The jury is about to begin debating its life or death sentence for Convicted
killer Earl Bramblett.
And it's a clean sweep as Republicans win the state's top three offices.
A sunny forecast turns cloudy overnight, with a cold rain expected to fall
tomorrow through Friday night. That, and a look at Hokie Football in sports.
News 7 at noon is next.
A jury is deciding whether convicted killer Earl Bramblett will live or
die. Last week Bramblett was found guilty of killing a Vinton family of four
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Keith Humphry continues his coverage of the trial--he is outside court
today with an update.
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Another day of waiting for both sides in the au pair murder case.
Judge Hiller Zobel's (zoh- BELL's) ruling on whether he'll alter the
second-degree murder conviction of Louise Woodward will not be issued until
He could overturn the jury's decision, lower the conviction from
second-degree murder to manslaughter or grant a new trial.
Judge Zobel (zoh-BELL) plans to put his ruling on the Internet.
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It's a day to rest and recover for Governor-elect Jim Gilmore and the rest
of the winning Republican ticket.
The former state attorney general rode his "no car tax" rallying cry to
helping the G-O-P shut out the Democrats in the Commonwealth's three top races.
Ellen Qualls was with the victors in Richmond.
IN Q=Well is everybody
SUPER=01-Jim Gilmore/Governor-Elect; :00
SUPER=01-Mark Earley/Attorney General-Elect; :47
SUPER=01-John Hager/Lt. Governor-Elect; :57
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
((JIM GILMORE: WELL IS EVERYBODY READY FOR ANOTHER GREAT FOUR YEARS IN
The cigar cloud tearing a hole in the ozone over Richmond said it all.
sot 23:27:07 INTERVIEW
((JIM GILMORE: IT'S NEVER HAPPENED IN VIRGINIA THIS WAY BEFORE AND WE'RE PROUD
That's as close to joy as this buttoned-down man was willing to show on
In fact, he doesn't even think his victory was about HIM.
((JIM GILMORE: WELL I THINK THAT IT WAS BECAUSE OF THE STRONG ISSUES THAT I
HAVE PUT FORWARD IN THIS CAMPAIGN, GREAT STANDARDS, ADDITIONAL TEACHERS TO
REDUCE CLASS SIZES. AND THE ELIMINATION OF THE CAR TAX. I'VE RUN ON WHAT I
BELIEVE ARE THE HOPES AND DREAMS AND ASPIRATIONS OF THE PEOPLE OF THIS STATE.))
Governor-elect Jim Gilmore does admit it may have had more to do with the
car tax than education... something his ticket mates played up heavily in the
final days to ride to victory.
((MARK EARLEY: BUT I THINK TONIGHT THAT WE ALSO OUGHT TO BE HUMBLED AND WE
OUGHT TO REALLY ASK TO BE MADE WORTHY OF THE TASK THAT THE CITIZENS OF VIRGINIA
HAVE GIVEN ALL OF US.))
((JOHN HAGER: WE NOW HAVE AT THE BALLOT BOX WHAT I'M FIRMLY CONVINCED WE'VE
HAD FOR YEARS IN THE HEARTS OF THE PEOPLE.))
There's one other place Republicans can look for this resounding victory--
outgoing Governor George Allen.
Republicans can look only to the House of Delegates now to find Virginia
Democrats still reigning -- and that's by a whisker.
((VANCE WILKINS: WE SHOULD HAVE 48 AT LEAST. MAYBE WE CAN SQUEEZE ONE MORE.))
sot standup 23:35:29
((IT'S NOT LOST ON THESE REPUBLICANS THAT HOUSE DEMOCRATIC LEADER DICK CRANWELL
SURVIVED BY AN UNCOMFORTABLY CLOSE MARGIN. HE IS AFTER ALL THE MAN WHO SAID
EVEN IF JIM GILMORE WAS ELECTED, HIS CAR TAX CUT WAS DEAD ON ARRIVAL. NOW IT'S
TOP OF JIM GILMORE'S AGENDA IN JANUARY. EQ, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
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Melanie mic hot
In the Governor's race Jim Gilmore received 56 percent of the vote to Don
Beyer's 43 percent.
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John Hager won the Lieutenant Governor's spot with 50 percent of the vote to
L. F. Payne's 45 percent.
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And Mark Earley becomes Attorney General with 57 percent of the vote to Bill
Dolan's 43 percent.
