[Elm-Murder]

[ANCHOR=Denise]

[NEWSCAST=weekend am]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-35 TC 1:54:37]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Saturday Morning]


A man was found dead around eleven last night on the 5-hundred block of Elm Avenue.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Police say Donald Harris of southwest, Roanoke was stabbed with a knife at least once across from Sparkys convenience store.
Police say Harris then traveled half way down the block -- leaving a trail of blood before collapsing. Officers say Harris was dead when they arrived.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 13:31:57]
[IN Q=We're talking]

((SHELLY ALLEY/POLICE SPOKESPERSON:WE'RE TALKING TO WITNESSES NOW AND HOPING THAT WE CAN LEARN SOMETHING FROM THEM AND WE DO HAVE A POSSIBLE SUSPECT IDENTIFIED AT THIS POINT))
[SUPER=01-Shelly Alley/Police Spokesperson]
[RUNS=7]
[OUT Q=at this point]
(----------)
[ANCHOR=Denise]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Saturday Morning]


Police are still investigating and no one been arrested at this time.


[11Noel-Taylor]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-37 1:35:37]
[GRAPHIC=Noel Taylor]


He was born and raised in Bedford County, and yesterday Noel Taylor was buried in the family cemetery near Moneta.

Earlier in the day, hundreds gathered at the Roanoke Civic Center for a final tribute to the city's longtime mayor, and the beloved pastor of High Street Baptist Church.
(/////////SOT/////////)
[NAT SOT OF MUSIC 13:15:14]
[IN Q=Jesus, you're the center]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=of my joy]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Described as services of triumph honoring the life and ministry of Taylor, the funeral was moved to the Civic Center to accommodate the expected crowd. And more than two thousand family members, friends and admirers paid tribute with their presence.
Speakers took note of Taylor's contributions to the city and his church. And they spoke of his deep religious faith.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 12:47:31]
[IN Q=We know where Noel Taylor is]

((WE KNOW WHERE NOEL TAYLOR IS. AND HIS SOUL SLIPPED OUT OF THAT BODY AND STARTED ON DOWN. AND SOMEBODY SAID WHERE IS HE GOING. HE'S GOING TO MEET THE MASTER. SLEEP ON. TAKE YOUR REST. AND ON THAT GREAT GETTING UP MORNING, YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT A SHOUT THAT'S GOING TO BREAK OUT ON THE OTHER SIDE. ON A LIMB THAT SWINGS, SITS A BIRD THAT SINGS.))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Benjamin Robertson/Cedar St. Memorial Baptist Church;]
[RUNS=:28]
[OUT Q=a bird that sings.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The tributes did not end with funeral services in western Virginia. Residents in Wonju, Korea one of Roanoke's sister cities, held a day-long vigil in Noel Taylor's honor.
(------------)



[11Microsoft]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Microsoft chairman Bill Gates is reportedly hinting that he may be more willing to negotiate a settlement in the antitrust case against his company.
(------------------------)

[vo-nat]
In a 207 page document a federal judge listed three key findings of fact.
First that Microsoft does have a monopoly in PC operating systems
Second, that it used its power and profit to stop competitors
And as a result, consumers did suffer.

(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=this is]

((WILLIAM KOVACIC/LAW PROFESSOR GW UNIVERSITY: THIS IS A FORESHADOWING OF WHAT THE JUDGE IS GOING TO DO WHEN HE ANSWERS THE ULTIMATE QUESTION DID MICROSOFT BREAK THE LAW.))
[SUPER=01-William Kovacic/GWU Law Professor;]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=break the law]
(-----------------------)

[vo-nat]
After 76 days of trial, the judge issued his findings of fact agreeing with government prosecutors that Microsoft is a monopoly.

