Police say they've cracked the case of a Pittsylvania County murder.
Danville police arrested Quentin Lamont Stevens yesterday afternoon and charged him with first degree murder.
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Police say he's responsible for the October murder of Delvechio Farmer of Keeling.
Farmer was found shot to death inside a trailer on Route 716 in Blairs on October 21-st.
Two roommates have been arrested in connection with three robberies of local Subway sandwich shop chain.
Roanoke police apprehended 20- year old London Lee Lewis Friday night after he allegedly robbed the Subway restuarant yesterday.
When authorities pulled Lewis over, they found a bag with a large amount 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.
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A 61-year old Roanoke woman ended her life, with the help of Dr. Jack Kevorkian--this according to the Oakland County, Michigan medical examiner's office.
But, one local doctor says it didn't have to end that way for Patricia Graham.
David Johnson reports.
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[SUPER=01-Charles Hite/Carilion Biomedical Ethics Dir.; :22]
[OUT Q=DJ, News 7.]
(( Dr. Jack Kevorkian apparently delivered Patricia Graham's body to the Southern Michigan hospital emergency room. An attached note read she suffered from Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Carilion officials say this incident should serve as a notice that society has to heighten its awareness of alternatives to physician-assisted suicide.
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((CHARLES HITE/CARILION BIOMEDICAL ETHICS DIRECTOR; THAT WE NEED TO DO A BETTER JOB IN TRAINING AND EDUCATING PEOPLE ABOUT PAIN MANAGEMENT. ABOUT HOSPICE CARE, ABOUT COMFORT CARE IN GENERAL. THAT WE NEED TO SUPPORT THESE PEOPLE MORE. AND THAT THERE'S A REAL DANGER IF WE DON'T DO THAT.))
[OUT Q=DO THAT.]
The medical examiner's office noted that Graham died of poisoning by lethal injection.
Hite says the community has to do more to make pain management and comfort care more affordable.
[IN Q=THE DISENFRANCHISED]
((THE DISENFRANCHISED WILL BE THE ONES THAT HAVE PHYSICIAN ASSISTED SUICIDE BECAUSE THEIR LIVES ARE SEEN AS, SOMEHOW, MORE EXPENDABLE OR THERE JUST ISN'T ENOUGH EFFORT MADE TO GIVE THEM ALTERNATIVES.))
Hite says what Kevorkian allegedly did for Graham differs from what most states recognize as a patient's right to refuse treatment, in which the patient basically dies of natural causes.
In either case, such decisions ethically require a long-term doctor-patient relationship and a second medical opinion about the patient's condition.
Hite recommends, at the least, that there should be some standards or guidelines in place to prevent physicians from making independent decisions.
David Johnson, News 7.))
Roanoke was one of four statewide locations where food drives were hosted by the Ferrum College Alumni Association.
The drive was part of the school's Founder's Day celebration.
It's the fifth year in a row the alumni association has given a helping hand to the Southwestern Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank.
And, bragging rights go to the location that brings in the most donations.
[IN Q=THIS YEAR]
((SUZANNE BELL/FERRUM ALUMNA; THIS YEAR WE HAVE A CHALLENGE FROM THE OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA. IF WE COLLECT THE MOST FOOD THIS YEAR, THEN WE GET TO KEEP THE MASCOT FOR A WHOLE YEAR. SO OUR GOAL IS TO COLLECT 700 TO 800 POUNDS OF FOOD TODAY.))
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Lynchburg, Waynesboro and Newport News are the other food collection sites.
Places like the RAM House, Saint Frances House and area churches will also benefit from the donations.
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The Express gets a win at home and some area high school teams advance in state tournament hoop action.
Here's Roy Stanley with the highlights.
Good Morning Roy.
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Children start getting their first teeth when they're still babies and Health Educators suggest taking your child to the dentist between the ages of two and three.
In this weekend's health check Tonya Flory reports oral diseases are among the most prevalent health problems in the United States.
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[SUPER=01-Dr. Jody Hershey/New River District Director; 1:06]
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(( Public Health Departments are spreading the word about good oral hygene.
Dentists say weaning children off bottles is the first step to healthy teeth and gums.
