Coming up on News 7 at 5, a long day on Capitol Hill... a live report from Washington on the impeachment hearings... p
lus Congressman Boucher's view.
and a ban on NEW pig farms in Halifax County to give the county time to decide what to do next.
More rain showers overnight--
Then tomorrow morning, we start to dry up and cool down.
Details coming up.
A new flu test can detect the bug in under 30 minutes.
And technology is giving a young boy from Montgomery County the chance to hear clearly for the first time.
News 7 at five is next.
As President Clinton leaves Washington for the day, his legal defense team begins two long days of efforts to stop impeachment.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry. Jean has the day off.
President Clinton's legal team has begun an extensive defense of the chief executive trying to ward off impeachment.
The process is expected to last well into the evening, then resume tomorrow.
So far, testimony before the House Judiciary Committee is dealing with principles more than substance.
The President's legal team has two goals- -long and short-term goals in mind.
Here's Jonathan Freed in Washington.
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The questions of Western Virginia's Congressmen reflected the partisan debate today in Washington.
Ninth District Democrat Rick Boucher said he was concerned that members of the House might approve articles of impeachment without fully considering the harm to the nation.
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((REP. RICK BOUCHER/D- NINTH DISTRICT: SHOULD MEMBERS CONSIDER THE DIVISIVENESS AND THE POLARIZATION THAT WILL OCCUR PENDING A SENATE TRIAL AND DURING THE TRIAL IN THE SENATE? SHOULD THEY CONSIDER THAT FOR MONTHS THE CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENT WILL BE DIVERTED FROM THE REAL BUSINESS OF THIS NATION?))
[OUT Q=from the real business of this nation.]
Sixth District Republican Bob Goodlatte questioned whether Bill Clinton's defenders believe the president is above the law.
Last week Johnson and Johnson announced it was laying off four-thousand people worldwide.
Today, workers at a Johnson-and-Johnson owned company in Roanoke found out they're among those losing jobs.
Thirty-four people who work at Innotech got pink slips.
These job cuts are part of Johnson and Johnson's plan to free up more money for research and development.
The company also is closing an Innotech plant in Petersburg.
Another 34-people will be let go from that facility; some of those workers will be transferred to Roanoke.
Innotech makes molds for eyeglass lenses.
A man who walked away from a prison farm in Martinsville more than two decades ago will be brought back to Virginia from his home in Michigan.
Alfred Martin was convicted 24-years ago of selling marijuana in Martinsville. He was sentenced to a year on the city farm.
He fled the next day. He eventually became a businessman with three children near Detroit.
Martin picked up last month when police stopped him for driving with expired plates.
A Michigan judge granted Martin a 24-hour stay of the extradition so his attorneys can appeal.
A man from Bassett has been charged with killing a woman in Patrick County.
James Claude Greer is accused of beating and stabbing Kathy Gussler of Fieldale last month, and leaving her body on a road near Fairystone Park.
Authorities found a knife in a river in Henry County that they believe Greer used.
They're not sure what led to the murder, but they say Greer and Gussler knew each other.
Halifax County is saying NO to new hog farms-- at least temporarily.
The Board of Supervisors voted last night to adopt a moratorium on new hog operations.
The ban will remain in effect until the county decides what to do with its "intensive livestock" ordinance.
A concerned citizens group wants the county to impose stricter buffer zones to protect people from harsh odors and water pollution.
Farmers say the current county and state laws are tough enough.
A series of public hearings on the hog issue will be scheduled before a final vote.
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Coming up on News 7, when the power goes out in San Francisco, the morning commute is a mess.
And you might say the fur was flying inside a famous opera house, when protestors barge in on opening night.
On Health Check, meet a boy who learning to hear things for the first time, thanks to implants that go right to his brain.
and a funny thing happened on the way to the Roanoke Civic Center. That's where Patrick Evans is standing by with Comedian Rip Taylor.
Imagine a major metropolitan area without power during the morning rush hour. It happened today in San Francisco.
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A problem at a sub-station caused a city-wide blackout just after 8 A-M, pacific time.
All stoplights went out, trains, buses and cable-cars stood still, and with airport check-in computers down, no one could fly out.
Schools and shops closed down, and firefighters worked to rescue people trapped in high-rise elevators.
There's no word yet on the cause.
One of San Francisco's best-known native sons appears to be doing remarkably better today.
