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A man found dead in a burning car in Lynchburg over the weekend was apparently murdered.
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A man's body was discovered Sunday morning in a burning car near Graves Mill Road.
Police now say he was shot in the head and the car was apparently torched to cover the crime.
The car was leased from a rental car company in Boston.. but authorities don't know if the man who rented it is the same person who was murdered.
They hope dental records will help provide a positive identification.
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[7E-Organized-Crime]


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Commonwealth officials are working to stop drug-related crimes before they start.
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[IN Q=We have]

((SEN. KEN STOLLE/STATE CRIME COMMISSION: WE HAVE A TRANSPORTATION STATUTE. BUT IT HAS THE SAME PENALTY AS IF YOU SELL DRUGS IN VIRGINIA. IF YOU SELL A GRAM OF COCAINE, THAT'S THE SAME AS OUR TRANSPORTATION STATUTES ARE. CAN WE LEGISLATIVELY PROVIDE TOOLS FOR THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITIES TO MAKE IT LESS DESIRABLE TO SELL DRUGS IN VIRGINIA SO WE DON'T HAVE THESE PEOPLE SAYING VIRGINIA'S OPEN FOR BUSINESS BECAUSE SOMEBODY ELSE GOT OUT OF THERE, NOW I'M GONNA RUN IN THERE? YES, ABSOLUTELY. ))
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[OUT Q=yes, absolutely.]
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In Virginia, methamphetamine labs, like this one busted in Franklin County two years ago, are increasingly common.
Marijuana's thriving.
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[IN Q=The climate]

((COL. WAYNE HUGGINS/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE SUP'T.: THE CLIMATE, AND RURAL TERRAIN OF VIRGINIA IS CONDUCIVE TO SUCCESSFUL GROWING OPERATIONS, AND THE HINDRANCE OF DETECTION AND ERADICATION EFFORTS. MARIJUANA REMAINS A POPULAR CHOICE AMONG TRAFFICKERS AND ABUSERS.))
[SUPER=01-Col. Wayne Huggins/Virginia State Police; ]
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[OUT Q=and abusers.]
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So Virginia's Crime Commission kicked off a study yesterday-- aimed at retooling drug laws to get more of the big time dealers.
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Lynchburg residents could be getting some new neighbors.
Last night, with a new mayor and two new city council members in tow, the city approved plans for major new residential development.
Steve Smallshaw has more.
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((
The new- look Lynchburg city council wasted no time approving two projects of very different magnitudes for the Hill City.
First up was a plan to turn this home on Grace Street into a neighborhood education center that also will house a health clinic and day care facility.
It will offer a better choice for kids like 12- year- old Travis Wilson.
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[IN Q=If the center]

((TRAVIS WILSON/WHITE ROCK HILL RESIDENT: IF THE CENTER WOULD NOT BE HERE, THERE WOULD ONLY BE TWO CHANCES: EITHER TO STAY HOME AND PLAY VIDEO GAMES OR GO OUT AND DO SOMETHING STUPID LIKE STEAL FROM THE CORNER STORE OR SHOOT STUFF.)) [RUNS:12]
[OUT Q=shoot stuff.]


Council also approved the long- awaited Wyndhurst development for Laxton Road.
Investors want to take these 400 acres and build a city within the city: one that would contain homes, shopping, restaurants and fitness clubs.. with room for a nursing home, churches and an amphitheater to boot.
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((DOYLE ALLEN/HURT & PROFFITT ENGINEER: THE DESIGN OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD ALLOWS RESIDENTS TO WORK, SHOP AND CARRY ON MANY OF LIFE'S OTHER ACTIVITIES WITHIN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. WYNDHURST IS DESIGNED SO THAT MANY RESIDENTS- 220 TO 500 HOUSEHOLDS- WILL LIVE WITHIN AN EASY FIVE MINUTE WALK OF SHOPPING, RESTAURANTS AND EMPLOYMENT AREAS IN THE CORE OF THE COMMUNITY.)) [RUNS:21]
[OUT Q=of the community.]


