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[SUPER=19-Melanie/Moon;][7E-Land-Swap]



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Catawba residents say they want to maintain the beauty of the land. National Forest officials say the public needs better access to the same land.
Stacy Martin has the story.
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[IN Q=Larry Hunt moved]
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[SUPER=01-Larry Hunt/Catawba Resident; :19]
[SUPER=01-Debbie Bono/Catawba Resident; :28]
[SUPER=01-Bob Boardwine/Forest Service; :55]
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[OUT Q=SM, News 7.]

(( Larry Hunt moved here 21 years ago to be closer to nature and parts of nearby Jefferson National Forest.
But, his peaceful surroundings and those of his neighbors, may soon change if a proposed land swap involving nearby Jefferson National Forest goes through.
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[SOT 15.19.26 - 15.19.37]
[IN Q=All of us]

((LARRY HUNT/CATAWBA RESIDENT: ALL OF US, THE RESIDENTS OF CATAWBA ARE UNITED IN THIS AND WE ARE ADAMANT IN OUR BELIEF THAT THE NATIONAL FOREST LAND SHOULD REMAIN NATIONAL FOREST LAND.)) [RUNS11]
[OUT Q=national forest land.]
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[IN Q=I think when]

((DEBBIE BONO/CATAWBA RESIDENTS: I THINK WHEN YOU HAVE SUCH A BEAUTIFUL VALLEY AS THIS; THERE ARE SOME PARTS OF AMERICA THAT SHOULD BE PRESERVED FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS AND I THINK THIS IS ONE OF THEM.)) [RUNS07]
[OUT Q=one of them.]


The Forest Service wants to exchange an isolated portion of its land--colored green on this map--for a few acres closer in, owned by local developer David Turner.
The service says that would give the public more access to the national forest.
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[SOT 13.24.45 - 13.24.57]
[IN Q=The land that's]

((BOB BOARDWINE/NATIONAL FOREST: THE LAND THAT'S IN QUESTION HERE THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TRADING TO MR. TURNER IS PUBLIC LAND BUT IN EFFECT THE GENERAL PUBLIC DOES NOT HAVE ACCESS TO IT.)) [RUNS12]
[OUT Q=access to it.]


Boardwine also says the exchange would help enclose a popular local trail that overuns its borders.
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[SOT 14.37.48 - 14.37.59]
[IN Q=This is the]

((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING: THIS IS THE NORTH MOUNTAIN TRACK. THIS PORTION OF IT IS LOCATED ON LAND BELONGING TO THE NATIONAL FOREST SERVICE, BUT A FEW MILES FURTHERS AHEAD IT CROSSES OVER INTO LAND THAT'S PRIVATELY OWNED.)) [RUNS11]
[OUT Q=that's privately owned.]


However, tracking a trail, residents say, should be second to maintaining the rural character of the community.
Stacey Martin, News 7.))
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Residents plan to meet to discuss the issue tomorrow night.

[7E-Stone]


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First degree murder- NOT manslaughter- is the conviction that will keep Laquan Stone in jail.
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Stone admits he shot Alvin Averette in April.
Defense lawyers argued Stone lost control when he found the victim hiding in his estraged wife's shower.
The jury did NOT return the manslaughter conviction Stone was hoping for.
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[SOT 20:40:30-:40]
[IN Q=He's been pretty stoic]

((RONALD WILLIAMS/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: HE'S BEEN PRETTY STOIC ABOUT THE THING. HE KNEW HE DID WRONG AND TO BE PUNISHED. HE'S MADE HIS PEACE. SO I THINK HE'LL BE ALRIGHT.))
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[OUT Q=he'll be alright.]
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The jury recommended a 33-year prison sentence for Stone-- but the victim's mother says that's not enough.
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[IN Q=33- years. That's all.]

((GLORIA AVERETTE/VICTIM'S MOTHER: 33- YEARS. THAT'S ALL. MY SON'S GONE FOREVER. (CRY) ))
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[OUT Q=son's gone forever. (cry)]
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Stone's sentencing is set for September third.



