The election is over--
A Supreme Court ruling last night seals the fate of Al Gore--
He's dropping out of the race for President.
And a drug bust in Bedford county nets more than two dozen street dealers.
Cold temperatures today and a winter storm watch in place for tonight. We'll find out what's in store in the forecast.
The pending winter weather is also affecting local school systems.
All that up next on News 7 at noon.
Election 2000 is over--
Al Gore has raised the white flag in his campaign for President.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Advisors say Gore will formally drop out of the Presidential race in a televised address to the nation tonight.
His campaign chairman says Gore has directed his recount committee to stop its work.
The decision comes 12 hours after the U-S Supreme Court ruled against further recounts of Florida's Presidential ballots.
It also sets the stage for George W- Bush to become President-elect.
But Bush's aides say he won't speak until AFTER Gore's concession.
Gretchen Carlson joins us now with the latest from Washington.
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[SUPER=701-James Baker/Bush Spokesman;]
[SUPER=701-Ed Rendell/Democratic Committee Chair;]
[OUT Q=public treasure.]
Vice President Al Gore will address the nation during prime time
tonight ... he has also asked the state of Florida to suspend all
But so far, there is little reaction from Governor George W. Bush ...
but its clear the Bush camp was relieved with the Supreme Court ruling.
(SOT) James Baker/Bush Spokesperson
They are of course very pleased and gratified.
When the decision came at 10pm Tuesday night, reporters rushed to see
what the 9 justices had written, but the tougher assignment came in
trying to understand what the High Court had really said.
7 of the 9 Justices believed the recount was unconstitutional.
and a narrower 5-4 majority found there was no constitutionally
acceptable procedure by which a new recount could occur.. before
Tuesday's midnight deadline for selection of presidential electors. For
Gore, time had run out.
(SOT) Ed Rendell/Democratic National Committee Chairman
if it is going to be President Bush we have to meet him
The complicated court decision -- along what appears to be party lines
-- is relected in a blistering dissent by Justice Stephen Breyer. Bryes
says. The appearance of a split decision runs the risk of undermining
the publics confidence in the court itself. That confidence is a
We have a couple of school announcements to pass along this afternoon.
Due to the threat of icy weather.
[Take FS Schoolwatch]
Christian Heritage Academy is closing at 2 this afternoon.
And Franklin County schools are closing one hour early today.
Also Franklin County's basketball game scheduled tonight against Martinsville has been postponed until December 20-th.
Wintry weather is forecasted to arrive in the region sometime tonight.
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For the latest let's check in with Jacey Birch in the weather center.
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toss back to Kim[Franklin-fatal]
A woman was killed in a head-on collision this morning near Ferrum.
The two- vehicle accident left route 40 covered with carnage and a load of logs. The road was promptly closed as a result of the wreck around 8-A-M.
Authorities have not released the woman's name yet.
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((THE VICTIM'S VEHICLE WAS WEST BOUND ON ROUTE 40 ABOUT 6 MILES WEST ROCKY MOUNT. IT DROPPED OFF THE RIGHT SHOULDER, RE-ENTERED THE ROADWAY AND STRUCK A LOG TRUCK COMING IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION.))
[SUPER=01-L. A. Estes/Virginia State Police]
[OUT Q=opposite direction.]
The driver of the car was thrown from the vehicle.
The truck driver was only slightly injured.
A moment ago the Dean at Ferrum College told NEWS 7 that the victim was a faculty member:
Doctor Deborah Glover- Fisher, a professor of chemistry and physics. The Dean says she was on her way to class to give
the final exam.[Bedford-Roundup]
Authorities in Bedford County took another step today toward cracking down on drugs and crime.
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Teresa Hamilton joins us now with details on Operation Street Sweeper, a drug bust that began overnight.
Kim, as the name indicates Bedford County authorities are targeting street level dealers.
This morning, they began rounding up some 30- suspects wanted for the sale and distribution of a variety of drugs from marijuana to crack cocaine and L-S-D.
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[SUPER=01-Mike Brown/Bedford Co. Sheriff; :00 QUICK]
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[OUT Q=middle level and upper level dealers.]
((A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY THEY'RE JUST STREET LEVEL DEALERS, WELL DON'T WORRY ABOUT THEM, WELL I THINK WE NEED TO WORRY ABOUT THEM.))
[OUT Q= about them.]
Authorities began rounding up their first suspects in the Huddleston area shortly before five am.
By eight thirty -- they'd picked up seven suspects on marijuana charges by way of direct warrants and indictments.
Sheriff Mike Brown says those charged sold drugs to undercover Bedford County officers over the past nine or so months.
