Members of the Judiciary Committee as well as many Americans are spending the weekend reading Ken Starr's report on the President's affair with Monica Lewinsky.
Lee Cowan reports on how the White House is responding.
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[SUPER=01-Rep. Elijah Cummings/(D) Maryland; 1:24]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Henry Hyde/Judiciary Committee; 1:42]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting; 1:55]
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((As the salacious details of Ken Starr's report to Congress sink in on
Capitol Hill, they are coming out on the internet for everyone to read.
SOT MIKE ELSEN/MINNEAPOLIS: I THINK HE'S LOST A LOT OF CREDIBILITY IN
THE WORLD. I THINK HE'S LOST HIS POWER TO BE ABLE TO LEAD US, AND I
THINK HE SHOULD PROBABLY BE REPLACED.
That's exactly why the White House spent the wee hours of the morning
preparing a detailed defense. Point by point, the President's legal
team took issue with Ken Starr's characterization of impeachable
offenses. In short, it concludes: "The document is at bottom
overreaching in an extravagant effort to find a case where there is
During a campaign swing in Oregon, Vice President Al Gore agreed, even
as the polls showed a more mixed reaction from Americans.
SOT MIAMI (MOS NO SUPER)
HE DIDN'T DO ANYTHING TO HARM THE GOVERNMENT, HE HARMED HIS FAMILY,
HARMED HIMSELF, HARMED US BY LYING TO US, BUT HE DIDN'T HURT THE
Since the first family's appearance just hours after the report was
released, they haven't been seen. There was only the President's
tired-sounding voice on the radio, trying to turn attention from his
personal life to his official one.
CLINTON RADIO SOT
IT'S BEEN AN EXHAUSTING AND DIFFICULT WEEK HERE IN THE CAPITOL, NOT ONLY
FOR ME, BUT FOR MANY OTHERS. BUT AS I TOLD MY CABINET ON THURSDAY, WE
CANNOT LOSE SIGHT OF OUR PRIMARY MISSION.
REP. ELIJAH CUMMINGS/D. MD:
I THINK THIS PRESIDENT HAS DECIDED THAT HE IS GOING TO FOCUS IN ON TEH
PROBLEMS OF AMERICANS, THE DAY TO DAY PROBLEMS. THAT'S WHAT GOT HIM
HERE, AND THAT'S WHAT WILL KEEP HIM HERE.
Those on the Judiciary Committee are spending the weekend doing a lot of
reading, not just of the public portion of Starr's report, but the
thousands of pages of background material still under lock and key.
SOT REP. HENRY HYDE/JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO, THERE'S AN AWFUL LOT TO READ AND DIGEST AND TO
PUT INTO PERSPECTIVE. I'M MAKING AN EFFORT NOT TO JUMP TO ANY
CONCLUSIONS UNTIL WE HAVE EVERYTHING IN CONTEXT.
LEE COWAN STANDUP
MOST ON THE HILL SAY THEY WEREN'T NECESSARILY SURPRISED BY ANYTHING IN
THE REPORT. IN FACT, SOME DEMOCRATS ADMIT THEY WERE PLEASANTLY
SURPRISED THERE WEREN'T ANY NEW ALLEGATIONS. BUT THIS IS JUST THE
BEGINNING. THE BEGINNING OF WHAT, REMAINS THE QUESTIONS. LEE COWAN,
CBS NEWS, CAPITOL HILL.
WDBJ's internet site has Starr's report and the latest White House rebuttal.
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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.
A portion of Mill Mountain was on fire yesterday.
Authorities responded to a call for help from a resident who spotted smoke and fire on the mountain.
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((BATTALION CHIEF THOMAS TYREE/ROANOKE FIRE DEPT.; PROBABLY HAD AN AREA OF 100 BY 100. WE GOT THE FIRE UNDER CONTROL IN APPROXIMATELY TWO HOURS. WE'RE IN MOP UP RIGHT NOW. IT WAS PROBABLY AN ACCIDENTAL DISREGARD OF SMOKING MATERIAL OF SOME TYPE. WE'RE NOT SURE BUT IT'S BEING INVESTIGATED.))
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[OUT Q=BEING INVESTIGATED.]
Fire trucks from all over the Valley responded to the blaze.
There were no reports of injuries.
