Coming up on News 7, Senators make two historic votes today in the trial of the President. We'll have a live report
and rescue workers dig through the rubble to find the hundreds of victims in Colombian earthquakes.
Boy oh boy....some warm stuff for January. The Roanoke Regional Airport just set a record high. Blacksburg is in the record books as well. The numbers ahead.
On health check --
After a deadly accident, another city is cracking down on the use of laser pointers.
Plus we'll meet a local chef who doesn't mind that all of his customers are in the hospital.
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((WE FELT THAT THE THREE WITNESSES AS I'M SURE MR. HUTCHINSON AND OTHERS HAVE RELATED THAT ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO US ARE MONICA LEWISNKY, VERNON JORDAN, AND SIDNEY BLUMENTHAL.))
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And it appears those three will testify- after the Senate today votes to allow witnesses.
The Impeachment trial will go on. Senators today voted against dismissal- and in favor of deposing a few witnesses.
But even though depositions are in the works, the details were not nailed down-
Lee Cowan is following the developments from Washington- that's where we find him now with the latest.
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(( After days of meeting behind closed doors, the senate made quick work of two major decisions.
SEN. TRENT LOTT/SENATE MAJORITY LEADER:I BELIEVE WE'RE READY FOR THE VOTE.
The first was to dismiss this case all together.
As predicted it failed - -- but it was only a temporary victory for Republicans.
Although it allowed the case to move forward, it also showed there clearly wern't enough votes to remove the president from office.
SEN. TOM DASCHLE/SENATE MINORITY LEADER:
NOW IS THE TIME TO END THIS.ANYTHING IS A DELAY.
And the white house agreed.
GREGORY CRAIG/WHITE HOUSE SPECIAL COUNSEL:
ANY PROCEEDINGS - RUN CONTRARY TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
But this trial still has legs - belonging to Monica Lewinsky, Vernon Jordan and Sydney Blumenthal.
the vote to question all three passed easily -- again almost along party lines with wisconsin's russ feingold the only democrat to defect for the second time of the day.
WILLIAM RENHQUIST/CHIEF JUSTICE:
THE VOTE IS 56 TO 44, THE MOTION IS AGREED TO.
But at that point, the Senate had run out of road. a
republican proposal was in the works that would complete despositions
By early next week, with a final vote on the articles scheduled by February 6th.
But the details were anything but nailed down - and another break had to be taken.
SEN. TRENT LOTT//SENATE MAJORITY LEADER:
WE'RE ATTEMPTING NOW THE CLARIFY EXACTLY HOW THIS WILL PROCEED BEGINNING OF THE DEPOSITION PROCESS.
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The black attorney representing a K-K-K member charged with burning a cross in Carroll County, took one more shot at the state law that makes his clients actions a crime.
Teresa Hamilton was in Hillsville for today's hearing and she joins us now.
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Burlington Industries says it is closing its garment plant in Hillsville.
One hundred-sixty people will lose their jobs on July First.
Burlington is closing six other plants across the country, eliminating a total of three thousand jobs.
The company blames low priced garment imports from Asia for the move.
All major apparel companies face increased pressure to keep prices low.
To stay competitive, most manufacturers are using cheap foreign labor.
But a group of Virginia Tech students is worried some companies employ people who work in sweatshops.
At a rally in Blacksburg today, the students asked Tech's administration to join other colleges by refusing to sell clothing made by overworked and underpaid laborers.
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Tech's administration said it is working with other schools to write a code that could be enforced nationwide.
That agreement would say clothes bearing univeristy logos must be made by companies that don't abuse their workers.
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A once embattled school for boys gets a passing grade. We'll have that story next.
And rescuers feared for the worst as they cleared the wreckage from a bad accident. But what they found will surprise you.
On Health Check, the Food and Drug Administration is concerned about the use of antibiotics on farm animals.
and things are swinging at the Virginia Museum of Transportation. Patrick Evans will join the party a little later.
The search for victims is underway in Western colombia-
Some 7-hundred bodies have already been found in the aftermath- and Colombian officials expect hundreds more will be located.
Three people were found alive under piles of rubble earlier today-
Meanwhile relief aid arrives in Bogota- dogs to help in the search and medical supplies.
Aftershocks are keeping people in this nation on edge.
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Meanwhile looitng is getting out of hand. POlice are trying to control the crowds- Gunshots were fired into the sky in an attempt to break up the looters.
The Wilderness Leadership Academy has made the grade as far as the State Department of Education is concerned.
Today, state officials wrapped up their inspections of school facilities.
The school received high marks in all categories and was given a license to operate for another year.
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Academy officials have been making improvements ever since a Department of Education report about a year ago described conditions as "unsafe" and "unsanitary".
Enrollment fell following that report.
But, school officials say it's now back up to full capacity.
An afternoon of high emotional drama at the Virginia General Assembly...
