Among our top stories on NEWS 7 at SIX:
Another execution OKayed by the Supreme court.
And preaching through the choir- -a long way from home.
Sudanese orphans bring the musical message home.
Tonight in sports, after getting stung by the jackets, the Cavs now have to deal with the bite of the Wolfpack, a girl is making waves at the boy's state giolf tourney this week,
A Raymond "Peanut" Arrington makes a verbal committment to play hoops at RU.
Look for temperatures more like fall as a cold front moves through our area tonight.
All the details are coming up.
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A Roanoke man is blaming the University of Virginia Medical Center for the death of his fiancee and unborn twin children four years ago.
And he says it was more than malpractice ... it was discrimination.
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Eric Earnhart is in Charlottesville with details on the complaint ...and the hospital's reponse.
Keith, Carl Creech says it hit him as he watched reports of other problems at the hospital. All the other victims were just like him.
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Carl Creech is haunted by what might have been...
In 1994, he and his fiance, Barbara Lynn Ross were raising their son Kyler, she was pregnant with twins.
But she began having trouble breathing, doctors sent her to UVA diagnosis.
There they wanted to put a catheter, or tube into a vein in her neck, and use it to moniter her heart from the inside.
At that point, Creech says a first-year resident entered the room and asked to do the proceedure. He did, and the catheter apparently damaged the vein. Ross bled internally, miscarried the twins, and died.
Creech believes the doctor's inexperience killed her.
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((CARL CREECH; THEY SHOULDN'T BE ALLOWED TO DO IT, IT'S , LOOK WHAT HAPPENED, ONE SCREW UP FROM SOMEBODY THAT'S NOT EXPERIENCED, DOING SOMETHING SO INVASIVE, AND IT'S AFFECTED THE LIFE OF MANY PEOPLE AND WORST OF ALL TAKEN HIS MOTHER.))
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But now that's not the only reason Creech is speaking out... he says as he watched news reports of the baby switch, and the mixup involving the child who died, he noticed those cases, like his own, involved young, unmarried couples, who were not particularly wealthy.
He now thinks that made a difference in the quality of care his fiancee recieved.
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((CARL CREECH; IF I HAD A SIX FIGURE INCOME, AND WE WALKED IN THERE, SHE'D HAVE A SUIT, SHE'D HAVE A SPECIALIST, AND SHE'D BE A LIVE TODAY, I GUARANTEE IT.))
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Officials with the medical center say...
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The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to stop Wednesday's scheduled execution of Ronald Lee Fitzgerald.
Pittsylvania County's prosecutor says what Fitzgerald did was the worst criminal event in county history.
Fitzgerald admits killing two men and raping two teenage girls in a seven-hour spree in 19-93.
He says he "did it," and his mind "was just gone" at the time.
The 29- year old man is described as borderline retarded.
He tried to kill himself just outside the courthouse, but the gun misfired in his mouth.
Fitzgerald now believes the execution scheduled for Wednesday is just the way he was meant to go.
Halifax County authorities are on the lookout for a man wanted as a suspect in a near-fatal shooting.
Police believe Clinton Miller of South Boston shot Wallace McCain of Danville in the neck last night.
McCain was found lying on Carlbrook Road.
He told police Miller stole 50-dollars from him then shot him and left him to die.
The two men did know each other.
McCain was flown to Duke University Medical Center.
He is paralyzed from the neck down.
A salvage worker in Danville is at Duke University Medical Center after falling out of a third story window.
Juan Contreras was unloading a wheelbarrow full of debris at an old Dan River Mills building on River Street.
When he dumped the debris out of the window, he fell with it.
Contreras broke his pelvis in several places.
His injuries are considered life-threatening.
Surgery at Roanoke Community Hospital should resume in a couple of days.
An electrical fire in the boiler room knocked out power to parts of the hospital two weeks ago.
Carilion Health Systems says many Community workers and staff started moving back to their offices today.
Outpatient and same-day admission for surgery are scheduled to resume Wednesday.
Pretty soon, when you go Krogering, you'll be shopping at the country's biggest supermarket chain.
Kroger is merging with Fred Meyer, a group of grocery stores based in Portland, Oregon.
The deal will build a supermarket giant, with predicted annual sales of 43-billion dollars.
