President Clinton is spending the day in New York mixing politics with business.
Earlier today he gave a speech on economics and tonight he attends the Broadway show, "The Lion King."
Back in Washington, Congressional sources say the House will likely approve an official impeachment inquiry
before November's elections.
Republicans say it could
delve into matters beyond the Monica Lewinsky allegations and include issues such as Whitewater and campaign finances.
Maureen Maher is in Washington with an update.
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((The president left the White House this morning for New York, for his
first public appearance since many in Washington and the nation had a
chance to take in independent counsel Ken Starr's 445 page report. Over
the weekend, Democrats and Republicans argued what the next move should
be-- from impeachment..to resignation...to public condemnation.
(Sot, Rep. Lee Hamilton, D-Indiana)
(Sot, Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Judiciary Committee Chairman)
The House Judiciary Committee will spend the days to come sifiting thru
some 25 hundred documents and 18 boxes of evidence, trying to determine
whether there should be a formal impeachment hearing. White House aides
claim the independent counsel's graphic and lurid details of Mr.
Clinton's affairs with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky was a
direct attempt to embarrass the president.
(Locator: McLean, VA)
But this morning, Ken Starr defended his investifgation and said it may
not be over yet.
(Sot, Kenneth Starr, Independent Counsel)
(Maher standup close, dealing with the polls)))
Lynchburg pastor Jerry Falwell is calling for President Clinton's resignation.
He told his congregation yesterday that he's disappointed so few clergymen have condemned the political scandel now surrouding the President.
Falwell said Americans were getting the kind of leadership they deserve when they support President Clinton just because the economy is good.
But he also said immorality in the government isn't limited to the White House and Congress should be cleaned up as well.
There have been a lot of comparisons between President Clinton's political situation and that of Richard Nixon during the Watergate investigation.
Roanoke attorney Sam Garrison was the chief republican lawyer for the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment hearing during Watergate.
David Johnson spoke with him and has this report.
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(( Sam Garrison says the difference between WaterGate and President Clinton's case is that Nixon covered up his SUBORDINATES' conduct. Clinton tried covering up his OWN conduct.
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((SAM GARRISON; IS THAT WORSE OR BETTER? WHICH IS THE MORE EGREGIOUS THING? SOME PEOPLE COULD SAY WELL IT'S REALLY APPLES AND ORANGES. MAYBE IT IS, BUT BOTH THE APPLES AND THE ORANGES ARE ROTTEN.))
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But Garrison says according to Gerald Ford's rule of thumb, that still doesn't determine whether what Clinton did was an impeachable offense.
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((SAM GARRISON; AN IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE IS WHATEVER THE HOUSE OF REPERESENTATIVES SAYS IT IS. AND THAT SOUNDS PERHAPS A LITTLE VAGUE BUT THAT'S SORT OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL SCHEME.))
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Garrison says the trouble Clinton is in now is self-inflicted.
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((SAM GARRISON; I THINK THAT THE PRESIDENT AND HIS LAWYERS ARE MAKING A SERIOUS MISTAKE IF THEY THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SO STUPID AS TO BUY THE ARGUMENT THAT THE PRESIDENT DIDN'T LIE AND DIDN'T INTEND TO LIE IN HIS DEPOSITION IN THE PAULA JONES CASE. I THINK THAT THE APPARENT PERJURY IN THE GRAND JURY TESTIMONY IS ALMOST AS BLATENT.))
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Garrison says if Starr's report gives an accurate characterization of the evidence, then Clinton should resign.
He says by doing so, the president could begin to rehabilitate his trust with the American public.
David Johnson, News 7.))
He's being remembered as one of the most colorful politicians of our time.
Former Alabama Governor and four time Presidential candidate George Wallace died yesterday after suffering a heart attack.
During his third run for the White house in May of 19-72, a would be assasin left Wallace paralyzed from the waist down.
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Wallace was probably best known for his ``SEGREGATION FOREVER'' statement in the 19-60s.
He gradually recanted his racial views.
((WALLACE:IT'S ALL IN THE PAST, REGARDLESS OF THEIR COLOR BACKGROUND.))
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Wallace won a fourth term as Governor in 19-82 with more than a third of Alabama's black vote.
George Wallace was 79.
Attorney General Mark Earley spent some time in jail this morning.
Earley was at the Roanoke Juvnile Detention Center to kick off a summit on youth violence.
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Eric Earnhart is with the Attorney General and has details.
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The heat is forcing some schools to close early today..
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Schools in Pittsylvania County and Patrick County will close at one o'clock.
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In Martinsville, Patrick Henry Elementary will close at 12:30..
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and, Albert Harris Elementary will close at 1 p-m.
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Danville Public Schools will operate on a Half-Day schedule today.
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In Henry County, elementary schools close at noon, middle schools at 12:45 and high schools close at one.
In Franklin County, Franklin County High School, Benjamin Franklin Middle School and the CATCE Center will all close two hours early.
And Smyth County schools will close at one-thirty.
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The drive between Northwest and Southwest Roanoke got a little easier today.
That story is still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
And after 75 years, a Richmond landmark comes tumbling down.
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Making a shorter drive between northwest and southwest Roanoke is one of the reasons both city officials and local residentswere celebrating this morning.
The new Peters Creek Road Extension is now open.
The four- lane road runs for two- point- three miles, and provides a direct link between Melrose and Brandon Avenues.
Perhaps the most symbolic addition is the new Veterans Bridge.
