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Fire breaks out at a Roanoke County home tonight.
Two thousand Volvo workers in Pulaski County reject a new contract.
And the battle over witnesses at the Senate impeachment trial heats up.
Those stories... and a website that tells you more than you really want to know... next
A Roanoke county couple is without a home tonight following a late night fire.
The blaze started just after nine along Bradshaw Road.
The couple was home at the time and managed to escape.
But, their home was heavily damaged.
No one was injured in the fire and authorities are still investigating the cause.
A fire destroyed a mobile home in Bedford County earlier this afternoon.
It happened around noon.
Officials say by the time they arrived the home was engulfed in flames.
No one was apparently in the home at the time and no injuries were reported.
Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire.
21 hundred workers at Pulaski's Volvo plant rejected a proposed contract today.
But salaried workers at the plant voted to approve a new contract.
The 150 salaried workers accepted their contract by a nearly four to one margin.
Workers said it included several incentives and more retirement security.
[IN Q=I'M A 22-YEAR]
((BETTY NESTER/ADMINISTRATIVE ASST.; I'M A 22-YEAR EMPLOYEE, SO NATURALLY THE MONEY IS IMPORTANT. BUT THINGS LIKE RETIREMENT ISSUES, JOB POSTINGS, FAIRNESS, THE TYPE OF THINGS WE HAVEN'T HAD; THE BETTER COVERAGES AS FAR AS OUR MEDICAL BENEFITS IS JUST WONDERFUL.))
[SUPER=01-Betty Nester/Administrative Asst.;]
[OUT Q=IS JUST WONDERFUL.]
Nearly a thousand hourly workers voted down their proposed contract... they reportedly had concerns about tougher work schedules included in the deal...
Despite the vote, right now workers are NOT expected to strike.
Seven people injured in a balcony collapse will share in a 271-thousand dollar settlement from the state.
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They were injured when a balcony fell during UVA's graduation ceremonies in 1997.
One person was killed in that accident.
Two of the victims will get 100-thousand dollars-- the maximum allowed
under a law that lets people sue the state.
With the defense about to begin opening arguments... things could get ugly at the Senate impeachment trial if witnesses are called.
Lee Cowan has more.
[IN Q=For the President]
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[SUPER=01-Sen. Pete Domenici/(R) New Mexico; :08]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Mitch McConnell/(R) Kentucky; :40]
[SUPER=01-Rep. Lindsay Graham/(R) South Carolina; :53]
[SUPER=01-Rep Bill McCollum/(R) Florida; 1:01]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Patrick Leahy/(D) Vermont; 1:09]
[SUPER=01-Sen. Robert Torricelli/(D) New Jersey; 1:36]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/Reporting; 1:47]
[OUT Q=Lee Cowan, CBS News, Washington;]
((FOR THE PRESIDENT - THIS IS ANYTHING BUT A QUIET HOLIDAY
WEEKEND---IT IS TIME TO HUNKER DOWN.
(( SUPER: SEN. PETE DOMENICI/R-NM ))
"Frankly, I think --- obstruction of justice."
ALTHOUGH THE HUM IN WASHINGTON HAS BEEN MUFFELED BY A BRIEF
BREAK IN THE ACTION, COME TUESDAY THAT HUM COULD BE ALMOST DEAFENING.
(( NAT ))
IT IS D-DAY FOR BOTH - WHEN WHITE HOUSE LAWYERS WILL APPEAR
BEFORE THE SENATE TO ARGUE WHY THE PRESIDENT SHOULD REMAIN IN OFFICE -
JUST HOURS BEFORE THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF DELIVERS HIS STATE OF THE UNION
SPEECH BEFORE CONGRESS OUTLINING HIS AGENDA IF HE IS ALLOWED TO STAY.
(( SUPER: SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL/R-KY ))
"Obviously we haven't heard from - best case they can."
A CASE THE WHITE HOUSE HOPES IS STRONG ENOUGH TO DEFUSE A
REPUBLICAN PUSH FOR WITNESSES.
(( SUPER: REP. LINDSAY GRAHAM//R-SC )) (( SOT AT 10:33:22 ))
"It's one thing to have lawyers - what happened."
INCLUDING HEARING FROM THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF.
(( SUPER: REP. BILL MCCOLLUM//R-FL )) (( SAT 9:22:55 ))
"I think the President should be asked if other witnesses are asked. I
think the American public probably expects the president and would
expect the president to come and rebut these charges."
(( SUPER: SEN. PATRICK LEAHY//D-VT ))
"Somehow people think this is Perry Mason - doesn't work that way!"
