[7Fire-Emergency]

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Governor Gilmore has declared a cautionary state of emergency in Virginia because of drought and extreme fire danger.
The danger is at level "four."
"Five" is when fire has already broken out.
The emergency order puts Forestry, Emergency Services, and National Guard personnel and equipment on standby.
It authorizes the use of blackhawk helicopters to fight the fires.
It's the first time since 19-95 that the blackhawks have been on standby.

[7S-Goodlatte-Impeachment]


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Bob Goodlatte has taken a stand against President Clinton.
The Republican said yesterday that he believes the President lied under oath.
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Roanoke's congressman sits on the House Judiciary Committee, which is considering articles of impeachment.
Yesterday, some Democrats on the committee said they've seen no proof the president committed perjury.
That brought this response from Goodlatte:
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[IN Q=The evidence]

((REP. BOB GOODLATTE (R) ROANOKE: THE EVIDENCE BEFORE THIS COMMITTEE, UNREBUTTED BY THE PRESIDENT, INDICATES THAT HE LIED. THE PRESIDENT TOLD A SERIES OF LIES UNDER OATH, BASED UPON THE EVIDENCE BEFORE THE COMMITTEE.))
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The committee voted to expand its investigation to include Clinton - Gore fundraising tactics.
The panel also heard testimony from some convicted perjurers.
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[7S-Deck-Walls]


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Some Roanoke shoppers may feel like they've been framed-
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now that Deck the Walls framing store in Valley View Mall has gone bankrupt.
Customers who paid deposits for special orders suddenly find the store closed and bankrupt.
Trustee George Vogel says he may be able to re-open the store and deliver customers' merchandise, but he's not sure.
He says he will try to meet with customers this week.
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[7S-DeWease]


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After spending nearly a quarter century in prison, a Montgomery County bomber is a free man.
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Frank DeWease got out of jail in Arlington November 10th.
Authorities have no idea where he is at the moment.
He has NO further probation obligations.
DeWease spent 24 years in prison and then jail this fall for the 19-74 revenge bombing that blew the hands off Commonwealth's Attorney Patrick Graybeal.
DeWease told NEWS 7 in April that he might go home to Montgomery County.
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[7E-Hollins-Murder]


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Hollins University is providing counseling to students in the wake of a murder in Paris.
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French police are still trying to determine who killed Blair Collings of Rockville, Indiana. Collings was found stabbed to death in a telephone both last Friday.
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The 20-year old French major from (Wa-BASH) Wabash College was one of 20-students participating in the Hollins Abroad-Paris Program.
The investigation into the murder is continuing.
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[7E-Legacy-Museum]


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A big corporate donation is helping to establish a black history museum in Lynchburg.
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The Legacy Museum was presented with a check for 20- thousand dollars from printing giant R-R Donnelly, which operates a plant in Lynchburg.
Organizers say they've received about two- thirds of the estimated 300- thousand dollars needed to renovate this home on Monroe Street.
The Legacy Museum will highlight the achievements and contributions of Lynchburg's black citizens.
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Taking a look now at your midweek forecast..
Another pleasant day ahead, with sunny skies, light winds, and more mild temperatures. Highs should climb to about 70 degrees.
Clear skies stick around during the overnight hours. Look for lows to range from the mid-30s to the low-40s.
The extended forecast...
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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 12/3/98
Thursday:

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Despite being wooed by other universities--- football coach Frank Beamer is staying at Virginia Tech.
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((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
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The winningest coach in Tech history was courted by both Clemson and South Carolina.
He visited both schools this week, but last night said he's extended his contract at Tech.
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Beamer has run the Hokies' program for 12 years.

He's brought six straight bowl bids and national rankings to the team. [45Car-Tax]


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No car tax doesn't mean no decal.
As Eric Earnhart reports, even without the tax Roanoke City and County residents will still have to purchase a sticker.
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((Like many automobile owners, Susan Kwilecki is sick of stickers...

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((SUSAN KWILECKI/MOTORIST; YOU PAY SO MUCH FOR THE CAR, THEN THIS STICKER, AND THEN THE ADDITIONAL STATE TAX AND THE LOCAL TAX, IT'S RIDICULOUS;)) [RUNS12]
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But though the car tax is on the way out... the 20 dollar decal that proves you paid it isn't going anywhere.

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((DAVID ANDERSON/ROANOKE CITY TREASURER; THEY STILL NEED TO GET A DECAL, AND WE'LL STILL MAIL THEM A BILL FOR THAT DECAL.)) [RUNS04]
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Roanoke County's tax collector says the decals have been around since the 60's
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((ALFRED ANDERSON/ROANOKE COUNTY TREASURER; AND IT WAS AN ENFORCEMENT MECHANISM TO ENFORCE THE COLLECTION OF PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXES.)) [RUNS07]
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And he says it will still needed, because, in reality, the car tax will still be around.

