Clinton's hopes of getting off with a censure ended with the House Judiciary Committee voting against the idea yesterday.
Most Democrats favored the motion
but the Republicans won out.
Ellen Qualls has the action from the Hill.
[IN Q=Public disdains.]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Henry Hyde/Committee Chairman; :13]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Robert Wexler/(D) Florida; 1:25]
[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Washington.]
((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.))
[ sot GOODLATTE 02:30:04]
((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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[IN Q=The full House]
((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.))
[OUT Q=EQ, News 7, Washington.]
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.))
[SUPER=01-John Collins/Undecided; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tina Spencer/Opposes Impeachment; :10]
[SUPER=01-Lisa Adams/Favors Impeachment; :23]
[SUPER=01-Terrence McCall/Favors Censure; :33]
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Members of the House will likely vote on the matter just before Christmas.
There was more violence in the Mideast as President Clinton arrived in the Holy Land.
Clinton began his talks with Israel's prime minister in Jerusalem as Israeli soldiers fired tear gas and rubber bullets into a crowd of Palestinian high school students.
The crowd was demanding the release of Palestinians being held in Israeli jails.
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[SUPER=01-David Bar Illan/Israeli Spokesman; :00]
[SUPER=01-Saeb Ereikat/Palestinian Negotiator; :06]
[OUT Q=own land]
President Clinton visits the Palestinian lands tomorrow, after today's meetings with Israeli officials in Jerusalem.
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.
Last night her doctors got a call that officials at the U-V-A Medical Center found a heart.
[super=01-Cathy Schanz/Registered Nurse;]
(( UVA CALLED OUR DOCTORS AND TOLD THEM THERE WAS A HEART AVAILABLE AND THE DOCTOR CALLED THE UNIT THE ICU AND TOLD THEM TO PREPARE KAYLA FOR TRANSPORT))
It was good news for everbody involved.
((THE FAMILIES ARE ALL EXCITED VERY HAPPY AND SO ARE WE ALL))
According to a U-V-A spokesperson, Around 7 this morning Kayla was in the operating room being prepped for her heart transplant.
A convicted felon that is back in jail after 24 years of eluding the police 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 spiritual side of the Hurt Park community in Southwest Roanoke got a revival of sorts.
The "Sunday School on Wheels" program started about five years ago.
The church group visits different congregations each weekend to spread the word of God.
About 300 people took in part of yesterday's sermon.
[IN Q=THIS IS AN]
((STEVE MITCHELL/MINISTRY FOUNDER; THIS IS AN OUTREACH PROGRAM WHERE WE GO INTO THE COMMUNITY AND WE BLESS THE COMMUNITY AND TELL THE COMMUNITY ABOUT THE LORD. WE TEACH BIBLE LESSONS. WE HAVE GAMES AND FUN AND WE FEED THEM AND GIVE CLOTHING OUT. YOU NAME IT AND WE DO IT.))
[SUPER=01-Steve Mitchell/Ministry Founder;]
[OUT Q=WE DO IT.]
The program is sponsored by Christian Life Fellowship.
It's just starting to feel like winter and now we're talking baseball.
Kevin Brown hit the jackpot yesterday by becoming the first baseball player to surpass the 100-million dollar barrier.
The Los Angeles Dodgers
are paying the right-hander 105 (m) million dollars over seven years.
Joe Dimaggio's comeback from near-death continues.
His doctors are calling it unbelievable.
The 84-year-old hall of famer was awake and talking yesterday.
Negotiations were short, but not sweet between NBA negotiators and players yesterday.
Assistant commission Russ Granik says "nothing has changed and no new talks have been scheduled."[WebWatch]
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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Florida governor Lawton Chiles died yesterday of an apparent heart attack.
President Clinton remembered Chiles as one of the most respected politicians of this century and a champion for children and families.
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[SUPER=01-Rep. Robert Wexler/(D) Florida;]
[OUT Q=fine and decent man]
Chiles' term would have expired in several weeks.
He was 68 years old.
It looks like the cost of an education for Virginia College students is going down.
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 tomorrow.
In an afternoon stop in Roanoke, the Governor is also expected to promise money for the new Roanoke Higher Education Center.
The astronauts on the Space Shuttle Endeavour will say good bye to the international space station today.
The station is actually two components linked together by the shuttle crew.
But the shuttle is due to release the seven-story, 35-ton fledgling space outpost this afternoon.
[IN Q=the international]
[OUT Q=even greater to come]
Yesterday, two astronauts took the missions third and final spacewalk and finished their construction work on the station.
They head back to earth Tuesday.
