It was a grand night for the Grand Old Party, as Republicans win control over the House and Senate.
But some races weren't settled until today.
A live report is coming up.
And later, we'll interview singer Kenny Rogers about his latest release-- a NOVEL.
The rain showers have decreased but the gusty winds have increased.....I'll have your forecast....
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
Republicans will have the power of the U.S. Senate next year....but by a narrow margin.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The G-O-P is still celebrating, the day after.
Republicans are assured of 51 Senate seats following the mid- term elections.
It's the first time in more than 50 years that Republicans will control the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives.
Meanwhile, the tightest of the Senate races wasn't decided until this morning -- and there could still be a recount.
The final tally in South Dakota gives the Democratic incumbent the victory by a margin of only about 500 votes.
With a complete wrap-up on the election, Aleen Sirgany joins us now from Washington.
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AFTER A DECISIVE ELECTION NIGHT, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 50 YEARS,
REPUBLICANS WILL HAVE CONTROL OF THE WHITE HOUSE, SENATE AND HOUSE.
IN A BLOW FOR THE DEMOCRATS, FORMER VICE PRESIDENT WALTER MONDALE
NARROWLY LOST THE SENATE SEAT IN MINNESOTA.. CONCEDING THIS MORNING TO
REPUBLICAN NORM COLEMAN.
MISSISSIPPI REPUBLICAN TRENT LOTT, WHO WILL GET HIS OLD JOB BACK AS
SENATE MAJORITY LEADER, SAYS PRESIDENT BUSH WAS CLEARLY THE BACKBONE
BEHIND THE SWEEPING WIN FOR THE REBLUBLICANS.
(SOT)SEN. TRENT LOTT/REPUBLICAN LEADER
OUTGOING SENATE LEADER, TOM DASCHLE, AGREES THE DEMOCRATS LOST BECAUSE
PRESIDENT BUSH WAS RELENTLESS.
(SOT)SEN. TOM DASCHLE/DEMOCRATIC LEADER
it was a reflection of a very popular president who broke all records
and went around the country to go for his candidates.
In Minnesota, Democrats were confident that well- known veteran Walter Mondale would help them keep their seat i
n the U-S senate.
This morning, they're facing defeat and wondering what went wrong.
Jim Acosta has that side of the election story.
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WITH EXPERIENCE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE TO CAPITOL HILL...WALTER MONDALE
WAS THE DEMOCRATS' GREAT HOPE FOR A SENATE VICTORY IN MINNESOTA...BUT
THAT HOPE DIED SOON AFTER DAWN BROKE.
SOT; FORMER VICE PRESIDENT WALTER MONDALE .
It appears this election has been decided. A few minutes ago I called
Norm coleman and wished him the best. I told him the U.S. Senage is the
best job in america and I think he will love it.
NOW PRESIDENT BUSH'S HAND PICKED REPUBLICAN.... NORM COLEMAN WILL TAKE
OVER THE SEAT-- OF THE LATE SENATOR PAUL WELLSTONE. THE
COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF HIMSELF CAME IN FOR A LAST MINUTE BARN STORM....WITH
THE CANDIDATE ...AND COLMAN HAD BLANKETED THE STATE FOR 2-YEARS...
ENDING WITH A 3-THOUSAND MILE BLITZ IN THE DAYS BEFORE THE ELECTION.
EMOCRATS WERE CLEARLY BANKING ON MONDALE'S NAME RECOGNITION...
OUT OF POLITICAL LIMELIGHT SINCE THE MID-80S, THE FORMER VICE PRESIDENT
HAD ONLY ONE WEEK --AFTER BEING CHOSEN TO REPLACE WELLSTONE ---TO GET
OUT AND SHAKE HANDS WITH VOTERS.
(not verbatim)It was wonderful ..people responded.
BUT EVEN SOME DEMOCRATS ADMIT-- IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE MEMORIAL FOR
WELLSTONE THAT SWAYED VOTERS THE OTHER WAY. IT WAS CRITICIZED EVEN
THEN-- FOR BEING MORE OF A POLITICAL RALLY-- THAN A TRIBUTE TO THE
SENATOR. AND THAT MAY HAVE GALVANIZED REPUBLICANS TO GET OUT AND VOTE.
(not verbatim)people made mistakes...it was regrettable ...
STANDUP: TO COME: Mondale not seek thousands of absentee ballots case
before Sen.Wellstone died in a plane crash that changed everything. JA
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Locally Democrats could celebrate Representative Rick Boucher's commanding victory over opponent Jay Katzen in the ninth district.
The Republicans meanwhile won with Sen. John Warner, Congressman Bob Goodlatte, and House of Delegates candidate Ben Cline.
Many expected Cline's race in the 24th to be close, that wasn't the case.
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He captured 58 per cent of the vote beating democrat Mimi Elrod everywhere in the district except her hometown of Lexington.
Joe Dashiell has more from Rockbridge County.
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Virginians overwhelmingly voted to approve two bond issues that will provide millions of dollars to state-funded colleges and state parks.
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More than 70 percent favored 900 million dollars in bonds for improvements at state schools.
