Congress is giving Americans their first chance to hear the voice of Monica Lewinsky.
And some new tax cuts at the grocery store thanks to Governor Gilmore.
News 7 at noon is next.
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The food tax cut proposal NEWS7 told you about last night has seen the light of day.
Governor Jim Gilmore today unveiled his version of a recent Democratic proposal-- as well as some dramatic new budget plans.
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Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom with the latest.
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(Rollcue: Montgomery County State Senator Madison Marye.)
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: ANYBODY CAN COME FORWARD AND JUST SAY THAT THEY WANT TO PUT FORWARD AN IDEA...PLACE.))
So Gilmore's food tax cut would be phased in more slowly than the bi-partisan compromise recommended just last month.
Bi-partisanship was abandoned even more by others.
((DEL. VANCE WILKINS: THEY TALK TAX CUTS. WE DO TAX CUTS.))
((DEL. CREIGH DEEDS/D-BATH CO.: WELL THE GOVERNOR STARTED OUT...AS A COMMONWEALTH.))
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Students at Giles County High School are going home early again, because of a bomb threat.
This is the third time in the past five days that the school has had to shut down, so authorities can search the school.
Students were dismissed at noon.
Since the only major day care center in Floyd County shut down earlier this year, parents have been scrambling to find alternatives.
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Copper Hill Day Care closed in September.
The Health Department found traces of coloform bacteria in the water supply.
Drinking water contaminated with that bacteria could lead to life-threatening illnesses.
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((HEROLD: WE DETERMINED THEIR FIRST WELL WAS CONTAMINATED. THEY IMMEDIATELY CLOSED DOWN. THAT WAS OUR SUGGESTION, THEY DID IT VOLUNTARILY FOR THE SAFETY OF THE STUDENTS.))
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[OUT Q=THE STUDENTS]
[from tape 1, kids playing]
About 50 students from nearby schools used the center.
Now, a few parents are babysitting after school, filling the void left by the day care center.
The people who own the center say it might be too expensive to buy a water filtering center that would let them re-open.
Authorities now say the teenager killed in a hunting accident yesterday evening was a Franklin County High School student.
17-year old Raymond Hall was shot by his older brother, 20-year old Verlon (VER-lun) Hall.
The shooting happened at about 5:30 last night while the two were hunting in the Cahas (kuh-HAYS) Mountain section of the county.
Right now officials are treating it as an accident.
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[SUPER=01-Lt. Karl Martin/Game Warden;]
[OUT Q=IS VERY POOR.]
Martin says the victim fired off three shots himself just before being hit
The commonwealth's attorneys office will determine if any charges will be placed against the older brother.
Democrats and Republicans have picked candidates for the special state Senate election next month.
The Democratic candidate is Phillip Puckett, an insurance salesman from Russell County.
Pucket was nominated early this morning after six ballots.
The Republicans went with Buchanan (BUCK-anan) County supervisor Roger Rife.
Both men are seeking the state senate seat now held by Jack Reasor, who decided to retire.
The election is set for December 15th.
For months now we've seen her on T-V, in the papers and in magazines, now Americans are getting to hear her voice.
The House Judiciary Committee today release 22 hours of audio tapes secretly recorded by Linda Tripp.
Transcripts of the phone chats were released this summer.
But missing was the emotion as Lewinsky talks about her relationship with President Clinton.
Lee Cowan reports.
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((IT MIGHT NOT BE A CHART TOPPER, BUT LINDA TRIPP'S TAPED DUET
WITH MONICA LEWINSKY HAS BECOME ONE OF THE HOTTEST RECORDINGS OF THE DAY.
(LOCATOR: THIS MORNING, CAPITOL HILL)
(( NAT MONICA MEDIA CRUSH ))
DESPITE THOUSANDS OF MICROPHONES BEING SHOVED IN HER FACE FOR
MONTHS ON END, MONICA LEWINSKY HAS REMAINED SEEN, BUT NOT HEARD.
NOW HER VOICE HAS BOTH PITCH AND TONE.
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Lewinsky: "The first time I looked into his eyes close up and I was withhim alone, I saw somebody totally different that I had expected to see.
And that's the person I fell in love with."
THE BULK OF THE TAPES ARE FILLED WITH THE RAMBLINGS OF A
YOUNG WOMAN TO AN OLDER FRIEND ABOUT LIFE, ABOUT LOVE, A LOT ABOUT SEX
AND A LOT ABOUT HOW TO GET A JOB BACK AT THE WHITE HOUSE TO AGAIN BE
CLOSE TO THE PRESIDENT.
