[CLINTON-LATEST]

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House leaders are holding a private meeting today to discuss a bipartisan approach to an impeachment inquiry.
They're trying to prevent the partisan bickering that marred the earlier sessions in the Judiciary Committee and a House vote on releasing more documents from Kenneth Starr.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC;]

[4:09:57]
Meanwhile, Republicans are trying to put aside Democratic calls for President Clinton to be punished -- but not impeached.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Henry Hyde says it's too early to talk about cutting a deal.
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[SOT]

[4:09:57]
[IN Q=We have to determine]

((HENRY HYDE/HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: WE HAVE TO DETERMINE WHETHER WE WILL HAVE AN INQUIRY RESOLUTION. IF THAT WOULD PASS AND THE FLOOR PASSES THEN WE WOULD GET TO HEARINGS AND THAT WOULD BE THE TIME WE WOULD INVITE WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL TO PARTICIPATE AS THEY WOULD LIKE TO." ))
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[OUT Q=as they would like to.]
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[VO-NAT]


Hyde says any hearings would be AFTER the November elections.
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[MANDELA-Congress]


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[WRITER=mel]
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South Africa President Nelson Mandela is coming to President Clinton's defense.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Capitol Hill/This Morning;]

[11 a-m Newspath]
Mandela was on Capitol Hill this morning where Congress honored him with its highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold medal.
Yesterday at the White House, Mandela said he doesn't want to interfere in U-S politics but called President Clinton a great leader.
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[SOT]

[4:13:51]
[IN Q=CLINTON IS A FRIEND]

((MANDELA:PRES. CLINTON IS A FRIEND OF SOUTH AFRICA AND THE BLACK PEOPLE AND MINORITIES AND DISABLED OF THE U.S. ))
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[OUT Q=and disabled of the U.S.]
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[VO-NAT]


Past winners of the medal have included George Washington, Mother Teresa and Frank Sinatra.
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[Citizens-Hearing]


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The Roanoke County Home Depot rezoning issue won't be resolved for at least another three weeks.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]

That's when the county will have another public hearing on the matter. Hundreds of citizens showed up for last night's hearing, with more than half opposed to the project. And a group of at least 700 county citizens has banded together to fight the board's decision to approve the rezoning.

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[SOT=19:42:10]
[IN Q=AND THE NUMBERS]

((DOUG BASHAM/CAVE SPRING CITIZEN GROUP CO-CHAIR; AND THE NUMBERS ARE STILL GROWING. THE TREASURY FOR THIS GROUP HAS RECEIVED PLEDGES AND RECEIPTS OF OVER 30-THOUSAND DOLLARS WITH ADDITIONAL PLEDGES STILL COMING IN.))
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[VO-NAT]

The supervisors' integrity regarding how they changed their vote was called into question by a couple of people. The board said there was nothing suspect about how it conducted business in reversing the decision. Another public hearing on the matter will be held on October 13th.
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[E-Mental-Health]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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[TAPE#98-59 51:56]
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A Roanoke County mental hospital is among those cited in the latest report to criticize Virginia's mental health care institutions.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Staunton/File Tape;]


A new consultant's report says the state should cut in half the number of mentally ill and mentally retarded patients it's currently housing in state facilities.
The report-- just released yesterday -- comes on the heels of the Geller Report, which blasted the state for mismanaging mental health care.
[SUPER=03-Richmond/Yesterday;]


Governor Gilmore appointed his own commission to study the issue this summer.
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[IN Q=Our goal]

((GOV. JIM GILMORE: OUR GOAL IS GONNA BE THE DELIVERY OF QUALITY CARE, BOTH IN THE COMMUNITY AND IN FACILITIES. AND THE BEST WAY TO HAVE THAT MIX AND BLEND IS STILL TO BE REMAINS TO BE DONE. BUT WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT REPORT TOGETHER WITH ALL OTHERS.))
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The new report recommends reducing the size of or closing down: Catawba Hospital in Roanoke County, Western State in Staunton, and the Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute in Danville.

[HURRICANE-PREPS]


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All of South Florida is under a hurricane watch this afternoon as Hurricane Georges continues its deadly trek through the Caribbean.
Up to one-hundred thousand people have already been evacuated from the Florida Keys.
Forecasters say the storm could hit late tomorrow.
Georges is so far responsible for nearly 30 deaths in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Byron Pitts reports.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Coming up--an area mom says it's time to clean-up a local playground that's littered with condom wrappers.
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[VO-NAT]


And, a Covington football player is once again on the playing field following a controversy that threatened to pull the community apart.
We'll have more on those stories in a few minutes--first let's check in with Patrick Evans in the weather center.


