Up next on News 7, Giles County authorities believe they know who is calling in bomb threats to a local school and business.
and we'll see what role two local Representatives have in the Clinton Impeachment hearings.
Clouds roll in this evening and produce the chance for showers. More on the forecast in a few minutes.
A Danville hospital is providing an incentive for smokers to stop dragging their heels about quitting.
And Roanoke students are screaming their lungs out, for a smoke free America.
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((THE TRUTH THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH SO HELP YOU GOD? I DO.))
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Special Prosecutor Ken Starr testifies for hours before the House Judiciary Committee.[5-Impeachment]
Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
It is the first impeachment hearing in 24 years- and it's going into the evening in Washington.
Jonathan Freed has the latest.
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[Super=01-Rep. Melvin Watt/(D) Judiciary Committee;]
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((It was his referral to Congress that galvanized the House Judiciary Committee into holding these impeachment hearings. And Kenneth Starr
was here to explain and defend his report.
The Independent Counsel spoke of obstruction of justice, of lying under oath, of tampering with witnesses, and of misuse of power. We had heard
it all before...but never directly from him.
KENNETH STARR/INDEPENDENT COUNSEL: THE EVIDENCE SUGGESTS THAT THE PRESIDENT REPEATEDLY USED THE MACHINERY OF GOVERNMENT AND THE
POWERS OF HIS OFFICE TO CONCEAL HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH MONICA LEWINSKY FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, FROM THE JUDICIAL PROCESS IN THE JONES CASE,
AND FROM THE GRAND JURY.
Hopes for cooperation on the committee were quickly pushed aside by partisanship.
REP. HENRY HYDE/R-JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN): YOU ARE DISRUPTING THE CONTINUITY OF THIS MEETING WITH THESE ADVERSARIAL
REP. MELVIN WATT/JUDICIARY COMMITTEE/D-NC: WE ARE DISRUPTING A RAILROAD IT SEEMS LIKE, MR. CHAIRMAN, THAT'S WHAT WE'RE DISRUPTING HERE.
Following Starr's testimony, the questioning began.
REP. BARNEY FRANK/JUDICIARY COMMITTEE/D-MA.: THAT'S A SIMPLE FACTUAL QUESTION, MR. STARR!
And when the counsel for the committee Democrats had his chance, he pushed Starr about things like the independent counsel's expanded jurisdiction, about alleged press leaks from his office, and about how he first treated Monica Lewinsky.
ABBE LOWELL/DEMOCRATIC COUNSEL: DOESN'T THAT UNDERMINE THE CREDIBILITY AND SUBSTANTIALITY OF THE EVIDENCE ON SOMETHING AS WEIGHTY
AS IMPEACHING THE PRESIDENT?
STARR: NOT ONE OF YOUR QUESTIONS SUGGESTS THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS NOT INVOLVED IN SERIOUS OFFENSES THAT NOW IT'S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO EVALUATE.
JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS: STARR ALSO CONFIRMED THAT NOTHING IN HIS FOUR-YEAR INVESTIGATION OF WHITEWATER, THE FIRINGS IN THE WHITE
HOUSE TRAVEL OFFICE, AND THE USE OF F-B-I FILES HAS SUGGESTED IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES WERE COMMITTED. Jonathan Freed, CBS News WASHINGTON.)
Two of the 36 judiciary committee members represent Southwest Virginia.
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So we sent Ellen Qualls to Washington to focus on the roles of Rick Boucher and Bob Goodlatte in the process.
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Three teenagers are in custody tonight, accused of recent bomb threats at two Giles County High Schools.
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Joe Dashiell has more on the story, including word of another bomb threat at a Giles County business this morning.
Jean, we'll start with Giles High School. Three times in the last ten days bomb threats have interrupted classes there.
Investigators say they now know who is responsible, two male students 15 and 17 years old.
At a news conference this morning, they were sending a message that bomb threats are serious business.
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((I'M HOPING THIS WILL SEND THE INFORMATION TO THE PEOPLE THAT IF YOU MAKE A BOMB THREAT, THERE'S AN AWFUL GOOD CHANCE YOU'RE GOING TO GET CAUGHT AND IT CARRIES A VERY SEVERE PENALTY.))
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Business is now back to normal at Giles high School, where administrators hope the disruptions are behind them.
But that wasn't the case at the Wal-Mart just down the street. Employees were evacuated there, the store closed for a few hours, by yet another bomb threat.
In addition to the two Giles High School students, a 17- year- old is now facing prosecution for a recent bomb threat at Narrows High School.
