Members of the House Judiciary committee have decided to release
release President Clinton's videotaped grand jury testimony.
Sources say the panel didn't even take up the issue yesterday.
Committe members were too busy debating whether to censor written material gathered by Kenneth Starr.
Maureen Maher is in Washington with an update.
[SUPER=01-Ann Lewis/WH Communications Dir.;]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Trent Lott/R-Majority Leader;]
[OUT Q=Back to you in the studio.]
TODAY'S SECOND ROUND OF HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE DEBATE ABOUT RELESING
THE EVIDENCE AGAINST PRESIDENT CLINTON WAS MADE NECESSARY BY YESTERDAY'S
DEMOCRATIC DAMAGE CONTROL PROPOSALS. MOST PRESSING FOR THE DEMOCRATS,
IN AN UPHILL BATTLE IN THE REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED COMMITTEE,
(SUPER: ARTIST CONCEPTION BY WILLIAM HENNESSY)
IS THE VIDEOTAPE OF THE PRESIDENT'S AUGUST 17TH GRAND JURY TESTIMONY,
SAID TO PAINT AN UNFLATTERING PICTURE OF AN ANGRY MR. CLINTON. AND IT IS
NOW REPORTED THE PRESIDENT'S LAWYER ASKED INDEPENDENT COUNSEL KENNETH
STARR TO DESTROY THE TAPE AFTER IT WAS VIEWED BY THE JURY.
THE WHITE HOUSE IS RESIGNED TO THE RELEASE OF THE TAPE, BUT...
(SOT, ANN LEWIS, WHITE HOUSE COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, "Is it necessary,
considering all the information that wass mae available in the Starr
report last week? What is added by taking this tape and making it so
widely and publicly available?")
THE WHITE HOUSE AND COMMITTEE DEMOCRATS ARE ALSO ANGRY THAT THE
COMMITTEE CHAIR REQUESTED THE TAPE OF THE PRESIDENT JANUARY DEPOSITION
IN THE NOW DISMISSED PAULA JONES CASE.
AT A MEETING OF THE CHRISTIAN CONSERVATIVES THIS MORNING, SENATE
MAJORITY LEADER TRENT LOTT TOOK THE PRESIDENT TO TASK FOR THE
(SOT, SEN. TRENT LOTT, R-MAJORITY LEADER, "I don't like what's going on,
what our kids are seeing, the demeaning of the office of the presidency.
There is no constitutional crisis. There is only a a Clinton crisis in
MAHER STANDUP: Democrats charge the Republicans, supposedly the voice
of family values, with being overly eager to release the salacious
material. Regardless, release of the tape and other evidence probably
won't happen for at least a day after the committee votes. Maureen
Maher, CBS News, Washington.
Mexican and U-S authorities believe a Drug Lord is behind a mass shooting in Mexico that left 19 dead.
[SUPER=03-El Suazal, Mexico;]
Police say yesterday morning gunman pulled 21 people from their beds, lined them against a wall and opened fire.
The victims were members of three different families and included several children, including a one year old baby.
((REPORTER:YOU KNOW ANYTHING OF ANY DRUGS OR ANYTHING THAT'S INVOLVED HERE.
NEIGHBOR: NOT THAT I KNOW THESE ARE CATTLE RAISERS. ))
[OUT Q=these are cattle raisers.]
But there were no signs of cattle at this residence.
And officials say the head of one of the households grew Marijuana for a drug cartel.
One man is dead following an automobile accident on Route 460 in Elliston this morning.
Police say about 9:15 this morning a man driving a car pulled off of Route 631 into the path of a flat bed truck.
The car was knocked about 150 feet into a bridge.
The name of the deceased has not been released pending the notification of family.
Route 460 West in Elliston is closed while state police investigate the accident.
A traffic stop in Danville led police to drugs, guns, and cash.
Keith Foster of New Jersey was arrested last night while driving on Aiken Bridge.
Police say they found 17-thousand dollars worth of crack cocaine in his vehicle.
They also seized a handgun and more than 2-thousand dollars in cash.
Foster is now in jail.
Police say they expect to make more arrests in connection with this case.[E-Bird-ruling]
The teacher who was beaten up by a student at Bland County High School three years ago will NOT collect the 77-thousand dollar judgment a federal jury awarded him.
The judge over-ruled the jury and struck the case of Tom Bird versus the Bland County School Board.
Bird testified he was driving to work when a student flipped him "the finger."
The high school math teacher followed the boy in his car.
The two got out.
Bird says he threw up his hand, hitting Blankenship on the chin.
The boy severely beat him.
Bird was fired.
The question became: was that the reason he was fired -- or was that a pretext for getting rid of him.
Judge Sam Wilson says Bird SHOULD have been fired for getting into a fight with a student, and he decided not to second-guess the school board's motives.
Antonio Hill hopes his season isn't over.
The Covington High School student was kicked off the football team Friday night during a disagreement with his coach.
The incident has sparked a public controversy, but last night, his mother read a statement to reporters in an effort to resolve the issue.
[SOT UB 18:58:47]
[IN Q=This has been]
((THIS HAS BEEN A STRESSFUL TIME FOR EVERYONE IN THIS SITUATION, BUT I HOPE THAT THIS CLEARS THE AIR ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED AND I HOPE NOW WE CAN MOVE FORWARD TO WORKING TOGETHER FOR A MORE APPROPRIATE DISPOSITION.))
