An update on those injured in yesterday's school bus accident in Smythe County.
Doug Wilder decides which U-S candidate will get his vote this November.
Some of the area's best chefs and surgeons showcase their talent in a new way.
Plus, victory for Virginia Tech and U-V-A.
News 7 is next.
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He's been tight-lipped about who will get his vote November 7th - but now Doug Wilder has picked a candidate ..
Good Evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.[Wilder-Robb]
He never did it for fellow Democrat Don Beyer.
But today, former governor Doug Wilder weighed in on behalf of Chuck Robb in the race for the U-S Senate.
The pair campaigned together at the annual Gold Bowl, between two of Virginia's historically black universities, Virginia Union and Virginia State.
So was it an endorsement?
[IN Q=My being here]
((DOUG WILDER/(D) FORMER GOVERNOR: MY BEING HERE, MY BEING BESIDE ROBB, MY WEARING A STICKER, MY SUGGESTING THAT I'VE DONE WHAT WAS ASKED, THAT I MAY DO MORE THINGS IF ASKED, IF THAT ISN'T SAYING ALL THAT NEEDS TO BE SAID, I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU GOTTA SAY. haha.))
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[OUT Q=gotta say. hahaha.]
Republican challenger George Allen plunged into the fray at one point, even asking Wilder to wear an Allen sticker.
But Wilder -- Virginia Union's most famous alumnus -- kept the spotlight on Robb.
[IN Q=We're getting]
((GEORGE ALLEN/R-U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE: WE'RE GETTING A GOOD RESPONSE FROM THE PEOPLE AT THIS GAME. I HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF RESPECT FOR GOVERNOR WILDER, BUT AFTER ALL, HE IS A DEMOCRAT.))
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[OUT Q=a Democrat.]
Wilder and Robb say they're discussing other campaign help the nation's only elected black governor can provide.
Meanwhile, the Presidential Candidates are focusing on the battleground states, trying to convince swing voters each is the right man for the job.
Teri Okita has the latest ..
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((The presidential candidates are waging a war of words ... on these last, crucial days of the campaign.
In Wisconsin and Missouri, George W. Bush portrayed Al Gore as a big spending politician.
He also poked fun at the vice president, who once claimed he invented the internet.
((GOV. GEORGE . BUSH: "IF THE MAN WAS SO SMART, HOW COME EVERY INTERNET ADDRESS BEGINS WITH W. NOT ONLY ONE W, BUT 3"))
Meanwhile, at a rally in Pennsylvania, Gore placed a big question mark on the Texas governor's healthcare policies.
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Gore later took a break from Saturday's back-and-forth rancor ... to attend his son's high school football game in Washington, DCTERMS.
With the race still too close to call, both men are concentrating on key battleground states this weekend. Right now, Bush is leading Gore in most major polls -- but only by a slim margin.
There's also the threat of third-party candidate, Ralph Nader, who could siphon away enough votes to affect the electon's outcome.
So the candidates are taking no one for granted ... as they try to persuade swing voters to finally swing their way.
Teri Okita, CBS News, Washington.))[Daylight-Saving]
The Presidential Candidates are getting an extra hour to campaign tonight - if they plan on burning the midnight oil, that is!
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Alcohol may be to blame for an overnight accident in Campbell County that killed two people.
State police say Maurice Toller of Bedford County was driving along Route 43 when he apparently lost control of his truck.
Authorities say Toller struck a second vehicle, driven by Ramona Woodriff of Alta Vista.
Woodriff was killed, along with a passenger.
Police have NOT said if any charges have been filed in the accident.
Several students injured in a bus accident in Southwest Virginia yesterday afternoon remain hospitalized.
Police say a total of 46 children and three adults were hurt yesterday when an elderly woman allegedly ran a stopsign and collided with the bus.
The injured were sent to 4 hospitals in Southwest Virginia and Tennessee.
State police haven't said how many students are still hospitalized, but say all are in stable condition or better.
The elderly driver was released from the hospital day after undergoing hand surgery.
