News-7's Ellen Qualls finds our Senators are worlds apart on the issue of impeaching the President.
She's prepared a live report from Washington to tell us what John Warner and Chuck Robb are up to.
We're also ready for LIVE news from Dublin- -and 12-hundred-77 new jobs at the Volvo Truck plant.
In sports, Mike Stevens media tour trevails take him to the King's court, we will introduce you to a new meber of the Express
Roy Stanley caught up with tech assistant Bud Foster today. he;s gonna tell us why he's staying in Blacksburg.
Rather cold rain highlights this forecast. Folks in Lynchburg should watch out for icing tonight. Details coming up.
[IN Q="The senate..."]
"The Senate will convene as a court of impeachment, the chaplain will offer a prayer."
[OUT Q= "...a prayer."]
The senate trial of President Clinton begins in earnest.
As this historic day dawned, the defendant shared the spotlight with Virginia's junior senator.
Good evening, I'm Keith Humphry.
The ceremonial part is over.
Now it's down to business.
The impeachment trial began with a prayer.
[SUPER=01-Rev. Lloyd Ogilvie/Senate Chaplain;]
((Keep them focused in a spirit of nonpartisan patriotism
today and in the crucial days to come.))
The House of Representatives managers then began presenting their case for impeachment.
They told senators that President Clinton repeatedly put himself above the law, and that a conviction would send a message to all future presidents that lying under oath will not be tolerated.
President Clinton's defense team will get its turn in a few days.
For Virginia's Senators, the day was a visual reminder of their differences on this impeachment and this President.
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Ellen Qualls is in Washington, where's she's spent the day checking on Chuck Robb and John Warner.
Keith, as this difficult process gets underway in the Senate, the usually mutually agreeable Chuck Robb and John Warner are becoming a study in contrasts.
They've always been from different parties.
Increasingly, they seem from different worlds when it comes to Bill Clinton.
[SUPER=01-James Sensenbrenner/(R) Wisconsin; :55]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Henry Hyde/(R) Illinois; 1:02]
[OUT Q="Thank you."]
At 11 a-m, Senator Chuck Robb was making nice with the President in public on their mutual successes in fighting crime.
[sot feed tape 24:14]
((SEN. CHUCK ROBB/D-VIRGINIA: I'M GONNA TRY TO LEAVE SOMETHING FOR THE PRESIDENT TO TALK ABOUT IN TERMS OF HIS NEW INITIATIVE TODAY.))
[sot feed tape 10:11]
((PRESIDENT CLINTON: JOE AND CHUCK AND I WERE RIGHT. ))
On his way to the 1 p-m impeachment hearing we asked the Senator if he had qualms about the appearance just before sitting in judgment.
[sot robb-warner tape 13:00:02]
((SEN. CHUCK ROBB: OH NO. THE REGULAR FUNCTIONS OF GOVERNMENT HAVE TO GO ON, AND WE HAVE BEEN DOING THAT FOR THE LAST FEW DAYS.))
His Republican counterpart is less positive about the President's recent public appearances.
[sot robb-warner tape 13:14:24]
((SEN. JOHN WARNER/R-VIRGINIA: I HAVE FOUND IT DISCOURAGING THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS ALMOST IN A SENSE OF MOCKING THIS IMPORTANT WORK BEING UNDERTAKEN BY THE CONGRESS...I THINK HE WENT TOO FAR IN SAYING SORT OF NOTHING'S GOING ON DOWN THERE ON CAPITOL HILL. I THINK HE'S SOBERING UP A LITTLE BIT NOW.))
[sot feed tape 13:33:59]
((REP. JAMES SENSENBRENNER/R-WISCONSIN: WHEN A CANCER EXISTS IN THE BODY POLITIC, OUR JOB, OUR DUTY, IS TO EXCISE IT.))
[sot feed tape 01:34:29]
((REP. HENRY HYDE/R-ILLINOIS: YOU HAVE PLEDGED TO PUT ASIDE PERSONAL BIAS AND PARTISAN INTEREST AND TO DO IMPARTIAL JUSTICE.))
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((ROBB: AND WE'RE GONNA CONTINUE TO GO ON WITH OUR BUSINESS. THANK YOU.))
