Up next on news 7 at 5, members of a fraternity accused of holding an exotic dancer against her will speak to the media for the first time.
and the government sues MasterCard and Visa for alleged antitrust violations.
Drizzle and fog for your Wednesday and as a cold front arrives tomorrow, bigger showers are in the forecast.
A mobile mental health program is making it's way to Southwest Virginia.
And the government weighs the benefits of the breast cancer drug Tamoxifen.
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Memebers of a Virginia Tech fraternity where an exotic dancer says she was held against her will say there is another side of the story but they're not saying what it is.
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Eric Earnhart is in Blacksburg with more.
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Both the President and First lady are calling on lawmakers to vote their conscience tomorrow-
That's whan the house will decide whether to go foward with an impeachment investigation.
Jonathan Freed is in Washington with the latest.
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((As the full House gets set to decide whether to launch an impeachment inquiry against the President, the Democrats were working to strike a
balance within their own ranks.
House members have to weigh personal conviction against the voice of the
voters regarding the Monica Lewinsky scandal. And with the mid-term elections just a few weeks away, some two dozen Democrats are in tight
races. Many are feeling the need to support an inquiry to keep their constituents happy.
So, the rhetoric from the Democratic leadership now sounds like this:
REP. RICHARD GEPHARDT/MINORITY LEADER/D-MO.: THE QUESTION HERE IS A VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION OF HOW THE HOUSE WILL CONDUCT THIS
INQUIRY...THERE IS NOT A DEBATE ABOUT WHETHER...THERE IS A DEBATE ABOUT
HOW IT WILL BE DONE.
The Republican majority virtually guarantees that the G-O-P impeachment
resolution will pass in the House...the same reason why it was adopted by the judiciary committee on Monday.
The issue now is how many Democrats will vote with the majority. A large number would make the process appear more bi-partisan.
The Speaker of the House is boldly suggesting that an overwhelming majority, from both parties, will support an investigation.
REP. NEWT GINGRICH/SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE/R-GA: 420 OR 43O WILL VOTE, IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER...FOR HEARINGS.
Meanwhile, the President admitted that he thinks the vote will be driven by political expediency.
CLINTON: I THINK EVERYBODY SHOULD CAST A VOTE OF PRINCIPLE AND CONSCIENCE. BUT I DOUBT THAT. I DOUBT IT.
JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS: THE DEMOCRATS CONTINUED TO COMPLAIN THAT, AS OF NOW, THE REPUBLICANS ARE STILL PLANNING TO LIMIT THE
DEBATE...AND NOT ALLOW ANY DEMOCRATIC ALTERNATIVES TO BE CONSIDERED.
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Credit Cards are not competitve enough- and America's consumers are losing out.
With those words, Government officials sued the nations two largest credit card networks- charging they limit competition.
The antitrust lawsuit contends that Visa and Mastercard are controlled by the same group of banks and don't engage in head to head competition.
The suit also charges that Visa and Mastercard stopped banks from doing business with American Express and Discover.
The Attorney General says that limits consumer choices and delays development of new products and services.
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Students at Bedford's Liberty High School take a stand against violence. We'll have their story next,
And John Glenn proves you're never too old to try something new as he prepares to make a return trip to space at age 77.
On Health Check, the UVa Medical Center takes new steps to make sure new born babies go home with the right set of parents.
and Patrick Evans will preview this weekend's walk to fight Heart Disease.
They've lost one of their classmates to murder.. two others are in jail charged with his killing.
It's been a difficult start to the school year at Liberty High School in Bedford.
Steve Smallshaw joins us live tonight from the Bedford Armory where hundreds of Liberty students are taking part in a "march against violence" at this hour.. Steve what do they hope to accomplish?
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(( Jamelle Poindexter would have been a junior at Liberty High School.. but as his fellow students were starting their school year September 7th, Bedford County investigators were recovering Poindexter's bullet-riddled body from these woods near Montvale.
Poindexter's death shocked students and faculty at Liberty.. more appalling was the fact that two classmates have now been charged with his murder.
Assistant vice principal John Eggleston says it's now time to take a stand against gun- related violence.
Three VMI cadets will be prosecuted under Virginia's anti-hazing law.
Jonathan Gonzales, Thomas Upshaw, and Charles Clemmons allegedly beat former cadet George Wade with belts and a coat hanger.
Their lawyer tried to have the case thrown out, claiming Virginia's law on hazing is too vague and unconstitutional.
According to special prosecutor Michael (Ir-vin) Irvine, the judge has ruled the law IS constitutional, and the case will be set for trial.
Debbie Reynolds has perfected her judgment against Roanoke developer Richard Hamlett.
The actress won a divorce in Las Vegas two years ago in which she was awarded 2-and-a half million dollars- -part of a loan and stock purchase agreement.
Hamlett appealed the judgment.
