Coming up on News 7-
The house speaker-elect admits infidelity.
While in Iraq a second day of bombing- We'll have local reaction.
Will Lexington build a new firehouse? That was up for discussion in Lexington.
And Christmas tunes- tuba style.
News 7 is next.
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More casualties are reported in Iraq- 25 deaths and 75 injured according to Iraq's Health minister.
Jonathan Freed has the latest on the situation along with some new developments from Washington.
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[SUPER=01-Rep. Bill McCollum/(R) Florida;]
[Super=01-Rep. James Rogan/(R) California;]
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((IT WAS A SECOND AND MORE DEVASTATING NIGHT OF ATTACKS ON IRAQ...AS U-S
LED FORCES AGAIN POUNDED BAGHDAD WITH CRUISE MISSILES AND LASER GUIDED
FACED WITH THE combined weight of the IRAQ CRISIS AND the imminent
IMPEACHMENT debate, PRESIDENT CLINTON SALUTED AMERICAN TROOPS AT A WHITE
HOUSE DINNER HONORING THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS.
CLINTON: What they are doing is important. It will make the world a safer, more peaceful place for our children in the 21st
century. AS REPUBLICANS PREPARED TO GO AHEAD WITH THE HISTORIC IMPEACHMENT DEBATE
AGAINST THE PRESIDENT ON FRIDAY, INCOMING HOUSE SPEAKER BOB LIVINGSTON
made a surprise announcement...ADMITTING TO HAVing HAD EXTRA-MARITAL
AFFAIRS. LIVINGSTON's office insisted HE IS NOT ABOUT TO RESIGN. And
HOUSE REPUBLICANS are standing by their Speaker-nominee...saying
Livingston's case is nothing like the President's.
REP. BILL MCCOLLUM/R-FLORIDA "The issue has always been
what about lying under oath, perjury, obstruction of justice and
problems in the case of the president, undermining the court system of
this country and undermining the faith we have in telling the truth when
it comes to being under oath.
REP. JAMES ROGAN/R-CALIFORNIA I think a lot of people would breathe a little easier with this white house if the president
would speak as candidly with them and accept the consequences for
JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS: Livingston's admission will no doubt
add yet another dynamic to tomorrow's impeachment debate. At this
point, the voting is not expected to be finished until Saturday.
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As the military operation rages on in Iraq, some Gulf War veterans are wondering why it's taken so long to take care of Saddam Hussein.
Chuck Weatherman is one of those veterans.
He was a machine gunner with the Marines during Operation Desert Storm.
[IN Q=i was]
((WEATHERMAN: I WAS PREPARED TO FIGHT KILL AND DIE IF I HAD TO. FOR THE REASON WE WERE THERE. I BELIEVED IN IT BUT NOW I QUESTION WHO WERE REALLY THE WINNERS OF THAT WAR. AT THE TIME I THOUGHT WE WERE BUT SADDAM'S STILL THERE, HE'S STILL IN POWER.))
[SUPER=01-Charles Weatherman/Gulf War Veteran;]
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Weatherman said he supports President Clinton's decision to attack Baghdad.
But he said, this time, troops should stay over there until they remove Saddam from power.
The U.S. attack on Iraq has one local group angry that the world's only superpower is using violence to resolve the conflict.
Members of the Lynchburg Peace Education Center marched on the federal courthouse today to protest the bombings and proclaim their solidarity with the Iraqi people.
[IN Q=We oppose that]
((JACK PAYDEN- TRAVERS/LPEC DIRECTOR: WE OPPOSE THAT BOMBING. WE FEEL THAT IT IS BOTH IMMORAL AND ILLEGAL UNDER U.N. GUIDELINES AND UNDER THE U.S CONSTITUTION. AND WE'RE HERE TO PROTEST AND TO BE IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ, TO TELL THEM THAT NOT ALL AMERICAN PEOPLE AGREE WITH PRESIDENT CLINTON.))
[SUPER=01-Jack Payden-Travers/Lynchburg Peace Education Center; :00]
[OUT Q=with President Clinton.]
Payden-Travers says the U-S likely will suffer long-term consequences since the bombings will only serve to anger and incite Iraqi citizens.
