Holidays won't necessarily be free days for some local students.
We'll tell you which days have been lost to snow.
The candidates are coming. The primary's tomorrow.
We'll hear Senator Kerry racheting up the rhetoric.
Tonight on News 7 sports - the ACC clears another hurdle in a Connecticut court.
We'll get caught with Fleming's Williams Twins,
And Pitt's Larry Fitzgerald officially enters his name in the NFL draft.
More clouds than sun but not much moisture. Full forecast details in a moment.
News 7 is next.
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((LIKE FATHER LIKE SON, ONE TERM AND YOU'RE DONE.))
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John Kerry takes on George Bush as the Democratic frontrunner brings his campaign for President to Roanoke.
And other Democratic candidates take their last shots at luring Virginia voters before tomorrow's primary.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
And I'm Shannon Young.
On the eve of Virginia's Democratic Primary, a new poll suggests that John Kerry is building on his lead in the state.
47 percent of likely Virginia voters surveyed over the weekend support Kerry.
John Edwards came in second with 24 percent, followed by Wesley Clark and Howard Dean.
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This afternoon, Kerry rallied several hundred supporters in downtown Roanoke... and afterwards he sat down with Joe Dashiell.
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Keith and Shannon, John Kerry is hoping for his first southern wins tomorrow in Virginia and Tennesee... and today he took on the president as he rallied the troops in Roanoke.
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John Kerry met his supporters in the middle of the street.
With Church Avenue blocked, and the number one first station as his backdrop, the Massachussets Senator engaged an enthusiastic crowd downtown.
But on the eve of the Virginia primary, he never mentioned his Democratic rivals, instead setting his sights on President Bush.
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((I HEARD JUST BEFORE I CAME IN HERE THAT PRESIDENT AND THE ADMINISTRATION HAVE RELEASED A NEW REPORT. AND IN THIS NEW REPORT THEY SAY THEY'RE GOING TO CREATE TWO AND A HALF MILLION JOBS OVER THE COURSE OF THE NEXT YEAR. WELL I'VE GOT A FEELING THAT REPORT WAS PREPARED BY THE SAME PEOPLE WHO BROUGHT US THE INTELLIGENCE ON IRAQ. APPLAUSE.))
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Kerry repeatedly questioned the administration's record on job creation.
And in a one on one interview, the Democratic frontrunner said his own support for the North American Free Trade Agreement should not dissuade voters in southside and southwest Virginia.
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((I KNOW WE'VE LOST A LOT OF TEXTILE WORKERS SOUTH OF HERE WE'VE LOST ABOUT 23-HUNDRED JOBS IN VIRGINIA IN THE LAST MONTH ALONE. I KNOW THAT I CAN DO A BETTER JOB OF CREATING A FAIR PLAYING FIELD YOU GIVE THE AMERICAN WORKER A FAIR PLAYING FIELD TO FIGHT AND WE CAN COMPETE WITH ANYBODY. AND I INTEND TO FIGHT FOR THE AMERICAN WORKER.))
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Kerry left Roanoke this afternoon for Memphis , Keith and Shannon,
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Tomorrow he returns to the Old Dominion to take in the returns in northern Virgina.
North Carolina Senator John Edwards is also pushing across the South, hoping to earn home-turf support.
During a rally in Norfolk today, Edwards continued to drive home his campaign themes of eradicating poverty, improving health care, and healing racial tensions.
He's put heavy emphasis on winning the support of states in the South.
Ohio Representative Dennis Kucinich will hold a rally at Virginia Tech's Squires Student Center tonight at eight.
Icy conditions have led Craig County election officials to change the location of one voting precinct tomorrow.
It's the McGuire's Store precinct, and normally, voters would go to Kessinger's Garage to cast ballots. But tomorrow, they should go instead to the Sinking Creek Store, west of New Castle on route 42.
News 7 will bring you Virginia's primary returns as they come in tomorrow night.
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And for continuously-updated results, you can go to our web site at wdbj7-dot-com.
He survived a shooting that left his girlfriend dead.
Today, 22-year-old Mike Webb testified in the preliminary hearing of the man accused of committing the crime.
Susan Bahorich was there and has Webb's story.
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So, began Mike Webb's testimony against the man he says shot him nearly two months ago.
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Webb survived the attack, but his girlfriend, Neesha Edwards did not.
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Authorities arrested Carl Richardson hours after incident, and
on this morning he sat just feet away listening to testimony from that night.
Webb testified Richardson had been harrassing the woman.
