It's decision day in election '96
And Boris Yeltsin undergoes heart surgery.
Clouds and sun both featured in today's forecast, I'll detail what's to
come next as the week progresses. That, and the sports of the day coming up.
News 7 at Noon is next, stay with us.
It's all over but the voting in the race for President of the United States.
Bill Clinton and his Republican challenger Bob Dole have spent the last
several weeks and plenty of dollars trying to fire up voters.
All that's left now is to await the WILL of the voters.
But Across the nation, turnout is expected to be low and could fall
to just over 50 percent, about what is was eight years ago.
President Clinton and Dole vote in their home states today.
Reform Candidate Ross Perot is holding out for a miracle in Texas.
Liz Mullen is in Little Rock, where the President hopes to make the last
acceptance speech of his political life tonight.
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The President wrapped up his final election campaign in the state where
he served as governor for 12 years. He spent about a half-hour on the ground
shaking hands with the crowd before heading off for some rest. He will vote
in Little Rock around noon.
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Late last night, Clinton addressed his final campaign rally in Sioux
Falls, South Dakota, where he is in a tight race.
CLINTON: "AMERICA ALWAYS WINS. THIS IS THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN HUMAN
HISTORY, BECAUSE WE GAVE CREATED A SYSTEM IN WHICH YOU ARE THE BOSS."
Republican challenger Bob Dole chose Independence, Missouri to make his
final bid for support. Standing under a statue of President Harry Truman in
the pre-dawn hours, Dole called on voters to do for him what they did for the
1948 underdog candidate...put him over the top in an upset victory.
In Tennessee, Dole reiterated his attacks on Clinton's character:
Bob Dole, Republican Candidate: "BE HONEST, DON'T HIDE ANYTHING, PUT IT RIGHT
ON THE TABLE AND TELL THE
AMERICAN PEOPLE THE TRUTH."
Dole will vote in his hometown of Russell, Kansas.
Left out of the debates, but still running, Reform Party Candidate Ross
Perot spent 2 million dollars in a final media blitz that aired last night.
He cast his vote in Texas this morning.
Liz Mullen, CBS News, Little Rock.))
Many citizens are having to wait in line this morning to cast their ballots.
Still, registrars are predicting a lower voter turnout than the 19-92
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Beth Myer has checked on some local voting numbers.
Beth, overall are many people voting today?
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SUPER=01-Adam Doherty/Election Worker; :42
SUPER=08-Doug Ambrose/Roanoke Businessman; 1:09
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A tired 69- year- old John Warner is taking nothing for granted.
The Republican Senator greeted commuters at an Alexandria metro center, and
then joined the long line at his Old Town polling place to cast his own ballot.
Today's vote ends a two year struggle to keep the Senate seat he's held for
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John Warner says he's optimistic the Senate will remain under Republican
control- which is key to him retaining power on several committees.
Mark Warner was not conceding any ground this morning as he showed up to
vote at his own Alexandria precinct.
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OUT Q=emerge as winner (quick applause)
Warner had horoscope in hand at the elementary school where he greeted
supporters. The Democratic challenger worked precincts close to home this
morning and told reporters he remains optimistic about his prospects.
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OUT Q=be successful today
Mark Warner will remain in Northern Virginia today working a few last
precincts and preparing his speech for later tonight.
Virginia voters are also deciding on members of Congress.
In the FIFTH district Congressional race, Republican George Landrith is
making his second try at public office.
He is challenging Democratic state Senator Virgil Goode, who has held his
state office for 23 years.
And reform candidate Tex Wood is the third candidate running in the fifth
In the Congressional race for the SIXTH District, Republican incumbent Bob
Goodlatte is seeking his third term in Congress.
He is challenged by Democrat Jeff Grey, who has taken a leave from his job
as a communications technician.
Also in the race is Libertarian challenger, Jay Rutledge.
In the race for a seat in Congress representing the NINTH district,
incumbent and Democrat Rick Boucher is seeking his 8th term.