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We'll have much more on today's senate trial in less than a half hour, on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather.[NAA
Brenda Hale will have to beat Martin Jeffrey twice if she's going to run Roanoke's N-double-A-C-P.
The national N-double-A-C-P says the local chapter must vote again for a president.
Brenda Hale was elected last November, defeating Martin Jeffrey by three votes.
But part of the membership list was missing so many could not vote.
National spokespeople say that could have affected the results and everyone must vote again within a month.
Martin Jeffrey is still president for now.
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Shelor Automotive today paid off an outstanding debt of nearly 300-thousand dollars.
The amount is what Montgomery County says Shelor owes in merchants capital taxes, penalties and interest for 1997.
Shelor has publicly objected to the tax, which is levied annually against a business' unsold merchandise.
Today Shelor was forced to pay the bill after the county treasurer placed a lien against the company's bank account.
[IN Q=We can]
((LARRY SHELOR/SHELOR AUTOMOTIVE PRES.:WE CAN AFFORD TO PAY THIS TAX AND WE'VE PAID THEM AS SOON AS THE LIENS WERE LEVIED, EVENTUALLY, THIS TAX COULD PUT OUR BUSINESS IN JEOPARDY, THOUGH, TO COMPETE WITH OTHER BUSINESSES THAT AREN'T AFFECTED BY THIS TAX. ))
[SUPER=01-Larry Shelor/Shelor Automotive Pres.; :00]
[OUT Q=by this tax.]
Shelor has filed a lawsuit against the county challenging the 1997 tax bill and a hearing is scheduled for next month.
Shelor says he's disappointed the county would demand payment now instead of waiting for the court's decision.[Giles
A member of the Giles Rescue squad has been accused of stealing nearly 95- hundred dollars in bingo money.
Donna Lynn Thomas allegedly embezzled the money in 1996, while acting as the squad's bingo treasurer.
Squad officials say they contacted the sheriff's department after a routine audit detected a problem.
Bingo proceeds help the rescue squad pay its bills.
Thomas is suspended from the squad pending the outcome of the case.
The Roanoke School teacher accused of offering to perform oral sex on undercover police officers could become the first of 18 similar suspects to go to trial.
Shane Wolfe's case goes before a jury February 9th, unless the judge accepts his lawyer's argument.
[IN Q=...that it's rediculous]
((...THAT IT'S REDICULOUS THAT ORAL SEX IS A CLASS-SIX FELONY IN VIRGINIA. BUT FOR THE WATERS OF THE POTOMAC, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES COULD BE CHARGED WITH A CLASS-SIX FELONY.))
[SUPER=01-Chris Kowalczuk/Wolfe's Attorney]
[OUT Q=Class-6 felony.]
Kowalczuk is not conceding that Wolfe offered to perform oral sodomy on the two detectives. He's simply saying the
state has no business proscribing sex acts between consenting adults.[Volvo-Expansion]
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13-hundred new jobs paying upwards of 15-dollars an hour -- It's a plan Pulaski County leaders say could jumpstart the local economy.
But before it happens the General Assembly has to approve funding for the plan GOvernor Gilmore proposed last night.
Scott Goldberg is at the Volvo truck plant in Pulaski County which, government willing, will add those new jobs.
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[SUPER=01-Tom Worrell/Fontaine Modification]
[SUPER=01-Joe Sheffey/Pulaski Co. Board of Supervisors;]
[super=01-Charles Cook/Pulaski Co. Supervisor]
[OUT Q=90 percent good chance.]
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The deal with Volvo could cost state and local governments up to 50 million dollars during the next decade.
But Governor Jim Gilmore says he is convinced the incentives and tax breaks are a wise investment.
Today in Richmond, Gilmore said the financial incentives the state is offering Volvo are based on performance, not promises.
[IN Q=The Virginia approach]
((THE VIRGINIA APPROACH HAS ALWAYS BEEN TO PUT IN PERFORMANCE OBLIGATIONS SO THAT WE'RE NOT SIMPLY GIVING AWAY STATE MONEY. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE IN FACT ABLE TO DELIVER ON JOBS AND OPPORTUNITY FOR SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA. AND IN THE MEANWHILE, WE'RE PREPARED TO MAKE AN INVESTMENT TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN.))
