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It's a big day in the G-O-P presidential race.
Voters are set to decide contests in Virginia, Washington state and North Dakota.
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And Prosecutors in Germany seek murder charges against three U-S teens involved in a prank that left two people dead and several more injured.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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News 7 at noon is next.

[Local-Primary]


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All eyes are on Virginia today as George W. Bush and John McCain battle for the Republican Presidential nomination.
Polls show McCain has been closing the gap, but Bush is still favored to win today's primary.
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Scott Goldeberg has been talking to voters this morning and has some of their reaction so far from the Wasen District in Roanoke.
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[GRANNY-walker]


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While political candidates argue over issues one 90-year-old great grandmother is taking a stand.
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[3:16;29]
Doris Haddock crosses the finish line today in Washington, on her cross country walk to reform the nation's campaign finance laws.
Granny D, as she's known, began her 3-thousand mile hike January first of last year in Los Angeles.
And despite arthritis and emphysema, she's walked ten miles a day, six days a week ever since.
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[CLINTON-MEDICARE]


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President Clinton says a new report supports his plan to reform Medicare and add a prescription drug benefit for all recipients.
The White House today released a state by state analysis that shows while poverty among the elderly has dropped nearly two-thirds since the creation of Medicare in 19-68, the number of beneficiaries will double to 80 million over the next 30 years.
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President Clinton wants to spend 430 billion dollars over the next decade to extend Medicare's solvency to 20-25 and to cover up to five-thousand-dollars-a- year in prescription drugs.
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[9:54:58-12]
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[OUT Q=the length of their lives.]
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The release of the study coincides with Senate Finance Committee hearings today on Medicare reform.
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There is a report of a school shooting today near Flint, Michigan.
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According to broadcast reports a first grader is being treated for a gunshot wound.
The student believed to have shot the other first-grader is in custody.
There are also reports that the shooting may have been an accident.
There is no word yet on the victim's condition.
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Three American teen-agers could face murder charges in Germany in a rock-throwing incident that killed two motorists.
The teens- ages 14, 17 and 18-- are accused of tossing rocks from a highway bridge at passing cars.
They are believed to be children of American servicemen.
Ton Fenton has details.
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((The American teenagers are accused of throwing rocks from a highway bridge at passing cars on Sunday night. A 20-year-old woman was killed when a large rock smashed through the windshield. Her 75-year-old grandparents, who were riding in the car, were injured, her grandmother seriously. A short time later, a 41-year-old woman was killed when another rock from the same bridge splintered her windshield. In all, six cars were hit by stones in a period of 15 minutes. Three people in the other cars received minor injuries.

Police have withheld the names of the three juveniles, but a neighbor from the American housing compound said she knew them at school.
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THEY DID NOT SEEM TO BE BAD. THEY WERE KIND OF PRANKSTERS. THEY PLAYED JOKES A LOT, YOU KNOW. BUT I NEVER EXPECTED ANYTHING LIKE THIS. I GUESS THEY JUST WENT TOO FAR. Police believe the stones were taken from a nearby construction site. And that the boys were part of a group that had been meeting regularly for the past month to throw rocks at passing cars. US ARMY AUTHORITIES SAY THEY ARE SHOCKED AND DEEPLY SADDENED AND ARE COOPERATING WITH THE GERMAN POLICE. ONE BOY WHO KNEW ABOUT THE STONE THROWING BUT WAS NOT INVOLVED, HAS BEEN RELEASED. THE POLICE SAY THE OTHER THREE HAVE ALL CONFESSED.))
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


We made it through New Year's without any major Y-2-K problems, but what does Leap Day have in store?
Find out when News 7 at Noon returns.
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And the race is on to rescue thousands stranded by floods in Mozambique.
First, let's check in with Patrick.
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The race continues to rescue thousands of people stranded in the flood-ravaged African country of Mozambique.
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[10:17:31]
Working against fast-risng waters, helicopter crews are working to free those clinging to rooftops and trees.
Officials say thousands have died in the deluge.
And tens of thousand have been driven from their homes since torrential rains struck three weeks ago.
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[y2k-leap]


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Leap Day is causing Y-2-K like computer glitches in several countries.
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Some older computers are having problems with today's date, mistaking February 29th for March first.
On a day without rain in Japan, weather computers report double digit rainfall.
The country is also having trouble with A-T-M machines.
Over a thousand temporarily shut down.
Minor glitches also hit New Zealand and Singapore.
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[Leap-Year]


