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Los Angeles, not Washington D-C is ground zero for politics this week as the Democrats arrive for their national convention.
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And we'll give you a front row seat as V-M-I's newest cadets prepare for the rat line.
A live report, coming up.
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Sunny skies... seasonable temperatures... and a fair amount of winds start your day. We're out of the way of the messy weather... and your full forecast is ahead.
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News 7 at noon is next.

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Among a mix of delegates and protesters, Democrats are arriving in the City of Angels to begin their national convention.

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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Hollywood glitter and national politics take center stage this week as the Democrats kick- off their national convention.
But presumed Presidential nominee Al Gore is on the campaign trail in the nation's heartland.
Gore is visiting Kansas City, and will later meet up with running mate Joseph Lieberman for a rally in St. Louis.
It'll be the last campaign appearance together before they head to the convention.
But for today-- the national spotlight is shining one last time on the Clintons.
Teri Okita joins us now from Los Angeles with more on the preparations.


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Locator: Los Angeles, CA In the past 24 hours, crews inside the convention hall have worked hard on the finishing touches.

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Outsideprotestors have worked just as hard beating the drums of dissent.

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When one votes for the Republicans or the Democrats, they are ultimately voting for their own repression.
Far away from all the demonstrations, Vice President Al Gore is doing some grass roots stumping in the Midwest touching on the issues that are the crux of his campaign.

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I want to make a goal that every child has health insurance.
But on this opening day of the convention, the spotlight shines on President Clinton. Tonight though, in his convention speech he will symbolically pass the torch to Al Gore. This may not come too soon for some of the vice presidents supporters.

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The Clintons glittered all over Tinseltown this weekend busy raising money for their own causes, including Hillary Clintons New York Senate Campaign.

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So after thirty years of helping people, and fighting for their causes, she decided to run for office, I hope you will support her. ))
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The new school year is about to begin at Virginia Military Institute where the newest recruits will include 24 women. This is the first year that all 4 classes include female cadets. Today Joe dashiell is on post with more on the significance of the upcoming school year.

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The owner of the Franklin County Speedway has been charged with failure to appear in court.
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Whitey Taylor already had five charges against him for holding a carnival without a permit. Then he failed to show up for court so a judge issued a warrant for his arrest. The sheriff says the well-known promoter turned himself in last week. His trial is set for August 23rd.
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Officials are still trying to find out what caused a fire at a Danville Church.
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The front portion of the Bethel Holliness Church on Grove street was engulfed when firefighters arrived, shortly before 11 last night. The front half of the church's roof caved in before firefighters could bring the fire under control. It took more than 20 firefighters 45 minutes to douse the flames. One firefighter was injured when he fell about 10 feet off a ladder.. He was taken to Danville Regional Medical Center and later released back to duty.
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A fire damaged the Famous Anthony's restaurant on Grandin Road in Roanoke this morning.
Fire officials say the blaze was contained to the kitchen and was quickly brought under control.
It caused an estimated 75-thousand dollars in damage. Investigators say the fire was accidental.
No one was injured.

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Flying the friendly skies became even friendlier today, as Roanoke Regional Airport began a Sky Cap Service.
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A minimum of two Sky Caps will be on hand to assist passengers with baggage and wheel chair service.
Airport managers say hiring contracted Sky Caps is another step toward improving the level of customer service.
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The staffing support will be available for passengers from five a-m to eleven thirty p-m daily.
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A Russian navy spokesman says the situation is serious.
A nuclear submarine is stuck at the bottom of the sea off the northwest Russian coast.
David Hawkins has details.
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The Russian Navy says the submarine, named the Kursk, experienced an unexplained malfunction and was forced to run itself aground on the bottom of the Barents Sea.

