Coming up on News 7 at 5, a Collinsville man is found guilty of murder. We'll have the details.
And we'll see how the warm weather has some Christmas tree salesmen feeling like they're out on a limb.
Some high level clouds kept temperatures down a bit today, but uppers 60s to around 70 were very common.
Scientists are using radiation to treat a common vision problem.
Plus, a seizure medication is helping smokers kick the habit.
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Alleged campaign finance violations will NOT be part of Impeachment considerations afterall.
Good Evening. I'm JJ
The House Judiciary Committee made that announcement today.
Meanwhile the incoming speaker of the House is not sure when the impeachment inquiry will finish.
Bob Livingson says today there are no guaratnees the investigation will over by the end of the year.
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Jonathan Freed is in Washington D-C with the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Sen. Trent Lott/(R) Majority Leader;]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Bob Livingson/(R) House Speaker-Elect;]
[OUT Q=now back to you]
((The Republican leaders of the House and Senate for the new Congress sat
before the cameras...trying hard to talk about anything but impeachment.
They didn't stand a chance.
SEN. TRENT LOTT/MAJORITY LEADER/R-MS.: CAN I ASK A
QUESTION? DOES ANYONE HERE HAVE A QUESTION ON ANYTHING OTHER THAN
They relented...and the incoming House Speaker admitted there are no
guarantees that the impeachment inquiry will wrap up by the end of the
REP. BOB LIVINGSTON/HOUSE SPEAKER-ELECT/R-LA.: RIGHT NOW, WE
DON'T KNOW WHEN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE IS GOING TO COMPLETE ITS WORK.
WE DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO BE IN THEIR REPORT. WE ANTICIPATE THAT
IT'S POSSIBLE THAT THEY CAN FINISH THIS YEAR. IT'S MY HOPE THAT THEY
WOULD FINISH THIS YEAR.
Meanwhile, just one day after getting a look at secret justice
department memos alleging Clinton campaign finance violations...the
Republicans have decided not to include the fundraising issue in their
The President was on a trip to Rhode Island...receiving something of a
mixed welcome from the crowd...and ignoring reporters questions about
his political future.
REPORTER SHOUTING QUESTION ABOUT CENSURE.
Mr. Clinton's lawyers are preparing to mount a defense before the
impeachment hearings next week. In order to prepare their case, they're
insisting that the committee hand over some of the material gathered by
JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS: THE INCOMING SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE
ALSO SAID THAT IT'S STILL PREMATURE TO DISCUSS CENSURING THE PRESIDENT
AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO IMPEACHMENT...EVEN THOUGH MANY REPUBLICANS AND
DEMOCRATS NOT ONLY SUPPORT THE IDEA, BUT ARE ACTIVELY PUSHING FOR IT. ))
A Collinsville man has been found guilty of gunning down an employee at the Stanley Furniture plant.
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Philip Grady Boatman was convicted today of second degree murder for the death of Daniel Mussleman.
The shooting happened in April in the parking lot of the furniture plant.
The prosecution argued Boatman was jealous over an affair his estranged wife was having with the victim.
Boatman was also found guilty of using a firearm in the commission of murder.
The jury recommended a punishment of 23-years in prison.
Formal sentencing is set for February.
The medical examiner says Derek Poindexter spit up cocaine the night he was hit with pepper spray and died.
Poindexter had been arrested for drug possession, when an officer saw he was chewing what apparently was cocaine.
The officer used pepper spray to keep him from swallowing it. But Poindexter got sick and had to be taken to the hospital, where he died.
The medical examiner is listing the cause of death as cocaine poisoning.
Poindexter's family isn't happy with that conclusion, and blames the police.
We've seen plenty of people at the malls, so we know some people are in the holdiay spirit.
But very few shoppers are buying Christmas trees.
And the people who run tree lots are blaming this spring-like weather.
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Scott Goldberg is at one lot in Roanoke that's full of trees, but lacking customers.
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( ad lib)
(Rollcue: taking its toll on some trees.)
