Good evening, there was a small shakeup in Senator John Warner's campaign
staff after last night's debate.
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Warner fired a campaign staffer who used a racial slur while telling
N-Double-A-C-P officials the debate was poorly organized.
When called to the podium as last night's debate, the staffer, who is
black, said he was not referring to any particular person.
Norfolk Southern goes to court to try and block a merger between Conrail and
Plus some vintage World War-2 planes are back in the sky tonight.
More on those stories tonight on News 7.
In 72 hours the winners of the campaign marathon will have crossed the
And according to challenger MARK Warner the race for the United States
Senate seat is a tight one.
Denise Allen has more.
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SOT M. WARNER
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Mark Warner told Democrats in the ninth district he has more than a fighting
chance to unseat Republican incumbent John Warner.
Mark says he's feeling the momentum pendulum swing his way after last
night's senate debate before the state N-Double-A-C-P.
He says educational and economical opportunities should be spread equally
across the state.
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((MARK WARNER/D-U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE: THAT'S WHY I THINK I'M DOING SO WELL IN
SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA BECAUSE THERE'S A GREAT CONCERN I FIND THROUGHOUT RURAL
VIRGINIA AND SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA THAT THE FEAR MAY BE THAT ALL THE GOOD JOBS MAY
END UP IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA.))
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SOT J WARNER 04:47:27
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In Southside John Warner pumped up the crowd at a Republican pep rally.
This Warner says the challenger is trying to buy his senate seat by spending
a record setting amount of his own cash.
John Warner says Virginians aren't falling for it.
SOT J WARNER 23:54:02
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((JOHN WARNER/R-U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE: AND HERE ARE 21 EDITORIALS FROM EVERY
MAJOR NEWSPAPER IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA. I'M HUMBLE BY THIS. THIS IS
AN HISTORICAL FIRST FOR A STATEWIDE CANDIDATE TO GET EVERY SINGLE NEWSPAPER.))
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And as the finish draws near each candidate has their own prediction of what
election day will bring.
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((JOHN WARNER: AND I'M PROUD TO SAY ALL VIRGINIANS ARE BACKING JOHN WARNER FOR
THE U.S. SENATE.))
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SOT M. WARNER 9:57:38
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((MARK WARNER: BUT IT WILL BE MARK NOT JOHN. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!))
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Both candidates are on a whirl wind tour of the state before reaching the
November fifth finish to this race.
Denise Allen News 7.))
John Warner fired one his staff members following last night's debate.
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The Republican fired campaign aide Lyn Williams after the state
N-double-A-C-P president charged that Williams uttered a racial slur before the
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(( PAUL GILLIS/VA. NAACP PRESIDENT: I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THIS IS THE
CONDUCT OF YOUR STAFF AS YOU RUN THIS CAMPAIGN.
JOHN WARNER: I THINK SUCH A SERIOUS...I YIELD MY TIME FOR SUCH A SERIOUS
ACCUSATION THIS INDIVIDUAL SHOULD BE GRANTED DUE PROCESS. COME UP HERE AND
ANSWER THE QUESTION.))
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Warner then called Williams to the podium.
Gillis then repeated his allegation that Williams used the "n"-word to
describe the debate as poorly organized.
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((LYN WILLIAMS/FORMER JOHN WARNER STAFF MEMBER: I DID NOT USE THE WORD "N" TO
YOU. I JUST SAID WE'RE NOT FUNCTIONING PROPERLY AS WE AGREED TO AND I SAID TO
YOU PERSONALLY THAT ANYTHING TO DO WITH CHANGING AT THE 11TH HOUR IS NOT
REFLECTIVE OF OUT COMMUNITY AND YOU SHOULD TRY TO ADJUST YOURSELF
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Warner defended Williams saying he was a man who has fought very hard for
A body was discovered inside of a burning car in Nelson County this morning.
The Sheriff's Department found the car on fire around four o'clock on a
private road in the Afton area.
By that time the fire had just about extinguished itself.
Police were unable to determine the person's identity.
The cause of the fire has not been determined.
The body has been sent to the medical examiner's office in Richmond for an
autopsy on Monday.
Blacksburg Fire officials are investigating a suspicious fire at an
The blaze broke out at Terrace View around 11-30 last night.
Officials say the fire started in the basement storage area.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
No one was injured in the incident but the blaze did cause about five
thousand dollars in property damage.
It would be the biggest foreign purchase ever of a U-S company.
Sources say British Telecommunications has agreed to buy M-C-I
Communications for as much as 21 billion dollars.
The sources say the boards of both companies agreed today on the deal.
A formal announcement of the merger is to be made tomorrow.
A combined British Telecom and M-C-I would provide a powerful competitor to
A-T-and-T, the world's largest long-distance company.
It would have combined revenue of 35 billion dollars and two marquee brand
names with operations in more than 70 countries.
A piece of American history graced the skies over Roanoke this afternoon.
Two vintage warplanes left the Roanoke Regional Airport headed for southside
The World War Two B-24 liberator circled Woodrum Field before heading into
the wild blue yonder.
Of the 18- thousand B- 24s that were built, this is the only one still
The B-24 and a B-17 Flying Fortress touched down in Roanoke on Thursday.
Hundreds of history and aviation buffs boarded the planes during their
lay-over in Roanoke.
The airplanes are owned by the Collings Foundation of Stow, Massachusetts.
And coming up, Virginia and Virginia Tech score big wins on the football
field this afternoon.
We'll have those stories coming up...
Virginia Tech had a field day at home this afternoon beating Southwestern
Louisiana 47 to 15.
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Tiki Barber rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns to lead the 16-th
ranked Cavaliers to a 27 to 3 win over Duke.
It's the seventh time the Cavaliers have beaten the Blue Devils in the
last eight meetings.
Barber had an 81 yard punt returned called back but he score on runs of 3
and 5 yards.
Virginia is now 6 and 2 overall and 4 and 2 in the conference.
North Carolina, Ohio State, Michigan and Miami won today for those and all
of today's scores lets check the boards.
wipe to boards
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