Coming up today on News 7 at 5, a federal judge is only minutes away from announcing a decision that could have a major impact on the future of the Microsoft Corporation. We will have a live report.
Also an insurance company disputes the cause of a fire at Blacksburg's Foxridge Apartments.
Another batch of showers and heavier rain on the way. The weather service has a watch for southwest Virginia. Details just ahead.
Also, days after 70 people got ill after eating there,
health officials are confident Roanoke's Steak and Ale is safe to reopen.
The long awaited court ruling on Microsoft is expected at any time now.
The anticipation sent shock waves through Wall Street-
High tech stocks down- the Nasdaq plummetting more than 350 points by late afternoon.
Sources say a federal judge has ruled Microsoft is guilty of violating federal anti-trust laws.
It could force the company to break up= or at the very least change the way it does business.
Lee Cowan is following the is case and joins us live from outside federal court in Washington.
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(( 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 hinted which way he would rule last year, when he agreed with government lawyers that Microsoft repeatedly
used its monopoly power to bully its competitors an affront to US anti-trust law.
But a ruling on exactly what PENALTY the software giant might pay, may still be weeks away.
News of the ruling sent technology shares for a loop Microsofts
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 Jacksons rulings are going to be overruled on appeal. Theyre going to roll the dice and hope
But its a risky move for a company some industry analysts say, has already spent too much time trying to survive a lawsuit, instead of surviving the fast-moving marketplace.
JONATHAN ZUCK, ASSOC. FOR COMPETITIVE TECHNOLOGY :
This whole industry is moving toward an internet-based communication between computers, etc, and if Microsoft cant be there when that
happens, theyll lose relevance!
Even if the company isnt 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 chose NOT to join other states in a lawsuit against Microsoft.
Virginia's Attorney General says his colleagues in other states missed the national platform the tobacco issue had previously provided.
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((MARK EARLEY/VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL: IN MY OPINION, THEY HAD GOTTEN VERY ENAMORED WITH PARTICIPATING WITH THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB AND BEING ON LARRY KING LIVE, AND NATIONAL EXPOSURE ON TOBACCO. THEY WANTED TO DEMONSTRATE ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY FOR ATTORNEY GENERALS TO KIND OF MAKE A MARK FOR THEMSELVES, AND THEY JUMPED IN ON MICROSOFT.))
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Attorney General Earley says his office had NO complaints about Microsoft's business practices.
And, he says he was reluctant to go after a high tech industry at a time that industry is the goose "laying the golden egg" in Virginia.
Fire claimed the life of a 24-year old man in Floyd County overnight.
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The house was engulfed in flames by the time neighbors noticed it.
They gave investigators a lead on a possible cause of the fire. It may have been an electrical problem.
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It was not until about 9:30 that they saw flames leaping out of the roof of the house.
DeWeese ran next door in time to see the back door blown off the house.
Investigators have found what they believe is evidence of an electrical short. They have yet to release the victim's name.
An insurance investigator's report is at odds with fire officials' findings on a destructive Blacksburg apartment fire back in February.
The fire in the 29-hundred building at Foxridge Apartments destroyed 12 units and left 28 people homeless.
Firefighters say the cause of the fire was an overloaded electrical outlet.
But a recent insurance company report cites a resident's lit cigarette as the cause.
Both causes are accidental ... but the firefighters' finding would allow tenants to sue for damages to their belongings.
There's more developments in the cases of 11 doctors who left the Lewis Gale Clinic. Teresa Hamilton will join us in a moment to give us the details.
also the focus of the Elian Gonzalez case has shifted. We'll see what both sides are now doing to reunite him with his father.
A group of doctors who resigned from Lewis Gale Clinic earlier this year have teamed up to continue practicing medicine in their communities.
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Teresa Hamilton is here now with more on what this will mean for patients.
Jean, the eleven doctors involved have formed their own independent group practice.
It's an arrangement that will allow them to remain in the area and to keep their current patients and their medical records.
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Dr. Clement Binnings and Dr. Edwin Polverino resigned from the Lewis Gale Clinic in January.
Today-- they announced they'll be staying in the area.
The two, along with nine other doctors, have forged a settlement with the parent company of Lewis Gale Clinic that will allow the physicians to establish an independently owned group practice.
Under the terms-- they'll be allowed to keep their patients' medical records.
For now, they'll also be allowed to continue operating out of their current offices in both Salem locations, Floyd and Fincastle.
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The doctors declined to reveal the terms of the settlement or to go into specifics as to why they were at odds with Phycor.
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Jean, the two say their main goal is to recruit more doctors.
Amherst authorities have charged a DIFFERENT teenager in connection with a weekend murder there.
