Just ahead, the O-J Simpson interview that was and the one that wasn't.
Two people are dead in a shooting at a South Carolina high school.
And a Danville teenager is the victim in another fatal shooting.
Still sunny, with some changes on the horizon. I'll detail those changes,
and give you the latest on Roxanne all coming up in weather.
News 7 at Noon is next.
O-J Simspon pulled the plug on his T-V interview with N-B-C last night and
then telephoned the New York Times to explain why.
Simpson told the newspaper his attorneys ordered him to cancel because they
feared it could damage his case in pending wrongful death lawsuits.
His attorneys also took issue with the suggestion that there was concern
over the questions Simpson might face.
((JOHNNIE COCHRAN/SIMPSON'S ATTORNEY: THIS STATEMENT ABOUT US NOT BEING HAPPY
ABOUT THEIR QUESTIONS. WE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT THEIR QUESTIONS WERE. I WAS
CONCERNED ABOUT THE SURROUNDING CIRCUMSTANCES THAT HE JUST COULDN'T DO IT AT
THIS TIME. " ))
SUPER=01-Johnnie Cochran/Simpson's Attorney;
OUT Q=my appearance.
Simpson says he may pursue a pay-per-view debate with prosecutor Marcia
A South Carolina high school student went on a shooting rampage this
morning killing a teacher and himself.
Police say the student also seriously wounded another teacher.
It happened just after nine o'clock at a High School in Blackville, South
A South Carolina radio station reports the student had recently been
Danville police are treating the fatal shooting of a 14- year old as a
Police were called to 4-50 Henry Street at about 11-30 yesterday morning.
Mary West was inside her apartment when she heard a loud knock, and saw
Kevin Warren standing on her porch.
Warren had been shot, and blood was flowing from his mouth, nose and neck.
IN Q=I had
((MARY WEST/NEIGHBOR: I HAD THE DOOR LOCKED SO I SAID WAIT A MINUTE KEVIN AND
I WENT BACK AND GOT A TOWEL AND GAVE HIS FRIEND THE TOWEL AND I DIALED 911 AND
THEN I GOT OUT THERE WITH HIM AND TRIED TO PUT PRESSURE THE BEST I COULD ON HIS
NECK AND TRIED TO MAKE HIM BE STILL WHICH HE WOULDN'T. ))
OUT Q=he wouldn't.
The teen did not live at the residence.
But West says she knew the young man because his mother used to live next
door to her.
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And Roanoke police are investigating the shooting of a woman near Eighth
Street and Moorman Road last night.
A witness told police that Brenda Davis of Stewart Avenue southeast tried to
buy crack cocaine from an unidentifed man.
Police say Davis felt the drug was fake and she refused to pay for it.
A short time later, the man confronted her, and demanded her pocketbook.
When she refused, they struggled, and he took out a gun and shot her in the
The gunman has not been arrested.
Davis is in stable condition at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Martinsville's police chief will retire at the end of the year.
Terry Roop joined the force in 19-64 and was named police chief in 19-80.
IN Q=This was not
((TERRY ROOP/MARTINSVILLE POLICE CHIEF: THIS WAS NOT AN EASY DECISION TO
RETIRE, I THOUGHT ABOUT IT A LONG AND HARD AND I BELIEVE IT IS THE APPROPRIATE
DECISION TO MAKE AT THIS TIME. ))
SUPER=01-Terry Roop/Martinsville Police Chief;
OUT Q=at this time.
Roop plans to remain in Martinsville with his family.
City Manager Earl Reynolds says the process of selecting another police chief
should take several months.
A new survey indicates there IS a demand for a public, four-year university
in the Roanoke Valley.
The Citizens' Committee for Higher Education paid for a study and unveiled
the results this morning.
