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The Governor gives his state of the Commonwealth Speech- talking about hundreds of new jobs for this region.
Are the clothes you buy at the GAP made in sweatshops?
Plus Air Jordan says farewell to Basketball.
While a former Tech star is convicted of DUI.
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A prediction of over a thousand new jobs in Southwest Virginia...
And plans to make sure at least SOME tobacco settlement funding be set aside for Virginia's tobacco farmers.
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Good evening I'm Jean Jadhon.
Governor Gilmore's State of the Commonwealth address delivers a promising message for folks in our viewing area.
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The Governor's success last year may be a tough act to follow.
But tonight Gilmore served up a sequel that includes help for the tobacco industry, the promise of new jobs, and tax cuts for all Virginians.
Joe Dashiell is in Richmond tonight with more on the State of the Commonwealth address and reviews from both sides of the aisle.
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JEAN QUESTION: The Governor also made some proposals concerning abortion. Could you tell us about those?
Tonight's speech broke new ground on the internet, broadcast live on the World Wide Web for the first time.
Viewers could log on to the Governor's website and watch the speech on-line.
There was even a combination video-chat room, where people from across the state could listen to the speech, and discuss the issues.
There will be a new Southwest Virginia face in the State Senate.
Phillip Puckett was sworn in today after he was elected in a special election in December.
Former Senator Jack Reasor showed up to help pass the torch.
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Puckett's election will NOT change the balance of power, because both he and Reasor are Democrats.
The President breaks his silence one day before his impeachment trial begins.
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Clinton's lawyers filed briefs with the Senate today- they claim he did not have sex with Monica Lewinsky and did not lie.
House prosecutors also hauled boxes of documents to the Senate- claiming there's evidence to impeach.
Opening arguments begin tomorrow.
A national N-Double-A-C-P official says the organization has made a ruling on the leadership controversy in the Roanoke Chapter, but isn't making the results public yet.
National Field Secretary Mark Clack said Martin Jeffrey and Brenda Hale would be notified tonight.
Meanwhile today, the past president of the chapter accused Jeffrey is trying to run a scam.
That's what Reverend Charles Green implied during a radio address this morning on W-T-O-Y.
Green was referring to news that an additional complaint had been filed in connection with last November's election.
Jeffrey apparently lost to president-elect Brenda Hale by three votes.
An initial complaint had been investigated and dismissed by the national branch of the civil rights group.
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Green says if the decision is reversed, he will take the national group to task.
In a phone conversation, Hale said the group needs to put this in the past and go forward.
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A few minutes ago, Brenda Hale told us she couldn't talk about the decision, and a press release will be issued from the National Office tomorrow.
Martin Jeffrey could not be reached for comment.
Did Hampton Roads Coach John Brophy break the law when he shoved several people during Sunday's game with the Express?
Roanoke's Commonwealth's attorney says he needs to hear more before making a decision.
Brophy was leaving the ice when he was videotaped shoving civic center event staff and a police officer.. but there is no audio on the tape the Express gave to police.
Commonwealth's Attorney Don Caldwell saw the tape for the first time tonight, and says, without sound, it only tells part of the story.
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((DON CALDWELL/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY; FROM THE CAMERA YOU CAN TELL SOME WORDS ARE EXCHANGED IN THE AREA AS THE COACH IS EXITING THE RINK AND GOING INTO THE CORRIDOR TO LEAVE THE MAIN ARENA, SO BASICALLY I NEED TO SIT DOWN AND TALK WITH THE OFFICERS AND FIND OUT WHAT WAS SAID OVER THERE AND SEE WHAT IF ANY ACTION SHOULD BE TAKEN))
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Caldwell commended the officers involved, saying they handled the situation in a very professional manner.
He doesn't expect to make a decision on the matter before Friday.
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The Martinsville School Board will decide tomorrow if a 13-year old student should be suspended for a year for bringing a handgun to school.
The boy already faces criminal charges for the incident that happened last week at the high school.
The student was participating in wrestling practice there, when a bullet fell out of his pocket.
