The countdown is on to Election Day.
The polls will open in about 30 minutes.
[Election 2003 DOUBLE BOXES 1650=Kim /Steve Microwave;]
Steve Pardon is at the Senior Center in Vinton.
Steve what can voters expect today?
[DOUBLE BOXES=Kim /Steve Microwave;]
Once the polls close at 7, News 7 will bring you updated vote counts of key races throughout the evening.
[Take Election Web Page FS]
And for continuously updated results of all races in the region, you can go to our home page any time tonight at wdbj7-dot-com.
Some say the losers in today's elections will be the voters.
That's because this year only 60 out of 140 seats in the General Assembly are being contested.
According to U-V-A Professor Larry Sabato, that is the lowest number of contested races in Virginia's modern history.
He says voters have little choice in this election and that the political parties are to blame.
[IN Q=THE PARTIES ARE GIVEN SPECIAL]
((LARRY SABATO/POLITICAL ANALYST: THE PARTIES ARE GIVEN SPECIAL PRIVILEGES UNDER LAW AND IN EXCHANGE FOR THOSE PRIVILEGES THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO PROVIDE PEOPLE WITH A CHOICE THEY HAVE UTTERLY FAILED TO DO SO. THE DEMOCRATS IN PARTICULAR HAVE FAILED TO DO SO.))
[SUPER=201-Larry Sabato/UVA Political Analyst]
[OUT Q= FAILED TO DO SO. (double out!)]
Sabato says 66 percent of Virginia's incumbents are running unopposed.
That's nearly twice the national average.
More residents along the Roanoke County line will cast their votes today in Botetourt County.
As Joe Dashiell reports, many people are unhappy with the latest development.
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[IN Q=First it was Hill Drive]
[SUPER=203-Botetourt Co.; :00]
[SUPER=201-Mary Adeoti/Hollins Resident; :15]
[SUPER=201-Betty Bruce/Hollins Resident; :38]
[SUPER=201-Diane Henson/Roanoke Co. Registrar; 1:01]
[SUPER=220-Joe Dashiell/jdashiell*wdbj7.com; 1:10]
[OUT Q=JD News 7 Botetourt Co.]
((First it was Hill Drive near Bonsack where residents learned they were not Roanoke County residents as they had assumed for years.
Now, families on Old Mill Drive, and some other streets in the Hollins area find themselves in the same situation.
[INQ=I've lived in Roanoke County]
((I'VE LIVED IN ROANOKE COUNTY ALL OF MY LIFE. I'VE ALWAYS VOTED FOR ROANOKE COUNTY. I WOULDN'T EVEN KNOW WHO TO START VOTING FOR IN BOTETOURT.))
[OUT Q=who to start voting for in Botetourt.]
Mary Adeoti is one of fifty registered voters who have been transferred to precincts in Botetourt County, and many aren't happy about it.
And Betty Bruce says she plans to cast a conditional ballot at her old precinct as a protest... even though her vote may not count.
[IN Q=I'm not going to vote]
((I'M NOT GOING TO VOTE FOR SOMEONE I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT. BUT YOU'RE GOING TO TELL ME YOU HAVE TO VOTE FOR THIS SHERIFF AND THIS COUNCILMAN. AND I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT YOU SO I WANT MY RIGHTS NOT TO BE TAKEN THAT AWAY.))
[OUT Q=to be taken that away.]
Roanoke County registrar Diane Henson says she's heard from many residents unhappy with the change, but once she found out their homes were across the county line, she says she had no choice.
[IN Q=And I do have sympathy]
((AND I DO HAVE SYMPATHY FOR THEM, BUT THIS IS SOMETHING NOW THAT SHOULD FORCE BOTH GOVERNMENTS TO LOOK AT IT AND FIX IT. AND IT DOES NEED FIXING.))
[OUT Q=and it does need fixing.]
Short of moving, residents may have little hope of retaining their voting rights in Roanoke County.
A boundary adjustment is possible if both counties agree, but so far officials say it doesn't appear likely.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Botetourt County))
In other news, State Police used teargas to end a lengthy standoff in Floyd County.
It began around 3:15 yesterday afternoon when sheriff's deputies attempted to serve a warrant to 48 year old Jerry Lee Noakes of Check.
Authorities say Noakes refused to come out of his home on Good Neigbors Road and displayed what appeared to be a weapon.
State police were called in to assist.
A negotiatiator made telephone contact with Noakes around 8 p-m.
Noakes broke off contact at 12:45 this morning. After 45 minutes, State Police dispensed tear gas to drive Noakes out.
He surrendered and was taken into custody.
