Hour after hour .. day into night- testimony finally wrapped up at impeachment hearings.
An author questions the guilt of a man put to death for a Buchanan County murder.
Plus parents of fifth graders at one local school are angry-
And check out the septuplets' new digs.
News 7 is next.
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Impeachment hearings started first thing this morning and they just wrapped up about half an hour ago.
Jonathan Freed is on Capitol Hill where Ken Starr is testifying into the night.
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You may have noticed some local faces in today's proceedings.
As News 7's Ellen Qualls reports, Congressmen Rick Boucher and Bob Goodlatte both got a crack at asking what they wanted-
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((Without President Clinton yet accepting an invitation to testify and with no plans yet to hear from Monica Lewinsky, ken Starr is so far the Starr of the show. Roanoke's Republican Congressman used his 5 minutes in the spotlight to ask questions to help him make his case.
THOSE WHO HAVE SAID, INCLUDING SOME HERE TODAY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, THAT THE PRESIDENTS EFFORTS COULD BE MERELY INTERPRETED AS SOMEONE HELPING AN EX-INTIMATE OR EX-FRIEND WITHOUT CONCERN FOR HER TESTIMONY AND I DON'T THINK YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE FULL OPPORTUNITY TO INDICATE WHY IT IS YOU HAVE COME TO THE FIRST CONCLUSION RATHER THAN THE SECOND AND I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE YOU THAT OPPORTUNITY NOW.
WHEN THAT JOB OPPORTUNITY WAS THE EXTENDED MR. JORDON, ACCORDING TO HIS OWN TESTIMONY INDICATED HE CALLED THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND SAID 'MISSION ACCOMPLISHED'.
Democrat Rick Boucher took a different route making the case that impeachment is unnecessary to uphold the rule of law because citizen Bill Clinton may still face the court.
IMPEACHMENT WAS NEVER INTENDED TO BE A PUNISHMENT FOR INDIVIDUAL MISCONDUCT INSTEAD IT WAS INTENDED TO PROTECT THE COUNTRY. IT WAS DESIGNED TO ENHANCE THE PUBLIC'S INTEREST.
There was excitement outside the hearing too.
WHY DON'T YOU IMPEACH ME. IF YOU ARE GOING TO IMPEACH WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON, WHY DON'T YOU IMPEACH ME THOMAS JEFFERSON.
The work of southwest Virginia's Congressmen is not done. We do not know how long these impeachment hearings will last
. That may depend on William Jefferson Clinton. Ellen Quails, News 7 Washington.))[BentMtn-Teacher]
Fifth graders at Bent Mountain Elementary School have had four teachers so far this year.
Now, parents say it's time for administrators to put an end to all the changes.
Stacey Martin is in our newsroom with more.
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Jean -- the parents are really concerned about this disruption because these kids are so young.
And, the parents believe the bonds they make or break with teachers are more meaningful at a young age..
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((The fifth graders here at Bent Mountain Elementary School have had four teachers since the beginning of the school year and students and parents say that's three too many.
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((AMY MILLER/STUDENT: IT'S NOT FAIR BECAUSE I GET CLOSE TO ALL MY TEACHERS THEN I HAVE TO LEAVE THEM AND IT MAKES ME UPSET BECAUSE IT MAKES ME FEEL LIKE YOU NEVER HAVE YOUR OWN TEACHER REALLY. YOU'VE GOT TO KEEP SWITCHING 'EM.))
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((CATHY MILLER/PARENT: YOU'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT JUNIOR HIGH KIDS, YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHILDREN AND THEY'RE IN THEIR FIRST YEARS OF SCHOOL AND THEY HAVE--THEY DEVELOP A RELATIONSHIP WITH THESE TEACHERS AND THEY BOND TO THEM.))
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Administrators say the changes were unfortunate but largely unforseen--after the former principal, who was also the fifth grade teacher, fell ill and retired.
And, permanent replacements seemed hard to find.
