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A vote on articles of impeachment could come as early as tomorrow Land and what's being done with it once again up for dispute in Rocky Mount.
A man wanted for escaping from a prison farm 24 years ago is back in the region.
and FFE banquet fun... later
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((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/R- SIXTH DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN:SO HIS INTENT WAS NOT TO COVER UP AN EMBARRASSMENT BUT TO AVOID PROSECUTION FOR A CRIME. THAT CRIME BEING PERJURY AND OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE IN THE EARLIER CASE.))
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A congressman from our region speaks against the President as the Judicary Hearings heat up in Washington D-C.
For the most part though it was the President's attorneys testifying today- one by one defending Bill Clinton's actions.
As Jonathan Freed reports, a vote on impeachment could come as early as tomorrow.
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(( THE DRIVE TO IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT TOOK A FORMAL, IF NOT SOMBER, STEP
FORWARD...WITH THE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY ON THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
PROPOSING FOUR ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST MR. CLINTON.
The articles include two counts of perjury, one before the grand jury,
the other in the Paula Jones lawsuit; one count of obstructing justice by encouraging Monica Lewinsky to give false testimony; and a fourth concerning abuse of power.
The move came even before the President's defense team finished its arguments.
Charles Ruff, White House Counsel: The President has not committed a high crime or misdemeanor. His
conduct although morally reprehensible does not warrant impeachment.
Committee Democrats are circulating a severely worded resolution OF
CENSURE WHICH they hope TO substitute for impeachment.
Under the DEMOCRATIC PLAN, MR. Clinton would be required to sign a
document that would say..
he dishonored the office of the presidency.
made false statements about his reprehensible conduct with a subordinate.
And deserves the censure and condemnation of the American people.
BECAUSE OF THE G-O-P MAJORITY, THE RESOLUTION IS expected to fail in
committee. BUT MOST DEMOCRATS, AND SOME MODERATE REPUBLICANS, HOPE THAT
SOME VERSION OF IT makes it to the House floor when AN impeachment debate begins.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-TX: It's time to heal.
JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS: THE FOUR ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT ARE DRAFTS. THEY STILL HAVE TO BE DEBATED IN COMMITTEE...WHERE SOME COULD
BE CHANGED, OR EVEN DROPPED COMPLETELY...BEFORE BEING SENT TO THE HOUSE
Rocky Mount has a chance to gain money, land, and a super shopping center -- while at the same time easing a feud with Franklin County.
But tonight, only a dozen people showed interest.
Tina Tenret has more.
Jean, you could call this a peace deal.
Franklin County and Rocky Mount may sign a voluntary boundary adjustment, avoiding a court battle over land.
But at a public hearing tonight, only three people had any feedback.
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((Franklin County may give the town of Rocky Mount about 70 ACRES on Route 40 East.
That's good for the town -- extra tax money.
But some business owners don't WANT to pay town taxes.
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((RONNIE WRAY/ROCKY MOUNT READY MIX: WE DON'T NEED TO BE IN THE TOWN. I HAVE NO ADVANTAGES WHATSOEVER EXCEPT A REDUCTION IN WATER RATES.))
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If the deal goes through, Rocky Mount would build sewer lines here and cement a deal with a super-Kroger shopping center.
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((DANNY PERDUE/FRANKLIN MINUTE MARKET: I HATE TO PAY HIGHER TAXES TOO BUT WE NEED THE TOWN TO BE DOWN THERE FOR THE SEWER AND ECONOMIC GROWTH IN THE AREA.))
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The new boundary line stops just short of Wal-mart, a moneymaker.
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((BEN PINCKARD/MAYOR: IT'S DEFINITELY NOT WHERE ROCKY MOUNT WANTS TO STOP ITS BORDERS. ABSOLUTELY NOT. THIS IS ONLY A SMALL START. THIS IS NOT EVEN A START AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED. THIS IS A STEP.))
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No word on when town council will vote on this deal.
Franklin County residents have their shot to comment next week.
Nearly 25-years ago, Alfred Odell Martin walked away from the Martinsville prison farm.
Tonight, he's back in Virginia to face escape charges.
Martin was extradicted this morning from Michigan, where he's been living as a free man.