[7E-L'burg-Murder]


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A Massachusetts man has been arrested in connection with the death of a man found in a burning car two weeks ago in Lynchburg.
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[VO-NAT]


21-year old Peter Spyropoulos (speer-OP-oh-lis) was found shot to death in a burning car July 12th.
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Last weekend police in Cambridge, Massachusetts arrested 18-year old Darnell Willis Venable and charged him with conspiracy to purchase firearms.
Authorities say the arrest is connected with Spyropoulos' murder, and they say more arrests may follow.
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Taking a look at your mid-week forcast..
Look for mostly sunny skies today, with temperatures again climbing into the nineties. Expect highs to reach the low- to mid- nineties this afternoon, with perhaps some relief from light winds.
Clear skies and breezy conditions overnight. Look for lows to drop into the mid- to upper-60's.
The extended forecast..
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The Florida wildfires are history thanks to the effforts of firefighters across the country, including seven from Roanoke County.
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[IN Q=I'm just very proud of these folks]

((RICK BURCH/ROANOKE CO. FIRE CHIEF: I'M JUST VERY PROUD OF THESE FOLKS AND THEIR FAMILIES. THEIR FAMILIES GAVE THEM A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF SUPPORT AND WE'RE EXTREMELY PROUD OF THEM.))
[SUPER=01-Rick Burch/Roanoke Co. Fire Chief;]
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[OUT Q=proud of them.]
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The four career firefighters and three volunteers headed south earlier this summer, as wild fires scorched thousands of acres in Florida.
Yesterday, the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors recognized the firefighters for those efforts.
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[IN Q=It was definitely]

((DARYELL SEXTON/ROANOKE CO. FIRE CAPTAIN: IT WAS DEFINITELY A GOOD EXPERIENCE FOR US, TOTALLY DIFFERENT FROM WHAT WE DEAL WITH HERE, BECAUSE OF THE FLAT TERRAIN, THE TRIPLE DIGIT TEMPERATURES, THE HEAT INDEX AND WE HAD TO WORRY ABOUT DEHYDRATION AND THAT WAS A BIG FACTOR FOR US. SO THAT WAS MOST DEFINITELY AN EXPERIENCE.))
[SUPER=01-Daryell Sexton/Roanoke Co. Fire Captain;]
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[OUT Q=definitely an experience.]
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The seven Roanoke County firefighters were dispatched to Bay County near Panama City, where they helped local crews fight a 600- acre blaze.

[45E-Fire-trainer]


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Roanoke firefighters were called into action yesterday at the Roanoke Regional airport.
But the flames on the runway were no threat but rather training for firefighters.
Eric Earnhart introduces us to the new new mobile aircraft fire trainer.
Eric Earnhart has details.
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((The steel plane shell and nearby firepit shoot out jets of flaming propane gas in a spectacular display...
The program manager says it's a lot like a giant barbeque grill... with a difference, computers make it behave the way an airplane fire would.
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[IN Q=The computer can sense]

((JIM NILO/PROGRAM MANAGER; THE COMPUTER CAN SENSE THE APPLICATION OF WATER OR THE AGENT, IT ALSO MONITERS THE TEMPERATURE CONSTANTLY, AND WHEN THE CORRECT PARAMETERS ARE MET, IT CAN EXTINGUISH THE FIRE, ACTUALLY THE FIREFIGHTERS DO THAT, OR IF THEY DO SOMETHING INCORRECTLY THE FIRE CAN GET LARGER.)) [RUNS12]
[OUT Q=get larger]



The lessons learned here are important for firefighters, who need to know the difference between fighting a run-of-the-mill housefire, and a blazine airplane.

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[IN Q=it's a lot more]

((SCOTT BRADFORD/ROANOKE FIREFIGHTER; IT'S A LOT MORE CONFINING, THE FIRE GETS TO BE HOTTER BECAUSE THE FUEL'S INVOLVED, IT'S HARDER TO PUT OUT BECAUSE THE FUEL'S INVOLVED. THERE MAY B TIMES WHEN WE CAN'T GET TO THE FUEL SHUT-OFF... JUST DO WHAT WE CAN TO HOLD IT BACK UNTIL WE CAN GET THE VICTIM'S OUT.)) [RUNS15]
[OUT Q=the victims out]



After this week the trainer will hit the road, traveling to airports across the Commonwealth.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))





[45E-Red-Onion]


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Some of the most dangerous prisoners in the state will soon be in southwest Virginia at the commonwealth's new super- max prison.
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Governor Gilmore opened the gates of the Red Onion State Prison.
It's the United States' newest state of the art, super maximum security prison.
This facility will house 12-hundred inmates.
The director has no question about the safety at Red Onion.
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[IN Q=As far as I]

((AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED AND I HAVE TOLD EVERYBODY THIS IS THE MOST SECURE SUPERMAX FACILITY IN THE UNITED STATES AND IT WILL KEEP INMATES SAFE, IT WILL KEEP STAFF EXTREMLY SAFE AND THE PUBLIC CAN REST ASSURED THAT THEY WILL BE ALWAYS SAFE.))
[SUPER=01-Ron Angelone/Red Onion Director;]
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[OUT Q=Be always safe.]
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Red Onion is located on the border of Wise and Dickenson Counties.
The prison will employ approximatley 400 people, most from the local community.
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Turning to the mid- week forecast---


