Two people are seriously wounded in a gunbattle in Danville.
Police are now searching for suspects.
And a court appearance this morning for the Dublin woman connected to a murder for hire scheme.
News 7 at noon is next.
The Dublin woman accused of trying to hire an undercover police officer to allegedly kill her former boyfriend is familiar with the judicial system.
39- year old Peggy Jo Sullivan was granted a court appointed attorney this morning to represent her on the charge.
Sullivan was arrested Tuesday afternoon after discussing the alleged plot with an undercover agent in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant in Dublin.
After Sullivan was arrested, investigators found two homemade bombs in her truck.
According to court documents-- Sullivan has a prior criminal record for a bomb threat 20- years ago.
Sullivan has worked for Volvo for the past five years.
Danville police say they still aren't sure what sparked a brawl last night that left two men hospitalized with gunshot wounds to the head.
It happened around 8:45 outside the Piedmont Mini Market on Mount Cross Road.
34- year- Matthew Lynn Alverson was shot in the head.. he's listed in SERIOUS condition at Danville Regional Medical Center.
21- year- old Cory Kinta Preston also was shot in the head.. he was airlifted to Duke University Medical Center where he's in CRITICAL condition.
Authorities say the dispute occurred between a group of whites and a group of blacks, but there's "no" indication the shootings were racially motivated.
No arrests have been made.
It's been exactly a year since America first heard about Monica Lewinsky, and today President Clinton's lawyers will finish up their opening statement in his Senate impeachment trial.
As Lee Cowan reports, the tide of opinion may be turning on just how
long the trial will last.
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[SUPER=01-Sen. Tom Harkin/(D) Iowa; :10]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Robert Bennett/(R) Utah; :34]
[SUPER=01-Rep. James Rogan/(R) California; :42]
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(( AS THE PRESIDENT'S DEFENSE TEAM MOVES INTO A FINAL DAY OF ARGUMENTS - THE END OF THIS TRIAL COULD BE IN SIGHT - EVEN IF ITS EXACT FORM REMAINS IN THE SHADOWS.
(( SUPER: SEN. TOM HARKIN//D-IA ))
(( SOT AT 18:06:18 )) "This case doesn't have legs - the better off we're gonna be."
MORE GOOD NEWS FOR A WHITE HOUSE THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN IN RELATIVELY GOOD SPIRITS. SINCE THE STATE OF THE UNION MESSAGE, THE PRESIDENT'S POPULARITY RATINGS HAVE BEEN IN THE STRATROSPHERE, HE WAS RECEIVED BY ONE OF THE LARGEST CROWDS ON THE ROAD SINCE THE 96 CAMPAIGN, AND HIS DEFENSE TEAM HAS BEEN SCORING POINTS WITH BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE.
(( SUPER: SEN. ROBERT BENNETT//R-UT )) (( SOT AT 17:15:57 ))
"I think we made a mistake in not allowing a rebuttal period for
the house managers."
STILL, THE ISSUE OF WITNESSES REMAINS A THREAT.
(( SUPER: REP. JAMES ROGAN//R- CA )) (( SOT AT 5:42:59 ))
"If the President's version is correct, why is he so afraid to
allow these witnesses to come down and just take the oath, stand before
the Senate and tell the truth."
THE WHITE HOUSE IS NOT RULING OUT A MOTION TO DISMISS THE CASE EARLY NEXT WEEK - SAYING ONLY THAT IT WOULD COME AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME.
(( LEE COWAN//CBS NEWS ))
"But before that happens there will be a period of questioning -
but the rules on just how hat will be conducted are still up in the
Another chance for some bipartisan agreement on how to move forward
- coming ever closer to a final vote on the President's future. Lee
Cowan, CBS News, Washington."))
Congressman Virgil Goode's chief-of-staff Jim Sievert has resigned.
But Goode says it has nothing to do with his stand on impeachment or rumors that he might switch parties.
Disaffected Democrats complained about Goode's votes FOR impeachment last month.
Goode says Jim Sievert quit over how the office was run.
There's word Dan Quayle is ready to enter the presidential race.
The former vice president is expected to disclose his plans to seek the G-O-P presidential nomination tonight on C-N-N's Larry King show.
His campaign headquarters would be in Arizona where he now lives.
As for formal announcements, he is expected to announce the formation of an exploratory committee early next month and his candidacy in April.
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will go to London and Paris next week to discuss Kosovo with U-S allies.
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This comes as NATO air and naval forces are dispatched closer to Yugoslavia after President Slobodan Milosevic rebuffed NATO demands
[SUPER=03-Sipolje, Kosovo/Today; :08]
to halt the fighting in Kosovo.
Meantime, the clock is ticking in Yugoslavia for an American diplomat to leave the country.
[SUPER=03-Pristina, Kosovo/January 21; :15]
The government has ordered William Walker out.
He's the chief of the international verifying mission in Kosovo.
