One day after House Hearings, a Senate panel is listening to testimony on
the F-B-I files controversy, this as the probe expands to include a special
And another black church goes up in flames, but this time it's in the Pacific
Thunderstorms this afternoon, some with heavy down pours.
I'll tell you more about the forecast in a few minutes.
Stick around the news is next.
Some new developments this afternoon in the probe into the White House
collection of confidential F-B-I files... dubbed by some as "File Gate".
Attorney General Janet Reno has asked that the matter be turned over to
Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr.
The White House says it supports that move.
Meantime, a day after House Hearings on the F-B-I files flap, a Senate panel
is holding its own hearings.
Lawmakers are looking into why the White House collected some 408 sensitive
Many of them involve prominent Republicans.
Meantime in another Clinton administration controversy, the President is
coming to the defense of his most trusted adviser.
Bruce Lindsey confirms he's going to be named an unindicted co-conspirator
in the latest Whitewater trial.
But he insists he's done nothing wrong.
The trial, in Little Rock, Arkansas, involves two bankers.
A lawyer for one says a prosecution witness will accuse Lindsey of
conspiring to hide large cash withdrawals from the I-R-S.
The money was for President Clinton's 1990 campaign for governor.
((HE HAS BEEN THOROUGHLY INVESTIGATED SEVERAL TIMES AND
THEY HAVE NEVER FOUND ANYTHING. I DON'T BELIEVE HE HAS DONE ANYTHING WRONG. ))
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Lindsey says he did report the withdrawals on campaign finance reforms.
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A new F-A-A document shows ValuJet will pay two million dollars toward the
cost of the probe that found sloppy operations.
The report says that in the months before the May crash in Florida, ValuJet
often flew planes with broken parts, no inspections and bad repairs.
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Meantime, a published report says two mechanics falsified paperwork
relating to flight 5-92.
"The Miami Herald" says the documents FALSELY indicated that the oxygen
canisters suspected of playing a part in the crash had the required safety caps
A small fire in a waste room at Lewis Gale Medical Center was contained
quickly early this morning.
Salem Fire crews responded to smoke coming from near the emergency room just
((BILL DOWNEY/LGH ADMINISTRATOR: THERE WAS A FIRE IN SOME EQUIPMENT INSIDE ONE
OF THE WASTE ROOMS IN A CONTAINED ROOM IN THE BACK OF THE BUILDING. THERE WAS
NO DANGER TO ANY TO THE PATIENTS OR STAFF. ))
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No one was forced to evacuate the facility.
Keagey Road was closed for several hours because of the fire.
Officials are still looking for the cause.
Another black church has burned.
This time in Portland, Oregon--
Fire officials say someone torched the racially mixed Methodist church
They consider it arson.
The majority of recent church burnings have been in the South.
Several Southern Governors, inlcuding Governor Allen, met with President
Clinton yesterday to come up with ways to combat the problem.
Ellen Qualls reports from the White House.
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The Danville chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is also
concerned over the rash of fires.
Local S-C-L-C president William Avon Keen extended an invitation this
morning to city officials to attend a leadership conference this fall in
Keene says the meeting will focus on the economic and religious impact the
church burnings have had on local communities.
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((REV. WILLIAM AVON KEEN/LOCAL SCLC PRESIDENT: THIS IS OUR POSITION, THAT THIS
IS PROBLEM. WE WANT TO CALL ALL LEADERS TOGETHER AND STRATEGIZE THE BEST
APPROACH FROM A ECONOMIC AND RELIGIOUS STANCE TO TO ALLEVIATE THIS PROBLEM. ))
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Keen says he's concerned funds used to help low income families with heat
and rental bills will instead go to rebuild the burned out churches.
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Still to come on News 7 at Noon,
The Secretary General to the United Nations is asking President Clinton for
his support in an upcoming election,
and the hot weather apparently was to blame for several dead cattle at a
Botetourt County ranch.
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United Nations Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali is urging the United
States to reconsider its opposition to his re-election bid as head of the
The 73-year old former Egyptian foreign minister told reporters he hoped the
Clinton administration would not oppose his candidacy for a second term.
The U-S wants to give Ghali the boot.
The White House feels he's standing in the way of reform within the U-N
The Danville Police Department may be in hot water again.
A former officer is enlisting the help of a federal jury to help win her job
Cheryl Bartee is suing Police Chief Neal Morris, his assistant B-C Elliott
and two others for gender discrimination.
Bartee was fired last year for allegedly giving false information to a grand
According to court papers, Bartee was reinstated, but fired again for
allegedly violating department policy by taping a conversation with another
The tape was used as evidence in the grievance hearing in which Bartee was
The former Vice President of the Danville Southern Christian Leadership
Conference says the lawsuit and three others against the police department have
prompted him to form an organization.
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((THOMAS MOTLEY/DANVILLE RESIDENT: C-PAC IS THE CITIZENS POLITICAL ACTION
CONFERENCE. WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO, WE'RE GOING TO ESTABLISH AN 800- NUMBER,
WE'RE GOING TO INVESTIGATE ALL COMPLAINTS, WE'RE GOING TO DOCUMENT OUR FINDINGS
IN WRITING, WE'RE GOING TO SEND THEM TO THE CITY COUNCIL, TO THE GOVERNMENTAL
AGENCIES WITHIN THIS CITY.))
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Motley is currently applying for a charter from the state.
A spokeswoman says the Danville police department has not been served with
An international parental kidnapping case is unfolding in Wythe County.
Earlier this week a Federal Grand Jury indicted a woman who may be hiding
out in Japan...
Her husband in Max Meadows is trying to track down his two daughters.
Ron Jones explains.
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((Walter Benda says he met his Japanese wife, Yoko Mizuno, while attending
Washington and Lee University in 19-79.
