A U-S military buildup in the Gulf has Baghdad looking for a diplomatic end to the inspection standoff.
And three people may be facing charges in connection to some bomb explosions in Giles County.
News 7 at noon is next.
Iraq today claims it's ready to open eight of Saddam Hussein's presidential palaces to weapons inspectors.
But the White House is dismissing the offer because scores of other sites would remain off- limits.
The latest offer comes as the top U-S military commander in the Persian Gulf says American forces are ready to go if a military strike is ordered.
Soldiers aboard the U-S-S George Washington continued preparations in the Gulf today.
They are expected to be among the first ones to be called to service if a military operation against Iraq is launched.
CAPT. TOM SIMS US MARINES:I THINK MOST OF US ON BOARD HERE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR A DIPLOMATIC SOLUTION AT LEVELS HIGHER THAN OURS. BUT WE'RE ALL TRAINED AND READY IF CALLED ON TO DO A JOB. ))
[SUPER=01-Capt. Tom Sims/U.S. Marines;]
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Winding up a four-day tour of the Persian Gulf, U-S Secretary of Defense
William Cohen was aboard the Washington aircraft carrier to visit with troops.
Three people were hospitialized this morning after a speeding pickup went out of control in Montvale this morning.
The truck, with three people inside, went into the median, hit a road sign, then came back across the highway and slammed into the guardrail.
The truck wasn't heavily damaged, but the three people inside were apparently thrown out the passenger-side door.
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ST. BOBBY RATLIFF/VA. STATE POLICE; WE'VE GOT A WITNESS TO THE ACCIDENT AND PRELIMINARY REPORTS ARE, IT LOOKS LIKE HE WAS PROBABLY DOING 70 TO 80 MILES AN HOUR, SO SPEED WAS A FACTOR
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Bobby Ratliff/Virginia State Police]
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Two of the three victims were airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Police say their injuries are not life threatening.
Authorities were called to a home for the developmentally disabled in Giles County, after seven homemade bombs blew up outside the home.
Police discovered the devices shortly before one yesterday afternoon outside the Elm Tree home in Pearisburg.
Authorities describe the bombs, made with plastic soda bottles and chemicals, as extremely dangerous.
Two other bombs did NOT explode and were removed by state police.
Authorities say charges are pending against two Giles county juveniles and one adult.
No one was hurt.
He was convicted of shooting a Roanoke woman in the street not far from her home--now Aquilia Barnette has been sentenced to death for that killing and another murder.
In June of 19-96, Barnette murdered Donald Lee Allen in Charlotte, North Carolina.
He then drove to Roanoke where he murdered his former girlfriend Robin Williams with a sawed off shotgun.
Jurors deliberated eight hours before sentencing Barnette to death.
Tony Mackall's last words included an apology to his victim's family.
Mackall was put to death at the Greensville Correctional Facility in Jarratt last night.
He was convicted of killing a Woodbridge gas station cashier in 19-86.
Members of Mary Elizabeth Dahn's family witnessed Mackall's execution.
A Marine colonel has lost his command, in the wake of last week's deadly cable car accident in Italy.
Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Watters was relieved of command
Friday --three days after a Marine jet severed a ski-lift cable, sending a gondola crashing to the ground.
The accident killed 20 people.
"The New York Times"reports a Marine Corps statement says the
decision to relieve Watters came after he told his crew to get rid of any evidence in the accident.
A retired Secret service agent confirms that President Clinton spent time alone with Monica Lewinsky.
Lewis Fox tells "The Washington Post" that Mr. Clinton spent at least 40 minutes alone with the former intern one weekend afternoon in late 19-95.
Lewinsky's mother is expected to undergo more questioning today by a grand jury looking into the alleged presidential affair.
Lewinsky could testify before the grand jury as early as tomorrow.
WILLIAM GINSBURG//LEWINSKY ATTORNEY SHE WILL APPEAR BEFORE THE GRAND JURY WHENEVER SHE IS ORDERED TO APPEAR
BEFORE THE GRAND JURY. SHE WILL NOT DEFY EITHER A FEDERAL COURT ORDER OR A
SUPEONA AND SHE WILL DO WHAT SHE HAS TO DO GIVEN THE SITUATION SHE FINDS
HERSELF IN. ))
[SUPER=01-William Ginsburg/Lewinsky Attorney; :02]
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In Little Rock, a federal judge has rejected President Clinton's request to
move up the date in the Paula Jones sexual harassment trial.
In Clinton's deposition in the Jones case last month, he reportedly testified he couldn't recall ever having been alone with Lewinsky.
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Golden times for the U-S at the Nagano Winter Games--
and actor Robert DeNiro was questioned by Paris Police earlier today. We'll tell you why when the news continues.
First, let's check in with Patrick in the weather center.
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Actor Robert De Niro has been questioned by Paris Police about his association with a high priced call girl ring.
It seems the name of the Academy award winning actor turned up in an address book seized in the inquiry.
De Niro is in France filming a movie.
He was questioned for several hours yesterday then let go without being charged.
Today, through his lawyer he denied any involvement.
