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The NFL's all-time leading rusher passes away today.
The latest on the Egypt Air crash in a live report from Rhode Island.
Plus we'll hear from the son of the woman accused in the mall shooting.
And country meets city in Chicago.
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The Coast Guard gives up hope of finding survivors- but they may be getting closer to locating the black boxes of Egypt Air flight 990.
Teresa Estacio is in Newport Rhode Island with the latest.
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((Search teams will return to the cold waters of the Atlantic in the morning looking for debris from the crash of Egypt Air Flight 990.
The rescue operation has now turned to a salvage one.
Officials say no one survived the disaster.
With bad weather approaching, the Coast Guard has picked up the pace of the search.
So far, investigators have found a large piece of the Boeing 767, and a signal from what could be one of the airliners black boxes.
The black boxes could be critical in the investigation. The tapes on
the devices may reveal what the pilots talked about seconds before the
crash. The flight data recorder will also provide important information...
...Like what caused the planes harrowing high-speed dive. CBS News has learned radar shows the plane was cruising at 33 thousand
feet. In just 36 seconds the wide body jet dropped 14 thousand feet.
The last radar hit was at 1-52, 34 minutes after takeoff and just
seconds before the plane slammed into the Atlantic.
Friends and family members of the victims -meanwhile-are now in
Rhode Island...helping officials with the grim task of identifying remains and lost items.))
Polls open in less than seven hours... But absentee ballots have been coming in for days, and the numbers are not what local registrars expected.
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Kate Weidaw joins us from the newsroom with details.
The 1995 elections were similar to this year's.
But registrars are receiving fewer absentee ballots this year.
So what does that mean for tomorrow?
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((BERYL BROOKS/ROANOKE REGISTRAR: IF THE A.B. IS SORT OF LOW THAT KIND OF GIVES THE IDEA OF WHAT THE INTEREST IS FOR THE ENTIRE ELECTION.))
The absentee ballot box wasn't as full as some predicted.
Both Roanoke City and County received 200 fewer absentee ballots for this year's race compared to 1995. That has the registrar office predicting a low turnout.
((DIANE ST. JOHN/ROANOKE CO. GENERAL REGISTRAR: YEAH I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE DOWN A LITTLE BIT AND WITH RAIN IN THE FORECAST I'M PREDICTING ONLY A 50 PERCENT TURNOUT.))
But the polling stations are still getting ready - no matter what the turnout.
((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: PENN FOREST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IS JUST ONE POLLING STATION THAT WILL BE SETTING UP AT 5 IN THE MORNING AND VOTERS CAN COME BETWEEN 6 IN THE MORNING AND 7 AT NIGHT TO PLACE THEIR VOTE. BUT SOME ARE SURPRISED WITH THE LOW NUMBER OF ABSENTEE BALLOTS ESPECIALLY WITH SOME OF THE HIGH PROFILE RACES THIS YEAR.))
((DIANE ST. JOHN/ROANOKE CO. REGISTRAR: I'M SURPRISED BECAUSE WE HAVE THE BIG RACE IN THE SENATE AND THEN I HAVE FOUR HOUSE DISTRICTS AND BOARD OF SUPERVISORS IN CAVE SPRING AND CATAWBA.))
It's not clear how low voter turnout could impact election results. But Republicans hope, whatever the turnout, it helps them take control of the House of Delegates and Senate - while the Democrats hope voters help them keep their seats.))
The registrar's office will take absentee ballots until 7 o'clock tomorrow night when the polls close.
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Tomorrow's election will impact Virginia politics through the year 2010.
That's because whoever wins control of the statehouse redraws state and federal political districts for the next decade.
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So both parties are running last minute "get out the vote" phone banks.
Such efforts are part of what will be by far the most expensive General Assembly elections ever.
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((BOB HOLSWORTH/VCU POLITICAL ANALYST: IN THIS ELECTION, WHAT'S HAPPENING IS THAT THE LOBBYISTS ARE BEING HIT UP VERY HARD BY BOTH SIDES. AND SO YOU HAVE THE PEOPLE WHO SUPPOSEDLY ARE INTERESTED IN BUYING INFLUENCE OFTEN SAYING THEY'D BE VERY HAPPY TO SEE SOME LIMITS ON CAMPAIGN FINANCES.))
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Whichever party wins control of the House would need a five vote majority to nullify a power-sharing agreement reached in 1998.
Political analysts now expect a first-ever Republican majority... but probably a thinner margin than five seats.
As election results come in tomorrow evening - you can tune into News 7 for the latest information.
We will have special reports beginning at 7.
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And join Keith Humphry and me at nine for a one-hour "Election 99" special report. We'll have complete coverage of all key races in the region.
And you can find the latest numbers on all 140 races we're covering .. on our home page at WDBJ7-dot-com.
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City police managed to catch the suspects just as they were about to take off for Florida Friday night.
