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Black farmers protest the way they're being treated when it comes to applying for loans.
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Talent=Keith


On News 7 at SIX tonight, we'll also look into the Supreme Court ruling limiting membership in credit unions.Sports-Head
ANCHOR=Mike


Tonight in sports, the Radford men's team opens the Big South tournament with a big win. Roy Stanley will have the story from Lynchburg.
Plus, we'll talk with LIberty U. star Larry Jackson as he gets ready for the Flames opener tonight.
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And after struggling to find a hot hand most of this season, the Hokies welcome Ace back to the Cassell tonight as they face GW. I'll explain why a little bit later.
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A partial eclipse of the sun tomorrow from heavenly bodies...otherwise it will be partly sunny as clouds move in the late afternoon. Weather details

coming up.Credit-Unions


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=six
WRITER=sgo
TAPE#97-95
GRAPHIC=Banking


The banking industry calls it a "victory."
Local Credit Unions call it a "roadblock."
SS=US Supreme Court


The U-S Supreme Court ruled today that banks can sue credit unions for expanding beyond their traditional membership groups.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke;


The ruling means everyone who joins a credit union must have something in common -- like where they work or live.
The president of one local credit union said she was upset with the ruling, but would keep fighting.
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SOT 13:47:42
IN Q=it means

((DONNA HARRIS/FEDSTAR CREDIT UNION:IT MEANS WE HAVE A WHOLE LOT MORE WORK TO DO. IT MEANS NOW MORE THAN EVER WE NEED TO, FOR OUR MEMBERS TO CONTINUE CALLING AND WRITING -- AND THEY'VE BEEN WONDERFUL IN DOING SO TO THEIR SENATORS AND CONGRESSMAN ))
SUPER=01-Donna Harris/FedStar Credit Union;
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The banking industry went online to praise the high court's decision.
The Independent Bankers Association of America said:
"The Supreme Court today confirmed that some credit unions have overstepped their bounds."
And banks urged Congress NOT to rush to judgment.
The U-S House of Representatives is considering a bill to re-write the laws that govern credit unions.
That bill would, in effect, overrule today's Supreme Court action.
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McCloskey


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6p
WRITER=sta
TAPE#=97-99
GRAPHIC=Lawsuit


John William McCloskey died because the hospital that was supposed to be caring for him was negligent--that's what McCloskey's father says in his suit against Western State Hospital.
Someone violated John McCloskey with a broom handle or some thing like that... killing him two years ago.
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The 18 year old was arrested for exposing himself at a store in Arnold's Valley. A Rockbridge County magistrate found McCloskey to be mentally ill, and he was committed to Western State.
Hospital officials deny any wrongdoing and maintain that McCloskey was abused before arriving at the institution, by Rockbridge County Sheriff's Deputies.
Sheriff Roy Day insists Mcloskey wasn't in custody long enough for the abuse to occur.
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IN Q=I personally went

((ROCKBRIDGE CO. SHERIFF BOB DAY: I PERSONALLY WENT TO THE DEPUTIE'S CAR AND HELPED CARRY MR. MCCLOSKEY FROM THE PATROL CAR TO THE HOLDING CELL. HE WAS HANDCUFFED AND HIS LEGS WERE SHACKLED BUT I DIDN'T OBSERVE ANY INJURIES. THERE'S NO TIME FRAME THAT SOMETHING LIKE THIS COULD HAVE HAPPENED.))
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OUT Q=could have happened.
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Western State Hospital Director Lynnwood Harding, Doctor Tim Kane and two other hospital employees are named in the lawsuit. McCloskey's father is seeking a total of 10 million dollars in damages.
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Abed


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=khu
TAPE#=None
GRAPHIC=Joseph Abbott


Jurors in the Abed case today asked whether they could leave early... on Friday.
Since they've been deliberating since LAST Friday evening, the judge and the lawyers in the racketeering and arson case had expected a verdict any time now ...possibly today.
This afternoon Judge Sam Wilson asked them for some idea of how long they thought it might take to reach a decision.
The jury foreman said "ten working days; this is day- three."
Judge Wilson is supposed to preside over another trial next week in Charlottesville.
The foreman said: "you're very safe in going to

Charlottesville."Black-Farmers


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=tte
TAPE#98-1
GRAPHIC=Farming


Black farmers in Franklin County say it's a state of emergency -- repeated rejection of their loan applications is putting many of their businesses in jeopardy.
Double Boxes=Keith and Tina/Newsroom


Tina Tenret has been talking to farmers -- Tina?
Live=Tina Full/Newsroom
SUPER=@Tina1;


