The young woman shot in the head at a Roanoke apartment complex Tuesday has died.
Michelle Saunders died at 3:10 this morning.
The shooting occurred at the Lee-Hi apartments late Tuesday afternoon.
Saunders' boyfriend, David Lee Mason, turned himself in right after it happened, and has allegedly confessed to the shooting.
Mason remains held without bond, while the city prosecutor gets ready to upgrade charges from malicious wounding to murder.
Bomb technicians and investigators are combing Louisa County today after State Police say two bombs exploded early this morning.
Police say the first bomb went off at about 6-30 inside a residence in Mineral.
A father and son, spotted a
tackle box outside the house and brought it inside, where the bomb
hidden inside went off.
Police say the men suffered burns to their arms but were not seriously hurt.
In the second incident, shortly after seven, police say a woman was
seriously injured when a bomb went off in a trash can outside a Pizza Hut restaurant.
She was taken to U-V-A medical Center.
State police, the sheriff's office and the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco and Firearms are investigating the explosions.
Ben Lilly's death sentence will stand.
The man who abducted and murdered a Virginia Tech student lost his appeal to the Virignia Supreme Court today.
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg/February 12, 1997]
The court ruled that it found no reversible errors in Lilly's trial for the murder of Alexander DeFilippis.
The 22-year-old Tech student was abducted from a convenience store in Blacksburg in December of 1995 by Lilly and two other men.
Lilly maintained that he wasn't the one who shot DeFilippis. His appeal also focused on the selection of the jury pool.
The State Supreme Court has denied Jens Soering's appeal for a new trial.
The court concluded that a jury would "have to disregard the overwhelming evidence presented at Soering's trial that he alone" killed his girlfriend's parents.
The court cites Soering's multiple confessions that matched the facts of the crime scene.
The justices added that "Soering had a motive to kill his girlfriend's parents," pointing out that Derek and Nancy Haysom disapproved of
his relationship with their daughter.
It's a day of clean up in parts of Tennessee, Arkansas and Kentucky.
Tornadoes in the three states killed eleven people.
Nashville was especially hard hit by a pair of twisters.
No one was killed but dozens were injured and hundreds of buildings were damaged.
Drew Levinson has an update.
[11:30 UPDATE WINDOW]
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Severe storm damage was reported early this morning in Henry County but it's turned out to be only MINIMAL damage.[D
By this time tomorrow, fans will be pouring into Victory Stadium.
They're coming from all over because the Dave Matthews band is in town.
Scott Goldberg is at the stadium this afternoon.
Scott how many fans have you seen already?
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(Rollcue: just to see Dave )
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[SUPER=01-Jason Sealy/Dave Matthews Fan; :00]
[SUPER=01-Bobby Melatti/Cellar Door Productions; :19]
[Super=01-George Ellis/Beer Distributor; :33]
[OUT Q=this is double that.]
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[calls for board #1033]
Roanoke Mayor David Bowers is broadening his scope -- and running for Congress.
He made the announcement early this morning in Highland County, and as Joe Dashiell reports, Bowers next political battle may be uphill.
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[OUT Q=JD News 7 Monterey]
((David Bowers kicked off his campaign for Congress behind a microphone at community radio station WVLS.
[IN Q=At one minute after midnight]
[OUT Q=well, how about that.]
Bowers has served on Roanoke City Council since 1984... as mayor for the last six years.
But his success in a democratic stronghold may be difficult to duplicate in a largely republican district.
Bowers says Jim Olin did it, and insists he can too.
[IN Q=I admit this is an uphill battle]
[OUT Q=spirited camapign.]
By making his announcement in Monterey at Midnight, Bowers reached an audience that one radio staffer described as insomniacs, shift workers and truck drivers.
But Bowers hopes this community will send a message to the rest of the district, that it wants a new congressman.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Monterey))
Meanwhile, Republican incumbent Bob Goodlatte says he has lined up endorsements from the other nine city mayors in
the Sixth District.[Robb-Tobacco]
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Senator Chuck Robb and Representative Virgil Goode spoke to tobacco farmers in Danville last night, (------------)
about a week after talks of a congressional tobacco settlement stalled.
At the meeting tobacco farmers renewed concerns about their future
--concerns that were shared by Senator Robb.
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[IN Q=It's already caused]
((SEN. CHUCK ROBB: IT'S ALREADY CAUSED A 17 PERCENT DROP IN QUOTA FOR THIS YEAR AND THE UNCERTAINTY FOR JUST ABOUT EVERYONE CONCERNED IS VERY DESTABILIZING.))
[OUT Q=is very destabilizing.]
The lawmakers spoke at a meeting for the Concerned Friends of Tobacco Farmers.
They both plan to revisit the issue once Congress goes back to work following then Easter recess.
Oprah Winfrey may be headed back to court.
The popular talk show host is being sued for a second time over a show she did in 19-96 about mad cow disease.
Earlier this year winfrey won a lawsuit filed against her by Texas feedlots.
This time she's being sued by 130 cattle owners.
The case is similar to the original, alleging that Winfrey knowingly
made false and disparaging remarks.
Lynchburg Republicans want to make school safety a top issue in this year's city council campaign.
Bruton Langley, Schaefer Oglesby and Jeff Helgeson (HELL-guh-son) are seeking the three at-large seats on council.
The trio wants city leaders, school officials and law enforcement to meet on a regular basis to discuss school safety.
They also recommend placing chronically disruptive students in alternative schools.
The candidates also say Lynchburg's process for getting a parade or demonstration permit needs to be tighter.
[TAPE#98-31 TC 23:12]
More opinion now on a proposed power line that's stirring controversy.
Congressman Rick Boucher addressed the issue at a public forum last night in Blacksburg.
