((GREG CRAIG/WH SPECIAL COUNSEL: WHAT THE PRESIDENT DID WAS MORALLY WRONG, NO AMOUNT OF RHETORIC CAN CHANGE THE LEGAL REALITY THAT THERE ARE NO GROUNDS FOR IMPEACHMENT.))
[OUT Q=are no grounds for impeachment. ]
Day two of President Clinton's defense is underway at the House impeachment hearings.
And just days before the President heads to Israel, a bloody day of violence in the West Bank.
News 7 at noon is next.
The House Judiciary committee is hearing a second day of testimony from legal experts about why President Clinton should not be impeached.
Republican committe members were unimipressed with yeserday's witnesses, complaining there was very little discussion of the facts of the case.
The committee is heading toward an impeachment vote late Friday or Saturday.
Lee Cowan has the latest from Washington.
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[SUPER=01-William Weld/Former MA Governor;]
[SUPER=01-Thomas Sullivan/Former U. S. Attorney;]
[SUPER=01-Richard Davis/Former Watergate Investigator ]
[SUPER=01-Edward Dennis/Former Justice Dept. Official;]
[OUT Q=marital infidelity.]
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DAY TWO, ROUND TWO OF THE PRESIDENT'S DEFENSE AND IT INCLUDED
(( SUPER: WILLIAM WELD//FORMER MASS. GOV. )) (( SOT AT 9:16:00 ))
"If any of you are thinking - he's already tarnished."
FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR WILLIAM WELD JOINED OTHER FORMER
PROSECUTORS ON THE WHITE HOUSE'S FOURTH AND FINAL PANEL.
HIS SUGGESTION: LOOK FOR AN ALTERNATIVE LESS THAN IMPEACHMENT,
BUT MORE THAN CENSURE, BECAUSE THERE ARE OTHER PUNISHMENTS AVAILABLE.
(( WELD SOT ))
"Let president take is chances afer leaving office."
TODAY'S PANEL WAS BROUGHT TO FOCUS ATTENTION ON THE CRIMINAL
STANDARDS OF PROSECUTION.
THE ARGUMENT IN SHORT: ANY CASE OF PERJURY AGAINST THE
PRESIDENT IS WEAK AT BEST.
(( SUPER: THOMAS SULLIVAN// FORMER U-S ATTORNEY ))
(( SOT AT 8:35:40))
"_never get in the door_"
(( SUPER: RICHARD DAVIS//FMR WATERGATE INVESTIGATOR )) (( SOT AT 8:43:31
"It is virtually unheard of - conflicting testimony of two people."
THE COMMITTEE HEARD THE WARNINGS EVEN AS IT WAS ALREADY IN THE PROCESS
OF DRAFTING AS MANY AS FOUR ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT AGAINST THE
PRESIDENT - TWO OF WHICH WOULD BE BASED ON PERJURY.
(( SUPER: EDWARD DENNIS//FORMER JUSTICE DEPT. OFFICIAL )) (( SOT AT
"I believe that a jury would be sympathetic - demanded an admission of
(( LEE COWAN//CBS NEWS ))
"The President's case will be wrapped up late this afternoon by a man
who so far has said very little - clinton lawyer Charles Ruff. He is
expected to undergo intense questioning long into the
evening tonight by both sides of the Committee - the last word said
before the Committee begins debate. Lee Cowan, CBS News, Washington))
Western Virginia Congressmen Bob Goodlatte and Rick Boucher took part in the questioning of William Weld and the other former prosecutors this morning.
As a Democrat arguing against impeachment, Boucher suggested the President might be sanctioned by the judge in the Paula Jones lawsuit, if it's proven that Clinton lied during his deposition.
[IN Q=That might be the more]
((REP. RICK BOUCHER/D- NINTH DISTRICT: THAT MIGHT BE THE MORE PROBABLE WAY IN WHICH SOME SANCTION OCCURS AS OPPOSED TO A CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.))
[OUT Q=to a criminal prosecution.]
