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[SUPER=19-Melanie/Moon;][7E-Bedford-Murder]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[TAPE#98-50 1:55:13]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation]


Information continues to pour out of Bedford in connection with the weekend murder of a Liberty High School football player.
Yesterday, Bedford authorities revealed that a 16-year old girl is accused of stealing the victim's car.
And her 16-year-old boyfriend, Randy Ross, is charged with Jamelle(Ja-MEL) Poindexter's murder.
Steve Smallshaw reports on a crucial key that led to a motel room police say was full of evidence.
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[IN Q=The key]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=03-Bedford County; :22]
[SUPER=01-Lt. Ricky Gardner/Bedford Co. Sheriff Dept.; :33]
[SUPER=01-Rebecca Lowry/School Psychologist; :52]
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[OUT Q=News7, Bedford.]

(( The key was for room 136 at the Rodeway Inn on Route 460 in Roanoke.
Inside police found what they believe is the murder weapon- a .38 caliber semi- automatic pistol.. along with gold jewelry, two syringes and a plastic bag containing what may be marijuana.
Authorities say Poindexter was robbed of his watch, necklace and 1991 Hyundai after being shot to death and dumped in a remote area of Bedford County.
Randy Ross now faces a capital murder charge.. and his 16- year- old girlfriend is charged with helping steal Poindexter's car.
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[SOT 2:01:32]
[IN Q=It was a]

((LT. RICKY GARDNER/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: IT WAS A SITUATION.. .. WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME.)) [RUNS14]
[OUT Q=the wrong time.]


Flowers were laid at Liberty's flagpole while counselors met with more than 200 students inside.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 3:03:18]
[IN Q=With this event]

((REBECCA LOWRY/SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST: WITH THIS EVENT.. .. EVENT SUCH AS THIS.)) [RUNS09]
[OUT Q=such as this.]
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[Standup]
[IN Q=Jamelle Poindexter]

((Jamelle Poindexter was a linebacker for the Liberty football team.. their game with Northside has been postponed until Saturday night. Poindexter's friends and teammates will honor him with a moment of silence before halftime. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford.)) [RUNS13]
[OUT Q=News7, Bedford.]))


[7E-Habitat]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[TAPE#=98-59; 32:44]
[GRAPHIC=Habitat for Humanity]


After weeks of negotiations and a controversial failed project, Habitat for Humanity and the city of Roanoke are ready to make a deal.
Habitat's board met last night to consider the city's offer to buy the disputed West View Terrace land.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/File Tape;]


That's the Northwest neighborhood where Habitat wanted to build 32-houses.
An official announcement is expected sometime this week.
Habitat has said it would be content with a deal that reimbursed the organization for money it already spent in West View Terrace...
The deal also would have to give Habitat an alternative piece -- or pieces -- of land where it could build the 32-houses.
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[7E-Home-Depot]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
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[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=98-61; 32:34]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke County]


Roanoke County residents continue to voice their complaints over the Board of Supervisor's surprise decision to rezone a plot of land.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Neighbors to the proposed Home Depot site thought the issue was dead.
And after the supervisors reconsidered the zoning issue, their surprise quickly turned to anger.
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[SOT UB 10:32:17]
[IN Q=I think it was done]

((DONNA MAYS/ROANOKE CO. RESIDENT: I THINK IT WAS DONE VERY DECEITFULLY AND UNDERHANDEDLY AND ONCE AGAIN LEAVES THE NEIGHBORHOOD IN SHOCK.))
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[OUT Q=leaves the neighborhood in shock.]
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Commonwealth's Attorney Skip Burkart heard a chorus of complaints, from residents who mistakenly believed he had cleared Bob Johnson of a potential conflict of interest.
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[IN Q=So I was a little surprised]

((SKIP BURKART/ROANOKE CO. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: SO I WAS A LITTLE SURPRISED THIS MORNING WHEN I GOT ALL THESE PHONE CALLS FROM PEOPLE WANTING TO KNOW WHAT I BASED MY OPINION ON, BECAUSE I HAVE NOT GIVEN AN OPINION IN THIS MATTER.))
[SUPER=01-Skip Burkart/Commonwealth's Attorney; ]
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[OUT Q=not given an opinion on the matter.]
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[ANCHOR=melanie]
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An agent with Johnson's real estate firm was involved in the acquisition of property for the development, but Johnson says the agent has withdrawn from the project and his firm will not benefit financially.

[7E-Carilion]


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Area businesses will soon have a health care option available closer to home.
Carilion says it's the area's "first and only locally-owned health plans."
Carilion is introducing two new H-M-Os, or Health Maintenance Organizations.
The company says each gives employers a way to offer health plans that are not managed by an out-of-town company.

