((REP. CHARLES CANADY:THE EVIDENCE IS CLEAR AND CONVINCING... TO CONCLUDE OTHERWISE. ))
[OUT Q=to conclude otherwise.]
Closing arguments are underway as the House Judiciary Committee prepares to vote on impeachment.
And a handful of people surviving a jetliner crash in Thailand.
News 7 at noon is next.
President Clinton may make another statement of contrition, in the hopes of avoiding impeachment.
Aides say he discussed the idea last night and promised a decision today.
Meantime, on Capitol Hill the impeachment hearings are back underway with sharp disagreements between members of the House Judiciary Committee.
The Republican controlled panel is expected to approve a resolution call for President Clinton's removal.
Lee Cowan reports from Capitol Hill.
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[SUPER=01-Rep. Robert Wexler/(D) Florida;]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Bob Barr/(R) Georgia;]
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It is a historic day, one duplicated only twice before. One by one,
members continued to sum up their thoughts, their reservations and their
arguments. While Republicans clearly had the harshest criticism of the
president, the words from Democrats were hardly flattering, either.
(Sot, Rep. Robert Wexler, D-FL, 9:50:31, "The president's relationship
with Monica Le2winsky... no good answer to these questions.")
The 4 articles of impeachment are expected to be brought up one by one
throughout the course of the afternoon. Those of perjury are expected to
have the easiest time passing. Obstruction of justice and especially
abuse of power may have a tougher time.
(sot, Rep. Bob Barr, R-GA)
There is still the Democrats hope of the lesser penalty of censure, a
motion surely to lose in this committee, but will be brought up for a
Cowan standup close: It is still unclear whether a censure motion will
even be an option, if and when the full house is called back to debate
removing the president from office. LC, CBS News, Washington.))
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A jetliner carrying more than 140 people crashed this morning in southern Thailand.
[SUPER=03-Surat Thani, Thailand;]
The pilot reportedly is among the survivors.
Officials say the plane went down while trying to land in a heavy storm.
There were reports that an engine exploded, but police can't confirm that.
There's no official word yet on survivors-- one report put the number at only eight or nine, another at around 50.
The airline says most of the people on board were Thai, but they say there were also some Japanese on board.
Today marks the 10th anniversary of the bombing of Pam Am Flight 1-0-3 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
For the first time since the crash residents in Lockerbie lit Christmas lights last night.
Some 270 people were killed on board and on the ground when the jetliner blew up over the Scottish town on December 21, 1988.
The United Nations imposed sanctions on Libya in 19-92 to force it to hand over the suspects for trial.
A 48 year old man surrendered to police early this morning after allegedly shooting a college professor last night in Detroit.
Police say the man walked into a classroom at Wayne State University, shot the professor, reloaded his rifle, fired again and then walked off.
The professsor died at the hospital.
At this time there is no established motive.
Police say the suspect identified
himself as a grad student at Wayne State.
((INSPECTOR DONALD CHALMERS, DETROIT POLICE; OBVIOUSLY THE MAN MUST OF KNOWN THE PROFESSORS SCHEDULE, KNEW WHAT CLASS, WHEN HE WAS TEACHING.
IRVIN REID/WAYNE STATE PRESIDENT; THIS OBVIOUSLY IS SOMETHING... THAT THEY NEED NEED IN THIS DIFFICULT TIME. ))
[SUPER=01-Ins. Donald Chalmers/Detroit Police Department; ]
[SUPER=01-Irvin Reid/Wayne State Univ. President; :07]
[OUT Q=in this difficult time.]
The shooting happend in front of about two dozen engineering graduate students who were taking final exams.
None of the students was hurt.
One of Henry County's biggest employers is getting bigger and -- it hopes -- better.
[SUPER=03-Henry Co./File Tape;]
Hooker Furniture announced this morning it's buying a 400-thousand square foot warehouse.
Hooker will use the extra space as a high-tech shipping and distribution center.
The company said state-of-the-art computers will make it easier for customers to place orders.
Down the road, Hooker may hire more workers to staff the center.
Fire damaged a home and displaced a family this morning in northwest Roanoke.
No one was injured, but the house on Cornell Drive suffered serious damage.
Investigators haven't determined the cause, but they believe the fire started in the basement.
The family has lived in the home for just six months... after moving to the Roanoke Valley from South Carolina.
The man extradited to Virginia for a crime committed nearly 25 years ago is expected to enter a not guilty plea today.
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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The recent rains have given some relief from the danger of forest fires--enough to repeal the statewide burning ban.
More on that story when News-7 at Noon continues.
And the stars came out to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the U-N Human Rights charter.
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Stars from all over the rock spectrum presented a seven hour mega concert last night in Paris on the 50th anniversary of the Human Rights charter.
[OUT Q=(nats of bruce Springsteen with Peter Gabriel)]
Musicians Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel and Tracy Chapman opened up the concert.
Later singer Shania Twain performed.
As did fellow Canadian Alanis Morissette.
But the stage wasn't just reserved for music celebrities, the Dalai Lama made a surprise appearance, urging fans to fight for human rights.
[SUPER=03-New York, NY;]
New Yorkers also marked the anniversary with the music of world-renowned tenor Luciano Pavoratti and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.
A Florida doctor says baseball great Joe DiMaggio is near death this afternoon.
He reportedly slipped into a coma after his fever rose overnight.
Doctor Earl Barron says the outlook for the legendary Yankee Clipper is very poor and he doubts DiMaggio has very long to live.
DiMaggio has been in a Hollywood, Florida hospital since undergoing surgery for lung cancer October 14th.
His condition had seemed to be improving earlier this week.
DiMaggio is 84.
