A deadly bomb rips through an Alabama abortion clinic.
And an update on the immunity talks between Monica Lewinsky's lawyers and Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr.
Sunshine and much warmer temperatures are the features in today's forecast. We're going to cool off a bit tomorrow, with plenty of good weather still tap for this weekend.
News 7 at noon is next.
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A bombing at an an abortion clinic in Birmingham, Alabama has left one person dead and another injured.
The blast ripped through the New Women's Health Clinic killing an off duty police officer and injuring a nurse.
An anti-abortion protester that was nearby is being questioned about the explosion.
Authorities have also evacuated University of Alabama students at
They're concerned there may be a second bomb.
A year ago, two bombs went off an hour apart at a clinic in
Atlanta, injuring six people.
That bombing remains unsolved.
Bill Safos is in Birmingham with the latest.
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IT WAS A SCENE THAT IS ALL TOO FAMILIAR IN MANY AMERICAN CITIES...
...AN EARLY MORNING EXPLOSION AT A WOMEN'S CLINIC--KNOWN FOR ITS FAMILY
PLANNING AND FOR ABORTION.
I DIDN'T SEE IT BUT I HEARD A BIG BANG..
MOS SOT: I WAS IN MY BUILDING AND I HEARD A HUGE EXPLOSION-- IT SHOOK MY
HOSPITAL OFFICIALS SAY AN OFF-DUTY POLICE OFFICER WAS KILLED AND A NURSE WAS
INJURED IN THE BLAST-- CAUSED BY A BOMB. WINDOWS IN THE BUILDING AND
NEARBY-- WERE BLOWN OUT... AND AN AWNING WAS SHREDDED.
THE F-B-I AND BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND FIREARMS IS ON THE SCENE...
LOOKING FOR MORE DEVICES... AND RESPONSIBILITY.
ONE MAN WHOSE GROUP PROTESTS THE CLINIC SAYS THEY ARE NOT TO BLAME.
DAVID LACKEY, OPERATION RESCUE: "WE STAND AGAINST VIOLENCE AT THESE
CLINICS. WE'VE ALWAYS BEEN NON-VIOLENT. WE ARE STILL NON-VIOLENT. WE'RE HERE
TO SAVE THE BABIES--NOT HARM ANY OF THE PEOPLE IN THESE CLINICS."))
Talks aimed at winning immunity for former White House intern Monica Lewinsky have apparently broken off.
Attorney William Ginsburg met briefly today with the Whitewater
prosecutor, Kenneth Starr.
Afterward, he signaled that the
talks had run into problems and that he was moving ahead with plans to defend Lewinsky against possible charges.
Meanwhile, the New York Times is reporting that President Clinton met with Lewinsky last month and suggested
that she testify that the purpose of her White House visits were to see his personal secretary.
But yesterday former Chief of Staff Leon Panetta defended the president before the Grand jury.
LEON PANETTA:I AM PERSONALLY NOT AWARE OF ANY RELATIONSHIPS BY THIS PRESIDENT WITH WHITE HOUSE INTERNS OR ANYONE ELSE FOR THAT MATTER. ))
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Meantime, a federal grand jury today indicted a Democratic fundraiser and friend of President Clinton for alleged fund raising violations during the 19-96 Presidentidal campaign.
Despite today's spring-like temperatures, many people in the area are still feeling the effects of this week's winter storm.
Teresa Hamilton reports thousands are still without power in the New River Valley.
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((TAMMY LAFON/GILES CO. RESIDENT:PITIFUL AND NOT FUN, IT'S BEEN DEVASTATING. ))
Tammy LaFon is one of the thousands struggling to care for loved ones without electricity.
But home owners aren't the only ones coping with the wintry weather.
Numerous businesses in Giles County were also affected--
Businesses-- like the Foodland grocery store-- in Richcreek which was forced to close down.
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((KELLY JEWELL/FOODLAND MANAGER:OH, YEAH, WE'VE PULLED ALL OF OUR MEAT, ALL OF OUR ICE CREAM ANYTHING CAN GO BAD, GOT THE DOOR OPEN SO THAT SOME OF THE AIR WILL MAYBE GO IN THERE AND KEEP IT COOL. ))
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In the meantime- American Electric Power is working to restore power.
Crews from as far away as Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and Ohio have been brought in to help.
The heavy snow and ice that fell for hours was simply more than a lot of power lines could handle.
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((REPORTER SPEAKS:DO YOU ANTICIPATE BEING HERE THROUGH THE NIGHT? OH, YEAH, PROBABLY TOMORROW, TOO. ))
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VDOT crews will also be working 'round the clock.
Here in the New River Valley the primary roads are clear-- but many secondary roads are still snow covered and treacherous.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, B'burg.))
Three deaths are now attributed to the bad weather.
