An emotional farewell for members of the Virginia National Guard in Lynchburg--
Hundreds of troops from the second Batallion, 116th Infantry have been ordered into active duty.
And new developments in the highly- publicized Minnesota Senate race, just ONE day before the election.
After some morning showers the sunshine is slowly returning but it won't last long....I'll have your forecast....
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
It's the last full day of campaigning for the mid- term election that COULD change the balance of power in Congress.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
President Bush is out stumping for Republicans, while the closely- watched Minnesota Senate race is heating up.
Today, Governor Jesse Ventura announced he's appointed a member of his Independent Party -- Dean Barkley -- to
fill the remaining days of the Senate term of the late Paul Wellstone.
Aleen Sirgany reports.
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[SUPER=01-Norm Coleman/(R) Senate Candidate; :20]
[SUPER=01-Walter Mondale/(D) Senate Candidate; :31]
[SUPER=03-Cedar Rapids, IA; :42]
[SUPER=01-Aleen Sirgany/CBS News; 1:20]
[OUT Q=Sirgany, CBS News, Washington.]
LESS THAN 24 HOURS BEFORE VOTERS GO TO THE POLLS, ALL EYES ARE ON SAINT
PAUL, MINNESOTA, WHERE DEMOCRAT WALTER MONDALE AND
REPUBLICAN NORM COLEMAN FACE OFF IN IN THEIR ONLY DEBATE ...FOR PERHAPS
THE MOST WATCHED SENATE RACE OF THE ELECTION. TWO NEW POLLS SHOW
MONDALE, WHO REPLACED THE LATE PAUL WELLSTONE, AND COLEMAN ARE ABOUT
(SOT COLEMAN FROM DEBATE)
(SOT MONDALE FROM DEBATE)
(LOCATOR: CEDAR RAPIDS, IA)
PRESIDENT BUSH IS SPENDING THIS ELECTION EVE STUMPING FOR REPUBLICANS
FACING TOUGH RACES. HE STARTED HIS RALLY THIS MORNING IN IOWA:
SOT, BUSH, jim leach is the right man for the united states
congress...doug gross is right man to be your governor....greg ganske is
right man to represent you in the united states senate.
AS THE PRESIDENT TRIES TO HELP REPUBLICANS REGAIN CONTROL OF THE SENATE,
IT WONT BE EASY. AT LEAST SIX RACES ARE TOO CLOSE TO CALL. AND SOME
COULD EVEN FACE A RUNOFF. SO THE CAMPAIGNING COULD CONTINUE EVEN BEYOND
News 7 and CBS News will provide complete election coverage tomorrow night.
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We will bring you live updates and the latest returns throughout the evening. Our special coverage begins when the polls close at 7.
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And you will find up-to-the-minute results on all contested races in our region throughout the evening .. on our web page at WDBJ7-dot-com.
Tears and hugs were the order of the day as families and friends said goodbye to members of the Virginia National Guard in Lynchburg this morning.
350 troops from the 2nd Battalion, 116th Infantry were ordered into active federal service effective November 1st.
The 116th is made up of members from Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Lexington and Harrisonburg.
The soldiers say they're ready to go to work.
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[IN Q=This is the]
((LT. COL. TOM WILKINSON/VA NATIONAL GUARD: THIS IS THE KIND OF STUFF THAT WE TRAIN FOR, WE'RE ALWAYS PREPARED TO ANSWER THE CALL WHEN IT COMES, THE CALL HAS COME SO WE'RE STANDING UP TO IT AND READY TO GO DO BUSINESS. IT'S A TOUGH THING.
THE FAMILIES UNDERSTAND THAT, BUT IT'S ALWAYS A TOUGH THING TO WALK AWAY FROM FRIENDS AND FAMILY FOR A YEAR.))
[SUPER=01-Lt. Col. Tom Wilkinson/VA National Guard]
[OUT Q=for a year.]
The Guard will spend a month at Fort Bragg in North Carolina before being deployed overseas for at least a year.
An explosion today at a shopping center in central Israel--
Paramedics say there's a number of casualties.
