On NEWS 7 at SIX tonight:
The trial has not been moved out of Independence.
Another textile plant in the area is closing.
And nasty weather continues to plague those trying to mop up twister damage in Pittsylvania County.
Tonight in sports, the Hornets and Bulls are set for game three, W&L gets ready for the nation's number one team, free tennis is available tomorrow in the valley
And Tech outfielder Matt Griswold is named the Atlantic 10's player of the year.
Another severe weather stretch comes to an end just as the weekend arrives. The details along with our Friday Weath
erSchool coming along shortly.[Grayson-Murder]
Attorneys for capital murder suspect Louis Ceparano lost their bid to have the case moved out of Grayson County.
Ceparano is one of two men charged with the brutal murder of a man last summer.
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Teresa Hamilton was in court today and joins us from our Blacksburg newsroom with the latest.
[Live=Teresa Full/Blacksburg Bureau]
Keith-- Judge Colin Campbell believes a fair and impartial jury exists in Grayson County.
So-- at this point the only way the trial will be moved elsewhere is if a jury can NOT be seated following extensive questioning by both the commonwealth and defense.
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(( Ceparano's attorneys have argued for months-- that their client's case should be moved OUT of Grayson County.
The judge admits newspaper and television coverage has been extensive but doesn't feel it's been inaccurate or overly exaggerated.
Ceparano and co-defendant Emmett Cressell, Junior are charged with burning and beheading Garnett G-P Johnson at a drinking party last summer.
Cressell has agreed to testify against Ceparano and is currently free on bond.
He was recently spotted talking to a potential witness to the crime-- a woman who was there the night Johnson was killed.
Today-- the judge agreed to allow Ceparano's attorneys to question Cressell about his and Christy Harden's conversations.))
[Live=Teresa Full/Blacksburg Bureau]
Although-- jury selection is set to begin later this month there's a very good chance that may not happen at that time.
Today-- Ceparano's attorneys put the court on notice that evidence relating to their case is still coming in and that they may not be prepared to proceed.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Teresa/Blacksburg Bureau]
(Question: Any idea what Cressell's testimony will be once the case does go to trial?)[BV-Closing]
38 people were suddenly out of work this morning -- as the second local textile plant closed in as many days.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Tina/Newsroom]
Tina Tenret found out why and joins us from the newsroom.
Keith, we're seeing this a lot these days-- textile plants finding cheaper labor from across the Mexican border-- leaving local seamstresses out of work.
That raises the question of whether America has a future in the sewing business.
(Rollcue: in the sewing business)
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[SUPER=01-Connie Humphries/Seamstress; :27]
[SUPER=01-Linda Lovern/Plant Manager; 1:08]
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(( The Buena Vista Manufacturing Company is the latest to get the ax.
Employees here sewed clothes for K-Mart and Wal-Mart.
For months, they watched their co-workers get laid off -- now the last 38 are also unemployed.
This company has a plant in Brownsville, TX -- right near the Mexican border, where they can attract employees, who will work for less.
The top seamstress at the Buena Vista plant was sent to train those workers recently -- she says now they have her job.
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((I DIDN'T REALLY UNDERSTAND A WHOLE LOT OF THEM AT ALL BECAUSE THEY SPOKE SPANISH, SO I THINK THEY ALL COME ACROSS THE BORDER AND THEY CAN PAY EM CHEAPER THAN THEY PAY US HERE BECAUSE OUR BASE RATE AND HOURLY INCOME IS A LOT HIGHER HERE.))
[OUT Q=higher here]
Humphries was paid about ten dollars an hour -- but she was not allowed to tell that to the Texas employees.
But not all textile workers are getting cut off.
Just down the road -- Fairfield Apparel is hiring more than 50 people to sew health uniforms.
This plant has exploded from 15 to 200 employees in the past three years.
And even though they too have plants in Mexico -- they tell clients the work is better and faster here.
[IN Q=I convince them to stay]
((I CONVINCE THEM TO STAY BECAUSE I CAN GET IT DONE IN 25-PERCENT LESS TIME... ONE TO FOUR WEEKS.))
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Fairfield Apparel's parent company pays its employees in Mexico 51-cents an hour -- versus six dollars an hour for local workers.
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They say some clients want the work done in Mexico to keep costs down -- but enough people want the job done FAST to keep the local plant booming.
(Keith question: But why have they stayed in business when other local plants folded?)
Well Keith again, speed is on their side.
Managers tell seamstresses they MUST finish the job within ten days -- they say the average for other companies in this country is 4 weeks.
Folks in Pittsylvania County are cleaning up today from a tornado that touched down there last night.
Storm recovery efforts are being hampered by more severe weather.
Christy Hubley has our story.
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[SUPER=01-Doug Young/Danville Emergency Services; :30]
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(( Talk about adding insult to injury.
A tornado caused this damage Thursday in the Mount Hermon area of Pittsylvania County.
And as workers tried to remove water-logged belongings from the home, the sky grew darker.
Another severe thunderstorm warning was issued.
Tornado victims barely got giant blue tarps on their roofs before more rain started to fall.
