Up next on News 7 at 11...
Vice President Al Gore's father has died at the age of 90.
A former Virginia Governor is taking aim at Chuck Robb's Senate seat in the year 2000.
And one of the lawmen from "Walker Texas Ranger" is missing, for real.
News 7 at 11 is up next.
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The father of Vice President Al Gore, a political leader himself in the past, is dead, at age 90.
Good evening, I'm Eric Earnhart.
Former senator Albert Gore Senior passed away at his home in Carthage, Tennessee.
A family statement says he died of natural causes.
Gore was a leader in the Senate between 1953 and 1971, playing a key role in creating the interstate highway system.
His opposition to the Vietnam led to his defeat.
The Vice President and his wife were at the former Senator's bedside.
Albert Gore Senior died 3 weeks short of his 91st birthday.
Former George Allen wants to be Virginia's next U-S Senator.
Today Allen announced he was taking he first step in the campaign.
He authorized an exploratory committee to raise money for the campaign.
Flanked by his wife, and Senator John Warner, he warned his supporters that a battle against Senator Chuck Robb in the year 2000 will mean facing the entire liberal Washington establishment.
It would also be a key battle as Republicans fight to hold on to their majority in the Senate.
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((GEORGE ALLEN/FORMER GOVERNOR; IT IS UP TO US TO STAND UP AND TO SPEAK UP FOR THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE, FARMERS, ENTREPRENEURS, BLACK, WHITE, HISPANIC, ASIAN, NATIVE AMERICANS WHO ARE TRYING TO ACHIEFE THE PROMISE OF OUR LAND OF OPPORTUNITY.
IT IS UP TO US TO TAKE TO WASHINGTON THE VIRGINIA MESSAGE OF LESS TAXES, MORE PROSPERITY AND MORE OPPORTUNITY.))
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Allen made at least one reference to President Clinton's troubles, saying Americans should have a president they can hold up as a roll model for their children.
Police are investigating a possible homicide in Danville today.
Police responded to a report of a body around 8:30 this morning at 1545 Claybore Street.
Friends were checking on 64 year old Silas Moody Carter, Jr when they found him dead.
Authorities are treating the death as a homicide.
The body will be sent to Roanoke for an autopsy.
Two people were killed during a parade in Minnesota last night.
It happened during the Holidazzle parade in Minneapolis.
A police van plowed into the crowd, killing a 35 year old woman and a six month old child.
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((MICHAEL WALKER/WITNESS; THE VAN LURCHED FORWARD, TIRES SPINNING, AND SMOKING. IT CAREENED INTO THE POLICE CAR, SCREAMING, IT DROVE INTO THE SIDEWALK, IT CAREENED INTO THE BUILDING))
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Several other people were injured, unable to get out of the way because of the heavy crowd.
Officials say a police officer was behind the wheel, but they don't know why the van accelerated and didn't stop.
The accident is under investigation.
Local residents who frequently violated traffice laws received some unexpected visitors today.
Officers representing a state task force went door to door warning people who are labeled habitual offenders by the D-M-V.
The message was simple, straighten up or lose your license.
David Johnson reports.
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More than 500-people in the Roanoke Valley are considered to be habitual offenders by the DMV.
So a pilot program geared toward steering those people in the right direction is being enforced.
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((JIM PHIPPS/COURT-COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS DIRECTOR; THE OBJECTIVE OF THE HABITUAL OFFENDER ACT AND THE ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS OF OUR LOCAL DEPARTMENTS IS NOT TO ARREST PEOPLE AND NOT TO MAKE THEM CRIMINALS, BUT TO INFORM THEM WHAT THEY NEED TO DO TO BECOME A LAW ABIDDING CITIZEN AND DRIVE WITH THE SAME PRIVILEGES AS EVERYBODY ELSE AND NOT DISTAIN FOR THE LAW BY BECOMING A HIGH-RISK DRIVER.))
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According to the DMV, the numbers are down on accident related crashes, fatalities and injuries over the past seven years. So are the amounts of driving under the influence arrests.
Now officials want to bring those numbers down even more by going after the repeat offenders.
