President Clinton's lawyers respond to the Senate summons in the impeachment case.
And Iraq has again come under fire from U-S aircraft.
News 7 at noon is next.
U-S warplanes have been involved in two separate attacks over Iraq today.
A Pentagon spokesman says two F-16's dropped a pair of bombs on an air defense site in northern Iraq.
In the second incident, a U-S plane fired a missile at another air defense location.
The pilots reportedly were about to be targeted by anti-aircraft missiles.
Meantime, Iraq's foreign minister is accusing Saudi Arabia and Kuwait of actively supporting last month's U-S/ British airstrikes.
The Iraqis gave details they say proves cooperation in the air raids, a sort of indirect warning that Iraq is keeping score in case it decides to get even.
((SAHAF (PARTLY OVER PIX) "CRUISE MISSILES ///FROM THE KUWAITI AIR SPACE///THREE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-SEVEN" ))
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Saudi Arabia and Eygpt have made unprecedented calls for the Iraqi people to overthrow Saddam Hussein.
The noon deadline has arrived for President Clinton to respond to the Senate's summons about his impeachment trial.
Meanwhile , Democratic sources say the President's lawyers won't offer a motion to dismiss the charges at the outset of the trial.
The trial is set to begin Thursday.
The critical issue of whether witnesses will be called is still being debated.
((REP. LINDSEY GRAHAM//R-SC: "WHAT I'M SAYING HERE IS - TO TELL THAT STORY."
SEN. CHARLES SCHUMER//D-NY: "I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE A VERY HARD CASE --- NOT AN EXPEDITION INTO EVERYTHING ABOUT BILL
[SUPER=01-Rep. Lindsey Graham/(R) South Carolina:]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Charles Schumer/(D) New York;]
[OUT Q=about Bill Clinton.]
At the White House it was business as usual as President Clinton this morning welcome the President of Argentina.
Mr. Clinton recognized him as a partner in forging trade links as well as promoting democracy and human rights in South America.
((PRESIDENT CLINTON:PRESIDENT MENEM HAS CONSISTENTLY WORKED TO ENCOURAGE CONSTRUCTIVE DIALOGUE BETWEEN NATIONS AND TO OPPOSE THOSE WHO WOULD INTIMIDATE THEIR NEIGHBORS THROUGH MILITARY AGGRESSION. ))
[OUT Q=through military aggression.]
Meantime, President Clinton is standing firm with his promise to deliver his state of the union address on January 19th.
At Fallon Park Elementary School, "character counts"...
Even more so, with its character education program that emphasizes such values as trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, fairness, caring, and citizenship.
State Senator John Edwards is so impressed by the school's program, he's introducing a bill to implement it in EVERY elementary school across the Commonwealth.
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((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/D- 21ST DISTRICT: IT'S BEEN PROVEN VERY SUCCESSFUL AT FALLON PARK. DISPLINE IS DOWN, ACHIEVEMENT IS UP. STUDENTS ARE DOING BETTER AND HOPEFULLY THEY'LL BE BETTER CITIZENS WHEN THEY GROW UP.))
[OUT Q=when they grow up]
Edwards says suspensions have dropped by two- thirds at Fallon Park, where students recite the six "pillars of character" every day.
Virginia is now the only state that bans public schools from opening before Labor Day.
It's likely to provoke a battle between educators and the tourism industry in the General Assembly session that begins Wednesday.
Previous attempts to overturn the rule have failed because of strong opposition from hotels, restaurants and amusement parks.
Those businesses say they'd lose moneyif classes started earlier because families would stop vacationing over the Labor Day weekend.
Educators say local control of the school calendar is more important than tourism dollars.
A Tennessee woman died in a Christiansburg car accident.
It happened last night at the intersection of Roanoke Street and Bristol Drive.
Police say a vehicle driven Horst Jahn of Tellico Plains, Tennessee drove into the path of another vehicle.
Jahn's Wife, Hildegard, died at the scene.
Horst Jahn was flown to Roanoke Memorial,-- he is listed in critical condition.
No charges have been filed against the driver of the other vehicle.
Some tractor trailer drivers are hoping the recent fatal accident on Interstate-81 will serve as a wake up call to ALL drivers.
