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Coming up on News 7-
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Virginia's Governor takes center stage at the GOP convention. We'll have highlights.
Fire boots several people out of their apartments some of them Tech students.
And a well known photographer is on the other side of the lens tonight- in Roanoke-
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News 7 is next.

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((AMERICANS NEED A LEADER WHO WILL APPLY CONSERVATIVE PRINCIPLES TO THEIR EVERY DAY CONCERNS...GEORGE BUSH IS THAT LEADER...))
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[OUT Q=is that leader (Cheering)]
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[VO-NAT]

Virginia Republicans take center stage for a brief moment at the Republican National Convention tonight...
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[Convention]


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While Virginia took the spotlight briefly- the main focus tonight is on George W. Bush and Dick Cheney- The two are officially a team now after tonight's convention session.
Bobbi Harley has more from First Union hall in Philadelphia.
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((It's no a surprise -- but it's now official -- and the Republicans nominated George W. Bush and Dick Cheney in a very big way.
(NATS, GEORGE AND LAURA REACT)

The third night of the Republican National Convention had some EXTREME moments, to say the least. The wrestler known as The Rock led the evening off with a question on the minds of many.
(SOT: The Rock/WWF Champion)

193431 You invited the Rock, the WWF champion to speak at the RNC? What's the matter with you people?
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Despite the lighthearted start, many here were preoccupied with the condition of former President Gerald Ford. Hes in the hospital after suffering two minor strokes.
(SOT: DR. ROBERT SCHWARTZMAN, CHIEF NEUROLOGIST, HAHNEMANN UNIV.

HOSPITAL) 170400 I am happy to report that President Ford is improving, he is much better than he was this morning Doctors say Ford is having some balance problems and weakness on his left side, but is otherwise alert and feeling fine.
(NATS)

The man everyone has come to see is FINALLY in town. And nominee George W Bush spent the afternoon on stage, practicing the acceptance speech hell give on Thursday night.
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But THIS night belonged to Dick Cheney. A roaring ovation greeted Bush's running mate as he accepted his party's formal nomination for vice president.
(SOT, DICK CHENEY, R-VICE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE)
(HARLEY CLOSE)))



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Governor Jim Gilmore was a featured speaker at tonight's convention.
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Gilmore spoke for about five minutes, focusing mainly on Republican plans to cut taxes. He used Virginia's car tax as an example - saying he kept his promise to faze out the tax, and residents of Virginia respect him because of it. Gilmore told the crowd Americans need a leader who listens to their every day concerns.
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((GOVERNOR JIM GILMORE: WE HEAR TOO OFTEN THAT GOVERNMENT CANNOT AFFORD TO PROVIDE TAX RELIEF TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. BUT WHEN HAS GOVERNMENT HAD TO SCRAMBLE TO MAKE A MORTGAGE PAYMENT? WHEN HAS GOVERNMENT HAD TO PAY FOR A NURSING HOME FROM A SOCIAL SECURITY CHECK? WHEN HAS GOVERNMENT HAD TO PAY FOR SCHOOL CLOTHES?))
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The Virginia Republican party has fared well during the G-O-P convention. It's estimated the party will net 100-thousand dollars from fund-raising events.
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[County-Flooding]


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V-DOT started repairing storm-damaged roadways- -between showers today.
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A section of Back Creek Road was knocked out by flash flooding yesterday.
It was one of half a dozen roads affected by yesterday's heavy rains.
Crews also worked to clear stream beds of debris.
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Wet weather could partially be to blame for an accident on Interstate 81 today.
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A tow-truck carrying this silver car attempted to change lanes, bounced off a tractor-trailer and crashed through the guard rail, landing on the 137 exit ramp. The driver, David Burton of Northern Virginia was taken to Roanoke Memorial with minor injuries. The driver of the tractor-trailer wasn't injured. Burton has been charged with reckless driving-failure to maintain control of his vehicle.
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[Rain-Business]


