Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX:
The ceremonial start of the Impeachment trial... the chief justice presides over the U-S Senate... and YOU could BE there.
That's our top story on this momentous day.(------------)
And we'll learn about some of the schools that are making the grade and those that are not.
Tonight in sports, the NBA lockout is finally giving former UVa star Curtis Staples a chance to make it in the pros.
We'll talk with him, plus
see how the lockout affects George Lynch and Dell Curry.
The arrival later tonight of snow and sleet, followed by freezing rain and rain for Friday has prompted the NWS to issue winter weather advisories. Details coming up.
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The Chief Justice takes the oath, to preside over President Clinton's impeachment trial.
And Virginians start lining up to see a piece of history.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.[Impeachment]
We haven't seen anything like this in 130 years ... senators convening to begin an impeachment trial of the president.
It was a rare Constitutional moment when Chief Justice William Rehnquist entered the senate, and was sworn in to preside as provided by the constitution.
He then administered an oath to the 100 senators who will serve as jurors.
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(("Will all senators rise: Do you solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton, president of the United States, now pending, you will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws: So help you God?"))
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Senators answered and then lined up to sign their names in a registry acknowledging that oath.
It's NOT unprecedented in American history-- but it's so overwhelmingly important that a lot of Virginians just want to see it for themselves.
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Ellen Qualls is in Washington with some tips for Virginians who want to cross the Potomac for a piece of history.
Keith, Virginia's Senators are used to playing host and tour guide because their constituents live so close to the capital.
What they're NOT used to is trying an American President -- especially with NO clear plans or schedule laid out at the start.
But their staffs do understand your curiosity.
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The Senators themselves, in fact, grabbed a souvenir today.
Each took his or her pen after signing the juror's oath.
Amazingly, though, there is room for Virginians who just show up to get into to see it for themselves.
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((ERIC LUNDQUIST/ANNANDALE RESIDENT: WE DIDN'T THINK WE COULD. WE SAW THE LINE OUT THERE AND SAW THAT IT WAS VERY SHORT SO WE THOUGHT LET'S GIVE IT A GO.))
At Senator Warner's office, they're fielding more requests for tickets than opinions on impeachment now.
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((YOU'LL BE ALLOWED IN FOR 15 MINUTES.))
That's with a sort of general admission ticket.
Warner requested 500 to start with.
But there are also four rotating tickets per Senator that theoretically have NO time limit.
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((SUSAN MAGILL/WARNER CHIEF OF STAFF: WE'RE TRYING TO DO THOSE BASICALLY ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS, BUT I MUST TELL YOU THAT WE ALREADY HUNDREDS OF REQUESTS FOR THOSE TICKETS, SO I THINK PEOPLES' BEST SHOT IS TO GET THE 15 MINUTE TICKETS AND GO IN THAT WAY. THE OTHER THING WE HAVE TO CAUTION PEOPLE IS WE DON'T KNOW WHEN THE NEXT DAY OF THE TRIAL IS GONNA BE FOR SURE, SO YOU NEED TO CHECK THAT BEFORE YOU JOURNEY TO THE CAPITOL.))
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((How do you feel about this whole process? CARRINGTON LUNDQUIST/ARLINGTON RESIDENT: A LITTLE CONFUSED. BUT KIND OF CURIOUS TO SEE WHAT'S REALLY GONNA HAPPEN. NO ONE KNOWS FOR SURE. SO IT MAKES IT MORE EXCITING I GUESS.))
Don't doubt, as exciting as it is for you, it's nerve-wracking for the folks who hold the President's fate in their hands.
Chuck Robb's still NOT even willing to talk about it-- no matter how the question's asked.
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((SEN. CHUCK ROBB/D-VIRGINIA: NICE TRY.))
So, again, depending on where we go from here, you can call or e-mail Robb or Warner to get on the limited ticket list.
Or just show up for the 15 minute ticket.
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They know how their children perform in the classroom. Soon parents across Virginia will know how their schools measure up.
Tommorow morning, the state will release passing rates for the first round of testing on the Standards of Learning.
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Tonight, Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom with some of the early results.
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Keith, some school systems decided to release their figures before the state department of education... we heard some disappointing results from Lynchburg yesterday... today we heard from Bedford County.
