Newt Gingrich has decided NOT to seek another term as Speaker of the House.
The Georgia Republican dropped his bombshell three days after his party was blindsided with the loss of five seats.
Congressman Bob Livingston is the most out-front candidate for the position, but at least four other Republicans are jockeying for the job.
Oklahoma congressman Steve Largent wants the House Majority job.
He's fighting Dick Army for the spot.
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((STEVE LARGENT/R-OKLAHOMA: I THINK IT'S ABUNDANTLY CLEAR ON NOVEMBER THIRD THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HIT AN ICEBERG AND I THINK THE QUESTION IS BEFORE OUR CONFERENCE IS DO WE RETAIN THE CREW OF THE TITANTIC OR DO WE LOOK FOR SOME NEW LEADERSHIP.))
[SUPER=01-Steve Largent/(R) Oklahoma;]
[OUT Q=SOME NEW LEADERSHIP]
The election for Speaker of the House is set for November 19th.
It took an all white jury less than an hour and a half to settle on a sentence for Emmett Cressell, Junior.
Cressell will spend life in prison for the brutal murder of a black man in Grayson County, last July.
Teresa Hamilton reports from Independence.
[SUPER=01-Pat Johnson/Victim's Cousin; :00]
[SUPER=01-J. D. Bolt/Grayson Co. Prosecutor; :23]
[SUPER=01-Emmett Cressell, Sr./Cressell's Father; 1:04 (QUICK!)]
[SUPER=01-Mark Claytor/Cressell's Attorney; 1:12]
[OUT Q=NEWS 7, Independence.]
Now that Cressell has been sentenced, the Justice Department is expected to rule whether this case constitutes a hate crime.
A 31-year-old concrete worker died after he was electrocuted on the job the yesterday morning.
Bedford County police say Preston Lloyd Burns, Junior was carrying a 24-foot aluminum tool at a Huddleston worksite when the tool accidentally touched a power line.
Burns was pronounced dead at Bedford Memorial Hospital.
Blockbuster Video on 419 in Roanoke had a block-busting experience yesterday.
For the second time in less than two years someone has gone searching for videos at this store without first parking the car.
Yesterday a 31 year old man driving a red Hyundai took out a plate glass window beside the front door- -along with some of the building's brick facade.
No one was hurt. County police say the driver of the car was NOT charged.
The last time this happened, several windows were smashed out and it took several weeks to repair.
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In sports, the regular season wrapped up last night in high school football.
Mike Stevens has highlights from all the action.
Good Morning Mike.
[IN Q="Good Morning...]
[OUT Q=...HOMETOWN STATION."]
(( The Salem Spartans completed their first perfect regular season since 1992 with a 58-to-nothing win over Rockbridge Co.
Taylor Edwards and Martinsville finished up 10-and-0 and won the Piedmont with a 27-to-nothing shutout of Patrick County.
Amherst County won the western district title andalso wraped up a 10-and-0 regular season with a 21-to-7 victory over EC Glass.
Heritage beat Jefferson Forest for the first time in the Seminole to win that district title 16-to-14.
Christiansburg will likely open the playoffs against Heritage next week after beating Alleghany 30-to-18.
William Fleming wrapped up the Roanoke Valley didtrict title with a 14-to-nothing win over PH.
Pulaski doesn't get at least a share of the RVD title for the first time in 8 years, but the Cougars pound Cave Spring 48-to-18.
Lord Botetourt doubles up Northside 28-to-14 for win number 7.
In Dry Fork, Tunstall won the Dogwood district title with a come from behind 21-to-13 win over Gretna.
Giles clinched the Three Rivers outright with a 36-to-20 win over Shawsville.
Floyd County gets in the playoffs with a 9-and-1 record after manhandling Grayson 43-to-14.
OJ Thomason topped the 2000 yard mark in William Byrd's 42-to-22 win over Blacksburg.
Covington tuned up for the playoffs with a 14-to-13 win over Glenvar.
And thanks to John Ross Williams, Parry McCluer ripped Bath County 36-to-nothing.
