[Primary-Day]

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Virginia voters head to the polls today, along with those in Tennessee.
Both states are holding primaries to choose a Democratic challenger to face President Bush in November.
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Wesley Clark has spent days criss-crossing the Volunteer States looking for a strong finish.
Meanwhile, both Clark and Senator John Edwards' campaigns are downplaying their expectations while trying to stick to their message.
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[IN Q=People want real change]

((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/D- PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: PEOPLE WANT REAL CHANGE IN THIS COUNTRY AND THEY KNOW THAT I WILL BRING THEM THAT CHANGE. ))
[SUPER=01-Sen. John Edwards/(D) Presidential Candidate;]
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[OUT Q=them that change.]
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But surveys of likely voters give frontrunner Senator John Kerry wins in both Tennessee and Virginia.
While he's campaigning to win these states, it's a future opponent that Kerry seems most focused on.
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[IN Q=We are going to ]

((SEN. JOHN KERRY/D- PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE:WE ARE GOING TO REJECT THE CYNICISM AND RADICAL DIRECTION THIS ADMINISTRATION IS TAKING US. ))
[SUPER=01-Sen. John Kerry/(D) Presidential Candidate;]
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[OUT Q=administration is taking us.]
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After today's spotlight on the South, the primary race heads to Wisconsin.
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[Vote-Primary]


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Today's primary is open to any registered voter. Because Virginia does not require voter registration by party, anyone -- Democrats, Republicans and independents -- can vote in the primary.

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Voters in Craig County will want to take note of one change.
Election officials have changed the location of the McGuire's Store precinct because of icy conditions. Normally, voters would go to Kessinger's Garage to cast ballots. But today, they should go instead to the Sinking Creek Store, west of New Castle on route 42.

[Returns]


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News 7 will bring you primary returns as they come in tonight.
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[Take WDBJ Web FS] And for continuously-updated results, you can go to our web site at wdbj7-dot-com.
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[11Teacher-Survey]


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In other news, the results of much anticpated survey about school safety in Roanoke is out.
The Roanoke Education Association sent out 2-thousand survey's to teachers, 45-percent responded.
As Justin McLeod discovered, bullying and skipping class are the biggest safety issues.
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((((NAT SOUND OF TEACHER TALKING AT 4:36:34))
We start at the elementary level.
According to the survey, the most frequently occurring safety issue is bullying, intimidation, or harassment.
Nearly 25-percent say it happens on a daily basis.
67 percent say discipline problems have been increasing over the past three years.
However, a majority say they feel safe in their school.
One respondent wrote "we do not have any safety issues. We feel very safe." ((NAT SOUND OF TEACHER TALKING AT 4:49:56))
Then there's the middle school level.
Again, bullying, intimidation, and harassment top the list as the major safety issue.
54 percent say it happens on a daily basis.
Teachers say the other problems are skipping class and student suspensions.
One respondent wrote "too many students think that they are in charge and run the show."
However, 71-percent say they feel safe in their school. ((NAT SOUND OF HIGH SCHOOL VIDEO))
Finally, there's the high school level.
Here skipping class is the major safety issue coming in at 83-percent.
It is followed by inappropriate dress, then bullying, intimidation, and harassment.
83 percent say discipline problems have been increasing over the past three years.
But only 30 percent believe communication is effective between teachers and administration in regards to safety issues.
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[IN Q=We should mention]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: WE SHOULD MENTION SERIOUS PROBLEMS LIKE DRUGS, GANG ACTIVITY, AND ILLEGAL WEAPONS ARE BASICALLY NON EXISTENT IN THE ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS BUT A SLIGHT PROBLEM AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL. AS FOR SOLUTIONS, THE SURVEY INDICATES BETTER PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT AND MORE ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION WOULD RESOLVE SAFETY ISSUES. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))



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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. Yesterday, 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.
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[11-I-81]


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It doesn't yet mean we'll be paying to drive, but the House of Delegates approved a measure yesterday that would allow tolls to be imposed on all vehicles on Interstate 81.
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Currently, I-81 is the only interstate in Virginia where tolls on passenger cars, pickup trucks and motorcycles are not allowed.
That means only big trucks can pay tolls.
The bill's sponsor says that restriction may hurt the state's ability to secure federal funding to pay for improvements to the highway.
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[IN Q=I HOPE FOLKS WILL REMOVE THIS PROHIBITION]

((DELEGATE LEO WARDRUP/R-VA. BEACH: I HOPE FOLKS WILL REMOVE THIS PROHIBITION AND PROVIDE THE STATE, VDOT WITH THE FLEXIBILITY IN ORDER TO ENTER HONEST NEGOTIATIONS FOR THE SAFETY TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENTS THAT NEED TO BE MADE ON INTERSTATE 81.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Leo Wardrup/(R) Virginia Beach]
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[OUT Q=THAT NEED TO BE MADE ON INTERSTATE 81.]
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The House of Delegates also approved a bill yesterday that eliminates the state inheritance tax on family businesses.
The same measure passed the General Assembly last year but was vetoed by Governor Warner.
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[VA-Primary]


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Voters in Roanoke County can expect something new when they head to the polls today.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Kim /Steve Microwave;]

Steve Pardon is live at the Hollins firestation this morning with a preview...Steve?
[LIVE=Steve /FULL]
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[SUPER=05-Roanoke Co.]