In 1974, he fled Virginia after serving only one day for a marijuana conviction.
When Michigan police pulled him over for a traffic citation last month, they discovered he was a fugitive.
At a news conference today in Martinsville, the Commonwealth's Attorney said she will prosecute Martin to the fullest extent of the law, no matter how minor the original offense may seem.
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((JOAN ZIGLAR/MARTINSVILLE PROSECUTOR: I DON'T CONSIDER DISTRIBUTING DRUGS MINOR BY ANY STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION. TO ME, NOT PROSECUTING THIS CASE WOULD BE SENDING A MESSAGE THAT IF YOU'RE SMART ENOUGH TO GET ABOUT WITH DEALING DRUGS THAN YOU SHOULDN'T BE BROUGHT BACK TO STAND TRIAL OR SERVE YOUR TIME ON THOSE OFFENSES.))
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Tonight, Martin is being held in the Martinsville City Jail.
The alleged rape of an exotic dancer has resulted in the arrest of a Roanoke Public schools employee.
44-year old Kim Brandon Kennedy is charged in connection with the rape that reportedly occurred at the Knights of (Pith-ee-as ) Pythias Lodge.
Police say Kennedy called the exotic dancer to the lodge at 1:20 in the morning to perform.
When she refused to have sex with him, police say Kennedy raped her.
Kennedy is the building manager at Ruffner Middle School.
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Habitat for Humanity sparked a public outcry when it tried to build houses in the Westview Terrace neighborhood.
Now the city of Roanoke wants to do the same thing in the same place.
The city bought a controversial piece of land to stop Habitat from building 32-homes.
Residents complained the houses would lower their property values.
Now the city is going after bids from contractors and has suggested building 24-houses on the property.
There will most likely be a public hearing before any construction starts.
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The thief who stole a television from a Botetourt County church was caught on tape -- by a hidden video camera.
Problem is, sheriff's deputies don't recognize the man, and neither do church members.
SIX T-V's have been stolen from Rainbow Forest Baptist Church in the past three months.
The thief will face grand larceny charges and up to 20 years in jail.
Dr. Jack Kevorkian is getting his wish- he's been charged with first degree murder.
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Kevorkian says he wants a trial to settle things once and for all.
The charges come in connection with the videotaped death of Thomas Youk- which was broadcast on 60 Minutes.
Kevorkian says giving the man a lethal injection is not a crime.
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((DR. JACK KEVORKIAN: DO YOU THINK THAT I AM A CRIMINAL. IF YES, YOU'RE HAPPY. IF NOW. WHAT AM I DOING HERE.))
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If convicted of murder, Kevorkian could face life in prison.
A judge has ordered the father of gynmast Dominique Moceanu to stay within 500 feet of his daughter for the next year.
6-weeks ago Dominique won control of her finances.
Since then she says her father's been following her and threatening her- part of a pattern she says.
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((LAWYER: DID YOU FEEL THAT YOUR LIFE OR SAFETY WAS IN JEOPARDY? DOMINIQUE MOCEANU: YES. I DID.))
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((LAWYER: YOU'RE SAYING THAT YOUR FATHER HIT YOU BECAUSE YOU GAINED WIEGHT? DOMINIQUE: YEA.. HE PUT ME ON A SCALE. LAWYER: AND HE HIT YOU? WHERE DID HE HIT YOU? DOMINIQUE: MY FACE.))
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Demitri Moceanu says it's Domique's friends and coach who've caused the trouble.
He says no one is more concerned about Dominique than her parents.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
When the news returns, the state crime commission wants you to have access to all criminal records in the Commonwealth.
And two toddlers in Roanoke hope to get the gift of life this holiday.
Their parents have a message about organ donation when the news returns.
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((Hey folks what a night for some coaches and football players at tonight's Friday Football Extra Banquet Mike Stevens will have the story. Bobby Allison is getting back in racing next year with a Busch team and West Virginia upsets Syracuse in basketball.
All that more coming up later in Sports.))
The general public might soon have access to the rap sheets of Virginia's criminals -- anything from felony convictions right down to traffic stops.
That's what the State Crime Commission is proposing.
Currently, only certain organizations can run comprehensive record checks through the State Police.