He also questioned the timing of the attack, given President Clinton's pending impeachment in Congress.
Protestors took to the Capitol today- in dueling rallies.
This group is against impeachment-
People held signs and claimed the whole process is just partisan politics.
Meanwhile another rally at the capitol- folks sang in support of impeachment.
((FOR HE IS THE LORD.))
[OUT Q=the lord.]
Speakers here said the President's actions warrant his being thrown out of office.
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A day of intensive searching for a murder suspect in Henry County turned up nothing.
Clyde Howard Junior remains a fugitive tonight.
He's wanted for killing James Stanley Taylor, a farmer who took his baby granddaughter to feed cows.
Christy Hubley has the latest on the search for the suspect.
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[OUT Q=News 7, Henry County.]
(( Wearing camouflage and bullet proof vests, sheriff's deputies combed wooded areas of Henry County-- looking for Clyde Howard Junior.
Someone thought they spotted him on Summit Road-- but he was nowhere to be found.
Authorities thought he might have been hiding in a remote part of Patrick County.
A search there was fruitless.
[IN Q=There's a very good chance]
((CAPT. KIMMY NESTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S OFFICE: THERE'S A VERY GOOD CHANGE HE'S STILL IN OUR AREA. HE MAYBE SCARED AND IN HIDING. AND THEN AGAIN HE MAY BE LONG GONE FROM THE AREA. BUT UNTIL WE'RE SURE HIS PRESENCE IS NOT IN HENRY COUNTY WE'LL CONTINUE TO WORK THE SPENCER AREA TO CHECK.))
[OUT Q=area to check.]
Meantime, the murder scene in Spencer remains clearly marked with yellow tape.
And the family of James Stanley Taylor tries to cope.
[IN Q=It's a great loss]
((BILL BRINEGAR/VICTIM'S COUSIN: IT'S A GREAT LOSS. HE'S GOING TO BE MISSED.))
[OUT Q=to be missed.]
Relatives say Taylor took his 21-month old granddaughter to feed cows on his farm.
They say that's when Taylor must have noticed the car where it didn't belong...allegedly stolen by the suspect.
[IN Q=One of his friends]
((BILL BRINEGAR/VICTIM'S COUSIN: ONE OF HIS FRIENDS FROM CAROLINA ACTUALLY OWNED THE CAR SO HE WAS FAMILIAR WITH THE CAR. I'M SURE HE JUST PULLED IN TO CHECK ON HIS BUDDY AND FROM WHAT I'M TOLD HE WAS JUST SHOT IN COLD BLOOD.))
[OUT Q=shot in cold blood.]
Still one the run, Clyde Howard Junior is believed to be carrying two pistols and a high-powered rifle.
Authorities say they're doing everything they can to catch this armed and dangerous man.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Henry County.))
Howard does has a criminal record, but the Sheriff's Office would not comment today on his past crimes.
After years of wrangling, Lexington city council members were expected to vote on a site for a new firehouse tonight.
But, now it looks as if that issue will continue into 1999.
Stacey Martin has more.
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[SUPER=01-Robert Foresman/Lexington Fire Dept.; :47]
[OUT Q=SM, News 7, Lexington.]
((City councilmembers stepped up their efforts last summer to move the Lexington firefighters out of their cramped quarters and into a new facility.
But, the question, as always, was where?
Most firefighters and some city councilmembers favored this site alongside a cemetary downtown.
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[IN Q=It is the most]
((BUDDY DERRICK/LEXINGTON MAYOR:IT IS THE MOST CENTRALLY-LOCATED SITE AND I THINK IT DOES GIVE US THE QUICKEST RESPONSE TIME TO THE CENTER OF THE CITY, TO THE PRIMARY OF THE HOSPITAL, THE NURSING HOME, DOWNTOWN, THE SCHOLS AND THE HOTELS AND LARGER BUILDINGS.))
[OUT Q=and larger buildings.]
At an earlier meeting at least one resident questioned using prime property for the firehouse now that four firefighters have been accused of arson.
But, members of the squad say they've been able to separate the issues.
