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George Allen gains a couple of percentage points in the Senate race.
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Also on NEWS 7 tonight: a high-speed chase ends in death and serious injury.
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Roanoke College is picked as the top dog in the ODAC preseason basketball poll.
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And the Cave Spring Knights get back to work the day after the Virginia High School League altered their season and plans for the playoffs.
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Unusually warm weather for tomorrow then a cold front crosses the region for a change. What that means to the forecast coming up.

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((LARRY SABATO: IT MEANS NOTHING. IT'S CALLED A STATISTICAL WOBBLE.))
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Our final poll in the red hot U-S Senate race is in... and with NO clear read on the momentum ... there is at least a clear leader.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

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Call it a wobble, a blip or a trend.
The numbers look good for George Allen.
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(( The Republican senate candidate has 49 percent of the people who said they were probably going to vote next Tuesday.
Democrat Chuck Robb trails Allen by five points in this latest News-7 Mason-Dixon survey.
Robb is also behind Allen in the Roanoke Valley and southwest Virginia, by about eight points.
He's way ahead, though, in the most populous region of the Commonwealth, northern Virginia.
Robb also has an edge in Tidewater.
The junior senator from Virginia has a huge advantage among African-Americans, getting eight out of ten voters in this poll.
Allen is maintaining a significant lead among white voters.))
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With five days until the election, George Allen and Chuck Robb are both on the Campaign trail.
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Today George Allen's in Martinsville.
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That's where we find Kate Weidaw.
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Virginia Democrats are rallying tonight in downtown Richmond.
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That's where Ellen Qualls is with Chuck Robb.
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Kate, this rally is more than a high stakes Get Out the Vote effort for Chuck Robb.
It's fingernail-biting time for a state Democratic party that could lose its only statewide-elected official.
As such, we have a triple bill tonight that may be a Virginia campaign first: Chuck Robb with his fellow former governors Doug Wilder and Jerry Baliles. [***ROLLED FROM STARLINK***]
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Doug Wilder's weighed in with great fanfare before, finally this past Saturday on behalf of his sometimes friend and sometimes foe Chuck Robb.
But Jerry Baliles, who governed between a Robb and Wilder term at the end of the 1980s, has been surprisingly silent in the world of politics since.
What does his appearance at tonight's rally mean?
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So with a governor for every Democrat's taste, this is likely to be a lively affair.
We'll bring you the highlights on NEWS 7 at 11.
I can also report the results tonight of the largest Internet election in U-S history, even though Larry Sabato and the folks at the Youth Leadership Initiative caution us they are statistically meaningless.
About 35-thousand Virginia students voted in the Y-L-I mock election, mostly from affluent demographic schools, which Larry Sabato says skewed the results more Republican.
George Bush whupped Al Gore 52 to 40- percent.
Ralph Nader polled six percent.
George Allen handily beat Chuck Robb, 57 to 43 percent.
But Larry Sabato says the best gauge of how this election is NO crystal ball, in the 9th Congressional District Oz Osbourne stomped incumbent Rick Boucher 55 to 45 percent.
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Not likely to happen next week, Keith.

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Chuck Robb and George Allen, and their respective parties, will spend well over 20 million dollars on the Senate campaign.
But the contest is also generating unprecedented spending on the part of independent interest groups.
Tonight, Joe Dashiell has that part of the election equation.
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((In Western Virginia, The National Rifle Association leads the way, with Charlton Heston on the stump and on the air with a message promoting George Allen and the national Republican ticket.
But across the state, other interest groups are also weighing in on the Senate race.
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((FOR YEARS, SENBATOR CHUCK ROBB HAS BEEN TRYING TO FOOL VIRGINIANS INTO THINKING HE SUPPORTS VIRGINIA'S RIGHT TO WORK LAW.))
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The National Right to Work Committee believes its supporters could make a difference in a close contest... so does the Sierra Club.
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((THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY SAYS VIRGINIA'S RIVERS NEED PROTECTION FROM POLLUTION, BUT AS GOVERNOR, GEORGE ALLEN HAD A DISMAL RECORD.))
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With the Democratic and Republican parties fighting for control of Congress, competitive races are receiving national attention.
Roanoke College Professor Harry Wilson says the Robb/Allen contest is one of a handful of Senate races that remain in play.
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The list of interest groups running ads now includes the NAACP, the NRA, the National Right to Work Committee, the Sierra Club, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Voters for Choice.
And by election day, their combined spending should easily exceed one million dollars.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke.))

