Around 150 people gathered for a candlelight vigil last night in Buffalo, New York.
They were remembering the doctor who was fatally shot Friday night, apparently for performing abortions.
The gunman is STILL at large.
Jeffrey Koffman has the story.
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[SUPER=01-Karen Swallow Price/Anti-Abortion Advocate; 1:29]
[SUPER=01-Susan Ward/Abortion Clinic Counselor; 1:45]
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NARR: POLICE SAY THE SNIPER HID IN THE BACK GARDEN, WAITING FOR HIS
TARGET TO PASS BY AN UNOBSTRUCTED WINDOW. IT WAS JUST AFTER 10 OCLOCK
LAST NIGHT, DR. BARNETT SLEPIAN AND HIS WIFE HAD JUST RETURED HOME.
FRANK OLESKO- AMHERST ASST POLICE CHIEF
SOT-AMHERST POLICE: IT APPEARS HE WAS SHOT BY A RIFLE AND THE ..HE WAS
IN THE REAR OF THE HOUSE, THE KITCHEN AREA, WITH HIS FAMIL, AND UH, HE
WAS EITHER SITTING OR GETTING UP HE CAUGHT THE SHOT.
ARCHIVE-DR. AND PROTESTERS
NARR: DR. SLEPIAN WAS ONE OF THE FEW DOCTORS IN WESTERN NEW YORK STILL
PERFORMING ABORTIONS AFTER YEARS OF AGGRESSIVE TACTICS IN THE REGION BY
ANTI-ABORTION GROUPS. HE REFUSED TO GIVE IN TO THE PROTESTERS YET HE
KNEW THE DANGER.
SOT-DR. BARNETT SLEPIAN-1994 I SUPPOSE I'M A BIT STUBBORN. ADVERSITY
NEVER BOTHERED ME AND THE MONER THEY COME AFTER ME THE MORE I DIG IN.
NARR: JUST THIS WEEK THE FBI HAD WARNED ABORTION CLINICS TO TAKE EXTRA
PRECAUTION BECAUSE OF A PATTERN OF SHOOTINGS OF ABORTION DOCTORS AT THIS
TIME OF YEAR. A PATTERN THAT BEGAN NORTH OF THE BORDER. VANCOUVER, 1994
A DOCTOR WOUNDED AT HOME BY A SNIPER. HAMILTON, ONTARIO, NOVEMBER 1995
ANOTHER DOCTOR WOUNDED. THEN ROCHESTER, NEW YORK OCTOBER, 1997 A THIRD
SHOOTING AND TWO WEEKS LATER IN WINNIPEG, MANITOBA A FORTH. DR. SLEPIAN
IS THE FIRST TO HAVE BEEN KILLED.
JK WALKS WITH KAREN SWALLOW PRICE
NARR: FOR MOST OF THE LAST TEN YEARS KAREN SWALLOW PRICE HAS PROTESTED
AT DR. SLEPIAN'S CLINIC AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK.
SOT-KAREN SWALLOW PRICE-ANTI-ABORTION ADVOCATE
DR. SLEPIAN'S LIFE WAS JUST AS VAULEBLE AS ANY UNBORN CHILD OR ANBY
OTHER AND THE LOSS OF HIS LIFE IS A GREAT LOSS FOR ALL OF US. 8
NARR: STAFF AT BUFFALO'S ONLY FREE-STANDING ABORTION CLINIC SAY
PROTESTERS CAN SEND ALL THE CONDOLENCES THEY WANT, BUT THEY CAN'T DUCK
SOT-SUSAN WARD-BUFFALO GYN WOMENSERVICES
THEY FEED INTO AN ENVIRONMENT OF HATE AND EXTREMISM THAT LEADS PEOPLE TO
BELIEVE THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH ACTS OF TERRORISM.
KOFMAN: THIS IS A NOW INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATION, INVOLVING LOCAL
POLICE, THE FBI AND THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE. AND IT IS NOT
CLEAR WHICH SIDE THE BORDER THE MURDER WILL BE FOUND. JK CBS NEWS BUFFALO.))
The new Middle East peace accord is apparently NOT welcome news to Jewish settlers.