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Officials say the the submarine's nuclear reactor has been shut down... and radiation levels are normal. Although the Kursk is equipped to carry 24 nuclear ballistic missiles... none were on board at the time of the accident, the navy said.
Rescue ships have rushed to the area to assist the crippled sub and are in radio contact with the crew. The 14-thousand-ton Oscar-Class submarine, built in 1994, carries 107 crew members.
There have been a series of mishaps involving Russian submarines over the last decade... as the Russian navy... like the rest of the country's military... grapples with underfunding, equipment shortages... and lack of regular maintenance.
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Too much water from the SKY is causing millions of dollars in damage to northern New Jersey...
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Thunderstorms over the weekend dumped as much as 14- inches of rain.
Residents in one area of Sparta were evacuated, because fire officials were concerned about mudslides.
No lives were lost, but residents have a costly clean- up on their hands.
From the air, New Jersey's governor saw the mess of washed out bridges and flooded buildings.
But she was relieved there were few signs of chemical spills.
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Mother Nature isn't finished yet-- more rain is forecast for the area.
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One woman was killed and two other people sent to the hospital following a head on collision in Danville. It happened around 8:30 last night on Central Boulevard.
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Police say 56-year old Charles Patrick Goodman of Danville crossed the median and struck a pick-up truck head on. His passenger, 34 year old Lisa Austin Wright of Blairs was killed. Goodman and the pick-up driver, (Lewis) Louis Durham of Danville, were taken to the hospital. Their injuries are apparently not life-threatening. Traffic was blocked for more than an hour as police worked to clear the scene. Charges against Goodman are pending.
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Some drivers are not taking any chances with Firestone Tires -- even those NOT included in the recall.
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Cathy Greer has six month old Firestone Tires on her 19-99 Mercury Mountaineer.
They are NOT on the recall list.
But when she took her truck to this Salem shop, the mechanic noticed a problem.
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((CATHY GREER/CUSTOMER: THEY DID FIND A SEPARATION ON THE TIRE WHERE THE TIRE MEETS THE SIDE WALL AND INDEED THEY ARE SEPARATING AND WE DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH LONGER IT WOULD HAVE LASTED.))
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Yesterday, The Ford Motor company claimed many of the recalled tires were manufactured during a strike at the company's plant in Illinois.
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There's not just one, but TWO winners at the weekend box office. "Hollow Man" and "Space Cowboys" tied for first place.
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"Hollow Man" and "Space Cowboys" each made an estimated $13.1 million dollars in their second set of weekend showings.
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[TAKE FS ESS-C] Autumn in New York, The Replacements and Nutty Professor Two: The Klumps wrap up this week's list.


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It was also a tie for top honors at the Old Fiddlers convention in Galax .
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Thousands gathered in Felts Park for six days of competition.
The convention , sponsored by the Galax Moose Lodge, ended yesterday with the presentation of awards, including 20- thousand dollars in cash prizes.
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Guitarist Wayne Henderson from Mouth of Wilson, and Old-Time fiddler Greg Hooven, of Staunton, were named Best All- Around Performers.
The group, Fescue, from Marion, Virginia, won the bluegrass band competition.
The New Ballards Branch Bog-trotters, from Galax, were named the top old-time band.



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You can now visit the The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford on the weekends.
The extra time wouldn't be possible without the help of volunteers. Kate Weidaw has the story.
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(( The gates to the National D-Day Memorial are now open on the weekend. Folks who can't come during the week are taking advantage of the extra hours to see the statues, the Overlord Arch, and the ongoing construction.
George Murphy is one of 56 volunteers who is making it possible for visitors to come on the weekend and have any questions about the memorial answered.

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((GEORGE MURPHY/VOLUNTEER: YOUNGER PEOPLE NOW KNOW ABOUT NORMANDY AND D-DAY AND THEY WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT IT, AND THERE IS A CURIOSITY AND THEY WANT TO SEE IT AND BE HERE.))
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Beverly Salyards made the drive from Harrisonburg to see the Memorial.

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((BEVERLY SALYARDS: IT BRINGS BACK TO MANY MEMORIES.))
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Salyards severed in the 175-th company and arrived the day after the Normandy invasion.

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((BEVERLY SALYARDS: AND WITHOUT THE SACRIFICES WE WOULDN'T HAVE THE FREEDOM WE HAVE TODAY, WE'D HAVE SWASTIKA ALL OVER THE PLACE INSTEAD OF FLAGS FLYING.))
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And while veterans like Salyards told old stories about the war a younger generation came to appreciate what so many lost their lives for.

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((TOM MAGRI: IT'S AN AMAZINGLY POWERFUL STATEMENT THAT BOTH THE ARCH ITSELF AND THE STARKNESS THAT REMINDS PEOPLE OF WHAT THE MEN WENT THROUGH INTO THE D-DAY INVASION.))
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It's those kinds of statements that lets George Murphy know it's important to keep the memorial open on the weekend.

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((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: BUT THE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM WILL ONLY KEEP THE MEMORIAL OPEN ON THE WEEKEND THROUGH NOVEMBER 22ND. YOU CAN CHECK IT OUT SATURDAY 11 TO 5 AND SUNDAY 1 TO 5. KATE WEIDAW NEWS 7 BEDFORD.))
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