A historic Chicago landmark goes up in flames.
And an answer to the questions about Frank Beamer's future at Virginia Tech.
As we look into the weather crystal ball-- no real change in the forseeable future.
High pressure continues to dominate with more sunshine and possibly, more record temperatures...
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Popular Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him in Blacksburg as long as he coaches.
[IN Q=I'm appreciative...]
((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
[SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach]
[OUT Q=IN BLACKSBURG."]
The winningest coach in Tech history was courted by both Clemson and South Carolina in recent days.
He visited both schools this week, but last night said he's doing exactly what he wants to do in Blacksburg.
Mike Stevens will have more on the announcement later in sports.
[GRAPHIC=Forest Fire Danger]
Virginia is under a precautionary state of emergency because drought is causing extreme fire danger across the commonwealth.
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 1995 that the blackhawks have been on standby.
A fire has gutted Chicago's historic Pullman Rail Car Factory, constructed during the 1870's.
150 firefighters with 45 pieces of equipment were called out to fight the 5-alarm blaze
The building had been designated as a National Historic landmark.
Firefighters worked through the night to contain the blaze.
((SAL MARQUEZ/CHICAGO FIRE SPOKESPERSON: OUR TACTICS...WE SURROUND...EVERYTHING'S EXTINQUISHED. ))
[SUPER=01-Sal Marque/Chicago Fire Dept. Spokesperson;]
[OUT Q=EVERYTHING'S EXTINQUISHED. ]
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Despite howls of protest from Democrats... the House Judiciary Committee voted to expand its impeachment probe to include campaign fund-raising.
Panel chairman Henry Hyde says members are "duty bound" to widen their investigation.
On a party-line vote, subpoenas were approved yesterday seeking Justice Department memos in which F-B-I Director Louis Freeh recommended an independent counsel look into campaign finance.
(( 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." ))
[SUPER=01-Rep. Bill McCollum/(R) Florida;]
[OUT Q=which we are operating.]
G-O-P officials say the committee hopes to depose Freeh today or tomorrow.
At impeachment hearings yesterday, the panel heard testimony on perjury.
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In sports, local hoops teams look to advance to the final four.
Mike Stevens has details.
Good Morning Mike.
[IN Q=Good morning]
[OUT Q=later this morning.]
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[IN Q=welcome back]
[SUPER=01-Joy Wright/Singing Tree Director; :23]
[SUPER=01-George Jessee/Tree Constructor; 1:22]
[OUT Q=News 7 Mornin' Returns]
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If your car is worth less than a thousand dollars, you won't owe ANY personal property tax next year.
But if you live in Roanoke City or County, you'll still get a bill.
When you pay your tax bill, you get a decal...
And Eric Earnhart says when the car tax is gone... the decals will remain.
[IN Q=like many]
[SUPER=01-Susan Kwilecki/Motorist; :06]
[SUPER=01-David Anderson/Roanoke City Treasurer; :23--QUICK]
[SUPER=01-Alfred Anderson/Roanoke County Treasurer; :32]
[SUPER=01-Barry Wiseman/Motorist; 1:18]
[OUT Q=EE News-7]
((Like many automobile owners, Susan Kwilecki is sick of stickers...
[IN Q=you pay so much]
((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;))
[OUT Q=it's ridiculous]
But though the car tax is on the way out... the 20 dollar decal that proves you paid it isn't going anywhere.
[IN Q=they still need]
((DAVID ANDERSON/ROANOKE CITY TREASURER; THEY STILL NEED TO GET A DECAL, AND WE'LL STILL MAIL THEM A BILL FOR THAT DECAL.))
[OUT Q=for that decal]
Roanoke County's tax collector says the decals have been around since the 60's
[IN Q=and it was an]
((ALFRED ANDERSON/ROANOKE COUNTY TREASURER; AND IT WAS AN ENFORCEMENT MECHANISM TO ENFORCE THE COLLECTION OF PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXES.))
[OUT Q=property taxes]
And he says it will still needed, because, in reality, the car tax will still be around.
[IN Q=the local governments]
((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.))
[OUT Q=to pay it]
But Richmond isn't paying a dime to replace the money generated by decals.
[IN Q=it's a general fund]
((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.))
