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Their children are hearing impaired. Tonight the parents hope they can make school officials listen.
Vandals hit the Planned Parenthood clinic in Roanoke- leaving workers stuck outside and worried.
Plus Mike Stevens is in Daytona Beach with a race report.
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((PLEASE TRY TO HELP ME AND THE OTHER CHILDREN IN THIS PROGRAM.))
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Hearing impaired students and their parents ask the Roanoke City School Board for help.
Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon
Tonight's budget hearing brought a plea from the parents.
They asked school board members to improve the pay for interpreters who assist the hearing-impaired students in the classroom.
Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom tonight with more on the problem.
Jean, the budget hearing brought the type of requests you normally expect, calls for better pension benefits, construction of a football stadium at William Fleming High School, more support for business and technical education.
But it was a fifth grader who grabbed the school board's attention.
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Jackie Carl is a student at Virginia Heights Elementary School.
She told the school board how important interpreters are to her and the 28 other hearing impaired students in the city schools.
A parade of parents asked the board to improve salaries, so interpreters will stay.
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The school board members paid close attention to Jackie Carl and the parents who spoke tonight...
And Jean, School Superintendent Wayne Harris is promising adjustments that he hopes will help the city attract and retain highly qualified interpreters.
Authorities in Pulaski are looking into reports of people pricking their fingers on hypodermic needles stuck in coin slots.
Police chief Herb Cooley says it happened to two people in the past week, in two different parts of town.
He says they put a finger in the coin return of a pay phone, and got pricked by a syringe.
Cooley says they sought medical treatment.
Finding a hypodermic needle in a coin return is widely considered an "urban legends."
But Cooley said tonight that he doesn't think this is a hoax.
Tempers flared in the state Senate tonight, as lawmakers neared a midnight deadline that marks the halfway point in this year's General Assembly session.
The Senate passed a major package of health care reforms.
But the versions passed had Republican names on them-- while Democratic bills were sent to the legislative graveyard.
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((SEN. EDD HOUCK/D-STAFFORD CO.: TO COME HERE AT THE 11TH HOUR, AFTER WE PASSED THEM BY DAY AFTER DAY AFTER DAY, STEAL THE IDEA...))
((SEN. JANE WOODS/R-FAIRFAX: THE WORD STEAL IS A BIT OVERSTATED.))
((SEN. EDD HOUCK: STEALING IS STEALING.))
((SEN. KEN STOLLE/R-VIRGINIA BEACH: THE COMMENTS HAVE BEEN STEALING CREDIT, AND GOD KNOWS I DON'T WANT TO DO THAT.))
((SEN. YVONNE MILLER: THE CITIZENS OF THE COMMONWEALTH LOOK AT US UNDRESS OURSELVES IN PUBLIC. MR. PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS OF THE SENATE, I DON'T THINK WE WANT TO BE NAKED BEFORE THE PEOPLE OF THE COMMONWEALTH.))
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The reform bill would give HMO patients easier access to specialists and allow them to appeal coverage denials to an independent board.
Republicans killed a measure to let patients sue HMOs for malpractice, saying it would drive up costs for all.
Also tonight, the House killed for the year a bill that would create a special "Choose Life" license plate.
Money from the controversial plate would have supported adoption services in the Commonwealth.
Have abortion protests reached a new level in Roanoke?
Someone glued the locks shut at the Planned Parenthood clinic.
Clinic officials say it's the first time someone has broken the law to stop them.
Eric Earnhart has more.
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(( It happened sometime after dark... despite security lights and surveilance cameras, someone squirted glue into two locks at the clinic.
Workers were stuck outside for 45 minutes waiting for a locksmith.... and for police.
Planned Paenthood officials were worried that anyone who got close enough do this... might do something more.
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((HAZEL BERNARD/PLANNED PARENTHOOD; AND THE POLICE ARRIVED AND CHECKED THE PERIMITER OF THE BUILDING AND AFTER THE LOCKSMITH ARRIVED AND DRILLED THE LOCKS OUT, THE POLICE CHECKED TO MAKE SURE THINGS WERE SAFE INSIDE.))
