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Who's heading up the Roanoke N-Double-A-C-P? The confusion goes on behind closed doors.
The best in the game may be leaving the game-
And going once, going twice- Mark McGwire's home run ball is auctioned off tonight. The pricetag coming up in sports.
News 7 is next.
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((BRENDA HALE/PRESIDENT ELECT; NO ONE'S SUPPOSED TO MAKE ANY COMMENT RIGHT NOW.
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Who is the president of Roanoke's N-double-A-C-P chapter now?
Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon..
Roanoke N-double-A-C-P members held a meeting tonight, but when it ended there were more questions then answers.
Eric Earnhart was there, he's in the Newsroom with more.
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Jean, it was an unexpected ending, especially since officials with the National Organization have reportedly upheld President-Elect Barbara Hale's victory over Martin Jeffery.
Jeffery challenged the election results, alleging voting irregularities.
But after tonight's meeting, nothing is settled.
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[SUPER=01-Rev. Charles Green/Former NAACP President;]
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((A scheduled 8:00 press conference never materialized... Instead the doors at the meeting remained close... members of the press were not allowed in, or even near the meeting.
((CAN YOU MOVE AWAY FROM THE DOOR PLEASE?))
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At one point, Former chapter President Rev. Charles Green left the meeting.
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((REV. CHARLES GREEN/FORMER NAACP PRESIDENT; CAUSE WHAT HE'S DOING, THAT'S NOT RIGHT, THAT'S NOT RIGHT. ))
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Green wouldn't say who or what he was referring to.
A short time later, President-Elect Brenda Hale left the meeting, apparently STILL the president-ELECT.
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((BRENDA HALE/PRESIDENT ELECT; I CAN'T MAKE ANY COMMENTS RIGHT NOW, NO COMMENTS, NO COMMENTS, NO COMMENTS RIGHT NOW.
IS THE SITUATION SETTLED?
NO ITS NOT, NO ITS NOT SETTLED AND I CAN'T MAKE ANY COMMENTS RIGHT NOW))
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One of the board members did make a brief statement...
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((NAACP BOARD MEMBER; AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME, THERE WILL BE NO STATEMENT RELEASED, PRIOR TO INFORMATION WE ARE WAITING TO RECIEVE....
CAN YOU SAY WHO...?
NO WE'RE NOT MAKING ANY COMMENT ))
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And with that, the meeting ended.
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(( [SLAM] YOU HAVE A GOOD NIGHT! ))
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One restaurant chain under fire by customers for racial discrimination is trying to clean up its image.
Denny's is launching a 2-million dollar campaign of anti racism commercials.
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The President of Denny's parent companys says the campaign is designed to get people to talk about race.
Denny's paid 45 million dollars five years ago to settle a racial discriminaton suit by black customers.
One major shopping center has been given the green light.. another is still "stuck in traffic" after a public hearing tonight in Lynchburg.
After two months of debate and study, city council voted 5- to- 2 to approve a 38- million- dollar shopping center off Graves Mill Road.
The vote came after the developer agreed to make certain road improvements that will alleviate traffic problems in the area.
"Creekside Center" figures to create hundreds of new jobs for the area once it's completed by the spring of 2001.
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((BERT DODSON/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: I HOPE OUR CITY COUNCIL TAKES A POSITION OF BEING PRO- DEVELOPMENT, PRO FREE ENTERPRISE. AND I MAKE A MOTION THAT WE APPROVE THE ZONING REQUEST.))
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Council postponed action on ANOTHER shopping center proposal.. this one for a 58- acre tract of land near the Route 460 interchange.
Council members want to give engineers time to complete a study on how the 325- thousand square foot project would impact traffic on the heavily- traveled Wards Road area.
Some Franklin County parents say grades are worth more than touchdowns -- they want the school board to worry more about academics than football.
Franklin County students scored higher than the state average on the standards of learning test.
But they still failed 22 of 27 categories.
So when the school board said elementary school children will start learning football skills to boost the team's record, some parents weren't cheering.
