Coming up on News 7 at 5, the man who walked away from a local prison farm 24 years ago is returned to face charges he
re in Virginia.
and it's day two as the House Judiciary Committee considers the impeachment of the President.
After a day of very welcome rain, the atmosphere has dried out again. Temperatures on the chilly side this evening.
Time is running out for two babies at a local hospital on the waiting list for a heart transplant.
Plus a professional sports umpire stops in town to cheer up some hospitalized veterans.
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((IF ANY OF YOU ARE THINKING WE'VE GOT TO VOTE TO IMPEACH TO TARNISH THE PRESIDENT, HE'S ALREADY TARNISHED.))
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The Former Governor of Massachuetts- a repulbican- speaks on the Presidents behalf.
William Weld was just one of several witnesses presented by President clinton's legal team.
Each argued that impeachment is not the solutuion.
Jonathan Freed has more from Capitol Hill.
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[SUPER=01-Charles Ruff/White House Counsel;]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Bob Barr/(R) Judiciary Committee;]
[SUPER=01-William Weld/Former Mass. Governor;]
[OUT Q=Now Back to you]
((Even as the President's defense team was trying to wrap up its case
before the House Judiciary Committee_draft articles of impeachment were
being finalized by committee staff.
With a debate and vote on the articles expected later this week, White
House Counsel, Charles Ruff took on the committee_conveying more
Presidential contrition_and accusing the Independent Counsel of not
presenting the evidence against Mr. Clinton in a fair way.
CHARLES RUFF/WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL: IN ORDER TO HAVE COMMITTED AN IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE, THE PRESIDENT MUST HAVE ACTED TO SUBVERT OUR SYSTEM
OF GOVERNMENT AND, MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE, THAT DID NOT HAPPEN.
The White House brought out a final panel of witnesses_a group of former prosecutors_all arguing that impeachment is not the solution.
But the Republicans were not impressed_and took it out on White House Special Counsel, Greg Craig.
REP BOB BARR/JUDICIARY COMMITTEE/R-GA.: MR. CRAIG, SHAME ON YOU FOR PUTTING TOGETHER _TECHNICALITIES AND LEGALITIES_WHEN YOU SAID
In a bi-partisan gesture, the White House also presented the former Republican Governor of Massachusetts.
WILLIAM WELD/FORMER GOVERNOR OF MASSACHUSETTS: IF ANY OF YOU ARE THINKING YOU HAVE TO VOTE YES TO TARNISH HIM, HE'S ALREADY
TARNISHED_NO ONE IS GOING TO FORGET THIS STUFF.
William Weld proposed censuring the President_including the paying of a fine, and leaving Mr. Clinton open to possible criminal prosecution.
JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS : THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE IS NOW SAYING HE WILL ALLOW A CENSURE VOTE THERE_AND PARTS OF THE PRESIDENT'S
VIDEOTAPED DEPOSITION IN THE PAULA JONES SUIT ARE NOW EXPECTED TO BE PLAYED IN PUBLIC FOR THE FIRST TIME WHEN THE REPUBLICANS WRAP UP THEIR
CASE. J-F WASHINGTON.))
Western Virginia's congressmen continued to stake out positions on opposite sides of the impeachment debate today.
Late this afternoon, Sixth District Republican Bob Goodlatte joined the questioning of White House Counsel Charles Ruff.
Goodlatte disputed the suggestion that Clinton made misleading statements simply to avoid public embarassment.
[IN Q=So his intent here]
((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/R- SIXTH DISTRICT: SO HIS INTENT HERE WAS NOT TO COVER UP AN EMBARASSMENT, BUT TO AVOID PROSECUTION FOR A CRIME, THAT CRIME BEING PERJURY AND OBSTRUCTION IN THE EARLIER CASE. AND HE COMPOUNDED IT SEVEN MONTHYS LATER BY CONTINUING HIS PERJURIOUS ACTIVITY BY LYING BEFORE THE GRAND JURY.))
[OUT Q=before the grand jury.]
Earlier Ninth District Democrat Rick Boucher disputed claims that the President had abused the power of his office by asserting executive privilege during the investigation of his conduct.
A man who walked away from a Martinsville prison farm nearly 25-years ago is back in Virginia today.
Alfred Odell Martin was extradicted this morning from Michigan.
He was serving time at the Martinsville city farm in 1974, when he skipped town after one day.
Martin eventually landed near Detroit with his own business and three children.
Police in Michigan discovered Martin was a wanted man when they stopped him for allegedly driving with expired tags.
The Commonwealth's Attorney in Martinsville says she'll prosecute Martin to the fullest extent of the law.
[IN Q=Inmates in the jail]
((JOAN ZIGLAR/MARTINSVILLE Prosecutor: INMATES IN THE JAIL NOW ARE TAKING A GREAT DEAL ON INTEREST IN THIS CASE AND IF WE TURN OUR BACK ON THIS CASE WITH THIS MAN ESCAPING WE'RE TELLING THEM AS LONG AS YOU'RE SMART ENOUGH TO ESCAPE WE'RE NOT GOING TO COME AFTER YOU.))
