Coming up on News 7-
Something's different at the latest Roanoke Express games. We'lll have a live report.
Home video of tornados that swept through the South.
And check out the crowd that came out to cheer on the winning VIrginia Tech women.
Plus how to rent a husband to do your housework.
News 7 is next.
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This outburst at a Roanoke Express game nearly 2 weeks ago brings a new round of rule enforcement to the Roundhouse.
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Officials are keeping a close eye on fans at Express games and reinforcing the rules at the Roanoke Civic Center.
This following an outburst about two weeks ago when Hampton Roads Admirals' coach John Brophy allegedly assaulted two Civic Center employees.
Stacey Martin was at tonight's game and is at the Roundhouse now with more.
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Abortion rights advocates say it's the most threatening legislation they've seen in Virginia this century.
A bill that would require Virginia abortion clinics to upgrade to hospital standards has preliminary House approval.
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((DEL. BOB MARSHALL/(R) PRINCE WILLIAM; CLINICS IN VIRGINIA HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO REGULAR OVERSIGHT FROM HEALTH PERSONNEL IN THIS STATE. A SNAKE IN A VET CLINIC HAS MORE PROTECTION THAN A WOMAN DOES IN AN ABORTION CLINIC.))
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((GRACE SPARKS/PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF VIRGINIA: WELL IT'S REAL HARD TO RESPOND TO A POLITICIAN WHO WANTS TO COMPARE A WOMAN TO AN ANIMAL...WE'RE AS REGULATED AS YOUR DOCTOR'S OFFICE IS.))
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Fewer than two dozen outpatient abortion clinics currently exist in Virginia.
The 26th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision making abortion legal prompted protest in Lynchburg.
A group of about 50 abortion opponents joined the Reverend Jerry Falwell at the event.
Falwell says the new millenium marks a challenge to make abortion illegal -- it would take just two more votes in the Senate to overturn the president's veto of a bill outlawing partial-birth abortions.
A suprise announcement on Capitol Hill-
Senator William Byrd wants the trial dismissed- as early as Monday.
Today was also the first day house managers could respond to the President's atorneys.
Jonathan Freed has the latest.
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((The prosecutors charged the defense did not address
the allegation that, on more than one occasion, the President made
leading statements to his secretary about his relationship with Monica
REP. ASA HUTCHINSON/HOUSE MANAGER-PROSECUTOR/R-AR)
THE ONLY POSSIBLE EXPLANATION FOR THAT IS...THE PRESIDENT WAS TRYING TO
MAKE A VERY CLEAR STATEMENT TO HER...THIS IS WHAT I REMEMBER, THIS
IS WHAT I WANT YOU TO DO AND FOR THREE DAYS...FOR THREE DAYS OF
PRESENTIONS.. THE PRESIDENT'S DEFENSE LAWYERS NEVER NEVER MENTIONED
The next question from the floor gave the President's team a chance
CHARLES RUFF/WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL: AT THAT STAGE, HE
HAD NO MORE REASON TO KNOW THAT MS. CURRIE WAS GOING TO BE WITNESS THAN
HE DID AS WE EXPLAINED IT.
And so it plodded on throughout the afternoon.
But then came an unexpected announcement from an influential
Democratic Senator. Robert Byrd of West Virginia says he's had
enough...and wants the trial dismissed...saying in a statement:
BYRD STATEMENT: I SEE A MOTION TO DISMISS AS THE BEST WAY
TO PROMPTLY END THIS SAD AND SORRY TIME FOR OUR COUNTRY. IT IS
NECESSARY THAT WE BEGIN NOW THE PROCESS OF HEALING.
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The prosecutor in the case of Paul Anthony Harris slipped, and referred to him in court today at "Mister Heroin."
According to a federal indictment unsealed today, that's exactly what Harris had become...
the man to see for nearly pure heroin on the streets of Roanoke.
The 44 year old suspect faces multiple LIFE prison terms if he's found guilty as charged of distributing the heroin that killed one man and came CLOSE to killing another.
