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WEATHER

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A look back at the Wesley Earnest trial

HEALTH
Rod Belcher | August 24, 2012
Dr. Burton agrees that cost issues are a major difference between ER treatment and urgent care options. “There is a substantial price difference, but it depends upon the medical problem and what level of treatment is required before you can make that comparison,” Dr. Burton says. “In general, urgent care charges are less. The ER is equipped to handle much more complicated, costly interventions.” There are other reasons visiting an emergency room for a relatively minor situation may cost you significantly more than visiting your primary care physician or an urgent care facility.
SPORTS
News7 Sports Department | February 17, 2011
Curtis Staples is a Cavalier legend. Before playing in Charlottesville, he was a star at Oak Hill Academy and Patrick Henry High School.  These days Curtis is giving back the knowledge he once received. "I told myself I would never be a coach," said Staples. Well, the Cavalier legend lied to himself. Curtis is now the head coach at Virginia Episcopal School.   "When he came I did not know, but after a month I realized who I am playing for," said Luka Vasic.  Vasic and the other Bishops are playing for a former pro. After leaving Charlottesville, Curtis spent time with the Chicago Bulls, several professional teams in Europe and NBA's Developmental League.
SPORTS
March 6, 2012
The semifinals of the Virginia High School League basketball championships get started Tuesday. There are several teams competing for state titles. WDBJ7's Karen Loftus is in Richmond and will be providing updates from the games. Here is the schedule of local teams playing by day: TUESDAY -  Cave Spring vs. Fluvana County, 1 p.m. (boys, AA Division 3) - Rockbridge County vs Brunswick, 5 p.m. (boys, AA Division 3) - Carroll County vs Millbrook, 7 p.m. (girls, AA Division 4)
NEWS
March 22, 2010
News7's Tim Saunders is in the courtroom in Bedford.  He'll be posting updates throughout the trial. DAY TEN - April 5 UPDATED: 4:54 p.m. Wesley Earnest's mother nearly collapses after hearing her son's verdict. "I feel that the jury did what they thought that they needed to do, but I think it was done on speculation and distortion of the facts. My son is innocent. I believe that in my heart. I love Jocelyn, but my son did not murder this woman," said Patricia Wimmer, Wesley Earnest's mother.
NEWS
Justin Ward and Reporter | February 20, 2012
When the snow falls so does the road salt. The days following, when all of it melts and mixes together can be rough on your car. But how much damage can salt really do? "It will eat it, cause the metal to get flaky and it will peel off and make it get thin and you don't have any support. May have a ball joint fall out from underneath it," said Connie Campbell. Campbell is the owner of Jiffy Car Wash in Martinsville. After 48 years in the business he knows about keeping a car clean.
NEWS
Dan Dennison and WDBJ7 News Director | November 2, 2012
Our next story is one that shows the depth and strength of the human spirit. If you're a moviegoer or a reader, you may already know the story of Aron Ralston; the Colorado man who cut his own arm off after being trapped in a slot canyon nearly a decade ago. Ralston spoke at Washington and Lee University Thursday night. Actor James Franco portrayed Ralston in last year's movie “127 Hours.” "One apology, sorry to those of you who were hoping I might look a little more like James Franco,” Ralston told the crowd.
NEWS
May 18, 2010
UPDATED: Wednesday, 5:30p.m. How far is too far to go to make an arrest? It's a question many of you have asked News7 since Tuesday night when we told you about an undercover sting operation in Salem. A woman was arrested last week for prostitution at the "K-nail and hair salon" on West Main street. According to a search warrant - a sworn court document - the woman removed the uncover officer's underwear and started to perform a sex act on him before she was arrested.
WEATHER
Meteorologist Brent Watts | July 11, 2012
You bought a generator during the recent power outage. The power is back on, so now what do you do with it? "It's mainly with first-time generator owners," says Steve Wirt , a technician at Outdoor Power Equipment in Roanoke, Virginia. "If you make the mistake once, you won't do it again. " Here's a few tips that will keep your generator running when you need it the most. MISTAKE #1 |  NOT ENOUGH POWER When looking to purchase a generator, most will make a decision based on the wallet, rather than what they need to run.  A small generator of about 3,000 watts can run a few lights, fans and a refrigerator.
NEWS
Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | February 17, 2012
A Bedford County woman learned her punishment Friday for the beating death of her elderly boyfriend. Kristina Pongracz was sentenced to 15 years in prison.  She was found guilty last year of second degree murder for the death of William Herchenrider in May of 2010.  He was 77 when the crime happened, she was 28. "It haunts me what happened that night," said Pongracz, during a hearing Friday in which she testified on her own behalf. "I never intended for this to happen," Pongracz said.  "I loved Bill very much.  We were a family.
NEWS
Tim Saunders and Lynchburg Bureau Chief | December 4, 2012
Wesley Earnest will get a new trial.  The former school teacher and administrator found out Monday morning that his April murder conviction is being thrown out. Earnest is accused of killing his estranged wife, Jocelyn, back in 2007.  Judge Jim Updike denied bond, saying that Earnest is a substantially greater flight risk than he was before he went on trial.  That ruling came after Updike decided to set aside Earnest's April 5th murder conviction. ...
NEWS
Holly Pietrzak and New River Valley Newsroom Chief | October 29, 2010
The ghost stories of the three sisters in black have hung around Christiansburg for more than a century now.     The trio was known for their dark attire.     Mary Snead, Caroline Martin and Virginia Wardlaw were educators who ran the old Montgomery Female Academy in the early 1900's.     The old building is gone....in its place now the Old Christiansburg Middle School - currently housing Blacksburg Middle School students.     The women were notorious for killing off relatives for insurance money.
NEWS
Chris Hurst and Anchor/Reporter | October 18, 2012
One day in the late 1970's two young girls vanished from school. No sightings, few leads,they're just gone. It's one of the oldest cold cases in the Roanoke Police files. They think they have their man and they believe the girls were murdered. The prime suspect was a convicted killer, but he took any clues to his execution. Those clues might just be buried in rural Bedford County. ***************** "I've come up with a hypothesis of my own," claims Linda Owens. She says a small parcel of land in Bedford County holds the bodies of her kid sister and one of her friends.
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