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[7MONT.CO-MURDER]


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A man was found dead in the Mossy Springs section of Montgomery County yesterday morning. He had been shot several times.
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Sources believe the man was shot then dumped on this rarely traveled road.
John Tilki (TILL-key) noticed the body as he was driving along Mossy Springs Road around 11:45.
He called 9-1-1, then returned to administer C-P-R, but the man was already dead.
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((JOHN TILKI: HE WAS LAYING FACE UP ON THE GROUND AND HIS SHIRT WAS EXPOSED, MOST OF HIS STOMACH WAS EXPOSED.))
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Tilki says the man had blood on his chest and face.
Investigators say the man is 36 years old.
His name is not being released at this time.
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[7Operation-Rescue]


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The weeklong abortion protest in Lynchburg is over, but one local preacher is vowing to continue the fight.
Tina Tenret has more.
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[SUPER=04-November, 1997; :21]
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[SUPER=01-Jeff White/Operation Rescue; :47]
[SUPER=01-Richard Knodel/Pastor; 1:05]
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[OUT Q=Tina Tenret, News7, Lynchburg]


((About 30 people huddled in the cold to pray for Reverend Flip Benham's release from the Lynchburg city jail.
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[NAT SOT 10:10:12]
[IN Q=We pray in our appeals]

((WE PRAY IN OUR APPEALS PROCESS THAT THERE WOULD COME A DAY -- YES LORD -- WEHN THE PURVEYORS OF INEQUITY HERE IN LYNCHBURG VIRGINIA -- YES LORD -- WOULD BE EXPOSED -- YES LORD -- AND OVERTURNED. YES LORD.)) [RUNS :14]
[OUT Q=YES LORD]


The national leader of Operation Rescue was convicted about a month ago for trespassing at E.C. Glass High School.

But protesters say city leaders objected to Benham's anti-abortion message and THAT'S why they sentenced him to six months in jail. [take su]
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[SOT 10:08:27]
[IN Q=Three of these people]

((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: THREE OF THESE PEOPLE TRAVELLED ALL THE WAY FROM CALIFORNIA TO PROTEST FLIP BENHAM'S IMPRISONMENT.
THEY SAY IN THE PAST THREE WEEKS THEY HAVE SPENT 10-THOUSAND-DOLLARS. BUT THEY SAY, DESPITE SOME SETBACKS, IT'S BEEN WORTH IT.))
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[IN Q=By and large]

((JEFF WHITE/OPERATION RESCUE:BY AND LARGE THE CITY OF LYNCHBURG HAS NOT COME TO OUR AID, HAS NOT COME TO REVEREND FLIP BENHAM'S AID BUT WE ARE HAPPY BECAUSE WE STOOD.)) [RUNS 10]
[OUT Q=BECAUSE WE STOOD]


Benham's wife has also attended the rallies.
For other local ministers -- knowing Flip Benham is in jail seems to be a wake-up call.
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((RICHARD KNODEL/PASTOR: HERE I WAS A MODERN, QUOTE, PROPHET AND I HAD NEVER EVEN COME CLOSE TO GETTING ARRESTED. I ASKED MYSELF WHY AND THE ANSWER CAME BACK PRETTY QUICKLY THAT I HAD NOT BEEN VERY AGGRESSIVE. I HAD NOT BEEN PRESSING AGAINST THE GATES OF HELL.)) [RUNS 15]
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The Presbyterian says this week he will start preaching in the streets, hitting first the topic of immorality in Lynchburg schools.
Tina Tenret News7, Lynchburg.))






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A spring-like day is in store for your Monday but clouds are on the move late in the day with snow showers possible...