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Investigators say speed and ice were the main factors in the pilepup that killed four people.
Eight tractor trailers and seven other passenger vehicles slid across an ice covered bridge, causing a chain reaction crash.
The accident took place on a Sunday, one of the busiest travel days along I-81 for truckers.
But most say an alternate like Route-eleven is not really an option.
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((BRIAN SERVIS/TRUCK DRIVER; ROUTE ELEVEN TAKES YOU UP MORE STEEP GRADES AND IF YOU'RE REALLY HEAVY, YOU'RE GOING TO LOSE TIME GOING THROUGH IT.))
[SUPER=01-Brian Servis/Truck Driver;]
[OUT Q=GOING THROUGH IT.]
Some say the only ways to prevent future accidents are to learn to share the road and stick to the posted speed limit.
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[IN Q=I THINK]
((GREG WILLIAMS/TRUCK DRIVER; I THINK THEY NEED TO SLOW DOWN AND RESPECT THE TRUCK DRIVERS AND THE TRUCK DRIVERS NEED TO RESPECT THE FOUR WHEELERS AND RESPECT THE WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR SURE.))
((LOUIS QUICENO/TRUCK DRIVER; JUST SLOW DOWN AND TAKE YOUR TIME. YOU JUST HAVE TO SLOW DOWN WHEN THE BAD WEATHER HITS. THAT'S ABOUT IT.))
[SUPER=01-Greg Williams/Truck Driver; :00]
[SUPER=01-Louis Quiceno/Truck Driver; :07]
[OUT Q=ABOUT IT.]
Some truckers admitted they speed, saying they are under the pressure of a deadline.
But they add it's not worth dying for.
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An Associated Press television crew is out of Sierra Leone, after getting caught in the middle of that country's violent civil war.
That story is next on News-7 at Noon.
And it's a big milestone for Attorney General Janet Reno-- find out what we mean in just a moment.
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The Associate Press journalists injured in a shooting in Sierra Leone have been taken to the Ivory Coast.
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The shooting yesterday killed A-P television producer Myles Tiernay.
The 34 year old was killed instantly when the station wagon he was traveling in was fired on in the country's capital, Freetown.
Reporter Ian Stewart suffered a head wound in the gunfire.
And photographer David Guttenfelder suffered cuts from broken glass.
The men had been in Sierra Leone for four days covering the increasingly violent civil war.
Janet Reno has made history by becoming the second longest-serving
Attorney General for the U-S.
The one-time Florida prosecutor has been in office for five years,-- ten months -- longer than F-D-R's first attorney general.
While in office, Reno has overseen a big drop in youth violence.
((RENO: WHAT I THINK IS MORE IMPORTANT IS FOR THE AMERICAN
PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT WE CAN NEVER RELAX OUR VIGILANCE ABOUT CRIME, ABOUT
CRIME PREVENTION. ))
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[OUT Q=crime prevention.]
But Reno has her critics.
Republicans have demanded she leave office since she refuses to order an independent counsel for campaign finance.
Top White House aides are upset with her appointment of seven independent counsels investigating the President and several of his officials.
Virginia's new Sex Offender Registry has generated thousands of web-site hits over the past few weeks.
It also generated some viewer mail this week.
Here's Joe McKean with News-7's Feedback.
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[OUT Q=McKean, News-7.]
((Lynchburg bureau chief Steve Smallshaw brought us the story of a woman whose husband was in the registry.
He'd been convicted of molesting their daughter years ago.
But the family had done much to recover from that and stayed together.
She thought it was harmful and unfair to make his record so readily accessible.
But a Roanoke viewer, who asked that her name be withheld disagreed.
"I am sorry, but she should have thought about that before she allowed him to
return to her home with her daughter. It sounds as though she is more worried
about her friends and neighbors finding out that she would allow this to
happen than she is worried about the welfare of her child. Why try to live a
normal life, when her husband has already made it abnormal for this innocent
Get real, lets put the blame where it should be and not blame the Law
Enforcement Community for doing their jobs and for letting the public know
when a convicted sex offender is living in their neighborhoods; after all,
some of us protect our children and not willingly place them in harm's way."
Your comments on our news coverage and issues in the news are welcome anytime.
