Governor Warner makes a stop in the Star City to announce new funding for tourism.
And, it's a race to the finish after last night's final Presidential debate.
Highlights of the debate, in case you missed it, plus reaction from voters coming up.
One quiet day befor the next batch of moisture heads our way late tonight. Good news though it shouldn't last long. I'll have your forecast.
Stay with us. News 7 at noon, starts right now.
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Funds to develop tourism, and more jobs, are coming to southwest Virginia, with an emphasis on local history and culture.
This morning, Governor Mark Warner announced the Appalachian Regional Commission will give 100-thousand dollars to the region to develop resources which he calls "uniquely Appalachian."
The money will be used to focus on the area's artisan and crafts community.
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((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: PARTIALLY BE USED TO HELP US MARKET AND ADVERTISE THE ARTS AND CRAFTS INDUSTRY IN RURAL VIRGINIA, ESPECIALLY SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA. BUT WE'LL HAVE MORE TO SAY ABOUT A MAJOR INIATIVE BEFORE THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION.))
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[OUT Q=... before the legislative session.]
The governor says arts and crafts are a 13-billion dollar industry nationwide.
By promoting Virginia's artisan community, Warner says it's a way to make sure jobs and income aren't outsourced overseas.
Two explosions today in Baghdad left four Americans dead. U-S officials say they were civilians employed by a private security firm. Terror suspect Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi says he's behind the bombings.
The blasts occurred inside the heavily guarded Green Zone, where the U-S and Iraqi governments have their headquarters.
18- people were injured.
U-S officials say the bombs appeared to have been ``hand-carried'' into the zone.
If so, it would be the first time insurgents have successfully infiltrated the heart of the government.
The debates are over, and President Bush and John Kerry are already starting to hit the swing states that will make - or break - their
After the verbal showdowns, most polls are giving Kerry the edge.
But will that translate into votes come Election Day?
Jennifer Donelan reports.
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[IN Q=With less than]
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[OUT Q=Donelan, CBS News, Washington.]
WITH LESS THAN THREE WEEKS UNTIL VOTERS HEAD TO THE POLLS...PRESIDENT
GEORGE BUSH AND SENATOR JOHN KERRY WILL NOW DASH THROUGH THE COUNTRY'S
BATTLEGROUND STATES IN HOPES OF CROSSING THE FINISH LINE FIRST AND
WINNING THE TITLE OF COMMANDER IN CHIEF FOR THE NEXT 4 YEARS.
new short sound from rallies from both men
BOTH TEAM KERRY AND TEAM BUSH ARE IN NEVADA...THE SAME STATE FIGHTING
FOR THE SAME VOTES AFTER THEIR THIRD AND FINAL 90 MINUTE MATCH UP LAST
THE TOPICS INCLUDED JOBS, TAXES, FIXING SOCIAL SECURITY AND HEALTHCARE.
FROM THEIR RESPECTIVE PODIUMS, EACH CANDIDATE USED THE OTHER'S RECORD AS
A PLATFORM FOR ATTACK.
He voted to increase taxes 98 times and to bust the budget 277 times.
SOT: Sen. John Kerry/(D) Presidential Candidate
Being lectured by the president on fiscal responsibility is a little bit
like Tony Soprano talking to me about law and order in this country.
BOTH SIDES CLAIMED THEIR CANDIDATE WON THE DOMESTIC DUEL. 39 PERCENT OF
UNCOMMITTED VOTERS IN A CBS NEWS POLL SAID SENATOR KERRY WON. 25
PERCENT SAID BUSH, 36 PERCENT SAID IT WAS A TIE.
Nat from people watching debate at house party
IN LOS ANGELES, THE PARTY TALK TURNED TO ONE QUESTION...WILL THE DEBATES
MAKE A DIFFERENCE COME ELECTION DAY?
Sot - John Glass/Voter
I'm sure it makes some difference, I mean a lot of people have made up
their minds already who they're going to support, some may switch.
(standup - Jennifer Donelan)
A WHOPPING 71 PERCENT OF UNDECIDED VOTERS POLLED BY CBS SAID THE DEBATES
HELPED THEM MAKE UP THEIR MINDS. THE CANDIDATES WILL HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL
NOV. 2 TO SEE WHAT THEY DECIDED.
While most debate viewers looked on from their homes, others got together with their political party colleagues.
Democrats congregated at the party's headquarters on Starkey Road in Roanoke County.
Republicans met at a local supporter's home in Roanoke.
While both sides predictably believe their candidate won last night's matchup, they disagree on how important the debates really were.
