George W. Bush came out tonight to say he's the man to lead the nation.
With that the Bush-Cheney campaign is officially underway
Bobbi Harley has the highlights from Philadelphia.
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((Hoping to score a TEN in November(Bo Derek)...
With a former Miss America...
and country music's hottest act leading the way...
The Republicans roared with approval as nominee George W Bush took to the stage for his acceptance speech.
The evening had a Latin flair. The message: unity.
With mariachi bands playing, and a speech in Spanish by nephew George P. Bush, The Republicans sent the message they are stepping up efforts to include minorities in their quest for the White House.
But the real message of this convention came at the end.
Gathered for the final time in Philadelphia, the delegates here got a preview of what's to come in the campaign: from the nominee himself.
George W Bush, R-Presidential Nominee:
The hot button issues: Social Security, education and defense. And a few jabs at the Clinton - Gore era.))
The Wall Street Journal labeled him the Republican's "most ardent tax cutter" this week.
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Governor Jim Gilmore took that message to the podium in Philadelphia last night.
As one of four surrogate speakers for Governor Bush, Gilmore had a high national profile.
His convention fun is NOT over this week though.
Gilmore will attend the Democratic convention later this month, again as a media surrogate for Bush.
Gilmore will leave some of the entourage behind for that trip.
He took three press aides, six cabinet secretaries, a deputy press secretary, and his chief of staff to Philadelphia.
The Star City needs more stars, movie stars that is.
That's why a local group is hoping to entice the film industry to make movies in Southwest Virginia.
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Kate Weidaw joins us from the newsroom with more.
Just last year the film industry contributed more than 14 million dollars to the Virginia economy.
However most of the films are made in Northern Virginia, one reason may be because the film office is located in Richmond.
But Southwest Virginia wants a slice of the pie and is making an effort to attract the film industry.
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((Some of the biggest names in the film industry have made their movies in Southwest Virginia. Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss made "What About Bob" back in 19-90 at Smith Mountain Lake. Two years later Jody Foster came to Lexington to film "Sommersby". Not only did these films bring notoriety to the area but it brought in big bucks.
((BOTTIE CHEWNING/CO FOUNDER: WE DO KNOW WHEN A FILM COMES TO THE AREA IT'S BIG MONEY FOR THE AREA BECAUSE THEY ALSO HAVE TO HAVE HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION, TELEPHONE, ELECTRICITY, PEOPLE TO WORK ON SET.))
That's why the Virginia Film Office in Richmond wants a branch Roanoke. That way the movie industry has a liaison in Southwest Virginia.
((SANDRA EUBANK/CO FOUNDER: IF THEY SEE A HOME, BUILDING, OR LAKE, OR THEY SEE LAND THEY WANT TO USE THEM WE WOULD GO IN AND MAKE THAT CONTACT AND SAY THE FILM COMPANY WOULD REALLY LIKE TO USE THIS SO WE GET THE DOORS OPEN.))
It also could bring business to local film companies.
((BOB LAURO: WHEN FILM COMPANIES COME INTO TOWN THEY NEED EQUIPMENT SO IT WILL BE EASIER FOR THEM TO FIND EQUIPMENT LOCALLY THEN TO TRUCK IT IN FROM MILES AWAY OR MAY BE SHIP IT IN FROM THE WEST COAST.))
But before the Blue Ridge Virginia Film Office can officially debut, it needs community support. The non profit organization can't make money unless it has money.))
And it seems the three co-founders of the film office are well on their way to opening the Roanoke branch. Each of the ladies has extensive experience in the film industry.
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Just last month they were responsible for casting 6-hundred extras in the Coke commercial that was shot at VMI.
Some dogs are missing from the Salem Civic Center's Dog Show.
About a dozen pure-bred dogs took off after being scared by fireworks at the Salem Avalanche game tonight.
Officials are asking folks to keep an eye out for dogs roaming in the nearby neighborhoods.
If you find one you're asked to call the local authorities.
Schools reopen in just a few weeks, but some schools are having trouble finding enough teachers.