The American Civil Liberties Union has some concerns.
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((KENT WILLIS/VIRGINIA ACLU: MOST PEOPLE WHO ARE ARRESTED ARE NOT CONVICTED OF THE CRIME FOR WHICH THEY ARE ARRESTED. HOWEVER THAT INFORMATION COULD BE USED IN A HIGHLY DISCRIMINATORY WAY. SOMEONE COULD SAY OH YOU'VE BEEN ARRESTED A COUPLE OF TIMES FOR THIS OR THAT. THEREFORE, I'M NOT GOING TO HIRE YOU. OR THEREFORE I'M NOT GOING TO RENT TO YOU. AND IT'S PERFECTLY LEGAL TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST SOMEONE BECAUSE OF THEIR PAST CRIMINAL RECORD.))
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Public access to criminal records may become a bill before the 1999 General Assembly.
Cardiac Doctors at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital are facing a challenging and unique situation.
They say finding a heart for a baby who needs a transplant is rare, but right now it's twice as hard for the Roanoke medical community.
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((KAREN LAPLANTE/COURTNEY'S MOM: IF YOU HAVE TWO CHILDREN IN AN AREA AS SMALL AS ROANOKE THAT NEED HEART TRANSPLANTS THEN MAYBE FOLKS WILL REALIZE HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO DONATE THEIR ORGANS.))
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Two year old Courtney (la-PLONTE) LaPlante and 18 month old Kayla Griffin are in adjoining rooms in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
Both have been waiting for a heart for months and doctors say they have less than a year to live without the transplant surgery.
For more information on Organ Donation contact VOPA, the Virginia Organ Procurement Agency, at 1-800-233-8672.
Tobacco companies bought themselves some security with a national deal this month.
Now, a bright spot for farmers -- who are still awaiting their fate.
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Tobacco giant Philip Morris is offering to buy half the nation's flue-cured tobacco reserves.
The proposal means American tobacco farmers would get higher prices than previously offered for their number one crop.
It also means more tobacco could be grown and sold next year-- since the industry operates on a quota system.
The offer comes days after negotiations between the big tobacco companies and farmers broke down-- in the second phase of a national tobacco settlement.
A two-car crash in Bedford County this morning sent a North Carolina man to the hospital.
It happened around 9:15 on Route 709 near the New London airport.
State police say 45-year old Michael Alexander Gilmer of Pelham, North Carolina pulled into the path of this Toyota pickup truck.
The truck struck the side of Gilmer's van, flipping it over.
Gilmer was trapped for about twenty minutes, then airlifted to a Roanoke hospital where he was treated and released.
Charges are pending.
Coming up next in the newscast--Roanoke's center of activity had a birthday party today.
Plus, Christmas is here and the "stars" were out in Washington to light up the town.
That's later on News 7 at 11.
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Today marks the beginning of a month long celebration for "Center in the Square's" 15th anniversary.
Children from throughout the region sang happy birthday and toured the building--and snuck in some time with Santa Claus before checking out the latest science exhibit on poisonous snakes.
The facility is home to seven different science and arts organizations, including the Roanoke Ballet.
Support from the Center allows those groups to concentrate on their areas of expertise.
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((JENEFER DAVIES-MANSFIELD/BALLET ARTISTIC DIRECTOR; OUR RESOURCES ARE BEING USED FOR PERFORMANCE. WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BRING IN WORLD CLASS PERFORMING ARTIST AND INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN DANCE COMPANIES. WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO AUGMENT OUR STAFF. AND BECAUSE OF THAT OUR STUDENT ENROLLMENT HAS DOUBLED.))
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Center in the Square is credited with revitalizing the city market.
More than 240 market-area businesses have been established since the center opened.
More than 400-thousand people from around the world visit the center annually.
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The stars were over at the Marriott tonight as Friday Football Extra honored its players of the week and Coaches.
Jose Canseco is heading the Florida to play for the Devil Rays. Roger Clemens is talking to the Houston Astros.
And the Cubs say they've signed free agent Benito Santiago to a one year deal.
The Catcher missed almost all of the 1998 season after a January car accident.
Santiago batted 310 with five double and four runs batted in in 15 games with Toronto.
Now, Here's tonight's numbers.