BUT IF REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO PUSH THE ISSUE - DEMOCRATS
THREATEN TO PUSH BACK - WITH A KEY WITNESS OF THEIR OWN.
(( SUPER: SEN. ROBERT TORRICELLI//D-NJ )) (( SOT AT 10:43:45 ))
"I can assure you - system of justice."
(( LEE COWAN//CBS NEWS ))
"One suggestion floated by House Manager Lindsay Graham would offer the
Senate the option of convicting the President of perjury and obstruction
of justice, but allowing him to remain in office. Such a split verdict
is not something that could happen in a regular court - but this is
anything but that. Lee Cowan, CBS News, Washington."))
Up later--we'll take a look back at the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior.
And,we'll find out why this man's simple home renovations got him in trouble with city officials.
That's coming up when the news continues.
People who live in historic towns often pay a price for their beautiful surroundings--as one such homeowner recently found out when he decided to make a few changes.
David Johnson explains.
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[SUPER=01-Aubrey Hicks/OSW Homeowner; :16]
[SUPER=01-Don Harwood/Architectural Review Board; :37]
[OUT Q=DJO, News 7.]
((Aubrey Hicks recently renovated his porch from rotted wood to what you now see.
When he filed for a certificate of appropriateness with the architectural review board, he discovered he was out of spec with the rest of the Historic neighborhood.
But Hicks feels the board should make an exception.
[IN Q=NOT JUST MYSELF]
((AUBREY HICKS/ ; NOT JUST MYSELF. THERE'S OTHERS WHO ARE ASKING FOR REASONABLE VARIANCES AND THEY ARE JUST BEING ARBITRARILY TOLD YOU CAN'T DO THIS.))
[OUT Q=CAN'T DO THIS.]
But the board says Hicks' porch design challenges the integrity of the Old Southwest neighborhood.
Officials say a peek in the H2 district guideline manual could have made the difference.
[IN Q=ALTHOUGH MR. HICKS]
((DON HARWOOD/ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD; ALTHOUGH MR. HICKS' WAS A CREATIVE ONE, IT FLAT OUT DID NOT MEET THE GUIDELINES THAT ARE STIPULATED IN THE BOOKLET.))
[OUT Q=THE BOOKLET.]
[IN Q=I HAVE TO]
((HICKS; I HAVE TO AGREE WHAT I HAVE DONE IS NOT APPROPRIATE COMPARED TO SOME OF THE OTHER HOUSES IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, IT'S A LOT BETTER. IF THEY WANT TO MAKE OTHER PROPERTY OWNERS BRING THEIR PROPERTY UP TO AN H2 HISTORICAL LEVEL, I'LL CHANGE MY WORK. BUT FOR RIGHT NOW, I PLAN ON LETTING IT STAND.))
[OUT Q=LETTING IT STAND.]
[IN Q=IF WE START]
((HARWOOD; IF WE START ALLOWING DIFFERENT APPLICANTS TO DEVIATE FROM THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD, THEN THE GUIDELINES AREN'T DOING ANY GOOD AND THE CHARACTER OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD WILL SLOWLY DETERIORATE.))
Hicks will appeal the board's decision to city council on Tuesday.
David Johnson, News 7.))
Catch up on the parts of the Senate impeachment trial you've missed so far...
And, we found an online clock that will stop you dead in your tracks...
It's all on this week's WebWatch.
[IN Q=If you didn't here]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC/Yesterday; :00]
[OUT Q=click on WebWatch]
If you didn't hear the prosecution's opening statements in the Senate Trial of the President, you can still catch up before the defense begins its statements on Tuesday.
The House prosecutors' statements are posted on the Judiciary Committee website, including a letter from a 3rd grader saying the president should write a 100 word essay.
The presidents side of the story is on the White House website, where statements by his lawyers are posted.
Here's a site that makes you stop and think... go to Deathclock-dot-com... enter your date of birth... and the Deathclock tells you how much longer you have left.... based on average life spans....
There's even a screen-saver if you want a constant reminder of your mortality.
This clock is a little more benign... at the CLOX website, you can download free software that tells you the time anywhere in the world... you can also check the official Greenwich Mean Time... generated by several atomic clocks.
You have to try Andy's Amazing Card Trick... try it now... pick a card... memorize it... and then we'll click on Sparky the amazing goldfish... who makes the card you picked disappear....
If you want to try it again, the link is on the WDBJ website.... browse to WDBJ7-dot-com and click on WebWatch.))
Up next--his non-violent struggle to end segregation inspired a nation..
