Today on News 7 at 5, President Clinton tells the Senate he has not made any impeachable offenses.
and education officials say a Botetourt County school for boys is making improvements, but it still needs to make more.
Looking forward to the next few days as temperatures warm up significantly. The details in weather just ahead.
New technology at U-V-A makes it quicker and easier for physicians to treat heart disease.
And a nationwide blood shortage has hospitals postponing surgery.
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This is President's response to the impeachment charge against him.
William Jefferson Clinton releases an official defense to Senate accusations.
The President has apparently not changed his tune.
The President's lawyers argue the Senate accusations are too vague to permit conviction- and removal from official.
But the White House is not seeking an immediate disimissal of charges.
Jonathan Freed is in Washington with more on the President's response to Congress-
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((While Mr. Clinton was keeping it official with the visiting President of Argentina, his lawyers were filing the official reply to the summons for the impeachment trial in the Senate.
The reply offers the first formal sketch of the President's defense
strategy for the trial. Among other things, the President's team argues that the charges in the articles of impeachment do not meet the standard of high crimes and misdemeanors needed for removal from office.
And the articles are called unconstitutionally vague.
The White House is insisting on moving the process along as quickly as possible.
JOE LOCKHART/WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: ONE OF THE THINGS THAT
WE'D LIKE TO GET DONE HERE IS TO HAVE THIS DONE IN AN EXPEDITIOUS
WAY...AND ONE WAY TO DO THAT IS TO RELY ON THE RECORD, WHICH WE WILL STIPULATE TO.
But the lead prosecutor is insisting that the President is trying to have it both ways...saying that if Mr. Clinton agrees that the facts support a penalty like censure...then why contest them in the context of the trial.
REP. HENRY HYDE/JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CHAIR/R-IL.: THEY ARE READY TO CENSURE THE PRESIDENT IN THE MOST STRONG TERMS, BASED ON THE SAME FACTS, SO ALL THEY DO IS CRITICIZE THE PROCESS, OR THEY SAY, GIVEN THE FACTS, THEY DON'T RISE TO THE LEVEL OF AN IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE.
Meanwhile, two Democratic Senators are concerned that significant parts
of the trial will be conducted in secret. They want the public's help
to change the Senate's rules.
SEN. TOM HARKIN/D-IA.: AMERICANS MUST WRITE...FAX...EMAIL...))
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American fighter jets fired on another radar station in Iraq today-
U-S pilots say they fired after being targetted by Iraqi radar in the Northern "no fly zone"
It's the fifth incident since last months air strikes and some anaylsts say part of Iraq's campaign to gain Arab support.
((MOHAMMED SAID EL SAHAF/IRAQI FOREIGN MINISTER: THEY ARE COMING TO OUR REGION ADN AGGRESSING AGAINST OUR COUNTRY. WHEN WE RESIST THEM WE ARE NOT PROVOKING ANYTHING. THEIR PRESENCE HERE IS A PROVACATION.))
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Meanwhile Iraqs effort to rally Arab support may not be working.
The official Saudi News agency is urging Iraqi's to overthrow Saddam Hussein.
The Department of Education says a Botetourt school for boys is making significant improvements but students are still playing dangerous games.
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The latest report says the Wilderness Leadership Academy has improved both its facilities and paperwork.
One student's report of sexual abuse has been dismissed.
But another student says he was almost sexually abused with a broomstick after playing Pass Out.
According to Education Department reports, that's when one student holds his breath and another hits him in the stomach so he passes out.
The Education Department wants written assurance from school officials that students will NOT play that game, and also that they will take better medical care of their students.
The Education Department will conduct a full review of the Wilderness Leadership Academy later this month to determine if it deserves a license.[(toss to R)]
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One local school system wants to take a different approach to turn around it's football program. We'll have that after this break.
And we'll tell you how owners of a Roanoke theater are cooking up a new idea in entertainment.
On Healthcheck, hospitals across the country are reporting a critical shortage of blood.
We'll have that and more. Stay with us.
Franklin County kindergarten students are going to start learning football skills.
The point is to turn the high school team's record around.
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The last time the Franklin County high school team had a winning record was twenty years ago.
So the school board is making immediate changes.
Football training will begin in elementary school.
The middle school will hire a football coach.
Parents of football players will have to meet with the team weekly to review films of past games.
A former judge suggests going one step further: replace the current superintendent and football coach.
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((B.A.DAVIS III/RETIRED JUDGE: IT'S THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE PRESENT COACHING STAFF AND THE KIDS ... COULD BE IMPROVED.))
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The coach says the attacks on the team's record hurt the kids.
He says the team needs support.
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((THAT'S WHAT WE'RE REFERRING TO, COMMITMENT. IT'S NOT GOING TO THE BALL GAMES .. YOU CAN BE SUCCESSFUL.))
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The coach will make monthly progress reports to the school board -- the next one will be on February 8th.
More than one hundred special athletes are gathering in Nelson County this week for the Virginia Special Olympics Alpine Skiing Championship.
The games kicked off with the lighting of the Olympic torch this afternoon at the Wintergreen Resort.
Athletes will be going for the gold in the slalom and giant slalom downhill events.
