A brush fire near Dragon's Tooth in Roanoke County--you're looking at a live picture.
Authorities say the blaze has covered about five acres so far.
And there's apparently renewed enthusiasm on this Election Day, with voter turnout significantly higher this year.
We'll have an update from the polls.
Your election day forecast looks sunny but continues to be dry...I'll have your forecast...
News 7 at noon, right after the break.
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Poll workers have their work cut out for them on this Election Day, as voters come out in droves.
Roanoke election officials say voter turnout is outstanding for this time of day -- nearly eight thousand residents have already cast their ballots.
That's more than 15 percent of registered voters in the city.
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Jennifer Miele is at the Ghent Grace Brethren Church -- that's a Roanoke City voting precinct -- to give us the latest voter turnout information, Jen.
Well Kim, you can see there's a steady stream of voters coming in. (ad lib)
The city is predicting a 70-75 percent voter turnout rate... the county is expecting 65-70 percent of the voters will cast a ballot.
Both estimates are eight to ten percent higher than the last governor's election.
They are gauging these percentages on the number of absentee ballots, the good weather, and the surge of patriotism since the September 11th attacks.
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((JOYCE SARVER/ELECTION OFFICIAL: AS A CITIZEN OF THE COUNTRY, I THINK IT'S OUR DUTY, RIGHT TO VOTE, PART OF OUR FREEDOM. AND WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THIS COUNTRY, YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO SAY YOU CAME OUT TODAY AND VOTED.))
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Also a steady stream of voters this morning in Roanoke County at William Byrd High School.
Election officials were there at 4:30 preparing for voters.
No sign of Warner or Earley poll workers, but a few local candidates were there, attempting to secure some last minute votes.
If you aren't sure WHERE you are supposed to vote, call the state board of elections at 1-800-552-9745.
Or if you'd like a ride to the polls, you can call Republican Headquarters or Democrat Headquarters .. those numbers are on your screen.
The polls are open and will stay open until 7 p-m.
You can present your voter card, or some other form of identification OR you have the option to sign your name on a form affirming who you are.
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News 7 will bring you live updates and the latest results on key races throughout the evening.
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And you can find up-to-minute results of all local races across the region at any time tonight by going to our home page at WDBJ7-dot com
The Pentagon is denying a report that a U-S helicopter crashed Sunday in Southwestern Pakistan near the Afghan border.
Officials say flatly-- there was NO crash.
Meanwhile, President Bush is keeping the pressure on other nations to join the war on terrorism.
Aleen Sirgany has details.
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SPEAKING VIA SATELLITE TO A SUMMIT OF EAST EUROPEAN LEADERS IN WARSAW,
POLAND, PRESIDENT BUSH WARNED THEM .... BE ON GUARD. OSAMA BIN LADENS
AL QAEDA NETWORK IS TRYING TO ARM ITSELF WITH WEAPONS OF MASS
(SOT)BUSH Theyre seeking chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.
Given that means, our enemies would be a threat to every nation and
eventually to civilization itself.
BUSH APPEALED TO ALL NATIONS ATTENDING THE SUMMIT TO JOIN THE WAR ON
(SOT)BUSHT No nation can be neutral in this conflict, because no
civilized nation can be secure in a world threatened by terror.
TRYING TO DISMANTLE THE TERRORISTS, U-S WARPLANES ARE NOW DROPPING
15-THOUSAND POUND BOMBS LIKE THESE ON TALIBAN FRONT LINE POSITIONS. THE
WORLDS LARGEST CONVENTIONAL BOMB DESTROYS ANYTHING WITHIN 600-YARDS.
AND THE PENTAGO IS TRYING TO USE PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFAR ..DROPPING
LEAFLETS THAT SAY "WE ARE WATCHING" THEY SHOW TWO PICTURES ONE OF
TALIBAN LEADER MULLAH OMAR.. AND ONE OF THE LICENSE PLATE ON THE
VEHILCLE HE'S BELIEVE TO USE.
