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Today on News 7 a local student could face expulsion after allegedly taking a gun to school,
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[V/O NAT] and one of the greatest basketball players of all time decides it's time to stop running with the Bulls.
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The Medical Society of Virginia adopts a new policy in dealing with insurance agencies.
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And some parents are blaming a pesticide for causing a deformity in their children.
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((MICHAEL JORDAN: I'M HERE TO ANNOUNCE MY RETIREMENT FROM BASKETBALL.))
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The best in the game is leaving the game-

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He is one of the world's best athletes-
The NBA star who just kept winning and winning and winning.
Now the Chicago Bulls star is leaving the court- to focus on family.
Drew Levinson is live in Chicago with the latest.
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((FOR THE NBA AND ITS FANS, THE 13TH OF JANUARY WAS AN UNLUCKY DAY.THE WORLD'S GREATEST BASKETBALL PLAYER-MICHAEL JORDAN RETIRED. MICHAEL JORDAN/RETIRED NBA STAR: It's tough. I'm doing a good job of holding back the emotions because it's like taking away something that I truly loved.
THE ANNOUNCEMENT-- MADE BEFORE NATIONAL TELEVISION AUDIENCE--ENDS MONTHS OF SPECULATION THAT THE MAN NICKNAMED "AIR" WOULD HANG UP HIS SNEAKERS. NUMBER "23" WAS CONSIDERED BY MOST EXPERTS THE BEST BASKETBALL PLAYER EVER. WITH SIX NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS, 5 MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARDS, AND 10 SCORING TITLES HE HAD LITTLE ELSE TO PROVE.
JORDAN: I know from a career standpoint, I've accomplished everything I could as an individual. Right now, I don't have the mental challenges that I've had in the past to proceed as a basketball player.
FOR THE NBA-JORDAN'S DECISION COULDN'T COME AT A WORSE TIME AS IT TRIES TO RECOVER FROM A LABOR DISPUTE. HE WAS IT'S MOST MARKETABLE PLAYER. DAVID STERN/NBA COMMISSIONER: Thank you for what you've meant to our game. Thank for being who you were, not only for your leadership and greatness on the court, but for who you were and will continue to be off the court.
ON THE COURT JORDAN SOLD THE GAME-OFF THE COURT HE SOLD JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING ELSE INCLUDING UNDERWARE, BURGERS, CEREAL, BATTERIES AND
SODA.---AS ONE AD SAID EVERYONE WANTED TO BE LIKE MIKE.

For the most part, I'm just going to enjoy life and do some of things that I've never done before. MICHAEL JORDAN'S FINAL THRILL ON THE BASKETBALL COURT CAME LAST JUNE WHEN HE HIT A LAST SECOND SHOT TO LEAD HIS CHICAGO BULLS TO ANOTHER NBA TITLE. DREW LEVINSON/ CBS NEWS: So for the man whose performances were often likened to beautiful music-it's only appropriate he should leave on a winning note. Drew Levinson, CBS News, Chicago.))




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Coming up tonight at six, we'll hear from the man who wrote the book on the Chicago Bulls. Roy Stanley will speak to sports writer and Wytheville native Roland (Lazen-bee) Lazenby. He'll have more of the inside story behind Jordan's retirement today.

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State lawmakers are back in Richmond tonight grappling with a BILLION dollar question.
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Joe Dashiell is there as well and brings us up to speed on today's developments.
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A Martinsville Middle School student has been suspended for bringing a handgun to school.
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The 45-caliber weapon and ammunition were discovered at an after-school wrestling practice at the high school.
The boy's coach notified the middle school principal who then contacted the police.
The 13-year old said the gun belonged to his mother.
The school board will decide tomorrow if the student can remain in school.
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((IRA TROLLINGER: IF THE YOUNGSTER IS FOUND TO BE IN POSSESSION THEN THERE IS NORMALLY A 365 DAY SUSPENSION. WE TRY TO PROVIDE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES TO THE YOUNGSTER THROUGH A REGIONAL ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM.))
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The boy also faces criminal charges for bringing the gun onto school property.
Those charges will be handled in the juvenile court system.



