Up next on News 7, workers in Henry County allegedly dumped wastewater illegally into the Smith River.
and for the first time, America hears from Monica Lewinsky.
A clear and chilly night for viewing shooting stars. The Leonid forecast straight ahead.
The American Cancer Society speaks on the controversy surrounding a new cancer prevention book.
And water contamination forced a Floyd daycare center to shut down -- what will parents do now?
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America hears Monica Lewinsky cry and laugh as she spills her broken heart on tape.
Lewinsky reveals her hopes and dreams to former friend Linda Tripp.
We've heard so much over the past months about those secretly recorded tapes- Tonight we hear them.
Jonathan Freed is in Washington with the latest.
Federal investigators are alleging Henry County dumped excessive amounts of wastewater solids into the Smith River for years.
Court records indicate a blanket of sludge backed up in the waste water treatment plant to a depth of more than TEN FEET.
Solid waste particles apparently seeped into the river rather than being properly dried out and taken to the landfill.
Two longtime employees of the Henry County Public Service Authority or PSA are prepared to plead guilty in federal court.
Last night the P-S-A approved a statement acknowledging its negligence.
Even after the P-S-A discovered the problem, the Authority is ready to admit it failed to investigate and correct it.
Franklin County authorities could charge a 20 year old after a hunting accident that killed the man's brother.
17-year old Raymond Hall was stepping out of the woods into an open clearing when he was shot by his older brother.
Officials say the accident happened just after 5:30 last night in the Cahas (kuh-Hays) Mountain section of the county.
Game wardens are now investigating the visibility about the time of the accident and whether the victim was wearing blaze orange.
Authorities say the older brother, Verlon Hall, has not been charged, but they say that charges are pending.
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((LT. KARL MARTIN/GAME WARDEN; THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE WILL DISCUSS WITH THE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY AND HAVE NO COMMENT AS TO ANY POSSIBLE CHARGES AT THIS TIME.))
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Martin says Hall was about 100-yards from his brother when he was shot.
They're in agreement in Richmond- that they're good ideas.
But who will get the credit?
Governor Jim Gilmore laid out a broad outline for his December budget today that would keep some BI-partisan promises from the past.
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Ellen Qualls is at the State Capitol.
You told us about the food tax-cut proposal last night... what else was said today?
Jean, on top of wanting to cut the sales tax on groceries almost in half, Governor Jim Gilmore is proposing two other major spending initiatives.
He'd like to pump another 123-million dollars a year into education-- so that the entire 310-million dollars the Virginia Lottery produces now would actually go for schools, as many voters thought was promised.
He's also proposing new funding for local law enforcement.
It's to pay for a state promise made in 1966 to make up for taking away the power to annex.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: MOST IMPORTANTLY WE'RE HERE TO TALK ABOUT RESTORING FAITH THAT WHEN THE COMMONWEALTH MAKES A PROMISE, THEN THAT PROMISE WILL BE KEPT.))
On the sales tax on groceries, Republicans today bristled at the suggestion the tax cut was a Democratic idea-- even though Democratic Senator Madison Marye actually fought the Governor for it last year.
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((DEL. CREIGH DEEDS/D-BATH CO.: WELL PEOPLE STEAL OTHER PEOPLE'S IDEAS ALL THE TIME I GUESS IN POLITICS. IT'S INTERESTING THAT EVERY ONE OF THESE ISSUES ARE THINGS THAT THE DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THE LAST FIVE OR SIX YEARS THAT I'VE BEEN INVOLVED HERE. AND I'M GLAD TO SEE THAT THE GOVERNOR HAS COME ON BOARD ON SOME OF THESE ISSUES.))
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Still to come on News 7 at 5, layoffs come to one local textile plant
and the Federal Reserve decides the short term future of interest rates.
On HealthCheck, a Floyd County daycare center shuts down due to water problems.
and Patrick Evans checks in on efforts to feed the hungry during the holidays.
