(("I THINK THE VOTE SHOULD BE - CLEAR STATEMENT THERE." ))
[OUT Q=clear statement there.]
Another unwanted milestone for President Clinton as the House votes on whether to proceed with an an impeachment inquiry.
And day two of a Roanoke murder trial that may be conected to a deadly downtown fire.
News 7 at noon is next.
The House is making history this morning, as it prepares to launch an inquiry that could lead to President Clinton's removal from office.
The House began debate at eleven this morning.
It's expected to last two hours.
But the debate is widely believed to be a mere formality to set up a vote to proceed with impeachment.
Lee Cowan reports from Capitol Hill.
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[***ROLLED FROM NEWSPATH***]
[SUPER=01-Rep. John Dingell/(D) Michigan;]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Gary Ackerman/(D) New York;]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Henry Hyde/(R) Judiciary Committee Chairman;]
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(( NAT OPENING PRAYER ))
JUST LIKE ANY OTHER DAY, THE HOUSE BEGAN ITS SESSION WITH A
BUT THIS WAS NOT ANY ORDINARY DAY, AND THERE WERE MORE THAN A
FEW MEMBERS WHO WERE HOPING FOR A LITTLE GUIDANCE.
(( SOT, REP. JOHN DINGELL, D-MI, wants more time for debate))
(SOT, GARY ACKERMAN, D-NY, calling for fairness)
WITH ONLY ONE DAY LEFT BEFORE CONGRESS WAS SET TO ADJORN FOR
THE FALL CAMPAIGN, HOUSE MEMBERS WERE POISED FOR A HISTORIC DEBATE -
EVEN THOUGH EVERYONE KNEW WHAT THE OUTCOME WOULD BE.
(( SOT, REP. HENRY HYDE, R-JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN ))
THERE WAS NEVER ANY DOUBT THAT AT LEAST SOME DEMOCRATS WOULD
TURN AND VOTE FOR THE REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL TO PUSH AHEAD WITH A BROAD,
UNLIMITED IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY.
EVEN THE WHITE HOUSE SEEMED RESIGNED TO THAT FACT, AND ONLY
HOPED TO KEEP ENOUGH DEMOCRATS AROUND AFTER THE ELECTION TO MAKE A
DIFFERENCE IN THE BIGGER VOTE DOWN THE ROAD.
(( SOT, CLINTON, IF HE'S ON TIME ))
(( LEE COWAN//CBS NEWS ))
"A CBS news poll shows most still wish their representative would vote
against an impeachment inquiry, but still want to see the President
punished in some way. Whatever happens, most want to see it over with
quickly, but most agree that doesn't seem likely either. Lee Cowan, CBS
News, Capitol Hill."))
Virginia Democrat Rick Boucher has already spoken on the House floor.
He urged Congress to stay away form an inquiry that becomes a "Fishing expedition."
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((THE COUNTRY HAS UNDERGONE ... EVENTUALLY DEEPEN.))
[OUT Q=eventually deepen.]
Boucher said at the end of the debate, he will offer a resolution, asking that an impeachment inquiry runs no longer than the end of this year.
An inmate from the city jail recounted in court this morning one half of a phone call he heard murder suspect Willie Caldwell make from the jail.
[Double Boxes=Melanie and Keith/Microwave]
Keith Humphry is at the Roanoke courthouse where the prosecution rested its case this morning with the inmates testimony.
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(Rollcue:the defendant confessed this is different.)
[IN Q=Steve Garrity ]
[OUT Q=yeah, Red.]
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[Double Boxes=Melanie and Keith/Microwave]
(Question: Is this supposed to suggest Caldwell had something with setting the fire?)
The trial of three V-M-I cadets is clear to move forward, now that a judge has upheld the state's seldom used hazing law.
Rockbridge County Circuit Judge George Honts made the ruling this week.
That means cadets Jonathan Gonzales, Thomas Michael Upshaw and Charles Travers Clemons will face a trial for striking a freshman on the buttocks with belts and coathangers.
No date has been set.
The University of Virginia Medical Center is under the microscope again-- this time after hospital officials realized the morgue mistakenly kept a fetus.
They sent the mother's placenta to the funeral home for burial instead.
Officials say they're having trouble locating the woman and she does NOT know about the mistake.
[VO-NAT outside shot of hospital]
[cut from 98-63, 58, 45]
Governor Gilmore sent the chief medical examiner to the hospital last week to review morgue policies.
Two infant girls were switched at the hospital in 1995 and in March, a mother was given the wrong remains after her infant died.
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.
[HARD MUSIC UNDER]
Nato makes one last effort by diplomatic measures before resorting to force in the Balkans.
