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Beware a loan scam advertsied in a local paper- it's costing some folks hundreds of dollars.
Check this out. It's a history-making day in space.
And the very latest from Washington as lawmakers prepare to vote on impeachment.
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Day turns into night in Washington - lawmakers debate and prepare to vote on whether to impeach the President.
The House Judiciary Committee is now debating the articles of impeachment.
All 37 panel members get up to ten minutes to make statements.
We'll hear from News 7's Ellen Qualls on what local lawmakers said on the hill... but first the overview from Jonathan Freed in Washington.
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((Time is running short to head-off impeachment...and from the white
house, this message:
GREG CRAIG/WHITE HOUSE SPECIAL COUNSEL:
A PLEA TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON BEHALF OF THE PRESIDENT.
BEFORE YOU VOTE TO IMPEACH AND REMOVE THE PRESIDENT, READ THE DEFENSE OF THE PRESIDENT.
The appeal came as members of the house judiciary committee began to
debate the draft articles of impeachment against mr. clinton.
Earlier, the lawyers for the democrats and the republicans played parts
of the president's videotaped deposition in the paula jones case...the
first time any of it was seen in public.
The Democrats tried to show there was confusion about the definition of sex. The g-o-p was insisting the president lied under oath.
CLINTON FROM JONES DEPOSITION: I HAVE NEVER HAD SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH MONICA LEWINKSY...I NEVER HAD AN AFFAIR WITH HER.
DEMOCRATIC INVESTIGATOR, ABBE LOWELL ASKED MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO THINK
ABBE LOWELL/CHIEF DEMOCRATIC INVESTIGATOR: BEFORE YOU PUT THE COUNTRY THROUGH THE UNSEEMLY SPECTACLE OF A TRIAL REQUIRING MS. LEWINSKY TO DESCRIBE WHAT PART OF HIM TOUCHED HER.
Then CAME REPUBLICAN INVESTIGATOR, DAVID SCHIPPERS.
DAVID SHIPPERS, GOP LEAD LAWYER: IT IS NOW MY SORROWFUL DUTY TO ACCUSE WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON OF.
SCHIPPERS laid out the allegations OF perjury, OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE
AND abuse of power.
AND THE DEBATE ON THE ARTICLES HEADED INTO THE EVENING.
Rep. Charles Schumer, D-New York: Before we act let history and justice be your guide.
Rep. Bill McCollum. R-Florida:
Vote to impeach to do otherwise would undermine the law.
JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS: THE PRESIDENT IS NOW PERSONALLY TALKING TO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, LOOKING FOR SUPPORT. THE ISSUE IS
EXPECTED TO GO TO THE HOUSE FLOOR NEXT WEEK. J-F...WASHINGTON.))
Southwest Virginia's Congressmen finally got their turn at the microphone tonight.
Ellen Qualls is in Washington with their story.
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A couple of people in Alleghany County are out hundreds of dollars tonight because of what police are calling a loan scam.
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Stacey Martin is in our newsroom with more.
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Jean, it started with an ad placed in a local newspaper by a company based in Nova Scotia, Canada.
A few days ago two people responded to that ad and ended up losing more than 600 dollars.
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((About a week ago a company placed this ad in the Virginian Review newspaper--offering loans to people in need of fast cash.
But, police say the offer was really a scam.
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((BARRY BROCK/COVINGTON POLICE DEPT.: THEY TEND TO FAX SOME OFFICIAL LOOKING DOCUMENTS TO A LOCAL POST OFFICE OR WHATEVER THAT HAS A PAY FOR FAX FACILITY AND THEY TELL YOU THAT YOU'VE QUALIFIED FOR THE MONEY THAT YOU'VE ASKED FOR OR EVEN TWICE THAT.))
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Authorities say they've gotten complaints from two people who called the toll free number, were approved for loans and wired the company a total of 640 dollars.
Afterwards their calls were not answered.