The fire was contained to a forest area, so there was no damage to the Mill Mountain Zoo or Star overlook areas.
The National Transportation Safety Board's final report on a Montgomery County plane crash is out.
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The N-T-S-B says pilot error caused the June 1997 crash that killed the pilot and two instructors.
The report says 70-year old pilot Cliff Wells was disoriented and lost control of his single engine Cessna Continental.
Instructors Tim Sprinkle and David Smith were also killed in the crash.
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Esther Whitlock says she'll watch the execution of Tommy David Strickler later this week.
Strickler was sentenced to die for the murder of Esther Whitlock's teenage daughter Leann.
Whitlock says her presence will show she appreciates the people who worked to bring Strickler to justice.
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Leann Whitlock was a student at James Madison University when she was abducted in January, 19-90 and bludgeoned to death.
The Roanoke area had an unhealthy level of ozone yesterday according to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.
The maximum Air Quality Index for ground level ozone reached 108-- well above healthy readings of 99 or below.
High ozone levels can affect breathing, cause lung damage, coughing and eye irritation and aggravate asthma.
D-E-Q says avoiding unnecessary car trips, using public transportation and not using gas-powered lawn equipment until after dusk are just a few of the things that will help keep ozone levels down.
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A young woman from Roanoke makes miraculous medical progress while another is hoping for a miracle.
Tonya Flory takes a look at the stories making medical headlines this week in Southwest Virginia.
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[SUPER=01-Annette Ozmer/Hunter's Mother; 1:06]
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(( New studies show spirituality can help healing-- shorter hospital stays, less nursing time and less pain medication.
The Pastoral Care Program at Burrell Nursing Center has become a bridge between physicians and patients.
A near fatal car accident left Linda Craig in a wheelchair, unable to communicate.
At first her doctors said she would live as a vegetable, that was three years ago.
Today, she's making a slow but steady recovery her family attributes to their faith and some help from Burrell's Chaplain.
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[IN Q=Linda has definitely]
((EDITH CRAIG/LINDA'S MOTHER: LINDA HAS DEFINITELY PROGRESSED BEYOND THE POINT OF A VEGETABLE, WE'RE STILL LOOKING FOR PROGRESS, AREN'T WE DARLING, AND WE STILL HAVE THE FAITH.))
[OUT Q=have the faith]
Meantime, a thirteen year old Roanoke girl is battling a life threatening disease that's so rare, only a few doctors in the country can treat it.
Hunter Ozmer has Niemann-Pick, a genetic disorder that attacks the central nervous system and causes buildup of cholesterol in organs and even the brain.
Researchers are trying to locate a gene to help better understand the problem.
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[IN Q=You get very]
((ANNETTE OZMER/HUNTER'S MOM: YOU GET VERY ACCUSTOMED VERY QUICK WITH THIS DISEASE TO ANSWERS OF I DON'T KNOW, BECAUSE EVEN WHEN THEY KNOW, THEY DON'T KNOW.))
[OUT Q=don't know]
The N-P Foundation is trying to raise money for more research through a charity golf tournament September 18th.
The University of Virginia was one of the first hospitals in the country to use surgical cement.
Now UVA surgeons are training other doctors on the procedure.
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[IN Q=What we're]
((DR. LEE JENSEN/RADIOLOGY: WHAT WE'RE DOING IS WE ARE TAKING THIS CEMENT AND THOSE VERTEBRAL BODIES THAT HAVE PARTIALLY COLLAPSED, WE PUT A NEEDLE INTO THE VERTEBRAL BODY, THROUGH THE SKIN AND INTO THE BONE AND ONCE YOU'RE INSIDE THE VERTEBRAL BODY, YOU PUT THIS MATERIAL IN.))
[OUT Q=material in.]
The surgical cement strengthens bones compressed by osteoporosis.
Tonya Flory, News 7, Health Check.))
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Here's a look at today's top stories.
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Members of the House judiciary commitee are spending the weekend reading Ken Starr's report on the Monica Lewinsky affair.
The White House is preparing a detailed defense, calling the document "an extravegant effort to find a case where there is none."
Northwest Airlines pilots are prepared to go back to work Saturday.
After fifteen days, union leaders approved an agreement to end the strike.