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((RICHARD CRANWELL/AREA DEMOCRAT: NORMALLY I WOULD SAY I DON'T THINK THE DEBATES ARE GOING TO SWAY ANYONE. HOWEVER I HAVE BEEN PROVEN WRONG THIS YEAR BECAUSE YOU LOOK AT JOHN KERRY NUMBER PRIOR TO THE FIRST DEBATE HE WAS DOWN IN THE POLLS WHEN HE CAME OUT WITH A KNOCK OUT PUNCH IN DEBATE NUMBER ONE HIS POLLS WENT THROUGH THE ROOF.))
((GORDON HANCOCK/AREA REPUBLICAN: I'M NOT SURE WINNING DEBATES HAS ANYTHING DO WITH WINNING THE ELECTION. I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE WATCH BUT A LOT OF THAT WATCH ARE JUNKIES, GUYS KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IN THE FIRST PLACE.))
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[SUPER=01-Gordon Hancock/Area Republican; :17]
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Both sides acknowledge viewership for the debate was probably down because it competed with the baseball playoffs.
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LEO in WX Center
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Police say it was a hoax--
But a bomb threat was convincing enough to divert a Virgin Atlantic flight today that was heading to London.
The flight from Hong Kong landed at an airport north of London,
where all 232 passengers and crew members were evacuated.
Police say they had determined the threat was a hoax before the
plane was searched, but they questioned the passengers anyway.
One police official says bomb threats are ``never'' treated as
routine, and are taken seriously.
Fox News is making some headlines of its own--
A producer is suing the network and one of its star talk show hosts, Bill O'Reilly, for sexual harrassment, but both are fighting back.
Sharyn Alfonsi reports.
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[IN Q=You're not]
[SUPER=01-Benedict Morelli/Mackris' Attorney; :19]
[SUPER=01-Bill O'Reilly/Talk Show Host; 1:19]
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[OUT Q=Alfonsi, CBS News, New York.]
YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GET ME TO DEFEND SADDAM HUSSEIN?
(OREILLY) I'M NOT? YOU'RE HIS BIGGEST DEFENDER IN THE MEDIA.
He's built a career pointing fingers. Now, Bill O'Reilly is on the
other side of an ugly allegation. The Conservative talk show host is
accused of sexually harrasing... FOX News Producer, Andrea Mackris.
(13:44) HE WOULD TALK SEXUALLY TO HER, TELL HER HE WANTED TO HAVE PHONE
SEX WITH HER AND TELL HER AT ONE POINT THAT HE WAS THE NEXT TIME GOING
TO DO IT IN PERSON, THE SEX.
Now, Mackris is suing O'Reilly and Fox News for sexual harrassment. And
in true O'Reilly fashion...
(FRANKEN/OREILLY NAT) (font 5-31-03) SHUT UP!
O'Reilly and Fox News are fighting back....suing her attorneys for
causing the talk show host "severe emotional distress" and (font
4-23-04) alleging that her attorneys threatened the Network with a high
profile sexual harrassment case unless he and Fox News paid 60 million
dollars in "hush money".
( 9:30 MORELLI) THE MOST STRIKING ELEMENT THAT SHOULD BE NOTED IS THAT
NEITHER FOX NOR BILL O'REILLY IN THEIR COMPLANINT DENY THE SPECIFIC
BEHAVIOR MS. MAKRIS ALLEGES IN HER COMPLAINT.
O'Reilly told viewers about the lawsuit.
(1:23 OREILLY) I REALLY CAN'T SAY ANYTHING ELSE, I DON'T WANT TO WASTE
YOUR TIME WITH THIS, THE JUSTICE SYSTEM HAS THE CASE, WE'LL SEE WHAT
HAPPENS. YOU SHOULD KNOW THIS IS ALL ABOUT HURTING ME AND THE FOX NEWS
Mackris began working on "The O'Reilly Factor" 4 years ago.
According to court documents, she quit earlier this year, went to CNN
for a few months then came back to work for O'Reilly's show a second
time. Even though, her attorneys allege he had been sexually harrasing
her for years.
(:22 OREILLY) AND ANOTHER ATTACK ON FOX NEWS, YOU'RE ABOUT TO ENTER A
NO SPIN ZONE.
But with this many attorneys involved, "spin" may be the only thing
you can count on. Sharyn Alfonsi CBS News, New York.
People who showed up to get a flu shot in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, didn't get the vaccine they
wanted, but they didn't go home empty handed.
A credit union had to cancel last Friday's clinic because of the nationwide vaccine shortage.
But everyone who showed up got a can of chicken soup and a pack of tissues.
