Today at 5, there's breaking news on the Presidential election as the Republicans win one and lose one in the courts.
And we'll see a local buisness that says its voting booths would have eliminated much of the election controversy.
Hanging out in the 20s and 30s this weekend as unseasonably cold air settles in. Details ahead.
In Sports, Mike Stevens will have NASCAR qualifying from the season finale,
and in health news, a new hospital in our area begins construction.
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Florida's Supreme Court orders the Presidential Election can not be certified in Florida until an order from the court.
Just when you thought an end could be in sight- think again.
The Florida Supreme Court issues a last minute ruling which once again throws the presidencial race into turmoil-
Drew Levinson is following the story- and joins us live with the latest.
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So far the overseas absentee ballots are only adding to George W. Bush's lead- With nearly a quarter of the state's counties finished- Bush has picked up 39 more votes than Gore has.
Earlier today the Bush campaign celebrated its victory in the lower court.
But as Lee Cowan tells us the celebration was short-lived.
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((Behind the scenes, the Bush camp is clearly positioning itself for some
kind of announcement tomorrow -- but just what that announcement will be
is still unclear.
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"There is some certainty -- rapidly approaching."
The Governor is leaving his ranch near Waco to return to the Govenror's
mansion here in Austin. He will be joined tonight by both his
daughters, as well as his Vice Presidential running mate Dick Cheney.
Together they'll watch and wait for events in Florida.
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"We now look forward to the prompt counting and reporting of the
limited number of uncounted overseas absentee ballots, so that the
process of achieving a final result to the election in Florida is not
subject to further delays."
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"But the Bush camp calls any plans about a victory party or acceptance
speech: "premature" at this point. Trying not to gloat until the
official word comes from Florida about what it perceives will be the end
-- or at least, the beginning of it. Lee Cowan, CBS News, Austin." ))
A Fairlawn company sees all the confusion over voting in Florida as its chance to profit.
Quad Media makes electronic voting booths that give instantaneous results and are accessible to people with all types of disabilities.
The company started off developing portable interactive kiosks five years ago.
Less than two percent of communities use electronic voting, but states like Texas and even the federal government are pushing for it.
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((BERNARD LAFLEUR/QUAD MEDIA CEO: I THINK THAT NOW THAT COMMUNITIES HAVE SEEN THEY NEED TO PUT THEIR DOLLARS INTO VOTING SYSTEMS BECAUSE OF THE SITUATION IN FLORIDA, WE SHOULD SEE A SURGE IN THE REQUIREMENT FOR VOTING SYSTEMS TO BE UPDATED. ))
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The voting kiosks cost about 10-thousand dollars, but LaFleur says they're worth it.
When the election's over, they can be set up for the public to access the Internet.
Three L-A police officers were convicted of corruption this week- Now some say the jury had it out for the officers.
An alternate juror in this weeks police corruption trial charges the jury was biased-
She testified at a special hearing today saying the jury foreman told her at the outset of the trial that the defendants were guilty-
She also says jurors discussed the case among themselves every day of the trial.
The jury convicted three of four police officers who were accused of framing gang members.
A judge has now ordered the jury foreman and another alternate juror to testify at a hearing next week.
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A local radio personality has pleaded guilty to sex crimes. That story is next,
and the family that was abducted yesterday from Salem is safe tonight. We'll have the details after this break.
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A woman abducted from her step-father's home in Salem yesterday is alive and well along with her three children in Landover, Maryland.
Kimberly Powell had only recently moved into the white brick house on Parkdale Drive- -after divorcing her husband in Greensboro.
The step-father told police it was Glenn Dexter Powell who took Kimberly and the kids at gunpoint yesterday.
Police say she gave him the slip this morning, and now police in Prince Georges County, Maryland are looking for the 39-year old suspect.
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((SGT. TIM MCGUIRE/SALEM POLICE: IT'S OUR UNDERSTANDING IT'S AN EXTENSIVE MANHUNT, AERIAL HELICOPTERS, TAC TEAMS, A PRETTY EXTENSIVE SEARCH.))
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Within the last hour police say they called off the search in Maryland. The suspect is still at large.
A Vinton man is in critical condition following an accident this afternoon in Roanoke.
Police say 19- year old Michael Adam Graham was travelling East on Centre Avenue about 1:30 this afternoon. His Ford Mustang was hit broadside by a private garbage truck that was travelling south on 14th street.
Graham was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital with multiple injuries. Police say their investigation continues. There is no word yet on whether any charges will be filed.
A well- known Bedford radio personality has pleaded guilty to five counts of taking indecent liberties with children.
The charges against 59-year- old James William Patterson stem from incidents involving four young boys between the years 1981 and 1985.
Patterson came in contact with the boys through internships at W-B-L-T radio and the local Boy Scouts group.
The incidents took place outside of Bedford but were prosecuted locally.
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((RANDY KRANTZ/BEDFORD CO. PROSECUTOR: WE RESEARCHED THE LAW AND LOOKED AT THE CASE LAW AND WE FELT THAT WE HAD AT LEAST AN ARGUABLE POSITION THAT BECAUSE HE PERSUADED THEM TO ENTER A VEHICLE IN THE COUNTY OR CITY OF BEDFORD AND TRANSPORTED THEM, AND BASED UPON THE PATTERN OF BEHAVIOR, WE COULD ARGUE THAT HE ALREADY HAD THE PRE-FORMED INTENT TO MAKE THE INDECENT PROPOSAL.))
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Patterson will be sentenced next year.
Additional charges involving a new victim are pending.
The question is NO longer "will there be a state budget shortfall?"
The House Appropriations Committee today tried to get down to "how big" that shortfall would be.
Money committee analysts say anywhere from a quarter to a half BILLION dollars.
