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A relative of a Roanoke woman who died Friday from a lethal injection says Dr. Kevorkian must be stopped. The doctor apparently helped the woman commit suicide.
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Kevorkian supposedly 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 spoke with NEWS-7 asked not to be identified.
State lawmakers voted last year to ban assisted suicide in Virginia.
They wrote into the bill a clause that forces them to vote again this year.
However, Kevorkian would not be subject to Virginia law because the incident did not take place in the Commonwealth.
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The state's House of Delegates passed a bill which allows for civil penalties against a physician involved in assisted suicide. The State Senate will consider passing the measure during the 19-99 General Assembly session.

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The lawyer for a man accused of his part in the burning and beheading of a man in Grayson County is going to court today.
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James Turk is defending Louis Ceprano, one of two men accused of killing the burning and beheading of G.P. Garnett.


Turk 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 Garnett "G.P" Johnson after an all-night party last July.
Circuit Judge J. Colin Campbell will hear arguments for the delay today.
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[7Annie's-Law]


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A law designed to severely punish those who murder children by torture makes its way to the Senate floor for a vote.

The so-called ``Annie's Law'' was proposed by Delegate Bud Phillips.
The measure was first killed yesterday by the Courts of Justice Committee but later revived after being amended.
The bill makes it a capital crime for an adult to kill a child under age 18.
But it leaves up to juries whether to sentence someone to death or life in prison for the torture slaying of a child.
The bill is named for four-year-old Annie Leftwich, whose mother and stepfather were convicted of second-degree murder late last year in her torture killing in southwest Virginia.

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A state task force takes on the issue of college drinking today in Richmond.
The task force was set up last year after a string of fatalities involving college students who had been drinking.
One Virginia Tech student fell out of her dorm window and a University of Virginia student died after falling down a flight of stairs.
Today's meeting marks the first for the task force.

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Turning to your Monday forecast, rain and wind are in the forecast for today.
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The so-called suicide doctor has assisted a Roanoke woman to die.
But psychiatric help could have saved her life.
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That's what the family of Patricia Ann Blount Graham is saying after Dr. Jack Kevorkian apparently helped the Roanoke woman kill herself.
Kevorkian allegedly left the 61-year old's body at the Southfield Michigan Hospital. The relative who spoke with NEWS-7 asked not to be identified.
State lawmakers voted last year to ban assisted suicide in Virginia.
They wrote into the bill a clause that forces them to vote again this year.
However, Kevorkian would not be subject to Virginia law because the incident did not take place in the Commonwealth.
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The state's House of Delegates passed a bill which allows for civil penalties against a physician involved in assisted suicide. The State Senate will consider passing the measure during the 19-99 General Assembly session.

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Some members of a Roanoke county church congregation are heading on a mission to the Sudan in Africa.
The nation is divided over religious freedom for Christians.
Some of the faithful there have been persecuted for NOT renouncing their faith.
David Johnson has the story.
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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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((DAVID FULLER/DELEGATION LEADER; THEIR PURPOSE IS TO CONVERT CHRISTIANS. SO CHRISTIANS HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONVERT OR TO BE KILLED.)) [RUNS:07]
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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.)) [RUNS:19]
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((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.)) [RUNS:32]
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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.)) [RUNS:11]
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Shifting gears to weather--
It's going to look like a monday, with a chance of rain and windy conditions.
Highs today will be warm, though, near 60.
Turning partly cloudy tonight, with lows in the 30s.
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The death of a Roanoke woman in Michigan Friday has sparked more debate about so-called "suicide doctor" Jack Kevorkian.
A local medical malpratice attorney says there's currently no Virginia law with which to prosecute health care providers who assist in patient suicide.
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Dale Burrus(Burr-Us) says such actions have been specifically excluded from statutes which speak to advanced directives.
Burrus says without them, there is no immunity for physicians who do assist in suicide.
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((DALE BURRUS/FLIPPIN, DENSMORE, MORSE, RUTHERFORD, AND JESSEE; FROM A CRIMINAL PRESPECTIVE IT WOULD BE EVALUATED AND EVALUATED UNDER THE EXISTING CRIMINAL LAWS.))
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Jack Kevorkian allegedly helped a Roanoke woman end her life on Friday.
The medical examiner's office in Oakland County, Michigan says Kevorkian apparently left Patricia Ann Blount Graham at the Southfield Michagan hospital.
Graham apparently died of poison by lethal injection.
One of her family members said Graham was in need of psychiatric assistance, not a needle.
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There's new life this morning for "Annie's Law"... a proposed bill that could make it a capital crime in Virginia for an adult to kill a child.
"Annie's Law" was killed yesterday by the Courts of Justice Committee... But the proposal was revived after an amendment.
The measure heads to the Senate floor today for a vote.
The bill is named for four- year- old Annie Leftwich, whose mother and step-father were convicted in her torture and murder last year.

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A state task force will begin studying the issue of college drinking today in Richmond.
The task force was set up last year after a string of fatalities involving college students who had been drinking.
One Virginia Tech student fell out of her dorm window and a University of Virginia student died after falling down a flight of stairs.
Today's meeting marks the first for the task force.

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A small church group is heading to the Sudan in Africa in support of fellow Christians there who are being persecuted and killed for refusing to denounce their faith. The eight church members say they are following their religious calling.
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The delegation fron the "CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT" will be about 40-miles from where the worst of the fighting is taking place.
The group has no plans to engage in the battle, but instead to document the atrocities and make them public upon their return.
One member says the reason for going is similar to the Titanic's situation in which all but one life boat was full.
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((CHARLIE TULL; THE PEOPLE OF WEALTH WERE LEAVING WITH PARTIALLY FILLED BOATS WITH PEOPLE SCREAMING TO BE SAVED. I SORT OF LIKEN THAT BACK TO MYSELF. I REALLY FEEL I'M BEING CALLED OUT OF MY COMFORT AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT GOD WILL DO WITH IT, BUT I KNOW HE HAS CALLED.))
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A norhtern Islamic regime has continued the holy war against parts of the South Sudan for the past 14-years.
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Virginia's new learning standards will be graded this week as public school students begin taking a series of tests to measure their knowledge of the new standards.
A decade from now, 70 percent of a school's students must pass the tests for a school to remain accredited.


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Time now to find out what the forecasts holds on this Monday--
Lingering clouds today, with a chance of rain.
The winds will be up, too.
Expect temperatures to warm into the upper 50s.
Skies will become partly cloudy overnight, with lows cooling into the 30s.
Looking ahead at the four-day forecast..
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