[OUT Q=make that happen.]
Gilmore says the agreement with Volvo will not only bring new jobs to western Virginia, but will strengthen the state's position in the auto and truck manufacturing industry.
A former Giles County supervisor is suing Carilion Giles Memorial Hospital for more than a million dollars.
[SUPER=03-Giles Co./January 1998;]
The lawsuit centers on an incident in January of 1998 in which Bobby Williams attempted suicide, after a grand jury indicted him on wiretapping charges.
Williams is suing the hospital for allegedly releasing his medical condition to the news media.
A downhill toboggan ride on Wall Street today -
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The Dow fell 229 points to close at 91-21... Nasdaq lost 40 points.
[ AE/ATT/Bank of America/Bell/Columbia]
[Dana/Dimon/Dominion Resources/First Union/First VA]
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[Roanoke Electric Steel/SunTrust/Trigon/Wachovia/Walmart]
After four weeks on the run, a convicted child molester from Bedford County is back behind bars tonight.
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46- year- old Roger Lee Crouch failed to appear for his sentencing December 16th.. police believed Crouch had fled the area with his wife Linda and their 20- month- old son.
Authorities in Portland, Texas, today arrested the Crouches after a routine traffic stop.
Their son Travis, who suffers from a congenital brain deformity
and requires continuous medical care, is reported to be in good condition.
Some people fighting a controversial rezoning in Salem aren't giving up.
They've filed a lawsuit, to keep the Elizabeth Campus as it is.
City council wants most of the propery available for light industry.
Four opponents have filed suit to overturn the rezoning. They argue the land-use change would ruin property values in the neighborhood.
Salem's city manager calls the move "political" and says he's confident council's decision will stand.
The former football coach who sued V-M-I has been thrown for a loss.
A Rockbridge County judge dismissed Bill Stewart's lawsuit against the school and his attempt to collect a million, 350-thousand dollars in damages.
Stewart was forced out two years ago, after he was accused of using a racial slur against one of his players.
He claimed the way V-M-I handled his firing was wrong.
Judge George Honts disagreed. He said V-M-I officials told Stewart he was in trouble, and Stewart had the opportunity to ask for a hearing, which he never did.
The judge said Stewart can't go to court, saying his rights were violated, "when he chose not to exercise those rights."
Bud Foster tells our Roy Stanley why Blacksburg is the place to be, A visitt with one of the Lady Hokie Hoopsters whose making an impact,
and Mike Stevens holds court with the king as the NASCAR media tour rolls on in the Carolinas
Bud Fosters's decision to turn down the defensive coordinator's job for Steve Spurrier and the Florida Gators is a sign that the Hokie Football program is on Solid ground.
[IN Q="It was...]
[SUPER=01-Bud Foster/Hokies' Defensive Coordinator; :]
[OUT Q=...be super."]
This season Tech ranked among the top 11 teams nationally in six defensive categories.
And foster says the best is yet to come.
[IN Q="I don't...]
[OUT Q=...football program."]
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Bonnie Henrickson is another coach the Hokies better keep an eye on. Her 15 and oh Tech women will close out a three game road swing tomorrow against St. Bonneventure. The 13th ranked Hokies have dropped two conference rivals so far.
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Flyers vs. Hokies;]
Second year player Tere Williams is averaging 16.8 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per contest, leading the team in both categories. The Super soph has also been named Atlantic 10 player of the week twice already.
[IN Q=I am a]
[SUPER=01-Tere Williams/Virginia Tech Forward;]
[OUT Q=on the scoreboard]
The Lady Hokies return home on the 22nd to host St.Joseph's.
[GRAPHIC=Nascar media tour]
No preseason NASCAR tour of the Carolinas would be complete without hearing from the King and his court. Tonight Mike Stevens checks in from Concord with some proud Pettys.
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A change of heart and the hiring of Dave Wanndstedt as an assistant head coach is keeping Jimmy Johnson in Miami.
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Johnson scheduled a news conference to announce his retirement.
But all of the above and a talk with Dan Marino changed his mind.
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