[SUPER=01-Steve Newton/Tree Land;]
[SUPER=01-Prince Thompson/Seasonal Stuff;]
[OUT Q=within another week.]
Around lunchtime today, only one tree had been sold at Tree Land by Tanglewood Mall.
But eight trees were taken off the lot.
[IN Q=this morning]
((STEVE: THIS MORNING I WENT THROUGH THE LOT AND PULLED OUT ALL THE TREES THAT WERE DRYING OUT --- THIS IS SOMETHING YO
U CAN'T PASS ON TO THE CUSTOMER.))
[OUT Q=THE CUSTOMER]
Steve Newton says this is about the worst he's seen after seven years in the business.
He's had to treat his trees with a kind of chemical sunblock.
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((STEVE: IT'S A MATERIAL THAT SEALS MOSITURE INTO THE NEEDLES ON THE TREE.))
[OUT Q=THE TREE]
Prince Thompson hasn't sold many trees, either.
But he's not worried.
Even though it was a little weird to see people wearing shorts shopping for Christmas trees on his lot...
Thompson thinks everyone will soon give into the holiday spirit.
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((THOMPSON: PEOPLE ARE GOING TO START BUYING TREES AND PUTTING THEM UP REGARDLESS OF THE WEATHER PROBABLY WITHIN ANOTHER WEEK.))
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( ad lib: Still plenty of healthy trees.)
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(toss to Robin)
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Virginia's Death Row is about to set a new state record. We'll have the details.
And the Space Shuttle Endeavour has to make a last second change in its plans.
On Health Check, we'll see how doctors are using radiation to save the sight of the elderly.
and Patrick Evans is in Vinton waiting to kick off the Christmas Season.
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The Supreme Court turned down his appeal today, so Henrico County killer Kevin Cardwell is headed for the Virginia record books tonight.
Cardwell would be the 13th person executed in the state this year.
That's NOT only a modern record-- it's the most put to death in one year in Virginia since 1909.
Cardwell did NOT even ask Governor Gilmore for clemency.
He killed a teenager in 1991.
After discovering the teen had NO drugs for him, he slashed the boy's throat and shot him in the back of the head.
NASA will try again tomorrow-to get the Shuttle Endeavour off the ground.
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This morning's liftoff was scrubbed- blamed on an equipment problem.
With just five minutes and counting a master alarm sounded in the cockpit-
By the time engineers discovered it was a minor problem, the ten minute launch window had ticked away.
((DONALD MCMONAGLE/NASA OFFICIAL: THE CONSERVATIVE APPROACH IS NOT TO PROGRESS WITH SOMETHING WE DON'T UNDERSTAND. IF WE NEED TO TIME TO UNDERSTAND IT THAT WOULD EXCEED OUT LAUNCH WINDOW WE WOULD RATHER DO THAT THEN LAUNCH WITH SOMETHING WE DON'T UNDERSTAND AND TAKE THOSE RISKS.))
[SUPER=01-Donald McMonagle/NASA Official;]
[OUT Q=those risks.]
Endeavour is scheduled to rendevous with the main component of the International Space Station.
Launch is now scheduled for 3:36 in the morning.
Tornado, Hurricane, Flood.
Danville is making sure it's ready for any natural disaster that strikes.
City employees are undergoing training this week designed specifically for Danville by the state department of emergency services.
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People in the emergency operations center are reacting to a mock disaster similar to Hurricane Fran in 1996.
They're learning the best way to monitor weather radar, use rescue resources, and respond to the media.
[IN Q=The benefit to the city of]
((GORDON BARWELL/VA EMERGENCY SERVICES: THE BENEFIT TO THE CITY OF DANVILLE IS THAT WE'RE DOING THIS WITHOUT A REAL EMERGENCY, THAT SHOULD ONE OCCUR LATER ON, NEXT WEEK, NEXT YEAR, THE PLAN WILL HAVE BEEN TESTED, THE PEOPLE EXERCISED AND FAMILIAR WITH THEIR ROLES. SO WE'RE PROVIDING A BIT OF INSURANCE FOR THE CITY OF DANVILLE.))