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There is no evidence that this is an anti-abortion act... but no other buildings were hit... this has happened to other planned parenthood clinics... it and happened right before the one day each week the clinic actually provides abortions.
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(( HAZEL BERNARD/PLANNED PARENTHOOD; THIS REPRESENTS SOMEONE ACTUALLY TRYING TO PREVENT WOMEN FROM EXERCISING THEIR LEGAL RIGHTS AND BEING ABLE TO ACCESS OUR SERVICES. IT JUST SEEMS TO ME THAT IT COULDN'T BE A COINCIDENCE. ))
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Bernard says they'll take another look at security... until now they've focused on protecting their people, now she says they'll have to protect the building as well.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))
Lynchburg city council member Stewart Hobbs still has a job tonight, after his colleagues voted to renew Hobbs' contract as the fixed base operator for the Lynchburg Regional Airport.
Hobbs' company, Virginia Aviation, has been providing aircraft fueling, rental and maintenance services to the area's private pilots for 13 years.
After hearing presentations from Virginia Aviation and Hawthorne Aviation, council essentially voted not to fix what isn't broken.
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((ROBERT GARBER/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: I REALLY BELIEVE THAT VIRGINIA AVIATION KNOWS THE MARKET MORE THAN HAWTHORNE, SO THAT WAS A PLUS IN THEIR FAVOR AS FAR AS BEING ABLE TO COMPLY WITH WHAT I FEEL WSA IMPORTANT WITH THE R.F.P. AND SO I WOULD SUPPORT THEM.))
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Hobbs was not allowed to participate in the debate or vote.
The state has reportedly offered a 2-Million dollar payoff to each of two girls who were switched at birth at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
The mother of one of the girls has apparently rejected the offer.
Meanwhile, there's more fallout for the hospital today over the baby switch incident.
The hospital's Medicare program is under a form of probation.
The federal government's action came after an investigation by the state health department.
That report, made public today, found "siginificant deficiencies" in quality control and nursing services at the hospital.
The hospital will continue to receive Medicare funding. But it's loss of full Medicare accreditation means state officials will be monitoring the steps UVA plans to take to correct its problems.
The state will review the situation in April.
It was back behind closed doors for Senators debating the President's fate.
Each senator has 15 minutes to speak on the evidence-
Senators voted to continue the debate in private- against the wishes of many Republicans and Democrats.
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((I THINK THIS WAS A VOTE TO SORT OF BRING THE SENATE INTO THE 20TH CENTURY AND WE'RE ACTUALLY TRYING TO GET INTO THE 21ST CENTURY FROM THE 19TH CENTURY. WE DIDN'T QUITE GET THERE.))
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((THE FLOOR OF THE SENATE HOWEVER CLUBBY WE MAY THINK IT IS IS NOT A PRIVATE CLUB. THOSE MICROPHONES BELONG TO THE TAXPAYERS OF THIS COUNTRY.))
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Virginia Senator John Warner was one of those who voted to hold the debate in private.
Warner says it provides a greater opportunity for free flowing exchange of ideas concerning the facts.
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While Senators debated the President- Bill Clinton met with House democrats in this part of the state.
The President arrived at the Wintergreen Resort in Nelson county today.
He addressed fellow Democrats as they were holding their annual Issues Conference at the Mountain Inn,
The meeting itself was closed to the press.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
When News 7 returns, concert ticket scalpers face the music in court.
And later --
If you're wondering how the man who got a first ever hand transplant is doing- stick around.
We'll hear from him and check out his recovery.
((I JUST SMILED AND SMILED AND SMILED AND THERE IT WAS. WHAT I DREAMED OF FOR THIRTEEN YEARS. THERE IT WAS.))
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A couple of men who tried to make a quick buck with Elton John concert tickets had to pay the price in court today.
William Gray Turner, the Second, and Daniel L. Thomas were fined, but they got their tickets back.
With the help of an ad in the newspaper, they lured vice squad officers to separate locations in the city.
In Turner's case, the deal was struck at the S-and-S cafeteria at Towers Mall.
He thought he was going to get 900 dollars for four tickets... until he was arrested.