((KOFI ANNAN/UN SECRETARY GENERAL; I HOPE IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO GET THE YUGOSLAV GOVERNMENT TO CHANGE ITS POSITION. I SPOKE TO THE YUGOSLAV FOREIGN MINISTER THIS MORNING, URGING THE GOVERNMENT TO RESCIND THEIR DECISION ON WALKER AND REGRETTING THE FACT THEY HAVE NOT COOPERATED WITH MRS ARBOUR TO GET AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION GOING.))
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[OUT Q=investigation is going.]
[SUPER=03-Racak, Kosovo/January 17;]
[VS WALKER LOOKING AT DEAD BODIES ]
Walker was ordered out of the country after he accused Serb police of last week's massacre of 45 ethnic Albanians in southern Kosovo.
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You may be able head to head to outer space... by way of Virginia.
That story is still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
And in Salt Lake City, another Olympic Investigation is off and running.
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Salt Lake City Olympic organizers are hit with yet another investigation.
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This one, by Utah's Attorney General, will focus on allegations that organizers made improper payments to International Olympic Committee members in an effort to snag the 2002 games.
Meantime some of the Olympic's major sponsors like Kodak and Coca Cola are watching and waiting-- they're already committed to Salt Lake, but they could back out of future olympic dealings.
((JOHN KRIMSKEY/MARKETING DIRECTOR, USOC:I THINK THAT WHILE INITIALLY THEY HAD A GOOD DEAL OF CONCERN. WHAT'S HAPPENED OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS.. RESIGNATIONS IN SALT LAKE, USOC HAD A RESIGNATION AND SO ON.. AND THE REPORTS THAT HAVE COME OUT, I THINK THEY ARE GRATIFIED THAT WE'RE MAKING PROGRESS IN GETTING THIS BEHIND US.))
[SUPER=01-John Krimskey/USOC Marketing Director;]
[OUT Q=THIS BEHIND US.]
This is now the fifth probe looking into the scandal.
A new report finds NO evidence that a high fiber diet reduces the risk of colon cancer.
For years, health experts had been advising people to eat foods rich in fiber in order to prevent colon cancer.
But the results of a 16 year study, published in today's New England Journal of medicine, found that the cancer was just as common in people who ate high fiber diets.
However, doctors say fiber has been show to lower one's chances of heart disease and high blood pressure.
Virginia could be the home of the next generation of manned space vehicles.
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Nasa is considering the Wallops Island facility on the Eastern Shore as the home for the Venture Star.
The move would require a five Billion dollar expansion and create four-thousand jobs.
A commercial spaceport was completed there in September, making Wallops Island one of four licensed launching facilities in the country.
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Lynchburg's crime rate is heading down, but it's not all good news.
There were more murders, rapes and assaults last year than in 1997, but the overall crime rate is still the best it's been in 23 years.
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Recent statistics show murders rose 50 percent from 4 in 1997 to 6 last year.. the number of rapes and assaults also jumped four percent in 1998.
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But the city saw a large DECREASE in its number of robberies and larcenies.. enough to drop the overall crime rate by nearly 8 percent.
And the total of 32-hundred nine offenses is the lowest since 1975.
A Herndon amateur soccer player didn't like a referee's call-- so much so that he punched the ref in the face.
Now he'll have to pay the man ten thousand dollars in damages.
Rigberto Turcios was already sentenced to 30 days in jail for the assault.
They've begun rounding up 22 people charged in a drug trafficking scheme INSIDE the Bland prison.
Four prison GUARDS are among those indicted along with inmates... and their friends and relatives on the outside.
Over the last three and a half years, according to the federal indictment unsealed yesterday, 50-thousand dollars worth of marijuana and other illicit drugs passed through prison gates.
The alleged kingpin of this "continuing criminal enterprise" is inmate Mike Fulcher.
His 65-year old mother is named as a co-conspirator.
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((YOU KNOW HOW IT IS THEY JUST COME AND GET YOU. AND SAY LET'S GO.))
[OUT Q=let's go.]
The feds are also taking steps to seize her nine-acre home off Plantation Road.
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Roanoke is considering a more user-friendly Carvins Cove.
That story is next on News-7 at Noon.
And Dave Matthews plays another sold-out venue in Southwest Virginia.
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Plans to make Carvin's Cove more user-friendly for bikers and boaters-- are entering a new phase.
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City council is looking into ways to maximize the watershed's recreational use while protecting the city's main water supply.
Consultants with the project have now just finished testing to evaluate conditions around the cove.
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[IN Q=We're now looking]
((GENE WHITESELL/WHITESEEL ORRISON INC.: WE'RE NOW LOOKING AT WHAT USES THE PUBLIC WANTS AND ASSESSING THEM IN TERMS OF HOW THEY WILL IMPACT THE SITE AND WATER QUALITY.))
[OUT Q=and water quality.]
The public will get a chance to give its input at a forum in April.
Final recommendations will be made to city council in September.
Another trip to Southwest Virginia, another sold out performance for Dave Matthews.
