minutes later, they say, the frat house was engulfed in flames.
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555-Bramblett


ANCHOR=Melanie
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A death sentence has been handed down to mass murderer Earl Bramblett.
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Before the judge condemned Bramblett, the 55 year old drifter again claimed his innocence.
Blaine Hodges' brother told the judge HE feels victimized by Bramblett.
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SOT 9:15:40 Randy
IN Q=I think that this man

((RANDY HODGES/VICTIM'S BROTHER: I THINK THAT THIS MAN HAS MADE ALL OF US VICTIMS. YOU, THE DEFENSE TEAM, THE PROSECUTION, THE PUBLIC, BECAUSE I THINK WHAT HIS MURDEROUS ACTS DID ALL OF US WILL REMEMBER.))
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A Roanoke County jury convicted Bramblett last month of killing Blaine and Teresa Hodges and their two young children.
Judge Roy Willett adopted the jury's sentence of multiple life terms and a DEATH sentence.
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55E-South-Boston


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A land dispute between South Boston and Halifax County may wind up in court.
South Boston says if the town and the county cannot reach an annexation agreement within 30 days it will sue.
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South Boston says if it had more land, the town's tax burden would be less.
But Halifax County residents are concerned annexation would mean higher taxes for them.
And they're critical of the town's methods.
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((PAT WINGLER/COUNTY RESIDENT: NOW THAT THE GOING GETS TOUGH, YOU WANT TO GO OUT AND LAND-GRAB. FRIENDS, THAT'S NOT THE ANSWER. YOU NEED TO LEARN TO LIVE WITHIN YOUR MEANS JUST LIKE THE REST OF US.))
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Halifax County leaders say they will give South Boston land only if it will combine certain services like 9-1-1 with the county to save money, but so far the town has not committed to that.
In last night's crowd of roughly 200 only two raised their hands in favor of annexation.
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South Boston was the first city in Virginia to revert to town status -- it only recently won the right to annex county land.
Some fear the General Assembly will take away that privilege and say that's why South Boston is rushing to draw new boundary lines.

55weather


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Shifting gears now to weather--
The warm, dry trend continues today.
Mostly sunny skies with highs in the upper 50s.
Clear skies tonight, with lows near 30.
The four day forecast is continued mild....
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8Murder-Suicide


ANCHOR=Melanie
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What police believe is a murder suicide is now under investigation in Carroll County.
Authorities responeded to a domestic dispute at a home in the Cana section of the county yesterday and found 51- year- old Frederick Ray Edwards and 35- year- old Mary Ruth Hiatt both dead.
Police say the evidence indicates Edwards shot Hiatt and then turned the gun on himself.
Autopsy results are being performed on the bodies.

85-Bramblett


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NEWSCAST=Morn
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A quadruple murder case has ended in a death sentence.
Earl Bramblett will be executed for killing the Hodges family in 19-94.
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The 55- year- old never wavered from his claim that he's innocent.
Blaine Hodges' brother told the judge HE feels victimized by Bramblett.
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SOT 9:15:40 Randy
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((RANDY HODGES/VICTIM'S BROTHER: I THINK THAT THIS MAN HAS MADE ALL OF US VICTIMS. YOU, THE DEFENSE TEAM, THE PROSECUTION, THE PUBLIC, BECAUSE I THINK WHAT HIS MURDEROUS ACTS DID ALL OF US WILL REMEMBER.))
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OUT Q=will remember
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VO-NAT


A Roanoke County jury convicted Bramblett last month of killing Hodges' brother, his wife and two children, ages 11 and three.
Judge Roy Willett adopted the jury's sentence of multiple life terms and a DEATH sentence.
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8Fires-Tech


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=THa
TAPE#net (97-86)
GRAPHIC=Fire


Arson, and perjury charges face a Virginia Tech student after a fraternity house was destroyed.
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VO-NAT


Sources tell NEWS 7 after police learned 21-year-old Chad Justin (knee-me) Niemi lied about his criminal record they revoked his 15- thousand dollar bond.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg;


Niemi was taken into custody yesterday. This is the second time, in four months, flames have destroyed a Tech fraternity.
Authorities say there have actually been 12 suspicious fires in Blacksburg since early August and are looking at a possible connection.
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((2:55:28LT. KIM CRANNIS/BLACKSBURG POLICE: WE ARE LOOKING AT TYING ALL THOSE TOGETHER, WE DON'T HAVE ANY LEADS ON THEM RIGHT AT THE MOMENT BUT WE ARE LOOKING AT THEM AS BEING RELATED.))
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OUT Q=being related.
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VO-NAT


A student, standing across the road from the fraternity house, told police he saw Niemi leave his apartment carrying a bag.
Minutes later, they say, the frat house was being destroyed by the blaze
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8E-Special-election


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=ssa
TAPE#97-88
GRAPHIC=Virginia State Seal


Yesterday's special election secured the G-O-P's control of the state senate.
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VO-NAT


State Republican chairman Randy Forbes easily won the race to fill the District 14 seat vacated by Attorney General-Elect Mark Earley.
Unofficial results show a 69 to 31 percent margin separated Forbes from Democratic challenger James J. Wheaton.
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ANCHOR=Kimberly
SS=HOLD


Republicans now hold 20 of the Senate's 40 seats.
Republican Lieutenant Governor-elect John Hager will wield the tie-breaking vote, effectively ensuring G-O-P control.

8Xmas-Lights


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=djo
TAPE#97-89
GRAPHIC=Christmas


Two Franklin County couples have a bright , but expensive way of sharing the holiday spirit.
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SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;


But they say they don't mind the cost.
The Beegelys and the Hales have framed their homes with thousands of Christmas lights, 113 thousand to be exact.
They say its their gift to the community and their way of spreading holiday cheer.
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((ROY HALE; WE GET A THRILL OUT OF SEEING OTHER PEOPLE ENJOY IT. AND THAT'S ONE OF THE BIGGEST REASONS, ESPECIALLY SMALL CHILDREN, WHEN THEY COME OUT AND SEE THEIR REACTION. THAT'S WELL WORTH IT. ))
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Roy Hale says he started with a nativity scene in 19-87 and has been adding items every year.
They give out lollipops to spectators who come from as far away as North Carolina to see the lights.
And they don't accept donations, even though their electric bills nearly quadruple for the month of December.
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8weather


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Turning to Wednesday's weather--
Mostly sunny and warm today, with highs in the upper 50s.
Clear overnight, with lows around 30.
The extended forecast is sunny and warmer than usual...
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