The newspaper has since pulled the ad.
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((HORTON BEIRNE/VIRGINIAN REVIEW PUBLISHER: IF AN AD LOOKS LIKE IT MAY BE BOGUS WE'LL CALL AND TRY TO GET SOME INFORMATION ON IT AND IF WE CAN'T FIND OUT ANYTHING WE JUST DON'T RUN THE AD. AND, OBVIOUSLY WE'LL BE LOOKING A LITTLE CLOSER FROM HERE ON OUT.))
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Police say the ad could reappear in other area papers and they're warning readers to be careful of lenders that require huge payments up front.
And, they're reminding people that most reputable lenders insist on doing business at some point in person.))
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Covington police say this case will be hard to investigate since it stretches across international borders.
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In the meantime, they're asking anyone who'se been scammed after contacting the company to call the authorities.
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A Radford grand jury today issued indictments against 14 people.
Radford police say most of the charges were for the distribution of crack cocaine.
2 of those indicted are juveniles.
Radford police are continuing to search for and arrest those indicted.
There are two sides to every story...
But prosecutors and attorneys for the Virginia Tech students accused of holding an exotic dancer against her will won't get to tell their side in court, until February.
A judge delayed today's scheduled preliminary hearing to give both sides time to examine new evidence.
Tech police in October charged five
members of the (Fi) Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity with abduction.
They were arrested after 19-year old Michelle Russell told police the students refused to let her leave the frat house because she wouldn't perform a striptease.
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((MARC LONG/DEFENSE ATTORNEY:I THINK THIS WAS JUST AN HONEST DISPUTE OVER MONEY, SERVICES AND WHAT WAS TO BE PAID AND WHAT THIS LADY WAS TO DO AND THAT'S IT. ))
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Brian (Md-Lawf-lin) McLaughlin was one of the five charged with abduction after Russell identified him in a photo line-up.
Charges against him were later dropped when McLaughlin proved he wasn't there that night.
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((PETE THEODORE/MCLAUGHLIN'S ATTORNEY:MY CLIENT BRIAN TOOK IT VERY HARD, STOPPED GOING TO CLASSES AND WE PUT HIM INTO COUNSELING BECAUSE HE FELT EVERYONE WAS LOOKING AT HIM AND THINKING HE WAS A BAD PERSON. ))
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Another fraternity member is charged with exposing himself and trying to remove Russell's lingerie.
A bond hearing is set tomorrow for the the Roanoke school employee charged with raping an exotic dancer Tuesday.
Meantime 44-year old Kim Brandon Kennedy has been suspended from his custodial job.
Kennedy often used the escort service "A Triple-A Babe;" the manager, Robert Davis, says he hasn't had problems with Kennedy.
Davis says he blackballs frequent customers who DO cause problems for the escorts.
Kennedy met the dancer at the Knights of (Pith-ias) Pythias Lodge. She stripped for him, but refused to have sex with Kennedy, so he allegedly raped her.
A member of a Botetourt County church is accused of stealing two-thousand dollars worth of equipment.
31-year old Tommie Bruce Hall was caught stealing a T-V from Rainbow Forest Baptist Church.
Other members then matched his picture to one in the church directory.
The sheriff says Hall admits he stole five T-V's from the church.
He is charged with five counts of grand larceny.
Just a few months ago, the city said it would build a park on a controversial piece of land in Westview Terrace.
Now it wants to build houses there.
The land is the same place where Habitat for Humanity wanted to build houses before neighbors protested.
They said Habitat homes would lower THEIR property values.
But the city's plan is to build houses similar to the ones that are already in the neighborhood.
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((EDDIE: IF IT'S 24 MODERATELY BUILT HOUSES, I DON'T SEE WHY THE NEIGHBORHOOD WOULD HAVE ANY PROBLEMS WITH IT.))
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The city bought the land from Habitat for more than 350-thousand dollars.