Good news if you're taking out a loan- lower interest rates.
The Federal Reserve today reduced both fed funds and the discount rates.
The Central Bank cut short term rates by one quarter of one percent- marking the third reduction in seven weeks.
Analysts say the FED could still ease further particularly if signs of a commercial credit crunch remain.
An apparel plant in Hurt calls it a "minor adjustment."
Sixty people are getting laid off at the Burlington Industries Klopman Fabrics Plant.
More than 12-hundred people work there.
They dye and finish fabric.
The company blames the layoffs on low demand for its products and an influx of cheaper apparel from Asia.
The highly- publicized murder of a black man in Grayson County could inspire some changes in the state's death penalty law.
Garnett "G.P." Johnson was burned and beheaded by two white men last spring.
Now, Lynchburg state senator Steve Newman says anyone who decapitates their murder victim should be put to death.
Newman wants to add dismemberment to Virginia's list of twelve other capital offenses.
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((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R- LYNCHBURG: WE'VE HAD VERY FEW APPEALS THAT WERE SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE WE'VE BEEN CAREFUL. BUT WHEN YOU HAVE AN INDIVIDUAL WHO GRUESOMELY BEHEADS SOMEONE, KILLS THEM, LIKE WHAT HAPPENED IN GRAYSON COUNTY, IF ANYTHING DESERVES THE DEATH PENALTY, THAT DOES. I THINK WHEN YOU REACH THAT LEVEL OF GRUESOMENESS WHERE YOU ARE CUTTING OFF BODY PARTS, IT RISES TO A HIGHER LEVEL OF EVIL THAN THOSE PEOPLE THAT JUST KILL, EVEN WITH PREMEDITATION.))
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In 1996, Newman helped push through a bill that made serial killing a capital crime.
The two men convicted in the Grayson County case were both given life terms in prison.
A new round of testing in Virginia classrooms is raising new questions about the Standards of Learning, but Roanoke School officials say they support the statewide initiative.
Within ten years, schools will face the loss of accreditation if less than 70 percent of their students pass the standards of learning tests.
And students will have to be judged proficient in the S-O-L tests to graduate.
Though some schools may fall short in the early testing, Roanoke school officials say they're confident the system will satisfy the requirements.
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((MARSHA ELLISON/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: ALL IN ALL, I THINK THE STANDARDS OF LEARNING ARE VERY GOOD. AND I BELIEVE OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM WILL MEET THE CHALLENGE.))
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See how others meet the challenge, tonight on News 7 at Eleven... as Joe Dashiell begins Grade Expectations, our series on the Standards of Learning.
If you want to take some sample S-O-L questions for yourself, we have a link in the "Webwatch" section of our WDBJ-7 home page.
As the holiday season is closing in, many organizations are making sure some of the hungry have something to eat.
Patrick Evans is standing by at just such a place.
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The Elk's Club here in Roanoke has been gathering food, and just prior to the Thanksgiving Holiday hundreds of boxes will be delivered to families in need.
Patrick Evans joins us from the Elk's Lodge with a report on the food drive, and how successful it's been to date.
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In Sports, Virginia Tech addresses its hopes for the post season.
Next on health check --
Money may prevent a water contaminated day care in Floyd County from reopening.
Plus a popular diet book on how to prevent breast cancer is causing controversy.
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((MARGARET HARVEY/AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY: THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY BELIEVES THAT TO DATE THERE IS NO SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE THAT ACTUALLY PROVES OR LINKS DIET TO BREAST CANCER, THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT THAT'S NOT TRUE.))
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Floyd County's only major day care center closed in September, after the Health Department found dangerous bacteria in the drinking water.
It's a problem that's going to cost a lot of money to fix.
And the day care's owners don't know if they can afford to fix it.
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Scott Goldberg has been following the story.
Scott, how did this happen?
