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...with the word from Washington, what Virginia's senators are saying about the impeachment TRIAL.
...an interview with a woman who's upset that the man who sexually abused her daughter has been named on the Internet.
...and it may be the slow road... but some find route 11 is safer than the Interstate.
The NEWS is next.
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The new Congress has convened... and Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott believes both parties can agree on a "full trial" of President Clinton.
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In reality no one seems to know what tomorrow will bring- -beyond the formal start of the Senate impeachment trial.
Jonathan Freed has the story.
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((Lawmakers were back on Capitol Hill Wednesday as the new Congress got
under way. And in the House, a new Speaker: Dennis Hastert of Illinois.
SOT (REP. RICHARD GEPHARDT/MINORITY LEADER/D-MO.): AS I PASS THIS GAVEL
TO YOU, I SAY LET'S BURY THE HATCHET. (APPLAUSE)
Despite the overtures of bi-partisanship, the
G-O-P majority confirmed the appointment of 13 Republicans to act as
prosecutors for the President's impeachment trial in the Senate.
NATSOT: GAVEL IN THE SENATE.
The trial officially starts tomorrow morning, when the prosecutors will
read the articles of impeachment. Later, the Chief Justice of the
United States will swear in the Senators as jurors.
But beyond that, still no hard details...no deal yet among the Senators.
SOT 18:42:12 (SEN. TRENT LOTT/MAJORITY LEADER): WE HAVE A DUTY...WE WILL
DO OUR VERY BEST TO CARRY IT OUT IN A WAY THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WILL
FEEL IS APPROPRIATE FOR THE SENATE AND DIGNIFIED AND FAIR.
The Majority Leader did use the term "full trial" today, suggesting to
some that a proposal for an abbreviated trial and a "test vote" is now
off the table.
The G-O-P prosecutors want to call witnesses...which could include
Monica Lewinsky, the President's secretary, Betty Currie, and Mr.
Clinton's friend, Vernon Jordan.
But the Democrats are adamant that witnesses would only drag out the
SOT 13:09:59 (SEN. TOM DASCHLE/MINORITY LEADER/D-SD.): WE SHOULD NOT PUT
PROCESS AHEAD OF PROGRESS IN THIS MATTER. WE MUST FIND A WAY TO RESOLVE
THIS AND MOVE FORWARD.
The White House is frustrated by the lack of a firm trial plan this late
in the process...but insists it will be ready for whatever is decided.
STAND-UP (JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS): THE CHAIR OF THE SENATE JUDICIARY
COMMITTEE, ORRIN HATCH, SAID HE BELIEVES THE TRIAL WILL LAST UNTIL THE
MIDDLE OF FEBRUARY. J-F...WASHINGTON.))
Virginia's two U-S Senators have been pretty quiet for weeks about impeachment.
Today Ellen Qualls caught up with them both to see how they're approaching their roles in the trial of a President.
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[OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Washington.][Sex-Offender]
The state police web site that features a list of convicted sex offenders has attracted more than 300- thousand visitors, who have conducted more than a million searches.
But one area woman says the site could do permanent damage to her family.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
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(( We've disguised her face, voice and name.. but Jane Doe's secret is available for anyone to see on the Internet.
Jane's husband is one of those listed as a convicted sex offender.. the twist is the victim was her daughter.
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(("JANE DOE"/WIFE OF CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER: MY DAUGHTER WAS A VICTIM OF ABUSE AND NOW I FEEL LIKE SHE'S BEING VICTIMIZED AGAIN BECAUSE EVERYBODY KNOWS NOW.))
[OUT Q=everybody knows now.]
That's because the family is back together.. and anyone who pulls up her husband's file also learns his address.
Jane says the site needs to consider not posting those rare cases where the abuser and the victim are still living together.
She lives in daily fear of her friends and neighbors finding out.
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(("JANE DOE": I WANT TO RAISE A HAPPY, HEALTHY CHILD AND TO DO THAT YOU NEED FRIENDS AND A NURTURING ENVIRONMENT. HOW CAN I GIVE THAT TO MY CHILD NOW? WHO'S GOING TO LET ANYBODY COME OVER AND SLEEP OVER AT MY HOUSE?))
