The attorney for former White House intern Monica Lewinsky believes she may
be indicted in the Whitewater criminal investigation.
Prosecutors are trying to find out if President Clinton urged her to lie
under oath about their alleged relationship.
For more on the story, let's go to Jonathan Freed.
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SUPER=01-Don Campbell/Jones' Attorney;
SUPER=01-Bob Bennett/Clinton's Attorney;
You could say that the big news in Washington this morning was what didn't
happen...Monica Lewinsky did not deliver her scheduled pre-trial deposition in
the Paula Jones sexual harassment case.
When Lewinsky was 21 years-old, and working as a White House intern, she's
alleged to have had an affair with the President. And Bill Clinton is alleged
to have instructed her to cover it up.
While the President dealt with a scheduled cabinet meeting...lawyers for Paula
Jones were dealing with the media...their first formal public performance
since the Lewinsky controversy broke wide open on Wednesday.
(SOT, DON CAMPBELL/JONES' ATTORNEY): PAULA FEELS THAT MONICA IS A VICTIM, LIKE
PAULA IS...AND THAT HER HEART GOES OUT TO ALL VICTIMS.
Meanwhile, the President's lawyer was taking shots at Jones'
attorneys...criticizing them for grandstanding in the case...claiming they've
been legally flirting with the judge's gag order...by allegedly revealing
things like where the Lewinsky deposition was supposed to take place.
(SOT, BOB BENNETT/CLINTON ATTORNEY): I THINK THEY REALLY FEEL THE PRICE THEY
PAY IS NOTHING, THE WORST THAT CAN HAPPEN IS THE JUDGE FINES YOU SOMETHING, IN
THE END THEY PROBABLY THINK IT'S WORTH IT.
Overnight, tension appeared to be running higher at the White House...with
some reports of raised voices in heated debate.
A local figure is speaking out about how President Clinton got into this
The Reverend Jerry Falwell yesterday told supporters at an anti-abortion
rally that he believes Clinton is being punished for his support of abortion
IN Q=I could not
((REV. JERRY FALWELL/LIBERTY U. CHANCELLOR: I COULD NOT HELP BUT WONDER, IF IN
THE CASE OF A PRESIDENT WHO NOT ONLY ENDORSES ABORTION BUT EVEN PARTIAL BIRTH
ABORTION.. INFANTICIDE, IF MAYBE GOD DOESN'T HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR, SAYING ON
THIS 25TH ANNIVERSARY `YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE DONE IT'.))
SUPER=01-Rev. Jerry Falwell/Liberty University Chancellor; :00
OUT Q=have done it.
Falwell spoke out yesterday at a demonstration on the 25th anniversary of
the Roe versus Wade decision legalizing abortion.
The ballooning cost of cutting the car tax in Virginia will have its impact
on our region.
Governor Jim Gilmore is expected to release his plan later this hour at a
cost of almost twice what he campaigned on.
News 7 has learned the cost means cuts to two projects in our region.
Gilmore's amendments will take away the ten million dollars for construction
of the new Virginia Museum of Natural History Building in Martinsville- leaving
only about a half million in planning and design money.
The Governor is also cutting money George Allen set aside for the proposed
Roanoke Higher Education Center.
Allen had budgeted nine million dollars, Gilmore cuts that to less than five
and a half million over two years.
We'll have all the details on News 7 at five and six tonight.
The government paid Javier Cruz more than 347-thousand dollars in living
expenses while the Columbian drug trafficker worked as a D-E-A informant.
D-E-A supervisor Don Lincoln insists that's NOT a lot of money when you
consider the fact that Cruz had 18 employees at the import-export business he
set up in Columbia and had a lot of "operational expenses."
The government says Cruz used his wife's considerable fortune to buy a home
and a night-club in Roanoke County.
The 347-thousand dollar figure came out in court yesterday during a hearing
for Earl Frith.
The Floyd County real estate broker was charged with money-laundering in
IN Q=It'll never go
((IT'LL NEVER GO AWAY. I'VE PAID MY DUES... SEVEN OR EIGHT YEARS IN OBSCURITY,
TRYING TO OPERATE A BUSINESS WITH BOTH HANDS TIED.))
OUT Q=both hands tied.
Frith maintains he never knew the feds had linked him with Cruz- -because
the indictment remained under seal for six years.
Frith says somebody knew... pointing out that he was turned down for bank
loans and denied membership in professional trade associations.
Some of the mystery and confusion has been dispelled after a judge unsealed
the grand jury indictment that named a Giles County supervisor.
