As the President heads home from the Middle East, many undecided lawmakers are announcing their support for impeachment.
And a Tennessee construction worker suffers life- threatening crushing injuries after being buried alive.
Temperatures are warming up very SLOWLY-- with the promise of reaching the low 50s by later today.
High pressure continues being the dominant weather feature, bringing lots of sunshine for your lunch hour.
News 7 at noon is next.
With just two days to go before historic debate begins in the House, more bad news for President Clinton.
Since yesterday, a total of four previously undecided House Republicans have announced they plan to vote for impeachment, with others still trying to make up their minds.
The President is now on his way home from the Middle East.
Jonathan Freed has more.
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As the President ended his Middle East peace mission...he was heading
home to a decidedly uncertain future.
Mr. Clinton was asked if the impeachment controversy is getting in the
way of his job.
SOT (CLINTON): YOU SHOW UP FOR WORK EVERY DAY. IT'S NOT A COMPLICATED
In the last 24 hours, a number of moderate Republicans have declared
they will vote for impeachment. Some are Members the White House had
believed were going to back Mr. Clinton.
LOCATOR: WASHINGTON, D.C.
The President needs the support of some 15 Republicans if he is to
survive the impeachment vote on the House floor later this week.
The undecided are being lobbied hard by their constituents.
LOCATOR: PALM BEACH, FL.
SOT (REP. MARK FOLEY/R-FL.): WE'VE HAD OVER 3-THOUSAND E-MAILS AND PHONE
CALLS, LETTERS TO OUR DISTRICT OFFICE IN THE LAST 48 HOURS. SO CLEARLY
PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THIS AND IT IS FOR ME ONE OF THE MOST
SINGULARLY IMPORATANT VOTES I'LL CAST IN MY ENTIRE LIFE.
Another Republican, Christopher Shays of Connecticut is now saying his
support for the President is wavering...and has a meeting with Mr.
SUPER: STAMFORD, CT./MONDAY.
SOT 4407 (REP. CHRISTOPHER SHAYS/R-CT.): IF I HAD TO VOTE TODAY I THINK
HIGH CRIMES HAVEN'T BEEN MET...BUT I ALSO BELIEVE THAT THIS PRESIDENT
DOESN'T GET IT...HE ALSO HAS TO REALIZE HE IS NOT ABOVE THE LAW.
The President's G-O-P rival from the 1996 campaign, Bob Dole proposed a
solution in today's New York Times...calling for a toughly worded joint
resolution of Congress to censure Mr. Clinton before the new Congress
convenes next month. He wrote...
DOLE GRAPHIC: I HOPE THESE SUGGESTIONS WILL BE SEEN AS A BLENDING OF
RESPONSIBILITY AND JUSTICE, WHICH WILL PERMIT AN EXPEDITIOUS DISPOSITION
OF THE ENTIRE MATTER BEFORE THE NEW 106TH CONGRESS.
STAND-UP (JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS): THE LASTEST IN A CBS NEWS POLL
SUGGESTS THAT A MAJORITY OF AMERICANS DO NOT BELIEVE THE PRESIDENT WILL
BE IMPEACHED. AND AN EVEN LARGER MAJORITY SAY THEY DO NOT WANT HIM TO
A Tennessee man is in critical condition after being buried alive in a construction accident.
Twenty-six year old Darby Patrick was pulled from a 12 foot deep trench early this morning.
He had been buried in the soil for 16 hours after a sewer trench collapsed on him.
((IT'S EXTREMELY UNUSUAL FOR A PERSON TO BE BURIED AND SURVIVE THE INCIDENT. IT'S LESS THAN ONE PERCENT, IT KEPT RESCUE PERSONNEL GOING.))
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Patrick underwent surgery this morning.
His doctor says the weight of the soil caused acid buildup and swelling in Patrick's muscles.
He added that Patrick's injuries have a 75 percent mortality rate.
A controversial figure who made a name for himself in downtown Roanoke made a quiet exit this morning.
Today, "Bad Boy" was lowered from his perch atop the Star City Diner.
Elias Brothers Restaurants had gone to court demanding that the owner of the Star City Diner take down the roof- top statue.
Spanky Macher argued it wasn't a trademark infringement, because the statue was sporting an earring, blond hair and a tattoo... but recently he decided to call a truce.
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((WE FEEL LIKE WE HAD A GOOD CHANCE OF WINNING A SUIT, BUT IT WAS GOING TO COST US 20-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO FIGHT IT, AND SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO MAKE AMENDS AND SETTLE AND THEY ENDED UP BUYING BACK THE BIG BOY SO THEY CAN REFURBISH IT AND PUT IT IN ONE OF THEIR RESTUARANTS ON THE EAST COAST.))
