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[TALENT=Melanie]

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He's been called the railroad serial killer.
And now Texas autorities think they have him custody.
Coming up an update on the man who has is supected of several brutal murders near rail tracks.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And a southisde murder has come to close with a lengthy prison sentence, a live report from our Danville newsroom next.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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News 7 at noon is next.

[Ramirez]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=mel]
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He's on the F-B-I's most wanted list, wanted in connection with at least eight murders in three states.
And this afternoon the F-B-I suspected railroad killer Rafael Resendez-Ramirez is in police custody this afternoon.
He reportedly himself in to authorities today to Texas authorities.
The 39-year-old drifter is charged in two murders, and has been linked to six other slayings along or near railroad tracks.
Lisa Hughes joins us with the latest.
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[Howard]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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A Southside man will spend the rest of his life in prison for the killing of a 53-year-old Henry County man in front of his toddler granddaughter.
[Double Boxes=Melanie and Marya/Danville Bureau]


Marya Jones joins us from our Danville newsroom with more.
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Clyde Howard Junior is sentenced to two life sentences plus 83 years for the shooting death of James Taylor.
And though that sentence brought some relief and closure to Taylor's family, they say it will take a long time before the nightmare dissipates.
(Rollcue: before the nightmare dissipates.)
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((NANCY TAYLOR/JAMES TAYLOR'S WIFE: I JUST KEEP THINKING THAT MAYBE ONE DAY I'LL WAKE UP AND IT'S REALLY NOT TRUE. IT JUST STAYS ON MY MIND EVERY WAKING MOMENT. IT NEVER GOES AWAY.)) [RUNS:12]
Taylor's family members say that though they know Howard will be behind bars for the rest of his life, there'll still be a lot of healing to do.
Howard pleaded no contest to shooting Taylor in the head last December. Taylor was sitting in his pickup truck when he was shot, with his 21-month-old granddaughter beside him.
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((STANLEY TAYLOR/JAMES TAYLOR'S SON: SHE KNOWS PAPA HURT HIS HEAD AND SHE THINKS PAPA'S STILL IN THE TRUCK MOST OF THE TIME.)) [RUNS:07] [NAT SOUND SENTENCING 30:39- :41]
((NAT SOT: I SENTENCE YOU TO LIFE IN PRISON.))

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Howard didn't react as the judge read his sentence.
His lawyer read Howard's written statement, apologizing to the Taylor family.
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((VIKRAM KAPIL/HOWARD'S ATTORNEY: THERE WAS NO ANGER OR MALICE INVOLVED, BUT RATHER A REFLEX ACTION, PERFORMED WHILE IN AN AGITATED STATE OF MIND.))))
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Clyde Howard told a parole officer that he plans to write an autobiography while in prison.
Jimmy Taylor's wife says they hope that book never gets printed.
[Double Boxes=MEalnie and MArya/Danville Newsroom]


MElanie?

[West]


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The man accused of planting a pipe bomb beneath his own truck in South Roanoke last year still insists he didn't do it... even though Norvell West, the Third did admit in court today that he LIED about it to authorities.
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Evidence summarized today indicates whoever was responsible LIT the FUSE by hand.
The bomb blew out the tires on West's truck, but he wasn't seriously hurt.
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Under a plea agreement, West admitted he made false statements to A-T-F agents investigating the incident, but that's all.
He's scheduled for additional psychiatric evaluation before sentencing.
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((TOM BONDURANT/PROSECUTOR: I THINK THERE ARE REAL MENTAL ISSUES HERE, AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE PSYCHIATRISTS ARE GOING TO SAY. DAVID DAMICO/WEST'S ATTORNEY: I WANT TO EXPLORE WHY SOMEBODY IN MR. WEST'S SITUATION WOULD THINK IT WAS A GOOD IDEA TO BASICALLY MAKE UP STUFF TO TELL THE POLICE WHEN HE KNEW IT WAS NOT TRUE. ))
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Investigators believe West made up the story to justify and explain the fact that he'd been having an affair... blaming the pipe bomb and other incidents on the "other woman."

