Coming up on news seven at six, Washington's heavy hitters were in Lexington
today as students choose the G-O-P representative for the presidential ticket.
We'll have a live report.
And another Heironimus Store maybe closing it's doors.
In Sports, Patrick Henry's Lewis Booker won the State indoor 500 Virginia
Tech ends the regular season with a win but Virginia comes up short at
A pretty normal March day-- with seasonable temperatures, and breezy
For more on what to expect-- check out the March Alamanac, coming up later.
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The speaker was in the house today for the Washington and Lee 19-96 Mock
Newt Gingrich was on hand as students predicted Senator Bob Dole will take
the G-O-P presidential nomination.
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This is News 7 at Six.
I'm Ron Jones.
The 1996 Mock Convention is over and the students at Washington and Lee
University have spoken.
The delegates overwhelmingly chose Bob Dole as their G-O-P representative on
the presidential ticket.
Denise Allen joins us with the details.
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The student delegates say electibility and political experience led them to
Senator Bob Dole.
W and L students have a great track record when choosing presidential
nominees, but this year the task is more challenging than usual.
Roll cue: challenging than usual.
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SUPER=01-Jennifer Horne/MA State Chairwoman; :32
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((((MR. CHAIRMAN. AMERICA NEEDS BOB DOLE. cheering))
And apparently the majority of the delegates at the Washington and Lee
University Mock Convention agreed.
They overwhelmingly predicted the GOP will put Bob Dole on the Republican
((NEWT GINGRICH/R-SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: YOU'RE GOING TO NOMINATE THE NEXT
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES BECAUSE AMERICANS WANT VOLUNTEERISM NOT
BUREAUCRACY. AMERICA WANTS LOWER TAXES NOT HIGHER TAXES. AMERICA WANTS LOWER
INTEREST RATES NOT HIGHER INTEREST RATES.))
((JENNIFER HORNE/MA STATE CHAIR PERSON: I SPENT SO MANY HOURS DOING RESEARCH
AND THE OTHER CHAIRMEN HAVE TOO. THIS ISN'T JUST A POPULARITY CONTEST. WE
REALLY BELIEVE EACH OF OUR STATES IS WHAT THE RESULTS ARE GOING TO BE.))
Since the first convention in 1908 W and L students have predicted the
presidential nominee for the party out of the White House.
And they've only missed the mark once since 1948.
This year's circumstances have put the pressure on the students to keep the
school's streak alive.
This 21st convention occurred earlier in the primary process than normal and
the race has no clear front runner.
Plus Bob Dole is running out of campaign funds.
Now political eyes across the nation are on the students to see if their
nominee prediction holds true.
((I THINK A LOT OF REPUBLICANS WOULD HAVE A REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT THAN THE MOST
FIRE BRAND REPUBLICAN THAT LOSES TO BILL CLINTON IN NOVEMBER.))
((THE TRACK RECORD HERE HAS BEEN SO REMARKABLE AND THIS IS A VERY CHAOTIC YEAR.
SO IF THEY GET IT RIGHT THEY ARE REALLY PRESCIENT.))))
Denise/Live full on the One on One set
The students also chose Colin Powell as Dole's running mate.
Ron, we'll have to wait and see how their predictions holds out.
Picking a presidential nominee is good business.
And retailers in the city of Lexington welcome all customers, regardless of
The mock convention increases foot traffic on the streets of Lexington.
But business leaders say the national and statewide media coverage of the
event may bring even more visitors to town.
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((JENNIFER DALLA VECCHIA/LEXINGTON DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT ASSN: HAVING PEOPLE
ACROSS THE COUNTRY IT MAKES THEM AWARE OF LEXINGTON. WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER AND
I THINK IT WILL HELP US IN THE LONG RUN FOR AWARENESS WITHIN THE STATE OF
VIRGINIA AND ALSO ACROSS THE COUNTRY.))
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Residents, students, and business owners alike say the mock convention is a
way to show community spirit.
Retailers did their part by decorating store fronts.
And these business owners say they'll be reaping the benefits from this
festive weekend for months to come.