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[OUT Q=one of their restaurants on the east coast.]
The flying rhino will take Bad Boy's place, at least temporarily.
But Macher says he hopes he can find a permanent rooftop replacement for Bad Boy... perhaps Marilyn Monroe or the character Jake from the Blues Brothers.
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For weeks the fate of Salem's Elizabeth campus has been up in the air.
But it's been decided DESPITE the objections of many residents.
That story is still ahead on News-7 at Noon, but first let's check in with Kimberly McBroom.
The day began with areas of thick frost, which meant extra time spent scraping your car's windshield..
Sunshine has eliminated most of the frost, but still hasn't warmed up temperatures a whole lot.
Let's take a look at the regional satellite and radar picture---
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It looks like Libya is giving its approval to the trial connected with the bombing of Pam Am Flight 103.
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The 19-88 terrorist attack over Lockerbie, Scotland, killed 270, in the plane and on the ground.
Today, Libya's parliament expressed satisfaction in a U-S and British proposal to have the two suspects in the case tried in the Netherlands.
[suspects going into court]
However, it gave no indication whether it will surrender the men for trial.
The parents of a 13-year old girl who committed suicide are suing the Bedford County School Board and two school counselors.
The parents of Lisa Renee Hall say Staunton River Middle School counselors knew she was suicidal but failed to tell them.
Floyd and Karen Hall said they knew their daughter was upset about being taunted at school for her large size-- but didn't know she had been referred to counselors for depression.
The suit seeks unspecified damages.
Police say a car theft ended in a deadly accident last night.
A Moneta woman who apparently stole a car from a convenience store crashed the car just a short distance away and died.
Police say Debra Burnett stole the vehicle from the Bodycamp convenience store on Route 24.
She took off and then just a mile or two down the road- crashed into a home off Route 24.
No one was in the house at the time.
Burnett was pronounced dead at the scene.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
Two Virginia Tech freshmen have been thrown out of the school's Corp of Cadets for moonlighting as strippers.
The two 18-year olds were reportedly working at Southern Exposure near Princeton, West Virginia.
Both had been attending Tech on full R-O-T-C scholarships.
They were thrown out December fourth after they were charged with being absent without leave and conduct unbecoming a cadet.
The women are out-of-state students whose names and hometowns have not been released.
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Despite the objections of residents, Salem City Council has voted to rezone the Elizabeth campus.
[IN Q=I support the green space]
[SUPER=01-Jim Reeves/Salem Resident]
[OUT Q=would probably be gone.]
The issue has generated vocal opposition from Salem residents who believe the land should remain undeveloped.
Last night, one opponent was escorted from the meeting room, when the council attempted to end the debate after 30 minutes.
[IN Q=NAT SOUND OF PROTESTER]
[SUPER=01-Sonny Tarpley/Salem Mayor; :05]
[OUT Q=that's our goal.]
Despite the opposition, the vote was unanimous in favor of rezoning the 30 acres for light industrial use.
Council voted four to one to rezone five acres for an assisted living center.
A 30-acre plot of land next to Kipps Elementary School in Blacksburg has a new owner.
Last Night, the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to purchase the land which is located on Price's Fork Road.
The land cost the county 650-thousand dollars and will be used for school purposes.
However, the board has not decided what kind of school may be built there.
Some residents would like to see a new middle school built there while others would prefer a new high school.
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Breakfast will cost a little more--
Still ahead on News-7 at Noon, we'll find out how much.
And we'll find out about a Wytheville ministry that caters to people's physical needs.
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You'll have to start paying more for breakfast.
Kellogg, the nation's biggest cereal maker, says prices are going up on average by two- point- seven percent.
It's the first increase in four years.
The biggest increase is for Low Fat Granola-- up eleven percent.
You can expect to pay six percent more for Kellogg's corn flakes.
A partnership striving for wholeness of body, mind and spirit.
That's how some describe the newly formed "parish nurse" program involving Wythe County Community hospital and a local church.
In October, the hospital and St. Paul United Methodist church teamed up to form the program.
Karen (Car-nye) Karnei is the registered nurse who runs the parish ministry-- which is about catering to more than a person's physical needs.
She not only sees patients at the church but also visits folks at home and offers to pray with those who want to.
Karnei also helps out in other ways.
