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A major ruling from the Supreme Court yesterday, could affect classrooms across the country, and perhaps one local lawsuit.
On a vote of five to four, the justices ruled that school officials can be sued if they don't stop sexual harassment involving students.
Joe Dashiell has more on the opinion, and its possible effect on one local lawsuit that drew national attention.
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((Lashonda Davis' mother filed suit after her daughter complained of sexual harassment and abuse over a five month period... and school officials in forsyth Georgia failed to act.
The court ruled that school officials can be held responsible if those who could have helped were- in justice Sandra Day O'Connor's words-- deliberately indifferent.
Meanwhile, the case could have implications for Christy Brzonkala, who filed suit against Virginia Tech... and two football players she alleged had raped her.
Brzonkala's lawyer says she is encouraged by the ruling... and now believes she has a green light to proceed with litigation against Virginia Tech.
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((WHAT WE'RE HOPING IS THAT THAT IS THE RIGHT SET OF FACTS TO SEE IF WE CAN WALK THAT RAZOR'S EDGE THAT THE COURT HAS SET OUT FOR US AND I'M VERY CONFIDENT. I'M BOUYED BY THE DECISION. BOTH THE MAJORITY OPINION AND THE DISSENT ARE VERY ENCOURAGING.))
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Officials at Virginia Tech don't agree.
A spokesman says the two cases have few paralells... and predicts the Supreme Court ruling will have little impact on the Brzonkala lawsuit.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
A central Virginia program that helps provide emergency medications for elderly and low- income residents is in danger of running out of money.
Dramatic increases in the number of clients they serve and in the cost of medications have put the Community Prescription Program in financial jeopardy.
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((LINDSEY EDWARDS/PROGRAM DIRECTOR: THE COST OF MEDICATIONS HAS SKYROCKETED. WHEN YOU'RE DEALING WITH PEOPLE ON DISABILITY AND A FIXED INCOME, THEIR COST OF LIVING INCREASE DOES NOT COME ANYWHERE CLOSE TO THE ANNUAL RISE IN THE COST OF MEDICATIONS.))
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Edwards says the program has a 20- thousand dollar annual budget, but only has 45 hundred dollars to last the rest of the year.
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Roanoke County firefighters dealt with not one, but two blazes Monday afternoon - very close to each other.
This home in the 51-hundred block of Fox Ridge Road in the Hunting Hills Community was engulfed by flames and smoke.
Fire Fighters were able to get the blaze under control.
Roanoke County's Fire Chief says the fire started in mulch in the front of the house.
No one was in the house at the time.
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Not far away ... and not related, from what firefighters could tell ... a brush fire started near the Hunting Hills country club.
Firefighters had to hike through the woods to reach it.
The blaze singed just over one acre.
It was 400-yards away from the Hunting Hills golf course... And half a mile from the closest house.
It took nearly three hours to contain the fire.
Nobody was hurt, and no structures were damaged.
Taking a look at today's forecast--
During the day it will be mostly sunny with 15 to 20 mile-per-hour winds out of the West. Temperatures will be between 70 and 75.
In the evening temperatures will drop into the mid to low fifties. Skies will be partly cloudy and less windy--
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You don't have to travel to Egypt to see mummies and artifacts from ancient civilizations.
It's just a short drive to Richmond to visit the exhibit The Splendors of Ancient Egypt.
It opens up this week.
Ellen Qualls has a preview.
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(( It's a double Egyptian whammy for Richmond.
This thrilling IMAX film...
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((A LAND WHERE THE... GREATEST CIVILIZATIONS.))
The Science Museum of Virginia managed to snag "Mysteries of Egypt" for its restored IMAX theater... at the same time the nearby Virginia Museum of Fine Arts bagged a blockbuster show.
((KATHERINE LEE/VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS: THIS IS A MONUMENTAL AND SPLENDID EXHIBITION.))
The show is stunning in its range-- from the earliest clay figurines, from about 3200 BC... to the mummy decorations that start to look more Roman in feature... signalling the fall of Egyptian dominance.
And the piece de resistance: The fragmented head of King Khafre, who built some of the Great Pyramids, and the Sphinx, who bears his countenance.
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((KATHERINE LEE/VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS: WE THOUGHT IT WAS IMPORTANT TO SHOW IT AT THIS TIME. BECAUSE WE'RE GOING INTO THE MILLENIUM. AND WHEN YOU GO INTO A NEW ERA SO TO SPEAK, IT'S IMPORTANT TO LOOK BACK AND TAKE STOCK. AND THE EGYPTIANS WERE REALLY THE FIRST TO SHOW HUMANKIND IN A WAY WITH WHICH WE CAN IDENTIFY.))
