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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom...... we start off the workweek with rainy and cool morning...
Meterologist Leo Hirsbrunner will tell us if it will last coming up in the forecast...





[7-11-24th-District]


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Candidates have today to finish up last minute campaigning before the polls open at six tomorrow morning...
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[SUPER=03-Amherst Co.;]


In the 24th district, Republican Ben Cline is hoping to become the state Delegate to fill Vance Wilkins seat for the next year.
He favors keeping taxes low, promoting job growth, and opposes abortion.
He spent part of the day campaigning in Amherst County.
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[SOT 2:17]
[IN Q=The race is winding]

((BEN CLINE/(R) CANDIDATE FOR HOUSE OF DELEGATES: THE RACE IS WINDING UP TO A CLIMAX AND I'M JUST EXCITING ABOUT THE RECEPTION WE'RE GETTING FROM OUR POSITIVE CAMPAIGN BASED ON THE ISSUES AND WE'RE JUST GOING TO KEEP EMPHASIZING THOSE ISSUES.))
[SUPER=01-Ben Cline/(R) Candidate for House of Delegates;]
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[OUT Q=those issues]
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[SUPER=03-Lexington;]


Cline's opponent is Democrat Mimi Elrod.
She supports education, economic development, and abortion rights.
She spent part of her day working the phones at her campaign headquarters in Lexington.
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[SOT 9:46]
[IN Q=I'm very hopeful]

((MIMI ELROD: I'M VERY HOPEFUL. I AM A DEMOCRAT, THIS IS A REPUBLICAN AREA SO WE KNEW IT WAS GOING TO BE AN UPHILL BATTLE BUT I'VE HAD A LOT OF WONDERFUL HELP.))
[SUPER=01-Mimi Elrod/(D) Candidate for House of Delegates;]
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[OUT Q=wonderful help]
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Governor Warner will lend his help later today at a campaign stop in Lexington.

[7-11Rockbridge-Court]


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Voters in Rockbridge County and Lexington have another issue to decide on more than a candidate- a new courthouse project will be on the ballot...
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[SUPER=03-Lexington;]


The current building in downtown Lexington is more than a hundred years old.
A referendum on the ballot would allow Rockbridge County and the City of Lexington to spend up to 13-million in bonds to build a new courthouse and parking deck.
Supporters say the current facility is cramped and inadequate, and does not provide enough security for visitors and court personnel.
Opponents say the project costs too much and would destroy a part of history.
Even if the referendum doesn't pass, the circuit court judge could condemn the building, and force the localities to construct a new courthouse.
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[7-11Patrick-School]


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Patrick County residents will be the deciding vote on the future of their schools...
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[SUPER=03-Stuart/February;]


The school board wants to build a middle school, arguing the current elementary schools are overcrowded.
The project would cost nearly 14-million dollars.
But some residents are opposed to any tax increase to pay for the school.
They also fear kids would have to travel long distances to get to the middle school.
If passed, the facility would most likely open by the 2004 school year.
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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
You'll need the umbrella first thing today, then drier weather moves into the region later on.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner has your work week outlook, right after the news.






[45-11Voting-Rights]


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A lot of people take voting rights for granted. But most convicted felons lose that right for life... A recent change in policy allows certain non- violent offenders to get their voting rights back. Justin McLeod has the story of the first convicted felon to earn this right under new rules.
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[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Aubrey Wingfield; :11]
[SUPER=@justin1; :55]
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[OUT Q=JM, News 7, Franklin County]

((((NAT SOUND OF PULLING MATERIALS OUT OF ENVELOPE))
In this envelope is years of hard work.
It is work that finally gives Aubrey Wingfield the right to vote.
[SOT 1:40]
[IN Q=It will be a good]

((AUBREY WINGFIELD: IT WILL BE A GOOD FEELING, SOMETHING THAT I'VE MISSED DOING A FEW YEARS.))
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[OUT Q=doing a few years]


Years that go back to the 1960's.
Aubrey was caught making his own whiskey.
He paid a fine and has had no problems since.
But because he is a convicted felon, he lost his right to vote for life.
[SOT 6:10]
[IN Q=I can't dispute that]

((AUBREY WINGFIELD: I CAN'T DISPUTE THAT. THEY HAVE THEY'RE REASONS. IT'S A DETERRENT AND IT SERVES AS A DETERRENT.))