The coach then found the .45 caliber gun hidden in a closet.
The superintendent says schools do use hand-held metal detectors if they suspect a student has a gun.
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((IRA TROLLINGER: WE DO NOT HAVE KIDS WALK THROUGH METAL DETECTORS EVERY DAY AS THEY ENTER SCHOOL. WE TALKED ABOUT THAT AND CONCLUDED IF YOUNGSTERS WANTED TO GET WEAPONS ON THE SCHOOL PROPERTY THEY WOULD FIND A WAY GET AROUND THAT, AND WE DIDN'T WANT TO GIVE THEM THE IDEA THAT THEY WERE ENTERING A PRISON TYPE ATMOSPHERE.))
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The boy told police the gun belonged to his mother.
School officials aren't sure why the boy brought the gun to school.
The clothing is popular and sometimes expensive- but it may be made by immigrants in slave like conditions.
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15 thousand workers are suing some of the biggest names in U-S clothing-
incluing Tommy Hillfiger, the Gap, Sears, Walmart and the May Company which owns Hechts.
The female workers are apparently promised they're going to America.
((THEY ARE THEN BROUGHT TO SWEATSHOPS IN SAIPAN WHERE THEY WORK TWELVE HOUR DAYS SEVEN DAYS A WEEK IN CONDITIONS THAT HAVE RESULTED IN MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND OSHA VIOLATIONS IN JUST THE LAST FEW YEARS. ))
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((I TOOK MY JOB BECAUSE LIKE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE I WANTED TO COME TO AMERICA.))
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Attorneys say the companies fool consumers using Made in the USA labels beause Saipan is a U-S territory.
((WE BELIEVE ANY GARMENTS LABELED MADE IN THE USA WHICH INCLUDES MADE IN THE MARIANNAS ISLANDS SHOULD MEAN THAT THE WORKERS ARE BEING PAID U.S. MINIMUM WAGES AND ARE COVERED BY U.S. LABOR LAWS.))
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Workers reportedly toil in hot factories and live six to a room in squalid conditions- surrounded by razor wire.
If they complain they allegedly meet with threats of deportation or physical harm.
State police don't know what killed a man whose body was found today in the Millboro area of Bath County.
Forest Service workers found 63-year-old Joseph Hugh White of Deerfield dead in his pick-up around 1 o'clock.
The state medical examiner should determine White's cause of death, but for now, police say they DON'T have reason to suspect foul play.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Coming up, defense attorneys for men busted in a sex sting say Virginia's anti-sodomy laws aren't Constitutional.
And a former Tech football star loses his driver's license after a D-U-I conviction.
The latest on Cornell Brown when News 7 returns.
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((O-K everybody, The big sports news today comes from the windy City where Michael Jordan announces his retirement Hokie fans are celebrating tonight because Bud Foster will remain a Hokie Steve Mason will introduce us to a brother sister combination in Hometown Hoops weekly and Mike Stevens and Photograper Len Eller report on their lastest stop on the NASCAR Media tour.
All that plus more sports later.))
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A Blacksburg judge today convicted a former Virginia Tech football star of driving under the influence of alcohol, last fall.
23-year old Cornell Brown will lose his license for a year, although he can attempt to get a restricted license.
A Blacksburg police officer testified today that Brown appeared drunk when he was pulled over for speeding.
His blood alcohol content later registered point one oh.
But Brown's attorney says his client, who currently plays for the Baltimore Ravens, was NOT legally drunk that night.
That years of playing football contributed to his appearing unsteady on his feet during a field sobriety test.
The judge apparently did NOT agree but did indicate he plans to dismiss a second charge of driving on a suspended license.
Brown says he hasn't had a drink since the incident and that he's currently enrolled in a counseling program that's part of the N-F-L.
An attorney for several of the men arrested last Fall for soliciting undercover police in city parks says none of them actually committed sex acts in the park.
At a lengthy hearing in Roanoke Circuit court, the defense presented evidence designed to challenge the Constitutionality of Virginia's sodomy statute.
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The judge did not rule on the matter today.