His challengers are Republican Patrick Muldoon, a first year Law student at
William and Mary,
and reform Party Candidate
Also on the ballot are five
proposed changes to the state constitution.
In addition to our election coverage tonight
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When we return,
Virginia's first Legionnaires' outbreak is still baffling health officials.
The U-S Embassy in Saudi Arabia has issued a warning for Americans living in
the Middle East.
That and more when we come back.
But first let's check in with Patrick in the weathercenter.
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A four- year- old is dead after a single car accident last night.
Police say Jeremiah Garret Warf was was riding in the car with his mother
when she ran off route 7-35 in Carroll County and hit a tree.
The boy was reportedly not wearing a seat belt. He was taken to Twin County
Regional Hospital, where he later died.
No word yet on other injuries or possible charges.
The New River Valley now has 16 confirmed cases of Legionnaires' Disease,
in the FIRST outbreak in Virginia's history.
State, local, and federal health officials continue combing the region--
they're looking for a common environmental cause.
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((JODY HERSHEY/NEW RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT: WE'RE ALSO NOW LOOKING AT INDIVIDUALS
IN THE COMMUNITY WHO DO
NOT HAVE LEGIONNAIRES' DISEASE AND WE'RE INTERVIEWING THEM IN DEPTH TO COMPARE
THEM WITH CAWES THAT DO HAVE
TO LOOK FOR LINKAGES AND EXPOSURES ON THOSE CASES. ))
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OUT Q=those cases.
This latest patient is an 80- year- old man, one of three people still
hospitalized with Legionnaires' Disease.
Of the 16 patients, one has died-- most of the others, though, are at
home, doing fine.
Doctors predict a quick recovery for Boris Yeltsin.
The 65- year- old Russian president underwent a seven hour bypass surgery
today to clear clogged arteries.
Doctors say the surgery was a success, and Yeltsin would likely be able take
back his presidential powers within the next couple of days and be
back to full speed in six to eight weeks.
Shortly before surgery, Yeltsin transferred his powers to his prime minister.
A warning has been issued to Americans living in Saudi Arabia.
The U-S Embassy says they could face terror attacks between now and November
That date is the one year anniversary of a car bombing at a U-S military
facility in Riyadh (rih-YAHD'), that killed seven people.
In June, another bombing killed 19 American servicemen at a U-S
military housing complex in Dhahran.
About 40-thousand Americans live in Saudi Arabia, five-thousand of them are
In 19-93 twelve- year- old Polly Klaas was murdered after being kidnapped
from her home in the northern California town of Petaluma.
On Friday, just one mile from Klaas' home, a 12- year- girl reported being
raped at her home by an intruder.
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But today the nationwide manhunt for the assailant is over.
The body of 55- year- old Larry Wayne Cole, a registered sex offender, was
found last night in a remote area near Petaluma.
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TRAUMA, HOWEVER AT THE TIME OF THE PRESS RELEASE THE BODY HAD NOT BEEN REMOVED
PENDING FURTHER INVESTIGATION.))
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The girl identified Cole from police photographs.
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Still to come,
A letter carrier gets an indictment delivered to him-- He's accused of
stalking women along his route.
A Danville Hospital costs too much-- according to Trigon Blue Cross Blue
Stay with us.
A letter carrier was indicted yesterday for stalking women on his postal
route in Southeast Roanoke.
The incidents occurred in July and August. Anthony Tyler Jefferson is
accused in an eight- count indictment of stalking, making obscene phone calls,
assault and battery.
Chief Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Betty Jo Anthony says Jefferson was
indicted LAST month for breaking and entering with intent to commit rape- -also
on his mail route.
Jefferson is already out on bond ...but lost his job with the Postal Service
over the breaking and entering charge.
The pension check was not yet in the mail for hundreds of Roanoke City
The city uses a third party company called Best Mail Services... to sort and
send its letters.
The checks were suppose to be received on October 31st... but a processing
mix up held up delivery until yesterday.
