Coming up on News 7-
A small plane crashes in Bedford County tonight-
Race relations are the topic tonight at the Bedford Supervisors - We'll have a live report.
A man admits to killing his baby to exact revenge on his wife.
And Richard Petty is out of the hospital.
News 7 is next.
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Emergency crews in Bedford County are on the scene of a plane crash at this hour. It's a four-seater, single-engine Cessna that crashed while landing within the last 90 minutes. Two people were on board.
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It happened at the New London airport. That's in eastern Bedford County, a little south of US 460.
The passenger tells us crosswinds pushed the plane off the end of the runway.
It nosed down, and slowly flipped over. Nobody was hurt.
State Route 709, which goes past the airport, is blocked, and will probably remain that way for several more hours.
We expect to have video and more information for you later in this newscast.
Race relations in Bedford County took a step forward tonight as the board of supervisers responded to concerns expressed by the local chapter of the Souther Christan Leadership Conference.
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Eric Earnhart is in Bedford for details.
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It was three strikes and you're out for an elderly Lynchburg man convicted of manslaughter today.
Steve Smallshaw has the story.
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(( Hobbled by age, blind in one eye, 67- year- old Ray Lane Junior tried to convince a Lynchburg jury he acted in self defense when he stabbed to death his roommate last winter.
Both Lane and 40- year- old Michael Lessard had been drinking heavily that day when an argument broke out.
After Lessard slapped Lane in the face several times, Lane grabbed an eight- inch knife and stabbed Lessard once in the abdomen.
He says he was in fear for his life.. the jury disagreed.
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Because Ray Lane had more than two previous convictions for violent crimes, this was his third and final strike.
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Sentencing will take place in August.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
A 70 year old woman who admitted smothering eight of her children won't go to prison-
Instead Marie Noe was sentenced to 20 years probation- part of an agreement with prosecutors.
She will spend five of those years under home confinment.
Noe pleaded guilty to eight counts of second degree murder- for killing her eight children over two decades.
The babies died from 1949 to 1968- Each time Mrs. Noe said they died in their sleep.
Noe must also meet with a psychiatrist to try and determine why mothers kill their newborns.
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This time it was an apparent case of revenge-
Ronald Shanabarger plotted to father a child, then kill the baby to make his wife feel bad.
His anger reportedly started when he was dating his future wife in 1996.
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Shanabarger said his then-girlfriend refused to cut a cruise short when his father passed away.
The originial cause of death was listed as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome- and Shanabarger was not a suspect.
Virginia's farmers are beginning to receive money for drought relief.
But officials say they will need even more government assistance.
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The federal aid comes to about 12 million dollars.
The money will go to some 35-hundred farmers across the state...but it's for crop losses they suffered LAST year.
It's been just as dry this growing season, and extension agents say the money in some cases is too little, too late.
Officials say this drought may turn out to be the worst in 60 years for Virginia agriculture.
It may not be raining here but it just won't stop coming down in other places.
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Check out what's going on in Western Missouri-
It's been raining so much there that highways are flooded and creeks are overflowing.
In Kansas City, emergency workers had to rescue a few drivers who got stuck in the floodwaters.
And forecasters say it's not over yet. It looksl ike Missouri will have a wet week with more showers in the forecast.
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He's known as the railroad killer- Rafael Resendez Ramirez- but tonight the FBI says that's not his real name.
Officials say Ramirez has a different birth name- but they say they won't change the wanted posters for the accused serial killer.
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The FBI says Rafael Rasendez Ramirez is really (On-hell Lay-ON-see Ray-es Ra-SEN-es)
Agents say he's uses at least 30 alias- they say his picture is far more important than his name.
Danville police are hoping to deal a blow to domestic violence.
Police Chief Neal Morris and his officers will advise arguing families to work out their problems with third party mediators.
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Police hope that counseling will help prevent deadly confrontations like this one two months ago.
Sharon Robertson was arrested for the shooting death of her husband.
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Officers will begin handing out cards with the mediation center's phone number July first.
Still to come on News 7 at 11...should state funding for college be linked to how well the college performs? We'll tell you about a new plan that some call drastic.
And find out how a new hotline could protect against school violence. Stay tuned.
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((Hey guys this is Mike Stevens back in the New 7 sports office with goodnews concerning the King - he's released from the hospital tonight. The Avalanche comes up short against Potomac.
If you want to play tennis in the valley you canfind a partner on line.
And we'll check day of the All-Star football clinic with the Barbers tonight right here on the Big 7.))
There are 800 high schools and middle schools statewide- and only 300 school resource officers.
So starting in August, Virginia is training up to three thousand school employees to spot and deal with potentially violent kids.
State officials also gave more details on a tipster hotline and website that will be running in August.
Now local schools must decide if they are going to let their students participate.
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You can reach the school safety website now -- just for information -- through our website.
Go to our WDBJ7-dot-COM and click on our WebWatch page.
A new plan that would link state funding for colleges to how well the colleges perform has even supporters calling it "drastic."
Today, state lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee expressed skepticism about the plan.
It's the brainchild of the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia.
Its members are appointed by the Governor.
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The General Assembly would have to sign off on the performance-based funding plan for it to take effect.
Coming up... Some postal workers in Salem hope a letter-writing campaign will stamp out any possibility of their office shutting down.
