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7albert


ANCHOR=Melanie
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Former N-B-C sportscaster Marv Albert is headed back to a court in Arlington to be sentenced today.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=@File;


At his sexual assault trial last month, Albert pleaded guilty to a reduced misdemeanor assault charge for biting a longtime girlfriend on the back.
Albert could be sent to jail for as long as a year and fined up to 25-hundred dollars.
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7E-Bramblett


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#97-72
GRAPHIC=Bramblett


Day five of testimony gets underway today in the case of accused mass killer Earl Bramblett.
Jurors heard testimony yesterday that just two days after the Hodges' bodies were found, Bramblett got STATE Police approval to buy a handgun- using the Hodges' home as HIS own address on the firearms form.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Vinton/August 29, 1994;


He'd practically LIVED at the house on East Virginia Avenue in Vinton, but the house was empty on August 31, 19-94... the day Bramblett took a taxi to Vinton Pawn and bought a revolver.
State Police in Richmond approved the purchase within 45 minutes for lack of criminal convictions.
The pawn shop owner testified yesterday that he knew Bramblett and thought he was a member of the Hodges family.
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SOT 11:08:28
IN Q=I never even

((JOHN MULLINS/PAWN SHOP OWNER: I NEVER EVEN PUT IT TOGETHER UNTIL HE WAS GONE. BUT YOU DID RECOGNIZE THE ADDRESS AT THE TIME? YES. AND DID YOU ASK HIM ABOUT THAT? NO.))
SUPER=01-John Mullins/Pawn Shop Owner
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OUT Q=about that? No.
ANCHOR=Melanie
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Bramblett had NOT been charged with arson and murder at that point and wasn't even officially a suspect.
Mullins says he thought Bramblett was just another man who wanted to buy a gun for protection.

7E-Mason-Dixon


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-67
GRAPHIC=Campaign 97


Republican Jim Gilmore is the man to beat in the race for Virginia governor.
That's according to the latest polls results.
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SOT
IN Q=We cannot

((JIM GILMORE/R-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: WE CANNOT TAKE THIS FOR GRANTED. WE CANNOT TAKE THIS FOR GRANTED. THE TRUTH IS THAT THE POLLS DON'T MATTER IF THE PEOPLE DON'T VOTE.))
SUPER=@Gilmore;
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OUT Q=don't vote.
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VO-NAT


Republican Jim Gilmore comes out on top in our latest "NEWS 7 Mason-Dixon poll" with 46-percent support among likely voters.
Democrat Don Beyer's 42-percent puts Gilmore's four point lead just outside the margin of error-- making Gilmore the leader in this race.
Gilmore also came out on top in a poll released by The Washington Post.
In our poll, Gilmore has a 53-37 advantage with white voters.
Beyer has a 68-12 advantage with black voters... but NO Virginia Democrat has won statewide office in modern times with less than 90-percent black support.
Doug Wilder declined to endorse Beyer in the midst of this poll.
Among men, Gilmore again has a 53-37 advantage.
Among women, Beyer has a slimmer 47-39 advantage.
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Take Fullscreen/Home Page Address
You can find today's poll results on the W-D-B-J home page-- the address is w-d-b-j 7 dot com.
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7E-Beyer


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TAPE#97-77
GRAPHIC=Beyer


Meanwhile, Democrat Don Beyer says he isn't letting the poll results slow him down in the homestretch of this campaign.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


During a visit to Virginia's Explore Park yesterday afternoon, the Democratic candidate for Governor said he's been involved in enough elections to know that late polls don't mean very much.
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SOT
IN Q=I'm as optimistic

((LT. GOV. DON BEYER/D- CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: I'M AS OPTIMISTIC AS I'VE EVER BEEN, BUT WHAT WE REALLY NEED TO DO THESE LAST 12 DAYS IS POINT OUT THAT THIS ELECTION IS ABOUT MORE THAN THE CAR TAX. IT'S ABOUT VIRGINIA'S FUTURE.))
SUPER=@Beyer1;
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OUT Q=Virginia's future.
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=HOLD


With endorsements from 17 statewide organizations and four newspapers, Beyer says his campaign has the message and the momentum.