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((STEVEN GOODWIN/DMV TRANSPORTATION SAFETY MANAGER; WE'RE FINDING THAT ONE OF THE MAJOR PROBLEMS ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE HABITUAL OFFENDERS OR WHO HAVE D-U-I'S OR AN ACCUMULATION OF TRAFFIC OFFENSES. THEY ARE THE ONES THAT EVENTUALLY END UP HURTING THEMSELVES OR HURTING SOMEBODY ELSE.))
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So what is a habitual offender?
Officials say any individual with three or more of these major offenses within ten years--or twelve or more of these other offenses in the same amount of time, is considered a road hazard.
Depending on the seriousness of an offense, a driver could have his or her license reinstated immediately or suspended indefinitely.
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((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; THIS PILOT PROGRAM WILL BE ROLLED OUT OVER THE NEXT 12 MONTHS OR POSSIBLY LONGER, DEPENDING ON HOW LONG IT TAKES TO REACH THE PROGRAMS ULTIMATE GOAL. THAT IS TO MAKE THE STREETS SAFE FOR DRIVING BY REDUCING THE NUMBER OF HABITUAL OFFENDERS ON THE ROAD. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7, ROANOKE COUNTY.))
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
The Space Shuttle Endeavor makes progress in building the international space station. We'll have that next.
and authorities are searching after an actor from a popular T-V series turns up missing.
Its a real life mystery on the set of the popular television show "Walker Texas Ranger".
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Actor David Labiosa is missing.
Labiosa has a recurring role on the series at detective Sal Achola.
He hasn't been seen for several days.
Labiosa's roommate says it's unusual for him to disappear like this, and his bank account is missing a large amount of money.
So far so good for the space shuttle crew working on the space station.
The crew successfully lifted the 25 thousand pound Unity chamber out of the shuttle's cargo bay.
Astronaut Nancy Currie had to lift the unit with the shuttle's robotic arm.. she had only an inch of clearance on either side.
Tomorrow, another challenge, they have to capture a Russian component from orbit and put the two together.
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One Roanoke preacher is working to help enforce not only the laws of the heavens but also the laws of the land.
Denise Allen introduces us to Tom Stocks.
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((This is where you'd expect to find the pastor of Rosalind Hills Baptist Church.
But each week Tom Stocks puts on blue. It all started when a member of his congregation--a Roanoke County Police officer--invited him to ride along for a day.
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((TOM STOCKS/ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE CHAPLAIN: I KIND OF FELL IN LOVE WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT ALL OVER AGAIN AND WAS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO MATCH MY GIFTS, THE TRAINING I HAD HAD FROM THE MINISTRY AND HOW I COULD BE HELPFUL TO A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY.))
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Before Tom joined the ministry he had an application to the North Carolina State Police in hand, but he says he heard another call to duty.
A few years ago he found away to combine his two loves and underwent the same physical and mental tests the officers undergo and attended Roanoke County's Citizen Police Academy.
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((SGT. TOM KINCAID/ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE DEPT.: HE'S GOT A QUICK SENSE OF HUMOR. HE'S EASY TO GET A LONG WITH AND HE CAN TAKE AN AWFUL SITUATION AND FIND SOME HUMOR IN IT SO WE CAN GET THROUGH IT WITH OUT GETTING DRUG DOWN TOO FAR.))
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((STOCKS: I'M A SAFE PERSON. I'M NOT REQUIRED TO REPORT BACK TO THE CHIEF WHAT'S SAID SO WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TALK VERY FREELY.))
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Once a week Tom Stocks joins the officers in their office. He counsels them on personal problems as well as the work place stress.
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((STOCKS: THOUGH YOU AND I MAY SEE A POLICE OFFICER STOP A CAR FOR SPEEDING OR WHAT EVER. WE SAY THERE'S ANOTHER ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP. THERE'S NEVER REALLY ANYTHING ROUTINE ABOUT IT. IT CAN BECOME VERY QUICKLY A LIFE THREAT.))
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He says the biggest part of his job as police chaplain is to be a source of encouragement to the men and women of the Roanoke County Police Department.
Denise Allen News 7.
Internet sales are reaching new heights.
Many Christmas shoppers are finding it the perfect place for gift ideas.
With that and more, here's this week's WebWatch.