[OUT Q=appropriate disposition.]
Following Covington's loss to Alleghany Friday night, Audra Hill acknowledges her son made a mistake when he failed to give coach Brad Morton his full attention.
She doesn't believe the punishment fit the crime, but Hill says misinformation about the incident has made matters worse.
Discussions between the Hills' attorney and school officials will continue.
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A Tidewater school board is sacking academic standards for its high school athletes.
A football coach in (Glaw-ster) Gloucester complained that a policy requiring a 2-point-oh grade-point average is keeping his best players off the field.
Gloucester High Coach Dale Heath says a player was hurt in a recent game because academic problems prevented so many of his starters from playing.
So Wednesday night, the community's school board voted to rescind the policy.
The Senate has failed to override President Clinton's veto of the ban on so- called partial birth abortions.
The bid fell three votes short of the two-thirds majoirty needed, with 64 senators voting to override the president and 36 voting to uphold the veto.
Congress has twice passed and the president has twice vetoed the
bill that would ban the procedure.
It looks like more of america's teens are sticking to the
Reading, Writing and restraint.
According to the centers for disease control, 52-percent of the high
school students in the U-S are just saying no to sex.
That's the highest number of teens abstaining this decade.
And the C-D-C says those students who are having sex are more
likely to do so using a condom than teen-agers in the past.
U-V-A faces another lawsuit in connection with the the death of a woman at last year's graduation ceremonies.
Mary Jo Brashear was killed when a balcony collapsed on the University of Virginia lawn in May of 1997.
A relative has filed the latest lawsuit -- this one in the amount of 1-point-8 million dollars against a university employee AND a consulting firm.
Suits have already been filed on behalf of Brashear's Texas estate, and her husband.
The total amount sought in those suits is 6-point-2 million dollars.
It's one of the biggest gifts ever given to Roanoke College.
Francis T. West...
A former mayor of Martinsville who went to the school...
Announced today he's giving three million dollars to the Roanoke College endowment.
In return, the school is honoring West by changing the name of the Courthouse Academic Building to "Francis T. West Hall."
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[IN Q=this town]
((FRANCIS T. WEST/BENEFACTOR: THIS TOWN OF SALEM ... HAS ALWAYS BEEN DEAR TO MY HEART, AS HAS ROANOKE COLLEGE. TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THIS FACILITY BEARING THE WEST NAME IS INDEED MEANINGFUL AND A TREASURE TO ME.))
[SUPER=01-Francis T. West/Benefactor;]
[OUT Q=TO ME]
The school's president praised West as one of the college's "most successful alumni."
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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[BUTT TWO SOTS TOGETHER, COVER WITH VIDEO]
[IN Q=KIND OF GOING]
((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.))
[SUPER=01-Erin Dooley/Carilion Secretary;]
[OUT Q=OUT THE DOOR]
The city estimates that, once all 440-workers move into their new offices, they'll spend more than half a million dollars a year.
[SOT 11 18 46]
[IN Q=that's going]
((GAYLE WILLIAMS/DOWNTOWN ROANOKE INC.: THAT'S GOING TO THE RESTAURANTS, THE SHOPS, ALL THESE BUSINESSES DOWNTOWN THAT THESE PEOPLE WILL TAKE PART IN.))
[SUPER=01-Gayle Williams/Downtown Roanoke, Inc.;]
[OUT Q=TAKE PART IN]
Most of the workers will be downtown by December...
Just in time for the holiday shopping season.
This year's Henry County United way theme is kids. And Steve Mason says, who better to kick off a campaign that works so closely with the National Football League than N-F-L mom Geraldine Barber.
[IN Q=first audio]
[SUPER=01-Chuck Davies/United Way Campaign Chairman; :15]
[SUPER=01-Geraldine Barber/Keynote Speaker; :39]
[SUPER=03-Charlottesville/1996 Season; 1:00]
[SUPER=01-Karen Warlitner/United Way Special Events; 1:07]
[OUT Q=...News 7 sprts"]
The Late Model stock cars are in Martinsville this weekend for the Taco Bell 300.
109 cars were at the track for a full day of practice yesterday.
Qualifying begins Saturday afternoon at two with the fastest 20 cars earning spots in the race.
The rest of the field will be determined in heat races on Sunday before the main event.
The Taco Bell 300 pays $25 thousand to win.
[SUPER=01-David Blakenship/Tom's Mini Mart Pontiac; :00]
[SUPER=01-Philip Morris/Burger King Pontiac; :17]
[SUPER=01-Tony McGuire/Former Winner at Martinsville; :29]
[OUT Q=...the trip."]
All tickets are general admission. They are $15 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-to-12. The green flag drops Sunday at 12:30.
The Big Mac has come to Beirut.
[SUPER=03- Beirut, Lebanon;]
McDonald's opened its first restaurant in Lebanon and Ronald
McDonald himself was on hand for the gala opening last night.
The Lebanese government sees the fast food restaurant boosting the
war-scarred country's efforts to revive its economy.
They say it shows international confidence in Lebanon as it recovers
from years of civil war.
McDonalds is now in 112 countries.