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Today on News 7, we'll tell you why some of the world's largest retailers say they're not playing around when it comes to selling violent video games to children.
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Also a company in Salem says it is laying off some of its employees. [Weather-Head]
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As the temperatures drop tonight... clouds build into our area and winds pick up. Our weekend forecast may be just we've been looking for. Our complete weather forecast is ahead.

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In sports, Mike Stevens will have a preview of tonight's Hokies game.
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And on Health check, we'll see why doctors say they still don't have any answers to the problems plaguing Gulf War veterans.
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Violence on Video- soon you'll have to show picture ID to buy these games- at two of the nations biggest stores.

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If you want to buy a violent videogame at either K-Mart or Walmart- be prepared to show your I-D.
Lee Cowan has more on the latest regulation on entertainment for children.
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(( Violence at the push of a button has pushed one retailing giant into action.

K-Mart International announced it will now begin CARDING minors who purchase video games more suited for adults. SHAWN KAHLE, K-MART VP: "Many parents needs the extra help, they need the extra information."
Walmart quickly announced it would do the same. Toys R Us already does.
Video game regulation has become a band wagon jumped on by corporations and legislators alike -- all trying to keep "M" or "mature" rated video games out of hands of kids under 17.
In Indianapolis -- it may soon be illegal for a minor to play a VIOLENT video game in an arcade without an adult.


In Nasvhille a bill is pending that would force retailers to put "m" rated video games behind the counter -- much like cigarettes or alcohol.
And next week, the Federal Government weighs in -- releasing the results of a year long study on violent entertainment -- commissioned after Columbine.
The Federal Trade Commission's report is expected to heavily criticize the video game industry for aggressively marketing games made for adults -- to children instead. SEN. SAM BROWNBACK, R-KS: "If this is true, and there is plenty of ancedotal evidence that it is, this is a scandal and it's an outrage."
Some companies like Montgomery Ward and Sears Roebuck companies have BANNED the sale of m- rated video games all together -- which has critics wondering what's next. DOUG LOWENSTEIN/INTERNACTIVE DIGITAL SOFWARE ASSOCIATION: "As long as we don't move into government regulation//I wouldn't be troubled by this."
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A Justice Department official says it's unlikely that the department will pursue a case against Bridgestone-Firestone over defective tires.
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Attorney General Janet Reno said at her weekly news conference today that she's been asked to look into whether criminal or civil laws apply to the case.
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But a senior Justice Department official said later that criminal action is considered unlikely.
The recalled tires are suspected of being involved in at least 88 highway deaths in the U-S.
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A Martinsville judge says an 80-year old man is guilty of neglecting his wife.
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Judge Charles Stone convicted Paul Stolbun for depriving his wife, Elizabeth, of food, water and medication.
Witnesses testified they found the 75-year old woman covered with bed sores, bruises and urine. She was rescued from her home last November but died at the hospital.
The Russian native took the stand yesterday and said his wife did not want medical attention.
Stolbun will be sentenced next month.
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A local company says a cooling economy is draining its business.
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A spokeswoman from Jacuzzi Whirlpool and Bath says the company will end production within the next 60 days.
60 employees will lose their jobs, but 25 will stay on to continue distribution.
Jacuzzi Whirlpool and Bath opened in 1995 promising to bring 300 jobs to the area.
The company laid off 80 employees in July.
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Still to come on the newscast, the test results are in. After this break, we'll see how students in the Old Dominion are doing on the Standards of learning,
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also one of its customers takes Norfolk Southern to court saying the railroad is NOT providing reliable service.
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A Roanoke judge has agreed to drop charges against a Roanoke contractor whose work on Autumn Lane has raised concerns with residents there.
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Phillip Bane was charged with misdemeanor building code violations... But authorities were unable to locate an important witness in the case. So today they moved to drop the charges.
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While the case could be filed again, the prosecutor says it's unlikely that Bane will be brought back to court on these specific charges.