Sheriff Brown says he considers street level dealers the most dangerous because, in his eyes, they're the ones providing drugs to middle and high school students.
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((SHERIFF MIKE BROWN: THEY'RE THE WORK HORSE FOR THE MID LEVEL AND UPPER LEVEL, 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 say one of the suspects they were planning to arrest died a few months ago--- from a methanpheatamine over
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Convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh is asking for his death sentence to be carried out.
As Rick Sallinger reports, McVeigh as asked a federal judge to stop all appeals on his behalf.
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[SUPER=01-Nathan Chambers/McVeigh Attorney; :35]
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[SUPER=01-Sean Connelly/Federal Prosecutor; 1:25]
[SUPER=01-Rick Sallinger/Reporting; 1:48]
[OUT Q=Sallinger, CBS News, Denver.]
The murder trial of Sonya Hickson is nearing a conclusion in Bedford County Circuit court today.
Hickson is charged with the death of 13 month old Frances Vermillion, a baby she was caring for in her home in February 1998.
Vermillion died of multiple blows to the head.
Hickson claims she had dropped the child twice that morning and that the little girl also had fallen out of the chair.
Prosecutors say Hickson's story doesn't match the physical evidence.
They believe she hit or kicked the child several times causing her death.
Closing arguments were delivered this morning. A ruling from Judge James Updike is expected today.
A raise for Roanoke city school teachers is in the preliminary budget, but teachers might not see the money in the upcoming fiscal year.
Superintendent Wayne Harris presented the preliminary 2001-2002 general fund budget to the School Board last night.
It includes a minimum average three-percent pay raise for teachers and administrators.
But Harris says those pay raises fall under the "unfunded" portion of the budget.
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((I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY YET TO FUND THOSE...BUT WE ANTICIPATE THAT WHEN THE GOVERNOR PROPOSAL COMES FORWARD AND THE CITY REVISES REVENUE TO THE SCHOOLS WE'LL GET MORE MONEY - HOW MUCH I CAN'T SAY.))
[SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/Roanoke City Superintendent]
[OUT Q=can't say.]
Harris says he needs about 3-million dollars to fund those pay raises.
That money would also help implement a 7-period high school schedule, and would increase benefits for school bus drivers.
Earlier this week, Governor Gilmore's office said teachers will see NO new state money.
The School Board budget won't be approved until Spring of next year.
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The Virginia Education Association says finding substitute teachers is a nationwide problem.
The V-E-A says these days it's not uncommon for school systems to lower their educational requirements to solve the problem.
Next week, Roanoke County's school board will consider one such proposal.
Right now - the county requires a four year degree in any field to substitute.
Under the proposal, substitutes would be required to have only an Associate's Degree or, in some cases, two years of college.
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((TOM HALL/ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT OF PERSONNEL: IF THEY'RE INTERESTED WE'RE GOING TO PROVIDE A LOT OF IN SERVICE A LOT OF TRAINING TO THEM SO THAT THEY'RE COMFORTABLE WITH ONLY TWO YEARS UNDER THEIR BELT COMING IN AND TAKING OVER IN A CLASSROOM.))
[SUPER=01-Tom Hall/Superintendent of Personnel;]
[OUT Q=in a classroom.]
The Roanoke County school board will vote on the issue next Monday.
Two months after a fatal bombing in Yemen, the U-S-S Cole has arrived at a Mississippi shipyard for repairs.
The Norfolk- based vessel was transported on a Norwegian-owned ship.
Shipbuilders in Mississippi will work to patch the hole from the October bombing that killed 17 American sailors.
Repair work on the U-S-S Cole is expected to take about a year, and cost nearly 200- million dollars.
The new president of the Roanoke chapter of the N Double-A C-P has taken office.
Brenda Hale will serve a two-year term as the organization's local president.
Hale has already created two task forces, focusing on education and law enforcement.
She says she hopes to establish a better relationship between the NAACP and the police department.
Hale ran against incumbent president Martin Jeffrey in 19-98 and appeared to have won until NAACP officials nullified the election because of irregularities.
In this year's election, Hale defeated candidate Evangeline Jeffrey by a vote of 61 to 59.
Photographer O. Winston Link is famous for his pictures of Virginia steam trains.
But now Link is the subject of a published photo spread in Vanity Fair Magazine.
As you may remember, Vanity Fair magazine needed steam locomotive 12-18 as a monster prop in some pictures of photographer O. Winston Link.
At the time, magazine staffers wouldn't say exactly why they needed the shots.
Now we know.
The magazine's January edition honors 18 influential photographers who are active in their 80s and beyond.
Link, who turns 86 this month, is included because of his famous nighttime shots of Norfolk & Western steam trains.