Scenes from Egyptian daily life show how lively and enjoyable life was.
This was a culture that could focus on math and science as well as art, dance, fashion, and beauty.
That explains the focus on the afterlife-- as a continuation of the life they treasured so much.
The Book of the Dead is a guide with spells and answers to the questions the dead would be asked in the afterlife.
And indeed, two thousand years later, Virginians can have their own questions answered by the dead of ancient Egypt.
It is the largest show in the history of the Virginia Museum of the Fine Arts.
It runs through November.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
In the first of its kind lawsuit, A Vinton woman is suing the makers of Latex gloves.
After 14 years of being exposed to Latex, Lisa Williams discovered she'd developed an acute reaction.
She had to quit her job as a Urology Technician.
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((MY FORMER EMPLOYER DID ALL THEY COULD DO FOR ME AT JEFFERSON SURGICAL... JUST MY ALLERGY WAS SO SEVERE THERE WAS NO STOPPING IT.))
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Williams now has a new job as the office manager of an insurance group.
Though there's no obvious evidence of Latex in the office, they've had to make a number of changes:
Rubber bands are stashed in a drawer.
Mouse pads were replaced with a harder surface.
Even the coil cord on her telephone was replaced.
Williams took a substantial cut in pay to work for the Benefits Group.
Only a handful of citizens turned out last night at a public hearing on the search for a new Roanoke City Manager.
Eric Earnhart was there.
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(( It was, to say the least, NOT what they expected.... 150 chairs in the center... 150 chairs surrounding the room for small group discussion...
The turnout, after subtracting city staff, volunteers and elected officials.... four people. Billy Bova was one of them.
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((BILLY BOVA; THEY ARE AT LEAST TRYING TO HAVE AN OPEN PROCESS HERE, THEY WANT THE CITIZENS TO HAVE INPUT AND REALIZE WE'RE SEARCHING FOR A NEW MANAGER. ))
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Organizers were a bit dismayed by the turnout, saying the meeting was well advertised ahead of time... they were pleased b y the results... this small group plastered the wall with more than 20 criteria for a new manager, including a proven enconomic development track record, a business background, and a good understanding of the Raonoke region.
Melvin Matthews and his wife made up half the crowd... residents for more they 50 years, they know what they want to see.
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((MELVIN MATTHEWS/; ALL THESE THINGS, A CLEAN CITY, AND EMPLOYEES TO BE TREATED RIGHT, ))
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Past council candidate Bill Bestpitch, the fourth member of the group, hopes to see more of his fellow citizens at the NEXT forum.
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((BILL BESTPITCH; WE NEED TO HEAR FROM PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE CITY, ALL WALKS OF LIFE, EVERYBODY NEEDS TO BE INVOLVED, BUT ALL CITY GOVERNMENT CAN DO IS PROVIDE THAT OPPORTUNITY, ITS UP TO THE CITIZENS TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT THEY'RE GOING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT. ))
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(( CARROLL SWAIN/COUNCIL MEMBER; IT MAY INDICATE THAT THE PEOPLE ARE SATISFIED WITH THEY WAY THINGS ARE BEING RUN, I DON'T KNOW, BUT I HAVE THAT FEELING THAT'S WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT.))
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Citizens have one more chance to speak out... the second forum is tonight night at 7:00 at the Jefferson Center.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))
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If you miss both meetings, you can still E-mail your comments to city council. The e-mail address is listed on our WebWatch page at WDBJ-7-dot-com.
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Montgomery county is left OUT of the newest proposed route by A-E-P for a high voltage power line.
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Monday night the board of supervisors - with a 6 to zero vote - decided the new route from West Virginia through Bland and Wythe Counties enroute to Jacksons Ferry is a better alternative.
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The supervisors are involved in the issue because the OTHER path being looked at by the state S-C-C would cross Montgomery County on its way to Cloverdale.
In November of '97, the board went on the record OPPOSING that route.
The resolution adopted last night---states that the new path is shorter and would impact fewer homes.
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The mother of one of the babies switched at birth four years ago has filed a multi- MILLION- dollar suit against the University of Virginia Medical Center.
Paula Johnson's 31 million dollar suit filed yesterday, names the hospital as well as administrators and several doctors and nurses.
Johnson's attorneys say UVA and its employees were negligent in sending her home with the wrong baby girl.
Her biological daughter is being raised by a Buena Vista family.
The switch came to light last summer during testing that was part of a paternity dispute between Johnson and her ex-boyfriend.