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Lewinsky: "I want you to know that it has always been and remains to be
more important to me to have you in my life than to come back. Having
said that, I am extremely under- challenged and unhappy in my current
AS THE RELATIONSHIP BEGAN TO FADE, LEWINSKY OFTEN BECOMES
EMOTIONAL, LOOKING TO TRIPP FOR SUPPORT.
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"(crying) He's not going to call me_
AND AT TIMES, TRIPP SEEMS TO OFFER IT.
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Tripp: "He has no business yelling at you and saying if I had known what
kind of person you were in the beginning, I wouldn't have gotten
involved with you."
Lewinsky: "I'm going to make him take that back, that hurt my feelings."
Tripp: I think he said it in a moment of total anger.
Lewinsky: (expletive) him and the little motorcade he rode in on.
(( LEE COWAN//CBS NEWS ))
"The House Judiciary Committee voted to release the tapes only after
careful editing to remove any explicitly sexual or irrelevant material.
is no new information in today's release, but if there is any curiosity
left about this case, it's now been satisfied. Lee Cowan, CBS News,
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Yesterday, it looked like the latest Mid-East peace deal was off.
But Yassir Arafat may have smoothed things over.
That's still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
And weapons inspectors are back in business in Baghdad.
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U-N weapons inspectors are back in Baghad today and should back on the job tomorrow.
About 86 staffers arrived today ready to test Saddam Hussein's promise to let them work without restriction.
A spokeswoman for the inspectors says the next few days will be very important to see if the Iraq leader lives up to his pledge of cooperation.
((WE RECOGNIZE...AS SOON AS WE CAN. ))
[SUPER=01-Caroline Cross/UNSCOM Spokesperson;]
[OUT Q=AS SOON AS WE CAN.]
Meanwhile, the U-N's special envoy to Baghdad says the Security
Council is also keeping a close eye on Iraq.
He says Iraq's cooperation could lead to the Security Council lifting sanctions.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has defused the latest crisis with Israel.
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He's disavowing violence, and endorsing talks aimed at achieving a permanent peace agreement.
Arafat had threatened to unilaterally establish a Palestinian state next May, possibly by force, with Jerusalem as its capital.
A top adviser to Prime Minister Netanyahu says the Israeli government is studying Arafat's latest comments.
(( DAVID BAR ILLAN, NETANYAHU ADVISOR: WE ARE STILL EXPECTING A RETRACTION FROM MR ARAFAT BEFORE THE CABINET CAN APPROVE A
WITHDRAWAL BY ISRAELI TROOPS FROM THE FIRST PHASE OF THE PLANNED
[SUPER=01-David Bar Illan/Netanyahu Advisor;]
[OUT Q=of the planned withdrawal.]
The Israeli troop withdrawal was to begin on Monday.
In all, Israel is to hand over 13 percent of the West Bank by the end of January, in exchange for a Palestinian campaign against Islamic militants.
Will interest rates go any lower?
The Federal Reserve Board will answer that question when it meets today.
Analyst say another rate cut is unlikely because the economy appears to be on the upswing, at least for now.
The Dow closed above 9-thousand yesterday for the first time since July and consumers continue to spend.
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Virginia's twelfth execution of the year is scheduled for tonight.
Yesterday the U-S Supreme Court rejected an emergency request to stay the execution of Kenneth Wilson.
He's was sentenced to die after he was convicted of killing a neighbor in Newport News almost six years ago.
Tonight's execution adds to the state's modern day record.[Tease2]
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Roger Clemens picks up his FIFTH Cy Young Award-- That's coming up a little later in sports.
And one of the world's greatest corporate art collections goes on the auction block.
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New tests are providing some nervous moments for students and teachers across the commonwealth, but the Standards of Learning are here to stay.
Individual students and schools are now waiting for report cards from the first round of testing.
And Roanoke School Superintendent Wayne Harris says he hopes everyone will take the challenge seriously.
[IN Q=Parents, students, teachers]
((WAYNE HARRIS/ROANOKE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: PARENTS, STUDENTS TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS MUST COME TO THE REALIZATION THAT THE NEW STANDARDS ARE HERE. IT'S REALITY. AND THAT OUR STUDENTS MUST BE ABLE TO PERFORM AT HIGHER LEVELS. THAT'S WHAT THE NEW STANDARDS ARE ABOUT.))
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Tonight, Joe Dashiell takes a closer look at the Standards of Learning, as we begin our series, Grade Expectations.
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Roanoke is strenthening its commitment to rebuilding the Jefferson Center performance hall-- by putting up 800-thousand dollars.
