Coming up on News 7-
The latest reaction to Ken Starr's report on the President.
Plus how to access the report yourself.
A petroleum fire fills the sky with flames in Korea.
And you might be a redneck if- the man who made that line famous- is making the crowds laugh in Roanoke.
News 7 is next.
Kenneth Starr's report is on-line--containing lurid details of a sexual relationship that has jeopardized the presidency.
Jonathan Freed has the latest now from Washington.
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[SUPER=01-David Kendall/President Clinton's Attorney;]
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As President Clinton attended an Irish American Peace Rally, it was
clear the White House was getting ready for a political war.
The objective: saving the President from impeachment.
While Mr. Clinton was all smiles, his lawyers were sending a different
He is a political target.
(SOT: David Kendall, Clinton Attorney)
"This is personal, not impeachable."
It was a defining day for the Clinton presidency as the House of
Representatives voted to release details of the Independent Counsel's
report into the Monica Lewinsky affair.
Starr claims the evidence "may constitute grounds for impeachment."
And that Mr. Clinton pursued a "strategy of deceiving the American
people and Congress."
The report also contains sexually explicit details of the Lewinsky
affair, details some in Congress already vowing not to focus on.
(SOT: Sen. Orin Hatch, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman)
"The sex is unimportant, it's the other issues we have to closely look
Earlier the President was apologizing again for his actions.
At an emotional White House prayer breakfast, he went as far as
admitting sin, sorrow and promised repentance.
"It is important to me that everybody who has been hurt know that the
sorrow I feel is genuine -- first and most important, my family, also my
friends, my staff, my Cabinet, Monica Lewinsky and her family, and the
American people. I have asked all for their forgiveness."))
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Two Virginia congressmen will now help decide President Clinton's fate.
And, while they're saying little about the matter, at least one other Virginia congressman is venting his anger.
Ellen Qualls spent the day on Capitol Hill.
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((The most vocal constituents in Virginia's Fifth District are NOT happy with their President.
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((PRESIDENT CLINTON: I HAVE BEEN ON QUITE A JOURNEY THESE LAST FEW WEEKS TO GET TO END OF THIS TO THE ROCK BOTTOM TRUTH OF WHERE I AM AND WHERE WE ALL ARE.))
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((VIRGIL GOODE: IT'S OBVIOUS THAT HE LIED WHEN HE TALKED TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN JANUARY. HE SHOULD NOT HAVE DONE THAT.))
Fellow Democrat Virgil Goode says voter calls are overwhelmingly negative.
[ sot 11:21:18]
((VIRGIL GOODE: WELL I WAS ELECTED BY THE CITIZENS OF THE FIFTH DISTRICT TO REPRESENT THOSE CITIZENS AND TO DO THE RIGHT THING. AND THAT'S WHAT I'M GONNA DO. What will that be? WELL I'VE GOT TO SEE HOW FAR THAT PROCESS GOES. IF WE GO THROUGH ALL OF THE EVIDENCE AND THE EVIDENCE SUPPORTS THE CHARGES AGAINST THE PRESIDENT, THEN I'LL VOTE TO IMPEACH HIM.))
[ sot 10:52:25]
((BOB GOODLATTE: I HAVE A JOB TO DO. THE PEOPLE ELECTED ME TO DO IT. AND SO I CERTAINLY STAND READY TO DO THAT. I DON'T DO IT WITH ANY SENSE OF JOY OR HAPPINESS, THIS IS NOT A GOOD SITUATION.))
It is Republican Bob Goodlatte of Roanoke, and southwest Virginia Democrat Rick Boucher who sit in the seats of power-- on the House Judiciary Committee.
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((RICK BOUCHER: WE ESSENTIALLY SERVE AS A GRAND JURY. AND I THINK IT WOULD BE VERY INAPPROPRIATE FOR MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE TO BE MAKING PUBLIC COMMENTS ABOUT THE MATTER OR MAKING PREJUDGEMENTS ABOUT ANY OF THESE VARIOUS SUBJECTS.))
