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He's the new speaker of the House and tonight he spoke in Roanoke to raise cash-
Convicted murderer John William King shouts obsenities as he taken from court.
Plus March Madness gets an early start with high school and college tournaments-
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The top Republican in the House makes an appearance in Roanoke tonight in support of a fellow congressman.
The new Speaker of the House came to town to lend a helping hand to a Virginia Congressman and talk about the party's goals now that the impeachment trial is over.
Dennis Hastert was in the star city for a fundraiser benefitting Congressman Bob Goodlatte.
But, as Stacey Martin reports, he mainly talked about the party's efforts to re-focus on its goals now that the impeachment trial is behind them.
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((DENNIS HASTERT/SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: IT WASN'T AN EASY JOB BECAUSE NOBODY REALLY WANTED TO FACE UP TO THIS. AND, ALL OF A SUDDEN WE WERE FACED WITH THE "I" WORD--THE IMPEACHMENT HEARING; FIRST TIME IT'S EVER HAPPENED TO AN ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.))
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It was a tough time for some Republicans who wanted to convict, but polls were telling them most Americans wanted the president to complete his term.
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((CONGRESSMAN GOODLATTE/(R) VIRGINIA:I DON'T BELIEVE ANYBODY IN THE CONGRESS RAN FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEAL WITH SOMETHING AS UNFORTUNATE AS THAT ENTIRE SITUATION WAS. WE RAN TO DEAL WITH THE ISSUES THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT.))
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Goodlatte indicated its now time to revive the Contract with America and Republican goals of cutting the national deficit, improving Social Security and returning some of the federal government's surplus to Americans.
Republicans are eyeing Texas Governor George Bush as a possible presidential contender.
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Two of his aides say Bush is getting ready to run for president.
Bush says he'll make an annoucement in two weeks-
Today reporters asked if he's made us his mind.
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((GEORGE W. BUSH/TEXAS GOVERNOR: I MADE UP MY MIND TO ANSWER THE QUESTION YES, NO OR MAYBE.))
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Sources say Bush will announce he's forming a presidential exploratory committee- that'a key step toward formal candidacy.
A shooting in Roanoke tonight sends 2 people to the hospital.
It happened around 6-30 this evening in the 2700 block of Salem Turnpike.
Roanoke city police say the victims tried to rob a home when someone shot at them.
They were then taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Authorities are still investigating the incident.
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The Roanoke County police officer who lost his job after a pepper spray incident last fall, is fighting his termination. Today, Russell Metcalf carried his case to a grievance panel.
Metcalf is an eight-year veteran who was suspended and then fired following the confrontation with 77-year old Goldie Akers.
During a day-long, closed hearing, county officials presented their witnesses. Metcalf will have his say when the panel reconvenes.
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((GARY LUMSDEN/METCALF'S ATTORNEY: AND AT THAT TIME, WE'LL START PUTTING ON THE PARADE OF OFFICERS THAT INDICATE THAT THEIR TRAINING IS VERY CONSISTENT WITH THE WAY OFFICER METCALF ACTED ON NOVEMBER THE EIGHTH.))
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Goldie Akers did not attend today's hearing. The grievance panel is expected to hear from more witnesses next week.
Jurors took just under three hours to choose the death penalty for John William King.
A statement released from King expresses no remorse for the dragging death of James Byrd.
Andrew Colton reports from Jasper Texas.
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((EVEN BEFORE THE JURY DELIBERATED, KING'S ATTORNEY PREDICTED HIS CLIENT
WOULD BE SENTENCED TO DIE. AFTER SENTENCING, SONNY CRIBBS SAID HE DID
WHAT HE COULD.
SONNY CRIBBS/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: It wasn't unexpected but it's always disappointing. It doesn't make you feel real good right now.
THE 12 PERSON JURY SAID THE EVIDENCE WAS STRONG THAT KING WAS A WHITE
SUPREMACIST WHO DRAGGED JAMES BYRD TO HIS DEATH. THE FOREMAN, THE
PANEL'S ONLY BLACK MEMBER, REVEALED HE ONCE WENT TO SCHOOL WITH KING.
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JAMES BYRD'S SISTERS SAID THE VERDICT IS THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS CLOSURE.
