Next on News 7 at 6...
Only one more full day of campaigning left before election day... we'll catch up with local candidates.
And what are all those cute animal commercials doing to Roanoke's pet business?
We'll find out.
In Sports, The Redskins get their first win of the season Jeff Gordon is the Winston Cup Champion and Winner of the A-C Delco 400.
And Virginia Tech moves up in the Rankings with yesterday's win over West Virginia Mike Stevens will have a report.
High clouds are slowly working into the area. Rain may be soon to follow-- Our best shot is Tuesday.
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We're in the final days for area congressional races.
And, today Roanoke Mayor David Bowers was out trying to gather last minute support.
The mayor held an "underdog" party for his campaign and the Washington Redskins.
Bowers is facing a tough bid to unseat incumbent Bob Goodlatte.
But, the mayor and his supporters are predicting an upset.
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((ROCHELLE LORITTS/VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR; I THINK HIS SUPPORT IS QUITE WIDESPREAD AND I THINK IT IS GOING TO BE A TRUMAN TYPE OF VICTORY. MAYBE IT'S NOT PREDICTABLE AT THIS POINT BY MOST PEOPLE, BUT THAT'S WHAT MAKES IT ALL THE MORE EXCITING.))
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Bowers says IF he loses, he'll run for the sixth congressional seat again in two years.
Meanwhile, Bob Goodlatte was giving voters his last minute pitch today.
He went door-to-door to homes and to grocery stores in Roanoke asking residents for their votes.
Will Monica Lewinsky be a factor in Tuesday's election?
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Republican Joe Barta hopes so.
He is running ads, asking voters to "send a message to Bill Clinton."
But incumbent Rick Boucher is heavily favored to win the ninth district.
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And Virginia political expert Tom Morris said it's hard for voters to "send a message" when they're happy with the incumbent.
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((TOM MORRIS/EMORY & HENRY UNIVERSITY: THERE ARE SOME 58 OR 60 COMPETITIVE DISTRICTS AROUND THE COUNTRY, AND THOSE RACES WILL DETERMINE HOW MUCH OF A GAIN THE REPUBLICANS MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE. SO IT'S THOSE RACES, ABOUT 60, WE'LL BE LOOKING AT MOST CLOSELY ON ELECTION NIGHT. UNFORTUNATELY FOR VIRGINIANS, NONE OF THOSE RACES ARE IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA.))
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Tom Morris is the president of Emory and Henry University.
He will join us in the studio for News-7's election-night coverage.
In addition to the candidates, Virginians will be asked to consider five constitutional questions on Tuesday.
Local lawmakers and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce came together last week in support of two of the proposed amendments.
They said a yes vote on questions 3 and 4 will promote regional cooperation on industrial development.
They argued it will NOT lead to higher taxes as some opponents have warned.
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((SEN. BO TRUMBO: I DO NOT READ THE AMMENDMENTS AS INDICATING INCREASED TAXING AUTHORITY. WHAT I DO READ THEM AS SAYING IS THE FACT THAT WE CAN JOIN TOGETHER, FORGET ABOUT THOSE LINES DRAWN ON THE MAP AND START WORKING TOGETHER TO SATISFY THE NEEDS NOT ONLY OF TODAY, BUT THE FUTURE.))
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The group also publicized a web site: yes-3-yes-4-dot-com, that explains the Chamber's position on the Constitutional questions.
Multi-millionaire businessman Mark Warner may be on the verge of running for political office again.
Yesterday, he said he's considering a race for governor.
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((MARK WARNER/FORMER SENATORIAL CANDIDATE; I'VE BEEN ENCOURAGED BY A NUMBER OF FRIENDS TO RUN FOR GOVERNOR NEXT TIME AND THAT'S CLEARLY A CONSIDERATION. BUT WE'VE GOT TO GET THROUGH THIS CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION, NEXT YEAR IS VERY IMPORTANT IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY RACES. SO THERE IS A NUMBER OF ELECTIONS BETWEEN NOW AND THEN. BUT I AM GOING TO STAY INVOLVED.))
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Warner challenged Republican John Warner for a seat on the U-S Senate two years ago and lost by a narrow margin.
This weekend he is touring Southwest Virginia to support ninth district congressman Rick Boucher.
Boucher's opponent is political newcomer Dr. Joe Barta.
A Roanoke Judge wants to know if a man charged in a child pornography case poses a threat to children before letting him out on bond.
Judge Glen Conrad ordered Michael Eck to undergo psychological testing, because Eck has a prior conviction for sexually assaulting a 14 year old boy.
The former Virginia Tech student is charged in a 7 count indictment, for allegedly distributing child pornography on the internet.
He pled NOT guilty to the charges Friday. A News 7 story earlier today reported his plea incorrectly.
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Still ahead--a summer block buster movie and recent commercials featuring animals..
have made chihuahuas and guinea pigs popular pets.
