Next on News 7-
Democratic Leaders voice concerns over Congressmen Virgil Goode's vote to impeach.
Brush fires sweep through parts of the region.
Plus delayed honeymoons and cancelled trips for American Airlines passengers.
And Mike with a report from Daytona Beach-
News 7 is Next.
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Fifth district Democratic leaders are ready to take Congressman Virgil Goode to the woodshed.
Tonight they call on him to explain his voting record.
Virgil Goode voted against President Clinton 70 percent of the time last year, and he voted FOR impeachment.
At a democratic committee meeting in Lynchburg tonight, members said if Goode doesn't change his ways, they won't nominate him for another term.
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Eric Earnhart was at the meeting tonight, he's in the newsroom with more.
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Jean, fifth district committee members are experiencing extreme frustration, they feel like they're supporting a Republican.
Tonight representatives from several counties reported Goode has lost the support of democrats, especially African-American democrats.
They passed a resolution expressing deep concern about his voting record, and invited him to meet with the committee and talk about it.
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But if Goode will not soften his independent stance, committee members say they can't, in good conscience, nominate him again.
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[SUPER=01-Carl Eggleston/Committee Chairman]
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Congressman Goode was in his office when we called tonight.
He says he'll be happy to meet with the committee and discuss his voting record, which he believes reflects the views and concerns of the people of the fifth district...
He says the president's views on many issues are out of step and harmful to the voters he represents.
Three Republican Senators say they'll cross party lines - and vote to acquit the President on both articles of impeachment.
Senator Arlen Specter says House prosecutors did not prove the articles.
((THAT IS NOT TO SAY THAT THE PRESIDENT IS NOT GUILTY BUT TO SPECIFICALLY SAY THAT THE CHARGES IN MY JUDGEMENT HAVE NOT BEEN PROVED.))
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The next move in the Senate is unclear.
A democratic move for censure is sputtering under GOP opposition.
Pulaski authorities are looking for an armed robber tonight.
Police say a man displayed a handgun and demanded money at the Family Dollar Store on East Main Street around 6:30.
The suspect is described as a white male, with a short, slender build.
He has collar-length dark hair and was reportedly wearing a zip-up jacket and dark toboggan.
Several people were in the store during the robbery.
No one was injured.
Firefighters in Bedford County have contained a brushfire that threatened three homes in Porter Mountain.
It could have been much worse.
As the fire burned toward Porter Mountain Road, a small group of Blue Ridge firefighters, armed only with small low-pressure hoses, fought to keep the flames from jumping across the road and burning toward more houses.
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But it was enough, with only seconds to spare, a tanker arrived.
Its high pressure hoses were able to beat the flames back.
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[SUPER=01-Chief John Dooley/Blue Ridge Fire Dept.]
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The fire burned about ten acres, and came within 20 feet of 3 houses. They're still trying to find out what started it.
Wythe County investigators are still trying to figure out who dropped two hypodermic needles inside a mail slot at the post office in Speedwell.
A third was dropped inside the night deposit box at a nearby bank.
Investigators say all were discovered this morning and that no one was injured.
But that wasn't the case in Pulaski where two people were punctured by needles yesterday afternoon.
A woman was pricked by a needle when she stuck her finger inside the coin return at a pay phone at Walmart.
A similar incident happened to a man using a pay phone at the Pulaski County courthouse.
Both were treated at Pulaski Community hospital.
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[HERB COOLEY/PULASKI POLICE CHIEF: I'M SURE THEY'RE TERRORIZED AS I KNOW I'D BE, BECAUSE AT THIS POINT WE DON'T KNOW IF THE NEEDLES WERE DIRTY OR CLEAN.]
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The Pulaski officer initially working the case did NOT hang onto the needles but Cooley hopes to get them back so they can be sent to a lab for analysis.
At this point, Pulaski police say they don't have any suspects.
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It may take years for a lawsuit to get to court, but the war of words is heating up between the University of Virginia and one of the families involved in a baby switch at the U-V-A Medical Center.
Paula Johnson and her attorney have rejected a state offer to settle out of court for two million dollars.
But CYNTHIA Johnson also says it's no coincidence that word of that offer was leaked by the state.. the same day a health department report critical of U-V-A was released.
