Up next on News 7 at Five.
It could be a history making day- Republicans try to take control of the
We'll have several live reports on this election day.
Look for a strong push of colder air due in tomorrow. Temperatures will drop
and some flurries may be in the air.
On Health Check-- the American Medical Association speaks out about sexual
Plus the latest in Alzheimer's Disease research.
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Virginia's capitol is soaked with rain tonight -- but the sloppy weather has
NOT stopped voters-
They're out deciding who'll run the show.
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Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at Five, I'm Jean Jadhon.
140 House and Senate seats are up for grabs in Virginia-- making this one of
Four Closely watched states on the national political scene.
Ellen Qualls begins tonight's election coverage at the state capitol.
Jean, Governor Allen said it last week -- the world is run by those who show
So while Democratic campaigns in many areas of the state say they're pleased
with their rainy day turnout-- the Governor and First Lady Susan Allen showed
up for the Republicans at their Richmond City Hall voting precinct.
IN Q=This whole century
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THIS WHOLE CENTURY, THE DEMOCRATS HAVE CONTROLLED BOTH
THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE. I DON'T THINK, IN FACT, I THINK PEOPLE WILL SAY
"LET'S HAVE THE REPUBLICANS, LET'S GIVE THEM A CHANCE FOR TWO YEARS." AND I
THINK THAT WHEN THEY SAY THAT WE'LL KEEP OUR WORD, KEEP OUR PLEDGE AND MOVE
VIRGINIA FORWARD, I THINK THEY'RE GONNA BE MOVING IN THE DIRECTION OF MAKING
OUT Q=history today.
Ironically, the Allens were in the minority today in another way.
They voted in two of the 20 races out of 140 where NO Republican was on the
Governor Allen actually had to borrow a pen and ask how to write in
He did NOT reveal who he wrote in, but said it was nothing as "frivolous" as
a cartoon character.
Some well- funded and very serious Republicans were on the ballot in the
Roanoke area today,
and we go to Kimberly McBroom for a status report on them.
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IN Q=it seems to be
SUPER=01-Newell Falkinburg/(R) House of Delegates Candidate;
OUT Q=of the general assembly.
IN Q=It seems to be
((SEN. BRANDON BELL/R- CANDIDATE FOR STATE SENATE: IT SEEMS TO BE PRETTY
HEAVY-- RELATIVE TO OFF YEAR ELECTIONS LIKE THIS. IT'S NOT, OF COURSE, ON PAR
WITH ANY PRESIDENTIAL YEAR, BUT IT SEEMS TO BE PRETTY STEADY AND CONSISTENT. I
THINK WE WILL BE PLEASED THAT A NUMBER OF PEOPLE DID VOTE, IN SPITE OF THE
((NEWELL FALKINBURG/R- HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE:))
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(question: Nearly every candidate has mentioned the weather-- what do these
two seem to read into the rainy weather?)
Pollwatchers across the state will keep an eye on Vinton tonight.
That's where Republican Trixie (AVE-rill) Averill hopes to unseat the
House Majority Leader, Democrat Dick Cranwell.
Both candidates were up early to cast their ballots and court voters at
polling places throughout the district.
Near the end of a two- month campaign, both candidates said they're
optimistic about their prospects.
IN Q=I think that the people
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D- VINTON: I THINK THAT THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE RUN THIS STATE
FOR SO LONG AND DONE SUCH A GOOD JOB WILL GET A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE.))
((TRIXIE AVERILL/R- CANDIDATE FOR HOUSE OF DELEGATES: THE PRECINCTS I'VE BEEN
TO, WE'VE BEEN GETTING A VERY, VERY POSITIVE RESPONSE. I HOPE IT PANS OUT AND I
HOPE IT WORKS OUT. OF COURSE, YOU NEVER KNOW UNTIL IT'S ALL OVER.))
SUPER=01-Trixie Averill/(R) House of Delegates Candidate; :08
OUT Q=until it's all over.
Interest in the House race has helped bring out voters in Roanoke County,
where election officials expect more than 60 percent of the registered voters
to cast ballots today.
Len Besthoff has gauged the turnout in the CITY of Roanoke--where he's
following the rest of the Democratic campaigns.
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Len, what kind of day has it been for them?
Jean it hasn't slowed down a bit for Chip Woodrum, Vic Thomas and John
Edwards, even though election day is finally here.
IN Q=Here's Senate
SUPER=01-Gilbert Butler/Roanoke Electoral Board; :32
OUT Q=the bad weather.
(( Here's Senate candidate John Edwards doing the grip and grin right as the
But just as important is getting your own vote in, and incumbent Delegate
Chip Woodrum made sure he got that done, along with a little campaigning.
