The public could get a look at President Clinton's grand jury testimony as early as tomorrow, the House judiciary Committee votes on its release today.
And the Roanoke County board of Supervisors may reconsider its controversial Home Depot decision.
There's a new tropical storm spinning in the Atlantic-- we'll check that out.
Meanwhile, our forecast is slightly cooler today, with the possibility of some isolated showers.
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There could be some decisions today about the videotape of president
clinton's grand jury testimony.
The House Judiciary committee is set to vote today on making the tape public.
The three cable news networks say they'll air the entire tape unedited as soon as they get it and that could be tomorrw.
Meantime President Clinton is urging Congress and the public to move beyond the scandal no jeopordizing his presidency.
Jonathan Freed reports.
[SUPER=01-Gerald Solomon/House Judiciary Committee Chair; ]
[OUT Q=cbs news washington.]
((S/The White House
At last night's state dinner, President Clinton once again faced the
cameras... this time though it was a social event in honor of THE
visiting President OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC.
On Capitol Hill later today, the House Judiciary Committee will be
center stage...expected to vote on releasing the President's VIDEOTAPED
Grand Jury testimony -- and perhaps more OF THE SEXUALLY-EXPLICIT
written material submitted by the independent counsel.
Gerald Solomon, House Judiciary Cmte. Chairman
The likely release OF THE VIDEO comes as President Clinton DID NOT
DIRECTLY ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT WHETHER HE WOULD AT SOME TIME CONSIDER
RESIGNING. HE FACED REPORTERS AT THE FIRST NEWS CONFERENCE HELD SINCE
THE STARR REPORT WAS SENT TO CONGRESS.
"The right thing for our country.not to get mired in details.but to
focus on.acknowledged it..trying to lead the country."
AND THERE IS WORD THAT TWO more HOUSE Democrats have called on the
President to resign.
And behind the scenes Senate Democrats are exploring the idea of SOME
kind of plea bargain.
That could include an admission by the President that he lied to the
Grand Jury, in exchange for censure and a guarantee he won't be indicted
But the plea bargain plans are on hold, at least until the video tape of
his testimony is released.
That could come as early as tomorrow. JF CBS News DCTERMS.))
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He's known to some as the Mother's Day Killer.
It was Mother's Day 1991 when he fatally shot his wife and five month old baby, and arranged their corpses cradling one another in bed.
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Now, Kenneth Manuel Stewart, Jr. is defying expectations again, as the first man in Virginia to choose the electric chair since 1994.
Virginia has executed 30 killers by lethal injection since it became a choice.
But prison officials say they've tested the chair every month since '94, and will test it twice next week.
Stewart's attorney says he may have made the decision as a result of a continuing depression he's suffered.
His execution is scheduled for next Wednesday.
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It will be at least another year before the issue of a new powerline is resolved.
Still, American Electric Power says there's a reason to be encouraged.
On Tuesday, the state asked A-E-P to study an alternative route for the proposed high-voltage line.
Instead of running from Wyoming County, West Virginia, to Cloverdale...
The alternative would connect power stations in Wyoming and Jackson's Ferry, which is in Southeast Wythe County.
Even though studying the alternative will set back the date a power line could be built, A-E-P is heartened by language in the State Corporation Commission's request...
Language that says a new power line would protect Southwest Virginia's supply of electricity.
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[IN Q=the focus]
((TODD BURNS/AMERICAN ELECTRIC POWER: THE FOCUS OF THE PROJECT, AS WE'VE TALKED ABOUT SINCE THE BEGINNING IS: IT'S NEEDED TO SERVE THE CITIZENS OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA. WE'VE SAID THAT THE SCC HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE THE PROJECT BASED ON THE NEEDS OF THE CITIZENS OF SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA.))
[SUPER=01-Todd Burns/American Electric Power;]
[OUT Q=southwestern virginia]
The group that has most vocally opposed the power line didn't have any public comments today.
But privately, members of the group believe A-E-P ultimately will win permission to build the line.
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It now appears the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors WILL reconsider the Home Depot Rezoning again.