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The weather is forcing rain delays for some local businesses.
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Seasonal businesses like paving companies say sales are down fourteen percent from last year.
While employees are out of work, customers are out of luck.
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((WE TOLD THE CUSTOMER NOT TO GET ON THE DRIVEWAY FOR THREE DAYS, NOT THEY'LL HAVE TO STAY OFF OF IT FOR A WEEK BECAUSE OF THE WEATHER.))
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The lawn and garden business is on an upswing-- different from last year, when water restrictions hurt.
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((SEE THE BEAUTIFUL CREPE MYRTLES? THIS YEAR THEY SOLD LIKE HOT CAKES, LAST YEAR YOU COULDN'T GIVE THEM AWAY BECAUSE PEOPLE COULDN'T WATER THEM. THE RAIN WE'VE HAD, IT'S BEEN WONDERFUL.))
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The local market will continue to be affected until the rain lets up.
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Still ahead on News 7, quick-thinking by-standers and a deputy rescue people and pets from a burning Blacksburg apartment building.
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And find out what bigger prizes and tougher odds are stirring controversy over the Virginia Lottery.
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[Sports-Preview]


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((HI JEAN, TONIGHT IN SPORTS, THE AVALACHE GETS IN A GAME BETWEEN RAIN DROPS. AN UPDATE ON KEN OXENDINE. OUR HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW CONTINUES WITH A LOOK AT THE VIKINGS AND HOKIE FRESHMAN PUT ON THE PADS. THOSE STORIES AND MORE IN ABOUT 10 MINUTES.))

[Lottery]


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The odds have doubled.
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But September 20th, Lotto jackpots will be several million dollars bigger.
Players appear pleased.
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((DENNIS ROBERTS/LOTTO PLAYER: PROBABLY YEAH. I'LL GO WITH THAT. A LITTLE BIT MORE MONEY, HUH?))
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The Virginia Lottery says it has carefully avoided crossing the line into PROMOTING gambling.
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((ED SCARBOROUGH/VIRGINIA LOTTERY: FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE THE REGULAR PLAYERS, WE'RE LOOKING AT TRYING TO GIVE SOME EXTRA ADDED VALUE. AND REALLY A THANK YOU. YOU PLAY YOUR FIVE DOLLARS, YOU PLAY REGULARLY. WE'RE GOING TO GIVE YOU SOMETHING A LITTLE EXTRA.))
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((REV. JACK KNAPP/VA. INDEPENDENT BAPTISTS: THEY'RE GONNA TELL YOU WE'LL GIVE YOU SIX TICKETS FOR THE PRICE OF FIVE. THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE DOING. AND SO THIS IS JUST ANOTHER INDUCEMENT. AND I BELIEVE IT'S OUTSIDE THE SPIRIT OF THE LOTTERY BILL THAT WAS PASSED, AND I'M VERY OPPOSED TO IT.))
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Lottery revenues go to K through 12 public education.
Lottery officials say it's their fiscal responsibility to keep that stream flowing.
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15 people are out of their homes tonight- many Tech students- after an accidental fire at a Montgomery County apartment complex.
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The fire broke out this morning in a second-floor kitchen at the Ridgeview Apartments.
Firefighters say it appears to have been sparked by boxes left on a stovetop.
Heavy smoke spread quickly to surrounding units.
No one was hurt.
Several bystanders and a deputy knocked on doors and windows and rescued two people before firefighters arrived.
The blaze destroyed six apartments and caused an estimated 50-thousand dollars in damage.
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE WIPE]
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A strip mall in Campbell County lost one store to a fire this morning.
Authorities believe the fire started in a mattress store in the shopping center on Ward's Road.
But they haven't determined the cause.
That store was a total loss.
Other shops had smoke and water damage.
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We've been dealing with flash flooding and mudslides over the last couple of days...
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But it's nowhere near the scale of floods hitting parts of Brazil.
More on that when News 7 returns.
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Vanity Fair magazine is holding a photo shoot at the Norfolk Southern East End Shops tonight.
It's quite a gathering: One of the nation's greatest living photographers, one of the top WORKING photographers -- and a 300- ton piece of machinery.
Ted Stone was there when the flash guns were ready to go off.
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(( Arthritis makes it difficult for photographer O. Winston Link to get around under his own power. Yet with a new exhibit of his work in New York City, he's getting around almost as much as ever.
Link is the subject of an upcoming article in Vanity Fair magazine. He's best know for the dramatic photographs he took of steam trains on the old Norfolk and Western railway in the 1950s. {bite}
Link's favorite subject was the big Type A locomotive. {bite?}
Type A locomotive number 1218 hasn't moved under its own power in almost 10 years. Until last week, it had been in storage in the East End shops. It's going back there as soon as the photo shoot is over.
Freelance photographer Michael O'Niell has taken pictures of lots of big shots -- including these guys. He needed some extra equipment to shoot something this big.
As darkness fell, there were a few last-minute touch-ups.
The 1218 needed some touching up, too. That's fake smoke coming out of the stack. The engine would need extensive repair work before it could ever be fired up again.
Finally, after some banter between the two photographers, it was time, and....

