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[7E-Grayson-Murder]


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This morning prosecutors and defense attorneys are expected to select the final potential juror in the case of Louis Ceparano.
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[SUPER=03-Independence;]


The 43-year old is charged with capital murder in the death of a former black Marine who was burned alive and beheaded in Grayson County.
The judge has instructed both sides to select a panel of 24 potential jurors which will eventually be narrowed down to 12 jurors and two alternates.
So far, 23 potential jurors have been selected.
Of that number, none are black.
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Yesterday Ceparano's attorneys repeatedly objected to selecting a jury saying their client's rights were violated because he was denied a change of venue.
Opening statements are expected to begin Monday.

[7E-County-Fatal]


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A Dublin man died last night after being struck by a car in Roanoke County.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


62-year-old James F. Revilla was hit while mowing a lawn in Vinton.
He was apparently on a riding mower when he ventured into Feather Road on a blind curve.
Police say the driver of the car tried to avoid the victim, but lost control of his vehicle and struck Revilla.


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[7E-Derailment]


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Norfolk Southern has named a cause for a train derailment earlier this year that wreaked havoc in downtown Lynchburg.

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[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/March 31;]

The March 31st derailment sparked a massive blaze after a 65-car train broke loose from a rail yard.
According to the railroad, an employee did not "apply a sufficient number of hand brakes."
Hand brakes are like emergency brakes on cars -- they prevent a parked train from moving.
Norfolk Southern will not say if it is taking any discplinary action.
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[7Gun-Christiansburg]


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A no contest plea for a 16-year-old honor student who allegedly brought a handgun to Christiansburg High School.
Authorities say the sophomore pulled a loaded pistol from her backpack in February because she was upset with an ex-boyfriend.
Friends reportedly grabbed the gun and unloaded it.
A juvenile court judge yesterday said a judgement will not be made in the case until the girl is sentenced.



[7E-Trigon]


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Trigon has jumped on the wagon- becoming part of a national lawsuit against the tobacco companies.
Now tobacco businesses across Virginia may boycott the state's largest health insurer-
Unions that represent Philip Morris workers in the Richmond area have labelled Trigon "the enemy" and are pushing for the boycott.
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[SUPER=03-Danville/File Tape;]


Virginia-based tobacco interests, like Danville's Dimon Incorporated, say they are surprised Trigon joined the lawsuit.
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((BROOKE TAYLOR/TRIGON: WE CERTAINLY WOULD LIKE TO KEEP THEIR BUSINESS. WE FEEL LIKE WE'VE PROVIDED THEM WITH QUALITY SERVICE FOR A LONG TIME AND WE'D LIKE TO CONTINUE TO DO THAT. BUT ON THE OTHER HAND, WE ALSO HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO OUR ENTIRE CUSTOMER BASE AND OUR SHAREHOLDERS. AND WE JUST FEEL LIKE THIS IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO.))
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The Virginia Farm Bureau has 23-thousand Trigon subscribers.
It says it's "disappointed" with Trigon, but has NO plans to boycott the company on behalf of the farmers.
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Taking a look now at your Friday forecast... Expect high humidity and partly sunny skies, with a possibility of scattered thunderstorms. Temperatures should reach the upper-80's. Tonight, partly cloudy conditions, with light winds. Lows in the low- to mid-60's. Looking ahead to the weekend...
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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 5/30/98
Saturday:

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Anniversary:
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No Pictures:

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[45E-Grayson-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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There is just one more person left to be selected in the pool of potential jurors who will decide the fate of Louis Ceparano.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Independence;]


The 43-year old is charged with capital murder in the death of a former black Marine who was burned alive and beheaded in Grayson County.
The judge has instructed both sides to select a panel of 24 potential jurors that will eventually be narrowed down to 12 jurors and two alternates.
So far, 23 potential jurors have been selected.
Of that number, none is black.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=none]


Yesterday Ceparano's attorneys repeatedly objected to selecting a jury saying their client's rights were violated because he was denied a change of venue.
Opening statements are expected to begin Monday.

[45E-County-Fatal]


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A freak accident last night involving a car and riding lawn mower has left one person dead.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


62-year-old James F. Revilla was hit while mowing a lawn in Vinton.
He apparently drove the mower onto Feather Road on a blind curve.
Police say the driver of the car tried to avoid the victim, but lost control of his vehicle and struck Revilla.
Revilla was from Dublin.
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[45E-Derailment]


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The cause of firey March train derailment in downtown Lynchburg has been determined.
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[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/March 31;]

The March 31st derailment sparked a massive blaze after a 65-car train broke loose from a rail yard.
According to Norfolk Southern, an employee did not "apply a sufficient number of hand brakes."
Hand brakes are like emergency brakes on cars -- they prevent a parked train from moving.
Norfolk Southern will not say if it is taking any discplinary action.
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[45Burn-Violations]


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A Waynesboro man has pleaded guilty to two minor burning law violations involving a 400-acre fire on Afton Mountain. Kirk Johnson was fined 550 dollars yesterday. He also was ordered to pay almost 31-thousand dollars in restitution -- the cost of fighting the April 2nd fire.




