He was acquitted in a murder- for- hire scheme, but a Henry County man isn't off the hook yet.
And, Arnold Schwarzenegger continues flexing his campaign muscle and fighting off allegations, as the California recall race marches to the finish line.
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Join us-- News 7 at noon starts right now.
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The polls are open, as Election Day arrives in California.
As they sort through the mud- slinging and accusations, voters will decide whether embattled Governor Gray Davis should be recalled-- and if so-- who among the 135 candidates should replace him.
Republican Arnold Schwarzengger is the front-runner to replace him, but some polls show it's too close to call.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Democrats are hoping for a high voter turnout, which they believe could help Governor Davis keep his job.
But California's G-O-P leader says Davis will be out -- and Schwarzenegger will be IN as the new governor.
If Davis loses, he'll become only the second governor in the nation to be recalled.
Elizabeth Sanchez is in Los Angeles, and joins us now with an update.
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IT'S SHOWTIME IN CALIFORNIA....A RECORD NUMBER OF VOTERS ARE EXPECTED TO
FLOCK TO THE POLLS.
WITH THE TERMINATOR, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER....ONE OF THE LEADING
MEN....ITS THE GRAND FINALE IN THE GUBERNATORIAL RECALL ELECTION....
THAT ALSO FEATURES GOVERNOR GRAY DAVIS AS A DOWN, BUT DEFINITELY NOT OUT
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"IF YOU GIVE ME THE CHANCE TO FINISH THE TERM YOU ELECTED ME TO, I'LL
WORK WITH ALL MY HEART, ALL MY SOUL AND ALL MY STRENGTH TO BRING THIS
STATE TOGETHER AND TO MOVE US ALL FORWARD TOGETHER."
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SCHWARZENEGGER ALSO GOT IN SOME LAST MINUTE CAMPAIGNING...BUT IN RECENT
DAYS HIS MESSAGE HAS BEEN MUTED BY SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS. THE
LATEST.... THIS WOMAN. SHE CLAIMS SHE WAS GROPED IN 19-91 ON THE SET
OF TERMINATOR TWO.
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"ARNOLD SUDDENLY PULLED UP MY T SHIRT UP AND SNAPPED A POLAROID PHOTO OF
THE SCHWARZENEGGER CAMP QUICKLY DENIED THE CHARGE.
SOT: TODD HARRIS/SCHWARZENEGGER SPOKESMAN
"THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA SEE THROUGH THESE RIDICULOUS ALLEGATIONS...AND
SEE THEM FOR WHAT THEY ARE."
BUT THE ACCUSATIONS ARE APPARENTLY SWAYING THE THOUGHTS OF SOME VOTERS.
NEW POLLS SHOW WEAKENING SUPPORT FOR THE RECALL.
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Bob Graham is dropping out of race to become a Democratic Presidential candidate.
The Florida Senator announced last night that he is dropping out.
Graham campaigned in Roanoke back in July.
He said last night that's he made the judgment that he can not be elected president.
He said his campaign failed because he started too late and had trouble raising money.
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A Henry County man acquitted in a murder for hire scheme in Martinsville is facing separate charges in the same case.
Billy Ray Manns was charged with conspiracy to commit capital murder in connection with the shooting death of Lisa Nicole Muhammad in September of 2000.
His first trial ended in a hung jury.
Another jury found Manns NOT GUILTY at the retrial in April.
Then in July, Manns was charged with breaking and entering in a separate incident in Bassett.
During that investigation, Henry County deputies obtained new information regarding the Muhammad case, and now a grand jury has indicted Manns for conspiracy to commit murder.
If convicted, Manns faces five to twenty years in prison.
During the trial, Commonwealth's Attorney Joan Ziglar accused Muhammad's husband of hiring Manns to kill his wife.
Maverick Muhammad has never been charged but Martinsville Police say they expect to make more arrests.
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Officials are still looking for the cause of a fire that destroyed a home in Vinton early this morning.
The blaze broke out just before 12:30 in a mobile home on Etna Avenue.
