[7E-Apartment-Fire]

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Investigators say they know what caused a deadly apartment fire in Danville yesterday morning.
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They say 65-year-old Donald Daniel was using a charcoal grill for heat because he had no electricity in his apartment.
Some nearby items ignited, and flames quickly spread.
After more than an hour of battling the fire, crews discovered Daniel's body in the rubble.
Police officers on routine patrol were the first to notice the fire, and they helped get two other people out of the building safely.
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[IN Q=I was glad]

((DONALD JAMES/ESCAPED BURNING APARTMENT: I WAS GLAD TO BE OUT OF THERE. I REALLY DIDN'T CAR ABOUT WHAT I HAD LOST, I WAS JUST THANKFUL TO BE OUT OF THERE.))
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[OUT Q=out of there.]
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[VO-NAT]


Daniel's autopsy results have not been made available.
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[7S-Severed-Head]


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It's as if one of Patricia Cornwell's books has come to life in Richmond...
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After two people out walking yesterday in a city park along the James River found a severed head.
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[IN Q=We had a]

((TERESA GOOCH/RICHMOND DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF: WE HAD A COUPLE, TWO PEOPLE, WALKING ALONG THE JAMES RIVER FOOTBRIDGE, WHICH IS DIRECTLY BEHIND ME, IN THE 19-HUNDRED BLOCK OF TEXAS AVENUE. THEY CALLED US AND WE RESPONDED TO A REPORT OF A SEVERED HEAD, WHICH WAS LOCATED ON THE FOOTBRIDGE AS IT CROSSED OVER, ALLOWING PEOPLE TO WALK DOWN SOME STEPS INTO THE JAMES RIVER PARK SYSTEM.))
[SOT 15:31:19]

((CENCERAY COLES/NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENT: WE'VE NEVER REALLY HAD SOMETHING LIKE THAT. USUALLY IT'S BEEN JUST BREAK-INS AND PEOPLE FALLING IN. BUT IT'S NEVER BEEN THIS SERIOUS.))
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[SUPER=01-Cenceray Coles/Neighborhood Resident; :20 ]
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[OUT Q=this serious.]
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Authorities located a torso about three quarters of a mile down the James River, partially submerged in the water.
Police say the body parts are those of a middle- aged white male.
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[7E-Missing-Child]


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What could have ended in tragedy, ended in a happy reunion for Zachary Ranson and his family. As Steve Smallshaw reports, the three- year old is back at home, and seems to be doing just fine.
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[SUPER=01-Vicki Stowe/Mother; :18]
[SUPER=01-Missy Carter/Stepmother; :28]
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(( With his dog for warmth and companionship, Zachary Ranson views his night alone in the woods as no big deal.. but it was a long 24 hours for his family.
Mom Vicki Stowe had nearly given up hope until she looked at her boy's picture Saturday night.
[SOT 12:00:14]

((VICKI STOWE/MOTHER: IT WAS LIKE HE WAS ALMOST TALKING BACK TO ME AND I WAS LIKE, FORGET THIS, HE'S NOT GONE, HE'S NOT DEAD, HE'S OUT THERE. I KNOW HE'S OUT THERE.)) [RUNS 07]
[OUT Q=he's out there.]


So Zachary's family kept going.. hoping their story would not become another tragedy for the nation to read about.


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((MISSY CARTER/STEPMOTHER: YOU HEAR OF THIS IN CALIFORNIA, NEW YORK.. NOT IN VIRGINIA AND NOT IN YOUR BACKYARD. AND HE'S SAFE AND HES ALL ...)) [RUNS 13]
Just one man found Zachary Sunday, but hundreds of volunteers took part in the search over the weekend.. others offered food or words of comfort and support.
For all of them, Zachary and his family have a message..
[SOT 11:52:28]

((ZACHARY RANSON: THANK YOU EVERYBODY..)) [RUNS 02]
Steve Smallshaw, News7.))


