Virginia's highest court upholds a KKK tradition.
Plus, big money doesn't always earn big numbers for Virginia's candidates for governor.
But in Mark Warner's case, it might.
In sports, the Hokies are hoping the Panthers claws will not reopen wounds inflicted by Syracuse, the Cavaliers are all about pride,
and Kenny Wallace wins the Bud Pole at the Rock, the qualifying rundown in sports.
This first weekend of November feels more like September, make plans to be outside and enjoy this beautiful weather. Details ahead.
News 7 at Six is next.
The case gained national attention-- A klan member prosecuted for burning a cross defended by an African American lawyer from the A-C-L-U.
Now the Virginia Supreme Court says Barry Black had a right to set the cross on fire.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
And I'm Shannon Young.
Virginia's highest court says the state's 1952 law against cross burning is unconstitutional.
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Barry Black, a former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, was convicted of setting fire to a cross at a 1998 Klan rally in Carroll County.
Today in a four to three vote, the state Supreme Court threw out his conviction.
An African-American lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union represented Black, arguing that a cross burning ban violates freedom of speech.
The Supreme Court agreed.
Justice David Lemons says the government gives people the right to use symbols to communicate .... and that they can either worship the cross or burn it as an expression of bigotry.
Virginia's Attorney General says he plans to appeal to the U-S Supreme Court, adding that "cross-burning with the intent to intimidate is a form of domestic terrorism" and is intolerable in a free society.
The son of a retired Army Colonel was officially sworn in today as Western Virginia's U-S Attorney.
John Brownlee has already been on the job for a couple of months. This was the public ceremony.
The new chief prosecutor referred to the September terrorist attacks as a "turning point in American history," one, he said, that presents "law enforcement's greatest challenge."
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Brownlee's father was on hand for the occasion. Colonel Les Brownlee has been staff director of the Senate Armed Services Committee since 1984. This week President Bush named him Under Secretary of the Army.
Optical Cable's top dogs will finally break their silence at a financial conference in California next week.
All company officials have kept quiet about the C.E.O's money troubles and their effect on the company's stock price.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Jen /Microwave;]
But they opened up a bit to Business Reporter Jennifer Miele today, Jen what are they saying?.
[LIVE= Jen /FULL Microwave]
(ROLLCUE: to find new investors.)
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[SUPER=01-Bob Kopstein/Optical Cable President;:]
[OUT Q=the financial numbers]
[LIVE= Jen /FULL Microwave]
Optical Cable stock closed at $1.23 today. That's up two cents from yesterday.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & Jen /Microwave;]
(SHANNON QUESTION: But they're still not saying anything about quarterly earnings?)
Even in defeat, Oliver North taught Virginia Republicans how to raise and spend big money in 1994.
Then-Democratic Party Chairman Mark Warner learned the lesson well.
The money machine Mark Warner's using to get his message out this year is smashing records -- and may do what North's could NOT -- catapult him to victory Tuesday.
Richmond Bureau Chief Ellen Qualls reports.
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(( Oliver North raised and spent 20 million losing a U-S Senate race.
Jim Gilmore spent 10-point-9 million, setting a record for a governor's race.
Mark Warner had raised more than 18 million dollars two weeks before election day.
Mark Earley's even on track to beat Gilmore's record, with almost 10-point-5 million raised two weeks out.
But for all the courting of rural Virginia votes, here's a sobering statistic for the Roanoke and Shenandoah Valleys, Southwest, and Southside.
We're not players in the money game.
Mark Warner drew just over 834-thousand from all those areas combined... compared to his top donor region, northern Virginia, which gave him 8-point-7 million.
Mark Earley drew even less, compared to his donor hot spot of Washington, DC and Maryland, from which he drew 3-point-5 million.
But here's the ingenuity of the Warner campaign -- with more than 15 thousand individual donors, it's set a record for broad-based support.