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((WEBB, VICTIM: HE WAS KNOCKING ON THE DOOR, THEN HE LEFT, LOOKED OUT THE WINDOW. I SAW HIM WALKING AROUND THE BUILDING WITH ANOTHER GUY, I DIDN'T KNOW WHO HE WAS. AFTER HE LEFT, SHE CALLED THE POLICE.))
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After meeting with the police, Neesha Edwards filed a protective order. It's when they returned home - Webb says Richardson was waiting for them.
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((WEBB, SHOOTING VICTIM: HE CAME TO THE CAR, SO I GOT OUT OF THE CAR THINKING HE WANTED TO FIGHT. HE PULLED A GUN OUT, PUT IT TO MY NECK AND SHOT ME.))
Webb says he heard Neesa Edwards scream, then he blacked out.
The judge found testimony from Webb and another man strong enough to send the charges to a grand jury.
Susan Bahorich, News 7, Roanoke.))
A Campbell County man faces charges after his motorcycle ran off the road early this morning, killing his passenger.
22-year-old Christopher J. Martin of Lynchburg died and 44-year-old Kenneth Wayne Lacy was injured when Lacy's Kawasaki veered off Route 646 and hit a mailbox.
State police say alcohol was a factor in the crash.
Education and health care advocates take their case for higher taxes to Richmond, but is anyone listening to them?
We'll find out when News 7 returns.
We've heard from a vet under scrutiny by the state.
Coming up next find out what clients have to say about Doctor Richard Flint
Charges pending against a Franklin County Veterinarian have prompted public comment from his clients.
Dr. Richard Flint has his supporters and detractors.
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((Dr. Flint's been in practice 35 years.
Last week he appeared before a committee of the state Board of Veterinary Medicine.
The chairman's assessment of Flint's clinic was blunt:
((YOU MUST HAVE A FILTHY HOSPITAL))
Board members' comments were based on the observations of Inspector Keith Dressler.
He investigated the complaint of Jody Hammock. After finding her dog on the road struck by a car, she took Gracie to Dr. Flint in the Fall of 2002.
Dr. Flint was pre-occupied with a photo shoot and did not tend to Gracie for at least an hour and a half. The dog died in his care.
((BUT IF I HAD LEFT HER ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD THAT MORNING, SHE'D HAVE GOTTEN AS MUCH ATTENTION AND TREATMENT AS SHE WOULD HAVE TAKING HER THERE.))
Hammock is an employee of WDBJ. Her complaint prompted the investigation of Flint's practice, but she's not the only one who's had problems with Noah's Ark.
Dr. Flint treated Sweetie for a year. Her hyperthyroidism just got worse. Sweetie's owner, Paul Sink, says Flint was treating her for the opposite condition, hypothyroidism.
The Sinks say they told Flint Sweetie was allergic amoxicillin, and yet he gave her a shot of penicillin. She went into seizures.
Eventualy, the Sinks took Sweetie to another animal hospital.
((SHE WAS IN CRITICAL SHAPE. THEY SAID SHE WAS TOTALLY DEHYDRATED. HER TEMPERATURE WAS UP SO HIGH, THEY THOUGHT SHE WASN'T GOING TO MAKE IT.))
They just recently finished paying off the 23-hundred dollar repair bill.
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Carolyn Petersen can't say enough in support of Dr. Flint.
She has three dogs and says she's always comfortable at Noah's Ark.
((HE TOOK THE TIME TO EXPLAIN THINGS. HE SEEMED VERY COMPASSIONATE WITH THE ANIMALS. YOU ALMOST FELT WHEN YOU LEFT THERE THAT YOU HAD A KID IN THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE.))
She says the clinic is clean.
She was shocked when she heard Dr. Siemering say the clinic must be "filthy."
The board considered alot more than one complaint.
Among eight other pending allegations is that Flint let unlicensed assistants surgically declaw cats and dispense controlled substances, that he failed to post his current veterinary license, left the key in the lock on his drug cabinet, that he stored lab equipment and lab records in his surgery suite and that his equipment sterilizer lacks an internal sterilization monitor.))
The Board has reprimanded Dr. Flint three times since 1990. These allegations constitute the fourth set of charges against him.
Circuit City plans to close 19 stores nationwide by the end of this month, including one in Martinsville.
The Richmond-based chain blames falling sales.
The Martinsville store is the only Virginia outlet on Circuit City's closing list.
Stocks started the week lower.
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The DOW lost 14 points.
NASDAQ fell three.
The tax debate is getting louder in Richmond.