AND THE NUMBER OF GROUND TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN HAS BEEN DOUBLED ..BUT ,
THERE ARE STILL FEWER THAN ONE HUNDRED SPECIAL FORCES ON THE FRONT LINE.
(STANDUP- not verbatim) AS THE FIGHT CONTINUES TO BRING AN END TO THE
ANTHRAX ATTACKS, THE SCARE HAS SPREAD TO RUSSIA. A DIPLOMATIC MAILBAG
SENT FROM WASHINGTON TO THE U.S CONSULATE IN RUSSIA TESTED POSTIVE FOR
THE BACTERIA. AS, CBSNEWS,WASH.
A car bomb exploded in Madrid, Spain during morning rush hour today, injuring dozens of people.
Government officials say at least 100 people were hurt, although most of the injuries were not serious.
Investigators say an official driving by when the bomb went off MAY have been the intended target.
So far, there's been no claim of responsibility.
But police say the attack has all the characteristics of the separatist group known as E-T-A.
Two people were arrested -- a man and woman who were spotted in the
neighborhood acting suspiciously.
Police say they were carrying explosives, wigs and fake I-Ds.
A brush fire is burning close to Dragon's Tooth in Roanoke County.
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The plume of smoke is visible to our live remote cameras on top of Mill Mountain and Poor Mountain.
Authorities say the fire covers about five acres so far, up on a ridge near the popular hiking spot.
State, federal and county firefighters are bringing in a
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bulldozer and other equipment to bring the fire under control.
A burning ban remains in effect across Virginia, because of a lack of rain.
Officials are also concerned that fallen leaves will produce plenty of fuel for brush fires.
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A tobacco company is coming under fire for creating, what it says, is a less toxic cigarette.
We'll have details after this break,
and we will see a simple, but effective program that helps Alzheimer's patients deal with the frustration of losing their cherished memories.
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A 19 year old man has been charged with two counts of second degree murder in the apparent overdose of two people in Salem yesterday morning.
An 18-year old man from Vermont and 20-year old woman from Maine were taken to the Family Practice Center in West Salem after a night that police say included crushed morphine and alcohol.
The man collapsed and died in the parking lot.
The woman died on the way to the hospital.
The names of the victims are being withheld until families are notified.
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((MELINDA PAYNE/SALEM POLICE SPOKESWOMAN: ALL WE KNOW IS THAT THEY WERE TRAVELING IN A FORD BRONCO WITH CONNECTICUT PLATES . THE FOLKS THAT BROUGH THEM HERE SAY THEY'D BEEN FOLLOWING AROUND A BAND CALLED "STRING CHEESE".))
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Police say the traveling fans make and sell crystals and t-shirts at the concerts to support their trips.
The band "The String Cheese Incident" played at Washington and Lee Saturday night, and had another concert at Tech last night.
19 year old Matthew Jason (See-bas) Sebas is charged with second degree murder and with distribution of a controlled substance.
Salem police say he has no permanent address.
Attorneys in the Microsoft case are still trying to salvage the tentative settlement announced last week.
However a THIRD of the 18 states that sued the software giant for anti-trust violations are not ready to settle.
Instead, they want to take the case to trial.
The deal to settle the antitrust case was reached between the Justice Department and Microsoft, but the states involved asked for more time to further examine the agreement.
When it comes to improving the lives of people with Alzheimer's Disease, no one is more important than the caregiver. Alzheimer's is a progressive disease that gradually robs people of their memories.
Although treatments can slow it down, there is no cure.
Most often it is up to the family to provide relief.
Dr. Emily Senay has more on a program that is helping some.
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(("you want to see some pictures?"
