Senators once again go behind closed doors- We'll have the latest from Washington-
And the search goes on for seven missing skiiers after avalanches barrel down on ski resorts in the French Alps.
Today on health check --
Kissing can help brighten a smile in more ways than one.
And doctors are calling the recovery of the first American hand transplant patient amazing.
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Senators go back behind closed doors- for the impeachmrnt trial of the President- Each Senator has 15 minutes to express his views on the evidence against Bill Clinton.
The next public session isn't expected to come until Thursday or Friday.
That's when Senators are expected to cast their votes on the articles of impeachment.
Lee Cowan is in Washington with the latest.
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((THE MOVE CAME CLUMSILY - SENATORS ANXIOUS TO BEGIN THEIR HISTORIC
DEBATE FINALLY VOTED TO CLOSE THE DOORS AND GET UNDERWAY.
The galleries will be all cleared - with deliberations.
AFTER WEEKS OF REMAINING SILENT, 100 SENATORS WILL SPEND THE NEXT DAYS
DOING NOTHING BUT TALKING - 15 MINUTES EACH - UNLESS THEY MEET THE
MAJORITY LEADER'S CHALLENGE TO DO IT IN LESS.
SEN. TRENT LOTT//R-MAJORITY LEADER
"I remind all Senators that Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address in under
three minutes, and President Kennedy's inaugural was slightly over seven.
ALTHOUGH THE DEBATE WILL BE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, THE SENATE REACHED A
COMPROMISE TO ALLOW ANY MEMBER WHO WANTS TO, TO PUBLISH THEIR REMARKS
IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD.
BUT THAT WAS NOT ENOUGH TO QUELL THE ANGER OF SOME. AS ONE SENATOR PUT IT, THE SENATE MAY LOOK LIKE A CLUB - BUT IT'S NOT A PRIVATE ONE.
SEN. TOM HARKIN//D-IA "Those microphones down there - the final votes here."
IT WOULD HAVE TAKEN A TWO-THIRDS VOTE TO CHANGE THE RULES AND
OPEN THE PROCEEDINGS - BUT IT FELL JUST 8 VOTES SHORT...DESPITE SOME
REPUBLICANS JOINING DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES.
SEN. ARLEN SPECTER//R-PA
I find it totally anomolous that senate doors is closed but we
can carry on the debate in radio-tv gallery
BUT MOST AGREE WITHOUT THE GLARE OF THE TELEVISION CAMERAS,
DELIBERATIONS WILL WRAP UP QUICKLY, WITH A VOTE ON REMOVING THE
PRESIDENT FROM OFFICE
TAKEN AS EARLY AS THURSDAY.
LEE COWAN//CBS NEWS: There aren't expected to be any surprises - the President is likely to
be acquitted by week's end. The White House says there will be no
celebrations, no gathering of the party faithful to claim victory.
Instead, a quiet sigh of relief as the President moves on - and the
Senate figures out whether to censure him before the issue of Monica Lewinsky can be put to rest for good. Lee Cowan, CBS News, Washington.))
Avalanches have crushed several ski chalets in two French villages.
Two people are dead and seven are missing after snow buried eleven chalets in the French Alps.
Some 200 rescue workers using dogs and sensors are looking for victims believed trapped inside the wooden chalets. Eleven people have been rescued from the deep snow, but seven others are still missing.
Two others, a young girl and a man in his fifties are known dead-
The ski resorts are busy at this time of year. It is the first week of winter vacation from school for many children.
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A Roanoke man is charged with embezzling money from a Martinsville health clinic. We'll have that next.
and we'll see what Franklin County School officials are considering to make school bus stops more visible to motorists.
On Health Check, new studies say that both chocolate and real kisses can be good for your teeth.
and Patrick Evans looks at some of the hottest toys from the International Toy Fair.
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Franklin County may adopt new flourescent street signs to protect schoolchildren.
School officials want to make sure drivers pay attention to school buses on Route 220 so they may mark their routes with bright signs.
Last month an accident involving a bus killed a girl and her grandmother.
School and state transportation officials met this morning in a closed session.
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((WELL WE HAD ABOUT THREE OR FOUR IDEAS THAT CAME UP AT THE MEETING. ONE WAS THE POSSIBILITY OF ADDING ADDITIONAL LIGHTS TO THE BUS, POSSIBLY STROBE LIGHTS.))
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Buses may also bear stickers telling cars to stay back at least a certain number of feet.
Flashing streetlights are also a possibility, and officials hope to cut back an embankment at one bus stop to improve visibility.
But the transportation director says all the bus stops on Route 220 are already safe.
Parents can discuss safety ideas at a meeting at the school board office next Monday night at seven.
A Roanoke man has been indicted for embezzling thousands of dollars from a Martinsville medical center.
Thurston Michael Moomaw is accused of stealing more than 17-thousand dollars from the Vaughan Medical Center on East Fairy Street .
He was the business manager and allegedly embezzled the money between March 1997 until last November.
Police say Moomaw created a separate bank account in his own name and would reroute payments into that account.
Police say Moomaw is working to make full restitution to the medical center and has already paid back most of the money.
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According to a small group of peace activists, U-S and U-N economic sanctions against Iraq are killing several thousand children every month.
The leader of "Voices in the Wilderness" stopped in Roanoke today.
Kathleen Kelly says the sanctions have cut off medical and food supplies to Iraq-causing nearly half a million children to die from disease and malnutrition.
She says America's approach is "counterproductive".
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Kelly's group plans to take three delegations back to Iraq to stage a marching protest.
If you love toys, you want to stay with us. Coming up next....
