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A late night fire kills an elderly Roanoke woman.
We'll have the latest on the fire investigation in a live report, coming up.
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And state police are investigating an accident in Botetourt county that's left at least one person dead.
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A winter weather advisory is in effect for much of our viewing area so if snow flurries aren't falling in your backyard yet... they may be pretty soon. Stay tuned for our snow forecast.
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News 7 at noon is next.





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The future of hand recounts is in the hands of the Florida Supreme Court.
A hearing gets under way in two hours...
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
They're still counting ballots in three Florida counties.
But we don't know whether those votes will go toward the final tally in the Presidential race.
Florida's Supreme Court will holding a hearing at two o'clock on whether the manually recounted ballots WILL count.
Al Gore's people wants the recounts.
George W- Bush's camp does NOT.
Meanwhile, some residents of Palm Beach County who wanted to vote for president all over again received disappointing news today.
A judge says he doesn't have the authority to order a re-VOTE.
Drew Levinson is standing by in Tallahassee with the latest on the re- COUNTS.
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(LOCATOR : AUSTIN) GOOD TO SEE YA!!"


A FRIENDLY HELLO, BUT NOTHING ELSE FROM GOVERNOR BUSH THIS MORNING. HIS LAWYERS HOWEVER.. WILL HAVE PLENTY TO SAY ON HIS BEHALF LATER TODAY IN FLORIDA SUPREME COURT. BOTH SIDES WILL ARGUE OVER THE LEGITIMACY OF HAND RECOUNTS NOW UNDERWAY IN SEVERAL CONTESTED COUNTIES.

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FOR THE REPUBLICANS.. THE ARGUMENT IS THIS..."THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE DID NOT VIEW MANUAL RECOUNT AS A NECESSARY INGREDIENT IN DETERMINING THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE."
THEREFORE, REPUBLICAN SECRETARY OF STATE KATHERINE HARRIS USED HER DESCRETION PROPERLY WHEN SHE CHOSE TO CERTIFY THE ELECTION BEFORE THE HAND RECOUNTS WERE OVER.

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GORE'S ATTORNEY'S ARGUE..."FOR THE SECRETARY TO EXCLUDE THE RESULTS OF A VALID RECOUNT IS THE VERY DEFINITION OF CAPRICIOUSNESS." ..IN OTHER WORDS SHE ACTED TOO QUICKLY.

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"I JUST ASSUMED THAT BY NOVEMBER 20TH THE ELECTION WOULD BE OVER WITH, BUT I GUESS NOT."
FOR HIS PART, THE VICE PRESIDENT JOKED ABOUT THE UNRESOLVED ELECTION WHILE APPEARING VIA SATELLITE THIS MORNING AT A FAMILY CONFERENCE IN NASHVILLE. GORE HAS TO WAIT IN WASHINGTON WHILE THE CRITICAL HEARING GOES ON IN TALLAHASSEE.

(LEVINSON STANDUP/CLOSE: ....VOTERS IN PALM BEACH WHO WANTED A RE-VOTE

BECAUSE THEY SAID THE BALLOTS WERE CONFUSING..GOT A THUMBS DOWN THIS MORNING. A JUDGE SAID HE DIDN'T HAVE THE LEGAL AUTHORITY TO ORDER THAT. DREW LEVINSON) ))
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State police are investigating a two-vehicle accident in Botetourt County. Authorities say at least one person is dead and two other people were taken to the hospital with injuries that do not appear to be life-threatning.. The accident happened shortly before 11 this morning. Police say both lanes of Route-11 are blocked just south of Buchanan. We'll have more information as it becomes available.


[Roanoke-Fire]


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A Roanoke family is mourning the death of a second family member in over two months.
68 year old (A- lean) Alain Akers died in a house fire on Stewart Avenue last night.
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Shannon Young joins us now with the latest into the investigation.
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[Walnut-Fire]


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Authorities say an early morning apartment fire in Roanoke was accidental.
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Firefighters responded to 454 Walnut Avenue Southeast around 5:30 this morning.
They say the fire started in the rear of one of the apartments and was quickly brought under control. No one was injured.
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A federal judge heard new arguments today on whether the Sons of Confederate Veterans should be allowed to have special Virginia license plates bearing the Confederate battle flag.
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The Commonwealth says it has the right to determine which symbols it wants to be associated with ...on state-issued license plates.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans maintain that the specialized plates reflect the allegiances of individual motorists.
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Judge Jackson Kiser will decide later whether the state must issue the Sons of Confederate Veterans a special plate WITH their battle- flag logo.


