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((GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND GOD BLESS AMERICA.))
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George W- Bush is sworn in as the nation's 43rd president... promising to build a single nation of justice and opportunity.
Good evening, I'm Teresa Hamilton.
Bush's parents sat behind him as he delivered his inaugural address to the country.
Also looking on were outgoing President Clinton and the man who lost an extended election struggle to Bush... Al Gore.
Gretchen Carlson brings us the latest.
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(NAT) Judge William Rehnquist
Please raise your right hand and repeat after me.
Through the drizzle and damp conditions on Capitol Hill, George W. Bush
was sworn in as the 43rd President of the United States.
(NAT) Judge Rehnquist
It was an emotional and historic moment for the son of a former
President who will now follow in his fathers footsteps to lead the
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I will work to build a single nation of justice and opportunity.
President Bushs message was one of compassion - reaching out to the
millions of Americans who may not have voted for him. He also thanked
President Clinton and Vice-President Gore before sprinkling in some
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We will reduce taxes to recover the momentum of our economy and reward
the effort and enterprise of working Americans. (nat - applause)
But applause from the Inaugural audience was countered by protesters
nearby (NAT-protests) some even taking on police in riot gear.
Still, the transfer of power moved forward, with Mr. Bush signing his
first executive order, indeed blocking some of President Clintons final
The Inaugural parade marks a new chapter in American history; as
President George W. Bush marches down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White
(STAND-UP CLOSE) Gretchen Carlson Reporting
And here on Capitol Hill, the Senate was back to business. With almost
no debate, the Senate confirmed 7 members of President Bushs Cabinet.
Gretchen Carlson, CBS News, Washington.
Thousands of demonstrators clashed with police and often came to physical blows with them while Bush was being sworn in.
Some protestors waved signs reading "Bush - a Loser" and "Supreme Injustice."
One protester set fire to a small American flag .. another slashed tires.
Demonstrators were confronted by police in full riot gear lined up shoulder to shoulder.
In all, four people were arrested.
Bill Clinton says it's not a day to be sad.
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Before leaving Andrews Air Force Base for New York... Clinton singled out one person in his final good bye.
Clinton thanked former Senator Chuck Robb for quote "meaning so much to me over the past eight years."
Clinton says he will always feel good about his years in office.
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The former president and wife, Hillary, arrived in New York this afternoon.
A rainy day in the Nations Capitol today - and here as well.
We could even see some snow -
Heres Leo with a first look at the forecast.
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A Henry County man is charged with first degree murder in the death of his ex-girlfriend.
The Henry County Sheriff's Office says Michelle Yvetta Woods died shortly before 3:30 this morning, after being shot last night.
Authorities say Woods' ex-boyfriend, William Dennis Hodge of Axton, was under a protective order when he allegedly shot Woods at her apartment in the Oak Level area of Henry County.
Authorities say Hodge struck a deputy's vehicle during his arrest, and spit on another deputy while in custody.
He's being held in the Henry County Jail.
A Franklin County couple whose pet was shot and killed is fighting back against the legal system.
The shooting was declared a misdemeanor under law ..
Kate Weidaw reports, the family wants the law amended.
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((On March 24 of last year Jeff and Renee Fulcher made a horrible discovery.
((JEFF FULCHER: RIGHT HERE IS WHERE WE FOUND THE BLOOD SPOT AND IT WAS JUST A STEADY STREAM OF BLOOD ALL THE WAY DOWN THE ROAD BED AND BACK IN THE WOODS WHERE WE FOUND HIM AT.))
The Fulchers found their 7 year old English Pointer named T-Bone dead in the woods from a gun shot wound. The Franklin County Sheriff's Department charged a neighbor with the shooting.
When the Fulcher's found out it was only a misdemeanor to kill a companion animal they felt the law had to change.
((RENEE FULCHER: TO TELL ME IT'S JUST A MISDEMEANOR IT'S JUST A HORRIBLE INJUSTICE AND IT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE SURE THESE UNJUST LAWS ARE CHANGED.))
So the Fulchers took their story to the State capitol ..
((RENEE FULCHER: WE WENT BEFORE THE COURTS OF JUSTICE COMMITTEE TO MAKE IT A FELONY TO KILL A COMPANION PET.))
Although the bill passed in the committee, it still needs to go before the House and Senate .. If the bill makes it that far, it will still need Governor Gilmore's approval.
((RENEE FULCHER: WE'RE JUST ONE VOICE NOW WE NEED THE VOICE OF MANY WHO HAVE A COMPANION PET.))
The Felchers say they know they have a long road ahead of them to change the law...But they say they're willing to fight, to make sure no other family has to go through what they did.
Kate Weidaw News 7 Franklin County.))
Changes in Virginia's Anti-Smoking campaign has some folks burning mad.
We'll tell you why, next on News 7.
And legislators could drive up the cost of operating a big-rig.
We'll be right back.
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The House of Delegates wants to drive up the cost of operating large trucks in Virginia.
The House has given preliminary approval to a bill that would triple the cost of getting a large truck or bus inspected.
The bill's sponsor says the current cost of ten dollars doesn't cover the cost of inspecting the vehicles..
Opponents of the bill say it would hurt small trucking companies, churches and other groups that use their buses to transport members to church events and other functions.