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((STEPHANIE LOVELACE/TRAINER: A LOT OF THESE KIDS YOU JUST TALK TO THEM. I SEE SOME OF THEM EVERY DAY AT SCHOOL AND THEY COME UP AND GIVE YOU A HUG AND YOU JUST LOVE THEM BACK, AND IT'S JUST.. YOU'VE GOT TO GIVE THEM A LOT OF LOVING TOO AND ENCOURAGEMENT. THEY WANT TO TALK TO YOU AND SAY `NO, WE CAN'T DO IT' AND YOU SAY `YES YOU CAN, IF YOU TRY', THAT'S ALL THAT COUNTS, YOU GIVE IT YOUR BEST.))
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About 20 Roanoke- area athletes are competing this year.
The Special Olympics wrap up with medal presentations tomorrow.
A Huntington, West Virginia couple is bringing dinner and a movie to the Roanoke Valley.
The finishing touches are still being put on the "Star City Cinema Grill" at Crossroads Mall.
It's what you might call a full service movie house.
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((DEBBIE STEELE/CO-OWNER & PRESIDENT; IT'S A THEATER SLASH RESTUARANT WHERE YOU ACTUALLY WATCH A MOVIE AND EAT YOUR DINNER AT THE SAME TIME. WE DO SERVE BEER, WINE, CHAMPAGNE AND A FULL MENU.))
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That menu will include appetizers, sandwiches, pizza and, of course, popcorn.
Servers will bring the meals and drinks to each customer's table.
The movies shown will be second run and will cost about three and a half dollars- two dollars for matinees.
Customers must be 18-years old or accompanied by an adult.
Randy and Debbie Steele expect to open their new venture before the end of the month.
If the thought of dinner and a movie isn't enough to wet your apettite, stay with us. After this break Patrick Evans will cook up something that's both good and good for you.
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No doubt many people made resolutions to eat better and lose weight after the Holiday Season.
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Word has it that was one of Patrick Evans' resolutions, too, and he's here with Don Mankie from the Lewis-Gale Health Management Center with more on how to do just that.
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More N-F-L teams play musical chairs with their coaches. Steve Mason will have that today in Sports.
On health check -- a nationwide shortage of blood leads to the cancellation of some surgeries,
and we'll tell you why a top health and welfare expert says substance abuse is causing an increase in child neglect.
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A new system can identify heart abnormalities that were undetectable before -- and it's being used in Virginia.
The University of Virginia Health Sciences Center is using new technology to reduce heart attacks in patients with heart disease.
The new system called Vertical Autoprofile gives more detailed information of the patient's cholesterol levels.
Physicians can then prescribe more drug therapies to target the problem.
In patient's with cholesterol abnormalities doctors can reduce heart attacks by 80 percent.
U-V-A is one of only three centers in the country using Vertical Autoprofile.
The system is for patients with known coronary artery disease and for those who have a family history of heart disease.
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A critical blood shortage nationwide may mean some surgeries are delayed.
There usually is a dip in the supply every year after the holidays, but it's so bad this year, elective surgeries in a number of eastern cities have been postponed. Drew Levinson has the details.
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Bob Lucen with the Appalachain region of the American Red Cross says Southwest Virginia is not in as dire need as some regions of the country, but as usual for this time of year, blood supply is low.
Lucen says type O and A negative are in high demand right now.
A former secretary of the Health, Education and Welfare Department is blaming drugs and alcohol for an explosion of child abuse.
Joseph Califano cited a study today that found the number of abused and neglected children is rising eight times faster than the general population.
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Califano says drug and alcohol treatment is the way to make addicted parents more responsible.
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Califano says addicted parents who will not participate in substance abuse programs, should lose custody of their children.
A fight breaks out at last night's hockey game, but this time the players weren't involve.
Here with what that can mean to Hampton Roads, is Steve Mason.[S5-Brophy]
Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your two minute ticker, lets start on the ice.
the Express beat Hampton Roads last night 3-nothing but the team is still fuming about the latest John Brophy antics that has left the Roanoke franchise with no other option but to alert the ECHL.
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Last night after the Express win, the Hampton Roads coach went into a tirade in which he blasted the refs.
then, in coming off the ice, he pushed a fan and then shoved a Roanoke city police officer and a Roanoke Civic center security official.
Today, the Express went through tape of the incidents, that also included a Hampton cheap shot on Express defender Jeremy Schaeffer that left him and the ice bloodied. Express GM Tony Mancuso, himself a former police offerce assessed the situation today.
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Express officials met with Roanoke City police around 3pm today and the city police is reviewing the tape given to them by the Express to see whether or not charges against the coach will follow.
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The coaching changes continue in the NFL and some familiar faces are ending up in new places.
The Philadelphia Eagles are expected to name Green Bay Assistant Andy Reid as their head coach.
And Former Eagles Coach Ray Rhodes is apparently going to succeed Mike Holmgren as the Packers new leader.
Marty Schottenheimer is leaving Kansas City after his first losing season as an NFL coach.
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Russian officials hope American television will help keep one of their families together.
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Keepers at the Saint Petersburg Zoo believe videotapes from the U-S will help a pair of orangutans take care of their baby.
The female ape Monika was raised in captivity and apparently doesn't know how to take care of her latest baby.
Her first baby nearly starved to death after the parents neglected him.
So keepers want to show the couple videotapes of primates caring for their young. They hope Monika and her mate, Rabu will learn something.
However television could be more of the problem than the cure.
The male ape was already watching so much Russian television, he lost all interest in his family.
It was only after the television was switched off the adult pair started getting along.
If the project doesn't work the couple's next baby may have to grow up alone.