The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department has identified the Christiansburg
woman who plunged to her death from the Peppers Ferry Bridge yesterday.
A sheriff's deputy says he was driving across the bridge when he saw 47-
year- old Peggy Francis Lester standing at the edge.
Deputy J. A. Ratcliffe says when he stopped his car, she looked at him then
turned and jumped.
A man walking below also tried unsuccessfully to stop her.
((DAVID STOWERS/WITNESS: SHE WAS SITTING UP ON THE BRIDGE AND I HOLLERED AT
HER AND TOLD HER NOT TO JUMP. AND THE POLICEMAN WAS GOING ACROSS THE BRIDGE,
AND SHE JUST LEANED FORWARD AND HIT THE WATER. ))
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Stowers and Ratcliffe both went into the river to try to save Lester, but
the cold water forced them out.
Rescuers reached her by boat a few minutes later and tried to revive her,
but she was pronounced dead at Radford Community Hospital.
Around two this morning in Blacksburg... Police responded to a call of a man
trying to run down citizens with his car.
The incident took place in a Holiday Inn parking lot.
According to police the car driven by Robert L. Dowdy of Blacksburg drove
into three pedestrians.
The reason has NOT been determined... but witnesses are saying Dowdy struck
the citizens on purpose.
Dowdy was arrested and taken to the Montgomery County Jail.
Police say none of the injuries sustained by the three victims are life
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up on news-7,
Prisons come under the microscope in Richmond,
And it appears Heironimus is closing up another one of its stores.
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Well Ron, we had just a trace or less of snow in most areas last night.
And that suited us just fine--
As we look ahead to tonight--an arctic front will be heading our way--
bringing us cooler temperatures and fairly high winds.
Maybe some light snow showers in the Greenbrier Valley-- but other than
that-- we should remain dry.
The complete weekend forecast, plus the March almanac-- coming up.
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The safety of Virginia prisons is once again taking center stage at the
A prison break last week in the Richmond area is under State Police
And now, the Speaker of the House of Delegates is accusing the Allen
Administration of suppressing the results of the probe -- and suggesting
Corrections director Ron Angelone (ANN-ja-LONE) should be dismissed.
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((THEY KNEW WHEN HE CAME HE HAD A PROBLEM, AND I IMAGINE THIS IS SOMEWHAT
RELATED TO HIM. AND I AM SURPRISED, REALLY SURPRISED THAT THE GOVERNOR HAS NOT
GIVEN US THIS INFORMATION. I WILL TELL YOU FURTHER, THAT WE WENT ALONG WITH
HIS ABOLITION OF PAROLE AND TRUTH IN SENTENCING. BUT WHAT GOOD DOES IT DO TO
PUT THEM IN IF THEY CAN WALK OUT ANY TIME THEY WANT TO. AND WE NEED TO KNOW
SUPER=01-Del. Tom Moss/(D) Norfolk;
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Public Safety Secretary Jerry Kilgore says it's an obvious attempt to
politicize the issue.
But he says his office is looking at how long it took to warn the public
about the escape.
((SOMEONE BROUGHT UP A SYSTEM THAT WE MAY LOOK TO. A PHONE IDENTIFICATION
SYSTEM. WHERE PHONES RING THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY ONCE AN ESCAPE OCCURS.))
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Kilgore says he fully expects the State Police report to show that it was
human error that caused the breakout.
There's a growing concern among parents about the kind of programming their
children see on television.
And IF their children aren't watching controversial programs on T-V-- it
maybe available on their home computers.
As Kimberly McBroom reports, the recently passed Telecommunications Bill
will give parents more control over what their kids see.
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SUPER=01-Bob Lee/WDBJ President and G.M.; :25
SUPER=01-Sharron Davies/Cox Communications; :50
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Tuesday; 1:00
SUPER=01-Doyle Edgerton/Rev.Net; 1:13
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(( In most American households, channel surfing has become a sport--
With children and teenagers among the most avid players.
It's hard for parents to always know which T-V shows might be unsuitable
But the Telecommunications Bill promises help.
