Next on News 7 at 5, a Roanoke teenager is convicted of second degree murder.
and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky spends the day testifying before a federal grand jury investigating the President.
Rain Chances remain very low through this forecast period, less than 20%. Normal temperatures will be the rule into the weekend.
On Health Check, two West Virginia cities earn a dubious distinction.
and an osteoporosis drug could stop the spread of breast cancer.
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Monica Lewinsky takes the stand today to testify about her relationship with President Clinton.
Good Afternoon, I'm TF.
Monica Lewinsky has completed day one of testimony before a grand jury.
Lewinsky is testifying in Independent Counsel, Kenneth Starr's
Her lawyer says she's doing fine after spending this morning inside a Washington federal courthouse.
While that goes on, the President appears to be keeping
to the nation's business.
The president's spokesman says Clinton's in a great mood.
CBS News correspondent, Jonathan Freed is live in Washington with the latest on today's proceedings.
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A House committee has cited Attorney General Janet Reno for contempt of congress.
The House Government Reform and Oversight Committee cited Reno
for failing to turn over a report that suggested she seek an
independent counsel to investigate Democratic fund-raising abuses.
Reno has refused to give the panel two memos on the matter.
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The Republican led-committee voted 24 to 19 to cite Reno.
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Committee Chairman Dan Burton says he is sorry that it had to come to this but says he needs the documents.
The matter is expected to go to the full House for its consideration in September.
A Roanoke teenager was found guilty today of SECOND-degree murder.
Fifteen year old Jawawn Hale admitted he killed Mike Andrews, but maintained it was self-defense.
An overflow crowd poured into the street this morning... following the verdict at the Roanoke City Courthouse.
Sheriff's deputies and city police kept an eye on the crowd, but there were no problems.
Andrews had been an aspiring artist at Patrick Henry High School... though Hale's attorneys portrayed the 20-year old victim as a bully who liked to pick fights with smaller young men.
Hale was not sentenced today. He faces up to 22-years in prison.[5-L'burg-Fire]
A child playing with a lighter apparently sparked a fire that damaged three Lynchburg apartments today.
The blaze started in a bedroom closet of a unit at the Forest Brook Apartments shortly after noon.
Authorities say a five- year- old girl set fire to some cardboard and clothing material, but didn't tell her mother right away.
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((JOHN JENNINGS/LYNCHBURG FIRE MARSHAL: AND WHEN THE OLDER DAUGHTER WAS TELLING THE MOTHER THERE WAS A FIRE, THE SMOKE DETECTOR IN THE HALLWAY STARTED GOING OFF. SO THE MOTHER CALLED 911, TOOK A PITCHER OF WATER, BECAUSE I'M SURE THE SMOKE IN THE HALLWAY WASN'T THAT BAD AND WHEN SHE GOT TO THE CLOSET AND OPENED THE CLOSET DOOR, THE FLAMES CAME ROLLING OUT.))
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It took firefighters about ten minutes to bring the fire under control.
Two other apartments suffered smoke and water damage.
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The state attorney general says its too early to tell if the U-V-A medical center will face charges in the baby swap incident.
And a group takes Roanoke Rent to Own companies to task for charging what it calls exceedingly high interest rates.
The University of Virginia Medical Center has yet to determine how two babies might have been switched at birth.
And the state attorney general isn't ready yet to address the question of what legal problems the hospital may face.
The hospital says Callie Johnson and Rebecca Chittum, two children who may have gone home with the wrong parents, could not have been switched by accident.
But if they were, the medical center could be facing a lawsuit.
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((MARK EARLEY/VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL: I THINK IT'S REALLY TO EARLY AND TO PREMATURE TO KNOW WHETHER THAT WAS A FAILURE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA OR WHETHER IT WAS A DELIBERATE, CRIMINAL ACT. IT'S CERTAINLY A TRAGIC THING AND I CERTAINLY COMMEND THE FAMILIES WHO I THINK ARE TRYING TO WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE THE BEST OUT OF A DIFFICULT SITUATION.))
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Another development in the case today concerns court records of Paula Johnson and her former boyfriend Carlton Conley.
He was convicted last year of beating Johnson, the presumed biological mother of Rebecca Chittum.
She has a court record, too, a conviction in 1994 for "curse and abuse."
If you're spending your money at a Roanoke Rent-to-Own store-- you might want to rethink the investment.
A survey of four Roanoke stores shows their interest rates can be very expensive-- so expensive that the price of a rented item can be four times its cash price.
A 19-inch television bought at Alrenco Home Choice on a rent to purchase plan can run you around 900 dollars.
At a department store, a similar T-V sells for 200 dollars.
Survey officials say consumers often don't have a choice on a better deal.
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((HENRY WOODWARD/LEGAL AID SOCIETY OF ROANOKE VALLEY:IT'S A MARKET WHERE PEOPLE REALLY HAVE NO CHOICE AT ALL ABOUT BUYING THINGS. IF YOU ONLY HAVE 12 DOLLARS AND YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE TO HAVE A TELEVISION SET THEN RENTING IT FOR 83 WEEKS IS THE WAY TO GO. AND ITS A SAD COMMENTARY ON HOW LITTLE CHOICE SOME PEOPLE HAVE ABOUT THEIR CONSUMER PURCHASES.))
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The interest rates charged at the Roanoke stores can reach five times that of credit card rates.
The research also shows that some stores don't reveal if equipment is used or new.
