Fire destroys a home in Montgomery County this morning...
And the Vice-Presidential candidates prepare for their turn in the debate
Stay with us News 7 at Noon is coming up next.
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Republican presidential Candidate Bob Dole says he is stepping up his
attacks on President Clinton's character.
Clinton says the strategy is the mark of a desperate candidate.
But tonight the focus of the presidential race shifts to the number two
spot on the ticket as Vice- President Al Gore and his republican challenger
Jack Kemp meet for their one and only debate.
Russ Mitchell has more from Florida.
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((WHILE PREPARATIONS CONTINUE TUESDAY INSIDE THE ST. PETERSBURG BAY FRONT
CENTER, THE COMBATANTS WERE STILL DEVELOPING GAME PLANS. AL GORE HAS NOT BEEN
SEEN SINCE MONDAY. HE'S BEEN HUDDLING WITH ADVISORS IN THE SARASOTA FLORIDA
AREA AND WON'T ARRIVE HERE UNTIL THIS AFTERNOON.
JACK KEMP'S ST.PETERSBURG WELCOME CAME AFTER SEVERAL DAYS OF PRACTACE
DEBATES IN BAL HARBOUR, FLORIDA...KEMP PREDICTED TONIGHT'S REAL THING WILL
CONTAIN MANY OF THE SAME THEMES OF SUNDAY'S CLINTON-DOLE FACE OFF..LOOK FOR
EXCHANGES OVER TAX POLICIES..THE STATE OF THE ECONOMY AND WELFARE..TRYING TO
LOWER EXPECTATIONS BOTH KEMP AND GORE CALL THEMSELVES THE UNDERDOG IN TONIGHT'S
DEBATE..AND WHILE NEITHER MAN IS DIVULGING STRATEGY, KEMP TUESDAY OFFERED THIS
((JACK KEMP: MY DAUGHTER TOLD ME TO BE MYSELF..DON'T DO ANYTHING STUPID...))
RUSS MITCHELL CBS NEWS ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA)).
President Clinton has signed legislation designed to make the skies safer.
The measure authorizes 19- billion dollars for airport improvements and
The legislation will pay for hundreds of state- of- the- art bomb
detection scanners and require airlines to conduct background checks on baggage
Richard Jewell may be closer to clearing his name.
C-B-S News quotes a federal judge who says the investigation of the
Olympic Park Bombing suspect "appears to be history."
The judge is considering whether to unseal affidavits that were used to
obtain search warrants against Jewell.
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Meanwhile, lawyers for the former security guard say the F-B-I has returned
their client's gun collection and other belongings.
And they say authorities are no longer keeping tabs on Jewell. The F-B-I
has declined any comment.
The first U-S units sent to Bosnia a year ago are coming home.
60- thousand peacekeepers have been stationed in Bosnia under the peace
accord that was signed last December.
Some of those soldiers are now beginning their withdrawal from Slavonski
Brod, which is serving as the staging area for the U- S withdrawal.
The first U-S units to leave have been stationed near Tuzla.
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Police in Roanoke made dozens of drug arrests last night.
24 adults and 5 juveniles were taken into custody.
Authorities are still searching for nearly 40 more individuals wanted for
Among the targeted neighborhoods were Lafayette Boulevard and Melrose
Avenue, as well as the Garden City and Williamson Road areas.
On Monday, the Grand Jury returned 96 indictments against 55 adults for
distributing crack cocaine, heroin, marijuana and imitation narcotics.
Twelve juveniles were also charged with distributing drugs.
Fire destroyed a mobile home in Montgomery County this morning.
John Nakutis (nuh-KOO-tiss) lost everything he owned in the blaze.
He was next door at his mother's home on McCormick Road when he walked
outside and noticed smoke coming from his trailer.
He said it appeared the fire started in the bathroom.
No one was injured in the fire, but the trailer is a total loss.
One woman is dead and another in critical condition today following a 2
vechicle accident yesterday in Wythe County.
70 year-old Virginia (Sec-o-bich) Secobich of Massachusetts died at the
scene when a van struck the Buick she was riding in.
State police say the driver of the Buick, Wanda S. Bourne of Fries (FREEZ)
made an improper lane change, and the van hit it broadside.
Bourne was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where she is in serious
No one in the van was injured.
Five Americans have claimed nobel prizes in Chemistry and Physics.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced the awards this morning in
U-S physicists David Lee, Robert Richardson and Douglas Osheroff were cited
for discovering superfluidity in helium- three. Their work in the 19-70s was a
breakthrough in low- temperature physics.