Today we learned that Cass and Deanna Beverly were in the lobby of the police station Friday afternoon while the entire police force was on the lookout for them. Or so the SUSPECTS say.
Deanna is accused of malicious wounding in the shooting at Valley View Mall Friday afternoon.
The couple's 14-year old son says the family had been on the run for the past three weeks, because some un-named stalkers were after his father.
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The Beverlys aren't saying shooting victim- -William Staley- -was among those who were after them.
Police say Deanna Beverly admits to shooting him, but she claims it was only after Staley attacked her husband.
Police also report the confrontation they had with him was not their first run-in with a motorist in the Valley View parking lot.
A second man was indicted today in connection with an apartment fire that killed 6 people in Roanoke last year.
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The Roanoke grand jury indicted Brian Keith Jackson on one count of arson and six counts of murder.
Michael Clements pled guilty last month to arson.
He admitted helping to buy the gasoline used to start the fire and driving the arsonist to the scene.
But he denied he was the one who lit the match.
A former West Virginia Governor's aide pleaded guilty in Roanoke today to child sex charges involving the Internet.
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59- year-old Tom Rice admitted to attempting to have sex with a 13-year-old boy he was chatting with on-line.
Rice drove to Bedford Elementary School last February, for a face-to-face meeting with the boy.
Instead, he met an undercover deputy.
Rice could receive up to 15 years in prison and a 250- thousand- dollar fine when he's sentenced in January.
The man charged with killing a Martinsville woman and her daughter is being denied bail.
38-year old Michael Jerome Hairston is charged with two counts of capital murder.
Police say he shot his girlfriend, 36-year-old mother of four Eyvonne Hairston, inside her home after an argument just before midnight Friday.
Family members said her 16-year-old her daughter, Melvenna, tried to stop him and was shot three times.
Five other kids in the house escaped unharmed.... and are staying with relatives.
Students in Appomattox and Campbell Counties today became the first in our area to observe a moment of silence at the beginning of their school day.
Citizen groups in each county had pushed for the moment of silence in an effort to encourage more prayer in school.
From now on, students will have a minute to pray, meditate or just sit quietly in their classroom.
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The A-C-L-U does "not" oppose the moment of silence because it does not allow schools or teachers to promote religion in the classroom.
One of Matthew Shepard's suspected killers says he did it out of "gay panic".
We'll tell you what the judge said.
And it's not the campaign trail but a jogging trail that meant trouble for one presidential hopeful today... who found himself jumping out of harm's way.
The story, coming up.
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((HI JEAN, HERE'S SOME OF WHAT WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON FOR YOU AND ALL THE OTHER SPORTS FANS TONIGHT. FAMILY AND FRIENDS REMEMBER WALTER PAYTON. MORE ON THE UVA-FLORIDA STATE GAME. AND A VIRGINIA BOY IS THE NEW MANAGER OF THE CLEVELAND INDIANS. THOSE STORIES AND MORE IN SPORTS.))
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State police say the driver whose car slammed into a tree in Pulaski County was traveling an estimated 70- miles an hour.
19- year old Jeremy Pike of Wytheville was behind the wheel and died in the crash.
His 17- year old passenger, Charlie Lester, remains hospitalized.
State police had been searching for the car since this morning.
It was discovered this afternoon-- by a passer-by who noticed it hidden in some trees.
State police believe the accident happened about 12- hours before the men were found.
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Presidential candidate George W. Bush went for a jog and ended diving for cover-
Bush and a state trooper were on a bike trial when a work truck overturned, dumping debris in their path.
Bush dover out of the way scraping his right leg and hip as he tried to avoid the mess. He was treated on the scene.
The trooper was treated at a local hospital and released.
A judge has thrown out the "gay panic" defense.
That's what Aaron McKinney's lawyers tried to use in court today.
He's charged with first degree murder in connection with the beating death of gay college student Matthew Shepard.
McKinney's lawyers are trying to prove their client panicked after Shepard made sexual advances toward him... because McKinney suffered traumatic homosexual experiences as a child.
The judge threw out the defense - saying that it was not recognized by Wyoming law.
Local school superintendents say high school students should be able to graduate even if they fail state standards of learning tests.
These 15 superintendents like the basic idea of the state tests, but say they're just not working.
They say the test results come too late and are too vague to help the students.
Teachers complain about the tests too.
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THERE'S NEVER THAT SENSE WE KNOW WHAT WE'RE EXPECTED TO TEACH, WE'VE TAUGHT IT AND NOW WE CAN GO ON AND DO ALL THE OTHER THINGS WE THINK ARE IMPORTANT IN THE LIFE OF A STUDENT.))
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Superintendents also want to be able to score the tests themselves before sending them on to Richmond so they can make decisions about summer school and graduation earlier.
State officials say they are considering these changes.
Halloween's over - but the controversy over moving it to October 30th this year isn't.
The latest coming up.
Plus breakable bovines are popping up in urban America.
We'll tell you about it.