We'll see how one area pet store is keeping up with the high demand.
First let's check in with Andrew to see what the weather has in store for us this week.
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A messy situation at a Roanoke lumber company..
And part of Salem becomes a little less serene.
Scott Goldberg has those stories and other business headlines in this week's News-7 Business Review.
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Getting rid of hundreds of gallons of hazardous waste is going to cost the owners of Star City Lumber.
Thirty-seven thousand dollars, unless they win a suit they filed this week.
Barrels of lacquer and wood finishing material turned up this June, just after Star City bought the old Singer Furniture Plant.
Part of what some call Salem's oasis of serenity is about to become a haven of seniority.
A developer plans to build an assisted living center on the Elizabeth Campus.
City council wants to develop 32 of the campus's 52-acres.
A temporary reprieve for the Roanoke Regional Homebuilders.
Roanoke County delayed until January a vote on a controversial comprehensive plan.
Homebuilders say the plan does not do enough to promote economic development.
Norfolk Southern's third-quarter haul was down 11-percent from the same quarter last year, largely because it's costing N-S so much to acquire Conrail.
Big profits for American Electric Power.
Third-quarter earnings were up 114-percent compared with the same three months last year.
And for the fiscal year ending September 30th, Roanoke Gas profits were up 18 percent from 19-97.
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Wall Street did its best John Glenn impersonation this week.
The Dow rocketing up 140-points.
The Nasdaq gaining 78.
That's this week's Review, I'm Scott Goldberg.
Roanoke College won't have any problem paying its bills..
Now that the school has set a fundraising record for the third year in a row.
This year, the school raised more than one-point-six million dollars--about 13-percent more than last year.
A majority of the money will go towards student scholarships.
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((KENNETH GARIN/STUDENT AFFAIRS VICE PRESIDENT; FOR EXAMPLE, IT'LL TAKE CARE OF 13 SUMMER SCHOLARS IN WHICH STUDENTS ARE PROVIDED WITH FUNDING SO THEY DO NOT HAVE TO WORK TO PROVIDE FOR THEIR UPKEEP IN THE SUMMER. THEY'RE GIVEN A PLACE TO LIVE AND THEY WORK VERY CLOSELY WITH FACULTY FOR 10 WEEKS DURING THE SUMMER.))
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Officials say more money from frequent donors is the reason for the additional funds.
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((JUDITH NELSON/ROANOKE COLLEGE; THE HERITAGE WALK WHICH LIES AHEAD OF US REFLECTS THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE MADE MAJOR GIFTS TO THE ANNUAL FUND AND UNRESTRICTED GIFTS. THAT MEANS THEY TRUST ROANOKE COLLEGE TO USE THEIR FUNDS AS WE CHOOSE, AS WE BELIEVE IS MOST NECESSARY.))
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School officials are already thinking of ways to top this year's fundraising record.
One idea, Nelson said, is to have more students fielding calls during future school phone-a-thons.
Animals used for marketing and bit parts in movies are creating a challenge for a local pet store-- as animal lovers increase their demands for pets.
David Johnson has more.
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((Since the release of the film "Dr. Dolittle" this summer, Pet City has had an increased demand for guinea pigs.
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((DENISE SPANGLER/PET CITY MANAGER; GUINEA PIGS STARTED OUTSELLING RABBITS PROBABLY FIVE TO ONE. AND WE'VE SEEN A DEFINITE INCREASE THAT HAS FOLLOWED THROUGH THE SUMMER INTO THE FALL.))
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The film's talking rodent has owners noticing that their animals have a language all their own.
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((SARAH FLARSHIEM/GUINEA PIG LOVER; NORMALLY WHEN I TAKE BUSTER DOWNSTAIRS TO FEED HIM AND ITS REALLY CUTE HEARING ALL THOSE CUTE NOISES.))
((PHILIP FLARSHIEM/GUINEA PIG LOVER; I THINK THEY'RE REALLY FUN, THEY'RE SWEET AND IT'S REALLY NICE TO HAVE THEN TALK TO YOU. I THINK THEY'RE REALLY FUN.))
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And thanks to the new "Taco Bell" commercials, Chihuahuas have also become one of the store's hottest selling pets.
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((DENISE SPANGLER; EVERYDAY SOMEONE COMES IN AND YOU HEAR A REFERENCE TO THE TACO BELL COMMERCIAL. THEY HAVE NOW LOST THEIR IDENTITIES AND HAVE BECOME THE TACO BELL DOGS.))
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Chihuahuas like this little guy are considered the prototype size for what customers are looking for.
His name is Peppy. He's less than three months old and weighs about a pound and a half.
Kids say they just can't resist them after seeing the commercial.