Joe DiMaggio's doctor says the baseball legend improved dramatically
Doctor Earl Barron says DiMaggio's fever is gone and his lungs are clearing.
Just yesterday, DiMaggio had suffered a serious turn for the
worse in his battle with lung cancer.
There was drama on and off the stage at the world's most famous opera house last night.
Animal rights activists shouted insults inside "La Scala" in Milan, Italy.
It was opening night for the new season. On stage, the lead singers received five curtain calls.
But it was a different story in the lobby, where the activists broke in, some of them bare-breasted and covered in fake blood, shouting insults to some of those in the crowd.
Some women chose to leave their furs in their limousines, choosing to face chilly temperatures rather than the protestors' wrath.
Although he's NOT yet a parent himself, a local publisher is creating a new magazine aimed at teaching better ways to raise children.
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((CHRIS RONCONE/EDITOR-PUBLISHER: I'VE BEEN ASKED, WELL, YOU DON'T HAVE CHILDREN, YOU'RE NOT A PSYCHOLOGIST OR ANYTHING, WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS? WHAT BETTER WAY TO LEARN HOW TO BE A BETTER PARENT BEFORE YOU BECOME A PARENT? I THINK, IF YOU DON'T WANT TO SCREW ANYTHING UP, IT'S HAVING A CHILD. SO, THIS IS HOW I'M DOING MY RESEARCH.))
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"Virginia's Informed Parent" magazine, or V-I-P will be available at some area grocery stores after the first of the year.
The bi-monthly magazine is free, and donates space to non-profit agencies that help the community.
It'll include features on education, health, and safety, as well as offer a forum for teachers.
Comedian Rip Taylor brings Broadway to the Blue Ridge tonight. Patrick Evans joins us for a preview.
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Rip Taylor, just who is he? And what kind of a name is "Rip" anyway?
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These are the sort of probing questions Patrick Evans will find the answers to this evening, since his special guest is Rip Taylor, in town for a traveling production of "A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum".
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The Roanoke Express prepares for tonight's matchup at the Civic Center. Mike Stevens joins us later with sports.
Today on health check --
A 12 year old Montgomery County boy is recovering from a surgery to restore his hearing.
Just a few months ago Bryce Riddle couldn't hear certain sounds like the letter S.
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[IN Q=That range]
((WANDA RIDDLE/BRYCE'S MOM: THAT RANGE, WITHIN THE SPEECH RANGE IT WAS DECREASING, SO WHAT HE HAD HEARD, HE WAS LOSING AS WELL.))
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A 12 year old boy from Pilot is hearing the world the first time.
Byrce Riddle started losing his hearing when he was about a year and a half, just before Christmas last year it began to deteriorate quickly.
The only operation to prevent him from living in silence was a cochlear implant, an expensive surgery, but the Riddle's had faith they'd find a way to give Bryce a miracle by this Christmas.
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((WANDA RIDDLE/BRYCE'S MOM: WE WERE REALLY UNDER A TIME FACTOR, THEY DON'T KNOW HOW FAST HE WAS LOSING HIS HEARING AND IF WE DIDN'T JUMP ON IT, THEY REALLY NEEDED TO CATCH IT BEFORE IT WAS TOTALLY GONE.))
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Bryce's cochlear implant was performed at the University of North Carolina's Neuroscience's Hospital on October 23rd.
Since then he and his parents make the trip to Chapel Hill weekly for postoperative therapy.
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((I HEAR IT.))
Byrce is getting a tune up which duplicates electronically what normal hearing people detect.
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((WE WANT IT TO BE COMFORTABLE, BUT LOUD.))
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He has 8 electrode bands...sounds like s are at the high end and mmms at the low.
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Bryce's frequency loss was worse at the high end.
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[IN Q=So those sounds]
((DEBBY MCDOWAL/AUDIOLOGIST: SO THOSE SOUNDS LIKE S, THAT I WAS WORKING ON HARD WITH HIM HAS NEVER BEEN AVAILABLE TO HIM BEFORE SO NOW HE'S ABLE TO HEAR THAT AND HE'S NOT REAL SURE WHEN HE'S HEARING IT YET, BUT HE'S ONLY BEEN LISTENING WITH THE DEVICE FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS.))
[OUT Q=two weeks]
The implant is different from a hearing aid, because it actually helps the ear perceive the sounds, not just makes it louder.
