UP Next on News 7--
A look at Election Day, both across the region and across the country, as controlling power in Congress hangs in the balance.
And an early- morning fire disrupts voting in Illinois.
The rain has arrived and it's not going anywhere anytime soon....I'll have your wet election day forecast....
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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The balance of power in Congress could shift in either direction, depending on the outcome of this Election Day--
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The battle to control the U-S Senate is now in the hands of the voters.
With polls showing several races very close, either party could turn out to be the winner.
Both major parties say voter turnout will be crucial in contests to
decide the make-up of Congress, control of state legislatures and
dozens of governorships.
But turnout is expected to be as low or even lower than in 1998, when only about 36 percent of eligible voters cast ballots.
We'll have a look at local voter turnout in a few minutes.
First, Aleen Sirgany will join us from Washington with an Election Day update.
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AFTER A RELENTLESS ROUND OF RALLYING FOR REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES,
PRESIDENT BUSH DID ALL THAT WAS LEFT TO DO: HE VOTED. THE PRESIDENT
AND FIRST LADY CAST BALLOTS AT A FIRE HOUSE IN CRAWFORD TEXAS.
(SOT) BUSH "I hope people vote. I urge all people across the country
WITH SO MANY RACES TOO TIGHT TO CALL, VOTER TURNOUT COULD VERY WELL
DECIDE THE MAKEUP OF CONGRESS.
AS IT STANDS RIGHT NOW, IN THE SENATE, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS EACH
HOLD 49 SEATS, WITH TWO INDEPENDENTS. IN ONE OF THE MOST WATCHED
SENATE RACES, IN MINNESOTA, FORMER VICE PRESIDENT WALTER MONDALE CAST
HIS VOTE. HIS RACE WITH REPUBLICAN NORM COLEMAN IS NECK AND NECK.
SOT: Walter Mondale/(D) Senate Candidate
They tell me this is the largest turnout they've ever had.
AND ITS BECOME TIGHT IN NORTH CAROLINA TOO .(NAT) DEMOCRAT ERSKINE
BOWLES, WHO CAST HIS VOTE THIS MORNING, HAS MADE HUGE
STRIDES AGAINST REPUBLICAN ELIZABETH DOLE, WHO ONCE HAD A DOUBLE DIGIT
LEAD. ANOTHER RACE TO WATCH: THE MISSOURI BATTLE BETWEEN INCUMBANT
DEMOCRAT JEAN CARNAHAN AND REPUBLICAN JIM TALENT.
Voters in our area head to the polls today to elect a U-S Senator, three representatives and a replacement for Vance Wilkins in the General Assembly.
They'll also decide whether the state will borrow one-BILLION dollars to improve colleges and parks.
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Marya Jones is out at the Botetourt Springs voting precinct this afternoon to bring us up to speed on turnout.
Kimberly, already voting turnout is exceeding expectations in Roanoke City and Roanoke County.
As of 10:00, Roanoke reported 11 percent voting and Roanoke County 15 percent.
That's in contrast to predictions for a sluggish mid-term election across the state.
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Voters at the Northside High School precinct didn't need dramatic political races to draw them to the polls.
Most said casting their vote was just force of habit.
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((IVA FIELDS/VOTER: I DON'T THINK ANY ELECTION SHOULD BE BORING. THIS IS HOW YOU GET THE WRONG PEOPLE IN THERE IF YOU JUST THINK IT'S BORING AND DON'T GET OUT AND VOTE. ))
For others, it wasn't the candidates but the bond issue that was important.
In it, the state proposes borrowing one-BILLION dollars to fund improvements to parks, museums and colleges.
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((BOBBY HARPER/VOTER: I'M PARTICULARLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE DEBT. I THINK WE'RE SPENDING TOO MUCH. ))
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((BUDDY BAILEY/VOTER: I THINK WE CAN AFFORD THAT. I THINK IT'S GOOD FOR THE STATE. ))
State budget cuts forced some precincts to cut back on election workers.
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((JOE SANDERS/NORTHSIDE ELECTION CHIEF: REALLY THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT ARE GOING TO FEEL IT AT THE POLLS IS GONNA BE THE POLL WORKERS. WE ONLY HAVE 4 PEOPLE... WE'RE SHORT ONE WORKER. ... THAT'S BEEN A LITTLE OF A PROBLEM FOR US, BUT WE COMPENSATE FOR IT. ))
All voting went smoothly ... except for 15 minutes at Roanoke's Washington Heights precinct.
That's where election officials say one voter broke both voting booths and caused a temporary backup.
But that's all fixed now.
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The polls will be open until 7. Kimberly?
News 7 will provide 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.
A Roanoke priest accused of sexual misconduct is returning to active ministry.
The Diocese of Richmond today said Father Steven Randy Rule engaged in one inappropriate incident with a seminary student 26 years ago.
But the diocese says the encounter did NOT amount to sexual abuse.
The 53-year-old priest was suspended from his duties at Roanoke's Saint Andrew's church in August when church officials began investigating the allegations.
