[7E-Thomas]

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It may be the "first" in modern history for the Virginia Supreme Court.
It halted last night's scheduled execution with just hours to spare.
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Convicted killer Douglas Christopher Thomas was scheduled to die by lethal injection at nine o'clock.
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He still maintains that is washis 14 year old girlfriend that killed her mother.
But he admitted to killing his girlfriend's father with a shotgun.
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Late yesterday afternoon, the state's Supreme Court halted the execution.
It was based on a ruling from just last week .. that BOTH parents need to be notified when there's a juvenile defendant.
Thomas could still be executed, but not before the case gets further review.

[7E-Bland-Prison]


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Fourteen defendants who took part in a scheme to distribute marijuana inside the Bland Correctional Center have admitted their involvement.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bland Co.;]


Yesterday in federal court, investigators described a plan in which inmates paid for the marijuana with money orders sent to friends and relatives. Prison guards smuggled the pot into the prison.
Eight more defendants are still facing trial.
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[7S-Brandy-Station]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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If it were a wrestling event, it might be billed "Grant versus Lee: The Rematch".. but this weekend's Civil War re-enactment in Culpeper County is a different kind of show.
Steve Smallshaw brings us a preview of what promises to be the largest re-enactment in state history.
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[SUPER=01-Dana Shoaf/Primedia History Group; :44]
[SUPER=01-Ed Christopher/Re-Enactor; 1:04]
[SUPER=01-Glenn LeBoeuf/Former Social Studies Teacher; 1:09]
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[OUT Q=News7, Culpeper County.]



(([natsot guns firing]
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It will have all the elements of a real Civil War battle.. right down to the explosions, the gunfire and the dying.
[natsot 4:32:22]

((JUST WALK RIGHT TOWARDS US..))
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But even the media preview of Grant versus Lee had the feel of a Hollywood stage set.
This is not your ordinary Civil War re-enactment.. organizers are spending a quarter of a million dollars to put on a three- day show that figures to attract ten thousand re-enactors. [Standup 5:26:50] ((The event's organizer, the Primedia History Group, has taken some flak for what critics say has become a corporate- sponsored Civil War. But Primedia says events like this not only help educate the public, profits from this weekend's reenactment will help save battlefields like here at Brandy Station from future development.))
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[OUT Q=from future development.]
[SOT 5:03:11]

((DANA SHOAF/PRIMEDIA HISTORY GROUP: RE-ENACTORS GENERALLY LIKE THESE LARGE-SCALE EVENTS AND, AS I SAID, THEY'RE VERY HARD TO PUT ON, SO WE ARE TRYING TO HELP FACILITATE WHAT WE SEE AS A NATURAL EXTENSION OF OUR BUSINESS.))
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[OUT Q=our business.]


Profit is not what's on the mind of these re-enactors, who participate in events like this for a wide variety of reasons.
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((ED CHRISTOPHER/RE-ENACTOR: TO ME IT'S AMERICAN HISTORY WHITE-HOT. THIS IS BROTHER AGAINST BROTHER, NORTH AGAINST SOUTH..))
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[OUT Q=against South.]
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((GLENN LEBOEUF/FORMER SCHOOL TEACHER: I DO MORE TEACHING NOW ON A MUCH GRANDER SCALE, NOT BEING IN A CLASSROOM, BUT BEING HERE. I THINK I'VE DONE A MUCH BETTER JOB TEACHING AMERICAN HISTORY PUTTING ON A RE-ENACTMENT, ALTHOUGH IN A VERY SECTORED WAY IN THIS WAR, THAN I COULD DO IN A CLASSROOM.))
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[OUT Q=a classroom.]


LeBoeuf hopes to see thousands of students this weekend.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Culpeper County.))

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Your Thursday forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies and lingering showers. Highs will bi\e in the upper sixties... possibly reaching 70. Lows tonight in the low to mid fifties.
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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 6/18/99
Friday:
Anniversary:
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[SUPER=130-8/Jessica McNeely/Bassett]



[SUPER=130-40/Clifford Draper/Martinsville]



[SUPER=130-7/Luke Anderson/Hardy]



[SUPER=130-8/Ashlie Robertson/Vinton]


Anniversary:
[SUPER=130-50th/Steven & Marie Martin/Clifton Forge]



[SUPER=130-11/Meghan Stump/Newport]



[SUPER=130-85/Bobby Woodall/Bassett]


No Pictures:

[SUPER=131-33/Patrick Dalton/Gretna]



[SUPER=131-/Susan Hatchett/Snow Creek]