President Clinton and top T-V executives recently agreed to implement a
rating system for programs-- giving parents a preview.
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((BOB LEE/WDBJ PRESIDENT AND G.M.: PARENTS WILL BE BETTER ABLE TO MONITOR
VIEWING IN THE HOUSEHOLD AND THAT EVEN ADULTS WILL HAVE MORE FOREWARNING OF THE
CONTENT NATURE OF A PROGRAM. ))
The bill requires manufacturers to install V- chips in televisions--
allowing parents to screen questionable programs.
Meanwhile, the cable industry is also doing its part.
SOT ON RECORD TAPE 06:24
((SHARRON DAVIES/COX COMMUNICATIONS: BUT EVEN AS FAR AS THE TECHNOLOGY THAT'S
NOW AVAILABLE WITH CABLE, AS FAR AS HAVING A PARENTAL ACCESS CONTROL ON YOUR
REMOTE THAT ALLOWS YOU TO BLOCK OUT CERTAIN CHANNELS IF YOU DON'T CHOOSE TO
WATCH THOSE. ))
Not only does the legislation put restrictions on television-- but also
works to clean up the racier material on the Internet.
But service providers say setting new standards will be difficult, since
the Internet community is world- wide.
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((DOYLE EDGERTON/REV.NET: IT WILL BE A BURDEN AND QUITE A TASK TO DETERMINE
WHAT IS OBSCENE AND WHAT IS NOT. ))
To hear more about obscenity rules in the Telecommunications Bill-- as well
as how it'll affect the BUSINESS of communications, join us for On Record
tomorrow morning at 11.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7. ))
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The Heironimus store in the New River Valley Mall will close next month.
That's according to some employees.
The workers we spoke with estimate at least 30 full and part time people are
So far the workers say they have NOT been offered jobs at other locations.
In January, Heironimus closed its store in downtown Roanoke.
No one at the company was availible for comment.
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Coming later on the broadcast,
We'll find out if snow is in our future.
March's weather almanac is next.
And Food Lion is hoping to become king of the Virginia's employment jungle.
The chain is now the second largest employer in the state.
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Newport News Shipyard is Virginia's largest employer, however, Food Lion is
in second and coming on fast.
A spokesman for the shipyard says Food Lion's emergence is due
in part to a declining defense industry.
The supermarket chain, based in Salisbury, North Carolina has
17-thousand-812 workers in Virginia, just 265 fewer than Newport News Shipyard,
which has held the title for decades.
The 110-year-old yard employed nearly 25-thousand workers during
the Reagan military buildup of the 19-80s.
But it began downsizing its work force in 19-90 in response to defense
And coming up, We'll check in on the wrestling tournament over in Salem
Virginia Tech and Virginia were on the road today.
and UNC-Greensboro is going to the N-C-Double-A tournament for the first
time with a win over Liberty in the Big South finals.
Virginia Tech finished its first Atlantic 10 regular season with a win.
The Hokies beat Dayton 73 to 54.
Damon Watlington scored 18, Shawn Smith 16 and Ace Custis 14.
Tech is 22 and 5 overall and 11 and 3 in the conference.
The Virginia Cavaliers ended their regular season with a road game at the
University of Maryland.
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And The Terps came out of the blocks hot Keith Booth with the jumper and
Maryland led 16 to 9.
The Cavaliers went down by as many as 15 Norman Nolan goes to the hoop
strong for the follow jam Virginia trailed 23 to 13.
Then Courtney Alexander nails the three pointer and the Cavaliers trailed
by 12 at the break.
The terps came out and scored the first four points of the second half to
lead 47 to 30.
Virginia's Harold Deane answers when he pulls up and hits the three but
the Cavaliers still trailed by 14.
Maryland held off the Cavaliers SUPER=33-Maryland/=83/Virginia/=71;
going down the stretch to pull out the 83 to 71 A-C-C win.
UNC-Greensboro earned an automatic bid to the N-C-Double-A tournament
beating Liberty this afternoon to capture the Big South tournament
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Flames vs Spartans; :
Liberty's Peter Aluma keeping the Flames in the game with the jumper in
the first half but Liberty trailed 29 to 23.