(------------------)[11Lilly]



[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=99-34 1:53:31]
[GRAPHIC=Lilly]


Ben Lilly won a new trial that could move him off death row.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Giles Co./December 1995; (crime scene)]


Lilly was sentenced to die for the 1995 robbery and murder of Virginia Tech student Alexander DeFilippis.
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg/October 1996; (court video)]


But yesterday the Virginia Supreme Court overturned his conviction...
The court said taped testimony from Lilly's brother Mark ... testimony that identified Lilly as the trigger man ... might not have been enough to win a capital-murder conviction.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT :22 chris tuck feed tape]
[IN Q=this is something]

((CHRIS TUCK/LILLY'S LAWYER: THIS IS SOMETHING WE FOUGHT ALL ALONG ... SAYING EVERYBODY HAS A RIGHT TO CONFRONT THEIR ACCUSERS. TODAY THE VIRGINIA SUPREME COURT AGREED.))
[SUPER=01-Chris Tuck/Lilly's Lawyer]
[RUNS=10]
[OUT Q=supreme court agreed]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The capital murder case now goes back to a Montgomery County jury.
Lilly's convictions on carjacking and kidnapping charges were upheld.
(------------)



[Clifton-Forge]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=sat Am]
[WRITER=kor]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=none]



The Clifton Forge City Council voted unanimously this week to begin the process of reverting to a town.
A consultant reported that property taxes and solid waste fees would drop significantly if Clifton Forge becomes part of surrounding Alleghany County. The city's population has steadily declined in recent years. Mayor Mac Campbell says the problem is that the tax base isn't increasing, but expenses are.

The change could take up to a year.[Egypt-Air]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Egypt Air Investigation]


The Navy has located the black boxes from the Egypt Air flight 990, but bad weather has not allowed crews to recover them.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Newport, RI]


Officials believe a robot on the bottom of the ocean got within 20 feet of the boxes because the signals were so loud.
But the giant underwater robot was not able to grab the boxes because they are apparently buried under wreckage or something else.
Searchers have been hampered by rough seas and high winds for the past couple of days.
The Navy says as soon as the weather improves, the search will resume.
(------------)


[11Baby-Death]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=sat Am]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=None]




Three days ago, an eight month old Danville boy died from blunt injuries to the head. Yesterday, his mother was taken into custody.
LaShanda Terrell Stamps is charged with felony child neglect.
There is still no word on what caused the baby's injuries .. or if anyone else will be charged.


[11Fire-Settlement]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=99-38 58:28]
[GRAPHIC=None]


A settlement has been reached in the Southeast Roanoke house fire that killed four children and their grandmother.
The woman who lost her children and mother will receive two-point-four MILLION dollars.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/January 1996;]


The fire at 12-28 Stewart Avenue was blamed on a faulty electric space heater.
Arvin Industries, the space heater manufacturer must pay Patricia Leftwich Beckner 450- thousand dollars.
The remaining 1-point-95 million will come from Moore and Company, the real estate company that owns the apartment building.
(------------)



[2-Elm-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=weekend am]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-35 TC 1:54:37]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Saturday Morning]


A man was found dead on the 5-hundred block of Elm Avenue in Roanoke late last night.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Police say Donald Harris of southwest Roanoke was stabbed with a knife at least once across from Sparkys convenience store.
Police say Harris then traveled half way down the block -- leaving a trail of blood before collapsing. Officers say Harris was dead when they arrived.
Police are still investigating and no one been arrested at this time.
(------------)


[11Akers]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=99-43 45:04]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A murderer asked a Franklin County judge for the death penalty and yesterday he got his wish.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]

Thomas Akers robbed and savagely killed 24-year old Wesley Smith last December. Akers would not let his lawyers defend him in court, because he wanted the death penalty. His attorney calls this state assisted suicide.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 11:31:43]
[IN Q=He's indicated many times]

((HE'S INDICATED MANY TIMES THAT HE DIDN'T WANT TO GO BACK TO PRISON FOR THE REST OF HIS NATURAL LIFE, ESPECIALLY UNDER THE CONDITIONS HE WOULD HAVE BEEN INCARCERATED.))
[SUPER=01-Tom Blaylock/Defense Attorney;]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=incarcerated]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

Akers wrote to the judge saying he had no remorse or sympathy for the crime and would kill again. His cousin Timothy Martin faces trial for the same murder next month.
(------------)



[Dragging-Death]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat AM]
[WRITER=dal]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A CBS producer has been charged with contempt of court and five southeast Texas television and radio stations must turnover months of broad casts about the dragging death court case.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Jasper, TX;]


