You've seen their campaign ads and heard their promises-now the clock is
ticking on Election '97.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Kimberly/Microwave
Kimberly McBroom joins us from the Mountain View elementary School precinct
in Roanoke County.
Kim, how is voter turnout so far?
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(Rollcue:in this election)
IN Q=Dottie Overstreet
SUPER=01-Dottie Overstreet/Election Official; :12
SUPER=01-Bob Johnson/(D) Roanoke Co. Supervisors Cand.; :30
SUPER=01-Don Terp/(I) Roanoke Co. Supervisors Cand.;:37 QUICK
SUPER=01-Odell Holland/Voter; :47
SUPER=01-Sam Brammer/Voter; 1:05
OUT Q=don't stop now
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Double Boxes=Melanie and Kimberly/Microwave
Republican Jim Gilmore may be the favorite in the polls -- but he's sure he
has at least two votes today.
Jim and Roxane Gilmore showed up at 7:40 this morning to cast their ballots
at their Henrico County precinct.
IN Q=We don't take
((JIM GILMORE/R-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: WE DON'T TAKE ANYTHING FOR GRANTED.
AND I MAKE NO PREDICTIONS. WE WANT TO ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO VOTE. AND WE ARE
HOPEFUL THAT WE WILL PREVAIL AT THE END OF THE DAY. BUT WE TAKE NO VOTE FOR
GRANTED. Are you having fun yet? I'VE BEEN HAVING FUN FOR A LONG TIME NOW.
THINGS ARE GOING GREAT.))
OUT Q=going great.
One coincidence that may bode well for Gilmore today: his 19-97 campaign
ended with him listed as number 97 on the voter roll in his precinct.
Gilmore says he's optimistic about a historic Republican sweep of statewide
offices-- and a possible Republican takeover of the House of Delegates.
Some Republicans may be talking sweep-
But the man at the head of the Democratic ticket says he still has a good
chance to win today.
Don Beyer and his wife Megan were among the first voters at the courthouse
in Old Town Alexandria this morning.
Pre-election polls show Beyer trailing Gilmore by anywhere from nine to 12
After voting, Beyer told reporters he believes he can pull an upset.
IN Q=I feel very confident
((DON BEYER/D- CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: I FEEL VERY OPTIMISTIC, VERY CONFIDENT
THAT WE CAN WIN THIS RACE, THAT WE SHOULD WIN THIS RACE FOR VIRGINIA'S
OUT Q=Virginia's future.
Beyer will be joining supporters at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond tonight
to watch the election returns.
The Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, L.F. Payne, started his
day early with a little campaigning in his home base of Nelson County.
Payne and his wife Susan greeted friends and supporters outside the polls at
Rockfish Elementary School.
They also took time out to cast votes themselves.. and Payne says he's
looking forward to a victory party tonight.
IN Q=I think we've
((L.F. PAYNE/D- LT. GOV. CANDIDATE: I THINK WE'VE RUN A GREAT CAMPAIGN. I'M SO
PLEASED ABOUT MY STAFF AND ALL THE PEOPLE ALL ACROSS VIRGINIA WHO'VE HELPED US
SO MUCH. AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE POLLS CLOSING AT SEVEN O'CLOCK AND
SEEING THE RESULTS.))
OUT Q=seeing the results.
Recent polls show the race between Payne and Republican John Hager is too
close to call.
Payne was a four- term Congressman in the Fifth District before retiring to
run for Lieutenant Governor.
Hager voted this morning in Chesterfield with Jim Gilmore.
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Tonight's elections results will be posted on the W-D-B-J-seven webpage.
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And for the most up to date results tune to your hometown station for
updates throughout the night and our election special from nine to ten.
The search continues for the missing plane that took off from Roanoke on
Officials say the pilot had no passengers on board.
He was in Roanoke visiting family, and left Sunday for what should have been
a routine four-hour flight home to Hannibal, Missouri.
IN Q=As far
((COL. CHARLES GLASS/ COMMANDER, CIVIL AIR PATROL;AS FAR AS WE CAN TILL
EVERYTHING CONCERNING THE PILOT IS NORMAL ALL COMMUNICATION OUT BOUND WERE
NORMAL THERE IS NO INDICATION HE HAD ANY TROUBLE ALTHOUGH HE DID NOT FOLLOW
FLIGHT PLAN,FLIGHT PLAN IS NOT REQUIRED FOR THIS KIND OF FLIGHT.))
