[Headlines]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

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Up next--
Family members of the Roanoke man killed in a motorcycle accident say it was a "vendetta" against them.
James Mickey Minor died after a Roanoke police pursuit.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And an accident keeps two people trapped for nearly an hour in Pittsylvania County.
[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[ANCHOR=Steve]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Start your day with us-- stay tuned for News 7 Mornin.

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[WRITER=tha]
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Family members of the Roanoke man killed in a traffic accident blame the police.
The accident happened earlier this month at the corner of 11-th and Hanover.
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[VO-NAT]


James (Mickey) "Meekey" Minor died when his motorcycle collided with a car.
Roanoke Police admit they were pursuing Minor the morning of the crash but say they broke off the chase well before the accident.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Yesterday-- Minor's aunt and brothers spoke with NEWS 7.
They say they've had problems with Roanoke police for years... and believe the accident was a vendetta against their family.
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[IN Q=What is it]

((ERIC MINOR/BROTHER: WHAT IS IT, IS IT OPEN SEASON ON THE MINORS I THINK SO, I JUST WISH IT HAD STOPPED BEFORE IT EVER CAME TO MICKEY, IF THEY WANTED ME, THEY SHOULD'VE DEALT WITH ME. MARGARET PATTERSON/AUNT: ALL I WANT IS ANSWERS, ALL I NEED IS JUSTICE, PLEASE HELP ME GET IT.))
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[SUPER=01-Margaret Patterson/Aunt; :09]
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Family members say people, who would NOT reveal their names, have approached them saying police did NOT break off the chase and that the officer actually struck Minor's motorcycle.
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Roanoke police say the allegations are false... and that the city will reveal evidence later this week that will exonerate the department.
They also note that about two weeks before his death-- Minor was arrested for eluding police and driving on a suspe

nded license.[6Lewis]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=00-28 TC1:41:11]
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A different case that raised questions about city police pursuit was set for a hearing on appeal yesterday to Circuit Court.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Wilbert Wesley Lewis was SHOT by a police officer during a traffic stop late last year.
Like Minor- -the man on the motorcycle ten days ago- -Lewis failed to stop for police and was driving with a suspended license. Lewis was shot in the stomach, because the officer was afraid he had a gun.
Lewis says the department needs to examine its ranks.
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((WESLEY LEWIS: I BELIEVE THEY NEED TO CHECK INTO THEIR OWN. BECAUSE THEIR OWN IS WHAT'S CAUSING THE PROBLEM IN ROANOKE CITY.))
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[OUT Q=in Roanoke City.]
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[VO-NAT]


Lewis says he believes there are a lot of prejudiced police officers in Roanoke- -both black and white.
His case was postponed, after he told the judge he was afraid his lawyer's own legal problems might hurt Attorney Rickey Young's credibility. Young is under indictment on federal tax charges.
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[11Pitts-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=dse]
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A Pittsylvania County accident trapped two people for nearly an hour.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.]


It happened around seven last night on Route 29 near Chatham when a car pulled into the path of a Jeep..
Two people were trapped in the car and were taken to Danville Regional Medical Center, as was one person in the jeep.
No word on the severity of their injuries. Their names are not being released, but State Police say charges are pending.
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[Cuban-Plane]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The eight remaining Cuban survivors of a plane crash are now on U-S soil.
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[VO-NAT]
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They arrived last night in Key West aboard a Coast Guard cutter.
The Coast Guard picked them up from the freighter that rescued them from the Gulf waters.
An ambulance quickly took them to a hospital for a check-up.
One survivor was already in the hospital with head and neck injuries.
A 10th passenger aboard the ill- fated flight died in Tuesday's crash.
Investigators will soon interview the Cubans to determine if they were trying to defect, OR if it was a hijacking.
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[11Kickball]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-29 TC1:40:12]
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Kickball is not just for kids these days.
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[VO-NAT]
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The game is making a comeback with a group of young professionals in Blacksburg.
The playground sport combines the rules of softball and dodgeball.
Virginia Tech graduate Heather McElrath started the group after hearing about others in northern Virginia and Washington, D-C.
Participants say the game is a perfect combination of fun and exercise... and it's better the second time around.