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[ANCHOR=Mel]
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A man authorities believe killed three teenage girls and his Bible study teacher is behind bars after a two hour police stand-off this morning in Ohio.
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Lawrence Michael Hensley surrendered at a gas station where he held two hostages.
He's been on the run since last Thursday.
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(("APPARENTLY ONE OF OUR INVESTIGATORS THAT KNOWS HIM THAT IS FAMILIAR WITH HIM TALKED HIM OUT AND HE GAVE UP."))
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Hensley is also a suspect in an early morning shooting that left a motorist seriously injured.
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Police in Atlanta are trying to pin down a motive in a mass killing that left seven dead, including four children.

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[4:05:37]
It happened early yesterday morning inside an Atlanta home.
An eleven year old was wounded but hid in a closet for eight hours before running to a neighbor's house.
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The child told neighbors his stepfather had killed his mother, his aunt and his brothers and sisters.
Police believe the shooter then turned the gun on himself.
The boys is hospitalized in stable condition.
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[Quads-mom]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
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[WRITER=mel]
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A man accused of shooting a Florida woman, slitting her throat and leaving her two-year old quadruplets crawling in her blood has been extradited from Mexico.
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Jose Luis Del Toro arrived in Florida this morning.
Prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty to win his extradition.
He'll be formally charged later this week for the 19-97 murder of Sheila Bellush.
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[Power-Line]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=dse]
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The latest public hearing on A-E-P's proposed high-voltage powerline gets underway in less than an hour.
Two public hearings will be held today by the State Corporation Commission.
Both take place at the Bland County High School Gym-- the first begins at one this afternoon and the second at seven tonight.
We'll have more on the hearings tonight on News-7 at Five and Six.

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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Rain has halted the drop of Carvins Cove-- at least for now.
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Nearly an inch and a half of rain has fallen in the Carvins Cove watershed during the last 24 hours.
When city workers measured the water level this morning, it stood at 24-point eight feet below the spillway.
That's the same level as before the rain.
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[WX-One]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Let's find out if there's anymore rain on the way and check in with Patrick Evans.
[Patrick In WXCenter] [WX-Pro Full]

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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead on NEws-7 at Noon-- the latest on the fight over hog-farm restrictions in Halifax County.
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And Nikita Khrushchev said he would bury us-- now his son is one of us.
We'll explain when the news returns.
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[ANCHOR=mel]
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[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#=net]
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More political unrest in Iran.
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Some ten-thousand protestors are demanding liberal reforms and a greater degree of free speech.
The student led protest is now in its sixth day.
So far two people have been killed and scores injured.
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[Smith-gop]


[ANCHOR=melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
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The G-O-P controlled Senate is now one Republican shy.
New Hampshire Senator Bob Smith is quitting the Republican party because he says it bases too many of its decisions on pollsters and consultants.
Smith, who now calls himself an independent, is also calling himself a presidential candidate.
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Smith says his platform will remains the same, he calls it pro-life, pro- Second Amendement and pro-military.

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[WRITER=mel]
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The son of the Soviet leader who once threatened to ``bury'' the United States is now a U-S citizen himself.
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[7:11:23]
Nikita Khrushchev's son, Sergei, took the oath of citizenship yesterday in Providence, Rhode Island, along with his wife.
They took a vow to defend the United States
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40 years after Nikita Khrushchev told Vice President Richard Nixon that communism would surpass the American way of life.
So what would Khrushchev think about his son's citizenship?
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Sergei Khrushchev once engineered Soviet missiles aimed at American cities.
Now he teaches Cold War history at Brown University.
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[Hog-Farming]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[WRITER=dse]
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The hog farm debate in Halifax County is nearing a resolution.
After a public hearing, the county's planning commission recommended the strictest standards for hog farms yet...placing hog farms one-thousand feet from property lines and highways.
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Hog farm opponents rallied in the rain on the Halifax County Courthouse steps.
Inside, it was standing room only as more than 250 residents crowded into a public hearing to debate an issue that's pitted neighbor against neighbor and even family against family.
The biggest complaints were odor, the threat of water contamination and declining property values.
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((CAROL CONNOR/HOG FARM OPPONENT: IF YOU OPEN THE DOOR TO MORE HOG FACTORIES IN HALIFAX COUNTY, YOU'RE SAYING WELCOME TO DISASTER FOR HALIFAX COUNTY.))
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But hog farmers say none of the 8 hog farms in the county have caused ANY environmental problems other than odors.

