Every seat in the General Assembly is up for grabs on this Election Day.
While voters in Vinton, weigh in on paramutual betting.
A live update, is straight ahead.
Plus, a soldier from Clifton Forge is one of nearly two dozen American troops who have died in Iraq in the past four days.
The sunny mild weather continues today and then cooler weather moves in for the end of the week. Will it bring any rain? I'll let you know in your forecast.
Today's Election Day in Virginia as residents vote on all 140 General Assembly seats and numerous local races.
On the state level, nearly two thirds of the General Assembly seats face little or no major party opposition.
Despite some possible gains by Democrats, Republicans are expected to remain firmly in control of both the Senate and House of Delegates.
A proposal to bring an Off Track Betting parlor is generating a lot of interest in Vinton.
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That's where we find Steve Pardon. Steve, how is turnout so far?
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Steve will adlib over :30 of vo.
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Once the polls close at 7, News 7 will bring you updated vote counts of key races throughout the evening.
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And for continuously updated results of all races in the region, you can go to our home page any time tonight at wdbj7-dot-com.
A soldier from Clifton Forge was killed over the weekend in Iraq
First Lieutenant Joshua C. Hurley was killed November First in Mosul when his vehicle was hit with an explosive device.
The 24 year old attended Alleghany High School and the Virginia Military Institute.
He had been in the Army since 2001 and was assigned to the 326th Engineer Battalion of the 101st Airborne Division.
Meanwhile huge explosions have been heard in central Baghdad.
Smoke has been seen rising near the compound used as a headquarters of the U-S occupation.
There's no word yet from U-S military officials. It's the second straight night of heavy explosions in the center of the capital.
But with promises to stay the course in Iraq, the Bush administration faces another obstacle-- a key ally is partially withdrawing from the country.
As Teri Okita reports, the move comes after another deadly day for American soldiers.
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TRACK: THEY ARE THE LUCKY ONES. THE ONES WHO MADE IT HOME, BUT
GLARINGLY MISSING ARE THE DEAD AND INJURED SOLDIERS WHO WERE SUPPOSED TO
BE ON THIS FLIGHT SUPPOSED TO RETURN FOR TWO WEEKS OF R-AND-R.
SUNDAY S MISSILE ATTACK ON A U-S HELICOPTER THAT KILLED 16 STILL
HAUNTS MANY OF THEM.
NAT SOT: returning soldier
TRACK: THEY'RE WELL AWARE THE ATTACKS KEEP COMING. AGAIN TODAY, ANOTHER
SOLDIER WAS KILLED IN BAGHDAD WHEN HIS VEHICLE RAN OVER A ROADSIDE BOMB.
IT S THE 23RD AMERICAN DEATH IN JUST THE FIRST FOUR DAYS OF THIS MONTH.
TRACK: THE SMALL STRIKES AVERAGING MORE THAN 30-A-DAY AND THE BIGGER
ONES, INCLUDING THE ATTACK ON THE RED CROSS HEADQUARTERS IN BAGHDAD
HAVE PROMPTED SPAIN TO PARTIALLY PULL-OUT OUT OF THE COUNTRY.
SPAIN IS ONE OF THE U-S STRONGEST ALLIES IN IRAQ SO TEMPORARILY
WITHDRAWING MUCH OF ITS EMBASSY STAFF IS AN OMINOUS SIGN OF HOW THINGS
TRACK: ANOTHER RED FLAG FOR THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION:
A NEW POLL FROM MARIST COLLEGE INSTITUTE SHOWS 48-PERCENT OF VOTERS
APPROVE OF PRESIDENT BUSH AND HIS HANDLING OF THE SITUATION IN IRAQ.
47-PERCENT DISAPPROVE. THE APPROVAL RATING DROPPED ABOUT 28-PERCENT
(Super: Teri Okita/Reporting)
STANDUP: But the President is getting support here on Capitol Hill and
the help can t come soon enough. The Senate approved his 87-billion
dollar package for reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan. Teri Okita,
CBS News, Washington.
Turkey wants an invitation before it sends peacekeeping troops into Iraq.
The Turkish ambassador to the U- S says his country won't send peacekeeping troops into Iraq, without an invitation from the Iraqi Governing Council.
He says the U-S has to put more pressure on the council to approve the Turkish troops, a move he says the Americans seem unwilling to make.
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Meanwhile, an explosion has rocked the Turkish Embassy in the Hague.
Police say there's no indication it was terrorism.
