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Coming up on News 7 at 5, the House decides to expand it's impeachment inquiry of the President.
and a Lynchburg company is accused to dumping too much copper into the town's water treatment system.
After a chilly night, temperatures rebound quickly again tomorrow. Could be another record day.
This sunny afternoon about 75 community members showed up for a march in commemoration of World AIDS Day.
And some Roanoke citizens are getting a free ride to more medical attention.
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((I BELIEVE IT'S OUR DUTY TO EXAMINE ANY CREDIBLE EVIDENCE THAT MAY INDICATE CRIMINAL WRONGDOING BY THE RPESDEINT WHICH IN TURN MAY CONSTITUTE IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES.))
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And with that in mind the House judiciary committee votes to exapnd the impeachment inquiry.
Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
The judiciary committee will also look into whether President Clinton broke the law when raising funds for his 1996 presidential campaign.
Lee Cowan has the latest developments from Washington.
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[SUPER=01-Rep. Dick Gephardt/(D) House Minority Leader;]
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((CHAOS -- A WILD GOOSE CHASE -- A FISHING EXPEDITION.
DEMOCRATS USED ALL THOSE WORDS AND MORE TO CHARACTERIZE AND
CRITICIZE THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE'S EXPANDED INVESTIGATION INTO THE
PRESIDENT`S CAMPAIGN FUNDRAISING.
SUPER: REP. JOHN CONYERSD-MI: Expanding this inquiry at this date, at this late date, makes a mockery
because there is no time to seriously pursue any fact issues.
REP. DICK GEPHARDT/HOUSE MINORITY LEADER:
No one seems to be in charge, no one I grabbing the reins - drive this train.
THAT TRAIN'S NEXT STOP IS THE '96 CAMPAIGN. REPUBLICANS HAVE ORDERED FBI DIRECTOR LOUIS FREEH AND CHARLES LABELLA, A SENIOR JUSTICE
DEPARTMNT OFFICIAL, TO APPEAR WITH CONFIDENTIAL MEMOS IN HAND - MEMOS
THEY AUTHORED URGING THE APPOINTMENT OF AN INDEPENDENT COUNSEL TO
INVESTIGATE HOW THE PRESIDENT RAISED HIS FUNDS - A REQEUST THE ATTORNEY
GENERAL ULTIMATELY DENIED.
REP. BILL MCCOLLUM/R-FL: THIS COMMITTEE CANNOT TURN AWAY FROM INFORMATION THAT THE DIRECTOR OF
THE FBI AND OTHERS TELL US MAY BARE DIRECTLY ON THE RESOLUTION UNDER WHICH WE ARE OPERATING.
THE COMMITTEE BEGAN IT'S MORNING HEARING NOT TALKING ABOUT
FUNDRAISING, BUT ABOUT PERJURY AND BROUGHT TWO PEOPLE - A COACH AND A
DOCTOR --BEFORE THE PANEL TO TALK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM - BOTH
LIED UNDER OATH, BOTH ABOUT SEX, BOTH WERE PUNISHED.
BUT THE PURPOSE SEEMED LOST ON SOME LATER WITNESSES_EPERTS ON
PERJURY AND THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM.
HON. J. A. LEON HIGGINBOTHAM JR., RETIRED JUDGE:
You can not equate the President of the United States to a basketball coach from North Carolina.))[5-Poindexter]
The Roanoke chapter of the N-Double-A-C-P has mixed reaction to a couple of pepper spray incidents involving local police officers.
The organization congradulates the County's police department for its expeditous investigation and termination of Officer R-L Metcalf.
Metcalf sprayed 77-year old Goldie Akers in the face with pepper spray after stopping her for a traffic violation.
But Martin Jeffrey says he has several questions about the Roanoke City police and its investigation in the death of Derek Poindexter.
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[SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Local NAACP President;]
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A toxicology report yesterday indicated that Poindexter died of a cocaine overdose.
Jeffrey says too many inconsistencies in the investigation have brought several questions to his mind.
A deer hunter is in the hospital after being shot by his hunting partner.
34-year old Tony Wray (RAY) was hunting this morning on White Oak Mountain in Pittsylvania County.
The game commission says his friend, 27-year old William Jones, fired a shot at a deer and hit Wray in the chest and hand.
Wray is in stable condition after undergoing surgery.
At this time, no charges have been filed.
It is the biggest cooperate merger ever- as two oil giants join forces.
Exxon is spending more than 77-billion dollars to take over Mobil.
The merged company will be known as Exxon Mobile.