Thomas knew there was a city ordinance against re-selling tickets for more than their face value.
So he rejected the offer to meet at Towers. But he agreed to meet at Walmart on 220, thinking that was in the County. He was wrong, by about 400 yards.
Virginia's state senate has sided with the surviving relatives of Hugh Finn.
Several Republicans DEFECTED from Governor Jim Gilmore in a 34-to-6 vote.
The bill would reimburse Michelle Finn 48-thousand dollars for her costs fighting the Governor in court over ending life support for her comatose husband.
The bill would also reimburse Finn family members who requested the Governor's help in fighting Michelle Finn.
The Governor says he won't decide on signing the relief bill until the House of Delegates votes on it.
Police say he swiped thousands of dollars from the medical center where he worked.
Now a Roanoke man has been indicted on embezzlement charges.
Thurston Michael Moomaw was the business manager at the Vaughan Medical Center in Martinsville when the money was taken.
Police say he created a separate bank account and deposited payments to the medical center into that account.
The missing money, totalling more than 17-thousand dollars, was stolen between March 1997 and last November.
Police say Moomaw has already repaid most of the money and plans to make full restitution.
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Bright lights and street signs may soon highlight school bus areas on Route 220 in Franklin County.
School officials met today in closed session to create ways to make Route 220 safer for the 70 schoolkids who live along the road.
Ideas include mounting more strobe lights on the tops of buses, or bumper stickers on the back that warn other cars to stay a specific distance back from the bus.
An accident last month that killed a girl and her grandmother sparked the ideas.
But the school's transportation director insists bus stops are safe.
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((STEVE OAKES/TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR: WE FEEL THEY'RE VERY SAFE. WE CHECKED THEM ALL WITHIN THE LAST TWO WEEKS. WITH THE EXCEPTION OF A COUPLE THAT WE HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT THE REST OF THEM HAVE PLENTY OF SIGHT DISTANCE. EVEN THOSE TWO, ACTUALLY HAVE ENOUGH SIGHT DIFFERENCE BUT WE FEEL WE CAN MAKE THEM EVEN BETTER.))
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There will be a meeting at the school board office next Monday night for parents to discuss safety ideas.
Patrick County is being sued by the company that makes NASCAR racing cars for the Woods Brothers Racing Team.
The Glen Woods Company says it was assessed local personal property taxes that it never should have been charged.
Now the company wants back more than 30-thousand dollars it believes it overpaid Patrick County.
The county's attorney says the county did NOT improperly tax the company and plans to settle the lawsuit in court.
When we return... Oscar time- takes us back to a time long ago-
both in American and English history. We'll tell you which films and stars are up for the big awards.
Virginia's four-and-a-half percent tax on groceries is well on its way to only two-and-a-half cents.
But a Democratic gamble in the House today came up just two votes shy of eliminating the entire four-and-a-half cent food tax, starting this year.
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((DEL. DICK CRANWELL: LET'S DON'T DO IT HALFWAY. LET'S TAKE IT ALL OFF.))
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But Republicans warned a full phase-out would jeopardize the CAR tax cut.
After the Democratic plan failed today, all one hundred delegates voted for a partial food tax phase-out, starting in January.
The country's first hand transplant patient is recovering- and looking foward to doing the simple things.
37-year-old Matthew Scott spoke today at a news conference at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.
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((MATTHEW SCOTT: I ANTICIPATE TO BE ABLE TO DO SOME OF THE MORE SIMPLER THINGS, TO STAND IN FRONT OF MY CLASS WITH AN OPEN BOOK IN MY LEFT HAND AND BE ABLE TO WRITE ON THE CHALKBOARD WITH THE RIGHT. TO PICK UP MY SONS WITH TWO HANDS, BOTH OF THEM AT THE SAME TIME. I CAN'T DO THAT NOW.))
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Surgeons say there's no indication that Scott's body is rejecting the new hand.
Scott's left hand was damaged beyond repair 13 years ago in a firecracker accident.
Love and War top the theme of this year's Academy Award nominees-
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The Oscar nominations are out and a war movie and a love story are topping the list.
"Shakespeare in Love" leads all nominations with 13 . That's just one shy of the record.