The agreement gives pilots a 12 percent pay increase, job protections, stock options and profit sharing.
Northwest said it should be back in full operation within nine days.
C-N-N correspondant John Holliman died Saturday in a head on collision near his Snellville, Georgia home.
Holliman tried to pass another car in a no passing zone and hit an oncoming pickup truck.
He died instantly. Holliman was best known for his coverage of the Persian Gulf War.
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And that's what's making news on this Sunday September 13-th.
(toss to Andrew for Newsreel)
We sometimes seem deluged by discount and department stores.
But more than 30 years ago stores like Woolco were the new kids on the block.
Here's David Seidel with this week's Virginia Newsreel.
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[OUT Q=Seidel, News-7]
(( Opening day at the Woolco department store in Crossroads Mall was a big deal for Roanokers in 1966.
[IN Q=the 41st]
((THE 41ST WOOLCO DEPARTMENT STORE OPENED THIS MORNING OFFICIALLY AT 9:30 AM CUTTING THE RIBBON WAS MISS JACKIE GOLD, A HOLLINS COLLEGE STUDENT WHO WAS OFFICIALLY OUR HARVEST BALL QUEEN THIS YEAR.))
[OUT Q=this year]
It was the valley's first discount department store and people lined up to just get inside.
[IN Q=this store is]
((THIS STORE IS A COMPLETE MASS SELLING DEPARTMENT STORE, SELLING ALL THE NECCESITIES OF LIFE AND SELLING NATIONAL BRAND AND QUALITY MERCHANDISE AT COMPETETIVE PRICES. WE CALL IT A NEW FASHION IN MODERN RETAILING.))
[OUT Q=modern retailing.]
20 years later, the Woolco chain fell on hard financial times.
Business was brisk on January 15-th, 1983 as stores held liquidation sales and cleared the shelves.
At the end of the day, the Woolco stores in Blacksburg, Tanglewood Mall in Roanoke County and Crossroads Mall in Roanoke closed their doors for good.
That's Virginia Newsreel, I'm David Seidel, News-7.))
The San Diego Padres clinched the National League West with a victory over the Dodgers.
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L-A's Matt Luke with the 2 run double makes it five to nothing Dodgers, Luke had all five RBI's at this point in the game.
But the Padres make up a seven run deficit, scoring five in the sixth inning, Matt Luke finally ends the inning with this throw to the plate.
San Diego uses good defense to clinch the eight to seven victory and the western division.
Sammy Sosa edged a little closer to Mark McGwire in the single season home run race.
This long ball over the left field wall is his 60th. McGwire stands at 62.
The Cubs won last night's contest beating Milwaukee 15-to 12.
The Starr Report isn't the only big story on the web, There are home runs, and the search for aliens.
Eric Earnhart has more in Webwatch.
[IN Q=The home run race]
The home run race continues... and if you miss the games, you can keep up with the action on the official Major League Baseball website.
The site has video clips of Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa's hits and homes from the previous day.
And the video archive of the St. Louis Cardinals is back on-line. They had to shut it down after McGuire broke the record because the traffic was so heavy... The archive contains, not one or two, but EVERY homer McGuire hit this season... including the big 62
The folks at SETI, the search for extra terrestial intelligence, want you to help them find aliens...
Starting next year, the Berkeley-based group will ask home computer users to download special software that will analyze the vast amounts of data collected by the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico... The software will run when you're not using your computer, so it won't be wasting it's time running those silly screen savers...
Though when we tried to visit the Seti@home website, it wasn't working yet, meaning it hasn't been completed...or it's mysteriously dissappeared....
And don't forget we have links to the Independent Counsel's report and latest White House response on the WDBJ webpage.
And for the rest of today's sites, click on WebWatch, at WDBJ&-dot-com....))
The White House, having read the Starr Report-- has now fired off it's second rebuttal this weekend.
President Clinton's lawyers say nothing in that report shows conduct that would hurt the nation and constitute inpeachment.
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[SUPER=01-Larry Sabato/University Of Virginia Professor; :19]
[OUT Q=seriously again]
The FBI is also looking into the possibility that the tapes of conversations between Linda Tripp and Monica Lewinsky may have been doctored.
The White House is closely monitoring public opinion on the situation.
What do folks around here think about Ken Starr's report?
