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Attorneys for Louis Ceparano said they needed more time to prepare for their client's capital murder trial -- and yesterday they got it.
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But the lawyers representing Ceparano, who's charged with burning and beheading a black man, are still waiting to hear a judge's reply to another request.
Ceparano's lawyers want the court to appoint a toxicologist who would serve as an expert defense witness.
Ceparano is one of two men accused of killing Garnett "G.P." Johnson after a night of drinking last summer.
Ceparano's lawyers said he was too drunk to premeditate a murder the night Johnson was killed.
Being drunk is NOT a defense for murder.
But expert testimony might help Ceparano's lawyers get charges reduced to second degree murder.
The judge did not say when he'll decide if the expert can testify.
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A new group called Virginia's Task Force on Drinking by College Students began eyeing the problem of college drinking yesterday.
Attorney General Mark Earley says Virginia will NOT consider lowering its drinking age to take away the allure to teens.
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But four groups of the task force started work on other priorities.
They heard from the father of a Radford sophomore.
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His son was killed in a drunk driving accident last Halloween.
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((COL. JEFFREY LEVY: NOW YOU HEAR STORIES THAT THE SOLE PURPOSE IS JUST TO GO GET DRUNK. YOU JUST START-- GETTING FUN EQUATES TO GETTING DRUNK. PARTYING EQUATES TO GETTING DRUNK. NOT DRINKING OR NOT JUST HAVING A DRINK. STARTING OUT WITH THE SOLE GOAL OF JUST GETTING COMPLETELY DRUNK. THAT'S UNACCEPTABLE.))
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Colonel Levy (LEH-vee) says he'd like to see the task force order school punishment the first time a student can be proven to be legally drunk on campus.
The second time, he'd push for a suspension.

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Two sides have finally come together in Richmond.
The House of Delegates Finance Committee has finally approved a plan for a car tax cut AND grants and bonds for school construction and repair.
Last night, the evenly split committee that has deadlocked on the tax cut question for weeks unanimously okayed the deal.
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It would provide money for a slower phase-in of Governor Jim Gilmore's car tax cut.
For instance, the compromise with Democrats scales car tax relief down from 15-percent of the car's value in the first year to 12 and a half percent.
But a House Republican revision to Gilmore's plan: owners of cars under one thousand dollars in value would pay NO tax at all.
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The plan also calls for about 375-million dollars in bonds and direct grants to localities to help with school construction and repair.

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The local chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is calling for an investigation, following a high school basketball game in which some fans used racial slurrs.
Joe Dashiell reports.
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((The William Fleming and Cave Spring basketball teams met on February 20th, in the championship game of the Roanoke Valley District Tournament.
At one end of the floor, the SCLC says, was a group of Cave Spring fans who taunted Fleming players with racial taunts and at least one offensive sign.
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((DIANE WADE/WILLIAM FLEMING PARENT: IF THEY STOP IT NOW, THEY WOULDN'T HAVE THESE PROBLEMS WITH THE ARGUMENTS, THE FIGHTS, THE CARRYING ON. IF THEY STOP IT. IF WE WORK TOGETHER AS A GROUP, WE WOULDN'T HAVE THESE PROBLEMS.))
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Cave Spring principal Martha Cobble says she was unaware of the problem during the game... But since then she has investigated, disciplined students and written an apology to the Fleming community.
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((MARTHA COBBLE/CAVE SPRING PRINCIPAL: THE INFORMATION WAS BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION AT THE END OF THE GAME BY THREE TEACHERS WHO WERE CONCERNED. I SHARED WITH THEM THAT I WISH THEY HAD BROUGHT IT TO MY ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY, BECAUSE I COULD HAVE TAKEN IMMEDIATE ACTION.))
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Meanwhile the SCLC is calling for full review of the incident by the Roanoke Valley District, the Virginia High School League and the Roanoke County School System.

Joe Dashiell News 7))[455-Emergency-Landing]


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In Lynchburg, a small plane landed safely following some tense moments in the sky.
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This A-60 Aerostar was passing over Lynchburg at about noon yesterday when its left engine failed.
The pilot shut it down and was able to land the aircraft safely.
Officials say the plane just had an oil change but the caps were not properly secured, and that allowed the oil to drain from the engine.
No one on board was injured.
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Rocky Mount wants to make a deal with Franklin County.
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Rocky Mount says it will build much needed sewer lines along Route 40 East in the county, but only if it can then annex the surrounding land.
That way, the town would share in the tax revenue if big businesses moved in.
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((POSEY DILLON/TOWN COUNCIL: THERE HAS BEEN SEVERAL BUSINESSES ... CAN'T POSSIBLY LOCATE THERE.))
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The town says the lines would pay for themselves with sewer revenue -- and then, if all goes well, the two parties could extend the deal to other parts of the county.
The county still must accept the town's offer.

