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Presidential Candidate George W. Bush makes his way to Roanoke tonight. We'll have a live report.
The 911 tapes are released from the frantic moments just after the Jewish Community Center shootings.
And one of Tech's top defensive players suffers a knee injury.
News 7 is next.
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The Golden Boy of the Republican party makes it to Roanoke tonight.
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George W- Bush started and ended the day answering some tough questions... both in his home state and in Southwest Virginia.
Kate Weidaw is at the Roanoke Regional Airport....
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A brush fire is lighting up a Pittsylvania County mountainside tonight.
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Several fire agencies are battling the blaze off of Route 40, near Smith Mountain Lake and close to the Franklin County line.
The fire reportedly broke out this afternoon.
About 50 acres have burned so far. No homes are near the flames.
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A Henry County couple has been arrested in connection with the robbery and malicious wounding of a woman who was reportedly kidnapped nearly two weeks ago.
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23-year old Shannon Wright says a man kidnapped her from Riverside Plaza in Bassett.
She says he drove her to a secluded area where he forced her into the trunk and shot her.
Today 24-year-old Howard Lee Crook Junior of Liza Court was arrested... and so was his girlfriend, 22-year-old Angela Dawn Willis of Lee's Ridge Road.
Both face felony charges of carjacking, robbery, and attempted capital murder.
Crook also faces an aggravated sexual battery charge.
The second of two Bedford County teenagers charged with killing a classmate last fall has been sent to prison for the crime.
16- year old Keirsten Davis had pleaded guilty in June to the murder and robbery of Jamelle Poindexter.
Davis was sentenced today to a total of 63 years in prison.
Her boyfriend, 16- year- old Randy Ross, is serving two life terms.
Prosecutors say the victim's family is satisfied with both sentences.
Los Angeles Police today released the 911 calls of the Jewish Community Center shootings.
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Those frantic moments when a gunman walked into the center and began firing.
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Anxious and fearing for their lives those on the phone plead for assistance.
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Five in all were wounded- one boy still remains in the hospital.
Self Proclaimed White Supremacist Buford Furrow turned himself in.
A Florida woman is free - acquitted in the attempted murder of her daughter.
The case gained national attention when the paralyzed daughter was taken off life support and died.
Jennifer Jones has more.
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IT WAS A STUNNING END TO A RIVETING TRIAL.
AFTER SEVEN HOURS OF DELIBERATIONS, A JURY HAS ACQUITTED A FLORIDA
MOTHER OF SHOOTING AND PARALYZING HER DAUGHTER.
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PROSECUTORS CLAIMED 68 YEAR OLD SHIRLEY EGAN KNEW EXACTLY WHAT SHE WAS
DOING WHEN SHE FIRED A BULLET INTO HER DAUGHTER GEORGETTE SMITH'S SPINE.
THE ATTACK LEFT SMITH UNABLE TO MOVE.
Pam Smith/Prosecutor "It's no accident when you pull this firearm and you aim it at two victims and you use your finger to pull
the trigger back."
POLICE SAY EGAN OPENED FIRE AFTER HEARING SMITH AND HER BOYFRIEND TALK
ABOUT PUTTING THE ELDERLY WOMAN IN A NURSING HOME.
THE CASE DREW NATIONAL ATTENTION IN MAY WHEN SMITH WON THE RIGHT TO BE
TAKEN OFF LIFE SUPPORT.
SHE DIED THE NEXT DAY.
Bob Wesley/Defense Attorney "On March the eighth, that she is angry, crazy and irrational.. the drugs have been talking.. That's the
BUT IT WAS HER VIDEOTAPED DEPOSITION THAT MAY HAVE SWAYED THE JURY.
IN IT, SMITH DEFENDED HER MOTHER....CALLING THE SHOOTING AN ACCIDENT.
"There is no way she would shoot me! No way!"
... APPARENTLY THE JURY AGREED. PROSECUTORS ARE CALLING IT A SYMPATHY VERDICT.
JENNIFER JONES, CBS NEWS, CHARLOTTE.))
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Deputies in Pittsylvania County are still sorting out the details on how a man accidentally shot and killed himself while driving.
Authorities say 25-year-old Clyde Stevenson Graves of Nathalie (NATH-uh-lee) was driving near Gretna last night when he tried to pull a 44-caliber handgun out of his belt.
The gun went off ... He was hit in the stomach.
He died in the car before rescue workers arrived.
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A Martinsville woman is dead after a car accident late this afternoon.
State police say 49-year-old Shelly Frith Drane veered off of Route 108 Southbound in Henry County when she overcorrected, ran back off the roadway and overturned several times.
Drane was pronounced dead at the scene.
She WAS wearing a seat belt.
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A Danville woman had a close call with disaster today when her car struck a train carrying hazardous chemicals.
