President Clinton's grand jury testimony is released to the world.
Today on News 7, we'll have both national and local reaction to this history making day.
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America focuses on the President- watching his videotaped testimony on TV's across the nation and here at home.
President Clinton was often uncomfortable and at times let his anger show- during the four hours of videtaped testmony.
The tape was released and broadcast today-
Jonathan Freed has more from Washington.
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( It was America's chance to hear first hand, without the filter of political spin, exactly what Mr. Clinton t
old Kenneth Starr's grand jury last month...from the map room of the White House.
The President opened his testimony with a prepared statement, which
is where he first admitted to having had, quote, "inappropriate encounters" with Monica Lewinsky...but where he also set the tone
for what would be four hours of legalistic jousting.
CLINTON:THESE ENCOUNTERS DID NOT CONSIST OF SEXUAL INTERCOURSE; THEY DID NOT CONSTITUTUE "SEXUAL RELATIONS" AS I
UNDERSTOOD THAT TERM TO BE DEFINED AT MY JANUARY 17, 1998 DEPOSITION.
Starr and his prosecutors kept after the President...saying that
Lewinsky testified that he did touch her body in a sexual way...and
that they were alone in the Oval Office...things Mr. Clinton had denied. Starr's team was trying to make a case for perjury. And at
times, the President pushed back.
CLINTON:DID I WANT THIS TO COME OUT? NO. WAS I
EMBARASSED ABOUT IT? YES. DID I ASK HER TO LIE ABOUT IT? NO.
Aside from the video, the House judiciary committee released more
than 3-thousand pages of back-up material from Starr's report...in which Lewinsky calls the President her sexual soul mate. Lewinsky also
alleges that it was Linda Tripp who encouraged her to keep the now infamous stained blue dress.
Mr. Clinton was also asked repeatedly if he tried to prevent prosecutors from discovering gifts he had given to Lewinsky. He downplayed it.
CLINTON: I WAS NEVER HUNG UP ON THIS GIFT ISSUE.
As the taped jabbing, bobbing and weaving continued to dominate the airwaves...
CLINTON: I AM NOT GOING TO ANSWER YOUR TRICK QUESTIONS.
...Mr. Clinton was busy in New York...
...receiving a standing ovation from world leaders gathered for an annual general assembly at the United Nations.
The whole purpose of releasing the tape was to give the information to the public, but does the public really want it?
Eric Earnhart found out who was watching and who wasn't, he's in our newsroom with details.
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Jean, if you turned on the television this morning, it was hard to watch anything else, the testimony was everywhere...
As you might imagine, reaction was mixed.
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At the Daily Grind coffee shop, some patrons were watching intently, taking in every word...
Others, like Kim Woolwine and her friends, were going out of their way to ignore the broadcast.
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((KIM WOOLWINE; THERE'S BEEN TOO MUCH TALK ABOUT IT ALREADY AND I THINK WE ALREADY KNOW WHAT'S IMPORTANT AS FAR AS HE'S LIED, HE'S ALREADY DONE WHAT HE'S DONE, AND WHAT'S THE POINT OF SITTING WASTING MY TIME WATCHING IT, I'D RATHER BE DRINKING MY COFFEE))
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Barber Fred Helmintoler and his customers were among the watchers, he says it was important to make the tape public.
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((FRED HELMINTOLER/LAMONT'S BARBAR SHOP; IF THEY HADN'T RELEASED THEM I THINK THE PRESIDENT AND HIS MEN WOULD CONTINUE TO SPIN AND THEY WOULD HAVE CONTINUED TO DENY THE WHOLE THING. I THINK THE PUBLIC SHOULD KNOW, THEY SHOULD SEE HIS TESTIMONY.))
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The testimony was only part of the information released today.
Congress also released 28-hundred pages of supporting documents.
Those documents are slowly filtering onto the web,
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and we're posting them on our website as they become available, along with transcripts of the President's testimony.
You'll find it all at WDBJ7.dot.com.
