It's the day before primary day in Virginia.
And John McCain comes to the Commonwealth to take on Pat Robertson on his home turf.
Ellen Qualls has a live report from the State Capitol. You'll also see who's stumping the state on behalf of George W. Bush.
Crystal clear skies made Monday's weather awfully pleasant.
Tomorrow we'll keep the trend going-- plenty of sunshine and even warmer temperatures.
Details coming up.
And in Medical news, we'll tell you
why that quick lunch on the go could be doing even more harm to you than previously thought.
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"Agents of intolerance ... who have subordinated the interests of working families to their own ambitions, to their desire to preserve their own political power."
Fighting words today from Senator John McCain, directed at televangelists Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell.
On the eve of Virginia's Republican primary, the state's ground zero for GOP infighting.
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Ellen Qualls is at the State Capitol, collecting the fallout.
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Keith, John McCain came to Pat Robertson's back yard in Virginia Beach to deliver his message.
He says Robertson and Falwell have distorted his record on abortion, taxes, and campaign financing.
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Senator McCain told a gym full of high school students that Robertson and Falwell are guilty of the political tactics of division and slander.
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((SEN. JOHN MCCAIN/R-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: THEY ARE CORRUPTING INFLUENCES ON RELIGION AND POLITICS AND THOSE WHO PRACTICE THEM IN THE NAME OF RELIGION OR IN THE NAME OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OR IN THE NAME OF AMERICA SHAME OUR FAITH, OUR PARTY, AND OUR COUNTRY.))
In a town hall meeting, McCain promised to defy what he calls the Gilmore-Warner machine in Virginia in tomorrow's polling.
The Virginia Governor and Senator fired back from Richmond-- calling it "a dreadful, excited, vehement attack."
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: PAT ROBERTSON'S A FRIEND OF MINE. HE'S CONTRIBUTED TO ME. AND WE HOPE THAT THE PEOPLE THAT BELIEVE PAT'S LEADERSHIP IS RESPONSIBLE WILL IN FACT VOTE FOR GEORGE BUSH. BUT WE'RE NOT TRYING TO DIVIDE ANYONE.))
There's an irony in choosing Falwell and Robertson's home state, and the eve of this primary for the attack.
The phone bank McCain's using to link George W- Bush to the racist and anti-Catholic reputation of Bob Jones University is located right here in Richmond.
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Republicans expect as many as a half million Virginians to vote in their primary tomorrow.
56 delegates are at stake.
George W- Bush was in Washington state today, but he got some high- profile support here from a former Virginia Governor.
U-S Senate hopeful George Allen and Attorney General Mark Earley addressed a crowd in Roanoke this morning.
Allen says he's NOT concerned about Democrats stacking the deck in their favor by voting tomorrow.
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((GEORGE ALLEN/R- U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE:I DON'T THINK THAT ANY DEMOCRAT COULD FEEL COMFORTABLE THAT G.W. BUSH IS AN EASIER CANDIDATE FOR AL GORE OR BILL BRADLEY TO RUN AGAINST. I THINK BOTH G.W. BUSH AND JOHN MCCAIN ARE FAR SUPERIOR TO AL GORE AND BILL BRADLEY. I DO THAT THAT G.W. BUSH IS THE BEST ONE. I THINK HE IS THE BEST IDEAS AND HE HAS A PROVEN TRACK RECORD. ))
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Allen says Bush's track record includes efforts to improve education, cut taxes, and reduce welfare.
Calls for Justice continue after Friday's acquittal of four New York City Policemen for the fatal shooting of Amadou Diallo.
Bobbi Harley has the latest on the story that divided the nation's largest city and brought the attention of federal investigators.
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((THREE DAYS AFTER AN UPSTATE NEW YORK JURY SAID THESE WORDS
NAT SOT - NOT GUILTY
EMOTIONS STILL RUN HIGH AND SO DO THE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ACQUITTAL OF
FOUR NEW YORK CITY POLICE OFFICERS FOR GUNNING DOWN AN INNOCENT MAN.
THOUSANDS OF PROTESTED OVER THE WEEKEND
NAT SOT - CROWDS
TO DEMAND JUSTICE FOR AMADOU DIALLO - WHO WAS KILLED LAST YEAR WHILE
STANDING OUTSIDE HIS BRONX APARTMENT BUILDING - BY POLICE OFFICERS WHO
MISTAKENLY THOUGHT HE HAD A GUN
THE JURORS NOW SAY THEIR DECISION WAS CLEAR BASED ON THE EVIDENCE.
JUROR HELEN HARDER - SAYS THEY WERE CHARGED BY THE JUDGE AND TOLD THAT
THE PROSECUTION HAS TO PROVE ITS CASE OR THERE WAS NO CASE.