[7WEATHER]


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Taking a look now at your Tuesday forecast..
A more pleasant day ahead, with sunshine and decreased winds. Look for highs to reach sixty degrees.
Some clouds and the possibility for some rain move in overnight. Lows in the region will be in the upper-30s and low-40s.
The extended forecast...
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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 3/3/99
Wednesday:

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[SUPER=130-5/Adam Layne/North Carolina]



[SUPER=130-6/Tyler Honaker/White Sulphur Springs]



[SUPER=130-52/Charlene Monroe/Altavista]



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No Pictures:

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Anniversary:
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[SUPER=131-/Rita Ferguson/Sontag]



[SUPER=131-/Arith Carter/Roanoke]



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We do have some school announcements this morning...

[45Franklin-Murder]


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A Franklin County man will be back in court May fourth for a preliminary hearing on murder charges.
Yesterday James Grigg was charged with first degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of his wife Connie.

James Grigg is being held withouth bond.[45E-XGR-Folo]


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This year's General Assembly session may have been one of the most bi- partisan this decade.
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Political analysts are crediting a booming state economy and a strong two party system.
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((ROBERT HOLSWORTH/VCU POLITICAL ANALYST: LARGELY I THINK...TO BE A LOT EASIER.))
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The Assembly's regular annual session wrapped up Saturday night.
Among its accomplishments: a plan to cut the sales tax on groceries, a military tax cut, a cut to college tuitions, and more money for education.

[45S-Erosion-Control]


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Some area farmers are sacrificing money and farmland in a battle against land erosion.
And, as Tina Tenret reports, the charge was led yesterday by some young warriors.
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((WATCH YOUR STEP. BE CAREFUL OF THE SEEDLINGS. )) [RUNS:03]
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With those marching orders, an army of eighth and ninth-graders donned their armor and trekked into battle.
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((NAT SOT SCHLEPPING ACROSS THE STREAM))

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Their mission is to repair and protect 550-feet of streambank on the Slotnick farm.
So they plant trees to stop soil and pollution from washing off the bank.
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[SOT 10:58:55]

((HAMMERING -- OW!)) [RUNS:05]
The students are helping out -- but this project really belongs to several local environmental groups plus Ferrum College and Virginia Tech.
They ultimately want to convince about 260 farmers from Callaway to Smith Mountain Lake to protect their streambanks.
It's a tough sell -- this is some of the richest land for planting corn and other feed.
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((IT'S TOUGH TO GET EM TO BACK OFF THAT AND GIVE UP ANY OF THAT LAND. IT BECOMES A MATTER OF ECONOMICS.)) [RUNS:07]
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Farmers must pay at least 25-percent of the cost and care for the plants for at least a decade.
Gerry Slotnick and his wife have already spent about five-thousand-dollars and a hundred hours building buffers like riprap.
He says he's only sacrificing about two acres.
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[SOT 11:24:53]
[IN Q=The erosion]

((THE EROSION WAS TAKING MORE THAN THAT. OVER SIX YEARS WE'VE LOST BOUT TWO ACRES. SO IF THAT KEPT UP NO QUESTION HOW LONG IT'D BE BEFORE THE CREEK CAME RIGHT ACROSS THE FIELD. )) [RUNS:11]
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The kids, too, look forward to the payoff.
They say come summertime, they'll be able to swim in deeper water and catch more crawdads.
Tina Tenret News7 Franklin County.))

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Time now to check the Tuesday forecast...
Mostly sunny and not as windy today, look for highs in the upper 50s.
Becoming cloudy this evening, with a chance of rain late.
Lows around 40.
The four day forecast includes rain tomorrow...then a partly sunny start to the weekend.
Highs in the 50s, with lows in the 30s.
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We do have some school announcements this morning...

[8E-Apartment-Fire]


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[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#=98-76 2:04:34]
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Investigators believe yesterday's fatal apartment fire was accidentally started by a man trying to keep warm.