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((DR. LARRY MCCOY/PUBLIC HEALTH DENTIST:THEY'RE GIVEN A LITTLE CUP BECAUSE BABY BOTTLE SYNDROME IS ONE OF THE PROBLEMS THEY SEE WITH YOUNG CHILDREN. THESE ARE CHILDREN THAT COME IN WHEN THEY ARE ABOUT TWO YEARS OLD AND THEIR FOUR FRONT TEETH ARE JUST ROTTED OFF AT THE GUM LINE.))
[OUT Q=at the gum line.]
Children's dental check ups have been improving in recent years, but tooth decay is still one of the biggest childhood diseases.
The major problem with children and oral hygiene is they don't get regular care.
[IN Q=Too often ]
((DR. LARRY MCCOY/PUBLIC HEALTH DENTIST:TOO OFTEN THEY DON'T COME IN FOR CARE UNTIL THEY HAVE A REAL PROBLEM INSTEAD OF COMING IN FOR PREVENTION, THEY JUST COME IN FOR A TOOTHACHE.))
The health department provides free dental care, but that doesn't
people are taking advantage of the service.
[IN Q=Across the United States]
((DR. LARRY MCCOY/PUBLIC HEALTH DENTIST:ACROSS THE UNTIED STATES THERE'S BEEN A DECLINE IN THE LAST THIRTY YEARS WHICH HAS BEEN ATTRIBUTED TO FLUORIDE AND BETTER EDUCATION AND REGULAR CARE.))
[OUT Q=regular care.]
About 90-percent of the public water supplies in Virginia are fluoridated supplying 4 million people at a cost of only about 50 cents per person.
[IN Q=Then in 1997]
((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT DIRECTOR:THEN IN 1997 ANOTHER 30-THOUSAND SCHOOL AGED STUDENTS WHO COME FROM AREAS THAT DON'T HAVE...USE A FLUORIDE RINSE SOLUTION TO SWISH AROUND IN THEIR MOUTH'S ONCE A WEEK. ))
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[IN Q=But there's still]
((DR. LARRY MCCOY/DENTIST:BUT THERE'S STILL POCKETS OF HIGH RATES OF TOOTH DECAY AND WE OFTEN SEE, I THINK WE'RE ONE OF THOSE POCKETS HERE IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA.))
[OUT Q=Southwest Virginia.]
Prevention is still the best protection.
Annually for every dollar they spend on prevention the health department saves 50 dollars in the long run on dental health costs.
Tonya Flory, News 7, Health Check.))
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Here's a look at today's top stories.
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Police made an arrest yesterday in connection with a murder in Pittsylvania County last October.
Quentin Lamont Stevens is charged with first degree murder in the shooting of Delvecchio Farmer of Keeling. Farmer was found shot to death inside a trailer in Blairs.
Two men are in custody in connection with a string of robberies at a Roanoke Subway Sandwich shop.
20-year-old London Lee Lewis allegedly robbed the restaurant yesterday. Police arrested his roommate- 19-year-old Sidney Peter Rives- in connection with a mid-February robbery.
One person died and 40 others were injured when a truck carrying at least 65 illegal Mexican immigrants crashed in the Arizona desert last night.
Authorities say there were at least 65 immigrants in the truck- many fled into the desert after the accident.
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And that's what's making news on this Sunday March 8-th.
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"That's the way it is."
A lot of people still miss hearing those words.
David Seidel takes us back 17-years in this week's Virginia Newsreel.
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[IN Q=Old Anchromen]
((WALTER CRONKITE/MARCH 6, 1981; OLD ANCHORMEN, YOU SEE DON'T FADE AWAY, THEY JUST KEEP COMING BACK FOR MORE. AND THAT'S THE WAY IT IS, FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 1981. I'LL BE AWAY ON ASSIGNMENT. DAN RATHER WILL BE SITTING IN HERE FOR THE NEXT FEW YEARS. GOODNIGHT.))
And so ended nearly 19 years of anchoring the evening news.
Walter Cronkite joined C-B-S news in 1950, when television was in its infancy.
In his 31-years as a corredpondent he covered virtually every major news event.
[IN Q=BEHIND ME YOU]
((BEHIND ME YOU SEE THE COURSE OF THE EXPLORER, THE AMERICAN ANSWER TO THE CHALLENEGE OF THE RUSSIAN SPUTNIK.))
