Straight ahead on News 7--
A display of unity and defiance today in Washington, as lawmakers rail against the California court ruling that calls the pledge of allegiance unconstitutional.
And in another ruling, the Supreme court decides to allow for broader drug testing among public school students.
Another round of scattered showers and storms are heading our way...I'll have yur forecast...
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
Public school teachers across the country say they're disappointed with today's Supreme Court decision supporting school vouchers.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom.
In a decision that could re- shape American education, a closely divided Supreme Court has upheld the use of public money for tuition vouchers to send kids to private schools.
Aleen Sirgany reports.
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AT ISSUE: CAN GOVERNMENT MONEY BE USED TO PAY FOR PRIVATE EDUCATION?
IN A LANDMARK DECISION, IN A 5 TO 4 VOTE, THE SUPREME COURT SAYS YES.
THAT NEWS SHOULD PLEASE, BEVERLY RUSSELL, WHO SAYS THE PROGRAM IN
CLEVELAND HAS DONE WONDERS FOR HER SON.
SOT: Beverly Russell /Mother
"My son has excelled and he likes school, loves school, actually."
AND IT COULD EXPAND THE VOUCHER PROGRAM NATIONWIDE...HELPING MORE KIDS
LIKE KENNY MORENO, WHO WENT TO PAROCHIAL SCHOOL THANKS TO PRIVATE
SOT: KENNY MORENO/STUDENT (the teachers are so much better..and I just
learned so much more)
ADVOCATES SAY THAT'S THE POINT...THEY SAY SCHOOL VOUCHERS GIVE
UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES THEY OTHERWISE WOULD
NOT GET....OFTEN BY USING THE MONEY TO PAY FOR PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS.
AND THAT'S THE STICKING POINT FOR MANY OPPONENTS, WHO SAY THAT VIOLATES
SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. AND THEY SAY STATE MONEY SHOULD BE
USED TO IMPROVE FAILING PUBLIC SCHOOLS INSTEAD OF FOOTING TUITION FOR
SOT: RALPH NEAS/PEOPLE FOR THE AMERICAN WAY:
"This is a defeat for the students of Cleveland...and second for the
long-held principle that we don't give public funds for religious
STAND-UP: BUT THE SUPREME COURT POINTS OUT THE VOUCHERS AREN'T JUST FOR
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION. PARENTS DO HAVE A CHOICE OF PAROCHIAL AND SECULAR
PRIVATE SCHOOLS. AS, CBS NEWS, WASH.
Ridding public high schools of drugs outweighs a student's right to privacy--
That's the ruling today from a divided U-S Supreme Court.
In a five- to- four decision, the court approved random drug tests for many public students.
The ruling applies to students who join competitive after-school
activities or teams, a category that includes many middle school, as well as high school- age students.
Before, random testing was allowed only for student athletes.
For the first time, a federal appeals court has declared that reciting the pledge in public schools is unconstitutional because of the words, "Under God."
As John Blackstone reports, the decision is drawing major criticism and could end up in the Supreme Court.
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((For the sake of two words...generations of classroom tradition has been
HEAR CHILDREN RECITE "UNDER GOD"
The ninth circuit court of appeals says having the words "under god" in
the pledge of allegiance violates the separation of church and state.
It is a government endorsement of religion, the court says, that "sends
a message to unbelievers that they are outsiders"
But across the country many believers say the decision pushes them aside.
I THINK PROBABLY SUM IT UP WITH ONE WORD. IT'S DISGUSTING. (;04)
WASHINGTON MOS MARILY SCHOENMANN
"I THINK WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO SAY UNDER GOD IF WE CARE TOO AND THOSE
WHO DON'T WANT TO SAY IT DON'T HAVE TO SAY IT."
REV JERRY FALWELL
"THIS DOES NOT OFFEND ANYONE EXCEPT PEOPLE WHO HAVE A CHIP ON THEIR
SHOULDER AGAINST PEOPLE OF FAITH AND ANY GOD ANYWHERE."
The offending words were not originally in the pledge. "Under God" was
added in 1954 under Eisenhower when America was battling atheistic
Now with those two words under threat Republican members of Congress
marched out to recite the pledge and all over Washington there were
declarations the decision must be overturned.
The president's reaction was that this ruling is ridiculous (:03)
THE RULING WAS MADE BY THE MOST LIBERAL FEDERAL APPEALS COURT THE NINTH
CIRCUIT HERE IN SAN FRANCISCO. IT'S A CASE THAT SEEMS CERTAIN TO END UP
IN THE SUPREME COURT. JB CBS NEWS SF
Meanwhile Governor Warner says school children in Virginia will continue to recite the Pledge.