A T-V report says it was apparently a suicide bombing.
Also in the Middle East, Amnesty International is accusing Israel of committing war crimes against the Palestinians.
The human rights group says Israel carried out unlawful killings and torture in two West Bank cities earlier this year.
Israeli military officials say the attacks were done in self-defense.
But Israel's former foreign minister warns the government against ignoring the Amnesty report.
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[IN Q=Amnesty International]
((SHIMON PERES/FORMER FOREIGN MINISTER: AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL IS AN ORGANISATION THAT TRIES TO CREATE A CALL FOR A BETTER WORLD BUT THEY ARE NOT A COURT AND NOT JUDGES AND WHATEVER THEY ARE BEING SAID (SIC) SHOULD BE CONSIDERED VERY CAREFULLY."
[SUPER=01-Shimon Peres/Former Foreign Minister;]
[OUT Q=very carefully.]
Palestinian leaders are praising the report, saying the United Nations should accept it as proof of war crimes.
Russian state television is showing exclusive pictures from inside the theater when hostage takers took control of the building.
It shows a man wearing a mask entering the stage, firing shots into the air, demanding the actors take a seat in the audience.
The other footage shows various pictures of the audience, hostage takers wearing explosives, and the shell in the middle of the hall.
The time of the attack is seen in the lower left- hand corner of the screen.
17- year- old sniper suspect John Lee Malvo has a closed court hearing today in Baltimore.
The hearing will determine whether Malvo should be detained on
federal juvenile charges related to the sniper attacks that killed 10 people and wounded three others.
A federal judge is refusing to allow open access to the hearing.
He says releasing the testimony publicly would potentially stigmatize the teenager.
When it comes to New York City, you can now get there from here.
The Roanoke Regional Airport is celebrating the arrival of non-stop service to La Guardia on Colgan Air, one of 13-carriers that operates for US Airways Express.
Colgan will offer three round-trip flights a day on turbo prop planes with 33-passenger capacity.
If you've ever wanted to travel to the Big Apple, airppot officials urge you rely on Colgan.
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[IN Q=We've had intermittent non-stop service...]
[SUPER=01-Jacqueline Shuck/Roanoke Regional Airport;]
((JACQUELINE SHUCK/ROANOKE REGIONAL AIRPORT: WE'VE HAD INTERMITTENT NON-STOP SERVICE IN THE PAST BUT IT'S BEEN A WHILE. THAT'S WHY THE COMMUNITY NEEDS TO SUPPORT THE SERVICE. WE'D HATE TO LOSE IT. I THINK SO LOING AS WE'RE WILLING TO USE IT AND SUPPORT THE AIRLINE, THEY'LL STAY.))
[OUT Q=and support the airline, they'll stay.]
Colgan Air is based out of Manassas.
The airline's offering introductory round-trip leisure fares of 170-dollars.
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Coming up next, local candidates make their last minute appeals for votes,
and what was supposed to be a peaceful ride in a hot air balloon produced some scary moments in Japan.
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It was a scary sight for spectators at Asia's biggest balloon festival--
A hot- air balloon burst into flames and crashed today-- which was the final day of the international competition.
Two crew members managed to jump off the balloon, and suffered only minor burns and bruises.
Officials say the crew lost control of the balloon as they were attempting to reduce altitude.
The basket portion then caught fire.
This is the first time since the annual Saga Fiesta was first held in 1984 that an entire balloon was destroyed by flames.
Boston's Cardinal (BUR'-nurd) Bernard Law is publicly acknowledging sexual abuse by priests, and his role in transferring some of them from parish to parish.
Law recently met with alleged victims of abuse.
During Mass yesterday, he said he wanted to ``honor the spirit'' of that meeting by speaking out.
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[IN Q=No one who has not]
((CARDINAL BERNARD LAW/BOSTON ARCHDIOCESE:NO ONE WHO HAS NOT EXPERIENCED SEXUAL ABUSE AS A CHILD CAN FULLY COMPREHEND THE DEVASTATING EFFECTS OF THIS HORRIBLE SIN. I WANT TO
ACKNOWLEDGE PUBLICLY RESPONSIBILITY FOR DECISIONS, WHICH I NOW SEE WERE CLEARLY WRONG.))
