A Montgomery County judge this morning agreed to delay Livingston Bud Pritchett's capital murder trial.
This after Pritchett and the head of a local civil rights group told the court they weren't satisfied with the defendant's attorneys.
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Teresa Hamilton is at the Courthouse in Christiansburg and has an update.
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A 15-year old charged with shooting a teacher and a teacher's aide at a Richmond school will avoid prison, after entering a guilty plea yesterday.
As part of the plea agreement, Quinshawn Booker will live in a home for troubled boys until he finishes its program.
He will also be on probation until he turns 21.
Booker could spend up to 25 years in prison IF he gets in any more trouble with the law.
The high school teacher wounded in the June shooting says he supports the agreement.
A huge recall in the toy industry--
Fisher- Price has agreed to recall and repair nearly 10 million battery powered cars and trucks.
The children's vehicles have a potential fire risk.
Herb Weisbaum reports.
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Typhoon Babs is making her mark on the central Philippines today.
The powerful tropical system has left at least four people dead.
It's ripping off rooftops, triggering landslides, and forcing nearly 30- thousand residents from their homes.
Babs' 100-mile-an- hour winds have knocked down trees and powerlines, leaving many remote areas without electricity.
This comes only one week after Typhoon Zeb tore through the northern Philippines, killing 74 people.
At least for now, "home" is a Red Cross Shelter for thousands of Texas residents, displaced by last weekend's floooding.
The flood- weary are gathering at this center, usually used for bingo games and banquets.
The floodwaters have washed away many of their homes-- an incredible notion to this young flood victim.
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((MARA THOMPSON/FLOOD VICTIM: HOW COULD THE WATER DO SO MUCH DAMAGE LIKE THAT? LIKE TO MY HOUSE. IT BENT IT IN HALF.))
((MERELE BEHNE/SHERTZ SHELTER MANAGER: WE HOPE TO GET ALTERNATIVE HOMES FOR THEM, WITH FRIENDS, RELATIVES OR APARTMENTS OR SOMETHING. AND RIGHT NOW IN SHERTZ, THERE'S PRACTICALLY NOTHING AVAILABLE.))
[SUPER=01-Mara Thompson/Flood Victim;]
[SUPER=01-Merle Behne/Shertz Shelter Manager;]
[OUT Q=nothing available.]
20 counties in Texas are now federal disaster areas, with preliminary damage estimates around 400- million dollars.
Home Depot opened its doors last night... but it wasn't your ordinary ribbon cutting... they used a chain saw.
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The store also marked the occasion with a 5-thousand dollar donation to Habitat for Humanity.
They were making money as well... even though Home Depot officially opened to the public this morning, the cash registers were running last night, and many customers were in a buying mood.
Home Depot representatives were trying to make a good impression.
They hope the opponents of the proposed Home Depot at the corner of Brambleton Avenue and Route 419 will change their minds after they see a store in operation.
With the opening of Roanoke's Target store, the Star-City now has three major retailers.
And at least one expert says that's one too many.
Stores like Target are popular because you can buy just about anything under one roof.
But now that Roanoke has three big retailers -- Target, Walmart and Big-K, Richmond analyst Ken Gassman predicts one store won't make it.
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((KEN GASSMAN/RETAIL ANALYST: WHAT HAPPENS IS, IN A MARKET WHAT YOU OFTEN SEE IS, WHEN YOU HAVE THREE RETAILERS BATTLE IT OUT, THERE ARE TWO SURVIVORS AND ONE LOSER.))
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Gassman would NOT say which store he thinks is going to close.
He did say that no matter how popular big stores get, there will always be a place for small specialty stores.
Employees at the Bacova Guild plant in Low Moor have nine days until they vote for or against a union.
Company officials and representatives with the United Paperworkers International Union are vying for Bacova workers' loyalty and support.
About a week ago union officials accused company management of using "fear tactics" to discourage employees from organizing.
Yesterday, an official with Burlington Industries, Bacova Guild's parent company, responded.
Dick Windham said the company would rather communicate directly with employees than go through a third party.
Windham also said management has been holding meetings for employees to give the company's point of view.
Bacova Guild's Low Moor plant employs about 300 people.
If workers vote to organize, they would create the first union of the company's seven plants in Virginia.
Olympic gymnst Dominique (MOH-CHEE-AH-NOO) Moceanu is suing for a divorce-- from her parents.
The 17- year- old gold medalist has filed a lawsuit, asking the court to certify her as an adult.
Moceanu's attorney says she has good reason.
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((ROY MOORE/DOMINIQUE MOCEANU'S ATTORNEY: SHE SAID THAT MR. MOCEANU HAD STRUCK HER SOME, HAD BEEN VERY INTIMIDATING, DID NOT TELL HER ANYTHING ABOUT HER BUSINESS. SHE WOULD ASK..AND HER JUST LIVED OFF OF HER AND SHE WANTS TO BE ABLE TO CONTRACT AND ACT AS AN EMANCIPATED PERSON, WHO IS 18 YEARS. OLD.))
