Questioning has begun for Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal.
And more details about a shooting in Danville involving a police officer and a judge.
News 7 at noon is next.
President Clinton's aide, Sidney Blumenthal, is giving the third and final, closed door deposition to house managers today for the Senate impeachment trial.
The question of whether we will ever see the tapes of these sessions is still unanswered.
Lee Cowan reports from Capitol Hill.
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((IT IS THE FINAL DAY OF PLANNED DEPOSITIONS - WHITE HOUSE AID
SYNDNEY BLUMENTHAL ARRIVING AT THE CAPITOL FOR A THIRD DAY OF SECRET Q
HIS VALUE AS A WITNESS RESTS WITH HIS RECOLLECTION OF A
CONVERSATION HE HAD WITH THE PRESIDENT - A PRIVATE EXCHANGE IN WHICH MR. CLINTON ALLEGEDLY REFERRED TO MS. LEWINSKY AS A STALKER, THREATENING TO EXPOSE HER IMAGINED AFFAIR.
HE'S THE LAST IN A TRIO OF CLOSED DOOR SESSIONS THAT SO FAR HAVE
NETTED LITTLE IF ANY NEW INFORMATION.
VERNON JORDAN SPENT LESS THAN THREE HOURS ANSWERING QUESTIONS
YESTERDAY --- MONICA LEWINSKY LESS THAN FOUR.
EXACTELY WHAT WAS SAID, AND HOW IT WAS SAID IS SECRET FOR NOW -
AND IT MAY VERY WELL STAY THAT WAY.
IT'S A DECISION TO BE MADE TOMORROW, WHEN THE PRESIDENT'S
IMPEACHMNT TRIAL GETS BACK INTO GEAR.
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TO MAKE THAT DECISION, SENATORS HAVE TRANSCRIPTS OF THE DEPOSITIONS
AT THEIR FINGERTIPS, AND THE VIDEOTAPE OF ALL THREE IS ONLY A REMOTE
WITH TIME RUNNING OUT, THE PUSH FROM HOUSE MANAGERS IS ON - SUMMON
AT LEAST SOME OF THE WITNESSES TO SAY IN PUBLIC WHAT SO FAR THEY'VE ONLY SAID IN PRIVATE.
(( SUPER: REP. ASA HUTCHINSON //HOUSE MANAGER )) (( SOT AT 10:18:10 ))
"I don't know --- basic element of evidence."
BUT LIVE TESTIMONY MAY BE A HARD FIGHT. DEMOCRATS SAY EVEN USING
TAPED EXERPTS IS OVERKILL - AND THAT TIME IS WASTING.
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"We should make every Senator - makes no sense at all."
(( LEE COWAN//CBS NEWS ))
"As the target end date inches ever closer, some on Capitol Hill have
circulated an idea to invite the President to make some sort of
statement before the Senate makes a final vote. But according to the
White House, that's simply an effort to gain political points and
nothing else - the President has said enough. Lee Cowan, CBS News,
The Justice Department says V-M-I needs continued oversight.
The Lexington school is now midway through its second co-ed year, but the government objected to an order releasing it from court supervision.
So, Roanoke federal judge Jackson Kiser has ordered additional data on admissions, financial aid, physical fitness testing and sexual harrassment.
Kiser said he's willing to hear arguments on reopening the case after the information becomes available.
In order to catch a thief, you have to think like one--
That's the idea behind a new crime prevention training program at the Medeco Locks headquarters in Salem.
Officers from all over the state are learning through demonstrations how easy it is for criminals to pick a common lock.
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((SGT. RICK ARRINGTON/S.W. REGIONAL CRIME PREVENTION ASSOC.: THE TECHNIQUES THAT ARE USED IN DEFEATING LOCKING SYSTEMS ARE NOT COMMON KNOWLEDGE TO A LOT OF US. WE LEARN SOME OF THE MINOR TECHNIQUES. BUT THESE MORE SOPHISTICATED TECHNIQUES HAVE BEEN REALLY HELPFUL TO LEARN ABOUT THIS MORNING.))
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The training seminar came about when Medeco asked the Virginia Crime Prevention Association how it could help the group.
Medeco is also offering brochures for police to hand out to residents and businesses on ways to improve security.
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A state review of the Lynchburg school system found no evidence of discrimination.
But the review team did make several suggestions on how the city can make its schools more diverse and receptive to minority input.
Last night, the school board began planning ways to implement those suggestions.
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((ELLEN NYGAARD/SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: WE AS A COMMUNITY CAN BENEFIT FROM UTILIZING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IF WE DO IT TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY.))
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An advisory committee will work on ways to hire more black teachers and motivate black students academically.
The citizen's group that started the controversy more than a year ago has not weighed in on the report.
There are more details in the accidental shooting of a Danville Police Lieutenant, by a judge.
