[7-Payne-Governor]

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Another candidate may enter the race for Virginia's top elected office .
Former Fifth District Congressman L-F Payne is preparing for a possible run for Governor.
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Payne, a Democrat, said that an exploratory committee will be set up within the next two months.
The 54-year-old former Wintergreen resort executive lost a bid for lieutenant governor in 1997.
He served in Congress for eight years.
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[7-Verna-Lewis]


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A doctor convicted of tax fraud is heading to prison.
A federal judge in Roanoke has ordered Doctor Verna Lewis to begin serving her 18-month tax fraud sentence.
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Lewis was convicted last July of filing false tax returns for three years and asking her maid and yardman to lie to I-R-S officials.
She was originally scheduled to report to prison in February but was allowed to wait while the Supreme Court reviewed a New York case that raised an issue similar to one her attorneys raised.
She'll remain free until a new date is set for her to turn herself in.
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[7-S-Weeks]


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Virginia has put another convicted killer to death.
Lonnie Weeks Junior apologized last night to the family of the state Trooper he gunned down and his own family just before he was put to death by injection.
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Weeks said in an interview earlier this week that he was ready to die.
Weeks fatally shot Jose Cavazos in 1993.
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It happened after he was pulled over on Interstate 95 in Dale City.
The Supreme Court stayed his execution last September .. but later ruled it can go forward.
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[7-S-Radford-Explosion]


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Last week's fatal explosion at the New River Castings Plant in Radford has sparked one family's crusade to make work environments safe.
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Edward and Glenna Anderson's daughter was one of three workers killed in the blast at the auto parts plant.
Now Karen Hamilton's father says he's on a mission.
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((EDWARD ANDERSON/VICTIM'S FATHER: I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SEE THE PEOPLE THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO REPRESENT THE WORKING CLASS PEOPLE DO A MUCH BETTER JOB THAN THEY ARE DOING.))
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Anderson, also an Intermet employee, says agencies like OSHA could do a better job enforcing safety regulations... by not warning companies of inspections... and toughening penalties.
The family has hired an attorney, but won't say what course of action it will take.
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((EDWARD ANDERSON/VICTIM'S FATHER: I CAN NOT PUT A VALUE ON MY DAUGHTER'S LIFE THERE'S NO AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT CAN BRING OUR DAUGHTER BACK.))
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[OUT Q=our daughter back.]
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Radford City Council says its working on "enticing" Intermet to rebuild the plant.

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Here's a look at today's forecast.
Partly sunny today with a wind advisory in effect.
Highs in the mid 50s.
Tonight, mostly clear and windy.
Lows fall into the upper 20s to 30.
The extended forecast...

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[45-S-Vinton-Wreck]


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An elderly man from Moneta was killed yesterday when his pick-up truck hit a bridge overpass and caught fire.
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The victim has been identified as 74 year old Arthur McKenzie Buswell Junior.
The accident happened on Route 24 near Vinton, at the Roanoke-Bedford County line.
The truck hit the overpass at the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance.
Buswell was the only person in the vehicle.
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[45-Lewis-Gale]


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Two sources tell News 7 that Five Lewis-Gale satellite clinics could be closing.
A Lewis Gale Clinic spokesperson CONFIRMS it's an option being considered, but adds NO decision has been reached on that matter.
As for negotiations with parent company Phycor, the spokesperson says the clinic hopes to have a final settlement on April 1st.
A settlement that would allow the clinic to sever ties with Phycor and become an independent clinic owned by the physicians.
Lewis-Gale Clinic operates 14 satellite clinics throughout the Roanoke and New River Valleys.

[45-Cloned-Pigs]


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This weeks announcement of cloned pigs in Blacksburg could be a medical breakthrough.
Scientists hope one day that pigs could be genetically engineered so that their organs or cells could be used more easily for human transplant.
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But some in the medical field see some potential problems.
The five healthy piglets were born last week in Blacksburb. Their organs will be used for human organ transplants. Carilion's ethics director worries about a backlash.
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((CHARLES HITE/BIOMEDICAL ETHICS DIR.: ARE WE GOING TO DISCOURAGE PEOPLE FROM DONATING THEIR ORGANS BECAUSE THEY SAY, WELL, LET THE PIGS DO IT? I HOPE THAT ISN'T THE CASE AND I DON'T THINK IT WOULD BE BUT SOME PEOPLE HAVE RAISED THAT AS A CONCERN.))
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Hite says cloning raises other ethical questions, too. For example, he says if the procedure is approved but insurance DOESN'T cover it -- poor people could wind up neglected.
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[45-5-VMI-Daniels]


