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Coming up next on News 7, a judge is about to sentence Terry Nichols for his role in the Oklahoma city bombing.
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and the Supreme Court hands special prosecutor Ken Starr a setback as he investigates the President.
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and Patrick Evans is in the Garden with Growin' It. [Wx-Heads]
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Rain again today but a more gentle variety. The weekend forecast is just ahead.

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Tonight on health check -- the local medical community reacts to the nation's first large-scale testing of an Aids Vaccine.
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And a trendy retail store for children pulls thousands of potentially dangerous jackets off the shelf.
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Terry Nichols askes the judge for a break on his sentence.
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Today is the day a judge will likely decide a sentence for Nichols- the second man convicted in the Oklahoma City Bombing.
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The jury declined to give Nichols the death penalty and could not decide a prison term so it fell to the judge.
Richard Matsch could sentence Nichols anywhere from seven years to life in prison.
He is hearing today from people whose loved ones died in the blast.
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((MARSHA KIGHT/VICTIM'S MOTHER: LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT A CHANCE OF PAROLE. I WANT HIM TO ROT IN JAIL.)) ((RUDY GUSMAN/RELATIVE OF VICTIM: I'M GOING TO SPEAK FROM THE HEART ABOUT WHAT MR. NICHOLS DID TO ME MY FAMILY, MY WHOLE LIFE.))
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Nichols has already asked for leniecy..he told the judge in a letter that he was sorry and implied he never thought Timothy McVeigh would actually kill anybody, let alone 168 men, women and children.
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A setback for Special Prosecutor Ken Starr.
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Starr wanted the question over witnesses sped up in court. But today the Supreme Court decided it will not intervene in the Monica Lewinsky probe.
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((JANET RENO/U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL: I THINK THE BEST WAY TO DEAL WITH TEHSE ISSUES IS WHEN YOU FILE A PLEADING WITH THE COURT, LET THE PLEADING SPEAK FOR ITSELF OR LET THE DEBATE OR ARGUMENT BE MADE IN COURT.))
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Starr wanted the high court to by pass the appeals court and hear arguments on whether Secret Service agents sould be required to testify-
He also wanted the court to decide whethe Attorney Client privilege could stop presidential advisor Bruce Lindsey from testifying.
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A second teenager has been convicted of murdering a Lynchburg woman and dumping her body in Appomattox County.
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19-year old Trevor Andrew Jones pleaded guilty today to all six charges he faced for the shooting death of Lisa Yvonne Crider last year.
Jones testified against his accomplice, Brandon Wayne Hedrick, who has already been convicted for his role in the crime and sentenced to death.
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((JOE SANZONE/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: TREVOR HAS FROM THE VERY BEGINNING TOLD THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT TOOK PLACE, AND HOWEVER BAD HIS ACTIONS MAY HAVE BEEN RIGHT ON UP TO THE DAY OF THE KILLING, HE'S DONE THE CORRECT, THE RIGHT AND THE RESPONSIBLE THING BY COMING FORWARD AND SAYING EXACTLY WHAT HE'S DONE.)) ((TOMMY LAWSON/PROSECUTOR: AS YOU REMEMBER HE TESTIFIED FOR THE COMMONWEALTH IN THE CASE AGAINST MR. HEDRICK A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO, SO HE PRETTY MUCH INCRIMINATED HIMSELF ON ALL THESE CHARGES SO I DIDN'T SEE WHERE HE HAD MUCH CHOICE BUT TO PLEAD GUILTY TODAY.))
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Jones is facing up to four life terms in prison.
Lawson says he'll ask the court to consider Jones' cooperation when he's sentenced in August.
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Roanoke City Schools conducted more random searches for drugs and weapons today. Like the first one last month, today's searches did not turn up anything illegal.
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Drug dogs checked cars in a parking lot at William Fleming High School, and officers used handheld metal detectors to search some students who arrived at the school by bus.
The metal detectors were also used at Breckenridge Middle School to check for the presence of weapons.
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((LISSY RUNYON/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS: ONCE AGAIN WE'RE BEING PROACTIVE TO SEND A CLEAR MESSAGE THAT THIS IS A ZERO TOLERANCE AREA AND TO USE THIS POLICY AND PROCEDURE AS A DETERRENT TO ANY KIND OF DRUG OR WEAPON USE ON CAMPUS.))
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School officials say they expect to continue the unannounced searches when school resumes in the fall. And they aren't precluding the possibility of another search before the end of this school year.