Here in Virginia, Carilion Health System is sharing its flu vaccine supplies with two area hospitals that didn't receive ANY this year.
Unlike most hospitals in the region --Carilion got 80-percent of what it ordered.
So it's giving a portion of that to both Lewis-Gale Medical Center and Smyth County Community hospital.
Carilion says it had enough vaccine to care for its high risk patients and employees.
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The jury wants 40 years -- the judge decides in December. Still ahead, a guilty verdict in Lynchburg.
And as the Victory Stadium cleanup continues, a new chance for you to speak out on its future.
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A homeless man faces a long prison sentence for killing a Lynchburg woman last year.
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22-year-old Thando George Khumalo (koo-MAHL-oh) was convicted of first degree murder yesterday after a two-day trial in Lynchburg Circuit Court.
Police say Khumalo stabbed and beat to death 44-year-old Linda Kirkland last November, and left her to die near an empty warehouse downtown.
The jury recommended a forty-year sentence. He'll officially be sentenced in December.
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If you want to speak your mind about the future of Victory Stadium, you will have another chance next month.
As questions surrounding the recent floods continue, the committee appointed to study the stadium has scheduled a public hearing.
Justin McLeod has the story.
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The cleanup continues at Victory Stadium, two weeks after the flood prompting one committee member to question whether the Civic Center which runs the stadium is up for the job.
[IN Q=There's no way]
((DICK KEPLEY/VICTORY STADIUM STEERING COMMITTEE: ONE OF THE REASONS WHY YOU DIDN'T HAVE A HOMECOMING THAT WAS A BIG THING, IS BECAUSE THE CIVIC CENTER DIDN'T HAVE A TURF SPECIALIST. NOW WHY WOULD A CIVIC CENTER HAVE A TURF SPECIALIST ANYWAY.))
[OUT Q=SPECIALIST ANYWAY]
But another committee member believes flooding at the stadium should not be the focus.
[IN Q=It's easier for me]
((KIT HALE/VICTORY STADIUM STEERING COMMITTEE: IT'S EASIER FOR ME TO MAKE SURE I KEEP IN MIND THAT FLOODING IS BUT ONE ELEMENT OF VICTORY STADIUM AND THERE ARE PLENTY OF ISSUES AT VICTORY STADIUM.))
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One issue being studied is whether to build separate football stadiums at the two high schools.
The committee has consulted an architect but one member wonders if more should be involved.
[IN Q=I question whether]
((DICK KEPLEY: I QUESTION WHETHER OR NOT IF WE OPEN IT TO ONE DON'T WE HAVE TO ADVERTISE AND OPEN IT TO EVERYBODY ELSE OR NOT.))
[OUT Q=ELSE OR NOT]
But some committee member believe they've picked best man for the job.
[IN Q=If one option]
((DAVID TRINKLE: IF ONE OPTION WE'RE LOOKING AT IS THE POSSIBILITY OF DOING A STADIUM ON THE CAMPUS OF A HIGH SCHOOL WHO BETTER TO GO TO THAN THE ARCHITECT WHO IS DESIGNING THE NEW HIGH SCHOOLS.))
[OUT Q=THE NEW HIGH SCHOOLS]
The public will soon have its say.
The committee plans to hold a public hearing November 16th.
Although the committee welcomes the input, at least one member believes the public has already spoken.
[IN Q=The people that voted]
((S.E. STUART/VICTORY STADIUM COMMITTEE VICE CHAIRMAN: THE PEOPLE THAT VOTED TELLS US THAT THEY WANT TO KEEP VICTORY STADIUM.))
[OUT Q=to keep victory stadium]
((JUSTIN McLEOD/REPORTING: WHETHER THAT IS STILL TRUE, WE'LL SEE AT THE PUBLIC FORUM NOVEMBER 16TH AT ADDISON MIDDLE SCHOOL. IT WILL RUN FROM SEVEN TO TEN AND SPEAKERS WILL BE LIMITED TO THREE MINUTES. JUSTIN McLEOD, NEWS 7.))))
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A decades- old piece of Roanoke artwork is set for a facelift. Details are straight ahead.
And nature's beauty plays out in Colorado's High Country -- as the region gets its first snowfall of the year.
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Genocide and AIDS have killed millions in Central Africa in recent years, and those are just two of the challenges facing people there.
That's one reason a Roanoke-based ministry is developing has a growing presence in that part of the world.
This month, one of the group's partners in the Democratic Republic of Congo is bringing his story to the Roanoke Valley.
Joe Dashiell has that.
