[HEADLINES]

[TALENT=Melanie]

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[VO-NAT]


Voters head to the polls in the state and througout the nation for mid term elections.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


And testimony has resumed at Emmitt Cressell capital murder trial.
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[TALENT=Patrick]
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=None]


News 7 at noon is next.

[Turnout]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#98-56 TC1:32:38]
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Six hours after the polls opened to voters, turnout is varied across the Roanoke Valley.
It seems that earlier projections of LIGHT voter turnout in this mid- term election were a bit premature.
[Double Boxes=Melanie and Kimberly/Microwave]


Kimberly McBroom has spent the morning speaking with voters, and has the early numbers from the polls.
Kim, what did you find out?
[Live=Kimberly Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=219-Kimberly/McBroom;]
[SUPER=205-Roanoke Co.;]
( Melanie, voter turnout is a bit higher than expected in Roanoke county.


As of 10:00 this morning, 16- percent of registered voters in the county came out to the polls.
Meanwhile, in the city of Roanoke, the registrar's office reports a little more than a 12- percent turnout so far.
And of those voters we talked to said they had made up their minds prior to coming to the polls today.)
(Rollcue:coming to the polls today.)
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[IN Q=Voter Gary Alldredge]
[SUPER=203-Roanoke; :00 ]
[SUPER=201-Gary Alldredge/Voter; :13]
[SUPER=201-Brenda Kinnard/Voter; :27]
[SUPER=201-David Bowers/(D) Congressional Candidate; :54]
[SUPER=201-Rep. Bob Goodlatte/(R) Sixth District; 1:07]
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(( Voter Gary Alldredge says the Presidential scandal in Washington motivated him to head out to the polls on this rainy Tuesday.
And he believes many others will follow suit-- despite predictions of low voter turnout.
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[SOT AM ELECTION TAPE 10:15:30 ]

((GARY ALLDREDGE/VOTER: THAT'S WHAT THEY'VE BEEN TELLING US AND IT'S PRETTY DEPRESSING AND IT'S KIND OF LIKE STEREOTYPING EVERYBODY AND NEEDS TO BE UPBEAT. IF THEY WANT A STRONG TURNOUT, THEY NEED TO PROMOTE IT.)) [RUNS:14]
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[SOT AM ELECTION TAPE 10:18:51]

((BRENDA KINNARD/VOTER: BUT THE PEOPLE THAT ARE REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON, I FEEL LIKE THEY WILL GET OUT AND VOTE, JUST LIKE I DID.)) [RUNS:07]
News 7 caught up with the two contenders for one of the most watched contests-- the race for the sixth district congressional seat.
Both were out casting their own ballots before sunrise this morning.
Democratic challenger and self- proclaimed "Underdog" David Bowers says the gray weather won't put a damper on his chances, as long as voters come out.
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[SOT raw feed tape 6:45:54 ]

((DAVID BOWERS/D- CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE: I TELL YOU, IF THERE WAS EVER A DAY THAT VOTERS COULD PROVE THAT PEOPLE AND IDEAS CAN BEAT BIG MONEY, THIS IS THE DAY.)) [RUNS:08]
As an incumbent seeking his FOURTH term, Goodlatte is considered the frontrunner, but he says he's not taking anything for granted.
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[SOT AM Election tape 15:38:50]

((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/R- SIXTH DISTRICT: IT'S AN IMPORTANT RACE. I'M RUNNING FOR RE- ELECTION ON A PLATFORM OF PROMISES MADE, PROMISES KEPT. HAVING WORKED TO BALANCE THE BUDGET, TO CUT TAXES AND REFORM WELFARE. WE HAVE A LOT MORE WORK TO DO AND I HOPE THE VOTERS WILL TURN OUT TO GIVE ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE TO DO THAT. )) [RUNS:13]))
[Live=Kimberly Full/Microwave]
[SUPER=205-Roanoke Co.;]
( In the midst of all the Election Day smiles, there has been one sour note.


