Today on News 7, will Congress release the tape of President Clinton's Grand Jury Testimony? We'll have the latest in a live report.
And Radford University is shocked over the death of its former president.
More clouds than sun today, temperatures are down a bit but only an occasional cloud burst is on the radar. Details coming up.
Are your allergies worse this year?
Doctors say the Roanoke Valley's fall ragweed season is in full bloom.
Plus -- some doctors are criticing the government for not regulating herbal supplements.
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It is slow going as memers of the House Judiciary Committee decide whether to release President Clinton's videotaped testimony.
Republicans and Democrats were hard at it on Capitol Hill as the White House waits for the outcome.
Jonathan Freed is in Washington with the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Rep. Robert Barr/(R) Judiciary Committee;]
[SUPER=01-Rep. James Traficant, Jr./(D) Ohio;]
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As official Washington, and the country, waited anxiously for word on
whether the President's videotaped grand jury testimony would be
released...Mr. Clinton was heading out of town again on a campaign swing.
By late afternoon, with House judiciary committee members coming and
going, it was clear their debate was taking longer than expected...even
with the Republican majority clearly in favor of going public with the
There was also anger on the Hill...about Wednesday's revelation that the
chair of the committee, Henry Hyde had an affair with a married woman 30
years ago. Suspicion, was directed at the White House...which has
denied any role in leaking the story.
This committee member says legal eyebrows would be raised if a pattern
of leaks develops.
REP. ROBERT BARR/JUDICIARY COMMITTEE/R-GA.: YOU GET INTO THE APPLICABILITY OF FEDERAL CRIMINAL LAWS ON OBSTRUCTION.
Even Democrats were upset.
REP. JAMES TRAFICANT, JR./D-OH: IT IS TIME FOR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO TELL THE WHITE HOUSE THAT THE SPIN TO WIN COULD
PROVOKE THE MOVE TO REMOVE.
JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS): LEAKS, ALLEGATIONS, AND MUTUAL EMBARASSMENT NOTWITHSTANDING, ALL SIDES ARE DETERMINED TO PRESS THEIR
POINTS OF VIEW AS THE PROCESS PUSHES ON.
Firefighters in Danville have won their legal battle with the city.
A federal jury today sided with the 83-plantiffs of the civil lawsuit-- agreeing firefighters should be paid for their meal breaks.
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Christy Hubley was in the courtroom for the duration of the trial and joins us live from our Danville newsroom.
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This victory for the firefighters will be costly for the city.
Danville now owes three years of back pay to the plaintiffs-- for unpaid meal breaks.
Just how much money that means has yet to be determined.
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[SUPER=01-Timothy Spencer/City Attorney; :23]
[SUPER=01-Ray Earp/Firefighter; :40]
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(( Firefighters left the federal courtroom with smiles on their faces.
They believe they'll finally be compensated for every hour they're on duty.
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((STEVE FINKNER/FIREFIGHTER: OUR JOB IS TO BE AVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE IF THEY NEED US AND THAT AVAILABILITY IS WHAT WE GET PAID FOR.))
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Danville's fire chief-- who assisted in the city's defense-- would not stop to comment on the verdict.
The city attorney did.
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((TIMOTHY SPENCER/CITY ATTORNEY: WE ARE A LITTLE BIT DISTRESSED OBVIOUSLY ABOUT TODAY'S DECISION BUT FEEL CONFIDENT THAT WE WILL IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER MOVE FORWARD FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THE CITIZENS.))
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Will the verdict create tension within the fire department?
Firefighters say no.
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((RAY EARP/FIREFIGHTER: THIS WILL NOT AFFECT THE LEVEL OF SERVICE AT ALL FOR THE CITY OF DANVILLE. IT NEVER HAS FROM DAY ONE AND IT WON'T FROM HERE ON OUT. WE'LL BE THERE IF YOU NEED US.))
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The city attorney says he has not decided if he'll appeal the verdict.
Even if there's no appeal, both sides will be back in court-- to determine the total damages owed to the firefighters.
A rumor that's been circulating around Radford University for several weeks turned out to be true.
Late last week, members of the Board of Visitors were notified that former university president, Donald Dedmon had passed away in February.
He headed the school for 22-years before leaving in June of '94.
Dedmon is credited with shaping the university into what it is today.
