Virginia Republicans are celebrating today.
Independent Lacey Putney has joined the Republican caucus in an attempt to
pave the way for a power-sharing agreement in the House of Delegates.
Putney says he's still an independent -- but he will sit with
the G-O-P caucus for the rest of this legislative session.
His decision in effect creates a 50-50 partisan split.
Controversy surrounded yesterday's opening of the General Assembly's 19-98
Ellen Qualls has the story.
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nat sot house
A GOP-led filibuster to stall until all 49 Republicans could be sworn in to
the House of Delegates had the rug pulled out from under it by a parliamentary
ruling strongly influenced by Democrats.
When the Republican display waned -- Norfolk Democrat Tom Moss was
re-elected as the immensely powerful Speaker of the House -- a House that will
at week's end have NO clear majority.
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((DEL. PRESTON BRYANT/R-LYNCHBURG: THOSE WHO'VE BEEN DRUNK WITH POWER FOR OVER
100 YEARS STILL HAVEN'T SOBERED UP. THAT DAY IS COMING.))
sot REACT ONE 08:15:00
((DEL. JAY DEBOER/D-PETERSBURG: IT'S THE LOW POINT OF WHAT I'VE SEEN ..IN THE
HOUSE IN 16 YEARS. AND I'VE SEEN SOME STINKERS.))
sot 08:21:51 REAX 2
((DEL. JIM SHULER/D-BLACKSBURG: I REALLY THINK IT'S A PRETTY SAD
DAY...EMBARRASSMENT TO BE QUITE HONEST WITH YOU.))
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: HISTORY WILL JUDGE THE EVENTS OF THIS DAY. BUT I MUST
TELL YOU THIS: HERE IN VIRGINIA ....IT IS NEVER RIGHT TO SILENCE THE VOICES
AND THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE.))
The House must still adopt rules -- when they reconvene we'll hear a
proposal by Salem Republican Morgan Griffith to at least have proportional
representation on committees for the first time.))
Political analyst Tom Morris says yesterday's partisan bickering is nothing
new for the opening of the General Assembly.
Morris told Keith Humphry things should quiet down soon.
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A chaotic opening day may set the tone for the entire General Assembly
session, but there are other issues waiting in the wings.
Foremost among them is the elimination of the car tax.
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OUT Q=our part of the state.
Lawmakers are waiting for more details from Governor elect Jim Gilmore. His
inauguration is set for Saturday.
For the latest on Gilmore's inauguration don't forget to tune to New 7
Saturday Morning this weekend.
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the news 7 family.
Denise Allen and Andrew Freiden will have the latest news, weather and
The stakes are getting higher in the latest confrontation with Iraq.
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The United Nations Security Council is condemning Iraq for blocking U-N arms
And the American ambassador to the U-N is suggesting that it may soon take
more than diplomacy to solve the problem.
((BILL RICHARDSON/AMERICAN AMBASSADOR TO THE U-N: MY OPTIMISM IS
WANING CONSIDERABLY...AFTER BEING ON THE FRONT LINES OF THIS ISSUE...AND I
THINK THE WORLD COMMUNITY'S OPTIMISM IS WANING TOO. ))
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Meantime, Iraq's deputy Prime Minister is denying reports that
Baghdad tested chemical and biological agents on prisoners.
Iraq says the claim is a ploy to gain access to sensitive Iraqi sites.
The Kentucky teen-ager accused of opening fire and killing three of his high
school classmates made his first public appearance this morning.
Fourteen-year old Michael Carneal
entered a routine plea of innocent during his arraignment hearing.
He's being tried as an adult.
Carneal has been held at an undisclosed juvenile detention
facility elsewhere in the state since his arrest after the December 1st
The forecast called for lots of ice...
What we got was a lot of rain.
Some of that rain has started to freeze on trees and powerlines.
But the roads are still O-K.
State police say there have not been any weather-related accidents.
American Electric Power also said everything is running smooth.
There are no ice-related power failures so far.
But, just in case the weather gets worse .. A-E-P has extra crews on alert.