It happened in the 7th street area of Madison Heights early Saturday.
Police had arrested a 16- year- old male for the shooting death of 24- year- old James Franklin Junior.
The 16- year- old had agreed to take the rap for the crime, but recanted his story after learning the victim had died.
Instead, 17- year- old Jeremy Brandon Wright of Lynchburg is facing murder charges.
He's being held without bond.
Elian Gonzalez will reunite with his father- but just how that will work is still up for debate.
Visa applications were filed this moning on behalf of Juan Gonzalez, his wife and newborn
and well as for several of Elian's classmater and his teachers.
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U-S Justice Department officials say talks are no longer focused on revoking the boy's immigration status- but instead have shifted on how to reunite the boy with his father when he arrives in the U-S.
Patrick is back out and about and today he's making sure he's turning over a new leaf.
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Cigars are still a hot trend, and some older traditions in Cigar making are gaining broader appeal as people learn more about how stogies are made.
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This evening, Patrick Evans has a cigar-rolling demonstration for us, which has it's roots in Cuba.
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In Sports, Mike Stevens will look at today's baseball season openers.
Plus on Health Check, a local restaurant is reopening with a clean bill of health,
and we'll tell you why some children's sleep problems are causing them to be misdiagnosed with A-D-D.
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The Steak and Ale on Electric Road in Roanoke County is opened for dinner tonight after shutting down last Friday.
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The restaurant closed to re-train employees in health and safety. That after more than 70 people got sick after eating there March 22nd through the 24th.
Even though lab results on the cause of the illness won't be back for a couple days, the health department feels confident customers are safe.
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((DR. MOLLY RUTLEDGE/HEALTH DEPT. DIRECTOR: OVER THE WEEKEND THE CORPORATE OFFICE SENT IN A TRAINING TEAM AND HAS DONE TWO EIGHT HOUR LONG TRAINING SESSIONS WITH ALL THE STAFF AND HAVE REQUIRED THAT ALL STAFF BE ABLE TO DEMONSTRATE COMPETENCIES IN FOOD SAFETY.))
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Restaurant officials are assuring customers all of the food served will be new.
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The health department's inspection included checking for hand washing stations in the restaurant, making sure food is stored and served at proper temperatures, and examining every tool or utensil that comes in contact with food for cleanliness.
According to medical specialists, sleep disorders in children are often misdiagnosed.
Because their behavior is similar to that of children with Attention Deficit Disorder, they can be mis-medicated if a doctor is not knowledgeable.
April Nelson has more.
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Welcome everybody to the Monday ticker that begins with a reminder
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that Your Hometown Station is the place to be for tonight's NCAA men's basketball championship game.
March Madness comes to a close in early April
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as the Michigan State Spartans take on the Florida Gators.
It's experience vs. depth and you can catch the hottest ticket in sports tonight as coverage from CBS sports begins at nine o'clock right here on WDBJ-7.
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The major league baseball season opened in the States this afternoon.
13 games are on the schedule.
Ken Griffey Junior debuted at Cincinnati's Cingery Field to a standing ovation. He's gone oh for two in this afternoon's rain delayed contest.
Cincinnati's Michael Tucker smacks this homer to the right field corner and the Reds lead three nothing in the second. The game is in rain delayed tied at three at the top of the six inning.
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Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick has had an eventful off season. During his recent spring break trip home to Newport News, he was honored with the first annual Michael Vick Day.
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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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More from Michael Vick at six, plus we will hear what the Roanoke Express has to say about it's opening round playoff date with the Johnstown Chiefs. See you at six everybody.
Virginia's Cooperative Extension Program has long been an aid to the state's farmers. Now it's using the internet to make new friends with the state's school children. Patrick Evans has today's Website of the Day.
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(( If you've ever eaten a meal, you have a farmer to thank for putting that food on your plate. Yet many of us never stop to think where that meal came from. The Virginia Cooperative Extension is using some elaborate Internet technology to change that.
The extension has developed the Virtual Farm. and it hopes the page will give children a behind the scenes look at where their food is grown.
In addition to all the great pictures and information, they hear from the farmers themselves as they try to put their world in perspective.
The site cost the Cooperative more than 25-thousand dollars to produce, but you can see it on the screen.
Children can get a 360 degree look at such things as a harvest, the milking process and a chicken ranch.
They can even watch a baby chick hatch.
The Extension believes this internet field trip will not only educate young viewers, but it will also encourage them to visit a farm in person.
So to get a new perspective on where your food comes from, visit our website of the Day. As always you can find a link to our website of the day on our page at WDBJ7-dot-com. I'm Patrick Evans.))[Close-ID]