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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


Does more money mean more voters? Why so many Virginians are coming out to register this year.
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[ANCHOR=Jean 2-Shot]


and new jobs are coming to the region. We'll tell you where.

[Sports-Head]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Tonight on News 7 sports - Dale Junior was in Martinsville today testing for the Subway 500,
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[VO-NAT]

and Florida State may be getting disrespected in the polls, but the Noles certainly are respectful of UVa's talent.
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[WX-Head]
[ANCHOR=Robin]
[SS=None]


Looks like a wet one for tomorrow and temperatures are chilly as well. Also Weatherschool takes a graphical look at three Florida hurricanes coming up.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 4-Shot]


News 7 is next.
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((JEAN JENSEN: IT'S A HISTORIC TIME TO BE INVOLVED IN ELECTIONS.))
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[VO-NAT]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

The State Board of Elections works to keep up with the number of Virginians who want to vote.
[ANCHOR=Jean 2-Shot]

Figures released today indicate a record number could cast votes next month.
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[ANCHOR=Jean 2-Shot]


Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]


And I'm Keith Humphry.
[Election-Preps]
[NEWSCAST=6pm]
[WRITER=jwi]
[TAPE#=04-29 TC1:45:44]
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]

Numbers released this afternoon reveal more than 130- thousand Virginians have registered to vote since September first.
[ANCHOR=Jean 2-Shot]

That's a lot and Election officials attribute that not to any partisan issue, but to federal funds meant to reform the state's voting system.
[DOUBLE BOXES=Keith-Jean & Jennifer/State Microwave;]

Richmond Bureau Chief Jennifer Wishon visited the state board of elections today where employees are working overtime.
Keith and Jean,
[LIVE=Jennifer/FULL State Microwave]
[SUPER=@Jennifer1;]
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officials with the state board of elections here in Richmond have been swamped over the past month. They're calling this a wild and exciting time to be involved in the election process.
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((UNFORTUNATELY I DON'T SHOW YOU IN OUR SYSTEM AS BEING A REGISTERED VOTER.)) [RUNS03]
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Thousands of phone calls and pieces of mail from Virginians who want to vote have flooded the state board of elections.
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[IN Q=It was just a mad house]

((WILHELMENIA MORGAN/DMV EMPLOYEE: IT WAS JUST A MAD HOUSE. WE HAD MAIL EVERYWHERE. I MEAN, WE WERE JUST GETTING EIGHT OR NINE BOXES AT A TIME.)) [RUNS07]
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The deadline to register to vote has passed, and employees are now trying to keep up with the surge of absentee ballot requests.
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((WILHELMENIA MORGAN: THIS IS ROANOKE COUNTY HERE.)) [RUNS02]
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More than a hundred- thousand Virginians have requested to vote absentee and more than 20- thousand have already voted. A number sure to go up since voters have until October 28th to request a ballot.
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[IN Q=The activity really started]

((JEAN JENSEN: THE ACTIVITY REALLY STARTED PICKING UP IN JULY AND AUGUST, WHICH WAS VERY UNUSUAL. A LOT OF PEOPLE WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE AND SO I THINK WE WERE EXPECTING IT TO BE REALLY BUSY.)) [RUNS11]
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If the flood of new voters isn't enough to keep the board busy - a number of localities will use electronic voting machines for the first time next month. [INSERT FLORIDA FILE HERE] And although Virginia has never experienced the types of problems seen in Florida during the 2000 presidential election - officials know that doesn't mean it couldn't happen here. [INSERT FLORIDA FILE HERE]
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((JEAN JENSEN: YOU CAN'T JUST REST ON YOUR LAURELS AND SAY OH WELL WE'VE NEVER HAD ANY PROBLEMS, WE'RE NEVER GOING TO HAVE ANY. THAT'S JUST UNREALISTIC SO WE'VE TAKEN A LOT OF EXTRA STEPS.)) [RUNS09]
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Steps that include airing public service announcements
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((PSA: MUSIC... WHEN YOU VOTE.)) [RUNS03]
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and printing brochures to make sure voters know what to do when once they get to the polls.))
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Those projects made possible by the Help America Vote Act, passed two years ago.
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Keith and Jean, that legislation alloted Virginia nearly 70- million dollars to reform its voting system.

