Will the G-O-P take hold of the Capitol?
For the first time in more than a century, the Republicans could gain
control of the General Assembly.
Also -- there was a bomb threat today against a Jordanian passenger jet.
And three U-S servicemen enter pleas in the rape of a Japanese schoolgirl.
News 7 at Noon is next.
Voter turnout is strong in the Roanoke area, despite the rainy weather.
Local registrars say they expect a 55 to 65 percent turnout.
Why so much interest?
The balance of power in the General Assembly is at stake today.
Political analysts say 39 races across the state are too close to call.
If the Republicans win a majority, it will be the first time in Virginia's
Beth Myer is in Roanoke County, at the Mount Vernon precinct.
Beth, is that precinct busy right now?
(roll cue: even more people have voted this morning)
IN Q=so far 21 percent
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Diane St. John/Deputy Voter Registrar; :12
SUPER=01-Trixie Averill/(R) House of Delegates Candidate; :34
OUT Q=vote of confidence
(beth ad lib)
Two of the other races in which the Republicans think they have a good
chance of prevailing are in the Roanoke Valley.
G-O-P Senator Brandon Bell was working the polls early this morning, as he
tries to fend off a challenge from Roanoke vice mayor John Edwards.
Their paths crossed at the Fishburn Park precinct.
Over at the Crystal Spring fire station in South Roanoke, Republican hopeful
Newell Falkinburg campaigned for votes, as incumbent Democratic delegate Chip
Woodrum cast his ballot.
Thousands of central Virginia residents braved the rain this morning to get
to the polls and vote.
In Lynchburg, voters are getting their first look at the city's new
electronic voting system.
A machine takes the marked ballot and automatically records the voting
And despite the wet weather, 23rd District Democrats are hoping for a good
IN Q=I don't think
((GIL COBBS/D- HOUSE OF DELEGATES CANDIDATE: I DON'T THINK THE WEATHER WILL
AFFECT THE TURNOUT TODAY, MAY REDUCE IT OVERALL BY FIVE PERCENT, BUT I THINK I
WOULD PROBABLY LOSE TWO AND A HALF AND MY OPPONENT WOULD LOSE TWO AND A HALF,
SO I DON'T BELIEVE IT WILL AFFECT THE OUTCOME.))
((BARBARA COLEMAN/D- STATE SENATE CANDIDATE: PEOPLE ARE REALLY, THEY REALLY
BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE CLEAR DISTINCTIONS IN THIS RACE AND THEY ARE MAKING A
CHOICE AND THAT'S THE WAY THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS IS SUPPOSED TO WORK.))
SUPER=01-Gil Cobbs/(D) House of Delegates Candidate; :00
SUPER=01-Barbara Coleman/(D) State Senate Candidate; :14
OUT Q=supposed to work.
Coleman is running against Steve Newman for the 23rd District Senate seat.
Cobbs hopes to replace Newman in the House of Delegates.
He's running against Republican city councilman Preston Bryant.
Further east in Richmond, Governor Allen kicked off election day by writing
in candidates for the House and Senate.
There are only Democrats on the ballot in the Governor's Richmond voting
Allen says his votes will probably be obvious when the write- in ballots are
The Governor chose his day in the national spotlight to wear his lucky
Canadian cowboy hat.
IN Q=You and the folks
((GOVERNOR GEORGE ALLEN: YOU AND THE FOLKS IN THE NATIONAL MEDIA WANT TO MAKE
NATIONAL IMPLICATIONS OF IT...THAT DECISION TODAY.))
OUT Q=decision today.
Allen is urging Virginians to "make history" today by electing Republican
majorities in both chambers.
Later in the newscast, we'll talk with a political analyst about the
Republicans' chances for a takeover.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Also in our newscast --
A bomb threat aboard a Jordanian passenger jet,
and in Okinawa, a U.S. solider accused of raping a 12-year-old girl enters his
plea in court.
wx ad lib
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A Jordanian jetliner had to make an emergency landing in Austria today
after a caller claimed the plane was carrying a bomb.
The threat was received in Amsterdam, where the plane had refueled after a
flight from Chicago.
The jet landed in Vienna where its 250 passengers and crew deplaned while
investigators searched-- but found no bomb.
The flight was headed for Amman, Jordan.
The bomb scare comes one day after the funeral of assasinated Isreali prime
minister Yitzhak Rabin.
There is no word yet if today's threat is related to the Mid East peace
A United States sailor pleaded guilty this morning to the rape of a
12-year-old Japanese girl.
This is the first day in the trial of three American servicemen charged with
the brutal attack.
Two of them say they helped plan the rape.
Barry Petersen reports.
IN Q=The guilty plea
SUPER=04-Courtesy: Yukan Fuji; :43
SUPER=01-Joseph Nye/Assistant Sec. of Defense; 1:02
SUPER=01-Barry Petersen/Reporting; 1:11
OUT Q=Barry Petersen, CBS News, Tokyo.
The guilty plea by one servicemen...and the admission from two
others that they helped plot the rape...was major news on Japanese newscast
Going into court, police used riot shields to hide the men from the press,
and perhaps from angry Okinawans.
There is no jury system in Japan, trials are held before judges.
The court heard written statements from the father: "I wish to kill those
three american soldiers.
From the 12-year-old girl: I hope they will be kept in jail as long as they
Indeed, if convicted of rape, the maximum sentence is life.
When the men were first arrested, a local paper printed pictures of two of
them and a headline calling them: devils.
Then Okinawans staged the biggest anti-american rally in island's history.
The Americans will consider moving bases elsewhere in Japan but the Japanese
government doesn't want U.S. forces reduced.
