The rush is on at the Post Office. How much time is left to help Santa get those packages delivered.
And Governor Gilmore comes to town with a new proposal in hand, one that could reduce many college tuitions.
Sunny and chilly for the next two days. Overnight, temperature will slip into the 20's.
On Healthcheck, a young heart transplant patient continues her road back ... plus back surgery that's less painful.
And here's a new combination of faith and medicine ... a parish nurse, here in Southwest Virginia.
News 7 at 5 is next.
[SUPER=#4063; Headline Banner]
The President may be miles away in the Middle East- but his problems at home are not going away as the impeachment vote nears.
Washington is getting ready for the White House Crisis to come to the floor of Congress.
It's scheduled to come up for vote on Thurdsay-
As Jonathan Freed reports some lawmakers are still making up their minds.
[SUPER=03-Gaza City, Gaza Strip;]
[Super=01-Rep. Bernard Sanders/(I) Vermont;]
[Super-01-Jonathan Freed/CBS News;]
((Congressional offices are normally quiet at this time of year...but with the historic impeachment debate in the House now only three days away the phones are buzzing with opinions about what should become of the President.
While that was happening, Mr. Clinton was in the Middle East...promoting
his peace initiative...but he could not escape questions about his political future. The President was asked if he would admit to lying under oath.
CLINTON: I DON'T BELIEVE IT'S IN THE INTEREST OF THE
UNITED STATES AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO GO THROUGH THIS IMPEACHMENT
PROCESS AND HAVE A TRIAL IN THE SENATE...THAT'S WHY I HAVE OFFERED TO MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO MAKE ANY REASONABLE COMPROMISE WITH CONGRESS.
The White House has been trying to convince moderate Republicans to vote against impeachment...and for the lesser punishment of censure.
Estimates are that some 15 G-O-P votes are needed to be sure of victory.
On Monday, one Republican declared for impeachment...and another,
Christopher Shays of Connecticut, said his anti-impeachment stand is
wavering, and that he wants to meet with Mr. Clinton. Meanwhile, Vermont Independent, Bernard Sanders, who often votes with the Democrats, supported the President.
REP. BERNARD SANDERS/I-VT.: WHILE THE PRESIDENT HAS
BEHAVED SHAMEFULLY AND DEPLORABLY, HIS ACTIONS DO NOT RISE TO THE LEVEL OF AN IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE.
The House Republican leadership is still opposed to a vote on censure.
The Vice President challenged that goes against the will of the people.
GORE: WHAT THE LEADERSHIP HAS DONE IS TO PREVENT ANY KIND OF COMPROMISE ALONG THE LINES THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT TO SEE AND
INSTEAD THEY THREATEN TO PUT THE COUNTRY THROUGH THIS LONG ORDEAL THAT
JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS: THE G-O-P LEADERSHIP IS CALLING FOR MR. CLINTON TO RESIGN. THE VICE PRESIDENT REPEATED THAT'S ONE THING
THAT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. J-F...WASHINGTON.))
Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea spent their day in the Palestinian territories.
((WOMAN'S RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS AND WOMEN RIGHTS HERE IN GAZA ARE AS IMPORTANT AS THEY ARE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. APPLAUSE.))
The first lady spoke to women learning their rights under Islamic law.
She was accompanied by the wife of Yassar Arafat-
The two visited a center for disabled children and were welcomed an at orphanage.
((OH DEEP IN MY HEART. I DO BELIEVE WE CAN OVERCOME SOMEDAY.))
The children waved American flags and shook the first lady's hand.
A nine-year old boy died this morning at Stanleytown Elementary School.
Donald Eugene Schmidt of Martinsville was eating breakfast at the school when he choked on his food.
Despite efforts of school staff- -including a registered nurse- -and rescue personnel, the boy was dead at the hospital.
He was one of five students in a class for children with severe disablities.
Sentencing today in Montgomery County for a former Shawsville wrestling coach and teacher convicted of having sex with two female students.
35-year old Michael Blevins was sentenced to seven years in prison as part of a plea agreement.
Earlier this month, Blevins was sentenced in Wythe County to 15- years for a separate incident.
Those charges pertain to a relationship Blevins began with another underage girl when he taught at Rural Retreat high school.
Authorities say Blevins will serve the seven year sentence he received today at the same time he serves the 15- year sentence.
He'll be sentenced tomorrow in Smyth County.[5-Tuition-Cost]
Governor Gilmore came to Roanoke late this afternoon, with some education proposals in hand.
[Double Boxes=Jean & Scott/Microwave]
Scott Goldberg is in downtown Roanoke with details
( ad lib)
(Rollcue: money he cut from this year's budget. )
[IN Q=It places emphasis]
[OUT Q=so we're delighted.]
