It's election Day-
Voters are out across the Commonwealth and the Country casting their
We'll have several live reports.
Plus Boris Yeltsin undergoes heart bypass surgery.
Not much sun but a quiet weather day for most. Wednesday looks dry but
Thursday may bring rain.
On Health Check, one way for stroke patients
to improve their chances of recovery-- and the latest from Duke Medical Center.
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Registered voters in Southwest Virginia and all across America are at the
It is Election Day 1996.
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Americans are choosing a President today- But that's not all.
Voters will also decide who will control Congress-
All 435 house seats are at stake as well as 34 seats in the Senate.
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President Clinton voted in his home state of Arkansas.
If he wins he'll be the first Democrat re-elected since Franklin Roosevelt
clinched a fourth term in 1944.
Bob Dole and wife Elizabeth cast their votes in Dole's hometown of
Dole compared his presidential bid to that of Harry Truman- who upset
Thomas Dewey in 1948.
In the Senate Race, Republican incumbent John Warner is confident about his
chances for success tonight.
The 18-year senator was up before dawn, greeting prospective voters at an
Alexandria Metro stop near his home.
Then it was off to his own polling place, where he went beyond predicting
his own victory.
IN Q=i'm optimistic
If Republicans keep control of the Senate, Warner's already got a work-plan
for his perch atop the Senate Rule Committee.
IN Q= i feel
John Warner says Mark Warner's spending record is an embarrassment for
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Blue skies and a bright horoscope gave Mark Warner encouragement today as
he faced the final hours of his campaign for the U-S Senate.
Warner spent the day working polls in NORTHERN Virginia.
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And that's where Joe Dashiell is tonight.
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Our Election Day coverage continues here on NEWS-7 at FIVE--with a look at
the race for the open seat in the Fifth District--
Plus-- Boris Yeltsin undergoes successful heart bypass surgery- we'll have
It's a problem for some 20 million American men....impotence--
We'll hear about some of the endorsed treatments-- on Health Check.
Also-- a look at the latest production at Mill Mountain Theater--
Patrick is with some of the cast and has a live report-- later on NEWS-7 at
According to a number of reports, voter turnout across the Commonwealth is
VERY high. But that's not the case in our area.
Officials in Roanoke and Roanoke County say they're behind pace from four
That's even though more people are registered this year- because of the
Motor Voter Law.
One of the candidates looking closely at those numbers is Incumbent Bob
Goodlatte in the Sixth District.
He is spending election night at the Days Inn on Plantation Road.
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And Scott Prince joins us from that location with an update.
Scott what's the mood out there?
Jean, from what we can tell, everyone here is pretty upbeat.
These folks are expecting a Goodlatte victory... but this morning, the
Congressman was leaving nothing to chance.
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OUT Q=Scott Prince, News- 7
(( Bob Goodlatte was out shaking hands this morning... greeting constituents
at polls across the 6th District.
IN Q=I've been
((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/R- 6TH DISTRICT: I'VE BEEN OUT MEETING VOTERS ALL DAY
TODAY, AND WE'VE BEEN GETTING A VERY GOOD RESPONSE. WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO
WORK HARD ALL DAY LONG AND LISTEN TO THE VOTERS AND WHAT THEIR CONCERNS ARE.
AND TALK ABOUT WHAT WE HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH IN THE NEXT CONGRESS. ))
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Throughout this campaign, Goodlatte has been stressing key national issues
like Health Care and Welfare Reform.
He's also pointing to his political experience.
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((GOODLATTE: I FEEL VERY GOOD ABOUT IT, BUT THERE'S NOTHING TO DO BUT WORK HARD
AND TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED. ))
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If he's victorious tonight, it would mark his 3rd term in Congress.
Scott Prince, News- 7.))
Goodlatte's challenger knows he's the underdog.
But Jeff Grey says he's a working class candidate who can do the job.
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Kimberly McBroom is at Democratic headquarters at the Patrick Henry Hotel
Kim, how confident is Grey in these final hours of the campaign?
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( roll cue: believe this race will be an upset. )
IN Q=I believe that
((JEFF GREY/D- CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE: I BELIEVE THAT IT'S GOING TO BE A VERY
CLOSE RACE. I FEEL GOOT THAT I HAVE A VERY GOOD CHANCE OF WINNNING THIS RACE.
AND I'VE FELT THAT WAY FROM THE START. AND TODAY IT'S BEING CONFIRMED, I
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Grey says he's just a regular, middle class guy who's in touch with
voters-- something he says his opponent is not.
