The Governor clears the way for the execution of a cop killer.
We've got a LIVE report from the state pen... and some thoughts from the victim's family... on News 7 at SIX.
And reaction to the demise of tobacco legislation in Congress.
In Sports, The Marlins beat the Braves in an afternoon baseball game The U.S. Open is in round one.
And Bud Selig says he wants baseball's commissioners job on a permanent basis.
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Governor Gilmore has denied Dennis Eaton's clemency petition.
In a brief statement issued a little more than an hour ago, Gilmore said: "There is no question as to Eaton's guilt."
That clears the way for Eaton's execution at the Greensville Correctional Center.
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That's where we find Ellen Qualls tonight.
Keith, Dennis Eaton admits he killed his roommate, his neighbor, and his girlfriend.
But he must be cognizant that the murder Governor Jim Gilmore had foremost on his mind this evening was that of State Trooper Jerry Hines.
Eaton still publicly denies it.
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[SUPER=07-Dennis Wayne Eaton; :00 ]
[SUPER=01-Maria Hines/Sister of Slain Trooper; :34]
[OUT Q=left to talk]
I'M NOT GOING TO CHANGE MY STORY AND LIE TO MAKE SOMEONE FEEL BETTER. WHAT I'M SAYING IS WHAT HAPPENED. JUDY MCDONALD KILLED JERRY HINES.
But the attorney general's office reminds us of a 1992 affadavit from a former Roanoke Memorial Hospital chaplain, who says Eaton made what he thought was a deathbed confession, after the self-inflicted gunshot wound that ended his police chase.
He told that chaplain he feared going to hell.
Now he says he has God's forgiveness.
The trooper's own sister says she's forgiven him.
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((MARIA HINES/SISTER OF SLAIN TROOPER: EVERYBODY IS SO MUCH FOR VENGEANCE. YOU KNOW WE HAVE TO GET EVEN. YOU DO THIS TO ME AND I'LL DO THIS TO YOU. WE CAN NEVER LEVEL OUT THINGS LIKE THAT. SOME THINGS WE JUST HAVE TO ACCEPT.))
He told Keith Humphry in a time-limited phone interview that such forgiveness gives him reason to live.
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((It's sort of ironic that now that you have a reason to live that the state has reason to kill you.
YEAH, IT IS. AND BACK IN '89 I WANTED TO DIE AND THEY KEPT ME ALIVE, AND IT'S JUST TURNED AROUND NOW.
(automated operator:) YOU HAVE ONE MINUTE LEFT TO TALK.))
Dennis Eaton has just three hours to live.
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Tonight, the trooper's widow and son will be inside as you said Keith.
The sister will be outside, protesting the execution at a candlelight vigil outside the prison gates.
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Carol and Justin Hines drove across the state together today to see a man they've never met, the man who changed their lives in an instant nine years ago, the man the state is about to execute.
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[OUT Q=some extent]
((I THINK IT'S APPROPRIATE PUNISHMENT. ))
[OUT Q=think equally]
It's been more than nine years since Justin Hines' father was killed.
Dennis Wayne Eaton was convicted of the trooper's murder and sentenced to die, though that's the one he said he DIDN't do.
He admits he murdered three other people the same day.
Justin Hines feels the rest of the victims' families have been unfairly ignored- -because his Dad was a police officer.
[SOT 15:09:35 on 2-shot]
[IN Q=A murder is]
((A MURDER IS A MURDER, NO MATTER IF YOU'RE A DIRT FARMER, OR IF YOU'RE THE GOVERNOR. THE VICTIMS FAMILIES ARE GOING TO SUFFER, I WOULD THINK, EQUALLY. ))
[OUT Q=think equally.]
While Hines feels the punishment fits this crime, he understands those who've tried to spare Eaton from the death penalty.
((I CAN SEE WHERE PEOPLE PEOPLE FEEL PITY FOR HIM, AND I CAN HONESTLY SAY I PROBABLY DO TO SOME EXTENT. ))
[OUT Q=some extent.]
He's going to be there to witness the execution in large part, because his Mother is. He wants to support her.[Tob
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People on both sides of the tobacco debate are still fired up.
