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75-Grayson-Murder


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The last minute details are being hammered out by attorneys for one of the men charged with the brutal murder of a black man in Grayson County.
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The trial for Emmett Cressell Junior is set to begin next month.
He's charged with burning and later beheading Garnett "G-P" Johnson at a summer drinking party.
Witnesses have said race was the motive.
Yesterday morning-- his attorneys asked the judge to limit the number of photographs.
They say many of those photos are gruesome.
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((MARK CLAYTOR/CRESSELL'S ATTORNEY:AS WE SAY IN THE LEGAL PARLANCE, THE PREJUDICIAL VALUE OUTWEIGHS IT'S PROBATIVE VALUE, SO WE DON'T WANT THE JURY UNDULY PREJUDICED AGAINST OUR MAN.))
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Because of immense publicity-- the judge says he expects to call anywhere from 40 to 80 potential jurors.
An April trial date has been set for Cressell's co-defendant-- (Lew-EE) Louis Ceparano.
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7Henson


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In Lynchburg, school officials are responding to remarks made by former E.C. Glass Head Football Coach Bo Henson earlier this week.
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Bo Henson coached the Hilltoppers for 19 seasons before being relieved of his duties.
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((BO HENSON/E.C. GLASS FOOTBALL COACH: THE ONLY REASON GIVEN IS I WANT THE PROGRAM TO GO IN A NEW DIRECTION. FOOTBALL PLAYERS FATHERING BABIES. WE NEED MORE WHITES ON THE TEAM. WE NEED MORE WHITES IN THE STANDS.))
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E.C. Glass Principal Susan Morrison says the school has felt the effects of Henson's statements, which she insists are untrue.
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((SUSAN MORRISON/E.C. GLASS PRINCIPAL: I HAD A STUDENT WALK UP TO ME AND SAY MRS. MORRISON, ARE YOU A RACIST. AND I LOOKED AT HIM AND SAID TALK TO ME ABOUT MY INTERACTION WITH YOU OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS, TELL ME HOW WE TALK TO EACH OTHER AND WHAT WE TALK ABOUT AND HOW WE INTERACT AND THEN YOU ANSWER THAT QUESTION. AND HE LOOKED AT ME AND SAID THANK YOU AND WALKED AWAY.))
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School officials said they hope the news conference will help put racial concerns behind them.
Henson remains on the staff as a social studies teachers, and officials say those responsibilities will remain the same.
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75-Halifax-Jailers


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Three former Halifax County jailers accused of abusing inmates will face no federal charges.
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Sheriff Jeff Oakes received a letter from the U-S Department of Justice stating the case should be closed.
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Last July, three jailers resigned after female inmates accused them of physical and sexual abuse.
With no federal charges pending, the Commonwealth's Attorney must now decide if any local charges should be filed.
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7E-Disaster-Relief


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TAPE#97-95
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Assistance is still being offered to victims of a devastating holiday fire in Danville.
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The Cabin Lake Apartments went up in flames on Thanksgiving Day.
250-people were left without a place to live.
The Small Business Administration is making loans available to those victims so they can replace personal belongings.
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FULLSCREEN PINNACLE PAGE
Individuals can apply for low interest loans up to 40-thousand dollars.
For more information you can call 1-800-659-2955.
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7Weather


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Sun is in the forecast for your Friday...
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7BIRTHDAYS!1/31/98
Saturday:

SUPER=130-/Carol Brown/Pembroke;



(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-45th/Carlton & Lucille Adams/Penhook;



SUPER=130-14/Walter Gould/Union Hall;



SUPER=130-12/June Hartman/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-16/C. D. Hagy/Wytheville;



(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-56th/James & Odella Lynch/Martinsville;



SUPER=130-52/John Dunlap/Lexington;



SUPER=130-8/Tia Austin/Galdesboro;



SUPER=130-12/Justin Ross/Madison Heights;



SUPER=130-6/Sean Webb/Salem;