Virginia is in a different federal circuit and is NOT affected by yesterday's ruling.
Warner says the ruling takes the idea of church-state separation to an illogical conclusion.
An accident on Interstate 81 in Montgomery County is slowing southbound traffic.
Authorities say a tractor-trailer and a car have collided just north of mile marker 118 near Christiansburg.
No word yet on whether anyone's been hurt.
The accident happened about 20 minutes ago.
The defendant in deadly accident in Franklin County says publicity has hurt his chances for a fair trial.
William Fitzgerald faces charges of second degree murder and drunk driving.
Last November, he struck Ellen Marie Shenker head on, killing her and injuring her son, Tommy.
The accident happened seven hours after he was released from jail on his second D-U-I.
Charges were dropped because of a clerical error and then renewed in May.
Fitzgerald's attorneys say newspaper and television accounts of the accident have created a the perception that he's guilty.
His attorneys say he was NOT drunk ... but passed out at the wheel because the jail undermedicated him.
Two Smith Mountain Lake families are suing the Franklin County Board of Supervisors for approving a subdivision.
James and Karen (KLEH-Peck) Klepek and their neighbors, Lars and Janis Hagen, say the county ignored many of its own zoning laws when it approved the development.
"Indigo at Smith Mountain Lake" will place 37 upscale single family homes along a small cove near Scruggs.
The families say the supervisors left too many issues up in the air before giving the development the green light.
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Still to come on the newscast, another large corporation has plans to lay off thousands of workers,
and police in London have to deal with a hostage situation as a man holds a woman at gunpoint.
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Parts of central London were evacuated and sealed off today, after a man armed with a handgun took a woman hostage inside an American Express office building.
Scotland Yard says officers and hostage negotiators are on the scene.
The man stormed the building and appeared to have been commiting a robbery.
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The rest of the building's staff left safely after setting off alarms.
Motorola says it'll cut another seven-thousand jobs as it attempts to complete its re- structuring.
Company officials say the cuts will affect all business segments and corporate headquarters operations.
It'll also lower manufacturing, research, and administrative expenses.
The news is good though for investors--
Motorola says it's on track to meet earnings estimates for the quarter and the year.
The man in line to be the state's next Speaker says he'll be more of a delegator than his predecessor, Vance Wilkins.
Stafford Delegate Bill Howell remains the only candidate to take over as the most powerful lawmaker in the General Assembly.
The attorney and grandfather of five says he'll be recruiting many of his colleagues, including some from the freshman class, to assist him with his duties.
Howell says his low key style is different from Wilkins' hands- on approach, but it is the type of leadership his party needs after the controversies of the past year.
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Howell is expected to be officially nominated on July 20th.
Roanoke police believe they've found at least one man who stole four kegs of beer from a local restaurant.
They also recovered three of the kegs of premium beer stolen from Corned Beef and Company.
A tip led police to check out a house on Riverdale Road Southeast.
That's where they found the stolen beer, still un-tapped, and arrested 43-year-old James Morris Jarrett.
One keg of Samuel Adams is still missing.
But police have a line on two possible suspects.
Walt Disney World played host to a special competition yesterday--
Athletes from all 50 states gathered at the theme park for the "Transplant Games."
All of the participants have undergone an organ transplant.
They were joined by celebrities, including veteran actor Larry Hagman, who underwent a liver transplant.
Other celebrity players included former N-B-A star Sean Elliot and Olympic snow-boarder Chris Klug.
Both are also liver transplant recipients.
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Coming up next on the newscast, Leo will give us a sneak peek at our weekend forecast,
Also we will tell you why you are likely to see some classic cars in the Valley this weekend.
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Don't be surprised if you hear the roar of some pretty large engines around Roanoke today..
The Corvette "Relay for Kids" has rolled into the area..
The Star City Corvette Club's joining with Valvoline to raise money for Big Brothers and Big Sisters organizations.
They're transporting a classic 'Vette around the nation, giving people a chance to go for a spin.
Roanoke City police chief Joe Gaskins was on hand.
He says getting to drive a Corvette today is just one benefit of being a Big Brother..
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A number of people signed up for a contest that's running along with the fund-raiser..
When the "Relay for Kids" is finished, they're going to give away a classic Corvette.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was down 43 points. The NASDAQ has lost two points.