MARY VARRETT, VICTIM'S SISTER: IT'S A RELIEF TO US TO FINALLY
HAVE ONE OF THESE PERPS BROUGHT TO JUSTICE, AND RECEIVE A JUST SENTENCE.
AND EVEN TO THE END, KING SHOWED NO REMORSE. AS HECKLERS WAVED A
GOODBYE, SOMEONE ASKED IF HE HAD ANYTHING TO BYRD'S FAMILY. HIS ANSWER, AN OBSCENITY.
ANDREW COLTON CBS NEWS, JASPER, TEXAS.))
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The agreement between the families of two girls switched at birth is reportedly starting to show signs of strain.
A Charlottesville newspaper reports today that the aunt of four year old Callie Conley has been told she can no longer visit the child.
Callie is being raised by Paula Johnson, while Johnson's biological daughter Rebecca is in the care of two families in Buena Vista.
Johnson allegedly told the woman her lawyer had recommended barring any visits.
Her attorney.. CYNTHIA Johnson.. could not be reached for comment.
Traffic came to a standstill nearly three hours today in the southbound lanes of Interstate 81 in Rural Retreat.
The driver of a rig pulling two trailers filled with packages- lost control and flipped near mile marker 57-- near the Wythe/Smyth County line.
Witnesses told state police the driver was NOT speeding - that a gust of wind appeared to cause the driver to lose control.
Before flipping over-- the rear trailer struck another tractor trailer traveling in the opposite direction.
No one was seriously injured and no charges will be filed.
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The man accused of causing a hit-and-run crash that injured seven people last week has been arrested by Danville Police.
Police say Sylvester Waverly Hood fled the scene of the wreck on Claiborne Street.
Hood was reportedly speeding when he slammed into one car, ramming it into another.
He was arrested Saturday at his home and charged with three counts of felony hit-and-run and one count as a habitual offender.
Wearing your seatbelt is already the law on Virginia roads.
But today, a measure to allow police to pull you over for NOT doing so hit a brick wall.
The bill was one vote away from the Governor... and had been heavily lobbied by insurance companies trying to save money on bad accidents.
Supporters say it would force another 15-percent of Virginians to buckle up.
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((DEL. BRIAN MORAN/D-ALEXANDRIA: IN FACT, 79 FATALITIES WILL IN FACT BE PREVENTED. 900 SERIOUS INJURIES. THE COSTS ARE EXORBITANT TO TREAT THE INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE NOT USING THEIR SEATBELTS. THERE'S NO REASON WHY THOSE 63-PERCENT THAT ARE CURRENTLY USING THEIR SEATBELTS SHOULD BE SUBSIDIZNG THE MEDICAL COSTS OF THOSE THAT ARE BEING IRRESPONSIBLE.))
((DEL. JACK REID/R-HENRICO: WHAT THIS LEGISLATION IS ASKING YOU TO DO IS INTRUDE ON 100-PERCENT OF THE DRIVERS IN THIS STATE TO GET AT THE 27-PERCENT WHO ARE TOO STUPID TO BUCKLE UP.))
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With that privacy concern, and others related to police stopping black drivers more frequently, the measure finally died on a voice vote.
The weather's still making for a short school day, or no school day, for some area kids tomorrow.
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Highland County Schools are opening two hours late.
Patrick County Schools are opening one hour late.
Smyth County Schools are closed.
And Tazewell County Schools are operating on a 2-hour delay tomorrow.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Still to come on News 7,
social service workers want to revoke the license of an adult rest home in the area.
But residents say they want to stay there.
Details straight ahead.
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((Hey guys this is Mike Stevens in the sports office with high school regiona action from above the rim in the Burg and the Star City.
We'll check on the ODAC quarters for the ladies, and the Sad southern opener for VMI. Plus, Peyton's dad was in town tonight.
It's all coming up tonight on news 7 sports.))
Despite reports of sexual abuse, residents at an assisted living facility in Franklin County say they want to stay there.
The state Department of Social Services is ready to take back the license from the Franklin Manor Rest Home on Route 220.
Investigators say one resident sexually assaulted another, and staff members sometimes fail to give residents their medicine.
