Coming up on News 7-
A federal judge gives quite a blow to Microsoft
Reaction tonight from Bill Gates.
And a hit and run accident right in front of the police.
Plus we'll hear from Tech Quarterback Michael Vick- on Spring Practice.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
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((BILL GATES/MICROSOFT CEO: THIS RULING TURNS ON ITS HEAD THE REALITY THAT CONSUMERS KNOW, THAT OUR SOFTWARE HAS HELPED MAKE PC'S MORE ACCESSIBLE AND AFFORDABLE TO MILLIONS.))
[OUT Q=to millions.]
Bill Gates reacts to today's ruling- saying he will appeal.
A federal judge ruled that Microsoft violated federal anti- trust laws by the way it markets its internet browser software.
It's a huge blow to Micrsoft but some say it's a big plus to consumers.
Lee Cowan has more.
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[SUPER=01-Bill Gates/Microsoft Chairman; 13]
[DROP BUG!!!!! :29!]
[SUPER=01-Janet Reno/Attorney General;42]
[Super=01-Andrew Cohen/CBS Legal Analyst; 1:10]
[Super=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting; 1:24]
[OUT Q=CBS News, Washington.]
(( The ruling is the latest step in a historic anti-trust battle that could ultimately force the breakup of one of the most recognizable
companies in the world.
But Microsoft chairman Bill Gates is ready to fight. His legal team had already been preparing for the worst.
BILL GATES, MICROSOFT CHAIRMAN
We continue to believe that we have a strong case, and that the judicial
system will ultimately rule in our favor.
Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ruled that Microsoft had repeated violated federal anti trust laws in conducting its business by, quote,
"engaging in a series of exclusionary, anti competitive and predatory
acts to maintain its monopoly power."
But a ruling on exactly what PENALTY the software giant might pay, may still be weeks away.
Janet Reno, Attorney General:
News of the ruling sent technology shares for a loop Microsoft's stock plummeted. By lunchtime it had lost more than 14 percent of its
value meaning CEO Bill Gates was 11 billion dollars poorer.
The worry is Microsoft will become increasingly more vulnerable to competition the longer the case drags on a gamble the company took
when it walked away from settlement negotiations over the weekend unable to find a compromise.
ANDREW COHEN, CBS LEGAL ANALYST
Clearly they feel they have a chance, that Judge Jackson's rulings are going to be overruled on appeal. They're going to roll the dice and hope
COWAN: Even if the company isn't forced to break up, at the very least Microsoft will be forced to change the way it does business the
question is will that change be so dramatic that Microsoft will no longer be a dominant force in an industry it helped create. Lee Cowan,
CBS News, Washington.))
Virginia's NOT part of a multi-state legal attack on Microsoft.
Attorney General Mark Earley says his office received NO consumer or anti-trust complaints about Microsoft.
[IN Q=Secondly, Virginia]
((MARK EARLEY/VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL: SECONDLY, VIRGINIA HAS ASSUMED, FOR A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT REASONS, A LEADERSHIP POSITION IN THE NATION FOR SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT, THE INTERNET, THE WHOLE EXPLOSION OF THE HIGH TECHNOLOGY, NEW ECONOMY AGE. AND WE DIDN'T WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN WHAT WE THOUGHT COULD BE AN EFFORT THAT WOULD ULTIMATELY LEAD TO THE KIND OF CLIMATE THAT WOULD KILL THE GOOSE THAT LAID THE GOLDEN EGG.))
[OUT Q=golden egg.]
Earley says attorneys general in other states were just looking for another national platform after the tobacco settlement-- and Microsoft proved a good target to get them on shows like "Larry King Live."
Jean tosses to Robin in Weather Center
WAKE UP FORECAST
[Toss back to anchor][Budget-Bedford]
How much money will the Bedford County school system have for the 2000-2001 budget year?
That was the big issue tonight at a public hearing before county supervisors.
As Kate Weidaw tells us this is not only a touchy subject with teachers but the community as well.
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[SUPER=01-Marvin Hicks/Concerned Resident;:00]
[SUPER=01-Adam Hunter/Jefferson Forest Senior;:55]
[OUT Q=News 7, Bedford County.]