The G-O-P also held on to top spots in New Jersey and New York.
Governor Christie Todd Whitman won re-election in a razor thin race that was
fought over taxes and auto insurance.
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And New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was re-elected in a landslide.
New Yorkers have seen the crime rate drop during Giuliani's first four years
(( RUDOLPH GIULIANI/NEW YORK MAYOR
OUR QUALITY OF LIFE IS IMPROVED AND WE'RE MORE UNITED...AND MOST NEW YORKERS
BELIEVE THAT THE BEST DAYS ARE YET TO
SUPER=01-Rudolph Giuliani/New York Mayor;
OUT Q=are yet to come.
Ballot measures dominated the Northwest elections.
Oregon voters have decided to keep the state's assisted-suicide law
on the books.
Washington state voters rejected tougher requirements for owning guns.
They also turned back a proposal to legalize heroin, marijuana and L-S-D for
Southwest Virginia's most powerful Democrat survived an Election Night scare.
Dick Cranwell says the car tax issue almost cost him the House of Delegates
seat he has held for 26 years.
Cranwell waited until the last vote was counted before he appeared at his
victory party in Vinton.
And he had a message for Democrats who perhaps wish he had softened his
opposition to Gilmore's proposal.
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IN Q=I would rather
((DICK CRANWELL/VINTON DELEGATE; I WOULD RATHER LOSE, WITH HONESTY AND DIGNITY
AND MY REPUTATION AND CHARACTER INTACT, THAN TO WIN WITH A DISHONEST APPROACH
TO THE ELECTORAL PROCESS.))
OUT Q=electoral process
Cranwell says he'll continue fighting the car tax issue when he returns to
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In the end Cranwell received 52 percent of the vote to Al Bedrosian's 48
Roanoke voters overwhelmingly passed a 39-million dollar bond issue last
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The money -- plus 43 million in matching government funds -- will go toward
streets, parks and other capital improvements in the city.
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Voters also upheld the current system of electing city council members at
A ward system would have divided the city into seven different neighborhoods,
each responsible for electing ONE council member.
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IN Q=and i think
((ROANOKE MAYOR DAVID BOWERS: AND I THINK THE PEOPLE OF ROANOKE SAID WE WANT A
SYSTEM THAT IS CONCERNED ABOUT NEIGHBORHOODS BUT BY AND LARGE MEETS THE NEEDS
OF THE ENTIRE ROANOKE COMMUNITY. AND THAT'S WHAT WE DO, THE PUBLIC SAID, THE
CURRENT SYSTEM DOES IT WELL.))
OUT Q=CURRENT SYSTEM DOES IT WELL.
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Roanokers elected Democrat Sherman Holland as their new Commissioner of
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The last referendum on the ballot for Roanokers was the proposal that
would've cleared the way for off-track betting on horse races.
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Martinsville voters both defeated the proposal.
Three people were hurt, one seriously, after fire swept through their
Lynchburg home early this morning.
Just after midnight, fire crews were called to 17- 46 Otey Street.
They arrived to find smoke and flames coming from the rear of the house, and
two women trapped on the second- story.
Firefighters rescued them and found a third victim in a first floor bedroom.
She reportedly had suffered heavy smoke inhalation and was taken to
Lynchburg General Hospital.
Authorities believe a woodstove in the rear of the home may have sparked the
A special U-N team is in Iraq today trying to defuse the crisis between
Baghdad and Washington.
The mediators arrived this morning and have already completed two hours of
talks with a top Iraqi official.
But Iraq is still showing no signs that it will back down from a
confrontation over the issue of weapons inspectors.
American inspectors today were again denied access to sites near Baghdad.
More talks are scheduled for later today.
Meantime, the United Nations has halted U-2 surveillance flights over Iraq.
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We have more election results straight ahead,
A diamond in Hong Kong could be your best friend -- if you have a few
million to spare.
First let's check in with Patrick in the Weather Center.
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Incumbent Roanoke County supervisor Bob Johnson says voters are sending a
message with his margin of victory--and that is, negative campaigning doesn't
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He ended up with 62 percent of the vote in the Board of Supervisor's race.
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Johnson says attacks from Challenger Don Terp didn't stick with the voters.
((BOB JOHNSON/ROANOKE COUNTY SUPERVISOR CHAIRMAN: 62 PERCENT OF THE VOTE, WHEN
OUR OPPONENT WAS SAYING THIS WAS GOING TO BE AN ASTRONOMICAL DEFEAT, I THINK
SPEAKS VOLUMES FOR THE CAMPAIGN WE RAN.))