49-year-old Constance Coles told police her brakes went out as she drove toward the train tracks.
She jumped out of the car, moments before it hit the train.
Coles was NOT injured and the train had minor damage.
Police charged her with failing to maintain control of her car because the brakes checked out OK.
A Southside man says his local lawmakers have no right to keep him from hog farming - so he takes them to court.
We'll have the story.
And an update from Turkey two days after the devastating earthquake there- the death toll continues to climb.
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((O-K sports fans check this out, Mike Stevens has a report on Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick, Cave Spring is the winner of this years Bob McCelland golf tournament, Larry Walker hits two home runs to lead the Rockies over the Braves and Lou Pinella reaches a milestone in his baseball career.
All that and more coming up in sports.))
The death toll is now nearly 39-hundred following Tuesday's earthquake in Turkey.
Despite the massive death count- survivors are still being pulled from the rubble.
But residents are criticizing the rescue effort as slow and disorganized.
The World including the U-S has sent help- U-S officials say the top priority is finding survivors.
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((JAMES RUBIN/STATE DEPT. SPOKESMAN: THE NEXT STEP WILL BE TO PROVIDE SHELTER FOOD AND OTHER BASIC SERVICES FOUR THOUSNADS OF TURKS RENDERED HOMELESS BY THE TRAGEDY.))
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The U-S will also send help to assist putting out a huge refinery fire in Ismit.
Efforts to quell the flames by using planes and special foam have failed.
A hog farmer has filed a lawsuit against Halifax County's Board of Supervisors.
In it, Ray Link, president of Link Farms, alleges that the Board has no authority to keep his family from expanding their nearly three-thousand hog operation.
Several weeks ago, Link filed a permit to triple his hog farm, but was told he'd have to wait.
The Board has frozen all action on hog farm applications until after it votes on new regulations in the next few months.
The County has 21 days to reply to the lawsuit.
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Illegal medical waste from New York City is endangering Virginians.
That was Governor Jim Gilmore's rallying cry just six months ago.
Today, a vastly different picture was painted by some of the state's top experts on infectious disease.
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((DR. BARRY FARR/UVA HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER: THE ONLY EVIDENCE OF TRANSMISSION TO ANY HUMAN BEING HAS OCCURRED WITHIN HEALTH CARE FACILITIES. AND ALL OF THOSE INCIDENTS HAVE INVOLVED CONTAMINATED SHARP ITEMS.))
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Doctors told lawmakers today that Virginia's strict medical waste laws were written before much was known about how AIDS and hepatitis are transmitted.
They say the laws require hospitals to incinerate far more trash than is really risky -- at a cost of eight to 20 times what it would take to bury it in a landfill.
The Carroll County Board of Supervisors is now armed with public opinion.
A public hearing was held tonight to give residents a chance to speak out on the fate of four county-owned buildings.
The buildings in question were vacated when the new Carroll County Governmental Complex opened back in May.
The Carter Building on Main Street is one of the buildings no longer in use.
Love Cox with the Carroll County Historical Society would like to see the building preserved and possibly transformed into an art gallery or coffee shop.
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((LOVE COX/HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEMBER: IT'S JUST A LARGE PART OF CARROLL COUNTY, THE CARTER BUILDING AND IT'S PART OF OUR HISTORY, IT'S A LANDMARK, WE USED TO SAY IT'S THE ONLY SKY SCRAPER WE HAVE IN HILLSVILLE. ))
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The Carroll County Board of Supervisors has not said when it will make a decision.
Another community is asking for water conservation - for now it's voluntary.
Details coming up.
Plus - a new voice for disgruntled consumers, on the Internet.
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((We are basically trying to reach ordinary, average people, who are out there who have problems, who don't know where to turn.))
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This company promises a high success rate, when it fights for consumers.
The story coming up.
If you've got a consumer gripe - the Internet is making it a lot easier for you to get results.
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Fightback-dot-com is one of a growing number of websites created to fight for consumer rights.
The Internet company writes letters and makes phone calls to companies on behalf of consumers, and then posts the complaints on the worldwide web.
It charges a flat fee of 25-dollars for the service.
And Fightback claims an 85 to 90 percent success rate.
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The streams that feed Amherst County's reservoir are drying up.
The County Service Authority announced voluntary water conservation measures today.
Drinking water in restaurants will be available by request only.
Residents are asked not to fill swimming pools, and to turn off ornamental fountains; void washing buildings, driveways and other paved areas.
Lawn watering should be restricted to only once a week, between 6 and 8-AM.
And people should only use car washes that recycle water, or have high pressure, low consumption systems.
Though the restrictions are voluntary, Service Authority members will patrol the community and issue warnings.
