[7E-Pritchett]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=eea]
[TAPE#99-8 1:03:43]
[GRAPHIC=Pritchett]


A Montgomery County jury announces they are deadlocked in the captial murder trial of Livingston Bud Pritchett.
Eric Earnhart reports.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=jurors were faced.]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg/Yesterday; :00]
[SUPER=@file; :08]
[SUPER=01-Phil Keith/Commonwealth's Attorney; :15]
[SUPER=01-Jimmy Turk/Defense Attorney; :41]
[SUPER=07-Judge Ray Grubbs; 1:05--QUICK]
[SUPER=@Eric1; 1:12]
[RUNS=1:19]
[Out-Q=EE, News 7]



[7E-House-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11p]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=99-12; 26:13]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A northwest Roanoke house fire that broke out yesterday afternoon has been ruled an accident.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The house at 32 Frances Drive caught fire when the wiring from a battery charger of a wireless telephone over heated. It then spread flames through the bedroom where the the charger was located.
No one was home or injured in the blaze. Damage is estimated between 35 and 40 thousand dollars.
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[7E-Boundary-Adjustment]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-7; 52:59]
[GRAPHIC=Franklin Co. Boundary Adjustment]


With a unanimous vote yesterday, representatives of Rocky Mount and Franklin County expand Rocky Mount by more than 300 acres.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co./January;]

[shots of Wal-Mart]
The town will gain tax profit from WalMart on Route 40 to the east of town, but it will also run utility lines through the [shots of Franklin-Heights] Franklin Heights subdivision.
Residents there had circulated petitions saying they wanted to be part of the town.
The signed resolution now goes to the State Commission on Local Governments to proceed with the boundary adjustment.

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[7E-Henry-Industry]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE=]
[GRAPHIC=Furniture Industry]


The furniture industry is helping the economy in Martinsville and Henry County.
Two companies are adding much-needed jobs to an area that's been hammered by textile layoffs.
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[TAPE=98-83 1:46:46]
[SUPER=03-Stanleytown;]


First, it was Stanley Furniture.
Announcing 300 new jobs and a new manufacturing center. North Carolina was trying to get the jobs, but Stanley chose to stay at home.
[SUPER=03-Martinsville; :26]


Then, it was American of Martinsville.
Adding 200 more jobs, turning down an offer in Mississippi.
Jobs at the two companies will pay between seven and 13 dollars an hour.
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[7E-Howbert-House]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A historic log cabin will be sent out of state.
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[VO-NAT]
[TAPE#=99-5 57:08]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


A contractor and his crew have already removed the porch off the Howbert House.
Now they are marking the logs so they can re-assemble the cabin elsewhere.
Historians say these long heart pine logs are rare.
The cabin was built about two centuries ago on Salem Turnpike, where Civil War troops once marched.
The contractor says he'll sell the logs to an out-of-state buyer unless someone here can offer him one hundred thousand dollars.
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[7E-ITT]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11PM]
[WRITER=ssi]
[TAPE#=98-39]
[GRAPHIC=ITT Night Vision]


A local company lands a million-dollar deal.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./July 1, 1998]

I-T-T Night Vision was awarded a nine-million dollar contract from the U-S Army. This grant will allow the company to produce an improved mount for attaching night vision goggles to infantry helmets.
The new helmet mount eliminates "wobbling" and improves the vertical tilt, which is useful when a soldier is lying on the ground.
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[7WEATHER]


[ANCHOR=KIMBERLY]
[NEWSCAST=AM CUTIN]
[WRITER=KMC]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


Taking a break from the news now to check out the forecast...
Bring along the umbrella today...showers are likely, with thunderstorms possible....
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[SUPER=314-Morning Rain/Possible Thunderstorm/60-65/Partial Clearing/Fog Possible/50-55;]
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[45E-2Pritchett]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Prtichett No Verdict]


Jurors deliberating the fate of Bud Pritchett will reconvene this morning to see if they can come up with a verdict after being deadlocked yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg/Yesterday]


After hours of deliberation yesterday, they remained deadlocked.
Judge Ray Grubbs asked them to try again.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=if you can]
[SUPER=07-Judge Ray Grubbs;]
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=to do so]
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[VO-NAT]


