Standards of learning test results are in. We'll take a look on NEWS 7 tonight.
What was to have served as Governor Gilmore's limousine on a trip to 'Vegas is involved in a fatal high-speed wreck.
In sports, The Virginia tech men's basketball team addresses a challenging season, words from the Cavs after their loss to maryland
and empeachment took a momentary back seat to the announcement of Georgetown coach John Thompson's resignation.
Freezing rain advisories for some, warmer air on the western doorstep. The details coming up.
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Governor Gilmore's stolen limo is involved in a deadly wreck.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
A bizarre tale of stolen cars, gunfire, and fatal car crashes.
It's Governor Jim Gilmore's trip to a technology conference in Las Vegas.
As the Governor's plane arrived in Las Vegas last night, the rental car waiting for him was stolen just outside the private aviation terminal.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I FLEW IN AND WHILE I WAS STILL SEATED ON THE AIRPLANE WHILE WE WERE TAXIING UP TO THE PLACE SOMEONE STOLE AN AUTOMOBILE FROM US. ... I GOT OFF.. NEVER ANY DANGER FOR ME.))
[OUT Q=I believe.]
Virginia Trooper Tim Rice was on his way from the car to the plane to meet the Governor.
Gilmore's spokesman says Rice reached through the window to try to restrain the thief -- then fired off some warning shots, and two gunshots at the car as it sped away.
This afternoon, the stolen rental car led Las Vegas police on a high speed chase.
It ended in a multi-car crash.
The only fatality is believed to be the driver of the Governor's stolen car.
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((Does this ruin your image of Las Vegas? GOV. JIM GILMORE: NOT AT ALL I THINK IT'S A WONDERFUL LOOKING CITY, VERY IMPRESSIVE PLACE.))
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Trooper Rice has been placed on administrative leave while the car theft incident is being investigated.
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After the first round of testing, just two percent of Virginia's public schools meet the new standards for accreditation.
Today, school systems in our area joined the list of those with disappointing results.
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Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom tonight with the numbers from the city of Roanoke. Joe... were the city results a surprise?
[Live= Joe Full/Newsroom]
Not really Keith, Roanoke's public schools performed slightly below the state average in the core subject areas... slightly above in some others.
But the numbers are consistent with other urban school districts... and officials have known for some time that the results were not going to be very good.
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[SUPER=01-Esther Cirasunda/Roanoke Education Association; :40]
[OUT Q=changing those scores.]
[IN Q=Our effort is not to focus]
[OUT Q=make the necessary changes.]
Roanoke School Superintendent Wayne Harris says the higher standards will ultimately have a positive effect on the school system and its students.
While the tests have revealed many trouble spots, he says he believes students, teachers, parents and the community are up to the challenge.
School librarian and Education Association President Esther Cirasunda agrees.
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((YOU TAKE WHAT YOU GET IN THE BEGINNING AND YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THAT. AND WE NOW HAVE INFORMATION WE CAN WORK WITH AND I THINK WE WILL BE SUCCESSFUL IN ROANOKE CITY IN CHANGING THOSE SCORES.))
[OUT Q=changing those scores.]))
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The report card for Roanoke County is better, with schools performing above the state average.
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But Keith... like every other school systems we've examined... they will also have room for improvement when the
next round of tests begin in April.[L'burg-SOL]
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Like most local school divisions, Lynchburg did NOT fare well in the S-O-L testing.. in fact NO city school met all the standards necessary for accreditation.
School officials feel part of the problem is their kids are learning the right materials, but at the wrong time.
They say the new standards require students to master certain curriculum at an earlier age than before.
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((JAMES MCCORMICK/LYNCHBURG SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: WE'RE ALL UNHAPPY WITH THOSE SCORES, SO WE WOULD VERY QUICKILY SAY WE DID BADLY. BUT ON THE FLIP SIDE, OUR TEACHERS HAVE DONE WELL TO PROVIDE THE STUDENTS WITH THE INFORMATION WHICH THEY POSSESS AT THIS POINT, BUT THEY DON'T POSSESS IT AT THE PROPER TIMES FOR TESTING PURPOSES.))
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[OUT Q=for testing purposes.]
Lynchburg is spending 350- thousand dollars to bring its curriculum more in line with the new requirements.
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School administrators in Danville aren't happy with S-O-L test results there.
Students at George Washington High School passed just one of the four core subjects.
The above average results were in English.
High schoolers scored the worst in Mathematics.
Danville's superintendent says he's not sure all of the G-W students took the S-O-L tests seriously.
Faculty must now look at what plan of action they'll take to improve.
[IN Q=At each school]
((ANDY OVERSTREET/DANVILLE SUPERINTENDENT: AT EACH SCHOOL, A REAL THOROUGH ANALYSIS OF HOW DID OUR KIDS DO IN EACH OF THE CONTENT AREAS AT EACH GRADE LEVEL AND TRY TO DRAW SOME CONCLUSIONS ABOUT THAT AND THEN MATCH THEIR ACTION PLANS THAT THEY'RE DEVELOPING AT EACH SCHOOL TO WHAT THEY FOUND.))
