[7-Noel-Taylor]

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He is known for bringing the Roanoke community together and many residents are getting a final chance to say goodbye.
Kate Weidaw reports of how Noel Taylor touched the lives of many Roanokers.
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((Hundreds walked through the doors at the Hamlar Curtis Funeral Home in Roanoke to say good bye to Noel Taylor. Many remembered him as the leader of Roanoke for 17 years, others remember his powerful message from the pulpit at High Street Baptist Church.

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((JACQUELINE HUGHSON-HOBSON: WHATEVER HE SAID TO YOU OR PREACHED TO YOU, YOU COULD BELIEVE IT WAS TRUE HE WAS THE MAN THE WORD OF GOD HE TRULY BELIEVED IN GOD AND HE LIVED A LIFE.))
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Others say they will remember Taylor by his gestures of kindness.

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((LEROY WILSON: EVERY TIME HE'D SEE ME HE'D MOVE AND BLOW HIS HORN AND I'VE BEEN TO HIS CHURCH A COUPLE OF TIMES.))
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Elder Samuel Wade says because of Taylor's prayers - his cancer was cured.

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((ELDER SAMUEL WADE: HE KNELT DOWN BY MY BED AND PRAYED FOR ME AND TOLD THE GOOD LORD TO HEAL MY BODY AND I'M HERE TODAY ON ACCOUNT OF HIS PRAYER AND HE'S A FINE MAN WE'RE GOING TO MISS HIM.))
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Kate Weidaw News 7 Roanoke.))
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The visitation continues from 10 this morning until 6 tonight at the High Street Baptist Church.
Taylor's funeral will be held tomorrow at noon at the Roanoke Civic Center.

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And this evening we will bring you a special half-hour program remembering Noel Taylor.
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Join Keith Humphry and Joe Dashiell for "Noel Taylor, The Mayor, The Minister, The Man" at 7:30.
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[7-UVA-Investigation]


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The University of Virginia Medical Center is under investigation again. This time the Justice Department is investigating the Center's billing practices.
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Officials wouldn't say whether the review involves medical charges billed by the hospital or its 450 faculty physicians or both.
The probe comes two years after U-V-A doctors paid an eight-point-six million dollar settlement for overcharging Medicare.
In that settlement, the inflated Medicare billings were blamed on lack of documentation.
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[7-School-Vandals]


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Two teenagers have been arrested in Henry County for going on a costly four-day school vandalism spree.
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Deputies say the boys were caught in the act outside Magna Vista High School Tuesday night.
They're charged with breaking more than one hundred windows at area schools, destroying several security cameras and spray-painting doors and walls with racial slurs.
School officials estimate tens of thousands of dollars in damage.
The boys are at home now, but they must wear electronic monitoring devices.
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[7Weather]


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Here's a look now at your Thursday forecast... Sunny and warmer today with light winds. Highs reaching around 60. Tonight clear and cold with temperatures in the upper 20s.

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[45-E-Galax-Murders]


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Galax authorities are investigating a double homicide.
Two elderly women were found dead in their burning home Tuesday night.
And a 33 year old man is custody on murder charges.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
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(( Authorities discovered the bodies of 89- year old Ila Edwards, shown here on the left-- and her 85 year old sister, Inez, after a neighbor called to report that their home was on fire.
According to court documents, 33- year old John D- Cochran, known as J-D, is the man responsible and has been charged with capital murder.
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Police say Cochran, who'd known the sisters for a number of years, entered their home and killed both women by striking them on the head before setting the house on fire.
What's unclear is WHY.
At one point-- Cochran was reportedly caught scamming money from the women.
But, for now, police aren't commenting on a motive.
Both women were well-known in the Galax area.
Ila Edwards was a retired school teacher-- her sister, Inez, was a retired nurse. [TAKE STAND UP ]
Family members are in shock and declined to comment -- but off camera said the pain they are feeling is something words could never describe. Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Galax.))


