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A Rockbridge County landmark celebrates its golden anniversary.
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And what starts as an argument in a supermarket parking lot turns into a stabbing. [2-shot toss to Hello]

[Stabbing]


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[WRITER=ejo]
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An argument outside a supermarket led to something much more serious last night. One person is under arrest .. another is recovering from a stab wound.
Salem police say it happened outside the Food Lion on Apperson Drive.
19 year old Malcolm Ferguson of Margaret Lane in Salem is in stable condition at Roanoke Memorial Hospital .. with a knife wound to the chest.
Another 19 year old, Anthony Muterspaugh (MUTT-ers-pah) of Bradshaw Road is charged with malicious wounding.

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[ANCHOR=JoeD]
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International help is on the way to the Barents Sea. A Norwegian ship carrying a British mini-sub is due in the area today, to assist in the effort to rescue the crew of a crippled Russian submarine.
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It has been almost a week since the pride of the Russian submarine fleet, the Kursk, crashed to the bottom of the Barents Sea, trapping more than hundred men.
There are no signs of life inside the Russian sub, which went down last Saturday during a military exercise. It was carrying 118 officers and crew members.
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[ANCHOR=Joe]
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[WRITER=jmc]
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If you felt a tremble in the Roanoke Valley yesterday - you're not alone.
Experts at Virginia Tech say a minor earthquake - registering between 2 and 2-point-5 on the Richter scale - shook the Valley yesterday.
It was enough to wake a few people in southwest Roanoke County, early yesterday morning.
Several called the county police department, wondering what had happened.
No one was hurt, and no damage was reported.

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[ANCHOR=Joe]
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[***ANCHOR TAG***] A Rockbridge County landmark celebrated its golden anniversary last night. Kate Weidaw tells us folks from near and far came to the drive- in to celebrate as it hit the half-century mark.
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((CARL WIMER/HULLS ANGELS MEMBER: I KIND OF GO BACK 30 YEARS, I KIND OF GO BACK IN TIME WHEN I'M HERE AND IT'S SO RELAXING AT NIGHT TIME. BRING YOUR FAMILY AND YOU HAVE GOOD MOVIES GOOD FOOD.))
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It's a landmark in Rockbridge County that no one wants to lose.

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((LINDY FELIX/HULL ANGELS CO-CHAIR: FOR ONE REASON THE TRIP TO TOWN TAKES THEM BACK AND FORTH BY HERE AND IT'S A MARKER OF WHATS CHANGING OF WHAT'S GOING ON AND ITS THE MARKER FOR SPRING WHEN IT'S OPEN AND FOR FALL WHEN IS THE DRIVE IN IS GOING TO OFFICIALLY CLOSE.))
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After 50 years Hull's Drive-in is still selling out.

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((DARRELL GREGORY: WE HAVE A GOOD TIME WHEN WE COME DOWN HERE.))
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But when the drive-in closed down for a year an organization called Hull's Angels stepped in to save it.

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((LINDY FELIX: WE DIDN'T WANT IT TO CLOSE BECAUSE THERE WERE NO BUYERS SO WE THOUGHT WELL WHY DON'T WE DO THIS AND WE THOUGHT AS A NON PROFIT WE'D GET A LOT BETTER COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND WE'D BE ABLE TO RAISE MONEY MORE FREELY.))
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Now Hull's Drive-in is the nations first non profit community owned drive-in. The 50-th anniversary and grand reopening brought both young and old out. The drive in reminds Joan Neel of her younger years.

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((JOAN NEEL/LIKES DRIVE INS: I'M USED TO DRIVE INS WITH THE PLAY GROUND IN FRONT THE SCREEN AND I'D BRING THE GIRLS. WE'D EITHER SIT IN THE CAR, BRING BLANKETS, OR BRING CHAIRS.))
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This is the Peck's first time at the drive in, at least as a family.

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((DEMAREE AND KEN PECK: THEY'LL ALL ASLEEP AFTER THE BULLWWINKLE SHOW AND THEN WE'LL CAN STAY UP AND WATCH THE PATRIOT WE'LL GET IN THE CAR AT THAT POINT.))
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And while times may have changed since Hull's saw it's first car drive in 50 years ago, the drive in hasn't changed the way it looks and that's just fine with the folks who go there.

