Up next on News 7...
The new Miss America, Virginia's Nichole Johnson, doesn't pull any punches when asked about President Clinton.
Washington braces for tomorrow's release of the president's video-taped testimony.
And hurricane Georges weakens as it bears down on the islands.
News 7 is next.
After 20 years, the Miss America crown is once again in the hands of Miss Virginia.
Nicole Johnson won the title last night, and in the process put the Commonwealth in the national spotlight.
David Johnson has more.
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((Nicole Johnson was the first Miss Virginia to win the Miss America crown since Kylene Barker did it in 1979.
When Johnson was crowned, members of the Miss Virginia Pageant board were overjoyed.
((MELINDA COX/MISS VIRGINIA PAGEANT PRESIDENT ELECT: EXCITEMENT. I STOOD UP AND STARTED SCREAMING. IT WAS JUST UNBELIEVABLE. IT'S GREAT FOR THE ROANOKE VALLEY. WE REALLY WERE PROUD.))
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Her platform is diabetes awareness.
The new Miss America was diagnosed with diabetes nearly four and a half years ago.
Nicole plans to spotlight diabetes awareness during her 20-thousand mile-a-month national speaking tour.
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((NICOLE JOHNSON/MISS AMERICA 1999; DIABETES IS WHAT I'VE HAD TO OVERCOME. EVERYBODY HAS A STUBBLING BLOCK AND EVERYBODY HAS TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET AROUND THAT STUBBLING BLOCK. SO I THINK I BRING THAT REALITY TO A TITLE. AND HOPEFULLY PEOPLE WILL BE MOTIVATED BY THAT WHEN THEY SEE ME AND TALK WITH ME.))
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Local pageant officials say diabetes has never slowed Nicole down to this pointand add they believe she has taken beauty pageants to a different level.
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((THOM ROE/MISS VIRGINIA PAGEANT LEGAL ADVISER; SHE DENIED IT FOR ABOUT A YEAR. THOUGHT THAT SHE DIDN'T HAVE IT, REALLY DIDN'T WANT TO ACCEPT IT. BUT THEN WHEN SHE DID, SHE'S REALLY GONE GUNG-HO. SHE IN FACT HAS HER OWN WEB SITE, WHICH WILL BE CONNECTED WITH THE MISS AMERICA WEBSITE THAT PEOPLE CAN CLICK ON.))
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((MELINDA COX/MISS VA. PAGEANT PRESIDENT-ELECT; SHE IS LIVING HER PLATFORM. WE DO THINK SHE IS GOING TO MAKE A MAJOR IMPACT ON PEOPLE'S LIVES, BECAUSE THIS CAN BE A SERIOUS ILLNESS.))
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Officials say thanks to Nicole, the national spotlight will once again shine on the state.
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((HOPE PLAYER/MISS VA. PAGEANT TREASURE; WE'LL BE ABLE TO FURTHER PROMOTE THE MISS VIRGINIA PROGRAM BECAUSE WE NOW HAVE ANOTHER MISS VIRGINIA WHO HAS BECOME MISS AMERICA. NITA BOOTH WILL STEP IN AS MISS VIRGINIA. SO WE WILL HAVE A SECOND OPPORTUNITY TO CROWN A MISS VIRGINIA THIS YEAR. WE JUST HAVE WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITIES TO PROMOTE THE STATE OF VIRGINIA AND THE PAGEANT ITSELF.))
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((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; OFFICIALS SAY THEY PLAN TO THROW A HUGE HOMECOMING PARADE FOR MISS AMERICA WHEN SHE RETURNS TO VIRGINIA. THEY SAY IT WILL BE THE FIRST OF SEVERAL LOCAL APPEARANCES FOR JOHNSON BEFORE SHE BEGINS HER NATIONAL REIGN AS MISS AMERICA. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS7.))
The chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation of the Roanoke Valley says Nicole Johnson is the best role model and spokesperson for diabetics.
Bruce Wood calls Johnson a "Quality Person".
He says Nicole has clearly demonstrated that she has the same focus as the foundation, which is to find a cure.
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((BRUCE WOOD/JUVENILE DIABETES FOUNDATION CHAIR: IT IS A SILENT TYPE OF DISEASE. A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE IT AND A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T KNOW IT. AND WHAT WE'VE GOT TO DO, OUR FOCUS HAS BEEN AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE TO FIND A CURE. THE ONLY WAY TO FIND A CURE IS THROUGH AWARENESS AND PUTTING DOLLARS ON THE ISSUE AND THAT'S WHAT NICOLE IS GOING TO HELP US DO.))
