Coming up on News 7 at 5, voters across the region are heading to the polls.
and Authorities call an early morning fire in Northwest Roanoke "suspicious."
Temperatures on the way up, chances of rain on the way down, for Wednesday at least. Details coming up.[medical-hea
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In medical news -- human trial have not begun on the new cancer drugs, but already patients are eager for treatment.
And when it comes to baldness, men and women are not created equal.
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It's election day in the commonwealth and voters are heading to the polls as they decide who will run their local governments.
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Voter turnout remains light in the city of Roanoke where seven candidates are vying for three seats on city Council
Joe dashiell reports now from one of the city's largest precincts, but not one of the busiest.
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In Lynchburg, the Republicans are trying to hold on to the majority on city council they've enjoyed since 1994.
Steve Smallshaw joins us live.. Steve, how does this race shape up?
Jean, this could be a very interesting night for everyone involved.. Republicans have been clinging to a 4 to 3 advantage on council for the past two years.. there's a very real chance that could change tonight.
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(( If the Republicans are going to keep control of Lynchburg city council, at least two of their three candidates will have to come out on top of a crowded ballot.
Nine people are seeking three at- large seats on city council.. while Ward Two incumbent Ed Barksdale is running opposed for re- election.
Newcomer Jeff Helgeson is one of those GOP hopefuls looking to land a (/////SOT/////)
TO KEEP ME IN THE MAYOR'S OFFICE, WE NEED TO KEEP THAT CONSERVATIVE MAJORITY. IT'S LESS LIKELY THAT I'LL BE THERE IF THE MAJORITY CHANGES.))
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Ironically, the mayor could prove to be his own undoing.
He took some heat for his State of the City speech this year when he gave Republicans all the credit for what Lynchburg has accomplished.. it's that kind of partisanship some say could backfire on the GOP at the polls. Jean?[5-Danville
Election officials in Danville are calling voter turnout MODERATE.
The candidates for city council and their campaign committees are trying to drum up last-minute support at the polls.
Election officials say there's been a steady stream of voters-- on track for about a 40-percent turnout rate.
Some voters don't understand why more people don't exercise their right to cast a ballot.
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((FRED LLOYD: IT'S PATHETIC BECAUSE THAT'S A RIGHT. THAT'S A PRIVILEGE THAT ONE SHOULD EXERCISE AND YET THEY WANT BENEFITS FROM GOVERNMENT, LOCAL, STATE, AND FEDERAL AND IF YOU DON'T VOTE HOW DO YOU EXPECT YOUR GOVERNMENT TO SERVE YOU.))
[SUPER=01-Fred Lloyd/Danville Voter;]
[OUT Q=government to serve you.]
With ten candidates running for just four seats on city council, the election could be close.
We'll have all the elections results tonight on News 7 at 11.
Investigators still don't know what caused a fire in Northwest Roanoke this morning.
Firefighters found this West Creek Manor apartment building in flames when they arrived at three a-m.
They're calling the blaze "suspicious."
But they won't call it arson.
And they won't rule out the possibility it was an accident.
Residents spent the morning salvaging what they could.
Coles Terry said his brother was at work when his apartment caught fire.
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((COLES TERRY/VICTIM'S BROTHER: HE CAME HOME THIS MORNING TO TRY TO CHANGE CLOTHES AND GO TO WORK. AND HE FINDS ALL THIS SO HE HAD TO MISS WORK. SO NOW THEY'RE TRYING TO FIND AN APARTMENT TO HELP HIM GET INTO NOW. SO WHO KNOWS WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN.))
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The Red Cross is providing emergency relief to families who lost their homes.
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A pregnant woman who was shot and wounded last week in southwest Roanoke has been arrested on a drug charge.
22-year old Teresa Ann Harvey is accused of possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute.
Harvey was shot and wounded last Thursday night while on the front porch of her home.
Investigators say that incident does NOT appear to be drug related, at this time.
Police also charged her husband, Charles Allen Harvey, with possession of crack cocaine and firearms violations.
A third person was arrested for possession of marijuana. [5-Derailment]
An Amtrak train slammed into a garbage truck that was on the tracks-
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killing the truck's driver- and sending the train off the tracks.
