The holiday's over for President Clinton, as he is expected today to answer those DOZENS of questions posted by the House Judiciary Committee.
And after two months-- family, friends, and POLICE have still not given up hope of finding a missing Virginia Tech student.
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The visions of cash registers are dancing through retailers head this morning.
The day after Thanksgiving is billed as the top shopping day of the year.
And to lure people in -- many stores will run sales chopping as much as 50 percent off prices.
Retailers hope shoppers will not wait for after-Christmas sales to open their wallets.
Store owners suggest arriving early to find a parking space and a little breathing room.
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It was a lonely Thanksgiving, but not one without hope for the family of Rob Kovack.
Teresa Hamilton has an update on the missing Virginia Tech student.
[IN Q=It's been ]
[SUPER=03-Fayette Co./September; :04]
[SUPER=01-Bruce Bradbery/Blacksburg Police; :19 ]
[SUPER=01-Jeff Berghage/Kovack's Friend; :50]
[SUPER=01-Catherine Porzio/Kovack's Friend; 1:16]
[OUT Q=NEWS 7, Blacksburg. (quick out)]
It's been more than two months since 25- year old Rob Kovack was last seen leaving Blacksburg for his parents' home in West Virginia.
His abandoned red geo tracker was discovered several days later in Fayette County--near the New River Gorge Bridge.
An area that's been repeatedly searched by friends and family.
[IN Q=You lose your]
((BRUCE BRADBERY/BLACKSBURG POLICE:YOU LOSE YOUR KEYS, YOU DON'T LOSE PEOPLE AND WE REALLY NEED TO KEEP GOING AND KEEP
THIS THING ALIVE AND KEEP IT HOT AS LONG AS WE CAN--- TO TRY AND FIND HIM. ))
[OUT Q=find him.]
Blacksburg police have been working the case with West Virginia state police.
But so far, the questions still seem to outweigh the answers.
[IN Q=That's sad]
((BRUCE BRADBERY/BLACKSBURG POLICE: THAT'S SAD, WE'RE APPROACHING ONE OF THE BIGGEST FAMILY HOLIDAYS OF THE YEAR AND WE HAVE NOTHING NEW TO REPORT. ))
[OUT Q=to report.]
But police say they're NOT giving in and neither are Kovack's friends...
Friends, like Jeff Berghage who studied architecture with Kovack at Virginia Tech.
[IN Q=We're just ]
((JEFF BERGHAGE/KOVACK'S FRIEND:WE'RE JUST TRYING TO HOLD UP OUR END HERE, SO HIS FAMILY FEELS LIKE THERE'S SOMEBODY DOWN HERE THAT'S TRYING TO HELP. ))
[OUT Q=to help.]
Kovack's family has since hired a private detective and is offering a reward for information.
To help offset the cost--- Kovack's friends have been chipping in.
They run a concession stand at Tech's home football games.
They've also been writing letters and distributing fliers.
[IN Q=Now I'm much]
((CATHERINE PORZIO/KOVACK'S FRIEND:NOW I'M MUCH MORE AWARE OF POSTERS THAT I SEE AT REST STOPS OF OTHER MISSING PEOPLE AND I DON'T THINK I'LL EVER BE ABEL TO FORGET SOMETHING LIKE THIS. ))
[OUT Q=like this.]
A situation made even harder during the holidays.
Teresa Hamilton, NEWS 7, Blacksburg.))
Kovack's friends have also created a WEB page with details about the case.
You can find a link to it by clicking on webwatch on the WDBJ website, at wdbj7-dot com.
Chinese President Jiang Zemin told Japanese legislators that history plays a crucial role in determining bilateral relations.
Jiang also hinted that Tokyo has NOT yet done enough to make up for World War Two.
Jiang's remarks came on the third day of his historic visit to Japan.
He's been meeting with political leaders in hopes of establishing a more stable relationship between the two countries.
Although he has NOT yet received an all- out apology from Japan, Jiang is re- focusing his efforts on getting Japanese investments for China.
Now that the Thanksgiving holiday is over, President Clinton will go back to working on more testimony in the Monica Lewinsky investigation.
The President is expected to submit answers to Congress today for the 81 questions brought forth by the House Judiciary Committee.
There are reportedly three POTENTIAL articles of impeachment-- accusing the President of Perjury, Obstruction of Justice, and Abuse of Power.
The committee is expected to begin debating those articles the week of December seventh, with a possible vote in the House the following week.
