Coming up on News 7-
The polls are closed. The primary results are in for several races. We'll have results coming up.
Check this out. Stun belts that are used in America's prisons- One group wants them banned.
And the man wanted for shooting a 14 year old and her mother turns himself in.
News 7 is next.
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A victory for Al Bedrosion tonight - He will try again to unseat long time delegate Dick Cranwell.
Bedrosian got over his first hurdle tonight-
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taking the GOP primary from contender Ed Lynch.
Bedrosian had 76% of the vote to Lynch's 24%.
Now Bedrosian goes for the Cranwell seat yet again-
Eric Earnhart is following the candidates- He joins us from Vinton.
Eric will Bedrosian have a different stategy this time?
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In the Sheriff's race in Botetourt County -
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Salem police officer Ronnie Sprinkle won the Republican nomination tonight, bringing in 56% of the vote.
His opponent - Major Ken Smith - garnered 44% of the vote.
Smith is currently the chief deputy in Botetourt.
Most of the voters in Roanoke County's Cave Spring district stayed away from the polls today -
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but those who did vote gave Supervisor Fuzzy Minnix the victory. He got 86% of the vote... over opponent James Garris, who brought in 14%.
The district's seven precincts were anything but busy for the Republican primary.
By midafternoon, one of them had seen just seven voters.
Minnix's DEMOCRATIC opponent released a statement tonight.
Gene Marrano officially invited Minnix to a public debate.
Voters in Richmond and Manassas sent a message tonight to the leadership of the Virginia Republican Party-- and specifically to Governor Jim Gilmore.
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Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom with news on some other primaries around the state.
Jean, the Governor took the highly unusual step of endorsing Republicans over other Republicans in four General Assembly primaries.
The bad news for him is that his candidates only won in two of the four races.
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(( In Richmond, incumbent Delegate Panny Rhodes won 56-percent of the vote -- after her own party's governor blasted her as a liberal who'd essentially switched parties because she's questioned some of his marquee programs.
Moderate Republicans couldn't hide their animosity for Gilmore's tactics.
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((BOB HOLSWORTH/VCU POLITICAL ANALYST: INSIDE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, PARTICULARLY WITH THE MODERATE REPUBLICANS LIKE PANNY RHODES AND THE NORTHERN VIRGINIA REPUBLICANS, THEY PROBABLY SEE EVEN MORE REASON TO GO WHATEVER WAY THEY WANT TO GO. THE EFFORT OF THE GOVERNOR AND SOME OF THE PARTY LEADERS TO ENFORCE PARTY LOYALTY SIMPLY DIDN'T WORK HERE.))
On the other side of town, the Governor's losing candidate said his more conservative ideology was NOT what lost.
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((RUBLE HORD/R-HOUSE CANDIDATE: I BELIEVE EVEN THOUGH WE LOST THIS RACE THAT WE HAVE NOT LOST IN THE LONG RUN.))
Ruble Hord spent about 326-thousand dollars at the primary level to win only 47-hundred votes.
That's 69 dollars a vote to still lose even with the Governor's support.
In Manassas, in a lower profile Senate race to face the Democratic incumbent Charles Colgan, the Governor's candidate lost there too.
JEAN: Any comment from the Governor tonight?
ELLEN: Yes.. a statement calling now for Republicans to "unite and work together."
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Some area schools will have a short day again tomorrow because of this heat.
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Bedford County will close two hours early on Wednesday AND Thursday. There's also a change in the awards ceremonies at Bedford Middle School; 7th grade will be at 9am; 8th grade at 10am.
Campbell County will close two hours early for the rest of the school year.
Danville dismisses students two hours early tomorrow.
Pittsylvania County schools will close at 1pm Wednesday and Thursday.
Henry County will keep the same schedule tomorrow as it did today: elementary schools closing at 11:45, middle schols at 12:30 and high schools at 12:45.
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The war in Kosovo may be ending- A peace deal was struck today and tonight NATO says it appears Slobodon Milosevic is moving troops out of Kosovo.