The city of Roanoke is asking residents to help plan the future of the Parks and Recreation.
Roanoke is in the middle of developing a master plan.
Yesterday, the department and members of a citizens committee said there are many exciting possibilities.
[IN Q=We think there is a lot of opportunity]
((WE THINK THERE IS A LOT OF OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK AT PARK IMPROVEMENTS, REALISTIC SOLUTIONS TO VICTORY STADIUM, AND ALSO THE POSSIBILITY OF A FAMILY ORIENTED LARGE RECREATION CENTER THAT EVERYONE IN THE FAMILY CAN COME AND ENJOY.))
[OUT Q=the family can come and enjoy.]
The first of four public workshops will take place Monday night from seven to nine at Breckenridge Middle School.
Will people in Danville be willing to pay more in taxes to fund 40-million dollars in school facilities?
Danville's city council agreed last night to put a school bond referendum on the March 2nd ballot.
Half of the 40-million would go toward renovating George Washington High School.
The other half would go toward building a new school to replace Glenwood Elementary.
All 15-school buildings would also get air conditioning.
If the referendum passes, the school projects would be completed over a 10-year period.
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[IN Q=HI, I'M INGRID STRELKA]
((HI, I'M INGRID STRELKA FROM SALEM. COMING UP LATER ANDREW AND I ARE GOING TO MAKE QUICK AND DIRTY CHICKEN ON WEEKEND DINER. PLEASE JOIN US IT IS REALLY GOOD.))
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The diner this week takes us to Salem-- where we learn one of those "one dish" meals.
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If you drop in a self-addressed, stamped envelope, we'll send you this recipe.
You can see the address there on the screen.
The recipe is also posted on our web site.
And, don't forget if you'd like to cook your family recipe on the weekend diner, send in a note with your recipe, name, address and phone number.
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Here's a look at today's top stories.
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Franklin County may be declared a disaster area because of the many months of drought.
Lack of rain has wiped out crops forcing farmers to spend thousands of dollars on feed.
If Franklin County Supervisors ask the governor for help many farmers could receive federal funds.
Running a small business out of your home in Christiansburg is against the law.
But a group of Christiansburg women hope to change the town ordinance.
The law restricts selling products out of the home that are not homemade.
The city of Roanoke has big plans for the future of their Parks and Recreation.
A master plan is being developed by the department and members of a citizens committee are asking residents for help.
The first of four public workshops will take place Monday night from seven to nine at Breckenridge Middle School.
And that's what's making news on this Saturday November 7th .
We'll be back in just a minute.
California Investigators believe they have the man responsible for at least six murders in custody.
Wayne Adam Ford turned himself in Tuesday and allegedly admitted to killing at least four women.
Investigators say, Ford, a truck driver, helped them identify 29 year old Patricia Tamez, who was found floating in a canal.
She was missing a breast.
And Ford was carrying a freshly cut breast in a baggie when he turned himself in to authorities.
Investigators say Ford went on a killing spree after his wife left him, taking their son.
Now Ford is pleading NOT guilty.
He's being held on one million dollars bond
The crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery is on their way home.
This morning their wake up call was La Cucaracha.
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[OUT Q=sot music]
[SUPER=03-Johnson Space Center;]
John Glenn and the other astronauts are packing their gear in preparation for the return to Earth.
The shuttle is due to end its nine-day science mission with a midday landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
If weather conditions scrap the landing in Florida, the shuttle can divert to Edwards Air Force Base in California.
The lack of rain is hurting many area farmers....so much so that Franklin County may be declared a disaster area.
Corn, hay and wheat crops were wiped out by the drought forcing farmers to spend thousands of dollars on feed.
[IN Q=We had a little]
((WE HAD A LITTLE INCREASE IN MILK PRICES ... EXTRA FEED WE'LL HAVE TO BUY.))
[SUPER=01-Melvin Montgomery/Dairy Farmer;]
[OUT Q=we'll have to buy]
The hay left over from spring is low quality with little protein -- some cows won't eat it.