The allegations revolve around an illegally taped phone conversation in
which the callers discuss an alleged extramarital affair involving supervisor
According to court documents-- Williams is NOT accused of taping the
As Teresa Hamilton reports--- Williams allegedly played the tape for someone
else-- which is considered a felony.
IN Q=The documents
SUPER=03-Ripplemead/Last Week; :12
OUT Q=Hamilton, NEWS 7.
The documents were sealed last week after a special prosecutor asked that
those named in the indictment be served before the paperwork was unsealed.
You may remember-- that was the day--Williams attempted suicide-- after
learning of the grand jury indictment.
Three others were also charged in connection with the alleged crime.
They are Kim Lavender Frazier, Herman Willie Dent, Junior. And---Derrick
At the time of the indictment--the Board of Supervisors-- declined comment.
But members have now released a statement-- saying the board asked for
Williams to resign just days BEFORE the indictment.
Williams did NOT step down.
Sources say the board asked for the resignation following a recent public
dispute between Williams and Giles County's Superintendent of schools.
At this time-- Williams is still a supervisor but his whereabouts are still
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7.))
If convicted-- Williams faces a fine and up to five years in prison.
With the phrase, "Guilty, your honor", Ted Kaczynski confessed to being the
long sought- after Unabomber.
Kaczynski pleaded guilty yesterday to 13 federal charges covering five
He made the statement shortly after the judge ruled he could NOT represent
The plea agreement spares Kaczynski the death penalty.
Instead, he'll receive a sentence of life in prison, WITHOUT parole.
He'll be sentenced May 15th.
Anti- American demonstrations are erupting in Iran.
Thousands of Iranians rallied in the capital today, burning U-S flags and
chanting anti- American slogans.
At the same time, Iranian president Mohamed Khatami attended Friday prayers
and greeted the protestors.
The leader has been under pressure to take a harder line against the U-S--
Many of the demonstrators fear Iran is moving too close to normalizing
relations with the U-S.
Outgoing Bedford County School Superintendent John Kent is well into his
retirement, but thanks to an agreement reached by the school board, he'll be
able to enjoy it a little more.
Stacey Martin has the story of the confusion surrounding the deal and the
IN Q=Superintendent John Kent's
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Tim Dailey/Parent; :16
SUPER=01-Beth Groover/Forest Elem. PTA President; :36
SUPER=01-Shirley McCabe/Bedford Co. School Board; :52
OUT Q=SM, News 7, Bedford Co.
(( Superintendent John Kent's last day is June 30th and he's said he's due
210 thousand dollars as part of his retirement package.
But, while he has original documentation to back it up, no one on the
current board could say the same initially.
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IN Q=My understanding of
((TIM DAILEY/PARENT: MY UNDERSTANDING OF THE WAY GOVERNMENT WORKS IS IT'S VERY
RARE THAT ONE PERSON WOULD TAKE AUTHORITY IN DECIDING SOMETHING LIKE THAT, THAT
IT WOULD HAVE TO BE APPROVED BY THE ENTIRE BOARD.))
OUT Q=the entire board.
The Bedford County School board tried to come up with a final figure at
their meeting with concerned parents and teachers.
Some blame the problem on the former school board.
SOT 04.38.29 - 04.38.37
IN Q=It seems as
((BETH GROOVER/FOREST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PTA PRES.: IT SEEMS AS THOUGH AT TIMES
THEY MADE RASH DECISIONS AND BECAUSE OF THAT THINGS FELL THROUGH THE CRACKS AND
TRUST DIDN'T GO VERY FAR WITH ANY OF THOSE FOLKS.))
OUT Q=of those folks.
But, board members had little opposition to Kent's figures, and even added
10 thousand dollars for insurance coverage.
SOT 06.02.40 - 06.02.54
IN Q=We're just paying
((SHIRLEY MCCABE/BEDFORD CO. SCHOOL BOARD: WE'RE JUST PAYING TO HIM HIS ONE
YEAR CONTRACT WHICH HE HAD THAT WAS GIVEN HIM BACK IN 1995. SO, HE HAD ONE
YEAR LEFT ON THAT CONTRACT AND THAT'S ALL WE'RE BUYING IS THE ONE YEAR HE HAD
LEFT ON HIS ORIGINAL CONTRACT.))
OUT Q=his original contract.