SUPER=01-Charles Glass/Civil Air Patrol;
OUT Q=of flight.
Radar tracking of the aircraft ends in Summers, West Virginia where the
plane is believed to have gone down.
Bad weather is preventing West Virginia air patrol from getting off the
Virginia air patrol will continue to help the search until their weather
For a second day in a row Iraq has turned back U-N weapons inspectors
because Americans are on the team.
Iraq claims the Americans are spying on them and plans to expel them
Iraq is also threatening to shoot down U-S surveillance planes.
((MIKE MCCURRY/WH SPOKESMAN:THE THREAT OF FORCE I MEAN, THERE HAVE BEEN BRAVADO
STATEMENTS FROM SADDAM
HUSSEIN FREQUENTLY AND THEY'RE USUALLY MET WITH THE VERY APPROPRIATE RESPONSE
FROM THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO WHIT HIS BRAVADO IS USUALLY SHOWN TO BE
SUPER=01-Mike McCurry/White House Spokesman;
OUT Q=to be quite hollow.
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
Sources say U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan (KOH'- fee AH'-nahn) will phone
Iraqi leaders today in an effort to defuse the crisis.
The U-N has also sent a three member diplomatic mission team to Baghdad.
Lawyers for British au pair Louise Woodward are in court today trying to
convince the judge to overturn Woodward's murder conviction.
They say autopsy photos prove Matthew Eappen's (EE'- puhnz) injuries
occurred the day before Woodward allegedly murdered him.
The defense also says it was given access to photos too late in the trial.
Liz Mullen has more.
11:30 UPDATE WINDOW
SUPER=01-Barry Scheck/Defense Attorney; :12
SUPER=01-Gerard Leone/Prosecutor; 1:16
SUPER=01-Liz Mullen/Reporting;1:35 (SU)
OUT Q=cbs News, Cambridge, MA.
AUTOPSY PHOTOS WERE THE FOCUS OF THE FIRST MOMENTS OF DEFENSE MOMENTS....
DESIGNED TO CONVINCE JUDGE HILLER ZOBEL THAT LOUISE WOODWARD'S MURDER
CONVICTION SHOULD BE SET ASIDE.
BARRY SCHECK, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT THE SKULL
FRACTURE WAS OLD.
IT IS THE DEFENSE'S BELIEF THAT 8-MONTH OLD MATTHEW EAPPEN SUFFERED SKULL
INJURIES PRIOR TO FEBRUARY 4TH-- WHEN THE INFANT STOPPED BREATHING AND 19-YEAR
OLD WOODWARD SHOOK HIM AND CALLED 9-1-1.
THE PROSECUTION'S THEORY IS THAT A SKULL FRACTURE AND A BLEEDING THAT
OCCURRED ON FEB 4TH..... THEREFORE WE AS A MATTER OF LAW AND SCIENCE WIN.
DEFENSE ATTORNEY SHECK COMPLAINED THAT THE DEFENSE TEAM GOT THE GRAPHIC
AUTOPSY PHOTOS OF LITTLE MATTHEW TOO LATE IN THE GAME TO PROPERLY ANALYZE
EVIDENCE THAT SKULL FRACTURE HAD BEGUN TO HEAL.
BUT THE PROSECUTION ARGUED THE JURY SAW ALL THE EVIDENCE, WHICH SHOWED
MATTHEW'S INJURY HAPPENED FEBRUARY 4TH AND NOT BEFORE, AND THAT THE VERDICT
(SOT, GERARD LEONE, PROSECUTOR)
(MULLEN STANDUP CLOSE, IN FRONT OF PROTESTORS: WHILE LOUISE WOODWARD IS NOT IN
COURT-- HER PARENTS ARE. AND SUPPORTERS HAVE GATHERED OUTSIDE THE MIDDLESEX
COUNTY COURTHOUSE. MEANTIME, JUDGE ZOBEL SAYS HE WILL NOT COME TO A DECISION
LIZ MULLEN, CBS NEWS, CAMBRIDGE.))
