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The scene of the crime is demolished in Vinton with a few deft strokes from a demolition shovel.
On NEWS 7 at SIX, the Hodges house is raised... eliminating a painful reminder of arson and murder.
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ANCHOR=Keith


And debate over the state reptile draws enthusiastic input from a Campbell County herpetologist.

Sports-Head


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#sports head
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Tonight in sports, the Wizards Chris Webber faces nine misdemeanor charges after being arrested this morning, Doug Flutie is officially back in the NFL, the Express gets defensive as it moves to the top,
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and former Friday Football Extra star Tyrone Robertson has chosen his college, and you Tech and UVa fans are not going to be happy about his pick.
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If you're a stargazer, you'll like tonight's clear and cold forecast.
Tomorrow night's is a different story-- the always popular wintry mix makes another appearance. open
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Hodges-house


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#97-87
GRAPHIC=NONE


A demolition crew today carted off a graphic reminder of mass murder in Vinton.
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SUPER=03-Vinton


The house where the Hodges family lived and died was torn down.
Blaine Hodges' brother, Don, said he'd been told the house could have been salvaged, but the family couldn't face it.
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((IT'S JUST A CONSTANT REMINDER. NOT THAT WE'D WANT TO FORGET THEM BY ANY MEANS. BUT HAVING TO LOOK AT THE HOUSE WHERE IT HAPPENED EVERYDAY IS A TOUGH TASK.))
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* * * Keith on ENG * * *
They'd wanted to tear it down sooner, but authorities had asked the Hodges to wait until after the trial.
A long-time family acquaintance, Earl Bramblett, went to death row in November, convicted of multiple murder and arson.
Police Lieutenant Bill Brown says he's seen a lot of bodies but says he'd never had nightmares before this.
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((I THINK IT WAS PROBABLY THE CASE FOR ALL OF US. I THOUGHT IN 26 YEARS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT, I HAD SEEN EVERYTHING. BUT I THINK THIS PROVED ME WRONG. I THINK NOW I'VE SEEN EVERYTHING. I'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING AS HORRIBLE IN MY LIFE.))
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Joe Bandy and Son did the demolition work for nothing- -what would othersie cost three or four thousand dollars.
Don Bandy says he asked the city for a break on the dumping fee, but he says it'll cost him another three or four thousand to dump the debris at the regional landfill.
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Abed


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#97-92
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales


Testimony today in the Abed racketeering and conspiracy trial came mainly from a woman who's been promised a place in the witness protection program.
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VO-NAT
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Rod Abed's ex-wife told the jury how Rod had been involved in a couple of break-ins and the fire at the Corner Store on 13th Street.
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Though the two had separated in November, 1995, Donna Abed says Rod wrote to her after his arrest, pleading with her not to link him to the 13th Street fire.
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ANCHOR=Keith
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Because it was started with a molotov cocktail, that offense alone carries a minimum mandatory 30- year prison sentence.

L'burg-Shooting


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#97-93
GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation


A man who was shot over the weekend in Lynchburg has died from his injuries.
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22- year- old Vincent Johnson was shot early Sunday at the intersection of Tenth and Fillmore Streets.
He died this morning at Lynchburg General Hospital.
Police arrested 32- year- old Aubrey Hughes yesterday and charged him with shooting Johnson.
Hughes will now face a murder charge instead.
He remains held without bond in the Lynchburg city jail.
Police have not said what may have motivated the shooting.
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Tax-Bills


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-96
GRAPHIC=Gilmore


If the new governor won't come to them, they'll go to the new governor.
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Local constitutional officers say they want more input on the car tax cut.
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They say, for instance, the car tax voucher idea the Governor previewed last night may NOT be such a good one.
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((WILLIAM ORNDORFF/FREDERICK CO. TREASURER: A NUMBER OF US THAT WORK WITH THE PUBLIC EVERY DAY, A LOT OF TIMES THEY SHOW UP WITH A CHECK AND THEY HAVE TO RESEARCH THE INFORMATION WITHOUT THE ACTUAL TAX BILL. SO I THINK WE WOULD TRY TO AVOID ANY OF THOSE PROBLEM AREAS AND HAVE RECOMMENDED SO TO THE ADMINISTRATION.))
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Talking tax cuts, Shawsville Democrat Madison Marye's done the numbers on his grocery tax cut bill.
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((SEN. MADISON MARYE/D-SHAWSVILLE: IT WILL AFFECT THE POOR AND THE RICH ALIKE. THE FOOD TAX HAS ALWAYS BEEN CONSIDERED A REGRESSIVE TAX. AND I JUST WISH THE GOVERNOR WASN'T QUITE SO ADAMENT IN HIS TAX ON CARS BECAUSE I THINK THAT CAN BE ADDRESSED LOCALLY.))
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Marye says he'd phase out the first three-and-a-half cents of the four-and-a-half cent sales tax on groceries.
He say it would save the average family 180 dollars per year.
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State-Reptile