Fellow incumbent Delegate Vic Thomas kept hitting the pavement as well.
He says so far the turnout looks pretty good, and that bodes well for his
IN Q=A good part
((DEL. VIC THOMAS/D-ROANOKE: A GOOD PART OF THEM HAVE ALREADY VOTED TODAY.
DURING THE REAL BAD WEATHER. OF COURSE IT LOOKS LIKE IT HAS BEEN CLEARING UP A
LITTLE BIT NOW.))
OUT Q=a little bit now.
But for the more voting scientific data, we turn to the Roanoke electoral
IN Q=We have
((GILBERT BUTLER/ROANOKE ELECTORAL BOARD: WE HAVE A 40-PERCENT TURNOUT AT
THREE O'CLOCK WHICH IS HIGHER THAN WE EXPECTED BECAUSE OF THE BAD WEATHER.))
OUT Q=of the bad weather.
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Election Day coverage continues on NEWS-7 at FIVE with more live reports.
And relatives of three servicemen involved in the rape and abduction of a
Japanese girl say the men are the victims.
On Health Check-- the latest research into Alzheimer's disease, and the
Plus, nurse midwives--are they keeping down the caesarean rate?
In sports the Hokies have moved into the top 25 poll.
Mike has more on the team's ranking a little later. Don't go away.
A couple of hotly- contested races between Democrat incumbents and
Republican challengers have drawn a lot of attention in the New River Valley.
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Tracy Altizer is with us from Blacksburg with more on those.
Jean, lets talk first about the 12th House District seat.
It covers half of Montgomery County and half of Giles County.
Freshman Delegate Jim Shuler, a veterinarian from Blacksburg is seeking a
Looking to unseat him is Republican Larry Linkous, current chairman of the
Montgomery County Board of Supervisors.
Both candidates say they're pleased with how the campaign has gone.
((LARRY LINKOUS/R-HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE: WE FEEL REAL ENCOURAGED. IT'S
BEEN A REALLY POSITIVE EXPERIENCE EITHER WAY. I'VE MET SO MANY NICE, NEW
PEOPLE, NOT ONLY LOCALLY BUT ACROSS THE STATE, AND I FEEL LIKE IT CAN ONLY BE A
POSITIVE EXPERIENCE. AND WE FEEL LIKE WE'VE GOT A SHOT. ))
((JIM SHULER/D-HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE: STAYED WITH WHAT WE THOUGHT WAS
IMPORTANT WITH VIRGINIANS, AND CONCERNED ABOUT. THAT WAS OUR PLAN WE MADE LAST
MAY AND THAT'S WHAT WE'VE STUCK WITH, AND WE NEVER WAVERED FROM IT AT ALL. SO
LOOKING BACK, WE'VE SIMPLY DONE EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN AND TODAY IT'S UP TO THE
SUPER=01-Larry Linkous/(R) House of Delegates Candidate; :00
SUPER=01-Jim Shuler/(D) House of Delegates Candidate; :25
OUT Q=to the voters.
And in the 39th Senate District, the voters must decide whether to return
The 22- year incumbent is challenged by Blacksburg realtor Pat Cupp. We'll
hear from them at six.
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Right now, let's go to Teresa Hamilton in Danville for the latest on the
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Tracy, here in Southside almost all eyes are focused on the 19th District
That race pits Republican Incumbent Charles Hawkins against Democrat Joyce
IN Q=Now it's all
((JOYCE GLAISE/D- STATE SENATE CANDIDATE: NOW IT'S ALL IN THE HANDS OF THE
VOTERS, WE'VE DONE ALL WE COULD DO AND NOW IT'S THEIR TIME AND GOD'S TIME, AND
I'M JUST WAITING FOR THE RESULTS.))
SUPER=01-Joyce Glaise/(D) State SenateCandidate; :00
OUT Q=for the results.
Glaise may be waiting, but she isn't slowing down.
The Democrat was out bright and early casting her own ballot before heading
to the polls in hopes of securing some last minute votes.
Glaise's opponent, incumbent Charles Hawkins, isn't taking anything for
The 14- year veteran of politics is also shaking plenty of hands.
IN Q=I started
((SEN. CHARLES HAWKINS/R- CHATHAM: I STARTED OUT THIS MORNING AT SIX O'CLOCK
AND VOTED IN CLIMAX AND DROVE TO CAMPBELL COUNTY, WENT TO PRECINCTS UP THERE
AND SAW SOME FOLKS UP THERE I HAVEN'T SEEN IN A WHILE, BUT IT'S ALWAYS A GOOD
FEELING TO GET OUT YOU MEET SOME OLD FRIENDS, AND GET TO SEE SOME FOLKS AND SAY
SOME THINGS AND IT'S A NICE TURNOUT AND I'M PLEASED ABOUT THAT.))
