((/BILL MCCOLLUM/(R) HOUSE MANAGER; WE FOUND HER TO BE VERY PERSONABLE AND IMPRESSIVE YOUNG WOMAN... AND WE FOUND THAT SHE MIGHT BE A VERY HELPFUL WITNESS TO THE SENATE, IF SHE'S CALLED. ))
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House prosecutors are expected to make their witness list in the impeachment trial public soon, and Monica Lewinsky is expected to top it.
And a high profile murder trial gets under way in a small Texas town.
News 7 at noon is next.
President Clinton's impeachment trial resumes shortly.
But the Senate's exact schedule is anything but certain.
At some point Senators are expected to debate two major issues.
One is whether to dismiss the charges, the other whether witnesses should be called.
Votes aren't expected today and a White House spokesman says he won't predict an outcome.
Lee Cowan reports from Capitol Hill.
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UNCERTAINTY IS AGAIN THE ORDER OF THE DAY ON THE FLOOR OF THE
SENATE. AN UNPAVED ROAD IS LIKELY TO HAVE SEVERAL BUMPS - THE
QUESTIONS REMAINS WHETER THE PUBLIC WILL SEE ANY OF THEM.
DATE: JAN. 7TH
SEVERAL KEY ISSUES LIE AHEAD - THE FIRST, A MOTION TO BE OFFERED
BY SENATOR ROBERT BYRD TO DISMISS THE CASE ALL TOGETHER.
INITIAL DEBATE MAY BE IN PUBLIC, BUT BEYOND THAT, THE ACTIONS
OF THIS IMPEACHMENT COURT ON THE ISSUE OF WITNESSES AND EVEN THE AR
TICLES OF IMPEACHMENT THEMSELVES, COULD LARGELY BE DONE BEHIND
(( NAT LEWSINKY SATURDAY NIGHT ))
THE HOUSE MANAGER'S DECISION TO BRING MONICA LEWINSKY BACK TO
WASHINGTON REVIVED THE CIRCUS ATMOSPHERE AROUND THIS TRIAL -
SOMETHING MANY IN THE SENATE HAS FEARED ALL ALONG.
SOME VIEWED IT AS AN INAPPROPRIATE LAST DITCH ATTEMPT BY
HOUSE MANAGERS TO REVIVE A DYING CASE, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ENLISTED THE HELP OF INDEPENDENT COUNSEL KENNETH STARR TO DO IT.
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"This little dance of the Republican House Managers with Kenneth
Starr, the $5,000 dollar a day suite, really smacks of a publicity
stunt more than anything else."
BUT AFTER A 2- HOUR MEETING OVER THE WEEKEND WITH LEWINSKY AND HER ATTORNEY, PROSECUTORS INSIST SHE HAS SOMETHING TO OFFER.
A THREE-RING CIRCUS MAY BE THE REALITY - DESPITE THE SENATE'S DESIRE TO KEEP IT UNDER ONE VERY PRIVATE TENT.
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"They seem to feel that they got some interesting information that
hasn't heretofore been in the record or at least they feel ought to be heard by the United States Senate."))
Two important rulings from the U-S Supreme Court today.
The first will allow you to choose your phone company just like you choose your long-distance provider.
The move should allow more competition in local telephone markets.
And in another case, the court ruled that next year's census cannot be adjusted for an expected undercount of minorities.
In Jasper, Texas-- jury selection begins today in the first of three murder trials in the dragging death of a black man.
John William King and the other two defendants face the death penalty if convicted.
The three men are accused of the killing James Byrd.
He was chained to the back of a pick-up truck and dragged to his death nine months ago.
The prosecutor in the case expects only about half of the jury pool of 400 to show up today.
He says many are reluctant to serve because of the intense media publicity.
The accused killer of a Hollins University student will not stand trial until February.
Matthew Harper was supposed to go on trial today in Fairfax County, but his trial was continued.
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Harper is charged with murder and arson.
On Thanksgiving Day 1995, he allegedly stabbed his sister Ann to death and set the family home on fire.
Authorities contend the 21-year old was jealous of his sister.
Harper's mother was burned in the blaze.
Rape, sodomy and other related charges against a Roanoke school employee have been dismissed.
In today's preliminary hearing, prosecutors say the exotic dancer who alleged she was attacked by 44-year old Kim Kennedy failed to cooperate with authorities.
Kennedy was accused of raping the woman after she refused to have sex with him following a performance at the Knights of Pythias (PI-THEE-IS) Lodge.
kennedy's attorney says his client has had his day in court and is ready to get on with his life.
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((JOHN LICHTENSTEIN/KENNEDY'S ATTORNEY; YOU CAN IMAGINE THE AFFECT THAT THIS ACCUSATION HAS HAD ON HIM. HE HAS AN EXCELLENT WORK RECORD. HE HOPES TO BE REINSTATED, THIS MATTER HAVING NOW BEEN CONCLUDED.))