Farmers are breathing a sigh of relief after the U-S Senate voted to kill tobacco legislation.
But health advocates say lawmakers missed a golden opportunity to curb youth smoking.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Scott/Newsroom]
Scott Goldberg has been getting local reaction to the tobacco story.
Scott, politicians also had plenty to say about this.
Keith, Senator John Warner said what most Republicans are saying on Capitol Hill:
The tobacco bill turned into what Warner called "a vehicle for regressive higher taxes and the creation of more government."
Chuck Robb didn't have very good things to say, either.
He was one of two Senate Democrats who voted to kill the tobacco bill.
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[OUT Q=that on through]
[SOT Robb tape at 11:43:02]
[IN Q=what happened yesterday]
((SEN. CHUCK ROBB: WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY WAS PREDICTABLE GIVEN THAT WE'D LOST THE FOCUS ON TRYING TO PREVENT TEEN SMOKING.))
[OUT Q=TEEN SMOKING]
The focus had indeed shifted.
It started as a way to stop kids from lighting up, but turned into a mammoth bill for funding programs not related to smoking.
[IN Q=not the]
((TV COMMERCIAL: NOW THE POLITICIANS IN WASHINGTON ARE TRYING TO DESTROY OUR WAY OF LIFE.))
[OUT Q=OF LIFE]
The tobacco industry ran a multi-million dollar ad campaign that said the tobacco bill would cripple anyone who sold, distributed or grew tobacco.
[IN Q=if you're gonna ask]
((C.D. BRYANT/TOBACCO FARMER: IF YOU'RE GONNA ASK THE INDUSTRY OR CHARGE THE INDUSTRY TO PAY THE BILLIONS -- NOT MILLIONS -- OF DOLLARS, THEY HAVE GOT TO HAVE SOMETHING IN RETURN.))
[OUT Q=in return]
Health advocates said even though the bill had its faults, it still would've done a lot to stop kids from smoking.
[SOT 13 22 55]
[IN Q=you had]
((BRIGGS ANDREWS/AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY: YOU HAD SOME STRONG SUPPORT IN THE SENATE FOR THIS AND YOU HAD A LOT OF SUPPORT FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, SO I THINK WE MISSED A OPPORTUNITY TO PUSH THAT ON THROUGH.))
[OUT Q=push that on through]
Everyone who's fought these tobacco wars agrees on two things:
A bill with a better focus could make it thorugh Congress.
And this tobacco issue will not go away.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Scott/Newsroom]
Because no matter why lawmakers SAY they voted against the bill, critics will blame it on big political contributions coming from big tobacco companies.
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Roanoke County police officers took time out today to remember one of their own--a heroine who lost her own fight for life. That story is coming up on News 7 at Six.
And why is one high school history class getting so much attention?
Some say it is a constitutional question.
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After a three month battle with stomach cancer, a Roanoke County police officer died Monday.
Today, funeral services were held for Officer Carol Paxton.
She had been in law enforcement in the county since 1978, beginning as a dispatcher in the Sheriff's Department.
Her one goal was to become a police officer.
[IN Q=MICHAEL CAVANAUGH]
((DETECTIVE DEBBIE HOGAN/ROANOKE CO. POLICE; MICHAEL CAVANAUGH WAS A CAPTAIN IN THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT BACK THEN. WE WENT TO HIM AND ASKED HIM TO GIVE HER THE OPPORTUNITY TO BECOME AN AUXILIARY POLICE OFFICER. WHICH SHE WAS ABLE TO DO. AND FROM THAT POINT SHE WAS ON HER OWN. AND SHE SUCCEEDED IN EVERYTHING THAT SHE WANTED TO DO.))
((CHIEF RAY LAVINDER/ROANOKE CO. POLICE; SHE WAS JUST AN EVERYDAY HARD WORKER. SOMEONE YOU COULD DEPEND ON. JUST THE KIND OF INDIVIDUAL YOU LIKE TO HAVE IN AN ORGANIZATION LIKE THIS.))