So far no charges have been filed.
Dozens of people put on their walking shoes and grabbed their dog leashes this afternoon to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis.
M-S is a debilitating disease that attacks the central nervous system.
This is the second year the Paw Walk for M-S has taken place in Vinton.
To take part all you need is a dog and a donation for the cause.
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((GINA WEST/ORGANIZER: THE PEOPLE OUT HERE PLEDGED FOR OUR DOGS TO WALK AND EVERY PENNY GOES TO THE MS RESEARCH.))
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Last year more then 100 people walked - raising 6-thousand dollars.
Organizers hoped to at least match that today - but they say they only raised about 3-thousand dollars.
That figure hasn't discouraged them though - they plan on lacing up their sneakers again next year.
The spirit of the Blue Ridge came alive at Ferrum College today.
That's still ahead on news 7 ..
And jack-o-lanterns lit up downtown Roanoke tonight.
We'll tell you where the proceeds from these works of art are going - after the break.
Folk music and lots of food were on hand for the 27-th annual Blue Ridge Folklife Festival at Ferrum College.
Kate Weidaw went there to check it out.
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((IT'S GOOD TO DANCE BY AND IT'S GOOD TO LISTEN TO.))
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Doc Watson, one of folk music's biggest names kicked off the festival with his well known tunes.
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But there was more then just music. Kids had a chance to dig through the hay for money and how about trying to bite this apple, it looks harder then you think.
((YOU GOT TO TRY AND BIT THEM BY YOURSELF.))
Expect she gave her brother a little help.
On the other side of the college old and new tractors were lined up. One particular machine had people scratching their head to figure out what it did.
((KATE: HAVE YOU EVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS? GUY: NO))
((IT LOOKS TO ME LIKE SOME SORT OF GRINDING MACHINE.))
That guess was close.
((TOM SCHMUTZ/OWNES MOTOR: IT USED BELT POWER TO ALL DIFFERENT KINDS OF EQUIPMENT ON THE FARMS LIKE WASHING MACHINES, FEED GRINDERS, AND CUTTERS.))
So after looking at machines, playing games and listening to the music you're bound to be hungry.
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((NOW IT AIN'T LOW CALORIE BUT IT'S REAL GOOD.))
While the food brought a taste of the south, the festival gave many a chance to see
the traditional way of life in the Blue Ridge. Kate Weidaw News7 Ferrum.))
Roanoke's finest were out of their gourds today!!
The best chefs and surgeons in the Star City carved out works of art for display on the Roanoke City Market as part of "Pumpkinfest".
Later the pumpkins were auctioned off to raise money for CHIP - or the Child Health Investment Partnership - which promotes the health of medically underserved children.
There was plenty more to do -
Kids had a chance to show off their costumes and take part in carnival games.
The first ever pumpkinfest was sponsored by Roanoke radio station Q-99.
The Hokies squeak by the Pittsburg Panthers today .. We'll have highlights from Lane Stadium in a few minutes.
But first - happy trails to you!
Take a hike in this week's Time Off after the break.
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The days are getting cooler - but it's still nice enough to get outside and enjoy the mountains.
So for a good workout - and even better scenery - why not check out Apple Orchard Falls in Botetourt County.
Shannon Young shows us what's new along the trail, in this week's "Time Off."
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((Almost as pretty as Apple Orchard Falls - is the hike to get there.
And now, the view from the falls is even better, thanks to the addition of a functional piece of art - the new Apple Orchard Falls Trail Bridge.
[IN Q=We had some floods...]
((We had some floods and ice damage several years ago and took out what bridges he had so we had to replace them. It's just not safe for people to try to get from one side of the trail to the other without some sort of bridge.))
[OUT Q=some sort of bridge.]
And what a bridge it is.
Each day forest service work crews hiked into the construction site where they assembled 45-thousand pounds of materials.
Because of the rocky terrain, the lumber was helicoptered in.
The end result: a 132-foot long span which quietly highlights the landscape's natural beauty.
[IN Q=We had landscape...]
