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7Rabies

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Health officials inj Pittsylvania County have confirmed a third case of rabies in a wild animal this year.
They say a rabid raccoon was picked up about mile from Chatham earlier this month.
The raccoon had gotten in a fight with two dogs.
Earlier this year -- a skunk near Chatham and a racoon in the Java area tested positive for rabies.


7Mason-Dixon


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A News 7-Roanoke Times poll shows John Warner could easily win re-election, that is IF he wins his party's nomination.
Warner is leading among likely Republican voters in the June primary but not by much.
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If the vote were held today, the survey says Warner would get less than half the vote, but still beat challenger Jim Miller.
Seventeen percent of the voters surveyed said they had not made up their minds.
But among G-O-P voters, just 39 percent have a favorable opinion of Virginia's senior senator; and 25 percent have an UNfavorable view.
John Warner is maintaining a comfortable lead over his likely Democratic opponent, Mark Warner, 56 percent to 24 percent.
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7Shad-Planking


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John Warner was among the politicians who did not attend yesterday's Shad Planking in Wakefield.
Lt. Governor Don Beyer was also a no show, but senate candidates Mark Warner and Jim Miller made appearances.
Joe Dashiell reports.
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7Playground


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Pembroke youngsters will be climbing and swinging on a brand new playground come Sunday afternoon, thanks to a massive volunteer effort.
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With the help of Leathers and Associates Architects out of New York, the Giles County community is building Treasure Island Playground in just four days.
More than 12 hundred volunteers will contribute to the playground by Sunday night, and children will be able to enjoy the new $70,000 facility.
It took more than a year to raise all the funds.
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Leathers & Associates has built hundreds of playgrounds across the country, and asked for advice designing Treasure Island from students at Eastern Elementary in Giles county.
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7Weather


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Taking a look at the forecast -
It's back to spring today.
Mostly sunny skies with highs in the 70s.
But, some clouds will move in tonight, bringing a 40 percent chance of rain after midnight.
Lows will be in the 50s.
Tomorrw, a slight chance of rain, then turning partly sunny.
Highs for the start of the weekend will be in the mid 70s.

55Militias


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Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168.
But before Oklahoma, the April 19th date has been linked to other anti-government violence, including the Branch Davidian standoff.
One expert on cults and militia groups hopes tomorrow won't bring more of the same.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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(( ((TODAY IN THE UNITED STATES THERE IS A SUBCULTURE OF FANATICISM, EXTREMISM THAT IS BUBBLING UP AROUND OUR COUNTRY.))
Rick Ross has made it his job to help the victims of that fanaticism, people who get caught up in cults and militia groups without fulling knowing what they're getting into.
Even though events like Oklahoma City have scared off many militia members, the groups continue to recruit heavily.
Ross says there are dozens of Randy Weavers and David Koresh's out there, just waiting for their chance to confront the government.
Dealing with them is a fine line between enforcing the law and avoiding provocation. ((RICK ROSS/MILITIA EXPERT: I THINK THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO ENFORCE THE LAW... VICTIMIZED BY THE INFLUENCE OF ITS LEADERS.))
What do those leaders have planned for this Friday, the next April 19th?
Ross hopes the day passes quietly. ((ROSS: I'M HOPING THAT THE MILITIA GROUPS... APRIL THE 19TH.))
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))


55Textile-Workers


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The United Food and Commercial Workers Union will get thousands of new members from Southside Virginia. About five thousand Southside workers are expected to join the union.
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The employees currently belong to the United Textile Workers Union, but they've taken steps to merge with the state's largest union.
The move was expected.
Last fall, both unions on the international level also combined.
About four thousand of the local workers are employed by Dan River.
The others work for Hickson DanChem, Commodore Mobile Homes and (IN-ISS) Ennis Business Forms.
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((MICHAEL FALLEN/HICKSON DANCHEM EMPLOYEE: WE HAVE GOOD MEMBERSHIP BUT WE JUST DON'T, WE CAN'T RAISE ENOUGH CAPITAL TO REALLY DO SOME OF THE THINGS THAT I FEEL WE NEED TO DO. TOM MCNUTT/LOCAL UFCW PRESIDENT: WE THINK THAT BECAUSE WE REPRESENT 40-THOUSAND PEOPLE IN VIRGINIA, MARYLAND AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA THAT OUR COMBINED STRENGTH WITH THE UTW WILL GIVE US AN OPPORTUNITY TO BRING SOME REAL SUBSTANTIAL BENEFIT TO THE EMPLOYEES WHO WORK IN THIS AREA. ))
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Three of the four local unions have already agreed to the merger.
The fourth is expected to vote tonight.
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55Comair


