Coming up on News 7-
Miami-Dade election officials give up re-counting... can't get it done by the deadline, they say.
The Bush camp goes to the U-S- Surpreme Court.
VICE Presidential Candidate Dick Chaney has a slight heart attack.
And a six-year old child dies in a Roanoke house fire.
News 7 is next.
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Another busy day of post-election politics.
The Miami-Dade election board quit working on its manual recount, saying they was not enough time to get it done before Sunday.
A Florida appeals court tonight upheld that decision.
The recounts continue in two other Florida localities.
The Bush campaign went to the U-S Supreme Court- -hoping to overturn the Florida Supreme Court's decision to allow the recounts, as long as they're done by Sunday.
Election officials in Broward County, Florida will be spending at least part of their Thanksgiving hand-counting ballots.
The three-member canvassing commission will reconvene at nine A-M tomorrow.
They'll be going through the remaining absentee and questionable ballots.
The state Supreme Court has given counties until Sunday to report their recount figures.
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Manuel Gallegus is in Miami tonight.
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((Fresh from a loss in the Florida Supreme Court, Texas Governor George W Bush has taken his case to the nation's highest court.
He's asked them to put an end to all of Florida's handcounts.
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MAKE NO MISTAKE; THE COURT REWROTE THE LAW. IT CHANGED THE RULES AND IT
DID SO AFTER THE ELECTION WAS OVER.
Late tonight-- -- a ruling in his favor....
An appeals court in Miami-Dade --a Democratic stronghold-- Wednesday night denied Al Gore's bid to start the hand count again.
Earlier in the day--election officials unexpectedly stopped counting, saying they couldn't make a Sunday deadline.
Another in the sea saw of rulings--went for the Vice President.
A judge in Palm Beach County ruled that the hand count there must consider disputed ballots with dimples.
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I have an inner confidence everything will work out... I deeply believe the people who cast their votes in Florida being recounted meant to vote for al gore and me.
But the biggest news of the day wasn't even in the sunshine state.
It was in the Nations capitol...Where Bush running mate Dick Cheney was hospitalized after suffering what doctors called a very slight heart attack.))
The man accused of abducting his ex-wife and three children at gunpoint is behind bars tonight.
The Federal Violent Fugitive Task Force and Randolph County, North Carolina Deputies arrested Glenn Powell this afternoon.
Powell's being held in a North Carolina jail tonight without bond.
Authorities say he abducted his ex-wife and children from this Salem home last Thursday morning, then drove to Maryland.
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That's where Kimberly Powell and the children managed to escape.
Police there mounted a massive manhunt but couldn't find Glenn Powell.
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Powell lived in Greensboro.
No word on when he might be returned to Virginia.
A Roanoke woman will spend Thanksgiving in the hospital after she lost her granddaughter and her home in a fire this morning.
Angela Wade was renting this home in Southwest Roanoke.
She's in serious condition suffering from burns and smoke inhalation.
Firefighters say Wade tried to rescue her six-year-old granddaughter Yatoya Harper but failed.
They think a kerosene space heater caused the fire.
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Yatoya's father discovered the child was dead hours later when he stopped by the home.
Firefighters say residents can call to schedule a free inspection to make sure their home is safe.
Another fire this morning claimed the lives of two children in West Virginia.
Firefighters were called out around 6 to a home just outside Princeton.
The parents and five siblings escaped, but the two young victims, a six- year- old boy and a two-year-old girl, did not.
No word yet on their names ... or the cause.
Lynchburg Firefighters spent the afternoon at the scene of a blaze that heavily damaged a downtown home.
Fire broke out at this home at 725 Hancock Street just before four.
Crews arrived to find flames coming from the second floor of the building...they first tried to attack the fire from the inside but had to back out.
Authorities aren't sure how many people lived in the duplex, but say no one was home when the fire broke out.
It took crews about twenty minutes to bring it under control.
The cause is under investigation.
Millions of travelers are taking to the skies this holiday season, but first, many are taking a ride on-line.
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Jennifer Miele is at Roanoke Regional Airport tonight with the story.
Keith, high fuel prices are trickling down to passengers pocketbooks... but the airlines have got an early Christmas present for you.
The industry's biggest players -- United, U.S. Airways, and Northwest -- are hoping travelers will gobble up their INTERNET deals.
