A moment of silence in Virginia's public schools is met with silence- -in class and out.
That's our top story on NEWS 7 tonight.
And Reverend Falwell explains why he's suing the Clinton White House in federal court.
Tonight on News 7 sports, Sampras and Agassi advance at Wimbledon, and former Tech football player is now working with Jeff Gordon's team.
And the Hokies hook up with the Wood Brother and Elliott Sadler for this fall's Winston Cup race in Richmond.
Flash flood watches are still in effect but the heaviest of the rain is gone. Forecast details ahead.
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((WE HAVE 690 STUDENTS THIS SUMMER AND WE HAVEN'T HEARD A WORD.))
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A legal challenge looms, but the moment of silence debuts in local classrooms without serious debate.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
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The state-mandated moment of silence arrived in local classrooms this week, with little fanfare or controversy.
The law took effect on July first...
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and today Joe Dashiell visited one school where students and officials say they're comfortable with the new requirement.
Keith, the General Assembly has mandated one minute of silent meditation, prayer or reflection in every school in Virginia, every day.
Though the ACLU is challenging the requirement, the moment of silence is now the law.
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((WE WILL NOW OBSERVE A MOMENT OF SILENCE.))
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Summer school principal Donna Henderson had one eye on her watch as she wrapped up the morning announcements.
Students in Ellen Glasgow's Algebra II class paused before they got down to business... but the new moment of silence hasn't been a hot topic among students at William Byrd High School this week.
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((JON HARTMAN: SOME OF 'EM MIGHT. SOME OF 'EM MIGHT NOT. IT REALLY ALL DEPENDS ON HOW MUCH THEY REALLY SIT DOWN AND THINK HARD ABOUT IT.))
((AMY DIBBLE: WE TALKED ABOUT IT WHEN IT FIRST HAPPENED, SAYING IT WAS A GOOD IDEA BECAUSE OF JUST THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN GOING AROUND IN SOCIETY, OR WHATEVER. WE JUST THOUGHT IT WAS A GREAT IDEA.))
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Students and school officials we spoke with say the moment of silence is a good idea, because it allows each student to do whatever he or she feels is appropriate... or do nothing at all.
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((WHAT YOU DO DURING THAT MOMENT OF SILENCE IS UP TO YOU. YOU'RE NOT MANDATED TO DO ANYTHING SPECIAL. YOU KNOW EACH CHILD CAN USE HIS OWN MOMENT AS HE WANTS TO.))
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The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit, on behalf of several families, challenging the constitutionality of the new law.
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But Keith, many people here in the Roanoke Valley are hopeful the moment of silence will have a lasting impact in local schools.
Police think they've found the killers of a Danville man.
25 year old Quincy Edward Glenn, 24 year old Kwan Mondell Wakefield and a 16 year old suspect are all charged with murder.
Danville authorities found Early Wayne Watlington inside his Highland Heights apartment yesterday with several knife wounds.
There's no word on a possible motive.
Is the Clinton White House keeping a secret file on religious leaders like the Reverend Jerry Falwell?
And if so, do Falwell and others have a right to see that information?
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Those questions are the core of a lawsuit filed by Falwell against Clinton and the F-B-I.. Steve Smallshaw was in court today for a hearing in that suit.. Steve, what happened?
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Keith, we're still waiting for a decision from Judge Samuel Wilson on how he interprets the 1974 Privacy Act.. and whether, as Falwell claims, there's a legal loophole that allows a president to keep tabs on his political enemies.
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(( At first it sounds like the Reverend Jerry Falwell is just being paranoid.. worried that the government is keeping secret files on him.
But a so-called high source has told Falwell the Clinton White House has indeed compiled a database with information on him and other religious leaders who oppose abortion.
With the help of the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, Falwell is suing for the release of those files.
