Up next on News 7 at 11...
Committee members add another impeachment charge but say no to censure.
Political leaders are mourning the death of Florida Governor Lawton Chiles.
And astronauts finish up the first stage of construction on the International Space Station.
News 7 at 11 is next.
A Roanoke infant is getting new
hope for a longer life.
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Kayla Griffin was staying at Community Hospital in Roanoke waiting for a new heart.
Tonight her doctors got the good news that officials at U-V-A Medical Center found a heart.
The infant is on her way to U-V-A tonight for emergency heart transplant surgery.
Clinton's hopes of getting off with a censure ended earlier this evening with the House Judiciary Committee voting against the idea.
Most Democrats favored the motion
but the Republicans won out.
Ellen Qualls has the action from the Hill.
[IN Q=Public disdains.]
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((Rick Boucher wrote the censure resolution.
((BOUCHER: I THINK THE PUBLIC DISDAINS...I DISDAIN...THEMSELVES.))
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((HYDE: I BELIEVE THAT FOR THE PRESIDENT, OR ANY OTHER CIVIL OFFICER, THIS KIND OF SHAMING PUNISHMENT BY THE LEGISLATURE IS PRECLUDED, SINCE THE IMPEACHMENT PROVISIONS PERMIT CONGRESS ONLY TO REMOVE AN OFFICER OF ANOTHER BRANCH OF OFFICE AND DISQUALIFY HIM FROM OFFICE.))
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((GOODLATTE: THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THE PRESIDENT WANTS...MOCKS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!))
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((HYDE: IT'S SIMILAR TO YELLING AT A TEENAGER. IT PURGES YOU OF SOME EMOTIONAL FEELINGS, BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT REALLY ACCOMPLISHES.))
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((BOUCHER: THE PASSAGE BY THE HOUSE OF ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT WILL VISIT SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES UPON THE NATION....HARM WILL OCCUR.))
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((GOODLATTE: THE PRESIDENT COULD SPARE THE NATION THOSE NINE MONTHS IF HE WOULD RESIGN.))
So now the focus is on what the full House will do with impeachment or censure.
The GOP leadership says it's unlikely to even consider censure.
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((WEXLER: IF THEY ALLOW A CENSURE VOTE, THAT WILL CREATE A BIG DILEMMA FOR SOME REPUBLICANS.))
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((WEXLER: UNDUE PRESSURE? LET US VOTE ON THE CENSURE!))
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((ELLEN QUALLS/REPORTING:THE FULL HOUSE WILL BEGIN TALKING IMPEACHMENT ON THURSDAY. IT COULD FORWARD OUT ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT TO THE SENATE ONE WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, WASHINGTON.))
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The Judiciary Committee voted 22 to 14 against a censure but congressmen may still succeed in bringing the matter to the floor for a vote.
Members of the House will have to wait a few more days before casting their vote on how to punish the President.
But, some people are already making their opinions known.
8th District Democrat James Moran says he will vote to censure the President.
While Democrat Owen Pickett and Republican Thomas Bliley say they are undecided.
Meanwhile, the opinions of some Downtown Roanoke City Market shoppers were varied.
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((JOHN COLLINS/UNDECIDED; I THINK WHAT HE DID WAS WRONG BUT I ALSO HAVE AN OPINION ON HIS PERSONAL LIFE; IT'S HIS OWN BUSINESS.))
((TINA SPENCER/OPPOSES IMPEACHMENT; I FEEL LIKE WHAT HE HAS ALLEGEDLY DONE IS PERSONAL. HE SHOULD FOCUS ON THE BUSINESS AT HAND WHICH IS RUNNING THE COUNTRY.))
((LISA ADAMS/FAVORS IMPEACHMENT; HE NEEDS TO UPHOLD THE LAW JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. AND I THINK THEY SHOULD HOLD HIM TO THAT. AND IF HE BREAKS THAT LAW, THEN I THINK HE SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE, ESPECIALLY IN HIS POSITION.))
