Tonight's the night they settle the Home Depot debate- -with another vote.
On NEWS 7 at SIX tonight: We've got the latest from Senior Reporter Joe Dashiell.
And Intrepid Capitol Correspondent Ellen Qualls gets all dressed up for All Hallow's Eve... with a serious look at the law on masking your face in public.
Tonight in sports, Michael Tucker talks about keeping the Braves in the game, the Panthers cut Collins, WCW cards are on the loose,
And Nick Sorenson and not Al Clark will start at quarterback again for the Hokies this Saturday against Temple.
The weather is changing, but htose changes are small. We'll detail the entire weather story for the rest of the week coming up.[open]
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The moment of decision is near in the Home Depot rezoning debate.
Roanoke County supervisors are scheduled to conduct a third and final vote tonight, after a final public hearing.
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Home Depot wants to put its second Roanoke area store near the northeast corner of Brambleton and 419. While many people support it, many nearby residents and small businesses do not.
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Joe Dashiell is at the County administration building, the site of tonight's hearing and scheduled vote.
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Virginia Tech police today charged the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity member they believe exposed himself to an exotic dancer.
Bond was set at 75- hundred dollars for 19- year old Nicholas Desarno (Da-Sar-NO).
An exotic dancer from Roanoke says the Tech sophomore exposed himself and then tried to remove her lingerie during a fraternity party last month.
Five other members of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity have already been arrested on separate charges relating to the incident.
All five are charged with felony abduction.
The exotic dancer says the men refused to let her leave the party, because she wouldn't take off ALL her clothes.
Virginia Tech police say their investigation is ongoing and that more arrests could be made.
Danville police are looking for a man who cut the throat of a taxi driver, during a robbery.
The driver for Capitol Cab Company is still in the hospital, in stable condition.
Police say a customer pulled a knife on the driver early yesterday morning, robbed him, and then took the wheel of the cab.
The robber stopped a few minutes later, forced the driver out of the car and then cut his throat.
The name of the driver wasn't released.
Lynchburg's most controversial historic district may be getting a little bigger, if local preservationists have their way.
They want the city to add seven different parcels of land to the Diamond Hill Historic District.
In 1979, the local historical society allowed the city to tear down several buildings on Diamond Hill to make room for the Lynchburg Expressway.
In exchange, the city agreed to create Lynchburg's first historic district.
Now preservationists want the city to make good on a 20- year- old promise to make those vacant parcels part of the Diamond Hill district.
The plan has come under fire from some residents who say living in the historic district places too many restrictions on property owners.
The matter goes before city council tonight.. we'll have more on the story on News7 at Eleven.
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Quit smoking for free. Still ahead, we'll tell you how smokers can get help at no cost.
And as you get ready for Halloween, we'll "un-mask" the truth about state laws that regulate what you can wear, and when you can wear it.
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Lewis Gale Medical Center is welcoming patients who may not be able to schedule operations at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Lewis Gale's C-E-O said most doctors practice at both hospitals.
So, if a patient wants an operation performed at the Salem facility, it's just a matter of getting things worked out with the insurance company.
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Traffic at Lewis Gale and Roanoke Memorial has been heavy since last week's fire at Roanoke Community Hospital.
Community's first two floors have been closed indefinitely.
Neither Carilion nor the electrical contractor repairing the boiler room has said how much it will cost to fix the damage at Community.
Only that damage was "extensive" and it's going to take some time.
Halloween is about two and a half weeks away, and if you believe an American Express survey, twice as many Americans are planning to wear a costume this year compared to last year.
Creepy, fantastic, or humorous -- picking a costume is mostly a matter of mood.
But in Virginia, it's also a matter of law.
Ellen Qualls has some trends and tips.
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(( Everyone's got their own criteria for costuming.
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This year, of course, there is the faddish solution-- they claim the wig was already named Monica.
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Bill and Hillary are always an option.
Then there's the ghost of impeachments past.
And the option that really lets folks know how you feel about President Clinton.
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What else is in demand?
((JERRY GUM/RICHMOND'S PREMIERE COSTUMES: TELETU-, UH TELLY, TELETUB, TELETUBBIES! YEAH, THOSE THINGS. EXCEPT IT'S ALL ADULTS THAT WANT TO BE THEM. OF COURSE THEY DON'T EVEN MAKE THOSE COSTUMES.))
There is a lot of stuff they do make though.
But there are rules.
Virginia has a law that actually prohibits the wearing of masks or hoods in public -- except for:
-- things that are clearly holiday outings, like trick-or-treating,
-- a job like surgery, where a face covering is a job requirement
-- and theatrical productions.
There are reasons.
For one, a Virginia tradition the General Assembly would like to see die.
And then there's the anti-crime aspect.
((JERRY GUM/RICHMOND'S PREMIERE COSTUMES: USE COMMON SENSE. DON'T WALK INTO A BUSINESS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY WEARING A MASK. OR EVEN ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT, IF YOU HAVE TO STOP IN TO PICK UP SOMETHING AT A STORE, TAKE YOUR MASK OFF. YOU'RE ASKING FOR TROUBLE IF YOU WALK INTO A STORE.))
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((And why don't you choose masks? JENNIFER DANIEL: UM, I DON'T KNOW, WELL FOR ONE, I DON'T WANT TO BE ANYTHING SCARY OR UGLY. YOU KNOW?))
