A dead heat in the Virginia Senate tonight, as Republicans and Democrats
wrangle for control.
In the Roanoke Valley, a strong showing for Democrats.
We'll have complete election coverage, coming up on News 7 at ELEVEN.
Dick Cranwell says Virginia Democrats are reaping the whirl wind tonight.
Cranwell says his victory and the success of other Democrats was a vote
against negative campaigns.
Double Boxes =JoeD/keith
Joe Dasheill has been following the returns tonight at Cranwell's Victory
(Rollcue: resisted the temptation to take this campaign any lower)
IN Q=we made the decision
OUT Q=reaping the whirl wind right now
out q= public Schools and higher education))
Statewide it may not be the same story, but in Roanoke it was a clean
DBLE BOX= Len/Keith
Len Besthoff is live in Democratic headquaters in Roanoke.
(QUESTION: Len, there was only one race in Roanoke where the democrats
definietly expected a win. Right?)
(LEN AD LIB)
"roll cue: decisive victories."
IN Q=This is election
((JOHN EDWARDS: THIS ELECTION TONIGHT IS A TRIUMP OF POSITIVE CAMPAIGNING...I
THINK IT'S A TRIUMP ALSO OF A CAMPAIGN THAT TRIED TO TALK ABOUT THE FUTUTE OF
THIS VALLEY AND NOT TURNS US BACK TO THE PAST. ))
((WOODRUM: I HOPE THAT IF OUR GOVENRNOR HAS LEARNED ONE THING TONIGHT, IT'S IT
OUUGT TO LOOK AT THE POSITIVE. NAT SOUND ())
SUPER=01-John Edwards/(R) Senator-Elect; :00
OUT Q=POSITIVE (NAT SOUND, ZOOM OUT)
LEN'S MIC HOT UNDER VO
out= 20 years ago.
(Len ad lib)
Rolled from the Truck
When the night began Republicans were looking to make history by taking
control of both houses in the General Assembly, but now it may not happen.
double boxes kim/keith
Kimberly McBroom has spent the evening at Republican headquarters in
Roanoke County where the mood shifted from hopeful to disappointed.
Kim what's been the general reaction there?
(Rollcue: Brandon Bell's defeat)
OUT Q=still going to make it.
( Kim adlibs)
Lynchburg Republicans held up their end of things in the G-O-P's effort to
gain control of the state legislature.
Steve Smallshaw has spent the night at G-O-P headquarters...Steve how big a
victory was it for Republicans to take both those Lynchburg Assembly seats?
A very big victory, Keith.. most people figured Steve Newman would capture
the state senate post vacated by Democrat Elliot Schewel.
But it was a hardfought battle between Preston Bryant and Gil Cobbs for
Newman's seat in the house of Delegates.
With Newman's help, Bryant won the spot by less than 800 votes over the
Bryant says the district's conservative voters recognized the clear
differences between himself and his opponent.
IN Q=And there are
((PRESTON BRYANT/R- 23RD DISTRICT DELEGATE: AND THERE ARE CLEAR DIFFERENCES
AND PEOPLE RECOGNIZE THEM. MY OPPONENT RAN A VERY AGGRESSIVE AND SPIRITED
CAMPAIGN, IT WAS A MUCH BETTER CAMPAIGN THAN HE RAN A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, AND
FOR THAT I GIVE HIM A GREAT DEAL OF CREDIT.))
SUPER=01-Preston Bryant/(R) 23rd Dist. Delegate; :00
OUT Q=great deal of credit.
Bryant also admits he got some help from the popular Newman, who has now won
four straight political races in the last seven years.
Newman said tonight he remembers the day when there were no Republican
office- holders anywhere in Lynchburg.
IN Q=Back then
((STEVE NEWMAN/R- 23RD DISTRICT STATE SENATOR: BACK THEN WE DIDN'T HAVE
REPUBLICANS ON CITY COUNCIL, BACK THEN ELLIOT HAD THE SENATORSHIP AND TED
HARRIS HAD THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES. AND THE CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS, NO WAY.
WHAT ABOUT TODAY? WHAT HAS THE POWER OF THE IDEA DONE NOW?))
SUPER=01-Steve Newman/(R) 23rd Dist. State Senator; :00
OUT Q=the idea done now?
( STEVE ad lib live tag)
In Bedford County and City the voters said a resounding NO to consolidation.
Supporters of the referendum will now have to wait four years to try again.
And after early returns the Sheriff's race appeared to be decided.
Mike Brown has been unofficially voted in as the new sheriff of Bedford
He says the nation wide trend of Republican popularity was part of his
IN Q=Definitely I believe
((MIKE BROWN/SHERIFF ELECT: ))
SUPER=01-Mike Brown/Sheriff Elect;
OUT Q=tote board now.