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[OUT Q=18 years old]
Moore says Dominique made a half- million dollars last year.
Now, he says her trust fund is broke.
President Clinton is again at the Mideast Peace talks.
Before leaving for Maryland this morning, the President said the "hardest decisions are now on the table".
He says it's up to the Israelis and the Palestinians to determine what happens next.
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((I HOPE THE PARTIES WILL SEIZE THIS OPPORTUNITY AND NOT RETREAT FROM THE CLEAR MOMENT TO CAPTURE THE MOMENTUM OF PEACE AND KEEP IT MOVING FORWARD.))
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Meanwhile, the peace talks in the U-S are triggering protests abroad.
For the second straight day, Jewish settlers peacefully demonstrated-- blocking West Bank intersections.
The protestors say the agreement would endanger their security.
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On the other side, hundreds of Palestinians took to the street, calling for Israel to release prisoners as part of the proposed deal.
The Post Office is selling a new stamp.
The new Organ Donor Stamp was unveiled this morning at the main Roanoke Post office.
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((BILLY MARTIN/POSTMASTER: WE WILL HAVE MEMBERS OF THE VIRGINIA ORGAN PROCUREMENT AGENCY HERE THROUGH 3PM THIS AFTERNOON, AND THEY HAVE A LOT OF INFORMATION HERE ON ORGAN TRANSPLANTS, BROCHURES, AND THEY CAN ASK QUESTIONS AS FAR AS ANYONE WHO MAY WANT TO DONATE.))
[SUPER=01-Billy Martin/Postmaster; ]
[OUT Q=want to donate]
President of Transplants United and heart transplant recipient Alice Richardson joined the postmaster for the dedication.
Tonight on News 7 at 5 we'll hear from her and tell you about the illustration on the stamp.
If you're putting off getting your flu shot -- it's already too late at some sites around the Roanoke Valley.
Due to delays in receiving the flu vaccine from one manufacturer, Carilion Health Systems is canceling its public flu shot clinics planned for the rest of October and November.
Lewis-Gale Hospital officials also say they ran out of the vaccines at some local health fairs.
The shots are still available at the Health Departments and check with your doctor's office to schedule your shot now through December.
The New York Yankees are World Champions for the twenty-fourth time.
Last night they beat the Padres 3 to 0 to sweep the series four games to none.
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Mark McGwire was in town to throw out the first pitch. He gave that ball back, but picked up another one later on this Chuck Knoblauch foul ball.
The game was scoreless until the sixth, when Derek Jeter scores on Bernie Williams high-hopping fielder's choice.
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Jeter would come home again with the bases loaded in the eighth on a Scott Brosius single to left.
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And Ricky Ledee wrapped up the Yanks season with a sac fly that scores Paul O'Neill.
With more on New York's record-setting season, here's Rick Jackson.
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AN EXTRAODINARY FINISH TO AN EXTRAODINARY SEASON.
THE NEW YORK YANKEES CLINCH THEIR 24TH WORLD SERIES TITLE -- WITH AN ELECTRIFYING FOUR-GAME SWEEP OVER THE SAN DIEGO PADRES.
LAST NIGHT'S FINALE WAS WON IN TRUE YANKEE STYLE -- 3 TO NOTHING -- THANKS IN PART TO PHENOMONAL PITCHING BY ANDY PETTITTE ... AND A SINGLED HOME RUN BY SCOTT BROSIUS, THE SERIES' M-V-P.
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THE YANKEES CLEAN SWEEP--AND OVERALL RECORD OF 125 AND 50--ENSURES THEM A PLACE IN HISTORY AS ONE OF THE GREATEST MAJOR LEAGUE TEAMS EVER ASSEMBLED. THAT FACT EVEN BROUGHT THE BOSS, GEORGE STEINBRENNER, TO TEARS.
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BUT THE ROAD TO VICTORY WAS ALSO PAVED WITH SETBACKS -- INCLUDING THE STARTLING REVELATION THAT YANKEE OUTFIELDER DARRYL STRAWBERRY HAD BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH COLON CANCER.
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BECAUSE THE YANKEES WERE 3000-MILES AWAY, DIE-HARD FANS GATHERED IN CROWDED BARS TO CHEER ON THE HOMETEAM. ALTHOUGH ENDING IT ALL IN NEW YORK WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE, NO ONE HERE IS COMPLAINING.
RUDOLPH GIULIANI/NYC MAYOR
RICK JACKSON... CBS NEWS.))
In local college hoop action, Virginia Tech is making plans for a big season of it's own.
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Tech was a disappointing 10 and 17 last year.
And despite the departure of some key players like guard Jenis Grindstaff, the Hokies return four players who started last year.
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[SUPER=01-Bobby Hussey/Second Year VA Tech Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=...be our key"]
Seven players off this year's team spent a good part of the summer in Blacksburg, going to summer school and playing pick-up games.
[SUPER=01-Brendan Dunlop/Virginia Tech Point Guard; :00]
[SUPER=01-Andre Ray/Virginia Tech Forward; :09]
[OUT Q=...help this ball team"]
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