The address is News-7 Feedback. P.O. Box 7, Roanoke Virginia, 24022-0007.
You may send a fax to 540-343-7269.
And our e-mail address is email@example.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
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Everyone has their own favorite list of actors, musicians and movies.
But in just a moment on News-7 at Noon, we'll find out who took the People's Choice prizes.
Stay with us.
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It's not the Oscar's or the Emmy's but to some celebratiess it's an even bigger prize.
Manuel Gallegus has the winners of the 25th annual People's Choice Awards. (/////SOT/////)
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[SUPER=04-Proctor & Gamble Productions; :10]
[SUPER=04-CBS; HOT CHANGE!!]
[SUPER=01-Celine Dion/Singer; :23]
[SUPER=01-Sandra Bullock/Favorite Film Actress; :45]
[SUPER=01-Harrison Ford/All Time Favorite Film Actor; 1:43]
[SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/Reporting; 1:19]
[OUT Q=news, Pasadena]
((IT'S THE FIRST AWARD SHOW OF THE YEAR, AND ONE THAT THE STARS LIKE
BECAUSE IT'S MORE RELAXED THAN THE OSCARS, AND BECAUSE IT SHOWS WHO IS
FOR 25 YEARS THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS HAVE RECOGNIZED THE PUBLIC'S
FAVORITES FROM MOVIES, TELEVISION AND MUSIC.
--NAT SOT-ELTON JOHN
--SOT-CELINE DION/SINGER 21:18
all the awards are fantastic they all mean something special. But
when it comes grom the public we're talking about the truth.
THERE WERE NEWCOMERS, DEBORAH MASSY FROM "WILL AND GRACE," SHERYL LEE,
FROM L.A. DOCTORS, BOTH TV SHOWS VOTED NEW FAVORITES. AND FAMILIAR
ACTORS , HELEN HUNT, DAVID HYDE PIERCE, TIM ALLEN AND SANDRA BULLOCK, WHO ADMITTED NOT ALL HER FILMS ARE GOOD.
SANDRA BULLOCK/FAVORITE ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE
"but have you noticed, sometimes I'm popular, sometimes I'm not.
You can have a couple of stinkers, which I've had ! but I'm just as
proud as the ones that stunk as the ones that were more successful."
SOME MOMENTS IN THE SHOW WERE THERE TO REMIND US HOW MUCH TIME HAS
--SOT-JOHN WAYNE, TELLY SAVALAS,
AND A SPECIAL MOMENT FOR A CHILD WITH LEUKEMIA WHO PRESENTED AN AWARD
THANKS TO THE MAKE A WISH FOUNDATION .
The people's choice awards are different from other awards because
they're actually chosen by the public. 5-thousand people are polled and
they're the ones who determine the winners.
THIS YEAR VOTERS GOT TO CHOOSE THEIR ALL TIME FAVORITES FOR MUSIC, ELTON JOHN, T.V., BILL COSBY THE PUBLIC'S CHOICE FOR ALL TIME FAVORITE ACTOR, NOT ROBERT DENIRO, OR CLINT EASTWOOD BUT HARRISON FORD.
IN ALL 18 AWARDS WERE GIVEN IN THE SHOW THAT MANY STARS SAY CONNECTS
THEM MOST WITH THEIR AUDIENCE. MANUEL GALLEGUS, CBS NEWS PASADENA.))
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 54 points.
[SPORTS MUSIC UNDER]
Still ahead in sports, Washington's OTHER first family is leaving the game.
Plus, was it hockey or boxing on the venue at the Roundhouse?
We'll have the lowlights from a very messy Express victory, when News 7 at Noon continues.
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There's a deal brewing in Washington, but it's not the same one that's been 'cooking' for 25 years.
The Washington Redskins and Jack Kent Cooke Stadium are now the property of the Milstein- Snyder group, courtesy of an 800 million dollar deal.
The group-- headed by Howard and Edward Milstein and Daniel Snyder-- paid the largest- ever bill for a North American sports franchise-- and ended 25 years of ownership by the Cooke family.
Before it's final, the sale must be approved by three-quarters of N-F-L owners.
In other football news, the Eagles have hired Green Bay quarterbacks coach Andy Reid to be Philly's new head coach.