A group of ten Irish children and their families won't soon forget THIS Thanksgiving--
[SUPER=03-Osceola Co., FL;]
They got to escape the horrors their war- torn country for a while, and just enjoy being kids.
During a 10- day Florida vacation, they'll get a grand tour of such popular spots as Disney World and Sea World.
It's all thanks to Irish lottery winner Peter Lavery.
After winning millions of dollars, Lavery says he wanted to give something back.
[SOT 4:12:47 ]
[IN Q=And give]
((PETER LAVERY/LOTTERY WINNER: AND GIVE THEM SOMETHING THAT THEY NEVER HAD A CHANCE TO COME TO. IT'S NICE TO BE ABLE TO FUND IT AND DO IT.))
[SUPER=01-Petere Lavery/Lottery Winner;]
[OUT Q=and do it]
Lavery is a former Belfast bus driver.
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In sports, Thanksgiving turkey didn't slow down the Roanoke express last night.
Steve Mason has highlights from the roundhouse.
Good Morning Steve.
[OUT Q=see you then (NO PAD!!!)]
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[SUPER=01-Grace Cantrell/Early Morning Shopper;]
[SUPER=01-Scott Ashcraft/Valley View Mall;]
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Despite having to help pay a large settlement fee, the Philip Morris tobacco giant is still buying back company stock.
Last week's 206-billion-dollar settlement with the states on tobacco-related health claims has not stopped Philip Morris from resuming its eight-billion-dollar program to buy back stock.
Philip Morris makes the best-selling Marlboro cigarettes and others that make up more than half of U-S cigarette sales.
The company runs a huge cigarette-manufacturing plant in Richmond.
Hundreds of people had a traditional Thanksgiving meal yesterday thanks to the kindness of others.
Community groups like the Rescue Mission in Roanoke served up a traditional Thanksgiving feast for people with no other place to go.
Volunteers worked for hours in the kitchen cooking up turkey, vegetables, and desserts.
All of this food was donated.
People who enjoyed the free meal say they have a lot to be thankful for.
[IN Q=THAT I'M HERE AND THAT]
((DON NORTON:THAT I'M HERE AND THAT I HAVE A CHANCE TO BE A PART OF THIS AND YOU KNOW THAT MY LIFE IS COMING BACK TOGETHER.))
((SUE LOVELACE/VOLUNTEER: IT'S WONDERFUL, REALLY GOOD TO KNOW YOU COULD DO FOR PEOPLE THAT CAN'T DO FOR THEMSELVES.))
[OUT Q=DO FOR THEMSELVES.]
The Rescue Mission in Roanoke has been preparing Thanksgiving dinners for 50-years.
This year, volunteers served close to 700-meals.
Lynchburg's most famous son did not take a direct route to his pulpit...he had set out to become a journalist.
The Reverend Jerry Falwell proudly proclaims he's the son of a moonshine runner.
The sale of bootleg whiskey may- -or may not- -be an unusual spring-board to the pulpit at Thomas Road Baptist Church.
Undoubtedly members of the Congregation have heard the story countless times.
But it seems Falwell-- one of the world's most recognizable preachers-- revels in his illicit roots.
[IN Q=My father had]
((MY FATHER HAD THE LARGEST NIGHTCLUB IN VIRGINIA WHERE ALL THE BIG BANDS- -JIMMY DORSEY, TOMMY DORSEY- -ALL CAME, WHEN I WAS JUST AN INFANT. AND HE ALSO- -DURING PROHIBITION- -WAS THE LARGEST DISTRIBUTOR OF ILLEGAL WHISKEY IN THIS PART OF THE COUNTRY.))
[SUPER=10-Rev. Jerry Falwell/Thomas Rd. Baptist Church/Last Week]
[OUT Q=of the country. -- QUICK OUT-- NO PAD!!!]
Doctor Falwell says his father was also the Sheriff.
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In medical news, eating better may help premature babies think better.
Mika Brzezinski has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
[SUPER=01-Mika Brzezinski/Reporting; :00 ]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]
(( GOOD MORNING.
IMPORTANT NEWS OUT TODAY CONCERNING PREMATURE BABIES AND NUTRITUTION.
A NEW REPORT SUGGESTS A HEALTHIER DIET CAN ACTUALLY MAKE THEM SMARTER.
A LENGTHY BRITISH STUDY FOUND THAT PREMATURE INFANTS WHO WERE FED AN
ENRICHED FORMULA... DEVELOPED HIGHER I-Q'S THAN THOSE GIVEN THE STANDARD
AND THEY CONTINUED TO DISPLAY MORE INTELLEGENCE EVEN DURING CHILDHOOD.