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((DR. JIM GALLION/ASST. SUPT. FOR ADMINISTRATION: WE TRIED TO PUT PEOPLE IN THE SCHOOL WHO WOULD BE THERE FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME SO THEY COULD PROVIDE THE INSTRUCTION AND THE ADMINISTRATION THAT WAS NEEDED. AND, IT JUST HAPPENED THAT THAT DIDN'T COME ABOUT.))
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But, parents claim administrators knew about the situation a long time ago yet did little then to resolve it.
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((CATHY MILLER/PARENT: AND SAID WE NEED TO PREPARE FOR THOSE KIDS AND GET A SOLUTION IMMEDIATELY. THEY LET THIS THING DRAG OUT AND OUT AND OUT. IT GOT TO A POINT WHERE WE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON.))
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Dr. Gallion claims administrators did not realize until November first that all these changes would be taking place.
He said a permanent principal is scheduled to begin her duties this coming Monday and he doesn't expect any more changes to take place.
But, of course parents will be monitoring the situation closely.
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Authorities in Giles County have charged three teenagers with recent bomb threats.
Everything was back to normal today at Giles High, where administrators say they hope the disruptions have ended.
Three times in the last ten days, classes were cancelled after someone used local pay phones to make the bomb threats.
Investigators believe two male students, 15 and 17 years old, are responsible.
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((ROBERT MCCRACKEN/SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: FROM MY PERSPECTIVE, BECAUSE I SHARE A PARENT'S HAT AS WELL AS A SUPERINTENDENT'S HAT, THE KIDS ARE FED UP WITH IT AND I THINK THAT THIS HAS BEEN A BIG ASSET IN HELPING US WITH THE INVESTIGATION.))
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But even as investigators and school officials were speaking with reporters, employees of the local Wal-Mart were waiting in the parking lot, while emergency crews investigated another bomb threat there.
Police have also charged a 17-year-old student at Narrows High School with making a bomb threat at his school. All three juveniles are being held overnight at the New River Valley Detention Home.
Another violation of the federal clean water act... this time involving an endangered species.
Roanoke Ice and Cold Storage is named as a defendant in two criminal counts filed this week.
The court record indicates the plant was releasing ammonia gas into the air and into the Roanoke River.
Last year Roanoke Log Perch turned up among thousands of dead fish downstream from Roanoke Ice.
The company no longer makes ice and does NOT offer cold storage any more, so an attorney for the firm says these offenses will not be repeated.
A Botetourt County school for troubled boys is still having trouble satisfying the state Education Department.
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The Wilderness Leadership Academy's provisional license runs out in January.
State administrators said in September that the school was unsafe and unsanitary.
They ordered the Botetourt County school to hire more help, revise the policy manual and school brochure, and repair the buildings.
The school has hired a consultant and submitted a new brochure.
But Education Department officials say information is still missing that repairs have not been made.
A full inspection is scheduled for January.
Colonel Gene Nervo, the academy's director, did not return phone calls over the past two days.
The city of Roanoke says it has NOT raised the utility service tax for American Electric Power customers.
Customers are apparently calling city management because they've noticed an increase in their bills.
City officials attribute the rise to a previous error on AEP's part; the city claims AEP has been UNDERCHARGING some Roanoke customers on tax for several months.
And now that the error's been corrected, bills seem to have increased.
Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
Coming up, a local music duo is separating after being together for
over 6 years....
and a lawyer-turned-author visits the area tonight to sign copies of his book- He's questionig the guilt of a man put to death for an area murder.
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((Hey folks this is Mike Stevens in the sports office with news of ice cold night in the Cassell as Tech gets gunned down by East Tennessee.
We'll have your highlights and talk with ETSU assistant Hilliary Scott.
We'll have highlights from the Region 3 girls semi-finals, as well.
Plus, the Friday football Extra schedule for the regional finals.
Tonight on the Big 7. ))
Six years ago, convicted killer Roger Coleman was put to death.