((MARVIN HICKS/CONCERNED RESIDENT: IF WE CAN NOT PAY FOR TECHNOLOGY, BOOKS OR GIVE TEACHERS A DECENT LIVING WAGE MAYBE NO ONE SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED THE RAISES THEY GOT THIS YEAR.))
Dozens of teachers cheered on folks who support a larger school budget. The county supervisors have proposed a budget of 64 point 1 million dollars -- that's 14 percent more than last year.
However teachers say that's not enough -- they're receiving a 3 percent raise and salaries that rank below surrounding areas like Roanoke, Salem, and Lynchburg.
((JESS TUCKER/TEACHER: OUR AVERAGE SALARY IS ALMOST FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS LESS THEN THOSE SURROUNDING COUNTIES AROUND US.))
Some blame the lack of funding on poor budget planning for the two new elementary schools that are under construction as well as proposed renovations at Liberty and Jefferson Forest High Schools.
Students say they're fed up.
((ADAM HUNTER/JEFFERSON FOREST SENIOR: AS A STUDENT I WOULD MUCH RATHER HAVE AN UP TO DATE LAB THEN SKY LIGHTS IN THE LGI ROOM, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A TECHNOLOGY PLAN IMPLEMENTED THEN A PLAN THAT'S ALWAYS BEING WORKED ON.))
School advocates say Bedford County has the lowest spending per student in the state.
And with a budget and tax rate that continue to climb it's time for a change. Supervisors say they will use the communities concerns as they work on the budget.
Kate Weidaw News 7 Bedford County.))
Property Taxes could be going up in Pittsyvania county- The County Board of Supervisors proposed a more than fifty percent property tax increase tonight.
The board says the 28-cent increase is necessary to cover all departmental requests.
Most of the money will go to schools.
A public hearing is scheduled for April 19-- the budget must be approved by May first.
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Roanoke City Manager Darlene Burcham says she found an organization that knew it needed to change.
Today, she outlined a reorganization of city government she hopes will make it more responsive to citizens.
Burcham described her plan to members of city council, who must approve some of the changes.
The plan will consolidate some departments, and reorganize them under three assistant city managers.
No one will be laid off, but the plan will eventually reduce the total number of city employees.
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[IN Q=This particular reorganization]
((THIS PARTICULAR REORGANIZATION IS NOT INTENDED TO MEAN THAT WHAT HAS BEEN HERE IN THE PAST HAS BEEN UNSATISFACTORY AT ALL, BUT WHAT IT DOES SAY IS YOU NEED TO BE PREPARED TO CHANGE WITH CHANGE AND THAT'S WHAT THE REORGANIZATION IS ALL ABOUT.))
[SUPER=01-Darlene Burcham/Roanoke City Manager]
[OUT Q=is all about.]
Also today, City Council announced that Roanoke's call for voluntary water conservation will be lifted on Wednesday, one year after the restrictions were imposed.
Elian Gonzalez is one step closer to being reunited with his father.
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The State Department has approved visas for Juan Gonzalez, his wife and their son- Elian's half brother- as well as Elian's cousin, pediatrician and kindergarten teacher.
The visas could be issued as early as tomorrow.
Meanwhile the boy's Miami relatives say they do not want Elian to return to Cuba while Fidel Castro is in charge. Miami's mayor agrees.
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((JOE CAROLLO/MIAMI MAYOR: WHAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC IS NOT FULLY BEING TOLD IS CUBA CAN ONLY BE COMPARED TO THE GOVERNMENTS OF SADAM HUSSEIN, ADOLF HITLER, MUSSOLINI- THE WORST TYPE OF TOTALITARIAN REGIME THAT THE WORLD HAS SEEN.))
[SUPER=01-Joe Carollo/Miami Mayor;]
[OUT Q=WORLD HAS SEEN.]
Lawyers for both sides are now working out details of how the reunion between father and son will take place- and where.
The Dan River Mills C-E-O wants to dispell rumors about his company.
Joseph Lanier (La-near) wrote a letter to union employees.
The letter states "We do not have any plans to move Home Fashions jobs to Mexico."
And no additional jobs will be sent abroad besides the 488 jobs announced several months ago. Concerning rumors of 12 hour shifts, the chairman writes: " ...we do not have plans to convert ALL Danville plants to 12 hour shifts."
