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Sentencing for the couple convicted of killing their four year old daughter-
And homes come crumbling down in California.
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One batch of rain pulls out, and another is right on its heels.
Show you why tomorrow will be wet in just a moment.[medical-head]
Tonight on Health Check --
By this time of day your children may have already raided the refrigerator for that before dinner snack -- but is what they're snacking on healthy?
News-7 at Five is next.[Video-Open]
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After weeks of silence, the Reverend Jerry Falwell lashes out at anti-abortion protesters in his hometown.
Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
The war of words is on between Reverend Falwell and the supporters of jailed Operation Rescue director Flip Benham.
Steve Smallshaw attended today's dueling press conferences between the two groups.. Steve, what does each have to say?
Jean, Operation Rescue organizers are still upset that Jerry Falwell hasn't supported their series of rallies in Lynchburg over the past week.
Now they're claiming Falwell is in the business of selling child pornography.
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(( The book is called "Age of Innocence", and it depicts what many feel are pornographic images of nude young children.
Two days ago, an Operation Rescue supporter ordered the book through the Liberty University bookstore..
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Liberty says once it learned the content of the book it cancelled the order and returned the money.
Today's protest, Falwell says, is just another publicity stunt on behalf of Flip Benham.
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The other news released today is that Judge Richard Miller says he is willing to let Flip Benham out of jail if he apologizes for the trouble he caused at E.C. Glass last November.
So far, Reverend Benham appears unwilling to do that.. and his supporters continue to make the most of his stay in j
Kenneth and Elizabeth Jessie will each spend 50 years in prison for killing their four-year old daughter.
A Dickensen County judge sentenced the couple today,
after a jury convicted them of second-degree murder and child abuse.
The couple's daughter, Annie Leftwich, died when she was gagged and forced to lie on a urine-soaked mattress last spring.
After Annie died, the General Assembly passed a law that makes it a capital crime to torture a child to death.
A toxicologist will be allowed to assist Louis Ceparano's attorneys as they lay the groundwork for their defense.
Ceparano is charged with capital murder in the death of Garnett "G-P" Johnson.
The former marine was burned alive and later decapitated after a night of heavy drinking in Grayson County.
Defense attorneys want to prove their client was too drunk to know what he was doing when Johnson was killed-- which is one of the elements needed to prove capital murder.
Judge Colin Campbell granted the defense request, this week.[5-Grayson-Murder]
Emmett Cressell, Junior's trial date in Grayson County still stands.
Cressell is the other suspect accused of taking part in "G-P" Johnson's murder, last summer.
Today, by phone, his attorneys asked a judge to delay next week's jury trial.
The attorneys are concerned some of their client's confidential legal mail may have been read during a recent search of Cressell's jail cell.
Sheriff officials deny the allegation-- saying they were only looking for marijuana.
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His final words were "Get the ride started. I'm ready to go."
And with that, Douglas Buchanan Junior was put to death by lethal injection at the Greensville Correctional Center.
He spent ten years on death row for murdering his father, step- mother, and two step- brothers at their Amherst County home.
Buchanan's lawyer took his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, but there was no last-minute reprieve.
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((TAMMY BROWN/OPERATIONS OFFICER: IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ORDER FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT OF AMHERST COUNTY, THE EXECUTION OF DOUGLAS MACARTHUR BUCHANAN HAS BEEN CARRIED OUT IN THE MANNER PRESCRIBED BY THE LAWS OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA.))
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There are now 46 inmates on death row in Virginia. The next execution is scheduled for next week.[5-Fairfield-Fir
Residents in Fairfield say they no longer support the local volunteer fire department because one of its members has been convicted of a crime-- arson.
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Stacey Martin is in the newsroom with more.
That's right Jean.
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Last December Matt Wilmer was convicted of setting fire to the Sterrett family barn in Fairfield and placed under probation.
But, he didn't lose his position as a junior volunteer firefighter with the Fairfield Fire Department.
And, many people believe that's because his father is the chief.
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Matt Wilmer was one of two suspects believed to have set, some of the 26 suspicious fires that broke out in the Fairfield area from February to August of last year.
But, Matt was only convicted of one fire--the one that destroyed the Sterrett Family barn.
The Rockbridge County Sheriff's Department say they're still investigating the others but need more people to come forward.
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((SHERIFF BOB DAY/ROCKBRIDGE CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.:I CERTAINLY FEEL THAT THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE WHO HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF SOME OF THESE FIRES AND I DO FEEL THAT EVENTUALLY SOMEONE WILL COME FORWARD AND WE'LL BE ABLE TO PICK UP AND CONTINUE WITH THE INVESTIGATION WHICH WILL LEAD TO OTHER CHARGES PLACED.))
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Although Stephen Wilmer is the fire chief--he says the decision to keep his son on the squad was made by other members of the department.
And, he's standing by them.
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Jean, tonight on News 7 at Six we'll have a full report on this story and a response from Fire Chief Stephen Wilmer.
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Fumes force the evacuation of a Nelson County school.
That story is still ahead on News-7 at Five.
And school safety is on the mind of President Clinton-- that may mean more money for local schools.
On Health Check, everyone likes a snack now and then.
