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Elton John woos the crowd in Roanoke. Two live reports coming up.
And police charge a man for allegedly abusing a puppy in Roanoke.
News 7 is next.
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The Rocket Man is in Roanoke tonight, playing his hits for thousands of fans.
He did NOT come with a big band or lots of backup singers, but Elton John's music came through loud and clear.
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Stacey Martin was at the concert- She's at the Roanoke Civic Center with more.
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It was an event thousands of people were waiting to see ever since the Rocket-man announced his tour stop in Roanoke.
This show was built as just an evening with Elton John, his piano, and his music.
These solo performances will take the singer to many smaller cities including Roanoke and Birmingham, Alabama--one city where he says he's never played before.
It's the type of tour thats been a long time coming for the rock star.
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For the most part fans saw a softer, simpler side of Elton John performing many favorites from his early days of rock-and-roll including "Your Song".
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A Patrick County truck driver has been completely cleared of five federal felonies.
Earl Penn was charged in a conspiracy to kill a federal witness.
An informant had told the D-E-A that Penn put up a 10-thousand dollar bounty on the witness.
His lawyer got a letter from the U-S Attorney today indicating the feds had gotten false information. Their informant lied, so all charges against Penn will be dismissed.
The victim of an attack outside Lynchburg General Hospital last year says she thinks hospital officials are still trying to cover up what happened.
Melanie Curnutte (ker-NOOT) was attacked at knifepoint outside the hospital's emergency room on April 29th.
She says security video of the incident would back up her claim that hospital guards could have prevented the attack.
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Hospital officials say the video was erased as part of its routine recycling of its tapes.
Curnutte's attacker.. John Major Haygood- got a three- year prison term today.
A man is fighting for his life tonight after an afternoon shooting in Roanoke.
Rodney Brent McNair is in critical condition.
He was found by police with an apparent gunshot wound to the neck.
Witnesses say the shooting followed a fight involving a dozen people at the intersection of Chapman Avenue and 14th Street.
The evidence is mounting against John William King- the man accused in a dragging death in Texas.
Andrew Colton reports.
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((JOHN WILLIAM KING ENTERED COURT ON THE FOURTH DAY OF HIS MURDER TRIAL SMILING...AFTER A VERY SOMBER WEEK.
THURSDAY, PROSECUTORS SHOWED JURORS THE CHAIN THEY SAY KING, AND TWO FRIENDS -- USED TO TIE JAMES BYRD TO THE BACK OF A PICKUP TRUCK, THEN
DRAG HIM TO HIS DEATH.
BEFORE THE WEEKEND BREAK, A D-N-A EXPERT TESTIFIED THAT CIGARETTE BUTTS AND A BEER BOTTLE FOUND AT THE SCENE PROVE THAT JOHN KING WAS THERE...
...THAT BYRD'S BLOODY CLOTHING WAS FOUND IN KING'S APARTMENT... ...AND
THAT BLOOD STAINS ON THE TIRES OF THE PICKUP TRUCK MATCH BYRD'S D-N-A.
THEY ALSO SHOWED THE CIGARETTE LIGHTER WITH THE KU KLUX KLAN SYMBOL THAT
JASPER COUNTY SHERIFF BILLY ROWLES FOUND AT THE MURDER SCENE. ROWLES
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LATER LINKED TO KING.
IT WAS A DIFFICULT WEEK FOR BYRD'S DAUGHTER.
You're never too young to lose a parent, especially the way he was died
I felt robbed because he was taken so traigically, it shouldn't happen to an animal, and no one should be judged by the color of his skin.
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Bedford County authorities have charged a man with embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from a charity he was raising money for.
39- year- old Anthony R. Perrow was arrested yesterday on grand larceny and embezzlement warrants.
Perrow was the former head fundraiser for the Forest Athletic Association, which is raising money to improve its recreation center on Route 811.
Authorities say Perrow, who also claims to be a contractor, was writing checks and buying equipment that never showed up on the construction site.
As much as 60- thousand dollars remains unaccounted for.
A man believed to have beaten a puppy in Southwest Roanoke is now behind bars.
Just over a week ago, Teresa Harmon told police that she'd found her dog in an a alley, beaten with its mouth taped shut.
Sheeba is feeling better now, but still has a scar.
Yesterday, Roanoke police arrrested 19-year old James Anthony Via and charged him with animal cruelty.
It was apparently a random incident- Harmon says she does NOT know Via, who's being held in the Roanoke city jail, without bond.