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((LINDY FELIX: PEOPLE WANT DRIVE INS TO STAY ALIVE THEY WANT FIFTIES AMERICANA TO STAY ALIVE I THINK AS WE ENTER THIS NEW MILLENNIUM PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO LOOSE EVERYTHING FROM THE PAST.))
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Kate Weidaw News 7 Rockbridge County.))
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[ANCHOR=Joe]
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People Magazine was at the drive in last night and plans to have an article out sometime this summer.

[Caverns]


[ANCHOR=Leo]
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The next time you're looking for a get-away that won't eat up your whole weekend, look no further than Shenandoah County. Shannon Young takes us to the Shenandoah Caverns for a trip through history.
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((A visit to Shenandoah Caverns is a journey through time. From the moment they were discovered by two young boys exploring a rock quarry, the caves have piqued curiosity. More than a century later, their graceful passageways, soaring ceilings and cramped corners are, for the most part unchanged.
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[IN CUE: So I like to...] ((So, I like to tell people what you see is what they saw pretty much in 1884 with an exception of the floor and the lightning.))
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[OUT Q:...floor and the lighting.] Joe Proctor's been helping run the attraction since he was a teen. He speaks easily about the chemical reactions that form softly glowing crystals, and the cracks and crevices that chronicle the earth's growing pains. His pride in the caves' quiet beauty runs as surely as the water that continues to shape the cavern's dimensions.
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[INQ:You'd have to go...] ((You'd have to go a long time before you found another formation that looked like that. I'm not bragging when I say that.))
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[OUTQ:...when I say that.] Of the many caverns that dot the Shenandoah Valley, most were created by the shifting of the earth. And while occasional jolts have been known to alter the caverns, for the most part, change underground comes slowly .


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[INQ:Stalagmites in the caverns...] ((Stalagmites in the caverns are about a drop of water away. So that gives everyone a reason to come back and see Shenandoah Caverns in forty years just if so they can see if they touch together.))
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[OUTQ:...touch together.] The mile or so hike covers relatively easy terrain, but does include some steep ramps and low ceilings. That's why an elevator is just one of the treats visitors will find at the path's end.
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[INQ: Watch...] ((Watch your step))
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[OUTQ: .... your step.] Explorers ascend from the depths of the caverns - to a room managers call Main Street... an attraction that captures the holiday spirit of the 1940s.
Former window displays stand as testimonials to an era when Americans moved at a slower pace, a pace that allowed time to enjoy the view.
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[INQ:They really enjoy...] ((They really enjoy it because it's what they remember from when they were small, or what they brought their children to see.))
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[OUTQ:...their children to see.] From there, Main Street widens to include a parade. Hargrove Inc., the company that owns Shenandoah Caverns, is also in the business of building towering stage props and parade floats. Every President since Harry Truman in 1949 has put his best inaugural foot forward on a Hargrove float. Here, visitors can stroll down a memory lane that includes politics, Miss America pageants and Thanksgiving Day parades... each float as much a part of history as the caverns that sprawl underneath. Shannon Young, News 7, in the Shenandoah Valley.))
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If you would like to spend some of your Time Off at Shenandoah Caverns - you can find directions on our homepage at WDBJ-7-dot-com.
Just click on the Time Off suitcase.
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When it comes to fun and games - one local group encourages kids to spend less time inside - and more time in the great outdoors.
Joe Dashiell is joined by members of the Bedford Outdoor Sportsmen's Association with more in this week's Eye on VIrginia.
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This morning we're focusing our spotlight on the Bedford Outdoor Sportsmen's Association... and the group's Big Game Show scheduled for next week at the Bedford Armory.
Joining us this morning are Steven Grant, and Sharon Thompson...

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[TAKE INFO FS 9600ESSC]
The Bedford Outdoor Sportsman Association Big Game Show takes place NEXT Saturday - that's August 26-th, from 10am to 5pm at the Bedford Armory.
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[ANCHOR=JoeD]
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The Carolina Panthers remain winless in the preseason, following last night's loss to the Baltimore Ravens at Ericsson Stadium.
The Panthers took the early lead
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And in the third Lester Downs picked off Trent Dilfer after the ball bounced off the referee's back.
But the Ravens took the lead for good on Trent Dilfer's 17 yard touchdown pass to Billy Davis.
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The final score WAS 24- 13... The Panthers are now 0 and 3 heading into next week's exhibition finale at New England.