Jurors are faced with the choice of who to believe-- Bud Pritchett who said he did not kill Estel Singleton, or a state police special agent who said Pritchett confessed during an interrogation.
Jury deliberations will resume at nine this morning-- we'll have the latest on News-7 at Noon.
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[45E-E-Rabies]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-10 41:20]
[GRAPHIC=Rabies]


Three months ago, an inmate at Nottoway Correctional Center contracted rabies and died. It was the first confirmed case of human rabies in Virginia since 1953.
His death has focused fresh attention on the problem in the state.
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[VO-NAT]


Last year, there were more than 500 cases of animal rabies in Virginia.
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg]


Today in Blacksburg, state and national experts said it's a threat the public should take seriously.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=If you have]

((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT: IF YOU HAVE DOMESTIC ANIMALS, IF YOU HAVE CATS AND DOGS, YOU DON'T LET THEM ROAM FREE PARTICULARLY IN RURAL AREAS. YOU NEED TO VACCINATE THEM. WE NEED TO EDUCATE CHILDREN ABOUT NOT HANDLING WILD ANIMALS, NOT GOING TO A RACOON THAT'S OUT DURING THE DAY, NOT LEAVING PET FOOD OUT AT NIGHT, SO THAT IT ATTRACTS WILD ANIMALS.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Jody Hershey/New River Health District]
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[OUT Q=attracts wild animals.]
[ANCHOR=Jean]
[GRAPHIC=Hold]


In western Virginia, Hershey says there is a significant rabies problem among cats. He's encouraging pet owners to have domestic animals vaccinated.

[45E-E-SOL-Tests]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=sta]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Education]


Students are not the only ones who receive report cards...
Yesterday the state Department of Education posted its first School Performance Report Cards on its website.
The reports include information about SOL test scores, attendance statistics and drop-out rates.
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[TAKE WEBWATCH FULL]
If you want to check out the scores, you'll find a link to that site in the Web Watch section of our homepage, at W-D-B-J- -7- DOT-COM.
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[45E-Henry-Industry]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morning]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE=]
[GRAPHIC=Furniture Industry]


A booming furniture industry in southside is making up for the job losses experienced at textile plants.
Two companies announced they're adding hundreds of new jobs to the area.
(--------------------)
[TAPE=98-83 1:46:46]
[SUPER=03-Stanleytown;]


First, it was Stanley Furniture.
Announcing 300 new jobs and a new manufacturing center. North Carolina was trying to get the jobs, but Stanley chose to stay at home.
[SUPER=03-Martinsville; :26]


Then, it was American of Martinsville.
Adding 200 more jobs, turning down an offer in Mississippi.
Jobs at the two companies will pay between seven and 13 dollars an hour.
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[45E-ITT]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morning]
[WRITER=ssi]
[TAPE#=98-39]
[GRAPHIC=ITT Night Vision]


A multi-million- dollar contract for one local company...
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./July 1, 1998]

The U-S Army has awarded I-T-T Night Vision a nine-million dollar contract. This grant will allow the company to produce an improved mount for attaching night vision goggles to infantry helmets.
The new helmet mount eliminates "wobbling" and improves the vertical tilt, which is useful when a soldier is lying on the ground.
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[45E-Howbert-House]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A 200-year-old cabin is about to be up-rooted.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[TAPE#=99-5 57:08]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


A contractor and his crew have already removed the porch off the Howbert House.
Now they are marking the logs so they can re-assemble the cabin elsewhere.
Historians say these long heart pine logs are rare.
The cabin was built about two centuries ago on Salem Turnpike, where Civil War troops once marched.
The contractor says he'll sell the logs to an out-of-state buyer unless someone here can offer him one hundred thousand dollars.
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[45EWEATHER]


[ANCHOR=KIMBERLY]
[NEWSCAST=AM CUTIN]
[WRITER=KMC]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]
Turning our attention now to weather---


Rain is falling across the region this morning...look for a few thunderstorms, too with highs in the low to mid 60s.
Partial clearing tonight, with some fog...lows in the lower 50s.
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[8E-2Pritchett]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Prtichett No Verdict]