Three people are dead- killed in a refinery explosion in Southern Arkansas.
The blast happened at the Cross Oil company.
A spokesman says the victims were employees of an outside contracting firm-
The blast happened as workers were handling a (Nap-tha) Naphtha tank valve- They were working with the volatile petroleum (DIS-til-ate) distillate-
It's a solvent used as an intermediate product between gasoline and benzine.
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This was the scene in Northwestern Germany where A U-S military refueling plane crashed and burst into flames.
Four crew members on board the KC-135 plane were killed.
The four engine plane was based in Spokane Washington, It can carry up to 200-thousand pounds of fuel.
It was on its final approach when it crashed.
Still to come on News 7 at 11 --
A school for troubled boys is under renovation and so is the game plan for their residents.
Officials at a Botetourt County school for troubled boys say they've put a stop to dangerous games.
The latest report from the state Department of Education says at the Wilderness Leadership Academy, a boy forced himself to pass out -- but then came to as his classmate tried to sexually assault him.
The school's assistant director says that happened once last summer but the boys were warned never to do it again.
He says there is one teacher for every four students and they closely supervise the boys.
The school is undergoing renovation with the help of community volunteers, and school leaders are confident they will regain their license later this month.
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Michael Jordan retires from the N-B-A Highlights from High School basketball and Mike Stevens continues his report from the NASCAR Media tour.
But first our Extra point.
Virginia Tech fans can rest easy now because defensive coordinator Bud Foster is staying in Blacksburg.
Today, Foster said he was flattered by the interest showy by Florida but that he is extremely excited about returning for his 13-th season with the Hokies.
This season Tech's defense ranked among the top 11 teams nationally in six defensive categories.
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Six N-B-A titles, 2 olympic gold medals and several M-V-P awards highlighted the Career of Michael Jordan.
Well yesterday that all ended as Jordan retired from pro basketball.
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Jordan with his wife and Commissioner David Stern by his side made it official yesterday.
He said the next challenge in his life will involve his family.
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Roland Lazenby, an Author and professor at Radford University has written several books about the Bulls during the past five years of the Jordan era.
And Lazenby says he reserved 1 tenth of one per cent about returning to the game.
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In high school action last night, The George Wythe Maroons rolled into Radford and beat the Bobcats by 7, 66 to 59.
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Former G.W. player and now Bobcats coach Ricky Cormany in the huddle with his players.
The Bobcats would make a run early in the fourth period when Shane Nichols shoots this jumper to cut the Maroon lead to 4.
Then with 43 seconds left in the game George Wythe goes up by three when Jason Luttrell passes over the press to Matt Williams who goes in for the layup to make it 63 to 59.
And with less than 10 seconds left on the clock
the Maroons would seal the win when Thad Umberger gets this rebound and basket as G.W. improves its record to 12 and 1 with the 66 to 59 win.
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After a long holiday break, Hometown hoops weekly is back in the house. Here's Steve Mason with a look at a brother-sister act.
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((Lengthy phone calls atleast once a week, just the beginning of how Andre shows his affection for his little sister. Due to accessive demerits and a VMI administrative oversight that left him short some credit hours, The VMI guard missed a seaon and a half, lessons that have been passed on.
Natural is how the two have remained close, despite the roughly 65 miles between the UVa and VMI campuses.
Telisha, who leads the ACC in assist to turnover ratio, hated basketball, until her brother taught her the game and how to love it. Now she can begin giving back.
Andre posted a career high 20 points against ACC power Wake Forest this season. And while that is their only immediate connection on the floor, they are brother and sister.
Where does this love come from, look no furth than Mrs. Quarlers.
Andre is a junior while Telisha has thre more yesr to play, steve mason news 7 sports.))
And coming up, Mike Stevens and Photographer Len Eller are in Charlotte for the 1998 Media Tour.
And tonight he'll check in with the Earnhardts, Dale and Dale Junior.
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The Earnhards, Dale and Dale Junior had a big 1998 season. But Mike Stevens says 99 is already bigger in some respects.
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