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[10:58 - 11:08] ((HEATHER McELRATH: THERE'S NO STRESS. THERE'S LITTLE COMPETITION. IT'S JUST A LOT MORE FUN. AND SUPPOSEDLY IT DOESN'T TAKE AS MUCH ENERGY. I DON'T QUITE BELIEVE THAT ONE YET.)) [13:58 - 14:05] ((WINSTON MATTHEWS: THE BALL IS A LOT SMALLER, THE BASES ARE A LOT EASIER TO RUN TO AND I'M A LITTLE BIT MORE SCARED WHEN PEOPLE THROW THE BALL AT ME.))
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[SUPER=01-Winston Matthews/Kickball Enthusiast; :11]
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There are ten players in Blacksburg- but organizers say they need more teams so they can compete.
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[Explosion]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
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Authorities say a small missile caused an explosion that rocked the headquarters of Britain's M-I-Six intelligence agency.
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No one was killed or injured in the blast, which caused only minor damage to the building.
M-I-six is responsible for Britain's foreign intelligence services.
Officials don't know who set off the explosion, and no one has come forward to claim responsibility.
The 10-story building was featured in the most recent James Bond movie,``The World is Not Enough.''
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[Lotto-Virginia]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin']
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=VA Lottery]

Virginia Lottery's revamped "Lotto" game has officially kicked off.
The first drawing was held last night. But "Lotto Virginia" - which replaced the ten-year-old Lotto game - drew a "lot o' " players. Meredyth Censullo has reaction to the new game.
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((LOTTO COMMERCIAL: WHERE IS LOTTO VIRGINIA? CAN I TALK TO YOU BACK HERE? JUST A MOMENT. COME ON.)) [RUNS:05]
[OUT Q=Come on.]


Plenty of folks in Roanoke have "found" Lotto Virginia - at this E-Z-N on Brambleton Avenue.

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((IT SEEMS LIKE IT'S ENTICED PEOPLE TO PLAY MORE.)) [RUNS:02]
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To play, or at the very least return, their old kicker tickets.

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((DO YOU HAVE A NEW ONE? THIS IS NOT A NEW ONE. YES, THE NEW ONE'S AT THE BACK.)) [RUNS:03]
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The new ones have 3 extra numbers to choose from...Some folks aren't too happy about that.

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((TOM HAWES: I DON'T LIKE THAT AT ALL - I DON'T HAVE NO CHANCE TO WIN THEN. (LAUGHS). )) [RUNS:04]
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((DISENCHANTMENT AMONG LOTTERY PLAYERS WITH THE OLD LOTTO'S ONE-TO-TEN MILLION JACKPOT LED TO A DECREASE IN TICKET SALES. SO LADY LUCK HAS GOTTEN A MAKEOVER.)) [RUNS:10]
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[NAT TICKET @ 1:22:38]
Lotto Virginia's jackpot pays up to 30-million greenbacks. A number that sweetens the pot at little more.

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[IN Q=When it gets..]

((AL WILMER: WHEN IT GETS BIGGER, WE'LL PROBABLY INVEST A LITTLE MORE.)) [RUNS:04]
[OUT Q=a little more.]


That's what the Virginia Lottery is looking for. And from the scene here at the E-Z-N, their new strategy is working.

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[IN Q=Everybody's just...]