Now an attorney-turned author questions his guilt.
Tonight John Tucker signed copies of his book, "May God Have Mercy", which has just been re-printed in paperback.
The book takes a close look at the Buchanan County case that garnered national attention.
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((THE COLEMAN CASE BECAME, TO ME, A FASCINATING STORY, A MURDER MYSTERY. IT'S NOT A DIATRIBE AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY OR A LOOK AT HABEOUS CORPUS LAW. IT'S A MURDER MYSTERY, A LEGAL DRAMA ABOUT FASCINATING PEOPLE AND INTERESTING EVENTS.))
Roger Coleman was convicted for raping and murdering his sister-in-law in 1982.
A state police report that says a baby mix-up at the University of Virginia Medical Center was an "innocent mistake" does NOT mean the hospital is off the hook for what happened.
That according to the lawyer for one of the mothers involved, Paula Johnson.
Paula's attorney, CYNTHIA Johnson, told News7 today even human error must have consequences.
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((CYNTHIA JOHNSON/PAULA JOHNSON'S ATTORNEY: SOMEBODY DIDN'T DO THEIR JOB AND THEY LOST.. THEY MIXED UP THESE PEOPLE'S CHILDREN. AND IT'S VERY, VERY SERIOUS AND IT CONCERNS ME THAT THEY'RE NOW TAKING STEPS TO CORRECT IT, BUT WHAT HAPPENED THEN IS STILL A MYSTERY.))
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Johnson says she's still waiting to be briefed on what the state police report contains.
Charlottesville prosecutor Dave Chapman is expected to do that within the next few days.
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The harmony of two Roanoke music organizations will soon be separate notes.
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The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and the Roanoke Valley Choral Society have agreed to resume their status as separate organizations.
This decision was made after 6 years of working together.
Boards of the organizations failed to reach a merger agreement after two years of discussions.
Symphony president Jim Ford, expressed regret but said there will be many opportunities for the two organizations to work together in the future.
STill ahead, a dashing day for wine connoisseurs in the Roanoke Valley.
And it's Happy Birthday times seven.
The (McCoy) McCaughey Septuplets are once again in the spotlight.
Details later in the newscast.
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The sound of screaming students could be heard at least a block away from Cave Spring Junior High this afternoon.
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The entire school shouted at the top of their lungs in an attempt to protect the organs.
The Smoke Scream is part of the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout events.
The school nurse says the screaming represents the teenagers lungs are strong and smoke free.
The celebration was no less than grand today to welcome a tasty piece of France to the Star City.
The first of the 1998 vintage season wine (BOH-ZHO-LAY) Beaujolais Nouveau, arrived in style via a 1960 Jaguar.
A bottle costs only eight dollars and 49 cents and merchants are predicting it's price and it's light, fruity taste will likely draw in some new wine connoisseurs.
Lee and Edwards expects to sell out of the new wine by Thanksgiving, but expects another shipment during the holiday season.
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Low lites from Tech, highlights from the Region Three girls tournament, the Friday football extra schedule, and a chat with East Tennessee assistant coach Hilliary Scott the former star at Roanoke College are all on the way.
But first in tonight's Extra Point, Mark McGwire finished a distant second in the national league MVP balloting today getting just two first place votes, those from writers at the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
Sammy Sosa received first place nods on the 30 other ballots after smacking 66 homers and a major league leading 158 RBI for the Cubs to easily win the honor.
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We begin tonight at Cassell Coliseum where the Tech men's team hostest Southern conference unbeaten East Tennessee State.
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It was Elvis night at the Cassell and this was the closest thing we could find to the King!
Both teams were all shook up early with some ragged play, but Brendon Dunlop would find Russ Wheeler on the inbounds for the jumper to tie the game.
ETSU would use the inside to make its mark on the Hokies as Reggie Todd goes to Leo Murray. Who puts in his own miss and shoots the Bucs into the lead.