... where Hugh Finn's widow testified before a Senate subcommittee on the legal fees she's expended fighting Governor Gilmore for the right to let her husband die.
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But Mrs. Finn's own sister testified against her right to be reimbursed-- disputing the findings of Finn's doctors that he would NOT recover from his coma.
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That subcommittee is still meeting.
We'll have more on the story on NEWS 7 at SIX.
The shortage of Catholic priests today affects more than just Catholics.
Shari Thomas was a Baptist when her three-year-old son Cole drowned in Smith Mountain Lake.
Then she and her husband lost another son during childbirth.
They say both times a Catholic priest gave them strength.
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((SHARI THOMAS: DURING THE LABOR PROCESS, WE KNEW THE CHILD WAS NOT GOING TO LIVE AND DEATH WAS IMMINENT. I'D HAVE TO GO THROUGH LABOR AND DELIVERY. FATHER RANDY CAME UP AND HE WAS THERE WITH US.))
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Tonight at 11, we'll see how volunteers try to step in during the shortage of priests.
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Our special report, God's Calling, continues tonight on News7 at 11.
They're celebrating with a blast from the past at the transportation museum in Downtown Roanoke. Patrick Evans has more on this fundraiser for the museum.
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At the Transportation Museum, it's easy to step back in time, and view vehicles from the past, but this weekend, you can go to a PARTY from the past.
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Patrick Evans knows a little about cigars, martinis, and swing and has more on a festive gala using all three of those items to raise money for the museum.
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Today in Sports, Mike Stevens takes a look at some of the more entertaining elements of the Super Bowl.
Today on health check --
the Food and Drug Administration wants to see some major changes in the use of antibiotics in animals.
And he's prepared meals for American Presidents, but the head chef at Lewis-Gale says his current clientele is his favorite.
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The hospital food at Lewis-Gale Medical center is prepared by a prominent Hungarian chef.
Chef Julius was trained in Europe and has made meals for President's George Bush and Jimmy Carter, now he prepares culinary delights for patients and staff at the hospital.
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Hospital food never looked so fancy.
Lewis-Gale's executive chef says he even makes low sodium diets appetizing.
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Special menus are prepared for patients who are on a particular diet for health problems like diabetes and heart disease.
Chef Julius says he came to Lewis-Gale because he was tired of the fast paced schedule of a hotel and restaurant chef.
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Chef Julius says he enjoys serving patients because good food has a healing quality.
The Food and Drug Administration is changing the way farmers treat their animals.
Antibiotics are quickly losing their ability to fight off infections in people and many scientists are afraid it is due to antibiotics given to farm animals.
The drugs are causing food borne bacteria to mutate into treatment resistant forms.
The F-D-A is preparing new restrictions that will include tougher testing and limits on the drugs that are closest to human antibiotics.
The animal drug industry says the agency is overreacting, but a government adviser says the problem can no longer be ignored.
A California city has become the latest to make it tougher for minors to get laser pointers.
The San Ramon City Council passed an ordinance last night making it illegal for merchants to sell the devices to someone under 18 or for a minor to have one without adult supervision.
The law which takes effect next month also makes it illegal to point the devices at motorists.
A laser pointer was blamed for an accident in December that claimed four lives in California.
Federal law already requires a warning label on the devices.
Today in Sports, U-V-A and Tech will fight for bragging rights.
With that and a million dollar bag of Cracker Jack, here's Mike Stevens.
Welcome everybody to the midweek ticker that takes us to Richmond
where the Virginia Tech Hokies meet the Virginia Cavaliers tonight in men's basketball.
Not surprisingly, plenty of good tickets are still available for this game.
Both the Cavs and Hokies are tired. Tech is tired of losing and UVa is just plain tired.
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There is also a huge game in the ACC tonight as second ranked Duke hosts 10th ranked North Carolina in Durham.
The Blue Devils are favored but remember - Duke has lost 10 of its last 12 games with the Tarheels.
The Super Bowl countdown is picking up a little bit of pace as we hit the midpoint of the week.
The teams are cramming information into their player's heads, and advertising buyers are scrambling to grab the last few available advertising slots in Sunday's game.
As you know, the commercials are often better than the game itself.
This year one of the best commercials you'll see is from an oldie but a goodie - Cracker Jack.
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By the way one 30 second commercial for Sunday's Super bowl costs $1 point 6 million dollars.
Much more coming for you tonight at six.
Take care everybody and have safe evening.
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Police and rescue workers feared the worst when they arrived at the scene of an accident yesterday in Los Angeles.
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The trailer of a big rig truck had turned over on its side crushing a passenger car in the next lane.
For 45 minutes workers fought to get the full loaded truck turned up right.
Suprisingly as the crane lifted the rig, 23-year old Abraham Navarette could be seen moving inside his crushed vehicle.
Firefighters had to use the jaws of life to free the man, but once the door was opened, Navarette walked out to an ambulance.
He was rushed to the hospital, but his injuries were minor and he was released after a brief observation.