The prosecution reveals the motive behind a deadly bomb blast from two decades ago.
Scott Goldberg will have a LIVE report for us from the Greenbrier County Courthouse in WEST Virginia.
And on this primary election day, we'll have poll results that show Chuck Robb can be beat.
In sports, Liberty University names a new womens basketball coach, MIke Stevens unveils a side of Kyle Petty not often seen in racing,
and a long time Busch racing veteran is released, the details in sports.
No records, but plenty hot today. Wednesday is another scorcher. Some relief with cooler temperatures expected by Friday.
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Motive, money, and murder - three words prosecutors say are closely connected in the trial of a former Covington resident suspected in the bombing deaths of several people.
Prosecutors say it took more than 22 years to find the evidence, but now they're sure Gene Gaylor killed Billy Ray Abshire with a bomb.
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And they're betting the whole case on the defendant's brother.
Scott Goldberg is in Greenbrier County, West Virginia - the site of the bombing death, and now - Gaylor's murder trial.
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A Wythe County woman is accused of trying to hire someone to eliminate the "competition."
Investigators believe 34- year old Julia Alderman was having an affair with a married man and that she wanted his wife killed.
Last month, Alderman was arrested by Pulaski police, after she allegedly approached three women about committing murder.
In one conversation, prosecutors say Alderman talked about paying a thousand dollars to have the woman beaten to death.
In another conversation-- she allegedly talked about building a bomb.
Alderman was in court today hoping to be released on bond.
Judge Ed Turner did NOT make a decision.
Instead he ordered an evaluation to determine whether Alderman is mentally stable.
If so, she could be released on 25-thousand dollars bond.
It was an all-night search for a man from Bassett charged with shooting his sister-in-law and her teenage daughter.
46-year-old William Edward Mize turned himself in to Sheriff's deputies this morning after hiding out all night in the woods.
Mize is charged with shooting his 14-year-old niece in the face with a shotgun.
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((CAPT. KIMMY NESTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: THE YOUNG LADY HAS UNDERWENT A LARGE NUMBER OF HOURS OF SURGERY AFTER BEING TRANSPORTED TO WINSTON-SALEM TO BAPTIST HOSPITAL. SHE'S IN INTENSIVE CARE AT THIS HOUR AND SHE HAS VERY SERIOUS INJURIES REGARDING THE BLAST THAT SHE RECEIVED TO HER FACE FOR DAMAGE TO HER EYES AND A BRAIN INJURY.))
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Mize is also charged with shooting the girl's mother. She was treated and released with minor injuries.
Authorities say Mize shot the women during an argument on their front porch last night.
He faces four felony charges.
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The heat wave will make it a short day for many schools again tomorrow.
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Bedford County will close two hours early on Wednesday AND Thursday. There's also a change in the awards ceremonies at Bedford Middle School; 7th grade will be at 9am; 8th grade at 10am.
Campbell County will close two hours early for the rest of the school year.
Danville dismisses students two hours early tomorrow.
Pittsylvania County schools will close at 1pm Wednesday and Thursday.
Henry County will keep the same schedule tomorrow as it did today: elementary schools closing at 11:45, middle schols at 12:30 and high schools at 12:45.
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Still to come on News 7 - another local apparel plant is shutting down.
Straight ahead, surprising voter turn-out in at least one local primary election...
And a News-7 exclusive: the message is clear from Mason-Dixon pollsters: George Allen spells trouble for Virginia Senator Robb.
The latest poll results, coming up.
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Just under an hour left before the polls close for the Democratic and Republican primaries across the state.
In Botetourt County, voters are deciding which Republican should run for sheriff, and who will challenge Delegate Dick Cranwell in the fall.
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Tina Tenret is at William Byrd High School with the latest.
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Voters in the Cave Spring District of Roanoke County didn't get the word on today's Republican primary... or they just weren't interested.
By three o'clock this afternoon, less than three percent of the district's registered voters had visited the polls. One of seven precincts reported just seven voters.
Cave Spring Supervisor Fuzzy Minnix is facing a challenge from James Garris.
The winner of today's primary will face Democrat Gene Marrano in November.
A familiar name will be on the ballot in Giles County.
Commonwealth's attorney Garland Spangler is running for a second term.
Spangler's current term has been a bumpy one.
He's had problems with the I-R-S.
And, he's currently under investigation by the Virginia State Bar for allegedly mishandling several criminal cases.
In one instance-- Spangler lost a rape case because he took too too prosecuting the suspect.
Spangler could NOT be reached for comment.
He will have competition.
Philip Steele is running for the prosecutor's job--- as well as Patrick Muldoon, who ran an UN-successful campaign
against Rick Boucher.
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If next year's U-S Senate election in Virginia were held today, former Governor George Allen would un-seat Senator Chuck Robb.
That's the bottom line in our latest NEWS 7 Mason-Dixon poll.
Ellen Qualls has the details.
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(( Popular former Governor Chuck Robb was a shoo-in for the Senate in 1988.
But popular former Governor George Allen is a formidable foe in 2000.
In a head-to-head matchup, 38-percent of voters polled late last week picked the incumbent, Chuck Robb.
48-percent picked the challenger, George Allen.
That's almost identical to where the race stood in February's polling.
There is some good news for Robb though.