A Federal prosecutor told the judge this afternoon that Harris is a long-time drug abuser himself.
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A second man is now charged in connection with last summer's robbery of a Dublin bank.
Federal agents arrested Christian Viebrock (VEE-brock) at his home in Blacksburg this morning.
He's accused of robbing the American Federal Savings Bank, along with Christian David Cahours.
Cahours, who's also from Blacksburg, pled guilty last week.
The investigation into a double shooting in Danville Wednesday is now a murder investigation.
One of the victims, Cory Kinta Preston, died today at Duke University Medical Center.
Matthew Lynn Alverson, the second victim, is in stable condition at Danville Regional Medical Center.
Police have not made any arrests in the case.
The shooting happened outside the Piedmont Mini Market during a dispute between a group of whites and a group of blacks.
Police aren't saying what sparked the shooting.
President Clinton will fly to his home state this weekend to view tornado damage.
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This is one of an estimated 50 tornadoes that cut through Arkansas and Tennessee last night.
Twisters swept through four states last night killing eight people in Arkansas and Tenneseee.
An aerial view of Clarksville Tennessee shows just how powerful the twisters were.
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The Governor's mansion where Bill Clinton once lived was also damaged- a tree house built for Chelsea Clinton was knocked to the ground.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
The clock is ticking on efforts to correct the Y-2 K computer bug.
Tonight, Joe Dashiell checks on the progress of local governments.
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((The city of Roanoke has been working on the so-called Millenium Bug since 1995, replacing some computer equipment... reviewing lines of computer code.
And while the work isn't complete, computer administrators believe they'll be ready on New Year's Day.
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((IT DOESN'T SCARE ME, AS LONG AS YOU PLAN AND PUT IN THE EFFORT TO GET IT DONE.))
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The state is putting in the effort to get it done. And during a teleconference beamed to Virginia Western Community College and a dozen other sites, Governor Jim Gilmore urged local officials to take the threat seriously.
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((I'M ALREADY HEARING STORIES ABOUT EXPERIMENTS THAT ARE GOING ON, THAT ARE CAUSING DOORS TO LOCK AND ALARMS TO GO OFF AND SO ON LIKE THAT. AND WE HAVE TO BE PREPARED TO ADDRESS THESE ISSUES.))
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Gilmore says local governments should encourage citizens to be prepared in the event of power outtages or other disruptions, but he says he's optimistic the New Year will bring only minor problems.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
Still ahead, hundreds of new jobs are on the way to a Southside furniture plant.
And Pope John Paul the Second makes what many believe is his last trip to North America.
Highlights from Mexico City coming up.
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((Welcome folks to the start of your weekend! This is Mike Stevens back in the sports office. Highlights of the Lady Hokies 17th straight win are on the way along with some high school hoopla, Express hilites from the Roudnhouse, plus Dell Curry's new destination, and a look at a Rapping Hornet. The Buzz is coming later on the Big 7.))
A Henry County furniture company is getting bigger, adding more than 200-new jobs in the next two years.
Stanley Furniture announced today it will expand its Stanleytown and Lexington, North Carolina manufacturing plants.
The company will spend more than ten-million dollars to increase production of its youth bedroom and home office furniture lines.
The growth is good news for an area that's recently lost hundreds of textile jobs.
Stanley Furniture says it's ready to train anyone who wants to learn the furniture business.
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((THE TALENT OF THE WORKFORCE REALLY MAKES THIS, REALLY PROVIDES US THIS OPPORTUNITY. IF WE DIDN'T HAVE THE WORKFORCE THAT PRODUCES A PRODUCT AT THE QUALITY LEVEL AND EFFICIENCY LEVEL THAT WE'RE ACHIEVING, THERE'S NO WAY WE COULD CONTINUE TO EXPAND IN THE AREAS THAT WE HAVE.))
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A variety of jobs will be available, with salaries ranging from 7-to-13 dollars an hour.
Stanley Furniture expects to be fully staffed with its new employees by mid-2000.
It's extra time off work -- but 550-people didn't necessarily want it.
