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Orlando Salinas and WDBJ7 Reporter | February 12, 2013
On one hand, the practice appears to be a good example of government efficiency and responsibility with your money. On the other, the practice is raising concerns about how fallen service members and their families are treated at veteran cemeteries around the country. New River Valley reporter Orlando Salinas reveals how what may be a case of miscommunication is causing an emotional stir for many survivors. This Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery is one of only three in the state where U.S. vets can be buried at zero cost.
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Chris Hurst and Anchor/Reporter | July 18, 2011
PART 2 It's something no one has seen in a generation; the old bridge that crossed the Roanoke River, before the river became part of Smith Mountain Lake. But it's getting bleak on the surface of Smith Mountain Lake. The team from the lake's Marine Fire and Rescue has searched for nearly two hours for the old Halesford bridge. “Look, we know it's laying this way,” says chief Jack Gautier, motioning with his hands where he think the bridge lies. “But we don't know if were on top of it or if it's [on the north or south side of marker buoys.]
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News 7 Web Staff/Keith Humphry | February 28, 2011
Convicted killer Jens Soering has another reason he feels he should get out of prison.  Having rolled the dice and lost, Soering tells a lot about truth. He touches on comedy, television and heaven.  It seems his last hope lies in DNA testing from a year and a half ago. Soering is doing time for killing a wealthy couple on the Bedford County side of Lynchburg. "I've spent 24 yrs. 9 mos , + 25 days in prison," said Soering. While he's counting the days, he's lost track of the number of institutions.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff/Joe Dashiell | May 24, 2013
Developers say a new project in the city of Roanoke will transform a 22-acre site between Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and downtown. Friday morning, they came together with community leaders to break ground on "The Bridges. " The first phase includes new housing and offices near the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute, a restaurant in the old stable that's still standing on the property and a river walk along the Roanoke River. Jason Vickers-Smith is a Richmond-based developer.
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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.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | February 26, 2013
What's next for the 145 Norfolk-Southern employees laid off yesterday? Managers met with the workers and their families Tuesday morning. Our cameras weren't allowed in the meeting and no one from Norfolk Southern was willing to speak on camera. We did talk to an employee who's worked with the railroad for 16 years.  He gave us some insight as to what was said. "A lot of questioning.  Everybody was wanting to know what's going to happen. Especially the younger guys: Where am I going to be?
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | January 29, 2013
The Hooters restaurant in Roanoke has closed its doors. The Williamson Road restaurant, which is owned by a Richmond businessman, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in November. A notice posted on the restaurant door indicates that the tenant defaulted on its loans. The notice reads that the “premises are now under the control of the Landlord, Spirit Master Funding, LLC. Because of lease defaults, the Tenant has no right to possession of these premises or any furniture, fixtures, or equipment located at the premises, but remains liable for outstanding amounts payable, future charges, and damages under the Lease with the Landlord.
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Chris Hurst and Anchor/Reporter | March 15, 2012
The Virginia Court of Appeals has granted an appeal request by Wesley Earnest, the Bedford County man convicted of killing his wife and leaving a fake suicide note.  According to online records, Earnest asked for an appeal in early 2011, shortly after he was sentenced to life in prison. A one-judge review panel denied his appeal request in November 2011, which was then referred to a three-judge panel who made its decision to grant the request in late February. Notice of granting the appeal request was made public on Monday.
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Jean Jadhon | May 23, 2012
Liberace, Rock Hudson, and Ryan White are three names associated with AIDS. Since the 1980's, 600,000 people have died of AIDS, but you don't hear much about it these days. The scary reality is that there is no cure and the number of new HIV cases is rising in Southwest Virginia. "You don't see the faces of people who are gone and look very ill on television anymore. You don't hear a lot about it," said Elaine Martin, the HIV Prevention Director with the Virginia Department of Health.
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Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | March 22, 2011
New details are emerging in a legendary local murder case. Jens Soering was convicted of murder 20 years ago.  The German native was a student at the University of Virginia in 1985 when investigators say he drove to Bedford and killed Derick and Nancy Haysom, stabbing them at their Bedford County home. The Haysoms were parents of Soering's girlfriend, Elizabeth Haysom. A jury found Soering guilty in 1990 of carrying out the murders.  He was sentenced to two life terms.
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May 21, 2010
E-Mail Leo Follow Leo on Facebook Follow Leo on Twitter Leo Hirsbrunner joined WDBJ7 in 2000 from Attleboro, Massachusetts. A proud native of New England, Leo is a 1997 graduate of Lyndon State College located in Lyndonville, Vermont. There he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology and a minor in Physics. While at college Leo interned at WPRI in Providence, Rhode Island. After graduating, his first job was as fill-in Meteorologist at WVNY in Burlington, Vermont.
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Justin McLeod and WDBJ7 Reporter | July 12, 2012
An ex-porn star is starting her life over on a local rescue squad. It's generating plenty of controversy, but county leaders aren't happy about it and can't do much about it. Harmony Rose is a volunteer at the Cave Spring Rescue Squad. The 29-year-old apparently left the porn industry within the last two years and is now an EMT with the Cave Spring Rescue Squad. A source tells WDBJ7 she passed a criminal background check and has been working at the squad for the last several months.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | April 25, 2013
A single car accident in Russell County on Thursday morning resulted in the death of an Abingdon woman. According to a news release, Senior Trooper K.K. Davis was called to the scene of the wreck at 9:52 a.m. on Thursday. The Chevrolet Impala that was involved in the crash was traveling north on Route 80 when it ran off the left side of the road. The driver overcorrected, causing her to lose control of the car. The car then travelled back across the roadway, ran off the right side of the road, and into the median where it struck several trees.
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