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Caroline Butt has three children in the Bedford County school system. She hopes disappointing results from the first round of testing will spur improvements in the classroom.
That's exactly what Superintendent James Blevins says is already happening.
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The news is more encouraging in the city of Salem, another school division that offered an early look at the results.
While some subjects such as Algebra II, fifth grade math, history and social science need attention, individual schools pass rates in Salem exceeded statewide averages in almost every subject and grade level.
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While performance varies, most school systems face a similar result... some encouraging results... but plenty of trouble spots as well.
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Keith... we'll hear from others including Roanoke City and Roanoke County tomorrow.
When the state releases the S-O-L scores on the internet, our home page is already set up to provide you a direct link.
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Call up WDBJ-7-dot-com ... then click "Webwatch".
Our link to Richmond is ready to go. It takes you directly to the state education department's home page.
It's happened more than twenty times in the last year.
And another round of apparel layoffs is coming later this month.
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Halmode is dismissing another 60 people in Roanoke.
This, after it laid off almost half of its workforce last August.
The Roanoke facility used to employ more than 400-people.
After these layoffs, that number will fall to 170.
Halmode also announced it will close its Covington facility in March.
That will leave 25-people out of work.
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Workers have finished cleaning up the wreckage from Sunday's pileup on I-81.
BOTH northbound lanes are now open at the Buffalo Creek bridge, near milemarker 184.
Traffic had been restricted to a single lane during the day, while debris and fuel spills were cleared up.
Some wintry weather is moving in overnight .. Robin will have details in a moment .. and that may add to or change our list of school closings and delays.
We will present the list every half hour throughout the evening.
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And if you have access to the internet, you can find our complete list of weather-related cancellations any time. Just call up our home page, WDBJ-7-dot-com.
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A neighborhood threatens legal action if a town doesn't take them in. That story is just ahead.
And what happens when a truck is taller than the underpass? It's happened here before .. now it's happened again.
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Low water pressure and smelly sewage.
Those are two big reasons why residents of a Franklin County neighborhood say they'll go to court, if Rocky Mount doesn't agree to make the town bigger, and bring them in.
Tina Tenret has our story.
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((FRAN VAUGHAN/FRANKLIN HEIGHTS RESIDENT: OUR WATER PRESSURE IN HERE IS QUITE LOW.))
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Fran Vaughan says her water's so weak, her kids cannot wash the shampoo out of their hair.
For 36 years, she's lived with this problem in the Franklin Heights subdivision -- now she's had enough.
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She and her neighbors also smell sewage in their backyards.
Now they've signed a petition to MAKE the town of Rocky Mount take them in and build PUBLIC water and sewer lines out here.
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((WELL FROM WHAT I HEARD WHEN I CIRCULATED THE PETITION WAS, HELP. GIVE US SOME HELP!))
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It would be expensive for the town to take Franklin Heights in -- officials say the neighborhood needs sidewalks, curbs and gutters, and street lights.
So they want the county to give them Wal-mart too-- so they can spend the commercial profits to help Franklin Heights.
They hope to wrangle a deal before residents sue.
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((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: NOW THE NEIGHBORHOOD'S LAWYER MARY HARKINS SAYS SHE'S READY TO FILE THAT PETITION IF THE TOWN AND COUNTY CANNOT AGREE. BUT SHE MUST FIRST GIVE BOTH GOVERNMENTS 30 DAYS NOTICE SO THE SOONEST THESE PROCEEDINGS COULD START IS JANUARY 17TH. TINA TENRET NEWS7 FRANKLIN COUNTY.))
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It took six hours to clear the mess.
But traffic is moving again on Route 501 south of Buena Vista.
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Earlier this morning a tractor trailor hit a patch of ice and flipped over.
It blocked both lanes of traffic.
Cars had to take detours around the accident.
Nobody was seriously hurt.
Police say the truck was not carrying any hazardous materials.
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A trucker tried to make it under a bridge in Vinton today...and lost
The roof of his rig crinkled like tin foil, as he drove under the bridge at Walnut Street and Wise Avenue.
Once the metal was pounded back into place, he was able to back out.
He was stuck for about two hours. Police didn't place any charges.
They seem to be popping up everywhere in Danville.
National retail chains are either moving into the city or expanding their existing stores.
Is this a sign that business is booming in Southside?
