Today on News 7, the nation will be able to hear President Clinton's grand jury testimony beginning this Monday Morning.
And a former antiques dealer accused of bilking investors is findingit difficult to get out of jail.
Locally heavy downpours highlight this forecast. A view on the radar coming up.
A new volunteer program in Roanoke is helping premature babies, low income and sick infants get a healthier start to life.
And what can physicians learn from veternarians?
A symposium in Blacksburg discuss the links between animal and human medicine.
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Lawmakers vote to release President Clinton's videotaped testimony to the public.
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At nine Monday morning the tape will be released along with 28-hundred pages of other material.
The House Judiciary Committee voted today to make the items public.
With the details and reaction from Capitol Hill let's go live to Jonathan Freed in Washington.
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[SUPER=01-Henry Hyde/(R) House Judiciary Committee]
[SUPER=01-Al Gore/Vice President;]
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((SOUND-UP: COMMITTEE MEMBERS LEAVING MEETING.
When the members of the House judiciary committee finally filed out
after a day and a half of meetings, party lines were being painted with
a broad political brush.
No surprise that the Republican majority had won the day,forcing the
release of the President's videotaped grand jury testimony, along with
28-hundred pages of back-up material from Kenneth Starr's report. It
all goes public starting Monday morning.
BITE 54:44 (REP. HENRY HYDE/CHAIR, JUDICIARY COMMITTEE/R-IL.): WE'VE
ACCOMPLISHED A LOT. BI-PARTISANSHIP IS FLOURISHING"
But listening to the Democrats, it's clear that the only
bi-partisanship behind the closed doors was both sides agreeing to
BITE 53:30 (REP. BARNEY FRANK/JUDICIARY COMMITTEE/D-MA.): THE ASSERTION
OF BI-PARTISANSHIP IS SILLY.
Democrats are opposed because the new material includes more of the
sexually-explicit details which they believe is only meant to embarrass
the President, notably the transcript of Monica Lewinsky's grand jury
But some material will be deleted to protect the privacy of people at
the fringes of the case.
The White House is concerned that the video will show Mr. Clinton being
evasive and angry under questioning.
The Vice President was in New Hampshire.
BITE (GORE): I ONLY KNOW ABOUT IT FROM NEWS MEDIA ACCOUNTS, BUT FROM
WHAT I'VE SEEN, IT WAS DECIDED ON A PARTISAN BASIS. IT SHOULD BE DONE ON
A MORE BI-PARTISAN APPROACH.
SOUND-UP: RACE EVENT.
(LOCATOR: WASHINGTON, DC)
Even with the committee's decision overshadowing the nation's
capital, the President was still determined to stick to his official
agenda, attending a race relations event.
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STAND-UP (JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS):
Once the committee has filtered through and released the rest of this
material, the next step will be to recommend whether full impeachment
hearings are necessary. JF, CBS News, Washington.))
A Montgomery County man died earlier today in a traffic accident in Elliston.
Police say 34-year old Herbert Martin pulled out onto Route 460 West-- right in front of a flat bed truck.
Authorities say the truck hit the car, sending it crashing into a bridge.
Martin died on impact.
The truck driver was not hurt.
Police re-routed traffic off of Route 460 for about three hours.
Concerns over racial inequalities in the Lynchburg school system have prompted educators to ask the state for help.
A citizens committee wants to know why so many black students are being suspended and so few black teachers are being hired.
The school board today released its answers to a series of questions posed by the committee.
They hope the 70-page report will satisfy the concerned parents.
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((ELLEN NYGAARD/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: THIS IS AMERICA AND THIS IS HOW AMERICA WORKS. AND I THINK IF PEOPLE HAVE A CONCERN THAT THEY WANT TO BRING UP TO US, WE ARE PUBLIC SERVANTS, THIS GOES ALONG WITH THE TERRITORY. I'M WILLING TO LISTEN TO ANYBODY WHO REALLY WANTS TO SPEAK TO US ABOUT THIS AND THEN WE'LL SORT IT THROUGH.))
