Police say that a single car accident that left a Virginia Tech student injured is believed to be alcohol related.
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A Blazer driven by 18 year Tech student Richard Keister was found in a field by police Saturday morning.
Keister and Radford student Natalie Weir were found outside of the vehicle in the field.
Keister was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial hospital. His condition was upgraded to stable overnight.
Police say Weir was taken to Columbia Montgomery Regional Hospital and was believed to be released.
President Clinton's approval rating is going down.
A Newsweek poll found 46 percent of those who responded want the president to resign, up 7 points over a week ago.
41 percent back impeachment hearings, but more than half still say they don't want the video tape of his grand jury testimony released..
One member of the House Judiciary Committee questioned the results of that poll.
Republican Bob Barr spoke at a campaign appearance with former Vice President Dan Quayle.
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((BOB BARR/(R) GEORGIA;
THE MAJORITY OF THE COUNTRY, MAY NOT BE THE MAJORITY OF THE
COUNTRY. I REPRESENT THIS GREAT 7TH DISTRICT HERE AND WE HEAR THAT 98 TO
2 THAT OUR CONSTITUENTS ARE INTERESTED IN WHAT'S GOING ON IN WASHINGTON,
THEY'RE INTERESTED IN SEEING FOR THEMSELVES WHETHER THERE IS IN FACT
EVIDENCE OF PERJURY
DAN QUAYLE/FORMER VICE PRESIDENT
THE IMPEACHMENT PROCESS IS GOING TO GO FORWARD. THE
JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IS DOING THE RIGHT THING IN RELEASING THESE
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[SUPER=01-Dan Quayle/Former Vice President; :16]
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Meanwhile, Independent Counsel Ken Starr is far from the conflict in Washington.
He is in California, helping his daughter settle into her first year at Stanford University.
Chelsea Clinton is starting her sophmore year at Stanford.
The Lewinsky affair wasn't the only
matter on the agenda for officials on Capitol Hill--
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The Senate this week tried to override President Clinton's veto of a ban on certain types of abortion.
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The measure got 64 votes, but that was three fewer than the two-thirds majority needed.
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Democrat Chuck Robb voted against overriding the veto.
Republican John Warner wanted the veto overturned.
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Over in the House, a major foreign aid bill was approved 255-161.
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It included less money for the International Monetary than the Clinton Administration wanted.
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Republican Bob Goodlatte voted for the bill.
Democrats Rick Boucher and Virgil Goode voted against it.
After 10 years of operation a Southwest Roanoke grocery store is shutting down.
The "Thriftway" grocery store has been a mainstay in the Grandin Road area for decades.
But next year, the building will become the new home of the Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op.
Even though the co-op only sells natural foods, management says they plan to stock items that will tempt the tastebuds of all local shoppers.
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((BRUCE PHLEGAR/CO-OP MANAGER; WE CANNOT, ACCORDING TO OUR BY-LAWS, SELL ANYTHING WITH ARTIFICIAL INGREDIENTS, ADDITIVES, PRESERVATIVES, THAT SORT OF THING. SO WE'RE SOMEWHAT LIMITED IN THAT RESPECT. BUT WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO PICK UP AS MUCH OF THE COMMERCIAL GROCERY PRODUCT AS WE CAN AND STILL NOT RUPTURE THOSE GUIDANCES.))
[SUPER=01-Bruce Phlegar/Co-op Manager;]
[OUT Q=THOSE GUIDANCES.]
Management plans to renovate the building starting in November, before moving in around February 19-99.
The new facility will have a small cafe, a deli and a juice bar along with meeting rooms for demonstrations and classes.
Miss Virginia is the reigning Miss America.
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24-year-old Nicole Johnson was crowned last night.
Johnson says she's had to overcome many obstacles in her life--just like everyone else.
She is a diabetic and plans to spot light diabetes awareness during the 20-thousand mile a month speaking tour she'll makes as the new Miss America.
Johnson won Miss Virginia on her fifth try.
And you got to meet her right here on News 7 Sunday Morning after she won Miss Virginia Pageant.
Good news for the Gulf coast states.
Tropical storm Hermine has weakened to a tropical depression.
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But not before the 15-hundred residents along the Louisiana coast evacuated the area.
