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[7River-Search]


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Roanoke Police and E-M-S crews were searching last night for a man who reportedly jumped off the Wasena Bridge into the Roanoke River. Their search in the fast-moving river turned up empty.
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Authorities say a "reasonably reliable" witness claims he spoke with an unidentified man who talked of jumping off the bridge.
Police say the witness said he was about ten feet from the man when he saw him jump over the rail and heard a splash.

Authorities are checking possible leads.
E-M-S officials say the search was called off last night because the current in the river was too strong.
The search resumed this morning.
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[7Moonshine]


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Thousands of gallons of moonshine were discovered in Franklin County yesterday afternoon.
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Alcoholic Beverage Control agents discovered this stash of illegal liquor in a garage near the Franklin-Pittsylvania county line.
It all started Monday night, when agents running surveilance arrested 42-year old Stuart Adkins of Penhook for possession of illegal whiskey and discovered fifteen hundred gallons.
Armed with a search warrant, they found another three thousand gallons in a garage on Adkins' property.
The question now- where's it coming from?
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((J. BEHELER/A.B.C.; APPARENTLY EVERYWHERE, THAT WE DON'T KNOW RIGHT NOW, BUT OBVIOUSLY THERE'S QUITE A DEMAND FOR IT AND THE ACTIVITY IS KEEPING US QUITE BUSY.))
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They think the still is nearby, because the whiskey they confiscated last night was still warm.
Agents say this is the biggest illegal liquor bust they can remember-
Forty-five hundred gallons is worth about 90-thousand dollars on the street.
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[7Kast]


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One by one, charges have been dropped against a man cleared of rape in Giles County.
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Last year-- 29-year old Corey Kast was cleared of beating and raping a young woman after prosecutor Garland Spangler missed the speedy trial deadline.
Spangler tried to revive the case by indicting Kast on five new charges related to the incident.
Last month-- all but one of the charges were dismissed.
Yesterday morning-- the final robbery charge was also dropped by special prosecutor, Gino Williams, who was appointed to the case.
Williams says the robbery charge simply wasn't strong enough to prosecute.
Kast will remain in prison until he's at least 60-years old on unrelated convictions.
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[7execution]


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Despite the backing of former President Jimmy Carter's wife and a local professor, a man convicted of killing a Danville store owner in 1988 is scheduled to die tonight.
Former first lady Rosalyn Carter has asked Governor Gilmore to spare the life of Ronald Watkins.
In a letter to Gilmore, Carter said Watkins has become a devout Christian.
Watkins was sentenced to death for the fatal stabbing of 29-year-old William McCauley.

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Your Wednesday forecast includes mostly sunny skies today with clouds on the move this afternoon. Highs in the lower 50s. There's a chance of light rain overnight...
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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 3/26/98
Thursday:

[SUPER=130-11/Matthew Brown/Martinsville]



[SUPER=130-14/Brandon Hall/Pulaski]



[SUPER=130-26/Stacy Hull/Clifton Forge]



[SUPER=130-42/Bill Adams/Collinsville]



[SUPER=130-79/Viola Crews/Danville]



[SUPER=130-15/Crystal Dalton/Gretna]



[SUPER=130-8/C. J. Camper/Wytheville]



[SUPER=130-82/Roscoe Fisher/Hardy]



[SUPER=130-30/Aaron Whittington/Woodlawn]



[SUPER=130-2/Ryan Dean/Woodlawn]



[SUPER=130-12/Rashelle Wade/Rocky Mount]


No Pictures:


[SUPER=131-/Brenlyn Plybon/Snow Creek]




[SUPER=131-/Sandra Amos/Snow Creek]




[SUPER=131-85/Jim Robertson/Roanoke]


Wow!

[SUPER=131-101/Grace Robinson/Roanoke]




[SUPER=131-/Dave Hurt/Lynchburg]




[SUPER=131-70/Doris Bowles/Blacksburg]




[SUPER=131-16/William Johns/Roanoke]

Movie Review 3/27/98
"Primary Colors" is a fascinating, often funny, sometimes insightful and consistently interesting peek inside a political campaign. It is supposed to be loosely based on Clinton's run in 1992. John Travolta as Jack Stanton has Bill Clinton's voice and manner if not his charisma. Emma Thompson as Susan Stanton is Hillary-esque, she is tough on the outside and vulnerable in private. The true stars however are the secondary characters. They are wonderful. Billy Bob Thorton is a red neck (and proud of it) campaign aide; Kathy Bates is superb as an investigator for the Stanton side. The story is told through the eyes of Stanton's new campaign manager Henry, played by Adrian Lester who observes all of the campaign shenanigans. "Primary Colors" gets an A-. The movie entertains while providing plenty to think about. [cutopen]
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[45Cressell]


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One of the suspects in the brutal death of a Grayson County may have violated the terms of his release on bond.
The former fiancee of victim Garnett Johnson says she saw Emmett Cressell Jr. talking to a key witness in the Grayson County case hours after Cressell's release last Friday.
Cressell's lawyer says he's unaware of any such meeting.
Cressell and Louis Ceparano are accused of killing Johnson last summer. The Justice Department is investigating whether the slaying was racially motivated.