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The costumes have been put away and the candy is quickly disappearing, but the controversy that surrounded the early observance of Halloween is hanging around.
The switch from Sunday to Saturday night generated plenty of complaints for local officials.
Today, one member of Roanoke City Council apologized to Jewish residents and others who were upset with the change.
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Council members are promising better planning and public hearings before they make a similar decision in the future.
Kicking off November warm, it will be cold in the next 36 hours and there will be heavy rain as well. What else can we expect from this month? Here's Patrick Evans.
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Coming up, the sports world is mourning the loss of another great athlete, a local boy takes another step up the ladder of the major league hierarchy and the UVA plays Florida State tough for a half.
And that brings us to our Extra Point.
Seminole Senior nose guard Corey Smith has been named ACC Defense Player of the week.
The 6'4" 275 pound defender had eight tackles, his first career interception, a sack and a blocked punt.
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The NFL's all time leading rusher, Walter Payton, died yesterday of bile duct cancer.
The cancer was discovered while he was being treated for a rare liver disease.
Payton holds 28 Bears' records, and seven N-F-L records, including that all-time rushing total of 16-thousand-726 yards.
His family says the illness taught them all about love and life.
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Walter Payton was 45.
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Virginia fell to Florida State 35-10 Saturday. Seventh ranked Georgia Tech comes to Charlottesville this weekend.
The number one ranked Seminoles were held to a touchdown and threw three interceptions in the first 18 minutes.
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((BOBBY BOWDEN/FLORIDA STATE HEAD COACH:GEORGE, TO ME, IS ONE OF THE BEST FOOTBALL COACHES IN THE COUNTRY. AND HE PLAYED WHAT I LIKE TO CALL VERY PATIENT DEFENSE WHERE THEY GIVE YOU ALL THAT SHORT STUFF BUT YOU AIN'T GONNA GET NOTHING LONG. AND WE' RE WERE TO IMPATIENT AND WE COULDN'T DO WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING AND THAT'S TAKING WHAT THEY GIVE US. AND IT NEARLY WORKED FOR THEM.))
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But Florida State scored 28 second half points to win. Safety Jerton Evans sustained has a mild knee sprain and a high ankle sprain, all in his right leg and is questionable for Saturday's game.
The Virginia Tech Hokies found out this afternoon they are still third the newest Bowl Championship Series rankings.
This past Saturday they also found out a few things in Pittsburgh.
Mike Stevens explains.
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(( More than two thousand Tech fans invaded Pitt Stadium this past Saturday night to welcome the unbeaten Hokies onto the artificial turf.
And those fans found out that there was nothing fake about the Panthers.
Michael Vick ripped the Panthers in the first half with his normal around brilliant game to put the Hokies in front 27-to-7 at halftime.
But Pitt came back with to make it interesting in the final half before the Hokies pulled out the 30-to-17 win.
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The game got close because the Hokies number one ranked defense gave up 427 yards passing to the Panthers. With starting corners Ike Charleton and Anthony Midgett both nursing injuries Pitt threw everything it had at the Tech secondary by attempting 51 points.
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The defense still managed to get 9 quarterback sacks, and the Hokies got an unexpected lift from Andre Kendrick, who rushed for a career high 162 yards.
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With Tech, Penn State and Florida State all winning over the weekend the Hokies stayed stuck in third in the voters eyes.
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Mike Stevens News 7 sports.))
Still to come, the prep polls are out, and
a hometown hero is taking the helm of a major league team. We'll tell you more after the break.
The High School Associated Press polls are out and area schools are in the top ten.
In girls double-A basketball Patrick County is ranked fourth. Lynchburg's Heritage is sixth, Blacksburg is ninth.
Bassett is tied for 10th with Robert E. Lee.
In Single A the Lady Shawnees are ninth and Fort Chiswell is 10th in the state
The A-P Double-A High School Football Poll has Salem in the number one spot Martinsville is third followed by Tunstall.
Amherst comes in at sixth and William Byrd is ninth.
In single A Floyd County is ranked eighth followed by Giles.
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A former Roanoke County resident, who grew up in Fries before moving to Buena Vista and starring at Parry McCluer high school was named the new manager of the Cleveland Indians today.
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Of course I'm talking about Charlie Manuel.
Manuel has been the team's big league hitting coach for the past 8 seasons.
He is a fan and player favorite largely because of his southern drawl and down home antics.
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Manuel, was the first American to win MVP honors in Japan as a player.
Earlier this decade he also had a field named in his honor in Buena Vista.
And he knows what he must do to survive in Cleveland.
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Some Chicago cows are headed to the auction block...
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not the meat market.
These works of art brought people in the busy Windy City to a halt - especially as the cows were being moved from their sidewalk homes so they could be auctioned off next week.
They're expected to fetch up to 10-thousand dollars a piece.
And the breakable bovine trend is catching on...
New York City has plans to put nearly a thousand of the fiberglass cows throughout the Big Apple.
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