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[Marketwatch]


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In business news, the overall economy and job outlook is optimistic. But the news is not so good for Circuit City in Martinsville. It's one of 19 stores nationwide that will close at the end of the month.
Alexis Christoforous has those stories and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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(( > THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS THE ECONOMY COULD CREATE OVER TWO AND A HALF MILLION > JOBS THIS YEAR. AFTER YEARS OF SLUGGISH GROWTH, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE > COUNCIL OF ECONOMIC ADVISORS SAYS THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY HAS FINALLY TAKEN > AND THAT WE SHOULD SEE A VERY ROBUST JOB MARKET THIS YEAR. One reason for > the optimistic job growth forecast is a prediction for a decline in worker > productivity. > > KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE OIL PATCH.... OPEC MINISTERS ARE MEETING IN ALGERIA > TODAY TO DISCUSS OIL PRODUCTION OUTPUT. OIL FUTURES EDGED HIGHER AHEAD OF > TODAY'S MEETING.. MOST ANALYSTS EXPECT OPEC TO LEAVE THE OIL OUTPUT > UNCHANGED. > > ALSO ON THE STOCKS TO WATCH LIST: SUN MICROSYSTEMS IS EXPECTED TO UNVEIL > TWO NEW COMPUTERS TODAY. > > Consumer-electronics chain Circuit City says it will close 19 stores by > the end of the month > as it struggles with falling sales. > The cost of the closings will lower THE COMPANY'S QUARTERLY EARNINGS > BY 35 million dollars. > Despite the closings, Circuit City says it still plans to open > up to 70 stores in the coming fiscal year. > > ON WALL STREET... STOCKS STARTED THE NEW WEEK IN RETREAT... > > DOW FELL BACK 14 POINTS > > WHILE NASDAQ SLIPPED 3 > > ON THE EARNINGS CALENDAR TODAY HOTEL COMPANY MARRIOTT AND JOBSEARCH > WEBSITE MONSTER.COM.. LATER IN THE WEEK WE'LL GET PROFIT REPORT CARDS FROM > COCA COLA, DISNEY AND DELL. > > > TRACK ALL THE MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM IN NEW YORK I'M ALEXIS > CHRISTOFOROUS.)) > >


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[11Kucinich]


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Many candidates spent the yesterday doing some last minute campaigning in the area.
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Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich held an event last night on the Virginia Tech campus.
Several hundred people heard the democrat discuss several main themes including ending the U.S. occupation of Iraq, universal health care, and withdrawl from NAFTA.
Kucinich has been barely registering in the polls in Virginia, but he did place second in this weekend's Maine caucus and third in Washington.
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[11Kerry]


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Democratic frontrunner John Kerry took aim at President Bush during some last minute campaigning in the Roanoke Valley.
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Standing with firefighters and other supporters outside Roanoke's Fire Station One yesterday, Kerry spoke to an enthusiastic crowd of about 500.
He never mentioned any of his Democratic rivals, instead questioning the President's record on the economy, health care, Iraq, and homeland security.
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((SEN. JOHN KERRY: WE SHOULD NOT BE OPENING FIRE HOUSES IN BAGHDAD AND SHUTTING THEM IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.))

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[OUT Q=in the united states of America.]
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Kerry is hoping for his first victories in the south in Virginia and Tennessee.
A poll released yesterday suggests that Kerry has expanded his lead after victories over the weekend in Michigan, Washington State and Maine.
[SUPER=03-Fairfax]


Meanwhile, North Carolina Senator John John Edwards continued his push for Southern support with an appearance in Fairfax last night.
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[Cooper]


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Just hours before he was supposed to die, convicted killer Kevin Cooper is granted a stay of execution in California.
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Outside the state penitentiary, Cooper's supporters celebrated in what was to be the 11th hour of his life.
Cooper was to be executed just after midnight, but the U-S Supreme Court agreed with an appeals court to stay his execution and take another look at evidence.
Cooper is convicted of killing four people 20 years ago, including two children.
The last- minute change of plans is upsetting the victims' family and friends.
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((MARY ANN HUGHES/VICTIM'S MOTHERAM SURPRISED HOW SO MANY UNINFORMED PEOPLE CAN BACK A BRUTAL MURDERER. THERE IS NO NEW EVIDENCE EVERYTHING THAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT WAS THERE 20 YEARS AGO.))
[SUPER=01-Mary Ann Hughes/Victim's Mother;]
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[OUT Q=20 years ago.]
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Detectives say his blood and shoeprints were at the crime scene, but Cooper says the shoes could have come from anywhere and that the blood was planted.
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[Stewart]