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((I DON'T THINK IT OUGHTTA CLOSE. I AIN'T GOT NO WHERE TO GO, TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH. DO YOU LIKE IT HERE? YEAH I LIKE IT REAL GOOD.))
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A new director says more staff members have been hired to supervise residents more closely.
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((IT'S NO LONGER A DUMPING GROUND. IT'S NOT A DUMPING GROUND TO TAKE SOMEONE AND LEAVE FOR YEARS AND MAYBE NOT EVEN GO BACK AND CHECK ON EM. ALL OF A SUDDEN, WHEN A CITATION COMES UP ALL THESE LOVED ONES COME OUT OF THE WOODWORK. WELL WHERE WERE THEY AT CHRISTMAS?))
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State officials expect to make another recommendation within two weeks on whether to close the place.
An 18 year old wanted for murder in Maryland will stay in Israel for trial.
Israel's Supreme court blocked extradition of Samuel (Shine-bine) Sheinbein-
Prosecutors say Shine-bine is a U-S citizen and should be tried here. Shinebine claims Israeli citizenship through his father.
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((DOUG GANSLER/STATE'S ATTORNEY: MR. SHEINBEN WAS BORN HERE, LIVED HER,E WENT TO SCHOOL HERE GREW UP HERE HIS ENTIRE LIVE AND ONLY TOOK A FEW VACATIONS TO ISRAEL.))
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((ELIETTE RAMOS/VICTIM'S MOTHER: I PERSONALLY WILL NOT REST IN PEACE WITH THE DECISION.))
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Sheinbein fled to Israel in 1997 after the mutilated body of an acquantaince was discovered.
A Vinton woman who allegedly tried to hire an undercover police officer to kill her husband for five thousand dollars is behind bars.
35-year old Peggy Irene Hanna is being held at the Roanoke County jail on murder-for-hire charges.
Investigators say Hanna was having an affair and wanted control of her husband's assests. She was arrested Monday, arraigned yesterday, and is being held without bond.
Tultex took a hit for the second year in a row.
The Martinsville apparel company reported profits for 19-98 fell 45 percent.
But during that year the company sold off one of its divisions ---
So taking that into account, Tultex said profits fell something more like 22 percent.
Either way, the company said 98 was not a good year.
It blames warm weather, saying that stopped people from buying sweatshirts -- and Tultex blames a market that's flooded with cheap imports from Asia.
When the news returns,
a Lynchburg lawyer fights to keep Virginia OUT of a national tobacco settlement...
And a judge slaps a 10-thousand dollar fine on him.
Details to come.
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A hot smoky fire gutted a home on Tazewell Avenue in Southeast Roanoke today.
Around 10-30 this morning Regina McGuire noticed smoke coming up through the floor- boards... from the basement.
Though she managed to get out okay, fire shot through the walls of the house, sending smoke and flames right up to the attic.
McGuire says her mother-in-law actually owns the house. It appears to be a total loss.
A Lynchburg lawyer says he'll appeal a ten-thousand dollar fine handed down during a dispute over Virginia's role in the national tobacco settlement.
James B. Feinman (FINE-man) was sanctioned for trying to block Governor Jim Gilmore and Attorney General Mark Earley from taking part in the settlement because they've accepted campaign contributions from tobacco interests.
But a Richmond judge called Feinman's lawsuit "frivolous" and ordered him to reimburse the state for the time its lawyers spent responding to the suit.
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Vinton was the place to be for some top flight volleyball last night as William BYrd hosted Bassett in a Group Two A state quarterfinal matchup.
This game was suposed to be played on Tuesday but the snow forced to be rescheduled twice.
Byrd won the opening game 15-to-8, but then lost the last two 7-15 and 12-15.
Bassett moves on to the state semi-finals.
Magna Vista also won its quarterfinal game last night beating Tunstall in three games. The final four will be played at R.E. Lee in Staunton.
The regional tourney action continued last night at Lynchburg College where Fleming and George Washington went head to head in the semi-finals.
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The place was packed at the start of this rematch especially the GW side.
Fleming had trouble with Danville's pressure, the Colonels throw it away and Mitton Perkins scoops it up and flies in the for the jam.
Later in the first half - Fleming's would rely on Michael Fleshman to get the team back in the game. He hits this 15 foot pullup "J".