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[OUT Q=sort it through.]
Superintendent James McCormick is asking the State Department of Education to review their findings and conduct its own inquiry.
Members of the citizens committee received the report this afternoon and could "not" be reached for comment.
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Still to come on our newscast, Roanoke College gets a very generous donation,
And a plea agreement keeps a former Giles County Supervisor from heading to prison on federal charges.
A former Giles County Supervisor will NOT have to serve time behind bars on felony wire tapping charges.
This morning, Bobby Williams pleaded NO contest to a misdemeanor as part of a plea agreement.
Williams was indicted in January for playing a taped phone conversation he'd acquired in front of others.
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The day the indictment was handed up Williams attempted suicide but eventually returned as a supervisor.
A few weeks ago he resigned from the board.
Prosecutor Gino Williams says the supervisor's resignation was a factor in the plea agreement.
But Bobby Williams maintains that he's wanted to resign for several months.
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((BOBBY WILLIAMS/FORMER GILES CO. SUPERVISOR: I'D BEEN TALKING ABOUT IT AS EARLY AS IN THE SPRING.
TOM BLALOCK/WILLIAMS' ATTORNEY: WE TALKED ABOUT IT BEFORE THE CHARGES WERE EVEN BROUGHT.
BOBBY WILLIAMS/FORMER GILES CO. SUPERVISOR:BUT I FELT LIKE THAT IF I WENT AHEAD AND DID IT AT THAT TIME IT WOULD HAVE LOOKED WORSE. ))
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Williams was sentenced to a 250-dollar fine plus court costs.
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A New Jersey man faces drug and weapon charges in Danville.
Police arrested Keith Foster last night on Aiken Bridge.
The traffic stop netted 177-grams of crack cocaine.
That's a street value of 17-thousand dollars.
Police also seized a hand gun, documents, digital scales, and more than two-thousand dollars in cash.
More arrests are expected to be made in connection with the case.
A man charged with defrauding investors and antiques dealers out of millions of dollars has put together about 75-hundred dollars to post bond.
But that won't be enough to win Clyde Bryant's release-- UNLESS he can find someone to co-sign the note.
The magistrate said he'd let Bryant go back to Ocracoke Island -where federal agents found him- IF he can post 75-THOUSAND dollars worth of property OR 75-HUNDRED with a
Bryant would also have to agree to wear an electronic monitoring device.
One of Roanoke College's most distinguished alumni is giving the school one of its biggest gifts ever.
Former Martinsville Mayor Francis T. West is donating three million dollars to the college's endowment.
And to say thanks, the school is naming its Courthouse Academic Building the "Francis T. West Hall."
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((FRANCIS T. WEST/BENEFACTOR: TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THIS FACILITY BEARING THE WEST NAME IS INDEED MEANINGFUL AND A TREASURE TO ME////////////9 58 28 DAVID GRING/ROANOKE COLLEGE PRESIDENT: IT IS ONE OF THE LARGEST GIFTS EVER FOR THE ENDOWMENT...THIS IS A GOOD DAY FOR ROANOKE COLLEGE.))
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West is a native of Salem and the founder of West Window Corporation.
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Boones Mill is getting ready for a big event this weekend. Up next, Patrick Evans will tell us about the Apple Festival.
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The Annual Boone's Mill Apple Festival gets underway tomorrow morning, culminating in a grand parade and the crowning of Miss Apple Festival.
Patrick Evans is this year's Grand Marshall for the parade, and has details on the upcoming festivities.
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In a moment in Sports, Mike Stevens will have the early qualifying results from Dover Downs.
Coming up next on health check --
How do animals protect and benefit people's health?
Vets at Virginia Tech explain the human-animal bond.
Plus Newborns in Need is a non-profit organization in Southwest Virginia working with the community to provide for less fortunate children.