And he believes the issues are health care for seniors and education for
Grey's campaign folks say they're very excited about the possibility of
Bill Clinton winning Virginia.
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That also has been building the momentum for the local democrats.
Ninth District Republican Patrick Muldoon spent the day making one last
swing through the New River Valley.
The Giles County native is trying to unseat seven-term incumbent Rick
Boucher in the district stretching from Roanoke County to the coalfields.
After months of campaigning, Muldoon was feeling relaxed today.
((PATRICK MULDOON/R-CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS: ALL THE WORK IS OVER, THAT'S THE
BEST PART ABOUT IT. NOW IT'S JUST SCROUNGING UP A FEW EXTRA VOTES, JUST PUTTING
MY FACE OUT THERE FOR THE PEOPLE TO ACTUALLY MEET ME. BUT ALL THE HARD WORK IS
OUT Q=hard work is done.
The only visit Boucher made to the polls was to cast his vote in Abingdon
He's spent most of HIS day in meetings and office work.
Veteran state senator Virgil Goode is typically an early riser and this
morning was no exception.
Teresa Hamilton caught up with the Congressional candidate earlier today
and she joins us from his campaign headquarters in Glade Hill.
Jean, few probably know Goode is an avid runner.
But this morning he chose to skip his workout in hopes of persuading some
last minutes voters.
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IN Q=I don't
((VIRGIL GOODE/D- CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE:I DON'T KNOW IF YOU DO, PERHAPS I
COULD PERSUADE THEM TO VOTE YOUR WAY, I DON'T KNOW, WE'LL JUST HAVE TO SEE. ))
OUT Q=to see.
Virgil Goode is accustomed to last minute politicking.
After 23- years as a State Senator, the Rocky Mount Democrat is hoping to
move from the state capital to the nation's capital.
He's hoping to fill the shoes of retiring 5th District Congressman L- F
Goode says its the many volunteers that made his campaign successful.
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(( WE'VE HAD DOZENS OF PEOPLE STUFFING ENVELOPES, MAILING OUT LETTERS AND
WORKING POLES AND DOING ALL THOSE SORTS OF THINGS, SO REALLY, THE HELP OF THE
VOLUNTEERS HAS BEEN GREAT. ))
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Goode spent part of the day in Ferrum, Danville and Pittsylvania County.
He's expected back here around 8- 30 tonight.
Goode's opponent, Republican George Landrith, is headed to Charlottesville
at this hour for what the G-O-P hopes will be a victory party.
Landrith started his day in Southside with stops in Danville and Chatham.
He says heavy voter turnout in both areas bodes well for his campaign.
This is Landrith's second try for the Fifth District seat.
He says his 1994 run gave him some much-needed name recognition.
IN Q=I think we
((GEORGE LANDRITH/R- CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS: I THINK WE HAD A PRETTY GOOD
FOUNDATION FROM '94 AND JUST TO BUILD ON THAT THIS TIME, GAVE US A LITTLE MORE
LATITUDE AS TO HOW TO RUN THE CAMPAIGN, AND HOW TO USE THE RESOURCES WE HAD.))
OUT Q=resources we had.
Goode has outspent Landrith by a 2 to 1 margin.
He says the lack of financial support from the national party hurt his
ability to buy radio and T-V airtime during the campaign.
For a blast of the past from the 1950's you might want to visit Center in
the Square to Dream, Dream, Dream.
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Russian President Boris Yeltsin has undergone heart bypass surgery.
Surgeons say the operation was a success-
Yeltsin has regained consciousness.
((DR. MICHAEL DEBAKEY/HEART SURGEON PIONEER: THE GREAT MAJORITY OF PATIENTS IN
OUR EXPERIENCE WITHIN SIX WEEKS TO TWO MONTHS THEY'RE ABLE TO RETURN AND GO
BACK TO THEIR NORMAL ACTIVITIES.
DR. RANAT AKCHURIN/YELTSIN'S HEART SURGEON: WE MENTION PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES. IF
YOU LOOK AT MENTAL ACTIVITY PATIENTS CAN WORK WITHIN ONE WEEK OF THAT KIND OF
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Doctors say Yeltsin should be able to regain power within in a few days.
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A 35-year veteran of the High school gridiron is calling it quits-- Roy
Stanley has the story in tonight's Ticker.
On Health Check, a new way to fight germs, and keep your hands from
chapping at the same time....
Plus, the latest study with some advice on recovery for stroke patients.
