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A Bedford County man dies in Virgnia's electric chair tonight.
An arrest is made in the murder of a Hollins college student from 1995.
We'll have the story from Northern Virginia.
And Hurricane Georges racing toward the Florida Coast- while people race to get out.
News 7 is next.
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A former Bedford County resident dies in the electric chair tonight for the murders of his wife and child.
Virginia has tied its own modern annual record with nine executions so far this year.
Bedford County killer Kenneth Manuel Stewart, Junior was the first to choose the electric chair since lethal injection became an option four years ago.
He was pronounced dead tonight at 9:11.
Ellen Qualls is at Greensville Correctional Center.
Ellen, what can you tell us.
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A single car accident claimed the life of an Appalachian Power worker this afternoon.
The accident happened on Route 819 in Pittslyvania County.
Samuel Edwin Martin of Collinsville was working on a powerline when he stepped into the roadway and was struck by Iris Faye Travis of (CAL-inds) Callands.
Martin died at the scene.
Police say no charges will be filed.
The death toll from Hurricane Georges is now at least fifty- Many more are missing and feared dead.
And Georges is not over yet. The hurricane is churning over Cuba and heading toward Florida.
Drew Levinson has the latest.
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((The Florida Keys are perhaps the WORST place to be when a hurricane strikes.
Beautiful, thin ribbons of land, about 100 miles offshore, with only ONE road out.
And that highway was jammed as officials ordered 80 thousand people to
leave as Hurricane Georges approached.
But not everyone heeded the warnings.
JOHN MCGEE, DEPUTY SHERIFF: THERE'S A MIND SET WITH THE LOCALS THAT ARE BORN AND RAISED ON THE
KEYS, AND THE MIND SET IS THAT WE'RE NOT LEAVING DAMN IT, WE'RE STAYING.
The smell of plywood is in the air.
South Florida is preparing for the first hurricane since 1992's Andrew.
Windows are being boarded up, boats are being tied down and grocery
stores shelves are running bare.
South Florida is on alert.
Residents know what Hurricane George has ALREADY done. In Haiti, at
least fifty people are dead.
In Puerto Rico, streets seemed like streams.
And a half million people are still without power. Damage has already
topped a billion dollars.
NANCY RUTHERFORD, AMERICAN RED CROSS:THERE ARE SOME AREAS THAT ARE NOT ACCESSIBLE AT THIS POINT. THEY
RECEIVED SOME REALLY INTENSE DAMAGE FROM FLOODING OR FROM FIRES, MUD
SLIDES HAVE BLOCKED SOME ROADS THAT HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO BE CLEARED YET.))
When storms like Georges make landfall, they destroy almost everything in their path.
That's when a worldwide network of Amateur radio operators spring into action.
Andrew Freiden reports.
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The radio signals arrive at this home in Roanoke under a crystal blue sky.
But they come from the Carribean-- Where Georges has made blue sky a distant memory.
In the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, most phones lines are dead.
So HAM radio provides the only link to the outside world.
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((PUERTO RICO RADIO: ONE OTHER THING ABOUT THE WIND, IT CAME IN IN A WAVE TWO HOURS AGO. SO WE'VE BEEN HAVING IT FOR TWO HOURS NOW I COULDN'T GET TO THE RADIO EARLIER.))
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The Hurricane Center in Miami couldn't hear that transmission-- because Georges' massive cloud base absorbs radio signals.
But at his home in Roanoke, Juan Barr could.
And Miami can connect with Roanoke too--
Putting Juan Barr in the eye of the storm.
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((JUAN BARR: THIS IS KS4UW HH2A WAS UP ON THE MIAMI HURRICANE FREQUENCY JUST ABOUT 30 MINUTES AGO, OVER. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE INPUT, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.))
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Ham operators make a hobby out of their craft-- sometimes chatting with people halfway around the world just for fun
But on days like this, the hobby turns serious-- HAM radio operators are the only way information gets in and out of storm ravaged areas.
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((JUAN BARR: IT'S A GOOD HOBBY. TO HELP MY FELLOW MAN AND DO SOMETHING OF THIS NATURE. JUST GIVES YOU A FEELING YOU CAN'T PUT INTO WORDS.))
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And one day, Juan expects someone halfway around the world to return the favor, when severe weather threatens Southwest Virginia.
Andrew Freiden, news 7, Roanoke
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
State officials prepare to remove students from a troubled Wilderness Academy. We'll have that story in a moment.
But first, Fairfax police make an arrest in the 1995 murder of a Hollins College student.
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((Hey Jean the chase for the home run record picked up steam today as Sammy Sosa hits two to tie Mark McGwire The Cubs lost today keeping the Giants in the wild card race Jeff Hostetler says good bye to the Washington Redskins for the rest of the N-F-L season and Steve Mason goes to Rural Retreat for tonight's home town hoops.