[SUPER=131-43/Marcia Gunn/Roanoke]



[SUPER=131-/Aaron Poff/Bluewell, WV]



[SUPER=131-36/Timothy Peters/Boones Mill]


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[45Westlake]


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A public hearing will be held in October to help
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residents decide on the future of Westlake Corner.
This cluster of shops is the lake's commercial center and residents do not want it to become yet another strip mall.
Instead, they want an ampitheater, a community center, a library, and trails.
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((I THINK THE AREA HAS GREAT POTENTIAL. ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT THIS AREA IS THAT WHILE A LOT OF DEVELOPMENT IS OCCURRING THEY HAVEN'T HAD TOO MUCH YET SO THERE'S A LOT OF OPPORTUNITY TO DO THINGS RIGHT.))
[SUPER=01-Martha Mason Semmes/Loudoun Co. Resident;]
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[OUT Q=do things right]
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Once the public hearing is held it will be up to county supervisors to create new guidelines or change.
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[45E-Sick-Hiker]


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State health officials are testing water from the Catawba water systems to determine if the water supply is contaminated.
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The investigation was launched after several hikers in the area became ill.
Health Department officials believe the sickness that's spreading along the Appalachian Trail is the Norwalk virus.

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((DICK TABB/ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH MANAGER: THE SYMPTOMS ARE NAUSEA, VOMITING, DIARRHEA, USUALLY FOR ABOUT TWO DAYS, IT IS USUALLY SELF-LIMITING, SO IT WILL TAKE CARE OF ITSELF.))
[SUPER=01-Dick Tabb/Environmental Health Manager; ]
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[OUT Q=take care of itself]
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[VO NAT]
So far, well water at two local stores has been tested for contamination --
The Catawba Valley General Store and the Catawba Grocery.
Charlie Martin eats at the general store seven days a week, sometimes three meals a day, and he says he's never been sick.
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((CHARLES MARTIN/CUSTOMER: PERSONALLY I BELIEVE THEY'RE NOT GETTING THE WATER FROM HERE, THAT MAKES THEM SICK THERE GETTING IT IN THE MOUNTAINS, IT STANDS TO REASON THEY CAN'T CARRY ENOUGH WATER FROM ONE STOP TO ANOTHER, THEY HAVE TO GET IT SOMEWHERE ELSE AND THEY'RE NOT GETTING IT HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Charles Martin/Customer; ]
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[OUT Q=getting it here.]
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Hikers who experience symptoms of the Norwalk virus can contact the nearest local health department.
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[45E-Corrections]


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One of the board members that oversees Virginia's prison system is accusing another member of racisim.
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[SUPER=03-Richmond;]


Reverend Rufus Adkins was appointed to the Corrections Board last year by Governor Jim Gilmore.
He points to the re-election of a white chairman and white vice-chairman -- and the existence of only two black members on the nine member board.
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[IN Q=The board]

((REV. RUFUS ADKINS/VIRGINIA CORRECTIONS BOARD: THE BOARD IS RACIST. IT'S A RACIST BOARD. IT'S GOT THAT GOOD OLE BOY MENTALITY.))
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((ANDREW WINSTON/BOARD CHAIRMAN: I KNOW OF NO RACISM THAT EXISTS AMONGST THE BOARD. I THINK THAT'S A MATTER OF PERSONAL OPINION. AND THAT'S REVEREND ADKINS' CONCLUSION OF THE ELECTION TODAY. BUT, AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, AND I'VE BEEN IN PUBLIC OFFICE FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, AND HAVE SERVED ON THE BOARD FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, AND I HAVE NEVER BEEN ACCUSED OF HAVING BEEN A RACIST THEN. NOR AM I A RACIST NOW.))
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[SUPER=01-Andrew Winston/Board Chairman; :08]
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Last week, the director of the state Department of Juvenile Justice made allegations of racisim against the board that oversees him.
A spokeswoman for Governor Gilmore says the administration is reviewing Reverend Adkins' comments today.

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Turning your attention now to weather--
Staying mostly cloudy today, with a good chance of more showers.
Highs in the upper 60s.
Lingering showers possible overnight, with lows in the low to mid 50s.
The five day outlook calls for some clouds tomorrow.. but overall a dry weekend until late Sunday.
Highs in the low to mid 70s.
Lows around 60.
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[8S-AEP]


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The showers we've seen over the last day or so have been a welcome sight, but not enough to make up our rainfall deficit.
The drought situation led American Electric Power to request the release of less water from Smith Mountain Lake's dam on weekdays.
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[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.]