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A new study is offering hope for survival of stroke.
Duke University researchers say elderly patients are more likely to live
if treated by neurologists instead of family physicians.
The treatment comes with a price however.
A neurologist's expenses over three months amounted to nearly 16 thousand
dollars...several thousand more than charged by a family physician.
One explanation is that neurologists order more tests...which increase
costs, but they use the information to improve treatment.
Broken bones are adding up to four billion dollars in Medicare costs.
And the government says that figure will likely grow as baby boomers grow
Currently, people 65 and older suffer about 850-thousand broken bones a
They can help prevent broken bones by eating a calcium-rich diet,
exercising and keeping their homes free of obstacles.
New guidelines for the treatment of a condition effecting 10-to-20 million
men in this country alone....impotence.
The American Urological Association says vacuum constriction devices, drug
injection therapy, and prosthesis implants are safe and effective and should be
considered for those who suffer from the problem.
If you're conscientious about frequently washing your hands to keep from
especially if you're the parent of a newborn, you've probably noticed that your
hands have become dried and chapped.
Well now there's a new product that can kill two birds with one stone.
Bristol Myer has created a lotion that not only moisturizes, it is also
The anti-bacterial ingredient-- triclo-SAN, continues to protect for 12
hours-- preventing germs, without you having to wash your hands.
Time now for sports- and a goodbye on the horizon for one local coach.
Roy Stanley tells us about it, in tonight's two minute ticker.
Thank you ladies good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Election day
two minute ticker.
One of the top coaches in the Friday Football Extra area is hanging up his
whistle at the end of the school year.
Covington Head football coach John Woodzell informed his team this
afternoon that he will retire at the end of the year.
Woodzell came to Covington in 1973 but he's been a teacher and a coach for
The Cougars won many district titles and the state championship under
Woodzell in 1984, The first year of Friday Football Extra.
Woodzell's last game is Friday night at Glenvar.
Before last night, the Oakland Raiders had won 13 straight games at home.
But John Elway made another one of his dramatic comebacks as the Broncos
beat the Raiders 22 to 21.
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Trailing 21 to 16 Elway hooks up with Rod Smith on a 49 yard touchdown
pass and the Broncos get the win.
It's the 33-rd fourth quarter rally in Elway's career. But even more
important-- the win gives the Broncos an 8 and 1 record, the best in the A-F-C.
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((JOHN ELWAY/DENVER QUARTERBACK: ))
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Virginia Tech held it's weekly football media day this afternoon.
Among the many topics...voting!!! The Hokies joined in with the Virginia
football team to offer their political voting views. Steve Mason starts us off
with the Cavaliers.
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SUPER=01-Anthony Poindexter/UVa Safety; :10
SUPER=01-Brandon Semones/UVa Linebacker; :29
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :36
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((Coach Beamer did say that immediately following his weekly news conference
he intended to go out and vote, in Blacksburg, Steve Mason, news 7 sports.))
More on the Hokies at 6, that's it for sports, have a great evening.
The latest show at the Mill Mountain Theatre will whisk you back to the
This evening, the cast from "Dream Dream Dream" joins Patrick Evans in the
studio with a look at the production, and information on how it's helping
Jean the play is heavy into the music of the Everly Brothers,
today we welcome Drew Geraci and Jim Baker to our set to tell us more about
SUPER=01-Jim Baker/Actor & Writer;
(ROLL OVER THIRD QUESTION)
(Drew, this is not your first visit to Roanoke, is it?
Jim, your very familiar with this play--you helped write it?
roll cue: tell us the story.
How will the production help raise money for fight against AIDS?
Thank you both for joining us.)
The production "Dream Dream Dream" runs through the tenth of November at
Mill Mountain Theater.
The curtain raises at 7:30 weeknights, with weekend matinees and evening
The polls don't close until seven tonight, and that's when our election
coverage shifts into high gear.
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Here's Keith Humphry with tonight's itinerary.
Jean CBS will be carrying continuous coverage of the national races all
night--here at WDBJ we will crawl the early returns on the bottom of your
Our local updates begin at 7:23 and continue throughout the evening.
take home page
You can also track down all the the race results on the WDBJ home page,
here's the address-- -W-D-B-J-7 dot com.
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I'll of course be back in 30-minutes for more election day reports on
NEWS-7 at SIX.
Plus more local election coverage tonight at 10 on NEWS-7 Primetime, the
region's first local primetime newscast, on WEFC.
Have a nice evening, Goodnight.