Coming up, we'll have some ideas of how to keep them healthy.
It's all still ahead on News-7 at Five.
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Fumes sent twelve Nelson County students to medical centers-- and shut down school today.
Students and staff at Nelson Middle School complained of nausea, as well as burning eyes and throats.
Superintendent Ernest Worley says an emergency services team and Chesapeake Industrial Services inspected the building and found nothing wrong.
He says smoke from a nearby chimney may have caused the reactions.
Nelson Middle School will re-open tomorrow.
In the meantime the superintendent says at least six of the twelve students who needed medical attention have retur
Parents should not be afraid to send their children to school-
With that in mind, President Clinton is proposing ways to make schools safer.
He's announcing 17 and a-half million dollars for safety projects in schools.
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The President says one in ten schools reported violent crime just last year- including fights rapes and robberies.
The President says classrooms must be fixed up. He's also proposed hiring more teachers- saying smaller class size is a good way to raise the standards of discipline.
A crumbling hillside in California gave way this morning-
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forcing two homes down a hill and crash into a condominium.
No one was injured but for the people who live in these homes it was a nightmare come true.
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Several other evacuated dwellings are at risk and could fall at any time.
Residents say the hillside has been slipping for years- and el Nino-driven storms have sped up the movement.
Where can you go when you're looking for a place to live?
Patrick Evans says just like the song, you can go-- Downtown.
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Roanoke is known for many things, but an abundance of downtown living space is NOT one of them, but all that is changing.
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Today Patrick Evans previews a big soiree (swore-AY) designed to show-off elegant living spaces in the heart of Roanoke Historic Downtown, and tells us more about tours available this weekend.
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The E-C Glass football team HAD a new coach, now they're back to square one.
Mike Stevens will have more in the Two-Minute Ticker.
Health educators say it's perfectly OK for childern to eat between meals, but most are reaching for the wrong type of snacks.
In tonight's health check report we'll show you how can you get your kids to choose fruit and vegetables over potato chips and cookies.
Good afternoon I'm Keith Humphry here's one of the stories were working on for News 7 at Six.
For most of this week, the weather has looked like this.
It's been raining -- even snowing.
Nobody likes it.
But people building new homes hate bad weather more than anyone.
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Weather aside, there's been a huge demand for new homes.
We'll talk to contractors.
And we'll hear how business is booming at companies that sell supplies to home builders.
That story in about 40 minutes.
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A new review in the journal Pediatrics shows the vast majority of children are not meeting federal guidelines for a healthy diet.
In fact researchers discovered that only one percent of children met all recommendations -- and 16-percent did NOT meet any.
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Tonya Flory joins us for tonight's health check report from Harris Teeter where we're talking about how to make those after school snack attacks good for you... Tonya.
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Welcome everybody to the Thursday afternoon ticker that begins with a bizarre high school football note from Lynchburg.
The E.C. Glass high school football program lost a number of games due an ineligible player last season. The team also lost its head coach,Bo Henson, back in the Fall.
Now just two days after a new coach was named - he too is gone.
In a shocking move this afternoon, Lynchburg city school superintendent Jim McCormack announced that the appointment of Berry had been rescinded.
McCormack says new unspecified information concerning Berry was brought to his attention at 12:35 this afternoon. 2
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Berry will continue teaching math for the time being at Glass, but he willnot be allowed to serve as a coach of any kind.
The Road to the Final Four resumes tonight right here on Your Hometown station as the NCAA tournament begins the first of two night's of regional semi-finals.
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The first game you'll be able to catch tonight is the North Carolina and Michigan State battle from Greensboro. That one will tip off around 7:39.
Then after that game you'll get to see the end of the West Virginia-Utah west regional encounter.
And then the late game tonight features defending national champ Arizona and giant killer Maryland.
The Terrapins say they fear no one, including Arizona's all-american backcourt.
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Friday night we'll be right back here with more NCAA regional semi-final action for you as Duke plays Syracuse and Kentucky tangles with UCLA.
Coming up at six tonight we'll hear from Gale Catlett and Rick Majerus and West Virginia prepares to take on Utah tonight.
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Plus, Roy Stanley will have the latest on the Division Three basketball final four that is taking place in Salem this weekend.
Both teams arrived in town today to break a little bread before breaking bad on each other.
Hope to see you at six for that story and more.
Have a safe night everybody.
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It's a bankcard, a credit card, and an entire medical chart all in one.
And it fits into your wallet.
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The Smart-Card is the latest in credit technology.
It has a computer chip embedded inside.
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((KIT LETCHWORTH/3G INTERNATIONAL; WE TAKE A COMPUTER, PUT IT INSIDE OF A CREDIT CARD THEN WE USE THAT TO ENABLE ALL KINDS OF THINGS WE DO EVERYDAY.))
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The eight-K chip inside the card is more powerful than the computers astronauts took to the moon.
Smart cards are already used for military security, employee I-D's and medical records for the British Army.
That's does it for News-7 at Five.
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Don't forget about the area's only local weekend morning newscast.
Join Denise Allen and Andrew Freiden for News-7 Saturday Morning and News-7 Sunday Morning.
That's this weekend at eight
Hope to see you back here at Six.(-------------)