Next on News 7 at Six, a relative of Patricia Graham says the Roanoke woman needed help from a psychiatrist, NOT Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
And a key figure in the Whitewater investigation dies in prison.
In sports, North Carolina beats Duke to claim the A-C-C tournament title rain postponed today's Primestar 500 at Atlanta.
And Virginia Tech's Lady Hokies are in the N-C-A-A in Bonnie Henrickson's first year as the head coach.
A Quick moving storm promises to change our weather in a hurry.
Tomorrow afternoon, temperatures start to take a dive.
Forecast details ahead.
A key figure in the infamous Whitewater deal is dead.
58-year-old James McDougal died in a Texas prison today.
McDougal was President Clinton's partner in the failed Arkansas land deal. He was convicted of fraud and conspiracy, and was serving a three year sentence.
He had been cooperating with prosecutors investigating the deal.
McDougal had a variety of health problems, including heart disease.
The President said that he was sorry to hear of McDougal's death; that he had good memories of their years together in Arkansas.
McDougal's ex-wife Susan is currently in prison for refusing to cooperate with Whitewater investigators.
Authorities have finally arrested a suspect in a Pittsylvania County murder case.
Police in Danville arrested Quentin Lamont Stevens yesterday.
He's charged with first degree murder.
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Police say he's responsible for the murder of Delvechio Farmer of Keeling.
Farmer was found shot to death inside a trailer on Route 7-16 in Blairs on October 21-st.
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The attorney for one of two white men accused of burning and beheading a black man in Grayson County, will be in court tomorrow.
James Turk is defending Louis Ceprano and is asking for more time to prepare for the case.
As it stands now, Ceperano's trial will begin right after that of Emmett Cressell, the second defendant, who goes on trial March 23rd.
Both men face first-degree murder charges in the case and are accused of killing G.P Johnson after an all-night party last July.
Circuit Judge J. Colin Campbell will hear arguments for the delay tomorrow.
Two arrests have been made in connection with three robberies at local Subway Sandwich shops.
Roanoke police apprehended 20- year old London Lee Lewis Friday night after he allegedly robbed a Subway restuarant yesterday.
When authorities pulled Lewis over, they found a bag with a lot of money inside, along with a handgun, a knife, a body armor vest and other items.
Lewis was charged with robbery.
19-year old Sidney Peter Rivas was later arrested and charged with robbery in connection with a mid-February Subway robbery.
Rivas is being held without bond. Lewis' bond has been set at 30-thousand dollars.
A fire in Catawba around 6:30 this morning left a home heavily damaged.
Roanoke County firefighters responded to the blaze at 654 Newport Road before seven this morning.
Battallion Chief Joey Stump says the cause of the fire has not been determined but it appears to have started in the upstairs bedroom.
Stump says the family was out of town and there were no injuries reported.
There are no estimates of how much damage was done.
The cause of the blaze is being investigated.
A relative of a Roanoke woman who died Friday from a lethal injection apparently at the hands of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, says he has to be stopped.
Kevorkian supposeduly helped Patricia Ann Blount Graham end her life and left the 61-year old's body at the Southfield Michigan Hospital.
One of Graham's family members says Graham needed pyschiatric assistance, not a needle.
The woman who earlier today spoke with NEWS-7 asked not to be identified, but said Kevorkian acted without knowing what was really wrong with his patient.
But, a local medical malpractice attorney says Kevorkian could not be prosecuted under current Virginia law.
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((DALE BURRUS/FLIPPIN, DENSMORE, MORSE, RUTHERFORD AND JESSEE; IT HAS BEEN SPECIFICALLY EXCLUDED FROM STATUTES THAT DISCUSS ADVANCED DIRECTIVES SO THAT THERE IS NO IMMUNITY FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS WHO DO ASSIST IN SUICIDE.))
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The state's House of Representatives passed a bill which allows for a civil penalty against a physician involved in assisted suicide.
A first offense would be punishable by a 10-thousand dollar fine, the second offense, a 100-thousand fine.
The State Senate will consider passing the measure during the 19-99 General Assembly session.
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When the news continues Roy Stanley will be here with sports highlights and Andrew Freiden will have your extended weather forecast--coming up when the news continues.
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The company that brought us the Static Duster decides not to stick around.
And, a deal with Holdren's might not be as good as it sounds.
Scott Goldberg has those stories and more in this week's News-7 Business Review.
