Coming up on News 7-
A little girl fights for her life after an accident involving a school bus-
and we'll hear from another girl who says the bus driver saved her.
Hundreds are dead after an earthquake rocks Colombia.
Snow isn't unusual in the witner, but wait til we tell you where this white stuff fell.
News 7 is next.
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((ANITA YOUNG/PASSENGER; I WAS ON THE BUS AND I WAS GETTING READY TO COME OFF AND THE TRUCK WAS COMING AND IT WAS FLYING AND IT WENT INTO THE BUS.))
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A five-year-old victim of today's schoolbus crash in Franklin County says her bus driver saved her.
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Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
The crash on Route 220 near the Henry County line killed a Basset woman. Her granddaughter was airlifted to Roanoke and is in critical condition tonight.
A busload of children survived the crash without serious injury.... but it was a close call.
Eric Earnhart is in the Newsroom with more.
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Jean it was a chain reaction, the bus was stopped on a hill, a car behind it, when a roll back wrecker hit them from behind.
It was a frightening moment for one little girl.
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(( When the wrecker hit, 5-year-old Anita Young was in the worst possible place on the bus... standing in front of the open door... ready to step out.
Her grandfather, waiting at the house, saw it happen.
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((LARRY YOUNG/GRANDFATHER; IT HAPPENED SO FAST, I SAW MY MAILBOX GO INTO THE AIR AND THAT ROLL BACK WAS PUSHING THE SCHOOL BUS DOWN THE ROAD.))
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((ANITA YOUNG/PASSENGER; AND IT MADE THE BUS GO INTO THE GRASS AND I SLID DOWN THE STEPS))
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But NOT out the door... because her bus driver, JoAnn Brown... heard the wrecker hit the car behind her... and had just enough time to pull Anita safely back.
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((ANITA YOUNG/PASSENGER; MRS. BROWN, SHE TOOK THE BACK OF MY COAT AND SHE HOLDED ON TO ME, AND IF SHE WOULDN'T HAVE HOLDED ON TO ME I WOULD HAVE BEEN OUT THE WINDOW.))
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The force of the on-coming wrecker is obvious from the damage to the car in between it and the bus... the driver was killed, and a passenger, a child was seriously injured.
But Anita was the ONLY child injured on the bus.
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ARE YOU OK NOW?
YES, I ONLY HURT MY BACK AND I HAVE A FEW SCRATCHES))
[OUT Q=a few scratches]
And she has a very grateful mom.
((TAMMY YOUNG/MOTHER; IT SCARED ME, BUT THANKS TO MS. BROWN, I CAN'T BE ANY MORE THANKFUL TO HER THAN I AM RIGHT NOW, CAUSE THERE'S NO TELLING WHAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED TO HER HAD SHE NOT GRABBED HER.))
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Tonight police identified the woman who died as 61 year old Geraldine Gillispie of Basset... her granddaughter, 8 year old Emily Sturgil is in critical condition.
The driver of the wrecker, 31 year old Michael Lee Gray Junior, was treated and released... police say charges are pending, calling it a case of "driver inattention"
A Roanoke man who claimed to be the victim of a pipe- bomb attack has been charged with the crime.
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The blast in early September dazed Norvell West, the third, and damaged his father's truck.
But federal authorities believe West set the bomb himself. They say he was trying to frame his girlfriend in the wake of an extra- marital affair.
Arrested and arraigned this morning, West faces a four-count federal indictment.
A judge has ordered a psychiatric evaluation to determine if he is competent to stand trial.
Iraq claims the latest U-S attack caused civilian casaulties-
Journalists were shown severely injured children near the town of Basra-
A Pentaon official conceded a 2-thousand pound bomb may have overshot its intended military target.
But the commanader of U-S forces in the Persian Gulf says Iraqi civilians are not being deliberately targetted.
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((WE DEEPLY REGRET ANY CIVILIAN CASUALTIES REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE CAUSE MAY BE BUT THESE HAVE BEEN INITIATED BY SADDAM HUSSEIN.))
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Saddam has become more brazen- in recent weeks, challenging American and British warplanes in the no fly zone.
