Up next on news 7 at 5, Willie Caldwell is found not guilty of murder.
and President Clinton will have to face a wide ranging set of impeachment hearings.
Nice break from the drought conditions last night and this morning. We will total the rainfall for you in a moment.
Today on health check --
Another mix up at the UVA Medical Center.
And a simple ten question test can tell you if you're depressed.
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A Roanoke jury has found Willie Caldwell NOT guilty on all counts related to a shooting that's widely believed to have led to the fire that killed six people last May.
The 38-year old defendant convinced the jury that he shot Keven Jones in self-defense... after Jones beat him up over a petty drug deal that never happened.
Caldwell told the jury how things escalated over a three-day period from the time Kevin Jones beat him so severely he dislocated Caldwell's shoulder- -to the point where the two men were grappling for control of a gun.
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The judge wasn't impressed.
Before the last witness was called, Judge Pat Doherty revoked bond, and sent Caldwell to the lock up.
He HAD been out on 50-thousand dollars bond.
The jury apparently didn't think the Commonwealth had made a case.
The case was being closely watched for clues to the fatal fire the same night... but the trial shed no light on that.
A history making day in the House of representatives- as members approve an impeachment inquiry into the Presidents conduct.
Jonathan freed has been following this story from the Capitol.
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((After months of partisan posturing, when the votes were finally counted,
the country was faced with the hard political reality...
The House of Representatives, lead by the Republican majority, but supported by 31 Democrats, had voted to hold an impeachment inquiry into
the conduct of the President.
It was a day for members from both sides to get on the record of history.
REP. BILL McCOLLUM/JUDICIARY COMMITTEE/R-FL.: IF WE LEAVE THIS PRESIDENT ALONE...IF HE COMMITTED THESE CRIMES...WE WILL HAVE UNDERMINED
Emotions were running high.
REP. CHARLES RANGEL/D-NY.: AS YOU JUDGE THE PRESIDENT, SO WILL THE AMERICAN VOTERS JUDGE YOU ON NOVEMBER THIRD.
REP. HENRY HYDE/JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CHAIR/R-IL.: IF SOME SUBJECTS ARE LIE-ABLE, IF WE CAN LIE ABOUT THEM, THEN LET'S JUST FINE TUNE OUR
REP. PETER DEUTSCH/D-FL.: THIS IS THE SADDEST DAY OF MY TENURE.
The adopted Republican plan provides for an open-ended
investigation...which is not necessarily limited to the Monica Lewinsky
The Democrats tried in earnest to put limits on the hearings.
REP. RICHARD GEPHARDT/MINORITY LEADER/D-MO.: IF WE STAY HERE FOR EIGHT/NINE MONTHS...OR TWO YEARS...REVIEWING EVERY DETAIL OUT
THERE...WE WILL DO A DISSERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY.
But in the end, the G-O-P voted the Democratic proposal down.
The President was keeping to his official schedule...busy with his budget team.
JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS: THE HOUSE IS ABOUT TO ADJOURN FOR THE MID-TERM ELECTIONS...SO AT THIS POINT, THE HEARINGS ARE NOT EXPECTED
TO BEING UNTIL EARLY NOVEMBER. ))
Two Virginia Congressman had prominent roles in today's proceedings.
Rick Boucher was the Democrats' point man, offering an amendment that would limit the scope and length of the impeachment inquiry.
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((REP. RICK BOUCHER/DEMOCRAT: THE COMMITTEE'S WORK SHOULD NOT EXTEND INTO NEXT YEAR. A CAREFUL AND THOROUGH REVIEW CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED BETWEEN NOW AND THE END OF THIS YEAR.))
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Republicans killed Boucher's amendment.
One man who opposed it was Bob Goodlatte.
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((REP. BOB GOODLATTE: WE SHOULD NOT ENGAGE IN A FISHING EXPEDITION, BUT WE SHOULD EXERCISE OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY IN A FULL AND OPEN WAY, THE SAME WAY WE HAVE ALWAYS EXERCISED THAT RESPONSIBILITY FOR EVERY OTHER IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY IN MORE THAN 200-YEARS OF AMERICAN HISTORY.))
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Goodlatte said no man is above the law.
Boucher said the country has already been traumatized by this scandal....
And that dragging out the impeachment process would "deepen" the country's "injury."
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Next on news 7, attorney Johnnie Cochran will help a Bluefield man sue that city on alleged charges of police brutality.
And a Franklin County Window company is fined for failing to report its use of toxic chemicals.
On Health Check, the UVa Medical Center comes under further scrutiny after more problems develop in its morgue.
and Patrick Evans will visit one of the New River Valley's most historic homes.
A West Virginia man paralyzed from the neck down during a scuffle with Bluefield police has secured a well known attorney.