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Hourly employees at Salem's General Electric plant will work only four days a week during February.
Usually, G-E forces the wage-earners to take a two-week unpaid vacation this time of year.
That's because there's usually not as much work coming through the factory in January.
G-E expects production levels to shoot back up once spring rolls around.
A vote to join a union passes at Virginia Transformer in Roanoke.
The company's employees will be represented by the International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine and Furniture workers.
This was the third attempt at unionizing.
The company said it will keep its principal goal of "producing the best power transformers in the industry."
Pope John Paul the Second arrived in Mexico City today to begin a four day visit-
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Mexico City welcomed the Pope today.
His picture is everywhere in this city- even in potato chip bags.
During the visit will hold mass for the masses- 800 thousand people will gather at a racetrack to hear the pope.
Some believe this trip to North America may be the last for the aging pope.
Pope John Paul ia 78. He'll leave Mexico Tuesday when he'll travel to St. Louis, Missouri.
Up next on News 7, Governor Gilmore defends Jerry Falwell's anti-Christ statements that some charge are anti-semitic.
And on a lighter note, need an extra hand around the house?
Some women are "renting" husbands to do the handy work...
Details later in the newscast.
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Governor Jim Gilmore says controversial remarks made recently by Jerry Falwell should NOT be taken out of context.
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Falwell says he's merely teaching Biblical truths when he says the Antichrist must be Jewish -- and may be alive on Earth now.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: ALL I KNOW ABOUT THAT IS WHAT I'VE READ IN THE NEWSPAPERSAND HEARD IN THE MEDIA, SO MY ONLY THOUGHT IS THAT HE'S SPEAKING IN THE THEOLOGICAL WAY. HE'S A MINISTER. AND I GUESS HE'S ENTITLED TO PREACH AS AMINISTER.))
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Falwell has been an honored guest of the Governor's at functions at the Capitol.
Attorney Frank Friedman has won the first-ballot endorsement of the ROANOKE Bar Association for a vacancy on the State Court of Appeals.
Though he has NOT been a JUDGE, Friedman has specialized in appelate work at Woods, Rogers and Hazelgrove.
Circuit Judge Roy Willett was one of FOUR judges who won the recommendation of the STATE Bar Association Tuesday for the Appeals Court vacancy.
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The Tech women improve to 17-and-0. The Express look to drench the Riverman, the Crestar Classic is set to showcase some major hoops tomorrow, and the Hornets replace a dash of Curry with a real life rapper.
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But first the choker in the tonight's Extra Point.
Latrell Sprewell officially joined the New York Knicks today. He appologized for choking his former coach last year, he thanked the Knicks for giving him a second chance and he todl the fans he's a changed man - No Choke... I Mean No Joke!
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We begin this morning with the Lady Hokies of Virginia Tech who upped their record to 17 and 0 with a 65 to 56 win over conference opponent St. Joseph's at the Cassell last night.
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Over 8 thousand screaming Hokie fans jammed into the Cassell for the game between the two teams with unbeaten records in the A-10.
The Lady Hawks would trim a Tech lead in the first half with some strong play on the boards as they convert inside.
And St. Joseph's would take its first lead of the game outside with the jumper making it 14 to 13 with 8 minutes left in the half.
Then Tech rallied. Watch Lisa Witherspoon push it up the floor and pass to Tere Williams for the hoop and two of her 18 points on the night.
Tech continued to apply the offensive pressure this time Michelle Housewright pulls up at the key and nails the jumper to tie the score at 28.
Katie O'Connor pulls up outside and hits the three
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she finishes the night with a game high 19 points and Tech wins it 65 to 56.
The 8 thousand three hundred and 73 fans at the game is an all-time Tech record for a women's game.
The Roanoke Express opened up a big two game weekend series at the Roundhouse against the Peoria Riverman.
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Cub scout pack 236 had the honors of presenting the colors before last night's game as scouts Zach Foster and Nick Merriam stood tall at center ice.