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For some leap year means a special birthday, and one that keeps you young.
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Just ask Flo Scott, who turns 13 today, in LEAP YEARS....
But she's pretty quiet about it.
Her co- workers at Mill Mountain Coffee and Tea say she didn't even mention her unique February 29th birthday.
But she did receive a special gift from her husband...a new black Monte Carlo.
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((FLO SCOTT/BIRTHDAY GIRL: SO, I'M RIGHT HAPPY ABOUT THAT AND HE'S GOING TO TAKE ME TO A HOCKEY GAME TONIGHT AND I'VE NEVER BEEN. NEVER BEEN TO A HOCKEY GAME.))
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And if you happen to see Scott at tonight's Express game...be sure to wish her a happy birthday.
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Vinton town council has taken a lot of heat over the way it handled the resignations of Police Chief Ricky Foutz and Lieutenant Bill Brown.
Many residents say there needs to be a change on town council.
And so, three challengers have put their names on the ballot.
Kate Weidaw has the story.
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(([00-04 21:31] Vinton town council meetings have turned into shouting matches between Foutz supporters and council members ever since Foutz and Brown resigned. Some residents have vowed to make sure there are changes come election time -- Ricky Foutz's wife is one of them.
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((LISA FOUTZ: COME MAY THERE IS GOING TO BE A CHANGE YOU WON'T BE SITTING UP THERE AND I WILL PERSONALLY HEAD UP A CAMPAIGN AGAINST YOU.))
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And Wendell Sanders agrees that there needs to be a change, that's why he has decided to run for a seat on town council. [foutz vids DO NOT USE PICS OF JOY 99-45 48:16] He says one of the main reasons he's running is because he didn't like the way council dealt with Foutz.


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((WENDELL SANDERS/TOWN COUNCIL CANDIDATE: I'M FOR JUSTICE AND I SEE JUSTICE WAS NOT PROPERLY SERVED ON OUR TOWN SO THIS WAS MY BIGGEST COMPLAINT IN GETTING TO RUN FOR OUR TOWN COUNCIL.))
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On the other hand council candidate Brad Grose feels the Foutz situation should be laid to rest. Grose says his main concerns are bringing economic development, and making the council and residents work together rather than fight each other.

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((BRAD GROSE/TOWN COUNCIL CANDIDATE: I LIKE OUR CITIZENS TO FEEL THAT THEY CAN COME TO TOWN COUNCIL AND FREELY AND OPENLY EXPRESS THEIR CONCERNS.))
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[USE VIDEO OF DON DAVIS ON COUNCIL] Current council member Don Davis knows first hand what it feels like to deal with the controversy over Foutz. Davis is running for mayor and says he can bring change to council by having a liaison -- a person to inform council about potential problems within departments to avoid future problems.

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((DON DAVIS/COUNCIL MEMBER: WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON IN OUR PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING AND OUR OTHER MEETINGS SO WE CAN BE MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE.))
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And if other residents want change they have until March 7th to throw their hat into the ring. Kate Weidaw News 7 Vinton.))

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Competing for a job is challenging enough when unemployment is low.
So imagine what it must be like in Henry County where thousands of laid off textile workers are trying to find work.
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Mary Minter and two of her sons know what it's like.
They worked at Tultex.
Now she and thousands of laid off workers are competing for jobs.
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((MARY MINTER/FORMER TULTEX WORKER: THESE GOING FROM PLACE TO PLACE TO FIND JOBS, THAT'S HARD BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE SEE YOU COME IN THE DOOR WITH THAT LITTLE BOOK FROM UNEMPLOYMENT IN YOUR HAND AND THEY JUST SAY WE'RE NOT HIRING AND THAT'S IT.))
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Mark and Robin Hairston are also looking for jobs-- while trying to figure out how to pay the bills and cope without health insurance.
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You can hear more from both families... in the first part of our series "Life After Layoffs" tonight on NEWS 7 at six.

