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News 7's election- eve broadcast covers the final hours of the U-S Senate campaign LIVE from Richmond, in just a m
oment.
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We also have new information linking the suspect to the crime scene in the case of Radford teenager Tara Munsey.
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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Tonight on News 7 sports, the NIKE show company stepping up big time to help Michael Vick in his efforts to get back on the playing field. Bobby Ross retires.
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And the Cave Spring football situation is still in limbo tonight.
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[WX-Head]
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For a change, the radar shows moisture headed our way. Much of the week will include at least a chance for showers.
More on the forecast and our Monday WeatherSchool question, coming up.

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[ANCHOR=Keith]
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From one side of the commonwealth to the other, Virgnia's Senate candidates rally supporters in the last hours before election day.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]

Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

[Senate-Race]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Senate campaigns are not for those afraid to fly .. or easily airsick.
Chuck Robb and George Allen must not be.
They wrap up Virginia's longest and likely most expensive political campaign ever tonight like they've ended most nights in the past three weeks .. four airports, countless handshakes, and a few throat-hoarsening speeches since breakfast.
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Ellen Qualls is in Richmond with a look at the final day.
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[Voting]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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The deadline for requesting absentee ballots has passed.
If you already have an absentee ballot is has to be in the registrar's office by seven tomorrow.
Your only other option is to get to the polls-- where you'll have to confirm your identity.
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Tina Tenret is in Roanoke to tell us how some people are reacting to this new law.
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The N-double-A-C-P held a news conference in Richmond today saying this is a deliberate way to suppress the black vote. They say thousands of newly registered voters have not received their voter I-D cards.
Election officials say they were surprised with the volume of new registrations and scrambled to mail out as many voter cards as possible. But even if you forget your I-D or don't have one -- you can still vote.
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CALLING OR HAULING GETTING PEOPLE OUT TO THE POLLS.)) [RUNS:09]
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Democrats are manning the polls with volunteers -- offering rides to older voters -- and handing out bumper stickers and signs. They'll stick these stakes in the ground tonight so the signs don't get stolen before Election Day. And this year Democrats are reminding voters they CAN vote even without their I-D.
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NAT SOT: IF THEY REFUSE TO SIGN ANYTHING AND DON'T HAVE AN ID THEY JUST CANNOT VOTE, RIGHT?))

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Volunteers are still getting the rules down as they pick up ballot boxes at the registrar's office. The ONLY ways to vote now are to go to the polls or deliver your absentee ballot IN PERSON to the registrar before seven tomorrow night.
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The Republicans are also handing out signs to voters and volunteers -- They say the new law asking voters to bring I-D to the polls will help the election process, not one party.
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((GORDON HANCOCK/REPUBLICAN PARTY: IF THERE IS FRAUD AND CHEATING, AND I HEAR COMPLAINING OF THAT EVERY ELECTION, I THINK IT'LL STOP THAT. PEOPLE WITH SOMETHING TO HIDE WON'T SHOW UP.)) [RUNS:08]
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[LIVE= Tina FULL/Microwave]
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Registrars often use absentee ballots as a way to predict voter turnout before the election. The Roanoke city registrar says she's received 400 more ballots than the last presidential election --
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and double what she got last November.

So she's predicting high turnout, Keith.[City-Council]


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Roanoke city council is getting involved in Virginia Gas's proposal to build a 55- mile pipeline through the area.

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Virginia Gas wants to build the pipeline through Roanoke and Montgomery Counties.
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Council members plan to ask the State Corporation Commission to hold a public hearing on the matter in Roanoke.
Council made its decision this afternoon after hearing from several local residents.
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((VICTOR LAYMAN/PIPELINE OPPONENT: FOR OUR PARTICULAR FAMILY, THIS IS NOT JUST SNIPPING OFF A LITTLE CORNER TO WIDEN THE ROAD, THIS IS A SEVEN FOOTBALL FIELD LONG SCAR RIGHT THROUGH THE HEART OF OUR PROPERTY AND OUR MOTHER LEFT THIS TO US AND WE WANT TO LEAVE IT TO OUR CHILDREN.))
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City Council voted unanimously to send a letter to the S-C-C this week, asking that a hearing be held in Roanoke.


