The task of picking jurors to hear the case of Louis Ceparano- has begun.
He's charged with burning and beheading a man in Grayson County-
Parents at one school are sick of this- construction they say disrupts class.
Fire at a Bedford County home tonight-
And pilots at one airline vote to strike.
News 7 is next.
The roar of construction equipment-
It's the work on the Valley View Boulevard Extension.
But some parents say it's disrupting class at Huff Lane School.
We'll have the story.
Jury selection is underway in Grayson County for the highly publicized trial of Louis Ceparano.
He is charged with the burning and decapitation if Garnett G-P Johnson.
Northwest Airline pilots vote to walk off their jobs- but a strike probably won't take place until the end of June.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven. [Grayson-Murder]
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Jury selection has begun in the capital murder case of Louis Ceparano.
Today-- potential jurors were asked a wide range of questions including whether they were troubled by the fact the victim was black while Ceparano and his co-defendant are white.
Teresa Hamilton has more from Grayson County.
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(( Attorneys for Louis Ceparano continue to maintain their client will not receive a fair trial in Grayson County because of extensive pretrial publicity.
Ceparano is one of two white men charged with burning and beheading Garnett "G-P" Johnson after a night of heavy drinking, last July.
In fact, alcohol was one of the issues explored in the courtroom...
with defense attorneys asking some potential jurors if they would be open to the theory that a person could consume enough alcohol that they would not be able to premeditate a murder.
Defense attorneys also asked potential jurors if they would be able to handle seeing pictures of Johnson's badly burned and decapitated body.
And, while some of the victim's family members say race was not a factor in the killing-- it was alluded to in court.
Defense attorneys actually cautioned potential jurors the word nigger and other profanity would probably come out in testimony.
One other questioned posed to the potential jurors was whether they'd be more likely to convict Ceparano-- to send a message to outsiders that Grayson County is NOT a prejudiced community.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Independence.))
Today about 20- potential jurors were excused...
While FOUR were selected for the panel of 26 which will eventually be narrowed down to twelve jurors and two alternates.
Jury selection will resume tomorrow morning.[Breedlove]
A former Montgomery County teacher's Aide today pleaded NO contest to having sex with three female students.
John Breedlove, shown here with his wife and parents, taught at Auburn Middle and high school until his arrest, last fall.
Prosecutors say Breedlove would get the girls out of class and have sex with them in the teachers' lounge bathroom.
Officials say he also propositioned a fourth student.
All of the girls were 13-years of age or younger.
Breedlove is a former basketball standout at Ferrum college.
When sentenced, he faces up to 60-years in prison.
The extension to Valley View Boulevard is now under construction, but the controversy involving the road and Huff Lane School continues.
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Today, Joe Dashiell spoke with parents who say the city hasn't kept its promises.
Jean, you may remember that Huff Lane parents opposed the road project because of its proximity to the school.
They weren't able to stop it, but they did receive assurances that disruptions in the classroom would be kept to a minimum.
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[SUPER=01-Bill Parenti/Huff Lane Parent; :18]
[SUPER=01-Dayl Graves/Huff Lane Principal; :49]
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((Students at Huff Lane Microvillage have been living with the construction for several weeks... A new bus lane out front... new additions now under construction. And recently, the work on Valley View Boulevard Extension has moved closer to their classrooms.
Parents and some teachers say the work HAS created problems
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((BILL PARENTI: THE WORD THAT WE WERE GIVEN THE WHOLE TIME DURING NEGOTIATIONS WAS THAT THE ROAD CONSTRUCTION WAS NOT GOING TO BE DONE UNTIL AFTER SCHOOL WAS OVER. THESE PEOPLE HAVE LIED.))
[OUT Q=these people have lied.]
Last year's written agreement did give officials an out... It allowed the city manager and school superintendent to adjust the construction schedule, if necessary... but Parenti says officials have violated the spirit of their discussions with the neighborhood.
Huff Lane principal Dayl Graves says disruptions have been kept to a minimum, and she says the current inconvenience is necessary to complete the work before the next school year.
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((WE'RE TRYING TO GET AS MUCH DONE NOW BETWEEN THE RAINDROPS TO TRY TO GET THE BUILDING FINISHED, SO IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE FINISHED AT THE BEGINNING OF AUGUST, SO WE'LL BE ABLE TO MOVE IN AND HAVE IT TOTALLY READY FOR THE KIDS IN SEPTEMBER.))
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Classes will end in a couple of weeks, so this may be a moot point.
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But Jean, Bill Parenti says this is more than a case of sour grapes, and he hopes the road construction near the school will stop until summer vacation starts.
Meanwhile, Roanoke County Schools are moving forward with their construction plans.
Tonight, The School Board approved bids for major improvements at Burlington and Clearbrook Elementary Schools, and asked the Supervisors to award the contracts.
