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75-Jessie


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Annie Leftwich's short life was marked by abuse and neglect, according to testimony.
Dickenson County prosecutors say the four- year- old lived in filth and was repeatedly abused.
Her step-father Kenneth Jessie is on trial for murder in Montgomery County because of extensive pretrial publicity in far Southwest Virginia.
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An autopsy revealed Annie Leftwich's body was covered with scrapes and bruises.
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Prosecutors believe the day she died, the girl was tied to her bed as punishment for bedwetting and gagged to death.
A Sheriff's investigator testified that the child's bed was kept in a small utility room-- which reeked of urine and was shared with three wild squirrels.
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((DANNY COLLEY/DICKENSON CO. SHERIFF'S INVESTIGATOR:IT WAS JUST LIKE, IT WAS LIKE A DOGHOUSE, IT WAS NASTY, AND THE REST OF THE HOUSE WAS BASICALLY CLEAN.))
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Jessie's attorneys say he was NOT home last May when Leftwich died.
Monday, Annie's mother, Elizabeth Jessie, pleaded guilty to second degree murder.
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7State-Budget


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A public hearing on the state budget turned into a forum where people shared touching stories of their financial needs.
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((BETTY INGRAM-WHITE: I STARTED WORKING WHEN I WAS NINE YEARS OLD. I HAVE NEVER BEEN FACED WITH NOT BEING ABLE TO CARE FOR MY CHILDREN. THROUGH THIS PROGRAM I WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO KEEP MY SON AND UNTIL MY HEALTH IS REGAINED THIS PROGRAM IS KEEPING US GOING))
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More than 100 people want to be remembered when the General Assembly debates Governor Allen's budget in March.
There's almost 40 billion dollars there -- and everyone wants a share.
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((RICHARD DIXON: BEING CHARITABLE I'D ALLOW AS TO HOW THE ALLEN ADMINISTRATION MADE A LITTLE ERROR IN PUTTING THEIR BUDGET TOGETHER. WE ARE COUNTING ON YOU ALL TO CORRECT THIS ERROR BY ADDING FUNDING FOR MENTAL RETARDATION SERVICES TO THOSE DEPARTMENTS WHERE IT'S APPROPRIATE.))
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People are also asking legislators to spend money on the arts -- for example, libraries and museums.
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7S-ATC-Healthcare


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Workers in the medical profession now have a lifeline to jobs through a new business in Roanoke.
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Around the Clock A-T-C staffing services just opened in the Graves Humphries building on Franklin Road.
The company places nurses and other skilled medical professionals in temporary jobs at hospitals, nursing homes, and all medical facilities.
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((JACK SIAR/ATC BRANCH MANAGER:THERE WAS A NEED IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY. IT'S A LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED BUSINESS ALTHOUGH IT IS A FRANCHISE OUT OF ATLANTA, WE WANTED TO SUPPORT THIS COMMUNITY AND KEEP THE EMPLOYEES EMPLOYED AND THE EMPLOYERS STAFFED.))
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The only positions A-T-C does not fill are in the Home Health industry.
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7E-Sara-Lee


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A new owner is stepping in at the Sara Lee yarn and textile plant in Galax.
The Galax plant is one of nine Sara Lee plants being sold to Winston-Salem-based National Textiles L-L-C.
It's part of Sara Lee's strategy to cut its losses.
Sara Lee says all employees at the Galax plant will keep their jobs under the new ownership.

7Weather


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Checking our mid-week forecast, it's a rainy but warm Wednesday...

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Movie Review

"Titanic" is an amazing achievement. The scope is colossal; special effects bring the event to life and give the tragedy authenticity. However it is the love affair between a passenger in steerage, played by Leonardo de Caprio; and Kate Winslet a lovely first class passenger trapped in a loveless engagement, that makes us care about this sinking ship.
The story moves easily between a salvage operation in the present and reminiscences from a one hundred year old woman who was a Titanic survivor.
"Titanic" gets and A. It's one of the few blockbuster movies that actually lives up to the hype. Cutopen