((LARRY KLAYMAN/JUDICIAL WATCH ATTORNEY: WE ASKED THE WHITE HOUSE, THE CLINTON WHITE HOUSE, TO GIVE US A COPY OF THE FILE WHICH THEY OBVIOUSLY HAVE ON DR. FALWELL, HE'S BEEN VERY CRITICAL OF THAT WHITE HOUSE, WITH GOOD REASON. INSTEAD OF SAYING THEY DON'T HAVE THE FILE, THE WHITE HOUSE CAME BACK AND SAID WE DON'T WANT TO GIVE IT TO YOU BECAUSE WE'RE NOT COVERED BY THE LAW. SO COMMON SENSE DICTATES THAT THEY HAVE A FILE OR WE WOULDN'T BE HERE TODAY.))
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The issue is whether the office of the President is exempt from the 1974 Privacy Act, which prohibits the government from maintaining files on private citizens without their knowledge and requires the government to hand over those files on request.
Falwell says he's not worried about what information HIS file might contain, but its existence bothers him.
((REV. JERRY FALWELL/LIBERTY U. CHANCELLOR: I'VE NEVER SPIT ON THE SIDEWALK THAT THERE WASN'T A CAMERA FILMING THAT, SO THAT IS NOT THE ISSUE.. THE ISSUE IS THAT IT IS ILLEGAL TO MAINTAIN FILES INTENDED FOR CLANDESTINE AND ADVERSARIAL PURPOSES ON PRIVATE CITIZENS.))
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Even if Judge Wilson rules the President is exempt from the Privacy Act, this lawsuit will still move forward because it also names the F-B-I, which is "not" exempt.
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A ruling is expected within a few days. Keith?
A high-tech industrial park in Dublin is one step closer to becoming a reality.
The planned Commerce Park got a four-million-dollar loan from the federal government and another million from the state today.
The one-thousand-acre park would be jointly owned by 12 counties and cities.
Today's loan will pay for the land and development costs.
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((RICK BOUCHER/(D) 9TH DISTRICT: I THINK THAT NOW WE CAN ADVERTISE TO COMPANIES THAT ARE LOOKING IN VIRGINIA AND WANT TO UTILIZE OUR EXCELLENT WORKFORCE AND OUR LOW-COST OF DOING BUSINESS THE KIND OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND INDUSTRIAL PARK SPACE THAT WILL MEET THEIR NEEDS.))
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Officials hope the on-site airport and customs office will lure big technology companies.
They still need about one-million dollars to start the project... AND approval from the county to turn the farmland into an industrial zone.
Celanese and union negotiators sat down at the bargaining table again today in Bluefield, West Virginia ... this time with the help of a mediator.
Union members voted down the company's contract last month, saying it failed to address mandatory overtime or improve benefits.
Their old contract is being extended while a federal mediator helps negotiate a new one.
Celanese is the New River Valley's eighth-largest employer, with 12-hundred workers.
Both sides say they hope to resolve their differences and come back with a new contract in the coming weeks.
The city of Roanoke is trying to rescue a couple who just bought their first home
and found all kinds of problems.
The foundation's cracked, the return air vent was not properly sealed, and the vinyl siding's not attached to the house.
So the city has told builder Phillip Bane to fix these problems this month or he may wind up in court.
The city has charged Bane with several building- related misdemeanors before and forced him to temporarily stop construction.
He refused to comment today but has plans to build ten more houses just like these in the Autumn Lane neighborhood near Salem.
Governor Gilmore wants to squeeze more money out of the state budget.
Still ahead on News 7, find out what that may mean for state workers.
And there's a new man in charge in Lynchburg.
We'll hear from new mayor Carl Hutcherson.
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The Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Department recently introduced a life-saving device for Alzheimer's patients and people with memory loss.
There are now 10 "Project Lifesaver" transmitters working in the county.
Surae Chinn shows us how it's giving families some peace of mind.
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(( An accident on Goodyear boulevard not only shattered part of David Fitzgerald's body but his memory.
((DAVID FITZGERALD/SUFFERS MEMORY LOSS: I CAN'T EVEN FIND MY WAY FROM THE CITY LIMITS A MILE DOWN THE ROAD.))