The 40- year- old becomes the second- oldest N-F-L chief.
The New York Jets earned a spot in the A-F-C title game with a 34- 24 win over Jacksonville.
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Leading 10- nothing, New York's Vinny Testaverde hands off to Keyshawn Johnson. He scores his second touchdown of the game on the 10 yard run. 17- nothing Jets.
The Jaguars would get on the board on the last play of the first half. Mark Brunell goes to the air and hits Jimmy Smith on the 52 yard pass. 17- 7 New York at the break.
The Jets were up 24- 7 in the third before the Jaguars strike again on fourth and goal.
Brunell gets it to Keenan McCardell for the three- yard play. The Jags trailed 24- 17.
But the Jets answered again in the fourth quarter.
Testaverde pitches to Martin. He scores on the 3 yard run and New York wins it 34- 24.
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[SUPER=01-Vinny Testaverde/284 Yards One Touchdown; :]
[OUT Q=.....playoffs here."]
The Jets travel to Mile High Stadium to take on Denver this Sunday.
Leroy Hoard made three trips to the end zone, leading the Vikings over the Cardinals 41- 21.
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The Vikings take the field from the smoke-filled tunnel.
In the first quarter, Hoard takes the handoff and scores on the one yard run. Minnesota's up 7- nothing.
The Vikings add to that lead in the second quarter. Randall Cunningham fires to Andrew Glover for 15 yards. 14- nothi
Arizona also got on the board before the half. Mario Bates takes the handoff from Jake Plummer and scores on the one yard run to make it 17- 7 Vikings.
But Cunningham would throw two more touchdown passes--
one to Hoard and this three yarder to Randy Moss. The Vikings win it 41- 21.
The Vikings will host Atlanta on Sunday for the N-F-C title.
The Express is only one point behind Hampton Roads in the Northeast Division, after beating the Admirals last night-- in messy fashion-- at the Roundhouse.
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Roanoke scored all three goals in the first period, before the game turned into a typical Express/ Admirals wrestling match.
Fights were breaking out all over the ice as the two teams battled through the final two periods.
Then, after the game was over, a frustrated John Brophy left the ice listening to the jeering fans. He even shoved someone before being escorted out of the Civic Center by police.
The Express wins the game 3 to nothing.
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Fifteen and counting for the Lady Hokies after a convincing conference win over George Washington.
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Amy Wetzel made an impression early with the good defensive play. Lisa Witherspoon finishes it off with the three.
Wetzel again with the quick hands travels coast to coast and gets it to fall. Wetzel had 17 for the game.
G-W does a good job of getting inside to Noelia Gomez in the second. She led the Colonials with 22.
But Tech showed it has an inside game too-- going to Tere Williams, who ended up with 18 points on the day.
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Freshman Nicole Jones makes the save on the way to scoring 14.
Tech wins it 74 to 65 and ups its record to five and oh in the Atlantic 10 and 15 and oh overall.
A forty- six point trouncing by the Duke Blue Devils has the Cavaliers off to their worst start in nine years.
[SUPER=03-Durham, NC/JP-RAYCOM; :]
Cavalier head coach Pete Gillen tell tried to get his squad fired up for the second-ranked Blue Devils.
Adam Hall gets the ball and he knocks it in off the glass. The Cavaliers were down by one early.
But Duke would start an 11- oh run. William Avery takes it to the hoop for the score to put the Duke lead at 7.
Then the Blue Devils work the inside. Elton Brand gets the bucket and the foul and the lead was ten.
Virginia's Chris Williams got into foul trouble, but he knocks down this three and the Cavs trailed by 11.
The Blue Devils led
throughout the second half, and they go on to win it 115 to 69.
Russian zoo keepers hope an organutan's addiction to television will help him learn some parenting skills.
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[7:37:07 and 10 newspath]
An estranged pair of orangutans so far have no idea how to care for thier six week old baby.
Keepers at the zoo rigged up a T-V outside the cage of Monika and Rabu after the pair began to neglect their baby, Ramon.
Rabu soon spent so much time watching T-V that he ignored Monika-- who then got upset she was being neglected.
The Zoo plans to use that addiction to their advantage by showing parenting videos from the U-S.
Orangutan's are known to imitate what they see.