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Investigators are looking for clues into what caused a small plane to go down in Patrick County.
Authorities expect to officially identify the body of a man found with the wreckage today. The Civil Air Patrol had been searching for the single engine plane since it disappeared off radar November 9-th .. [TAKE FULL SCREEN MAP] They located the charred debris on Bull Mountain, five miles north of Stuart Saturday. Kate Weidaw reports.
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(( More then a week after the small single engine plane disappeared off radar, the Civil Air Patrol spotted a badly burned aircraft on Bull Mountain Saturday afternoon. Officials can only reach the plane by foot because of the rough terrain on the mountain.

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The plane had taken off from College Park Maryland and was enroute to Greenville, South Carolina .. The plane was last seen on radar near Diggs Mountain - so the search narrowed from a four state area to Nelson County last week. The pilot was found dead in the cockpit, his identity has not been released. Right now officials are trying to figure out how they're going to get the plane off the mountain.

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The FAA will be at the crash site Monday afternoon to try and figure out why this plane crashed into the mountain. Kate Weidaw News 7 Patrick County.))
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[Bus-Bombing]


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A bomb ripped through an armored bus in Israel today, killing two people and injuring nine others, including children.
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A mortar shell wired to a detonator blew up today near the bus carrying Jewish children and teachers to a grade school.
A radical Palestinian group based in Syria has claimed responsibility for the blast.
Palestinian officials condemned the attack, and added that Israel should not retaliate against them.
But that request has fallen on deaf ears--
Israeli helicopters are firing rockets at Palestinian targets in Gaza City.
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[Botetourt-Explosion]


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The Botetourt County sheriff says the homemade explosive that killed a man may be buried inside him. Investigators say 20 year old Michael Henry of Fincastle was with friends when he detonated the device off Craig's Creek Road, near Eagle Rock Saturday night. According to the sheriff, it was a two inch long carbon dioxide canister, about as wide as an index finger, with a hole drilled in it and a makeshift fuse. Henry apparently placed the explosive next to a grinding wheel on a picnic table.
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Sheriff Sprinkle says charges could result from further investigation. An autopsy is being done today.

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Amherst authorities questioned a teenager in connection with a fatal shooting. Sheriff's deputies responded to a home on River Road in Madison Heights early yesterday morning and found 39-year-old Mac Christian Freeman of Amherst County with a gunshot wound to the chest. Freeman later died at Lynchburg General Hospital. A 17-year-old at the home was taken into custody. Police have NOT said if any charges have been filed. They believe the shooting stemmed from an argument over the telephone.

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A new president will lead the Roanoke chapter of the N-Double-A-C-P.
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Brenda Hale defeated Evangeline Jeffrey by a vote of 61 to 59. Hale ran against incumbent president Martin Jeffrey in 1998 and appeared to have won until N-double-A-C-P officials nullified the election because of irregularities. Hale says as President she hopes to establish a better relationship with the police department.
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Hale also says she'll focus on education. Her two year term begins next month.


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Japan's Prime Minister might be spared the humiliation of a "No- confidence" vote today.
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The Japanese parliament has convened to deliberate the motion against Yoshiro Mori.
There are media reports, however, that a senior leader of Mori's Liberal Democratic Party has decided to abstain from voting.
The "no- confidence" motion has virtually no chance of passing with the support of the senior leader and his followers.
Mori's popularity slipped to less than 20 percent recently after repeated mistakes on matters of diplomacy.
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A United Nations official says China is taking steps toward improving civil liberties.
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The U-N's high commissioner for human rights Mary Robinson signed an agreement that commits China to honor treaties it's already signed.
It also commits the Chinese to review human rights abuses and take part in regular dialogues.
Robinson warned that her office will pay close attention to China's behavior, especially when it comes to freedom of expression, assembly and religion.
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[Box-Office]


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He might be the "mean" one, but not mean enough to keep the audiences away from the weekend box office.
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Dr. Seuss' "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" starring Jim Carey stole the green at the box office this week-end -- pulling in $55-point-1 million. If the final numbers hold when reported tomorrow, it would make the Grinch the fifth-best box-office debut ever.
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"Rugrats in Paris: The Movie" finished number 2.
"Charlie's Angels slips to number 3. "The 6-th Day" and "Bounce" wrap up this week's list.