The House Judiciary Committee now has a reponse from President Clinton to its long list of legal questions regarding the impeachment inquiry into the Monica Lewinsky affair.
Jonathan Freed has the details.
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((SOT: CLINTON RETURNING FROM CAMP DAVID.
The President returned from his Thanksgiving getaway earlier than
expected...with the White House insisting it had nothing to do with
answering the House Judiciary Committee's questions.
The President's answers came three weeks after the questions were sent
to him by committee chair, Henry Hyde.
SOT: MEDIA PICKING UP COPIES AT WHITE HOUSE.
They were submitted to Capitol Hill...and released to the media at the
The committee had asked Mr. Clinton to admit or deny allegations in the
Monica Lewinsky affair...an attempt to narrow the focus of the
Among other things, the President was asked whether he gave false and
misleading testimony under oath in the Paula Jones case. And whether he
formally admits that this public denial was false and misleading.
SUPER: JANUARY 1998.
SOT (CLINTON): I DID NOT HAVE SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH THAT WOMAN.
The President has responded by insisting that his grand jury testimony
was not false or misleading. He repeats that several times...including
regarding his testimony that he did not know Lewinsky had been
subpoenaed in the Jones case.
The chair of the Judiciary Committee has told the President that his
legal team will be given a chance to mount a defense before the
committee...sometime around December 8th.
There are reports that articles of impeachment are already being
drafted...involving perjury, obstruction of justice, and abuse of power.
But nothing would be finalized until after hearing the president's
The President prefaced his answers with the statement that he hoped his
responses would lead to a speedy and fair resolution of the controversy.
STAND-UP (JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS): AND AS ALL THIS IS HAPPENING, THE
IDEA OF CENSURING THE PRESIDENT, AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO IMPEACHMENT, IS
BEING DISCUSSED MORE AND MORE ON CAPITOL HILL...WITH DEMOCRATS AND
REPUBLICANS TALKING ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY. J-F...WASHINGTON.
A head on collision in Northwest Roanoke injured several people.
It happened yesterday afternoon just before 5 on Rugby Boulevard.
Police say A Dodge Daytona rounded a blind curve on the wrong side of the road and hit a Ford Escort.
19 year old Jimar Hubbard was driving the Dodge at the time of the accident. He was taken to the Nuerotrauma Intensive Care unit at Carilion Roanoke Memorial hospital, as well as 22 year old Passenger Stephen Jennings. A hospital spokesperson says both are in Stable condtion this morning.
Published Reports say The escorts driver 19 year Margo Saunders suffered several broken bones. No word on her condition.
No charges have been filed. The accident is still under investigation.
There has been another deadly hunting accident in Franklin County.
Authorities say a 24-year-old Toby Gearhart was killed after his uncle, 37 year old Hubert Wayne Hodges reportedly mistook him for a deer, and shot him.
Yesterdays accident occurred around 8-30 in the morning in a mountainous region of the Endicott area.
Less than two weeks ago, Franklin County High School student Raymond Hall was shot and killed by his older brother Verlon Hall while the two were hunting deer.
That shooting took place in the Cahas (KAY-hahs) Mountain section of the county.
The forest fire in Augusta County is nearly contained.
A little bit of rain- -together with helicopters ferrying water to hot spots along the edge of the fire- -gave firefighters an edge in extinguishing the blaze.
[IN Q=We have some]
((WE HAVE SOME LINES THAT WE're STILL NOT VERY KEEN ABOUT. THEY'RE NOT AS SECURE AS WE'D LIKE TO HAVE THEM. SO THEY'RE EXPANDING THOSE LINES, MAKING THEM MORE SECURE. WE ALSO HAVE CREWS RIGHT UP AGAINST THE FIRE. SOMETHING WE HADN'T BEEN ABLE TO DO.))
[OUT Q=able to do.]
There have been a couple of minor injuries to firefighters.
The Forest Service is investigating the exact cause of this 16-hundred acre fire, but they believed it started in the Stony Lick area and that it was man-made.
Two other- -much SMALLER- -forest fires have been reported in these extremely dry conditions... one near Clifton Forge, another in Craig County.
Anna Wentworth takes a look at "Enemy of the State" in this weeks movie review.
