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Just ahead on NEWS 7 at six.
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Chuck Robb and George Allen meet for their first face- to- face debate of the U-S Senate campaign.
And-- the differences between the two men couldn't be more evident.
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Plus, convicted felons in Lynchburg decide to pass- up the city's first ever gun amnesty day.

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In sports, It was media day for the Virginia Tech Hokies highlights from Major League Baseball.
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And Bobby Labonte is the winner of the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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Chuck Robb and George Allen face off today in the first debate of their campaign...
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.

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The incumbent U-S Senator and former Governor took part in the first of three debates at the Homestead.
Kate Weidaw tells us the candidates want voters to know there are significant differences between the two men.
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((Clinton values versus Virginia values is just one of Republican George Allen's criticism against his opponent Democratic incumbent Senator Chuck Robb - While Robb continues to say Allen is getting better and better at distorting his record. During the debate, cutting taxes was top on the list and Allen pointed out Robb's vote last month against the so called marriage penalty tax.

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((GEORGE ALLEN: WHY SHOULD SOMEONE PAY AN ADDED 14 HUNDRED DOLLARS A YEAR IN TAXES SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY'RE MARRIED.))
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Robb says he voted against it because only 40 percent of the relief the bill provides would go to married couples. The topic of abortion questioned what role the government should play in regulating it.

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((CHUCK ROBB: I AM NOT PRO ABORTION I HAVE NEVER BEEN PRO ABORTION I ALWAYS HAVE BEEN PRO CHOICE I DON'T THINK WE AS A GOVERNMENT OUGHT TO MAKE THAT DECISION.))
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((GEORGE ALLEN: I DON'T THINK THE TAXPAYERS SHOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR ELECTIVE ABORTIONS CHUCK YOU MADE TAXPAYERS PAY FOR THAT.))
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One of the biggest differences between the candidates was education and how to spend federal education funds. However there is one topic both candidates agreed on, taking campaign contributions from tobacco companies.

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((CHUCK ROBB: I TO HAVE EXCEPTED CONTRIBUTIONS FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES ALL LEGAL SOURCES AND HAVE CONTINUED TO DO SO I HAVE WORKED HARD WITH TOBACCO FARMERS IN A NUMBER OF PIECES OF LEGISLATION.))
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What couldn't go unnoticed was Senator Robb loosing his place and forgetting questions asked by Allen.

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((GEORGE ALLEN: HE KEPT FORGETTING THE QUESTION SO THAT MADE IT HARD TO KEEP REMINDING HIM WHY WHAT IS YOUR REASON.))
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((CHUCK ROBB: HE WAS ISSUING DISTORTIONS SO FAST THAT I COULDN'T WRITE THEM ALL DOWN, I'M GOING TO GO BACK AND LOOK AT THE TAPE I'LL WORK THROUGH ALL OF THEM BUT I WASN'T BEFUDDLED AT ALL.))
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But with two more scheduled debates to go, both candidates hope voters will be able to see how different each man is. Kate Weidaw News 7 Bath County.))






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The outspoken Reverend Al Sharpton is in central Virginia tonight, hoping to rally hundreds of people to attend a civil rights march on Washington later this month.
Sharpton is due to speak at Court Street Baptist Church at this hour.. it's his second visit to the Hill City in two months.
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He traveled there in June for a rally aimed at getting young black males more involved in their church and community.
Tonight's service is a prelude to the "Redeem the Dream" march in Washington D.C. on August 27th.
We'll hear more from Sharpton on News7 at 11.
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They didn't collect a single illegal gun, but Lynchburg authorities say their first- ever gun amnesty day was still a success.
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Convicted felons were given a chance today to turn in any guns they might own.. it is illegal to possess a firearm after being convicted of a felony.
No one took advantage of the offer, but officials say the program.. part of Project Exile.. is helping reduce gun- related violence across the state.
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((HERSCHEL KELLER/ASST. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY.: WE KNOW THAT IN RICHMOND THE PROJECT HAS BEEN UP AND RUNNING FOR TWO YEARS, THE NUMBER OF FIREARM RELATED ARRESTS HAS DROPPED BY 67 PERCENT, SO THAT'S OVER A TWO THIRDS DROP IN THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT ARE BEING ARRESTED CARRYING FIREARMS, SO IT HAS HAD A TREMENDOUS IMPACT ON THAT.))
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If you're caught carrying a gun after being convicted of a crime, you face a mandatory term of anywhere from two to five years in prison.
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A man wearing a bandana over his face robbed a Roanoke business this morning at gunpoint.
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The robbery happened shortly after eight at Montano's Restaurant on Franklin Road.
Police say a female employee had just unlocked the back door when a black male armed with a hand gun entered the restaurant and demanded money.
The suspect made off with checks and cash and may have fled in a silver car.
No one was injured.
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Thousands are in Roanoke's Washington Park this evening for W-T-O-Y's third annual Family Fun day and "Stone Soul Picnic."
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The event features live music, ranging from gospel to rap to R-and-B. There are also games for the kids, information booths and, of course, food! Event coordinators say they're thrilled mother nature cooperated with the day.
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((RALPH CLARK/WTOY: PEOPLE WERE SORT-OF DOUBTFUL ABOUT TODAY'S EVENT - DUE TO THE MERE FACT OF ALL THE RAIN WE'VE HAD. THEY CALLED FOR SHOWERS TODAY. BUT YOU SORTA WORK ON FAITH AND WE HAD FAITH TODAY IT WOULD COME OUT JUST LIKE IT DID.))

