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Two days before an impeachment vote and more lawmakers make up on their minds on how they'll vote.
Plans to build a store and restaurants in Rocky Mount move forward.
And a coat store says its appalled after learning coats it sold were made with dog fur.
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[IN Q=I'm voting]
((I'M VOTING FOR ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT THIS WEEK WHEN WE GET BACK TO WASHINGTON D.C.))
[OUT Q=Washington DC]
One by one more republicans say they will vote to impeach President Clinton.
The Historic impeachment vote in the House of Representatives is just two days away.
Today at least ten moderate Republicans the White House had been counting on for support- said they would vote FOR impeachment.
[IN Q=I believe]
((REP. JACK QUINN/R- NEW YORK: I BELIEVE THE EVIDENCE SHOWS THE PRESIDENT PROVIDED FALSE AND MISLEADING TESTIMONY TO A CIVIL GRAND JURY ON THREE DIFFERENT OCCASIONS AFTER HE SAID HE WOULD TELL THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH. HE FAILED TO DO THAT.))
((IF HE WOULD NOT TELL THE TRUTH UNDER THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES I DON'T KNOW WHEN I CAN TRUST HE WILL TELL THE TRUTH.))
[SUPER=01-Rep. Jack Quinn/(R) New York;]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Tom Campbell/(R) California;]
[OUT Q=FAILED TO DO THAT.]
Sources close to the President say the momentum toward impeachment grew suddenly after he flatly denied perjury while in Jerusalem.
((CLINTON: I DID NOT COMMIT PERJURY. I CAN NOT ADMIT DOING SOMETHING I DID NOT DO.))
[OUT Q=DID NOT DO.]
One Advisor said it sent a signal the President did not believe he did anything wrong.
The President arrived back in the United States late tonight.
He'll meet tomorrow with undecided members of Congress- one day before a vote.
Another Democrat will take over the 38th district State Senate seat vacated by Jack Reasor.
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Phillip Puckett won with 55 percent of the votes.
Republican Roger Rife had 40 percent and independent Jerry Ward came in with 5 percent.
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The district stretches from the Coalfiends into Wythe and Bland Counties.
Puckett says that's a lot of ground to cover in a 28-day campaign.
We caught up with him getting in a few last minute handshakes in Wytheville.
He says though his republican opponent spent a lot of money, personal contact makes the difference.
[IN Q=the one thing]
((PHILLIP PUCKETT/ ; THE ONE THING I'VE LEARNED AS I'VE TRAVELLED ACROSS THE 38TH IS THERE'S NO SUBSTITUTE FOR SITTING DOWN AND TALKING WITH THE VOTERS, YOU CAN SPEND ALL KINDS OF MONEY, YOU CAN GET ON TV, YOU CAN GET ON RADIO, YOU CAN PUT EVERYTING IN THE NEWSPAPER, THERE'S NO SUBSTITUTE FOR TALKING TO PEOPLE))
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In Wythe County, voter turnout was light throughout the day.
In the end, just 26-percent of the county's 14-thousand registered voters had gone to the polls.
[IN Q=I feel]
((ROBBIE ALBERT/WYTHE CO. VOTER:I FEEL THAT EVERYONE SHOULD VOTE AND BE ABLE TO VOICE THEIR OPINION AND IF THEY DON'T VOTE THEY JUST MAY BE TOLD HOW THINGS IS GOING TO BE.
NELLIE BAUSELL/WYTHE CO. VOTER:I ALWAYS VOTE...I THINK IT'S A DUTY AND A PRIVILEGE AS WELL. ))
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[SUPER=01-Nellie Bausell/Wythe Co. Voter; :08]
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In Bland County voter turnout was also light with 28-percent of the county's registered voters casting ballots.
The outcome of today's election doesn't change the balance of power in the state Senate, which still has 21 republicans and 19 democrats.
Franklin County supervisors voted unanimously tonight to make the town of Rocky Mount bigger.
If Rocky Mount signs the deal, residents could soon see a new movie theater plus a host of new restaurants.
Tina Tenret has more.
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[SUPER=01-Aaron Boyle/Developer; :11]
[SUPER=01-Wayne Angell/Franklin Co. Supervisor; :37]
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((Kroger plans to open a super-store on Route 40 East AND bring enough other stores to fill a shopping plaza.
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((AARON BOYLE/DEVELOPER: WE ARE IN DISCUSSION WITH A MOVIE THEATER AND RESTAURANTS BOTH FREE STANDING RESTAURANTS AND RESTAURANTS TO BE LOCATED IN THE LEASABLE RETAIL SHOP.))