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-95
GRAPHIC=Session 98


Virginia may NOT be ready for a state reptile.
But herpetologists -- or reptile enthusiasts -- from around the Commonwealth have a new proposal.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
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((HE'S BECOMING QUITE THE MEDIA STAR. AND YOU CAN SEE HE'S REALLY GOTTEN TO BE A BIT OF A HAM.))
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Williamsburg Democrat George Grayson's fought this fight before -- but NOT on behalf of the eastern box turtle.
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((DOUGLAS EGGLESTON: THE TIMBER RATTLESNAKE WAS A CANDIDATE FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS BUT IT ALWAYS DIED IN COMMITTEE BECAUSE PEOPLE WERE AFRAID OF IT.))
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So when Campbell County amateur herpetologist Douglas Eggleston found out the lowly turtle was being proposed -- he joined the lobbying effort.
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((DOUGLAS EGGLESTON/REPTILE ENTHUSIAST: I'VE TOLD EVERYONE THAT AS FAR AS REPTILES GO, THIS IS PROBABLY WHAT WE CONSIDER THE WARM, FUZZY OF THE REPTILE GROUP. THEY'RE VERY GENTLE CREATURES, THEY SERVE A GOOD PURPOSE IN THEIR ENVIRONMENT BY DISTRIBUTING SEEDS THROUGH MOVING AROUND AND FEEDING ON VARIOUS BERRIES AND FRUITS. THEY'RE ALSO VERY GOOD TO THE AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY THROUGH EATING SLUGS AND SNAILS WHICH DO A LOT OF DESTRUCTION TO CROPS.))
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And all Herbie got in return was a car tire that flattened his shell.
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((DEL. GEORGE GRAYSON/D-WILLIAMSBURG: THESE LITTLE CREATURES THAT WE ALL GREW UP WITH AND LEARNED TO LOVE OR AT LEAST TO TOLERATE ARE NOT AN ENDANGERED SPECIES, BUT THEIR NUMBERS ARE DECLINING-- DRASTICALLY -- AND THAT SUGGESTS TO ME THAT MOTHER NATURE IS SENDING US A LITTLE BIT OF A WARNING, SAYING MAYBE THERE'S MORE ASPHALT AND FEWER WOODLANDS.))
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Serious- minded lawmakers may be loathe to label the turtle.
After all, there's even a bill this year to declare an official state soil.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
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Roanoke City Council prepares to go door to door,
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and a study of Hollins College is revealing some new information about the causes of stuttering.
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Route-73


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=chu
TAPE#97-86
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Where should the new Interstate 73 be built?
How close should it come to us; what should it avoid?
Now's your chance to tell V-DOT what you think.
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Christy Hubley is in Martinsville tonight to explain.
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Before engineers and planners put any lines down on paper.. VDOT wants to get public input on the specific location for I-73.
Tonight.. the first of three open-house meetings.
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concerns?)

Stuttering


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
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TAPE#97-90
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The exact reason people stutter remains unknown, but some researchers are now pointing to genetics.
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Hollins Communications Research Institute treats stuttering as a physical problem, rather than an emotional one.
A new study by Hollins and the National Institutes of Health is one of the first in the nation to address the link between genes and stuttering.
Hollins researchers say if one twin stutters, frequently they both do.
Studies of adopted children show stuttering is more likely to be associated with biological parents who stutter -- not the adopted family.
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((RONALD WEBSTER/COMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE DIRECTOR:WE KNOW FOR EXAMPLE THAT IF A MOTHER STUTTERS THE ODDS ARE ABOUT NINE PERCENT THAT HER DAUGHTER WILL STUTTER, THE ODDS ARE ABOUT 22 PERCENT THAT SHE'LL HAVE A SON WHO WILL STUTTER.))
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Those percentages are even higher when the father stutters.
Hollins researchers also say there is reason to believe that there is a link between gender and stuttering since males stutter about three or four times more than females.
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Botetourt-School


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6p
WRITER=djo
TAPE#97-97
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Troutville's old high school will become an auction house.
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SUPER=03-Troutville/File Tape;


The Botetourt County Board of Supervisors voted three-to-two to sell the building to a local auctioneer for ten-thousand dollars.
Brent Witt must also complete 130-thousand dollars in renovations to the facility over the next 12-months.
Those renovations will include a new roof and heating system.
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Witt's initial offer of a 100-dollar purchase price and 150-thousand dollars in renovations over five years was rejected by the board in October.