As the country prepares to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Junior, we'll take a look back at the civil rights leader and the peaceful movement he led.
More when we return.
Dr. Martin Luther King Junior's non-violent ways of bringing about change inspired the nation.
As, many people prepare to remember him we take a look back now at the leader and his legacy.
[IN Q=MLK Jr.]
[SUPER=07-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; :17]
[SUPER=03-Birmingham, AL; :29]
[SUPER=03-Danville; :38 very quick]
[SUPER=03-Washington DC; 1:01]
[SUPER=03-Memphis, TN; 2:06]
[OUT Q=I'm AFR.]
((It was 1957 when a young Dr. Martin Luther King Junior teamed up with other black ministers to form the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to challenge segregation.
Their battle began in Birmingham, Alabama.
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((Dr. Martin Luther King/ IF WE CAN GET A BREAKTHROUGH IN BIRMINGHAM AND BRING DOWN THE WALLS OF SEGREGATION IT WILL DEMONSTRATE TO THE WHOLE SOUTH THEY CAN NO LONGER RESIST INTEGRATION))
As tension increased, clashes broke out between police and protestors.
Police filled the Birmingham jail with marchers...but the movement continued, spreading as far north as Danville.
[sot 18:59 Tape A26]
[in Q=Now There]
((INJUSTICE ANYWHERE IS A THREAT TO JUSTICE EVERYWHERE. AND AS LONG AS THIS COMMUNITY HAS PROBLEMS AND AS LONG AS THE NEGRO IS NOT FREE IN DANVILLE VIRGINIA, THE NEGRO IS NOT FREE ANYWHERE IN THE USA.))
[Out Q=United States of America]
Not long after King's Danville appearance, he headed to the nation's capitol to lead the March On Washington on August 28, 1963.
That's where he told the world about his dream.
[sot 18:12 tape 92-111]
((Dr. King/WE WILL BE ABLE TO FIND THE DAY WHEN THAT ALL GODS CHILDREN, BLACK MEN AND WHITE MEN, JEWS AND GENTILES, PROTESTANTS AND CATHOLICS WILL BE ABLE TO JOIN HANDS AND SING THE WORDS OF THE OLD NEGRO SPIRITUAL FREE AT LAST FREE AT LAST THANK GOD ALMIGHTY WE ARE FREE AT LAST))
King's popularity grew as a non-violent social leader.
In 1964 he won the nobel peace prize.
((KING/I ACCEPT THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR PEACE AT A MOMENT WHEN 22 MILLION NEGROS OF THE U-S ARE ENGAGED IN A CREATIVE BATTLE TO END THE LONG NIGHT OF RACIAL INJUSTICE))
In April of 1968, Martin Luther King Jr delivered his last speech.
It was at a sanitation worker's strike in Memphis, Tennessee.
James Earl Ray assasinated King the next day.
In 1986, The federal government designated the third Monday in January a national holiday in honor of the civil rights leader.
That's Virginia Newsreel I'm Andrew Freiden.))
Services in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior have already gotten underway.
Earlier this evening Hollins University held its annual service honoring the civil rights leader.
Students read speeches and sang songs of freedom in King's honor.
The theme for tonight's event was "the pursuit of community."
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The Broncos are going back to the Super Bowl.
Denver exploded for 20 points in the third quarter to beat the New York Jets 23 to 10.
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The flags swirling at Mile High Stadium indicating a windy day.
After a blocked punt, The Jets would take a 10 to nothing lead in the third Vinny Testaverde pitches to Curtis Martin he scores on the 1 yard run and New York led 10 to nothing.
Then John Elway went to work he goes to the air and hits Howard Griffith who breaks a tackle to score from the 11 to make it 10 to 7.
A field goal tied it at 10 to 10 and it was 13 to 10 Broncos when Terrell Davis takes the pitch from Elway
cuts up the middle and scores from 31 yards out and the Broncos win the A-F-C championship game 23 to 10.
[IN Q="Thank God...]
[SUPER=01-John Elway/Denver Quarterback; :00]
[OUT Q=...second half."]
Gary Anderson missed but Morten Andersen didn't.
Morten booting a 38 yard field goal in overtime to lead the Atlanta Falcons over Minnesota 30 to 27, Atlanta going t
o the Superbowl for the first time in Franchise history.
[SUPER=03-Minneapolis, MN/FOX SPORTS; :]
The Falcons made their choice clear on the coin toss.
On their first drive of the game Chris Chandler hits Jamal Anderson on the 5 yard touchdown pass play 7 to nothing Falcons.