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Internet retailers will have their best Christmas ever... a survey found shoppers are more comfortable spending money online, and there's alot more for them to buy.
Online sales this year are expected to double, beating last year's total by more than a billion dollars.
Uncle Sam wants you, on the web... Selective Service has activited a new system that let's you register for the draft online. Male U.S. citizens between 18 and 25 are required to register one way or another.
The website will give you an instant confirmation number... important for college students, because proof of registration is often required before you can recieve financial aid.
He's the hot toy of the year, and Furby has his own website.
Here you can check out the Furby dictionary, to figure out what the little fuzzball is saying. There's even an online talking Furby.
And if you can't find a real one, you can at least send someone an online Furby postcard.
Here's another gift idea... the perfect Barbie... perfect because you can make it look like anybody you want... for 40 bucks, Barbie-dot-com lets you customize the the eyes, hair, outfit and attitude.
A perfect gift for anyone who can't get enough of themselves!
For links to all these sites, click on WebWatch, on the wdbj website, at WDBJ-7-dot-com.))
Still ahead Roy Stanley gives us the rundown on today's state football championships...
and the warm weather is giving water lovers some extra time on the Smith Mountain Lake.
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Gift ideas and ethnic Christmas characters were part of the fun today at the old Dumas Hotel.
That's where the Christmas Extravaganza, formerly the Christmas craft show, was held.
Among the items being sold and displayed were hand-crafted Christmas trinkets, including candle holders and trees made of safety pins and glass beads.
The event also featured a spin on the traditional holiday roles with an African-American Christmas angel and Santa Claus.
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((VENINA HALEY/EVENT CO-COORDINATOR; WHEN YOU GO IN THE MALLS, YOU HAVE A LOT OF CAUCASIAN SANTAS, ANGELS AND A LOT OF CHRISTMAS FIGURINES. SOMETIMES YOU WANT YOUR KIDS TO SEE THAT WE CAN BE FEATURED AS SANTA AND AS ANGELS AND HAVE VARIOUS THINGS. SO WE JUST WANT TO FEATURE OUR PEOPLE IN THOSE CHRISTMAS EVENTS AND FIGURINES.))
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The event is held each year to give African-American crafters an opportunity to exhibit their work.
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The warm tempatures are boosting some businesses at Smith Mountain Lake.
The manager of the Bridgewater Marina says due to the unusually warm temperatures, the boating season has been extended.
Customers wanting to rent boats this time of year have been good for business in more ways than one.
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((ROY ENSLOW/BRIDGEWATER MARINA MGR.; I'M ALMOST BOOKED UP ON EVERYTHING I HAVE IN THE WATER TODAY. AND PEOPLE ARE NOT IN THE MOOD TO BE BUYING WINTER CHRISTMAS PRESENTS, SO I GET THE LUXURY OF THEM COMING DOWN HERE TO BUY SOME SKIS AND SOME WEIGHT BOARDS FOR THEIR KIDS.))
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(Ins-Low) Enslow says, thanks to the warm weather, last weekend's Thanksgiving holiday was the busiest in the marina's nine-year history.
But he says the downside is the continually dropping water levels at the lake.
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((THE MAIN PROBLEM THAT WE'RE SEEING IS THAT PEOPLE CAN'T GET THEIR BOATS OUT OF THEIR LIPS. MAINLY BECAUSE THE CABLES TO THE BOATS AREN'T LONG ENOUGH.))
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Enslow says lake water levels are down nearly five feet.
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Salem went undefeated in capturing its second state title of the 90's.
The Spartans downed Lafayette 28 to 18. Mike Stevens has more.
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Hampton defended its Division 5 state championship by beating Amherst yesterday 35 to nothing.
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The Lancers take the field for the game on the Campus of Norfolk State.
Amherst puts on the defensive pressure as Senica Sandidge comes from the back side and hits the quarterback causing the fumble and Adam Copp recovers the ball at Hampton's end of the field.
But the Lancers had a fourth and three on the 15. they go for it but the Crabbers knock down this Chris Carpenter pass intended for Jason Cox to stop the touchdown drive and it was 0 to 0 in the first.