[OUT Q=RETAIL SHOP]
What was holding up the deal was that Franklin County and Rocky Mount could not agree on a plan to provide sewer service.
So , Franklin County supervisors voted to give Rocky Mount about 70 acres along Route 40 East.
That way, the town gets tax revenue -- and a REASON to build sewer lines here.
[IN Q=This area]
((WAYNE ANGELL/FRANKLIN CO. SUPERVISORS: THIS AREA IS AN AREA THAT NEEDS THOSE SERVICES. IT'S IN NEED OF THE URBAN TYPE SERVICES AND THE TOWN IS IN THE BEST POSITION TO PROVIDE THEM.))
[OUT Q=TO PROVIDE THEM]
THIS boundary adjustment would NOT include Wal-mart, obviously a tax moneymaker.
But town and county officials say future talks could make Wal-mart, and other neighborhoods, also part of Rocky Mount.
Tina Tenret, News7, Franklin County.))
Rocky Mount officials say they will vote on this boundary adjustment this week.
Next time a flood hits the Roanoke Valley, it may not be so destructive.
That's the hope of local and federal governments, who announced a two-million dollar grant today.
It's money from the federal program "Project Impact" --
Money given to the Valley will help prevent the next flood from causing the sort of destruction that's happened in the past.
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((CALVAN: WE'RE TRYING TO AHEAD OF DISASTERS AND PREVENT THE LOSSES BEFORE THEY EVER OCCUR. THERE'S A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT WE CAN DO TO GET PEOPLE OUT OF THE FLOOD PLAIN, TO FLOOD-PROOF BUILDINGS, SOMETIMES TO ELEVATE BUILDINGS .. ALL KINDS OF ACTIONS WE CAN TAKE TO AVOID THE LOSS OF LIFE AND PROPERTY.))
[OUT Q=AND PROPERTY]
Most of the money will pay bulldozing and relocating expenses for 19 families who live in flood plains.
The rest will be used to reinforce the area's storm water management system.
Some Virginia tobacco growers might be forced off the farm because of a big quota cut for next year.
The U-S Department of Agriculture announced late today that farmers will have to cut back their flue-cured tobacco crop by 18-percent.
This cut is the result of a lower demand for tobacco from cigarette companies and the amount of crop that's left-over from this year.
Last year, farmers saw a 17-percent quota cut.
The president of a Southside growers association says farmers are the real victims of the national war on tobacco.
[IN Q=We don't have]
((C.D. BRYANT/CONCERNED FRIENDS OF TOBACCO: WE DON'T HAVE ANYWHERE ELSE TO TURN BUT TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE STATE AND SEE IF THEY WON'T HELP US WITH THE SETTLEMENT MONEY THAT IS GOING TO COME FORWARD.))
[SUPER=01-C.D. Bryant/Concerned Friends of Tobacco;]
[OUT Q=to come forward.]
Bryant says states involved in the tobacco settlement need to use the money they receive to compensate growers for their losses.
A Martinsville woman has been found guilty of killing another woman last May.
Denisha Wilson was convicted today of involuntary manslaughter for the shooting death of Dee-Dee Oakes.
Wilson claimed she was attacked by Oakes and fired the gun in self-defense.
The prosecution provided witnesses who testified that Wilson was the aggressor.
Wilson was also found guilty of unlawful wounding.
The jury recommended that she spend nine years in jail for her crimes.
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An argument over horseshoes could mean a life prison term for an Amherst County man.
29-year old Kenneth Eugene Branham shot one man to death and wounded two others over Memorial Day weekend.
He pleaded guilty today to involuntary manslaughter and malicious wounding charges.
Prosecutor Ed Meeks offered the plea bargain after deciding there was a good chance a jury might believe Branham's claim of self defense.
Police in the New River Valley are doing their part to help local children realize the true meaning of the holiday season.
The New River Valley Fraternal Order of Police organized a party.
It was held at the group's lodge this evening for more than 60- low income children.
The kids each got a present and Wades Supermarket supplied dinner.
The F-O-P hired a company that solicited the money to buy the gifts from folks who were contacted by phone.
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[SUPER=01-Frank Duffy/Lodge 21 President; :14 quick!]
[OUT Q=for us.]
Lodge-21 began the tradition back in 1991.
Members also donate 350- dollars each to five families around the New River Valley-- to ensure the entire family is able to enjoy the holiday.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Still to come, a simulated plane crash in Southside keeps rescue personnel on the go.
And it may look like typical fur, but the fur of dogs and cats is ending up on store shelves.