Harmon says from now on, she's only letting her dogs outside, with supervision.
The clock is ticking toward a noon Saturday deadline-
Serbs must reach a peace deal for Kosovo or face possible airstrikes.
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((SERBIAS LEADERS NOW HAVE A CHOICE TO MAKE. THEY CAN JOIN AN AGREEMENT THAT NOW MEETS THEIR LEGITIMATE CONCERNS AND GIVES THEM A CHANCE TO SHOW THAT AN AUTOMONOUS KOSOVO CAN THREW AS PART OF THEIR COUNTRY BUT IF THEY DON THAT THEY WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE.))
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Yugoslavia's president today refused to meet with the U-S envoy to the peace talks outside of paris.
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is set to rejoin the talks
Still ahead on News 7, they're out of trouble with the law...
but a Virginia Tech fraternity that's off the hook after an incident with a stripper is now on probation with the college.
We'll tell you why, when we return.
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((What's up folks welcome to your Friday night. This is MIke Stevens in the sports office getting ready to crown four district champs tonight.
More champions are being recognized in Rocky Mount this weekend at the Northwest regional wrestling tournament.
And we're getting ready for tomorrow's RU-LU battle on WDBJ!
All this and much is coming up tonight's on News 7 sports.))
The family of one of the girls switched at birth at the U-V-A medical center has reached a settlement with the state.
Toddler Rebecca Chittum of Buena Vista will receive two million dollars in stages until she turns 30.
The family raising Callie Johnson -- the other girl involved in the switch -- rejected a settlement offer.
Attorneys for Callie's mother made a counter-offer of 25 million dollars.
The Virginia Tech fraternity who's members hired an exotic dancer last fall is on probation with the university.
A Tech spokesman says the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity was cited for three alcohol beverage violations.
The problems arose when several fraternity members hired a female exotic dancer to perform at a drinking party with underage students.
The dancer later went to police saying she'd been held inside the frat house against her will.
Yesterday, a judge dismissed the charges.
The fraternity was placed on a year's probation and members must attend sensitivity training sponsored by the Women's Center.
The way to put more troopers on the Interstate is to have them spend less time in court.
That was part of Governor Gilmore's proposal, when he ordered State Police to step up enforcement on I-81.
One would think more troopers... issuing more speeding tickets.... would bring more cases to court.
Trooper Gary Chaffin says, as it is now, state police could spend all day- -everyday day- -writing tickets.
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He believes the saturation patrols- -like the one planned for this Sunday in Montgomery County- -may slow people down, so there'll actually a drop in the number of court cases.
Ohio has executed its first prisoner since 1963.
Wilford Berry died by lethal injection tonight.
Berry was dubbed "The Volunteer" because he said he wanted to die rather than face life in prison.
About one hundred people both protestors and supporters of the death penalty demonstrated outside the prison-
Berry was convicted in the shooting death of a Cleveland baker in a 1989 robbery.
When the news returns -- state lawmakers are trying to de-regulate the electric utility industry...
But what does this mean to you? It may actually INCREASE your rates. The full story still ahead when News 7 at 11 continues.
De-regulating the state's electric utility industry may actually increase rates for southwest Virginians.
But local lawmakers were powerless to slow the process in Richmond today-- in the last committee action before the full House votes next week.
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((SAM CHURCH/UNITED MINE WORKERS: IF YOU WILL LOOK, IN SOUTHWEST ESPECIALLY, WHERE OUR UNION REPRESENTS OUR PEOPLE, THERE IS SOME OF THE LOWEST RATES IN THE UNITED STATES IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA.))
((DEL. CREIGH DEEDS/D-WARM SPRINGS: ALMOST 70-PERCENT OF THE TAX PAID IN BATH COUNTY COMES FROM VIRGINIA POWER. BUT I REPRESENT A LOT OF COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE BEEN, THAT ARE OUT IN THE COUNTRY, AND HAVE BEEN LEFT OUT OF A GREAT DEAL OF THE PROSPERITY WE'VE HAD IN THIS COMMONWEALTH.))
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Roanoke Delegate Chip Woodrum tried to slow deregulation down a year.
Woodrum says it's natural for the electric companies to want to make money.
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News 7 Sports Steve Mason was in the house at the Salem Civic Center emceeing last night's ODAC awards banquet.
Va. Wesleyan's Jason Nickerson was named the ODAC's player of the year , while Hampden-Sydney's Tony Shaver is the coach of the year.
