On News 7 at 5, President Clinton is still testifying before the grand jury at this hour. We'll have a live report next.
and we'll hear from a Mother who says the security measures at the U-V-A medical center are not as tight as officials claim.
After a weekend of heavy rains, the atmosphere looks a little more stable after some lingering showers tonight. Details just ahead.
Operating through a keyhole, doctors say it's harder to perform, but much better for the patient.
And doctors put an end to a rumor circulating on the internet.
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This is a live picture from the White House where President Clinton is still testifying in the Monica Lewinsky investigation.
Independent Counsel Ken Starr is questioning the President- while the grand jury watches on closed circuit television.
The questioning began early this afternoon-
Jonathan Freed is in Washington with the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Charles Bakaly/Starr's Spokesman;]
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((It was the spectacle the White House once hoped the nation would never
see...Independent Counsel, Kenneth Starr arriving with his team of
attorneys to interrogate the President of the United States.
Mr. Clinton began his history-making testimony in the Monica Lewinsky
case at one o'clock this afternoon. He is the first U-S President to
confront a criminal grand jury, as seen in this artist's conception.
The place: the Map Room of the White House...where Franklin Roosevelt
charted the course of World War II...with the President's answers
transmitted by secure television circuit to the jurors at the federal
courthouse, about half a mile away.
CLINTON/JANUARY 26: I DID NOT HAVE SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH THAT WOMAN,
But the former White House intern's testimony to the same grand jury
reportedly contradicts the President...and largely set the legal and
political stage for Mr. Clinton's questioning.
Earlier, outside the courthouse, Starr's office was playing it right
down the middle.
CHARLES BAKALY/STARR SPOKESPERSON: WE'RE CONTINUING TO
DO WHAT WE SAID WE WOULD...WHICH IS TO COMPLETE THE INVESTIGATION AS
EFFICIENTLY AND QUICKLY AS WE CAN.
Inside the courthouse, in one of the more peculiar happenings of this
story, Starr's people placed a music boom-box outside the jury
room...intending to prevent reporters in the hallway from overhearing
the President's testimony. It was later removed.
JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS: STILL NO WORD ON WHETHER THE
PRESIDENT WILL ADDRESS THE NATION. BUT C-B-S NEWS HAS LEARNED THAT
WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS HAVE SAID THEY WILL BE "SHOCKED" IF MR. CLINTON
DOES NOT FACE THE PEOPLE.))
The investigation continues
into how two babies were swicth at the U-V-A medical center three years ago. The hospital claims it couldn't have been an accident, but another woman has come forward to dispute that.
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Steve Smallshaw is in Charlottesville tonight with the harrowing tale of Tina Rutherford.
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The balloonist trying to fly around the world is saved from shark infested waters,
And we'll visit the grounds of V-M-I as it welcomes its second class of female rats.
On health Check, one of the nation's largest cigarette makers begins selling a cigarette it claims
and Patrick Evans is at Salem Memorial Field where tonight is Mayberry Night.
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The state budget picture is still rosy and getting rosier.
That's according to Governor Jim Gilmore-- who made an unusual summer appearance before the General Assembly's joint money committees today.
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Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom with details.
Jean, employment is at a record level right now in Virginia.
Wages and salaries are up about seven percent over last year.
And the state has announced 25-thousand new jobs created so far this calendar year-- compared to 20-thousand in all of 1997.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WE HAD LET THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA KNOW LAST YEAR THAT WE BELIEVED WE COULD DO EVERYTHING WE WANTED TO DO IF WE GREW AT THE RATE OF SIX-POINT-TWO ON THE AVERAGE OVER THE FOUR YEARS. SINCE WE'RE AT TEN-POINT-FOUR, WE'RE WELL ABOVE THAT. HOPEFULLY WE WILL MANAGE THESE KINDS OF SURPLUSES IN SUCH A WAY THAT WE WILL WITHSTAND IN KINDS OF SURPLUSES, ALTHOUGH NONE IS ON THE HORIZON.))