All that and more coming up later on news 7 sports.))
A 21 year old Fairfax man has been charged with murdering his sister on Thanksgiving Day 1995.
Anne Harper was on a holiday break from Hollins College when she was stabbed and her home set on fire.
Now nearly three years later, police have arrested her brother for the crime.
Frank Bond has more.
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Tomorrow, the Education Department starts transferring boys out of the Wilderness Leadership Academy.
The school for troubled boys is losing its license and will close next week.
The Botetourt County Sheriff's Office has responded to a dozen assault-related calls, including a riot, plus 16 runaway reports during the past year.
Police also caught boys stealing beer and cigarettes from a nearby campground.
Major Ken Smith says some of these boys were at the wrong school.
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Smith says citizens deserve a say in which teenagers attend an alternative school.
But neighbors here praise the Wilderness Academy's headmaster Colonel Gene Nervo.
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((LISA STATON/NEIGHBOR: AS FAR AS HIM HAVING THE ACADEMY, I THINK IT'S GREAT BECAUSE YOU DON'T FIND TOO MANY PEOPLE WHO WANT TO HELP DISTURBED CHILDREN AND I THINK IT'S A LOT OF RESPONSIBILITY.))
Nervo loses his license next week.
He declined to comment.
The debate over hogs in Southside Virginia is moving from the farm to the court.
Norman and Ida Layne are suing Charlotte County.
New zoning laws prevent the couple from starting an intensive hog operation-- and they want an injunction.
The Laynes are dairy farmers who say their milk cows aren't bringing in enough money to make ends meet.
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((NORMAN LAYNE/FARMER: WE DIDN'T JUST GET INTO THIS TO TRY TO MAKE A GET-RICH-QUICK SCHEME OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. ALL WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS GENERATE MORE INCOME SO WE CAN DO A BETTER JOB OF FARMING AND HOPEFULLY MAKE A BETTER LIVELIHOOD FOR OURSELVES.))
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The Laynes believe the county's new livestock regulations violate the state's Right to Farm Act.
Charlotte County officials won't comment on the lawsuit.
The county has three weeks to file its legal response.
Coming up a little later, we'll show you a story about an unusual weather forecaster,
and we'll tell you why people looking for a bargain in housing should look to Lynchburg.
If you're in the market for a new home, you might want to consider looking in Lynchburg.
That's where a new program is offering some of the city's most unique residences for a special price: one dollar.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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(( From the outside, they don't look like much.. but these old Lynchburg homes have more than peeling paint and broken windows in common.. they can all be bought for the low, low price of just one dollar.
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((ED MCCANN/LRHA DIRECTOR: WE'VE HAD HUNDREDS OF INQUIRIES. THAT DOLLAR PRICE TAG IS REALLY ATTRACTIVE TO PEOPLE.))
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Ed McCann oversees the "Homestead Program" for the Lynchburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority.
The Authority uses grant money to buy the properties, then resells them to people willing to renovate and restore.
((BECAUSE THERE AREN'T MANY HOUSES WHICH HAVE ALL THEIR INTERIORS INTACT.))
Paul Kitchin and Sam Roskelley are the kind of "urban pioneers" the Homestead Program hopes to recruit.
The two met while helping restore the Academy of Music Theater.. now they're in the process of buying one of Lynchburg's oldest structures: this three- story brick home built around 1817.
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((SAM ROSKELLEY/ARCHITECT: IT'S AMAZING THAT IT'S IN AS GOOD CONDITION AS IT IS, CONSIDERING IT'S 180 YEARS OLD AND THE FACT THAT IT'S BEEN VACANT FOR ABOUT THREE DECADES.))
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((PAUL KITCHIN/HOUSE BUYER: KEEP IT AS IT WAS ORIGINALLY AND DO NOTHING THAT'S GOING TO TEAR ANYTHING OUT AT ALL. KEEP AS MUCH OF THE ORIGINAL.))
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Kitchin estimates it will cost about 30- thousand dollars to make the house liveable.. bringing the total price tag to 30- thousand and one.
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Sammy Sosa hits two home runs today and Amherst County petitions the Virginia High School League for a drop in Classification.
But first our Extra Point, Elvis Grbac is all set to return to the Kansas City Chiefs lineup.
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Grback has missed two games with a separated shoulder but today he told the Chiefs his injured shoulder is fit again and he's ready to play Sunday.
Chiefs head coach Marty Schottenheimer said he'll wait and see how he does in practice before deciding to start him or Rich Gannon.
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Sammy Sosa has tied Mark McGwire for Major League Baseball's home run record.