[45E-Dalton]


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A Pittsylvania County man has had his murder conviction overturned by the Virginia Court of Appeals.
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[SUPER=04-July 1996;]


Back in 1996, a jury found Paul Dalton Junior guilty of killing 72-year old Clark Adkins and burying his body.
But last week, the Virginia Court of Appeals ruled that the lower court did NOT properly instruct the jury.
The problem: the jury was not told that they could have found Dalton guilty of being "an accessory after the fact" if they could not convict him of murder.
Dalton's sister and her boyfriend were also convicted in connection with the murder.
No word if Dalton can OR WILL be retried.
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[45AOL]


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Virginia Attorney General Mark Earley's NOT taking on Microsoft.
But now that 43 other states have settled a consumer protection lawsuit against Virginia-based America Online, Earley's joined the settlement.
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A-O-L will pay NO consumer refunds as a part of the deal.
But the nation's largest online provider did agree to NOT increase its monthly fees or modify its contract with subscribers without giving 30 days' notice.
A-O-L must also disclose the terms of its free trial offers and clearly explain procedures for canceling subscriptions.
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Virginia's share of the settlement money comes to about 76-thousand dollars.
The money will be used for future consumer protection and education initiatives.
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Turning to your Friday forecast--
Partly sunny and humid, with a slight chance of scattered afternoon thunderstorms.
Highs in the upper 80s.
Partly cloudy tonight with light winds and lows in the lower 60s.
The weekend outlook promises more sunshine and warm temperatures, with highs in the mid 80s.
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[8E-Grayson-Murder]


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[TAPE#=98-41 4:47]
[GRAPHIC=Louis Ceparano]


Preliminary jury selection is almost complete in the capital murder trial of Louis Ceparano.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Independence;]


The 43-year old is charged in the death of a former black Marine who was burned alive and beheaded in Grayson County.
The judge has instructed both sides to select a panel of 24 potential jurors that will eventually be narrowed down to 12 jurors and two alternates.
So far, 23 potential jurors have been selected.
Of that number, none is black.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=none]


Yesterday Ceparano's attorneys repeatedly objected to selecting a jury saying their client's rights were violated because he was denied a change of venue.
Opening statements are expected to begin Monday.

[8E-County-Fatal]


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Last night, a man was killed while mowing a lawn.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]


62-year-old James F. Revilla was hit by a car while mowing a lawn in Vinton.
He apparently drove the mower onto Feather Road on a blind curve.
Police say the driver of the car tried to avoid the victim, but lost control of his vehicle and struck Revilla.
Revilla was from Dublin.
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[8S-Hospital-Shooting]


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A guilty verdict in the trial of a man charged with shooting another man at the Danville Regional Medical Center.

Derrick Lee Coles was convicted of malicious wounding.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-December 1997;]


Coles shot Darrell Bradner of Chatham in the emergency room waiting area.
Bradner was wounded in the abdomen and chest.
The shooting was apparently in retaliation for a shooting earlier that same night in a Hardee's parking lot.
Coles's teenage brother was the victim in that first shooting.
Coles will be sentenced in July.
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[8Gun-Christiansburg]


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A 16-year-old Christiansburg High School student pleaded "no contest" to bringing a handgun to school.
Authorities say the sophomore pulled a loaded pistol from her backpack in February because she was upset with an ex-boyfriend.
Friends reportedly grabbed the gun and unloaded it.
A juvenile court judge yesterday said a judgement will not be made in the case until the girl is sentenced.



[8E-Bedford-School]


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There's a new man at the helm of the Bedford county school system.
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[SUPER=03-Bedford]


James Belvins, who spent the past seven years as Superintendent for Nottaway County, was officially selected for the job.
Belvins will replace John Kent who was recently retired.
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((JAMES BELVINS/ NEW SUPERINTENDANT OF BEDFORD COUNTY SCHOOLS: I HAVE AN OPEN DOOR POLICY. I LIKE TO LISTEN TO WHAT THE PUBLIC WOULD LIKE FOR THEIR SCHOOL SYSTEM TO BE.. AND I BELIEVE IN BRINGING EVERYONE TO THE TABLE, AND WORKING WITH THE CONCERNS OF WHAT PEOPLE SEE AS A CONCERN FOR BEDFORD COUNTY AND BEDFORD COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEMS. ))
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Belvins also said he would like to look into the option of having a "virtual classroom" at the high school level.
This would allow students to take courses through the Internet.
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[8Rockbridge-Schools]


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Some Rockbridge County elementary students will have a LONGER school year--
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[SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co.]


The extension will go into effect during the 1999-2000 school year.
Students at Mountain View and Fairfield Elementary School will be affected.
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[IN Q=We're not looking]

((GLEN STARK/ROCKBRIDGE CO. SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT: WE'RE NOT LOOKING AT DOING MORE OF THE SAME BUT RATHER CAN WE OFFER THE SAME 180 DAYS THAT WE OFFER FOR ALL STUDENTS--BUT CAN WE DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT TO ALLOW THESE STUDENTS TO HAVE BETTER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES.))
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Students will attend classes for about 45 days then have a five to 10 day break for those who need time to catch up on their studies.
The extended school year will cost the county from 215 to 245 thousand dollars.
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Now, let's take one more look at the Friday forecast--
Partly sunny, hot and humid today, with highs reaching the upper 80s.
We could also see some widely scattered thunderstorms this afternoon.
Meantime, tonight looks partly cloudy with lows in the low to mid 60s.
And the weekend outlook is partly sunny, with highs in the 80s.
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