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Thanks to her neighbors - a Roanoke woman is safe and sound this morning after her house caught fire yesterday.


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Smoke filled most of the first floor and spread to the second story at the home on Marshall Avenue.
Neighbors entered the home and helped the woman inside to safety. She was treated for smoke inhalation.
Firefighters got things under control in about 15 minutes... There is around 35-thousand dollars damage to the home.
No word yet on what sparked the blaze.
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Another woman - Tillie Tooter - says she's happy to be alive.
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The 83- year- old grandmother was trapped for three days in her car, after she was rear-ended early Saturday in a hit-and-run accident outside Fort Lauderdale.
Her car flipped her over an interstate bridge, and plunged 40-feet into a swamp.
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((I SCREAMED, I RANTED, I RAVED, I SWORE, I CURSED, AND I PLEADED AND I BEGGED FOR SOMEBODY FOR GOD, FOR MY MOTHER, TO HELP ME GET OUT OF THERE.))
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Firefighters responded to 911 calls Saturday night and searched for 15 minutes with flashlights, but saw nothing, and ended their search. By the third day Tooter had lost hope, and made her peace with god, when a cleanup crew spotted her car and saw her wiggling her feet.
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Tooter is now in good condition, and says she's grateful to her rescuers.

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Usually at this time on News 7 Saturday Morning - you would see Weekend Diner.
We just want to let you know the Weekend Diner hiatus is almost over...
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[weekend diner address board 7153] so keep those ideas coming...
If you have any suggestions or would like to join us with a recipe on Weekend Diner - please send us the information at...
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If you're still looking to fill your schedule this weekend, here's some ideas from the weekend calendar.
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Some former Cory Everson customers are confused and angry... after club memberships and equipment are sold.
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And police arrest a teenage suspect ... for shooting a convenience store clerk a week ago.
More on those stories just ahead... [2-shot hello]

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Danville Police have arrested a 17 year old suspect, for last weekend's shooting of a convenience store clerk.
The teen was charged last night with malicious wounding and other counts.
Police in Danville say he's the one who shot 38 year old William Cassell (Cazzell) at the Quick Check Mart a week ago.
Cassell was shot in the back after questioning a customer he thought was shoplifting.



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Former members of Cory Everson's Fitness Center are working up a sweat - because the gym's chief financial officer has sold all its memberships to a rival across town. Tina Tenret reports.
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((I HAD MY MEMBERSHIP HERE IN JUNE AND YOU CLOSED. OKAY. AND I HAD TO GO BUY A NEW MEMBERSHIP AT NEW FITNESS. THAT WAS INCORRECT. YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE HAD TO GO BUY A NEW MEMBERSHIP BECAUSE THEY ARE BUYING THE CORY MEMBERSHIPS. BUTT BUTT BUTT SHE IS BUYING ALL OF OUR MEMBERSHIPS. WHEN? TODAY. WE HAVE A DEAL AND WE ARE SIGNING TODAY. OH MY GOSH.)) [RUNS:23]
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Roxanne Christley is one of 1500 Cory Everson's members who must now pay New Fitness gym. None of them were warned when Cory Everson's gym suddenly shut down almost two months ago. A note said the gym would re-open when the air conditioners were fixed.
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((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: WAS THE AIR CONDITIONER BROKEN? WILLIAM BAILEY/CORY EVERSON'S: YES IT WAS. TWO UNITS JUST COOKED. TENRET: SO WHY HAVEN'T THEY BEEN REPLACED? BAILEY: HONESTLY? CHANNEL 7 DID SUCH A NUMBER ON US NO CRANE OPERATORS WOULD INSTALL THEM, FEARING THEY WOULD NOT GET PAID.)) [RUNS:15]
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Some Cory's members are already working out at New Fitness. But others don't WANT to switch, saying New Fitness is smaller with less equipment. They cannot get a refund unless they're sick or move.
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((KAREN CARPENTER/NEW FITNESS: WE'LL PUT SOME MORE EQUIPMENT IN THERE ... CARDIO IN HERE.)) [RUNS:09]
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((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: EMPLOYEES OF CORY EVERSON'S SAY THEY STILL HAVE BELONGINGS LOCKED INSIDE THIS GYM BUT WILLIAM BAILEY WILL NOT RETURN THEIR PHONE CALLS. AND STATE PROSECUTORS SAY THEY WILL NOT PUNISH BAILEY FOR BREAKING STATE LAWS FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS, INCLUDING NOT PAYING BOND ON HIS MEMBERSHIPS. THEY SAY CUSTOMERS ARE PROTECTED IN THIS NEW DEAL. TINA TENRET NEWS7 ROANOKE COUNTY.)) [RUNS:22]
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International help is expected to arrive in the Barents Sea today to assist with the effort to rescue the crew of a crippled Russian submarine.
A Norwegian ship carrying a British rescue team and a sophisticated mini-submarine is due to reach the accident site this afternoon.
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It's been almost a week since the atomic submarine cruiser the Kursk, crashed to the bottom, trapping more than a hundred men.
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And the families of the Kursk crewmen are losing hope. When a Vice Prime minister of Russia, came to offer the words of comforts to the families, he was met by a show of outrage.
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"For 50-70 dollars a month that they get," the woman told the official, " they are now sitting trapped in that damned tin can."
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There are no signs of life inside the Russian sub, which went down last Saturday during a military exercise. It was carrying 118 officers and crew members.

