The selection of the next President may be over, depending on who you ask.
Those supporting George W- Bush say Florida's UNOFFICIAL recount results make the Republican candidate the winner.
And a Virginia Congressman vows he'll work toward throwing out the Electoral College system.
Instead of there being a calm after yesterday's storms... we have some very active winds. Windy and cool weekend weather ahead in the forecast.
News 7 at noon is next.
A news conference is expected to begin at any moment on where the suspenseful Presidential race stands now...
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Former Secretary of State James Baker is about to hold a news conference in Tallahassee, Florida regarding the latest on the Presidential recount.
And we'll go to him, as soon as that news conference begins.
Early this morning, the Associated Press announced the UNOFFICIAL results of the recount.
They had George W- Bush as the winner, by a slim margin of just over 300 votes.
But the wait continues for a HAND re-count in several counties and next Friday's deadline for overseas absentee ballots.
Confidence appears to be running high for Bush, who's going through the motions of setting up a transitional team.
Right now, we have a report from Terisa Estacio with the latest from Florida.
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Among those with the country's political future in their hands, Army troops from Florida who are now based in Kosovo.
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While the 80 soldiers are based just outside Kosovo's capital, their thoughts are back home in the Sunshine State.
The troops believe they may have a crucial impact on the final result of the election.
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((SGT. ZERGORAN/U.S. SOLDIER: AND WE ARE THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY HERE IN KOSOVO AND IT COULD COME DOWN TO OUR ABSENTEE BALLOTS MAKING THE BOTE. IT'S REALLY A KIND OF EXCITING TIME FOR US. IT MAKES THE MILITARY AND ALL OF US HERE PRETTY MUCH FEEL LIKE WE COULD MAKE THE ELECTION. IT GIVE US SOME HOPE. ))
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Their absentee ballots are viable until November 17th.
Although THIS Presidential election remains un- resolved, a prominent Virginia Democrat wants to do away with the Electoral College system.
Congressman Rick Boucher says he'll offer legislation in January to get rid of the system.
The ninth district Democrat calls the Electoral College a "barrier between the electorate and the Presidency".
Supporters of the Electoral college say without it, Presidential candidates would ignore the smaller states.
News7 would like to correct information we broadcast last night concerning a murder in Lynchburg.
The shooting occurred at this Sunshine Market on Pollard Avenue in Lynchburg Monday night.
We showed you video of the Sunshine Market on Campbell Avenue.. that was "not" where the murder took place.
News7 regrets the error.
Iron Gate's decision to remain a town comes with a price tag.
Residents voted Tuesday to keep their town charter.
It issue was put on the ballot after questions were raised on whether the town could afford to pay 1 point 5 million dollars of a 12 million dollar sewage treatment plant.
The town and the county must build the plant.
Kate Weidaw explains how Iron Gate plans to pay for its portion.
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((Iron Gate's personal service is the top reason residents want to keep Iron Gate an incorporated town according to new mayor Alan Williams.
Services like trash collection, water, and part time police protection.
Williams says the town will find a way to pay its portion of the cost for the new sewage treatment plant.
((ALAN WILLIAMS: WE THINK IT'S A BIG DEBT TO ASK A COMMUNITY THIS SIZE SO WE'RE GOING TO ASK FOR GRANTS WHETHER IT'S FEDERAL, STATE, OR LOCAL.))
And Williams says if the town runs into any problems trying to find funding there is an alternative.
((ALAN WILLIAMS: THIS THING CAN GO ON THE BALLOT EVER TWO YEARS AND THIS POLLUTION PLANT ISN'T TO GO ONLINE UNTIL 2004 SO WE HAVE 4 YEARS IF WE IT'S GOING TO COST THE CITIZENS WE'LL PUT IT BACK ON THE BALLOT.))
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They we're hoping to save the life of little Radford baby in need of bone marrow transplant -- but ended up helping other across the country.
Seven of the more than 14 thousand people who turned out for the bone marrow drive for Henry Moore -- recently found out they might be matches for other people.
Deanne Lane might be able to help 64 old woman with leukemia.
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Baby Henry is still searching for a good match. But his parents say knowing that they're helping others makes all the difference.
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((PATRICK MOORE/HENRY'S FATHER: IT MAKES US ABLE TO HANDLE HIS ILLNESS BETTER. KNOWING THAT THERE IS A PURPOSE FOR IT THAT HE'S HELPING A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE, IN OUR HEART WE KNOW HE WILL BE CURED))
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While henry's parents say he doing fantastic right now -- they say his medication will cause him to develop leukemia.
And that's why he needs a bone marrow transplant before the age three or four.
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Another bone marrow drive will be held for baby Henry on November 16th from 9 am to 3pm at Radford University.
University Students should get tested at Heath Hall and the public at Waldron Hall.
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For more information contact the American Red Cross at 540-639-2140.
The United Nations has voted against the U-S embargo on Cuba.
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The economic and financial sanctions have been imposed against Cuba for nearly 40 years.
Cuba's foreign minister introduced the resolution yesterday-- one nearly identical to those approved in years past.
The non- binding resolution passed with the widest margin in the nine years that Cuba has brought the initiative to the U-N.
He's known all over the world for bringing history to life through his art.
Mort Kunstler is joining us this afternoon to talk about a special Virginia Tech limited edition print of his latest painting, which he'll be signing on campus tomorrow.
Thanks so much for coming by today, Mr. Kunstler.
(You've brought along this print, tells us about the period of time it's depicting..)
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(In addition to the prints, you've also collaborated with Virginia Tech history professor and author James Robertson on a new book, "The Confederate Spirit"...which particular elements of the Civil War does the book explore?)
(And I understand, in addition to signing the prints, you and Dr. Robertson will also be signing the books tomorrow..)
(Proceeds from the book and the print are back to the school...so students can continue pursuing knowledge about this t
ime in history..).
(Why do you think it's so important to keep looking back toward that time, in the year 2000?)
(And there are only about a dozen prints left?)
Thanks so much for joining us today, Mr. Kunstler.
If you're interested in heading to the print and book signing tomorrow, here's some information.
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The signings will take place on the Virginia Tech campus at the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center main dining room.
That's from 9 until 4 tomorrow.
Jacey, sounds like we might have some pleasant weather for that drive down to Tech...