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Thirty-Weather

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7Jessie


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Thirty-five- year- old Kenneth Jessie gets the maximum - 50 years in prison - for his part in the death of his four- year- old stepdaughter.
A Montgomery County jury (----------------)
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found him guilty of child abuse and second degree murder.
In closing arguments the defense said Jessie's wife, Elizabeth, killed Annie Leftwich by placing a gag inside her mouth.
The child, who was severely beaten, suffocated to death last spring, after she was tied to her bed, inside the family's Dickenson County mobile home.
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((NANCY DICKENSON/KENNETH JESSIE'S ATTORNEY: WHAT KILLED ANNIE WAS THE RAG THAT ELIZABETH JESSIE PUT IN HER MOUTH AND TAPED OVER. ))
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Prosecutors say Kenneth Jessie was the one who tied Annie to her urine soaked bed in such a way-- the position of her body-- was enough to suffocate her-- even without a gag.
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The jury recommended the maximum 50- year sentence.
Elizabeth Jessie faces the same 50-year sentence.
She pleaded guilty to second degree murder and child abuse earlier this week.

7E-Fatal-Fall


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Two youngsters were reportedly the ones to spot a body alongside the Professional Arts Building at 30 West Franklin Road.
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The body was apparently badly decomposed when authorities pulled it out of the storage pit.
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((SGT. T.L. CARMICHAEL/ROANOKE POLICE DEPT.: WHEN I ARRIVED HERE WE FOUND AN UNIDENTIFIED WHITE MALE DECEASED. HE HAD BEEN LOCATED ABOUT 25 FEET DOWN INTO WHAT LOOKS LIKE A WATER STORAGE AREA.))
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A janitor at the building estimated the body was in the storage unit two or three days and that the victim suffered a broken neck.
Police say they aren't sure how the man got into the stairwell or the cause of death.
The investigation continues.
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7E-Conference-Center


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Contractors who worked on a local landmark face a lawsuit worth nearly eight-million dollars.
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The walls are buckling inside the Hotel Roanoke Conference Center.
Management first noticed the damage in November, just three years after the center opened.
The hotel is suing two contractors who built the center...
But the hotel's lawyer says it is possible additional defendants will be named as the lawsuit progresses.
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((PAUL BEERS/HOTEL LAWYER: OUR INVESTIGATION IS VERY MUCH ONGOING, WE WANTED TO MOVE PROMPTLY TO TAKE CARE OF THE PROBLEM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND THAT'S WHAT WE INTEND TO DO. ))
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One of the contractors named in the lawsuit said the hotel is going after the wrong people.
He said an independent consultant chose a type of soil used in the building's foundation.
The lawsuit says that soil expanded, and that's what made the walls move.
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7Flash-Flooding


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As the Maury River rose in Goshen yesterday, ten families were evacuated from their homes.
But through most of western Virginia, flooding caused only minor problems.
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Rockbridge County appears to have suffered the worst flooding.
The high water blocked route 39, and threatened homes in Goshen and Rockbridge Baths.
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7Weather


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Flooding is still causing problems for some school systems.
In Augusta County, Craigsville elementary is closed. All other schools in Augusta County will be delayed two hours.
In Greenbrier County, Alderson Elementary is closed. All other schools will be open, but no buses will run from Alderson.
Checking our Friday forecast, clear and cooler today with partly sunny skies...
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45E-Fatal-Fall


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Roanoke police are investigating the discovery of a body last night a deep storage pit.
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The body was apparently badly decomposed when authorities pulled it out of the storage unit.
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((SGT. T.L. CARMICHAEL/ROANOKE POLICE DEPT.: WHEN I ARRIVED HERE WE FOUND AN UNIDENTIFIED WHITE MALE DECEASED. HE HAD BEEN LOCATED ABOUT 25 FEET DOWN INTO WHAT LOOKS LIKE A WATER STORAGE AREA.))
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Two youngsters reportedly spotted the body alongside the Professional Arts Building at 30 West Franklin Road.
A janitor at the building estimated the body was in the storage unit two or three days and that it appeared he suffered a broken neck.
Police say they aren't sure how the man got into the stairwell or the cause of death.
The investigation continues.
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45S-Danville-Shooting