Supervisors Chairman Bob Johnson says he believes a majority of the board will vote next week to reconsider the decision, and then refer the issue to county staff.
That will set the stage for a full public hearing in October.
Johnson hopes the move will answer opponents complaints that the process wasn't handled fairly.
Two men were hurt in a fiery wreck on route-460 near Lynchburg last night.
It happened around 8:15 last night near Candler's Mountain Road.
The truck bounced off the guardrail for several yards before overturning.
The two occupants were thrown from the vehicle, but a passerby helped pull them to safety.
[IN Q=Like I said]
((TERRY SHOEMAKER/HELPED VICTIMS: LIKE I SAID, I SEEN DUST IN THE AIR, SEEN FLAMES. COULDN'T SEE NOTHING, IT WAS LIKE BEING IN THE DESERT.))
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[OUT Q=in the desert.]
Both men were taken to Lynchburg General Hospital where their conditions are "not" known.
The accident is under investigation.
Former Radford University president Donald Dedmon has passed away.
Dedmon died February 13-th, but school officials just recently found out.
Dedmon's wife said he had a heart attack.
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Dedmon was president for 22 years-- from 1972 to 1994.
When he began his term, Radford was an all-female school with fewer than 37-hundred students.
When he left, Radford was a co-ed university with more than 95-hundred students.
Covington is split on what took place at last week's high school football game.
The area's school board was asked to resolve the matter.
But the board decided instead to let the coach and Antonio Hill work it out on their own.
David Johnson has more.
[IN Q=The community]
[SUPER=04-Last Friday; :00]
[SUPER=07-Jim Skeens; :23]
[SUPER=01-Audra Hill/Antonio's Mother; :45]
[SUPER=01-Sean Workowski/Antonio's Attorney; 1:04]
[OUT Q=djo, N7, Covington.]
((The community is stirred up because of what supposedly took place after the game.
Friends and family of the player say Coach Morton kicked Hill off the team.
They also allege that the coach refused to let the player ride the bus home from Alleghany, leaving him to walk home.
But others close to the scene say that's not the way it went down.
[IN Q=WE WERE JUST]
((JIM SKEENS; WE WERE JUST SITTING THERE TALKING AND HIS STEP MOTHER CAME UP AND GOT HIM OFF THE BUS WHILE WE WERE TALKING. NOW MY SON AND MY DAUGHTER IN LAW WAS CLOSER TO THE BUS AND THEY HEARD HER ASK IF ANTONIO COULD RIDE ALONG WITH THEM AND COACH MORTON SAID HE THOUGHT THAT WOULD BE THE BEST.))
[OUT Q=BE THE BEST.]
But Antonio Hill's mother says the coach still neglected his responsibility to her son.
[IN Q=I'M NOT SURE]
((AUDRA HILL/ANTONIO'S MOTHER; I'M NOT SURE WHAT WAS SAID. I WAS NOT THERE. BUT THE POINT IS I AM HIS SOLE LEGAL GUARDIAN. NO ONE HAS THE AUTHORITY TO TAKE HIM FROM THE SCHOOL SYSTEM EXCEPT FOR ME.))
[OUT Q=FOR ME.]
The case was investigated by the school board, which was ready to consider the matter.
But a decision was delayed.
[IN Q=AT THIS TIME]
((SEAN WORKOWSKI/ANTONIO'S LAWYER; AT THIS TIME, ANTONIO'S MOTHER HAS REQUESTED THAT THE COVINGTON SCHOOL BOARD MEETING NOT BE HELD THIS EVENING. BECAUSE OF MR. MORTON'S COOPERATION, THE MEETING, IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING WAS GOING TO BE POSTPONED.))
[OUT Q=TO BE POSTPONED.]
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; THAT MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE SOMETIME TODAY. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS7, COVINGTON.))
Someone's racing to buy stock in Colonial Downs.
In the last two weeks, 2-point-6 million shares of the track's stock traded hands.
Ellen Qualls reports on the state's sudden interest in a possible mystery investor.