[M'Ville-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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Two capital murder suspects were arraigned today in Martinsville. One is the victim's husband. The other man is being described as the husband's spiritual advisor in the Nation of Islam.
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[SUPER=01-Cornell Jones; 1:00]
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(( Malvester Dixon's family gathered around the courthouse, seeking details of the murder for hire scheme outlined in warrants Monday. Dixon has been a Martinsville resident most of his life. The 55-year old suspect runs a record store on Bridge Street. It's one block west of Walnut Street where Lisa Thomas was shot to death four years ago. The business she and her husband ran, Demarco's Clothing Store, is linked to Poor Boy's Music by an alley called Wall Street. There's a poster in the music store window seeking justice for Lisa. [1:47] ((WELL, I THINK JUSTICE HAS BEEN SERVED. HE WAS DOING HIS NEWS CONFERENCE ABOUT JUSTICE. AND NOW JUSTICE HAD BEEN SERVED.)) [RUNS:07] The arrests of Malvester Dixon and Rick Thomas is front- page news in Martinsville. Everybody's familiar with the case, but it's not easy getting people to talk about it publicly. Some don't believe Thomas and Dixon did it. Others say the two suspects should have been in jail a long time ago. [1:52] ((I GUESS IT TOOK THEM A WHILE TO GET THE EVIDENCE THAT THEY NEEDED TO ARREST THEM, IS THE ONLY THING I CAN THINK OF.))
[RUNS:05] Timothy Gravely faults police for not digging deep enough, soon enough. [1:51:05] ((I THINK THEY GOT THE RIGHT ONES, THOUGH, THAT'S MY OPINION.)) [RUNS:03] [1:52:40] ((I'M GLAD IF THEY GOT THE RIGHT PEOPLE, THEY GOT THEM, you know. SHE DIDN'T DESERVE TO DIE LIKE THAT.)) [RUNS:06]))
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[V/O-NAT ] Both Thomas and Dixon are being held without bond while the courts determine who's going to represent them. The earliest either man could be indicted would be next February, with a trial sometime late next year, IF the case ever reaches that point.
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[Linkous]


[ANCHOR=Keith]
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A Montgomery County grand jury indicted a Christiansburg teenager today for first degree murder.
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17 year old Zachary Linkous is accused of shooting and killing 15 year old Edward Bertrand. Last June, Bertrand was shot once in the stomach in a friend's garage on Spruce Street in Christiansburg. Linkous now stands charged with murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. No trial date's been set.
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[Knight-Celotex]


[ANCHOR=JEan]
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New life is coming to a shuttered Danville factory.
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Knight-Celotex will reopen the old Masonite plant and create 145 jobs over the next year.
The company will also invest a million dollars in upgrades to the facility.
Knight-Celotex makes environmentally-friendly insulation and fiberboard products.
Masonite closed the plant in March, eliminating 172 jobs.
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[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
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A controversial development issue could be decided tonight in Lynchburg.
More on that when News 7 returns.
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[ANCHOR=Jean 2-Shot]


And the fallout from flooding continues.
A popular camp needs some major help if it's to reopen.
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[1st-Wx]
[Camp-Damage]

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[ANCHOR=Jean]
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Each year Camp Easter Seals serves hundreds of disabled children and adults.
But this fall the popular Craig County facility is closed, and officials are scrambling to raise money and make repairs.
Tonight, Joe Dashiell has more on the storm damage that now tops one million dollars.
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((AND IN THE SUMMER TIME WE CANOE ON THIS. WE FISH IN IT. WE'RE LOOKING FOR LITTLE TADPOLES AND BUGS. AND IT'S A WONDERFUL THING.))
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Camp Director Deborah Duerk says Craig Creek is usually a blessing, but on September 28th as Tropical Depression Jeanne moved through western Virginia... five to seven feet of water from Craig Creek roared through Camp Easter Seals.
The flood included raw sewage from a treatment facility upstream. Now most of the camp's facilities and equipment must be cleaned, repaired or replaced.
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((KIM HUTCHINSON/EASTER SEASL VIRGINIA PRESIDENT: WE HAD A HAZARDOUS SITUATION DOWN HERE, AS YOU'VE NOTED SINCE YOU BEEN HERE WE'VE HAD ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION CONTRACTORS DOWN HERE. IT IS GOING TO BE A HERCULEAN EFFORT TO BRING THIS FACILITY BACK TO WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE.))
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Camp Easter Seals has served more than 25-thousand disabled children and adults since it opened in 1957.
And officials say they are committed to re-opening next Spring.

But with damage to equipment and facilities now estimated at one-point-two million dollars, and insurance covering just a fraction, they are launching a major fundraising campaign to make up the difference.
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((IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME, SINCE WE'VE SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS, AND WE HOPE IT'S GOING TO BE A LONG TIME BEFORE WE SEE IT AGAIN.))
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Joe Dashiell News 7 Craig County))

[L'burg-Council]


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The debate over whether to allow another Walgreens pharmacy into Lynchburg should finally come to a conclusion tonight.
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City officials have sparred with the developer over plans to locate a pharmacy at the intersection of Murrell (MURR-ul) and Langhorne Roads.
Walgreens has agreed to some changes in the design and landscaping, but refuses to move the building closer to Langhorne Road as the city requests.
There's also a question of whether rezoning the land from residential to business is consistent with Lynchburg's land use plan.
City council is scheduled to vote on the plans at tonight's meeting.
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[Stocks]