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[IN Q=What has happened]
((ROBERT FORESMAN/LEXINGTON FIRE DEPT.:WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN THE PAST IS SOMETHIN THAT WE HAVE PUT BEHIND US AND WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT AND THAT WAS NOT A FACTOR IN COUNCIL'S DECISION.))
[OUT Q=in council's decision.]
For now council has decided to consider another site in downtown Lexington.
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[IN Q=Now, city council]
((STACEY MARTIN/REPORTING:NOW, CITY COUNCIL WILL HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE COMPLETION OF ANOTHER STUDY, AND MORE COST ESTIMATES BEFORE MAKING A FINAL DECISION ON THIS SECOND SITE SOMETIME NEXT YEAR.STACEY MARTIN, NEWS 7, LEXINGTON.))
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Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
[TOSS TO PATRICK IN CK]
[TOSS TO JEAN][Tease1]
Still ahead, the Governor prepares to announce plans for the biggest state budget in Virginia history.
And this area frame shop may be going out of business, but not before giving customers a shot at decking the walls - at half price.
The story coming up.
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((Good evening everybody and welcome to your Thursday night. We'll give you a front row seat for the first annual Big Maroon Christmas Hoops classic at Byrd.
Highlights from all four of today's games are on the way along with bad news for Dom Capers in the Queen City.
And Roy Stanley showcases Lord Botetourt's bowl bound band Tongiht on News 7 sports.))
On the eve of his big budget announcement, Governor Jim Gilmore seems to be keeping peace in Richmond.
The Governor will finally unveil his amendments to the two year budget tomorrow.
In preview announcements, he's hit bi-partisan themes.
[IN Q=Quite frankly]
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: QUITE FRANKLY, I THINK THE GOVERNOR HAS MADE THIS SESSION A LOT EASIER FOR ALL OF US. IT LOOKS TO ME LIKE HE'S EMBRACED A LOT OF THE POSITIONS THAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT AND RAISED THE LEVEL OF PUBLIC DEBATE ON LAST SESSION. THE REPEAL OF FOOD TAX, SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION.))
((SEN. JOHN CHICHESTER/(R) STAFFORD CO.: I THINK SO FAR THE THINGS THAT I HAVE READ THAT HE IS SPENDING RESPONSIBLY. IT'S OUR HOPE, AND I'M SURE HIS HOPE, HIS FERVENT HOPE, THAT OUR ECONOMY CONTINUES TO CHUG ALONG.))
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[OUT Q=chug along.]
The 41-point-9 BILLION dollar two year budget is the largest in state history.
The holiday season has many of us spending money, but beware.
Clifton Forge police are warning people about a scam that cost a resident 15-hundred dollars.
Police say the victim picked up a hitchiker and was lured into gambling with another man and ended-up losing his life-savings.
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[IN Q=If anybody, especially a stranger]
((INVESTIGATOR R.L. PAXTON/CLIFTON FORGE POLICE:IF ANYBODY, ESPECIALLY A STRANGER IS TRYING TO GET YOU INTO A TYPE OF INVESTMENT OR FLASHING MONEY AROUND ENTICING YOU, TRYING TO FIND OUT IF YOU HAVE ANY CASH ON YOU, THEN WHAT I WOULD DO IS FIND SOMEPLACE TO DROP THEM OFF.))
[SUPER=01-Inv. R.L. Paxton/Clifton Forge Police Dept.;]
[OUT Q=drop them off.]
Police are investigating the incident, but so far they say they have no new leads.
The Ericsson Corporation will be bringing 130 jobs to Lynchburg from Texas, thanks to a little help from the state.
Ericsson is moving its cell phone distribution center to the Hill City in early 1999.
Now, instead of building the phones here and shipping them to Texas, the company will make phones to order.
[IN Q=By reducing the]
((ROLF STAHRE/VP MANUFACTURING: BY REDUCING THE NUMBER OF STEPS YOU HAVE TO PROCESS FROM ORDER TO SHIPPING, IT WILL SAVE US A LOT OF MONEY. BUT IN THE END IT WILL BE GOOD FOR THE CUSTOMER BECAUSE WE CAN REDUCE THE LEAD TIME FROM ORDER TO UNTIL THE TELEPHONES ARRIVE AT THE CUSTOMER'S DOCK.))