Noakes was arrested on a felony abduction charge which stemmed from a domestic violence incident that occurred Sunday.
Another soldier from our area has been killed in Iraq.
First Lieutenant Joshua C. Hurley of Clifton Forge was killed November First in Mosul when his vehicle was hit with an improvised explosive device.
The 24 year old attended Alleghany High School and the Virginia Military Institute.
He had been in the Army since 2001 and was assigned to the 326th Engineer Battalion of the 101st Airborne Division.
Meanwhile, another U- S soldier was killed when a makeshift bomb went off yesterday in Tikrit.
Afterward, a bomb went off outside a hotel in Karbala, killing at least three Iraqi civilians.
In this incident, no coalition forces were killed.
But Sunday, 16 troops died when their helicopter came under attack.
One of them, Sergeant Ernest Bucklew was headed home to attend a funeral for his mother, who died unexpectedly.
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[IN Q=His mother was]
((BETSY SMITH/SOLDIER'S AUNT:HIS MOTHER WAS WORRIED EVERY NIGHT ABOUT HIM. SHE AND HER HUSBAND PRAYED EVERY NIGHT THAT HE WOULD COME HOME SAFE. ))
[SUPER=01-Betsy Smith/Soldier's Aunt;]
[OUT Q=come home safe.]
Despite the rising death toll, President Bush says retreat is not an option.
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[IN Q=America will never]
((AMERICA WILL NEVER RUN. AMERICA WILL DO WHAT IS NECESSARY TO MAKE OUR COUNTRY MORE SECURE.))
[OUT Q=country more secure.]
Bush will soon sign a measure sending more money to Iraq.
Yeterday, the Senate approved an 87- billion dollar spending package.
In business news, 300 jobs in textiles AND technology are in Henry County's economic future.
M-Z-M Incorporated will bring 150 jobs to Martinsville over the next three years.
The information technology firm serves national defense and intelligence agencies.
It's the first tenant in the Clearview Business Park.
Employees will conduct research and build databases for the federal government.
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[IN Q=We're going to need]
((MITCHELL WADE/MZM, INC. PRESIDENT & CEO; WE'RE GOING TO NEED FOLKS WITH BASIC IT SKILLS .... EASILY PLUG THEM INTO THIS LOCATION.))
[SUPER=01-Mitchell Wade/MZM, Inc. President & CEO;]
[OUT Q=them into this location.]
Globaltex Incorporated -- a company that makes chenille yarn used in furniture -- will take over an old VF Imagewear building.
It's hiring 154 people at wages of 7 to 14 dollars an hour.
The family that owns Globaltex says ITS textile jobs will last.
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[IN Q=Until I die]
((JOSE DIAZ-LLANEZA/GLOBALTEX PRESIDENT & CEO; UNTIL I DIE, THEY WILL BE WORKING WITH ME AND I WILL BE WORKING WITH THEM. AND AFTER I DIE, THEY WILL MAKE SURE THIS COMPANY STAYS HERE AND IS A SUCCESS.))
[SUPER=01-Jose Diaz-Llaneza/Globaltex President & CEO;]
[OUT Q=and is a success.]
The governor and state and local legislators offered more than a million dollars in incentives to attract both companies.
Another company is consolidating and cutting jobs, but that's good news for our area.
Fragrance and skin-care company Elizabeth Arden says it will consolidate its U-S distribution operations into a single facility in Roanoke.
The company will cut about 100 jobs at its Miami Lakes, Florida center.
The plan is expected to be complete by March.
Alexis Christoforous has a look at the rest of the day's business news in this morning's Marketwatch.
[SUPER=01-Alexis Christoforous/Reporting; :00]
[OUT Q=in New York, I'm AC.]
Fraudulent trading in mutual funds is far more widespread than firsy thought. An SEC survey finds one in four broker-dealers engaged in illegal late trading of funds. Up to 10 percent of mutual fund companies allowed late trades and more than half the funds gave preferential treatment to some big instituational investors. On Monday the Senate held a hearing into fund abuses. The house is holding hearings today and Thursday.
Put Metlife on your stocks to watch list: the nation's largest life insurer posted better than expected profits as its investment losses narrowed.
FEDERAL REGULATORS SAY THEY MAY FINE AT&T FOR VIOLATING THE "DO NOT CALL LIST" FOR TELEMARKETERS. THE FCC ACCUSES ATT OF MAKING 78 PHONE CALLS TO 29 CONSUMERS WHO ASKED TELEMARKTERS TO LEAVE THEM ALONE.
ON WALL STREET.. INVESTORS KICKED OFF THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER WITH A RALLY THANKS TO A STRONG REPORT ON MANUFACTURING.