Hermine drifted northeast last night with winds at 40 miles an hour.
The National Weather service has downgraded the storm to a tropical depression.
In sports, Virginia football teams fare well on the gridiron yesterday.
Roy Stanley is in with the highlights.
Good morning Roy.
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A few weeks ago we introduced you to a 13 year old Roanoke girl named Hunter Ozmer.
She has been battling a life-threatening disease called Niemann-Pick since she was a baby.
Friday, a charity golf tournament was held in her name to raise money and awareness.
News 7's Tonya Flory reports.
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[SUPER=01-Hunt Ozmer/Organizer; :11 ]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Munsey/Charity Golfer; :54 ]
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(( These golfers are signing up to participate in the Hunter's Hope charity golf tournament and raising money to find a cure for a rare disease.
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((HUNT OZMER/ORGANIZER: WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE EVERYONE AWARE OF THE FACT THAT THERE IS A DISEASE KNOWN AS NIEMANN PICK. IT'S VERY RARE AND IT EFFECTS MOSTLY CHILDREN AND IT'S A GENETIC DISEASE AND WE'RE TRYING TO SPREAD THE AWARENESS SO DOCTOR AND PEDIATRICIANS AND NEUROLOGIST WILL BE ABLE TO DIAGNOSE THESE KIDS BECAUSE IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO DIAGNOSE.))
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Hunt Ozmer knows just how difficult it is from first hand experience.
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[IN Q=Hunter is ]
((HUNT OZMER/ORGANIZER: HUNTER IS THE NAME OF OUR YOUNGEST DAUGHTER, SHE HAS NIEMANN PICK AND IT'S HUNTER'S HOPE THAT WE FIND A CURE FOR NIEMANN PICK.))
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Supporters showed their backing not only through their wallets, but also by spreading the word that the disease exists.
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((JEFF MUNSEY/CHARITY GOLFER: I'D NEVER HEARD OF IT, AND TO THIS DAY WE STILL DON'T REALLY UNDERSTAND IT. THAT'S ONE OF THE PURPOSES OF THE TOURNAMENT AND THAT'S WHY WE PARTICIPATE.))
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152 participants to be exact, a huge success, far beyond the expectations of it's organizer.
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((HUNT OZMER/ORGANIZER: MY GOAL IS 20-THOUSAND DOLLAR AND WE HAVE ALREADY EXCEEDED THAT.))
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to Ozmer's shock, a surprise donation was also made.
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[IN Q=We'll present you]
((WE'LL PRESENT YOU WITH THE CHECKS FROM YOUR CLASS VMI OF '76 FOR FIVE THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS...CLAPPING.))
All the proceeds go to the Niemann Pick Disease Foundation for research.
Ozmer says there is still a long way to go in educating the public and medical community to find research dollars and come up with a cure.
Until, then they'll keep hoping and praying.
Tonya Flory, News 7, Health Check.))
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Here's a look at today's top stories.
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It was a night of joy and victory for Virginians last night at the Miss America Pageant.
Miss Virginia, Nicole Johnson, was crowned Miss America in Atlantic City.
The 24-year old diabetic is the first Miss Virginia to win the title since 1979.
Rescue efforts in the ferry boat accident have saved another 11 lives in the Phillipines today.
The Princess of the Orient capsized and sank in heavy seas during 75 mile an hour winds.
305 people have already been rescued and 23 people are confirmed dead.
And President Clinton heads to New York today for the annual U-N General Assembly.
Aides say his focus will be terrorism -- and the need for nations to work together to combat it.
And that's what's making news on this Saturday September 20-th.
We'll be back in just a minute.
Two former Southwest Virginia educators passed away last week.
Donald Dedmon led Radford University for more than 20 years and Ed Rushton was superintendent of Roanoke city schools during the difficult time of desegregation.
David Seidel has more on both men in this week's Virginia Newsreel.
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[SUPER=10-B. C. Wampler/Radford University Rector/August 30, 1994]
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(( Donald Dedmon gave his first speech at Radford on March 23, 1972.
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Dedmon was president of the school from 1972 to 1994 and helped it grow from a small women's college to a coed university with more than nine-thousand students.