And the new storms caused new-- although minor problems.
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[OUT Q=back up by now.]
It will take some time for uprooted trees to be cut and shingles to be repaired.
The family who owns the house with no roof plans to rebuild.
Residents say they'll keep working, no matter how much additional wind and rain comes their way.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Pittsylvania County.))
Tornado damage costs in Pittsylvania County are now estimated at 325-thousand dollars.[Tease#1]
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Abortion opponent Flip Benham is out of jail, but protests in Lynchburg may not be over.
That story is still ahead on News-7 at Six.
And we'll take a look inside Virginia's only "full-service" movie studio.
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Lynchburg may not have seen the last of anti- abortion crusader Reverend Flip Benham.
Benham was released from jail today having served his time for trespassing at E.C. Glass High School last fall.
But Steve Smallshaw tells us Benham hasn't giving up on saving the Hill City.
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(( Flip Benham called his eighty days in jail a "wonderful experience".. still he was glad to leave Lynchburg's lockup a few minutes after midnight this morning.
But the same religious fervor that landed him behind bars was still evident a few hours later, as he greeted supporters.. and renewed his attack on the Lynchburg school system.
[IN Q=Our kids]
((REV. FLIP BENHAM/OPERATION RESCUE DIRECTOR: OUR KIDS DON'T NEED EDUCATION FIRST, THEY NEED REDEMPTION FIRST AND THEN THEY'LL BE ABLE TO BE EDUCATED AND FULFILL THE DESTINY AND PURPOSE FOR THEIR LIVES.))
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[IN Q=For school]
((Benham's destiny will now take him to Orlando for demonstrations at Walt Disney World. So for school administrators and city police, the good news is Benham is leaving town.. the bad news for them is he may be back. Fellow convict John Reyes is still appealing his OWN six- month jail term, and should that appeal fail, Benham has promised to return to the Hill City.))
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((BENHAM: IF HE COMES BACK TO JAIL, WE WILL BE HERE. WE WILL BRING AS MANY PEOPLE AS WE CAN. WE WILL BE HERE WITH THE LYTLES AND WE'RE GOING TO STAND UP AND HONOR OUR -- AND HONOR OUR BROTHER BECAUSE HE IS NOT GUILTY OF ANYTHING BUT LIFTING UP THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST AND WE'RE NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL.))
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Even though he's been told to stay off school property, Benham tried unsuccessfully to meet with school administrators.
There's a chance though they may soon come face to face once again.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))[Hairston-Verdict]
A Henry County man was found guilty today of killing his girlfriend in the home they shared for 15-years.
A judge convicted Lloyd Hairston of second degree murder and the illegal use of a firearm.
Hairston shot his girlfriend Thelma Harris last July. She died days later in the hospital.
Hairston also shot and injured himself.
Sentencing is set for July 15th.
A Roanoke middle school student may face charges after allegedly threatening another person at another school.
Police say the 12- year- old told classmates at Ruffner Middle School that he intended to shoot someone at Westside Elementary.
When he didn't show up for class today, the students notified a teacher.
Police located the youth at his home, and he told them he did not intend to carry out the threat.
He was released to the custody of his parents, and police say charges are pending.
Wet roads may be to blame for a head-on crash this afternoon in Pittsylvania County.
State Police say 30-year old Larry Hawker was driving on Route 726 when his pickup truck hydroplaned.
The truck smashed head on into a car driven by 66-year old Elsie Adams.
Rescue crews worked for quite some time to pry Adams out of her car.
She was transported to a North Carolina hospital where she is in critical condition.
Hawker is listed in stable condition at Danville Regional Medical Center.
State Police say they have not filed any charges at this time.
The Stock Market stopped its slide today. The DOW
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gained 78- and-a- half points, closing at nine- thousand- 55.
NASDAQ gained 29-points
Actor Tim Reid grew up in Virginia.
His stint as Venus Flytrap on "W-K-R-P in Cincinnati" led to other T-V and film roles.
And last year, he brought it all home to Petersburg, opening the state's first "full service" state-of-the-art movie studio.
Today, he takes on the legacy of Lady Luck.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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(( NO matter how you feel about the Virginia Lottery, you've got to admit, the ads are funny.
So the pressure's on for actor-director Tim Reid.
[tape one 02:12:31? stand-ins]
First come the stand-ins.
Then the real talent.
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((CHEERS. HERE WE GO.))
The gag's about the Wheel of Fortune fan who goes to the eye doctor--
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((I'LL DO FREEZE AND WE'LL REPOSITION.))
[tape one 02:15:30 eye chart/ticket]
But instead of the eye chart, she sees the soon-to-be released Wheel of Fortune Scratcher game ticket.
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((IS THERE AN L? There is. OKAY. I'D LIKE TO BUY A VOWEL.))
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((TIM REID: WE WANT TO RAISE THE BAR. THERE'S NO REASON THAT A "REGIONAL SPOT" HAS TO LOOK LIKE A REGIONAL SPOT.))
Reid's just wrapped filming on a psychological thriller at New Millenium Studios.
He now turns his attention to a TV sitcom for "Showtime."