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((DEANNA ZIMMER/NEWBORNS IN NEED: LEWIS-GALE, COMMUNITY, WE'LL BE WORKING WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT PROVIDING STUFFED ANIMALS FOR CHILDREN IN CRISIS.))
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Deliveries happen everyday in the newborn unit of a hospital, but a first of it's kind is being delivered in Roanoke.
A national, non-profit organization that donates baby items for preemies, low-income and sick infants is now located in Southwest Virginia.
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[SUPER=01-Nora Bell/Registered Nurse; :25]
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[SUPER=01-Diane Muska/Volunteer; :43]
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[IN Q=For low income]
((DEANNA ZIMMER/NEWBORNS IN NEED: FOR LOW INCOME PARENTS FOR CHILDREN IN CRISIS UP TO TODDLER SIZES, WE WILL EVENTUALLY HAVE A FOOD BANK AND WILL BE PROVIDING BABY FURNITURE AS NEEDED.))
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The local chapter of Newborns in Need is just getting started. Volunteers made their first delivery this week to Roanoke Community Hospitals Neonatal Intensive care unit.
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[IN Q=Its easier]
((NORA BELL/REGISTERED NURSE: IT'S EASIER FOR US TO WASH THEM HERE AND THEN WE THEY GET A LITTLE BIT BIGGER THE PARENTS BRING IN THEIR OWN CLOTHES AND THEY CAN TAKE THEM HOME AND THAT'S A PART OF THE CARE THAT THEY CAN FEEL THEY ARE CONTRIBUTING TO THE CARE OF THEIR BABY.))
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The much needed and appreciated program provides infants with handmade clothes, but that's just the beginning.
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((DIANE MUSKA/VOLUNTEER: I DID A QUILT THIS WEEKEND AND WE HAD A GROUP OF LADIES WHO CAME AND DID A LOT OF THE SEWING ON LITTLE BABIES OUTFITS FOR US AND THE BLANKETS.))
[OUT Q=the blankets]
Neonatal specialists say when a baby comes early, parents can be unprepared and a program like Newborns in Need makes life a little easier and more comfortable during this unexpected time.
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[IN Q=I think]
((NORA BELL/REGISTERED NURSE: I THINK WE DO HAVE SOME PARENTS HERE THAT DO NEED THE CLOTHING AND IT'S A BURDEN THEY DON'T HAVE TO THINK ABOUT AND THEY DON'T HAVE TO FEEL GUILTY IF THE BABY NEXT TO THEM HAS CLOTHES AND THEIR BABY DOESN'T.))
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The Southwest Virginia chapter of Newborns in Need has about 100 volunteers so far.
If you would like to get involved contact Deanna Zimmer at 982-8612 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Experts say puppy love can not only turn your frown upside down, it may also lower your blood pressure.
Tina Tenret explains why.
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[SUPER=01-Dr. Lauren Keating/Veterinarian; :59]
[SUPER=01-Sandra Barker/Medical College of Virginia; 1:13]
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[OUT Q=Tina Tenret, News7, Blacksburg]
Hundreds of people attended Virginia Tech's first major conference linking animal health to human health.
Emma was a guest -- she comforts hospital patients.
Without a word, she makes the depressed smile and the withdrawn talk.
[IN Q=They're talking]
((SUSAN DUNCAN/DELTA SOCIETY: THEY'RE TALKING TO THE ANIMAL AND NOT TO HUMANS WHO MIGHT JUDGE THEM, WHO MIGHT NOT SHARE THE SAME OPINIONS, WHO MIGHT IGNORE THEM. THE ANIMAL IS A RAPT AUDIENCE AND A WONDERFUL WAY TO DRAW PEOPLE OUT OF THEMSELVES.))
[OUT Q=out of themselves]
Emma is a polished visitor -- her face is washed, nails cut, and teeth brushed before she arrives.
