Next on News 7-
Six men who want to be President face off tonight.
We'll hear from the candidates.
Two school buses collide in Pittsylvania County.
And we'll go live to the Post Office - this is the busiest day of the year there.
News 7 at Eleven is coming up next.
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Six Presidential hopefuls went head to head in debate tonight in the heartland-- just six weeks before the crucial Iowa Caucuses.
Drew Levinson is live in Des Moines with the highlights-
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((Go Bush, Go Bush, Go Bush
OUTSIDE THE DEBATE HALL-THE SHOUTS WERE COMING MOSTLY FROM TEENS-TOO
YOUNG TO VOTE.
We believe in Steve, we believe in Steve, We believe in Steve.
BUT INSIDE ---IN FRONT OF IOWANS OLD ENOUGH TO CAST A BALLOT---NONE
WOULD ENDORSE NEW GUN CONTROL LAWS. LAWS THAT WOULD PREVENT SHOOTINGS
LIKE THE ONE AT COLUMBINE HIGH SCHOOL LAST SPRING
GEORGE W. BUSH/GOP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE:
I Think the best accountability for somebody who breaks the law with a
gun is called jail.
ON THE ISSUE OF MEDICARE THIS FROM SENATOR ORRIN HATCH.
ORRIN HATCH/GOP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE:
We have to deal with it and the next president of the United States has
to have common sense, conservatism and guts to get it done and you're
looking at the guy who is working in this area all the way through and I
will get it done for you.
ON TRYING TO SAVE AMERICAS STRUGGLING FARMS-ALAN KEYES.
ALAN KEYES/GOP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE:
We lose the family farm and we lose the nursery of Americas moral
character, we cant afford that.
ON FREE TRADE WITH FOREIGN COUNTRIES-GARY BAUER
GARY BAUER/GOP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
I will stop allowing China to play us for suckers, we've given them most
favored nations status 10 years in a row, they dump their goods here
and Iowa farmers are selling less to China now than they did 10 years
ON THE EXISTENCE OF THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION-STEVE FORBES SAYS WE
SHOULD BE A MEMBER BUT
STEVE FORBES/GOP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE:
I have no illusions about it, I have compared the WTO to a wooly Mammoth
without the charm laughs it is so big.m
ON PREVENTING WOMEN IN COMBAT-JOHN MCCAIN-A FORMER POW.
JOHN MCCAIN/GOP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE:
No I don't, its already been proven in the Persian Gulf war that women
perform extraordinarily with heroism, skill and courage including the
DREW LEVINSON/CBS NEWS:
"Who won the debate?--it depends on which candidate you talk to. Each
says he won...but the real winner here will be determined here in six
weeks...that's when the Iowa Caucuses will be held." Drew Levinson, CBS News, Des Moines.))
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Joey (show-walter)Showalter will become Montgomery County's next prosecutor.
Showalter beat incumbent Phil Keith by just 50- votes in the November election.
Keith then petitioned the court for a recount.
Today-- the votes were counted again with the same outcome.
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A school bus accident in Pittsylvania County sent three children to the hospital with minor injuries this afternoon.
It happened around four on Slatesville Road near Chatham.
State police say the two school buses were going in opposite directions- passing each other- when they collided.
The buses were dropping off kids from four Pittsylvania County schools.
Three students were treated and released, according to the Danville Regional Medical Center.
Neither bus driver has been charged.
Jean tosses to Robin in Weather Center
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If you headed to the post office today - you probably noticed the lines are growing longer as the holiday approaches.
Today is considered the busiest mail day of the year, and with the increase in online shopping, business at the post office is really booming.
Kate Weidaw is in the mailroom where they're winding down from a very busy day.
The busiest day in the mailroom may be almost over but workers here say it's not until the holidays are over that the tons of mail stop pouring in.
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((This is Sally Johnson's first holiday working in the mail room -- she says it was a little overwhelming seeing the mail pile up.
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((SALLY JOHNSON/MAIL CLERK: THE MACHINE HAS BEEN RUNNING ALMOST 45 MINUTES. KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: IS THAT A LOT? SALLY JOHNSON: YES.))
Pat King stopped by the post office to drop off 45 holiday cards.
((PAT KING/CUSTOMER: I WORKED ON THEM 2 NIGHTS AND ON THE WAY TO SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE AND A PARTY IN THE DARK.))
Over 700-thousand pieces of holiday mail were sorted, stacked, and tossed into piles.
The large number is due part to this year's craze for shopping on line.
