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Campaigning goes high tech but is it helping candidates gain voters? We'll take a look.
Check out the holes in the road in Roanoke. Two water main breaks - one leaves people without water tonight.
And a Hollins student goes for the big money on Jeopardy.
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Changes in Presidential campaigning -- candidates use the Internet to try and attract voters... and some say it's working.
The internet is more popular then ever and candidates are capitalizing on it.
But is this new form of campaigning able to sway voters?
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Kate Weidaw is in the newsroom with details.
Voters who may not enjoy listening to debates or watching the candidates on t.v. have an information outlet to turn to -- the internet. Campaign internet sites are raising funds this year ... and they're giving voters more knowledge about the Presidential candidates.
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You've seen the candidates on t.v. shaking hands, giving speeches, and being cheered on by supporters. But it's a computer screen that's giving more and more voters information on issues.
Erica Piccirello will be voting for the first time this year.
((ERICA PICCIRELLO/VOTER: I LIKE THE IDEA OF THE WEBSITE THAT I CAN GO AND FIND OUT INFORMATION AT ANY POINT AND TIME.))
On each site you can find general information about the candidates beliefs, values, and accomplishments -(1:12:46) but you can also find speeches - like this one from Al Gore.
(1:13:37)You can follow John McCain as he travels across the states - see who supports George W. Bush, (1:13:09)and rea
d Bill Bradley's biography while looking at childhood photographs.
But are these sites helpful in selecting a candidate? Professor John Ra says yes and no.
((JOHN RA/POLITICAL SCIENCE HEAD HOLLINS COLLEGE: GOOD IN THE SENSE THAT IT INCREASES AWARENESS AND ENCOURAGES PARTICIPATION ESPECIALLY FOR THE PEOPLE DESPITE THEIR FAVORABLE ECONOMIC STATUS STAY AWAY FROM IT, IT'S BAD IN THE SENSE IT TENDS TO BE EVEN MORE DISCRIMINATORY TO THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT FINANCIALLY ENDOWED IN OUR SOCIETY.))
Republican Eric Walrond doesn't have time to watch t.v. - so he's turning to websites to help him decide who gets his vote.
((ERIC WALROND/VOTER: I GUESS THE DEBATES ARE SO QUICK THEY ARE BACK AND FORTH BUT THIS WAY YOU CAN TAKE YOUR TIME TO FIND OUT WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE PERSON AND GET A BETTER BACKGROUND FOR WHO THEY ARE.))
And if you're still undecided after looking at the candidates' websites - there are even sites that match you up with a candidate - after you fill out a survey.
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You can find some of these sites on Webwatch - at wdbj7.com.
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With a little more than two weeks until Virginia's GOP presidential primary ...
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there's a growing sense of optimism in the local John McCain camp -- that his win in New Hampshire has turned Virginia into a battleground.
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((JIM MAYE/MCCAIN SWVA CHAIRMAN: NEW HAMPSHIRE PUT IT INTO A NEW PERSPECTIVE. PEOPLE NOW SEE HIM AS A VIABLE CANDIDATE. THAT'S GENERATING EXCITEMENT. THOSE WHO WERE ON THE BORDER ARE NOW MOVING INTO HIS CAMPAIGN.))
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But the people backing George W. Bush say he has so much support from the Republican establishment ... he shouldn't be hurt by McCain's grass-roots momentum.
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((ED LYNCH/BUSH RKE. CO CHAIR: HE'S GOT THE SUPPORT OF CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS. THEY VOTE IN THE LARGEST NUMBERS IN THE PRIMARY. THAT'S GOING TO HELP US ON FEBRUARY 29TH.))
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The next big primary is in South Carolina on the 19th.
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Governor Jim Gilmore has taken a public stand AGAINST emergency relief for Southside textile workers.
The Governor's Deputy Secretary of Commerce made the announcement today- in committee.
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((JOSH LIEF/DEPUTY SECRETARY OF COMMERCE: THE TEXTILE WORKERS RELIEF ACT OF 2000 IS NOT THE ANSWER...ENSURE THAT WE DO NOT IMPLEMENT POLICIES THAT PIT ONE REGION OF THE COMMONWEALTH AGAINST ANOTHER.))
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((PAULA BURNETTE/HENRY CO. SUPERVISOR: WE'RE NOT LOOKING FOR COMPASSION... PITY...GIVE UP THEIR CHECKBOOK.... THESE PEOPLE ARE HURTING.))
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The Gilmore administration says it's working "double time" to bring new jobs to Martinsville and Henry County.
But the Governor believes temporary financial aid to the laid off workers is unfair to other Virginians without jobs.
The bill is still alive in the legislature -- despite the Governor's announced opposition.
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It looked like the Earth opened up in Roanoke today...