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More jet service for Roanoke air travlers.
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Comair announced that as of this July, it'll begin jet service to the Roanoke Regional Airport.
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The regional carrier will upgrade one of its four daily flights with its new 50 seat CANAD-air jet.
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((JOE KAUFMAN/COMAIR: WE'VE BEEN SERVING THE MARKET SINCE OCTOBER OF 1984, AND WE'RE VERY PLEASED THAT WE'RE ABLE TO ENHANCE THE LEVEL OF OUR SERVICE BY BRINGING IN THE JET AIRCRAFT.))
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Comair's three other flights out of Roanoke will remain in prop planes, at least for now.
The jet service will not cost any more than the prop plane flights.
The only other carrier that offers jet service to Roanoke is U-S Air.
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55Weather


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Taking a look now at the forecast -
A beautiful is in store for us today.
Mostly sunny skies with highs in the 70s.
But, some clouds will move in tonight, bringing a 40 percent chance of rain after midnight.
Lows will be in the 50s.

8XGR-Veto


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The Roanoke region has received the most business incentive money in the state over the last two years, according to the Governor's office.
Roanoke area Democrats fought for more money yesterday.
They came close to overriding two of George Allen's vetoes, but still came up short.
Ellen Qualls has more on the final hours of the 1996 General Assembly.
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(( They needed 67 votes to override Governor Allen's veto. ((CLOSE ... THE ... ROLL. CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL.))
But despite emotional, bi- partisan expressions of support, Virginia CARES will now have to somehow bid for money, when it's funding runs out by July.
Then there was the College of Health Sciences funding -- for students all over southwest Virginia. ((DEL. DICK CRANWELL: 600 AND SOME PLUS STUDENTS... BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, LET ME SHOW YOU THE FACES OF THE PEOPLE THAT IF YOU VOTE TO SUSTAIN THIS VETO, YOU'LL BE TAKING THEIR JOBS.))
Fine.
That veto stood too.
And so did Allen's veto of the language that would have forced him to ask for federal Goals 2000 money -- if two thirds of local school boards said to.
They did. ((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU ALL, BUT I DON'T WANT TO SUGGEST TO THE SCHOOL BOARDS IN THIS COMMONWEALTH THAT WE DON'T HAVE FAITH IN THEIR JUDGMENT. THAT WE SAY TO THEM WE'LL LEAVE IT UP TO YOU TO DECIDE. AND THEN WHEN THEY MEET THE MANDATES THAT THEY'VE SET OUT, WE SAY "OH. SORRY.")) ((DEL. KIRK COX: IT'S ABSOLUTELY INCUMBENT UPON US NOT TO PUT THE ONE THING THAT'S VALUED IN THE CLASSROOM AT RISK, AND THAT IS WHAT WE TEACH THE KIDS. I AM ABSOLUTELY NOT WILLING TO GIVE THAT OVER TO THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION.))
Then there are the lawsuits.
House Democrats say the Governor has misused his line item veto powers.
The Governor says the legislature is limiting them too much on another bill.
All sides say Virginia's first Governor, Patrick Henry, would be spinning in his grave.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))

8Chisholm


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A former presidential candidate and congresswoman met with Virginia Tech students.
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Shirley Chisholm was the first African-American woman to serve in congress.
Last night, she addressed "Social Justice in America: in the Individual and the Community".
Chisholm told the audience that institutionalized racism is still a major challenge for America.
She also had a message for young people who want change.
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((DR. SHIRLEY CHISHOLM/FRM. U.S. CONGRESSWOMAN: THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE IS SO OFTEN THEY DO NOT HAVE PATIENCE. THEY EXPECT EVERYTHING SHOULD BE DONE IMMEDIATELY. I ALWAYS TRY TO TELL THEM ROME WAS NOT BUILT IN A DAY.))
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Chisholm served in congress in 19-68.
And in 1972, she became the first African- American woman to run for President.
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8MOD-Golf


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Some folks took time out of their schedules yesterday to play a little golf.
It was all in the name of charity.
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Workers from the Cave Spring Kroger organized their fifth annual golf tournament for the March of Dimes, which helps fund the treatment and prevention of birth defects.
Last year the tournament raised over 12 thousand dollars.
Organizers hope to double that this year.
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((JIM HENINGER/KROGER EMPLOYEE & GOLF VOLUNTEER: WE'VE GOT A LOT OF VENDORS THAT HELP US AND OTHER KROGER STORES THAT DO HELP US AND WE'RE REALLY GROWIN' AND WE JUST APPRECIATE EVERYONE THAT'S HELPED US.))
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And among the participants out on the green for this charity event yesterday was our very own Roy Stanley.
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8Weather


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Taking a look now at the forecast -
It's back to spring today. Mostly sunny skies with highs in the 70s.