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Construction of the new road is part of a 20- million dollar project, which is mostly state funded.
A five year old boy will be buried today in Danville following a fatal car crash last week.
Mark Gibson the second was a passenger in the front seat of his mother's car and was killed when her car struck another vehicle.
The boy was not wearing a seat belt but his air bag deployed.
Police say he died of a broken neck.
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While air bags have saved some three-thousand lives, they're also
blamed for over a hundred deaths.
Most of the victims are children and short women, killed by the force of the bags.
Federal safety offficials today anounced plans to expand the kinds of crash tests required before the government certifies air bags.
Crash test dummies would have to represent an entire ``family'' rather than just the traditional adult male.
It's being called another historic day in Northern Ireland.
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The 108 members of the province's new assembly took their seats
The legislature was elected in June following the historic Good Friday peace accords.
It is the assembly's first real meeting.
It met once before to elect Protestant and Catholic leaders.
The first task for the assembly will be picking 12-member,
multi-party, executive board.
Police are searching for suspect in connection with a weekend shooting in Roanoke.
It happened along the 400 block of Gilmer Avenue at about 3-30 yesterday morning.
When police arrived they found 20-year old David Wallace lying in the street with a gunshot wound to his chest.
Wallace died at the scene.
Witnesses told investigators Wallace got out of his car, was confronted by someone, and shot.
The suspect got away before police arrived.
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Anyone with information about the shooting should call the Roanoke detective bureau at 853-2571.
A Richmond landmark is missing today.
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Demolition crews imploded the Times-Dispatch building yesterday.
Hundreds lined the streets of Richmond, peering through police
barricades, waiting for hours to catch a glimpse of the explosive
The demolition was part of a 50 million-dollar downtown renovation
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A new 170-acre park is in the works for Blacksburg.
That's up next when the news continues.
And more education opportunities are in the works for folks in Danville as a new learning center opens its doors.
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The town of Blacksburg is putting the finishing touches on a deal that would create the town's largest park.
Town council is preparing to purchase a 170- acre farm on Glade Road in Blacksburg.
The purchase price: over a million dollars.
Town officials want to create a park that would focus on the land's country style setting.
But they say it's too early to say exactly how they plan to develop it.
Mayor Roger Hedgepeth says "parkland" is one way to describe it.
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The park isn't expected to be fully operational for several years.
Danville marked the opening of a new edcuational center yesterday.
The Neighborhood Educational Opportunity Center will offer classes, counseling and other support services to local residents.
Yesterday, visitors got a chance to tour the facility.
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The center is a cooperative project involving area churches, the Camp Grove Neighborhood Association, and Danville Community College.
The project is part of DCC's effort to bring college services closer to local residents.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was up 207 points.
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Still ahead in sports, the defending U-S Open champion gives a repeat performance.
Plus, Mark McGwire is no longer the UNdisputed home run king, as Sammy Sosa joins him atop the race for the record. We'll have highlights, when News 7 at Noon continues.
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Sammy Sosa looks for home-run number 63 tonight when his Cubs visit San Diego..
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Sosa pulled into a tie with Mark McGwire in yesterday's game.
In the fifth inning, Sosa hits the oh- 1 pitch from Milwaukee reliever Bronswell Patrick into the street behind left field. It's a 480 foot blast- his 61-st of the season.
But Sammy wasn't done. He strikes again in the ninth- sending another shot into the street. The two run homer ties him with McGwire at 62.
Sosa homered in all three games of the series with Milwaukee.
McGwire, meanwhile,is one for 14 since breaking Roger Maris' record, and left last night's game with back spasms.
Patrick Rafter has sucessfully defended his U. S. Open title by beating fellow Australian Mark Philippousis.
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Rafter is now ranked number two in the world, just behind Pete Sampras.
Rafter took command of the match after it was tied at one set apiece and two- all in the third, winning 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-love.
This was the first All-Australian final since 1970.
The Carolina Panthers are still looking for their first win of the season, after a 19-14 loss yesterday to the Saints.
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New Orleans quarterback Danny Wuerffel puts it in the air, and hooks up with Sean Dawkins on this 64 yard touchdown pass giving the Saints a 7 to nothing lead in the first quarter.
But the Panthers come back in the second. William Floyd scores on the one yard run to tie the game at 7.
New Orleans would seal the win in the fourth
quarter, with Ray Zellars scoring from 15 yards out. The Saints win it 19 to 14.
John Elway and Terrel Davis were unstoppable in Denver, combining for over 500 yards of offense, in a huge 42- 23 win over Dallas.
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Troy Aikman would leave the game with a broken collarbone, but he managed to get in the 36 yard touchdown pass to Ernie Mills before the injury. That ties the game at 7.
But the Cowboys couldn't touch Davis. He ran for
191 yards and three touchdowns as the Broncos cruised to the 42 to 23 win.
The Cowboys will be without Aikman for 4 to 8 weeks.
In college action, the Virginia Cavaliers are making their move up the A-P poll.
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Saturday in Charlottesville, the Cavaliers beat Maryland 31 to 19. Aaron Brooks passed for 225 yards and two touchdowns. The win moved the Cavs up two spaces to the 10-th spot.
Virginia is 2 and 0 heading into next week's home game with Clemson.
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In Death Valley Saturday, Al Clark ran for two touchdowns and passed for another as the Hokies routed the Tigers 37- nothing.
The Hokies received 94 votes but failed to crack the top 25. The 2 and 0 Hokies open their conference schedule next(------------) week at Miami.