The Texas Eagle had just left Austin with more than 100 passengers aboard-
It was about twenty miles north when the accident happened at a rural crossing.
In all nine cars were forced off the tracks including two locomotives.
Eleven people on the train were hurt- many with bruises and back pain.
The train origninated in San Antonio and was headed for Chicago.
No word yet on why the garbage truck was on the tracks.
He's the man the FBI wants for the bombing of an Alabama Abortion Clinic.
Now Eric Rudolph is on the FBI's most wanted list- and a one million dollar reward is being offered for information leading to his arrest.
((JANET RENO/ATTORNEY GENERAL: THE STAKES ARE QUITE SIMPLE. WHOEVER COMMITTED THE ACTS MIGHT KILL AGAIN AND MUST BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE.))
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The search for Rudolph has focused on mountains near Murphy, North
That's where his pickup truck was found in January more than a week after
the Alabama clinic bombing.
The FBI is also investigating whether Rudolph was linked to the Olympic Park bombing.[5-Starr]
Presidnet Clinton has apparently lost a battle over executive privilege in the Monica Lewinsky case.
The associated press is reporting a judge has denied Clinton's claim.
That means White House aides could have to testify in the Lewinsky probe.
Meanwhile Ken Starr may be a busy guy with his Whitewater investigation- but he took a break today to appear in front of a federal appeals court in Richmond.
Starr is representing Meineke Discount muffler shops- He urged the Court to toss out a 390 million dollar judgement against the company.
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((REPORTERS: CAN MEINIKE SURVIVE... JUDGE STARR, JUDGE STARR ... KENNETH STARR: THE MATTER IS BEFORE THE COURT NOW.))
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The case is one of several Starr is pursuing in addition to his duties as chief independent counsel in the Whitewater investigation.
Patrick Evans is out enjoying the weather. He's been putting around all afternoon to benefit the local Boys and Girls clubs.
Golfers from across the Valley are teeing it up at Hanging Rock Golf Course all in the name of charity.
Patrick Evans has been at the course much of the day, and is here to tell us more about how this tournament will help boys and girls who are in trouble.
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Coming up in Sports, Mike Stevens will bring us up to date about the N-B-A playoffs,
and in Health Check, Singer Carly Simon battles breast cancer.
and a new survey says more young people are taking illegal steroids to improve at sports.
Good afternoon I'm Keith Humphry and tonight on News 7 at 6, we'll revisit the issue of violence in the schools.
A recent national study CONFIRMED that offenders and victims of violence are becoming YOUNGER.
The Jonesboro school shooting raised questions about what's changed in America's children.
A local counselor has a couple of theories.
She attributes the disturbing trend to a general lack of problem- solving skills and a declining respect for authority figures.
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((DR. LOLA BYRD/LICENSED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST: IT'S NOT UNUSUAL FOR AN ADOLESCENT TO COME INTO MY OFFICE, PLOP DOWN ON THE COUCH, PUT THE FEET UP ON THE SOFA OR TO JUMP ON MY COMPUTER. I COULD EVEN SAY FIVE YEARS AGO THAT WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED. ))
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We'll hear more from Dr. Byrd, and find out whether violence is an ongoing problem for LOCAL Elementary and middle school students.
That's coming up in part Two of our series, "Safe at School?"
Join us for that at 6, Jean?
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Many Roanoke cancer patients are begging for the two newest drugs -- but it could be two or three years before the treatments are available here.
The two new drugs Angio-Statin and Endo-Statin killed cancer in mice.
But Roanoke doctors say that does NOT mean they will cure the human disease.
So even though Carillion Roanoke Memorial Hospital is getting flooded with phone calls requesting the drugs -- first they must be tested in people.
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((DR. STEPHEN KENNEDY/ONCOLOGIST: THERE'S NO PROOF THAT THIS IS OF ANY BENEFIT ... BEFORE IT COMES OUT.))
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Kennedy says it will be at least another year before the National Cancer Institute tests these drugs on humans.
Singer Carly Simon is battling breast cancer.
The singer tells the New York Daily News that she had a malignant tumor removed from her breast.