And, what do they think President Clinton should do?
David Johnson got answers to those questions earlier today.
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[OUT Q=DJO, News 7.]
((One day after Kenneth Starr's report is made public, most people say it's just a matter of time before the President is out of office.
[IN Q=THE RIGHT THING]
((DAVID TANGEMAN; THE RIGHT THING TO DO WOULD BE FOR HIM TO RESIGN. I THINK HE'S LOST HIS CREDIBILITY AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT HE CAN DO TO GET THAT BACK. BUT FOR THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY, I THINK HE SHOULD RESIGN.))
[IN Q=I DON'T LIKE]
((RANDY WHITE; I DON'T LIKE IT. I THINK WE SHOULD GET HIM OUT OF THERE. IF ANY BIG CEO GET CAUGHT IN THAT KIND OF A MESS, HE'D BE OUT. AND WE'VE HAD PRESIDENTS DO LESS THAN THAT AND GET IN TROUBLE FOR IT SO.))
[OUT=FOR IT SO.]
[IN Q=I'VE HEARD FROM]
((VIRGIL GOODE; I'VE HEARD FROM MANY CONSTITUENTS. THE MAJORITY BY FAR DISAGREE WITH THE PRESIDENT. MANY WANT HIM TO RESIGN. SOME HAVE SAID HE SHOULD BE IMPEACHED.))
But there are those who say the President is not the only one to blame. That the report is filled with more than information than the public needs to know.
[IN Q=I BELIEVE THAT]
((TERRI TANGEMAN; I BELIEVE THAT IF CONGRESS DECIDES TO IMPEACH HIM, THAT THAT SHOULD BE THEIR DECISION. THAT WE DON'T NEED TO KNOW ALL OF THE DETAILS IN THE REPORT. I THINK KENNETH STARR WENT OVERBOARD, THAT HE DIDN'T USE ANY INTEGRITY IN WRITING THE REPORT.))
But either way, Roanoke's own member of the House Judiciary Committee says it's too early to determine the outcome.
[IN Q=I'M EFFECTIVELY SITTING]
((BOB GOODLATTE/SIXTH DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN; I'M EFFECTIVELY SITTING AS A JUROR IN THE MATTER. AND WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE WHOLE PROCESS IS FAIR AND THAT WE GIVE THE MATTER AN INDEPENDENT AND FULL REVIEW.))
[OUT Q=FULL REVIEW.]
(( THERE WERE THOSE WHO SUGGESTED THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS THE VICTIM OF A WITCH HUNT HEADED UP BY KENNETH STARR.
THOSE PEOPLE SAY CLINTON HAS WAITED TOO LATE TO COME CLEAN, THAT IT WILL PROBABLY COST HIM HIS JOB, AND THAT THE COUNTRY WILL SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES.
DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS7.))
Congress DID take up other issues this week besides the independent counsel's investigation of President Clinton.
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The Senate tried to consider campaign finance reform, but ended up killing it for this session.
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The key vote came Thursday. The Senate voted 52 to 48 to end debate on Senator John McCain's campaign spending amendment.
But that fell eight votes short of what was needed to end the Republican filibuster of the bill.
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Virginia Democrat Chuck Robb voted with the majority.
Republican John Warner voted AGAINST cutting off debate.
Northwest Airlines pilots have put down their picket signs and are preparing to go back to work.
After 15 days, union leaders have approved an agreement to end the strike.
The airline says 25-percent of its flights will be restored by Wednesday and the airline will be at 100-percent by September 21st.
[IN Q= to our customers]
[SUPER=01-Chris Clouser/Northwest Airlines VP;]
[OUT Q= your business]
The agreement gives pilots a 12 percent pay increase and job protection for the life of the contract.
The airline still faces open negotiations with five other unions.
The pilots' union is closely monitoring those negotiations.
CNN news correspondent John Holliman died in a head-on collision in Atlanta yesterday.
Holliman was best known for his coverage of the Persian Gulf War, where he and fellow CNN colleagues Peter Arnett and Bernard Shaw were the only three journalists in Iraq's capital city when United Nations forces attacked.
Holliman was driving near his home in an Atlanta Suburb when he tried to pass a car in the no passing zone. He died instantly.
He was 49.