RESEARCHERS SAY THIS SHOWS HOW EARLY NUTRITION CAN HAVE A LIFETIME
IMPACT ON THE BRAIN.//
DOCTORS ARE CREDITING A VACCINE FOR ALMOST COMPLETELY ERADICATING A
DISEASE--THAT UNTIL RECENTLY--WAS THE MOST COMMON CAUSE OF BACTERIAL
MENINGITIS IN YOUNG CHILDREN.
THE DISEASE IS CALLED HIB.. AND IT INFECTED SOME 20-THOUSAND
PRE-SCHOOLERS DURING THE EARLY 1980'S.
OTHERS WERE LEFT WITH LASTING BRAIN DAMAGE.
BUT OFFICIALS SAY THE DISEASE HAS BEEN VIRTUALLY ELIMINATED IN THE
UNITED STATES... NOW THAT A HIB VACCINE IS WIDELY AVAILABLE.//
MEANWHILE.. ONE ORGANIZATION IS TRYING TO MAKE AN AIDS VACCINE
BECOME A REALITY.
SO THE INTERNATIONAL AIDS VACCINE INITIATIVE IS INVESTING MORE THAN
9-MILLION DOLLARS IN TWO RESEARCH PROJECTS CURRENTLY WORKING ON THAT
THE NON-PROFIT GROUP HOPES ITS EFFORTS WILL HELP SPEED UP THE
A VACCINE.. FOR A DISEASE THAT HAS INFECTED SOME 33-MILLION PEOPLE
AND THAT IS A LOOK AT TODAY'S MEDICAL NEWS.
I'M MIKA BRZEZINSKI, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
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Here's a look at today's top stories.
More merger mania--
This time, it involves a Virginia energy company.
Exxon is reportedly discussing a buying out Mobil Corporation, based in Fairfax.
A merger could be the richest corporate buyout ever.
Thanksgiving marked a year since fire destroyed the Cabin Lake Apartments in Danville.
We'll have an update on how some former tenants have moved AWAY and ON with their lives.
And "HOllywood Hulk" Hogan's not pulling any PUNCHES--
The former world champion's retiring from the ring to pursue a career in politics.
He's going for the top job-- running for President in 2000.
And that's what's making news on this Friday November 27.
News 7 Mornin' will be right back.
Low gas prices are good for consumers, but oil producing nations aren't too happy about them.
After a heated meeting yesterday, OPEC delegates left WITHOUT an agreement to extend oil production cuts.
Instead, the group plans to meet again in March.
Analysts were predicting OPEC would move to reduce the supply of oil to the end of 19-99 to stabilize prices.
Those numbers are hovering near TWELVE-YEAR lows.
Average OPEC oil prices have dropped from 18- dollars a barrel last year to under 11- dollars.
OPEC's problems are largely attributed to a production hike coinciding with Asia's economic crisis.
A reported merger-in-the-making could place a Virginia-based company in the middle of the richest corporate buyout ever.
Exxon is reportedly discussing a buyout of Mobil Corporation, based in Fairfax.
The energy giants were split apart nearly 90 years ago by trustbusters -- their reunion would create the world's premier energy business.
Neither company would confirm the 49-(B) billion dollar acquisition.
Mobil has been divesting its non-core operations to focus on oil and gas production, and owns or operates all or part of 25 refineries globally.
It's the second-largest oil and gas group in the US -- behind Exxon.
It's been a year since fire ripped through the Cabin Lake apartments just as people were finishing their holiday meals.
Many former tenants are still getting their lives back together
Christy Hubley caught up with some of them to find out how they're moving on.
[IN Q=I still look back]
[SUPER=01-Tosha Carter/Former Tenant; :00]
[SUPER=03-Danville/November 28, 1997; :15]
[SUPER=01-E.J. Craft/Former Tenant; :44]
[OUT Q=News 7, Danville.]
[IN Q=I still look back on it]
((TOSHA CARTER/FORMER TENANT: I STILL LOOK BACK ON IT AND I DON'T KNOW HOW WE MADE IT THROUGH, YOU KNOW, IT'S JUST THE LORD AND GOOD FRIENDS AND GOOD FAMILY, THAT'S THE ONLY WAY WE MADE IT.))
[OUT Q=only way we made it.]
Tosha Carter was nine months pregnant with her son S'coy last Thanksgiving Day.
She wasn't home when the fire erupted at the Cabin Lake apartments.
But when she got there, she saw flames shooting through the roof.