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The Family Fun day and picnic is going on until 9 this evening, so you still have time to get out and take part in the festivities.
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Still to come on News 7 - an exotic dancer could be sent to the slammer for assaulting another woman - with a platform shoe. We'll have the details.
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And Verizon is on the verge of a strike. If an agreement isn't reached between union and company officials by midnight, 700 local workers could hit the picket lines.
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In a matter of hours, more than 700- telephone workers in Roanoke could go on strike.
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The union members work for Verizon Virginia.
Their three-year contract is set to expire at midnight.
The local employees are protesting what they call intolerable working conditions.
The workers say they're only allowed to use the restroom a certain number of times each day and only for a certain amount of time.
Verizon is what used to be Bell Atlantic and G-T-E, which merged in June.
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A deal with Philip Morris is expected to benefit Virginia tobacco growers.
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The company announced Friday it has signed contracts to buy more than 55 million pounds of burley tobacco directly from farmers.
The pilot program is in wake of 45 percent quota cuts in burley to be auctioned this fall.
Farmers in Virginia and six other states have contracts. The program includes an increase in prices paid for the tobacco, and growers will get immediate payment upon delivery of their tobacco in November.
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A Roanoke dancer could be soon be prancing behind bars. 25-year-old Thomeka Childress - also known as XTC (Ecstacy) is accused of beating another woman with a shoe. She's charged with malicious wounding - which could carry a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.
24-year-old Chastity Frye says she was preparing to audition at a cabaret when Childress beat her with a high-heeled platform shoe.
Childress says it was self-defense, because Frye hit her first.

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Up next .. a woman has been arrested and charged in a Danville stabbing. We'll have more.
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And in this week's edition of Time Off - we'll take you to a home where the BUFFALO roam.