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[Wx-Tease] [Tower-Cam shot first] [Weatherpro] [music up full] [comm1]


[E-Covington-Player]


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An agreement HAS been reached that will allow a Covington football player back on the team.
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[VO-NAT]
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Antonio Hill's friends and family were outraged when they heard he was ejected from the team after a disagreement with the coach.
Yesterday school officials said Hill's punishment will be a one game suspension.
Hill says he's learned a lesson.
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[SOT 10:51:37]
[IN Q=sometimes you]

((ANTONIO HILL; SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO WHAT PEOPLE TELL YOU, ESPECIALLY THE GUY THAT'S IN CHARGE, LISTEN, PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT'S BEING SAID AND LEARN FROM IT, AND I'VE LEARNED SOMETHING BIG OFF OF THIS.))
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[VO-NAT]


Antonio's mother is still not happy with school officials, who say they did nothing wrong.
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((AUDRA HILL/MOTHER; I FEEL THAT IF THEY FELT THAT THEY WERE 100 PERCENT CORRECT, HE WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN REINSTATED ON THE TEAM, WHICH HE HAS BEEN.))
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[VO-NAT]


In a written statement, Covington Principal John Clemmer criticized community members who spoke out about the situation, saying they caused harm to the school, the athletic program, the team, the coach and Antonio Hill.
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[E-Smith-Park]


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Parents are worried about what they're finding on a Roanoke playground.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


This mother says she found CONDOM wrappers while playing with her two-year old son Monday at Smith Park.
Pamela Irwin says she plans to circulate a petition in the hopes the city will add better lighting at the park, since it's believed most of the sexual activity happens at night.
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[SOT 11:21:12]
[IN Q=It makes me]

((PAMELA IRWIN/CONCERNED PARENT: IT MAKES ME WONDER WHY, YOU KNOW, IF THEY'RE GOING TO DO THIS, WHY THEY WOULDN'T CLEAN UP AFTER THEMSELVES IN A PLAYGROUND WHERE INNOCENT CHILDREN PLAY-- IT SHOULDN'T BE.))
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[OUT Q=it shouldn't be.]
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[VO-NAT]


Trying to prevent sexual activity in local parks is an ongoing struggle for Roanoke police, who say they routinely patrol the areas and will continue to do so.
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[E-Breedlove]


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The family of a young girl yesterday told a Montgomery County judge how the actions of a former teacher have torn their family apart.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Christiansburg/Yesterday;]


Rob McNeal told the court John Breedlove has nearly destroyed his family.
Breedlove previously entered a plea of NO contest to having sex with McNeal's daughter and two other girls.
The sexual contact happened during school hours at Auburn Middle school where Breedlove worked as a teacher's aide.


Rob McNeal says his daughter was just 12 when she was lured into the teacher's lounge bathroom.
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[33:44:20]
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[IN Q=The man]

((ROB MCNEAL/VICTIM'S FATHER:THE MAN HAS TOOK AWAY SOMETHING THAT WILL NEVER BE REPLACED, I USED TO BE ABLE TO HUG MY DAUGHTER AND IN RETURN GET A HUG BACK AS LOVE BETWEEN A CHILD AND PARENT, I CAN'T EVEN HUG MY DAUGHTER NOW-- WHEN I HUG HER SHE'S JUST REAL COLD.))
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[VO-NAT]


The McNeals are currently looking for an attorney who'll help them sue the Montgomery County school system... in the hopes of winning a settlement to help them pay for family counseling.
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Breedlove will be formally sentenced next week.


[E-Danville-Accident]


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A 12-year-old boy is in Pediatric Intensive Care after he was hit by a car yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville;]


Antone (AN-TWAN) Maurice Green was struck while riding his bike near Gibson Middle School in Danville.
Green was airlifted to Duke University Medical Center, where he is listed in serious condition.
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[Double-Fatal]


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Two women were killed in a Grayson County car crash yesterday.
State police say the victims are 44-year-old Pamela Testerman of Elk Creek and her 87-year-old passenger, Loujean (lou-jean) Anders of Independence.
Testerman reportedly was trying to pass a car on Route 21 when another car pulled onto the roadway.
Police say Testerman ran off the road, struck a guard rail, and went over an embankment.

[E-Trailer-Fire]


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In Amherst County, fire investigators believe electrical problems sparked a blaze that destroyed a mobile home yesterday.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Amherst Co.;]


A passerby spotted smoke coming from this trailer on Mundy's Mill Road in Madison Heights, just north of Lynchburg.


