The Cressell case is in the hands of the jury and that story tops news 7 at SIX tonight.
She stabbed her baby to death- -a guilty plea today in the case of Sharon Alley.
And from one governor to another: ...Gilmore talks about "The Body" Ventura.
Tonight in sports, we'll hear from the Big South conference player and coach of the year.
Plus, the ODAC releases its preseason top 10 in men's hoops.
As does the Atlantic 10, which picked Tech fourth in the western conference.
The outlook remains rather cold. Highs tomorrow won't make 50 in most locations. Details just ahead.
Did Emmett Cressell Junior help douse G.P. Johnson with gasoline, and set him on fire in July of last year?
That question is now in the hands of a Grayson County jury... 12 people who could sentence Cressell to death, send him to prison or set him free.
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Teresa Hamilton has been following the trial for more than a week. She's in Independence with the latest.
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A surprise in the case of a Henry County woman accused of killing her infant daughter.
Sharon Alley entered pleas of guilty just as her murder trial was about to start today.
Christy Hubley has the story.
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With tears in her eyes, Sharon Alley admitted to stabbing her eight-month old daughter Brooke to death on Mother's Day.
Instead of 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.
Defense lawyers say, at the time of the crime, Alley's state of mind was questionable.
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((KIMBLE REYNOLDS/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION, PSYCHOSIS, THERE WERE A LOT OF STRESSES IN HER LIFE INCLUDING THE PAIN FROM THE ___ THAT SHE WENT THROUGH FROM DELIVERY AND A NUMBER OF OTHER FACTORS THAT WERE GOING ON IN HER LIFE AT THAT TIME.))
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Henry County's prosecutor says this would have been a tough case for a jury to decipher-- too many questions about mental status and insanity.
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((BOB BUSHNELL/PROSECUTOR: MY FIRST REACTION WAS SHE'S GOT TO BE CRAZY TO DO THIS AND AGAIN IT'S THE FEAR THAT A JURY WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO GET THAT OUT OF THEIR MINDS THAT LEAD ME TO LET HER PLEAD TO SECOND DEGREE MURDER.))
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Alley also pleaded guilty to a charge of felony neglect.
That stemmed from an incident in October 1997 when she threw little Brooke across the kitchen floor.
Alley faces a maximum of 50-years in prison when she is sentenced in January.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Henry County.))
A deadly Pittsylvania County stabbing earlier in the week turns out to have been 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.
So far, no charges have been filed.
Advance Auto's buyout of a Kansas City company means more jobs in Roanoke.
Last weekend Advance finalized a deal to buy Western Auto.
The combined auto parts company will add 175-new jobs to its Roanoke headquarters.
About 20 people will transfer here from Kansas City.
To make room for everyone, Advance bought -- and is now renovating -- the old Leggett's building near Valley View mall.
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((NEIL LEFTWICH/ADVANCE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER: OUR JOBS GROWTH WILL BE SEVERAL IN THE PROFESSIONAL RANKS -- ACCOUNTING, HUMAN RESOURCES AND PURCHASES, AS WELL AS MORE OF THE CLERICAL.))
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Advance owns and operates more than 15-hundred stores in 37 states.
It is the country's second biggest chain of car-part stores.
Advance expects next year's profits to top two-billion dollars.
The new jobs are just more evidence to back up Governor Jim Gilmore's rosy reports on Virginia's economy.
And now, the Governor's finally ready to respond to dire predictions of a billion dollar state budget shortfall when his car tax cut is fully phased in.
Gilmore will speak tomorrow morning to the Virginia Business Council -- which drafted the budget warning.
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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 Virginia Business Council is made up of CEOs from the state's top companies.
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Another subject on the Governor's mind today ... his newly elected counterpart in Minnesota, Jesse "The Body" Ventura.
That's still ahead.
And a long-time tradition may be in for a change, one that pays homage to history.
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Republicans nationwide are grappling with the results of Tuesday's elections.
Governor Jim Gilmore today expressed interest in meeting 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 modelled 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.
The folks who called themselves "The Beef People" are issuing refunds on some possibly contaminated meat products.
Winn Dixie grocery stores are expanding a hot dog recall to include lunch meats.
The company says it will take back all products regardless of whether they fall into the recall category.
The supermarkets that are recalling ...cover 14 states including Virginia.
One of the company's meat processing plants closed because of possible bacterial contamination.
The Dow is getting near nine thousand once again.
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This year's "rat mass" at V-M-I may forgo the muddy hill climb- -to re-live the "Field of Lost Shoes."
THIS has been the end of the rat line for the last 17 years- -a tortuous, typically-cold climb to the top of a water-soaked hill behind the Superintendent's quarters.