The cost of the ten- year project figures to exceed 100 million dollars.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))

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Taking a look now at your midweek forecast..
A mix of clouds and sun today, with highs in the mid- to upper-80's.
Overnight, light winds move in and the clouds stick around. Lows in the mid-60's.
The extended forecast..
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A Montgomery County man will be tried for murder in September.
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Robert Crook, Senior is accused of shooting Michael Durham several times back in March.
The body was discovered in Blacksburg.
The murder weapon has NOT been found.
But a witness who testified during last month's preliminary hearing said Crook shot Durham with what appeared to be a small handgun while they were riding down the road.
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A teenager from Marion accidentally was shot during a visit with his parents in North Carolina.
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Thirteen-year old Ronnie Eastwood is in serious condition.
He and several other teens were playing with a disassembled rifle.
They put the weapon back together and loaded it.
The rifle fired and the bullet hit Eastwood in the neck.
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Two men who sold imitation drugs will get probation over jail time.
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[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]


Kai Safran was part of a group that sold cough medicine disguised as ecstacy.
His two year prison sentence was suspended.
Richard Gluth, another member of the drug ring, also had his three-year prison sentence suspended.
Both men will spend the next few years on probation.
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Soft drink king Coca- Cola is in a dispute over taxes with Botetourt County.
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The soda company says its vending machines should be exempt from personal property taxes because they are used for manufacturing.
If a judge agrees, Botetourt County may have to refund nine-thousand-dollars in back taxes plus forfeit future taxes.
Coke is also suing other localities to escape the tax.
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((WE PROBABLY DON'T HAVE AS MANY VENDING MACHINES AS DO A LOT OF THE MORE POPULATED LOCALITIES AROUND, ROANOKE CITY OR ROANOKE COUNTY, FOR EXAMPLE. AND THERE PROBABLY ARE NOT AS MANY BUSINESSES THAT WILL BE WATCHING THIS IN BOTETOURT AS WOULD BE IN MOST LOCALITIES. SO IT'S SOMETHING THAT'S VERY IMPROTANT TO ALL LOCALITIES AROUND THE COMMONWEALTH.))
[SUPER=01-Jay Etzler/Commissioner of the Revenue;]
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The county attorney says Coke should continue to pay taxes -- he says mixing syrup and water does not make them a manufacturing company.
A judge will decide the issue this week.
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A husband and wife video production team in Bent Mountain is creating quite a name for itself nationally.
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Rick (Ro-MAH-nus) Romanus and his wife Nancy run Blue Ridge Digital out of their home on Bent Mountain.
They've produced high-tech digital commercials for national and local companies. [video from beta tape]
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Some of those commercials, like this one for the cable network M-S-N-B-C, won national advertising awards.
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((RICHARD ROMANUS/BLUE RIDGE VIDEO: WE'RE VERY PROUD OF THOSE AWARDS BECAUSE THAT REALLY SHOWS WHAT WE'VE DONE. BUT WE'RE EQUALLY AS PROUD TO OFFER SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA OUR SERVICES ON HIGH-END VIDEO THEY CAN AFFORD.))
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Romanus said he spends most of the money he makes on new equipment.
Everything in his studio is state-of-the-art, and he wants to keep it that way.
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Turning our focus now to weather--
Expect a mix of clouds and sunshine today, with highs in the upper 80s.
Partly cloudy tonight, with light winds.
Lows in the upper 60s.
The four day forecast is calling for scattered showers or thunderstorms by tomorrow...with highs staying in the upper 80s.
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Lynchburg police have confirmed the man found dead in a burning car was murdered.
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A man's body was discovered Sunday morning in a burning car near Graves Mill Road.
Police now say he was shot in the head and the car was apparently torched to cover the crime.
The car was leased from a rental car company in Boston.. but authorities don't know if the man who rented it is the same person who was murdered.
They hope dental records will help provide a positive identification.
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State leaders are taking a pro- active approach to stopping drug crimes.
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((SEN. KEN STOLLE/STATE CRIME COMMISSION: WE HAVE A TRANSPORTATION STATUTE. BUT IT HAS THE SAME PENALTY AS IF YOU SELL DRUGS IN VIRGINIA. IF YOU SELL A GRAM OF COCAINE, THAT'S THE SAME AS OUR TRANSPORTATION STATUTES ARE. CAN WE LEGISLATIVELY PROVIDE TOOLS FOR THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITIES TO MAKE IT LESS DESIRABLE TO SELL DRUGS IN VIRGINIA SO WE DON'T HAVE THESE PEOPLE SAYING VIRGINIA'S OPEN FOR BUSINESS BECAUSE SOMEBODY ELSE GOT OUT OF THERE, NOW I'M GONNA RUN IN THERE? YES, ABSOLUTELY. ))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Ken Stolle/State Crime Commission; :00]
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[OUT Q=yes, absolutely.]
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In Virginia, methamphetamine labs, like this one busted in Franklin County two years ago, are increasingly common.
Marijuana's thriving.
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[IN Q=The climate]

