The final campaign push is on for area Congressional candidates.
David Bowers partied for last-minute support yesterday.
The Roanoke 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.))
[SUPER=201-Rochelle Loritts/Volunteer Coordinator;]
[OUT Q=MORE EXCITING.]
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 yesterday.
He went door-to-door to homes and grocery stores in Roanoke asking residents for their votes.
Joe Barta is banking on the Monica Lewinsky factor to help him at the polls Tuesday.
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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.
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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[IN Q=there are]
((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.))
[SUPER=201-Tom Morris/Emory & Henry University;]
[OUT Q=OF VIRGINIA]
Tom Morris is the president of Emory and Henry University.
He will join us in the studio for News-7's election-night coverage.
Multi-millionaire Mark Warner is helping Democratic candidates and making political news of his own.
Warner has said he's considering a race for governor.
[IN Q=I'VE BEEN ENCOURAGED]
((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.))
[SUPER=201-Mark Warner/Fmr. Senatorial Candidate;]
[OUT Q=STAY INVOLVED.]
Warner challenged Republican John Warner for a seat in the U-S Senate two years ago and lost by a narrow margin.
This weekend he toured Southwest Virginia to support ninth district congressman Rick Boucher.
Boucher's opponent is political newcomer Dr. Joe Barta.
More than a fifteen hundred deaths have now been blamed on former hurricane Mitch.
Rescue workers have recovered hundreds of bodies from mudslides in northern Niacaragua.
Entire villages were buried when a volcano crater lake overflowed in torrential rains.
And the mayor of the Honduran capital died in a helicopter crash Sunday while surveying the devastation.
Last night Mitch's winds, that had once reached nearly 180 miles per hour, dropped to near 30 miles per hour.
Torrential weekend rains are forcing rivers and streams from their banks in Kansas and Oklahoma.
Hundreds of people have fled from their homes in and around Wichita, Kansas.
Water from the raging Whitewater River was four-feet deep in some areas.
((WE'VE GOT MOST HOMES WITH FULLY FLOODEDED BASEMENTS, STRUCTURAL DAMAGE, A LOT OF PROPOERTY DAMAGE INSIDE THE HOMES, PROBABLY 40 VEHICLES IN THAT RESIDENTIAL AREA WE HAD TO EVACUATE, THE VEHICLES ARE A TOTAL LOSS. ))
[OUT Q=ARE A TOTAL LOSS.]
The flooding comes from a line of storms that stretched across eastern Texas, eastern Oklahoma, western Arkansas and eastern Kansas.
The storms dropped up to eight inches of rain in some areas.
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In sports, both Panthers and Redskins fans finally get something to cheer about.
Roy Stanley has details.
Good Morning Roy.
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[OUT Q=later on mornin.]
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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.
[IN Q=A spokesman for]
[SUPER=03-Halifax Co./October 22; :00]
[OUT Q=McKean, News-7.]
((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.))
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In medical news, researchers find use of the drug ecstacy can cause brain damage-- even among occasional users.
Rick Jackson has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
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(( GOOD MORNING.
A LITTLE ECSTACY COULD CAUSE A LIFETIME OF PROBLEMS.
THIS IS NOT SOME ANCIENT PROVERB, BUT THE FINDING OF A NEW STUDY
CONCERNING THE PARTY DRUG, --ECSTASY--.
RESEARCHERS AT JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY SAY THE ILLEGAL SUBSTANCE CAN
SEVERE NERVES IN THE BRAIN THAT CONTROL MEMORY AND MOOD.
BRAIN DAMAGE WAS EVEN FOUND IN OCCASIONAL USERS.
ECSTACY--A COMBINATION OF A HALLUCINOGEN AND A STIMULANT--IS POPULAR
ON THE CLUB SCENE.//
HEALTH INSURERS ARE ACCUSED OF DENYING PATIENTS ACCESS TO THE LATEST
A GROWING NUMBER OF ANGRY CONSUMERS CLAIM THAT BOTH PUBLIC AND
PRIVATE HEALTH PLANS ARE REJECTING REQUESTS FOR EXPENSIVE, NEW THERAPIES.
