[7-Fifth-District]

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Incumbant Congressman Virgil Goode's latest campaign ad is coming under fire from his Democratic opponent in the 5th district race.
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In a statement released yesterday, John Boyd says Goode's radio and television ads mislead voters about the congressman's stance on the Patients' Bill of Rights and prescription drug program for senior citizens. Boyd says Goode supports weaker forms of the legislation.
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But at a forum at Bedford's National Guard Armory last night, Goode called Boyd's claims "totally off base."
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[IN Q=I support a...]

((VIRGIL GOODE/INCUMBANT CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE: I SUPPORT A PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFIT THAT WOULD HELP ESPECIALLY TO THE NEEDIEST SENIORS FIRST. I ALSO SUPPORT A PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS BUT I DO NOT SUPPORT THE RUNAWAY RIGHT TO SUE AGAINST EMPLOYERS WHICH WILL DECREASE RATHER THAN INCREASE HEALTH INSURANCE.))
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Boyd was invited - but did not attend last night's forum. But independent 5th District candidate Joseph Spence was on hand. Spence says he's outraged he wasn't allowed to participate in a Congressional debate held at Hampden-Sydney college last Thursday.
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[IN Q=My first...]

((JOSEPH SPENCE/CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE: MY FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT WAS VIOLATED BY NOT ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK OR DEBATE. THEY DIDN'T EVEN ASK ME TO HAVE A SEAT OR STAY TO LISTEN OR ANYTHING- THEY JUST FLATLY WALKED AWAY AND MORE OR LESS I GOT THE RUN-AROUND.))
[SUPER=201-Joseph Spence/(I) 5th District Candidate]
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[OUT Q=the runaround.]
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Boyd, Goode and Spence all faced off in a debate in Danville last Tuesday.
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[7-Campbell-Murder]


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The killer in last weeks' murder of a Campbell County store owner is still being hunted by authorities.
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75-year-old Melvin Giles was murdered during an apparent robbery at his convenience store on Route 460 last Thursday night.
Investigators are still tracking down leads in that case.
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((ROBERT MAXEY/CAMPBELL CO. SHERIFF: WE DO HAVE A WITNESS THAT BETWEEN NINE AND NINE-FIFTEEN WAS TRAVELING ON ROUTE 460 HERE AND SAW TWO INDIVIDUALS RUNNING FROM THE DIRECTION OF THE STORE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARKING LOT.))
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[VO-NAT]

Meanwhile, police responded to another armed robbery yesterday in Lynchburg.
Police arrested and charged two juveniles in connection with the armed robbery of a convenience store on Campbell Avenue.
A pellet gun authorities believe was used in that crime has also been recovered.
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[7-Grayson-Search]


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Grayson county authorities are continuing a search for a missing girl.
The girl was reported missing yesterday from her home in the Troutdale area.
Deputies used dogs and a helicopter during yesterday's search. Foul play is not suspected.

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Taking a break from the news now to check out your Halloween forecast.
Sunny and breezy today with highs near 70.
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[45-Tultex]


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It may be back to work for two retired Tultex buildings.
Cohen Asset Management of California wants to buy one former plant in Martinsville and another in Asheville, North Carolina, and lease them to new owners.
The company already bought and leased a 630 thousand square foot building in Martinsville to Basset Furniture.
Tultex declared Bankruptcy last December, laying off about two thousand workers.
The sale of its former plants must first be approved by the U-S Bankruptcy Court in Danville.

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The Railroad Retirement act fizzled in this session of Congress. It's a bill that could change retirement benefits of former railroad workers and their spouses.
News 7 business reporter Jennifer Miele explains.
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(( Joe Sailor put nearly 30 years in at three different railroads. He's retired now, and says the railroad retirement act would make things much easier for him and his fellow retirees. [TC:02:09:55]
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[IN Q=If I die]

