They've staked out their positions- -on opposite sides of the impeachment question.
News-7's Ellen Qualls is on Capitol Hill tonight, zeroing in on Congressmen Boucher and Goodlatte.
A new statue adorns the roof of the Star City Diner. Could this be Bedford County's missing Rhino?
Tonight in sports four Hokies earn postseason recognition.
We'll check out today's festivities leading up to the Stagg Bowl.
And Joe Gibbs may be getting back with the Redskins, but as an owner and not a coach.
Fast moving winds overhead mean quick changes in the weather story. Details just ahead.
We've been watching it for weeks with our own thoughts about where it might lead.
But the rubber is about to meet the road in Washington, where the House Judiciary Committee is poised to debate four articles of impeachment.
Our own congressmen have been at the center of what may be the most important vote this congress casts.
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Ellen Qualls is there with the latest on their roles.
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It looks like a party line vote in the committee, but could it be a different in the full house.[Tech-Dancer]
Charges have been dropped against ONE of the Virginia Tech fraternity members accused of holding an exotic dancer against her will.
Tech police in October charged FIVE members of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity with abduction.
They were acting on a complaint from 19- year old Michelle Russell who told police the students refused to let her leave the fraternity house unless she agreed to dance without clothes.
Brian McLaughlin was identified by Russell in a photo line up but later proved to police he was NEVER there and charges were dropped.
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((BRIAN MCLAUGHLIN/PHI KAPPA SIGMA MEMBER:I GOT AN ENTIRE SEMESTER WRECKED, I GOT, BASICALLY, WHATEVER IT COST TO GO TO TECH FOR A YEAR, MY MOM THREW IT IN THE TRASH. MY GRADES ARE HORRIBLE NOW CAUSE I HAD TO DEAL WITH THIS THE WHOLE TIME. ))
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Another student is charged with exposing himself and trying to remove Russell's lingerie.
Today's preliminary hearing was continued to give both sides time to investigate new evidence that's surfaced.
The Roanoke school employee accused of raping a different exotic dancer Tuesday has been suspended from his custodial job.
A bond hearing will be held tomorrow for 44-year old Kim Brandon Kennedy.
Kennedy often used the escort service "A Triple-A Babe;" the manager there says he hasn't had problems with Kennedy.
Referring to frequent customers who DO cause problems, Robert Davis said "if they continually solicit sex from my girls, I blackball them."
Kennedy met the dancer at the Knights of Pythias Lodge. She stripped for him, but refused to have sex with Kennedy, so he allegedly raped her.
Sheriff's deputies say they've nabbed the man who stole from a Botetourt County church -- turns out he was a member.
31-year-old Tommie Bruce Hall of Boone's Mill was caught on hidden camera stealing a T-V from the Rainbow Forest Baptist Church.
Church members matched his picture to one in the church directory.
Hall's been charged with five counts of grand larceny.
The sheriff says Hall admits he stole five T-V's from the church in the past three months.
Westview Terrace may get some new houses after all.
That's where Habitat for Humanity wanted to build a subdivision.
Now, as Scott Goldberg reports, the city is writing up its own plan to bring the neighborhood some new neighbors.
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(( Since this summer, all had been quiet in Westview Terrace.
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Then, last week, a few residents got a letter from the city.
And the neighbors were once again talking about new houses being built in their back yards.
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((EDDIE: I'M JUST REAL CURIOUS TO SEE HOW THE CITY HANDLES THIS. I HOPE THEY HANDLE IT WELL.))
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This time, the city wants to develop the land.
Last time it was Habitat for Humanity.
When the neighborhood protested, saying Habitat homes would bring down everyone's property value... the city stepped in, bought the land, and said it would build a park.
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((ROBINSON: FIRST THEY SAID IT'D BE A PARK, THEN THEY SAID SOME DEVELOPER WOULD TURN IT INTO HOMES. I DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO DO NOW.))
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((SCOTT GOLDBERG: BUILDING A PARK HERE MIGHT HAVE MADE THE NEIGHBORS HAPPY BUT IT WOULD NOT HAVE PAID BACK ANY OF THE MONEY THE CITY SPENT TO BUY THIS LAND. SELLING IT TO DEVELOPERS WOULD BRING BACK SOME OF ROANOKE'S 350-THOUSAND DOLLAR INVESTMENT.))
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((KISER: WHILE WE MAY NOT GET IT BACK INITIALLY, DIRECTLY, WE WILL CERTAINLY GET IT BACK OVER THE LONG HAUL BECAUSE OF THE TAX BASE.))
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The city's director of utitilies and operations said this time the houses won't be so controversial because they'll look like homes Westview Residents already own.
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((KISER: THEY EXPRESSED THAT THEY FELT THE DEVELOPMENT BY BY HABITAT WITH SMALLER LOTS WOULD BE BE NOT BE COMPATIBLE WITH THEIR OWN HOUSES IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.))
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((EDDIE: IF IT'S 24 MODERATELY BUILD HOMES, I DON'T SEE WHY THE NEIGHBORHOOD WOULD HAVE ANY PROBLEM WITH IT.))
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And the city promises, this time, they'll get the neighborhood's blessing before construction starts.
Scott Goldberg, News-7.))
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A Canadian company is bringing a new plant and 40 new jobs to southwest Virginia. Details are just ahead on News 7.
Then, how do small-town businesses compete with the malls and superstores? We'll visit one community that's making it work.
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A Canadian company is bringing 40 jobs to Wythe County next year.
Northside Industries is planning to set up shop in the Fairview Industrial park.
The company makes fuel tanks for the trucking industry.