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45E-McCane


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A grand jury has indicted former Bedford County sheriff's lieutenant John McCane on a charge of mis-using public money.
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Monday, a separate stalking charge against McCane was dropped for lack of evidence.
But state police say McCane misused sheriff's department funds during a recent undercover drug investigation.
Special prosecutor Joel Branscom has characterized the amount as being less than one thousand dollars.
The negative publicity from the two criminal investigations led to McCane's resignation from the sheriff's department last week.
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45S-Software-Factory


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The turn of the century could mean big trouble for those who's businesses rely on computers.
So a South Boston compnay is coming to the rescue.
Eric Earnhart explains.
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(( It's sometimes called the millenium bug, or Y2K, what it means, simply is, when the calender rolls over to the year 2000, computers which are programmed to recognize dates by the last 2 digits, will think it's the year 1900, and that can cause problems.

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((JERRY HILL/THE SOFTWARE FACTORY; PEOPLE WILL BE WORKING FOR YOU WHO HAVEN'T BEEN BORN YET, AS FAR AS THE COMPUTER IS CONCERNED... ))
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And there aren't enough people around who know how to fix it...Thats why two entrepreneurs came from Northern Virginia to South Boston, and built The Software Factory.

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((BEVERLY LUCAS/THE SOFTWARE FACTORY; BECAUSE OF THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIES MOVING OUT, THERE WAS A HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT RATE, AND THIS SEEMED LIKE THE PERFECT PLACE TO FIND THE POOL OF PEOPLE THAT WE NEEDED. ))
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Counting on the high motivation and work ethic of the Southside region, they started a computer boot camp. Training people, some unemployed, some on welfare... if they pass, they get a job.

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((MARK HUTCHERSON/TRAINEE; WHAT THEY'RE DOING HERE IS GREAT, THEY'RE PROVIDING THE TRAINING FOR THE PEOPLE SO THAT THEY KNOW THAT THEY'RE TRAINED PROPERLY AND IT'S REALLY A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR THIS AREA. ))
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It convinced Sheriff's deputy Dave Martin to give up his cuffs for a keyboard.

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((DAVE MARTIN/SOFTWARE COMPANY EMPLOYEE; A LOT OF PEOPLE, THE MEDIA ESPECIALLY, ARE TALKING ABOUT HOW THE GOVERNMENT IS GETTING BEHIND IN Y2K WORK, SO I THINK ITS GREAT THAT THESE GUYS ARE HERE AND TRYING TO MAKE A DENT IN SOME OF THAT WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. ))
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And there's plenty of it... an estimated 160 billion lines of computer code that needs to fixed, line by tedious line.
Software Factory executives believe the massive workload will eventually lead companies here, to their growing pool of programmers.

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((BEVERLY LUCAS/VICE PRESIDENT; WE CAN SIT HERE IN SOUTH BOSTON AND DO WORK FOR PEOPLE ON THE WEST COAST, THE EAST COAST, IN EUROPE, WHERE EVER THEY MAY BE. ))
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Enough they hope, to keep the wheels at the factory turning well beyond 2000.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))

45E-Special-Election


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Virginia's latest special election had little impact on the statehouse.
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Running only against a write-in candidate, suburban Richmond Republican John Watkins easily won a state Senate seat.
Watkins will replace former Senate Republican Leader Joe Benedetti -- who took an agency head job in the new Gilmore administration.
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Watkins' House of Delegate's seat -- and no fewer than three other up-for-grabs seats -- now become the battlegrounds for power in Richmond.

45weather


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Turning to your mid- week outlook--
Clouds, fog, and scattered showers make up today's forecast.
Highs stay pleasant, in the mid 60s.
Showers likely tonight, with lows in the lower 50s.
The four day forecast stays overcast through Friday...
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8E-Fundraiser


