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Coming up on News 7-
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John Kerry sweeps tonight's southern primaries including Virginia.
Was the diet Doctor... overweight when he died? The latest debate on Dr Atkins.
A home for unwed teen moms may open in Lynchburg.
Plus 40 years of Swimsuit models come together for a big anniversary.
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News 7 at Eleven is next.

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((AMERICANS ARE VOTING FOR CHANGE. EAST, WEST NORTH AND NOW SOUTH.))
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John Kerry goes two for two, winning today's primaries in Virginia and Tennessee.
It appears to be the final blow to the campaign of Southern-bred rival Wesley Clark?
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[Primary]


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It's a one-two punch for Democratic frontrunner John Kerry.
Today he scored a Southern sweep that extends his dominance to every region of the country.
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[TAKE LEADER FULL]
These are the latest numbers.
John Kerry took more than half the vote... well ahead of his nearest rivals, North Carolina Senator John Edwards and Wesley Clark. [PAGE 2]
None of the other candidates could score in the double digits. Howard Dean, Al Sharpton and Dennis Kucinich all got less than ten percent.
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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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The Associated Press has learned that Wesley Clark will drop out of the race tomorrow. That word from a senior Clark advisor.
Dan Rather has more on today's vote and reaction from the candidates.
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((John Kerry wins .. the Dixie Double tonight .. taking the Democratic primaries in Virginia AND Tennessee1/8TAKE: VO KERRY CELEBRATION3/8 .. the man from New England telling me his latest victories show he CAN win in EVERY part of the country.
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TAKE OUTCUE: ..GO EVERYWHERE." TAKE: Virginia TAB board Kerry won BIG in Virginia .. he got more than half the vote .. beating his nearest rival .. Senator John Edwards of North Carolina .. nearly two-to-one on Edwards own southern turf. TAKE: TENNESSEE TAB board Kerry also won handily in TENNESSEE .. where Edwards again finished second. Edwards .. campaigning for next week's Wisconsin primary .. told supporters this race is not over.
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Another southerner, retired General Wes Clark of Arkansas, finished third in both Virginia and Tennessee .. taking it all .. philosophically.\
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TAKE OUTCUE: ...FOR AMERICA'S FUTURE." Clark barely hanging in. Same for Howard Dean. Edwards struggling. John Kerry appears all 1/8TAKE: MAP3/8but unstoppable .. he has now won TWELVE of the 14 Democratic contests of Campaign '04. TAKE: Delegate board And here's the delegate count -- Kerry has well over 500 delegates -- almost a quarter of the way to the magic number for the Democratic nomination. TAKE: OC Dan Rather, CBS News, New York.))
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[Area-Vote]


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Voters across central and southwest Virginia generally voted in line with the rest of the state, choosing Kerry by comfortable margins. But six area counties went for John Edwards. He got more than half the vote in Carroll, Patrick and Wythe Counties, and also won in Bland, Grayson and Pulaski Counties.

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Today's primary not only brought out voters, but also a chance for Roanoke County to debut some new equipment.
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The direct record touch screen system is replacing the old lever system. Today voters had their first look at the new system. Voting officials say even though some voters were initially scared of the machines, they found the system easy to use.

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((MARY COX/VOTER: I THOUGHT OF OLDER PEOPLE, OLDER THAN I AM- WILL THEY KNOW HOW TO DO IT? BUT IT IS VERY SIMPLE. DON'T WORRY. NO ONE HAS TO HAVE ANY FEAR.))
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Roanoke County introduced the system to its voters today. Roanoke City hopes to have it in polling places in time for the May election.
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[Safety-Survey]