Mary Mapes was held in contempt for failing to turn over a transcript of an interview with Shawn Berry, a defendant in the case.
CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather is also fighting a subpoena to testify.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 5:38:39]
[IN Q=we are now]

((AN IMPORTANT PRINCIPLE IS INVOLVED, IT'S THE PRINCIPLE OF THE PUBLIC'S RIGHT--NOT THE PRESS--BUT THE PUBLIC'S RIGHT TO HAVE A FREE AND INDEPENDENT PRESS.))
[SUPER=01-Chip Babcock/Mapes' Attorney; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dan Rather/CBS New Anchor; :14]
[RUNS=24]
[OUT Q=independant press]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The third defendant to be tried in the dragging death of James Byrd Junior has requested a change of venue.
His lawyers had initially said they believed Berry could get a fair trial in his hometown, but the motion says that during jury selection it became apparent that people in Jasper harbor a lot of prejudice against Berry.
Opening statements are set to begin Tuesday
Two other white men have been convicted in the case and sentenced to death.
(------------)



[11Rat-Beaten]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=99-42 52:38]
[GRAPHIC=VMI]


At Virginia Military Institute, a Freshman cadet was beaten up by five other freshman in Barracks.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lexington]


All six of the freshmen- -or RATS, as they're called in their first year- -are men.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 1:44:25]
[IN Q=Five rats entered]
[SUPER=01-Col. Mike Strickler/VMI Spokesman]
[RUNS=18]
[OUT Q=neck and face.]
(-------------)
[ANCHOR=Denise]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Theodore Paris Frances of Springfield, Virginia, was treated for minor cuts and bruises at Stonewall Jackson Hospital.
Strickler says the local Commonwealth's Attorney was notified of the incident. No charges have been filed, so far.

[11VT-President]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat am]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=99-29 2:03:10]
[GRAPHIC=Steger]


Virginia Tech MAY name its new president at the beginning of the week.
Sources tell News-7 that the board of visitors is set to name Charles (STEE-gur) Steger as Tech's 15th president at its meeting on Monday.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

[NO SUPER]
He's currently the school's vice president for development and university relations.
Steger is a former dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.
And he has degrees from Tech in architecture, urban design and engineering.
(------------)
[ANCHOR=Denise]
[GRAPHIC=Hold]


He was in charge of the most successful fundraising campaign Virginia Tech has ever had, bringing in more than 334-million dollars.
A spokesman for Tech refused to comment, except to say that the board will meet this Monday and is expected to select a new president.
Steger would replace Paul Torgersen, who is stepping down at the end of next month.



[2-11Noel-Taylor]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=Sat Am]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=99-37 1:35:37]
[GRAPHIC=Noel Taylor]


Noel Taylor was laid to rest in a family cemetery near Moneta yesterday.
Earlier in the day, hundreds gathered at the Roanoke Civic Center for a final tribute to the city's longtime mayor, and the beloved pastor of High Street Baptist Church.
(/////////SOT/////////)
[NAT SOT OF MUSIC 13:15:14]
[IN Q=Jesus, you're the center]
[RUNS=:14]
[OUT Q=of my joy]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Described as services of triumph honoring the life and ministry of Taylor, the funeral was moved to the Civic Center to accommodate the expected crowd. And more than two thousand family members, friends and admirers paid tribute with their presence.
Speakers took note of Taylor's contributions to the city and his church. And they spoke of his deep religious faith.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 12:47:31]
[IN Q=We know where Noel Taylor is]

((WE KNOW WHERE NOEL TAYLOR IS. AND HIS SOUL SLIPPED OUT OF THAT BODY AND STARTED ON DOWN. AND SOMEBODY SAID WHERE IS HE GOING. HE'S GOING TO MEET THE MASTER. SLEEP ON. TAKE YOUR REST. AND ON THAT GREAT GETTING UP MORNING, YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT A SHOUT THAT'S GOING TO BREAK OUT ON THE OTHER SIDE. ON A LIMB THAT SWINGS, SITS A BIRD THAT SINGS.))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Benjamin Robertson/Cedar St. Memorial Baptist Church;]
[RUNS=:28]
[OUT Q=a bird that sings.]
(------------)
[VO-NAT]


