Will voters take a chance on Off Track Betting parlors in Roanoke and
Martinsville? Supporters and opponents speak out on next week's referendum.
And the defense begins its case in the Earl Bramblett murder trial.
Keith Humphry has a live update.
Tonight in sports, Tyson is on the mend after wrecking his cycle, VMI's
football team is still searching for its first win, while the school's women's
cross country team is on the run.
And the ACC football schedule starts the weekend a little early tonight as
Georgia Tech hosts North Carolina.
All the evidence is in.
The attorneys have had their final say.
First thing in the morning the jury will begin discussing the guilt or
innocence of Earl Bramblett.
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Keith Humphry wraps up the final day of testimony at the Roanoke County
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Jim Gilmore was a five point leader for governor in our NEWS7/Mason-Dixon
poll last week.
Today, he's got a NINE point lead and our pollsters call him "a solid
favorite" going into Tuesday's elections.
Gilmore has a 49 to 40 edge over Don Beyer and has narrowed the gender gap
among women to just two points.
The race to watch now becomes the lieutenant governor's race, where Democrat
L-F Payne's lead has shrunk to three points-- within the margin of error.
Republican John Hager could now clearly benefit from Gilmore coat-tails.
The attorney general's race is static for now, with slightly fewer
un-decideds than last week.
But with Republican Mark Earley at 44- percent, he's still up by five points
over Democrat Bill Dolan.
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You'll find the latest poll results on the W-D-B-J homepage. The address
is w-d-b-j 7 dot com.
The Beyer campaign has its work cut out for it over these last few days of
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Joining us now is Tom Morris, President of Emory and Henry College and
He will also join us with Election night commentary this year.
--Can Beyer catch up?
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--How would you grade Beyer's attempts to get the focus off the car tax
--Will Doug Wilder's non-endorsement hurt Beyer?
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And a reminder--News 7 plans continuing coverage on Election Night next
Tuesday. Look for updates throughout the evening, an hour long special at 9
p-m and a special edition of News 7 at 11.
A hearing for the former Montgomery County teacher's aid accused of having
sex with two female students was closed to the media today.
But the parents of one of the young girls agreed to speak off camera.
They say 25- year old John Breedlove, shown here with his wife and parents,
had sex with their daughter inside the bathroom of the teacher's lounge at
Auburn High during school hours.
Authorities say Breedlove admitted to having sex with the "then" 13- year
old girl, in September.
Breedlove's also accused of having sex with another 13- year old girl in the
His attorney and the Assistant Commonwealth's attorney both argued to close
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Breedlove, who's also accused of asking another student for oral sex, is a
former basketball standout at Ferrum college.
All charges against Breedlove were certified to a grand jury.
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He's known for his "no car tax" rallying cry but Republican Jim Gilmore does
have other priorities should he win the Governor's race. Part two of our
candidate profile is coming up on News 7 at Six.
and supporters and opponents are weighing the odds on the Off Track Betting
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Don Beyer collected endorsements today in Roanoke from groups that fear
the effect of Jim Gilmore's tax plan.
Beyer spent part of the afternoon going door to door with Vinton Delegate
Earlier he picked up the support of the Virginia Nurses Association.
The group has never endorsed a candidate for governor before, but members
say Gilmore's plan will jeopardize key health programs.
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((LT. GOV. DON BEYER/D- CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: THEY'RE HELPING ME FIGHT THIS
NO CAR TAX GIMMICK AND RETURNING US TO SANITY, MAKING SURE WE DON'T BECOME LIKE
NEW JERSEY OR CALIFORNIA. AS LONG AS WE'RE CLOSE ON ELECTION DAY, THE GREAT
TURNOUT EFFORTS THAT WILL COME FROM 92- THOUSAND NURSES WILL REALLY MAKE A
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Also today a group of black ministers said Gilmore's plan to eliminate the
personal property tax on cars is an empty promise.
Today, the Reverend Carl Tinsley predicted that the General Assembly will
not eliminate the tax without another source of revenue to replace it.
As governor, Jim Gilmore would have immense powers to influence the lives of
But much of his support can be boiled down to three words.
Ellen Qualls looks at the plan behind the man, in tonight's candidate
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(( Four thousand new teachers, he says.
That's job one.
NO CAR TAX SIGNS ALL OVER THE PLACE
But that's clearly NOT how he and his strategists are packaging the product.
"No car tax" his posters scream.
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((JIM GILMORE: YOU CAN'T PUT EVERYTHING ON A POSTER. BUT IN EVERY SPEECH I'VE
EVER GIVEN, I'VE ALWAYS TALKED ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC
Gilmore's got two kids... and like Don Beyer, one of his kids goes to a
But for Virginia schools, he'd add four thousand new teachers to the
He'd give $2,000 college scholarships each year to students with good
His wife is a college classics professor who taught in public school.
She dismisses Don Beyer's view that Virginia is losing good teachers with
below national average salaries.
((ROXANE GILMORE: I WOULD BE OFFENDED IF SOMEONE SAID TO ME "YOU'RE GOING TO
TEACH BETTER BECAUSE I'M GOING TO GIVE YOU MORE MONEY."))
Education priorities notwithstanding, all roads lead to the car tax when
talking with Jim Gilmore.
Here's his proposal:
The state will reimburse the city or county for the tax on the first 20-
thousand dollars of your car or truck.
It would be phased in over five years.
But even Republican lawmakers concede the plan has legislative, legal, and
budget hurdles that would confound or at least delay its full implementation
well past a Jim Gilmore administration.