Two year old Courtney LaPlante died just before 10 o'clock last night at Roanoke Community Hospital of heart failure.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/Wednesday; ][TAPE#=598-25 2:00:49]
Courtney had been in and out of hospitals waiting for a heart transplant most of her life.
She was born with a rare and serious heart defect.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/July; ][TAPE#=598-27 31:37]
We first told you about her need for a heart in July when she was in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Community after she suffered severe congestive heart failure.
Earlier this week her parents made another plea for pediatric organ donors when another baby was brought to the hospital for a heart transplant.
Right now there are 126 children from birth to age five waiting for heart transplants.
Governor Gilmore has lifted the statewide burning ban.
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.
It outgrew its old building so it's expanding in a new one.
The Bassett Library in Henry County has opened a new branch facility in what used to be a dress and flower shop.
It's located right across the street from the original library, which now houses local historical records.
The branch library has more than 27-thousand volumes with empty shelf space for future expansion.
Library patrons can also access newly installed internet service.
A grand opening celebration for the new branch will be held tomorrow morning.
Last week, someone stole a baby rhinocerous statue that used to sit alongside Route 460 in Bedford.
The search for the stolen landmark goes on, though yesterday, police thought they may have found their rhino.
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.
[SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
You're weekend forecast is still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
And South Africa is fast becoming the car-jacking capitol of the world.
But a new invention is turning up the heat on these would-be car thiefs.
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[COMM BREAK #2]
It looks like it came right out of a James Bond movie.
But this anti-carjacking device is deadly real.
Allen Pizzey has more.
[SUPER=01-Charles Fourie/Inventor; :31]
[SUPER=07-Dr. Kenneth Boffard; :59 QUICK!!!!]
[SUPER=01-Allen Pizzey/Reporting; 1:07]
[OUT Q=CBS News, London]
((vo: This is a demonstration of what has given Johannesburg a nightmarish
distinction...the murder and car-jacking capital of the world. An
actress plays a woman being hijacked as she returns home at night. With
a dummy replacing the crook...she turns her car into "The Blaster". A
foot pedal activates flame throwers fitted under the driver and
passenger doors. The car is a prototype...but inventor Charles Fourie
claims there's plenty of interest in his hellish device.
SOT Charles Fourie, Inventor
"This is a case of opting for the lesser of two evils. Either you
getting shot, your wife raped, your child murdered, etc, etc against him
(File: Video of South African car jacking in progress)
vo: A police surveillance video catches one of more than 4,000 attacks
around Johannesburg in the first six months of this year...which is why
the idea of frying people might have some appeal. Police say "The
Blaster" might be legal "if the right people get blasted."
Trauma doctor Kenneth Boffard finds the whole idea appalling.
SOT Doc (name and position mentioned in track/no super necessary as name)
(Doc says that innocent people will get hurt.)
(Flames shoot out of car)
vo: But the fact that someone even thought up the blaster shows how
little faith there is in the authorities' ability to control the crime
that gives Johannesburg its unenviable number one rating.
Allen Pizzey, CBS News, London.))
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 43 points.
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Still ahead in sports, the Stagg Bowl is on tap for tomorrow afternoon at Salem Stadium,
but festivities are already underway, as the country's hottest Division 3 player picked up his due reward last night.
That story and more, coming up right after this break.
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[COMM BREAK #3]
One of NASCAR's high rollers is taking his chances in Vegas.
Last night, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and surrounding real estate was sold to
Bruton Smith and the rest of his group at Speedway Motorsports incorporated.
Smith- who is the chairman and CEO of SMI- says the total sale price of the cash transaction is 215 million dollars.
Smith's company now owns Vegas, Charlotte, Texas, Bristol, Atlanta and Sears Point.
Perennial contenders Rowan and Mt. Union arrived in Salem yesterday in preparation for this year's Division Three national championship game- the Stagg Bowl.
But, as Roy Stanley reports, a player from Minnesota took his turn in the spotlight last night.
[IN Q="The Stagg...]
[SUPER=01-Scott Hvistendahl/1998 Gagliardi Trophy Winner; :27]
[SUPER=01-John Gagliardi/353 Career Wins; :47]
[SUPER=01-K.C. Keeler/Rowan Head Coach; 1:13]
[SUPER=01-Larry Kehres/Mount Union Head Coach; 1:20]
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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.))
((K.C. KEELER/ROWAN HEAD COACH:))
((LARRY KEHRES/MOUNT UNION HEAD COACH:))
The Eastern College Athletic Conference has named four Hokies to it's Division 1-A all-star team.
Tech's starting defensive ends lead the 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 two blocked 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.
On to the ice, where the Roanoke Express is making some news away from the rink.
Yesterday the team added defenseman Scott Sabo to its roster.
Sabo is a rookie from the University of Wisconsin. He was picked up from the Dayton Bombers for future considerations.
He'll join the team in time for this weekend's home games with Chesapeake and Huntington.
On to the diamond- where all-stars continue to make big news in the off-season.
[SUPER=03-Boston, MA/Yesterday; :00]
44- year old pitcher Dennis Eckersley retired yesterday.
Eck played 24 seasons in the big leagues, was a six-time all-star, and is third on the all-time saves list with 390.
It's become part of the Roanoke Valley's holiday tradition--
[Double Boxes=Melanie and Slam/Microwave]
Slam Duncan is hanging out above Tanglewood Mall for another year of Bikes or Bust.
Thanks for joining us.
Give us a quick recap of what's going on there.
[Double Boxes=Melanie and Slam/Microwave]
(You collected about two thousand bikes last year, but you don't have a specific goal this year. How come?)
(How do you get the bikes to the kids?)