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Today on News 7 at 5, Al Gore is expected to concede the election tonight. We'll have live reports from Washington and Austin, Texas,
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and the woman who killed her baby in a microwave oven is sentenced today.
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Also today, Bedford authorities have holiday greetings for suspected drug dealers,
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and the U-S-S Cole is back in America for repairs following the deadly attack that killed 17 sailors.
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It appears Al Gore is giving up- The Vice President is expected to address the nation tonight at nine- an hour later George W. Bush will take the air.

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For the first time in weeks- no court battles are going on over the Presidential Election.
Tonight Al Gore is expected to call for unity behind his rival- Texas Governor George W. Bush.
And he'll exlain why he spent five weeks trying to get more votes counted in Florida.
Gretchen Carlson is covering the Presidential Election and she joins us live from Washington with more.
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((VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE REMAINS OUT OF SIGHT IN HIS RESIDENCE... PREPARING THE SPEECH HE HAD HOPED NEVER TO DELIVER. AIDES SAY GORE WILL OFFICIALLY CONCEDE ...AND EXPLAIN WHY HE FOUGHT FOR FIVE WEEKS TO WIN THE PRESIDENCY. HE'S EXPECTED TO RETURN TO HIS THEME.. THAT EVERY VOTE SHOULD BE COUNTED.
GORE'S BID FOR THE PRESIDENCY EFFECTIVELY ENDED LAST NIGHT WHEN THE SUPREME COURT BARRED ANY FURTHER VOTE RECOUNTS IN FLORIDA... LEAVING THE GORE CAMP NO WEAPONS TO FIGHT ON WITH.
DAVID BOIES/GORE ATTORNEY "I'VE DONE MY JOB, THEY'VE DONE THEIR JOB. IT'S NOW TIME FOR US TO GET ON WITH OTHER BUSINESS.
IN HIS ADDRESS TONIGHT, GORE IS ALSO EXPECTED TO ASK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO STAND BEHIND THEIR NEW PRESIDENT AND TRY TO MOVE BEYOND THE DEEP WOUNDS OF A BITTERLY FOUGHT POST ELECTION CONTEST. A BATTLE THAT DIVIDED THE NATION AND ULTIMATELY.. THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT.

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"I THINK VP GORE WILL BE GRACIOUS TONIGHT. HE REALIZES HIS LEGACY IS AT STAKE AND I EXPECT HE IS GOING TO PUT THE BEST INTEREST OF THE COUNTRY FIRST.))
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( With a smile as wide as the air was cold, George W. Bush walked up

the steps of the state capitol this morning, perhaps for one of the LAST times as Governor of Texas.

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"Good morning everyone...."

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He had held off just long enough for Al Gore to make the first move. And tonight -- George W. Bush will make the second.
"Finality" had been his favorite word. Tonight it will arrive.

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On Capitol Hill -- his running mate was making the rounds--dodging questions, for the moment.

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"Thank you very much.

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Leaving it instead to his party's Majority Leader to state the obvious.

(SEN. TRENT LOTT, R-SENATE MAJORITY LEADER)

"You just heard from the next President of the Senate."

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Both sides of the aisle have great expectations for tonight's address from the Governor -- a speech that will be given from the Democratically controlled chamber of the Texas legislature -- an indication tonight will not be about victory, but about the battle to heal the wounds.

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"He needs to reassure the American people...ask for them help...rise to the occasion."