PART OF MOUNTING CRITICISM AGAINST THE BRONX DISTRICT ATTORNEY.
SOT - 3RD SOT ROBERT JOHNSON/BRONX DISTRICT ATTORNEY - Those that say
that must not know me and the work Ive done.
IN FACT HES PLEDGED TO HELP THE FAMILY IN THEIR NEXT PURSUIT -THE
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND POSSIBLE FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS CHARGES.
BUT FOR AT LEAST ONE NEW YORK CITY LEADER - THE HOPE IS JUST TO MOVE ON.
SOT - 12:46:39 RUDOLPH GIULIANI/NYC MAYOR - Maybe we were asking for
the conviction of four men that were from at least a legal point of view
innocent and in a set of circumstances that had more to do with accident
than deliberate misconduct.))
A Virginia Tech student who was beaten inside a Blacksburg home early Sunday morning has died.
Blacksburg police say 29-year-old Thomas Hyman was injured in a fight inside the entryway of a house on East Roanoke Street. He had been unconscious and on life support at Roanoke Memorial with multiple head, face and neck injuries.
Hyman was a senior finance major and a resident advisor at Lee Hall on the Virginia Tech campus.
Police say they're still investigating the incident.
After months of complaints from neighbors about air pollution, a Radford foundry says it's cleaning up its act.
Intermet New River Foundry says it's spending more than three million dollars to reduce dust emissions from the plant.
The company, which makes parts for the automotive industry, has drawn fire from local residents who say their homes and cars are often coated with black dust from the plant.
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((PETER ALDRED/INTERMET: WE'RE DEEPLY SORRY ABOUT THIS...WE'VE BEEN SO BUSY MAKING CASTINGS FOR THE AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY, WE'VE NEGLECTED THE COMMUNITY WE LIVE IN AND WE'RE HERE TO MAKE THAT RIGHT.))
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Radford's City Council has drafted a resolution for consideration at its meeting tonight, asking the company to quickly put a stop to the pollution.
Many Roanoke students are staying after school today, but it's strictly voluntary. We'll tell you what they're doing after this break.
and a former heavyweight boxing champion blames brain damage for kidnapping his estranged wife from North Carolina.
Hundreds paid their respects to a Bassett High School student today.
Around one-thousand people gathered at Shiloh Way of the Cross Church in Martinsville to say good bye to 14-year old Tiffany Craighead.
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((MARIO HAIRSTON/FRIEND: JUST KNOWING HER FOR SO LONG YOU SEE THEM ALL YEAR THEY GO TO CLASS AND THEN THEY DIE AND YOU NEVER SEE THEM AGAIN.))
((LOUVENIA ROSS/COUSIN: TIFFANY HAD THAT WONDERFUL SMILE...HELP ANYONE.))
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Tiffany died last Thursday from congestive heart failure at school. She had a long history of heart trouble.
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Children at one Roanoke school are just now wrapping up class, shortly after five o'clock.
These third and fifth graders VOLUNTEER for tutoring three times a week -- to raise their scores on the state's Standards of Learning tests.
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((DAWNECIA DENT/THIRD GRADE: I THINK IT'S ALL RIGHT, ESPECIALLY ON TUESDAYS WHEN WE DO READING. I HAVE THIS TUTOR AND SHE'S REALLY FUN. I THINK I'LL BE SEEING HER AGAIN.))
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Students at the Roanoke Academy of Math and Science scored far worse than the rest of the city on last year's S-O-L's.
So the principal's spending grant money on late bus routes.
He's also recruiting volunteer tutors.
But he says these children need support from their parents.
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((WE'RE DOING ALL WE CAN BUT IT'S UP TO YOU TO PUT THAT WANT TO SUCCEED ATTITUDE IN YOUR KID BEFORE HE GETS HERE.))
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Roanoke city's Office on Youth has offered to pay someone to run this program three days a week.
The next Standards of Learning tests are in May.
Former heavyweight boxing champion Riddick Bowe was set to be sentenced this morning in federal court for abducting his wife and five children. Instead attorney Johnny Cochran arrived to tell the judge that Bowe was brain-damaged
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... when he pled guilty to the charges in 1998.
Though Bowe had admitted forcing his estranged wife and family into a car and driving them to Maryland, Cochran said today that Bowe suffers from a mental disorder caused by blows to the head during his years in the boxing ring.
He said Bowe was unaware of his mental problems when he pled guilty.
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The Mayon volcano in the Philippines is once again spewing fountains of ash and pyroclastic material.
It was the biggest eruption since Thursday, as volcanic ash shot through the clouds that covered the crater.
