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[Vo-NAT] Next on News 7, Republicans make their final arguments as they seek to impeach the President.
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and we'll see what some downtown merchants are doing to get customers out of the malls. [Wx-Heads]
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A new class in Roanoke is helping ease the pain of arthritis.
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((IMPEACHMENT IS NOT A MEANS TO SEND A MESSAGE TO OUR CHILDREN. THAT THE PRESIDENT ISN'T ABOVE THE LAW. THERE ARE BETTER WAYS TO DO THAT.))
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Final arguments in the impeachment case are played out before the Judiciary Committee.
It involved airing parts of the President's videtaped deposition in the Paula Jones case.
It all leads up to a vote on the four articles of impeachment tomorrow or Saturday.
For the latest lets' head to Washington D-C and Jonathan Freed.
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((The Democrats attacked the four draft articles of impeachment...criticizing the assumptions that grew out of the President's deposition in the Paula Jones case in January. The Chief Democratic investigator played parts of that deposition in public for the first time...arguing the definition of `what is sex' was confusing...to Mr. Clinton...and even to the Judge in the case. Listen to the off-camera voice of the President's lawyer. JONES DEPOSITION: YOUR HONOR, THIS IS GOING TO LEAD TO CONFUSION...WHY DON'T THEY ASK THE PRESIDENT WHAT HE DID, WHAT HE DIDN'T DO? AND THEN WE CAN ARGUE IN COURT LATER ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS. Later, the Republicans used the same deposition against the President...trying to showcase that he lied under oath. CLINTON FROM JONES DEPOSITION: I HAVE NEVER HAD SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH MONICA LEWINKSY...I NEVER HAD AN AFFAIR WITH HER.
But the Democrats were hoping that undecided House members would see it all not as impeachable, but like this... ABBE LOWELL./CHIEF DEMOCRATIC INVESTIGATOR:.THAT THE PRESIDENT WANTED TO CONCEAL HIS PRIVATE, SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP FROM ANYONE AND EVERYONE HE COULD. AS MY DAUGHTER WOULD SAY, DUH! The Republican investigator warned against what he called the old defense trick of breaking down the evidence so no one thing appears too damning. DAVID SCHIPPERS/CHIEF REPUBLICAN INVESTIGATOR: EVENTS AND WORDS THAT MAY SEEM INNOCENT, OR EVEN EXCULPATORY, IN A VACUUM...MAY WELL TAKE ON A SINISTER, OR EVEN CRIMINAL, CONNOTATION WHEN OBSERVED IN THE CONTEXT OF THE WHOLE PLOT. JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS: DAVID SCHIPPERS ALSO QUOTED ANDREW JACKSON...SAYING ONE MAN WITH COURAGE MAKES A MAJORITY. IT'S STILL NOT CLEAR WHETHER THE MAJORITY MAKERS IN THIS TOWN WILL BE FOR OR AGAINST IMPEACHMENT.))

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Southwest Virginia's two Congressmen are still in the thick of things.
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Ellen Qualls is in Washington tonight with a look at their latest roles in the inquiry.
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Coming up on News 7, four fraternity brothers could face charges of abduction in Montgomery County,
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And owners of a downtown restaurant say their rhinocerous is not the one that took flight from Bedford last week.
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A judge continued today's preliminary hearing for the Virginia Tech fraternity members accused of holding an exotic dancer against her will.
The delay is to give prosecutors and defense attorneys time to look over new evidence that's surfaced.
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Tech police in October charged four fraternity brothers with abduction after investigating a complaint from 19-year old Michelle Russell.
The Roanoke exotic dancer told police the students refused to let her leave the (Fi) Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity house because she would not dance nude.
Russell and her boyfriend were eventually let go.
A fifth fraternity brother is accused of exposing himself and trying to remove Russell's lingerie.
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An abduction charge was dismissed against Brian (mic-law-flin) McLaughlin--who says he was never at the party that n

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It's no secret that the big malls and outlet stores rake in big bucks during the Christmas shopping season.
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So how do the small retailers in nearby towns compete?
Altavista merchants say their holiday season has been great, despite being just a short drive from malls in Lynchburg and Danville.
Officials credit the town's "Shop Altavista First" slogan with helping to change the mindset of local residents.
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Foster says the local shopping campaign has helped revitalize Altavista's downtown.
Special events like Sunday shopping hours are attracting more business to the area.
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There's a new place in Henry County where people can catch up on a little reading.
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The Bassett Library has a new branch right across the street from the original library.
The building used to belong to a dress and floral shop that went out of business.
When the space became available, the Bassett Library saw it as an opportunity to grow.
The library raised more than 360-thousand dollars for the expansion project.
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A grand opening celebration for the new branch library is scheduled for Saturday morning.
The original library building now houses genealogical and historical records.
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It looked like the search for one of Bedford's stolen landmarks had come to an end earlier today.
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Someone stole a baby rhinocerous that used to sit alongside Route 460 in Bedford last week.
Some people thought it had turned up on top of the Star City Diner in downtown Roanoke.
Police came out to the restaurant yesterday to see if it was the missing rhino.
They examined the statue including its wings and determined it was not the one stolen from in front of a church along Route 460 last week.
The manager refused to say where the Diner got its rhino.
He says it's not the one in question, but it is getting a lot of attention.
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And in health check -- the ranks of the uninsured continue to grow,
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Plus, new classes in Roanoke are helping relieve the pain of arthritis.
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Some Roanoke arthritis sufferers are keeping up with the PACE at the Tanglewood Mall.
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People with Arthritis Can Exercise is offered by the Arthritis Foundation and developed specifically for arthritics. Most of the exercises are done sitting in a chair. Instructors say participants don't need any special equipment or clothing. The exercises are designed for people at all different levels of degeneration.
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Another advantage to the class is the social aspect, Robins says getting out of the house also helps relieve the pain. The last class for this session is next Thursday, then classes begin again in February.
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Only three instructors in Roanoke are certified to teach the classes. They're also available at the Y-M-C-A and Y-W-C-A.

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The number of Americans without health insurance is on the rise.
A study by the Health Insurance Association of America estimates 43 and a-half million Americans lack medical coverage.
It projects that figure will grow to 53 million by the year 2007.
The study finds most of the uninsured simply can't afford coverage.
The group estimates two thirds of the unisured are just above the poverty level.

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Heart surgeons in Pennsylvania recently performed open heart surgery using a revolutionary new technique.
For the first time ever, bypassed surgery was completed on a human patient, using robotics.
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In Sports, Salem is getting ready for a big rematch in the Stagg Bowl.
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The activities kicked off this afternoon with the presentation of the Gagliardi Trophy honoring the top player in Division Three.
The award is in honor of St. John's University head coach John Gagliardi. Gagliardi is in his 53-rd season of coaching he has 353 victories making him the winningest active coach in College football.
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Our 14 players of the week were recognized for their efforts as were our coaches of the year.
The big honor of the night, the WDBJ scholar athlete was the year was presented to G.W. Danville's Sean Talbert. He was the Eagles defensive captain. He laso has a 4 point 25 GPA and his goals alllined up.
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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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Coming up at six, four Hokies get some postseason football recognition.
I'll have that story then, and Jean will be right back with more News 7 at Five right after this quick break. [to to break]


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Like the famed Jason and his Argonauts of Mythology, Bob Ballard is a modern-day explorer who has brought us treasures like the Titanic.
Ballard created the JASON Project nearly ten years ago to continue his exploration through education, and now JASON has arrived in Roanoke.
Patrick Evans has more.
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