[7E-Quesinberry]

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Virginia has carried out its third execution of 1999.
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George Quesinberry died by lethal injection shortly after 9 last night in Jarratt.
He was convicted in the shooting death of a Richmond area shop owner.
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Virginia is slated to carry out 6 more executions by the end of April.

[7Snow-Latest]


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As you can see, there are plenty of schools closed and delayed because of yesterday's snow.
The latest winter storm dumped anywhere from one to three inches across the Roanoke area... and two to four inches in the New River Valley.
Did you ever wonder how school administrators make the decision to close or stay open?
Eric Earnhart talked with officials with Roanoke County.
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(( As tricky as predicting the weather is... predicting road conditions is even tougher... the temperature, what's falling, how fast... what time of day... all can determine whether roads will be dangerous or just damp.
[standup ] Right now it's five pm on Catawba Mountain in Roanoke County, and road conditions are pretty much borderline, could get better, could get worse over the next 12 hours... The only way to know for sure is to be here at five am.

And that's exactly where Richard Flora will be. Roanoke County's Associate Transportation Director and several others will fan out across the county, checking the trouble spots, including Catawba Mountain, Bent Mountain, and parts of South County.

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(( RICHARD FLORA/ASSOCIATE TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR; YOU ALMOST HAVE TO LOOK AT THE ROADS TO KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING, YOU CAN CALL AROUND AND FIND OUT WHAT'S GOING ON BUT UNTIL YOU GO OUT AND DRIVE THEM, YOU REALLY DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS.))
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Flora is also connected to the News 7 viewer-net system, which gives him up to the minute weather information from around the county... important he says, because looking out the window isn't good enough.

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((RICHARD FLORA/ASSOCIATE TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR; WE MAY BE SITTING DOWN HERE IN SOME REALLY NICE WARM AIR, AND UP ON BENT MOUNTAIN, IT MAY BE 25 DEGREES AND POURING DOWN SNOW OR SLEET OR FREEZING RAIN. )) [RUNS10]
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So when schools do close, you can be pretty sure conditions are bad for somebody somewhere.
Eric Earnhart, News 7))


[7E-Bus-Stops]


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Franklin County school officials say children would be in more danger if they were picked up OFF of Route 220 -- so they're keeping most highway bus stops.
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When a flatbed trucker crashed into a schoolbus and a car and killed two people on Route 220 about a month ago, school officials wondered if the bus stops on the highway were unsafe.
But they say moving bus stops off of 2-20 would force buses to MERGE into 55 mile per hour traffic.
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((WHEN WE GET OFF 220 AND MERGE BACK TRAFFIC'S MOVING AT FULL SPEED. AT LEAST WHEN WE'RE ON ROUTE 220 WE HAVE SOME CONTROL OVER THE TRAFFIC.))
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Even the grandfather of the girl hurt in the bus wreck agrees -- the bus stops should stay where they are.
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((IF I WAS GOING TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT I'D PUT ESCORTS ON SCHOOL BUSES ON 220 ESPECIALLY WITH FLASHING LIGHTS. AS FAR AS I'M CONCERED THAT'S THE ONLY THING THAT WOULD DO ANY GOOD.))
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School officials say they WILL move a couple of stops where visibility is blocked by steep hills.
Other than that, they plan to run safety awareness advertisements.
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Taking a look now at your midweek forecast..
Some clouds and snow flurries stick around today. Look for highs to reach about 40 degrees.
Partial clearing overnight, with light winds out of the northwest. Lows will be in the mid-20s.
The extended forecast...
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[45E-Campbell-Murder]


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The widow of a man whose decomposing body was found on a rural Campbell County hill in September is charged with killing him.
A man she was living with has also been charged with murder. Steve Smallshaw reports.
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(( Six months after Nick Olivarri's body was found along this roadway in Campbell County, two people have been charged with his murder.
Olivarri's 29- year- old estranged wife Sandra Ann Olivarri and 32- year- old William Curtis Tidwell were arrested Tuesday afternoon in Lynchburg.
Police say both had been suspects from the start.. although Olivarri had denied any involvement.
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((ROBERT MAXEY/CAMPBELL CO. SHERIFF: BUT THERE WERE QUITE A FEW OTHER INCONSISTENT STATEMENTS THAT MS. OLIVARRI MADE AS WELL AS HER FRIEND MR. TIDWELL THAT WOULD LEAD US TO SUSPECT THEM FROM THE VERY BEGINNING.)) [RUNS 10]
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Police believe Nick Olivarri was killed in Appomattox County and that's where the case will be tried.
It took the work of investigators from several jurisdictions to bring the investigation to a close.
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((SHERIFF MAXEY: THIS CASE PARTICULARLY DEMONSTRATES THE VALUE OF THE REGIONAL HOMICIDE SQUAD AND THE REGIONAL COOPERATION BETWEEN THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES IN THIS AREA.)) [RUNS 08]
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Both suspects will be transferred to Appomattox for arraignment Wednesday.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))

[45S-Severed-Head]


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It's looking more and like last week's decapitation murder in Richmond was a hate crime carried out against a gay man.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
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(( Henry Edward Northington was a U-S Navy veteran.
But now Northington may be the nation's latest gruesome anti- gay hate crime statistic... after his body was found in the James River near downtown Richmond... and his severed head was found on display on a footbridge in a riverside park.
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((DIANNE SHARP/VICTIM'S SISTER: I'M JUST REALLY HAVING A HARD TIME WITH THIS. I DON'T KNOW HOW ANYBODY CAN DO THIS AND SLEEP AT NIGHT.)) [RUNS:06]

