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A judge said Blacksburg police were justified in shooting a man multiple times inside a drug store.
The judge said "a jury would find that the officers involved in the fatal shooting inside a Blacksburg Revco acted reasonably".
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Federal judge Samuel Wilson yesterday dismissed the lawsuit filed against the town and several of its officers by the man's mother.
Maurice Taylor was shot 12-times after he pointed a mock handgun at three police officers attempting to arrest him inside the drug store.
The judge who dismissed the case wrote that the use of deadly force in this incident was justified and that it was Taylor who set the deadly chain of events in motion.
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Murder and malicious wounding charges still stand against an Amherst County man involved in a fatal game of horseshoes.
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Police say 29-year old Kenneth Eugene Branham killed one man and wounded two others during a party on Memorial Day weekend.
Branham allegedly used a 12-guage shotgun to kill Richard Lee Eubank and wound Bobby Beverly and Ricky McDaniel.
Authorities believe Eubank was an innocent bystander when Branham went to confront Beverly and McDaniel about an argument they'd had earlier in the day.
A judge certified the murder and malicous wounding charges after yesterday's preliminary hearing.
A grand jury could indict Branham in October.
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[7E-Hemp-Store]


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It's a dead ringer for marijuana.
And a Roanoke store that sells clothing made from hemp is having trouble convincing police it's not one and the same.
But, the owner of the Blue Ridge Hemp Company says the fiber is safe, and a possible solution to the tobacco debate.

Stacey Martin has the story.
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((Hemp has had a twisted history in the U-S--now add one more knot--soap, rope--yes, even camel-colored Adidas tennis shoes, ALL made of 100 percent hemp-- giving customers at this store a new look at an old fabric.
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((KERRY UNDERWOOD/OWNER: USUALLY WHEN THEY LEAVE HERE THEY HAVE A DIFFERENT IDEA ABOUT HEMP AND THEY DON'T FEEL THE SAME WAY.)) [RUNS10]
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While hemp is a close cousin, it's NOT marijuana, though you'd have a hard time convincing officers of the law, who may think suspected growers were trying to string them along.
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((LT. W.F. BROWN/VINTON POLICE DEPT.: IF WE WOULD GO INTO A HOUSE AND THEY HAD SEVERAL DIFFERENT PLANTS AS WE HAVE DONE BEFORE AND THEY WOULD TRY TO EXPLAIN TO US THAT THEY WERE GROWING THIS FOR HEMP ROPE I WOULDN'T BELIEVE IT.)) [RUNS08]
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That's because growing ANY type of cannibas was banned in the United States in the 1970s.
However, Underwood gets around the law by importing only finished products.
And, while he's in business to make a profit, he's hoping hemp will help revive the future of farming.
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((KERRY UNDERWOOD/OWNER: OUR FARMERS ARE GETTING READY TO LOSE THEIR ONLY CASH CROP WHICH IS TOBACCO. AND, EVERYONE KNOWS THAT AND EVERYONE YOU TALK TO KNOWS THAT TOBACCO IS ON ITS WAY OUT. WHY NOT GIVE THEM HEMP TO GROW?)) [RUNS09]
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After all, Underwood says, they'd only be taking a hint from the past.
Stacey Martin, News 7, Roanoke.))

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Taking a look now at your Friday forecast..
A pleasant day ahead, with mostly sunny skies and highs in the mid 80's to about 90.
Conditions remain clear overnight, with some light breezes cooling things off. Lows will range from the upper-50's to the low-60's.
Looking ahead into the holiday weekend...
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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 7/4/98
Saturday:

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Wow!
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A 20-year prison term awaits Brent Simmons.
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Simmons is accused but not convicted of murdering two James Madison University students in 1996.
The victims were his former girlfriend, Margaret Olson, and her new boyfriend, Keith O'Connell.
Simmons' trial earlier this year ended in a mistrial when the jury deadlocked.
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Yesterday Circuit Judge Porter Graves accepted the 20-year plea agreement.
But relatives of the victims opposed the deal.
Graves says he agreed to the plea bargain because of the strong chances for Simmons' acquittal in a future trial.



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The Governor is melting a four-year old hiring freeze in Virginia's state government.
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Governor Gilmore has signed an executive order, implementing a new hiring policy.
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((DAVID ANDERSON/COUNSEL TO THE GOVERNOR: WHEN AN AGENCY HEAD DECIDES THAT THEY WANT TO FILL A VACANT POSITION, THEY WILL SEND A REPORT OF THAT UP TO THEIR CABINET SECRETARY. THE CABINET SECRETARY WILL HAVE FIVE DAYS TO REVIEW THAT, DETERMINE WHETHER IT'S WARRANTED OR NOT. IF IT'S WARRANTED, THEN THE AGENCY HEAD WILL GO AHEAD AND ADVERTISE THE POSITION.))
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Former Governor George Allen froze state hiring in 1994.
By the end of Allen's term, many exceptions to the freeze had been granted-- after concerns that needed positions were going unfilled.
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Governor Gilmore's order specifically praises state workers as one of Virginia's "most valuable assets," and says productive people need an atmosphere of high morale.