7weather


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Taking a look at your Friday forecast... Mostly cloudy skies today with afternoon showers highs only in the mid to upper 50's
Rain likely again tonight with lows dropping into the forties.
And taking a look ahead to the weekend...
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7BIRTHDAYS!10/26/97
Sunday:

(Happy Belated)
SUPER=130-8/Cory Schmitt/Roanoke:



SUPER=130-20/John Loomis/Union Hall;



SUPER=130-/Joshua Earley/Axton;



(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-40th/Ray & Mary Weddle/Floyd;



SUPER=130-/Jack Austin/Salem; (Jack's granddaughter is next on the list)



SUPER=130-3/Chloe Austin/Salem;



SUPER=130-7/Joshua Emory/Pulaski;



SUPER=130-7/Evan Adkins/Galax;



SUPER=130-18/Damien Keith/Natural Bridge Station;



SUPER=130-11/Donald Tanner/Draper;



SUPER=130-57/Eleanor Fisher/Hot Springs;



SUPER=130-1/Logan Barbour Wirtz;


Monday:

SUPER=130-47/Tommy DeWeese/Shawsville;



SUPER=130-/Anthony Woody/Martinsville;



SUPER=130-/Maynard Wells/Floyd;



(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-41st/Lloyd & Dorothy Shupe/Troutville;



SUPER=130-19/David Rose/Radford;



SUPER=130-13/Sarah Burgess/Covington;



SUPER=130-50/Larry Linkenhoker/Buchanan;



SUPER=130-18/Redina Woody/Glade Hill;



SUPER=130-60/Frances Kirk/Snow Creek;



SUPER=130-30/Crystal Deisher/Daleville;


No Pictures:

SUPER=130-/Bill Brammer/Salem;



SUPER=130-/Joe Rakes/Rocky Mount;



SUPER=130-/Andy Lawrence/Christiansburg;





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55marv-albert


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
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GRAPHIC=Albert


Former N-B-C sportscaster Marv Albert has another court date in court this morning.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-National Airport/Yesterday;


He'll be sentenced for an assault charge.
He could get up to a year behind bars and a fine of up to 25 hundred-dollars.
Albert's attorneys are hoping for probation.
At his sexual assault trial last month, Albert pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor assault, and prosecutors dropped the more serious felony sex charge.
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55E-Mason-Dixon


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-67
GRAPHIC=Campaign 97


As election day nears, there appears to be a leader in the race for governor.
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SOT
IN Q=We cannot

((JIM GILMORE/R-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: WE CANNOT TAKE THIS FOR GRANTED. WE CANNOT TAKE THIS FOR GRANTED. THE TRUTH IS THAT THE POLLS DON'T MATTER IF THE PEOPLE DON'T VOTE.))
SUPER=@Gilmore;
RUNS=:07
OUT Q=don't vote.
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VO-NAT


Republican Jim Gilmore comes out on top in our latest "NEWS 7 Mason-Dixon poll" with 46-percent support among likely voters.
Democrat Don Beyer's 42-percent puts Gilmore's four point lead just outside the margin of error-- making Gilmore the leader in this race.
Gilmore also came out on top in a poll released by The Washington Post.
In our poll, Gilmore has a 53-37 advantage with white voters.
Beyer has a 68-12 advantage with black voters... but NO Virginia Democrat has won statewide office in modern times with less than 90-percent black support.
Doug Wilder declined to endorse Beyer in the midst of this poll.
Among men, Gilmore again has a 53-37 advantage.
Among women, Beyer has a slimmer 47-39 advantage.
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Take Fullscreen/Home Page Address
You can find the poll results on the W-D-B-J home page-- the address is w-d-b-j 7 dot com.
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55E-Beyer