The 800 pound gorilla is of course the car tax repeal-- with partial refunds already going back to some taxpayers.
But -- without a Wall Street catastrophe -- Virginia looks likely to boom for a few more years.
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((DEL. CHIP WOODRUM/D-ROANOKE: YOU REALLY DON'T HAVE THAT MUCH CONTROL. WHEN WE SEE WHAT'S HAPPENED IN THE PACIFIC RIM, IN THE ASIAN ECONOMIES, AND WHAT'S HAPPENING IN RUSSIA, WE REALIZE HOW INTERCONNECTED OUR GLOBAL ECONOMIES ARE. I GUESS WE'RE KIND OF PRISONERS OF EVENTS FOR THAT.))
((SEN. EDD HOUCK/D-SPOTSYLVANIA: WE KNOW WE HAVE A GOOD ECONOMY AND IT'S GOOD NEWS TO HEAR THAT THERE'S EXTRA REVENUE.
I WAS A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED THAT THERE WAS NOT MORE FOCUS ON THE SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION AND EARMARKING SOME OF THIS ADDITIONAL REVENUE FOR SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECTS.))
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The budget surplus remains at about 150 million dollars for lawmakers to fight over in January.
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A food tax cut was NOT at the top of anyone's priority list today.
It didn't do much damage.
But it was enough to clear out a church building this afternoon.
A small fire started in the attic at Raleigh Court Methodist church.
Construction workers were inside and noticed smoke in the sanctuary.
Roanoke firefighters were able to stop the fire before it got very big.
The fire chief said a light fixture in the attic fell onto some insulation, which started burning.
No one was hurt.
Balloonist Steve Fossett says he's lucky to be alive-
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Fossett was rescued today- after plunging 29 thousand feet into the ocean off Australia.
The Australian air force dropped supplies including a radio to Fossett- before boats were able to reach him.
Fossett spent the day in a life raft in shark infested waters before a yacht picked him up.
Another larger boat was steaming toward them to take Fossett the rest of the way to Australia.
Fossett was trying for the fourth time to make it around the globe.
He travelled more than 15 thousand miles breaking his own record- before the fall.
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It's Mayberry night at Salem Memorial Field.
Not only do fans get to see two baseball games, but they'll get a chance to meet a man who is number one with a bullet... unfortunately he has to carry it in his pocket.
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Due to yesterday's rainy weather, tonight is double-header night at Salem Memorial
It is also "Mayberry Night" sponsored by Your Hometown Station and J-93 FM.
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Patrick Evans joins us live from the stadium to tell us more, and introduce us to a very special guest you may already be familiar with.
Patrick, what happens if there's any trouble at the game tonight?
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The Roanoke Express will stay in the Roundhouse. Mike Stevens will have the details in today's two minute sportsticker.
Coming up next on health check --manufacturers of a new cigarette promise to cut second hand smoke.
And a false internet message claims protecting your child's skin could be damaging their eyesight.
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((WE'RE DISTRESSED BY THE MESSAGE THAT'S GOING OUT THERE THAT SUNSCREEN MIGHT BE DANGEROUS IN KIDS.))
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It may be the biggest revolution in cigarette smoking ever-- and it's beginning in Virginia.
But it's a quiet revolution.
Philip Morris unveiled the Accord "low smoke" smoking system at 20 retail outlets today.
But there was NO demonstration for the media.
The device requires the smoker to keep the special cigarette inside the "puff-activated" lighter to cut down on smoke and ashes.
The only smoke produced after a sort of catalytic converter process inside the lighter would come from the smoker exhaling.
The product was developed at the Philip Morris plant just south of Richmond.
A new procedure is helping heart surgery patients recover fast.
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Doctors are peforming delicate heart surgeries such as valve replacements through incisions as small two inches long.
By opening just a portion of the sternum, patients are able to heal faster.
However the surgery is more difficult for the doctors to perform.