A spokesperson for the company explained why the chairman wrote the letter.
[IN Q= The process]
((JOE BOUKNIGHT/DAN RIVER INC.: THE PROCESS OF SITTING DOWN AT THE TABLE WITH UNION NEGOTIATIONS IS IMPORTANT TO THE EMPLOYEES, COMMUNITY TO THE COMPANY. THE MISINFORMATION COULD HURT THE ENTIRE PROCESS.))
[SUPER=01-Joe Bouknight/Dan River Inc.]
[OUT Q=entire process]
Negotiations begin this Wednesday in Danville.
Some doctors at odds with Lewis Gale Clinic have found a way to continue working in their communities.
The eleven doctors resigned from the clinic in January.
Today-- the family care physicians announced they've reached an agreement with the clinic that will allow them to establish their own group practice.
The deal also allows the doctors to keep their patients' medical records and to continue working at both Salem offices as well as in Floyd and Fincastle, for one year.
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[IN Q=The thought]
((DR. EDWIN POLVERINO/FAMILY PHYSICIAN: THE THOUGHT OF GOING TO A NEW COMMUNITY AND STARTING OVER WITH PATIENTS I DIDN'T KNOW AFTER I'D BEEN HERE SO LONG WAS JUST NOT DOING, I COULDN'T DO IT.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Edwin Polverino/Family Physician; :00]
[OUT Q=couldn't do it.]
The doctors say one of their main objectives is to recruit more family physicians to fill the void left by the other doctors who've left the area.
More controversy over the Confederate flag and Confederate heritage in South Carolina and here in Virginia.
Details on that are still ahead.
And get a look at Steak and Ale's re-opening night.
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[IN Q=Hi Jean]
[OUT Q=later in sports]
((HI JEAN, TONIGHT IN SPORTS, ONE TEAM EMERGES A CHAMPION FROM THE FIELD OF 64. IT'S OPENING DAY IN THE STATES AS THE BOYS OF SUMMER RETURN. HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE HARDWATER AND SPRING PRACTICES CONTINUE AT VIRGINIA TECH. MICHAEL VICK TALKS ABOUT HIS RECEIVERS. THOSE STORIES AND MORE LATER IN SPORTS.))
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Roanoke's Steak and Ale is back in business.
There were just a few cars in the parking lot tonight, but Steak and Ale management was pleased with tonight's re-opening
[INQ=quite frankly we're]
((QUITE FRANKLY WE'RE VERY CONFIDENT THIS EVENING THAT WE HAVE EVERYTHING ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT FOR OUR CUSTOMERS TONIGHT.))
[SUPER=01-Larry Borgia/Steak & Ale Regional V.P.;]
[OUTQ=our customers tonight]
The Health Department okayed the restaurant's opening after the entire restaurant staff was trained in food safety over the weekend.
The health department won't know for sure what caused the outbreak until Wednesday
A former K-K-K leader's visit to Virginia Saturday prompted a fight, some closed stores, and a number of shouted racial slurs.
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[IN Q=Welcome to]
((WELCOME TO CHESTERFIELD COUNTY MR. DUKE!))
[OUT Q=Mr. Duke!]
But self-styled "European American Rights" activist David Duke says Chesterfield County's leading the way by being Virginia's only locality to declare April "Confederate History Month."
[IN Q=What I am]
((DAVID DUKE/FORMER KLAN LEADER: WHAT I AM IS A CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER FOR EUROPEAN AMERICANS.))
[SUPER=01-David Duke/Former Klan Leader;]
[OUT Q=European Americans.]
Governor Jim Gilmore has NOT yet released his statewide "Confederate History Month" proclamation -- but he says it will recognize both the good and bad in Confederate history.
The Governor says David Duke isn't doing Virginia any favors on race relations.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I THINK THAT MY GOAL HERE IS TO TRY TO DRAW PEOPLE TOGETHER AND TO TRY TO SHOW THE COMMON GROUND THAT PEOPLE CAN HAVE.))