(looking at photos)
NARR (8.5 SECS): 76-yr-old Alzheimer's patient Lucille Daly is happiest
when she remembers her loved ones. She has no shortage of help from her
SOT MAURA DALY/ CAREGIVING DAUGHTER: SHE'S BEEN SOMEONE WHO SHOWED
LOVE VERY FREELY AND YOU KNOW IT'S KIND OF A JOY TO BE ABLE TO OFFER
THAT BACK TO HER AT THIS TIME IT'S LIKE THE LITTLE SILVER LINING OF THIS
PRETTY DARK CLOUD (:11)
NARR (7 SECS): Psychiatrist Dr. Gene Cohen studies ways to make life
more comfortable for Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers.
DR. GENE COHEN/ PSYCHIATRIST: THE PATIENT LOSES THEIR ABILITY TO
COMMUNICATE BECOMES VERY DIFFICULT VERY FRUSTRATING 1128 THEY LOSE TOUCH
WITH THEIR OWN HISTORY TO BE ABLE TO EXPRESS IT 31 AND THEN WHEN THE
FAMILY VISITS OR FRIENDS OR EVEN VOLUNTEERS THEY HAVE TROUBLE
COMMUNICATING AND 1138 THEY'RE OFTEN UNCOMFORTABLE AND IT MAY MAKE THEM
RELUCTANT TO VISIT SO WE TRY TO COME UP WITH AN APPROACH TO IMPROVE THE
COMFORT LEVEL OF ALL INVOLVED (:24)
NARR (8.5 SECS): When his own father developed Alzheimer's, Dr. Cohen
compiled photos and press clippings into a short film to help his father
recall his past.
SOT DR. GENE COHEN: HE WAS ACTUALLY THE POSTER SAILOR IN THE NINETEEN
THIRTIES AND HE ALWAYS ENJOYED TALKING ABOUT THE NAVY (:06)// edit// I
SAID BEN I HAVE THIS FABULOUS FILM OF WHEN YOU WERE IN THE NAVY AND HE
LOOKED PUZZLED AND CURIOUS AND I PUT THE FILM IN THE VIDEO AND HE WAS
ALL SMILES WATCHING IT (:11)// edit// IT SHOWED HOW IT COULD SORT OF
DISTRACT PEOPLE IN A POSITIVE WAY TAP INTO WONDERFUL MEMORIES FRAGMENTS
THAT WERE STILL THERE AND STRUCTURE TIME IN A WAY THAT WAS GOOD FOR HIM
AND I COULD THINK AFTERWARDS "WHAT A LOVELY VISIT" (:13)
natsot video "we're going to tell the story of lu daly"
NARR (7 SECS): These days Dr. Cohen helps families like the Daly's
compile video scrapbooks to cheer up their ailing family members.
DR. GENE COHEN: IT GIVES PLEASANT TIMES FOR MANY PATIENTS, IT MAKES THE
VISIT VERY COMFORTABLE
"there you are as a little girl" lu touches screen smiling
NARR (6 SECS): For the Daly's, making Lucille happy helps them all keep
a positive outlook through tough times.
SOT JOHN JAY DALY/ CAREGIVING SPOUSE: ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT IT WORKS
AND IT'S A TECHNIQUE THAT MOST PEOPLE CAN USE THEMSELVES THAT DOESN'T
HAVE TO BE PROFESSIONALLY DONE (:10)
DR. GENE COHEN: THERE'S NOTHING MAGICAL ABOUT IT IT'S JUST SOMETHING
THAT IS VERY PERSONAL IT'S VERY APPEALING TO THE FAMILY. IT'S VERY
DYNAMIC PERSONAL MEMORIES AND EVERYONE'S GETTING IN TOUCH WITH THEM IN A
LOVELY WAY. ))
A new cigarette that makers claim has fewer toxins has anti-smoking advocates fuming.
Brown and Williamson Tobacco is test- marketing the Advance Light cigarette.
The company says a new filter and curing process mean smokers inhale fewer toxic chemicals.
But a spokesperson for the American Heart Association says the company is motivated by profit, and not public health concerns.
Cass Wheeler says the Advance Lights give smokers a false sense of security that might prevent them from quitting.
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Still to come on the newscast, the Federal Reserve is meeting today. We'll see if it's expected to cut interest rates again,
also, Cuba tries to cleanup after Hurricane Michelle pays an unexpected visit.