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/Director, "Stop Hunger Now" ; :12]
[SUPER=01-Rev. Ronald Davidson/Volunteer; 1:16]
[OUT Q=Djo, N7, Bedford County.]
((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.
[IN Q=IN EVERY ONE]
((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.))
[OUT Q=WAS AMBULANCES.]
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.
[IN Q=AND I WAS]
((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.))
Two groups of volunteers joined together to help out the needy this holiday season.
The League of Older Americans and 50-General Electric workers packed 350-boxes with food, juice and other items.
The joint effort started in the mid-60s with the help of local volunteers like Dick Standfield.
[IN Q=WE'VE HAD A]
((DICK STANDFIELD/G-E VOLUNTEER: WE'VE HAD A GOOD RUN, IT'S STILL GROWING. WE'RE UP FROM 300 BOXES LAST YEAR TO 350-THIS YEAR. WE GET OUR CLIENTS EQUALLY FROM THE LEAGUE OF OLDER AMERICANS AND ROANOKE COUNTY SOCIAL SERVICES. THEY HAVE A LIST OF NAMES OF PEOPLE WHO NEED ASSISTANCE THIS TIME OF YEAR.))
[SUPER=01-Dick Standfield/General Electric Volunteer;]
[OUT Q=TIME OF YEAR.]
Volunteers distributed the boxes to hundreds of city and county residents yesterday afternoon.
The need for pediatric organ donations hits home and with the help of the Montgomery County community a young boy can hear again.
Tonya Flory has more in this week's health check.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00 ]
[SUPER=03-Chapel Hill, NC; :36 ]
[SUPER=01-Wanda Riddle/Bryce's Mom; :52 ]
[SUPER=01-Suzann Robins/PACE Instructor; 1:35]
[OUT Q=Health check]
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A two year old Pulaski County heart transplant patient died Thursday night after suffering a rare heart defect most of her life.
On Wednesday the family of Courtney LaPlante joined another pediatric heart transplant baby at Roanoke Community Hospital in asking the public to consider organ donation.
18 month old Kayla Griffin is still in pediatric I-C-U waiting for a heart.
The laPlantes have asked that monetary donations be made to the make A Wish Foundation or March of dimes in lieu of flowers for Courtney.
A 12 year old boy from Pilot is hearing the world the first time.
Byrce Riddle started losing his hearing when he was about a year and a half, just before Christmas last year it began to deteriorate quickly.
Now thanks to donations from the community he has a cochlear implant.
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[IN Q=We just need to]
((WANDA RIDDLE/BRYCE'S MOM: WE JUST NEED TO BASICALLY TEACH HIM HOW TO HEAR ALL OVER AGAIN AND WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO HIM BEING ABLE TO HEAR EVERYTHING, HE'S HEARING SOUNDS NOW THAT HE'S NEVER HEARD BEFORE AND WE JUST NEED TO TEACH HIM WHAT THOSE SOUNDS ARE.))
[OUT Q=sounds are]
Doctors say the next step in technology with the implants is to get rid of the computer box and have only an ear level piece.
People with Arthritis Can Exercise is offered by the Arthritis Foundation and developed specifically for arthritics.
The classes are at the Tanglewood mall at 10AM.
Most of the exercises are done sitting in a chair.
Instructors say participants don't need any special equipment or clothing.
The exercises are designed for people at all different levels of degeneration.
[IN Q=For many people]
((SUZANN ROBINS/PACE INSTRUCTOR: FOR MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE ARTHRITIS MOVING IS MORE COMFORTABLE THAN SITTING STILL SO THERE IS SOME INSTANT RELIEF IN THE FACT THAT IN THE MOMENT IT DOESN'T HURT AS MUCH WHEN YOUR MOVING AS IT DOES LATER, THE RELIEF COMES FROM THE CONSISTENCY OF STAYING IN MOTION.))
[OUT Q=in motion]
Only three instructors in Roanoke are certified to teach the classes.
They're also available at the Y-M-C-A and Y-W-C-A.
Tonya Flory, news 7, Health Check.))
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Here's a look at today's top stories.
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The convicted felon who was brought back from Michigan after 24 years wants more flexibility in serving the rest of his sentence in a Martinsville jail.
Alfred Odell Martin wants to be equipped with an electronic monitor so that he could stay at the home of his parents.
Martin was sentenced to one year in prison for a drug conviction in 1974 when he walked away from a prison work crew.
The judge will consider his request at a hearing January 6th.
The gift of life has been given to a Roanoke infant needing a heart transplant.
Kayla Griffen was taken to U-V-A Medical Center late last night after doctors at Roanoke Community Hospital received a call that a heart was available.