They're threatening to block the agreement from taking effect, with a series of ROAD blockades throughout the West Bank.
Police have orders to keep the roads open, and officials say 31 protestors have been arrested.
The agreement, signed on Friday, calls for Israel to cede more West Bank land to Palestinian control, in return for security guarantees.
But protestors believe the accord will actually threaten their existence.
Bedford County Memorial Hospital had to evacuate 15 people last night after a water pipe burst.
Eleven nursing home patients and two mothers and their infants had to be moved to other sections of the hospital.
Officials say the pipe burst in the main lobby, near the administrative section of the hospital.
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((HOWARD AINSLEY/HOSPITAL DIRECTOR; WE'VE HAD SOME LIGHT CONSTRUCTION WORK BEING DONE IN THE FACILITY OVER THE PAST WEEK. IT WAS JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS. THE SPRINKLER CREW WAS HERE THIS MORNING WORKING ON THE LINE AND A THREE INCH LINE BURST.))
[SUPER=01-Howard Ainsley/Hospital Director;]
[OUT Q=LINE BURST.]
Ainsley says about two inches of water poured down from the broken pipe.
No one was injured but ceiling tiles, phones and computers were badly damaged.
Officials hope to have things back in order by tomorrow night.
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A 34-year old man died Friday night while in the custody of Roanoke police.
Officers arrested Derek Glenn Poindexter for possession of crack cocaine just before midnight.
A police press release says he was on the way to the city jail when an officer noticed he was chewing and trying to swallow an object and ordered him to spit it out.
When Poindexter refused, the officer used pepper spray on him, reportedly to keep him from swallowing the object.
Police say Poindexter began to spit the object out, became ill and lost consciousness. He was taken to Community Hospital where he died.
The report does not say what Pointexter had in his mouth, and the name of the officer involved was not released.
Roanoke detectives are investigating.
As cooler weather arrives many people are chipping in to make sure kids have a coat for the winter.
The "Coats for Kids" drive kicked off about three weeks ago.
The coats are collected, cleaned and distributed to children whose families cannot afford to buy them.
[IN Q=I HAD HEARD]
((CARL ROSEN/"HERTZBERG FURS" OWNER; I HAD HEARD IT DONE IN ANOTHER AREA QUITE A FEW YEARS AGO. WHEN I CAME TO ROANOKE, I REALIZED THAT THIS IS A VERY CARING COMMUNITY AND A COMMUNITY THAT REALLY DOESN'T MIND GETTING TOGETHER AND HELPING THOSE IN NEED.))
[SUPER=01-Carl Rosen/"Hertzberg Furs" Owner;]
[OUT Q=IN NEED.]
As part of her "Make a Difference Day" campaign, Miss Virginia was also in town to help the program.
[IN Q=AS WINTER]
((NITA BOOTH/MISS VIRGINIA; AS WINTER APPROACHES, I THINK EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMETHING TO KEEP THEM WARM AND I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT BEING ABLE TO DISTRIBUTE THESE COATS TO CHILDREN TODAY.))
[SUPER=01-Nita Booth/Miss Virginia;]
[OUT Q=CHILDREN TODAY.]
This is the fourth consecutive year for the event.
It ends November 22nd.
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The Southeast Dairy Association is promoting women's health with a new campaign called fueling up for health.
Here's Tonya Flory with more.
Good Morning Tonya.
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The Blue Ridge Folklife Festival celebrates the traditions of our area, and the people who still practice them.
But the festival that brings thousands to Ferrum each fall, has become a tradition in its own right.
Joe Dashiell reports on the 25th anniversary of the popular event.
[IN Q=Clara Coles]
[SUPER=01-Clara Coles/Sandy Hill Baptist Church; :11]
[SUPER=01-Tom Schmutz/Antique Engine Collector; :30]
[SUPER=01-Gerald Joyce/Virginia Oldtimers Racing Club; :45]
[SUPER=01-Thelma Goodpasture/Tatting Exhibitor; 1:00]
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((Clara Coles and other members of Sandy Hill Baptist Church were up before the sun... preparing to feed a crowd of hungry festival goers.
