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A jury reaches a verdict in the trial of Emmett Cressell Junior- the man accused of burning and beheading a former marine. We'll have a live report.
Local help is heading to hurricane-ravaged Central America.
And it's WCW time in Roanoke and it's live on national TV.
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A Grayson County jury tonight renders a verdict in the case against Emmett Cressell Junior.
Cressell no longer faces the death penalty.
After 4 and a half hours of deliberation, a Grayson County jury found him guilty tonight of first-degree murder for burning and beheading former marine Garnett "G-P" Johnson.
Teresa Hamilton joins us live from Independence where the verdict was handed down shortly before Nine.
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How much time behind bars does he face?
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A Henry County woman accused of killing her baby girl was supposed to stand trial today for murder.
Instead, she entered an 11th hour guilty plea.
Sharon Alley admitted to stabbing her eight-month old daughter Brooke to death on Mother's Day.
Rather than taking her chances with a jury, she pleaded guilty to second degree murder -- escaping a possible first degree murder conviction and a life prison sentence.
Alley also pleaded guilty to felony neglect for throwing her baby across the kitchen floor several months earlier.
Henry County's prosecutor says he's satisfied with the plea arrangement.
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((BOB BUSHNELL/PROSECUTOR: WE ALL AGREED THAT THE CERTAINTY OF THE CONVICTION WITH A DISPASSIONATE JUDGE IMPOSING THE SENTENCE WAS PREFERABLE TO THE GAMBLE OF A JURY TRIAL WITH THIS MANY EMOTIONAL WILDCARDS.))
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Alley faces a maximum of 50-years in prison when she is sentenced in January.
It turns out the stabbing that killed a Pittsylvania County man earlier in the week was self-inflicted.
Investigators say Kenneth Waddell Carter cut an artery in his leg during a scuffle on Halloween night.
He died two days later at a Danville hospital.
No charges have been filed.
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Advance Auto is adding 200 jobs to its Roanoke headquarters.
To make room for the growing staff, Advance leased -- and is renovating -- the old Leggett Outlet Center near Valley View Mall.
About 175-of those jobs will be new hires.
The rest are transfers.
All of this comes after Advance bought out Kansas City-based Western Auto.
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((NEIL LEFTWICH/ADVANCE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER: THE MOVE WITH WESTERN IS A GREAT GEOGRAPHIC FIT FROM WHERE WE WERE TO WHERE THEY ARE IN THE NORTHEAST AND MIDWEST.))
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The merger gives Advance more than 15-hundred retail stores in 37 states.
It is the country's second biggest chain of auto-part stores.
Advance expects next year's sales will top two-billion dollars.
Workers at Bacova Guild voted more than 2-to-1 AGAINST forming a union.
Workers defeated the idea by a vote of 203 to 64.
Officials with the United Paperworkers International Union accused management of using fear tactics to discourage workers from organizing.
An official with Bacova Guild's parent company Burlington Industries, said management preferred to deal directly with employees rather than go through a third-party.
Bacova Guild makes rugs and other household items.
If workers did vote to organize, they would have created the first union of the company's seven plants in Virginia.
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The United States is sending 70-million dollars in emergency aid to Central America-
President Clinton issued the order today-
He's sending a delegation with supplies to Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatelmala.
((ERIC SCHWARTZ/NAT'L SECURITY COUNCIL: THOUSANDS HAVE DIED. NEARLY 2-MILLION PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DISPLACED. WATER SYSTEMS HAVE BEEN DAMAGED AND DESTROYED. THE DISASTER CALLS FOR A MAJOR HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE.))
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Elections are over- but the Presidential impeachment inquiry is NOT.
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((REP. HENRY HYDE/R- JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: OUR FIRM INTENTION IS TO RESOLVE THIS MATTER WITH FAIRNESS, HONOR, AND EXPEDITION. WITH THE PRESIDENT'S COOPERATION WE WILL MEET OUR GOAL OF FINISHING BY THE END OF THE YEAR.))
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Hyde is asking the President to help narrow the focus of the inquiry- by admitting or denying some allegations about Monica Lewinsky scandal.
He also says the only major witness expected to be called in independent counsel Ken Starr.
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The nation's focus has been on Senator John Glenn this past week-
But today his wife took the spotlight.
She says even though she did not favor her husband going up in space again- she feels better about it now.
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((ANNIE GLENN/JOHN GLENN'S WIFE: ALL I CAN SAY IS I FEEL ONE HUNDRED PERCENT BETTER THAN I DID ONE WEEK AGO AT THIS TIME. I WAS SCARED. I WAS REALLY EXCITED FOR JOHN, BUT NOW I CAN SEE HIM THE DAY AFTER TMORROW AND BE ABLE TO TOUCH HIM THAT'S VERY SPECIAL TO ME.))