He was riding his bike one October evening, 14 years ago, when a van or car struck him from behind.
The accident caused massive brain injuries which nearly killed him.
((MARIE FITZGERALD/DAVID'S MOM: THE DOCTOR TOLD US ALWAYS TO TALK AND HE RECOGNIZED ME.))
((SURAE CHINN/REPORTING: BEFORE THE ACCIDENT, DAVID LOVED TO HIKE AND WALK THROUGH THE WOODS, THAT HASN'T CHANGED SINCE THE ACCIDENT THE ONLY THING NOW IS THAT HE GETS LOST AND CAN'T REMEMBER WHERE HE'S GOING. NOW THERE IS A DEVICE THAT WILL TRACK HIM DOWN.))
And that could save his life because David gets lost a lot on his walks. County deputies have picked him up many times and have conducted searches for him.
David wears the transmitter on his wrist. [SOT 53:00] ((IT'S T CARRY MY PILLS AIN'T IT?))
Although David forgets what the tracking device is for his family doesn't.
((MARIE FITZGERALD/DAVID'S MOM: IT GIVES YOU A SENSE OF SECURITY.))
Despite what David has been through: countless operations and weeks in the hospital for kidney problems, a fractured skull and numbness-- he's in good spirits.
((DAVID FITZGERALD/SUFFERS MEMORY LOSS; I'VE ACCEPTED MY MEMORY.))
((MARIE FITZGERALD/DAVID'S MOTHER: IT'S JUST GOD'S WILL THAT HE'S STILL LIVING.))
David may never know who hit him 14 years ago, but that hasn't stopped him from wanting to ride his bike again-- and when he does his family knows how to find him. Surae Chinn, News 7 Pittsylvania County.))
The Lynchburg Health Department will be closed again tomorrow.
The office on Thompson Drive was forced to close today because of electrical problems.
Virginia's Finance Secretary says times of prosperity are the best times to tighten your belt.
That's why the Gilmore administration just asked every state agency to squeeze a total of 92 million more dollars out of the state budget over the next two years.
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((SCOTT PATTISON/STATE BUDGET DIRECTOR: IT'S A VERY TINY PERCENTAGE OF THE BUDGET. IT'S LESS THAN HALF A PERCENT. AND IT'S REALLY TO GET THE PUBLIC SECTOR TO BE SAVING MONEY FOR THE TAXPAYERS THROUGH THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY AND EFFICIENCY ENHANCEMENTS THAT WE'VE SEEN IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR AT A MUCH HIGHER RATE.))
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Draft budget cutting plans were due to state offices last Friday.
They have NOT yet been reviewed.
The Gilmore administration says it's NOT looking for layoffs.
It's looking for "efficiencies" and good ideas.
The Virginia Governmental Employees Association is cautiously optimistic that the program will prove to be fiscally prudent, without any bad impact on state workers.
You'll notice a new listing among our local stocks today-- (ver-EYE-zun) Verizon Communications.
It's the new company created by the merger of Bell Atlantic and G-T-E.
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The DOW lost 76-points while NASDAQ plunged 129.
The Bloomberg NEws 7 Index lost nearly a point and a half.
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Speeding on Interstate 81 over the holiday weekend will prove costly for hundreds of people.
Troopers wrote 705- tickets for speeding along I-81 in Botetourt, Roanoke, Montgomery and Rockbridge Counties.
The tickets were issued from Saturday to Tuesday.
State police in the same four county area also wrote 128 tickets for reckless driving and 22- tickets for driving under the influence.
Statewide-- five people were killed over the July fourth holiday weekend that's down from eleven fatalities last year.
There's new leadership at the top of Lynchburg's city government.
Carl Hutcherson was elected mayor this morning by his colleagues on city council, replacing the retired Pete Warren.
He becomes just the city's second black man to hold that post.
Hutcherson says he's looking forward to his new responsibilities.