We pick it up with the score tied at one-all in the second period. Peoria breaks that tie as Jay Kenney finds the back of the net with the wrist shot. It's two to one Riverman.
Express Goalie Daniel Berthiaume was simply under assualt most of the night as he is forced to use all of his skills to turn away two shots in close.
Peoria would finally wear "the Bandit" down as Dan Carney skates in and notches the shorthanded goal as Peoria wins it 4-to-1.
The team is back home tonight skating against the Wheeling Nailers.
In high school hoops last night, Salem hosted Rockbridge County in a Blue Ridge match up.
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The Rockbridge bench getting instructions from coach Wennie Miller.
And this is why watch Salem's Reggie Brown takes it inside for the hoop and a 34 point Spartan lead.
then the next time down the floor Brown gets the steal and scores the basket and the Spartans led the Wildcats 62 to 26.
Salem would finish the Wildcats off when Adam
Rutledge hits the three from the corner drawing the foul Salem gets the win 70 to 26.
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Elsewhere last night, Byrd beat Blacksburg by 11, Botetourt topped Northside by 8.
And Liberty crushed Heritage 87-to-54.
George Wyhte slipped past John Battle as Lance Goff scored 39.
Parry McCluer, James River and Bath County all won in the Pioneer.
Radford beat Shawsville, Grayson Topped Galax, Patrick Henry nipped Franklin County by 4.
And in teh Piedmont, Fieldale Collinsville beat Martinsville by 6 and Laurel Park ripped Patrick County 78-to-46.
Altavista and Tunstall also won last night.
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Many of the area's best teams will be back in action today at the Salem Civic Center in the 12th annual Crestar Roundball Classic.
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The action begins at 3 this afternoon when William Fleming takes on R.J. Reynolds out of Winston-Salem.
Then at 4:45 Cave Spring faces defending state champ G.W. Danville in a rematch of last year's regional shooutout.
The Patrick Henry Patriots and Central Dauphin of Pennsylvania square off at 6:30.
And Salem will complete the night against Liberty.
Much more in coming up from the hardwood as we tell you where Dell Curry will be laying this season.
And we will hear from the Rapper who is trying to make it with the Hornets.
After getting dumped by the Hornets Dell Curry landed on his feet in the Midwest this afternoon.
This morning he signed a two year deal with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Curry says playing for first year Milwaukee coach George Karl is a perfect fit for his game.
The Bucks need a backup for Ray Allen and they need instant offense off teh bench.
At 34, Curry can still shoot with the best of them.
You will never guess who took Dell's spot during some of the workouts today during the Hornets' practice in Fort Mill, South Carolina.
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Meet Percy Miller, who is better known as rapper "Master P."
Last year his entertainment company made $56 million dollars. Now the 6-4 former high school phenom is trying to make it in the NBA.
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UVa offensive coordinator Sparky Woods has left the Cavs to become the new offensive coordinator at Mississipi State under Jackie Sherrill.
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Woods was an excellent spokesman for UVa, but he apparently was often at odds with head coach George Welsh.
His introduction was ruined today because his flight into Mississippi was cancelled by tornados and bad strorms.
Gary Tranquill who was at UVa and Tech is a possible replacement.
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The money men at the Daytona International speedway announced today that the winner of next month's 500 will pocket $1 point one million dollars.
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That's a 10 percent increase over what Dale Earnhardt won last year he when he captured his first ever 500.
The total purse for the race will be eight million dollars.
And one man in particular already has his eyes on the prize.
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If you have a list of house chores that just doesn't ever seem to be complete...
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How about renting a husband?
A New England (Ontra-preneur) entreprenuer has started a business -- NOT an escort service -- to help wives get the job done around the house.
Women and even some of their real hubbies are calling "Rent-A-Husband" for anything from shoveling snow to cleaning out the chimney.
As far as some of the customers are concerned, the rentals are better than the real thing.
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((I get all the good things when I call them. When I had one I didn't get all the good things. He sat around with a remote in his hand and I could ask him a million times to do something and it never got done.))
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Rent a Husband has 26 franchises in the United States and two in Europe.
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