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Closing arguments begin today in the sentencing of convicted murderer Brandon Wayne Hedrick.
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An Appomattox County jury already has convicted the 19 year old Hedrick of capital murder for the shooting death of Lisa Yvonne Crider last May.
Defense attorneys yesterday tried to portary Hedrick as an immature young man of below average intelligence whose problems with alcohol and drug abuse contributed to the killing.
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Colombia may NOT be the hiding place of the drug dealer-turned government informant who skipped town before sentencing.
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Javier Cruz told his Miami probation officer last week that he had fled to Colombia to avoid a prison term.
Court papers say the probation officer CONFIRMED Cruz was in Colombia.
But Greg Glassen of U-S Pretrial Services says that's not true -- that Cruz could have been calling from somewhere else. It may not even have been Cruz on the phone.
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Cruz had worked undercover for the D-E-A to get a lighter sentence. He told his probation officer he left, because he thought the government might NOT give him credit for his work.
The probation office says Cruz is NOT in the witness protection program - - or the government would not have sought a warrant for his arrest.

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The N-Double A-C-P says discrimination is not a disappearing problem in the workplace.
In fact, the Roanoke chapter says the problem is growing in Western Virginia.
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At a news conference, the N-Double A-C-P focused its attention on Magic City Motors.
The group says an African American employee there was demoted without reason and denied raises.
But the chairman of the dealership's board of directors disputes the claim.
Bill Johnson says a complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission did not establish any violations.
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Magic City is one of nine organizations named to a list of the N-Double A-C-P's "most unwanted employers."
Representatives we were able to contact said they were surprised by the list.
They said they value diversity in the workplace, and strive to treat all of their employees fairly.
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Allegheny County officials say federal funds will help to clean up an County landfill. The Environmental Protection Agency has earmarked the money to clean up the Kim-stan landfill.
Residents near the Kim-Stan landfill have fought for years to get the site on the Superfund cleanup list.
The 24-acre dump was closed 8 years ago after leaking into ponds and the Jackson River.

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Taking a look now at your forecast, expect partly sunny skies today with temperatures cooling off into the low to mid-70's.
Overnight, some clouds move in with a chance of showers. Lows will be in the low to mid-50's.
As we move into the holiday weekend, look for...

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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 5/23/98
Saturday:

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Anniversary:
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Anniversary:
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A small fire broke out at Christiansburg High School last night..
Police say a kiln was accidently left on, sparking the blaze.
Crews were able to douse the flames before they spread to the rest of the school.

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Virginia state has its first Technology Secretary.
Governor Gilmore has appointed Republican Don Upson to the job.
He helped the federal government adapt to computers.
Upson was also a lobbyist for Litton P-R-C.
Now Gilmore says Upson has some trails to blaze.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: VIRGINIA'S ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND HIGH TECHNOLOGY. IT'S OUR OPPORTUNITY TO ROCKET AHEAD INTO THE 21ST CENTURY. AND THAT MEANS A BALANCED ECONOMY, AN EXCITING NEW GROWTH OPPORTUNITY, BUT PARTICULARLY AN EMPHASIS ON TECHNOLOGY.))
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Governor Gilmore created the new cabinet level position.
It's mission is to oversee technology in Virginia government, lure more high- tech businesses to Virginia, and direct work force re-training.

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Governor Gilmore's wife along with the Virginia Sherriff's Association are helping with plan build a theater in honor of Matt Brown.
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Roxanne Gilmore toured the site of the proposed amphitheater today, along with Sheriff Mike Brown and his wife, Janet.
The Browns lost their 17-year old son, Matthew, in a single-car accident last July.
The Matthew Jordan Brown Center for the Performing Arts would cost about a million dollars and is to be built behind the Sedalia Center in Bedford County.
The Sheriff concedes the connection with the First Lady is mainly political. He and the Governor are both Republicans.
However, Mrs. Gilmore warmed to the project quickly.
As a mother of two young boys herself- -had difficulty getting through the emotional event, after meeting with the Browns privately.
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Just when you think you've tried it all, something new to spice up your visit to Smith Mountain Lake.
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George Tatum has invented a water bicycle-- mounting a bike's frame to a boat's hull.
He says the idea came to him in a dream after a bicycle road race.
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((GEORGE TATUM/INVENTOR: I HAD ABOUT A FOOT OF ROAD TO RIDE ON, AND THERE WERE CARS TO THE LEFT AND USUALLY TREES OR BARBED WIRE OR HOUSES ON THE RIGHT. HERE I'VE GOT THE WHOLE LAKE SO I DON'T HAVE ANY FEAR OF FALLING DOWN. AND IF I DO FALL I JUST ROLL INTO THE WATER.))
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Tatum says he can pedal about six miles an hour-- balancing with the handlebars and steering with the brakes.
This weekend he'll race against a crew of expert sailors at Smith Mountain Lake.
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He's broken into the U-S top 40 Billboard charts.
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And last night Jimmy Ray broke into song at Confeddy's in Roanoke.
Fans of all ages filled the restaurant to get a glimpse of the British music sensation.
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((KELLY REYNOLDS: JIMMY RAY IS LIKE ONE OF MY FAVORITE SINGERS BECAUSE I LIKE HIS STYLE AND I REALLY LOVE HIS HAIR.))

