Next on News 7 at Five-
One of two men charged in the burning and beheading of a former marine- takes the stand against the other.
A look around the region at the candidates on this election day.
Plus bogus Tutex checks are turning up in Henry County.
It was a "bundle up your overcoat" type of day with drizzle and falling temperatures. Your weather outlook for tomorrow is coming up.
Today on health check --
A new study says music television videos lead to teen drinking.
Plus a new arthritis treatment is curing the symptoms of severe joint swelling.
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A former friend takes the stand to say Emmett Cressell is the man who killed a former
Louis Ceparano says "GP" Johnson was a close friend. And, while he can't remember everything the night Johnson died: He says there's no way he could've taken his life.
But in court today Ceparano could not explain why he had gasoline and Johnson's blood on his clothes the day Johnson's burned and decapitated body was discovered by Grayson County investigators.
Ceparano is already serving a life sentence and is testifying against co-defendant Emmett Cressell, Jr. whose capital murder trial is underway.
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Ceparano says Cressell was the one responsible for killing Johnson in July of '97.
Cressell's defense attorney's want the jury to believe otherwise: Saying Ceparano was the one with a motive.
They say Ceparano was angry at his girlfriend because she was having an affair with a black man.
Jurors were also shown a tape of the gruesome crime scene. We'll have more on that in a live report at 6.[5-PM-Turno
Voters have just under two hours left to cast their votes.
And, so far it appears turnout has been better than expected throughout much of the region, except Roanoke.
Stacey Martin is standing by in Roanoke with more on that.
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Area voters had many factors going against them this year--the rainy weather and the few number of congressional seats up for election.
But, all that wasn't enough to discourage many from going to the polls.
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Voter turnout was higher than expected in Lynchburg and Danville but still well below the approximately 70 percent of voters who went to the polls in the 1994 elections.
As of 3 p-m, Roanoke officials reported only 27 percent of the city's voters had cast their ballot--that's far less than expected.
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((LOELLA THAXTON-CRUTCHFIELD: IN THE PAST THEIR HAVE BEEN OTHER CANDIDATES OR OFFICES UP FOR ELECTION AT THE SAME TIME.
AND TODAY IT'S ONLY TWO CANDIDATES AND AMENDMENTS SO I FEEL LIKE THAT ACCOUNTS FOR IT BEING A LITTLE LOW TOO.))
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The Democratic candidate for the sixth district says considering the rain he is pleased with voter turnout.
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Tina Tenret is covering David Bower's campaign.
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Tina tosses to Joe Dashiell
It has also been a busy election day for Bob Goodlatte.
Joe Dashiell has been covering his campaign.
Joe, how confident is Bob Goodlatte?
Tina... Bob Goodlatte says he believes the voters will respond to what he describes as a positive message of promises made, promises kept... but he and his campaign staff have worked hard to avoid the kind of overconfidence that has tripped up other incumbents.
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((Maryellen and Bob Goodlatte were up with the earliest voters... flipping the levers at Fishburne Park school...
During three terms in Congress, Goodlatte believes he has built a record that resonates with Sixth District voters... He's discounting the suggestion that the midterm election has become a referendum on Bill Clinton.
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Goodlatte insists he has take no one's vote for granted. He's raised the money, run the television ads, done the direct mail that he believes he needed to get the message out and get his supporters to the polls.
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Following this break, we'll have more of our coverage of Election 98
including the race between incumbent Rick Boucher and challenger Joe Barta in the Fighting Ninth.
9th District Congressman Rick Boucher says he doesn't believe voters are thinking about President Clinton as they cast their ballots.
Boucher voted in Abingdon this morning.
He says people will base their vote on how the candidates stand on issues in their district, and not on their relationship with the president.
((REP. RICK BOUCHER/(D) 9TH DISTRICT; I REALLY DON'T THINK THAT IS FOREMOST IN THE VOTERS MINDS, I DON'T THAT THE ELECTION RESULTS ARE GOING TO BE SEEN NATIONWIDE AS A REFERENDUM ON PRESIDENT CLINTON.))
