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Today the House Judiciary Committee will take up a fourth article of impeachment and possible censure of President Clinton.
Mareen Maher is standing by in Washington with the details.
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Later today, the House Judiciary Committee will continue it's historic
path to impeachment.
Last night, the Republican controlled committee approved three articles
of impeachment against President Clinton.
The fourth is expected to come today.
The historic first step came despite a last minute emotional appeal from
President Clinton himself.
"I am deeply sorry."
The Presidents remarks are believed aimed at several moderate
They are considered the swing vote when the full House takes up the
impeachment issue next week.
The debate in the committee room last night was much as it has been for
the past several days.
Rancorous, and split down party lines.
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"If you yield back the yielding that I yield to you, I will yield. Will
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Democrats are expected to introduce a resolution of censure that would
substitute for impeachment.
But that is expected to fail.
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Virginia's congressmen on the Judiciary Committee stuck with their parties on all THREE votes yesterday.
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.))
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Goode attended a dedication ceremony at the Penhook Post Office yesterday .
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 offered his thoughts on the impeachment debate.
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.
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Bedford County has been the scene for a 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.
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.
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.
Last Night, Bandages, splints and stretchers were just a few of the items being loaded up at the Valtim plant in Forest.
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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This was the first of eight tractor trailer loads of supplies that will be sent to central America.
Four people were hurt after they led state police on a high speed chase along Route 460 in Lynchburg last night.
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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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.
A 39-year old Hillsville man died early this morning in a single car accident.
Elsie James Dalton was northbound on Route 52 around 1:00 when his car ran off the right shoulder and struck a utility pole.
The car flipped over several times.
Dalton died at the scene.
Police are still investigating.
One man is in the hospital, another is in jail after a shooting in Danville.
It happened just before two o'clock yesterday 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.
Two fires damaged two seperate homes in northwest Roanoke.
The first, on Cornell Drive, caught fire between nine and ten o'clock yesterday morning.
No one was injured there... but the house suffered serious damage.
Firefighters responded to the second call on Glenrose Avenue around 2:30 yesterday afternoon.
No injuries there either.
Investigators believe a hot plate in a bedroom may be responsible for that blaze.
Six women and one man are missing and authorities believe they may be dead.
The Hillsdale County Sheriff says all seven were in the Michigan fireworks factory when it exploded yesterday.
Body remains were found in the area and at least 12 other people were treated for smoke inhalation.
The explosion leveled the Independence Fireworks Company.
The blast could be heard for at least 20 miles.
The U-S Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is taking over the investigation.
One of the two babies on the waiting list for a heart transplant at Roanoke Community Hospital died Thursday 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.
This week, we'll wrap up our "Time Off" series on area bed-and-breakfasts with a drive south to Woolwine, Virginia.
As Kimberly McBroom shows us, the Mountain Rose Bed and Breakfast offers not only delicious food and appealing rooms-- but an interesting history, as well.
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((MELODIE POGUE/INNKEEPER: ONE OF OUR CATCHPHRASES WE LIKE TO SAY IS, THE INN IS A GOOD PLACE TO LUXURIATE IN THE FINE ART OF DOING NOTHING.))
That's easy to believe, with the picturesque setting and gentle sounds of nature surrounding the Mountain Rose Inn.
But the Victorian mansion wasn't always so tranquil.
Nearly a century before it was converted into a bed and breakfast, it faced the site of Mountain Rose Distillery Number 250, which had its OWN claim to fame...
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((MELODIE POGUE/INNKEEPER: THERE IS A STORY THAT DURING PROHIBITION, THEY DID ACTUALLY SUPPLY LIQUOR TO THE WHITE HOUSE.))
The home's colorful history was just one of the qualities that appealed to Melody Pogue and her husband, who have been running the bed and breakfast for nearly two years.
((MELODIE POGUE/INNKEEPER: THIS ONE HAD EVERYTHING WE LOOKED FOR IN A BED AND BREAKFAST-- THE PORCHES, THE FIREPLACES, THE TROUT STREAM THAT WAS RIGHT OUT THE FRONT DOOR AND THE INN HAD QUITE A BIT OF INTERESTING HISTORY, SO WE DECIDED IF WE WERE GOING TO STAY AT AN INN, IT WAS CERTAINLY A PLACE WHERE WE WOULD LIKE TO STAY. SO, THEREFORE, IT WAS SOMETHING WE WOULD LIKE TO RUN AND MANAGE ALSO.))
The inn has five rooms, each with a fireplace and its own unique theme.
This is known as the "bridal" room, with old portraits and other wedding memorabilia.
The fisherman's room is very detailed, and even includes a fly rod LAMP.
And you can step from the porch into Room Number three, otherwise known as the "King" room.
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((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: THE HOUSE WAS BUILT IN 1898. IT TOOK A FULL THREE YEARS TO COMPLETE, BECAUSE THE LUMBER CAME FROM THE PROPERTY. IN FACT, GUESTS CAN STILL EXPLORE THE WOODS NEARBY, ON SOME 100 ACRES OF WALKING TRAILS.))
And you might want to exercise a little after feasting on one of the inn's breakfast specialities, Mountain Rose Toast.
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((ELIZABETH BELL/BREAKFAST GUEST: IT'S JUST BEAUTIFUL. THE INN IS BEFITTING OF THE COUNTRY-- OLDER TIMES THAT ARE KIND OF QUAINT AND SLOWER PACED. AND THERE'S A LOVELY CREEK OUT FRONT AND I LOVE TO HEAR THE SOUND OF THE WATER GOING BY.))
Fellow breakfast guest Denise Clark is the director of the Patrick County Chamber of Commerce, and offers several reasons for referring tourists to Mountain Rose Inn...
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((DENISE CLARK/BREAKFAST GUEST: THE HISTORIC HOME IS ONE ASPECT AND THE WONDERFUL HOSPITALITY OF MELODY.))
Rates vary from 75- to 95 dollars a night, including breakfast.
The Mountain Rose Inn is accessible via the Blue Ridge Parkway, or by taking Route 220 south toward Ferrum.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7, Patrick county.))