Today on News 7 at 5, the Presidential election moves into Florida's Supreme Court. We'll have a live report.
Also authorities in Roanoke are looking for what caused a fire that claimed the life of a 68 year old woman.
Snow showers and bitterly cold wind through tonight. Expect readings tomorrow only in the 30s.
In sports, NASCAR's season finale sees another first time winner. We'll have the highlights.
Plus on Health Check, we'll have some practical advice to help you keep your Thanksgiving dinner safe and healthy.
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The Presidency of the United States may be in their hands.
Seven Florida Justices hear arguments from both sides this afternoon.
The Justices have been grilling lawyers from all sides with questions about the legality of manual recounts.
Florida's 25 electoral voters are at stake- the key votes needed for either Al Gore or George W. Bush to win the presidency.
Drew Levinson is following the court proceedings and joins us live from Tallahassee.
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((GOD SAVE THESE UNITED STATES, THE GREAT STATE OF FLORIDA AND THIS
Floridas seven supreme court justices know the presidency may very well be in their hands
CHIEF JUSTICE CHARLES T. WELLS)
COURT IS AWARE OF THE UTMOST, VITAL IMPORTANCE TO STATE AND WORLD.
Two weeks after Americans went to the polls to elect a new president the democrats and republicans were in Floridas highest court
arguing whether to allow hand recounts into the final tally.
PAUL HANCOCK/DEMOCRATIC ATTORNEY or alternate font: Attorney for Florida Attorney General's Office.
THE RIGHT TO VOTE INCLUDES THE RIGHT TO HAVE THAT VOTE COUNTED.
JOE KLOCK/REPUBLICAN ATTORNEY or Attorney for Secretary of State:
The two sides want to know if Floridas secretary of state Katherine Harris has the right to certify the vote before the manual recounts going on in three counties is complete.
Harris...a republican was set to declare George W. Bush the winner..thus giving him the presidency. But Friday the supreme court put that on hold.
Bush leads Al Gore by just more than 900 votes..the democrats believe with the hand count they can make up the difference.
In todays hearing...the justices peppered both sides with questions about chads and dimples referring to punch ballots and voters internet.
Joseph Klock: And then we enter the great universe of Chad...corners...attached..
DREW LEVINSON...THE JUSTICES HAVE BEEN ASKED FOR GUIDLINES ON HOW TO READ THOSE CHADS....AT LEAST FOUR JUSTICES MUST AGREE ON ISSUES....WHEN THAT DECISION COMES..NOBODY KNOWS. )
An American Airlines crew member is dead- after an emergency landing today at the Miami airport.
Police say as the crew prepared for landing- one of them opened an emergency door before the cabin was de-pressurized.
The crew member was pulled out of the plane and died on impact on the tarmac.
Police say at least six other people suffered injuries during the landing.
The plane was taking off for Haiti with 130 people aboard when an "engine fire" light came on.
The plane landed and passengers were evacuated on emergency chutes.
Roanoke authorities are still trying to determine the cause of a fatal house fire.
The home went up in flames last night leaving an elderly woman dead and her loved ones searching for answers.
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Teresa Hamilton is at the scene on Stewart Avenue tonight with the latest.
Jean, the family of 68- year old Alain (A-lean) Akers is understandably still in shock. They still don't know the cause of the fire but say what happened could have been far worse.
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There is little left of Ricky and Laura Akers home on Stewart Avenue in Roanoke.
Last night's fire consumed nearly everything the family owned.
But family members say the tragedy could have been even more tragic.
While they're devastated by the loss of 68 - year old Alain (A-lean) Akers... they say if it wasn't for smoke detectors they would have lost even more loved ones.
Robert Long lives next door.
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((ROBERT LONG/NEIGHBOR: I GOT A BIG KNOCK ON THE DOOR SOUNDED LIKE SOMEONE WAS BREAKING THE DOOR DOWN AND I GOT UP AND THEY TOLD ME TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE THE NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS HOUSE WAS ON FIRE.))
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There were seven people inside the two- story home when the fire started.
Everyone except Alain (A-lean) was able to get out in time. Loved ones say they tried to reach her but the fire was too intense.
Robert Long is friends with Alain's (A-lean's) son, Ricky.
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((I TALKED TO RICKY THIS MORNING, HE'S TAKEN IT HARD... LOST HIS FATHER, NOW HIS MOTHER... IT'S HARD ON... BEAR DOWN AND GO WITH IT, THAT'S ALL YOU CAN DO.))
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The family does have insurance on the house... but that's probably little consolation right now as they try and cope with the loss of Ms. Akers. Jean.
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A woman was killed this morning when she pulled out in front of another car near Buchanan.
58-year-old Barbara Newbill of Hardy died when she pulled out of a gas station in front of Danny Coffey, who was driving north on Route 11.