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Jean, all three boys are being held tonight at the New River Valley Detention Home.
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One of the families involved in the switched babies case is upset over the release of a police report. We'll have that story next.
and a little later it's the day wine lovers wait a year for. The first of the new vintage arrives in Roanoke.
On HealthCheck, it's the day many smokers dread every year as participants in the Great American Smokeout try to convince them to quit.
and we'll hear from a group of musical young people as the Roanoke College Youth Choir prepares for a concert tonight.
The lawyer for one of the mothers involved in a baby switch at U-V-A Hospital says she still hasn't seen the results of a police investigation.
Sources told News-7 yesterday the investigation was complete and in the hands of commonwealth's attorney Dave Chapman.
The report concludes the baby swap was an innocent mistake, and that no one would be held CRIMINALLY liable.
Cynthia Johnson, who represents Paula Johnson, told News7 today she's upset that details are leaking out before the families involved have been briefed.
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((CYNTHIA JOHNSON/PAULA JOHNSON'S ATTORNEY: WE HAVE RECEIVED NO OFFICIAL INDICATION OF WHAT IS IN THAT REPORT, NONE WHATSOEVER. WE WERE TOLD THAT WE WOULD RECEIVE SOME IDEA OF WHAT THE REPORT CONTAINED PRIOR TO ITS RELEASE BUT AT THIS POINT OBVIOUSLY THAT DID NOT HAPPEN.))
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Johnson says no matter what the investigation reveals, a civil suit against U-V-A is likely.
Hospital officials say they have not seen the report and could not comment.
A head-on collision this morning in Giles County killed one man and injured another. It happpened about 6:30 this morning on Route 100 near the Giles-Pulaski County line.
State Police say the accident ocurred as the 17 year old driver of a Ford Mustang attempted to pass two tractor trailers.
The driver of the car he hit, 27-year old Mark Douglas Cheatham of Radford, died at the scene of the accident.
Charges are pending against the 17 year old whose name has not been released.
He is being treated at Radford Community hospital for injuries including a broken ankle.
The Roanoke Rescue Mission's new thrift store will provide a lot more than just clothes and furniture.
Mission leaders broke ground on the site today.
It will replace the current store, and profits will fund a new program to help keep drug-addicted women WITH their children during recovery.
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((IT'S REALLY BRAND NEW BECAUSE THERE IS NO PROGRAM IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA WHERE CHEMICALLY ADDICTED WOMEN CAN KEEP THEIR CHILDREN WITH THEM WHILE THEY GO THROUGH A RESIDENTIAL RECOVERY PROGRAM FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE.))
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A chapel and a retreat center are also part of the rescue mission's five million dollar expansion project.
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((I WON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT RUNNING AROUND TRYING TO FIND A PARKING SPACE BECAUSE NOW I HAVE TO FIND A SPACE ON A SIDE STREET AND WITH FIVE GIRLS THAT'S KINDA DANGEROUS SO THAT WILL REALLY HELP OUT A LOT.))
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The rescue mission says it still needs about one million dollars to complete construction.
Tuesday night they performed with country star Shania Twain. Tonight they have a concert of their own.
If things continue to go so well for the Roanoke College Youth Choir, they'll have to hire a road crew.
Patrick Evans may be the man for the job.
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Roanoke College's Childrens Choir will be performing a festive concert, and the singers have been hard at work in rehearsal.
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Patrick Evans is on hand at Salem High School, where he caught up with the traveling troupe of young troubadours.
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In Sports, who's the National League M-V-P? Mike Stevens will let us know in today's Two Minute Ticker.
Next on health check -- researcher say nursing mothers could be giving their children an early push towards smoking.
Plus, in honor of the Great American Smokeout, students at Cave Spring Junior High are shouting out against tobacco products.
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((IF YOUR LUNGS ARE GOOD AND HEALTHY YOU CAN SCREAM AND ALSO YOUR TELLING EVERYBODY THAT YOU KNOW ENOUGH NOT TO USE TOBACCO.))
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A study in the New England Journal of Medicine says nursing mothers could pass along their addiction to their babies.
Researchers say those children may learn to like the taste of tobacco because cigarette smoke affects the smell and flavor of breast milk.
The study says milk taken from smoking mothers had a strong cigarette odor up to an hour after they smoked.
Researchers say this may be one reason children of smokers are more likely to smoke themselves when they grow up.
Teen-age smoking prevention is the focus of today's Great American Smokeout.
Cave Spring Junior High students are participating in the American Cancer Society's Smoke Scream.
