(( PRESIDENT CLINTON:WHAT THEY ARE DOING IS IMPORTANT. IT WILL
MAKE THE WORLD A SAFER, MORE PEACEFUL PLACE FOR OUR CHILDREN IN THE 21ST CENTURY. ))
[OUT Q=in the 21st century.]
A third wave of attacks is likely today in Iraq.
And historic debate is underway on Capitol Hill -- as lawmakers discuss impeaching President Clinton.
Lots of sunshine today, with temperatures slowly climbing into the 40s--
High pressure brings quiet weather for your Friday, but an approaching cold front could mean a wet weekend outlook.
News 7 at noon is next.
Two Virginia democrats have already spoken before their colleagues, including Rick Boucher.
He told congress a vote to impeach, and therefore create a senate trial, would create a "national horror" of hardening and deepening divisions.
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[IN Q=A rift]
((A RIFT AND DIVIDE WILL OCCUR. THERE WILL BE A POLARIZATION. THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS WILL BE DIVERTED FROM THEIR URGENT NATIONAL BUSINESS WHILE PROLONGED PROCEDINGS TAKE PLACE IN THE SENATE. THERE WILL BE A LOWER STANDARD FOR FURTURE IMPEACHMENT."))
[OUT Q=future impeachment]
Fellow democrat Bobby Scott from Virginia's Tidewater region says an impeachment vote now is on the flimsiest of grounds, at the worst of times.
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[IN Q=It is an outrage]
((IT IS AN OUTRAGE THAT WE WOULD ATTEMPT TO OVERTURN A DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL ELECTION ON THESE FLIMSY ALLEGATIONS AT THE VERY TIME THAT OUR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN ARE RISKING THEIR LIVES TO PROTECT OUR DEMOCRATIC FORM OF GOVERNMENT.))
[SUPER=Rep. Bobby Scott/(D) Third District;]
[OUT Q=form of government.]
All five of Virginia's Republican congressmen now indicate they will vote to impeach.
Tom Davis was the last to decide.
He represents northern portions of the state.
The first impeachment debate since 18-68 is underway on Capitol Hill, as the Commander in Chief launches day three of missile strikes on Iraq.
Lee Cowan reports from Washington.
[SUPER=01-Paul Hays/House Clerk;]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Henry Hyde/(R) Illinois;]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Dick Gephart/(D) Missouri;]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting; ]
[OUT Q=cbs news washington.]
DARKNESS AGAIN IN BAGHDAD.
DAYLIGHT AGAIN IN WASHINGTON.
TWO BATTLE FIELDS WITH ONE STUNNING DIFFERENCE - THE PRESIDENT
IS IN CHARGE OF ONE, AND NOT THE OTHER.
(( SUPER: PAUL HAYS//HOUSE CLERK ))
(( NAT reading articles 9:36:15 ))
"William Jefferson Clinton --- impeachment and trial_"
WITH DUELING STORM CLOUDS HANGING OVER THE WHITE HOUSE, THE ONE
BEARING IMPEACHMENT SEEMED TO OPEN UP AND ALMOST DROWN OUT THE SOUNDS OF
(( SOT, REP. HENRY HYDE, R-IL ))
"Listen, it's your country - dropped the flag_"
(( SOT, REP. DICK GEPHART//D-MO )
"I beg of you reconsider what you are doing!"
OVERSEAS, SATELLITES AND U-2 SPY PLANES CONTINUED THEIR
RECONNAISSANCE TO ASSESS THE DAMAGE FROM TWO DAYS OF SPORADIC BOMBING.
GRAINY VIDEO FROM BRITISH TORNADO JETS BROUGHT BACK IMAGES OF
THE GULF WAR - AS TARGETS SEEMED TO EVAPORATE UNDER THE WEIGHT OF A
STORM OF SMART BOMBS. AND IN A TELEVISED SPEECH, SADDAM HUSSEIN SAID
IRAQ WILL NOT BACK DOWN, AND CALLED ON ARABS TO RESIST WHAT HE CALLED
THE AGENTS OF SATAN.
(( LEE COWAN//CBS NEWS )).))
An office shooting in Philadelphia has left three people dead and several wounded.
Police say a worker walked into a staff meeting in a city building this morning and opened fire
The shooter is now in police custody.
There's no word yet on what triggered the incident.
Authorities in Henry County are still searching for a murder suspect.
Clyde Howard Junior has eluded authorities since Tuesday, when he allegedly killed James Stanley Taylor.
Howard may still bein the area.
Yesterday a man matching his description was seen running into the woods off Summit Road.
Sheriff's deputies searched the area with a tracking dog, but came up empty.
Investigators say Howard is armed with two pistols and a high powered rifle.
They say they are doing everything possible to take him into custody.
Convicted murderer Emmett Cressell Junior is suing his jailer.
Cressell says Grayson County Sheriff Jerry Wilson won't let him ride the jail's exercise bike or enroll in high school equivalency classes.
Wilson declined to comment on the 500 thousand dollar lawsuit filed yesterday in federal court.
He did say Cressell CAN do both things he claims are being denied.
