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Today on News 7 at 5, the extended presidential campaign could end quickly as both candidates take their case back to the U-S Supreme Court.
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Also the test results are in on a mouse a Roanoke family says was in a box of take out chicken. We'll have the details.
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Also today, we'll see how England's Prince William is spending his year off of school,
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and in Sports, George Welsh makes a decision about his future at the University of Virginia.
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((THEIR JOB IS TO DECIDE THE CASE. MY JOB IS TO MAKE THE ARGUMENTS.)) [butt to 15:04:20] ((WE'RE VERY GRATIFIED FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HERE WE'RE VERY PLEASED THE SUPREME COURT TOOK THIS CASE.))
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And so the waiting begins- to see what the U-S Supreme Court says.
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For 90 minutes the justices listened to arguments- and asked questions of lawyers for Al Gore and George W. Bush.


The justices wanted to know why there weren't standards for recounting votes in Florida-
Gretchen Carlson is in Washington with more from the Supreme Court.
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((DEMONSTRATORS HELD VIGIL OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT...HOURS AFTER THIS NATION'S HIGHEST COURT HEARD ARGUMENTS IN THE HISTORIC CASE...SIMPLY NAMED GORE VS. BUSH. IN A 90 MINUTE HEARING, THE NINE JUSTICES FIRED A FLURRY OF QUESTIONS. JUSTICE ANTHONY KENNEDY "WHERE'S THE FEDERAL QUESTION HERE?" SEVERAL JUSTICES WANTED TO KNOW WHY THIS MATTER WAS EVEN BEFORE THE THEM. TED OLSEN/REPUBLICAN ATTORNEY "WHAT HAPPENS IN FLORIDA EFFECTS PEOPLE ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES. THE PRESIDENT IS THE ONE PERSON ALONG WITH THE VICE PRESIDENT ELECTED BY ALL OF THE PEOPLE OF THE U-S AND THERE IS A BITING NATIONAL CONCERN. ANOTHER KEY ISSUE: WHICH VOTES SHOULD BE COUNTED AND HOW? NOTING A LACK OF CONSISTENT STANDARDS IN FLORIDA'S 67 COUNTIES... JUSTICE DAVID SOUTER ASKED GORE ATTORNEY DAVID BOIES ABOUT THAT. BOIES: I THINK THAT'S A HARD QUESTION...LAUGHTER SOUTER;YOU'D SAY EVERY VOTE HAS TO BE COUNTED...MORE LAUGHTER BOIES;THAT'S RIGHT VERY VOTE SHOULD BE COUNTED. DAVID BOIES/GORE ATTORNEY "IT WAS A 45 MINUTE INTTEROGATION....."))


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Results are back on the mouse one family says it found in a box of chicken from a Roanoke K-F-C.
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Health Check Reporter Joy Sutton has details.
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Jean, It's been two months since Lonnie and LaTasha Cummings say they found the mouse.
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J-R-N the company that owns the K-F-C on Melrose sent the mouse to a California lab for testing.
Now the company says the lab results prove that mouse did not come from its restaurant.
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((DAVID NEAL/JRN:WE ARE LEFT WITH ONE CONCLUSION: WHEN OUR BOX OF CHICKEN LEFT THIS RESTAURANT ON OCTOBER 3, THERE WAS ONLY CHICKEN IN THE ORDER, THE ANSWER LIES OUTSIDE THE MELROSE AVENUE RESIDENT. IT DIDN'T HAPPEN HERE)) [RUNS12]
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According to a letter from the lab, the mouse had been cooked. It showed no evidence of death by poison or trauma. Also it was cooked shortly after its death, and its stomach contained plant material not breading or meat.
J-R-N says the tests of the breading on the mouse provided the most conclusive proof the animal did not originate in its restaurant.
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But the local Health Department says the report does not rule out the mouse could've come from the restaurant. The Cummings say the lab report seems inconclusive and they feel the public have been shafted in this whole ordeal.
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The Cummings say there are more than frustrated than ever.
They say it's all been a big headache. First from finding out the J-R-N picked the lab and paid for the test -- to learning today the the company had the results for days before anyone else.
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The Cummings say they are glad this is all over -- and that this was never about money -- but about getting the truth out.
J-R-N says there investigation into what happened continues --and all of the employees who worked that night --are still employed by the restaurant.
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The body of a man found in a Roanoke apartment complex has been identified.
He was found at Lincoln Terrace Apartments late Saturday night. Police have not released his name pending notification of his family.
Roanoke police say the man died from blunt force trauma to the head.
He is described as a white male in his fifties.
An investigation is underway. [Pinnacle Page CRIME LINE]
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the Roanoke Police Crime Line at 344-8500.