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It took rescue workers about 40- minutes to free a young girl trapped when the pick-up truck she was riding in flipped over in Blacksburg.
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Police say the girl's older sister pulled into the path of a Chevy Lumina which struck the pick-up and caused it flip over.
It happened on Hightop road, around noon.
Eleven year old Natalie Walters was wearing her seatbelt and was NOT seriously injured.
Her 16-year old sister, Meredith, was charged with failure to yield the right of way.
The driver of the other car, Drema (Wah) Waugh, is also expected to make a full recovery.
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A Roanoke man is spending part of his birthday in a local hospital after he crashed his truck.
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Witnesses say Stephen Oliphant (Ahli-font) was travelling well above the posted 35-mile an hour speed limit when he wrecked his truck.
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((DARRELL ROGERS/WITNESS; TRIED TO MAKE THAT CURVE AT TENTH AND FAIRFAX. I GUESS HE WAS GOING TOO FAST AND HE JUST LOST CONTROL RIGHT THERE. HE TRIED TO REGAIN CONTROL AND IT NEVER DID HAPPEN. HE HIT THAT EMBANKMENT RIGHT THERE AND FLIPPED THE TRUCK IN FRONT OF BOOTH'S GARAGE.))
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Oliphant was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital with what police describe as non life threatening injuries.
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Norfolk Southern faces its second day of tough questioning in Washington. We'll have a full report in a moment.
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And last night's big 24 million dollar lottery is split two ways and one of the winners is from our area.
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On Health Check, a windbreaker sold across the nation is being recalled due to a potential lead hazard.
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and Patrick is out in the vegetable garden with this week's Growin' It. [cc sponsor]
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A former Halifax County jailer admits he had oral sex with two female inmates.
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Jonathan Majors pleaded guilty today to two counts of sodomy.
He could face up to ten years in jail when he is sentenced in August.
Last year, two female inmates accused Majors and two other jailers of sexual misconduct.
All three men were fired, but there was only enough evidence to indict Majors.
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A shooting last night in Pittsylvania County leaves one man fighting for his life in a North Carolina hospital.
25-year old David Tyrone Keen is in serious condition after he was shot in the chest.
It happened last night in Cascade.
The Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office has a suspect in the case but doesn't know the motive of the shooting.



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It is day two of the train hearings in Washington and Norfolk Southern chairman David Goode is responding to concerns about the railroad's plans for a safe merger.
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Goode has faced some tough questions from regulators and unions. Both want assurances that Norfolk Southern and C-S-X will go the extra mile when it comes to safety.
For his part Goode praised his railroad's record and he said teams have been working for the past year to make sure the merger with Conrail is a smooth one.
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Goode says he has every reason to expect the merger will go through on Monday.

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The phones have been ringing non stop at a Southside convenience store which sold one of two winning lotto tickets.


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E-Z Stop store manager Kathy Waller says local residents want to know who the lucky person is.
Store employees are all a-buzz about having sold a winner.
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((PATRICIA PALMER/STORE CLERK; I THINK IT'S GREAT. I THINK IT'S TIME WE FINALLY GOT A WINNER AS MANY TICKETS AS WE SELL.)) ((PAMELA LAPRADE/STORE CLERK; MOST OF THE WINNERS COME FROM AREAS THAT PLAY MORE. WE SELL MORE OF THE DAILY NUMBERS THAN WE DO LOTTERY. SO IT'S GREAT TO FINALLY HAVE ONE HERE.))
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Virginia lotto officials say the Ridgeway winner selected the annual payout and will receive 12.2 million dollars over the next 25 years.
But the person has not come forward.
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((CLIFF HUGHES/HENRY CO. LOTTO REP.; I WOULD THINK HE'S DISCUSSING THE FINANCIAL SITUATION WITH HIS FAMILY AND PROBABLY HIS TAX CONSULTANT AND LIKE THAT BEFORE HE COMES FORWARD WITH IT.))
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The other winning ticket was purchased in Fairfax.
The loot could have been split three ways.
A Ridgeway man had played the same numbers that won at the E-Z Stop for the past two years.
Last night he failed to buy a ticket.