That means NATO peacekeeping troops could begin moving in as early as tomorrow.
David Martin has more.
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THEY WILL PULL OUT JUST ENOUGH TO CONVINCE NATO TO SUSPEND THE AIR WAR AND THEN STOP AND HOPE NATO WILL BE UNABLE TO MUSTER THE POLITICAL WILL TO RESUME BOMBING.
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Prosecutors say a former Covington resident was motivated by money... when he killed a man with a bomb nearly a quarter-century ago.
Opening statements and testimony got underway today in the trial of Gene Gaylor.
Scott Goldberg reports.
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A judge is waiting on a mental evaluation to detemine if a Wythe County woman should be released on bond.
34- year old Julia Alderman is accused of trying to hire three women to kill her romantic rival.
Investigators say Alderman was having an affair with a married man and wanted to have his wife killed.
She was arrested last month by Pulaski police.
Today Alderman was in court hoping to be released on bond.
Prosecutors urged the judge to keep Alderman in custody-- saying she's a threat to the commonwealth's witnesses and the intended victim.
Judge Ed Turner is waiting for health care workers to determine if Alderman is mentally stable.
If so-- bond will be set at 25-thousand dollars.
Eight convictions were handed down in a Roanoke courtroom today - in the city's first felony prosecutions aimed at solicitation of gay sex in public.
Police have previously brought misdemeanor charges such as indecent exposure in similar cases.
But today 8 men were convicted of felony sodomy after asking undercover police for oral sex at a city park.
Lawyers for the men plan to appeal.
24 hours ago police were on all out manhunt for a man accused of shooting two people.
Tonight 46-year old William Edward Mize is behind bars.
Mize surrendered to Henry County deputies this morning.
He's charged with shooting his 14-year old niece in the face with a shotgun.
Authorities say he also shot the girl's mother in the neck.
The shooting happened during an argument with Mize at the woman's house last night.
The girl is in critical condition at a Winston-Salem Hospital tonight.
Her mother was treated and released from a local hospital.
Still ahead on News 7 - why Senator Chuck Robb's career could be in trouble in the new millenium.
A hint: George Allen.
Exclusive poll results coming up.
Plus - young people won't just have to present I-D's to get into bars now - they'll have to prove they can get into R-rated movies.
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Next time you go to a movie, you may not just need a ticket- You may need your driver's license.
President Clinton announced a new policy today that means most movie theaters will start checking I-D for R-rated movies.
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The National Association of Theater Owners adopted the new policy.
The group controls about two thirds of the nation's movie screens.
It's the latest effort to cut back on the culture of violence that many children are exposed to these days.
A Rockbridge County apparel company will close.
Around 130 workers at Fairfield Apparel will lose their jobs when the plant closes in two months.
A spokesman for the parent company, Maid Bess, says work at the Rockbridge plant will be consolidated at the Salem factory. He blames foreign competition for the shutdown.
The company makes medical uniforms.
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It may be the Republicans' best chance in the nation to knock off a Democrat in the U-S Senate.
In our latest NEWS 7 Mason-Dixon poll, incumbent Senator Chuck Robb pulls only 38- percent support among Virginia voters polled late last week.
Republican challenger George Allen has 48- percent support.
That's about where the race stood when we polled in February.
The only silver lining for Chuck Robb is that his favorable name recognition rating -- at 45% in our poll -- is at its highest point in eight years.
But 56- percent of voters recognize George Allen's name favorably -- more than a year since he left the governor's mansion.
The Senate election is still 18 months away.
When News 7 returns -
some call it brutal.
We'll show you a "stun belt" at work - it's being used in American prisons... and Amnesty International wants that to stop.
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A walkway over a Baltimore area highway collapsed today-
onto the highway below, killing one person in a car and injuring three others seriously.
The concrete footbridge had been closed for several years.
One Witness says he saw a flatbed truck hit the bridge just before it buckled at rush hour.
The bridge came tumbling down onto I-695 just outside of Baltimore.
