The Justice Department makes a key decision for the future of Microsoft.
Before they march on Washington, nurses rally in downtown Roanoke and make plans for their Million Nurse March.
We'll have a live report.
Increasing sunshine as we head through the afternoon with seasonable temperatures..I'll have your forecast...
News 7 at noon is coming up.
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Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
Microsoft officials are breathing a big sigh of relief--
That after the Justice Department announces it will NOT seek to break up the software giant.
The Bush administration is gearing up for the penalty phase of the continuing antitrust case later this month.
Meanwhile, the government adds it doesn't plan to make a case that Microsoft illegally tied the Internet Explorer browser to the Windows operating system.
The justice department says the decisions are aimed at getting "prompt" relief for consumers.
Police in California are looking for a gunman who walked into a surburban Los Angeles home and shot five people -- killing three of them.
They believe the man was looking for his ex- girlfriend.
The home is located in the safest city in the nation, according to the F-B-I.
But as Jonathan Elias reports, Simi Valley did NOT live up to that reputation yesterday.
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Nearly three months after Timothy McVeigh's execution, his partner in the Oklahoma City bombing could have a similar fate.
Oklahoma County District Attorney Wes Lane says he'll pursue
state charges against Terry Nichols in the bombing that killed 168 people.
If convicted on those charges, Nichols could get the death penalty.
Nichols is currently serving a life sentence for his role in the 19-95 blast.
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Lane says prosecutors have been preparing for a over a year to file state charges against Nichols, especially after the F-B-I's mishandling of thousands of documents related the case.
Local nurses are gearing up for a march on Washington. They are planning a Million Nurse March for next year. Today several nurses attended a rally in Downtown Roanoke.
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That's where we find Health Check reporter Joy Sutton.
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Still to come on the newscast, we'll tell you why the candidates in the Attorney General's race are being accused of flip flopping on the issues.
and we'll tell you what a former contestant on Survivor was doing in Lynchburg last night.
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Yesterday's debate for Virginia's Attorney General has some people questioning where the candidates stand on some important issues..
Richmond newspapers in 1995 cite Democrat Donald McEachin as critical of the parole abolition adopted the previous spring by a General Assembly he was NOT a part of.
In yesterday's debate, McEachin denied he had ever opposed parole abolition.
Republican Jerry Kilgore was incredulous.
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((JERRY KILGORE/(R) CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GEN.: YOU KNOW I HAVE READ THOSE ARTICLES...AND YOU RAN AS FAR TO THE LEFT AS YOU COULD GO.))
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But as soon as the debate was over, Jerry Kilgore was distancing himself from his own stance of this summer: to repeal Virginia's one handgun a month limit.
Kilgore now says he doesn't like the law -- but wouldn't work to repeal it.
He still wants to allow guns into bars.
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((DONALD MCEACHIN/(D) CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GEN.: THEY'VE GOT TO DECIDE WHETHER THEY WANT AN ATTORNEY GENERAL WHO WILL BACK THE BAN ON GUNS IN BARS, OR WHETHER THEY WILL REPEAL THE BAN ON GUNS IN BARS. SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO REPEAL ONE GUN A MONTH -- A GOOD CRIME FIGHTING TOOL -- OR SOMEONE WHO SUPPORTS ONE GUN A MONTH.))
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The debate is the last Attorney General's debate currently scheduled.
A lawmaker in Georgia says she knows Chandra Levy is dead, because the missing Washington intern told her so.
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State Representative Dorothy Pelote (peh-LOHT') says she can communicate with the dead, and Levy got in touch with her recently.
(peh-LOHT) Peolote told members of the Georgia House about her experience yesterday as she delivered the group's daily devotional.
She told lawmakers that her psychic abilities began in her childhood after a near-death experience.
One of the former Survivor contestants was in Lynchburg last night.
Michael Skupin was best known on the show for killing a pig and falling into a fire.
As bad as his burns were, he says the events in the Outback were an answer to his prayers.
Teresa Hamilton has more.
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(( By now-- Mike Skupin is used to finding himself in front of the cameras. Here it was at Liberty University....
But earlier this year-- the software publisher was in front of even more cameras as a contestant on the show Survivor... a show he'd never seen but one his children encouraged him to try out for.
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((MIKE SKUPIN/SURVIVOR CONTESTANT: THEY SAID IT'S THIS REALLY COOL SHOW YOU GET TO SLEEP IN THE DIRT AND EAT BUGS, BOIL IN THE DAY AND FREEZE AT NIGHT AND GO DAYS WITHOUT EATING, ALL THE WHILE PEOPLE ARE STABBING YOU IN THE BACK AND THEY SAID, DAD THE WINNER GETS A MILLION DOLLARS.))
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Skupin never won that million dollars-- but says what he took from the show was worth even more.
While in the Outback-- he says God touched his life when he fell into a fire.
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((I HAD THIRD DEGREE BURNS OVER 30- PERCENT OF MY HANDS AND THEY SAID THEY'D HAVE TO DO SKIN GRAFTS AND SURGERIES ON MY HANDS AND THEY NEVER DID. MY HANDS ARE PERFECT.))
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After the accident-- Skupin had to leave Australia. But he says the experience enriched his life-- and made him realize he was destined to spread the word of God.
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Skupin may end up making even more appearances in Lynchburg. While here-- he signed up for theology training at Liberty University which he'll complete over the internet.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Lynchburg.))