Montgomery County schools need to fill 12 vacancies... Roanoke city is looking for six to eight new teachers.
Dave Foster is confident he'll fill his seven vacancies in Pittsylvania County.
But he predicts it's going to get even tougher in the future as more and more teachers begin to retire-- a trend many larger school systems are already noticing.
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((DAVID FOSTER/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SCHOOLS: THERE ARE A LOT OF OTHER STATES THAT HAS THE SAME TYPE SITUATION AND IN FACT SOME MAY BE MORE SEVERE THAN IN VIRGINIA. ))
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Foster says the problem is also becoming more evident because fewer people are entering the teaching profession at a time when enrollment is growing in Virginia and school systems are trying to keep class sizes small.
Verizon employees who are still contracted under Bell Atlantic are preparing to strike.
As Jennifer Miele reports, 725 Union members in Roanoke may walk out as soon as Sunday.
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[SUPER=01-Mike Rieley/Verizon Area Manager; :56]
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On June 26, the informational picket staged in Roanoke was a rally for better working conditions at what was then Bell Atlantic.
Now called Verizon Virginia, the company faces accusations of unfair labor practices and intolerable treatment of its employees.
Company officials would not comment on those charges.
The three-year contract expires at midnight on Saturday, and union members say they are ready for a strike.
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((DAVID LAYMAN/LOCAL 2240 PRESIDENT: WE HAVE SUCH A DEDICATION TO OUR CUSTOMERS AND SERVICE WE PROVIDE TO THEM, BUT IT'S SO DIFFICULT AT TIMES TO PROVIDE THAT SERVICE TO THEM WHEN YOU HAVE TO WORK UNDER SOME OF THE CONDITIONS THEY HAVE TO WORK UNDER.))
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Company and Union Officials are meeting behind closed doors in Washington to discuss terms of a new contract.
Even if the 725 Union Employees in Roanoke and thousands of workers on the East Coast go on strike, the company says customers will not be effected.
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((MIKE RIELEY/AREA MANAGER: WE HAVE A CONTINGENCY PLAN NOW, MANAGERS HAVE BEEN TRAINED TO STEP INTO SERVICE JOBS FOR OUR CUSTOMERS. WE'RE SO MECHANIZED THESE DAYS THAT CUSTOMERS WILL PROBABLY SEE LITTLE EFFECT.))
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The longest strike in Bell Atlantic history lasted three weeks. If the employees strike again, even if lasts one week as negotiations continue, it will be the first AND the longest in Verizon history.
Union employees say they'll strike as early as Sunday morning if a contract agreement isn't reached by midnight on Saturday.
Jennifer Miele, News 7, Roanoke.))
IF you have slim fast in the house- you may want to make a fast trip to the refrigerator to check which flavors you have.
Slim Fast is recalling more than 2-million cans of its liquid shakes-
The milk based drinks may present a risk of temporary gastrointestinal sickness.
Slim Fast is calling for a nationwide recall of the 11-ounce cans-
Five consumers have reported signs of gastro-intestinal sickness- but the company says the risk of serious illness is remote.
The flavors being recalled are Cappuccino delight, Creamy Milk chocolate and Strawberries and Cream.
The cause of the problem is under investigation.
Still ahead on News 7, a little shut-eye lands a man in trouble with the law.
And an out of control dump-truck crushes cars and crashes into a bank.
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((Hey sports fans check this out, The Salem Avalanche wrapped up a three game home stand with Frederick tonight at Memorial Stadium Ricky Rudd set a new track record during qualifying today for the Brickyard 400 running back Adrian Murrrell is looking for playing time with the Washington Redskins and we'll visit the Golden Eagles of Staunton River as we continue our preseason high school reports.
All that and more coming up in sports.))
It was his snoring that gave him away.
Danville authorities say a man came home last night and heard 28 year old David Lee Hicks sleeping under a bed.
Officers arrived at 120 Clearview Drive to find Hicks hiding in the bedroom closet.
Hicks was a fugitive and has 12 charges piled against him including assault on an officer, escaping and kidnapping.