The House will vote on the bill Monday.
A proposal from Governor Gilmore has some folks hot under the collar.
Gilmore wants to drain millions of dollars from Virginia's anti-smoking campaign and reroute the money to fund other health care needs.
Administration officials noted the campaign didn't spend most of the money in its budget last year.
But smoking opponents say the change would critically weaken the fledgling program, which lags behind other states in funding anti-smoking efforts.
The threat of a future nursing shortage has prompted the VA Medical Center to take action.
Today, high school students had the opportunity to learn hands on about careers in nursing before they enter college.
The five hour program taught students how to assist patients, operate wheel chairs and make up hospital beds.
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((MARY RAYMER/VA MEDICAL CENTER: WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH YOUNG PEOPLE GOING INTO NURSING WAS REALLY THE PROMPTING FACTOR, AND WHEN I STARTED LOOKING AT WAYS TO GET THE MESSAGE OUT ABOUT THE WONDERFUL CAREER I FOUND OUT WE REALLY DIDN'T HAVE A PROGRAM IN EXISTENCE.))
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The center hopes to bring the Virginia Cadet Nursing Youth Volunteer Program back in April.
The Hokies can't manage to rebound a win this afternoon.
Roy Stanley will be here with sports in a few minutes.
But first, the Roanoke Valley's 30th annual gun show has hundreds "hunting" for a bargain.
The story after the break.
A gun show in Roanoke this weekend is drawing hundreds of visitors, but NO increased security.
A similar gun show in Texas earlier this month was highly guarded, because of seven Texas inmates that escaped from prison in December.
The show, being held at the Roanoke Civic Center, features the latest in hunting equipment.
Gun dealers from across the state showcased not only hunting rifles, but hand guns, knives and army paraphernalia.
The show wraps up tomorrow at 5.
And coming up in sports, The Express picks up a big win last night at the Roundhouse Virginia wins at home.
But the Virginia Tech Hokies lose a Big East game to Providence this afternoon at the Cassell.
The Virginia Cavaliers blew it open late in the second half and cruised to an 85 to 72 win over Missouri.
The Cavaliers led by three at the half.
But Missouri opened the second half on a roll Kareem Rush hits this jumper and the tigers took a three point lead.
And when Missouri's Johnnie Parker gets the slam off the offensive rebound the tigers led 42 to 38.
That's when the Cavaliers started the rally. With the score tied at 42 Roger Mason pulls up and hits the three U-V-A led by three.
Then watch Donald Hand throw up the alley oop to Chris Williams and Virginia still led by three.
The Cavaliers pulled away for good at the four minute mark and Virginia gets the 85 to 72 win.
In Blacksburg, Virginia Tech fell behind early and never could catch up as Providence beats the Hokies at the Cassell today 75 to 60.
The Hokies trailed by 15 at the half.
But Brian Chase hits this jumper at the key and the Hokies trailed 38 to 25 in the second half.
Providence would answer that score when Abdul Mills takes it to the hoop and scores the layup to make it 40 to 25.
Tech had its chances watch Carlos Dixon make the still and score the layup and the Providence lead was cut to 11.
Providence would keep pushing the ball inside Eric Maxey with this layup and the Hokies trailed 42 to 29.
Tech would attempt a comeback near the end of the half but Providence holds on for the 75 to 60 win.
Over at the Bast Center in Salem today, Lady Maroons head coach Susan Dunagan was nearing a milestone in her coach Career.
The Maroons were playing Washington and Lee this afternoon and Roanoke wins the game 63 to 45 giving Dunagan her 400-th career win.
Dungan is now the 7-th Division Three coach with 400 wins.
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If you're looking to see some of the best basketball anywhere in the nation you need to head to Salem tonight for the final two games of the SunTrust Classic.
The featured attraction tonight in the number one team in the nation - Oak Hill Academy.
In the past, Oak Hill has brought teams to Roanoke featuring the likes of Jerry Stackhouse, Jeff McInnis and Ron Mercer.
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The 6:30 game tonight its Patrick Henry against Greensboro's Dudley high school.
Then at 8:15 - Oak Hill and Cave Spring hook up in the battle of unbeatens.
Last year Oak Hill beat Cave Spring 73-to-49.
A week from today, The New York giants and Baltimore Ravens will square off in Superbowl 35.
The quarterbacks for both teams have come a long way to making it to the big game and now that they are there they plan to make the most of the situation.
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The two teams will kick it off next Sunday at 6 right here on your Hometown Station.
The Roanoke Express got back some of its key players back in an attempt to not only get back above the 500 mark, but to take out the southeast division leading Stingrays of South Carolina in the process.
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The Express was all business tonight at Kevin McDonald made sure the visitors knew the roundhouse would also be a rough house last night.
We pick it up in the second period still scoreless when Roanoke's Doug Sheppard takes a swipe at the loose puck and Adam Dewan, back after a wicked bout with the flu is there to put the biscuit in the basket. It's 1-to-nothing Express.
Roanoke would make it 2-to-nothing as Ben Schust, also back from the AHL, passes to all-star Jeff Sproat -and the defenseman smacks it in off the right side.
South Carolina would finally make its mark late in the second period with Greg Schmidt slamming in the putback in front of Daniel Berthiaume.
But Roanoke gets the much needed 3-to-2 win.
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