[IN Q=We have no]
[SUPER=01-Ian Stewart/Chief Operating Officer; :00]
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[SUPER=01-Jim Weinberg/Colonial Downs Attorney; :18]
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[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.]
(([sot tape two 10:56:06 ]
((IAN STEWART/COLONIAL DOWNS CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER: WE HAVE NO IDEA WHO THE IDENTITY OF THIS PERSON IS OR WHAT THEIR ULTIMATE OBJECTIVE IS, BUT AS I SAID WE'RE CALLING THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO INVESTIGATE THIS AND PROSECUTE 'EM IF NECESSARY.))
The racing commission had set a five percent threshold.
One legally can't purchase more race track stock without the commission's approval.
[sot tape two 11:01:20]
((JIM WEINBERG/COLONIAL DOWNS ATTORNEY: THIS IS A GATE THAT EVERYONE MUST PASS THROUGH TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE ARE NO DISQUALIFYING FELONIES, THAT EVERYONE'S BACKGROUND WHO'S INVOLVED IN THE OWNERSHIP OF THE TRACK IS AS PURE AS SNOW.))
There was good news though.
The unique turf track that was NOT ready last year is finally open-- drawing a different kind of horse and gaining the track national attention.
This year, the average amount being bet at the New Kent County track is at a record level.
And, all four satellite wagering facilities are now turning a profit.
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As for the mystery investor or investor, he, she, or they may NOT be revealed until early October.
That's when a filing must be made with the S-E-C.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]
In medical news, one prominant medical journal is questioning the safety of herbal remedies.
Rick Jackson has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
[SUPER=01-Rick Jackson/Reporting; :00 ]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]
(( GOOD MORNING.
ONE OF THE NATION'S LEADING MEDICAL JOURNALS IS WARNING HERBAL REMEDY
USERS... THAT NATURAL #DOESN'T# NECESSARILY MEAN SAFE.
AN EDITORIAL IN TODAY'S NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE.. BLASTED THE
SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY FOR GIVING HERBAL TREATMENTS QUOTE "A FREE RIDE."
THE JOURNAL SAYS TESTIMONIALS BACKING UP CLAIMS OF A REMEDY'S
SUPPOSED HEALING EFFECTS...
CANNOT REPLACE HARD EVIDENCE SHOWING THE TREATMENTS ACTUALLY WORK.
THE PUBLICATION IS #PARTICULARLY# CONCERNED ABOUT THE FOOD AND DRUG
ADMINISTRATION'S LACK OF CONTROL OVER HERBAL PRODUCTS SOLD AS DIETARY
A NEW STUDY SHOWS THAT AFRICAN-AMERICAN MEN WITH PROSTATE CANCER DIE
AT A MUCH HIGHER RATE THAN WHITES--
RESEARCHERS AT U-C BERKELEY SAY THE CHANCES OF BLACK PATIENTS DYING
FROM PROSTATE CANCER ARE ABOUT 68-PERCENT HIGHER THAN WHITES.
AND THE STUDY FOUND THE NUMBER OF DEATHS REMAINED HIGHER FOR BLACKS
THROUGHOUT VARIOUS STAGES OF THAT DISEASE.
DOCTORS ARE LOOKING INTO WHY THERE'S SUCH A DIFFERENCE IN MORTALITY
WOMEN WHO'VE REACHED MENOPAUSE SAY THEY'VE NEVER BEEN HAPPIER!
ACCORDING TO A RECENT GALLUP SURVEY OF NEARLY 800 WOMEN, 51-PERCENT
SAID THEY WERE HAPPIER AND MORE FULFILLED THAN WHEN THEY WERE YOUNGER.
MOST OF THOSE POLLED SAID THEY HAD MADE SOME SORT OF LIFESTYLE CHANGE
WHEN THEY REACHED MENOPAUSE...
SUCH AS GETTING MORE EXERCISE AND EATING RIGHT.//
AND A NEW STUDY SUGGESTS THAT AN OLD SAYING MIGHT INDEED BE TRUE--
CANADIAN RESEARCHERS SAY THEY'VE FOUND MORE EVIDENCE THAT BLIND
PEOPLE DO COMPENSATE FOR THEIR LOST VISION... BY DEVELOPING
SCIENTISTS CONDUCTED TESTS...