SOT 06.16.23 - 06.16.39
IN Q=Superintendent Kent will
((STACEY MARTIN REPORTING: SUPERINTENDENT KENT WILL GET A RETIREMENT PACKAGE
WORTH A TOTAL OF 255 THOUSAND DOLLARS. AND, WITH THAT SITUATION BEHIND THEM,
BOARD MEMBERS SAY THEY'RE NOW READY TO TAKE ON OTHER EDUCATIONAL MATTERS.))
OUT Q=Stacey Martin News 7 Bedford Co.))
A five- car derailment at Norfolk Southern's Roanoke terminal caused over
35- thousand dollars worth of damage.
A total of eight cars were involved in the incident just off 12th street.
The early morning mishap caused no injuries or evacuations.
Norfolk Southern officials hope to have the track repaired by late this
The exact cause of the derailment is still under investigation.
The population of Botetourt County has gone up and so have its property
values, in some cases DOUBLING the assessed values of homes.
Tina Tenret says some current residents are upset with their tax bills.
IN Q=Assessments are out
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Don Thomas/Appraiser; :12
SUPER=01-Gerald Burgess/Botetourt Co. Administrator; :42
SUPER=01-Warren Plaster/Botetourt Co. Resident; :57
OUT Q=News7, Botetourt County
(( Assessments are out in Botetourt County -- and houses are worth an average
39-percent more than they were five years ago.
Some houses have even doubled in value.
IN Q=That means
((DON THOMAS/APPRAISER: THAT MEANS, IF A TRACT OF LAND, 20 ACRES OF LAND,
PREVIOUSLY WAS ASSESSED AT $40,000, NOW THE ASSESSMENT MAY BE $80,000.))
OUT Q=may be $80,000
Demand is driving prices up -- it seems everyone wants to live here.
IN Q=According to the
((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: ACCORDING TO THE DISTRICT PLANNING COMMISSION, TWO THIRDS
OF ALL THE GROWTH IN THIS REGION IS HAPPENING RIGHT HERE IN BOTETOURT COUNTY.
IN FACT, PLANNERS SAY, TWO YEARS FROM NOW 20 PERCENT MORE PEOPLE WILL BE LIVING
IN THIS COUNTY.))
OUT Q=in this county
New houses are cropping up where there used to be only farmland.
((GERALD BURGESS/COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: ROANOKE COUNTY AND CITY ARE RUNNING OUT
OF LAND FOR NEW DEVELOPMENTS SO MANY OF THE DEVELOPERS ARE MOVING OUT HERE TO
PLACE THEIR NEW PROJECTS.))
OUT Q=new projects
But residents are appealing the assessments, saying these figures are
inflated and they don't want to pay more taxes.
IN Q=I have 11 acres
((WARREN PLASTER/RESIDENT: I HAVE 11 ACRES OF LAND AND I THINK THEY ASSESSED IT
AT MORE THAN DOUBLE WHAT IT WAS SIX YEARS AGO AND BEING 38 YEARS IN
ARCHITECTURE WORK, I DON'T THINK NO ONE COULD DO ANYTHING WITH THE LAND BACK OF
MY HOUSE, AND IT'S JUST TOO MUCH.))
OUT Q=it's just too much
Residents can appeal their assessments this week and next -- in the
meantime, the race is on to snatch up what rural land is left.
Tina Tenret, News7, Botetourt County.))
United Way of the Roanoke Valley closed its 19-97 campaign with a bang.
At the annual banquet, officials announced the agency met its goal of
raising six million dollars.
That's a four- and- a- half- percent increase over the previous year.
Three companies got awards for increasing their level of giving: Innotech,
John W. Hancock, Jr., and Norfolk Southern.
Two others were named for having the best first-time campaigns: Levy Home
Entertainment of Salem and First Citizen's Bank and Trust.
The skies cleared the way for the picture perfect launch of space shuttle
SUPER=03-Kennedy Space Ctr.;
Seven astronauts are on board.
The nine- day shuttle mission will include a docking with the Russian space
46- year- old crewman Andrew Thomas will replace David Wolf, who's spent the
past four months aboard Mir.
Among those watching Endeavor's launch was newly re- named astronaut John
Glenn, who will head into orbit on his own shuttle flight this Fall.
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SUPER=330-Cloudy/& Cold/30-34/Mostly Cloudy/& Chilly/34-37;
SUPER=331-Cloudy/& Cold/32-36/Mostly Cloudy/& Chilly/36-40;
SUPER=333-Cloudy/& Cold/28-32/Clouds & Flurries/ Chilly/32-36;
SUPER=334-Drizzle/& Fog/33-36/Snow Showers/Likely/34-37;
A drop-off in the demand for outerwear fabric is being blamed for layoffs at
a Roanoke valley company.