[SUPER=01-Cardinal Bernard Law/Boston Archdiocese;]
[OUT Q=were clearly wrong.]
Victims' advocates say Law's acknowledgment was long overdue.
With just about 18 hours until the polls open, local candidates are doing plenty of last minute campaigning.
In the 24th district, Republican Ben Cline is hoping to become the state Delegate to fill Vance Wilkins' seat for the next year.
He says he favors keeping taxes low, promoting job growth, and opposes abortion.
He spent part of yesterday in Amherst County.
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[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; ]
[OUT Q=those issues]
Cline's opponent is Democrat Mimi Elrod.
She says she supports education, economic development, and abortion rights.
She spent part of her day working the phones at her headquarters in Lexington.
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[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; ]
[OUT Q=wonderful help]
One local man is looking forward to casting a ballot for the first time in years.
As a convicted felon, Aubrey Wingfield was not permitted to vote, but a recent change in policy is reinstating voting rights to certain non-violent offenders.
Justin McLeod has the story.
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[SUPER=07-Aubrey Wingfield; :11]
[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.
[IN Q=It will be a good]
((AUBREY WINGFIELD: IT WILL BE A GOOD FEELING, SOMETHING THAT I'VE MISSED DOING A FEW YEARS.))
[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.
[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.))
[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.
[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.))
[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.
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.
[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.))
[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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Coming up next,
we will see if Harry Potter can produce another round of magic at the box offfice.
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Muggles across the country are sweating out the next 11 days.
That is when the next Harry Potter film will open in America.
As Richard Roth tells us, the movie has already opened in London to enthusiastic fans.
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[SUPER=01-Daniel Radcliffe/"Harry Potter"; :37]
[SUPER=01-Neil Sean/Film Critic; 1:13]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS London]
NAT SOT: (FILM CLIP) how dare you steal that car!
NARR: IT'S BACK TO HOGWART'S TIME - THIS YEAR IN A CAR THAT FLIES.
HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, PREMIERED IN LONDON WITH THE
KIND OF HYPE IT PROBABLY DIDN'T NEED AND THE KIND OF ENTHUSIASM ITS
MAKERS MUST'VE RELISHED.
NAT SOT: chanting girls
NARR: IT'S THIRTEEN-YEAR OLD DANIEL RADCLIFFE AS THE FAMOUS WIZARD,
TALLER NOW, WITH A DEEPER VOICE - AND A MORE PROFOUND FOLLOWING OF FANS
- WHO CARRIES THE BURDEN OF WHAT MIGHT BE CALLED HARRY POTTER AND THE
BILLION DOLLAR FRANCHISE: WILL THE SEQUEL MATCH THE BOX OFFICE SUCCESS
OF THE ORIGINAL. HE THINKS IT SHOULD.
SOT DANIEL RADCLIFFE/ "HARRY POTTER": i think it's funner than the first
film. it's got more action and also it's got a lot more emotional depth
especially to harry's character.
NARR: DARKER THAN THE FIRST FILM, MORE VIOLENT, AND SCARY ENOUGH TO
INCLUDE A GENTLE WARNING FROM ITS DIRECTOR THAT PARTS MAY BE TOO
FRIGHTENING FOR SOME YOUNGSTERS, THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS MAY BE FOLLOWING
THE COLD CALCULUS OF HOLLYWOOD MARKETING.
IT'S NOT JUST HARRY AND THE CAST WHO'VE AGED A YEAR SINCE THE POTTER
PHENOMENON HIT THE SCREEN.
SOT NEIL SEAN / FILM CRITIC: 0050 the audience for the second film is
slightly more mature. i mean it sticks very loyally to the book but yes
you do get a sense of adventure that it's moved on a peg which of course
it does in the books.