The auditory prothesis is the first device of its kind for replacing hearing using a wire with electrodes to stimulate the inner ear.
This is current technology.
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((DR. VINCENT CARRASCO/OTOLOGIST: THE NEXT GENERATION OF TECHNOLOGY WILL BE SOMETHING THAT'S WORN AT THE EAR, AND AT SOME POINT IN THE FUTURE THAT WE'RE UNCERTAIN ABOUT, IT COULD BE A NUMBER OF YEARS FROM NOW, WE ANTICIPATE THAT IT WILL BE ENTIRELY IMPLANTED INSIDE THE SKULL.))
[OUT Q=the skull]
But until then this external magnetic microphone and computer device make Bryce pretty popular with his classmates at Auburn Middle and High School.
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((BRYCE RIDDLE/COCHLEAR IMPLANT PATIENT: SOME PEOPLE SAID THAT'S REALLY NEAT, HOW'D YOU DO THAT AND WHEN SOMEBODY SAID LET ME TRY IT, AND SOME PEOPLE SAID IT'S REALLY NEAT AND REALLY COOL.))
[OUT Q=and really cool.]
Each day Bryce discovers a new sound, and relies less on his eyes to read lips and more on his ears.
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((WANDA RIDDLE/BRYCE'S MOM: WE JUST NEED TO BASICALLY TEACH HIM HOW TO HEAR ALL OVER AGAIN AND WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO HIM BEING ABLE TO HEAR EVERYTHING, HE'S HEARING SOUNDS NOW THAT HE'S NEVER HEARD BEFORE AND WE JUST NEED TO TEACH HIM WHAT THOSE SOUNDS ARE.))
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A cochlear implant is considerably more expensive than a hearing aid. The total cost of Byrce's operation including the evaluation, surgery, device and rehabilitation will be 50-thousand dollars.
Fundraing efforts through the "Friends of Byrce" have already raised money in his community.[5-Life-Expectancy]
Life expectancy here in the U-S is at an all-time high.
According to newly-released figures, Americans had an average life span of 76-and-a-half years in 1997.
Researchers say fewer people died from heart disease, liver failure, diabetes, homicide, and suicide.
The nation's infant death rate also fell by 3-percent.
O-K.. so you get the sniffles and start wondering if it's a cold, a flu, or something worse.
Well, now a new technique takes away all the guess work.
The F-D-A has approved the first diagnostic test that can tell you
whether or not you have the flu... in just 20 minutes.
It's called Flu O-I-A, and it can detect either type A or type B influenza.
An early diagnosis is important because it can help prevent the onslaught of pneumonia-- which is especially deadly in the elderly.
The Express battles Peoria tonight at the Round House in one of 8 home games scheduled this month.
In the six month season, only March has more home dates and the Express can make or break 1998, in some ways, during the holiday season.
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Tomorrow night at this time we'll be getting ready for the 15th annual Friday Football Extra awards banquet at the Airport Marriott.
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One of the teams that is certain to be in the running for a number of awards is Salem.
The Spartans won the division four title Saturday in Bridgewater over Lafayette, but they were extremely subdued after the win.
The celebration was much different than it was in 96.
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The Virginia Cavaliers return to U-Hall tonight for a big rematch with the Liberty Flames.
While Pete Gillen may not have a bone to pick with LU, several players certainly remember last year's 69 to 64 upset loss to the Flames.
The Radford University Highlanders are back home in the Dome tonight hosting cross state rival VCU.
The Highlanders are 4-and-3 on the season but they will have to play tonight without top gun Ryan Charles.
The team's top scorer injured his knee on Sunday.
Coming up at six, Steve Mason will have a profile on VMI's Matt Matheny, the former Cave Spring star who is making the most of his senior season.
Take care everyone.
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An Italian bride tied the knot yesterday wearing a 6-million dollar dress dripping with diamonds.
She says she will donate some of the stones to an AIDS charity.
Just how many diamonds? Close to six thousand of them ... thanks to the bridegroom's brother-in-law, who is a gem dealer.
But Sabrina (bah-TAL-ia) Battaglia won't get to keep very many.
More than 50 of the dimaonds will be auctioned off to help AIDS patients, and the brother-in-law gets most of the others back.
(------------) But Battalgia does get to keep the very large diamond ring.