Talks continue over the fate of six- year old Elian Gonzalez.
Relatives of the Cuban boy are meeting again with I-N-S officials.
While that's going on, the U-S Justice Department has suspended revoking Elian's parole for at least
another 24 hours.
Attorney General Janet Reno and Cuban President Fidel Castro have both weighed in the controversy.
Cathy Moss has the latest from Miami.
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[SUPER=01-Janet Reno/Attorney General]
((As six-year-old Elian Gonzalez played outside this morning, his fate
remains uncertain. The Immigration Service deadline has been extended
until Friday. The two sides met for five hours Wednesday to negotiate a
settlement over the government's demand they surrender Elian if they
lose their court fight to keep him. More talks are scheduled.
SOT/09:38:58Janet Reno/Atty. General
"We're trying to work through all of these issues, bending over
backwards I think to address the concerns that have been raised."
Adding a new twist, Cuban leader Fidel Castro announced that Elian's
father is ready to travel to the US under certain conditions. A
contingency of Elian's friends and relatives has been suggested,
although State Dept. officials said they had not received any visa
requests. In January, visas were granted to Elian's Cuban when they
came to the United States to visit the boy in Miami and press for his
The governments of both nations want the boy returned to his father in
Cuba, a plan that has stirred threats of civil disobedience from Miami's
large Cuban population. Last night a crowd of more than 1,000 held a
candle light vigil outside the boy's Little Havana home. Today the
crowds are returning to voice their support.))
The trial of two Libyans charged in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Scotland will be conducted in a
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specially- built high-security courthouse on a former U-S air base in the Netherlands.
Scotland's Minister of Justice met with his Dutch counterpart at the site today.
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((JIM WALLACE/ SCOTTISH JUSTICE MINISTER: "I'M VERY PLEASED TO BE HERE AT THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICIARY, THE SCOTTISH COURT IN THE NETHERLANDS. THERE'S A VERY IMPORTANT TRIAL COMING UP, AND I THINK WE'RE VERY ANXIOUS THAT SCOTTISH JUSTICE IS DELIVERED.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Wallace/Scottish Justice Minister]
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Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi agreed last year to surrender the two men to stand trial in the Netherlands under Scottish law.
The Libyan defendants are charged with the murder of 270 people - including 189 Americans -aboard the Pan Am flight in 1988.
The woman who discarded her newborn baby in a dumpster was in a Blacksburg court this morning to face charges.
Rosetta Elizabeth Clark entered a plea of NOT guilty to the misdemeanor charge of improper disposal of the baby's body.
The 21-year-old Virginia Tech student declined to comment on her case.
Police found the baby boy wrapped in several plastic bags inside the dumpster nearly three weeks ago.
A medical examiner ruled that the boy was dead at birth.
Clark will be tried next month.
A Shawsville man was killed in a head-on collision in Montgomery County this morning.
The wreck happened around 9:30 on Alleghany Springs Road.
State police say the elderly man veered across the center line and struck an oncoming car.
His name is being withheld until state police can notify his family.
A man and his 12-year-old son were in the truck that was hit. Neither one was seriously injured.
Another head-on collision in Montgomery County killed a woman from Pulaski.
The accident happened just before 5:30 yesterday on Route 114.
39 year old Cynthia Linkous died after a Nissan pickup truck coming from the other direction crossed the center line and struck her Ford Mustang.
Linkous was flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where she later died.
The truck's driver -- Ronald Craig Groseclose (GROSS-CLOSE) -- was charged with reckless driving.
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Nine doctors who are leaving the Lewis-Gale Clinic appear to have settled the potential legal problems with their new group practice.
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Valley Anesthesia released a statement this morning, saying "they have taken the necessary steps" to provide patient care from their first day in business as an independent group.
The doctors resigned from the clinic in January.
They have signed a contract with Lewis-Gale Hospital.
The statement indicates that these doctors have reached an agreement with the clinic on the financial penalties they faced by resigning, and setting up a practice within 50 miles of the clinic.
Floyd County High School officials have agreed to allow one of its students, a girl, to take a female date to the Junior Prom on April 29th.
This decision came after the American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter
to the school.
The letter said that a rule prohibiting same-sex couples from dances quote "must be revoked
Within hours, Superintendent Terry Arbogast called the family of the 17-year-old student to say that she and her date are welcome at the dance.
Arbogast said the decision wasn't based on the A-C-L-U letter but that school officials needed to rethink the issue.
Governor Jim Gilmore is expected to please few with his latest declaration of Confederate History Month scheduled for tomorrow.
Last year's proclamation recognized "the noble spirit and inspiring leadership of great Confederate generals, leaders, and the ordinary men and women, free and NOT free."
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: THE GOOD AND THE BAD. ALL THAT USUALLY COMES OUT IN MY PROCLAMATIONS, AND I WOULD EXPECT TO DO THAT AGAIN.))
((BRAG BOWLING/SONS OF CONFED. VETERANS: UNFORTUNATELY, CONFEDERATE HISTORY AND HERITAGE MONTH IS BEING TAMPERED WITH BY OUTSIDE GROUPS. AND GOVERNOR GILMORE I THINK FEELS SOME PRESSURE TO PLACATE THESE GROUPS.))
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But NOT all are placated.
The Governor's own former director of Juvenile Justice is now using his church pulpit to blast the proclamation.