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((MAJ. B.C. ELLIOTT/DANVILLE POLICE: ANYTIME A PERSON IS ON THE RUN LIKE THIS AND HE'S CAUGHT EASY LIKE THIS IT STARTS YOU THINKING THAT WHY WOULDN'T HE OFFER RESISTANCE HE HAD TWO GUNS I COULDN'T ANSWER THIS WHETHER TO THE POINT OF EXHAUSTED.))
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Hicks had his arraignment this morning and is being held at the Danville City jail.
They helped recover 30-thousand dollars in diamond rings at Valley View Mall Monday.
This afternoon Henebry's Jewelry Story Manager Heather Rutherford presented gift certificates to Don Tinsley and Drew Settle.
They were in the Valley View store Monday night when a man reached into a jewelry case full of diamond rings.
Settle got the goods away from the thief, and Tinsley went after him.
He's just one class away from his associate's degree in criminal justice.
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((I'VE HAD A COUPLE OF CLASSES THAT REALLY TELL YOU WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN AN INDIVIDUAL AND WHAT TO KEEP YOUR EYE OUT FOR WHEN YOU SEE A PERSON.))
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Each man got a 500-dollar gift certificate from Henebry's along with other coupons and certificates from the mall and other merchants.
One person is dead and two others injured...
after an empty dump truck crashed into a bank.
It happened around nine this morning at a First Union branch in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
The truck rolled over two occupied vehicles before hitting the bank.
Police say they had to use the jaws of life to get the drivers out.
No one inside the bank was hurt.
Rail fans can catch a glimpse of hundreds of trains, big and small, this weekend in Lynchburg.
The 22nd annual Rail Day 2000 runs all day Saturday at the Builders Meeting Center in Forest.
Organizers say the event will be geared towards attracting more people to the hobby of model railroading.
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((BILL COX/RAIL DAY 2000 ORGANIZER: WE WILL HAVE MODEL LAYOUTS, MODULAR LAYOUTS RUNNING ON ALL SCALES AND WE'LL ALSO HAVE VENDORS SELLING THINGS, WE'LL HAVE CLINICS ON MODEL RAILROADING AND REAL RAILROADS, EVEN THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE.. ONE OF OUR GUYS IS DOING A CLINIC ON THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE AND THE PROTOTYPE INFLUENCE TO IT WHICH WERE ACTUAL BRITISH LOCOMOTIVES.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Cox/Rail Day 2000 Organizer]
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Another attraction will be a Norfolk Southern car that's been renovated into a traveling railroad museum.
A video simulator will allow visitors to "drive" their own hundred- car freight train.
It is already Friday in London- and that means it is the Queen Mother's 100th birthday-
The Queen mother breaks all Royal records for longevity-
The lady affectionately known by many as the nation's favorite grandmother- has weathered two world wars, health scares and a variety of royal scandals.
Cards and letters have been pouring in for days .. people wishing the Queen mum well.
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((WE HAVE CARDS.... THIS FRIDAY.))
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Prince Albert- the future King George... proposed marriage at least twice and was turned down-
The Queen mother never revealed why she was such a reluctant conquest.. but it took friends to encourage the Prince to try and win her over again.
Rick Rudd captures the pole position at Indianapolis and we continue our high school football reports with the Golden Eagles of Staunton River.
But first out Extra Point.
Grant Hill is officially a member of the Orlando Magic. The sign and trade deal was completed today sending Chuck Atkins and Ben Wallace to the Detroit Pistons.
Hill spent his entire six year career with the Pistons. And here's a look at tonight's scores.
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The Salem Avalanche pulled out the broom last night sweeping the Frederick Keys with a 9 to 5 win at Memorial.
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This Little guy sitting on dad's knee checking the action.
Salem's Ryan Price walked the first three batters he faced then Roberto Riveria hits it deep for the Sac fly allowing a runner to score to make it 1 to nothing Keys.
Then the Avalanche comes back Josh Bard hits it hard to the right fielder he has trouble fielding it which allows Matt Holiday to score from second to tie it at 1 to 1.