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As of last July, Virginia legislators are no longer allowed to raise money while the General Assembly is in session.
But the Joint Republican Caucus HAD planned a big fundraising event next month, AFTER legislators are back on the job.
Ellen Qualls looked into it and has this report.
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((DEL. ALAN DIAMONSTEIN/D-NEWPORT NEWS: YOU CAN'T DO INDIRECTLY WHAT YOU CAN'T DO DIRECTLY. AND BECAUSE I CAN'T ACCEPT A CONTRIBUTION DURING THE SESSION, CERTAINLY IT WOULD MEAN THAT I CAN'T HAVE MY AIDE OR SOMEONE WORKING FOR ME TO GO OUT AND SAY "HEY YOU GO GET IT, THAT'S REALLY NOT ME." THAT'S NOT THE INTENT OF THE LAW.))
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But the Republican shindig at the ritzy Jefferson Hotel was to be thrown by the caucus -- a collective arm of the lawmakers themselves.
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((DEL. ALAN DIAMONSTEIN/D-NEWPORT NEWS: I THINK IT'S ALL THE SAME. WE DON'T HAVE OUR CAUCUS STAFF COLLECTING MONEY. THAT WOULD OBVIOUSLY WOULD BE A MAJOR WAY AROUND THE INTENT OF THE LAW.))
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((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN: I THINK THAT BOTH SIDES ARE TRYING TO LIVE WITHIN THE LETTER OF THE LAW AND ALSO THE SPIRIT OF THE LAW. AND I'M SURE THAT WILL BE ACCOMPLISHED AND I'M SURE YOU GUYS WILL POINT OUT WHERE IT'S NOT.))
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((SEN. PATSY TICER: OH THAT REALLY IS NOT THE SPIRIT OF THE LAW. OH I CAN'T IMAGINE THAT. ARE THEY REALLY?))
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Well not anymore.
Republican Caucus director Scott Leake says once we asked, he's looking for a new date AFTER the session.
But Leake points out that Democrats are only just complying with the law -- holding their own fundraiser across town ONE DAY BEFORE the legislature convenes.
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((SCOTT LEAKE/JOINT REPUBLICAN CAUCUS: WHAT HAPPENS AT THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT? WHY IS IT HORRIBLE JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT, BUT VIRTUOUS JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT? WHEN IS THE MAGIC HOUR? SO I THINK THERE'S A WHOLE LOT OF CHEST-THUMPING GOING ON THESE DAYS. BUT ONCE AGAIN, WE'RE JUST GONNA WALK AWAY FROM ANYTHING THAT JUST DOESN'T EVEN APPEAR RIGHT.))
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standup
The lawmakers we talked to say they still think this law is a good "first step" toward campaign finance reform -- even it only changes the public's perception.
UVA political analyst Larry Sabato calls the flap "same-o same-o."
He says the law is just the politicians' way of "pretending" things have changed.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))

8Teenage-Obesity


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It's hard enough being a teenager-- and even more difficult if you're diagnosed as obese.
But there's now a local program to help overweight kids fight the illness that can lead to a bigger health problem, diabetes.
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Adolescents between the ages of 13 and 18 who are referred by their family doctors can take part in the "Shapedown" program at the Center for Bariatric Medicine.
The ten- week course teaches habit- forming behaviors on what foods to eat and when, how water helps with weight reduction and how to improve their activity level.
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((BONNY LEE/REGISTERED NURSE; THE GOAL OF SHAPEDOWN IS FOR THEM TO TAKE THINGS FROM THIS PROGRAM THAT WILL PERMANENTLY HELP THEM, EVEN AS ADULTS. USE A LOT OF BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION. WE STRESS THE SAME THINGS BASICALLY ALL TEN WEEKS.))
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Five participants just completed the center's third class. They lost 50- pounds between them.
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((MARTIN CLARK/LOST 20 POUNDS; I FEEL REALLY GOOD. MY SELF ESTEEM HAS INCREASED. MY SELF CONFIDENCE HAS INCREASED. I BASICALLY, PRETTY MUCH CAN DO ANYTHING WITHOUT FEELING EMBARRASSED.))
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Graduates of the program get a certificate of achievement and the start to a healthier lifestyle.
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8weather


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Taking a moment now to check Wednesday's forecast--
Fog could hamper your morning commute a bit, otherwise, just clouds and scattered showers today.
Highs in the mid 60s.
Showers likely tonight, with lows in the low to mid 50s.
The extended outlook calls for sunshine to return for the weekend, as well as cooler temperatures.
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