Straight ahead on News 7 at Six--the high profile "burning and beheading" murder trial is coming to a Grayson County courtroom.
Defense attorneys worry that all the publicity means their client won't get a fair trial.
And supporters of the A-E-P Powerline have reason to celebrate tonight.
Tonight in sports, Sampras is now just a tourist in France, Steve Mason has the inspiring story of an area cyclist,
and Montclair State beats Cortland State this afternoon to advance to tonight's NCAA division three baseball title game in Salem that gets underway at 7.
Very isolated but strong thunderstorms are popping up again. We will track them on radar in just a few moments.[Wva
It's all up to Virginia now.
Late this afternoon the state of West Virginia approved American Electric Power's application to build a new high-voltage power line.
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A West Virginia commission said the line, stretching from Wyoming County to Cloverdale, is the best way to protect this area from future power outages.
Virginia must now approve the project before A-E-P starts building the line.
A-E-P spokesman Todd Burns called today's decision a good one.
He said it's the first step toward putting the new line in service.
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Former Virginia Attorney General candidate Gil Davis says Paula Jones owes him 800-thousand dollars.
Davis and partner Joseph Cammarata are asking a federal appeals court to force Jones to pay them the money.
They represented Jones in her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Clinton, but withdrew when Jones rejected a 700-thousand dollar settlement offer.
The sexual harassment suit was dismissed by a federal judge, who also ruled Davis and Cammarata were entitled to reasonable attorney's fees.
Jones is appealing the case against President Clinton, and her new attorneys are asking the court to reinstate the lawsuit, and throw out her former lawyer's bill.
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A federal jury in Roanoke has convicted a man from Bassett on drug charges. The defendant weighs in at 700-pounds.
Kenny Ray Gray was convicted of possession and distribution of crack cocaine and firearms charges.
Gray was a fugitive at one point after his indictment last year, but authorities tracked him down and flew him back to Roanoke.
Gray needed a specially built chair for the trial.
He's being held in a federal prison hospital in Lexington Kentucky until he's sentenced. [Frat-Prank]
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A former Sweetbriar College student admits she shaved the groin area of a Washington and Lee student during a prank earlier this year.
It happened at a W&L fraternity house.
Lisa Karen Williams was accused of sexual battery--she pled guilty to a reduced charge today.
After Williams' prank, three fraternity members drove her and another woman into the woods and tried to do the same thing to them.
Williams pled guilty to misdemeanor assault in Lexington general district court this morning. She received a 30 day suspended sentence and 80 hours of community service.
The three men involved pled guilty to the same charge yesterday and received the same sentence.
The other woman charged in the prank, Jessica Saveall, is scheduled for trial next month.[Tease#1]
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No paperless lottery games for Virginia-- we'll explain why, coming up on News 7 at Six.
and some of the work done by the state prisons department might surprise you: teaching man's best friend to sniff out drugs in airline baggage, and training parole officers on what to look for when visiting ex-convicts at home.
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It's been 10 months since Garnet G-P Johnson was burned alive and decapitated.
This morning, the defense and prosecution began selecting a jury to hear the evidence against one of the men charged with his murder.
Teresa Hamilton has more from Independence.
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So far today, they excused 14 jurors, selected 4 for the panel of 26.
They will select the jury from that panel.
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The Virginia Lottery Board today rejected a "paperless" lottery game -- a game lottery opponents have criticized as similar to slot machines.
Governor Jim Gilmore sent the board a letter yesterday, urging its appointed members to reject the computer screen scratch game.
Board Chairman Stuart Siegel said in a statement: "The Board feels that it has selected the product we think will be the most popular with the citizens of the Commonwealth..."
That means regular scratch ticket games will be used to help pay for a proposed Virginia baseball stadium, instead of the faster, more controversial computer game.
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Strobe lights, lava lamps, and suitcases full of cocaine.
They can all be found in an old chicken coop in Goochland County.
It's the latest training facility for the people who run Virginia's prisons.
Ellen Qualls explains.
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(( Nothing's more fun for these officers than sniffing your bags at the airport.
The four-legged officer that is.
((JACK BELLAMY/CORRECTIONS CANINE INSTRUCTOR: WE'VE GOTTEN INTO THE LINE OF TRYING TO GET AS MUCH DRUGS OUT OF OUR PRISONS AS POSSIBLE.))
The question is -- why are Virginia Corrections Department canine units training on baggage handlers for airports?
((JACK BELLAMY/CORRECTIONS CANINE INSTRUCTOR: WE WORK FOR ANY LOCAL, STATE POLICE, LOCAL POLICE. WE'VE WORKED WITH, ASSISTED DEA, CUSTOMS. WE'VE ACTUALLY WORKED WITH THE IRS ON OCCASSION.))
And now they're doing it in a converted chicken coop, on the James River Correctional farm in Goochland County.
((JACK BELLAMY/CORRECTIONS CANINE INSTRUCTOR: WE NEED A DOG THAT IS A FANATIC, BONKERS IF YOU WILL ABOUT RETRIEVING.))
That's not all that goes on here.
A simulated little ex-con apartment serves as a training ground for parole and probation officers making home visits.
((JIMMY BURGESS/PROBATION & PAROLE OFFICER TRAINER: WHEN THAT DOOR OPENS IF THEY EXPERIENCE THIS KIND OF PARTY, TURN AND LEAVE, IT'S NOT A GOOD TIME TO COME IN.))
So while the state pours money into cement and razor wire to keep the criminals away-- corrections workers -- of all species, are doing their best for less in the chicken coops of yesteryear.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Goochland County.))[Stocks]
The stock market was mixed in volatile trading.
