Virginia's Representatives weigh in on the Impeachment of the President.
Only on NEWS 7 - - tonight Ellen Qualls reports from Capitol Hill.
And a Roanoke company blamed for pumping ammonia into the Roanoke River and killing thousands of fish- -including some endangered species.
Tonight in sports, Sosa beats out Big Mac for the MVP, one of the area's top girls' basketball coaches steps down, the Hokies are home tonight,
taking on HIlliary Scott who is now an assistant coach with East Tennessee State.
Some clouds but nothing to show for it in the rain department so far. We will check the radar for possible showers in the Friday forecast.
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The third impeachment inquiry in our country's history is still in session at this hour, and two local congressmen are right in the middle of it.
Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr is getting a generally friendly reception from Republicans, and a less friendly one from Democrats on the House Judiciary committee.
Members must decide whether there is enough evidence against President Clinton to recommend an impeachment hearing by the entire House of Representatives.
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We sent Ellen Qualls to Washington to bring us our uniquely local angle on the story.
Ellen -- what have our Congressmen been up to today?
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Keith QUESTION: Are they going to finish this tonight?
The CBS Evening News will have complete coverage of today's impeachment inquiry at 6-30.
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Three teenagers are in detention tonight, accused of making bomb threats at two Giles County High Schools.
Joe Dashiell has the story from Pearisburg.
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Giles High School was bustling with activity today... in sharp contrast to the unscheduled interruptions caused by three bomb threats in the last ten days.
At the sheriff's department, State and county investigators, and school officials announced they had tracked down two male students, 15 and 17 years old, they believe are responsible for the threats.
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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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The calls originated from pay phones in Pearisburg, and authorities say they have the technology and procedures in place to catch anyone phoning bomb threats to the school system.
Superintendent Robert McCracken says he's hopeful the disruptions are over.
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((IT'S A CRITICAL TIME FOR OUR STUDENTS WITH THE PRESSURES OF THE STANDARDS OF LEARNING THAT HAVE BEEN BROUGHT UPON EVERYONE. ADD TO THAT FRUSTRATION OF TEACHERS TRYING TO GET THAT INSTRUCTION TIME. OBVIOUSLY THIS IS A DETRIMENT TO THEM IN A LOT OF WAYS.))
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Butu even as officials were announcing progress in the Giles High investigation... employees at a nearby Wal Mart were waiting in the parking lot while emergency crews investigated another bomb threat there.
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Narrows police have also made progress in their investigation of a recent bomb threat at Narrows High School. A 17- year- old student is accused of that crime.
A fish-kill in the Roanoke River is being blamed
on Roanoke Ice and Cold Storage.
The plant- -at the foot of Wasena Avenue- -backs up to the Roanoke River.
Federal authorities allege the company released ammonia into the river.
In September of last year more than 2600 fish were killed- -including 16 Roanoke log perch, an endangered species.
In a 2-count information filed in federal court this week, the government says Roanoke Ice employees sometimes bled ammonia gas into the water rather than release it into the air and anger nearby residents.
The state Education Department says a local school for troubled boys is still not meeting all the department's requirements.
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The Wilderness Leadership Academy's provisional license runs out in January.
State administrators said in September that the school was unsafe and unsanitary.
They ordered the Botetourt County school to hire more help, revise the policy manual and school brochure, and repair the buildings.
The school has hired a consultant and submitted a new brochure.
But Education Department officials say information is still missing that repairs have not been made.
A full inspection is scheduled for January.
Colonel Gene Nervo, the academy's director, did not return phone calls over the past two days.
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The day after our report on the end of the baby switch investigation, a lawyer for one of the Mothers responds. That story is just ahead on NEWS 7.
Et tu? Vitement! What's the rush?
Well, some people just can't wait for the newest vintage to reach Roanoke.
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Even if a baby mix-up at the University of Virginia Medical Center WAS an innocent mistake as police conclude, that apparently doesn't mean the hospital is off the hook.
