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7GOV-RACE


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Voters around the state will cast their vote in election '97 today.
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In Jim Gilmore's last day of campaigning for the job of Governor he told his supporters that the tide is with the Republican ticket.
Gilmore is hoping for a Republican sweep in the statewide races for the first time this century.
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Meantime, President Clinton did some last minute campaigning with Democrat Don Beyer.
Mr. Clinton said Gilmore's plan to eliminate the car tax would jeopardize the future of Virginia's children.
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7S-Ward-System


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Besides choosing the next governor, voters in Roanoke will decide whether city council members should be elected at large or using a ward system.
Supporters of the ward system put in a last minute push yesterday.
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The Committee for Better Representation is asking Roanokers to vote yes on the Wards-System referendum today.
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((EVELYN BETHEL/ COMMITTEE FOR BETTER REPRESENTATION;THIS MODIFIED ELECTION DISTRICT WILL ASSURE THAT OUR COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE WILL BE RESPONSIBLE AND ACCOUNTABLE TO THE SECTION OF THE CITY THEY REPRESENT.))
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Under a ward system members would be elected to represent specific neighborhoods.
Opponents maintain such a system would pit certain sections of the city against each other.
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7Missing-Plane


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Virginia Civil Air Patrol is asking for the public's help in locating a missing plane.
Officials say the private aircraft took off Sunday from Roanoke, heading for Missouri, but never made it.
The search for the plane and its pilot has been concentrated in Giles County and western Craig County.
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Officials are asking anyone who may have heard or seen anything relating to the missing aircraft to call them at 362-1727.
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7S-Cook


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Authorities have found what killed Lee Cook on the football field last month and they stress that it was no one's fault.
The medical examiner says Cook was the victim of a rare conditions that has been linked to young athletes.
As Eric Earnhart reports, it was all a matter of timing.
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((Lee Cook was hit in the chest between heart-beats... during a split second period of time when the heart re-charges itself electrically.
The impact, at that exact moment, caused a condition called Commotio Cordis. It scrambles the heart's electrical signals, causing the heart to beat irregularly and then stop.

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((DR. DAVID OXLEY/CHIEF MEDICAL EXAMINER; IT'S VERY SUDDEN, SOME CASES ARE RESUSCITATED, MOST AREN'T. HOW DO YOU DIAGNOSIS IT? YOU RULE OUT EVERYTHING ELSE. ))
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Lee Cook had no heart problems, no physical problems at all, and Oxley found no drugs, alcohol or steroids in his system.
Oxley says, while tragic, Commotio Cordis is rare, and parents of student athletes should NOT be overly concerned.

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Taking a look at your Tuesday forecast... Partly sunny skies with cool highs in the low 50's.
Tonight looks clear and cold with overnight lows dropping into the upper 20's to low 30's.
And taking a look ahead to the end of the week...
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7BIRTHDAYS!11/5/97
Wednesday:

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SUPER=130-11/Ashley Nelson/Galax;



SUPER=130-7/Clark DeHart/Blacksburg;



SUPER=130-33/Lloyd Bridges, Jr./Rocky Mount;



SUPER=130-1/Isaiah Fralin-Kasey/Roanoke;



SUPER=130-70/Richard Almond, Sr./Blacksburg;



SUPER=130-5/Rhett Norris/Buchanan;



SUPER=130-/Lucy Jones/Christiansburg;


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55Election-Day


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Voter's accross the Commonwealth head to the polls this morning for election '97.
Voters will choose a new Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General.
There are a number of seats in the Virginia House of delegates up for election, as well as more local positions.
In Roanoke and Martinsville voters will choose if they want to allow an off track betting parlor in their area.
How Roanoke City Council members will be chosen in future elections will be up to today's voters.
The polls will be open until seven this evening.

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A search is underway this morning for a missing airplane.
The Virginia Civil Air Patrol says a private aircraft took off Sunday from Roanoke, heading for Missouri, but never made it.
The search for the plane and its pilot has been concentrated in Giles County and western Craig County.
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Officials are asking anyone who may have heard or seen anything relating to the missing aircraft to call them at 362-1727.
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55E-Cook


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A medical examiner has a heart condition known Commotio Cordis is to blame in the death of a Pulaski County football player.
Lee Cook died during a game last mongth at Victory stadium.
Eric Earnhart has the details.
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(( Lee Cook died, because he was hit in the chest at the same split second his heart was electrically recharging itself for another beat.
The result, a scrambled signal that caused the heart to stop... a condition called Commotio Cordis.
Medical examiner Dr. David Oxley says the only way to diagnose it is to rule out everything else.
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((DR. DAVID OXLEY/CHIEF MEDICAL EXAMINER; IT OCCURS IN YOUNG ATHLETES, USUALLY BY A MINOR, INSIGNIFICANT IMPACT TO THE CHEST OR NECK OR AREA OF THE HEART ON THE BODY. OFTEN TIMES YOU SEE IT IN BASEBALL. ))
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In fact, according to one expert, this is only the second time commotio cordis has occurred in a football game.
Research is currently underway, trying to find ways to prevent this from happening in the future.
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((DR. DAVID OXLEY/CHIEF MEDICAL EXAMINER; PROTECTIVE CLOTHING PROBABLY PLAYS SOME PART IN PROTECTING AGAINST THIS, ALTHOUGHT THERE HAVE BEEN ATHLETES WHO DIED FROM THIS CONDITION WHO WERE WEARING PROTECTIVE CLOTHING.))
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The American Heart Association will address concerns about Commotio Cordis at it's annual seminar next month.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))

