A moonshine bust in Franklin County tops NEWS 7 at SIX tonight.
And some Floyd County school children experiment with space- -ideas that will accompany John Glenn on the Shuttle Flight next week.
Tonight in sports, we'll hear from Series' MVP Scott Brosius, plus we'll check in with the Cavs and Dukes, and
Hokies, who are all hoping to make amends for rotten performances of the past.
Frost and freeze warnings fly as the temperatures take a tumble into the 30's tonight. The bundle up forecast is straight ahead.
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The constant battle between moonshiners and A-B-C agents re-surfaced in Franklin County today, with the raid and destruction of another still, this in the Endicott area. Two people were arrested.
Tina Tenret watched the destruction go down.
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She's in Franklin County tonight with the story.
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The judge in Montgomery County defended two court- appointed attorneys who represent Livingston "Bud" Pritchett.
At the same time, Judge Ray Grubbs granted Pritchett's request to be allowed to hire a new attorney to defend him.
Pritchett is charged with robbing and killing a Roanoke man last year at the Ironto rest area.
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Teresa Hamilton is here to explain these latest developments.
Keith, jury selection was supposed to begin this morning but obviously did NOT.
That's because Pritchett's family members say he's innocent and believe his attorneys haven't done enough to prepare for trial.
It's a viewpoint-- Judge Ray Grubbs obviously doesn't share.
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((BUD PRITCHETT/CAPITAL MURDER DEFENDANT:I DON'T THINK THEY HANDLED MY CASE THE PROPER WAY. ))
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That's as much as Bud Pritchett was willing to say when asked why he wants a new attorney.
In court, Jimmy Turk admitted the current situation has damaged the trust that should exist between an attorney and client.
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((JIMMY TURK/PRITCHETT'S ATTORNEY:WHICH I THINK ADVERSELY HAS AFFECTED OUR ABILITY TO FAIRLY REPRESENT HIM AND ASSURE THAT HE'S GOING TO GET A FAIR TRIAL HERE. ))
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Although Pritchett didn't articulate his reasons for wanting a new attorney.
His family and members of the S-C-L-C and N-double-A-C-P are speaking out.
They believe Pritchett's attorneys weren't willing to launch a full fledged legal defense before an all white jury.
And a result were pressuring Pritchett into signing a plea agreement.
Whatever the case-- Judge Ray Grubbs appeared critical of Pritchett's decision-- saying his current attorneys are more than qualified.
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((JUDGE RAY GRUBBS/MONTGOMERY CO. CIRCUIT COURT: MR. TURK HAS REPRESENTED AT LEAST ELEVEN OR TWELVE CAPITAL MURDER DEFENDANTS, I DARE SAYS HE'S ONE OF THE MOST EXPERIENCED CAPITAL MURDER DEFENCE ATTORNEYS IN THIS COMMONWEALTH. ))
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Despite the judge's feelings--he's given Pritchett has until November 13th to hire a new attorney.
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(Has the family spoken to any attorneys yet?)[Floyd-Shuttle]
The nation will be watching next week, when John Glenn and the Shuttle Discovery blast into space. But students at a small private school in Floyd County will have a special stake in this historic flight.
Joe Dashiell has the story of today's send-off at the Blue Mountain School.
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Myra Leland's first and second graders know their planets.
In fact, all 42 students at Floyd County's Blue Mountain School are up to speed on outer space.
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Last summer students packed up the experiments that will be flying with John Glenn and the rest of the Shuttle Discovery Crew.
They hope to measure the effects of microgravity and extreme temperature changes on ordinary materials including photographic film, popcorn, even coca cola.
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((WE SENT UP FILM AND THEN WE WERE GOING TO BRING IT DOWN AND SEE IF IT ACTUALLY COULD BE DEVELOPED AND IF IT WAS HOW WOULD IT TURN OUT.))
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Blue Mountain is one of only ten schools in the nation sending experiments on the shuttle flight.
And the selection was a special honor for the small parent- run private school.
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((IT'S LIKE THE FIRST ONE WE'RE VER GOING TO AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME TO FLORIDA FOR ME. SO IT'S EXCITING. EVEN MY MOM'S EXCITED.))
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((WE GOT SOME PICTURES TODAY OF JOHN GLENN AND THE CREW THAT'S GOING UP.))
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About half of the students are heading to Florida. The rest will watch on television at the school.
But all of them are now counting down the hours to Thursday's launch.
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Good news for Poplar Forest. Still ahead on NEWS 7, a multi-million- dollar renovation pays off for Thomas Jefferson's summer home.
Next ...the big stink over hog farming resumes. We'll visit one.
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People are raising a stink about hog farms in Southside Virginia.
Halifax County is now debating whether it should put more restrictions on livestock operations.
The county planning commission will discuss potential changes to the ordinance at its meeting next Tuesday.
All this is drawing more attention to the farming practices behind the hog issue.
Christy Hubley takes a look.
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Billy Wooding has raised hogs in Halifax County for about four years.
More than 25-hundred at a time-- these hogs are fattened to market weight-- then sold for slaugther.
Wooding-- like the four other hog farmers in Halifax County-- contracts with Carroll Foods of Waverly Virginia.
The farmers supply the facilities-- the company supplies the animals, feed, and weekly inspections.
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((BILLY WOODING/HOG FARMER: THEY OWN THE HOGS AND THAT'S A LARGE INVESTMENT ON THEIR PART AND THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE I'M DOING RIGHT AS WELL AS THE HOGS ARE DOING GOOD.))
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The General Manager of Carroll Foods says his company is constantly changing to keep up with new technologies.
Improved feed for the animals, new waste spreading techniques, and even genetically engineered pigs.