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But the school board points out it's trying to boost those test scores -- by hiring four new people, offering lunchtime tutoring, and matching course material to test questions.
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((WE'RE DOING A GOOD DEAL ACADEMICALLY INCLUDING HIRING ADDITIONAL STAFF AND REALLY FOCUSING ON WHAT WE'RE DOING FOR OUR STUDENTS AND THAT'S MAKING SURE WE'RE TEACHING THE S-O-L'S.))
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School board officials say as more state funds come in they will hire even more teachers to reach their goal.
You may want to slow down if you travel Route 220 in the Clearbrook Area.
Last year police gave out an average of 82 speeding tickets a month there.
Now Roanoke County police are writing about 100-tickets EACH DAY.
David Johnson rode with police today.
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((OFFICER MATT VIAR/ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE DEPT.; WAY TOO MANY PEOPLE DIE OUT HERE.))
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Matt Viar is one of several Roanoke County officers who are trying to cut down on those numbers.
So unmarked cars run radar on Route-220 between Clearbrook Elementary and Route-657, monitoring the road frequently and at random.
Motorists who ignore the warning signs find themselves explaining their offense.
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((YOU ENTERED RADAR AT 61 MPH IN A POSTED 45 ZONE. I guess I was keeping up with traffic. I really wasn't paying attention.))
For the most part, members of the community are content that the area is gradually becoming safer.
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((PAM KINGERY/KINGERY BROS. STORE; I THINK THE NEIGHBORHOOD, THE BUSINESSES, THE CHURCHES AND SCHOOLS, WE ALL REALLY APPRECIATE IT.))
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But the area's civic league says slowing traffic down is not the total solution.
The group wants to have more turning lanes on the roadway and has applied for funding to keep officers on duty all the time for long periods of time.
Montgomery County Commonwealth's Attorney Phil Keith says he NEVER suspected a former secretary of criminal activity.
48-year old Linda Hodges Helm worked for Keith for about two years before resigning late last year.
She was indicted today for possession of cocaine.
She's also charged with obstruction of justice-- for allegedly hampering the work of prosecutors and law enforcement officers.
Keith says authorities came to him AFTER Helm had resigned.
Radford Commonwealth's attorney Randal Duncan has since been appointed as special prosecutor.
Will the Hampton Roads hocky coach face assault charges in Roanoke?
We should know tomorrow.
Commonwealth's Attorney Don Caldwell reportedly will decide tomorrow whether John Brophy's rampage should lead to criminal charges.
Brophy was caught on tape shoving members of the Civic Center events staff -- and a Roanoke police officer -- Sunday night.
The East Coast Hockey Leaque is also considering some action against Brophy.
We'll have more on that in sports.
He lights up the Basketball court and the cash registers- NBA Superstar Michael Jordan is expected to announce he's retiring.
Bob McNamara has more from Chicago.
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(( He turned the hopeless.. into the heart stopping..
The impossible..into the probable.
And even beyond basketball..Michael Jordan was in a league of his
BOB GREENE/CHICAGO TRIBUNE "..HERE'S A GUY WHO HAS REALLY MADE AN
EFFORT ALL THRUOUT HIS PUBLIC LIFE NOT TO LET PEOPLE DOWN..
Word that Jordan might retire stunned this town...
I WOULD HATE FOR HIM TO RETIRE BECAUSE I LOVE HIM.."
Pro basketball had been relying on Jordan's return to restore
some luster.. lost by the game's 6 month lockout.. and players didnt want to
He turned lives of hard times.. into higher hopes..
JORDAN "..I HAVE ANOTHER LIFE AND I HAVE TO GET TO IT AT SOME POINT
IN TIME AND HOPEFULLY THE FANS AND PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT.."
But to millions.. for Michael Jordan.. there is no substitute.))
Steve mason will have more on the logistics in sports.[Toss-2-Robin]
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Coming up on News 7 at 11, a billion dollar surplus greets state lawmakers as the 1999 General Assembly Session gets underway tomorrow.