[SUPER=01-Gordon Barwell/VA Emergency Services;]
[OUT Q=for the city of Danville.]
Many of these folks have already experienced a disaster and are using this training to brush up on the city's emergency plan.
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A program that helps put welfare recipients in their own cars and on their way to work announced a major expansion today.
Thanks to a 150-thousand dollar grant from the McKnight Foundation, Lynchburg is doubling the size of its "Ways to Work" program.
Now, in addition to those coming off welfare, the program will offer low-interest loans to residents who can't get credit elsewhere.
[IN Q=Before we had]
((RON CARL/FAMILY LOAN PROGRAM: BEFORE, WE HAD PEOPLE WHO WERE ON WELFARE TRYING TO GET OFF, BUT WE ALSO HAVE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE THAT CLOSE ON THAT LINE FROM SLIDING INTO WELFARE. AND THAT'S THE SEGMENT OF THE POPULATION THAT WE'RE TRYING TO REACH IS THOSE THAT JUST NEED THAT LITTLE MORE BOOST TO GET UP TO THAT NEXT LEVEL.))
[SUPER=01-Ron Carl/Family Loan Program; :00]
[OUT Q=that next level.]
Ways To Work has already issued 43 loans worth 80-thousand dollars.
Most loans helped families purchase or repair a car they need to get to work or stay in school.
Vinton is getting ready to kick off its Christmas parade and for the details we'll head to our man in the street, Patick Evans.
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Many local Christmas Parades are coming up this weekend, but in Vinton, the festivities are TONIGHT.
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For a peek behind the scenes of this year's parade we go to Patrick Evans, who joins us from the staging area, where floats, bands, and elves line up.
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Coming up in sports, negotiators try to salvage the N-B-A season
Today on health check --
The medical community in the Roanoke Valley is learning the most effective ways to treat
a very common problem that's frequently undiagnosed and not talked about.
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((DR. DAVID GOLDSTEIN/MOOD DISORDER CLINIC: AS MUCH AS ONE PERCENT OF THE POPULATION OF THE UNITED STATES SUFFERS FROM IT. REALLY THE SAME FREQUENCY AS DIABETES, BUT THERE'S MUCH LESS KNOWN ABOUT IT.))
[OUT Q=about it]
Time now for Health check and Tonya has some promising news for smokers who are trying to quit.
An epilepsy drug may hold the key to helping smokers kick the habit.
Animal experiments showed that G-V-G curbs nicotine's effect on the brain.
Every year 35 million people try to quit smoking. After 12 months, less than 10 percent have succeeded.
Officials hope the G-V-G will help change that.
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(( BILL RICHARDSON/SEC. OF ENERGY
"IN THE CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT OUR NATIONAL HEALTH, THIS IS A CASE
WHERE ANIMAL STUDIES MAY ONE DAY HELP HUMANS GO COLD TURKEY))
[SUPER=01-Bill Richardson/Sec. of Energy;]
[OUT Q=go cold turkey]
Addiction specialists say nicotine is one of the most difficult drugs to quit.
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((DR. ROBERT MILLMAN/NY HOSPITAL-CORNELL MEDICAL CENTER
010358 "I THINK OF NICOTINE AS SIMILAR TO CRACK IN MANY WAYS, BECAUSE
THERE IS A VERY RAPID ONSET AND A VERY RAPID FALLING OFF EFFECT. THOSE
ARE THE TYPE OF DRUGS THAT ARE MOST DEPENDENCY PRODUCING."))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Robert Millman/Addiction Doctor;]
[OUT Q=most dependency producing]
The drug is available around the world, but it is not approved yet in the United States.
G-V-G does produce some side effects including vision loss and fatigue.
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Doctors believe they have a new way to treat the most common form of age related blindness.
Macular Degeneration causes tiny blood vessels in the eye to break and leak.
The condition usually strikes people over the age of 60 and can cause blindness.
Now researchers in Syracuse say applying low doses of radiation to the center of the retina can slow the condition.
It has improved the eyesight of 90 percent of the test cases.
Manic Depressives or Bipolar Disorder sufferers alternate from two states -- one of euphoria to deep depression.