[SUPER=01-Rolf Stahre/V.P. Manufacturing; :00]
[OUT Q=the customer's dock.]
The state kicked in 300-thousand dollars in incentive money to convince Ericsson to move the distribution center to Virginia.
A Roanoke art store has re-opened the doors for one week only.
Deck the Walls went belly-up last month.
Now it's selling the remaining art at half price and giving customers a chance to pick up their orders.
[IN Q=This is all that's left]
((JONNA MCGRAW/AUCTIONEER: THIS IS ALL THAT'S LEFT THAT'S BEEN FRAMED THAT'S BEEN ORDERED. WE OPENED UP LAST WEEK FOR TWO DAYS. THE OWNERS OF THE STORE CAME DOWN AND FRAMED EVERYTHING SO THOSE CUSTOMERS COULD PICK IT UP.))
[OUT Q=could pick it up]
Auctioneers say the Roanoke store will close permanently next Thursday.
Coming up, the New River Valley will soon have a new hospital.
A sneak peak at the facility going up just outside of Radford when we return.
Plus... the brass was shining and the horns sounding as tuba players from around the world brought the sounds Christmas to the Windy City.
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The New River Valley's newest hospital will be open for business in about four months.
Carilion New River Valley Medical Center is located near Interstate 81 just outside Radford.
The facility will replace Carilion's current hospital in Radford.
Right now construction is 97- percent complete.
Hospital officials hope to begin moving various offices into the new building in February.
Patients will be moved in March.
((TRACY FARMER/MOVE COORDINATOR:WE'VE ACTUALLY DONE TWO MOCK MOVES AND WE'LL DO ONE MORE PRIOR TO OUR MARCH MOVE. WE HAVE LOCAL EMS RESCUE SQUADS COME IN AND DO THE MOVE WITH US. ))
[SUPER=01-Tracy Farmer/Move Coordinator; :00]
[OUT Q=with us.]
The new facility is expected to cost nearly 57- million dollars.
This week-- employees were given their first tours.
Needy people across Virginia will be seeing more food on their plates this holiday season.
The Hunters for the Hungry program had stopped accepting deer earlier this week because it had no money to process them.
But a 27- thousand dollar donation from the Philip Morris company has put the program back in business.
Officials say the money will pay to process another 900 deer, providing an extra 180- thousand servings of venison for low- income residents.
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To the rack we go as Louisville rolled into the Dean Dome last night and tried to knock off 6th ranked North Carolina.
Marques Maybin goes to the roof for the slam.
But the Heels manage to crash the boards and keep the Cardinals s from crashing the party as they win by FIVE.
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When the Nations Bank Holiday Classic took a hiatus this year, leave it to William Byrd to pick up the slack with a three day, eight team Holiday event.
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The Big Maroon Christmas Classic tipped off yesterday with four games. The nightcap last night was the rumble on Route 24.
Senior Jermaine Moyer fires in the triple from the wing to give the Eagles a quick three.
But Byrd would answer the River with Matt McGuire drive, stop and pop as the Terriers take the early lead.
Then check this out. The Eagles can't decide whether to play zone or man to man on the inbounds, so Curt Hetherington runs the layup dril in the middle of the game.
Moyer would bust another three for the Rivers, but Byrd wins it 60-to-26.
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Another coaching battle last night involved Glenvar's Art Lawrence and Martinsville's Troy Wells.
THe Bulldogs started hot Erik Holt unleashes the long bomb for another two for Martinsville.
The long shots continued for Troy Wells' team as Jovan Williamson launches this missile and it hits the mark for three.
Highlander Bryan Fasnacht finds Seth Noonkester underneath to keep Glenvar close early.
But the Highlanders pull away in the second half and go on to beat Martinsville 73-to-56.
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Jefferson Forest made the trip down 24 for the Maroon Classic and a feisty Patrick Henry squad was waiting.
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The stratigizing worked for P-H coach Jack Esworthy his squad took a healthy lead in the second half and never looked back.
Sidney Logan picks up the loose ball for Patrick Henry and takes it straight to the hoop for the score.
The Cavaliers don't give up Mickey Russell plays the thief and gets the bucket for Forest.
The Cavaliers get the ball back and Mark Dunevant pulls up at the line for two.