[Tc:01:58:24] ((JOE SAILOR: IF I DIE, OR MY WIFE DIES FOR EXAMPLE, IN STEAD OF RECEIVING 50 PERCENT OF MY RAILROAD RETIREMENT PENSION, MY WIFE WOULD GET 100 PERCENT. SO IT MEANS AT LEAST THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS A MONTH, JUST ANY RAILROAD SPOUSE RETIREE SURVIVOR.))
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The railroad retirement act would lower worker retirement age to 60 from 62. It would also cut railroad retiree taxes by 15 billion dollars.... and the tax money saved would then be invested in stocks and bonds. [PRE-PRO PAGE 2]
But those who oppose the bill say the retirement fund is like a mini social security fund.
There are already three times as many retirees as active workers, not enough to support retirees.
The government already subsidizes the fund, and some don't want to spend anymore government money.
And just because the saved tax money would be invested, it doesn't guarantee the fund will make a profit. [END PRE-PRO]
Sailor has written letters to senators, representatives and even the president. He says the Clinton administration backs the bill, as does most of the house and Senate. [STAND UP]
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((JENNIFER MIELE/REPORTING: SENATE MAJORITY LEADER TRENT LOTT SAID HE WOULD SUPPORT THE BILL IF A MEASURE TO REPEAL A DEISEL FUEL TAX WAS ATTACHED TO IT. THAT DID HAPPEN, BUT THE VOTE IS STILL NOT LIKELY TO HAPPEN IN THIS SESSION OF CONGRESS. JENNIFER MIELE, NEWS 7.)) [RUNS13]
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[45-Grayson-Search]


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The Grayson County Sheriff's Department is continuing its search for a missing girl today.
The girl was reported missing yesterday from her home in the Troutdale area.
Deputies used dogs and a helicopter during yesterday's search. Foul play is not suspected.

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Let's check out your forecast now...
More sunny and breezy weather ahead for today, with highs reaching 70.
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[8-Campbell-Murder]


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The murder of a store owner in Campbell county remains unsolved.
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75-year-old Melvin Giles was murdered during an apparent robbery at his convenience store on Route 460 last Thursday night.
Investigators are still tracking down leads in that case.
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[IN Q=We do have]

((ROBERT MAXEY/CAMPBELL CO. SHERIFF: WE DO HAVE A WITNESS THAT BETWEEN NINE AND NINE-FIFTEEN WAS TRAVELING ON ROUTE 460 HERE AND SAW TWO INDIVIDUALS RUNNING FROM THE DIRECTION OF THE STORE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARKING LOT.))
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[VO-NAT]

Meanwhile, police responded to another armed robbery yesterday in Lynchburg.
Police arrested and charged two juveniles in connection with the armed robbery of a convenience store on Campbell Avenue.
A pellet gun authorities believe was used in that crime has also been recovered.
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[8-Brush-Fire]


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Officials are trying to determine whether a brush fire led to the death of an elderly man in Pittsylvania county.

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Firefighters were called to a house on Mount Cross Road in the Tunstall section of the county yesterday afternoon.

The homeowner, 87-year-old Oscar Winn of Pittsylvania County, was burning some brush when the flames got out of hand.
It was Winn's brother who found the body.
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[8-Animal-Transplant]


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It's a rare procedure, but a dog in our area may receive an organ transplant.
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Azlyn's owners are hoping their dog can get a kidney transplant.
His kidneys were damaged after he ate meat apparently tainted with anti-freeze.
The procedure is costly.
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[IN Q=For a dog the procedure]

((DR. LINDA JENNINGS:FOR A DOG THE PROCEDURE IS GOING TO COST BETWEEN 4 AND 6 THOUSAND DOLLARS, AND PROBABLY FOR A 60 POUND DOG YOU'RE PROBABLY GOING TO PAY BETWEEN 600 AND 800 DOLLARS A DAY FOR IMMUNO SUPPRESSANT DRUGS AFTER THE SURGERY))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Linda Jennings/Brambleton Veterinary Hospital]
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The cost for cats is a little less.
Jennings says cats fare better than dogs and can live eight to nine years after the surgery.
Dogs generally live an average of a year and a half.
And finding a donor for a dog isn't easy.
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[SOT10:39:56]
[IN Q=They say in dogs it's much]

((THEY SAY IN DOGS IT'S MUCH BETTER THAT IT BE A RELATIVE THAT IT BE SIBLING BECAUSE DOGS HAVE MUCH MORE TENDENCY TO REJECT THE TRANSPLANT))
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For cats the only criteria is that the other cat has the same blood type.
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Jennings says the University of California at Davis is only place in the U-S that performs the transplants.
HUMAN kidney transplants usually cost about 110-thousand dollars and anti-rejection medication is about 15 to 20 thousand dollars a year.

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Turning your attention to the forecast once more--
Sunny and breezy today with a high near 70.

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