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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.

Sports-Head


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Roy
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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 Maryland.
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WX-Head
TALENT=Kimberly
SS=None


A pretty normal March day-- with seasonable temperatures, and breezy conditions.
For more on what to expect-- check out the March Alamanac, coming up later.

Video-Open


ANCHOR=Ron
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The speaker was in the house today for the Washington and Lee 19-96 Mock Convention
Newt Gingrich was on hand as students predicted Senator Bob Dole will take the G-O-P presidential nomination.
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ANCHOR=Ron
SS=News 7 at Six


Good Evening.
This is News 7 at Six.
I'm Ron Jones.

Mock-Convention


ANCHOR=Ron
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Dal
TAPE# 96-8
GRAPHIC=Mock Election


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.
Talent=Denise/Live Full One on One Set
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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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((((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 Presidential ticket. ((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.

Business-Mock


ANCHOR=Ron
NEWSCAST=Six
WRITER=Dal
TAPE# 96-5
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Picking a presidential nominee is good business.
And retailers in the city of Lexington welcome all customers, regardless of party affiliation.
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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.
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New-river-Drowning


ANCHOR=Ron
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=tal
TAPE#96-19
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The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department has identified the Christiansburg woman who plunged to her death from the Peppers Ferry Bridge yesterday.
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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.
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((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.
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B'Burg-Wounding


ANCHOR=Ron
NEWSCAST=6p
WRITER=rjo
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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 threatening.
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HARD MUSIC UNDER
ANCHOR=Ron
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Coming up on news-7,
Prisons come under the microscope in Richmond,
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And it appears Heironimus is closing up another one of its stores.
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ANCHOR=Kimberly

Wx ad lib
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. MUSIC UP FULL
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Corrections


ANCHOR=Ron
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=equ
TAPE#96-16
GRAPHIC=Prison Security


The safety of Virginia prisons is once again taking center stage at the State Capitol.
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A prison break last week in the Richmond area is under State Police investigation.
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 WHY.))
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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.
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((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.

On-Record


ANCHOR=Ron
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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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(( 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 for youngsters.
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. ))
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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.
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((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. ))
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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. ))
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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. ))





Heironimus


ANCHOR=Ron
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=lbe
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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 employeed there.
So far the workers say they have NOT been offered jobs at other locations.
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In January, Heironimus closed its store in downtown Roanoke.
No one at the company was availible for comment.
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MUSIC ON TAPE
ANCHOR=Ron
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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.
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VO-NAT


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.
Stay tuned.
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Food-Lion


ANCHOR=Ron
NEWSCAST=6pm
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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.
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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.
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ANCHOR=Ron
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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 budget cuts.

Sports Tease


ANCHOR=Roy
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And coming up, We'll check in on the wrestling tournament over in Salem Virginia Tech and Virginia were on the road today.
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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.
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S-Tech


ANCHOR=Roy
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WRITER=Roy
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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.
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S-UVA


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Roy
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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.
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S-Liberty


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#BB96-1
GRAPHIC=Big south


UNC-Greensboro earned an automatic bid to the N-C-Double-A tournament beating Liberty this afternoon to capture the Big South tournament championship.
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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.
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S-Scores


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=College Hoops


A couple of other scores from the state. V-C-U beat Richmond 89 to 55 in the Colonial.
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.
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S-Roanoke


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#BB96-2
GRAPHIC=Roanoke Logo


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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S-Wrestling


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#S6-1
GRAPHIC=WRESTLING


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.
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((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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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 school.
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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.
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S-Labonte


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=R-31
GRAPHIC=Richmond/Pontiac Excitement 400


Both Dales might have won the first two events of the 31 race Winston Cup season,
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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Almanac


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=kmc
TAPE# WX edit #3
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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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