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The U-S bombings in Afghanistan and Sudan have the support of both Senators from the Commonwealth.
But there is mixed reaction from a local pastor who traveled to Sudan in March.
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Quigg Lawrence said he supports the U-S action against suspected terrorists.
But he worries about the Sudanese people.
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Lawrence said the Sudanese live under the constant threat of terrorism from both domestic and international organizations.
And many times, he said, innocent people are hurt in terrorist attacks.
Lawrence hopes the U-S bombing of a suspected chemical weapons plant will eliminate part of the threat facing the Sudanese people.
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((QUIGG LAWRENCE/CHURCH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: IF THEY GO IN AND BOMB A FACILITY THEY KNOW SOME PEOPLE ARE GOING TO DIE. BUT THEY'RE GOING TO PREVENT HUNDREDS OR THOUSANDS MORE DEATHS.))
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Some members of Lawrence's church are planning another trip to the Sudan in the fall.
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A North Carolina man is being charged with the murder of a Halifax County woman.
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44-year old Denny Coggins Melton is charged with first degree murder for the shooting death of Rhonda Bowes Stone.
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Stone was found dead in her Alton trailer August 7th.
Halifax County Sheriff's Deputies say the fatal shots were fired from OUTSIDE the home-- through a window that is now covered with paper.
Melton was picked up by North Carolina authorities two days after the murder on firearms charges.
Until his extradition yesterday to Halifax County, Melton had been held in a North Carolina jail.
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He said he "understood human nature's need for revenge".
Lance Chandler released a letter of apology before his execution last night.
Ellen Qualls has more.
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A Smith Mountian Lake developer lost a battle in court yesterday.
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John Robbins bought 42 lots next to Shoreline Marina on Route-949 and started to build one dock per lot.
Several times he showed his plans to county officials who said they looked OK, but never gave formal approval.
Robbins says he had spent 30-thousand dollars on development when the county suddenly required a special use permit for the docks.
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Taking a look now at your Friday forecast.. A pleasant summer day, with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid- to upper-80's.
Clear skies stick around overnight, with lows dropping to about 60.
The extended forecast...
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A victory for Governor Gilmore.
Gilmore is applauding the federal appeals court for its decision to uphold Virginia's law requiring teens to notify their parents before getting an abortion.
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The vote was unanimous.
Judge J- Michael Luttig writes:
"A mother and father... are obligated to know, and they are entitled to know, the life-defining decisions their children face."
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A ten year old Salem boy charged with arson has been released from protective custody.
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The boy accused of setting at least one fire at the Willow River apartment complex is now reportedly living with his grandmother in Tazewell.
Last week a judge denied a reuqest to let the boy live in a Roanoke County apartment complex.
The boy must be kept under constant adult supervision.
His arson trial is set for September 21st.
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Fish from the Roanoke -Staunton River were the subject of discussion last night at a public hearing in Brookneal.


There has been some concern about whether it's safe to eat the fish following a report that some of the fish may contain cancer-causing chemicals.
Christy Hubley reports.
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(( The public hearing at Brookneal Elementary was called by Delegate Ted Bennett-- in response to a 1994 study just recently released by the departments of health and enviromental quality.
The study found P-C-B's in certain fish caught in Halifax, Pittsylvania, Campbell and Charlotte Counties.
P-C-B's are potentially cancer-causing chemicals-- and people at the hearing wanted to know what took so long for fish warning.
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Health department representatives told the group the fish warning is not cause for panic.
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Before the meeting was over, we pulled a DEQ representative aside to ask what's next.
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The 1994 fish study will be available at the Brookneal and Halifax public libraries.
The document is more than 800-pages long.



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Meantime at Smith Mountain Lake, the areas Four-H Center has plans for a five-million dollar expansion to help children, adults, and the water quality.
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The site's already staked out for the nature education building, right near the lake so campers can test the water.


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((JOHN DOOLEY/4-H ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR: WE'VE REALLY FOCUSED THIS CENTER ON ITS ABILITY TO SERVICE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE DISABILITIES OR HANDICAPS. SO ONE OF THE AREAS WE'RE LOOKING AT EXPANDING THIS PROGRAM IS TO THAT AUDIENCE.))
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Also in the works -- a two million dollar lodge and conference center where adults can attend training workshops -- and an indoor gym.
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((TAYLOR ROLAND/CAMPER: THEY SAID THERE'S GOING TO BE A RIFLERY RANGE AND I LIKE SHOOTING SO I LOOK FORWARD TO USING THAT.))
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The buildings are scheduled to be completed next summer.
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The U-S Department of Education is helping Radford University diversify its student body.
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The government has awarded the university more than one and a half million dollars.
Part of the money will be used to attract certain groups of students.
University officials would like to attract more minorities and older students as well as students from rural areas whose families never went to college.
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Shifting gears now to weather--
Sunny and a bit warmer today, with highs in the upper 80s.
Skies will stay clear tonight, as lows cool to around 60.
And the weekend outlook stays very pleasant, with plenty of sunshine.
No rain in the forecast until Tuesday..
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Words of apology came in a letter from Lance Chandler before he was executed last night.
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A murder charge has been filed against a North Carolina man in the killing of a Halifax county woman.
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44-year old Denny Coggins Melton is charged with first degree murder for the shooting death of Rhonda Bowes Stone.
[SUPER=03-Alton/File Tape;]


Stone was found dead in her Alton trailer August 7th.
Halifax County Sheriff's Deputies say the fatal shots were fired from OUTSIDE the home-- through a window that is now covered with paper.
Melton was picked up by North Carolina authorities two days after the murder on firearms charges.
Until his extradition yesterday to Halifax County, Melton had been held in a North Carolina jail.
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You may have never heard of an OLYMPIC Daylily Toss or SKID- steer driving competition--
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But those were among the most popular events yesterday at the fourth annual Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association Field Day.
It was an opportunity for those who rely on good soil and sunlight to have some fun, AND...
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((JIM SNYDER/RIVERBEND NURSERY OWNER: TO PROMOTE NEW TECHNOLOGY, EQUIPMENT, FELLOWSHIP, AND ALLOW MEMBERS OF THE NURSERY AND LANDSCAPE ASSOCIATION AND CUSTOMERS OF THE HOST NURSERY TO SEE WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT.))
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The Riverbend Nursery in Riner was the host location for today's event.
Nearly 700 people took part, with more than 40 exhibits.
Most of those were designed to improve the efficiency of nurseries, with more mechanics and less labor.
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Before we finish the morning updates, here's another look at the forecast.
Sunny and warmer today, with highs in the upper 80s.
Tonight, continued clear with lows near 60.
The four day forecast stays sunny and warm through the weekend, with showers likely by Tuesday.
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