Coming up on News 7-
A paralyzed woman is taken off of life support and granted her wish to die.
Kroger opens today at several old Harris Teeter locations.
Plus we'll tell you about a place to camp out with wild animals around.
News 7 is next.
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((GEORGETTE SMITH'S .... WISHES..
WERE CARRIED OUT THIS AFTERNOON.))
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A Florida woman's wish is granted.
Georgette Smith was taken off of life support and died tonight.
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Georgette Smith was paralyzed- after she was allegedly shot by her own mother.
As Cathy Moss reports, Smith's death tonight may mean murder charges against the woman's mother.
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[SUPER=01-Lisa Schultz/Hospital Spokesperson]
[SUPER=01-Candace Smith/Smith's Daughter;]
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((IT IS A CASE THAT BECOMES MORE COMPLICATED WITH EACH PASSING CHAPTER...
42-YEAR OLD GEORGETTE SMITH ... PARALYZED FOR THE LAST TWO MONTHS UNABLE
TO WALK, EAT... OR BREATH ON HER OWN... MADE THE ONE DECISION SHE
COULD-- TO HAVE HER VENTILATOR TURNED OFF.
LISA SCHULTZ /LUCERNE MEDICAL CENTER SPOKESPERSON
SMITH'S DECISION WAS CARRIED OUT -- ONLY AFTER A JUDGE APPROVED IT--
HAVING MET SMITH AND HER DAUGHTERS AND DECIDED SHE ALONE COULD DECIDE IF SHE LIVED OR DIED.
THIS ENTIRE PROCESS HAS BEEN DIFFICULT...OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO THE SMITH FAMILY.
CANDACE SMITH/SMITH'S DAUGHTER
I CAN COMPLETEL UNDERSTAND HOW SHE WOULDN'T WNAT TO LIVE NOT BEING ABLE
TO DO NOTHING BUT LOOK IN HER EYES.
CANDACE SMITH'S GRANDMOTHER-- GEORGETTE SMITH'S MOTHER IS ACCUSED OF
SHOOTING HER DAUGHTER.... ALLEGEDLY AFTER OVERHEARING SMITH DISCUSSING
PLANS TO PUT HER IN A NURSING HOME.
NOW-- PROSECUTORS SAY THEY ARE LIKELY TO CHARGE 68-YEAR OLD SHIRLEY EGAN
WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER. A VIDEOTAPED DEPOSITION BY HER DAUGHTER --
BEFORE THE VENTILATOR WAS TURNED OFF-- WILL BE AMONG THE EVIDENCE
AGAINST EGAN-- IN A DIFFICULT CASE THAT WILL PIT A MOTHER'S ANGER
AGAINST HER DAUGHTER'S RIGHT-TO-DIE.))
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Henry County and Martinsville police joined forces today on a drug bust they say is the largest they've seen in several years.
64 people were indicted on drug charges, including selling crack cocaine and marijuana.
The arrests are the result of a 14-month investigation.
Police say some of the people charged were making as much as 3-thousand dollars a day selling crack.
They could face a penalty ranging from 5 to 40 years in prison.
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The reward is up to 50-thousand dollars for the safe return of a missing Pittsylvania County woman.
Thirty-seven year old Patty Jo Pulley disappeared almost five days ago.
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Her truck was found Saturday across the state line in North Carolina.
Police are continuing to search the area for Pulley, but so far they say they've uncovered few leads.
There's also a 10-thousand dollar reward for information on her whereabouts.
The Blacksburg high school student who nearly drowned in the New River spoke publicly today about the man she will always consider a hero.
Jimmy Gilmore lost his life trying to save her.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
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[SUPER=07-Jennie Preston; :30]
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18- year old Jennie Preston and her friends never knew Jimmy Gilmore or his friends, prior to hanging out Monday afternoon at McCoy Falls.
But it's unlikely she'll ever forget any of them.
She says they were all sitting on the edge of the water talking when several people suggested venturing out to the falls.
When Preston mentioned she couldn't swim-- she says Gilmore offered to give her a piggyback.
But once they entered the river Gilmore slipped.
At first, nothing seemed wrong as the two looked for her sandal.
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((JENNIE PRESTON: IT WAS ONLY UP TO MY KNEES AND IT JUST CAME AND IT TOOK ME AWAY AND THE RAPIDS WAS GOING SO FAST AND HE HAD HIS ARMS OUT TRYING TO GET ME BUT I WAS GOING SO FAST AND THEN OUR HANDS WERE JUST THIS FAR APART, WE COULD ALMOST TOUCH, AND I WAS JUST GOING SO FAST AND A HUGE WAVE CAME OVER.))