And Virginia remains in a state of emergency.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: THERE'S BEEN IN SOME PLACES AS MUCH AS 20 INCHES OF SNOW. IT'S IMPEDING THE ABILITY OF THE PEOPLE IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA TO GET AROUND TO DO WHAT THEY NEED TO DO. TO BE ABLE TO GET OUT OF THEIR HOMES. TO BE ABLE TO GET EMERGENCY MEDICAL TREATMENT. SO I HAVE ISSUED AN EMERGENCY MEDICAL ORDER TO PLACE THE NATIONAL GUARD ON STANDBY, TO DECLARE A STATE OF EMERGENCY, SO THAT THEY CAN BE ACTIVATED AS NECESSARY IN THE SOUTHWEST TO PROTECT LIVES.))
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State officials say they're hoping the snow melts slowly to limit potential flooding.
There are also power outages in Botetourt County--at one point nearly 25-hundred residents were without electricity.
Two-thirds of those were Craig-Botetourt Electric Co-op customers.
The company had to deal with transmission power line problems at a substation and trees on power lines.
Meantime, some Eagle Rock A-E-P customers got by on alternative power.
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((CARLTON STICKMAN/EAGLE ROCK RESIDENT; WE GOT A GENERATOR UP AT THE HOUSE. WE BEEN KINDA USING IT FOR POWER AND STUFF. THEY CHARGING THEIR REFRIDGERATOR AND FREEZER UP THERE WITH THAT AND THEN THEY BRING IT DOWN TO OUR HOUSE AND CHARGE IT A LITTLE BIT.))
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Power crews worked through the night to restore electricity, but for some it could be tomorrow before they get their power back.
Across the border in West Virginia,
it's a similar story--thousands are without electricity and ten counties are under a state of emergency.
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Some ten-thousand families woke up to the power outages yesterday after heavy snow tore down power and phone lines.
Ralph Boone woke up to a familiar sound.
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((WHEN WE GOT UP, AND OPENED THE DOOR, GOT UP, IT WAS LIKE SHOTGUN SHOTS GOING OFF. IT WAS TREE LIMBS BREAKING UNDER THE HEAVINESS OF THIS SNOW. IT WAS A WET SNOW. ))
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That wet snow made driving difficult on all the county's back roads-- including the one leading up to a barn fire.
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((Ralph Boone/Frankford Fire Chief: THE ROAD WAS A LITTLE TREACHEROUS, GETTING UP HERE, IT HADN'T BEEN PLOWED. THE TRUCKS WERE CHAINED, WE HAD A LITTLE TROUBLE GETTING HERE. IT TOOK A LITTLE TIME WITH CHAINS, OF COURSE, IN A STORM LIKE THIS.))
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A-E-P, and West Virginia Power continued working through the night, but they say some people in the county won't have power restored for three more days.
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The search continues for a pair of American scuba divers apparently left behind during a group outing---that story i
s still to come on News 7 at Noon.
and in Belgium AND the Netherlands, morning travel was deadly after a string of vehicle pileups.
Those stories straight ahead but first let's check in with Patrick in the weather center.
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A massive search is underway off Australia's Great Barrier Reef for a missing American couple.
Joseph and Eileen Lonnergan were part of a group of 25 scuba divers that travelled about 40 miles off the Australian coast Sunday in a tour boat for a day of diving.
Police say -- when the Lonnergan's came up from underwater---the boat, and the other divers were gone and they were s
tranded with only their empty air tanks.
DAVE WINDSOR;IT'S CRAZY...IT SHOULDN'T HAPPEN...TO ACTUALLY LEAVE PEOPLE BEHIND IF THAT'S
WHAT HAPPENED IS VERGING ON CRIMINAL))
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Crew members only reported the couple missing more than 48 hours
later, after finding their personal items still on the boat,
Police say its now highly unlikely they will be found alive.
Authorities are investigating whether the crew of Outer Edge tour boat followed legal codes of practice requiring them to take a head
count before and after a dive.
A massive vehicle pileup in Belgium this morning has left ten people dead and several more injured.
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It happened on a Belgian highway near the border with France.
Officials said visibility was poor at the time of the mass collision.
The accident is blamed on heavy fog.
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Thick fog also contributed to a string of pileups near the Dutch- German border.
More than 100 cars and trucks were involved and at least 13 people were injured, three of them seriously.
The crashes happened in the morning rush hour after a truck ploughed through the central barrier of the highway.
An experienced airplane pilot in Lynchburg was struck by a plane's propeller.
He is in serious but stable condition.
74- year- old Rucker Tibbs was taken to the University of Virginia trauma center after the accident Tuesday night.
There, doctors had to amputate part of his arm.
The accident occurred while Tibbs was working on a small plane with its engine running, he apparently got too close to the propeller.
Tibbs is a member of the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame.
He got his pilot's license in 19-56.
The D-Day Memorial in Bedford may lose thousands of dollars in state funding, but organizers of the project say that won't slow their work.
Former Governor Allen proposed two-and-a-half million dollars in funding for the memorial.
But Governor Gilmore wants to trim that by 100-thousand dollars after disclosing last week the new cost of his car tax plan.