[OUT Q=thousand dollars]
Some car owners are not happy to hear they'll still get a bill, when their car tax is eliminated.
[IN Q=well, I can't say]
((BARRY WISEMAN/MOTORIST; WELL, I CAN'T SAY WHAT IT'D SAY... I DON'T AGREE WITH IT.))
[OUT Q=I don't agree with it]))
Roanoke shoppers have paid their money but may never get the goods --
now that Deck the Walls framing store has gone belly up.
It's located in Roanoke's Valley View Mall.
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.
Massive job cuts are on the way at Boeing.
The world's largest aircraft maker has annouced it's cutting 20 thousand jobs over the next two years.
That's on top of 28 thousand job cuts announced in July.
((LUTHER STEELE/BOEING WORKER; IT'S A HARD BULLET TO BITE BUT AH. ))
[SUPER=01-Luther Steele/Boeing Worker; (quick!!)]
[OUT Q=BULLET TO BITE BUT, AH.]
Boeing blames the Asian financial crisis for the latest round of layoffs.
Boeing says commerical air travel will grow by only about two per cent this year.
As World AIDS Day was observed around the globe, there were dramatic new numbers from the state health department 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.
[IN Q=African Americans]
((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.))
[SUPER=01-Susan Pollard/Virginia Dept. of Health;]
[OUT Q=disproportionately affected.]
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.
[GRAPHIC=Mornin Health Check]
In medical news, silicone breast implants may not be as bad for a woman's health as originally thought.
Rick Jackson has that story and more in this morning's Health check.
[SUPER=01-Rick Jackson/Reporting; :00 ]
[OUT Q=CBS News, New York.]
(( A U-S COURT-APPOINTED PANEL FINDS NO CLEAR LINK BETWEEN SILICONE
BREAST IMPLANTS AND CERTAIN KINDS OF ILLNESSES--
AND THIS COULD HAVE AN IMPACT ON THOUSANDS OF LAWSUITS CURRENTLY IN
THE SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE SAID IT COULD NOT FIND ANY DEFINITIVE
CONNECTION BETWEEN SILICONE IMPLANTS.. AND AILMENTS RELATED TO FOUR
MAJOR AREAS OF DISEASE.
BUT A LAWYER REPRESENTING WOMEN WHOSE IMPLANTS RUPTURED SAYS THE
REPORT IS TOO NARROW IN SCOPE...
AND THAT IT FAILS TO ADDRESS THE UNDENIABLE FACT THAT THESE IMPLANTS
MEANTIME, A PROMISING NEW TECHNIQUE COULD SPARE BREAST CANCER
PATIENTS THE TRAUMA OF DISFIGURING SURGERY.
WITH THE HELP OF MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING, DOCTORS AT THE
UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS ARE ABLE TO INSERT A NEEDLE DIRECTLY INTO THE
A FIBER OPTIC WIRE ATTACHED TO THE NEEDLE THEN DELIVERS LASER HEAT--
LITERALLY BURNING THE TUMOR AWAY.//
AN F-D-A ADVISORY PANEL CLEARS THE WAY FOR A NEW CLASS OF
PAINKILLERS.. WITH FEWER SIDE EFFECTS THAN MEDICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE.
THE COMMITTEE RECOMMEDED THAT CELEBREX BE APPROVED FOR THE RELIEF OF
IT'S PART OF A CATEGORY OF DRUGS KNOWN AS COX-2 INHIBITORS, WHICH
RELIEVE ACHES AND INFLAMMATION.. BUT CAUSE FEWER STOMACH PROBLEMS.//
AND FOR SOME WOMEN, A WIDER WAIST COULD MEAN A GREATER RISK FOR HEART
A STUDY IN THIS WEEK'S JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION..
FOUND THAT MIDDLE-AGED WOMEN WITH WAISTS 30-INCHES OR MORE.. HAD TWICE
THE RISK OF HEART DISEASE THAN THOSE WHO WERE SLIMMER.
RESEARSHERS SAY THIS MAY INDICATE THAT THE LOCATION OF FAT.. POSES
MORE OF A DANGER THAN OVERALL OBESITY.
AND THAT IS A LOOK AT TODAY'S MEDICAL NEWS.