GRAPHIC=ok bombing trial
Testimony has resumed in the trial of Oklahoma City bombing suspect Terry
Yesterday jurors heard an audio tape of the 19-94 bombing and saw photos of
Nichols' pickup truck circling the area just days earlier.
Prosecutors argued Nichols was the mastermind in the bombing.
Defense attorneys contend he was not part of a conspiracy with convicted
bomber Timothy McVeigh.
A convicted killer wants the U-S Supreme Court to save his life.
Last April Douglas Buchanan came within hours of being executed.
SUPER=03-Amherst Co./File Tape; :00
Buchanan was convicted of killing four family members in their Amherst
County home in 19-87.
A jury heard testimony of Buchanan's difficult childhood and mental problems
but opted for the death penalty anyway.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC/Yesterday; :
Now the U-S Supreme Court has to decide whether that jury should have
SPECIFICALLY been told to consider those mitigating circumstances.
IN Q=If indeed
((GERALD ZERKIN/BUCHANAN ATTORNEY: IF INDEED THEY KNEW WHAT IT WAS AND THEY
KNEW THEY HAD TO CONSIDER IT AND THEY DID CONSIDER IT AND THEY REACHED THE
RESULT, THEN THAT WOULD BE FAIR, IF THE JUDGE TOLD THEM THAT. THE DIFFICULTY
FROM OUR STANDPOINT IS THE JUDGE NEVER TOLD THEM TO DO THAT.))
((ED MEEKS/BUCHANAN PROSECUTOR: I THINK THE JURY WAS ADEQUATELY INSTRUCTED. THE
WAY I RECALL THE CASE. I'VE TALKED TO SOME OF THE JURORS SINCE THE CASE WAS
OVER, THE DISMAYING THING WHENEVER YOU SEE THE APPELLATE PROCESS, TO SOME
EXTENT THE CASE THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT ISN'T THE CASE WE TRIED.))
SUPER=01-Gerald Zerkin/Buchanan Attorney; :00
SUPER=01-Ed Meeks/Buchanan Prosecutor; :14
OUT Q=the case we tried.
A decision from the high court will come later this term.
Officials are looking into how a Virginia Tech sophomore could have fallen
some 90 feet out her bedroom window to her death this weekend.
Fellow students are mourning the loss of Melinda Somers.
Tonya Flory has more.
IN Q=When a newspaper
SUPER=01-Mike Jones/Va. Tech Police Chief; :15
SUPER=01-Cathryn Goree/Dean of Students; :48
SUPER=01-Larry Hincker/Va. Tech Public Relations; 1:00 QUICK!!!
OUT Q=News 7
((When a newspaper carrier found 18-year old Melinda Marie Somers' body in
the grass in front of Slusher Hall Saturday morning, he thought it was some
kind of a Halloween prank.
Somers and a group of friends had been out drinking Halloween night and had all
come back to the dorm room together to spend the night.
IN Q=Three on the floor
((MIKE JONES/VA TECH POLICE CHIEF:THREE ON THE FLOOR AND HER ROOMMATE IN HER
BED SOMETIME SHORTLY AFTER 4 O'CLOCK. WE BELIEVE PRIOR TO 6:15 MINDY ROLLED
OVER OFF HER BED. THE WINDOW WAS AT SUCH AN ANGLE THAT SHE INADVERTENTLY HIT
THE GLASS, SLIPPED AND WENT RIGHT OUT THE WINDOW))
OUT Q=out the window
Virginia Tech police believe after a night of heavy drinking, Somers was
unaware of her surroundings when she rolled out of the window and dropped 90
feet to her death...and no one in the room woke up.
IN Q=Student drinking
((CATHRYN GOREE/DEAN OF STUDENTS:STUDENT DRINKING IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM ON EVERY
COLLEGE CAMPUS, INCLUDING VA TECH...VERY SERIOUSLY))
OUT Q=very seriously.
An engineering review is underway to prevent future occurences like this.
IN Q=No one
((LARRY HINCKER/VA TECH PR: NO ONE CAN CONSTRUE THIS THING TO BE OTHER THAN A
BIZARRE AND FREAK ACCIDENT OF EXTREMELY UNFORTUNATE CIRCUMSTANCES))
A memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday at 10-am at the Chapel on
campus...and counseling is set up to help student deal with the death...Tonya
Flory, News 7.))
