Coming up on News 7, FEMA wants to keep local flooding from becoming a bigger problem.
And they're counting votes as more moderate Republicans decide how they will vote on the impeachment of President Clinton.
Clouds are rolling in-- But they'll roll back out quickly as the temperatures drop again tonight.
Details coming up.
On Health Check, doctors at Duke University are testing a gene based vaccine against breast cancer.
and we'll see how a local nursing home is using a special program to help senior citizens get a little exercise.
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((GREG REED: WE'RE LIMITED. THIS PROPERTY CAN NEVER BE BUILT ON AGAIN.))
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Federal money comes to the rescue as some local residents are moved out of harm's way.
A federal program to help communities prone to natural disasters is sending some money our way.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is giving two grants to the Roanoke Valley -- money to prevent the area's next flood from turning into a disaster.
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Scott Goldberg is in our newsroom with the details.
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Jean, the grants are part of a federal program called Project Impact.
The Roanoke Valley is the first community in Virginia to qualify for the money.
Part of the money will help the Roanoke Valley guard against future floods.
Part will help people who live in flood plains move into new homes.
[SUPER=01-Greg Reed/Roanoke City Engineer;59]
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(( The flood that hit Roanoke in 19-85 left 10 people dead, hundreds homeless, and Virginia delegate Vic Thomas stranded with his family on the roof of his business.
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((THOMAS: I TRY NOT TO THINK ABOUT IT TOO MUCH. I TRY TO LEARN FROM IT AND THAT'S WHY I TAKE AN ACTIVE PART IN FLOOD PREVENTION ACROSS THE STATE OF VIRGINIA.))
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Hopeful the Valley's next flood won't be nearly as devastating, Thomas and other officials today gathered at Hollins College...in a building that was accesible only by canoe in 19-85...to accept nearly two million dollars from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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((RITA CALVAN/FEMA: WE'RE TRYING TO GET AHEAD OF DISASTERS AND PREVENT THE LOSSES BEFORE THEY EVER OCCUR.))
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((NATSOUND: BULLDOZER TEARING DOWN HOUSE.))
Besides giving money to back up the area's storm water management system, FEMA will pay to tear down 19 houses.
Houses like this one in Garden City, an area so prone to severe flooding, no preventative measure would be enough to fight nature's fury.
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((REED: IN THIS CASE IT WAS MORE COST-BENEFICIAL TO COME IN AND PURCHASE THE PROPERTIES AND RELOCATE THE PEOPLE OUT OF THE FLOOD PLAIN.))
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Those 19 homes -- eight in Roanoke County and 11 in the city have already been chosen from a list of families living in flood plains.
Local governments and businesses will work with FEMA to put this flood-prevention plan into action.
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Two days to go before the House of Representatives takes up impeachment.
In Washington they're busy counting heads- As Jonathan Freed reports, President Clinton may not have the support he needs on the house floor.
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((The mailroom on Capitol Hill...loaded with impeachment advice from
The offices of the Majority Whip...giving outgoing G-O-P Members a place
The impending impeachment vote has the Capitol firmly in its grip...a
grip that seems to be tightening around the President.
More and more of the so-called moderate Republicans, the ones the White
House was counting on, are now declaring they're in favor of impeachment. Whether they were in California, New York, or Kentucky...the common thread was concern.
REP. ANNE NORTHUP/R-KY.: I DO INTEND TO VOTE FOR AT LEAST SOME OF THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT.
REP. TOM CAMPBELL/R-CA: THE PRESIDENT ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION DID NOT TELL THE TRUTH IN A FEDERAL CRIMINAL GRAND JURY.
REP. JACK QUINN/R-NY.: FOR ME THIS IS AN ISSUE OF PRINCIPLE NOT POLITICS. THE DECISION IS ONE ABOUT CONSCIENCE AND PERSONAL
As Mr. Clinton headed home from his peace mission in the Middle East...he was insisting he's still able to do his job.
CLINTON: YOU SHOW UP FOR WORK EVERY DAY. IT'S NOT A COMPLICATED THING.
With impeachment by the House on at least one article more of a possibility...one Democratic Senator was asked if the President should
stand trial in the Senate should it come to that.
SEN. JOSEPH LIEBERMAN/D-CT.: I THINK A TRIAL WILL START, AND WHAT THE MAJORITY OF THE SENATE DOES ONCE IT STARTS I THINK IS NOT CLEAR AT
And on Senate solutions, there was this from the incoming Speaker of the House.
REP. BOB LIVINGSTON/HOUSE SPEAKER NOMINEE): WE ARE NOT PRECULDING THE SENATE FROM CONSIDERING CENSURE, REPRIMAND, EXPULSION OR
ANY OTHER REMEDY.
Former Senator and G-O-P Presidential nominee, Bob Dole thinks a toughly-worded, joint resolution of censure, that would start in the
Senate, would satisfy everyone...by condemning without removing from office.