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[IN Q=I'm very happy to be here]
((JE SUIS... I'M VERY HAPPY TO BE HERE AMONG YOU. IT'S THE FIRST TIME I'VE EVER VISITED THIS BIG BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY.))
[OUT Q=this big beautiful country.]
Desire Kabangira is getting his first look at western Virginia, but his partnership with the Roanoke-based ministry Answering the Call is now four years old.
During a visit this week to Roanoke College and a class studying the History of Modern Africa, he offered a personal perspective on his country's daunting problems.
[IN Q=So now the children are not educated]
((SO NOW THE CHILDREN ARE NOT EDUCATED THEY DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO EAT. A LOT OF TIMES THERE ARE FAMILIES WHO ONLY EAT ONCE OR TWICE EVERY THREE DAYS.))
[OUT Q=who only eat once or twice every three days.]
Years of Conflict, the genocide that claimed millions of lives in neighboring Rwanda and the AIDS epidemic have left overwhelming problems in the central African nation... but also fertile ground, David Fuller says, for the work of ministries such as Answering the Call.
The group and its partners in the Congo have established orphanages, a school and eight new churches.
[IN Q=We want]
((WE WANT PEOPLE HERE IN ROANOKE AND EVEN PASTORS HERE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THE SITUATION IS IN CONGO HOW THE CHURCH CAN COME TO BEAR THERE, TO BRING NOT ONLY ASSISTANCE, BUT LONG TERM AND LASTING PEACE THERE.))
[OUT Q=long term and lasting peace there.]
Reflecting on the future of his country, Kabangira said he remains optimistic that a long and lasting peace is possible.
[IN Q=I hope that with the help]
((I HOPE THAT WITH THE HELP OF OTHER PEOPLE, LIKE AMERICAN PEOPLE, GOD WILL PROVIDE ENDURING PEACE IN MY COUNTRY AND GOOD LEADERSHIP IN MY COUNTRY AND THINGS ARE GOING TO GET BETTER.))
[OUT Q=things are going to get better.]
Joe Dashiell News 7 Salem))
Some brighter colors will soon return to Downtown Roanoke.
That big mural on the building across from City Hall is now 25 years old, and its colors have faded.
Plans are now underway to repaint the mural.
The artist who designed the original is Dorothy Gillispie.
She has a studio in New York City- and is working this week on sending information on the exact colors that'll be used.
She says once the paint and colors are determined, sign painters will actually do the work.
It's hoped the brighter mural will be finished by February.
It's jumped straight from fall to winter in Colorado's High Country.
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A camera caught the wintry scene, as a couple of male elk literally butted heads across the snow- covered terrain.
More than a foot of snow fell at the Loveland Ski Resort.
And with the help of snowmaking machines, the ski resort hopes to possibly open by this weekend.
While the snow stuck to the ground, it didn't stick to the highways, which kept drivers moving along smoothly.
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On Wall Street at Noon,
the Dow was DOWN 1 point. Nasdaq was DOWN 13 points.
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Coming up in sports, the Yankees win over Boston again. Now it's on to Fenway Park this weekend.
Plus online dating services are gaining popularity worldwide, but it goes to the dogs in India.
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The New York Yankees are heading to Boston with a two games to none lead in the American League Championship Series.
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Last night in the Bronx, John Olerud smacked a two-run homer off Pedro Martinez to help the Yankees beat the Red Sox 3-to-1.
The series now heads to Fenway Park.
Game three is Friday night.
St. Louis takes the early lead in the National League series, thanks to some big bats.
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The Cardinals took the lead on Roger Cedeno's (seh-DAYN'-yoh's) sixth-inning groundout during a six-run outburst capped by a Jim Edmonds' three- run double.
The Cardinals powered past the Houston Astros to win the game, 10-to-7.
Game two is tonight in St. Louis, where the forecast is calling for showers.
West Virginia lost any shot at an undefeated season two weeks ago in Blacksburg.
But last night the Mountaineers continued their quest for the *Big East title* in Storrs, Connecticut against the Huskies.
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Rasheed Marshall aired it out early for 21 yards to Eddie Jackson to set up an early touchdown.
Jason Colson did the honors from a yard out, but the Mountaineers struggled for much
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of the night, before finally putting the Huskies out 31 to 19.
Finally, finding a perfect mate for Fido is about to become a lot easier--
There's now a dating service for DOGS.
The idea for the new website comes from a dog lover in India.
Biren Sharma founded the matchmaking site that enables owners across India to register their dogs' pedigrees and details free of charge - in the hope of locating a suitable match.
So far, the site's been successful finding matches for rare, foreign and expensive breeds, allowing owners to maintain their dogs' pure pedigrees.
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