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Diabetes isn't the only thing the new Miss America is speaking out about.
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At a press conference today, she said she thinks President Clinton should step down, saying his actions were devastating to the country, and weakened the power of the office.
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((NICHOLE JOHNSON/MISS AMERICA; HE'S THE NUMBER ONE ROLE
MODEL IN THE WORLD, BASICALLY. AND WE'RE DEALING WITH FAR MORE THAN HIS
PERSONAL LIFE NOW BECAUSE IT'S EFFECTING CHILDREN, EFFECTING FAMILIES,
THIS ISSUE GOES WAY BEYOND HOW OUR PRESIDENT CHOOSES TO RUN HIS PERSONAL
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Virginians will likely have to wait a few weeks to see Johnson in person.
Officials say she's in New York now, planning to hit the talk show circuit.
She will likely return to Roanoke, Virginia October 16th to attend a Homecoming Gala held in her honor at Hotel Roanoke.
President Clinton is also in New York tonight, he left Washington on the eve of the release of his video taped grand jury testimony.
Jonathan Freed has the latest.
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((The President and First Lady were projecting a normal Sunday
routine...even with Mr. Clinton's videotaped grand jury testimony set to
flash across the country's television screens starting tomorrow morning.
But the small screen was still busy today...
(Mandatory Courtesy: Fox News Sunday)
as all sides rushed out onto the Sunday talk show circuit, pushing their
latest political spin in the Monica Lewinsky controversy.
Respected Democratic Senator, John Kerry called for Mr. Clinton to come
to Capitol Hill and tell all...as a way of speeding the process to a
conclusion, one way or the other.
BITE (SEN. JOHN KERRY/D-MA.): THE PRESIDENT SHOULD GO BEFORE THE
JUDICIARY COMMITTEE, TESTIFY, UNDER OATH, AND LET THE COMMITTEE MAKE UP
ITS MIND HERE. (PARAPHRASED)
The White House has been concerned that the video will show a President
who is at times angry, defiant, and evasive under the questioning of
BITE (JOHN PODESTA/DEPUTY WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF): I THINK ONCE
PEOPLE HAVE A CHANCE TO SEE THAT TAPE THEY ARE GOING TO WONDER ABOUT THE
MOTIVES OF THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED TO RELEASE IT.
The House judiciary committee had also voted to release some 28-hundred
pages of back-up material to Independent Counsel, Kenneth Starr's
report...including more sexually-explicit testimony by Lewinsky.
The Republicans were defending the decision to make it all public.
BITE (SEN. JOHN ASHCROFT/R-MO.): I BELIEVE THE RELEASE OF THE TAPES WILL
HELP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE COME TO THE CONCLUSION WHETHER OR NOT THE
CONGRESS SHOULD PROCEED WITH IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS. (PARAPHRASED)
A CBS News poll suggests that just over half of all Americans plan to
watch the testimony...but that more than two-thirds believe it's not
necessary to make the video public.
STAND-UP: AS HIS TESTIMONY GOES PUBLIC TOMORROW, THE PRESIDENT WILL NOT
BE IN WASHINGTON. HE'LL BE IN NEW YORK, ADDRESSING THE ANNUAL GENERAL
ASSEMBLY OF THE UNITED NATIONS. J-F...CAPITAL HILL.))
People in the Caribbean were rushing to get out of Hurricane Georges' way today.
In Guadeloupe, the people who weren't waiting in line for a flight out at the airport... were waiting in line at the store, buying extra food, water, and lumber to board up their homes.
Some people were gathering in stone churches, hoping to safely ride out the storm.
Still to come--a local company feels the pinch from the economic crises in Asia.
And, we'll tell you more about Wythe County's sheriff and his unexpected rise to the top job, when the news continues.
Virginia Tech officials say they will continue enforcing measures to cut down on underage and binge drinking.
But one official says there are just some students that are going to fall through the cracks.
This comes following an accident yesterday involving two 18-year old college students.
Police say they found alcohol at the scene and consider it a factor in the accident.
Natalie Weir, a Radford University freshman, was treated at a local hospital and released.
Richard M-Keister, a Virginia Tech freshman, is still listed in serious condition at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Tech officials say, due to the extent of Keister's injuries, he will be checking out of the university and returning to his Pennsylvania home.
The economic crisis that started on the other side of the globe claimed a victim in Southwest Virginia this week.
Scott Goldberg has that story and more in the News-7 Business Review.
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((When Connex Pipe Systems closes in November, 133-people will lose their jobs.