Meanwhile, Rice University Researchers Robert Curl Junior and Richard
Smalley are sharing the Nobel Prize for Chemistry with Harold Kroto of Britain.
The Royal Academy honored them for the 19-85 discovery of fullerenes,
carbon atoms bound in the form of a ball.
Virginia Military Institute will have at least 30 female rats next year.
That's how many female freshman V-M-I Superintendent Josiah Bunting said the
school would be accepting. He spoke to alumni yesterday in Norfolk.
Afterward, he said the alumni are coming together to ensure that coeducation
V-M-I has received 116 inquiries from female high school seniors. The
school plans to conduct an open house later this month.
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Still to come on the newscast,
The middle east is rocked by an earthquake centered in the Mediterranean
And Lynchburg City Council members find themselves dealing with a brewing
controversy involving a piece of artwork.
But first, let's check in with Patrick in the weathercenter.
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The mideast was shaken by an earthquake today, but there's no word of any
Israeli Radio says the quake was centered in the Mediterranean sea north of
The U- S Geological Survey says the quake measured six- point- four on the
The tremor was also felt in Egypt, Cyprus, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon.
The airwaves are filling with political ads as the campaign nears.
Senator John Warner has a new T-V ad that portrays Democratic challenger
Mark Warner as a Washington insider.
The ad that began airing yesterday says the Democrat made his
telecommunications fortune by taking advantage of government loopholes on
Mark Warner said Virginia voters should reject such personal attacks.
G-O-P pollster Glen Bolger said John Warner had to go on the offensive to
prevent the race from tightening in the last weeks.
The incumbent has a big lead in polls.
Ninth district congressional candidate Patrick Muldoon has joined the ranks
of Republicans who've pledged to support tax reforms.
Muldoon signed a pledge to that effect yesterday, saying if elected he will
stand up for American families and hold the line on taxes.
((PATRICK MULDOON/R-CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS: IT PUTS ME ON RECORD. IT SAYS I
WILL NOT INCREASE TAXES, I WILL NOT INCREASE THE MARGINAL TAX RATE, I WILL NOT
REDUCE THE DEDUCTIONS FOR FAMILIES ACROSS SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA. ))
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A number of G-O-P candidates nationwide signed similar pledges yesterday,
joining about 275 legislators who signed on before them.
Muldoon is seeking to unseat incumbent Democrat Rick Boucher.
A local group wants the Lynchburg City Council to live up to its pledge of
accepting diverity, and allow a mural honoring civil rights activists to hang
in City Hall.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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(( It is an imposing portrait.
Fifty square feet featuring the people who led the fight for civil rights in
Lynchburg in the 1960's.
Its owner, the Legacy Project, has offered to hang the painting in City
Hall, to coincide with the start of National Education Week in November.
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((WILLIE THORNHILL/THE LEGACY PROJECT: THE LEGACY PROJECT HAS AN EDUCATIONAL
VALUE WHEN YOU'RE TEACHING THE HISTORY TO CHILDREN OF THE CITY, THIS WOULD BE
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Too important to be placed anywhere besides the highly-visible lobby, where
hundreds of people would see it each day.
The problem, city officials say, is where do they draw the line.
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((JIM WHITAKER/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: BUT WE NEED TO TAKE SOME STRONG CONSIDERATION,
BECAUSE ONCE WE OPEN THE DOOR TO ALLOW ONE GROUP TO DISPLAY SOMETHING IN CITY
HALL, THEN WE HAVE TO START ALLOWING ALL GROUPS TO DISPLAY IN CITY HALL.))
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IN Q=So it's possible
((So it's possible that city manager Charles Church and museum officials could
decide later this week that the best place for the mural is somewhere other
than the lobby of this building. If that happens, councilman Junius Haskins
says when the issue goes before city council, he has enough votes to make sure
the painting goes in City Hall.))
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It's a safe bet that few council members, despite their best intentions,
will enjoy having to vote against this request.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
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A live interview with a nutrition expert. We'll learn how to eat better.
A Danville family may have to take down a memorial placed at the site of
a fatal crash on 220.
Stay with us.
Transportation officials call the 900-pound statue of the "Virgin Mary" a
traffic hazard and say it has to go, but a Danville family is fighting to keep
the memorial for their two children.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
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(( It's been nearly a year since 12- year old Jami Earles and her 10- year
year old brother James were killed in a traffic accident on Route 265.