Roanoke psychiatric workers are learning new ways to treat the disorder through a combination of psychotherapy and medication.
Georgetown University Psychiatrist Doctor David Goldstein (gold STEEN) updated mental health professionals in the community today at the Roanoke Memorial Hospital Rehab Center Auditorium.
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((DR. DAVID GOLDSTEIN/MOOD DISORDER CLINIC: AS MANY AS 25-PERCENT OF THE PEOPLE WHO SUFFER FROM IT, IF THEY DON'T TAKE TREATMENT COMMIT SUICIDE.))
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[OUT Q=committ suicide]
Doctor Goldstein says bipolar disorder does to the brain, what cardiac arrest does to the heart.
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[IN Q=The problem]
((DR. DAVID GOLDSTEIN/MOOD DISORDER CLINIC: THE PROBLEM WITH THE ILLNESS IS THAT JUST LIKE WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE HEART DISEASE, EACH TIME YOU HAVE AN EPISODE OF EITHER DEPRESSION OR MANIA YOUR BRAIN BECOMES SCARRED AND MORE LIKELY TO HAVE ANOTHER EPISODE. SO WITH EACH EPISODE OF THE ILLNESS THE FREQUENCY, THE SEVERITY AND THE LIKELIHOOD OF ANOTHER EPISODE INCREASES.))
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[OUT Q=episode increases.]
Manic depression can also be treated with a new procedure called charting of moods where patients chart the course of their moods over time to be evaluated with doctors.
In Sports, will there be an N-B-A season this year?
With the latest on negiotiations, here's Steve Mason.[S5-NBA]
Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your Thursday ticker.
Lets start on the NBA hard wood where negotiations have resumed for the first time in about two weeks.
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The players union and the league are together after a 13 day layoff. One good sign in these talks...Michael Jordan made a surprise appearance at the NBA labor talks, arriving around 1pm for the afternoon session. Jordan's agent said his client would not get involved again until discussions in the lockout got serious and made some headway. If both sides cannot come up with a solution in the next couple of weeks, the entire 1998-99 season will be canceled.
After tough losses to Richmond and Clemson on the road, Radford University returned to the Dedmon Center last night and beat Marshall 73 to 65.
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The Rowdy Redheads not to be confused with Rowdy Red were raising a little cain in the Dome last night.
The Highlanders were behind when Ryan Everett uses the screen and drains the jumper.
R-U's Ryan Charles was the go to man down low as he turns and hammers down the jam. Charles finished the night with a game high 24.
Marshall then makes a move as Terrell McKelvy passes to Cornelius Jackson who completes the give and go with the nice assist back for the Jam. McKelvy had a team high 16 points.
Correy Watkins then gets an assist of his own for
the Highlanders on the other end the Highlanders are now 4 and 2 after the 73 to 65 win.
Virginia Tech Big East defensive player of the year Cory Moore will have another shot at the Dudley award next year. Virginia's Anthony Poindexter will not.
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Last night, in Richmond, at the Downtown Club, the ceremony to award the state's best college football player was held. The 9th Dudley award went to Richmond linebacker Marc Megna. The 6'2" 255 pound senior, who is an NFL prospect registered 11 sacks this past season and attributes his desire as his biggest asset.
[IN Q="The hard work...]
[SUPER=01-Marc Megna/1998 Dudley Award Winner; :00]
[OUT Q=...wonderful honor"]
coming up at six, we will update everyone on the status of former Virginia men's basketball coach jeff Jones, have a great day everyone.
Fall has not been kind to the region's ski resorts.... but Snowshoe in West Virginia has come up with a creative solution.
The Pocahontas County resort is making the best of a difficult situation.
Six trails and two runs remain open at Snowshoe and neighboring Silver Creek.
And this weekend, the resort is reopening its golf course and mountain bike trails.
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[SUPER=01-Steve Rice/Snowshoe Resort President]
[OUT Q=re-opened the golf course.]
Snowshoe is hoping for a return to seasonable weather very soon... and with added snowmaking capability, officials say the resort can recover very quickly.