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Boucher is a member of the judiciary committee. He led an unsuccessful effort to limit the impeachment inquiry of the president.
Ninth district challenger Joe Barta voted in his hometown of Radford this morning.
Election officials said turnout there was heavier than usual for an off year.
According to Barta's unscientific polling, a high voter turnout could actually HELP him.
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((BARTA: I DON'T HAVE ANY IDEA. BUT THE PLACES I'VE BEEN, I'VE BEEN VERY GRATIFIED BECAUSE I FEEL THAT MOST OF THEM ARE SUPPORTING ME. A BIG TURNOUT WAS SUPPOSED TO HELP MY OPPONENT, BUT I DON'T FEEL IT'S GOING TO BE THAT WAY.))
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To be fair, Barta said, he expected to get a lot of support from voters in his hometown.
He hopes that support turns out across the ninth district, where incumbent Rick Boucher is favored to win his ninth term in Congress.
From New York to California voters are going to the polls-
The big question is- will today's elections change the balance of power in Washington?
And what impact will it have on the Presidents future?
Jonathan Freed has more.
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((Elections are meant to be the great equalizer. No matter what you do or where you live, our vote is supposed to count as much as anyone else's.
Voter turnout in these so-called off year elections is traditionally low, especially for the party of a president who's in his 6th year in the White House. At stake this time are 36 governorships, 34 senate seats and all 435 spots in the house of representatives. With the
impeachment inquiry into the Monica Lewinsky affair looming ahead, the President was asked if he thought people would be voting to send a message about what they think should happen to him.
CLINTON: I THINK THIS ELECTION IS A REFERENDUM ON ALL THE HOPES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FOR THE FUTURE, AND THEIR ASSESSMENT OF THE PRESENT CONDITION, AND HOW WE GET FROM HERE TO A BETTER TOMORROW.
The President knows that the make-up of the new congress will directly affect his political future. If the republicans make gains, they'll likely feel they have a mandate to push ahead strongly with the inquiry. If the Democrats do well, meaning that they at least hold off a big republican advance, then that will make impeachment tougher for the GOP.
CBS News is tracking what the voters are saying as they leave the polls.
KATHY FRANKOVIC, CBS NEWS DIRECTOR OF SURVEYS
JONATHAN FREED: THE REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN AHEAD FOR MUCH OF THE
CAMPAIGN, BUT IN THE LAST FEW DAYS THE OPINION POLLS HAVE BEEN
SUGGESTING THAT THE DEMOCRATS MAY DO BETTER THAN MANY PEOPLE EXPECT. JF,
CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))
Central America is calling on the World for help.
Thousands there are left with only a few belongings.
Many have lost their families as well as their homes.
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The storm killed an estimated 7-thousand people across central America.
The damage to buildings and crops is estimated in the millions of dollars.
Today President Clinton announced two million U-S dollars in food medicine water and other supplies.
Employees of a Christiansburg electronics store will be among the 28-hundred without a job this winter.
Sun Television and Appliance is liquidating its last 30-stores.
Officials for the Columbus, Ohio-based corporation say the company is failing due to "financial deterioration".
Officials have requested a small severance package for its workers, but the bankruptcy court has yet to return its rul
Authorities in Henry County are trying to crack a counterfeit check scam.
Someone is using a computer to create bogus payroll checks from the Tultex Corporation.
The fake checks look similar to the real ones-- but there are some differences.
The real Tultex checks are printed in two colors and have the warning "Do no accept unless blue and brown are present."
The bogus checks are printed on just brown paper and have no blue on them.
So far, about 130-bogus checks have been cashed at area banks and stores.
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((LT KIMMY NESTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S OFFICE: AT THIS TIME WE'VE GOT BLACK FEMALES AND MALES THAT ARE CASHING THE CHECKS. THEY'RE CASHING THEM IN THE MARTINSVILLE HENRY COUNTY AREA AND THEY'RE APPEARING IN ROANOKE CITY ROANOKE COUNTY EDEN NORTH CAROLINA CLARKSVILLE DANVILLE AND PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY.))
