Two breaking stories today.
The U-S Supreme Court has spoken--- it's over- ruled Florida's lower court ruling extending the deadline to certify
the Presidential election.
And the Redskins fire coach Norv Turner.
Join us-- News 7 at noon is next.
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Moments ago, the U-S Supreme Court overturned Florida high court decision extending the recount deadline.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
The Supreme Court ruling is unanimous ... and a victory for the Bush campaign. It vacates a Florida ruling that permitted a longer period of time to recount votes ... and it comes just a few hours before a Florida judge is expected to hand down a separate ruling.
Judge Sanders Sauls will decide whether nearly 14- thousand disputed votes will be recounted, as Vice President Al Gore has requested.
Sorting through all the legal twists and turns is Drew Levinson, joining us now from Tallahassee.
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((FOR TWO DAYS THIS PAST WEEKEND, ATTORNEYS FOR GEORGE W. BUSH AND AL GORE
ARGUED, SOMETIMES AD NAUSEUM, OVER THE CONTESTED ELECTION RESULTS. THE
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COURT JUDGE, THRUST INTO THE NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT, WAS GIVEN THE TASK OF
WHETHER TO ALLOW THE RECOUNT OF 14,000 DISPUTED BALLOTS.
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"THOSE VOTES WERE COUNTED ON ELECTION NIGHT, THEY WERE COUNTED AGAIN IN
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BUT LAST NIGHT ON THE CBS NEWS BROADCAST, "60 MINUTES", VICE PRESIDENT
GORE CITED NEW EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT A MANUAL RECOUNT.
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"THE EXPERTS, INCLUDING THOSE CALLED BY GOVERNOR BUSH IN THE COURT
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THEM BY HAND."
The future of Victory Stadium hasn't been decided yet, but Roanoke City Council may take steps toward a decision this afternoon.
Two members of council are asking for a recommendation from the city administration, and a plan to gather public opinion on the issue.
Mayor Ralph Smith wants the city to renovate the facility, while other council members favor construction of a new smaller stadium. City Council will consider the issue, during its regular meeting this afternoon.
Martinsville's unemployment rate has dropped significantly this year... its down from nearly 10 percent in 1999 to just over 8 percent as of October.
The city of Martinsville saw a huge jump in unemployment when Tultex corporation laid off 25-hundred people in 1998.
And even as many former Tultex workers find jobs, all three Tultex buildings have been sold for new uses .. one to Sara Lee Activewear for a new distribution center.
Sara Lee plans to hire 300 new workers.
Roanoke, Lynchburg, and Danville all had reduced unemployment in October as well.
The Virginia Employment Commission credits the drop in unemployment to schools staffing for the new semester and
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A convicted killer is scheduled to die by lethal injection this week for one of the worst mass murders in Richmond history.
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Christopher Goins shot and killed the parents and three siblings of his pregnant 14-year-old girlfriend six years ago.
Tamika Jones and her 18-month old sister survived.
Jones says she plans to attend the execution Wednesday.
Goins has an appeal pending before the U-S Supreme Court and has asked Governor Gilmore for clemency.
A bus driver may have received clemency of sorts .. from a low tide that probably spared his life.
His bus collided with another in the heart of Dublin Ireland yesterday .. then plunged off a bridge and into the River Liffey.
No passengers were on board. The driver remain conscious as divers rescued him. He was taken to a hospital for injuries described as non-life threatening.
Witnesses say the nose of the bus was in the water ... but the river was low because the tide was out.
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It's not just in Florida. Still ahead, thousands of Virginians cast NO vote for president this year.
And yes, WE missed the snow, but it's a much different story if you head east. First, let's take a look at our forecast from Shannon Young in the Weather Center.
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Virginia Election officials are taking another look at vote count numbers.
50-thousand Virginians either didn't vote for a presidential candidate last month or their votes were NOT counted.
The number of "nonvoters" makes up about 2 percent of the nearly 3-million ballots cast in Virginia.
Election officials say there may have been machine errors, but most likely people were just expressing their lack of enthusiasm for any of the candidates.
Elections Secretary Cameron Quinn is asking registrars across the state to send her totals of these nonvotes in response to questions about the ballot.
Nearly a month after casting their votes, Americans are waiting for the outcome of the presidential election.
But a Smith Mountain lake couple has taken a special interest in another voting process.
They observed Haiti's election where hand counting ballots is the norm.
As Kate Weidaw reports, they say the Haitian system really adds up.
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((Bob and Adele DellaValle-Rauth took part last month in a ten day trip with the International Coalition of Independent Observers to watch Haiti's November 26-th election.
((ADELE DELLAVALLE-RAUTH: WE'RE JUST THERE TO OBSERVE TO MAKE SURE IT'S DONE IN AN ORDERLY FASHION THAT THERE IS NO INTIMIDATION.))
Bob and Adele along with dozens of other observers from around the world watched as Haitian voters cast their ballot to elect a President. Bob describes the ballot as a simple piece of paper that didn't appear to cause confusion among voters.
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Once their ballot is cast each Haitian voter is marked so they can't vote again.
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Once all the ballots are in, the hand counting process begins. And while hand counting is normal in Haiti, it's lead many to question Bob about America's way of counting ballots.