A neighbor says he heard an explosion.
When firefighters arrived, they found one end of the home in flames.
Authorities do not believe anyone was inside at the time.
Officials believe the home is a a total loss.
Today the parliament of Turkey voted in favor of sending its troops to join U-S forces in Iraq.
It'll be the first contingent of peacekeeping troops from a mostly- Muslim country.
Today's vote lets the Turkish government send troops to Iraq for
a year, but there's no word on how soon they'll arrive.
In new violence, three U-S soldiers and an Iraqi interpreter are dead after two separate bomb blasts last night.
One soldier was killed just west of Baghdad around 10 p-m.
Two others and the interpreter were killed south of the capital city an hour later.
Three other soldiers were injured.
Amid the violence and disorder in Iraq, a small group of women has stepped forward to help.
And they're taking up arms to do it.
Correspondent Lisa Barron has more.
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TRACK: RAQIA MAHMOUD WAS A SECRETARY AT THE MINISTRY OF TRADE BEFORE
THE WAR. BUT SHE HAS TRADED IN HER WRITING TOOLS FOR WEAPONS.
SHE'S ONE OF 60 WOMEN HIRED TO GUARD THE CENTRAL BANK IN DOWNTOWN
BAGHDAD.... AND IS ONE OF THE FIRST WOMEN IN IRAQ AUTHORIZED TO CARRY
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When I carry the weapon, I feel strong.
TRACK; THE COALITION FORCES ARE TEACHING THEM TO MAN CHECKPOINTS, CARRY
OUT PATROLS, CONDUCT BODY SEARCHES, AND USE GUNS - ALL PART OF THE
TRAINING REQUIRED FOR THE NEW FACILITY PROTECTION SECURITY FORCES.
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IT WAS THE IRAQIS' IDEA TO RECRUIT WOMEN FOR THE NEW SECURITY FORCES.
THE US MILITARY HAS BEEN WIDELY CRITICIZED HERE FOR LETTING MALE
SOLDIERS SEARCH FEMALE IRAQIS - ESPECIALLY DURING RAIDS ON PRIVATE
(nat sot in Arabic)
(SOT BRIGADIER GENERAL ABDUL ALI KARIM, SECURITY MANAGER, CENTRAL
MUSLIM TRADITION FORBIDS WOMEN BEING TOUCHED BY MEN, ESPECIALLY
STRANGERS, SAYS GENERAL ALI, HEAD OF SECUIRTY FOR BAGHDAD'S MAIN
BANKS....BUT THEYRE BEING TAUGHT BY MEN.
TRACK; STAFF SGT.TODD FINLEY HEADS A GROUP OF ARKANSAS ARMY RESERVISTS
WHO TRAINED THIS CLASS OF 29 .
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YOU SHOULD BE EXTREMELY PROUD OF YOURSELF FOR THE ACCOMPLISHMENT YOU'VE
TRACK; BUT DO THEIR MALE COUNTERPARTS WANT TO STAND SIDE BY SIDE WITH
(SOT RAQIA MAHMOUD, SECURITY GUARDCENTRAL BANK)
They didn't like the idea before and they show disrespect to us. They
bother us. But after that we we're very strong, and we made them change
TRACK; ONE STEP AT TIME...IRAQ IS CHANGING....THESE WOMEN WANT TO PLAY
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Facing new threats from Israel to remove him, Palestinian President Yasser Arafat has sworn in an emergency cabinet.
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Today Arafat also swore in new Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed (AHK- med) Qureia (kuh- RAY- uh).
Palestinian officials say the pared down eight- member cabinet, didn't need parliamentary approval because Arafat declared a state of emergency on Sunday-- one day after an Islamist suicide bomber killed 19 people in Israel.
Israel responded by saying that the day of Arafat's "removal" is drawing closer.
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Still to come, V-DOT is asking for your opinions and suggestions on highway safety.
and the Kennedy's, Catholicism and Camelot. A new book gets to the roots of America's royal family.
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The widening of I- 81 often takes center stage when talk of interstate safety comes up.