I'M RICK JACKSON, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))
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[SUPER=#4049; Morning Headlines]
Here's a look at today's top stories.
Democrats are ridiculing a move by the G-O-P to include campaign fund raising in the impeachment inquiry.
The move was approved along strict party-lines.
A man convicted of a 19-74 bomb attack that maimed a Christiansburg prosecutor has been set free.
Frank DeWease was released from a Northern Virginia prison last month.
His whereabouts are not known but he has hinted he might return home to Montgomery County.
Local NAACP leaders say they have questions about how the investigation into a Roanoke City pepper spray incident was handled.
Two Roanoke police officers were cleared of any wrong doing in the death of a suspect who died after being pepper sprayed.
A toxicology report showed he died of a cocaine overdose.
And that's what's making news on this Wednesday December Second.
News 7 Mornin' will be right back.
Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee are going ahead with plans to expand the impeachment probe while Democrats cry foul.
Lee Cowan has more.
[SUPER=03-Washington DC; :00]
[SUPER=01-Rep. John Conyers/(D) Michigan; :14]
[SUPER=01-Rep Dick Gephart/House Minority Leader; :24]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Bill McCollum/(R) Florida; :56]
[SUPER=01-Bob Barr/(R) Georgia; 1:17]
[SUPER=01-Leon Higginbotham, Jr./Retired Judge; 1:37]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting; 1:45]
[OUT Q=CBS News, Washington]
(((LOCATOR: CAPITOL HILL)
(( NAT ))
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 CONYERS//D-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."
(( SUPERL REP. DICK GEPHARDT//HOUSE MINORITY LEADER ))
(( SOT AT 12:51:08 ))
"No one seems to be in charge, no one I grabbing the reins - drive this
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.
(( SUPER: 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 -- THE CONSEQUENCES OF LYING UNDER OATH
FROM EVERYONE FROM A BASKETBALL COACH TO A DOCTOR TO JUDGES AND
SOT: REP. BOB BARR/ R-GA
BUT BY THE END OF THE DAY-- EVEN THE WITNESSES SEEMED TO WONDER WHERE
THE COMMITTEE WAS GOING.
(( SUPER: HON. J. A. LEON HIGGINBOTHAM JR., RETIRED JUDGE))
"You cannot equate t he President of the United States to a basketball
coach from North Carolina."
(( LEE COWAN//CBS NEWS ))))
Republican Bob Goodlatte said today that he believes President Clinton lied under oath.
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:
[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.))
[OUT Q=before the committee.]
The committee hopes to depose F-B-I director Louis Freeh today or tomorrow.
He set a bomb once, apparently out of revenge for jail time.
Now he's free again.
[SUPER=03-Washington DC/April 8;]
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 1974 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.
The murder of an American student with ties to Hollins University is still under investigation.
Police in Paris France are still trying to determine who killed Blair Collings of Rockville, Indiana.
Collings was found stabbed to death in a telephone both last Friday.
The 20-year old French major from (Wa-BASH) Wabash College was one of 20-students participating in the Hollins Abroad-Paris Program.
Counseling is being provided to help the other students who are greiving the loss of their classmate.
An internal investigation cleared two Roanoke City police officers of any wrongdoing in connection with the death of a man they pepper sprayed.
On Monday, a toxicology report proved Derek Poindexter died of a cocaine overdose.
But the Roanoke branch of the N-double-A-C-P has several questions about how the whole case is being handled.
[IN Q=I WANT TO HEAR FROM MY POLICE CHIEF;]
[SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Local NAACP President;]
[OUT Q=WHAT I WANT TO HEAR. (DOUBLE OUT!!!)]
Jeffrey says, by his account, there are too many inconsistencies in the investigation.
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[IN Q=Today on]
[SUPER=01-Joy Wright/Singing Tree Director; :23]
[OUT Q=Music Fades(Get out quick)]
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Federal agents are investigating a Lynchburg company suspected of discharging too much copper into the city's water treatment system.
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 copper waste than its permits allow.
Copper waste is toxic and could adversely affect the water treatment plant and the James River.
Waytec makes circuit boards for various electronic products.
Its 200 employees were sent home for the day.