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(( Roanoke's airport commission says believe it or not, holiday air traffic WILL slow down. That means airlines will do whatever it takes to stuff their birds with passengers.
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((JACQUELINE SHUCK: FRIDAY IS AVERY SLOW DAY FOR THE AIRLINES. THEY DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING AND THURSDAY, ONE YOU GET PASSED THE FIRST COUPLE OF HOURS OF THE MORNING GETS SLOW. SO AS A RESULT, THEY HAVE TO CONTINUE FLYING AND THEY ARE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO FILL THE SEATS, ANY WAY THEY CAN.))
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((JENNIFER MIELE REPORTING: MORE THAN SEVEN MILLION PEOPLE WILL TRAVEL BY AIR THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. WHILE FUEL PRICES GOING UP, TICKET PRICES ARE COMING DOWN.))
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Take a look at U.S. Airways Web site... offering round trip flights for under a hundred bucks. Just type in your desired destination at Northwest Airlines dot com...you could make it home for less than your turkey dinner.
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((JACQUELINE SHUCK: IT'S GREAT FOR THAT PASSENGER WHO MAYBE DIDN'T HAVE THE TIME TO GO THE WHOLE WEEKEND, DIDN'T HAVE THE MONEY, THEY CAN GO SOMEWHERE, HAVE DINNER, SPEND SOME TIME WITH FAMILY AND GET BACK INTO ROANOKE.))
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Those cheap tickets may give customers more time to concentrate on eating their Thanksgiving dinner.
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If you're taking advantage of those holiday savings, be sure and try to get a ride to the airport.
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The airport commissions says the lots are almost full over here, Keith.
Virginia's Indian tribes honor the governor, amidst a war of words over recognition.
That's still ahead on News 7.
And a Washington highway gets a blanket of bucks.
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((Hey sports fans here's what's happening on the eve of Turkey day, Connecticut and U-N-L-V win tournament games in Hawaii, Steve Mason checks in on Glenvar as the Lady Highlanders prepare for the state tournament Rick Pitino tells his Celtic team to tighten up and Chris Weinke, the leading candidate for the Heisman, receives another honor today.
All that and more coming up in sports.))
An armored car spilled some of it's loot onto Interstate -Five in Seattle.
We're not sure why the Loomis armored car door opened.
But it did, and the money spilled along 100 yards of highway. Authorities suspect some wads of cash were pocketed by passers-by before they were retrieved by the security guards.
Police blocked traffic while they picked up bags full of bills and put the dough back in the truck.
It may be the one tax Governor Jim Gilmore likes.
But the 354th annual Indian tribute of game and fish had a slightly different tone this year.
The Mattaponi and Pamunkey tribes usually give a peace pipe to the governor.
This year, he's undecided on the issue of federal recognition of Virginia's eight tribes.
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((GILMORE: I HUMBLY... CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS GREAT COMMONWEALTH.))
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The annual tax tribute began in 1646, and was formalized by treaty in 1677.
After more than three decades with Carilion Health System -- Tom Robertson is stepping down as C-E-O and President.
Robertson is retiring effective January 15th.
He says in his 32 years Carilion the system has not only grown throughout the region -- but made many improvements in patient care.
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Doctor Edward Murphy will take over as president and C-E-O and says he has big shoes to fill.
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Robertson will still serve on Carilion's Biomedical Institute Board.
There may be another round in the battle to overturn Virginia's law against sodomy.
The attorney for the losing side says he plans to ask for a hearing before the full Court of Appeals.
A three-judge panel yesterday upheld the convictions of nine men arrested for soliciting sex from undercover police officers in a Roanoke park.
Their attorney argued that consensual oral sex is common among adults, and the law against it should be struck down.
But the court said the city had the right to crack down on cruising by gay men in a public park.
Motor Trend says it's revolutionizing the American automobile industry.
We'll tell you about their Car of the Year next on News 7.
And we'll have a windy preview of the Macy's Thanksgiving parade.
Everybody's got their favorite car.
Motor Trend Magazine's "Car Of The Year" is Chrysler's P-T Cruiser.
The magazine's editorial staff tested 21 vehicles from around the world.
Criteria included design, engineering, safety, quality, and everyday livability.
Motor Trend says the P-T Cruiser is the first American car to deliver hot styling, outstanding versatility, solid quality and a bargain price tag.
Skiers and snowboarders don't have to wait any longer.
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The new season has already arrived at some of the region's ski areas.
Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia opened its slopes today .. with more than a quarter of its terrain already covered with snow.
That's the most real estate Snowshoe has ever had available for skiing on opening day.
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The colder- than- normal temperatures of the last week or so have helped ski areas at lot.
Snowshoe, for instance, has had its snow-makers working more than 170 hours .. converting nearly 30 million gallons of water into snow.
They're making final preparations for the 74th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.
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Mickey Mouse is hoping to make his debut flight above the streets of the Big Apple-- that's if the winds cooperate.
Guidelines adopted after a 1997 accident say the big balloons should be grounded if the wind speed exceeds 23 miles an hour or gusts are stonger than 34 miles an hour.
The National Weather Service predicts winds from 15 to 20 miles- an- hour, close enough to ensure that a final decision won't be made until tomorrow morning.
Other characters making their balloon debuts include Cassie of the PBS series "Dragon
Tales,'' the Internet butler Jeeves and Ronald McDonald.
The parade begins at 9 and doesn't end until Santa Claus appears at noon.
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Frank Beamer comments on George Welsh's situation at Virginia, Florida State quarter Chris Weinke, a strong candidate for the Heisman trophy, receives an award today and we'll show you the weekend lineup here on Your Hometown Station.
But first our Extra Point.
The N-B-A has suspended Utah Jazz forward Karl Malone for one game without pan and fined him 75 hundred dollars.
Malone baskhanded Christian Laettner of Dallas in the face during a game Monday night. He set out tonights game against Denver.
Meantime, Seattle lifted their suspension of guard Gary Payton just hours after issuing it.
The short suspension was the result of a confrontation with head coach Paul Westphal during a game in Dallas. Payton apologized and played tonight in San Antonio. And here are tonight's basketball scores.
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The college basketball tournaments continued in Hawaii yesterday afternoon.
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12-th ranked Connecticut wound get 20 points from Caron Butler to beat Louisville 83 to 71 and capture fifth place in the Maui Invitational.
And in the second game of the afternoon Kaspars Kambala scored 2 of his 29 points on this play as U-N-L-V routed Chaminade 90 to 78 for seventh place.
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It's state tournament time. In Hometown Hoops Weekly, Steve Mason takes a closer look at Glenvar's unique way dealing with pressure.
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Boston Celtic head coach Rick Pitino had some strong words about his team during a press conference yesterday.
Pitino promised to finish the season but said there will not be a next year for him unless the team starts playing better defense.
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The Celtics played at both ends of the court last night.
Houston's Cuttino Mobley hits 3 of his game high 17 points but the Rockets trailed 26 to 15.
The Celtics worked the inside Tony Battie takes it inside for 2 and the Celtics led by 20 just before the half.
Antonie Walkers jumper gave the Celtics a 14 point lead and the Celtics beat the Rockets 96 to 81.
Virginia talks about stopping the Virginia Tech Offense. More later on Mornin.
Florida State quarterback Chris Weinke, the odds on favorite to win the Heisman trophy next month,
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has been named the recipient of the prestigious Johnny Unitas award.
This honor is given annually to the top senior quarterback in the nation.
Weinke leads all Division One passers with 4167 yards and 33 touchdowns.
Weinke and the Seminoles are currently 2nd in the BCS standings.
Many folks think the Tech-UVa game this Saturday will be the last in this rivalry for Virginia boss George Welsh.
No matter how much heat Welsh takes from the so-called fans - many believe he's not ready to go just yet.
His counterpart this weekend had this to say about the criticism Welsh has had to endure this year.
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A lot of folks are getting ready to devour many of the traditional Thanksgiving treats like turkey, pumpkin pie and a tube full of football.
We definitely have plenty of the latter for you here on WDBJ-7.
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Tomorrow at noon, it's the NFL Today followed by the Patriots and the Lions.
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Then on Friday we shift to the college ranks and the Big East for the renewal of the annual backyard brawl and Pittsburgh takes on the West Virginia Mountaineers at 2:30.
And of course Friday Football Extra has its state semi-final preview special at 11:35pm.
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Saturday, it's a college football doubleheader with Ga. Tech battling the Georgia Bulldogs at Noon and Miami taking on Boston College at 3:30
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Sunday, we also have an NFL doubleheader for you. The Dolphins and Bills meet at one.
While the Colts and Jets tangle at four in an all AFC East Sunday.