BUT MANAGED-CARE PROVIDERS ARE DEFENDING THEIR ACTIONS... SAYING IT'S
UP TO THEM TO DETERMINE WHETHER THESE MEDICAL ADVANCES ARE
CRUISE SHIPS ARE TRYING TO ADDRESS THE CONCERNS OF HEALTH-CONSCIOUS
IN FACT, ONE VACATION LINER HAS GONE SO FAR AS TO BAN SMOKING
ANYWHERE ON BOARD.
THE M.S. PARADISE IS BEING TOUTED AS THE WORLD'S FIRST SMOKE-FREE
PASSENGERS WON'T EVEN BE ALLOWED TO LIGHT-UP IN THE LOUNGES OR
OFFICIALS WITH CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES SAY THEY'RE SIMPLY RESPONDING TO
DEMAND FOR A HEALTHIER ENVIRONMENT.
THE SHIP'S OFFICIAL LAUNCH IS SCHEDULED FOR LATER THIS MONTH.
AND THAT IS A LOOK AT TODAY'S MEDICAL NEWS.
I'M RICK JACKSON, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
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Here's a look at today's top stories.
President Clinton's top security advisers will be meeting again Monday to fashion a response to Iraq's latest challenge.
Baghdad says it will no longer let U-N weapons inspectors do their jobs.
For now, the U-S appears ready to let the U-N Security Council take the lead in the confrontation.
The attornies for accused killer Emmett Cressell Junior will try again today for a change of venue.
A 24 person jury pool was filled Friday, that number is expected to pared down today to twelve jurors and two alternates.
John Glenn says he's feeling fine aboard the space shuttle ''Discovery,'' telling reporters that he's having no problems in zero gravity at the age of 77.
Unlike other astronauts, he says he's feeling no space sickness.
The astronauts will wake up soon to begin a full day of experiments.
And that's what's making news on this Monday, November 2nd.
News 7 Mornin' will be right back.
President Clinton's National Security Team meets again today to plot a response to a defiant Iraq.
Over the weekend Baghdad ended all cooperation with U-N weapons inspectors.
The White House says the U-S will work with its allies on any possible military action.
Paul James reports.
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[SUPER=01-William Cohen/Secretary of Defense; :17]
[SUPER=01-Tariq Aziz/Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister; :45]
[SUPER=01-Richard Butler/U. N. Chief Weapons Inspector; 1:13]
[SUPER=01-Paul James/Reporting; 1:27]
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(SUPER: ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE)
(TRACK) CUTTING SHORT HIS ASIAN TOUR, SECRETARY OF DEFENSE WILLIAM
COHEN RETURNED TO WASHINGTON.. TO WORK OUT A RESPONSE TO IRAQ'S LATEST
DEFIANCE OF U-N WEAPONS INSPECTIONS. COHEN WARNED THAT BAGHDAD COULD
FACE MILITARY ACTION IF SADDAM HUSSEIN CONTINUES TO DEFY U-N SANCTIONS
(SOT/12:40:03) WILLIAM COHEN/SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
"He continues to flout the rules. He continues to break agreement after
agreement, and I think that we are concerned about this."
COHEN ALSO SAID THE U-S WOULD PREFER TO ACT WITH ITS ALLIES TO RESOLVE
THE STANDOFF, BUT DIDN'T RULE OUT THE OPTION UNILATERAL MILITARY ACTION.
(TRACK) IRAQ SAYS IT WON'T BACK DOWN ON ITS DECISION UNTIL THE SECURITY
COUNCIL TAKES STEPS TOWARD LIFTING SANCTIONS.. IMPOSED AFTER THE GULF
WAR. IRAQI PRIME MINISTER TARIQ AZIZ ACCUSED THE UNITED STATES OF
DEFYING U-N SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS.
(SOT) TARIQ AZIZ/IRAQI DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER
"when the american ambassador and the security council refuse to mention
a paragraph which is part of resolution 687, that means he does not
respect the resolutions. he wants iraq to comply, but without any
reward, that is not acceptable.
BAGHDAD ALSO DEMANDED THE REMOVAL OF CHIEF U-N ARMS INSPECTOR.. RICHARD
BUTLER.. ACCUSING HIM OF WORKING ON BEHALF OF THE U-S TO PROLONG THE
SANCTIONS. BUTLER SAYS HIS INSPECTORS REMAINED IN BAGHDAD.