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Jane is now asking the A-C-L-U to help out.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
State police have expanded the capacity of the web site so more people can access it.
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You'll find a direct link to the sex-offenders page by going to our internet home page at WDBJ7-dot-com... From there, click on "webwatch".
Educators in Lynchburg say they're disappointed but not surprised most of the city's schools failed to meet the new Standards of Learning requirements for accreditation.
Officials say the numbers HAVE been helpful in identifying specific problem areas in the school system.
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((DR. JIM MCCORMICK/LYNCHBURG SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT: OUR COMMUNITY MAY VIEW OUR TEST SCORES WITH SOME DISCOMFORT AND SOME DISAPPOINTMENT. I THINK WHAT THE COMMUNITY NEEDS TO REALIZE IS THAT ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS ARE PROVISIONALLY ACCREDITED AND AS LONG AS OUR TEST SCORES CONTINUE TO IMPROVE FROM NOW UNTIL 2004- 2005, WE WILL CONTINUE TO BE PROVISIONALLY ACCREDITED AND ULTIMATELY FULLY CREDITED.))
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The school board last night voted to spend 350- thousand dollars to update curriculum and bring it in line with the S-O-L requirements.
From sheets of ice to major traffic accidents... 1999 hasn't been a good year for Interstate 81 so far.
As a result more people are re-discovering a highway from the past.
Eric Earnhart is in the Newsroom with details.
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Keith, the interstate is fast, efficient, and full...
Some motorists are tired of driving 81... they're slowing down to 11.
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(( The worse things get on the interstate, the better the business at the Riverside Quickett on Route 11 in Roanoke County.
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((KENNETH GRANT/RIVERSIDE QUICKETTE; WHENEVER THERE'S AN ACCIDENT, THIS PLACE IS PACKED, I MEAN PACKED, ONE NIGHT, WHEN THEY HAD THE BIG ACCIDENT ON THE HIGHWAY, I HAD FOUR HOURS STRAIGHT WHERE I DIDN'T LEAVE THE REGISTER))
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It's not just accidents... its winter weather conditions.
Construction zone backups...
And more traffic than ever...
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((JOYCE SPANGLER/MOTORIST; I'M NOT AS COMFORTABLE AS I USED TO BE, THE TRAFFIC IS HEAVIER, MORE TRUCKS ))
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((CAROLYN RETTINGER/MOTORIST; IT'S JUST A LOT OF TRAFFIC, IT'S DANGEROUS, AND IF I CAN AVOID IT I GO THE OTHER WAY.))
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IT WASN'T THAT LONG AGO THAT THE INTERSTATE WAS TAKING TRAFFIC AND CUSTOMERS AWAY FROM BUSINESSES ALONG THE SMALLER U.S. ROUTES, BUT HERE ON ROUTE 11 THAT BUSINESS BACK.
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(( DIANE CLARK/GLENVER MINUTE MART; IT'S A MADHOUSE... IT STARTS AT SIX O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING BASICALLY.))
And they expect it to continue, as heavy traffic continues driving more and more motorists out of the fast lane.))
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Backups on I=81 will continue tomorrow northbound in Rockbridge County... where one lane will be closed again durin
g daylight hours for guardrail repair... Keith?
The man who fled the Martinsville prison farm 25 years ago will remain in jail until his trial next month.
Alfred Martin had a hearing today regarding his bond.
His lawyer dropped a motion to have his client released with an electronic monitor.
The Commonwealth's Attorney says, before bond is an issue, Martin must serve the time he was sentenced to for selling marijuana in the 1970's.
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((JOAN ZIGLAR: IF FOR SOME REASON HE HAS NOT BEEN TRIED BEFORE HE SERVES HIS FULL SENTENCE ON THE ORIGINAL CHARGES THEN HE COULD ALWAYS PETITION THE COURT FOR BOND.))
