Up next on News 7 at Five, Roanoke police search for clues as they try to find out who killed a man last night on Patterson Avenue.
and one the last of the singing cowboys has died at the age of 91.
We see a sunny start to Saturday, but clouds will roll in quickly. There might even be a shower by Saturday night.
We will check the details of the forecast in a few minutes.
On Health Check, after losing another round in court, Governor Gilmore gives up his fight to keep a comatose man alive.
And why are Radford researchers studing this man's mind?
His brain's electrical signals are helping unlock the mystery of Alzheimer's.
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Attornies for Emmitt Cressell have less than a month to prepare for their client's upcoming capital murder trial in Grayson County.
Co-defendent Louis Ceperano has already been sentenced to life in prison for his role in the murder of Garnett Johnson.
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Teresa Hamilton joins us live from indenrendence where several pretrial motions were taken up late this afternoon.
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A murder on Paterson Avenue last night has family, friends- - even police- -wondering who would have killed the likeable landlord, Jimmie Lee Penn.
The 62-year old retired railroad worker was working on one of the houses he rented out... on Patterson Avenue at 20th Street when several shots rang out.
Long time friend Jim Gunter was at home- -just three blocks away- -when he heard what happened.
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((HE HAD HOUSES, I DON'T KNOW, TWO OR THREE HOUSES FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND. AND HE WAS RENTING THEM OUT, TO HAVE A PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO LIVE. YOU'VE GOT A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO REALLY DON'T HAVE A PLACE TO LIVE. HE WAS TRYING TO HELP THE NEIGHBORHOOD, ANYWAY.
AND MOST FOLKS REALLY LIKED HIM, APPARENTLY? OH YEAH, EVERYBODY I TALKED TO REALLY LIKED HIM.))
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Police have no suspects.
A former middle school teacher convicted of molesting three young students has been sentenced to five years in prison.
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Joe Dashiell has been covering today's sentencing hearingfor John Breedlove and he is reporting tonight from the Montgomery County courthouse
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Democrats and Republicans are squaring off over possible impeachment hearings. We'll have that in a moment.
And it's the end of an era as one of the last of the singing cowboys passses away at the age of 91.
On Health Check, we'll see how Radford University is trying to unlock the secrets of Alzheimer's Disease.
and Patrick Evans is out there somewhere with a polo mallet in hand as he prepares for this weekend's Polo Cup.
More documents in the Monica Lewisnky case are released in Washington.
Trucks pulled up to the Capitol filled with boxes.
The Grand Jury material includes transcripts of the tapes Linda Tripp made with Lewinsky.
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Democrats are also calling for a time limit on an impeachment inquiry- and limiting the probe to just the Monica Lewinsky affair.
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((REP. RICK BOUCHER: GET THIS MATTER RESOLVED FULLY. GET THIS MATTER RESOLVED FAIRLY. GET IT RESOLVED COJMPLETELY AND GET IT RESOLVED IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE.))
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(( REP. BOB GOODLATTE/R- 6TH DISTRICT: IT DOESN NOT MAKE ANY SENSE TO PURSUE THAT NOR DOES IT MAKE ANY SENSE TO SET ARTIFICIAL TIME LIMITES ON THE PROCESS THAT COULD CALL FOR POLITICAL GAMESMANSHIP RAHTER THAN FOCUSING ON GETTING TO THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER. WE MUST FOLLOW THE TRUTH WHEREVER IT LEADS.))
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A vote is set for next week on the impeachment inquiry.
Meanwhile the President is in Cleveland where he met both protestors- and supporters.
The Singing Cowboy Gene Autry has died.
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Autry was known for other songs as well including Don't Fence me in, "At Mail Call Today" and "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer."
He was a film and recording star before buying broadcast stations and starting the Angels Baseball Team.
Autry died at his Southern California home after a lengthy illness.
Gene Autry was 91.
Pittsylvania County Community Action has received a RELATIVELY clean bill of health from the state department of housing.
The agency was under fire for allegedly not meeting the needs of its low-income housing clients.
A former volunteer accused the agency of misusing funds and mismanaging projects.
Virginia's Department of Housing-- which funds many of P-C-C-A's programs-- stepped in to investigate the claims.
The director says his staff found no evidence of fraud, waste or abuse.
