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With no significant rain in the forecast... several area counties issue a ban on outdoor burning.
The Presidential candidates pound the pavement with less than 48 hours left in the race.
The Hokies tumble in the polls.
Plus, details on a fatal accident in Bedford.
News 7 is next.
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Outdoor burning bans are in effect for several Southwest Virginia counties, as fire crews from around the country work to control a number of brush fires in our state.
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
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Dry conditions in Virginia are helping fuel the flames of several forest fires burning throughout the state - including one in the Shenandoah National Park which now covers more than 13-thousand acres.
A smaller fire in Craig County kept crews busy this weekend.
Kate Weidaw reports, because of the high threat of forest fires, everyone who enjoys the outdoors needs to be on guard.
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62 acres on Blue Knob Mountain in Craig County are getting mopped up from a fire that began on Friday.
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A crew of 20 were called in from Idaho to help in the cleanup .. Along with a Forest Service helicopter that has dumped more then 32-thousand gallons of water here since Saturday.
Although this is considered a small forest fire, the threat for others is high.
((STEVE ELMORE: THE LEAVES AND THE GROUND ARE EXTREMELY DRY ANY FIRE THE FOLKS ARE DOING RUN A REAL RISK OF LETTING IT GET AWAY FROM THEM.))
That's why the Forest Service is considering at state wide ban on burning.
Even without a ban, they say there are alternatives to burning homeowners need to look in to.
((DENNY MCCARTHY/FOREST SERVICE: BUILD A BRUSH PILE FOR WILD LIFE THAT'S ONE WAY TO USE THAT MATERIAL FOR GOOD PURPOSES, DRAG IT OFF TO A CORNER OF THE WOODS INSTEAD OF PILING IT AND BURNING IT.))
So until the rain showers return the Forest Service says they're preparing for the possibility of a long fire season. Kate Weidaw News7 Craig County.))
Although a statewide burning ban has NOT been put in to effect...Bedford, Franklin, Allegheny, Patrick and Montgomery counties are all under countywide burning bans.
A statewide burning ban IS in effect in North Carolina.
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In Burke County, more than 200 firefighters from around the country are working from sun up to sun down to get a blaze there under control.
Their goal is to save as many trees as possible.
They are setting fires ahead of the blaze to burn the underbrush in the hopes that when the fire reaches the area it will burn out.
Is there any relief in sight for this dry weather?
Lets check in with meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner in the Weather Center.
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One person was killed and another seriously injured in a single-car accident in Bedford this afternoon.
State Police say Robert Raymond Brooks, Jr - of Lynchburg - was exiting the Blue Ridge Parkway on to Route 43 when he apparently failed to break for a curve.
His vehicle slid off the road, struck several trees and landed upside-down.
Brooks was pronounced dead at the scene.
His wife - who was a passenger in the car - was taken to Roanoke Memorial with serious injuries.
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Murder and firearms charges are supposed to be taken up by a Roanoke grand jury tomorrow in the case of Ronald Gay ..
Gay is charged with opening fire inside the Backstreet Cafe in September.
Danny Lee Overstreet died and 6 others were wounded in the attack apparently intended to kill homosexuals.
If convicted - Gay faces seven life terms behind bars.
Tomorrow marks the last full day of campaigning for the Presidential Candidates.
Today, Al Gore spent the morning reminding Pennsylvanians to get out and vote.
George W- Bush, meanwhile, was in Florida.
Lee Cowan has more.
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((Al Gore began the last Sunday before Election day at a Philadelphia Church -- trying to inspire his base -- with a fire and brimstone message that Tuesday is D Day.
AL GORE, DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: "TUESDAY IS THE DAY TO MOVE YOUR FEET AND TAKE YOUR SOULS TO THE POLLS."
With just one full day left of campaigning, the Vice President finds himself 5 points behind -- according to a new CBS News poll -- but the race is closer in at least 6 key swing states.
By any scenario, he has to win Philadelphia, Michigan, and Florida -- and voter turnout will be the key.
AL GORE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: "I NEED EACH OF YOU TO GET ONE MORE VOTE IN YOUR PRECINCT, AN AWFUL LOT IS AT STAKE HERE!"
GEORGE W. BUSH: "Great way to start the day..."
George W. Bush was in a host of cities as well -- but all in one state: Florida, where his brother's status as governor has done little to help his candidacy.
GEORGE W. BUSH, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: "WE'RE TRAVELING YOUR BIG STATE TODAY ITH ONE MESSAGE: LET'S GET OUT THE VOTE. THE VOTERS ARE THERE, LET'S TURN THEM OUT!"
LEE COWAN/REPORTING: "NEITHER CANDIDATE IS TAKING ANYTHING FOR GRANTED, AND ARE SCRAMBLING TO COVER EVERY BET AND PLAN FOR EVERY ELECTORAL POSSIBILITY. BUT WITH ONLY HOURS LEFT INSTEAD OF DAYS, THERE IS LITTLE THEY CAN DO, BUT HOPE AND WAIT."