The company found out the hard way:
Selling 80-percent of your products overseas is a tough way to do business nowadays.
((BETH DOUGHTY/RKE. VALLEY EC. DEV. PARTNERSHIP: UNFORTUNATELY THAT'S A GRAPHIC EXAMPLE OF HOW THIS IS A GLOBAL ECONOMY NOW AND WHAT HAPPENS IN ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD AFFECTS US HERE.))
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This is the first time a local business has blamed its closing on the Asian economic crisis.
American Electric Power says the debate is shifting from: Is a new power line needed...
To: Where's the best place to put it?
This, after the state asked A-E-P to study an alternative to the power company's preferred corridor for a high voltage line.
Rumors of a Kroger merger were greatly exaggerated, so says the company's C-E-O.
Joseph Pichler gave a memo to employees, saying don't listen to talk about getting bought by Safeway.
He said Kroger's doing just fine by itself.
The number of lawsuits against Lowe's is growing.
Fourteen people are seeking damages after a 19-96 outbreak of Legionnaires disease.
The outbreak was traced back to a hot tub display in Christiansburg.
Two people died.
Carilion has moved its first 20 workers out of South Roanoke and into new downtown offices.
Downtown Roanoke Incorporated says by the time all 440-people move in, it will mean healthy profits for downtown merchants.
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Despite Washington's best efforts, it was a winning week on Wall Street.
The Dow went up 100-points.
The Nasdaq picked up 22.
That's this week's Review.
I'm Scott Goldberg.
The new Botetourt County courthouse is almost complete.
County supervisors and members of the public recently toured the construction site.
The new courthouse is a lot larger -- with separate rooms for general district and juvenile court.
It will also hold new E-911 equipment.
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((BRENDA NEAS/DISPATCH SUPERVISOR: WITH OUR NEW E-911 EQUIPMENT ... NOT HAVE TO ASK DIRECTIONS.))
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The current dispatch center for emergency calls is cramped and understaffed.
But the county hopes to hire more dispatchers for the new digs -- where they will also have cots, showers, refrigerators and an emergency generator.
[IN Q=In an emergency]
((JERRY BURGESS/BOTETOURT COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: IN AN EMERGENCY ... UNTIL THE EMERGENCY'S OVER.))
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Dispatchers should be able to move in late next spring.
Up next--Roy Stanley will have highlights from the Redskins and Seahawks.
And, Patrick Evans will have your extended weather forecast when the news continues.
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Wayne Pike was Sheriff of Wythe County for 18 years before leaving to take another job.
His departure left another police officer with some unexpected challenges and added responsibilities.
Teresa Hamilton has more in this week's edition of Virginia Profile.
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((Experience is one thing Wythe County's newly appointed sheriff isn't lacking.
48- year old Kermit Osborne has been with the Department for nearly 24- years.
Still-- he wasn't prepared to be one of two men nominated to replace former Sheriff Wayne Pike-- who left to take a job with the state parole board.
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((KERMIT OSBORNE/WYTHE CO. SHERIFF:IT WAS A SHOCK, INITIALLY, BECAUSE I HAD NO IDEA HE WAS EVEN LEAVING. ))
Osborne says the shock didn't wear off-- even when he was sworn in.
Even though Osborne studied law enforcement in college, he never dreamed he'd one day preside over a staff of 62 full and part time employees.
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((KERMIT OSBORNE/WYTHE CO. SHERIFF:AS LONG AS I'VE BEEN IN LAW ENFORCEMENT BEING SHERIFF WAS NOT A GOAL AND SO I GUESS IT WAS A SHOCK BUT AT THE SAME TIME I WAS VERY PROUD TO BE ABLE TO GO ON WITH THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND CONTINUE THE PROGRAM THAT ARE ALREADY IN PLACE. ))
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Osborne says his main goal is to find new ways to reach out to young people.
Indeed--Osborne says it's his desire to help people that propelled him into law enforcement.
Sam Viars speaks highly of the man who selected him to serve as Chief Deputy.
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((SAM VIARS/WYTHE CO. CHIEF DEPUTY:HE'S BEEN A VERY VALUABLE EMPLOYEE HERE OVER THE YEARS AND SOMEONE YOU COULD ALWAYS GO TO AND SEEK ADVICE FROM WITH HIS YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AND HIS CONCERN IS FOR THE CITIZENS OF WYTHE COUNTY AND HE HAS A DEEP CONCERN FOR THAT. ))
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Osborne says he hasn't decided whether he'll actually RUN for sheriff...once his appointment ends in 1999.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Wytheville.