Cressell is in the Grayson County lockup awaiting sentencing for the brutal July 1997 murder of Garnett "G-P" Johnson.
Radford police are trying to determine who sent a letter bomb.
Authorities aren't releasing the name of the man who says he received the letter.
They say he took the envelope to the East End post office on Wednesday--- saying he was afraid to open it because it
Postal employees told the man to take it to Radford police.
Virginia state police actually opened the letter and did find an explosive device inside it.
No one was hurt.
U-S postal inspectors are assisting in the investigation.
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As Governor Gilmore sends his budget to the General Assembly committees, he's trying to please Republicans AND Democrats with the details.
The Governor unveiled his amendments to the two year budget today.
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.))
[SUPER=01-Sen. John Chichester/(R) Stafford Co.; :16]
[OUT Q=chug along.]
The 41-point-9 BILLION dollar two year budget is the largest in state history.
[GRAPHIC=VA State Capitol]
General assembly leaders say the public should have its say on the pay raise proposal for state legislators.
A citizen's committee recently recommended that lawmaker's salaries be increased from 18 to 26 thousand dollars a year.
But members of the Joint Rules Committee were sharply divided yesterday.
The public hearing is expected to be held in January when the General Assembly begins its session.
Lexington firefighters will have to wait until next year to find out where their new firehouse will be.
Last night many firefighters expected councilmembers to approve the site they recommended in downtown Lexington.
But, officials decided to look into a second location.
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[IN Q=We've been working]
((ROBERT FORESMAN/LEXINGTON FIRE DEPT.: WE'VE BEEN WORKING AT THIS FOR WELL OVER TWO YEARS AND WE REALLY HOPED THAT THIS COUNCIL WOULD REAFFIRM WHAT THE PAST COUNCIL DID BUT THEY SAW IT MUCH DIFFERENTLY AND THERE WAS A LOT OF OPPOSITION FROM THE RESIDENTS IN THAT AREA BUT WE UNDERSTAND WHERE EVER THE FIRE STATION GOES THERE'S GOING TO BE OPPOSITION.))
[SUPER=01-Robert Foresman/Lexington Fire Department;]
[OUT Q=going to be opposition.]
Council will wait for further studies and cost estimates before making a final decision on the second site sometime next year.
[HARD MUSIC UNDER]
Northern Ireland is a step closer to peace this afternoon as a violent Protestant group turns in its weapons.
That story is still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
And Virginia Tech is leading the charge against some deadly childhood diseases.
First let's check in with Kimberly McBroom.
This is a transitional day, weatherwise.
Yesterday's snow showers have yielded to mostly sunny skies across the region.
But RAIN showers will be likely once we head into the Saturday...
Here's a peek at the satellite situation...
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Virginia Tech researchers are developing ways to save millions of dollars in health care costs for vaccinations.
Specifically for five potentially serious children's diseases: Hepatitis B, Influenza, diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough.
Tech professor Sheldon Jacobson headed up the pilot study for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The study weighs the economic value of combining vaccines to reduce the number of injections or clinical visits.
That way less children will fall through the cracks and have future health problems because they weren't inoculated.
Jacobson created a mathematical model - that more efficiently compares prices and manufacturers of vaccines and found where the health system could potentially save millions of dollars in healthcare costs.
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[IN Q=The children win]
((DR. SHELDON JACOBSON/STUDY AUTHOR: THE CHILDREN WIN BECAUSE YOU HAVE HIGHER COMPLIANCE RATES, THE ECONOMY WINS BECAUSE THERE ARE LOWER HEALTH CARE COSTS AND BASICALLY ANYONE WHO HAS TO DEAL WITH THEIR CHILDREN GOING THROUGH THREE OR FOUR SHOTS EVERY FEW MONTHS KNOWS THE STRUGGLES AND FRUSTRATIONS OF WATCHING THE CHILDREN CRY BASICALLY WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS A SITUATION WHERE EVERYBODY CAN POTENTIALLY WIN.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Sheldon Jacobson/Study Author; ]
[OUT Q=potentially win]
Doctor Jacobson says the healthcare system will be the only loser in the fact that fewer children will become sick and need care.
The pilot study will run in the January, 1999 edition of the journal Health Care Management Science.
A full study is not yet underway.
The holiday season has many of us spending money, but spenders, beware. Clifton Forge police are warning people about a scam that cost one resident 15-hundred dollars.
Police say the victim picked up a hitchiker and was lured into a gambling game.
It cost him his life-savings.
[SOT 11.26.11 - 11.26.28]
[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 have no new leads.
A South Boston man will have a very Merry Christmas thanks to the Virginia Lottery.
74-year old Allie Puckett won Wednesday's Lotto jackpot-- estimated at four-point-six million dollars.
Puckett bought his winning ticket at the Amoco Food Shop on Seymour Drive.
He let the computer pick the lucky numbers.
There is a strong new sign of peace in Northern Ireland today.
A Protestant militia group turned over its guns and grenades to an international commission and is urging the Catholic I-R-A to do the same.
The commmission is supposed to disarm Northern Ireland's underground armies by the middle of the year 2-thousand.