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[SUPER=18-Anna Wentworth/Movie Critic;]
[SUPER=18-"Enemy of the State";]
[super=18-Anna's Grade "B";]
[OUT Q=cathartic scene]
(("Enemy of the State" feeds into any paranoia one might have about
government surveillance and control over citizens' daily lives. Will
is labor attorney Robert Dean who finds his life a shambles because of
incriminating tape he doesn't even know he has. The Agency, led by cold
blooded Jon Voight, has to discredit him in case he finds and publicizes
the tape. Dean is then pursued, intimidated, has his reputation
and his marriage and life threatened. On the run, Dean teams up with
Hackman's character known only as "Brill", a renegade who used to work
The movie veers from slow build-up to hyperactive fast-forward
action that moves at an exhausting breathtaking pace. "Enemy of the
gets a B. Not everything adds up or makes sense, but it doesn't really
matter; and there is a great final cathartic conclusion.))
If you're thinking this weekend would be a perfect time to cut a Christmas tree, you're probably right.
But, if you're thinking this year was a great year to grow a tree, you're dead wrong.
Ellen Qualls reports on the drought that may dry up the Christmas tree market six or eight years from now.
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[SUPER=03-Henrico Co.; :00]
[SUPER=01-Norm Edwards/Rolling Oaks Farm; :20]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Henrico Co.]
((Central Virginia's Rolling Oaks Farm got less than an inch of rainfall this year.
That's not much.
((NORM EDWARDS/ROLLING OAKS FARM: WE STARTED LOSING FIRST OF ALL THE SEEDLINGS THAT WE PLANTED THIS SPRING. AND ONCE MOST OF THOSE KIND OF WENT BY THE WAYSIDE, WE STARTED LOSING LAST YEAR'S SEEDLINGS. AND THAT'S WHAT REALLY STARTS TO BOTHER US. WE CAN KIND OF RECOVER FROM ONE YEAR. BUT WHEN WE START GETTING TWO YEARS IN A ROW, IT'S GONNA HURT US DOWNSTREAM.))
That could mean a Christmas tree shortage, as soon as Y2K plus four-- or 2004.
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((FOUR THOUSAND FEET OF PIPE ACTUALLY IRRIGATE THIS FIELD. BUT A TREE LIKE THIS IS NOT GOING TO GET ANY WATER IF IT'S SPRINKLED FROM A SPRINKLER BLOCKED BY A ROW OF TREES LIKE THIS.))
((NORM EDWARDS/ROLLING OAKS FARM: WELL WE PLANTED OUT ABOUT TWO THOUSAND SEEDLINGS THIS PAST YEAR. SO WE'VE LOST OVER 15- HUNDRED.))
((NORM EDWARDS/ROLLING OAKS FARM: IT'S JUST FRUSTRATING. YOU KNOW THERE'S NO SENSE IN SITTING AROUND AND CRYING ABOUT IT. WE'LL RECOVER.))
Norm Edwards spent last year as the President of the Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association.
So he knows just how bad it is for the industry statewide.
((NORM EDWARDS/ROLLING OAKS FARM: I KNOW I WAS TALKING TO GROWERS IN THE MOUNTAINS, OVER IN THE VALLEY, AND WHAT HAVE YOU OVER THE WEEKEND. AND THEY DON'T SEEM TO BE AS AFFECTED AS BAD AS WE WERE.))
So some good news-- tree farms in western Virginia could help fill a Christmas tree vacuum in about six years.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Henrico Co.))
25 years have passed since 25- young women changed history and were admitted to the Virginia Tech's Corp of Cadets.
In the fall of 1973, the first women were admitted to the Corp to boost enrollment.
At the time, anti- war sentiment was high on college campuses.
But what did the male cadet's think?
[IN Q=Most embraced]
((EMILY DAVIS/VIRGINIA TECH GRADUATE:MOST EMBRACED US, OTHERS WERE NOT AS HAPPY, THERE WERE UNITS THAT WEREN'T LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THEIR HISTORY, THEIR TRADITION OF THE CORE, BEING CHANGED BY ADMISSION OF THE WOMEN, MY HUSBAND WAS NOT HAPPY. ))
[SUPER=01-Emily Davis/Virginia Tech Graduate; :00]
[OUT Q=not happy.]
Back then, the women were pioneers deciding most everything down to the color of their hair ribbons.
But none regret the experience.
Kim Snider says her mom was the one who encouraged her to join.
[IN Q=When I ]
((KIM SNIDER/VIRGINIA TECH GRADUATE: WHEN I FIRST CAME AND WAS GOING THROUGH ORIENTATION SHE SAID WELL, YOU COULD BE COMMISSIONED IN THE MILITARY, SO SHE WENT TO THE MEETING WHILE I WAS DOING OTHER THINGS AND WHEN I SHOWED UP ON CAMPUS I HAD NO IDEA WHAT THE CORE OF CADETS WAS BUT I FOUND OUT REAL QUICK. ))
[SUPER=01-Kim Snider/Virginia Tech Graduate; :00]
[OUT Q=real quick.]
