Coming up on News 7-
The latest from Washington, where lawmakers consider the future of President Clinton.
Ellen Qualls reports on what local representatives are saying.
In Minnesota a natural gas explosion leaves four dead and several others injured.
And in Danville-- what appears to be a case of road rage.
News 7 is next.
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The Judiciary Committee has sent a third article of impeachment against President Clinton to the full House.
It lists seven alleged acts of obstruction of justice.
Earlier, the panel approved two articles of impeachment dealing
It'll consider a fourth article of impeachment tomorrow.
Also today-- the President again apologized for the Monica Lewinsky matter.
Jonathan Freed joins us live from Washington with the latest.
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IT IS SOMETHING THAT'S HAPPENED ONLY TWICE BEFORE: A HOUSE COMMITTEE
VOTING TO IMPEACH the President of the United States.
The Republican-controlled JUDICIARY COMMITTEE approved THREE articles of
impeachment FRIDAY, WITH A DECISION on THE FOURTH PROPOSED ARTICLE
The historic VOTES WERE ON TWO COUNTS OF PERJURY AND ONE ON OBSTRUCTION
OF JUSTICE. THEY came despite a last-minute public appeal from Mr.
The President's remarks WERE CLEARLY TARGETING THE GROUP OF ROUGHLY TWO
DOZEN MODERATE Republicans - VOTES THE PRESIDENT NEEDS TO swing IN ORDER
TO DEFEAT IMPEACHMENT WHEN THE ISSUE GOES TO THE HOUSE FLOOR.
COMMITTEE debate WAS SPLIT down party lines, WITH Republicans PRESSING
THE CASE FOR impeachment, AND Democrats CALLING IT ALL UNFAIR.
(SOT: Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-NY)
"What we are saying is that you do not have due process.
(SOT: Rep. Charles Canady, R-FL)
"And at least the Republicans who were opposed to impeaching President
Nixon, they were trying to derail the process any way they could, and
they screamed specificity and they tried to throw up everything they
ALTHOUGH THE DEBATE WAS PARTISAN, WHEN IT CAME TIME TO VOTE ON THE
SECOND ARTICLE REGARDING PERJURY IN THE PAULA JONES CASE, OUTSPOKEN
REPUBLICAN LINDSEY GRAHAM, FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, BROKE RANKS AND SIDED
WITH THE DEMOCRATS.
STAND-UP (JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS): AS OF NOW, THE FULL HOUSE HAS BEEN
CALLED BACK FOR LATER NEXT WEEK. IT'S STILL UNCLEAR WHETHER THE
REPUBLICANS WILL ALLOW A FLOOR VOTE ON CENSURE AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO
IMPEACHMENT. J-F WASHINGTON.))
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Virginia's congressmen on the Judiciary Committee stuck with their parties tonight on all THREE votes.
Ellen Qualls is in Washington with a closer look.
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(( Southwest Virginians are still checking in -- but NOT nearly in the numbers they did when the Starr Report was released.
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((BOB GOODLATTE: THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF THE FOLKS WHO ARE CONTACTING ME BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD MOVE FORWARD WITH ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT.))
So Goodlatte's voted yes for all three articles decided so far.
The last was obstruction of justice.
Democrats maintain it would have only been to cover up an embarassing sexual relationship--NOT exactly impeachable.
Goodlatte doesn't buy it.
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((BOB GOODLATTE: HE ACKNOWLEDGED HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH GENNIFER FLOWERS. HE ACKNOWLEDGED EMBARASSING CIRCUMSTANCES. AND AS A RESULT, IT'S MY OPINION THAT THE PRESIDENT ENGAGED IN THE ACTIVITY BOTH IN THAT DEPOSITION AND THOSE ACTIVITIES SURROUNDING IT, WITH REGARD TO THE AFFADAVIT, WITH REGARD TO THE GIFTS, WITH REGARD TO MS. CURRIE'S TESTIMONY, ALL OF THAT WAS DESIGNED TO DEFEAT THAT SEXUAL HARASSMENT LAWSUIT. THAT'S THE PURPOSE OF THE PRESIDENT'S ACTIVITIES HERE, IT'S NOT TO AVOID EMBARASSMENT.))