SUPER=130-66/James Tarkley/Chatham;



SUPER=130-43/Cline Conner/Salem;



SUPER=130-41/Sue Heiler/Salem;



SUPER=130-1/Caroline Mavey/Chatham;



SUPER=130-7/Sarah Reese/Vinton;



SUPER=130-1/Jonathan Doran/Vinton;


No Pictures:

SUPER=130-/Linda Hatchett/Snow Creek;



SUPER=130-/Danielle Campbell/Snow Creek;



(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-/Sue & Gene Heiler/Salem;



SUPER=130-/Sherry Crowg/Salem;

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45E-State-Song


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From sausage King to song writer Jimmy Dean and his wife plug what they hope will be the new state song.
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((VIRGINIA, DEAR OLD VIRGINIA.))
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Donna Dean says she wrote the lyrics when she had a migraine headache.
Now the sausage and country music duo want it to be the new state song.
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((WHEN THE SUN SETS ON THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY--))
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((JIMMY DEAN: TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH IT'D BE A GREAT EGO TRIP. IT WOULD BE WONDERFUL FOR MY GREAT GRAND-KIDS TO SAY HEY DID YOU KNOW THAT MY GREAT GRAND-DADDY WROTE THE STATE SONG OF VIRGINIA. IF THAT WOULDN'T BE A KICK IN THE HEAD I DON'T KNOW WHAT WOULD.))
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The song is called "Virginia."
It's just one of many that lawmakers are lining up to support after retiring "Carry Me Back to Old Virginia" last year.
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Among the other aspiring songwriters hoping to get noticed by the General Assembly: a pair of prisoners at (POW-a-tan) Powhatan Correctional Center.

45S-Charter-Schools


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A big change of heart for lawmakers on the issue of Charter Schools.
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Charter school success stories in 16 states may have pushed Virginia's General Assembly over a hump.
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A Senate committee that narrowly defeated charter schools last year gave the concept a 12 to 3 endorsement yesterday.
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((SEN. STANLEY WALKER: I DO NOT HAVE THE FEARS THAT I USED TO HAVE. THEY'VE PROVEN TO ME THAT WE CAN GO AHEAD AND TRY THIS OUT.))
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((SEN. JANET HOWELL/D-RESTON: IN THE PAST, I'VE BEEN VERY LEERY OF CHARTER SCHOOLS. BUT I HAVE EVOLVED IN THIS.))
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SUPER=01-Sen. Janet Howell/(D) Reston;
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The committee's turnaround is in part because five members toured some charter schools in Boston last year.
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((THREE SCHOOLS IN A ROW SHOWED ENORMOUS TEST RESULTS. BUT THE LAST ONE, WHICH WAS A PUBLIC SCHOOL WITH AN INNOVATIVE PRINCIPAL WHO HAD TURNED THIS WHOLE SITUATION AROUND FOR THOSE KIDS' LIVES. AND IF YOU GO AHEAD AND YOU VOTE THIS DOWN, YOU'RE NOT HURTING THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, BUT YOU ARE HURTING THOSE KIDS.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Dick Saslaw/(D) Springfield;
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The bill still has its detractors.
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((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/D-ROANOKE: WE HAVE GOOD PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY. AND I DON'T WANT TO TAKE PUBLIC SCHOOL MONEY AND GIVE THEM TO A PRIVATE CHARTER SCHOOL -- WHICH IS IN EFFECT IS WHAT THIS BILL WOULD DO.))
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If a similar charter school bill gets out of the House Education Committee, the idea is likely to finally succeed in the full chambers.
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45E-Radio-Ratings


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Country tunes appear to be the favorite of Roanoke music lovers.
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Country station W-Y-Y-D is once again the most listened-to station in the Roanoke-Lynchburg market.
Rock station W-R-O-V came in second, close on the country station's heels.
Third place goes to hip-hop sister stations W-J-J-S and W-J-J-X.
They're followed by the adult contemporary outlet, Q-99.
And rounding out the top five is pop station K-92, falling in the ratings since last year.
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45weather