Montgomery County circuit judge Ray Grubbs took less than two hours today to convict a local man of first degree murder.
43-year old Robert Crook, Senior could spend at least 20-years in prison for killing Michael Durham.
The 36-year old was shot five times last March--- his body was later dumped along an isolated road outside Blacksbur
Crook said he shot Durham while the two were riding down the road because Durham pulled a gun from inside his boot.
But two witnesses in the car said they never saw the victim with a weapon.
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((SHERRY WINKLER/VICTIM'S SISTER: I STILL DON'T KNOW WHY HE DID IT, WHY AT ALL, AND HERE MY BABY BROTHER IS DEAD AND MY MOTHER, IT'S JUST DESTROYED HER, AS A MATTER OF FACT, I'M EXPECTING A BAD OUTCOME FROM HER BECAUSE IT WILL JUST DEVASTATE HER, SHE'S BEEN HANGING ON FROM ALL THIS, YOU KNOW, JUST TO SEE THE OUTCOME, YOU KNOW, EVERYDAY SHE CRIES, YOU KNOW, HE KILLED MY BABY.))
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Crook will be sentenced in March.
Virginia's House of Delegates has voted to take the Confederate battle flag OFF of license plates recognizing Sons of Confederate Veterans.
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N-Double-A-C-P officials took their fight to prevent the flag from appearing on the plates to the General Assembly last week.
Today, officials with the Sons of Confederate Veterans called the move "unacceptable".
The house DID approve a plate with the heritage group's name emblazoned on it.
Virginia's legislators also made a move today that didn't sit well with abortion-rights advocates.
By a 2-to-1 margin, the House passed a bill that would subject abortion clinics to the same architectural standards imposed on hospitals.
A Planned Parenthood advocate says the standards will force most abortion clinics to close down or undergo costly renovations for which patients will end up paying.
Charges against a man accused of raping a former exotic dancer were dropped today- the alleged victim's mother isn't too happy with the decision- David Johnson has more.
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((44-year old Kim Kennedy was charged with raping and sodomizing the stripper at the Knights of Pythias Lodge last month.
But the alleged victim failed to cooperate with authorities, so the charges were dropped--something which visibly upset the woman's mother.
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((JODY FIELDS/VICTIM'S MOTHER; MY DAUGHTER WAS SCARED TO GO OUT OF THE HOUSE.....MAKE SOMETHING OUT OF HERSELF.))
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Prosecutors understood Field's daughter fear, but adds that once a rape victim decides to press charges, they usually follow it through to the end.
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((ALICE EKIRCH/PROSECUTOR; I THINK IT'S UNUSUAL THAT SHE BROGUTH THE CHARGES AGAINST HIM, BUT HAS FAILED TO COOPERATE WITH US.))
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Kennedy is a custodial employee at Ruffner Middle School, but has been suspended without pay since he was arrested.
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((JOHN LICHTENSTEIN/KENNEDY'S ATTORNEY; I DO HOPE THAT HE CAN GET HIS JOB BACK, GO ON WITH HIS LIFE AND PUT THIS BEHIND HIM.))
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((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; BUT THAT MAY BE EASIER SAID THAN DONE. SINCE THE CHARGES WERE NOL PROSSED, MEANING THEY WERE NOT DISMISSED BUT SIMPLY DROPPED, KENNEDY COULD FACE THE SAME CHARGES AGAIN. THE VICTIM'S MOTHER SAYS SHE INTENDS TO MAKE SURE HER DAUGHTER PRESSES CHARGES AGAIN. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7.))
An earthquake killed 219 people today in Columbia and injured 9-hundred more.
The early afternoon quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6, that according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Most of the damage occurred in western Columbia, the country's coffee growing heartland.
Several buildings in the city of Armenia have collapsed- entire neighobrhoods are destroyed and thousands of people are homeless.
The death and damage toll appears to be the highest about 140 miles west of Bogota- the nation's capital.
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Tens of thousands turned out at Aztec Stadium in Mexico City- to see the Pope.
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The 78 year old pope drew cheers from the crowd packed into the stadium- Those who could not get tickets lined the streets to cheer and wave as the motorcade drove by.