Southwest Virginian Rick Boucher and Tidewater's Bobby Scott both voted NO to all three.
Boucher's focusing his energies now on keeping censure alive beyond the upcoming committee vote.
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((REP. RICK BOUCHER/D-ABINGDON: I THINK THE PERSON WHO WILL HAVE THE LARGEST ROLE IN MAKING THAT DECISION WILL NOT BE MR. GINGRICH, BUT WILL BE THE INCOMING SPEAKER MR. LIVINGSTON.))
It's an option for which Bill Clinton is now actively lobbying.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Washgington.))
Congressman Virgil Goode says perjury IS an impeachable offense.
He says polls that indicate Americans DON'T want impeachment should NOT sway lawmakers.
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((IF EVERYTHING'S GOING TO BE CONDUCTED ON THE BASIS OF A POLL, WE SHOULDN'T HAVE HAD TRIALS IN ANY OF THE RECENT HIGH PROFILE CASES. WE JUST RUN A POLL AND LET GEORGE GALLUP DECIDE WHETHER SOMEONE'S GUILTY OR INNOCENT. I DON'T SUBSCRIBE TO THAT.))
[OUT Q=subscribe to that.]
Goode was attending a dedication ceremony at the Penhook Post Office today.
They unveiled Virginia's 17th Blue Star Memorial BY-WAY marker, this one sponsored by the Smith Mountain Lake Garden Club.
A Central Virginia boy put in his two cents worth on the impeachment debate -- in a BIG way.
12- year- old Paul (INge) Inge is a sixth grade student and Boy Scout in Lynchburg.
He wrote Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte a letter, urging him to vote for impeachment.
Goodlatte read Inge's letter on t-v last night.
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((PAUL INGE/BOY SCOUT TROOP #29: I SAID BASICALLY THAT THE PRESIDENT SHOULD BE IMPEACHED BECAUSE HE DID NOT OBEY THE LA
WS THAT ALL THE OTHER REGULAR CITIZENS OBEY, AND THAT I THINK THAT PEOPLE IN MY TROOP ARE BETTER EXAMPLES THAN THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN LATELY.))
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Inge's letter earned him a merit badge for citizenship.
One man is in the hospital, another is in jail after a shooting this afternoon in Danville.
It happened just before two o'clock on Patton Street.
Police say Marsh Bennett, Junior got out of his car and approached the car in front of him.
He and the driver, Willie Clyde Hamlett, apparently started fighting.
It ended when Hamlett shot Bennett in the left side of the face.
Hamlett was arrested at the scene.
Bennett is in STABLE condition.
Parts of downtown St. Cloud, Minnesota, are in shambles, following a FATAL natural gas explosion.
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Four people were killed, while at least TEN others were hurt.
Officials believe a construction crew triggered the blast by accidentally hitting a gas line.
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And, in Michigan, an explosion leveled a fireworks factory, earlier today.
The Hillsdale County sheriff says SEVEN people are missing.
The six women and one man were inside the building at the time of the explosion-- and are presumed dead.
Time now for a quick peek at the weekend forecast....
It's kind of chilly out there right now...[Tease1]
Still to come, the Governor flies to Southside with economic news... worth millions.
And a decades-old Christmas tradition in Danville is catching on worldwide.
We'll tell you about the Chrismons Tree, when the news returns.
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((O-K sports fans here's what's happening tonight the Roanoke Express was back on the ice at the Roundhouse. Scores and highlights from some of tonight's high school basketball action the Virginia Cavaliers were talking Peach Bowl this afternoon in Charlottesville and Rowan and Mount Union are set for tomorrow's Stagg Bowl.
All that and more coming up on News 7 sports.))
Two fires damaged two homes in northwest Roanoke today.
The first, on Cornell Drive, caught fire between nine and ten o'clock this morning.
No one was injured there... but the house suffered serious damage.
Firefighters responded to the second call on Glenrose Avenue around 2:30 this afternoon.
No injuries there either.
Investigators believe a hot plate in a bedroom may be responsible for that blaze.
Governor Jim Gilmore brought his plan for economic prosperity to Danville today.
