[7Dibling]

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After 22 years with the city of Roanoke, another top official is moving on to private practice.
City attorney Wil Dibling says he's quitting April first, but will stay in Roanoke.
He'll be working for Gentry, Locke, Rakes and Moore.

[7S-Michael-Gray]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=98-78 53:36]
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Manslaughter charges have been filed against a driver whose wrecker caused a chain- reaction pile up in Franklin County last week.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co./January 25]


Michael Lee Gray was at the wheel of a rollback wrecker that hit a car on Route 220 last Monday.
The car hit the back of a school bus that was transporting students from Henry Elementary school.
The woman driving the car, Geraldine Gillispie, died instantly.
Her eight-year-old granddaughter, Emily Sturgil, was critically injured and later died at the hospital.
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[7E-Prejean]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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She encourages listeners to keep moving forward, in search of a better place.
Ironically, many who listen are on their way to the death chamber.
One letter to a death row inmate turned a Catholic nun from Louisiana into a national celebrity.
Sister Helen Prejean brought her message to Roanoke College last night.
Eric Earnhart reports.
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[IN Q=She is not]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sister Helen Prejean/Author; :12]
[SUPER=01-Jennifer Runyon/Junior; :56]
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[OUT Q=EE, News 7]


(( She is not a movie star.... she did spend time with Sean Penn... in a car, not a death row cell...
Sister Helen Prejean never expected her book, Dead Man Walking, to become a movie.
[SOT 06:42:05 tape 3]
[IN Q=I don't know]

((SISTER HELEN PREJEAN/AUTHOR; I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY OF YA'LL ARE CATHOLIC, BUT NUNS DON'T DO TO WELL IN FILM. YOU EITHER HAVE SISTER ACT, OR THE FLYING NUN, OR A NUN ON AN ISLAND WITH A MARINE))
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[OUT Q=with a marine]


But now she's a nun with a mission...whether it's here, or speaking to a class as she did earlier...
She's driven to talk about what she's learned of death.
[SOT 18:32:40 tape 2 ]
[IN Q=I have accomp]

((SISTER HELEN PREJEAN/AUTHOR; I'VE ACCOMPANIED 5 PEOPLE TO EXECUTION, JOSEPH ODELL WAS ONE OF THEM, THIS MAN YOU EXECUTED HERE IN VIRGINIA.))
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[OUT Q=in virginia]
[SOT 18:32:53 tape 2 ]
[IN Q=What makes them]

((SISTER HELEN PREJEAN/AUTHOR; WHAT MAKES THEM CHANGE AND OPEN UP TO REMORSE AND FORGIVENESS AND THE WHOLE THING IS LOVE, NOT TORTURE AND NOT DEATH.))
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[OUT Q=not death]


Students who came to listen went away with something to think about.
[SOT 06:36:54 ]
[IN Q=It's one thing]

((JENNIFER RUNYON/JUNIOR; IT'S ONE THING TO SAY YOU'RE FOR OR AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY, BUT THEN WHEN YOU HEAR SOMEONE TALK ABOUT IT WHO'S BEEN RIGHT UP THERE WITH IT, IT KIND OF CHALLENGES YOUR VIEWS.))
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[OUT Q=your views]


But Prejean was challenged as well... one student asked... what if a member of YOUR family was murdered?
[SOT 17:11:42 tape 1]
[IN Q=I know I would]

((SISTER HELEN PREJEAN/AUTHOR; I KNOW I WOULD FEEL THAT RAGE AND I KNOW THERE WOULD BE A FEELING IN ME WANTING TO SEE THEM SUFFER FOR WHAT THEY DID TO MY MOTHER OR SISTER OR SOMEONE THAT I LOVE, AND THEN I SAID THEN, I'LL SAY IT NOW, HOPEFULLY I WOULDN'T STAY THERE. ))
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[OUT Q=wouldn't stay there]


That's a big part of Prejean's message... keep moving forward, and you'll find yourself in a better place.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))

