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One of the main political players of the Vietnam War era died yesterday.
Former Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned from his position under Richard Nixon.
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And the latest News 7 poll has Bill Clinton and Bob Dole running neck and neck in the commonwealth.

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Spiro Agnew, Vice President under President Richard Nixon has died at a hospital in Maryland.
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His long political career ended in 19-73 when he resigned as Vice President after pleading no contest to a single count of income tax evasion.
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The conservative Republican never spoke to Nixon again...saying he felt the president threw him to the wolves to appease his enemies.
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But he was present at Nixon's funeral in 19-94....hoping to put all resentment aside.
Agnew was seventy-seven.
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CAMPAIGN-96


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Ross Perot is threatening to campaign in court if he is not allowed to debate President Clinton and G-O-P candidate Bob Dole.
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The Reform Party candidate is outraged because the commission on presidental debates says he has no realistic chance of winning the presidental election.
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The Perot camp calls the ruling a travesty and promises a lawsuit if the decision is not changed.
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Meanwhile, representatives of President Clinton and Bob Dole met yesterday without coming to agreement on the number debates, or who will participate.
The Clinton camp wants two two-hour debates with one of them including Perot.
The Dole side says it favors four debates, with no Perot.
Another meeting is planned for this afternoon.

Mason-Dixon


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The latest News-7 Mason Dixon poll indicates Virginians may be defying tradition this November and NOT backing a Republican Presidential candidate.
Figures show Bill Clinton running neck and neck with Bob Dole.
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44-percent of Virginia voters favor Dole, while 43-percent support the President.
Coming in a VERY distant third is Reform party candidate Ross Perot, with only two-percent.
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If Clinton comes out on top-- he would become the first Democratic Presidential candidate to carry Virginia since Lyndon Johnson's win in 1964.

Tech-Expo


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College job fairs help get seniors through the door at many corporations, but this year Virginia Tech's Expo had to close its door on some corporations.
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The annual Engineering Expo started yesterday with 137 participating companies, a record number.
Due to space constraints, organizers were unable to accommodate about 20 firms that tried to register after the deadline.
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((SARAH JOYCE/EXPO '96 CHAIRPERSON: WE'VE EXPANDED OUR CORPORATE DATABASE OF THE COMPANIES WE SEND INFORMATION TO AND WE'VE ALSO HAD THE TECH NAME JUST GROW SO MUCH. PEOPLE ARE SO EXCITED ABOUT VIRGINIA TECH WITH THE SPORTS PROGRAM DOING SO WELL, AND THEY'RE EXPANDING, ACCEPTING SO MANY MORE FRESHMEN. ))
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The Expo allows about five thousand engineering students an opportunity to network with potential employers.
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((MARC SHEFFLER/THE BOEING COMPANY: WE'RE LOOKING FOR A LARGE NUMBER OF ENGINEERS. SO WE'RE ACTUALLY NOT ONLY CONTACTING PEOPLE THROUGH EXPO, BUT CONDUCTING ON-CAMPUS INTERVIEWS THIS YEAR. ))
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The Expo is one of the largest in the country.
It continues through today at the Squires Student Center.
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Soering


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A couple of drifters from Lynchburg were among those questioned about the murders of a wealthy Bedford County couple in 1985.
IF William Shifflett and Robert Louis Albright WERE ever suspects in the Haysom case, the county prosecutor never told the man who's serving two LIFE terms for it.
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Because of that, (Yenz SIR-ing's) Jen Soering's case is heading for another hearing in December- -in the same courtroom where he was convicted six years ago.
The Supreme Court sent the case back to Bedford, so the judge can hear the story of two murder suspects the defense team did not know about when (Sir-ing) Soering was tried.
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((GAIL MARSHALL: THEY WERE FOUND WITH THE KNIFE THAT'S CONSISTENT WITH THIS WEAPON THAT THE FORENSIC PEOPLE FOR THE COMMONWEALTH HELD WAS THE TYPE OF KNIFE. THEY SECRETED IT, WHEN THEY WERE STOPPED. THEY APPARENTLY WERE FURTIVE ABOUT IT, AND THEN A FEW DAYS LATER THEY STABBED SOMEONE AND WERE CONVICTED FOR THAT STABBING IN THE CITY OF ROANOKE.))
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Marshall wants fingerprints to compare with the UN-identified prints found in the Haysom home.
She also wants to know the suspects' blood type and whether, in fact, they were ever questioned about the Haysom case.
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(Sir-ing) Soering himself will be back for the hearing on December 9th.