Danville Circuit Judge James F- Ingram is shown here swearing in a new judge and presiding over a court case.
Ingram and Lieutenant Barry Creasy were target shooting at a range owned by Ingram when Creasy was shot.
Pittsylvania County authorities say Ingram was loading a 40 caliber Glock pistol when it went off.
Creasy was treated for wounds to his wrist, arm, and abdomen.
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Two days after a deadly explosion at a Ford plant, the line beings rolling again.
That story is next on News-7 at Noon.
And a year after a Marine Corps airplane sent an Italian cable car crashing to the ground, friends and family remember the victims.
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Some production is resuming today at a Ford power plant, two days after a deadly
Ford has hauled in generators, so it can resume partial production.
A team of safety experts is also at the plant today.
Because of the structural problems, investigators have yet to begin looking for the cause of the explosion.
One worker died and 21 were injured.
At least 15 of them with severe burns remain in critical condition at area hospitals.
Relatives and Italian officials are gathered in a mountain resort in Italy today to mark the anniversary of a tragic accident.
It was one year ago today that twenty skiers were killed when a U-S warplane sheared the cable of ski lift.
Two U.S. Marine captains are each charged with 20 counts of involuntary manslaughter and negligent homicide.
A court martial of one of them is set to open tomorrow.
Mark Phillips reports.
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Even a year later the bitterness remains. Everyone involved is claiming to be a victim. The families of those who were killed are still grieving. And the pilot of the U.S. plane says he's being made a
scapegoat for the military's bad preparation.
(Memorial service) RAI
To the strains of a requiem service, the relatives of the 20 victims
have gathered a year later -- their continuing grief compounded by the
fact that the court martial of the crew is not yet resolved nor is the
issue of compensation.
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The U.S. Marine EA-6B prowler had been on a low level flying exercise in the area -- flying too low and too fast, it's charged. The plane flew right through the cable supporting the gondola killing skiers from
Poland, Germany, Belgium, Austria and Italy along with the cable-car
operator. The pilot's defense, as told to 60 Minutes Mike Wallace, is
that the cable wasn't marked on his charts.
(File from 60 Minutes/SOT Richard Ashby -- Pilot)
In the course of that accident, 20 people lost their lives. We make it
back safely then we are marked... branded as killers, marked as
assassins, rambos. And you're sitting there and you're thinking the
people who are going to support me, the institutions that are going to
back us up, abandon you.
The relatives have demanded that the U.S. resolve the wrongful death
claims and pay out compensation -- one lawyer representing some of the
families is demanding 5-million dollars per victims.
So far they've only received about 67-thousand dollars each. The town
received 20-million for lost revenue and to rebuild the ski lift.
(Air base) CBS FILE
The accident strained relations between Italy and the U.S., the Italians claiming it was only a matter of time until a hot dogging pilot ran into trouble. The pilot's court martial is due to begin at Camp Lejeune North Carolina tomorrow.
(Phillips O/C close)
The pilot, Richard Ashby, faces up to 200 years in prison if convicted
of all 20 counts. The victims' families -- even once the court martial
is resolved -- face a long slog through the Italian courts to get what
they feel is their due. Mark Phillips, CBS News, London.
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A federal judge has orded an anti-abortion group to pay 100 million dollars -- for creating a website listing the names of abortion providers.
The landmark decision is re-writing the rules of the road on the
Eric Earnhart has more.
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[SUPER=01-Cathy Ramey/Defendant; :26]
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(( A federal judge is Oregon says this is NOT free speech...the site, called the Nuremburg files, lists abortion providers... greying the names of the wounded, crossing out those killed.
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(( MARIA VULLO/ PLAINTIFF'S ATTORNEY; THIS ACTIVITY MUST STOP,
INTIMIDATION IS WRONG, THESE DOCTORS MUST BE PERMITTED TO PRACTICE
MEDICINE AS THEIR PATIENTS CHOOSE ))
[OUT Q=their patients choose.]
Doctors on the list say they lived in fear...
But the defendants say they won't stop, and they won't pay.
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((CATHY RAMEY/DEFENDANT;I HAVE NO INTENTION OF GIVING MONEY TO PEOPLE WHO KILL CHILDREN. ))
[OUT Q=kill children]
But the ruling extends beyond the abortion issue into the fabric of the internet itself...
What is, and isn't protected speech?
There are plenty of on-line images people might find threatening...
Is it illegal to burn a cross, in Cyberspace?
[IN Q=if this judge]
((NICK CONTE/INTERNET LAWYER; IF THIS JUDGE IS TO BE FOLLOWED, THE TEST IS, WOULD A REASONABLE PERSON BE THREATENED, THAT'S GOING TO BE THE TEST BUT I THINK WE'RE GOING TO SEE A LOT OF DEBATE ON THIS ISSUE.))
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Roanoke internet lawyer Nick Conte is reviewing the decision closely.