A Roanoke man may have taken his own life by jumping from a Roanoke Community Hospital parking garage yesterday.
It happened around 12:30 yesterday afternoon.
A hospital official said 47-year old Freddy Elroy Smith apparently jumped from the top of the parking lot tower.
Smith later died from his injuries.
The official said Smith was not a patient or employee at the hospital.
Roanoke police are investigating the incident.
Virginia Tech is is putting bars on the windows of one dorm-- not to keep people out, but to keep students in.
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Officials have spent 18-thousand dollars to put up bars over windows in Slusher Tower.
Last year Melinda Somers died after falling from an eighth story window in that dorm.
To prevent similar accidents, officials also put up warning signs near windows in other dorms.
Buchanan's annual parade yesterday recognized a century of service.
The event celebrated the 100 year anniversary of the Buchanan Volunteer Fire Department.
Firefighters honored past and present members for their hard work and dedication.
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[IN Q=THE DEPARTMENT'S BEEN]
((FREDDIE MARTIN/BUCHANAN FIRE CHIEF; THE DEPARTMENT'S BEEN HERE A 100 YEARS AND WE'VE HAD A LOT OF DEDICATED MEMBERS THAT'S GONE OUT OF THE FIRE DEPARMTMENT. THAT ARE DECEASED AND THEY HAVE MADE THIS FIRE DEPARTMENT WHAT IT IS TODAY. AND WE'RE JUST CARRYING ON THE TRADITION OF WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE DEPARTMENT.))
((RANDY SINK/BUCHANAN FIRE PRESIDENT; WE HAD A MEMBER THAT DIED THIS YEAR THAT HAD 76 YEARS SERVICE WITH THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. HE STARTED WHEN HE WAS 16. HE WAS 92 WHEN HE DIED.))
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[SUPER=01-Randy Sink/Buchanan Fire President; :14]
[OUT Q=WHEN HE DIED.]
Some officials credit this fire department with setting the standard for others around the state.
The parade was supposed to take place July Fourth.
But, it was postponed when firefighters were called out to respond to the accident along I-81, that killed seven people.
A retired English teacher is making history in Danville.
Ruby Archie is the first woman ever to serve as mayor of the city.
Christy Hubley introduces us to this remarkable lady in our Virginia Profile.
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[OUT Q=News 7, Danville.]
(( July 1, 1998 is a date that will go down in Danville history.
That Wednesday afternoon, Ruby Archie became the city's first female mayor.
It's a distinction she doesn't consider that outstanding.
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((RUBY ARCHIE/DANVILLE MAYOR: I DON'T THING I NEED TO MAKE SUCH A BIG DEAL ON THE FACT THAT I'M THE FIRST FEMALE, BUT JUST THE FACT THAT I'M ANOTHER ONE OF THE COUNCIL MEMBERS THAT THEY HAD ENOUGH CONFIDENCE IN TO VOTE ME IN AS MAYOR.))
[OUT Q=vote me in as mayor.]
Leisure time is a thing of the past for Mayor Archie-- but she's learning to enjoy her demanding public job.
[IN Q=I have to admit there's]
((RUBY ARCHIE/DANVILLE MAYOR: I HAVE TO ADMIT THERE'S A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BEING A MEMBER OF CITY COUNCIL AND BEING MAYOR. THERE ARE SO MANY ORGANIZATIONS THAT WANT YOU TO DO VARIOUS RIBBON CUTTINGS, A PROCLAMATION, OR COME AND SPEAK HERE OR SPEAK THERE. PLUS THE DUTIES THAT YOU'RE EXPECTED TO DO AS MAYOR. OH, IT DEMANDS A GREAT DEAL OF YOUR TIME.))
[OUT Q=great deal of your time.]
Archie says her first priority for Danville is economic development.
Too many businesses-- like the Durham 2000 hosiery plant-- are closing or leaving the city.
[IN Q=I would love to see]
((RUBY ARCHIE/DANVILLE MAYOR: I WOULD LOVE TO SEE OUR CITY CONCENTRATE ON GETTING SOME MORE INDUSTRIES OR BUSINESSES HERE-- MAYBE SOMETHING THAT WOULD EMPLOY 200-500 PEOPLE-- THAT WOULD HELP DANVILLE GREATLY.))