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WRITER=JoeD
TAPE#97-77
GRAPHIC=Beyer


Meanwhile, Beyer says he's not worried about the new poll results.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;


During a visit to Virginia's Explore Park yesterday afternoon, the Democratic candidate for Governor said he's been involved in enough elections to know that late polls don't mean very much.
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SOT
IN Q=I'm as optimistic

((LT. GOV. DON BEYER/D- CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: I'M AS OPTIMISTIC AS I'VE EVER BEEN, BUT WHAT WE REALLY NEED TO DO THESE LAST 12 DAYS IS POINT OUT THAT THIS ELECTION IS ABOUT MORE THAN THE CAR TAX. IT'S ABOUT VIRGINIA'S FUTURE.))
SUPER=@Beyer1;
RUNS=:09
OUT Q=Virginia's future.
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=HOLD


With endorsements from 17 statewide organizations and four newspapers, Beyer says his campaign has the message and the momentum.

55S-Bus-Fight


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=tte
TAPE#97-71
GRAPHIC=None


Three teenagers are facing felony charges for allegedly beating up another teen on a Halifax County school bus.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Halifax;


Both sides give the same version of what happened on Bus 5 Monday.
The bus pulled up to let 14- year- old Chris Easley out. Instead, Easley attacked 15- year- old Daniel Morris.
Easley's 13- year- old brother Larry and his 17- year- old cousin tried to jump on the bus from the road. Other students tried to hold the door shut.
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SOT 16:14:04
SOT 16:39:48
IN Q=I got up on there

((LARRY EASLEY: I GOT UP ON THERE AND I MOVED THE BUS DRIVER OUT OF THE WAY AND I HIT HIM IN THE FACE THREE OR FOUR TIMES AND I WAS KICKING HIM IN THE HEAD AND STUFF. DANIEL MORRIS: I THOUGHT THEY WERE GOING TO KILL ME BECAUSE THAT OLDEST DUDE SAID HE WAS GOING TO KILL ME AND THEY TRIED TO DRAG ME OFF THE SCHOOL BUS BY MY FEET.))
SUPER=07-Larry Easley;
SUPER=07-Daniel Morris; :11
RUNS=:16
OUT Q=by my feet
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VO-NAT


Larry Easley says he was sticking by his brother -- but admits he was wrong.
Larry is under house arrest. His brother and cousin, who may be tried as adults, are in detention centers.
All three face charges of malicious wounding, and two face trespassing charges for jumping on the bus.
The Superintendent says the Easleys will be suspended for the rest of the year.
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55weather


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Taking a break from the news-- your Friday forecast is cloudy and damp.
Expect some showers to develop by this afternoon, with highs in the upper 50s.
Rain likely tonight, with lows in the upper 40s.
In the extended forecast...warm and wet weather...
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8Fatal-Ax


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Cutin
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GRAPHIC=fatal accident


A 26- year- old Rocky Mount resident is dead after an accident yesterday evening.
Police say Pamela Sue Weaver was pulling out of a private drive onto route 7-13 when her car was hit by a pick up truck.
State police are still investigating.

8E-Bramblett


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#97-72
GRAPHIC=Bramblett


The prosecution wraps up its first week of tesitmony today in the Earl Bramblett murder trial.
Yesterday jurors learned that just two days after the Hodges were killed Bramblett got STATE Police approval to buy a handgun- using the Hodges' home as HIS own address on the firearms form.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Vinton/August 29, 1994;


He'd practically LIVED at the house on East Virginia Avenue in Vinton, but it was uninhabitable on August 31, 19-94... the day Bramblett took a taxi to Vinton Pawn and bought a revolver.
State Police in Richmond approved the purchase within 45 minutes for lack of criminal convictions.
The pawn shop owner testified yesterday that he knew Bramblett and thought he was a member of the Hodges family.
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SOT 11:08:28
IN Q=I never even

((JOHN MULLINS/PAWN SHOP OWNER: I NEVER EVEN PUT IT TOGETHER UNTIL HE WAS GONE. BUT YOU DID RECOGNIZE THE ADDRESS AT THE TIME? YES. AND DID YOU ASK HIM ABOUT THAT? NO.))
SUPER=01-John Mullins/Pawn Shop Owner
RUNS=:09
OUT Q=about that? No.
ANCHOR=Melanie
SS=hold


Bramblett had NOT been charged with arson and murder at that point and wasn't even officially a suspect.