[SUPER=01-Detective Debbie Hogan/Roanoke Co. Police; :00]
[SUPER=01-Chief Ray Lavinder/Roanoke Co. Police; :19]
[OUT Q=LIKE THIS.]
Paxton was named "Officer of the Year" in 1989 after risking her own life to save several elderly people in the Shenandoah Homes fire.
Flags in the area have been flown at half staff this week in her honor.
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They may have thought they were selling drugs, but they're going to jail for selling cough medicine.
22-year-old Richard (Glooth) Gluth sold several pills that looked like the drug Ecstacy.
Turns out they were only cough medicine.
He was selling them for 30 dollars each.
Prosecutors say Gluth probably never realized the pills were fake.
Gluth led police to 23-year-old (Kay) Kai (Saff-ran) Safran -- prosecutors say Safran was trying to BUY the fake drugs.
Both men pled guilty today to trying to possess an imitation drug.
They will be sentenced on July 14th.
Prosecutors link Gluth and Safran to a larger group -- apparently running cough medicine disguised as drugs from James Madison University into Botetourt County.[Taylor]
A Postal Worker has been indicted for stealing registered letters out of the mail in Lynchburg.
The eight count federal indictment returned today accuses Cedric Lee Taylor, Junior, of taking more than 30-thousand dollars intended for two different banks.
Individual amounts ranged from a few hundred dollars to more than eight thousand.
The thefts occurred at the Lynchburg post office over a ten month period in 1996 and 97.
[TAPE#=98-40 TC 1:03:53]
Mental Health professionals are alarmed at the practice of placing some convicted sex offenders in state mental hospitals, once they serve their time in prison. Such a treatment plan is being considered here in Virginia.
Tonya Flory explains.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :30]
[SUPER=01-Dr. James Reinhard/Catawba Hospital Director; :46]
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Critics of the sexual predator law say the mental health system should not be used as an dumping ground for criminal offenders who have served their time but are still seen as dangerous.
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((HELEN HARRAH/ADULT MENTAL HEALTH DIRECTOR:MY SENSE IS THAT IT'S JUST A LEGAL WAY OF CONTINUING AN INCARCERATION THAT I'M NOT SURE WILL HAVE GOOD MERIT.))
[OUT Q=good merit.]
Harrah says the proposed law is just a way of keeping sex offenders out of communities, and it will be at the expense of the mental health system.
The estimated cost is approximately 100-150 thousand dollars a year.
The State Mental Health Department is preparing for the impact of the law, by instructing its medical staff on the treatment of sexually violent criminals.
Certification sessions include 50 hours of training.
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[IN Q=The future]
((DR. JAMES REINHARD/CATAWBA MEDICAL DIRECTOR:THE FUTURE IN MENTAL HEALTH IS UNCERTAIN. GOOD CLINICIANS ARE ALWAYS INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE FIELD. LET'S JUST FIND MORE ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON, GET CERTIFIED AND BE PREPARED TO TREAT THESE FOLKS WHERE EVER THAT MIGHT BE.))
[OUT Q=might be]
Sex offender treatment programs in prison were eliminated under the Allen Administration.
Tonya Flor, News 7, Health Check.[Stocks]
The stock market retreated a little today.
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The Dow Jones was DOWN 16 points, closing at 88 hundred 13.
NASDAQ lost four points.
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Does teaching a religion course in high school violate the separation of church and state?
A civil liberties group thinks it may.
However, high school administrators and at least one student at Parry McCluer believe all the concern is unfounded.
Stacey Martin has more.
[IN Q=Ann Irvine is]
[SUPER=01-Ann Irvine/Parry McCluer Student; :13]
[SUPER=03-Buena Vista; :23]
[SUPER=01-James C. Bradford Jr./Buena Vista School Supt.; :38]
[OUT Q=SM, News 7, Buena Vista.]
((Ann Irvine is one of two students who've signed up to take the Western Religion class at Parry McCluer High School in the fall.
And, even she's at a loss to explain the media's curiosity and the public's concern.