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The storms this week have kept many people out of their gardens. But Patrick Evans is braving the elements to get a little work done in this week's Growin' It.
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Gardens take a lot of work, and pulling weeds is one of the least desireable jobs.
Patrick Evans has some great ideas for reducing weeds in the garden, and some other very helpful general gardening tips this week on Growin' It.
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A popular sitcom actor is arrested on drug charges near Bluefield, West Virginia. We'll have the details a little later in the newscast.
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Next on health check -- The new AIDS vaccine is about to be tested on humans.
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Volunteers selected are those at high risk of sexual infection -- homosexual males and heterosexuals who have an infected partner.
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((ROBERT MORROW/AIDS COUNCIL OF WESTERN VA:THEY'RE TRYING TO BE AS CAREFUL AS THEY POSSIBLY CAN BECAUSE WHAT WE DON'T WANT TO HAVE HAPPEN IS A BUNCH OF PEOPLE TO TURN POSITIVE BECAUSE THEY GOT THE VACCINE.))
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The danger of lead poisoning has led to the recall of nearly 128-thousand windbreakers.
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The hooded windbreakers were sold at GapKids stores throughout the country.
The jackets have paint on the zipper pull that contains an unacceptable level of lead.
The recalled windbreakers were sold from the first of the year until Tuesday and have a "made in Russia" label.
They came in a variety of colors and sizes.
People who have the items should immediately stop wearing them and return them to the GAPkids store for a refund.
Workers at the GAPkids store at the Valley View Mall in Roanoke said they were not allowed to disclose if the store had sold the windbreakers.
Exposure to lead can cause behavorial and learning problems in children.
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The first test of a potential AIDS vaccine --in humans-- is set to get underway as early as this month.
The news is somewhat controversial in the local medical community.
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The clinical trials will take place over the next three years when patients will be given AIDS VAX. HIV information specialist Robert Morrow says only time will tell how effective this new vaccine is.
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((ROBERT MORROW/AIDS COUNCIL OF WESTERN VA:WHAT WE'LL PROBABLY SEE IS SORT OF A COCKTAIL VACCINE THEY'LL DEVELOP SEVERAL VACCINES OVER TIME, BUT WE'RE STILL LOOKING A WAYS IN THE FUTURE FOR THIS. BUT IF WE LOOK BACK IN THE PAST, TEN YEARS AGO AN HIV VACCINE OF ANY KIND WOULD NOT EVEN HAVE BEEN ATTEMPTED.))
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The testing is limited now to larger cities, but Roanoke may not be far behind.
The AIDS council of Western Virginia estimates about 900 reported H-I-V cases in the Roanoke Valley area.
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((ROBERT MORROW/AIDS COUNCIL OF WESTERN VA:SOME PEOPLE GET TESTED ANONYMOUSLY ANF THEY'RE NOT COUNTED IN THE NUMBERS, SOME PEOPLE HAVE NOT DECIDED TO NOT GET TESTED, KNOWING THEY'VE BEEN AT RISK AND SOME PEOPLE ARE NOT EVEN AWARE THEY'VE BEEN AT RISK SO IT'S A PRETTY BIG GAMBLE TO SAY WHEN I GET SICK THERE IS GOING TO BE A VACCINE, VACCINES ARE ONLY GOING TO WORK BEFORE YOU GET INFECTED.))

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[VO NAT] Five thousand volunteers will be tested in the United States. Morrow says the vaccine is not a cure, but a step forward to eliminate part of the H-I-V epidemic.
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Researchers have added a new health risk to smoking...hearing loss.
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A study has found that middle aged and older people who smoked cigarettes were more likely to develop a mild form of hearing loss.
Those people who experienced the loss often had trouble listening when there was a lot of background noise.
Doctors believe the nicotine in cigarettes may slow the blood's circulation to the ears.
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But they say more study is needed before making a direct link between smoking and hearing loss.


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Welcome folks to the Thursday Ticker that gets started with some news from the Friday Football Extra front.
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Former Friday Football Extra player of the week, James Hickenbotham, the all-state performer from Patrick Henry says he will enroll at Fork Union Military Academy next season.
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Hickenbotham had numerous division one scholarship offers, but right now he's still just a hair away from qualifying academicially for a division one grant in aid.
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Hickenbotham will graduate with his class at PH in the coming days, and he says he's relieved to finally have the decision nehind him.
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More from James tonight at six.

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The Scott Robertson Memorial media luncheon teeed off at the Roanoke Country Club today. Steve Mason has more on this year's award recipients.
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((Before a round of golf with the media and the tournament committee, North Cross senior Brandon LaCroix received the 15th annual Scott Robertson Memorial scholarship. The eight thousand dollars can go towards his education and golf career at Duke next year. ((:))
Glenvar senior James Jett joins LaCroix as a member of the national honor society and receives the two thousand dollar Eugene A. Hawthorne scholarship. He's a 4.0 student and is first in his class of 102. ((:)) ((:)) ((:)) Like the recipients, the Scott Robertson Memorial Tournament keeps improving each year. ((:))
The tournament runs from August 10th through the 13th. In Roanoke Steve Mason , News 7 sports.))
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Pro rasslin is coming up at six.
Take care everybody.

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Gilligan's Island star Bob Denver says he has been charged with marijuana possesion.
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Denver says he was charged in Mercer County, West Virginia where he lives.
He said the charge is a misdemeanor and declined other comment.
The case is being handled by a drug task force of the region.
If this is a first offense, there is no fine, no court costs and an automatic six months probation.
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Finally today, the world is getting it first look at the only albino koala bear in captivity.
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Onya-Birri (ON-YA BEER-E) will make his public debut tomorrow at the San Diego Zoo.
He is 10 months old and has white fur and a pink nose.
The rare male Koala joey was born on September 1 and spent the first six months of his life in his mom's pouch.
He gave zookeepers quite a shock when he emerged in early March.
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