SOT: RICHARD BUTLER/U.N. CHIEF WEAPONS INSPECTOR
"we're in Baghdad with all of our staff and we're ready to resume work
as soon as they are."
(TRACK) IRAQ'S LATEST DEFIANCE COMES AFTER THE SECURITY COUNCIL DECIDED
LAST FRIDAY TO REVIEW BAGHDAD'S COMPLIANCE WITH U-N RESOLUTIONS WITHOUT
GUARANTEEING THE PARTIAL LIFTING OF SANCTIONS.
(TRACK) IN FEBRUARY, U-S LED MILITARY STRIKES WERE AVERTED AFTER U-N
SECRETARY GENERAL KOFI ANNAN BROKERED A DEAL THAT GAINED ACCESS FOR U-N
ARMS INSPECTIONS TO PRESIDENTIAL SITES PREVIOUSLY DECLARED OFF-LIMITS.
PAUL JAMES, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
A four-day series of sleep experiments has begun on John Glenn.
The world's oldest astronaut says so far, he's experienced none of the nausea and discomforts associated with space travel.
Yesterday, the crew of shuttle discovery released a satellite to study the sun's outer atmosphere.
They'll retrieve it tomorrow.
Maureen Maher has more.
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[SUPER=01-Maureen Maher/Reporting; 1:17]
[OUT Q=Johnson Space Center]
With a 36-year absence from space, John Glenn has had to make up for
lost time in the last few days. But while speaking with reporters on
Sunday, Glenn said there are still some things he will never understand.
Enjoying a breakfast of eggs and grits with the crew, John Glenn
continued to make space flight look relatively easy on the 4th day of
his historic journey . that despite a second day of drawing blood
samples for an experiment designed to measure his muscle tissue loss.
All in all, the STS-95 mission has gone better than even NASA expected,
including the successful deployment of the Spartan solar observatory.
(NASA mission control nats/1:42:06) ". standing by for maneuver."
Operating Discovery's 50-foot long robot arm, mission specialist Stephan
Lindsey moved the small satellite from the cargo bay, and then released
it into to space.
NATS - NASA - 1:52:34 - "Houston, Discovery, activation is complete
NASA was also excited to release these extraordinary pictures of last
Thursday's lift off - a camera mounted on the solid rocket boosters
gives a never before seen view of the launch.
STAND UP: (replaced with undated standup close for overnight/morning)
Maureen Maher, CBS News...))
Emmett Cressell Junior will be back in a Grayson County courtroom today.
Cressell is accused of the brutal 19-97 murder of Garnett G-P Johnson.
The 24-person jury pool was filled on Friday.
That number is scheduled to be whittled down to twelve jurors and two alternates later today.
Cressell's attornies say they'll make one final effort to have the trial moved from Grayson County before opening arguments begin-- they're also scheduled to take place today.
Virginians will have more than candidates to think about tomorrow-- there are five constitutional amendments on the ballot.
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.
[IN Q=I do not read]
((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.))
[SUPER=201-Sen. Bo Trumbo/(R) Fincastle;]
[OUT Q=but the future.]
The group also publicized a web site: yes-3-yes-4-dot-com, that explains the Chamber's position on the Constitutional questions.
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Descendants of Sally Hemings say they feel vindicated by a D-N-A study that strongly indicates Thomas Jefferson fathered one of his slave's children.
The findings will be published this week in the journal Nature.
And officials at Jefferson's Monticello estate say they'll immediately start telling visitors about the research.
Kristin Jeannette-Meyers reports.
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[SUPER=01-Julia Westerinen/Thomas Jefferson Decendant; :11]
[SUPER=01-Robert Golden/Woodson Family Member; 1:04]
[SUPER=01-Kristin Jeanette-Meyers/Reporting; :42]
[OUT Q=CBS NEWS, New York.]
MEET THE WESTERINEN FAMILY OF STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK...ALMOST CERTAINLY
DIRECT DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS JEFFERSON AND HIS SLAVE, SALLY HEMMINGS.