Johnny Cochran has agreed to represent Robert Ellison who says he was beaten and then dragged by two police officers.
Teresa Hamilton joins us from our Blacksburg newsroom with both sides of the story.
Robbie Ellison's family intends to file a civil rights suit on Robbie's behalf.
They say he'll need constant care for the rest of his life.
His family also hopes the lawsuit will change what they perceive as a pattern of police brutality.
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((BOBBY ELLISON/ROBBIE'S UNCLE: WE ALL CARE A LOT ABOUT ROBBIE AND I HATE THIS INCIDENT EVEN OCCURRED.))
[OUT Q=even occurred.]
Robbie Ellison's uncle says there's no doubt his nephew is a victim of police brutality.
For now, Ellison's being cared for at a Bluefield hospital where he told family members his version of events.
Ellison says he was outside a local nightclub when police approached the car he was riding in with friends, pulled him out the car, placed him in handcuffs and slammed him against the trunk.
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((EDISON HILL/ROBBIE'S ATTORNEY:ROBERT BELIEVES IT WAS AT THAT POINT THAT HIS NECK WAS BROKE, AFTER THAT WHILE HE WAS STILL HANDCUFFED, HE WAS FORCEFULLY THROWN TO THE GROUND WHERE HE LANDED ON HIS HEAD.))
[OUT Q=on his head.]
Ellison says he told police he couldn't move and that they proceeded to drag him to an ambulance.
The officer involved tells a different story-- saying Ellison was verbally abusive and struck him twice.
He also maintains Ellison was NOT handcuffed when the two fell to the ground after Ellison allegedly tried to get away.
Despite the objections of Ellison's family--
Bluefield's police chief allowed the officers to return to work-- saying on the surface it doesn't appear they did anything wrong.
However, an internal investigation is underway-- which could change the chief's position.
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A federal judge has turned down an emergency request to reinsert Hugh Finn's feeding tube.
Prince William Delegate Robert Marshall wanted an emergency hearing.
He believes denying Finn food and water could be in violation of Medicaid guidelines- concerning proper nursing home care.
Late today U-S District Judge Albert Bryan rejected that motion.
Finn is a patient at a Nursing home in Manassas.
The former News anchor has been in a persistent vegetative state for three and half years- He can not communicate or care for himself.
The Feeding tube was removed at the family's request October first.
The Environmental Protection Agency says a Franklin County factory broke the law and must pay a 68-thousand-dollar fine.
M-W Manufacturing allegedly did not report using the toxic chemicals (Man-ganese and
Taul-u-een) Amanganese and toluene to make windows in 1994 and 1995.
High levels of these chemicals can damage the nervous system.
The E-P-A says using the chemicals is legal, but residents and law enforcement officials have a right to know when and where they are used.
Plant officials say they no longer use the chemicals -- they say they made a paperwork error by not reporting it.
And they plan to appeal the 68-thousand dollar penalty.
Interstate-73 is touted as a highway that could revive the economy in parts of Southwest Virginia.
That's one of the reasons the General Assembly is taking steps to stay abreast of the road project.
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The I-73 Communications Committee met for the first time today in Henry County.
This group is made up of state legislators and local business people.
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((DEL. WARD ARMSTRONG/(D) 11TH DISTRICT: THE PURPOSE OF THE COMMITTEE IS TO OVERSEE OR TO HAVE THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY STAY IN TOUCH WITH THE STATUS OF INTERSTATE 73. I-73 IS A VERY VERY IMPORTANT PROJECT FOR MY DISTRICT AND FOR MUCH OF SOUTHSIDE AND SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA.))
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[OUT Q=and southwest virginia.]
The committee learned that VDOT is now trying to decide exactly where I-73 should go.
The location study will take about three years to complete.
The highway won't be ready for traffic for at least 10-years.
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The Glencoe home in Radford is one of the New River Valley's most historic homes. It's about to reopen to the public after an extensive rennovation.
Glencoe is an historic home in Radford that once belonged to one of the City's founding fathers.
Glencoe's undergone some extensive renovations and re-opens to the public this weekend.
Patrick Evans joins us via satellite from Glencoe to show us some of what we can expect from the newly opened historical site.
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In Sports, we'll look at the Major League playoff situation.
Today on health check --Community Hospital's Emergency room will be closed longer than first anticipated.
And Mental Health advocates are proposing all primary care physicans screen patients for depression as part of a normal check up.
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((JUST LIKE THEY TAKE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS, CHECK CHOLESTEROL, THISTHIS IS AN OVERALL COMPNENT OF SCREENING FOR A PERSON'S TOTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS.))
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The University of Virginia hospital is reeling again after the public disclosure of a third baby mix-up.
The hospital acknowledged today that a worker in the U-V-A morgue gave the placenta from a miscarriage to a funeral home for burial-- but left the fetal remains behind in the morgue.