Keith, black farmers say the Farm Service Agency discriminates against small and black farms when it comes time to grant loans. That forces many to sell their land, they say -- and their land is all they've got.
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SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :05
SUPER=01-John Boyd, Jr./National Black Farmers Assoc.; :17
SUPER=01-Irwin Ward/Farmer; 1:00
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OUT Q=for their living
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((nat sound rally))
RUNS=:05


About 15 black farmers rallied in front of the Farm Services Agency -- their mule is symbolically named Struggle.
The farmers say their loan applications either get rejected outright or sit on desks for months.
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SOT 10:03:59
IN Q=Small farmers across

((JOHN BOYD, JR./NATIONAL BLACK FARMERS ASSOC.: SMALL FARMERS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY ARE SUFFERING. MEXICAN AMERICANS. ASIANS. SMALL WHITE FARMERS ARE ALSO SUFFERING. BUT WHAT I'M HERE TODAY TO TELL YOU LADIES AND GENTLEMEN WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO BLACK FARMERS IN THIS COUNTRY IS NOTHING LESS THAN A NATIONAL DISGRACE.))
RUNS=:14
OUT Q=national disgrace


None of these farmers applied for loans THIS year -- they say there's no point, they've been rejected for too long. And they say the paperwork's a hassle.
But by the end of the rally
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NAT SOT 12:33:08
IN Q=Who wants a loan

((WHO WANTS A LOAN, COME IN... BEEN A LONG TIME))
RUNS=:05


marchers made a detour into the Farm Service Agency
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NAT SOT 12:33:54
IN Q=Well we'd love

((WELL WE'D LOVE TO BE ABLE TO TALK WITH YOU ABOUT YOUR LOAN REQUEST.))
RUNS=:02

and made appointments to talk to loan officers.
Irwin Ward did NOT rally -- he says he's received farm loans since he was 18.
But he agrees most black farmers are running into trouble.
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SOT 11:53:58
IN Q=They been dwindling

((IRWIN WARD/FARMER: THEY BEEN DWINDLING. IT'S NOT AS MANY AS THERE WERE IN YEARS PAST. IT'S ONLY FOUR OR FIVE LIVING ON THE FARM. THEY MAY BE A FEW MORE BUT THEY WORK IN PUBLIC WORKS OR NOT DIRECTLY FARMING FOR A LIVING.))))
RUNS=:17
OUT Q=farming for a living
Live=Tina Full/Newsroom


Don Davis of the Farm Service Agency says he cannot refute the claims of racism but would be happy to discuss each farmer's case individually. He says there is money available -- more than 2.4 million dollars left -- but many times applications are not complete and THAT's why they're not accepted.
Double Boxes=Keith and Tina/Newsroom



Eclipse-Advice


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=tfl
TAPE#=98-3
GRAPHIC=None


About a fourth of the sun is expected to be covered by the moon tomorrow afternoon during a partial solar eclipse, but it's potentially dangerous if you try to view it directly.
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Optometrists say the U-V radiation from the sun can burn the retna of the eye and cause partial blindness.
There are only two methods of looking directly at the eclipse, by wearing either mylar glasses or number 14 welding goggles. Anything else could cause permanent damage.
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SOT 11:16:48
IN Q=People use

((DR. SCOTT MANN/OPTOMETRIST:PEOPLE USE TO TAKE FILM AND STACK NEGATIVES UP AND TRY TO VIEW THE SUN THROUGH THEM...OR TAKING SUNGLASSES AND STACKING THEM UP AND TRYING TO LOOK THROUGH THEM WHICH DIMS THE VISIBLE LIGHT A BIT, BUT STILL DOESN'T PREVENT THE BURN.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Scott Mann/Optometrist
RUNS=:17
OUT Q=the burn.
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VO NAT
The partial solar eclipse is expected to be the strongest over Virginia at about one o'clock tomorrow afternoon.
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HARD MUSIC UNDER
ANCHOR=Keith
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The Democratic men who've served for many years in Richmond aren't the only ones feeling the power shift- -it's having an impact on female lawmakers as well, and we'll have that story coming up on News 7 at Six.
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Plus another Grammy would be a sweet song for a musician who calls Southwest Virginia home.
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ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#=97-100
GRAPHIC=Lynchburg City Seal


The first woman has entered the race for Lynchburg city council.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg


Jane Thurber announced today she'll seek one of the three at- large seats up for grabs in May.
Thurber says she wants to take on corruption and partisanship in city government.
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SOT 1:32:04
IN Q=I've felt that