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((ALFRED ANDERSON/ROANOKE COUNTY TREASURER; THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS STILL HAVE CAR TAXES ON THE BOOKS, IT'S JUST A MATTER OF INSTEAD OF THE PUBLIC, THE LOCAL PUBLIC PAYING IT, THE MONIES ARE COMING FROM RICHMOND TO PAY IT.)) [RUNS14]
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But Richmond isn't paying a dime to replace the money generated by decals.

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((DAVID ANDERSON/ROANOKE CITY TREASURER; IT'S A GENERAL FUND REVENUE ITEM, IN ROANOKE CITY IN THE LAST FISCAL YEAR IT WAS ABOUT A MILLION-SEVEN HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS.)) [RUNS10]
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Some car owners are not happy to hear they'll still get a bill, when their car tax is eliminated.

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((BARRY WISEMAN/MOTORIST; WELL, I CAN'T SAY WHAT IT'D SAY... I DON'T AGREE WITH IT.)) [RUNS06]
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[45E-Waytec]


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A federal investigation is underway to determine if a Lynchburg company discharged too much copper into the city's water treatment system.
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About forty agents converged on the Waytec Electronics plant on McConnville Road yesterday.
E-P-A officials want to know whether Waytec has been discharging more toxic copper waste than its permits allow.
Waytec makes circuit boards for various electronic products.
Its 200 employees were sent home early yesterday.
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[45Poultry-Regulation]


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Proposed regulations on poultry farming have some Virginia farmers up at arms.
The bill in the state senate's agriculture committee would direct the state water control board to develop rules to reduce nutrient discharges from farms that raise chickens and turkeys.
One farmer said his industry already faces more regulations than any other.


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Checking the mid- week forecast--
Look for more sunshine and near record high temperatures again today, with highs around 70.
Mostly clear and chilly overnight, with lows in the upper 30s.
As for the rest of the week, not much change.
Continued sunny, with highs in the 60s and 70s.
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The lack of rainfall this year has contributed to extreme fire danger across the Commonwealth, and Governor Gilmore has declared a "cautionary" state of emergency.
The fire danger is at level "four."
"Five" is when fire has already broken out.
The emergency order puts Forestry, Emergency Services, and National Guard personnel and equipment on standby.
It authorizes the use of blackhawk helicopters to fight the fires.
It's the first time since 19-95 that the blackhawks have been on standby.

[8S-Goodlatte-Impeachment]


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At least ONE local Congressman has made it clear which side he's on in the Presidential impeachment inquiry--
Republican Bob Goodlatte stated yesterday that he thinks the President did commit perjury.
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Roanoke's congressman sits on the House Judiciary Committee, which is considering articles of impeachment.
Yesterday, some Democrats on the committee said they've seen no proof the president committed perjury.
That brought this response from Goodlatte:
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[IN Q=The evidence]

((REP. BOB GOODLATTE (R) ROANOKE: THE EVIDENCE BEFORE THIS COMMITTEE, UNREBUTTED BY THE PRESIDENT, INDICATES THAT HE LIED. THE PRESIDENT TOLD A SERIES OF LIES UNDER OATH, BASED UPON THE EVIDENCE BEFORE THE COMMITTEE.))
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The committee voted to expand its investigation to include Clinton - Gore fundraising tactics.
The panel also heard testimony from some convicted perjurers.
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[8-5-Funding-Aids]


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World AIDS day brought some good news from the state health department about Virginia's statistics--
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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.
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That means about 11-thousand-500 Virginians are living with AIDS or HIV right now... which places new stresses on the public health system.

[8-5-Huckleberry-Trail]


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After 10 years in the making, folks are ready to hit the new Huckleberry Trail--
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Yesterday morning, residents and dignitaries gathered to mark the final completion of the "rails to trails" project in Montgomery County.
The Huckleberry is a nearly six mile paved trail that connects Blacksburg with Christiansburg-- along what used to be the Huckleberry Railroad.
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((BILL ELLENBOGEN:I THINK OF IT LIKE CENTRAL PARK IN NEW YORK, SOMEONE HAD A VISION HUNDREDS OF YEARS AGO TO PRESERVE SOME LAND. NOW, CENTRAL PARK IS THERE FOR ALL TIME TO COME. WELL IF WE DON'T PRESERVE SOME THINGS FOR THE FUTURE IN OUR COMMUNITY AS THEY GROWN, THEN WE'LL LOSE THE OPPORTUNITY, AND THE HUCKLEBERRY IS A TRIBUTE TO THAT. ))
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Supporters of the project would like to expand the trail even further into Christiansburg and even as far as (pan-dap-us) Pandapas pond.
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Turning your attention now to weather--
Sunny and unseasonably mild again today, with highs around 70.
Mostly clear and chilly tonight, with lows falling into the upper 30s.
The four day outlook stays partly to mostly sunny skies, with temperatures still running in the 60s and 70s for highs.
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