((BETHANY HOLBERT: EVERYBODY'S JUST BEEN REAL EXCITED AND LOOKING FORWARD TO IT...EVERYBODY THINKS THEY'RE GONNA WIN (LAUGHS.) )) [RUNS:06]
[OUT Q=gonna win (laugh)]


And they hope that with this new game, luck will be on their side, even if the odds aren't. Meredyth Censullo, News7, Roanoke. ))
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[Anchor=Shannon]
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We'll have the winning Lotto Virginia numbers a little later in the newscast.[11County-Police]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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Some of the violent situations police officers encounter are caused by a person suffering from a mental illness.
But the violence can be avoided with the proper training, that's what the Roanoke County Police Department told mental health professionals last night.
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Roanoke County is starting a new program called Crisis Intervention Team.
C-I-T is an intense training program that educates officers about mental illness and the effects some medicines can have on behavior.
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C-I-T also creates a partnership between the police and mental health care providers which they say better serves the community.
The County has invited members of Roanoke City, Salem, and Vinton law enforcement agencies to take part in the week long training program in October.
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[Health-Check]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Morn]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE#=NET]
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]


In medical news, there's one test you should get if heart disease runs in your family.
Doctor Dave Hnida explains that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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((Information: ON CAM A STUDY IN THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE FINDS PEOPLE WHO HAVE IRREGULAR HEARTBEATS DURING A ROUTINE STRESS- TREADMILL EXAM - HAVE TWICE THE RISK OF DEATH FROM A HEART ATTACK.THESE ARE IRREGULAR HEARTBEATS USUALLY NOT FELT BY THE PATIENT DURING DAY TO DAY ACTIVITIES OR WITH EXERCISE- AND WE USED TO THINK THEY WERE : NO BIG DEAL. BUT NOW IT MAKES US BELIEVE ITS IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO HAVE ROUTINE STRESS TESTS- ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE A HISTORY OF HEART DISEASE IN THE FAMILY- OR IF YOU'RE OVER THE AGE OF 35 AND STARTING A NEW EXERCISE PROGRAM.

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ALSO TODAY- IF YOU HAVE A CHILD WITH ASTHMA- TRY TO KEPT THEIR STRESS LEVELS DOWN. A STUDY IN THE JOURNAL THE LANCET FINDS THINGS LIKE PARENTS FIGHTING, BULLIES AT SCHOOL, OR SOME OTHER TRAUMA CAN TRIGGER A SEVERE ASTHMA ATTACK AS 3-4 WEEKS LATER. THE KIDS IN THIS STUDY WERE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 9 AND 13.

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AND FINALLY- THIS WEEK IS PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS WEEK- A WEEK WHEN DOCTORS WANT TO GET THE WORD OUT TO MEN- GET YOUR SCREENING DONE. PROSTATE CANCER IS ONE OF THOSE DISEASES THAT'S NOT TALKED ABOUT MUCH- BUT EACH YEAR KILLS MORE THAN 32 THOUSAND MEN. IF YOU'RE 50 OR OLDER- GET A PSA BLOOD TEST AND A PROSTATE EXAM DONE- - IF YOU'RE AFRICAN AMERICAN OR HAVE A FAMILY HISTORY OF PROSTATE CANCER- START YOUR SCREENINGS AT AGE 40.
ON CAM THAT'S A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DAYS TOP HEALTH STORIES.IM DR DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.))


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[2-HEADLINES]
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[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Here's a look at today's top stories.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

Police are responsible for the collision between a motorcycle and a car that killed a Roanoke man.
That's according to the family of James Mickey Minor. They say Roanoke police have a vendetta against them.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


In another statewide poll, Republican George W- Bush is leading in the Presidential race.
We'll have all the numbers in the latest News 7- Mason Dixon poll.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And a 100- foot- tall oak tree makes a "tree house" out of a Roanoke duplex.
It crashed into the roof of the Elm Avenue building yesterday evening.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


And that's what's making news on this Thursday, September 21st .
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


News 7 Mornin' will be right back.

