[Campaign-2000]

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The race for the white house is taking on a whole new look.
Bill Bradley this morning officially dropped out of the contest and endorsed his former opponent.
And at this hour John McCain is meeting with reporters to announce he's putting his campaign on hold.
Today's events follow the Super Tuesday knockout blows by Al Gore and George W. Bush.
Lee Cowan joins us from Washington with the latest.
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The maverick Republican whose insurgent campaign had come so close to toppling the Party favorite is dialing back after being battered at the polls.

Sen. John McCain cancelled campaign appearances in Illinois and Colorado and after meeting with his advisors at his desert hide-away in Arizona, will announce what his aides are calling a suspension to the campaign.

But it is not, they caution, an all out departure.

After carrying only four states on Super Tuesday, his options were grim: he could either stay it, get out, or possibly even run as an Independent.

That is unlikely instead, McCain has indicated he is more willing to say in the fight for campaign finance reform as a Republican -- even if it means doing it from the sidelines.

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It comes on the day another campaign came to an end for Bill Bradley, much the way some of his best moments in Basketball had started dignified, and graceful.

SOT/BILL BRADLEY, FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE


NARR:
At first, Bill Bradley seemed a magical candidate the player able to outshoot a sitting vice President for the Democratic nomination.
He ran a shy, high- minded campaign a positive campaign. No negative ads, no nasty phone calls, no jabs even at his formidable competitor.
He had big backers -- including Michael Jordan

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NARR:
Although it may have captured voters admiration and even their respect, it did not translate at the polls.
Today, as he walked off the court, he handed the ball to Al Gore, promising his support, and backing, in the long road still ahead.))

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It going on four days now since Deborah Shepard and Karen Hamilton vanished under a pile of rubble from The explosion at New River Castings.

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Marya Jones is outside the plant where today officials hope to complete their recovery operation.
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A fire broke out at the plant shortly after seven- last night.
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The cause is not known, but fire crews already on the scene extinguished the blaze in about 20 minutes.
Officials say this is just one example of how dangerous the structure is at this time.
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[Vigil]


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The Radford community last night prayed for the two missing women at a candlelight vigil just outside the plant.


Kate Weidaw has more.
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A Memphis firefighter is in critical condition today after allegedly killing four people.
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It happened yesterday as firefighters responded to a blaze at the home of fellow firefighter Fred Williams.
Authorities say he opened fire killing two firemen.
He also shot a sheriff's deputy.
The charred body of a woman believed to be William's wife was found inside.
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Williams was also shot in the incident.
He has been placed under arrest.
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[Bomb-Threats]


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Police in Rocky Mount say a 15 year old is charged with making a bomb threat, which is a class 5 felony.
Authorities believe the teen called in two bomb threats to Franklin County High School - one yesterday morning - the other Tuesday afternoon.
The teen is being held in the Culpeper Juvenile Detention Center.

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A hearing is under way in a federal court in Miami, to help determine the fate of Elian Gonzalez.
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A judge is being asked to decide if a Florida relative of the Cuban boy can challenge a ruling by immigration officials that he must be returned home to his father.
Outside the courthouse demonstrators have been waving flags and tying up traffic.
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Most of them are supporters of the relatives who want to keep the six-year-old in the United States.
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NATO officials this afternoon are disputing claims that a spy leaked key information about the bombing of Yugoslavia last year.
Richard Roth has details.
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QUOTING UN-NAMED U-S SOURCES, THE BRITISH NEWS REPORTS TODAY CLAIM TOP SECRET DETAILS OF NATO'S BOMBING CAMPAIGN WERE BEING PASSED ON TO THE SERBS FOR THE FIRST TWO WEEKS OF THE AIR WAR.
THE REPORTS SAY A SPY IN THE NATO ALLIANCE WAS GIVING BELGRADE ADVANCE INFORMATION ON FLIGHT PATHS AND TARGETS OF NATO JETS...A CLAIM THAT NATO THIS MORNING IS VIGOROUSLY DENYING.

SOT JAMIE SHEA / NATO SPOKESMAN: If the Yugoslavs really had had access

to all of this juicy information how is it that we lost no pilots and in the course of 78 days only lost two aircraft. (11)
NARR: BUT THE REPORTS HERE SAY NATO OFFICIALS WERE SHOCKED TO DISCOVER 600 PEOPLE HAD ACCESS TO DAILY BOMBING ORDERS. AND WHEN THE INFORMATION WAS RESTRICTED, THE LEAKS STOPPED.