Details straight ahead,
[OUT Q=in sports]
(( Good evening folks this is Mike Stevens in the sports office with some high school hoops from Highlander Heaven.
EC Glass is keeping its football coach, Frank Beamer is thinking about more than Bama as he tunes u for the Music City.
And the Express helps out with an area blood drive.
All that plus a new home for Will Furrer tonight in sports.))
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The next time you buy a coat with fur- check the label.
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[SUPER=01-Richard Swain/Humane Society Investigator; :01]
[SUPER=01-Bernard Brodsky/Burlington Coat Factory; :46]
[OUT Q=type of pet fur.]
((RICHARD SWAIN/HUMANE SOCIETY INVESTIGATOR: THIS IS GREY HOUSE CAT.THAT'S HOW DOMESTIC HOUSE CAT. THAT'S HOW ITS DESCRIBED IN CHINA IN THE FUR TRADE.
According to the Humane society hundreds of thousands of coats made in China are trimmed with dog and cat fur and exported worldwide.
REPORTER: WHAT IS THIS AGAIN? RICHARD SWAIN/HUMANE SOCIETY INVESTIGATOR: AGAIN THIS IS DOG. LOOKS LIKE A SHELTIE OR A COLLIE. SWAIN: THAT OR A GOLDEN RETRIEVER.
In China dogs and cats have always been considered food. Now recently the Chinese have begun slaughtering as many as 2-million a year for their skins and fur.
Burlington Coat Factory said today it removed hundreds of coats found to have dog fur and blamed a vendor for the problem.
OUR COMPANY WOULD NEVER ORDER COATS THAT WOULD HAVE A TRIM THAT WOULD HAVE ANY TYPE OF PET FUR.))
Experts say it's hard to distinguish what type of fur is used.
Check the label and if it's unreasonably inexpensive- you might be wise to ask.
Governor Gilmore announced a proposal today that would give millions of dollars in state funding to two historically black state Universities.
Virginia State University will receive 5 and a half-million dollars to enhance academic programs and agricultural research.
4 point 9-million will go to Norfolk State University for infrastructure improvements.
Governor Gilmore says he is committed to bringing quality and affordability to all of Virginia's public colleges and universities.
What would happen if a plane crashed in your hometown?
Would your local emergency services department know what to do?
In Danville today, fire, police and rescue units simulated an air disaster to practice for the real thing.
Christy Hubley shows us the drill.
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[SUPER=01-B.G. Lewis/Danville Fire Chief; :58]
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((WE HAVE AN AIRPLANE CRASH. RUNWAY NUMBER 6.))
[OUT Q=runway number six.]
It doesn't look much like a plane crash...but this city bus filled with smoke serves an important purpose.
It represents the wreckage of a downed plane and these volunteers act as crash victims.
[IN Q=The purpose of this]
((MARC ADELMAN/DANVILLE TRANSPORTATION SERVICES: THE PURPOSE OF THIS DRILL IS FIRST OF ALL TO IMPROVE AND MAINTAIN OUR READINESS IN CASE OF AN AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT THAT MAY OCCUR HERE AT THE AIRPORT. WE ALSO MAINTAIN A FULL OPERATING CERTIFICATE WITH THE F-A-A WHICH REQUIRES US TO COMPLETE THIS DRILL EVERY THREE YEARS.))
[OUT Q=every three years.]
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The first fire crews arrive on the runway and assess the situation.
Victims with the most serious injuries get treated first.
((ADVISING THE HOSPITAL WE HAVE FOUR WALKING WOUNDED.))
[OUT Q=walking wounded.]
This drill is a small one.
A real plane crash would require most of the city's emergency personnel. And while the drill went smoothly, there is room for improvement.
[IN Q=The communication seems to]
((B.G. LEWIS/DANVILLE FIRE CHIEF: THE COMMUNICATION SEEMS TO ALWAYS BE THE PROBLEM THAT YOU ALWAYS HAVE MAKING SURE EVERYBODY KNOWS WHAT THE OTHER PERSON'S DOING AND IS EVERYBODY DOING WHAT THEY NEED TO BE DOING.))
[OUT Q=need to be doing.]
And there's no room for a breakdown in communication when real lives are on the line.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.))
Coming up, the Space Shuttle Endeavor comes in for a landing.
And bank mergers galore are making for a new crop of LOCALLY-owned financial institutions.
The story when News 7 returns.
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With takeovers and mergers dominating the American banking industry lately, some financial officials believe LOCALLY-owned banks are ready to make a comeback.
