Today on News 7 at 5, the U-S Senate prepares for the start of the impeachment trial tomorrow.
and we'll hear from one of the men who survived a plane crash yesterday in Rockbridge County.
Some passing snow shwers tonight in southwest Virginia and West Virginia...and temperatures moderate a bit by Thursday.
In medical news --
A Virginia University is teaming up with local physcians for one of the only kidney evaluation clinics of it's kind in the country.
Plus puppy prozac is the latest drug to hit the market for frantic fidos.
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On the eve of the Senate trial, the exact nature of the proceedings is still unknown. Lee Cowan reports from Capitol Hill.
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((IT WAS A STRANGE MIX OF POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE AND HOUSKEEPING
DETAILS THAT BROUGHT THE 106TH CONGRESS INTO SESSION.
A NEW DAY FOR A NEW CONGRESS SUMMED UP IN FOUR WORDS.
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"Let's bury the hatchet (applause )."
UNDER THE CLOUD OF PRESIDENTIAL IMPEACHMENT ILLINOIS
REPUBLICAN DENNIS HASTERT BECAME THE NEW SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE -
BIPARTISANSHIP HIS CALLING CARD AT A TIME WHEN EVEN THE TWO HOUSES SEEM
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ACROSS THE ROTUNDA, THE AIR OF UNPREDICTABILITY HUNG OVER THE
SENATE AS IT PREPARES TO LAUNCH THE IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS TOMORROW,
STILL WITH NO APPARENT DIRECTION.
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"We have got to figure out a way to end this lingering national torment."
BUT SO FAR, THE PATH TO ANY AGREEMENT IS STILL UNPAVED.
OUT OF ALL THE STICKING POINTS, THE STICKIEST REMAINS WHETHER TO CALL
WITNESSES - ONE OF THE MAIN DETERMINANTS OF HOW LONG ANY TRIAL WOULD
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"If we have witnesses, it could last a long time."
(( SUPER: SEN. TRENT LOTT//R-MAJORITY LEADER ))
" We hope to get it done quickly --- it could take longer than that."
AND EVEN THOUGH THE PROCEEDINGS HAVEN'T EVEN STARTED YET, THE
WHITE HOUSE IS ALREADY CHARGING THEY'RE UNFAIR - THERE ARE SIMPLY TOO
MANY THINGS UNDECIDED.
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"I would think the fundamental tenants of fairness say that anyone
trying to defend themselves should understand what the process is from
the outset and not find out the rules of the game half way through."
(( LEE COWAN//CBS NEWS ))))
Virginia's senators are still reserving comment on the issue of impeachment.
News 7 asked Chuck Robb to comment on a possibly lengthy trial period.
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But VIrginia's other senator, John Warner, has more to say.
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We'll have a live report from Washington at 6 with more on what Senator Warner is NOT saying on camera about impeachment.
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One of the men who survived yesterday's plane crash in Rockbridge County said nobody would have survived if it wasn't for the pilot's last-minute heroics.
Three men from Baltimore were on their way to Roanoke when the twin-engine plane went down.
William Herb was one of the passengers.
He broke his pelvis and hurt his shoulder.
But Herb told us on the telephone today that pilot Charles Oliver saved their lives by steadying a plane that had spun out of control.
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All three men survived the crash.
William Herb said he will return to the Baltimore area tomorrow.
Meanwhile, federal investigators began looking through the wreckage -- trying to determine why the plane crashed.
The investigation will take weeks.
Investigators say a fire that destroyed a Roanoke home yesterday started in an evicted tenant's bedroom.
They say the fire at 905 Patterson Avenue started upstairs, but they don't know how.
For now -- they're ruling it suspicious, meaning someone may have set the fire -- but then, they say an iron may have also been left on.
The people who lived DOWNSTAIRS came to get what was left of their belongings.
Fire officials must still clear the ice and debris before determining the cause.
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Still to come on the newscast, a local fire station welcomes back a fire fighter who was injured on the job,
And we'll see how a wife's Christmas gift of trading cards has turned into a piece of baseball history worth several thousand dollars.
On Healthcheck, we'll hear about a new drug that makes pet owner's lives a little less anxious.
We'll have that and more. Stay with us
U-N and State Department officials deny using UNSCOM in Iraq to help undermine the Baghdad government.
The Washington Post reports U-N Secretary-General Kofi
Annan had obtained evidence that inspectors helped the United States eavesdrop on Iraq.
Annan denies having such evidence.
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The chairman of the U-N Inspection team Richard Butler insisted the reports of collusion with the U-S are totally without foundation
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A State Department Spokesman said again today sanctions against Iraq will not be lifted until Iraq is disarmed.[5-E
Six months after breaking his back in the line of duty, a Roanoke firefighter has returned to work.
David Johnson has the story on this 20-year veteran.
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Bobby Early has made a full recovery from one the worst accidents in the city fire department's recent history.
Last July, Early was trying to keep the blaze of a Campbell Avenue house fire away from two neighboring homes when the porch collapsed on him. He fractured two vertebrae in his back, broke his ribs and punctured his lung.