((ASSIMILATION OF TWO CULTURES IS NOT EASY BUT I BELIEVE OUR ORGANIZATIONS HAVE A COMMON COMMITTMENT TO QUALITY OAS WELL AS COMMON VALUES AND SIMILAR APPROACH TO CONDUCTING BUISNESS.))
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The merger will create the world's largest company- but industry analysts say it could lead to thousands of layofffs.
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Still to come on News 7, Virginia Tech Head Coach Frank Beamer schedules a late news conference,
And a business at Valley View Mall shuts down unexpectedly leaving some of its customers hanging.
A man accused of gunning down an employee at the Stanley Furniture plant is on trial today for murder.
Philip Boatman of Collinsville is charged with killing Daniel Mussleman.
The shooting happened in April in the parking lot of the furniture plant.
At the time, Mussleman was apparently dating Boatman's estranged wife.
A jury was selected this morning, and lawyers gave opening statements this afternoon.
The trial is expected to last three days.
Federal agents converged on a Lynchburg electronics plant today, trying to determine whether the facility is discharging too much copper into the city's water treatment plant.
About 40 agents from the E-P-A, F-B-I and the Department of Environmental Quality executed a search warrant at Waytec Electronics on McConnville Road.
Authorities say they have reason to believe Waytec has been putting out more copper waste than its permit allows.
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((SCOTT WEST/EPA SPECIAL AGENT: I'M NOT SAYING THAT THERE ARE HIGH LEVELS. I'M SAYING THAT WE HAVE ALLEGATIONS OF HIGH LEVELS OF COPPER THAT WOULD EXCEED PERMIT LIMITATIONS. WE HAVE PROBABLE CAUSE TO BELIEVE THAT THEY'RE COMING FROM THIS FACILITY WHICH IS WHY WE HAVE A WARRANT TO BE HERE, TO INVESTIGATE FURTHER TO MAKE THAT DETERMINATION.))
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West says there is NO public health threat from the plant.
Waytec will remain shut down for another day.
Customers of a Roanoke art store may not be able to pick up their Christmas gifts.
That's because Deck the Walls in Roanoke's Valley View Mall closed suddenly due to bankruptcy.
Some customers had already paid deposits to have prints framed.
Now, they can not pick up their merchandise.
The trustee, George Vogel, says he may re-open the store to deliver orders and sell remaining artwork -- but first he needs court permission.
The store's vice president, Patricia Allie, told the court she filed bankruptcy to keep from being thrown out of the mall.
But she says then, the locks were abruptly changed.
She says Christmas time profits could have kept the store open.
Bruce Vincent is a logger from Montana who says the time has come for a new environmental movement in this country.
Today, he urged Virginia farmers to become more active in shaping environmental policy.
Vincent leads the Alliance for America, a national group that represents farmers, ranchers, loggers, and property owners.
He says he supports environmental policies, that emphasize science over emotion, and education over litigation.
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((THERE'S A THIN LINE BETWEEN ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL INSANITY. AND THIS COUNTRY JOINED THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT 30 YEARS AGO. IT WAS TIMELY. IT WAS NECESSARY, BUT IT HASN'T MATURED BEYOND A THREE-WORD SLOGAN OF STOP DOING THAT. THERE'S GOING TO BE THREE BILLION PEOPLE ON THE PLANET. THEY'RE GOING TO WANT FOOD, CLOTHING AND SHELTER. SOMEHOW WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO PROVIDE FOR THEM.))
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Vincent is encouraging farmers to be more politically active. He says it's time for rural america to "engage the process" and make sure its voice is heard.
It hardly seems like the Christmas season with temperatures so warm outside, but if you are looking for something to get you into the holiday mood, Patrick Evans says you may want to head to the Roanoke Civic Center auditorium.
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Pop sensation Jim Brickman will be performing here in Roanoke this evening, and his fine piano-playing will put you into the holiday spirit despite the warm weather.
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Patrick Evans joins us from the Civic Center Auditorium, where he has an exclusive interview with this up-and-coming pianist.
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Coming up On health check --
Today marks a year long HIV and AIDS awareness campaign geared towards youth.
Local activities surrounding World AIDS Day are aimed at teaching teenagers the number one way NOT to get AIDS.
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((ROB MORROW/AIDS COUNCIL OF WESTERN VIRGINIA: ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE WANT TO TELL YOUNG FOLKS IS THAT ABSTINENCE ISN'T NECESSARILY A BAD THING.))
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Today is World Aids Day and the emphasis this year is on children with AIDS.
President Clinton commemorated the day with a promise of money to help children who are orphaned by the disease.