((TERRENCE MCCALL/FAVORS CENSURE; I THINK IF ANYTHING I THINK HE SHOULD BE CENSURED. I THINK THE MONEY SPENT IN PURSUING THIS MATTER WAS EXCESSIVE. QUITE NATURALLY THERE ARE OTHER NEEDS THAT SHOULD BE ADDRESSED. BUT I DON'T THINK IT MERITS IMPEACHMENT.))
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Members of the House will likely vote on the matter just before Christmas.
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Meanwhile the President is in the Middle East trying to save the peace agreement.
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The trip was originally supposed to celebrate the second phase of the Wye peace agreement.
But, it's been threatened by recent disputes and violence in the area.
Isreali leaders and Palestinian officials are blaming each other for the disturbances.
Now, Isreal's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyaho has suspended the agreement.
Lawton Chiles, the Governor of Florida, and former Senator, has died.
His body was removed from the Governor's mansion in a solemn procession tonight.
Officials say he was found near a cycling machine, dead of an apparent heart attack... Chiles had a history of heart disease.
In Washington, the impeachment debate stopped when representatives heard the news, and held a minute of silence in Chile's honor.
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((REP. ROBERT WEXLER/(D) FLORIDA; GOVERNOR CHILES WAS, I THINK, IN MOST FLORIDIANS EYES, A FINE A DECENT MAN, A THROWBACK TO THE AGE WHEN PARTISANSHIP DIDN'T PLAY THE ROLE IT PLAYS, AND I DON'T MEAN THAT IN ANY CONDEMNING FASHION.
REP. BILL MCCOLLUM/(R) FLORIDA; I FEEL THE LOSS AS A PERSONAL HUMAN BEING AND AS A LEADER AND I SHARE IT WITH YOU, IT IS A VERY NON-PARTISAN AND A VERY STRONGLY FELT FEELING THAT I SHARE TONIGHT.))
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Chiles only had a month left to serve.
He was about to be succeeded by Republican Jeb Bush, who beat Lt. Governor Buddy MacKay in last month's election.
It looks like help is on the way for Virginia College students.
Governor Jim Gilmore is expected to announce a 20-percent across the board cut to college tuition and fees.
News 7 has learned the tuition cut will apply to all 17 state colleges and universities, as well as all 22 Virginia community colleges.
The Governor will make the announcement in stops around the state on Monday.
In an afternoon stop in Roanoke, the Governor is also expected to promise money for the new Roanoke Higher Education Center.
Still ahead--a high speed police chase sends four people to the hospital..
And, space shuttle astronauts go for a walk out in space today as they near the end of their mission.
More when the news continues.
Shuttle astronauts made their final spacewalk outside the new international space station today.
And they left a little something behind.
They installed a bag of tools outside the station for the next group of space construction workers.
They'll spend the rest of the mission running tests, and photographing the station, which is now like a seven story building floating in space.
It'll take 5 years and 64 more missions to finish the job.
Four people are in the hospital following a high speed chase with police last night along Route 460 in Lynchburg.
Just after eleven, trooper R-P Riddlebarger tried to pull over a car that had been speeding in a construction zone.
The vehicle took off and the trooper gave chase at speeds close to a hundred miles per hour.
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((SGT. JOE WILLIAMSON/VA STATE POLICE: AND THE VEHICLE TRIED TO ELUDE HIM BY SPEEDING UP, PULLED OFF SEVERAL RECKLESS DRIVING MANEUVERS IN AN ATTEMPT TO GET AWAY FROM HIM. AND WHEN THIS VEHICLE TOOK THIS RAMP OFF OF 460 INTO CANDLER'S MOUNTAIN AND CUT OFF THREE VEHICLES, ALMOST CAUSED THEM TO WRECK, WHEN THIS VEHICLE GOT UP HERE ON THIS BRIDGE AT THE CURVE, IT WRECKED.))
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[OUT Q=it wrecked.]
Williamson says Trooper Riddlebarger was unable to avoid hitting the wrecked car as he arrived on the scene.
All four people in the vehicle were taken to Lynchburg General Hospital. No word on their conditions at this time.
State and local police are investigating.