With a crowd gathered at the Danville Regional Airport, the governor unveiled provisions in his Virginia Strategy that will benefit Southside Virginia.
The first is a promise of half-a-million dollars to support the Dan River Business Development Center.
Another is to make three-million dollars in grant money available to rural communities to assist in industrial projects.
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((GILMORE: AND ALL OF US WORKING TOGETHER WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO IMPLEMENT THIS STRATEGY AND WHEN WE DO WE'RE GOING TO CHURCH THESE ECONOMIC ENGINES AND WE'RE GOING TO DRIVE THIS GREAT COMMONWEALTH INTO THE 21ST CENTURY.))
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All of the governor's financial promises are being proposed for the next fiscal year's budget.
Deadbeat parents in Bedford County are being rounded up this week in an effort to crack down on those who fail to pay child support.
"Operation Children First" is targeting the ONE thousand parents who owe close to seven million dollars in unpaid support.
State officials say the problem is not exclusive to Bedford County.. one fourth of Virginia's two million children are owed money by absentee parents.
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((NICK YOUNG/CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT: SO IT IS AN EPIDEMIC. WHEN YOU'VE GOT 25 PERCENT OF THE ENTIRE POPULATION THAT'S AFFECTED BY ANYTHING, THEY'RE IN ESSENCE DISENFRANCHISED. AND WE'VE GOT TO GET A HANDLE ON IT. IT IS A MONUMENTAL PROBLEM.))
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Bedford sheriff Mike Brown is challenging other sheriff's departments to devote resources to the child support problem.
One of the two babies on the waiting list for a heart transplant at Roanoke Community Hospital died last night of heart failure.
Two year old Courtney LaPlante was born with Truncus Arteriosis, a rare heart condition.
Courtney had been in and out of hospitals her entire life.
The family is urging parents to fill out pediatric organ donor cards.
In lieu of flowers, the LaPlante's are asking that donations be made to the Make A Wish Foundation, or the March of Dimes.
On Wednesday, The LaPlantes and the family of the other baby made another plea to the public to donate organs, especially for pediatric transplants.
A church in Danville is celebrating the true meaning of Christmas with a religious tradition that began more than 40-years ago.
The Ascension Lutheran Church has erected this 24-foot evergreen in its sanctuary.
It's a (Kris-MONS) Chrismons Tree-- and it's ornaments convey the life of Christ.
There are more than 500-gold and white Chrismons on these branches and 16-hundred little white lights.
This religious tradition has spread to other churches and other countries.
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((MARTHA GRAY MCCAULEY/ASCENSION LUTHERAN CHURCH: I THINK WHEN PEOPLE FIRST LOOK AT THE TREE IT'S "OH, IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL." BUT THEN AS YOU COME UP AND LOOK AT EACH ORNAMENT THEY WERE NOT DESIGNED TO JUST BE PRETTY LITTLE TRINKETS BUT THEY WERE DESIGNED TO GIVE A MESSAGE, TO TELL A STORY.))
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The public is invited to the Ascension Lutheran Church to view the Chrismons Tree until the end of the month.
Coming up later in the newscast --
some toys that are proving to be anything BUT child's play for one collector who's selling his wares.
Details in our Video of the Day.
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Tonight more than 18 tons of food and medical supplies are on the way to Hurricane Mitch victims in Nicaragua...
Thanks to a relief effort in central Virginia.
Bandages, splints and stretchers were just a few of the items being loaded up at the Valtim plant in Forest this morning.
A half dozen area companies contributed the items.. and a group known as "Gleaning for the World" helped organize the shipment.
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((REV. RON DAVIDSON/GLEANING FOR THE WORLD: THE HOSPITAL IN MANAGUA, NICARAGUA IS COMPLETELY OUT OF SUPPLIES. WHEN MITCH CAME THROUGH THEY HAD VERY LITTLE AND NOW THEY HAVE NOTHING AND THE WORSE CASES WERE BROUGHT IN. SO WE'RE SHIPPING THIS DOWN TO RESUPPLY THEM SO THEY CAN TAKE CARE OF THE CHILDREN THERE.))
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[OUT Q=the children there.]
Today's was the first of eight tractor trailer loads of supplies that will be sent to central America.
Local farmers have less than two months to apply for financial aid.