((BILLY MARTIN/ROANOKE POST MASTER: WE'RE SEEING AND I'M TALKING ABOUT THOUSANDS JUST HERE IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY OF ADDITIONAL PARCELS COMING THROUGH.))
On conveyer belts you could see boxes with labels like Barnes and Noble dot com and Amazon dot com.
The trend is not only leaving businesses happy but the post office is also seeing additional revenue.
Meanwhile as the letters and cards continue to slide through the mail slots workers are reminded of the United States postal service promise.
((MICHAEL VIERS/MAIL HANDLER: WE DELIVER. THAT'S WHAT WE PAY FOR.))
A simple reminder the post office wants customers to keep in mind, make sure you use the correct zip code. If you are unsure you look up zip codes on the Internet at usps.com.
Jean, starting this week packages will be delivered on Sunday -- and to ensure your packages arrive on or before Christmas mail them before December 20th.
New recovery efforts have begun at the Egypt Air Crash site-
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Today the crew of the Smit Pioneer began recovering human remains- personal effects and airplane wreckage-
The head of National Transportation Safety Board and the FBI Director visited the salvage ship.
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((LOUIS FREEH/FBI DIRECTOR: WE WERE BOTH VERY STRUCK WITH THE SENSITIVITY AND REVERENCE WITH WHICH THE MAN AND WOMEN ON BOARD ARE TREATING THOSE REMAINS AND AS YOU KNOW THEY WILL BE TURNED OVER TO THE MEDICAL EXAMINER HERE AND IDENTIFIED.))
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50 loads of debris were recovered including and 8-foot section of plane.
130 Allstate employees are going to be job-hunting because of the company's restructuring.
But the company says it'll hire 300 new workers next year.
Allstate announced a company-wide reorganization last month.
At the time, Allstate said nobody in Roanoke would get laid off.
But the company is sending one department's work to California.
An official says about half the workers in the department will get new jobs in Roanoke... and that the remaining workers either didn't want a different job or didn't qualify for one.
In all thousands of textile workers in Henry County are entering the holiday season without jobs.
But their friends and neighbors are working to make sure they DON'T go without a Christmas holiday.
The city, county and local charities are pitching in with more than 600 bikes and thousands of toys to help families of laid off workers.
Former workers at Tultex, Pluma and Ashworth can pick up toys and food for the holidays at The Salvation Army's Toy Store.
The Salvation Army is even helping some families with their bills.
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((LT. ERIK NICKELL/SALVATION ARMY: WE'RE HAVING TO PAY ELECTRIC BILLS, MORTGAGES AND WE REALLY DON'T WANT TO DO THAT. WE WANT TO GET THESE PEOPLE BACK ON THEIR FEET, WE DON'T JUST WANT TO PAY THEIR BILLS...WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A HARD TIME PAYING THAT MANY BILLS, SO WE NEED THEM TO FIND SOME JOBS.))
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The Salvation Army expects to provide toys for as many as two-thousand kids in the area.
The Toy Store will be open for parents Tuesday through Thursday of next week at the Dutch Inn Plaza in Collinsville.
Danville's City Council says it's naming a new City Manager Wednesday.
The city conducted a five-month nationwide search to fill the job.
Sources say the finalist is a former city manager from Virginia who works in the southeast-
But Council members say they're keeping his identity under wraps until he breaks the news to his current employer.
He'll replace former manager Ray Griffin, who was ousted in July.
He's sworn to uphold the legal system.
But a local police officer says he's getting a raw deal, after he was attacked.
We'll have the story.
Plus - does the justice system work for an immigrant who was brutalized by a cop in a bathroom?
We'll tell you what he thinks, after the former officer is sentenced today.
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((HI JEAN. TONIGHT IN SPORTS THE PATRIOTS AND MINUTEMEN BATTLE IT OUT ON THE HIGH SCHOOL HARDWOOD. HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE NHL. A LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYER GETS STATE HONORS. AND FRANK BEAMER TAKES HOME A NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD. THOSE STORIES AND MORE LATER IN SPORTS.))
A Campbell County deputy who was nearly killed in the line of duty says he feels cheated by the same legal system he's sworn to uphold.
A judge today ruled 23-year old Allen Hawkins was criminally insane the day he stabbed Deputy Rodney Thompson.
Three psychologists back up that claim, which will allow Hawkins to avoid serving time in prison.