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Anyone with information about the check scam is urged to call the Henry County Sheriff's Office.
A reward is being offered for tips that lead to an arrest.
Coming up next on the newscast, Robin Reed will let us know what the weather will hold for the rest of the work week. Stay with us.
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Coming up in Sports, we'll hear from former Carolina Panther Kerry Collins on his D-U-I arrest this weekend.
Next on health check --
Pain relief for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers.
And surgeons in Florida perform emergency surgery to put a patient back together.
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A new arthritis drug is helping patients who have not responded well to other treatments.
The Food and Drug Administration approved the new genetically engineered protein called etanercept (eh-tanner-cept).
It helps reduce the symptoms of moderate to severe, active rheumatoid arthritis.
Health officials say the product can significantly reduce pain and swollen joints.
Entanercept will be sold under the trade-name Enbrel.
It's being called a medical miracle and testimony to the resilience of the human body.
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A Florida woman's hand was torn off in a car accident.
Sherry Lyn Van-Wagner's hand was found by paramedics who packed it in ice and rushed it to the hospital.
A team of surgeons worked 12 hours to re-attach the body part in a replantation operation to reattach tendons and reestablish blood supply.
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((DR. JONES WERNTZ/ORTHOPEDIC HAND SURGEON: EVEN THOUGH SHE'S RIGHT HANDED AND THIS IS HER LEFT HAND, PSYCHOLOGICALLY IT'S MUCH BETTER FOR HER TO HAVE HER OWN HAND, THAN THE PROTHESIS.))
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Doctor Werntz says the operation was successful and expects Van-Wagner to regain full use of her hand.
A new study reports television images glamorizing alcohol consumption may encourage adolescents to drink.
Researchers say for every one hour of watching TV there was a nine percent average increased risk of starting to drink alcohol.
Similar increases in daily viewing of music videos were linked to increased risks for initiation of drinking by 31-percent.
In contrast the report found watching videos was associated with a slight decrease in drinking risk.
And computer or video-game use had no significant impact on drinking rates.
In Sports, the Roanoke Express prepares to take the ice tonight.
With that and more here's Mike Stevens.
Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your ticker. Lets start on the ice.
The Roanoke Express goes out of the Northeast division to face Northwest leading Wheeling tonight at 7 at the Round House.
Center Chris Lipsett is tied for second for goals scored with 2 and has 12 shots on the season.
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Daniel Berthiaume will once again start in net for the Express tonight. Scott Gordon has confirmed that Berthiaume and Dave Gagnon will alternate games.
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The Saints reside in the city of sin, so we shouldn't be that surprised when one of New Orleans finest goes astray.
But Kerry Collins' arrest on a DUI charge late Sunday night was tough for even the most staunch Collins' supporters to take.
Today, Collins faced the music and apologized for his most recent mistake.
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One quarterback who isn't struggling these days is Doug Flutie. In his three starts this season he has completed 62 percent of his passes, throws for 10 TDs and put himself on the cover of this week's Sorts Illustrated.
You can join the growing legions of Flutie fans this weekend as we bring you an NFL doubleheader on Sunday.
Flutie and the Bills take on the Jets right after the
Dolphins host Peyton Manning and the Colts.
More sports is coming up at six.
Have a nice election night everybody.
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If you think you're phone bill is already too high, then you probably don't want to see this next story.
British craftsmen have developed a mobile phone for people who want to let their fingers do the walking in style.
The phones are made out of platinum which is one of the rarest and most expensive metals.
Only ten of the phones are being made this year. They come with a 15-thousand dollar price tag.
News 7 will provide the latest results to key races all evening. We'll bring you live updates with candidates' reaction, and analysis from our political expert, Tom Morris. Then we'll wrap it up with complete election coverage on News 7 at 11.
You can also catch election updates throughout the evening on our web page, WDBJ7-dot-com. [Close-ID]