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((FIVE, FOUR, THREE, TWO, ONE...AAAAAGGGGHHHH.))
These students are using lung power to send a message loud and clear that smoking is unhealthy.
This sixth grade class, along with the entire school, has made a commitment to never start using tobacco products.
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((IT HAS BEEN SHOWN THAT THE GREATEST AMOUNT OF SMOKERS START BETWEEN THE AGES OF SIXTH GRADE AND NINTH GRADE. ABOUT THE AGE OF 13 YEARS OLD THEY START EXPERIMENTING WITH TOBACCO.))
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and it's a message health officials hope the students will bring home.
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((MY MOM AND DAD SMOKE AND IT UPSETS ME.))
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The purpose of the Great American Smokeout is to get smokers to kick the habit, even if it's just for one day.
The Danville Regional Medical Center is getting in on the action for the Smokeout.
The hospital is providing free lung capacity screenings and smokeout survival kits.
Smokers must sign a pledge agreeing to give up cigarettes for 24 hours.
But the hospital says you don't have to sign on the dotted line to become smoke-free.
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((KATHI SINCLAIR/DANVILLE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER: EACH PERSON CAN MAKE A COMMITTMENT TO HIM OR HERSELF TO QUIT FOR ONE DAY, OR WHATEVER THEY WANT TO DO. THEY CAN EVEN CUT DOWN. "IF I'M SMOKING A PACK A DAY, MAYBE I CAN CUT DOWN TO HALF A PACK AND HAVE A GOAL.))
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The American Cancer Society says tobacco use is responsible for one in five deaths in the United States.
The National League picks a slugger as the M-V-P.
With that and news of Tech Basketball, Here's Mike Stevens.[S5-Tech]
Welcome everybody to the Thursday ticker.
The Virginia Tech Hokies return to the hardwood tonight in a non-conference game against East Tennessee State.
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This will be the Hokies first game since Saturday's opening win over William & Mary.
Head coach Bobby Hussey was thrilled to get the win on Saturday, but he knows his team must play much better tonight.
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A familiar face will be coaching on the ETSU sideline tonight.
Hilliary Scott, the former EC Glass and Roanoke College star is now an assistant with the Bucs.
Steve Mason will visit with him tonight at six.
Also don't forget the Regiona Three girls semi-finals take place this evening at Northside.
The Region C final four is later tonight in Marion.
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Sammy Sosa may not have won the Home Run Race but according to the baseball writers he's the National League's Most Valuable Player.
St. Louis slugger Mark McGwire finished a distant second in the balloting getting just two first place votes, those from writers at the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
Sosa received first place nods on the 30 other ballots.
Sosa smacked 66 homers and a major league leading 158 RBI's for the Cubs.
McGwire set the new single season home run record with 70.
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Two Southwest Virginians led Team USA in the World Title Sport Ju-Jitsu Fights earlier this month in Canada.
You may remember meeting Jinger Van Antwerp and Asa Herring on News 7 Sunday Morning.
The two combined for FOUR gold medals at the world title fights.
Jinger and Asa both won gold in the individual and team competitions.
The USA team won the championship for the second straight time.
Jean will be back with more News 7 at Five after this.[5-New-Wine]
A warm, dry summer in France has made for a sweet day for wine connossieurs in Roanoke.
The first French wine of the 1998 vintage season, the (BOH-ZHO-LAY) Beaujolais Nouveau, arrived in a green Jaguar in downtown Roanoke this morning.
All day, wine tasters were welcomed by live music, juggling, and more than 100 bottles of the fruity, red vintage.
Wine merchants say the so-called "French Paradox" has created a surge in popularity of the beverage.
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((GORDON KENDALL/LEE & EDWARDS STORE MGR: THE FRENCH HAVING A LOWER INCIDENCE OF HEART DISEASE THAN AMERICANS, EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE HIGH- FAT DIETS AND THE THINK IT'S BECAUSE THEY DRINK A DAILY RED WINE, NOT -- THEY DON'T GET DRUNK, BUT THEY DRINK IT IN MODERATION EVERY DAY AND THAT'S SOMETHING THE AMERICANS DON'T REALLY DO.))
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((BARBARA DICKINSON/CUSTOMER: I THINK MOST PEOPLE WILL SAY YES, I'LL HAVE A SIP OF WINE BEFORE OTHER ALCOHOL OR JUST TO BE SOCIAL. I SEE NO PROBLEMS WITH A SOCIAL SIP, AT ALL.))
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Lee and Edwards expects to sell out of the new wine by Thanksgiving, but expects a another shipment during the holiday season.