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The nation's highest court puts a stop to hand recounts in Florida.
And the happiest group in Virginia is meeting right here in Roanoke... It's the annual Republican Advance.
Plus, an autopsy confirms the cause of death for a suspect involved in a shoot-out with deputies.[open]
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Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
For the second day in a row, a divided court has sent shock waves through the Florida election dispute.
The U-S Supreme Court, by a vote of five-to-four, today ordered the hand recounts taking place across Florida to come to a stop.
Terisa Estacio has the latest from Tallahassee.
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((TODAY'S FLORIDA HAND COUNTS CAME TO A SCREECHING HALT -- ONLY HOURS
AFTER THEY BEGAN. RESPONDING QUICKLY TO A BUSH APPEAL, THE UNITED
STATES SUPREME COURT STOPPED THE MANUAL RECOUNTS OF SOME 45-THOUSAND
DISPUTED FLORIDA BALLOTS, AND SCHEDULED TO HEAR ORAL ARGUMENTS ON THE ISSUE MONDAY MORNING. REPUBLICANS ARE RELIEVED.
JAMES BAKER/BUSH CAMPAIGN ADVISOR:
"WE ARE VERY PLEASED ..."
BEFORE THE HIGH COURT ANNOUNCED ITS 5-TO-4 DECISION, WORKERS IN
TALLAHASSEE -- AND IN SEVERAL OTHER COUNTIES -- HAD BEEN REVIEWING
THOUSANDS OF PUNCH CARD BALLOTS THAT WERE NOT COUNTED BY THE MACHINES.
THIS, AFTER THE FLORIDA SUPREME RULED YESTERDAY ... THAT SO-CALLED
UNDERVOTES MUST BE MANUALLY COUNTED.
RON KLAIN/GORE-LIEBERMAN ATTORNEY: "WE BELIEVE THE PROGRESS MADE IN THE COUNT THUS FAR INDICATED THAT WE WERE CLEARLY ON A PATH FOR VICE PRESIDENT GORE AND SENATOR LIEBERMAN TO MAKE UP THE DIFFERENCE, AND TO PULL AHEAD HAD THE COUNT BEEN FULLY COMPLETED."
THE JUDGE OVERSEEING THE HAND COUNTS WANTED THE FINAL TALLIES IN BY TOMORROW AFTERNOON. BUT WITH THE COUNTING NOW ON HOLD, THE BALLOTS WILL BE LOCKED AWAY ONCE AGAIN ... WHILE THE NATION WAITS FOR WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.
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There was NOT a happier crowd in Virginia when the U-S Supreme Court ruling came down than the one meeting right here at the Hotel Roanoke.
The annual Don Huffman Republican Advance is like a winter pep rally for the party.
But real decisions are made that may have a real impact on the 2001 political scene.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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The Republican Advance is all about grass-roots politicking.
But it's also strategy time... when the party's state central committee makes the decisions that really matter in the next political season.
Here, a deadline that boxes in Lieutenant Governor John Hager and Attorney General Mark Earley.
They must declare they're running for governor by February first-- so neither can back out and run again for the post they currently hold.
((JOHN HAGER: WE'RE NOT DOWN THERE FIGHTING IT. I JUST THINK THAT A WEEK IS AN ETERNITY IN POLITICS. AND IT'S A MISTAKE TO CLOSE ANY DOORS UNTIL YOU GET TO THE END OF THE ROAD IN WHATEVER PROCESS YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT.))
((BRUCE MEYER: IF THEY DON'T WANT TO RUN FOR GOVERNOR AND FEEL THEY CAN'T WIN, THEN THEY SHOULD DROP OUT RIGHT NOW.))
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((RANDY FORBES: IT'S TOO LATE ONCE YOU GET TO JUNE TO SAY ...YOU JUST CAN'T HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT TOO. THAT'S ALL.))
Forbes was the chief author of the deadline.
He's stepping down as party chair to run for Lieutenant Governor... and doesn't want to be crowded out by Hager.
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((A REAL CONTEST FOR GOVERNOR.. IT'S NOT REALLY WHERE EVERYONE'S FOCUSED THIS WEEKEND.))
The mood is ever-changing, with the events surrounding the Florida recount.
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((mark earley: I THINK IT'S JUST ANOTHER DRAMATIC...AND IT DOES.))
One Virginian is actually threatening a lawsuit against any Democrat who tries to mess with the electoral college members.
((MORTON BLACKWELL/RNC COMMITTEEMAN: I AM CONCERNED THAT PEOPLE MIGHT BE SUBJECT TO ATTEMPTS AT BRIBING...THREATS OF VARIOUS SORTS.))
So as this party lines up in various camps for 2001, its activists demonstrated here they are all united in their contempt for Al Gore and his Democratic supporters nationwide.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Roanoke.))
Virginia State Police say the teenager involved in a manhunt in Rockbridge County died from a contact gunshot wound to the right side of the head.
An autopsy was performed today but according to a state police spokesman the medical examiner would NOT clarify if the wound was self-inflicted.
19-year-old David Owen Sensabaugh escaped police custody early yesterday morning by stealing a patrol car.
He was later tracked to an area about four miles west of Lexington.
That's when Sensabaugh apparently fired at 45 caliber handgun at deputies, and a deputy returned fire with a shotgun.
Sensabaugh was shot in the head and side.
Family members tell News 7 Sensabaugh may have killed himself because he felt trapped and had no where else to run.
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Intrastate rivals Virginia Tech and Radford met in the Cassell this afternoon. Hokie Coach Bonnie Henrickson was looking to stay undefeated at home against state competition.
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The Radford coaching staff needed to jump start the lady Highlanders' heart. It took more than six minutes for Radford to get on the board.
Tech jumped out to a 12-nothing lead. Mollie Owings intercepts the pass and goes in for the layup.
Highlander Catrice Horton gives Kylie Williamson a look. Williamson pulls up and hits one from long range for three points.
Radford cut the lead to five. Williamson steals the Hokies' inbounds pass and gets it to Horton. Horton makes the spin move to get free for the score.
Tech goes on the break, Amy Wetzel lofts a pass to Tere Williams. Williams turnaround 'J' is good for two and the Hokies beat Radford 71-45.
The UVA women beat ACC rival Wake Forest today 77 to 61.[S-Skins]
With three games left in the regular season, The Washington Redskins go to Dallas for a game that will definitely determine whether or not the Skins play in the post season.
Terry Robiskie, who replaced Norv Turner earlier this week, is going to Dallas for the first time as a head coach.
And the players say the team has received new life with the change.
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