[7-City-GOP]

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Roanoke Republicans have chosen their candidates for the four Roanoke City Council seats up for grabs in the May Elections.
Joy Sutton has details.
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(( Republicans were fired-up at the their mass meeting -- ready to choose candidates -- they know will bring new insight and leadership to Roanoke City Council.
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((BILL CARDER/CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE: IT'S TIME FOR A CHANGE, IT'S TIME FOR A VISION, IT'S TIME FOR EXECUTION, IT'S TIME FOR INCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP NOT EXCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP, IT'S TIME TO LISTEN AND RESPOND TO CITIZENS OF ROANOKE CITY))
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The party voted to endorse Ralph Smith for Mayor, and Don Hogan and Bill Carder as city council members.
Smith says he's not a politician - just a concerned citizen hoping to bring a new approach to city government.
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((RALPH SMITH/MAYORAL CANDIDATE: WHAT I AM IN AWE OF IS PEOPLE WHO DISAGREE WITH ME PHILOSOPHICALLY IN SOME WAY, BUT THEY'RE SUPPORTING ME BECAUSE OF MY BUSINESS ABILITY TO DO THIS.))
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The Candidates say some may think the Democratic candidates are shoe-ins -- but that will not be the case this year.

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((DON HOGAN/CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE: PEOPLE ARE BEGINNING TO SEE WHAT'S GOING ON AND THEY'RE STARTING TO SAY MAYBE WE HAVE THE WRONG PARTY IN OFFICE. MAYBE WE SHOULD GIVE SOMEBODY ELSE A CHANCE))
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((THERE IS STILL ONE COUNCIL MEMBER SEAT AVAILABLE ON THE REPUBLICAN BALLOT. BUT VOTERS DECIDED TO ALLOW THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE ROANOKE CITY REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE TO CHOOSE THAT CANDIDATE. JOY SUTTON, NEWS 7, ))))

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Roanoke City Council member Jim Trout won't have the Democratic nomination, but it appears the 20- year veteran of council WILL run for re-election as an Independent.
Following last week's mass meeting, Trout said he would campaign for the Democratic ticket... but now friends are circulating petitions in support of an Independent campaign.

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He used to fight crime in Lynchburg, and now he wants to take aim at the city's wasteful spending habits.
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Joe Seiffert announced yesterday he's running for the Ward Four seat on Lynchburg city council.
Seiffert stepped down as police chief in 1993 amidst claims his department had "no" confidence in his leadership.

But he doesn't feel that will impact his campaign.
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((JOE SEIFFERT/I- LYNCHBURG COUNCIL CANDIDATE: IT DEPENDS ON WHO YOU TALK TO. I DON'T THINK IT'S GOING TO HAVE A NEGATIVE BEARING AT ALL, NOT AS EVIDENCED BY 274 SIGNATURES FROM WARD FOUR VOTERS WHO WANT ME TO RUN.))
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Seiffert calls himself a fiscal conservative who's running on the independent label.
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Taking a look at your Friday forecast.
A pleasant, mostly sunny day is ahead with temperatures reaching near record highs in the low to mid 70s.
Tonight, partly cloudy with light winds.
Lows in the upper 40s to low 50s.
The extended forecast...

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With Virginia's Republican primary just four days away, George W. Bush visits Richmond and Newport News today to strengethen his already comfortable lead in state polls.
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A Mason-Dixon poll of 621 likely Virginia voters shows - statewide - 48 per cent favor Bush, 37 per cent are for John McCain.
Bush gets the most support in western and southwest Virginia .. 57 per cent, almost double McCain's 29.
In Southside and Central Virginia - the race is slightly closer.
Among those saying they're Independents or Democrats, McCain takes the lead 54 percent to Bush's 25.
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[45-E-McCain-POW]


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One of McCain's votes Tuesday will come from a man who calls him his brother.
Jim Berger was a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
He met McCain when they were serving time in the same prison.
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Berger was an Air Force pilot, shot down in 1966.
He was a P-O-W for 6 years and three months -- nine months longer than McCain.
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((JIM BERGER/FORMER P.O.W.: I KNOW THAT HE'S GOT CHARACTER THAT CAN'T BE SHOW BY A WHOLE LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE. AND THAT'S BECAUSE I KNOW WHAT HE'S BEEN THROUGH.))
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Berger says his military training taught him not to favor one party over another.
But that changed when McCain entered the race.
Berger says he began campaigning for McCain because he knows what kind of person it takes to survive in a prison camp.
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[45-E-Joe-McCain]


