Coming up on News 7-
A Roanoke woman was stabbed to death today in front of family members.
The Virginia Supreme Court rules on the visitation rights of grandparents.
And one local man's knowledge of the great outdoors is benefiting some nature lovers as they hike the Appalachian trail.
News 7 is next.
A Northeast Roanoke woman is stabbed to death.
Police say the victim's ex-husband will face murder charges.
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And hundreds of law enforcement officers from four states continue to stake out a canyon in Utah where they believe two suspected cop killers are hiding.
Plus a popular class at Rockbridge County High School class is getting some national recognition for their work on the most read book in school.
We'll have those stories, plus the latest sports and weather on News 7 at 11. [Grandparents-Custody]
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Good Evening I'm Tonya Flory, sitting in tonight for Jean Jadhon.
A ruling by the Virginia Supreme court could have an impact on families and visitation rights around the country.
Tom and Sarah Williams of Blacksburg are the parents of a seven-year old girl.
Tom's parents sued for visitation with the child.
But the Virginia Supreme court today ruled against the grandparents.
The Williams' attorney says the only way the court would interfere with a parents' constitutional rights is if the child was living in an unfit home, which was never alleged in this case.
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((HARRIET DORSEY/WILLIAMS' ATTORNEY:IN OTHER WORDS, UNLESS THE GRANDPARENTS CAN PROVE THE CHILD IS ABUSED, NEGLECTED OR ABANDONED THE STATE DOES NOT HAVE ARIGHT TO STEP IN BETWEEN PARENT AND CHILD AND THAT'S A VERY IMPORTANT PRINCIPAL.
SARAH WILLIAMS/PARENT:WE ARE SO THANKFUL THAT THE JUDGE'S UNDERSTOOD THIS CASE AND TOOK THE TIME TO WRITE THE DECISION THOUGHTFULLY AND THAT THEY HAVE STOOD BEHIND PARENTS AUTHORITY, WE'RE JUST REALLY THANKFUL. ))
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And, while the Virginia Supreme court decision is not a controlling decision in other states, it could have an influence on their outcome.
NEWS 7's efforts to reach the grandparents were unsuccessful.[Long-Acre]
One Northeast Roanoke woman is dead and police say her ex-husband is the main suspect in her stabbing.
Police say 46-year old Wanda Ratcliff Jennings argued with the man she recently divorced.
The victim's son told officers he saw his stepfather, Michael Warren Jennings, pull a large hunting knife from his trousers and stab his mother in the chest.
The couple's granddaughter was among the witnesses.
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((SUSIE PAGAN/NEIGHBOR; I WENT IN THERE...SHE TOLD ME.))
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Wanda Jennings died at the scene.
Michael Jennings jumped in his truck and fled the scene.
Police apprehended him a few miles away after a brief chase on foot.
He's being evaluated in a local hospital.
Police say Jennings will be charged with murder when he is released.
A frustrated army of lawmen in Utah say the trail of fugitive survivalists who are suspected cop killers has gone cold.
The 300 evacuated residents of Bluff are now allowed to return.
Dave Fay-ling reports.
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((SCORES OF LAW-ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS.. INCLUDING NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS
AND SWAT TEAMS ARE COMBING THE UTAH WILDERNESS.. LOOKING FOR TWO MEN
WANTED IN A POLICE SHOOTING LAST WEEK.
A THIRD MAN WAS FOUND DEAD FROM A GUNSHOT WOUND TO THE HEAD.. AND
PIPE BOMBS NEXT TO THE BODY.
AUTHORITIES SAY THEY'RE NOW EXPANDING THE SEARCH.
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A UTAH SHERIFF'S DEPUTY WAS WOUNDED YESTERDAY BY GUNFIRE.. AS HE
INVESTIGATED A REPORTED SIGHTING OF A SUSPECT.
THE TWO MEN ARE DESCRIBED AS "DOOMSDAYER" SURVIVALISTS.. WHO'VE BEEN
STOCKPILING FOOD AND WEAPONS IN HOPES OF SURVIVING THE END OF THE WORLD.
Sheriff Mike Lacy says earlier reports of gunfire along the San Juan River couldn't be confirmed.
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Percy Lavar Walton wanted to be (quote)"famous for killing a bunch of people."
He wanted a gun "high powered enough" to "gun down" his neighbors at Danville's Cabin Lake apartments.
At least that's what he allegedly told a fellow inmate.
Walton's attorney had argued that other Virginia killers had committed murders just as heinous as Walton's without getting a death sentence.
Walton shot Jesse and Elizabeth Kendrick in their Cabin Lake home.
A few days later he killed Archie Moore in Moore's home.
The Supreme Court found that Walton is a "continuing serious threat to society."
A trial date's been set for Giles County supervisor Bobby Williams.
