Today on News 7 at 5, the Senate impeachment hearings open to more questions than answers.
and more textile workers are losing their jobs as layoffs come to one plant and another is closed.
Winter weather advisories are going up for Friday as light snow and then light rain moves into the region.
In medical news --
A new study puts to rest fears about long-term ill effects of the birth control pill.
And researchers say two drinks a day keeps the doctor away.
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An oath from chief justice William Rhenquist and members of The Senate.
The trial of President Clinton gets underway.
The U-S senate opened its impeachment trial-
But there are many unanswered questions about how the trial will unfold- and whether witnesses will be called.
Lee Cowan is following the proceedings and joins us live from Washington.
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[SUPER=01-Rep. Henry Hyde/(R) Illinois;]
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((IN THE QUIET OF THIS CHAMBER - 100 SENATORS BECAME SOMETHING
ELSE - TRANSFORMED FROM LAWMAKERS TO JURORS BY THE SIMPLE TAKING OF AN
THIS BODY NOW STANDS CHARGED WITH DECIDING THE FATE OF THE
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR ONLY THE SECOND TIME IN HISTORY.
IT WAS A SOLEMN DAY FILLED WITH UNCERTAINTY -
REPUBLICANS WORKED ON THEIR PLAN THAT WOULD BEGIN THE TRIAL
NEXT THURSDAY AND RUN ABOUT 5 WEEKS...AND ALLOW FOR WITNESSES. DEMOCRATS
MAINTAINED THEIR OPPOSITION TO ANY WITNESSES.
THAT REMAINS THE CLEAR PREFERENCE OF THE WHITE HOUSE AS WELL_
SO MUCH SO MR. CLINTON'S LEGAL TEAM AGREED NOT TO CHALLENGE THE HOUSE
RECORD OF THE FACTS AS LONG AS NO WITNESSES WERE CALLED.
EVEN THE PRESIDENT'S SPOKESMAN SAYS IT MAY NOT BE A CONCESSION
SOME LAW STUDENTS WOULD RECOMMEND, BUT THE WHITE HOUSE INSISTS IT IS
CONFIDENT IN WHAT IT'S CALLED ITS "STRONGER" CASE.
JOE LOCKHART//WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN: WE BELIEVE WE CAN MAKE A COMPELLING CASE EVEN BASED ON THE HOUSE
THE PROSECUTORS IN THE TRIAL REAMIN FOCUSED ON PRESENTING THE CASE IN WHATEVER WAY THE SENATE WILL ALLOW.
BUT ALL THEY COULD DO TODAY WAS PRESENT THE SENATE THE CHARGES
- CEREMONIOUSLY WALKING THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT FROM THEIR CHAMBER
TO THIS ONE, AND FORMALLY READING THEM ALOUD FOR THE RECORD, AND FOR
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There have been more than 20 rounds of layoffs in the apparel industry in the last year, and more are coming this month.
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Halmode has announced plans to lay off another 60-people in Roanoke.
This, after letting go of almost half its workforce last August.
The Roanoke facility, which at one time employed more than 400 workers, will be down to 170-people.
Halmode also said it will close its Covington facility altogether.
Twenty-five people will lose their jobs when that happens in March.
Halmode blames bad business conditions.
The results are in. Schools across Virginia have received scores from the Standards of Learning tests... and the state is preparing to release the information.
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Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom with more from local school systems that offered an early look at their numbers.
Jean... the prospect of this statewide testing... and public release of the results has produced some anxious moments for students and their parents, teachers and administrators.
School systems are finding some encouraging signs... but also plenty of problem areas that require attention.
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((Bedford County parent Jennifer Johnson says she wants to know how her local school system measures up.
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And after the first round of testing, the results are disappointing... Only one Bedford County School meets the state's accreditation standards.
But Superintendent James Blevins say the division has been working hard to evaluate the numbers... and possible improvements.
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The Salem school systmes is another that has released its test scores, and the news is more encouraging there.
While there are some subjects that need attention, schools officials say they're satisfied with the first round of testing.
Meanwhile Jean, Roanoke City and Roanoke County are revealing their scores in the morning.[5-School-clos]
The weather is still forcing some school systems to delay their schedules for tomorrow.
You will find the latest information along the bottom of your screen.
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And you can also find the updates throughout the night on our air and on the News 7 internet site.
Just call up our home page, WDBJ-7-DOT-COM, and click on "Weather Cancellations."
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A U-S Pilot has another encounter with Iraq. We'll have the details next.
And we'll see how one city in our area is experiencing a boom in new businesses.
On Healthcheck, doctors help women weigh the risks and benefits of birth control pills.
and Patrick Evans will introduce us to the Powerteam. They're some very large men on a mission.
A U-S fighter jet fired on an Iraqi radar site today-
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U-S Military officials say the action was in self defense.
The pilot says Iraqi radar locked onto his plane- while he patrolled the no fly zone over Northern Iraq.
((KEN BACON/PENTAGON SPOKESMAN: WE WILL CONTINUE TO PROTECT OUR FORCES AND TO PROTECT THE NO FLY ZONE BY WHATEVER MEANS WE FEEL ARE NECESSARY.))
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No word on whether the Iraqi site was damaged. The U-S pilot
returned safely to base.
The New Year will bring a handful of new national chain stores to Danville.
Some stores, like Kmart, are refurbishing their existing locations.
Other chains, like Office Max and I-HOP, are building brand new stores.
The General Development Company in Danville helped bring two major clothing retailers to the Riverside Centre.
Goody's and Marshall's agreed to move in because of the potential customers.
