Revised legislative boundaries will remain- -the way Republicans re-drew them.
And wisking away the grime of time- -renovation of Roanoke's rail station gets on the right track.
A chat with Michael Vick about his mistake free season thus far, the Hokies know Pitt is legit,
and we will take you to the Rock where points leader and bad boy Tony Stewart joined other cup drives ion Bud Pole qualifying.
Perhaps the fall colors are past peak at the higher elevations but it will still be a nice weekend for a drive. Bundle up if you do.
News 7 at Six is next.
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((JERRY KILGORE/VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL; THE COURT'S DECISION MAKES IT CLEAR THAT THE REDISTRICTING PLAN WAS DRAWN FAIRLY, CONTSTITUTIONALLY, AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH PREVIOUS COURT DECISIONS.))
[OUT Q=previous court decisions.]
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The Supreme Court of Virginia upholds the Republican's version of redrawn state districts...
The ruling effectively ends the year and a half battle over redistricting.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
And I'm Shannon Young.
The Supreme Court unanimously ruled against the Democrats who charged that last year's redistricting plan was unconstitutional.
The Court agreed the plan did NOT violate standards for making districts compact and did not amount to racial gerrymandering.
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Richard Lesko has reaction to today's ruling.
Well Keith and Shannon, Democrats and Republicans still contend the law was on their side,
but now both parties are relieved the redistricting battle has most likely come to a close.
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[OUT Q=to play the hand you're dealt.]
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[INQ=The law was on our...]
((JERRY KILGORE/VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL; THE LAW WAS ON OUR SIDE, AND WE'RE PLEASED THE COURT MADE ITS DECISION BASED UPON THAT LAW. THE DECISION VALIDATES THE MAP DRAWN BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, AND ENDS SPECULATION ABOUT THE VALIDITY OF THOSE DISTRICTS. ))
[OUTQ=validity of those districts.]
However, democratic leaders see the ruling in a different light.
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[INQ=The Supreme Court...]
((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM/(D) ROANOKE; THE SUPREME COURT DID AGREE WITH OUR LEGAL CONCLUSIONS. THEY HELD THAT WE HAD NOT MET THE STANDARD OF PROOF. SO APPARENTLY, WE WERE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE LAW, BUT DIDN'T HAVE THE FACTS TO BACK IT UP.))
[OUTQ=facts to back it up.]
In March, Salem Circuit Judge Dick Pattisall ruled with the Democrats, that the plan illegally packed black voters into a few districts to weaken their presence in nearby white-majority districts.
But the Supreme Court overturned that ruling saying there were no specific findings that race was the predominant factor in creating each district.
Republican leaders concede that politics do play a part every time district lines are redrawn, but say race was not the over-riding factor of the deliberations.
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[INQ=The Democrats played...]
((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/(R) SALEM; THE DEMOCRATS PLAYED POLITICS WHEN THEY WERE IN CONTROL, THERE WERE OVERRIDING CONCERNS SUCH AS ONE PERSON ONE VOTE, AND THE ATTEMPT TO KEEP COMMUNITIES TOGETHER, BUT THERE WERE OCCASIONS WHEN POLITICS PREDOMINATED.))
[OUTQ=when politics predominated.]
That's little consolation to the Democrats, who now must live with the existing districts until after the 2010 census, when the lines will be redrawn by the party in power.
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[INQ=Even if someone's...]
((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM/(D) ROANOKE; EVEN IF SOMEONE'S DEALING FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE DECK, YOU'VE GOT TO PLAY THE HAND YOU'RE DEALT.))
[OUTQ=the hand you're dealt.]))
Now the Democrats could appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court of the United States,
[TOSS ACROSS=Keith-Shannon & Richard ;]
but Keith and Shannon, Delegate Woodrum says they probably wouldn't stand much of a chance, and adds it's time to move on.
The State Supreme Court is also refusing to order new DNA testing in the case of a killer executed ten years ago.