The Nevada Supreme Court has upheld the judge's order, based on Hamlett's failure to turn over documents in the discovery process.
With that out of the way- -the remaining issues stemming from the couple's 10-year marriage can now be settled here
John Glenn is preparing for his latest trip into space-
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by driving an armored vehicle on earth.
The 77 year old astronaut is learning to drive the M-one-13- the vehicle needed to evacuate in case of an emergency during liftoff.
Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962.
He's rehearsing with the other six astronauts who'll be aboard the shuttle Discovery mission later this month.
During the mission- Glenn will be medically tested to compare the effects of weightlessness on aging.
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Survivors of heart disease will take to the streets this weekend as they try to raise both awareness and money. Patrick Evans will have a preview a little later in our newscast.
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Coming up on today's two minute sportsticker, Steve Mason takes a look at local high school basketball.
Next on health check -- an advisory panel recommends tamoxifen to help prevent breast cancer,
And Blue Ridge Community Services is starting a program to work with mentally ill patients on the streets.
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The F-D-A is considering if it will approve the drug Tamoxifen for women at high risk for developing breast cancer.
One of the main concerns is tamoxifen's dangerous side effects that include blood clots and a higher risk of uterine cancer.
But a report in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute says the drug seems to work well when given in much smaller doses.
Researchers believe that should reduce the side effects as well.
There's encouraging news in the fight against AIDS.
New government figures show a 47 percent drop in the number of AIDS deaths.
Last year it was the 14th leading cause of death in the United States down from number 10.
New AIDS drugs are getting most of the credit for the sharp decline.
Still not all of the news is good, the number of people living with H-I-V and AIDS is still on the rise.
The disease still kills six out of every 100-thousand Americans who die.
Meanwhile one of the drugs used to fight the AIDS virus is being considered to treat another serious infection, Hepatitis B.
A Food and Drug advisory panel is recommending the agency approve the drug, epivir (epi-VEER) for Hepatitis-B patients.
Also know as 3-T-C, the drug has already proven effective at suppressing H-I-V.
Researchers believe it can do the same thing against Hepatitis.
About 350 MILLION people around the world are infected with Hepatitis B.
Around a third of those will develop the potentially fatal liver disease.
After two babies were switched at birth, the University of Virginia Medical Center is taking steps to make sure it doesn't happen in the future.
The hospital has purchased 400 new umbilical clips with identity numbers molded in the plastic.
The numbers will correspond to those on three matching bracelets.
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One of the bracelets will go on the mother's wrist. The other two go on the baby's wrist and ankle.
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Blue Ridge Community Services is making sure adults with mental health problems don't slip through the cracks of the system.
The Roanoke Valley is one of five regions to get 600-thousand dollars in new funding for the Assertive Community treatment program -- a mobile team of health care professionals.
Health agencies got together with lawmakers yesterday to discuss how this program will serve a segment of the population traditionally on the fringe of society.
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Harrah says the PACT team will consist of 12 staff members available to serve 80 people in the community 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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((HELEN HARRAH/ADULT SERVICES DIRECTOR: WE HAVE A PSYCHIATRIST WHO'LL BE WORKING 20 HOURS A DAY WITH THE TEAM ON THE STREETS TRYING TO ENGAGE FOLKS, WE'LL BE IN THE SHELTERS WHERE THE HOMELESS ARE, WE'LL BE TRYING TO WORK WITH PEOPLE WHEN THEY ARE DISCHARGED FROM THE HOSPITAL ESPECIALLY THOSE PEOPLE THAT WE KNOW AREN'T LIKELY TO FOLLOW THROUGH WITH AN APPOINTMENT AFTER THEY COME HOME.))
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The program does provide long term sometimes, lifetime care.
We've reached the two minute ticker for the halftime of the work week and that means girls basketball.
Here's Steve Mason with another installment of Hometown Hoops Weekly.
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((The number one ranked Lady Terriers waged a defensive war with third ranked Salem. There were only two double digit scorers and Byrd's Andre Gay lead the stat pack with 13. Both these teams are a combined 25 and 1, once again proving just how awesome this district is.
Alleghany suffered a 54-34 defeat at the hands of Northside last night. The Lady Mountaineers are 7 and 5 overall. Despite a 1 and 5 district record coach Danny Keene remains up beat.
Former Lord Botetourt standout and now Virginia Tech star Sarah Hicks is battling through injury, wearing a sling around her right shoulder.
The former group 2A all state performer is trying to wrest the shoulder and rehab in hopes of being ready for the season. She has three options.))
The American Heart Association's annual Heartwalk takes place this weekend, and the venue this year is new: Wasena Park.
Patrick Evans is the honorary chairman of this year's event, and has some special guests with him today.
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Jean, this year's walk features some very important people, including those who have battled heart disease and won.
With me today...
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[SUPER=01-Gordon Saul/Heart Disease Survivor;]
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