Some will not milk.
If the governor declares Franklin County a disaster,
farmers could get federal funds.
[IN Q=Congress has passed]
((G.B. WASHBURN/FARM SERVICE AGENCY: CONGRESS HAS PASSED A BILL, EMERGENCY RELIEF BILL, THAT WILL HAVE 6.9 BILLION DOLLARS IN IT NATIONALLY FOR THAT ASSISTANCE. SOME OF THAT ASSISTANCE IS NOT TIED TO DISASTER DECLARATIONS BUT SOME OF THE ASSISTANCE IS.))
[SUPER=01-G. B. Washburn/Farm Service Agency;]
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Franklin County supervisors will decide later this month whether to write to the governor for help.
A group of women in Christiansburg want to run small businesses out of their homes, but a town ordinance says they can't. They want to change that.
The law says you can't sell products you don't make, you can't have people visit your home to buy the products, and you can't advertise your business.
Suzanne Russell was selling scrapbooks for a year and a half, with sales worth as much as two-thousand dollars a month, before she realized she was breaking the law.
[IN Q=now i'm told]
((SUZANNE RUSSELL: NOW I'M TOLD I'M VIOLATING THE TOWN ORDINANCE AND I HAVE TO CEASE OPERATING MY BUSINESS.))
[SUPER=01-Suzanne Russell/Home Sales Consultant;]
[OUT Q=MY BUSINESS]
The ordinance is intended to keep traffic out of neighborhoods.
Adjacent to the Virginia Tech campus stands a history lesson, in itself.
The Smithfield Plantation was built over two centuries ago.
Today, a Tech graduate student and his wife are making it THEIR home.
In this week's "Time Off", Kimberly McBroom takes us inside.
[IN Q=Imagine your home]
[SUPER=01-Michelle Roberts/Smithfield Resident; :21]
[SUPER=01-Kevin Roberts/Smithfield Resident; :51]
[OUT Q=McBroom, News 7, Blacksburg]
(( Imagine your home being open to tourists eight months of the year...
Kevin and Michelle Roberts moved to Blacksburg from Louisiana.
The couple was granted an opportunity to live at Smithfield Plantation, while Kevin earns his Masters' degree in History at Virginia Tech.
The fact that they LIVE in this home surprises many visitors.
((MICHELLE ROBERTS/SMITHFIELD RESIDENT: NORMALLY, THE FIRST QUESTION THEY ASK IS ABOUT GHOSTS-- DO WE HAVE GHOSTS IN THE HOME? AND AS FAR AS WE KNOW, WE DON'T. BUT IT'S QUITE NICE, BEAUSE ALL OF THE VISITORS THAT COME HERE ARE SO INTERESTED IN THE HISTORY, NOT ONLY IN THE HOME, BUT IN THE AREA. SO, IT TEACHES-- WE'RE ABLE TO LEARN A LOT FROM MANY OF THE VISITORS THAT COME.))
Just for the record, their living quarters upstairs DO have modern facilities.
Meanwhile, the FIRST residents were William and Susanna Preston, for whom Smithfield was built in 17-72.
William was a surveyor and land developer, with strong political connections.
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((KEVIN ROBERTS/SMITHFIELD RESIDENT: THIS IS THE DRAWING ROOM. THIS WAS THE HUB OF ENTERTAINMENT, NOT ONLY FOR SMITHFIELD PLANTATION, BUT FOR EARLY MONTGOMERY COUNTY. THE PRESTONS WERE NOT RIVALED IN WEALTH UNTIL THE 1800S, EARLY 1800S.
SO, THIS IS WHERE A YOUNG, ASPIRING POLITICAL OR MILITARY LEADERS WOULD HAVE TO COME.))