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McCain may visit Virginia Beach Monday to rally military support.
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Yesterday, his brother was in Richmond with other P-O-Ws who support McCain.
JOE McCain lives in Fairfax.
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He says his brother is NOT asking Democrats and Independents to vote in Tuesday's Virginia primary.
But he wouldn't mind if they did.
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((JOE MCCAIN/SEN. MCCAIN'S BROTHER: NOT SO MUCH DEMOCRATS OR INDEPENDENTS. JOHN HAS NEVER MADE A MESSAGE DIRECTLY TO DEMOCRATS OR INDEPENDENTS. BUT THE FACT IS WE THINK THE REASON THERE ARE SO MANY INDEPENDENTS IS BECAUSE THEY'D BE REPUBLICANS UNDER JOHN'S LEADERSHIP. IT'S THE PARTY LEADERSHIP NOW THAT HAS 25 OR 30 PERCENT INDEPENDENTS NOW IN PRACTICALLY EVERY STATE WE'RE WORKING IN.))
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Virginia's primary is open to all voters.
But voters must pledge that they won't participate in the nominating process of any other party.

[45-GOP-Candidates]


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Closer to home, Republicans have tapped their candidates for Roanoke City Council.
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Party members voted on candidates at a mass meeting last night.
Ralph Smith was chosen to run for Mayor, and Don Hogan and Bill Carder for council.
The candidates say it's time for a change in leadership--and the democratic candidates who think they have this election in the bag--are strongly mistaken.
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((BILL CARDER/CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE: THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HELD THEIR MASS MEETING AND BY SOME PUBLISHED ACCOUNTS THIS WAS THE ELECTION. I MEAN IT WAS LIKE A PARTY THEY WERE STANDING UP THERE SAYING NOW WE'RE ELECTED))
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Four seats are up for grabs on City Council.
The executive committee of the Roanoke City Republican Committee will choose one more candidate.
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Turning your attention now to the Friday forecast...
Mostly sunny today with near record high temperatures in the mid 70s.
Turning partly cloudy tonight, with lows around 50.
The extended outlook stays mild...with more sunshine ahead for tomorrow, but rain likely on Sunday.
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Counselors will be on hand at Bassett High School today as students mourn the death of a classmate.
A 14 year-old Bassett High School student died yesterday after collapsing in class.
Tiffany Craighead was in ninth grade.
There's no word yet on what caused her death.
Henry County's School Superintendent says this a tremendous loss for the school.
The Piedmont District basketball tournament which was scheduled for last night will be played tonight.

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Two girls face charges of threatening to bomb a building after phoning in two bomb threats to Lynchburg's Heritage High School this week.
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The threats delayed the start of classes both Monday morning and yesterday.
"No" explosives were ever found.
Police say the phone company helped them determine where the calls came from.
They arrested a 17- year- old and 12- year- old yesterday.
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[8-E-Luis-Cristobal]


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An alleged bomber is in a Richmond hospital this morning after being caught yesterday in Central Virginia.
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State police say they found Luis Cristobal beneath a Dinwiddie County church yesterday- with an explosive device and an assault rifle.
He reportedly drew a semi-automatic pistol on the officer who found him and refused to drop it, so the officer shot him.
Cristobal was flown to a Richmond hospital. [500-7 10:58:22 - scene]
He's suspected of planting two car bombs in Chesterfield County, and a third bomb at an ironworks plant in Petersburg over two weeks ago.
One person was injured.
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[8-E-Rubatex]


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A disgruntled worker apparently is to blame for a fire at Bedford's Rubatex plant yesterday morning.
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The blaze started in an extrusion oven in the plant's Waltex division around six.
Police say the worker.. who reportedly was about to be let go.. vandalized several pieces of equipment before leaving.
The suspect has not yet been arrested, so police have not released his name.
He was one of dozens of replacement workers hired since Rubatex's union went on strike last September.
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[8-E-Retraining]


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Many textile workers began new lives as college students after losing their jobs.
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Now, many will be receiving their diplomas.
College officials say they are excellent students with a 3-point-oh or better grade point average.
The former textile workers say it's been a long process getting here but it's all worth it.
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((LISA ROWLAND/FORMER TEXTILE WORKER: IT'S NOT BAD AT FIRST YOU THINK YOU ARE DUMB BECAUSE OF YOUR AGE BUT YOU WANT IT YOU WANT THE GOOD GRADES.))
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Many of the students will graduate this May.

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Taking a break from the news to check the forecast...
Mostly sunny today, and we could see record highs in the mid 70s by the afternoon.
Partly cloudy skies tonight, with lows falling to near 50.
The extended outlook stays mild...with more sunshine ahead for tomorrow, but rain and thunderstorms likely on Sunday.
Highs mainly in the 60s.
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