[1-News-Head]

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Rather than "wine" about Virginia politics a vintner says he'll give Virgil Goode a run for his money.
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]

And, frozen meets fluid as rain pelts much of an area already covered with ice.
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[Sports-Head]


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In sports, we will introduce you to the Salem Avalanche's new manager, former Heritage great Keith Hamilton retires from the NFL
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and Daytona was quite busy today for the first day of practice for the Bud Shootout.
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[WX-Head]
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As the rain winds down, runoff from the snow means creeks will stay high. A flood watch remains in effect until midnight.
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News 7 is next.
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((WE JUST GO WHEN IT'S NECESSARY))
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Residents keep a close eye on streams and rivers and are prepared to move out.
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Heavy rain, melting snow and saturated ground combine to create flooding worries.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


And I'm Shannon Young.
[Flooding]
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Much of Southwest and Central Virginia remains under a flood watch tonight.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-shot]


We'll talk to meteorologist Robin Reed in just a moment, but first, let's head outside to
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Shannon & Jennifer/Microwave;]

Jennifer Wishon who has been checking on potential danger spots all day. What's it like now?
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((ROLLCUE:...the danger was all too real.))
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(Jennifer Tosses to Robin)
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[Highlands-Flooding]


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Areas North of Roanoke saw a steady rain almost all day, but few problems were reported.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Alleghany Co.; ]

A cold rain fell in Alleghany County and Covington, and the temperatures never rose out of the 30's. County officials say their biggest problem was water could not run off of roads properly because culverts and ditches were blocked with snow.
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((DALE MUTERSPAUGH/ALLEGHANY CO. SHERIFF; WE'VE HAD SOME CALLS RELATED TO THAT, A FEW CALLS WHERE A FEW RESIDENCES WHERE THE FIRE DEPARTMENT NEEDS TO CHECK THE BASEMENT AND THAT KIND OF THING.))
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[VO-NAT]
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It was much the same story in Bath County, where major roads were clear, but a layer of slush settled in gutters and ditches. That area did see some power outages from ice accumulation last night.
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; ]

And in Northern Botetourt County, creeks and rivers were slightly elevated, and some standing water made for messy driving.
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[Schools]


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Some schools are canceling classes tonight because of the weather... others are trying to make up for lost time.
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[TAKE SCHOOLTOUCH FS]
Charlotte County schools will hold a make up day tomorrow- -dismissal at 12:30.
To night's classes are canceled at Dabney Lancaster Community College and Jackson River Technical Center.
And there'll be no night classes at New River Community College in Dublin, Radford University or Wytheville Community College.
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[Tech-Ice]


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The slick conditions didn't close every school in our area this morning.
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Virginia Tech decided to open on time this morning despite ice covered sidewalks and parking lots.
School officials say deciding to delay or not is really just a guessing game.
The maintenance staff believed it could take care of whatever the rising temperatures did not.
But, the temperatures never rose much.
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[Edwards]


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Hundreds turned out to rally for Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards this morning despite the icy conditions.
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He spoke to a packed ballroom at Virginia Tech this morning.
Edwards thanked the audience for showing up and went straight into campaigning about new jobs, prescription drugs, the economy and poverty.
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((JOHN EDWARDS: IN THE COUNTRY THAT YOU AND I ARE GONNA BUILD. WE ARE GONNA SAY NO TO KIDS GOING TO BED HUNGARY, NO TO KIDS THAT DON'T HAVE THE CLOTHES TO KEEP THEM WARM AND NO FOREVER TO ANY AMERICAN WORKING FULL TIME AND LIVING IN POVERTY. NOT IN OUR AMERICA, NOT IN OUR AMERICA))
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The Blacksburg stop was just the first for the North Carolina senator, who's traveling on a bus tour of Virginia.


He also made appearances in Wytheville and Bristol.
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Wesley Clark has scheduled an appearance for 9 o-clock this evening at the Best Western in Radford.