((HERE IS A BULLETIN FROM CBS NEWS. IN DALLAS TEXAS THREE SHOTS WERE FIRED AT PRESIDENT KENNEDY'S MOTORCADE IN DOWNTOWN DALLAS. THE FIRST REPORTS SAY THAT PRESIDENT KENNEDY HAS BEEN SERIOUSLY WOUNDED BY THIS SHOOTING.))
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((IF THE COMMUNISTS INTENTION WAS TO SEIZE THE CITIES, THEY CAME CLOSER HERE AT HUE THAN ANYWHERE ELSE.))
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((MAN ON THE MOON. OH BOY. WHEW. BOY.))
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[IN Q=AT FIRST]
((AT FIRST IT WAS CALLED THE WATERGATE CAPER.))
Cronkite continued to work for C-B-S as a special correspondent, but the torch had been passed to a new generation of television journalists.
That's Virginia News-Reel, I'm David Seidel, News-7.))
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Four Canucks scored to give Vancouver a 5-to-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Canucks did it with plays like this two on one break and Todd Bertuzzi's score.
Darcie Tucker drills the shot for outside but he and the Lightning can't overcome Vancouver.
In Stanford, the 11th ranked Cardinals pushed back a pesky Oregon State team.
On the run the hally-oop doesn't work, but Mark Madsen is there for the put back.
Deaundra Tanner banks the three, but it's not enough and Standford wins it 85-to-77.
Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard (kool-TARD) finished one-two in the Australian Grand Prix.
Hakkinen took the lead with two laps remaining, defending Formula One champuion Jacques Villeneuve was fifth.
In the National Hockey League, winners included the Blackhawks, Penguins, Devils, Canucks and Maple Leafs.
The Roanoke Express get a win at the Round House.
Now here's a look at yesterday's college hoop scores.
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Microsoft's Bill Gates was under fire this week during Senate hearings.
And, you can find out more about Saint Patrick and the day that's named after him by surfing the web.
More in this week's webwatch.
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[SUPER=01-Bill Gates/Microsoft Chairman; :20]
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((Bill Gates said "it was fun". The head of the microsoft empire was grilled by Senators and rivals from Sun and Netscape this week... here's a sample.))
((KOHL; CLEARLY A MONOPOLY, PROBABLY A LEGAL ONE, YET YOU REFUSE TO CONCEED IT.))
((BILL GATES/MICROSOFT CHAIRMAN; I DON'T THINK IT'S A FAIRLY UNUSUAL THING, WHEN YOU REFER A CUSTOMER TO SOMEONE, YOU ASK THEM NOT TO SWITCH THEM TO THE COMPETITORS PRODUCT.))
((SCOTT MCNEALY/SUN MICROSYSTEMS; WHAT WE WANT IS ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAWS THAT ARE ALREADY ON THE BOOKS, AND IN THIS CASE, THE ANTI-TRUST LAWS.))
(( Whatever browser you use, fire it up and head over to the Emerald Isle for St. Patricks day.
At Ireland's Eyes, you can learn more about the country, the holiday, and St. Patrick himself.
If you want the gift of gab, kiss the virtual blarney stone, wipe the screen when your done.
And then head for the kitchen to try some of these traditional irish recipes.
Sports fans with a head for business will love Wallstreet sports. Register and buy pretend shares of your favorite athlete... it's free, and you get a million dollars in fantasy cash to start.
The Wallstreet sports weekly keeps you up to date, as you track the value of your portfolio... top portfolio managers win monthly prizes.
Coupon clippers can become coupon "clickers" at this site... coupon-cafe serves Blacksburg and Charlottesville... use the index to find the business you want, print out the coupons you need and your ready to shop.
To find all these sites, visit the webwatch page on the wdbj website at wdbj7-dot-com.))
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A truck carrying at least 65 illegal Mexican immigrants overturned yesterday killing one and injuring more than 40 others.
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It happened just east of Phoenix, when the driver of the two ton truck had trouble taking a curve.
