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7E-Beyer


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Although it will not be a surprise, it will be official. Don Beyer will formally announce his candidacy for governor today.
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Virginia Democrats will choose their candidates during a May 10th convention.
He'll likely face Republican Attorney General Jim Gilmore in the general election.
Gilmore, like Beyer, is unopposed for their party's nomination.
Republicans will choose their candidate in a June 10th primary.
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7E-Watts


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Family values was just one of the topics Republican J.C. Watts touched on during a visit to Lynchburg.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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From star quarterback to U.S. congressman... it comes as no surprise that J.C. Watts also can SING pretty well too.
But on this day, the basics of family and faith were on Watts' agenda as he addressed the congregation at Thomas Road Baptist Church.
It's the absence of those values that leaves him fearing for the future of the country.
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((J.C. WATTS/R- OKLAHOMA: FRIENDS I'VE GONE BACK TO MY ONE BEDROOM APARTMENT IN WASHINGTON, MANY TIMES, AND WEPT.))
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Watts stepped into the national spotlight when he delivered the Republican response to the State of the Union address, but as the GOP's only black congressman, that honor brought with it cries of tokenism.
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((J.C. WATTS/R- OKLAHOMA: I THINK IT'S A SAD COMMENTARY WHEN YOU'RE A TOKEN IF YOU STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR STRENGTHENING OUR FAMILIES, WHEN YOU STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR REDUCING PEOPLE'S TAXES, WHEN YOU STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR CHANGING A PATHETIC WELFARE SYSTEM THAT PENALIZES WELFARE MOMS FOR SAVING MONEY AND DISCOURAGING DADS TO BE OUT OF THE HOME RATHER THAN IN THE HOME. IF I'M A TOKEN FOR THOSE THINGS, I WEAR THAT AS A BADGE OF HONOR.))
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Watts says stressing these values eventually will help Republicans recruit more minorities into their fold.
While others hold high hopes for HIS future in the party, Watts remains noncommittal.
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((J.C. WATTS: ONE OF THE REASONS I'VE BEEN ABLE TO SAY AND DO WHAT I'VE SAID AND DONE IS BECAUSE I'D MUCH RATHER HAVE `DAD' IN FRONT OF MY NAME THAN CONGRESSMAN AND THAT GIVES ME FREEDOM TO STAND AND TELL THE TRUTH IF YOU WILL.))
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((REV. JERRY FALWELL/THOMAS RD. BAPTIST CHURCH: IF THIS COUNTRY HAS THE COURAGE TO ELECT AN AFRICAN- AMERICAN PRESIDENT, IT COULD DO NO BETTER THAN J.C. WATTS AND I HOPE IT HAPPENS ONE DAY.))
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Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))

7NAACP


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School renovation projects are the latest issue to be topping the agenda of the N-double-A-C-P. It is seeking a change in the way contracts for the projects are awarded in Roanoke.
Black-owned firms received less than one percent of the contracts on Roanoke school renovation projects during the past decade.
Roanoke N-double-A-C-P president Martin Jeffrey said the figures show that something is seriously wrong.
School officials said they've tried to increase minority participation -- but few black-owned companies submit bids.
Contracts must be awarded to the lowest bidder.

7Crime


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Virginia is seeing a steady rise in the population of state juvenile corrections facilities.
Part of the reason is an increase in youth crime.
The other is a get-tough stance that means longer sentences for young offenders.
In 19-91, about 13-hundred young people were in state custody.
Authorities said that population topped 18-hundred by 19-95.
But experts are worried that crowding means most troubled young people are NOT getting rehabilitation help.

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Time now to check today's forecast--
Morning clouds will give way to sunshine and gusty winds, with highs warming into the low to mid 60s.
Partly cloudy by tonight, with lows near 40.
And partly sunny for tomorrow, with highs near 60.
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55E-Habitat-Houses


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Many college students head to the beach for a little R AND R during sping break.
But dozens of students chose a different way to spend their week off, they headed to Lynchburg for some hard labor.
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Some two hundred college students from across the country are in the Hill City this month to benefit the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
It's all part of a program called "Collegiate Challenge" where the students give their time and money to help build homes for low- income families.
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((KEVIN BORGE/SITE LEADER: ACTUALLY THESE STUDENTS HOPEFULLY ARE GOING TO FINISH THESE THREE HOUSES FROM START TO FINISH, SO IT'S A BIG BOOST, NOT ONLY LABOR-WISE, BUT ALSO SPIRIT-WISE IN THE COMMUNITY AND IN THE WORKERS THEMSELVES.))
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Pounding nails and hauling boards is no day at the beach, but the students say they have no regrets.
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((DAN BART/UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA: NOT ONLY DO YOU LEARN A LOT.. .. IT'S A