RICHARD ROTH CBS NEWS LONDON))[Abortion]


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It was the only abortion bill seriously considered this year-- and now it's a long shot.
The bill would make women wait 24 hours after they consult with a doctor before having an abortion.
As a last ditch effort, the Governor sent down his own bill -- only to see a deal collapse that would have referred it to a friendlier committee.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: BECAUSE IT'S A GOOD BILL. IT IS A GOOD BILL, IT'S GOOD FOR WOMEN... RIGHT APPROACH TO TAKE...RIGHT THING TO DO.))
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((DEL. VIVIAN WATTS/D-ANNANDALE: I AM REALLY DISMAYED THAT SUCH A SERIOUS ISSUE IS BEING RAMRODDED THROUGH WITHOUT THE KIND OF CONSIDERATION THAT IT DESERVES.))
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The key to the Governor's bill... favor.
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State lawmakers also want to make a new category for drunk drivers with a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit.
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The House passed a bill yesterday that mandates five days' jail time for driving with a "point two" blood alcohol level.
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65-percent of all drunk driving fatalities in Virginia in 1998 were caused by drivers with blood alcohol levels of almost twice the legal limit.

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A resolution imploring the Minnesota Historical Society to return a bloodstained Civil War battle flag to Virginia

is on its way to Governor Gilmore's desk.
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Yesterday, the house of Delegates passed the resolution by at 94 to 2 vote.
It seeks the return of a flag captured by Minnesota troops at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.
A Roanoke based Civil War re-enactment group has tried for years to get the flag back -- but the Minnesota Histo

rical Society has refused.
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New images provided by NASA's Mars Global Surveyor show two very different pictures when it comes to the north and south poles of Mars.
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The north polar cap has a flat, pitted surface that resembles a sponge.
The south polar cap has larger pits, and flat areas that resemble Swiss cheese.
The different shapes of the landforms on the polar caps suggest that these regions have had different climates and histories for thousands, possibly millions of years.
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Blacksburg High School receives good marks from a national magazine.
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The latest issue of Newsweek Magazine ranks Blacksburg High school among the top 100- high schools in the country.


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The school received the rating for its advanced placement programs... which give students an opportunity to earn college credit.
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The high school was ranked 91st and was the only high school in southwest Virginia to be listed.
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Some Southside students are participating in a food drive to help laid off textile workers.
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The Martinsville Salvation Army has asked Henry County and Martinsville City Schools to collect basic items.
The Salvation Army has run out of food such as canned meat, pasta as well as toiletries.
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((CAROL NICKELL/SALVATION ARMY: THE CHRISTMAS SUPPLY IS DEPLETED SO WE'VE HAD TO ASK ALL SCHOOLS TO PARTICIPATE. AND WE NEEDED THE MORE EXPENSIVE ITEMS THAN THE VEGETABLES.))
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The food drive continues through Friday. If you would like to help out you can call the Salvation Army.
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Two Christian rock bands put on a show at Parkway Wesleyan Church in Roanoke County.
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That's PAX (packs) 2-17.
It's a Christian rock band that sang to some 200 people at the concert.
Around 17 churches took part in putting together last night's show.
Christian Band Plank-eye took the stage after PAX 2-17.
The bands are touring together. Their next stop is in Norfolk.
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Virginia Tech's mens team is taking on Temple now in the second round of the Atlantic 10 tournament. Yesterday, Tech had to play without suspended top scorer and rebounder Dennis Mims, but the team still got by Fordham 51-48.
The win assures the Hokies of having a winning season.
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Eight different Hokies played at least a dozen minutes yesterday afternoon, including David Whaley who made the most of his chances with this dunk, four rebounds and 2 assists in just 13 minutes of action.
Senior Brendan Dunlop also showed good leadership by scoring a team high 13 points and coming up with four steals.


But the difference inside was senior Andre Ray, who pulled down 11 rebounds from his small forward spot.
This one starts the Tech break
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that Jon Smith eventually finishes.
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[ACC-LaRue]


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The honors haven't stopped for Virginia women's basketball.
Schuye (Sky) LaRue is the A-C-C women's basketball rookie of the year.
LaRue was named to the all A-C-C second team last week.
She led the conference in field goal percentage and led the Cavaliers in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots.
The Washington, D-C-native is the first Cavalier to win the award since Orlando Miracle Tora Suber won in 19-94.

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The Roanoke Express continued its mastery over the E-C-H-L last night by beating Hampton Roads for the 6th time this year.
The Admirals tried to intimidate Roanoke by picking up two penalties in the first 20 seconds of the game. Hampton Roads would lead 3-to-2 after a period.
And even though Roanoke was 0-for-6 on the power play last night, the Express came back with Calvin Elfring tying it and newcomer Aniket Dhadphale (DOT-FOLLY) getting his second straight game winner. Dhadphale now has three goals in his three games in Roanoke uniform.