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Coming up on News 7-
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It is election night. All the results and reaction.
It is a big night for some republicans in the state-
And will Vinton voters go for off track betting?
Plus Dave Letterman is a dad. He talks about it tonight.
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Plus colder air is on the way.
News 7 at Eleven is next.

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Some scares, but few surprises on this election day.
A good night for local Republicans hoping to head to Richmond... and a good night for horse-racing fans hoping to head to a betting parlor.
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[22nd-Senate]


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Two open seats, two Republican wins. Brandon Bell and William Fralin will represent the region in Richmond. The 22nd State Senate seat was left open when Bo Trumbo decided not to run again.
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[Take Leader 110] And a former State Senator will take Trumbo's place. Republican Brandon Bell defeated Democrat Stephen Emick.
(Results)

The heavily Republican district stretches from Botetourt County to Radford.
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[17th-House]


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[Take Leader 250] Redistricting made the 17th House of Delegates seat a virtual shoo-in for the Republican candidate, William Fralin.

(Results)

Fralin replaces Democrat Vic Thomas, who retired.
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[Bell-Fralin]


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So one veteran and one newcomer prepare to head for Richmond in January.
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Joe Dashiell is with them at a very happy Republican campaign headquarters in Roanoke.
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((ROLLCUE:... names were on the ballot.))
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[OUT Q=for the people in Richmond.]
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[8th-House]


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There will NOT be a newcomer, but a familiar face returning to the House Leadership from Salem.
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[Take Leader 220] Majority Leader Morgan Griffith easily won re-election in the 8th District,

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His district represents Salem and parts of Roanoke County.
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[Griffith]


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Griffith will be heading for his sixth term in Richmond.
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He watched the returns at his campaign headquarters in Salem before joining fellow Republicans in Roanoke once his victory became clear. He says his mission won't change in his sixth term in the General Assembly.
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((DEL. MORGAN GRIFFITH/(R) HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER; VERY PLEASED TO HAVE WON, HUMBLED THAT THE PEOPLE OF THE 8TH DISTRICT KNOW THAT I WORK VERY HARD FOR THEM NO MATTER WHAT'S BEEN SAID THEY KNOW I'M IN THERE HUSTLING AND WORKING FOR THE ROANOKE VALLEY. ))
[SUPER=201-Del. Morgan Griffith/(R) House Majority Leader;]
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[OUT Q=for the Roanoke Valley.]
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In the next General Assembly session, Griffith says he's committed to securing federal money for Interstate 81, and continue working against cyber-crime.
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[Emicks]


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So it was not the best of days for Mark Emick, nor his brother Stephen, who lost to Brandon Bell.
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Marya Jones is at their headquarters in Roanoke County.
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((ROLLCUE:...Republican-leaning district.))
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[OUT Q=were able to accomplish.]
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((Marya adlibs))
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[Wyatt]


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It was also a disappointing evening for Linda Wyatt.
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Wyatt says she had a lot of support going into the race -- but believes the way her district was redrawn made all the difference in this election.
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[IN Q=It ws a very republican district]

((LINDA WYATT/(D) HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE; IT WAS A VERY REPUBLICAN DISTRICT. A BIG PART OF THE CORE CONSTITUENCY THAT'S ALWAYS BEEN THERE FOR ME WHEN I RAN FOR CITY COUNCIL WERE ACTUALLY DRAWN RIGHT OUT. SO THEY'RE OVER IN THE 11TH HOUSE DISTRICT SO I THINK THAT MADE A BIG DIFFERENCE FOR ME))
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[OUT Q=made a big difference for me]
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Wyatt says her future plans include rest and getting ready for the city council race next Spring.
This was Wyatt's first attempt at the House of Delegates --and she is not ruling out the possibility of running again in the future.
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[Vinton-Betting]


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In other election news tonight, it's a "good bet" that off-track is betting is coming to Vinton.
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[Take Leader 640] In today's referendum, Vinton residents said "yes" to the measure... by just 20 votes.
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[Betting-Reaction]


