A bomb explodes aboard an Israeli bus, and a planned peace summit is canceled.
We'll have more on the derailed Mideast peace process, coming up.
And President Clinton breaks with tradition and appoints a black judge to the federal appeals court serving Virginia.
Sunny skies are in store today and our chance for snow this weekend is shrinking... your New Year's forecast is next.
News 7 at noon is straight ahead.
In a matter of hours, a federal judge decides how much longer Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh will sit on death row.
Good Afternoon, I'm Kimberly McBroom
Timothy McVeigh finds out this later today if he'll get his death wish--
The convicted Oklahoma City bomber is expected to tell a federal judge today that he wants his execution date set.
McVeigh is on death row for the 19-95 bombing that killed 168 people.
He's expected to ask the judge to stop any further appeals in his case.
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But McVeigh's attorney says his client does not want to die....he says McVeigh wants to apply for executive clemency or receive a Presidential pardon.
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President Clinton is running out of time in his effort to establish a Middle East peace agreement.
Israeli and Palestinian leaders were scheduled to meet today in Egypt, but THAT fell through.
Meanwhile, today's bomb explosion on a bus in Tel Aviv is another indication that the violence is far from over.
Kimberly Dozier has the latest.
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A bomb blasted through a bus on a busy Tel Aviv road -- ripping through
what's left of the peace process.
Several Israelis were injured. Emergency crews rushed in -- an
all-too-familiar routine. The area was quickly sealed off as police
through the shards, looking for clues. No group has so far, claimed
Only hours later...another explosion this one more deadly in the Gaza
The latest violence came as another last-ditch effort at a peace deal,
foundered. An Israeli-Palestinian summit in Cairo fell through. The
had said yes to the meeting, to discuss an American-brokered deal,
they wanted more details.
The Palestinians wanted clarification, BEFORE any such summit.
Leader Yasser Arafat settled for a one-on-one with Egyptian President
Mubarak. The Egyptian leader has backed the plan -- President Clinton's
stab at Mideast peace before leaving office.
It's not an easy deal for either side: the Israelis reportedly would
sovereignty of many Arab parts of Jerusalem, including the Al Aqsa
Islam's third holiest shrine. The Palestinians would have to give up the
fight for the return of millions of Palestinian refugees, in countries
Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. And they would have to accept continuing
settlements, in the heart of their newly granted state.
Concessions perhaps too painful...for two peoples, with little reason to
trust the other side.KD, CBS News, London
The latest U-S Census figures are out.
The numbers show there are 7-million, 100-thousand --702 Virginians.
That's about 400-thousand more people than the last estimate, in 1996.
Nationwide----the population has grown to 281- million, 421-thousand, 906.
The figures from the census this year will re-shape America's political boundaries.
They are expected to bring more U-S House seats for the Southern and Western states that saw a population boom during the past ten years.
Virginia will not pick up any additional house seats, but the political boundaries are likely to change. [J
President Clinton has appointed a black judge to the federal appeals court that serves Virginia.
Richmond Attorney Roger Gregory will fill an opening on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Clinton used his power to make the appointment while Congress is in recess.
North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms has blocked three black nominees in the last seven years, saying the circuit has enough judges.
But Clinton says openings on the bench have created a backlog in cases.
And he says it's a ``travesty'' the fourth circuit has never had an African-American judge.
A new law will ensure the privacy of your medical records.
President Clinton says the new regulations are needed now more than ever because of the computer age.
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[IN Q=Nothing is more private than someone medical or psychiatric]
((PRESIDENT CLINTON: NOTHING IS MORE PRIVATE THAN SOMEONE'S MEDICAL OR PSYCHIATRIC RECORDS AND THEREFORE IF WE ARE TO MAKE FREEDOM FULLY MEANINGFUL IN THE INFORMATION AGE WHEN MOST OF OUR INFORMATION IS ON SOME COMPUTER SOMEWHERE, WE HAVE TO PROTECT THE PRIVACY OF INDIVIDUAL HEALTH RECORDS))
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The regulations will apply to paper and electronic records as well as oral communications.
Patients will now have to give written permission before their information can be released.
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[IN Q=The privacy i think is more of what]
((THE PRIVACY I THINK IS MORE OF WHAT SYSTEM WE USE AND HOW USE THEM AND WHAT WE DO SHARE WITH OTHER VENDORS LIKE DOCTORS OR OTHER COMPANIES THAT MIGHT BE OUTSIDE OF BILLING))
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The new law takes affect in two years.
Clifton Forge residents can voice their opinions for and against becoming a town at a meeting planned next week.
A three judge panel will hear from citizens as well as attorneys for the city of Clifton Forge and Alleghany County.
The panel is expected to render a decision before February eighth.
