Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... Get ready for another nice fall day. Look for sunny skies and unseasonably warm temperatures.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your complete forecast coming up in just a few moments.
Roanoke Police say a man was shot and killed in the 700 block of Hunt Avenue NW
early this morning.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
His identity has not been released.
Roanoke Police are investigating.
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They're encouarging anyone who may have information about this incident to call Crimeline at 344-8500.
A Florida man died following an accident in Roanoke last night.
Police say 74-year old Charles Bryant McCoy Junior pulled into the path of another car on Orange Avenue around 6:30.
He died at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Two other passengers in his vehicle suffered minor injuries.
[GRAPHIC=News 7 Poll]
The final News-7 Mason Dixon Poll is in on the race for governor .. and it's good news for Virginia Democrats.
Just two weeks ago, our poll showed Mark Warner with 45 percent support among likely voters, to Mark Earley's 42 percent.
Tuesday, Warner's lead grew to six points, 48 to 42 percent.
That's largely due to a 19 point lead in northern Virginia, an eight point lead in Roanoke and Southwest, and a lead that has grown to ten points in Hampton Roads.
But Mark Warner's also winning the personality contest, according to our pollsters.
His favorable name recoginition has leapt five points in two weeks, to 49 percent.
Mark Earley's has stayed the same at 39 percent.
But while Warner's UNfavorable name recognition grew just one point in the last two weeks -- Earley's jumped SIX points.
Tonight, we'll have our final numbers on the two other state-wide races.
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke Civic Center]
Officials with the Roanoke Civic Center are hoping a new proposal will keep them neck and neck with other venues around the region.
The Roanoke Civic Center Commission approved preliminary plans for a 14-point-nine million dollar exhibition center yesterday.
The center would feature 32-thousand square feet of space, and would house sports and management offices.
Officials say the money for the plans would come mostly from increased service and admission fees, and surplus revenue at the civic center.
If the proposal is approved by Roanoke City Council and the General Assembly, the project could be completed by early 2004.
Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... Look for sunny skies again today with temperatures climbing to near 70 for highs.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has forecast details coming up in just a few moments.
Things are starting to turn around for the Lynchburg airport.
Since September 11th, ridership at the airport has been reduced nearly 50 percent.
Now the facility may be on the verge of gaining some of those seats back.
Airport manager Mark Courtney says USAir plans to add another daily commuter flight to Charlotte in November, and one to Pittsburgh in December.
And on Tuesday, Atlantic Southeast officials visited talking about the potential for expansion.
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[IN Q=Their visit yesterday]
((MARK COURTNEY/LYNCHBURG AIRPORT MANAGER: THEIR VISIT YESTERDAY WAS PART OF A WHIRLWIND TOUR THAT THEY'RE MAKING THROUGHOUT ALL OF THEIR SYSTEM, VISITING ALL OF THE STATIONS, AND PART OF THE MESSAGE THEY WERE SENDING US YESTERDAY THAT THEY HAVE NO INTENTION OF CUTTING ANY SERVICE HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Mark Courtney/Lynchburg Airport Manager]
[OUT Q=cutting any service here.]
United Express is still planning to discontinue service in Lynchburg by January.
Starting today, it will only operate two daily flights to and from Washington Dulles airport.
The events of September 11th and a tight economy are putting the squeeze on United Way fundraising in the Roanoke Valley.
Yesterday afternoon, United Way volunteers filled the Hotel Roanoke for a campaign update.
To date, 2-point 2 million has been pledged toward this year's lofty goal of nearly $7 million dollars.
Several major companies like Advance Auto began their campaigns this week, and the United Way will need their support.
Fundraising efforts are about one million dollars behind last year's pace.
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[SUPER=01-Melinda Payne/2001 United Way Chairperson; :02]
[SUPER=01-Richard White/Trigon Vice-President; :19]
[OUT Q=...those people."]
Members of the William Fleming Junior ROTC presented the colors at yesterday's luncheon. The United Way's campaign poster boy - four year old Hayden Hovis was given a "Rising Star" award for his help with the fundraising.
Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... The dry weather continues today with above normal temperatures.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your complete Thursday forecast coming up after the news.
[GRAPHIC=War on Terrorism]
One candidate for Lieutenant governor wants to beef up laws against terrorism.
It's already federal law... but Jay Katzen wants to expand Virginia's death penalty to include acts of terrorism that result in death.
[IN Q=I think there are federal]
((DEL. JAY KATZEN/(R) CANDIDATE FOR LT. GOVERNOR: I THINK THERE ARE FEDERAL LAWS ON A LOT OF MATTERS THAT AFFECT OUR DAILY LIFE AND OUR CRIMINAL CODE. I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT VIRGINIA HAS THIS ON OUR BOOKS SO THAT WE HAVE THE DEATH PENALTY IN PLACE.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Jay Katzen/(R) Candidate for Lt. Governor;]
[OUT Q=the death penalty in place.]
Republican General Assembly leaders support Katzen's proposal, saying they don't trust the federal court system to punish terrorists in Virginia.
Democrat Tim Kaine is morally opposed to the death penalty -- so the Republicans conclude he would NOT consider expanding the law for terrorists in Virginia.
[IN Q=I think if it became a tie]
((SPEAKER VANCE WILKINS/R-AMHERST: I THINK IF IT BECAME A TIE VOTE IN THE SENATE THAT JAY WOULD VOTE FOR THIS PACKAGE AND KAINE WOULD VOTE AGAINST IT. BASED ON HIS PAST RECORD. UNLESS HE'S WILLING TO THROW EVERYTHING HE'S BELIEVED IN IN THE PAST AWAY JUST TO GET ELECTED.))10
((ERIC LODAL/KAINE SPOKESMAN: TIM HAS SAID REPEATEDLY THAT FOUR TIMES AS MAYOR OF RICHMOND AND A CITY COUNCILMAN HE HAS TAKEN AN OATH TO UPHOLD THE LAW. AND AS LT. GOVERNOR HE WILL DO THE SAME THING. HE WILL UPHOLD THE LAW OF VIRGINIA.
But we can't assume that he would expand the death penalty law? AT THIS POINT THIS PROPOSAL NEEDS TO BE LOOKED AT IN GREAT DETAIL BEFORE WE DRAW ANY CONCLUSIONS.))
[SUPER=01-Vance Wilkins/(R) Amherst; :00]
[SUPER=01-Eric Lodal/Kaine Spokesman; :11]
[OUT Q=before we draw any conclusions.]
Virginia's death penalty statute already includes multiple murders in one interchange.
Katzen's terrorism proposal would expand it to include "one murder in an act" that seeks to intimidate or coerce citizens and governments.
Virginia's Lieutenant Governor is hoping citizens will lock up their guns to help keep families safe.
John Hager spent yesterday in our region supporting Project Home Safe.
The national program provides cable gun locks for free.
Over the next several months, 50-thousand will be made available for Virginians at most state police offices.
The locks are valued at 10-dollars and are made to fit any gun.
Hager says Virginia is leading other states in this gun safety initiative.
It will be another two weeks before a dispute between a Montgomery County landowner and a logging company will be resolved.
A circuit court judge began hearing the case Tuesday, but was not able to get all the evidence in.
The judge adjourned the case until November 13th.
He has to determine whether Turman Lumber has the right to use a road owned by Mary Ann Capp to get to its timber.