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Lynchburg's school board tonight- finds ways to bring more equity to minority students.
Founders of the website that targets abortion providers- are ordered to pay millions-
What does that mean for free speech on the web?
And all of America may hear Monica's testimony.
News 7 is next.
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((ELLEN NYGAARD/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: NO EVIDENCE OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION WAS FOUND TO SUPPORT THE CLAIMS MADE BY THE CITIZENS GROUP "THE COMMITTEE FOR EQUALITY AND FAIRNESS".))
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The Lynchburg school board reacts to a state report that refutes claims of racism in the city school system.
The report from a Department of Education Review team DOES make several suggestions on how Lynchburg can make its schools more diverse and receptive to minority input.
The school board tonight adopted the first of those recommendations.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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[SUPER=01-Julius Sigler/School Board Member; :50]
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(( For the most part, educators seemed pleased that the state report backs up what they've been saying all along: that race plays NO part in how and why students are suspended, what teachers are hired and which children participate in certain school activities.
If the report showed anything, it's that the people closest to the alleged problems..the students and teachers.. DON'T see the racial disparities that others claim are there.
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((MEREDITH JOHNSON/STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE: IT'S NOT REALLY THAT MUCH OF AN ISSUE AT THE SCHOOL LEVEL UNTIL THESE THINGS ARE IN THE PAPER, OR IT'S BROUGHT OUT.. IT DOESN'T REALLY SEEM TO BE AN ISSUE.))
[OUT Q=be an issue.]
But the review team did make a number of suggestions as to how the school system can correct some of these public misconceptions, while working to hire more black teachers and motivate black students academically.
The board voted to set up an advisory committee that will review the report and help enact its recommendations.
[IN Q=And I think]
((JULIUS SIGLER/SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: AND I THINK WE NEED TO WORK WITH THIS TASK FORCE TO KEEP THE ISSUES IN FRONT OF US, AND KEEP THE SOLUTIONS AS CLOSE TO US AS WE CAN KEEP THEM, WHEREVER SOLUTIONS EXIST.))
[OUT Q=solutions exist.]
[IN Q=We as a]
((ELLEN NYGAARD/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: WE AS A COMMUNITY CAN BENEFIT FROM UTILIZING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IF WE DO IT TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY.))
[OUT Q=as a community.]
((That's the next question. The citizens group that started this whole controversy more than a year ago has yet to weigh in with ITS reaction to the review team's report. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]))
Safety belts are already the law in Virginia.
But a bill that would let police pull you over for NOT wearing one hit a major bump today.
The House Transportation Committee voted 14 to 11 killing the bill, after chairman Billy Robinson raised more concerns about its impact on black drivers.
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((RICHARD FERRIS/VIRGINIA ACLU: IT WILL INCREASE THE ABILITY OF THE POLICE TO PULL OVER AFRICAN AMERICAN MALES FOR LITTLE OR NO REASON. THE PROBLEM OF DRIVING WHILE BLACK IS A PROBLEM THAT IS NATIONWIDE IN THIS COUNTRY.))
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The bill's sponsor says he TOO is worried about police dis-proportinately targeting black motorists-- but that's NO reason to kill a safety measure.
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((DEL. BRIAN MORAN/D-ALEXANDRIA: I WAS OPTIMISTIC. AFTER BEING CONVINCED OF THE STATISTICS, I INITIALLY HAD SOME RESERVATIONS ABOUT IT, BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE NUMBER OF LIVES THAT ARE SAVED, AND THE NUMBER OF VIRGINIANS THAT ARE CURRENTLY BUCKLING UP, I SEE NO REASON WHY THE VAST MAJORITY SHOULD NOT BE BUCKLED UP.))
[SUPER=01-Del. Brian Moran/(D) Alexandria;]
[OUT Q=buckled up.]
The concept could be revived.
A similar bill is still alive in the Senate.
If you're a Roanoke Gas customer, you may have noticed a sizeable increase in your bill from December to January.
The problem- a miscommunication between the company and its billing service.
Officials say the result is a misperception of overbilling for about 25-hundred customers.
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((JOHN WILLIAMSON/PRESIDENT & CEO; THAT'S NOT THE CASE. THEY WERE NEVER BILLED IN THE FIRST MONTH. IT DID CAUSE SOME CONFUSION. WE DID WAIVE ANY LATE PAYMENT CHARGES BECAUSE NOT BILLING THEM IN DECEMBER WAS OUR FAULT AND OUR CONTRACTOR'S MISTAKE.))
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The company is mailing explanations to those customers.
All late payment fees will be waived.
An unusually warm December was good for Roanoke Gas customers, but bad for business.
The average bill last December was just over 56-dollars, compared to nearly 105-dollars in December of 1997.