Organizers hope to complete the memorial by June 6th, 1999 -- the 55th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
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Chalk it up to his popularity -- the price tag on a Michaelangelo drawing sets a record in New York,
and in Martinsville, Governor Gilmore trades a museum for his car tax cut, for now. Those stories plus Patrick's weather and sports when News 7 at Noon continues.
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A promised ten-million dollars to build a new museum in Martinsville looked good on paper.
Now it's gone-- courtesy of a difference of opinion, and fiscal realities, between two governors.
Ellen Qualls reports.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I'M PREPARED AT THIS POINT TO LOOK AHEAD TO THE FUTURE, ONCE WE SEE A COMPLETE PLAN, AND THEN WE'LL KNOW EXACTLY HOW MUCH MONEY NEEDS TO BE PUT INTO THE FUTURE.))
If George Allen was the budget Santa Claus, Jim Gilmore turned out to be the Grinch for Martinsville.
The 10 million dollars Allen giveth for a new Museum of Natural History -- Jim Gilmore taketh away to pay for his tax cut.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I WAS SURPRISED BY THAT IN THAT THE LOGIC BEING THAT IT NEEDED TO BE STUDIED FURTHER...SOME CONCERN ON THE PART OF THE VERY GENEROUS AND HARD-WORKING BOARD OF THE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY.))
((TOM HARNED/CITY OF MARTINSVILLE: WE WERE ELATED IN DECEMBER WHEN GOVERNOR ALLEN MADE THE 10-POINT-1 MILLION DOLLAR ANNOUNCEMENT. AND YES WE WERE DISAPPOINTED WHEN GOVERNOR GILMORE ANNOUNCED HE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO FULLY FUND THE PROJECT IN THIS BIENNIUM. BUT WE ARE DETERMINED OPTIMISITS.))
Indeed they are.
The museum's director told his board he's glad to get more up front planning money than Allen gave.
((STEVE PIKE/MUSEUM DIRECTOR: WELL I'M CERTAINLY HAPPIER TO HAVE 650-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO PLAN A MAJOR BUILDING THAN TO HAVE A HUNDRED-THOUSAND DOLLARS.))
But with the old hospital site cleared and ready for the dinosaurs and other museum treasures... Ten million dollars can't come too soon.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
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Union workers at Goodyear in Danville officially voted in 12 hour work shifts.
In voting yesterday members of Local 831 voted 765 to 191 in favor of the longer shift.
Workers say the 12 hour shifts would give them two weekends off every month.
Last month workers reluctantly agreed to keep the plant operating seven days a week.
Goodyear has not decided when it may implement the new seven- day work schedule.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 51 points.
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When the news continues, two Friday Football Extra favorites
make their college choices. We'll tell you where the Roanoke Valley's star running back is headed this fall. It's a place not far away.
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The top running back in the Roanoke Valley has announced where he will be playing his college football.
William Fleming's Lee Suggs, a three time Friday Football Extra player of the week, picked the Hokies over the Hoos and Deacs.
Roy Stanley has the details.
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((For the past couple of weeks, The Phone in the Suggs household has been busier than a telephone company.
The calls ended when Suggs announced that he would attend college and play football at Virginia Tech.
((LEE SUGGS/2892 RUSHING YARDS IN 1997:
((Suggs rushed for over 28 hundred yards and scored 27 touchdowns while leading the Colonels to the Group Three championship against Hampton.
He picked Virginia Tech after giving strong consideration to both Wake Forest and Virginia.))
((GEORGE "KILA" MILLER/FLEMING HEAD COACH: ))
((WILLIAM SUGGS/LEE'S FATHER: ))
((Sugg's has better than a 3 point 0 grade point average at Fleming and his sister also attends Virginia Tech.
And he and his family say academics played a big role in his decision.))
((CATHERINE SUGGS/LEE'S MOM: ))
Suggs is the first football player from Fleming to sign with Tech since Robert Majors in the Mid 80's. Roy Stanley news 7 sports.))
1996 Friday Football Extra player of the week Matt Maxey made his college decision today. The Franklin County kicker made a verbal commitment to VMI.
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The senior says VMI has offered him a partial scholarship.
And the B plus student says academics were as much a factor as football.
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The second team all state performer set the Eagle record for the longest field goal-- a 51 yarder, and had a message for his competition in Lexington.
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Don't forget to tune in to News 7 every weekend morning
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From 8 to 9 Denise Allen and Andrew Freiden will have the latest news, weather and sports on News 7 Saturday Morning and News 7 Sunday Morning.
A 400 years old drawing has been auctioned off for a record seven and a-half million dollars.
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It's Michelangelo's chalk depiction of ``Christ and the Woman of
The 17 by 13 drawing is one of his last privately-owned pieces and one the largest Michelangelo works ever to come on the open market.
An anonymous buyer snapped up the drawing yesterday at a
Sotheby's auction in New York.