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((VIRGINIA HAS THREE CONGRESSMEN ON THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. RICHMOND DEMOCRAT BOBBY SCOTT ROUNDS OUT THE TEAM. WITH 36 MEMBERS ON THE COMMITTEE, THAT'S FULLY ONE TWELFTH REPRESENTED BY VIRGINIA. ...ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, WASHINGTON.))
You can expect delays on the Internet until at least Monday, thanks to the hub-bub over the Ken Starr report.
AT&T says the Starr report on President Clinton is attracting worldwide attention and more users are surfing the web than ever before.
But even people who are bypassing the Starr report will face traffic jams on the information superhighway.
[IN Q=So what happens]
((ELTON GHEE/INTERNET CONSULTANT: THAT MEANS TRAFFIC'S BACKED UP, NO ONE GETS THROUGH, THINGS SLOW DOWN. THAT MEANS YOUR EMAIL SLOWS DOWN. TRYING TO GO TO A WEBSITE IN THAT NECK OF THE WOODS BECOMES REAL REAL SLOW.))
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AT&T says it can't do anything to speed up service and problems could continue into next week.
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Starr's report and the White House Rebuttal can both be accessed from our News 7 internet site.
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You can reach us on the world-wide-web at WDBJ-7-dot-com.
Once there, our home page has the complete report.
Once again, we are at WDBJ7-dot-com.
UVA Medical Center's Executive Director has resigned.
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The hospital says Michael Haseth is taking another job.
This comes almost one week after a second baby-switching case was revealed--this one involving a Roanoke couple given the wrong baby remains.
However, the hospital says Halseth's resignation is not related to the baby switching cases.
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Divers have found the cockpit voice recorder from Swissair Flight 111- and they've brought it to the surface.
Investigators hope the recorder will offer more clues as to what brought down the MD-11 off Nova Scotia.
[Super=03-Ottawa, ON/Last Week;] The flight data recorder was recovered last week and taken to Ottawa for evaluation.
Fifteen people were injured and thousands fled their homes as a
liquified petroleum gas station in Korea exploded today.
Flames soared more than 300 feet into the air.
The explosion spread flames over several adjacent buildings.
Tropical Storm Frances whirled over the Texas coast bringing 45 mile an hour winds and flooding rains.
In Houston, heavy rain and flooding forced the closing of three freeways.
Fire crews used airboats to rescue passengers stuck aboard a metro bus.
Residents in Surfside South of Houston were forced to evacuate because of rising tides and flooding.
Many residents abandoned their cars and are instead using boats to get around town.
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The New River Valley Health District says the body of a rabid skunk turned up in Radford this week.
The animal was reportedly found in a dog pen on Wadsworth Street.
This is the first confirmed case of rabies in Radford since 1987.
That incident also involved a wild animal.
More than a dozen people in Radford were taken into custody today on drug charges.
It's the result of a nine-month investigation.
Most are accused of distributing crack cocaine.
The indictments were issued yesterday and police began making arrests, this morning.
Police say NONE of those arrested are Radford University students.
Prosecutors say many of the alleged criminal acts took place in the Willow Woods apartment complex.
A BLACK attorney out of Richmond has volunteered to represent a Ku Klux Klan leader accused of illegally burning a cross in Carroll County.
Barry Black of Pennsylvania was arrested last month for allegedly burning the cross during a Klan rally in Cana (CAIN-uh).
David Baugh (Bah) specializes in first amendment cases.
He says he volunteered to represent Black because quote "all expressions have a right to be protected even if we disagree with it."
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Straight ahead, a Roanoke community welcomes Habitat for Humanity after another neighborhood's very public rejection.
Plus, angry citizens breathe new life into the controversy over the Home Depot rezoning in Roanoke County.