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The Dow dropped 27 points to close at 89 hundred 37.
NASDAQ was UP three ponts.
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The DuPont plant in Martinsville is set to close its doors for good at the end of June.
Nearly 500-people will lose their jobs.
The company and the community are working hard to market their workers to new employers.
Christy Hubley tells us why they hope their creative campaign will pay off with sweet success.
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((Katie Yates has worked at DuPont in Martinsville for 33 years.
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Yates is one of the lucky ones.
While Dupont is closing its nylon plant, the company will keep open a small, specialized manufacturing facility.
Yates managed to secure one of the 50-jobs that will be left.
John Breedlove, a manufacturing technician DuPont, does not have a job lined up after this one.
He plans to go back to school.
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((JOHN BREEDLOVE:MY FAMILY AND I HAVE BEEN BLESSED. WITH 2 YEARS NOTICE, WE'VE WORKED AND PAID OFF A LOT OF BILLS PLUS MY WIFE USED TO WORK AT SARA LEE. WHEN THEY SHUT DOWN SHE LOST HER JOB. BUT SHE WENT BACK TO SCHOOL AND GOT HER DEGREE. NOW SHE'S GOING TO WORK, SO IT'S HER TURN TO TAKE CARE OF ME WHILE I GO TO SCHOOL.))
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Dupont has hired a development firm to market this skilled workforce.
And with the help of city and county leaders, the "Oh Henry" campaign was born.
Ads reading "Oh Henry, We're Hungry for Work" will be placed in the Wall Street Journal, go on the internet, and be mailed to industries mainly in Northern Virginia.
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The "Oh Henry" campaign has already triggered several phone calls.
But the real proof of its success will be measured by how many Dupont workers find a sweet deal with a new employer.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Martinsville.
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The man whose ultimate responsibility is to decide whether the AEP Powerline is needed in Virginia spent today floating down the New River.
As Scott Goldberg reports, it was a close-up look at the line's possible impact on the environment.
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(( File this one under "things you don't see everyday."
Representatives of American Electric Power, the power company's critics, and a judge who decides if a new power line should be built in Virginia ... all enjoying a mid-day float down the New River.
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It was a chance for power line opponents to visit the terrain they say would be destroyed by a new line.
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For the judge, it was a chance to do some research.
He has to balance the need for a new line against the impact it would have on the environment.
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All this, on the day when a neighboring state decided the line is vital to protect this area's power supply.
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((SCOTT GOLDBERG: IN WEST VIRGINIA, THE LINE'S ROUTE CUTS THROUGH DESOLATE LAND THAT'S BEEN STRIP MINED. ON THE VRIGINIA SIDE OF THE BORDER, THE SCENERY IS MUCH BETTER AND THE OPPOSITION HAS BEEN MUCH LOUDER.))
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But if the line is approved it has to go somewhere.
The state won't make that decision until the impressions from this trip down the river have plenty of time to soak in.
Scott Goldberg, News-7, Montgomery County.
Coming up tonight in sports, the NCAA baseball tournament in Salem is now one game away from crowning its national champ.
The Pacers and Bulls resume their series tonight back in Chicago.
And Steve Mason introduces us to a cyclist who hears with his eyes as he pedals in the pack.
Montclair State will meet Eastern Connecticut State tonight at 7 for the NCAA Division III baseball National Championship.
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Eastern Connecticut, who already sealed a spot in the title game, looked on as Montclair and Cortland played the semi final game at Salem Memorial.
In the top of the second, Montclair's Brian Kermizian connects on a one bagger that brings in Frank Francia for the games first run.
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Conway gets one of those RBI's with a triple into the right centerfield gap. 4-nothnig Montclair State after four innings.
The Red Dragons tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh. Dave Tidick threads the needle down the first base line and two runs are gonna come on in, but Montclair holds on for a 5-2 victory and earns a shot at the title tonight.
The Cincinnati Reds have already picked up a win in the big leagues this afternoon.
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The Reds put together an impressive come from behind effort today at home to lower the Giants.
The Giants had a 5-to-2 lead with the best bullpen in baseball working to salvage the victory.
But the Reds' Bret Boone delivered with a two out, two run double in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead Cincinnati to the 7-to-5
win over the Giants.
Also, this afternoon the Phillies beat the Cubs
10-to-5 and the Twins nipped the Rangers 6-to-5.
The Lynchburg Hillcats and Salem Avalanche close out their three game set at City Stadium tonight at 7.
The clubs split the first two games of the week and at this point in the season have almost identical records.
However, Salem has won 7 of its last 10 while the Cats have lost 7 of their last 10 games.
The NBA eastern conference finals resume tonight in Chicago with the Bulls and Pacers tied up at two games a piece, and Bulls fit to be tied at the way they lost game four.
Tonight the refs will no doubt be in the hot seat.
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The 1998 French Open tennis championships have ended almost as quickly as they started for top seeded Pete Sampras.
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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.
Fans and competitors enjoyed the sights and sounds of Memorial day weekend's Saturn Festival Cup bike races.
But, in one sense, rider Paul Wood is at an extreme disadvantage. Steve Mason explains.
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((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.))
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That's News 7 at Six. Coming up tonight--
Virginia Baptist Hospital in Lynchburg is launching a 15 million dollar expansion--the main focus will be constructing larger rooms for the maternal services area. Hospital officials say it reflects a change in philosophy--allowing newborns to remain with their mothers after birth.
[Jean ad lib byes] Join us for that story and more tonight on News 7 at 11.