JONATHAN FREED/CBS NEWS : THE LASTEST IN A CBS NEWS/NEW YORK TIMES POLL SUGGESTS THAT BY A TWO-TO-ONE MARGIN, AMERICANS WANT THEIR
MEMBER OF CONGRESS TO VOTE AGAINST IMPEACHMENT.
Voters in far southwest Virginia took to the polls today to fill the seat about to be vacated by Democrat Jack Reasor of Bluefield.
THREE candidates are vying for the state senate seat.
Reasor is leaving public office to work as a lobbyist in Richmond.
His district stretches from the coalfields into Wythe County.
So far, voter turnout throughout the area has been described as light.
By two-PM, roughly TWENTY ONE HUNDRED of Wythe County's 14-thousand registered voters had cast ballots.
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((ROBBIE ALBERT/WYTHE CO. VOTER:I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR EVERYBODY TO GET OUT FOR EVERY ELECTION BECAUSE, ESPECIALLY IN A SMALL ELECTION LIKE THIS, ONE VOTE WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND I'M FROM SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA ORIGINALLY AND MOVED BACK TO THE AREA, SO I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT. ))
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Voter turnout is also described as light in Bland County.
Republicans control the state Senate by only one vote.
So today's election in the 38th district means a lot to party strategists in Richmond.
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((JULIE COPELAND/SENATE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS: IT'S A BIG DEAL FOR DEMOCRATS BECAUSE IT'S A DEMOCRATIC SEAT ALREADY. WE'LL MISS JACK REASOR AND WE'RE SORRY THAT HE'S GONE. BUT IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO KEEP THIS OBVIOUSLY SO THAT WE CAN COME BACK NEXT YEAR AND ONLY HAVE TO WIN TWO SEATS TO WIN BACK THE MAJORITY.))
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For the G-O-P, it would mean invading the last true bastion of Virginia Democratic power-- coal-mining country.
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((SCOTT LEAKE/JOINT REPUBLICAN CAUCUS: WE REALLY ARE TRYING VERY HARD TO CROSS THAT MAYBE WHAT WE MIGHT EVEN CALL THE LAST FRONTIER IN REPUBLICAN INFLUENCE IN VIRGINIA. WE KNOW THAT OUR PHILOSOPHY RELATES VERY WELL WITH THE NATURAL SOCIAL AND POLITICAL CONSERVATISM OF A LOT OF RURAL VIRGINIA.))
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Of course, the independent candidacy of Jerry Ward could throw a monkey wrench in both major parties' plans.
The polls close at seven.
We'll bring you the result later tonight. We'll begin crawling the results on the bottom of your screen shortly after the polls close.
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An argument over horseshoes leads to a guilty plea for involuntary manslaughter. We'll have that story next.
and Floridians come out in force to pay their respects to Governor Lawton Chiles as his funeral retraces one of his most memorable moments.
The construction worker buried in a ditch is in critical condition tonight.
A fifteen foot sewer ditch caved in trapping Darby Wayne Patrick-
It took emergency workers fifteen hours to get him out.
((THIER CONCERN WAS NOT SO MUCH THAT THEY HAD INTERNAL INJURIES AS MUCH AS THE PRESSURE DAMAGE.))
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Doctors were worried about pressure damage to the man's lungs and kidneys.
They say the soil may have damaged his muscles and cut off his blood supply.
Doctors say only a quarter of people with these kinds of injuries survive.
A plea agreement today in the case of an Amherst County man who killed one man and injured two others over a game of horseshoes.
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29-year old Kenneth Eugene Branham pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and malicious wounding charges in Amherst County circuit court.
Branham shot to death Richard Lee Eubank and wounded two others during a party on Memorial Day weekend.
Prosecutor Ed Meeks offered the plea agreement after deciding there was a chance a jury might believe Branham's claim of self defense.
He'll be sentenced in March.
It will remain a mystery for now as to whether Richmond novelist Patricia Cornwell borrowed autopsy results from a real Virginia serial killing.
A Richmond judge today threw out the lawsuit from the families of Anna Phelps and Daniel Lauer.
The families claim Cornwell's 1992 bestseller "All That Remains" invaded their privacy by using actual details from the autopsies.
The case even sparked a bill last year in the General Assembly to keep autopsy records private.
Cornwell is Governor Jim Gilmore's biggest individual donor -- and the administration worked to defeat the bill.
Lawton Chiles travelled on foot all across Florida while campaigning 28 years ago.
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Today his funeral procession covered some of the same ground- as it travelled through several Florida communicites.
It was 1970 that Chiles made the trip from the Northwest corner of Florida to Key West- a distance of more than one thousand miles while campaigning for U-S senate.
The 68 year old Governor died Saturday.
One of Downtown Roanoke's best known Bad Boys is leaving.
Coming up a little later, we'll tell you why the Star City Diner is losing its man on the top.
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Virginia Tech is preparing for Alabama and the Music City Bowl. Mike Stevens will have an update in Sports.
and on Health check, researchers at Duke University hope they've made a major breakthrough in the treatment of breast cancer.
