President Clinton takes his state of the Union Address on a test drive, while his lawyers continue his defense in the Senate chambers.
And twenty -five years after he fled from Martinsville authorities, Alfred Martin makes a surprise plea.
News 7 at noon is next.
A Big turn of events in the case of Alfred Martin.
He's the man who walked away from the Martinsville prison farm 25 years ago and was recently extradited from his home in Michigan.
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Christy Hubley joins us with the latest from Martinsville.
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A Dublin woman is behind bars charged with trying to hire an undercover police officer to commit murder.
Sources tell NEWS seven, 39- year old Peggy Jo Sullivan wanted someone to kill her former boyfriend.
Sullivan was arrested yesterday afternoon after meeting the undercover officer in his car-- which was parked outside a fast food restaurant in Dublin.
After placing Sullivan under arrest, sheriff's investigators searched Sullivan's truck which was parked nearby.
Inside they found two large pipe-bombs in a bag.
Sheriff's officials say they had no idea Sullivan was carrying the devices.
A state police agent wearing a protective suit removed the bombs which were taken to a local landfill and disarmed.
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((JIM DAVIS/PULASKI CO. SHERIFF: ))
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Investigators arranged to have the undercover officer meet with Sullivan after learning she was allegedly trying to hire someone.
Right now, investigators say they have NOT determined who built the bombs.
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President Clinton is taking his state of the Union ideas on the road today with appearances in New York and Pennsylvania.
But in the halls of Congress, impeachment continues to echo through the Senate chamber, where the trial resumes this afternoon.
Lee Cowan reports.
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[SUPER=01-Rep. Jennifer Dunn/(R) Washington;]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting; ]
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((WITH THE SINGLE MOST AWKWARD MOMENT SINCE HIS IMPEACHMENT NOW OVER
- THE PRESIDENT IS LEFT TO TAKE HIS MESSAGE ON THE ROAD, AND LEAVE THE
MESSAGE OF HIS INNOCENCE IN THE HANDS OF HIS ATTORNEYS WHO HAVE TWO MORE DAYS TO MAKE THEIR CASE.
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(( NAT CLINTON WALK IN ))
BUT THE LONG SHADOW OF PARTISANSHIP STRETCHED FROM THE SENATE
IMPEACHMENT TRIAL INTO THE HOUSE CHAMBER LAST NIGHT, AND ALTHOUGH THE
PRESIDENT NEVER MADE REFERENCE TO HIS PERSONAL PROBLEMS, THERE WAS A
CLEAR RECOGNITION THEY WERE THERE HOVERING IN THE BACKGROUND.
(( CLINTON SOT AT 22:25:42 ))
"Perhaps in the daily press of events, in the clash of controversy, we
do not see our own time for what it truly is - a new dawn for America."
DURING HIS EXTRAORDINARY 77 MINUTE SPEECH - THE APPLAUSE THAT
ECHOED THROUGH THE CHAMBER CAME ALMOST SOLEY FROM DEMOCRATS.
THERE WERE PLENTY OF EMPTY SEATS TOO - MANY GOP MEMBERS
BOYCOTTING AN UNCOMFORTABLE SITUATION - AND EVEN SOME OF THE KEY MEMBERS WHO WERE THERE, MADE LITTLE EFFORT TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR THE PRESIDENT - EVEN AS HE DID HIS BEST TO EXTEND AN OLIVE BRANCH ON SOME OF HIS KEY ISSUES.
((CLINTON SOT AT 21:19:49 ))
"I reach out my hand to those of you of both parties, in both houses and ask you to join me in saying: we will save Social Security now."
TO DO THAT, HE PLANS TO DEVOTE SOME TWO AND A HALF TRILLION
DOLLARS IN PROJECTED BUDGET SURPLUSES OVER TH NEXT 15 YEARS - ONE OF THE MOST AMBITIOUS INITIATIVES OF HIS PRESIDENCY.
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HE ALSO PROPOSED HIGHER EDUCATION STANDARDS FOR STUDENTS, AN
INCREASE IN DEFENSE SPENDING TO RAISE MILITARY LIVING STANDARDS, AND
APROGRAM TO PREPARE CITIES TO RESPOND TO TERRORIST ATTACKS.
REPUBLICANS KEPT THEIR ATTACK MUTED BUT DIDN'T HESITATE TO REMIND
AMERICA OF THE PRESIDENT'S TROUBLES.
(( SUPER: REP. JENNIFER DUNN/R-WA )) (( SOT AT 22:37:10 ))
"And no matter what the outcome of the President's situation, life in
America will go on. Our lives will continue to be filled with practical
matters, not constitutional ones."