Dedmon's wife says her husband died of a heart attack in Florida.
Board Member Greg Goad says he wasn't shocked the school had not been notified or that no one from the university appeared to have stayed in contact with Dedmon.
When Dedmon left the school, it was NOT under the best of circumstances.
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((GREG GOAD/RADFORD UNIVERSITY BD. OF VISITORS:IT WAS DIFFICULT FOR EVERYONE THAT AS INVOLVED AND YOU KNOW, I CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND AND RESPECT THE FAMILY'S PRIVACY. ))
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Dedmon left the school amid allegations that he had mismanaged funds.
Donald Dedmon was 66.
A federal judge has sided with school officials in Bland County- -upholding the dismissal of a teacher who got beat up by a student.
All this happened three years ago.
Last June a federal jury awarded math teacher Tom Bird 77-thousand dollars in damages.
Now the judge has overturned that decision.
"There's no question Bird exercised bad judgement," Judge Sam Wilson said in court last month.
Bird testified he hit Sammy Blankenship in the chin, though "not very hard."
The school board "SHOULD have terminated him" for that, said the judge.
The question WAS: was that the REASON Bird was fired or was the fight a pretext for getting rid of him?
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Still to come on our newscast, the Governor wants to put the brakes on out of state trash,
And we'll tell you why Carilion's move into new offices will mean a healthier bottom line for downtown merchants.
Virginia is the second largest garbage importer in the nation.
And the news that our garbage imports are about to increase 30-percent is NOT sitting well with the Governor.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I DON'T WANT VIRGINIA TO BECOME THE REPOSITORY OF THE NATION'S GARBAGE. I DON'T THINK THAT'S THE IMAGE WE WANT TO PRESENT AND I DON'T THINK THAT'S THE POLICY WE WANT TO FOLLOW.))
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All of the so-called "megafills" that import high volumes of trash from places like New York are in the eastern half of the state.
Governor Gilmore says he's pushing for some regulations to limit the landfill industry, within the confines of the interstate commerce clause.
Carilion's decision to move a bunch of office jobs into downtown Roanoke is already paying off for some merchants.
The first wave of workers is settling into its new digs in the First Union building.
Just like the city hoped, the Carilion employees are spending their lunchtime downtown...
And spending their money at nearby shops.
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((ERIN DOOLEY/CARILION EMPLOYEE: KIND OF GOING CRAZY LIKE LITTLE KIDS IN A CANDY STORE, RUNNING AROUND TO ALL THE PLACES AT LUNCHTIME/////12 58 29: I PLAN TO DO ALL MY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING DOWN HERE JUST BECAUSE IT'LL BE SO MUCH EASIER TO GET IN AND OUT OF PLACES AND NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT GOING TO THE MALL OR ANYTHING JUST WALK RIGHT OUT THE DOOR.))
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The city estimates that, once all 440-workers move into their new offices, they'll spend close to 550-thousand dollars a year.
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((GAYLE WILLIAMS/DOWNTOWN ROANOKE INC.: THAT'S GOING TO THE RESTAURANTS, THE SHOPS, ALL THESE BUSINESSES DOWNTOWN THAT THESE PEOPLE WILL TAKE PART IN.))
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Most of the workers will be downtown by December...
Just in time for the holiday shopping season.
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There's plenty of News 7 to come. Up Next Robin reed will have a look at our weekend forecast. stay with us.
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Coming up in Sports, the Hoss is back in the corral.
Today on health check --
A medical journal is expressing skepticism about all those "natural" products on the market.
And allergists say the most used medications in the United States are antihistamines.
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((THE SNEEZY, RUNNY NOSE, ITCHY EYES WHICH ALTHOUGH THEY ARE KIND OF NUISANCE DO CAUSE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF MISSED WORK EACH YEAR AND PHYSICIAN VISITS.))
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Missed school, work and trips to the doctors office are common this time of year.
The Fall ragweed season is at it's peak and the lack of rain throughout the region has made pollen worse.
Allergists say if watery eyes and stuffy noses are left untreated, they can contribute to more serious health problems.