((MARK EARLEY/VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL: I'M NOT A FAN OF DAVID DUKE. I'M SORRY HE CAME TO VIRGINIA. AND I'M SORRY THE WHOLE THING HAS SORT OF PRECIPITATED WHAT IT HAS. BUT I HAVE, AS I THINK MOST VIRGINIANS HAVE, AN UNDERSTANDING OF HOW THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY RESPONDS TO THIS ON AN EMOTIONAL LEVEL. I ALSO HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING OF WHY SOME PEOPLE FEEL THAT THIS IS A PERIOD ON THEIR HISTORY THAT THEY WANT TO REMEMBER.))
[OUT Q=want to remember.]
Mark Earley is a member of the N-double-A-C-P.
Saturday, David Duke called the group a radical organization using extortion tactics.
People marched to the tune of two different drums in South Carolina today.
[SUPER=03-Goose Creek, SC]
These marchers are protesting the flying of the Confederate flag to state lawmakers.
More than six-hundred are making the 120 mile trek to the state capital.
The N-double A-C-P wants the flag down...saying it shows racism.
Others defended it-- saying it honors those who died in the Civil War.
Both sides are expected to rally in Columbia Thursday.
Almost 17 years after the murder...Henry County authorities charge a man for the crime.
In June of 1983, Randy Lee Beaver was stabbed at his sister's home in Ridgeway.
Today, a 57-year-old prison inmate John Monroe Barnes was indicted the murder.
First a 16-year-old stepped forward. But now another teenager is charged with the weekend murder in Amherst County.
Authorities say 17- year- old Jeremy Brandon Wright of Lynchburg gunned down 24- year- old James Franklin Junior in Madison Heights early Saturday.
Police say a 16- year- old male who originally confessed to the crime recanted his story after learning the victim had died.
Still ahead on the Newscast, Robin will be here with the rainy forecast.
And Bedford's D-Day Memorial is still under construction, but other attractions are already planning to cash in on its success.
When it opens next year, Bedford's D-Day Memorial is expected to attract close to one-hundred thousand tourists each year.
Now the city and county hope to convince those visitors to extend their stay.
Both localities are working on a marketing plan that would entice D-Day tourists to stop at other Bedford area attractions.
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[IN Q=I think we're]
((BILL ROLFE/BEDFORD CO. ADMINISTRATOR: I THINK WE'RE SEEING THAT WE'VE PROBABLY REACHED THAT SATURATION POINT, IF YOU WILL, THAT WE FEEL LIKE WE HAVE ENOUGH ATTRACTIONS WITH D-DAY MEMORIAL COMING ON LINE, THAT WE REALLY NEED TO BE BETTER ORGANIZED AND FIGURE OUT HOW EXACTLY WE WANT TO MARKET OURSELVES.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Rolfe/Bedford Co. Administrator]
[OUT Q=to market ourselves.]
Rolfe says a full- time tourism director will likely be hired within the next year.
A proposal for a full- fledged visitors center is also in the works.
Some Roanoke police officers saw a hit and run unfold before their very eyes this evening.
Police were working an accident at 11th Street and Orange Avenue around 7-30 when they saw a Grand-Am run a stop light and hit a car.
Police chased the car until the driver-- identified as Timothy Bowman of Roanoke-- abandoned it on Gilmer Avenue.
They arrested him about a block away.
He's charged with D-U-I and felony hit and run.
No one was injured
The battle for one of Lynchburg's two contested city council seats is beginning to heat up.
Paul Shaskan is trying to unseat Robert Garber in Lynchburg's Ward Three.
Shaskan kicked off his campaign today by blasting Garber for not understanding the issues families face.
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[IN Q=It's not his]
((PAUL SHASKAN/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL CANDIDATE: IT'S NOT HIS FAULT. HE CANNOT FATHOM THE AWESOME RESPONSIBILITY OF WORKING AND PARENTING IN TODAY'S WORLD, BECAUSE HE DOESN'T.))
[SUPER=01-Paul Shaskan/(I) Lynchburg Council Candidate]
[OUT Q=because he doesn't.]
Garber.. who is not married.. says economic issues affect EVERYONE.. married and unmarried.
Shaskan is a Bedford County school teacher who describes himself as "a true moderate".
In sports, the madness is over, a champion is crowned. Highlights from the major leagues and the NHL and words from Michael Vick.
First our extra point. The University of Connecticut women's basketball team arrived home to a heroes welcome.
The Huskies won the N-C-Double-A Tournament yesterday with a convincing 71-52 win over Tennessee.