The accident is still a sensitive issue with his co-workers.
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((PAT TAYLOR/BATTALION CHIEF; I REALLY DON'T WANT TO DWELL ON THAT ACCIDENT. Because it's a very emotional time for everyone? YES IT IS!))
((BOBBY EARLY/RECOVERED FIREFIGHTER; WHEN IT FIRST HAPPENED, I WONDERED WHAT I DID WRONG TO GET HURT. NOW I KNOW IT'S NOTHING THAT I DONE OR WE DONE AS A DEPARTMENT. IT WAS JUST AN ACCIDENT, IT HAPPENED.))
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Early returned home from the hospital within two weeks after fusion surgery.
Since then he has endured months of rehabilitation.
Now his doctor's prognosis of a full recovery has come to fruition.
And the Church Avenue fire department couldn't be happier.
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((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; NOW THAT EARLY IS BACK, HE SAYS HE'S BACK TO STAY. DESPITE THE DANGERS OF THE JOB, LIKE THE INJURY HE SUSTAINED AND RECOVERED FROM, HE SAYS HE'LL CONTINUE IN THIS LINE OF WORK BECAUSE IT'S WHAT HE LOVES TO DO. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7, ROANOKE.))
Coming up next on the nescast, Patrick Evans will tell us how an organization has saved some local color in the Valley.
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The future of "Local Colors", an international festival and annual event since 1990, was in doubt until today.
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Patrick Evans is at Center in the Square, where it was announced today that the Festival and it's primary organizer have been re-united.
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Coming up in Sports, a late deal salvages the N-B-A Season. Mike Stevens will have more on that.
Today on health check --
Kidney patients in Southwest Virginia may have to travel hours for a transplant.
But a new clinic in Roanoke offers all areas of pre and post-operative care.
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Valley Nephrology Associates and the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center are operating a kidney transplant clinic that enables patients from Southwest Virginia to be cared for by nurses and doctors in Roanoke instead of traveling to Charlottesville.
The Kidney Transplant Evaluation Clinic is following about 375 transplant patients from as far as Beckley, West Virginia to Martinsville.
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Doctor Mathews is examining John Bradshaw at the Roanoke-based clinic where he comes for monthly check ups following his kidney transplant at UVA last April.
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not only is it easier, but it's also beneficial in the recovery process.
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Joan Akers also received a kidney last April -- she and Bradshaw have yet another thing in common -- both organs were taken from the same donor.
One life saved two.
And now the transplant recipients share that bond as well as a friendship they've come to depend on.
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The joint opening of the clinic by Valley Nephrology and UVA was developed after Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital discontinued their transplant program in the fall of 1997.
Most of the nurses and all of the patients are now with Valley Nephrology.
Help could be on the way for pets with behavorial problems.
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The Food and Drug Administration has approved an antidepressant for dogs with separation anxiety.
Such behavioral problems account for up to 20 percent of all visits to veterinarians.
Dogs are pack animals and when their leader leaves them alone they can become anxious.
That can lead them to chew on furniture, tip over waste baskets and make messes on the floors.
Now veterinarians can prescribed the drug Clomicalm to help dogs deal with their anxiety.
At least one vet says it could save some pets' lives.
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((DR KAREN ALLEN/VETERINARIAN: SEPARATION ANXIETY IS A VERY COMMON REASON FOR PEOPLE TO HAVE THEIR PETS EUTHANIZED. ALOT OF TIME IT'S BECAUSE THEY DON'T UNDERSTAN WHAT'S GOING ON.))
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Forty-seven percent of dogs on Clomicalm showed improvement after a week on the drug. That's opposed to 29 percent of dogs who were treated without medication.
The drug does have some side effects including digestive problems, lethargy, diarrhea, and decreased appetite.
The NBA lockout is over.
Here with thatt is Mike Stevens.[S5-NBA]
Welcome folks to the midweek ticker.
That ticking you hear is the heartbeat coming back to the NBA.
The owners and players reached an agreement this morning.
The season will start February 1st. Each team will play about 50 games.
VMI introduced its 28th head football coach today at a news conference in Lexington.
Cal McCombs received a rather hearty welcome from VMI faithful gathered high a top alumni field as he met members of the media.
The former Air Force defensive coordinator is elated to be in town despite inheriting a team that has just one victory in the last two years.
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Finally, if you watch the two minute ticker on a regular basis, you know that we often devote time to sports card collecting.
Most collectotrs do it for fun, some do it for profit, and occasionally the two even mix.
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((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.))
More sports at six everybody.
England's royal family is preparing for another wedding.
Queen Elizabeth's youngest son Prince Edward plans to marry his longtime girlfriend Sophie Rhys-Jones later this year.
According to Buckingham Palace the couple sought permission from their parents during the holidays.
They have dated for five years.
The 34 year old Prince is a television producer. Rhys Jones is 33 and a public relations executive.
This is the first marriage for both.
The wedding is planned for the late spring or early summer.