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Shifting gears now to weather--
Mostly sunny and breezy today, with highs in the upper 40s.
Clear overnight, with lows in the mid to upper 20s.
The four day outlook is pleasant through the weekend... we could see some showers though by Monday.
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85-Grayson-Murder


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The use of detailed photographs was one of the issues attorneys were working on in the case of an alleged racial killing in Grayson county.
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The trial for Emmett Cressell Junior is set to begin next month.
He's charged with burning and later beheading Garnett "G-P" Johnson at a summer drinking party.
Witnesses have said race was the motive.
Yesterday morning-- his attorneys asked the judge to limit the number of photographs.
They say many of those photos are gruesome.
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((MARK CLAYTOR/CRESSELL'S ATTORNEY:AS WE SAY IN THE LEGAL PARLANCE, THE PREJUDICIAL VALUE OUTWEIGHS IT'S PROBATIVE VALUE, SO WE DON'T WANT THE JURY UNDULY PREJUDICED AGAINST OUR MAN.))
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Because of immense publicity-- the judge says he expects to call anywhere from 40 to 80 potential jurors.
An April trial date has been set for Cressell's co-defendant-- (Lew-EE) Louis Ceparano.
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8E-Trigon


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TAPE#97-89
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Trigon and Lewis- Gale Medical Center will continue working together-- sort of.
Lewis- Gale officials say it will remain a member of Trigon's Participating Hospital Agreement.
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SUPER=@File;


That is NOT the same as Trigon's Preferred Provider network.
Lewis-Gale and two other hospitals -- Montgomery Regional and Pulaski Community -- will be dropped from that preferred network this Sunday. pre pro
But -- people on the Virginia state payroll will be able to use all three hospitals through June 30th this year. pre pro
And state employees will be able to keep using Montgomery Regional and Pulaski Community until June of 19-99.
After that, all subscribers will have to use Carilion hospitals -- even if they don't live near one.
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((DEL. JIM SHULER/(D)-BLACKSBURG: WHAT I'M CONCERNED WITH IS THE WAY THAT ALL THE HEALTH PLANS ARE SET UP NOW, IT SEEMS ABSURD TO ME THAT CONSTITUENTS NEED TO DRIVE BY ONE HOSPITAL TO BE SERVED BY ANOTHER HOSPITAL. ))
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Shuler and another local lawmaker, Salem's Morgan Griffith have introduced bills to let consumers pick the hospitals where they get treated.
Both bills face a tough road through the General Assembly.

8VA-Jobless


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The job market looks good across the Commonwealth-- and officials credit that with a strong economy.
Virginia's jobless rate dropped to three-point-one percent in December.
That helped give the state its lowest annual unemployment in eight years.
The preliminary average jobless rate for 19-97 was four percent, the lowest since 19-89.
The usual increase in jobs during the holiday season also helped boost the December figure.
Some localities reported December jobless rates as low as one-and-a-half percent or below.
That's almost a labor shortage.

8Robertson


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Two former Regent University professors are suing Pat Robertson.
The religious leader is trying to have the defamation suit dismissed.
Robertson is the founder of the university.
A magistrate already ruled that Robertson can't claim First Amendment free speech protection for a letter in which Robertson compared the professors to suicide cult leader Jim Jones.

85-Halifax-Jailers


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Three Halifax county jailers will NOT face federal charges of abuse.
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Sheriff Jeff Oakes received a letter from the U-S Department of Justice stating the case should be closed.
SUPER=04-File Tape;


Last July, three jailers resigned after female inmates accused them of physical and sexual abuse.
With no federal charges pending, the Commonwealth's Attorney must now decide if any local charges should be filed.
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8weather


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Turning now to the Friday forecast--
Mostly sunny skies, with gusty northwest winds.
Highs in the upper 40s.
Clear and continued breezy tonight, with lows in the upper 20s.
The extended forecast...
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