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Taking a look now at your Tuesday forecast..
Morning fog and drizzle will give way to mostly cloudy skies this afternoon.
Look for highs in the mid-50s.
More rain is possible this evening, but look for clearing skies overnight.
Lows will be in the upper-30s.
The extended forecast...
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We do have some school announcements this morning...[45Godwin]


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A memorial service will held today for former Governor Mills Godwin in Suffolk.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@file]


The 84-year old died Saturday.
He was the only Virginia governor this century to serve two terms.
Most General Assembly members will be there since the legislature canceled today's floor sessions.
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[45E-Mason]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=tte]
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A Roanoke man will spend 40 years behind bars for killing the mother of his children.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


38-year-old David Lee Mason is described by his friends as a kind family man.
But last April, when he found a letter from his girlfriend Michelle Saunders to a man in jail, he shot her.
The couple's two young daughters were close behind her.
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[SOT 15:58:09]
[IN Q=He shoots her]

((HE SHOOTS HER IN THE HEAD AND SAYS LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.))
[SUPER=01-Wes Nance/Commonwealth's Attorney;]
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[OUT Q=made me do]
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[VO-NAT]


The jail chaplain read a letter from Mason --
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[SOT 15:43:38]
[IN Q=There is no excuse]

((THERE IS NO EXCUSE ... MAKE IT UP TO THEM SOMEHOW.))
[SUPER=01-Gene Edmonds/Jail Chaplain;]
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[OUT Q=make it up to them somehow]
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[VO-NAT]


But the judge said the only way to control Mason was to keep him locked up.
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[45E-Fire-Folo]


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[WRITER=djo]
[TAPE#=98-76 26:10]
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Some Roanoke County residents who depend on wells for water, today want to know how they can upgrade to the public water system.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Sunday;]

The question was raised by residents along Thirlane Road in the Kingstown community, following a destructive house fire. Neighbors say Fred Murphy tried putting out the blaze with a garden hose before firefighters arrived.
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[SOT=18:13:01]
[IN Q=TEN TO 15]

((ERNIE WHITE/CONCERNED HOMEOWNER; TEN TO 15 MINUTES FOR THEM TO GET WATER UP AND RUNNING TO HIS HOUSE, THAT'S AN ETERNITY FOR A MAN WHO'S WATCHING HIS HOUSE BURN DOWN AND HE'S TRYING TO FIGHT IT OFF THE PRESSURE FROM A WELL. IT'S JUST NOT POSSIBLE.))
[SUPER=01-Ernie White/Concerned Homeowner;]
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[OUT Q=NOT POSSIBLE.]
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[VO-NAT]

Public water is available to those who go through the "Petition for Public Works" process. If approved, the community is labeled a "Special Service Area".
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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The cost averages about 45-hundred dollars per household.


[45E-Voter-IDs]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#98-80 1:24:06]
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A bill that would require voters to show an I-D when voting died in the House on a 50-50 party line vote.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


But the Senate -- in Republican control -- passed it yesterday on a 21-19 vote... despite reminders of its likeness to racially discriminatory Jim Crow era voting laws.
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[SOT 03:11:55]
[IN Q=I must]

((SEN. TOMMY NORMENT/R-WILLIAMSBURG: I MUST CONFESS THAT I AM ABSOLUTELY AGHAST THAT THIS BILL HAS TAKEN ON THE TONE OF EITHER PARTISANSHIP OR RACE DISCRIMINATION.))
[SOT 03:10:16]

((SEN. YVONNE MILLER/D-NORFOLK: YOU HAVE THE VOTES. YOU ARE SEEKING PEOPLE WHO LOOK LIKE ME TO VOTE FOR YOU. AND MANY OF THEM WILL NOT DO THAT BECAUSE THEY WON'T HAVE THE PICTURE ID AT THE POLLS. OTHERS WHO WOULD ORDINARILY VOTE FOR YOU, ONCE THEY HEAR ABOUT THIS MATTER, WILL NOT VOTE FOR YOU.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. Tommy Norment/(R) Williamsburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Yvonne Miller/(D) Norfolk; :14]
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[OUT Q=for you.]
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Republicans say the bill will help clear the names of hundreds of felons and dead people who showed up on Virginia voter rolls last year.

