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Today on News 7, another Democratic presidential candidate has dropped out of the race.
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Plus at least one person says Mark Warner is on a short list of vice presidential candidates.
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A good warm up today and that trend continues tomorrow. Forecast details coming up.

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A former minister from Giles County stands trial for allegedly molesting children.
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A new study looks at the dangers older Americans face behind the wheels of their cars.
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Plus President Bush weighs in on the same sex marriages being conducted in San Francisco. News 7 at 5 is next.
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((I AM NO LONGER ACTIVELY PURSUING THE PRESIDENCY.))
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Howard Dean ends his rollercoaster bid for the presidency.. but vows to fight on for the Democrats.
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((THE BOTTOM LINE THAT WE MUST BEAT GEORGE BUSH IN NOVEMBER WHATEVER IT TAKES.))
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Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
Howard Dean's out and there's talk of Virginia's governor as a potential vice presidential running mate for John Kerry.
This as the race toward November marches on. Sharyn Alfonsi is live in Burlington, Vermont where Dean made the announcement today.
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((A QUIETER GENTLER HOWARD DEAN IS STEPPING DOWN........BUT NOT OUT OF DEMOCRATIC POLITICS... HOWARD DEAN/FORMER DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT. "I am no longer activley persuing the presidency" THE DAYS OF RAUCOUS SCENES ... AND BLUNDERS ...
ARE APPARENTLY OVER.
AFTER ANOTHER BIG LOSS IN WISCONSIN TUESDAY NIGHT...THE FORMER VERMONT GOVERNOR SAYS HE WON'T BE A CONTENDER...BUT HE WILL BE A PLAYER.
KEEPING HIS ISSUES ALIVE...AND HIS SUPPORTERS ORGANIZED ON BEHALF OF DEMOCRATIC CAUSES.

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We are leaving one tract behind and going on another ract that will take back America for ordinary people. SHARYN ALFONSI/CBS NEWS: DEAN'S DEPARTURE MAKES IT A 2-MAN MATCHUP BETWEEN JOHN EDWARDS AND JOHN KERRY -- AND DEAN HAS MADE IT KNOWN, HE PREFERS EDWARDS.
EDWARDS SUPRISED EVERYONE WITH A CLOSE SECOND PLACE IN WISCONSIN TUESDAY. JOHN EDWARDS 'objects in your mirror may be closer than they appear." AND DEAN SUPPORTERS COULD STEER 'MORE' VOTES TO EDWARDS. THE FORMER FRONT-RUNNER SHATTERED FUND-RAISING RECORDS LAST YEAR, LAUNCHING AN INTERNET PHENOMENON, AND ATTRACTING THOUSANDS OF SUPPORTERS. AIDES TO JOHN KERRY SAY HE MAY SOON BE REACHING OUT TO DEAN FOR HELP. THOUGH THE FRONT-RUNNER HAS WON 15 OF 17 RACES.... WHAT'S LEFT OF DEAN'S CAMPAIGN .... COULD GIVE KERRY THE KEY TO LOCK UP THE NOMINATION. SHARYN ALFONSI, CBS NEWS, BURLINGTON, VERMONT. ))

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If Senator Kerry ends up winning the democratic nomination, he'll need a running mate.
Could it be a Kerry-Warner ticket?
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University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato says Virginia's governor is on Kerry's list of potential running mates.
But he says there are several reasons why Mark Warner is not the best choice.
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((LARRY SABATO/POLITICAL ANALYST: HE'S FROM VIRGINIA AND PROBABLY CANNOT CARRY VIRGINIA FOR THE DEMOCRATIC TICKET. NOBODY COULD. SECOND HE WAS FROM CONNECTICUT HE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN CONNECTICUT. THAT WOULD BE TWO NORTHEASTERNERS ON THE TICKET, EVEN THOUGH HIS CURRENT STATE IS VIRGINIA. AND THIRD AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, KERRY AND WARNER ARE WORTH SEVERAL HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS A PIECE. IT WOULD BE VERY HARD TO RUN A POPULIST CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE BUSH-CHENEY TICKET WITH THAT MUCH MONEY IN THE TICKETS POCKETS.))
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And Warner says his hands are full right now, trying to deal with Virginia's budget problems.
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A Kerry-Warner ticket would be good news for Lieutenant Governor Tim Kaine... he is next in line to succeed as governor.
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President Bush today is speaking out against gay marriage-
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specifically the wave of same sex marriages that have taken place in San Francisco in the past week- and a court ruling in Massachusetts that says the state must allow gays to wed.
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President Bush says he strongly believes that marriage should be defined as between a man and woman.
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((I HAVE WATCHED CAREFULLY IN SAN FRANCISCO WHERE LICENSES WERE ISSUED EVEN THOUGH THE LAW STATES OTHERWISE. I HAVE CONSISTENTLY STATED THAT I'LL SUPPORT LAW TO PROTECT MARRIAGE BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN.))
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The president, however, did not specifically say he would support a constitutional amendment outlawing marriages between two people of the same sex.
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The trial is underway for a former Giles County pastor accused of molesting several children in his church.
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53 year old Roger Holcomb plead not guilty this morning to 7-counts of aggravated sexual battery and 4-counts of indecent liberties with a minor.
He's accused of molesting five children, ranging in age from seven to 13 while a pastor at Pembroke Church of God.


