On NEWS 7 tonight:
We'll examine the issue of child custody in light of Sunday's murder of an eight-MONTH old baby.
A roundup of illegal aliens in southwest Virginia.
And a look at the debate over privately operated prisons- -replacing those manned by state employees.
Tonight in sports, Rick Pitino's throughbred breaks its leg at Pimlico, Franklin County golfer Brandon Shively picks up a $10 thousand dollar scholarship.
Steve Mason tells us about Davis LOve's connection to area junior golf.
And the Indiana Pacers Larry Bird can't believe it - but it's true! He is the NBA's coach of the year.
If you've been patiently waiting for the sun to reappear, your wait is almost up.
A change in the weather arrives tomorrow.[open]
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Did a baby girl murdered on Mother's Day slip through the cracks of the system designed to protect her?
The Department of Social Services in Henry County says NO.
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Christy Hubley joins us from our Danville Bureau with the latest on the death of Brooke Alley.
Keith, 29-year old Sharon Alley-- who is now charged with murdering her infant daughter-- is also accused of abusing the little girl in the past.
Last October, the sheriff's office says the baby suffered a fractured skull when she was thrown to the floor.
At one time, Sharon Alley even lost custody of her daughter but recently regained it.
Social workers say determining child custody is very complex.
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[SUPER=01-Joyce Martin/Director of Social Services; :00]
[SUPER=01-Patsy Cole/Service Supervisor; :42]
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[IN Q=Our ultimate goal is to]
((JOYCE MARTIN: OUR ULTIMATE GOAL IS TO KEEP FAMILIES INTACT TO PROTECT FAMILIES WHEN EVER POSSIBLE AND PARTICULARLY THE CHILDREN IN THOSE FAMILIES. ADULTS ARE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES. THE CHILDREN ARE NOT ALWAYS.))
[OUT Q=children are not always.]
Joyce Martin is the director of Social Services in Henry County.
She says there's no way her agency could have predicted Brooke Alley would end up dead.
The sheriff's office the little girl's mother-- Sharon Alley-- stabbed the baby in the heart with a kitchen knife.
They say the murder happened Mother's Day in the home of Sharon Alley's parents in Figsboro.
The accused was a client of social services-- an agency which works to rehabilitate troubled families.
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((PATSY COLE: THERE MAY BE A NEED FOR COUNSELLING OR PARENTING SERVICES AND WE ENSURE THOSE ARE OCCURRING AND GIVE THAT INFORMATION TO THE COURTS FOR THE COURT TO MAKE A DETERMINATION REGARDING THE CHILD REMAINING IN THE HOME OR NOT.))
[OUT Q=in the home or not.]
Cole and Martin say social services makes verbal recommendations to the court about custody, but the ultimate decision belongs to a judge.))
We tried to talk to the judge who released Brooke back into the custody of her mother-- but our phone call this afternoon has not been returned.
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Keith, Sharon Alley is in jail tonight held on one-million dollars bond.
A crackdown on illegal immigrants in southwest Virginia today.
The raids in Galax, Grayson County and Carroll County led to the arrests of 31 people, and came after a two year investigation.
An official with the federal Immigration and Naturalization Service refused to name the companies that were targeted.
But he did say that once word spread that government agents were in town, a number of people failed to show up for work today--43 at one business, 106 absentees at another.
Most of the people arrested were from Mexico, and Central America.
The I-N-S investigation is continuing.
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Residents who may be in the path of the new interstate 73 got a better look at what's headed their way today.
V-DOT has reduced a maze of suggested routes for the highway to a few alternatives.
At a public hearing tonight, citizens were encouraged to share their concerns about any of the proposed routes.
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((MARY METZ; WE REALLY NEED IT DOWN THAT WAY, BUT I HOPE IT COMES THROUGH ON THE WEST SIDE OF 220, CAUSE THEY CAN'T BOTHER 220.
HOWARD COX; SEEMS LIKE WE WOULD SAVE A LOT OF MONEY TO JUST UTILIZE HIGHWAY 77 DOWN TO NORTH CAORLINA AND SIMPLY UPGRADE 220.))
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V-DOT says it will take another year to choose the best route for the road.