He's back in jail after eluding police for 24 years.
Now, a convicted felon says he wants more freedom.
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Alfred Odell Martin was sentenced to one year in prison for a drug conviction in 1974 when he walked away from a prison work crew.
Authorities tracked him down in Michigan and brought him back to Martinsville.
Martin is now back in jail but he wants the judge to give him an electronic monitor and let him stay at home with his parents.
The judge will consider the request at a hearing January 6th.
The fall of the Soviet Union left many former eastern block countries unable to afford the most basic medical services.
So, an area rescue squad is stepping in to help them out.
David Johnson has more.
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[SUPER=01-Ray Buchanan/Stop Hunger Now Director; :12]
[SUPER=01-Rev. Ronald Davidson/Volunteer; 1:16]
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((Ray Buchanan visited several countries this summer that were once part of the Soviet Union.
And, he saw first-hand the medical attention most former Soviets are still in need of.
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((RAY BUCHANAN/STOP HUNGER NOW DIRECTOR; IN EVERYONE OF THOSE COUNTRIES, THE MEDICAL SITUATION WAS PRETTY HORRENDOUS. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT EVERYONE WAS ASKING FOR WAS AMBULANCES.))
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Buchanan says this ambulance will go to the Abkhazi Refugee Hospital--a 30-bed facility in which 30-thousand medical procedures were done last year alone.
But several more thousand people are dying due to a lack of transportation to the hospital.
When Buchanan made this known upon his return, the Big Island rescue squad donated this ambulance.
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((AND I WAS AMAZED BECAUSE BIG ISLAND IS A VERY SMALL PLACE. I SAID I CERTAINLY DO. SO WE WORKED OUT THE DETAILS AND I THINK IT'S JUST A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS PRESENT. YOU HAVE A SMALL RESCUE SQUAD IN THE MOUNTAINS IN VIRGINIA THAT'S GOING TO BE SAVING LIVES HALF A WORLD AWAY.))
[OUT Q=WORLD AWAY.]
Volunteers loaded the ambulance and freight trailer with medical supplies, spare parts for the vehicle, some food and clothing.
Included were a thousand of these towels.
Normally used to protect vehicle bumpers from scratches, these are being shipped as baby blankets to keep children warm.
[IN Q=WE'VE GOT]
((REV. RONALD DAVIDSON/VOLUNTEER; WE'VE GOT ABOUT 15-THOUSAND PEOPLE IN THE REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA THAT ARE IN REFUGEE CAMPS THAT DO NOT HAVE ADEQUATE CLOTHING AND THEY'RE BEGINNING TO FREEZE TO DEATH. THEY'LL BE ABLE TO USE THIS THOUSAND TO TAKE CARE OF THE BABIES OVER THERE.))
[OUT Q=OVER THERE.]
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; THIS HOLIDAY CARE PACKAGE WILL BE SHIPPED FROM NORFOLK ON FRIDAY. IT SHOULD ARRIVE AT THE ABKHAZI REFUGEE HOSPITAL JUST AFTER THE NEW YEAR. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7, BEDFORD COUNTY.))
Up next -- people looking to adopt can get a head start on the internet.
And, Roy Stanley will be here with highlights from the Stagg Bowl when the news continues.
Virginia officials take a stand against spam and e-mailing obscene materials.
And, couples looking to adopt can begin their search online.
More in this week's Web Watch.
[IN Q=The Virginia Internet]
The Virginia Internet Policy Act is considered the first effort by a state to create a set of legislative guidelines for dealing with the internet.
The governor's commission on information technology has created a legislative framework for the act... it recommends no new internet taxes, calls SPAM a serious threat to internet development, and would make it a felony to send obscene or harmful material to minors.
The General Assembly will consider the reccomdations in January.
The IRS is hoping computers will slow the stream of paperwork coming through the mail. It wants 80 of taxpayers filing electronically by the year 2007.
They're trying to come up with a way you can send in your payment electronically or on-line. People who owe can pay by credit card starting this year.
If you have tax questions as the year draws to a close, a Roanoke CPA firm will answer, at least some of them free by e-mail.
