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The Catholic Diocese clears Father Randy Rule of sex abuse charges.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

And Virginia voters elect a Senator and three Members of Congress, answer Constitutional questions and decide bond issues worth millions.

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In sports, the Tech football family hit hard today. Rover Michael Crawford is diagnosed with cancer, Penn State coach Joe Paterno talks about UVa quarterback Matt Schaub,
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and the Big Unit needs a bigger Cy Young trophy case as he adds number five.
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[WX-Head]
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Very solid, cold rain on this election day providing excellent run off conditions in the local watersheds. We'll check the rain in a moment.
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News 7 is next.
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A former Roanoke priest is off the hook.
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Father Randy Rule is reinstated by the Catholic diocese in Richmond .
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[ANCHOR=Shannon 2-Shot]


Good evening, I'm Shannon Young.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


And I'm Keith Humphry.
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The former pastor of Roanoke's St. Andrew's Church has been cleared of an allegation of sexual abuse.
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Richmond Bureau Chief Meghan Muldoon has the story.
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(( [insert Rule cover] Father Steven "Randy" Rule was placed on administrative leave in August following an allegation of sexual misconduct.
The single incident occurred in 1976 and involved a student at a high school seminary where Rule served on the faculty.
[insert pre-pro page 1]According to the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, it's review board found that "the situation in which (Father Rule) placed himself and the Claimant was inappropriate and exceeded the boundaries under the circumstances."
But the Board did NOT believe the behavior warranted removing Rule from the priesthood.
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[insert pre-pro page 2]Rule's lawyer issued a statement saying the priest "is deeply appreciative of the literally hundreds if not thousands of expressions of support he has received."
[insert pre-pro page 3]It goes on to say "this entire process has been intensely traumatic."
[insert pre-pro page 4]But that the 53-year old priest "looks forward to getting back to work."
But even after 27 years in the priesthood, diocese officials recognize that resuming the calling may not be easy.
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[insert St. Andrew's cover]Rule's nine-year stint at St. Andrew's in Roanoke was already scheduled to end in early September of this year.
Bishop Walter Sullivan is placing Rule in a "transitional assignment" at Epiphany parish in Richmond.
Diocese officials say the former student who accused Rule indicated he did not want the priest removed.
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Rule is the fifth priest to be accused of sexual misconduct in the last year.
Three of those priests have been removed.
The Diocese says that there are no other investigations at this time.
Meghan Muldoon, News7, Richmond.))

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Republican Ben Cline and Democrat Mimi Elrod braved a steady rain today as they tried to wring a few more votes from a three month campaign.
They're facing off in a special election that will decide who replaces Vance Wilkins in the House of Delegates.
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Joe Dashiell is in Rockbridge County where both camps will be following the returns tonight.
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Voter turnout is exceeding many people's expectations... As voters turnout to pick Congressional candidates and decide some other statewide and local issues as well.
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Teresa Hamilton joins us from Ruffner Middle School in Roanoke where voter turnout has been steady.
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[Promo]


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Stay with News 7 and CBS News for complete election coverage tonight.
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[Election Tonight FS #1301]

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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[Web Page FS #1300]

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 ahead on News 7, we'll check on turnout in the New River Valley and Central Virginia on this rainy election day.
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Plus an area college makes a decision between development and this farm museum.
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Not too heavy and not too low.
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That's how officials across the New River Valley are describing today's voter turnout.
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Voting officials for Montgomery County say turnout in Christiansburg has so far, been higher in Blacksburg...but, either way, the rainy weather hasn't affected turnout--or campaigning.
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((JAY KATZEN/9TH DISTRICT CAND. (R) WE'VE BEEN HERE ALL DAY DAVE NUTTER, VERY KINDLY HAS BEEN OUT HERE SINCE NINE-OCLOCK WE'VE BEEN VISITING AS MANY PRECINTS AS WE CAN IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY AND I'M REAL PLEASED WITH THE RESPONSE WE'VE BEEN GETTING AND I'M REALL PLEASED THAT SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN COMING OUT IN THIS WEATHER TO VOTE.))
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Katzen's opponent, democratic incumbent Rick Boucher spent his day in Abingdon, where both candidates will be later tonight.
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[Central-Turnout]


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Despite the rain, voter registrars across central Virginia say turnout has been heavier than they expected today.