[SUPER=04-May 20, 1992;]
Roger Coleman was put to death for the 1981 rape and murder of his sister-in-law in Grundy.
Coleman and his supporters always maintained his innocence, and the case attracted international attention.
Four newspapers and a group that investigates wrongful conviction claims asked the court to order that the DNA samples be turned over for testing.
In a unanimous ruling today, the Virginia Supreme Court said the right to test evidence in a criminal case does not extend to the press or the general public.
Christiansburg Police say excessive speed is to blame for an accident this morning involving a Montgomery County school bus and another vehicle.
The crash occurred shortly after eight o'clock at the intersection of Clearview and Ragan Drive.
No students were reported injured, but the bus driver suffered minor injuries.
The driver of the other vehicle, 46- year- old Nancy E. Kingrea, was charged with reckless driving.
Four people were injured in a two car collision this afternoon in Campbell County.
Around 2:30 police say a Jeep Cherokee turned into the path of a Lincoln Continental heading East on Route 24, near Oxford Furnace Road.
Three people in the Lincoln were injured including the driver, 66 year old Charles Pruitt of Newport News.
The driver of the Jeep, 16 year old James Hudson of Rustburg, also suffered minor injuries.
Hudson will be charged with failure to yield the right of way.
Traffic on Route 24 was blocked for about an hour.
It's hard to imagine Roanoke without rails.
And this weekend, the city is celebrating a partnership that began 150 years ago today.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Shannon & JoeD /NEwsroom Pod;]
Joe Dashiell is here with a look at a special anniversary and the latest effort to preserve a piece of roanoke's rail history.
[LIVE= JOeD /FULL Newsroom Pod]
Shannon, every day about 80 trains move in and out of the Roanoke Valley...
On this day, the focus was on the first... that arrived with the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad in 1852.
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[SUPER=01-Rev. Nelson Harris/Roanoke Vice-Mayor; :12]
[SUPER=01-John Fishwick/Retired N&W President; :47]
[OUT Q=for passenger rail in the Star City.]
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A new plaque along Roanoke's Railwalk highlights 150 years of railroad heritage.
But there are many other monuments to an enduring relationship.
[IN Q=Really you can]
((REV. NELSON HARRIS/ROANOKE VICE-MAYOR: REALLY YOU CAN ONLY JUST TAKE A LOOK AROUND THE ROANOKE SKYLINE AND SEE THE OLD N&W OFFICE BUILDING, NOW 8 JEFFERSON PLACE,HOTEL ROANOKE, THE NEWER N&W OFFICE BUILDING, THE PASSENGER STATION, OBVIOUSLY THE RAILROAD TRACKS, BRIDGES, RAILWALK, ALL OF THAT BEING THE HANDPRINT OF THE RAILROAD UPON OUR COMMUNITY.))
[OUT Q=handprint of the railroad upon our community.]
The story begins on November first 1852, with the arrival of a wood-fired steam locomotive.
Today, as Roanoke marked the anniversary at the Hotel the railroad built, retired N&W President John Fishwick stressed the human side of the story.
[IN Q=That was the great thing]
((THAT WAS THE GREAT THING ABOUT THE RAILROAD. IT WAS A FAMILY. ROANOKE WAS A FAMILY. I THINK IT'S SO BIG NOW, IT'S NOT QUITE AS EASY TO CALL IT A FAMILY, BUT BACK IN THOSE DAYS IT WAS A GREAT FAMILY.))
[OUT Q=it was a great family.]
The day also brought another milestone... as dignitaries swept the dirt away from an N&W logo in the old passenger station...
The ceremony marked the start of renovations that will bring the convention and visitors bureau, the O. Winston Link museum... and one day perhaps... a new center for passenger rail in the Star City.))
[LIVE= JoeD /FULL Newsroom Pod]
Backers still hope to raise more than one million dollars for the project, but they expect the passenger station to re-open late next year.
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Shannon, the celebration of Roanoke's rail history will continue tomorrow with special programs in market square and the Virginia Museum of Transportation.
