Up next on News 7, the defense rests in the murder trial of Emmett Cressell Junior. We'll have a live report.
and we'll tell you why some voters are upset with problems with the motor voter registration law.
It was a winter coat day today-- it'll still be chilly tomorrow, just not as RAW.
Forecast details are coming up.
On health check --
Is your weight determined before you're even born?
Medical researchers say the smaller the infant, the bigger the adult.
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Jurors will NOT hear from accused murderer Emmett Cressell Junior as they were originally predicted.
Emmett Cressell Junior will not testify as his attornies had predicted in opening statements.
The Defense rested its case less than a hour ago without calling the accused murderer to the stand.
Cressell is the second man to stand trial for the murder of Garnett "G-P Johnson" in July of last year.
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Teresa Hamilton is in Independence. She has been following the case from the start and she joins us now.
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Teresa, where does the trial stand at this moment?[5-West]
A man who has served almost all of a ten-year sentence- -for a crime he claims he did NOT commit- -got out of prison today.
Dennis West was on his way to his parents' home in Vinton, when Keith Humphry caught up with him and his parole officer.
Now 46, West was twice found guilty of second-degree murder for killing his wife, Barbara, at their home on Union Street in Salem.
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((I THINK PEOPLE IN SALEM ARE CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR RELEASE. DO THEY HAVE REASON TO BE CONCERNED? NONE WHATSOEVER.))
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West, who left Keen Mountain Prison at two this morning- declined to say anything more.
West will wear an ankle bracelet that monitors his whereabouts for as long as the Parole Board wants him to.
He'll also have to check in with his parole officer once a WEEK.
Three people were sentenced today for their involvement in a drug ring that investigators say supplied most of the heroin sold in Roanoke until last fall.
31-year old Gail Arrington and Kenneth Lanier were each sentenced to two and a half years in prison for conspiracy to possess heroin with intent to distribute.
Jordan Arrington received a 16-month sentence for the same conviction.
Prosecutors felt the punishment fit the crime.
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Fourteen people in all were allegedly linked to the ring that was blamed for supplying the heroin which resulted in three fatal overdoses.
The rest of them have not been sentenced.[5-Motor-Voter]
The motor-voter law is driving many would-be voters away.
The law set out to make voting registration easier.
Just fill out a form at the D-M-V when you apply for a driver's license.
But about 90 people in the Roanoke Valley were told they could not vote yesterday, because their applications never made it to the registrar's office.
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((IT'S TRUE THAT IF IT HASN'T BEEN COMPLETED ... DON'T SEND IT IN.))
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D-M-V clerks remind voters to sign their forms.
But the state board of elections still gets sheets with no address and no signature -- and no way to contact the person.
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((WE DON'T WANT TO DENY YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE ... AND CALL US.))
[SUPER=201-Diane St. John/Roanoke Co. Registrar;]
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There will be a training session in December for agencies involved with the motor-voter law.
The law has added a half a million new Virginia voters in the past two years.
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The day after the election, pundits across the country are trying to gauge popular opinion on the issues. Up next, we'll hear what polticians on the local and national levels have to say
and in one of the country's most unusual races, former professional wrestler Jesse "the Body" Ventura becomes the head
of Minnesota's governing body.
Sixth District Republican Bob Goodlatte won re- election handily yesterday, but across the country Democrats picked up seats in Congress.
The midterm elections did not become a referendum on Bill Clinton, but they may have a major impact on his political future.
Joe Dashiell has more on the local election and the national implications.
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((While Bob Goodlatte and his supporters were celebrating an impressive victory... few were giving Clinton any of the credit.
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((I REALLY DON'T. I THINK THERE AGAIN, THEY WERE LOOKING AT THE SIXTH DISTRICT, THE WAY BOB HAS REPRESENTED THEM.))
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Nationally, Democrats did win... The party picked up seats in the House, and stood its ground in the Senate.
And with the election over, Ninth District congressman Rick Boucher says he is hopeful that political posturing will give way to a sober review of the evidence against the President.
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((NOW THE TIME HAS COME FOR US TO WORK IN A BIPARTISAN MANNER TO REACH A RESOLUTION, AND I'M VERY HOPEFUL WE CAN DO THAT AND DO THAT QUICKLY.))
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The judiciary committee is scheduled to reconvene November 16th... and Boucher says he is hopeful the committee can complete its review by the end of the year.
Joe Dashiell News 7))[5-Clinton]
Democrats picked up five Congressional seats in the House in yesterday's election- but none in the Senate.
Even though the balance of power remains the same- Repubicans still have a majority- it's seen as win for Democrats.