But Sixth District Republican Bob Goodlatte suggested that it is unlikely the president will face prosecution, or sanctions after he leaves office.
[IN Q=Are we all in agreement]
((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/R- SIXTH DISTRICT: ARE WE ALL IN AGREEMENT THAT THE LIKELIHOOD OF ANY KIND OF SUBSEQUENT PROSECUTION OF THIS CASE REGARDLESS OF YOUR OPINION OF THE MERITS IS NOT GOING OT TAKE PLACE.))
[OUT Q=not going to take place.]
Chief White House Counsel Charles Ruff will sum up the President's defense this afternoon.
He was the front-man for the President's version of the Lewinsky scandal.
Last night he was in Charlottesville, offering his take on the scandal and impeachment inquiry.
[IN Q=just think if]
[SUPER=01-Mike McCurry/Former Press Secretary; :11]
[OUT Q=way out of it?]
McCurry says most Americans do not understand the impeachment process and that President Clinton will not be thrown out of office.
U-N Weapon inspectors met some opposition today on the second day of surprise inspections in Iraq.
U-N officials say as as one inspection team tried to enter a major office of Baghdad's ruling party one Iraqi official demanded a written list of all banned items the team was looking for.
The chief inspector refused and the team left.
Nearly 200 arms inspectors are involved in today's searches.
They made 32 surpise visits yesterday.
One Palestinian is dead and several more injured in the worst West Bank violence in months.
[SUPER=03-Ramallah, West Bank;]
It all began today when Palestinians stoned Israeli soldiers and motortists.
The soldiers fired back with rubber bullets, some live amunition and tear gas.
Close to 70 Palestinians were injured.
The violence comes just four days before President Clinton's visit to the region.
[GRAPHIC=Center in the Square]
Today marks the 15th anniversary of a major centerpiece in the Downtown Roanoke market area.
Center in the Sqaure was established in 19-83.
It's now home to seven arts and sciences organizations.
But officials say, over the years, the center has done much more-- transforming the market area into a safe social environment.
[IN Q=SO BY PLACING]
((JAMES SEARS/DIRECTOR; SO BY PLACING A CULTURAL CENTER IN AN AREA THAT NEEDS REJUVENATION AND REVITALIZATION, IT WILL CAUSE A GREAT NUMBER OF BUSINESSES TO OPEN AND MORE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. AND IN OUR CASE, A GREAT DEAL OF EDUCATIONAL BENEFIT TO THE REGION.))
[OUT Q=TO THE REGION.]
Center in the Square is primarily an educational resource and attracts more than 400-thousand visitors, mostly children, each year.
Officials say that has translated into more than 240-market area business openings and over 350-million dollars in construction projects.
The occassion was marked today with a birthday party.
In Michigan, a hearing is underway to determine if the man known as Doctor death will face murder and assisted suicide charges.
[SUPER=03-Waterford Township, MI;]
[11:30-update window pkg]
At the start of today's preliminary began Michigan prosecutors went straight to the videotape.
They played part of the video that Dr. Jack Kevorkian gave ``60 Minutes."
It shows him giving a 52 year old man a fatal injection of potassium cholride.
((KEVORKIAN:ALRIGHT WE'RE READY TO GO AHEAD ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT TO GO AHEAD.
TOM:YES, YES...PAUSE FOR INJECTION. ))
[OUT Q= YES, YES (PAUSE FOR INJECTION).]
The judge at today's hearing can order Kevorkian to stand trial on any one of a number of charges.
She can also dismiss the charges.
A two- car crash in Bedford County this morning led to a North Carolina man being airlifted to a Roanoke hospital.
State police say 31- year- old David B. Atkins was headed south on Route 709 at about 9 a-m when a Dodge van pulled into his path.
Atkins' truck slammed into the van, knocking it onto its side.
The driver, 45- year- old Michael A. Gilmer, was trapped inside the vehicle for about twenty minutes.
He's still being treated in the emergency room.
Police say Gilmer may be charged with failing to yield the right of way.
