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Today on News 7 at 5, the former pastor of a local church is cleared of sexual misconduct. We'll have the latest.


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Plus an attorney for one of the accused snipers says the government will have a hard time proving its case.



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A good soaking this afternoon though a little chilly. More rain on the way tonight. Details just ahead.


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Also it's election day across the country. Nationally control of Congress is up for grabs.
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Meanwhile local election officials are reporting better than expected voter turnout.
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Plus Kimberly McBroom speaks with Vince Gill on the eve of the C-M-A awards show. News 7 at Five is next.

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A pair of political newcomers is running in a special election- It is for the 24th House of Delegates seat and it's drawing a large crowd.
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Richard Lesko is in Rockbridge County and has more.
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Despite the rain and weather significant crowds have shown up to have thier say as to who will replace Vance Wilkins in the 24th District. Meanwhile both candidates were hoping to sway the undecided voters in the last few hours of the election.
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Just to show how much attention this race has drawn

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Jean by noon today more people had voted in Buena Vista than in all of last year's election.

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Voter turnout today is exceeding many people's expectations for a non-Presidential election. Here in our area, voters will elect a U-S Senator, three representatives and a replacement for delegate Vance Wilkins.
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For an update on some of the numbers, let's go to Teresa Hamilton who is at the polling place at Ruffner Middle School in Roanoke.
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It's raining here... snowing in other parts of the nation- but voters are out.
Some of the races are so tight that- the battle for the U-S Senate is being fought right to the end.
Aleen Sirgany has the latest from Washington D-C.
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They tell me this is the largest turnout they've ever had. FORMER VICE PRESIDENT WALTER MONDALE IS NECK AND NECK WITH REPUBLICAN NORM COLEMAN. THAT RACE IS JUST ONE OF NINE TOO CLOSE TO CALLAND ANY OF THEM COULD DETERMINE ENDS UP IN CONTROL OF THE SENATE.
AS IT STANDS RIGHT NOW, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS EACH HOLD 49 SEATS WITH TWO INDEPENDENTS. AMONG OTHERS HOPING TO CHANGE THAT MAKEUP, REPUBLICAN ELIZABETH DOLE, WHO NO LONGER HAS A DOUBLE DIGIT LEAD OVER DEMOCRAT ERSKINE BOWLES IN NORTH CAROLINA. IN COLORADO, INCUMBENT WAYNE ALLARD IS STRUGGLING TO KEEP HIS SEAT AGAINST CHALLENGER TOM STRICKLAND. SEN. WAYNE ALLARD(R)CO. We've give the voters of CO a clear choice and we'll see how they decide today. AND IN GEORGIA, DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MAX CLELAND IS CLINGING TO HIS SEAT AGAINST REPUBLICAN SAXBY CHAMBLSS. SEN. MAX CLELAND(D)GA. I just am proud of all of Georgia today and am proud to be a Georgia.
THE PRESIDENT, WHO HAS SPENT THE PAST FEW DAYS STUMPING FOR REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES IN CLOSE RACES, RETURNED TO THE WHITE HOUSE THIS AFTERNOON AFTER VOTING IN CRAWFORD.
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THE PRESIDENT WILL WATCH THE RETURNS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE ALONG WITH REPUBLICAN LEADERS. TYPICALLY, THE PARTY IN THE WHITE HOUSE LOSES CONGRESSIONAL SEATS DURING MIDTERM ELECTIONSTHE PRESIDENT HOPES THIS ROUND WILL BE DIFFERENT.))

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Stay tuned to News 7 for your complete election coverage tonight.
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We'll bring you live updates and the latest returns throughout the evening. Our 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 throughout the evening on our web page at WDBJ7-dot-com.
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Still to come on the newscast, a jury is deciding the fate of actress Winnona Ryder,
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Plus the former pastor of a local Catholic church is cleared of charges of sexual abuse.
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The former pastor of Roanoke's St. Andrew's Catholic Church has been cleared of a sexual abuse allegation and is resuming his duties as a priest.
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Father Steven "Randy" Rule was suspended in August after an allegation of sexual misconduct involving a high school seminary student.
The single incident occurred in 1976.
The Diocese of Richmond's review board found that Rule's conduct was "inappropriate."
The board, however, did NOT think the incident warranted removing the 53-year-old priest.
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Rule served at St. Andrew's for nine years.
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He has been assigned temporarily to a parish in Richmond.


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Accused Sniper John Allen Muhammad will remain in custody until his day in federal or state court, whichever comes first.
Drew Levninson was at Muhammad's hearing today in Greenbelt, Maryland.
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((Clad in a maroon prison jumpsuit and looking straight ahead...41 year old John Allen Muhammad listened as a Federal judge denied him any chance of going free before his trial.
Judge Jillya Schultz said the man who's accused of terrorizing the Washington area is not only a flight risk - but a danger to the community. The Federal charges against him include the use of a firearms and extortion.
That incuded an alleged demand of ten million dollars. Defense attorneys say the extortion case is ridiculous and prosecutors are using it just to make this a federal case.
Sot: James Wyda/Defense attorney. ...alleging these murders....and bizarre.
Monday...his alleged accomplice - 17 year old John Malvo - was also told he will stay behind bars until his day in court.
Authorities say the two are the snipers who hid out in a car and shot unsuspecting victims last month in the nation's capitol - Maryland - and Virginia.
Ten people were killed and 3 injured.
Now police around the country are looking into unsolved shootings in their areas to see if the snipers are responsible. That includes two shootings in Clinton Maryland ...that came before the sniper attacks. As well as one in Tucson, Arizona where a man was shot dead on a remote golf course back in March.
STANDUP; Muhammad will be right back here on Friday...that's when he'll be in court for his preliminary hearing. Drew Levinson, cbs news, Greenbelt, Maryland.))


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It is not just decision day at the polls- it could be decision day for Winona Ryder.
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The jury is deliberating in her shoplifting trial.
During yesterday's closing arguments prosecutors "she came, she stole, she left, end of story."
Defense attorneys though accused the Saks Fifth Avenue Security guards of lying about the actress.
Ryder is accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from the Saks in Beverly Hills.
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Coming up today in Sports, a doctor's diagnosis is a cause for concern for a Virginia Tech Hokie,
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Coming up today following Sports,
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Vince Gill tells us who he believes will win big at tomorrow night's C-M-A Awards Show.
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On Wall Street today, the markets advanced again. Analysts say after four straight weeks of gains many investors believe now is a good time to buy stocks.
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Welcome everybody to the Tuesday Ticker. The Hokies' preparations for Syracuse had to take a back seat today as the Tech family came together to help one of its own. Here's Mike Stevens.
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Penn State meets UVa Saturday at home at 3:30.
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The Nittany Lions defense is ranked 36th nationally. Penn State respects the 102 rated wahoo D.
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Randy Johnson has won the National League Cy Young Award for a fourth straight year and five times overall.
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He won it in the A-L with Seattle. Johnson received all 32 first place votes. Teammate Curt Schilling was the runner up. Johnson had a record of 24-and-5 with a two-point-37 ERA. He led all of baseball with 334 strikeouts and had four shutouts.
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Tomorrow night is a big one for the world of country music. Singing stars are taking the night off the road to gather in Nashville for the C-M-A's. Vince Gill will host this year's program- News 7's Kimberly McBroom spoke with him earlier today.
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