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Tonya, dangerous and potentially deadly coliform bacteria turned up in the well water at Copper Hill Day Care in September.
But NOBODY knows for sure how it got there.
While the day care's owners decide whether it is worth the investment to pay for an expensive filtering system...
Parents in the area have very few places to take their kids.
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This is one of the front yards filling in for what was a popular day care center.
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((DOSS: I LOVE 'EM. I LOVE DOING IT. I JUST DON'T KNOW HOW LONG IT WILL LAST OR HOW LONG MY HOUSE WILL HOLD UP (LAUGHS.) ))
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Stacy Doss used to work at Copper Hill Day Care...
empty since September, when the well that gives the center its water mysteriously became infected with coliform bacteria.
Water district engineer Eric Herald can only guess what happened.
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((HERALD: WE WOULD SUSPECT FOR COPPER HILL IT'S THE DROUGHT. THE WATER TABLE HAS CHANGED AND ALLOWED SOME SURFACE WATER TO ENTER THE WELL.))
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Fixing that could cost tens of thousands of dollars.
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And until someone comes up with that money, the center stays closed,
[shot on tape two at :26 tc??] leaving working parents looking for a good day care.
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((WILSON: THERE'S A LOT OF FAMILIES HERE NOW. AND THERE'S A LOT OF FAMILIES COMING IN. AND THERE'S NOTHING HERE IN COPPER HILL OR CHECK AREA.))
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There are some government programs that could help pay to fix the water problem.
But that money is hard to get.
The day care's owners tried digging a new well.
They spent 17-thousand dollars.
It was contaminated, too.
They haven't decided what they'll do next.
A best selling diet book on how to prevent breast cancer is coming under attack by some health organizations.
The American Council on Science and Health says Medical reporter Doctor Bob Arnot's book "The Breast Cancer Prevention Diet" is misleading and inaccurate.
Doctor Arnot suggests eating soy, fish oil and flax seed can reduce the risk of breast cancer.
Health officials with the American Cancer Society in Roanoke say there is no scientific hard evidence that diet does reduce the risk of breast cancer.
But they do believe there is one sure method for breast cancer survival.
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((MARGARET HARVEY/AMERCIAN CANCER SOCIETY: THE BEST THING TO DO FOR BREAST HEALTH IS PRACTICE EARLY DETECTION AND THERE IS CLEAR EVIDENCE INTERNATIONALLY THAT SCREENING MAMMOGRAPHY IS THE BEST.))
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Harvey says women should consult their physician before changing their diets drastically.
Doctor Arnot's book also recommends women limit consumption of potatoes, white bread and instant rice.
It's a busy day in the sports world.
Here's Mike Stevens.[S5-RU]
A very pleasant Tuesday afternoon to you everyone.
The reigning Big South Conference Men's Basketball champions are in action tonight as the Radford Highlanders host the Concord Mountain Lions.
Radford beat UNC Ashville for the automatic birth into the NCAA tournament last season. They went to lose to the Duke Blue Devils in the first round.
Heading into the '98-'99 season the Highlanders are ranked number one in the Big South pre-season poll. The team says that although all of that is great, it is really all about just going out and getting it done.
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[SUPER=01-Ron Bradley/Radford Head Coach; :13]
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The games tips off tonight at the Dedmon Center at seven. We'll have highlights at 11. And don't forget this is the school that shocked RU last season.
Virginia Tech will be after that all important 8th win of the season Saturday against Rutgers.
Earlier today we talked with Hokie athletic director Jim Weaver about the postseason oportunites.
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Finally, mark tomorrow on your calendar. It's national Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day.
The Whirlpool Company dreamed up the occasion to make people conscious about food safety.
It says the fridge usually needs a good cleaning before the holidays when it gets its heaviest use.
Whirlpool says millions of Americans are scared of what might be in their refrigerators, so they just don't clean it.
Among other things the company recommends clearing out old food every two weeks and clean the inside of the refrigerator with soap and water.