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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 3/24/98
Tuesday:

[SUPER=130-13/Shawn Hawkins/Roanoke;]



[SUPER=130-1/Ashley Weaver/Rocky Mount;]



[SUPER=130-9/Cory Burton/Christiansburg;]



[SUPER=130-51/Jim Brennan/Floyd;]



[SUPER=130-15/Chad Fisher/Roanoke;]



[SUPER=130-1/Tyler Dalton/Pulaski;]



[SUPER=130-3/Imani Carter/Pulaski;]



(Anniversary)
[SUPER=130-58th/John & Maggie Gearhart/Floyd;]


No Pictures:

[SUPER=131-/James Hatcher/Martinsville;]



[SUPER=131-8/Diamond Phanelson/Roanoke;]



[SUPER=131-87/emily Hemlinger/Roanoke;]



[SUPER=131-/Ted Burns/Fincastle;]



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Anti-abortion activists have left Lynchburg following a week of protests. Those who came from out of town say it was time well spent -- and a local minister has vowed to continue preaching Operation Rescue's message.
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Abourt 30 people gathered to pray yesterday for the release of the jailed leader of Operation Rescue, Flip Benham.


Benham was convicted las month of trespassing at E-C Glass high school during an anti abortion rally invovling Liberty University studnets.
He was sentenced to 6 months behind bars.
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(( JEFF WHITE/OPERATION RESCUE:BY AND LARGE THE CITY OF LYNCHBURG HAS NOT COME TO OUR AID, HAS NOT COME TO REVEREND FLIP BENHAM'S AID BUT WE ARE HAPPY BECAUSE WE STOOD. ))
[SUPER=01-Jeff White/Operation Rescue;]
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[OUT Q=because we stood.]
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Local minister Richard Knodel says Benham's arrest is a wake up call.
He says this week he will begin preaching in the streets, hitting first the topic of immorality in Lynchburg schools.
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[45Police-Chief]


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[TAPE#=98-21]
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After being appointed Roanoke's new chief of police last month, Joe Gaskins will officially be sworn into office today. And, Gaskins says, he's ready for the challenge.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/February 13;]


In February Gaskins attended a graduation ceremony of the Roanoke police academy, and met with members of the department when his selection was announced.
But, the real test begins today, as he works to win the confidence of police officers, city officials and residents.
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[IN Q=I look forward]

((JOE GASKINS/NEW ROANOKE POLICE CHIEF: I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH EACH AND EVERY MEMBER OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE COMMUNITY. I DEEM IT ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL THAT I LISTEN TO AND COMMUNICATE WITH EACH AND EVERY PERSON IN THE COMMUNITY AND WITHIN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. AND I ABSOLUTELY PLAN TO DO THAT.))
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[OUT Q=and I absolutely plan to do that.]
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Gaskins comes to Roanoke from Newport News where he rose through the ranks from uniformed officer to assistant chief of police.

[45Downtown-Living]


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Close to a thousand people took a walk downtown this weekend to check out the living space.
The downtown living tour included
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a lavish three story warehouses to a working man's bachelor pad.
The fundraiser for the Blue Ridge Arts Council had an ulterior motive -- to encourage people to move to downtown and refurbish their own historic living space.
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((SAM RAMSEY: I'VE LIVED IN DOWNTOWNS IN OTHER CITIES AND JUST BEING WHERE THERE ARE RESTAURANTS YOU CAN WALK TO, YOU DON'T HAVE TO DRIVE, YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT PARKING. IT'S JUST REALLY EXCITING.))
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WDBJ's own former radio station -- now transformed into two lofts -- was part of the tour.
One of the more unusual apartments was filled with the owner's original art -- including childhood themes of the Wizard of Oz, and religion.
Another one was unique for its wall of windows, flooding an indoor garden with light -- and framing a picture-perfect view of Saint Andrew's Church.
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Shifting gears now to weather--
Expect mostly sunny skies for your Monday, with highs in the mid 50s.
Skies will cloud up tonight, with the possibility of some light snow showers.
Lows around 30.
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A shooting victim was found dead yesterday morning in the Mossy Springs section of Montgomery County.
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Sources believe the man was shot then dumped on this rarely traveled road.
John Tilki (TILL-key) noticed the body as he was driving along Mossy Springs Road around 11:45.
He called 9-1-1, then returned to administer C-P-R, but the man was already dead.
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[SOT 10:48:40]
[IN Q=HE WAS LAYING FACE]

((JOHN TILKI: HE WAS LAYING FACE UP ON THE GROUND AND HIS SHIRT WAS EXPOSED, MOST OF HIS STOMACH WAS EXPOSED.))
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Tilki says the man had blood on his chest and face.
Investigators say the man is 36 years old.
His name is not being released at this time.
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[8Operation-Rescue]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=98-26]
[GRAPHIC=Abortion]