Then with 9 minutes left in the first half on third and 31 Crabber quarterback Marcus Hagans goes to the air and hits Hakeem Zaris for the 31 yard touchdown to make it 8 to nothing.
Amherst started a drive that went to the Crabber 15 yard line then on third and 9 the Lancers fumble the ball and Hagans scoops up the peel and he races 86 yards and spins at the five for the touchdown to make it 14 to nothing Crabbers.
Hagans then works from the shot gun calls his own
number and he scores from 28 yards out and the Crabbers win another division 5 title beating the Lancers 35 to nothing.
Nottoway is the Division 3 state champion the Cougars beat Rustburg yesterday 44 to 27.
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The Red Devils came into the title game hoping to stick it to the Cougars.
Nottoway would find the end zone first early in the game when Antonio Henderson rolls out and hits Jermaine Hurt on this 24 yard T-D pass to make it 6 to nothing Cougars.
Nottoway would score two more T-D's in the first quarter with the ground attack. Watch as George Johnson takes the ball and battles his way into the end zone on the three yard run to make 22 to nothing Cougars.
The Red Devils would get on the board early in the second quarter when Mike Knight pitches to Andre Morgan who goes up the right sideline for the 23 yard touchdown run to make it 22 to 7.
The Cougars would strike again before the half as Henderson launches this 40 yard Touchdown pass to Shermaine Moore and Nottoway would take the 30 to 7 lead.
The Red Devils would go to their bag of tricks as Knight pitches the ball to Morgan who fires the 20 yard halfback pass to Daniel Gibson to make the score 36 to 14 Nottoway.
Rustburg would never quit as Knight goes to the air
and hits Daniel Gibson on the 16 yard pass but it was enough as the Devils fall to the Cougars 44 to 27.
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Roanoke loses at home and Turner Ashby is the Girls State basketball champ. More when we return.
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The 99-th Army Navy game will be best remembered for an incident that happened off the field. Nine Army cadets and prep school students were injured when a railing collapsed during the fourth quarter of the game.
Army went on to win it 34 to 30 and here's the rest of tonights scores.
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And coming up, The Roanoke Express was back at the Rouondhouse tonight Turner Ashby is the Girls Group Two A state basketball champion.
And Roanoke College comes up short against Virginia Wesleyan over at the Bast Center this afternoon.
The Express was going for two straight wins last night as Daytona made a trip to the Roundhouse.
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The Express take the ice under the moving spot lights.
and Roanoke would light up the scoreboard when Duane Harmer picks up the loose puck and fires the slap shot for the one to nothing Express lead in the first period.
Then less than a minute later the Express would score again this time Dru Burgess takes the pass and slaps it home and Roanoke jumped out to a 2 to nothing lead.
Dayton tied the score at 2 to 2 in the second but
Roanoke answered when Nick Beaudoin slips the puck into the corner of the net for the score and Dayton wins it 4 to 3.
Over at the Bast Center in Salem, Virginia Wesleyan held off Roanoke College 80 to 77.
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Roanoke has lost 6 straight the worst start in Page Moir's 10 year career as the Maroons head coach.
The Maroons would take the early lead as Kyle Murphy takes the pass from Paris Butler makes the nice spin move and scores to make it 56 to 55 Roanoke.
The Maroons would add to that lead in the second half this time Murphy hits the three pointer he would finish with a game high 19 points.
Roanoke led by 1 but with 40 seconds left in the
game Tim Petrillo makes the steal and scores the hoop and the Marlins win the game 80 to 77.
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The Lady Knights of Turner Ashby are the Group Two A State champions after beating Bassett at the Salem Civic Center yesterday 71 to 49.
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The atmosphere was engergized as the girls prepared to take the court.
Bassett Drew first blood Tierra Baliles gets the rebound and the put back for the Bengals.
The lead see-sawed in the first period, Marsha Kinder downs the three to keep the Knights in the game.
But in the second period two Turner Ashby steals and baskets helped the Knights to a 10 point lead.
The Bengals battled back and the half ended in a 30-30 draw.
In the third quarter Turner Ashby started pull away, Kinder again knocks down a three pointer.
Bengal star Heather Miller scored 27 in the game but Turner Ashby was just too much beating Bassett 71-to-49.
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That's it for Sports, have a great day everybody.
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