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A local police department is in need of a good artist. We'll tell you why after this break,
and we'll see how one company is using the latest technology to make friends.
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The search is on for an artist to create a new memorial in the city of Roanoke.
The Roanoke Police Department is commissioning a sculpture that will stand outside the new police department building on Campbell Avenue.
The department is now soliciting proposals for the memorial which will honor officers killed in the line of duty.
A committee has set a December 3rd deadline for submissions. Officials hope to have the sculpture in place by May of 2003.
We'll see if the students do it HIS way....
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A new school in New York has been named after legendary singer Frank Sinatra.
It's called the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens.
Fellow crooner Tony Bennett helped cut the ribbon at yesterday's opening ceremony.
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((TONY BENNETT/SINGER AND SINATRA'S FRIEND:HE WAS MY BEST FRIEND, AND WE'D SPOKE ABOUT IT
PRIVATELY. HE WAS ALWAYS ADAMANT THAT YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD REALLY LEARN
THE RIGHT WAY TO DO THINGS ON THE STAGE AND TREAT THE PEOPLE RIGHT. AND
HE WAS ALL FOR IT, A HUNDRED PERCENT, AND THAT'S WHY THIS DREAM IS
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250 ninth and 10th- graders will study at the school named for 'Ole Blue Eyes.
Its temporary location is at a community college.
A permanent facility is scheduled to be built by 2003.
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On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 104 points.
Nasdaq has dropped 35.
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Still to come .. NASCAR gets ready for the Richmond International Raceway .. but one driver will be watching from the sidelines.
And .. Salem turns the tables .. beating Kinston in game three to play for the Carolina League championship.
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There's a new chapter to the rivalry between Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi.
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Sampras moved into the U-S Open semifinals last night with a classic 6-7, 7-6, 7-6, 7-6 win over
Neither player lost his serve during the three and a-half hour marathon.
Agassi committed only 19 unforced errors, and had 18 aces compared to just four double-faults.
Sampras stays alive in his bid for a 14th Grand Slam title and his fifth at Flushing Meadows.
He'll will meet Marat Safin (SA'-fihn) in the semifinals.
The Avs pulled it off.
For the first time since 1987, Salem is playing for the Carolina League championship.
Last night the Avalanche won the Southern Division Championship 2 games to 1.
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Kinston won 89 games during the regular season, but only 12 hundred fans showed up for last night's title game.
John Lindsey provided the big hit last night, as he came on as a pinch hitter.
He ripped a towering two run homer to deep centerfield.
Salem took a 3-to-nothing lead into the ninth inning, but then had to weather this Ryan Church homer to right field.
It's 3-to-1, with no one out.
But Colin Young gets the ground ball, and the Avs turn a wicked 5-4-3 double play to get within an OUT of the win.
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Young then seals the deal with the strikeout.
The Avs will now play Wilmington for the Carolina League title after beating Kinston 2 games to one.
The Mills Cup will be decided in a best of five game format.
Games one and two are tonight and tomorrow night in Wilmington.
Game Three will be in Salem on Saturday , as will games four and five, if needed.
Express head coach and general manager Perry Florio is still adding players to the team's roster.
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Yesterday he got a key signing as Mike Omicioli, the team's best skill player a season ago, signed a two- way contract with the Express and their partners, the Hershey Bears.
Omicioli had 11 goals and 19 assists in 28 games with Roanoke last season.
If he doesn't make the Bears roster - he will be back in the Star City.
NASCAR drivers will begin three event- filled days at the Richmond International Raceway today.
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But Steve park will not be a part of the festivities.
Park has a concussion and a bruised collarbone, and doctors say there is evidence of bruising on his brain.
He suffered the injuries last Sunday at Darlington.
Kenny Wallace will take his place at R-I-R.
The Dallas Cowboys will NOT sign quarterback Ryan Leaf after all.
Leaf was waived by Tampa Bay on Monday, and the Cowboys said they were interested in signing him.
But Leaf failed the team's physical with a wrist injury.
Meanwhile, it looks as if the football season will start without the regular officials. The referees' union rejected the N-F-L's latest offer this morning. That offer would have raised officials' pay this year by 60- percent.
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference is stirring national interest this week, thanks to Bridgewater College.
The 6-th ranked Eagles opened the season with a victory over 5-th ranked Western Maryland.
In that game, quarterback Jason Lutz, wearing number two, was named the national offensive player of the week in D-3.
He passed for 200 yards and two TDs, and rushed for 157 more.
The Eagles, who hope to end the season with an ODAC title, another trip to the NCAA playoffs,
and maybe even the Stagg Bowl host Shenandoah on Saturday.
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Virginia Tech is playing host to the latest in farming and agriculture.
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Thousands are visiting the University's Kentland Farm location for the first Farm and Family Showcase.
The event is being billed as a family oriented educational experience.
Activities include displays, demonstrations, seminars and even a corn maze to get lost in.
Tech officials say the event is modeled after other university programs.
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The showcase continues all day today.
Parking and admission are free.
And before we leave you this afternoon--
He looks like a cross between a stuffed dog and a teddy bear, but this toy is on the cutting edge of technology...
The Sony corporation has unveiled a new version of its popular pet robot.
The latest version of Aibo-- which means "friend" in Japanese-- has a rounder head and looks like a plastic teddy bear.
It's equipped with voice recognition and has touch sensors on its head and feet.
The new toy will be available on the Internet on October first in the U-S for 850 dollars.
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