According to a U-V-A spokesperson, Kayla was being prepped for surgery around 7 o'clock this morning to receive her new heart.
Christmas will be a little brighter for some area residents thanks to 50-General Electric workers and The League of Older Americans.
The two groups of volunteers worked together yesterday to pack and distribute 350-boxes of food.
The joint effort is a tradition that started in the mid-1960's.
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And that's what's making news on this Sunday December 13.
Blue Hills Golf Pro Billy King made an appearance this week at the Roanoke Valley Sports Club.
In this weeks Virginia Newsreel we will look at King's Golf career before he became a Senior Tour Professional.
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[SUPER=10-Bill Brill/The Roanoke Times/1965;]
((Roanoke's Billy King started out July 15 1965 with a one shot lead over George Fulton in the Roanoke City/ County Championship, but the game would heat up on Hidden Valley's 18-th hole. The tournament came down to one shot and King knew what he had to do to take the trophy home.
(( I THOUGHT I HAD WON IT ON THE 14-TH HOLE AND THEN I HAD A FLAT TIRE AND I KNEW AND I STARTED CHOPPING IT ALL OVER THE PLACE AND I KNEW I HAD TO MAKE THREE ON 18-TH TO WIN))
Only one person could win and King and Fulton came to the 18-th hole tied for the lead. A birdie by either golfer would win the tournament. It was decided when King made a spectacular six inch birdie putt to win.
((I NOTICED AS SOON AS YOU GOT UP ON THE GREEN YOU DID NOT WASTE ANYTIME YOU PUTTED THAT THING OUT I JUST WANTED TO GET IT INTO THE HOLE))
[INCLUDE NAT SOUND OF LAUGHING]
((THIS FIRST ANNUAL ROANOKE CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP THE WINNER GETS TO KEEP THE TROPHY IT IS HIS HE CAN BURN IT SELL IT OR HOCK IT OR ANYTHING ELSE HE WANTS TO DO WITH IT. THE ONLY THING IS HE HAS TO REDEEM HIS MERCHANDISE FROM LUKE BARNES. BILLY KING CONGRTULATIONS.))
[Include Nat Sound of Laughing]
The 1965 Roanoke City/County Golf Championship was one of the biggest events King won that year as an Amateur. That is Virginia Newsreel.))
That was how Billy King started his career.
He just finished his first stint on the PGA Senior Tour.
It was a learning experience for the 54 year old rookie, who vows to make the tour again.
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[SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/May 10; :55]
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((Billy King has been the resident golf pro at the Blue Hills country club for 28 years.
In 1998 he lived out his life long dream of playing in the PGA.
It was a bed of roses that contained a few thorns.
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((BILLY KING/35 PGA SENIOR TOUR EVENTS: I PLAYED A LOT OF MONDAY OUTINGS I PROBABLY SHOULDN'T HAVE. IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE YOU CAN BE A ROOKIE AT ANYTHING WHEN YOU ARE 54.))
[OUT Q=YOU ARE 54]
So the rookie sought the advice from a veteran-JC Snead.
[IN Q=he told me]
((HE TOLD ME NOT TO CHANGE EQUIPMENT AND I CHANGED EQUIPMENT AS SOON AS I GOT THERE))
But that wasn't the only rookie mistake King says he made.
[IN Q=i thought]
((KING: I THOUGHT THE WAY TO DO IT WAS PLAY EVERY TOURNAMENT. IF I HAD TO DO IT OVER I WOULD PLAY SEVEN OR EIGHT TOURNAMENTS TAKE A WEEK OFF AND REST MY BRAIN.))
[OUT Q=REST MY BRAIN]
King says it was harder than he thought it would be; the courses were difficult and the competition was tough.
The season is long and King says he found it more mentally draining than physically tiring.
[IN Q=sometimes you'd]
((SOMETIMES YOU'D GET ON THE GOLF COURSE AND HAVE A GOOD ROUND GOING AND YOU'D LOSE INTEREST OR YOUR BRAIN WOULD GO OFF WANDERING SOMEWHERE. NEXT THING INSTEAD OF BEING TWO UNDER, YOU'RE TWO OVER AND THAT'S KIND OF WHAT HAPPENED TO ME THIS YEAR. I'D PLAY SOME GOOD ROUNDS THEN I'D ALWAYS HAVE THAT 74 OR 75 IN THERE.))
[OUT Q=IN THERE]
King missed the cut for the '99 Senior Tour by two shots.
But he's qualified for several events including the Senior Open and the Ford Seniors Players Championships.
Don't forget to check in with the of the News-7 Mornin gang all this week.
Here's a look ahead.
[IN Q=I'm Steve Pardon]
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