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Last night we brought you the results, tonight we bring you reaction. The much anticipated teacher survey about school violence in Roanoke was a hot topic at tonight's school board meeting. [SAFETY SURVEY IN MONITOR]
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Justin McLeod was there and joins us now from the newsroom. So Justin what are people saying about the survey?
Jean, many say they are not surprised by the results.
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But each side is spinning it differently.
The school adminstration says the survey proves Roanoke schools are safe.
Critics however believe when it comes to safety a lot of work still needs to be done.
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((((NAT SOUND OF CLAPPING))
It is an issue that continues to generate a lot of response.
One parent got up to tell the school board of a recent example of violence in Roanoke City schools.
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Although this incident is unfortunate, the school system continues to say the schools are safe overall.
Adminstrators point to a recent teacher survey.
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That is partly true.
The survey conducted by the Roanoke Education Association shows for example 71 percent of teachers feel safe in their schools.
But some say the numbers only tell part of the story.
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Especially at the high school level.
The survey found 83 percent of teachers believe the number of discpline problems have been increasing over the last three years.
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((ALICE HINCKER/RSVP COALITION: THERE'S ONE ITEM WHERE....SO THAT'S LIKE 80-PERCENT.))
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One school board member admits there is even more concern at the high school level.
The survey found only 30-percent of teachers feel there is effective communication between the faculty and the administration.
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Some pointed that although a majority of teachers feel safe, students may feel differently.
That is partly why a safety task force set up by the city will soon ask students about school violence.
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Jean, a survey will be conducted in the next few weeks.

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The school board also took up the final design plans for Patrick Henry High School and many are not happy about its price tag.
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The original cost for the new school came in at 38-million dollars.
The architect informed the board tonight the projected cost is now nearly 47 million dollars.
Many board members say they are disappointed by that news but would like construction to begin this summer as scheduled.
The board will approve the final plans and the budget for construction at an upcoming meeting.
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[Vans]


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A Roanoke father trying to take 15-passenger vans off the roads was handed a defeat today by the House Transportation Committee.
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The Committee failed to advance a bill that would phase out the vehicles.
Joey Erndt's daughter, 14-year-old Jessica Lewis, was killed while riding in a 15-passenger van.
Erndt says the vans are unsafe and he is confident that eventually his efforts will be successful.
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((JOEY ERNDT/LOST DAUGHTER IN 15-PASSENGER VAN ACCIDENT: TRAGICALLY IN THE LAST TWO YEARS THERE HAVE BEEN DOZENS OF ACCIDENTS AND DOZENS OF FATALITIES SINCE THEN PEOPLE HAVE BECOME MORE AWARE BY SEEING US AND SEEING WHAT THESE VEHICLES HAVE DONE IT'S CHANGED THE MINDS OF A LOT OF PEOPLE.))
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Some states have already banned the vehicles which are known to have high rollover rates.
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A former area police chief is off the legal hook, but he may not get his job back.
We'll have the latest when News 7 returns.
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And see how one woman plans to turn this local house into a home for unwed mothers.
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(( Hey folks - Mike Stevens back in the News 7 Sports Office as Speedweeks rumbles on at the Beach. Travis Wells checks in from Daytona, plus Glenvar gets a share of the 3 Rivers crown. The Pack gets another win at Home. And the 40th anniversary of the Sports Illustrated swim issue is out - tonight on the Big 7.))
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Right now, some unwed teen mothers in Lynchburg have nowhere to go before and after their baby is born.
That's about to change.
Steve Smallshaw tells us how one woman plans to help turn these lives around, one person at a time.
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(( This time it was the right idea AND the right location.
Tracci Diggs' dream of providing a safe haven for teenage mothers took a detour last fall when city council refused to let her set up shop in this home on Arkansas Avenue.
But Diggs was back Tuesday night with a new property, 1620 Grace Street.
It's here where she hopes to give these young girls a fresh start.
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((TRACCI DIGGS/GROUP HOME OWNER: FOR MOST TEENAGERS LIVING IN THOSE KINDS OF SITUATIONS, LIVING ON THE STREET OR LIVING IN BAD SITUATIONS, IT'S LIKE 'OH WELL, THIS IS PAR FOR THE COURSE, THIS IS THE WAY THINGS HAPPEN, THIS IS THE WAY MY LIFE IS SUPPOSED TO BE'. AND I THINK IT'S MINE AND MR. PARHAM'S JOB AND OBJECTIVE TO ENLIGHTEN THEM.))
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Diggs and her partner, Greg Parham, want to start a home for up to four teenagers and their children.
The girls can recover from their pregnancies, learn parenting and job skills and continue their education.
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((GREG PARHAM/GROUP HOME OWNER: I THINK WHEN YOU CARE ABOUT PEOPLE, THAT'S THE FIRST START TO THEM CARING ABOUT THEMSELVES AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR LIVES AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT BABIES NOW, SO CONTRIBUTORS TO SOCIETY, THAT'S WHAT WE WANT TO DEVELOP.))
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[Standup] ((At first some neighbors didn't want the group home to locate here on Grace Street, an area where in the past two years, police have responded to more than 300 calls for criminal activity. But Diggs says the property will be fenced-in, well-lit and well-supervised.. and her proposal was met with unanimous support.))
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Diggs and Parham hope to be open for business in three to four months.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg. ))