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The DellaValle-Rauth's say while Haiti is learning from America's way of democracy, America could learn from Haiti's election process that causes little confusion for the country.
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Frank Beamer's decision to stay at Virginia Tech and the presidential stalemate are two of the stories viewers commented on this week.
Assignment editor Joe McKean has more in News 7's Feedback.
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((The day Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer decided to turn down the Tarheels, it was the top story for most viewers.
But some thought we played it up too much.
From Callaway, [Jack Blake] one wrote: I cannot believe you would open your six o'clock news with a story about Beamer staying at Virginia Tech. Who really cares where he stays or goes. This is sports news and belongs in the sports section of the newscast, not in the opening. Instead of Virginia Tech paying the football coach that kind of money, maybe they should have given that paid increase to the professor who actually teaches the students.
Just down the road, another viewer said: [Tom Helmstutler Martinsville]
I don't know which news story got old first--the vote counter giving the fisheye to a ballot in Florida, or the Coach Beamer saga. I'm sorry he decided to stay. Most employers expect a little more loyalty when they sign a contract.
The Florida recount continues to irk some viewers: [James Nichols Wytheville] I as an American feel it is time to bring this election to a close. Governor George Bush has won this election. It is time for America to begin healing.
And we also received a compliment for our continuing coverage of the Virginia Gas pipeline issue.[Maggie C. Drewry]
[Roanoke]: I am fortunate to live where the pipeline would not affect me; however, I can tell you that I would be shouting from the loudest mountain top if someone wanted to cut a 75 foot wide path through my trees! Please continue to keep us informed. And thanks to your entire organization for doing such a great professional job.
Send your letters to News-7 PO Box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007.
Our fax number: 343-7269.
The email address: email@example.com.
And our website has an online forum.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
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Clint Eastwood, Placido Domingo, Chuck Berry, and more.
Still ahead, they're all honored at the same time.
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And The Grinch may be mean, but he still rules at the box office. We'll run down the weekend's top movies.
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No recounts needed for the weekend's biggest movies. They're the same top five for the second weekend in a row.
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"Doctor Suess' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" led the way for the third straight weekend.
According to studio estimates, it took in more than 27 million dollars between Friday and Sunday.
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The remainder of the top five remains unchanged. "Unbreakable" is second, followed by "102 Dalmatians", "Rugrats in Paris", amd "Charlie's Angels".
Living legends in the worlds of film, music, and dance were celebrated last night during the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington.
The First Family was among those applauding this year's five winners.
The recipients included film and T-V actress Angela Lansbury, rock n' roll legend Chuck Berry, opera singer Placido Domingo, and actor- director Clint Eastwood.
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Russian dancer Mikail Baryshnikov rounds out the list of honor recipients.
Friend and fellow dancer Gregory Hines paid tribute to Baryshnikov, and his decision to defect from his native land.
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The annual awards ceremony dates back to 19-78.
You can catch the entire Kennedy Center Honors show Wednesday, December 27th, right here on C-B-S.
While the snow skipped over our area, it blanketed parts of North Carolina and eastern Virginia.
The weekend winter storm dumped nearly a foot of snow in some areas.
Many residents are digging out today.
Poor road conditions caused hundreds of accidents over the weekend.
North Carolina's highway patrol confirmed one fatality last night.
Schools in several North Carolina counties are either closed, or operating on delayed schedules today.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 111 points.
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Coming up, Virginia Tech hopes to take a New Year's bite out of Clemson in the Gator Bowl...
and the Redskins are on the search for a new head coach .. after firing Norv Turner. We'll have details, up next in sports.
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Norv Turner has been fired as Redskins' head coach today. Since being hired in 1994, Turner's record with the Redskins 49-59-and-1. Assistant Terry Robiski has been named coach until the end of the seasson.
Owner Daniel Snyder fired the coach after a 9-to-7 loss to the Giants. The fourth loss in five games puts the Redskins in a precarious playoff position at 7-and-6 on the season with three games to go.
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The Giants needed a win to keep their own playoff hopes alive.
Brad (dal-WEE-soh) Daluiso booted this 28 yard field goal in the third quarter and the Giants took a 9 to nothing lead.
But Washington called on Jeff George late in the fourth quarter. He caps this 97 yard drive, throwing on the run, and hitting Irving Fryar on this 5 yard touchdown pass to make it 9 to 7 Giants.
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Washington got the ball back and moved into Giant territory but this 49 yard Eddie Murray field goal falls short and the Giants win it 9 to 7.
Giants' running back Tiki Barber rushed 14 times for 82 yards and the Giants are now 9 and 4.
The Bowl Championship Series has passed over Virginia Tech despite a 10-and-one record.
Mike Stevens tells us how the Notre Dame factor and a strange pick by the Fiesta Bowl is sending the Hokies to the Gator Bowl to face Clemson on January 1st.
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And before we leave you this afternoon,
A pair of large, black-and-white bundles of joy are due to arrive soon in the U-S.
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The giant pandas are soaking up attention during their last couple of days in their current home at the Wolong Nature Reserve in China.
The male and female couple will be moving to the Washington National Zoo.
They'll stay there for 10 years, replacing the first pair of pandas which died in the 19-90s.
To prepare for their arrival, the Washington zoo has given its panda house a major facelift...
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