Still ahead on News 7 at Six, the list of drought-stricken Virginia counties grows... despite a wet October.
Plus a judge gets a promotion... while a prosecutor goes from standing before the bench to sitting on it.
Does Virginia need more money for state parks?
That's one of the referendum questions facing voters this year.
Meghan Muldoon looks today at both sides of this issue.
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[SUPER=01-Bill Small/Va. Campground Assoc.; :12]
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((Virginia's state parks were recently rated the best in the country.
Still, the state wants to borrow 119-million dollars to make them even better.
The Virginia Campground Association has a problem with that.
[IN Q=WE'RE GENERATING MONEY]
[OUT Q=NOT A WISE INVESTMENT.]
But supporters of the bond, including Attorney General Jerry Kilgore, say improving Virginia's parks will bring more visitors to the state and more money into the local economy.
[IN Q=INCREASING TOURISM IN VIRGINIA]
[OUT Q=THE PRIVATE AND THE PUBLIC SIDE.]
The money raised from the bond is intended to fund projects like a 1.5 million dollar visitor center at Smith Mountain Lake and a new marina at Claytor Lake State Park.
Supporters like Governor Mark Warner say the bond will preserve more of the state's natural resources.
[IN Q=IF WE ARE GOING TO BE THE APPROPRIATE]
[OUT Q=34 EXISTING STATE PARKS.]
Opponents, however, point out that only 31 percent of the money will be spent on acquiring new park land.
Most of the money, they say, will go toward building restaurants, marinas and cabins.
[IN Q=IT'S NOT FOR PARKS]
[OUT Q=ITS FOR CONSTRUCTION.]
Proponents of the parks bond referendum say public support for preserving and protecting state land is at an all-time high.
But the question is with the state budget in the red, will voters be thinking green?
Meghan Muldoon, News7, Richmond.))
Governor Mark Warner has requested federal drought disaster designations for eight more Virginia communities... including Alleghany and Giles counties.
Federal approval would make farmers in those counties eligible for low-interest loans as well as any supplemental relief that
Congress may provide.
Warner said today the drought and this year's crop losses are an ongoing problem, even with recent rains.
Stocks shrugged off a trio of lackluster economic reports today.
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The DOW climbed 121 points.
NASDAQ gained 31.
A group of 10-year boys all-but stole the show today in a roomful of very important people.
An entire Cub Scout Den was ushered into the courtroom where their leader, Skip Burkart, was about to be sworn in as a new General District Judge.
The standing- room- only crowd was largely made up of members of the bar and local government officials. But the front row was reserved for Den Six of Pack 236.
Judge Burkart promised the crowd he'll be accessible.
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((SKIP BURKART/GENERAL DISTRICT JUDGE; THE ONLY THING I CAN TELL YOU IS THAT I WILL DO MY BEST, DO THE BEST JOB I CAN, WORK HARD, BE FAIR, CONSISTENT, TREAT EVERYBODY WITH RESPECT AND DIGNITY.))
[SUPER=01-Skip Burkart/General District Judge]
[OUT Q=respect and dignity.]
Burkart is leaving the elected office of County Commonwealth's Attorney to fill the position left open by Bill Broadhurst.
Broadhurst moved up to CIRCUIT Court today.
He says a member of the legislature urged him to "make us proud."
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[IN Q=That's a tall]
((JUDGE BILL BROADHURST/ROANOKE CIRCUIT COURT; THAT'S A TALL ORDER. WE HAVE HAD SUCH GREAT EXAMPLES. I'VE HAD GREAT MODELS. WITH YOUR HELP AND THEIR HELP, THAT'S WHAT I HOPE TWO DO IS MAKE YOU PROUD. THANK YOU.))
[SUPER=01-Judge Bill Broadhurst/Roanoke Circuit Court]
[OUT Q=proud. Thank you.]
We will have qualifying from the Rock, Michael Vick talks about his recent hot streak for the Falcons
And the Hokies are a day away from a chance to avenge a painful loss to the Pitt Panthers, a preview in a few.