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((JOE SANZONE/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: YOU CAN'T JUST PUNISH PEOPLE BECAUSE YOU FEEL THAT THAT'S APPROPRIATE. BUT THE LAW MAKES JUDGEMENTS AND DETERMINES FOR PEOPLE, AND IN HIS CASE, HE'S GOING TO HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE CONSEQUENCES OF HIS MENTAL ILLNESS FOR MANY YEARS IN THE FUTURE.))
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But Thompson and his family say Hawkins' legal connections helped him in court today.
Hawkins is the son of Lynchburg attorney David Hawkins.
The alleged plot to kill a Montgomery County judge has thickened.
Investigators believe the two men charged were preparing to kill two more people.
A grand jury on Friday indicted Christopher (Dee-more-ann-ville) DeMoranville for allegedly plotting to kill his parents.
DeMoranville was already in custody for allegedly trying to hire Derick Chapman to kill Circuit Judge Ray Grubbs.
No one was injured.
Chapman was also indicted by the same grand jury last week.
Authorities say Chapman was planning to shoot Judge Grubbs in the head.
Both men remain behind bars.
Prosecutors called it one of the worst acts of brutality ever.
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Today former Police officer Justin Volpe was sentenced to 30 years behind bars for torturing a Haitian immigrant.
Abner Louima says the sentence sends a message.
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((THE SENTENCE TODAY I HOPE SENDS A CLEAR MESSAGE THAT NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW.))
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It was 1997 that Louima was sodomized with a broomstick handle in the bathroom of a police station.
Before sentencing Volpe asked for leniency saying he was sorry and ashamed of his actions.
A judge is Maryland must decide whether Linda Tripp will go on trial for violating state wiretapping laws.
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Federal Prosecutors say Tripp should not be tried. They say she had immunity when she secretly taped phone conversations with Monica Lewinsky.
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((JOSEPH MURTHA/TRIPP'S ATTORNEY: LINDA TRIPP NEVER WOULD HAVE COOPERATED WITH THE OFFICE OF THE INDEPENDENT COUNSEL IF SHE DIDN'T HAVE IMMUNITY AND THAT IMMUNITY SHOULD PROTECT HER FROM BEING PROSECUTED IN THE STATE OF MARYLAND.))
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But Maryland prosecutors have a problem.
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((STEPHEN MONTANARELLI/STATE PROSECUTOR: THE STATE WAS NOT A PARTY TO THAT AGREEMENT, SO THEREFORE WE'RE SAYING THAT SINCE WE ARE NOT A PARTY, WE CAN USE THAT EVIDENCE. ))
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If Tripp goes on trial, Monica Lewinsky could be a witness.
If convicted Tripp could face up to ten years in prison.
Opera fans are up in arms after a local radio station axes the Metropolitan Opera.
But tonight - the station's manager tells listeners why.
Plus - human or not - as long as you're nice, Santa leaves no one out.
We've got the video to prove it.
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Opera lovers hope a local radio station will reconsider its decision to drop a weekly opera broadcast from its line-up.
The Metropolitan Opera began its 60th season of radio broadcasts two weeks ago, but the Saturday afternoon shows are NOT airing on W-V-T-F.
That's prompted complaints from loyal listeners, who say the MET performances were the only opera broadcasts in a large part of western Virginia.
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((I JUST THINK IT'S FAR TOO IMPORTANT FOR THEM NOT TO SERIOUSLY RECONSIDER IT. IF THEY THEMSELVES DON'T RECONSIDER THEIR THOUGHTS ON IT. I HOPE THAT VIRGINIA TECH WILL ALSO ENCOURAGE THEM TO DO THAT.))
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[OUT Q=encourage them to do that.]
W-V-T-F station manager Steve Mills says the station loses too many listeners when it carries the opera live on Saturday afternoons.
He says the station offered to carry the event, taped, on Sunday evenings, but that the Met said no.
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He's a college professor who's also a president.
That's the way Paul Torgersen has described himself for the past six years.
But in less than three weeks-- Virginia Tech's 14th president will retire.
Torgersen has served as president since 1994 and while he says it's been an interesting and rewarding job it's also been tiring.
Torgersen typically works seven days a week to get the job done-- because he also teaches in the engineering department.
As far as his replacement-- Torgersen says Charles (stee-ger) Steiger was an excellent choice.
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((PAUL TORGERSEN/VIRGINIA TECH PRESIDENT: WE BOTH COME FROM A BACKGROUND OF WORKING WITH FACULTY AND I THINK THAT WILL BE AN ASSET IN IS CASE AS IT WAS IN MINE, I THINK CHARLES IS GOING TO BE A GREAT PRESIDENT.))