But the Virginia Department of Transportation will soon target specific stretches of the highway for special action.
And Joe Dashiell reports, state traffic engineers are asking residents of western Virginia for their help.
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((Last year, 913 people died, and more than 78- thousand were injured in crashes on Virginia roads.
In an effort to reduce those numbers, the state is reviewing crash data, accident reports, traffic studies to isolate accident prone areas and warn drivers.
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The designation will bring more attention from State Police, V-DOT engineers and the Department of Motor Vehicles.
If new warning signs don't grab drivers attention, officials say hefty fines should. The legislation allows fines to be doubled in the safety corridors
A public hearing in Salem drew a handful of citizens, but state officials hope more will weigh in with suggestions on the stretches of highway that require extra law enforcement, driver education or safety improvements.
They're asking anyone with suggestions to send an email to highwaysafetyzones@VirginiaDOT.org
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Residents have three more months to let the government know what they think of Smith Mountain Lake's new shoreline management plan.
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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission extended the public comment period for the plan 90 days.
It will now take feedback through January 10th.
Last month, Franklin County officials asked for more time, saying 30 days was not enough for public review of the lengthy document.
It's intended to control development and deal with environmental issues on the lake.
A-E-P is already enforcing it, but FERC has the power to approve, overturn or change it.
High honors for Bedford County's highest law enforcement officer.
Sheriff Mike Brown has won the national "Wired Cops" award from a non-profit Internet safety agency.
Brown's department has been a leader in cracking down on child pornography and on-line pedophiles through its "Operation Blue Ridge Thunder" task force.
The group "Wired Safety" will present Brown with the award in Washington D.C. tomorrow.
Previous winners include the F-B-I, the Secret Service and the U-S Customs service.
Nearly 40 years after President John F- Kennedy's assassination, much of the American public is still fascinated by him and his family.
The latest book to offer insight into the Kennedy dynasty is out now, called "The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings".
Among the book's revelations-- that Jackie Kennedy had considered suicide after her husband's death.
Father Richard McSorley, a Georgetown priest, counseled Jackie after the assassination.
Some of the letters between them are included in the book.
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((THOMAS MAIER/KENNEDY AUTHOR:SHE HELD THIS COUNTRY TOGETHER, SHE WAS EXTRAORDINARILY BRAVE. AND WE SEE IN THE LETTERS BETWEEN THIS PRIEST AND JACKIE, A WOMAN WHO PRIVATELY
IS ABSOLUTELY DEVASTATED, LONELY, DEPRESSED AND WONDERING JUST EXACTLY HOW SHE IS GOING TO GO THROUGH HER LIFE AND HER CHILDREN'S LIFE. ))
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Maier's book also examines the Kennedy family's immigrant roots and its strong connections to the Catholic Church.
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Coming up - are sports channels really premium channels?
One local cable company may see just how much you're willing to fork out for 24 hour sports.
and there may not be a cure, but there is help for Alzheimer's patients. See how one company is healing within when we return.
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There is no cure for Alzheimer's, but some therapies are helping those living with the diesase.
One such treatment is called a Healing Garden.
Doctor Sanjay Gupta has more.
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((GETTING THEIR HANDS DIRTY...TENDING THE FLOWERS. FOR ROBERT AND ARTHUR, THIS IS THE MOST ACTIVE PART OF THEIR DAY
NATPOP: "you got three there, where you want to put them?"
THEY'RE RESIDENTS AT HEARTHSTONE ALZHEIMER CARE...AND THIS HEALING GARDEN PROVIDES ONE DOSE OF THEIR DAILY TREATMENT...
WHEN THEY'RE NOT GARDENING, THEY'RE OFTEN DESPONDENT AND LOST...SAYS ONE CAREGIVER
"just by opening that door, having the fresh air hit your face, be out here with complete freedom, no restirctions, is able to alleviate a lot of those behaviors almost instantly."
NATIVE PLANTS...TREES...PEPPERS AND CABBAGES...EVEN A MAILBOX...DOT THIS THERAPEUTIC CAMPUS...REMNANTS FROM THE PATIENTS' PAST...