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((ADOLPH MILLER/CARROLL FOODS: IN FACT THERE ARE 12-CUTS THAT COME FROM THAT PIG THAT ARE APPROVED BY THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION AND THEY'RE KNOW FOR THEIR EXTREME LEANNESS AND LOW FAT CONTENT AND ALMOST ALL OF OUR OPERATIONS PRODUCE THAT PIG NOW.))
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Pig producers worry about how county-imposed restrictions might affect their ability to farm.
They say Virginia's hog regulations are already among the toughest in the country.
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((ADOLPH MILLER/CARROLL FOODS: THE SITUATION IN NC IS QUITE DIFFERENT THAT IT IS IN VA. VA'S HAD VERY STRICT REGULATIONS SINCE 1988. NC DIDN'T EVEN HAVE ANY REGULATIONS UNTIL 2 OR 3 YEARS AGO.))
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The hog debate in Halifax County won't be resolved anytime soon.
It will be months for the planning commission sends its recommendation on livestock ordinance to the board of supervisors for a vote.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Halifax County.))
Years of painstaking renovation are finally paying off for Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest estate in Bedford County.
The presidential retreat is one of just 15 historic sites in the country to receive an Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Poplar Forest has spent five years and ten million dollars restoring the building's exterior.
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((KARIN SHERBIN/POPLAR FOREST: THEY COUNT THINGS SUCH AS AUTHENTICITY, CARE TO DETAIL, COMMITMENT TO THE PROJECT, SEEING IT THROUGH AND WE BELIEVE THAT THE CARE WE HAVE TAKEN THROUGHOUT THE YEARS IS REALLY AT THIS POINT PAYING OFF IN TERMS OF THE EXPERIENCE FOR THE VISITORS AND IN TERMS OF PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION BY OUR PEERS.))
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Tourists continue to enjoy seeing the renovation process firsthand.
Visitation at Poplar Forest is up 17-percent over last year.
Wall Street continued its winning streak.
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The Dow climbed 14 points. NASDAQ performed even better, jumping almost 28 to close above 17-hundred.
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As the holiday season approaches, a church in Danville is working to spread a little cheer to those who need it most.
The Abundant Life World Outreach Church is purchasing 500-brand new bicycles to give to needy children this Christmas.
The church is looking for donations from the community to help with the project.
Last year, the church gave out 400-bikes and provided 300-families with a week's worth of groceries.
The gifts were delivered at the Sunday church service before Christmas.
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Families interested in registering to receive a bicycle or groceries should contact the Abundant Life Church.
A new stamp designed to promote organ and tissue donation is now on sale at the Post Office.
The Virginia Organ Procurement Agency and the U-S Postal Service dedicated the new 32-cent "share your life" organ and tissue donor stamp today at the main post office in Roanoke.
The stamp will not raise money for a cause, just awareness about the need for organ donors.
The Post office expects three million dollars worth of collectible donor stamps will be purchased.
Coming your way tonight on the big 7, we'll hear from series' hero Scott Brosius.
Plus, we'll check in with the Hokies, the JMU Dukes,
and the Virginia Cavaliers who hope to do a better job of stoping N.C. State at the pass than they did against Ga. Tech.
After sweeping the Padres in four straight last night the Yankees are now getting ready for tomorrow's big parade in the Big Apple.
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The Yanks wrapped up an amazing year with their 125th win last night.
Series MVP Scott Brosius was humble picking up his postseason hardware.
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In one other baseball note, the Los Angeles Dodgers are reportedly meeting with former Baltimore Orioles' skipper
Davey Johnson tonight to discuss becoming the Dodgers latest manager.
Several reports say Johnson has already been offered the job.
He has taken 3 different teams to the playoffs.
Virginia hosts N.C. State this coming Saturday afternoon as the Cavs look to rebound from their junket in Georgia.
Steve Mason tells us what the team is laying for after having its unbeaten season interrupted.
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(( Rambling Wreck receiver Dez White sent tremors through the UVa secondary. Two other words also shake up the UVa defense.
Despite the fact UVa's defense gave up 41 points to Georgia Tech, N.C. State's ACC leading passing game still respects the two words often found on UVa's hit list, Anthony Poindexter.
Lost in state's offensive hype is the N.C. State defense which held Florida State and Syracuse to a combined 24 points!.
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Kickoff in Charlottesville is 3:30. Steve Mason News 7 sports.)) [S-Tech]
The Virginia Tech Hokies will be back on the field Saturday night in Birmingham taking on the Blazers of UAB.
It will be a gut check for the whole team, but in particular the Tech defense that gave up 357 yards in the loss to the Owls.
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The James Madison Dukes haven't been makain a whole lot of noise in the win column this season.
The Dukes have just one win in thier first 7 games, and they have yet to win in the Atlantic 10 conference.
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Still two former Friday Football Extra players of the week have been having a decent season.
Delvin Joyce, who played at Fieldale-Collinsville has 301 yards rushing and three TDs on the season.
And as a kick return man he is averaging 14 yards a return on his punts and over 22 yards on kickoffs.
He is the Dukes' all-purpose yardage leader this season.
On the defensive side former Bassett standout Cliff Wimbush has missed four games with nexk and shoulder injuries, but has still managed to 17 tackles, 11 of which are unassisted from his linebacking spot.
The Dukes are home this weekend taking on the Black Bears of Maine.
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A threat of fire is sparking the largest toy recall in history.
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Jean Jadhon joins us with details.
Keith if your child rides around...
in a Fisher Price car or truck called "Power Wheels", the Consumer Product Safety Commission says he or she might be in danger.
Apparently the toy is prone to overheat, and has even caught fire in over a hundred cases.
So what do you do now if you have one of these toys?
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We'll tell you what area businesses are repairing the Power Wheels, tonight at 11.
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