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Just days after Virginia puts itself in the early primary game....
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Presidential Candidate George W. Bush finds time to read to Virginia school children.
Ellen Qualls has our story LIVE from Richmond at the start of NEWS 7 at SIX.
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And the flip side of trouble- -a look at students with the right stuff and the right attitude at the Old Dominion Job Corps in Amherst County.

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Tonight on News 7 sports, we'll head back out to the Roanoke Valley horse show for day number two.
Aspiring youth tennis players will have some unique opportnites this weekend.
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And the 129th ranked women's player in the world took advantage of her opportunity today by beating the number one player in the world. Martina HIngis loses at Wimbledon.
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There's a scant chance of showers for later this week, otherwise, hotter and sunnier weather is on the way. I'll detail all the latest from the News 7 Weather Center.
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((GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH/R-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I'M COMING. THERE'S NO TURNING BACK. AND I INTEND TO BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. applause))
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Virginia Republicans kick off a love affair with the frontrunner in the race for President.
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Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

[Bush]


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Texas Governor George W. Bush was already coming to Virginia today for a fundraiser.
But Saturday's decision by the Republican Party of Virginia to hold a February 29th primary ratcheted up the rhetoric about today's visit.
[Double Boxes=Keith/Ellen - Microwave]


Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom with more.
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Keith, Governor Bush was in Iowa and New Hampshire a week ago.
But suddenly, as the 12th largest state in the nation, Virginia's in line as the first big state to hold a primary or caucus.
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(( Our own poll this month shows George W. Bush beating Al Gore by 17 whopping points in Virginia.
So this appearance might be more about the 350-thousand dollars it was expected to raise.
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((GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH/R-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: WHEN I PUT MY HAND ON THE BIBLE, I WILL SWEAR IN TO UPHOLD THE LAWS OF THE LAND. BUT I ALSO WILL SWEAR IN TO UPHOLD THE DIGNITY OF THE OFFICE TO WHICH I'VE BEEN ELECTED. applause))
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((LARRY SABATO/UVA POLITICAL ANALYST: HE'S NOT EXCITING. HE'S GOT TO PUNCH UP HIS PRESENTATION. BUT ON THE WHOLE, I THINK HE'S IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE.))
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((GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH/R-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I'M PROUD TO BE CALLED A COMPASSIONATE CONSERVATIVE. I WELCOME THE LABEL. AND ON THIS GROUND I WILL TAKE MY STAND.))
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((SEN. BO TRUMBO: I TOO FEEL THAT PEOPLE ARE WANTING A CONSERVATIVE VOICE, BUT THAT COMPASSIONATE STREAK THAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT, TOO.))
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Bush started the day with his wife Laura and Virginia's First Lady, reading books to children at a Richmond public library.
Whether he's a shoo-in or not, he promises he'll be back.
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((GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH/R-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: THIS IS MY FIRST OF MANY TRIPS TO THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA. THE PRIMARY'S BEEN MOVED UP. SO IT'S, AS WE SAY, IN PLAY.))
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Virginia playing presidential politics comes with a price tag.
The 1988 Republican primary cost Virginia taxpayers 2-point-8 million dollars.
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Q&A KEITH: Will taxpayers foot the bill this time?
ELLEN: That's up to the General Assembly next spring. If not, the Republican party has promised to pay for it.


[Mental-Health]


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A ruling today from the Supreme Court may have implications for mental health programs across the country.
And local officials hope it will spur more funding for community- based care.
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On a vote of six to three, the court ruled that the Americans with Disabilities Act requires community- based care whenever possible.
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Jim Sikkema (SICK-keh-muh), the mental health director of Blue Ridge Community Services says he hopes the ruling will encourage more funding for the services that people with mental illness require.
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((JIM SIKKEMA/BLUE RIDGE COMMUNITY SERVICES: HOPEFULLY THIS COURT CASE , THE SUPREME COURT DECISION WILL FURTHER CREATE THE ENVIRONMENT AND PRESSURE NOT ONLY FROM JUSTICE, BUT THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH TO ATTEND TO INDIVIDUALS IN OUR COMMUNITY WITH SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS.))
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Virginia has been downsizing state hospitals, and expanding community based care for thirty years.
But state officials say they don't know yet how today's ruling will affect the state's mental health programs.


[Domestic-Violence]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Roanoke Police are trying to crack down on Domestic Violence.
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The department has created a position to track high risk cases.
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((PAM "PJ" GOLD/ DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SPECIALIST: WE'RE TRYING TO FIND PEOPLE THAT ARE REPEAT OFFENDERS. AND GET THOSE FELONY CONVICTIONS AND SEND THE MESSAGE THAT YOU CAN ONLY DO IT SO MANY TIMES.))
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Unlike patrol officers--Gold has time to research cases looking for prior convictions. A three-time domestic offender faces felony charges, and it's Gold's job to make sure they do. When it comes to victims, she provides information and refers them to organizations that can help. She hopes her job will cut down on domestic calls from the same people.
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((IT'S SAD. IT'S A REWARDING JOB AND HEARTBREAKING AT THE SAME TIME.))
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Right now it's only a part-time position--the department will decide later whether to add more hours.

