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One hour from now President Clinton goes before the Ken Starr grand jury.
He'll give sworn testimony about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky via closed circuit television.
For seven months, President Clinton has denied any sexual relationship with the former white house intern.
But sources tell CBS News that Clinton will admit to some kind of relationship with Lewinsky.
There has been no decision yet on whether the President will address the nation after the testimony is complete.
Dan Rather is in Washington with an update.
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The president's testimony will certainly evoke response today.
TWo Roanoke legislators are already reacting to the latest in Starr's investigation.
State Senator John Edwards questioned Kenneth Starr's motives in handling the matter.
He says it's time for the country to move ahead.
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(((D)JOHN EDWARDS/STATE SENATOR; AS A FORMER PROSECUTOR MYSELF, I THINK HE'S BEEN EXTRAORDINARILY ZEALOUS IN THE WAY HE HAS HANDLED THIS MATTER. AND A LOT OF PEOPLE QUESTION THE MANNER IN WHICH HE IS INVESTIGATING THIS MATTER AND WHETHER OR NOT HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN INVESTIGATING IT TO BEGIN WITH. IT CERTAINLY HAS BEEN EMBARRASING TO THE PRESIDENT, TO THE PRESIDENCY AND TO THE COUNTRY. LET'S HOPE THAT WE CAN GET PAST THIS.))
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Roanoke congressman Bob Goodlatte is a bit closer to the issue because he is a member of the House Judiciary Committee.
He says Clinton should just tell the truth.
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(((R) BOB GOODLATTE/SIXTH DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN; I THINK IT'S GOOD THAT THE PRESIDENT IS TESTIFYING BEFORE THE GRAND JURY BECAUSE IT'S IMPORTANT TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THE MATTER, TO THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER. THAT WILL ENABLE THE INDEPENDENT COUNSEL TO COMPLETE THE PROCESS AND SEND ITS REPORT TO CONGRESS WHERE I EXPECT THE MATTER TO BE GIVEN A FULL, FAIR AND IMPARTIAL HEARING.))
Goodlatte says until the report on the matter is in, he won't speculate on what direction Congress will take.
Co-education is now in its second year at Virginia Military Institute.
Twenty two women are returning for their sophomore year.
And an additional 34 more women arrive on the Lexington campus today to join the 14-hundred member cadet corps of freshman.
Under a new policy sophomore cades will be permitted to date upperclassmen outside of their chain of command.
V-M-I went co-ed in 1996 after 157 years as a male-only school.
The Supreme Court said it was either that, or face the loss of state funding.
A Danville man is dead after a car accident yesterday.
86-year old William Fitzgerald was driving on Route-640 in Pittsylvania County shortly after three yesterday afternoon.
State Police say he ran his car off the left side of the road and struck two trees.
It was raining at the time of the accident, and State Police suspect the wet roads are to blame for the crash.
Authorities say wet roads were also to blame for a car pile-up and several accidents on Interstate- 81 yesterday afternoon.
As many as five people were injured near the 132 mile marker in at least two accidents that took place at about four o'clock.
Police say traffic began to slow down, when one car rear-ended another, starting a chain reaction.
The accident victims were taken to Roanoke Memorial,--- Roanoke Community, and Lewis-Gale Hospital.
Meanwhile, traffic was backed up for about eight miles along both southbound lanes.
Officials say a total of eight minor accidents happened in that area yesterday.
Martinsville police say the search for an elderly man has reached a critical point.
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74-year old Howard Woolwine disappeared from Hairston's Home for Adults early Saturday morning.
100 volunteers searched the area on foot yesterday.
Emergency officials at the National Guard Armory in Martinsville continue the search today.
Officials say Woolwine is in need of medical attention.