That story is up next on News-7 at Noon.
And Roanoke city council moves to protect the retirements of the people who protect us.
But first, let's check in with Patrick Evans for a look at our soggy forecast...
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The United States is giving diplomacy another try.
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is sending envoy Richard Holbrooke back to Belgrade.
Holbrooke tried for days earlier this week, unsuccessfully, to persuade Yugoslavia's Serb leaders to pull their troops out of Kosovo.
NATO allies have been threatening air strikes.
((TONY BLAIR/BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: WE KNOW FROM HISTORY IS THAT IF THERE IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM IN THE BALKANS IT IS NEVER CONTAINED TO THE BALKANS SO THAT IS WHY IT IS IN OUR INTERESTS..
APART FROM THE PRIMARY REASON IS OBVIOUSLY THE HUMANITARIAN CONCERN BUT
IT'S IN OUR INTEREST TO ACT. ))
[SUPER=01-Tony Blair/British Prime Minister;]
[OUT Q=in our interest to act. ]
Albright believes NATO will soon agree on an activation order, one that would authorize an attack on the Serbs.
However, some NATO members are reluctant to back military action without a U-N Security Council resolution.
Stocks have been tumbling in much of the world today, and New York is no exception.
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]
Prices fell sharply after the opening bell on Wall Street, but have slightly rebounded.
There continue to be worries of a global economic slowdown, and smaller corporate profits.
The major stock market averages in Europe and in Tokyo are sharply lower today.
[GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal]
Roanoke City employees will be getting better pension benefits.
City council approved a five-percent increase yesterday.
The increase was less than city employee groups had requested... but more than opponents thought was justified.
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[IN Q=Our job over this time frame]
[SUPER=01-Chuck Wells/Roanoke Firefighters Association; ]
[OUT Q=hopefully everybody can live with it.]
Employees who retire after January First will get the higher payment.
Councilmembers also raised the idea of a real estate tax cut.
But that will have to wait until the next fiscal year.
A Virginia Tech fraternity is distancing itself from an incident involving an exotic dancer.
Michelle Russell says she was not allowed to leave when she refused to strip at a fraternity party at the (Fi) Phi Kappa Sigma house.
The fraternity's lawyer says it was NOT a fraternity-sponsored event, and it didn't happen the way Russell says it did.
[IN Q=without going]
(( DAVID MULLINS/FRATERNITY ATTORNEY; WITHOUT GOING INTO DETAILS WHICH COULD CORRUPT THE PROCESS, WE WISH TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT OUR PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION INTO THE ALLEGED INCIDENT HAS DISCLOSED THAT THE FACTS ARE DECIDEDLY DIFFERENT THAT THE ALLEGATIONS SET FORTH IN TELEVISION AND NEWSPAPER ACCOUNTS THUS FAR. WE BELIEVE THAT WHEN ALL THE FACTS ARE KNOWN, A MUCH DIFFERENT PICTURE WILL EMERGE. ))
[SUPER=01-David Mullins/Fraternity Attorney;]
[OUT Q=will emerge]
Mullins would not say what facts he was talking about, or how "revealing them" would corrupt the investigation.
Fraternity member Ryan Worch was charged with abduction in the case, he's been released on bond.
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Public television and two Danville colleges are teaming up to link Roanoke and Danville by technology.
That's one of the story still ahead on New-7 at Noon.
And if you couldn't get a ticket to the big U-V-A battle with Virginia Tech, you're probably not alone.
Even some Tech students couldn't get one, and they're not happy about it.
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[COMM BREAK #2]
Danville and Roanoke will be linked by telecommunications equipment, thanks to Public Television and two Danville colleges.
At a special reception for the president of P-B-S last night, Blue Ridge Public Television announced plans to build an audio and video communication link.
Averett College and Danville Community College would be part of the program.
[IN Q=Blue Ridge]
((LARRY DYER/BLUE RIDGE PUBLIC TELEVISION: BLUE RIDGE PUBLIC TELEVISION COVERS SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA BUT WE ALSO WANT TO MAKE SURE WE'RE INTO SOUTHERN VIRGINIA FOR YOU.))
((ERVIN DUGGAN/PBS PRESIDENT: WE ARE HEALTHY, WE'RE APPRECIATED, AND WE'RE POISED FOR A TERRIFIC FUTURE.))
[SUPER=01-Larry Dyer/Blue Ridge Public Television;]
[SUPER=01-Ervin Duggan/PBS President; :08]
[OUT Q=a terrific future]
Plans for a college level program in broadcast technology and a documentary on tobacco are also in the works.
A team of health care professionals including a psychiatrist, therapists, nurses and a peer counselor are getting out into the community to treat mentally ill adults.