A Northside spokesman says the company chose Wythe County, in part, because of its close proximity to interstate hig
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Most of the new RETAILING jobs these days go to the huge malls and superstores.
In many cases, they're edging "Mom and Pop" retailers out of business.
But one small town is having success keeping its holiday shopping dollars right at home.
Steve Smallshaw tells us how.
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(( Located just a short drive from big shopping malls in Lynchburg and Danville, you wouldn't consider downtown Altavista to be a primary Christmas shopping destination.
But here there's no parking problems, no piped- in Muzak and no crowds to battle.
Instead, merchants say they strive to offer that personal touch their bigger competition just can't provide.
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((LINDA MILLER/MILLER'S JEWELRY: THEY DON'T LIKE THE CROWDS AT THE MALL, AND THEN TOO IT'S JUST THE SMALL TOWN.. DEALING WITH SOMEBODY THAT YOU KNOW, THAT THEY KNOW WILL BE HERE NEXT YEAR AND THE YEAR AFTER, STANDS BEHIND WHAT YOU SELL.))
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Perhaps the biggest reason for Altavista's success is the slogan it adopted in 1995.. Shop Altavista First.
It's reminded residents that every dollar they spend here benefits the local economy.
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((ROGER BLACKSTOCK/THE PORTRAIT PLACE: IT'S BEEN A TREMENDOUS ASSET TO OUR TOWN. I THINK A LOT OF BUSINESSES ARE HERE TODAY, JUST BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT OUR CAMPAIGN THAT WE'VE HAD GOING FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS.))
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((Altavista also has a large number of outside shoppers to draw upon than most other small towns. It's home to several big industries and in fact, more people come to work in Altavista than actually live here.))
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((BRYAN FOSTER/ALTAVISTA TOWN MANAGER: IT HELPS THAT SO MANY PEOPLE COME HERE TO WORK IN THE INDUSTRY AND CERTAINLY WHILE THEY'RE HERE, AFTER THEY FINISH THEIR SHIFT THEY CAN STOP BY AT ANY OF OUR STORES AND GET SOME OF THEIR HOLIDAY SHOPPING DONE.))
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Foster says he hopes downtown will continue to thrive.. 365 days a year.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Altavista.))[Stocks]
Wall Street headed lower from the opening bell today and never recovered.
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The Dow fell 168 points closing at 88-42. NASDAQ fell 34.
Next spring children in Roanoke will feel like they're climbing through the Peruvian rain forest.
The non-profit Square Society is taking about five-thousand students exploring as part of the Jason Project.
Internet and satellite broadcasts will link them to world-famous scientist Robert Ballard in the rain forests.
They can ask him questions from a Roanoke middle school.
A lucky few may actually work beside him.
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((TOM FITZPATRICK/TEACHER: SOME TEACHERS AND SOME STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO GO WITH DR. BALLARD AND THE RESEARCHERS AND DO THE RESEARCH THEMSELVES.))
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Jed Hammer of Roanoke donated 200-thousand-dollars in start-up costs.
Teachers train for free -- then their students become part of the project too.
Roanoke is one of 35 project sites.
Others are in Great Britain, Mexico, Australia and Bermuda.
You can learn a lot more about the rain forest, or almost anything else, in one of the region's newest libraries.
The new branch of the Bassett Library in Henry County is holding a grand opening celebration Saturday.
It's located right across the street from the original library, which now houses local historial records.
Once a dress and floral shop, the building gives the library room to expand.
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((DIANE ADKINS/BRANCH LIBRARIAN: AS YOU CAN SEE WE HAVE SHELF SPACE TO GROW INTO AND WE ALSO HAVE INTERNET ACCESS FOR OUR PATRONS FOR THE FIRST TIME SO WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT THE POSSIBILITIES FOR EVERYONE.))
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The library raised more than 360-thousand dollars in donations to move into the new facility.
More than 400-individuals contributed to the fundraising campaign.
Coming your way tonight in sports, the Redskins news concerning Joe Gibbs as a possible owner of the franchise.
Four Hokies get some postseason recognition.
And Rowan and Mt. Union have arrived in the valley.
We'll check out the state of Stagg right in just a moment.
Neither the Washington Redskins nor the Carolina Panthers have been abel to lure Joe Gibbs back into coaching, but it's possible that the winningest coach in Redskins' history could the new owner of the franchise.
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 will 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.
The Washington Redskins are in Carolina this weekend for a date with the Panthers.
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But it looks like they will again have to do without the services of Dana Stubblefield.
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.
Award Ceremonies and a short workout were the highlights as Mount Union and Rowan prepare for this weekend's Stagg Bowl at Salem Stadium.
Roy Stanley has this report.
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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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Four Virginia Tech football players have been named to the ECAC or Eastern conference 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 all-star squad.
The Roanoke Express has 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.
Sabo had a four year career with Wisconsin before signing with the Bombers this summer.
He will join the team this weekend for games with Chesapeake and Huntington.
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They promise loans -- no one is denied.
But people responding to the newspaper ad from a bogus company are finding out they're not getting money, they're being taken.
Tonight on News 7, police in the Alleghany Highlands are trying to track down the scam artists who approve your loan, take hundreds of dollars in processing fees, then change the phone number so they can't be reached.
Stacey Martin has a full report at 11.
The search for one of Bedford's stolen landmarks goes on, though earlier today, police thought they had their rhino.
Last week, someone stole a baby rhinocerous that used to sit alongside Route 460 in Bedford.
Some people thought it had turned up atop the Star City Diner in downtown Roanoke, so police paid a vist to see if it was the missing baby.
They checked out the statue, including its wings, and determined it was NOT the stolen one.
Adding to mystery, the restaurant manager refused to say where the Diner got its rhino.
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