Up next on News 7 at 5, the President's attorney begins his defense in the Senate.
and one man is killed and two others injured following a house fire late last night.
After a day of full sunshine, Clouds are quickly moving back in.
We may some flurries tonight in the mountains.
Details coming up.
Advancements in eye surgery are making seeing clearly a possibility.
And the government makes recommendations about the health and safety of cell phones, microwaves and power lines.
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Today it is the President's turn before the Senate.
His lawyer Charles Ruff claims the President was open, candid and truthful before the grand jury.
Ruff went on to say Clinton did not obstruct justice-
claiming there's no evidence Clinton ever told Secretary Betty Currie to retrieve those gifts.
All this comes just hours before Clinton is to give his state of the Union address.
Lee Cowan is following today's impeachment trial in Washington and he has the latest.
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The founding fathers probably never envisioned that the two
houses of congress would so equally and completely dominate an
In the Senate chamber - the Clinton Presidency is on trial.
later tonight in the house chamber -- the clinton presidency will
be tested. There is no telling which event will take center stage in the
history books, but the curtain rose first on the president's trial.
CHARLES RUFF/WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL: THERE IS NOW AND NEVER WILL BE ANY BASIS FOR THE SENATE TO CONVICT.
The president's attorney wasted no time tearing the house
manager's case down, point by point - calling it simplistic - and flying
in the face of the framer's intent.
CHARLES RUFF//WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL: WITCHES BREW .
Even if the prosecutors had proved their case he argued, - the
charges of perjury and obstruction of justice still aren't enough to
remove the president from office.
At the white house, the president was too busy to tune in --
putting the finishing touches on his appearance before his judge and
His state of the union speech outlines an aggressive agenda for
reform of social security, improvement of public schools, and a defense
against a biological weapon attack.
But the attack most seemed concerned with here tonight is the one
on bipartisanship - the issue of witnesses still threatening to be a
wedge - but one with an increasinlgy dull edge.
SEN. TRENT LOTT//SENATE MAJORITY LEADER: I think it's premature to say that it is predetermined or inevitable.
RUFF: DO YOU HAVE TO LOOK INTO VERNON JORDAN'S EYES TO TELL THE HOUSE
MANAGERS GOT IT WRONG?
LEE COWAN//CBS NEWS: This is likely going to be one of the most watched State of t he Union
Speeches in recent history - a fact not lost on a White House desperate
to keep public opinion polls in the stratosphere. It may be morbid
curiosity that causes some to tune in - but the ability of the President
to connect may be what keeps them. Lee Cowan, CBS News, Washington. Now Back to you.))
The President's chief counsel may be recognizable to Virginians with good memories.
Charles Ruff defended another high profile Democrat in 1992: Virginia Senator Chuck Robb.
It's just another Virginia connection to this unique moment in American history.
Ellen Qualls is in Washington with that perspective.
Jean, Charles Ruff was Chuck Robb's lawyer when a federal grand jury decided NOT to indict him in connection with the illegal taping of a cellphone conversation of his nemesis Doug Wilder.
Because Senator Robb's NOT talking impeachment, we have NO comment on how impartially he heard Ruff's arguments today.
But that's NOT the only Virginia connection to today's events.
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(( The woman who brought a Christian nativity scene into the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond is front and center on the Capitol steps in D-C-- and she's NO fan of the President.
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((GOD DID NOT FORGIVE SODOM AND GOMMORAH. WE PRAY THAT GOD MAY FORGIVE YOU.))
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((RITA WARREN: I STARTED LAST WEEK. LAST MONDAY. AND OF COURSE I GOT THE PERMIT FOR TWO MONTHS. I INTEND TO BE HERE AS LONG AS IT TAKES TO GET THE RIGHT DECISION OUT OF THIS SENATE, YOU SEE? AND FOR HIM EVEN TO ATTEND THE STATE OF THE UNION TONIGHT IS MAKING A MOCKERY OUT OF THE STATE OF THE UNION.))
((CHARLES RUFF/WHITE HOUSE ATTORNEY: YOU ARE FREE TO CRITICIZE HIM. TO FIND HIS PERSONAL CONDUCT DISTASTEFUL))
So inside the chamber, the Clinton defense kicked off-- and southwest Virginia Congressman Rick Boucher declined to take part.
Boucher says: "I was pleased by the request of the President's office that I take part in a presentation to the Senate as a participant in the President's defense. Due to other business, including the development of a legislative agenda for the Internet Caucus... I respectfully declined to participate."))
Boucher is of course the author of the failed Democratic censure resolution in the House.