Tomorrow the Pope will travel to St. Louis Missouri.
Still ahead on News 7 -- Senators deliberate impeachment tonight- but we can't tell you what they said. We'll tell you why.
And, one of the oldest houses in Roanoke is standing strong amidst controversy over its future.
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((THIS IS DENISE ALLEN IN THE NEWS 7 SPORTS DEPARTMENT. COMING UP IN SPORTS, TWO COLLEGE COACHES SHARE THE LIME LIGHT AT THE ROANOKE VALLEY SPORTS CLUB--THE LEADER OF THE 18 AND OH LADY HOKIES BONNIE HENRICKSON AND RON BRADLEY WHO'S AT THE HELM OF THE HIGHLANDERS. PLUS HIGHLIGHTS FROM COLLEGE BASKETBALL ACTION AND BUCKSHOT JONES. ALL THAT AND MORE IN JUST A FEW MINUTES.))
Senators just wrapped up debate moments ago but no vote tonight on whether to drop the impeachment trial.
We don't know what was said tonight either-
That's because senators voted to meet behind closed doors.
Earlier today Senator Robert Byrd made the motion- to dismiss charges, but house prosecutors aren't too happy about it.
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((I HAVE LOST NO SLEEP WORRIED ABOUT THE FACT THAT BILL CLINTON MAY BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE I HAVE LOST A LOT OF SLEEP THINING ABOUT IF HE GOT AWAY WITH WHAT HE DID.))
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Clinton's lawyers had this to say.
((THE PRESIDENT HAS EXPLAINED MANY TIMES SAYING HE'S VERY SORRY FOR WHAT HE DID, FOR WHAT HE DID.))
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The President's attorneys say its in the best interest of the nation to end the trial.
Virginia's Democratic Senator wanted tonight's debate to remain open to the public.
Chuck Robb issued a statement saying the Senate has a responsibility to U-S citizens to deliberate in open session...
Ellen Qualls was in Washington for today's proceedings and has this report.
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((Weeks of speeches... and finally a move to end it all.
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((CLERK: THE PROCEEDINGS AGAINST WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES BE, AND THE SAME ARE, DULY DISMISSED.))
Many Senators had heard enough... and some new ones were disturbed by the weekend meeting of House managers with Monica Lewinsky-- summoned by a federal judge from California.
Virginia Republican John Warner among the disenchanted -- expressing over the weekend the Lewinsky interview was outside the Senate's earlier agreement.
And then this:
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((REHNQUIST: THE SERGEANT AT ARMS WILL PLEASE CLOSE THE DOORS.))
((TRENT LOTT: MR. CHIEF JUSTICE I ASK CONSENT THAT WE TAKE A 10 MINUTE BREAK FOR THE PURPOSE OF CLOSING THE DOORS AND PREPARING FOR THE DEBATE.))
We have also entered a new era with our Virginia Senators. Chuck Robb all along declining to speak on the impeachment issue.
Now Repulican John Warner, formerly not shy, saying he'd like to keep his counsel as it comes his turn to debate the issue in public or in private.))
One of Roanoke's oldest structures is still standing tonight. A contractor did NOT begin dismantling the Howbert House today as expected, but its future remains in doubt.
Located near the intersection of Salem Turnpike and the new Peters Creek Road Extension, the log house was apparently built around 1800.
A dispute over the ownership of the structure and the valuable logs used to build it, has stymied preservationists, but efforts to save it continue.
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((MOLLY MEREDITH: EVEN WHEN THIS STARTED BACK IN JUNE, PEOPLE ARE STILL COMING TO US SAYING THEY JUST HEARD ABOUT IT. SO I THINK THERE IS HOPE. I'LL KEEP HOPING UNTIL THEY GET THE CRANE OUT HERE AND START DISMANTLING IT.))
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Experts weren't aware of the home's historic significance until last summer, when the building was condemned and a contractor began to remove the siding that covered the logs.
The owner of the property says she would like to see the building preserved if the dispute with the contractor and another man who claims ownership of the logs can be resolved.
Some Virginia hog farmers have won their fight against government regulation.