It hopes to make some of that money back, selling the land to a developer.
The city will hold a public hearing before it starts building.
Governor Gilmore has lifted the statewide burning ban.
Today Gilmore said recent rainfalls may not have relieved drought conditions, but they DID reduce the threat of forest fires.
So far this year more than 6-thousand acres of forest have been charred by fire.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Straight ahead, a budget surplus has Governor Gilmore in a giving spirit... the state commerce secretary shares the news in Central Virginia today.
And with the opening of a door, another chapter in the history of space exploration begins.
The latest on the International Space Station, when we return.
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(( Hey Jean and everybody out there, this is Mike Stevens with a preview of what's coming tonight on news seven sports. Salem's annual Stagg Party has started we'll review today's happenings.
Plus, Joe Gibbs may buy the Redskins while Burton Snith buys another track.
Some Hokies make a postseason all-star squad.
And Eckersley calls it quits.
It's all coming your way Later tonight in sports.))
A history-making day in space.
Astronauts from the shuttle Endeavour opened a door to a new era- by opening the hatch to the International Space station.
The astrnonauts became the first to realize a 15 year old dream- a working International Space Station.
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AND EVEN THOUGH IT'S A SMALL BEGINNING IT'S A SMALL PART OF WHAT THE STATION IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE - I THINK THIS IS VERY SIGNIFICANT, ALMOST MOMENTOUS EVENT.))
((BOB CABANA/ASTRONAUT: WORDS CAN'T EXPRESS IT. IT'S UNBELIEVABLE TO BE A PART OF SUCH A GREAT PROGRAM.))
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The crew also installed power boxes for the stations communications system.
Virginia's budget surplus is translating into early Christmas presents for many area localities.
Commerce secretary Barry DuVal was in Altavista today, outlining Governor Gilmore's plan to pump five million dollars into economic development.
Specifics of the plan have yet to be ironed out, but DuVal says areas like Region 2000 stand to benefit.
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((BARRY DUVAL/VA COMMERCE SECRETARY: WE'RE GOING TO CREATE A NUMBER OF PROGRAMS TO HELP IMPROVE THE INFRASTRUCTURE, HELP BUILD MORE INDUSTRIAL PARKS, HELP PROVIDE FUNDING FOR SHELL BUILDINGS, HELP PROVIDE MONEY FOR ENTREPRENEURS THAT WANT TO BEGIN STARTUP BUSINESSES AND PROVIDE SOME MONEY FOR THE LOCALITIES TO COOPERATE REGIONALLY AND MARKET THEMSELVES REGIONALLY.))
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DuVal says more announcements will be made tomorrow about initivatives that will specifically benefit southside and southwest Virginia.
Still to come, it's learning for the new millenium --
Peruvian rainforests will soon come alive for some Roanoke students.
Details coming up.
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Five-thousand Roanoke students can probe the Peruvian rain forest with a world-famous explorer next spring.
The Jason Project will link students at a Roanoke middle school to Dr. Robert Ballard using Internet and satellite broadcasts.
Students can ask him questions and hear his answers from Peru immediately, and they'll feel as if they're climbing through the forest.
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Students and teachers can also apply to actually join Ballard overseas.
Jed Hammer of Roanoke donated 200-thousand-dollars in startup money.
The project is sponsored by the non-profit Square Society and Roanoke city schools.
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Rust never sleeps and apparently neither do NASCAR's finest even during the off-season.
Last night the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and surrounding real estate was sold to none other than
Bruton Smith and the rest of his gang at Speedway Motorsports incorporated.
Smith who is the chairman and CEO of SMI says the total sale price in the cash transaction is $215 million dollars.
Smith's company now owns, Vegas, Charlotte, Texas, Bristol, Atlanta and Sears Point.
Joe Gibbs isn't buying a track, but it is possible that the winningest coach in Redskins' history could be buying the Redskins!