Also today, rival politicians agreed on a coalition government.
[SOFT MUSIC UNDER]
Coming up on News 7, we'll tell you why one dog is the target of hitmen across Great Britain.
And two millionaires hope teamwork is the key to finally completing a successful balloon trip.
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[COMM BREAK #2]
Scooby, where are you?
That's the question being asked by drug trafficers in London.
Allen Pizzey tells us why.
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[IN Q=As dog's lives]
[SUPER=03-London, England; :00]
[SUPER=01-John Reader/Handler; :16 QUICK!!!]
[SUPER=01-Inspector Nell Middleham/Lancashire Police; :49]
[SUPER=01-Allen Pizzey/Reporting; 1:05]
[OUT Q=CBS News, London]
After failed attempts on their own, two millionaire balloonists hope for success as a team.
America's Steve Fossett and Britian's Richard Branson lifted off in a hot air balloon early this morning from Morocco.
Their joined by veteran balloonist Per Lindstrand.
The three hope to become the first to circle the globe non stop.
The Iraqi crisis could slow down the mission to three weeks.
That's because the team will have to find favorable winds to take the balloon north of Iraq through Turkey instead of cutting over Saudi Arabia.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP three points.
[SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
Still ahead in sports, a joyful holiday for New York football fans.
Plus, the local spotlight this weekend shines on William Byrd's first annual Christmas tournament.
We'll have highlights from all the games, when News 7 at Noon continues.
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[COMM BREAK #3]
Some breaking news, we now have word that a third series of airstrikes against Iraq is underway.
That word comes from Secretary of Defencse William Cohen.
V-M-I is welcoming a new football coach.
Reports say Air Force defensive coordinator Cal McCombs will succeed Ted Cain in Lexington.
McCombs has been at Air Force for 15 years and his teams have reached ten bowl games, including this year's Oahu Bowl matchup with Washington.
Cain was fired after his teams went one-for-20 in two seasons.
On the heels of reports that Dom Capers will lose his job with Carolina, Panther's assistant coach Kevin Steele is leaving the team.
[SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/Sunday; :00]
During Sunday's game with the Redskins, Steele was attacked by linebacker Kevin Greene.
Yesterday, he announced he'll become the new head football coach at Baylor University.
Steele has no head coaching experience, but he's been an assistant at Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Tennessee.
[GRAPHIC=HIGH SCHOOL HOOPS]
The inaugural Big Maroon Christmas Classic tipped off with four games at William Byrd.
[SUPER=03-Vinton/Staunton River vs. Byrd; :00]
And topping off the action was a featured matchup between the Staunton River Eagles and their hosts.
Senior Jermaine Moyer fires in the three from the wing to keep the Eagles in the game.
But Byrd would answer with a Matt McGuire drive and score. The Terriers take the early lead.
Then, watch Curt Hetherington go in for the layup on the inbounds play.
Moyer would hit another three for the Eagles, but Byrd wins it big 60-to-26.
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[SUPER=03-Vinton/Glenvar vs Martinsville;]
Another battle involved Glenvar and Martinsville.
The Bulldogs started out hot. Erik Holt gets the long shot to drop for two.
And Martinsville continued it's streak from behind the arc. Jovan Williamson launches this shot and it's good 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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[GRAPHIC=High School hoops]
The third game featured Jefferson Forest and a sizzling Patrick Henry squad.
[SUPER=03-Vinton/P.H. vs. Jefferson Forest;]
P-H took a healthy lead in the second half and never looked back.
Here, Sidney Logan picks up the loose ball and takes it straight to the hoop for the score.
The Cavaliers didn't give up. Mickey Russell gets the steal and the bucket for Forest.
The Cavaliers would get the ball back. Mark Dunevant picks it up, and hits one from the line for two.
[SUPER=33-Patrick Henry/76/Jefferson Forest/47;]
But P-H is just too much for Jefferson Forest and the Patriots go on to win it 76-to-47.
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[SUPER=03-Vinton/Floyd Co. vs. Franklin Co.;]
In a battle of the counties, it was Floyd taking on Franklin.
Gerald Holland gets the ball for Franklin County. His shot rolls around the rim before falling in for two.
Floyd County comes back with some good passing. Rahim Chantal (ra-HEEM shon-TALL) gets it underneath for the Buffalo bucket.
The Eagles use good defense to get some points. Here, Shaun Helms gets the steal, and goes downcourt for the score.
[SUPER=33-Floyd Co./55/Franklin Co./75;]
Chantal again for Floyd-- he connects for the three but the Eagles go on to beat the Buffaloes 75-to-55.
[SS=high school hoops]
The three day event continues today with games starting at four.
The championship is Saturday at 8:30
On the professional front, all again was quiet in the N-B-A.
But instead of sending the players 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.
It's an early Christmas present for New York football fans, thanks to the owner of the Buffalo Bills.
Ralph Wilson is buying huge blocks of tickets to avoid a t-v blackout of this weekend's game between the Bills and the Jets.
Wilson said he'll give the tickets to charity-- allowing hundreds of needy fans to see the game in person, and letting thousands throughout the state watch on t-v.