Two groups in Lynchburg hope to open their own community banks to give customers service with a more personal touch.
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((JOHN WYNNE/COMMUNITY FIRST BANK: LYNCHBURG HAS A UNIQUE PERSONALITY IN MY OPINION. LYNCHBURGERS LIKE TO BE SERVED AND DEAL WITH PEOPLE THEY'RE FAMILIAR WITH.))
((JIM HUGHES/BANK OF THE JAMES: THEY DEMAND AND THEY DESERVE INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION. THEY NEED THEIR PROBLEMS SOLVED BY THE PERSON WHO TAKES THE PROBLEM, NOT SOME VOICE ON THE OTHER END OF AN 800 NUMBER.))
[SUPER=01-John Wynne/Community First Bank; :00]
[SUPER=01-Jim Hughes/Bank of the James; :10]
[OUT Q=an 800 number.]
Both banks need to raise at least eight million dollars in capital before they can receive a state charter.
They hope to open by late 1999.
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The baseball writers of america refused to make McGwire and Sosa co-MVPs, but Spports Illustrated has named the two greek-like sultans of swat co-sportsmen of the year.
We begin with a little high school hoopla from the boy's hardwood in Western Roanoke County...
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Where head coach Nelson Fox and his Parry McCluer Fighting Blues invaded Highlander heaven to tangle with Glenvar.
The Blues would use some great ball movement to get an early bucket as four layers touch the rock before John Williams converts the driving layin.
But Glenvar would come back strong. number 42 Seth Noonkester uses a nice drop step and then drops in the the bucket.
Then Jason Underwood would get into the scoring act
with a drive and a little baby hook.
The Highlanders beat the Blues 60-to-55.
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Elsewhere last night Salem beat Alleghany by 19.
Byrd topped Christiansburg, James Monroe beat Greenrbier West by 33.
And Franklin County beat Morehead by 29.
In girls' action Patrick Henry toped E.C. Glass 46-to-45, and Franklin County lost to Morehead, North Carolina 73-to-56.
In one other hoop note, the ACC has decided to take its women's basketball tournament to Greensboro for the next three seasons starting in the year 2000.
The Roanoke Civic Center was one of four finalist to host the event.
On the NFL front, the Jacksonville Jaguars have signed former Tech quarterback Will Furrer to be a backup this Sunday against the Vikings.
Furrer was a 4th round draft pick of the Bears in 1992.
The Jags will be the 6th team he has played for in his 6 year career.
He had thrown for 2 touchdowns and 10 interceptions over that time.
He will backup rookie Jonathan Quinn.
The NFL will not have instant replay for the upcoming playoffs.
The league's competition committee voted down the proposal 7-to-1 today, but admitted it could be back in the league next season.
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One person that certainly will be in the league next season is Texas running back Ricky Williams.
The Heisman trophy winner and his trophy will be on David Letterman's show in just a few moments.
You can also see Ricky in the Cotton Bowl on New Year's Day.
There is come high school football news out of Lynchburg tonight as
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Dennis Peters has had the interim tag removed from his coaching title at E.C, Glass.
Principal Susan Morrison named the longtime Glass assistant to the head coaching job permanantly this afternoon.
Peters led the Toppers to an 8-and-3 record this past season.
The Roanoke Express announced another layer move yesterday as Nic Beaudoin was called up by the Lowell Lochmonsters.
The team only has two more games before Christmas, so this week it is doing some serious community service.
Yesterday the Express joined forces with the Red Cross to help promote Donorama 98.
It's a two day blitz of the valley to help create awareness for the need of blood donors at this time of the year.
[SUPER=10-Bob Lutjen/Red Cross Donor Director/Tuesday; :00]
[OUT Q=...again tomorrow."]
The Red Cross is in particular need of "Oh positive" and "Oh Negative" blood type donors at this time.
The Express players will be on hand today at the Civic Center exhibition hall to sign autographs and hopefully sign-up donors.
[IN Q="The Roanoke Express...]
[SUPER=01-Tony Mancuso/Express General Manager; :00]
[OUT Q=...gift of life."]
You can stop by the Civic Center today between ten am and 7:30pm
Still to come tonight we'll check in with the Virginia Tech Hokies
Frank Beamer and the boys had a Music City bowl newsconference today at which they talked about among other things Shania Twain and the status of Al Clark.
Steve Mason with the details in a moment.
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The Virginia Tech Hokies held their annual postseason bowl news conference today to talk about their upcoming trip to Nashville to play Alabama, and see a few other sights.
Steve Mason explains.
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