55E-Tech-Death


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Meantime, the bizarre death of a Virginia Tech sophomore this weekend is raising safety concerns about campus dorms.
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Virginia Tech police say 18- year- old Melinda Marie Somers fell through the window of her eighth floor dorm room in Slusher Hall.
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The tallest building on campus is 25- years- old and houses all women.
Somers bed was pushed up against the open window and police say she rolled over and fell 90 feet to the ground where a newspaper carrier found her dead the next morning.
Officials are doing an engineering review to check the safety of the windows and screens.
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Autopsy results are expected sometime later this week.
Police say they're waiting for Somer's Blood Alcohol level.


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Time now to take a look at your Election Day forecast--
Partly sunny and cool, with highs only in the lower 50s.
Clear and cool tonight, with light winds.
Lows near 30.
The extended outlook is dry until Thursday...
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8GOV-RACE


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Election Day '97 is here, and it's now up to the voters to decide who will be the big winners.
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In Jim Gilmore's last day of campaigning for the job of Governor he told his supporters that the tide is with the Republican ticket.
Gilmore is hoping for a Republican sweep in the statewide races for the first time this century.
SUPER=03-Alexandria;


Meantime, President Clinton did some last minute campaigning with Democrat Don Beyer.
Mr. Clinton said Gilmore's plan to eliminate the car tax would jeopardize the future of Virginia's children.
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All of tonight's election results will be available on the W-D-B-J-seven homepage.
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And for the latest results tune to your hometown station for updates throughout the night and an election special from nine to ten.
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8S-Ward-System


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An eleventh hour appeal was made by supporters of a ward system for electing Roanoke city council members.
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The Committee for Better Representation is asking Roanokers to vote yes on the Wards-System referendum today.
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((EVELYN BETHEL/ COMMITTEE FOR BETTER REPRESENTATION;THIS MODIFIED ELECTION DISTRICT WILL ASSURE THAT OUR COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE WILL BE RESPONSIBLE AND ACCOUNTABLE TO THE SECTION OF THE CITY THEY REPRESENT.))
SUPER=01-Evelyn Bethel/Committee for Better Representation
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Currently the mayor and council members are elected at large.
Opponents maintain such a system would pit certain sections of the city against each other.
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8Missing-Plane


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A missing plane is drawing concern from the Virginia Civil Air Patrol.
Officials say a private aircraft took off Sunday from Roanoke, heading for Missouri, but never made it.
The search for the plane and its pilot has been concentrated in Giles County and western Craig County.
(XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX)

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Officials are asking anyone who may have heard or seen anything relating to the missing aircraft to call them at 362-1727.
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8S-Cook


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No one was to blame for the sudden death of a Pulaski County football player last month.
That's the word from the medical examiner.
He says Lee Cook suffered from a rare occurrence at an EXACT moment that sometimes proves fatal for young athletes.
Eric Earnhart has the story.
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((Lee Cook was hit in the chest between heart-beats... during a split second period of time when the heart re-charges itself electrically.
The impact, at that exact moment, caused a condition called Commotio Cordis. It scrambles the heart's electrical signals, causing the heart to beat irregularly and then stop.

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IN Q=It's very sudden

((DR. DAVID OXLEY/CHIEF MEDICAL EXAMINER; IT'S VERY SUDDEN, SOME CASES ARE RECUSSITATED, MOST AREN'T. HOW DO YOU DIAGNOSIS IT? YOU RULE OUT EVERYTHING ELSE. ))
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Lee Cook had no heart problems, no physical problems at all, and Oxley found no drugs, alcohol or steroids in his system.
Oxley says, while tragic, Commotio Cordis is rare, and parents of student athletes should NOT be overly concerned.

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((DR. DAVID OXLEY/CHIEF MEDICAL EXAMINER; THE ODDS OF IT HAPPENING ARE SO INFREQUENT THAT, NO, I WOULD SAY, IN TERMS OF THE ORGANIZED SPORTS PROGRAMS, IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT YOU SHOULD BE WORRIED A LOT ABOUT. ))
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8E-Tech-Death


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Still no word on what caused the mysterious death of a Virginia Tech student this weekend.
But the incident is causing safety concerns about campus dorms.
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Virginia Tech police say 18- year- old Melinda Marie Somers fell through her eighth floor window in Slusher Hall.
Officials are conducting an engineering review to check the safety of the windows and screens.
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8weather


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The weather should be fairly pleasant for this Election Day.
Partly sunny and chilly, with highs in the lower 50s.
Clear and cold tonight, with lows around 30.
The four day forecast remains cool, with showers likely again by Thursday.
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