Imagine a 50 thousand volt shock?
That's the amount of power delivered in so called "stun belt." These types of belts shown on demonstrators here are used on some prisoners.
Now the group Amnesty International hopes to ban the belts' use in American jails and prisons.
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Amnesty International claims the United States is the only country int eh wordl that uses the belts to control prisoners.
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Coming up in sports, The Stanley Cup Playoffs begin, highlights from the majors and news from NASCAR.
But first our extra point.
Roanoke's premier soccer team the Wrath, was practing tonight at Rising Star Sports Complex
The team comes into a very big weekend with a two and one record.
And can make it four and one with a double dip at Victory Stadium on Friday and Saturday night.
Intern Reporter Kathy Smith will have more on the team tomorrow.
Now here's the scoreboard.
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The Marlins won their sixth straight or actually the Orioles gave Florida it's sixth straight win in the first game of a double header.
This game was delayed twice because of rain.
In the eighth, the lead was one-nothing O's when Alex Gonzalez smacks this sacrifice fly to right field bringing home Dave Berg for the tie.
Jesse Orosco on the mound for Baltimore in the ninth hits Marlin Dave Berg with a wild pitch to load the bases.
Then with two outs and bases loaded Orosco walks Luis Castillo to give Florida the two to one win.
Virginia Tech catcher Barry Gauch has been named to the first team of the American Baseball Coaches Association East Region Baseball team.
Outfielder Matt Griswold and pitcher Larry Bowles are on the second team.
Gauch finished the '99 season with a .374 batting average and led Tech with 61 RBIs.
Griswold batted .345 with 12 home runs and Franklin County's Larry Bowles was the MVP of the A-10 Tournament and posted a 10-three record with a 4-point-27 ERA in addition to batting a team leading .390.
Hermie Sadler won't be racing for his sponsor at this weekend's Busch Series race at South Boston.
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Ron Parker, owner of Parker Racing Incorporated, announced that he and Hermie have signed a mutual agreement that releases Sadler as the driver of the number 72 MGM Brakes Chevrolet effective immediately. Sadler failed to make 6 races this season.
Still to come, area football players will benefit from the experience of an NFL Star.
and Kyle Petty is in the spotlight as Mike Stevens profiles the driver who spends much of his time helping others.
Kyle Petty may look a little on the wild side.
But Mike Stevens tells us NASCAR driver is all heart.
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((Jeff Gordon has the hollywood looks and the beautiful wife, while Bobby Labonte isn't far behind. And then there's Kyle Petty. He hasn't trimmed his ponytail since breaking his leg in 1991. He also sports a wicked goatee and multiple earrings. Come on what would you do if he came knocking on the door to pick up your daughter for a date?
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Yeah, King I know what you mean and he's your son! But remember looks can be deceiving and in this case they are. The driver with the most earrings in NASCAR also has the biggest heart when it comes to helping others.
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((Last month Kyle wrapped up his fifth annual Kyle Petty Charity ride going from coast to coast along with many others from the NASCAR community to raise money for children's hospitals in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Winston-Salem.
But usually KP operates without much fanfare. With the exception of the bike ride, most of his charitable work is done behind the scenes on an anonymous basis. Even during the trackside, Motor Racing Outreach church services, Kyle prefers to keep a low profile.
But enough people found about him helping fill foodbank shelves and visiting sick children to name him NASCAR's True Value man of the year.))
You can catch Kyle and the rest of the drivers this weekend in Michigan right here on your hometown station Sunday at 12:30. Mike Stevens News 7 sports.))
Another NFL star is headed home to help are youngsters on the football field.
Former Dallas Cowboy and San Francisco 49er great Charles Haley is coming back to Campbell County for a two day football camp later this month.
Haley has hopes of playing this year, and possibly for the Redskins.
His camp will be held June 24th and 25th at William Campbell high school.
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It is open to young men who are eight years old through those who are rising seniors in high school.
If you would like more information on the camp you can call (804) 376-2015.
Again, that's June 24th and 25th.
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