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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#=00-36 TC36:52]
[GRAPHIC=News 7 mornin']

A Roanoke man died when his motorcycle collided with a car earlier this month.
His family members blame the police for the accident.
It happened at the corner of 11-th and Hanover.
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[VO-NAT]


Roanoke Police admit they were pursuing James (Mickey) "Meekey" Minor the morning of the crash but say they broke off the chase well before the accident.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Yesterday-- Minor's aunt and brothers spoke with NEWS 7.
They say they've had problems with Roanoke police for years... and believe the accident was a vendetta against their family.
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[SOT 00:28:00/00:21:39 ]
[IN Q=What is it]

((ERIC MINOR/BROTHER: WHAT IS IT, IS IT OPEN SEASON ON THE MINORS I THINK SO, I JUST WISH IT HAD STOPPED BEFORE IT EVER CAME TO MICKEY, IF THEY WANTED ME, THEY SHOULD'VE DEALT WITH ME. MARGARET PATTERSON/AUNT: ALL I WANT IS ANSWERS, ALL I NEED IS JUSTICE, PLEASE HELP ME GET IT.))
[SUPER=01-Eric Minor/Brother; :00]
[SUPER=01-Margaret Patterson/Aunt; :09]
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[OUT Q=get it.]
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[VO-NAT]


Family members say people, who would NOT reveal their names, have approached them saying police did NOT break off the chase and that the officer actually struck Minor's motorcycle.
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[anchor=Kimberly]
[ss=none]


Roanoke police say the allegations are false... and that the city will reveal evidence later this week that will exonerate the department.
They also note that about two weeks before his death-- Minor was arrested for eluding police and driving on a suspe

nded license.[11Race-relations]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=jmi]
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Minor's family says this is not a racial issue.
Meanwhile, city officials renewed their commitment to better race relations in the city by joining 200 cities recognizing "Un-doing Racism" day.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


Yesterday, Mayor Ralph Smith and Council Member Bill Bestpitch offered their promise to promote positive relationships among races in the city.
Bestpitch says the city has a long way to go in its fight to end racism.
But, he says, things are happening.
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[IN Q=The city has]

((BILL BESTPITCH/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: THE CITY HAS ALSO DONE SEVERAL WORKSHOPS ON PROMOTING MULTICULTURAL UNDERSTANDING AND COOPERATION WITHIN THE CITY. SO THINGS ARE GOING TO CONTINUE.))
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[OUT Q=going to continue.]
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[VO-NAT]


Members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference came to hear the city's resolution.
They say the resolution is a positive step toward reaching a racial understanding.
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[11Tree-House]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=00-32 TC58:41]
[GRAPHIC=None]


An Oak tree, 100 feet tall, crashed through the roof of a duplex.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

It happened around 6:30 last night on Elm Avenue. The Roanoke Fire Department says the owner of the duplex, 61-year old Brent Miller, was home, and heard the tree falling. He got out of the home safely. His wife wasn't home at the time. Miller's 73 year old mother -in- law was outside in the yard- but she wasn't hurt. Officials say the tree's 18-foot root base was rotten, which is why the tree fell over. Damage is estimated at 25-thousand dollars.
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[Whitewater]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=Mornin]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


It took six years and more than 50- million taxpayer dollars, but the Whitewater investigation is over.
Neither President nor Mrs. Clinton will face any charges.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington, DC;]


Independent counsel Robert Ray wrapped up the investigation into the Clintons' business dealings.
He says evidence was "insufficient" to prove they participated in any criminal conduct.
For Hillary Clinton, the conclusion was a good shot in the arm for her U-S campaign.
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[SOT 3:13:23]
[IN Q=I'm confident]

((HILLARY CLINTON/D- U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE: I'M CONFIDENT THAT NOT ONLY HAVE NEW YORKERS AND AMERICANS MADE UP THEIR MINDS, BUT THAT THERE'S NOTHING TO REPORT.))
[SUPER=01-Hillary Clinton/(D) U. S. Senate Candidate;]
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[OUT Q=nothing to report]
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[VO-NAT]
[Super=04-File Tape;]


Meanwhile President Clinton isn't out of the woods yet--
The independent counsel must still decide whether Mr. Clinton will face a criminal indictment for the Monica Lewinsky scandal, once he leaves office.
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[11Mason-Dixon]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=500-13 TC54:58]
[GRAPHIC=Campaign 2001]

The latest statewide poll shows Republican George W- Bush leading in the presidential race in Virginia.
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[VO-NAT]