Still in the second, Salem's Juan Uribe hits this shot off the wall scoring one of four runs in the inning and the Avalanche led 4 to 1.
Then in the third Frederick hits this shot to centerfield. Tim Raines tags at third but he's gunned down at the plate on the throw from Scott Seal and Salem goes on to win it 9 to 5.
Dave Berg hit a sacrifice fly in the 8-th to lead Florida over Houston 4 to 3.
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Estabilly the Marlin getting a little sun in the Middle of the infield.
Trailing 2 to 1 Moises Alou hits this two run homer over the left centerfield wall and the Astros took the lead 3 to 2 in the sixth.
Then with the score tied at 3 to 3 Berg hits this sacrifice fly to deep left centerfield Derrek Lee tags at third and scores and the Marlins win it 4 to 3.
Ricky Rudd picked up his second pole of the season yesterday and will start up front in Saturday's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis.
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Rudd set a track record with a speed of 181 point 068 miles per hour and he did it in a back up car that had a new engine.
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((RICKY RUDD/BRICKYARD 400 POLE WINNER: THIS CAR WAS NOT PLANNED TO RUN HERE. THE CAR THAT WE PLANNED TO RUN HER GOT DESTROYED LAST WEEK AT POCONO AND MICHAEL AND TODD PARROTT ALL THESE GUYS GOT TOGETHER AND TALKED ABOUT IT. WE JUST BRUNG THE BACKUP CAR BUT WE NEED TO GO TO WORK ON IT NEED TO DO A LITTLE CUTTING AND SAWING HERE AND THERE AND A LITTLE WORK ON THE CHASIS. SO REALLY I GOT TO THINK ALL OF YATES RACING ALL TOGETHER FOR THIS POLE TODAY.))
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Darrell Waltrip will start on the outside of the front row after turning a speed of 180 point 923.
And here's a look at the top 25.
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[SUPER=0107-1. Ricky Rudd/180.068/2. Darrell Waltrip//3. Bobby Labonte//4. Jeremy Mayfield//5. Dale Jarrett//;]
[SUPER=0107-6. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.//7. Bill Elliott//8. Dale Earnhardt//9. Mike Skinner//10. Rusty Wallace//;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Scott Pruett//12. Mark Martin//13. Johnny Benson//14. Michael Waltrip//15. John Andretti//;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Ward Burton//17. Kenny Wallace//18. Tony Stewart//19. Robert Pressley//20. Sterling Marlin//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Jimmy Spencer//22. Steve Park//23. Jerry Nadeau//24. Rick Mast//25. Todd Bodine//;]
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The Washington Redskins will temporarily break training camp to open the preseason against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tomorrow night.
And while head coach Norv Turner plans to use many of his veterans sparingly, Mike Stevens says a newcomer from the West Virginia University is expected to get plenty of work.
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(( With so much of the off-season signings centered around Deion, Big Bruce and Jeff George - it was easy to overlook the acquisition of running back Adrian Murrell. The signed the free agent running back on March 22nd to be a back up for Stephen Davis - Murrell is hoping to be that and much more.
Murrell, is one of only six players in the NFL history to rush for more than 1000 yards in a season with two different teams. He accomplished that feat with the Jets and Cardinals, but he really likes what he sees in DC with new running backs coach Kirby Wilson.
Murrell knows it will also be cut throat when it comes to getting enough carries this season as he Davis and Skip Hicks search for a way to share one football.
And don't be surprised if the 8 year veteran takes advantage of every opportunity he has this season. Mike Stevens News 7 sports.))
The Golden Eagles of Staunton River are flying high in the preseason.
More than 70 players are out for football this season, the most the Eagles have had in about four years.
Coach Bob Gray says the high numbers are do in part to a large freshman class.
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Back is all district and four year starter, Jermaine Moyer at tailback.
But coach Gray has had some trouble on defensive in recent years and is hoping to find some aggressive defensive players from this year's large pool of players.
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That's it for sports, have a great day everybody.