News 7 begins tonight with a LIVE report from Washington on the deposition of Monica Lewinsky.
A Catholic nun tells college students in Salem how she came to write "A Dead Man Walking."
A truck driver is charged with manslaughter for last week's fatal school bus wreck.
And Z-101 is a family affair- -an alternative to country and mainstream rock-n-roll radio.
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President Clinton's lawyers apologized to Monica Lewinksy today "on behalf of the President" for the difficulties the impeachment investigation has caused her.
The apology came during Lewinsky's deposition in the Senate impeachment trial.
The President's lawyers turned down the chance to ask Lewinsky any questions during the deposition.
House Manager Ed Bryant spent about four hours questioning her.
Sources say Lewinsky's testimony today closely tracked her
earlier account to a federal grand jury.
The deposition at a Washington hotel was videotaped, and
senators can start viewing it tomorrow.
The President's friend, Vernon Jordan, will be deposed
Jonathan Freed Reports.
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[IN Q=The setting]
[SUPER=01-Jonathan Freed/Reporting; ]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Ed Bryant/(R) House Manager; ]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Patrick Leahy/(D) Vermont; ]
[SUPER=01-Ken Starr/Independent Counsel; ]
[OUT Q=JF, Washington.]
The setting was an upscale Washington hotel--where House
and Senators, as well as lawyers for Lewinsky and Mr. Clinton, all
Lewinsky had returned to Washington over the weekend. She was the
first of three witnesses to be deposed.
Congressman Ed Bryant is the prosecutor who questioned her.
SOT (REP. ED BRYANT/HOUSE MANAGER-PROSECUTOR/R-TN.): I THINK
WAS PLEASED WITH THE DEPOSITION. THERE WERE A NUMBER OF PARTIES
OBVIOUSLY REPRESENTED THERE AND I THINK IT WENT ABOUT AS EVERYONE
It was the first time the President's lawyers had a chance to talk
Lewinsky_but instead of asking questions, they offered an apology.
The Senators who presided over the session claimed to be muzzled by Senate rules.
SOT (SEN. PATRICK LEAHY/D-VT.): WE WILL PROVIDE THE TRANSCRIPT AND
THE VIDEOTAPE TO THE SENATORS--BUT WILL NOT DISCUSS IT.
Earlier Mr. Clinton's attorney accused Kenneth Starr's office of
violating grand jury secrecy_of leaking a story that Starr may
the President before he leaves office.
LOCATOR: McLEAN, VA.
SOT 5241 (KENNETH STARR/INDEPNDENT COUNSEL): IT IS PREMATURE FOR US
Starr later announced an internal investigation to try to clear up
NATSOT: CLINTON BUDGET EVENT.
Meanwhile, the President was busy unveiling his budget plan for the
year 2000--projecting a record surplus.
STAND-UP (JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS): PRESIDENTIAL FRIEND, VERNON
WILL BE QUESTIONED ON TUESDAY. PROSECUTORS ARE ANXIOUS TO ASK HIM
ABOUT HIS EFFORTS TO FIND A JOB FOR LEWINSKY. Jonathan Freed, WASHINGTON.))
A Roanoke man who has killed before got 40 years in prison today -- this time for murdering the mother of his children.
38-year-old David Lee Mason is described by his friends as a kind family man.
But last April, when he found a letter from his girlfriend Michelle Saunders to a man in jail, he shot her.
The couple's two young daughters were close behind her.
[IN Q=He shoots her]
((HE SHOOTS HER IN THE HEAD AND SAYS LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.))
[SUPER=01-Wes Vance/Commonwealth's Attorney;]
[OUT Q=made me do]
The jail chaplain read a letter from Mason --
[IN Q=There is no excuse]
((THERE IS NO EXCUSE ... MAKE IT UP TO THEM SOMEHOW.))
[SUPER=01-Gene Edmonds/Jail Chaplain;]
[OUT Q=make it up to them somehow]
But the judge said the only way to control Mason was to keep him in jail.
One letter to a death row inmate turned a Catholic nun from Louisiana into a national celebrity and powerful opponent of the death penalty.
Sister Helen Prejean brought her message to Roanoke College tonight.
Eric Earnhart has more.
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[SUPER=01-Sister Helen Prejean/Author;]
[OUT Q=EE, News 7]
(( She is not a movie star.... she did spend time with Sean Penn... in a car, not a death row cell...
Sister Helen Prejean never expected her book, Dead Man Walking, to become a movie.