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Williams, shown here at a supervisors' meeting in February, is facing charges related to an illegally taped phone conversation.
He attempted suicide the day the grand jury returned the indictment.
A jury is expected to hear the case September 18th.
Today the judge said he would consider the request from Williams' attorney to have the case moved out of Giles County.
The judge also ruled Williams' case would be heard separate from the other three defendants charged in the case.
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The Virginia Supreme Court is backing Bland County in its seven year fight to keep a medical waste incinerator out of the county.
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The high court says CaseLin Systems Incorporated has NO right to build its incinerator in Bland.
The court battle is in part the fault of the 1990 county Board of Supervisors.
That board gave CaseLin "a letter of support" for the incinerator.
Then, overwhelming public criticism forced the board to rescind the letter and re-zone the land.
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The Supreme Court says that "short-lived expression of the board's enthusiasm" was just that-- NOT legal permission to build the incinerator.
A federal judge is deciding whether to uphold a 700- thousand dollar jury verdict against the Wintergreen Development Corporation.
A 1995 landslide damaged Wayne and Nancy Childs home.. the couple sued Wintergreen claiming they should have been warned about the danger when they bought their property.
A jury agreed and awarded the Childs 700- thousand dollars in compensatory and punitive damages.
If the verdict is upheld, Wintergreen's land company could go belly- up.
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((L.F. PAYNE/WINTERGREEN DEVEL. CORP. PRESIDENT: I THINK IN ANY EVENT, THE WINTERGREEN COMMUNITY IS EXTREMELY STRONG, THE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION IS LOOKING AT HOW IT IS THAT IT CAN SELLS ITS ASSETS, BUT IT SHOULD NOT AFFECT THE OVERALL STRENGTH OF THE WINTERGREEN COMMUNITY.))
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((DEBORAH WYATT/CHILDS' ATTORNEY: BECAUSE THERE'S SO LITTLE LAW THAT'S REALLY RIGHT HERE, YOU REALLY DON'T KNOW. I CERTAINLY HOPE SO. BECAUSE I THINK IT WAS DESERVED, AND I THINK THE CHILDS' COULD, BY VIRTUE OF THE PUNITIVE DAMAGES, BE REALLY MADE MORE WHOLE.))
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[SUPER=01-Deborah Wyatt/Childs' Attorney; :14]
[OUT Q=made more whole.]
Judge Norman Moon has taken the matter under advisement but did NOT indicate when he might issue a ruling.
Tonya tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Recent out-breaks of samonella have been linked to cereal.
We'll tell you which brands are being recalled
building houses and cross-country biking don't usually go together, but a group of college students doing just that is stopping in our area as part of a unique fund-raiser.
We'll have that story coming up on News 7.
A mistake on the House floor today sent newsrooms reeling as
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Arizona Republican Congressman Bob Stump announced Bob Hope was dead.
Stump had been handed a inaccurate Associated Press wire service report by Congressman Dick Armey.
Hope's daughter Linda denied the statement, insisting the 95-year old entertainer was at his home in California, having his breakfast.
Armey apoligized to the House floor when he realized it was a mistake.
Two cereals are being blamed for an outbreak of salmonella that has infected nearly 200 people in eleven states.
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Toasty-0's and Toasted Oats are being pulled off the shelves in supermarkets such as A-and-P, I-G-A, Kroger, Safeway, Cub, Albertson and Eagle.
The manufacturer, Malt-O-Meal is recalling between two and three million pounds of the plain toasted oat cereals.
No illnesses have been reported in Virginia.
Small Businesses are the backbone of a growing state economy.
That's what Mark Warner said this afternoon.
The former Senate candidate spoke at the Regional Chamber's annual small business luncheon.
Last month Warner started a five-million dollar fund to help small businesses get off the ground.
Today he told a group of entrepreneurs that fund will make it easier for new businesses to grow in Southwest Virginia.
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((MARK WARNER: A LOT OF TIMES WHEN YOU START A SMALL BUSINESS YOU CAN'T GO DOWN TO A LOCAL BANK AND TAKE OUT A LOAN. YOU NEED SOMEONE WHO WILL INVEST CAPITAL AND HELP MENTOR AND GROW THE BUSINESS.))
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Warner said 70-percent of Virginia's new jobs are created by small businesses.
Today's luncheon honored small-business leaders for their contributions to the local economy.
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Summertime means trips to the great outdoors, and many people will take advantage of the warm weather to climb to lofty heights.
Sarah Santoriello introduces us to a man who uses his writing to guide people along the Appalachian Trail.
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((Leonard Adkins has hiked through the Appalachian Trail three times, and is within 200 miles of completing a fourth trip. That's more than 10,000 miles of walking. Although Adkins says he's seen a lot on his trips, he usually leaves the adventures to others.