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A woman has been arrested in connection with a stabbing in Danville.
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Sue Ellen King Totten (TOTT-in) is charged with malicious wounding after Larry Johnson was stabbed in the chest yesterday afternoon.
He's in critical condition.
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A Montgomery County farmer is serving up a unique alternative to your basic burger - Buffalo. Kelli Thompson visited Brush Creek Farm and Buffalo store in Riner and takes you to this home - where the buffalo roam - for this week's Time Off.
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((Jim Politis is not your everyday farmer. His herd is a little different...they're buffalo. Over sixty bison roam the one hundred acre farm in Montgomery County. The buffalo are continuously being replaced for meat, but only bulls are slaughtered. The heifers are kept for breeding. An average bull weighs between nine hundred to fifteen hundred pounds. Politis believes the key to raising the bison successfully is to keep them natural.
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[IN Q:JUST LET THEM BE] ((JIM POLITIS/BUFFALO FARMER: JUST LET THEM BE. IF WE GET IN TROUBLE WE TRY TO HELP THEM BUT, BASICALLY THEY ARE PRETTY SELF SUFFICIENT ANIMALS . WE KEEP EM FED AND WATERED.))
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He and his wife Jan opened a restaurant a few miles from the farm to help promote the idea of buffalo beef. The store attracts about a hundred customers a week, serving up everything from chili to bison burgers. The meat is also sold in the store for customers to take home. Orders have been placed as far away as Hawaii. But there are still a lot of folks that are a little skeptical about taking that first bite.
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[IN Q:IT'S PROMOTING] (( JIM POLITIS/BUFFALO FARMER: IT'S PROMOTING, YOU HAVE TO PROMOTE IT, EDUCATE PEOPLE ON THE HEALTH BENEFITS IN ORDER FOR THEM TO TRY IT.))
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[IN Q: A BISON BURGER] (( A BISON BURGER CONTAINS JUST THREE GRAMS OF FAT. COMPARED TO A REGULAR HAMBURGER AT FIFTEEN GRAMS, THAT'S QUITE A DIFFERENCE. BUT WHAT ABOUT TASTE?))
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[IN Q: IT'S A DARKER MEAT] ((JAMIE ARMENTROUT/CUSTOMER: IT'S A DARKER MEAT, IT DOESN'T MARBLE LIKE BEEF AND IT DOESN'T HAVE A FAT TASTE TO IT AT ALL. IT DOESN'T WEIGH IN YOUR STOMACH EITHER.))
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[OUT Q:IN YOUR STOMACH EITHER.] Politis has a gift shop in his restaurant too, and hopes to expand it by this fall. He also plans to start giving tours of the farm. Kelli Thompson, News 7, Montgomery County.))
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Virginia Tech has hit a milestone. Officials there say donations from alumni, parents, faculty and staff amounted to 55-million dollars in the past fiscal year.
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It's the first time the university has topped 50-million in private contributions in a single year. Alumni contributed 18-million dollars, and private donors poured a record 10-million into the school's athletic program.

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And coming up in sports, Bobby Labonte takes the checkered flag in the Brickyard 400 the Hokies held their media day in Blacksburg.
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And athletes from all over the world competed in the Blue Ridge Bicycle Clubs biathlon.
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The Virginia Tech Football team arrived back in Blacksburg today to begin working on a way to match last years season of the century.
Mike Stevens and Photographer Greg Moore have our story from Lane Stadium.
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Bobby Labonte made his move with less than 15 laps to go and he is the winner of the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis.
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Early in the race Bobby Labonte was chasing pole sitter Ricky Rudd with 148 laps to go.
Then Mark Martin gets loose in a crowd and hits the wall bringing out the first caution of the day.
Darrell Waltrip, The crowd favorite, was running in the 15-th position after starting on the outside pole with 80 laps to go.
Rusty Wallace, who led early in the race, was leading the field at the halfway point of the event.
Bill Elliott had the fastest car on the track running faster than Wallace and Bobby Labonte the front two cars.
Then with 14 laps to go Labonte would get by Wallace after a light tap in the rear bumper and he pulled away winning the sixth annual Brickyard 400.
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((BOBBY LABONTE/BRICKYARD 400 WINNER: RUSTY WALLACE PUT UP A GOOD FIGHT. I WAS BETTER THAN HIM IN TURN 2 AND JUST AT TIMES I COULD OUTRUN HIM A LITTLE BIT BETTER THAN SOME OTHER TIMES I GOT BY HIM AND HE GAVE ME A BIG SHOVE I GUESS AND IT HELPED ME OUT.))
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Rusty was second followed by Elliott, Jerry Nadeau and Tony Stewart. Jeff Burton finished sixth.





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Athletes came from as far away as Spain to compete in the annual Blue Ridge Bicycle Club's Biathlon.
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The course consisted of a mountainous four-point-eight mile run and 20-point-six mile bike ride through Catawba.
111 participants including 17 teams signed up for this years event.
Chris Pohowsky was the overall winner with a time of 1:23.10.
On the woman's side Patty Shoaf picked up the gold medal with a time of 1:34.33.
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Will Clark homered for the third consecutive game today as St. Louis beat Atlanta 5 to nothing.
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This little fan have a fun day at the ball park.
The Cardinals jumped on the Braves in the bottom of the first Jim Edmonds hits this double to the left field corner Fernando Vina scores to make it 1 to nothing St. Louis.
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Clark reached base three times with this home run and two walks he's 6 for 10 since joining the Cardinals in a trade on Tuesday and St. Louis beats the Atlanta Braves 5 to nothing.
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