((TIM REID: THERE IS NOW A STUDIO, A CENTRAL HUB, FOR ANY KIND OF PRODUCTION. AND A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF TALENT IN THE STATE. THE THING THAT I'M MOST IMPRESSED WITH IS THAT THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY THAT SHOWTIME HAS DONE A SERIES OUTSIDE HOLLYWOOD OR CANADA. AND IT IS ALSO ONE OF THE RARE TIMES THAT ANYONE HAS DONE A COMEDY OUTSIDE HOLLYWOOD OR NEW YORK.))
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((I'D LIKE TO SOLVE THE PUZZLE.))
Aspiring Lady Lucks -- send your resumes to Reid.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))[Sports Tease]
Coming your way tonight in sports as we get ready for the weekend.
The Hornets look to take the Bulls by the horns again, we'll tel; you about a free tennis day coming up tomorrow in the valley, one of the Hammerin' Hokies in the A-10 player of the year,
and despite the rain nearly 300 golfers were swinging for charity today out at Hanging Rock.
We'll you about the cause later in the newscast.
The Charlotte Hornets hope to make it two straight over the Bulls tonight as their best of seven series shifts to
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Charlotte, a city that has gone nuts for its Hornets.
Today they held a noontime pep rally downtown where even women had their heads shaved.
The Bulls know they are in enemy terriroty tonight.
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[SUPER=01-Scottie Pippen/Bulls Forward; :04]
[OUT Q=...playoff rhythm."]
The Bulls say they plan to return the favor to the Hornets tonight and let them see what it's like to lose at home.
The Charlotte Sting, the Hornets sister team in the queen city in the WNBA signed guard Mimi McKinney the former UVA star to a contract today.
McKinny who is a second team all-ACC performer averaged 15 points a game this past season.
The Sting has about a month to get its roster down to 11 players from 16.
Virginia Tech's Matt Griswold has been named the Atlantic 10 baseball player of the year.
The junior outfielder is the second Hokie to receive the honor in the three years Tech has been a member of the A-10. Griswold produced a .371 batting average with a team high 63 RBI's and he hit three grand slams.
He led the Hokies to a 27-21 and 2 record. Tech is the west division's second seed in this weekend's 20th annual Pepsi Atlantic 10 Baseball Championship.
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Due to rain in Boyertown, Pennsylvania; the A-10 baseball tournament first set of games have been rescheduled. Tech'
s game against Massachusetts will be played tomorrow at 1:05 pm.[S-Lax]
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The Washington & Lee Men's lacrosse team takes on Ohio Wesleyan tomorrow at Wilson Field at 1pm in Lexington in the NCAA Division III men's lacrosse Quarterfinals.
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The Generals topped Denison 16-13 earlier this week. Tomorrow; W & L faces the nations top ranked team; The 13 and 1 battling Bishops cannot host an NCAA tournament event and must travel to Lexington.
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Tomorrow is U-S-A Tennis Day. And what does that mean to you?
Well, first off, free clinics at 16 sites in the Roanoke Valley.
And the United States Tennis Association will lend you a racket if you need one.
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((JANINE UNDERWOOD/USTA SOUTHWEST VA ADVISOR: THE USTA HAS EMBARKED ON A FIVE YEAR, 50-MILLION DOLLAR CAMPAIGN TO GROW TENNIS IN THE GRASS ROOTS AND ROANOKE IS ONE OF THE SITES SELECTED AND THEY'RE GOING TO PARTICIPATE WITH USA TENNIS DAY TOMORROW.))
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This is happening in Roanoke and Roanoke County as well Rocky Mount, Blue Ridge and Lexington.
If you want to find out more call the tennis hotline at 540-966-7892.
The rain couldn't keep nearly 300 area goflers from teeing it up for charity today at Hanging Rock.
74 foresomes took part in the 6th annual Down Symdrome of Roanoke captain's choice event.
The tournament's organizers hope to raise around $12 thousand dollars today.
Most of that money is used to better educate teachers and the public about Down Syndrome kids in the valley.
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[SUPER=01-Susan Cloeter/Down Syndrome Parent; :04]
[SUPER=01-David Lawrence/Down Syndrome Parent; :23]
[OUT Q=...for that."]
Salem's Mac and Bob's restaurant once again catered the all day event that like most things today had to dodge a few rain drops.
The Salem Avalanche returns home to Salem Memorial tonight to open up a brief three game homestand against the Frederick Keys.
Tomorrow night is sports bottle night and Sunday is Mother's Day at the park at 2pm with free flowers and free massages.
The debate over whether we need a new power line is often viewed as something new.
There are people who've been living with high voltage long enough to know what it means.
Their story will be part of our focus next week when we take a fresh look at the pros and cons of A-E-P's 765-kilovolt line and whether we need it.
Tomorrow MORNING on NEWS 7 we'll examine a related controversy... an ethical issue that has become a question of credibility.
advocacy group he had been associated with... on NEWS 7 Saturday Morning at EIGHT. An in-depth look at the undisclosed connection between the Roanoke Times reporter who covers the power line and an