Now senior class leaders have proposed marching to New Market to charge across the battlefield where ten V-M-I cadets losts their lives in a celebrated victory for the South in 1864.
Class of '99 President Ezra Clark hopes the march would impress upon new cadets a symbolic link to those who "died on the field of honor," as they say at V-M-I.
The University of Virginia is bringing together one of the largest gatherings ever, of high-profile, Nobel Peace Prize winners.
There are seven of them 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.
A new branch of the N-double-A-C-P opens for business in Botetourt County this Saturday.
Concerned citizens met several months ago, insisting William Clark Middle School regain its original name, Central Academy, from the days when it was all African-American.
That issue sparked a Botetourt branch of the N-double-A-C-P.
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((VEE HINTON/BOTETOURT CO. NAACP MEMBER: IN ADDITION TO THE NAME CHANGE WE'RE LOOKING AT CURRICULUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY IN BOTETOURT, WE'RE LOOKING FOR ARTIFACTS TO GO INTO THE MUSEUM IN BOTETOURT OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ORIGIN.))
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The group is also urging the County not to preserve the historic Greenfield plantation and slave quarters, unless it also recognizes black PROGRESS.
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((MARTIN JEFFREY/NAACP: YOU WILL NOT FIND ANY AFRICAN-AMERICANS SERVING ON ANY KEY LEGISLATIVE OR DECISION-MAKING BODIES IN BOTETOURT TO OUR KNOWLEDGE, CERTAINLY NOT ON THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, NOT ON THE SCHOOL BOARD.))
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The Botetourt County branch of the N-double-A-C-P will not be a full-fledged chapter until it gains more members and training.
Coming up tonight we'll talk preseason hoops in the Atlantic 10 and the ODAC.
Plus, Radford University is hosting the Big South soccer championships this weekend.
We'll hear from the top player and coach in the league right after this short break.
The Big South men's soccer chamnpionship began today at the Dedmon center field on the Radford Univeristy Campus.
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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, Radford plays its first game tomorrow at five, and the championship is set for Saturday at 7.
The Atlantic 10 basketball conference held its media day in Philadelphia this afternoon.
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The Virginia Tech Hokies, who lost their exhibition game to Court Authority last night, are picked to finish fourth in the western division.
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Tech's season opener is on November 14th at home against William & Mary.
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The Lady Hokies are holding court tonight at the Cassell.
Tech welcomes a team from the Czech Republic.
This is the last preseason contest before the Hokies open the regular season in the Taco Bell Classic in Lynchburg, on the 13th.
That's when Tech will face a Liberty team that lost only once last season.
Tip off tonight is seven.
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference is hoping to emerge as one of the nation's elite division three leagues this season.
Roy Stanley has more on the men's media day in Salem.
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((The conference kicked off its season by naming the Hampden-Sydney Tigers as the number one team in the preseason poll.
Hampden-Sydney claimed its second straight ODAC title last year and a cast of four seniors and four juniors return from a team that also played in the N-C-A-A regionals two straight years.))
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((Page Moir, and his Roanoke College Maroons are on the rebound.
Roanoke finished fifth in the ODAC last year. The Maroons return six of their top eight scorers and Roanoke has the talent to compete at the Division three level.))
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((Randolph-Macon is second in the pre season poll followed by Virginia Wesleyan, Roanoke and Emory and Henry.
Rounding out the top 10 are Washington and Lee, Eastern Menonnite, Guilford, Bridgewater and Lynchburg.))
((BOB JOHNSON/EMORY & HENRY HEAD COACH:))
((The ODAC tournament will also be held at the Salem Civic Center. Roy Stanley news 7 sports.))
And finally the WCW Thunder show at the Roanoke Civic Center has been a sellout for weeks.
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But a few hours ago we received word that the Civic Center has freed up four section of tickets for tonight's event.
The show starts at 6:30
We'll have some highlights for you tonight at 11 here on the Big 7.
Buster Brown is helping out hurricane victims.
Employees of Buster Brown Apparel plants throughout Southwest Virginia are taking up collections for Honduras.
Buster Brown has operations in the Central American country that was devastated by Hurricane Mitch, with a death toll of 9-thousand so far.
Workers have set up collection sites for food and clothing in Lebanon, Wise, and Chilhowie.
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Voters in Minnesota shocked the nation Tuesday by electing a former pro wrestler as their governor.
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But what do today's wrestlers think?
Jean Jadhon is in the newsroom with more on that.
Keith, some big-name wrestlers are in Roanoke tonight for a sold-out performance at the civic center.
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We want to know what they think about Jesse "The Body" Ventura's jump from power moves to politics. It may be that pro wrestlers are not as surprised as many others are.
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Tonight, we'll hear what they have to say.
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