Rule will be taking a transitional assignment at the Church of the Epiphany in Richmond.
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Coming next on the newscast, one of the accused snipers prepares for a day in court,
Plus authorities in Bali arrest a suspect in last month's deadly nightclub explosion.
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The man believed to be one of the snipers who terrorized the Washington, D-C area last month has a date in federal court this afternoon.
Drew Levinson has the latest from Maryland.
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Since John Allen Muhammad was arrested two weeks ago--the shootings have
Today Federal prosecutors are in a Maryland courtroom making their case
for holding him until his trial.
His alleged acomplice--17-year-old John Malvo was ordered detained at a
closed hearing yesterday in Baltimore.
Authorities say the men ARE the snipers who last month rode around in a
car and shot at unsuspecting victims in the District of Columbia,
Maryland and Virginia. 10 people were killed and three injured.
They were arrested after Police connected a murder at an Montgomery,
Alabama liquor store to Malvo.
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BECAUSE OF THAT MURDER IN ALABAMA--POLICE ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE
REVIWING UNSOLVED SHOOTINGS TO SEE IF THEY ARE CONNECTED TO THE SNIPER
And that includes back here in the Nation's capital area. Police are
now investigating two early September shootings in Clinton Maryland near
the home of one of Muhammad's ex-wives.
A man was shot outside this liquor store and Paul LaRuffa was shot
several times outside his restaurant.
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"I NEVER LINKED IT, AT THE TIME THE M-O WAS DIFFERENT, THESE POPELE WERE
GETTING SHOT with A LONG GUN, ONE SHOT, I GOT SHOT WITH A 22."
The Federal counts against Muhammad include extortion, use of a firearm
and interfering with interstate commerce. If convicted he could get the
As for the murder cases, Attorney General John Ashcroft could decide
this week which state will try the two men first.
Virginia could go first because it has the strongest death penalty
statute--a 17-year old can be executed in that state.
Drew Levinson, CBS News, Greenbelt, Maryland.
Police in Indonesia say they've made two arrests in connection with last month's nightclub bombing.
One man was detained in the capital city, Jakarta.
Authorities say the other man was picked up on the island of Sumatra.
Police say the two men resemble the composite sketches of suspects based on eyewitness accounts following the explosions that killed nearly 200 people -- most of them foreigners.
They add that the sketches have produced several promising leads, and the investigation into the attack is progressing.
There's at least ONE polling place in Illinois that'll have low voter turnout today--
A three- alarm fire broke out at this country club that also serves as a polling location.
The blaze started at around 6-30 this morning, a half hour after the polls opened.
Voting was stopped as the building was evacuated.
Election officials had to move the polling place to another location.
They say this is the first time they've ever had to move a polling place because of a fire.
They're going to ask a judge to let them extend the voting by a couple of hours.
Walter Mondale's name isn't the ONLY one re-surfacing in political circles.
Former Colorado Senator Gary Hart says friends are urging him to seek the Democratic nomination for President in 2004.
Hart lost the 19-84 nomination to Mondale.
Four years later, his bid for the White House was derailed amid questions about his relationship with model Donna Rice.
Hart, now 65, practices international law in Denver.
A national security commission Hart chaired had predicted a terrorist threat to the U-S prior to 9-11.
Actress Winona Ryder is hoping for a "Hollywood ending" now that her shoplifting trial has gone to the jury.
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For a week, Ryder has sat quietly, as prosecutors summed up her case, saying "She came, she stole, she left. End of story."
Prosecutors have released surveillance tape showing the 31- year- old actress picking up dresses and accessories.
She's charged with stealing nearly six- thousand dollars' worth of merchandise.
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((TRENT COPELAND/HOLLYWOOD ATTORNEY: THEY REALLY DID PROVE THEIR CASE BEYOND A
RESPONIBLE DOUBT WITH REGARD TO ALL 3 COUNTS, GRAND THEFT, VANDALISM AND BURGLARY. ))
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Defense attorneys, meanwhile, attacked the credibility of the security personnel at Saks Fifth Avenue, where the incident took place.
There's yet another piece of evidence the jury is not aware of-- Ryder's signed statements at the store, admitting she'd stolen the items.
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Coming up next, one of the stars of a successful science fiction show has died. We'll have the details.
Plus we will have a preview of tomorrow night's CMA awards show.
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On the screen, he used terms like ``bubble-headed booby'' and ``Neanderthal ninny.''
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But his fellow actors are remembering Jonathan Harris for his off-screen wit and professionalism.
The actor who played the devious Doctor Smith on the 1960s T-V show ``Lost in Space'' died Sunday at a Southern California hospital.
A family spokesman says Harris was being treated for a back problem when he died of a blood clot to his heart.
He was 87.
The C-M-A Awards are coming up tomorrow night right here on Your Hometown Station.
This year's show features stars like Brooks and Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill, and the return appearance of Shania Twain.
Laura (Hue-ee) Huie has a preview from Nashville.