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((LEONARD ADKINS/AUTHOR: I WAS READING SOMEONE'S BOOK- SOMEONE'S ADVENTURE BOOK- AND THEY WERE HAVING ALL THESE ADVENTURES AND IT WAS ALL THIS EXCITING STUFF AND THEN I THOUGHT, WELL, I'LL NEVER WRITE A BOOK LIKE THIS, CAUSE WHEN I USUALLY WALK INTO THESE SITUATIONS, I USUALLY TURN AROUND AND WALK AWAY.))
[OUT Q=AND WALK AWAY]
Adkins recently completed The Appalachian Trail Visitors Companion is a naturalists guide to the Appalachian Trail.
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((LEONARD ADKINS/AUTHOR: AS THE MODERN WORLD ENCROACHES MORE AND MORE, THIS TRAIL IS PRESERVING A TWO THOUSAND MILE STRETCH OF THE NATURAL WORLD AND I JUST WANT PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT'S REALLY THERE.))
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Sarah Santoriello, News 7.))
Adkins will give a slide show on a typical hike on the Appalachian Trail tomorrow from 10-3 at the Brambleton Center
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Some cross country bikers stopped in town today to help build a house.
The students from Yale are here working on homes for Habitat for Humanity in exchange for food and a place to stay.
They are a part of the Habitat Bike Challenge to raise money for the organization.
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((MAKEBA SEARGEANT/HABITAT BIKE CHALLENGE;IT'S A LITTLE BIT HARDER THAN WE EXPECTED SOMETIMES ALL YOU JUST SEE IS UP HILL AND IT KEEPS ON GOING UP HILL AND IT KEEPS ON GOING UP BUT SO FAR ITS BEEN A CHALLENGE. IT'S BEEN EXCITING. ITS BEN EVERYTHING I EXPECTED AND A LITTLE BIT MORE))
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[OUT Q= little bit more]
Their next stop will be in Radford as they head for their ultimate goal in San Francisco.
The trip is expected to take the students two months.[Tease2]
It's the end of the school year and for many that means yearbook time, but it's taken on a special meaning for some students in Rockbridge County.
it's a hot air balloon ride one Roanoke couple will never forget.
We'll tell you why guests turned out for this unusual flight coming up on News 7 at 11.
There are not many high schools with at least 35 students on a waiting list to get into ONE class.
But, as Stacey Martin reports there are few classes with the national reputation of one at Rockbridge County High School.
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[SUPER=01-Brianne Beverly/Photojournalism Student;:12]
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((For teacher Sheila Thompson and company this is more than a class-- it's a 25,000 dollar business-producing Rockbridge County High School's award-winning yearbook--The Trivium.
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((BRIANNE BEVERLY/PHOTOJOURNALISM STUDENT:WHEN WE LEAVE HIGH SCHOOL, IT GIVES US SOMETHING TO LOOK BACK ON AND TO BE ABLE TO SAY HEY I DID THAT--WE WON THIS.))
[OUT Q=we won this.]
The photojournalism class requires a lengthy committment, with students taking pictures, writing captions and designing pages almost year round.
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((SHEILA THOMPSON/PHOTOJOURNALISM TEACHER:IT DOES TAKE QUITE A COMMITTMENT IN TERMS OF TIME AND MOST ASSUREDLY IN TERMS OF STUDENT DEDICATION.))
[OUT Q=of student dedication.]
But, the rewards are many--including three national honors awarded for the most recent edition.
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((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING: THIS IS THE 1997 TRIVIUM, RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE IN DESIGN BOTH INSIDE AND OUT.))
[OUT Q=inside and out.]
The yearbook won the "excellence" award from the Taylor Yearbook competition, a medal from the Scholastic Press Association and high marks for writing and design from the National Scholastic Press Association.
This year's Trivium will go on sale in August at 30 dollars apiece.
Stacey Martin, News 7 Rockbridge County.))
The city of Lexington kicked-off its summer concert series tonight.
Folks were doing the two-step and twirling to the sounds of the Fabulous Cruisers.
The band was the first of several scheduled to play at "Lexington Alive" this summer.
It's an event benefiting the Lexington Downtown Development Association.
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((KRISTA VANNOY/LEXINGTON DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION: IT'S A FUNDRAISER FOR THE LEXINGTON DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION AND IT'S A REALLY GOOD PROMOTIONAL EVENT FOR US TOO. IT GETS PEOPLE DOWNTOWN IN THE EVENING TO KICK-OFF THIR WEEKEND AND HAVE A GOOD TIME.))
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Last year's concert series raised a total of 12 thousand dollars.
Admission is free.
And, the concerts will go on two Fridays a month through August.