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The public service and humanitarian work of Former President Jimmy Carter is being recognized by Virginia Military Institute.
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Carter is the first recipient of the Jonathan M. Daniels Humanitarian award... and he will accept the honor when he visits the Institute next March.
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V-M-I Superintendent Josiah Bunting announced Carter's selection at a VMI assembly yesterday morning.
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The award memorializes Jonathan Daniels, a 1961 graduate of VMI who was involved in the civil rights movement. Daniels was shot and killed in Alabama in 1965.
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Taking a break from the news now to check the forecast...
Partly sunny with a wind advisory today.... and early highs near 55.
Turning sharply colder the day wears on.
Tonight should be mostly clear, with lows in the upper 20s.
The five day forecast is chilly tomorrow, with a gradual warm-up by next week.
Our next chance for showers arrives Sunday.
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[8-Payne-Governor]


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The number of candidates running for Governor may increase.
Former Fifth District Congressman L-F Payne is preparing for a possible run.
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[SUPER=03-Richmond/February 25]


Payne, a Democrat, said that an exploratory committee will be set up within the next two months.
The 54-year-old former Wintergreen resort executive lost a bid for lieutenant governor in 1997.
He served in Congress for eight years.
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[8-Earley-PETA]


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A controversial ad campaign designed by a Norfolk based, animal rights group, has been dropped.
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals canned its "Got Beer" ads -- after several groups protested because the ads promoted alcohol use to college students.
Joy Sutton reports.
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(( PETA says its "Got Beer" campaign was not intended to promote alcohol use -- but simply to suggest that drinking beer is better for you than milk.
But this message upset Mothers Against Drunk Driving and other groups concerned about alcohol abuse -- who said pull the plug on this ad.
While PETA has now replaced the ad with "Dump Dairy", it still says the ads were beneficial.
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((BRUCE FRIEDRICH/PETA: I THINK MADD'S PURPOSE AND OUR PURPOSE WERE PRETTY WELL SERVED BY THIS CAMPAIGN. MAD WAS ABLE TO RAISE THEIR ISSUES IN A NATIONAL FORUM. WE WERE ABLE RAISE OUR ISSUES IN A NATIONAL FORUM))
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Attorney General Mark Earley was among those who put the pressure on the animals rights group -- saying the ads encouraged college drinking at a time when many are fighting to curb binge drinking on college campuses.
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((ATTORNEY GENERAL MARK EARLEY: MY FIRST REACTION WHEN I HEARD THE CAMPAIGN GOT BEER, WAS GOT SENSE, I MEAN DOES PETA REALLY HAVE SENSE THINKING THIS IS AN APPROPRIATE WAY TO GET ACROSS THEIR MESSAGE))
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((JOY SUTTON/REPORTING: EARLEY IS CALLING THE DECISION A VICTORY FOR PARENTS AND COLLEGE STUDENTS. WHILE PETA HAS NOT DIRECTLY APOLOGIZED FOR THE ADS, IT HAS DONATED 500 DOLLARS TO MADD AND IS OFFERING A LINK ON ITS WEB PAGE TO MADD'S WEB SITE. JOY SUTTON, NEWS 7))
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[8-5-Dairy-Farmers]


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PETA began the "Got Beer" campaign to raise awareness about the cruelties of dairy farming, claiming dairy farmers abuse cows.
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Some farmers like Chatham's Nathan Hammock are enraged. He has 350 cows and milks them three times a day.
He says he doesn't know how he could treat his cows better.
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((DO YOU FEEL LIKE THEY ATTACKED YOUR LIVELIHOOD? NATHAN HAMMOCK/DAIRY FARMER: YES I DO. FOR US TO BE LABELED IN THE DAIRY INDUSTRY AS ABUSING OUR ANIMALS THEY ATTACKED US. I DON'T LIKE IT.))
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Hammock says he's glad PETA at least pulled the beer advertisement.
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Time once more to check the St. Patrick's Day weather outlook...
Partly sunny with a wind advisory today...highs early on in the mid 50s.
Temperatures will turn COOLER through the day.
By tonight, lows will fall into the upper 20s under mostly clear skies.
The five day forecast is chilly tomorrow, with a gradual warm-up by next week.
Our next chance for showers arrives Sunday.
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