A proposed state bill that would have made it easier for local governments to regulate large hog farms is dead.
The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources voted against the bill today after dozens of farmers showed up to speak out against it.
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Citizens in many localities, like Halifax County, are fighting hog farmers.
They were hoping to gain more legal tools to regulate large hog farms, which they say can produce huge amounts of waste.
But hog farmers, who say Virginia already imposes tough regulations, were able to convince Senate Committee members to kill the bill.
Straigth ahead in the newscast--
The parent company of a local telecommunications plant is cutting 11-thousand jobs. We'll tell you how that decision will affect their local branch when we return.
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Lynchburg's biggest employer shouldn't get any smaller, even though its parent company is laying off lots of workers.
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That's the word from Ericsson.
The Swedish telecommunications giant said it's cutting 11-thousand jobs across the globe.
The job cuts come after last month's announcement that 19-98 earnings would be lower than expected.
Ericsson makes cellular phones and equipment for telephone networks.
Thirty-eight hundred people work at its Lynchburg operation.
A Roanoke menswear chain will soon close its doors in Blacksburg.
Davidson's has operated a shop at 117 North Main Street for about 40 years.
The manager, who's been with the store since it opened, will retire.
Davidson's also operates stores in downtown Roanoke, Tanglewood Mall and in Lynchburg.
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In sports, Virginia Tech Lady Hokies' Coach Bonnie Henrickson visits the Roanoke Valley Sports Club.
And Buck Shot Jones chats with Mike Stevens.
First our extra point.
Falcon fans started lining up before dawn this morning at Atlanta's Georgia Dome to snatch up Super Bowl passes.
Many say the Falcons have rejuvinated Atlanta and are a new source of pride.
Now here are the boards.
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The Roanoke Valley Sports Club was treated to a double Dip last night.
Virginia Tech women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson and Radford men's basketball coach Ron Bradley served as guest speakers.
Approximately 160 club members and guests attended the function at the Salem Civic Center.
Coach Bradely spoke of his days as an assistant coach at Maryland and the value of hard work on and off the court.
He also encouraged club members to come out and watch the Highlanders.
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Coach Henrickson touched on her team's success and thanked her extended family for helping the Lady Hokies to an 18 and OH record.
Tech has drawn nearly 14 thousand fans to the castle in the last two games.
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One other Radford note, Sunday in practice, Highlander center Ryan Charles twisted the same left knee he had arthoscopic surgery on December 9th, that injury caused him to miss 5 games.
Radford plays High Point on the road tomorrow.
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VMI entered last night's contest with Davidson on a four game win streak and in first place, one-half game ahead of their opponent in the Southern Conference North Division.
But the streak ended last night as the Keydetts lost to Davidson 76-66.
In top 25 action, Number one Connecticut beat Georgetown.
But it was a fight, UConn looking to tie the game in the second half, Saunders does it with the dunk.
The game see-saws back and forth as Georgetwon on the break gets the edge.
The Huskies finally take control and come out on top 78 to 71.
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The Roanoke College Lady Maroons are 11 and three so far this season and are bouncing back after an injury prone 97-98 season.
But it was in the off season that Susan Dunagan almost lost one of her star inside players.
Six-one, Megan Harrigan was diagnosed with a stress fracture after the 97-98 season.
The injury meant months sitting still for a college senior with a lot of "get up and go."
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Harrigan says after so many months off, she was rusty when the season started.
But she says she's up to full speed now and looking forward to her the last month of her college career.
The Lady Maroons are home again Thursday when they host Guilford.
Still to come, Mike Stevens chats with Buckshot Jones.
And everyone is getting mixed messages concerning Joe DiMaggio's health.
His family speaks out when we return.
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Mixed reports abound concerning Hall of Fame Baseball player Joe DiMaggio.
Some reports have the 84-year-old recouperating well from lung cancer surgery.
While others have him on a ventilator and permanently bedridden.
ANd last night a crawl moved across East Coast T-V screens saying DiMaggio had died.
NBC officials say a technician mistakenly pressed the wrong button.
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One of the rookie of the year candidates in Winston Cup Racing has more to get use to than just a new job.
Mike Stevens explains.
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