Finance Secretary Ron Tillett will only say that revenues are almost two percentage points behind the already scaled-down projection.
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((RON TILLETT/FINANCE SECRETARY: I THINK FROM MY STANDPOINT I WOULD HAVE TO SAY THAT IT IS SLOWING, AS ANTICIPATED. IT IS SLOWING SOMEWHAT QUICKER... AND IT IS SLOWING A LITTLE FASTER THAN I ANTICIPATED.))14
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The budget shortfall could trigger a halt to the phase-out of the car tax.
The state picked up the tab for 47 and half percent of the tax this year.
Next year, it's scheduled to pay 70- percent.
Coming up next on the newscast, we'll see an art exhibit in Roanoke that has children so excited, they can't keep their hands off of it.
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At most art exhibits, children are usually seen and not heard... but that's not the case at Roanoke's newest art museum.
Center in the Square's latest inhabitant encourages children to use their hands to expand their minds.
Jacey Birch stopped by the Art Museum of Western Virginia to get a sneak peek.
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Coming up after this break, Mike Stevens will have a preview of tonight's High School football playoffs,
and then a little later, we'll tell you where you can turn for some turkey day advice.
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After nearly 50 years in the same building, the Stonewall Jackson Hospital is building a new state-of-the-art facility.
Today, the VMI Color Guard joined dozens of others for a special ceremony in celebration of the new hospital.
While officials gathered to break ground -- crews were already on site starting construction.
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((ROBERT HUCH: WITH THE CHANGES AND ADVANCEMENTS IN TECHNOLOGY AND EVEN THE ADVANCEMENTS IN DEMOGRAPHICS IN ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY, WE'RE BECOMING AND OLDER POPULATION AND THE VARIOUS HEALTH CARE SERVICES THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO BE PROVIDED AND NEED TO BE PROVIDE WOULD BE BETTER PROVIDED IN A NEW FACILITY))
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The new building will cost twenty million dollars.
It's expected to be completed by summer or fall of 2002.
Easter Seals Virginia is helping parents spot disabilities and developmental problems in their children.
That's why the organization held free screenings today for children up to three.
In the screening, the child's physical, cognitive and social skills are evaluated and compared with other children in the same age group.
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((OUR PHILOSOPHY IS TO CATCH ANY POSSIBLE DELAYS EARLY TO GIVE FAMILIES IDEAS THEY CAN WORK WITH AT HOME TO CATCH THERE CHILD UP TO OTHER CHILDREN OF THE SAME AGE SO THEY ARE READY TO START KINDERGARTEN ON TIME ))
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If a problem is detected, Easter Seals offers a variety of services from speech therapy to in-home special instruction with a teacher.
Easter Seals Virginia always offers free screenings by appointment.
For more information you can call 777-KIDS.
Welcome folks to the Friday ticker that tonight features the final night of Winston Cup qualifying for the year.
The circuit is just outside of Atlanta for this weekend's Napa 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
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Jeff Gordon smoked the competition with a wicked lap of 194 point 274 miles an hour.
Folks that speed is more than 3 miles an hour faster than the pole speed Dale Jarrett had at this year's Daytona 500, and Atlanta is a mile shorter.
Ricky Rudd found out how going too fast can cause problems as he hit the wall.
Here's a look at the top 25.
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[SUPER=0107-6. Mark Martin//7. Jeremy Mayfield//8. Dale Earnhardt//9. Bobby Labonte//10. Wally Dallenbach//;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Rick Mast//12. Ward Burton//13. Ken Schrader//14. Terry Labonte//15. Joe Nemechek//;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Jimmy Spencer//17. Tony Stewart//18. Steve Park//19. Sterling Marlin//20. Rusty Wallace//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Johnny Benson//22. Brett Bodine//23. Matt Kenseth//24. Kurt Busch//25. Michael Waltrip//;]
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Stacy Compton was 27th, Little E 29th, Elliott Sadler 37th and Jeff Burton 41st.
This is the last night this season that high school football will be played on Friday night.
Next week the games head to Saturday afternoon.
Tonight we'll crown 6 regional championships on Friday Football Extra.
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It's a long shot, but some of the election mess in Florida may be resolved by tomorrow afternoon.
And while that may be welcome news to many, the folks in Alabama don't want to hear about it.
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The Auburn - Alabama game that you can watch right here on Your Hometown Station tomorrow afternoon, is so big in Bama that CBS affiliate WIAT will NOT interrupt the game for any election news out of Florida.
The station's manager says he was able to make CBS understand that the Iron Bowl goes way beyond your normal sporting event.
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And Sunday we have the late NFL game for you as the Jets take on Miami in the AFC East at 4.
A preview of the UVa-NC State battle is coming up at six with Steve Mason.
Take care everybody
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Now that Thanksgiving is just a week a way, we thought it would be a good time to feature the Butterball University as our website of the day.
Preparing a Thanksgiving dinner for a large family can make you tense.. So the people who bring us the Butterball Turkey are teaching "Turkey Preparation 101."
Lessons include such things as how to determine how big a bird to buy and the best ways to stuff, roast, and garnish your turkey.
There's even recipes for side dishes AND all those leftovers.
So if you want some help with your Turkey Day Meal, try our website of the day. It won't do the dishes after dinner, but it could make your day a little easier.
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You can find the Butterball Turkey page through a link to our website at WDBJ-7-dot-com.
Final preparations are being made to launch this year's version of the 'Santa Train.'
The good-will holiday trek is scheduled to begin Saturday. The train will be loaded down with 15-tons of gifts and candy.
The 'Santa Train' will travel though southwest Virginia, eastern Kentucky and northeast Tennessee. The tradition began 1943 as a way for Kingsport, Tennessee merchants to say thank you to the people of the
Appalachian Mountain area for their business.