(VIDEO OUTCUE: ...TUITION RELIEF)
( ad lib)
(toss back to Jean)[(toss to R)]
(toss to Robin)
[HARD MUSIC UNDER]
Plenty of bikes, and no "bust". Still ahead on News 7, a very happy ending to a big holiday effort.
I'm Tina Tenret, Coming up on News 7 at Five we'll take you inside Roanoke's main post office where the real elves are working feverishly to deliver your gifts on time. That's just ahead.
And on Healthcheck, we'll see how the Valley's newest transplant patient is doing, almost 36 hours after getting a new heart.
The Roanoke Post Office predicts it will get more mail today than any other day this year.
Tina Tenret is inside the Roanoke mail processing plant with a look at how this will affect the gifts you may be sending out.
( ad lib)
(Rollcue: this holiday season. )
[SUPER=02-Billy Martin/Roanoke Postmaster; :00]
[OUT Q=put the toys together.]
( ad lib)
(toss back to jean)[5-Bikes-Bust]
The annual marathon to collect bicycles for needy kids in the Roanoke Valley has shattered its goals and its own record.
It started out as a promotional effort by Roanoke radio station W-J-L-M, teaming up with the local Marine Corps Reserve unit a few years ago.
The goal was to gather 500 bikes.
W-D-B-J- -7 became a co-sponsor last year.
This year "Bikes or Bust" brought in more than 2-thousand bikes.
Who's building the tallest windmills in North America, and why? We'll have the answers in a few minutes.
And a southwest Virginia church is trying something new ... its own parish nurse. Details on tonight's "Healthcheck"
A New York company is helping the state of Texas
Out in West Texas - the company is building the tallest
windmills in North America.
Al Zimmerman is in Big Spring to show us why.
[SUPER=01-Al Zimmerman/KENS-TV; :29]
[SUPER=07-Jim Marston; :58]
((they're pieces of the past that have dotted the texas landscape for
decades. now this old technology is the technology of the future.
high atop the hills above the west texas town of big spring... huge
windmills... or wind turbines.. are springing up... as part of an effort
to produce electrical power.. using wind power. they're the largest wind
turbines in north america.
Super: Mike Hammock/TU ELECTRIC
yeah... it still amazes me if i stand at the base... and look up.
and just to give you an idea of how big these modern windmills are...
this is one of the turbines that hasn't been mounted yet... it's seventy
five feet in diameter.. the fact is... this thing's huge.
and pat wood... the state's public utilities commissioner says these
enormous wind turbines won't pollute the environment.. since they're
producing power without burning coal... or natural gas.
it's really exciting...
zimmerman:that's why the project has even earned praise from
Super: Jim Marston
it's both a good technology... it's a good location... and it's also an
opportunity to do something about air pollution in texas.
sound of construction
when construction is completed at the end of february. 46 wind turbines
will stand on this land. and the electricity produced here will be sold to utility companies
across the state... to supply thousands of homes a year.
pat wood:there's money to be made in that there wind... and i think
we're finding that out.
which means.. south texas could soon be using some of that windpower
[SUPER=330-Clear And/Chilly/23-25/Mostly Sunny/Wind S-10/50-52;]
[SUPER=332-Mostly Clear/Winds Calm/20-22/Mostly Sunny/Light Winds/50-52;]
[SUPER=333-Clear With/Light Winds/18-23/Mostly/Sunny/45-50;]
[SUPER=334-Clear And/Cold/18-25/Mostly Sunny/Light Winds/48-50;]
[health music under]
New honors for a local football team. That's still ahead in sports.
And back surgery that's less painful. Details on tonight's "Healthcheck" report.
A Roanoke girl who underwent emergency heart transplant surgery is now listed in serious condition at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
18-month old Kayla Griffin was one of two Roanoke- area toddlers who had been waiting for a new heart.
The other girl.. two- year- old Courtney LaPlante.. died last week.
But Kayla was rushed to Charlottesville late Saturday night after a donor heart became available.
The operation was performed on Sunday.
Kayla has since been upgraded from critical to serious condition.
Healing a person's body, mind and spirit.
That's the goal of a newly formed program in Wythe County.
In October, St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Wytheville teamed up with Wythe County Community hospital to form a "Parish Nurse" program.
Karen (Kar-nye) Karnei is the registered nurse heading up the program.
It's a job that involves everything from taking blood pressure to offering advice on places folks can turn for health care or other services.
(Kar-nye) Karnei's office is in the church.
But she also makes home and nursing home visits-- where she offers friendship and prayer.