No one was home when the fire broke out.
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Up next--an embezzlement conspiracy leads to one arrest in Henry County.
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[VO-NAT ]


And, health officials say the fight against AIDS isn't over yet--so they're putting the word out on the roadways.
More on that when the news continues.
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[E-Henry-Embezzlement]


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At least one person has been arrested so far in what authorities call an embezzlement conspiracy in Henry County.
Fifty-nine year old Willie Lee Hooper has been arrested for allegedly stealing furniture from the Warren Trucking Company where he worked and then selling it.
Ten-thousand dollars worth of stolen merchandise has already been recovered.
Hooper is already free on bond.
The Henry County Sheriff's Department says more arrests are likely.


[E-AIDS-Billboards]


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[WRITER=tfl]
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You may have noticed some new billboards on area roadways.
It's part of the statewide campaign by health officials to raise public awareness about HIV prevention.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]

The "It's your body, Respect it, Protect it" campaign was organized by the State Health Department. Billboards with the slogan and AIDS hotline are now designed to target all ages, races and sexes in southwest Virginia.
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[IN Q=Initially the slogan]

((BARBARA BEALE/HIV-AIDS COORDINATOR: INITIALLY THE SLOGAN BEGAN TO TARGET AFRICAN AMERICANS. THE NUMBER OF AFRICAN AMERICANS WITH NEW HIV INFECTIONS HAS GRADUALLY INCREASED OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS IN VIRGINIA AS WELL AS NATIONALLY.))
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[VO-NAT]

The billboards are strategically placed all over Roanoke City on Melrose Avenue and Williamson Road as well as locations in Lynchburg and the New River Valley.
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To ensure more coverage, the boards will be rotated throughout the communities over the next three months.

[greenspan]


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Wall Street will be keeping an ear on Capitol Hill today.
Federal Reserve Chief Alan Greenspan will be testifying before the Senate Banking Committee.
And he could be getting ready to give investors some good news -- that the Fed will be cutting interest rates.
Earlier this month, the Dow nose-dived after Greenspan discouraged talk about lowering interest rates.
But, there are signs he has changed his mind.

[Stocks]


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On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was up nearly 113 points.

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[ANCHOR=Melanie]


Still ahead in sports, the family of Florence Griffith Joyner..
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[VO-NAT]

speaks out amid speculation that steroid use led to her death at the age of 38.
We'll have that story, coming up when News 7 at Noon continues.
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[FloJo]


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[TAPE#=NET-F]
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Tests are still underway to determine what caused the death of Olympic Gold Medalist Florence Griffith Joyner.
There's been speculation her death could be linked to steroid use- reports her family is angrily denying.
CBS's John Roberts reports on an athlete dying young, and a heart condition that is becoming too familiar in the world of sports.
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[SUPER=01-John Roberts/CBS News; :28]
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[Express]


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The Roanoke Express has signed last year's top scorer.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Season; :00]


Chris Lipsett, who tallied 65 points in 67 games last year, now belongs to the Express for the upcoming season.
Right now Lipsett is attending the Kentucky Thoroughbreds' training camp.
Roanoke's camp doesn't open until the first week in October.
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[Retreat]


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[WRITER=mst]
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In girl's basketball, Glenvar beat James River, Byrd topped Botetourt 59 to 43, Fort Chiswell nipped Galax 40-to-36 in overtime, Tunstall routed Fieldale-Collinsville 58 to 36.
And Rural Retreat got a win, after they were left one player short at the end of the game.
Three lady Indians fouled out and another went to the hospital with a possible broken nose.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Rural Retreat/Chilhowie vs. Rural Retreat; :00]


But Chilhowie could not take advantage of the situation. Lady Warrior Pam Hopkins hits the deuce from inside the paint.
But the lady Indians came on late. Chandra Forester registers two of her game high 22 points with the move inside. 62-38 Retreat with 3 minutes remaining.
Then, Cathy Harrah finishes the job with this basket and Rural retreat improves to 7 and 1 with the 73-43 Hogoheegee district win.
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[edit - 04:30:38]
Battling the bulge has its rewards..
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-London, England;]


as a couple of pets recently found out at a weight loss contest.
Dozens of dogs and cats lined up before a panel of judges -- parading their new, sleeker figures
The results came after weeks of dieting and increased exercise.
Carne (CAR-NEE) Pryce won top honors among canines--for reducing his body fat by 43 percent and getting rid of the belly that used to drag the ground.
Bosco McCormack took first place among the felines for getting rid of his oversized love handles.
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