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[OUT Q=as a detterent]


The governor however does have the power to restore someone's voting rights.
So about five years ago, Aubrey filled out the 13 page application.
Finally three weeks ago, Governor Warner restored Aubrey's voting privileges.
[SOT 18:51:19]
[IN Q=There are hundreds]

((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF CASES LIKE THIS ONE ALL ACROSS VIRGINIA, CONVICTED FELONS WHO CANNOT VOTE. THAT'S PARTLY WHY GOVERNOR WARNER CHANGED THE POLICY IN SEPTEMBER, MAKING IT EASIER FOR SOMEONE TO GET THEIR VOTING RIGHTS BACK.))
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[OUT Q=voting rights back]

((QUICK NAT SOUND OF AUBREY TALKING))
Aubrey is so far the first and only person in the state to regain his rights under the new rules. [GRAPHIC]
The new procedures make it easier to have your civil rights restored if your felony was non-violent, was not related to distribution of drugs, or if it wasn't pertaining to election laws.
The rules are designed for people like Aubrey Wingfield.
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[IN Q=I like to have the right]

((AUBREY WINGFIELD: I LIKE TO HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE A SAY IN WHAT GOES ON IN MY COMMUNITY AND BE ABLE TO VOTE.))
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[OUT Q=be able to vote]


He says he will do just that at the polls on Tuesday.
Justin McLeod, News 7, Franklin County.))


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Good morning, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
A rainy Monday will give way to sunshine for much of the week.
Metereologist Leo Hirsbrunner joins us in a few minutes with the complete forecast.






[8-11Budget-Cops]


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Law enforcement agencies fear the budget axe will soon cut their state funding...
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[SUPER=03-Richmond/October 15;]


Two weeks ago, Governor Warner announced he's slashing 858- million dollars out of state government.
The Virginia State Police and sheriff's department escaped the cuts this time around.
But at least one area sheriff fears cuts will come eventually, and wonders what effect that will have on fighting crime.
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[SOT 39:26]
[IN Q=It's going to be disastrous]

((FRANK CASSELL/HENRY CO. SHERIFF: IT'S GOING TO BE DISASTROUS TO US BECAUSE THE COUNTY CAN'T PICK IT UP. THEY'RE MORE BROKE THAN THE STATE.))
[SUPER=01-Frank Cassell/Henry Co. Sheriff;]
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[OUT Q=than the state]
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[SUPER=03-Henry Co./April;]


In Henry County, any state cuts will most likely mean lay-offs.
Sheriff Cassell says he cannot cut personnel in the jail because of overcrowding so lay-offs will most likely have to come from road deputies.
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[8-11Ferrum]


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Leaders at Ferrum College are expected to say today whether they will keep a museum where it is, or let it go in favor of economic growth...
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[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]


The college has been considering moving the Blue Ridge Institute Farm museum to make way for a grocery store.
Last May, the college's board delayed the vote to allow the new school's president to give her opinion.
Last week, Dr. Jennifer Braaten told News 7 she supports keeping the museum where it is.
The board met this weekend in Charlottesville and was expected to vote on the proposal.
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[8-11Civic-Center]


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Finding out about events at the Roanoke Civic Center will be a little easier if you travel on Interstate 581...
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


Last week, workers installed a new electronic sign in front of the civic center.
It will broadcast information on upcoming shows and traffic patterns just like the one on Williamson Road.
V-Dot was reluctant to sign off on the project because of fears the new sign would distract drivers on 581.
The Civic Center agreed to only change the message every eight seconds.
It should be up and running sometime next week.
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[8-11Ski-Resorts]


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Start getting the ski equipment together. Recent rain and cold temperatures have led some ski resort operators in Virginia and West Virginia to plan on opening their slopes in the next few weeks.
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[SUPER=04-File Tape;]

In West Virginia, Snowshoe Mountain already has three inches of natural snow on the ground and was running its snow-making machines last week. At Massanutten near Harrisonburg, the season will start over the Thanksgiving weekend. Wintergreen Resort in Nelson County has not yet set an opening date.
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