The tournament begins its 3 day run in Salem this afternoon.
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The Roanoke Valley District Girls Championship came down to the wire. And Cave Spring walked away with the trophy after William Fleming's last attempt at the basket rolled off the rim.
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Cynthia Brown's Lady Colonels had beaten the Knights in both meetings during the regular season.
But last night, Cave Spring was hitting from outside, Sarah Rutherford, lets loose this bomb and it's all net for three.
This, just like the previous two meetings, was a close contest, Shaunarey Walker drives to the hoop for Fleming and sinks the short 'J.'
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On the other end of the court as Jessica Caldwell drives to the hoop, the shot falls and Caldwell draws the foul.
And when the buzzer sounds Cave Spring ends up on top 61-to-60 and leaves the Salem Civic Center with the trophy.
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Right after that battle, the Blue Ridge boys took center stage to decide who would take the big trophy home.
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Charlie Morgan's regular season champs were looking to add the tourney title to their resume.
But it was Byrd that got this party started as Matt McGwire hits the three pointer from the side of the key.
Byrd would keep the pressure on the Spartans as Ryan Hurd, the Byrd senior center powers one in off the glass.
But it was all Salem the rest of the way. This 8-to-1 run is keyed byTravis Hale's putback in the paint.
Then reserve Reggie Brown would turn it on as Salem wins the Blue Ridge belts with the 67-to-59 win over Byrd.
The final game of the night at the Civic Center pitted Fleming and Cave Sspring head to head for the Roanoke Valley crown.
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Fleming would get off to a fast start in this one as Michael Wilson works the baseline and scores with some finesse and power.
Then watch take a look at Michael Fleshman play heads up as he get the board and the short jumper and Fleming takes a double digit lead.
J.J. Reddick, who had 37 Thursday night would attempt to bring the Knights back. This
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three hits all net from about 25 feet away. He scored 18 last night, but Fleming get the RVD tourney title winning 53-to-50.
In the Western district last night, both the George Washington and girls won the tournament titles, with both beating Albemarle.
Parry McCluer won the Pioneer crown last night with a 62-to-43 win over Covington.
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Down at Rustburg high school, the Liberty Minutemen hooked up with the Heritage to settle Seminole supremacy.
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Heritage coach Dan Stevens had the right last name, but did he have the team to get the job done last night.
Maurice Buck would do his best to answer that question as he drills this three pointer for an early Pioneer lead.
Liberty would come right back with Brandon Mills finding Kaleb Buchanan down low who scores with a pump fake.
Heritage would do a good job of breaking the Liberty press on this play. And Russell Henderson gets the assist to Brad Scott.
Late in the second, Tony Pullen gets the rock to John Panky. Who reverses in the hoop but Heritage wins the Seminole crown 66-to-58.
Big South basketball returns to Your Hometown Hoops station tomorrow.
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as we present LIVE coverage of the regular season finale between Radford and Liberty. The Highlanders beat LU by 26 earlier this year and Radford knows what will take to avoid an upset tomorrow.
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This will be the final home game for high scoring guard Leslie Ballard.
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Still to come on this Friday night here at News 7 Sports - rain is on the pole at Rockingham - at least a rain drop is.
And the best grapplers in the Northwest region of Triple A have set u shop in Franklin County. Roy Stanley will have their stpry right after this short break.
More than 200 of the state's top Group Three-A wrestlers have set up shop in Franklin County this week.
Roy Stanley has more on the two day Northwest Regional wrestling championships.
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((23 teams and 224 wrestlers are competing for regional titles and a spot in the state wrestling tournament.
Franklin county, The power in the R-V-D have won regional titles 5 of the last 10 years. However, the Eagles finished second in the region last season.))
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((Stonewall Jackson is back to defend its title. This will be head coach Bill Cameron's last seat at the mat because he's retiring at the end of the season.
Cameron says the Raiders will have a tough time defending that title in the competative Northwest Region.))
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((Individual performances are the key to team success and it's too late for the grapplers to make last minute changes.))
You may not have heard of her, but Louk Kang is an up and coming artist, finding success early in her career.
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and she's an elephant.
But don't take her work lightly - tonight Sotheby's in London is auctioning off her first work.
She started painting as therapy to recover from a degenerative eye disease.
Kang's instructors say she's following in the foot steps of the great artist Monet, who did his best work after developing cataracts.
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