The Vikings answered on their first possession when Randall Cunningham hooks up with Randy Moss on this 31 yard T-D pass to tie it at 7 to 7 in the first quarter.
Minnesota led 17 to 7 but Chandler hits Terance Mathis on the 14 yard touchdown pass play to make it 20 to 14 Vikin
gs at the half.
Leading 27 to 24 late in the fourth Gary lined up for a 37 yarder he misses the kick that would have sealed the game, his first miss in over 2 years.
Then Morten got his chance late in the overtime
and he hits the 38 yarder and the Falcons win the N-F-C championship 30 to 27 in overtime.
[IN Q="It just...]
[SUPER=01-Morten Andersen/Kicked Winning Field Goal; :]
[OUT Q=...big dance baby."]
That's going to do it for sports. Have a great day everybody.
And coming up, Denise Allen has a talk with former Hockey star Claude Piche Oklahoma State protects its basketball ranking.
And the Virginia Cavaliers give Head Coach Pete Gillen his first A-C-C win.
Virginia head coach Pete Gillen picked his first A-C-C win in Charlottesville yesterday.
Donald Hand scoring 27 points as the Cavaliers knock off 25-th ranked Clemson 65 to 58.
Gillen working the sideline in the second half of the game.
Clemson trailed by four at the half but when Harold Jamison uses the power move inside for the score and foul the tigers trailed by 2.
The Tigers went up by 2 but with 10 minutes left in the game Hand hits the three and the Cvaliers led 42 to 39.
Clemson answered the score as Terrell McIntyre would score his first points of the second half on this drive.
But the Cavaliers held their ground in the half
Chris Williams hits the jumper U-V-A led by two and the Cavaliers win it 65 to 58.
Oklahoma State hit the road and protected its ranking yesterday afternoon beating Texas Tech 69 to 55.
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The fans sporting cutout basketball heads at the game.
On this play the Cowboys get the ball to Glendon Alexander on the in bounds pass for the jam but Texas Tech lead 9 to 8.
Texas Tech opened the second half with the tough defense Rayford Young gets out on the break for the layup to make it 30 to 27 State.
The Cowboys come right back going to Adrian
[SUPER=33-Oklahoma ST./69/Texas Tech/55/;]
Peterson for the three and Oklahoma State wins it 69 to 55.
The Roanoke Express was on the road at Peoria this evening and Kris Cantu scored two goals including the winner in a shootout as the Express wins the game 3 to 2.
For all of the scores lets check the boards.
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[OUT Q=...last score."]
Freshman Nicole Jones made her first start for the lady Hokies earlier this week against St, Bonaventure and she made it count as she was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the week.
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Jones made all four of her field goals made two of three from the line and scored 10 points as the Hokies beat the Bonnies for their 16-th straight win.
Tech is in first place in the West Division and the Lady hokies return to the Hardwood on Thursday against St. Joseph's.
The Broncos and Falcons advance to the Superbowl. More later on Mornin'.
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Claude Piche came to Roanoke as a professional hockey player in 1969 and since the athlete left the ice he's become a creative businessman.
Denise Allen has more.
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[SUPER=01-Claude Piche/Personal Car Shopper; :18]
[OUT Q=News 7 Sports]
((The French-Canadian led the Roanoke Valley Rebels to a Southern Hockey League Championship in the 73-74 season-- scoring 44 goals, 94 points in 68 games.
He left the valley to play in a higher league but always returned in the summer.
[IN Q=and then when]
[OUT Q=16 and half years]
Piche says putting the puck in the net didn't really prepare him for the business world, but his summer jobs in the Roanoke area and his attention to detail did.
[IN Q=I was a ]
[OUT Q=with hardly no money.]
Piche sold his restaurant in 1993 and took a year off to ponder his future.
The self-described car nut decided to put a new twist on the phrase personal shopper.
Just tell him what kind of car and features you want and he'll find it.
[IN Q=i show]
[OUT Q=your on your way]
Piche is now teamed up with Keith Martin and Martin German Service.
And though the jobs have changed over the years his meticulous nature remains.
[IN Q=i use to]
[OUT Q=you got to look good]
Denise Allen News 7 Sports.))
A man who barricaded himself inside an apartment in Christiansburg is now in police custody.
Police went to the apartment along Newcomb Street after receiving a call that shots had been fired.
When police arrived-- they say the man refused to let them inside.
Authorities eventually fired tear gas into the house in order to force their way in.
They say the man was still combative but Christiansburg and Montgomery County investigators were able to take him into custody.
Authorities say the man had shot HIMSELF in the arm prior to police entering the house but that the injury is NOT life threatening.
No one else was injured.