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No deposition today for Monica Lewinsky.
- We'll have a live report from washington.
Governor Gilmore says the car tax will cost more than he planned.
How much more? We'll find out.
Cloudy, cold weather with passing snow showers tomorrow. More on our
forecast coming up.
Tonight on Health Check --
The number of AIDS cases is on the rise among senior citizens.
A Salem company is getting national attention -- and local hospitals are
upset over the coverage.
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It wasn't what did happen but what did NOT that's making news in Washington-
Monica Lewinsky's deposition has been delayed.
Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
Lewinsky and her attorney will now have more time to decide what they'll do.
Meanwhile Preisdent Clinton met with his cabinet members- reassuring them
that he'll be O-K and telling them to focus on the nation's future.
Drew Levinson is following the case and has the latest from Washington.
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Virginia Senator Chuck Robb says he's waiting for more information before
passing judgment on the latest Washington scandal.
Robb stopped in Roanoke this afternoon to meet with the transportation
committee of the Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Speaking with reporters beforehand, Robb said he hopes the facts come to
light quickly, so the country can put the presidential controversy behind it.
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OUT Q=will be involved.
Robb says he recognizes the potential gravity of the situation, and
describes the allegations as a matter of significant concern.
At the same time he says Bill Clinton is as capable of moving forward
under fire as anyone he knows.
The critics were right all along.
Governor Jim Gilmore's plan to cut the car tax over five years will cost a
BILLION dollars more than he promised in the campaign.
But at last, he's laid out some specifics.
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Ellen Qualls is at the State Capitol.
What more do we know today?
Well Jean, today the Governor said he will need an EXTRA 236-million dollars
for just the first two years of car tax phase-out -- and to add another
thousand schoolteachers over the thousand Governor Allen had budgeted.
The good news is that most of that money comes from revised revenue
projections, courtesy of a booming economy.
But some of it comes in what Gilmore calls "adjustments," i.e. CUTS to what
Allen had promised to progams like the Roanoke Higher Education Center and the
Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville.
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SUPER=01-Boyd Marcus/Gilmore Chief of Staff; :42
OUT Q=of the idea.
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WHAT WE HAVE IN FACT DONE IS GOTTEN PRETTY CLOSE IN THE
CAMPAIGN BASED ON THE INFORMATION THAT WAS AVAILABLE. AND NOW WE ARE ABLE TO
BE VERY PRECISE, WHICH I THINK WE SHOULD DO. I MEAN WE'RE GONNA OFFER AN
IMPORTANT PROGRAM LIKE THIS WE WANT TO BE AS PRECISE AS WE CAN. AND I'M PROUD
THAT WE WERE IN THE BALLPARK.))
At a BILLION dollar five year difference, Gilmore's ballpark must be pretty
big, from the Democrats' perspective.
((DEL. WHITT CLEMENT: YEAH WE'VE GOT A LOT OF REVENUE. WE'VE BEEN VERY
BLESSED WITH A ROBUST ECONOMY. BUT GOVERNOR ALLEN HAS SPENT IT ALL. SO
SOMETHING'S GOTTA COME BACK, WHETHER IT BE ROANOKE, MARTINSVILLE OR ALL THE
MANY, MANY PROJECTS WHERE THE MONEY'S BEEN DISBURSED IN EASTERN VIRGINIA.))
On the Roanoke Higher Ed Center, the administration just says more local
money is more fair.
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((BOYD MARCUS/GILMORE CHIEF OF STAFF: HE HAS CHANGED THE FUNDING SHARES
BETWEEN LOCAL, STATE, AND THE COLLEGES. BUT I THINK THAT HE REMAINS SUPPORTIVE
OF THE IDEA.))
The Museum of Natural History would get none of the 10- million dollar
construction money Allen had promised under Gilmore's plan.
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Museum officials say they're happy to get a half million dollars in planning
Drug informant Javier Cruz pled guilty today- -seven years after he was
first arrested in Roanoke.
The 40-year old cocaine trafficker was the transportation agent for the Cali
Cartel- -importing drugs from South America... then shipping them to Texas,
California, Florida and New York.
Eventually, Cruz and his boss agreed to cooperate with the D-E-A.
The two men spent three and a half years trying to help D-E-A agents work
their way up the drug trafficking network.
Many of the key suspects remain in Columbia, though the government credits
Cruz with helping them solve scores of crimes in this country.
Cruz admitted he was the leader of a continuing criminal enterprise. He'll
be sentenced later.
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A Pakistani man convicted of murdering two C-I-A employees is sentenced to
That story is still ahead on News-7 at Five.
And fire breaks out in a Roanoke County mobile home.