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((LARRY SABATO/U.VA. POLITICAL ANALYST: WHAT MARK WARNER DID WAS VERY SMART. HE COULD HAVE BEEN ATTACKED AS JUST A RICH GUY TRYING TO BUY PUBLIC OFFICE. SO TO FORESTALL THAT ATTACK, HE WENT OUT AND RAISED SMALL MONEY FROM PEOPLE ALL OVER THE STATE. SO WHEN HE FINALLY DID THREE TO FOUR MILLION OF HIS OWN MONEY AT THE END, IT REALLY DIDN'T MATTER VERY MUCH.))
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So Warner's big cash dump of last week makes him by far his own biggest donor at almost 4-point-7 million.
More bad news for Earley: the number two donor is Virginians for Warner -- a group made up of prominent Republicans who are supporting the Democrat this year.
Mark Earley may have Jim Gilmore to blame for the budget fallout on his campaign
-- but he has him to thank for writing 3-point-3 million dollars in checks from the RNC.
Earley's second biggest donor is a somewhat mysterious Radford biotech and telecom investor named Randall Kirk -- weighing in at 175 thousand dollars because, he told the Roanoke Times, after a "mano a mano meeting as they say," Earley struck Kirk as "very, very genuine."
But political analyst Larry Sabato says the polls number show that the big story is not that Earley is being outspent almost two to one-- it's that he's never had a good message.
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((LARRY SABATO/U.VA. POLITICAL ANALYST: HE SHOULD HAVE STOOD UP TO BOTH GOVERNOR GILMORE AND THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON THE BUDGET IMPASSE. HE FAILED TO DEMONSTRATE LEADERSHIP. HE SHOULD HAVE INSISTED ON LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR JOHN HAGER BEING ADDED TO HIS TICKET, WHICH HE COULD HAVE SECURED, HAGER WAS WILLING TO DO IT. HE STOOD BY, NOTHING HAPPENED, HE GOT A WEAK CANDIDATE.))
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No matter what's spent between now and the inauguration, every Virginia voter has an equal say on Tuesday.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
It could be one of the tightest races around.
Next on News 7, we'll take a closer look at the battle between Delegate Kathy Byron and challenger Shelton Miles.
And later, meet the new head honcho at Virginia Western and find out why he wants to forge a new relationship with area businesses.
At least some political insiders predict a close contest, in the race between Independent challenger Shelton Miles and Republican incumbent Kathy Byron in the 22nd House District.
Steve Smallshaw takes a closer look at that contest.
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(( She first left for Richmond four years ago, the anointed successor to the popular Joyce Crouch.
But since then, Kathy Byron has slowly made a name for herself representing the 22nd District.
((WELL THIS IS A VERY STRONG REPUBLICAN AREA OF COURSE..))
The newly redistricted 22nd is now nearly 65 percent Republican but don't count Shelton Miles among the GOP.. he's also not a Democrat.
Miles first made a name for himself battling the P-C-B problem in the Staunton River.. now he's looking to take the Independent road to Richmond.
Economic development and education aside, the budget impasse has dominated the debate in this campaign.
Byron says she and her fellow delegates worked hard to agree on a spending bill.. it was the Senate that dropped the ball.
((DEL. KATHY BYRON/R- CAMPBELL CO.: ALTHOUGH MY OPPONENT SAYS HE WOULD NOT ADJOURN WITHOUT A BUDGET HE COULD STILL BE SITTING THERE NOW WAITING FOR THE SENATE TO RETURN AND IT WOULDN'T MAKE ONE DIFFERENCE.))
[OUT Q=make one difference.]
((SHELTON MILES/I- 22ND DISTRICT CHALLENGER: I'LL GUARANTEE YOU THIS.. IF YOU HAD A HOUSE OF DELEGATES THAT HAD A HUNDRED INDEPENDENTS IN IT WE WOULDN'T BE IN A BUDGET IMPASSE SITUATION.. THEY WOULD'VE PASSED THE BUDGET.))
[OUT Q=passed the budget.]
Miles paints Byron as a handpuppet of the GOP leadership, but Byron says being in the party that controls the House means she can more effectively represent the district.
