Up next on news 7 at 5, fire forces the evacuation of some floors at Roanoke's Community Hospital.
and lawamkers in Washington discuss moving forward with impeachment procedures against the President.
Mixed bag weatherwise. Sunshine and mild air for some. Dense fog and breezy conditions for others. Forecast details just ahead.
The AIDS epidemic continues to threaten children around the world.
And local firefighters are saving lives today other than rescuing victims from a fire.
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Fire late this afternoon at Carilion Community Hospital in Downtown Roanoke.
The fire forced evacuations at the hostpial-
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That is where News 7's Scott Goldberg is standing by with the latest. Scott where did the fire start?
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Poor visibility continues to be a problem on Interstate 77 in Carroll County. Heavy Fog was to blame for a multiple-vehicle accident earlier today on Interstate-77.
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State police say the fog covered Fancy Gap Mountain in Carroll County.
Authorities say as many as 40 cars and trucks were involved.
Only minor injuries were reported.
Northbound and southbound lanes have been reopened and traffic is moving along slowly between Exits one and 14 because of the accidents.
State police and transportation officials continue to clean up the scene.
Visibility is still poor, so motorists traveling in that area are advised to take alternate routes.
Will lawmakers go forward with an impeachment inquiry against President Clinton?
That's the question up for debate today in the House Judiciary Committee.
Jonathan Freed has more.
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(The Republicans finally unveiled the details of their assault on the President...as the House judiciary committee, and
the country, looked on.
The committee was meeting in open session...with the political clock
ticking down to a vote on whether to recommend holding an impeachment
The chief Republican investigator outlined what he called 15
offenses...more than Kenneth Starr's original list of 11...which he
argued could be grounds for impeaching Mr. Clinton regarding the Monica
DAVID SCHIPPERS/CHIEF REPUBLICAN INVESTIGATOR: FIRST, THERE
MAY BE SUBSTANTIAL AND CREDIBLE EVIDENCE THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS INVOLVED
IN A CONSPIRACY WITH MONICA LEWINSKY TO OBSTRUCT JUSTICE. (PARAPHRASED.
But the lead investigator for the Democrats accused the G-O-P of simply
re-packaging the independent counsel's case to try and pump up the
ABBE LOWELL/CHIEF DEMOCRATIC INVESTIGATOR: THE MAJORITY COUNSEL HAS NOW WALKED AWAY FROM TWO OF THE GROUNDS SUBMITTED BY THE
INDEPENDENT COUNSEL AND HAS RE-WRITTEN OR ADDED FOUR OTHERS BY SIMPLY
SUB-DIVIDING THE CHARGES.
Earlier, the committee room was filled with partisan rhetoric as each
member got on the record before the approaching vote.
REP. BOB BARR/JUDICIARY COMMITTEE/R-GA.: IF WE STAND BY WHILE THE PRESIDENT OBSTRUCTS JUSTICE AND DESTROYS HIS ENEMIES, OUR ENTIRE
GOVERNMENT WILL BE CONTAMINATED WITH CYNICAL DISDAIN.
REP. ROBERT WEXLER/JUDICIARY COMMITTEE/D-FL.: THE PRESIDENT HAD AN AFFAIR, HE LIED ABOUT IT, HE DIDN'T WANT ANYONE TO KNOW ABOUT IT.
DOES ANYONE REASONABLY BELIEVE THAT THIS ANOUNTS TO SUBVERSION OF
Meanwhile, the central figure in this story was sticking to his message
that Congress is still largely neglecting the nation's business.))
It was Abingdon Congressman Rick Boucher who led the Democratic charge to limit the committee to Monica Lewinsky.
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((REP. RICK BOUCHER/D-ABINGDON: HISTORY WILL RECALL THE PROCESS THAT WE EMPLOY. WHAT WE DO TODAY WILL BECOME PART OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL FABRIC FOR FUTURE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRIES.))
