Up next on News 7 at 5,
the man accused of burning and beheading another man will NOT have his trial moved out of Grayson County.
and Southside has to clean up once again as a tornado damages homes and property.
After two days of locally severe weather, is the end in sight? The answer in the weekend forecast next.[medical-hea
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Tonight in medical news --a local school uses peer pressure to teach about tobacco
And what will health care be like in the 21st century? A public health grant is helping map out a plan for taking care of Southwest Virginians.
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A judge denies Louis Ceparano's request to have his murder trial moved out of Grayson County.
Despite the wide spread publicity, Judge Colin Campbell believes a fair and impartial jury can be seated in the case of the man who is accused of murdering and beheading Garnett G-P Johnson.
Teresa Hamilton just returned from Grayson County and joins us from
our Blacksburg newsroom.
Jean, the judge admits coverage of the case has been extensive, especially by the Roanoke newspapers and television reporters.
But he doesn't feel the coverage has been inaccurate or overly exaggerated-- especially by the local newspapers and radio stations closer to Grayson County.
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(( Another reason the judge believes an impartial jury can be found is that he's given the commonwealth and Ceparano's attorneys room to ask the potential jurors extensive questions.
But he did leave the door open for the possibility a jury could NOT be seated, saying he would reconsider a change of venue should that happen.
Other matters were also resolved.
Ceparano and co-defendant Emmett Cressell, Junior were charged with killing Garnett G-P Johnson at a drinking party last summer.
Two women, Louise Anderson and Christy Harden were at that party and will be subpoenaed for both trials.
Harden was seen talking with Cressell after his release on bond for agreeing to testify against Ceparano.
Today-- the judge ruled Ceparano's attorneys can question Cressell about his and Harden's conversations.
That discovery deposition will probably take place very soon--given the fact the trial is just around the corner.
Teresa-- so the trial still expected to begin in a couple of weeks?[5-Pitts-Ax]
A woman is in critical condition after a pickup truck crashed head-on into her car.
The wreck happened this afternoon on Route-726 in Pittsylvania County.
Rescue crews had to pry 66-year old Elsie Adams out of her car.
State police say the accident happened when a pickup truck hydroplaned on the road.
The driver of the truck-- 30-year old Larry Hawker-- is also in the hospital in stable condition.
State police have not filed any charges yet in the accident.
A Roanoke middle school student was taken into custody today after he allegedly threatened to shoot someone at another school.
Police say the 12-year old male told classmates at Ruffner Middle School that he was going to shoot someone at Westside Elementary. The students became concerned when he did not show up for class today, and they notified a teacher.
Officers located the child at his home. He told them he never intended to carry out the threat.
The boy was released to the custody of his parents, and police say charges are pending.[5-Storm-Damage]
Severe thunderstorms have pounded Southside Virginia all day.
The "off-and-on" heavy rains are not making clean-up from yesterday's tornado any easier.
People who live in the Mount Hermon area of Pittsylvania County are covering their roofs with giant blue tarps.
This home on Samuel Road suffered the most significant damage.
The family who owns it plans to rebuild.
Today, contractors moved water-logged belongings out of the house.
The city of Danville also sustained moderate damage related to last night's storm.
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((DOUG YOUNG: THE TORNADO ITSELF DID NOT CAUSE DAMAGE IN THE CITY BUT THE SYSTEM DID ON THE EXTREME NORTH END OF THE CITY WHERE WE HAD SOME TREES, WIND DAMAGE FROM THE TREES, AND POWER LINES.))
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There are no reported injuries from the Southside storms and public safety operations are now back to normal.
Tornados also hit South Carolina-
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leveling several homes and killing one woman.
Ten other people including the woman's daughter and husband were hurt.
A hailstorm damaged an Air Tran Jetliner- carrying 91 passengers.
Part of the planes windshield was shattered and the nose cone was ripped away.
((ESSENTIALLY WE COULDN'T SEE OUT THE FRONT WINDOW WE LOST OUR AIR SPEED. ))
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Pilots relied on tower communications to make an emergency landing in Chattanooga.
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Coming up after this break, country music loses a former number one singer,
and for the second day in a row, a local textile plant shuts down and lays off its workers.
On Health Check, a local school tries to warn its students early about the dangers of smoking
We'll have that and Patrick Evans speaks live with Gospel music legend Bill (GAY-thur) Gaither.
Yet another textile plant is shutting down in this area-- the second in two days.
Buena Vista Manufacturing Company closed for good this morning.
The company had laid off most of its workers in the past few months.