[IN Q=You know I was]
((TOSHA CARTER/FORMER TENANT: YOU KNOW I WAS SEEING IT BUT I WASN'T BELIEVING IT. SO I COULDN'T REALLY BELIEVE IT WAS MY HOUSE.))
[OUT Q= it was my house.]
With the help of generous donations, Tosha moved her family into a new home just a week after the fire.
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E.J. Craft, his girlfriend, and their children have also moved on from the fire after losing everything-- including precious pictures and belongings.
[IN Q=My children's mother]
((E.J. CRAFT/FORMER TENANT: MY CHILDREN'S MOTHER DIED TWO YEARS AGO AND THEY HAD SPECIAL MEMORIAL ITEMS FROM THEIR MOTHER THAT THEY DON'T HAVE ANYMORE. MY DAUGHTER HAD HER MOTHER'S JEWELRY YOU KNOW AND STUFF THAT SHE PROBABLY WOULD HAVE PASSED ON TO HER DAUGHTER AND STUFF LIKE THAT IS GONE. IT CAN NEVER BE REPLACED, NEVER EVER TO BE REPLACED.))
[OUT Q=ever to be replaced.]
The burned out apartments have been torn down.
Fire investigators have concluded their investigation-- labelling the fire UNDETERMINED.
But for former tenants, those finalities don't make what happened go away.
Both Tosha Carter and E.J. Craft have joined other tenants in a lawsuit against the apartment owners.
They're seeking more than 10-million dollars to compensate their losses.
A lawyer for the tenants says the lawsuit could go to trial next May.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.))
Firefighters are closing in on the forest fire burning in the Shenandoah Valley.
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Helicopters dumped buckets of water on a blaze in Southwestern Augusta County that has charred over 15-hundred-acres of land in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.
The man-made fire started nearly a week ago.
Forest service officials say firefighters have contained about half the fire.
They expect to conquer the rest by Monday.
Officials say fire conditions are still hazardous across the forest and campfires are illegal.
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Maintaining a prosperous business can be difficult.
But for more than a century, a Salem barber shop has proven it's possible.
David Johnson has more on it's secret to success.
[IN Q=This barber shop]
[SUPER=01-Freddie Scaggs/Former Owner; :16]
[SUPER=01-Leon Arledge/Longtime Customer; 1:48]
[SUPER=01-Ronald Lancaster/New Owner; 2:20]
[OUT Q=Djo, News 7, Salem.]
((This barber shop is 108-years old.
Freddie Scaggs bought it in 1965, 13-years after he began working here.
Scaggs has enjoyed owning a cut of history.
[IN Q=IT'S BEEN NICE]
((FREDDIE SCAGGS/FORMER OWNER; IT'S BEEN NICE TO HAVE BEEN HERE, TO KNOW THE PEOPLE AND EVERYTHING. IT'S BEEN A WAY OF LIFE.))
[OUT Q=WAY OF LIFE.]
There's more to the "Olde Salem Barber and Styling Shop" than just being a place to get a trim.
The business is a museum of sorts, with this barber chair, the mirrors, shoe shine stand and display case all from 1925.
[IN Q=EVERYTHING IN THIS]
((SCAGGS; EVERYTHING IN THIS DISPLAY CASE HAS BEEN GIVEN TO ME BY CUSTOMERS THAT COME IN. CLIPPERS LIKE THESE ARE AT LEAST 50 YEARS OLD.))
[OUT Q=50-YEARS OLD.]
The former owner says he's not made many changes because he believes the old adage -- if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
[IN Q=THEY HAVEN'T WORN]
((SCAGGS; THEY HAVEN'T WORN OUT FOR ONE THING. YOU WANT TO LEAVE IT LIKE IT IS, AS LONG AS IT WORKS GOOD.))
[OUT Q=WORKS GOOD.]
Even when he did replace the cash register, he donated the antique to the Salem Historical Society, he purchased another one that fit the element of his business.
[IN Q=I WENT OUT]
((SCAGGS; I WENT OUT AND THEY TRIED TO SELL ME A COMPUTERIZED THING AND I SAID NO, I WANT THE SIMPLEST THING YOU CAN GET BECAUSE BARBERS AREN'T TOO SMART. WE DON'T NEED TO GET MESSED UP. Laughter))
Each of these floor tiles were put in place by hand in the same year.
Scaggs says the history-rich shop and some hard work has kept his regulars coming back, some of them for up to 80-years.
