Today on News 7 at 5, a sexual harassment case before the U-S Supreme Court could have huge implications for the na
tion's school systems.
and a group of parents wants one local school to remember success can come in the classroom as well as on the football field.
Lots of cloud cover for the next few days and rain is likely late Wednesday and Thursday. More on the forecast coming up.
A new study suggests crying triggers migraines.
Plus doctors are hoping relief is on the way for a baby with a rare skin condition.
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((SCHOL OFFICIALS WERE COMPLETELY INDIFFERENT TO LASHONDAS CRIES FOR HELP.))
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Was it a case of sexual harrassment in a Georgia School or just the usual schoolyard teasing?
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It's a question the United States Supreme Court must answer.
The decision could have implications in classrooms throughout the nation.
The justices must decide whether educators violate federal law when they don't stop students from sexually harrassing other students.
The case centers around a fifth grade girl who claims a boy repeatedly grabbed her breasts and crotch and while making sexual overtures to her.
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The girls family sued the local Georgia school board- but the case was thrown out by an appeals court.
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((AURELIA DAVIS/MOTHER: MY DAUGHTER IS ENTITLED TO AN EDUCATION. SHE ALSO DESERVES RESPECT AND TO BE SAFE AT SCHOOL. SHE'S ENTITLED TO BE PROTECTED FROM SEXUAL HARRASSMENT. I HOPE THE JUSTICES DO THE RIGHT THING TODAY.))
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The National School Board association fears if the justices rule against the board the lawsuit could be the first of many.
((JULIE UNDERWOOD/NAT'L SCHOOL BOARD ASSN.: WE DON'T BELIEVE YOU SHOULD BE TAKING STUDENT ISSUES OF MISBEHAVIOR AND STUDENT DISCIPLINE QUESTIONS INTO THE FEDERAL COURTS.))
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In arguments today, several justices questioned how schools can distinguish teasing from harrassment.
Some Franklin County parents say their schools should focus less on football and more on academics.
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Yesterday the school board announced it wanted to begin teaching football skills such as throwing and catching starting in elementary school.
The idea was to try and turn around the high school team's losing record.
That's not scoring points with local parents.
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((MATT CONN/BOONES MILL EL. PTO: I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SEE AS MUCH CONCERN AND ENTHUSIASM GEARED TOWARD SCHOOL CROWDING ISSUES, THE SOL'S. BUTT BUTT BUTT NOT ONLY DO WE NEED WINNERS ON THE FIELD, WE NEED WINNERS IN THE CLASSROOM WHO CAN BE WINNERS IN LIFE.))
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Franklin County schools ranked above the state average in most categories of the standards of learning tests.
And school board officials say they will raise the scores even higher.
They're creating special skill guides for teachers and hiring new people to focus on sucess in the elementary schools.
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((DR. CHRIS CORALLO/ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDANT: PROBABLY THE MOST SIGNIFICANT THING THEY DID AT CENTRAL OFFICIE WAS RE-ORGANIZING TO PLACE A REAL STRONG EMPHASIS ON INSTRUCTION IN THE SCHOOLS BY HIRING A CURRICULUM COORDINATOR.))
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The school board has also created lunchtime tutoring for high school students.
The man who escaped from the Blue Ridge Regional Jail last weekend has been captured.
State Police arrested Randy Penkert early this morning in the Williamsburg area.
An informant led them to a motel, where he was picked up without any trouble.
The convicted car thief has been on the loose since breaking out of the jail over the weekend.
No word yet on when Penkert might be brought back to the county.
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Local police want commuters to slow down. We'll have that in a moment.
And coming up a little later, you remember the six million dollar man? We'll meet the HUNDRED million dollar dog. He's so rich, he wants to buy Sylvester Stallone's house.
On Healthcheck, British researchers begin the largest study ever of medical marijuana.
and Patrick Evans will introduce us to the World's fastest omelet chef.
A stuntman died while working on the set of the TV show "Walker Texas Ranger."
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Tonight Texas authorities don't know whether the stuntman was killed by the stunt or by a medical problem.
The man was riding in a sport utility vehicle that jumped a ramp while being chased-
Police say it appears the vehicle landed where it should have, but the 49 year old passenger died.
The driver was hurt as well although his injuries are not life threatening.
The show's star Chuck Norris was in a motorhome nearby at the time. His spokesman says he is grief stricken.
It's been five months since the last fatal accident on Route-220 in the Clearbrook community.
Roanoke County police believe the reason for that, in part, is due to the reduced speed limit through a two and a half mile section of the area.