[7WEATHER]


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Taking a look now at your Thursday forecast..
Another pleasant day ahead, with mostly sunny skies and some light winds.
A bit warmer today. Look for temperatures to rise into the mid- to upper-70's.
Clear skies stick around overnight, along with the chilly temperatures.
Expect lows to drop into the upper-40's to the low-50's.
The extended forecast begins to warm up a bit by the end of the weekend, with highs going back into the 80s. And look for pleasant skies, with continued sunshine and some clouds mixed in.
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[SUPER=19-Melanie/Moon;][45E-Hardware-Store]



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[TAPE#=98-57 46:11]
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A decision by the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors is causing concern among some small business owners.
They fear the construction of a Home Depot Store will put them out of business.
David Johnson reports.
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[IN Q=Doug Basham runs]
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[SUPER=01-Ralph Puff/McVey Hardware; :34]
[SUPER=01-Mary Board/Harwood Paint & Wallpaper; :40]
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[OUT Q=David Johnson, News7.]

((Doug Basham runs Brambleton Hardware. And, he's one of several store owners who fears losing customers to the home improvement super store.
But, Basham has a plan.
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[IN Q=WE WILL END]

((DOUG BASHAM/BRAMBLETON HARDWARE; WE WILL END UP HAVING TO CHANGE A LOT OF PRODUCT OFFERS AND SERVICES TO DEFLECT THAT COMPETITION, BUT YES I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE DETRIMENTAL EFFECTS IT MIGHT HAVE ON MY BUSINESS.)) [RUNS12]
[OUT Q=MY BUSINESS.]

Personnel at a couple of Grandin Road businesses also fear being hammered by Home Depot. But they hope their established clientele will remain faithful.
[SOT=16:02:34]
[IN Q=JUST RIDE IT]

((RALPH PUFF/MCVEY HARDWARE; JUST RIDE IT OUT AND SEE IF WE CAN STAY IN BUSINESS, THAT'S ALL. WE HOPE WE CAN FOR THE PEOPLE IN THE AREA THAT DO SUPPORT US.)) [RUNS08]
[OUT Q=SUPPORT US.]
[SOT=16:18:34]
[IN Q=A LOT OF]

((MARY BOARD/HARWOOD PAINT & WALLPAPER; A LOT OF OUR CUSTOMERS ARE VERY DEDICATED TO US AND RETURN BECAUSE OF THE SERVICE THAT WE HAVE GIVEN TO THEM. AND WE JUST HOPE TO CONTINUE DOING THAT AND WE'RE JUST HOPING THAT WILL BE ENOUGH FOR OUR CUSTOMERS AND KEEP THEM COMING BACK.)) [RUNS16]
[OUT Q=COMING BACK.]

Basham says several residents were so upset by the supervisors changed vote. So much so that in just one day, nearly 50 citizens called him volunteering their time and money to fight the board's action.
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[IN Q=THEY WERE NOT]

((BASHAM; THEY WERE NOT ISSUES OF WHETHER IT WAS HOME DEPOT. AND FOR SOME OF US IT WAS NOT EVEN AN ISSUE OF THE REZONING. IT WAS THE INAPPROPRIATE ACTION, POSSIBLY AN ILLEGAL ACTION. AN IMMORAL AND UNETHICAL ACTION THAT THE BOARD TOOK ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON.)) [RUNS19]
[OUT Q=TUESDAY AFTERNOON.]

[STAND-UP] ((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; BASHAM SAYS A GROUP HAS PLANS TO ORGANIZE AND WILL CHALLENGE THE BOARD'S INTEGRITY, QUESTION THE LEGALITY OF ITS MOST RECENT ACTION AND IT WILL CALL FOR AN INVESTIGATION OF THAT ACTION. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS7.)) [RUNS]))

[45E-Gilmore]


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Governor Jim Gilmore says Virginia needs to keep car-tax-refund plans in place, no matter what.
In a meeting with state agency officials yesterday, Gilmore made it clear that if state revenues become short, officials should look to cut other programs before delaying car tax relief.
Gilmore's remarks came as he met with newly-appointed agency heads to lay out his goals and philosophies for the state.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


The Governor says he's "very conscious of the moment in which we live."
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[SOT 23:30:41]
[IN Q=And we're]

((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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[RUNS=16]
[OUT Q=in now.]
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[VO-NAT]


Gilmore warned against a return to more government control in uncertain times.
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[SOT 23:54:04]
[IN Q=The future]

((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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[OUT Q=before you.]
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[VO-NAT]


Governor Gilmore says it's his "moral duty" to be accountable for every dollar Virginia taxes and spends.
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[45Watchdog-Group]


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Advocates for the rights of the mentally ill are looking for independance.
Yesterday the advocates told state legislators that the Department of Rights of Virginians with Disabilities should be taken out of the state government.
Governor Gilmore has pledged more autonomy for the agency, but he's against moving it outside the state bureaucracy.