It's the second straight year UCONN fans have welcomed home a champion.
The Huskies won the men's title last year.
Now here are your boards.
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Michigan State is the new National Champion. The Spartans beat the Gators at their own running game scoring the most points of any team on Florida this season.
[SUPER=03-Indianapolis, IN/CBS Sports;]
It was the Gators' first time in the finals. The Spartans walked into this one the favorites.
Michigan State controled the tempo over the run and gun Gators in the first half, as Morris Peterson makes the leaning jumper for the early lead.
Then Brett Nelson brought Florida within three as this all net three pointer cuts State's lead to 17-14.
Mateen Cleaves was hot for the Spartans nearing the end of the half he drains the three and Michigan State led 43-32 at the break.
A big scare for the Spartans at the beginning of the second half, Cleaves going to the hoop collides with Teddy Dupay and rolls his ankle. Cleaves leaves the game with a high ankle sprain.
The inside game was a bright sport for Florida, Udonis Haslem led the Gators and all scorers with 27 points.
Cleaves returned to the game with 11:51 left in the half and finished with 18. The senior played in pain for the rest of the game, but the 89-76 Spartan victory for the national title made it all worthwhile.
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In the majors, opening day in the States as 24 teams started the season yesterday.
[SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/MLB - TBS;]
Andres Galarraga made his return to the game in grand style. Galarraga took a year off because of a cancerous tumor in his back. This afternoon he hit this homer for the Braves.
Andruw Jones followed that with a solo shot of his own and Atlanta beats Colorado two to zero.
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Parry McCluer grad Charlie Manuel made his major league managerial debut against the O's in Baltimore.
Travis Fryman was the first out of 24 batters to get on base for the Indians, he did it with this solo shot to center field.
Kenny Lofton followed that with this sixth inning blast to left field and Cleveland beats Baltimore four to one.
Elsewhere St. Louis beat Chicago seven to one with out the services of Mark McGwire. McGwire was pulled from the line up because of back spasms.
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In the NHL, the Capitals were coming off two straight home losses, a win last night would move them one step closer to clinching the Southeast Division title.
The Rangers already eliminated from the playoff wanted to play the role of the spoiler.
And at first it looked like the home fans would have a long night, off the power play Petr Nedved gets his 24th goal of the season. And New York takes a one-nothing lead into the second period.
But the second period was all Washington, really all Joe Sacco. Sacco intercepts the pass and takes it all the way for the unassisted score and it's tied at one.
[super=31-New York Rangers/1/Washington/4;]
A little more than five minutes later Sacco again finds the back of the net and the home fans leave happy as the Caps beat the Rangers 4-to-1.
Johnstown comes to the Round House tonight to take on the Roanoke Express in the ECHL playoffs.
The puck drops at seven.
The Express is 3-3 and 1 against the Chiefs this season and all seven games were decided by one goal. One interesting point, Johnstown is the only team in the ECHL to have beaten the Express twice at home.
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[IN Q="the last....]
((SCOTT GORDON/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
[SUPER=01-Scott Gordon/Express Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=....have to do"]
Defenseman David Froh was released this morning in order for the Express to finalize it's playoff roster. Defenseman Aaron Gates and center Mike Peron are questionable for tonight's game.
Express fans expecting to see the first part of the Johnstown series at the Roanoke Civic Center will be disappointed.
The team earned home ice advantage for the playoffs,
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but a lack of flexibility on behalf of Johnstown management coupled with the fact that the Roanoke Civic Center is booked later this week with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Britney Spears has forced the Express to play two of the first three games of the series on the road.
It won't get any easier to schedule next week as the Ringling Brothers circus comes to the town for five days in the coliseum.
Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick has received many honors in the off season.
During spring break he was honored with the first annual Michael Vick Day in his hometown of Newport News.
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[IN Q="got to]
((MICHAEL VICK/VA. TECH SOPHOMORE QUARTERBACK:))
[SUPER=01-Michael Vick/Va. Tech Sophomore Quarterback; :00]
[OUT Q=...for myself"]
Vick is back to work and has a wide array of co-workers in the receiving department.
He threw 12 touchdown passes last season and with the defense replacing eight starters, Vick might carry a heavier load.
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[IN Q=I really]
[OUT Q=...they'll be alright"]