The Program of Assertive Community treatment or PACT is targeting patients with schizophrenia, bipolar and other psychotic disorders.
Health workers say the project will focus on 80 mentally ill adults -- many homeless -- who often don't get treatment.
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[IN Q=This year we]
((HELEN HARRAH/ADULT SERVICES DIRECTOR: THIS YEAR WE RECEIVED NOTIFICATION THAT WE ARE ONE OF FIVE REGIONS TO RECEIVE 600-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN NEW FUNDING TO SERVE A POPULATION OF ADULTS WHO HAVE SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS POSSIBLY WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE WHO HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO ACCESS TRADITIONAL TREATMENT.))
[SUPER=01-Helen Harrah/Adult Services Director; ]
[OUT Q=traditional treatment.]
PACT is expected to start treating patients this month.
The service is provided 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Some Virginia Tech students want to know why they have to pay an athletic fee if they can't get in to see some of the games.
Tickets for the Tech-U-V-A football game were made available to students yesterday morning.
Some students waited six or more hours only to find out the game was sold out.
One student says he's getting shortchanged on a mandatory 116-dollar per semester athletic fee.
[IN Q=AND THAT FEE]
((JEFF HUMMEL/ALPHA KAPPA SI; AND THAT FEE IS ONLY SUPPOSED TO GO TOWARDS MEN'S FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL PROGRAMS. WE'RE REQUIRED TO PAY THIS FEE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR, NO IFS, ANDS OR BUTS, YET WE CAN'T BE GUARANTEED A TICKET.))
[SUPER=01-Jeff Hummel/Alpha Kappa Si;]
[OUT Q=A TICKET.]
School officials say that's a misconception of the truth, that the fee pays for all 20 of the school's N-C-double-A sports.
Officials also say the season-ending Tech-U-V-A football rivalry always sells out and that several thousannd people are always turned away each year.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 249-points.
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Still ahead in sports, Carolina's quarterback makes a move to the bench.
Plus, a rainy night in Atlanta had baseball fans losing some sleep. We'll have highlights from the Braves/ Padres marathon, when News 7 at Noon continues.
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[COMM BREAK #3]
The Braves battled mightily last night in game one of the N-L-C-S, but in the end, it was more homerun magic for the San Diego Padres.
It was the wee hours of the morning before rain cleared and the action heated up.
Top of the eighth, Ruben Rivera comes in to score on Jim Leyritz's grounder. Two- one San Diego.
The Braves get one last chance to tie it up in the bottom of the ninth. Ryan Klesko makes it to third- then Javy Lopez steps to the plate and cranks the long sacrifice fly. Klesko scores, it's on to extra innings.
But it didn't take long for the Padres to deliver the knockout punch. In the top of the tenth, Ken Caminiti goes deep to give San Diego the 3-2 win.
Game two is tonight in Atlanta.
[wipe wipe wipe][Yanks]
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Meanwhile, it's all tied up at one in the A-L.
It took Cleveland 12 innings to beat the Yankees 4 to 1.
Travis Fryman brought home the game-winning run on a bunt, but he was hit in the back on his way to first.
The Indians rounded the bases as the Yankees cried interference.
Was Fryman out of the baseline?
[super=01-Travis Fryman/Indians Third Baseman; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jim Evans/American League Umpire; :11]
[super=01-Joe Torre/Yankees Manager; :22]
[OUT Q=...THAT WAY."]
Carolina quarterback Kerry Collins is trying to help the Panthers break out if an oh- five slump.
But he's doing it in an unusual way. Yesterday, Collins removed himself from the starting lineup.
[IN Q=We had...]
[SUPER=01-Dom Capers/Panthers Head Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Steve Beuerlein/New Panthers Starting QB; :21]
[OUT Q=...HE WASN'T]
Beuerlein is no stranger to the emergency backup role.
He is in his 12th year, and has served as understudy for the Cowboys, Raiders, and Cardinals.
College football will take center stage tonight, in a battle of the unbeatens.
Virginia Tech is up north to take on Boston College in a nationally televised contest.
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/October 11, 1997; :00]
The Hokies have won two straight against the Eagles, including last year's 17-7 win at home.
Tech leads the series 3 games to 2, but the Hokies aren't taking the Eagles lightly.
[IN Q="I think]
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :]
[OUT Q=...expect them too"]
A new development in the Willie Caldwell trial.
Judge Pat Doherty revoked Caldwell's bond. The judge dismissed the jury and then said he'd heard enough evidence to show him that Caldwell should NOT be free on bond.
We'll have the latest on the trial tonight on News-7 at 5 and 6.