While prostitution is legal in France, obtaining the services of a
prostitute is not.
It was a golden day for the U-S at the Winter Olympics in Nagano.
The red, white and blue struck Gold twice, first in the men's freestyle moguls, then in the women's "Super-G".
But Canada lost a Gold over allegations of drug use.
Jonathan Freed has the story.
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For American, Jonny Moseley the path to glory was bumpy... but he likes it
SOUND-UP: RACE FINISH/CHEERING.
Jonny Mo won the first U-S gold medal of the Nagano games in the men's
freestyle mogul competition.
The 22 year-old from California was the last one down the course... doing his
classic "air" move... involving a 3-60 rotation... grabbing his inside ski.
Moseley was in golden company...
SOUND-UP: PICABO RACING.
...with Picabo Street scoring an unexpected win in the women's super giant
slalom unexpected, because she's recovering from knee surgery and a crash late
Her Olympic sights are already set on another win in the upcoming downhill.
BITE (PICABO STREET/U.S. SKI TEAM): I HAVE A LOT OF CONFIDENCE FOR THE
DOWNHILL... KNOW THAT IF I ATTACK IT... THAT I'M GOING TO BE IN THERE.
SOUND-UP: REBAGLIATI RACE.
Meanwhile, the Canadians were caught up in controversy. The International
Olympic Committee has stripped Ross Rebagliati of his gold medal for men's G-S
snowboarding. The I-O-C claims he's tested positive for marijuana. It was
the first gold ever awarded in the new Olympic sport. The Canadians are
appealing the decision.
Jonathan Freed, Nagano.))
With the latest budget proposals, the salaries of Roanoke City School teachers are inching closer to the national average.
But some educators are questioning the formula used for pay increases.
[IN Q=THE WAY]
((RANDOLPH-KING; THE WAY IT WAS PRESENTED, IT WASN'T JUST FIVE- POINT- OH ACROSS THE BOARD. IT'S LIKE A COMBINATION WITH A ONE- POINT- ONE TIER INCREASE AND THAT MADE IT TO FIVE- POINT- OH. WE'RE ASKING FOR THE FIVE- POINT- ONE ACROSS THE BOARD FOR JUST RAISES.))
((E. WAYNE HARRIS/SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT; WHAT WE HAVE PROPOSED WOULD TAKE THE NATIONAL AVERAGE FOR APPROXIMATELY 45-PERCENT OF OUR TEACHERS BEYOND THE NATIONAL AVERAGE. BUT IT WILL TAKE ABOUT 65-PERCENT OF THE TEACHERS IN THE COHORT THAT WE'RE USING TO COMPUTE IT BEYOND THE NATIONAL AVERAGE BY 82-DOLLARS.))
[SUPER=01-Gloria Randolph-King/Roanoke School Teacher; ]
[SUPER=01-E. Wayne Harris/School Superintendent; :13]
[OUT Q=82 dollars]
Teachers outside the commonwealth make a little more than 40-thousand dollars annually.
If the school system's revenue increase for the 1998-99 budget is approved, the average Roanoke teacher salary would be above that mark for the first time ever.
Time is running out for a Montgomery County nursing home trying not to lose its Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement payments.
The government has identified deficiencies at Meadowbrook nursing home in Shawsville and may terminate the payments.
The problems cited include the quality of care residents are receiving.
About 70 of the nursing home's nearly 90 patients rely on medicaid or medicare.
Government workers were at the nursing home last week.
They say the facility's eligibility could be saved if the latest survey results turn out favorably-- otherwise coverage will be terminated at the end of the week.
In the meantime-- a member of the nursing home's board of directors says the facility is planning to bring in a management team to help solve its problems.
Officials say there are NO plans to close.
In the wake of last week's Norfolk Southern train derailment in Glasgow there are questions about how the cleanup was handled.
Town officials say the roads through the surrounding neighborhoods were never meant to handle heavy equipment.
Now they're criss-crossed with ruts and broken asphalt.
[IN Q=we has a very good]
((ROBERTA LYLE; WE HAD A VERY GOOD STREET, IT WAS PAVED WHEN WE HAD THE GRANT SOME YEARS AGO, FINALLY GOT THE STREET PAVED, EVERYTHING HAD BEEN KEPT UP VERY WELL, THE STATE HAD BEEN KEEPING IT UP VERY WELL.))
((KENNY WILKERSON/RESIDENT; I UNDERSTAND THEY HAVE TO DO WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO, BUT STILL, NO ONE HAS KNOCKED ON MY DOOR AND GIVEN ME ANY INDICATION THAT SOMEONE IS COMING TO TAKE CARE OF ALL OF THIS, TO FIX IT UP AND LIKE I SAY, THEY TOOK THE LIBERTY OF RUNNING THROUGH MY YARD AND I JUST THINK THEY COULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING BETTER))
[SUPER=01-Kenny Wilkerson/Resident; :14]
[OUT Q=something better]
Norfolk Southern officials told us they plan to work with the town to restore the roads to their original condition.
The town is currently negotiating with the railroad to improve the drainage system along the tracks.