[45-E-ATM-Robbery]


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Roanoke police are looking for two suspects who robbed an man at an ATM last night.
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It happened at First Citizens Bank near Valley View Mall.
Two men reportedly snuck up on the man making a night deposit for a mall shoe store and took an undisclosed amount of cash and store receipts.
The men fled on foot.
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[45-Pitts-Hunter]


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A Pittsylvania County hunter could be facing criminal charges after he accidential shot a man while Turkey hunting.


Game wardens say that 36-year old Keith Dean Lawson accidentally shot and killed 28-year old Kevin Scott Dalton and his dog Saturday.
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Dalton was hunting on his family's land, about seven miles east of Gretna, in northern Pittsylvania County.
Lawson had allegedly wandered onto the property without permission.
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Court records show Lawson had prior hunting violations and lost his license.
Game wardens say they're investigating and will present the case to a grand jury next month.


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Two men who worked for the Lynchburg Moose Lodge now face embezzlement charges.
Audits showed more than 200-thousand dollars missing over four years.
A grand jury indicted 53-year-old Samuel Wayne Dooley and 70-year-old Dolores Franklin Moody.
Dooley is former bingo manager and governor at the lodge.
Moody was its bookkeeper.

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Taking a break from the news to check weather...
Sunny and warmer today with lighter winds and highs near 60.
Staying clear overnight, with lows dropping again into the upper 20s.
The extended forecast is calling for sunshine to linger into the weekend...with warmer temperatures in the 60s...lows in the 20s and 30s.

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[8-E-County-Supers]


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There's a new balance of power in Roanoke County which means means the supervisors will get a new chairman.
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But the current chairman ... Democrat Bob Johnson says it won't bruise his ego to turn over the gavel to a Republican.
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((JOHNSON: THE CHAIRMAN OF OUR BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HAS AN AWESOME POWER. HE OR SHE GAVELS THE MEETING TO ORDER AND RECOGNIZES PEOPLE WHEN THEY WANT TO SPEAK.))
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Republicans won a 3-to-2 majority when Joe "Butch" Church beat Spike Harrison.
Church is a former basketball referee who's calling for a "new era of cooperation."
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((CHURCH: HOPEFULLY, WE WON'T HAVE ANY TECHNICALS. I SURE HOPE NOT. I'VE HAD MY WHISTLE IN STORAGE FOR A YEAR OR SO
... BUT I'LL KEEP IT READY --- I DON'T THINK I'LL HAVE TO USE IT. ))
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Church won 57-percent of the Catawba District vote.
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[8-Balance-Power]


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Republicans have their first ever majority in the state House of Delegates.
And now, the Republican Governors Association is congratulating Governor Jim Gilmore for leading state Republicans to that feat.
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[TAKE BALANCE OF POWER FULL]
After Tuesday's elections, Republicans now have a 52-47 edge on Democrats in the house.
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[8-S-NAACP-Gilmore]


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Virginia's N-Double-A-C-P isn't congratulating Governor Gilmore-- in fact, many members are complaining about his fiery election-night speech.
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Gilmore was borrowing from a Negro spiritual Martin Luther King, Junior made famous.
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The N-Double-A-C-P says it's not the Governor's habit to say offensive things, but an apology might be in order.


A spokesman for the Governor says Gilmore was emotional and speaking off-script, and no offense was intended.


[8-E-ATM-Robbery]


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A man making a night deposit at a Roanoke ATM last night was robbed.
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It happened at First Citizens Bank near Valley View Mall. Two men reportedly snuck up on the man making the deposit for a mall shoe store and took an undisclosed amount of cash and store receipts.
The men then fled on foot.
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[8weather]


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Taking a look now at your Thursday forecast...
Lots of sunshine today and warmer temperatures with highs reaching the upper 50s and low 60s.
Tonight should stay clear with lows of 25 to 30.
The extended forecast is calling for a mostly sunny weekend...with warmer temperatures in the 60s...lows in the 20s and 30s.
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