Yokohama


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Yokohama is laying off more workers.
Over the next few weeks 80 more jobs will be phased out.
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It's the second round of layoffs in just two months.
44 workers were let go in August.
Company officials say it's necessary for the tire manufacturer to stay competitive in a slow market.
Marketing Vice President Dan Hunter says he hopes the action will be on a short term basis to meet the market conditions now.
He says at this point, no additional layoffs are planned.
Meanwhile, local union leaders say they were expecting the announcement-- but did not know how many people would be let go.
Following these layoffs, there will be close to 925 people employed at the Salem plant.
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Downtown-Roanoke


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Roanoke's downtown is on the move and it is not stopping.
33 new businesses have moved there in the past year alone.
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Downtown Roanoke Incorporated is the main organization that promotes this growth.
At its annual meeting this afternoon, members got a sneak preview of how the group plans to continue downtown Roanoke's revitalization.
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((MATT KENNELL/DOWNTOWN ROANOKE INC.: WE NEED TO PUT AN ADDITIONAL EMPHASIS ON OUR RAIL DISTRICT, REALLY MAKE IT ROANOKE'S RIVER, AND PERHAPS BE THE MARKET AREA, AS FAR AS BEING A STRONG DRAW FOR THE AREA.))
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Other ideas include establishing a strong link between the new Second Street bridge and downtown.
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These suggestions and others are in a new strategic plan called Outlook Downtown Roanoke, that has been in the works for several months.

PrimeTime


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There's more news and good news for WDBJ viewers, especially those who get to bed early. Take Fullscreen Board
WDBJ has started the area's first local 10 p-m newscast.
News 7 Prime Time can be seen each weekday night at 10 p-m on W-E-F-C.
You can check your local cable listings for the channel in your area. 2-headlines
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Here's a look at today's top stories.
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Jury selection gets underway today in the O.J. Simpson civil trial.
The judge said he will allow testimony on domestic violence.
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The country mourns the loss of a controversial politician.
Spiro Agnew died yesterday at the age of 77.
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And Boones Mill will be getting a new water system.
Officials were able to get a grant for the needed 125-thousand dollars.
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And that's what's making news on this Wednesday September 18th.

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AGNEW


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Former Vice President Spiro Agnew has died at the age of 77.
Agnew served under Richard Nixon but was forced to resign in disgrace in a tax evasion scandal in 19-73.
The Maryland hospital where Agnew died yesterday has not released a cause of death.
Rick Jackson has more on the life of Agnew.
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(( AGNEW WAS FAR FROM A HIGH-PROFILE GOVERNOR OF MARYLAND WHEN HE WAS CALLED UPON BY RICHARD NIXON TO BE HIS VICE PRESIDENT.....CALLING IT HIMSELF A "BOLT OUT OF THE BLUE." IF THE NATION KNEW LITTLE OF THE MAN BORN IN 19-18 IN BALTIMORE ....THE SON OF A GREEK IMMIGRANT FATHER....IT SOON LEARNED. AGNEW'S HARSH RIDICULE OF LIBERALS AND VIETNAM WAR PROTESTERS....WHO HE DUBBED AN "EFFETE CORPS OF IMPUDENT SNOBS".....DREW MUCH ATTENTION AND CRITICISM....AND APPLAUSE FROM CONSERVATIVES....LEADING TO A WIN FOR
THE NIXON-AGNEW TICKET IN '68. COURTESY: 2-YEARS LATER, THE VICE PRESIDENT TOLD THE NATION WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO WORK UNDER RICHARD NIXON. 1973, MD THAT VIEW DRASTICALLY CHANGED JUST 3-YEARS LATER..>>WHEN IN THE MIDST OF THE BEGINNING OF THE WATERGATE SCANDAL, AGNEW RESIGNED, WALKED INTO
A FEDERAL COURTROOM IN BALTIMORE AND PLEADED NO CONTEST TO ONE COUNT OF INCOME TAX EVASION.
THE CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN NEVER SPOKE TO NIXON AGAIN...SAYING HE FELT THE PRESIDENT THREW HIM TO THE WOLVES TO APPEASE HIS ENEMIES.
BUT HE WAS PRESENT AT NIXON'S FUNERAL IN 19-94....HOPING TO PUT ALL RESENTMENT ASIDE.
AGNEW IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE JUDY AND THEIR 4-CHILDREN.
HE WAS 77-YEARS OLD. RICK JACKSON CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))


SIMPSON


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Jury selection is scheduled to get under way today in Santa Monica, California, in O.J. Simpson's civil trial.
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One-hundred prospective jurors -- out of a pool of four-thousand -- are due in court today.
Meanwhile, the judge in the case handed some blows to the defense yesterday.
He said he will allow testimony on domestic violence.
The media also won a small victory.
A federal appeals court agreed with the judge's decision to bar electronic broadcasts, but ordered him to allow a press room audio feed and sketch artists in the courtroom.
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Pulaski-Kennel


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One former Pulaski County kennel operator has turned herself in, pleading guilty to five counts of cruelty to animals.
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Annette Jenkins let Terry Weaver set up the Solid Rock Kennel at her home.
Both disappeared in June, leaving about 30 dogs and cats tied up or caged without food and water.
Tipton Ridge Veterinary Clinic has treated and boarded the animals since, and adopted out all but six.
Jenkins turned herself in and pled guilty yesterday.
The judge suspended her 12-month sentence on the condition she repay the vet.
Weaver, who's also charged, is still at large.
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Boones-Mill