NARR: BUT THE MAGIC THAT'S MADE MUST-READING OF THE BOOKS IS BACK IN THE
FILM, WITH A NEW COMPUTER ANIMATED CHARACTER NAMED DOBBY WHO DOESN'T
PHONE HOME BUT COULD BE DESTINED FOR AS MUCH FAME AS E.T.
NAT SOT: good luck, potter.
NARR: THE MOVIE OPENS IN TWO WEEKS. RICHARD ROTH CBS NEWS LONDON.))
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 206 points.
The NASDAQ has gained 55.
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Coming up in sports... the Redskins and the Patriots are turning things around in the second half of the season...
And after coming close a few times and spending many miles on the track... Johnny Benson takes home the checkered flag...
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Johnny Benson drove into victory lane for the first time in his Winston Cup career.
After finishing SECOND three times, Benson captured the title at the Pop Secret 400 at Rockingham.
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We start where Bobby Hamilton and Michael Waltrip get together just 25 laps in for the day's first caution.
Mike Wallace was caught up in the aftermath and finished 43rd.
Then late in the race, Ward Burton and Brett Bodine tangled.
Burton got the worst of it, smashing the back end of the Cat machine.
He wound up 40th.
Johnny Benson got past Mark Martin with 29 laps to go.
Benson held off Martin and Kurt Busch to claim his first ever victory after 226 career starts.
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[SUPER=01-Johnny Benson/First Career Winston Cup Win; :04]
[OUT Q=do the same."]
Tony Stewart is still the points leader, but his lead is down to 87 points over Mark Martin, whose car failed the post- race inspection because of an illegal spring.
A fine and more could be on the way today.
Now, here is a complete look at the race results.
[WIPE WIPE WIPE]
[SUPER=0106-1. Johnny Benson//2. Mark Martin//3. Kurt Busch//4. Jeff Burton//5. Jeff Gordon//;]
[SUPER=0106-6. Mike Skinner//7. Bobby Labonte//8. Matt Kenseth//9. Ricky Craven//10. Jeff Green//;]
[SUPER=0106-11. Robby Gordon//12. Dale Jarrett//13. Kenny Wallace//14. Tony Stewart//15. Jamie McMurray//;]
[SUPER=0106-16. Elliott Sadler//17. Dave Blaney//18. John Andretti//19. Michael Waltrip//20. Ricky Rudd//;]
[SUPER=0106-21. Jeremy Mayfield//22. Ken Schrader//23. Ryan Newman//24. Steve Park//25. Greg Biffle//;]
The Washington Redskins seem to be back on track with a win over the Seattle Seahawks, and working back to the .500- mark on the season.
[SUPER=03-Seattle, WA/Fox Sports; :00]
The Skins' Stephen Davis stayed on the sidelines... so Shane Matthews picked up the slack.
This touchdown pass to rookie Darnarian McCants gave the Skins a 7-nothing cushion.
Rod Gardner then took this swing pass from 19 yards out and it was 14- to- 3 Washington.
Matthews was a modest 10- of- 27 for 114 yards.
The Skins' defense kept Seattle out of the endzone, and Washington adds another to the win column 14- to- 3.
In Buffalo, Drew Bledsoe was hoping the Bills would make it count against his former team, the New England Patriots.
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Bledsoe was sacked four times by the Pats, and was intercepted once.
Although he did throw for 300 yards, his former backup, Tom Brady got the better of the matchup.
Brady threw for 310 yards and
four T-D's, including two to Antwain Smith and one to Kevin Faulk.
New England dominated the Bills by a final of 38- to- 7, jumping right back into the A-F-C East race.
The Hokies are not fairing well in the polls after Saturday's loss to Pitt.
Virginia Tech fell to 7th in the Coaches poll and 8th in the Associated Press poll following the game.
But the bad news doesn't end there-
Tailback Kevin Jones is listed as doubtful for this week's game at Syracuse with a pulled hamstring.
Jones is scheduled for an M-R-I today.
With or without Jones, Frank Beamer knows that his team simply has to improve.
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[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Hokies Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=all jump on it."]
And the Syracuse game has been set for 3-30.
Virginia will also play at 3-30 this weekend at Penn State.
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