She is undergoing chemotherapy and her prognosis is good.
Simon says she came forward because the tabloids were pursuing the story and she was afraid they would be inaccurate.
Simons says the recent death of her friend Linda McCartney made her own ailment even more troubling.
A new baldness pill on the market will not work for women.
Merck and Company says women should not take the Propecia pill.
The drug manufacturer tested the pill on women past the age of menopause and found that those who took it had no more hair than those who didn't.
Propecia is the first pill to fight the most common type of male pattern baldness.
About half the men who use it grow some hair. The other half get help in keeping what hair they have.
A survey of young people involved in sports shows some are resorting to drastic measures to increase performance.
The survey of four middle school students in Massachusetts found nearly three percent were taking illegal steroids to gain an advantage in sports.
In some cases student athletes got the body building drugs from parents and coaches who obtained them on the black market.
Steroids build muscles, but they can also cause liver damage and other ailments.
In Sports, the N-B-A is handing out post season honors,
and the Women's Lacrosse team at W&L is preparing for a big match. Here's Mike Stevens[S5-NBA]
Welcome folks to the Tuesday ticker that gets rolling today in the NBA.
The league passed out yet another of its post season honors today.
Atlanta Hawks center Dikembe Mutombo was named the NBA's defensive player of the year.
It's the third time in four years that the big man has won the honor.
He its the first player in league history to win the award three times.
The playoffs resume tonight in the league with the Hawks-Jazz and Knicks-Pacers series opening.
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Washington and Lee's women's Lacrosse team opens the first round of the N-C-Double-A Tournament tomorrow.
The Lady Generals haven't made an appearance in the big show since 1993.
W and L's first opponent is Saint Mary's of Maryland.
A team the Lady Generals lost to by earlier this season.
The 13-to-1 defeat is fuel for W and L's inspirational fire.
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We'll hear more from the Lady Generals tonight at six.
The W and L men also host their first round match up with Denison. The players will make a prediction.
And the Roanoke College men also speak out about their opening game with Washington tomorrow in Salem.
And this afternoon at the Hotel Roanoke one of racing's newest and biggest area sponsors took some time to introduce
its product, its car and its driver to the valley.
APTEX, a robotics manufacturing and design company based out the Roanoke Salem business center is the chief sponsor for the number 97 Dallara in the Indy Racing League.
Today the company's President Scott Repsher and the car's driver Scott Ray were in town.
We'll hear from them tonight at six.
Also, don't forget the Danville 97s and Salem Avalanche are playing a doubleheader tonight at Dan Daniel park, starting at six.
Have a good night everybody.
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Operation Spruce-Up is a statewide program to encourage volunteers to clean up the environment.
Today Governor Jim Gilmore signed up some volunteers-- and spruced up his own image in the process.
Gilmore became the first Virginia governor to teach a class by interactive television.
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((TO EMPHASIZE EDUCATION, WHICH IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME. THE SECOND WAS TECHNOLOGY, THE CHANCE TO GET OUT THERE AND BROADCAST SOMETHING LIKE THIS AND GIVE KIDS THE BENEFIT OF SOMETHING LIKE THIS ACROSS THE WHOLE STATE. AND THE THIRD WAS IMPORTANT TO EMPHASIZE THIS THEME. BECAUSE IF YOU GET ALL THESE KIDS OUT THERE WORKING TO PICK THINGS UP AND WORK IN OPERATION SPRUCE UP, THEN IT'S GONNA MAKE VIRGINIA A CLEANER AND A BETTER PLACE. SO THERE WERE LOTS OF REASONS FOR DOING THIS KIND OF PROGRAM.))
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Clearly, Gilmore and his helpers got his messages across to fourth graders across the state -- including those at Varina Elementary.
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((JENNIFER NEWSOME/VARINA ELEMENTARY: I THINK THAT WHEN I'M ON WALKS WITH MY FAMILY, IF I SEE A CAN ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD, I CAN PICK IT UP. AND THAT WOULD HELP A LOT.))
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((REBECCA GIBB/VARINE ELEMENTARY: I LIKED IT WHEN THE EAGLE CAME OUT A LOT.))
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Operation Spruce Up runs through May 15th.