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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... You can look forward to a near perfect fall day, with partly sunny skies and very comfortable temperatures reaching the seventies. Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your morning forecast coming up in just a few minutes.




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A fire in a local cemetary leaves a house in Roanoke heavily damaged.
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Firefighters responded to the caretaker's home at the Fair View Cemtery just after 10:30 last night.
Crews had difficulty getting to the scene because many of gates to the cemetery were locked.
It took firefighters twenty minutes to extinguish the fire.
Investigators believe the cause is a fireplace flue.
3 people were home when the fire broke out, all made it out safely.
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[7-2-11Roanoke-Murder]


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Roanoke Police continue to search for information about a shooting that left one man dead yesterday morning.
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28-year-old David Lee Tickle was shot in the back just after
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midnight on Hunt Avenue in northwest Roanoke. He died at the scene. His girlfriend Candy and a friend were waiting for him in a car as he visited a friend.
Tickle never returned,
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Candy's mother says David and her daughter lived in this mobile home with her on Pine Run Road in Draper for the past six months. She says they recently got an apartment together in Pulaski.
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN BOARD] Roanoke Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call the Crime Line at 344-8500.
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[7-11Guiliani]


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According to Virginia polls, Republican Mark Earley needs a six to ten point burst of good will from voters this weekend in order to bring home a victory on Tuesday.
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The Earley campaign hopes a new T-V and web-site ad by New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani can help provide it.
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((BUT NOW, MORE THAN EVER, VIRGINIA AND AMERICA NEEDS REAL LEADERSHIP AND YOU'VE GOT A CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR IN MARK EARLEY WHO CAN PROVIDE EXACTLY THAT KIND OF LEADERSHIP. IF I WERE A VIRGINIAN, I WOULD VOTE FOR MARK EARLEY.))
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[OUT Q=I would vote for Mark Earley.]
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A spokesman for Mark Warner says Warner has a great deal of respect for Mayor Guiliani.
But the Democrat thinks the race will be decided by Virginians on Virginia issues... like the budget impasse and resulting lack of resources for law enforcement officers.

[7-11Mason-Dixon]


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The statewide races in our News7/Mason-Dixon poll are showing very little change in the last two weeks.
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In the Lieutenant Governor's race, Democrat and former Richmond Mayor Tim Kaine is on top at 42 percent, just two points ahead and within the poll's margin of error to make it a dead heat.
Republican and Prince William County Delegate Jay Katzen is at 40 percent.
16 percent are still undecided.
In the race for Attorney General, Republican Jerry Kilgore holds his sizeable lead, with 46 percent support.
Democrat Donald McEachin has 35 percent support.
A full 19 percent are still undecided in that race.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... A very mild start this morning will give way to a gorgeous sunny day, with temperatures soaring into the seventies.

Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your forecast a little later.




[45-11English]


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A Charlottesville man may escape the death penalty by pleading guilty to killing and robbing his stepfather.
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23-year-old Charlie English pleaded guilty to the first degree murder of Ralph English last year.
The 61-year-old Rocky Mount man was strangled in his bed with a boot lace.
Two of Charlie English's friends have already been convicted of helping.
Commonwealth's Attorney Cliff Hapgood says he agreed to the plea because his evidence showed the OTHER two killed Ralph English.
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((CLIFF HAPGOOD/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY; UNDER VA LAW, THE ONLY PERSON THAT CAN GET THE DEATH PENALTY UNDER THE LAW IN A CAPITAL CASE IS THE PERSON THAT ACTUALLY COMMITS THE TRIGGER OFFENSE AND CHARLIE ENGLISH WAS NOT THAT PERSON.))
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English will be sentenced in January.
Under the plea agreement, he could receive up to 50 years in prison.