The legislature's human rights subcommittee will take up the issue later this month. [45WEATHER]


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Turning your attention now to weather--
Not much change in today's forecast, but perhaps a few degrees warmer.
Mostly sunny skies, with highs in the upper 70s.
Clear and chilly again tonight, with lows near 50.
And the four day outlook stays dry through the weekend...with temperatures gradually climbing into the low 80s for highs.
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[SUPER=19-Melanie/Moon;][8E-Bedford-Murder]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[TAPE#98-50 1:55:13]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation]


Two arrests have been made in connection with the weekend murder of 17-year old Liberty High School student Jamelle Poindexter.
Steve Smallshaw reports on a key that led police to a motel room full of evidence.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=The key]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=03-Bedford County; :22]
[SUPER=01-Lt. Ricky Gardner/Bedford Co. Sheriff Dept.; :33]
[SUPER=01-Rebecca Lowry/School Psychologist; :52]
[SUPER=@ssm1; 1:01]
[RUNS=1:14]
[OUT Q=News7, Bedford.]

(( The key was for room 136 at the Rodeway Inn on Route 460 in Roanoke.
Inside police found what they believe is the murder weapon- a .38 caliber semi- automatic pistol.. along with gold jewelry, two syringes and a plastic bag containing what may be marijuana.
Authorities say Poindexter was robbed of his watch, necklace and 1991 Hyundai after being shot to death and dumped in a remote area of Bedford County.
Randy Ross now faces a capital murder charge.. and his 16- year- old girlfriend is charged with helping steal Poindexter's car.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 2:01:32]
[IN Q=It was a]

((LT. RICKY GARDNER/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: IT WAS A SITUATION.. .. WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME.)) [RUNS14]
[OUT Q=the wrong time.]


Flowers were laid at Liberty's flagpole while counselors met with more than 200 students inside.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT 3:03:18]
[IN Q=With this event]

((REBECCA LOWRY/SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST: WITH THIS EVENT.. .. EVENT SUCH AS THIS.)) [RUNS09]
[OUT Q=such as this.]
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[Standup]
[IN Q=Jamelle Poindexter]

((Jamelle Poindexter was a linebacker for the Liberty football team.. their game with Northside has been postponed until Saturday night. Poindexter's friends and teammates will honor him with a moment of silence before halftime. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford.)) [RUNS13]
[OUT Q=News7, Bedford.]))


[8E-Home-Depot]


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[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=98-61; 32:34]
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke County]


The Roanoke county board of supervisors is getting an earful from residents over it's decision to rezone a piece of property.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


Neighbors to the proposed Home Depot site thought the issue was dead.
And after the supervisors reconsidered the zoning issue, their surprise quickly turned to anger.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT UB 10:32:17]
[IN Q=I think it was done]

((DONNA MAYS/ROANOKE CO. RESIDENT: I THINK IT WAS DONE VERY DECEITFULLY AND UNDERHANDEDLY AND ONCE AGAIN LEAVES THE NEIGHBORHOOD IN SHOCK.))
[SUPER=01-Donna Mays/Roanoke Co. Resident;]
[RUNS=07]
[OUT Q=leaves the neighborhood in shock.]
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[VO-NAT]


Commonwealth's Attorney Skip Burkart heard a chorus of complaints, from residents who mistakenly believed he had cleared Bob Johnson of a potential conflict of interest.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT UB 14:56:42]
[IN Q=So I was a little surprised]

((SKIP BURKART/ROANOKE CO. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: SO I WAS A LITTLE SURPRISED THIS MORNING WHEN I GOT ALL THESE PHONE CALLS FROM PEOPLE WANTING TO KNOW WHAT I BASED MY OPINION ON, BECAUSE I HAVE NOT GIVEN AN OPINION IN THIS MATTER.))
[SUPER=01-Skip Burkart/Commonwealth's Attorney; ]
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[OUT Q=not given an opinion on the matter.]
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An agent with Johnson's real estate firm was involved in the acquisition of property for the development, but Johnson says the agent has withdrawn from the project and his firm will not benefit financially.

[8E-Theater-Closed]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
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[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#=98-56; 36:48]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A local theatre has shown its last film, now that a newer, larger theatre has come to town.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Yesterday, Tower's Cinema cleared the marquee and closed its doors for good.
As workers pulled the seats out of the building, customers were still coming by.
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[SOT 15:44:19]
[IN Q=shocked, I thought]

((RENE JOHNSON/FORMER CUSTOMER; SHOCKED, I THOUGHT MAYBE THEY WERE RENOVATING. WE DROVE UP THAT WAY AND LOOKED OVER AND SAW THE SEATS BEING PULLED OUT AND I SAID, MAYBE THEY'RE RENOVATING, BUT A LOT OF THE OTHER THEATERS AROUND HERE HAVE BEEN CLOSING DOWN TOO.))
[SUPER=01-Rene Johnson/Former Customer;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=closing down too]
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[VO-NAT]


Tower's Mall leasing agent Millie Moore said the theater owners decided to close after the new multi-screen cinema opened at Tanglewood.
The old seats may find a new life somewhere else, they were purchased by a Baltimore company that builds movie screening rooms for private homes.
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Taking a look now at the Thursday forecast--
Mostly sunny skies with a northwesterly breeze.
Look for daytime highs in the upper 70s.
Clear and chilly again tonight, as lows cool into the upper 40s and lower 50s.
The four day forecast is partly to mostly sunny through the weekend, with warmer temperatures.
Highs gradually making it into the low 80s...
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