The president earmarked 10 million dollars for the 40 million children experts estimate will be left without parents by the year two thousand and ten.
Clinton says the world is making progress in the battle against AIDS, but its not enough.
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Dramatic new numbers are out from the state health department tonight on AIDS cases in Virginia.
And they are good news.
New AIDS and HIV cases in Virginia are on the decline.
In 1997, AIDS cases declined three percent over the previous year.
HIV cases declined 1 and half percent.
In 1998, new AIDS cases have, through November, declined 15-point-7 percent.
HIV cases are down 13-point-8 percent over the year before.
But there's bad news for specific groups.
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((SUSAN POLLARD/VIRGINIA DEPT. OF HEALTH: AFRICAN AMERICANS FOR EXAMPLE. IN 1997, WE SAW THAT THEY REPRESENTED 71-PERCENT OF THE HIV CASES AND APPROXIMATELY 62-PERCENT OF THE AIDS CASES. THEY'RE BEING DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECTED.))
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AIDS deaths are on the decline though... from an epidemic peak in 1995 of 872 deaths... to 378 deaths in 1997.
Only 230 deaths are projected in Virginia this year.
That means about 11-thousand-500 Virginians are living with AIDS or HIV right now... which places new stresses on the public health system.
We'll have more on that on NEWS 7 at SIX.[5-AIDS-Day]
In observance of World AIDS day today marchers took to the streets of Roanoke.
From Elmwood Park to the Red Cross on Church Avenue participants held banners and photos of loved ones who have died or are living with HIV.
The theme this year is "Be a force for change" and today marks a year long awareness effort focused on young adults and teenagers.
But along with public education today also comes remembrance.
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((ROB MORROW/AIDS COUNCIL OF WESTERN VIRGINIA: IN THE TIME THAT I HAVE WORKED HERE WITH CLIENTS THROUGH CASE MAMNGEMENT I THINK I'VE PROBABLY BURIED AROUND 200 TO 250 PEOPLE I'VE JUST STOPPED COUNTING, PERSONALLY, I'VE HAD SEVEN VERY CLOSE FRIENDS WHO HAVE DIED AND DOZENS OF PEOPLE I'VE KNOWN.))
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At the Red Cross participants hung angels on a Christmas tree to symbolize friends and loved ones they have lost to AIDS.
And for those who couldn't attend today's activities, a Candlelight Vigil is scheduled for tonight at 7:00 at the Jefferson Center Atrium.
Getting around just got a little easier for dozens of senior citizens.
The League of Older Americans is expanding its free van rides for the elderly.
Up to now, the agency could only give people a lift to the doctor's.
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((SUSAN WILLIAMS/LOA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: AND THIS IS GOING TO HELP PEOPLE GET NOT ONLY TO THE DOCTOR'S BUT TO THE GROCERY STORE, TO THE DRUG STORE, OR TO SOCIAL SECURITY AND THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT.))
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A grant from the Foundation for the Roanoke Valley is paying for the new service.
In Sports, Hokies fans are anxiously awaiting news out of Blackburg
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Good afternoon everyone. Welcome to the Two Minute Ticker.
And as sports fans know during the football season Tuesday is for Tech and in just a little more than 15 minutes Hokies will know if Coach Frank Beamer plans to stay in town.
Coach and Athletic Director Jim Weaver have called a press conference for 5:45 this afternoon.
It is believe Beamer will announce his intentions for next season.
Beamer met with Clemson officials over the weekend to talk about the Tiger's coaching vacancy.
But sources say he plans to stay at Tech.
Mike Stevens will have more from the press conference in just a moment.
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Meanwhile the Hokies are headed to Nashville for the Holiday Bowl Season.
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Yesterday Music City Bowl officials announced Virginia Tech would be a part of the inaugural game.
The Hokies' opponent will be from the S-E-C will be named next week.
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Weaver says Tech fans set attendance record this year and hope many of them will make the six and a half hour drive to Nashville, for the December 29th game.
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The Virginia Tech Lady Hokies remained undefeated last night by trouncing 17th ranked U-V-A.
The more than 51-hundred fans in the stands broke previous attendance records for women's basketball in the Cassell.
At times the noise was deafening, but the sound acted as a stimulant for the players.
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This is the first time Tech has beaten U-V-A since the '94-95 season.
There's more News 7 at Five coming up after this.[Live-Beamer]
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As Roy Stanley told you Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer is about to announce his future plans.
Mike Stevens is at Virginia Tech were he has some indication as to what Beamer will announce.