In a News7 Mason Dixon poll out yesterday, Bush has the support of 49-percent of state voters, while 39-percent back Gore. One percent are for Green Party nominee Ralph Nader, one percent support Reform Party candidate Pat Buchanan, and ten percent remain undecided.
The gender gap remains, with Bush winning an extra 21 percentage points among men and Gore leading by a one percent margin among women.
80 percent of black voters favor Gore. 57 percent of whites back Bush.
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[11C'burg-Council]


[ANCHOR=Shannon]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-30]
[GRAPHIC=None]


An anonymous political attack ad in Christiansburg's last town council election may spur change in state campaign rules.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg;]


Ann Hess lost her bid for town council by 71 votes in May ... two days after an attack ad ran in a local paper.
The ad could NOT be traced to a REAL group.
State police made a rough sketch of the man who paid for the ad. But they still haven't found out who's responsible.
Hess asked Senator Madison Marye and Delegate Jim Shuler to propose a bill for better screening of groups placing political ads.
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[IN Q=This is not]

((ANN HESS: THIS IS NOT A CRIME AGAINST ME, IT'S A CRIME AGAINST THE ELECTION PROCESS. IT'S A CRIME AGAINST OUR DEMOCRACY. I'VE HAD PEOPLE TELL ME THAT THEY WOULD NEVER RUN FOR PUBLIC OFFICE WHEN SOMETHING LIKE THIS CAN BE DONE TO THEM. IT'S JUST TOO TRAUMATIC. ))
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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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Placing a phony political ad is a misdemeanor that carries a year in jail or a 25-hundred dollar fine.

[11Road-Plan]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=morn]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-27 TC1:20:55]
[GRAPHIC=Highway Improvements]



Northern Virginia receives about a third of state money reserved for roads.
But the rest of Virginia is not left out.
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[VO-NAT]


90 stalled projects around the state have gotten a green light in Virginia's new 11-hundred project, six year transportation plan.
The 10 BILLION dollar plan represents the first time state general fund money goes to road, transit, port, and airport projects.
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[SOT 11:48:42]
[IN Q=It uses]

((CHIP NOTTINGHAM/VDOT COMMISSIONER: IT USES AND FACTORS IN THE ROLE OF INFLATION IN THE OUT YEARS. WHICH IS VERY IMPORTANT. IT LESSENS THE POTENTIAL THAT WE'LL EVER HAVE TO GO BACK TO A LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND SAY SORRY THE NUMBER CHANGED. WE CAN'T AFFORD TO DO YOUR PROJECT NEXT YEAR AS WE THOUGHT. SO THOSE SITUATIONS WE HOPE TO PUT WAY BACK IN OUR HISTORY AND MOVE ON TO A BRIGHT FUTURE OF SOLID PLANNING, REAL NUMBERS.))
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[OUT Q=solid planning, real numbers.]
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[VO-NAT]


Just this week, V-DOT announced the state's biggest road project, the Springfield Mixing Bowl, was now 54 percent more expensive than the public was told two years ago.
The public gets a say on the new "six-year plan" in public hearings in Roanoke and Richmond on October 5th.
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[Local-Recap]
[SUPER=#4059;Local Recap]
[2-Shot=Kmc/Syo]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Family members blame Roanoke police for the accident that killed James (Mickey) "Meekey" Minor . Police admit they were pursuing Minor the morning of the crash, but say they broke off the chase well before the accident. Family members say they've heard from other people that an officer actually struck Minor's motorcycle.
Roanoke police say the allegations are false.
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Shannon]


A Pittsylvania County accident trapped two people for nearly an hour.
It happened near Chatham when a car pulled into the path of a Jeep..
Two people were trapped in the car and were taken to the hospital, as was one person in the jeep. No word on the severity of their injuries.


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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


An Oak tree, 100 feet tall, crashed through the roof of a duplex in Roanoke.
No one was injured. Officials say the tree's 18-foot root base was rotten, which is why the tree fell over. Damage is estimated at 25-thousand dollars.

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[ANCHOR=Shannon]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]


Now here's Keith Humphry with a preview of News 7 at Six.
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