[7E-Campground-Fire]

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[TAPE#=99-2 31:40]
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Flames engulfed part of a Pittsylvania County campground last night.
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[VO-NAT]


Electrical popping noises kept firefighters out of the main building at the Swan Lake Campground in Pittsylvania County as flames shot through the roof and second-story windows.
The building housed the campground's main office along with a laundry and game room.
No one was in the building at the time.
It took firefighters from four departments nearly two hours to put out the fire.
No word yet on what sparked the blaze.
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[7E-Danville-Fire]


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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville/Yesterday;]


The boy injured in Wednesday night's fire in Danville is in serious condition.
3-year-old Ki-Jana (Kah-Johna) Womak was overcome by heavy smoke at 2-36 Gray Street.
Firefighters were able to rescue the boy.
His aunt, grandmother, and several other children escaped unharmed.
Danville's fire chief says there were no smoke detectors in the house.
An electrical short in an extention cord apparently sparked the fire.
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[7E-County-Standoff]


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A police standoff has ended peacefully in Roanoke County.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


It happened last night in the North Lakes subdivision on Lamplighter Drive.
An officer was sent to check on a man who was threatening to hurt himself.
When the officer arrived, he found the man armed with two rifles.
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((LT. STEVE TURNER/ROANOKE CO. POLICE DEPT.: THE OFFICER WAS DOWNSTAIRS BASICALLY IN THE HALLWAY AND DID NOT HAVE ACCESS TO GET BACK OUT OF THE HOUSE. HE REQUESTED ASSISTANCE, SO THE OFFICERS ARRIVED HERE. WE SECURED THE PERIMETER. AND PHONE CONTACT WAS MADE WITH THE SUBJECT AND HE VOLUNTARILY CAME OUT OF THE HOUSE AND HE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY FOR TREATMENT.))
[SUPER=01-Lt. Steve Turner/Roanoke Co. Police Dept.]
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[OUT Q=into custody for treatment.]
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The County SWAT Team was called out, and members were surrounding the house when the incident ended.
The man was not charged with a criminal offense, but he was taken into custody for an evaluation of his mental health.
No one was injured.
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[7E-Fry]


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[TAPE#=98-73 1:50:01]
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Virginia has executed another death row inmate.
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[SUPER=03-Jarratt/Last Night]


Tony Leslie Fry was pronounced dead at nine minutes after nine yesterday evening.
He died by lethal injection.
[SUPER=03-Chesterfield Co./File Tape]


Fry was sentenced to death for the 19-94 robbery and murder of Leland Jacobs-- a Richmond area car salesman.
Fry was 19 at the time of the crime.
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[7E-Hodges]


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[TAPE#98-77 1:10:15]
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Reduced charges for a Franklin County man who killed his nephew in a hunting incident.
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Hubert Wayne Hodges was facing felony manslaughter charges, but he walked out of court yesterday with a misdemeanor conviction- -reckless handling of a firearm.
Hodges says he got excited and aimed at a deer, but instead he shot and killed his 24-year-old nephew, Toby Gearheart.
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((HUBERT WAYNE HODGES/DEFENDANT: THEN I SAW A DEER COMING OUT AND I SHOT AGAIN. I NEVER KNOWED IT WAS NOT NO DEER TIL I FOUND TOBY.))
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The commonwealth's attorney points out that Hodges should have had a clear view.
He says there weren't many leaves on the trees, and Hodges was also using a six power scope.
That's the equivalent of being about eight yards away from his target.
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Hodges HAS wounded someone before in an unrelated incident--so he was also convicted of owning a firearm as a felon.



