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There's no shortage of controversy in Richmond as the '99 Legislative session gets out of the gate at a gallop.
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Also coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX, we'll hear from Cornell Brown on the "big mistake" of driving under the influence.

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It is official the greatest athlete to ever play the game is retiring, we will check in on Michael Jordan's retitrement news conference.
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and talk with a local aquaintance of MJ's, Roland lazenby, a Chicago Bulls author and Radford University professor.
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The 1999 General Assembly convenes for six weeks of work, flush with a billion dollar budget surplus of your tax money.
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[ANCHOR=Keith]

Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.

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The coffers are full in Richmond as the last legislative session of the century begins.
So with more money to go around, the big fights may NOT be about the budget.
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Ellen Qualls is at the State Capitol.
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Keith, we'll surely see a food tax cut this year.
We'll hear a lot about more money for schools, roads, and social programs.
But the stark lines will be drawn largely over ideological issues.
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((DEL. BOB MARSHALL/R-PRINCE WILLIAM CO.: WE DON'T NEED TO PUT PEOPLE TO DEATH WHO ARE CONSCIOUS. WE DON'T NEED TO STARVE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO LIVE.))
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Business kicked right off in the House with a call for a bill to protect those in comas-- inspired of course by the last year's right to die battle between Hugh Finn's wife and the Governor.
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((DEL. GEORGE GRAYSON/D-WILLIAMSBURG: ELECTED OFFICIALS SHOULD NEVER TAKE POLITICAL ADVANTAGE OF FAMILY CALAMITIES. hear, hear!))
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On abortion, the latest restriction could be a 24-hour mandated waiting period to "inform" women about their options.
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((DEL. BOB MCDONNELL/R-VIRGINIA BEACH: I NEED THREE VOTES IS THE BOTTOM LINE IN THE SENATE COMMITTEE TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. I NEED TWO VOTES. I NEED TWO MORE VOTES.))
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((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM/D-ROANOKE: I BELIEVE THERE WILL BE FURTHER ATTEMPTS...START WRITING.))
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How about a "choose life" Virginia license plate?
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((DEL. CREIGH DEEDS: ONCE YOU ATTACH THE INSIGNIA OF THE STATE TO ANY SLOGAN, I THINK YOU DEMEAN THE STATE A LITTLE BIT.))
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((DEL. DICK BLACK/R-LOUDOUN CO.: WE DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO BE OFFENDED ON THE HIGHWAYS. WE WORKED VERY HARD TO MAKE THIS A VERY SOFT PASTEL MESSAGE OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO EXPECTANT MOTHERS, AGAIN JUST COLLECTING FUNDS FOR THE PURPOSE OF ADOPTION.))
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[Puckett]


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Virginia's newest Senator took his seat today.
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Phillip Puckett was elected in a special election in December.
Former Senator Jack Reasor showed up to help pass the torch.
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((SEN. PHILLIP PUCKETT/D-RUSSELL CO.: LET ME JUST SAY THAT IT IS A REAL HONOR TO BE HERE TODAY AND I WANT TO THANK MY LORD FOR ALLOWING ME TO BE A PART OF THE VIRGINIA STATE SENATE.))
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Puckett's election will NOT change the balance of power, because both he and Reasor are Democrats.
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Governor Gilmore presents his "State of the Commonwealth" address to the legislature in less than an hour, and News 7 will bring it to you starting seven.
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[:10 MAX] [NO SUPER] We'll carry the full address and hear Democratic reaction, along with analysis from our polticial expert, Dr. Tom Morris of Emory and Henry College.

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Juvenile detention and a 1-year suspension from school.
That's what a Martinsville teenager may face for bringing a handgun to school.
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School officials say the 13-year old boy brought a .45-caliber gun to wrestling practice at the high school.
A coach discovered the weapon after ammunition fell out of the student's pocket.
Martinsville's school supertintendent says he doesn't know why the boy brought the gun to school or if he was planning to use it.
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((IRA TROLLINGER: THIS WAS A VERY QUIET AND GOOD STUDENT WHO MADE A MAJOR ERROR IN JUDGEMENT, AND HAPPENED TO SEE A WEAPON AND STICK IT IN HIS BOOK BAG AND BRING IT TO SCHOOL.))
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The school board will decide tomorrow what action to take against the student.
Police have filed felony weapons charges against him that will be handled in juvenile court.