[45-11Guiliani]


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Virginia polls say Republican Mark Earley needs a six to ten point burst of good will from voters this weekend in order to gain a victory on Tuesday.
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The Earley campaign hopes a new T-V and web-site ad by New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani can help provide it.
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((BUT NOW, MORE THAN EVER, VIRGINIA AND AMERICA NEEDS REAL LEADERSHIP AND YOU'VE GOT A CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR IN MARK EARLEY WHO CAN PROVIDE EXACTLY THAT KIND OF LEADERSHIP. IF I WERE A VIRGINIAN, I WOULD VOTE FOR MARK EARLEY.))
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A spokesman for Mark Warner says Warner has a great deal of respect for Mayor Guiliani.
But the Democrat thinks the race will be decided by Virginians on Virginia issues... like the budget impasse and resulting lack of resources for law enforcement officers.

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You can exercise your right to vote with 150 thousand voter guides at polling places on Tuesday.

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It's all part of an effort by the State Board of Elections, the N-double-A-C-P, an ethics watchdog group, and the major political parties to prove one thing: Virginia is NOT Florida.
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((CAMERON QUINN/STATE BD. OF ELECTIONS: ONE OF THE THINGS THAT TURNED UP IN FLORIDA IS THAT A LOT OF THE BALLOTS WEREN'T COUNTED AT THE PRECINCT LEVEL, THEY WERE COUNTED CENTRALLY. AND AS THE STUDIES IN THE MEANTIME HAVE SHOWN, THAT TENDS TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF BALLOTS THAT APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN COUNTED. ALL PRECINCTS COUNT ALL BALLOTS IN VIRGINIA AT THE PRECINCT LEVEL.))
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Virginia also has "conditional ballots," letting you vote even if you can't be found on the voter rolls until the next day.
A new "two corner" standard for punch card chads was set by state lawmakers this year.
The voter guide tells you you can vote WITHOUT a voter I-D, just by signing a piece of paper.
And some localities will be testing the very latest in voting technology on Tuesday.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... Plenty of sunshine is on the way so get outside if you get the chance. Highs today will reach into the 70s. Meteoroogist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your complete forecast coming up after the news.





[8-11Roanoke-Murder]


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The Roanoke police department needs your help in order to solve a shooting that happened yesterday morning.
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28-year-old David Lee Tickle was shot in the back just after
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midnight on Hunt Avenue in northwest Roanoke. He died at the scene. His girlfriend Candy and a friend were waiting for him in a car as he visited a friend.
Tickle never returned,
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Candy's mother says David and her daughter lived in this mobile home with her on Pine Run Road in Draper for the past six months. She says they recently got an apartment together in Pulaski.
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN BOARD] Roanoke Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call the Crime Line at 344-8500.
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A Roanoke woman sued a nail salon and won 150-thousand dollars. But she hasn't seen a dime of it .... and might never will. The judge has thrown out the award saying it was just too excessive.

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((CAROL WEBB: IT'S LIKE HE'S PLAYING GOD. HE'S PUTTING A PRICE TAG ON MY FINGERNAILS. THEY'RE NOT HIS NAILS HE CAN'T PUT A PRICE TAG ON MY FINGERS.))
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It was 1995 that Webb got artificial nails at Top Nails in Roanoke. She sued, claiming permanent damage to her nails.
At the first trial, the jury awarded only the amount of her medical bills... a little more than 15-hundred dollars...
At the second trial, the jury agreed on a larger award-- 150 thousand dollars.
Webb thought the case was over.
But the attorneys for Top Nails asked the judge to throw out the verdict and the award.
Judge James Swanson did NOT set aside the jury's decision that the salon is liable, but he did order a new trial to determine just how much Webb is owed.
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((WEBB: YEA WE'RE GONNA GO ON AND FIGHT IT. WE'RE GOING TO ASK THAT THE JUDGE BE REMOVED FROM THE THIRD TRIAL. IN MY OPINION HE'S BIASED.. THAT'S MY OPINION.))
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In the judge's decision, he says the award was not the product of a fair and impartial decision based on the facts and the law.
News 7 spoke with the attorneys for Top Nails, who say they're pleased with the judge's decision.. although they had hoped the entire case could be re-tried.


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Virginia's Army National Guard is being called to a new assignment.
Governor Jim Gilmore has activated some Richmond and Tidewater area units to guard the state's two nuclear power plants.
The soldiers will support State Police and Dominion Power personnel already keeping the North Anna and Surry nuclea r plants secure.