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A Virginia Tech student goes on a cruise with her parents and then mysteriously disappears.
The sun goes down but the protesters stay out as night falls in Seattle.
Plus the Queen makes a smashing appearance with a new look.
News 7 is next.
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A Virginia Tech student disappears without a trace while on a cruise stop in Key West.
[has anchor tag!!!]
20 year old Rebecca Myers got off the ship - and apparently never got back on.
Tonight investigators are following every lead.
Ted Scouten has the details.
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[IN Q=what began]
[SUPER=03-Key West, FL;:00]
[SUPER=01-Elaine Myers/Missing Woman's Mother;:12]
[SUPER=01-Det. Al Citelli/Key West Police Dept.;:44]
[OUT Q=left key west.]
Myers' family is from Manassas.
Nelson County is mourning the loss of its sheriff tonight.
Ronald R. Wood suffered from a stroke Thanksgiving, he was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital where he died this evening.
Wood served as sheriff for the last 8 years and was recently elected to another term, he was with the department for 26 years.
Funeral arraignments have not been made yet.
Wood was 62 years old.
Tens of thousands took to the streets in Seattle today and tonight the rallying continued.
Seattle's Mayor imposed an overnight curfew in hopes the protesters will take a break.
Lisa Hughes in Seattle with the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Tom Buchanan/Boeing Employee;]
[SUPER=01-Lisa Hughes/CBS News;]
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((EXPLOSIONS OF CHEMICAL GAS-- SET OFF TO BREAK UP AN UNRULY CROWD IN
DOWNTOWN SEATTLE. AFTER A FULL DAY OF PROTESTS AIMED AT THE WORLD
TRADE ORGANIZATION... POLICE HAD ENOUGH. THE MAYOR IMPOSED A CURFEW. THE GOVERNOR CALLED IN THE NATIONAL GUARD. PROTESTERS WHO WANTED TO DISRUPT THE MEETING OF THE WORLD TRADE MINISTERS -- ACCOMPLISHED THEIR GOAL.
STATE SEN. TOM HAYDEN/D-CA
I DON'T KNOW HOW THIS.... AND IT'S A BAD NAME.
THE DAY'S LARGEST DEMONSTRATION WAS NOT MARKED BY VIOLENCE. AN ESTIMATED
35-THOUSAND PROTESTERS PARADED THROUGH THE CITY-- CALLING FOR PROTECTION
OF US JOBS, BETTER WORKING CONDITIONS OVERSEAS AND MUCH MORE. THE WTO,
THEY SAY, BENDS TOO EASILY TO CORPORATE GREED AT THE EXPENSE OF HUMAN RIGHTS.
TOM BUCHANAN/BOEING EMPLOYEE
THIS IS THE FIRST TIME...LOWERING STANDARDS TO THE BASEMENT.
I LIVED IN BERKELEY....STRONGLY ABOUT THIS...
BUT ANGRY PROTESTERS -- WITH NO APPARENT POLITICAL INTERESTS-- TURNED
THE TABLES. THEY VANDALIZED BUILDINGS.... BROKE WINDOWS AND SMASHED
CARS. BY NIGHTFALL, IT WASN'T PROTESTERS....
...BUT POLICE WHO WERE MARCHING -- PROMISING TO ENFORCE A CURFEW AND
KEEP THE PEACE.))
Union workers in Martinsville staged their own W-T-O protest.
[In-Q=So we tell them]
[Out-Q=we are the Union. -- DOUBLE OUT!!!]
They rallied against China's potential entry into the World Trade Organization...
Saying it would give U-S companies one more country where they could send American jobs.
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[IN Q=I'VE GOT 22]
((LUCY HAIRSTON/UNITE! UNION: I'VE GOT 22 YEARS INVESTED. THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WITH 40-50 YEARS INVESTED IN THIS COMPANY. WE HAVE NOTHING TO LOOK FORWARD FOR NOTHING IS GOING TO GET BETTER BECAUSE CHINA WORKS FOR LESS.))