((TOM AYERS/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: WE'RE FULLY STAFFED. AS A MATTER OF FACE
WE HAVE SOME ADDITIONAL CONTRACTORS, BOTH RIGHT-OF-WAY AND LINE CONSTRUCTION
MAINTENANCE STANDING BY.))
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Freezing rain is slowing things up at Roanoke Regional Airport.
Travelers should call ahead to check on their flight.
A late night hostage drama in California ended early this morning with two
arrests and no injuries.
At about 11 p-m two gunman took 20 people hostage at an Anaheim grocery
store during a holdup.
One gunman surrendered after releasing the hostages unharmed.
The other gunman remained holed up inside until a police SWAT team moved in
and found him hiding in the attic.
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Five people are dead, and one is still missing, after an aluminum boat and a
110-foot oil rig crew vessel collided yesterday in a Louisiana bayou.
The smaller boat carried seven duck hunters.
One of the dead is identified as the president of sports marketing
enterprises for the R.J. Reynolds tobacco company.
What was supposed to be a court battle in the Paula Jones versus President
Clinton case never materialized yesterday in Charlottesville.
The politically conservative Rutherford Institute is representing Jones in
her sexual harassment claim against Clinton.
Clinton's lawyers had tried to subpoena the Institute's financial records,
claiming Jones was profiting from her lawsuit against the President.
But Jones' attorneys claimed victory after lawyers for the other side
withdrew that request.
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((TOM NEUBERGER/RUTHERFORD INSTITUTE ATTORNEY: TO DISPROVE THIS CONTENTION THAT
PAULA JONES IS INTO THIS FOR THE MONEY, THE RUTHERFORD INSTITUTE HAS AGREED TO
IDENTIFY THE DISBURSEMENTS IT HAS MADE. I'VE SEEN THE DOCUMENTS, I'VE SEEN THE
LIST, THERE ARE NO CHECKS TO PAULA JONES, THERE'S NO MONEY BEING PASSED TO
PAULA JONES, EVERY DIME THAT THE RUTHERFORD INSTITUTE SPENDS IS DEVOTED TO
COSTS DIRECTLY ASSOCIATED WITH THE COURT CASE.))
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OUT Q=the court case.
Neuberger called the subpoena a "fishing expedition", aimed at harassing the
Rutherford Institute's members and donors.
Another round of layoffs socks the garment industry.
Bassett-Walker is closing its plant in Chatham, cutting nearly 350-jobs.
It's one of three Bassett-Walker facilities shutting down.
It's also the latest casualty in a series of textile plant closing.
Across the industry, plant managers say there is a shrinking demand for knit
The Chatham plant will close March 14th.
Yesterday workers at Tultex plant got word of layoffs.
The Martinsville plant will not say how many workers have been fired.
But the activewear maker will say the number is "not significant."
The plant employs 25-hundred people.
Some students at Rockbridge County High School continue to miss class on a
regular basis - and nothing, not even a tougher attendance policy seems to be
Stacey Martin has more.
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SUPER=01-John Morris/Rockbridge Co. High School Principal; :52
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IN Q=I found out
((JOE HATCHER/ROCKBRIDGE CO. HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT: I FOUND OUT THAT IF I DIDN'T
START BUSTING MY BUTT TO COME BACK TO SCHOOL THAT I WAS GOING TO LOSE MY CHANCE
OF PASSING THE NINTH GRADE TO GET ON TO THE TENTH GRADE.))
OUT Q=the tenth grade.
Joe Hatcher has missed 23 days of school so far and he says Rockbridge
County High School's attendance policy is one of the reasons he wants to come
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IN Q=When I sit
((JOE HATCHER/ROCKBRIDGE CO. HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT: WHEN I SIT HOME IT'S LIKE
TOTALLY BORING BUT HERE AT SCHOOL AT LEAST I GET TO SEE A FEW OF MY FRIENDS.))
OUT Q=of my friends.
The new policy is trying to correct a three-year problem of students
This year after 20 absences from a course, students don't get graded and
Overall attendance since August is 94 point one percent -- similar to that
in high schools in other localities.