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((NICK CONTE/INTERNET LAWYER; WHAT TRYERS OF FACT HAVE TO WEIGH IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PROVIDING PEOPLE WITH INFORMATION WHICH THEY COULD TAKE AND DO DAMAGE WITH, AND INCITING IMMINENT VIOLENCE. ))
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In essence the difference between telling someone how to build a bomb, and telling someone how to build it AND WHO to use it on.
Eric Earnhart, News 7))
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Even with recent rains, Smith Mountain Lake is still below normal.
But A-E-P is taking steps to change that.
And Roanoke volunteers are taking steps to help two orphanages in Russia.
We'll have those stories when News-7 at Noon returns.
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Roanoke volunteers are lending a helping hand to the children of one of its sister-cities.
Several boxes of clothing and more than 500-pairs of shoes were loaded into a truck this morning.
The care package is going to two orphanages in (Skov) Pskov, Russia.
A Ferrum scholarship student says his country is in much need of this assistance.
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((ANTON GULYCHEV/PSKOV NATIVE; I THINK THE ORPHANAGES RIGHT NOW NEED ALL KINDS OF HELP. ESPECIALLY MEDICAL EQUIPMENT THAT'S WHY I THINK IT WILL BE GRATEFUL.))
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[OUT Q=BE GRATEFUL.]
The shipment will be sent out today.
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The time for boating and lake activities hasn't arrived yet, but one of the area's biggest ELECTRIC utilities is still hard at work on the problem of water levels at Smith Mountain Lake.
American Electric Power has federal approval to maintain a reduced water discharge from Smith Mountain Lake for another 45 days.
The goal is to return lake levels to normal .. after last year's very dry summer and fall.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 16 points.
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Still ahead in sports, one of the Chicago's best- loved athletes faces a life- threatening disease.
Plus, with Daytona just around the turn, Jeff Gordon talks about how his success in the past is helping with his plans for the future.
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He's a nine- time Pro-Bowler and led the Chicago Bears to their only NFL title, but now Walter Payton is facing a much greater challenge.
During a news conference yesterday, Payton revealed he has a rare liver disease
called primary (skluh-ROH'-sing koh-lan-JEYE'-tihs) sclerosing cholangitis, and needs a transplant to save his life.
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[OUT Q=...doctors hands"]
The 44 year old talked openly about his condition during his weekly radio show, but broke down at the end.
[IN Q="a message]
[OUT Q=...be with you also"]
Payton is the all-time N-F-L rushing leader. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.
Today is national signing day for high school football players acrosse the country.
The Virginia Tech Hokies recieved another big committment yesterday.
Andrea Harrison, the All-American from Warwick High School in Newport News, announced yesterday that he's headed to Blacksburg.
The six-three, 185 pound receiver had 127 catches for 28-hundred yards and 25 touchdowns in his 3 years of high school play.
Former Patrick Henry star Devon "Boo" Battle will sign his letter of intent today to play football at U-V-A. He's currently finishing up at Hargrave Military Academy.
G.W. Danville linebacker and Friday Football Extra Scholar Athlete of the Year Sean Talbert will hold a news conference in less than an hour to announce his appointment to the U-S Naval Academy.
Talbert was an all western district selection and held a 4.24 GPA.
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In high school hoops we head to Salem. Spartans against the Lord Botetourt Cavaliers.
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Salem's Adam Ruttledge scored a game high 19, but here he hands off to Troy Johnson who hits for three.
Botetourt answers. Al Duncan finds Josh Alivieto, who gets the score inside.
Then, the Spartans Dennis Haley connects on the
jumper in the lane.
But Haley and the others paled before the Cavaliers' Brad Hutchins, who scored his thousandth career point.
Salem wins this one 69-56.
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The Pulaski County Cougars paid a visit to Patrick Henry last night. And the Patriots would start off strong as Ray Johnson hits the triple.
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But Pulaski's Jason Deane drives the baseline and gets the ball to fall for two.
The Cougars' Travis Roop hits this jump shot to give Pulaski the two- point edge over Patrick Henry.
The final is 73- 71 in overtime.
Three games in three days for the Roanoke Express this weekend.
The Northeast Division's second place team has it's eyes set on catching Hampton Roads.
One of the reason's for Roanoke's success has been Tim Christian, who posted a plus-12 in January-- with 9 goals and 6 asisssts in 15 games.
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The Express hits the ice Friday night against Johnstown.
All eyes will be on 1998 points champion Jeff Gordon when the Winston Cup cars roll into Daytona this weekend.
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With 40 wins and three Cup championships in the last four years, Gordon and the Rainbow Warriors have set the highest standard both for themselves and their competitors.
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[OUT Q=...very tough."]
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And be sure to join News 7 sports this Saturday at noon for a half hour NASCAR show, "Back to the Beach."
It's the first of five NASCAR specials in 19-99.