[SUPER=01-Lucy Hairston/UNITE! Union]
[OUT Q=china works for less]
The UNITE union rallied in front of Tultex.
It's one apparel company that has sent hundreds of jobs to other countries where the labor is cheaper.
The union blames free-trade deals ... like NAFTA ... a deal that removed trade barriers between the U-S, Canada and Mexico.
Jean tosses to Robin in Weather Center
WAKE UP FORECAST
[Toss back to anchor][SOL-Hearing]
The Standards of Accreditation for Virginia schools are about to get a facelift.
But first, the Board of Education is taking its proposal to the community in five hearings throughout the state tonight.
Marya Jones was at the hearing in Danville and has reaction.
Jean, parents, educators and students showed up with a lot on their minds. Unfortunately for the Board of Education, it wasn't the proposed revisions to the Standards of Accreditation ... it was general criticism for the SOLs.
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[IN Q=The Board of Education]
[SUPER=01-Nora Wilkins/Retired Teacher; :17]
[SUPER=01-Amanda Craft/Blairs Middle School 7th Grader; :29]
[SUPER=01-Becky Crane/Blairs Middle School 7th Grader;:37]
[SUPER=01-Dennis Witt/Halifax Co. Superintendent;1:04]
[OUT Q=students, schools and communities.]
((The Board of Education came to Trent Bonner Middle School seeking feedback on a set of changes that would heighten rewards and penalties for schools based on student S-O-L scores.
But what it got was about 300 educators, parents and students ... all sounding off against a test they say that too much is riding on.
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((NORA WILKINS/RETIRED TEACHER: FROM THE BEGINNING, THE SOLS HAVE BEEN CHILD ABUSE, THE WAY I SEE IT. (LAUGHTER).))
Teachers say they can't teach the materials fast enough.
Students say it's too much material too quickly.
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((AMANDA CRAFT: THE TEACHERS FEEL PRESSURED TRYING TO HURRY UP AN MAKE US LEARN IT AND I DON'T LIKE IT. ))
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((BECKY CRANE/BLAIRS MIDDLE SCHOOL 7TH GRADER: IT'S JUST TOO MUCH WORK, TOO MUCH PRESSURE ON THE TEACHERS AND THE STUDENTS.))
The Board of Education says it wants to relieve some of that pressure by targeting schools with low scores for extra help.
It's also recommending a program that sets benchmarks by rewarding schools and students that perform well on the S-O-Ls.
But none of the Board's proposals back down from the S-O-L as a measure of students' and schools' success.
That's something that even some school superintendents say they want to see changed.
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((DENNIS WITT/HALIFAX CO. SUPERINTENDENT: WE NEED TO HAVE ACCOUNTABILITY, BUT LET'S MAKE SURE WE'VE GIVEN EVERYONE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED BEFORE WE PLACE AN IRREVOCABLE, DAMAGING LABEL ON STUDENTS, SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES. ))
The Board of Education says it will take all that into account before it votes on its revisions ...
Parents, teachers and students say they hope the Board adopts a revision that makes the SOLs a little less crucial.
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Some families live only one mile from their children's school - but starting next year their kids will have to go to school seven miles away.
It's just one scenario in Botetourt County as the school board begins redistricting students.
Tonight parents and their children had a chance to see the maps. Kate Weidaw has the story.
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Parents are not happy with the Botetourt County school board's redistricting plans for students. Overcrowding at Cloverdale Elementary school was one reason for the change -- but parents like Linda McFarland say what the board is proposing doesn't make sense.
((LINDA MCFARLAND/PARENT: WE DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY YOU'RE TAKING A CHILD AWAY WHO IS A MILE AWAY FROM THEIR SCHOOL AND WANTING TO SHIP THEM TO ANOTHER SCHOOL IN ANOTHER DISTRICT.))
For Linda's daughter Katie, going to Greenfield next year would mean a seven mile ride. But Katie says she doesn't want to leave her friends and will miss Cloverdale.