The federal courtroom where Joe Abbott and members of his family are on trial for racketeering opened to the cameras yesterday.
Judge Sam Wilson allowed us to photograph what is certainly the government's biggest exhibit.
It's a LIFE-size outline of the backroom at the Corner Store.
[SUPER=04-January 13, 1995]
The store was firebombed three years ago allegedly at the direction of the Abeds.
Informant Richard Chisholm says he threw a molotov cocktail through the rear window of the store.
Defense attorneys scoffed at the notion that anyone could have tossed a burning bottle through a window covered by metal bars... seven feet off the ground... with enough force to hit the opposite wall nearly ten feet away.
An A-T-F agent used the full-scale model to demonstrate how it could have happened.
Use of a molotov cocktail carries a minimum mandatory 10-year prison term.
Prosecutors rested their case last night with testimony from an expert on the subject.
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The spectacle of a Presidential visit--
came to Nelson County yesterday -- President Clinton visited a resort there while on official business, and several area residents turned out.
That story plus Patrick's weather and sports when News 7 returns.
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President Clinton visited central Virginia yesterday, to speak with Democratic lawmakers at the Wintergreen Resort in Nelson County.
Steve Smallshaw tells us, many residents turned out for a firsthand look at the county's first presidential visit.
[SUPER=03-Nelson Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Flora Ballard/Resident; :17]
[SUPER=01-Cheryl Roberts/Store Owner; :35 ]
[SUPER=01-Mary Jane Hoffman/Resident; 1:00]
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A small army of police, media and curious bystanders greeted the President and Vice President upon their arrival around 11:30.
Among them was Flora Ballard, who never voted for Clinton, but who couldn't pass up the chance to see a living president.
[IN Q=It is history]
((FLORA BALLARD/RESIDENT: IT IS HISTORY. IT IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. YOU DON'T ALWAYS LOOK AT THE MAN, YOU LOOK AT THE TITLE AND YOU HAVE TO RESPECT THAT.))
[OUT Q=to respect that.]
The road to Wintergreen was dotted with messages for the president, but
even here in rural Nelson County, Clinton couldn't escape some of his critics. (/////SOT/////)
[IN Q=I just felt]
((CHERYL ROBERTS/STORE OWNER: I JUST FELT LIKE OUT OF A LIFETIME, I MIGHT HAVE ONE OPPORTUNITY TO SEND A MESSAGE TO WASHINGTON, SO I SEIZED THAT OPPORTUNITY.))
[OUT Q=that opportunity.]
[IN Q=The president]
((The President and Vice President spent just a couple of hours at Wintergreen before heading back to Washington. Nelson County residents waited much longer than that to catch just a brief glimpse of the two men. Still, they say it was worth the wait.))
[OUT Q=worth the wait.]
Most were forced to watch from behind a fence, several hundred yards from where the helicopters landed.
[IN Q=This is the]
((MARY JANE HOFFMAN/RESIDENT: THIS IS THE MOST POWERFUL MAN IN THE WORLD AND IT'S NOT EVERY DAY YOU GET TO SEE A PERSON LIKE THAT.))
[OUT Q=person like that.]
Or the spectacle surrounding him.. a common occurrence in Washington D.C., but something a little different for Nelson County.
Steve Smallshaw, News7.))
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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN four points.
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Coming up in Sports, the Express drops one when Peoria comes calling at the Roundhouse,
and it's a family affair in Daytona. We'll tell you about the newest Petty to hit the track when News 7 returns.
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The Petty family took fans on a trip down memory lane and then back to the future in Daytona yesterday.
Mike Stevens has those details as well as some qualifying notes.
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Northeast division leading Roanoke met Northwest division leading Peoria last night at the Roundhouse; and on this night the West was best.
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After a Tim Christian goal-- Rivermen Rob Phillips evens the count at the 14:57 mark of the first with this shot that gets by Dave Gagnon. 1-1 after a period.
Later, the Rivermen convert the extra man opportunity with the power play goal. Gary Gruber fires the shot and #43 d
eflects it in. He doesn't even have a name on his jersey. 3-1 at this point in the second.
Frank Anzalone then pulls Gagnon and replace him with Daniel Berthiaume. The Rivermen would not score the rest of the way.
Peoria hands Roanoke its second straight home loss of the season 3-1.
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Up until the 19-20s, men and women didn't really "date", they "courted."
Since that time, dating relationships have emerged everywhere from church socials to night clubs.
Doctor Kristi Hoffman is a sociologist at Roanoke College.
She says knowing what to expect from each other is tough for modern- day couples.
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((DR. KRISTI HOFFMAN/ROANOKE COLLEGE SOCIOLOGIST: WHEREAS IN THE PAST, THERE WERE VERY CLEAR SOCIAL NORMS THAT GUIDED DATING BEHAVIOR. TODAY THOSE NORMS HAVE NOT DISAPPEARED, BUT ARE MUCH MORE AMBIGUOUS. ))
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[OUT Q=much more ambigous]
We'll hear more about dating trends, as well as how personal ads are adapting to the new technology age.
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Part one of our series on dating and relationships, "In Search Of" begins tonight on News 7 at 6.