Patrick Evans and a Mad Magazine writer will show us the latest gadgets from the Internationational Toy Fair in New York City.
Christmas was just over a month ago, but the toy industry is already getting ready for this year.
The annual American International Toy Fair is under way in New York City.
Dick Debartolo joins us from the Fair. Now many of you may recognize Dick from his many years writing for MAD magazine and from his reputation of being television's Gizmo Wizard.
Dick, with over 16-hundred toy makers there, could there possible be a more fun place to be this week?
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Coming up in Sports, Mike Stevens will look at a Roanoke connection as he reports LIVE from Speedweeks in Daytona.
Today on healthcheck --
A bill that would allow a group of local eye surgeons to perform operations in their own clinic is now in the hands of Virginia Senators.
And doctors are keeping a close eye on the first hand transplant recipient in America.
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((90 PERCENT OF THE REJECTION SHOULD OCCUR WITHIN THE FIRST THREE MONTH AND THAT'S WHAT WE CALL THE DANGER PERIOD.))
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The nation's first hand transplant patient is ready to go home.
The country's first hand transplant patient is on the road to a complete recovery.
37-year-old Matthew Scott spoke today at a news conference at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.
Scott says he's looking forward to picking up both of his two young sons at the same time with both hands.
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((MATTHEW SCOTT: IT'S THE FACT THAT MY SON RIGHT NOW IS INTERESTED IN PLAYING BASEBALL. AND HOW TO HOLD A BASEBALL BAT AND HOW TO CATCH A POP FLY ARE THINGS THAT I REALLY WOULD LOVE TO SHOW HIM WITH TWO ABLE HANDS.))
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Surgeons say they've found no signs of blood clots or reduced blood flow to his new hand.
They also say there's no indication that Scott's body is rejecting it.
Scott's left hand was damaged beyond repair 13 years ago in a firecracker accident.
A proposed eye surgical center is another step closer to reality.
The Vistar Eye Center was approved by the House of Delegates today by a vote of 84-to-13.
The Center still needs the approval of the State Senate.
Vistar eye doctors say the clinic could save patients thousands of dollars.
Carilion Health Systems has tried to block approval.
Carilion has said the Center is not needed and it would be dangerous to perform such surgeries in a non-hospital system.
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Virginia's state senate has sided with the surviving relatives of Hugh Finn.
Several Republicans defected from Governor Jim Gilmore in a 34-to-6 vote.
The bill would reimburse Michele Finn 48-thousand dollars for her costs fighting the Governor in court over ending life support for her comatose husband.
The bill would also reimburse Finn family members who requested the Governor's help in fighting Michele Finn.
The Governor says he won't decide on signing the relief bill until the House of Delegates votes on it.
A national study is putting a price tag on what gamblers cost society.
The University of Chicago puts the cost at three thousand dollars, per gambler, per year.
That includes unemployment benefits and money employers must spend to recruit new workers to replace someone fired for gambling.
Researchers found that four million Americans are considered problem gamblers.
That means they've lost 100 dollars or more in a single day or year. They've also had at least three adverse effects from gambling such as being let go from their jobs.
On the other side of the coin, the report found that one in seven adults has never gambled.
Dentists are encouraging patients to pucker up to prevent cavities. The Academy of General Dentistry says kissing stimulates saliva, and washes the mouth.
When the saliva is stimulated, the mouth can produce up to half a teaspoon per minute.
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((DR. ROLLER/DENTIST: BASICALLY THE IDEA IS THE MORE FLOW YOU HAVE THE MORE IT WASHES THE DEBBRIS AWAY AND THE BACTERIA DOESN'T HAVE ENOUGH SPACE TO ATTACH, A DRY MOUTH PROMOTES CAVITIES.))
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And, if there's no one to kiss this Valentine's Day, Doctor Roller
suggests chewing sugar-free gum.
It produces three times the regular amount of saliva.
The Academy also reports the popular Valentine's day gift of sweets for your sweet may help prevent cavity causing bacteria.
Chocolate contains tannins which stop bacteria from sticking to teeth and gums.
Another unusally hot February day in Daytona, both on and off the track.
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Mike Stevens joins us with the latest from Speedweeks. I understand some folks from Roanoke got into the action today.
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An early battle over how to spend Virginia Lottery profits has gone the way of House Democrats.
Governor Jim Gilmore's plan to send all 300-some-million dollars in annual lottery profits back to local school divisions was amended on the House floor.
The Democratic amendment would designate lottery money for school construction and renovation only.
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((DEL. TOM JACKSON/D-CARROLL CO.: PEOPLE SAY TO US WHERE DOES THE LOTTERY MONEY GO? ...REDUCING OVERCROWDING.))
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((MARK MINER/GILMORE SPOKESMAN: THIS LEGISLATION TELLS THE LOCALITY HOW THIS MONEY SHOULD BE SPENT, INSTEAD OF LOCALITIES TELLING US HOW THE MONEY SHOULD BE SPENT.))
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In other action, the House passed a two cent phase-out of the sales tax on groceries-- the Republican version of tha
All's fair in love and war..and the Academy Awards.
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The Oscar nominations are out and a war movie and a love story are topping the list.
"Shakespeare in Love" leads all nominations with 13 . That's just one shy of the record.
"Saving Private Ryan" garnered 11 nominations including Tom Hanks as best actor.
Other Best Picture nominees are "Life is Beautiful," "The Thin Red Line," and "Elizabeth."
Shakespeare's Gwyneth Paltrow is up for Best Actress along with Meryl Streep for One True Thing.
The winners will be announced March 21st in Los Angeles.