Environmental protection was on the table yesterday as Virginia Farm Bureau members continued their annual convention in Roanoke.
Amid calls for new environmental policies, Joe Dashiell heard from local farmers and a Montana logger who is leading a national movement.
[IN Q=Richard Jeter]
[SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :05]
[SUPER=01-Richard Jeter/Roanoke Valley Farmer; :14]
[SUPER=01-Bruce Vincent/Alliance for America; :36]
[SUPER=01-Ned Jeter/Roanoke Valley Farmer; :58]
[OUT Q=JD News 7 Botetourt County]
((Richard Jeter has farmed for most of his 81 years... on property his father and grandfather farmed before him.
He says he has always tried to be a good steward of the land.
((YESSIR BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE YOUR LIVING'S COMING FROM, IF YOU'RE A FARMER.))
[OUT Q=if you're a farmer.]
At a time when financial pressures, and urban sprawl are making it more difficult to make a living off the land, farmers say excessive environmental regulations are also taking their toll.
Bruce Vincent is a logger from Montana who says the time has come for a new environmental movement.
[IN Q=There's a line between]
((THERE'S A THIN LINE BETWEEN ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL INSANITY. THIS COUNTRY JOINED THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT 30 YEARS AGO. IT WAS TIMELY. IT WAS NECESSARY, BUT IT HASN'T MATURED BEYOND A THREE- WORD VISION OF STOP DOING THAT.))
[OUT Q=a three-word vision of stop doing that.]
Vincent found a receptive audience among members of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, meeting this week in Roanoke.
Members such as Roanoke Valley farmer Ned Jeter, Richard Jeter's son.
[IN Q=I know my father]
((I KNOW MY FATHER, JUST TO PUT IT ON A PERSONAL BASIS, HE LOOKS AFTER THE LAND AND LITERALLY WATCHES OVER ME AND MAKES SURE THAT I TAKE CARE OF THE LAND SO MY BOYS IF THEY FARM CAN HAVE GOOD LAND TO TAKE CARE OF.))
[OUT Q=good land to take care of.]
Back in Botetourt, Richard Jeter is surveying cattle from the seat of a tractor.
Despite the pressures of modern agriculture, he says he's hopeful his son will be able to continue the family tradition first cultivated here almost 150 years ago.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Botetourt County.))
Virginia farmers also launched a campaign against proposed regulations on poultry farming.
The state senate's agriculture committee is expected to vote on a regulation bill in two weeks.
It 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.
It's taken nearly a decade to complete.
But most everyone agrees the Huckleberry Trail is one project worth waiting for.
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.
[IN Q=I think ]
((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. ))
[SUPER=07-Bill Ellenbogen; :00]
[OUT Q=tribute to that.]
Supporters of the project would like to expand the trail even further into Christiansburg and even as far as (pan-dap-us) Pandapas pond.
An effort to establish a black history museum in Lynchburg is now two thirds of the way towards its fundraising goal.
The Legacy Museum was presented yesterday with a check for 20- thousand dollars from printing giant R-R Donnelly, which operates a plant in Lynchburg.
Organizers estimate they'll need 300- thousand dollars to renovate this old home on Monroe Street.
The Legacy Museum will highlight the achievements and contributions of Lynchburg's black citizens.
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In sports, nothing could be finer for Hokie fans.
Mike Stevens tells us why.
Good Morning Mike.
[IN Q=Good morning]
[OUT Q=take care folks.]
Now here's another look at today's top local stories:
Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer is staying in Blacksburg.
At a news conference yesterday, Beamer announced he was no longer considering the jobs at Clemson and South Carolina.
Beamer and his assistants will get pay raises as part of the deal to keep him with the Hokies.
Don't expect to have more empty space on your windshield when the car tax is eliminated-- the local decals will remain.
Although the state government is paying to replace the personal property tax on cars, Richmond isn't sending any money to replace the 20-dollar decal fee.
The decals have been around since the sixties.
Frank DeWease is out of jail.
And since he's finished his parole obligations, authorities have no idea where he is.
DeWease spent 24 years behind bars for the revenge bombing that blew the hands off Commonwealth's Attorey Patrick Graybeal.
In April, DeWease told News-7 he might go home to Montgomery County.
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