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((Hey folks its friday night and that means high school football....Sammy Sosa hits his 59-th homer of the year at Wrigley this afternoon...Rusty Wallace wins the pole position at Richmond and Martina Hingis and Lindsay Davenport will play for the women's title at the U.S. Open.
Stay tuned for that and more coming up on sports.))
A 5-year old boy is dead after a two-car accident in Danville.
Mark Gibson the Second was riding in the front seat of his mother's car when the accident happened yesterday afternoon.
Police say Kimberly Gibson rear-ended the vehicle in front of her.
That driver was slowing to make a left hand turn onto Chatham Drive.
The boy was taken to the hospital where he died several hours later from a broken neck.
Police say he was not wearing a seat belt.
No charges have been filed at this time.
Roanoke County residents who oppose the Home Depot Rezoning will have another chance to speak their minds.
Today, Supervisors Chairman Bob Johnson said he's setting aside time for a public hearing at the board's next meeting.
Johnson says he took that step after receiving calls from citizens, and after watching a replay of Tuesday's meeting.
The hearing will give citizens a chance to speak to the issue... and it could bring another vote if the board decides to reconsider the issue once again.
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((THE WORD I HEARD IS NOT SO MUCH WHAT YOU DID, BUT HOW YOU DID IT. I SAID OKAY, THEN WE CAN FIX THAT.))
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The supervisors meet again on September 22nd.
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What one neighborhood did NOT want, another is happy to get.
Habitat for Humanity is going to build at least 14 new homes in the Loudon-Melrose community.
It's part of a settlement between the city of Roanoke and Habitat, which abandoned its plans to build 32 houses in Westview Terrace.
Loudon-Melrose is an economically depressed area.
And the Habitat homes will contribute to a city project to revitalize the neighborhood.
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((ALVIN NASH/BLUE RIDGE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT CORP.: IT'S OVERWHELMING TO TRY TO BRING THESE INNER CITY NEIGHBORHOODS BACK TOGETHER. IT'S A NICE IDEA. BUT IT'S OVERWHELMING AND THIS WAY I THINK WE GOT SOME HELP IN DOING SO.))
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[OUT Q=in doing so]
Federal funds will pay for the lots where the homes will go.
Over the next four years, Habitat will build all of the 32-houses originally planned for Westview Terrace.
Up next, Friday Football soars into its third week.
Roy Stanley will have the latest scores.
And the king of rednecks -- a-k-a Jeff Foxworthy -- makes a royal appearance in Roanoke.
We'll take you there.
When Jeff Foxworthy suggested, "You Might be Redneck if...," fans in western Virginia were among the first to embrace his humor.
Tonight, he returned to the Roanoke Civic Center with new material, and as Joe Dashiell reports he's still delivering the laughs.
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[OUT Q=Joe D. News 7]
(( [IN Q=My definition of redneck]
((MY DEFINITION OF REDNECK HAS ALWAYS BEEN A GLORIOUS LACK OF SOPHISTICATION.))
[OUT Q=absence of sophistication]
When Jeff Foxworthy quit his day job fourteen years ago, and began telling jokes full time, his goal was an appearance on the Johnny Carson show.
Nine million albums later, he's the top- selling comedy recording artist of all time... and he owes a debt to the nation's rednecks.
[IN Q=And one week I was working in a place outside of Detroit]
((JEFF FOXWORTHY: AND ONE WEEK I WAS WORKING IN A PLACE JUST OUTSIDE OF DETROIT AND THEY WERE KIDDING ME ABOUT BEING A REDNECK... WELL THIS COMEDY CLUB WAS ATTACHED TO A BOWLING ALLEY THAT HAD VALET PARKING, AND I'M LIKE LISTEN IF YOU THINK YOU DON'T HAVE REDNECKS, LOOK OUT THE WINDOW.))
[OUT Q=look out the window.]
