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Coming up on News 7,
Vandals target one Botetourt County community, and residents say it isn't the first time.
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And Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate, John Edwards visits Roanoke, with some tough words for President Bush.

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Tonight in sports, Kyle Busch wins the Busch race in Michigan, the Hokies scrimmage again in Blacksburg,
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and Patrick Henry gets the nod in tonight's high school football preseason preview.
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Afternoon showers will give way to some rather dense fog tonight. Your outlook for Sunday is just ahead. [Video-Open]
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Democratic Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards makes a campaign stop in Southwest Virginia.
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((CHRIS POHLAD-THOMAS: IT WAS INCREDIBLE. ALL THE PEOPLE THERE FOR THE SAME PURPOSE TO MEET HIM AND TO FIND OUT WHAT THIS CAMPAIGN IS ALL ABOUT.))
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Good evening, I'm Myranda Stephens.

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North Carolina Senator John Edwards visited Roanoke six months ago as a PRESIDENTIAL candidate. Today Edwards traveled to the Star City as John Kerry's running mate. [TAKE CAMPAIGN 2004 IN BAM]
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Jennifer Wishon was there and has the details. Myranda, More than 600 people packed the Town Hall Style Meeting in Roanoke.
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Edwards focused his message on getting venture money into economically depressed regions in Southwest and Southside Virginia. Meanwhile, Republicans say Democrats are suffering from buyers remorse for putting Edwards on the ticket.
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(( While veterans and leaders from Roanoke's Black community greeted John Edwards at the airport Governor Mark Warner fired up an eager group of Democrats at Lucy Addison Aerospace Magnet School.
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John Edwards took the stage in front of Virginia Democrats excited about the possibility of a tight presidential race in the Commonwealth.
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((EDWARDS: I'M HAPPY TO BE IN SW VA. A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE TALK A LITTLE BIT LIKE I DO.))
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Edwards focused most of his time on bringing jobs to economically depressed regions of Virginia and making healthcare and education top priority. But his first order of business was to respond to recent ads sponsored by Swift Boat Vietnam Veterans - attacking John Kerry's military service in Vietnam. Ads he calls lies - that President Bush needs to put an end to.
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((EDWARDS: WHEN JOHN KERRY FACED HIS MOMENT OF TRUTH IN 1968 HE CHOSE TO SERVE HIS COUNTRY AND PUT HIS LIFE ON THE LINE. NOW WE'RE GOING TO SEE IF THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF, NOT STANDING BEHIND A SPOKESPERSON OR BEHIND SOME FRONT GROUP - WHETHER THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF WILL SAY TAKE DOWN THESE FALSE ADS.))
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Since the Kerry - Edwards ticket has picked up steam in Virginia- Democrats are hoping to change the majority in Congress.
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((AL WEED: IF THIS BECOMES A BATTLE GROUND STATE THAN EVERY CONGRESSIONAL RACE IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE WHEN WE'RE DOING OUR JOB ON THE GROUND. WHEN WE'RE BUILDING ORGANIZATIONS AND REACHING OUT WE'RE REACHING OUT TO KERRY/EDWARDS VOTERS TOO SO WE MULTIPLY OUR AFFECT.))
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Republicans, say they feel confident Virginia will end up supporting President Bush in November, but say Edwards's visit serves as a reminder not to take any votes for granted.
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((TRIXIE AVERILL: IT MEANS WE'VE GOT TO BE ON GUARD ALL THE TIME AND WORKING VERY VERY HARD, BUT I THINK THAT IN THE LONG TERM, IN THE BIG PICTURE I THINK THEY'RE SPINNING THEIR WHEELS.))
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And while Republicans say they'll counter every move made by the Democrats- Edwards says the Kerry- Edwards presence in the Commonwealth has just begun - even though a Democrat hasn't won the state since Lyndon Johnson did so in 1964.

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((EDWARDS: WE'RE GOING TO COMPETE VERY HARD IN VIRGINIA. THE PROBLEMS THAT PEOPLE ARE FACING HERE, PARTICULARLY IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA, BUT ALL OVER THE STATE. THE NEED FOR JOBS, THE NEED TO SOLVE THE HEALTHCARE CRISIS. WE HAVE A PLAN FOR ALL OF THESE THINGS.))
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Edwards concedes this will be a tight race no matter which party carries Virginia. We'll find out the victor in November.
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Myranda, election day is just 73 days away.

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Candidates for national elections have already spent more than a Billion dollars in the 2004 campaign cycle, and there's still two months left to go. At the top of the list is President Bush, who has spent 209 million dollars --according to last month's figures. And a report filed yesterday with the Federal Election Commission -- shows rival John Kerry spent roughly 186 million during the same time. Senate and House candidates have spent nearly 500-million, and national party committees burned through more than 400-million dollars.