They married in Japan 19-82 and had two little girls, Mari and Ema.
But after 14 years Walter says his marriage fell apart as his wife got
involved in a cult with an Indian Guru.
((WALTER BENDA: THIS GURU SUPPOSED TO BE LIKE THIS REINCARNATION OF A HINDU
GOD AND HAS ALL KIND OF POWER. CAN MATERIAL GOLD COINS AND THINGS LIKE THAT.
I JUST WASN'T VERY IMPRESSED BY HIM.))
Toward the end of their marriage he says Yoko became more involved in the
cult and more distant.
((I FEEL SHE'S BEEN BRAIN WASHED. SHE WAS WITH DIFFERENT GROUPS AND DIFFERENT
PEOPLE AND I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHO ALL SHE WAS INFLUENCED BY. BUT SHE HAS
DEFINITELY BEEN BRAINWASHED IN THE LAST TWO OR THREE YEARS BY SOMEONE OR SOME
Then one day in July of 1995, he returned home from work and his wife and
daughters were gone.
((SHE GAVE THE REASON THAT IT WAS BECAUSE OF CULTURAL DIFFERENCES THAT LED TO
HER HAVING PHYSICAL AND MENTAL STRESS AND SHE DECIDED THAT WAS THE BEST THING
FOR HER TO DO.))
Last year he returned to his his parents' home in Wythe County and has been
trying to contact with his wife and children with no luck.
All he has are home video's and pictures of his little girls.
He hopes the F-B-I warrant will give him a little more leverage with the
Japanese government-- and restore the family he once had.
Ron Jones, News Seven.))
About 53 cattle were found dead yesterday at a ranch in Botetourt County.
No one at the ranch realized the animals were apparently dropped off and
held in a pen.
It's unknown how long they were there.
Botetourt County Animal Control officials say they died from excessive heat
and lack of water.
It happened at the Braeman ranch near Daleville.
The ranch belongs to the Woodhill Corporation which is owned by T-D Steel.
The cattle apparently belong to someone from out of town.
The loss is estimated at 10 thousand dollars.
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Coming up - the space shuttle lifts off despite some early weather worries,
and we'll show you the "mane" event at the Roanoke Valley Horse Show last
The shuttle "Columbia" has lifted off into space on what could be a
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Weather had threatened to delay the liftoff, but conditions improved in
time for the 11 o'clock launch.
Crew members will spend the flight studying subtle changes in the human
body in weightlessness.
The flight will last at least 16 days.
If the crew can conserve enough fuel, the flight may be stretched to a
record 17 days.
Disney's new animated feature "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" hits movie
theatres nationwide tomorrow.
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But last night some lucky folks got a sneak preview in New Orleans as the
Superdome was transformed into the world's largest movie theatre.
Disney distributed 65 thousand tickets to the premier by lottery around the
As part of the premier extravaganza, songs from other Disney films were
performed by the orignal recording artists.
Roanoke County Schools learned a lesson the hard way.
Its parental responsibility "contract" has now been abolished.
Last year, a state- mandated loyalty oath was introduced.
It required parents to sign an agreement to participate in their children's
Parents who did not return the contract could have been fined 50-dollars.
That sparked legal action from angry parents.
The law has now been changed... and the suits have been settled.
Parents will be asked only to acknowledge receiving a copy of the conduct
But if they don't comply... there will be NO fine.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was UP eight points.
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Stick around - sports highlights is next, including the N-H-L's choice for
most valuable player,
and Carl Lewis jumps at the chance to make history at the summer olympics.
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Olympic veteran Carl Lewis qualified for the olympic games in Atlanta
grabbing the third and final spot in the long jump by an inch!
The five time olympian landed a jump of 27 feet two and three quarter inches
The jump makes him the first American track and field athlete to make five
Former record holder Mike Conley finished fourth and failed to make the team.
Former Fleming great Dominick Milner was seventh best with a jump of 26 feet
six and a quarter inches.
Mike Powell won the event at 27 six and a half.
The NHL passed out its postseason honors last night in Toronto with Mario
Lemieux winning both the Hart trophy and the Pearson award.
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Both honors are given to the league's most valuable player.
The difference is that the Pearson trophy is voted on by the players.
And in a mild surprise Washington Caps goalie Jim Carey was named the NHL's
top goalie for last season.
The Danville Braves won their home opener beating Martinsville 5 to 3.
And Roy Stanley says this season the Braves have something for everyone at
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One of the star attractions of the Roanoke Valley Horse Show doesn't even
involve horses....instead, some pint- sized equestrians strutted their stuff.
It's one of the most popular events of the Roanoke Valley Horse Show-- the
Stick Horse Race.
Boys and girls, ages six and under donned their best riding outfits.
Some galloped on their own-- others needed a little help from Mom and Dad.
But in this contest, everyone is a winner.
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((JUNE CAMPER/1996 SHOW CO-CHAIRMAN: THEY GO IN THE RING. WE GIVE THEM A BACK
NUMBER, SO THEY FEEL LIKE THEY'RE ANOTHER COMPETITOR. AND THEY RUN AROUND THE
RING AND WE GIVE THEM A BLUE RIBBON AND THEN THEY GO HOME FEELING REAL PROUD OF
THEMSELVES FOR BEING OUT IN STAGE OF A BIG ARENA. ))
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The grown- ups, meanwhile, performed in the Welcome Jumper Stake--
competing for a cash prize of five- thousand dollars.
Coming up on Health Check --
A Virginia doctor goes before the state Board of Medicine today.
Dr. William Hurwitz may lose his license to practice.
The reason: allegations that excessive prescribing of narcotics may have
caused the deaths of two of his patients.
Don't miss this report-- along with all of the top stories of the day....on
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