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[Thomas]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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It's less than a month before trial... and now the man charged with killing Radford teenager Tara Munsey wants to be part of his own defense team.
That's just one of several surprises, along with new D-N-A evidence, filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court in recent days.
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Marya Jones is in the New River newsroom to tell us the latest.
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Keith, Jeffrey Allen Thomas DOES want to act as co-counsel in his defense and examine witnesses at his trial.
That motion comes as PAGES of forensic reports are filed, adding to a mountain of evidence that prosecutors say points to his guilt.
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(( Jeffrey Allen Thomas is charged with the capital murder of 16-year-old family friend Tara Rose Munsey, during a rape or attempted rape.
Lab reports recently filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court conclude that Thomas' sperm was found on Munsey's thigh.
They also indicate that one of his Nike sneakers matches a footprint found on the torn Taco Bell T-shirt discovered in a ravine, yards from her body.
Autopsy reports filed list the cause of Munsey's death as multiple gunshot wounds -- three to her head and one to her chest.
A number of other D-N-A samples came back inconclusive, or indicated that Thomas, Munsey and ANOTHER person's D-N-A could also be present.))
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Thomas' attorneys could not be reached for comment this afternoon.
I did talk with Commonwealth Attorney Mike Fleenor and he says he has no problem with Thomas acting as one of his own attorneys ... he has a constitutional right to do that.
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The court hopes to start seating a jury on November 30th...
The defense has said it intends to ask the court to move the trial out of Pulaski County.

[Gay]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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As expected Ronald Edward Gay was indicted today for first degree murder.
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It was the original charge on which Gay was arrested the night of September 22nd.
Gay was reportedly gunning for gay men at the Backstreet Cafe in Roanoke, when he allegedly shot Danny Lee Overstreet and six others.
The murder count and an accompanying firearms charge was certified by a General District Judge last month. Today's action was a legal formality.
The Canadian- born, U-S-Marine Corps veteran also faces six counts of malicious wounding.
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[Tease#1]
[ANCHOR=Keith]
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A merger of two local companies is saving jobs and could create more.
We'll explain when News 7 at Six returns.
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And family, friends and veterans gather to honor a Southside sailor killed in the U-S-S Cole bombing.
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[Train-Ax]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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State police say an Appomattox woman is lucky to be alive after her car was hit by a freight train this morning.
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39- year- old Mary Sage Miller was crossing the tracks on a private road off Route 460 when the accident happened.
The eastbound Norfolk- Southern train crushed the front of Miller's car, spun it around and damaged the rear end as well.
Miller was treated and released from Lynchburg General Hospital.
Police say she may have been blinded by the morning sun and couldn't see the train coming.
Charges are pending.
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[Rusco]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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[WRITER=jmi]
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The merger of two local companies today saved more than 60 jobs, and may create hundreds more.
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Lawrence Transportation announced its purchase of Rusco Window Company.
600 Lawrence trucks and 500 Lawrence employees are expected to help double window distribution.
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((JIM BROCK/RUSCO WINDOW COMPANY: IT ENABLES US TO ADD SOME PRODUCT LINES THAT WE'VE ALREADY NEEDED. THAT ALONE WILL ADD JOB OPPORTUNITIES AND IT WILL EXPAND THE SCALE OF OUR OPERATIONS AND THAT ALONE WILL ADD JOB OPPORTUNITIES. SO I THINK THERE WILL DEFINITELY BE JOB GROWTH.))
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Officials say if Rusco had been sold to another window company, Rusco's 60 employees may have been let go or relocated.
But the two family- owned companies are adamant about keeping their businesses in the Roanoke Valley.
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[Stocks]


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The DOW enjoyed a pre-election rally today.
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It climbed 159 points, but NASDAQ lost 35.
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[Tech-Airport]


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A regional airport run by Virginia Tech and its neighboring localities has been cleared for takeoff.
Tech's Board of Visitors approved teaming up with Montgomery County, Blacksburg and Christiansburg to run the airport today.
The three localities have already given their tentative approval to the partnership.
The 2001 General Assembly still has to sign off on the endeavor.