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((R. WINN BISHOP/GENERAL DEVELOPMENT COMPANY: MOST RETAILERS NOW ARE LOOKING FOR GROWTH AND DANVILLE HAS THE POPULATION BASE AND THE POPULATION IN THE COUNTY AND THE IMMEDIATE AREA THAT MAKES IT BENEFICIAL TO LOCATE HERE.))
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And that's not all.
In March, Walmart will open a brand new SUPER Walmart.
The old Walmart will become a Sam's Club and will open in December.
Residents of a Franklin County subdivision say they'll file a court petition and sue if the town of Rocky Mount does not take them in.
They say their private water system is so bad, they want the town of Rocky Mount to build water and sewer lines out to them.
Sometimes there's not even enough water pressure to flush the toilets at the local Franklin Heights Baptist Church.
And residents of the surrounding subdivision say they often smell sewage.
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((FRAN VAUGHAN/FRANKLIN HEIGHTS RESIDENT: THE ODOR IS QUITE A CONCERN. I KNOW WHEN WE SIT ON THE PATIO I'VE GONE THROUGH OUR BACKYARD TO MAKE SURE IT'S NOT OUR PROBLEM. IT'S JUST AN ODOR IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.))
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Town officials are willing to take them in, but they want Franklin County to also give them Walmart for commercial profit.
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((KEITH HOLLAND/ROCKY MOUNT TOWN MANAGER: WE HOPE THE REVENUE FROM THE COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT WILL HELP PAY FOR THE INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE FRANKLIN HEIGHTS SUBDIVISION.))
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Town and county officials ARE negotiating but will not say how far they've come.
Residents say if the two governments do not reach a deal -- they'll file a petition later this month and force a court decision.
The say they're men on a mission from God. Coming up next Patrick Evans flexes his muscles with the Power Team
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Perhaps you've seen the TV spots promoting "The Power Team", with a message of motivaton and inspiration.
But these are not acts of faith so much as acts of strength, as Patrick Evans explains from the New Life Temple this afternoon.
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Today in Sports, we'll hear from Curtis Staples as the Roanoke native prepares for his career in the N-B-A.
Tonight on health check --
Doctors are using a new method for detecting heart problems in patients.
And the latest information on the health risks associated with the birth control pill weighs the benefits and side effects.
Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the United States.
There's another study suggesting that drinking in moderation may help prevent strokes in middle aged and elderly people.
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It's the first study to examine the effects of alcohol across the races and sexes.
It's found that those people who have up to two drinks a day may cut their risk of stroke nearly in half.
But doctors warn there is still such a thing as too much of a good thing.
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((R. MITCHELL ELKIND/COLUMBIA-PRESBYTERIAN MEDICAL CENTER/STUDY AUTHOR
5612 THOSE WHO DRINK HEAVILY, WHICH WE CONSIDER TO BE 5 OR MORE DRINKS
PER DAY HAD AN INCREASED RISK OF HAVING A STROKE ))
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Alcohol can also increase the risk of certain kinds of cancers and liver problems. It also increases the chances of having accidents.
Strokes are the third leading cause of death in America, killing nearly a quarter of a million people every year.
Doctors have found another way to predict heart attack and strokes in potential victims.
They're using ultrasound to detect damaged blood vessels before patients experience symptoms.
John Roberts has more
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The birth control pill does bring a slightly higher risk of heart disease, stroke and some cancers while it is being taken.
But British researchers say the risks are hardly great enough to deter women who need the pill.
A study in the British Medical Journal finds older women who once took the pill suffer no long-term health problems.
Researchers looked over 25 years of data on 46-thousand
They compared women who were off the pill for ten years to women who had never been on the oral contraceptive.
Results showed the women who had been on the pill had no higher risk of death.
An Oxford University researcher says women should not worry that
being on the pill now may harm them later.
Welcome everybody to the Thursday Ticker.
The N-B-A lockout is over and Roanoke's Curtis Staples is anxious to finally start his career in the league.
Roy Stanley caught up with Curtis this afternoon.
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((While the N-B-A owners and players were in the lockout, Staples was busy working with kids at the Y-M-C-A in his Quick Release basketball program.
Now, Staples is ready to report to the Chicago bulls and begin his career in the N-B-A.))
((CURTIS STAPLES/NBA FREE AGENT:))
((The uncertainity of Michael Jordan playing another year in Chicago and the fact that the Bulls have only four players under contract seems to favor Staples.
Matter of fact, After watching Staples workout out in camps before the lockout, the Bulls informed the N-C-Double-A's all time three point shooter that they wanted him to be part of the Bulls regulding process.))
The Express left around noon today, headed for Augusta Georgia. Roanoke will play the Lynx, the number two team in the Southern Conference's Southeast Division, tomorrow night.
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The Express beat Augusta 4-1 back on November 21st at the Round House on the strength of two Kris Cantu Goals. However, the Lynx owns the ECHL's second best home record at 14 and 4.
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[OUT Q=...another tough game"]
Tomorrow night marks the return of the television series the Magnificent Seven and producers say it's all thanks to a Chicago homemaker.
When the series was pulled indefinitely from the air, Patti Kleckner launched a massive internet campaign to get the show renewed.
The group of fans she organized even bought a full page ad in USA Today.
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((JOHN WATSON/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER SAYS OC: PEOPLE AT THE NETWORK WERE JUST
FLOORED WHEN THEY SAW THIS AD IMMEDIATLY ASSUMED THE PRODUCERS OR MGM
HAD COME TO DO IT..WE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT.
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Now that the series is back on the air, producers wanted to thank Kleckner for her efforts.
They invited her to the California set and gave her the star treatment.
Kleckner says she's learned a lesson about the power of the internet.