The board authorized school superintendent Deanna Gordon to sign a purchase contract for the Woods End property. That will allow final testing of the site where the county hopes to build a new high school.
And tonight, the board also approved a two- year contract extension for the superintendent.
American Electric Power got the news it expected today.
West Virginia approved the company's application to build a new high voltage power line.
Now the company is focusing on Virginia, where, as Scott Goldberg reports, the project faces much stronger opposition.
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(( As they floated down the New River, representatives of American Electric Power, the power company's critics and the judge who decides if Virginia needs a new power line focused on one of the most controverial questions the state needs to answer:
Is protecting this area's electricity worth building a high-voltage line through places like this?
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((HOWARD ANDERSON/STATE COROPORATION COMMISSION: I HAVE TO BALANCE THE NEED OF THE LINE AGAINST THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT.))
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Howard Anderson is the judge who, at public hearings earlier this year, listened to hundreds of concerns about the line's environmental impact --
Concerns from people Hal Cansler.
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((HAL CANSLER/POWER LINE OPPONENT: I DON'T WANT TO SEE IT IN OUR BACK YARD, BUT ALSO NO ONE ELSE'S BACK YARD. I'M STILL NOT CONVINCED THE LINE IS EVEN NECESSARY.))
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As the crew floated downstream, they didn't know it, but the state of West Virginia's Public Service Commission had already approved the same power line that would cross the New River in Virginia.
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((TODD BURNS/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: WHAT THAT MEANS IS THAT THE WEST VIRGINIA PSC HAS IDENTIFIED THE NEED FOR THE POWER LINE, THAT THE WYOMING CLOVERDALE LINE IS THE BEST WAY TO ADDRESS THAT NEED, AND THAT THE PREFERRED CORRIDOR IS A GOOD PLACE FOR IT ))
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The state of Virginia must also endorse the line.
But it's going to be a while before the state decides if it's worth sacrificing some scenery to reinforce the area's power supply.
Scott Goldberg, News-7, Montgomery County.))[Fire]
Fire engulfed a Bedford County home tonight-
It broke out at the home on Route 670- at about 8:15.
Fire officials say a smoke detector alerted a resident- No one was hurt.
Flames consumed most of the basement but investigators don't know the cause.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Paula Jones went after President Clinton in court, but now the lawyers she hired are coming after her.
That story still ahead,
A federal judge orders two of Mr. Clinton's aides to testify in the Monica Lewinsky probe.
Pilots at Northwest Airlines could be walking off the job instead of flying in the skies.
A spokesman for the Airline Pilots association says pilots overwhelming authorized a strike- although no walkout is likely before late June.
The pilots belong to one of six unions negotiating to replace contracts that expired with Northwest in 1996.
Michael Fortier will appeal his twelve-year prison sentence.
A Judge sentenced the star witness in the Oklahoma City Bombing trials- after hearing a tearful plea.
Fortier apologized for not warning anyone about the deadly bomb.
((DONNA HAWTHORNE/VICTIMS WIDOW: FORTIER MADE THE DEFINITE WRONG CHOICE. THAT AFFECTED MANY LIVES AND HE NEEDS TO PAY FOR IT.))
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[OUT Q=to pay for it.]
Fortier's 12-year sentence was not the maximum- He could've received up to 17 and half years in prison.
It now appears President Clinton may NOT cooperate with the Monica Lewinsky investigation.
Sources say the president has declined repeated requests for his testimony.
Scott Pelley reports.
[OUT Q=The White House.]
((Back in february starr's office invited the president to volunteer his
testimony. prosecutors want to ask whether there was a conspiracy to
commit perjury and tamper with witnesses in the Paula Jones sexual
Mr. Clinton's lawyers have offered a variety of reasons he won't testify ranging from scheduling conflicts to the constitutional question of whether a president should appear before a grand jury.
No president ever has. The president's refusal to testify to Starr may be
behind his recent public statements that he has nothing more to say.
REPORTER: ARE YOU WILLING TO LIVE WITH QUESTIONS HANGING OVER YOU FOR THE
REST OF YOUR ADMINISTRATION.
While the president declines to testify, a judge ruled earlier this month
that his closest aides must appear before the grand jury. today judge
norma holloway johnson released her reasoning behind that decision. her
opinion says in part quote
"If the President disclosed to his closest legal advisors that he committed
crimes of perjury or obstruction of justice, he likely made the disclosure
in a conversation, not in writing."
Scott Pelley CBS NEws, The White House.))
Paula Jones' former lawyers want her to pay up.
Gil Davis, former Virginia attorney general candiate, and Joseph Camaratta say Jones owes them 800 thousand dollars for their work on the case.
They've asked a federal appeals court to order her to pay the bill.