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A Roanoke seafood restaurant has gone belly-up.
Libby Hill on highway 4-60 is closing.
It opened nine years ago..
It stopped serving food yesterday.
A manager said the store simply wasn't luring enough customers.
There are two other Libby Hills in Virginia...one in Danville and one in Lynchburg.
The company says those two restaurants are doing well.
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A new web site for Virginia's students. Just ahead, we'll tell you how take a look at home.
And next ... face to face for the first and only debate. Find out what Goodlatte and Bowers have to say.
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The candidates for Congress in Virginia's Sixth District shared a stage today, but they were walking in different parts of the political landscape.
The Sixth District stretches north along Interstate 81 into the Shenandoah Valley, and that's where Bob Goodlatte and David Bowers met this morning.
Joe Dashiell reports on the joint appearance at Turner Ashby High school, and what may be the first and only debate of this campaign.
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((Bob Goodlatte is seeking his fourth term in Congress, and says he's running on a record of solid accomplishment.
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((I'M RUNNING ON A PLATFORM OF OF PROMISES MADE, PROMISES KEPT...BALANCING THE BUDGET, REFORMING WELFARE, REDUCING TAXES AND WILL CONTINUE TO WORK IN THAT DIRECTION.))
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As a two-term mayor, David Bowers says he's an independent-minded Democrat a moderate who will let the people of the Sixth District set his agenda in Washington.
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There were few fireworks as the candidates fielded questions from high school government students... But several exchanges highlighted the candidates' political differences.
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((WE STAND FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT. MY OPPONENT HAS VOTED CONSISTENTLY WITH THE FAR RIGHT EXTREME.))
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The students and teachers of Turner Ashby deserve credit for pulling off what few others have accomplished during this campaign, getting these two men on the same stage at the same time. There is at least one joint appearance to come, this week in Roanoke.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Rockingham County))
Some STATE lawmakers were in Lynchburg today, getting an earful about how the city needs more money for some big- ticket projects.
Lynchburg is spending 270- million dollars to overhaul its sewer system, which has forced the city to double its water and sewer rates for residents.
Officials asked members of the House Appropriations Committee for five and a half million dollars next year to speed that project along.
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((DEL. WHITT CLEMENT/D- DANVILLE: THE SEWER RENOVATION REQUIREMENTS OF LYNCHBURG ARE SOMETHING WE'VE ALL HEARD ABOUT BUT TO BE HERE AND TO SEE THE GREAT JOB LYNCHBURG IS DOING TO ADDRESS THAT PROBLEM, IT MAKES US ON THE STATE LEVEL TO WANT TO HELP A LOCALITY THAT'S OBVIOUSLY DOING ALL IT CAN.))
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Committee members also heard money requests for welfare reform and the area's economic development program.
Stocks rose again today.
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If you want to help Virginia school teachers do their jobs better-- provide them with a really good Internet site.
It may help that the author of that idea is married to the Governor.
First Lady Roxane Gilmore unveiled her new Commonwealth of Knowledge web site today.
It's designed for teachers to share lesson plans and teaching hints for the Standards of Learning.
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((ROXANE GILMORE/FIRST LADY OF VIRGINIA: PERHAPS THAT'S NOT THEIR AREA OF STRENGTH. OR THEY'RE LOOKING FOR A NEW WAY.
THE WAY THEY TRIED DIDN'T WORK. DID SOMEBODY ELSE HAVE ANOTHER IDEA FOR IMPLEMENTING THAT S-O-L? THEY CAN GO TO THIS SITE AND FIND WHAT OTHER TEACHERS HAVE FOUND SUCCESSFUL IN THE CLASSROOM.))
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The only problem?
The state's still NOT sure how many schools have access to the Internet.
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If you have access at home, you can look at the new site. Just call up our own home page at WWW-dot-WDBJ7-dot-COM. We have a link that takes you right there.
Some musically-talented children from Africa hope a visit to the Roanoke area raises not only money, but awareness, for their cause.
David Johnson has the story of the "African Children's Choir".
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((ANNET NAKKU/SUDAN NATIVE; I LIKE BEING IN THE CHOIR BECAUSE WE GO TO A LOT OF DIFFERENT PLACES AND IT IS FUN TO GO TO DIFFERENT PLACES.))