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((BILL SHELTON/VA DEPT. OF HOUSING: WE ARE AND CONTINUE TO REMAIN CONCERNED ABOUT THE LEVEL OF WORK THAT'S DONE, THE NUMBER OF HOUSING UNITS WHICH I BELIEVE IS A DIFFERENT ISSUE BUT WE DID NOT SEE A LOT OF THE THINGS THAT WE HEARD PERHAPS MIGHT EXIST.))
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Shelton says clients who aren't satisfied with the service they received from P-C-C-A might be eligible for funding from other state and federal sources.
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The annual polo cup is this weekend. And this big event is not just a lot of horsing around. As Patrick tells us, it's also a big fund raiser for the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra.
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Polo Cup, the Roanoke Symphony's big fundraiser, takes to the field tomorrow, with two national polo teams competing all in the name of charity.
Patrick Evans joins us from Green Hill Park, the traditional site of the event, with more last minute details.
Patrick, are they prepared for a big crowd?
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Coming up in Sports, Jeff Gordon forms his own race team. Mike Stevens will have the details.
Next on health check -- Governor Gilmore gives up his fight to keep a comatose man alive against his family's will.
Plus, an experimental psychology study is underway at Radford University to help with the early diagnosis and detection of Alzheimers disease.
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((THE DRUGS THAT ARE CURRENLTY AVAILABLE FOR ALZHEIMERS ARE MORE EFFECTIVE THE EARLIER YOU CAN START GIVING THEM, SO THE EARLIER WE CAN GET A DIAGNOSIS THE EARLIER WE CAN START PEOPLE OUT ON THEM.))
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Virginia's Supreme Court says Hugh Finn's family has the right to let him die... despite a last minute plea from the Governor.
This morning, Governor Gilmore's attornies appealed the decision to let Hugh Finn's feeding tubes be removed.
Finn's been in what doctors call "a wakeful coma" for three-and-a-half years, unable to do anything for himself.
The Governor argued the family withholding food would amount to a mercy killing -- illegal under Virginia law.
Within two hours, the Supreme Court knocked down Gilmore's request, saying "... withdrawal of artificial nutrition ... merely permits the natural process of dying and is NOT mercy killing or euthanasia."
A spokeswoman for the Governor says only tonight: "Governor Gilmore believes he had a duty to bring this matter to the highest court."
"The court has issued its ruling, and that brings this matter to a close."
Finn's life support was removed yesterday.
Doctors expect him to die in a matter of days.[5-Alzheimer's]
Early diagnosis for Alzheimer's patients means treatments are more effective.
A study at Radford University is finding the early stages of Alzheimer's can be identified by looking at the brain's electrical signals.
Volunteers are hooked up to an E-E-G -- an electro-cap fits over the test subjects head and 128 sponges read the brain's electrical activity.
John Hitchings doesn't have Alzheimer's, but he's volunteered for a comparison of healthy adults to those WITH the disease.
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((DR. TOM PIERCE/RU PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR: WE KNOW THAT THE CHANGES IN THE BRAIN DUE TO ALZHEIMERS SHOW UP MANY YEARS BEFORE THE BEHAVIORAL CHANGES, SO THAT SOMEBODY MIGHT BE HAVING DAMAGE IN THE BRAIN YEARS BEFORE THEY START HAVING MEMORY PROBLEMS OR DIFFICULTY WITH LANGUAGE OR CHANGES IN PERSONALITY.))
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Psychology grad students are trying to find out if the EEG would give an early marker that somebody has the disease.
Hitchings does a variety of tasks while researchers record his brain's electrical signals.
A computer converts the information into color coded graphic display.
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((JOHN HITCHINGS/VOLUNTEER: I DIDN'T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IT WAS GOING TO BE, BUT IT WASN'T PAINFUL OR UNCOMFORTABLE.))
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but Hitchings admits clicking the computer mouse over and over was tedious.
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((JOHN HITCHINGS/VOLUNTEER: ONE OF THE TESTS WAS A LITTLE STRESSFUL WHERE I THINK YOU HAVE EVERYTIME YOU SEE NUMBER OR PRESS NUMBER ONE YOU HAVE TO BE EXTREMELY ALERT AND THEY DO THAT FOR 15 MINUTES, IT PUTS YOU ON YOUR MENTAL.))
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Results could mean diagnosis 6 months to a year earlier than current techniques.