GEORGE W. BUSH, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: "TWO MORE DAYS FOLKS, TWO MORE DAYS!""
"It could be a long wait --the first thing the Vice President says he's going to do after learning the final results is to eat breakfast -- an indication Tuesday is going to be a long night.
Lee Cowan, CBS News, Miami.))
If you forget your I-D when you head to the polls on Tuesday don't worry.
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Earlier this year lawmakers passed a bill requiring voters to show an I-D before voting.
But officials say if you forget it... all you need to do is sign your name.
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((BRIAN SHEPPARD: THE BOTTOM LINE IS IF YOU DON'T HAVE AN ID YOU CAN SIGN YOUR NAME AND THAT'S ENOUGH TO VOTE, IF YOU WALK TO THE POLLS AND FORGET YOUR ID IF YOU DON'T DRIVE AND DON'T HAVE AN ID YOU CAN SIGN YOUR NAME YOU CAN VOTE.))
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On Tuesday the polls open at 6 in the morning and close at 7 PM.
The federal government issues a high-tech announcement it says will benefit baby boomers.
The details are coming up after the break.
And tens of thousands of runners hit the streets of the Big Apple.
Don't run away - we'll be right back.
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Another high-tech announcement from the federal govenment.
Officials with the social security administriation say the public can now apply for retirement benefits on-line.
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Officials say this is an effort to better meet the needs of the 76 million-strong baby boom generation... which is expected to DOUBLE the administration's workload.
Social Security's Deputy Commissioner tells News 7 the online application should be a popular option.
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The Administration says the online application is highly secure...
A paper copy must also be printed, signed, and mailed to social security along with any requested personal documents.
You can apply for Social Security benefits on the internet at w-w-w-dot-S-S-A-dot gov.
Runners from around the world pounded the pavement of the Big Apple today for the 25th New York City marathon.
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It's estimated about 30-thousand people showed up for the race .. which included the world's elite runners as well as athletes who are running to raise money for charity.
Physically disabled runners took part as well - hoping to prove they can do the same things as other people.
A Moroccan man managed to lead the pack - winning the race in 2 hours, 10 minutes and nine seconds.
Some Roanoke County students walked for a different cause today.
They're trying to raise awareness about school violence - and how it can be prevented.
So today they hit the streets for the third annual Peace Walk.
Students who are considered peer mediators or natural leaders by their school walked to raise money for organizations at their school.
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((AMY BARNHART/ORGANIZER: THESE ARE PROGRAMS THAT ARE DESIGNED TO DECREASE THE OCCURRENCE OF SCHOOL VIOLENCE AND TO PROMOTE THE FACT THAT THERE ARE OTHER WAYS OF SETTLING CONFLICT.))
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The Peace Walk raised more than 5-hundred dollars.
College and high school football is the main topic in mail from our viewers this week.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean.
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((Virginia Tech's hopes for a national title seemed to take a turn for the worse last week, after star quarterback Michael Vick turned his ankle.
The injury in the Pitt game that Saturday was the top story Monday, much to the dismay of one viewer from Franklin County. (Tammy Goode/Huddleston).
"I am positive that there was another news story in the area that was more important then whether he will play...or be on the sidelines as an injured player. I think that it is great that the Virginia Tech Hokies are doing so well in the season, however some things are more important."
The news that the Cave Spring football team would have to forfeit some games for using an ineligible player brought a comment from a viewer in Radford. (Culver C. Bennett/Radford).
"I just happen to believe that it is a shame that all of these kids and coaches have worked so hard, and are now being punished for something that was beyond their control. If it was the athletic director's error then that person should be the one to be punished, not the football players who work their butts off for that team."
News-7's mailing address is PO box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007.
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And on our website, wdbj7.com, you may take part in an online forum.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
Still ahead on News 7 ..
The Hokies come tumbling down in the A-P and Coaches polls ..
Find out where they rank now in just a few minutes.
But first - a new sport is catching on in the Roanoke Valley - faster than the speed of light.
We'll be right back.
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It's a "sport" that's catching on faster than the speed of light.
And it's also a booming local business.
Shannon Young takes us to Salem for an adventure in lazer tag - in this week's "Time Off."
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Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to venture into a world of chaos where you'll become the hunter and the hunted.
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(((gunfire) You are hit.))
This is lazer tag, the main attraction at Salem's Lazer Venture.
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((Lazer tag originated in Europe and all of our equipment comes from Europe - it has that European flair.))
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The purpose of the game is to use your phaser to "tag" members of the opposite team while avoiding getting tagged yourself.
It is easier said than done.
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((I mean, it's not a physical skill type situation. It's more strategy, being able... the physical aspect would be being able to stay slouched down if you will, behind a barrier, 'cause that can get kinda rough on the legs, you know. The real thing is thinking about what you're doing, moving stealthily if you will, 'cause it's a stealth-type game.))
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It is also what some might consider a violent game.