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But P-H is just too much for Jefferson Forest and Patrick Henry goes on to win this one 76-to-47.
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Floyd County took on Franklin County in the opening game of the day.
Gerald Holland on the move for Franklin County, his shot rolls around rim then finds the net.
Floyd comes back with some good passing, Rahim Chantal gets it underneath for two for the Buffaloes.
The Eagles use good 'D' to get some points, Shaun Helms with the steal, goes all the way for the score.
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Chantal again for Floyd, connects for the three but the Eagles go on to beat the Buffaloes 75-to-55.
The three day event continues today with games starting at four.
The championship is Saturday at 8:30.[S-NBA]
All this hoopla here in the valley and still none in the NBA. Instead of sending the players in the league Christmas Cards, commissioner David Stern sent each player in the league a nine page letter yesterday.
He asks them to again consider the owners' latest proposal. No talks are scheduled to until after the Holidays at the earliest.
The NBA isn't the only one with a labor problem tonight. Reports in Charlotte says the Panthers are ready to
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fired head coach Dom Capers. If it happens after the December 27th season finale with the Colts it would mark a tremendous reversal of fortunes for Capers.
Just two years ago, he was the NFL's coach of the year.
Carolina is 2-and-12 this year.
Possible replacments include Mike Holmgren, George Seifert and University of Florida head coach Steve Spurrier.
As for Holmgren the Packers say they are ready to offer him $4 million a season to stay in Green Bay.[Sports Tease]
Still to come tonight we will attempt to get in step
with Roy Stanley and the Lord Botetourt marching band that is on its way to Florida to ring in the new year.
One of the high school bands to grace Friday Football Extra this past season is now getting set to make some noise in Florida.
Roy Stanley has more on Lord Botetourt high school's bowl plans.
[IN Q="last year....]
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[SUPER=01-Kristen Forbes/Drum Major; 1:03]
[SUPER=01-Lindsay Mady/Color Guard; 1:15]
[SUPER=01-Amanda Lowery/Botetourt Band Co-Captain; 1:35]
[OUT Q=...news 7 sports."]
((Last year, The Cavalier marching band performed at halftime of the Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome.
The Cavaliers were invited again back in the spring before U-V-A was in the Peach Bowl picture. Botetourt turned the invitation down and accepted one to the Outback Bowl in Tampa Florida on New Years day.
[REX DAVIDSON/BAND DIRECTOR]
[INCUE: I HAVE TO...]
[OUT Q=...VERY SUCCESSFUL.]
In order to achieve that succes the The Cavalier marching band spent countless hours in the summer working on music and performance.
The Cavaliers won first place in the Division two field show competition and also earned the Most Outstanding Drum major trophy.
And for the first time in school history the band won every competition it entered.
[KRISTEN FORBES/DRUM MAJOR]
[OUT Q=...REST OF YOUR LIFE.]
[LINDSAY MADY COLOR GUARD]
[IN Q="i guess that...]
[OUT Q=...GOOD PROGRAM."]
[IN Q="THERE'S NO...]
[OUT Q=...THE FUTURE."]
[AMANDA LOWERY/CO CAPTAIN]
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[IN Q="WE SENT..]
[OUT Q=....BE INVITED."]
The band will leave Daleville the 28-th for Tampa Florida and the out back bowl.
Roy Stanley news 7 sports.))
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And Saturday at 12:30 here on WDBJ-7 you can catch the Jets and Bills battle for first place in the AFC East.
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And on Sunday, join us at one for the Oilers-Packers game. The NFL Today starts things off at Noon.
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During Sunday's game with the Redskins, Steele was attacked by his own player Kevin Greene.
Today he checked out of Charlotte to become the new head football coach at Baylor University.
Steele has no head coaching experience, but he has been an assistant at Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Tennessee, as well.
We end with hundreds of folks who see no problem with tooting their own horns...
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to ring in the holiday cheer.
3-hundred tuba players from all around the world converged on Chicago to celebrate a "Merry Tuba Christmas".
To the sounds of "Deck the Halls", the brassy musicians, ranging in age from 10 to 80, spread Christmas joy throughout the Windy City's historic Palmer House Hotel Ballroom.
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