((BEN GARDNER: IT'S CERTAINLY GOING TO GO TO TRIAL BUT WHAT MANNER, WHAT PLEA, WHAT RESULT WE'RE NOT READY TO SAY YET.))
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[SUPER=01-Ben Gardner/Martin's Attorney; :09]
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The larceny charge against Martin-- involving an unpaid furniture bill-- was dismissed because he finally paid the bill.
Martin's trial on the escape charge is set for February 8th.
Just a reminder tonight -- you'll find school delay and closing information along the bottom of your screen right now.
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And you can also access the latest delays and cancellations due to the weather on our WDBJ home page.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Roanoke investigators now know WHERE the fire that destroyed a house yesterday was sparked.
The latest straight ahead.
And a passenger who went down in a plane crash near Interstate 81 says he has the pilot to thank for saving his life.
Coming up, we'll hear from one of the survivors.
((Welcome folks to your Wednesday night this is MIke Stevens with Tech hoop highlights from the Cassell, plus a look at the RVD girls showdown tonight.
We'll also meet VMI's new head football coach, and meet the local man who owns this baseball card worth $3000.
It's all coming up later in sports on the Big 7.))
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Turns out a Roanoke house fire STARTED in an evicted tenant's bedroom, but investigators are still trying to determine who, or what, set it off.
They say the cause of yesterday's fire at 905 Patterson Avenue is suspicious.
But they don't know whether someone torched the place, OR a hot iron was left on by accident.
Firefighters say they must still clear ice and debris before determining the cause.
They would not let residents inside but let them carry away the few remaining belongings.
They were on their way to Roanoke for a business trip yesterday when their small plane crashed near Interstate 81.
Today Scott Goldberg speaks with a survivor, who says the pilot saved all on board from certain death.
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((William Herb didn't think he was going to live.
He was one of three men [CRASH SITE] flying from Baltimore to Roanoke in a small, private plane when something went horribly wrong.
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((HERB: MR. LUBY ASKED THE PILOT, ARE WE IN TROUBLE? HE SAID YEAH.))
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Speaking from his hospital room in Roanoke, Herb recounted the minutes before both of the plane's engines died, sending him, his business partner Daniel Luby and the plane's pilot crashing to the ground.
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((WE HIT THIS CLOUD, THE MOISTURE, THE COLD AIR WAS -20 DEGREES, WE WERE AT 6000 FEET. JUST ABOUT THAT TIME, THAT ENGINE STOPPED.))
Amazingly, Herb's worst injuries were a broken hip and bruised shoulder.
But if it weren't for pilot Charles Oliver's heroics, Herb says everyone onboard would've died.
[IN Q=he pulled]
((HE PULLED IT OUT AT THE LAST MINUTE...IF HE HADN'T DONE THAT, I'M AFRAID WE'D ALL BE GONE.))
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It's going to take investigators weeks to figure out just why the plane went down.
But won't take Herb long to leave Roanoke.
The father of five and grandfather of six is ready to go home, ready to leave memories of this crash behind.
Scott Goldberg, News-7.
The family of a Roanoke landlord gunned down a few months ago has increased the reward to find his killer -- to 10-thousand dollars.
Jimmie Lee Penn was killed on Patterson Avenue October 2nd.
Police have not yet made any arrests, and Penn's family hopes the higher reward will encourage someone to tip Roanoke police, and help them find the killer.
Just ahead -- controversy continues over the removal of video tapes from a public library in Salem.
And, a local firefighter spent six months in recovery after he was injured on the job.
Now its paying off...
The story when we return.
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The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia wants to know why video tapes of a Salem city council meeting were removed from the public library.
Cynthia Munley donated tapes of the last two city council meetings regarding the controversial Elizabeth Campus rezoning issue.
City manager Randy Smith seized the tapes and returned them to Munley.
The state ACLU says the whole episode reeks of government censorship - and public library acquisitions should be left to professionals on the library staff.
But Salem Mayor Sonny Tarpley stands behind Smith's decision and says the rezoning issue is over with.