The phasers look a whole lot like guns and the scenario is a virtual shootout.
And the atmosphere only encourages the comparison.
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((Inside the Jungle Arena black lights, a maze of walls and piped-in smoke help create the confusion of war. But Lazer Venture stresses this is not a game involving weapons. It's purely a souped up version of tag.))
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((We are very politically correct about our phasers. They are not guns. They are phasers and we teach that to our kids when they come in. That phasers shoot harmless light. Guns shoot dangerous projectiles.))
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Even if lazer tag isn't your thing, Reid bets Lazer Venture has something else to entertain you.
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((A new addition since the first of the year has been our cosmic golf, which is black light golf, mini-golf, inside the building. Then, of course, the one kids like most is the Vomit Comet. That's a ride that is an orbitron much like the gyroscopes that you've seen the space camps have where they train astronauts.))
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And don't forget the arcade, big screen TV, yogurt stand and pizza.
In the future, Reid even hopes to offer bumper cars.
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((We're excited about the possibility of that. We are constantly looking for new attractions and evolving into something new so that things do change.))
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Keeping things interesting.
That's a mission possible.
Shannon Young, News 7, Salem.
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Virginia Tech dropped to eighth in the A-P and Coaches polls that were released Sunday Afternoon. Steve Mason and potographer Greg Moore gives us another look at the Hokies 41-21 loss to Miami at the Orange Bowl yesterday.
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Jeff George made his first start as a Redskin today but Arizona holds on for the 16 to 15 win over the Redskins.
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The Redskins turned it over on their first possession in the first quarter. Stephen Davis takes it in to score but he fumbles Arizona's Aeneas Williams returns it 103 yards for the score it's the second longest fumble return in N-F-L history and the Cardinals led 7 to nothing.
Davis would come back in the second quarter and score on this 1 yard run but the Redskins trailed 10 to 9 after the extra point missed.
Arizona would take the lead in the third quarter when Michael Pittman takes it out side and scores on the 7 yard run to make it 16 to 12.
Washington had a chance to take the lead in the fourth but this Kris Hepner 34 yard field goal is no good and Arizona gives Dave McGinnis his first win as a Cardinal 16 to 15.
The New York Giants won their fourth straight today beating Cleveland 24 to 3.
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Kerry Collins ripped the Brown defense for three T-D Passes.
With the scored tied at 3 to 3 in the second, Collins hooks up with Ike Hilliard on this 28 yard T-D pass and the Giants took the 10 to 3 lead.
Then in the third quarter Collins hits Armani Toomer over the middle he breaks tackles and scores on the 17 yard run and the Giants win it 24 to 3.
For the first time since 1990, The Eagles swept the series with Dallas beating the Cowboys today 16 to 13 in overtime.
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And after failing to score a T-D in six weeks, The Baltimore Ravens ended that streak today.
Trent Difler passed for three touchdowns two to Shannon Sharpe as the Ravens routed the Bengals 27 to 7. And here are the rest of the N-F-L scores.
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The Roanoke Express ran into a red hot Greensboro team tonight and the Generals whip Roanoke 4 to 1.
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The Express warming up before the opening faceoff.
The Generals came out smoking Lucas Smital misses the shot but Jason Robinson is there to clean it up and Greensboro led 2 to nothing in the first.
But the Express rallied in the second period Anthony Terzo takes the shot from the right side and scores the goal and the Express trailed 3 to 1.
Greensboro answered the score Sal Manganaro gets his shot block but Andrew Taylor is there for the rebound and the Generals beat the Express 4 to 1.
Jeff Burton made it a sweep at Phoenix this weekend. He won the Busch race on Saturday then he took the checkered flag today winning the DuraLube 500.
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The battle began early as Jeff Burton takes the lead from Rusty Wallace 11 laps into the race.
Then the first caution of the day came out after Scott Pruett tangles with Michael Waltrip and spins out on lap 36.
Jeremy Mayfield would make his move to the front he ran up on some traffic while leading after 111 laps.
Rusty had one of the fastest cars on the track but Steve Park was trying to take over the second spot just past the halfway mark.
Ricky Rudd was leading the race but Rick Mastt and Mike Bliss got tofether on lap 294 and Rudd comes up and hits Bliss in the rear sending his car to the garage area.
Mark Martin gambled and stayed on the track but with about 5 to go Burton blew past him to make the trip to Victory Lane winning the DuraLube 500.
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Jeremy Mayfield was second, Steve Park third, Rusty Wallace fourth and points leader Bobby Labonte fifth.
For the second time this year, Phil Mickelson is the man responsible for stopping a Tiger Woods streak.
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Woods had won 20 tournaments when he at least shared the lead after 54 holes.
But today in the P-G-A Tour Championship, Mickelson fired a final round 4 under par 64 to beat Tiger by 2 shots. Mickelson finished at 13 under par breaking Tom Watson's old scoring mark set in 1987 by one shot.
Woods had a final round 69 to finish second at 11 under par.
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