Next on News 7... a former governor is back on the campaign trail, with his sights set on the senate.
And if you have a lot of traffic tickets, someone wants to talk to you.
In sports, We'll have the highlights of the state high school football championship games, The Group two a state champion in girls basketball.
And We'll hear from the Roanoke Express going after two in a row at the Roundhouse.
After a few Saturday sprinkles-- a return to record breaking warmth highlights the weather for the next two days.
Details coming up.
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((GEORGE ALLEN/FORMER GOVERNOR; I WILL AUTHORIZE AN EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE FOR THE UNITED STATES SENATE))
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Former Governor George Allen wants to be the Commonwealth's next Republican Senator.
Good evening... I'm Eric Earnhart.
Allen made the announcement at a republican retreat in Chantilly.
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.
A possible homicide is still investigation in Danville tonight.
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.
If you have a lot of traffic violations... expect a visit.
Officers on a state task force are going door to door warning people who are considered habitual offenders.
The message... clean up your act, or they'll take you off the street.
David Johnson has more.
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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.))
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The dry weather has been rough on many business, but when we return we'll show you at least one it's helping.
and then we'll meet a Roanoke minister. He's a man of the cloth, who's prefers to wear police blues.
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The unseasonal weather seems to be having a mixed effect on business up 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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One Roanoke preacher has found a way to combine the word of GOD with the letter of the law.
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.
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Still to come on News 7 at 6, Roy Stanley will have highlights from today's football championship games,
but first, we'll see how some Christmas shoppers are turning to the internet for some unique gift ideas. That and more on this week's WebWatch.
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Internet sales are booming, hot toys are online.
And if your a male, age 18 to 25, someone on the web wants you.
More in tonight'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.))
And coming up, Salem wins the Division 4 state championship Rustburg comes up short in the Division 3.
And highlights from this afternoon's girls state championship game between Turner Ashby and Bassett.
The Salem Spartans captured their second state title of the 90's by downing Lafayette High School this afternoon 28 to 18.
Mike Stevens has more.
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Rustburg's shot at the Division 3 state championship came up short the Red Devils losing to Nottoway 44 to 27.
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The Red Devils came into todays 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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Amherst is taking on Hampton at Norfolk State in the Group 3 A division five championship game.
And the Lancers were behind 28 to nothing after the third quarter.
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The Lady Knights of Turner Ashby were looking to slay the Bassett Bengals in the Group Two A State Tournament Championship game this afternoon.
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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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Roanoke College dropped to 1 and 6 overall and 0 and 3 in the ODAC losing to Virginia Wesleyan 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 Betrillo makes the steal and scores the hoop and the Marlins win the game 80 to 77.
The Express returns to the Round House ice tonight in a showdown with visiting Dayton in a non divisional contest.
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One interesting note to this game is that former Express player Bobby Brown will be making his return. Brown played in Roanoke recently before being traded. Right now he is the Bombers second leading scorer.
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the puck drops at 7:30 and we will have the highlights at 11.
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