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A Danville man is still on the road to recovery after being shot this week at his Christian bookstore.
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The gunman who shot and robbed Fred Bevill is still at large.
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Lynchburg mayor Jim Whitaker also owns a Christian bookstore.
He's asking other booksellers across the nation to pray for Bevill's recovery.
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((JIM WHITAKER/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: IN TODAY'S SOCIETY, YOU JUST NEVER KNOW WHO MIGHT WALK IN YOUR DOOR AND WHAT THEY MIGHT DO. SO WE STARTED THIS PRAYER CHAIN SO THAT WE CAN ALERT OTHE PEOPLE TO IT, AND I BELIEVE VERY STRONGLY IN PRAYER. I BELIEVE THAT THE LORD HEALS AND FORTUNATELY MR. BEVILL IS ON THE WAY TO RECOVERY.))
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Bevill was listed in fair condition at the Danville Regional Medical Center.
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45E-CT-Lawsuit


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The Virginia Supreme Court is deciding the merits of a lawsuit filed against the Virginia Tech Collegiate Times.
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Tech administrator Sharon Yeagle wants an 850-thousand dollar lawsuit reinstated over what the paper says was an unfortunate mistake on her job title.
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((JUSTICE LEROY HASSELL: HONESTLY, GROWING UP IN VIRGINIA, GROWING UP IN AMERICA, THAT PHRASE HAS NO MEANING TO YOU? JAMES CREEKMORE: YOUR HONOR, THAT PHRASE "DIRECTOR OF BUTTLICKING," THE ACTUAL LITERAL WORDS USED -- JUSTICE HASSELL: BUT DOES THE WORD BUTTLICKER HAVE ANY MEANING TO YOU? JAMES CREEKMORE: THE WORD BUTTLICKER MAY BE IMPLICATION CONTAIN THE SAME-- JUSTICE HASSELL: NO I'M ASKING DOES IT HAVE ANY MEANING TO YOU? CREEKMORE: YOUR HONOR, I WOULD SUGGEST THAT IT CONVEYS THE SAME MEANING AS BROWN-NOSER OR APPLE POLISHER.))
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((LEISA CIAFFONE/YEAGLE'S ATTORNEY: IT MEANS BOOTLICKER, TO TRY TO GAIN FAVOR BY FAWNING, SERVILITY, ETCETERA. APPLE POLISHER, A PERSON WHO CURRIES FAVOR BY GIFTS OR FLATTERY, BROWN-NOSING, CURRYING FAVOR BY KISSING SOMEONE'S REAR END, QUOTE KISS-ASS, FAWNING TO GAIN ADVANTAGE.))
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The justices must decide if the suit should be reinstated after a Montgomery County judge said NO reasonable person could conclude the title was factual.
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45Flash-Flooding


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A huge weather system packed with torrential rains sent the Maury River out of its backs yesterday.
That resulted in the evacuation of ten families in Goshen.
But through most of western Virginia, flooding caused only minor problems.
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Rockbridge County appears to have suffered the worst flooding.
The high water blocked route 39, and threatened homes in Goshen and Rockbridge Baths.
In the Roanoke Valley, the threat of serious flooding had passed by mid-afternoon... providing a spectacle, but few concerns for residents.
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45weather


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Yesterday's heavy rains are still creating schedule changes for some area schools--
In Augusta County, Craigsville elementary is closed. All other schools in Augusta County will be delayed two hours.
In Greenbrier County, Alderson Elementary is closed. All other schools will be open, but no buses will run from Alderson.
Today's forecast is drier, with partly sunny skies and steady temperatures in the mid 50s.
Partly cloudy tonight, with lows in the lower 30s.
The four day forecast calls for lots of sunshine over the weekend...
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8Jessie