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[IN Q=I don't know]
((SISTER HELEN PREJEAN/AUTHOR; I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY OF YOU'LL ARE CATHOLIC, BUT NUNS DON'T DO TO WELL IN FILM. YOU EITHER HAVE SISTER ACT, OR THE FLYING NUN, OR A NUN ON AN ISLAND WITH A MARINE))
[OUT Q=with a marine]
But now she's a nun with a mission...whether it's here, or speaking to a class as she did earlier...
She's driven to talk about what she's learned of death.
[SOT 18:32:40 tape 2 ]
[IN Q=I have accomp]
((SISTER HELEN PREJEAN/AUTHOR; I'VE ACCOMPANIED 5 PEOPLE TO EXECUTION, JOSEPH ODELL WAS ONE OF THEM, THIS MAN YOU EXECUTED HERE IN VIRGINIA.))
[OUT Q=in virginia]
[SOT 18:32:53 tape 2 ]
[IN Q=What makes them]
((SISTER HELEN PREJEAN/AUTHOR; WHAT MAKES THEM CHANGE AND OPEN UP TO REMORSE AND FORGIVENESS AND THE WHOLE THING IS LOVE, NOT TORTURE AND NOT DEATH.))
[OUT Q=not death]
Students who came to listen went away with something to think about.
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[IN Q=It's one thing]
((JENNIFER RUNYON/JUNIOR; IT'S ONE THING TO SAY YOU'RE FOR OR AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY, BUT THEN WHEN YOU HEAR SOMEONE TALK ABOUT IT WHO'S BEEN RIGHT UP THERE WITH IT, IT KIND OF CHALLENGES YOUR VIEWS.))
[OUT Q=your views]
But Prejean was challenged as well... on student asked... what if a member of YOUR family was murdered?
[SOT 17:11:42 tape 1]
[IN Q=I know I would]
((SISTER HELEN PREJEAN/AUTHOR; I KNOW I WOULD FEEL THAT RAGE AND I KNOW THERE WOULD BE A FEELING IN ME WANTING TO SEE THEM SUFFER FOR WHAT THEY DID TO MY MOTHER OR SISTER OR SOMEONE THAT I LOVE, AND THEN I SAID THEN, I'LL SAY IT NOW, HOPEFULLY I WOULDN'T STAY THERE. ))
[OUT Q=wouldn't stay there]
That's a big part of Prejean's message... keep moving forward, and you'll find yourself in a better place.
Eric Earnhart, News 7.))
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Indictments have been handed up - and the charge is manslaughter for the driver whose wrecker plowed into a car in Franklin County last week.
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Michael Lee Gray of Salem was at the wheel of a rollback wrecker that smashed into a car on Route 220 last Monday.
The car hit the rear end of a school bus carrying children from Henry Elementary school.
The woman driving the car, Geraldine Gillispie of Bassett, died in the collision.
Her eight-year-old granddaughter, Emily Sturgil, suffered critical injuries and died later at the hospital.
Our latest winter storm left a layer of ice in western Virginia and a series of accidents that kept police, rescue squads and wreckers busy.
Some of the worst problems were in the New River Valley. That's where a tractor trailer overturned and lost its cargo.
The accident happened on an icy interstate overpass near Christiansburg.
[IN Q=It appears that this tractor]
[SUPER=01-1st Sgt. Frank Duffy/Va. State Police;]
[OUT Q=will have ice on 'em.]
Streets and sidewalks also had ice on them.
But by mid-afternoon, conditions were improving throughout western Virginia.
Tonight - V-Dot says drivers should still look out for wet roads and icy spots, especially on bridges, ramps and overpasses.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
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Road conditions are causing a few schools to alter their schedules tomorrow.
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A state Department of Education report says there is "no" evidence of racial bias in the Lynchburg city school system.
A state review team visited the Hill City in December to investigate claims that black students were being suspended too often, and too few black teachers were being hired.
The team says there's nothing to support a citizens' committee's claims of racism.
The panel DOES recommend a task force be established to keep the lines of communication open between educators and parents.
School officials are withholding comment on the report until tomorrow night's school board meeting.
One worker is confirmed dead in an explosion and fire at a generating station in Dearborn, Michigan.
At least three workers remain unaccounted for.
The plant is operated by the Ford Motor Company.
One hospital treated 21 workers injured in the... several of them suffered severe burns.
Company Chairman William Clay Ford, Junior, called this the worst day of his life.
Straight ahead - lawmakers take steps to keep fraudulent votes out of Virginia elections - but some say the solution bears a striking resemblance to Jim Crow.
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And a surprise for radio listeners today - an alternative on the dial in Roanoke.
Details on Z-101 later on News 7 at 11.
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General Assembly Republicans say it will "restore integrity to the voting process."