If you cannot reach down to pet her, she'll make the first move --
[IN Q=There you go]
((THERE YOU GO! AND THAT'S HOW YOU COULD REACH HER TO GO AHEAD AND PET HER.))
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And if you're frightened, she'll just wave.
Emma's been trained to take even the toughest love.
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((LAUREN KEATING/DELTA SOCIETY: I HAVE PATIENTS .. SHE'S GOTTA BE ABLE TO DO IT.))
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[IN Q=But experts say]
((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: BUT EXPERTS SAY IT'S NOT ONLY THE TRAINED DOGS THAT PROVIDE COMFORT. THEY SAY PEOPLE WHO OWN PETS ARE USUALLY MORE HEALTHY.))
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[IN Q=In association with]
((SANDRA BARKER/MEDICAL COLLEGE OF VIRGINIA: IN ASSOCIATION WITH PET OWNERSHIP WE SEE LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE, WE SEE LOWER HEART RATE AS WELL AS LESS STRESS IN CHILDREN UNDERGOING MEDICAL EXAMS.))
[OUT Q=undergoing medical exams]
Experts say pet owners also drink more alcohol, eat more junk food and order more meat and take-out.
So far, they will not say pet ownership CAUSES these health trends, but that's only the next hurdle to leap.
Tina Tenret News7 Blacksburg.
Well Sports is nothing to sneeze at today.
With Nascar qualifying here's Mike Stevens.[S5-Qualify]
Welcome folks to your weekend.
We'll check the Friday Football schedule injust a moment but first
qualifying for the Winston Cup cars is over up in Dover and Jeff Gordon is not on the pole.
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Gordon had a decent qualifying run on the concrete mile but he will start 6th.
Mark Martin is the man on top. He took the Valvoline Ford around the track in record speed with a lap at 155 point 966 miles an hour to win the pole.
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Matt Kenseth stepped in and qualifed Bill Elliott's car 16th. Bill's father George Elliott died last night.
Earnardt was just 41st today, while Rick Mast was only 44th quickest.
Here's the top 25.
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[SUPER=0107-6. Jeff Gordon//7. John Andretti//8. Jerry Nadeau//9. Dick Trickle//10. Dale Jarrett//;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Ricky Rudd//12. Kenny Irwin//13. Steve Park//14. Buckshot Jones//15. Geoff Bodine//;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Matt Kenseth//17. Ward Burton//18. Jeff Green//19. Joe Nemechek//20. Mike Skinner//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Ted Musgrave//22. Kyle Petty//23. Ernie Irvan//24. Terry Labonte//25. Johnny Benson//;]
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15 games are on the Friday Football Extra schedule tonight.
Let's see if your high school will be in the spotlight tonight at 11;35.
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And get the snacks ready for the upcoming weekend because Your Hometoen Station is loaded with football.
Tomorrow its a two cheese doodle day as Pitt plays Penn State in the afternoon, and then Florida battles Tennessee Saturday night at eight.
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On Sunday the NFL is back on WDBJ as the Steelers tangle with the Dolphins and the Broncos battle the Raiders right here on Your hometown station.
Your College game day information is coming up at six with Steve Mason.
Have a safe weekend everybody.
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Get ready for nine days of rides, food, and music near Danville.
The Danville-Pittsylvania County Fair begins tonight.
Workers spent the day getting their rides ready to ride and food ready to eat.
Last year's fair drew 47-thousand people during its run.
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((LARRY BURNETT/FAIR OWNER: OUR ATTENDENCE HAS JUST ABOUT DOUBLED SINCE WE STARTED. WE'RE GOING INTO OUR 8TH YEAR NOW AND IT'S JUST GOOD CLEAN FAMILY FUN I GUESS AND OUR ENTERTAINMENT GETS BETTER, THE RIDES GET BETTER, PEOPLE ARE JUST FINDING OUR ABOUT THE FAIR.))
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The biggest attractions are the demolition derby and the concerts.
This year's headliner is country music singer Ty Herndon.
His concert is next Friday night.