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Northern Ireland's fragile government survives yet another political crisis.
Protestant leader David Trimble has been re-elected first minister-- the power-sharing government's top post.
Hardline members of his own Protestant bloc voted against him last week, setting the stage for the possible collapse of the
But the government's future still seems dependent on whether the Irish Republican Army makes good on a renewed promise to disarm.
A Roanoke Sheriff's deputy who is campaigning to unseat her boss, was giving the day off today, after all.
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Deputy Octavia Johnson is campaigning at the polls today.
Johnson's request to use vacation time to do so was originally turned down.
Sheriff George McMillan, who's Johnson's boss and opponent, says she waited too long to ask for time off-- so his captain had NO choice but to say NO.
Last night, McMillan said he still backs his staff's decision-- but if Johnson had asked him personally he would've said yes.
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((GEORGE MCMILLAN/ROANOKE SHERIFF; PEOPLE FORGET THAT I'M SHERIFF, AND IT'S SORT OF LIKE BEING THE PRESIDENT OF A COMPANY, I'VE GOT 243 PEOPLE THAT WORK FOR ME, THERE WERE OTHER PEOPLE THAT WANTED OFF THAT DAY WHO WERE ALSO DENIED. I SHOULD NOT AS SHERIFF GO AND SINGLE HER OUT AND SAY YOU NEED TO BE OFF, IT SHOULD BE HER COMING AND SIMPLY ASKING ME CAN I HAVE THAT DAY OFF.))
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Johnson declined our request for an on-camera interview.
By phone she said-- it's NOT department policy to ask the sheriff for time off once a request has been denied...
She also says the captain who denied her original vacation request never told her to appeal the decision to the sheriff.
Large areas of Cuba are still in the dark after Hurricane Michelle ripped through the island late Sunday.
The hurricane killed at least five people.
Michelle made landfall in Cuba Sunday afternoon, with wind speeds estimated at 130 miles per hour.
It caused nearly two dozen homes to collapse in Havana and flooded crops.
Many streets in the city were littered with debris.
But conditions in many parts of Cuba remained unknown because
communications were almost completely knocked out by the hurricane.
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Stock prices are mixed as the Federal Reserve meets in Washington. Economists expect the Fed will lower interest rates today for the tenth time this year. But some Fed-watchers are
skeptical that another cut will be able to stimulate the economy.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 17 points.
Nasdaq has GAINED six points.
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Still to come in sports .. we'll check in with a former Friday Football Extra player of the week
who's helping the Emory and Henry Wasps hold on to second place in the ODAC.
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In just a few short weeks, the Virginia Tech Hokies have become a non-player in the B-C-S.
They have fallen near the bottom of the two Top 25 polls.
And they are in danger of losing their third straight Big East game if they don't get it together Saturday against Temple in Philly.
Saturday they were beaten by Pitt, and were banged up a bit.
Larry Austin has a bad hamstring, but he's listed as probable for Saturday.
David Pugh's sprained medial collateral knee ligament has him questionable at this time, but trainer Mike Goforth says he'll likely play.
Jake Houseright has a lower abdominal strain, but he too should be OK for Temple.
Wide-out Shawn Whitten is out for the season.
He will have surgery on Thursday to set his broken right leg.
The Bridgewater Eagles have been dominating the headlines in ODAC football so far this season.
But Steve Mason gets us up to date on the progress of second place team Emory and Henry and its sophomore quarterback Shannon Johnson.
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((They called him foots at Alleghany because he wore a size 14. He is also filling some big shoes at perennially division III powerhouse Emory and Henry.
The Wasps are 5 and 4 overall and are in second place in the ODAC. Johnson has accounted for 12 of the Wasps 27 touchdown this season and averages 144 yards of total offense a game.
He has thrown 12 interceptions this season and accuracy is at the top of his improvement list.
Johnson and his Wasps close out the season this Saturday against Guilford, Steve Mason news 7 sports.))
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