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((DR. THOMAS FAME/ALLERGY & IMMUNOLOGY: THEY CAN LEAD TO LEAD TO CHRONIC SINUSITIS WHICH MAY REQUIRE SURGERY AND OBVIOUSLY ASTHMA, ASTHMA IS THE SAME ALLERGIC INFLAMMATORY REACTION HAPPENING IN OUR BRONCHIAL TUBES AND OF COURSE WITH THAT WE DON'T JUST GET SNEEZING AND CONGESTION AND MUCOUS, WE GET TROUBLE BREATHING, WHEEZING AND IT CAN BE MUCH MORE SERIOUS AND LIFE-THREATENING.))
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By mid-October, autumn allergy sufferers will finally get some relief, but until then there are ways to treat allergies.
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((DR. THOMAS FAME/ALLERGY & IMMUNOLOGY: AVOIDANCE, MEDICATIONS AND ALLERGY SHOTS. WE CALL IT THE ALLERGY PYRAMID, IT'S HOW WE TREAT ALLERGIC DISEASE.))
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Although the rain may be a welcome sight for ragweed pollen sufferers, the dry conditions have been beneficial to people allergic to mold, which thrives in the damp conditions.
One of the nation's leading medical journals is warning herbal rememdy users that natural doesn't necessarily mean safe or effective.
Today's New England Journal of Medicine blasts the scientific community for giving herbal treatments quote a "Free Ride."
The journal says testimonials backing up claims of a supplements effectiveness cannot replace hard evidence showing the treatments actually work.
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((DR. MARCIA ANGELL/NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE 000201 ALMOST
ALL ALTERNATIVE REMEDIES HAVE IN COMMON THE FACT THAT THEY HAVEN T BEEN
ADEQUATELY TESTED AND SOME OF THEM MAY BE VERY HARMFUL. ))
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The publication says it is particularly concerned about the Food and Drug Administration's lack of control over herbal products sold as dietary supplements.
Such products were exempted from F-D-A regulation in 1994.
Even the supplement industry admits, the current system is not perfect.
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((JILL ELLIS/NATIONAL NUTRITIONAL FOODS ASSOC. THERE ARE ALWAYS EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULE, BUT HERBS AND
BOTANICALS AND DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS ARE GENERALLY SAFE. ))
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The supplement market is a multi-billion dollar a year business.
The Thursday ticker begins with a lost soul returning home.
Redskins quarterback Jeff Hostetler ended his one day walkout and returned to the Washington Redskins today.
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Yesterday after meeting with head coach Norv Turner he cleaned out his locker and headed home to Morgantown, West Virginia.
Many thought he had quit, but Hostetler says he thought he had been given his release as requested.
But as of now he is still a Redskin, although he remains upset over his position as third string quarterback behins Trent Green and Gus Frerotte.
The Thunder returned to the foothills in a big way this afternoon at 109 late model stock car drivers took advantage of an open practice
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session to get their cars ready for this weekend's Taco Bell 300.
Teams from all over the Mid-Atlantic converge on Martinsville for this race because the winner gets $25 thousand dollars.
But many of the local Late model kings are anxious to keep that money in their backyard.
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No matter what the drivers will be hard pressed to duplicate last year's finish when an amazing chain of events on the final lap allowed Billy Hogan to come out of nowhere to win the event.
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[OUT Q=....the winner."]
Qualifying takes place Saturday at two for the first 20 spots. The remainder of the field will be determined in 4 qualifying races on Sunday before the main event.
Unreserved tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-to-12.
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And the weekend is fast approaching so, that gives us good reason to check out the football lineup for this Saturday here on Your Hometown Station.
Pitt battles Penn State at 3:30, and then at 8 that night we head to Knoxville for the always huge Tennessee-Florida game.
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Then on Sunday our NFL doubleheader action features the Steelers and Dolphins at one followed by the Broncos and Raiders and 4:15.
Jean will be back with the rest of News 7 at Five right after short break. Have a safe night everybody.
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Insects can be a real problem in your garden, especially when stinging insects are involved.
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Today on Growin' It, Patrick Evans addresses the issue of wasps nests, and the best way to deal with them.
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If you think your singing is for the dogs, you'll like this next story.
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The annual "America's Best Singing Pet" contest was held in New York City yesterday.
Twelve finalists from across the country clawed their way to the top for the opportunity to compete.
In the end Pumkin and her opera singing owner found themselves a howling success with their version of an (are-ee-a) aria from Madame Butterfly.
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Pumkin took first place. She beat out a dog that barked the song "Happy Birthday" with its owner.