[E-Bedford-Supers]


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Another speed-bump for the effort to rename part of Route 460 in Bedford for Martin Luther King.
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A standing-room only crowd turned out in support of the measure at the Bedford County board of supervisors meeting last night.
Though King never set foot in Bedford, supporters say his impact was felt there and all over the country.
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((REV. I.L. WARD/BEDFORD NAACP PRESIDENT: IT WOULD BE JUST AS WRONG NOT TO HONOR THOSE BRAVE MEN FROM BEDFORD, VIRGINIA AND OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY WHO DIED DURING THE INVASION OF NORMANDY ONLY IN THEIR NATIVE COUNTY OR CITY.))
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Bedford city council has already passed a resolution in favor of re-naming 460. It was asking supervisors to do the same.
But county officials declined to act after being told most of the road was in the city and it was the CITY's decision alone whether to re-NAME it.
State law says localities have the right to RENAME streets... bestowing an HONORARY designation must be approved by the STATE.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Jesse Ventura fires a round in the battle over a Confederate flag.
That's next on News-7 at Noon.
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And we'll head to a school where kids spend extra hours in the classroom-- and love it.
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[E-Flag-Ventura]


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Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura stirs a verbal war between the states- over a Civil War battle flag.
The Virginia Senate and Civil War re-enactors asked Minnesota to
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return the 28-th Virginia Regiment's battle flag.
The blood-soaked, bullet-pierced flag was captured by a Minnesota Regiment at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.
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But Ventura says the flag's staying put-- at the Minnesota Historical Society.



[E-Academy-Tutors]


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A Roanoke school has vowed NOT to fall to the bottom of the barrel when it comes to S-O-L scores.
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((ESTIMATE THE SUM, OKAY. TWO, SIX, FIVE.))
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Students at Roanoke's Academy of Math and Sciences performed worse than any other city school on last year's S-O-L tests in math and English. But now some of them WILLINGLY study until about five in the evening.
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((SO I CAN LEARN, PASS THE S-O-L TEST AND GO THROUGH COLLEGE. BECAUSE WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE A FIREMAN SO I CAN HELP PEOPLE.))
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The program costs six thousand dollars in grant money, even though the tutors are volunteers. The city of Roanoke says it will pay for an aide. But the staff here says what would help most is if parents encouraged their kids to learn.
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[Stocks]


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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 44 points.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still to come in sports, the Express makes some moves, major league baseball decides the fate of Darryl Strawberry,
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and Buena Vista native and new Cleveland Indians manager Charlie Manuel is in a Florida hospital after undergoing emergency surgery.
Patrick returns with details.
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[Manuel]


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Buena Vista native and Cleveland Indians manager Charlie Manuel has been hospitalized.
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Manuel had emergency colon surgery last night and is expected to remain in the hospital for at least one week.
Doctors removed eight inches from his colon after finding that it had ruptured.
The 56-year-old Manuel replaced Mike Hargrove as Indians manager in November.
He has had a number of health problems in the past, including open heart surgery in 1998.
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[Strawberry]


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Major league baseball has made a decision regarding the future of New York Yankee Darryl Strawberry.
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Commissioner Bud (Seal-ig) Selig suspended Strawberry for one year, a move that will likely end his career.
The league has been investigating Strawberry's recent failed drug test and banned him from spring training last Wednesday.
The 37 year old outfielder has been suspended for drug use three times in his career.
Selig made no provisions for a possible return for good behavior.
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[Davis-Redskins]


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The lines of communication between the Washington Redskins and running back Stephen Davis have re-opened.
The Washington Post reports Skins player personnel director Vinny Cerrat has met with Davis' agent, and describes the meeting as constructive.
Agent Steve Weinberg says he's optimistic a contract can be reached to keep Davis in a Redskins uniform.

[S-Express]


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The Express took advantage of yesterday's E-C-H-L trade deadline dealing right wing J-F Tremblay.
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Tremblay was traded to the Pee Dee Pride for future considerations.
He will play for former Express coach Frank Anzalone.
In 43 games this season, Tremblay had eight points with 131 penalty minutes in his fourth year in Roanoke.
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Greensboro sent the Express left wing Aniket (dot-folly) Dhadphole for future considerations.
He has 35 points in 51 games this season.

[S-Carter]


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March Madness is only days away, but the basketball craziness starts a littler earlier on the high school level as regional basketball tournaments begin tonight. [GRAPHIC-NORTHWEST]
Two of the biggest games will be played in Danville where the G-W girls team hosts Cave Spring and the G-W boy's team entertains Fleming in the North West region.
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[SUPER=04-Hometown Hoops Weekly; ]


News 7 sports learned yesterday that popular George Washington head coach Chris Carter will step down at the end of the season.
Carter has been a fixture at G-W for ten years.
During the 1997-98 season he led the Eagles to the Group AAA state title.
Carter hopes to dedicate more time to his family and his studies.
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