Much of his humor is directed at himself, and his family. Foxworthy says he isn't making fun of anyone, he's laughing with them. And he says the "truthfulness' of his comedy, explains why it plays as well in L. A. as it does in Alabama.
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((AS MUCH AS MAKING PEOPLE LAUGH, I'D GET THE BIGGEST KICK OF SEEING PEOPLE POINT AT EACH OTHER. IT WASN'T THE BIZARRE ONES. IT WAS THE ONE IF YOU HAVE A COMPLETE SET OF SALAD BOWLS, AND THEY ALL SAY COOL WHIP ON THE SIDE... THAT'S MY SISTER... YOU GO TO HER HOUSE AND YOU'RE GOING TO BE EATING OUT OF BUTTER TUB OR A COOL WHIP BOWL.))
[OUT Q=a butter tub or a cool whip bowl.]
As if best-selling books and CDs weren't enough, Foxworthy has branched out into Barbecue, with restaurants and a line of sauces that bear his name...
And though he worries about overstaying his welcome... Foxworthy is ready to step out of the spotlight.
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((I HOPE I HAVE A LITTLE WHILE LONGER TO DO THIS, BECAUSE I SURE DO LOVE IT.))
[OUT Q=I sure do love it.]
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
It's week three of friday football extra, Hingis and Davenport advance to the women's finals at the U. S. Open.
But first our Extra Point.
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Sammy Sosa making his traditional sprint to his position in right field.
Then in the bottom of the fifth Sosa gets all of this pitch a 435 foot blast to right field for his 59-th homer of the season, three behind McGwire.
Now here's the rest of the scores.
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The Salem Spartans made a statement tonight at Salem Stadium routing Pulaski county 47 to Nothing.
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Matt Anderson and Kwasi Scott both missed tonights game with Injuries.
In the second quarter leading 20 to nothing, andy Mullins hits Jamey Garst in the end zone for a 35 yard touchdown and the Spartans led the Cougars 27 to nothing.
The Spartans continued in the third, Leading 34 to nothing Mullins hands off to Dennis Haley he takes off
[SUPER=36-Salem/47/Pulaski Co./0/;] on the 33 yard touchdown run and the Spartans rout the Cougars 47 to nothing.
At Victory Stadium tonight, The Colonels of William fleming were trying to break a two game losing streak.
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The band was rocking to the theme song from Men in black.
Fleming puts it into the air Corey Wade pump fakes and puts it up for Devon Turner who makes the catch and scores on the 36 yard pass play the Colonels led 24 to 6.
Then in the third quarter Jermaine Hardy takes the
handoff and scores up the middle from 4 yards out and the Colonels beat the comets 37 to 12.
Over at Cave Spring tonight, The Knights hosted the undefeated Indians from Blacksburg.
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The crowd was fired up for the match up between the Knights and Indians.
Late in the fourth with the game tied at 6 Indians quarterback Richie Austin passes to Charlie Lewis who cuts it up the left sideline for a nice 27 yard gain.
Then a couple plays later the Indians would get
on the board with 45 seconds left in the game Derrick Graham scores over the left side and Blacksburg wins it 13 to 6.
Another busy night for Friday Football Extra lets check some of tonight's scores.