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Coming up next in sports- we'll see which basketball stars got picked up in the N-B-A Draft last night
Plus we'll meet a woman celebrating her one hundredth birthday. She spent it like most every other day for the last 83 years...she was on the job.
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Some history was made last night in the N-B-A draft-- the Houston Rockets selected seven-foot five- inch Yao Ming.
Ming has spent the past five years dominating in China as a member of the Shanghai Sharks.
He is the first international player ever taken with the number one pick.
Duke's Jay Williams was second, going to the Bulls.
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Williams will have some A-C-C company in Chicago.
Roger Mason Junior was the second pick in the second round - the 31-st overall, also going to Chicago.
Mason gave up his final year at U-V-A to enter the draft.
The Bulls also took Maryland's Lonny Baxter in the second round.
Duke's Mike Dunleavy was the third overall pick, going to Golden State.
Maryland's Chris Wilcox went 10-th to the Clippers.
The Wizards cleaned up in the first round, taking Jared Jeffries and Maryland's Juan Dixon.
Two of the men's all- time greats got sidelined in the second round of Wimbledon yesterday...
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Pete Sampras, the seven time Wimbledon champ, makes his earliest Wimbledon exit in more than a decade after falling to Switzerland's George (BA-STULL)Bastl.
He loses in five sets, but at one point was down two sets to none.
The 30- year- old Sampras hasn't won a tournament of any kind since Wimbledon 2000.
Third seeded Andre Agassi's exit was even quicker.
With wife Steffi Graf watching, he lost in straight sets to Thailand's Paradorn (SHREE-SHUH-PAN) Srichaphan.
Agassi heads home after the 6-4, 7-6 and 6-2 debacle.
The 13-th season of the Challenger Series Baseball League wrapped up.
The name is deceiving- because it is ANYTHING but a challenge- the league is a true reward for all involved.
Travis Wells has the story.
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((The Challenger Baseball League exposes physically and mentally challenged children to all the benefits of team sports. These youngsters range in age from 5 to 18, and the athletic experience is something that no one can take away.
Sid Witt, Sr.: All kids deserve the right to play ball no matter who they are.
Sid Witt, Jr.: One of the kids' parents said it best. He said, "My child is in a body that doesn't really do what he wants it to do."
That doesn't mean that these kids can't play. But their skill level isn't measured in power at the plate or 90 mile an hour fastballs.
Sid, Jr.:We've watched these kids grow up and make improvements. Stuff like not knowing which base to run to. The achievements they make and the reward that I get is just watching them enjoy themselves.
Travis: Seeing the faces light up is much more important than lighting up the scoreboard. The Challenger League doesn't keep score, which makes everybody a winner.
Sid, Sr.: You always take home more than you bring. These children are something else and it's wonderful to be around them..You play with them and love them. I know I've made a difference in making life the best we can for them. You always take home more than you bring.
Making a difference one pitch at a time. In Salem, Travis Wells, News 7 Sports.))
A memorial service was held yesterday in St. Louis for the late Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile...
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Current Cardinals' players and former teammates attended the service at Busch Stadium, along with Kile's wife Flynn and their 5-year-old twins, Kannon and Sierra.
They all sat in the front row in one of the tents on the infield.
Kile leaves his family in good hands.
They will receive the rest of his contract worth more than 10- million, plus his pension which is
160- thousand- dollars a year for the rest of thier lives.
A Minnesota woman celebrated a milestone yesterday.
Annie Milner turned one hundred years old yesterday.
But her story goes beyond that.
As Vineeta Sawkar reports, Milner has worked at the same department store for 83 years.
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THE CARDS AND FLOWERS JUST KEEP COMING FOR ANNIE MILNER.
SHE'S CELEBRATING A BIG DAY.
(SOT - Annie Milner "Happy 100th birthday. I wish it was 50 or
20.") Length: 0:06
(SOT - Annie Milner "all this attention well, I'm not shy so I love
it.") Length: 0:06
WHEN ANNIE MILNER FIRST STARTED AT DAYTON'S BACK IN 1919-- -SHE
MADE 11 DOLLARS A WEEK ...83 YEARS LATER..ANNIE TRACKS DOWN SPECIAL
REQUESTS FOR CUSTOMERS.
(( SOT - Annie "My friends are either working or they moved to Florida
or Arizona... some are with the angels.") Length: 0:08
FOR ANNIE, THERE'S NO OTHER PLACE SHE WANTS TO BE-
(SOT - Annie " I look forward to coming to work every morning.")
ESPECIALLY ON HER 100TH BIRTHDAY.
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FINAL LOOK AT THE WEATHER
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