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News 7 starts tonight with an in-depth look at a Virginia Prison inmate who's served nearly two decades behind prison.... We invite you to decide whether he's done his time.
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[TALENT=Keith]


And a Postal improvement isn't meeting with all cheers.

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In sports, The national college player of the year is leaving for the N-B-A.
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And Virginia safety Anthony Poindexter is preparing for the N-F-L draft this weekend.
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Looking for clouds to roll in later tonight. A good chance for some scattered showers tomorrow.

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[SOT 12:04]
[IN Q=It only takes]

((JULIAN MORRIS/PRISON INMATE: IT ONLY TAKES ONE SPLIT SECOND FOR A PERSON TO BECOME A CRIMINAL.))
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[OUT Q=a criminal.]
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And for one Virginia inmate, more than half his life paying for his crime.
Tonight, a NEWS7 look at just how tough Virginia's parole board really is.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]


Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.[Parole]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[TAPE#99-4 1:44:34]
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The Parole rate for Virginia prison inmates has slowed to single digits... 8 or 9 percent.
So now the chairman of the Parole Board is looking for good candidates for release.
Since Virginia abolished parole for crimes committed after 1995, most eligible inmates tend to be the hard-core violent offenders... the ones the parole board is least likely to release.
[Double Boxes=Keith & Ellen/Microwave]


Ellen Qualls is in Richmond with a look at one case inmate advocacy groups say is an exception.
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That's right, Keith.
Julian Morris is 34-years old.
He has grown up in Virginia prisons, entering the system at age 16.
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[SUPER=01-Linda Morris/Wife; :27 ]
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[SUPER=01-Charles Atkinson; 1:07 ]
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((JULIAN MORRIS: AND THEY TELL YOU SUCH AND SUCH AND SUCH ... AND AT THIS TIME YOU'LL BE GRANTED PAROLE. WHICH IN MY CASE WAS 12 TO 15 YEARS. I'M STILL HERE, 20 YEARS LATER.))
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Morris went to prison with a life sentence, plus 60 years, for two counts of robbery, two of malicious wounding, burglary, and conspiracy.
He says he took part in the burglary of an elderly woman's residence, but took the rap for an adult co-conspirator who beat up the woman.
[SOT 13:56:11 ]

((LINDA MORRIS: PEOPLE WHO HAVE MURDERED PEOPLE, RAPED PEOPLE HAVE BEEN LESS TIME THAN HE HAS BEEN IN PRISON.))
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The woman who married Julian in prison is right.
Before parole was abolished, the average first degree murderer spent just 10-point-3 years in prison.
Not under this parole board.
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((LINDA MORRIS: THESE ARE PEOPLES' LIVES THEY'RE PLAYING WITH. NOT ONLY THE PERSON THAT'S IN PRISON, BUT THE PERSON WHO'S OUTSIDE WHO LOVES THEM.))
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Julian has a job at a heating and air conditioning contractor lined up for when he's released.
All his job skills he learned in prison.
He says he's ready to be a part of the sleepy Gloucester community in Virginia's northern neck.... partly because of two advocates who have taken on his case.
[SOT 12:16:57 ]

((CHARLES ATKINSON: HE'S PREPARED HIMSELF FOR FREEDOM. HE HAS SHOWN THAT HE'S A NON-VIOLENT PERSON. I DON'T THINK THAT JULIAN WAS EVER A VIOLENT PERSON.))
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The Atkinsons testified before the Parole Board in the last of his six hearings.
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((JULIAN MORRIS: PEOPLE ON THE OUTSIDE THEY HAVE A TENDENCY TO BELIEVE IN THE SYSTEM. AND WHEN THEY SEE THE SYSTEM IS NOT WORKING, THE FIRST THING THEY SAY IS SOMETHING IS WRONG. WHAT IS IT THAT YOU'RE NOT DOING?))
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((LINDA MORRIS: WE THOUGHT IF HE DONE LIKE THE PAROLE BOARD ASKED HIM TO DO: BE A GOOD PRISONER, A MODEL PRISONER, WE THOUGHT HE WOULD HAVE A CHANCE TO GET OUT.))
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Can Morris succeed outside of prison?
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((CHARLES ATKINSON: I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING FOR SURE. WHO DOES? I'M WILLING TO TAKE THE CHANCE. I BELIEVE IT'S THE PROPER THING. HE CAN MAKE A POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION TO OUR COMMUNITY.))
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Parole Board chairman Rick Alderman says he won't discuss the merits of any one case.
We know only that Morris tells us he was in a prison fight 11 years ago-- but otherwise has been a good prisoner.
[Double Boxes=Keith & Ellen/Microwave]

Q&A KEITH: What kind of sentence would he get under the new sentencing guidelines that were part of parole abolition?

ELLEN: We're told NO more than 12 years... of which he'd serve about 10.
He's now in 19th year of incarceration.