((We had landscape architects involved in the design on it and they wanted it to fit into the environment rather than look like it was plunked here. And so, this was their chance, I think, to be creative. And I think they've done a wonderful job. I had not seen it until today and I think it's fantastic.))
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Also fantastic is the trail itself.
The path winds through shagbark hickory, oaks and maples and occasionally rendezvous with a swiftly streaming creek.
After crossing the new bridge you can design your own getaway with your choice of intersecting trails.
[IN Q=You can make a loop...]
((You can make a loop with Cornelius Creek Trail and I think it makes about a 7-mile loop. The Appalachian Trail runs very close, just on the other end of the Apple Orchard Trial. There's dispersed camping. 'Course, on National Forest land people can camp pretty much anywhere they want to unless it's specifically posted: No Camping.))
[OUT Q=posted: No Camping.]
[IN Q=The hiking trail's...]
((The hiking trail's pretty much for anyone. You can take your time, gradually work your way along. I wouldn't expect somebody to be out here in their Sunday dress. We have some trails where people do that. You know, nice sturdy footware.))
[OUT Q=nice, sturdy footware.]
[IN Q=Although the path...]
((Although the path is short it's relatively steep and rocky. But, oh, is it worth it when you reach your destination.))
[OUT Q=reach your destination.]
Just don't forget about safety.
[IN Q=Drink plenty of water...]
((Drink plenty of water, bring plenty of water with you and, you know, let somebody know where you're going. Just pretty much the safe rules for being out in the woods.))
[OUT Q=out in the woods.]
Look for trees marked with blue.
They'll lead you along the trail which is well covered with fallen leaves this time of year.
The trail is open year round, although the forest service does not clear the access roads of snow.
But you can cross that bridge when you get to it.
Shannon Young, News 7, Botetourt County.))
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For awhile it looked like today's Big East battle for the Hokies would be the pits!
Mike Stevens and photographer Greg Moore show us how Virginia Tech managed to get a win even though the team lost it's quarterback.
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The Oklahoma Sooners threw a curve in the college polls and the B-C-S ratings.
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Lets go to Norman, where the Sooners hosted top ranked Nebraska.
After falling behind 14 to nothing to Nebraska, The Sooners scored 31 unanswered points and knocked off the top ranked Cornhuskers 31 to 14.
Oklahoma was second in the B-C-S ahead of Virginia Tech.
Virginia handed North Carolina it's 5th ACC loss of the season yesterday. The victory marks the 10th straight home win for the Cavs over the Tarheels. Ronald Curry, who passed up and education at UVa for one at UNC, was schooled for a third straight time against the Wahoos. Steve Mason was there.
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That's it for sports. Have a great day everybody.
In Lexington, V-M-I would host Western Carolina in a Southern Conference game.
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The Keydets take the field looking for their second win in a row.
V-M-I gets off to the good start trailing by 3 Joey Gibson goes to the air and hits Teray Frost on the touchdown pass and the Keydets took the lead 7 to 3.
After a field goal the Catamounts would strike again this time former U-V-A quarterback David Rivers hits Michael Banks in the back of the end zone and Western would take the 17 to 7 lead.
The Keydets answered the score when Gene Cauthen scores on the short run but Western Carolina goes on to win it 41 to 31.
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Meantime, R.J. Bowers of division three Grove City College is the N-C-A-A career rushing leader.
Bowers broke the record this afternoon on a one yard dive play that gave him 88 yards in today's game at Bethany College.
And here are today's college scores.
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The Richmond Renegades were at the Roundhouse tonight.
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A typical Express Renegade game as the two came out fighting.
Richmond would take the advantage when Derrick Schutz cleans up the Mike Siklenka shot for the score to make it 1 to nothing Renegades.
But the Express rallied Aaron Gates takes the pass and slides it in from the middle of the ice to tie it at 1 to 1.
Then in the third Sean Peach passes to Joe Dusbabek and he scores the goal to make it 2 to 1 and Roanoke wins it 3 to 1.
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