[7S-Strickler]

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Tommy Strickler may be running out of time, and chances, to avoid execution.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=04-File Tape]


A federal appeals court today rejected Strickler's request for a stay.
He is scheduled to die tomorrow for the 1990 slaying of Roanoke resident Leann Whitlock.
A final appeal is being made to the U-S Supreme Court, and Strickler is asking Governor Gilmore for clemency.
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[7E-Druckenmiller]


[ANCHOR=Mel]
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The prosecution will continue to build its case against former Tech football star, Jim Druckenmiller.
We should caution that some of yesterday testimony is graphic in nature.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]


The former quarterback, who was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers, is accused of raping a college student at a house in Blacksburg back in March.
Druckenmiller says what happened was consensual.
But prosecutors say the young woman was too drunk to consent to sex.
12-hours after the two were together, the young woman's blood alcohol content measured point oh seven.
To further prove that sex between the two was NOT consensual-- testimony was also introduced that the woman had to have a tampon removed at the hospital and that abrasions to her vaginal area were detected.
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The defense countered by saying the string on the tampon could have made the abrasions.[7S-Verna-Lewis]


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[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A local doctor is on trial for federal tax evasion charges. The case could go to the jury today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/July 12]


Doctor Verna Lewis flatly admitted in court today that she tried to get people to lie for her... to cover up questionable deductions.
She claimed a condo in the Bahamas as an educational expense and wrote off a two story addition to her home.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Bedford Co.]

A former West Virginia state official now faces FEDERAL trial next month, for using the Internet to solicit sex from a minor.
Bedford County's on-line investigative unit arrested 58-year old Tim Rice last February. He alledgedly arranged through the Internet to meet what he thought was a 13- year- old boy at Bedford County Elementary School.
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[7E-M'ville-Deputies]


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A Martinsville Sheriff's deputy who accidentally shot another deputy Monday is suspended until police figure out what happened.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville;]


Investigators say they don't know WHY Deputy Bobby Branch removed his gun from the holster inside City Hall yesterday.
The gun went off outside a Circuit courtroom, hitting Branch's longtime friend and co-worker, Deputy David Floyd, in the hip.
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((STEVE DRAPER/MARTINSVILLE CITY SHERIFF: BOTH OF THESE GUYS HAVE BEEN HERE FOR SOME 20 YEARS EACH. THEY'RE FRIENDS, THEY'VE BEEN FRIENDS. IT WAS AN ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING, NO DOUBT IN MY MIND.))
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[OUT Q=No doubt in my mind.]
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[VO-NAT]


Family and friends say that Floyd is resting at home and doing well today.
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[7S-Lewis-Gale]


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Lewis-Gale Medical center is welcoming a new addition.
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A groundbreaking ceremony this afternoon celebrated both the hospital's 90 year existence and the expansion of the emergency department. The E-R will double in size with the construction of 18-thousand square feet added to the current emergency department.
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((DR. MARK TRIPP/ER MEDICAL DIRECTOR: OUR NEW FACILITY WILL ALLOW US TO PROVIDE THE MOST ADVANCED EMERGENCY SERVICES AVAILABLE TODAY, SUCH AS A CHEST PAIN CENTER THAT WILL ENABLE US TO DIAGNOSE AND TREAT CARDIAC PATIENTS MUCH QUICKER AND MORE EFFICIENTLY.))
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The nursing and physician staff will also be increased.
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Looking at the weather...today will be partly sunny with possible showers highs in the mid to upper 80's. Tonight will be mostly cloudy and humid with temps in the upper 60's and low 70's. Tomorrow calls for a chance of showers and storms highs in the low to mid 80's and Thursday night looks to be mostly cloudy with possible shows, high's in the mid 60's.


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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 7/22/99
Thursday:

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[SUPER=131-/Margaret Minter/Axton]



[SUPER=131-17/Franklin McDaniel/Lynchburg]



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[SUPER=131-/Todd Grindstaff/Danville]



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[45E-81-Accident]


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[GRAPHIC=I-81 Deadly Accident]


An incoming Virginia tech freshman's dreams of playing football were taken away in Monday's deadly accident on Interestate 81.
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./Yesterday;]


18 year old Marques (mar-KEES) Wade Hampton, and his mother, Antoinette, both from Virginia Beach, died when their car went out of control, crossed the median and hit a van head-on.
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./July 4, 1998]


The accident happened near the spot where seven people died, when a car crossed the median into the path of a tractor trailer in July of last year.
V-DOT will look at ways to prevent cross-over accidents such as these as it prepares to improve the interstate.


This year highway engineers will begin drawing up plans for interstate improvements between Salem and Troutville.
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[45S-Motorcycle-folo]


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[GRAPHIC=81 Accidents]


Meantime, authorities are still looking for the driver of a highway mainantance vehicle they believe caused a serious motorcyle accident on I-81 Sunday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./Sunday;]


Troopers located the truck, belonging to Traffic Markings Incorporated of Massachusettes.
It was replacing guardrail reflectors.
Witnesses say the driver made an abrupt u-turn in the median without a signal, causing a motorcycle behind it to lose control, injuring two people from Pennsylvania.
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[45S-Lewis-Gale]


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Lewis-Gale Medical center is enlarging its emergency room.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem; ]

A groundbreaking ceremony yesterday celebrated the expansion plans and the hospital's 90 years of existence. The E-R will double in size with the construction of 18-thousand square feet added to the current emergency department.
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((DR. MARK TRIPP/ER MEDICAL DIRECTOR: OUR NEW FACILITY WILL ALLOW US TO PROVIDE THE MOST ADVANCED EMERGENCY SERVICES AVAILABLE TODAY, SUCH AS A CHEST PAIN CENTER THAT WILL ENABLE US TO DIAGNOSE AND TREAT CARDIAC PATIENTS MUCH QUICKER AND MORE EFFICIENTLY.))
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[VO-NAT]