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Steve Smallshaw talked with the lawyer for one of the mothers involved in this case.. Steve, can we expect some civil action over this?
Most likely, Keith.. as we reported yesterday, state police HAVE decided that baby switch was NOT a criminal act.. but one attorney says the U-V-A hospital still must be held accountable.
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(( She still hasn't seen the report herself, but Paula Johnson's attorney Cynthia Johnson doubts it contains any real surprises.
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((CYNTHIA JOHNSON/PAULA JOHNSON'S ATTORNEY: IF I HAD TO LOOK AT ALL THE INFORMATION THAT I'VE SORT OF GARNERED FROM DIFFERENT SOURCES, I'D HAVE TO SAY YES, I DO BELIEVE IT WAS A MISTAKE.))
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Mistake or not, Johnson says her client has suffered greatly from the whole experience.
And the more time that passes and the less she hears from UVA, Johnson says she can only assume the hospital is "not" interested in offering any kind of settlement.
So expect this story's setting to change from the newborn nursery to a courtroom.
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((CYNTHIA JOHNSON/PAULA JOHNSON'S ATTORNEY: SOMEBODY NEEDS TO BE RESPONSIBLE. I HAVE THREE CHILDREN OF MY OWN AND I TRY VERY HARD TO TEACH THEM TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT THEY DO. AND AT THIS POINT, I'M HOPING EVENTUALLY THE HOSPITAL WILL COME FORWARD AND ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR LOSING MY CLIENT'S CHILD.))
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Cynthia Johnson says it bothers her that details of the state police investigation have started to leak out BEFORE the families involved have even been told what it contains.
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No word yet on when that might happen..
The author of a book on the trial, conviction and execution of Roger Coleman says he has doubts about Coleman's guilt.
But attorney- turned author John Tucker concedes the Coleman case may not be the best one to illustrate what's wrong with legal procedure in Virginia.
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((THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO LOOK INTO THIS QUESTION BECAUSE THE EVIDENCE DIDN'T COME UP UNTIL 21 DAYS UNTIL AFTER THE CONVICTION WAS FINAL OR BECAUSE SOME APPOINTED LAWYER MISSED A DEADLINE BY ONE DAY. THAT SEEMS PRETTY OUTRAGEOUS TO ME, WHETHER IT'S ROGER COLEMAN OR ANYBODY ELSE YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT.))
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Tucker's book, "May God Have Mercy," has just been re-printed in paperback.
He bills it as a murder mystery.
A Buchanan County jury convicted Roger Coleman in 1982 for raping and murdering his sister-in-law.
Tucker's in town tonight for a book signing at "Books a Million."[Stocks]
Wall Street continued its recent winning ways today.
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Roanoke's rescue mission wants to launch the state's first recovery program to keep drug addicted women with their children.
To fund the program, the rescue mission is building a new thrift store.
It will replace the current store, where shelter residents use vouchers to buy clothing and furniture.
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Profits from the new store will pay for a program for drug-addicted women who want to STAY with their children during recovery.
A staff retreat center, chapel and women's recovery center is also part of the Rescue Mission's five-million-dollar expansion plan.
The mission still needs about a million dollars for construction.
Every student at Cave Spring Junior High was screaming this afternoon as the last bell rang.
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No, it wasn't a tough test.
The Smoke Scream is part of the American Cancer Society's effort to discourage teenagers from starting a bad habit.
They watched a videotape after the final announcements, an attempt to educate students on the dangers of using tobacco products.
The Scream is just one event marking today's Great American Smoke Out.
Here's another. In Danville, the hospital is showing people how their lungs are affected by the cigarettes they smoke.
Danville Regional Medical Center hopes these lung capacity screenings will encourage smokers to quit.
People are asked to sign a pledge to stop using tobacco products for at least 24-hours.