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Governor Gilmore responds to charges that he will lead the state budget into a billion dollar shortfall.
And the controversy over this school's name sparks the formation of a local civil rights group.
Details straight ahead.
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((Hey Jean, it's our kind of night! WCW was raising the roof at the Roanoke Civic Center tonight. We'll take a peak inside and talk with Jesse Ventura's former broadcasting partner.
Plus, the Tech women were in action tonight, and Cave Spring and Franklin County were battling for the RVD volleyball
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It's the 800 pound gorilla of Virginia politics: the draft report of the Virginia Business Council.
It predicts a BILLION dollar state budget shortfall in 2001.
Governor Jim Gilmore will respond tomorrow, in an address to the Business Council.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WE, IN A QUIET AND CAREFUL WAY, LOOKED AT THE DRAFT REPORT AND CONCLUDED THAT THERE ARE MANY ERRORS IN ASSUMPTION, NO DEFINITION TRULY OF NEED, AN ERROR IN THE ESTIMATION OF REVENUE. AND SO THERE ARE DIFFICULTIES WITH THIS REPORT WHICH I LOOK FORWARD TO DISCUSSING WITH THEM MORE THOROUGHLY TOMORROW.))
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The Business Council's draft suggests that Gilmore's "no car tax" plan will break the budget when it's fully phased in.
Members of a new N-double A-C-P group in Botetourt County say they plan to make a lot of changes.
They want to restore the name of this school -- originally built for African-Americans -- to the Central Academy.
They also want to increase the number of African-Americans in local government.
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((MARTIN JEFFREY/ROANOKE NAACP PRESIDENT; YOU WILL NOT FIND ANY AFRICAN-AMERICAN SERVING ON ANY KEY LEGISLATIVE OR DECISION-MAKING BODIES IN BOTETOURT COUNTY TO OUR KNOWLEDGE, CERTAINLY NOT ON THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, NOT ON THE SCHOOL BOARD.))
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Members say they also want to increase jobs, housing and voting opportunities across Botetourt County.
The group meets for the first time Saturday as a branch of the Roanoke N-double A-C-P.
Nobel Peace Prize winners are converging on the University of Virginia grounds tomorrow to form the largest gathering of Nobel winners ever.
Seven of them are appearing today and tomorrow -- including Tibetan Buddhism leader "the Dalai Lama", and Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa.
They were invited to talk about their present efforts to promote peace and human rights.
The Dalai Lama will be there tomorrow, and so will News 7's Ellen Qualls, with reports from Charlottesville.
If you're a former professional wrestler who's elected governor, what does your security detail look like?
It's a question Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore asked his own executive protection unit this week.
Gilmore even told us he'd like to meet the former "grappler turned governor-elect" Jesse "The Body" Ventura.
((WELL I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO MEETING JESSE "THE BODY," WHO IS NOW I THINK CALLED JESSE "THE MIND" VENTURA. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO DOING THAT. I CERTAINLY WISH HIM GOOD LUCK. NATURALLY AS A COLLEAGUE I WOULD GIVE HIM ALL THE ASSISTANCE
I COULD GIVE HIM AND I CERTAINLY HOPE HE'LL BE GOOD FOR THE PEOPLE OF MINNESOTA.))
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Ventura pledged to try to give each voter a thousand dollar tax rebate.
In South Carolina, a "no car tax" pledge modeled after Jim Gilmore's plan failed to re-elect South Carolina Republican Governor David Beasley -- even after Gilmore helped him campaign.
Gilmore says that's only because Beasley failed to make it a central campaign focus.
There may be a change in the traditional "breakout" ceremony that marks the end of the "rat" line for V-M-I freshmen.
Just as they did last March, the cadets climb a muddy hill each year to join upperclass cadets, after six months of rigorous training.
Now, senior class leaders are proposing that the freshmen march to New Market and charge across the battlefield.
That's where ten V-M-I cadets were killed in an 18-64 Civil War battle.
The senior class president says it's an attempt to bring something new and meaningful to the "breakout" tradition.
Still to come, a helping hand reaches out --
from Southwest Virginia to Central America.
Area workers join forces to heal some of the wounds left by Hurricane Mitch.
The story ahead.
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People in Honduras devastated by Hurricane Mitch are getting some help from Southwest Virginians.
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Workers at Buster Brown plants are taking up food and clothing donations for hurricane victims.