Mostly sunny skies and hot today, with highs in the low to mid 90s.
Staying clear tonight with light winds.
Lows in the upper 60s.
The four day outlook calls for scattered showers and storms tomorrow and Friday...
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A Danville jury spent little time convicting Laquan Stone of first- degree murder.
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Stone was found guilty of shooting Alvin Averette to death in April.
The victim was hiding in the shower of Stone's estranged wife when the four fatal shots were fired.
The defense argued for a manslaughter conviction-- saying Stone acted in a fit of jealousy.
The prosecution says it was a cold-blooded killing, and Stone's wife-- the only witness to the murder-- helped convince the jury of that.
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((JIM REYNOLDS/ASSISTANT PROSECUTOR: MS. STONE CAME FORWARD. SHE DID NOT HAVE TO TESTIFY UNDER VIRGINIA LAW. SHE CHOSE TO TESTIFY AND TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT SHE KNEW AND THE DEFENSE TRIED TO KEEP HER FROM TESTIFYING BECAUSE THEY DID NOT WANT THE TRUTH TO COME OUT.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Reynolds/Assistant Prosecutor;]
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[OUT Q=truth to come out.]
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The jury recommended Stone spend 33-years in jail for his crimes.
He will be sentenced September 3rd.
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A section of the Jefferson National Forest may be traded for private property, much to the dismay of some Catawba residents.
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Residents say the deal would take away from the rural character of the their community.
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[IN Q=Our biggest concern]

((LARRY HUNT/CATAWBA RESIDENT: OUR BIGGEST CONCERN IS THAT IT WOULD BE DEVELOPED. WE KNOW IT HAS TO BE ON THREE ACRE TRACKS BUT WE DO BELIEVE THAT HE SEEKS TO PUT HOMES ON IT AND WE UNDERSTAND TAHT THIS 170 ACRE TRACK COULD CONTAIN AS MANY AS 50 OR 55 HOMES.))
[SUPER=01-Larry Hunt/Catawba Resident;]
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[OUT Q=or 55 homes.]
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Local developers David and Tom Turner hope to exchange their land for this isolated piece of national forest land, shaded green on this map.
The Forest Service says now the isolated land is only open to a few people.
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[SOT 13.25.19 - 13.25.31]
[IN Q=It's really a]

((BOB BOARDWINE/FOREST SERVICE: IT'S REALLY A QUESTION OF ARE WE SPENDING TAX PAYER'S MONEY TO MAINTAIN A PIECE OF LAND THAT ONLY A FEW MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC HAVE ACCESS TO.))
[SUPER=01-Bob Boardwine/Forest Service;]
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[OUT Q=have access to.]
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Residents have been circulating a petition opposing the deal.
They've also scheduled a meeting for tomorrow night.
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[8Mental-Health]


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Making sure the state's mental health patients are properly cared for is the responsibility of institution directors.
That's what Mental Health Commissioner Richard Kellogg wanted to make clear in a meeting with the directors yesterday.
The meeting comes as Governor Jim Gilmore attempts to end decades of neglect in the state's mental health care facilities.
Last week Gilmore finally made public a scathing report on the state's institutions.


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Brain aneurysms are fairly common in the Roanoke region, with about 100 patients suffering from them each year.


But a new therapy has come along that's less expensive and less invasive than conventional surgery.
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The new treatment uses a soft, hair-like platinum coil to isolate the lesion in the brain. Doctors describe the coil as a microscopic slinky. The therapy is not for everyone, and doctors say there will still be a need for traditional treatment.
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[IN Q=We don't replace]

((DR. JOHN MATHIS/INTERVENTIONAL NEURORADIOLOGIST: WE DON'T REPLACE NEUROSURGERY, WHAT WE DO IS WE AUGMENT NEUROSURGERY AND BETWEEN THE TWO OF US, WE ARE ABLE TO EFFECTIVELY TREAT PATIENTS ANEURYSMS THAT COME TO US.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. John Mathis/Interventional Neuroradiologist; ]
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Doctor Mathis is the only surgeon in the area right now who will be performing the new coil therapy.
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Taking a moment now to look at the forecast--
Mostly sunny, hot and humid today with highs in the lower 90s.
Staying clear overnight, with lows in the upper 60s.
The extended forecast stays rather warm, with showers and storms expected by tomorrow.
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