But, for students missing 5, 15, 20 days or more, the figures have gone way
up--in some instances almost 60 percent compared with this time last year.
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((JOHN MORRIS/ROCKBRIDGE CO. HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL:I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT
THAT WE TRY OUR BEST TO HELP THESE STUDENTS BACK INTO THE FACILITY BECAUSE
EDUCATION PRIMARILY TAKES PLACE HERE AND THAT'S OUR PURPOSE.))
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Some people criticized school administrators for not enforcing the new,
Morris said it may be more effective to have tougher attendance policies for
middle school and elementary students to avoid problems later.
Stacey Martin, News 7, Rockbridge County.))
If you're just starting to invest in the market, or perhaps getting ready to
buy a new home, you'll want to listen closely to this interview.
Kimberly McBroom is speaking with financial consultant and entrepreneur Ric
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SUPER=01-Ric Edelman/Financial Consultant; :22
OUT Q=thanks a lot..Melanie
(( The Washington Post says Ric Edelman is unconventional, but when it
comes to investing, people listen.
Mr. Edelman joins us now to offer some advice featured in his new book,
"The New Rules of Money."
(And just from the title, it sounds like you have some unique ideas about
the best ways to save money...)
( One of the rules in your book says for people NOT to pay attention to the
Dow...can you explain that?)
(And quickly, what is the best method for investors to educate themselves?)
Thanks for joining us today, Melanie? ))
Vice President Gore is in Maine today to tour by helicopter the areas
devastated by last week's ice storm.
The state also will be getting more help.
Some 46 trucks and more than 50 utility crews are being airlifted from North
The federal government is also releasing millions of dollars to help
Thousands are still without electricity.
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Maryland handed Number one North Carolina its first loss of the season.
Coach Bill Guthridge is no longer undefeated.
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Antawn (AN-twahn) Jamison led the Heels with 27 points. But he managed just
one point over the last 18 minutes and missed four free throws in O-T.
Laron Profit scored six of his 19 points in the extra session as
Maryland dropped North Carolina's record to 18-and-1.
The Maryland Terrapins go on to beat
the top-ranked Tar Heels 89-to-83 in overtime at Cole Field House.
WIPE WIPE WIPE
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Second ranked Duke blew out Wake Forest. The demon deacons Tony Rutland
tried to close an early Duke lead with this drive and jumper. He had 15.
But The Blue Devils Craig Wojohowski extended his team's
advantage with the trey from the right side.
Trajan Langdon then hits 2 of his 13 as Duke dominates Wake 88-52.
Wake Forest seems to be the front runner to aquire the services of William
Fleming tailback Lee Suggs next year.
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Suggs begins a two week recruiting schedule at both Virginia and Virginia
Tech this weekend in Charlottesville.
After spending Friday and Saturday with UVa; Suggs heads to Blacksburg to
visit Virginia Tech for the weekend. (-------------)
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The V-M-I Keydets won their second straight last night; downing Shenandoah
97-64 at Cameron.
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V-M-I's Nick Richardson goes inside to Aaron Trombley, who hits the turn
The Hornets come back. Derek Helman drives and then dishes to Josh Benton
who tickles the twine from three point land.
The top scorer for V-M-I was junior Jason Bell with 16.
Brian Taueg increases V-M-I's lead right before the half and the Keydets get
the 97-64 win.
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The Roanoke Lady maroons watched their ODAC rival Guilford go down last night
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Holly Weber dishes to Suzanne Webb; who gets the score.
The Quakers Laura Haynes steps in front of the pass; makes the steal and
goes coast to coast for the lay up.
The Lady Maroons; despite a guard shortage, still had fire power. Megan
Harington converts the inbounds; two of her 12. R-C wins by 13.
An American astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut are resting today after a
successful walk in space.
For David Wolf it was his first spacewalk ever.
The two examined Mir's outer hull for possible leaks.
Wolf will be leaving MIR on the U-S space shuttle January 22nd, to be
replaced by another Astronaut, Andrew Thomas, who'll be the last U-S visitor