[45Power-Line]


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The State Corporationg Commission has begun public hearins for those for and against a high-voltage power line in Southwest Virginia.
Scott Goldberg has more from yesterday's hearings in Tazewell County.
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American Electric Power has said without a new power line, the company will not be able to meet growing demands for electricity.
The company will plead its case this summer, at another hearing, in Richmond.
Scott Goldberg, News-7, Tazewell County. ))

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It's more than the customary conviction for a woman who drove drunk with four children in the car.
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34-year old Patricia Long's blood alcohol content was more than double the legal limit -- when she crashed into a tree on Route 614 near Arcadia last October.
Her three children and a friend's son were in the back seat.
Now Long must answer to more than just driving drunk.
The Botetourt Commonwealth's Attorney has added the charge of recklessly endangering the children's lives-- a felony that brings up to six years in prison.
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[45Deputy-Hero]


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He was speeding and weaving in and out of traffic, but James Ransom wasn't drunk.. he was CHOKING to death.
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Fortunately for Ransom, Bedford County deputy Irv (Pa-GAHN) Pagan saw him driving erratically and pulled him over.
When Pagan realized Ransom was choking, he performed the Heimlich maneuver on him, dislodging the antacid tablet that had blocked Ransom's airway.
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((JAMES RANSOM/CHOKING MOTORIST: I'VE BEEN A CITIZEN OF ROANOKE FOR A LONG TIME AND BEDFORD COUNTY FOR A GOOD WHILE AND I FEEL GLAD AND COMFORTABLE TO KNOW THAT THE POLICE FORCE IS TRAINED FOR THIS STUFF, SO I THINK THAT'S GREAT.))
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Pagan was presented yesterday with the Bedford County sheriff's department Lifesaving Ribbon.
He told reporters he was "just doing his job".
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Taking a break from the news to check weather--
Mostly sunny today, with highs near 50.
Clouding up later this evening, with a chance of showers.
Lows in the mid 40s.
Tomorrow promises more spring- like conditions, with sunshine and highs in the 70s.
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[8River-Search]


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Authorities are combing the Wasena Bridge area, looking for a man who reportedly jumped off the bridge, and into the Roanoke River.
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Authorities say a "reasonably reliable" witness claims he spoke with an unidentified man who talked of jumping off the bridge.
Police say the witness said he was about ten feet from the man when he saw him jump over the rail and heard a splash.

Authorities are checking possible leads.
E-M-S officials say the search was called off last night because the current in the river was too strong.
The search has already resumed this morning.
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[8Kast]


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A once accused rapist is now CLEAR of all related charges in Giles County.
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Last year-- 29-year old Corey Kast was cleared of beating and raping a young woman after prosecutor Garland Spangler missed the speedy trial deadline.
Spangler tried to revive the case by indicting Kast on five new charges related to the incident.
Last month-- all but one of the charges were dismissed.
Yesterday morning-- the final robbery charge was also dropped by special prosecutor, Gino Williams, who was appointed to the case.
Williams says the robbery charge simply wasn't strong enough to prosecute.
Kast will remain in prison until he's at least 60-years old on unrelated convictions.
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School officials are having a hard time finding a new coach for E-C Glass High School in Lynchburg.
Mike Berry resigned from the post after the school system learned he'd been convicted of embezzlement.
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Just last week Berry was appointed to replace Bo Henson as the head football coach at E-C Glass.
The offer was rescinded two days later when school officials learned of Berry's criminal record.
Berry has been a math teacher at Glass for the last five years, but he has now resigned that position.
School officials would NOT say whether Berry would have been fired, had he not resigned.
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[8EMT-Training]


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Training to become a Bedford county rescue squad member will become more convenient.
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Yesterday, the county began offering the first DAYTIME training class for Emergency Medical Technicians.
A local grant picks up the cost of the instructor and classroom materials, so it's not costing the students anything to attend.
County officials hope that after these men and women complete the 15-week course, they'll volunteer for their local rescue squads.
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[8Roanoke-Musicians]


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Their name might not strike a familiar note to you yet--
But their major recording contract will likely change that for a band from Richmond.
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"AGENTS OF GOOD ROOTS" has just signed with R-C-A and features two native Roanokers who say success has not changed the reason they do what they do.
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((STEWART MYERS/BASS-VOCALS; THINGS ARE REALLY STARTING TO HAPPEN A LOT FOR US NOW. THE RECORD COMPANY'S REALLY HIGH ON THE RECORD AND THEY'RE GIVING US A LOT OF SUPPORT.)) ((ANDREW WINN/LEAD VOCALS; YEAH, PEOPLE HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BUY OUR ALBUM ALL OVER THE PLACE. BUT TO ME IT'S JUST ANOTHER DAY I'M PLAYING MUSIC, IN A GOOD WAY. I MEAN I LIKE TO PLAY MUSIC.))
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The band performs about 250- nights a year-- which is considerably more than the average band whose star is on the rise.
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((IT CAN BE GRUELING BUT IT CAN BE A LOT OF FUN TOO. WE'RE JUST CONCENTRATING ON THE POSITIVE ASPECTS OF IT. JUST DOING WHAT WE DO.))
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Taking a moment now to look at the mid- week forecast-
Mostly sunny today, but clouding up later.
Highs around 50.
There's a chance of rain tonight, as lows cool into the mid 40s.
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