Davis and Camaratta withdrew from the case when Jones rejected a 700-thousand dollar settlement.
Everyone enjoys good food, but one local woman is taking extra pleasure in the process.
We'll explain up next,
And ever wonder why your luggage often looks beaten up after a flight?
These dogs may be the reason, but only if you're trasporting something illegal.
We'll have the story in tonight's video of the day.
Imagine learning how to eat after a year of being fed exclusively through a tube.
Dorothy Carter is practicing using a new esophagus a Roanoke plastic surgeon reconstructed using part of her intestines.
In the second part of a special report Tonya Flory tells us how the patient is progressing.
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[SUPER=01-Dr. Andrew Roth/Plastic Surgeon; :00]
[SUPER=01-Ethel Carter/Patient's Mom;:48 ]
[SUPER=01-Janet Thompson/Speech Pathologist; 1:04]
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((DR. ANDREW ROTH/PLASTIC SURGEON:WE CONQUERED IT, AND NOW SHE'S ON A BEGINNING FEEDING PROGRAM. IT REALLY COULDN'T BE BETTER. IF I WAS GOING TO PUT IT IN BASEBALL TERMS I'D SAY IT'S BETWEEN A TRIPLE AND A HOME RUN.))
Half way through the recovery process Dot is eating potato soup, it might look a little thick, but it's mixed exactly to the right consistency to help her with her therapy.
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((DR. ANDREW ROTH/PLASTIC SURGEON:NOW SAY AAAHHH, GOOD YAY, HER PALETTE MOVES WELL.))
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Dot's vocal cords are still weak and she can't talk, but she's getting encouragement from her family, her doctors and nurses.
On the day we visited Dot, Doctor Roth gave her the good news she'd be going home from the hospital.
Her parents now have to take over her care.
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((ETHEL CARTER/PATIENT'S MOM:I'M DOING FAIR I THINK, A LITTLE BIT NERVOUS ABOUT ALL THIS CHANGE I'VE GOT TO DO A LOT OF THINGS I HADN'T BEEN DOING WHEN I GO HOME.))
[OUT Q=go home]
Like turning the living room into a hospital room.
But she says the view is much better out here.
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[IN Q=She's doing great]
((JANET THOMPSON/SPEECH PATHOLOGIST:SHE'S DOING GREAT, SHE IS VERY MOTIVATED. SHE HAD BEEN WITHOUT ANYTHING TO EAT OR DRINK FOR APPROXIMATELY A YEAR SO IT'S BEEN A LITTLE BIT OF A CHALLENGE IN TERMS OF DECREASING HER ANXIETY AND ALLOWING HER TO FEEL LIKE SHE CAN SWALLOW AGAIN.))
[OUT Q=swallow again.]
Dot's voice is coming back and her doctors say they expect her to make a full recovery.
Tonya Flory, News 7, Health Check.))
Officials at Lynchburg's Virgina Baptist Hospital announced today that they are "giving birth".
The hospital broke ground this afternoon for a new expansion project born only a few months ago.
Senior Vice President Tom (Jivi-DIN) Jividen explains how the ideas will now become a reality.
[IN Q= Well what we're ]
((TOM JIVIDEN/SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT: WELL WHAT WE'RE STARTING IS A 70,000 SQUARE FOOT, FIFTEEN AND A HALF MILLION DOLLAR ADDITION AND RENOVATION TO THIS COMPLEX. WE'RE GOING TO ADD A THREE STORY ADDITION TO THE BUILDING THAT SITS RIGHT BEHIND ME. THAT ADDITION WILL HOUSE FORTY AMBULATORY SURGERY SUPPORT BEDS AND TWELVE LABOR DELIVERY RECOVERY ROOMS. ))
[SUPER=01-Tom Jividen/Senior Vice President]
[OUT Q= delivery recovery rooms]
A new main lobby and same-day surgery rooms are also included in the construction plans.
Officials say the additions will give patients better service.
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We'll see who won the NCAA baseball title in Salem tonight plsu, Avalanche-Hillcats highlights are coming your way along with Steve Mason's story of deaf pro cyclist, and of course WCW highlights.
But first in tonight's Extra Point, the Reds came back from the grave this afternoon to beat the best bullpen in baseball.
Bret Boone's two run double with two outs in the 8th helped Cincinnati beat the Giants 5-to-2.
Now let's check tonight's boards.
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The NCAA division three baseball tournament wrapped up last night in Salem as the Eastern Connecticut State took on Montclair State for the title.
After losing their only game in the tournament Tuesday night, the well rested Eastern Connecticut State Warriors were anxious to claim the title.
And the Warriors would make their first statement in the top of the third when Anthony Formato hit this sacrifice fly to center field plating Chris D'Amato to take a one to nothing lead.