LEE COWAN//CBS NEWS.))
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Also during last night's address, the President announced that the federal government will sue cigarette makers.
President Clinton said the Justice Department will follow the states' lead and attempt to recover billions of dollars spent caring for sick smokers.
A tobacco industry spokesman calls the move a --quote-- "blatently political act."
Meanwhile, the governors of five tobacco states, including Virginia, will meet with industry leaders today in Durham, North Carolina.
They are attempting to set up a multi-Billion dollar trust fund for tobacoo growers.
We'll have more on the meeting later today on News-7 at Six.[greenspan]
It was Alan Greenspan who had the spotlight this morning on Capitol Hill, but the State of the Union Address was still a hot topic.
Greenspan said President Clinton's idea to put huge amounts of Social Security money into the stock market could damage the economy.
The Federal Reserve chairman also signaled he's not ready to lower interest rates any time soon because of the strong U-S economy.
But he did say he's concerned that a tumble in the stock market and weakness in Latin America could damage consumer spending.
((GREENSPAN:THUS ALL ELSE WILL LIKELY....OF CONSUMER DENIED. ))
[SUPER=01-Alan Greenspan/Federal Reserve Chairman;]
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But he added some moderation in economic growth might be required to sustain expansion.
This was Greenspan's first appearance before Congress to review the economy since the central bank cut interest rates three times last fall.
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The Old Southwest Architectural Review Board says last night's city council decision has put a crack in their authority.
That's just one of the stories still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
And naval forces are moving toward the Adriatic, as Serb troops continue their crackdow in Kosovo.
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Some major developments in the mounting crisis in Kosovo.
NATO said today it's moving naval forces... including the American U.S.S. Enterprise battle group... to the Adriatic, as it weighs its options on Yugoslavia's violent crackdown on Kosovo.
during a special NATO session in Brussels, General Wesley Clarke reported on his meeting yesterday with Yugoslav President Milosevic.
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TO DO. ))
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That was to deliver a warning to Milosevic -- though as one diplomat put it: we made no headway.
Now NATO ambassadors are considering what to next.
One option is an air strike.
In Kosovo Serb troops still haven't stopped the crackdown.
The killing of at 45 ethnic Albanians, a massacre that ignited the current crisis, has now drawn condemnation from the United Nations.
The Security Council has called on Belgrade to cooperate with its investigation of the killings.
(( NANCY SODERBERG/ U-S Ambassador to the U.N: THIS IS A STRONG MESSAGE TO BELGRADE WITH STRONG UNANIMOUS SUPPORT
OF THE COUNCIL. WE HOPE THE MESSAGE IS HEARD. ))
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Another U-N worry is the worsening refugee crisis.
A Henry County towel manufacturer will pay 200-thousand dollars to settle a sex-discrimination suit.
204 women sued Fieldrest Cannon, saying they were denied entry-level jobs because of their gender.
In addition to the cash settlement, the company will hire 15 of the women and give them retroactive seniority.
Fieldcrest- Cannon will also revise its hiring process.
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Roanoke City Council's decision to overturn a decision by the Architecutural review board is not sitting well.
The Architectural Review Board had ruled Aubrey Hicks porch "out of character" with historic "Old Southwest" months ago.
But last night council overruled the board's decision, agreeing with Hicks that it looks better than others in the neighborhood--a ruling the board did not take lightly.
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((DON HARWOOD/ARB MEMBER; IF YOU THROW A COAT OF PAINT OVER SOMETHING....A JUDGEMENT FOR THE ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD.))
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The board has not determined whether to appeal city council's ruling.
Roanoke will have to look for a new City Manager.
Yesterday Bob Herbert told city council he will resign on April 9th.
After 20 years in Roanoke city administration, he's taking a job at Virginia Tech, working with the center for Organizational and Technological advancement.
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((BOB HERBERT/CITY MANAGER; ITS AN OPPORTUNITY THAT'S COME ALONG THAT I THINK WILL ALLOW ME TO WORK IN ROANOKE, AND SPECIFICALLY, TO WORK ON THAT PROJECT THAT HAS BEEN A BIG PART OF MY LIFE, THE CONFERENCE CENTER A THE HOTEL ROANOKE;))
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Herbert will work to develop educational programs at the conference center for government and non-profit organizations.
Assistant City Manager James Ritchie will become acting City Manager when Herbert leaves his post.
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A new diet pill may be on the way to drug store shelves.
That story is next on News-7 at Noon.
