[7E-Soering]

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(yens) Jens Soering has lost what his attorney figured was his "last, best chance" of getting a new murder trial.
One of the jurors had said he would not have voted to convict the former honor student from Germany if it hadn't been for the bloody footprints found at the crime scene.
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Though the prosecution made it look like the prints matched Soering's feet, the impressions left in the victim's blood could have belonged to Elizabeth Haysom.
Soering claimed he confessed to killing her parents in order to keep HER from going to the electric chair.
In a 41-page opinion released yesterday, Federal Judge Jackson Kiser said a particular juror's view on the evidence is irrelevant.
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[7E-County-Schools]


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It's full steam ahead in Roanoke County, despite concerns over the site of a new south county high school.
Joe Dashiell reports.
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[IN Q=For many of the county residents]
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((For many of the County residents at the community meeting, it was their first look at detailed site plans.
The School Board has requested a special use permit to build the new south county high school on the Woods End property... but many issues remain including traffic... and the location of buildings and ball fields.
[SOT 09:55:44]
[IN Q=Obviously, Pleasant Hill Drive]

((OBVIOUSLY, PLEASANT HILL DRIVE ACCESSIBLE FROM 419 DOWN 221, VERY DIRECT ROUTES. THAT WAS A DRIVING FORCE IN LOOKING AT THAT.)) [RUNS :10]
[OUT Q=looking at that.]


For neighbors of the Woods End property, the project still holds many unanswered questions... but other county residents are hopeful those details will not delay construction any longer.
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[IN Q=I think that south county]

((I THINK THAT SOUTH COUNTY IS DUE SOME SCHOOLS AND I HOPE WE CAN MOVE ALONG.)) ((MICHELE MORGAN: IF MY CHILDREN GET TO SEE IT, I'LL BE LUCKY AND I DON'T REALLY THINK THEY WILL.)) [RUNS :10]
[OUT Q=really think they will.]


County residents will have more opportunities to express their opinions, when the planning commission meets next week, and when the Supervisors consider the issue again at the end of March.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke County))

[7E-NAACP]


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A comment made by Martin Jeffrey is stirring up controversy among past leaders of the Roanoke NAACP.
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[SUPER=03-Richmond/Last Thursday;]

Last week, before a senate committee, the Roanoke chapter president accused Community Hospital of denying treatment to Medicaid patients.
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Reverend Charles Green says no one within the organization was told of the Carilion situation. And he says it's another example of Jeffrey lowering the group's credibility.
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[SOT=02:06:00]
[IN Q=I HAVE NOTHING]

((REV. CHARLES GREEN/PAST-PRESIDENT; I HAVE NOTHING PERSONAL AGAINST HIM, BUT THE WAY HE RUNS THE ORGANIZATION, I DON'T APPRECIATE IT AT ALL.))
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But another former-president says Jeffrey needs support and guidance, not criticism.
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[IN Q=A LOT OF THINGS]

((REV. CARL TINSLEY/FIRST VICE-PRESIDENT; A LOT OF THINGS I DID AS PRESIDENT, WHEN PEOPLE BRING CONCERNS TO YOU.....GET A LITTLE BACKGROUND BEFORE YOU DO THAT.))
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[OUT Q=BEFORE YOU DO THAT.]
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The NAACP's state director confirmed that a local branch president has the authority to address concerns PRIOR to discussing them with branch members. Jeffrey had no comment.
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Taking a look now at your Thursday forecast..
Light snow will clear out early, giving way to partly sunny skies by this afternoon.
Look for highs to reach around 40 degrees.
Some clouds roll in overnight, as northwesterly winds push temperatures into the mid-20s.
The extended forecast calls for warmer weather by the weekend, and also look for more sunshine...
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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 2/26/99
Friday:

[SUPER=130-5/Kelsey Miller/Java]



[SUPER=130-8/Brittany Lawrence/Marlinton, WV]


Anniversary:
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[SUPER=130-/Beverly Holtz/Pulaski]



[SUPER=130-5/Amber Wheeler/Buena Vista]



