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Voters across the state will choose a new General Assembly today.
The polls have been open for about an hour and a half,
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and Steve Pardon joins from the voting precinct at Fishburn Park Elementary in Roanoke with the latest.
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(ROLLCUE: How the race had been run.)
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[SUPER=201-William Fralin/(R) State Senate Candidate; :16]
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[7-Election-Promo]


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For election results, tune into News 7 for the latest information.
We will have special reports beginning tonight at 7.
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And join Keith Humphry and Jean Jadhon at nine for a one-hour "Election 99" special report.
We'll have complete coverage of all the key races in the region. [NEXT PAGE]
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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[7-Lawrence-Search]


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Seachers are scouring a part of Franklin County this morning, looking for a missing minister.
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Reverend Quigg Lawrence was hunting yesterday along the Blue Ridge Parkway and never returned home.
About thirty searchers from Lawrence's church, the sheriff's office and National Park Service began scouring the woods near mile marker 140 around one a-m.
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Lawrence is the pastor of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Roanoke.
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An accident has blocked both southbound lanes of Interstate 81 in Roanoke County.
State police say the accident happened shortly before six this morning, at mile marker 137 in the Glenvar area.
A tractor-trailer was involved, but police say no one has been hurt.
The wreck will take some time to clear.
If you're heading southbound on I-81, police are advising motorists to get off the interstate at Exit 140 near Hanging Rock to avoid long traffic backups.

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Now here's a look at your election day forecast... It looks like a rainy day with possible storms. High temperatures should reach the low 60s. Tonight, scattered showers with winds. Lows dipping into the upper 30s.


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[School Info]


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One school note to pass along to you this morning....
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Marion High, Middle, Intermediate, and Primary Schools will be closed today because of a power outage.

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A happy ending in the search for a missing minister in Franklin County .
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The Reverend Quigg Lawrence never returned home from a hunting trip yesterday along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
But this morning he was located.
Officials say Lawrence hit his head while hunting and became disoriented.
He decided to wait until daylight to find help.
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A number of Lawrence's church members along with sheriff's deputies and Park Rangers had been searching for him all night.
Lawrence is the pastor of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Roanoke.
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[45-81 Wreck]


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An accident has blocked both southbound lanes of Interstate 81 in Roanoke County.
State police say the wreck happened shortly after 6 this morning, at mile marker 137 in the Glenvar area.
A tractor-trailer was involved, but police say no one has been hurt.
The wreck will take some time to clear.
Police are advising motorists to get off southbound I-81 at Exit 140 near Hanging Rock, if heading south on the interstate this morning.

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A Roanoke man faces six counts of murder in connection with an apartment fire last year in downtown Roanoke.
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Yesterday, the Roanoke grand jury indicted Brian Keith Jackson on one count of arson.
Last month another man, Michael Clements pleaded guilty to arson, admitting he helped by the gasoline that started the blaze.
But he denied he was the one who lit the match.
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[45-E-Hairston]


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A man charged with killing a Martinsville woman and her daughter will stay locked up for now.
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38-year old Michael Jerome Hairston was denied bail yesterday.
He is charged with two counts of capital murder.
Police say he shot his girlfriend, 36-year-old 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 children in the house escaped unharmed.... and are staying with relatives.
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Roanoke Doctors and nurses are preparing themselves to fight a bug they've never had to deal with before, the Y-2-K bug.
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Carilion's Informational Services provided it's staff with an update on the Y2K compliance yesterday.
A lot of the nursing staff work in areas where most of the drips that are critical in nature use I-V pumps.
The meeting provided the staff with information to adjust to any inconvenience.
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((JUDIE SNIPES/CLINICAL Y2K SERVICES: WE WANTED TO REMIND STAFF THAT IF YOU'RE NOT ON A PUMP, THESE ARE THE SAME CALCULATIONS THAT MANY OF OUR NURSES USE ON NON-CRITICAL FLUIDS ANYWAY.))
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Computer experts say they expect a hard drive will crash or a piece of medical equipment will fail, but it's not because of the Y2K date compliance.
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Turning your attention now to the Election Day forecast...
Periods of rain, windy, with thunderstorms likely.
Highs of 60 to 65.
Scattered showers will linger tonight, and temperatures will turn colder.
Lows in the upper 30s.
Looking ahead to the next five days.... windy and chilly tomorrow....but temperatures will warm up later in the week.
Highs ranging from the 40s to the 60s....lows in the 20s and 30s.

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[School Info]


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One school note to pass along to you this morning....
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Marion High, Middle, Intermediate, and Primary Schools will be closed today because of a power outage.

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The polls opened at six this morning for Election 99.
Voter's across the state will choose a new General Assembly today.
Republicans need to pick up just two House of Delegates seats and hold on to their 21- to 19 advantage in the state Senate for control of the state government.
In Roanoke, incumbent State Senator John Edwards is up against political newcomer and Republican William Fralin.
Both have different opinions about their campaigns.
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The polls close at 7 tonight.

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As election results come in tonight, you can tune into News 7 for the latest information.
We will have special reports beginning at 7.
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN]
And join Keith Humphry and Jean Jadhon at nine for a one-hour "Election 99" special report.
We'll have complete coverage of all the key races in the region. [NEXT PAGE]
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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A Missouri truck driver faces reckless driving charges after crashing her big rig this morning on Interstate 81.


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State police say the wreck happened shortly after six, at mile marker 137 in the Glenvar area.
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It has blocked one southbound lane of the Interstate in Roanoke County.
No one was hurt in the single vehicle accident.
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Officials estimate damage to the truck at about 70-thousand dollars and damage to an overpass bridge at about 8 thousand.
The wreck will take some time to clear.
If you're heading south on I-81, police advise you to get off the interstate at Exit 140 near Hanging Rock to avoid long traffic backups.
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[8-Lawrence-Search]


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A happy ending in the search for a missing minister in Franklin County .
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[VO-NAT]
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The Reverend Quigg Lawrence never returned home from a hunting trip yesterday along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
But this morning he was located.
Officials say Lawrence hit his head while hunting and became disoriented.
He decided to wait until daylight to find help.
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.]


A number of Lawrence's church members along with sheriff's deputies and Park Rangers had been searching for him all night.
Lawrence is the pastor of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Roanoke.
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[8Weather]


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Before we wrap up the news this morning...here's another look at today's weather.
Periods of rain, windy with thunderstorms likely.
Highs in the low to mid 60s.
Tonight will feature scattered showers, high winds, and chilly lows in the upper 30s.
The extended forecast is calling for windy and chilly weather tomorrow..then a warm-up later in the week.
Highs ranging from the 40s to the 60s...lows in the 20s and 30s.
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