AND FOUND THAT BLIND PEOPLE WERE MUCH BETTER AT PINPOINTING THE SOURCE
OF SOUNDS THAN THOSE WITH NORMAL VISION.//
AND THAT IS A LOOK AT TODAY'S MEDICAL NEWS.
I'M RICK JACKSON, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
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Here's a look at today's top stories.
T-V networks are already making plans on how they'll run the tape of President Clinton's grand jury testimony.
But it hinges on a House committee vote today on releasing the
All three cable news networks say they plan to carry all of it as soon as they get it.
For now curious Americans are getting the details of the Kenneth Starr report in paperback form.
The books just hit store shelves this weeks but it seems retailers can't keep them in stock and many customers are on waiting lists.
Another home run, another share of the single- season major league record for Sammy Sosa.
His grand slam Wednesday night was number 63, tying him with Mark McGwire. McGwire's Cardinals are off today so it's possible Sosa could move ahed of McGwire today.
And that's what's making news on this Thursday September 17th.
News 7 Mornin' will be right back.
This could be the day President Clinton finds out if the nation will see his videotaped grand-jury testimony.
The House Judiciary Committee is set to meet behind closed doors today and it's expected the panel will vote to release the tape.
The three cable news networks say they'll air the entire tape unedited as soon as they get it -- and that could be tomorrow.
Meantime President Clinton is urging Congress and the public to move beyond the scandal no jeopordizing his presidency.
[OUT Q=do my job]
AND there is word that two more House Democrats have called on the
President to resign.
And behind the scenes Senate Democrats are exploring the idea of SOME kind of plea bargain.
That could include an admission by the President that he lied to the Grand Jury, in exchange for censure and a guarantee he won't be indicted for perjury.
The Starr Report is now out in paper-back form, but you may have trouble getting your hands on a copy.
Clerks say the books are flying off the shelves as fast as they can stock them.
Most local stores are sold out and are putting customers on a waiting list.
Three different companies are publishing the report, the cost ranges from 5 to 10 dollars.
The United Nations diplomat at the center of the efforts to disarm Iraq was in Roanoke last night.
And Richard Butler had a sober message for students and faculty at Virginia Western Community College.
[IN Q=What seems to be the case]
((RICHARD BUTLER/CHIEF U.N. WEAPONS INSPECTOR: WHAT SEEMS TO BE THE CASE TODAY, TONIGHT HERE IN PEACEFUL ROANOKE IS THAT WE ARE ONCE AGAIN ON THE VERGE OF A POSSIBLE CRISIS WITH IRAQ.))
[SUPER=01-Richard Butler/Chief U. N. Weapons Inspector;]
[OUT Q=crisis with Iraq.]
This past Monday, Butler says Iraq's parliament threatened to end all cooperation with his inspectors, unless the U-N security council took steps toward ending economic sanctions.
Butler says the U.N. won't give in, that it's too important to make sure Iraq gets rid of its weapons of mass destruction.
Butler also said Iraq may be more uncooperative because of President Clinton's political situation-- but he's confident the political crisis will not lessen U-S resolve.
Say goodbye to parking at Roanoke's federal building.
The Poff building was one of the last federal buildings in the country that maintained public parking on the grounds.
Not any more.
The 20 spaces were painted over last week.
[IN Q=These are security]
((LARRY MADDOX/U.S. MARSHAL: THESE ARE SECURITY MEAUSURES THAT HAVE STARTED SINCE THE OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING. WE'RE IN THE PROCESS, AS FUNDS BECOME AVAILABLE, TO TRY TO ENHANCE THE SECURITY WITHIN THE BUILDING TO MAKE IT A SAFER ENVIRONMENT FOR THE EMPLOYEES HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Larry Maddox/U. S. Marshal]
[OUT Q=employees here.]
Five hundred federal employees work here.