The Virginia Crime Commission wants greater public access to criminal records.
Commission members are calling on the General assembly to remove the current restrictions on who can view the records of adult offenders.
Current law requires the permission of the person whose record is sought.
Under the crime commission proposal, any citizen could get criminal records that include misdemeanor and felony convictions.
An investigation into the death of Derek Poindexter cleared Roanoke police, but it did not satisfy his relatives.
Last night they held a vigil in his memory.
They say there are still unanswered questions.
[IN Q=i have no]
((CARRIE DULIN/POINDEXTER'S MOTHER; I HAVE NO COMMENT ON WHAT THE MEDICAL EXAMINER SAID, I HAVE NO COMMENT ON WHAT THE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY SAID, MY CONCERN IS, WAS MY SON SERVED JUSTICE ))
((BENJAMIN POINDEXTER/POINDEXTER'S BROTHER; IT SHOULD BE WHETHER OR NOT THERE WAS A JUST, ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP, A ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP WOULD HAVE BEEN THE DRIVER OF THE CAR BEING PULLED OUT OF THE CAR BEING PULLED OUT INITIALLY, AND THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN.))
[SUPER=01-Carrie Dulin/Poindexter's Mother; :00]
[SUPER=01-Benjamin Poindexter/Poindexter's Brother; :14 ]
[OUT Q=that didn't happen.]
One N-double-A-C-P leader questioned the accuracy of the medical examiner's report.
Commonwealth's attorney Don Caldwell says there are clear indications that Poindexter used cocaine in the past, knowing he had a heart condition.
As for the traffic stop, Caldwell's report says the car was stopped for driving without headlights.
Poindexter was asked to get out of the car when an officer saw what he believed to be crack cocaine, on the floorboard on his side of the car.
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U-S astronauts are getting closer to entering the international space station.
That's one of the stories still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
And much of Washington may be consumed with the impeachment inquiry, but that doesn't mean they can't get into the Christmas spirit.
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[COMM BREAK #2]
It's another stroll in space today outside the International Space station.
Jerry Ross and James Newman will attach two 100 pound antennas to each side of the American made module.
The antennas will allow the space station crew to communicate
with their colleagues on Earth.
On Monday, they spent several hours connecting electrical and data cables.
The astronauts are expected to enter the space station for the first time tomorrow.
Major league spring training is still weeks away but at least one umpire stays busy during the off-season by visiting with veterans.
Jerry Layne has been a National League umpire for 10 years.
Today, he made the rounds at the V-A Medical Center in Salem visiting with vets.
[SOT 10.09.59 - 10.10.10]
[IN Q=Many, many patients]
((JERRY LAYNE/UMPIRE: MANY, MANY PATIENTS TRAVEL MANY-A-MILE TO GET TO THIS HOSPITAL AND UNFORTUNATELY THEIR FAMILY CAN'T BE WITH THEM ALL THE TIME. SO, JUST A VISITOR OTHER THAN A PHYSICIAN OR AN EMPLOYEE OF THE HOSPITAL COMING IN IS A SHOT IN THE ARM.))
[SUPER=01-Jerry Layne/National League Umpire;]
[OUT Q=shot in the arm.]
Layne is a volunteer with Disabled American Veterans--the group that sponsored his visit.
Each year several Major League umpires get together and visit disabled veterans, mainly during the off-season.
Layne handed-out autographed pictures and presented one veteran with a National League baseball jacket.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 13 points.
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Still ahead in sports, the Hoosier's Bobby Knight doesn't get his way.
Plus, the Express sends the Rivermen sailing at the Roundhouse. We'll have highlights from Roanoke's timely victory coming up when News 7 at Noon continues.
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The Roanoke Express picked up it's twelfth win of the year last night, using Kris Cantu's last-minute goal to beat Peoria 3 to 2.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Rivermen vs. Express; :00]
The Rivermen were coming off an 8- nothing loss, but Roanoke didn't know what to expect since it was the team's first meeting.