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The woman who killed her one-month-old son by putting him in a microwave oven and turning it on will spend 5 years behind bars.
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21-year-old Elizabeth Renee Otte pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter in September. A New Kent County Circiut Court judge today sentenced Otte to ten years, but suspended half of the time. She was also placed on 20-years probation. Otte's son, Joseph Lewis Martinez was found dead in her Lanexa home in 19-99. Experts argued Otte suffers from epilepsy, and her seizures often are followed by blackouts.
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A Bedford County woman has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for the death of a girl she was babysitting in her home.
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Sonya Hickson first told police 13- month- old Frances Vermillion was injured when she fell out of her chair in February, 1998.
Hickson later changed her story to say the girl had bumped her head four times in a span of ten minutes that morning.
Judge James Updike decided that did not match the physical evidence in the case.
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((TONY ANDERSON/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: WHO'S TO SAY, YOU'VE SEEN CHILDREN, IF YOU HAVE SMALL CHILDREN, YOU CHANGE A DIAPER HERE, YOU GIVE THEM A PIECE OF FRUIT AND THEY FALL BACK OUT OF THEIR SEAT AND THEY HIT THEIR HEAD AND YOU PICK THEM UP AND YOU DROP THEM. DOESN'T TAKE REALLY AMOUNT OF MINUTES FOR THAT TO OCCUR BUT THE COURT FOUND THAT AS A MATTER OF FACT THAT DID NOT HAPPEN IN THIS CASE.))
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Hickson faces up to twenty years in prison when she's sentenced next year.
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A Ferrum College Professor was killed in an accident on her way to school this morning.
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Deborah Glover- Fischer was driving west on route 40 when her car dropped off the shoulder of the road. She apparently over-corrected and struck a log truck coming at her in the opposite direction.
Though the impact of the crash demolished Dr. Glover- Fischer's car and knocked the front end out from under the rig, the truck driver was only slightly injured.
Glover Fischer was an assistant professor of physics and chemistry at Ferrum.
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380 new jobs are coming to Martinsville by way of a international furniture company.
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Investors Corporation will be moving into the former Pulaski Furniture Building and pouring 12 million dollar into renovations.
Pulaski furniture closed its doors in October, laying off 284 people. Just days later, Investors Corporation made its move.
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The Gilmore administration announced it will throw in a two hundred thousand dollar grant to help with building repair.
Investors Corporation will manufacture bedroom suites, and a build a lumber processing plant.
The company hopes to begin hiring in January.
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Coming up a little later in the newscast, we'll see what internet sites are considered the best and the worst places to do your holdiay shopping,
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[VO] Also authorities in Bedford County are rounding up suspected drug dealers. We'll have that story after the break.
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The U-S-S Cole has returned to the United States- after a long trip home from Yemen.
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The Cole arrived in Mississippi- where crews will make extensive repairs to the ship-
They'll patch the hole in the ships hull-
The Cole was carried to the Mississippi shipyard aboard a Norwegian Transport ship-
The patch is ready to be attached almost as soon as the ship arrives.
Repairs are expected to take about a year- and will cost more than 150 million dollars.
Seventeen sailors were killed when terrorists attacked the ship in the Port of Aden October 12th- One sailor was from Ringgold.
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Authorities made a clean sweep through Bedford County today.
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Early this morning-- they executed a search warrant and began rounding up drug suspects as part of "Operation Street Sweeper". By mid- morning-- they'd arrested seven people for allegedly selling and distributing marijuana. Authorities say the goal of the operation was to put the smaller, street level dealers out of commission. Sheriff Mike Brown says these are the people who sell to children.
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((MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF: THEY'RE THE WORK HORSES FOR THE MID LEVEL AND UPPER DEALERS, THEY'RE THE ONES WHO GO OUT AND PEDDLE, THE CRETINS, THEY'RE THE MINIONS FOR THE MIDDLE LEVEL AND UPPER LEVEL DEALERS.))
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Authorities arrested more people this afternoon bringing the total number of people taken into custody to 18. They're still searching for 13 others. Those arrested are handed a Christmas card from Sheriff Brown... wishing them a Happy Holiday while highlighting their miranda rights.
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Heavy hitters from Northern Virginia's technology industry checked out Franklin County today.
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The State Secretary of Technology, a delegate from Northern Virginia, and several technology company consultants toured Franklin County's special middle school known as the Center for Applied Technology and Career Exploration. County officials wanted to sell them on the idea of Franklin County.
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((THERE ARE REASONS TO LOOK HERE. NORTHERN VIRGINIA IS AT A POINT WHERE IT HAS EXPLODED SO MUCH THAT IT'S HARD TO FIND WORKERS, IT'S HARD TO KEEP EM AND IT'S EXPENSIVE TO PAY EM.))
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One of the visitors is a consultant for 15-hundred technology firms in Northern Virginia, including America Online.
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((VERY FAVORABLY IMPRESSED. TODAY'S TRIP WAS VERY WORTHWHILE. THE FOCUS ON EDUCATION IS AS GOOD AS ANYTHING I'VE SEEN IN THE STATE.))
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Coming up on News7 at Six -- a Northern Virginia man says he may build a plant in Franklin County to make wireless modems.
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If the hustle and bustle of the holiday season has you grumpy, you may want to take time this weekend to see the original Scrooge.
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If you're using the phrase "Bah-Humbug" more often than "Happy Holidays"... we have a show that may turn you around.
There's something for the Scrooges out there this weekend at the Roanoke Civic Center.
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That's where we find Jacey Birch.
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Still to come on the newscast, Steve Mason will have this week's edition of Hometown Hoops Weekly,
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and on Health check, the government warns parents to watch out for toys that have already been recalled.
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The flu vaccine tops tonights health check.
The New River Health District is now making the vaccine available to the general public.
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Previously, the vaccine was only available to those at highest risk -- but health officials say they are able to expand services now that they have received enough of the vaccine.
The Health Department says the best way to protect yourself against the flu is to get vaccinated before peak flu season which typically begins in late December.
The flu vaccine takes about two weeks to become effective.
The New River Health District includes Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski and Radford.
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The Consumer Product Safety Commission says dangerous toys are still in many homes even though they have been recalled.
And that's why its launching a new safety campaign.
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The C-P-S-C has released a list of the "Dangerous Dozen."
The list identifies toys that are off store shelves but may still be in people's homes.
Included in the list are two brands of scooters.
Kent Kickin' Mini- Scooters sold from May through September. The scooters have problems with the handlebars that come out unexpectedly from the steering column. The other brand is the Kash 'n Gold Racer X-2-0 Scooters.
Those scooters have problems with a weak plastic "T" joint between the handlebars.
Other recalled items include the Sky Dancers Flying Dolls sold from 19-94 through 2-thousand. The dolls can fly rapidly in unpredictable directions and can hit and injure both children and adults.
And the Pokemon balls distributed in Burger King kids meals late last year. The containers pose a choking hazard for children.
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For a list of more recalled toys you can go the CPSC's web site at c-p-s-c -dot- gov or call the hotline at 1-800-638-2772.