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((CYNTHIA JOHNSON/PAULA JOHNSON'S ATTORNEY: IT WAS THE STATE OFFICIAL'S DECISION TO MAKE THIS PUBLIC AND I CAN ONLY CONCLUDE THAT ITS PURPOSE WAS TO DETRACT IN SOME WAY FROM THE EFFECT AND THE PUBLIC INTEREST IN THE REPORT THAT CAME OUT. THEY'VE KNOWN ABOUT THAT OFFER FOR QUITE A WHILE AND YET THEY CHOSE YESTERDAY TO MAKE IT PUBLIC.))
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Johnson denied a published report today that she is seeking a 25 million dollar settlement from the state.
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The Reverend Jerry Falwell is taking on Tinky -- Tinky Winky that is -- one of the popular "Teletubbies" characters on TV.
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In the February edition of Falwell's National Liberty Journal, a warning goes out to parents that "Tinky Winky" is gay.
In case you're not familiar with the character, "Tinky Winky" is the rotund, purple, magic-bag-toting Teletubby with a triangular antenna.
The article states purple is a gay-pride color, and the triangle is a gay-pride symbol.
Falwell calls these "subtle depictions," but he believes they're intentional.
The company that holds the Teletubbies U-S license calls the charges absurd.
Should suspects in a 22-year old murder case be set free?
Some attorneys think so.
Robert Vernon Brown, convicted killer Gene Gaylor and former husband and wife Carrol Eugene Humphries and Kitty (Ab-shire) Humphries are all charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
Prosecutors believe they were all involved in the 1976 bombing death of Billy Ray Abshire.
But, today defense attorneys claimed the state waited too long to charge them with the crime.
And, they're asking a judge to dismiss the cases.
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((BARRY BRUCE/GENE GAYLOR'S ATTORNEY: IT'S MY OPINION WITH A PRETRIAL DELAY ISSUE AFTER 22 YEARS WITH ALL THE EVIDENCE BEING AVAILABLE AT LEAST AT THE END OF 1981, THAT IF IT APPLIES, IT APPLIES IN THIS CASE.))
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Prosecutors, meanwhile, claim they're only now able to press charges thanks to recent developments in the case.
Judge James Holiday is expected to rule tomorrow morning on whether the cases should go before a jury.
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In the wake of several recent accidents, Governor Jim Gilmore has ordered a State Police crackdown on unsafe driving on Interstate 81.
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((COL. WAYNE HUGGINS/VIRGINIA STATE POLICE: I'M NOT PREPARED TO SAY THAT TRUCKERS ARE THE PROBLEMS OR AUTOMOBILES ARE THE PROBLEM. THE FACT IS THAT THIS IS A SOCIETAL PROBLEM. AND I DON'T THINK THE POINT SHOULD BE BLAMING. WHAT WE'RE GONNA DO IS WE'RE GONNA LOOK FOR THE BAD DRIVER, THE FLAGRANT DRIVING BEHAVIOR. AND WHETHER THAT PERSON IS DRIVING A CAR, OR WHETHER THEY'RE DRIVING A BUS, OR A TRACTOR TRAILER, WE'RE GONNA TAKE AGGRESSIVE ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS. IT'S AS SIMPLE AS THAT.))
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[OUT Q=simple as that.]
The Governor's directive includes 50 more troopers patrolling 81, assistance from state police aircraft, more safety signs, and an aggressive driver education campaign.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Still to come, Virginia lawmakers are in the hot seat with Native Americans, who didn't find their late night antics amusing.
And the National Chair of the N-double-A-C-P comes to Roanoke County... He speaks up on Civil Rights past and present -- and says there's still plenty of work to be done on race relations.
Details straight ahead.
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((O-K sports fans set back and check this out The Hokies three game win streak ended at the Cassell tonight Roanoke was at the Bast Center tonight for a big ODAC game against Eastern Mennonite, Ray Allen signs a big contract with the Milwaukee Bucks and Mike Stevens continues his reports from Daytona on the eve of the Big Twin 125 qualifying races.
All that and more coming up in sports.))
The national chair of the N-double-A-C-P wants to make the civil rights group better, bolder and stronger.
Julian Bond was at Hollins University tonight--talking about the 20th century struggle for equal rights.