Authorities say a man threw a homemade firebomb into the building, sparking a small fire that injured five people, including the suspect.
The suspect has been taken into custody.
A search is underway for survivors in Indonesia, where flash flooding has left at least 80 people dead.
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Officials say more than 120 others are missing.
Days of heavy rain triggered a surge on a river lined with dozens of inns and restaurants.
Buildings were swept away by water, mud and logs.
The area is popular with foreign tourists, who come to visit a nearby reserve for endangered orangutans.
Indonesia's rainy season usually starts in November and lasts until April.
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Coming up next, a Floyd County man ends his standoff with police.
Plus President Bush gets a first hand look at the damage from California's wildfires.
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State Police had to use teargas to end a lengthy standoff in Floyd County.
It began around 3:15 yesterday afternoon when sheriff's deputies attempted to serve a warrant to 48 year old Jerry Lee Noakes of Check.
Authorities say Noakes refused to come out of his home on Good Neigbors Road and displayed what appeared to be a weapon.
State police were called in to assist.
A negotiatiator made telephone contact with Noakes around 8 p-m.
Noakes broke off contact at 12:45 this morning.
Then State Police dispensed tear gas to drive Noakes out.
He surrendered and was taken into custody.
Noakes was arrested on a felony abduction charge, which stemmed from a domestic violence incident on Sunday.
President Bush will tour wildfire- ravaged areas in California today.
He'll survey the damage himself, along with outgoing Governor Gray Davis and Governor- Elect Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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The blazes in Southern California are almost fully contained.
Cold temperatures, along with rain and snow in the mountains brought relief to firefighters over the past few days-- but not before the fires killed 22 people and charred nearly 750- thousand acres.
C-B-S is calling it a "November to Remember," but there's one movie the network won't be airing for sweeps.
It's reportedly decided NOT to run a movie about Ronald Reagan.
Instead, the film is expected to appear on Showtime.
``Variety'' says C-B-S chief Les Moonves (MOON'-vehs) decided that the movie starring James Brolin was NOT appropriate for the network to air.
Conservatives have been urging C-B-S to dump the movie, saying it's not fair to Reagan.
Variety says an official announcement from the network is expected as early as today.
Some residents in Botetourt County are not happy about where they have to cast their votes today.
For years they were told they Roanoke County residents, but that apparently is not the case.
Joe Dashiell has more.
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((First it was Hill Drive near Bonsack where residents learned they were not Roanoke County residents as they had assumed for years.
Now, families on Old Mill Drive, and some other streets in the Hollins area find themselves in the same situation.
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((I'VE LIVED IN ROANOKE COUNTY ALL OF MY LIFE. I'VE ALWAYS VOTED FOR ROANOKE COUNTY. I WOULDN'T EVEN KNOW WHO TO START VOTING FOR IN BOTETOURT.))
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Mary Adeoti is one of fifty registered voters who have been transferred to precincts in Botetourt County, and many aren't happy about it.
And Betty Bruce says she plans to cast a conditional ballot at her old precinct as a protest... even though her vote may not count.
[IN Q=I'm not going to vote]
((I'M NOT GOING TO VOTE FOR SOMEONE I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT. BUT YOU'RE GOING TO TELL ME YOU HAVE TO VOTE FOR THIS SHERIFF AND THIS COUNCILMAN. AND I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT YOU SO I WANT MY RIGHTS NOT TO BE TAKEN THAT AWAY.))
[OUT Q=to be taken that away.]
Roanoke County registrar Diane Henson says she's heard from many residents unhappy with the change, but once she found out their homes were across the county line, she says she had no choice.
[IN Q=And I do have sympathy]
((AND I DO HAVE SYMPATHY FOR THEM, BUT THIS IS SOMETHING NOW THAT SHOULD FORCE BOTH GOVERNMENTS TO LOOK AT IT AND FIX IT. AND IT DOES NEED FIXING.))
[OUT Q=and it does need fixing.]
Short of moving, residents may have little hope of retaining their voting rights in Roanoke County.
A boundary adjustment is possible if both counties agree, but so far officials say it doesn't appear likely.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Botetourt County))
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Coming up next on the newscast,
we'll tell you why David Letterman is taking a pregnant pause from the Late Show.
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Paul Shaffer went from leader of the band, to leader of late night T-V, as he filled in for dad-to-be David Letterman last night.
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Shaffer stepped in as host, after Letterman went to the hospital with his girlfriend, Regina Lasko.