The women say more than anything the experience allowed them a chance to form strong friendships.
Last night they held a reunion on the Tech campus.
If a Predator and a Duck, duked it out who would you pick to win? And if the Duck was a Mighty one?
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In a game where two sub-500 teams take the ice The Predators get the edge Patric Kjellberg (SHELL'-burg) puts in the loose puck for one of his two goals.
Anaheim's Paul Kariya extends his scoring streak to 11 straight games but Nashville wins this one three to one.
In Pittsburgh, the Rangers Brain Leetch gets New York the early lead.
But the Penguins tie it up with 15 seconds left in regulation and the game ends in a two-two tie.
Top ranked Duke survived 37-percent first half shooting and a half-time tie.
The Blue Devils reach the championship of the Great Alaskan Shootout by beating Fresno State 93-to-82.
This week we visited Sherry Crumley with Hunters for the Hungry. She'll tell us a little about the program, and show us a great way to cook venison.
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If you are interested in this recipe send us a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the address on your screen or you can check out our web site under the weekend morning's section.
And, don't forget if you'd like to cook your family recipe on the weekend diner, send in a note with your recipe, name, address and phone number.
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Here's a look at today's top stories.
Two people are in Roanoke Memorial's Intensive Care Unit today after a head-on collision in Northwest Roanoke.
It happened Friday afternoon on Rugby Boulevard.
Police say a Dodge Daytona rounded a blind curve on the wrong side of the road and hit a Ford Escort.
19-year old Jimar Hubbard and 22-year old Stephen Jennings are both reported to be in stable condition this morning.
Another hunting accident has claimed the life of a Franklin County man.
Authorities say 24-year old, Toby Gearhart, was shot when his uncle, Hubert Wayne Hodges, reportedly mistook him for a deer.
It happened around eight-thirty Friday morning in the Endicott area.
The investigation is continuing and charges are pending.
A man who tried to rob a store at Valley-View Mall after crashing into the storefront, found out his "crash-and-carry" plan wouldn't work.
Abdul Almasori drove his vehicle through the glass doors near J-C Penney Friday morning, then tried to rob a formal wear store.
Police apprehended Almasori and arrested him.
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And that's what's making news on this Saturday November 28-th.
We'll be back in just a minute.
The man who crashed into an entrance at Valley View Mall is in custody but the repairs are just beginning...
both outside the mall and at Mitchell's Formal Wear.
Police say Abdul Almasori drove through this entrance near J-C Penney early Friday morning.
He then tried to rob the formal wear store.
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((TOBY WATSON/MITCHELL'S FORMAL WEAR: TWO BIG PANELS TO THE FRONT HAVE BEEN BUSTED. OF COURSE, THERE LOOKS LIKE THERE'S DAMAGE TO SOME TUXEDO COATS--THE GLASS IS EMBEDDED IN THE COATS AND IT WAS JUST A TOTAL MESS THIS MORNING.))
[SUPER=01-Toby Watson/Mitchell's Formal Wear;]
[OUT Q=mess this morning.]
Police caught up with the would-be robber, doused him with pepper spray and arrested him.
Meanwhile, workers were putting up temporary doors at the crash site last night.
A news paper reports says Seattle Police know who shot a city bus driver yesterday, causing the bus to fly off a bridge.
But they are still trying to find out why.
The report says the shooter was a passenger, who then shot himself in the head.
But police would not confirm this.
The driver was shot in the arm, but died after he was thrown from bus as it crashed through the Aurora Bridge guardrail and fell nearly 40 feet.
[IN Q=I HEARD ]
((I HEARD THIS HORRIBLE NOISE AND THOUGHT OH NO AN ACCIDENT ON THE BRIDGE AND I SAW THIS BUS JUST GO FLYING OFF THE BRIDGE IN A SWIRL OF GLASS AND METAL. I WAS STUNNED.))
[OUT Q=I WAS STUNNED]
The bus hit an apartment building on the way down.
30 passengers were injured, one critically.
The Wilderness Leadership Academy will lose its license from the state Department of Education, unless it can clean up its act by January.
But children at this school for troubled boys say Education Department reports do not show the whole picture.
Tina Tenret shows us the conditions inside the school.