The bill would require voters to show an I-D when voting -- or sign a statement under penalty of a felony if they're NOT who they say they are.
It died in the House on a 50-50 party line vote.
But the Senate -- in Republican control -- passed it today on a 21-19 vote... despite reminders of its likeness to racially discriminatory Jim Crow era voting laws.
[IN Q=I must]
((SEN. TOMMY NORMENT/R-WILLIAMSBURG: I MUST CONFESS THAT I AM ABSOLUTELY AGHAST THAT THIS BILL HAS TAKEN ON THE TONE OF EITHER PARTISANSHIP OR RACE DISCRIMINATION.))
((SEN. YVONNE MILLER/D-NORFOLK: YOU HAVE THE VOTES. YOU ARE SEEKING PEOPLE WHO LOOK LIKE ME TO VOTE FOR YOU. AND MANY OF THEM WILL NOT DO THAT BECAUSE THEY WON'T HAVE THE PICTURE ID AT THE POLLS. OTHERS WHO WOULD ORDINARILY VOTE FOR YOU, ONCE THEY HEAR ABOUT THIS MATTER, WILL NOT VOTE FOR YOU.))
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[SUPER=01-Sen. Yvonne Miller/(D) Norfolk; :14]
[OUT Q=for you.]
Republicans say the bill will help clear the names of hundreds of felons and dead people who showed up last year on Virginia voter rolls.
How do Roanoke County residents who depend on wells for water upgrade to the public water system?
That's what the north county community along Thirlane Road in Kingstown wants to know, after a man lost his home to fire yesterday.
Neighbors say Fred Murphy tried extinguishing the blaze with a garden hose before firefighters arrived.
[IN Q=TEN TO 15]
((ERNIE WHITE/CONCERNED HOMEOWNER; TEN TO 15 MINUTES FOR THEM TO GET WATER UP AND RUNNING TO HIS HOUSE, THAT'S AN ETERNITY FOR A MAN WHO'S WATCHING HIS HOUSE BURN DOWN AND HE'S TRYING TO FIGHT IT OFF THE PRESSURE FROM A WELL. IT'S JUST NOT POSSIBLE.))
[SUPER=01-Ernie White/Concerned Homeowner;]
[OUT Q=NOT POSSIBLE.]
Officials say the problem is common in the county.
But public water is available to those who go through the "Petition for Public Works" process.
If approved, the community is labeled a "Special Service Area".
The cost averages about 45-hundred dollars per household.
Sex is never a test of love.
It's one of the positive messages being taught to young girls in a program called "Best Friends."
Martinsville is one of 23-cities nationwide that have the Best Friends program at the middle school level.
Best Friends is aimed a preventing teen pregnancies and drug and alcohol use by teaching girls self-respect.
The girls say they're more comfortable talking about love and sex with their peers.
[IN Q=I think that it's easier]
((I THINK THAT IT'S EASIER FOR US TO TALK TO OTHER GIRLS ABOUT IT RATHER THAN TO TALK ABOUT IT IN CLASS AROUND OTHER PEOPLE BECAUSE WE'RE ALL THE SAME GENDER AND WE CAN COMMUNICATE BETTER.))
[SUPER=01-Jessica Menefee/Sixth Grader;]
[OUT Q=can communicate better.]
Best Friends was developed in 1987 by a teacher from Washington D-C.
This is Martinsville's second year using the program.
Still ahead -- the debut of a different drummer was heard loud and clear today on local radio waves.
And, later in the newscast, a tale of survival - newborns use up most of their nine lives to beat the odds among the ruins.
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If you're the type who surfs the radio dial -- you may soon find there's a new station's making waves.
It's Z-one-oh-one- point-five -- the latest alternative rock station.
D-J's hit the airwaves for the first time today.
Bill Travis bought the frequency for a little more than a million dollars --
It's now a mom-and-pop station with a staff of fourteen.
[IN Q=I think]
((TORI MAZUR/DISC JOCKEY: I THINK WITH THE WAY RADIO ... THESE GUYS ARE DOING.))
[SUPER=01-Tori Mazur/Disc Jockey;]
[OUT Q=guys are doing]
For now, you can hear Z-one-oh-one- point-five best in Roanoke and Roanoke county -- but the station plans to extend its signal this spring.
We go from a month with two full moons, to one with none. Patrick Evans has that and other February facts in our monthly almanac.
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Jack Nicklaus will be on crutches for the next six weeks and then spend six MORE weeks in rehabilitation.
The golf great was released from a Boston Hospital yesterday after undergoing hip replacement surgery last week.