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((The company that brought the likes of the home electrolysis kit and the "Static Duster" into your living room is leaving town.
Telebrands is closing its Salem warehouse, putting 63 full-time employees and nearly 200 part-timers out of work.
Attorney General Mark Earley announced a one-point-seven million dollar judgment this week against Holdren's Incorporated.
The money is supposed to go to customers who bought warranties that were never honored.
But Holdren's is bankrupt, and can afford to pay only 100-thousand dollars of the judgment.
In Radford, Kollmorgen Motion Technologies broke ground on a new customer service center.
The industrial drive and motor maker expects the center to employ about 20-people.
It was a booming first quarter of 19-98 for Roanoke Electric Steel.
The company announced net earnings are up nearly 65-percent over last year.
Think El Nino's a bad thing?
Not if you're a Roanoke landscaper.
Thanks to a mild winter and El Nino-driven rain storms, landscapers have watched their spring business bloom about a month earlier than normal.
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On Wall Street, the markets were up, despite warnings of low profits in the technology sector.
That's this week's News-7 Business Review, I'm Scott Goldberg.))
A Roanoke church delegation is headed for the Sudan in Africa to defend fellow Christians.
The country is in the middle of a civil war that the group says has led to the enslavement and persecution of Christians who don't renounce their faith.
David Johnson explains.
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There's a North Islamic regime, which began a holy civil war with parts of Southern Sudan in 1984.
The internal conflict continues and has escalated over the past two years.
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Eight members of Roanoke County's "CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT" will soon be just 40-miles from the front line of the battle.
They won't be engaging in the fighting but rather videotaping the atrocities, and making them public upon their return-- hoping it will lead to an end of the suffering.
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((QUIG LAWRENCE/PASTOR; JUST REALIZING THAT WE HAVE CHRISTIAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS EVEN IN OUR COMPANION DIOCESE IN THE SUDAN THAT ARE BEING KILLED, TORTURED, WOMEN BEING RAPED, CHILDREN PUT INTO SLAVERY. AND BASICALLY WE'RE DOING NOTHING. I THINK IT'S TIME THE CHURCH STAND THE GAP AND DO SOMETHING.))
The group's manner is light-hearted because their faith is what is leading them on this journey.
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((SO WHILE THERE ARE THREATS, I THINK ALL OF US FEEL THAT GOD'S CALLED US TO BE THERE. THAT HIS PROTECTION WILL SURROUND US. I DON'T ANTICIPATE ANY PROBLEMS AT ALL.))
((FRAN DICKERSON; I JUST KNOW THAT GOD IS GOING TO USE ME TO BE ABLE TO BRING BACK THE SPIRITS OF THESE CHILDREN AND THE WOMEN. TO BE ABLE TO BRING IT BACK TO THE ROANOKE CHURCHES NOT JUST TO OUR CHURCH, BUT THE WHOLE VALLEY, ABOUT WHERE THE NEEDS OF THESE PEOPLE ARE.))
((ZAC LINEBERRY; THE DOOR IS THERE, IT'S OPEN FOR US. WE HAVE THE MEANS TO WALK THROUGH IT. IT'S WHAT WE'RE DOING.))
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((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; THE DELEGATION LEAVES FOR THE THIRD WORLD COUNTRY MARCH 10TH. THEY PLAN TO RETURN MARCH 21ST WITH DOCUMENTED EVIDENCE OF THE RELIGIOUS CIVIL WAR AND THE NEED TO PUT AN END TO IT. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7.))
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North Carolina is the A-C-C tournament champion.
Antawn Jamison scored a game high 22 points as the Tar Heels beat top ranked Duke 83 to 68.
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Mike Krzyzewski talking to the referees during the first half.
Jamison established his game early in the half he scores this jumper to tie the game at 13 to 13.
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Kentucky claimed its sixth S-E-C championship in the past seven years with an easy 86 to 56 win over South
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Wildcat Coach Tubby Smith working the sideline.
The Gamecocks keep it outside B.J. McKie hits the jumper for three of his 12 points in the game.
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Michigan beat Purdue 76 to 67 to win the Big 10 tournament championship and Kansas downed Oklahoma 72 to 58.
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In just a few minutes the bracket for this year's NCAA men's basketball championship will be revealed right here on Your Hometown Station during the CBS sports selection show.
Most folks in the area are anxious to see where the Radford Highlanders will end up playing their first ever tournament game.
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The selection show begins tonight at 6:30 right here on WDBJ.
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