14 jurors were selected this morning.
The trial is expected to last several days.
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A former columnist for the News-Gazette in Lexington has pleaded guilty to sex charges in Rockbridge County. As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors today, Jerry Harris pled guilty to one charge of taking indecent liberties with a minor, sexual battery, and forcible sodomy, all felonies. Harris also pled guilty to one misdemeanor count of possession of child pornography. He faces up to life plus 26 years in prison when he is sentenced in April.

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A new study says older drivers are facing some real challenges on American highways.
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But first, there is trouble on the rails- two hundred people are believed dead after a runaway train explodes in Iran.
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A train accident in Iran killed more than 200 people today.
The runaway train was hauling fuel and industrial chemicals when it exploded.
Charlie D'Agata reports.
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((THE TRAIN WAS PACKED WITH ALL THE INGREDIENTS AN AMATEUR BOMB MAKER COULD ASK FOR. ...FUEL OIL, FERTILIZER, SULPHER AND OTHER INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS.
THE FREIGHT TRAIN HAD BEEN WAITING IN THE STATION...THEN WITHOUT WARNING, ROLLED OUT AND PICKED UP SPEED, HURDLING DOWN THE TRACKS BEFORE DERAILING, SMASHING INTO A TRAIN STATION, THEN BURSTING INTO FLAMES.
IRANIAN OFFICIALS AREN'T SURE WHAT SET THE FIFTY CARS IN MOTION....FOR NOW, IT'S BLAMED ON EARTH TREMORS.
FIREFIGHTERS WHO RUSHED TO THE SCENE WERE SOON ENGULFED IN A SERIES OF FIREBALLS FROM A STRING OF EXPLOSIONS THAT COULD BE FELT FIFTY MILES AWAY.
BLASTS LEVELLED FIVE VILLAGES.
THE DEATH TOLL SO FAR IS 200, INCLUDING THE LOCAL GOVERNOR, THE MAYOR, THE FIRE CHIEF, AND AT LEAST ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY FIRE AND RESCUE WORKERS . .SOME 400 MORE PEOPLE WERE INJURED.
A FULL INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY .. ALTHOUGH THE REGION IS PRONE TO EARTHQUAKES...U.S SCIENTISTS SAY THEY DIDN'T RECORD ANY QUAKE ACTIVITY IN THE REGION AT THE TIME OF THE DISASTER. CHARLIE D'AGATA, CBS NEWS, LONDON.))

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A Lynchburg man made it official today by announcing he'll seek the Ward One seat on city council.
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Michael Gillette runs a medical ethics consulting business that serves healthcare facilities around the country.
He's considered running for city council before, but decided to jump into this year's race because he feels the city needs some new direction.
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Adams is the Ward One incumbent who says he'll seek re-election.
Marie Martin also is considering running for the seat.
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A new study has some revealing statistics for older drivers.
It looks at some of the potential dangers facing senior citizens as they take to the roads.
Teri Okita has more.
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((69-YEAR OLD LES HAMILTON, AND HIS 74-YEAR-OLD WIFE, EVELYN, HAVE BOTH BEEN DRIVING FOR MORE THAN HALF-A-CENTURY AND BOY, HAVE TIMES CHANGED.

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It's changed dramatically, and I think there's been a deterioration of driving habits in recent years. (:04)
TRACK: MORE CARS. MORE AGGRESSIVE DRIVERS. CELL PHONES TOUGH CONDITIONS FOR ANY DRIVER, BUT ESPECIALLY FOR SENIORS.