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After he retires at the end of the year, Torgersen will continue teaching at Tech.
As far as slowing down-- Torgersen says he plans to play a lot more tennis.
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In sports, highlights from the high school hard wood, and the NHL, coach of the year honors for Frank Beamer and player of the year for a local high school football standout.
First our Extra Point.
Larry the "Packerlope"..a well known Packers fan noted for the crazy
deer antlers he wears helped bikini clad babes seek out the MOST
OUTRAGEOUS Packer fan in the Lambeau Field parking lots in Green Bay.
The winner was Greg Jenss, the "Titletown Clown" from Green Bay.
Now here are the scores.
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The Liberty Minutemen traveled from Bedford to Roanoke for to battle with the Patriots on the high school hardwood.
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Jack Esworthy trying to light a fire under his Patrick Henry team and it seemed to work as the Patriots went on the offensive.
Pary fakes the "J" and steps back behind the three point line and gets the sweet shooters roll. And it was 46 to 40 PH at the half.
But Liberty kept it close in the second, the big man Caleb Buchanan, goes up and under and draws the foul.
But the Patriots would take control of the game, Tyson Hawkins wraps the ball around his back and flips it to a streaking Nick Clements and PH goes on to beat the Minutemen 87 to 78.
Frank Beamer like his quarterback Michael Vick and defensive end Corey Moore is starting to pick up national honors.
Beamer has been named the Walter Camp Football Foundation's coach of the year.
The winningest coach in Tech history led the Hokies to their first ever 11-and-0 season this year, and of course that upcoming trip to the Sugar Bowl.
Last night he delivered the keynote speech for the Heisman trophy awards dinner at the Downtown Athletic Club in New York City.
Beamer, who is 53, is in his 13th season as Tech's head coach.
He will receive the honor on February 5th at Yale.
A player honored by Friday Football Extra during this past season has received statewide recognition.
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William Fleming's Jermaine Hardy, has been named Group Three A's defensive player of the year by the Virginia High School Coaches Association.
Hardy, who is a senior, has now made all-district, all-region, and all-state.
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((JERMAINE HARDY/GROUP AAA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:))
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Still to come, Danny Ainge calls it quits and
highlights from the Caps--Canadiens and Qttawa--Toronto in the NHL after the break.
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In the NHL it was a battle between first and second place in the Northeast Division.
Ottawa traveled to Toronto. The Maple Leafs have won their last three games against the Senators in Toronto.
And the Leafs scored first, Jonas Hoglund gets his 15th goal of the season at the beginning of the second period.
Ottawa's Radik Bonk ties it up later in the period. And the Senators go on to beat Toronto three-to-one.
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Two teams at the other end of the spectrum met last night.
The Canadiens and Capitals both were hoping to ignite their season with a win.
And Montreal gets the boost with the one to nothing win over Washington.
The Canadiens, the Northeast Division cellar dwellers are now two-four- and one in their last seven games.
The Caps are one-four-and one in their last six.
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Danny Ainge has unexpectedly stepped down from his head coaching job with the Phoenix Suns.
The team's record wasn't the problem, the time away from his the family was.
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[OUT Q=...a great coach."]
Scott Skiles, his top assistant takes over as head coach of the team.
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A couple of Salem Avalanche players were involved in a four team trade in the majors.
Pitcher Jamey Wright was traded from the Rockies to the Milwaukee Brewers today, while Justin Miller, who was in Salem last season was traded to the A's.
The Devil Rays, Brewers, A's, and Rockies make up the clubs in baseball's first four team deal in 22 years. The big player moving the deal is third baseman Vinny Castillo who ends up in Tampa Bay.
Ken Griffey Junior says the only trade offer he'll accept is one to Cincinnati.
But the Reds say he's too expensive.
Junior may still be on his way to Cincinnati though, speculation has it that the Reds will make current bench coach Ken Griffey Senior the manager in conjunction with Junior's arrival.
Former Hokie and Patrick County native Brad Clontz is on the move.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are trading the reliever to Arizona.
Santa's in more places than just the North Pole this time of year, checking to see if kids of many kinds are naughty or nice.
He's swimming in one of Norway's aquariums at a new Atlantic Park in Norway.
The park hoped the swimming Santa would draw in more visitors - and it seems to have worked so far. It's tough though for Santa to blend in with the fish - so the kids are seeing him in a whole new way.
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