[IN Q=We have to get]
((CLARA COLES: WE HAVE TO GET OUR FLOUR, OUR SHORTENING, ILK, BUTTER, JELLIES AND ALL OF THAT. ABOUT TEN OF US WORK AND WE'LL BE BUSY ALL DAY.))
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They didn't have to wait long before hundreds of early arrivals were streaming through the gates and heading for the exhibits of antique tractors and gas engines.
[IN Q=These are what they call]
((TOM SCHMUTZ: THESE ARE WHAT THEY CALL HIT AND MISS ENGINES, OLD-TIMEY FARM ENGINES, BACK BEFORE THE DAYS OF ELECTRIC POWER AND THEN PEOPLE USED THESE THINGS TO POWER EVERYTHING ON THEIR FAMRS THAT YOU COULD HOOK A BELT TO.))
[OUT Q=hook a belt to.]
During the last 25 years, the festival has become a regional event with a national reputation.
[IN Q=Really nice]
((GERALD JOYCE: REALLY NICE. WE GET A LOT OF COVERAGE FOR THE CARS. REALLY PUT ON A NICE SHOW HERE.))
[OUT Q=show here.]
with exhibits as diverse as classic race cars, tobacco twisting, and tatting.
[IN Q=I have enjoyed]
((THELMA GOODPASTURE: I HAVE ENJOYED MY TATTING SO VERY MUCH. I SLIP IT IN MY HANDBAG AND IF I'M WAITING ON MY HUSBAND, I CAN PULL IT OUT AND TAT.))
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The 25th anniversary also featured the music of four National Heritage Award winners including bluesman John Cephas... and it proved once again... that treasure can be found in the traditions of our area.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
It was a busy night for the National Hockey League--
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We begin in St. Louis, where Calgary HAD led by two in the third period.
But Al MacInnis faked the slapper and beat Ken Wreggett on a change-of-pace effort from the right circle, scoring with only one-point-four seconds left.
St. Louis ended up pulling out a four to three victory over Calgary.
Meanwhile, Colorado poseted its FIRST win of the season.
The Avalanche scored four goals in the first period beffore the Oilers rallied.
Edmonton outshot Colorado 35 to 27.
Claude Lemieux (luh-MYOO) had two goals for the winners.
The final score was six to four.
The Avalanche are one, four and one.
The Oilers are three and four.
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The U-N Security Council is demanding that Yugoslavia put an end to the fighting in Kosovo.
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]
Yesterday, the council unanimously voted on a resolution authorizing ground and air monitors to ensure peace.
China and Russia each objected to using force, and abstained from the vote.
The latest NATO ultimatum for Yugoslavia to make good on its commitments for peace will expire on Tuesday.
Clashes between Serbian troops and Albanian rebels have reportedly left more than 250- thousand people homeless.
A traffic accident in Bedford County left two people injured yesterday afternoon.
It happened along the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Peaks of Otter around three.
The car flipped over an embankment near exit 43.
Rescuers had to cut through the top of the car to remove the couple trapped inside.
They both suffered minor injuries and were taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
According to State Police one person was injured and airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital after a car accident near Riner last night.
It happened around 11pm on Fairview Church Road just off of Route 8.
No other information is available at this time.
The accident is still under investigation.
Virginia's former Governor says it's time to put a doctor in the house...or at least in the ninth district congressional seat.
George Allen was on the campaign trail yesterday, touting the abilities of Dr. Joe Barta.
The Radford surgeon is challenging Rick Boucher in next month's congressional race.
Boucher has been in office for 16-years.
Barta says he realizes the difficulties of unseating an incumbant, but feels he's up for the challenge.
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((DR. JOE BARTA/9TH DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE; I THINK THAT WE'VE DONE IT. I THINK WITH OUR CAMPAIGN STAFF WE HAVE, WE'VE GOTTEN THE MESSAGE OUT, WE'VE GOTTEN OUR CONSERVATIVE MESSAGE OUT. WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO SHOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MY MESSAGE AND MR. BOUCHER'S MESSAGE AND HOW PEOPLE BELIEVE IN THE NINTH DISTRICT. AND I THINK WHEN THEY UNDERSTAND THESE DIFFERENCES, THEY'LL BE SUPPORTING ME ON ELECTION DAY.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Joe Barta/9th District Candidate;]
[OUT Q=ON ELECTION DAY.]