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In a matter of seconds-- Preston and Gilmore had completely separated.
And, while several men would eventually pull Preston out of the river.
It was too late for bystanders to reach Gilmore-- who friends say was good swimmer.
Sgt. David Bolejack says folks need to realize the danger.
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((SGT. D. W. BOLEJACK/MONTGOMERY CO. SHERIFF'S DPT.: ANY BODY OF WATER YOU HAVE TO RESPECT IT AND BE AWARE THAT SINK HOLES CAN BE A HAZARD, BE AWARE OF THE WATER YOU'RE IN.))
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It's a lesson-- Preston says she hopes everyone takes to heart.
A memorial fund has been established for Jimmy Gilmore-- at the First National Bank of Christiansburg.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
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Chances are you've heard about them- websites showing how to make bombs- or get weapons.
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Today a call to internet companies- such as AOL, Microsoft and Disney- to pull the plug on these bombmaking websites.
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((DENNIS SAFFRON/CENTER FOR COMM. INTEREST: NO ONE HAS A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO USE AN INTERNET COMPANY PROPERTY TO FACILITATE MURDER.))
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The brother of the Unabomber says the group is not asking for federal regulations- but rather private companies to shut down dangerous websites.
If you know of a dangerous website you can alert the The Center for Community Interest by filling out a form on its website.
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Danville City Council has agreed to pay 663-thousand dollars to firefighters to settle a dispute over unpaid overtime.
Last year, more than 80 firefighters sued the city and won. A federal judge found that the city violated fair labor laws because it required the firefighters to perform tasks during meal breaks without pay.
Firefighters who did not join in the lawsuit will also be compensated.
Mayor Ruby Archie says the money is MOSTLY coming from the city's insurance and NOT the taxpayers.
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((MAYOR RUBY ARCHIE/DANVILLE: WE AS COUNCIL PEOPLE DON'T LIKE TO SEE OURSELVES PAYING OUT LARGE SUMS OF MONEY FOR SUITS. BUT, AS I INDICATED TO YOU EARLIER, WE DO WHAT WE HAVE TO DO AND NOW THAT WE HAVE THAT MATTER BASICALLY SETTLED, WE CAN ALL GET BACK TO OUR NORMAL ROUTINE. ))
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The checks will go out next month.
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Is it really a better way to shop?
That's what customers at new stores will decide when they go Krogering.
Kroger opened four new stores today inside old Harris Teeter stores... including two in the Roanoke area.
The big Brambleton Avenue store looks a lot like it used to.
Kroger employees pledged to go out of their way to make loyal Harris Teeter shoppers feel like they're at home.
A total of nine former Harris Teeters will have reopened as Kroger by the end of the week.
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When selecting a site for a summer camp-out, most people would rather not pitch their tent in the middle of a bunch of wild animals.
But that's exactly what they'll be doing on Mill Mountain this summer.
Eric Earnhart has details.
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(( It puts a visit to the zoo in a whole new light... As the sun goes down... Program Specialist David Jobe says things begin to change here.
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(( DAVID JOBE/PROGRAM SPECIALISTS; WE ARE OPEN TEN TO FIVE, WHICH IS DURING THE DAY BUT A GOOD NUMBER OF OUR ANIMALS ARE MORE ACTIVE DURING THE NIGHT SO TO INTRODUCE THE RESIDENTS OF ROANOKE TO THE NIGHT TIME LIFE OF ANIMALS, WE DECIDED TO START A NEW PROGRAM CALLED "NICHE AT NIGHT". ))
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This little guy is a good example. If you've visited the zoo during the day, the Red Panda is probably asleep.
It's just about sundown here now, his eyes are open and he's ready to play.
And he's not alone, a number of animals are at their best in the dark... So from April through October, parents and children can bring a tent, camp out with the night creatures, and learn a few things.
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(( DAVID JOBE/PROGRAM SPECIALISTS; WE TALK A LOT ABOUT NOCTURNAL ANIMALS AND THE ANIMALS THAT ARE OUT DURING THE NIGHT, THE KIDS COME UP AND THEY DO CRAFTS AND ACTIVITIES RELATED TO WHAT IT'S LIKE TO LIVE AFTER DARK. THE SENSES THAT YOU NEED AND THE ADAPTATIONS THAT YOU NEED IN ORDER TO SURVIVE DURING THE NIGHT))
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Jobe himself is developing some new nocturnal habits, hosting an animal chat on AOL every Wednesday night at seven o'clock...