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A sinkhole is tonight's Video of the Day.
This gaping hole was about 10 feet deep and 5 feet wide.
It developed on Princeton Avenue in Northwest today - reportedly just after a school bus went by.
As the road broke up - it apparently broke the water main.
The entire 34-hundred block of Princeton was without water earlier tonight while crews repaired the break.
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Crews are working to repair another water main break in Roanoke.
Several homes and businesses are without water in the six to 8-hundred blocks of Brandon Avenue-
The break left a hole in the road 3 by feet wide.
No word on when the water will be turned back on... But traffic has not been affected.
Jean tosses to Robin in Weather Center
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A community in Carroll County is mourning the loss of a teacher and mother gunned down by her estranged husband yesterday in a murder/suicide.
At the Woodlawn School -- where Rebecca Sams taught sixth grade -- students and coworkers underwent grief counseling most of the day.
Sams was shot in a neighbor's driveway by David Wayne Sams as she and her children returned from church. He then shot himself.
Sheriff Wayne Manning says David Sams was under a protective order and was a week away from being tried for abusing her.
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((WARREN MANNING/CARROLL CO. SHERIFF: A PROTECTIVE ORDER STATES THAT IF HE GOES BACK AROUND HER, WE CAN COME AND ARREST HIM FOR VIOLATING THE COURT ORDER. BUT WHEN HE'S GOT A STATE OF MIND LIKE HE HAD YESTERDAY, PAPERS DON'T MEAN MUCH.))
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Rebecca Sams' funeral will be held Wednesday.
With no new leads, the search for a missing Radford teen has expanded to the world-wide web.
A friend of Tara Munsey's family created the web site.
It includes information on the 17-year old's disappearance from a Fairlawn Taco Bell last month and clips from media coverage.
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For a direct link to the web site, log on to our homepage at wdbj7-dot com and click on Webwatch.
Investigators say they've interviewed more than 100 people since Munsey disappeared two weeks ago.
Though they believe Tara PROBABLY got into a car with someone she knew, there are still NO witnesses who saw her after she left the restaurant.
British Authorities say the hijacking of an Afghan jetliner could go on for days.
157 people are in their second night being held aboard the Boeing 727- parked at an airport outside of London-
Hijackers seized the plane shortly after takeoff Sunday from the Afghan capital.
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((AS LONG AS WE CONTINUE NEGOTIATIONS THAT'S A POSITIVE STEP. ))
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A diplomat familiar with the negotiations said those holding the plane want freedom for a
prisoner held in Afghanistan.
A mid air collision over a Los Angeles area golf course today-
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left four people dead-
It happened over a populated area and busy stretch of Interstate-5.
One plane went tumbling down into some trees across from the Freeway.
The other single engine plane crashed into a golf course sending golfers running-
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((JEFFREY CHILDRESS/WITNESS: WE LOOKED UP TO SEE THIS OTHER AIRCRAFT FALLING STRAIGHT DOWN ALMOST ON TOP OF OUR HEADS. ))
((DARRYL GORDON/WITNESS: I WAS JUST ABOUT TO HIT MY SHOT WHEN WE LOOKED UP AND HEARD THE EXPLOSION.))
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The F-A-A says one of the planes was an experimental craft- No one on the ground was hurt.
Some local kids got to shake the President's hand today.
Air Force- One flew President Clinton into Hot Springs for a meeting of the Democratic caucus at the Homestead Resort.
He spent the afternoon mapping strategy for the election- year session of Congress.
The meeting with House Democrats was closed to the press and public.
On his way back to Washington, Clinton shook hands with local school children who'd assembled at Ingalls Field to see him off.
Financial matters took center stage for the President in Washington - where he unveiled his last budget.
Lee Cowan takes a look.
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(( Its a blueprint for MASSIVE spending; more than 1.8 Trillion dollars the most ever requested.
$3 Billion dollars in education to modernize schools and hire more teachers
$168 Billion to create a prescription drug benefit for the elderly
$300 Billion in defense spending to increase pay and modernize weapons $280 Million to finance the largest gun control initiative ever
All capped off with $350 billion dollar in tax cuts planned over
the next ten years
CLINTON: I hope it will be well received in Congress, and by the American
It is the Presidents last budget, and critics charge his most political.
It emphasizes nearly all the themes favored by Democrats and mirrors many of the programs the Vice President is advancing in HIS bid
for the Party's nomination.
SEN. PETE DOMENICI/R-NM:
I think its an election document, a potential
help-some-friend-of-Bill Clinton-get-elected-to-public-office this next term.
Republicans are calling it a fantasy budget many have already declared it dead on arrival. The beginning of a fight they claim the
President has already lost.
REP. JOHN KASICH, R-OH
It was dead before it got here.
