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The statewide burning ban has been lifted.
Governor Gilmore said yesterday 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 burned.

[7E-Impeachment]


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Rick Boucher and Bob Goodlatte got their chance to speak out last night, as the House Judiciary Committee continues to debate the possible impeachment of President Clinton.
Ellen Qualls reports from Washington.
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((Roanoke Republican Bob Goodlatte is listening to those at home.
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But today finally a clear sharp line between the two men who represent neighbors and who have withheld judgment before today. Democrat Rick Boucher condemns the Presidents actions but is firmly against impeachment.
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[IN It was designed] [RUNS:07] [OUT Threatens the nation] Boucher is leading the effort for a censure resolution.
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[OUT Q= restoration of dignity]
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Rick Boucher calls it a mathematical certainty that the US Senate will not support impeaching Bill Clinton. As of how the full house may vote that is very close right now. That makes it even more significant that Southside Democrat Virgil Goode has already gone on record stating that he supports impeachment. He will be one of only 3 democrats to buck his party and vote for that. Ellen Qualls, News 7 Washington.))

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In his first court appearance after being extradited to Virginia, a man who walked away from the Martinsville city farm nearly 25 years ago is expected plead not guilty today.
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Alfred Martin will be arraigned on larceny and escape charges.
In 1974, he walked away from a one year sentence for selling marijuana.
A few weeks ago, he was found living in Michigan, was arrested and sent back to Martinsville.
Martin's lawyers say they'll try to have the original drug conviction overturned.
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[7Drug-Indictments]


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Two juveniles are among those indicted yesterday on drug charges in Radford.
Indictments were handed down against 14 people total.
Radford Police say most of the charges were for the distribution of crack cocaine.
They are continuing to search for and arrest those indicted.

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Taking a look now at your Friday forecast..
More seasonable temperatures today, as highs are only expected to be in the lower-50s under partly sunny skies.
Some cloud cover moves in this evening, otherwise look for a cool night, with lows ranging from the upper-20s to the low-30s.
The extended forecast...
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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 12/12/98
Saturday:

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[SUPER=130-9/Brandy Preston/Roanoke]



[SUPER=130-27/Sharon Puffenbarger/Warm Springs]



[SUPER=130-8/Tiffany Campbell/Christiansburg]



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[SUPER=130-35/Aovin Calloway, Sr./Brookneal]


Twins!
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[SUPER=130-13/Lauren Travis/Pulaski]


No Pictures:

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A preliminary hearing in the Virginia Tech Frat party scandal has been put on hold.
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A judge has delayed the case until February.
The judge wants to give both sides time to examine new evidence.
In October, Tech police charged five
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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 (Mc-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.
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If you've seen a newspaper advertisement promising a fast cash loan, readers beware.
Instead of getting money, you could end up paying.
Stacey Martin has more.
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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.)) [RUNS13]
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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.)) [RUNS10]
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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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((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING: THE COMPANY IS BASED IN NOVA, SCOTIA, CANADA SO POLICE SAY IT WILL BE HARD TO INVESTIGATE THE CASE. IN THE MEANTIME THEY'RE ASKING PEOPLE TO CONTACT LOCAL AUTHORITIES IF THEY'RE SUSPICIOUS. STACEY MARTIN, NEWS 7.))
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A Canadian Company is bringing some 40 jobs to Wythe County.
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 highways and the Volvo-GM truck plant in Pulaski County.

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Checking the Friday outlook now--
Partly sunny today, with a northwesterly breeze and highs in the lower 50s.
Variable cloudiness by this evening with lows around 30.
The four day forecast includes a build-up of clouds and showers developing late tomorrow...
High temperatures will stay in the 50s and lows in the 30s...
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Governor Gilmore has lifted the statewide burning ban--
Gilmore said yesterday 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 burned.

[8E-Impeachment]


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The voices of Southwestern Virginia Congressmen Rick Boucher and Bob Goodlatte were among those heard last night, as the House Judiciary Committee continues its impeachment debate.
Ellen Qualls has the story from Capitol Hill.
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((Roanoke Republican Bob Goodlatte is listening to those at home.
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But today finally a clear sharp line between the two men who represent neighbors and who have withheld judgment before today. Democrat Rick Boucher condemns the Presidents actions but is firmly against impeachment.
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[IN It was designed] [RUNS:07] [OUT Threatens the nation] Boucher is leading the effort for a censure resolution.
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Rick Boucher calls it a mathematical certainty that the US Senate will not support impeaching Bill Clinton. As of how the full house may vote that is very close right now. That makes it even more significant that Southside Democrat Virgil Goode has already gone on record stating that he supports impeachment. He will be one of only 3 democrats to buck his party and vote for that. Ellen Qualls, News 7 Washington.))

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The pain of arthritis sufferers is being eased a bit at the Carilion Center for Health Education at Tanglewood Mall.
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The Arthritis Foundation is offering exercise classes designed especially for eliminating stiffness and swollen joints. Sessions begin again the first Thursday in February at 10:00 in the morning. The exercises can be done by anyone and are intended to benefit all levels of degeneration associated with the illness.
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Yesterday, police received a tip on what they believed were the whereabouts of the stolen baby rhinocerous that used to sit alongside Route 460 in Bedford.
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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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Before we finish the morning updates, here's another look at the Friday forecast--
Partly sunny today, with highs in the lower 50s.
Variable cloudiness tonight, with lows around 30.
The weekend forecast includes clouds and the possibility of showers...
Look for highs in the 50s, lows in the 30s.
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