He announced his retirement on June Ninth, 1994, just days after a faculty committee accused him of misusing school discretionary funds.
A state auditor cleared Dedmon two months later.
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[OUT Q=of the president]
Donald Dedmon died in February but school officials didn't find that out until recently
Ed Rushton led Roanoke City's schools for 13 years-- from 1953 to 1966.
During his term, Patrick Henry and William Fleming high schools were built and enrollment increased by some six-thousand students.
Educators also had to deal with the difficult issue of school desgregation.
Ed Rushton died on September 13-th at the age of 92.
That's Virginia Newsreel, I'm David Seidel, News-7.))
Princess Diana is back on the web and
Congress takes aim at internet pornography again...
More in this week's webwatch.
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[OUT Q=WDBJ 7 dot com]
((Sponsors say the Child Online Protection Act is more reasonable than the ill-fated Communications Decency Act.
It requires commercial web site operators to restrict children's access to what it calls "harmful" material online.
If passed, the bill still has to make it past the Supreme Court.
Your 56-k modem may soon operate at its full potential. Current rules restrict modem speed to 53 kilobites per second to keep from overloading the phone system. But the FCC says technology has improved the system, it's considering eliminating the restriction.
You can now earn your law degree on the web. Concord University School of Law is offering its entire curriculum on the internet. You can study on-line on your own time... the downside... the school is NOT accredited by the American Bar Association, so you may have a tough time passing the bar exam.
The story of Princess Diana is back on the web, from a new perspective. Dodi-Al Fayed's father launched a new website that includes photographs of his son and Diana. The site describes itself as a database of newspaper articles relevant to Mohamed Al Fayed's interesting life.
For links and more information about these sites and stories, click on WebWatch on the WDBJ website at WDBJ-7-dot-com.))
President Clinton is on his way to New York today.
He is getting ready to speak at the annual United Nations General Assembly.
Aides say he'll focus his speech on the need for nations to work together to combat terrorism.
Clinton's speech comes tomorrow about the same time his videotaped testimony to the Ken Starr grand jury is release.
11 people were rescued a day after ferry boat accident in the Phillipines.
Fisherman rescued the survivors from the chilly waters.
The Princess of The Orient capsized and sank in heavy seas during a storm.
23 people are confirmed dead, 305 were rescued, many by passing fishing boats.
Officials were puzzled by the sinking. The boat is the largest of its kind on the islands, and is supposed to be able to handle rough weather.
Survivors say 75 mile an hour winds, and three powerful waves in a row forced the ship under.
They say many people were asleep when the storm hit, and there was no warning from the ship's crew.
In a final attempt to save their client's life--lawyers for Kenneth Manuel Stewart are asking the governor for clemency.
The U-S Supreme Court recently rejected Stewart's appeals--clearing the way for his execution, scheduled for Wednesday.
Now lawyers for Stewart are waiting to hear if Governor Gilmore will grant clemency. His Lawyers filed the petition Friday.
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Stewart killed his wife and five-month old son on Mother's Day, 1991.
Earlier this week, Stewart chose to be executed in the electric chair rather than by lethal injection.
Yesterday state officials celebrated the Virginia Lottery's 10th anniversary.
The state lottery began with only one scratch game--now there are several including pick-three and pick-four.
Lottery officials say the variety of games has added billions of dollars to the state's economy.
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[IN Q=IN THE PAST]
((PENELOPE KYLE/VA. LOTTERY SPOKESWOMAN; IN THE PAST TEN YEARS, WE HAVE TURNED OVER CLOSE TO THREE BILLION DOLLARS TO THE COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA AND THE GENERAL FUND. WE'VE TURNED OVER EIGHTY MILLION DOLLARS IN UNCLAIMED PRIZES OVER TEN YEARS. OUR PLAYERS HAVE GOTTEN MORE THAN FOUR BILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF PRIZES IN TEN YEARS. IT'S A LOT OF MONEY GOING TO GOOD SOURCES.))
[SUPER=01-Penelope Kyle/Virginia Lottery Spokeswoman;]
[OUT Q=GOOD SOURCES.]
Roanoke resident Ed Bergendahl is one of the many lottery winners from past years.
He said he and his wife first took a dream vacation to Hawaii with his winnings.