Last week, a 25- hundred dollar memorial was erected in their memory.
Family members say they chose the statues because they'd be difficult for
vandals to remove.
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((RAYMOND MUSTAIN/CHILDREN'S STEPFATHER: I ERECTED THAT IN MEMORY OF THEM, SO
WHEN I DRIVE BY, OR ANYONE DRIVES BY THEY SEE THAT RIGHT THERE AND THEY
REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED. ))
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The Mustains say they had permission to place two "four- foot" angels at the
site, but decided to buy the "Virgin Mary" statue and two smaller angels
instead-- never expecting any problems.
Local transportation officials say the two smaller angels can remain, but
the "Virgin Mary" statue has to go.
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((TIM WILES/RESIDENT ENGINEER:YOU ALWAYS WORRY ABOUT SOMETHING LIKE THAT BEING
A CAUSE OF MORE DAMAGE FOR SOMEBODY, OR ANOTHER ACCIDENT, PEOPLE DRIVING BY SEE
IT, THEY WANT TO STOP AND THAT'S NOT VERY GOOD ON A HIGHWAY.))
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Wiles has given the Mustains until November first to remove the larger
statue, but family members say the "Virgin Mary" is staying until they're shown
in writing where they've violated the law or an ordinance.
In the meantime, construction continues at the intersection.
The median, where the children were killed, has been closed. And, right turn
lanes have been created for traffic entering Route 265. Teresa Hamilton, News
Most Americans are not as healthy as they nutritionists say they should be.
The U-S Department of Agriculture found that 80 percent of Americans do not
eat enough grains, fruits, and vegetables on a daily basis.
David Chance has his master's of science in nutrition, and he is a program
coordinator the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association.
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Diets seem to be very popluar today. How can people lose weight, but still
Vegetarianism seems to be growing. What does it take to be a vegetarian and
still get have a balanced diet?
Vitamins are gaining popularity. Are they really a substitute for the
natural vitamins in food?
Thank you for joining us today.
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Alleghany County officials announced plans this morning to build a 200-acre
high tech industrial park.
The park will be located about two miles from Clifton Forge next to
It will be designed to attract high technolgy related jobs in the
communication and information industry. Even though the park won't be
finished for two to three years, economic development officials say at least
one company has already expressed interest.
Stocks prices are in retreat on Wall Street.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 29 points.
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The saga of the pigs from Vinton refuses to die,
One of America's best cyclists battling more than steep hills.
That and more when we return.
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Those of you hoping for highlights from game one of the American League
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championship series are instead watching Josephine in action.
Heavy rain in New York city forced last night's game to be postponed until
this afternoon at four.
America's best road racing cyclist, Lance Armstrong, now faces the toughest
ride of his short life, an uphill battle with cancer.
Armstrong had a malignant testicle removed last week, but doctors are hopeful
he can make a complete recovery.
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The two time defending Tour DuPont champion had the surgery on Thursday and
is now undergoing chemotherapy to control the often agressive cancer.
The cure rate for this type of cancer, in its advanced stage, ranges between
65 and 85 percent. Armstrong's doctor says the cancer has spread to an area of
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Armstrong, who is just 25 years old, says the cancer is in the moderate to
advanced stages, and that he has likely had the disease since he began riding
competitively in his teens.
The Atlantic 10 player of the year from last season is creating some concern
in the Toronto Raptors training camp.
Marcus Camby, is scheduled to have an MRI exam done on his right ankle today.
The six foot eleven inch forward injured the ankle in practice on Sunday, and
so far it has not responded to treatment.
In Salem last night, the Lady Spartans and Northside locked up in a Blue
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We pick it up late in the third and the Lady Vikes up by 9.
Amy Heath dishes to Kristina McMillan on the fast break. She finishes the
play to put Northside up by eleven.
Salem would make a run in the fourth cutting the lead to five on two
occasions. Mandy Williams hooks up with Elizabeth Croy for the easy layin.
But Northside pulls it out. Samantha Webb finds herself all alone
in the paint. She sticks the short jumper and Northside wins it 55 to 49.
The three little pigs of Vinton are back and this time their owner wants
them to stay.
Last summer, the town banned Wilbur, Arnold and Charlotte from living with
their owner, Emma Saunders.
She refused to say what she did with them.
But the pigs are apparently alive and well and living with Saunders'
Now she wants them back, and is circulating a petition to get town council
to change the ordinance, so she can keep her Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs as
About 135 people have signed the petition so far.
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