[Job-Corps]


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Until Sunday night's near-riot between students and police, many people had not even heard of the Old Dominion Job Corps in Amherst County.
Now Job Corps leaders hope that one bad incident won't distract from the good work the center does year- round.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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(( For twenty years, they've been coming here to this secluded setting in Amherst County.. young people from all different backgrounds but with one thing in common.. a need for direction and purpose in their lives.
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((DARRYL WHITAKER/JOB CORPS STUDENT: I JUST FEEL LIKE I'M LUCKY, I'M ONE OF THE LUCKY ONES. I GOT INTO SOMETHING I LIKE DOING AND NOT EVERYBODY FINDS OUT SOMETHING THEY LIKE DOING AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE.))
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Helping young people find their niche is part of what the Job Corps does.
Students who need to can also finish their high school education, get a driver's license and learn a trade that will get them a job once they leave.
They'll tell you the key to success here is having the right attitude.
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((MASON LEWIS/JOB CORPS STUDENT: IT'S NOT SOMETHING GIVEN TO YOU, IT'S LIKE LIFE.. IF YOU'RE GIVEN SOMETHING, YOU'VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING WITH IT AND SOME OF US MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICES AND SOME OF US DON'T.))
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The ones that don't make the right choices.. a small percentage say Job Corps staffers.. were responsible for Sunday night's clash with police.
But it will still be a while before images of the police cars and SWAT teams fade from the public mind.
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((BOB BARLOW/JOB CORPS ADMINISTRATOR: FOR THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW US, IT IS A SETBACK BECAUSE WE WILL HAVE TO REISSUE OUR MESSAGE TO THEM. FOR THOSE WHO KNOW US, I THINK THEY'LL BE ABLE TO WORK THEIR WAY THROUGH IT.))
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The same way the Job Corps has helped its students work through difficulties for twenty years.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Amherst County.))


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Still ahead on News 7 at 6, a tuition rollback for Virginia's in-state college students - but are they making up for it elsewhere?
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And West Africa comes to Smith Mountain Lake.
We'll tell you why, a little later.
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A woman who served on the Blacksburg Police force in 1997 will not get to tell her story to a federal jury.
The chief federal judge in Roanoke says Alicia Lachance "failed to raise a triable issue of fact" in her sex discrimination claim.
Her lawyer told the court that Lachance was grilled about her sex life. Police Chief Bill Brown had seen to it that Lachance was asked about romantic relationships she'd had with other officers while she worked for the CHRISTIANSBURG Police Department.
In his 15-page opinion, Judge Sam Wilson noted the Chief "took responsibility for the offensive question." Chief Brown told Lachance he'd "heard a 'lot of rumors' about her and wanted to make sure she would not adversely affect office morale."
Lachance quit the force in September, 1997 and has since left the area.

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Two Roanoke City School Board Members will spend another three years in office.
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Four judges presided over the swearing in of Charles Day and Brian Wishneff at Roanoke Circuit court. Day has served on the board for the past eight years and says that the schools face one main challenge for the upcoming year--the Standards of Learning tests.
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((CHARLES DAY/ SCHOOL BOARD: WE WANT TO TRY TO GET EVERYBODY TO RALLY BEHIND THE SOLS. THEY'RE HERE AND SO WE MUST DO A GOOD JOB WITH THEM.))
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Wishneff will be serving his second term in office. When it comes to hot issues like school violence and behavior problems--he says the district has been dealing effectively with them for years.
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((BRIAN WISHNEFF/ SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: WHEN THERE ARE SITUATIONS, I THINK THAT THE PUNISHMENT THAT WE'VE HANDED DOWN HAS BEEN GOOD AND SWIFT AND SO WE'VE TRIED TO SEND A MESSAGE OF NO TOLERANCE.))
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Superintendent Wayne Harris says he is pleased to have both men return to the board.




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Tuition rates are dropping for Virginia's in-state college students... But they'll face increasing fees and room and board costs.
That from the State Council of Higher Education, which is meeting in Natural Bridge today.
The average cost of going to a four-year college in Virginia will drop four-percent for undergraduate students from the Commonwealth.
The rollback makes Virginia's colleges the eighteenth most expensive among the 50 states.
They HAD been the eighth most expensive.

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It was a day of losses on Wall Street. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE ]
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Tuition rates are dropping for Virginia's in-state college students... But they'll face increasing fees and room and board costs.
That from the State Council of Higher Education, which is meeting in Natural Bridge today.
The average cost of going to a four-year college in Virginia will drop four-percent for undergraduate students from the Commonwealth.
The rollback makes Virginia's colleges the eighteenth most expensive among the 50 states.
They HAD been the eighth most expensive.