A work force that once numbered nearly one hundred was down to 38.
Seamstresses at the plant put together uniforms for K-Mart and Wal-mart.
But labor is cheaper at the company's plant in Texas, next to the Mexican border.
The laid off workers say they've seen too many plants close for the same reason.
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((THERE'S NO STABILITY AND IT'S VERY INSECURE IN THIS TYPE OF APPAREL WORK. SO I'M GOING TO STAY AWAY FROM IT IF I CAN.))
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But business is booming at a sewing plant just 20 minutes down the road -- they're hiring more than 50 workers.
Tonight on News 7 at 6, we'll see how they've managed to thrive while others have closed shop.
Anti-abortion crusader Flip Benham is back on the streets today after spending eighty days in jail for trespassing at Lynchburg's E-C Glass High School.
Good behavior allowed Reverend Benham to serve less than half his six-month jail term.
A few hours after his release, Benham told supporters his jail time was a "wonderful experience".
He also promised to renew his crusade to put God back in the schools.
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((REV. FLIP BENHAM/OPERATION RESCUE DIRECTOR: AND IF THEY WANT TO PUT US IN JAIL AND TAKE ALL OF OUR PROPERTY FROM US AND IF THEY WANT TO PUT US IN THE ELECTRIC CHAIR, WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO LIFT UP HIS HOLY NAME BECAUSE WE'RE NOT ASHAMED OF IT.))
((REV. RICHARD KNODEL/BENHAM SUPPORTER: OUR SCHOOL SYSTEMS ARE FAILING TERRIBLY AND YET WHEN WE GO TO TESTIFY ABOUT SOMETHING THAT CAN MAKE IT BETTER, THEY WANT TO THROW US IN JAIL, THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED TO THE REVEREND BENHAM.))
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Benham's fellow convict, Liberty University student John Reyes (RAY-iss), is still appealing his OWN jail sentence for trespassing.
Benham says he'll return to Lynchburg for more demonstrations if Reyes is forced to go to jail.
A huge tobacco settlement in Minnesota- that includes a first ever ban on marketing to children.
The Nation's tobacco companies are shelling out more than 6 billion dollars to settle a lawsuit with the state.
((SKIP HUMPHREY/MINNESTOA ATTORNEY GENERAL: WE HAVE EFORCED THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY TO ACCEPT A BAN ON CONSUMER PRODUCTS THAT ENTICE KIDS-THE CAPS, THE BOOKBAGS, THE T-SHIRTS, THE CD PLAYERS AND THE TOHER PRODUCTS THEY USE TO TURN KIDS LITERALLY INTO WALKING BILLBOARDS.))
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The deal does not however provide a resolution for the dozens of other states that have filed suit against big tobacc
Country Singer Eddie Rabbitt has died.
The singer who song such songs as "I Love A Rainy Night," "Step By Step," and "Driving' My Life Away," died today of lung cancer.
Rabbitt had part of his left lung removed last year.
During the course of his career, he had 26 number-one country
Eddie Rabbitt was 53.
The Roanoke Civic Center where they're preparing for a big All Star Gospel Concert tonight. And Patrick Evans is standing by with the man who started it all.
The Roanoke Civic Center is the site for a Gospel All Star Concert tonight.
Bill Gaither is bringing his Vocal Band and many of his Southern Gospel Friends for an old fashioned Homecoming.
Patrick Evans is there with a preview.
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Fomer WKRP star and native Virginian Tim Reid hasn't won the state lottery, but he's gotten the next best thing. We'll explain a little later.
In tonight's health check report --
The Roanoke Valley Chapter of the Red Cross has a found a diverse way to celebrate World Red Cross Day.
And two local health departments are joining forces to plan the future of health care in Southwest Virginia.
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((DR. MOLLY RUTLIDGE/ROANOKE/ALLEGHANY HEALTH DIRECTOR:WHAT'S A REAL HEALTH ISSUE IN BOTETOURT COUNTY MAY NOT BE THE SAME IN PULASKI AND SO A REGIONAL ISSUE WILL BE TOTALLY DIFFERENT.))
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In an unprecedented move, two local public health directors are working together to improve the health of Southwest Virginia.
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The New River and Roanoke/Alleghany Health Districts or New Century Region announced today that they're using a 60-thousand dollar grant to strengthen public health.
The directors say the New Century region is an area where cultural practices impact residents' health.
