Up next on News 7, gas heats up the presidential campaign - as Pat Robertson calls this the most important election in a century.
And part of a bridge bound for the James River - ends up in a jumbled mess after a tractor trailer crash.
Weekend looks okay for outdoor activities with a mix of clouds and sun in the forecast. More on that straight ahead.
In sports - Speed Fest kicks off in Martinsville.
We'll have a live report on qualifying.
And in Health Check - hospice isn't just there for dying patients. It's also there for their families who must go on.
Details in the conclusion to our 3-part series on hospice care.
News 7 at 5 is next.
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Good evening, I'm Joy Sutton filling-in for Jean Jadhon.
It's a campaign issue that's hitting Americans in their wallets -
Gas and oil prices are at a 10-year high... and now the issue is heating up the presidential race.
Today - Al Gore and George W- Bush are offering very different solutions to the problem that shows no sign of cooling down.
Cindy Pena reports.
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((AT STAKE IS THE PRICE OF GAS FOR OUR CARS AND OIL TO HEAT OUR HOMES. AS
THE WINTER APPROACHES, OIL PRICES HAVE SOARED TO THE HIGHEST LEVELS IN
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GOVERNOR BUSH IS PUSHING A 7 BILLION DOLLAR PLAN TO INCREASE THE
NATIONS FUEL SOURCES A PLAN THAT INCLUDES OPENING PART OF THE ARTIC
NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE TO OIL DRILLING.
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The vice president says he would rather protect this refuge than gain
the energy, but this is a false choice. We can do both taking out
energy, and leaving only footprints.
THE VICE PRESIDENT IS RIPPING INTO THE BUSH PLAN.
Drilling for oil in the artic preserve, one of our greatest national
treasures is bad environmental policy and bad energy policy.
GORE CALLED THE BUSH'S IDEAS OLD FASHIONED AND PROPOSES INVESTING IN
COMPANIES WITH ALTERNATIVE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES AND IS ENCOURAGING MORE
USE OF MASS TRANSIT.
EARLIER THIS MONTH, PRESIDENT CLINTON RELEASED 30 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL
FROM THE NATIONS STOCKPILE WHICH HELPED DROP THE PRICE OF OIL BY 20%.
REPUBLICANS LASHED OUT SAYING THE CLINTON/GORE ADMINISTRATION WAS USING
THIS EMERGENCY SUPPLY FOR POLITICAL GAIN AND LEAVING THE UNITED STATES
MORE VULNERABLE TO FOREIGN SUPPLIERS.
THE ENERGY DEBATE IS SURE TO GET HOTTER AS THE WEATHER GETS
COLDER ESPECIALLY IN THE MIDWEST STATES WHERE THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE IS
Evangelist Pat Robertson says this presidential race could be the most important election of the last hundred years.
Robertson made the remark today at the convention of his Virginia-based Christian Coalition.
The coalition is supporting Republican George W- Bush - in part because the next president could appoint as many as three Supreme Court justices.
Bush turned down an invitation to speak at the coalition's convention.
He was instrumental in pushing the group to the background during this summer's Republican National Convention.
A tractor trailer overturned in Amherst County this afternoon.
The rig was hauling a piece of bridge to the James River.
It's one of several sections of steel that'll span the river, creating a foot bridge for the Appalachian Trail.
The wreck blocked traffic on Route 130 for a couple of hours.
The bridge is due to be dedicated in two weeks, creating the largest foot bridge in the entire National Park system.
A Bedford woman is sacrificing potential profits on her family homestead by promising never to develop it.
Barbara Hatcher owns 158 acres at the base of the Peaks of Otter.
By turning it into a conservation easement today -- she makes it a crime for anyone, even future owners, to develop this land.
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((BARBARA HATCHER/LANDOWNER: IF WE CAN GET ALL THE PEOPLE IN THIS AREA TO DONATE THEIR LAND IT WOULD STOP ALL DEVELOPMENT FOR THIS AREA BECAUSE YOU SEE WE'RE ONLY THREE MILES FROM THE PEAKS.))
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Hatcher earns tax credits for her donation -- and by protecting the views, she keeps tourist money rolling into the Blue Ridge.
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((MICHAEL VAN NESS/WESTERN VA LAND TRUST: IT'LL HELP PRESERVE THE SUBSTANTIAL ECONOMIC ENGINE THE PARKWAY IS AND HELP PRESERVE FARMLAND IN THIS REGION AND NOT HAVE SCATTERED SUBDIVISIONS POPPING UP.))
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Hatcher's land is still private and not open to the public.
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Time now to check-in with Robin in the weather center.
Robin is this warm weather going to last through the weekend?
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Thank you, Robin.
Is there TOO much of a good thing in the Roanoke Valley when two large arts and crafts shows come to the area?
We'll have a look, coming up.
And a jury makes actor Clint Eastwood's day.
