Up next on News 7, a judge decides if the state's law against cross burning is Constitutional.
and the war of WORDS continues as 21-thousand American troops head to the Persian Gulf.
Just ahead the weekend forecast details. Stay tuned for that.
On health check -- the effectiveness of medical marijuana is questioned.
And some opponents of a new life saving operation are calling it disturbing.
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A Carroll County judge forwards charges against a K-K-K leader accused of cross burning to the grand jury.
Judge Edward Turner not only forwarded the case, but alson ruled that Virginia's law is Constituional.
The Judge made his ruling after listening to impassioned arguments from Barry Black's defense attorney, who happens to be African American.
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Teresa Hamilton was in court this afternoon and joins us from Hillsville.
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There's word of a settlement in the Paula Jones lawsuit against President Clinton.
Jones' attorney says Clinton has agreed to pay Jones 850-thousand dollars to drop the case.
Bill McMillan says lawyers for both sides have signed a deal for a cash payment.
The agreement does not include an apology from the President.
Jones claimed Clinton made sexual advances to her while he was Arkansas' Governor.
Jones said through her attorney that she is very pleased that it is finally over.
More troops and aircraft headed to the Persian Gulf today.
It appears time is running out for a peaceful solution- Jonathan Freed has more.
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((As American forces mass in the Persian Gulf...preparing to fire...the Commander in Chief launched another diplomatic salvo towards Baghdad.
The message: obey the United Nations, and this can all end peacefully.
LOCATOR: WASHINGTON, D.C.
CLINTON: SADDAM HUSSEIN HAS IT WITHIN ITS HANDS...WITHIN HIS
HANDS...TO END THIS CRISIS NOW BY RESUMING FULL COOPERATION WITH UNSCOM.
As the President was speaking, word came from the Iraqi News Agency that
Saddam was willing to accept any initiative that meets Iraq's demands to
lift the economic sanctions against his country.
To some, it sounded like a possible overture to peace, but to the White House it sounded like more of the same.
JOE LOCKHART/WHITE HOUSE SPOKESPERSON: HE'S TALKING ABOUT AN
INITIATIVE BASED ON HIS TERMS AND CONDITIONS...AND THE MESSAGE HE NEEDS
TO GET IS THAT THIS HAS TO BE DONE BASED ON THE CONDITIONS AND TERMS OF
THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY.
Those terms have been clear since the end of the Gulf War: sanctions would be lifted once international inspectors verified that Iraq was not producing weapons of mass destruction. But Saddam is refusing to let the inspectors do their job...claiming they will never be satisfied with Iraq's efforts.
The Secretary of State was unequivocal.
MADELEINE ALBRIGHT/SECRETARY OF STATE): IRAQ HAS A SIMPLE CHOICE:
REVERSE COURSE OR FACE THE CONSEQUENCES.
JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS: THE SECRETARY OF STATE ALSO MADE CLEAR THAT THE TIME FOR A DIPLOMATIC
SOLUTION IS JUST ABOUT UP. IF SADDAM IS GOING TO AVOID A MILIARTY
STRIKE, HE'S GOING TO HAVE TO ACT QUICKLY. J-F...WHITE HOUSE.)
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Next on News 7, a defendent in a wrongful dismissal suit says his company is immune from the law.
and six months before it's released, the next Star Wars movie is creating a stir at a local theater. We'll have what could be a sign of the times a little later.
Lynchburg residents have a new health care option. We'll have the details on today's Health Check.
and Patrick Evans shows us the best and brightest in this year's car market.
A wrongful dismissal case may be thrown out of court, because there's apparently no protection against sexual harassment in small companies.
Vicki Lynn Mitchem says when she refused sexual advances from her boss Durwood Counts -- he fired her.
The events allegedly occurred at State Farm insurance in Covington.
Counts denies the accusations, and his lawyer says there's no case.
State statute and federal law do not cover companies with fewer than five employees.
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((TERRY GRIMES/PLAINTIFF'S LAWYER: I WOULD LIKE THE LAW IN VIRGINIA TO PROVIDE THAT WOMEN DO NOT HAVE TO PROVIDE SEX FOR THEIR EMPLOYERS, PARTICULARLY FOR THOSE WHO WORK FOR SMALL EMPLOYERS, AND THERE ARE MANY ACROSS THE STATE WHO ARE NOT PROTECTED BY FEDERAL LAW.))