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They say 65-year-old Donald Daniel was using a charcoal grill because he had no electricity in his apartment.
Some nearby items ignited, and flames quickly spread.
After more than an hour of battling the fire, crews discovered Daniel's body in the rubble.
Police officers on routine patrol were the first to notice the fire, and they helped get two other people out of the building safely.
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[SOT 1:29:11-:17]
[IN Q=I was glad]

((DONALD JAMES/ESCAPED BURNING APARTMENT: I WAS GLAD TO BE OUT OF THERE. I REALLY DIDN'T CAR ABOUT WHAT I HAD LOST, I WAS JUST THANKFUL TO BE OUT OF THERE.))
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Daniel's autopsy results have not been made available.
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[8Franklin-Murder]


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[WRITER=chr]
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An arraignment in Franklin County for a man accused of fatally stabbing his wife over the weekend.
Authorities say 49-year-old Connie Grigg was killed in her Ferrum home Saturday morning.
James Grigg, faces first degree murder charges and is being held without bond.
His preliminary hearing is set for May fourth.

[8E-Cable-Rates]


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Having more choices on T-V is going to cost you a little more...
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Your bill will go up a dollar-76 if you live in the city of Roanoke, Roanoke County or Vinton.
That puts rates close to 32-dollars a month for Cox Communications' most popular basic cable package.
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Rates for premium channels will also go up.

[8Satellite]


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With higher costs, it's possible some customers will decide to pull the plug on cable.
But if you're considering a satellite dish, you'll want to stay tuned to this report from Eric Earnhart.
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[SUPER=01-Elizabeth Hill/New Satellite Customer; :08-quick]
[SUPER=01-Phillip Cullum/Digital Dimensions; :20]
[SUPER=01-Matt Whitcomb/ACS Home Entertainment; :38]
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[OUT Q=EE, News 7]


(( Another day, another dish, and another television viewer hooks up to the world of satellite broadcasting.
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[IN Q=i live in Frankin]

(( ELIZABETH HILL/NEW SATELLITE CUSTOMER; I LIVE IN FRANKLIN COUNTY AND WE DON'T HAVE CABLE ACCESS. )) [RUNS05]
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Satellite dealers are expecting the latest rate increase to send more current cable customers their way as well...

[SOT 00:04:00 ELLER TAPE]
[IN Q=it definitely]

((PHILLIP CULLUM/DIGITAL DIMENSIONS; IT DEFINITLY HAS A MAJOR IMPACT WHEN CABLE RATES TO UP.)) [RUNS05]
[OUT Q=rates go up]


But who really has the best deal...
If you go strictly by the numbers, here they are, Cable costs just over 30 dollars for 54 channels, Satellite costs just under 30 dollars for 100 channels.
[SOT 05:33:12]
[IN Q=if they really]

((MATT WHITCOMB/ACS HOME ENTERTAINMENT; IF THEY REALLY SIT DOWN TO LOOK A THE VALUE THAT THEY'RE GETTING FOR THE DOLLAR A LOT OF THEM WILL SWITCH. )) [RUNS06]
[OUT Q=will switch]


The deal becomes more palatable as dealers offer free dishes, and whatever else they can to convince viewers to make the switch. 05:35:23 Satellite dealers are also addressing the concerns of people that just don't want one of these things sitting in their front yard... it is the ultimate marriage of high tech and low tech... meet the satellite recieving rock.
But even the rock can't block this cable counter-punch... satellite tv canNOT deliver local stations...
Viewers who can, will have to use rabbit ears or an outdoor antenna.
[SOT 05:33:23]
[IN Q=their primary concern]

((MATT WHITCOMB/ACS HOME ENTERTAINMENT; THEIR PRIMARY CONCERN IS THEIR LOCAL NETWORKS, THEIR LOCAL AFFILIATES AND BEYOND THAT THEY'RE JUST NOT REALLY INTO A LOT OF TELEVISION, IN THAT CASE THE DISH IS NOT THAT MUCH OF AN INTEREST TO THEM. BUT FOR SOMEBODY THAT HAS A LARGE APPETITE THE DISH IS THE WAY TO GO. )) [RUNS14]
[OUT Q=way to go]


Best advice, figure out what you're hungry for BEFORE deciding whether the dish is right for you.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))

[8WEATHER]


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Taking a break from the news to check the forecast...
Lots of sun today, with highs in the upper 50s.
Becoming cloudy, with a chance of rain by midnight, with lows near 40.
Expect rain early tomorrow, then partial clearing by afternoon with highs in the mid 50s.
The long range forecast dries out...with highs in the 50s.
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