[SUPER=01-Andy Overstreet/Danville Superintendent;]
[OUT Q=what they found.]
Overstreet says he's disappointed it took 10-months to get the results from the Spring 1998 exams.
He's says now there's little time to prepare students for the next round of tests.
After the first round of testing, just 39 schools in Virginia meet the state's new standards for full acreditation.
And that "honor roll" includes five from our area.
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They are Forest Elementary in Bedford County ..
Leesville Road Elementary and Tomahawk Elementary in Campbell County ..
Druid Hills Elementary in Martinsville,
and Back Creek Elementary in Roanoke County.
Other schools have until the 2006- 2007 school year to meet the new standards.[Web-Page]
And a reminder that our home page is set up to provide you a direct link to the S-O-L scores.
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Log on to WDBJ-7-dot-com ... then click on "Webwatch." Look for the link that takes you directly to the state education department's S-O-L page. There, you can find the results for any school in Virginia.
Sleet and freezing rain made driving hazardous in much of western Virginia today.
A woman was headed north on I-81, near the 581 exit, and lost control of her car on the icy bridge around noon.
She slid off the road and hit a tree. Rescue crews freed her from the car and took her to the hospital. Police say she'll be OK.
Authorities are telling drivers to take it easy tonight.
Trucks have been spreading chemicals, but interstate, primary and secondary roads are still slick in many places.
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State police are investigating the death of a trucker from Ariizona, found in his cab off Interstate 81.
Police removed Aurel Gheorghe's (AH-rell GOR-gee's) body today from the Radford rest stop.
Police aren't sure how the 48-year-old trucker died or when it happened.
But they're guessing that Gheorghe, who weighed more than 400 pounds, had a heart attack.
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Nurses are taking on a new duty ... helping police solve sexual assault cases. That story is still ahead on News 7.
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The Roanoke Civic Center still has wristbands left, for the Elton John ticket lottery.
You have almost two hours left to pick one up tonight.
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Tina Tenret is at the Civic Center.
status of tickets
(Rollcue: "...get a ticket tomorrow.")
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[SUPER=01-Jessica Ratcliff/Elton John Fan; 1:09]
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The frenzy makes friends out of strangers.
They cluster together comparing the numbers on their wristbands, plotting to buy each other tickets if they wind up closest to the front of the line.
Because it's all in the luck of the draw.
A civic center official picks a random number tomorrow.
The person with that number gets first crack at tickets and everyone else must line up numerically behind him.
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((MICHELLE GOODE/ELTON JOHN FAN: I'M HERE FOR MY HUSBAND. I'M GOING TO BE OUT OF TOWN AT A MEETING IN SAN FRANCISCO AND HE'S ALWAYS SAID HE WANTED TO SEE ELTON JOHN, SO I'M DOWN HERE JUST FOR HIM. TINA TENRET/NEWS7: DOES HE KNOW YOU'RE HERE? YEAH HE KNOWS I'M HERE BUT IF I GET TICKETS TOMORROW I'M GOING TO TELL HIM I DIDN'T AND I'M GOING TO GIVE EM TO HIM FOR VALENTINE'S DAY.))
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They braved the sleet and ice this morning and camped out for hours, just to get a wristband.
So they popped lawn chairs and traded war stories.
Some had dodged the office to be here -- others had orders from the boss to stand and wait.
Some remember Elton John in the sixties.
Others are still growing up with him.
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((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: DO YOU HAVE ANY STORIES OF SPECIFIC MOMENTS WHEN THOSE SONGS HAVE PICKED YOU UP? JESSICA RATCLIFF/ELTON JOHN FAN: WHEN MY GRANDMOTHER DIED AND I WAS JUST LISTENING TO HIS LIVE IN AUSTRALIA ALBUM AND THE MUSIC, THE UPBEAT, JUST KEPT ME GOING.))
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Police have scolded a man who was offering Elton John tickets in exchange for a date.
His phone number is one digit different from the civic center's phone number.
When people misdialed -- he would offer to give them concert tickets if they would go out with him.
No one was hurt -- and now police expect the problem to stop.
They say the man is trying to get his phone number changed.[Martin]
Both men wanted for the murder of a Roanoke man in Franklin County are now back in Virginia.
Timothy Martin was brought to the county jail early this morning and arraigned this afternoon, on capital murder charges.
Martin and co-defendant Thomas Akers are accused of killing Wesley Smith of Roanoke just before Christmas.
Martin and Akers were arrested in upstate New York, on an Indian reservation.
Both are being held without bond.
Wall Street closed the week breaking new ground in record territory.
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The Dow jumped more than 100 points, finishing above 96-hundred for the first time. NASDAQ continued on its record roll, up 18.
Carilion hospitals along with police and prosecutors are making it easier to get sexual assault cases to court.
Health Check reporter Tonya Flory tells us how specially trained nurses are collecting evidence in the emergency room to use in the courtroom.