[Saunders]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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More honors today for the Pittsylvania County man killed in the USS Cole bombing.
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A Navy admiral presented the Purple Heart to the family of Timothy Saunders.
Other awards commemorating his service to his country were handed out as well.
Saunders was one of 17 sailors killed in the terrorist attack on the destroyer last month.
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[Sports Tease]


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Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, the latest on the Cave Spring situation with the VHSL,
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Plus, NIKE is stepping up big time to help get Michael Vick back on the field. Details are on the way in tonight's Tech 2000 report.
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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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In tonight's Tech 2000 report we're again talking injuries, along with the role NIKE is playing in helping Michael Vick and the role that blowing up the scoreboard plays in the BCS equation.
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(( A high tech custom made ankle brace helped Michael Vick get back on the field against Miami, but this week he's getting some additional help from NIKE in order to play against Central Florida. The athletic shoe giant that has Tech under contract, is making a one of a kind shoe fit precisely to Vick's right foot and his brace. The shoe is being designed and manufactured in Oregon at NIKE headquarters and it should be ready by Saturday night.

Tech's head athletic trainer Mike Goforth hopes that Nike will take a hard look in the future at developing shoes that protect as well as enhance performance, so that injuries like the one Michael is suffering from can be more easily managed. ((MIKE GOFORTH:)) Speaking of motions and movements - the news BCS rankings are out. And again it appears that if you want to make a move, you not only have to win, but you better win big. Miami beat Tech by 20 but certainly the Canes can't be accused of running up the score. The same can't be said for Florida State which rolled Clemson 54-to-7. Despite beating FSU earlier in the year, and despite being number two in both of the new top 25 polls - Miami is third in the Bowl Championship Series standings. ((BUTCH DAVIS:)) ((FRANK BEAMER:)) Beamer's Hokies fall to 8th in this week's BCS equation after the Miami loss. As for the injuries, Goforth says that Andre Davis will NOT play in Orlando. The hope is that a week off and the off week on the November 18th will have him healed for UVa. As for Vick, a decision on his status likely will be made way before game time to help cutdown on the chaos that surrounded his status last week.))
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In one other Tech 2000 note, the game time has now been set for the Tech-UVa game.
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The Hokies and Cavaliers will play Saturday night, November 25th, with kickoff set for 7:30. It will be televised by ESPN.


[S-Cave]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=mst]
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The Cave Spring Knights football team was hoping to find out today if its plea to have its forfeited games reinstated was accepted. But the team will have to wait another day. An independent attorney, Bill Watkins from Waynesboro, heard the case, but he will NOT offer his decision until tomorrow morning. Cave Spring principal Martha Cobble, along with Roanoke County assistant superintendent Loraine Lange, School board attorney Pat Lacy and
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Roanoke County deputy superintendent James Gallion represented Cave Spring at the hearing that was held before an independent hearing officer at the VHSL offices. Cave Spring athletic director Joe Hafey also was part of the Cave Spring contingency at the meeting in Charlottesville.
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[S-VHSL]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Meanwhile, the VHSL playoff picture remains in limbo for several teams until the Cave Spring issue is resolved.
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If the VHSL ruling stands as is, Blacksburg is in the playoffs, benefiting from the Cave Spring forfeit. But if this attorney rules to give Cave Spring back its wins, Blacksburg is out and Heritage is in.
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[S-Ross]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
[NEWSCAST=Six]
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Former VMI great Bobby Ross is calling it quits.
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The fourth year coach of Detroit resigned today.
The Lions are five and four so far this season.
Under Ross, Detroit was 27 and 30 in regular season play and oh and two in the post season.
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