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((SAM WILLIAMSON/PEPPY'S OWNER; WE JUST CAME TO LOOK AT SOME OTHER ANIMALS AND WE SAW HIM. PEPPY CAME UP AND I JUST FELL IN LOVE WITH HIM AND WE HAD TO BUY HIM. 'CAUSE WE PICKED HIM UP AND COULDN'T PUT HIM DOWN.))
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(( SPANGLER'S STAFF HAVE EXPANDED its NORMAL BOUNDARIES TO KEEP A SUPPLY OF THE ANIMALS.
THEY'VE INCREASED THE DRIVING DISTANCE FROM THREE TO FIVE HOURS AND QUADRUPLED THE NUMBER OF MONTHLY TRIPS THEY MAKE.
BUT SHE SAYS IT'S ALL A PART OF HELPING PEOPLE MAKE THEIR PET CONNECTION.
DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS7.))
Still ahead--we'll hear what one viewer had to say about the stink over hog farming.
And, Roy Stanley will have highlights from today's race at the Rock when the news continues.
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A recent story on hog farming in Southside brought some mail from an opposition group.
Assignment editor Joe McKean has this week's Feedback.
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((A spokesman for Southside Concerned Citizens wrote that he appreciated the coverage we've given to the issue of what he terms "industrial swine production." But he thought our last story was a bit lean on facts.
"These hogs never see the light of day. They are raised in a closed metal building on a concrete slab and do not know the meaning of good old fashioned mother earth. They do not breathe fresh air but, rather, are raised in the stench of their own urine and feces...The food is shipped in from out of state and the 1,500,000 gallons of liquid manure and urine from the lagoons is sprayed onto nearby fields...This is a cruel and inhumane way to raise any animal and the resultant wastes cause very offensive odor problems sometimes for miles around. These hog factories also pose grave environmental problems for our wells, streams and rivers."
Whether you're deeply involved in public affairs, or just take a passing interest in the human condition, we'd like to hear your opinion on our news coverage.
Here are the addresses.
Anything on paper goes to News-7 Feedback, P.O. Box 7, Roanoke, Virginia, 24022-0007.
If you're faxing, the number to dial is 343-7269.
Email should be sent to email@example.com.
And to take part in a moderated on-line forum, go to our web site, wdbj7.com.
Just a reminder that anything you send must include a name and address.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
And coming up, Scores and highlights from the N-F-L the Redskins get their first win.
And Jeff Gordon wins the Points championship and the A-C Delco 400 at the Rock.
Jeff Gordon took care of the Winston Cup Points championship and he also won the A-C Delco 400 this afternoon at the rock.
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Dale Jarrett took the lead from Rusty Wallace with 308 laps left to go in the race.
then the second caution of the day comes out when Sterling Marlin slides on the track and gets hit by Johnny Benson.
Mark Martin had a long stop in the pits on the caution because of a problem with a spring on the right front side of the car.
Jeff Gordon was as high as third and he would clinch the Winston Cup Points championship with just over 200 laps left in the race.
But Rusty Wallace would dominate the race until he slowed down and Gordon passed him with 9 laps to go.
Gordon pulled away and he would take the checkered flag ahead of Dale Jarrett winning the championship and the A-C Delco 400, his 12-th Winston cup win of the season.
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Rusty was third, Mark Martin fourth and Jeff Burton finished fifth.
The Washington Redskins losing streak ended at 7 today as Washington beats the New York giants 21 to 14.
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Norv Turner on the sideline as the game got underway.
On the Redskins first possession Trent Green takes them down the field gakes the pass and rolls to the right to score and Washington led 7 to nothing.
But that lead did not last long. On the kickoff New York's David Patten breaks through the wall and he takes it in on this 91 yard return for a touchdown and the score was tied at 7 to 7 in the first quarter.
Green would lead the skins on another touchdown drive this time he goes to the air and hits Stephen Davis on the 12 yard T-d pass and the Skins lead 14 to 7 at the half.
Washington opened the second half with a score.
Skip Hicks scoring on the five yard run and the skins wih it 24 to 14.
Tampa Bay got its offense together today and the Bucs knock Minnesota from the unbeaten ranks beating the Vikings 2
7 to 24.
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The score was back and forth from the opening kickoff.
Minnesota regained the lead in the third quarter when Randall Cunningham hooks up with Jake Reed on the three yard
touchdown pass to make it 24 to 17.
Tampa Bay added a field goal then late in the
fourth quarter Mike Alstott takes the handoff and scores from six yards out the Bucs win it 27 to 24.
The Panthers won their first game of the season today the Broncos remain undefeated and here's the rest of the scores.
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Virginia Tech's 27-to-13 win over West Virginia yesterday has catapulted the Hokies to the number 14
spot in the new coaches top 25 released today.
Mike Stevens has more.
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Just two more months until we start writing "1999" on our checks.
Patrick Evans has a look ahead at the month of November.
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