And the Supreme Court takes up the issue of sexual harassment - among children.
Should schools be held accountable?
The story, just ahead.
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How can you tell the difference between schoolyard teasing and sexual harrassment?
That's the question the Supreme court was asking today.
The justices must decide whether educators violate federal law when they don't stop students from sexually harrassing other students.
The case centers around a fifth grade girl who claims a boy repeatedly grabbed her breasts and crotch and while making sexual overtures to her.
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((SCHOOL OFFICIALS WERE COMPLETELY INDIFFERENT TO LASHONDAS CRIES FOR HELP HER PARENTS COMPLAINED CONSISTANTLY OVER THE COURSE OF THOSE FIVE MONTHS AND SCHOOL OFFICIALS STOOD BY AND DID NOT A THING.))
((JULIE UNDERWOOD/NAT'L SCHOOL BOARD ASSN.: WE DON'T BELIEVE YOU SHOULD BE TAKING STUDENT ISSUES OF MISBEHAVIOR AND STUDENT DISCIPLINE QUESTIONS INTO THE FEDERAL COURTS.))
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In court today, several justices questioned how schools can distinguish teasing from harrassment.
Police have made an arrest in the recent shooting deaths of more than 30 wild horses in Nevada.
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One suspect is in custody and two more arrests are expected.
The 34 horses were shot to death with high powered rifles on December 27-
Some of the horses were maimed and at least one was blasted with a chemical fire extinguisher.
If you had an extra billion dollars -- how would YOU spend it?
Virginia's 1999 General Assembly convenes tomorrow at noon for just six weeks of lawmaking this year.
And a billion dollar budget surplus may make the task easier.
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((BOB HOLSWORTH/VCU POLITICAL ANALYST: YOU'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO HAVE BOTH, TAX REDUCTION AND INCREASED SPENDING... DIFFICULT TO DRAW SHARP LINES...INSIDE BASEBALL TYPE OF AFFAIRS.))
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Analysts say you can expect some sharp differences on things like the right to die, a 24 hour waiting period for abortions, and controversial new license plates for Virginia motorists.
The BUZZ at the Virginia State Capitol this year is just that-
We're talking about vibrating pagers on all one hundred members of the House of Delegates.
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((DEL. ALLEN DUDLEY/R-ROCKY MOUNT: WELL IT'S KIND OF LIKE, WHAT'S THE STEAK HOUSE THAT YOU GO TO THAT...TABLE READY?))
[SUPER=01-Del. Alan Dudley/(R) Rocky Mount;]
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The idea is to keep Delegates from waiting in committee rooms for their bills to come up.
The new beepers cost 22-thousand dollars.
It's believed to be the only state in the nation beeping its lawmakers.
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There's still a shortage of one-cent stamps at some post office stations.
And the post office is blaming customers who waited until the last minute to buy the stamps.
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Since the cost of mailing a letter went up to 33-cents this weekend, post offices have been bombarded by customers.
The South Roanoke office ran out of the one-cent stamp yesterday but got another shipment.
Today, the Cave Spring and Downtown stations ran out.
They say too many people waited until the last minute to buy the stamps.
The stations expect to get more one-cent stamps later this week.
Coming up later in the newscast -- U-S Senators are "UNTIED" over a misprint.
Details just ahead.
Plus, Mr. Blackwell's list of awful dressers is out and there are some impeachable offenses in store.
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It wasn't exactly a mistake of impeachable proportions --
a mistake of historic proportions...
The pens used by Senators to sign their names pledging impartiality in the upcoming impeachment trial were printed with the words "UNTIED" instead of "UNITED" STATES SENATOR.
All one-hundred Senators were allowed to keep the pens as a souvenier.
The Gillette Company manufactured the pens- It'll reprint the order with the correct spelling.
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The previous high a major league baseball went for at auction was 126-thousand - but Babe Ruth's baseball could hardly put up the numbers Big Mac's did yesterday.