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Former Virginia Tech football star Cornell Brown says years of sports have taken a toll on his body.
But are Brown's injuries serious enough that he would fail a field sobriety test and be charged with driving under the influence?
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Teresa Hamilton was in court for Brown's hearing today and joins us from our Blacksburg newsroom with the judge's decision.
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Keith, Cornell Brown actually showed up in sandalls to show the judge the condition of his feet and legs.
All in an attempt to convince the judge he was NOT legally drunk the morning he was arrested.
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(( It was in October that a Blacksburg police officer pulled Brown over for speeding and suspected he'd been drinking.
The officer testified Brown-- who now plays for the Baltimore Ravens-- appeared unsteady-- at one point losing his balance when asked to stand on one leg.
Brown's attorney argued his client was NOT legally drunk-- that years of playing football is what left him unsteady on his feet.
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((CORNELL BROWN/BALTIMORE RAVENS LINEBACKER:IT'S NOT A FACT OF TRYING TO, YOU KNOW, MAKE THE INJURIES SEEM THAT IMPORTANT BUT I FIGURED IT WAS A FACTOR, YOU KNOW, I MEAN, TO STAND ON ONE LEG, YOU HAVE ACHES AND PAINS. ))
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The judge apparently didn't buy Brown's theory...
Nor that of an expert who testified Brown was NOT legally drunk at the time he was pulled over... that his blood alcohol content actually increased in the hour it took police to administer the test.
In the end, the judge convicted Brown of D-U-I... which means Brown will lose his driving privileges for a year.
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You may remember Brown was picked up the same morning he was charged with D-U-I for driving on a suspended license.
The judge indicated he plans to dismiss that charge.
Now Brown says he hasn't had a drink since then--
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Illicit activity has forced some business owners in the Valley View area to put a lock on the public rest rooms. That story is next.
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And one day after the door is shut to a quick settlement, a former N-Double-A-C-P leader goes on the air, and takes the present one to task.
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Since 1995 Roanoke police have arrested 66 people in public rest rooms at Valley View Mall for sexual battery and indecent exposure.
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It's gotten so bad, according to court papers filed this week, that some businesses in the Valley View area have closed their restrooms to the public... because of men soliciting sex from strangers in places like PharMor.
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Nagel says the arrests have not significantly detered sex in public bathrooms.
The number of repeat offenders helped convince police to go undercover in Wasena Park where 17 men were arrested last year.
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But the prosecutor says detectives put a stop to it, as soon as they felt they'd made a case for "solicitation to commit sodomy."
It's a crime to have oral sex in Virginia, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
Attorneys for the 17 men arrested in the park presented testimony from a sex therapist who advocates oral sex among consenting adults.
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Judge Richard Patisall did NOT make on a ruling today on the Constitutionality of Virginia's sodomy statute.










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Last night there was no telling WHO the president of the local N-double-A-C-P is. This morning it seemed Brenda Hale had a green light to become the Roanoke chapter's new leader. Now, once again, things are unclear, though Martin Jeffrey is apparently still the acting president. David Johnson explains what all the confusion is about.
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The past president of the civil right's group tried to address the matter on a local radio talk show.
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((GREEN; THEY SENT THE LETTER AND THEY WITHHELD THE LETTER. THOSE LETTERS WERE SENT OUT ON THE 29TH OF DECEMBER.))
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The letter he's referring to is a response from the National NAACP concerning a complaint about the election apparently lost by Martin Jeffrey.
It read--in part that the election complaint was dismissed because an insufficient number of names were on the actual complaint--that Hale and other new officers should be installed without delay. It went on to express regret that a more favorable reply could not be forwarded to the complaintant's attention.
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((GREEN AND HALE TALKING; WHEN HE SAID THAT HE REGRETED THAT HE COULD NOT HAVE A MORE FAVORABLE REPLY TO HER, THAT SHOULD HAVE RESOLVED IT. BUT IT DID NOT. So they made up another lie. AND SAID THEY HAD MORE INFORMATION.))
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The state branch confirmed that the information was an additional complaint about the election. Green refers to it as a delay tactic on Jeffrey's part.
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Green says once Hale is officially installed as president, he plans to have Jeffrey kicked out of the group and barred as a member of the branch. But as of yet there's no word on whether the new complaint has been resolved and it is still at question who is president.

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Stocks plummeted at the opening bell, but recovered a lot of ground by day's end. [TAKE DOW & NASDAQ PAGE ]
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The Dow fell 250 points at the start, but finished down 125. And NASDAQ's 100-point opening free-fall all but vanished, loosing just four points.

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Officials at a Botetourt boarding school say their students do NOT play a dangerous game called Pass Out.
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The Wilderness Leadership Academy is trying to regain its license from the Education Department.
But the state's latest report says last summer, one boy held his breath until he passed out, then his classmates tried to sexually assault him.
The school's Assistant Director Todd Daniel says that happened only once and the boys were told to stop immediately.
He says that no longer goes on at the academy.
Community volunteers are helping to refurbish the facility, and school leaders say they WILL regain their license later this month.
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To the south of Roanoke, the town of Rocky Mount will turn a historic train depot into a hospitality center.
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Visitors to the center will be able to pick up travel brochures, view a community calendar of events, and see a map of shops, restaurants and hotels in Rocky Mount.
Rocky Mount's Virginia Main Street Program will rent office space in the building.
A large reception area can also be rented for public or private functions.

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The country's leading electronics retailer is on its way to Roanoke.
Best Buy plans to open a store near Valley View Mall this summer.
It will sell stereo and TV equipment, computers and appliances.
One analyst said he expects Best Buy to compete for customers with Circuit City ... but there's enough of a demand for electronics in this market to support both stores.
Best Buy says it will hold a job fair ometime in the next few months, to hire 150-local workers.

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Michael Jordan tells us why he's hanging it up, local author Roland lazenby, who knows Mike well, offers his thought on his airness
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and Dale earnhardt's news shop does everything BUT float on air, Mike Stevens explains in sports.
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Six NBA titles, 2 olympic gold medals, an NCAA title and a legendary persona that made him the worlds most recognized athlete. Qualities that were built over a 13 year NBA career that came to and end today as Michael Jordan retired from the game of basketball.
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Jordan, with his wife and aNBA commisoner david Stern by his side, made it offical at a noon news conference today at the United Center.
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Jordan's retirement hits home in the Valley especially for Roland Lazenby.
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Lazenby, an author and professor at Radford University, has written several books about the Bulls during the Jordan era.
After the Bulls championship season last year, Lazenby says that Jordan indicated to him that it would be his last season.
And Lazenby said it had to do with the Bulls Management.
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1998 was a big year for the Earnhardts. Senior won his first Daytona 500 and junior captured the Busch series championship. But Mike Stevens says 99 is already bigger in some respects.
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