And what about the inevitable economic downturn that leaves state coffers
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((JIM GILMORE: A RESPONSIBLE CHIEF EXECUTIVE WILL DEAL WITH THOSE ISSUES IN
THE BEST WAY IN ACCORD WITH THOSE TIMES. BUT I HAVE TO GOVERN NOW, BASED UPON
WHAT'S IN THE BEST INTEREST OF INDIVIDUAL FAMILIES AND THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA
BASED UPON THE TIMES THAT I HAVE.))
On crime, he has a solid and popular record, helping George Allen
abolishparole and stiffen penalities for juvenile criminals.
Pushing on his own to win prosecutors the right of appeal that
On abortion, Gilmore uses this year's Republican line:
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((JIM GILMORE: THOSE MATTERS ARE I THINK CLEAR IN THE LAW AT THIS POINT.
NOBODY'S GOING TO BAN ABORTIONS.))
But given the opportunity by a change of heart -- or a justice -- on the
high court, he'd like to ban abortion after 8 to 12 weeks.
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((JIM GILMORE: IT'S A TIME THAT I BELIEVE THAT THE CHILD IS FORMING IN THE
WOMB. AND I THINK THAT'S SORT OF WHAT'S IMPORTANT TO ME AND IN MY PERSONAL
More probable is a parental consent law for abortions-- recently considered
a political impossibility in Virginia.
What's NOT an impossibility at this point is a Governor Gilmore.
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Heavy selling flooded the New York Stock Exchange during the final hour of
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Is it a gift to the local economy...
Or a curse on the community?
That's what Roanoke voters decide Tuesday when they vote on an off-track
Earlier today a group of current and former city council members said an
off-track betting facility would HURT, not help, Roanoke.
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((NELSON HARRIS/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: THE HOOK OF REALITY IS THAT LEGALIZED
GAMBLING, BETTING PARLORS INCLUDED, IS AN INDUSTRY THAT EXPLOITS THOSE THAT CAN
LEAST AFFORD IT.))
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Officials at Colonial Downs, a race track in New Kent County, say off-track
betting has been welcomed in cities like Richmond and Chesapeake.
Tommy Atkinson wants Roanoke to give it a chance.
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((TOMMY ATKINSON/COLONIAL DOWNS: IT'S JUST AN ENTERTAINMENT RESTAURANT THAT
COSTS THE LOCALITIES NOTHING TO COME HERE. WE'RE NOT ASKING FOR A STADIUM TO
BE BUILT. THIS IS JUST A WAY FOR US TO COME IN, DRAW SOME TOURISM INTO ROANOKE
-- AN AREA THAT MIGHT'VE LOST SOME JOBS -- AND WITH TOURISTS COMES INCREASED
SPENDING AND THEIR INCREASED DOLLARS ALSO. ))
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Atkinson says the center would bring 150-jobs to Roanoke.
Coming your way tonight on News 7 sports, Tyson is recovering in a Hartford
hospital, Hamilton is on the comeback trail, the Keydets football team is in
search of win number one.
and the VMI women's cross country team in on the track headed to its first
ever southern conference championship.
Former heavyweight boxing king Mike Tyson is in the hospital tonight after he
crashed his motorcycle on an interstate exit ramp in Hartford, Connecticut last
Doctors say Tyson walked in the hospital last night under his own power
despite having a punctured lung and broken rib.
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While Tyson continues to recover another man makes an emotional comeback.
Skating icon Scott Hamilton, who has spent the past seven months battling
testicular cancer skated in front of 10 thousand fans last night at the Forum
outside of L.A.
Hamilton had a tumor twice the size of a grapefruit removed.
You can watch the last night's entire performance next Wednesday night right
here on WDBJ.
The Atlantic Coast conference will be back in the national spotlight tonight
as the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets play host to North Carolina in Atlanta.
The fifth ranked Tarheels worked out in Atlanta yesterday and are heavy
favorites to beat the Jackets.
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But keep in mind, the Heels never play well in Atlanta, and they could be
looking ahead to Florida State next week.
Two reasons head coach Mack Brown is pushing his offense to step it up
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VMI is on the road this Saturday at Western Carolina still in search of its
first win of the year.
Despite 7 straight losses, first year head coach Ted Cain says his team
hasn't shown signs of giving up.
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Also this weekend the first female athletic team in VMI history will compete
in the Southern Conference cross country championships.
Roy Stanley tells us how this pioneering group has been faring this season.
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((The team ran in its first meet at the Rock Hill Invitational in Rock Hill
South Carolina on September 30-th.
Coach Mike Bozeman is in his 13-th season as head of the cross country and
track and field programs.
And the first female team in school history has followed the V-M-I
((MIKE BOZEMAN/VMI HEAD COACH: ))
((And so far the Ladies have lived up to that expectation.
The team, which consists of 8 runners practice's with the men and and also
goes through the regular training that Bozeman has used to coach the men's
((RACHEL LOVE/FIRST SCHOLARSHIP FEMALE RECRUIT: ))
((Love is a legitimate contender to earn all conference in her first year as a
runner in the program.))
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((The conference tournament is this weekend in Statesboro, Georgia. Roy
Stanley news 7 sports.))
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National dairy organizations are trying to help out dairy farmers by
expanding their popular "Got Milk" campaign.
It's going from television and print ads to items in local grocery stores.
But, some farmers in our area say the help is not coming soon enough for
them to stay in business.
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We'll have the story, and more tonight on News 7 at 11.