Beason, Martin and Associates is also posting tax tips for 1998.
Virginia Social Service workers are hoping a new website will increase adoptions. The Department of Social Services has opened a site on Adopt-dot-com.
You can search for a particular child, or browse the list of children in the state who need a family. Social workers say they're already getting calls from prospective parents.
For links to all these sites, click on webwatch, on the WDBJ website, at WDBJ7-dot-com.))
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The Roanoke Express was out to make it 2 in a row at the Roundhouse last night as the Icebreakers of Chesapeake skated into the Star City.
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Roanoke takes some warm up shots into the open net before the start of the game.
Then the Express gets on the board when J.C. Ruid picks up the rebound and sends the puck into the net for the score Roanoke led 1 to nothing.
Roanoke would keep the pressure on as Ben Schust gets the break away from the blue line and score with the backhand and the Express led 2 to nothing.
The Express would add another goal in the first
period as Nick Beaudoin flicks the lose puck in and Roanoke wins it 5 to 1.
The Virginia Tech Hokies jumped into the A-C-C last night hosting Wake Forest at the Cassell.
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Dave Odom brings his 6 and 2 Demon Deacons into the Cassell for the match up.
And they would work the fast break early as Josh Shoemaker launches the pass to Joe Amonette he misses the layup but Darius Songaila is there for the put back as wake takes a 12 to 2 lead.
But the Hokies would fight back as Eddie Lucas pulls Tech to within 2 as he drains the Buzzer beater.
Then it would be Russ Wheeler who would tie the
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game with this shot from downtown but Wake goes on to win the game 52 to 47.
Chris Williams scored 25 points but 18-th ranked St. John's beat Virginia at U-Hall yesterday afternoon 95 to 68.
The Cavalier fans were fired up for the Big East A-C-C match up.
Virginia fell behind by four then Chris Williams passes inside to Kris Hunter for the score to make it 4 to 2.
Then the Red Storm ups the defense with this steal and easy basket from Ron Artest and the lead was 7 points.
But the Cavaliers would come back. On this play Williams stops behind the line and hits the three pointer and the lead was cut to four.
Then several minutes later the Cavaliers go to Chezley Watson who hits another three cutting the lead to 2.
St. John's would take a big lead at the half and
St. John's goes on to win the game 95 to 68.
Mount Union wins another Stagg Bowl and Ricky Williams is the Heisman Trophy winner.
More when we return.
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Pittsburgh took top ranked Connecticut to the wire in a Big East Showdown.
Connecticuit guard Khalid El Amin hits this last second jumper as U-Conn holds on for the 70 to 69 win over Pittsburgh.
For all of the scores lets check the boards.
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The Lady Hokies of Virginia Tech tralied by one at the half but Tere Williams scored 12 of her game high 24 points in the second half in a 67 to 60 win over Duquesne.
Williams also had 14 rebounds as the Hokies improved to 8 and 0 with the Atlantic 10 win.
And coming up, Mount Union defends its Stagg Bowl title over in Salem today Kevin Brown is the richest man in Major League Baseball.
And to no one's surprise, Texas Running back Ricky Williams is the winner of the 1998 Heisman Trophy.
No one at the Downtown Athletic Club in New York was surprised at the winner of the 1998 Heisman Trophy.
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Texas running back Ricky Williams received College football's top award yesterday.
He received 714 votes. Williams scored 28 touchdowns this season and he broke Tony Dorsett's N-C-A-A rushing record this season with six thousand 279 yards.
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[OUT Q=....that's great."]
Mount Union topped Rowan 44-24 in the D-III Amos Alonso Stagg Bowl National Championship at Salem Stadium yesterday. Steve Mason has more.
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That's it for sports. Have a great day everybody.
The highest paid player in Major League Baseball is Pitcher Kevin Brown.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Brown have agreed to a seven year 105 million dollar contract. That makes brown the first player to break the 100 million dollar barrier.
The deal set a record for both total dollars and average annual value estimated to be 15 million dollars.
The 33 year old righthander went 18 and 7 with the Padres last season.