[IN Q=We want]
((KAREN KARNEI/PARISH NURSE:WE WANT PEOPLE TO BE AS WHOLE AS THEY CAN BE. WE RECOGNIZE IN EVERY WAY THE VALUE OF THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY BUT WE ALSO RECOGNIZED THE VALUE OF THE HEALING MINISTRY OF THE CHURCH AND THE HEALING MINISTRY OF JESUS. ))
[SUPER=01-Karen Karnei/Parish Nurse; :00]
[OUT Q=of jesus.]
Karnei's services are free to anyone-- regardless of their religious affiliation.
Funding is provided by the Wythe County Community Hospital foundation.
A new kind of herniated disc removal is making back surgery a less painful ordeal.
As Wendy Rigby shows us, the new technique makes the procedure easier on the patient - who in some cases is able to go home the same day.
[IN Q="Looks real good...]
[SUPER=01-Raelyn Alverez/Herniated Disc Patient; :11]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Donald Hilton/Neurosurgeon; :28]
[OUT Q="...CBS News."]
(((nats -- doctor says "looks real good. feel alright, there?")
rigby: the scar on raelynn alvarez' back is smaller than the size of a dime.
she says it was a small price to pay for relief.
alvarez: the pain was really bad. i could hardly move. i couldn't stand, i
couldn't sit. i couldn't walk.
rigby: raelynn had a protruding disc in her back. in neurosurgery, as in other
areas of medicine, there's a growing demand to remove herniated discs with as
little scarring and pain as possible.
hilton: and so i think it was natural for us to try to get these discs out of
someone's back without having so much trauma occur to the tissues along the
rigby: this is the procedure neurosurgeon donald hilton describes as a kinder,
gentler way to remove a herniated disc. the doctor operates through a tube
less than a half inch in diameter that's been gently squeezed between the
muscle fibers. unlike other minimally invasive procedures, that use an
endoscope and a two-dimensional t-v screen, dr. hilton has uses a high-powered
microscope -- the same kind used in brain surgery -- to see what he's doing in
hilton: this allows the operation to become three-dimensional. the o.r. times
have been shorter, from 30 minutes up to an hour, hour-and-a-half.
and so we've been pleased with the results from that standpoint.
hilton: the idea is to take the pressure off the nerve but to do it through as
small a space as we possibly can.
rigby: so far, dr. hilton has performed a dozen of these disc surgeries with
great success. with raelynn, as with most patients, getting back to normal
quickly was very appealing.
alvarez: well, for me, less recovery time. less pain. those were the big
things was the recovery time was going to be a whole lot shorter than i ever
Time now to turn to Steve Mason- with some hoop news.
Hey Steve I hear you also have some good "sports' in your two minute ticker today.
good afternoon everybody, welcome to your Monday ticker.
Lets start on the football field where the Floyd County Buffaloes were honored today with the Civitan Sportsmanship award.
[SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Afternoon; :00]
The Buffaloes captains and their coach Winfred Beale accepted the 48th annaul Civitan sportsmanship award which recognizes the football team for excellent conduct on the field as voted by the Western Distrcit Football officals associatiton. Salem state championship coach Willis White served as the guest speaker before the award was given to his close friend.
[IN Q=It's says]
[SUPER=01-Winfred Beale/Floyd County Football Coach; :00]
[SUPER=01-Willis White/Salem Head Coach; :21]
[OUT Q=...at a premium""]
Floyd County reciever Rahim Schantel was awared the Civitan 500 dollar scholarship. He has a 3.4 GPA and was second team all district.
[IN Q="i didn't]
[SUPER=01-Rahim Schantel/Floyd Receiver; :00]
[OUT Q=...GRATEFUL TO HAVE IT""]
The group 2A all state girls basketball teams have been released and several local players made the top grade.
Lets start with Bassett. Heather Miller has been named the player of the year by the Associated press. the Five foot nine senior averaged nearly 26 points a game for her Lady bengals who were the state's runner up.
William Byrd center Stephanie parnell joins Miller as a first team all state selection. the 6'2' post player is heaed to Stetoson to coniutt playing in college.
Byrd junior guard Andrea Gay was selected to the all state second team. She lead her lady Terriers to the state semi finals.
And Byrd head coach Richard Thrasher was named group 2a coach of the year.
coming up at six, we will introduce you to a new hockey addition to the Express and hear from the Carolina panthers the Kevin green incident.
A team of California wildlife paramedics came to the aid of a baby, a baby sea lion that is.
The six month old had to be rescued from a cliffside perch in Malibu yesterday.
She apparently got separated from her mother.
Wildlife officials say she is extremely thin for her age.
The goal is to rehabilitate her and then re-release her into the wild.