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Taking a look now at your Friday forecast..
Another sunny and breezy day ahead, with highs reaching the mid-50s.
Mostly clear, with some cloud cover overnight. Look for lows in the mid- to upper-20s.
The extended forecast...
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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 2/6/99
Saturday:

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Anniversary:
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[45Va-Impeachment]


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Transcripts of Monica Lewinsky's videotaped deposition in President Clinton's impeachment trial will be released today, one day after Senators decided against calling her for live testimony.
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[TAKE PINNACLE BOARD 1]
Both Democrat Chuck Robb and Republican John Warner rejected the move to call Lewinsky to testify in person. [TAKE PINNACLE BOARD 2]
But they differed over whether excerpts from the videotaped depositions of Lewinsky, Vernon Jordan and Sidney Blumenthal should be played during the trial.
Robb was against it -- Warner for it.
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[45E-Tobacco-Deal]


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Tobacco farmers could soon see their share of a multi-billion dollar fund intended to help them in the face of the ongoing tobacco debate.
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The states agreed yesterday on a plan to divvy up the five-billion dollar fund created last month as part of the national tobacco settlement.
The deal uses the 19-98 basic quota set by the U-S Department of Agriculture as it's ruler for splitting up the money.
Virginia will get 6-point 65 percent.
Most tobacco experts in Southside Virginia agree it's a fair deal, because it's based on each state's tobacco production.
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((C.D. BRYANT/CONCERNED FRIENDS OF TOBACCO: AND I WANT THE GROWERS TO UNDERSTAND THAT GOING BACK AND PICKING UP ADDITIONAL YEARS AND TAKING AN AVERAGE WOULDN'T REALLY MEAN A WHOLE LOT AT THIS PARTICULAR INSTANCE. NOW THE MONEY THAT YOU'RE GOING TO BE PAID ON AFTER IT COMES TO VIRGINIA, IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE IF YOU GO BACK AND PICK UP THE YEARS THAT WE'VE LOST THE QUOTA ON.))
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The tobacco-growing states could start receiving payments from the fund as early as April.
But it will probably be months before each state determines how to dole out the cash to individual growers.

[45S-State-Song]


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It's looks like it's going to be sometime before Virginia gets a new state song.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Richmond]


The song subcomittee has to choose from 350 submissions.
Debate to extend the committee's work went like this...
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((REYNOLDS: WE ARE KIDDING OURSELVES IF WE THINK WE ARE GOING TO MAKE ANY PROGRESS IN THIS MATTER.))
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((SASLAW: WE CAN GO ON... END THIS GONG SHOW RIGHT NOW.))
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((GARTLAN: THE LATIN PHRASE IS...EST))
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((GARTLAN: MATTERS OF TASTE ARE NOT TO BE DEBATED.)) [15:02:02] ((COLGAN: WE DO HAVE A STATE FOSSIL...OUR CHILDREN DO.))
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[SUPER=01-Sen. Joe Gartlan/(D) Fairfax; :16 -- QUICK!!!]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Charles Colgan/(D) Manassas; :30]
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On a narrow vote, the song subcommittee survived.
Chairman Emmett Hanger expects to get down to 10 songs within the next several weeks.
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[45E-Teen-Center]


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A Roanoke program intended to reduce the number of teen pregnancies has been declared the runner- up for a national award.
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The Teen Health Centers Program received 20-thousand dollars from a national non-profit organization.
The money will go toward providing updated equipment for the clinics and funding existing programs.
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Primary funding for the centers comes from Carilion Health System, Columbia Lewis-Gale Hospital and a state teen pregnancy grant.

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Checking your Friday forecast now--
Sunny and fairly breezy today, with highs in the low to mid 50s.
Mostly clear tonight, with clouds building after midnight.
Lows cooling off into the 20s.
The weekend forecast includes the possiblity of showers...otherwise expect unseasonably mild temperatures in the 50s and 60s heading into next week.
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[8E-Campground-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=99-2 31:40]
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The main structure at a Pittsylvania County campground caught fire last night.
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[VO-NAT]


Electrical popping noises kept firefighters out of the main building at the Swan Lake Campground in Pittsylvania County as flames shot through the roof and second-story windows.
The building housed the campground's main office along with a laundry and game room.
No one was in the building at the time.
It took firefighters from four departments nearly two hours to put out the fire.
No word yet on what sparked the blaze.
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[8E-County-Standoff]