Tonight's presentation at the Roanoke Civic Center continues until 7.
Police say a bank robbery in Roanoke this morning was unusually dramatic.
They're still looking for the robber.
No one was hurt at NationsBank on Melrose Avenue -- when a black man in his 20's, about 5-feet-seven and 170 pounds, jumped on the counter and stole a drawer of money.
Police say he did NOT have a gun and fled on foot.
They're hoping he'll tell people about his crime.
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((SGT. STAN SMITH/ROANOKE POLICE: USUALLY PEOPLE CAN'T DO THIS SORT OF THING WITHOUT TELLING SOMEONE ELSE AND USUALLY THE WORD GETS AROUND TO US ABOUT WHO'S RUNNING HIS MOUTH ABOUT IT.))
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This is not the first time this branch has been robbed.
Bank managers say there was a dye pack in the money.
Dye-packs are shaped like dollar bills and hidden in stacks of money.
The ink will explode thirty seconds to a minute after being activated so the money will be marked and cannot be use
Virginia's first private prison is still moving in its first medium-security inmates.
But today, the national union that represents correctional officers in Virginia blasted the idea.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
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Lawrenceville will eventually house about 15- hundred medium security prisoners.
But Virginia correctional officers who are members of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees union say it's bound to have the same kinds of problems private prisons in other states have had.
((BILL COUTO/VA. CORRECTIONAL OFFICER: IT'S INEVITABLE. STATE EMPLOYEES TAKE CARE AND PRIDE IN THE JOBS THAT THEY DO.))
((LILLIAN ABRAMS/VA. AFSCME: IF YOU HIRE FOLKS AND YOU PAY THEM SO MUCH LESS THAN PEOPLE IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR, AND YOU DON'T TRAIN THEM PROPERLY--WE DON'T KNOW WHERE THESE GUYS AT LAWRENCEVILLE GOT THEIR TRAINING. WE DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY WERE TRAINED. BUT IF THEY DON'T GET THE PROPER TRAINING, THEY DON'T MAKE THE MONEY, I MEAN WHY--I MEAN YOU GO TO WORK AND YOU DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO AND THAT'S IT AND YOU DON'T REALLY CARE.))
Virginia corrections officials say private salaries will be lower.
((RON ANGELONE/VA. CORRECTIONS DIRECTOR: OBVIOUSLY, THAT'S WHERE YOU'RE GONNA MAKE OR NOT MAKE YOUR MONEY.))
But Ron Angelone points out that ANY new prison that opens in Virginia recruits and trains previously inexperienced people.
Creating new jobs is after all a goal.
[IN Q=We just ]
((RON ANGELONE/VA. CORRECTIONS DIRECTOR: WE JUST HAD LAST MONTH A GRAND OPENING. AND NOTHING WAS SAID THEN. NOW, ALL OF A SUDDEN, A VERY LARGE, WASHINGTON-D.C.-BASED ORGANIZATION IS COMING INTO VIRGINIA AND SAYING THIS IS A PROBLEM.))
[OUT Q=a problem.]
As for cost savings-- both sides cite different studies.
One shows savings of 12 to 14-percent over public prisons.
Another says there's NO conclusive evidence private prisons save money.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))[Tease#1]
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Viagra may seem like a miracle drug to some, but NOT to some states, including Virginia.
It's sort of like sending a child off to college.
This pup is off to private school, as a full-fledged service dog.
We'll have that story later.
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The new popular impotence pill treatment is giving many older Americans a new lease on their sex life.
But Viagra may not be for everyone, especially Virginians on Medicaid.
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Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services says the state will NOT to cover the cost -- seven to ten dollars per dose -- through the Medicaid program.
That could change though, states are waiting for recommendations from health care experts before making final decisions.
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((SHANNON ABELL/LEAGUE OF OLDER AMERICANS:TO BE ABLE TO SPEND MONEY ON SOMETHING LIKE THIS ...LAST ONES TO EVER CHANGE OVER))
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So far eleven states and Washington D-C have opted to cover Viagra.
Twelve others, including Virginia have decided not to pay for the pill.
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Critics of a proposed high voltage powerline say it's a project motivated by greed--that American Electric Power simply wants to make more money by building the line.