That reduced revenue forced the company to tighten its financial belt by making budgetary adjustments.
But officials say those will not include job layoffs.
A federal judge has orded an anti-abortion group to pay 100 million dollars --
for creating a website listing the names of abortion providers...
The implications of the rulings could reach across the internet.
Eric Earnhart has more.
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(( A federal judge is Oregon says this is NOT free speech...the site, called the Nuremburg files, lists abortion providers... greying the names of the wounded, crossing out those killed.
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(( MARIA VULLO/ PLAINTIFF'S ATTORNEY; THIS ACTIVITY MUST STOP,
INTIMIDATION IS WRONG, THESE DOCTORS MUST BE PERMITTED TO PRACTICE
MEDICINE AS THEIR PATIENTS CHOOSE ))
[OUT Q=their patients choose.]
Doctors on the list say they lived in fear...
But the defendants say they won't stop, and they won't pay.
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((CATHY RAMEY/DEFENDANT;I HAVE NO INTENTION OF GIVING MONEY TO PEOPLE WHO KILL CHILDREN. ))
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But the ruling extends beyond the abortion issue into the fabric of the internet itself...
What is, and isn't protected speech?
There are plenty of on-line images people might find threatening...
Is it illegal to burn a cross, in Cyberspace?
[IN Q=if this judge]
((NICK CONTE/INTERNET LAWYER; IF THIS JUDGE IS TO BE FOLLOWED, THE TEST IS, WOULD A REASONABLE PERSON BE THREATENED, THAT'S GOING TO BE THE TEST BUT I THINK WE'RE GOING TO SEE A LOT OF DEBATE ON THIS ISSUE.))
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Roanoke internet lawyer Nick Conte is reviewing the decision closely.
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((NICK CONTE/INTERNET LAWYER; WHAT TRYERS OF FACT HAVE TO WEIGH IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PROVIDING PEOPLE WITH INFORMATION WHICH THEY COULD TAKE AND DO DAMAGE WITH, AND INCITING IMMINENT VIOLENCE. ))
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In essence the difference between telling someone how to build a bomb, and telling someone how to build it AND WHO to use it on.
Eric Earnhart, News 7))
The Reverend Jerry Falwell apologized today for a remark he says caused a rift between Christians and Jews.
Falwell recently upset many religious leaders when he said that the Anti-Christ would be a Jewish man - probably alive today.
According to the Bible, the Anti-Christ would be the ultimate manifestation of evil.
Falwell says he does NOT know when the Anti-Christ is coming or in what form -- only saying that he has his own biblical views.
Clean-up continues tomorrow in Pittsylvania County where two grain silos toppled over mysteriously.
It happened sometime overnight at the Dry Fork Milling Company.
Pittsylvania County's emergency services director says he has NO idea what caused the silos to fall.
The accident also ruptured a tank of diesel fuel, causing a minor spill.
The Department of Environmental Quality says the fuel spill does NOT pose a threat to neighbors of the mill.
The company, which makes dog food, is going to try to salvage the grain that was spilled.
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The victim of last weekend's fatal industrial accident has been identified.
Roanoke police say Armando (Fur-uh-GOT-toe) Feregotto was working for "Roanoke Electric Steel" Saturday when an electrical box fell on him.
The 50-year old contractor died on arrival to the hospital.
Feregotto was from Italy working in the States on a visa.
He created community colleges in Virginia.
He borrowed money to build colleges and mental health facilities.
And he levied the first new broad-based tax Virginians had seen in a century: the sales tax.
Today, Mills Godwin was laid to rest and hailed by both Democrats and Republicans as one of the Commonwealth's greatest governors.
After all, he was a member of each party at some point.
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((GERALD BALILES/D-FORMER GOVERNOR: HE GOVERNED IN TWO DIFFERENT...WITH DISTINCTION.))
((LINWOOD HOLTON/R-FORMER GOVERNOR: I THINK GOVERNOR GODWIN AND VIRGINIA PLAYED ON THE SAME FREQUENCY...ECONOMY THAT WE HAVE TODAY.))
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Mills Godwin was Virginia's longest serving governor, elected to one term in 1966 as a Democrat... and then succeeding Governor Holton in 1974 as a Republican.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Still ahead -- more details on what appears to be an accidental shooting involving a police lieutenant and a judge.
And some Senators say they shouldn't be the only ones to hear from the woman at the center of the President's scandal.
They want YOU to see Monica Lewinsky's deposition.
The story, next.
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Tuesday night at the basketball fights, hey everybody, referee Steve Mason here with calls from the Northside/Christiansburg game, the Pulaski, Fleming RVD tilt, and of course the ladies as the Cave Spring welcome the Cougars to Knight court, also Botetourt's Brad Hutchins breaks the milinium. we will have the express evening punchline, words from Gordon, Gillen, an eagle gets his Navy strikes, and sweetness prepares to battle a sour disease, all of this in sports.