There's no word yet on whether Lasko has gone into labor.
The 56- year- old Letterman had said on a previous show that he's ``terribly excited'' about being a first- time dad, but that he's also``scared silly.''
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was UP seven points. The NASDAQ has gained two.
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Coming up today in Sports, Virginia Tech will have to do without a star player for at least part of Saturday's big game.
And a major league star from our area will have a new address come next season.
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A 19-year-old University of Virginia football player remains in critical condition after a fight at a fraternity Halloween party over the weekend.
Freshman fullback Carson Ward got in an argument after he and friends tried to enter an invitation-only party at the Sigma Chi
fraternity house early Saturday morning.
Police say someone hit Ward at least twice, and he might have fallen and hit his head after being punched. He
is now in the U-V-A Medical Center.
21-year-old Kurt Rupprecht and 21-year-old John Patrick Selph are charged with malicious wounding.
Other students may face charges.
Ward is from the Giles County town of Pearisburg and was a star high school player there.
It was an eventful day in the big leagues yesterday.
The White Sox hired Ozzie Guillen as their new manager.
While the Astros traded former Ferrum great Billy Wagner to the Phillies in exchange for three young pitchers.
Last year - as the age of 32 - the Tannersville native had more saves than the entire Phillies' bullpen.
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As always Friday Football Extra is well represented in the Associated Press top 10 high school football polls.
The new ones came out last night,
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In Group Two A - Gretna is still number one with Heritage third, Liberty 7th, Carroll County 8th and Amherst 9th.
Amherst and Heritage play this Friday night.
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Bath County wrapped up the Pioneer district title last Friday night at Craig County and the Chargers move up a little closer to the top in the new Group A poll.
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Bath is now tied for second with Sussex Central behind number one Gate City.
William Campbell is up to 5th and the Radford Bobcats are 7th.
Virginia Tech's DeAngelo Hall had a rollercoaster ride yesterday.
Yesterday afternoon he was named the Big East defensive player of the week for his 11 tackle performance against Miami that also included a fumble return for a TD.
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But he also found out yesterday that he is suspended for the first half of this coming Saturday's game with Pittsburgh.
His suspension is a result of a late game altercation in the Miami game.
Tech tried to get the matter resolved, but the Big East decided that the two-quarter suspension was warranted.
The Tech-Pittsburgh game will kick-off at 7:45 on ESPN Saturday night.
The network also has decided to send its GAMEDAY crew to Heinz Field.
The contest is a complete sell-out - a rarity at Pitt.
UVa has lost three of it's last four and Steve Mason says, with contests against Maryland, Georgia Tech and fifth ranked Virginia Tech on the horizon, the Wahoos could be in for a stormy finish.
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((STEVE MASON:THE VIRGINIA CAVALIERS NERVOUS NOVEMBER IS OFF TO A STOMACH CHURNING, UNSETTLING OH AND 1 START AFTER SATURDAY'S 51-37 LOSS TO N.C.STATE. AND ACCORDING TO AL GROH, SOME STRESSFUL TIMES, NOT PEACEFUL TIMES ARE A HEAD FOR THE MONTH BEFORE CHRISTMAS.))
((AL GROH/3-5 RECORD IN THREE NOVEMBER MONTHS:))
((Whatever the case may be, UVa is becoming a team hard to figure out. Take the defense, a unit that held Florida State, who is ninth in the country in TD's scored among teams that have played nine games, to one touchdown, yet turns around two games later and gives up five to the Wolfpack.
N.C. State's running game piled up 143 yards thanks to the return of a re-energized T.A. McLendon who accounted for 216 of State's 553 yards. UVa's rushing attack could muster just 50 yards against the nations 89th ranked defense.
Obviously one bright spot for the Cavaliers is Matt Schaub. The senior is averaging two touchdowns a game and pumped out four TD tosses against the Wolfpack. But how his team finishes is most important.))
((UVA IS OFF THIS WEEK AND DOES NOT PLAY AGAIN NOVEMBER 13TH ON THE ROAD AGAINST MARYLAND. THE TERPS HAVE WON SIX OF THEIR LAST SEVEN. STEVE MASON NEWS 7 SPORTS.))
The game between the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos was decided in the final seconds last night.
Tom Brady threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to David Givens with 30 seconds remaining, as the Patriots rallied past the Broncos, 30-to-26.
New England tops the A-F-C East with a 7-and-2 record.
The Broncos fall to 5-and-4.
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