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Annet is one of about 30 children in this choir.
They are disadvantaged children from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Southern Sudan.
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((SHARI MORIN/TOUR DIRECTOR; MANY OF THEM COME FROM POVERTY SITUATIONS, HOMELESS, SOME OF THEM WITHOUT PARENTS. MOST OF THEM.))
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Some are the survivors of an ongoing civil war between Christians and Muslims.
The children serve as ambassadors of their countries.
And their sponsors use that opportunity to make money by selling goods from their countries and the choir's recordings.
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((MORIN; THE OFFERINNGS GO TO KEEPING US GOING. AND THE REST OF THE MONEY GOES TO AFRICA TO WHERE THE KIDS ARE FROM. FOR THOSE IN FAMINE, IT'S FOR PROVIDING FOOD AND RELIEF FOR THEM. AND THEN ALSO BUILDING AND MAINTAINING SCHOOLS THAT WE HAVE THERE.))
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((JAMES TEIRA/CHOIR DIRECTOR; THEN THEY ARE HELPING THEIR COUNTRYMEN. SO OKAY, IN A SENSE THEY'RE HELPING UGANDA, KENYA OR RWANDA. SO THAT IS GOOD AND I'M GLAD TO BE A PART OF IT.))
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The group performed over the weekend at the Vinton Baptist Church.
The pastor said it's an opportunity for local people to find out what's going on outside their area.
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((REV. CHRIS MONROE/VINTON BAPTIST CHURCH; THROUGH MISSIONS, WE EXPAND OUR AWARENESS OF CULTURES AND THE HAPPENINGS AND CURRENT EVENTS THAT ARE HAPPENING IN THE OTHER COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD.))
[OUT Q=AROUND THE WORLD.]
Directors think it's amazing to see the children perform as they do, particularly considering what and who they left behind is all they think about.
David Johnson, News7.))
Coming up tonight in sports, the Cavs talks about getting over the sting of the Yellow Jacket.
The Temple loss costs Tech a few bucks.
Plus, Peanut Arrington commits to Radford,
and a girl is swinging at this week's double-a state golf tournament and she is holding her own with the boys.
We begin tonight with some hoopla from Radford University where the men's basketball program got a committment from a former all-stater today.
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Raymond "Peanut" Arrington, the former point guard from Liberty high school in Bedford has decided that he wants to play his college ball for RU.
Peanut graduated in 1997, and started this year at Hargrave Military.
He likely will enroll at RU for the second semester and then redshirt this season.
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Arrington can officially sign on November 11th.
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The Martinsville High School Golf Team teed off in the first day of the State Championship Tournament and Becky Poindexter led the way.
That may not sound unusual, but Becky is one WOMAN among men.
The Bulldogs don't have a girls golf team so Becky plays with the boys.
She won districts and was the Region Four medalist.
Becky's dad gave her a set of clubs when she was nine.
She says she puts in a lot of practice time and takes lessons in Greensboro.
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The tournament wraps up tomorrow at the Forest Park Country Club in Martinsville.
The William Byrd Terriers are looking for a repeat, but at the end of the first day the Terriers are sixth.
Martinsville is second behind Sherando. And Lord Botetourt is third.
Virginia slipped to 15th in the polls after a 41-38 loos to Georgia Tech. Today, the Wahoos began treating their Yellow Jacket sting while planning how to avoid the Wolfpack's bite. Steve Mason has more.
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If you don't think Virginia Tech's loss to Temple on Saturday hurt more than the Hokies' pride, guess again.
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Before that demoralizing setback the Hokies were set to share the national spotlight with West Virginia on Halloween.
But the loss forced CBS to stop considering that game all together and send the Georgia-Florida game nationwide.
The Hokies-West Virginia game will now be a Noon kickoff on the Big East network.
That will likely cost Tech about $200 thousand bucks.
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CBS will have the West Virginia-Miami game for you this Saturday at 3pm. Before that you can watch a taped version on last Saturday's Pesi 400 at Daytona.
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And on Sunday we have a big doubleheader with the Patriots and Dolphins and the Jaguars and the unbeaten Broncos.
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