[Mason-Dixon]


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More than a third of Virginia's Democrats support Senator John Kerry for President. The latest News7 - Mason Dixon poll shows the Massachusetts lawmaker would win 34-percent of the vote if the Democratic primary were held today.
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((Of the more than six hundred likely voters questioned, 25-percent back Senator John Edwards, 14-percent, retired General Wesley Clark. [CHANGE BOARD] 8-percent of Democrats say they would vote for Howard Dean, 5-percent for Al Sharpton and 1-percent for Dennis Kucinich. [CHANGE BOARD] Even when broken up by region, John Kerry still comes out the favorite. In Southern Virginia Kerry racks up 29-percent. John Edwards tails with 27-percent. Wesley Clark comes in with 17-percent. [CHANGE BOARD] In Central Virginia, Kerry is again the frontrunner, this time with 37-percent. John Edwards brings up second place with 27-percent and Wesley Clark racks up 13-percent.))
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[ANCHOR=Shan]
[SS=Campaign 2004]

Women seem to favor John Kerry, men are leaning towards John Edwards and Al Sharpton does well with black voters.

[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
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[ENG#=V10]


He once faced the death penalty for allegedly killing two hikers.
Still ahead, why Darrell David Rice is now off the hook.
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[VO-NAT]
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Plus an accident on Interstate 81 is slowing traffic... and may not be cleared up for a few more hours.
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[Democrats]
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They may have to contend with monster trucks and Republicans who plan to crash the party, but tomorrow, Roanoke Democrats will set up shop at the Civic Center to nominate candidates for Mayor and City Council.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-SHot]


Nine candidates are participating in the firehouse primary. [***Campaign 2004 in MONITOR***]
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And Joe Dashiell reports, party officials have been busy putting out fires.
Keith and Shannon... Call it an unassembled caucus or a firehouse primary, Democrats haven't done this in a while...
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But tomorrow from 10 to four, registered voters in the city of Roanoke will decide the Democratic nominations.


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((I DO BELIEVE THAT TOMORROW WILL BE AN EXCITING DAY FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.))
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Preparing for the firehouse primary has been an adventure... and executing the event with a Monster Truck Show next door may prove to be a bigger challenge.
City Democratic Chairman Jim Brubaker is hoping voters will consider coming early before the civic center parking lot fills up.
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((THIS IS A PROCESS THAT ALLOWS FOLKS THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME OUT VOTE AND BE ON THEIR WAY.))
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The nominating contest will pit David Bowers against Nelson Harris for Mayor.
The city council race includes incumbents Bill Bestpitch, Bev Fitzpatrick and Linda Wyatt.
The Challengers are Sherman Lea, Randy Leftwich, Michael Palmer and Brian Wishneff.
Voters WILL have to sign a Democratic pledge, but some of the candidates and their supporters are encouraging Republicans and Independents to participate.
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((I'VE BEEN ENCOURAGING REPUBLICANS, DEMOCRATS, INDEPENDENTS, FRIENDS OF MINE, FRIENDS IN THE REAL ESTATE BUSINESS, RETIRED TEACHERS, VETERANS, ATHLETES. I'VE BEEN ENCOURAGING EVERYBODY. I'VE BEEN ON THE TELEPHONE, TELEPHONE, TELEPHONE, AND IF I WEREN'T WITH YOU RIGHT NOW I'D BE ON THE TELEPHONE.))
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Another controversy that angered a number of candidates today involved a ban on political signs at the civic center...
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But Keith and Shannon, city officials quickly chalked it up to miscommunication and said signs will be allowed outside the exhibit hall.


[Weed]


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A Nelson County winemaker is hoping 2004 is a very good year for making a run at Congress.
Al Weed says it's time to rebuild the Democratic Party in the Fifth District and stand up to Republican incumbent Virgil Goode.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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(( A former Green Beret in Viet Nam and a 42-year military veteran, Al Weed knows a little something about tough battles.
And he admits that taking on a Republican congressman in a fairly conservative district is not going to be easy.
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((AL WEED/FIFTH DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE: I THINK I WILL COME ACROSS CONSERVATIVE ON MANY ISSUES, MY MILITARY BACKGROUND, MY RURAL BACKGROUND, ENOUGH SO THAT PEOPLE CAN FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH ME AND IF THEY CAN LISTEN TO THE MESSAGE ABOUT WHAT MATTERS TO THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES, I THINK WE CAN MAKE BIG HEADWAY.))
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Weed has spent the past year doing research, making contacts and organizing volunteers.. all from inside the rustic headquarters of his Nelson County winery.
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((OKAY, WELL I'LL SEE YOU THIS EVENING..))
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He hopes the early start will help with both fundraising and name recognition. [Standup ] ((Al Weed is also taking a page out of the Howard Dean playbook by making contacts and raising money over the Internet. So far he's raised about 70-thousand dollars.. he figures he'll need half a million to mount a credible campaign.))
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Weed says Fifth District voters need to realize that Goode has been on the wrong side of important issues that affect them like health care, tax cuts and immigration.
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((AL WEED: MR. GOODE IS A MILLIONAIRE, OUT OF TOUCH WITH WORKING PEOPLE. HE'S BEEN A POLITICIAN ALL HIS LIFE, THAT'S ALL HE'S EVER REALLY DONE AND LOOKING AT HIS VOTING RECORD, HE VOTES AGAINST THE INTERESTS OF THE PEOPLE OF THIS DISTRICT.))
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That message gets put to the test in November.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Nelson County. ))