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The Roanoke school administration has not determined Kennedy's employment future.
The future of one of Roanoke's oldest structures remains up in the air, but it does NOT appear that the Howbert House will be torn down today.
Located at the corner of Salem Turnpike and Peter's Creek Road Extension, the log structure apparently dates back to the 1700s.
But a complicated dispute involving the ownership of the home has left its future in doubt.
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[SUPER=01-Charlene Dean/Property Owner]
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A contractor was expected on the property this morning to begin dismantling the home... but the status of that work and the home's immediate future is unclear this afternoon.
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The U-S and Britain launch another round of attacks on Southern Iraq.
That story is next on News-7 at Noon.
And the Pope's arrival in St. Louis is just a day away.
More on his trip to Mexico and his upcoming U-S visit in just a moment.
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U-S military officials confirm a series of air strikes today against Iraq, after American jets were threatened.
Iraqi officials claim several people were killed and dozens wounded.
But the U-S says only military sites were targeted.
Kimberly Dozier has more from Baghdad.
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(( Iraq says there have been two separate incidents this morning. They say US jets fired on a residential area and have killed or injured
dozens of people including many women and children. They say the jets
also fired on an oilfield and an airfield in and around Basra... this is Iraq's southern port city and it is in the southern no-fly zone, where there have been several incidents.. confrontations between Iraqi forces and U-S-British planes since last month's air strikes.
The Pentagon says that it did carry out retaliatory attacks this
morning on Iraqi surface-to-air missile sites in the Basra area. It
does not confirm hitting any civilian sites. It also says that the
report of a second attack on an airport and airfield is untrue.))
Another gruesome discovery in Kosovo.
Two children are among five ethnic Albanians found shot to death today.
America's envoy is back in Kosovo, trying to end the bloodshed.
Meantime, European foreign ministers have convened for the first time this year.
At the top of their agenda is the situation in Kosovo.
((ROBIN COOK: WE WANT TO STOP THE BREACHES OF CEASEFIRE, WE WANT TO AVOID THE POTENTIAL OF FUTURE ATROCITIES, THEN
WE'VE GOT TO GET THE MOMENTUM BACK ONTO THE POLITICAL TRACK.))
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Last October the threat of NATO air strikes halted the fighting in Kosovo.
The violence increased again, beginning with the apprent massacre of 45 ethnic Albanians two weeks ago.
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Pope John Paul's trip to Mexico City wraps up tonight with a huge farewell ceremony.
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Over 100- thousand are expected to pack Mexico's City's largest soccer staduim for the big event.
Nearly a million of the faithful showed up for an outdoor Mass yesterday.
Tomorrow, the pope leaves Mexico for St. Louis and a meeting with President Clinton.
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Another religious figure was making news this past week.
And our stories about Jerry Falwell brought some viewer mail.
Joe McKean has that and more, in this week's Feedback.
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((As the Senate continued its consideration of the articles of impeachment against President Clinton, a viewer offered her thoughts on ending the trial.
"As a voter, taxpayer, wife and mother, I am willing to forgive and support our president. I feel that the American people should be allowed to hold an emergency election to decide the fate of President Clinton. If this election proved to discontinue the impeachment proceedings, then perhaps the money that is being wasted on this trial could be put into our schools, roads, social security and Medicare. After all, it really is Mrs. Cinton's place (and our God above) to forgive him."
Lynchburg evangelist Jerry Falwell was on our air, explaining his view that the anti-Christ had almost certainly been born, and was a Jewish male.
A Roanoke viewer wrote:
"I was irritated at your story...about Jerry Falwell's comments that the antichrist will be Jewish. The reason I was irritated was because you began Mr. Falwell's interview with "therefore". It was apparent that he had already explained why he felt the way he felt. However you chose not to include that part of the interview, leading me to believe your sole purpose of the story was to create anger toward Jerry Falwell. It's unfortunate that most news media outlets in this country have to be so one-sided."
Here's how to get in touch with us at News-7.
The mailing address is P.O. Box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007.
Our fax number is 540-343-7269.
E-mail should be sent to email@example.com.
And if you'd like to take part in a moderated on-line forum, you'll find it on our web site, at wdbj7.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
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Next on News-7 at Noon, we'll track African Elephants in Cameroon-- by way of the internet.
And Super-Bowl fever is spreading as the Falcons and Broncos touch down in Miami for this Sunday's matchup.
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If you ever wanted to follow a herd of elephants--you can do it now on-line.
Eric Earnhart has more in this week's WebWatch.
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If you know the melody but can't recall the words, you're out of luck on-line. The International Lyrics Server and it's 100-thousand songs is gone.