The nursing and physician staff will also be increased.
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[45Boty-Supers]


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Possible changes to the subdivision zoneing ordinance in Botetourt County has some residents worried.
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[VO-NAT]


They had a chance to speak out at a public hearing last night.
Property owners and builders say they want subdivisions to have one acre lots that people can afford.
Peter Fields owns a construction company.
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((PETER FIELDS/CONSTRUCTION COMP. OWNER: I PERSONALLY DON'T WANT TO SEE MUCH CHANGE AT ALL I THINK WHAT WE HAVE IN PLACE NOW IS ADEQUATE.))
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[VO-NAT]


But after extensive residential and industrial growth in the county, officials say it's time for some revisions in the zoning law.
Any changes will stay in place for the next ten to fifteen years.
Consultants say they hope to have a new plan as early as January. The next public meeting will be Thursday at James River high school from 7 to 9 in the evening.
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[45E-Hootie]


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The band Hootie and the Blowfish played some of its top 40 tunes last night at the Roanoke Civic center.
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More than 4-thousand attended the concert.
The groups hits- Only want to be with you and Hold my hand are just a few that brought these South Carolina rockers to fame.
Musical Chairs is the groups newest C-D-
Opening up for the band was Grammy Nominee Shawn Mullins.
He had a number one hit with the song Rockabye.
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Checking your forecast again...
Partly sunny today with showers or thunderstorms possible.
Highs in the upper 80s.
Mostly cloudy and humid overnight, with lows around 70.
The five day forecast includes the lingering chance of thunderstorms tomorrow...otherwise, partly sunny and rather warm.
Highs near 90...lows near 70.


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[8E-81-Accident]


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One of the victims in Monday's fatal accident on Interstate 81 was an ASPIRING Virginia Tech football player.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./Monday;]


18 year old Marques (mar-KEES) Wade Hampton, and his mother, Antoinette, both from Virginia Beach, died when their car went out of control, crossed the median and hit a van head-on.
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./July 4, 1998]


The accident happened near the spot where seven people died, when a car crossed the median into the path of a tractor trailer in July of last year.
V-DOT will look at ways to prevent cross-over accidents such as these as it prepares to improve the interstate.


This year highway engineers will begin drawing up plans for interstate improvements between Salem and Troutville.
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[8E-M'ville-Deputies]


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[GRAPHIC=Shooting]


As authorities continue their investigation into the accidental shooting of a Martinsville's Sheriff's deputy...the deputy who fired the shot is on suspension.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Martinsville;]


Investigators say they don't know WHY Deputy Bobby Branch removed his gun from the holster inside City Hall yesterday.
The gun went off outside a Circuit courtroom, hitting Branch's longtime friend and co-worker, Deputy David Floyd, in the hip.
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[IN Q=Both of these guys have been here]

((STEVE DRAPER/MARTINSVILLE CITY SHERIFF: BOTH OF THESE GUYS HAVE BEEN HERE FOR SOME 20 YEARS EACH. THEY'RE FRIENDS, THEY'VE BEEN FRIENDS. IT WAS AN ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING, NO DOUBT IN MY MIND.))
[SUPER=01-Steve Draper/Martinsville City Sheriff;]
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[OUT Q=No doubt in my mind.]
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[VO-NAT]


Family and friends say that Floyd is resting at home and doing well.
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[8E-Danville-Council]


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Danville is looking to fill its City Manager post...
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


Danville City Council approved an Atlanta-based consulting firm last night to conduct the search.
The city will pay 17-thousand five hundred dollars to find Ray Griffin Junior's replacement.
Griffin was fired by Council earlier this month after 7 years as Danville's City Manager.
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Council members hope to fill the City Manager position in as few as three months.

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The Roanoke Civic Center was rocking last night to the tunes of Hootie and the Blowfish.
But as Jean Jadhon tells us, the concert- goers were ALSO treated to Grammy- nominee Shawn Mullins. [WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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((SHE GREW UP WITH THE CHILDREN OF THE STARS IN THE HOLLYWOOD HILLS AND THE BOULEVARDS... HER PARENTS HAD LOTS OF PARTIES EVERYONE WAS THERE. SHAWN MULLINS/GRAMMY NOMINEE: I WANTED TO TELL A STORY ABOUT A LOT OF PEOPLE'S LIVES AND HOW IT IS THERE WHEN YOU GROW UP THAT WAY, BECAUSE ITS A STORY THAT NEEDS TO BE TOLD.
The story came from a woman in a small club in L-A- one of a handful of fans who came out to see Shawn Mullins some time ago.
The story inspired Lullaby that's catapulted to number one on the radio charts and sent Mullins into the spotlight.
I LIKE THAT PART OF IT. I LOVE THE FACT THAT MY MUSIC IS BEING PLAYED EVERYWHERE IT'S GREAT IT'S BEAUTIFUL. FIRST TIME I PLAYED IN ROANOKE IT WAS IN 1993 IT WAS A PLACE CALLED THE IROQUOIS CLUB.
It's been quite some time since that Iroquois Club gig.
The 30 year old Atlanta native has been playing small clubs for 10 years-
Now he plays to millions as as he tours the world- EVERYTHINGS GONNA BE ALRIGHT... ROCKABYE... ROCKABYE.... ROCABYE. JEAN JADHON NEWS 7.))
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Taking a moment now to check the weather outlook...
Partly sunny today, with scattered showers possible.
Highs in the upper 80s.
The clouds will last through tonight, with lows around 70.
The extended forecast stays seasonably warm...with high near 90.
Partly sunny skies should last through the weekend, with isolated thunderstorms possible tomorrow.
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