Coming up on a busy Thursday night a coaching legend in Martinsville calls it quits, the national league MVP award is announced today, Tech returns to the hardwood
tonight, and along with facing an unbeaten East Tennessee state team they will also face a familiar coach.
The Virginia Tech men's basketball team return to the Cassell tonight for its second game of the season.
The Hokies are hosting southern conference member East Tennessee State.
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The Buccaneers worked out at the Cassell this afternoon, and they come into tonight's game with an unblemished record.
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The Hokies will be without David Whaley tonight and at least the next month.
He broke his right hand yesterday in practice.
Not only are the Hokies facing an undefeated team, but also someone very familar with their program.
Lynchburg native Hilliary Scott is an ETSU assistant coach. Steve Mason caught up with him today.
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((Cassell Coliseum is one of just a few instate arenas former E.C. Glass and Roanoke College all american Hilliary Scott never played in. But he hardly has time for regrets, there are too many coaching tips, designed plays and scouting reports to go over with his players
In his first season, Scott cannot recruit off campus. But the Buccaneers depend on the former ODAC player of the year for scouting reports and instruction with the guards and forwards.
Scott dream is to some day be a head coach, but right now, he's content with learing the game from a new perspective.
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The girls will also be holding court tonight as the Region III semi-finals tipoff with two games at Northside. The Vikings play Tunstall and Byrd takes on Appomattox.
The Region C semi-finals are in Marion tonight with Ft. Chiswell, Galax, Northwood and John Battle competing for spots in the state.
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The woman who took the Martinsville girls to the state tournament five times and won over 300 games is stepping down.
Carla Giles has been coaching girls' basketball at Martinsville high school for 23 years.
She will stay at the school as a phys ed. coach.
Virginia Tech football fans will be keeping an eye on tonight's Pittsburgh-Miami game to see if the Panthers can give them a little help
As for all the reports that have been swirling around concerning Frank Beamer being a candidate for the Auburn job.
Sources tell us that Beamer told his players in a team meeting yesterday that he is NOT leaving Blacksburg.
Saturday's game with Rutgers kicks off at one o'clock.
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Sammy Sosa and not Mark McGwire is the National League's Most Valuable Player.
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 after smacking 66 homers and a major league leading 158 RBI for the Cubs.
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An area fifth grade class has had several different teachers so far this school year.
Now parents and students are saying enough with the changes.
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Stacey Martin joins us now with more.
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Keith, the situation involves the fifth grade class here at Bent Mountain Elementary School.
Some parents say their children's education is being disrupted by the constant change in teachers.
Now they feel it's time for some stability.
School administrators say they were aware of the problem but it couldn't be helped and now they're doing everything they can to resolve it.
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Keith, we'll hear more from parents, administrators and a student tonight at 11.
Downtown Roanoke had a touch of Paris today--
The "French Street Fair" brought in the first bottles of this year's vintage.
As Kimberly McBroom reports, wine connoisseurs who couldn't wait were "drinking it in."
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The Beaujolais Noveau arrived in downtown Roanoke with style, in this 1960 Jaguar.
As merchants stocked the Lee and Edwards store, musicians set the mood with this popular French marching tune.
But even this juggler couldn't distract customers from what they came for.
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The pleasant flavor made Genevieve Goss proud of her French heritage.
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At a price of Eight- 49 a bottle, the Beaujolais Nouveau is within reach for most people.
And merchants say the light taste will likely draw in new wine drinkers.
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((GORDON KENDALL/LEE & EDWARDS STORE MGR.: WHAT I'M SAYING IF YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A WINE CONNOISSEUR TO APPRECIATE NOVEAU. IT'S NOT SOMETHING YOU REALLY ANALYZE. YOU JUST SIT DOWN AND ENJOY IT. KIND OF LIKE A GLASS OF ICED TEA.))
But iced tea never had a reception quite like this--
Local waitresses competed in a "Race du Vin".
The winning contestant was from Awful Arthur's, who managed to run without spilling a drop of what promises to be a popular vintage.
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