But the Eagles would soar to a 19 point win last night as Jerrian Younger feeds
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Lavar Wright for the acrobatic shot. GW flips Fleming 56-to-37 and returns to the state tourney.
The Northwest region doubleheader opened with a big girls' game as Cave Spring hooked up with GW Danville.
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Linda Long and her Lady Knights were the underdogs coming into this one.
And GW would make it's mark on the opening tip as Shanna Price tips it to a streaking Tokisha Burton for the layin.
But by the second quarter Cave Spring had taken control. Jamie Funk gets the ball in the post and feeds Sarah Rutherford on the perimiter for the jumper and a Knights' lead.
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Cave would reverse the passing as Rutherford would find Renee Gagnier down in the paint and Knights earn a spot in the state tournament with the 43-to-38 win.
In the Virginia Independent Conference tournament last night at North Cross, Roanoke Valley Christian put its unbeaten mark on the line against Fuqua/
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The Eagles came into the game with a perfect 23-and-0 record.
And RVC would put the pressure on early as Josh Foster drives in and Slam Dunks the Funk as the Eagles take a three oint lead in the first half.
Foster would then kick the ball back out to K.C. Gilbert, and the senior bottoms out this three pointer, much to the delight of his mom in the crowd.
Darren Naff, the three point specialist came in off the bench, andhit a triple as RVC advances in the tournament with a 61 to 45 win.
The Virginia Cavaliers were on the road in Atlanta last night battling Ga. Tech in their last regular season game.
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Pete Gillen, who will certainly get some votes as coach of the year in the conference once again had his team in the game throughout.
Adam Hall gave the Cavs a big lift in the second half with two big three pointers.
With 5:50 to go UVa trailed by four.
They were still down by three with 3 seconds to play, but Donald Hand hit this three at the buzzer to send the game to overtime tied at 60-all.
But by then UVa was out of players and out of gas and Tech wins it 74 to 68
Virginia Tech cleaned up the Atlantic 10 postseason awards last night as head coach Bonnie
Henrickson was named the A-10's coach of the year. Her Hokies are 25-and-1 heading into the tournament opener on Saturday.
Several other Hokies also earned top honors from the league.
Lisa Witherspoon was named defensive player of the year, Katie O'Connor was voted the most improved player in the league, and Michelle Houseright was named the best layer off the bench in the A-10.
Roanoke and Emory & Henry tipped off the evening portion of the women's ODAC basketball tournament tonight.
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Roanoke coach Susan Dunagan won the crown last year on the Salem Civic Center floor.
Lady Wasp and former Floyd County star Karen Pursifull dishes to Suzanne Groseclose and she nails the jumper.
Former Glenvar standout Toree Morris then makes the nice move and hits the off [SUPER=33-Roanoke/69/Emory & Henry/5
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Cassie Shoemaker ices a 33 to 6 run, the Lady Maroons win 69-50 and will meet Bridgewater in the semifinals tomorrow at 3 o clock.
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In the opener this afternoon, top seeded Randolph-Macon battled 8th seeded Randolph-Macon Woman's College.
Aimee Beightol finds a cutting Bren Elliot under the iron, she nails the shot and The Yellow Jackets coast to a 90-61 victory over the Lady Wildcats.
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In the second game, number 5 Washington & Lee beat 4th seeded Virginia Wesleyan. Carter Thomas hits this shot as the Generals take a 61-49 win - the school's first ever ODAC tourney win.
The Radford women beat UNC Asheville in their Big South opener.
The Ferrum women lost thier Dixie opener to Methodist by 20.
Averett's women also lost their dixie conference opener by a single point.
When we come back we'll check out VMI's southern conference opener,
And hear from Archie Manning, who was at the Hotel Roanoke tonight.
The VMI Keydets' Southern Conference experience ended almost as soon as it started today as Furman knocked them out of the tourney.
Roy Stanley has more on the opening round loss.
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Former Saints quarterback Archie Manning was in town tonight delivering a motivational speech at the construction expo at the Hotel Roanoke.
Manning was in town on behalf of the Rutherford Company and before he began his lecture he took time to talk with us and compare his rookie season to the one just completed by his son Peyton.
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