((KATIE MCFARLAND/STUDENT: I DON'T WANT TO CHANGE TEACHERS BECAUSE I HAVE ALL THE TEACHERS MY BROTHER HAD.))
As parents and their children looked at the lines on the map outlining the new districts some were keeping an open mind about the plan.
((JIM MCDOWELL/PARENT: I'M NOT TO KEEN ON THE IDEA I DON'T KNOW ALL THE REASONS WHY BUT I'LL JUST HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE.))
School board members say their hands are tied.
((MIKE BEAHM/SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: WE'RE ABSOLUTELY NOT GONG TO MAKE EVERYONE HAPPY. [SOT 58:59]
MOST OF THEM HAVE LIVED HERE THEIR ENTIRE LIVES AND THEY'RE THE ONES BEING IMPOSED UPON AT THIS POINT OPPOSED TO OTHERS THAT LIVE IN SUBDIVISIONS AND ARE RELATIVELY NEW TO THE COUNTY.))
The board says the quality of the children's education is what they're keeping in mind.
A recommendation on the plans is expected to go to the school board later this week. Kate Weidaw News 7 Botetourt County.))
U-S and Mexican law authorities confirm they have found remains-
at what could be the killing fields of Mexican drug lords.
Agents used special ultra sound devices and highly trained teams to dig up the mass graves.
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[IN Q=This investigation]
((DAVID ALBA/FBI SPECIAL AGENT: THIS INVESTIGATION FOCUSES ON A SERIES OF MURDERS AND DISAPPEARANCES RELATED TO THE DRUG TRAFFICKING.))
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((CLAUDIA SANCHES/DAUGHTER OF MISSING PERSONS: MAYBE IF IT'S THEM I CAN HAVE A PLACE WHERE I CAN GO SET FLOWERS AND IF IT'S NOT THEM I'LL KEEP ON LOOKING.))
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[Super=01-Claudia Sanches/Daughter of Missing Persons; 08]
[OUT Q=KEEP ON LOOKING.]
The remains may include Americans & Mexicans who disappeared in the area in the last four years.
The days of those free-wheeling purple scooters in Lynchburg are now numbered.
Lynchburg police have designed a new law requiring scooter owners to register their vehicles, wear safety equipment and obey all traffic laws.
Authorities say the ordinance should increase scooter safety and cut down on public complaints.
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[IN Q=They were basically]
((LT. TOM LAWTON/LYNCHBURG POLICE DEPT.: THEY WERE BASICALLY JUST UNREGULATED AND WE FELT THERE WAS A NEED TO CHANGE THAT. WE HAVE HAD A FEW ACCIDENTS IN THE CITY, WE'VE HAD SEVERAL COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE MOPEDS AND THE WAY THEY RIDE AROUND, AND PEOPLE JUST WONDERING HOW CAN THESE PEOPLE GET AWAY WITH THIS NOTHING BE DONE ABOUT IT?))
[SUPER=01-Lt. Tom Lawton/Lynchburg Police Dept.]
[OUT Q=done about it?]
The law takes effect January 1st, but police won't start writing tickets until February.
They first want to educate scooter owners about the changes.
The push is on to get NEW parents PAID time off.
We'll tell you about it.
And... approving its use in the U-S caused controversy.
Now - one country is making the Morning After pill available in schools.
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[IN Q=HEY FOLKS]
[OUT Q=THE BIG 7."]
((Hey folks this is Mike Stevens back in the New 7 sports office where we always have a ball! News of a commemorative fund raiser, a historic appearance on the cover of SI, plus Bobby Bowden talking about Vick.
All that plus, Express news and college hoopla later on the Big 7.))
Federal Law already allows new parents to take time off after having a baby.
Today President Clinton proposed a plan to give states the option of paying parents for that time off.
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((WE OUGHTA SET A GOAL THAT ALL PARENTS CAN TAKE THE TIME THEY NEED WITH THEIR FAMILIES, WITHOUT LOSING THE INCOME THEY NEED TO SUPPORT THEM.))
[OUT Q=TO SUPPORT THEM.]