U-V-A declined further comment today.
But Governor Jim Gilmore spoke publicly about his orders to expand the State Police probe already begun on the babies switched at birth.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WHEN THE ATTORNEY GENERAL INFORMED ME OF YET ANOTHER INSTANCE, I THOUGHT THAT IT WAS IMPORTANT TO ACT DECISIVELY. AND THAT'S WHY I ASKED THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT TOGETHER WITH THE STATE POLICE TO CONDUCT AN INVESTIGATION.))
A Buena Vista family and a Greene County woman made international headlines this summer with their switched babies.
Then a Roanoke woman revealed she was given the wrong body when she went to pick up the remains of her dead infant in March.
In the most recent incident, U-V-A says it's been unable to contact the mother-- who may still NOT know the fetal re
mains were NOT buried with the placenta.[5-Hospital-Fire]
Carilion is now saying the emergency room at Roanoke Community Hospital will stay closed indefinitely.
This, after a fire knocked out the E-R's power supply.
Carilion hoped to have the emergency room up and running in a couple of days.
But restoring the power is taking longer than expected.
Medical emergencies, other than women in labor, are being sent to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Statistics show one in every five American will be diagnosed with depression at some time in their lives.
As part of National Depression Screening Day the Mental Health Association of Roanoke Valley is sponsoring free screenings at clinics all over town.
The Center for Emotional Wellness is one site advising patients about newer, safer treatments available.
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((DIANE KELLY/MENTAL HEALTH ASSOC.: IT'S A VERY TREATABLE ILLNESS. 80-PERCENT OF PEOPLE WITH DEPRESSION WHO GET THE RIGHT COMBINATION OF MEDICATION AND PSYCHOTHERAPY CAN GET BETTER.))
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[OUT Q=get better]
But first they have to be diagnosed. The screening uses written self tests that are analyzed.
Health professionals say there is stigma attached to mental illness, only about half of those suffering from depression seek help.
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((DEPRESSION IS STILL LOOKED AT AND ESPECIALLY IN OUR COMMUNITY, IN SOUTHERN COMMUNITIES AS STILL BEING A MORAL WEAKNESS, WHEN ACTUALLY IT'S A CLINICAL SYNDROME, IT'S A MEDICAL ILLNESS. DEPRESSION IMPACTS NOT ONLY THE PERSON THAT HAS IT, BUT THE FAMILY MEMBERS THAT TOUCH THE LIFE OF THE PERSON WHO HAS THE DISORDER.))
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[OUT Q=has the disorder.]
Family members can look for Depression Warning Signs such as:
Hopelessness, Sadness, Indecisiveness, Inability to Concentrate, Irritability, Changes in eating and sleeping and changes in sexual habits.
A clinic is going on now until 8:00 tonight at the Harrison Museum of African American Culture.
In Sports, you had to be a real night owl to watch the Braves last night.
If you had to go to bed, here's Mike Stevens with the results.[S5-Braves]
Baseball and football are driving the two minute sports ticker this afternoon.
Let's get started with the Braves and Padres who played on the East coast in a west coast time slot last night.
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A lengthy rain delay forced the game to start nearly two hours later than scheduled around 10:15.
It didn't end until after 1:30 this morning.
The Padres won the game 3-to-2 on Ken Caminiti's solo homer in the top of the 10th inning off Kerry Lightenburg.
The homer is Caminiti's first of the postseason.
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Game two is set for later tonight at 8 in Atlanta.
Tom Glavine faces off against Kevin Brown. The Padres Greg Vaughn likely will not play tonight. He has an injured thigh.
The Virginia Tech Hokies are in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts where they are under three hours away from their 8pm kickoff against Boston College. Both teams are 2 and OH in the Big East going into the game.
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While the Hokies controlled the Eagles 17-7 last year in Blacksburg, Boston College is much improved from that October 11th game at Lane Stadium, Worsham Field.
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Tech quarterback Nick Sorensen, who starts in place of injured starter Al Clark and back up Dave Meyer, is encouraged by BC's 52-28 set back to Louisville two weeks ago.
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[OUT Q=...the ball up front"]
Coming up at six, we will have more from the Hokies. We will also check in with the Express. Roanoke's hockey team is in Huntington for the first exhibition game of the season.
Plus, a local high school football coach is heading into his college hall of fame this weekend.
I'll tell you who the lucky guy is tonight six.
Take care everybody.
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A Maine man found a horse of a different color in his lobster net recently.
Don Chambers and his grandson discovered a rare white lobster while pulling in his traps.
Experts say the chances of finding one are at least a million to one.
Chambers plans on donating the lobster to Maine's Oceanarium.
Director David Mill says since the lobster is a male, he'll most likely try to mate it with a blue female lobster.