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((BILLY WOODING/HOG FARMER: IF MY LAGOON RUPTURED TODAY, IT WOULD BE EQUAL TO WHAT SOUTH BOSTON AND HALIFAX PUT INTO THE RIVER ON A DAILY BASIS. ))
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Supervisors still have to decide whether they're going to accept that proposal.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Roanoke's William Fleming High School has been without a proncipal for five months.
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But that could change later today.
The latest on the selection process is still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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William Fleming High School should have a new principal soon.
The two finalists are Hallie Carr, who is a hall principal at Fleming; and Mary Ann Hardebeck, an assistant principal in Prince William County.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Faculty, parents, and students filled the cafeteria at William Fleming to ask questions of the two candidates.
After each one introduced herself, they were asked several questions involving curriculum, student activities, and discipline.
Students like Sarah Lee say they're proud to be a part of the decision making process.
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((SARAH LEE/JUNIOR CLASS VICE PRESIDENT: ALOT OF SCHOOLS DON'T GET THIS OPPORTUNITY AND FOR THEM TO ASK US TO COME AND BE APART OF THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT TO US.))
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Superintendent Wayne Harris will take all of the input from the meeting and may make his final decision later today.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=chr]
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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 77 points.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead in sports, find out who's signed the first contract of the 1999 NBA draft and where he'll be playing.

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And neither rain, nor cooler temperatures kept the Pee-Wee's from teeing off today at Countryside.
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The Roanoke Valley Golf Association Valley Junior Tournament started its second day this morning.
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The Pee Wee's hit the links at Country Side first. The 11 and under golfers play four and a half holes teeing off from 150 yards from the green.
It took five playoff holes to decide this year's Pee Wee champion. In the end David Hudgins outlasted Eddie Truett.
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Each participant in the Pee Wee division gets a trophy. This year the youngest golfer was five.
The older children start the final round of play later this afternoon.
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[ANCHOR=Patrick]
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[***ANCHOR TAG***]
Denise Allen has more on yesterday's action and the steadying influence of a hall of famer.
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The unusual occurrance of rain didn't prevent the tee-off of the Roanoke Valley Golf Association Valley Junior Golf Tournament.
And for more than 30 years H-L Jackson has been there to start the youngsters off right.
He organizes these tournaments for one reason.
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The rain caused a few problems, instead of playing 18 holes, the 13 to 18 year old golfers played 12 holes and parents were allowed to caddy, but not instruct.
This is Jackson's 31st Valley Junior, but he spent the past three decades teaching more than golf.
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Jackson will be inducted into the Roanoke valley Golf Hall of Fame later this year, but he's looking forward even more to working with a third generation of young golfers.
Denisen Allen News 7 Sports.))
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Jason Owenby is leading the event after the first day at two under while Tommy Rooney, Kris Koon and Matt Chandler are one under par.

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[ANCHOR=Patrick]
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Fans filled Fenway last night in Boston to see who could smack it out of the park.
The annual homerun derby got the two- night all-star match up underway.
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[SUPER=03-Boston, MA/ESPN; :00]


Most in attendance were eager to see baseball's homerun king Mark McGwire. Last year he was a major disapointment in this event hitting just four and failing to advance past the first round.
Last night he put on a clinic in the first round hitting an event record 13 homers.
First time all-star Billy Wagner, the former Ferrum star couldn't help but smile at the outburst.
Sammy Sosa wasn't as fortunate. He failed to make it past the first round.
The big surpprise was Jeromy Burnitz of the Milwaukee Brewers. He advanced to the finals where he eventually lost to defending champ Ken Griffey Junior.
Junior and McGwire both finished with 16 homers, but Griffey hit them when they counted.
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Thanks to the Mac Daddy and Burnitz, the National League outhomered the the A-L 39-to-23.

[Maggette]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=rsp]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=NBA]


In men's hoops news, the first contract of the 1999 draft has been signed.
Former Duke freshman Corey Maggette (muh-GEHT'-ee) has signed a three year contract worth just over three million dollars. r Horace Grant. Maggette was orginally picked up in the first round draft by Seattle, but the SuperSonics traded him to Orlando fo