And when Eric Sorensen hit the three pointer the Flames trailed at the
half 34 to 29.
But the Spartans came out and hit the boards hard in the second half to go
up by 9.
UNC-Greensboro finished with a 14
SUPER=33-UNC-Greensboro/=79/Liberty/=53;to 3 run late in the second half to
beat Liberty 79 to 53.
A couple of other scores from the state. V-C-U beat Richmond 89 to 55 in
U-Mass, Connecticut and Wake Forest were winners in the top 25 and in
women's action Clemson beat U-V-A 75 to 67.
Roanoke college opens the second round of the N-C-Double-A division three
tournament at the Bast Center tonight.
The Maroons will take on Hendrix.
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((PAGE MOIR/ROANOKE HEAD COACH: WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT GAME
BECAUSE WE ARE PLAYING ANOTHER TEAM THAT'S NOT FAMILIAR WITH US AND WE ARE NOT
FAMILIAR WITH THEM. AND THAT'S GOING TO MAKE FOR A HUNGRIER TEAM HOPEFULLY ON
BOTH ENDS BECAUSE WE'LL PLAY SOMEONE WE DON'T KNOW WE KNOW WE'LL HAVE TO REALLY
STEP UP AND PLAY AT THE NEXT LEVEL AND PLAY JUST AS WELL IF NOT BETTER SATURDAY
NIGHT THAN WE DID TONIGHT. ))
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The State wrestling championships are continuing tonight at the Salem Civic
Center, but the Golden Wave of Grundy actually put an end to the Group Two-A
competition last night.
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Head coach Kevin Dressler and his Grundy Grapplers have won the past nine
state titles. But this year they accomplished something no one has ever done
before. They advanced all 14 wrestlers to the semi-finals, and as a result
clinched the team title on last night.
((KEVIN DRESSLER/GRUNDY HEAD COACH: USUALLY WE WAIT UNTIL SATURDAY AFTERNOON,
BUT WE'LL TAKE IT, IT TAKES PRESSURE OF THE COACH AT LEAST.))
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SUPER=04-Group AA Semi-Finals;
With the pressure off, the Golden Wave set out this morning to put all 14
wrestlers in the finals and establish a new personal best point total for the
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((KEVIN DRESSLER/GRUNDY HEAD COACH: WE JUST HAVE SUCH GREAT BALANCE. FROM 103
TO HEAVYWEIGHT. USUALLY YOU GET ONE OR TWO WEIGHT CLASSES WHERE YOU HAVE A LOT
OF INEXPERIENCE, OR WHAT WE CALL IN WRESTLING, A WEAK WEIGHT. BUT WE DON'T HAVE
A WEAK WEIGHT. WE HAVE 14 BOYS THAT ARE ALL COMPETITIVE AT THE STATE LEVEL,
AND IT'S SHOWING RIGHT NOW. SO THAT'S WERE THIS TEAM IS DIFFERENT. I DON'T
HAVE ANY SUPERSTAR ON THIS TEAM. I DON'T HAVE A KID THAT IS ...I THINK MY BEST
RECORD IS 32-3 OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. SO I DON'T HAVE A SUPERSTAR, BUT I'VE
GOT 14 REAL TOUGH ONES.))
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In the Group-A ranks Brentsville District came into today's action with a 19
point lead over Radford.
Radford got a key win in the semi-finals over the Tigers, but the title
won't be decided until tonight's championship matches are over. They get
underway at seven.
GRAPHIC=Richmond/Pontiac Excitement 400
Both Dales might have won the first two events of the 31 race Winston
But, Terry Labonte is the current favorite to win tomorrow's Pontiac
Excitement 400. Steve Mason visited with the Pole winner at the Richmond
International Speedway and has more on both the 39 year old driver's attraction
to the .75 mile track and his less than ideal start to the Winston Cup season.
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After a grueling winter-- we're finally entering the home stretch.
March is here-- and with it comes the long- awaited arrival of Spring.
Here's a look this month's Almanac.
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