Today on News 7 at 5, the Senate move forward on the impeachment trial of President Clinton.
and we'll see how students in the Roanoke Valley, Lynchburg and Danville fared in the new Standards of Learning tests.
Expecting even more rain tonight and additional icing is likely. Show you why in a moment.
Today on health check --
The Virginia Supreme Court rules in favor of a million dollar cap on medical malpractice suits.
And when dressing this year for hitting the slopes, there's one important item safety officials urge skiiers to wear.
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The Senate votes just moments ago to proceed with the Impeachment trial of President Clinton.
Senators decided on several key items- including when the trial will begin- Next Thursday.
But they still have not deteremined whether witnesses will be called.
Lee Cowan is following developments from Capitol Hill. He joins us with the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Sen. Trent Lott/(R) Majority Leader;]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Phil Gramm/(R) Texas;]
[Super=01-Sen. Tom Daschle/(D) Minority Leader;]
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((THE MORNING BEGAN WITH SMILES AND HANDSHAKES - A PUBLIC SHOW
OF BIPARTISANSHIP BEFORE A CLOSED DOOR MEETING TO SEE IF THAT SPIRIT
INSIDE THE OLD SENATE CHAMBER - THE SAME PLACE WHERE A CENTURY
AGO THE FUTURE OF SLAVERY HAD BEEN DEBATED---AN EXTRAORDINARY COMPROMISE
SEN. TRENT LOTT//R-MAJORITY LEADER:
SEVERAL HOURS OF WRITING THE TRICKY LANGUAGE PRODUCED A FINAL
SUPER: SEN. PHIL GRAMM/R-TX
WITH BOTH LEADERS BEHIND THE PLAN, IT PASSED ON THE FLOOR OF
THE SENATE UNANIMOUSLY.
IT MEANS THE TRIAL -- WHICH WAS PUT ON HOLD SINCE ITS
CEREMONIAL OPENING YESTERDAY -- WILL RESUME DURING THE MIDDLE OF NEXT
THE HOUSE MANAGERS WILL PRESENT THEIR CASE FIRST, FOLLOWED BY
THE WHITE HOUSE - EACH GIVEN 24 HOURS.
BUT THE THORNEY QUESTION OF WHETHER TO CALL ANY WITNESESS
REMAINS OPEN -
EVEN AS THE ARGUMENTS PROCEED ON THE FLOOR, A BIPARTISAN
COMMITTEE WILL BE WORKING BEHIND THE SCENES.
IF A MAJORITY VOTE ALLOWS WITNESSES TO BE CALLED IT WILL BE UP
TO THAT COMMITTEE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO IT.
SEN. TOM DASCHLE, D-MINORITY LEADER
AS FOR THE PRESIDENT, HE LEFT THE IMPEACHMENT PROCESS BEHIND
TODAY AS HE TRAVELED TO DETROIT TO TOUT THE NATION'S ECONOMY.
BUT WITHOUT A FINAL DECISION ABOUT THE LIKLIHOOD OF WITNESSES
BEING CALLED - HIS ATTORNEYS ARE STILL LEFT UP IN THE AIR AS TO EXACTELY
HOW TO PROCEED.
LEE COWAN//CBS NEWS: Both sides seem to agree that the process could be wrapped up by the middle of February -- with or without witnesses. That's not a guarantee
- it's an estimate. But it's the best anyone has had since the process
began. Lee Cowan, CBS News, Washington.))
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New test scores released by the state show that most Virginia schools have a long way to go before they'll meet standards for full accreditation.
That's certainly the case here in western Virginia where more school systems released their results today.
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Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom this afternoon with results from the city of Roanoke. Joe How well did the city schools perform?
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Jean, the pass rates vary widely in the city schools... from zero in a few cases, to more than 90 percent in others.
But in the core subject areas, the city schools ranked slightly below the state average.
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The numbers were better in Roanoke County, where most if not all schools performed above the state average... and one, Back Creek Elementary met the state's standards for full accreditation.
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But even in Roanoke County Jean, School Superintendent Deanna Gordon says the test results reveal areas that require attention.
Community leaders in Lynchburg got their first look at the city's S-O-L scores today, and offered some suggestions on how to improve them.
"No" school in Lynchburg met all of the standards necessary for accreditation, and math scores among high school students were especially low.
That worries local industries that depend on hiring technically- minded graduates.