Under the labor Department regulations, states would be allowed to dip into their unemployment coffers to pay for the program.
But, it would be voluntary and flexible, meaning programs would likely vary from state to state or not be offered at all.
A group of three businessmen and an Architectural Glass company admitted to bid-rigging today.
The Corporate Research Center at Virginia Tech was cited by the F-B-I as one of half a dozen examples where the glass contract was determined by collusion among commercial glass companies.
Jefco- -the COMPANY that pled guilty- -paid a fine today of 125-thousand dollars. It has closed its Roanoke office and is no longer doing business here.
Authorities say projects at Tech, J-M-U and Rockingham Memorial Hospital all had bidders setting the price by agreeing beforehand who'd get the contract... contracts ranging from 200-thousand dollars to more than a million and a half.
It is North America's oldest mental hospital.
And it's time for a change-- a change that could mean the eventual closure of several Virginia mental hospitals.
The Governor's Mental Health Commission has recommended selling off much of Eastern State Hospital in Williamsburg -- and using that as a model for "restructuring" other state hospitals.
[IN Q=I think]
((HENRY ALTICE/GOVERNOR'S COMMISSION: I THINK THE POLITICAL PROCESS FOR YEARS HAS CAUSED THIS NOT TO HAPPEN. AND I SEE A MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH TODAY AS WE START LOOKING AT MORE CREATIVE WAYS.))
((VAL MARSH/ALLIANCE FOR THE MENTALLY ILL: YOU KNOW VIRGINIA STILL HAS TOO MANY HOSPITALS. WE HAVE NINE HOSPITALS... CLOSING... SOME IN THE WESTERN PART OF THE STATE.))
[SUPER=01-Henry Altice/Governor's Commission; :00]
[SUPER=01-Val Marsh/Alliance for the Mentally Ill; :09]
[OUT Q=of the state.]
The profits from the sale of hospitals would be put into a trust fund to pay for community-based care.
The Governor's plan needs General Assembly approval.
Many parents are afraid it will encourage a free attitude toward sex.
The French Government has announced it will make the Morning-After birth control pill available in public schools.
Health workers say school nurses might be the only ones young girls can turn to if they've had unprotected sex and want to prevent pregnancy.
School nurses will begin administering the Morning-After pill - along with counseling and contraceptive advice - in a couple of weeks.
The parents of JonBenet Ramsey take a tabloid to court.
And - Queen Elizabeth surprises with a new, flashy look...
We'll show you.
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The parents of Jon Benet Ramsey are suing a tabloid newspaper.
John and Patsy Ramsey filed suit against the Star on behalf of their 12-year old son-
The couple charges their son Burke was libeled by stories accusing him of killing his sister, Jon Benet.
The suit seeks 25 million dollars in damages.
Jon Benet was found strangled to death in the family home in December of 1996.
The newspaper says it plans to vigorously fight the lawsuit.
If you thought you were having a bad hair day- check out the newest member of Houston's zoo.
Luna is a two year old Orangutan- she is hanging out now at the Houston zoo.
Luna was rejected by her mother, hand raised and then returned to a surrogate mother.
So far Luna's a hit with zoo goers- hopefully she'll be welcomed by the other orangutans including the mother who rejected her.
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Hoop highlights from the Cassell, the Express posts a shutout on the road.
Bobby Bowden talks about stopping Vick, we'll show you new Sports Illustrated with Tech on the cover, and we'll tell you who the Arena football coach is town is going to be.
But first in tonight's Extra Point.
5000 ten inch football commemorating Tech's 11 and 0 season have been made by a Missouri Company.
The ball sells for $59.95 - and the Montgomery County Christmas store gets 10 percent of the sales.
The store has been making Christmas happen for needy families since 1982.
You can get more information by calling the store in Montgomery County.
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The Virginia Cavaliers battled Minnesota last night in the Big Ten-ACC showdown... and lost it.
The score was 74 - 62
Elsewhere in last night's Big Ten-ACC battles -
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The Maryland fans were stoked for this matchup with the Hawkeyes.