((JANE THURBER/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL CANDIDATE: I'VE FELT THAT WHEN PEOPLE GOT MAD ENOUGH, I WOULD WIN. AND I HOPE AND WOULD LIKE TO THINK THAT BY NOW, MAYBE, THEY'RE MAD ENOUGH.))
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RUNS=:11
OUT Q=they're mad enough.
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VO-NAT


Thurber joins four other candidates already in the race.
Lynchburg Republicans will nominate their candidates Saturday.
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Women's-Caucus


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=equ
TAPE#98-4
GRAPHIC=Session 98


These are the best of times OR the worst of times for women at the Virginia State Capitol... depending on whose line you swallow.
Ellen Qualls reports on the changing face of the women's legislative caucus.
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SUPER=01-Sen. Yvonne Miller/(D)-Norfolk; :00
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SUPER=01-Sandra Duckworth/Virginia Women's Network; :25
SUPER=@ellen2; :35
SUPER=01-Robin DeJarnette/Family Foundation; :48
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OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.

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SOT 01:02:50 TAPE ONE

((SEN. YVONNE MILLER/D-NORFOLK: I WANT TO SAY WOMEN AND CHILDREN ARE NOT FIRST IN VIRGINIA. THEY ARE LAST.))
RUNS=:05


On the Virginia Women's Network version of the Titanic, the good ole boys are off in the lifeboats, and the women and children are going down with the ship.
But how can that be happening with their strongest numbers ever: 15 women in the House, including Lynchburg's Kathy Byron, and seven in the Senate.
The allegedly non-partisan Women's Network blames the Republican takeover.
SOT TAPE TWO 01:22:27

((SANDRA DUCKWORTH/VA. WOMEN'S NETWORK: EVEN BEFORE WE HAD THIS MANY REPUBLICANS ELECTED, I THINK WE WERE BEGINNING TO SEE THE EROSION OF SUPPORT FOR WOMEN, AND CHILDREN, AND FAMILIES.))
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But wait a minute, almost half the women in the House are Republicans themselves.
And boy are the women at the conservative Family Foundation glad to see them.
SOT tape 3 02:45:51

((ROBIN DEJARNETTE/FAMILY FOUNDATION: VERY MUCH SO. I FEEL LIKE WOMEN HAVE MADE SO MUCH PROGRESS OVER THE YEARS... FROM THE STATE.))
RUNS=:38


So finally in Virginia's General Assembly -- women's issues depend on the woman.

Ellen QUalls, News 7.))Bedford-Judge


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#=98-5
GRAPHIC=Legal Scales


A legislative deal in the works should mean big promotions for two Bedford County lawyers.
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SUPER=04-File Tape


General District Court judge Jim Updike is now in line to succeed retiring circuit judge William Sweeney later this year.
Updike had served as Bedford County prosecutor for 15 years before ascending to the bench in 1995.
Bedford attorney Harold Black is expected to take Updike's place on the General District court bench.
The deal was worked out between House Democratic leader Dick Cranwell and Lynchburg senator Steve Newman.
Legislators will vote on the judgeships March 5th.

(------------)Stocks



ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=sly
TAPE#=None
GRAPHIC=NONE

It was a record setting day for both the Dow Industrials and the Nasdaq Composite.
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The Dow gained 88 points to close at 84 hundred 58.
NASDAQ was UP 28 points.

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ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=six
WRITER=jda
TAPE#=98-10
GRAPHIC=Bluegrass Spotlight


A Franklin County musician has added another national award to his resume.
As a member of the group Alison Krauss and Union Station, Dan Tyminski won two Grammy awards this afternoon, and is still in the running for another. DISSOLVE TO FULLSCREEN BLUEGRASS SPOTLIGHT
Tyminski says he appreciates the recognition, but as Joe Dashiell reports, the music comes first.
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SUPER=01-Dan Tyminski/Alison Krauss & Union Station; :11
SUPER=04-Rounder Records; :37
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((Dan Tyminski was raised on acoustic music, but in Vermont, not Virginia. He followed friends here and now makes his home near Ferrum with his wife Elise, and their children.
IN Q=This has become my home

((DAN TYMINSKI/ALISON KRAUSS AND UNION STATION: THIS HAS BECOME MY HOME. IT'S BECOME ALL OUR HOMES. MY WIFE. MY KIDS, EVERYONE LOVES IT HERE.)) ((I FOUND WHEN I LIVED IN NASHVILLE THAT I STILL SPENT SO MANY HOURS OUT OF THE YEAR ON THE ROAD, IT DOESN'T REALLY FEEL ANY DIFFERENT TO ME. I THINK THIS IS A NICE RETREAT FOR ME.)) RUNS :19
OUT Q=nice retreat for me.