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After hearing days of testimony, a Montgomery county jury found 35- year- old Kenneth Jessie guilty of child abuse and second degree murder.
Jessie will serve 50 years in prison for his role in the death of his four- year- old stepdaughter.
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In closing arguments the defense said the child died because of the actions
of Jessie's wife--- arguing it was Elizabeth who Annie Leftwich by placing a

gag inside her mouth.
The child, who was severely beaten--, suffocated to death last spring--, after she was tied to her bed, inside the family's Dickenson County mobile home.
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((NANCY DICKENSON/KENNETH JESSIE'S ATTORNEY: WHAT KILLED ANNIE WAS THE RAG THAT ELIZABETH JESSIE PUT IN HER MOUTH AND TAPED OVER. ))
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Prosecutors say Kenneth Jessie was the one who tied Annie to her urine soaked bed in such a way-- the position of her body-- was enough to suffocate her-- even without a gag.
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A 50 year sentence also faces Elizabeth Jessie.
She pleaded guilty to second degree murder and child abuse earlier this week.

8E-Fatal-Fall


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A man's body was found a the bottom of a deep storage pit in Roanoke.
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The body was apparently badly decomposed when authorities pulled it out of the storage unit.
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((SGT. T.L. CARMICHAEL/ROANOKE POLICE DEPT.: WHEN I ARRIVED HERE WE FOUND AN UNIDENTIFIED WHITE MALE DECEASED. HE HAD BEEN LOCATED ABOUT 25 FEET DOWN INTO WHAT LOOKS LIKE A WATER STORAGE AREA.))
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Two youngsters reportedly spotted the body alongside the Professional Arts Building at 30 West Franklin Road.
A janitor at the building estimated the body was in the storage unit two or three days and that the victim suffered a broken neck.
Police say they aren't sure how the man got into the stairwell or the cause of his death.
The investigation continues.
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8Cops-Coaches


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Some Roanoke County cops will be picking up a new beat--on the playing field.
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Officers like Dale Clark will be coaching high school student athletes as part of the "Cops for Coaches" Program.
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((OFC. DALE CLARK/ROANOKE CO. POLICE: I COACHED A LITTLE BIT WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL AND COACHED LITTLE LEAGUE BALL AND I UMPIRED AND I REALLY RESPECTED UMPIRES AT THAT TIME WHEN I WENT THROUGH THAT AND I LEARN SOMETHING EVERYDAY. SO, WHATEVER I LEARN I CAN TRY TO PASS ON TO THEM IF THEY WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT.))
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Police and school board officials kicked-off the program yesterday.
It targets "at risk" youths--giving them an opportunity to build a rapport with police officers.
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((MIKE STOVALL/CHRMN. ROANOKE CO. SCHOOL BOARD: AT HOME FOR EXAMPLE THERE MAY BE PEER PRESSURE THAT YOU CAN'T SIT DOWN WITH YOUR PARENTS AND TELL THEM ABOUT A PROBLEM BUT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO WALK UP TO THE POLICE OFFICER AND SAY HEY, I'VE GOT A PROBLEM. A LOT OF TIMES COACHES CAN DO THAT. A LOT OF TIMES COACHES FORM THAT BOND WITH THEM AND THEY CAN DO THAT.))
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The Department of Criminal Justice has put up the funds for "Cops for Coaches."
Officers will take to their new posts next month.
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8Report-Cards


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Just like students, schools in the Commonwealth will now receive marks on their performance.
The State Board of Education yesterday adopted a plan to send parents report cards on individual public schools.
Parents will get the numbers to compare how their children's learning environment measures up.
The reports are another part of outgoing Governor George Allen's campaign to raise school standards and increase accountability to parents.
The reports are expected to start going to parents in early fall.

8weather


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Yesterday's flooding rains are keeping some schools off their regular schedule today..
In Augusta County, Craigsville elementary is closed. All other schools in Augusta County will be delayed two hours.
In Greenbrier County, Alderson Elementary is closed. All other schools will be open, but no buses will run from Alderson.
As for today's outlook-- partly sunny and cooler, with temperatures in the mid 50s.
Partly cloudy overnight, with lows in the lower 30s.
The extended forecast is drier and cooler for the weekend.
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