And the Terps came to play as they shot the lights out in the first half. Taking a 10-to-nothing lead. Maryland led by 11 at the halftime break.
And the Terps beat Iowa 83-to-65 thanks to a 20 point effort from all-everything performer Terrence Morris.
The Virginia Tech women's team was back home in the Cassell last night looking to get back on the winning track and spread a little Christmas cheer with Appalachian State in the house.
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Tons of toys were donated last night for the Montgomery County Christmas Store as fans came to see the Hokies play.
Sarah Hicks was able to feed through the Mountaineer defense to Nicole Jones and she kisses it off the glass for an early 11-8 Tech lead.
The Hokies offense was again fast and furious as Emily Lipton gets the long range assist. The former Botetourt star, Hicks, knocks down the long two pointer extending Tech's lead.
Appy State would get some long range shots as well. As Tiffany Cole gets the assist to Noel Dolan who drains the three pointer to cut the spread to four.
Later in the half the Hokies continued their domination as Crystal Starling puts up
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the shot. It rims out, but Hicks is there for the clean up and she draws the foul.
Tech wins by 20 to improve to 3-and-2.
The Virginia Tech - Florida State Sugar Bowl matchup is now only 35 days away.
The game isn't even official. But the Hokies already are getting the attention of FSU boss Bobby Bowden.
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[IN Q="That's the way...]
[SUPER=01-Bobby Bowden/Florida State Head Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=IS SO CLOSE."]
The competition may be close these days, but Bowden says when it comes to freshman quarterbacks - no one comes close to the Hokies' Michael Vick.
Here's what Bowden had to say when asked how you stop number 7.
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[IN Q="He'd have to get sick...]
[OUT Q=...any of them."]
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Speaking of Vick - despite leading the nation in passing efficiency he did not make the list of three finalists for the national Davey O'Brien award that is given to the top quarterback in the nation. Joe Hamilton, Drew Breas and Chad Pennington make up that trio.
The Hokies are slowly picking up fans and respect nationwide, and their biggest accomplishment to date becomes official today when they land on the cover of Sports Illustrated for the first time in school history.
[vo nat eng#]
The magazine hits the streets today, but here's a sneak peak at the cover that features wide receiver Andre Davis with caption "They Belong!"
The Anderson News Agency, which distributes the magazine, says it will place 15 thousand copies of Sports Illustrated in stores throughout the area.
The normal distribution number is just 300.
Still to come - the Express wins tonight on the road.
The latest from the ice and Mike Peron's clip joint is coming up with Steve Mason.
The Roanoke Express beat the Charlotte Checkers tonight 1-to-nothing in the Queen City as rookie Joe Murphy got the game winner early in the first period.
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Earlier today the franchise's new Arena Football Two team made some waves.
Steve Mason explains.
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[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=01-Mike Peron/Express Center; :40]
[SUPER=01-Rob Schweyer/Express Wing; :59]
[SUPER=01-Daniel Berthiaume/Express Goalie; 1:17]
[OUT Q=...news 7 sports"]
((Pete Shaw is Roanoke's Arena Football Two team first head coach. He was in the Star city Tuesday afternoon but would not comment, deferring all questions to his official introduction. He has been a defensive coach with both the Arena football league's New Jersey Red Dogs and he served as defensive coordinator for the University of Tennessee at Martin last year.
In the last four games, Mike Peron is cutting through opposing defenses with the same precision he shaves his scalp. In that time he has seven assists, a run that coincides with his renewed barbershop dedication.
New Express acquisition Rob Schwyer has two goals in four games and is making an impact with his size and servant like attitude.
11-5 and 3 Roanoke is seventh in the ECHL against the power play with a 84 percent man down success rate.
The Express returns to the Round House Sunday against Johnstown, Steve Mason, news 7 sports.))[Queen]
Is Queen Elizabeth loosening up?
She surprised the media with a new look at the Royal Variety Performance show last night.
The Queen was wearing a multi-colored sequined blouse with a full-length silk skirt. It was hardly the conservative look she's used to...
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