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((REP. BOBBY SCOTT/D-NEWPORT NEWS: WHAT IS WRONG WITH A FAIR AND REASONED APPROACH? IF THE PRESIDENT DESERVES TO BE IMPEACHED, HE WILL BE IMPEACHED AT THE END OF A FAIR PROCESS.))
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Boucher and Scott are two of the three Virginians on the Committee.
But they're in the minority.
And it was Roanoke Republican Bob Goodlatte who led the charge against them.
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((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/R-ROANOKE: THE SERIOUS DECISION WE MAKE TODAY IS NOT ABOUT THE NEXT ELECTION. IT IS NOT ABOUT PARTISANSHIP. AND IT IS NOT ABOUT OPINION POLLS. IT ABOUT UPHOLDING THE RULE OF LAW AND THE CONSTITUTION, AND FOLLOWING THE TRUTH WHEREVER IT LEADS.))
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Goodlatte apparently suspects there may be more skeletons.
He's calling for the inquiry to hear ANY credible evidence from ANY credible source.
A Virginia Tech student is in jail tonight charged with two counts of abduction.
The incident allegedly occurred during a Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity party last month.
20-year old Ryan Frances Worch was arrested this morning.
Virginia Tech police say Worch and a group of fraternity brothers called a Roanoke escort agency.
They allegedly told the agency they wanted someone to perform for a group of Tech professors.
An 18-year old woman and her escort showed up later that evening.
Police say when the woman refused to strip she and her escort were held inside the fraternity against their will.
There are also allegations the students tried to forcibly take her lingerie off.
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((LARRY HINCKER/UNIVERSITY SPOKESMAN:THOSE ARE THE ALLEGATIONS AT THIS POINT, THAT SHE WAS GROPED AND MAYBE SOME OTHER THINGS DONE AS WELL BUT I DON'T HAVE ANY CONFIRMATION ON THAT, THAT, WE'LL JUST NEED TO COME OUT IN THE HEARING. ))
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Bond for Worch was set at 30-thousand dollars.
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The Supreme Court will hear the case of a man accused of killing a former J-M-U student.
And the reminder of a devastating Thanksgiving fire finally comes down in Danville.
Ten months after they were destroyed by fire, three buildings at an apartment complex in Danville are being torn down.
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Bulldozers got to work today at the Cabin Lake Apartments in Danville.
The demolition project is expected to take about a month to complete.
There are NO plans to rebuild the apartments that burned last Thanksgiving Day.
Nearly 100-tenants have filed a lawsuit against the companies that owned and operated the Cabin Lake complex.
Danville fire investigators were never able to determine a cause of the fire.
The car tax plan, downtown development, and the year 2000-bug are on the agenda for the Virginia Municipal League.
City leaders from all over the state will spend the next three days sharing coffee and ideas at the League's annual conference at the Hotel Roanoke.
Pulaski Vice Mayor Betty Steger(stegger) came looking for ways to boost tourism.
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((BETTY STEGER/PULASKI VICE MAYOR; THOSE OF US WHO ARE A LITTLE BIT OFF THE INTERSTATE HAVE TO WORK HARDER, WE HAVE TO ENTICE PEOPLE TO COME INTO OUR TOWN, WE HAVE TO HAVE SOMETHING TO SHOW THEM, SOMETHING TO DO WITH THEM, SO I THINK WE DO HAVE TO WORK HARDER BECAUSE WE'RE NOT ON THE INTERSTATE, THEY DON'T DRIVE ANYWHERE CLOSE TO US.))
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Steger says communities such as her's need to work together to compete with larger cities.
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If you're an apple lover, then this is your time of the year. Coming up next on News 7, Patrick Evans will let us know what kind of crop we'll have this year.
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Apple Season is upon us, and some of the best apples can be found in orchards dotted across our part of the Old Dominion.
Patrick Evans set out to review the crop this year, and find out how much longer we can expect to enjoy the bounty.
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The N-B-A cancels more preseason games in the wake of the lockout. Mike Stevens will have the details.
In tonight's health check report --
A new birth control pill is coming -- but this one's for men.
And in honor of Fire Prevention Week, Roanoke firefighters are rolling up their sleeves.