Cliff Decoster then finds an opening and he takes two defenders to the hole to get the bucket off the bounce and the ETSU lead is now up to 7 points.
The Hokies would trim the advantage and try to take control as Dennis Mimms does some cleanup work in the lane with this duece.
Tech would lose it 48 to 57.
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Last night's game also marked a homecoming of sorts for former EC Glass and Roanoke College star Hilliary Scott who is now a coach at ETSU. More on him later in the sportscast.
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But first how bad is this loss for Tech?
Well, consider these numbers. Two years ago the Hokies beat the Buccaneers by 42.
Last year they whipped them by 29.
But tonight the Bucs win it by 8 to move to 3-and-0. Tech got outrebounded, shot just 30 percent from the field and missed 9 free throws. They play at Liberty next Tuesday.
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The Northside Vikings survived a tough Tunstall team in the first match-up of last night's Region Three Basketball Tournament Semifinals.
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Julius Price played the general leading the Lady Trojans into battle with the Vikings.
Tunstall on the break, Sherita Price pulls up and passes to Annette Nolan for the bucket late in the first half.
But Northside pulls ahead early in the second as Emily Ferrell is all net from outside for three.
Tunstall battled back but outside shooting like this long two from Bret Newman helps the Lady Vikings survive with the 48-47 win.
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Rodney Kane's Appomattox Raiders had their hands full with a tenacious Terrier team.
William Byrd worked it around the horn and it ends up in the hands of Stephanie Parnell who sinks the short baseline 'J.'
The Raiders work it in underneath, Kristen Bondurant keeps possession of the ball and gets the bucket.
But Byrd comes right back, Dawn Chewning sinks the three and Byrd wins a trip to the finals 70-to-33.
William Byrd and Northside win a trip to the State Tournament.
This is the Vikings first Double-a State Tourney.
In the Region C Final Four in Marion, Northwood beat Fort Chiswell 67-44 and John Battle topped Galax 38-to-34.[S-F
The Regional Championships are on tap for tonight's Friday Football Extra action.
Six games will cover the schedule from Bristol to Dry Fork.
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The Virginia Tech football players were hoping that Pitt could knock off Miami last night and give them a chance of getting back in the Big East race.
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But unlike last year Miami made quick work of the Panthers last night at the Orange Bowl.
Edgerin James scored 3 touchdowns in the first half alone.
A fake field goal sealed the rout to open the third as Miami tunes up for Syracuse with a 38-to-10 win.
Still to come tonight, as promised, we will visit with former
Roanoke College stars Hilliary Scott who had a big hand in tonight's ETSU win over the Hokies.
As we told you earlier, Lynchburg native Hilliary Scott came back to his old stomping grounds tonight as an ETSU assistant coach.
Steve Mason caught up with him today during the Bucs shoot around.
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((Cassell Coliseum is one of just a few instate arenas former E.C. Glass and Roanoke College all american Hilliary Scott never played in. But he hardly has time for regrets, there are too many coaching tips, designed plays and scouting reports to go over with his players
In his first season, Scott cannot recruit off campus. But the Buccaneers depend on the former ODAC player of the year for scouting reports and instruction with the guards and forwards.
Scott dream is to some day be a head coach, but right now, he's content with learing the game from a new perspective.
In Blacksburg, Steve Mason news 7 sports.)) [S-WDBJ]
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And if you're getting the snakcs ready for the weekend.
Don't fumble them! Tennessee takes on Kentucky Saturday at 3.
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And on Sunday an NFL doubleheader is coming your way as the Steeers battle the Jaguars, and then right after that Oakland takes on Denver.
Seven babies who captured the world's attention last year- turned one today.
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The (McCoy) McCaughey septuplets filed into a party to celebrate their first year of life at the hospital that helped give it to them.
It's been a year of change for the McCoy family- shooting a commerical and writing a book-
Now the family is moving into a donated home- Their new digs are 6-thousand square feet with a garage bigger than the two bedroom home the family lives in now.
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