[Knox]


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The lead prosecutor in the trial of Dr. Cecil Knox and his associates is off the case.
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Rusty Fitzgerald is being shipped out to IRAQ. He's been in the U-S Attorney's office 15 years. Before that he had a career as a Foreign Service officer, in London and Belfast.
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Fitzgerald's tour of duty in Iraq will be NOT involve the military. He'll be working under the Department of Justice- -perhaps helping to set up the Iraqi court system. Senior Litigator Tom Bondurant will take over the Knox case.

[Stocks]


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Strong job growth in January pushed stocks higher today. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW rose 97 and a half points.
NASDAQ gained 44 and a half.
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[SPONSOR ANNOUNCE]
[COMMERCIAL]

[Rice]


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Federal prosecutors now want to drop the charges against the man they once believed murdered two hikers.
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[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/April 25, 2002;]


The Justice Department today filed a motion to dismiss the capital murder charges against Darrell David Rice.
Julianne Williams and Laura ``Lollie'' Winans were tortured and killed at a remote campsite nearly eight years ago.
[SUPER=03-Shenandoah National Park/May 1996; ]


But an FBI analysis concluded that two hairs found on different parts of the crime scene probably came from someone other than the victims or Rice.
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[81-Wreck]


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A truck stuffed with fabric overturned on I-81 in Pulaski County.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.]


The accident near mile marker 103 shut down one of the southbound lanes and backed up traffic into Montgomery County.
Crews were hoping to clear the wreck by eight tonight.
The driver wasn't hurt.
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[Sports tease]


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Words from Kevin Harvick, the fastest at Daytona in Bud Shoot out practice today, meet the Avalanche's new skipper
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and we will introduce you to some Technology students at Arnold Burton making their own monster truck
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[S-Bud]


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The first practice session for the Bud Shootout is now in the books and
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[VO-NAT]
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Kevin Harvick posted the fastest speed today, going just a tick over 188 miles per hour. The Bud Shootout draw is later tonight.
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[OUT Q=good ole cash."]
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[S-Wood]


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The Wood Brothers will practice tomorrow. Mike Stevens has more on the team's relocation.
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(( The Wood Brothers logo is the same, but the team's address is certainly different. Just over a month after moving the team's racing headquarters from Stuart to Mooresville, North Carolina - the Woods are finally starting to settle in their new digs. ((EDDIE WOOD:)) One of the team's founders, Leonard Wood, who turns 70 this September, made the move along with 16 other employees from Stuart - proof that the relocation wasn't because the Stuart area lacked quality workers. ((LEN WOOD:)) ((EDDIE WOOD:)) The Wood Brothers Ford was fastest in preseason testing at Daytona. We'll see if they can duplicate that time with qualifying for the Daytona 500 takes place Sunday at Noon. Mike Stevens News 7 sports.))

[S-Avalanche]


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This morning the Salem Avalanche introduced new manager Russ Nixon.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Salem; :00]


Nixon had a 12 year playing career from 1957 to 1968, and brings over 18 years of managerial experience to Salem.


He becomes the 8th manager in Avalanche history, and is quite impressed with the facilities.
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[S-Keith]


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Former Heritage high school star lineman and New York Giant Keith Hamilton retired from pro football today.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-East Rutherford, NJ; :00]


In 12 seasons Hamilton made 63 sacks and is tied for sixth in career games. The 32-year-old leaves the game with 526 tackles, including 376 solo.
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE]

[S-Trucks]


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[ENG#=1]

[WIPE to ENG!!]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00]


Tonight's Monster Truck Jam at the Roanoke Civic Center will have a local flavor. Students at the Arnold R. Burton Technology School have built an arena truck from the ground up. The truck will make its first appearance in an exhibition tonight.
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