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West African officials toured Smith Mountain Lake today.
They want to create a strong LOCAL government using Smith Mountain Lake as a model.
Tina Tenret has the story.
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Top environmental ministers from the country of Senegal want to give their citizens more decision-making power.
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((MAMADOU MAWO BALDE/COUNCIL PRESIDENT: THE LOCAL POPULATION IS REACTING REALLY WELL. THEY'RE REALLY HAPPY THE CHANGE IS HAPPENING.))
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They're taking cues from Smith Mountain Lake residents, for example, who built their own 18-thousand-dollar system to control erosion.
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((JIM WORKMAN/RESIDENT: THOSE BANKS WERE ERODING AND CAUSING MUD TO COME DOWN WITH WATER.))
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After lunch -- a stop at the new Bedford County water treatment plant, where water is filtered but not treated with chemicals.
A lesson in how to protect natural resources.
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((SOUTY TOURE/MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT: WE'VE BEEN FIGHTING THE DROUGHT FOR THE PAST 12 YEARS SO WE HAVE EROSION PROBLEMS COMING FROM THE DESERT. WE HAVE SALT POLLUTING OUR WATER.))
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((HILDE HUSSA/SML POLICY ADVISORY BOARD: HAULING THE DEBRIS AND TRASH IS ANOTHER BIG PROBLEM.))
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The group also heard how volunteers are key to keeping the lake clean.
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((HILDE HUSSA/SML POLICY ADVISORY BOARD: THEY HAVE SO MUCH TALENT. IF YOU GIVE THEM PERMISSION TO TAKE A PROBLEM AND GO WITH IT, IT'S AMAZING WHAT THEY WILL DO.))
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All in all, the Senegal ministers must have been impressed --
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((MERCI BEAUCOUP...))
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One joked that he wants to defect.
Tina Tenret News7.))
[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Virginia Tech brings the Senegal officials here -- the U-S pays 25 million dollars and Africa chips in 10-million dollars.
Their stay also includes visits to Lousia County, Monticello, Atlanta and Washington.

















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Coming up tonight in sports, big tennis news including a major upset at Wimbledon. We'll head out to the Roanoke Valley horse show,
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and check in with former Winston Cup regular Todd Bodine who is grudgingly making the rounds on the Busch Grand National series this season.
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We begin tonight on the grass courts of Wimbledon where one of the biggest and most outrageous upsets in the 113 year history of the event took place earlier today.
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The women's top seeded player, Martin Hingis, who also happens to be the number one player in the world, was crushed in the opening round by 16 year old qualifier, Jelena Dokic.
Hingis loses the match 6-2 and 6-love and in so doing becomes only the third top seeded woman in history to lose her opening match.
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Dokic was ranked 129th in the worl, prompting many to speculate that Hingis lost the match on purpose.
Other winners today include Andre Agassi, Lindsey Davenport and Boris Becker.


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The United States Tennis Association is making its presence known in Southwest Virginia.
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The USTA has just completed moving its office from Richmond to Roanoke.
It's part of a grassroots campaign to build participation in tennis by targeting community involvement.
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Tennis enthusiats note of two special events coming up--Friday night from five til nine is the Interglactic Wooden Racket Championships at the Franklin County Parks and Rec Courts.
Saturday morning from nine to 11 is the Community Tennis Rally at the River's Edge Park Courts in Roanoke.

[S-Bodine]


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The Lysol 200 takes center stage for the Busch Series this weekend at Watkins Glen, the home track for Todd Bodine. The 35 year old is fifth in the points race.
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[SUPER=03-South Boston; :00]


Bodine led the Textilease Medique 300 at South Boston June 12th before being spun out. He went on to finish 12th. The Phillips 66 Chevrolet driver has amassed five top five finishes this season and is optimistic about his team's year so far.
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((TODD BODINE/5TH IN BUSCH SERIES POINTS:))
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Bodine's positive attitude is commendable, considering he was released from his 1998 Winston Cup Ride in the Tabasco Pontiac in July last year. Bodine, who finished second in the Busch series championship in 1997, loves the BGN circuit, but hopes to return to Cup someday.
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[OUT Q=....in winston Cup"]
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In five starts at watkins Glen, Bodine has three second place finishes, but has yet to win there.




[S-Flynn]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=dal]
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An ESPN Commentator is making his mark on the Roanoke Valley Horse Show.
Brian Flynn has gone from the farm to the airwaves on a horse's back.
Denise Allen tells us how he's steered his career to Salem to design the show's courses.
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[SUPER=01-Brian Flynn/Course Designer; :20]
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((Brian Flynn has been around horses all his life.
But the Massachusetts farm boy turned professional rider and now ESPN commentator didn't always dream of making a career out of horses.
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DENISE ALLEN/NEWS 7 REPORTER: FLYNN PLAYED BASEBALL AND HOCKEY AT BOSTON COLLEGE BUT FOUND A MORE DIVERSE CAREER WORKING WITH HORSES.
RIDING PROFESSIONALLY, TEACHING AND MANAGING SHOWS AT HIS OWN STABLES EVOLVED INTO JUDGING AND DESIGNING COURSES FOR SHOWS LIKE THE ROANOKE VALLEY HORSE SHOW.
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Flynn no longer does the farm thing. judging, course designing and tv commentating make up his livelihood.
His television career started by chance.
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Flynn says he has no regrets about not pursuing the majors.
He's found sharing the arena with the horses is a game that can last a lifetime.
Denise Allen News 7 Sports.))



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