Now, they're spending the money on their children's college education.
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[IN Q=RIGHT NOW WE'RE]
((ED BERGENDAHL/PAST LOTTO WINNER; RIGHT NOW WE'RE USING IT FOR EDUCATION. OUR DAUGHTER JUST FINISHED UP AT TECH, NOW SHE'S WORKING FOR PHILLIP MORRIS IN RICHMOND. OUR SON IS JUST STARTING SCHOOL IN ORLANDO FLORIDA, SO OUT OF ONE AND RIGHT INTO THE NEXT.))
[SUPER=01-Ed Bergendahl/Past Lotto Winner;]
[OUT Q=INTO THE NEXT.]
Lottery officials say the month-long anniversary celebration will include an "Employee Appreciation Week".
Ysterday was Kid's day.
It's celebrated all over the world and today many children in Roanoke County took part in local festivities.
It's a special day dedicated to teaching children about health, safety and the environment.
Lifestyle Chiropractic organized the event which included health screenings, safety tips from state police and of course games.
All the donations collected go to the Sanctuary Crisis Intervention Center.
The 12-bed facility offeres shelter and counseling to children in need.
For a man who admits to participating in the murders of 36 people, former Lucchese crime family boss Anthony "Gaspipe" Canso has few regrets.
But ask him about his family, as Ed Bradley did, and the
hardened murderer weeps and worries about how his Mafia confessions as a government witness may hurt his loved ones.
It's one of the stories you can see tonight on 60-Minutes
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[OUT Q= mafia member]
You can see that story and more tonight at seven here on W-D-B-J.
[TAPE# Profile Open]
When Wayne Pike resigned as Sheriff of Wythe County for a new job he left with years of memories.
But before leaving the county he'd served for 18- years, Pike selected two men he felt could fill his shoes.
Teresa Hamilton introduces us to the one selected to fill the position in the latest installment of our special series "Virginia Profiles".
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[SUPER=03-Wythe Co./September 1993; :14]
[SUPER=01-Kermit Osborne/Wythe Co. Sheriff; :39]
[SUPER=01-Sam Viars/Wythe Co. Chief Deputy; 1:21]
[OUT Q=NEWS 7, Wytheville.]
Experience is one thing Wythe County's newly appointed sheriff isn't lacking.
48- year old Kermit Osborne has been with 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.
[IN Q=It was a]
((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.
[IN Q=As long]
((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. ))
[OUT Q=in place.]
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.
[IN Q=He's been]
((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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After last night's victory over Miami, it's no secret Virginia Tech has beaten the odds to go three and oh so far this season.
One member of the team has also beaten the odds.
Here's Jarrett Ferguson's story.
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[SUPER=03-Moneta/September 1996; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jarrett Ferguson/Virginia Tech Fullback; :26]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :36]
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((Friday Football Extra fans will remember Jarrett Ferguson.
In his four years at Staunton River High school he rushed for nearly two thousand seven hundred yards and rushed for 29 touchdowns.
As a high school senior he was named district and region player of the year and earned second team Group double A all state honors from the Associated Press.
He had other options to play college football, but took his chances as a walk-on to Virginia Tech's squad.
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The reshirt freshman had a great spring and was moved to fullback, a position he decided to make his own.
When school ended for the summer the coached told him to pack on the muscle weight and a scholarship was a good bet.
And he's put on 35 pounds since arriving at Tech.
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[OUT Q=really good football player]
[IN Q=when I first]
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All that strength has earned Jarrett the respect of his teammates and given his confidence a boost.
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[OUT Q=stuff like that]
And Ferguson learned before the East Carolina game that all that hard work also won him a scholarship.
But his says his hard work has just begun.
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[OUT Q=whole team better]
And it seems the whole team is getting better.
If you are heading out to the movie theater, but unsure what you want to see
Gene Siskel offers a few suggestions.
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[SUPER=01-Gene Siskel/Movie Critic; :00]
[OUT Q=I'm Gene Siskel]
You can see Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert's reviews today at Eleven here on W-D-B-J.
Don't forget to check in with the of the News-7 Mornin gang all this week.
Here's a look ahead.
[IN Q=I'm Steve Pardon]
[OUT Q=at 6 AM.]