Bond says the burning and beheading of a Grayson County man and the dragging death of a Jasper, Texas man are just SOME of the signs that the fight for equal rights did not end during the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
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((JULIAN BOND/NAACP NATIONAL CHAIR; THE ENORMOUS DISPARITY BETWEEN BLACK AND WHITE INCOME, EDUCATION, LIFE CHANCES, LIFE EXPECTANCY. THESE GAPS ARE CLOSING, BUT THEY'RE STILL WIDE. AND AS LONG AS THEY REMAIN WIDE, THAT'S AMPLE EVIDENCE THAT A VIGOROUS NAACP IS NEEDED, NOT ONLY IN VIRGINIA, BUT ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. SO WE DON'T HAVE TO TELL PEOPLE IT'S HERE. I THINK PEOPLE WITH EYES TO SEE AND EARS TO HEAR KNOW THAT IT'S HERE.))
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One of Bond's main goals is to build an endowment within the organization, while making it financially stable.
General Electric is going back to a full work week, thanks in part to a cutting-edge product developed in Salem.
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G-E's hourly workers resume a normal schedule on Monday.
They had planned to work just four days a week during February.
But normally slow first-quarter sales have picked up, and one hot seller is GE's new high-tech drive system.
It was designed by engineers in Salem, who won an internal company award for their team effort.
G-E said its goal is to stabilize the factory's workload, so there's enough work to keep everyone busy at all times of the year.
A federal judge today ordered American Airlines pilots back to the cockpit.
The pilots' sickout has forced the cancellation of thousands of flights - and left passengers stranded.
Byron Pitts reports.
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((/I'VE BEEN HERE SINCE MONDAY! MONDAY, TUESDAY! TODAY'S WEDNESDAY. I'VE BEEN HERE SINCE 2:30 IN THE MORNING!
Across the country -- American Airlines ... cancelled four out ot
every 10-flights today ...and close to 25-hundred flights since Saturday.
ALL because of a 'PILOT SICKOUT' that started after American purchased
the low-fare carrier RENO air. American Pilots say they could lose jobs
and other opportunities to Reno Air's non-union pilot.
A JUDGE MAY HAVE PUT AN END TO THE SICKOUT, BUT the SUFFERING IS ONLY
JUST BEGINNING FOR TOURIST AND THE TOURISM INDUSTRY IN SOUTH FLORIDA AND THE CARIBBEAN.
'THEY CANCELLED THE FLIGHT AND THERE GOES THEIR HONEYMOON!'
Travel agencies have already been forced to cancel reservations.
RICHARD PRAGER,TRAVEL AGENT
'DOWN IN THE CARIBBEAN WHERE THEY'RE EXPECTING THE HEART OF THE SEASON
TO START NOW IT COULD EFFECT THE THOE HOTEL OWERND DOWN THERE. IT'S
GOING TO EFFECT EVERYBODY.
So with stories of lost luggage ... cancelled flights and honeymoons
ruined... American Airlines may have lost more than money. Byron Pitts, CBS NEWS Miami))
A lapse of sensitivity last night on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates drew some fire this morning.
Representatives of the Rappahannock Indian tribe sat in the House gallery yesterday for 13 hours, waiting for a bill recognizing their tribe to be heard.
That's when some members of the usually raucous House took it a step too far.
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((DEL. VIOLA BASKERVILLE/D-RICHMOND: AS SOON AS THE PIECE OF LEGISLATION WAS CALLED UP, THERE WAS A POUNDING ON THE TOPS OF THE DESKS LIKE TOM TOM DRUMS. TOMAHAWKS SIGNS BEING GIVEN AS WELL.))
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Some delegates routinely break up long floor sessions mimicking the Budweiser frogs on their microphones.
Delegate Baskerville says that's different-- because she never expects frogs to be observing the proceedings from the gallery.
When News 7 returns, the death toll stands at 10 -
rescue workers look for avalanche victims in France.
Tonight, American survivors speak.
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((AVALANCHE SURVIVOR: I'VE SEEN PLENTY OF AVALANCHES BUT NOT THE KIND THAT COME INTO YOUR HOME AND BLOW THE TOP OF IT OFF.))
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French rescue workers have called off their search for avalanche victims for the night- citing a risk of new snowslides.
A pair of avalanches yesterday killed at least ten people- including a four year old girl.