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The National Transportation Safety Board is close to finishing its work at the site of Monday's fatal plane crash in Montgomery County.
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Four people were killed when the twin-engine plane went down near Shawsville.
Today the plane's engines and propellors were removed and taken to another site for further analysis.
The N-T-S-B investigators say most of their work at the crash site is complete but that there's much more work to be done elsewhere.
They still need to talk to witnesses as well as officials at the Roanoke Regional Airport.
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Yet another firefighter in the Rockbridge region has been accused of arson.
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24-year old Joseph Daren Wood is suspected of starting four brush fires beginning March 28th.
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Wood is a firefighter with the Buchanan and Natural Bridge Fire Departments.
He is the latest of several local firemen accused of arson since November of last year.
If convicted Wood faces up 20 years behind bars.
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[Post-Office]


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Just about anyone wants better postal service, but at what cost?
A plan to improve mail delivery in Lynchburg has some residents wondering what's going to happen to their local post offices.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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(( They're delivering more mail than ever in Lynchburg and postal officials say in order to expand they need to consolidate.
Three local post offices will be closed and a new one built.. part of the idea is to move mail carriers closer to their delivery areas.
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((BILL HUSTON/LYNCHBURG POSTMASTER: RIGHT NOW I HAVE MY RIVERMONT CARRIERS LOCATED DOWN ON FORT AVENUE, FORT HILL STATION.. THEIR TRAVEL TIME IS 30 TO 40 MINUTES JUST TO GET TO THEIR ROUTES.))
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The postal service wants to close down its Fort Hill post office and move it across the street into the Village Shopping Center.
The Miller Park station also would close, but a new 28- thousand square foot facility will be built nearby in the Langhorne Road area.
And the Rivermont office would close, replaced by what the postal service calls a "contract station".
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Contract stations are postal windows based in existing retail businesses.. they operate much the same as the post office, but some feel they don't have that same neighborhood flavor.
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((ALLISON MCKENZIE/CUSTOMER: I'D BE REALLY DISAPPOINTED. I THINK IT'S VERY CHARMING. I CAN WALK THERE FROM MY HOUSE AND IT ADDS SOMETHING TO THE COMMUNITY TO BE ABLE TO DO A LITTLE BUSINESS THERE AND I WOULD MISS IT.))
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((BILL JENNINGS/CUSTOMER: IT'S ABSOLUTELY A DOWN SIDE. I LIKE TO BE ABLE TO TALK TO SOMEBODY WHO REPRESENTS THE POST OFFICE. I FEEL MUCH MORE COMFORTABLE WORKING WITH THE POST OFFICE THAN SOMEBODY WHO'S THERE.))
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[Standup ] ((Postal officials presented their plan to city council Tuesday, but they don't need Lynchburg's approval to make these changes. They are seeking public input on the proposal before it takes effect within the next year. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
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A thousand people with overdue hospital bills have a decision to make. Details are still ahead on News 7.
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And WHO IS this man? He's part jailhouse snitch, part prosecution witness, and part convicted felon facing major new charges. You'll hear his story next.
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Mike Fulcher talks. Yesterday the career con man was scheduled to talk to prosecutors as they build a case against suspected drug runners at Bland Prison. Tonight you'll hear him talk to Tina Tenret.
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Now being held at the Botetourt County jail, Fulcher is a rare inmate. He's not afraid to set up fellow inmates.


Fulcher was behind a murder-for-hire case tried last week. He WAS a D-E-A informant for a time, claiming to have helped put away foreign drug lords.
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But now Fulcher finds himself tangled in his own web. He's the lead defendant charged with drug trafficking INSIDE a state prison.
Tina Tenret has the first- ever T-V interview with Fulcher.
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(( You may regret telling Mike Fulcher your secrets.
After all, he gave fellow inmate Thomas Gray the phone number of a hitman, knowing Gray would be plotting murder with the sheriff.
Fulcher's also ready to spill what Jay Clements told him about setting the fatal Church Avenue fire.
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((MIKE FULCHER:I GUESS IT'S MY LITTLE WAY OF TRYING TO PAY BACK SOCIETY.))
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Fulcher's serving 36 years for stealing three tractors.
Before that, he was a pilot for the D-E-A and cozied up to drug dealers worldwide.
He says he helped bust Swedish cocaine dealer Robert Telc and former golf pro George Kosko.
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[SOT 10:59:21]
[IN Q=Sure there]

((SURE THERE ARE A LOT OF TRICKS. FOR EXAMPLE, IF WE WERE TO HAVE TO DO A LINE OF COCAINE RIGHT NOW, COULD YOU FAKE DOING A LINE OF COCAINE? I COULD.))
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Fulcher says he's so good, he even smuggled a tape recorder into his cell at Bland Prison and trapped the GUARDS.