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President Clinton promises he will not be distracted as the Senate decides if it will remove him from office. That story is next,
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And we'll tell you why the leadership of the local N-Double-A-C-P is still in question.
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On Healthcheck, a group of parents call on the Canadian government to launch an investigation after a number of children are born with severe birth defects. [Two Shot]
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and Patrick Evans will take us to an indoor soccer arena. [cc sponsor]
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The former president of Roanoke's N-double-A-C-P branch is accusing the active leader and a handful of others of conspiring to hold onto his position.
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Reverend Charles Green took that message to the airwaves this morning during an hour long program on local radio station, W-T-O-Y. Green says a letter from the national chapter of the civil rights organization indicated there were no grounds for the complaints filed over last November's election.
IN that electon President Martin Jeffrey lost to Brenda Hale. But Green told his listeners Jeffrey and two other people withheld that information until last night.
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The letter also reads that Hale should take office without delay. But the state branch has confirmed reports that the national chapter is now reviewing additional complaints about more members not being allowed to vote.
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Jeffrey could not be reached for comment. The issue is expected to be resolved before the end of the day.
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One day until the impeachment trial in the Senate-
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and President Clinton breaks his silence- expressing confidence in the Senate.
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((THE BRIEF SPEAKS FOR ITSELF. THE STATEMENTS WHICH HAVE BEEN MADE BY HUNDREDS OF CONSTITUTIONAL EXPERTS AND OTHERS, I TRUST THE RIGHT THING WILL BE DONE. IN THE MEANWHILE I NEED TO WORK ON THE BUSINESS OF THE PEOPLE.))
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His comments came after his lawyers filed a 130 page legal brief-
It concludes the allegations are groundless.
House Republicans though argue their briefs show impeachment offenses and warrant removal from office.
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Officials at a Botetourt boarding school say they're keeping a close watch on their students to make sure they do NOT play dangerous games.
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The state Education Department is investigating the Wilderness Leadership Academy to see if it deserves a license.

But the state's latest report says last summer, a boy made himself pass out -- then his classmate tried to sexually assault him.
Officials at the school say that happened ONCE and it has not happened again.
They say they have an excellent teacher-student ratio with one teacher for every four students.
The school is being renovated and is due for a full review later this month.
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Up next, Patrick Evans take us to a place where local soccer fans can get their kicks indoors
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Playing soccer and other outdoor sports can be problematic this time of year, but Patrick Evans found a place that invites soccer, roller hockey, even lacrosse inside to beat the winter weather.
Here's his report.
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Coming up in Sports, Steve Mason will check in with this week's edition of hometown hoops weekly.
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Next on health check -- doctors find a new way to help young boys with genetically high cholesterol levels,
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And the Medical Society of Virginia is proposing a resolution to clear some of the confusion over what insurance companies cover.
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((DR. GEOFF HARTER/MEDICAL SOCIETY OF VIRGINIA: THERE ARE SOME INSURANCE COMPANIES WHO ARE NOT VERY FORTHCOMING IN TERMS OF WHAT THEIR CRITERIA ARE, SO FROM ONE PATIENT TO THE NEXT WE'RE NOT CERTAIN IF A PARTICULAR LIST OF CRITERIA WILL ALLOW THEM TO HAVE A PROCEDURE DONE.))
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Parents and doctors in Canada are trying to solve a medical mystery that is leaving their new born deformed.
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Ten children in the last three years have been born without fully developed eyes.
Parents believe the defect may be linked to a pesticide. They say a fungicide called benlate has been linked to eye defects in animals.
But doctors say there is no proof the fungicide is to blame in this case.
Tests have not found a genetic cause for the problem.
Now parents are calling on the Canadian government to launch an investigation.
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A new study says a drug could help boys born with a cholesterol disorder.
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The genetic disorder results in high cholesterol levels in children that cannot be controlled by diet.
It almost always leads to heart disease at an early age.
The year long study shows the drug Mevacor significantly reduced inherited high cholesterol in boys ages ten to 17.
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The drug caused no apparent harm in boys' growth or sexual development, which can be a concern when adult drugs are used on children.

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The Medical Society of Virginia House of Delegates is proposing a resolution that insurance companies let doctors know exactly what they cover. They're asking the General Assembly to pass the Fair Business Standards Act.
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M-S-V Associate Director Doctor Geoff Harter says a major problem he faces as a doctor dealing with insurance policies is the inconsistency of what is covered.
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[Pre-Pro] The goals of the Fair Business Standards Act are to define a clean claim and establish a time period in which it must be paid, prohibit downcoding or decreasing reimbursement, limit the time allowed for denial of payments and health plans, disclose to physicians offices the processing procedure for claims approval and provide physicians, in writing, with any changes to reimbursement policies.
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It's Wednesday and that meean hoops.
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After a long holiday break, Hometown 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.))

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Reigning home run kin Mark McGwire continues breaking records.
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The ball he hit for his record 70th home run was auctioned off last night for over three million dollars.
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One person not cashing in on McGwire-mania is the man who caught home run number 62.
Tim Fornneris caught the ball that broke Roger Maris' record.
He gave it back to McGwire and he says despite the missed payday, he has no regrets.
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While he didn't get three million dollars, he has received some recognition. He got a free trip to Florida, the key to his hometown, and he got to meet the President.
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