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First in golf, in the first round of the senior PGA tour's Nationwide Championship golf tournament. Billy King fired a 2 over 74.
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In our extra point, Nike Tour player Doug Dunakey became only the fourth player ever to shoot a 59 in a competitive PGA sanctioned event. He had 10 birdies and 1 eagle in the Miami Valley Open.
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Jeff Gordon won his third Bud Pole of the season yesterday, capturing the top spot for today's Pontiac Excitement 400
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at the Richmond Internationa Raceway. Gordon broke the track record with a speed of 125.558 miles per hour in the Dupont auto finishes monte carlo.
Rich Bickle joins Gordon on the front row in the Thorn Apple Valley Meats Ford.
Gordon and Brook enjoy his 33rd career pole.
Dale Earnhardt joins other notables like Michael Waltrip, John Andrettti, and Rick Mast who did not make it.
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[SUPER=0107-16. Terry Labonte//17. Robert Pressley//18. Joe Nemechek//19. Mark Martin//20. Dick Trickle//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Bill Elliott//22. Rusty Wallace//23. Ernie Irvan//24. Ward Burton//25. Brett Bodine//;]
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On to the truck series where the Ponto Auto Parts 400 took cneter stage at the Texas Motor Speedway. Things got ugly at times, watch Mike Bliss hits the wall coming off turn two/.
he was taken on a stretcher to the infield care center where early reports say he might have a broken shoulder.
Jimmy Hensley lost his crew chief this week so the King Richard Petty has stepped in, butt Jimmy Still finished near the back of the pac.
_______goes on to win the race.
The Stanley Cup finals field is set. The Washington capitals will meet the Detroitt Red Wings.
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The Red Wings beat the dallas Stars 2-nothing last night to win the Westtern Conference finals 4 games to two. In the
first period, Larry Murphy with thte 2 on 1, [SUPER=31-Detroit/ /Dallas/ ;]finishes, beating Ed Belfour for a 1-nothing
Detroit lead at the 6:20 mark.
Then, Swergie Federov gets to Belfour on this shot as the Red Wings advance to the Stanley Cup finals with the win.
Interleague play hit major league diamonds across the country yesterday. The Braves and the Orioles got together at camden yards in B-town.
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Bad things come in threes..at least they did for the braves last night as Baltimore's Eric davis, Lenny Webster and Joe carter accounted for all of the Birds runs with three homers. The Orioles beat Denny Neagle 3-2 as he is outdueled by Scott Erickson.
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also, Mark McGwire came back off a three game absence due to injury and crushes his 28th homer of the season as San francisco beats his cardinals __to ___.
Still to come in sports, the group 2A all state soccer team is announced,
and Roy Stanley will have the story of a local umpire getting his shot at the big time.
The Scott Robertson Memorial golf tournament August 10th through the 13th at the Roanoke Country Club has something new to brag about in it's 15th year.
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[SUPER=01-Miller Baber/Tournament Entry Chairman; :00]
[OUT Q=...point list"]
In soccer, William Byrd's Josh Jones, Martinsville's Danny wade, and Jefferson Forest's Courtney Williams all made the Group 2A all state first team.
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Blacksburg coach Shelley Blumenthal is your co-coach of the year after winning the state championship.
Blacksburg's Andrew Piersol is also a first teamer witht 10 goals and 4 asissts this season.
Goalie Raandy Cross was also a first team selection, allowing only 4 goals in 21 matches.
Blacksburg's Dustin Bond was also a first teamer with 7 points this season.[S-UMP]
Umpire Don Hansen will soon experience a field of dreams he gets a chance to call balls and strikes in the Big League World Series this August.
Roy Stanley has his story.
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[SUPER=01-Jim McFadyen/District Administrator; :48]
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((For 14 years, Hansen has volunteered as an umpire at all levels of little league baseball throughout the Roanoke Valley.
And this August Hansen will live a life long dream of working the big league world Series.))
((DON HANSEN/VOLUNTEER UMPIRE:))
((Hansen, who serves as a consultant for the district, which covers a big part of the state, was chosen from a group of 10-thousand umpires to work the games.
Last year, He worked the Southern Regionals a step below the World Series. So, District Administrator Jim McFadyen felt Hansen would be a perfect fit for the World Series.))
((JIM MCFADYEN/DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR:))
((Hansen, a security guard at Roanoke College, will umpire the Big League World series for the players age 17 and 18. And the veteran umpire expects to be a little nervous when he gets the call to play ball in his first game.))
Jeff Burton outt dueled dale Earnhardt Junior to win the Busch Series Hardees 250 tonight.
Earnhardt would take the lead on lap seven and had a strong car all night.
the Track Gear Ford to victory.
There were a few cautions as Andy Santeere gets bumped by Jason Keller, but no one could bump off Burton as he takes