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((JIM GRISSO/ROANOKE CITY FINANCE DIRECTOR: FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO RECEIVE A
CHECK, THEY DIDN'T HAVE USE OF THEIR MONEY. THE WEEKEND CAME. A LOT OF RETIREES
LIVE FROM CHECK TO CHECK AND NEED THE MONEY TO BUY MEDICINE AND GROCERIES AND
PAY BILLS . WHEN IT DOESN'T SHOW UP IN THE MAIL, THEY GET CONCERNED ABOUT IT.
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Grisso says all of the checks should be delivered by today.
He would not speculate on the city's future dealings with Best Mailing
However, he did say the company's contract expires in March.
Danville Regional Medical Center may soon be out of the loop.
A press release from Trigon Blue Cross Blue Shield indicates it plans to
drop the center for financial reasons.
The health insurer says the hospital's costs are approximately 30-percent
higher than those of comparable facilities in the area.
A Danville Regional spokesman says the hospital was under the impression it
still had 60-days to work out a new contract.
If the two sides are not able to reach an agreement, the hospital will be
dropped from Trigon's network January first.
Danville Regional says regardless of the outcome, patients with Trigon
coverage will NOT be turned away.
A hostile bidding war involving a big local employer may be turning a little
Norfolk Southern and C-S-X have been talking about their competing attempts
to purchase Conrail.
They reportedly discussed letting the deal between Conrail and C-S-X go
through, then splitting up Conrail's assets.
A Roanoke stockbroker who follows the rail industry believes that would
prevent a messy fight and strengthen N-S.
((GEORGE BRAMMER/STOCKBROKER-A.G. EDWARDS & SONS: NORFOLK SOUTHERN HAS TO BE
ALERT TO A POSSIBLE HOSTILE TAKEOVER FROM BURLINGTON NORTHERN OR SOME OTHER
RAILROAD ON THE WEST COAST AND IF NORFOLK SOUTHERN CAN GET CONRAIL OR SOME
PIECE OF CONRAIL THEN THAT'LL PUT THEM IN A BETTER BARGAINING POSITION.))
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Last month C-S-X and Conrail announced their merger plans.
N-S followed with a hostile takeover bid.
About 35- hundred people in our area work for N-S.
Several thousand others are retirees or N-S shareholders.
C-S-X has about 230 people working out of its terminal in Clifton Forge.
The two Virginia- based rail lines have been courting Conrail for more than
a decade, because of its strong market share in the northeast.
Wall Street seems to have taken a liking to today's election.
At Noon, the Dow was UP 46 points.
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Stay with us, Sports is next.
Former Redskin great Dexter Manley is out of jail-- again.
The best comeback quarterback in the N-F-L pulls another rabbit out of his
hat. This time, the Oakland Raiders are the victims.
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John Elway's magic touch does not appear to have faded.
Last night, he brought the Broncos from behind to win for the 33rd time in
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The Broncos used 3 field goals to build a 16 to 7 lead.
But Jeff Hostetler passed to Derrick Fenner for the score, and the Raiders
were within two midway through the fourth quarter.
The Raiders then forced the Broncos to punt, and on the ensuing possession,
Hostetler goes deep to Tim Brown for the Go- ahead score.
That's when Elway took over. A 49 yard scoring pass to a wide open Rod
Smith puts Denver on top to stay, 22- 21.
The loss is Oakland's first ever in Monday night football, and drops the
Raiders to 4 and 5, while the Broncos stay in first place at 8 and 1.
Former Washington Redskin star Dexter Manley
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was released on parole after serving 15 months in prison for two counts of
Dexter, who won two Super Bowls with the Redskins says he's a changed man -
something he's unfortunately said before.
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OUT Q=...BY MY ACTIONS."
Two weeks ago the series, last week a parade and yesterday a big award for
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as shortstop Derek Jeter is named the American League rookie of the year by
the Associated Press.
He hit 314 with 10 homer and 78 rbis, and he was a unanimous choice.
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OUT Q=...OR SOMETHING."
This is only the fifth time in history the winner has been a unanimous
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coverage begins at 7 and runs through the evening.
Thanks for joining us this afternoon.