[SUPER=01-Joan Ziglar/Martinsville Prosecutor;]
[OUT Q=to come after you.]
Martin is charged with felony escape and larceny.
Together, those crimes carry a 25-year maximum prison sentence.
Tonight, Martin is being held in the Martinsville city jail.
A North Carolina man was injured in a two-car crash in Bedford County this morning.
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 his injuries are "not" considered life-threatening.
Charges are pending.
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Coming up on News 7, area tobacco farmers may get a boost from Philip Morris,
And if you have a bubbly personality, one soft drink company wants to hear from you. It may want to put your face on its bottles.
On Health Check, we'll meet two young children from our area who have to face the wait for heart transplants.
and Patrick Evans will have some suggestions for some quick and inexpensive holiday meals.
Dr. Jack Kevorkian wanted his case to go to trial and today he found out it will.
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A judge ordered Kevorkian to stand trial on first degree murder-
The charges come in connection with the videotaped death of Thomas Youk- which was broadcast on 60 Minutes.
Kevorkian says the lethal injection he gave the man is not a crime-
((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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[OUT Q=AM I DOING HERE.]
Kevorkian wants the trial to settle the issue once and for all.
If convicted of murder, Kevorkian could face life in prison.
A new proposal by the State Crime Commission would make everyone's criminal records public.
Currently, any citizen can check a local court for any record that court has.
But a comprehensive record of all offenses in Virginia -- like police have -- is NOT available to the average citizen.
Civil libertarians have concerns.
[IN Q=It is]
((KENT WILLIS: IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE STATE DOESN'T BROADCAST THIS INFORMATION...ARRESTED FOR SOMETHING.))
[SUPER=01-Kent Willis/Virginia ACLU;]
[OUT Q=for something.]
The Crime Commission's recommendation could become a bill for the 1999 General Assembly.
Texas and Florida already allow it.[5-Philip-Morris]
It may be a gesture of good will during a very uncertain time.
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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.
15-years ago, Center in the Square was the umbrella under which five of Roanoke's arts and science organizations were housed.
Supported by the Western Virginia Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, the Center has become an educational centerpiece for Southwest Virginia.
Center organizers say the facility has thrived with the support of community leaders and volunteers.
[IN Q=THERE WERE]
((JAMES SEARS/DIRECTOR; THERE WERE A LOT OF PLANNERS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS WHO WERE PUTTING THEIR TIME AND MONEY INTO MAKING SURE THAT THIS PARTICULAR SITE WOULD BE RENOVATED FOR THE FUTURE OF ROANOKE AND THE FUTURE OF CHILDREN AND CITIZENS OF THE REGION.))
[SUPER=01-James Sears/Director; :00]
[OUT Q=THE REGION.]
Sears says the Center has transformed the area into a safe and vibrant business opportunity for 240-new shops and eateries.
Today, school children from throughout Southwest Virginia visited with Santa Claus and some exhibits during a birthday celebration at the Center.
If you find your busy holidays leaving you with little time to cook, Patrick Evans has a guest who says she knows EGGS-actly what you need.
[OUT-Q=After this break.][5-EGGS]
It's incredible, it's edible, and it's versatile when making Holiday dishes...
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We're talking about the EGG, and Patrick Evans has an "egg-spert" on the subject with some great recipe ideas, too.
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Tonight's the night for the big Friday Footbal Extra Awards Banquet. Mike Stevens will be here in a moment to give us an early sneak preview.
Next on health check -- doctors say a new test could more accurately detect cervical cancer.
Plus, 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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[IN Q=If you have]
((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 THIER ORGANS.))
[OUT Q=thier organs]
In July we told you about a Pulaski County family waiting for a heart transplant for their baby. Tonya has an upd
ate to that story. [5-Organ-Donor]
But now she's not alone.
The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Roanoke Community Hospital is facing a rare and critical situation with two babies on a deadline to find new hearts.
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[SUPER=01-Tom Reed/VOPA; :22]
[SUPER=01-Karen LaPlante/Courtney's Mom; :46]
[SUPER=01-April Griffin/Kayla's Mom; 1:08]
[OUT Q=heart transplant.]
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Kayla and Courtney have something in common, they're both waiting for a heart transplant.
Courtney was born with a heart defect and Kayla had an infection and developed a heart problem from the virus.
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[IN Q=It's actually unique]
((DR. HUGH CRAFT/PEDIATRIC ICU DIRECTOR: IT'S ACTUALLY UNIQUE FOR US TO HAVE ONE, IT'S VERY UNIQUE FOR US TO HAVE TWO, BECAUSE THERE ARE NOT MANY CHILDREN THIS AGE WHO NEED HEART TRANSPLANTS.))
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[IN Q=There are]
((TOM REED/VOPA: THERE ARE ONLY 125 KIDS AT THIS AGE IN THE COUNTRY WAITING FOR A HEART AND SO IT'S PRETTY RARE THAT TWO OF THEM SHOULD BE IN THE ROANOKE AREA.))