On Health Check, the government of Hong Kong says the so-called bird flu is
Basketball highlights from Liberty, Virginia Tech and Roanoke College are
ahead on the 2-minute ticker.
And one of U- V- A's key players will miss tomorrow's game against Duke.
Fire broke out in a Roanoke County mobile home this afternoon.
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The man who rents the trailer wasn't home but the owner who lives nearby
apparently spotted the blaze and called firefighters.
The smouldering fire gutted the trailer- that's located on Landmark drive in
No one was hurt.
Firefighters have not determined the cause.
An early morning raid in Lynchburg netted four suspects in a string of armed
robberies over the past several months.
Police descended on the Millwood Apartment complex around 6:30, and detained
a total of 13 people.
Among them were 27- year- old William A. Smith and 19- year- old Marcus D.
Both are charged with a total of seven armed robberies in Lynchburg and
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SUPER=01-Lt. Eugene Wingfield/Lynchburg Police; :00
OUT Q=for several months now.
Police also recovered a weapon and cash from a robbery of the Subway
restaurant in Appomattox last night.
The Paksitani convicted of killing two people outside CIA headquarters has
been sentenced to death.
Mir Aimal Kasi received his sentence today for the 1993 shooting spree-
Kasi opened fire with an AK-47 assault rifle onto cars waiting to turn left
into the CIA's main gate.
The attack left two Central Intelligeince Agency Employees dead and three
The 33 year old told the court he was not proud of the shooting but
described it as retalitaion for U-S policies that he said hurt Islamic nations.
One day after Kasi was convicted - four U-S oil company employees were
killed in Pakistan- but no link has been proven with the Kasi case.
The Justice Department will not prosecute anyone involved in the hazing of
two female Citadel cadets.
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In a statement today, the Justice Department said there are no federal laws
governing assault or hazing.
The government would have to prove that someone used or threatened force to
prevent the women from attending school.
The department said some men were treated just as harshly as freshman cadets
Jeannie Mentavlos and Kim Messer.
The women left the college in December, 1996, saying they were hazed and
harrassed, and even had their clothes set on fire.
The Roanoke Symphony is tuning up for the 1998 season.
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The Roanoke Symphony is gearing up for it's first home concert of 1998, and
it should kick-off an eventful season.
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Patrick Evans joins us from the Roanoke Civic Center, where David Wiley will
preside over the orchestra Monday night.
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The Virginia Cavaliers are trying to stay above the 500 mark.
Steve Mason will be here with the 2-minute ticker.
In tonight's Health Check report --
A local company that helps patients recover money lost to insurance and
hospital overcharges is getting some national attention.
Medical Recovery Services will be featured on the television program Prime
Time Live next month. (/////SOT/////)
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((PAT PALMER/MEDICAL RECOVERY SERVICE PRESIDENT:AT LEAST BETWEEN 90 AND
95-PERCENT OF ALL THE BILLS WE LOOK AT THERE IS SOME TYPE OF ERROR THAT OCCURS
WHERE THE PATIENT HAS PAID MONEY THAT THEY WEREN'T OBLIGATED TO PAY.))
OUT Q=to pay.
The financial crisis in Asia is having a ripple effect on college campuses
here at home.
Tonight at six-- we'll talk with Asian students studying at Virginia Tech
who've had to cut back on spending.
Sinking stock markets, layoffs and currency devaluation have made it hard
for their families to offer support.
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((MIN LEE/KOREAN STUDENT:BASICALLY THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I EVER APPLIED FOR A
JOB, SINCE MY PARENTS AFFORD ME, LIKE THEY SENT ME MONEY AND STUFF, SO I DIDN'T
HAVE TO WORK FOR MONEY, BUT NOW LIKE, I HAVE TO WORK FOR MY LIVING. ))
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OUT Q=my living.
The students are equally concerned about their families back home.
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We'll hear more from the students-- in one half hour on NEWS 7 at six,
A Salem company that checks medical bills for mistakes and overcharges will
be featured in an upcoming episode of Prime Time Live.
But some local hospitals think the story may not be accurate.
Pat Palmer is the President of Medical Recovery Services.
She says a number of different health care facilities are upset over the
content of the show.
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((PAT PALMER/MEDICAL RECOVERY PRESIDENT:WE'VE HAD A LITTLE BIT MORE RESISTANCE
THIS WEEK, IT SEEMS THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE UPSET ABOUT US DOING THIS SHOW FOR
PRIME TIME AND THERE'S BEEN SOME THINGS SAID ABOUT ME BEING A PROFIT
ORGANIZATION AND OF COURSE IF WE MAKE A PROFIT, IT IS FROM FINDING ERRORS.))
SUPER=01-Pat Palmer/Medical Recovery President;
OUT Q=finding errors.