Christy Hubley looks into it.
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They're names you know.
Office Max. Kmart. IHOP.
Some of these national chains are opening brand new stores in Danville.
Others are growing at their existing sites.
Walmart will open a new SUPER Walmart in March.
And by April, Kmart will be transformed into a BIG-K.
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((SHARON CARTER/K-MART: KMART IS JUST REMODELING ALL OF THEIR STORES TO MAKE IT EASY FOR THE CUSTOMER TO GET IN, DO THEIR SHOPPING AND GET OUT. ACCESSIBLE WHERE THEY CAN JUST GET IN AND DO THEIR SHOPPING.))
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The General Development Company convinced two clothing retailers-- Goody's and Marshall's-- to locate in the Riverside Centre.
Both stores will open in May.
The local developer says these national chains wouldn't invest in Danville if they didn't think they could draw in crowds.
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((R. WINN BISHOP/GENERAL DEVELOPMENT COMPANY: AND WE WERE ABLE TO ESTABLISH THAT DANVILLE'S TRADE AREA IS ABOUT 200,000 PEOPLE IN THIS GENERAL AREA. AND ONCE THAT WAS ESTABLISHED THAT WAS SUFFICIENT FOR THEM TO WANT TO LOCATE IN DANVILLE.))
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With the new chain stores might come new traffic headaches.
More traffic lights are already in the works.
But what customers might notice most-- with all these new shopping options-- are lighter wallets.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.
Coming your way tonight in sports, we'll take a look back at the Hokies loss last night to Xavier.
We'll also hear from Tech baseball boss Chuck Hartman.
And the end of the NBA lockout is affecting a number of area hoopsters.
More on that in a few moments.
The NBA lockout is over and Roanoke's Curtis Staples is
waiting on a call from the Chicago Bulls so he can hopefully begin his career in the N-B-A.
Staples is anxious to start his career in the league and he will be in the Bulls preseason camp next week.
The Bulls have only 4 players under contract and the whole world is waiting for Michael Jordan to make up his mind about playing this year.
And Staples says the shortened season may be a blessing for his future.
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If he makes it, Staples will a free agent contract on January 18-th.
Roanoke's only true NBA property George Lynch knows the short season could not have come at a worse time.
As a free agent he only has a couple of weeks to find
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a team and get used to his new teammates and surroundings.
George could end u back in Vancouver with the Grizzlies, but several other teams are interested in his services.
He was close to playing in Europe before the lockout ended.
Dell Curry, the Hornets' player rep, is also a free agent, and there is no guarantee he will end up back in Charlotte where he has played since 1988.
Like most, Dell is just thankful to once again be playing.
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23 turnovers and a run by Xavier guard Lenny Brown and the Musketeers of Xavier scored an 80 to 67 win over Virginia Tech.
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The Hokies were out to break a four game losing streak to the Musketeers.
Tech trailed by three at the half and with 10 minutes left in the game the score was 50 to 48 Xavier.
Then with about five minutes left in the game Brown
scored 8 straight points and the Tech comeback was over Xavier wins the game 80 to 67.
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The Hokies hit the road for six of their next 8 games beginning with St. Joseph's in Philadelphia this Saturday.
Virginia Tech baseball team begins workouts later this month for the 1999 season. Coach Chuck Hartman is set to begin his 21st season in Blacksburg, 40th overall as a collegiate head coach. Hartman underwent successful triple by pass surgery this past August and is all set for another run at the Atlantic 10 title.
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The Hokies lost to Fordham in the A-10 championship last year. Offensively, with third baseman Chad Foutz returing from a knee injury, the Hokies could be conference and national contenders.
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[OUT Q=...before the year's out"]
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And coming up later tonight you catch the Virginia Cavaliers in action as the host the Maryland Terrapins at U-Hall. The action begins tonight at eight here on Your Hometown Station.
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In case you haven't noticed, you have two more days to mail your letters before postage rates go up.
Take a look at the new 33 cent stamps .. they even wish you a happy new year. Plenty of people in post offices like Christianburg were were buying the new stamps today.
And the postal service is ready with many other 33-cent designs for the rest of the year.
If you still have plenty of 32's, the post office has stocked up on 1-cent stamps to help out.
The new, 33 cent rate stakes effect on Sunday.
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