He clearly wants no higher profile role defending this President.[5-Campbell-Fire]
A Campbell County man died and his wife and son were injured when their home near Evington caught fire early this morning.
Authorities say 53-year old Kallie Lee Overstreet woke up his family and got them out of their burning home around 12:30.
Overstreet then went back into the house to see if anyone else was still inside.. that's when he became trapped by the smoke and flames.
His wife Betty and their 18-year old son Tommy were treated for smoke inhalation at Lynchburg General Hospital.
The blaze is believed to be accidental. The Lynchburg fire marshal's office is assisting in the investigation.
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A mother convicted of murdering her child is about to learn her fate in court. That's up next.
And The Pulaski County community holds out hope the Volvo truck plant will expand afterall.
On Health Check, a new study about to be released promise more information on the link between Electro-Magnetic fields and cancer.
We'll have that and Patrick Evans tries out the pampered life.
Punishment will soon be handed down to the Henry County woman who killed her own baby on Mother's Day.
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The judge is hearing testimony at this hour in the sentencing of Sharon Denise Alley.
She pleaded guilty in November to stabbing her infant daughter Brook to death.
Her nine-year-old son Eric told the judge he feared his mom might hurt someone else if she was ever released from jail.
Her parents pleaded for leniency, saying Alley was not responsible because of post-partum depression.
She faces up to fifty years in prison.
The day after Volvo Trucks threatened to cancel its expansion in Pulaski County...
There's some optimism that the company and its union will reach a deal and the expansion will move forward.
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Scott Goldberg joins us from the newsroom with more.
Jean, late this afternoon Volvo said it had not talked to the United Auto Workers about when a disputed labor contract will come up for another vote.
Passing that contract is a must, or Volvo says it will send 13-hundred new jobs someplace else.
The local president of the United Auto Workers wouldn't talk on camera.
But he told News-7 "our union members remain dedicated to the expansion of our plant and to our social obligation to create jobs in Southwest Virginia."
The Pulaski County Supervisors Chairman urged the union and the company to make a deal.
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((JOE SHEFFEY: VOLVO, THE STATE, THE COUNTY HAVE HAD AN EXCELLENT WORKING RELATIONSHIP OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS. AND I HOPE THAT ANY MAJOR PROBLEMS CAN BE RESOLVED SO WE CAN CONTINUE WITH THIS PROJECT.))
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Yesterday, Volvo said union workers have to ratify a new contract this month.
The U-A-W rejected one proposed contract this weekend.
Members were concerned about low wages and health-care benefits.
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Volvo still won't get into details about all of this.
The company said only that talks with the union continue.
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A two million dollar lawsuit stemming from the collapse of the Timber Lake dam in Campbell County over three years ago has been settled out of court.
59- year- old Doris Stanley died when her car was washed off a bridge on Route 460 the night of June 22, 1995.
Torrential rains had caused the Timber Lake dam to collapse, sending millions of gallons of water rushing downstream.
Stanley's family had sued the Timberlake Homeowners Association, claiming the dam was not kept in good repair.
A jury trial scheduled for this week has been called off after the two sides reached a confidential settlement.
Spas are not just for women anymore. Coming up next Patrick Evans will tell us why more and more men are enjoying the plush lifestyle.
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A day at the spa may sound like an extravagance, but maybe you need a little opulence in your life, and it doesn't have to cost a fortune.
More and more MEN are making a trip to the spa, as well, so we sent Patrick Evans over to Spa Virginia to find out what all the fuss is about.
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Coming up on sports, the Yankee Clipper may make a return to the House that Ruth built.
Today on health check --
The latest government study on the effects of power lines and other electrical appliances on health is released today in Blacksburg.
Plus, an eye-opening story for patients with vision problems.
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((I FEEL LIKE I'M IN A STAR TREK EPISODE. IT'S JUST AMAZING WHAT THEY CAN DO NOWADAYS. ))
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The last fifteen years have brought a revolution in the treatment of many eye disorders. Procedures that once required hospital stays and lengthy recovery are now accomplished in a few hours. The benefits are obvious. Just ask Janine Stone.
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((JANINE STONE: I CALL IT MY CHRISTMAS MIRACLE.))
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Janine Stone doesn't need the glasses she's worn since second grade.
In the last month she's had cataracts removed and new lenses implanted in her eyes.
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((JANINE STONE: AND WHEN I TOOK THE PATCH OFF TO INSTALL THE FIRST DROP I KNEW THE OPERATION WAS A SUCCESS, BECAUSE I COULD SEE SO CLEARLY. IT'S MIRACULOUS.))
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The procedure that helped Janine Stone is just one example of recent advancements in the treatment of eye disorders... procedures that have shortened surgery and recovery times, and improved results for most patients.