((COL. WAYNE HUGGINS/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE SUP'T.: THE CLIMATE, AND RURAL TERRAIN OF VIRGINIA IS CONDUCIVE TO SUCCESSFUL GROWING OPERATIONS, AND THE HINDRANCE OF DETECTION AND ERADICATION EFFORTS. MARIJUANA REMAINS A POPULAR CHOICE AMONG TRAFFICKERS AND ABUSERS.))
[SUPER=01-Col. Wayne Huggins/Virginia State Police; ]
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[OUT Q=and abusers.]
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So Virginia's Crime Commission kicked off a study yesterday-- aimed at retooling drug laws to get more of the big time dealers.
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The Hill City will likely become more populated after two major projects received the thumbs- up.
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Council approved a 100 million dollar residential development.
Investors want to turn 400 acres of land into the Wyndhurst development--- building a city within the city.


It would contain homes, stores, restaurants, fitness clubs, a nursing home and churches.
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((DOYLE ALLEN/HURT & PROFFITT ENGINEER: THE DESIGN OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD ALLOWS RESIDENTS TO WORK, SHOP AND CARRY ON MANY OF LIFE'S OTHER ACTIVITIES WITHIN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. WYNDHURST IS DESIGNED SO THAT MANY RESIDENTS- 220 TO 500 HOUSEHOLDS- WILL LIVE WITHIN AN EASY FIVE MINUTE WALK OF SHOPPING, RESTAURANTS AND EMPLOYMENT AREAS IN THE CORE OF THE COMMUNITY. ))
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Council also approved a plan to turn the home on Grace Street into a neighborhood education center that also will house a health clinic and day care facility.
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There's now an herbal alternative to Valium that's found its way to the Roanoke Valley--
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; ]

The tropical herb is new to the Roanoke Valley, but has been used by Pacific Islanders for three thousand years. Kava Kava gives a euphoric effect of tranquility.
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((WANDA MORRIS/NATURE'S OUTLET MANAGER: VERY RELAXING WITHOUT MAKING YOUR MIND SLOW DOWN, YOU STILL FEEL VERY MENTALLY ALERT, BUT JUST TAKES THE EDGE OFF. ))
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Morris says Kava in any form should not be taken with alcohol, any other herbs, drugs or antidepressants.
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So far, there has been little research done on Kava Kava in the United States, but studies in Europe have had promising results.



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That's it for the news--- let's take one more look at the forecast.


Today should be a mix of clouds and sunshine, with highs reaching the upper 80s.
Partly cloudy overnight, with lows dropping into the upper 60s.
The extended forecast could get a bit wet by tomorrow and Friday...
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