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Just when it looked like the Boones Mill water project was down the drain town officials plugged the hole.
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The town came up short on cash in efforts to replace its 55-year old water system.
It happened despite a 400-thousand dollar state grant.
But officials were able to get their hands on an additional grant worth 125- thousand dollars.
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((BONNIE NEWLON/FRANKLIN COUNTY ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR: WE SUBMITTED MONEY TO THE R.A.C.D. FARMER'S HOME TO HELP US PAY FOR THE COST OF THE TANK. AND BY DOING THAT, THE COMMUNITY BLOCK GRANT FOLKS DECIDED THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO WORK WITH US AND ALLOW US TO SHIFT THE BUDGET AROUND SO WE COULD USE ALL THEIR FUNDS FOR THE WATER LINE. ))
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Newlon says if the extra money wasn't granted, the project would have likely been put on hold.
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SWAN


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Houston animal control people was sent out on a wild goose chase yesterday afternoon.
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4:44
Turns out, it was not a goose but a swan, venturing out into a busy intersection.
Animal control was called after the swan caused several accidents.
A police officer also joined in the low-speed chase.
They finally managed to catch up with the animal.
Animal control believes it may have come from a private pond.
If the owner doesn't come forward, then it's off to a wildlife refuge.
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2-OBIT-AGNEW


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The political world is mourning the death of former Vice President Spiro Agnew.
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He died yesterday at a hospital in Ocean City, Maryland.
Agnew was forced to resign as Richard Nixon's Vice President in 1973 in a tax-evasion scandal.
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The conservative Republican never spoke to Nixon again, saying he felt the President threw him to the wolves to appease his enemies.
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But he was present at Nixon's funeral in 19-94.
Agnew was seventy-seven.
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iraq


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The State Department has sent another note to Saddam Hussein warning him not to threaten his neighbors, or U-S forces in the Middle East.
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By the end of the week, the U-S should have 35-hundred more soldiers in Kuwait that could be used to respond to any further threatening moves from Iraq.
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Yesterday President Clinton briefed Congressional leaders about the Persian Gulf situation, telling them the U-S is ready to act further against Saddam if he tries to expand his influence.
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The new U-S troops in the gulf will join up with 12-hundred soldiers -- plus heavy equipment -- already there.
The troops are an addition to a beefed-up U-S air presence in the region that includes Stealth fighters and F-16s.
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SCLC


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The rash of fires that destroyed numerous black churches throughout the South, seem to be dying out-
But a Danville civil rights organization doesn't want the issue to die.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
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(( Members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference are determined to prevent what's happened around the country from hitting home.
The organization sponsored a leadership summit in Danville-- inviting local church, legal and business leaders.
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But behind the Sunday like atmosphere-- the message was clear.
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((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF:I DON'T KNOW OF ANYTHING THAT IS A MORE DASTARDLY ACT THAN THE BURNING OF A CHURCH AND WE WANT TO BE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN THAT WE DO EVERYTHING WE POSSIBLY CAN IN THIS PART OF THE COUNTRY AND THIS CITY, IN PARTICULAR, TO INSURE THAT THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN HERE. ))
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Morris says his officers are keeping a closer eye on local churches.
But he and Commonwealth's Attorney Bill Fuller encouraged the crowd to help by reporting any suspicious behavior.
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((BILL FULLER/DANVILLE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY.:A LOT OF MURDERS TAKE PLACE IN THE HEAT OF PASSION AND THINGS LIKE THAT BUT TO JUST DO SOME PREMEDITATED ACT LIKE THAT IS ALMOST UNBELIEVABLE.))
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((REV. WILLIAM AVON KEEN/DANVILLE SCLC PRESIDENT:WE WERE VERY PLEASED WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF SCLC YOUTH AND WHAT THEY HAVE DONE. THEY SHOW US THE NEED FOR HOUSES OF WORSHIP TO EDUCATE AND TO KEEP THE SPIRITUAL DREAM ALIVE IN THE COMMUNITY. ))
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Members of the Jewish and Islamic faith also took part in the leadership summit. Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))

Southern-Baptists


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For the first time, there are two separate southern Baptist groups in the same state.
Conservative Virginia Baptists have made an official split with the more moderate Baptist General Association of Virginia.
The new Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia group includes about 115 churches, and is about one- tenth the size of its more moderate counterpart.
An ideological power struggle within the Southern Baptist Convention was the main reason for the defection.
There's a degree of hair- splitting: the conservatives believe the Bible is the literal truth, and moderates believe some of the Bible is simply meant to be inspirational.

2-PrimeTime


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For WDBJ viewers who get to bed early there is good news. Take Fullscreen Board
WDBJ has started the area's first local 10 p-m newscast.
News 7 Prime Time can be seen each weekday night on W-E-F-C.
You can check your local cable listings for the channel in your area. Connie Stevens is joined by Meterologist Robin Reed and Mike Stevens with Sports. That's at the earlier time of 10 p-m on WEFC. And of course there is also News 7 at 11 right here on WDBJ.

4-Scores


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Cleveland has clinched its second straight Central Division crown with a 9-to-4 victory at Chicago.
For a roundup of last night's baseball scores let's check the numbers.
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