And what happened then was we had to get out of the way. Vanity Fair doesn't want to reveal too much about what the finished photograph will look like. We're told it will look a lot like a Winston Link photograph.
Now, that would be something worth waiting for.
Ted Stone, News 7.))

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New ways to motivate students was the idea on a leading educator's mind earlier today.
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Freeman Hrabowski (ra-BOW-ski) is an author and the President of the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Today he told Roanoke administrators, part of their challenge is to foster more excitement in subjects such as math and science.
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(( WE KNOW HOW TO MAKE KIDS FEEL REALLY GOOD ABOUT ATHLETICS, BUT THE QUESTION IS HOW DO YOU HELP A CHILD FEEL GOOD ABOUT MATHEMATICS. I OFTEN SAY THAT WHEN I WAS A KID, I'D GET GOOSEBUMPS DOING MATH PROBLEMS. YOU HAVE TO GET PEOPLE THAT EXCITEMENT.))
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Hrabowski (ra-BOW-ski) says schools shouldn't be alone in that effort. Raising expectations is also the responsibility of parents, and the entire community.

[Brazil-Mudslides]


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Rain is a problem in other parts of the world as well-
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Four days of torrential rains have caused mudslides in Brazil- AT least 20 people are dead- and nearly 10 thousand were forced to abandon their homes.
The victims were killed when tons of mud collapsed on top of their homes .... those living in low income districts have suffered the worst.
The heavy rain continues and authorities are bracing for more mudslides.
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[Almanac]


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It was interesting, Roanoke finished up the month of July about three inches above normal in the rain department and a degree or two below normal in the temperature department. Cool and wet but no records. What about the climate for August? Here's Jacey Birch.
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Coming up, Avalanche highlights, Tech freshman hit the practice field, and Steve Mason catches up with Ken Oxendine.
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Sammy Sosa hit his 33rd home run of the season today in the bottom of the eighth.
It gave the Cubs a three to two win over the Rockies.
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Salem has taken two straight from the Frederick Keys on the rain soaked Salem Stadium field.
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The Avalanche started the scoring early, Jerome Alviso gets the RBI with the sacrifice fly to center, Chone Figgins crosses the plate. 1-Nothing Salem.
Alviso again, this time with the single to right. The hit brings home Choo Freeman and the Avalanche leads two-zip in the third.
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Chuck Crowder and reliever Jase Wrigley locked out the Keys. Salem picks up the 5-to-2 win.
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Dot Bolling has advanced to the semi finals of the Senior State Amateur at the Homestead in Hot Springs.
Yesterday Bolling beat Marie Winks 3 and 2. Bolling is attempting to be the first lady to win both amateur titles in the same year.
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Joining Bolling in the semi finals are Marilyn Bussey, who beat Chris Epperly and Fran Hensley of Martinsville.