The Warriors would really get cranking in this fourth as Steven Rembisz fires this shot to left field. Lance Podlesney scores to make it a 2-to-nothing game.
Later in the inning Formato comes back up and hits one into left field. This time he drives in D'Amato with the RBI base hit and it's 3-to-nothing.
The Warriors iced it in the fourth as Nick Tempesta doubles in two runs with the blast to center field.
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Eastern Connecticut State pours it on and rubs it in to win the national title 16 to 1.
It's the school's first title since 1982.
Eastern Connecticut State won last night's division three baesball championship in Salem, beating Mount Clair State 16-1.
The baseball championships will be back in Salem next season, but we won't know until July if the Division Three baseball committee votes to renew its contract with the city for another three years.
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[SUPER=01-Bruce Wheeler/NCAA Baseball Chairman; :00]
[SUPER=01-Carey Harveycutter/Tournament Director; :18]
[SUPER=01-Brad Bankston/ODAC Commissioner; :25]
[OUT Q=...YEARS TO COME."]
While their yard was occupied, the Avalanche was in Lynchburg taking on the Hillcats at city stadium.
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The winner of last night's game would claim the three game set two games to one.
In the top of the first, Salem's Blake Barthol hits a chopper to third that it too tough to handle, a run scores from third. It's one to nothing.
Lynchburg came back in its half of the first with Kevin Haverbusch getting an RBI single to tie the game at 1-all.
In the top of the second, Blake Anderson will hit a chopper to short. Haverbusch bare hands the ball and guns it home. But it gets by the catcher and a Salem Run scores.
Lynchburg's Craig Wilson would drive in Garret Long in the third with this shot. But Salem comes back to win the game 10-to-5 and take the series 2 to 1.
At the 1998 French Open tennis championships in Paris today top seeded Pete Sampras found out that clay kills.
[SUPER=03-Paris, France/USA Network; :00]
This afternoon the winner of 10 grand slam events was ousted by the 97th ranked player in the world Paraguay's Ramon Delgado.
Sampras lost 7-6, 6-3, and 6-4 in a match that was also interrupted by rain.
On the women's side top seeded Martina Hingis and 8th seeded Venus Williams easily won to set up a likely rematch between the two rivals in the quarterfinals.
Still coming tonight WCW highlights from tonight's action in Nashville, Tennessee.
Plus, Steve Mason with the inspirational and amazing story of deaf cyclist Paul Wood.
If you were lucky enough to catch the Saturn Cup Festival bike races on Monday, you no doubt were amazed with the speed and balance that the riders possess.
But rider Paul Wood also turned in an amazing performance as our own Steve Mason tells us.
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[SUPER=01-Paul Wood/Professional Cyclist; :19]
[SUPER=01-John Lieswyn/Saturn Cup Winner; :41]
[OUT Q=..news 7 sports"]
((Professional Cyclist Paul Wood is deaf. His handicap hardly holds him back. Out of 72 pro category 1 and 2 cyclists, he finished 10th in Monday's Saturn Festival cup; another example of how his actions speak louder than words when delivering a message to others with disabilities.
Wood lives In greensboro and rides for team cycle Deoro. While he finished near the front of the pack in the saturn cup; his next goal is to be a national front runner.
Persuading Race officials to used signs to indicate sprints or primes at races is another goal Wood has in mind for cycling's future. Steve Mason, News 7 sports.))
And finally tonight WCW highlights in the middle of this Holiday week form Nashville.
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One of the top matches of the evening in "Music City" was waged in the air.
Chris Benoit using his head with the diving head butt on Booker T.
But the former TV champ was down but - not out.
He goes up top and drills Benoit with the missile drop kick to get the one, two three pin.
Fit Finley retained his TV belt with the tomb stone pile driver win over Brad Armstrong.
And Goldberg improved his record to 92-and-0 as the US heavyweight champ beat some bum named Horowitz.
Some of Virginia's hardest working state workers are looking for drugs.
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Fortunately, that's their job.
And with a new training facility, these dogs are getting pretty good at it.
((JACK BELLAMY/CORRECTIONS CANINE INSTRUCTOR: WE'VE GOTTEN INTO THE LINE OF TRYING TO GET AS MUCH DRUGS OUT OF OUR PRISONS AS POSSIBLE.))
[SUPER=74-Jack Bellamy/Canine Instructor;]
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[OUT Q=as possible.]
The question is -- why are Virginia Corrections Department canine units training on baggage belts for airports?
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((WE WORK FOR ANY LOCAL, STATE POLICE, LOCAL POLICE. WE'VE WORKED WITH, ASSISTED DEA, CUSTOMS. WE'VE ACTUALLY WORKED WITH THE IRS ON OCCASION.))
[OUT Q=on occasion.]
And now, they're training to do it in a converted chicken coop, on the James River Correctional farm in Goochland County.
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