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An accident on Route 460 in Bedford County is causing traffic troubles there. State Police say both westbound lanes just east of Bedford are blocked after a vehicle towing a trailer wrecked. There is no word on any injuries, or when the road will reopen. Officials are asking drivers to avoid the area if possible.

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A Radford University student says he was beat up and robbed over TEN-bucks. The alleged incident happened around two Friday morning on Fairfax Street, near Jefferson Avenue. Ryan Sligh, a senior at R-U, says he was walking home, when someone attacked him with a baseball bat, and stole his wallet. He says the thief made off with 10-dollars. Sligh says he suffered a fractured jaw and a broken nose. Radford police say the incident is under investigation.

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Botetourt County authorities are investigating a rash of vandalism in the county.
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Several homes, mailboxes and cars were spray-painted with graffitti sometime last night, in a neighborhood off of Knollwood Drive near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Residents say this is not the first time they have had to clean up after vandals.
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((ERIC DAVIS/HOMEOWNER; LAST YEAR, I REMEMBER A GIRL GOT HER CAR VANDALIZED, THEY SPRAY PAINTED HER CAR, AND THE OTHER NIGHT, MY NEIGHBOR ACROSS THE STREET THEY STOLE HIS BIKE AND RAMMED IN DOWN INTO ANOTHER CAR DOWN THE STREET, SO I GUESS IT'S BEEN GOING ON FOR A WHILE.))
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Botetourt County authorities say they are actively looking into the vandalism. So far, no arrests have been made. Investigators say it's important for residents to report any suspicious noises or activity when it happens. Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call the Botetourt County Sheriff's Office.
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A three year old boy is killed when a boulder crashes into his house...
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and the battle for the city of *Najaf* continues, with insurgents showing few signs of retreating.
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A three-year-old boy is dead after a boulder crashed through his Wise County home -- and into the bedroom where he was sleeping. Jeremy Kyle Davidson was killed by the half-ton boulder at his family's home in Appalachia (Ap-uh-latch-uh). A mining company is building a road near a strip mine near the home, but state officials say blasting there did NOT cause the boulder to come loose -- and they're not sure how it became dislodged. In the meantime, authorities have evacuated some homes in the area, until loose rocks and other debris can be removed.

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In Iraq, militants loyal to radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr are keeping their grip on a key shrine in the holy city of Najaf. But hostage takers may be ready to release an American journalist. Elaine Cobbe reports from Baghdad.


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(( American troops again clashed with Shiite militiamen in the holy city of Najaf Facing mortars, machinegun fire and rocket-propelled grenades. Track: (nats - mosque) Clearly, the two-week-old standoff at the Imam Ali shrine is far from over. Fighters loyal to rebel cleric Moqtada al-Sadr are not just in control - theyre defiant.
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This fighter accuses the government of being traitors, by co-operating with the Americans against Iraqis. We will be victorious, he cries. Track: (mosque) Al-Sadrs men say theyre still negotiating the handover of the shrine to senior Shiite religious leaders. But theyre still bickering over details - including a demand by the fighters to stay guard the site. On camera bridge: Elaine Cobbe, CBS News locator: Baghdad After all the broken promises of the past two weeks, many here wonder if al-Sadr is really planning to evacuate the shrine - or playing for time, so his militiamen can re-arm. Track: (najaf residents in market/normal life / destroyed buildings) Beyond the walls of the shrine, residents of Najaf are trying to pick up the pieces of their lives. But the scars of war are everywhere - buildings destroyed, vital supplies hard to come by. Track: (garen with captors) As al-Sadrs men keep resisting a deal for control of the shrine, An aide to al-Sadr says the death threat against Micah Garen has been lifted and the journalist could be free in a day or two. Track: (file footage al-sadr in mosque) But al-Sadr himself is nowhere to be found. He hasnt been seen in public in days - prompting concerns about his next move. ))
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Still to come, a warm spring and a wet summer have been good for the state's apple industry...
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and some firefighters take some time off to put their skills on the line.
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A warm spring and a wet summer have led to an early, bountiful harvest for apple growers in Virginia. Some varieties are already being picked, about two weeks earlier than usual. Growers say warm days, cool nights and consistent rainfall have made for an ideal climate for apples. The rain has been particularly appreciated by growers, who have fought a drought for the past four years. And last year, HAIL bruised their fruit. Although growers expect a *robust* harvest, prices of apples are expected to stay the same. Virginia ranks sixth in the nation in apple production.


