How'd they do?
We'll hear from George W. Bush and Al gore about their performance at last night's debate.
Plus a Roanoke condominium project gets the go-ahead by the zoning board despite opposition from neighbors.
Temperatures are already on the rise this early in the afternoon but we are nearing the end of our warm spell. The changing forecast is coming up.
News 7 at noon is next.
Despite a ruling by the zoning board supporting the Cherry Hill Condominium project neighbors say they want a compromise.
The Roanoke City Zoning Board approved the construction of the Cherry Hill condominium project last night.....but opponents say the fight is NOT over.
More than 500 South Roanoke residents say they want a compromise. They propose a three story building instead of the planned five story building.
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[IN Q=Where we are now]
((STUART REVERCOMB/SOUTH ROANOKE RESIDENT: WHERE WE ARE NOW, WE'VE GONE IN FRONT OF THE ZONING BOARD, AND NOW WE'RE GOING TO CIRCUIT COURT. THAT'S THE RECOURSE ACCORDING TO THE BUILDING CODE FROM HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Stuart Revercomb/South Roanoke Resident]
[OUT Q=code from here.]
Developers Jim Body and Winter Hodges say construction will be complete by April.
They say the fight IS over.
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[IN Q=We're all tired.]
((WINTER HODGES/DEVELOPER: WE'RE ALL TIRED, WE'RE HURT AND WE'RE DISAPPOINTED IN A COUPLE OF THE PEOPLE WHO WERE ON THE STAFF OF THE CITY. BUT OUR BIGGEST CONCERN IS THAT WE'RE CONCERNED FOR FUTURE DEVELOPERS IN OTHER DEVELOPMENTS. WE DON'T WANT THEM TO GO through WHAT WE'VE GONE THROUGH.))
[OUT Q=we've gone through.]
South Roanoke residents who want a compromise are meeting tonight to chose council.
We'll have more tonight on News 7 at 5 and 6.
An old stable burns down this morning in Danville.
Firefighters could not save the building where the city's mounted patrol use to be kept. The building was used to store hay and other horse supplies.
The police horses were in a safe place when the fire broke out around 10 this morning.
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[IN Q=I saw a lot]
((PAULETTE DEAN/WITNESS: I SAW A LOT OF SMOKE COMING FROM THE BUILDING, WE ALL SAW IT. I CALLED 911. WE WERE CONCERNED ABOUT THE HORSES BUT THEY WERE ALL IN THE PASTURE.))
[OUT Q=in the pasture.]
Fire investigators have not determined what caused the fire.
Al Gore and George W. Bush are back on the campaign trail after last night's debate.
The two are scheduled to meet again one week from tonight.
Jennifer Jones tells us how the candidates feel about their performance.
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[SUPER=203-Boston, MA; :00]
[SUPER=203-Boston, MA/Last Night; :06]
[SUPER=201-George W. Bush/(R) Presidential Candidate; :25]
[SUPER=201-Al Gore/(D) Presidential Candidate; :34]
[SUPER=201-Jennifer Jones/Reporting; 1:22]
[OUT Q=CBS News]
GOVERNOR GEORGE W. BUSH WAS THE FIRST TO HIT THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL TODAY..
FOLLOWING THE FIRST TELEVISED PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE LAST NIGHT.
(NATZ OF EXCHANGE BETWEEN GORE AND BUSH)
VOTERS HAD THEIR FIRST OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR THE CANDIDATES DEBATE FACE TO
FACE ON KEY ISSUES LIKE SOCIAL SECURITY, EDUCATION AND TAXES.
AND NOT SURPRISINGLY BOTH MEN WERE SATISFIED WITH THEIR PERFORMANCES.
SOT: GEORGE BUSH, R-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
"I THINK BEING ON THE STAGE WITH A MAN WHO HAS A REPUTATION AS BEING A
VERY STRONG DEBATER AND BEING ABLE TO HOLD MY OWN WAS A POSITIVE
DEVELOPMENT FOR THE CAMPAIGN.
SOT: AL GORE, D-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
"I DIDN'T SEE IT AS ABOUT ME OR ABOUT GOVERNOR BUSH. IT WAS ABOUT THE
AMERICAN PEOPLE AND THEIR CHANCE TO HEAR A DISCUSSION OF TWO VERY
DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO WHAT KIND OF COUNTRY WE ARE GOING TO BE IN THE
DESPITE A STRICT QUESTION AND ANSWER FORMAT INTENDED TO MINIMIZE
SPARRING.... THE CANDIDATES STILL USED EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO POINT OUT
"MY OPPONENT IS RUNNING UNDER MEDISCARE TRYING TO FRIGHTEN PEOPLE IN THE
"95 PERCENT OF ALL SENIORS WILL GET NO COVERAGE UNDER MY OPPONENTS PLAN."