His favorable name recognition is the highest it's been in eight years.
When he was elected to the Senate in November '88, he had a whopping 61-percent favorable name recognition.
As scandals emerged, it declined, to a low point of 19% in July '92.
In November 1994, when he beat Oliver North, he stood at a 33% favorable rating.
Now, he's back up to 45%.
George Allen's at a 56% favorable rating-- ironically higher than at any point during his four years as governor.
In 1993, when he was elected governor, the favorable percentage was at 50.
Mid-term it was at 43 percent.
Right after he left office in February '98, he was at an all time high of 64-percent.
Now out of the public eye more, he's dropped back to 56.
But our pollsters at Mason- Dixon say George Allen's strength against Chuck Robb makes Virginia the Republican' best opportunity to defeat an incumbent Democrat in the nation next year.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))
Former Roanoke County Supervisor Lee Garrett has set his sights on another elective office.
This afternoon, Garrett announced he will run for Roanoke County Treasurer.
A Democrat, Garrett represented the Windsor Hills District from 1985 to 1989.
He's a retired Air Force colonel and a former news director at W-S-L-S- -TV.
Garrett will face Republican Fred Anderson, who has been the county treasurer for 24 years.
Wall Street took a tumble today.
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Nasdaq lost 50 points.
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Rockbridge County will be losing about 130 jobs.
Workers at Fairfield Apparel learned today that the plant will be closed in two months.
A spokesman for the parent company, Maid Bess, said work at the Rockbridge plant will be consolidated at the Salem factory. He blamed foreign competition for the shutdown.
The company makes medical uniforms.
You wouldn't think that milk is a hazardous chemical.
But it is if it's spilled on a highway.
It happened when a milk tanker flipped into another truck trying to make a left turn from Route 460 onto Alternate 220 in Roanoke County.
The tanker driver had a minor head injury, and said the accident happened when the milk shifted in the tank.
Crews worked quickly to clean up the spill, because it can kill wildlife in water, and attract animals to the road.
The Express talks about what's on tap in tyhe upcoming ECHL oweners meetings, Hermie sadler is looking for a new ride,
and a side of kyle petty not often seen in racing.
The Busch Series races at South Boston this weekend in the Textilease Medique 300. But Hermie Sadler won't have his sponsor.
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Ron Parker, owner of Parker Racing Incorporated, announced that he and Hermie have signed a mutual agreement that releases Sadler as the driver of the number 72 MGM Brakes Chevrolet effective immediately. Sadler failed to make 6 races this season.
Remember when your mom used to tell you - "Never judge a book by it's cover."
That age old saying still holds true today, even in NASCAR.
Tonight Mike Stevens gives us an "inside" look at the driver with the wildest "exterior."
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((Jeff Gordon has the hollywood looks and the beautiful wife, while Bobby Labonte isn't far behind. And then there's Kyle Petty. He hasn't trimmed his ponytail since breaking his leg in 1991. He also sports a wicked goatee and multiple earrings. Come on what would you do if he came knocking on the door to pick up your daughter for a date?
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Yeah, King I know what you mean and he's your son! But remember looks can be deceiving and in this case they are. The driver with the most earrings in NASCAR also has the biggest heart when it comes to helping others.
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((Last month Kyle wrapped up his fifth annual Kyle Petty Charity ride going from coast to coast along with many others from the NASCAR community to raise money for children's hospitals in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Winston-Salem.
But usually KP operates without much fanfare. With the exception of the bike ride, most of his charitable work is done behind the scenes on an anonymous basis. Even during the trackside, Motor Racing Outreach church services, Kyle prefers to keep a low profile.
But enough people found about him helping fill foodbank shelves and visiting sick children to name him NASCAR's True Value man of the year.))
You can catch Kyle and the rest of the drivers this weekend in Michigan right here on your hometown station Sunday
at 12:30. Mike Stevens News 7 sports.))[S-Liberty]
In college basketball. Carey Green, who was the women's assistant coach at Clemson University, will take over the Liberty Flames'womens program. The 42 year old has been at Clemson for a dozen years and replaces Rick Reeves.
The ECHL owners meetings face off this weekend...in the bahamas. One of the topics on the agenda, a collective bargaining aggreement. Express fans wondering when Roanoke will start signing players?
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Tiki and Ronde Barber aren't the only former NFL stars coming back home this summer to give back to their communities with a football camp.
Former Dallas Cowboy and San Francisco 49er great Charles Haley is coming back to Campbell County for a two day football camp later this month.
Haley has hopes of playing this year, and possibly for the Redskins.
His camp will be held June 24th and 25th at William Campbell high school in Naruna.
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It is open to young men who are eight years old through those who are rising seniors in high school.
If you would like more information on the camp you can call (804) 376-2015.
Again, that's June 24th and 25th.
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The polls close in just about half an hour in those places with primaries.
Our coverage continues tonight on NEWS 7 at 11.
Jean Jadhon is in the newroom with a preview.
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Keith, it's NOT just about picking candidates in several local races...
... it's also a matter of honor for Governor Jim Gilmore.
The Governor made endorsements in four of seven Republican primaries-- an unusual and politically-risky move.
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We'll show you how he did...
and what it may mean politically for him tonight on News 7 at 11.
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