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Some major changes are in store for one of Lynchburg's landmarks, and some New River Valley farmers try their hand at a new trade. Donald Graham has more in News 7's Business Review.
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((Investors have purchased the 100-year-old, seven-story Krise (Kr-ice) Building at the corner of Ninth and Main Streets in Lynchburg. They plan to renovate four floors into new office space and the top three floors would become luxury penthouse apartments. The building currently has just four tenants who occupy a small portion of the building's 35-thousand square feet. One of them... Bowen's Jewelers... plans to expand. The town of Rocky Mounty voted to purchase nearly 60-acres of land to expand its half of the Rocky Mount-Franklin County Industrial Park. Officials say the purchase was necessary to attract new businesses, considering it only had about 19-acres of land left in the park. The property includes 16-hundred feet of rail access, and one of the first things they plan to do is build a trans-loading dock for local farmers and businesses who receive products by rail. [MUSIC AND GRAPHICS] A Wythe County family is the latest in the N-R-V to give agri-tourism a try. Two local farmers turned their 45 acres into the Wythe County Animal Park. It's a petting zoo with common farm -- and exotic animals
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((JEFF ARCHER: THIS IS MY BABY, MOST BULL CAMELS ARE NOT LIKE THIS BUT HE'S STILL A BABY. LAUGHS... TAMMY ARCHER:WE WANT TO MAKE LIVING AT THIS. IT'S BEEN A PART TIME THING FOR US FOR SEVERAL YEARS. BUT WE WOULD LIKE FOR THIS TO BE A FULL TIME ADVENTURE FOR US.))
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They have more than 40 exotic species as of now. For News 7, I'm Donald Graham and that's Business Review. [MUSIC AND GRAPHICS]))



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They make a living out of battling fires, but today the battle was on with each other in Salem.
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Hundreds of firefighters from across the Commonwealth are in town this weekend, for the Virginia State Firefighters Association's 118th-annual convention. Today, the firefighters took part in a truck rodeo -- for a little bit of fun and education.
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((MARK BOWERY/VOLUNTEER FIREMEN'S INSURANCE SERVICES: EVERY CALL WE GO TO INVOLVES DRIVING AN APPARATUS, WHETHER IT'S EMS OR FIRE, SO IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE ALWAYS CONTINUE TO PROMOTE THE SAFE DRIVING FOR OUR PEOPLE.))
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The drivers were judged on time and accuracy, and also had to pass a test on the driving laws in Virginia. The convention wraps up tonight.
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Coming up, we'll shine the spotlight on the Patrick Henry Patriots, the Hokies have passed their chemistry assignment this preseason, and
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Kyle Busch gains ground in the Busch Series points race with today's win at Michigan.
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The Virginia Tech Hokies put the finishing touches on their third and final scrimmage of the preseason just about an hour ago. With the BCA game set for next Saturday, the Hokies will begin game week preps tomorrow. One thing they aren't worrying about this season as opposed to last, is team chemistry.
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We head to Patrick Henry for tonight's Friday Football Extra preseason preview.
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Doug Ross's team returns 14 starters from a season ago.
The Patriots finished 1 and 9 in 2003, but in an effort to improve on that, spent some extra time in the weight room and conditioning during the offseason.
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PH is loaded with athletes, and speed at the skill spots should be a huge asset.
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And don't forget, we'll get you ready for season number 21 of Friday Football Extra with our preview show next Friday night at 7 o'clock.
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[WIPE to ENG!!]
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In case you missed it last night, Michael Vick played sparingly again as the Falcons battled Minnesota in their se

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Rookie Matt Schaub from UVA lit up the Georgia Dome, by completing 16 of 19 passes for 205 yards and three touchdowns. Schaub's play helped the Dirty Birds overcome a 17-nothing deficit to post a 27-24 win, Jim Mora's first as the team's head coach. Atlanta faces Cincinnati next weekend.
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Today's Cabela's 250 Busch Race at Michigan was littered with Nextel Cup regulars, but Kyle Busch bested the field for his 5th win of the season.
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Flash Gordon and Wonder Woman showed up at the track today.
Michael Waltrip needed the help of a super hero after spinning out early in the race. He collected Matt Kenseth as well. Waltrip finished 24th and Kenseth 42nd.
Busch led 87 of 125 laps beating Mark Martin to the checkered flag.
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The USA men's basketball team lost for the second time in this Olympics this afternoon. The Americans dropped a 94 to 90 decision to Lithuania, missing 22 free throws. Former Maryland standout Sarunas Jasikevicius pumped in 28 points for Lithuania. The US is now 2 and 2, but will make the quarterfinals. They still have one pool game to play against Angola on Monday. Also today, the US won gold in the pool, breaking the world record in the 400 meter men's relay.