But the White House is hoping that if Congress rejects popular budget
proposals, they run the risk of alienating voters at the polls in November an edge that could take the Presidents proposals well into
the next administration. Lee Cowan, CBS News, Capitol Hill.))
There is still much more to come tonight.
We'll find out if Roanoke will have to pay more than originally thought for burying hazardous waste-
And 3 bombs go off in Virginia today. Tonight - authorities name a suspect.
We'll have the story.
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The burial of hazardous waste at the Roanoke Public Works Service Center will cost the city one half million dollars more.
Today, city council approved a settlement with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality that calls for a civil penalty and community service.
The environmental problems came to light two years ago, with the discovery of barrels buried at the Public Works Service Center.
Eventually more than one thousand were unearthed. Most were empty but 58 contained hazardous waste, asphalt patch material or oil-based road paint.
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((BILL HACKWORTH/ROANOKE CITY ATTORNEY: IT'S A SITUATION THAT IN RETROSPECT SHOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED, BUT WE JUST DIDN'T HAVE IN PLACE A SYSTEM TO PREVENT THIS SORT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEM FROM TAKING PLACE AND NOW WE'RE PAYING FOR IT.))
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Today, Roanoke City Council also approved a new ordinance that could help city neighborhoods fight illegal drug activity.
It's in response to recent complaints from neighborhood leaders- today's action will target problem properties.
Police think they know who's responsible for planting two bombs in Chesterfield County and one in Petersburg today.
Police say Fred Michael heard an explosion when he tried to start his truck this morning. The noise turned out to be a bomb.
He wasn't injured.
Another bomb went off at the Petersburg ironworks plant he owns. But the device fizzled out and did not damage anything.
A relative of Michael WAS injured after an explosion near a home.
Two attempted capital murder warrants have been issued for 47-year old Luis Cristobal of Petersburg.
His employer says the bombings may stem from an ongoing family dispute.
One man died and three others were left homeless after an early morning fire in Lynchburg.
Fire crews arrived at 10-27 Miller Street to find the front of the home engulfed in flames.
59-year old Ronald Lee Day suffered severe burns while escaping the house.. he later died at Lynchburg General Hospital.
Authorities were told the batteries in the home's smoke detector had been removed two days earlier because it had been "acting up".
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
They're still fighting the "war between the states" in Richmond.
Roanoke re-enactor Chris Caveness (KAV-i-ness) is lobbying for the return of the 28th Virginia Regiment's battle flag -- captured at Gettysburg.
The regiment had 90 percent casualties, and lost its flag to a soldier from Minnesota.
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((CHRIS CAVENESS/28TH VIRGINIA INFANTRY RE-ENACTOR: THIS FLAG IS THE ONLY FLAG WHICH HAS NOT BEEN RETURNED... ACT OF RECONCILIATION, REUNIFICATION.))
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[OUT Q=reconciliation, reunification.]
Today's re-enactors in the 28th Regiment include descendants of Confederate soldiers from Campbell, Craig, Botetourt, Roanoke, Bedford, and Montgomery counties.
Coming up on News 7...
A Hollins University student tries her luck at Jeopardy - before a national audience.
The story, still to come.
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A Hollins University student was in the national spot light tonight.
Sophomore Marcail (mar-KALE) Moran competed on the Jeopardy College Championship. Friends of Moran gathered in the Babcock Auditorium to cheer her on.
Although Moran lost she can be proud that she was selected out of 10-thousand applicants for a spot on tonight's game show.
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In sports, Tech needs extra minutes to beat ODU we have highlights, the UVA and North Carolina women battle it out on the hardwood and Christiansburg's wrestling coach builds a state of the art facility and his program.
First our extra point.
A cherished trophy has been stolen from Florida State University.
A one thousand dollar reward has been put up for the Jefferson-Eppes Trophy which disappeared about two weeks ago.
The sterling silver pitcher goes to the winner of the annual football game between FSU and the University of Virginia.
Now take a look at the scores.
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Old Dominion traveled across the state for a meeting in Blacksburg, last night.
Virginia Tech used extra minutes to up its record to 11 and 11 on the season.
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Tech Coach Ricky Stokes was glad to be back in the Cassell after Saturday's loss at LaSalle.
The Hokies big Andre Ray drives to the hoop then kicks it out to Brian Chase who cans the long jumper.
ODU decides to try its inside game, Andre McCallum makes the nice fade away for two.
On the inbounds, Tech forgets about Skipper Youngblood. Youngblood is free to make the easy lay up for the Monarchs.
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Virginia Tech gets the crowd into the game when Rolan Roberts grabs the rebound off the miss and jams it home. The Hokies beat Old Dominion 78-to-67 in overtime.