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Roanoke City Council and the County Supervisors have endorsed a six year plan to equalize water and sewer rates in the two localities.
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The Western Virginia Water Authority will set the new rates before July first.
But under the plan outlined today, a city customer using five thousand gallons will pay a dollar 49 cents more per month next year... while a county resident will pay 48 cents less.
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((DARLENE BURCHAM: I THINK THERE WERE OBVIOUSLY ISSUES ON BOTH SIDES AND THE COMPROMISE IS REALLY WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT.)) ((ELMER HODGE: SIX YEARS IS A GOOD TRANSITION FOR THE AUTHORITY AND IT EASES THE CHANGES FOR THE CITIZENS AS WELL.))
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By the time rates are equalized in 2010, an average customer will be paying 36- dollars a month for water and sewer service.
That's about nine dollars more than city customers are paying now, and two dollars 85-cents less than current county charges.
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It is still unclear what caused an Iranian plane to crash today on approach to the United Arab Emirates.
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43 people were killed -- three survivors were taken to the hospital. The plane crashed as it approached the airport. Aviation authorities say the pilots did not send an emergency signal before the crash, which could indicate a technical malfunction. Investigators have found the flight data and cockpit voice recorders.
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There are conflicting numbers of people killed in a suicide bombing today in Iraq.
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Iraqi police say 50 people were killed when a pick up truck packed with 500 pounds of explosives blew up outside a police station south of Baghdad. The U-S military says 35 were killed, but the number could go up. Police had to fire guns in the air to prevent some Iraqis from storming the wrecked building on rumors that the blast was caused by an American rocket.
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The charges against former Radford Police Chief Wesley Terry were dropped today. He'd been indicted for stealing and malfeasance in office, but a deal was struck today where he signed an agreement not to sue the city for firing him.
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Special Prosecutor Fred King says he started by trying to negotiate Terry's resignation, but the city fired the chief before the deal was struck.
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((FRED KING/SPECIAL PROSECUTOR; IF WE COULD HAVE SECURED HIS VOLUNTARY RETIREMENT OR RESIGNATION, WE WOULD HAVE, WE OFFERED TO DROP THE CHARGES AT ONE TIME. ONCE HE WAS TERMINATED WE SOUGHT TO PROTECT THE CITY FROM POTENTIAL CIVIL LITIGATION GROWING OUT OF THIS TERMINATION.))
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Two other officers who'd been implicated along with the chief had their charges dropped or dismissed today.[Tease2]
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Our break from winter could soon be over.
When News 7 returns, Robin has more on possible winter weather.
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And millions of Americans swear by his diet, but now there are questions abou Doctor Robert Atkins own weight.
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[Atkins]