Pick it up in the third period, all tied up at one. Watch center Mike Peron muscle his way in and notch his 6th goal of the season to make it 2-1 Roanoke.
Within ten seconds, Peoria comes back to tie the game at 2 apiece.
Then, with under two minutes to play in the game, Cantu buries the game winner from the left side, and the Express win it 4 to 3.
The last two hundred tickets for the Music City Bowl went on sale this morning at Virginia Tech.
Vanderbilt stadium only holds 41 thousand fans. Nashville has sold all of its tickets, the University of Alabama has sold all of its tickets and Tech only has 200 left of from it's allotted 12 thousand.
UVa has sold 21 thousand tickets for it's New Year's Eve Peach Bowl battle with Georgia.
The Cavs sold over 18 thousand in Charlottesville and the rest directly from the Peach Bowl office in Atlanta.
The 21 thousand mark is a school record.
In college hoops, the Virginia Cavaliers were looking to get even with Liberty last night- trying to avenge last year's upset loss.
And they succeeded- Chris Williams scored 34 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead U-V-A over the Flames 95 to 70.
Donald Hand added 22 for the Cavs, while Delawn Grandison led the Flames with 17.
[SUPER=03-Radford/VCU vs. Radford; :00]
Over at the Dedmond Center, Radford welcomed the visiting V-C-U Rams.
And the Rams' Garland Ragler gets the nice reverse spin in the lane early to put V-C-U on top in the opening minutes.
Radford's point gaurd Rian Everett had an answer. He drives downcourt with the cross over dribble and banks in the left-handed bucket.
But the night belonged to Leslie Ballard, who takes the Jon Belt pass and scores on the fade away jumper. Ballard finished with nine three-pointers and 35 points.
He had some help from Big South freshman of the week Andrey Savtchenko (sev-CHENCK-oh)- who went to work inside.
He tallied up 11 points and 15 boards, and R-U gets the big win 86-to-62
In other action, the Kansas Jayhawks can no longer be totally confident about their homecourt advantage.
The Jayhawks saw their 62- game home winning streak snapped by the Iowa Hawkeyes last night.
Iowa trailed by as many as 18 points in the second half before coming back to beat Kansas 85 to 81.
In Louisville, Bobby Knight coached his 1000th career game last night- his 11th- ranked Hoosiers trying to stop number five Kentucky.
Heshimu (heh-SHEE-moo) Evans' 22 points carried the Wildcats- he lit up the court with shots like this one.
But Indiana hit three treys in the final seconds and sent the game into overtime on Dane Fife's three with just under two seconds to play.
Kentucky prevails to win it 70-to-61 in overtime and Bobby Knight shows here he's not happy.
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[GRAPHIC=High School Basketball]
In high school basketball, Roanoke County rivals Cave Spring and William Byrd met up on the hardwood.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./William Byrd vs. Cave Spring;]
It would be the Knights night to shine.
Justin Shirley finds Jess Seamon on the baseline, he gets the hoop to put Cave Spring on top.
Byrd turns to the big guy underneath, Curt Hetherington, to chip away at the Cave Spring lead.
[SUPER=33-William Byrd/48/Cave Spring/59;]
But this was all Knights last night. Cave Spring cruises to the 59-48 win over Byrd.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Jefferson Forest vs. Northside;]
On the other side of town, Northside hosted rival Jefferson Forest.
The Vikings' Timmy Folks gets the rebound early and the putback to give Northside the early lead.
Then, Jefferson Forest gets out on the break. The ball goes to the trailer- Shaun Redgate. He gets two for the Cavaliers.
But the Vikings beat Jefferson Forest by a final score of 67- 46.
President Clinton gets a little help tonight from celebrities like Tony Bennet and Sammy Sosa in lighting the national Christimas tree at the White House.
Last night, despite rainy weather, the Capitol Christmas tree was lit by outgoing speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
The fifty foot frasier fir was trucked in from North Carolina last week and decorated by the U-S Park Service wtih (------------)
thousands of lights.