If the judges approve a reversion agreement, voters in Clifton Forge will vote on the issue in the spring. The meeting will be held next Tuesday at two in Alleghany County Circuit Court in Covington.
Customers of Dominion Virginia Power will soon see an increase in their electrical bills.
The State Corporation Commission is letting the utility pass along higher fuel costs to homeowners and businesses.
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The typical residential customer now pays about 80 dollars a month for electricity.
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That will go up to just over 83 dollars, an increase of about three and a half percent.
The S-C-C will be holding hearings to decide if the fuel increase is justified.
If not, customers will get refunds.
A major storm has put the Lone Star State on ice--
Public safety officials say at least a thousand motorists were left stranded last night on a Texas interstate.
Julie Garcia has more on the Texas- sized ice storm.
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One man was killed in an accident on Route 220 in Henry County.
His wife was sent to the hospital.
State police say 57-year-old Gary Lee Fish of North Carolina was turning left onto 220 yesterday afternoon when his vehicle was struck by an oncoming pick-up.
Fish was killed .. His wife was taken to the hospital - her condition isn't known.
Fire broke out at a Lynchburg medical center.
Firefighters were called to Physicians Treatment Center on Sheffield Drive shortly after 6 last night.
They quickly extinguished flames coming from the backside of the building.
Employees were evacuated and no one was injured.
The holiday hustle and bustle is over, but the credit card bills may come back to haunt some shoppers.
But here are some tips to help cure the holiday shopping hangover.
The Consumer Credit Counseling service says stop charging until all of your balances are paid.
Total up holiday charges to get a clear picture of holiday debt.
Develop a repayment plan, consider a part-time job.
Always pay off cards with highest interest first.
And finally, budget for next year.
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After holiday sales aren't so easy to budget for.
So holiday shoppers can turn to the Counseling Service for a debt payment plan.
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((STEVE PUBLICOVER/CCCS: THIS IS FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE GOTTEN THEMSELVES INTO A LOT OF CREDIT TROUBLE WHO ARE NOT ABLE TO MAKE PAYMENTS AS THEY'RE CONTRACTED TO, AND THIS COULD BE FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS.))
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If you're interested you can call the Counseling Service at 366-2227.
Buena Vista is a temporary stop for three giant figures in American history.
They're moving to their permanent home next year.
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Abraham Lincoln, William Henry Harrison and Zachary Taylor have made their home in Buena Vista for the past four months.
The giant busts were loaned to the city by the developer of a presidential theme park which will open next year.
Last week, the director of Buena Vista's parks and recreation department wrote to Everette Newman hoping to make the busts a permanent part of Glen Maury Park.
Newman says the busts can NOT stay.
They'll be moved to his theme park in York County in the spring.
But Newman says he is interested in meeting with city leaders about developing a theme park of famous Virginians.
The mayors of Blackburg and Clemson are rooting for their hometown team to win the Gator Bowl.
In fact, they've placed a bet on the outcome.
Mayor Roger Hedgepeth made a friendly call to Clemson's mayor, checking to make sure the bet between the two was still on.
If the Hokies win the Gator Bowl, government officials in Clemson will have to wear Tech jersey's to their public meetings. The same is true for Blacksburg if Clemson wins.
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((ROGER HEDGEPETH/MAYOR OF BLACKSBURG; OUR MANAGER AND THE STAFF, THEY THINK OF A LOT OF FUN THINGS TO MAKE LOCAL GOVERNMENT INTERESTING AND SO IT GERMINATED SOMEWHERE HERE IN THE TOWN HALL THROUGH THE STAFF.))
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This is the second year Mayor Hedgepeth has made the bet.
Last year, Blacksburg town council members had to wear Florida state jersey's after Tech's loss in the Sugar Bowl.
Blacksburg is getting ready for its New Years Eve celebration.
This is the first year Blacksburg will have a First Night celebration for New Years.
Town officials agree that the crowd size may be smaller than they hoped, since many fans are heading south to the Gator Bowl. But, they say the celebration will still be a blast.
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((HEATHER BROWNING/BLACKSBURGSPOKESPERSON; WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO IT AND I THINK THEY CAN EXPECT A LOT OF EXCITEMENT A LOT OF LIVE MUSIC AND JUST SOMETHING VERY DIFFERENT FOR THE TOWN OF BLACKSBURG ON NEW YEAR'S EVE.))
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You'll need a button to get into the event. They can be purchased at the Blacksburg Post Office. The celebration starts at seven and will last til midnight, ending with fireworks.
In business news, even after all the traditional holiday shopping, consumer confidence has dropped to its lowest level in two years.
The index measures at 128-point-three, down from November's level of 132-point- six.
A business research group says the decline stems from low expectations of the economy's future.