OUT Q=campaign we ran.
IN Q=THE MORE YOU
((DON TERP: THE MORE YOU GET INTO IT, THE WORSE IT LOOKS. IF I'M NOT THE ONE
TO DO IT, SOMEONE ELSE IS GOING TO HAVE TO IT. BECAUSE IT'S GOING TO HAVE TO
BE DONE-- IT'S GOING TO HAVE TO BE CLEANED UP. ))
SUPER=07-Don Terp; :11
OUT Q=to be cleaned up.
Johnson's reelection sends him back to the Roanoke County Board for his
It was another tale of Republican victory in the Ninth District House of
Two time Republican delegate Allen Dudley beat newcomer democrat Mary Harkins
by a landslide.
Dudley won 18 of the district's 22 precincts.
The incumbent attributes his re-election to voter support of his issues.
IN Q=I think economic
((DEL. ALLEN DUDLEY/(R)-9TH DISTRICT:I THINK ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WAS AN
IMPORTANT ISSUE AND I THINK PUBLIC SAFETY WAS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE.))
OUT Q=important issue.
IN Q=I just have to guess
((MARY HARKINS:I JUST HAVE TO GUESS IT WAS THE CAR TAX ISSUE MORE THAN
ANYTHING..."FOR YOUR RACE IN PARTICULAR"...THAT WOULD BE MY GUESS))
SUPER=01-Del. Allen Dudley/(R) 9th District;:00
OUT Q=my guess.
Harkins says she has future political ambitions, but as for right now she'll
return to her law practice.
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The final numbers give Dudley 56 percent of the vote to Harkins' 41 percent.
The G-O-P also came out on top in the 23rd district, where incumbent
Republican Preston Bryant cruised to an easy victory over Democratic challenger
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Bryant received 63 percent of the vote to Feinman's 37 percent.
He spent most of the campaign shrugging off attacks from Feinman about his
record on education, crime and the environment.
The former Lynchburg city councilman says he's eager to start a second term
IN Q=I've learned a
((PRESTON BRYANT/R- 23RD DISTRICT WINNER: I'VE LEARNED A LOT THESE FIRST TWO
YEARS AND I THINK THAT FOR THE THIRD AND FOURTH YEARS OF MY CAREER IN THE
HOUSE, I THINK WE'LL BE ABLE TO BE INCREASINGLY PRODUCTIVE FOR THE PEOPLE OF
SUPER=01-Del. Preston Bryant/(R) 23rd District; :00
OUT Q=of central Virginia.
Feinman blamed his loss on the strong Republican showing across the state.
The strong Republican showing statewide helped boost Kathy Byron's margin of
victory over Democrat Kaye Lipscomb.
Byron helps the G-O-P hold onto a seat occupied by Joyce Crouch for the past
eight years..and her husband Joe Crouch for 12 years before that.
The telemarketing business owner says Lipscomb's negative campaign ads
eventually backfired on her.
IN Q=People were saying
((KATHY BYRON/R- 22ND DISTRICT WINNER: PEOPLE WERE SAYING THAT THE NEGATIVE
CAMPAIGNING WAS NOT WORKING AND THAT PEOPLE WERE SUPPORTING ME ANYWAY, BUT THEY
WOULD HAVE VOTED FOR ME JUST BECAUSE OF THE NEGATIVE CAMPAIGNING. SO THIS IS A
MESSAGE THAT IT JUST DOESN'T WORK. THE 22ND DISTRICT DOES NOT LIKE IT.))
SUPER=01-Kathy Byron/(R) Delegate-Elect; :00
OUT Q=does not like it.
Byron says she is still getting used to the idea that she'll be representing
her district in Richmond.
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She received 59 percent of the vote to Kaye Lipscomb's 41 percent.
She spent more than three decades teaching children--now Annette Perkins is
taking her experience to government--with a seat on the Montgomery County Board
Perkins beat challenger Frank Baker in District A with 75- percent of the
The former government teacher monitored the numbers closely along with
fellow democrats who gathered at the Montgomery County Courthouse.