((BYRON: SO THAT IS A FACT THAT IS NOT GOING TO CHANGE AND THAT'S WHERE OUR KEY ASSIGNMENTS AND OTHER THINGS COME FROM. SO I THINK BEING IN THE RIGHT PARTY AT THIS TIME IS ALSO GOING TO BE VERY IMPORTANT TO OUR REGION.))
[OUT Q=to our region.]
((MILES: AS TO COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS, YOU CAN ONLY HOPE THAT THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE WILL LOOK AT THE ELECTORAL WILL OF THE PEOPLE OF THE 22ND DISTRICT AND BE FAIR.))
[OUT Q=and be fair.]
Byron has relied on her experience, her track record and her name recognition in this campaign.. Miles calls himself a different kind of politician.
((MILES: I'M NOT NAIVE, I KNOW THAT IT IS HARDER TO GET TO RICHMOND AS AN INDEPENDENT, BUT I ALSO KNOW THAT IT WILL BE A HECKUVA LOT EASIER TO REMEMBER WHO I'M WORKING FOR WHEN I GET THERE AS AN INDEPENDENT.))
[OUT Q=as an Independent.]
((BYRON: THEY KNOW ME, AND I HAVE CONNECTED FOR THE LAST FOUR YEARS WITH THE PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT AND FELT THAT I'VE HAD A VERY GOOD WORKING RELATIONSHIP REPRESENTING THEIR NEEDS AND THEIR CONCERNS.))
[OUT Q=needs and their concerns.]
We'll see if the voters agree next week.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Campbell County.))
Investors shrugged off a spike in unemployment to send Wall Street slightly higher.
[TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
The DOW gained 60-points.
NASDAQ was off half-a-point.
In the Roanoke County race for Vinton supervisor, a political newcomer faces a nineteen year veteran.
But in a way, this campaign is a first for both of them.
Tonight, Joe Dashiell talks with Democrat Harry Nickens and Republican Mike Altizer.
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((Mike Altizer is spending the last few days of the campaign in the neighborhoods of the Vinton district carrying his message door to door. He believes he's found a receptive audience.
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[OUT Q=and getting them involved.]
Altizer decided to get involved a year ago, when re-organization of the fire and rescue services threatened to take a paid firefighter from the Mount Pleasant community where he lives.
An operations manager for Monro Muffler and Brake, Altizer says he offers business experience and a promise to give citizens a larger voice in county government.
[IN Q=I want to bring people into the process]
((MIKE ALTIZER: AND I'VE HEARD THAT A LOT OUT KNOCKING ON DOORS. PEOPLE FEEL THAT THERE'S NO REASON TO GET INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS, BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE WHAT THEY REALLY SAY DOESN'T MATTER.))
[OUT Q=doesn't matter.]
For the first time since he was appointed to the board in 1982, Harry Nickens has an opponent in the general election.
The President of the College of Health Sciences says he has been "a voice for cost-containment, for quality service delivery and for new initiatives," when they make sense.
[IN Q=So I think]
((HARRY NICKENS: SO I THINK WHEN YOU PUT PERSONAL INTEGRITY, KNOWING THAT CERTAINLY I'VE MADE MISTAKES THROUGH THE YEARS, BUT ON BALANCE THEY'RE GOING TO SEE I BELIEVE IN LARGE NUMBERS THAT I MERIT THEIR CONTINUED SUPPORT AND CONFIDENCE.))
[OUT Q=merit their continued support and confidence.]
Altizer believes issues such as I-73, fire and ems reorganization, funding for Explore Park have left voters dissatisfied.
Nickens believes he has represented his constituents well and says that suggestions he is out of touch are simply off the mark.
But for the first time in 20 years he must wait until election day to find out if the voters agree.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke County))
The new president of Virginia Western Community College says he's impressed by the school.
Robert Sandel today became the first of the college's four presidents to be honored with an inauguration ceremony.
Political and community leaders were joined by scholars and hundreds of onlookers in officially welcoming the former president of Mountain Empire Community College to Roanoke.
Sandel says he's excited by Virginia Western's strong reputation.