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Some of Buster Brown's operations are located in Central America where the death toll from Hurricane Mitch is at 9-thousand.
Collections are being taken up at sites in Lebanon, Wise, and Chilhowie.
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Coming up in sports, Cave Spring and Franklin County clash for the district volleyball title, The Lady Hokies grab a preseason win and the W-C-W makes a stop in Roanoke.
But first our Extra Point. The ODAC Preseaon Coaches Poll is out.
Hampden Sydney and Randolph Macon are number one and two, followed by Virginia Wesleyan, Roanoke and Emory and Henry.
Washington and Lee holds the sixth spot.
And the coaches picked Eastern Mennonite, Guilford, Bridgewater and Lynchburg to finish in that order in the conference.
Now here are the scores from tonight's NHL action.
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World Championship wrestling invaded the star city last night, and with one of the sport's own, grabbing the national spotlight on election day tonight's matches took on added significance.
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(( Take one look at the Roanoke Civic Center and you can see why a former pro rassler was elected governor of Minnesota
Close to 10 thousand fans paid an average of $20 bucks a piece to watch a wrestling card that they could have watched at home tonight on cable.
If they had they would have seen broadcaster Tony Schiavone, the former announcing partner of none other than the honorable Jesse Ventura.
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There was plenty of bumping, banging and grinding in the ring for this Thunder show.
In fact the fans at the Civic Center got to see two shows as WCW taped an entire second set of matches after going off the air on WTBS.
And oh yeah, politics were in the air. how about Flair for president - he is from Minnesota. Or maybe Goldberg for
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The Roanoke Valley district volleyball champion was crowned last night at Cave Spring high school as the defending champion Knights hosted Franklin County.
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Eagles' head coach Nancy Castillo gave her regular season champs a few words of encouragement while the Lady Knights and their rowdy fans settled in for they hoped would be a decent match.
But this one was all Franklin County from the start as the Eagles and in particular Amy Gibson, the 5-11 junior middle hitter took over.
She ruled the net with her soft spikes and her hard throw downs as well as the Lady Eagles won the first two games 15 to 10 and 15 to 12.
But Cave Spring mounted a rally in game three.
The Lady Knights let Sarah Payne and Beth Harms double
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team the shot with a nice block to take the point.
But Franklin County wins it 3 games to none and Coach Castillo gets career win number 100 at the title.
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The Virginia Tech Lady Hokies finished the preseason on a high note beating a team from the Czech Republic 92-61.
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Coach Bonnie Henrickson and Lisa Witherspoon strategize and apparently it worked as the Hokies easily handled S-B-C.
Tere Williams gets the rebound, then the bucket for two of her game high 20 points.
The Czech Republic on the break Petra Prochazkova with the pass to Leona Krystofova and the lay up is good for two.
But the Lady Hokies use their inside game Michele Houseright gets it underneath to Kim Seaver for the score.
Seaver had 17 on the night.
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Maria Albertsson puts the icing on the cake with this three pointer and Tech goes on to win it 92-to-61.
In girls action the Mountain Empire district played its tournament semi-finals. Ft. Chiswell the regular season champ beat Grayson and Galax topped Giles.
Rural Retreat beat George Wythe, Bassett topped Patrick County, and Craig County beat Bath County to lock up the Pioneer district title and complete a worst to first transformation.
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And in one side note from this game, fist year Craig player Gina Guthrie who transferred from Roanoke Valley Christian topped the 2000 career point mark.
Still to come tonight, the Friday Football Extra rundown of game for week number 11, the final week of the regular season.
Plus, Radford U. is hosting the Big South men's soccer championship this weekend. More on that, as well, right after this.
Radford University is hosting the Big South men's soccer tournament this week.
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The Highlanders come into the event as the top seed after winning the regular season title with an unbeaten mark in the Big South.
The team also sports the conference's coach of the year in Spence Smith and the player of the year in Troy Washington.
Both awards were announced earlier today.
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The tournament opened this afternoon with Liberty and Winthrop winning.
Radford plays its first game tomorrow at five, and the championship is set for Saturday at 7.
The final week of the regular season is one tap for tonight.
Here are the big games the Friday Football Extra crews will be bringing your way for week number 11.
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An intense race in the Chicago qualifying heats today.
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It did not involve Jeff Gordon or Mark Martin, but these babies made it across the finish line and into our Video of the Day.
Parents coached and coaxed and used whatever it took to get the toddlers across the line.
They're in the running for the baby derby races that will be held next week in the Windy City.
Over 500 babies are expected to compete in that event.
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