Cancer researchers at Duke University believe they're closer to a cure than ever before.
They're working on a vaccine that might one day change the lives of cancer patients.
Pamela Graham has more.
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((Nancy Emerson is a survivor...a survivor of breast cancer
Unfortunately right now, Nancy is struggling to survive breast cancer
that appeared as a dimple on her breast in 1979 has now spread to her
bone, specifically her spine. Since her diagnosis in 1982, she's
undergone a modified radical mastectomy..chemotherapy and radiation.
She's taken several different kinds of drugs, including tamoxifen..some
her gain weight, others made her dizzy...it hasn't been easy.
To help with the pain Nancy is now on a new monthly medication called
Despite it all, she is not a quitter and when doctors told her there was
no other treatment for her stage 4 breast cancer she sought the help of
this man , molecular biologist, Dr. Kim Lyerly.
He was looking for new patients who had advanced form of cancer to try
out a new form of gene therapy.
His colleagues discovered the concept was working on mice.
To fully understand why this is important...you need to know the role of
the dendretic cell in your body
In the lab...dendretic cells are mixed with RNA to form this vaccine.
Nancy Emerson is one of 18 people who has received the vaccine...she
says the therapy was easy because there were no side effects.
Has it stopped the spread of her cancer..that still remains to be seen
as doctors keep a close eye on her spine.... and the progession of the
disease..she hopes her participation may give doctors the tools to one
day find a cure for breast cancer.
Researchers may be able to prevent the muscle loss associated with aging.
As we grow older, we can lose as much as a third of our muscle mass and strength.
Now scientists at the University of Pennsylvania say they MAY be able to turn back the clock.
Mice injected with a gene that stimulates muscle cell growth are showing a 27 percent gain in muscle lost to age.
Younger mice gained 15 percent.
Senior citizens were dancing in water today.
Some residents of Friendship Manor can not hear or walk but they still rehearsed their own water ballet version of the Nutcracker.
Dancers said they felt beautiful in the fancy costumes -- from fairies to mushrooms.
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((LILLIAN HOWELL/DIRECTOR: SOME OF EM ARE AFRAID OF THE WATER. BUT THEY LIKE TO PUT ON THOSE COSTUMES AND PRETEND THEY'RE CANDY CANES OR A SPECIAL FAIRY.
BUTT BUTT BUTT
MARY DARST/DANCER: LAST YEAR I WAS A GRANDMOTHER AND I DIDN'T GO IN THE WATER. BUT THIS YEAR I'M A WATER LILY. I'M IN THE WATER.))
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The dancers will perform this Thursday at 7 p-m at the pool in Friendship Manor.
The Virginia Tech Hokies are just two weeks away from the Music City Bowl. Here's Mike Stevens to tell us how they're getting ready for the big trip.
Welcome folks to the Tuesday Ticker that has a touch of country attached to it today.
Virginia Tech's Music City bowl newsconference was at center stage today in Blacksburg.
Flat footing Steve Mason has more on what could to be a Hokie Hoedown.
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Steve will be back at six to answer the burning question - "What does Frank Beamer have in common with Shania Twain?"
The NFL's owners are denating at this hour whether or not to install some type of instant replay for the upcoming playoffs.
We may know something on that issue by tonight.
Elsewhere, Drew Bledsoe, the New England quarterback to engineered two dramatic comebacks despite playing with a broken finger is now out for one week to let the finger heal a bit.
And in one college note, Ron Dayne will come back next year for his senior season at Wisconsin.
He has 49 hundred and 45 yards and he has an outside shot at Ricky Williams recently set record.
More sports at six.
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A Roanoke Diner has decided it doesn't pay to mess with the Big Boys.
The Star City Diner is giving up it's rooftop Bad Boy statue. It has been the target of a legal battle ever since he went up on the roof of the Diner.
The statue was a former Big Boy that had been refurbished with blond hair, a tattoo and an ear ring.
That wasn't apparently enough to please the Elias Group which owns Big Boy restaurants.
They sued for trademark infringement.
Now years later, the suit has ended friendly even though Star City Diner owner Spanky Macher believes he would have prevailed.
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((WE FEEL LIKE WE HAD A GOOD CHANCE OF WINNING A SUIT, BUT IT WAS GOING TO COST US 20-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO FIGHT IT, AND SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO MAKE AMENDS AND SETTLE AND THEY ENDED UP BUYING BACK THE BIG BOY SO THEY CAN REFURBISH IT AND PUT IT IN ONE OF THEIR RESTUARANTS ON THE EAST COAST.))
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Macher says he will miss his trademark statue. He believes the Bad Boy added character to Downtown Roanoke.
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((YEAH, I'M REAL DISAPPOINTED. I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE HIM STAY UP THERE BUT LIKE ANYTHING ELSE, ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO AN END. YOU DON'T WANT IT TO COME TO AN END, BUT SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO ADMIT YOU HAVE TO TURN THE PAGE.))
[OUT Q=turn the page.]
Macher hopes he will be allowed to replace the Bad Boy with something new.