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[SUPER=55-Carroll Co./13/Galax/12/Magna Vista/13/Tunstall/14/Pulaski Co./0/Salem/47;]
[SUPER=55-Patrick Henry/14/Albemarle/24/G.W. Danville/63/Cordozo/0/Lebanon/21/Marion/14;]
[SUPER=55-E.C. Glass/6/Forest/0/Patrick Co./20/Bassett/23/Christiansburg/24/Graham/11;]
[SUPER=55-Blacksburg/13/Cave Spring/6/Amherst Co./54/Monticello/0/Bath Co./28/East Hardy, WV/14;]
[SUPER=55-Narrows/6/Giles/25/Heritage/21/Franklin Co./7/Lord Botetourt/36/James River/6;]
[SUPER=55-Alleghany/48/Covington/7/Northside/Sat./Liberty/7 pm/Auburn/0/Floyd Co./43;]
[SUPER=55-Grayson/7/Radford/6/Halifax Co./12/William Fleming/37/Shawsville/35/Craig Co./17;]
[SUPER=55-William Byrd/35/Glenvar/7/F.-Collinsville/30/Staunton River/19/Rustburg/28/Altavista/14;]
[SUPER=55-William Campbell/13/Brookville/14/Bland-Rocky Gap/14/Pocahontas/40/Appomattox/40/Buckingham Co./8;]
[SUPER=55-Chilhowie/2/George Wythe/28/Martinsville/34/Chatham/13/Rockbridge Co./32/Turner Ashby/47;]
[SUPER=55-Laurel Park/No/Dan River/Rpt./Gretna/No/Nelson Co./Rpt./P.H. Glade Spring/No/Castlewood/Rpt.;]
[SUPER=55-Holston/No/John Battle/Rpt./Northwood/No/Rye Cove/Rpt./Ft.-Chiswell/No/Rural Retreat/Rpt.;]
And coming up, Tech and Virginia gear up for college football games tomorrow Hingis and Davenport will play for the women's title at the U.S. Open.
and Rusty Wallace will start on the pole for tomorrow nights Exide Batteries 400 at Richmond.
Rusty Wallace hadn't won a pole at Richmond since 1991. Well, he ended that drought today.
Wallace turned the oval at a speed of 125 point 377 miles per hour capturing the pole position for tomorrow night's running of the Exide Batteries 400.
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Aptex of Roanoke is making its first appearance in Winston Cup. The company is sponsoring car number 79 driven by Ken Bouchard. The car failed to make the top 25 and will try again tomorrow.
Here's the rest of the top 25.
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[SUPER=0107-6. Bobby Hamilton//7. Dale Earnhardt//8. Derrike Cope//9. John Andretti//10. Bobby Labonte//;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Kyle Petty//12. Mark Martin//13. Kenny Wallace//14. Wally Dallenbach//15. Ward Burton//;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Jimmy Spencer//17. Ted Musgrave//18. Todd Bodine//19. Jerry Nadeau//20. Robert Pressley//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Bill Elliott//22. Dave Marcis//23. Chad Little//24. Steve Grissom//25. Ricky Rudd//;]
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Scouting reports tell the Virginia Tech coaching staff that Clemson and the Hokies are a lot a like.
Coach Frank Beamer says defense is the strength of both squads.
And both teams have new people on the offensive unit.
But he says Tech can't afford to give up the long play this weekend.
The Tigers quarterback is Brandon Streeter, a player Beamer recruited.
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[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va Tech Head Coach;]
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At high noon tomorrow, Virginia will play its home opener against Maryland a team the Cavaliers pounded 45 to nothing last year.
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The UVa defense pitched a shutout in its first game of the season last Thursday night against Auburn.
Tomorrow, the challange is to build on that success.
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The top two seeds in the Women's bracket have advanced to the finals at the U-S Open.
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In the semi finals, top seeded Martina Hingis came from behind in the third set to beat Jana Novotna 3-6, 6-1, 64.
That victory sets up a showdown with second seeded Lindsay Davenport. Davenport beat fifth seeded Venus Wiilliams in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.
Roanoke's K.J. Hippensteal and his partner David Martin advanced to the doubles finals of the Junior U.S. Open.
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Finally tonight-- a wall of faces was unveiled in Downtown Roanoke.
They are the faces of Roanokers who've played a part in State politics.
Today the black cloth was pulled away to reveal Governors, Senators and Delegates from the area.
Governor's Linwood Holton, J-Lindsay Almond, Junior and E-Lee Trinkle adorn the walls of the Gallery.
Family members of the state leaders paid for the portraits.
They're on display in the foyer of the Commonwealth building downtown.