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[SUPER=01-Betty Jo Anthony/Commonwealth's Atty. Chief Asst.; :42 ]
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(( Rape cases no longer depend merely on circumstantial evidence now that prosecutors can use pictures of injuries taken with a device that can detect what the human eye cannot.
SANE or sexual assault nurse examiners use a colposcope (CUHL-puh-scope) to find injuries related to rape.
The program is now moving towards clinical forensic nurses, who see more than just sexual assault victims.
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((MELISSA RATCLIFF/SANE: WE DEAL WITH OTHER TRAUMATIC VICTIMS, ELDER ABUSE, CHILD ABUSE, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.))
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The majority of the cases ER nurses at Community see are from Roanoke city.
Roanoke Commonwealth Attorney Chief Assistant Betty Jo Anthony says the hard evidence makes the cases more prosecutable.
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((BETTY JO ANTHONY/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY CHIEF ASST.: BUT FREQUENTLY IN A RAPE CASE BECAUSE IT'S A CRIME DONE IN SECRET YOU FIND IT'S THE VICTIMS WORD AGAINST THE DEFENDANTS WORD. THIS PROGRAM'S OFFERS A WAY TO GET SOME EVIDENCE WHERE THERE WAS NONE BEFORE.))
[OUT Q=none before.]
Anthony says she's seen a trend in more defendants pleading guilty since the forensic nursing program has been working with the city.
Tonya Flory, News 7, Health Check.))[Malpractice]
Good news for doctors and hospitals in Virginia today.
The Virginia Supreme Court has upheld the million dollar cap on medical malpractice lawsuits.
That's been state law since 1983.
The Virginia Trial Lawyers Association immediately blasted the ruling as unfair to malpractice victims with costly follow-up care.
The Medical Society of Virginia -- which represents doctors -- says the million dollar cap keeps health care affordable.
John Thompson steps down as ther Hoyas head man, the Hokies talk about their tough season so far,
and we will take you to Charlottesville for some highlights and some words form the cavs after a loss to Maryland
John Thompson resigned today as the Head basketball coach at Georgetown University.
Thompson took over the Hoya program in 1974. He won a National championship with Patrick Ewing in 1984 and has a record of 596 and 239, a .713 winning percentage.
The Hoyas are off to their worst start in the Big East at 0 and 4.
Thompson said he was resigning for personal reasons.
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[OUT Q=....it should be done."]
16 year Hoya assistant Craig Esherick was hired as his replacement.
The Virginia mens basketball team plays Duke Sunday on the road.
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After a sub par first half against Maryland last night, the Cavs came back. Willie Dersh had a game high 15 points and
Freshman Chris Williams notched 14 as UVa cut a 20 point terps lead to three but lost 71-66.
[SUPER=01-Pete Gillen/UVa Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Chezley Watson/UVa Guard; :08]
[OUT Q=...main thing""]
The Virginia Tech Hokies are trying to find the solution to lapses late in the game that's cost them several victories.
Roy Stanley has more on the 5 and 6 Hokies.
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[OUT Q=....news 7 sports."]
((In just about every game this season, The Hokies have been in position to win ball games.
For example, Wednesday night at the Cassell Tech made a run at Xavier, the team picked to win the A-10 but a lack of defense and turnovers and the Hokies were on the losing end of their second conference game.))
((BRENDAN DUNLOP/VIRGINIA TECH GUARD:))
((ROLAN ROBERTS/VIRGINIA TECH FORWARD:))
((If head coach Bobby Hussey had the answer he no doubt would correct the problem immediately.
And the players are also puzzled by their performance when the game is on the line down the stretch.))
((ANDRE RAY/TECH FORWARD:))
((And Hussey believes the Hokies will get it together down the stretch.
Hussey says the Hokies have gained something positive out of all the games up to this point in the season.))
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The man responsible for bringing a Super Bowl Championship back to Green Bay is leaving the Packers.
Mike Holmgren has been named executive vice president and coach of the Seattle Seahawks.
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He leaves Green Bay for an eight-year 40 million dollar contract.
Finally, hot off the press yesterday, local photographer Andy Alonzo
has captured some of martinsville speedway's best moments of last year in Half Mile of Thunder. the book has 160 pages of colorful snapshots, with a local flavor. On your right, that's News 7 photgrapher Lynn Eller interviewing Jeff Gordon. Catch him and Mike Stevens on the Nascar Media tour next week.
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Fisher Price recalled one of its hottest selling toys a few months ago.
But, now about 500 children in the Roanoke region are still waiting for repairs.
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Jean Jadhon is in our newsroom with more.
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Keith, Fisher Price recalled millions of its Hot Wheel toy vehicles back in October because of electrical problems that caused a few fires..
Only one store in Roanoke has been handling the repairs.
But, workers are just now starting to repair most of the toys.
Meanwhile, the backlog is piling up--
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We'll find out why the wait has been so long and how much longer it will be tonight on News 7 at 11.
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