For its part, the power company insists it is the best way to protect this area's electricity supply.
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Tonight, Scott Goldberg looks at power-line alternatives in part two of our series, "Power Struggle."
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[SUPER=01-Bernie Pasternack/American Electric Power; 52]
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[OUT Q=new power line]
(([shot of John talking to Scott as they're walking along pond]
Even the most vocal critics of American Electric Power don't question the need to have reliable electricity.
What they want to know is:
Why does the power company insist a 765-thousand volt line is the best way to guarantee electricity STAYS reliable?
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[IN Q=THERE ARE]
((JOHN MCLEOD/VIRGINIA TECH RESEARCHER: THERE ARE MANY ALTERNATIVES WHICH COULD BETTER MEET THE NEEDS OF OUR AREA WHICH ARE MUCH LESS ENVIRONMENTALLY DAMAGING.))
[OUT Q=ENVIRONMENTALLY DAMAGING]
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Congressman Rick Boucher agrees.
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He came up with a list of alternatives -- like giving people incentives to use less electricity, building a less powerful line, or building a new power generating plant.
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((THE PLANT ITSELF WOULD EXPAND THE TAX BASE OF WHATEVER LOCAL GOVERNMENT HAPPENS TO HOST THE PLANT AND THERE WOULD BE ADDITIONAL JOBS FOR PEOPLE IN THE ENERGY PRODUCING SECTOR.))
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A-E-P says it considered all of the options.
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((BERNIE PASTERNACK/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: WE'RE STILL CONVINCED THAT THE 765 kV LINE IS THE BEST ALTERNATIVE AS COMPARED TO ANY INDIVIDUAL ALTERNATIVE OR ANY GROUP OF ALTERNATIVES.))
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But the power company's opponents are convinced the line is just a way for A-E-P to make money.
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It would be part of a huge transmission network, which Congressman Boucher said would help A-E-P sell power to utilities on the East Coast.
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((REP. RICK BOUCHER/(D) VIRGINIA: THIS LINE UNDOUBTEDLY AND UNDENIABLY WOULD SERVE AS A CONDUIT TO LINK ITS PLANTS IN THE OHIO RIVER VALLEY WITH THE HIGH-COST MARKETS IN THE EAST.))
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That's something for the Virginia State Corporation Commission to decide.
After public hearings end this summer, the agency will answer the question at the heart of this power struggle:
Is it A-E-P, or Southwest Virginia, that needs a new power line?))
For its part, A-E-P doesn't deny the line would help the company make money.
But its reason for building the line has always been: This is the best way to keep electricity reliable in Southwest Virginia.
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And that's what the company has to prove before the state gives A-E-P permission to build the line--Keith?
Scott, what about the line's proposed route? A lot of people aren't happy with it.
No, and that's something else the state of Virginia has to approve. It's very possible the state will find a need for the line but say, it should follow a route other than AEP's preferred corridor. That's happened before. And it could
After spending much of the day in minus territory
the stock market finished on an up note.
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The Dow climbed 70 points to close at 91 hundred 62.
NASDAQ gained 12 points.
"Jackson," the Golden Retriever is not a puppy anymore.
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[SUPER=01-Mitzi Tinaglia/Puppy Raiser; :11 QUICK]
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[OUT Q=love and cookies.]
(( At the age of 10 months, this afternoon, he became a full- fledged service dog in training.
Since September Mitzi Tinaglia has been teaching him the basics... in obedience.
((HE'S BEEN REAL GOOD. HE'S WORKED REAL WELL. I'M PROUD OF HIM.))
You may remember when we first met Jackson- -the day he got off the plane in Roanoke late last Summer.
Now Connie Kniseley is ready to put him through the paces...
((JACKSON SPENT A WEEK WITH ME.))
They've already begun work... to make Jackson more than just a perfect canine companion.
He'll be trained to help someone with physical limitations
((YOU MIGHT AS WELL TAKE HIM. THANK YOU. MIGHT AS WELL NOW. YOU'VE DONE SUCH A GREAT JOB. ))
It's like sending a child off to college... or a teacher watching her prize pupil graduate.
((IT'S A LITTLE SAD TO SEE THEM GO, BUT IT'S MORE- -TO ME- -IT'S MORE EXCITING TO WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO DO. ))
[OUT Q=to do.]