IN Q=I've worked
((ANNETTE PERKINS/D- MONTGOMERY CO. SUPERVISOR:I'VE WORKED VERY HARD TO SERVE
THE CITIZENS OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY ON THE SCHOOL BOARD, CHILDREN ARE VERY
IMPORTANT TO ME AND WHAT HAPPENS WITH THOSE CHILDREN SO I BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE
OUT THERE SAW THAT I HAD A DESIRE TO SERVE THEM AND THAT I HAD SOME EXPERTISE
WHICH I COULD BRING TO THAT BOARD. ))
SUPER=01-Annette Perkins/(D) Montgomery Co. Supervisor;
OUT Q=that board.
Jim (Pull-itis) Politis will also serve on the board of supervisors.
The Republican, who says he'd do it all again, beat out three candidates in
the district D race.
IN Q=It was
((JIM POLITIS/R- MONTGOMERY CO. SUPERVISOR:IT WAS ENJOYABLE BECAUSE OF THE
PEOPLE YOU MEET AND THE ATTITUDE PEOPLE HAVE. I WAS REALLY AMAZED WHEN I
KNOCKED AS A STRANGER ON SOMEBODY'S DOOR THAT HEY WOULD BE RECEPTIVE TO JUST A
COUPLE OF WORDS FROM YOU AND BE VERY POLITE.))
SUPER=01-Jim Politis/(R) Montgomery Co. Supervisor; :00
OUT Q=very polite.
Incumbent Joe Stewart will remain as a supervisor-- beating challenger Jim
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Contact with the red planet has come to an end for NASA officials.
About four million dollars could buy you one of the most photographed
houses in the country complete with a glass case for your Heisman trophy.
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The most infamous address in the nation could be yours for the right price.
O-J Simpson's Brentwood home opens to prospective buyers today.
Simpson lived at the house for 20 years before his trial on charges he killed
his ex- wife Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman.
The price tag on the 62- hundred square foot estate: 3 point 9 million
It's been 30 days since NASA scientists last heard from the Mars
Yesterday, they declared an official end to the extended mission.
However, scientists aren't giving up completely.
They'll still try to restore contact with the space probe every two
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow is DOWN a quarter of a point.
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The Lady Knights of Cave Spring are hoping to lance the competition in the
Northwest regional semi-finals.
The Hokies are hoping to stay grounded when the Miami Hurricanes blow into
Blacksburg on Saturday.
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The NBA season is getting into full swing and things are not yet looking too
bright for the Boston Celtics.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Celts vs. Knicks; :00
Rick Pitino was back in the Big Apple last night looking for somewhere to
hide as the Knicks got 26 from Patrick Ewing as they cruised to a 102-to-70
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Hawks vs. Pistons;
Grant Hill and the Pistons were in Atlanta, but this game would belong to
The former Hoosier threw down 29 in the 82 to 71 win over Detroit.
But the shot of the night belongs to this guy in Dallas.
"Mav Man" takes it through the ring of fire for 2 on the slam.
In baseball earlier this week the American League Rookie of the Year was
announced and yesterday the National League named its pick.
Phillies star Scott Rolen is this year's National League rookie of the year.
The third baseman hit 283 with 21 homer and 92 R-B-I's.
He is a unanimous pick by the baseball writers of America.
Tech players will need to be at their best when scouts from the Fiesta,
Orange, Carquest, and Sugar bowls go Lane Stadium Saturday night as the Hokies
host dangerous Miami.
The Hokies improved to 6 and 2 with a convincing 37-nothing victory over UAB
this past weekend.
Starting quarterback Al Clark, along with receivers Michael Stuewe and Angelo
Harrison, rested with injuries while some able back ups impressed the fans and
But the Hokies will need their first string unit against Miami; a team that
has won three consecutive Big East games and 4 straight overall.
((FRANK BEAMER/VIRGINIA TECH HEAD COACH:))
((TODD WASHINGTON/VIRGINIA TECH CENTER:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Todd Washington/Virginia Tech Center; :18
OUT Q=...look forward to it"
The Cave Spring volleyeball team remains unbeaten after a win last night in
its quarterfinal game in the Northwest regionals.
The Lady Knights beat GW Danville 3 games to none.
They will play in the semi-finals tomorrow.
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It will probably take a bit more than just two months' salary to pay for
SUPER=03-Hong Kong, China;
The world's largest ever perfect diamond was sold at Christie's auction
house in Hong Kong yesterday.
The price -- one point 86 million dollars.
The unmounted diamond weighs just over 22 carats and has a perfect grade for
its whiteness, purity and exceptional cut.