Out going sheriff Carl Wells says after 30 plus years of campaigning it's
nice to be a spectator.
He also say's his wife has plans for him.
((CARL WELLS/RETIRING SHERIFF: ))
SUPER=01-Carl Wells/Retiring Sheriff;
OUT Q=do well do.
Once the results become official Mike Brown will take office on the first
HARD MUSIC UNDER
There's more election news to come in the newscast,
including reports from southside and the New River Valley.
NO WX TEASE
Southside Delegate Whitt Clement has secured a win for the Democrats.
Teresa Hamilton has been following the 20-th District race and joins us
from our Danville newsroom.
Keith, Whitt Clement held onto the lead early and carried that lead
throughout the night.
((DEL. WHITT CLEMENT/D-DANVILLE:I'M VERY HAPPY ABOUT THE ELECTION, I THINK IT
INDICATED THAT PEOPLE IN SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA CERTAINLY THINK WE'RE ON THE RIGHT
PATH AND I ALSO THINK IT SENDS A MESSAGE THAT NEGATIVE CAMPAIGNING DOESN'T
OUT Q=doesn't work.
The 20- th District race has been one of the most closely watched.
Until, Republican Nancy Keel came along, Clement had run un- opposed for
the past eight years.
Clement defeated Keel, but the home schooling advocate and Governor Allen
supporter says she's still proud of her effort.
IN Q=I'm happy
((NANCY KEEL:I'M HAPPY I'VE DONE AS WELL AS I HAVE I HAD EXPECTED A LITTLE MORE
THAN I ACTUALLY HAD IN THE VOTING RECORD, BUT NEVERTHELESS I'VE RUN A GOOD
OUT Q=good race.
And, Keith, Keel says she's definitely not ruled out another run in
double box tha/keith
In Southside, a veteran lawmaker tonight secured a win for Republicans.
Charlie Hawkins is no stranger to politics.
He's served in the Virginia legislature for 14- years.
But he wasn't taking anything for granted with this race.
IN Q=I have
((SEN. CHARLES HAWKINS/R-CHATHAM: I HAVE WORKED HARD FOR FOUR YEARS TRYING TO
PROVE THAT I AM UP TO THE JOB, AND THIS I THINK GIVES ME THIS APPROVAL. ))
OUT Q=this approval.
Hawkins is a small businessman in Chatham.
But he says he won't be taking anytime off in the near future.
Hawkins' challenger, Joyce Glaise, isn't taking any time off either.
Surrounded by supporters, the Danville City Councilwoman said isn't bitter,
she's looking forward to the future.
IN Q=We're not
((JOYCE GLAISE: WE'RE NOT GOING TO LET THIS UNITY STOP RIGHT HERE, WE'RE GOING
TO KEEP ON MOVING FORWARD, WE'RE GOING TO KEEP ON WORKING. ))
OUT Q=keep on working. sound of clapping.
And, keeping with that spirit, Glaise would only say she isn't ruling out
another run for public office.
Teresa toss to Jean
It appears Senator Madison Marye is on his way back to Richmond.
The Democrat from Shawsville was challenged by Blacksburg realtor Pat Cupp.
Tracy Altizer has been following that race and joins us with more now from
our news room in Blacksburg.
Keith, Cupp says he's proud of the race he ran, and that he knew going in the
22- year incumbent would be tough to beat.
IN Q=It's hard to run
OUT Q=very good at that.
TALENT=Tracy (ad lib)
A hunter from Buchanan County was shot and killed today in Giles County.
Authorities say 19- year- old Tommy Leon Hale was hunting with his cousin
this morning in the Stony Creek area.
The cousin apparently mistook Hale for a deer and accidentally shot him with
No charges have been filed.
Hale was NOT wearing blaze orange; it's not required during muzzle-loading
A federal judge has halted Thursday's execution of Tommy Strickler.
In staying the execution, the judge appointed Strickler a new attorney and
gave him 20 days to file his appeal to a federal court.
Strickler was sentenced to death for the 1990 rape and murder of J-M-U
student Leanne Whitlock.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up next on our broadcast, NASA reveals the cause of an experimental
and security and tensions are high as an American soldier confesses to
raping a 12-year old girl in Okinawa.
An American Serviceman today pleaded guilty to raping a 12 year old
Two others said they helped plan the assault.
But the families of the three insist their sons are innocent and say the
confessions were coerced.
((BARBARA CANNON/SERVICEMAN'S MOTHER: MY SON IS INNOCENT HE SAYS HE IS AND I
BELIEVE HIM. I DON'T BELIEVE HE IS CAPABLE OF COMMITTING ANY TYPE OF CRIME.))