We may all have the chance to see Monica Lewinsky testify- That's what some Senators are calling for after viewing her testimony on tape.
Jonathan Freed has more on Day Two of Depositions from Washington- Today it was Vernon Jordan's turn to testify.
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((Depositions Day 2...and out came the video equipment to tape Vernon Jordan's testimony. Time for the Presidential friend and grand jury veteran to face the House prosecutors...questions about things like his
efforts to find Monica Lewinsky a job.
Meanwhile, Senators had a chance to view the tape of Lewinsky's deposition on Monday. And although she reportedly did not say anything new, one senior Republican is now convinced that she should testify live
on the Senate floor.
SEN. ORRIN HATCH/JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CHAIR/R-UT.: IT WAS HELPFUL TO ME TO SEE HER ON VIDEOTAPE...AND I THINK IT WOULD BE HELPFUL
TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO SEE HER, IN THE LEAST, ON VIDEOTAPE...AND AT BEST, IN PERSON.
Orrin Hatch believes Lewinsky comes across as calm, capable and credible...and doesn't think her testimony would create a spectacle.
He's not alone.
SEN. LARRY CRAIG/R-ID.: IF THE TAPE WERE TO BE VIEWED ON
THE FLOOR OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE...WOULD NOT OFFEND THE SENSIBILITIES OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OR THE SENATE.
JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS: THE CHIEF PROSECUTOR ADMITS HE IS LEANING TOWARDS ASKING FOR THE WITNESSES TO TESTIFY LIVE ON THE SENATE
FLOOR. AND HENRY HYDE ADMITTED THAT WHEN IT COMES TO WITNESSES, YOU'RE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR A BOMBSHELL. JONATHAN FREED, WASHINGTON DCTERMS.))
New developments in the investigation of a Dublin woman accused of trying to hire an undercover police officer to kill her ex-boyfriend.
A judge today gave investigators permission to take palm prints from 39-year old Peggy Jo Sullivan.
The Dublin woman was arrested after allegedly trying to hire the undercover agent in the parking lot of a local fast food restaurant.
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Shortly after Sullivan was taken into custody investigators discovered two homemade bombs in her truck.
Investigators are still trying to determine who made the devices.
Sullivan was scheduled for a bond hearing today but it was a postponed at her attorney's request.
More details tonight in the accidental shooting of a Danville Police Lieutenant, by a judge.
Danville Circuit Judge James F- Ingram is shown here swearing in a new judge and presiding over a court case.
Ingram and Lieutenant Barry Creasy were target shooting at a range owned by Ingram when Creasy was shot.
Pittsylvania County authorities say Ingram was loading a 40 caliber Glock pistol when it discharged.
Creasy was treated for wounds to his wrist, arm, and abdomen.
1999 will bring a changing of the guard at Roanoke City Hall.
Four senior officials have announced plans to retire, and it might not end there.
City Attorney Wil Dibling is the latest to say he's leaving. He plans to practice municipal law with a local firm.
As Mayor David Bowers helped to celebrate Groundhog Day at the Mill Mountain Zoo, he said he's sorry to see experienced leaders leave, but says the city will remain in capable hands.
[IN Q=You know it used to be]
((YOU KNOW IT USED TO BE WHEN YOU GOT TO BE 55 OR 60 OR SO, I GUESS YOU LOOKED TO RETIRE. I THINK PEOPLE NOW RETREAD. THEY DON'T RETIRE THEY RETREAD. THEY'RE LOOKING AT NEW CHALLENGES IN THEIR LIFE, SO IT'S APPROPRIATE FOR PEOPLE NOWADAYS IN OUR TIME TO END ONE CAREER AND GO INTO ANOTHER, AND WHO KNOWS I MIGHT HAVE A CAREER OF MY OWN, DOING SOMETHING ELSE.))
[OUT Q=doing something else.]
The list is expected to grow. Other senior city officials are said to be considering retirement in 1999.
When News 7 at 11 returns, groundhog forecasts from around the country,
and even here in Roanoke - where Mill Mountain Zoo is beginning a new tradition with a rodent of its own.
The story coming up.
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The time for boating and lake activities hasn't arrived yet, but one of the area's biggest ELECTRIC utilities is still hard at work on the problem of water levels at Smith Mountain Lake.
American Electric Power has federal approval to maintain a reduced water discharge from Smith Mountain Lake for another 45 days.
The goal is to return lake levels to normal .. after last year's very dry summer and fall.
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Highlights from four high school basketball games on tap, but first our extra point.
ohn Elway graces the cover of Sports illustrated soon to be released. The 38 year old was your superbowl MVP in Denvers win over the Falcons, now your high school hoops digits.
