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Coming up on News 7 at Five, the presidential campaign loses two candidates.
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and neighbors accuse a local cattle rancher of creating a possible health risk. [Weather-Head]
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More record highs for the mid-Atlantic and now we are watching for showers. Tell you when they will start, just ahead.

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In Medical News, some of your favorite fattening foods could be good for you after all,
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and in Sports, the basketball season is over for the Hokie men.
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((I'VE DECIDED TO WITHDRAW FROM THE DEMOCRATIC RACE FOR PRESIDENT.)) [BUTT TO 15:04:05] ((I AM NO LONGER AN ACTIVE CANDIDATE FOR MY PARTY'S NOMINATION FOR PRESIDENT.))
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Good Evening.
The field of Presidential Candidates narrows-
Both Bill Bradley and John McCain bow out today- while the race heats up between Al Gore and George W. Bush.
Lee Cowan is following the candidates- and joins us from Washington with the latest.
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((The starting campaign that began on the ocean shores of Maryland, ended today, thousands of miles away in the snow capped mountains of Arizona. SEN.JOHN MCCAIN, FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE I am no longer an active candidate for my partys nomination for President.
Seven states and only 231 delegates later, John McCains Straight Talk Express had run out of gas. But that doesnt its mean parked for good.
By SUSPENDING his campaign, and not officially PULLING OUT, McCain keeps his delegates AND his voice at the Republican National Convention this summer a hint the former Navy fighter pilot would continue dive-bombing the GOP for reform he called a crusade. SEN. JOHN MFCCAIN, FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE I will never walk away from a fight for what I know is right and just for our country.
That puts added pressure on his former rival, George W. Bush who after a nasty campaign -- gladly accepted McCains best wishes, but was still left waiting for an official endorsement. GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH, R- PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Theres an area of agreement, its making sure Al Gore is not elected President.
But Al Gore got a little help today from his former rival, Bill Bradley. The shy basketball star many thought might change the face of political campaigns, left the court today vowing to hand off to Al Gore. BILL BRADLEY, DROPPING OUT: You win and lose, and this is a loss, and you move on.
Todays departures leaves both parties right back where they started with the two candidates everyone expected to battle it out in November. COWAN: The first fight is for the voters left behind by the two candidates who left the race today. Even the frontrunners admit they had brought a lot to the table, even without a win.))

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It's been almost four days now since Deborah Shephard and Karen Hamilton vanished beneath a pile of rubble from the explosion at New River Castings.
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Marya Jones is at the plant in Radford where offiicals hope they are able to complete their recovery mission soon.
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A fiery explosion in Florida- when two planes collided on a runway.
Now authorities are trying to figure out why it happened.
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The two planes ran into each other on the ground and burst into flames-
All four people aboard were killed.
Federal officials say a controller had cleared one of the single engine planes for takeoff-
At the same time a second plane had requested permission to hold itself on the same runway- a normal procedure before takeoff.
But authorities say what happened after that is still not clear.
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Good news for the National D-day memorial in Bedford. We'll have that story after this break,
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and we'll tell you why neighbors are worried about a nearby cattle ranch-
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Virginia lawmakers are leaving their toughest-in-the-nation death penalty law in place.
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The bill would have allowed new evidence of innocence to be presented beyond 21 days after the original trial.
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After an hour of debate, the state Senate today put the bill off until next year.
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The original bill would have allowed three years -- instead of three weeks -- for new evidence.
It passed the House, before dying today in the Senate.
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Animal control officers say they will charge a Franklin County farmer with a crime if he keeps leaving dead cows around.
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Tommy Robertson retired from the Department of Agriculture to raise beef cattle. But his neighbor videotaped eight dead cows that Robertson left to rot where they die. By law you must bury cows or take them to a landfill.
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Extension agents say healthy cows will get sick if they eat around the dead. And dragging the bodies near a creek, like Robertson does, can spread disease to people.
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((OUR GOOD PRODUCERS, WHICH I FEEL IS THE MAJORITY OF THEM, THEY TAKE CARE OF THESE PROBLEMS. THEY PROPERLY DISPOSE OF DEAD ANIMALS. THEY FIND OUT WHY ANIMALS ARE DYING.))
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Robertson says he's lost 15-percent of this herd in the past two years -- three to old age, but he doesn't know what's wrong with the rest. Cattle are tested for disease at the slaughterhouse to protect consumers.
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It's just a small part of the state's 48- billion dollar budget, but a four- million dollar allotment for the D-Day Memorial in Bedford will help push that project over the top.
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The state has now kicked in close to eight million dollars towards the construction of the memorial honoring those who died in the invasion of Normandy.
With this latest grant, officials say they are now on track to dedicate the memorial on June 6th, 2001.
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Burrows says the extra four million will help build an education center at the site.
Construction on that will start in May.
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The state budget negotiations also include good news for other museums and cultural agencies in our area.
In most cases, house and senate negotiators resolved their differences by choosing the higher of the two proposals. For some programs, including Virginia's Explore Park, the Science Museum of Western Virginia and Opera Roanoke, the conference committee came up with more money.
This isn't the final word on the budget however, and Governor Gilmore has threatened to veto much of the funding for non- state agencies.