The tributes did not end with funeral services in western Virginia. Residents in Wonju, Korea one of Roanoke's sister cities, held a day-long vigil in Noel Taylor's honor.
(------------)



[Taylor-Classic]


[ANCHOR=Jean]
[NEWSCAST=11pm]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=99-44 43:03]
[GRAPHIC=Noel Taylor]


The memory Reverend Noel Taylor was also celebrated at Victory stadium.
Hundreds turned out for the the 9th annual "Noel C. Taylor Classic."
It's the only football game of the season between Patrick Henry and William Fleming High Schools.
As Joy Sutton tells us the game was somewhat of a memorial.
(/////SOT/////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=Even before]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00]
[SUPER=01-George Miller/William Fleming Coach; :40]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Johnson/Patrick Henry Coach; :51]
[Super=@Joy2;]
[SUPER=01-James King/Pan Hellenic Council; 1:05]
[RUNS=1:17]
[OUT Q=Joy Sutton News 7.]
(///// SOT /////)

(([NAT SOUND OF BAND]
[RUNS= 4]


Even before the band started playing and the two football teams prepared for kick-off -- there was a moment of silence, as hundreds paid tribute to the Reverend Noel Taylor.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 8:23:37]
[IN Q=This evenings game]

((NAT SOUND OF ANNOUNCER: THIS EVENING'S GAME IS ESPECIALLY SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE DR. TAYLOR PASSED AWAY ONE WEEK AGO))
[RUNS= 4]
[OUT Q=one week ago]


The annual showdown between the William Fleming Colonels and the Patrick Henry Patriots was named the "Noel C. Taylor Classic," in honor of the former mayor.
Students and administrators from both schools huddled together in the center of the field to send a message.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 8:24:00]
[IN Q=Their meeting]

((NAT SOUND OF ANNOUNCER: THEIR MEETING TOGETHER SYMBOLIZES THE ROANOKE CITY PUBLIC SCHOOL'S SUPPORT OF THE IDEALS FOR WHICH DR. TAYLOR STOOD.))
[RUNS= 6]
[OUT Q=stood]
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT04:58]
[IN Q=When you have patrick henry]

((GEORGE MILLER/WILLIAM FLEMING COACH: WHEN YOU HAVE PATRICK HENRY REPRESENTING THE SOUTHWEST SIDE OF TOWN FOR THE MOST PART AND WE'RE REPRESENTING NORTHWEST, BASICALLY HE BRIDGED THAT GAP AND WE THINK IT WAS VERY SIGNIFICANT GAME WAS NAMED FOR HIM))
[RUNS= 13]
[OUT Q=being played]
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 07:34]
[IN Q=He was around to present]

((JEFF JOHNSON/PATRICK HENRY COACH: HE WAS AROUND TO PRESENT THE TROPHY TOO. I'LL KIND OF MISS HIM FOR THAT))
[RUNS= 5]
[OUT Q=to play]
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT09:44]
[IN Q=He's looking down ]

((JEFF JOHNSON: HE'S LOOKING DOWN ON US))
[RUNS= 4]
[OUT Q=good game]


And as the winning team takes home the Noel C. Taylor cup -- the Pan Hellenic Council -- the group that started this classic hopes Taylor's legacy will live on.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 2:27]
[IN Q=This is one]

((JAMES KING/PAN HELLENIC COUNCIL: THIS IS ONE WAY THAT THE YOUTH WILL KNOW AND HOPEFULLY THEY WILL ASK IN THE FUTURE WHO WAS NOEL C. TAYLOR AND THEN THERE IS SOMEBODY WHO CAN TELL THEM WHAT HE DID FOR THE AREA AND HOW HE WAS INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY))
[RUNS= 12]
[OUT Q=community]

Joy Sutton News 7.
(-----------)))
[Anchor=Denise]
[ss=Noel Taylor]


The Council hopes the classic will serve as reminder of Taylor's love of sports, and his dedication to bringing together all areas of the city.