[IN Q=15-year-old Kevin Yopp]
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[SUPER=01-Kevin Yopp/Former Student; :15--QUICK]
[SUPER=01-Todd Daniel/Assistant Director; :35]
[SUPER=01-Mike Posey/Student; 1:14]
[SUPER=01-Chris Thoma/Education Coordinator; 1:35]
[OUT Q=TT, Botetourt County.]
((15-year-old Kevin Yopp says the Wilderness Leadership Academy is his home and his family.
But he was transferred out after an Education Department report in September called the school unsafe and unsanitary.
[IN Q=To the sexual molesting]
((KEVIN YOPP/FORMER STUDENT: TO THE SEXUAL MOLESTING I DISAGREE WITH THAT. NONE OF THAT GOES ON HERE THAT I KNOW OF.))
[OUT Q=that I know of]
Todd Daniel has worked here for three years.
He watched staff and students leave after the Department's report.
Counselors are only paid 16-thousand-dollars a year to start, but they all took a pay cut to keep the school open.
[IN Q=I've never seen]
((TODD DANIEL/ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: I'VE NEVER SEEN AN UNSAFE ACT. THERE'S NEVER BEEN A KID WHO'S BEEN INJURED HERE EXCEPT FOR THINGS IN DAILY ACTIVITIES. NOTHING LIFE THREATENING FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS.))
[OUT Q=FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS]
Hammers and nails have hit the Wilderness Leadership Academy.
Dirty carpets have been ripped up and the floors are getting new tiles.
Bedrooms are clean with new paint, ceiling fans, and unbreakable security lights.
A new dishwasher and a full-time cook are expected to keep the kitchen clean.
And 16-year-old Mike Posey led his fellow students to repaint their classrooms, fix broken windows, and clean the carpets.
[IN Q=Before I came here]
((MIKE POSEY/STUDENT: BEFORE I CAME HERE I DIDN'T CARE ABOUT NOTHING. YOU KNOW, WHAT I DID, I JUST DID IT AND NOT WORRIED ABOUT IT. SINCE I'VE BEEN HERE THEY'VE HELPED ME WITH IT AND I CARE MORE ABOUT THINGS AND NOW I THINK ABOUT THINGS BEFORE I DO THEM.))
[OUT Q=BEFORE I DO THEM]
Staff members say important records were NOT being kept until the Education Department cracked down -- but now supervisors make sure every T is crossed.
[IN Q=Our focus is always]
((CHRIS THOMA/EDUCATION COORDINATOR: OUR FOCUS IS ALWAYS ON THE KIDS ... ARE MET THERE.))
[OUT Q=ARE MET THERE]
The Education Department will conduct a full inspection in January to see whether the Wilderness Leadership Academy deserves another license.
Tina Tenret News7 Botetourt County.))
Yesterday, Shoppers flocked to the stores in Roanoke on what is traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year.
[IN Q=Very hectic ]
[SUPER=01-Margaret Harding/Roanoke Shopper;]
[OUT Q=but fun]
75-thousand people were expected at Valley View Mall alone.
It's a day retailers count on to guage the upcoming shopping season.
((LOUISE DUDLEY/MALL MGR.: TODAY IS VERY IMPORTANT TO US. HOW SALES DO TODAY WILL GIVE US AN INDICATOR IF WE'RE GONNA HAVE A STRONG DECEMBER AS WELL.))
[out-q=December as well.]
[super=01-Louise Dudley/Valley View Mall Manager]
The new exit ramp off of 581 leading to Valley View seemed to help traffic move along.
Extended shopping hours also helped disperse the crowd, but made for some weary workers.
[IN-Q=It has been a really busy day]
((ALL DAY LONG, TONS OF CUSTOMERS, NOT EVERYONE IN A GREAT MOOD.))
[super=01-Erin Peters/Express Employee]
[OUT-Q=a great mood.]
Some people do not want to get mixed up in the holiday shopping frenzy.....
So it's no surprise a record number of people doing their shopping in CYBER-space.
This Blacksburg man has a closet full of stuff he's bought at virtual shopping malls.
And that's where he plans to spend at least some of his money this holiday season.
[IN Q=i PROBABLY]
((BEAMISH: I PROBABLY SPEND MORE SHOPPING ON THE INTERNET THAN I WOULD SPEND SHOPPING REGULARLY BECAUSE IT'S A LOT EASIER AND I DON'T HAVE TO GO OUT.))
[SUPER=01-Rich Beamish/Internet Shopper;]
[OUT Q=GO OUT]
One poll says there's going to be a 300-percent increase in the number of computer users who do their holiday shopping online.