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Still to come on news 7 at 5, Patrick Evans will tell us about a group of young people who are giving up their spring breaks to improve their community.
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Some kids spent their spring break seeking sand and sun, others did some chores around the house, but one special group of kids went all the way to the town of Narrows, and did chores around the whole town.
Patrick Evans has their story.
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Today in sports, the Hokies' season is over. Mike Stevens will have the details in just a moment.
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and on Health check, we'll hear why if done right a pizza and a beer may be good for you.
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Today on health check, a piece of pizza and a cold beer is many people's idea of indulgence. In many cases it includes a case of guilt. But as Dr. Dave Hnida reports, it may actually help you live longer.
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(( - PIZZA AND BEER- TWO INGREDIENTS TO A LONG LIFE.
LETS START WITH THE PIZZA- DONE RIGHT IT FITS THE TICKET OF A DISEASE FIGHTER.
MADE WITH MOZZARELLA CHEESE- A LOWER FAT CHEESE- PIZZA CAN SUPPLY YOU A GOOD DOSE OF CALCIUM . AND THATS SOMETHING PROVEN TO PROTECT BONES AND LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE.
TOMATO SAUCE- ITS LOADED WITH LYCOPENE- A KNOWN CANCER FIGHTER- ESPECIALLY CANCER OF THE PROSTATE.
THE CRUST- ITS GOT AS MUCH FIBER AS MANY CEREALS- BUT STAY WITH THIN OR REGULAR. DEEP DISH OR PAN PIZZA CRUSTS CAN ADD CALORIES AND FAT.
THEN LETS NOT FORGET THE SPICES- ESPECIALLY OREGANO- A POTENT ANTIOXIDANT THAT HELPS TO KEEP YOUR ARTERIES OPEN.
-NATS SIREN- NOW WHERE THE FOOD POLICE WILL PULL YOU OVER IS FOR TOPPINGS- MEATS- ESPECIALLY PEPPERONI OR SAUSAGE- OFTEN DOUBLE THE FAT CONTENT OF A PIZZA
WHILE VEGGIES HELP MOST PIZZAS TO MEET THE HEART ASSOCIATIONS GUIDELINES OF A TRUE LOW FAT FOOD. GREEN PEPPERS ONIONS AND MUSHROOMS INCIDENTALLY ALL CONTAIN COMPOUNDS THAT BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM.
THEN WHAT TO CHOOSE TO WASH DOWN YOUR PIZZA- FOR MANY - A COLD BEER FITS THE BILL OF HEALTH. .STUDIES SHOW ONE TO TWO ALCOHOLIC
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HOWEVER- AND THIS IS A BIG HOWEVER- ALL THESE HEALTH BENEFITS GO DOWN THE DRAIN-IF YOU OVERDO IT WITH EITHER THE PIZZA OR THE BEER-
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Welcome folks to the Thursday ticker as the March madness starts to really pick up steam as more and more teams get elevated and deflated as the weekend draws closer.
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The Hokies saw their season come to a close this afternoon in the second round of the Atlantic 10 tournament, as sixth ranked Temple knocked out Tech 71-to-52.
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The Hokies knew that in order to have a chance they could not let sharp shooter Mark Karcher get ti going. But Karcher had a pretty decent game leading all scorer with 17 points. He also had 10 rebounds. Temple's main man Pepe Sanchez was virtually perfect - hitting 3 out of 3 treys, grabbing five rebounds and dishing out 5 assists. Tech trailed by 14 at the half and got within 11 points thanks to Brian Chase who led the Hokies with 16 points. He had 4 three's. Brendan Dunlop played well in his final game at Tech with 12 points.
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But the Hokies lose 71-to-52 in their final Atlantic 10 game and finish up the season with a 16 and 15 record.
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While Temple lived up to its billing today the same cannot be said for the top ranked Cincinnati Bearcats.
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The Bearcats lost their top player, Kenyon Martin in the first half when he went down in the paint with a broken right leg. He also tore ligaments in the leg and will have surgery on Monday. And as if that wasn't bad enough - the Bearcats went on to lose their Conference USA tournament game to lowly St. Louis - 68-to-58. Just 5 days ago, the Bearcats beat the Billikens by 43 points.
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[WIPE TO PINNACLE 7512] And don't forget that the ACC tournament cranks up tonight on Your Hometown Station. Join us at nine this evening as regular season champ Duke takes on Clemson at the Charlotte Coliseum.
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And I hope you can join us for News 7 at Six tonight as Steve Mason checks in from the ACC tournament in Charlotte with the latest on the Virginia Cavaliers' afternoon practice session. Take care folks and have a safe night.
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The United States Census Bureau has taken its message on the road.
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The national tour is in it's fourth week. And today, its vehicle made its way to Danville. The Census Bureau is trying to generate enthusiasm to get people to complete the forms.
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Finally we have our website of the day. Today Patrick Evans tells us about a place to find out some important information you may need before you go shopping.
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(( Those of you who are looking to buy a major appliance or a piece of electronics will want to visit our website of the day. Brandwise-dot-com can give you a side by side comparison of products, their features, and price ranges.
The site uses independent testing from the Good Housekeeping Institute and other labs to evaluate products. The page is easy to use. Consumers list what features they are looking for in a given price range.
Brandwise then compares the items using a variety of quality standards.
Once you've found a model that you like, the website can even tell you where you can buy it close to home.
Right now the site is only evaluating appliances and electronics, but it is soon expanding to include more household items.
So before you head out to the store, you may want to head to your computer first and check out our website of the day. You can find a link to it on our page at WDBJ-dot-com. Just click on the WEBWATCH logo. I'm Patrick Evans.))
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