A 1997 bond referendum included two million dollars for the project, but the total cost has risen.
Private contributions will provide more than four million dollars, and the fundraising continues...
But supporters say the additional commitment from the city brings the goal within reach.
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((WARNER DALHOUSE/JEFFERSON CENTER FOUNDATION: EVEN WITH THE UNEXPECTED INCREASES IN THE COMPLEXITY AND COST OF THE PROJECT, THIS VIRTUALLY ASSURES THAT THE PROJECT WILL BE STARTED AND COMPLETED ON TIME, AND DONE IN A FIRST CLASS, HIGH QUALITY MANNER.))
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[OUT Q=high quality manner.]
If all goes according to plan, Audiences will be enjoying performances on the Jefferson Center stage by the end of the year 2000.
A sound check recorded by a technician at a Beatles concert 35 years goes on sale next month at Christie's auction house in London.
It's believed to be the first known concert recording of the fab four.
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Meantime, on the auction block last night at Sotheby's-- one of the world's greatest corporate art collections.
Reader's Digest sold the heart of its collection for nearly 87 million dollars.
The collection included masterworks by Monet, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Renoir and Matisse.
The finacially troubled publisher is trying to raise cash to implement a company growth plan.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 44 Points
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Still ahead in sports, Toronto's ace picks up another major league record.
Plus, some Kansas City players throw a tantrum over a messy loss to Denver at home. We'll have the story coming up, when News 7 at Noon continues.
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In a unanimous vote yesterday, Toronto's Roger Clemens was chosen to receive a record fifth Cy Young award.
The 36 year old righthander picked up the award after going 20 and 6, with 271 strikeouts and a two-point-six-five E-R-A.
After opening the season with a 5 and 6 record, Clemens went undefeated in his final 22 starts.
He becomes baseball's only five-time winner, surpassing Steve Carlton and Atlanta's Greg Maddux.
After playing ten games, the Denver Broncos now have ten victories.
This after a 30 to 7 trouncing of the Chiefs last night, that got dirty in the end.
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John Elway was replaced by Bubby Brister, who took care of business.
The 36 year old veteran ran this TD in from 38 yards out. Denver goes up 7 nothing.
Terrell Davis would also put some points on the board with this 41 yard run, to make it 14- nothing Denver.
And Kansas City wasn't happy with the scoreboard, and apparently decided to take it out on the field.
Derrick Thomas grabbed Shannon Sharpe's facemask and dragged him to the ground TWICE,
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for two of his THREE personal fouls. Kansas City had five as a team.
But, the Broncos come out on top, with the 30 to 7 victory.
The new Bowl Championship Series poll is out, and Tennessee remains the number one contender for the national championship game.
The Vols are followed by UCLA at number two and Kansas State in third.
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The Hokies' last second loss to Syracuse Saturday night knocked Tech completely out of the poll.
But UVa is still there after beating North Carolina. The top 2 teams will play in the Fiesta Bowl.
The high school regional championships are set for this Friday night.
Here are the pairings with the home teams listed on the bottom.
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[SUPER=0102-/Richlands///Martinsville///Region IV Division 4 Final/;]
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[SUPER=0102-/Rustburg///Tunstall///Region III Division 3 Final/;]
[SUPER=0102-/Giles///John Battle///Region C Division 2 Final/;]
[SUPER=0102-/Narrows///Covington///Region C Division 1 Final/;]
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All of the games start at 7:30 with the exception of the Rustburg-Tunstall game, which kicks-off at seven.
The Cavalier hoops team is heading north to Alaska this weekend to take on President Clinton's favorite team- the Arkansas Razorbacks.
But they'll be without one of the team's veterans.
Colin Ducharme, the Cavs junior starting center, is out indefinitely after breaking his left ankle.
The six foot nine inch center broke the ankle when he slipped on some wet steps.
Surgery is scheduled for today, but there is no timetable for his return.
In some better news for UVa fans, Pete Gillen announced the formal signing of four recruits- including six-ten Jason Rogers from Robert E. Lee in Staunton.
This Thursday marks the one year birthday of the world's most famous babies.
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Bobbi and Kenny McCaughey (mckoy) and their seven little wonders headed for Chicago yesterday to celebrate on the Oprah Winfrey show.
But getting there wasn't easy.
Some extra helpers joined the Mckoy's on their short trip to the windy city.
Among the question's Oprah might ask mom Bobbi, what's it like changing 40 diapers a day or doing 15 loads of laundr(----------------)
y a week?