OUT Q=pleased about that.
Another interesting Southside race we'll tell you about at Six centers on
Delegate Whitt Clement and his Republican challenger Nancy Keel.
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Now for a look at how things are shaping up in Central Virginia, let's head
to Steve Smallshaw in Lynchburg.
Teresa, one of those races that figures to be a real dogfight to the end is
the 23rd District House of Delegates contest.
Republican Preston Bryant and Democrat Gil Cobbs have spent several weeks
lobbing your typical political grenades at each other.
And as you might expect, they disagree on who has the momentum going into
this final day of the campaign.
Bryant says a good turnout favors the Republicans.
IN Q=The conservative
((PRESTON BRYANT/R- HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE: THE CONSERVATIVE VOTE, THEY
WILL VOTE NO MATTER HOW HIGH THE WATER IS AND SO WE'RE DEPENDING ON THE WHOLE
CONSERVATIVE BASE TO GET OUT TO VOTE TODAY AND I REALLY THINK PEOPLE WILL. THEY
UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A HISTORIC ELECTION IN VIRGINIA.))
((GIL COBBS/D- HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE: I THINK THE MOMENTUM HAS CLEARLY
BEEN SHIFTED TO THE DEMOCRATS. ESPECIALLY WHEN WITH REGARD TO THE SMITHFIELD
FOODS FLAP AND ALSO PEOPLE HAVE RESENTED QUITE HARSHLY THE GOVERNOR'S INVOLVING
ALMOST EVERY CABINET MEMBER, THE GOVERNMENT COMING TO A STANDSTILL AS EVERYBODY
SUPER=01-Preston Bryant/(R) House of Delegates Candidate; :00
SUPER=01-Gil Cobbs/(D) House of Delegates Candidate; :13
OUT Q=as everybody campaigned.
If the Republicans are going to make history today, this is one of the House
seats they cannot afford to lose.
It was vacated by Republican Steve Newman who's running for the State Senate
And whether the G-O-P hangs onto this House of Delegates seat could hinge on
how well Newman fares in his race with Democrat Barbara Coleman. We'll
hear from both of them at 6. Jean?
In Bedford County and City, voters have a variety of issues to consider.
However, tonight's votes may change the name and form of government for both
If a consolidation agreement passes it would turn Bedford County into
Virginia's largest city, covering seven-hundred-70 square miles.
The current city of Bedford would become what is known as a shire within
that new city.
Officials say high voter turnout indicates that citizens are concerned.
IN Q=Most of these
((MARIE BATTEN/BEDFORD CO. REGISTRAR: ))
SUPER=01-Marie Batten/Bedford Co. Registrar;
OUT Q=those three issues.
The other big issue in Bedford County is the five candidate Sheriff's race.
In other news: Three U-S Servicemen have confessed in the rape of a 12 year
old Japanese girl.
One confessed to the actual rape, two others admitted to helping plan the
But today the families of the servicemen say they're being railroaded by
the Japanese and U-S governments.
((BARBARA CANNON/SERVICEMAN'S MOTHER: MY SON IS INNOCENT. HE SAYS HE IS AND I
SUPER=01-Barbara Cannon/Serviceman's Mother; 00 quick!
OUT Q=and I believe him."
The three will go to trial in Japan-- three judges will decide their
Three men are now in custody in Boston, charged in yesterday's deadly
The two caught near the scene had innocent pleas entered for them today
as police announced yet a third arrest.
Four people died in the shooting.
A fifth person is in critical condition.
Police say the motive is unclear but local reports susggest a fight over
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They are the last people to campaign for their parties before you enter the
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Even after the media blitz, newspaper ads, and personal appearances-
candidates still try to get one last message out at the Polls.
Weary campaign workers spend much of the day handing out literature to the
voters, making one final attempt to get your vote.
Patrick Evans is at the polls with some of the folks who've been hard at
work all day.
SUPER=01-William Fralin/Roanoke GOP Chairman;
SUPER=01-Henry Craighead/Democratic Campaign Worker;
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This Election Day is hardly behind us--but do you know who is running for
President next year?
On Health Check, the American Medical Association is issuing new guidelines,
for doctors to recognize and treat victims of sexual assault.
IN Q=Sexual assault
((SEXUAL ASSAULT IN AMERICA IS A TRAGEDY THAT MUST END. IT IS A NIGHTMARE FROM
WHICH WE MUST AWAKEN OURSELVES. ))
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The doctor who discovered the Alzheimer's gene now says he knows HOW the
trait causes the disease.