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((DR. MOLLY RUTLIDGE/ROANOKE/ALLEGHANY HEALTH DIRECTOR:IT'S JUST CRAZY IN 1998 TO STILL LOOK AT THINGS IN THE WALLS OF SALEM BECAUSE THEY SPILL OUT AND INTO THE OTHER LOCALITIES, YOU CAN'T JUST LOOK AT A LOCALITY ALL BY ITSELF.))
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Virginia is one of 14 states be awarded the funding and the new century region is one of three communities in the state to receive the grant.
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((DR. JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER HEALTH DIRECTOR:THIS MONEY IS NOT GOING TO BE USED TO BUILD A HEALTH DEPARTMENT OR TO HELP BUILD A WING ON A HOSPITAL. THIS MONEY IS GOING TO BE USED TO GET TOGETHER PARTNERS, PEOPLE, WHETHER THEY BE GROUPS INDIVIDUALS AND DOING A STRATEGIC PLAN, LOOKING AT WHERE WE WANT TO BE IN THE FUTURE.))
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Some of the issues being addressed are infant mortality, prenatal care, coronary disease, suicide deaths and children's physical education.
Positive role models were not in short supply today at Auburn High School.
Members of the school's peer support program hosted their first ever Tobacco Awareness Fair for Youth, to teach younger children about the dangers of tobacco use.
More than 400 children from Bethel, Riner Elementary and Auburn Middle School were invited.
The goal was to educate the students while providing a fun atmosphere.
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[SUPER=01-David Strathy/Peer Group Member; :13]
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David Strathy and other members of the high school's peer support program came up with the idea for the fair.
Roanoke is celebrating World Red Cross Day with two of it's sister cities.
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Founder of Lee-jung, China sister city Pearl Fu helped spread a little cultuaral diversity at the celebrations at the Roanoke Valley Chapter of the Red Cross.
As part of global recognition, a representative from Pskov, Russia talked about humanitarian aid in the east and how the red cross helps everyone.
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((KITTY LOU WARD/RED CROSS:LET PEOPLE KNOW THAT RED CROSS IS NOT JUST IN THE UNITED STATES, BUT IS A WORLDWIDE ORGANIZATION.))
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City Councilman Nelson Harris presented a World Red Cross Day Proclamation to the City of Roanoke.
In Sports, the Charlotte Hornets hope to go on a two game winning streak.
and here with a preview of tonight's big playoff game is Mike Stevens.[S5-NBA]
Welcome folks to the start of your weekend and the Friday Ticker that begins and ends in Charlotte.
The Charlotte Hornets hope to take the upperhand on the Bulls tonight as the two teams meet for game three
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of their series in Charlotte.
The Hornets won game two with a great fourth quarter effort.
Tonight they hope to start as well as they have been finishing.
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The Lakers-Sonics series also resumes tonight in LA.[S5-King]
Blue Hills Club Pro Billy King shot a two over 74 during the first round of today's Home Depot Classic in Charlotte.
Roy Stanley talked with Billy about life in the fast lane both on and off the course.
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((King began his pro career back in January and since then he's been home only one time.
The competition on the tour is enough but King, a club pro pro for over 30 years has never had to deal with travel, in and out of airports and living in motels.))
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((ED SNEED/SENIOR PGA TOUR VETERAN:))
((King is also hoping to get use to the tough competition on the tour.
And this weekend in Charlotte King will have a few familiar faces in the crowd to cheer him on.
In Charlotte Roy Stanley news 7 sports.))
Some local golf, tennis and Tech baseball honors coming up at six.
Have a safe weekend everybody.
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You may remember him as "W-K-R-P in Cincinnati's" Venus Flytrap.
You may have seen him on the short-lived sitcom Frank's Place.
You may even know that actor and director Tim Reid has opened the state's only "full service" film studio in his hometown of Petersburg.
Now Reid's breaking new ground in his devotion to Virginia.
He's directing one of those always amusing ads for the Virginia Lottery.
It will promote a new "Wheel of Fortune" scratch game.
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((IS THERE AN L? There is. OKAY. I'D LIKE TO BUY A VOWEL.))
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((TIM REID/NEW MILLENIUM STUDIOS: I WANT TO SHOW THAT EVERYTHING WE HAVE AT NEW MILLENIUM STUDIOS INCLUDING MYSELF IS AVAILABLE TO BRING THE QUALITY OF THE PRODUCTION AND ALL THE TOOLS AND THINGS WE HAVE IN THE STUDIO TO BEAR TO KEEP MORE BUSINESS IN VIRGINIA. ESPECIALLY VIRGINIA BUSINESS.))
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Reid and New Millenium studios just finished filming a feature length psychological thriller called "Asunder."