We'll tell you why he was in court today.
Stay with us.
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Violence erupts in Jerusalem for the second day in a row, this time at least four Palestinians are killed.
The violence began shortly after the Muslim noon prayer at the holy site.
After emerging from the two major mosques, Palestinian protesters began throwing stones at both Israeli police and at praying Jews.
Police fired rubber bullets in response.
Dozens of police officers were also injured in the clashes.
The place where the fighting broke-out is sacred to both Jews and Muslims.
But Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking has been deadlocked over the fate of Jerusalem and the holy site.
A California jury clears actor Clint Eastwood in a lawsuit filed by a disabled woman.
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Diane zum Brunnen claimed Eastwood's Carmel hotel, was not totally wheelchair accessible and therefore violated the American Disabilities Act.
The jury disagreed, but did say the hotel should have better signs pointing to accessible bathrooms.
Eastwood says this was about greedy lawyers and he should have been given time to fix problems before being sued.
Two hundred crafters at two different craft shows just ten miles apart.
How is the situation faring for vendors?
Most say quite well.
Both the Roanoke Civic Center and the Salem Civic center are playing host to classic art and craft festivals.
Some vendors say they are pleased with the first day's turnout.
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((LENA TAYLOR/CRAFTER: IT BLOWS MY MIND THAT THERE ARE SO MANY CRAFTERS AND SO MANY PEOPLE INTERESTED IN THE SAME WEEKEND. BUT IT'S NEVER PRESENTED A PROBLEM FOR US AT ALL, IN FACT, I THINK IT'S KIND OF BEEN GOOD.))
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In the past, both shows have run simultaneously in Richmond and Washington, D.C.
The local events run through Sunday.
Tonight on News 7 at Six, we'll hear from craft show shoppers.
M-P-3-dot-com officials hope the political activism of the Million Man March and the Million Mom March translates in cyberspace...
In today's Web Site of the Day - M-P-3-dot-com wants to inspire a "Million E-Mail March."
The company is encouraging supporters to e-mail lawmakers and tell them to pass the "Music Owners' Listening Rights Act of 2000."
The bill - sponsored by Southwest Virginia Congressman Rick Boucher and 3 other lawmakers - would make it LEGAL to store and listen to music on the Internet.
Such legislation could end the fight Internet music providers face over copyright infringement charges.
You can check the progress of the Million E-Mail March...
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and learn more about it AND the bill in question by going to our homepage at wdbj-7-dot com.
Just click on Web Site of the Day.
A local fire department hits the half-century mark.
Jacey Birch joins us live from Roanoke County with details -
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They will be celebrating half a century of work and dedication to Roanoke County this weekend.
The firefighters at Catawba have come a long way in the last 50 years.
Jacey Birch is live at the Catawba Fire Station where preparations are being made for the department's anniversary.
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Coming up in sports - qualifying in Martinsville as the NAPA (nap-uh) Auto Care 500 nears....
Mike Stevens will have a live report.
And in health check - will private medical clinics be making the controversial abortion pill available in the new River Valley?
Those stories and more still ahead.
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It appears most women in our area seeking the abortion pill R-U 486 may have to be willing to travel to get it, despite F-D-A approval.
Many area gynecologists say they will NOT be prescribing the pills, primarily because of opposition to abortion OR lack of information on the pills.
Of twelve OB-GYN offices contacted in the New River Valley, nine said they would NOT prescribe the pills because they do NOT perform abortions.
Three offices said the doctors wanted more information from the F-D-A on R-U 486 before making a decision.
All of the twenty-one Carilion-employed OB-GYNs in the Roanoke area say they do NOT plan to prescribe R-U 486.
The Charlottesville office of Planned Parenthood is one of the closest locations that plans to offer the pills at this time.
Thousands of swing sets are being recalled because of a possible defect that could be dangerous.
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The government says Rainbow Play Systems has received seven reports of chains breaking while children are swinging.
In one case, a child suffered a head injury.
The company is recalling around seven-thousand of the play sets to replace the chains.
The sets with the potentially defective chains were sold between March and June of this year, at a price between 12- hundred and six- thousand dollars.
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You can find out more about the recall.. on our homepage at WDBJ-7-dot-com. Just click on the link to Rainbow Play Systems.
Hospice is not just about treating the patient but the entire family.
And once a loved one has died, hospice helps the family to cope with the grieving process.
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Three years after the death of her husband, Barbara Mitchell still says she couldn't have done it without hospice.
She says the support she received in caring for her dying husband really helped her cope.
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((BARBARA MITCHELL: HAVING THEM THERE HOLDING YOUR HAND, REALLY GIVING YOU A LOT OF SUPPORT, THE NURSES WERE SO GOOD, AND THEY WOULD SAY YOU'RE DOING A GOOD JOB, ACTUALLY YOU'RE DOING A GREAT JOB IT WAS THAT THAT KEPT US GOING))
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Barbara's husband Kenneth died of lung cancer.