[IN Q=SINCE I'VE BEEN HERE]
((SCAGGS; SINCE I'VE BEEN HERE, I'VE HAD UP TO FOUR GENERATIONS OF PEOPLE.))
[OUT Q=OF PEOPLE.]
Leon Arledge has been a regular since 1960.
[IN Q=WE'VE HAD A LOT]
((LEON ARLEDGE/LONG TIME CUSTOMER; WE'VE HAD A LOT OF FUN THROUGH THE YEARS AND I HAVE REAL GOOD FRIENDS HERE IN RONNIE AND FREDDIE. THE OTHER TWO GENTLEMEN AS TIME GOES ON I'M SURE I'LL DEVELOP A REAL GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM. AND I APPRECIATE IT.))
[OUT Q=APPRECIATE IT.]
Ronald Lancaster is only the fifth proprietor of the barber shop.
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; KISER JANEY OPERATED THIS SHOE SHINE STAND FOR 25-YEARS UNTIL 1980. IT HAS NOT BEEN USED SINCE. STILL IT IS PART OF WHAT MAKES THIS BARBER SHOP UNIQUE. THAT'S WHY THE NEW OWNER SAYS IT WILL STAY.))
[IN Q=I KIND OF LIKE]
((RONALD LANCASTER/NEW OWNER; I KIND OF LIKE IT THE WAY IT IS. I LIKE THE OLD STYLE SHOP. I MIGHT CHANGE A FEW THINGS HERE, I'LL JUST HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE.))
[OUT Q=WAIT AND SEE.]
Next to Roanoke College, the barber shop is the oldest business in Salem to remain in continuous operation in the same location.
David Johnson, News 7, Salem.))
One of the world's most popular wrestlers is giving up the wrestling ring for a shot at the political ring.
"Hollywood Hulk" Hogan has announced his retirement from wrestling.
He plans to run for PRESIDENT in the 2000 election.
The 45-year-old former world champion says he was inspired to run for the nation's highest office after former wre
stler Jesse Ventura's election as Minnesota governor.
[IN Q=And brother]
((HULK HOGAN/PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: AND BROTHER, IF I CAN GET AMERICA BEHIND ME,JUST LIKE MINNESOTA GOT BEHIND JESSE,
WE SHALL TURN THE PAGE. WE SHALL GIVE AMERICA A BRAND NEW START.))
[SUPER=01-Hulk Hogan/Presidential Candidate;]
[OUT Q=brand new start]
Hogan says the U-S needs an honest person who will take over and think of America first.
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In sports, the Detroit Lions maul the Steelers in their annual Thanksgiving Day game.
Steve Mason has more on the overtime win and the questionable call that led to it.
Good Morning Steve.
[IN Q=Hello again]
[OUT Q=great Friday folks.]
Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
They say it's one of the biggest shopping days of the year, and stores are trying hard to get you to visit.
Many are running special sales and opening early.
Store owners suggest arriving early to find a parking space and a little breathing room.
A year after the devestating fire at Danville's Cabin Lake Apartments, residents are still picking up the pieces.
The burned out-buildings have been torn down, but former tenants say that doens't make the memories of the blaze go away.
Authorities have finished their investigation, but were not able to determine the cause of the fire.
About half of the forest fire burning in western Augusta County has been contained.
The man made-fire was started about a week ago and has burned 15-hundred acres so far.
Firefighters expect to have the blaze fully contained by Monday.
[Kimberly reads Time Off Promo]
After just hosting a big Thanksgiving dinner, you might be ready for someone ELSE to do the cooking--and maybe take in a little R and R....
The Brierley Hill Bed and Breakfast Country Inn has sat overlooking the Shenandoah Valley since 19-93.
The inn's owners say they wanted to build a place for busy professionals, like themselves, to relax.
[SOT 11:52:52 ]
[IN Q=I stayed in a few]
((CAROLE SPETON/OWNER: I STAYED IN A FEW BED AND BREAKFASTS, WHEN I WAS TRAVELLING AND THE IDEA APPEALED TO ME AS SOMETHING THAT I MIGHT WANT TO DO LATER IN LIFE BEFORE RETIREMENT AND THEN WHEN MY HUSBAND DECIDED TO CLOSE HIS OFFICE AND WE WERE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO-- THIS JUST SEEMED A NATURAL.))
[OUT Q=seemed a natural]
Brierley Hill is the first in a series of area bed and breakfasts we'll be profiling over the next few weekends on "Time Off"...
[GRAPHIC=Time Off FULL SCREEN]
That's coming up tomorrow at 8 A-M on News 7 Saturday Morning.
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