Boucher said the question of the necessity for the power line should ONLY be measured on a local level.
Boucher says its local residents who'd have to live with the environmental consequences if A-E-P is allowed to build.
Boucher also outlined alternatives for the line which A-E-P says it needs to meet the growing demand for electricity..
One suggestion is having A-E-P purchase a portion of the power it needs for the future from neighboring utilities.
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((REP. RICK BOUCHER/(D)ABINGDON:I'M VERY HOPEFUL THAT AS THE COMMISSION PASSES ON THE QUESTION OF NEED THAT IT WILL TAKE THESE RECOMMENDATIONS INTO ACCOUNT AND MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHETHER OR NOT, FIRST OF ALL, NEW POWER NEEDS ACTUALLY EXIST.
TODD BURNS/AEP SPOKESMAN:THE THING IS WE HAVE TAKEN ALL THE INCREMENTAL STEPS THAT WE CAN AT THIS POINT, IT'S BEEN 25- YEARS SINCE WE HAVE BUILT A POWER LINE LIKE THIS TO SERVE THIS AREA SO WE'RE TRYING TO REINFORCE THE BACKBONE SYSTEM THAT FEEDS THIS AREA AND BRINGS ELECTRICITY TO US. ))
[SUPER=01-Todd Burns/AEP Spokesman; :15]
[OUT Q=to us.]
The forum was sponsored by the Young Democrats at Virginia Tech and the Montgomery County Democratic Committee.
Columbia, with its cargo of crittters, is set to launch this afternoon after a one-day delay.
[SUPER=03-Kennedy Space Center;]
Problems with the shuttle's data processor forced NASA to scrub yesterday's liftoff, the processor has since been replaced.
Along with the seven-member crew, the shuttle will be loaded with two-thousand furry, scaly and crawly creatures.
The two week mission will be devoted to the study of the brain and nervous system.
Lift off is set for 2:19 P-M.
[TAPE#=98-34 TC 26:37]
One local arts organization says a more vibrant arts community could mean economic development for the Roanoke region.
That's according to the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge.
The group released a study last night.
It said organizations like museums and theaters make up an industry that plays an important role in the local economy.
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((WAYNE STRICKLAND/DIRECTOR, FIFTH PLANNING DISTRICT COMMISSION: AND WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS HAVE CORPORATIONS AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND PEOPLE IN GENERAL SUPPORT THESE CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS BECAUSE IT IS SOUND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT POLICY.))
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[OUT Q=DEVELOPMENT POLICY]
The Arts Council's study said the culture industry adds 28-million dollars to the local economy each year.
The council plans to conduct studies like this every two years.
[TAPE#=98-29 TC 27:31]
Everyone's heard of the winter blues, but experts say spring
may actually be the worst time of year for many people.
Psychologists say springtime is even harder for depressed patients.
Seeing people in love and enjoying the warm weather is more difficult for someone who can't share the happiness.
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[IN Q=It's also ]
((IT'S ALSO A TIME OF NEW BEGINNINGS AND THAT'S OFTEN VERY DIFFICULT FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE DEPRESSED. THEY KNOW ON SOME LEVEL THIS IS A REBIRTH SPRINGTIME IS THERE. AND THEY WANT TO BE DIFFERENT AND THEY KNOW THAT THEY DON'T HAVE THE ENERGY OR THE MOTIVATION OR THE POWER TO DO THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. John Todd/Lewis Gale Psychologist; ]
[OUT Q=to do that.]
Dr. Todd says even severe depression is treatable with therapy, but during these sunny months increased medication is also often recommended.
The woman who had been recognized as the World's oldest person has died at the age of 117.
[SUPER=03- Ontario, Canada;]
Marie- Louise Meilleur (may-YEHR') died yesterday at an Ontario
She's survived by four of her ten children.
She had 85 grandchildren and 80 great-grandchildren.
(may-YEHR') Meilleur had been designated the world's oldest person by ``The Guinness Book of Records.''
The Salem Avalanche entertained the Wilmington Blue Rocks in the seasonal rubber match between the two non divisional rivals.
[SUPER=03-Salem/Blue Rocks vs. Avalanche; :00]
A cold night hardly stopped the baseball diehards as father and son kept warm.
In the top of the fifth; Salem turned the nifty double play that began with Clint Bryant who went to second and then Doug Livingston finished it up.
]The Blue Rocks got on the board in the 6th--- Dee brown with the bloop fly.
Salem's Bernard Hutchinson made the catch but a run scores from third, and the Blue Rocks notch a 3-1 victory.
Over in the Hill City, the Hillcats and the Keys squared off in a battle of Northern Divison leaders.
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Keys vs. Hillcats; :00]
Last night marked the second of a three game series between the Keys and the Hillcats.
In the first inning Frederick's Chris Bryant hit a single up the middle that brought in a run to make the count 2-nothing Keys.
In the top of the third...the Keys did some more damage.
Jason Lecronier greeted Hillcat pitcher Kris lambert with a solo blast over the centerfield fence and Fredrick was on top 4 to 1.
Cats centerfielder Tike Redman then robbed Bobby O'Tool with the great catch; but Frederick won 8 to 7.
With wins at Las Vegas and Texas, Mark Martin is climbing his way to the top of the Winston Cup standings.
Martin spent a couple of hours at Cummins Atlantic Deisel in Botetourt County last night signing autographs and meeting many of his fans.
We asked Mark about the importance of today's qualifying considering he brushed the wall during time trials for last year's race.
((MARK MARTIN/TWO WINS IN 1998:))
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[OUT Q=...good laps."]
Qualifying gets under way at three. We'll have live reports today on News 7 at Five and Six.[GRAPHIC=MARTINSVILLE]