Gibbs has joined forced with mega millionaire Phoenix businessman Sam Grossman to make a bid to buy the Skins from the estate of the late Jack Kent Cooke.
Six groups are vying for the team and it wil likely cost $600 million to get it.
Gibbs would be a part owner and in charge of management. He says he also would stay in NASCAR and maintain his racing operation.
On the baseball front one of the greatest relief pitchers of all-time calle dit wuits today.
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44 year old Dennis Eckersley who played 24 seasons in the big leagues announced his retirement from the game today.
The six time all-star is third all-time in saves with 390 career saves.
On the NHL ice tonight south of here in Greensboro the southeast division leading Hurricanes hosted the redhot Boston Bruins.
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Carolina was relentless in the opening period as the Canes got off 16 shots on goal and took a one to nothing lead on Jeff O'Neill's score.
But the Bruins outscored Carolina 3-to-1 the rest of the way with Tim Taylor getting the eventual game
winner as he crams it in the corner of the net.
The Bruins are unbeaten in their last 8 games.
On the local ice, the Roanoke Express is home this Friday and Saturday night.
Earlier yesterday the team added a defenseman to its roster.
Scott Sabo, a rookie from the University of Wisconsin was picked up from the Dayton Bombers for future considerations.
He will join the team this weekend for games with Chesapeake and Huntington.
Rowan and Mt. Union arrived at the annual winter home yesterday afternoon and got in a quick workout.
The participants in this year's Stagg Bowl also shared the spotlight with a nice big trophy presentation.
Roy Stanley saw it all, and he has this report from Salem.
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((The Stagg Bowl weekend kicked off with the presentation of the Gagliardi Trophy for the top player in Division Three.
This years winner is Scott Hvistendahl of Augsburg College in Minnesota.
The 5 foot 10 180 pound wide receiver set the division three record for career receving yards with 4 thousand 696.
And he leads all divisions of the N-C-A-A in receiving yards breaking the record held by Jerry Rice.))
((SCOTT HVISTENDAHL/1998 GAGLIARDI TROPHY WINNER:))
((JOHN GAGLIARDI/353 CAREER WINS;))
((Later in the day the teams arrived at Salem High school for a light workout.
The 1997 champion Mount Union is back to defend its title.
And Rowan is returning to the game after losing to the Purple Raiders in the 1996 championship game.))
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((LARRY KEHRES/MOUNT UNION HEAD COACH:))
Still to come tonight, some more Redskins news heading into this weekend's game at Carolina.
Plus, the Hokies put two of their top defenders on a post season all-star team.
Details right after this break.
Four Hokies have been named to the Eastern college athletic conference's division one-A all-star team.
Tech's starting defensive ends lead the all-squad. John Engleberger, the redshirt junior from Springfield who had 66 tackles and 7 and a half sacks makes the team along with his fellow end Corey Moore.
Moore had a team high 13 and a half sacks, 20 quarterback hurries, 67 tackles and he blocked two field goals.
Moore also was named the Big East's defensive player of the year.
Kicker Shayne Graham, the former Friday Football Extra player of the week from Pulaski makes the team for the second straight season.
Offensive tackle Derek Smith also was selected to the team.
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And this Sunday on Your Hometown Station you can watch the Broncos as they continue marching to what they hope will be an unbeaten season.
This week Tiki Barber and the up and down Giants stand in their way. Kickoff Sunday is at one o'clock.
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It looks like the Redskins will again be without the services of Dana Stubblefield when they take on the Panthers this weekend.
The multi-million dollar defensive tackle has been out since he injured his knee in his house earlier this Fall.
He says he will likely miss the rest of the season.
Finally tonight, workers in Richmond have uncovered an historical mystery --
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While digging next to the Governors' mansion, archaeologists found part of a wall that could be the foundation of the ORIGINAL governor's mansion.
The current mansion was built in 1788.
It's undergoing renovation and will be featured on Bob Villa's popular home improvement show, "Home Again".
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