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How authorities in Bedford managed to quickly identify a Liberty High School student as a capital murder suspect.
And the impact on the Cave Spring area of Roanoke County- -assessing the impact of Home Depot's plans.
In sports, Mark McGuire talks about surpassing Roger Maris, the Express sign a few more players,
and Mike Stevens goes back tot school with the intimidator in Martinville.
Tempertures took a tumble last night and they will likely slip further tonight. Records lows in the forecast.
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Police have made a second arrest, as students at Liberty High School in Bedford continue to mourn the death of a classmate found murdered early Tuesday morning.
Steve Smallshaw is outside the high school tonight. Steve, how much more do we now about Jamelle Poindexter's killing.
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Residents of a Roanoke County neighborhood are regrouping tonight, following a controversial zoning decision that caught them by surprise.
Yesterday's vote by the board of supervisors may clear the way for construction of a Home Depot near Cave Spring Corner.
And tonight Joe Dashiell has the latest reaction.
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More than 50 children in the Roanoke Valley will be able to join the Head Start program this month, thanks to a federal grant and a new partnership.
Total Action Against poverty will use a 400 thousand dollar grant to build a partnership with the Northwest Child Development Center.
Head Start gives low income children access to daycare, educational programs, medical and dental services.
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((ANN FRANCIS/ASSISTANT HEAD START DIRECTOR; SOME OF THE BENEFITS I THINK THAT WE WILL RECIEVE FROM THIS, ARE THE USE OF THIS BEAUTIFUL FACILITY AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK IN A NEIGHBORHOOD-BASED PROGRAM THAT'S FOCUSED ON THE NEEDS OF WORKING PARENTS AND THE NEEDS OF YOUNG CHILDREN.))
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By working with an existing daycare center, TAP doesn't have to buy or build a new facility, and can spend more money on the children.
The war on drugs has turned into a turf battle of sorts between a sheriff and prosecutor in Greenbrier County, West Virginia.
50 thousand dollars worth of equipment to seek out drugs is sitting unused at the county jail, while the prosecutor and sheriff argue over who should use it.
The equipment was purchased with property forfeitures in criminal cases. West Virginia's Attorney General may have to decide who controls it.
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Some local theaters quietly close their doors. Still ahead, we'll tell you which screens went dark this week.
And next, a woman's mission work to Africa brings special joys, but the embassy bombings bring extra heartache.
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Most of us were stunned when we awoke last month to learn that terrorists had bombed the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
For a woman who had just returned from both of those African nations- -the news was personally devastating.
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(( Kindee Nielsen was on a mission... a mission that she says changed her life.
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Without any financial backing- -no corporate sponsors- -this 23-year old Virginia Beach native took it upon herself to personally deliver a shipment of supplies and affection to an orphanage in Kenya.
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((LOOKING AT THEIR FACES AND SEEING THEIR EYES LIGHT UP AS WE GAVE THEM OLD CLOTHES AND TENNIS SHOES THAT PEOPLE HERE WEREN'T GOING TO USE ANY MORE BECAME SOMETHING THAT CHANGED MY PERSPECTIVE ON LIFE.))
Nielsen is a student at Southern Virginia College in Buena Vista.
She ran an ad in the paper asking people to donate their cast off clothing, books and toys. She ended up with 60 boxes of material... then convinced the airlines to haul the stuff for free.
The trip took on a larger dimension as she learned the level of poverty in East Africa.
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((THEY CAN'T AFFORD THE $1.50 IT COSTS A YEAR TO GO TO SCHOOL. AND THAT KIND OF GOT ME... TO THINK THAT I HAVE A $1.50 THAT I COULD GIVE A FEW OF THOSE CHILDREN.))
While they were in Kenya and Tanzania, Nielsen and her friends spent time around both American embassies.
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((I SAW HOW BEAUTIFUL THOSE PEOPLE WERE AND HOW MUCH THEY CARED FOR ME OR FOR ANYONE, REGARDLESS OF RACE OR BACKGROUND OR HERITAGE. THEY WERE JUST SO GRATEFUL FOR US TO BE THERE. THEY'RE VERY A LOVING PEOPLE. AND TO SEE THEM BEING DESTROYED LIKE THAT WAS VERY HARD.))
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She says she's going back in the Spring.
Roanoke lost one of its movie theaters this week.
The twin-screen Tower's Cinema played its last feature on Labor Day.
Today, a Baltimore based company was tearing out the seats for recycling.
Theater managers were not available for comment.
Tower's Mall leasing agent Millie Moore says the owners decided to close after the new multi-screen theater opened at Tanglewood mall.
The agency that coordinates organ donations and transplants in western Virginia says it's been unfairly measured.
Virginia's Organ Procurement Agency serves much of western Virginia.
An Associated Press report this week ranked it 52nd out of 61 organ banks in the nation
in its ability to procure organs, based on the total number of deaths in the region.
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((TOM REED/VIRGINIA'S ORGAN PROCUREMENT AGENCY: IT'S LUDICROUS TO MEASURE AN ORGAN PROCUREMENT AGENCY ON THAT CRITERIA. WE CANNOT RECOVER ORGANS FROM SOMEONE WHO IS NOT PHYSICALLY ABLE TO DONATE ORGANS. OR WHO DOES NOT DIE UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT LEND ITSELF TO DONATE ORGANS. ONLY THREE PERCENT OF THE DEATHS THAT OCCURED IN OUR SERVICE TERRITORY OVER THOSE YEARS LENT THEMSELVES TO ORGAN DONATION.))