[45WEATHER]


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Turning your attention now to weather on this Groundhog Day--
Morning fog and drizzle, otherwise, mostly cloudy today.
Highs in the lower 50s.
There will also be a chance of showers until tonight, then clearing during the overnight period with lows around 40.
The five day forecast is warmer and drier...
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[SCHOOLWATCH FULL SCREEN]

We do have some school announcements this morning...[8E-Mason]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=98-74 1:23:16]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


Four decades in prison is the sentence for the Roanoke man convicted of killing the mother of his children.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


38-year-old David Lee Mason is described by his friends as a kind family man.
But last April, when he found a letter from his girlfriend Michelle Saunders to a man in jail, he shot her.
The couple's two young daughters were close behind her.
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[SOT 15:58:09]
[IN Q=He shoots her]

((HE SHOOTS HER IN THE HEAD AND SAYS LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.))
[SUPER=01-Wes Nance/Commonwealth's Attorney;]
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[OUT Q=made me do]
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[VO-NAT]


The jail chaplain read a letter from Mason --
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[SOT 15:43:38]
[IN Q=There is no excuse]

((THERE IS NO EXCUSE ... MAKE IT UP TO THEM SOMEHOW.))
[SUPER=01-Gene Edmonds/Jail Chaplain;]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=make it up to them somehow]
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[VO-NAT]


But the judge said the only way to control Mason was to keep him in prison.
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[8E-Best-Friends]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#98-82 39:33]
[GRAPHIC=Teen Pregnancy]


Teaching young girls to be smart about drugs and sex is the mission of the national "Best Friends" program.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville;]


Martinsville is one of 23-cities nationwide that has the program at the middle school level.
Best Friends is aimed at preventing teen pregnancies and drug and alcohol use by teaching girls self-respect.
The girls say they're more comfortable talking about love and sex with their peers.
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[SOT 1:01:24-:38]
[IN Q=I think that it's easier]

((I THINK THAT IT'S EASIER FOR US TO TALK TO OTHER GIRLS ABOUT IT RATHER THAN TO TALK ABOUT IT IN CLASS AROUND OTHER PEOPLE BECAUSE WE'RE ALL THE SAME GENDER AND WE CAN COMMUNICATE BETTER.))
[SUPER=01-Jessica Menefee/Sixth Grader;]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=can communicate better.]
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[VO-NAT]


Best Friends was developed in 19-87 by a teacher from Washington D-C.
This is Martinsville's second year using the program.
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[8S-Z101]


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[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=98-77 1:05:16]
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If you're the type who surfs the radio dial -- you may soon find there's a new station making waves.
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[SOT]
((nat sot))
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]
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[VO-NAT]


It's Z 1-0-1 point-5 -- the latest alternative rock station.
D-J's hit the airwaves for the first time yesterday.
Bill Travis bought the frequency for a little more than a million dollars --
It's now a mom-and-pop station with a staff of fourteen.
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[SOT 12:07:54]
[IN Q=I think]

((TORI MAZUR/DISC JOCKEY: I THINK WITH THE WAY RADIO ... THESE GUYS ARE DOING.))
[SUPER=01-Tori Mazur/Disc Jockey;]
[RUNS=:13]
[OUT Q=guys are doing]
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[VO-NAT]


For now, you can hear Z 1-0-1 point-5 best in Roanoke and Roanoke County -- but the station plans to extend its signal this spring.
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[8WEATHER]


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Before we finish the morning updates-- here's one more look at the forecast.
Fog and drizzle, the mostly cloudy today with highs in the lower 50s.
A chance of showers through this evening, then clearing overnight with lows near 40.
Expect partly to mostly sunny skies for the next several days, along with warmer daytime highs....
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