Medical Recovery Service charges 50-percent for recovered fees.
Rick Wade of the American Hospital Association says consumers should be
skeptical of any organization out to recover money.
He says those companies are only in it for the money themselves.
Carilion Health System issued a statement saying they process over 1.3
million bills a year.
We strive to get every bill correct, they say, but mistakes are occasionally
When brought to our attention, these mistakes are promptly corrected.
Lewis-Gale Medical Center says they refused an interview with Prime Time
Live because the story did not focus on patient care.
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The bird flu is over, at least according to the government of Hong Kong.
The government says no human cases of the disease have surfaced since
authorities slaughtered more than a million chickens.
But the World Health Organization says it's too early to declare the danger
Officials with the W- H- O argue that because six months passed between the
first and second cases of the disease, more surveillance is needed.
The Hong Kong government also announced it will lift the ban on importing
chickens from China.
That move comes after the W-H-O said it found no evidence of the bird flu in
People don't often associate AIDS and senior citizens.
But the Centers for Disease Control says new AIDS cases are rising twice as
fast among older people as among youner ones.
The number of people 50 and older with AIDS was 22-percent higher in 1996
than in 1991.
Cases among 10- to- 49 year olds rose nine- percent during the same period.
The C-D-C says those figures suggest older Americans are not protecting
They also say doctors are not looking for the disease, partly beacuse
symptoms of HIV- infection often look like illnesses common in older people.
An injury sidelines one of the Cavaliers best players.
Here's Steve Mason with the 2-minute ticker.
The Express returns to the Round House tonight to battle Charlotte in a non
divisional, out of conference battle. Charlotte won the cup a few years ago and
it's success against the Express; especially in the post season has never been
((MICHAEL SMITH/EXPRESS DEFENSEMAN:))
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In College basketball; when Virginia host Duke at University hall this
weekend, The Cavaliers will be a little short at the guard position.
Freshman Chesley Watson had an emergency appendectomy last night and will
miss the game.
Head coach Jeff Jones will start Donald Hand and Pete McLaughlin tomorrow
against the Blue Devils. Watson could be out of action the next two weeks.
WIPE TO PINNACLE!!!!!!!
and by the way, You can see the Duke Virginia game right here on your
hometown station beginning at noon.
Virginia Tech heads into tomorrow's Atlantic 10 game against Massachusettts
witha 1 and 4 conference record; thanks in part to a73-66 loss to 23rd ranked
Rhode Island last night.
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Russ Wheeler takes the nice entry pass from Rolan Roberts in the early going
as the Hokies jump in front 8-to-2.
But turnovers would plague Tech in the first half. The Hokies committed
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14 of them and the Rams made them pay in the transition game as they run the
floor and get the open three pointer.
And Tech's record drops to 6-and-9
with the 73-to-66 loss.
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In Lynchburg last night the Liberty Flames welcomed the Retrievers of
Maryland Baltimore County.
An injury early in the contest kept senior Eric Sorensen out most of the
But with just over a minute play, and Liberty up by 2 with time running
out. Sorensen rejects Terrence Ward's attempt to tie the game.
Liberty wins a wild one 57-to-55.
And finally we stay in Lynchburg where Eastern Mennonite would take home an
The Royals win this one beating Lynchburg College 83-to-80.
Coming up at 6, despite all the athletic distractions at VMI the Keydet
basketball team remains focussed. Roy Stanley will have that story. Have a
He's been singing about Havanna for years.
Now he's a reporter there.
Musician Jimmy Buffett is covering the Pope's visit to Cuba for Rolling
Buffett is known for singing about boat drinks and beaches in songs like
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((JIMMY BUFFETT/SINGER-SONGWRITER; WE CAME FROM KEY WEST ON OUR BOAT. I WAS IN
HAVANA ABOUT TEN OR TWELVE YEARS AGO AND I'VE ALWAYS BEEN FASCINATED BY IT. SO
FROM MY CARRIBEAN ROOTS AND MY ALTAR BOY ROOTS I FIND MYSELF IN HAVANA TO SEE
OUT Q=SEE THE POPE
That's all the time we have for News-7 at Five.
Join us tomorrow morning at eight for News-7 Saturday Morning.
The Weekend Diner heads to Robin Reed's house.
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((WHERE'D THE RECIPE COME FROM? IT CAME FROM MY WIFE'S SIDE OF THE FAMILY, HER
AUNT CAME UP WITH THIS RECIPE. IT'S A KILLER RECIPE. IT'S VERY RICH, BUT IF
YOU HAVE AN ANNIVERSARY OR BIRTHDAY COMING UP, IT'S JUST THE TICKET. ))
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Dissolve to Pinnacle
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