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((DR. TOM PIERCE/RU PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR: WE MAY BE ABLE TO SEE SOMETHING IN THE EEG THAT WOULD HELP US BE ABLE TO PREDICT WHICH PEOPLE WILL PROGRESS VERY QUICKLY WITH THE DISEASE MAYBE PEOPLE WHO WILL DIE WITHIN THREE OR FOUR YEAR, AND TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THEM AND PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO PROGRESS VERY SLOWLY, PEOPLE WHO WON'T DIE FOR 20 YEARS.))
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So far, 30 non-Alzheierms older adults, 30 young adults and 10 subjects with the disease have volunteered.
Radford is still looking for more participants.
Hundreds of state employees in the central Virginia area are wondering whether their jobs are safe following a recent study on state mental health facilities.
About 16 hundred people work at the Central Virginia Training Center in Madison Heights, caring for severely mentally retarded children and adults.
The study recommends scaling back that facility or eliminating it altogether in favor of smaller satellite offices.
Local lawmakers are determined to prevent that.
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((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R- LYNCHBURG: THE KEY IS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE KEEP THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE THERE THAT NEED EXTENSIVE 24- HOUR CARE WITH THOSE EMPLOYEES THAT UNIQUELY KNOW HOW TO DO THAT AND SOME OF THEM HAVE BEEN THERE FOR A LONG TIME AND KNOW EXACTLY HOW TO DO THAT.))
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Newman says the study's findings are very preliminary and nothing will be decided until next year.
In sports, the Marlins don't waste any time getting a new manager,
here's Mike Stevens.[S5-Baseball]
Welcome everybody to the start of your weekend.
I'll have the Friday Football Extra lineup for you in just moment,
but first the Red Sox and Indians are battling in game three of their american league playoff this afternoon.
Right now in the 5th, it is tied at 1-all.
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Off the field today the Florida Marlins quickly replaced Jim Leyland who quit yesterday as they hired this man, John Boles to be the new manager of teh Fish.
Boles was an interim mananger with the team in 1996, and he has been serving as the team's vice president of player development.
The Busch cars were in the spotlight today at Charlotte.
Jeff Gordon and Ray Evernham announced the formation of their new Busch team this afternoon.
Gordon and Ricky Hendrick will drive the car that is being sponsored by Pepsi and Fritos.
The co-owner of the new team is none other than Jeff's wife Brooke Gordon.
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The top 34 spots for this race are determined in qualifying but this 40 lap race determines the final starting spots with 8 drivers getting in tonorrow's All-Pro 300.
The biggest wreck today took out Jason Jarrett in car 11, Kerry Earnhardt in the Channel Lock car against the wall along with Lyndon Amick and Kevin Grubb.
Johnny Benson won the event with Sterling Marlin and Mike Wallace also getting in the main event.
The last spot went to Jason Keller, who beat Bobby Hillin to the finish line by inches.
The high school football teams in the area hit the halfway point tonight.
We'll have 16 games for week number six of Friday Football Extra tonight at 11:35.
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The big game on WDBJ-7 tomorrow afternoon features the Tennessee Volunteers and the War Eagles of Auburn battling at 3:30. The pregame show comes your way at 3, and kickoff is set for 3:30.
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And if you're planning ahead to Sunday, the NFL is on Your Hometown Station at Noon and then the unbeaten Dolphins take on the Jets at one.
I'll see you tonight at 11:35 for Friday Football Extra.
Steve Mason will be here at six with your college game day previews.
Take care everybody.
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Civil War buffs know Danville has the distinction of being the last capital of the confederacy.
This weekend Danville's Museum of Fine Arts and History will open a new exhibit which explores the war's impact on the community and its citizens.
While Danville never saw a battle during the Civil War, the city did have an arsenal, prisons, and hospitals.
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((NANCY PERRY/MUSEUM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: SO THIS WAS REALLY A CITY THAT CARRIED ON A LOT OF BEHIND THE SCENE DUTIES FOR THE CONFEDERATE GOVERNMENT AND I THINK THAT'S A STORY THAT HASN'T BEEN TOLD.))
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Four new markers along Virginia's Civil War trail will be unveiled tomorrow in Danville.
They are located at the Sutherlin Mansion, a former Civil War prison on Lynn Street, the Danville Fortifications on the property of the City Farm, and the U-S National Cemetery.