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Martha Stewart's secretary will testify again today after breaking down on the witness stand.
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[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]


Ann Armstrong began crying yesterday as she described a phone conversation with Stewart on the day the homemaking mogul sold her Imclone stocks.
Stewart is accused of lying to the government about her sale of those shares.
Also yesterday, Stewart's attorney cross- examined the government's key witness, Douglas Fanueuil.
The former assistant to Stewart's broker testified he gave her inside stock information over the telephone.
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[11Flint]


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Clients and friends of Dr. Richard Flint have come to the defense of the Franklin County veterinarian.
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Some took offense when another veterinarian, a member of the state board, said Flint's clinic must be "filthy."
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[IN Q=I've been in]

((CAROLYN PETERSEN/PET OWNER; I'VE BEEN IN THERE MANY TIMES UNEXPECTED. I'VE ALWAYS SEEN IT TO BE CLEAN, NEVER SMELLED ANY ODORS.)) ((BUT SHE'S WORTH IT TO ME. SHE'S JUST LIKE A LITTLE BABY.))
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[OUT Q=a little baby.]
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[V/O-NAT ] Reba and Paul Sink have a different story to tell. Their Persian cat wasted away to just three pounds under Dr. Flint's care. They told Keith Humphry that Flint had misdiagnosed "Sweetie's" problem.
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[IN Q=Could it be]

((Could it be this was an isolated, one-time, or at least a rare mistake that he made with Sweetie? REBA SINK/PET OWNER: EVERYBODY CAN MAKE A MISTAKE. NOBODY IS PERFECT. And that could be what happened here? PAUL SINK/PET OWNER: ALL WE'RE SAYING IS WE TOOK HER UP THERE FOR ALMOST A YEAR, AND SHE NEVER GOT ANY BETTER.))
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[OUT Q=got any better.]
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[V/O-NAT ] They took Sweetie to another animal Hospital where, they say, she was near death. They say it cost 23-hundred dollars to make it right.
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[ANCHOR=Kim]
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The complaint against Flint was initiated by a W-D-B-J employee. That prompted an investigation which brought out eight other allegations, charges that are pending before the Board of Veterinary Medicine.

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[COMM][6-Bone-Surgery]


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A new device developed locally may make orthopedic surgery easier on both doctors and patients.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

Carilion Biomedical Institute and Plastics One held a demonstration yesterday 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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((DR. ALFRED DURHAM/INVENTOR: WELL BASICALLY IT'S A 3-DIMENSIONAL STUDFINDER. IT'S A LITTLE MORE THAN THAT BECAUSE IN ADDITION TO CONTROLLING X Y AND Z, YOU ALSO HAVE TO CONTROL ROTATION AND SO YOU HAVE TO KNOW EXACTLY WHERE YOU ARE IN THREE PLANES.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Alfred Durham/Inventor;]
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[OUT Q=in three planes.]
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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.
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[COMM][11Richardson]


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Welcome back to News 7 Mornin'. Charges against a man accused of killing one person and shooting another will go to the grand jury.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

Yesterday, a judge heard preliminary evidence against Carl Richardson, also known as Khalif (Ka-leaf) Abdul-Mateen (Ma-teen). Richardson is charged with shooting two people last year. The December 18th incident left Neesha Edwards dead and Mike Webb fighting for his life. Webb testified about what happened that night.
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[IN Q=So I got...]

((MIKE WEBB, SHOOTING VICTIM: 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.))
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[OUT Q=.. and shot me.]
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Richardson faces a number of charges including everything from murder and malicious wounding to firearms charges. The charges are scheduled to go in front of a grand jury on March first.
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[11Walker]


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An Alleghany County magistrate is on the other side of the law. 26-year-old Jeremiah Walker was arrested on several charges this weekend in Roanoke and Botetourt County including abduction. According to reports, Walker pulled a gun on a 22-year-old woman and forced her to drive to her apartment, where a struggle ensued and shots were fired. A short time later he was arrested by Botetourt County Sheriff's deputies for being drunk in public.

[11Henry-Fatal]


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A Martinsville woman is dead after a single vehicle accident in Henry County.
It happened on Highway 57 just east of Route 701 just after three o-clock yesterday afternoon.
State Police say 66-year old Patsy Hurrell was driving on a curve when her car hit the left guardrail and then a tree head on.
She died at the hospital.

[Biz-Brief]


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In business news, Stocks closed lower yesterday. And Circuit City is closing 19 stores, including the one in Martinsville. Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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