JOSEPH NYE/ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE:THE JAPANESE POLITICIANS STILL SEE
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE US-
JAPAN SECURITY RELATIONSHIP FOR THE LONG RUN STABILITY OF THE
Okinawans are outraged that two of the servicemen admitted they actually
plotted a rape in advance and opinion polls shows that all over Japan, the
sympathy for Okinawa's anger is steadily growing.
Barry Petersen, CBS News, Tokyo.))
Two men accused of fatally shooting four people in a Boston restaurant will
be arraigned today on four counts of murder.
Police still aren't sure of a motive in the lunch time shooting, but some
speculate it was a mob hit.
Police say if it was, it was a very sloppy one.
The shootout also left a fifth person seriously wounded.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
In just a moment --
We'll hear what a former Virginia Senator thinks about today's elections,
and the Greenbriar resort opens a section never seen by the public.
We'll explain and take a look, when News 7 continues.
music up full
For the first time since Reconstruction, the General Assembly could be
controlled by Republicans.
Will the voters hand them a victory?
Former State Senator and Newspaper Columnist Ray Garland tells us what he
What is your prediction?
SUPER=01-Ray Garland/Former State Senator;
(Will the weather have a role in the outcome? If so, explain this.)
(What would life be like under a Republican controlled General Assembly?)
(Governor Allen called this election a referendum on his administration. If
the Republicans lose, what then for the Governor?)
(mel toss to patrick for weather)
For the past 37- years, rumors have been circulating about a nuclear bomb
shelter at the Greenbrier.
It turns out, they're true.
And for the first time, reporters have been allowed to take a look.
Scott Prince has the story.
IN Q=The Greenbrier
SUPER=03-White Sulphur Springs;:00
SUPER=01-Fritz Bugas/Former U.S. Defense Aid;:26
OUT Q=West Virginia;
(( The Greenbrier Resort has been a staple of hotel excellence for the past
But over the past 4 decades, it's been buried in a bed of secrets-- top
secrets to be exact.
Thirty- seven years ago, underneath the Greenbrier, this nuclear fallout
shelter was built.
It was designed to protect top federal officials, like members of Congress.
And even though there's been speculation that the facility existed, federal
officials were able to keep a low profile.
IN Q=WE HAD INDIVIDUALS
((FRITZ BUGAS/FORMER U.S. DEFENSE AID: WE HAD INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE CONTENT TO
LEAD A DUAL LIFE. ONE OF DOING CERTAIN WORK FOR THE GOVERNMENT, YET BEING AN
ACTIVE PART OF THE COMMUNITY. ))
A telecommunications studio, decontamination areas, and dormitories make up
just a small portion of this 112- thousand square foot bunker.
But back in July, the government abandoned the shelter and ownership was
handed over to the resort.
Since then there's been debate over what to do with it.
Many say it should be turned into a museum.
Others think it should become a casino.
But Greenbrier officials aren't saying a word.
For right now, they're satisfied in knowing the U-S Government would have
had a place to operate in the event of a nuclear attack.
They're even more satisfied in knowing they never had to use it.
Scott Prince, News 7, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.))
Stock prices are mostly lower, led by a drop in technology stocks.
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was DOWN 5 points.
When News 7 returns,
The Cowboys get a huge win over the Eagles in a Monday Night showdown,
and this man travels across the country teaching school kids about the earth -
taking a different approach to the lessons.
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OUT Q=(music out to break)
Emmitt Smith went over the one-thousand yard mark for the fifth straight
season as the Cowboys clobbered the Eagles 34-to-12.
SUPER=03-Dallas, TX/NFL - ABC;
Smith, who has averaged 146 yards in his last six games against
Philadelphia, ran for 158 yards and two touchdowns.
Michael Irvin also had a memorable night.
He tied a league record with his seventh straight game with at least
one-hundred receiving yards.
In girls' basketball, William Byrd and Salem played last night with the
regular season Blue Ridge title and a regional berth at stake.
SUPER=03-Daleville/Lady Terriers vs. Lady Spartans;
Dee Wright saw her club take a two point lead before halftime.
But Byrd hung tough, and the Terriers' Cathy Smith scores.
Then Brandy Allen nails the jumper at the third quarter horn to give Byrd a
one point lead.
Then the Spartans' Angela Bryson hits Tina Slate for the easy lay-in.
With just over a minute left, Sarah Palmer fires a long range bomb to bring
Salem to within one.
But Kelli Runyon hits two with just 12 seconds left and Byrd holds on
Byrd hosts the district and regionals this month on its home court.
A nationally known children's musician and performer is touring the Roanoke
But unlike some performers who simply entertain, Bill Shontz has a message
about taking care of our earth.
Larry Dowdy has the story.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Larry Dowdy/Reporting; :15
SUPER=01-Bill Shontz/Musician; :25
OUT Q=Larry Dowdy, News 7.
((From singing about Pelicans named Will, to his wide range of musical styles,
Bill Shontz is visiting schools--like Penn Forest--delighting the young and
young at heart.
((BILL SHONTZ/MUSICIAN: IT'S MOSTLY FUN AND THE EMPHASIS IS ON HAVING A GOOD
TIME. SO THAT THE HOLE IN THE OZONE SONG COMES OUT TO BE A REALLY COOL ROCK AND
ROLL SONG THAT EVERYBODY IS DANCING THEIR BRAINS OUT TOO.))
Shontz's Green Up Show captures the youngsters while teaching them about the
earth, our planet, and taking care of it.
You can catch Bill Shontz's performance of "Animal Tales", a family concert,
at Mill Mountain Theatres', Center in the Square-Downtown, Saturday at 2:30P.
Larry Dowdy, News 7.))
And that's it for News 7 at Noon.
Don't forget to tune in for more election day coverage tonight on News 7
Then stick around for complete election night coverage beginning at eight
See you at the polls.