The death toll is rising in Vietnam in the aftermath of the worst Typhoon to
hit the region this century.
Typhoon "Linda" has left at least 120 dead and some two- thousand missing.
In Thailand some 100 fishermen are missing after Linda slammed into the
island's southern coast.
About 20 small boats capsized after being hit by massive waves.
Many villagers had to be evacuated yesterday because of flooding.
TAPE#net (edit of 97-78)
He's a man who wouldn't need any directions to get to Sesame Street.
Gerald Lesser is one of the show's creators.
Lesser helped get the educational program off the ground 30 years ago and
yesterday he was in Salem.
He told student teachers at Roanoke College how things have changed over the
years for Sesame Street.
IN Q=we were trying to
((GERALD LESSER: WE WERE TRYING TO BE VERY VERY CAUTIOUS. WE HAD A LOT OF
ADVISORS, SAYING HEY LOOK, LET'S TEACH THEM THE ALPHABET, LET'S TEACH THEM SOME
READING SKILLS, ))
SUPER=01-Gerald Lesser/Sesame Street Co-Creator;
OUT Q=reading skills
Lesser is now developing a Sesame Street show to air in the middle east.
IN Q=a program that
((A PROGRAM THAT TEACHES MUTUAL RESPECT. ONE FOR THE OTHER. THE ISRAELIS FOR
THE PALESTINIANS, AND THE PALESTINIANS FOR THE ISRAELIS, IS GOING TO BE THE ONE
PROSPECT OF A REAL PEACE PROCESS. ))
OUT Q=real peace process.
In Israel, Sesame Street doesn't have a Big Bird-- But it does have Kippy
SUPER=332-Mostly Clear/& Chilly/26-29/Partly/Cloudy/46-50;
SUPER=333-Partly Cloudy/& Cold/26-30/Partly Sunny/& Cool/48-52;
SUPER=334-Partly Cloudy/& Chilly/27-31/Partly/Cloudy/50-53;
In Monday night football action,
Kansas City stole a win from the Pittsburgh.
SUPER=03-Kansas City, MO/NFL-ABC Sports;
The Steelers built a 10-0 lead in the first quarter on Kordell Stewart's
44-yard touchdown pass to Courtney Hawkins and Norm Johnson's 27-yard field
But the Chiefs came back and took the lead for good on Marcus Allen's
14-yard scoring strike to Danan Hughes on the halfback option.
It's time for the brand new Associated Press Top 10 high school football
Mike Stevens gives us a look at how the Friday Football Extra faithful stack
up statewide in the three groups.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
OUT Q=MS, N7 sports.
(( The Fleming Colonels, Friday Football Extra's top team is still unbeaten and
still the only area Group Three-A team in the poll.
The Colonels are third for second straight week behind Thomas Dale and
The Group Two A ranks again include three Seminole members with Jefferson
Forest, Brookville and Heritage standing tall over Southwest district members
Carroll and Graham. Forest and Heritage meet this Friday.
In the Single A rankings Radford and Rural Retreat continue to lead the way.
The Bobcats who wrapped up the Three Rivers on Friday are 7th, with the Indians
The Charlotte Hornets finally got their first win of the season last night
as they hammered the Heat 112-to-99 in Miami.
SUPER=03-Miami, FL/Sunshine Network; :00
The Hornets played well the entire game. Tony Farmer with the steal and the
outlet to Dell Curry who drops in two of his 16 points on the night.
Then Glen Rice finally snapped out of his funk. He had just 21 points in the
Hornets' first two losses, but last night he rang up 28 as Charlotte turns down
the Heat 112-to-99.
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Now that the baseball season is complete the year's best are being named.
The Red Sox Nomar Garciaparra is a unanimous selection as the American
League's rookie of the year.
The 24- year- old shortstop led the A-L with 209 hits.
He hit 306 with 30 homers.
There are a few red faces among Australian navy personnel today after
bizarre dockside accident.
A fifteen million dollar vessel spent the night dangling off a dock, after
machinery lowering it into the water broke yesterday.
Then a decision was made to re-float the boat at high tide today, but a cable
broke sending it tumbling into the harbour.
No one was injured and Navy officials believe the ship can be salvaged.