On Thursday, the volcano roared back to life and began ejecting lava and molten rocks, some the size of small houses, forcing authorities to evacuate more than 47-thousand villagers.
More dangerous than the slow-moving lava are the pyroclastic flows - superheated clouds of ash and other debris that travel 50 miles an hour and can incinerate anything in their path.
Coming up next on the newscast, Patrick Evans will tell us what is being done to get the Zoo Choo back on track and looking good.
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A piece of history on Mill Mountain is getting a face lift.
Thanks to the National Railway Historical Society's Roanoke Chapter, the Zoo Choo is getting a new paint job.
Patrick Evans has the details.
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Coming up in Sports, a local high school basketball coach is stepping down. Mike Stevens will tell us who it is in just a moment.
and after that we'll tell you why these gentlemen are making a mad dash for some clothes.
Today on Health Check, it would not come as a surprise to many people that a diet heavy in fast food is not good for you.
But forgetting about the fat, the time spent eating it can cause almost as many problems. Jamie Andrews has more.
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Welcome folks to the start of a brand new work week.
The high school regional basketball tournaments kick up tomorrow night all across the state with first round action.
One of the double headers will be played in Danville where the GW girls team hosts Cave Spring and the GW boy's team entertains Fleming in the North West region.
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This afternoon News 7 sports learned that popular George Washington head coach Chris Carter will step down at the end of the season.
Carter has been a fixture at GW four ten years.
During the 1997-98 season he led the Eagles to the Group Three A state championship.
Carter hopes to dedicate more time to his family and his studies. He is halfway through the requirements needed to secure his masters degree in administration at Longwood.
Besides coaching the boys' team at GW, Carter also served as head girls' coach at one time, and an assistant in football for 8 years.
The Roanoke College men's and women's basketball teams are all set for their NCAA Division III tournament home openers this week. The women host Shenandoah Wednesday at the Bast Center.
The Men take on Marymount this Thursday in Salem on campus. The Maroons topped the nation's number one ranked Tigers of Hampden-Sydney in the ODAC championship. Marymount is coached by Chuck Driesell, the son of former Maryland and James Madison coach Left Driesell.
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((PAGE MOIR/ROANOKE BASKETBALL HEAD COACH:I PROBABLY KNOW THE COACH BETTER THAN I KNOW THE TEAM. CHUCK DRIESELL COACH AT MARYMOUNT, LONG TIME FRIEND, HE'S SON OF A COACH AS WELL, OF COURSE EVERYONE KNOWS LEFTY, HE'S DONE A GOOD JOB GETTING MARYMOUNT PROGRAM TURNED AROUND. I KNOW THEY FINISHED THIRD IN THAT LEAGUE, THE CAC. DON'T KNOW A LOT ABOUT YET, BUT FORTUNATELY WE GOT THREE DAYS TO PREPARE FOR THEM.))
((PARIS BUTLER/ROANOKE POINT GUARD:WE'RE ALL PRETTY EXCITED THAT WE GET TO HOST A FIRST ROUND GAME. IT'S GOOD FOR THE CITY OF SALEM, GOOD FOR ROANOKE COLLEGE. WE HAVE HAD A DIFFICULT SCHEDULE. WE'VE GOT A GOOD RECORD SO I THINK WE DESERVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO HOST A GAME.))
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Coming up on News 7 at six, we'll show you how the Martinsville Speedway's latest expansion project is coming along between turns one and two.
Take care everybody and have a good night.
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It's time now for our website of the day. As Patrick Evans tells us today's feature is about the changing face of Hollywood.
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If you've ever said "I'm not sure who that is, but his face sure rings a bell," you'll probably have fun with our website of the Day at Mr. Showbiz-dot-com.
In addition to having more information than you'll ever need on Hollywood, it can make you the plastic surgeon to stars.
You can combine the best or worst features of several stars to create something that is sometimes scary, sometimes odd and all the time funny.
Let's say for instance you take the best features from some of the actors from Star Wars. With this good looking group, you're bound to get something that looks great, right?........(Pause) I guess you would need the Force to be with you if you looked like this.
Another great feature is the movie guide. It can tell you where and when the movie you're looking for is being shown in your area.
So try your hand at becoming the maker of the stars. Go to the Mr. Showbiz Plastic surgeon through a link at our website at WDBJ7-dot-com. Just click on the webwatch logo. I'm Patrick Evans.
Finaly today a clothing store in Austria wants to reward some customers on a winning strike.
Kleider Bauer said it would reward the first five streakers of the week at each of its 40 department stores.
Contestants have to streak from outside the building to the checkout counter.
The first five each get 385 dollars worth of free clothes.
The next five get a consolation prize of 35 dollars and a towel to cover themselves.