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The statewide results are in for this spring's Standards of Learning tests.
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So even though students aren't hitting the pass rate on more than half the tests, scores went up for every test but fifth grade English.
This year, state schools will try a new feature called "academic review."
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((JO LYNNE DEMARY/STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION: AND FOR THOSE SCHOOLS THAT ARE ACCREDITED WITH WARNING, WE WILL BE SENDING IN A TEAM OF EDUCATORS TO LOOK AT CERTAIN CRITERIA WITHIN THAT SCHOOL THAT WE KNOW IMPACTS TEACHING AND LEARNING.))
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The highlights of the third year of testing were algebra scores.
The low lights were in social studies.
The scores don't start counting for state accreditation until 2006.
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More troubles at Norfolk Southern.
The company now finds itself in a lawsuit over rail delays.
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The Wall Street Journal reports DuPont is suing Norfolk Southern seeking damages for rail-service breakdowns after the Conrail merger.
The suit says N-S has not provided timely, uninterrupted and reliable service.
Dupont says disruptions affected at least a dozen plants, forcing it to slow production and use more expensive means of transportation.
Norfolk Southern says it's been working with customers who have service-related complaints, but has been unable to resolve issues with DuPont.
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Local firefighters say they've found a way to work better on the street.
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Firefighters from Salem, Roanoke, Vinton and Roanoke County opened a two-million-dollar regional training center today -- with classrooms, a gym, and a library. They hope to save money by teaching all firefighters at once, rather than repeating classes in four separate departments.
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The firefighters say training together will also help them work better as a team in the field.
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Both Presidential Candidates are out on the campaign trial today.
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Al Gore made a stop in Carbondale Pennsylvania talking up his economic agenda.
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Gore spoke to factory workers in Pennsylvania- saying he would not use America's budget surplus for tax cuts.
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Meanwhile George W. Bush was talking defense in Ohio-
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With retired Generals Colin Powell and Norman Schwartzkopf on either side- he promised to keep America's military strong.
In Detroit, Bush told war veterans the military lacks leadership.
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Polls show Bush trailing Al Gore.
Earlier today Bush admitted he's the underdog-
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With the race tight both candidates are focusing on the Midwest and states like Pennsylvania where both camps feel the presidency could be won or lost.
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Jacey Birch will join us in just a minute with a look at our weekend forecast,
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But first meet some people who are putting their love lives in the fast lane. We'll tell you about speed dating after this break.
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Looking for someone to date, but don't have the time to see lots of people or to do lots of things.
A Jewish temple in Los Angeles has a way to speed things up. Drew Griffin has more.
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Today in Sports, Mike Stevens looks at the OTHER quarterback starting tonight's Tech - E-C-U game,
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[vo-nat] and on Health Check, we'll tell you why some medical authorities say the Gulf War illnesses are still a mystery.
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The Institute of Medicine says after much research, the cause of the Gulf War Syndrome still remains a mystery.
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Some 90-thousand troops who served in the War complained of similar symptoms including fatigue, muscle and joint pain and skin rashes.
The Agency says it looked at several potential causes from depleted uranium, to the vaccines that were given to the troops, to the drugs that were used to protect against nerve gas, and the nerve gas sarin.
But it found no strong link between them and any of the illnesses.
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The Pittsylvania County Sheriff is use to fighting crime, but now he's fighting cancer.
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Sheriff Harold Plaster has been diagnosed with Lymphoma. He's in the intensive care unit at the Danville Regional Medical Center. Doctors removed a lymph node a couple of days ago.
He was diagnosed last week and feeling ill for about a month.
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It's time now for our website of the day and just in time for the pennant races, Major league Baseball has a new address on the internet.
The commissioner's office says the league has received the rights to M-L-B-dot com.
That page used to belong to the Morgan, Lewis, and Bockius (BACH-EE-US) law firm.
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They're the fourth largest law firm in the country. Morgan-Lewis has represented Major League Baseball in its labor negotiations -- which no doubt helped pave the way for the switch.
Once you figure out how to get there, the Major league page is filled with all kinds of interesting features.
In addition to all the news of the day, you can find the video highlights and all the key statistics.
If the name change is still too confusing for you,
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Good afternoon folks the Thursday ticker takes us to Greenville, North Carolina where the Hokies and East Carolina University Pirates are getting set for their 8 o'clock kickoff.
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This is Tech's first road game of the season, and the Pirates can't wait to see how they match up against the Hokies.

Perhaps no one is more excited about this opportunity than
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East Carolina quarterback David Garrard. He's listed at six feet three inches tall and 235 pounds, but he's actually closer to 250. And he's anxious to show a national cable TV audience tonight that Michael Vick isn't the only playmaker on the field.

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The Hokies also hope to make some waves at Richmond this weekend.
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The Wood Brothers Ford with Elliott Sadler at the controls and the Hokie colors plastered on the car from one end to the other is set to race in Saturday night's Chevy Monte Carlo 400. Tech and the Wood Brothers have come out with a complete line of racing gear for the car, and tonight Frank Beamer is scheduled to talk about the sponsorship with channel 7 alumnus John Kernan on rpm2 night.
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It's a triple-header weekend in Richmond. Qualifying for the trucks is underway at this hour.

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The Redskins will be without the services of safety Mark Carrier unless the NFL players association manages to overturn his one game suspension.
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Carrier has rejoined his teammates on the practice field while the union appeals on his behalf. Carrier and the Panthers Wesley Walls hit head to head in this past Sunday's game and the league's deemed the hit flagrant enough for a onw game suspension.
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[GO TO PINNACLE 13041] This Sunday's NFL matchup on Sunday has the Ravens taking on the Jaguars at one. We'll be back on news 7 at six with the Friday Football Extra schedule of games for week number 3. Take care everybody.
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Finally today the music world is preparing for tonight's MTV Music Video Awards.
Lisa Leigh (LEE) is at Radio City Music Hall where the stars are just hours away from the opening curtain.
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((((NAT)) "BYE, BYE, BYE"
THE HIPPEST ACTS IN MUSIC GET READY TO STRUT THEIR STUFF TONIGHT ... AT NEW YORK'S RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL ... FOR THE 2000 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS.

AMONG THOSE LEADING THE PACK --- N'SYNC -- WITH SIX NOMINATIONS.


((N'SYNC)) "We hope to win Viewers's Choice and possibly Video of the Year."
BUT THE SQUEAKY CLEAN BOY BAND WILL HAVE TO DUKE IT OUT WITH THE LATEST BAD BOY OF RAP -- EMINEM -- WHO'S ALSO UP FOR SIX AWARDS.
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THE CONTROVERSIAL RAPPER -- KNOWN FOR INSULTING OTHER ARTISTS -- MAY RE-IGNITE OLD FEUDS WHEN HE TAKES THE STAGE TONIGHT.
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ALSO PERFORMING ... VETERAN ROCKERS, THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS ... AND POP TEEN SENSATION, BRITNEY SPEARS.

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"It's like the cool award show. You have the Grammys that are very prestigious in the industry and the young awards shows, but this for some reason ... everyone comes to this award show. You can see your idols."
LAST YEAR'S SHOW ATTRACTED SOME 12 MILLION VIEWERS .....SO ON A NIGHT WHEN EVERYONE IS WATCHING, EVERY NOMINEE IS HOPING TO WIN AT LEAST SOMETHING

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"That will kinda suck if we don't. But still we'll be excited to perform. But if we don't win, we won't pretend like we're happy. I'm not gonna fake it."
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