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He is the known for his Atkins diet, but now medical records show Robert Atkins was overweight at the time of his death.
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A group of doctors long opposed to Dr. Atkins low carb, high protein diet has made his medical records public.
The records show Dr. Atkins weighed 258 pounds at his death-
He also had a history of heart disease, congestive heart failure and high blood pressure.
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((JOHN MCDOUGALL/PHYSICIANS COMMITTEE FOR RESPONSIBLE MEDICINE: NO DISRESPECT FOR HIM OR HIS FAMILY IS THAT WE NEED TO TELL THE PUBLIC THIS IS NOT A SAFE WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT.))
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But Atkins family is outraged- Even some doctors say his records are being misinterpreted.
It's well known that Dr. Atkins suffered from cardiomyopathy, a weakening of the heart muscle sometimes caused by a virus, NOT by clogged arteries linked to a high fat diet.
His widow today released a statement saying though his condition significantly weakened his heart, its cause was clearly related to an infection, not his diet.
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[Wiley]


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Maestro David Wiley has re-enlisted with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra.
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The 37-year old conductor has led the Roanoke Symphony since 1996. The R-S-O announced today that Wiley signed a 3-year contract extension. He continues to conduct the Long Island Philharmonic at the same time.
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Travis Wells checks in from Daytona - plus Glenvar clinches a tie for the title, and The Pack keeps rolling. But first tonight's Extra Point -
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Janet Jackson looks tame compared to the cover model for this year's Sports Illustrated swim suit issue - Veronica Varekova. This 40 anniversary issue features a hall of fame - including Cheryl Tiegs and Christy Brinkley and a number of athletes including Anna Kournikova.
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The Nextel Cup series' first race of 2004 is shaping up to have a rather distinctive Ford flavor to it. Travis Wells checks in from the track tonight with some guys who, so far, have managed to "Dodge" the "Chevys."
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Nextel is making sure than fans know who the new sheriff in town is this season.
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The "Signs of the Times" are everywhere as fans enter the World Center of Racing. One of the key members of the Nextel effort in account executive Chad Willis - a Salem native who graduated from Glenvar and Virginia Tech.
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We mentioned that Willis is a graduate of Glenvar -

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And speaking in Glenvar - the Highlanders' girls basketball team clinched at least a tie for the Three Rivers regular season title with a win over Floyd tonight.
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A big crowd turned out in Highlanders Heaven for this traditional rivalry. The Buffaloes would make themselves right at home as Stephanie Link drives in from the three point arc and scores in tight for Floyd. Allyson Fasnacht - who led Glenvar with 24 points - also had a bunch of assists tonight as she finds a wide open Desiree Miller in the paint for a simple two. The Highlanders do it again with K.T. Klick going behind her back and in for the bucket in the second half. Floyd would try to stay within striking distance as Victoria
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Womack gets the offensive rebound and the putback. But Glenvar beat the Buffs 51-to-36 as Fasnacht and Miller prove to be too much.
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Earlier tonight here on Your Hometown Station Georgia Tech beat North Carolina, and even earlier in
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Raleigh at the RBC Center - the 21st ranked N.C. State Wolfpack celebrated their first appearance in the Top 25 this new year with a 75 to 59 win over Florida State. ACC player of the week - Julius Hodge knocks in this three
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pointer late and the Pack gets the 75 to 59 and stays solidly in control of second place in the league. N.C. State is off to an 8-2 start in the ACC for the first time in 15 seasons.
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The 21st ranked Virginia Tech women were knocked off tonight in Morgantown by the West Virginia. Carrie Mason scored 17 for Tech, while Ieva Kublina dropped in 16.
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But WVU would not be denied tonight. With six minutes left Tech led the game by 11 points - but the Mountaineers went on a 19 to 5 run to close out the game and win it 69-to-66.

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Rocky Mount's already fixed up downtown, now it's branching out.
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Town officials say they want to make the same type of improvements to uptown Rocky Mount, as they did a few years ago downtown. Some of the improvements include removing overhead power lines, and adding new benches, crosswalks and lamp posts. Mayor Mark Newbill says most of the funding for the project will come from a one-million dollar federal grant. Work could begin as early as next Spring.
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