The Roanoke city Democratic committee says it's upset about the number of Goodlatte signs placed on utility polls and have made a complaint the city police department. )
[Double Boxes=Melanie and Kimberly/Microwave]
(Question:Kimerly you mentioned that voter turnout numbers were from 10 this morning.


When will we have the next update?)

[Ninth-District]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jmc]
[TAPE#=98-64 TC48:38]
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Balloting has been heavier than expected in Joe Barta's hometown, as the Radford Republican tries to unseat Ninth District Democrat Rick Boucher.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-Radford]


Barta started his last campaign swing in Christiansburg this morning, then headed to Radford to cast his vote.
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[IN Q=The places I've been]
[SUPER=201-Joe Barta/(R) Congressional Candidate;]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=203-Abingdon;]


Congressman Rick Boucher is spending the day in HIS hometown of Abingdon.
He voted this morning, and appeared confident he'll win a ninth term in the House.
[SOT]
[IN Q=We're focusing]
[SUPER=201-Rep. Rick Boucher/(D) 9th District;]
[RUNS=:11]
[OUT Q=for southwest Virginians.]
[VO-NAT]
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[VO-NAT]


The ninth district is one of only four in the state in which the incumbents have an opponent on the ballot.
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[NTL-Contests]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net]
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Throughout the nation voters are choosing 34 U-S Senators, all 435 House members and 36 governors.
Two of those gubernatorial races find former President George Bush's sons in the thick of things.
George W. Bush is a strong favorite for another term as the governor of Texas and also for a White House run in 2-thousand.
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[VO-NAT]


And Jeb Bush is expected to become Florida's governor after a narrow defeat in 19-94.
[SUPER=203-Washington DC;]

[10;02:27]
For only the second time in the last two decades, Marion Barry's name is not on the ballot in the nation's capitol.


He's retiring as mayor after four terms.
Democrat Anthony Williams is widely favored.
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[Elx-Coverage]


[ANCHOR=MElanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ejo]
[TAPE#=none]
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For the latest election results-- stay tuned to News 7.
We'll have live election reports in all of our newscasts, and once the polls close, we will bring you the very latest results, and reaction to key races.


[Cressell]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=tha]
[TAPE#98-]
[GRAPHIC=Emmett Cressell]


Defense attornies for Emmett Cressell Junior today began their cross-examination of the man who could help put their client behind bars.
[Double Boxes=Melanie and Teresa/Starlink]


Teresa Hamilton is in Independence and joins us with the latest.

[Live=Teresa Full/Starlink]
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[SUPER=06-Independence;]
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[***Rolled from Starlink***]
[VO-NAT]

[TERESA'S MIKE HOT]
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[Live=Teresa Full/Starlink]
[SUPER=06-Independence;]
( Defense attornies want the jury to believe Ceparano was the guilty one that night and had a motive.


They intend to prove Ceparano was angry because he thought his girlfriend was having an affair with a black man.)
[Double Boxes=MElanie and Teresa/Starlink]
(Question: Do they have any other motives?)

[tease1] [HARD MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Nearly sixth months after one of Roanoke's deadliest fires, prosecutors charge someone with setting it.
That's one of the stories still ahead on News07 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And Mitch has now killed at least seven thousand people in Central America and created the need for at least seven million dollars in emergency aid.
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[Talent=Patrick]

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[mitch]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net]
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American help is making its way to the victims of Hurricane Mitch.
More than 7-thousand are feared dead in Honduras and Nicaragua.
And thousands of survivors remain without food and water.
Byron Pitts reports from Nicaragua on how people are coping to what's considered one of the region's worst natural disasters.
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[10:06;45]
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[SUPER=01-Byron Pitts/Reporting; :00]
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[OUT Q=Managua Nicaragua]



[L'Burg-Indictment]


[ANCHOR=MElanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
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A teenager faces a capital murder charge for a July murder in Lynchburg.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/July 12]


The body of 21-year old Peter Spyropoulos (Spear-op-uh-lus) of Massachusetts was found July 12-th in a Burning car.