8E-Mason-Dixon


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NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=equ
TAPE#97-67
GRAPHIC=Campaign 97


It's been a suspenseful race for Virginia Governor-- at least until now.
Republican hopeful Jim Gilmore is starting to pull ahead.
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SOT
IN Q=We cannot

((JIM GILMORE/R-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: WE CANNOT TAKE THIS FOR GRANTED. WE CANNOT TAKE THIS FOR GRANTED. THE TRUTH IS THAT THE POLLS DON'T MATTER IF THE PEOPLE DON'T VOTE.))
SUPER=@Gilmore;
RUNS=:07
OUT Q=don't vote.
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VO-NAT


Gilmore comes out on top in our latest "NEWS 7 Mason-Dixon poll" with 46-percent support among likely voters.
Democrat Don Beyer's 42-percent puts Gilmore's four point lead just outside the margin of error-- making Gilmore the leader in this race.
Gilmore also came out on top in a poll released by The Washington Post.
In our poll, Gilmore has a 53-37 advantage with white voters.
Beyer has a 68-12 advantage with black voters... but NO Virginia Democrat has won statewide office in modern times with less than 90-percent black support.
Doug Wilder declined to endorse Beyer in the midst of this poll.
Among men, Gilmore again has a 53-37 advantage.
Among women, Beyer has a slimmer 47-39 advantage.
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Take Fullscreen/Home Page Address
You can find today's poll results on the W-D-B-J home page-- the address is w-d-b-j 7 dot com.
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85-Bus-Fight


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NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=tte
TAPE#597-40
GRAPHIC=NONE


Three Halifax county students who seriously injured another teen are facing felony charges.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Halifax;


Everyone involved says the incident happened when bus number five pulled up to 14- year- old Chris Easley's stop Monday.
He allegedly jumped on 15- year- old Daniel Morris, who was also riding the bus.
Easley's 13- year- old brother Larry and 17- year- old cousin boarded the bus, pushed the driver aside and apparently began punching and kicking Morris.
Larry Easley is under house arrest-- the others are in detention centers.
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SOT 16:15:39
IN Q=When I finished beating

((LARRY EASLEY: WHEN I FINISHED BEATING HIM UP I FELT GOOD BUT RIGHT NOW SINCE I'M ON HOUSE ARREST, I DON'T FEEL SO GOOD. MY BROTHER GONE, SO I DON'T FEEL SO GOOD.))
SUPER=07-Larry Easley;
RUNS=:10
OUT Q=so I don't feel so good. DOUBLE OUT.
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VO-NAT


All three boys face malicious wounding charges-- two could be tried as adults.
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SOT 16:40:45
IN Q=I just want them to go

((DANIEL MORRIS/VICTIM: I JUST WANT THEM TO GO TO JAIL BECAUSE I DON'T THINK IT WAS RIGHT FOR ALL THREE OF THEM TO JUMP ON ME LIKE THAT. THERE WAS ONLY ONE OF ME AND I HADN'T SAID ANYTHING TO THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE.))
SUPER=07-Daniel Morris;
RUNS=:09
OUT Q=in the first place
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VO-NAT


Larry Easley is also charged with trespassing for boarding the bus.
School officials say the teens are suspended for the rest of the school year.
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8weather


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You won't need the umbrellas now...but you probably will by this afternoon.
Mostly cloudy today, with showers developing.
Highs in the upper 50s.
Rain likely overnight, with lows falling into the upper 40s.
The four- day outlook is cloudy and wet...
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