Farmers who lost at least forty percent of their crops between July and November have until February fifth to apply for money.
Congress has set aside 200-million-dollars to help livestock owners hurt by the drought.
Eighty Virginia counties are eligible.
Applications are available at local Farm Service Agency offices.
Meanwhile, Franklin County officials are still waiting to hear whether the governor will declare the area in a state of disaster due to the drought.
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The Express was back at the Roundhouse tonight highlights and score from High School basketball and the Cavaliers talk about the Peach Bowl.
But first our Extra Point.
Former N-B-A great Bob Cousy is quoted in a New York tabloid today as say he's ashamed of his role in creating the N-B-A Players union.
The 70 year old former Celtic star told the New York Post that he regrets starting the players association because of the way the union has acted during the Lockout.
Top negotiators for the owners and players held a secret meeting today but nobody is talking.
Now, Here's tonights scores.
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The Roanoke Express opened a weekend set last night at the Roundhouse. After going up 3 to nothing in the first period the Express beats the Huntington Blizzard 5 to 1.
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Roanoke was out to win its third in a row but only 35 hundred fans showed up for the game.
The Blizzard Goalie Chad Lang would be tested often here he makes the sprawling save to deny the Express the goal.
But at the other end the Blizzard gets on the board off a deflected shot that falls right to Jason Birmingham who scores the goal to make it 3 to 1 Roanoke.
The Express would extend the lead again when J.F.
Trembley scores in the third period on the Slap shot and Roanoke wins it 5 to 1.
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In Boy's High School hoop action last night the William Fleming Colonels played host to the Hilltoppers from E.C. Glass.
Fleming Head Coach Roland Lovelace had his team ready for battle last night.
But, Glass would start off quick as Breon Rucker would pull down the board here and stick it back up and in for the easy two.
Fleming gets two points on this play as Nick Harrington hits the jumper, and we've got a close one.
Then it's Brian Harsley who hits the jumper and
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The International team has taken a commanding lead on the United States in the President's Cup.
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The cup is being held at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
And with spectacular play from the Australian's. surprising results from the Japanese and a birdie putt by Frank Nobilo the international team took a 11 and a half to 3 and a half lead after the first day of matches.
Fred Couples and Tiger Woods won an early match for the United States.
And coming up, The Virginia Cavaliers held their media day in Charlottesville for the New Years Eve Peach bowl showdown in Atlanta.
And some final words on the eve of tomorrow's Stagg Bowl at Salem Stadium.
New Years Eve against Georgia in the Peach Bowl The Virginia Cavaliers will chase a 10 win season.
The Wahoos held their post seasonn media day yesterday.
Steve Mason catches us up to date on the 9 and 2 Wahoos.
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(That's it for sports. Have a great day everybody.)
The Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, division Three's National Championship football game kicks off at Salem Stadium tomorrow at two o'clock.
This afternoon the opponents in the game, Rowan and defending champ Mt. Union, were guests at a championship luncheon at the Salem Civic Center hosted by Your Hometown Station.
Former Buffalo Bills line coach Chuck Dickerson served as guest speaker for the event.
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Tickets are still available for the game. This afternoon officials from the NCAA went thorough their final walk through to make sure Salem Stadium is ready to go.
Mount Union and Rowan will meet in the Stagg Bowl for the third time in 90's.
The Purple Raiders are the defending champions but this Mount Union team has come along way since the start of the season.
Rowan started the season with a couple of losses but recovered to finish the year at 10 and 2.
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Mount Union beat Rowan in the 1993 and 96 championship games and the Purple Raiders have won 41 straight games.
(The Cavaliers talk Peach Bowl. More later when we return.)
Finally tonight -- these action figures are nothing to toy around about.
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Ira Weinstein has worked at his dad's toy store for over twenty years.
During this time he set aside hundreds of dolls -- the 70's classics like Charlie's Angels and Evil Knieval are perfectly packaged, in pristine shape, and now, for sale.
They range from a few dollars to the price of the original KISS dolls -- going for 250 dollars each.
The Minnesota Governor can even be purchased for about 75 dollars.
If there is a particular doll you would like to find, check out their website at BIG REDS.com.
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