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((ROBERT SANDEL/VIRGINIA WESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE PRESIDENT: WE HAVE GOOD LEADERSHIP, A STRONG FACULTY, A COMMUNITY THAT'S RESPONSIVE TO WHAT THIS COLLEGE WANTS TO DO AND WE HAVE A BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY SEGMENT THAT'S THIRSTING FOR MORE EFFORT FROM THE COLLEGE TO HELP THEM. SO THE BUSINESS IS THERE. WE JUST GOTTA WORK FOR IT.))
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Sandel took office in July.
He replaces former president Charles Downs.
We will take you through Winston Cup qualifying at the Rock, words from Yankees skipper Joe Torre
And the Hokies know they cannot be "passive" against the always dangerous Pitt Panthers this weekend.
Winston Cup drivers went through Bud Pole qualifying at the Rock today and Kenny Wallace, who had not won a pole since 1997 at Bristol, captured the top spot for Sunday's Pop Secret 400.
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Wallace is driving for the injured Steve Park in the Pennzoil Chevy. Ironically, Park won the spring race at the 1.017 mile oval. This marks Wallace's third career pole and the 18th different pole winner this season. Here's the grid.
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[SUPER=0107-1. Kenny Wallace//2. Ricky Craven//3. Casey Atwood//4. Jerry Nadeau//5. Bobby Hamilton//;]
[SUPER=0107-6. Dave Blaney//7. Dick Trickle//8. Jeff Gordon//9. Mark Martin//10. Tony Stewart//;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Kurt Busch//12. Ken Schrader//13. Michael Waltrip//14. Joe Nemechek//15. Kevin Lepage//;]
[SUPER=0107-16. John Andretti//17. Jimmy Spencer//18. Sterling Marlin//19. Bobby Labonte//20. Mike Wallace//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.//22. Kyle Petty//23. Kevin Harvick//24. Bill Elliott//25. Ward Burton//;]
[SUPER=0107-26. Stacy Compton//27. Robby Gordon//28. Rusty Wallace//29. Carl Long//30. Elliott Sadler//;]
[SUPER=0107-31. Dale Jarrett//32. Ron Hornaday//33. Bobby Hamilton//34. Jason Leffler//35. Brett Bodine//;]
[SUPER=107-36. Buckshot Jones//37. Ricky Rudd/Prov/38. Jeff Burton/Prov/39. Johnny Benson/Prov/40. Matt Kenseth/Prov/;]
[SUPER=0107-41. Robert Pressley/Prov/42. Terry Labonte/Prov/43. Todd Bodine/Prov/;]
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The World Series takes a break today for travel. The New York Yankees lead the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-games-to-2
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after tying a game with a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth for the second
night in a row. The Yanks were 3-to-2 winners in 12 innings last night. But the Bronx Bombers hardly feel secure, especially knowing the history of recent world series teams winning their home games.
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The 12th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies hope to bounce back into the win column tomorrow afternoon against a Pittsburgh team that has driven Tech crazy the past two seasons with its passing.
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In 1999, Pittsburgh quarterback David Priestley riddled the Tech defensive secondary for 407 yards.
In all, the Tech defense has given up over 730 yards against the Panthers in the past two years alone.
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[OUT Q=...THEY LIKE US."]
Virginia will try and win for the first time in four games tomorrow against Wake Forest. A victory is only part of the equation.
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[SUPER=01-Matt Schaub/UVa Quarterback; :00]
[SUPER=01-Alvin Pearman/UVa Running Back; :14]
[OUT Q=...that we can do it"]
[WIPE TO PINNACLE BOARD!!!!!!!!]
Watch the UVa/Wake game right here on your hometown station tomorrow at high noon, then at 3:30, stay right here on WDBJ for the LSU/Alabama showdown.
V-M-I plays Appalachian State in a Southern Conference game in Lexington at 1 o'clock.
Ferrum takes a break from conference play traveling to Salisbury. Kickoff is set for 1 PM.
In ODAC action, Bridgewater and Randolph-Macon play at 1 oclock in Bridgewater.
Washington and Lee travels to Emory and Henry at 1.
Liberty is at Western Carolina for a 2 o'clock kickoff.
And James Madison hosts Delaware at Noon.