[SUPER=130-8/Kyndal Boyer/Roanoke]



[SUPER=130-18/Brad Gusler/Vinton]



[SUPER=130-21/Melinda Nester/Willis]



[SUPER=130-32/Brian Ruff/Bedford]



[SUPER=130-1/Halie Farris/Roanoke]



[SUPER=130-/Alan Terry/Roanoke]


No Pictures:

[SUPER=131-/Angela Snyder/Rocky Mount]



[SUPER=131-61/Virginia Bonds/Hiwassee]


Twins:
[SUPER=131-3/Kate & Sarah Bridges/Callaway]



[SUPER=131-58/Ronnie Ratcliffe/Henry]


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We do have some school delays...

[45E-Hall]


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Governor Gilmore is expected to sign into law a measure that requires school officials to notify parents if they think their child is suicidal.
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The so-called "Lisa Renee" law was named for Lisa Renee Hall, who killed herself in 1995 after telling friends she was feeling suicidal.
Hall's friends later relayed their concerns to a school counselor.
Last week, Hall's parents dropped a lawsuit which blamed the Bedford County school system for her death.
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[IN Q=In the beginning]

((KAREN HALL/MOTHER: IN THE BEGINNING IT WAS ABOUT RIGHT AND WRONG.. IT WAS RIGHT AND WRONG, BUT THIS WAS TO GET US A SENSE OF JUSTICE, SO ANOTHER FAMILY WON'T HAVE TO GO THROUGH WHAT WE'VE BEEN THROUGH, SO ANOTHER LITTLE CHILD WON'T HAVE TO GO THROUGH WHAT LISA WENT THROUGH.))
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The bill had the support of guidance counselors from across the state.
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[45E-XGR-Falwell]


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It's a case that shows Virginia lawmakers don't always know what they're voting on.
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A bill that condemned Lynchburg Baptist leader Jerry Falwell almost made it to the Governor.
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The bill praised Bishop Walter Sullivan of the Catholic Archdiocese of Richmond.
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg;]


But it praised him for blasting Reverend Jerry Falwell for saying that the Antichrist will be a Jewish male.
The resolution reads in part: "WHEREAS, Bishop Sullivan, in characterizing these remarks as "outrageous" and "reprehensible," called them "an absolute offense to our Jewish sisters and brothers"...
A Charlottesville Democrat wrote the resolution.
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[IN Q=I have]

((DEL. MITCH VAN YAHRES/D-CHARLOTTESVILLE: I THINK WHAT IT DID WAS COMMEND-- I TRIED TO PUT IT ON A POSITIVE BASIS, NOT USE NAMES, NOR PLACES. SO THEREFORE IT WAS TAKEN AS KIND OF A GENERAL STATEMENT THAT BISHOP SULLIVAN SHOULD BE COMMENDED FOR TRYING TO PUT THINGS BACK TOGETHER AGAIN AFTER STATEMENTS HAD BEEN MADE.))
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The resolution was approved two weeks ago by members of the House.
But Lynchburg's two Republican delegates clearly saw the resolution for the first time when we showed it to them.
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[IN Q=Reverend Falwell]

((DEL. PRESTON BRYANT/R-LYNCHBURG: REVEREND FALWELL HAS SAID IN RECENT WEEKS THAT HE PROBABLY MADE A MISTAKE IN THE UTTERANCES HE MADE. AND I THINK OTHERS HAVE WELCOMED HIS APOLOGY, AND I THINK WE SHOULD JUST LEAVE IT AT THAT.))
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Lynchburg Republican Senator Steve Newman admits he didn't read the bill before signing on as a CO-SPONSOR.

[45E-Hunting-Bill]


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And a Victory in Richmond for students who hunt after school.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Botetourt's state Senator amended a bill to allow licensed hunters to keep unloaded rifles or shotguns in their cars -- even while parked on school property.
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[SOT 13:12:43]
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((I HAVE IN FACT LEARNED THAT THOSE AREAS OUTSIDE THE CONFINES OF MY DISTRICT ARE FAR MORE COMPLICATED THAN I EVER THOUGHT THEY MIGHT BE. ... LOOK AT MY WORLD.))
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The bill's three opponents in the Senate are from urban areas where hunting is uncommon-- but gun violence is.
The bill now faces the House again.