It's servers in Switzerland were confiscated by police after the National Music Publishers Association filed a lawsuit.
Veronica, on the other hand, gets to keep her website. Veronica's parents registered Veronica-dot-org for her when she was born... But the folks at Archie-comics-dot-com called it copyright infringement, saying Veronica is THEIR trademark.
Veronica's dad told them to take a hike, saying nobody owns his daughter's name... and dot-org website is for NON-commercial purposes.... Archie backed off and is NOT taking legal action... besides, if you go to Veronica-dot-COM, who do you find? BETTY.. what's up with that?
Join the North Carolina Zoo on Safari as they track African elephants in Cameroon. A team from the zoo fitted elephants with satellite tracking collars... you can use the data with a tracking map and watch elephant migration patterns...
Speaking of large mammals, remember the story of the coastal town that tried to get rid of a dead whale with a half ton of explosives... it's NOT an urban legend, it happened in Oregon several years ago... and the film is on-line to prove it.
You can watch the whole story in streaming video... and you really should check this out, its a classic.
For links, click on webwatch on the wdbj website, at WDBJ7-dot-com.))
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN eleven points.
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Still ahead we will take a look at where the two Super Bowl teams are and..
the Lady Hokies did it again!
Their win against Temple keeps them on their undefeated track.
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With only one week to go until the big game the teams are getting settled in.
Defending Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos and underdog Atlanta Falcons landed in Miami yesterday to start getting ready.
The game may have some added emotional twists.
Several years ago, Dan Reeves fire Mike Shanahan as the Bronco's offensive coordinator because of alledged insubordination.
Reeves coached the Broncos to three Super Bowls in the late 80's...loosing all three.
He also publicaly feuded with John Elway.
The lady Hokies kept their undeafted streak alive yesterday.
Michelle Housewright, (Terry) Tere Williams and Amy Wetzel combined for over 60 points to beat out of the Owls from Temple.
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The Lady Hokies being introduced to another big crowd at the Cassell yesterday afternoon.
And Tech gets the first points of the game on the opening tipoff Amy Wetzel taking it to the hoop for two of her 20 points.
Temple then gets the ball to Natalie Isaac who pulls up in the paint and banks it in off the glass.
But Tech pushes the ball up the court Lisa Weatherspoon passes to Tere Williams who gets it to Michelle Housewright for two of her game high 24.
Tech continued to work the inside this time
getting it to Williams for two of her 23 and the Hokies win the game 89 to 69.
Elton Brand said it was the best game he's ever played in.
Brand had 16 points, twelve rebounds and seven blocks to lead Number Two Duke to a 92-to-88 overtime win over Number Eight Saint John's yesterday at Madison Square Garden.
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Duke head coach Mike Kryzeski watching the close game in the second half.
The Blue Devils turned a 2 point halftime lead into a 48 to 42 lead when William Avery hit the three pointer.
St. John's would answer working the boards and getting the tap in cutting the lead to three with 8 minutes left in the game.
Duke would go up by five but Ron Artest pulls up behind the line and hits the three pointer sending the game into over time tied at 81.
St. John's scored the first points of overtime
but Duke's Shane Battier gave the Blue Devils the lead with the basket and Duke wins it 92 to 88 in overtime.
Fourth ranked Maryland needed an overtime period to beat the Clemson Tigers 81 to 79 in a key A-C-C match up.
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Gary Williams and his Terps couldn't hold on to a lead.
And when Andrius Jurkunas hit this three pointer the game went into overtime tied at 71 to 71.
The Tigers would score the first points in O-T when Freshman Will Solomon hits the short jumper.
But Maryland's Terence Morris stepped up and hits
the jumper for two of his 26 and the Terps win it in overtime 81 to 79.
Curtis Staples saw his first action as a Chicago Bull yesterday.
Staples played 6 minutes and was 0 for 3 from the field and 1 for 1 from the free throw line in the Bulls 79 to 71 loss to Indiana.
A new Bulls team was on the floor and promised the fans success in the short season.
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New head coach Tim Floyd getting his first look from the bench.
The Bulls get it to veteran Ron Harper who runs the floor and gets the running jumper to drop for the score.
But the Pacers run the floor too. Mark Jackson
passing to Reggie Miller and the Pacers win it 79 to 71.
David Duval came from seven shots back to win the Bob Hope Classic as well as set a record.
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Duval dropped an eagle putt on the 18-th hole shooting a 59 and tieing the P-G-A record for the lowest score in a round.
Duval finished the day at 13 under par 334, good enough for a one shot win over Steve Pate.
Fifth seed Andre Agassi is out of the Australian Open.
He lost to Vincent Spadea (SPAY-dee-uh).
It is the second straight year that Agasi has lost in the fourth round of the first Grand Slam tennis event of the yea