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One precinct in the Timberlake Road area of Campbell County had voters lined up fifteen deep this morning.
Most precincts in the area are experiencing about a 35 percent turnout so far.
Central Virginia voters are split between the Fifth and Sixth Congressional districts.. Virgil Goode is being challenged by Meredith Richards in the Fifth, while Bob Goodlatte is unopposed in the Sixth.
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[Wingfield]


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No one was happier to cast his vote today than one man in Franklin County.
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Aubrey Wingfield lost his voting rights for life after being convicted of making his own whiskey in the 1960's.
The governor however has the right to restore a citizen's civil rights.
Three weeks ago, Governor Warner granted Wingfield's request and for the first time in years he went to the polls.
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((AUBREY WINGFIELD: IT'S A GOOD FEELING. IT MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE A WHOLE PERSON AGAIN BECAUSE THAT WAS A HANDICAP.))
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Wingfield is the first and so far the only person to regain his voting rights under Governor Warner's new policy.
The rules make it easier to have your civil rights restored if the felony was non-violent, was not related to distribution of drugs, or if it wasn't pertaining to election laws.
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Bad news for electronics giant Circuit City.
The Richmond-based company is warning Wall Street that it will post a third-quarter loss.
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The company cites slumping sales of high-tech items like digital satellite systems and wireless communications products.
Circuit City forecasts a third-quarter loss of between five to eight cents a share.
It had been looking for what it calls a "small profit.''
It also warns that a number of "key holiday items'' are not yet in stock, because of the recent lockout of longshoremen at West Coast ports.
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A late buying spree sent stocks higher with blue chips leading the advance. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW climbed 107 points.
NASDAQ gained five.
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Blacksburg town councilman Michael Chandler is stepping down at the end of the year.
Chandler is leaving council to move to the Richmond area.
The retired Virginia Tech extension specialist says he and his wife want to be closer to their grown children.
Chandler had 18 months left in his current term.

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It's official, a Franklin County museum is staying put.
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Ferrum College had considered moving the Blue Ridge Institute Farm Museum to make way for a grocery store.
The school's trustees met this weekend and decided to scrap the plan for now.
They did however leave the option open to develop other parts of the campus.
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Randy Johnson wins a fourth straight Cy Young award, UVa quarterback Matt Schaub is one of Joe Paterno's topics today as Penn State prepares for UVa,
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and the Tech football family puts Syracuse game planning on hold. Rover Michael Crawford is diagnosed with cancer.
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College Football often seems like a life or death proposition to coaches, players and fans alike. That is until a real life or death situation rears its head close to home. Mike Stevens has more on some "Hurting Hokies" who are rallying to aid of one of their own.
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6 and 3 Virginia battles 6 and 3 Penn State Saturday at Beaver Stadium at 3:30.
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The 19th rated Nittany Lions defense is ranked 36th in the country and yields 340 yards a game.
That unit faces quarterback Matt Schaub, a native of West Chester Pennsylvania.
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Paterno's offense is rated 22nd on the nation and is churning out 409 yards a game. While the Nittany Lions attack faces a UVa Defense rated 102nd out of 117 teams, he respects the unit, especially number 30, Jerton Evans.
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The leading rusher in the Atlantic Coast Conference is done for the season.
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An MRI Monday showed that Greg Jones tore his anterior cruciate ligament and injured his medial collateral ligament in the Seminoles win over Wake Forest this past Saturday.
The 240 pound tailback averaged 104 yards a game and had amassed 938 yards along with eight touchdowns on the season.
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[S-Cy]


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Major League Baseball named its' National League Cy Young award winner and suprise, suprise, Randy Johnson is your winner.
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This is the Arizona Diamondbacks fourth straight Cy Young and fifth overall. 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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[Recap-Election]
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Once again, you can rely on News 7 and CBS News for updated election results throughout the evening.
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Shannon and I will be back on the air beginning at seven o-clock when the polls close.
And Jean Jadhon will have complete results and reaction tonight on News 7 at Eleven. (-------------)