((ESTHER GILL/SERVICEMAN'S MOTHER: AT THIS VERY MOMENT I AM MORE PROUD OF HIM
THAT EVER, BECAUSE OF THE COURAGE IT HAS TAKEN TO ADMIT TO SOMETHING THAT DEEP
IN YOUR HEART YOU KNOW THAT YOU DID NOT DO. THAT TAKES COURAGE TO DO THAT.))
SUPER=01-Barbara Cannon/Serviceman's Mother; 00
SUPER=01-Esther Gill/Serviceman's Mother; (09)
OUT Q=courage to do that."
The men were ushered from prison to court behind riot shields today-
Three judges will decide their fate.
((NICHOLAS BURNS/STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN: THE UNITED STATES IS CONFIDENT
THAT THE TRIAL WILL BE CARRIED OUT IN A FULL AND FAIR WAY.))
SUPER=01-Nicholas Burns/State Department Spokesman;
OUT Q=full and fair way."
The trial will not take place until December at the earliest.
A report released today on
SUPER=03-Edwards, CA/January 19;
this plane crash caught on video tape.
NASA says ice buildup caused false instrument readings on the
experimental X-31 jet-
That misled the on board computer, sending the plane out of control.
The plane was en route back from a 43 minute test flight when it
The pilot ejected safely.
The 6 and 5 Roanoke Express hosted the South Carolina Stingrays in an East
Division battle over at the Round House last night.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Stingrays vs. Express; :00
Express head coach Frank Anzalone was his usual intense self as his team
took the hard water against the 3-6 and 1 Stingrays.
After a quick Roanoke goal; South Carolina evened the count on this tally
off the stick of Tom Menicci in the first period.
Roanoke needed a spark. Jason Clarke provided it with some hard hits like
this one that knocks the Stingray player off his skates.
Then it was goal time for the Express. Dave Holum scores off the pass from
Jeff Jestadt and the lead was again at a goal, in favor of Roanoke 2-1.
The Express poured it on in the second period, watch this goal by Craig Herr in
slow motion. The puck gets under the Stingray goalies legs, Roanoke improves to
7 and 5 with the 6-3 win.
The baseball writers of America have overlooked the obvious and picked an
overachiever as manager of the year for the second straight day.
Monday night Seattle's Lou Piniella beat Mike Hargrove for the American
and last night Don Baylor, who guided the Colorado Rockies to the playoffs in
just their third year of existence get the 1995 Award.
Davey Johnson was second in the balloting with the Atlanta Braves' Bobby Cox
finishing a distant third.
Last Saturday against Syracuse, Tech quarterback Jim Druckenmiller kept his
head but lost his helmet.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Saturday; :00
After the Hokies win over Syracuse was in the bag and Druckenmiller had
turned into a cheerleader on the sideline, someone stole his helmet right out
from under his arm. After the game he issued this plea on News 7.
((JIM DRUCKENMILLER/VA. TECH QUARTERBACK:))
OUT Q=...top of it."
The plea apparently did not go unheard, as one overzealous, but eventually
rational and apologetic fan decided to give back the hat Sunday afternoon.
IN Q="HE KEPT APOLOGIZING...
((JIM DRUCKENMILLER/VA. TECH QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/Va. Tech Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...OFF ON HIS WAY."
While Jim's helmet is safely back home, college football now has another
SUPER=03-Annapolis, MD; :00
Three of the Naval Academy's beloved goat mascots have been stolen off of
this Maryland farm by Army cadets who staged a predawn raid and cut their way
through this fence.
All this despite a Pentagon ordered halt five years ago to these mascot
IN Q="The goats are a icon...
((LT. BILL MCKINNEY/NAVY GOAT HANDLER:))
SUPER=01-Lt. Bill McKinney/Navy Goat Handler; :00
OUT Q=...of people upset."
And finally, if ballroom dancing can get a shot at the Summer games next year
in Atlanta, why not
SUPER=03-Hot Springs; :00
Why not give Snowboarding a shot at the Winter games in 1998 in Japan.
Olympic officials will
vote on the sport next week, and International Olympic Committee
officials will vote on it's acceptance next month.
That's it for the election night two minute sports ticker. but New 7
continues with Jean Jadhon, in just in minute after this quick break.
GO TO BREAK
One of downtown Roanoke's loftier eating establishments is closing its doors.
On December 23rd the Jefferson Club will shut down.
The club says it has lost members because of changes in the tax laws
regarding business lunches and club dues.
The company managing the property says there are no immediate plans for it,
at this time, but it does have some prospects.