Coffey is being treated for head, knee, shoulder and other injuries at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Newbill's passenger is also being treated for shoulder and other injuries.
State police say they will not press charges.
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Virginia Tech is making great strides on the football field, but what has it meant in the classroom? Coming up after this break, we'll see the latest graduation numbers,
and from Charlotte, former Carolina Panther Rae Carruth goes on trial for murder.
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A jury in Charlotte, North Carolina, began hearing evidence today in the trial of former football star Rae Carruth.
The former Carolina Panther is accused of ordering the murder of his pregnant girlfriend last year.
Jennifer Jones has more.
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A day thats been a year in waitingfor the family of the victim and the
mother of the accused.
(nats/You feel good about the way things may go this morning? I do.
But in opening arguments, prosecutors told jurors, Rae Carruth, the
one-time NFL rising star was the mastermind of a cold-blooded murder.
Cherica Adams 8-months pregnant with Carruths baby, was shot 4-times
while driving along a South Charlotte road November of last year. Within
seconds Adams called 9-11 on her cell phone. That tape played today for
SOT, Gentry Caudill, Prosecutor
She wasnt able to give the 911 operator any information about the car
where the shot came from, but she told them Rae Carruth was in front of
her in a Ford Expedition and she was shot and he just left.
A month later Adams died, the baby survivedand Carruth fled.
Authorities found him hundreds of miles later in the trunk of a car.
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Prosecutors will try to convince jurors that Carruth ordered the hit to
keep from having to pay child support, While the defense will tell them
Adams murder had nothing to do with with the baby, but instead a failed
The defense insisting Van Brett Watkins, the admitted triggerman shot
Adams out of frustration of trying to get to Carruthafter Carruth
reneged on a deal to front money for Watkins drug buy.
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Words the defense says Watkins wrote in a note to a deputyOne of the
defense strongest piece of evidence in proving Carruths innocence.
Virginia Tech's football program has been making strides in rankings and recognition in recent years.
But an N-C-Double-A report released today shows fewer of its players are graduating.
In the last three years, Tech football graduation rates reported to the NCAA declined by more than half.
65 percent graduated three years ago.
Last year, only 29 percent of players got their degrees.
Tech's athletic department says the numbers are a bit misleading.
They only reflect scholarship athletes who start as freshman and graduate from Tech within six years.
But players who transfer, quit or go pro- count against the school.
Tech says looking at graduation averages over the long-term would be better.
We'll do that on News-7 at 6, and see how Tech's graduation rates compared to its rival schools.
Coming up next on the newscast, we'll head down the yellow brick road to see if we can catch up with Jacey Birch.
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Dorothy... the Tin Man... the Scarecrow... the Cowardly Lion... and Toto are all in Roanoke to put on the Wizard of Oz.
Jacey Birch stopped by tonight's rehearsal at the Mill Mountain Theatre to get a first peek at the play which starts tomorrow.
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Coming up today in Sports, NASCAR has another first time winner. Mike Stevens has the details,
and does your child want a scooter for Christmas? We'll head online to see a place you should check out-
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If you're cooking this holiday- don't forget the Turkey, the cranberry sauce- and the safety tips.
You do need to take some precautions when you cook.
So, before you head into the kitchen- we headed out to the local cooperative extension office-
Joy Sutton has more-
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Good afternoon and welcome to your Monday two minute ticker.
The Virginia Cavaliers play cross state rival Virginia Tech for 82nd time this Saturday in Blacksburg.
Steve Mason has an update on UVA's quarterback situation as well as the Wahoos' thoughts on Tech's signal caller.
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The North Carolina Tarheels have fired head football coach Carl Torbush this afternoon.
This despite the fact that the Heels are still in the hunt for a bowl bid.
Torbush still had two years remaining on his current five year contract.
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The Winston Cup circuit finished out its 2000 season today in Hampton, Georgia with the culmination of the rain delayed NAPA 500.
The race produced the fourth first time winner of the season as Jerry Nadeau beat Dale Earnhardt, Ward Burton and Jeff Gordon to the stripe for his first ever Cup victory
Jean will be back to close out News 7 at five in just a moment.
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If your children are asking you for a razor scooter this Christmas, you may want to have them check our website of the day.
While the devices are the craze right now- there are concerns about their safety.
In August alone nearly ten thousand young people were sent to the emergency room with injuries associated with scooters.
But some Scooters are better than others.
To find out which model is the safest and most fun, visit Consumer Reports' site for children at zillions-dot-ORG.
18 young people rated the popular scooters and you can find the results here.
In addition to the scooters, zillions also tests other popular toys and youth oriented items.
There is even a section devoted to helping children understand deceptive advertising.
The page describing the way commercial makers prepare a hamburger is educational for everyone.
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So to learn zillions of good things, check our website of the day at WDBJ7-dot-com.