SOT - They are my great great great grandparents, 5 generations away. 3
JULIA JEFFERSON WESTERINEN S GREAT-GRANDFATHER, WAS THE SON OF ESTON
JEFFERSON...SALLY HEMMINGS YOUNGEST SON...THE QUESTION FOR CENTURIES HAS
BEEN: WHO WAS ESTON JEFFERSONS FATHER?...NEW DNA TESTS COMBINED WITH
EXISTING HISTORICAL RECORDS SHOW: IT WAS THOMAS JEFFERSON
SOT - It made more interesting than I thought I was...I m delighted...I
m French, Irish, Scotch...and Black
THE AFFAIR BETWEEN JEFFERSON AND HEMMINGS HAS LONG BEEN THE SUBJECT OF
HISTORICAL DEBATE AND EVEN A MOVIE...BUT UNTIL NOW MANY MAINSTREAM
HISTORIANS DISCOUNTED IT.
THE DNA ANALYSIS REVEALS THOMAS JEFFERSON'S Y CHROMOSOME HAS A RARE SET
OF GENETIC MUTATIONS...SHARED BY THE LIVING DESCENDANTS OF ESTON
BUT IN AN UNEXPECTED TWIST, THE TESTS ELIMINATED JEFFERSON AS THE FATHER
OF HEMMINGS FIRST BORN SON, THOMAS WOODSON... CONTRADICTING THE
CENTURIES-OLD BELIEF OF THE WOODSON FAMILY'.
SOT - Robert Golden, Woodson Family Member - We have our oral history
that's gone on for so many generations, we have met people from coast to
coast with the same story, we know damn well it's true.
WHILE BOTH THE FAMILIES SORT THROUGH THIS NEW INFORMATION, OTHER
AMERICANS MAY NOW RE-EVALUATE THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF THE PRIAVTE LIFE OF
A FOUNDING FATHER ..KJ-M, CBSN, NY.))
Animals are stealing the show in movies and commercials.
And that's creating a big demand at some pet stores.
David Johnson has more.
[IN Q=Since the release]
[SUPER=04-Paramount Pictures; :00 QUICKLY!!!]
[SUPER=01-Denise Spangler/Pet City Manager; :09]
[SUPER=01-Sarah Flarshiem/Guinea Pig Owner; :24]
[SUPER=01-Philip Flarshiem/Guinea Pig Owner; :34]
[SUPER=04-"Taco Bell" Ad; :41 QUICKLY!!!]
[SUPER=01-Sam Williamson/Peppy's Owner; 1:09]
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((Since the release of the film "Dr. Dolittle" this summer, Pet City has had an increased demand for guinea pigs.
[IN Q=GUINEA PIGS STARTED]
((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.))
[OUT Q=INTO THE FALL.]
The film's talking rodent has owners noticing that their animals have a language all their own.
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[IN Q=NORMALLY WHEN I]
((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.))
[OUT Q=REALLY FUN.]
And thanks to the new "Taco Bell" commercials, Chihuahuas have also become one of the store's hottest selling pets.
[IN Q=EVERYDAY SOMEONE]
((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.))
[OUT Q=TACO BELL DOGS.]
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.
[IN Q=WE JUST CAME]
((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.))
[OUT Q=PUT HIM DOWN.]
(( 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.))
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In sports, Jeff Gordon wraps up the Winston Cup points title with his twelfth win of the year.
Roy Stanley has details.
Good Morning Roy.
[IN Q=Good morning]
[OUT Q=day everybody.]
Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
The last minute campaign push is on--
In Roanoke yesterday, Democratic Congressional candidate David Bowers held an "underdog" party for his campaign and the Washington Redskins.
Bowers says if he doesn't win an upset, he'll run for the Sixth District seat again in two years.
Meanwhile, the Republican Bob Goodlatte spent the day going door to door to drum up support.
Former senatorial candidate Mark Warner campaigned with Ninth District incumbent Rick Boucher over the weekend-- and made some political news of his own.
Warner says he's considering a run for the governor's office.
The capital murder trial of Emmett Cressell Junior resumes today.
The 24-person jury pool was filled on Friday.
The final selection of 12 jurors and two alternates and opening arguments are scheduled to begin later today.
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