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((DR. JOSEPH WEISMAN: WELL, NOW IT'S BEEN NOTHING SHORT OF A REVOLUTION. HER SURGERY INVOLVED WALKING INTO THE HOSPITAL, LOCAL ANESTHESIA, DIDN'T HAVE TO BE PUT TO SLEEP. THE SURGERY IN HER CASE TOOK ABOUT FIFTEEN MINUTES. SHE WAS BACK ON HER FEET THE SAME DAY. BACK TO NORMAL ACTIVITY WITH A DAY OR TWO.))
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Early next month, Carilion Community Hospital will open a new eye center that will consolidate services on one floor... make patient access much easier.
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((CINDY ALEXANDER/CLINICAL TEAM LEADER: IT'S VERY RARE THAT WE SEND ANYBODY OUT OF THE VALLEY ANYMORE. IT WOULD HAVE TO BE SOMETHING REALLY OFF THE WALL. MOST EVERYTHING THAT'S DONE EYE-WISE, WE CAN DO HERE IN THE VALLEY.))
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For Janine Stone, that means the collectibles on her shelves are more colorful now... And she's hopeful others will take advantage of the medical procedures that saved her sight.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
The debate over whether electromagnetic fields from power lines and appliances can cause leukemia and other diseases is being addressed today in Blacksburg.
One of the country's leading experts on the topic spoke at Virginia Tech on the results of new federal research.
A 1996 study reported no clear and conclusive evidence linking exposure to magnetic fields with an increased risk for cancer.
But the latest 50 million dollar study which will be presented to Congress next month, may cause the government to consider changes.
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((DR. CHRISTOPHER PORTIER/NIEHS: I THINK THERE WILL BE SOME PASSIVE REGULATORY CONCERNS SO NOT AN AGGRESSIVE ACTION OF ATTEMPTING TO BURY ALL POWER LINES IN THE COUNTRY, I THINK THAT WOULD BE A MASSIVELY EXPENSIVE UNDERTAKING, BUT THERE MIGHT BE SOME PASSIVE CONCERN.))
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American Electric Power does offer a free service to residents that calculates the field strength in and around their homes.
Today in Sports, they're getting ready to go racing.
Mike Stevens has more on in today's Two Minute ticker.[S5-Race]
The two minute sports ticker begins on the track this evening.
While most of the focus, is on Daytona today where the General Motors teams began two days of intensive testing,
the Martinsville Speedway has managed to grab a share of the NASCAR spotlight
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with a slight name change. What used to be the Goody's 500 was changed to the Goody's Headache Powder 500 a few years back, but today officials renamed the April 18th race the Goody's Body Pain 500.
The name change has a little bit to do with the ramming and bamming that takes place at Martinsville, but more to do with the release of Goody's new Body Pain formula.
The Radford Highlanders head into this Saturday's contest against Elon riding a two game win streak.
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Last night, RU topped Big South rival Coastal Carolina 104-75. Three Highlanders scored in double figures. A pair of super sophs are also getting attention. Lamar King scored 7 and had 10 assists while Jason Williams registered 7 points. His dunks are a true indication of what kind of team Ron Bradley has this year.
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Up in Lexington, VMI pulled out a close win over Wofford 58-56 last night. The Keydets allowed just 22 points in the second half and Matt Matheny was one of three Keydets in double figures. VMI improves to 7 and 9 on the season.
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He's won four U.S. Open titles and three Wimbledon crowns, but mostly people remember John McEnroe's temper.
The fiery tennis star has been elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame today.
Mac's record was 59 and 10 in his 12 years on the tennis scene, but his verbal attacks on linesmen and referees were also legendary.
In 1980 at the the age of 21 and 15 days he became the youngest player to achieve the number one ranking.
And finished as the number one player from '81 to '84.
Ken McGregor of Autralia was elected as a masters player.
McGregor helped the 1950 Australian Davis Cup Team end the U.S.'s four-year possession of the Cup.
That's the ticker for today. There's more News 7 at Five after this break.[Alley]
We have an update on our story earlier. Sharon Alley has received a 36 year sentence for the murder of her child.
We'll have more details on News 7 at 6.[5-Dimaggio]
Not long ago Joe Dimaggio was comatose and near death after developing an infection following lung cancer surgery.
Now he's not only healthy enough to go home, he's been invited back to Yankee Stadium.
Yankees' owner George Steinbrenner has asked Dimaggio to throw out the first ball on opening day.
Steinbrenner says it would be a wonderful moment for the fans.
DiMaggio was released from a Florida hospital yesterday after three months.