But while you can learn a lot on the internet,nothing compares to standing eye-to-eye with a tiger at sunset.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))
Is Virginia spending enough on it's highways?
One legislative committee says no.
Still ahead, Governor Gilmore's response.
And there's hope for area textile workers who lost their jobs.
Coming up, a job fair gets them on the right track.
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[OUT Q=...IN SPORTS."]
((Hey Jean this Mike Stevens back in the sports office getting set to serve up a Hillcats win over the Avalanche tonight.
Cave Spring's soccer coach is calling it quits, this Pulaski goalie would have liked to have done the same earlier today, and the NCAA D-2 softball event is ready to open in Salem. All that plus ACC baseball hilites are on the way later on News 7 sports.))
Scores of laid off textiles workers filled a Franklin County job fair today --
sifting through listed openings at local furniture, health and building companies.
Most pay about eight dollars an hour to start.
Many people lost their jobs in the past year when the three local textiles plants closed.
One was Pluma.
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((NORMA JONES/JOB HUNTER: I STILL HOPE SOMEONE WILL COME IN AND BUY THE PLANT AND START SOMETHING UP BECAUSE THIS IS TOO GOOD A COMPANY TO LOSE ALL THE GOOD EMPLOYEES WE HAD.))
[SUPER=01-Norma Jones/Former Pluma Supervisor;]
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Consultants have developed a new video to recruit high-tech Northern Virginia companies to Franklin County --
they say free job training is also available for former textiles workers.
Buena Vista homeowners are getting a break on their taxes.
Beginning July first real estate taxes will fall from 92 to 89 cents.
The tax is applied towards every 100 dollars of assessed value.
The decrease equals out to a three point three percent reduction across-the-board.
Most of the revenue collected from the tax will go towards funding of the city's flood protection projects and its new high school.
He's against new taxes.
And borrowing more money seems like a bad idea in good times.
But a legislative committee says Virginia spends a BILLION dollars a year less than it should on road building.
So today, Governor Jim Gilmore appointed a new Commission on Transportation Policy to study the issue from the bottom up.
Transportation planning is an area the Gilmore administration has been criticized for NOT addressing more fully.
The Governor promised to study the issue in this year's State of the Commonwealth speech.
When News 7 at 11 returns,
the Virginia Racing Commission holds off on sanctions against the state's premiere horse-racing track.
But a full-scale review is ordered.
Details, straight ahead.
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The Virginia Racing Commission has ordered a full scale review of the state's only parimutuel horse racing track.
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Commission members say they have very serious concerns about Colonial Downs' attitude toward live horse racing in the Commonwealth.
The Commission held off today on sanctions against the track.
That was to allow time for a contract to be mediated between Colonial Downs and the horsemen's association.
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((ROBIN TRAYWICK-WILLIAMS/VIRGINIA RACING COMMISSION: THAT IS EVERYONE'S GOAL, TO HAVE SUCCESSFUL LIVE RACING. AND WE'RE CERTAINLY HOPEFUL THAT MR. SCHOENEFIELD CAN MEDIATE THAT AGREEMENT. PERHAPS THEY WILL REACH AN AGREEMENT ON THEIR OWN IN THE MEANTIME. SO WE'RE WILLING TO GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO DO THAT, WITH THESE VERY SERIOUS SANCTIONS HANGING OVER THEIR HEAD. Would you call that a last chance? IT'S A PRETTY SERIOUS SANCTION FOR A PRETTY SERIOUS PROBLEM.))
((IAN STEWART/COLONIAL DOWNS: I THINK THAT RACING IN VIRGINIA CAN WORK...GROWING PAINS.))
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Colonial Downs says it can only offer as many days of live racing in New Kent County as it can fund through its four off track betting parlors around the state.
No date's been set yet for the review of Colonial Downs' license to operate.
The assignment is Albania for one Roanoke soldier.
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And from the looks of things there, her biggest enemy may be mud.
The Army distributed video from the base near Tirana, in western Albania.
The soldiers are supporting Apache attack helicopters and artillery rocket systems to be deployed against Serbia.
Specialist Christel Key of Roanoke is among the American troops on this muddy mission
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Specialist Key is a cook for the Fifth Corps, which has helped build this camp from what was an empty field a month ago.
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The Hillcats get even with Salem, Salem gets the D-2 softball women together at the Moyer, we'll check out some high school soccer and UVa at the ACC baseball tournament.