The President though would not comment on the impact the election may have on the impeachment probe against him-
((IN YESTERDAYS ELECTION I THINK THE MESSAGE THE AMERICAN PEOPEL SENT WAS OUD AND CLEAR. WE WANT PROGRESS OVER PARTISANSHIP AND UNITY OVER DIVISION.))
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One suprise win came in Minnesota- where a former wrestler goes from the ring to the political arena.
The Governor Elect there is Jesse "The Body" Ventura- Drew Levison has more.
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MINNESOTA'S BODY POLITIC TOOK THE COUNTRY BY SURPRISE ELECTION
JESSE "THE BODY" VENTURA WRESTLED THE VOTE AWAY FROM THE
POLITICAL ESTABLISHMENT TO BECOME THE STATE'S NEXT GOVERNOR.
THE AMERICAN DREAM LIVES ON IN MINNESOTA AS WE SHOCKED THE WORLD!
THIS IS HOW MUCH OF AMERICA REMEMBERS THE FORMER PROFESSIONAL WRESTLER-USING HIS BRAWN MORE THAN THAN HIS BRAIN
You see a little bit ago what I did to his fellow countryman."
THE MAN WHO SPENT 11 YEARS ON THE MATS USED HIS MIND AND WIT TO
CANVANSS ENOUGH VOTES TO OUTDISTANCE TWO POLITCAL HEAVYWEIGHTS--DEMOCRAT
HUBERT HUMPHREY THE THIRD AND REPUBLICAN NORM COLEMAN.
A VOTE FOR ME WAS A WASTED VOTE, WELL GUESS WHAT, THEY GOT WASTED!
JUST HOURS AFTER ONE OF THE MOST IMPROBABLE WINS IN RECENT AMERICAN
HISTORY-GOVERNOR-ELECT VENTURA TOURED WHAT WILL SOON BE HIS NEW
OFFICE AT THE STATEHOUSE.
I'LL do the best job that I'm capable of doing and to the best of my ability and the people accept that.
AND MANY MINNESOTAN'S THINK HE'S RIGHT.
STILL A GOVERNOR WITH A PREVIOUS PENCHANT FOR BODY-SLAMS MAKES FOR
COURTESY WORLDWIDE PANTS:
VOTE FOR ME OR SO HELP ME GOD I'LL PILEDRIVE YOU.
DREW LEVINSON/CBS NEWS: VENTURA ADMITS HE'S A POLITICAL LIGHTWEIGHT, BUT VOWS NOT TO
CHANGE WITH ONE EXCEPTION--HE DOESN'T WANT TO BE THE BODY ANYMORE-INSTEAD JUST CALL HIM THE HONORABLE JESSE "THE MIND" VENTURA."
DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS, MINNEAPOLIS.)
They're making beautiful music at Radford University. Now they hope to use it to make some money. Patrick Evans will explain next.
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They're raising loot to buy a LUTE at Radford University.
Patrick Evans has the musical story.
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Coming up in Sports, Steve Mason will take a look back at some strange happenings in a girls' basketball game last night.
On Health Check, researchers say overweight children may come from UNDERweight babies,
and we'll see how doctors are using artifical hearts as a temporary solution to heart problems.
The reason some people are overweight may have a lot to do to with their development before birth.
A study in the Journal, Pediatrics, found that underweight newborns who began life with less muscle mass, quickly developed more fat.
Researchers believe the newborns are compensating for a lack of nutrients they received as a fetus.
Doctors are finding new success with a relatively inexpensive artifical heart. This one doesn't replace the patient's organ, it just assists the real heart until it can heal. Tom Fenton has more.
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It's time for our two minute ticker and in this edition of Hometown Hoops Weekly, Steve Mason focusses on the game that never happened.
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((Minutes before the varsity tip off, something was very wrong. Glenvar was going through warm ups while the Lady Cougars were still in street clothes watching courtside. Cutting down the two school's JV game by 2 minutes, resulted in hours of frustration in which Covington varsity coach Rob Bennett felt his JV coach Louis Venable, his jv players and the entire program had been disrespected by Glenvar.
While the Lady Highlanders went through pre game drills, Bennett packed up his team, loaded the Covington bus and left, refusing to play the game.
The Virginia High School contacted both schools this morning and are letting Glenvar and Covington handle this between themselves. Both parties agreed not to seek a forfiture and ruled the game a no cotest which will not be made up. Stev
e Mason Hometown Hoops Weekly.)) [5-Sinkhole]
Some visitors had trouble telling Disney World from a hole in the ground yesterday.
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That after a giant sinkhole ate up part of the off ramp leading to the park.
The 80 foot wide, 40 foot deep hole opened up last night.
Drivers had to find alternate routes into the park after three roads were closed.
Sinkholes develop when seeping water dissolves soil and rock under the road.
The soil gets washed away leaving a hollow area that can collapse.