The lake level is now more than two feet below full pond, and river flows are approaching record lows.
Federal permission is needed before the power company can reduce the outflow.
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[8Falwell]


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[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=99-31 00:16]
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After proclaiming June as Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, President Clinton is receiving some negative feedback from members of the Southern Baptist Convention.
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[SUPER=03-Carthage, TN;]


Vice President Al Gore also doesn't seem too popular among his fellow Southern Baptists.
On the same day he announced he's running for the top job at the White House,
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one of the denomination's top leaders says the Vice President is too closely aligned with Bill Clinton.
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((FALWELL: I WOULD ONLY SAY THAT HIS POLICIES OUR MUCH A KIN TO MR. CLINTON'S AND HE'S THE WORST PRESIDENT THIS COUNTRY HAS EVER HAD.))
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[OUT Q=COUNTRY HAS EVER HAD.]
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The Southern Baptist convention is urging Mr. Clinton to rescind his appointment of James Hormel as ambassador to Luxembourg.
Hormel is openly gay.
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[8E-Mill-Mountain]


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Roanoke's Mill Mountain Star MIGHT achieve "star status" as a national landmark....
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The state Department of Historic Resources took the first step in that direction yesterday.
The review board agreed that the star is eligible .. and will vote on its landmark designation September 15th.
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[8Designs]


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[TAPE#99-22 58:44]
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Westlake Corner's future is still on the drawing board, as about 30 people make plans for the heart of Smith Mountain Lake's business community.
Tina Tenret gives us a preview of what it might look like.
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(( This is Westlake Corner -- a cluster of shops and the hub of commercial activity at the lake.
Surrounding Westlake -- acres of rural countryside, with residents who enjoy that scenery.
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[SOT 18:14:32]
[IN Q=ONE OF THE BEST]

((ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT THIS AREA IS THAT WHILE A LOT OF DEVELOPMENT IS OCCURRING THEY HAVEN'T HAD TOO MUCH YET, SO THERE'S A LOT OF OPPORTUNITY TO DO THINGS RIGHT.)) [RUNS:08]
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[SOT]
((nat sot from meeting))

[RUNS:05]
These residents have vision.
They want an ampitheater.
They want to buy the historic Holland Duncan House and turn it into a YMCA, a community center, or a library.
They want to widen Route 122 for traffic -- or build a NEW road around Westlake.
And they want trails linking the Booker T. Washington monument, for example, to a new park.
What they do NOT want is strip malls -- like this one that is, ironically, at Westlake Corner.
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((Residents said they wanted county officials to create design standards for developers -- to keep up both quality and appearance. Of course none of this is cast in stone -- there will be a public hearing in October. And then it's up to county supervisors to make changes. Tina Tenret News7 Franklin County))
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[8E-School-Bond]


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Danville City council members say it's fairly obvious that residents are not pleased with them after voting down an 18-point-4-million dollar school bond.
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[IN Q=They're not happy with]

((E. STOKES DANIELS/DANVILLE CITY COUNCIL: THEY'RE NOT HAPPY WITH THE WAY THE SCHOOLS HAVE USED THEIR MONEY, NOT HAPPY WITH THE WAY THE SCHOOLS ARE BEING OPERATED AND OF COURSE, SOME OF IT'S DIRECTED AT COUNCIL AND THEY'RE NOT HAPPY WITH COUNCIL EITHER.))
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[OUT Q=happy with Council either.]
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[SUPER=03-Danville;]


64 percent of the voters said NO to a school bond package that would have air conditioned seven city schools and built a new one.
Now, some City Council members are saying the bond was rejected in part because of voters doubts about leadership in the school system and way the schools spend money.
School officials say that's not the issue.
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[IN Q=People who didn't want]

((ANDREW OVERSTREET/DANVILLE CITY SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT: PEOPLE WHO DIDN'T WANT TAX INCREASES WOULDN'T HAVE VOTED FOR IT WHETHER IT WAS TWO MILLION OR 20 MILLION. ))
[SUPER=01-Andrew Overstreet/Danville Schools Superintendent; ]
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[OUT Q=2 million or 20 million.]
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City Council and school officials will meet soon to discuss their next steps.

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Taking a break from the news now to look at the forecast...
Mostly cloudy skies today, with a good chance of more showers.
Highs staying cool...in the upper 60s.
Lingering showers as we head into the evening hours...lows tonight in the mid 50s.
The extended forecast is calling for a break in the clouds later tomorrow....with partly cloudy conditions for the first half of the weekend.
Showers possible again by Sunday.
Highs in the mid 70s...lows near 60.
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