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Colonial Downs supporters gathered at Vinton's War Memorial to celebrate.
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Town Council plans to renovate the structure with tax revenues generated by the company, but a Colonial Downs spokesman says Vinton isn't the only locality that will benefit.
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((JERRY MONAHAN/COLONIAL DOWNS VICE PRESIDENT: PART OF THE PARA MUTUAL THEY CALL TAX THAT GOES TO THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, ALSO IT GOES TO VIRGINIA TECH EQUINE RESEARCH, TO THE LEXINGTON HORSE PARK AND THE MARY ANN DUPONT HORSE CENTER.))
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A group of Vinton pastors spoke out against para- mutual betting in the Town, but the pastor of Vinton Baptist Church says he's not discouraged and doesn't see today's results as a win or lose situation.
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((BILL BOOTH/VINTON BAPTIST CHURCH PASTOR: I SEE IT AS A POSITIVE THAT A GOOD NUMBER OF FOLKS TOOK IT SERIOUSLY ENOUGH TO COME OUT AND VOTE, WHICH I THINK IS WONDERFUL. AND IN THE END THE MARGIN WAS VERY CLOSE AND SO IT DOES SHOW THAT REALLY THERE'S STILL SOME QUESTION IN PEOPLE'S MIND ABOUT THAT, BUT THAT'S HOW IT HAS TURNED OUT AND THAT'S WHAT WE'LL HAVE TO LIVE WITH.))
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[OUT Q=have to live with]
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Colonial Downs has not yet decided where to locate, but whether the company renovates or builds, Monahan says it will be up and running in less than one year.
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Still ahead, results from the New River Valley and Central Virginia... plus a live report from Henry County, where anger at the school board made for an interesting night... when News 7 returns.

[Henry-Board]


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Anger over consolidation made today's school board election in Henry County interesting to watch.
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[take 496 FS]
Milton Kendall upset the incumbent for the At-Large seat. He won over four opponents with 38 percent of the vote . [take 497 FS]
Terri Flanagan will join Kendall on the board representing the Horsepasture district. She beat Judy Forsythe with 64 percent of the vote. [take 498 FS]
Jim Franklin Junior took the Reed Creek district from Verna Grimes with 56 percent [take 499 FS]
And Mary Martin beat out both Charles Speakman Junior and Cynthia Shumate with 45 percent in the Ridgeway district.

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Justin McLeod is in Henry County tonight with reaction.
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[Henry-Sheriff]


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Henry County Sheriff Frank Cassell had strong opposition for his job.
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[TAKE LEADER 490]
That opposition came from retired state trooper Michael McPeek.
Frank Cassell keeps his job by a two-thousand vote margin.
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[Giles-Sheriff]


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[Take Leader 450 **TWO PAGES**] Giles County is about to see a new sheriff in town. Six people wanted to succeed long-time Sheriff Larry Falls -- among them, his son Mike. But Bryan Altizer came out on top with 37 percent of the vote. Mike Falls came in second with 28 percent.
Morgan Mill-irons just a few percentage points back. Luther McCrosky, Douglas Sadler and Robert Rucker all received less than ten percent.
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Still ahead on News 7, upsets in Central Virginia... plus poltical analyst Tom Morris joins us with the big picture.

[23rd-Senate]


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Steve Newman has already served 12 years in Richmond -- before reaching his 40th birthday. He's about to represent the Bedford and Lynchburg areas for four more.
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[Take Leader 120] In the 23rd State Senate district,

(Results)
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[Supers-Campbell]


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[TAKE LEADER 381]
There were a few upsets in Central Virginia among supervisors..
Republican Rick Boyer upset Campbell County Supervisor LeRoy Helferstay.
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[Central-Races]


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It was a clean sweep for conservatives as they took every major contested race in the Lynchburg area.
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Steve Smallshaw is in our Lynchburg newsroom tonight.. Steve, any real surprises there tonight?
With the exception of one local supervisor's race, things went pretty much as Republicans expected tonight.
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They say voters sent a resounding message that they want common sense, conservative leadership on both the local and state level.
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((WE ARE LIVING IN A CONSERVATIVE TERRITORY..))
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Delegate Lacey Putney's assessment may have been the understatement of the night.. a night that gave the G-O-P faithful a lot to cheer about.
In the first of a series of big wins, Terry Gaddy is the new sheriff of Campbell County, swamping his opponent Mike Milnor.
And Steve Newman will head back to Richmond for another four years in the Virginia state senate.. thanks in part to inner-city voters.
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((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R-LYNCHBURG: WE'RE VERY PLEASED WITH THE NUMBERS THAT WE'VE GOTTEN.. ..WE WANT TO SEND TO RICHMOND.))
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And upstart Rick Boyer capped off the night by unseating two-term supervisor Leroy Helferstay in Campbell County.

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((BOYER: IT WAS A BOSTON TEA PARTY.. ..FRIEND OF THE TAXPAYERS.))
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[OUT Q=friend of the taxpayers.] ))
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(Steve ad lib live tag)
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[Campbell-Sheriff]


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Campbell County has elected its first new sheriff in 20 years.
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[Take Leader 380] Mike Milnor was appointed to fill the remainder of long-time sheriff Robert Maxey's term when Maxey retired in September
He'll give up the job to Terry Gaddy who wins with a whopping 78 percent of the vote.
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[9th-House]


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Allen Dudley has represented the ninth district in Richmond for ten years, but he faced a strong challenge this year from Rocky Mount Mayor Mark Newbill.
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[Take Leader Page 230]

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[Warner]