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[WRITER=jda]
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There were NO injuries during a police standoff in Roanoke County--
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]


It happened yesterday at the North Lakes subdivision on Lamplighter Drive.
An officer was sent to check on a man who was threatening to hurt himself.
When the officer arrived, he found the man armed with two rifles.
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[SOT 06:57:35]
[IN Q=The officer]

((LT. STEVE TURNER/ROANOKE CO. POLICE DEPT.: THE OFFICER WAS DOWNSTAIRS BASICALLY IN THE HALLWAY AND DID NOT HAVE ACCESS TO GET BACK OUT OF THE HOUSE. HE REQUESTED ASSISTANCE, SO THE OFFICERS ARRIVED HERE. WE SECURED THE PERIMETER. AND PHONE CONTACT WAS MADE WITH THE SUBJECT AND HE VOLUNTARILY CAME OUT OF THE HOUSE AND HE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY FOR TREATMENT.))
[SUPER=01-Lt. Steve Turner/Roanoke Co. Police Dept.]
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[OUT Q=into custody for treatment.]
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[VO-NAT]


The County SWAT Team was called out, and members were surrounding the house when the incident ended.
The man was not charged with a criminal offense, but he was taken into custody for an evaluation of his mental health.
No one was injured.
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[8E-Elton-John-Tickets]


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[WRITER=sta]
[TAPE#=99-3 32:13]
[GRAPHIC=Scalping]


If you weren't able to get tickets for the upcoming Elton John concert, there are people out there who would like to take advantage of you...
Five people are charged with scalping the much- sought after tickets.
Stacey Martin reports.
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[SUPER=04-January 9; :19]
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(( About three weeks after it was announced that Elton John was coming to the Star City--the crowds started gathering at the Roanoke Civic Center.
It took only 46 minutes for the concert to sell out.
But, in a recent statement, officials claimed some of the lucky winners bought more tickets than they needed and then tried to sell them at inflated prices.
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[IN Q=I think everybody]

((TOM BOWERS/ASST. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: I THINK EVERYBODY KNEW THIS PARTICULAR ELTON JOHN CONCERT WAS GOING TO BE SOLD OUT AND IT WAS GOING TO BE VERY TOUGH TO GET TICKETS. AND, I DON'T THINK WE'VE HAD THIS SITUATION VERY OFTEN. ))

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Shortly afterwards investigators placed an ad in a local newspaper asking for tickets to the concert.
They were quoted prices ranging from 75 to 400 dollars per ticket.
Undercover officers bought a total of 20 tickets then charged five adults with ticket scalping.
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[IN Q=It is breaking]

((TOM BOWERS/ASST. COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY: IT IS BREAKING THE LAW AND THE CITY HAS PASSED AN ORDINANCE WHEN YOU RESELL TICKETS IN EXCESS OF A POSTED OR THE LISTED PRICE ON THE TICKET. I GUESS IN ORDER TO PREVENT GOUGING OR MAKE IT ALL FAIR TO EVERYBODY. )) [RUNS 14]
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((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING: IF CONVICTED EACH PERSON COULD RECEIVE A MAXIMUM 500 DOLLAR FINE. AND, POLICE ALSO PLAN TO PATROL THE CONCERT LOOKING FOR SCALPERS AND WILL LIKELY MAKE A FEW MORE ARRESTS THERE. STACEY MARTIN, NEWS 7.))
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Before we finish the morning updates, let's take one more look at today's weather--
Sunny and breezy, with winds around 15 miles an hour.
Highs will reach the lower 50s this afternoon.
Mostly clear this evening, with increasing clouds overnight.
Lows in the upper 20s.
The extended forecast is calling for a chance of showers this weekend, with partly sunny skies ahead for next week.

Highs in the 50s and 60s.
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