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If you're a city slicker who's always dreamed of roaming the range has a cowboy you could get your wish.
A Botetourt County family is opening up its ranch to the public.
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Four generations have rounded up these herds the old-fashioned way -- with horses.
But it's tough to hang on when you're being driven out by big beef conglomerates.
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((LINDA PALMER/RANCHER: IT SEEMS TO ME THE PORK AND POULTRY PEOPLE HAVE DONE A BETTER JOB ADVERTIZING AND LOBBYING. THE CATTLE PEOPLE, THEY'RE SO INDEPENDENT, THEY DON'T GET TOGETHER.))
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But some who grew up on the farm have no intention of letting go.
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((I THINK THERE'LL ALWAYS BE A NEED FOR BEEF WHETHER IT STAYS ON THE EAST COAST OR GETS PUSHED WESTWARD.))
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For three hundred dollars you too can follow the longhorns for a weekend in August or September.
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Turning now to your Friday forecast..
Look for mostly sunny skies throughout the day with highs ranging from the mid 80's to about 90.
The clear skies are expected to stick around overnight, with some light breezes cooling things off. Lows will range from the upper-50's to the low-60's.
Looking ahead to the weekend..The holiday looks like a winner, with clear skies, lots of sun, and temperatures in the upper 80's...
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A lawsuit against Blacksburg police officers has been thrown out of court.
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Maurice Taylor was shot and killed in 19-95 while police were trying to arrest him.
Taylor was shot 12-times after he pointed a fake handgun at three police officers attempting to arrest him inside the drug store.
His mother filed a wrongful death suit.
The judge who dismissed the case wrote that the use of deadly force in this incident was justified and that it was Taylor who set the deadly chain of events in motion.
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In Amherst County, a game of horse shoes led to murder.
And now murder charges have been certified against Kenneth Eugene Branham.
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Police say 29-year old Branham of one man and wounded two others during a party on Memorial Day weekend.
Branham allegedly used a 12-guage shotgun to kill Richard Lee Eubank and wound Bobby Beverly and Ricky McDaniel.
Authorities believe Eubank was an innocent bystander when Branham went to confront Beverly and McDaniel about an argument they'd had earlier in the day.
Branham faced a preliminary hearing yesterday and may be indicted by a grand jury in October.
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A 19-year-old woman convicted of killing a Lynchburg native last year has been sentenced to life behind bars.
Kelly Ann Tibbs burst into tears yesterday as the sentence was read.
She then turned to the mother of her victim, Stacey Hanna, and apologized.
Tibbs is one of four women convicted of killing Hanna last summer in Chesterfield County.
Hanna had just moved to the Richmond area when she was killed for reportedly interfering in a lesbian relationship.



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It's been several months since Virginia's welfare reform program was put into motion, and now state officials are starting to see big results.
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Officials say over half of those taking part in the "Virginia Initiative for Employment not Welfare program" now have full- time jobs.
They believe employment mentors can help those participants KEEP their jobs.
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((RUTH HENDRICK/EMPLOYMENT SERVICES: MAYBE JUST OFFERING GENERAL ASSISTANCE IN TIME MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING, SO THAT THE INDIVIDUAL IS ABLE TO SUCCESSFULLY ARRIVE AT THEIR JOB AND COMPLETE THE TASKS NECESSARY, WITHOUT LETTING THEIR HOME LIFE INTERFERE TO THE POINT THAT IT AFFECTS THEIR ABILITY TO DO A GOOD JOB.))
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A staffing shortage in employment services put the mentor program on hold for a while.
But Hendrick says at least five mentors are now trained, and she's hoping matches can be made in the next month or so.
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If you love breakfast at all hours of the day you're in luck.
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The International House of Pancakes is under construction in Roanoke.
It's going up on highway 220 in the Tanglewood Mall area.
Another one is being built in Christiansburg.
The IHOP chain has nearly 800-locations across the United States.
The IHOPs in our area are scheduled to open in September.
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And taking a final glance at your Friday forecast..
A good day today to head outdoors. Look for mostly sunny skies throughout the day with highs ranging from the mid 80's to about 90.
Overnight, clear skies should to stick around, with light breezes keeping things comfortable. Lows will range from the upper-50's to the low-60's.
And the holiday weekend looks promising, with some sun. Daytime temperatures will be in the upper-80's and overnight lows in the 60's...
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