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Democrats are calling it a historic night.
For the first time in 25 years, they have gained seats in the General Assembly.
Governor Warner says he is pleased that their losing trend has been reversed.
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Warner says the results show Virginians want moderate, mainstream legislators that can work together.
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[Tom-Morris]


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Political Scientist Tom Morris has been watching the returns come into our newsroom tonight.
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He's here with us now along with Keith Humphry.
(Keith adlibs Interview)
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[SUPER=201-Dr. Tom Morris/Emory and Henry College;]



[Boty-Sheriff]


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There will still be a Sprinkle serving as Botetourt County's Sheriff for another four years.
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[Take Leader 360]
(Results)
(Guill is pronounced Gwill)

Sprinkle's late father Norman held the post for 32 years.
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[Craig-Sheriff]


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[Take Leader 420 **2 Pages**] It's been 32 years since Craig County had a new Sheriff. Five candidates were hoping to succeed B.B. McPherson.

(Results -- 2 pages)
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[Monty-Sheriff]


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[TAKE LDR 520]
Montgomery County voters chose a replacement for retiring Sheriff Doug Marrs tonight.
Democrat Tommy Whitt wins that race over Neal Turner by about a thousand votes.
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[6th-House]


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Republicans took dead aim the 6th House District, hoping to unseat two-term incumbent Benny Keister.
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[Take Leader 210]
This race was close all night.
(Results)
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[Western-Races]


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Although disappointed, Morgan Morris says he was not surprised by the closeness of the race.
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At his campaign headquarters in Dublin, Morris said he fought a tough fight and has his supporters to thank for the close turnout.
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Morris says if the race came within a margin of one-percent he WOULD ask for a recount.
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More results area still ahead... and reaction from Brenda Hamilton, the first African AMerican ever elected to serve as Roanoke's Clerk of Circuit Court.

[Roanoke-Clerk]


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In Roanoke, both women running for Clerk of Court have more than 25 years' experience in the office.
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[Take Leader 560]
Democrat Brenda Hamilton wins the position.
Her 55 percent gave her the job over Independent Mary Jane Barrett.
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[Hamilton]


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[WIPE WIPE WIPE]

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Brenda Hamilton made history today as the first black to be elected to Roanoke Circuit Court Clerk.
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((BRENDA HAMILTON/ROANOKE CIRCUIT COURT CLERK ELECT; FIRST OF ALL I WAS THE FIRST BLACK TO WORK IN THE CLERKS OFFICE IN 1976. SO I'M MAKING HISTORY NOT ONCE BUT TWICE. AND TO BECOME THE FIRST BLACK CLERK IT'S SOMETHING THAT IS WONDERFUL. ANY WOMAN CAN DO IT))
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[OUT Q=any woman can do it.]
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Hamilton says she believes her years of service to the clerks office and her positive attitude are what led to the win.
She says at one point she considered dropping out of the race because her mother became ill. But she says her mother encouraged her to stick it out. Hamilton says she hopes to be an inspiration to others.
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[County-Treasurer]


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For the first time in 28 years, Roanoke County will have a new Treasurer.
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[Take Leader Page 572]

(Results)

(Winner) succeeds Fred Anderson, who was first elected in 1975.
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[Cave-Spring]


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[Take Leader 573] The race for Cave Spring Supervisor featured one of the youngest candidates this year, 24 year old Hunter Smith. He fell short tonight to Republican Mike Wray. Wray will replace Fuzzy Minnix, who held the seat for 12 years.
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[All-Races]


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There are many other races to report, almost 200 in all this year. We will run them all at the bottom of your screen shortly.
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[Take WDBJ Election 2003 Web Page FS] And you can go to our home page at wdbj7-dot-com at any time, for complete returns on all contested races in the region.
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[chocolate-Drop]


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Chocolate fell from the sky over one north Texas school-
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But this isn't just to satisfy a sweet tooth. This is actually a history lesson for students at Nathan Adams Elementary.
They're reading about the humanitarion mission after World War two and taking part in a re-enactment of the Berlin Airlift.
The mission included the air delivery of chocolate to post world War Two Germany.
The idea is to help students make a connection between world history and literature.
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[Letterman]


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David Letterman is a new father tonight-
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In true Letterman style he jokes about it on his show tonight.
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((DAVE LETTERMAN: THE FIRST THING I DID WAS DANGLE HIM OVER THE HOTEL BALCONY. LAUGHTER. I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH ME.))
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56 year old Letterman and his girlfriend Regina Lasko are proud parents of a baby boy.
Letterman missed the show last night to be by her side- but so far he hasn't said much about the pregnancy or the birth.
That's all expected to change though on tonight's broadcast. [Two shot with Robin]
The 56 year old says the baby is his first child and is named after his late father Harry Joseph Letterman. The Late show with Dave Letterman is coming up next right here on WDBJ-7.