They listened quietly for weeks -- and now Senators begin deliberating the sex and coverup case against
News 7 at noon is next.
The impeachment trial of President Clinton may go behind closed doors today, as the Senate begins its deliberations, much as a jury would.
But Lee Cowan reports there's considerable sentiment, especially among Democrats, that the deliberations should be done in public.
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The question of whether Elizabeth Dole will run for President seems a bit easier to answer today after a trip to New Hampshire.
Elizabeth Dole was in the Granite State yesterday -- her first trip there since leaving the American Red Cross.
And while she's not officially in the White House race, she's raising money from potential supporters, just in case.
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Her advisers say Mrs. Dole plans to travel to Iowa next week and hire campaign staff as early as THIS week.
It may be four more weeks until we know why an inmate died in the Roanoke City Jail.
Two fellow inmates found 35-year old Joseph Overstreet dead early Saturday morning.
An autopsy has been performed, but lab results won't be available for as many as four weeks.
Virginia's farmers today have a point they want to make about your food bill .
And a local charity shared in the bounty.
Members of the Virginia Farm Bureau gave several boxes of non-perishable food to Roanoke's Ronald McDonald House.
They did it in part to remind people that as of today, the average family has earned enough to buy ALL their food for the coming year.
The Farm Bureau says Americans spend just under 11 percent of their budget for food.
Virginia Tech is enjoying its single biggest donation ever-- 23 Million dollars.
DuPont donated a number of patent rights to the school with the provision that it uses the
information to improve the technology in them.
The University of Iowa and Penn State also received patents.
DuPont said the 64-Million dollar total is the largest gift in company history.
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There's a big merger in the works between television and cyberspace.
That's just one of the stories still ahead on News-7 at Noon.
And what will the bust of an unofficial Virginia Tech fraternity mean to those that are recognized by the school?
We'll find out in just a moment, but first lets check on the weather with Patrick Evans.
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A raid and several arrests at an "unofficial" fraternity house in Blacksburg has legitimate Virginia Tech fraternities concerned about their image.
They're afraid the arrests will overshadow the progress they've made.
Eric Earnhart has details.
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((A keg and several cases of beer.... stolen signs, drug parphenalia and 22 people too young to legally drink alcohol.
That's what police found when they raided the DEKE house Friday night.
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It fits the image many people have of fraternity life... problem is... The DEKE's are NOT an officially recognized fraternity at Tech... kicked out of the interfraternity council several years ago.
This is the image you don't often see.... a Rush party at Sigma Chi... alcohol free. And when they do drink at parties, fraternity leaders say there are rules... and limits now...
But they're afraid high profile arrests like those at DEKE house will hurt the image they're working to improve.
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(( BRAD RAMSEY/IFC PRESIDENT; WHEN SOMETHING LIKE THAT HAPPENS, IT SHEDS A BAD LIGHT ON ALL OF US, AND IT'S NOT PART OF WHAT WE BELIEVE IN, IT'S NOT PART OF WHAT WE SUPPORT AND IT'S DEFINITELY NOT PART OF THE MINUMUM STANDARDS WE REQUIRE OF A FRATERNITY TO BE PART OF THE INTER-FRATERNITY COUNCIL. ))
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It's not just talk... Police working nightshift in Blacksburt say now, they don't get many calls about legitimate Tech fraternity parties.
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((OFFICER J.T. RUTLEDGE/BLACKSBURG POLICE DEPT.; I HAVE SEEN QUITE A BIT OF MATURITY BEING DISPLAYED, TRYING TO WORK OUT DESIGNATED DRIVERS AND TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR SOME OF THE UNDERAGED DRINKING THAT'S GOING ON. ))
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Police say the real problem comes from private, off campus parties. They want to send a message that underage drinkers at those parties can and will be arrested.
Eric Earnhart, News 7))
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The transportation director of Franklin County schools is searching for ways to avoid future accidents on Route-220 similar to the one that occurred two weeks ago.
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A school bus with 25-children was struck from behind when a rollback wrecker ran into a car.
The two people in the car died - no one on the bus was seriously hurt.
Steve Oakes will meet with state police, DMV officials and bus drivers today before talking with parents of students riding buses along that corridor.
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Joanne Brown, the driver of the bus in the accident, was commended today for her actions during the incident.
Brown pulled a student to safety as the wrecker struck from behind.
Both the driver and student have returned to the school system.
A big merger between cable T-V and cyberspace.
U-S-A Networks will buy Lycos for an undisclosed sum.
U-S-A will also merge its Ticketmaster operations into the deal, which will feature a lot of cross-promotion between T-V and the Web.
The combined company will be renamed U-S-A/Lycos Interactive Networks.
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The Oscar nominations are out-- find out who the favorites are Next on News-7 at Noon.