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The summer quiet is over for Blacksburg residents this week - who've been enjoying light traffic and short lines at stores.
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More than 25-thousand Virginia Tech students are descending on Blacksburg for the start of another school year.
Over the span of just four days, about nine thousand students will move into campus housing.
Because of overcrowding, about 50 of them will have to live with their resident advisors.
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((MICHAEL GIVENS/FRESHMAN FROM WILLIAMSBURG: I'M KIND OF NERVOUS. I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT...I'LL BE SO BUSY, IT'LL KIND OF JUST GO BY.))
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((DANIEL SMALL/FRESHMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA: I'M PRETTY CALM, MY PARENTS ARE PRETTY JITTERY AND HYPED UP ABOUT IT. ))
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The student influx has put area traffic at a crawl, but it's also picking up the pace for local businesses.
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[BOTH MICS HOT]
Former Presidential candidate John McCain will undergo surgery to remove cancer.
The latest ahead.
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And... it's being described by some...
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as "Silence of the Lambs" meets "The Matrix."
Anna Wentworth checked out "The Cell" - starring Jennifer Lopez and Vince Vaughn.
She'll tell us what she thought about it - coming up. But first if you are traveling today........
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[Leo MIC hot] [ No 2-shot toss go straight to Travel Bump] [soft music under]

[McCain]


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John McCain says he's been in other fights before, and he'll win this one too.
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The Arizona senator and former Vietnam P-O-W is entering the Mayo clinic in suburban Scottsdale this morning for surgery. He's having skin and lymph nodes removed from areas on his temple and arm where cancerous lesions developed.
Yesterday, he and his wife Cindy joked with reporters.
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The 63-year-old lawmaker says his doctor is confident and he is too.
So far, tests have found no signs that McCain's melanoma -- the most serious form of skin cancer -- has spread to other areas of his body.