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Mark McGwire added another homer to his total yesterday afternoon and apparently had one taken away by an umpire's interference ruling.
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There was no question about his 65-th homer this solo shot deep in the back row of the left field bleachers in his first at bat.
He appeared to hit another one but a fan interfered by reaching over the Yellow railing and pulling the ball in.
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Seattle beats Washington and Mark Martin wins at Dover. More later on Mornin'.
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Meantime, it was Sammy Sosa day in Chicago. The pre game ceremonies featured Sosa's Family, Dignitaries from the Dominican Republic and officials from Major league baseball.
But Sosa went 0 for 5 to remain at 63 homers three behind McGwire. Here's today's scores.
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The Washington Redskins are 0 and 3 for the first tine since 1981 losing yesterday afternoon to Seattle 24 to 14.
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The Skins fell behind 7 to nothing on the opening Kickoff.
Then Trent Green caps a drive going to the air and hitting Michael Westbrook on the 36 yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 7 to 7 in the first quarter.
Seattle led 10 to 7 at the half then Warren Moon pitches it to Ricky Waters he scores from 13 yards out to make it 17 to 7. Waters rushed for 146 yards on 24 carries.
Warren Moon put the game away in the third quarter
when he hooks up with Mike Pritchard on this 21 yard touchdown pass Seattle wins it 24 to 14.
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The Packers were in the Jungle taking on the Bengals of Cincinnati.
Brett Farve's 16 yard touchdown pass to Robert Brooks in the first quarter was good enough as the Packers beat the Bengals 13 to 6.
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The Jet's fans tailgating outside the Meadowlands.
While inside, Vinny Testaverde passes for three touchdowns including this 82 yarder to Leon Johnson as the Jets rout the Colts 44 to 6.
And here's the rest of the scores.
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Former Staunton River Star Jarrett Ferguson played for the Hokies in last night's win over Miami.
As Denise Allen tells us the walk-on has earned a scholarship for his performance at fullback.
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[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :38]
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((Jarrett Ferguson was a regular in the highlights of Friday Football Extra in 1996.
At Staunton River High School he rushed for nearly two thousand seven hundred yards and ran for 29 touchdowns.
He was named district and region player of the year and earned second team Group double A all state honors from the Associated Press in his senior year.
Ferguson had other options to play college football, but took his chances as a walk-on at Virginia Tech.
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The reshirt freshman was moved to fullback.
And the coaches told him to pack on the muscle weight and a scholarship was a good bet.
So far he's put on 35 pounds since arriving at Tech.
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And stuff like that has earned him a scholarship--the goal he set out to achieve when he arrived at Tech.
Now he says he's focused on doing what he can to help the team be successful.
Denise Allen News 7 Sports.
The win moved the Hokies to the 21-st position in the A-P Poll.
Meantime, Virginia beat Clemson but dropped to 11-th in the poll behind Florida St.
And coming up in Sports, A wild finish at Martinsville in the Taco Bell 300 all state late model stock car race.
And Mark Martin leads from start to finish in winning the MBNA Gold 400 race at Dover Downs.
Mark Martin led 379 of 400 laps yesterday taking the checkered flag and winning the MBNA Gold 400.
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Martin pulled out front early in the race and he was the leader with 234 laps left in the event.
Then on lap 172 Kenny Irwin spins out hitting the outside and inside walls bringing out the caution. Irwin was checked at the track and taken to the hospital for observation.
Rusty Wallace had a good run he was running second behind Martin at the halfway point of the race.
Points leader Jeff Gordon was black flagged with a fender problem on lap 249 he dropped back to ninth place.
Last week's winner Jeff Burton gets lose and hits the wall on lap 194 bringing out the fifth caution of the day.
Martin would lead all but 21 of the 400 laps winning from the pole for the second time this year.
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Gordon was second followed by Jeremy Mayfield, Bobby Labonte and Rusty Wallace. That's it for sports. Have a great day everybody.
Dexter Canipe survived a wild day at the Martinsville Speedway winning the Taco Bell 300.
A huge crowd showed up to see the late model stock car all star race.
Philip Moris would dominated the first one hundred laps but the race was stopped and the top six cars were inverted putting Morris in the sixth position.
On the restart Morris would take the lead again and hold it to lap 150 when the race was stopped again and the top 8 cars inverted.
On the restart after a caution Morris was involved in huge crash that collected several cars and ended his day.
The caution flew with 10 laps to go and the cars lined up in single file Canipe took the lead with six laps to go to win the Taco Bell 300.
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