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Coming up on News 7, the court tries to seat a jury to decide if Emmitt Cressell Junior burned and decaptitated Garnett Johnson. We'll have a live report.
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and Hurricane Mitch sends Mexican vacationers scrambling for shelter.
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Our weather view clouded over today and there were some showers southwest. The forecast details are just ahead.

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Jury selection begins for capital murder suspect Emmitt Cressell Junior.
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The 37-year old is accused of burning and beheading a black man in July of last year.
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Teresa Hamilton joins us live from Independence where the judge hopes to seat the jury by the end of the week.
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Hurricane Mitch is bearing down on Honduras- and forcing people to flee the Mexican resorts of Cancun and Cozumel.

Liz Gonzalez has the latest on this powerful storm and where its headed.
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((One of the century's most powerful hurricanes continued its journey of destruction across the western Caribbean. As Hurricane Mitch hovered over the coast of Honduras, residents, fearful of the pounding to come, stocked up on supplies and headed to shelters. Mitch is a slow moving storm, its pace making it very unpredictable. DR. NEIL FRANK, METEROLOGIST, CBS NEWS CONSULTANT
Residents evacuated from coastal and low lying areas as downpours caused rivers to flood across Honduras, Belize, Mexico and other parts of Central America. Lives were lost in swollen rivers and collapsed houses.
Mexico declared an alert throughout the Yucatan Peninsula. Beach resorts, like Cancun and Cozumel, emptied as tourists and residents scurried inland. Up to 25 inches of rain could call in mountain areas.
At its peak, with 180 mile per hour winds, Mitch tied the fourth-strongest Atlantic Hurricane recorded this century. The winds of the 350 mile wide storm subsided down to 120 miles per hour...still packing a powerful, deadly punch. Liz Gonzalez, for CBS News, New York.)) [(toss to R)]
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A legal mistake keeps a Salem jury from hearing an obscenity case. We'll have that story in a moment.
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And this year's dry weather is forcing officials to take steps to protect the National Forests.
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Because of a "defective" indictment, a Salem jury never got to determine the guilt or innocence of a state police employee charged with loaning sexually explicit materials to a minor.
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48-year old Fred Anthony Mahone allegedly gave a 13-year old girl he was friends with a sex manual known as the "Kama Sutra". But the judge dismissed the case because the term "knowingly" was omitted from the indictment.
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Mahone has been on administrative leave since his arrest in May. He says he's ready to put this behind him and go back to work.
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21 fires have broken out in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests since August.
That's 15 to 20 more than in previous years.
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Forest officials blame dry conditions.
Now they're imposing fire restrictions before more damage is done.
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Beginning Friday, campfires and smoking are prohibited on national forest land unless there's a posted exception.
The restrictions do not apply to liquid fuel or gas fired stoves, grills or lanterns.
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Officials say it will take a heavy, steady rain before the restrictions are lifted.
The maximum penalty for violations is a six month jail sentence and a five-thousand dollar fine.

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The State Board of Education is getting down to work on a grueling three day score-setting session.
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Board members will decide what's an "advanced" score and what's a "proficient" score for 27 of Virginia's new Standards of Learning tests.
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The first official round of testing this spring had some disappointing results.
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((BRANDON BELL/VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION: WHAT WE'RE GONNA BE FOCUSING MOST OF OUR ATTENTION ON ISN'T SO MUCH THE SCORES, BUT WHAT THE TEACHERS REVIEW OF WHAT THEY THINK CERTAIN, THEY THINK QUALITY OR THE LEVEL THEY NEED TO BE AT FOR A KID TO BE PROFICIENT. TEACHERS HAVE GIVEN US THEIR REVIEWS SAYING IT'S 50 QUESTIONS, SOME MAY THINK 10, SOME MAY THINK 40, AND WE'VE GOT TO SET A RANGE WITHIN THAT.))
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The scores mean a great deal.
Schools that don't have 70-percent of their students getting "proficient" scores by the year 2007 will lose state accreditation.
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Usually this time of day, we hear from Patrick Evans as he offers a slice of life from the local community.
Today he's doing just that as he offers a slice of pizza from a new restaurant.
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There's a new pizza place in town, and despite its unusual menu, the owners have an "unassuming attitude."
In fact, the place is called Humble Pie, and pizza-boy Patrick Evans tells us more about this unique pizzaria.

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Coming up in Sports, Steve Mason will check out the latest in the College Basketball scene in Hometown Hoops Weekly.


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and on Health Check, what does it take to make a safe Halloween? We'll have some suggestions next.
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Drug stores across the country are reporting a shortage of a popular heart medication.
Hurricane Georges is being blamed for the shortage of nitroglycerin tablets.
The pills relieve chest pain by helping constricted blood vessels open and relax.
Flooding caused by Georges caused production problems at two of the manufacturer's factories in Puerto Rico.
More pills will not be shipped for at least a week.
Patients who want an alternative treatment should see their doctors.

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As families prepare for the fun and excitement of Halloween, the physicians of the American Medical Association warn that this holiday can pose certain dangers to children.
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Tonya Flory is getting in on the spirit of Halloween while making it a little less scary for parents. Tonya --
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[TAKE PREPRO] The American Medical Association has come up with some additional guidelines for safe trick or treating:
First buy light colored costumes or put reflective tape of them.
Make sure children are always accompanied by an adult.
Carry a flashlight if you're trick or treating after dark.
Use face paint or makeup instead of masks. Masks can obstruct a child's vision.
Only accept wrapped or packaged candy. If candy appears tampered with, parents should contact the police department.
and consider having a party or going to the mall or a haunted house.
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Wednesday means Hometown Hoops Weekly. Today Steve Mason goes to the chalk board with some pointers from some of colleges best.
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((ok, words of wisdom from Univeristy of Virginia preseason all american candidate Monick Foote on adversity. ((:))
On the physical side, what about high school playes lifting weights? Virginia Tech feels it's important. The lady Hokies steady diet of iron has helped them Reach the NCAA tournament 3 out of the last five years. ((:))
Tech's Bonnie Hendrickson is one of the nations hottest young college coaches. In her inaugural season in Blacksburg, she lead the Lady Hokies to the Atlantic 10 tournament chamnpionship, the second round of the NCAA big dance and a 22 and 10 record. Part of her secret, the basics. ((:)) To win you gotta score, and who better to address marksmanship than former Virginia star Curtis Staples, who set the NCAA record for three pointers in a career with 413.))

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IT has housed Virginia governors since 1813.
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HE has taken us behind the scenes of home renovation and building for 20 years.
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((ROXANE GILMORE/FIRST LADY OF VIRGINIA: BOB VILA IS THE HOME RENOVATION ICON OF AMERICA-- OF AMERICAN TELEVISION.))
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Now Virginia's Executive Mansion renovation will be a 13 episode star in "Bob Vila's Home Again."
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((BOB VILA/"BOB VILA'S HOME AGAIN": MY FOCUS HAS NEVER BEEN JUST IN ONE DIRECTION. I TRY TO LOOK AT ALL DIFFERENT SORTS OF HOUSING STORIES. AND THIS, IN MANY CASES, IS GOING TO BE THE STAR.))
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The Gilmores will move out in April for a complete overhaul of the Mansion.
"Bob Vila's Home Again" will air the segments starting next September.
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