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A Vinton man died in a high-speed collision with a Roanoke police car at two o'clock this morning.
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It happened on Melrose Avenue, just east of Lafayette Boulevard.
Twenty- four year old Richie Barton was driving the Accura he'd recently purchased from a woman. The title and tags hadn't been changed, according to a fianc´┐Ż of the passenger in the car.
An officer spotted the car with expired tags and tried to pull over the vehicle.
Barton took off, reaching speeds of 80 to 85 miles an hour, before jumping the median on Melrose and totaling K-D Assenat's police car.
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Officer Assenat was treated and released. Timothy Hundley- -the passenger in Barton's car- -has been in surgery all afternoon, is listed in very serious condition.

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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A forest fire has jumped the state line into Virginia.
That's next on News 7 at Six.
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And we'll take a tour of the newly renovated Lincoln Terrace public housing project.
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A 350-acre fire in North Carolina has spread into Virginia tonight, near the borders of Grayson and Carroll County.
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Firefighters have been battling the blaze in Surry County, North Carolina, since the weekend.
It jumped the border into Virginia around five tonight.
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Firefighters say the smoke extends all the way up through Galax.
They say right now one house is in immediate danger.
The Blue Ridge Parkway has been closed down between Route 89 and Fisher's Peak due to smoke.

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More than 100 families in Roanoke will benefit from the Housing Authority's latest announcement.
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Visions of run-down Lincoln Terrace Public Housing transforming into a privately owned, neighborhood are quickly becoming reality.
The first apartments renovated by a 15- million dollar federal grant were showcased today.
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((DARLENE BURCHAM: THE ENTIRE GOAL OF THIS IS T HELP PEOPLE GET TO THE GREATEST LEVEL OF SELF SUFFICIENCY THAT THEY CAN AND THE QUALITY OF THEIR LIVING SPACE TO BE CONDUCIVE.)) ((RITA WALKER: VERY EXCITING, I'M DELIRIOUS, CAN'T REALLY BELIEVE THIS IS HAPPENING.))
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One hundred fifty five units will be renovated and 60 new ones will be built.
More than half of the construction work being done will be performed by minority businesses.
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Wythe County School officials say they can't get the new middle school they want, so they're trying to make the best of what they have.
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School officials launched an effort five years ago to get a NEW middle school built on the campus of Fort Chiswell High.
The school board asked the county for 60-million dollars to improve five schools and build the new middle school.


They only GOT 20-million, so today, they presented plans to expand the high school to include grades six through 12.
It currently houses grades 8 through 12.
Many believe combining the two younger classes makes things worse.
But school administrators say they'll try to isolate the younger students from the older ones.
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A mixed day on Wall Street. [TAKE DOW, NASDAQ & BLOOMBERG PAGE ]
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The DOW lost 19 points, but NASDAQ climbed 96.
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Religious leaders in the Roanoke Valley are calling people to pray for peaceful talks in the Middle East.
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They find the attacks on shrines and places of worship particularly appalling since, they say, holy sites demonstrate respect for God. So local Christian and Jewish leaders decided to set an example:
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They say if people in the Roanoke Valley pray for progress in the Middle East, they may also see change closer to home.
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((DONNA HOPKINS BRITT/PASTOR: PRAYER MAY NOT CHANGE GOD, BUT IT DOES CHANGE ME. SO WHEN I PRAY, I THINK ABOUT WHAT IT IS GOD WANTS ME TO DO. SO THAT'S A CALL FOR PEACE FOR ME.))
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They say their congregations are concerned about the unrest in Israel -- particularly because of how meaningful the Holy Land is to their traditions.
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Coming up tonight on News 7 Sports, Cave Spring begins adjusting to the reality that it must forfeit six of its wins from this season.
Friday Football Extra rolls on with the final regular season week tomorrow night.
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And the ODAC coaches met in Salem today and picked their preseason basketball poll.
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The reality of yesterday's ruling by the Virginia High School League hit Cave Spring high school this afternoon as the players and coached stepped on the practice field for the first time since learning that an ineligible player had cost the team 6 win, a shot at the RVD title and a trip to the playoffs.
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To that end Cave Spring principal Martha Cobble says she will work to try and make the punishment fit the crime better for schools that have similar problems in the future.

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Tomorrow night marks the final night of the regular season for the high school football season. Here's the schedule for week 11 on Friday Football Extra
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The ODAC coaches got together today at the Salem Civic Center and released the conference preseason poll.
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There were no surprises as Roanoke College, the defending ODAC champion was picked number one, And Hampden-Sydney, which played for the national championship two years ago was picked number 2.
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Bridgewater was second followed by Virginia Wesleyan, Randolph-Macon, Emory & Henry, Washington and Lee, Eastern Mennonitte, Guilford and Lynchburg College.
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[Almanac]


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After a very strange October, Jacey Birch tells us November is usually a month of big changes. Here is our November almanac.
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