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And state parks will be getting more than 100 million dollars.
The margin was a little lower than the education issue .. but still was overwhelming.
In other news today--
A large twister hits a community in eastern Alabama.
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The tornado killed at least two residents and injured 25 others at an area high school and in surrounding neighborhoods.
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(("WELL, I WAS DELIVERING PIZZA AND ON MY WAY BACK UP THERE, EVERYTHING STOPPED AND GOT REAL STILL, AND THEN THE WIND PICKED UP REAL STRONG AND I COULD FEEL MY TRUCK SLIDING ACROSS THE ROAD, AND THE NEXT THING I KNEW THERE WERE LIMBS EVERYWHERE AND I WAS IN SOMEBODY ELSE'S YARD."))
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One published report said the city's National Guard Armory, which also served as a voting precinct was damaged, with high winds knocking out the power there.
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Coming up next on the newscast, an embattled fiancial leader decides to step down. We'll have the details.
Plus 17 people are killed in a plane crash in Europe.
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Authorities now say 17 people were killed when a twin- engine plane crashed in fog, as it attempted to land in Luxembourg.
Five others were seriously injured.
The Lux-air turbo prop was flying from Berlin with 19 passengers and three crew members on board.
Most of the casualties are believed to be Germans.
Officials say the control tower never received a distress signal before it lost contact with the plane.
The airport's been closed, and incoming planes diverted to airports in Germany and Belgium.
In France, fire aboard a train has claimed the lives of 12 people.
The U-S embassy says five of the victims are Americans.
The train was en route from Paris to Vienna when it caught fire.
The conductor stopped the train after noticing smoke coming from one of the sleeping cars.
Officials say the victims, including one child, died of smoke inhalation.
Nine others were taken to the hospital.
Early reports indicate an electrical short-circuit sparked the flames.
The embattled chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission has resigned.
Harvey Pitt sent a letter of resignation to President Bush yesterday.
Pitt was already under fire for not being tough enough on corporate crime.
Administration officials say the White House welcomed the resignation, believing that Pitt created political problems for the President.
A football player for the Virginia Tech Hokies is preparing to take on his toughest opponent yet.
As Mike Stevens tells us, linebacker Michael Crawford's biggest challenge now is off the field.
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Coming up next on the newscast,
we will have Kenny Rogers and the First Edition....of his new book. He will join us live to tell us about a novel he has written just in time for Christmas.
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He'll always be known as "The Gambler"--
But these days, singer and musician Kenny Rogers is gambling on a new creative venture.
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He's co- authored a children's book set in the early '60s titled, "Christmas in Canaan."
The legendary performer joins us now via satellite to talk about his new book.
Thanks for joining us today, Kenny, it's a pleasure to talk with you.
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(You've recorded more than 60 albums and have won four Grammy's-- Were you just looking for a new creative challenge to
(This isn't your first trip into the publishing arena-- having authored two picture books already...)
(As we mentioned earlier, "Christmas in Canaan" is a children's book. But it deals with a very difficult issue, racism
. Tell us about this story..)
(Speaking of Christmas-- you're embarking upon your annual Christmas tour-- Will you be performing anywhere near Virgi
(And of course, tonight is a big night for country music-- Do you have any predictions about who will win at the C-M-A
Thanks again for talking with us today--
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 11 points. The NASDAQ has lost two.
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Coming up next on our newscast,
we will see why people are flocking to see the flashy keyboard of the original Piano Man.
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Crowds don't usually gather outside piano stores--
But in Portland, Oregon there's a good reason for people to gawk.
As Ray Summers reports, it's a chance to remember a unique musical legend.
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THERE ARE PIANOS AT MICHELLE'S ON SWth 5TH. THEN THERE IS "THE" PIANO..
THE ONE THAT SPARKLES AND GLITTERS.
LISTEN. AND REMEMBER A MAN FLAMBOYANT AND MUSICAL LIBERACE. MICHELLE'S
("He was the Madonna of the 40's and 50's. He had all the pop
sensibilities of knowing how to market himself.")
LIBERACE PLAYED HIS LAST LIVE PERFORMANCE ON THIS RHINESTONE STUDDED
PIANO IN 1986.AT RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL. IT WASN'T JUST HIS CLOTHES
THAT GLITTERED IN THE STAGE LIGHTS.
("There's about 250 pounds worth of rhinestones.")
AUSTRIAN RHINESTONES ... VALUE 300 THOUSAND DOLLARS. STAN LASLEY WAS
TEN YEARS OLD WHEN HE BOUGHT HIS FIRST LIBERACE RECORD. REMEMBERS A
("To make a mess of mortar you take cement and water . see the
melarooney fall out.")
LIBERACE DIED .. IN 1987. HIS LAST PIANO WAS ON DISPLAY AT THE
RETURNING TO THE LIBERACE MUSUEM IN LAS VEGAS. THE PORTLAND STOP OFFERS
A CHANCE TO REMEMBER A MAN AND HIS STYLE.
RAY SUMMERS AT LARGE WITH PHOTOGRAPHER LORY OLSON.))
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