Saint Francis of Assisi, the Service Dog Foundation, will put him to work NEXT Spring.
((WE CALL THEM WORKING DOGS, BUT THEY ENJOY THEIR WORK. Probably more than any of us does. PROBABLY, TRUE. AND THEY'RE PAY CHECK IS PRETTY GOOD. LOTS OF LOVE AND COOKIES.))
Coming up tonight in sports Larry Bird adds to his collection of NBA hardware, a Franklin County student gets a $10 thousand dollar scholarship,
And Steve Mason talks with one of the top junior golfers in the area about his recent round with PGA star David Love the third.
The NBA playoffs resume tonight with the Bulls, Jazz and Lakers all looking to wrap up their respective series.
The Pacers can do the same tomorrow night against the Knicks.
But today during Indiana's day off, Larry Bird was plenty busy picking up his award as coach of the year.
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[OUT Q=...most of it."]
A Franklin County golfer received top honors from the Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame.
Brandon Shively is the 1998 Don Holliday Scholarship winner.
He's lettered in golf all of his four years at Franklin County High School and has been involved in several academic clubs as well.
Brandon receives 10-thousand dollars towards his college education.
[IN Q=it'll help me]
((BRANDON SHIVELY/DON HOLLIDAY SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: IT'LL HELP ME GO TO ROANOKE COLLEGE AND HELP MY MOTHER PAY FOR IT CAUSE SHE'S A SINGLE MOTHER.))
((JASON PERDUE/DON HOLLIDAY SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE: WE LOOK FOR A REAL GOOD COMBINATION OF SOMEBODY WHO'S INTERESTED IN GOLF, BUT ALSO SOMEBODY WHO HAS GOOD CHARACTER, SOMEBODY THAT'S A GOOD ASSET TO THE COMMUNITY.))
[SUPER=01-Brandon Shively/Don Holliday Scholarship Winner; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jason Perdue/Don Holliday Scholarship Comm.; :08]
[OUT Q=to the community]
Brandon wants to be an Anesthesiologist when he graduates from Roanoke College.
The Don Holliday Golf Tournament raises money for the scholarship.
The one day event is June 20th at Handing Rock Golf Club.
North Cross senior Brandon LaCroix finished in the Virginia Independent Conference tournament yesterday.
Brandon's career highlights range from influencing his coach to playing a round with PGA great Davis Love the III. Steve Mason looks at the past and future of one of the valley's finest young men.
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[SUPER=03-Hilton Head Island, SC/MCI Classic Pro-Am; :09]
[SUPER=01-Brandon LaCroix/Two Time VIC Champion; :22]
[SUPER=01-Liz Holt/North Cross Golf Coach; 1:01]
[SUPER=01-Davis Love, III/1997 PGA Championship Winner; 1:27]
[OUT Q=news 7 sports"]
((Brandon LaCroix is right on par to have an incredible career. One he hopes will lead him to the PGA tour.
In mid April; LaCroix teamed up with 12 time tour winner Davis Love the III at the MCI Classic Pro-am. The day began with butterflies; not birdies.
Love spent the entire round with LaCroix and was extremely complimentary of Brandon's game; However his clubs were a differ net story and a ragged putting grip was only the beginning.
They might be playing on different levels but North Cross coach Liz Holt says his visit with Davis Love further reinforced her belief that the two golfers are a lot in common.
A scratch golfer who has won the VIC twice, the Bob McClelland Metro, the RVGA championship, and the Andrew Haley memorial; Brandon will next try and add a win at the Men's Hall of Fame tournament to his growing list of accomplishments. Steve Mason news 7 sports.))
In the big leagues this afternoon Texas and PIttsburgh have already picked up wins.
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Last night the Cubs pitching phenom, Kerry Wood followed up last week's 20 strikeout performance by fanning 13 Arizona Diamondbacks.
He now has the record for strikeouts in consecutive starts with 33.
And at the Atlantic 10 baseball tournament in Philadelphia Tech leads U-Mass 7 to 6 in the top of the ninth.
The title game tonight likely won't get started until 10 at the earliest if Tech hangs on.[Wx-Tape]
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