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Plans to expand could me a higher tuition for the state's Governor's School.
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The governor's school says it needs more for laboratories and students.
But to pay for the 2 point 8 million dollar expansion, it would charge eleven hundred dollars more per student.
Current tuition is about three thousand dollars a year.
Seven school boards must agree to pay the extra tuition before construction can start.
The school offers an advanced high school curriculum in math, science and technology.
Each student's school system pays his or her tuition.
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Cold, blustery, and variably cloudy today.
Scattered snow showers are likely for the higher elevations.
Highs in the mid 30s.
A Freeze warning will be in effect tonight, with lows in the teens and 20s across the viewing area.
Taking a look ahead...
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Giving out Flintstone's Vitamins to classmates is considered the same as distributing drugs in Pulaski County.
The four suspended Snowville Elementary students will have the incident on their records.
Pulaski County superintendent
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Bill Asbury says the mark will specify the incident involved vitamins to prevent anyone from thinking the violation involved something more serious.
The school system's drug policy does NOT mention vitamins-- but Asbury says officials consider Flintstone's an over the counter medication-- which students are prohibited from possessing.
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((BILL ASBURY/PULASKI CO. SUPERINTENDENT:WHAT IS THE RECOMMENDED DOSAGE FOR CHILDREN THAT AGE, FLINTSTONE'S VITAMINS, OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL THEM-- ONE TABLET A DAY, NOT TEN, NOT FIVE, ONE. THIS ENTIRE BOTTLE WAS EMPTY. ))
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Nine-year old Scott Boyd was one of the students suspended for accepting the vitamins.
Before the incident-- he had perfect attendance.
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((SCOTT BOYD/STUDENT:EVEN IF I WAS SICK SHE SENT ME TO SCHOOL AND THEN LATER ON IF I GOT TOO SICK SHE'D COME GET ME AT LEAST I'D GOT THERE. DONALD BOYD, JR./SCOTT'S FATHER:THEY SHOULD'VE CALLED ALL THE PARENTS TOGETHER, HAD A MEETING WITH PARENTS AND STUDENTS AND WORKED IT OUT AND I'M NOT SAYING HE SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN PUNISHED, HE'S BEEN PUNISHED I'D IMAGINE, IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE, BUT I THINK IT WAS JUST TOO HARSH.))
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Donald Boyd says he's considering hiring an attorney in an attempt to clear his son's record.

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A lower drinking age is NOT in the cards for Virginia's young people--
That's the word from Attorney General Mark Earley to the task force created to reduce underage drinking on college campuses.
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But four groups of the task force started work on other priorities.
They heard from the father of a Radford sophomore.
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His son was killed in a drunk driving accident last Halloween.
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((COL. JEFFREY LEVY: NOW YOU HEAR STORIES THAT THE SOLE PURPOSE IS JUST TO GO GET DRUNK. YOU JUST START-- GETTING FUN EQUATES TO GETTING DRUNK. PARTYING EQUATES TO GETTING DRUNK. NOT DRINKING OR NOT JUST HAVING A DRINK. STARTING OUT WITH THE SOLE GOAL OF JUST GETTING COMPLETELY DRUNK. THAT'S UNACCEPTABLE.))
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Colonel Levy (LEH-vee) says he'd like to see the task force order school punishment the first time a student can be proven to be legally drunk on campus.
The second time, he'd push for a suspension.

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Alleged sexual misconduct could put a former Halifax County jailer on the INSIDE of a cell.
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Jonathan Majors was indicted yesterday on two counts of oral sodomy.
Last year, two female prisoners accused Majors and two other jailers of sexual misconduct.
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All three men were fired, but there was only enough evidence to indict Majors.
He is expected to turn himself into authorities and faces a maximum penalty of ten years in jail.

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The grand jury could hear the case of a Bedford County man charged with manufacturing marijuana.
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Authorities raided 23- year- old Anthony Gordon Ray's home in Forest last October.
That's where they found an elaborate marijuana growing operation, complete with water tanks and special lights.
87 plants were seized in the raid, each worth an estimated one thousand dollars.
Police believe most of the pot was being sold in Blacksburg.
Ray remains free on bond.
A grand jury could indict him next month.
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Scattered flurries and snow showers are falling across the higher elevations.
Cold and blustery for most of the area, with highs today only in the mid 30s.
Bitter cold temperatures tonight, with a freeze warning in effect.
Lows in the teens and 20s.
The four day forecast is calling for continued chilly nighttime temperatures...
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