WHILE BOTH CAMPS CLAIMED VICTORY.. A CBS NEWS INSTANT POLL TAKEN RIGHT
AFTER THE DEBATE SHOWED A CLEAR WINNER.
56 PERCENT OF THOSE ASKED SAID THEY BELIEVE GORE WON, WHILE 42 PERCENT
FAVOR GEORGE W. BUSH. ))
Lynchburg authorities are still looking for suspects wanted in connection with a shooting.
Police were called to 2401 Poplar Street around 9:45 last night.
Authorities say when officers arrived, they found John Henry Bawkins, Junior suffering from a single gun shot wound.
Witnesses say two black males entered the home demanding money and shot the victim in the upper thigh.
No arrests have been made.
Roanoke County's Fire and Rescue Chief Rick Burch presented a proposal to Vinton town council last night that he says could speed up emergency response times in the county.
Meredyth Censullo has more.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./File Tape;:10]
[OUT Q=News 7 Vinton]
((Burch says response time to any call in the county should take less than six minutes.
Right now, if the local volunteer crew isn't available, the next closest crew is expected to respond - But that could double the response time.
Burch suggests dividing the county into four quadrants-- North, South, East and West-- each staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with Advanced Life Support - or ALS - coverage.
That's in addition to the volunteer services already in place.
Burch says the quadrant plan would be capable of providing ALS response within 6 minutes to 80 percent of EMS calls.
Meredyth Censullo, News7, Vinton.))
Burch predicts the quadrant plan would require additional funding of 907-thousand dollars, adding 20 additional paramedics and firefighters.
He plans to meet with all volunteer stations to discuss the proposal.
A public meeting will be held October 24th.
It looks like Virginia gas will build its 55 mile pipeline through Roanoke and Montgomery Counties.
282 homeowners will be affected.
Many of them met in Roanoke County last night, vowing to work for a change in the law.
Virginia Gas rejected a proposal to share an existing gas line corridor with its competitor, Duke Energy, this week.
That means residents like Stacy Snyder will be getting a new 50-foot wide clearing cut through their property.
Snyder built her dream house on a Montgomery County mountain top last year because of the spectacular view.
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[SOT 2:31:19 - :28]
[IN Q=Had I known]
((STACY SNYDER: HAD I KNOWN THERE WOULD BE AN ADDITIONAL PIPELINE PUT IN THROUGH HERE, I WOULD HAVE LOCATED MY HOUSE FARTHER AWAY FROM THIS EXISTING EASEMENT.))
[SUPER=01-Stacy Snyder/Pipeline Opponent;]
[OUT Q=this existing easement.]
Virginia Gas says its chosen route affects the fewest residents, nature preserves and subdivisions.
It will pay residents the value of the property it uses.
Snyder and others affected say they will try to change the way easements are granted to utility companies.
Some One Source customers do not have long distance service now that the company has gone out of business.
One Source provided pager, cell phone and long distance service but now its two Roanoke offices are suddenly locked.
Company vice president Mark Rhodes talked to us earlier this year about problems with the company but would not go on camera.
He says One Source owners have started Infonet instead, which will be based in Roanoke and provide high speed data service only.
Long distance customers will have to switch to a new plan.
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[IN Q=Does your pager]
((JULIE WHEELER/BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU: DOES YOUR PHONE STILL WORK? DOES YOUR PAGER STILL WORK? DO YOU HAVE SERVICE? YOU CAN BET YOU'LL GET A BILL AND YOU'LL FIND OUT IF YOUR CARRIER'S CHANGED.))
[SUPER=01-Julie Wheeler/Better Business Bureau;]
[OUT Q=carrier's changed]
The Better Business Bureau says customers were never warned that One Source was closing -- and that cell phone or pager users should never pay for a year in advance in case the company closes.
Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a 6-alarm fire in the San Francisco Bay area.
The early morning blaze burned out of control for hours in a
four-story building on Telegraph Avenue in Oakland.
Fire crews discovered the fire in the building's basement.
Before they could bring it under control the fire spread to a building across the street.
Traffic was rerouted while crews worked to extinguish the flames.
There's no word on the fire's cause.
Residents of Miami are being told to stay home to avoid possible flooding.