Virginia's state climatologist says this year's dry conditions really aren't that unusual, and that we should expect a drought like this once a decade.
Pat Michaels calls this a "garden variety" drought, which has hit the northern Shenandoah Valley much harder than the Roanoke- Lynchburg area.
Despite what some may think, Michaels says global warming is NOT to blame.
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((PAT MICHAELS/STATE CLIMATOLOGIST: WHAT IS TO BLAME FOR THE DROUGHT IN VIRGINIA IS SOMETHING KNOWN AS RANDOM, BAD LUCK, AND THE FACT THAT OUR SUMMER RAINFALL FALLS IN THE FORM OF THUNDERSTORMS. WE WENT INTO THE SPRING AND THE SUMMER DRY.))
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Michaels says while Virginia may be suffering, the rest of the United States is actually wetter than normal.
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Mike Stevens will introduce us to Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick and highlights from Major League Baseball.
But first our Extra Point.
Veteran N-B-A guard Mitch Richmond hit the jackpot today. He reached an agreement in principle with the Washington Wizards on a 40 million dollar deal that makes Richmond the highest paid shooting guard in the league.
The 40 million over 4 years is guaranteed and he is likely to receive 10 million in the first year of the deal.
Now, here are tonight's scores.
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The Cave Spring golf team wins the Bob McLelland Invitational Metro golf event.
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After playing the first day of the 36 hole event at the Waterfront, the tournament shifted to the tight confines of Hunting Hills Country Club.
Matt Chandler from Franklin County came into yesterday's round with a four shot advantage over Cave Spring's Tommy Rooney, who had the advantage of playing on the Knights' home course.
Chandler would finish up with an even par round of 70 today to win the individual title, but Rooney put up a fight shooting the low round of the day, two under 68 to finish second two shots back.
Matt Pegram was third while Scott Wise and Brandon Welch tied for fourth.
Cave won the team competition by seven shots over William Byrd. Franklin County was third.
Larry Walker hit two homers yesterday his second in the bottom of the ninth led the Rockies to a 4 to 1 win over the Braves.
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Brian Bohanon wearing the Rockies futuristic uniform.
The Rockies get on the board in the bottom of the first. Walker takes this pitch over the left field fence for a solo home run and a 1 to nothing lead.
But the Braves answered in the top of the fourth. Andruw Jones singles to center field scoring Brian Jordan to make it 1 to 1.
Walker would put the icing on the cake in the ninth this three run homer to right field and the Rockies win it 4 to 1.
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In San Francisco, Rondell White hits this solo homer over the left field wall and the Expos led the Giants 1 to nothing in the first.
But the Giants answered. Barry Bonds hits a two run shot over the right field wall to make the score 2 to 1 San Francisco in the first.
Still in the first, Charlie Hayes belts this two run homer over the right field wall and the Giants go on to win it 5 to 4.
Lou Piniella picked up his one-thousandth victory as a manager yesterday when Seattle beat Toronto 5 to 1.
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The Mariners jumped on David Wells early and often. In the top of the second Jay Buhner sends this pitch over the right center field wall for a 2 run homer and a 2 to nothing lead.
Then in the third David Bell doubles to the left field corner Brian Hunter rounds the bases to score and Seattle wins it 5 to 1.
And coming up in sports, A couple of key players on the Virginia Tech football team suffer injuries this week in preseason practice.
And Mike Stevens will introduce us to the man that will lead the Hokie offense, quarterback Michael Vick.
Michael Vick completed 4 of 8 passes for 38 yards in Virginia Tech's first scrimmage of preseason workouts.
And this morning, we meet the man named Vick.
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((He is the greatest player in Tech history who has never played a single game. He's mobbed by kids and adults for autographs although at this stage his signature style still needs a little work.
But man does this kid have potential.
((RICKEY BUSTLE/VA. TECH OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR:))
That's high praise when you consider Bustle now has put four quarterbacks in the NFL in Jim Druckenmiller, Will Furrer, Stan Humphries and Bubby Brister, the current Broncos starter.
((MICHAEL VICK/VA. TECH QUARTERBACK:))
The Tech coaches know the fans will expect Vick to score a TD every time he touches the ball. They also know they need to make life as easy as possible for him early.
One person who is thankful Vick is handing the hype is his classmate, Lee Suggs, the former Friday Football Extra player of the week from Fleming.))
((LEE SUGGS/TECH FRESHMAN TAILBACK:))
Injuries have hit the Hokies this week in practice. Split end Marcus Gildersleeve suffered a torn A-C-L in his right knee. A date for Surgery has not been set.
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Yesterday, Linebacker Jake Houseright, a sophomore linebacker from Gate City, tore a cartilage in his right knee. He will undergo arthroscopic surgery today at Montgomery regional Hospital.
The extent of the injury will be determined after surgery.
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