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The opponents of McCain's former rival - George W-Bush - took their campaign to the river. Al Gore and Joe Lieberman set off on a Mississippi riverboat yesterday.
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But as Virginia Democrats and their candidate for the U-S Senate head home from L-A, there may be a feeling that Gore has sold them down the river this year.
That's because Chuck Robb's fate in Virginia is linked to Gore's.
And can Gore win a state that hasn't picked a Democrat for President since 1964?
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((DOUG WILDER/FORMER GOVERNOR: WELL NOT IF YOU DON'T CAMPAIGN. NOT IF YOU DON'T SPEND RESOURCES. NOT YOU DON'T HAVE AN ORGANIZATION. AND I'VE SEEN NO SIGNS OF ANY OF THAT. SO CONSEQUENTLY, I THINK THAT THE GORE PEOPLE HAVE WRITTEN VIRGINIA OFF. WHICH DOESN'T HELP CHUCK ROBB AT ALL AS IT RELATES TO ENERGIZING THE DEMOCRATIC BASE.))
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((LARRY SABATO/U.VA. POLITICAL ANALYST: THE ONLY POSSIBILITY THAT GORE COULD WIN IN VIRGINIA IS IF THERE'S A NATIONAL LANDSLIDE FOR THE DEMOCRATS. OTHERWISE, THERE'S ALMOST NO CHANCE. AND I'VE HAD A SENIOR GORE OFFICIAL TELL ME PERSONALLY THEY ARE NOT GOING TO SPEND A NICKEL IN VIRGINIA. THAT THEY WOULD BE NUTS TO. AND I HAVE A HARD TIME ARGUING WITH THEM.))
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Sabato says Chuck Robb could still win if Gore lost by a slim margin in Virginia.
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Fresh from the Democratic National Convention, Al Gore and Joseph Lieberman wasted no time hitting the campaign trail.
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Friday, it was important battleground states along the Mississippi.
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((AL GORE: ALLOW YOURSELVES TO BELIEVE. OPEN YOUR HEARTS. LETS CLAIM OUR FUTURE AND MAKE THIS COUNTRY WHAT IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE.)) ((GEORGE W. BUSH: LAST NIGHT, WE HEARD A LAUNDRY LIST OF NEW PROMISES THAT I THOUGHT WAS AN ATTEMPT TO COVER UP OLD FAILURES A LONG LIST OF PROMISES WITHOUT PRIORITIES. PROMISES WITHOUT PURPOSE OR VISION.))
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George W. Bush spent Friday on Gore's home turf, campaigning in Tennessee.


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A local musician's getting good reviews and radio airplay for his latest project.
It's just the second solo project for Mark Newton - but he's a veteran - having recorded more than 20 albums, as a member of groups such as the Knoxville Grass and the Virginia Squires.
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[IN Q=With you I can't go wrong]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]
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[OUT Q=rest of our life.]
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Newton teamed up with Rhonda Vincent for the song, "We Can't Go Wrong."
And he called on 16 other artists for a diverse set of songs... he intended as a tribute to the women of Bluegrass.
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[IN Q=You have to keep in mind]

((YOU HAVE TO KEEP IN MIND THAT ALL OF THESE ARTISTS IN THEIR OWN RIGHT ARE WELL-ESTABLISHED. AND THEY'VE ALL HAD SUCCESSFUL RECORDING CAREERS, SO I JUST SORT OF GOT IN THE CONTROL ROOM AND SORT OF SAT THERE IN THE CHAIR AND THEY DID THE REST OF THE WORK.))
[SUPER=07-Mark Newton]
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[OUT Q=they did the rest of the work.]
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[ANCHOR=Joe]
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Newton and his band performed in Radford last night along with Rhonda Vincent and the Rage.

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It is arguably America's most important piece of portraiture.
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The life-size statue of a middle-aged George Washington has stood in Virginia's state capitol rotunda for more than 200 years.
This week, a thorough cleaning began-- after scaffolding brought the cleaning crew face to face with the great man.

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[SOT 11:09:05]
[IN Q=The face]

((TRACY KAMERER/STATE ART CURATOR: THE FACE ESPECIALLY IS EXTREMELY DIFFERENT. THE PIECE WAS MADE TO BE SEEN LIKE THIS. AND NOT FROM WAY UP ABOVE. AND THE AMOUNT OF DETAIL, AND THE PERSONALITY REALLY COMES OUT WHEN YOU SEE HIM FACE TO FACE. OF COURSE, WE ALSO FOUND A LOT OF LITTLE INSECTS AND DUST AND THINGS ON HIM, TOO, THAT NEED TO COME OFF AND BE CLEANED. WHEN YOU GET FACE UP YOU NOTICE A LOT OF THE DIRT AND PROBLEMS.))
[SUPER=01-Tracy Kamerer/State Art Curator; ]
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[OUT Q=and problems.]
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The Italian carrera marble version of George Washington is this week's Virginia Profile.
Tune in tomorrow morning to NEWS 7 for more on cleaning up Washington. (+++++++++++++)