He had been shot to death.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[SS=HOLD]


Yesterday, a Lynchburg grand jury indicted 18-year old Darnell Willis Venable.
He was arrested July 24-th in Cambridge Massachusetts.
The two men apparently traveled together to Lynchburg the day before the murder, which authorities believe was moti

vated by robbery.[Fire-Arrest]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=dse]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


Roanoke prosecutors think they know who started a May apartment fire that killed six people.
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[VO-NAT]


They charged Michael Clements with murder and arson yesterday.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=After reviewing]

((DENNIS NAGEL/ASSISTANT COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY; AFTER REVIEWING ALL THE EVIDENCE WE DETERMINED THAT WE COULD BRING FORTH SIX COUNTS OF WHAT IS ESSENTIALLY FELONY HOMICIDE, AND THE ONE COUNT OF ARSON, FOR WHICH MR. CLEMENTS COULD FACE A MAXIMUM OF SEVEN LIFE TERMS.))
[SUPER=01-Dennis Nagel/Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney;]
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[OUT Q=seven life terms]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/May 18;]


Clements is NOT charged with capital murder.
Prosecutors say capital murder was not an appropriate charge in this case, though they wouldn't explain why.
Many survivors of the fire believed it was set as retaliation for the killing of Kevin Jones.
Prosecutors aren't saying if there was a connection.
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[Pitts-Murder]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#None]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation]


A halloween fight turned deadly in Pittsylvania County.
37-year old Kenneth Waddell Carter died early yesterday morning at Danville Regional Medical Center.
He was taken there Saturday night after suffering a puncture wound to the left thigh.
He received the fatal injury during a fight at a party in Chatham.



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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


The U-S is headed toward another showdown with Iraq over weapons inspections.
That story is next on News-7 at Noon.
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[VO-NAT ]


And it took weeks of negotiating to build the latest Mid-East peace accord.
Now it may fall apart over a list of 30 names.
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[IRAQ]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=MORNIN]
[WRITER=MEL]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=Iraq Conflict]


Iraq is urging its citizens to get ready to fight.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Baghdad, Iraq;]

[7:09:17]
An editorial in a state-run newspaper today says Iraqis need to be prepared to battle -- quote -- ``the U-S monster'' -- regardless of the sacrifices.
Over the weekend, Saddam Hussein cut off U-N weapons inspectors.
President Clinton isn't ruling out the use of force, in response to Iraq's latest challenge.
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[SOT]

[4:16:33]
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((CLINTON: UNTIL INSPECTORS ARE BACK ON THE JOB, NO OPTIONS ARE OFF THE TABLE. ))
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[OUT Q=ARE OFF THE TABLE. ]
[ANCHOR=MElanie]
[SS=HOLD]


The U-N Security Council has started discussing a draft resolution ordering Iraq to allow inspections.
It could include language giving the U-S and its allies the green light for military action.

[Israel]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mel]
[TAPE#net]
[GRAPHIC=Mideast Peace]


Israel says there will be no ratification of the new Mideast peace deal until it has a complete security blue print.

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Jerusalem;]

[7:14:25]
The Israeli Cabinet wants a list of the 30 Islamic militants the Palestinians have promised to round up.
The peace agreement was supposed to take effect yesterday, but the Palestinians agreed to postpone it so Israel's government could discuss the terms.
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[SOT]
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(( NETANYAHU:I'VE SPOKEN YESTERDAY TO SECRETARY ALBRIGHT ABOUT RECEIVING THIS IMPORTANT GUARANTEE. AND IF WE RECEIVE IT, I'LL CONVENE THE GOVERNMENT AND IF NOT I'LL WAIT UNTIL I RECEIVE IT. ))
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[OUT Q=I RECEIVE IT.]
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[VO-NAT]