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((REV. GERALD GLENN/NEW DELIVERANCE EVANG. CHURCH: 26 LINES YOU'VE GOT. 23 YOU COMMEND THE CONFEDERACY. WHERE ARE THE LINES THAT SPEAK TO THE BLOOD OF MY ANCESTORS?))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Gerald Glenn/New Deliverance Evang. Church;]
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Reverend Glenn has asked his congregation to wear black and red ribbons, which he says commemorate April as Mourning and Remembrance Month.
OPEC's decision to increase oil production may not make a difference at the pumps until this summer.
But local oil suppliers believe for now the increase will at least stabilize gas prices.
Kate Weidaw has more.
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((Ron Lundy has been in the oil supply business for 30 years and has seen prices at the pump fluctuate -- but says the last few months of price increases are like nothing he's ever seen before. As the President of APB Whiting Company in Roanoke the high price has been hard on his business.
((RON LUNDY: IT'S BEEN MUCH MORE DIFFICULT TO OPERATE, OUR MARGINS HAVE BEEN SQUEEZED OUR COST OF INVENTORY HAVE SKY ROCKETED OUR ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE HAVE GONE UP.))
And the cost to fuel his fleet of 14 oil tankers has increased as well.
Lundy says he's optimistic about OPEC's decision to increase oil production but isn't sure if an increase of 1 point 7 million barrels a day will make a difference in the long run.
((RON LUNDY: IT ONLY REPLACED WHAT IT TOOK AWAY FROM PRODUCTION LAST APRIL THE FIRST TO GET PRICES UP WHICH IT DID.))
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((RON LUNDY: IT TAKES 6 TO 8 WEEKS TO GET THE PRODUCT THE CRUDE INTO THE SYSTEM FROM OPEC, INTO THE UNITED STATES, INTO THE REFINERIES, INTO THE PIPELINES, INTO THE TERMINALS, INTO THE STREAM.))
Which means it could be July before we see a drop at the gas pump.
But for now Lundy says he'll keep a watchful eye on what takes place overseas.
((KATE WEIDAW/REPORTING: OFFICIALS SAY A DROP AT THE GAS PUMP COULD BE AS MUCH AS 15 CENTS A GALLON, BUT WE WON'T SEE THAT UNTIL MID SUMMER. BUT FOR ANYONE PLANNING A SUMMER ROAD TRIP THAT'S GOOD NEWS. KATE WEIDAW NEWS 7.))
What makes a person gay or straight?
A controversial new study suggests the length of your fingers may reveal your sexual orientation.
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A psychologist at the University of California in Berkeley has found evidence that lesbian women have a
subtle masculine trait.
Like men, they often have shorter index fingers than ring fingers.
The study finds that it's a result of having higher levels of male hormones, or androgen...
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((MARC BREEDLOVE/UC BERKELEY PSYCHOLOGIST: WE'RE NOT SAYING PRENATAL ANDROGEN IS THE ONLY INFLUENCE ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION, BUT HAVING SAID THAT FACT WE DO SEE THIS SUBTLE DIFFERENCE THAT THERE IS AN EFFECT.))
[SUPER=01-Marc Breedlove/Berkley Psychologist]
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Breedlove interviewed people who attended streets fairs in the San Francisco Bay area.
He asked them about their sexual orientation and measured their hands.
A final decision has not been made, but two Radford University athletic teams are closer to being dropped permanently .
The school's intercollegiate athletic committee made a final recommendation to cut the gymnastics and lacrosse programs.
Radford officials say the school can not afford to maintain them.
The 170-thousand dollars saved by cutting the two programs would go toward strengthening the school's other Division One teams.
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((JILL CARUSO/RADFORD GYMNAST: WE'VE BROUGHT RADFORD UP TO A NATIONAL LEVEL. LAST YEAR WE BROKE 10 SCHOOL RECORDS, SO IT'S TOO BAD THAT THIS IS EVEN A CONSIDERATION RIGHT NOW.))
((GREIG DENNY/R.U. ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: WE'RE LOOKING AT IT AS A POSITIVE MOVE BECAUSE WE THINK THE PROGRAMS DESERVE TO BE FUNDED AT A LEVEL WHERE THEY HAVE A REASONABLE CHANCE TO SUCCEED.))
[SUPER=01-Jill Caruso/Radford Gymnast; :00]
[SUPER=01-Greig Denny/Radford Athletic Director; :11]
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Radford's president will decide the teams' fate in the next few weeks.
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Those who have been affected by the New River Castings explosion are getting some help from Volvo employees.
Plant workers,-- union members, and officials presented a check for 42-hundred dollars to a union representative for the victims and their families.
The workers spent several weeks collecting the money.
The explosion on March 5th, killed three and injured six.
The fund has reached 62-thousand dollars, so far.
The Bedford County Sheriff's "Operation Blue Ridge Thunder" gets national notice tonight.
The C-B-S News Magazine "48 Hours" is exploring what it calls "The Dark Side of the Internet" .. and it includes the Sheriff department's efforts to track down sexual predators on "The Net."
It can allow predators to stalk a virtual playground, where millions of children visit everyday.
Now law enforcement is using the Internet to fight back ... and "48 Hours" uses the Bedford Sheriff's department as an example.
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((FOR A PEDOPHILE THIS IS PARADISE ISN'T IT. OH YEAH. THIS IS THEIR PLAYGROUND. IF I'M ON LINE AS A 12 OR 13 YEAR OLD BOY OR GIRL. IF I GO INTO A CHAT ROOM AND NOT SAY A WORD WITHIN 1 OR 2 MINUTES IT'S NOTHING FOR ME TO HAVE 15-16 PEOPLE WAY OVER 18 TRYING TO TALK TO ME.))
[SUPER=01-Jamie Watson/Operation Blue Ridge Thunder]
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