[OUT Q=Roanoke area]
Doctors say Kayla and Courtney need transplants within the next year.
Even though Courtney has been waiting almost her entire life, her mom says she feels the time pressure more than ever.
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[IN Q=Her heart]
((KAREN LAPLANTE/COURTNEY'S MOM: HER HEART HAS TAKEN MORE OF A TOLL FROM THIS LAST INFECTION WHICH IS WHY SHE'S HERE RIGHT NOW. HER HEART RATES GONE UP, HER RESPIRATION'S GONE UP AND IT'S NOT COMING BACK DOWN EVEN THOUGH THE INFECTIONS IS UNDER CONTROL AND THAT JUST SHOWS THAT HER HEART IS EVEN MORE DAMAGED.))
[OUT Q=more damaged]
But her will to live has made her surpass all doctor's expectations.
Now Courtney and her new friend next door are holding on and hoping for the best.
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[IN Q=I'm just]
((APRIL GRIFFIN/KAYLA'S MOM: I'M JUST LEAVING IT IN GOD'S HANDS SO HOPEFULLY SHE'LL HAVE A HEART SOON, BUT SHE'S A GOOD FIGHTER THOUGH.))
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[IN Q=If you think]
((KAREN LAPLANTE/COURTNEY'S MOM: IF YOU THINK OF COURTNEY AS A BEAUTIFUL, BRIGHT, SOCIAL TWO YEAR OLD AND SHE HAS HER FUTURE IN FRONT OF HER, BUT SHE'S NOT GOING TO BE HERE FOR ANOTHER BIRTHDAY OR FOR ANOTHER CHRISTMAS OR ANYTHING IF SHE DOES NOT HAVE ANOTHER HEART TRANSPLANT.))
[OUT Q=heart transplant.]))
To become an organ donor or for more information call VOPA at 1-800-233-8672.
A new test for cervical cancer could save thousands of lives worldwide.
British researchers say they have found a way of marking cervical cancer cells with a dye. The dye spotlights abnormal cells that can be easily missed in standard laboratory analysis.
Under the current screening process, up to 30 percent of pap smear tests are inaccurate.
That means thousands of women are given a clean bill of health after doctors miss the early warning signs of cancer.
Preliminary tests have shown the new method is extremely accurate.
Large scale trials are due to begin in 18 months. If they are successful, the tests will become available worldwide within three years.
Most professional umpires take a break during the off-season.
But, one major leaguer is still keeping a tight-schedule.
Jerry Layne stopped by the Salem V-A Medical Center today to visit with veterans and sign autographs.
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((JERRY LAYNE/NATIONAL LEAGUE UMPIRE: I'VE DEDICATED MYSELF TO THE VETERANS BECAUSE I HAVE HAD A LOT OF DIFFERENT PEOPLE TAKE ME TO DIFFERENT FUNCTIONS THAT INCLUDED THE DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS AND I'VE SEEN THE NEED AND I THOUGHT THIS WOULD REALLY BE NEAT TO GET INVOLVED WITH.))
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[OUT Q=to get involved with.]
Layne is in his 10th year as a baseball National League umpire.
He's also one of several umpires who volunteer with the Disabled American Veterans--the group that organizes the visits.
Layne plans to visit five veterans' hospitals a month during the off-season.
Fifteen years ago Friday Football Extra's post season awards banquet was held here in the studios of Channel Seven.
Tonight more than ? hundred will fill the Airport Mariott's Grand Ballroom to celebrate the just completed season.
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Mike Stevens knows who the big winners are tonight. How about a little hint?
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Mike takes it to the break [5-Soda]
A New York soft drink company wants to make you famous.
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The Jones Soda Company hopes your face could launch a thousand shipments. It is asking customers to send in their photos. The best pictures will be put on its bottles.
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[IN Q=What we wanted]
((PETER VAN STOLK-JONES SODA COMPANY: WHAT WE WANTED TO DO WAS TO ALLOW OUR CUSTOMERS TO ACTUALLY SEND US THEIR PHOTOS AND PUT THEM ON THE BOTTLE. AN WE'D PUT YOUR NAME ON IT AND YOU WOULD HAVE YOUR OWN SODA. AND YOU WALK INTO THE STORE AND YOU SEE YOUR OWN STUFF AND SAY WOW.))
[SUPER=01-Peter Van Stolk/Jones Soda Co.]
[OUT Q=AND SAY WOW.]
In the last year customers have sent in about 22-thousand pictures.
About 600 have made it on the the bottle.
[IN Q=Chicken embryo on a bun]
((CHICKEN EMBRYO ON A BUN DID NOT MAKE IT. THE NUDE SHOTS FROM CHICAGO. CHICAGO SENT US ALL NUDE SHOTS. I HAVE NO IDEA WHY. MODEL HEAD SHOTS, THEY DON'T GET ON A BOTTLE.))
[OUT Q=get on a bottle.]
But if you want to find one, you'll have to head north. So far, it is only available in New York City.