FAWN FRANKLIN:IT WAS REALLY COOL OF HIM TO COME TO ROANOKE BECAUSE MOST PEOPLE THAT HAVE GOT HIS STAR STATURE WOULDN'T COME.))
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The CD is Ray's first solo effort.
And, the song, "Are You Jimmy Ray" has gone gold--selling 500 thousand copies.
He plans to continue promoting the CD with future concert dates that include a stop in Nashville.
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Shifting gears now to weather--
As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, expect partly sunny skies and cooler-than-normal temperatures.
Highs in the low to mid 70s.
Becoming mostly cloudy tonight, with a chance of showers developing.
Lows in the mid 50s.
Looking ahead to the weekend-- partly to mostly cloudy, with scattered showers.
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Javier Cruz could be ANYWHERE--
That's what some officials are saying about the drug dealer- turned- government informant who fled the country before he was to be sentenced.
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Javier Cruz told his Miami probation officer last week that he had fled to Colombia to avoid a prison term.
Court papers say the probation officer CONFIRMED Cruz was in Colombia.
But Greg Glassen of U-S Pretrial Services says that's not true -- that Cruz could have been calling from somewhere else. It may not even have been Cruz on the phone.
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Cruz had worked undercover for the D-E-A to get a lighter sentence. He told his probation officer he left, because he thought the government might NOT give him credit for his work.
The probation office says Cruz is NOT in the witness protection program - - or the government would not have sought a warrant for his arrest.

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There's now a lawsuit brewing over Virginia's ban on partial- birth abortions.
Ellen Qualls has details.
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((The ban's supporters call it infanticide.
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((KAREN RASCHKE/PLANNED PARENTHOOD ATTORNEY: IT'S BEEN VERY DIFFICULT AS A LOBBYIST LOBBYING AGAINST THIS BILL TO TRY TO FOCUS THE LEGISLATORS' ATTENTION ON THE BILL LANGUAGE WHEN THEY HAVE BEFORE THEM THESE REALLY HORRIFIC PICTURES WHICH MAKE IT SEEM AS IF THE WOMEN OF VIRGINIA WANT TO STAB THEIR BABIES IN THE NECK.)) [runs:19]
In fact, Planned Parenthood says the language of the law is so vague as to make several other kinds of abortions illegal too.
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((BEBE ANDERSON/CTR. FOR REPRODUCITVE LAW & POLICY: IF THEY DID INCLUDE THE ACOG LANGUAGE, YOU WOULD HAVE A BILL DRAFTED IN MEDICAL TERMS...SUCH AS PARTIALLY VAGINALLY DELIVER.)) [runs:16]

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((FIONA GIVENS/VIRGINIA SOCIETY FOR HUMAN LIFE: WELL IF PHYSICIANS FEEL THAT THIS IS VIOLATING THEIR ABILITY TO PERFORM FIRST AND SECOND TRIMESTER ABORSTIONS THEN THEY ARE INTELLECTUALLY-CHALLENGED, BECAUSE IT IS QUITE SPECIFIC.)) [runs:12]
[standup here to end]
Without court intervention, the law takes effect July first.
Other states' versions have been struck down in 11 courts.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))

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Children who run away, or are kidnapped may have a better chance of being found, thanks to a new invention by a Buena Vista couple.
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Garry and Linda Floyd have developed a way to capture a child's fingerprint on a clothing label.
That print is then matched with information in a large database to identify the child.
They call it the Magic Fingerprint I-D System.
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((GARRY FLOYD: EVERY ONE OF US THAT HAVE CHILDREN WHETHER IT'S NIECES OR NEPHEWS OR WHATEVER--WE WANT TO HELP WHEN THERE'S A CHILD MISSING. AND, IF THIS WILL GIVE US AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT WE CAN START LOOKING AND BE SUCCESSULF.))
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They came up with the idea seven years ago, then teamed up with a company in North Carolina.
That company came up with a chemically-treated towelette and a chemically-coated label that combine to reveal a fingerprint.
The label is then ironed on to clothing and is washable.
It's now only available in samples.
The Floyds are hoping to soon get a mass distributor for the product so it can be sold in stores.
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That's it for the news this morning-- here's a final look at your Friday forecast.
Partly sunny and cooler, with highs in the low to mid 70s.
Mostly cloudy by this evening, with a chance of showers.
Lows in the low to mid 50s.
The outlook for Memorial Day Weekend is calling for widespread clouds and showers off and on....
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