Barta says, if elected, he'll focus on strengthening and preserving social security.
He also says he plans to push the government to pay back the more than half a trillion dollars it owes the trust fund.
There are only seven covered bridges left in Virginia--and one of them is in Newport.
Many residents consider there's a link to the past and they held a fundraiser yesterday to help preserve it.
David Johnson has more.
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[SUPER=01-William Vincel/Clover Hollow Resident; :12]
[SUPER=01-Perry Martin/Newport Village Council Chairman; :56]
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(( The Clover Hollow bridge was built in 1916 to connect the area with the outside world.
William Vincel's wife has a direct link to the bridge.
[IN Q=HER FATHER]
((WILLIAM VINCEL/CLOVER HOLLOW RESIDENT; HER FATHER, THEY HAD A RIDING TOURNAMENT THAT DAY AND HER FATHER RODE IN THE TOURNAMENT ON BRIDGE DEDICATION DAY.))
[OUT Q=DEDICATION DAY.]
So he says it's vital to restore the bridge and keep the present connected with the past.
[IN Q=IT'S ONE OF]
((VINCEL; IT'S ONE OF THE FEW THINGS THAT CARRIED ON THROUGH THE YEARS AND GIVES US A LITTLE IDENTITY.))
[OUT Q=LITTLE IDENTITY.]
The bridge has deteriorated from weather and years of wear and tear.
So Newport residents held a town-wide fundraiser to help restore the structure.
Homemade soap and apple butter were just some of the items for sale.
And the community's most identifiable event, a jousting riding tournament took place--all in an effort to make the bridge and its surroundings a type of showcase.
[IN Q=WE GET PEOPLE]
((PERRY MARTIN/NEWPORT VILLAGE COUNCIL CHAIRMAN; WE GET PEOPLE COME IN HERE WHO JUST STOP BY TO SEE THE BRIDGE. TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THIS AS A REFLECTION OF THE NEWPORT COMMUNITY, THAT'S WHAT WE HOPE THE BRIDGE IS, THE FOCAL POINT OF THE COMMUNITY.))
[OUT Q=OF THE COMMUNITY.]
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; IN ADDITION TO RESTORING THE BRIDGE, THE COUNCIL PLANS TO BEAUTIFY THE LANDSCAPING AROUND IT AND MAKE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE ROAD LEADING UP TO IT. THERE IS NO TARGET DATE SET, BUT THE GROUP HOPES TO COMPLETE THE PROJECT WITHIN THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS7, GILES COUNTY.))
The recent discovery of a 9-thousand year old skeleton seriously questions the notion that Native Americans inhabited America first.
It is causing an old fashioned battle between science and religion.
While scientists are fighting for the right to study the bones, Native Americans say their religion requires the bones to be buried immediatly.
Leslie Stahl has a preview.
[IN Q=If some 9,000]
[OUT Q=found him]
You can see that story and more tonight at seven here on W-D-B-J.
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[IN Q=I'm Steve]
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The 12-foot tree that will decorate the Governor's mansion in Richmond this holiday season will be leaving its roots in southwest Virginia.
The tree will be making the trek from Bill Cornette's farm in Carroll county.
Teresa Hamilton tells us how the couple got selected for this year's honor in the latest installment of our special series "Virginia Profiles".
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[SUPER=01-Bill Cornette/Christmas Tree Grower; :41 ]
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((NAT SOUND OF MUSIC. ))
Bill Cornette and his wife, Betty, are a multi-talented couple.
They're NOT only skilled musicians but award winning Christmas tree growers.
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((THIS IS WHAT YOU DO TO EVERY TREE, EVERY YEAR, IN ORDER TO MAKE THEM HAVE THE BEAUTIFUL SHAPE THEY HAVE. ))
[OUT Q=they have.]
It's a busy job, considering Cornette has about 30- thousand trees on his Carroll County farm-- both "frazier furs" and "blue spruces".