((THE GOOD NEWS FOR VIRGINIANS WHO WANT TO WEAR COSTUMES IS THAT THE LAW ONLY APPLIES TO MASKS. SO ANYTHING ELSE AT ANY TIME OF YEAR IS FAIR GAME. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
Stocks followed a strong Monday with a down Tuesday.
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The Dow fell 63 points to close at 79-38. NASDAQ dropped 37.
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If you don't like what one council of experts says, appoint your own.
That's what Governor Gilmore seems to have done.
Last week, a secret report on the economy from the state's top business leaders projected a BILLION dollar a year state budget shortfall through the year 2001.
That's- -perhaps coincidentally- -the projected annual cost of eliminating the car tax.
Today, Governor Jim Gilmore created a ten member Governor's Advisory Board of Economists.
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Franklin County health providers have 165-thousand-dollars to tackle some of the county's medical needs.
Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital is putting up the money -- so social service agencies can make dental care, mental health and prescription drugs more affordable.
They started brainstorming today.
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Perry says the group will also visit community organizations to get citizen input.
This is the first time the hospital has surveyed Franklin County health needs.
Carilion also plans to target health needs in Roanoke, Bedford, and the New River Valley.
The local chapter of the American Lung Association is teaming up with Nicotrol to help 80 smokers in Southwest Virg
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The program is targeting adults who smoke at least 10 cigarettes a day.
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((TONI FERGUSON/AMERICAN LUNG ASSOC: OUR GOAL IS TO REACH SMOKERS THAT ARE READY TO QUIT NOW AND WOULD LIKE ADDITIONAL HELP AND WE'RE HERE TO PROVIDE THAT HELP WITH OUR FREEDOM FROM SMOKING BOOKLET WHICH IS A SELF HELP BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION PROGRAM ALONG WITH THE SIX WEEK PATCH KIT.))
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The kits will be given away free starting tomorrow at the American Lung Association office agt 35-12 Brambleton. The office opens at 8-30.
Coming up tonight, the Hokies will again look to Sorensen in the Nick of time against Temple.
We'll check out the new AP high school polls.
and the Panthers tell Kerry Collins to take his heart and his hat and leave.
They cut the former first round pick this afternoon.
The Atlanta Braves can thank a Virginia man for keeping them alive in the national league championship series with the Padres.
Longwood College alum Michael Tucker hit a three run homer and drive in five runs in last night 7-to-6 Atlatna win.
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The New York Yankees can clinch the American League pennant tonight as they host the Indians.
Rain is in the forecast.[S-FFE]
The new associated press top 10 high school football polls are out tonight.
In the single A ranks, George Wythe was knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten by PH Glade Spring last Friday.
Those two teams are now 8th and 9th, while Powell Valley remains a strong number one.
In Group Two A, Christiansburg is 6th with Martinsville 2nd while Salem remains number one.
And Despite winning it's last three games 180 to 7, Amherst County is still just 8th in the Triple A rankings.
The new girls basketball polls were also released early this morning.
In the single -a classification Floyd County is back in the poll at ninth, while Shawsville is fifth and PH Glade Spring 4th. Shawsville hosts Glenvar tonight.
In double-a : Northside is 10th, Bassett and Salem are tied for fifth and Byrd remains the queen of the poll and undefeated.
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After using 3 different quarterbacks in the past 3 games head coach Frank Beamer says Nick Sorensen will again be his starter when the Hokies line up against Temple on Saturday.
Roy Stanley tells us why Al Clark still isn't ready to return.
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Upcoming Tech games with West Virginia and UVa are complete sellouts but Tech officials say plenty of good seats are
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In the NFL this afternoon the Redskins plight doesn't look so bad relative to the Raiders, Chargers and Panthers.
Raiders coach John Gruden faces a DUI charge, the Chargers fired head coach Kevin Gilbride today, and the Panthers cut,
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troubled quarterback Kerry Collins.
Last week he told his teammates his heart wasn't in the game enough to continue as starting quarterback.
Today the Panthers in effect fired him and released him.
The annual silly season in NASCAR hasn't stopped just because this is a 50th anniversary season.
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This afternoon veteran Michael Waltrip who slit with the Wood Brothers earlier this year announced that he has signed a two year agreement to drive for Mattei Motorsports.
That car has been occupiped all of this season by Geoff Bodine with sponsorship from Phillips electronics.
And finally, we occasionally like to keep you up to date on the latest in sports cards and memoribilia.
Many of you know that the starts of WCW are coming to
Roanoke on Thursday night November 5th at the Civic Center, but what you might not know is that the Topps company is ready to release a new 72 card set of trading cards featuring your favorite WCW/NWO rasslers.
The cards will retail for .99 cents a pack.
The set also will include a variety of autograph insert cards.
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As we mentioned earlier in this newscast -- the final decision on the Home Depot rezoning debate may come tonight.
Jean Jadhon is in our newsroom with more.
Keith, the Home Depot issue has been simmering for months ..
.. but tonight's scheduled vote should be the third and last.
The vote is expected after residents speak their minds either for or against the proposal.
We'll hear what people say, and pass along the vote, if there is one, tonight at 11.
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