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This afternoon in Milwaukee, Sosa sends this pitch over the right rield wall for a solo homer in the fifth inning giving him number 64. Then in his next at bat sosa hit a solo shot over the centerfield wall in the sixth to tie him with Mark McGwire of St, Louis at 65.
The Brewers beat the Cubs today 8 to 7.
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And tonight against Houston, McGwire was one four 5 with a single and two walks.
The San Francisco Giants stayed in the National League wild card picture today with a 4 to 1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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The Pirates were on the road in the Bay Area.
But Giant pitcher Mark Gardner would hold Pittsburgh to five hits over 8 innings striking out 11 and walking two.
The big hit of the game came in the bottom of the
sixth off the bat of Joe Carter. This three run homer over the left field wall made it 3 to 1 and the Giants win it 4 to 1.
The Virginia High School League is debating whether to allow Amherst County to revert back to Double- A status next year.. a move that could mean the death of the Western District.
The latest enrollment figures put Amherst in the middle third, or Double A class, of all Virginia high schools.
But if the Lancers are allowed to drop to Double A, only three teams would be left in the Western District: E.C. Glass, Halifax and G.W. Danville.
Those schools would be forced to drive several hours to find enough Triple A teams to fill their schedules.
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((BENNY GIBSON/NORTHWEST REGION SPOKESMAN: WHILE WE DO APPRECIATE THEIR REQUEST AND DESIRE TO BE IN THE SEMINOLE DISTRICT, WE DON'T ENCOURAGE IT BECAUSE WE WILL BE AT THE EXPENSE OF THE REMAINING WESTERN AND ROANOKE VALLEY DISTRICT TEAMS.))
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But Amherst officials don't want their students spending several hours on a bus riding to games.. and a move to the Seminole will help put more fans in the stands and more money in their pockets.
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((DEWITT HOUSE/AMHERST CO. HS PRINCIPAL: WE'VE PLAYED BY THE SAME RULES IN THE PREVIOUS RECLASSIFICATION EFFORTS. WE FELL IN THE UPPER THIRD AND HAD TO PLAY TRIPLE A FOR THREE YEARS. IT WASN'T OUR DESIRE BUT THOSE WERE THE RULES AND WE FOLLOWED THEM. THIS TIME IN THE RECLASSIFICATION WE FALL IN THE MIDDLE THIRD AND WE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO PLAY IN A DOUBLE A CLASSIFICATION.))
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The executive committee will vote on the matter tomorrow.
Washington Redskin quarterback Jeff Hostetler is haning up his cleats for the season.
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This afternoon the Redskins place Hostetler on injured reserve. General Manager Charlie Casserly says Hostetler re-injured his right knee on the sideline during Sunday's Loss to Seattle.
Hostetler had just returned to the Skins after clearing out his locker when he was demoted to third string behind Trent Green and Gus Frerotte.
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Hostetler is being replaced on the roster by Casey Weldon.
And coming up in sports, Redskin quarterback Jeff Hostetler is hanging up his cleats for the season.
And Steve Mason makes a trip to Rural Retreat for tonight's Hometown Hoops Weekly report.
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In this weeks edition of Hometown Hoops we feature the Indians of Rural Retreat.
Steve Mason has this report on the Indians.
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((With Lindsey Musser's cracked cartilage in her nose, Rural Retreat is down to just seven players for a while. But the lady Indians are covered. This season, the team's three male managers have been filling out the practice squad.
((PAT BREWER/RURAL RETREAT HEAD COACH:))
((KELLY SAMPLE/RURAL RETREAT SHOOTING GUARD:))
They come to every game and take stats. They're efforts have earned them varsity letters. Two of the boys are competing for spots on the varsity and JV boys teams. Mixing it up with their fellow classmates has helped their game.
((ROBERT MOODY/RURAL RETREAT JV PLAYER:))
((JOSH BLEVENS:/RURAL RETREAT NINTH GRADER:))
This desegregation has not only made the 7 and 1 Lady Indians better, but it has instilled a deeper mutual respect that has further unified Rural Retreat athletics.))
((KRISTIE OSBORNE/RURAL RETREAT POINT GUARD:))
((TIMMY BURTON/RURAL RETREAT BOYS VARSITY PLAYER:))
Today was the first official day of fall, and as the cooler temperatures ease in many will wonder what kind of winter this will be.
Most people would look in the almanac to find out but would you think to ask a turtle?
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This is E-T.
If you are wondering how this turtle can predict the weather, it is all in how much greenary she eats before she beds down for hibernation.
Her owner, Tosh Kano believes that E.T is no more wrong than weather forecasters, and she is a little more accurate than using statistical data.
After ten years of predicting she is between 80 and 90 percent correct.
E.T predicts this winter to be long and mild.
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