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Faculty and students at Randolph Macon Woman's College are still in shock after a weekend train accident killed two students and injured another.
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The three were walking across this trestle Saturday night when a northbound freight train forced them from the tracks.
18 year old Sarah Corvington was killed, along with 19-year old Conrad Frazier, a freshman from Hampden- Sydney College.
Another Randolph Macon freshman, 18-year old Esther Coker, survived.
Flags at the school were at half- staff today.
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Kiser says counselors have been on hand all weekend helping students cope with the tragedy.
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A Sun Country airplane slid off the runway...
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at Chicago's O'Hare airport- in anything but sunny weather. The midwest is getting hit hard by a winter storm.
No one was hurt- but several other airlines cancelled flights including United and American- leaving many passengers stranded.
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Schools are closed in parts of Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and Wisconsin.


Heavy snow made it hard to get going-
Plows are out... clearing the way
so are shovels, but the snow is coming down so fast, it's hard for people to keep up.
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A bank in Roanoke is robbed today- We'll have the details after this break.
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[VO] Also we'll tell you why the Hotel Roanoke Conference Center will close for the next four months.
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A man dressed as Santa wasn't passing out gifts today... this Santa was demanding money.
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He walked into the First Union bank on Melrose Avenue just after one today, approached a teller and demanded money.
Police say the man then brandished a handgun, took the money and left the bank.
Roanoke police and the F-B-I are both investigating the robbery.
No word yet on how much the Santa impersonator got away with.
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With renovations on tap, Hotel Roanoke's Conference Center will soon be closing for four months.
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Expanding fill underneath the center is causing its walls to buckle, cracks to form, and floors to warp.
Eight million dollars worth of repairs will begin January 7th.
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Everything below this trellis will be knocked down and remodeled -- but the new building's structure will be almost identical to the old one.
While the conference center is closed, the hotel and restaurant will NOT be affected.
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Governor Jim Gilmore is proposing 3-point-5 percent pay raises for full time state workers.
But that pay raise would NOT come until November 25th of next year.
The price tag on that is about 38 million dollars.
Five million more could be spent on bonuses and merit raises.
For teachers though, there is NO new state money.
The Governor says good returns on stocks held this past year by the Virginia Retirement System means localities can lower their V-R-S contributions.
That, according the Governor, would free up some money for local pay raises for teachers.


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Don't call him "Your Royal Highness," he says he's just plain William. The teenager who will one day be the king of England is taking some time off before heading to a British University. Kimberly Dozier has more on Prince William and his travels.
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Penguin >game, we played it yesterday, you know, this one (makes movement). We'll >start by doing that and then we'll teach you some vocabulary after that." > >Unlike his mother, Prince William's photogenic charms are being used by >Buckingham Palace to great effect. The released an hours' worth of these >pictures, showing this future king as truly, a man of the people.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Jacey Birch will join us with some holiday goodies that aren't bad for your waistline.



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The holidays are often synonymous with eating more.. and packing on more calories than you want.
Fortunately there is a way to eat like a king without gaining weight.
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Jacey Birch is live in our studio with a nutritionist- Jacey- I understand we're cutting the extra fat out of Christmas cookies.
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Coming up today following sports, we'll tell you which pop star requires Flintstones chewable vitamins in her dressing room,
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but first Steve Mason will join us with more on the retirement of U-V-A head football coach George Welsh.
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Researchers believe they know why asthma is twice as common in urban children as in the rest of the population.
Experts at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore found at least one room in nearly all of the urban homes it tested contained an allergen linked to mice.
Ninety five percent of the tested homes had the allergen.
Nearly 20 percent of the children in the homes were allergic to mice and tended to have severe asthma.
Asthma affects 15 million Americans including five million children.

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The Two Minute Ticker comes from Charlottesville this afternoon. Where
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Virginia Head Football Coach George Welsh announced his retirement at an 11:30 news conference this morning.
Steve Mason has more on the end of the most successful football coaching era in UVA's history.
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One of the perks of being a big star is the demands they make for their dressing rooms.
With that in mind, our website of the day is examining some of the more unusal requests.
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The Smoking Gun has collected what it says are the contracts that spell out what performers require backstage.
Britney Spears wants a dressing room with freshly cleaned carpets, cable television, and a phone for outgoing calls only. The contract stipulates a five thousand dollar fine if Britney's phone rings.
As far as food goes Spears wants two boxes of Pop Tarts and a box each of Captain Crunch and Fruit Loops.
Reba McEntire wants to make sure the plastic cups backstage are absolutely clear and not opaque.
In addition to soy milk and Nestle's Quik, Christina Aguilera wants a bottle of Flintstone's chewable vitamins.
Among the things in the Backstreet Boys' contract is 24 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
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To see what it takes to keep stars like Shania Twain, Leanne Rimes and 98 degrees happy, check out our website of the day. You can find it through a link to our website at WDBJ7-dot-com.
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