She says after he died, she thought she would no longer need the services of hospice.
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((BARBARA MITCHELL: AFTER I HAD BEEN STRONG ALL THIS TIME. I REALLY THOUGHT I COULD DO WITHOUT THAT, A REALLY FOUND OUT AS TIME WENT ON, THAT I DID NEED SUPPORT, THAT CONTACT WITH PEOPLE, WHO HAD BEEN THROUGH THE SAME THING THAT I HAD BEEN THROUGH))
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Good Samaritan Hospice typically contacts families two to six weeks after a loved one's death. Bereavement counselors stay in contact with the family for at least a year by phone or in person.
And the hospice offers a variety of grief support groups including a new one for women.
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((SANDRA PHILLIPS/BEREAVEMENT COORDINATOR: WE'RE TRYING TO DO A PROGRAM MORE OF AN INFORMATIONAL SERIES, IT'S CALLED WOMEN IN TRANSITION, WHERE WE TAKE WOMEN TO THE NEXT STEP, FINANCIAL PLANNING, WHETHER TO BUY OR SELL A HOME, WHETHER TO DOWN SIZE, WHAT ITS LIKE TO BE ALONE WHEN IT SEEM LIKE EVERYBODY IS A COUPLE))
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Mitchell says through the support groups she's made friends that she still keeps in contact with.
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((BARBARA MITCHELL: I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT THINK IS THE SUPPORT, GIVING YOU THE CONFIDENCE THAT YOU CAN DO THIS, AND YOU CAN GO ON))
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Most of the grief support groups are free and open to anyone.
As for other services provided, Good Samaritan Hospice says most insurance companies in Virginia cover the cost, as well as Medicare and Medicaid.
But it says no one will be turned away - even if they can not afford to pay.
Let's check-in with Mike Steven whose at the Martinsville Speedway for two minute ticker.
The Winston Cup cars qualified at Martinsville today for Sunday's NAPA AutoCare 500. Mike Stevens is at the track with how the top 25 will stack up, Mike.
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[SUPER=0107-16. Robert Pressley//17. Wally Dallenbach//18. Darrell Waltrip//19. Rick Mast//20. Bill Elliott//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Dave Blaney//22. Casey Atwood//23. Mark Martin//24. Joe Nemechek//25. Jimmy Spencer//;]
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Alexandria may be one of the most racially diverse cities in the nation NOW - but a new film tells the story of a time when that wasn't the case.
"Remember the Titans" starring Denzel Washington brings one of the most difficult - and rewarding - times in this Virginia city's history to life on the Big Screen.
Jennifer Jones reports.
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((Alexandria, Virginia is one of the most culturally and racially diverse
cities in the country. But it was not always that way. A new film
starring Denzel Washington provides a glimpse of the old Alexandria and
the battle fought there. Jennifer Jones has the story.
Super: Remember The Titans/Walt Disney Films
Its 1971 and the times are changing in Alexandria, Virginia. The school
board has decided to integrate an all white school with an all black
school. That is just one of the changes. .
WHY ARE YOU SMILING, BECAUSE FOOTBALL IS FUN? YOU THINK THAT FOOTBALL IS
In "Remember The Titans", Will Patton plays Coach Bill Yoast alongside
Denzel Washington in the role of Coach Herman Boone. Boone is a black
coach from South Carolina, chosen to lead the team ...over a white coach
with a following and several years of seniority.
Natsot-I did not choose you to be on my staff etc.(From trailer)
Sot Denzel Washington/Herman Boone.
MORE THAN ANYTHING, I AM PLEASED THAT HE AND COACH YOAST ARE PLEASED
HAVING SEEN THE MOVIE AND THAT THEY FEEL THAT WE HAVE CAPTURED THE
ESSENCE OF WHAT THEY WERE DOING AT THE TIME.
The coaches take players from different backgrounds and mold them into a
team. There are battles off and on the field, but when the time comes
the team is ready.
IN GREEK MYTHOLOGY THE TITANS WERE GREATER THAN EVEN THE GODS, THEY
RULED THEIR UNIVERSE WITH ABSOLUTE POWER, WELL THAT FOOTBALL FIELD
TONIGHT THAT IS OUR UNIVERSE. LETS RULE IT LIKE TITANS.
The teams winning ways help lead the city through a difficult transition
period. Lifelong friendships ARE formed. The team and its leaders are
credited with saving the city from turning on itself.
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Jennifer Jones CBS News. ))
On Saturday, a group of young dancers from Roanoke will take center stage at the Henry Street Heritage Festival.
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Today, the fourth and fifth graders from Westside Elementary were putting the finishing touches on the African dance piece they'll perform.
They've been working on it for three weeks with New York dancer Theresa Howard.
They perform tomorrow at One P-M in Elmwood Park.
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