Doctor Allen Roses says the finding could bring about drugs that might
delay the onset of Alzheimer's for 20 years-- most people wouldn't live long
enough to get it.
The Duke University researcher says the Alzheimer's trait weakens the
microscopic "plumbing" that carries nutrients to brain cells and flushes out
He says people with the Alzheimer's gene are more likely to die after a
head injury, because of the weakened condition of their nerve cells.
The American Medical Association has new guidelines for physicians on
recognizing and treating sexual assault victims.
IN Q=Sexual assault
((DR. LONNIE BRISTOW/A.M.A. PRESIDENT: SEXUAL ASSAULT WHETHER BY A STRANGER OR
DATE RAPE, WHETHER IT'S FORCED BY THREATS, ALCOHOL, OR A WEAPON. SEXUAL ASSAULT
IS A GRUELING, HORRIFYING, AND SENSELESS CRIME))
((BARBARA ENGLE/SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM: IT ROBBED ME OF MY INDEPENDENCE, MY
ABILITY TO FEEL JOY AND SAFETY, MY SELF CONFIDENCE, MY TRUST IN OTHER PEOPLE'S
ESSENTIAL GOODNESS. THAT RAPIST MEANT TO DOMINATE AND TO HUMILIATE ME, AND NOT
SURPRISINGLY I FELT VULNERABLE, POWERLESS AND DIRTY.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Lonnie Bristow/AMA President; :00
SUPER=01-Barbara Engle/Sexual Assault Victim; :12
OUT Q=and dirty.
The A-M-A says the guidelines will help law enforcement, doctors and
lawyers help victims-- many of whom blame themselves and are reluctant to talk.
Midwives make Caesarean sections less likely-- that according to Public
Citizen's Health Research Group.
The consumer group reports women who rely on nurse-midwives to deliver
their babies are only half as likely to have C-section deliveries.
Also-- with midwives' help, two out of three mothers who've had C-sections
are able to deliver the next baby without surgery.
2-SHOT toss to sports
Many candidates are hoping to win a seat in the state capitol.
But the Virginia Tech Hokies are heading to the nation's capitol.
Mike is here with details in tonight's Ticker.
Good afternoon everybody, welcome to your rainy, election day two minute
ticker. And speaking of votes the Hokies received enough this week to return to
the top 25 national ranking.
The Associated Press has ranked the Hokies 23rd, after crushing the
Syracuse Orangemen 31-7 at Lane Stadium.
The win puts the 7 and 2 Hokies in position to win or at least tie for the
conference title. They must now avoid an emotional let down against Temple.
Tech plays the 1 and 8 Owls this weekend at RFK Stadium.
IN Q="I think...
((FRANK BEAMER/VIRGINIA TECH HEAD COACH:))
((JIM DRUCKENMILLER/VIRGINIA TECH QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/Virginia Tech Quarterback; :22
OUT Q=...A different ball game"
The Roanoke Express is back home in the Roundhouse tonight skating against
the South Carolina Stingrays in a 7pm faceoff.
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Last night in the NHL, New York Rangers captain Mark Messier recorded his
17th career hat trick and recorded his 500th career goal as the Rangers beat
the Flames 4-to-2
IN Q="I've never really...
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SUPER=01-Mark Messier/500 Career Goals; :00
OUT Q=...50 goals."
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And last night in Irving, Texas Emmitt Smith and the Cowboys ripped the
Philadelphia Eagles 34-to-12.
The NFL's premier back picked up 158 yards and scored twice.
The Cowboys next take on the 49ers this Sunday.
Coming up at six, the national league manager of the year award is up for
We'll open the envelope and meet the winner in about 30 minutes.
Have a good night.
take a break
With one year to go until the PRESIDENTIAL election, do you know who's
A new survey finds that almost three-quarters of Americans don't know
anyone running for president other than President Clinton.
The poll for the cable T-V channel "America's Talking" finds that Senate
Majority Leader Bob Dole is the best-known candidate besides President Clinton.
Only 20 percent named Texas Senator Phil Gramm as a candidate.
25 percent named retired General Colin Powell as a candidate, even though
he hasn't decided whether to he's running.
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The polls close in about 90-minutes and NEWS-7 will have updates throughout
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Keith Humphry joins us from the newsroom with the schedule.
Jean as soon as results start coming in, we will crawl the numbers across
the bottom of your screen.
Beginning At 8:00, NEWS-7 will provide coverage every 30-minutes with the
latest returns and live reports from the House and Senate races.
Plus results for local contests in the region.
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But first more Election Day coverage heading your way on NEWS-7 at SIX.
Thanks Keith and we'll have a full wrapup on NEWS-7 at 11. Goodnight.