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((BOB PHILLIPS/MARTINVILLE EMERGENCY SERVICES COORDINATOR:FROM INDICATIONS THAT WE HAVE HE'S BEEN COMPLAINING AND HE DIDN'T REALLY LIKE OR KEPT REPEATING THAT HE DIDN'T WANT TO BE THERE. AND IT'S NOT AN INCARCERATION TYPE THING AT ALL. IT'S A SITUATION WHERE HE'S FREE TO LEAVE. HE COULD SIGN HIMSELF OUT AT ANY TIME. HOWEVER, HE DIDN'T SIGN HIMSELF OUT. HE LEFT.))
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Woolwine may be trying to reach relatives who live in the area.
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Workers at the Long Airdox Company in Pulaski County are still on the job today, while their contract negotiations continue.
Nearly 150 Airdox employees who are members of the oil, Chemical and Atomic workers union, have been trying to reach a contract agreement with management for the past two and a half weeks.
Their current contract expired at midnight.
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((RICK FLINCHUM/UNION STEWARD; SOME THINGS ARE GOOD SUCH AS MORE CALLBACK TIME ON YOUR SENIORITY. MORE MONEY ON YOUR BENEFITS FOR BEING OFF UNDER SICKNESS AND ACCIDENTS. BUT THAT'S JUST A COUPLE OF GOOD THINGS. ))
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But workers are also looking for more money.
And would like to see an end to the hiring of outiside contractors.
The last time union members went on strike was in 19-78.
Company mangement could not be reached for comment.
Five people have been arrested in Northern Ireland in connection with Saturday's deadly car bombing.
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The blast in Omagh (OH'-mah) killed 28 and injured 220 in a crowded shopping area.
It is the worst terrorist strike in the province's history.
Despite today's arrest it could be several days before the suspects are charged.
The F-B-I today is questioning a suspect in connection with the U-S embassy bombings in East Africa.
The suspect was arrested Friday in Pakistan, where authorities say they caught him with forged documents.
He was transported to Nairobi on a U-S military plane.
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Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is now headed to Kenya and Tanzania in a show of support for the bombing victims.
The two explosions killed 257.
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When News 7 at noon returns, some V-A employees are spreading the word about better health care for veterans.
And Steve Fossett doesn't make it around the world in his hot-air balloon, but he DOES survive shark infested waters.
Right now, Patrick has a look at the weather.
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He didn't make it around the world -- but at least he didn't get eaten by sharks.
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Chicago Millionaire Steve Fossett was rescued from the Coral Sea this morning a day after lightning sent his balloon tumbling from the sky.
He waited for several hours in a life boat in shark infested waters.
This was Fossett's fourth attempt to balloon around the world.
He had completed two-thirds of his trip.
Come October, war veterans will have a new option for health care.
And workers from Salem's V-A medical center want to get the word out about the "Healthcare Eligibility Enrollment Program.
Employees were out at the Valley View Walmart Sunday, trying to convince veterans to sign-up for the national healthcare benefits package.
Officials say the program presents a win-win situation for veterans and hospitals.
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((MICHAEL HEPTINSTALL/VA MEDICAL CENTER; THE VETERAN CAN BE ENROLLED IN THE VA SYSTEM. THEN HE CAN STOP BY AND HAVE A MEANS TEST AND WE'LL TELL HIM EXACTLY WHAT HE IS ENTITLED TO THROUGH OUR VA SYSTEM.))
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Veterans can sign up at the Salem V-A or call there for more information about three other sign up locations scheduled this week.
Virginia Tech is reeling in some big contributions.
Donors contributed nearly 50- million dollars to Virginia Tech over the past fiscal year.
Alumni and corporations donated about 67-percent of that amount.
University officials attribute much of their success to the school's comprehensive 250- million dollar fundraising campaign which ended in June.
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((The hardware industry is offering a host of new toys for gadget-lovers everywhere to get their hands onto during the upcoming fall and winter seasons.
Joining us for a preview of what's to come is Dick DeBartolo, or, as he's also known as the Gizmo Guy.
Thanks for joining us.
What do you expect to be the hottest item this season?
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And which other gadgets do you expect to take the industry by storm for the holidays?
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Finally, what's your personal favorite of the season?
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Thanks for joining us.
Now let's take a look at the weather.))
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