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An Alleghany County judge has taken the case under advisement.
Vicki Lynn Mitchem has also pressed assault and battery charges which WILL be heard even if the wrongful dismissal
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Twelve years after her peaceful revolt brought democracy to the Phillipines, former president Corazon Aquino is in Lynchburg to be honored for her efforts.
Aquino is the recipient of the first Pearl S. Buck Award from Randolph Macon Woman's College.
The award recognizes women who have committed their lives to preserving human dignity.
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((CORAZON AQUINO/FORMER FILIPINO PRESIDENT: I SUPPOSE WHAT GAVE ME THE COURAGE ALSO WAS THE FILIPINO PEOPLE GAVE ME THEIR TRUST AND THEIR SUPPORT, SO EVEN IF THERE WERE REBEL MILITARY FORCES TRYING TO UNSEAT ME THEY FOUND THAT THEY COULD NEVER GET THE SUPPORT OF THE FILIPINO PEOPLE.))
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Aquino became president by unseating Ferdinand Marcos in 1986.
She survived seven coup attempts herself, not to mention an earthquake and a volcanic eruption.
In the early days of the space program, NASA was a man's world, but more and more women are making important contributions in space and in NASA's earthbound operations.
Jane Hogge (HOG) is an engineering technician who has worked at the Nasa Langley Research Center in Hampton for 18 years.
Today, she spoke to students at Monterey Elementary School in Roanoke.
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((WE'VE ALREADY HAD OUR FIRST FEMALE COMMANDER OF A MISSION AND THAT WAS THIS LAST JULY I BELIEVE, AND WOMEN PILOTS. SO THERE'S A GREAT DEAL OF OPPORTUNITY FOR WOMEN IN NASA THESE DAYS.))
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Because of the interest in John Glenn's recent flight, Hogge says she's receiving more invitations to speak to school groups.
She hopes her presentations will help to spark students' interest in science.
If you're looking for a new car, you may want to head to the Roanoke Transportaion Museum. That's where we find Patrick Evans.
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The 1999 model year for cars is already here, and if you're looking for a new car, the choices are more plentiful than ever.
As Patrick Evans tells us, this weekend at the Virginia Museum of Transportation, some top picks for safety & consumer satisfaction will be on display.
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Tonight's the first night of High School football playoff action. Mike Stevens will let us know where we'll be on tonight's two minute ticker.
Next on health check --
A new study discredits the benefits of medical marijuana.
Plus doctors are using cow eggs for human transplant surgery.
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Lynchburg has a new community health center to serve the low- income residents of the inner city.
A large crowd turned out this afternoon to help dedicate the Johnson Health Center on Federal Street.
It's named for Dr. Walter Johnson, a long- time family physician who practiced in the downtown area.
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((DR. MELVIN PINN/AAFP PHYSICIAN OF THE YEAR: THE FOUNDATION AND THE TRADITION THAT'S FELT HERE TODAY WILL ASSURE ALL OF THOSE WITHIN THE SOUND OF MY VOICE THAT THE JOHNSON HEALTH CENTER AND LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA HAVE PROVEN THAT ADDRESSING THE COMMUNITY AND THE PEOPLE'S NEEDS CAN PRODUCE A REWARDING GOAL.))
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The health center will offer primary medical care to area residents who are either afraid or unable to bring themselves to a regular doctor or hospital.
Many people are taking the herbal supplement echinacea to fight off colds. But a new study could change that.
Researchers in Germany have found the supplement is no better at preventing colds than a placebo.
Earlier studies suggested the supplement boosted the number of white blood cells in the body--helping it fight of invading organism.
The doctors do suggest more research is needed.
Medical researchers are using cows to save human lives.
A Massachusetts company claims that by fusing a human cell with a cow cell it has created something that could one day be used to grow new body parts.
But the controversial procedure is raising some troubling ethical questions.
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The cow egg and human cell are fused with an electric shock.
The new hybrid cell has a human nucleus which controls how it will grow.