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The agency says its organ donation "consent rate" is a better measure.
It says it had a 61-percent consent rate, compared to a national average in the upper 40-percent.
Along with your candidates for Congress, you'll find five constitutional questions on the Virginia ballot this fall.
You'll be hearing a lot of opposition to questions three and four.
Ballot question number three allows for the creation of regional governments for certain economic development projects.
Question number four authorizes localities to go into debt without voter approval, again to lure economic development.
Opponents kicked off a campaign today.
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((PETER FERRARA/COMMITTEE FOR TAXPAYER DEMOCRACY: THAT IS THE MOST TYPICAL BUREAUCRAT ...SEIZING CONTROL FROM LOCAL VOTERS.))
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State Senator Charles Hawkins of Pittsylvania County is behind the measures.
Hawkins says they'll allow the business in an industrial park to be taxed instead of the citizens... and the General Assembly will get another crack at the language to tighten up the law.
It is the speech that will define a budding administration.
Governor Jim Gilmore today laid out his vision to his newly-appointed agency heads.
The Governor says he's "very conscious of the moment in which we live."
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((GOVERNOR JIM GILMORE: AND WE'RE IN A VERY DANGEROUS TIME. AND IN FACT INTERNATIONALLY I THINK WE MAY BE IN THE MOST DANGEROUS TIME IN THE LIFE OF THIS NATION. EXCEPT FOR THE PERIOD OF TIME WHEN WE WERE AT FULL-FLEDGED, ALL-OUT TOTAL WAR, I CAN THINK OF NO MORE DANGEROUS TIME THAN THE ONE WE'RE IN NOW.))
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Gilmore warned against a return to more government control in uncertain times.
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((THE FUTURE IN THE 21ST CENTURY WILL BE THE JEFFERSONIAN IDEAL OF "UNLIMITED FREEDOM OF THE HUMAN MIND," AND THE REAGAN IDEAL OF "THE EMPOWERMENT OF THE INDIVIDUAL, ENHANCING AND DEMANDING OF THEM THEIR FULL CAPACITY." THIS THE TASK THAT IS BEFORE YOU.))
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Governor Gilmore says it's his "moral duty" to be accountable for every dollar Virginia taxes and spends.
Dale Earnhardt was in martinsville today speaking to kids, UVa basketball coach Pete Gillen has added the star city to his travel plans, Mark McGuire talks about breaking maris' record,
and thte Express sign a few more players to their grwoing roster.
The folks at Martinsville high school were treated to something other than a dull assembly this morning as Dale Earnhardt dropped in talk with the students.
Mike Stevens has more on his visit with the Bulldogs.
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((For about 45 minutes, the Intimidator turned into the Educator.
Not bad for someone who dropped out of high school in Kannapolis, North Carolina long before his graduation date.
((DALE EARNHARDT/7 TIME WINSTON CUP CHAMP:))
Despite not having a diploma, Earnhardt is a self-made multi-millionaire who has earned more than $30 million from racing alone.
And he told the kids that what they lack in smarts they can make up in other ways.
Track President Clay Campbell, members of his family and Dale officially dedicated the 13 new skybox suites on the front stretch that are completely sold out.
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10 nonstop days of Late Model, Craftsman Truck and Winston Cup action at the track begins Saturday September 19th.
In Martinsville Mike Stevens, News 7 sports.))
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The fifth annual Rick Mast Golf Classic teed off today.
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last night, Mast welcomed Bill Elliott to his concert at the Virginia Horse center. This weekend, at Riichmond in the Exide Select batteries 400, Elliott will try and add to his 1 win, 8 top 5's and 3 poles at the .750 mile track.
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Since Mark McGuire's 62 homerun last night, Roger Maris' widow has been released from at St. Louis hospital.
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McGuire became the single season homerun champ last night when he hit number 62 against thte Cubs.
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UVA's first year basketball coach, Pete Gillen, is making a visit to Southwest Virginia.
Gillen is speaking at The Roanoke Valley Sports Club September 28th.
He was named the Cavalier's head coach last March after Jeff Jones resigned.
The Express roster grew to eight signed players today.
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Right winger J.F. Tremblay has signed with Roanoke. In 61 games he had 30 points. He will also try out with Lowell.
Right winger Pete Brearly's Express contract has also been agreed on. He 54 points last year.
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12th ranked Virginia opens ACC play Saturday at Scotts Stadium at noon against Maryland.
The Cavs opened the season with a stunning road win against then 19th ranked Auburn.
Virginia's defense notched a shutout in the 19-to-0 victory, but Coach George Welsh says the Terrapins maybe a little tougher.
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Area residents won't be the only ones affected by Home-Depot's proposed new Roanoke County store.
Jean Jadhon is in our newsroom with more on that.
That's right Keith.
Many local hardware stores say the controversial store could affect them as well.
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A lot of them have been in business for years.
But, they'll be up against tough competition from the country's biggest chain of home improvement stores.
Tonight we'll learn how some local businesses have found the secret to success, and how others plan to survive in the future.
Plus join us for more news, weather and sports tonight on News 7 at 11--Keith?
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