Formerly a member of the Lonesome River Band, he was invited to join Alison Krauss and Union Station about four years ago, as the group's popularity was soaring. NAT SOUND OF ALISON KRAUSS VIDEO
He's played the White House, collected national awards, recorded million- selling albums, but it isn't the spotlight he craves.
SOT TYMINSKI 10:50:34
IN Q=We've met about everyone

((DAN TYMINSKI/ALISON KRAUSS AND UNION STATION: WE'VE MET ABOUT EVERYONE THERE IS TO MEET, AND WE'VE HAD A GREAT TIME, BUT I THINK WE ALL STILL PLAY FOR THE LOVE OF THE MUSIC. I THINK ANY OF THE FAME, OR THE POPULARITY, THAT'S DEFINITELY A BONUS. THAT MAKES US SMILE THROUGHOUT THE DAY, BUT I THINK THE FIRST SMILE COMES FROM PLAYING THE MUSIC TO BEGIN WITH.)) RUNS :24
OUT Q=to begin with.


Despite the pressure that commercial success brings, Tyminski says members of the band have been able to continue making the kind of music that makes them happy.
And for that he feels fortunate.

Joe Dashiell News 7))Sports Tease


ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#sports tease
GRAPHIC=NONE


Coming up tonight in sports on the "Big 7" the Hokies get set to put as Ace in the rafters, Grayson County loses its athletic director, Liberty university is all set for tonight's Big South opener on its home floor.
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And already today in the Big South the Radford Highlanders have won their quarterfinal game. Roy Stanley with highlights and postgame right after this.

(-------------)S-Radford



ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#BB98-1
GRAPHIC=BIG SOUTH


The Radford University Highlanders pulled off an inside job today in their opening game of the Big South tournament.
RU got 34 from it's senior post players to win its 8th straight game.
Roy Stanley has more on the first round victory over Charleston Southern.
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SUPER=01-Ron Bradley/Radford Head Coach; :1:02
SUPER=@Roy1; 1:23
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OUT Q=......news 7 sports."

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ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=sma
TAPE#=S8-1
GRAPHIC=big south


Tonight the Liberty Flames hope to get their act together in their first round game with Coastal Carolina.
Throughout this tumultuous season - that has featured a coaching change, losing streaks and the unexpected loss of three players in the preseason -
Larry Jackson has remained a constant. (----------------)
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SUPER=03-Radford/Flames vs. Highlanders; :00


The senior kept the team in contention all season long averaging 20 points a game in Big South action, all the while supporting interim coach Randy Dunton.
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IN Q=

((LARRY JACKSON/LIBERTY SENIOR SHOOTING GUARD:))
SUPER=01-Larry Jackson/Liberty Senior Shooting Guard; :00
RUNS=:20
OUT Q=...in it"
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Jackson had 27 in Liberty's home finale last Saturday and so far this year he has 444 points.
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IN Q="His

((RANDY DUNTON/LIBERTY INTERIM COACH:))
SUPER=01-Randy Dunton/Liberty Interim Coach; :00
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OUT Q=...stretch run"

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ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=jkr
TAPE#TB98-1
GRAPHIC=Atlantic 10


The Tech men meet Atlantic 10 rival George Washington tonight at Cassell Coliseum.
And the Hokies hope history is on their side. They haven't lost to GW in Blacksburg since 1962.
Tip off tonight is a 7 o'clock.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke/January 15, 1996; :00


And fans will get a special treat at halftime as former former Tech standout Ace Custis will have his number 20 jersey retired.
It will hang next to those of former Hokie stars Dell Curry and Bimbo Coles.

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ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=TOURNEY TIME


The high school basketball regional tournament action continues tonight in Region Three down at Rustburg high school as Blacksburg takes on Dan River in the quarterfinals.
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HOMETOWN HOOPS BIG 18072
And don't forget to join us tonight at 11 as Steve Mason has this week's edition of Hometown Hoops Weekly.
He'll get you up to date on the state of the regionals as many area teams are prepare for tomorrow night's semi-finals.

(-------------)S-Grayson



ANCHOR=Mike
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Mike
TAPE#fb97-4
GRAPHIC=FFE


One of Friday Football Extra most successful coaches over the years is giving up his athletic director duties.
Grayson County's Bill Strong resigned as the school's AD this week.
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SUPER=03-Friday Football Extra/Grayson Co In Blue; :00


Grayson has won four district titles in its ten year history with Strong at the helm.
The resignation comes two weeks after Grayson was forced to forfeit its Mountain Empire title for using an ineligible player in 1997.
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