[IN Q=I do]
((KAREN KARNEI/PARISH NURSE: I DO PROGRAMS FOR DIFFERENT GROUPS IN THE COMMUNITY, I GO TO THE HOSPITAL AND MAKE VISITATIONS, GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM, WHEN PEOPLE ARE THERE A LOT OF TIMES IT'S THE FAMILY THAT WANTS SOMEBODY AT THE EMERGENCY ROOM. ))
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[OUT Q=emergency room.]
(Car-nye's) Karnei's services are free to anyone-- regardless of their religious affiliation.
Funding is provided by the Wythe County Community Hospital foundation.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 50 points.
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Still ahead in the newscast, it's time to throw your head back, kick your heels up and SHOUT!
And in sports, the Express welcomes a new player to Roanoke, while the team just waves to another as he passes through town.
Details straight ahead.
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The Forty-niners donned a different hat and hit the ground running against Detroit.
The team that's used to racking up a big passing game combined for a team-record 328 yards in beating the Lions 35 to 13.
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The 49ers scored early and often. Here, Terry Kirby caps off a drive with a one yard run. San Francisco would take the 14- nothing lead.
Then, Terrell (Ta-RELL) Owens puts more points on the board for the 49ers and San Francisco goes on to win it 35 to 13.
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The Virginia Tech defense will get a big boost next year from Franklin County Eagle Jacob Gibson.
Gibson verbally committed to the Hokies this weekend.
Here he is making a catch for Franklin County.
Eagles coach Jerry Little says at 6'4" 260 pounds, Gibson is the complete package--
boasting a 3-point-8 GPA and an 11-hundred on his S-A-T.
Gibson played offense and defense for the Eagles, but Little says he expects Gibson will be a defensive lineman for the Hokies.
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The awards just keep piling up for area football teams.
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Amherst County Head Coach Mickey Crouch is in a three way tie for Group 3-A coach of the year. Crouch was chosen by coaches around the state after leading the Lancers to the Division 5 state championship.
Salem's Willis White has been selected Division 4 coach of the year. His Spartans went 14 and oh and won the state championship.
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[OUT Q=...haver to pick them out"]
Now, here's a look at local players who made the first team all-state in single, double, and triple-A.
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The Buffaloes of Floyd County have been awarded the 48th annual Civitan Sportsmanship award.
The Buffalo captains and their coach- Winfred Beale- accepted the award at a banquet yesterday.
It recognizes one football team each year for excellent conduct on the field.
Salem coach Willis White was the guest speaker, and watched a dear friend accept the award.
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[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 (Ra- HEEM) Schantel was awarded the Civitan five-hundred dollar scholarship. He has a 3.4 GPA and was named to the All-District second team.
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William Fleming won't be getting any points today for being gracious hosts, after pounding the Martinsville Bulldogs 89 to 42.
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William Fleming plots it's strategy before the game.
The Colonels Mike Wilson was all over the court. Here he gets the rebound and puts it back up for two points.
Martinsville tried to keep it close and they did- early in the contest.
But the ball would bounce Fleming's way in the end. Wilson again gets the ball and scores two for a game-high 19.
Fleming had four players in double figures and they run away with this one, beating the Bulldogs 89-to-42.
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Patrick Henry and Liberty battled it out on the other side of Roanoke.
This would be a close game, and under the board Liberty fights for the rebound and gets the bucket.
P-H took it right back at the Minutemen, driving through the paint to get the bucket.
But Liberty goes home celebrating. The Minutemen squeak by with a 59-to-56 win.
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On Friday, the Roanoke Express traded popular scorer Chris Lipsett to the Pee Dee Pride, in exchange for two players.
Center Mark Cadotte arrived from South Carolina over the weekend, but defenseman Calvin Elfring is bypassing the star city in favor of Cincinnati.
[IN Q=he went up]
[SUPER=01-Perry Florio/Express Assistant Coach;]
[OUT Q=right time]
Cadotte spent yesterday afternoon learning the Roanoke system.
He collected 94 points last season for the Plymouth Whalers and the London Knights.
The 5'9" 180 pound center says he'll fit in well with the Express.
[IN Q=I think]
[SUPER=01-Mark Cadotte/New Express Center;]
[OUT Q=they need]
The Express doesn't return to the ice until Saturday's game at Toledo.
As another year comes to a close, the Japanese have plenty to scream about.
[OUT Q=(nats screaming)]
No, it's not the Asian economic crisis that's causing the outbursts.
It's the annual screaming contest, held every December.
This year's winner reached screaming perfection with a lung-bursting
plea to the Taiwanese president, to Cheer up.
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