((BILL CORNETTE/CHRISTMAS TREE GROWER:THESE ARE ALL TREES THAT ARE BIG ENOUGH FOR MARKET, I'M SIX FEET TALL, SO YOU CAN SEE THESE TREES ARE SEVEN TO EIGHT FEET WHICH IS WHAT WILL FIT IN MOST PEOPLE'S HOMES. ))
Trees, Cornette says, that are nurtured from the time they're a seed.
[IN Q=I do]
((BILL CORNETTE/CHRISTMAS TREE GROWER:I DO USE MANUFACTURED FERTILIZERS BUT I NEVER USE HARMFUL PESTICIDES AND IF I HAVE INSECT PROBLEMS I USUALLY BUY EITHER PREDATORY INSECTS OR I USE SOMETHING AS COMMON AS DISH SOAP TO KILL INSECTS. ))
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It's a job Cornette decided to pursue after years of work in the civil engineering field.
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((I'VE ALWAYS LOVED NATURE SO I CHOSE CHRISTMAS TREES BECAUSE I THOUGHT IT WAS SOMETHING I WOULD LIKE AND WHEN PEOPLE COME HERE TO BUY CHRISTMAS TREES THEY'RE ALWAYS HAPPY, THEY'RE LOOKING FOR THEIR TREES AND IT'S ALWAYS A NICE OUTING AND SO YOUR INTERACTION WITH PEOPLE IS ALWAYS POSITIVE. ))
[OUT Q=always positive.]
In fact, Cornette will be interacting with Governor Jim Gilmore in a matter of weeks.
Cornette's providing this year's Christmas tree for the Governor's mansion-- having won the annual Virginia Christmas Tree Grower's Association's grand championship.
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((BILL CORNETTE/CHRISTMAS TREE GROWER:IT MAKE ME FEEL REALLY GOOD BECAUSE IT'S KIND OF AN AFFIRMATION THAT ALL THE THINGS I'VE BEEN DOING HAVE TURNED OUT RIGHT. ))
[OUT Q=turned out right.]
The governor's 12- foot Colorado Spruce doesn't have much more time in Carroll County.
The tree is slated to arrive in Richmond in late November.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Carroll County.))
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If you're interested in learning more about the Cornette's Christmas tree business-- you can do so by logging on to the Web Watch section of our Internet home page.
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Three southwest Virginians are fighting for the World Title in Sport Ju-Jitsu.
The Martial Arts competition is in Canada, and the trio from our region is hoping to help the U-S team bring home the belt.
Denise Allen has more.
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[SUPER=01-Jinger Van Antwerp/U.S. Jujitsu Team; :23]
[SUPER=01-Asa Herring/U.S. Jujitsu Team; :39]
[SUPER=01-Ric Anderton/U.S. Jujitsu Team; :56]
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A retired Roanoke County school teacher continues to educate others about foreign cultures.
Pat (Buy-Ward)Bijwaard, a former Hidden Valley Junior High teacher, has conducted a foreign country letter exchange for about six years.
She says a Li (zhahng) Juang middle school teacher will arrive next week to trade student letters regarding their cultures.
[IN Q=AND WE'LL KEEP]
((PAT BIJWAARD/RETIRED TEACHER; AND WE'LL KEEP THE EXCHANGE GOING FORWARD DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR. AND WE'LL BE GIVING HER TEACHING ARTICLES AND OTHER ARTIFACTS TO TAKE BACK. AND THEY'LL BE DOING THE SAME FOR US SO THAT OUR STUDENTS CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT HUNAN PROVINCE AND ABOUT LI JUANG IN PARTICULAR.))
[SUPER=01-Pat Bijwaard/Retired Teacher;]
[OUT Q=IN PARTICULAR.]
(By-ward)Bijwaard shared her cultural knowledge at yesterdays first annual "Multicultural Festival", which was held at Hollins University.
People were able to learn about the arts, dances and foods of several countries, including Croatia, Kenya and Turkey.
Don't forget to check in with us this week News-7 Mornin.
Here's a preview of what's ahead.
[IN Q=I'm Steve Pardon]
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