Tarpley adds if the city were censoring the material, it would not have let the meeting be recorded.
Roanoke firefighter Bobby Early says he just wants to get back in the swing of things.
The 20-year veteran has returned to work after a six month layoff.
Early fractured his back and several ribs, and punctured a lung when a porch collapsed on him while he was battling a house fire.
He's happy to be back on the job and is grateful to his co-workers for their support during his recovery.
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((BOBBY EARLY/RECOVERED FIREFIGHTER; IT WAS HARD ON MY WIFE AND MY DAUGHTER. BUT EVERYBODY FROM THE DEPARTMENT AND THE UNION MADE SURE ANYTHING THEY WANTED OR NEEDED, THEY HAD IT.))
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Investigators say the fire in which Early was injured was an act of arson.
Fire Chief Jim Grigsby vows to bring the suspect or suspects to justice.
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Tech highlights, the Cave Spring girls win again, we'll chat with VMI's new head football coach and tell you why Babe Ruth means so much to a Patrick Henry principal.
But first, Reggie White, the minister of defense was named the NFL defensive player of the year today by the Associated Press.
He led the NFL with 16 sacks in his final season.
He won the honor one other time - in 1987 with the Eagles.
Now some scores.
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The Virginia Tech men's team continues to head in the opposite direction of the women's program.
The Hokies lost to defending A-10 champ Xavier last night despite playing some solid defense.
It was a super tight game in the first half, as the visiting Musketeers could not shake the Hokies as Kevin Fry threw in a dozen.
In fact, when David Whaley came off the bench and jammed in this 2, It was 34-to-31 Xavier at halftime.
The Hokies led on a couple of occasions and Andre Ray's jam had Tech with 4 with 13 minutes to go.
But Lenny Brown took over the rest of the game scoring 24, as Tech falls 80-to-67.
23 turnovers also killed Tech last night.
Radford U beat Norfolk State on the road 85-to-80 as freshman Andrey Savchentko threw in a career high 23.
In girls' high school action last night over at Cave Spring the Lady Knights hosted Franklin County in a key RVD matchup.
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Franklin County's Deborah Crockett has a very talented club this season.
But last night they couldn't stop Cave's Renee Gagnier.
The six-foot junior dominated the game in the first half scoring a dozen points in the paint.
She would finish with a game high 18.
Franklin Co. would get some nice efforts as well.
Samantha Woods makes a nice cut and turns Magna Conklin's Pass into 2.
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But Cave was too much last night. Sherri Rickman added 16 more as Cave Spring moves to 8-and-1 with the 62-to-39 win.
The Franklin County boys beat Cave in Rocky Mount 62-to-60.
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The NBA labor dispute is over.
The league will start the season on February 2nd and play 52 games.
But will any one care enough at this point to watch them?
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((KEVIN WILLIS/RAPTORS FORWARD:))
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[OUT Q=....FROM THERE."]
Still no word on Jordan's status.
VMI's newest head football coach arrived in town today much like his predecessors - full of enthusiasm and optimism.
But Steve Mason says the Institute hopes he can turn those characteristics into wins - something those beforehim could not do.
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Still to come tonight a local man turns a harmless pack
of baseball cards into a pot of gold, as he pulls a Babe Ruth card worth $3000 dollars.
Time now for the story of an area high school principal, the perfect Christmas gift, and Babe Ruth.
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[SUPER=01-Peter Wonson/Baseball Card Collector; :50]
[OUT Q=...IS FUN."]
((The new 1999 Upper Deck baseball cards cost about $3.50 cents a pack. They include the regular stars of today plus, a very rare insert card.
((BILL BRYANT/THE WAX BOX OWNER:))
Peter Wonson, a principal at Patrick Henry asked his wife to get him box of the cards for Christmas. Santa not only came to see him, but so did the other fat guy named Babe.
((PETER WONSON/BASEBALL CARD COLLECTOR:))
And now they could dance all the way to the bank.
The card is valued at $3000 - but Wonson has no intentions of selling it.))
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