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It's time now for our two minute sports ticker and on Wednesday that means high school basketball.
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Roanoke Catholic is a small private school. But don't let looks deceive you. This basketball powerhouse is challenging the likes of Cave Spring and Pulaski. Steve Mason has more on the Celtics in Hometown Hoops Weekly.
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((STEVE MASON:THEY HAVE QUICKLY LEARNED THIS SEASON THAT, NO MATTER WHERE THEY PLAY OR WHO THEY PLAY, THE ROANOKE CATHOLIC CELTICS ARE ALWAYS WEARING A BULLEYE ACROSS THEIR CHESTS. BUT THE DEFENDING DIVISION II PRIVATE SCHOOL STATE CHAMPIONS WOULDN'T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY. Sophomore guard J.R. Reynolds is averaging 17 points a game and 8 rebounds. He has also had unofficial visits to North Carolina, Virginia, Clemson and Miami. J.R.'s name has gotten around and he's now a marked man. ((:))
The Celtics have lost a few games early this season, but they have played some nationally renowned teams like Gonzaga and Bishop O'connell. ((DICK WALL:)) ((:)) The Celtics have also gone international. Shooting guard Eddie Pulja is from Croatia. His favorite player is, as expected, Philadelphia 76er and fellow Croatian Tony Kukoc. He likes America and his teammates.))

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So you want to use the internet to do your Christmas shopping? If you do, you'll want to check out our website of the day.
Internet Christmas sales are expected to hit 12 BILLION dollars this year.
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Still a lot of people who used the internet in 1999 had less than successful experiences.
In an effort to help, the writers of Yahoo Internet Life magazine rated the top shopping sites on the net. They tested the sites by ordering and returning merchandise and dealing with customer service representives.
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Yahoo said Amazon-dot-com was in a league of its own thanks to how easy it is to use- and efficient delivery and return policies.
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Other highly rated sites include: E-toys, Nordstrom's for clothing, Fog-dog for Sporting goods and Checkout-dot com for music.
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Surprisingly some of the nation's biggest retailers made Yahoo's list of worst websites.
K-Mart, Walmart, Sears, J-C Penney and Priceline sites were all said to be disappointing and difficult to use.
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