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Last night Denise, Steve, Mike and I celebrated the just completed high school football season with Friday Football Extra's 15th annual awards dinner.
Mike Stevens gives a peek inside the Grand Ballroom at the Marriott.
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(( It's one of those annual Holiday gatherings that never gets old!
The Friday Football Extra awards banquet welcomed 150 friends along with some pretty good coaches and players to the Marriott to exchange gifts.
The 14 players of the week took home the biggest haul with plaques, hats, jerseys, lanyards and videos filling their stockings.
Amherst's County Seneca Sandidge also did pretty well for himself as he was awarded the Lee Cook Lineman of the year honor. He had 27 quarterback sacks and 40 tackles behins the line of scrimmage this season.
((SENECA SANDIDGE/LEE COOK LINEMAN OF THE YEAR:))
George Washington high school's Sean Talbert was named this year WDBJ scholar athlete of the year. The Eagles defensive captain has a 4 point 25 grade point average and hopes of getting an appointment to the US Naval academy.
((SEAN TALBERT/WDBJ SCHOLAR ATHLETE WINNER:))
The coaches vote amongst themselves each year to determine out other awards. Floyd County's Winfred Beale was named Group A's top coach.
Mike Scharnus of Rustburg edged Willis White and Taylor Edwards for the Double A honor.
And George Miller was named Group Three-A top boss for the second straight season.
Willis White, the leader of the division four state champion Spartans took home two big honors. He was voted Frdiay Football Extra's overall coach of the year, and his Spartans were names team of the year.))
((WILLIS WHITE/FFE COACH OF THE YEAR:))
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And coming up, West Virginnia upsets Syracuse in Basketball Bobby Allison is getting back into racing.
And a couple of Roanoke College runners are honor by the Old Dominion Athletic conference.
One of racing's veteran super stars is getting back in the sport.
Bobby Allison has been out of racing since he shut down his Winston cup team in 1996.
Allison is coming back with a car on the Busch Grand National division next year.
He will be part owner of the Bobby Allison Dave Carroll Motorsports team. They will be based in Denver, North Carolina.
Allison says he'll spend his time at the tracks, at all the races and for practices and qualifying.
Hueytown driver Jimmy Kitchens will drive for the team.
Elton Scott scored 19 points and the Mountaineers of West Virginia knocks off 13-th ranked Syracuse.
Brooks Berry of Roanoke hit 8 of his career high 16 points in a key run in the second half as the Mountaineers took the lead.
Scott gets out on this play and takes it to the hoop
he misses the shot but the Mountaineers are there for the rebound and put back and the Mountaineers get the upset 73 to 59.
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Post-season honors were handed out to two Roanoke College athletes.
Franklin County native, David Angell was named men's most valuable runner.
The senior led the Maroons, winning five races including the ODAC Championships and helped Roanoke College win its first conference title since 1987.
Sophomore Casey Smith picked up the women's most valuable runner.
Smith had four first place finishes, seven top 10s and earned first team all-ODAC honors.
The Salem Avalanche will have a new leader on the diamond this season.
The team will be managed by Ron Gideon, who's spent the past two seasons with the Asheville Tourists.
Gideon is joined by pitching coach Bob McClure and coaches Javier Gonzalez and Stu Cole.
You may remember Cole from the 1997 Avalanche. He returns to Salem after a season in Double A-New Haven.
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You're out of luck it you don't have your tickets for the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Virginia Tech Athletic Department announced today that it has sold all of its alloted 12-thousand tickets for the game.
Both the University of Alabama and the Music City Bowl ticket offices also have sold out their allotment of tickets.
The 8 and 3 Hokies will Face Alabama at Vanderbilt Stadium on December 29-th.
And finally tonight -- The Holiday Season is officially underway in our Nation's capital....
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President Clinton gave the order for Christmas to begin with the annual lighting of the National Christmas Tree.
With the help of slugger Sammy Sosa, thousands of green and gold lights shown brightly on the 40-foot blue spruce with just the push of a button.
The National Christmas tree has stood on the Ellipse between the White House and the Washington Monument for the last twenty years.
The annual lighting ceremony is a tradition that began on Christmas Eve in 1913 with President Woodrow Wilson.
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