And we'll tell you how a new computer is helping doctors treat asthma patients more efficiently. Stay tuned.
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Some postal workers in Salem are starting a letter-writing campaign ... hoping it 'll stop the postal service from delivering bad news.
They work at the Remote Encoding Center.
And they're worried they're going to lose their jobs.
Remote encoding centers are the places where postal workers use computers to put bar codes on letters.
But computers are getting smarter and will soon be able to do the work themselves...
Nine of the postal service's 55 centers are going to close.
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The Salem office employs 170-people whose part-time jobs pay more than 11 dollars an hour.
About a hundred workers are full-time.
The Postal Service said right now there are no plans to close the Salem facility.
But one day, computers will do virtually all of the work.
Allergists at Lewis-Gale Clinic are treating patients before they even get to the exam room.
The Asthma Care Management Initiative allows patients to answer a list of questions on a computer-
It then tabulates the major source of the problem for the doctor.
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The Allergy Department at Lewis-Gale Clinic is the only facility currently using this computer technology for asthma and allergies.
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The King comes home from the hospital, the Avalanche opens a two game set with Potomac, tennis is making news tonight, as are the Barber Twins as they open up their week long football camp.
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But first in tonight's Extra Point, Ricky Craven has been the driver of the Midwest Transit Chevy for this coming Saturday night's Pepsi 400 at Daytona here on WDBJ.
This car has failed to make a single race all year with Dan Pardus as the driver. But this team led second round qualifying at Daytona last year.
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The Petty's 50th year in NASCAR racing has certainly been an eventful one. Richard Petty's truck and car swept the weekend events at Martinsville back in April.
But the King was probably just as thrilled today when he was released from the hospital.
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This past week, Richard was left at home in Level Cross by himself while the rest of the Petty clan spent a few days at the beach.
He was cooking dinner for himself one night when he collapsed. Petty was taken to Moses Cone Hospital where he spent several days in intensive care.
Petty has long suffered from stomach problems and again bleeding ulcers forced him to lose a substansial amount of blood last week.
Petty had 40 percent of his stomach removed back in 1978.
Doctors says he should have a successful recovery. Tonight he's back home resting in Level Cross.
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The Potomac Cannons blasted the Avalanche tonight at Salem Memorial Stadium--it's Salem's second straight loss.
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Potomac's three to nothing lead didn't stop some Avalanche fans from enjoying the seventh inning stretch.
In the bottom of the eighth Chone Figgins connects with this one and the grounder up the middle is enough to bring home Mark Hamlin for Salem's only score.
But Salem couldn't muster the comeback and the Cannons win this one five to one. The Avalanche have lost six out of their last 11 games.
It was the day known as "Super Monday" at Wimbledon, but it ended up being soggy Monday at the All England tennis club.
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Rain wiped out all but five matches today in single's. In fact, Pete Sampras, Boris Becker, Patrick Rafter and Tim Henman had their matches moved to tomorrow.
The only man lucky enough to play and complete his match was Andre Agassi.
The French Open champ advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-7. 7-6. 6-1 and 6-4 win over Wayne Arthurs.
On the women's since Lindesey Davenport was a winner along with Jana Novotna and Jelena Dokic. She beat ninth seeded Mary Pierce. Earlier in the tourney remember she upset Martina Hingis.
The Roanoke Valley Tennis Association can't get you to Wimbledon, but it does have a web site can help you find a tennis partner.
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RVTA site also provides information on other tennis clubs & upcoming tournaments.
You can find a link to the site under the sports section of our web page WDBJ7-dot.com.
Still to come tonight football is on the way as we head out to day one of Tiki and Ronde's all-star
football clinic at the Rising Star camp, and see why more than footballs are in the aire this week.
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The Roanoke Valley All-Stars football Clinic began its second year of teaching and molding young kids in the valley today.
Steve Mason has more on the camp Tiki and Ronde Barber lend their time and talent to each summer.
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((Ronde....and Tiki Barber's NFL careers are about rushing yards, inteceptions staying in tip top shape and lifting weights, but they are spending this week just lifting others.
Getting back on your feet is what this camp is partly about, and it's amazing how much faster bumps and bruises goes away with a little encouragement.
Top coaches from Salem, Lord Botetourt, Cave Spring and Northside gave these 6 to 8 year olds as much football sofistication as they could handle..and then a water break under a tent where they can dream with some stars whose achievements are worth reaching for.
The camp runs Tuesday, Wedneaday and Friday, and there is still space available. Steve Mason, News 7 sports. ))
Just to show you not all of us are made the same when it comes to giving back to the community.
This past season's NFL rookie of the year, Randy Moss, couldn't even give up an hour yesterday in Deerfield Beach, Florida.
Moss failed to show up for an autograph session that was set up to raise money for the city's youth programs.
Many folks stood in line four hours waiting for him to show.
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Ironically, one his autographed jerseys was the hit of last night's silent auction, for the Roanoke Valley all-star clinics.
The Moss jersey sold for $200.
Finally tonight, the internet is filled with interesting web sites to explore
including an around the clock puppy camera.
Check out this live unedited puppy from the Miami Humane Society that can appear on your screen 24 hours a day.
The site has received up to one-thousand visitors a day from all over the world.
And the site is such a hit that the society is now considering an online kitten camera.
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