THE DOW MOVED UP 57 POINTS
WHILE THE NASDAQ CLIMBED 35.
THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE IS EXPECTED TO RELEASE DETAILS THIS WEEK ON PROPOSED REFORMS AT THE EXCHANGE. THE PROPOSED REFORMS COME THE SAME WEEK AN SCATHING SEC REPORT WAS MADE PUBLIC. THE REPORT FOUND SOME BIG BOARD FLOOR TRADERS IMPROPERLY TRADED OVER 2 BILLION SHARES OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS.. COSTING INVESTORS 155 MILLION DOLLARS.
TRACK THE PRE MARKET ACTION AT CBS.MW.COM IN NEW YORK I'M AC.))
(tape tosses to stocks)
Plans are in motion to build another methadone clinic in the Roanoke Valley.
This one could go on Hershberger Road, but some city leaders say no way.
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Officials with the Roanoke Treatment Center are filing paperwork to put the clinic in an empty building near Cove Road.
Some City council members say the clinic should be placed farther away from neighborhoods and several schools.
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((BEV FITZPATRICK/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL; YOU'VE GOT CHALLENGES IN ANY KIND OF SCHOOL SITUATION ANYWAY, AND YOU DON'T NEED TO ADD TO IT. BY HAVING CERTAIN KINDS OF FACILITIES IN AREAS NEAR SCHOOLS YOU'RE NOT DOING ANYTHING BUT INVITING SOME DIFFICULTIES.))
[SUPER=01-Bev Fitzpatrick/Roanoke City Council;]
[OUT Q=inviting some difficulties.]
[VO-NAT - :11]
The clinic received a business license from the city late last week, and has filed zoning related papers.
The clinic would still have to receive approval from state and federal agencies before opening.
President Bush is in Southern California today to see for himself the damage left behind by several days of raging wildfires.
[SUPER=03-San Bernardino Co., CA;]
More weary fireghters have been allowed to go home, now that the blazes are all but surrounded.
The wildfires destroyed more than 35- hundred homes, charred nearly 750- thousand acres, and killed at least 22 people.
The two latest deaths were reported yesterday.
Both are from suspected heart attacks.
The hearing to decide if Scott Peterson should go to trial continues today and D-N-A evidence is taking center stage.
Defense attorneys say analysis used to match Laci Peterson's D-N-A to a hair found on her husband's boat is too unreliable to be used in court.
Prosecutors believe Scott Peterson killed his wife and unborn son, then used the boat to throw the body into the ocean.
Three cows killed in Montgomery County last week were shot from close range.
The sheriff's department says the animals were not accessible from the road and that whoever shot them must have been in the field with them.
Last month, two other cows were shot.
A pregnant cow was killed on a farm in the "Old Montgomery" area October 26th.
[SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./October 27;]
Another cow on the same farm was shot.
She appears to be healing.
Her calf appears to be okay.
A 35-hundred dollar reward is being offered in that case.
Virginia Tech's Affirmative Action policies have now been deemed legal.
In light of the Supreme Court ruling, the state attorney general's office has now approved Virginia Tech's policy to include race as a factor in admissions.
However, the office says race should NO LONGER be a factor when admitting students into MAOP (May-OPP), the university's largest academic minority program.
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[IN Q=we are working]
((MARK MCNAMEE/PROVOST & VP FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS: WE ARE WORKING WITH ADMINISTRATORS OF THAT PROGRAM TO SEE IF THERE MAY BE ENOUGH INFORMATION ON STUDENTS WHERE YOU WOULD NOT CONSIDER RACE OR ETHNICITY.))
[SUPER=01-Mark McNamee/VT Provost & V.P. for Academic Affairs;]
[OUT Q=RACE OR ETHNICITY]
McNamee says if race continues to be used in the program, it could lead to legal problems down the line.
The university will hold a campus-wide forum next Monday to get ideas on how to improve campus diversity.
(Kimberly tosses to bump)
Stocks closed higher yesterday.
Stan Case has more in today's business brief.
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[SUPER=01-Stan Case/Reporting; :]
[OUT Q=I'm Stan Case.]
((STOCKS CLOSED UP ON MONDAY AS THE THE MAJOR INDICES HIT MULTI-MONTH HIGHS.
THE DOW GAINED 57-POINTS...
...AND THE NASDAQ WAS UP 35.
U-S CONSTRUCTION SPENDING HIT A RECORD HIGH IN SEPTEMBER.
THE COMMERCE DEPARTMENT SAYS SPENDING FOR RESIDENTIAL AND NONRESIDENTIAL STRUCTURES REACHED A SEASONALLY ADJUSTED 910-POINT-SIX BILLION-DOLLARS FOR THE MONTH.