Officers frequently monitor the highway to keep motorists from speeding.
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((LT G.W. ROCHE/ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE DEPT.; WE SCHEDULE IT THROUGH A 28-DAY CYCLE....THE FEWEST WE'VE EVER WROTE IS 80.))
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Roche says some officers have even written two tickets a day to the same people.
Authorities say the majority of offenders are commuters.
V-Dot has placed bright colored warning signs along the road to grab motorists' attention.
Officials say the result is significantly fewer accidents over the past three months.
Lynchburg and Campbell County officials are joining forces in hopes of redirecting a proposed bypass around Route 29.
The new road would ease congestion by re-directing northbound traffic to the east.. along Route 501 near Rustburg.
But city leaders are pushing for a WESTERN route.. one that will connect with Route 460, and would be closer to the city's hotels and restaurants.
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((CHARLES CHURCH/LYNCHBURG CITY MANAGER: THE OTHER ROUTINGS ARE GOING TO FORCE A DISLOCATION OF THE TRANSPORTATION SUPPLY SERVICES: HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS AND MOTELS. WE THINK IT'S CRITICALLY IMPORTANT FOR THE SUPPORT OF OUR EXISTING BUSINESSES THAT THIS ROUTE BE THE PREFERRED ROUTE.))
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Campbell County officials also support the plan.
Residents will have a chance to give THEIR opinion at two public hearings next week.
Patrick Evans is really scrambling to get his story today. He's not in a rush, he's just making some omelets.
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Coming up in sports, Mike Stevens has the latest NASCAR news as teams prepare for the upcoming season,
On Health Check, Great Britain begins the most complete study of the medical uses of cannabis,
and doctors use a new type of skin made in a laboratory to help a baby born with an extremely painful disorder.
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An eight week old girl with a extremely painful and potentially fatal skin disease has become the first new born treated with a type of skin grown in a laboratory.
Apligraf is made from living human cells and cow collagen.
Because of the nature of this story, some people may find it painful to watch.
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This marks the first time the engineered skin has been used for something other than healing wounds or for venous leg ulcers.
Testing is underway in Britain to study the medical benefits of cannabis.
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Many sufferers of multiple sclerosis say the drug helps relieve
The Government says it will not legalize marijuana but it is
interested in medical research.
The cannabis is being grown in a secret location in southern England and guarded around the clock.
Scientists will grind the cannabis leaves and concentrate it into a
liquid and eventually into capsules.
There have been trials before, but none have satisfied the World Health Organization.
Many scientists and doctors believe these trials will be successful.
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The trials will last eighteen months and the Government is expected to make its decision depending on the results.
It's already been a long off season for race fans, but the engines will rev up soon.
With news from the NASCAR Media Tour, here's Steve Mason.[S5-Express]
Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your Tuesday ticker.
Express general manager Tony Mancuso is in Biloxi, Mississippi for the all star break. He is scheduled to meet with ECHL director of Hockey Operations Andy Van Hellamond and other league officials
tonight at 7 and in that meeting, he will show the tape of the on ice incidents from this past Sunday's Hampton Roads/Ropanoke game. The Express put the tape together yesterday after reviewing it here in Roanoke. It will show the Admirals Jeff Corbett taking a cheap shot at Roanoke's Jeremy Schaeffer.
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From His hotel room at the National Coaches Conventtion in Nashville Tennessee today, Virginia Tech Head Coach Frank Beamer said he and the Univeristy plan to do everything they can to keep defensive coordinator Bud Foster.
Beamer confirmed Florida has offered Foster a position as defensive coordinator.
He also said Virginia Tech is in the process of making a counter offer, but nothing will be decided until Thursday.
Beamer, Foster, A.D. Jim Weaver and the other Tech coaches met at dinner last night in Nashville.
Tech's defense was rated seventh in the nation this past season under Foster's guidance.
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The annual Nascar media tour is rolling through the Carolinas.
And Mike Stevens says as usual the drivers aren't the only ones making headlines.
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Thanks Mike, also coming up at six, more on the undefeated Virginia Tech women's hoops team, see ya at 6.
Sylvesters Stallone's house in Miami is on the market. The neighborhood is in an elite part of the city, but if he sells to one buyer, it could quickly go to the dogs.
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That's because the prospective buyer is Gunther the world's richest canine.
This German Shepherd inherited over 100 million dollars from a German countess.
Yesterday Gunther and his entourage arrived in Miami to check out the property.
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Still the corporation that handles his finances says Gunther is barking up the wrong tree.
At 24 million dollars, Stallone's house is too much even for a hound of his means.