And it's a baby boom-- at the Paris Zoo.
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An experimental diet pill seems to be helping overweight people shed those extra pounds, without the dangerous side effects of the last magic weight loss bullet, Fen Phen.
The drug orlistat works by blocking the body's absorption of fat.
A two-year study found that people who took orlistat--and who stuck to a low-fat diet and exercise--lost an average of 19 pounds.
(( DR. MICHAEL DAVIDSON/CHICAGO CENTER FOR CLINICAL RESEARCH THIS IS AN ENTIRELY NEW WAY OF PREVENTING FAT IN THE INTESTINAL TRACK,
YOU LOSE ABOUT 300 CALORIES A DAY BY DOING THIS WHICH CORRELATES WITH
THE LOSS OF 2 OR 3 POUNDS A MONTH. ))
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But orlistat does have some side affects, inluding stomach cramps.
The drug is still awaiting approval from the Food and Drug Administration.
A Paris zoo is experiencing quite a baby boom.
People are flocking to get a glimpse of everything from baby giraffes to newborn hippos.
The latest addition to the giraffe herd is Linda, born just a few days ago.
She's number one hundred eleven in a long line of the animals born at the zoo this year.
The zoo says the many new additions are the result of the zoo's new breeding programs.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 70 points.
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Still ahead in sports, the Chicago Bulls are losing another shooting star--
One players' agent says some people have convinced him that he wants to become a movie star.
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On to the N-F-L, where Bill Walsh is returning for his third tour of duty with San Francisco.
Walsh will be introduced later today as the Niners' new general manager.
And the Ravens are pillaging the Vikings' coaching staff.
Minnesota lost to the Falcons on Sunday and yesterday, they lost their offensive coordinator.
Brian Billick signed a six year, 9 million dollar guaranteed contract to be the team's head coach.
He inherits a team that was 6 and 10 this past season.
The Chicago Bulls are preparing to lose another star today. Dennis Rodman is retiring.
Rodman's agent says his client just doesn't want to play any longer.
The 37- year old plans to further explore Hollywood. He's already appeared in several movies.
He also has been a part of several W-C-W pay-per-view events.
Heading into tomorrow's training camp, the Charlotte Hornets still have several spots left to fill on the roster and now
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the team is also dealing with an injury to it's top player.
Glen Rice will have a bone chip removed from his right elbow, and doctors say the recovery will take 3 weeks.
That he means the team's leading scorer will miss 20 games in what is already a shortened 50 game season.
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A perfect conference record is still intact for the Lady Maroons after a resounding victory over Eastern Mennonite.
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Eastern Mennonite started off on a hot streak-- shooting 60-percent in the first half.
Then, Roanoke's Suzanne Webb drives into the paint and draws the foul. The former Narrows star finishes the three point play.
But the Royals come right back. Abby Junkins pulls up and hits nothing but net on the baseline jumper.
The Maroons work the ball around the perimeter and get it to Megan Harrigan inside for the basket.
Former Cave Spring standout Cheryl Rhodes gets this hoop for Roanoke, and the Lady Maroons win it 86-to-67
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Roanoke improves to nine and oh in the ODAC and 11 and 2 overall.
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As always Tuesday is a busy high school hoop night.
We head into Northside gym where the Vikes hosted Alleghany.
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This contest was so heated the teams were drawing blood.
Northside would battle inside. John Michael Deeds finally gets the third shot to drop.
Alleghany's Shannon Johnson, the former Friday Football Extra player of the Week, gets the steal and goes all the way for two. The Mounties were up by 16.
But Northside comes back. Vernon Jackson with the board and Simpkins gets the hoop.
Alleghany answers with the Shawn Moss pass to Graham Clark.
And the Mounties win it 69-to-60.
Elsewhere, Patrick County beat defending champ Magna Vista 74-to-68.
Also in the Piedmont, Laurel Park nipped Martinsville 48-to-44.
George Wythe crushed Holston by 28, Franklin County beat Amherst, Shawsville lost to Glenvar by 21, James Monroe in West Virginia beat Narrows 89-to-37, Covington whipped Criag County, and Tunstall beat Altavista.
Jeff Gordon didn't miss a beat in the off- season, leading the General Motors test session at Daytona yesterday with a lap at 191 point 8-3-2 miles per hour.
Kyle Petty was second,
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but he and Jeff were the only two cars to top 191 miles an hour.
They are still a mile an hour slower than Rusty Wallace.
And Dale Earnhardt barely cracked 190.
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The GM testing continues tomorrow.
Qualifying for the front row is Saturday, February 6th.