Roanoke and Lynchburg hit the hard wood last night in a classic cross town ODAC men's basketball tilt in the Hill City.
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Lynchburg's Joe Davis hoping his Hornets would sting the Maroons.
Lynchburg jumps out in front when Jerry O'Hara gets the pass inside and goes in for the nice shot. 4-38 Hornets at that point.
Roanoke picks up the pace. Brad Dunleavy takes the rock on the fast break and goes in for the easy deuce but the Maroons still trailed by four.
the Burg's Nick Alfred drives to the hoop and hits the tough shot between the two defenders to tie the [SUPER=33-Ro
anoke/79/Lynchburg/69;] game early in the second half.
Roanoke's Jason Strickland gives his team a one point lead on the lay up and the Maroons escape with a 79-69 conference win.
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In division one action, number 1 and undefeated Connecticut battled the nation's 16th rated squad in Syracuse. and would have to play eithout those guys, starters Richard Hamilton and Jake Voskuhl, who were injured..made a difference.
In the first half, watch Syracuse's Eaton Thomas score with the baby hook, Orangemen on top 23-17. He scored 12 points.
The Hukies make good on the three on 1 as Kevin [SUPER=33-Syracuse/59/Connecticut/42;]Freeman gives to Albert Mouri
ng for the hoop. 25-24 Uconn closing before the half.
But Cuse freshman Damone Brown scored all 14 of his points in the second half. Orangemen win 59-42, it's the lowest Uconn point total since 1982.
The defending world champion Chicago Bulls were bullied tonight by the Indiana Pacers.
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Bulls rookie coach Tim Floyd was looking for his first win as Chicago's new head coach, but he would have to beat that guy, Mr. Larry Bird.
In the first quarter, watch Tony Kukoc post up and then hit the nice turn around J from just outside the paint.
But the Bulls looked sloppy through some of the first half. Ron Harper carrie the rock up court only to have it slapped into the arms of a Pacer. Mark Jackson gives to Dale davis for the slam on the break.
[SUPER=33-Indiana/ /Chicago/ ;]Then, travis Best drives the baseline and makes the nice pass to Antonio Davis for t
he easy bucket. 32-16 Pacers with just over 8 minutes left inthe first half.
Kukoc makes the nice play here,giving to Andrew Lang but Indiana wins ___to__.
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WDBJ presents a half hour NASCAR season preview Saturday at Noon before we bring you LIVE Daytona 500 qualifying.
Be sure to join us for "Back to the Beach" - the first of five racing special this season from News 7 Sports.
The Express plays 7 games over the next 2 weeks while Hampton Roads plays only 4 in that span, allowing Roanoke to get back three games in hand.
Also, Nick Windsor returned to the Express yesterday. The defenseman played eight games with Lowell and had 1 assist.
Mike Peron and Jeremy Schaeffer came off the I.R. yesterday. Peron skated on his sprained right knee last week and will hopefully practice this week. Schaeffer should also practice.
Still to come in sports, John Elway hums a familar tune, should I stay or should I go now,
and Miami Coach Jimmy johnson's antics must go, accroding to a Roanoke resident who is sending the fins coach some Flutie Flakes.
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Will Denver's love affair with quarterback and Super Bowl MVP John Elway continue? During a rally this afternoon,
the crowd chanted "one more year, one more year."
And Elway teased them with the possibility.
[IN Q=That three peat]
[SUPER=01-John Elway/Super Bowl 33 MVP;]
[OUT Q=was even better]
The Buffalo Bills might be out of Super Bowl site, but they are hardly out of Roanoke resident Joe Furry's mind.
The 42 year old football fan watched the Bills fall to the Miami Dolphins in a wild card game. He later read a USA Today article reporting that Jimmy Johnson and
[SUPER=03-Miami, FL/ABC;]a few dolphins stomped on some Flutie Flakes after that game won by Miami. Flutie has an autis
tic child and the cereal makes donations to the Flutie Foundation, which helps autistic children.
[SUPER=01-Joe Furry/Sending Flutie Flakes to Dolphins; :00]
[OUT Q=...feet to it"]
Furry has since had a a case of Flutie Flakes delivered to Roanoke and will send them to the Miami Head coach.
[OUT Q=....so can you"]
It was a remarkable discovery for some rescue workers in Colombia Sunday.
After a week of sorting through piles of debris from last week's earthquake - one of the workers found an unexpected sign of life.
A litter of kittens was pulled from a collapsed building in the worst hit city of Armenia.
Somehow they survived the earthquake which killed 3-thousand people, and measured six on the Richter scale.
The rescue worker who made the discovery has taken in the kittens.
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