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((BOB BAILEY/AMTEC DIRECTOR: I AM SURPRISED THAT THE MATH SCORES IN PARTICULAR ARE AS LOW AS THEY ARE. I THINK THAT'S A REAL CHALLENGE AND IN MY MIND, IT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE FOR THE SCHOOLS RIGHT NOW TO ADDRESS, BECAUSE THAT'S PROBABLY THE MOST COMMON NEED AMONG BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY, NO MATTER WHAT THEY'RE IN, ARE THOSE MATH SKILLS.))
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City leaders say parents and the community need to become more involved in the educational process.
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Low S-O-L test scores in Danville were no surprise to school administrators there.
At the elementary level, 5th graders performed the worst in the subject of History.
George Washington High School students failed in Algebra One.
Danville's superintendent says each school has different strengths and weaknesses-- and that's what faculty will focus on when they develop a course of corrective action.
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((ANDY OVERSTREET/DANVILLE SUPERINTENDENT: IF WE'VE GOT ONE SCHOOL FOR EXAMPLE THAT SEEMS TO DO PARTICULARLY WELL IN MATH THEN I THINK MAYBE THE OTHER SCHOOLS SHOULD LOOK AT THAT SCHOOL AND SAY WHAT ARE YOU DOING THAT MAY BE DIFFERENT THAN WHAT WE'RE DOING AND SIMILARLY FOR OTHER CONTENT AREAS IN OTHER SCHOOLS.))
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Overstreet says it will probably take five-years before students begin to meet the new standards and before the bugs in the S-O-L system are worked out.
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You can find the school by school results for the Standards of Learning testing on our Internet homepage. Just go to wdbj7.com and click on Webwatch.
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Officials with the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City step down in a bribery controversy. We'll have that after this break.
And thousands of Roanokers hope to become lottery winners. But this time their prize is not millions of dollars. It's Elton John Tickets.
On Healthcheck, skiiers are warned to worry less about appearances and more about their safety.
We'll have that and more. Stay with us.
The second suspect in a capital murder case in Franklin County is back in Virginia.
Timothy Martin was arraigned this afternoon in juvenile and domestic relations court, under heavy security.
Martin and co-defendant Thomas Akers were arrested in Northern New York State last month, for the murder of a Roanoke man in Franklin County.
Both are being held in the county jail, without bond.
A man who injected his son with the AIDS virus will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
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Brian Stewart was sentenced today for first degree assault.
He was convicted last month of injecting AIDS infected blood into his son, who was 11 months old at the time.
Prosecutors say Stewart was trying to avoid child support payments.
The child is now seven and was diagnosed with AIDS in 1996.
The judge who sentenced Stewart says he wishes the life sentence could have been harsher.
Two top men on the Salt Lake City Olympic Committee have stepped down amid a bribery scandal.
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Committee President Frank Joklik and Vice President Dave Johnson resigned.
Both were involved in Salt Lake City's successful bid to host the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Joklik confirmed the bid committee paid the International Olympic Committee or I-O-C members cash and gifts.
((FRANK JOKLIK/SALT LAKE CITY OLYMPIC COMMITTEE PRESIDENT: TO MY DISTRESS I NOW KNOW THAT IT GAVE DIRECT CASH PAYMENTS TO IOC MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES IN ONE CASE THE DIRECT PAYMENT APPEARS TO HAVE EXCEEDED 70 THOUSAND DOLLARS.))
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Joklik claims he had no knowledge of the improper payments during his tenure.
Students and teachers alike are excited about the Jason Project. Patrick Evans is prepared to tell us just what this educational opportunity is all about.
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Late last year, Roanoke was introduced to the "Jason Project", which will offer up new opportunities for Science Educators around the state.
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Training will get underway this weekend, assuming the weather cooperates, and Patrick Evans joins us from Breckenridge Middle School, where more than 60 teachers will convene for intensive training in JASON curricula and technology.
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The emergency rooms of Carilion Hospitals are equipped with a unique aspect.
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners or forensic nurses gather evidence to help police and prosecutors in abuse cases.
Just a few months ago, they added another process to the evidence recovery kit that's helping prosecute date rape drug cases using hard evidence.
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((BETTY JO ANTHONY/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTY CHIEF ASST.: WE'VE HAD A COUPLE CASES WHERE THE DRUG WAS ALLEGED TO BE USED AND OF COURSE YOU CAN TELL RIGHT AWAY WHETHER IT'S TRUE OR NOT TRUE.))
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Emergency rooms nurses can prove the drug was used by taking urine and blood samples from the patient within 72 hours of the alleged assault.
Roanoke Community Hospital has eight clinical forensic nurses trained in evidence collection.