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Wall Street trimmed its losses as oil prices retreated late in the day. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE]
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The DOW lost five points today.
The NASDAQ dropped four.
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[SPONSOR ANNOUNCE]
[COMMERCIAL]
[Hearing-loss]
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Hearing loss can happen at any age --but as you get older you are more likely to suffer from it.
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In fact, by the age of 65, one in four Americans will have trouble comprehending, and that number doubles by age 75.
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George Barrow (Bare-Oh) believes his hearing loss was a result of long term exposure to loud noises. It started in his left ear and got progressively worse and eventually began affecting his right ear as well.
He now wears a digital hearing aid.
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((GEORGE BARROW/HEARING AID USER; I JUST THINK IT'S JUST MORE PLEASANT TO BE ABLE TO GO IN A GROUP AND UNDERSTAND WHAT'S GOING ON IT'S HELPED THAT WAY. I ALSO FOUND THAT I WAS ANSWERING QUESTIONS THAT WE'RE NOT THE QUESTIONS THAT WERE ASKED AND THAT WAS RATHER EMBARRASING))
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Audiologist Andrea McClure says hearing aids have improved a lot over the years from smaller sizes to better clarity with the digital hearing aids.
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((ANDREA MCCLURE/AUDIOLOGIST; THIS HEARING AID LISTENS TO YOUR ENVIRONMENT AND IT PICKS OUT WHERE THE SPEECH IS SO IT WILL FOCUS ON THAT SPEECH AND RAISE IT ABOVE THE NOSIE LEVEL SO PEOPLE CAN GO INTO RESTAURANTS AND THEY CAN STILL HEAR THE PEOPLE ACROSS THE TABLE FROM THEM))
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McClure says some people are born with a hearing impairment. For others loud noises and age are contributing factors.
She say most people don't even recognize their suffering from it until it progresses past a certain point. That's why she recommends a yearly exam.
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[Sports Tease]


[ANCHOR=Mike]
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Coming up tonight on News 7 Sports - UVa and Tech get ready to battle Tallahassee best and worst this weekend.
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And Travis Wells checks in from Martinsville where Dale Junior got his first look at all the track improvements.
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[S-Junior]


[ANCHOR=mike]
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The Nextel Cup Chase moves to Martinsville in two weeks. Dale Earnhardt, Junior tested there today and as Travis Wells explains, Junior is well on his way to putting his Talledega mishap behind him.
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[ANCHOR=mike]
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The seventh ranked Florida State Seminoles are using the fact that UVa is ranked ahead of them as motivation, that, in some way, they have been disrespected by the polls.
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Florida State does respect the Virginia offense, which has the nation's fifth ranked rushing attack.
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[SUPER=01-Broderick Bunkley/Florida State Defensive Tackle; :20]
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[S-Tech]


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Virginia Tech steps out of the ACC this weekend to play Florida A&M for homecoming 2004. FAM-U's nickname is the Rattlers, the team's head coach is named Billy Joe, and one of his team's losses this season was to Temple by 31 points. In other words - there's plenty of time for a little midseason reflection.
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[SUPER=01-Bryan Randall/6 TD Passes & 6 Interceptions; :00]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/18th Season at Virginia Tech; :21]
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[OUT Q=...DEFINE OUR SEASON."]
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[ANCHOR=Mike]
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[WRITER=sma]
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The Redskins are 1 and 4 heading into this Sunday's game at Chicago and coach Joe Gibbs is telling his team to hang tough.
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[Teacher-Award]
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[WRITER=myr]
[TAPE#=04-37 TC30:10]
[ANCHOR=Jean 2-Shot]


A Franklin County school teacher got a huge lesson today on the element of surprise.
[ANCHOR=Keith 2-Shot]
[ENG#=2]
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[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]

Lisa Bowman, a fourth grade teacher at Burnt Chimney Elementary, is a recipient of the Milken National Educator Award.
Only a handful of school officials knew about the 25-thousand dollar award, which is handed out each year to outstanding educators across the country.
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((LISA BOWMAN: VERY SPEECHLESS, I WISH I KNEW THE RIGHT THINGS TO SAY BUT I APPRECIATE EVERYTHING THAT'S BEEN GIVEN TO ME AND ALL THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN THERE.))
[SUPER=01-Lisa Bowman/Milken National Educator Award Recipient;]
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Bowman began her seven-year teaching career as a school volunteer. She now has a master's degree -- and was named the 2002 teacher of the year. Bowman will be able to use her award money anyway she likes. Only one other person in Virginia received the Milken award -- which will be revealed sometime tomorrow.
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