[11Giles-Fatal]


[ANCHOR=Denise]
[NEWSCAST=sat am]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Giles Co. Fatal Accident]


A Giles County man is dead after a tractor accident.
State police say 46-year old Robert Wayne Lambert of the Ripplemead community was driving a tractor on Route 100 in the Bane (baine) area when he veered off the road to avoid a school bus.
The tractor struck an embankment and overturned. Lambert was pronounced dead at the scene.




[Claiborne-House]


[ANCHOR=Andrew]
[NEWSCAST=Saturday AM]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=Time Off]
[GRAPHIC=Time Off]


Guests who spend the night at the Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount will get a little taste of history.
Kimberly McBroom gives us tour in this week's "Time Off".
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT]
[IN Q=The prestigious sugar maples]
[SUPER=03-Rocky Mount; :01]
[SUPER=01-Margaret Young/Owner & Innkeeper; :18]
[SUPER=@Kimberly1; 1:52]
[RUNS=2:02]
[OUT Q=McBroom, News 7, Rocky Mount.]


((The prestigious sugar maples that have long stood on the front lawn help set the mood of this historic bed and breakfast.
The Victorian-styled Claiborne House was built in 18-95 by local businessman B-W Angle for his wife.
As history shows, the Angle family, in fact, built much of Rocky Mount.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 10:33:52 ]

((MARGARET YOUNG/OWNER AND INNKEEPER: THE OLDER BROTHER WAS IN WOOD- WORKING AND DID BALD KNOB FURNITURE AND HIS BROTHERS AND SISTERS HAD ALL THE VICTORIANS DOWN THIS ROW. THEY DID THE DRY GOODS STORE, THE INSURANCE, THE HARDWARE, THE FEED STORE WAS ALL ANGLE-- ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. THEY BUILT THE FIRST CHURCH WITH THE SCOTT FAMILIES AND GOT THE TOWN GOING.)) [RUNS:17]
Jim and Margaret Young run the inn, with five guest rooms--each decorated in its own unique style with mostly American antiques.
French and Oriental in one room....Victorian in another...and this room, popular with the ladies, features a lace canopy bed.
To accommodate any combination of visitors, there are two suites upstairs...
One with twin beds, and the other with a king- sized bed, T-V, and a private porch that leads to an English garden.
Out of consideration for other guests, the inn allows "well- behaved" children, but no pets.
The goal here is to provide guests with the most relaxing setting possible.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 10:35:51]

((MARGARET YOUNG/OWNER AND INNKEEPER: SOME PEOPLE COME FOR ANTIQUING. SOME PEOPLE ARE JUST COMING FOR THE COLORS DOWN ON THE PARKWAY. OUR GUESTS ARE ALL FOR DIFFERENT REASONS. SOMETIMES, WE HAVE BUSINESS PEOPLE THAT WILL COME AND STAY AND ASK FOR A DISCOUNT RATE TO STAY FOR A WEEK, SO THEY CAN HAVE A SPECIAL, QUIET RETREAT PLACE TO STAY RATHER THAN BEING IN THE MIDST OF NOISE AND PEOPLE.)) [RUNS:20]
The couple had worked in the aerospace industry prior to opening the inn.
Margaret is a California native who fell in love with Virginia's beauty, and has enjoyed her role as innkeeper.
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT 10:31:57]

((MARGARET YOUNG/OWNER AND INNKEEPER: THE PEOPLE ARE SO GRACIOUS THAT COME INTO AN INN THAT YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE GETTING A REAL VACATION EVERY TIME YOU MEET SOME NEW FRIENDS. )) [RUNS:07]
(///// SOT /////)
[SOT standup here 12:04:52]

((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: AFTER NINE YEARS IN THE HOSPITALITY BUSINESS, THE YOUNGS SAY THEY'RE READY TO RETIRE. SO, THEY'RE HOPING THAT THE NEXT GUEST WHO COMES ALONG DECIDES TO STAY AWHILE, AND BECOME THE NEW INNKEEPER. KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7, ROCKY MOUNT. )) [RUNS:13]))
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[ANCHOR=ANDREW]
[GRAPHIC=WEBWATCH]


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