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((MELISSA RATCLIFF/SANE: WE LOOK FOR INJURIES TO THE EXTERNAL GENETALIA. PREVIOUSLY IF YOU JUST LOOKED FOR INJURIES, GENERALLY JUST LOOKING WITH THE HUMAN EYE YOU DON'T SEE ANYTHING, MAYBE 30-PERCENT OF CASES, BUT WITH COLPOSCOPE IN PROBABLY AT LEAST 87-PERCENT OF CASES YOU'LL FIND INJURIES.))
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In a private room with a shower and exam table, the nurse spends 4 to 6 hours with the patients.
A colposcopic exam uses a binocular microscope to see injuries undetectable otherwise.
A photo is then taken and can be introduced as evidence in court.
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((MELISSA RATCLIFF/SANE: IT HAS A 35MM CAMERA AND A VIDEO CAMERA AND WE IMMEDIATELY PRINT OUT PICTURES, SO WE HAVE IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO PHOTOS.))
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Nurses are not patient advocates, but they do testify in court about the evidence they've collected.
The program includes follow up exams and provides information on counseling as well as treating the patients for S-T-D's.
The clinical forensic nurse program is also being used at Carilion Hospitals in Radford, Bedford and Franklin County.
A victory for doctors and hospitals today in a ruling handed down today by Virginia's Supreme Court.
The court upheld a million dollar cap on medical malpractice suits.
That limit on such lawsuits has been Virginia law since 1983.
The Virginia Trial Lawyers Association says it's disappointed in the ruling-- saying people severely injured by medical malpractice may have lifetime costs higher than a million dollars.
The Medical Society of Virginia, which represents doctors, says the ruling will help keep health care costs low.
But it will push for a new state law to provide continous help for malpractice victims with severe ongoing needs.[5-
The winter weather has put many people in the mood to ski. But the Consumer Prodcut Safety Commission is reminding skiers to put on their helmets.
In a study released today, the commission's staff finds that helmet use could prevent or reduce the severity of 44 percent of head injuries to adults and 53 percent of
children under 15.
The study also says helmets could prevent nearly half of the 24 deaths that occur from skiing and snowboarding each year,
Commission chairwoman Ann Brown says most people don't like helmets because it messes up their hair.
But Brown says it doesn't matter if your hair looks good on the way to the hospital.
One of the best known coaches in college basketball is calling it quits.
and one of the N-F-L's most successful coaches moves on. Here's STEVE MASON.[S5-UVA]
Good afternoon folks, lets get our 120 second of sports underway with some hoops.
The Virginia mens basketball team heads into this Sunday's game against Duke thinking what might have been.
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After a sub par first half against Maryland last night in Charlottesville, the Cavs stomred back after intermission. Willie Dersh had a game high 15 points and
Freshman Chris Williams notched 14 as UVa cut a 20 point terps lead to three only to fall 71-66.
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The Big East is losing Georgetown's John Thompson, one of its veteran head basketball coaches.
After 27 years on the bench at Georgetown, John Thompson resigned as the Hoyas head coach today.
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Thompson's record is 596 and 239 a .713 winning percentage. He won the National championship with Patrick Ewing in 1984.
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The 14th Ranked Virgina Tech Lady Hokies are entering an important weekend of conference play.
Tech is three and oh in the Atlantic Ten and plays Duquesne tonight.
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One football note. Mike Holmgren, the man partially behind the resurgence of the Green Bay Packers, was introduced as the new head coach and executive vice president of the Seattle Seahawks today. His contract is wortj 40 million over 8 years. that's it for five, see ya at six.
The Roanoke Civic Center will hand out Elton John concert wristbands until eight o'clock tonight -- or until they run out.
People with a wristband go to the front of the line for the Elton John lottery tomorrow, before people without a wristband.
Some camped out as early as seven this morning to get one.
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((SANDY BOWEN/ELTON JOHN FAN: I JUST FEEL THAT AFTER ALL THIS TROUBLE, IF WE DO NOT GET TICKETS, WE WILL ALL JUST BE CRUSHED. WE PUT A LOT OF EFFORT FORTH TO GET TICKETS. WE'RE GOING TO BRING OUR CARRY PHONE TOMORROW AS WE STAND IN LINE AND SHOULD WE NOT GET TICKETS WE'RE GOING TO CALL TICKETMASTER. HOPEFULLY ONE OF THE TWO WILL WORK.))
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Tomorrow morning civic center officials will draw a random number.
The person with that number on their wristband gets to buy tickets first.
Everyone else follows in numerical order after him.
Tickets go on sale at Ticketmaster and the civic center at 10 a-m tomorrow.