A storm dropped more than eleven inches of rain in parts of
South Florida yesterday.
The soaking has flooded homes, made a mess of traffic and
left thousands without power.
Some major streets and highway exits are nearly impassible.
Classes are canceled for more than 350-thousand students.
Miami's mayor is urging anyone who can stay home today to do so.
A 52-thousand-gallon water pool in Lynchburg is leaking.
The pool stores used nuclear fuel samples from commercial reactors.
B-W-X Technologies reported the leak to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission last month.
The company said the leak of about 250 gallons a day is being fixed, and there's no danger to the public or to workers at the site.
Officials say contaminated water doesn't appear to have spread to the nearby James River.
A D-N-A test cleared former death row inmate Earl Washington, Jr. , but he's still behind bars serving 30 years for a separate burglary and malicious wounding.
His lawyers say thank you to Governor Jim Gilmore for Monday's absolute pardon in the Culpeper murder case.
But they say the time served on death row doesn't count toward the parole Washington might have been eligible for as early as 1988 -- and the Governor did nothing to fix that.
[IN Q=Governors make]
((GERALD ZERKIN/WASHINGTON'S ATTORNEY: GOVERNORS MAKE AND ARE EXPECTED TO MAKE POLITICAL DECISIONS... MOTIVATED BY POLITICS AND NOT WHAT I THINK WOULD BE FAIR AND JUST IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE.))
[SUPER=01-Gerald Zerkin/Washington's Attorney;]
[OUT Q=particular case.]
We asked Washington in a phone interview yesterday if he believes in the justice system.
[SOT 10:52:56 ]
(( hahahaha. I DON'T THINK I WANT TO ANSWER THAT. hahaha. -- I MIGHT PUT MY FOOT IN MY MOUTH I DON'T WANT TO DO THAT.))
[OUT Q=to do that.]
A Governor's spokesman says only that Washington's fate is now in the hands of the Parole Board.
And quoting now "We're NOT talking about a model citizen here."
The Department of Corrections says it is fast-tracking the process to see if Washington should be eligible for parole now.
Doctors are optimistic about the fate of conjoined twins seperated last week.
The seven month old girls had been connected from the breastbone to the hip.
Hattie Kauffman has their prognosis.
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[SUPER=01-Greg Lincoln/Father; :10]
[SUPER=01-Vaneice Lincon/Mother; 1:02]
[Super=01-Hattie Kauffman/Reporting; 1:26]
[OUT Q=Los Angeles.]
((CHARITY AND KATHLEEN LINCOLN, ENTERED SEATTLE CHILDRENS
HOSPITAL JOINED FROM THE BREASTBONE TO THE PELVIS. THEN BEGAN
THIRTY-ONE HOURS OF SURGERY.
(SOT -dad- It was an easy decision for us because it was possible that
both girls would survive and thrive and that's what we felt we would
want if we were them.)
(TRACK)THE GIRLS SHARED THE SACK AROUND THE HEART, AND THE DIAGPHRAM.
THEY EACH HAD THEIR OWN LIVER BUT IT WAS FUSED. IN ADDITION, DOCTORS HAD
TO RECONSTRUCT THE LOWER INTESTINES FOR BOTH GIRLS. AND REMOVE A THIRD
LEG THEY SHARED.
(SOT-) Right now we're just taking care of oour babies...few weeks."
(TRACK) THE TEAM OF DOCTORS AND NURSES ACTUALLY PERFORMED THREE
OPERATIONS; SEPARATION AND TWO RECONSTRUCTIONS.
(SOT What helped us get thru it was, every two hours, Jennifer the head
nurse came out and gave us positive reports.)
(TRACK-photo) GREG AND VANEICE LINCOLN KNEW VENEICE WAS CARRYING
CONJOINED TWINS SINCE SHE WAS EIGHT WEEKS PREGNANT.
(SOT-mom- We had two cribs for our babies since before they were born
very hopeful and confident that wed be able to use them.)
(TRACK) NOW, IN THE HOSPITAL, THEY ARE SLEEPING IN SEPARATE BEDS, FOR
THE VERY FIRST TIME.
(SOT They have very distinct personalities. Kathleen is very laid back
and very easy going. Charity is real go getter.)
IT COULD BE A MONTH BEFORE THE TWINS CAN COME HOME, AND DOCTORS SAY CHARITY AND KATHLEEN WILL NEED MANY MORE RECONSTRUCTIVE
SURGERIES IN THE YEARS AHEAD. HK, CBS NEWS, LOS ANGELES.))