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A ten year old boy is on trial at this hour. He stands accused of setting one of the fires that plagued the Willow River Apartment Complex in Salem.
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David Johnson is in Salem and joins us now.
Jean, when the child was arrested, family members said it was not possible the boy could commit such an act.
The child apparently admitted to police he set a fire, but family members say he was coerced and lied to by police in order to get the confession.
The boy is on trial at this hour. Prosecutor Fred King says the child's attorney insists on proving his innocence. And he bases part of his case on the fact that the last and worst of the fires was set after the 10 year old had been arrested.
The prosecutor says if the boy is convicted, he would seek counseling for him.
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Still to come on our newscast, the local chapter of the N-Double-A-C-P says it's expanding its focus,
And a father enters a guilty plea to killing his young son during a standoff with Salem police.
The Roanoke chapter of the N-Double-A- C- P says it's determined to fight injustice wherever it exists.
Today, the local president said that means a wider focus for the civil rights group.
This morning, the group announced a relationship with the local chapter of the National Organization for Women.
And NAACP President Martin Jeffrey highlighted discrimination complaints involving both black and white employees of local governmental agencies.
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((I THINK WE'RE GROWING UP AND GROWING OUT. AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE TO DO. WE'RE NOT THE AMERICA WE USED TO BE, AND THOUGH WE STILL HAVE SOME DEEP SEATED RACIAL PROBLEMS. WE ALSO HAVE SOME BROADER DISCRIMINATION PROBLEMS AND WE ALSO HAVE A BROADER POPULATION BASE IN TERMS OF DIVERSITY, SO WE CAN'T IGNORE THAT.))
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The group is pursuing the case of Pat Puryear (per-YEAR) , a 28-YEAR employee of the Roanoke County Real Estate Assessment Office, who says she was a victim of age discrimination and sexual harassment.
Edwin Compton is a 12-year veteran of the Roanoke Valley Resource Authority, who says he was subjected to racial discrimination and harassment on the job.
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Opera lovers in the area have reason to celebrate. Mill Mountain Theater is about to stage a production of La (Bo-em) Boheme.
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La Boheme, one of Puccini's greatest hits, is now playing at Mill Mountain theater under the auspices of Opera Roanoke.
Our resident operatic expert, Patrick Evans, has more details on one of opera's most -loved works.
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If you're a member of a managed health care program, you may find yourself fighting for coverage that other health plans consider routine.
You may also find not all treatment options are availible to you.
Helen Chickering explains how to work with your doctor and insurance company to get the health care coverage you need.
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A growing number of Americans are turning away from conventional therapies and towards alternative medicine.
A Stanford University survey shows nearly 70-percent of the nation will opt for a non-traditional approach to healing when other methods fail.
Researchers say the findings reveal tai chi, acupuncture and guided imagery to cure ailments are becoming more popular.
So much so, that patients say they are willing to pay higher medical insurance premiums to get coverage for the additional services.
Approximately one-thousand people nationwide were polled.
In sports, the world of track and field has lost one of its most graceful stars.
With her story, here's Mike Stevens[S5-Flo]
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Good Afternoon. Our Two Minuteticker starts off sadly today as the international world of sports is mourning the loss of a great athlete.
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1988 Olympic triple-gold medalist Florence Griffith Joyner died in her sleep last night at home in Mission Viejo, California.
Her husband, Al Joyner, called 9-1-1 earlier this morning.
Griffith Joyner had suffered a heart seizure two years ago and was hospitalized for a day.
She still holds the world records in the 100 and 200 meter dashes.
Florence Griffith Joyner was 38.
The 10th ranked Virginia Cavaliers escaped another tight ACC battle on Saturday.
And Steve Mason says while they beat a big tiume traditional power in Clemson, it was the littlest man on the field who won the game.
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Coming up at six, more than the sight of UVa is making Duke sick this week.
I'll explain that tonight at six plus, we'll look back a some of the top moments from yesterday's Taco Bell 300.
Have a good night everybody.
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