This morning, jurors will once again try to determine the fate of capital murder defendant Bud Pritchett.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg/Yesterday]


After hours of deliberation yesterday, they remained deadlocked.
Judge Ray Grubbs asked them to try again.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=if you can]
[SUPER=07-Judge Ray Grubbs;]
[RUNS=:06]
[OUT Q=to do so]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Jurors are faced with the choice of who to believe-- Bud Pritchett who said he did not kill Estel Singleton, or a state police special agent who said Pritchett confessed during an interrogation.
Jury deliberations will resume at nine this morning-- we'll have the latest on News-7 at Noon.
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[8E-Boundary-Adjustment]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-7; 52:59]
[GRAPHIC=Franklin Co. Boundary Adjustment]


Rocky Mount is now 300- ACRES bigger, after yesterday's unanimous vote by both Rocky Mount and Franklin county officials.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co./January;]

[shots of Wal-Mart]
The town will gain tax profit from WalMart on Route 40 to the east of town, but it will also run utility lines through the [shots of Franklin-Heights] Franklin Heights subdivision.
Residents there had circulated petitions saying they wanted to be part of the town.
The signed resolution now goes to the State Commission on Local Governments to proceed with the boundary adjustment.

(------------)







[8E-Henry-Industry]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE=]
[GRAPHIC=Furniture Industry]


Two furniture companies are helping the economy in Martinsville and Henry County.
(--------------------)
[TAPE=98-83 1:46:46]
[SUPER=03-Stanleytown;]


First, it was Stanley Furniture.
Announcing 300 new jobs and a new manufacturing center. North Carolina was trying to get the jobs, but Stanley chose to stay at home.
[SUPER=03-Martinsville; :26]


Then, it was American of Martinsville.
Adding 200 more jobs, turning down an offer in Mississippi.
Jobs at the two companies will pay between seven and 13 dollars an hour.
(----------------)



[8E-ITT]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morning]
[WRITER=ssi]
[TAPE#=98-39]
[GRAPHIC=ITT Night Vision]


One local company lands a multi-million- dollar contract...
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./July 1, 1998]

The U-S Army has awarded I-T-T Night Vision a nine-million dollar contract. This grant will allow the company to produce an improved mount for attaching night vision goggles to infantry helmets.
The new helmet mount eliminates "wobbling" and improves the vertical tilt, which is useful when a soldier is lying on the ground.
(------------)







[8E-Rabies]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-10 41:20]
[GRAPHIC=Rabies]


The death of a prison inmate from RABIES three months ago has raised new awareness of the problem.
It was the first confirmed case of human rabies in Virginia in more than 40 years.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


Last year, there were more than 500 cases of animal rabies in Virginia.
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg]


Today in Blacksburg, state and national experts said it's a threat the public should take seriously.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=If you have]

((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT: IF YOU HAVE DOMESTIC ANIMALS, IF YOU HAVE CATS AND DOGS, YOU DON'T LET THEM ROAM FREE PARTICULARLY IN RURAL AREAS. YOU NEED TO VACCINATE THEM. WE NEED TO EDUCATE CHILDREN ABOUT NOT HANDLING WILD ANIMALS, NOT GOING TO A RACOON THAT'S OUT DURING THE DAY, NOT LEAVING PET FOOD OUT AT NIGHT, SO THAT IT ATTRACTS WILD ANIMALS.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Jody Hershey/New River Health District]
[RUNS=19]
[OUT Q=attracts wild animals.]
[ANCHOR=Jean]
[GRAPHIC=Hold]


In western Virginia, Hershey says there is a significant rabies problem among cats. He's encouraging pet owners to have domestic animals vaccinated.

[8WEATHER]


[ANCHOR=KIMBERLY]
[NEWSCAST=AM CUTIN]
[WRITER=KMC]
[TAPE#=]
[GRAPHIC=]


Before we wrap up this morning-- here's one more look at the forecast...
Rain likely today, with thunderstorms possible.
Highs in the low to mid 60s.
Partial clearing by tonight, with some fog.
Lows only cooling about 10 degrees, into the 50s.
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