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Virginia's electric chair is ready to go again, for the first time since lethal injection became on option. We'll have the latest in a live report.
Plans to bring pigs onto the farm are causing a stink.
And learn how to buy a house for a dollar.
In sports, The home run chase picked up some steam this afternoon Elvis Grbac is set to return to the Kansas City Chief Lineup.
But the season is over for Washington Redskin quarterback Jeff Hostetler.
Folks who like fall weather should be pleased with todays results. Three hurricanes in the Atlantic now but only one is a troublemaker for now. Details ahead.
He shot his wife and infant son at close range, on Mothers' Day in Bedford County seven years ago. It was a day in which Kenneth Stewart Junior now says he came "completely unglued".
Now, Stewart is just three hours from becoming the first Virginia killer to die by electrocution since lethal injection became an option in 19-95.
It's his own choice.
Final preparations are underway at the Greensville Correctional Center, just a few miles north of the North Carolina border in Eastern Virginia.
Ellen Qualls is there, and Ellen, how did Stewart make his choice?
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What have we heard from the governor?
Fairfax County police have arrested the brother of a Hollins College student for her murder three years ago.
21-year-old Matthew Harper was indicted on Monday in the death of his sister, Anne.
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Her body was found on Thanksgiving Day after a fire at her home.
Police said the fire had been set, and she had been stabbed.
Matthew Harper has also been charged with malicious burning and the attempted murder of his mother.
There's little left of a two story home, just outside Christiansburg.
Robert Bradley and his wife told firefighters they returned to their home along Falling Branch Road this afternoon to find the house on fire.
Fire officials say determining the cause will be especially difficult because little remains of the house.
However, they suspect it may have been electrical in nature and started in the living room.
No one was injured.
The Botetourt County sheriff's senior deputy says policing a school for troubled boys took up far too much time.
The Wilderness Leadership Academy is shutting down next week -- after the Education Department agreed the school is out of control.
Tina Tenret has the latest.
Jean, Education Department officials will arrive at the Wilderness Academy tomorrow to
transfer the boys to other schools.
The headmaster will not answer the allegations against him.
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The headmaster of the Wilderness Leadership Academy -- seen here in April -- refused to meet with us.
-- but over the phone, he said he has not seen the Education Department's report that takes away his license next week.
The report documents student violence, staff negligence, and boys who say they were sexually assaulted by each other.
But sheriff's deputies have seen too much, they say -- within the past year, 16 runaway reports, 12 assault-related calls, and 6 theft or vandalism incidents -- all at the Wilderness Academy.
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The Education Department says some of the boys didn't belong there -- Colonel Nervo let one in without an interview, two without their parents' permission.
And officials say the school's advertising is FALSE -- for example, some teachers do NOT have a valid Virginia teaching license.
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Now both students and teachers told the Education Department that students sexually molest each other -- but Major Smith says the sheriff's department was never told about that.
The Education Department says the school's headmaster, Colonel Gene Nervo, also failed to tell the Department of
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Buy a house for a dollar! You can, if you're willing to preserve it. That story is still ahead.
And next ... some farmers want to bring pigs onto their land, and that is raising a big "stink."
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New restrictions on hog farming are stirring up controversy in many Southside counties.
And Charlotte County may find itself in court over its livestock zoning rules.
Christy Hubley tells us about a couple who is suing the county so they can run an intensive hog operation.
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Norman Layne has worked this land in Cullen all his life.
He and his wife Ida are dairy farmers.
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But their milk cows aren't bringing in enough money to make ends meet.
So they want to get into the hog business.
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While the Laynes cleared this land for their new hog houses, Charlotte County put a moratorium on intensive livestock operations.
The Laynes are so outraged, they're suing the county.
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((H. EVANS THOMAS, V/ATTORNEY: THE COUNTY ZONING ORDINANCES ARE SO RESTRICTIVE THAT THEY ARE UNREASONABLE AND THEREFORE VIOLATE THE RIGHT TO FARM ACT WHICH THE LEGISLATURE PASSED TO PROTECT THE FARMERS OF VIRGINIA AND YET THAT'S JUST NOT HAPPENING.))
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No one representing Charlotte County would comment on the lawsuit.
The county has three weeks to deliver its legal response.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Charlotte County.))
Governor Gilmore is "on the road", listening to state workers.
It's the first in a series of town hall meetings.
Gilmore is talking to state employees about their jobs.
Today he was in Roanoke, with 380 people.
Hundreds more joined in, using a satellite link to ask questions.
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((DALE POFF/VDOT: THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THE GOVERNOR HAS ACTUALLY COME OUT INTO THE FIELD TO LISTEN TO WHAT WE HAVE TO SAY. FOR AN INDIVIDUAL JUST TO TAKE TIME OUT OF HIS BUSY SCHEDULE TO TALK TO US IS GREAT. AND I DON'T THINK IT'S A PR STUNT/////GOV. GILMORE: YOU KNOW, I'M NOT TRYING TO CHANGE THE WORLD OVERNIGHT. WHAT I AM TRYING TO DO IS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE WORK FORCE IS TRAINED, SKILLED, MORALE BEING HIGH, AND THAT THEY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING IS OF VALUE TO THE PEOPLE.))
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Topics at the meeting ranged from retirement benefits to overcrowded schools.
A big "up" day on Wall Street.
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How'd you like to buy a house for a dollar?
It's possible under a new program in Lynchburg that's helping preserve some of the Hill City's most historic homes.
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.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))[Arden-manor]
A change of scenery can make a big difference in alzheimers patients, and that's what a new assisted living center will offer when it opens in Roanoke next year.
Buldozers are clearing a site on Persinger Road for Arden Courts.
Today officials held a tree planting ceremony to symbolize the roots they plan to grow in the neighborhood.
The 25-thousand square foot facility will be designed to help residents feel like their living at home.
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In sports, The Hoss is hanging up his cleats Amherst County is set to drop a classification in the Virginia High School Leag.e
And Sammy Sosa hits two homers today to tie Mark McGwire for the home run lead.
The chase for Major League Baseball's home run chase is on again thanks to Chicago's Sammy Sosa.
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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.
Meantime, McGwire and the Cardinals face Houston tonight. Randy Johnson will pitch for the Astros.
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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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.
The N-F-L season is over for Washington Redskin quarterback Jeff Hostetler.
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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.
While the Hoss is hanging em up, 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.
The Napa Autocare 500 hits the Martinsville Speedway this Sunday. But Steve Mason says, racing fans all over the valley started their engines a week early with racing latest craze.
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Racing through Valley View mall has an entirely new meaning these days. last Friday, NASCAR Thunder opened dit's doors on the second floor. The franchise chain has it all, from 1200 dollar leather racing jackets to dollar and a half pins. The choosing a location requires alomst as much careful thinking as selecting a new Winston Cup champion.
The chain has 13 stores strecching from West Virginia to Alabama. Roanoke's store is complete with a Winston Cup championship trophy replica, a show car, clothes for the kids and it's very own video board. The company employed Bobby Allison to drop the green flag. The idea is to allow fans a chance to buy racing memrobilia away from the tracks, thus making the world of NASCAR a little bit bigger.
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Tootsie Rolls will help some mentally retarded campers next year.
KOVAR(co-var), the charitable arm of the Knights of Columbus, gave Camp Virginia Jaycee in Bedford county a check for 24 thousand 572 dollars today. Most of the money was raised during the group's tootsie roll sale last April. Today's check will help make several of the cabins handicap accessible. More than 27 thousand mentally retarded people have attended the camp since 1971.
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Over the past 25 years KOVAR has donated nearly 175 thousand dollars to the camp.
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