Another 500 people visit the Poff building every day.
They'll have to find a spot on the street or in one of the commercial parking lots nearby.
It's a history lesson you can't get from a text book.
A survivor of the Holocaust shared his personal horror story tonight with a crowded auditorium at Averett College in Danville.
Christy Hubley was there.
[IN Q=All eyes were on Benjamin]
[SUPER=03-Danville/Last Night; :01]
[SUPER=01-Benjamin Jacobs/Holocaust Survivor; :17]
[SUPER=04-File Tape; :39]
[OUT Q=News 7, Danville.]
((All eyes were on Benjamin Jacobs as he recounted gruesome details of his life in Nazi death camps.
He was a young man in Poland at the start of World War Two.
When he spoke to News 7, he recalled how quickly things changed for the Jews under German occupation.
[IN Q=It was immediately such a]
((BEN JACOBS/HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR: IT WAS IMMEDIATELY SUCH A CHANGE OF LIFE IN THE FACT THAT WE WERE NOT ANY LONGER CITIZENS. WE WERE NOT POLISH. WE WERE NOT GERMAN. WE WERE NOTHING. WE WERE JUST PEOPLE THEY COULD DO WHATEVER THEY WANTED TO DO. AND SO THEY DID. AND SO THEY DID.))
[OUT Q=and so they did. (2x)]
Jacobs was imprisoned at Auschwitz for four years.
There, he used his skills as a dental student to survive-- working on the teeth of the living-- and pulling gold fillings from the teeth of the dead.
[IN Q=You have to do something]
((BEN JACOBS/HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR: YOU HAVE TO DO SOMETHING, YOU DO IT. EVEN SO YOUR HANDS WERE TREMBLING AND YOUR FOREHEAD WAS SWEATING YOU HAD TO DO IT YOU DID IT.))
[OUT Q=you did it.]
Remarkably, Jacobs survived the wrath of Hitler.
So many other Jews did not.
He feels it's his obligation to the innocent victims to tell his story and theirs.
[IN Q=Perhaps this is the ]
((BEN JACOBS/HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR: PERHAPS THIS IS THE REASON THAT I SURVIVED LETTING THE WORLD KNOW WHAT HAPPENED.))
[OUT Q=know what happened.]
Jacobs has published one book-- the Dentist of Auschwitz-- he's working on a second.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.))
The home run record race continues.
[SUPER=03-San Diego, CA;]
Last night Chicago Cub Sammy Sosa tied Mark McGwire's record of 63 by launching a grand slam in the eighth inning of the cubs 6 to 3 victory over San Diego.
Sosa also had six R-B-I's on the evening which give him a Major League leading 154 R-B-I's on the season.
((SAMMY SOSA: I HAVE TO SAY I WAS IN THAT SITUATION BEFORE AND I SAY TO MYSELF DON'T WANT TO STRIKE OUT... WANT TO COME THROUGH FOR MY TEAM. ))
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[OUT Q=COME THROUGH FOR MY TEAM.]
The win puts the cubs a half game ahead of the Mets in the National Leagues Wild Card race.
And later today Sosa will get the chance to move ahead of McGwire, the Cubs play while McGwire's Cardinals are off.
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In sports, Trouble for the Redskins and Bills.
Mike Stevens has those stories and more.
Good Morning Mike.
[IN Q=Strange but true]
[OUT Q=nice Thursday everybody]
Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
Former Radford University President Donald Dedmon has passed away.
Dedmon died February 13-th, but school officials say they just found out.
Dedmon was president of the school for 22 years-- from 1972 to 1994.
It will be at least another year before the A-E-P powerline issue is resolved.
On Tuesday, the state asked A-E-P to study an alternative route from Wyoming, West Virginia to Jackson's Ferry in Wythe County.
A-E-P says it's heartened by language in the request which says a new line would protect Southwest Virginia's power supply.
The last 20 public parking spaces at Roanoke's Poff federal building were painted over last week.
Federal buildings around the country have beefed up security since the Oklahoma City Bombing.
About 500 people work inside the building.
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