[SOT 6:28:05 ]
((KEVIN ROBERTS/SMITHFIELD RESIDENT: THIS IS THE MAIN CHAMBER IN THE HOUSE. THIS IS THE MASTER BEDROOM, AS WE WOULD CALL IT TODAY. THIS IS WHERE COLONEL PRESTON AND HIS WIFE, SUSANNA SLEPT. THERE A COUPLE OF ODDITIES IN THE ROOM. FIRST OF ALL, PEOPLE ALWAYS NOTICE THAT THERE ARE TWO BEDS IN HERE. THAT'S NOT BECAUSE WILLIAM AND SUSANNA DIDN'T GET ALONG WELL. IT'S BECAUSE TRAVELLING WAS DIFFICULT AT THAT TIME. SO, WHEN YOUR GUESTS WOULD COME FROM WILLIAMSBURG, WHICH WAS A 10- DAY TRIP IN THE 18TH CENTURY, YOU'D HAVE THEM STAY IN YOUR OWN BEDROOM. IT WAS PRETTY COMMON AT THE SAME TIME. SO, WE CONTINUE TO ILLUSTRATE THAT. A LOT OF OUR VISITORS ENJOY THAT STORY.))
At the time the Prestons lived here, the two- thousand- acre plantation yielded crops like corn, flax, and hemp.
Today, Virginia Tech grows corn on the eleven acres that still make up Smithfield.
((KEVIN ROBERTS/SMITHFIELD RESIDENT: ALTHOUGH SMITHFIELD IS A SCOTCH-IRISH HOME, WE HAVE SOME GERMAN ARTIFACTS IN HERE THAT YOU WOULDN'T EXPECT TO SEE, LIKE THE MEAT GRINDER. WE HAVE THAT IN HERE BECAUSE PRESTON'S BEST FRIEND WAS MICHAEL PRICE, A GERMAN SETTLER IN THE AREA. IN ADDITION TO THE MEAT GRINDER, WE HAVE SOME IRONS ON THE TABLE. IN ADDITION TO COOKING, THE SLAVE WHO WAS IN CHARGE OF IRONING. IN ADDITION TO THE MEAT GRINDER, WE HAVE A CABBAGE SLICER FOR SAUERKRAUT AND A SHORTBREAD PRESS, PROBABLY DONE TO MODEL ENLIGH KING GEORGE, THE THIRD, WHO WAS PART GERMAN.))
Smithfield was in the Preston family until 19-59.
That year the home was donated to the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities.
And in 19-64, it was opened to the public.
Tours run from April to December.
Meanwhile, the Roberts hope to remain more PERMANENT visitors, at least until the beginning of the next tourist season.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Blacksburg.))
One person can change the world.
That message unites the Nobel Peace Prize winners who gathered yesterday for a historic day at the University of Virginia.
Among them: the Dalai Lama, who has fought oppression in Tibet for nearly half a century.
His weapons are love and compassion.
((HIS HOLINESS/THE DALAI LAMA OF TIBET: IN ECONOMY FIELD, OR SOME OTHER FIELD, IT IS STILL VERY MUCH INTERDEPENDENT. SO UNDER THAT CIRCUMSTANCES, THE DESTRUCTION OF YOUR ENEMY IS ACTUALLY DESTRUCTION OF YOURSELF.))
[out-q=destruction of yourself.]
Nobel winner and Irish housewife Betty Williams began her campaign for peace after she saw an IRA gunman slam his getaway car into three children.
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((BETTY WILLIAMS/NORTHERN IRELAND PEACE ACTIVIST: I SOMETIMES GET OUT THERE EVEN WHEN I GET A PUNCH IN THE JAW, WHICH HAPPENS QUITE FREQUENTLY. I'LL GET KNOCKED OVER. YOU KNOW THAT SONG "I GET KNOCKED DOWN, BUT I GET UP AGAIN?" WELL THAT HAPPENS TO ME AT LEAST 40 TIMES A WEEK. BOOM, BOOM, BOOM. IT'S REALLY, THIS WORK IS REALLY VERY LIKE THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Betty Williams/Northern Ireland Peace Activist;]
[out-q=very like that.]
It's believed yesterdays's event was the largest gathering of Nobel Prize winners ever.