[OUT Q=help Danville greatly.]
Archie will serve out her second four year term on city council.
After that, she says she'll starting enjoying her retirement at home.
[IN Q=I'm not one to sit down]
((RUBY ARCHIE/DANVILLE MAYOR: I'M NOT ONE TO SIT DOWN SO DON'T THINK OF I GO HOME I WILL BE DOING NOTHING. THERE WILL BE SOMETHING ELSE THAT WILL KEEP ME JUST AS INVOLVED WHEN I DECIDE NO LONGER TO PARTICIPATE IN POLITICS.))
[OUT Q=participate in politics.]
Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.))
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Here's a look at today's top stories.
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Fire trucks from all over the valley responded to a fire on Mill Mountain yesterday.
The blaze was contained to a forest area so there was no damage to the Mill Mountain Zoo or the overlook areas.
Officials are still investigating.
A National Transportation Safety Board report says pilot error caused a Montgomery County plane crash in June of 1997.
The report says the pilot, 70 year old Cliff Wells was disoriented and lost control of his plane.
The crash killed Wells and two instructors.
Esther Whitlock will watch the execution of Tommy David Strickler this week.
Strickler was convicted of the 1990 murder of Esther's daughter, Leann Whitlock.
Whitlock says being at the execution will show she apprecitaes the people that brought Stickler to justice.
And that's what's making news on this Sunday September 13-th.
When you think of Cross Country runners, images of athletes tackling hills and uneven terrain come to mind.
Now at Roanoke College you can watch these athletes in action on a course that offers spectators a good view.
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[SUper=01-Casey Smith/Cross Country Runner; :38]
[SUPER=01-Finn Pincus/Cross Country Coach; :44]
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(( In this race the hurdles are tree roots and rocks.
[IN Q=21:06:00 track i think]
((DAVID ANGELL/ROANOKE COLLEGE CROSS COUNTRY: TRACK I THINK TAKES A LITTLE MORE FOCUS. YOU HAVE TO PLAY MIND GAMES TO FORGET THE FACT THAT YOU'RE RUNNING AROUND IN CIRCLES. WHERE AS A ROAD RACE YOU GET OUT WITH THE PEOPLE AND ENJOY THE SCENERY.))
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The scenery at the Roanoke College course includes some construction. The course is laid out over three fields at the Elizabeth Campus and goes around what will soon be soccer fields.
Runners say it's challenging.
[IN Q=21:45:10 I think that]
((CASEY SMITH/CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER: I THINK THAT'S BECAUSE IT'S MOSTLY GRASS. WE ALSO HAVE AN AREA OF CONSTRUCTION SO YOU REALLY HAVE TO WATCH YOUR FOOTING AND WE HAVE A BIG HILL BUT IT'S MOSTLY BECAUSE IT'S GRASS AND IT'S SLOWER.))
[OUT Q=CHANGE GEARS]
[IN Q=23:50:00 BEING ON NATURAL]
((FINN PINCUS/CROSS COUNTRY COACH: BEING ON NATURAL SURFACES THEY HAVE TO DEAL WITH THINGS LIKE, THERE HAVE BEEN HOLES OUT THERE RUNNING UP THAT HILL, RUNNING IN PLACES THAT AREN'T ALWAYS EVEN. IT TAKES A DIFFERENT KIND OF STRENGTH BECAUSE YOU HAVE CHANGE GEARS.))
[OUT Q=CHANGE GEARS]
The division three men run an eight K and women run a five K race. Roanoke College's course is unique because most of it is visible to spectors.
[IN Q=25:45:00 by going to]
((BY GOING TO THE TOP OF THE PARKING LOT YOU CAN SEE ABOUT 75-PERCENT OF THE FIVE K AND 80-PERCENT OF THE EIGHT K JUST BECAUSE THERE ARE NO TREES BLOCKING THE VIEW.))
[OUT Q=the view]
If you want to catch some of the cross country action, THe Maroon Invitational is coming up September 26th. At least six colleges will be participating.
One Alabama couple's maggiage is on the fast track, literally.
Marc Hopper and Kathy Fincher exchanged their vows on the track of the Huntsville Speedway yesterday.
Marc is the pace car driver there.
They were planning to spend their first night as man and wife-- at the raceway of course.