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((THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE D-O-C, CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, WHO BRING DRUGS IN BECAUSE OF THE MONEY, BECAUSE THE MORALE'S BAD.))
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In fact, four Bland prison guards HAVE been charged with drug trafficking.
Fulcher says he conned guards into thinking he was in on the scheme too.
But the feds say this time, Fulcher was NOT working for them.
They say Fulcher supplied and sold marijuana to inmates and that Mike Fulcher was the drug kingpin.
So in THIS case, he's not helping to jail a defendant ... once again, he IS the defendant.
Tina Tenret News7 Botetourt County.))
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[ANCHOR=Keith]


Fulcher's trial is set for July.
Cameras are not allowed inside the courtroom.
But tomorrow night on NEWS 7 at SIX, we'll hear what Fulcher says about the suspected drug ring inside Bland Prison, with guards supposedly passing drugs to inmates.


[Vila]


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The work is underway in Richmond.
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And today, the TV show about it began taping.
"Bob Vila's Home Again" will tape 13 segments on the restoration of Virginia's Executive Mansion.
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[SOT 12:43:27]
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((BOB VILA/"HOME AGAIN" HOST: ROOMS FURNISHED AND FILLED WITH ANTIQUES THAT CAN RIVAL THINGS THAT WERE IN THE WHITE HOUSE...CONTEMPORARY OF DUNCAN FIFE'S.))
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[OUT Q=Duncan Fife's.]
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The restoration is being overseen by First Lady Roxane Gilmore-- who's already winning praise from the project architect for her desire to restore and update the mansion in the most historically correct way.
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Another record-breaking day on Wall Street, but some stocks went way down. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE ]
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The Dow rose 17 to a new high of 10 thousand, 4-11. But NASDAQ dropped big time ... down 76.
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It's going to be a painful process for patients, but Lewis-Gale Clinic's Administration says changes in bill collect are neccessary.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem]

The clinic has never charged interest or late fees and allowed patients to make small payments over a period of years.

The clinics Executive Director says the new policy is only getting Lewis-Gale up to par with current industry standards. Now patients will be given six months to settle their bill, then they will be offered two options.
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((STEVEN KELLEY/LGC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: THE CHOICE IS, AT THE END OF THEIR SIX MONTH PLAN TO EITHER PAY OFF THE ENTIRE BALANCE WITH A TWENTY PERCENT DISCOUNT, OR THEY HAVE 90 DAYS TO FIND FINANCING ON THEIR OWN AND WE'LL HELP THEM WITH THAT, BUT IF THEY DON'T CHOOSE ONE OF THOSE TWO OPTIONS, THEN AND ONLY THEN WILL WE SEND THEM TO A COLLECTION AGENCY.))
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[VO-NAT]

The policy will effect about a thousand Lewis-Gale clinic patients.
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[Kick-Butts]


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[WRITER=ssi]
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[GRAPHIC=Smoking]

One of the Roanoke County schools is trying a new way of helping teenagers who smoke quit the habit. It's part of "Kick Butts" day, from the national anti-smoking campaign.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.]

Cave Spring Junior high school is starting a new program. . .a tobacco education group. These student smokers will meet every week and focus on quitting their habits.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=So you know]

((LINDA MECCA/SCHOOL NURSE: SO YOU KNOW I CAN HELP BY DOING THIS TOBACCO EDUCATION GROUP. . .IF WE HIT FIVE OR SIX KIDS WE'VE DONE A BIG THING. IF WE HIT ONE KID WE'VE DONE A BIG THING.))
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[OUT Q=a big thing.]
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It's NOT known how many students will sign up for the group.
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And coming up, The N-F-L draft is this weekend Mike Stevens will check in from Martinsville.
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[VO-NAT]


And Duke Center Elton Brand is leaving college early to enter the N-B-A draft.
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The racing action in Martinsville doesn't officially get started until this Friday. But Mike Stevens says if you listen closely today you can hear plenty of thunder in the foothills.
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[S-Brand]


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One of the top players in college basketball is making a career move.
With the backing of head coach Mike Krzyzewski, Duke Center Elton Brand announced today he was leaving school after two years and enter the N-B-A draft.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-NCAA; :]


The six foot eight Brand says its a dream of his to play in the N-B-A. He said Krzyzewski supports his decision 100 per cent.
Brand says he will eventually finish his work toward a college degree and he said he hopes to be picked among the top 10 players in the draft
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Brand is the first undergraduate to leave Duke early for the Pros. Still at issue is whether two more Duke players will leave for the N-B-A.
William Avery and Corey Maggette have been rumored to be following Brand out the door, but there's been no comment on those reports.




[S-Dex]


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[WRITER=mst]
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The NFL draft is coming up this weekend, and former Friday Football Extra player of the week Anthony Poindexter knows he no longer is a first round pick.
[graphic=poindexter]


A devastating knee injury prematurely ended his senior season in 1998 and forced him into some grueling rehabilitation.
The Forest native says the injury also has made him tougher.
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During the past few weeks Poindexter has been rehabbing the knee in San Francisco with Jerry Rice's trainer. He also had a chance to go one-on-one with Rice.
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If you have that nagging feeling you're forgetting something, your federal taxes have to be filled tomorrow.
If you ARE a tax procrastinator, you still have time to get help.
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Eric Earnhart is at one of the Roanoke H&R Block offices with more... [Take Eric Full]
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