And who says video games encourage kids to just sit around?
Check out the latest fad from Japan when the news returns.
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Its Love against War in the Oscar Race.
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Shakespeare in Love picked up 13 Oscar nominations this morning, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress for leading lady Gywneth Paltrow.
Saving Private Ryan has eleven nominations.
Star Tom Hanks and director Steven Spielberg are nominated and it's also up for best picture.
Some notable ''firsts'' in this year's Oscar nominations.
An Italian film, ''Life is Beautiful,'' is the first in three decades to be nominated for both Best Picture and Best Foreign Movie.
And in his long career, actor James Coburn has never been nominated, until now -- for ''Affliction.''
Winners will be announced March 21st.
In Japan, youngsters are taking to the dance floor...but not with partners.
They're stepping up to computerized dance images.
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It's sort of a computurized combination of line dancing and twister.
Arrows scroll up the screen, you then match them to the pads on the floor-- left, right, back, forward.
And all this may soon be on its way to the U-S-A....kids lining up for the kind of workout you couldn't pay them to endure in gym class.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was DOWN 83 points.
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Still ahead in sports, we'll check in with some of NASCAR's favorites in Daytona.
Plus, Miami continues to be a hotbed of trouble for the Atlanta Falcons.
We'll have the latest courtroom drama, when News 7 at Noon continues.
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If you were planning to attend a race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway this year, those plans will have to change.
The track is now known as Lowe's Motor Speedway, after becoming the first major auto racing track to sell its naming rights.
Sources say the ten- year deal with the home improvement company is worth a reported 35 Million dollars.
On to the beach, where its full speed ahead for the Daytona 500.
Mike Stevens and photographer Lynn Eller talked with some of the drivers at the speedway.
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The NBA season has barely begun, but player fines are already piling up.
Houston Rockets forward Charles Barkley was fined five thousand dollars for shouting obscenities at fans during Friday's opening loss to the Lakers.
Atlanta's Steve Smith and New Jersey's Kendall Gill each received 25-hundred dollar fines for fighting near the locker rooms Saturday.
On the court, the Detroit Pistons are three- and- oh after last night's victory over Washington.
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Grant Hill led the way for the Pistons, scoring 46 points on the night.
But late in the game, the Wizards threaten. Rod Strickland drives to the hoop and pulls up for the bucket and the 103-102 lead.
Hill put the Pistons out front for good. He sinks the winning free throws then blocks the Wizards last shot. Detroit wins it 106 to 103.
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In Cleveland, Mike Fertella was looking to steal the win from Larry Bird's Pacers.
But Chris Mullin was hot from outside. Here he hits the shot from the top of the key for two of his twenty-two.
Shawn Kemp kept the Cavaliers within range. Here he hits the turnaround for two.
But Indiana was unstoppable from behind the arc. Travis Best gets three here, and Cleveland stays winless, dropping this one to the Pacers 95-to-89.
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The Radford Highlanders are 15 and 7, after beating Charleston Southern 79- 76 in South Carolina last night. The Highlanders have now won eight straight.
In Salem, Lynchburg was looking to stop a three- game skid on the Maroon's home court.
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And the Hornets stung early-- going inside to Jerry O'Hara for the lay-in.
Roanoke stayed outside the paint, getting the ball to Paris Butler for the long three.
Lynchburg used some local products to try and stay in this one. Here former Jefferson Forest star Zach Stinson drives to the hoop for two.
But the Maroons continue to bomb Lynchburg from outside and Roanoke hands the Hornets their fourth straight conference loss 85-to-56.
On the women's side, the Atlantic Ten has called on Virginia Tech to provide the conference Player of the Week.
Hokie sophomore Amy Wetzel receives the honor for the first time in her career.
Last week, the guard hit a three pointer to tie it up with Xavier, and then hit the game- winning free throw.
She also scored 16 points and collected six rebounds in a 68-60 win over Dayton.
Virginia's new offensive coordinator-quarterbacks coach is no stranger to the Cavalier's program.
Yesterday afternoon, head coach George Welsh announced that Gary Tranquill will replace Sparky Woods.
Tranquill was Welsh's Q-B coach from 1987 to 1990. He then traveled south to serve as Virginia Tech's offensive coordinator for the 1994 season.
Tranquill has been an assistant coach at Michigan State for the last four years.
He also coached with Welsh at the U-S Naval Academy.
It seems one bird is dirtier than the rest.
Tony Martin has been charged in federal court with money laundering and conspiracy.
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The charges stem from his longtime relationship with an alleged drug dealer.
Martin is not accused of involvement in the drug business-- prosecutors say he wrote checks to lease luxury cars and pay a friend's legal fees.
Martin is free on 250-thousand dollars bond.