That's Mark McGwuire's 70th homerun ball and it was auctioned off last night at Madison Square Garden. it sold for...get this...2.7 million dollars. now your numbers
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In mens basketball, Liberty was looking to get its first Big South victory of the season last night.
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But the Eagles soared into the Vines Center under the direction of Gregg Marshall and put out the Flames.
Winthrop passing around the horn finds Roger Toxey outside. He's all net with this three pointer.
C.J. Cowgill tries to keep Liberty close, dribbling into the paint and finally pulling up to make the short jumper.
The Flames look to heat things up and go inside to Delawn Grandison for the bucket.
But Winthrop was flying high on this night and beats Liberty 73-to-57 and denies the Flames its first conference win of the season.
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The NBA will lose the best player of all time today. Michael Jordan is retiring.
The Chicago Bulls aren't commenting but several media organizations are reporting Jordan will retire.
The Bulls will make the official announcement today at a noon press conference.
The five-time M-V-P and ten-time league scoring led Chicago to six championships in the past decade.
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In high school basketball, the Liberty Minutemen invaded the Bees Nest and left without getting stung.
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Liberty traveled to Brookville last night and everything seemed to go right for the Minutemen.
Underneath the basket is where Liberty did the damage, Caleb Buchanan goes up strong for the score.
Brookville tried to keep it close, Gene Yost moves into the hoop and pulls up for the short baseline 'J.'
The Bees swarm the basket, and get the rebound and the put back for two but it's not enough.
The Minutemen are immune to Bee Stings and go on to strong arm Brookville 79-52.
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Roanoke valley Christian is 12 and OH, off to it's best start in School history and ranked second in the state's Virginia Independent conference. Last night, the Eagles faced North Cross.
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The Raiders coach, Jim Muscaro looking for win number 504!!!
The Eagles were led last night by number 50 Justin Hurt. He poured in 16 in the first half and finished with a game high 37 points.
North Cross never quit. Off the turnover, the
[SUPER=34-Rke. Valley Christian/83/North cross/68;]Raiders Matt Helbling knocks down the short J to make the count 28-1
RVC's Josh Foster was registered 22 on the night, including this bucket that put his Eagles up by 14.
Allen Naff chipped in 17 as the Eagles win 83-68.
Express general manager Tony Mancuso met with ECHL officials tonight in in Biloxi, Mississippi to discuss
and show the the tape of the on ice incidents from this past Sunday's Hampton Roads/Roanoke game. The Express put the tape together yesterday after reviewing it. It will show the Admirals Jeff Corbett taking a cheap shot at Roanoke's Jeremy Schaeffer, an incident that Express assistant coach is familar with.
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Admirals coach John Brophy, despite his recent problems, will co-coach the ECHL Northern Conference All stars in tomorrow night in the all star game. Toledo's Murray Eaves joins his as the co-coach.
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Still to come, the latest on tech defensive coordinator Bud Fosters situation,
and Mike Stevens visits with Elliott Sadler, who is knocking on Wood before this upcoming cup season.
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Frank Beamer said from his hotel room at the National Coaches Convention in Nashville Tennessee today, that he and the Univeristy will try and keep defensive coordinator Bud Foster.
Beamer confirmed Florida has offered Foster a position as defensive coordinator.
He also said Virginia Tech is in the process of making a counter offer, but nothing will be decided until Thursday.
Beamer said Foster will take tomorrow to discuss the possibilities with his family.
Tech's defense was rated seventh in the nation this past season under Foster's guidance.
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The 1999 Nascar Media Tour is speeding through the Carolinas this week, But some folks from Virginia are the hot topic. Mike Stevens and photographer Lynn Eller explain.
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Most people like honors but this is one Linda Tripp probably isn't too happy about.
Tripp tops Mr. Blackwells worst dressed list- He says she looks like a sheep dog dressed in drag
Singer Madonna came in second- Blackwell called her a neogothic fright-
And he said the wardrobe of actress Kate Winslet should have gone down with the Titanic.
This is the 39th annual list.
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