There are only three races remaining in the Winston Cup season and drivers jockeyed for track starting positions today in Bud Pole qualifying for Sunday's Pop Secret 400 at the North Carolina Speedway.
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Points leader Tony Stewart was one of the first cars out and he will start Sunday's race 25th in the number 20 Home Depot Pontiac.
The hottest driver of the day was rookie Ryan Newman. He wins his series high fifth pole of the season with a speed of 155 point 836 mile and hour . Fellow rookie, Jamie McMurray will start second.
Here's complete starting lineup.
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[SUPER=0107-1. Ryan Newman/155.835/2. Jamie McMurray//3. Todd Bodine//4. Mike Skinner//5. Mark Martin//;]
[SUPER=0107-6. Jeff Green//7. Kurt Busch//8. Rusty Wallace//9. Robby Gordon//10. Bill Elliott//;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Bobby Labonte//12. Ken Schrader//13. Greg Biffle//14. Kyle Petty//15. Jimmy Spencer//;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Kenny Wallace//17. Jeremy Mayfield//18. Jeff Gordon//19. Matt Kenseth//20. Ricky Rudd//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Joe Nemechek//22. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.//23. Ricky Craven//24. Hank Parker, Jr.//25. Tony Stewart//;]
[SUPER=0107-26. Johnny Benson//27. Elliott Sadler//28. Jack Sprague//29. Jeff Burton//30. Dave Blaney//;]
[SUPER=0107-31. Jimmie Johnson//32. Kevin Harvick//33. Hermie Sadler//34. Ward Burton//35. John Andretti//;]
[SUPER=0107-36. Michael Waltrip//37. Dale Jarrett/Prov/38. Terry Labonte/Prov/39. Bobby Hamilton/Prov/40. Steve Park/Pr
[SUPER=0107-41. Mike Wallace/Prov/42. Casey Atwood/Prov/43. Brett Bodine/Prov/;]
Virginia Tech faces a true gut check tomorrow night as it attempts to shake off two weeks of lackluster performances in time to battle dangerous Pittsburgh.
The Panthers are 13 point underdogs, but don't try telling that to the Hokies.
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Last year Pittsburgh simply embarrassed the Hokies 38-to-7, and just two years ago Walt Harris's team came within a field goal of beating the Hokies at Lane Stadium.
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[IN Q=THERE'S NO...]
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[OUT Q=...challenge ahead of us."]
Elsewhere around the state tomorrow, VMI hosts Western Carolina in a Southern Conference tilt at one PM, Liberty entertains Eastern Kentucky at 1:30, and James Madison hits the road at Rhode Island. Bridgewater welcomes Washington & Lee to town at one, Catholic visits Emory & Henry, also at one o'clock and Ferrum travels to Greensboro.
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick will have to shell out five thousand dollars for wearing red socks in last Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints.
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The NFL says the former Virginia Tech star violated its' uniform dress code. That is one of only a few mistakes Vick has made this season. In six games, Vick has accounted for eight touchdowns, and he has yet to throw an interception. As a result the Falcons have won three straight.
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[SUPER=01-Michael Vick/959 Passing Yards This Season; :00]
[OUT Q=.....only the game right now"]
Vick also is averaging 9 yards every time he runs the ball. His dual threat capabilities have him and his teammates relaxed before Sunday's game against Baltimore.
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[OUT Q=....not 3 and 4"]
[WIPE TO PINNACLE!!!!!!!!!!!]
And don't forget, you can catch Vick and his Falcons against Baltimore right here on your Hometown Station Sunday at one as the former Hokie tries for a fifth win of the season.
The Roanoke Express is home tonight against Atlantic City in the first of a season long five game homestand. The Express is 2 and OH at home and more importantly, the safety nets behind both goals have been installed. Highlights at 11.
I can't remember the last time we ended a month on the plus side for rainfall. But October did just that with a one to two inch surplus. What does November hold. Here's Leo.
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[OUT Q=meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner.]
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