GOOD FEELING.)) ((MAGGIE O'NEILL/HOLY CROSS: IT'S BEEN REALLY INTERESTING, ESPECIALLY TO MEET THE PEOPLE THAT ARE GOING TO LIVE IN THE HOUSES AFTERWARDS... BEEN A GREAT EXPERIENCE.))
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SUPER=01-Maggie O'Neill/Holy Cross; :10
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Lynchburg is one of just ten Habitat chapters in the country to take part in the Collegiate Challenge.
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55S-College-Grades


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The chairwoman of the State Council of Higher Education wants to low-achieving college students off the financial aid rolls.
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Chairwoman Elizabeth McClanahan says one in six students getting state financial-aid awards at Virginia's public institutions is NOT maintaining a `C' average.
And she says students with a `D' average in their first semester often have until the end of sophomore year to raise their grades before losing their aid.
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55Allen-Cigs


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Governor Allen is on a mission to stop underage smoking.
He wants to speed up the timetable for state liquor agents to enforce the ban on cigarette sales to minors.
Governor Allen has asked the General Assembly to put the enforcement into effect on the day the legislature meets next month.
The General Assembly will convene in Richmond on April 2nd for the veto override session.

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In today's weather--
Cloudy skies this morning will become mostly sunny later on.
Expect pleasant highs in the 60s.
Tonight looks partly cloudy, with an overnight low around 40.
And partly sunny tomorrow, with highs near 60.
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8Watts


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Of all the titles held by Republican J.C. Watts, he says the one he values most is "father."
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The Oklahoma Representative told a Lynchburg audience at the Thomas Road Baptist church he thinks that helps him in is job as well as his personal life.
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((J.C. WATTS: ONE OF THE REASONS I'VE BEEN ABLE TO SAY AND DO WHAT I'VE SAID AND DONE IS BECAUSE I'D MUCH RATHER HAVE `DAD' IN FRONT OF MY NAME THAN CONGRESSMAN AND THAT GIVES ME FREEDOM TO STAND AND TELL THE TRUTH IF YOU WILL.))
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As the G-O-P's only black Congressman, the honor of delivering the Republican response to the State of the Union address brought with it cries of tokenism.
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((J.C. WATTS/R- OKLAHOMA: I THINK IT'S A SAD COMMENTARY WHEN YOU'RE A TOKEN IF YOU STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR STRENGTHENING OUR FAMILIES, WHEN YOU STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR REDUCING PEOPLE'S TAXES, WHEN YOU STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR CHANGING A PATHETIC WELFARE SYSTEM THAT PENALIZES WELFARE MOMS FOR SAVING MONEY AND DISCOURAGING DADS TO BE OUT OF THE HOME RATHER THAN IN THE HOME. IF I'M A TOKEN FOR THOSE THINGS, I WEAR THAT AS A BADGE OF HONOR.))
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Watts says the absence of faith and family leaves him fearing for the future of the country.
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8E-Beyer


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It's only March, but the race for governor is already heating up.
Today Don Beyer will formally announce his candidacy.
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Virginia Democrats will choose their candidates during a May 10th convention.
He'll likely face Republican Attorney General Jim Gilmore in the general election.
Gilmore, like Beyer, is unopposed for their party's nomination.
Republicans will choose their candidate in a June 10th primary.
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8NAACP


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The N-Double- A-C-P says black- owned firms aren't getting their fair share of contracts for school renovation projects in Roanoke.
Minority- owned firms received less than one percent of the contracts on the city's school renovation projects during the past decade.
Roanoke N-double-A-C-P president Martin Jeffrey said the figures show that something is seriously wrong.
School officials said they've tried to increase minority participation -- but few black-owned companies submit bids.
Contracts must be awarded to the lowest bidder.

8Crime


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Figures show more of Virginia's teens are getting into trouble.
The state is seeing a steady rise in the population at juvenile corrections facilities.
Part of the reason is an increase in youth crime.
The other is a get-tough stance that means longer sentences for young offenders.
In 19-91, about 13-hundred young people were in state custody.
Authorities said that population topped 18-hundred by 19-95.
But experts are worried that crowding means most troubled young people are NOT getting rehabilitation help.

8Allen-Cigs


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Virginia's governor wants to SNUFF OUT underage smoking.
Governor Allen wants to speed up the timetable for state liquor agents to enforce the ban on cigarette sales to minors.
Governor Allen has asked the General Assembly to put the enforcement into effect on the day the legislature meets next month.
The General Assembly will convene in Richmond on April 2nd for the veto override session.

8E-Brookneal-Ax


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A weekend accident claimed the life of a six- year- old Campbell County girl.
She was killed when her father apparently lost control of his pick-up, and crashed into a tree on Route 601 near Brookneal.
State police say 42- year- old John Mathew Elder ran off the right side of the road and struck several trees.
Six- year- old Kara Elizabeth Elder was killed-- her sister was treated and released from a local hospital.
State police say charges are pending.

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Turning to the forecast--
Becoming mostly sunny later today, with mild high temperatures in the mid 60s.
Tonight's lows will cool down to near 40, under partly cloudy skies.
And partly sunny tomorrow, with highs around 60.
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