THAT'S AN INCREASE OF ONE-AND-THREE-TENTHS PERCENT OVER AUGUST.
ECONOMISTS EXPECTED AN INCREASE OF ONLY THREE-TENTHS OF A PERCENT.
BOTH FORD AND GENERAL MOTORS REPORTED WEAKER NEW VEHICLE SALES FOR OCTOBER--COMPARED TO A YEAR AGO.
GENERAL MOTORS, THE NATION'S LARGEST AUTO-MAKER, SAYS NEW TRUCK AND CAR SALES TUMBLED SEVEN-PERCENT FOR THE MONTH.
THEIR BIGGEST COMPETITOR, POSTED A THREE-PERCENT DROP IN SALES OF ITS FORDS, LINCOLNS, AND MERCURYS FOR THE SAME PERIOD.
ONE FACTOR IN THE SHRINKING SALES WAS A DECREASE IN FACTORY INCENTIVES.
KELLOGG COMPANY POSTED EARNINGS OF 56-CENTS A SHARE FOR THE THIRD QUARTER...THAT'S UP FROM 49-CENTS A YEAR EARLIER.
THE COMPANY BEAT ANALYSTS EXPECTATIONS BY FOUR-CENTS FOR THE PERIOD.
KELLOGG, WHICH BOUGHT KEEBLER TWO YEARS AGO, SAYS A JUMP IN CEREAL SALES OFFSET A DECLINE IN THE COOKIE BUSINESS.
WITH THE BUSINESS BRIEF, I'M STAN CASE.))
[TAPE TOSS TO STOCKS]
Damage totals have not been tallied after fire at a Salem business.
Assistant Fire Chief Tom Roseberry says a stove at the Dooley Printing Corporation on Florida Avenue was accidentally turned on Sunday and that something came in contact with a heated burner.
The resulting fire warmed up the building's steel support beams, causing a cinderblock wall to collapse.
Roseberry says damage is extensive but the exact amount has not been figured out.
The owner says it appears his five printing presses weren't too badly damaged.
Another local printing company has offered to take care of some his business until the company's running again.
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[WIPE WIPE WIPE]
Investigators say a smoldering cigarette caused a fire yesterday morning on Chestnut Street in Vinton.
The blaze destroyed the basement apartment. The upstairs duplex units were damaged by fire, smoke and water.
Fire officials say the man who lived in the basement apartment was lucky to get out alive.
He told firefighters his smoke detector didn't work. He had to run through the flames to escape.
The election day edition of the Tech 2003 report, and this week the Hokies are getting a lot more votes.
Here's Mike Stevens.
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[IN Q=GOOD MORNING FOLKS...]
[OUT Q=.....a great Tuesday everybody."]
(( The Tech 2003 report begins with news concerning Hokies' triple threat DeAngelo Hall.
Hall has been suspended for the first half of the Pittsburgh game for his part in a sideline altercation late in this past Saturday's game against Miami. Tech still has some hope that the suspension could be overturned before Saturday.
It has been an up and down day of rewards and disappointments for Hall.
Hall also has been named the Big East defensive player of the week - his strip of Roscoe Parrish and fumble return for the first score of the game in the second quarter set the tone for the game.
De Angelo finished the game with 11 tackles - 8 of which were solo.
This weekend whether he's on the field or the sideline - he and the rest of Tech defense will be trying to get a grip on Larry Fitzgerald - who lead the nation in receiving yards per game, and scoring. He's had at least one TD in an NCAA record 14 straight games.
((DE ANGELO HALL:))
The Tech game will not only be on ESPN Saturday night at 7:45 - but it has been chosen for this week's Game Day venue.
A week ago Tech wasn't in the picture for Game Day of anything else for that matter - but their win over Miami changed the college football landscape for a lot of folks.
((RONALD BURNS/SUGAR BOWL COMMITTEE MEMBER:))
In one other Tech note, former Hokie Lee Suggs who was back in town for the Miami game, has finally begun practicing with the Cleveland Browns.
No timetable has been set for his return to the active roster, but Lee believes it will be soon.
And it appears like Lee will get his wish. The Browns suspended starter William Green today, and Suggs likely will be activated by Sunday for the game at Kansas City.
The Hokies are back in the BCS mix tonight, as well.
After falling from 3rd to 16th last week, Tech is back up to number 6.
The Hokies are behind Oklahoma, USC, Florida State, Miami and Ohio State. They are just in front of LSU. Have a nice Tuesday everybody.))
[Tape tosses to break]