PRECISION Fabrics in Vinton will layoff 75 people by the end of the month.
Plant manager (Alley) Ali Khan says one department will cut back its
operating schedule from seven to five days a week.
TAPE#net (edit of TB98-1)
The Virginia Tech Hokies fell to 23rd ranked Rhode Island 73-to-66 in a game
that was nearly as close throughout.
SUPER=03-Kingston, RI/Sportschannel; :00
Russ Wheeler takes the nice entry pass from Rolan Roberts early as the Hokies
jump in front 8-to-2.
But turnovers would plague Tech in the first half.
The Rams lead 39-to-25 at halftime.
The Hokies treid for a comeback as Roberts gets the hoop and the harm.
But Rhode Island would lead by 20 at one point thanks to shots like this
SUPER=33-Va. Tech/66/Rhode Island/73;
freaky bank shot from out front.
Rhode Island knocks off Tech 73-to-66.
TAPE#net (edit of BB98-3)
The Liberty Flames hosted the Retrievers of Maryland Baltimore County.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Fox Sports South;
It looked like the Flames hopes of victory were up in smoke late in the game
when senior Eric Sorensen got caught in midair and came down on the top of his
head on the court.
He had to leave the game with a gash in his head and few expected him to come
But with just over a minute play, Sorensen returned.
And watch what he does. With Liberty up by 2 with time running out.
Sorensen rejects Terrence Ward's SUPER=33-UMBC/55/Liberty/57;
attempt to tie the game and send it to overtime. Liberty wins a wild one
TAPE#net (edit of BB98-1)
On the other side of Lynchburg, The Hornets of Lynchburg College and Royals
of Eastern Mennonite hooked up in their first ODAC meeting of the year.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Royals vs Hornets;
Lynchburg would score the first 7 points of the game-- Glasgow's Rodney
Early hits the the three pointer.
The Hornets' Chris Whelan then hits back to back layups and the Royals fell
behind by 9.
The Royals would cut the lead to 7 points before the half and Eastern
Mennonite rallies to win the game 83 to 80.
Lynchburg falls to 5-and-8 overall, while E-M-U improves to 10-and-3 overall.
TAPE#net (edit of S8-1)
The Charlotte Hornets were back in the hive to host Houston.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/NBA; :00
Kevin Willis hits the jump hook in the lane in the third quarter to get the
Rockets within five of the Hornets.
But Charlotte without Phills, Curry SUPER=32-Houston/86/Charlotte/93;
or Divac get this jumper from J.R. Reid as they manage to get a huge win at
home winning it 93-to-86.
TAPE#net (edit of extra)
And there's some news about some (----------------)
SUPER=03-San Diego, CA; :00
people who have nothing better to do with their time than get a big old piece
of Kraft cheese and start carving it.
Only these folks aren;t eating the stuff they are sculpting it.
Check out the replica in Colby of the Vince Lombardi trophy.
Please refrigerate after viewing.
Now I know, Patrick, you consider yourself a wine connoisseur, but even if
you're not-- an excursion to Rebec Vineyards in Amherst County may be just the
For a decade now, the winery has sat on this former site of a 250- year- old
It all began for Richard Hanson as a "retirement project."
His vintage stock has grown from 200 gallons to two- THOUSAND-- but it's
still one of the smallest wineries in the state.
SOT tape 1 11:08:34
IN Q=The bulk
((RICHARD HANSON/REBEC VINEYARDS OWNER: THE BULK OF OUR WINE IS SOLD RIGHT
HERE. WE GO TO A FEW FESTIVALS AND WE HAVE OUR OWN BIG FESTIVAL RIGHT HERE.
AND WE NEED TO MAKE MORE WINE, THAT'S OUR BIGGEST PROBLEM.))
SUPER=01-Richard Hanson/Rebec Vineyards Owner;
OUT Q=our biggest problem
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You can come along for an entire tour of the winery in this week's "Time
And you'll find that by waking up tomorrow with News 7 Saturday Morning at 8
A-M with Denise Allen and Andrew Freiden.
And finally this afternoon-- The flaming Olympic Torch is on the last
stage of its long journey toward the Olympic village in Nah-gano.
A Japanese actress kicked of the last of the three torch relay courses in
Nagano this morning.
The flame was separated into three parts in Tokyo--
It'll be put back together in Nagano on February sixth, the opening of the