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((DR. JOHN CALHOON/HEART SURGEON:WELL, IT'S A PAIN FOR ME
AS THE SURGEON. IT'S A LOT OF PAIN.>>YOU HAVE TO HAVE GOOD
EXPOSURE TO DO SOMETHING WELL, SO
IT'S WORK FOR US, BUT THE BENEFIT
IS WITH THE PATIENT. THE PATIENT
DOESN'T HURT AS MUCH...IS UP AND
MOVING AROUND BETTER AND IF YOU CAN
GET THE SAME RESULT THROUGH A
SMALLER INCISION, OBVIOUSLY THAT'S
SOMETHING THE PATIENT WOULD WANT
AND BENEFIT FROM.
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Doctors across the country are beginning to use the less invasive procedures whenever possible.
Not only does it help patients heal faster, it saves them money as well.
An internet hoax has some parents worried about protecting their children from the sun.
A frightening alert on the World Wide Web claims waterproof sunscreen causes blindness.
Doctors say that's untrue and sunscreen is safe.
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((IT'S GOING TO STING IF IT GETS IN YOUR EYES.))
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it may sting, but doctors say it won't do any harm past that.
Despite an anonymous e-mail circulating on the world wide web describing the story of a boy who went blind after getting waterproof sunscreen in his eyes.
The unnamed mother wrote she found many children lose their sight each year to waterproof sunscreen.
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((DR. FRANK DALY/ROCKY MTN POISON CENTER: THERE IS NO BASIS FOR THE ALARM WE DON'T HAVE ANY EVIDENCE THAT SUNSCREEN CAN CAUSE BLINDNESS IN KIDS.))
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A day care worker in Denver first reported the notice to poison control.
The government agency in charge of regulating sunscreen also says
there's no evidence it causes blindness.
The Roanoke Poison control center says if children get the sunscreen in their eyes, parents should irrigate the eyes with plenty of water.
In Sports, the Express will continue to chill in the Civic Center.
with that and more here's Mike Stevens[S5-Express]
The Express and the Roanoke Civic Center announced a new long term lease today. Steve Mason says both sides stayed cool in what has been a heated situation.
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[SUPER=01-Jim Evans/Roanoke Civic Center Manager; :46]
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((A broken air conditioning system made for an uncomfortable news conference at the Roanoke Civic Center autitorium. But Express general manager Tony Mancuso and the civic center's Jim Evans cooled things off with the announcement of a new five year lease that will keep the team at the Round House at least until 2003.
The new contract is primarily based on incentives and instead of competing for the dollar, the way the two parties used to do, they will be sharing it.))
The NFL preseason action continues tonight with a couple of games.
The Cowboys are playing the Patriots and the Colts are battling the Bengals tonight.
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And one quick programing reminder for you tonight.
Don't forget this coming Friday night Friday Football Extra kicks off its 15th anniversary season in primetime with an hour long special.
We'll take a look back at some of the up and downs of the past 14 year this Friday night from nine until 10.
Coming up at six, we will continue our preseason Friday Football Extra previews with a look at the Franklin County Eagles.
Take care everybody.
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Another group of women has arrived in Lexington to take on the rigorous training that sets Virginia Military Institute apart from the rest of the state's colleges.
Not quite half of the 30-some women in the class of 2002 are IN-state students... that is: from Virginia.
Members of the FIRST co-ed class are looking forward to meeting out discipline to the freshmen known as "RATS."
((WE'RE BY NO MEANS GOING TO BE.. WE'LL BE FRIENDLY TO A POINT, BUT WE'RE THERE TO MAKE SURE... CORRECT THEM.. AND MAKE SURE THAT MALES AND FEMALES ALIKE, HAVE A RAT LINE AND THAT THEY GET THE SAME TREATMENT THAT WE RECEIVED LAST YEAR.))
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The class of 2002 is one of the largest ever.
As one school administrator put it: the barracks is a "full house," with 13-hundred-99 students enrolled.