The onslaught of abortion protestors has ended in the Hill City.
Tina Tenret reports.
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[SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :00]
[SUPER=04-November, 1997; :21]
[SUPER=@Tina1; :36]
[SUPER=01-Jeff White/Operation Rescue; :47]
[SUPER=01-Richard Knodel/Pastor; 1:05]
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[OUT Q=Tina Tenret, News7, Lynchburg]


((About 30 people huddled in the cold to pray for Reverend Flip Benham's release from the Lynchburg city jail.
(/////SOT/////)
[NAT SOT 10:10:12]
[IN Q=We pray in our appeals]

((WE PRAY IN OUR APPEALS PROCESS THAT THERE WOULD COME A DAY -- YES LORD -- WEHN THE PURVEYORS OF INEQUITY HERE IN LYNCHBURG VIRGINIA -- YES LORD -- WOULD BE EXPOSED -- YES LORD -- AND OVERTURNED. YES LORD.)) [RUNS :14]
[OUT Q=YES LORD]


The national leader of Operation Rescue was convicted about a month ago for trespassing at E.C. Glass High School.

But protesters say city leaders objected to Benham's anti-abortion message and THAT'S why they sentenced him to six months in jail. [take su]
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 10:08:27]
[IN Q=Three of these people]

((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: THREE OF THESE PEOPLE TRAVELLED ALL THE WAY FROM CALIFORNIA TO PROTEST FLIP BENHAM'S IMPRISONMENT.
THEY SAY IN THE PAST THREE WEEKS THEY HAVE SPENT 10-THOUSAND-DOLLARS. BUT THEY SAY, DESPITE SOME SETBACKS, IT'S BEEN WORTH IT.))
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[OUT Q=IT'S BEEN WORTH IT]
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[SOT 9:49:44]
[IN Q=By and large]

((JEFF WHITE/OPERATION RESCUE:BY AND LARGE THE CITY OF LYNCHBURG HAS NOT COME TO OUR AID, HAS NOT COME TO REVEREND FLIP BENHAM'S AID BUT WE ARE HAPPY BECAUSE WE STOOD.)) [RUNS 10]
[OUT Q=BECAUSE WE STOOD]


Benham's wife has also attended the rallies.
For other local ministers -- knowing Flip Benham is in jail seems to be a wake-up call.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 10:12:23]
[IN Q=Here I was]

((RICHARD KNODEL/PASTOR: HERE I WAS A MODERN, QUOTE, PROPHET AND I HAD NEVER EVEN COME CLOSE TO GETTING ARRESTED. I ASKED MYSELF WHY AND THE ANSWER CAME BACK PRETTY QUICKLY THAT I HAD NOT BEEN VERY AGGRESSIVE. I HAD NOT BEEN PRESSING AGAINST THE GATES OF HELL.)) [RUNS 15]
[OUT Q=THE GATES OF HELL]


The Presbyterian says this week he will start preaching in the streets, hitting first the topic of immorality in Lynchburg schools.
Tina Tenret News7, Lynchburg.))






[8Police-Chief]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=98-21]
[GRAPHIC=Joe Gaskins]


Joe Gaskins is preparing to take the helm of the Roanoke city police department.
Gaskins will be sworn in as police chief later today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/February 13;]


Gaskins attended a graduation ceremony of the Roanoke police academy, and met with members of the department when his selection was announced in mid-February.
But, the real test begins today, as he works to win the confidence of police officers, city officials and residents.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=I look forward]

((JOE GASKINS/NEW ROANOKE POLICE CHIEF: I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH EACH AND EVERY MEMBER OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE COMMUNITY. I DEEM IT ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL THAT I LISTEN TO AND COMMUNICATE WITH EACH AND EVERY PERSON IN THE COMMUNITY AND WITHIN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. AND I ABSOLUTELY PLAN TO DO THAT.))
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[OUT Q=and I absolutely plan to do that.]
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[8weather]


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Turning your attention now to weather--
Mostly sunny and warmer today, with highs in the mid 50s.
Increasing clouds tonight, with a chance of snow showers.
Lows around 30.
Meanwhile, sunshine returns for tomorrow....
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