"having a place to go where they can recognize, reminds them of those things, releases these wonderful stories of their childhood. and gives them a sense of self. gives them a sense of who they are."
HEALING GARDENS -- ALSO CALLED THERAPEUTIC GARDENS -- ARE CROPPING UP AROUND THE WORLD AS "NATURAL HEALING" VENUES FOR ALZHEIMER'S PATIENTS... THEY ALSO HELP WITH WANDERING...A COMMON TENDENCY FOR PATIENTS.
"you know where you are, you know where you're going. that reduces your aggression, reduces your agitation, reduces your being lost, reduces wandering. all of these are symptoms of the disease that you can treat with a place like a garden."
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On Wall Street at Noon,
, the Dow was up 17 points. Nasdaq gained 5 points.
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Up next, the Roanoke Express gears up for Thursday's night game- the first of the season.
And in a rare occurance in baseball history, both the Red Sox and the Cubs are heading to their league championships.
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The Boston Red Sox will face the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series.
The Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics last night 4 to 3.
Manny Ramirez ripped the tiebreaking, three-run homer in the sixth inning after Jason Varitek led off the inning with a solo shot.
Meanwhile, The Chicago Cubs open the National League championship series against the Florida Marlins tonight.
The first pitch flies shortly after 8 o-clock.
In the N-F-L last night, Tampa Bay hosted Indianapolis.
With just over five minutes left in the game, Roanoke's own Ronde Barber picks off a Peyton Manning pass and returns it 29 yeards for the score.
The Colts then score three more times before Mike Vanderjagt's (VAN'-dur-jat's) field goal in overtime gave them a 38-to-35 win over the Bucs.
The new Associated Press top 10 high school football polls are out.
Not a single local school even got a vote in the Triple A ranks.
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But that's not the case in the Group Two- A ranks.
Fresh off of their 61-to-21 whipping of William Campbell, the Gretna Hawks are the number one team in the state.
The Hawks and their star quarterback Vic Hall have plenty of company.
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The Liberty Minutemen out of Bedford are ranked third, while Amherst is fourth.
The Lancers and Liberty play this Friday night in Amherst.
Fellow Seminole member Heritage is ranked 8th, giving that district THREE in the top 10.
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Gate City leads the way in the Group A ranks with unbeaten Bath County tied for third.
Riverheads is fifth, tied with Powell Valley.
William Campbell is 8th, while unbeaten Eastern Montgomery is 9th and Radford is 10th.
The ACC handed out its postseason honors yesterday afternoon, and two UVa players were recognized for their efforts against the Heels.
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Virginia's linebacker Darryl Blackstock had six tackles and two sacks in the Cavaliers' 38-13 win over Carolina.
The 6-4, 230-pound sophomore's performance was his second career multi-sack game.
His two sacks for a loss of 16 yards helped Virginia hold the Tar Heels to 58 yards rushing, the fewest the Cavaliers have allowed in nine years.
Blackstock also recovered a fumble, and recorded three quarterback hurries.
D'brickashaw Ferguson was named the league's Offensive Lineman of the year.
The Roanoke Express has a preseason game set for this Thursday night at the Ice Station at eight against Greenville.
The team opened practice Sunday and yesterday, as the Express announced that four key players have formally agreed to return to the team this season.
Rick Kowalsky, Duncan Dalmao, Dan Carlson and Tim O'Connell have officially signed contracts for the upcoming season.
Kowalsky, who is now 31, has 165 points in his first two seasons in Roanoke.
Cable T-V subscribers pay more for movie channels like H-B-O and Showtime-- but what about E-S-P-N and Fox Sports?
Cox Communications is now considering whether to make sports networks PREMIUM channels
The cable company says E-S-P-N and Fox Sports have become too expensive to remain part of basic packages.
Cox officials say the channels draw about eight percent of their viewers, but account for a- third of the company's costs.
Meanwhile, E-S-P-N and Fox officials say they won't allow their
channels to be part of premium packages.
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