Prime Time Rentals, Ace TV Rentals, Kelly Rentals and Home Choice Rental are studied in the report.
The Virginia Citizens Consumer Council and the Virginia Poverty Law Center conducted the study.
Representatives at the rental companies refused to comment.
While the hot, dry weather is taking a toll on some crops, the area's GRAPE harvest is still lush and green.
The vineyards at Chateau Morrisette in Floyd County are thriving this year.
Winery officials say grapes can survive these semi- drought conditions because they have deep roots.
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((BOB BURGIN/CHATEAU MORRISETTE: HOT WEATHER IS ACTUALLY GOOD FOR GRAPES. HOT, DRY WEATHER, IT INCREASES THE SUGAR CONTENT, LOWERS THE ACID CONTENT AND INCREASES THE FLAVOR. SO, IF WE CAN GET AN OCCASIONAL SHOWER BETWEEN NOW AND HARVEST, WE'LL BE QUITE HAPPY.))
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But until the much- needed rain comes, one of Chateau Morrisette's vineyards IS irrigated.
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If you love home grown tomatoes, but are losing too many to the elements, you'll want to hear what Patrick Evans has to say in this week's Growin' It.
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A combination of weather extremes has created problems for area gardeners, including our own Patrick Evans.
Patrick, are you having trouble with your tomatoes?
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A Texas man is flying high in an attempt to jump in to the record books. We'll explain a little later in the newscast.
And in Health Check, there is promising news in the fight against breast cancer. Also do you need vitamins added to your orange juice
and will this new trend in the nation's juice bars improve your health? Some nutritionists say no.
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There is more promising news on the fight against cancer.
A drug used to stop bone deterioration may prevent the spread of breast cancer.
Clodronate is used to treat osteoporosis, but a study in the New England Journal of Medicine concludes the drug may also prevent the spread of breast cancer to the bone marrow and other organs.
More than 76 percent of breast cancer patients in the U-S die each year from cancer that has spread to the bones. Doctors says clodronate in clinical studies could lower the death rate by two-thirds.
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Doctors stress some caution is needed. The study only followed patients for three years and it will take time to see if the drug prevents the cancer from spreading or if it merely slows it down.
Currently clodronate is not available in the United States.
A group of L-A businessmen think they have the answer for the latest trendy waterhole and they claim this one is healthy.
Juice bars want to replace the popular coffee houses. Instead of a jolt of caffeine, they want to serve up an extra shot of vitamins.
And you don't just get a glass of plain O-J or carrot juice.
Stores will add vitamin supplements to your drink...for an extra charge of course.
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Most drink supplements contain close to 100 percent of the recommended daily allowance of certain vitamins.
Still others are offering so-called megadoses containing one thousand to three thousand percent of the needed vitamins.
Some nutritionists don't think that's a good idea.
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"IF THEY ARE GETTING MORE THAN WHAT THEY NEED-- YOU ARE DEALING WITH
WATER SOLUABLE VITAMINS-- THEY ARE ELIMINATED VIA THE URINE AND SO YOU
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Koprowski says the megadosing is not only a waste of money, it could prove hazardous to your health.
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"When you start taking those large doses we don't really know. We don't
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The surge in vitamin sales has attracted the attention of the Food and Drug Administration.
It is setting up a new system to monitor potential health problems caused by supplements.
Folks in Elkins, West Virginia, are scratching their heads trying to determine why they've just been declared the itchiest city in America during July.
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The makers of an anti-itch creme named it's top 10 itchiest cities.
Cities are rated on such things as sunburn potential, poison ivy growth, rainfall and mosquito populations.
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Elkins beat out Knoxville, Tennessee for the top spot.
Miami came in third.
Charleston, West Virginia finished tenth.
In Sports, the Carolina Panthers are getting defensive about the upcoming N-F-L Season.
With that and early baseball results...here's Mike Stevens.[S5-MLB]
Welcome folks. Let's get the Thursday ticker rolling with some afternoon
big league baseball from the big apple.
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A hot day in Flushing as Orel Hershiser and the Giants slugged it out with the Mets.
In the fifth, Edgardo Alfonzo hit s three run blast off Hershiser.
It was the first of seven homeruns in this game.
The Mets finally prevfail to get the 9-to-8 win.
The Rockies and Expos are also already winners today.
The Salem Avalanche wraps up its three game homestand with Danville tonight looking to snap an eight game losing streak.
Its once again redneck night at Salem Stadium.
Besides a number of promotions taking place tonight there will be a full slate of pro rasslin after the game.
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The Carolina Panthers 1997 defensive slide prompted coach Dom Capers to revamp his zone bliting schemes. Steve Mason says this D should claw it's way back to the top.
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((The opposition ran over the Panthers last year on the ground. Carolina's rundefense slipped from 8th best in the NFL to the eigth worst in one season.
Patnehr owner Jerry Richardson visited Panther camp this week overlooking his off season defensive acquisitions. Kevin Greene, the NFL sack leader among linebackers, Doug Evans, a arguably Green Bay's top cornerback a season ago, and defensive tackle Sean Gilbert, the 46.5 million dollar man.
Evans is a big key, with all pro corner Eric Davis on the other side, the Panthers put one of the league's top pass defending unttis on the field.
Everyone has their ups and downs in life, but a Texas man hopes his will put him in the record books.
Jeff Kimbrell wants to break the record for the most parachute jumps in a 24 hour period.
Mike Tobin has the story.
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