Stocks


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
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Strong quarterly earnings reports gave the stock market a BIG boost today. TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE
The DOW gained almost a hundred and 20 points to close at 78-hundred-73.
NASDAQ gained over 27 points.
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City-Council


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=six
WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#97-89
GRAPHIC=Roanoke Seal


Members of Roanoke City Council say it isn't a public relations gimmick or a campaign ploy.
But later this year they hope to begin going door- to- door in the city's neighborhoods.
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The proposal comes from council member Nelson Harris, who says a similar program in Petersburg has worked well.
He believes a regular schedule of neighborhood visits in the spring and fall will help council members stay in touch with their constituents' concerns.
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((NELSON HARRIS/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: LET ME STRESS THAT THIS IS NOT INTENDED TO BE A PUBLIC RELATIONS GIMMICK, AND I WANT THAT TO BE UNDERSTOOD THAT THIS IS INTENDED TO BE A WAY THAT THE COUNCIL CAN BECOME SUBSTANTIVELY INVOLVED WITH OUR NEIGHBORHOODS AND OUR NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATIONS.))
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Higher parking fines are on the way. Today city council approved an increase that will double most parking fines from five to ten dollars.
Downtown merchants hopes the higher fines will discourage violators and free up more spaces for shoppers.
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Sports Tease


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#sports tease
GRAPHIC=NONE


Coming your way tonight in sports, the Wizards will need some magic to get star Chris Webber out of trouble, Doug Flutie returns to the NFL this afternoon.
Tyrone Robertson, the former high school star from Danville picks a college.
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And are the Panthers planning on picking up their contract option on Kerry Collins?
The latest from Charlotte tonight in sports.
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S-Tyrone


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#TF97-2
GRAPHIC=TYRONE ROBERTSON


Former George Washington high school star Tyrone Robertson, the highly prized 6 foot five inch lineman from Danville has finally made his college decision and it's not Va. Tech or UVa.
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Robertson originally signed with the Hokies last year, but then dropped out high school a few weeks before graduation.
He eventually surfaced at Fork Union Military where he played this past season.
When we talked to him back in August he had decided to head to nearby Virginia.
Later in the year his allegiance swayed back to the Hokies.
But now both are out of luck, because the former Friday Football Extra player of the week has committed to attend college at the University of Georgia.
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Family members in Danville say he had too many friends at both schools and decided to only way not to make any one mad was to head out of state.
Another big factor is that his Fork SS=GEORGIA LOGO

Union teammate Jasper Sanks, a former Parade All-American has also committed to Georgia.
The Bulldogs now have 17 verbal commitments. The national signing day is February 4th.

S-Collins


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#CP97-1
GRAPHIC=PANTHERS


Kerry Collins is still a member of the Carolina Panthers, but if reports out of Charlotte today are correct he may not be on the team for long.
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SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/1997 Season; :00


The Panthers have to decide by February 12th if they are willing to pay Collins a $6 million dollar bonus to keep the final three years of his contract in tact.
If they refuse, he could sign with another team, the Panthers could trade him, or renounce their rights to him.
The Charlotte Observer made the report today, but the Panthers still say they haven't decided what to do with Collins.
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S-Flutie


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S8-1
GRAPHIC=NONE
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SUPER=03-Orchard Park, NY; :00


The much rumored signing of Doug Flutie by the Buffalo Bills was made official today as the 35 year old former Canadian Football League king inked a two year deal.
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((DOUG FLUTIE/SIGNS WITH BILLS:))
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S-Webber


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S8-3
GRAPHIC=NBA


Nothing super about the news concerning Washington Wizards' star Chris Webber tonight.
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SUPER=04-NBA; :00


This morning Webber was pulled over for speeding in Prince George's County.
He was arrested after scuffling with police officers.
He faces nine misdemeanor charges including assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, and possesion of marijuana.
Police had to use pepper spray to restrain the 6-9 player, who did not have a driver's license or registration in his possesion at the time of the arrest.
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S-Express


ANCHOR=Steve
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=ICE-98
GRAPHIC=Express


One main reason the Express shares first place in the Northeast Division is it's goaltending.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00


Dave Gagnon, who has played 21 games, and Daniel Berthiaume are number 1 in the 25 team ECHL in goals against; allowing just 2.78 a game.
While the duo is probably the best in the league; the top ranking can partially be attributed to the defense in front of them.
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((DAVE GAGNON/ALLOWING 2.62 GOALS A GAME:)) ((DANIEL BERTHIAUME/ALLOWING 2.49 GOALS A GAME:)) ((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
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On the offensive side; Express sources confirmed today that center Wayne Strachan has a strained right knee and could miss the next few games.
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S-ACC


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#none
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pinnacle stuff
ACC hoops are back on Your Hometown Station tonight as UVa takes on the Clemson Tigers in South Carolina.
Clemson comes in at 2-and-2 in the league, while Virginia has 2 wins and 3 conference setbacks.
You can have a front row seat for the game tonight at 8 right here on WDBJ-7.
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Promo


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=THa
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Pinning a definition on obscenity will be at the heart of a public hearing in Wythe County.
ANCHOR=JEAN/KEITH


Jean Jadhon is in our newsroom with more on tonight's meeting.
ANCHOR=Jean


Keith, the public hearing grew out of concern over a Wythe County strip bar that's now closed.
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Some county residents expressed concern over how the bar-- known as Harmony Hall-- was able to open for business last summer.
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ANCHOR=Jean


A stripper was later arrested-- but the judge hearing the case was unable to rule whether the young woman was guilty of exposing herself because the county has no legal gauge with which to measure what is obscene.
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Keith-- A packed house is expected to turn out in Wythe County tonight.

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