Rescue workers say they've located two more victims but have not been able to reach them.
Two Americans rescued from inside a crushed cabin- talked about their ordeal.
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((ALICIA BOYES/SURVIVOR: WELL WE WERE SITTING ON THE COUCH. JUST LIKE A NORMAL AFTERNOON, THE NEXT THING WE SAW THE WINDOWS WERE TURNING BLACK AND A CLOUD OF SNOW CAME IN AND IT WAS BLACK. WE WERE PUSHED INTO THE CORNER. THE ROOF COLLAPSED ON US.))
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((NATHAN WALLACE/SURVIVOR: WE WERE SITTING IN UNDERNEATH THE CONCRETE BLOCK TWO FEET ABOVE OUT HEADS. WE WERE ALIVE BUT THEN YOU HEAR THE MACHINES ON TOP. YOU DON'T KNOW. WE DIDN'T KNOW FOR AN HOUR AND HALF IF THE MACHINES WERE GOING TO CAUSE THE ROOF TO COLLAPSE ON TOP OF US.))
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Rescue workers have been using heavy dogs and sensors to try and find more trapped skiers.
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Virginia Tech was at the Cassell tonight hosting Rhode Island Roanoke College had a big ODAC game at the Bast Center tonight and their all set for a big day at Daytona tomorrow Mike Stevens will have a report.
But first our Extra Point. Last week it was Dan Dierdorf.
And today A-B-C is forcing Frank Gifford out after his contract expires in June.
Last season Gifford was replaced in the broadcast booth of Monday Night Football by Boomer Esiason. He was then swithced to co-host of the pregame show with Chris Berman.
Gifford is the only person to be in the N-F-L hall of fame as both a player and a broadcaster.
And now here are tonight's numbers.
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Virginia Tech's three game win streak ended at the Cassell last night as Rhode Island beats the Hokies 76 to 67.
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A moment of silence at the Cassell for John Bennett, who played for Rhode Island last season and died from Injuries received in a car accident.
Then Tech's Brendan Dunlap passes to Rolan Roberts who faces up and hits the jumper for two of his game high 23 points.
But Antono Reynolds-Dean brings Rhode Island back when he backs in and hits the fade away jumper cutting into the Hokie lead in the first half.
Dunlap then passes to Dennis Mims who takes one dribble and jams it home bringing the crowd to its feet.
But Rhode Island is just to tough. Freshman Lamar Odom takes it to the
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hoop and hits the tough jumper with the hand in his face and Rhode Island wins it 76 to 67.
Over at the Bast Center last night, Roanoke College picks up an ODAC win with a 93 to 73 win over Eastern Mennonite.
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The Eastern Mennonite coach would be in for a long night.
Roanoke's Dewayne Bullock passes to Paris Butler who drains the three pointer and the Maroons were working on a big lead.
Eastern Mennonite would not give up without a fight Mike McElroy lobs the ball to Quincy Loangaker who gets the ball to drip in the hoop.
Roanoke would then run away with the game Butler passes to Jason Strickland who drops home the baseline jumper and the Maroons win it 93 to 73.
Milwaukee Bucks guard Ray Allen signed a six year, 70.9 million dollar contract extension today. It is the maximum salary allowed a third year player by the new collective bargaining agreement.
Ray had several offers but chose to remain in Milwaukee.
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The Roanoke Express lost for the first time in 8 games tonight.
Dayton beating the Express by a score of 3 to 2.
Ben Schust and Calvin Elfring scored the Express goals.
The Twin 125 qualifying races are scheduled for Daytona today. Mike Stevens has more later on Mornin'.
And coming up, Racing fans get ready because the action really picks up
at Daytona tomorrow as the drivers compete in the Twin 125 races to determine the line up for Sunday's Daytona 500.
After three full days of practice the Winston Cup Cars are all set to put on a big show today in the Twin 125 qualifying races..
Mike Stevens joins us now from Daytona with a preview.
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THAT'S IT FOR SPORTS. HAVE A GREAT DAY EVERYBODY.
NASCAR president Bill France has turned over control of the racing circuit's daily operations to Mike Helton.
The 45 year old Helton began working for the France family in 1986. The 66 year old France will remain NASCAR's president and says he is not leaving NASCAR, just taking a diminished role.
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