"Saving Private Ryan" garnered 11 nominations including Tom Hanks as best actor.
Other Best Picture nominees are "Life is Beautiful," "The Thin Red Line," and "Elizabeth."
Shakespeare's Gwyneth Paltrow is up for Best Actress along with Meryl Streep for One True Thing.
The winners will be announced March 21st in Los Angeles.
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More from Mike Stevens and our Daytona race team, also Liberty and Jefferson forest high school, hoops for you, but first
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our extra point. The folks at mattel have unveiled the new Michael Jordan action figure at the 1999 New York Toy Show. It is sure to be a big seller for the 99 holiday season. The action figure comes in a variety of forms, now you numbers.
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The Express improved to 28-12 and 5 on the season last night by beating the Chesapeake Icebreakers 4-1 at the Roundhouse.
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Express play by play talent Darren Abbott was realing off facts a mile a minute during the game, the team took his lead.
up 2-1 in the second period, Roanoke adds to that margin when Mike Peron makes the perfect pass to line mate Chris Cantu who rips rope, his 18th goal on the season and the Express went up 3-1.
Then, Dave Gagnon went to work, he stopped 33 shots tot stop the Icebreakwers threats.
Travis Smith put the exclmation on the night at the end of the second, Roanoke coasts 4-1.
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The Seminole District Champion ended the regular season on a high note.
Tony Pullen lead Liberty with 14 points in the Minutemen's 63-to-58 win over the Cavaliers.
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The fans packed the stands in the Jefferson Forest Gymnasium, and it was a close game throughout the night.
Forest took the early lead, as Mickey Russell drives through the paint and gets great hang-time on the bucket for two.
On the other end of the court, Tony Pullen makes a move to the hoop then dishes off to Caleb Buchanan. Buchanan finishes the play with the points.
The see-saw battle continues with the Cavs on the move Shawn Redgate finds Wayne Canada in the corner for the long bomb.
But in the end the Minutemen out last Jefferson Forest and go on to win the contest 63-to-58.
He hasn't been this excited about baseball since his Pittsburgh Pirates won the 1979 World Series.. that's the word from former Pirate and Hall of Famer Willie Stargell.
Stargell was in Lynchburg last night, trading barbs with his old teammate Jim Bibby, at the annual Lynchburg Hillcats Hot Stove League banquet.
Summing up the 1998 season, "Pops" says Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa gave baseball a much- needed boost.
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((WILLIE STARGELL/PITTSBURGH PIRATE HALL OF FAMER: I WAS MORE IMPRESSED WITH THE WAY THEY HANDLED THEMSELVES. I THOUGHT THEY DID A WORLD CLASS JOB AS FAR AS GENTLEMEN, AMBASSADORS AND STUDENTS OF THE GAME AND TO BE SOMETHING THAT KIDS COULD LOOK AT AND SAY `THAT'S THE WAY I WANT TO CARRY MYSELF ON AND OFF THE FIELD'.))
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Stargell currently serves as an assistant to Pirates G-M Cam Bonifay.
The return of the Cleveland Browns kicked off today.
The expansion franchise reloaded its roster with a draft of unprotected players from the other teams around the league.
Each club has made five players available and no team can lose more than two.
The Browns first pick of the expansion draft was Detroit Lions center and former Virginia Tech standout Jim Pyne.
Dallas defensive end Hurvin McCormack and Patriots tackle Scott Rehberg were the number two and three pick.
150 players were made available. But Pyne was the first.
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Charlotte Motor Speedway is going through a major change.
The track has officially become the Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Track officials announced an agreement today to rename the facility after the Lowe's Home Improvement Centers.
The company is giving the track 35 MILLION dollars over ten years.
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Track officials say the money will be used to add seats, roads, and parking at the speedway.
The speedway will be able to seat 156-thousand fans by May's race.
still tot come in sports, we will go back to Daytona Beach,
and check in with Mike Steven's who says there isa youth movement starting in the sunshine state.
The Busch Grand National Series took center stage yesterday in Daytona. Mike Stevens has more on a youth movement making it's way through some of the racing ranks.
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