[8:12:45]
Palestinians have reacted angrily to Netanyahu's ultimatum.
But Netanyahu has assured the Palestinians he'll do his best to stick to the scheduled date for the first Israeli troop pullback -- November 16th.
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[Stocks]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=chr]
[TAPE# none]
[GRAPHIC=stocks]


On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN nine-points
[tease3] [SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead in sports, Kerry Collins heads back to News Orleans after being released from a North Carolina jail.
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[VO-NAT ]


Plus, the Philadelphia Eagles cement their place in the N-F-C cellar, with last night's lopsided loss to the Cowboys.
That's coming up, when News 7 at Noon continues.
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[COMM BREAK #3]


[Tyson-Return]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ssa]
[TAPE#=net-]
[GRAPHIC=Mike Tyson]


Mike Tyson will soon return to the ring.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=@file;]


Published reports say the former heavyweight champ will announce today he'll fight South African Francois Botha January sixteenth in Las Vegas.
Tyson's license to box was reinstated by the Nevada State Athletic Commission last month, after being banned for fifteen months for biting off a chunk of Evander Holyfield's ear.
Botha is the top contender for Holyfield's heavyweight title.
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[Collins]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-27]
[GRAPHIC=SAINTS]


New Orleans quarterback Kerry Collins is publicly apologizing for his arrest on drunk driving charges Sunday.
At the Saints' training facility this morning, Collins read from a handwritten statement, saying his actions were completely unacceptable.
He said he takes full responsibility for a "serious offense".
The team will conduct a medical review to determine if Collins has a drinking problem.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/Yesterday;:00]


Collins was pulled over and later arrested when he refused to take a breathalyzer test.
He was taken to the Mecklenburg County jail where he signed autographs, posted a one thousand dollar bond, and flew back to New Orleans.
New Orleans coach Mike Ditka says he has no plans to get rid of Collins.
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[Anchor=Patrick]
[ss=NFL]


The quarterback could face a 20 thousand dollar fine from the N-F-L if he's convicted.[Dallas]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ssa]
[TAPE#=sp-20]
[GRAPHIC=Cowboys/Eagles]


The Philadelphia Eagles are now the only team in N-F-L history to be shutout twice at home by more than thirty points, after last night's embarrassing 34- nothing loss to Dallas.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/ABC;]


Troy Aikman was back in the lineup for the first time since suffering a broken collarbone in September.
And he would make a brilliant return, with help from Deion Sanders- who takes the punt and goes all the way- 69 yards- for the score.
And everyone gets into the celebration in the end zone, as the Cowboys go up 17-nothing at the half and win it 34-nothing.
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[VHSL]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=SP-26]
[GRAPHIC=HIGH SCHOOL TOP 10]


The new A-P high school polls are out.
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[VO-NAT]


In Group 3-A, Deep Creek replaces Varina as the number 1 team in the state, while the only team from our area is Amherst County. The Lancers play E-C Glass on Friday.
Salem and Martinsville continue to hold steady at the top of the Group Two-A poll. Heritage is fifth, and Lebanon is 10th.
Floyd County jumps in the Group-A poll this week. Powell Valley stick to the top at number one.
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[Girls]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mst]
[TAPE#=sp-22]
[GRAPHIC=GIRLS HOOPS]


There's a shakeup in the girl's basketball polls after Salem's win over William Byrd last week.
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[VO-NAT]


Byrd goes to number two in the poll. The Turner Ashby Knights are now number one, while Salem and Bassett are tied for fifth.
Shawsville is seventh in this week's single-A top ten. The number one team is still Northwood.
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[NBA-Lockout]


[ANCHOR=Patrick]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=ssa]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=NBA]


The N-B-A should be gearing up for opening day festivities scheduled to take place tonight.
But the five-month old player lockout continues, with no end in sight.
After meeting with N-B-A representatives for two and a half hours yesterday, union director Billy Hunter says he thinks the season won't start until January.
Hunter says there's a growing misperception that a deal is imminent- and the players and owners aren't scheduled to The first month of the season has already been cancelled. talk again until tomorrow.