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((JUANITA WALTERS/TRANSLATOR-ROTC: THEY WERE SAYING THEY DIDN'T KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE IN THE TRUCK. THEY WERE JUST PICKING UP DIFFERENT BUNCHES DURING THE NIGHT. SOME OF THEM, BEFORE THEY PICK THEM UP, WALK ABOUT 12 HOURS.))
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Officials are still searching for an unknown number of immigrants who fled into the desert after the wreck.
A panel of Virginia Military Institute students is urging suspension for two students who allegedly had sexual contact.
That reportedly is the recommendation of the student displinary panel.
A V-M-I upperclassmen found two freshmen having an intimate encounter.
This is the first allegation since the state supported school went co-ed in August.
V-M-I officials have not released a comment.
A majority of local presbyterian officials voted against ordaining homosexual ministers into the church.
Members of the Northminster Presbyterian Church are part of the 144 congregations known as Presbytery of the Peaks. The organization stretches across central and southwestern Virginia.
Gays and lesbians were banned from the ministry last year after a vote by the national Presbyterian Church.
The issue was re-visited by the church's general assembly and another vote is being taken by the group's 172-governing bodies.
It could be May before all of the votes are in nationally.
The WDBJ-7 weather gallery was up and running today as people gathered to celebrate its grand opening.
But, if you weren't able to make it in person we have some highlights for you thanks to photographer Ken Kilinski.
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[SUPER=01-Ken Schutz/Executive Director; :18 QUICK!!]
[SUPER=01-Greg Gruenig/Exhibit Technician; :48 QUICK!!]
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((HI, THIS IS LOCAL NEWS ON CHANNEL 7. ))
((I WAS WONDERING IF THAT WAS HOW YOU DID IT, BUT YOU'RE POINTING SOMEWHERE, BUT YOU'RE NOT POINTING IN THE SAME SPACE.))
((KEN SHUTZ: IT'S BEEN OUTSTANDING...IT'S SO INTERACTIVE, THEY CAN ACTUALLY SEE IT, GET INSIDE THE FUNNEL CLOUDS. THAT EXCITEMENT ACTUALLY STARTS THE LEARNING PROCESS ))
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((IN PERSON IT'S NOT REAL NEAT, -QUESTION- REAL TORNADOS...I'VE SEEN A TWISTER. ))
((GREG GRUENIG: THIS IS THE SECOND INFALLING CLOUD...35 TORNADOS, THE INFALLING CLOUD IS QUITE NEW. ))
((UP HERE, YOU CAN SEE, WE GOT SOME FLOODS IN CALIFORNIA ))
((I THINK THEY'RE ALL PRETTY NEAT, I KIND OF LIKE BLUE SKY MYSELF. IT EXPLAINS TWO THINGS AT ONCE. WHY THE SKY IS BLUE AND WHY THE SUN IS YELLOW...IT'S ALL RIGHT THERE ON THAT TABLETOP. ))
((THE KNOB CONTROLS A SMALL HEATER IN THE WATER TANK. GO TRY THE KNOB ))
((ARE THEY LEARNING THINGS? PROBABLY NOT, THEY ARE JUST EXPERIENCE IT....THEY'LL COME BACK AND TAKE SOME TIME WITH EACH EXHIBIT, THEY WILL LEARN. ))
((DO YOU THINK THE KIDS WILL LEARN THINGS? THE TWO AREN'T MUTUALLY EXLUSIVE...IT GETS THEIR ATTENTION....THE SCIENTIFIC CONCEPTS BEHIND WEATHER. ))
The same kind of deadly chemical weapons found and used in Iraq can also be found here in the U-S.
But are communities prepared to deal with potentially deadly accidents?
That's one of the stories you'll see tonight on 60 minutes.
Here's Steve Kroft with a preview.
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You can see that story and more tonight at Seven on your hometown station.[2-Sports]
[TAPE# morning sports]
As you probably know WDBJ will air the Atlantic Coast Tournament Championship game this afternoon at 12:30.
Roy Stanley shows us how North Carolina and Duke made it to the finals.
Good Morning Roy.
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Years ago, Howard Packett started his career as a newspaper reporter, making 45-dollars a week.
Now, he's stepping down as president of a business that makes nine-point-five MILLION dollars a year.
Scott Goldberg talks to the man who built an advertising empire in this week's Virginia Profile.
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