But few experts think so-called "e-commerce" will ever be as popular as shopping the old-fashioned way.
[IN Q=quite frankly]
((GASSMAN: QUITE FRANKLY WE TAKE A TABLE-POUNDING POSITION THAT SAYS "NO." CONSUMERS ARE NOT GOING TO BE SO INFATUATED WITH E-COMMERCE THAT THEY WILL STOP GOING TO THE STORES.))
[SUPER=01-Ken Gassman/Retail Analyst;]
[OUT Q=TO THE STORES]
[online books, cds, mall from "Internet Shopping" tape #2]
Analysts point out that online shopping is a lot like buying things from a catalog.
But catalogs have been around for years.
And still, 97-percent of retail sales are made at real stores.
After a relaxing Thanksgiving feast, many folks are busy again preparing for the NEXT big holiday.
But if you're looking for a weekend escape, or just a night off from Christmas shopping, a bed-and-breakfast could offer a nice break.
Over the next few weeks, Kimberly McBroom will profile several area inns.
In THIS week's "Time Off", she takes us up to Lexington's Brierley Hill.
[IN Q=Since building and opening]
[SUPER=01-Carole Speton/Owner; :10]
[SUPER=01-Barry Speton/Owner; :40]
[OUT Q=McBroom, News 7.]
((Since building and opening Brierley Hill five years ago, Carole Speton says she's noticed other bed-and-breakfasts popping up all over Virginia.
((CAROLE SPETON/OWNER: AND I THINK THE BUSINESS HAS GONE FROM RENTING OUT YOUR DAUGHTER'S AND SON'S WHEN THEY GO OFF TO COLLEGE. IT'S MORE NOW A BUSINESS AND PEOPLE ARE OFFERING THE AMENITIES THAT TRAVELERS EXPECT WHEN THEY GO TO HOTELS.
BUT IT'S NOT QUITE AS CASUAL, PERHAPS, AS IT USED TO BE.))
Carole and her husband, Barry moved here from Vancouver, British Columbia, where he'd worked as an attorney.
Together, they decided to venture into the hospitality business, despite not having any prior experience.
((BARRY SPETON/OWNER: I'VE ALWAYS ADVISED OTHERS THAT CHANGE AND RISK ARE GOOD AND FINALLY, I TOOK SOME OF MY OWN ADVICE, AND IT'S BEEN WELL WORTHWHILE.))
Brierley Hill has established itself as a haven for professionals needing a break, as well as for international travelers.
British tourists, in particular find the name interesting...
"Brierley Hill" is a town in England-- that name also appears on the Spetons' clock in the main foyer.
There are five bedrooms upstairs and a private two- room suite on the bottom floor.
All rooms have private baths and breathtaking views, but only a few have T-V's and phones.
The Spetons also refer their guests to the many local tourist attractions.
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((CAROLE SPETON/OWNER: SOMETIMES, THEY DON'T DO TOO MUCH EXPLORING. THEY'LL SIT ON THE VERANDA AND READ A BOOK, OR MAYBE WATCH A MOVIE OR WATCH TELEVISION, AND GENERALLY, RELAX AND GET AWAY FROM THE PRESSURES OF THEIR JOBS.))
The Spetons say most of their clientele comes via the Internet at w-w-w- DOT-BrierleyHill-DOT-com.
Rates run between 90 and 140- dollars a night, depending on your choice of rooms.
And gift certificates the inn are also available.
As a personal touch, journals are provided for guests to document what they enjoyed about their stay.
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((CAROLE SPETON/OWNER: I THINK WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO OFFER IS A REST FROM YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE, AND I THINK, THE MORE YOU CAN GIVE PEOPLE THAT FEELING OF NOT HAVING TO JUMP UP AND ANSWER THE PHONE, THE BETTER THE LIKE THEIR WEEKEND.))
Next week we'll check in on Salem's Inn at Burwell Place, already decked out for the holiday season.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
A holiday tradition in Roanoke has a new look this year.
The History Museum of Western Virginia opened its annual Fantasyland exhibit yesterday.
It's a collection of scenes, mechanical figures and toys that appeared in department store windows many years ago.
The two working O-scale train layouts are new this year.
And many pieces, like Santa's Sleigh and some elves have been restored.
Fantasyland will be open every day but Monday, between now and Christmas.
The museum also opened a new exhibit that looks back at the history of Roanoke's airport.
Wings over Woodrum Field includes airplane models, toys and other memorabilia.