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Taking a moment now to look over the forecast--
Light snow showers this morning, generally an inch or less of accumulation.
Skies will turn partly sunny later today, with highs around 40.
Partly cloudy tonight, with lows in the upper 20s.
In the extended outlook...partly sunny skies as we head into the weekend with highs in the 40s and 50s.
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We do have some school delays...

[8S-Gray]


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Michael Gray is charged with manslaughter in connection with a fatal accident in Franklin county involving another vehicle AND a school bus..
But his attorney says Gray was NOT acting recklessly during the
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[SUPER=03-Franklin Co./January 25;]

crash that killed a woman from Bassett and her eight- year- old granddaughter last month on Route 220.
After Gray's roll-back wrecker struck Geraldine Gillispie's vehicle, her car hit the rear- end of a school bus.


But Gray's attorney says this is NOT a typical manslaughter case.
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[IN Q=There's no evidence]

((RAY FERRIS/MICHAEL GRAY'S ATTORNEY: THERE'S NO EVIDENCE OF ALCOHOL, NO EVIDENCE OF DRUGS, NO EVIDENCE OF EXCESSIVE SPEED. AND SO, FROM THAT PERSPECTIVE, IT'S A VERY DIFFICULT CASE TO ASSESS.))
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Ferris says Gray is still upset about the accident and plans to enter a plea of "not guilty".
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In Danville, police are investigating a single vehicle accident that left one person dead.
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Police say Mary Dill Scarce ran her Oldsmobile off of North Main Street at about 6-30 last night.
The car crossed a sidewalk and struck a utility pole head on.
Scarce died at a nearby hospital.
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[8-81-Ax]


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You normally hear about I- 81 accidents caused by excessive SPEEDING... but an accident that injured two truck drivers involved a tractor trailer going too slowly.
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[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.;]


State Police say the first truck was traveling about 35 miles per hour.
The second truck was weaving through traffic and slammed into the first truck at about 60 miles per hour.
More troopers have patrolled I-81 recently in an effort to prevent these accidents.
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[SOT 15:05:29]
[IN Q=They were four]

((THERE WERE FOUR TRAILERS AND POLICE VEHICLES WITHIN A FIVE-MILE RADIUS OF THIS CRASH AND THE TRAILER WOULD HAVE HAD TO PASS AT LEAST TWO TRAILERS BEFORE THEY GOT TO THIS LOCATION.))
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Both drivers are from out of state. One was airlifted to the hospital by Lifeguard Ten.
Police say reckless driving charges are pending.
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[8Children's-Home]


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Allegations of sex with a minor has led to the firing of an employee at a Wytheville children's home.
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[SUPER=03-Wytheville/September 1997;]


The man was a youth counselor at the Presbyterian Children's Home of the Highlands for about a year. That's according to the home's director.
The Wythe County Department of Social Services and Wytheville police department are currently investigating the allegations.
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The director of the children's home says the appropriate police background checks were performed and that the man di

d not have a prior criminal record. [8S-Star-City]


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More troubles for the Star City Diner....another failed health inspection has closed the restaurant down again.

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[SUPER=03-Roanoke/February 17;]


Inspectors closed the Roanoke restaurant a week ago Friday, after they found roaches and other health concerns.

The diner re-opened the following Wednesday, once the most serious violations were corrected.
But another inspection Tuesday revealed live roaches, a dead mouse, and mouse droppings.
Health officials say they won't inspect the restaurant again, until a pest- control company certifies that the building is free of rodents and insects.
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Time again to check the Thursday weather outlook--
Light snow early today...with amounts measuring an inch or less in Southwestern Virginia....up to two inches in the higher elevations.
Skies will then become partly sunny and we'll see a high around 40.
Partly cloudy overnight, with lows falling into the upper 20s.
The five day forecast calls for partly sunny skies for the first half of the weekend, and maybe some rain by Sunday...
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