The company behind the project says they picked this animal for a reason.
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((JIM ROBL/ADVANCED CELL TECHNOLOGY: WE CHOSE TO LOOK AT COW EGGS SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY'RE READILY AVAILABLE, THEY ARE VERY INEXPENSIVE, AND TECHNIQUES FOR MANIPULATING COW EGGS HAVE BEEN WELL WORKED OUT.))
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Some critics say the method is unethical.
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((GEORGE ANNAS/B.U. SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH: I ULTIMATELY THINK IT'S THE TYPE OF THING NOBODY SHOULD EVER DO BUT IT'S NOT MY DECISION TO MAKE, BUT IT'S NOT THEIR DECISION TO MAKE EITHER. WE REALLY DO NEED TO TAKE A POSITION IN SOCIETY ON THINGS THAT HAVE THE POTENNTIAL TO CHANGE THE VERY MEANING OF WHAT IT IS TO BE HUMAN.))
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Scientific Journals have not yet done studies to test the effectiveness of the treatment.
A new study says medical marijuana may not be as useful as advocates claim.
The study finds a person with glaucoma would have to smoke a joint every two hours to get any medical benefit.
That would equal about four thousand marijuana cigarettes a year.
Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia call it a fallacy to think the drug has any value in treating glaucoma.
Supporters say if it relieves some pain even temporarily, then its valuable enough.
Earlier this month, voters in five states approved measures legalizing pot for medical reasons.
Apparently it is harder to quit smoking cigarettes than originially thought.
A new survey looks at what it takes to kick the habit. On average former smokers say it took over 18 and a-half years before they were finally successful.
The average ex-smoker tried to quit nearly 11 times before succeeding.
Smokers say stress and strong cravings are the main reason they can't give up cigarettes.
The most popluar quitting method is for smokers to gradually smoke fewer cigarettes.
Next Thursday is the Great American Smoke Out. At that time smokers are encouraged to quit smoking even if it is just for one day.
Good evening folks, the Friday afternoon ticker begins with a little roundball tonight.
Liberty University is hosting a top flight women's basketball doubleheader tonight at Vines Center.
The marquee game of the the night features the Lady Flames hosting Virginia Tech in an 8:30 tip-off.
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The first game of the doubleheader gets under way at 6:30 tonight as Radford University takes on JMU in the Taco Bell Classic.
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The playoffs open tonight across the area with many of Friday Football Extra's teams playing in the regional semi-finals.
Here are the games we'll have for you later tonight at 11:35.
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And I'm had a ton of calls about this game all week long, and I'm glad to says that YES you can watch the Arkansas-Tennessee battle tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 right here on Your Hometown Station.
And Sunday you can see the Volunteer state's NFL team the Oilers taking on the Steelers at one right after the NFL Today.
NASCAR's 50th anniversary season comes to a close this weekend with the final Busch Grand National race of the year.
Dale Earnhardt needs only to start the Jiffy Lube 300 in Homestead, Florida to win the BGN driving title in his rookie season.
Right now Dale Jr. is 15th in time trials, and Phillip Morris is 34th.
We'll have an update tonight at six.
Have a safe weekend everybody I'll see you tonight at 11:35.
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The movie won't be here for at least another six months.
But the hype -- and the hysteria -- have already begun.
Star Wars Episode-One posters are going up in theaters around Roanoke, advertising the long-awaited "prequel" to the Star Wars trilogy.
The posters arr already incredibly popular with fans...
So popular that Carmike Cinemas stores them in a back room at night.
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((JONES: SIMPLY FOR SECURITY REASONS BECAUSE, OBVIOUSLY THERE'S A LOT OF DIE-HARD STAR WARS FANS OUT THERE LIKE MYSELF, AND AFTER YOU'VE BEEN WAITING FOR 20 YEARS FOR THE NEW SERIES TO COME OUT, OBVIOUSLY THESE ARE WORTH QUITE A LOT.))
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The posters show a young Anakin Skywalker -- the Jedi Knight who gives into the Dark Side of the force and becomes Darth Vader.
Star Wars Episode One is scheduled to arrive at theaters, in a galaxy not so far away, on May 21st, 19-99.