Today it was Governor Warner's supporters who made all the noise.
Richmond Bureau Chief Meghan Muldoon has more.
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Hundreds of education and health care advocates from southwest Virginia and across the state rallied around Governor Warner's and Senator John Chichester's plans to raise additional revenue.
((JEAN BANKOS/VEA PRESIDENT: WE EXPECT OUR LEGISLATORS TO DO MORE. THE TIME IS NOW TO STOP AND RAISE REVENUES NEEDED TO ENSURE A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR ALL OF VIRGINIA'S CHILDREN.))
Warner's plan calls for increases on the state sales and tobacco taxes and cuts on others.
The plan is expected to raise one billion dollars over two years -- money that former Senator Paul Trible says is needed to help the most vulnerable.
((PAUL TRIBLE/CHRISOPHER NEWPORT UNIVERSITY: THE PEOPLE WHO SUFFER THE MOST ARE OUR CHILDREN WHO ATTEND OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS, OUR YOUNG ADULTS STRIVING TO EARN A COLLEGE DEGREE, THE ELDERLY, THE POOR AND THE DISABLED WHO DEPEND UPON AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE.))
Sounding like a cheerleader at a football pep rally, Governor Warner assured the crowd of victory.
((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: THIS IS THE YEAR THIS IS THE TIME WE MAKE THE INVESTMENT IN VA'S FUTURE.))
The game resumes on Tuesday when the anti-tax crowd throws their own rally.
And the Senate Finance Commitee is scheduled to vote on the tax-raising plans that House Republicans defeated last week.
This one is likely to go into overtime.
Meghan Muldoon, News 7, Richmond.))
Franklin County students will have to spend some holidays in school.
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So far, students have missed eleven days of school because of snow.
Today the school board approved make up days on Presidents Day and Memorial Day, as well as March 26th, which was scheduled as a teacher's work day.
Officials say they're still deciding whether Spring Break will also be affected.
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports - Larry Fitzgerald officially turns pro - Joe Gibbs is after Mark Brunell,
and they were the star city's original Twins - Steve Mason gets us caught up with Ramon and Damon Williams tonight in sports.
We begin tonight with a college athlete who is leaving school early to make millions.
On the surface it would appear that Larry Fitzgerald is just like any other soon-to-be pro these days.
But actually he's different - he isn't ashamed to admit why he's leaving the University of Pittsburgh for the NFL.
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And he says he will eventually get that diploma.
The one thing the Redskins don't need is a receiver.
But the one things Joe Gibbs will not coach without is a proven veteran quarterback to back up Patrick Ramsey.
It appears the team has its sights set on Jacksonville free agent - Mark Brunell.
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The Atlantic Coast Conference picked up another victory in its court battle in that Big East lawsuit.
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This afternoon ACC Commissioner John Swofford found out that a Connecticut judge removed the ACC as a defendant in the suit concerning the departure of Miami and Boston College.
This is the second time that the ACC has been removed from the suit.
The case was dismissed last October, but re-filed again by the Connecticut attorney general.
The judge ruled today that the ACC didn't have sufficient ties to Connecticut to be sued in that state.
The Richmond men's basketball team is 13 and 9 under first year coach Jerry Wainwright. Ramon Williams is one of his assistants. Ramon's brother Damon is reffing and Steve Mason says they hope to meet one day again on the court.
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((They live in two different worlds. Ramon coaches the Spiders, Damon officiates high school ball in the valley.
But they talk everyday and nothing, not even changes their mutual respect.
If the former VMI stars past success is any indication, both should continue climbing their respective ladders. Years from now Damon wants to ref college games while his brother also has a specific goal.
and what if one day they end up coaching in and officiating in the same college game?))
((STEVE MASON:RAMON IS IN HIS SECOND YEAR AT RICHMOND WHILE DAMON IS IN HIS FIRST SEASON AS A REF. THEY WILL BE BACK IN THE SAME GYM FORM THEIR NINTH ANNUAL TWIN HOOPS CORD BASKETBALL CAMP IN JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST. STEVE MASON NEWS 7 SPORTS.))
A new device developed locally may make orthopedic surgery easier on both doctors and patients.
Carilion Biomedical Institute and Plastics One held a demonstration today to introduce the Magnetic Targeting Device.
Doctor Alfred Durham developed the product to eliminate x-ray exposure and guesswork during orthopedic surgery.
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Carilion says it hopes companies like Plastics One will be able to build the device in the Roanoke Valley.
It could be available everywhere as early as next year.