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The 12th annual AIDS Walk Washington turned out to be a success despite the rain yesterday in the nation's capitol.
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About 30-thousand people attended the march on the mall to raise money for AIDS charities.
Organizers say the event was expected to raise two million dollars for the Whitman-Walker clinic and other agencies.
Tipper Gore addressed the marchers about the number of people diagnosed with HIV that are under 25.
Meantime -- A U-N agency report issued today in Geneva shows more than 500-thousand-babies have been infected with H-I-V in the last year.
The infections came through mother-to-child transmission before or during birth, or by breast feeding.
The report also discovered about 16-thousand people every day contract the AIDS virus.
Almost half of the new infections occured among young people, ages ten-through-24.
A spokesman for U-N-AIDS says sex education is vital to decreasing the risk of H-I-V infection among adolescents.
A birth control pill for men is the next step in pregnancy prevention.
A biochemist at Norfolk State University is in the process of engineering a male contraceptive pill.
Joseph Hall says he's already developed a compound that can block
sperm from fertilizing eggs.
But he expects it will be at least another five years before the pill will be ready to be marketed in the United States.
Firefighters have the reputation of being brave, but today they went above and beyond the call of duty by donating blood at the Red Cross Blood Donor Center.
The Roanoke City Fire and E-M-S Department is leading by example --
trying to draw attention to the need for blood not only among fire victims, but victims of all disasters.
And what better time to raise public awareness than now, since it is National Fire Prevention week.
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Red Cross officials also stress safety precautions including having an escape route and plan in place as well as actually practicing how to act in case of a real fire.
The N-B-A preseason is cancelled.
With the latest strike news here's Mike Stevens.[S5-NBA]
Good evening everybody and welcome to the Monday ticker and the end of
preseason schedule of games in the NBA.
This afternoon, the league called off the final 90 exhibtion games because of the stalled labor negotiations between the owners and the player's union.
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We now realize we're luckier than we first thought when many of us got to see the Hornets and the Timberwolves play a preseason game at the Roanoke Civic Center last October.
The league now says it is impossible for the teams to play any games until November.
The next collective bargaining session between the two sides isn't scheduled until October 8th.
The lockout is affecting free agent George Lynch, the star City's NBA property.
He was back in town for a short visit this morning and we caught up with him.
Tonight at six Steve Mason talks with him about the lockout and life.
We can't seem to get a drop of rain around here, but they sure had more than their share last night in Kansas City.
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The Cheifs-Seahawks game actually had to be suspended in the first half when five inches of rain fell in one hour.
Not even Ricky Watters could stand up to the deluge.
The Cheifs finally weathered the storm and this barrage of cliches to win the game 17-to-6.
Tonight the Vikings play the Packers, and it has been raining in Green Bay all day. But at least one Viking isn't concerned.
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Coming up tonight at six, I'll have the doubleheader lineup of games set for WDBJ this coming Sunday.
And the high school football season heads down the back stretch this week as we amzingly slip into week number 7 of the season.
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A number of teams are still unbeaten, including the number one team in the Super 7 poll, the Salem Spartans.
Tomorrow night you'll have a chance to talk about the Spartans, the Lancers, the Blue Demons, the Bulldogs or any other team as we open up
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the WDBJ-7, Friday Football Extra chat room. Join me from 6:30 to 7:30 tomorrow night to talk about high school football.
Last month alone more than 17 thousand of you checked out the Friday Football Extra page on the world wide web.
Besides Steve Mason's exclusive interview with George Lynch we will head out to Blue Hills and check on the Bkue Ridge district golf tournament that is taking place today.
All that and much more tonight at six.
Have a safe evening everybody.
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A New England Bungee jumper broke his own record today.
A-J Hav-kett took the "eight second" plunge from the Sky Tower using only a rubber bungee and two steel guide wires.
Hackett jumped 590 feet from Auckland, New Zealand's tallest building. He stopped just short of his cheering fans.
Despite Hackett's claims, the Guiness Book of World Records does not recognize bungee jumps because to their danger.