There was no band this time, just Dave, a friend, and a lot of talent.
Eric Earnhart has more.
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[SUPER=01-Lynette Moyer/Fan; 1:13-quick]
[SUPER=01-Bert Moyer/Fan; 1:23-quick]
[OUT Q=EE, News 7]
Two men, two guitars, and one grammy-nominated song captivated the crowd of three thousand from the very beginning...
The only unhappy fans were the ones caught outside, still without tickets, when the "sold out" signs went up on the auditorium doors... though they could at least pick up his latest C-D which went on sale in stores this week.
Matthews returns to Southwestern Virginia less than a year after his band kicked off it's international tour to a sellout crowd at Victory Stadium...
And while this accoustic tour with fellow Charlottesville musicial Tim Reynolds lacks the physical voltage of the earlier tour... The intensity of Reynold's performance, and the power of Matthew's vocals keep the spiritual energy level as high as ever....
And his words and music are reaching across generations... Lynette and Bert Moyer never imagined they'd get hooked on their daughter's music... they did, enough to stand in line for t-shirts...
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((LYNETTE MOYER/FAN; IT'S COMPLICATED, INTERESTING, IT'S REAL MUSIC...
AND IT'S BRINGING FAMILIES TOGETHER?
IT'S BRINGING FAMILIES TOGETHER [LAUGHS]))
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[IN Q=they're in the pit]
((BERT MOYER/FAN; THEY'RE IN THE PIT, FRONT ROW BY THE STAGE, WE;RE IN THE LAST ROW... THAT'S WHERE THE PARENTS BELONG,))
[OUT Q=parents belong.]
Whever they sat, they considered themselvs lucky just to be here... Dave Matthews next ten shows are already sold out.
Eric Earnhart, News 7. ))
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN nine points.
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Still ahead in sports, the agreement is signed and the N-B-A lockout is officially over.
In less than two hours, teams will start the trading game, sending players out searching for a place to call home.
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The Roanoke Express will again have the services of Public Address announcer Slam Duncan.
The E-C-H-L reinstated Duncan yesterday, after he was dismissed for statements he made following a messy game with Hampton Roads January 10th.
Duncan will have to follow certain stipulations, including no more live broadcasts of postgame interviews on the ice.
The Express has agreed to take responsibility for any comments Duncan might make in the future.
On the ice, the Express is back in town and there's no place like home.
The team is back to practicing at the Roanoke Civic Center, after playing eight of their last nine games on the road.
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[OUT Q=...get back here"]
The Express return to the Roundhouse tomorrow night for a 7:30 faceoff with Peoria.[PH]
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On the high school hardwood, the Cave Spring Knights pummelled Roanoke Valley District opponent Pulaski County by 35 points.
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The Knights went up early, getting the ball to Justin Shirley, who hits the shot for three.
The Cougars go to their main man-- Dorian Hendricks-- who hits the short jumper to cut into the Knights lead.
But Cave Spring would put the game out of reach. Here J-J Redick scores three of his 25 points.
Pulaski County tried to stay close. Hendricks
[SUPER=33-Cave Spring/89/Pulaski Co./54/;]
drives the lane and gets the tough shot to go, and gets the foul, but the Knights go on to win it 89 to 54.
The NBA lockout is set to end in less than two hours-- and expect a flurry of deals to be announced.
Longtime Chicago Bull Scottie Pippen will join the Houston Rockets, Latrell Sprewell will become a member of the New York Knicks, Antonio McDyess (mihk-DYS') will return to Denver and Karl Malone will stay in Utah.
And-- no surprise-- Dennis Rodman has un-retired. He's announced on his Web Site he'd like to play this season in Chicago, New York or L-A.
As far as our local NBA talent is concerned, it looks like George Lynch definitely will not be back in Vancouver with the Grizzlies.
The free agent forward-- who now lives outside of Dallas-- has been working out with members of the Mavericks.
But it appears that Lynch will end up with the Milwaukee Bucks. Both he and the new Bucks head coach-- George Karl-- are North Carolina grads.
Lynch is also looking at Philadelphia and Charlotte.
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Speaking of Charlotte, it looks like Dell Curry-- the last remaining original Hornet-- will NOT be re-signed.
Curry appears to be the odd man out since the team has its eye on free agent Eldridge Recasner, who spent last year with Atlanta.
Curry is the Hornets' all-time leading scorer.
He could possibly end up in Chicago with the Bulls.
Testing for the General Motors cars is finished at the Daytona International Speedway.
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Jeff Gordon posted the fastest speed with a lap at 192 point 4-5-2 miles per hour.
Gordon and the other drivers are testing two different Chevys this week.
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[SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/42 Career Wins;]
[OUT Q=...so far."]
Gordon posted 13 wins last season, but he says he's more impressed with another statistic.
[IN Q="The thing...]
[OUT Q=...victory lane."]
The Daytona 500 is scheduled for February 14th.[SS=Daytona]