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The rain didn't stop four of the area's top golfers from teeing it up at Hunting Hills yesterday in a "Skins Game" to raise money for the National Kidney Foundation of Southwest Virginia.
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Former PGA Senior touring Pro Billy King, and Chip Sullivan, who played on the PGA tour, were two members of the foursome that teed off in the event.
King, the club pro at Blue Hills, is well aware of the problems kidney patients face every day.
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((BILLY KING/BLUE HILLS PRO: WE'VE GOT SEVERAL MEMBERS OUT AT THE CLUB WHO ARE ON DIALYSIS. BILLY MILES SENIOR HAS TO GO THRU IT 3 TIMES A WEEK AND YOU KNOW ITS A SERIOUS BUSINESS AND ANYTHING WE CAN DO TO HELP ITS A PLEASURE.))
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The group also included Hidden Valley pro Tommy Joyce and Mark Fry the director of golf at the Homestead.
The group was playing for 10-thousand dollars in Skins with 60 per cent of the winnings going to Southwest Virginia's kidney foundation.
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((CHIP THOMAS/NATIONAL KIDNEY FOUNDATION: WE GIVE GRANTS TO KIDNEY PATIENTS ITS VERY EXPENSIVE TO BE ON DIALYSIS AND HAVE TO GO THROUGH THAT 3 OR 4 TIMES A WEEK AND WHAT WE DO IS WE PROVIDE GRANTS THAT ALLOW THEM TO PAY THE BILLS AND BY FOOD AND EASE THE BURDEN A LITTLE BIT OF THE DIALYSIS TREATMENT.))
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Billy King was the top winner taking home 45-hundred dollars.

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Freshmen football players have arrived at Tech and hit the practice field yesterday afternoon.
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The inclement weather forced today's workouts to be moved inside Rector Field house. This season's group of first year players, includes former Friday Football Extra player of the week Josh Spence from Floyd County, it's considered one of Beamer's top recruiting classes. And he admits that a few guys may play as true freshmen.
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[VO-NAT CON'T]

Beamer says he needs depth at defensive line, wide receiver and defensive back.
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[S-OX]


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When Atlanta and Dallas meet in Japan on Sunday a former Hokie is hoping to make an impact.
Steve Mason has more on Ken Oxendine.
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((Ken Oxendine never misses a chance to extend a hearty welcome to his friends in Virginia. ((:))
His trade mark smile got even bigger when the Falcons drafted Virginia Tech defensive back Anthony Midget. Ox has made an immediate positive impact on Midget's life. ((:))
Midgets's big brother grew up quite a bit last season. 1998 NFL second leading rusher Jamal Anderson was out for most of the season with a knee injury. Ox lead the Falcons rushing attack with 452 yards. ((DAN REEVES:)) ((:)) This year, Jamal is back and there are eight other running backs in camp including Oxendine, making his job a lot tougher. ((STEVE MASON:)) ((:))
The Falcons open the season September third against San Francisco at the George Dome. Steve Mason, News 7 sports.))


[S-VIKINGWX]


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Northside High School in Roanoke County is entering the 2000 football season with a lot of experience.
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On offense, 4 year starter Tommy Morgan returns at quarterback. He's joined by an experienced line, backs and receivers.
Defensively, the Vikings will make a few changes. Northside has been playing three down linemen for most of the 1990's. This season the Vikings don't have the personnel to do that.
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The weather has pushed the Vikings inside for afternoon practices, making Hickam and his staff change their practice agendas.
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All coaching staffs in the area are in the same boat - so to speak.
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((BOB GRAY:))
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We'll hear more from Bob Gray and the Staunton River Golden Eagles later today.

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Roanoke has signed three more top college hockey players.
Express head coach Perry Florio announced Tyson Holly from Northern Michigan University, Providence's Doug Sheppard and Michigan's Sean Peach will be in Roanoke for training camp the first week of October.
Holly is a forward who finished his college career with 68 points in 143 games.
Sheppard led Providence with 44 points in 38 games last season. Peach, a standout defenseman has been invited to the Detroit Red Wings' camp in September.