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But first in tonight's Extra Point - the Miami Heat's Alonzo Mourning was named the NBA's defensive player of the year today.
"Zo" averaged four blocks a game as the led the Heat to the Atlantic Division title.
He got 75 percent of the votes cast, easily edging Dikembe Mutombo.
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The Salem Avalanche and Lynchburg Hillcats hooked up in game two of their three game series in the Hill City last night. Salem took game one Tuesday night,
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but the force was defintely with the Hillcats last night as the ball boys decked out in some extraterestrial garb.
The force was also with the Lynchburg bats. In the bottom of the second Eddy Furniss leads off the inning with a single up the middle. He would later come in with the first run of the game.
In that same frame, Kory DeHan singles into right field and drives in two runs as the Hillcats take a 3-to-nothing lead on the Avalanche.
The next batter would slap another one into right. Freddie May's single plates yet another run and it's four to nothing Hillcats.
In the top of the fourth, Salem Miguel Correa hits a sharp grounder to third, but
Tim Jorgenson is on the money with the backhand grab and putout. Lynchburg takes game two of the series 5-to-1.
The Virginia Cavaliers, the 7th seed in the ACC baseball tournament almost pulled off an upset yesterday in their opening round ACC tournament game.
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Dennis Womack's Cavs took on second seeded Wake Forest, the top hitting team in the conference, and had the Deacons on the ropes.
In the fifth, John Hendricks pitch gets past catcher Andrew Riepe and Dan Smith scores from third to make it 2-all. The Cavs would go up 3-to-2
Before Reipe redeemed himself in the 8th with a double to right to compete the Wake comeback as they win it 4-to-3 and drop UVa to the loser's brocket.
Cave Spring soccer coach Bruce Mahan told News 7 Sports this afternoon that he is stepping down at the end of this season.
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This is his fifth season as the Knights coach and in that time he has posted an amazing 65-13 and 3 record and four straight RVD district tournament championships. The decision came down to spending more time with his wife and two children.
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((BRUCE MAHAN/11-3 AND 1 RECORD THIS SEASON:))
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[OUT Q=....great kids like this"]
Mahan's team wants to send their coach to the state tournament for the first time in his tenure and played strong against Pulaski in the RVD semifinal round today. Watch John Harman find the back of the net on this blast from out in front to make the score 3-1 with 36 minutes left in the game.
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e Knights win 7-2 to advance to the title game where they will meet PH, a two to nothing winner over Franklin County tonight.
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The Patrick Henry girls' goalie was a lonely sole in the Patriots' RVD matchup with Pulaski in the girls' semi-finals today.
That's because the ball was always in the Pulaski zone. Amy Arthur lifts the ball over the goalie's head and right into the back of the net as Patrick Henry takes a 13-to-nothing lead on the Lady Cougars.
And as if PH wasn't scoring enough on its own, Pulaski accidentally boots in this Patriot corner kick to close out the day - making it 15-to-nothing.
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Then to add insult to injury, Pulaski's goalie takes one right in the face on the point blank shot. PH advances to the title game to play with a 15-to-nothing win.
The Patriots will play the Cave Sspring girls for the RVD title. Cave beat Franklin County 3-to-nothing tonight.
Still to come on tonight we'll check in with Roy Stanley as the top division
two softball teams in the nation are getting ready for this year's national championshi that opens tomorrow in Salem.
The best teams in division two softball are in Salem this weekend for the Division Two national championship.
Yesterday they picniced together, today they will feast on each other.
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((The afternoon barbecue allows the teams to have fun and Clown around.
But when the 8 team tournament opens tomorrow at the Moyers Sports Complex the fun is over.
Kennesaw State won back to back titles in 1995 and 96. And Head Coach Scott Whitlock remebers the title that was won in Salem.))
((SCOTT WHITLOCK/KENNESAW STATE HEAD COACH:))
((JULIE EGGERT/ALL AMERICAN FIRST BASEMAN:))
((And that will be necessary for Kennesaw to claim its third championship in the 90'S.
California of Pennsylvania is the two time defending division two champion.
The team started off slow but picked up the pace to earn a shot at a three peat.))
((RICK BERTAGNOLLI/CALIFORNIA HEAD COACH:))
From the NBA playoff front, Karl Malone didn't get called for a foul last night when he drove to the hoop in the firts half, in fact he was fouled.
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But today the NBA fined him $10,000 bucks for throwing a flagrant elbow into Brian Grant's chin on the play in game one last night in Salt Lake City.
Grant got up but the Blazers only scored 5 points in the fourth quarter.
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