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Virginia's 24th ranked women's basketball team couldn't escape a tough conference rival in North Carolina last night.
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Regulation ended in a 57-57 tie off the foul shots or Tar Heel Nikki Teasley.
In the extra period North Carolina started things off by scoring four unanswered points.
UVa came back as Sky LaRue off the inbounds pass makes the nice baseline move for two.
The freshman, La Rue, again for the Cavaliers ties it at 61.
But the Tar Heels defend their home court and pick up the conference win in overtime 66 to 63.
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The Express continues it's five game road swing this Thursday in Tallahassee against the Tiger Sharks.
Roanoke announced yesterday that the team has acquired Toledo tough man Gerald Moriarty, which completes the trade for Tim Christian.
Roanoke all star defense man Calvin Elfring has rejoined the team after a four game call up with the Lowell Loch monsters of the American Hockey League. Elfring had one assists in four games with Lowell. The defense man has 30 points for the Express this season.
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Former Virginia Tech quarterback Al Clark will likely be a member of the Roanoke Steam.
The team will announce what it calls the biggest signing of the year at a news conference today.
It's anticipated that the Steam will announce the signing of Clark to an arena football league contract.
In Clark's senior season at Tech in 1998 the quarterback, threw for more than a thousand yards and nine T-D's and rush for four more scores.
Tiger Woods rally at the weather delayed Pebble Beach Pro Am makes him the first player since Ben Hogan in 1948 to win six straight tour events.
Rain and high winds delayed the tournament on Thursday, pushing the final round to yesterday.
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Tiger Woods needed to make up seven shots to have a shot at winning his sixth straight PGA event.
On the 15th hole, Tiger rolls in the eagle from the fairway to get within two shots of rookie Matt Gogel.
Lightning never strikes twice, or does it. On the 16th Tiger with the approach for another eagle - but it just barely misses.
Finally, on 18 he strokes in the birdie putt to win his sixth straight PGA tournament.
Gogel and Vijay Sing finished second.
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Christiansburg will be sitting on top of state wrestling polls in group 2A after beating Grundy over the weekend.
Head coach Kevin Dresser has taken steps to ensure success for years to come. Steve Mason has more.
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((The 6000 foot facility in the Christiansburg area opened in October of 1999. Kevin Dresser purchased the building for the Hawkeye East Wrestling Club. The rec program contains around 100 kids from kindergarten up to 12th grade.
((KEVIN DRESSER/HAWKEYE HALL FOUNDER & DIRECTOR:IT'S JUST HARD TO FIND A PLACE TO WRESTLE CAUSE MATS ARE A BIG LIABILITY JUST TO KEEP THEM IN PLACE AND TO HAVE TO MOVE THEM AROUND IS A PAIN IN THE REAR, SO WE WANTED TO GET OUR OWN FACILITY AND THAT'S WHAT WE'VE DONE AND IT'S GIVEN KIDS THE OPPORTUNITY TO WRESTLE YEAR AROUND.))
Twice a week, wrestlers from Hawkeye East, the Blue Demon Wrestling Club, and grapplers from Pulaski, Floyd, Blacksburg and Rural Retreat High Schools learn about wrestling and life.
((RONNIE CRIST/CHRISTIANSBURG 145 POUND CLASS:IT GIVES PEOPLE MOTIVATION TO DO SOMETHING INSTEAD OF SITTIN AT HOME AND GETTING IN TROUBLE AND I THINK IT GIVES PEOPLE A GOAL TO SET AND I THINK IT'S GOOD IN LIFE TO SET GOALS NOW AND YOU LEARN HOW TO SET GOALS WHEN YOU'RE OLDER.))
Wrestling is just the beginning. At a cost of 200 dollars a year, Kids have access to top notch instruction
((NAT SOUND ONE MORE AND THEN YOU'RE GONNA GO DO IT.))
,video games and a family like atmosphere.))
((TOMMY CAIN/14 YEAR OLD WRESTLER:YOU DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO BUY SOMETHING THEY WILL BUY IT FOR YOU, OR DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT FOR YOU SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT NOTHING.
ESPECIALLY WITH OUR YOUTH PROGRAMS THAT ARE RUN IN THE EVENING RIGHT NOW WE'LL HAVE 20 OR 30 PARENTS HERE WATCHING PRACTICE SO WE GOT A LOT GOING ON HERE BESIDES WRESTLING HERE))
((STEVE MASON:WHILE DREAMS ARE BEING REALIZED HERE THERE IS A REALITY. TRY A FOUR THOUSAND DOLLAR A MONTH MORTGAGE THAT DRESSER MUST PAY. HOW DOES HE DO IT? BINGO TWICE A WEEK. IN CHRISTIANSBURG, STEVE MASON NEWS 7 SPORTS.))
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