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((ART ROANE/RICHMOND POLICE DEPARTMENT: WE DON'T KNOW AT THIS POINT WHAT DIRECTION IT'S GOING IN. BUT WE'RE LOOKING AT ALL ASPECTS. HATE CRIMES, RITUALISTIC, ALL OF THOSE ANGLES WE'RE LOOKING AT.)) [RUNS:11]
39- year old Eddie Northington was reportedly well-known, if NOT well-liked, on Richmond's gay bar scene.
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((BRENDA NORTHINGTON/VICTIM'S STEPMOTHER: WELL I JUST THINK HE DID NOT CONFORM TO THE WORLD.)) [RUNS:04]
Virginia gay rights advocates say they would NOT be surprised if it was a hate crime.
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((SHIRLEY LESSER/VIRGINIANS FOR JUSTICE: OVERKILL IS A HUGE SYMPTOM, A HUGE PIECE OF WHAT MAKES US THINK THAT A PARTICULAR INCIDENT MIGHT BE A HATE CRIME.)) [RUNS:10]

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((HAROLD NORTHINGTON/VICTIM'S FATHER: WHOEVER DID THIS, THEY'RE TRYING TO MAKE SOME STATEMENT. BUT I ONLY HOPE THAT THEY FIND 'EM AND GET 'EM SOME HELP. I REALLY WOULD NOT LIKE TO RUN INTO THEM. BECAUSE I'M ANGRY NOW. I DON'T KNOW IF I COULD FORGIVE 'EM. I WOULDN'T HOLD MYSELF RESPONSIBLE. BECAUSE THIS CHILD DID NOT DESERVE WHAT HE GOT UNDER ANY CONDITIONS.)) [RUNS:29]
The medical examiner has NOT yet reported if Northington was still alive when his head was severed.
There was NO other visible wound.
Ellen Qualls News 7, Richmond.))

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An eight month undercover investigation has led to 16 arrests in Carroll County.
The suspects were indicted on drug charges Monday.
Police say those arrested are accused of dealing marijuana and cocaine.

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Taking a look now at your midweek forecast...
Variable clouds throughout the day, with lingering snow flurries possible.
Highs around 40.
Partial clearing tonight, with northwest winds and lows in the mid 20s.
The five day outlook is calling for some sunshine through Saturday, with more wintry weather possible by Sunday.


Highs in the 30s and 40s...lows around 30.
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The estranged wife of a Campbell county man is ONE of the suspects under arrest for his murder.
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The body of 35- year- old Nick Olivarri was discovered dumped along a roadside last September.
Today, authorities arrested Olivarri's estranged wife and a male friend of hers and charged them both with murder.


Police say Sandra Allen Olivarri and William Curtis Tidwell had been suspects from the very beginning.
Police believe Olivarri was killed in Appomattox County.
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[8E-NRV-Snow]


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After snowfalls anywhere from one to four inches across the region yesterday, there are still a number of school systems changing their schedules for today.
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The precipitation made driving slow for commuters.
State police and area sheriffs departments say while there were no major accidents, there were some minor fender benders.
V-DOT did its best to keep the roads clean.
This winter officials say they've used more than five tons of salt to treat roads in Montgomery, Pulaski and Giles counties at a cost of 250 thousand dollars.
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((DAN BRUGH/VDOT RESIDENT ENGINEER:THAT WOULD BE JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN AVERAGE FOR AN ENTIRE WINTER, OF COURSE, WE'RE NOT OUT OF THIS ONE YET, SO THIS WILL PROBABLY BE ONE OF THE HIGHER NUMBERS INSTEAD OF AVERAGE.))
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Lots of students spent a leisurely day at Valley View Mall.
Cameron Rose went shopping with his uncle, and spent the morning dropping quarters into video games.
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((CAMERON ROSE/SIXTH GRADER: AT LEAST THREE DOLLARS. REPORTER: Your money or your uncle's money? MY UNCLE'S. That's a pretty good deal, huh? YES SIR. ////////////LEROY EDWARDS/CAMERON'S UNCLE: THEY BELIEVE I THINK THAT MONEY GROWS ON TREES. SO THEY'VE BEEN HITTING ME UP PRETTY GOOD SO FAR. ))
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Managers said traffic always picks up inside the mall on snow days.
But that doesn't necessarily mean stores are getting more business.
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((LEE STRICKLAND/SPENCER GIFTS: THEY'RE NOT BUYING ANYTHING. JUST WALKING THROUGH. Reporter: They're not buying anything? NO. THEY DON'T HAVE ANYTHING BETTER TO DO. THEY'RE JUST WALKING THROUGH.))
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Yesterday was the third snow day this year for Roanoke City schools.
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If you want detailed road information you can call V-Dot's road condition hotline at 1-800-367-ROAD.
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[8S-Bagpiper]


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A bagpipe- playing physician from Montgomery County will share the stage tonight with Rod Stewart.
As Joe Dashiell tells us, C-Y Davis is looking forward to his Roanoke Civic Center Center debut.
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((C. Y. Davis bought his bagpipes during a trip to Scotland in 1990. He's been playing them ever since. [NAT SOUND OF BAGPIPES]
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The Blacksburg gynecologist is a member of the Virginia Highlands Pipes and Drums... a familiar presence in local parades and ceremonies.
But Wednesday night brings an unusual assignment for some members of that group, and others recruited for the occasion.
They'll entertain a Roanoke Civic Center audience before Rocker Rod Stewart takes the stage.
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If playing before ten thousand rock fans may seem a bit daunting, Davis says he and his friends are looking forward to the concert, and the chance to bring the music they love to a new audience.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))

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Time again to check the mid- week forecast...
Variable clouds today, with scattered snow flurries, and highs near 40.
Partial clearing overnight, with lows falling into the mid 20s.
The extended forecast is dry through Saturday, with warmer highs in the 40s...But more wintry weather is possible by Sunday.
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