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In high school hoops we head to Salem. Spartans against the Lord Botetourt Cavaliers.
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Salem's Adam Ruttledge, he scored a game high 19, but here he passes to Troy Johnson who rips rope with the three.
Botetourt answers. Al Duncan hits Josh Alivieto and he's gonna score inside.
Then, the Spartans Dennis Haley connects on the [SUPER=33-Salem/69/Lord Botetourt/56;]jumper in the lane. But Haley
and the others,
had to give it up for the Cavaliers Brad Hutchins, who would score his thousandth career point with a 15 point effort. Salem wins 69-56
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over to Northside and Christiansburg. In the first half, Northside's Ryshawn Ward takes the outlet pass and goes all the way to the rack for two.
the Blue demons try and stay in it, Johnathan [SUPER=33-Northside/70/Christiansburg/47;]Bradley working overtime ins
ide and it pays off witht the deuce.
But the Vikings John Michael Deeds then drives the lane, misses but sticks back his own shot. Northside 70, Christiansburg 47.
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In Hometown Hoops weekly, we will update folks on the Pulaski County Cougars.
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Last night they faced a tough Patrick Henry team. The Patriots Mike Peery dishes to Ray Johnson for the triple.
[SUPER=33-Pulaski Co./73/Patrick Henry/71;]Then, Pulaski's Jason Deane drives basline and gets the bucket to fall in.
the Cougars Travis Roop is gonna hiot the J and Pulaski edges PH 73-71 in overtime.
In girls action, Cave Spring and Pulaski hooked up in a Roanoke Valley District match up on the lady Knights home court.
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The Lady Cougars draw first blood. Amber Hanks breaks the Cave press and scores the bucket in the first quarter.
Linda Long's Renee Gagnier then goes inside to Sherri Rickman, who finds the range on the tunr around jumper. 14-5 Cave Spring out in front.
Then the Lady Knights Jessica Caldwell connects with
[SUPER=33-Cave Spring/39/Pulaski Co./36;]a slashing Sarah Rutherford who does some window cleaning and gets the deuce a
Pulaski answers. Hanks misses but Lindsey reed is there for the put back, but Cave Spring wins it 39-36.
ACC rookie of the week is becoming old hat for Virginia's Chris Williams. He won the award for this fourth time this week.
He receives the award for his play in UVa's backs to back wins over Virginia Tech and Florida State. He scored 35 points and grabbed 21 rebounds in both games combined. He also shot 62 percent form the field. he is averaging about 18 points a game.
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Williams has been one of many positves for first year coach Pete Gillen who has already surpassed last years win total of 11 victories. At 12 and 10 and seven ACC games left to play before the tourney, Gillen is excited about the mountain in front of him.
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Today is national signing day for high school football players acrosse the country. The Virginia Tech Hokies recieved another big time committment yesterday.
Andrea Harrison, the high school all-american from Warwick high school in Newport News, announced yesterday that he's headed to Blacksburg.
The six-three, 185 pound receiver runs a 4.4 40.
He had 127 catches for 28 hundred yards and 25 touchdowns in his 3 years of high school.
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G.W. Danville linebacker and Friday Football Extra scholar athlete of the year Sean Talbert will hold a news conference today at 1pm to announce his appointment to the U.S. Naval academy. Talbert was an all western district selection and held a 4.24 GPA.
And former Patrick Henry star Devon "Boo" Battle will sign his letter of intent to play college football at Virginia today from his current post at Hargrave Military Academy.
still to come in sports, words from Jeff Gordon on being this year's racing bulleye,
and Walter Payton embarks on a fight for his life.
Chicago Bears legend Walter Payton faces the toughest run of his life as he fights a life threatening medical condition.
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Payton has a rare liver disease and needs a transplant, his doctor said Tuesday.
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[OUT Q=...doctors hands"]
The 44 year old talked openly about his condition during his weekly radio show, but broke down at it's conclusion.
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[OUT Q=...be with you also"]
When Winston Cup cars pull into Daytona this week, count on everyone keeping an eye on Jeff Gordon.
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With 40 wins and three Cup championships in the last four years, Gordon and the Rainbow Warriors have raised the bar to unbelievable heights.
Now, everyone else is playing catchup.
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[SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/42 Career Wins; :00]
[OUT Q=...very tough."]
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And be sure to join News 7 sports this Saturday at Noon for the half hour NASCAR special, "Back to the Beach."
It's the first of five NASCAR specials in 1999.
The Express plays three games in three nights this weekend, beginnnig Friday with Johnstown.
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Today, the team went through rigourous practice. Among the ojectives, teaching Dan Oconnell how to defend himself. Tim Christian's monsterous January included a plus 12, 9 goals and 6 asisssts in 15 games.
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