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Drivers 65 and older are almost twice as likely to die in a crash as their middle-aged counterparts increases for 75+ and 85+.
TRACK: A NEW STUDY BY THE TEXAS TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE BACKED BY TRIPLE-A SAYS OLDER DRIVERS ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE INJURED OR KILLED, NOT BECAUSE OF THE SEVERITY OF THE ACCIDENT, BUT BECAUSE OF THE DRIVER'S FRAILTY.
AND THEY FOUND THAT SENIORS GET INTO MORE ACCIDENTS, DUE TO DECREASED PERCEPTION AND MOTOR SKILLS.
TRACK: TRIPLE-A RECOMMENDS THEY TAKE DRIVER "REFRESHER" COURSES.

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STANDUP BRIDGE: Classes like this one, sponsored by the senior group AARP, highlight the challenges that come with being an older driver.

(NATSD OF TEACHER "You want to be constantly scanning the road)


TRACK: MANY OLDER DRIVERS DO ADMIT THEIR REFLEXES HAVE SLOWED SOMEWHAT, BUT THEY COMPENSATE FOR IT.

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SOT: particularly when I make a left-hand turn because I know that maybe

my depth perception or how fast a car is going from the other way, so I allow more time.(:07)

SOT: Les Hamiliton (again): I allow more distance between me and the

cars ahead and I try to be more attentive. (:04)
TRACK: TRIPLE-A ALSO SUGGESTS SENIORS ASSESS THEIR DRIVING SKILLS WITH THEIR DOCTOR, BUY LARGER REAR AND SIDE MIRRORS, AND DRIVE DURING DAYLIGHT AND IN GOOD WEATHER. TERI OKITA, CBS NEWS, SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND.
SUGGESTED ANCHOR TAG; THE STUDY DID NOT ADDRESS THE MATTER OF CHANGING LAWS TO FORCE OLDER DRIVERS TO BE RE-TESTED. ))

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Up next on the newscast, Brent Watts is making lots of dough at a bakery that's slightly South of the Border...
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Coming up today in Sports, Steve Mason tells us about an Alleghany County athlete who is following a family tradition.
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Then a little later we'll see if it is true that cheetahs never win.
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Many of our local high school basketball teams are now in district tournament play. In this installment of Hometown Hoops Weekly, Steve Mason takes us to Low Moor to visit with Alleghany's Bosco Williams. A multi talented athlete who is a mountaineer at school and at home.
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((Tucked away in the Alleghany mountains Bosco Williams is climbing to the top of the basketball and football worlds. This past season Williams was an all state receiver, hauling in 11 touchdown passes for 1030 yards. ((:))
Williams father B.C. Williams was an all-American offensive guard at West Virginia where he played from 1968 to 1971.
((:)) ((STEVE MASON:MR'S WILLIAMS IS VERY INVOLVED IN HIS SON'S CAREER BOTH ATHLETICALLY AND ACADEMICALLY. INFACT DURING BOSCO'S RECOVERY FROM A TORN ACL, HE WORKED OUT HIS MIND. HIS DAD REQUIRES BOSCO TO PICK A WORD OUT OF THE DICTIONARY EACH DAY AND LEARN ITS DEFINITION.)) ((:)) ((:))
Bosco is averaging nearly 14 points, six rebounds and three assists a game on a team that did not return a starter from a sea son ago. ((:)) Williams maintains a 3.1 grade point average and is being recruited by West Virginia, Virginia Tech, UVa and Maryland. Steve Mason hometown hoops weekly.))

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Finally, tonight if you missed David Letterman and Late Show last night here on Your Hometown Station you missed some interesting driving techniques.
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Newly crowned Daytona 500 champion Dale Earnhardt, Jr. was given a brand new Corvette and asked to do one of NASCAR's patented Victory celebrations. Little E smoked up Midtown Manhattan with a dozen donuts. Then later in the show Kelly Ripa was asked to top that by parallel parking a Malibu. The co-host of Regis and Kelly showed why she needs a chauffeur.
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Jean is coming back in just a moment to wrap up News 7 at Five. Take care everybody. [GO TO BREAK]

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On Wall Street today, many investors decided to cash in on the profits they made yesterday, when stocks rallied on merger news.
Jean Lee has more.
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A runner with the reputation for being very fast- failed to set a world record this afternoon.
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Even the shouts of scores of supporters were not enough to push Savannah to break the record at this year's Cheetah Challenge in Cape Town.
The young female was prompted three times to break the record for the 100 meter dash set by another cheetah in 1999.

Held each year for the past six years, the Cheetah Challenge is designed to raise environmental awareness locally and abroad.
Savannah is part of a group of hand-raised Cheetah orphans whose day-job is helping educate young South Africans about the environment.
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