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(KENNY CHESNEY HEADS INTO THIS YEAR'S CMAs WITH 3 OF THE BIGGEST
NOMINATIONS OF THE EVENING - ALBUM, MALE VOCALIST AND ENTERTAINER OF THE
SOT: Kenny Chesney - (talks about how important it is to be nominated
for Entertainer of the Year.)
THIS YEAR IS THE FIRST TIME CHESNEY IS UP FOR "THE BIG ONE", BUT BROOKS
AND DUNN WON ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR IN 1996. THOUGH THEY'VE NABBED
VOCAL DUO HONORS A RECORD NUMBER OF TIMES, RONNIE AND KIX WOULDN'T MIND
BEING KINGS OF THE EVENING ONCE AGAIN.
SOT: Brooks and Dunn (talk about still receiving the Entertainer
nomination even after years in the business.)
STAND UP: A GREAT DEAL GOES INTO PLANNING AN AWARDS SHOW. IT TAKES
MONTHS OF PREPARATION. BUILDING SETS... DECIDING WHO'S PLAYING... AND
DECIDING WHO SITS WHERE.
Tammy Genovese (talks about why artists are placed in certain
locations in the audience)
SOT: Darryl Worley ( "O'd like to be sitting next to Alan. I'm a big
fan of his.")
SOT: Lee Ann Womack ( "I'd like to be sitting between George and Alan
because then I could talk to Norma and Denise.")
SOT: Joe Nichols ( "Definitely Shania Twain.... I'd do this.." (acts
like he's putting arm about her.)
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THE CMA AWARDS AIR WEDNESDAY NIGHT ON CBS. IN NASHVILLE, I'M LAURA HUIE.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP 37 points. The NASDAQ has dropped nine.
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Coming up in sports... the number of players on the Hokie injured list continue to add up...
And NASCAR springs a penalty on driver Mark Martin. It's one that could cost him the championship...again.
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An illegal part could cost Winston Cup driver Mark Martin a shot at the championship.
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Martin was docked 25 points last night for cheating at Rockingham.
NASCAR says he used an illegal front spring.
It means Martin is now 112 points behind Tony Stewart in the points race with two races to go.
Martin lost the title becasue of a similar fine in 1990.
That year he lost the Cup to Dale Earnhardt.
Injuries are hurting the Virginia Tech line-up as they look to this weekend's game at the Carrier Dome...
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Tech trainer Mike Goforth told News 7 Sports that Kevin Jones looked much better yesterday, but that he is still doubtful for Saturday's game.
He was scheduled for an MRI exam this morning.
Vegas Robinson is still doubtful for the Orangemen.
He will miss his third game on Saturday.
And Justin Hamilton, the redshirt freshman receiver, also is out with a lateral ankle sprain.
This year's National League rookie of the year is former member of the Salem Avalanche.
Jason Jennings, who finished this year with the Colorado Avalanche going 16-and-8 gets the honor of the baseball writers of America.
Those 16 wins were the most by any N-L rookie since 1980.
He played with Avalanche in 2000 when he went 7-and-10 in 22 starts with the Avalanche.
He won 7 straight games for Colorado from April to June.
Toronto's Eric Hinske wins the American League honor.
How do you get to Carnegie Hall?
A group of Radford High school students will soon be able to tell you..
This May, they'll be performing and working with some of the best musicians in the world.
Teresa Hamilton has more on the group's trip to Carnegie Hall.
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(( The 35 or so students who make up Radford High school's "Concert Choir" are practicing for their upcoming Christmas concert.
But in a matter of months-- these high school students will be performing before an even larger audience.
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((BEANO WESTON/RADFORD HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR: WHEN SHE FIRST TOLD US WERE ALL LIKE THIS IS AMAZING, I MEAN THIS IS HUGE, HUGE DEAL TO US.))
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Next spring-- these dedicated and talented students will realize a musicians dream having been selected to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
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((LAUREN FINMAN/RADFORD HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR: THIS IS GOING TO BE A MOMENT, I'LL REMEMBER FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE, I CAN'T WAIT TO GO, I'M JUST SO EXCITED. ))
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((AUTUMN EAST/RADFORD HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR: I'M ECSTATIC, I MEAN CARNEGIE HALL IS A SINGER'S DREAM AND THIS IS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY FOR ME, I'M NEVER GOING TO GET TO DO IT AGAIN, SO IT'S AMAZING.))
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The trip is also expensive-- at 12- hundred dollars per student.
But the choir is doing what it can with various fundraisers.
Parents will also be chipping in-- but more money is needed.
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((LOIS CASTONGUAY/CHOIR INSTRUCTOR: WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR IS ANY KIND OF PERSONAL OR CORPORATE SCHOLARSHIP MONEY FOR STUDENTS WHO CAN'T AFFORD TO PAY FOR THE TRIP, WE WON'T DENY ANY STUDENT WHO WANTS TO GO, WE'LL FIND A WAY FOR THAT TO HAPPEN.))
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Castonguay has been singing her student's praises for years-- her hope now is that the community will do the same.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Radford. ))
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