[SOT 09.37.35 - 09.37.45]
[IN Q=I think it's]
((ANN IRVINE/PARRY MCCLUER HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT: I THINK IT'S KIND OF MAKING A LOT OF NOTHING MUCH BECAUSE I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANYTHING WRONG WITH THE CLASS. I JUST THINK THEY WERE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO A STORY ON.))
[OUT Q=a story on.]
The course would offer students an overview of the Baptist, Catholic, and Methodist religions as well as other faiths found in the western hemisphere.
School administrators say they never planned it as a constitutional challenge only as a means of giving students more options.
[SOT 09.28.06 - 09.28.16]
[IN Q=There was never]
((SUPERINTENDENT JAMES C. BRADFORD JR./SUPT. BUENA VISTA SCHOOLS: THERE WAS NEVER ANY INTENT ON THE PART OF ANYONE TO VARY FROM OR BE IN VIOLATION OF THE SUPREME COURT.))
[OUT Q=the Supreme Court.]
However, the American Civil Liberties Union isn't convinced.
Members are concerned about speculation that local ministers will be teaching the course.
And, they're looking into possibly filing a lawsuit.
But, school officials say local pastors would only serve as occasional guest speakers under the guidance of a certified teacher.
[SOT 10.24.53 - 10.25.07]
[IN Q=The course is]
((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING:THE COURSE IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN AUGUST 26TH, THAT'S IF AT LEAST SIX MORE STUDENTS SIGN UP FOR IT THIS SUMMER. AND, SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS SAID THEY'RE CONFIDENT THE COURSE IS LEGAL AND ARE PREPARED TO DEFEND IT IN COURT IF NECESSARY.))
[OUT Q=court if necessary.]
And coming up in Sports, Highlights from major league baseball Bud Selig says he will take baseball commissioner's job on a permanent basis.
And we'll take you to a camp here in Roanoke were some youngsters are using an unconventional method to learn the game of golf.
Earlier today 35 kids spent part of their morning playing in the sand with water balloons.
But Mike Stevens says the activities were designed to do more that help beat the heat.
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Payne Stewart birdied his last three holes today to take the lead at the U.S. Open. Stewart is in the clubhouse at 66 four under par.
Tiger Woods had it going early in today's first round this birdie putt gave him a score of two under par on through 5 holes. He was even at the turn after bogey's at 8 and 9.
And Check this shot by Virginia Native Curtis Strange. Strange birdies the hole from the bunker but he was 7 over par for his round today.
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Stewart Cink was two under through 9 holes, Payne Stewart through 16 and Kirk Triplett through 11.
The Florida Marlins win the afternoon game in Atlanta beating the Braves 3 to 2.
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/FOX SPORTS; :]
Marlins manager Jim Leyland watching from the dugout.
In the top of the third, Edgar Renteria hits a line drive to right field scoring Mike Redmond and the Marlins took the early 1 to nothing lead.
The Braves would come right back and tie the score when Keith Lockhart hits the looper to right field scoring Andrew Jones to make it a 1 to 1 game.
It was tied 2 to 2 then Todd Zeile strokes this
single to left field a run scores and the Marlins go on to win it 3 to 2.
He's held the job on an interim basis and now Bud Selig says he wants to be baseball's commissioner on a permanent basis.
Selig has served as interim commissioner since Fay Vincent was forced out of office over five and a half years ago.
A member of the game's executive council says Selig may call for a formal vote on the job in the next few weeks.
Election requires a 75 per cent vote of baseball's 30 owners. The 63 year old Selig owns the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Curtis Staples basketball camp wraps up tomorrow after five days of fun and fundamentals.
Staples is an old pro, this is his fourth year running the camp. This years group is the biggest with 145 boys and girls age 7 to 16 who have sacrificed part of their summer to learn more about the game. While the numbers are up, Staples has made sure not to compromise one on one instruction time.
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That's News 7 at Six. Coming up tonight--
The movie version of "The X-Files" will open around the country tomorrow. But if you can't wait until then to uncover a little mystery you could access some real X-files -- straight from the FBI. It's not as hard as you may think.
(Keith ad lib byes) Join Jean Jadhon for that story and more tonight at Eleven.