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((CARL HUTCHERSON/NEW LYNCHBURG MAYOR: PROBABLY GOING TO BE A LITTLE DIFFERENT FROM WHAT WE'VE HAD THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS, AND THAT'S JUST A MATTER OF GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER AND I THINK ONCE WE DO SOME MORE OF THE VISIONING PROCESS, I THINK WE'LL COME TOGETHER AND COALESCE AS A COUNCIL.))
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Council member Stewart Hobbs edged out Bert Dodson to become the city's new vice- mayor.
This also was the first meeting for new members Joe Seiffert and Julian Adams.
Coming up tonight on News 7 sports, Wimbledon highlights, the latest on Roy Williams and the Carolina coaching job.
Plus, racing news conerning the dragsters and the Hokies.
And we'll see how computers and lightning fast technolgy are making it easy to produce new sports trading cards on the spot.
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Pete Sampras continued his dominance on the courts of Wimbledon, today and advanced to the semifinals.
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Sampras battled past fellow American Jan-Michael Gambill 6-4, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals today.
This was Sampras' 26th consecutive win at Wimbledon.
He'll play Vadimir Voltchkov who toppled Byron Black 7-6, 7-6,6-4.
Second seeded Andre Agassi earned a spot in the semis by downing Mark Philippoussis.
Agassi's next opponent will be serve and volley specialist 12th seed Patrick Rafter who blew past unseeded Alexander Popp.
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Unconfirmed reports say Kansas Coach Roy Williams is on his way back to his alma mater. North Carolina newspapers say Williams has verbally accepted the job.
Williams spent part of his vacation with Carolina officials.
No announcement about the UNC job has been scheduled. Williams promised to make his decision public by Friday, after talking with the Jay Hawks' athletic director and school president.
Tar Heel coach Bill Guthridge announced his retirement Friday. Williams was an assistant with Guthridge under Dean Smith.
Former Tar Heel player and assistant coach Eddie Fogler is also a top candidate.
South Carolina's athletic director did give UNC permission to talk with Fogler.[S-Tech]
The Virginia Tech football team will get some more exposure this fall on national TV, and now there is word the Hokies will get their share of time on the Winston Cup Circuit.
As part of the Wood Brothers' 50th anniversary celebration, Tech is hooking up with Citgo Ford driver Elliott Sadler for the September Cup stop in Richmond.
The car will be covered Tech logos and you can what it will look like next Tuesday, July 11th at Noon when the car is unveiled at the University Bookstore.
You'll also have a chance to meet Sadler and the Woods.
The Fourth of July fireworks will have nothing on the explosions coming out of the tri-city area later this week as the National Hot Rod Association sets up shop at the Bristol Dragway for the second annual Winston Showdown.
More than 500 machines will battle for a record purse nearly three quarters of a million dollars in the unique all-star event that pits funny cars against top fuel dragsters.
The Pro Qualifying begins this Friday afternoon at three, and the event will wind down Sunday with the final eliminations.
This is the only NHRA event during the entire season that pits the dragsters and the funny cars in head to head competition. Last year, the king John Force won the event in Castrol Ford.
In one other racing note, Jeff Gordon's Winston Cup racing team is getting some input from a member of the Tech football team these days.
Former Hokie holder Caleb Hurd, who was married this past Saturday, is in the midst of a summer internship with Gordon's team in Harrisburg, North Carolina.
Tech engineering grad, Brian Whitesell, Gordon's team manager, helped land Hurd the job for the summer. His next job will be helping with the team's testing at Indianapolis.
The first big batch of NFL football trading cards featuring the 2000 crop of rookie players in their professional uniforms are now in local cards shops.
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The NFL player's association worked with the Topps Company last month and united all 30 of the top draft picks at Citrus Bowl stadium in Orlando.
Peter Warrick, Chad Pennington and the rest of the gang donned their new game jerseys and then took part in the most high tech card production process to date.
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Once the cards were printed, the rookies personally autographed them to be inserted into random packs of Topps 2000 football cards.
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