IN Q=Based upon these
((JAMES COSBY/CITIZENS' COMMITTEE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION: BASED UPON THESE
RESPONSES, THE EXPECTED ENROLLMENT OVER A FOUR YEAR PERIOD OF TIME FOR SUCH A
COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY WOULD BE CONSERVATIVELY ESTIMATED... FIVE THOUSAND. ))
SUPER=01-James Cosby/Citizens' Comm. for Higher Education;
OUT Q=five thousand.
The survey was generated by a phone poll of about four-hundred high school
and community college students in the Roanoke Valley.
The region is the largest metro area in the state WITHOUT a public school
offering a four- year college degree.
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Still to come, a look at last night's G-O-P presidential forum,
and the big fuss over the Republican's plan for Medicare.
It passed another hurdle, but not quietly.
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The U-S brokered cease-fire for Bosnia has finally taken effect.
The 60-day truce started today.
It was delayed 48 hours while engineers tried to restore utilities to
The White House is calling on Bosnia's warring parties to stick with it, and
settle their differences at the bargaining table.
Republican presidential contenders had their first televised forum in New
Hampshire last night.
There was no debate, instead each candidate had a chance to outline his
As Phil Jones Reports, some of the candidates used the time to take shots at
G-O-P front runner Bob Dole.
SUPER=01-Sen. Phil Gramm/(R) Texas;
SUPER=01-Sen. Bob Dole/(R-KA) Senate Majority Leader;
SUPER=01-Sen. Dick Lugar/(R) Indiana;
SUPER=01-Lamar Alexander/Former Tennessee Governor;
OUT Q=CBS News Manchester, NH.
(( WE'RE GOING TO SEND HIM UP THERE TO GIVE THOSE OTHER GUYS A LICK'IN."
We'll Bob Dole didn't give a lick'in and he didn't take a lick'in from
others including Phil Gramm who tried before the froum to bait Dole on a
permanent tax cut pledge.
PHIL GRAMM: I'M GOING TO ASK BOB DOLE TO SIGN THIS PLEDGE.
But Gramm never confronted Dole.
In fact---it was not a very enlightening evening---- starting with the studio
lights going off during the Governor's welcoming speech.
It was the first televised forum for the republican Presidential class of
96----four months before the New Hampshire primary---10 of em.
Senator Dole's strategy was to act like the front runner---and
focus not on his republican opponents---but on President Clinton.
DOLE: HE USES THE PRESIDENCY TO SPREAD FEAR AND DIVIDE US ONE AGAINST
The format didn't really give the candidates a chance to debate each
other--- it was mostly speeches and posturing. There were the Washington
GRAMM: I WANT TO FINISH THE REAGAN REVOLUTION.
LUGAR: I ADVOCATE THE END OF THE FEDERAL INCOME TAX
And the Washington Outsiders:
ALEXANDER: I'M DIFFERENT, MOST OF THEM ARE FROM WASHINGTON, DC
A frequent question at the end of the night, were the really big winnes not
present. In the words of one observer, if Colin Powell and Newt Gingrich
were watching, they're probably on their way to pick up their own prsidential
filing papers, Phil Jones CBS News, Manchester, New Hampshire.))
Now that it's passed through two committees, the next stop for the G-O-P
Medicare plan is the House Floor.
The Republican controlled House Ways and Means Committee approved the plan
yesterday but not without a fight.
((TAKE YOUR SEAT. TAKE YOUR SEAT PLEASE.))
OUT Q=your seat, please (double out)
The elderly protestors were taken into custody after disrupting the
They claim Medicare is being wrecked.
((THERESA MCKENNA/FALLS CHURCH, VA: HOW ABOUT ALL THE HOSPITALS THAT ARE GOING
TO BE CUT. WHY DON'T WE HAVE SOME ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS. WHY HAVE PEOPLE
BEEN DENIED THEIR RIGHTS, WHY?))
SUPER=01-Theresa McKenna/Falls Church Resident;
OUT Q=their rights? why?"
House Speaker Gingrich hopes to bring the measure up for a vote as early as
The man charged with abducting an elderly Roanoke woman and stealing her
car at gunpoint has been identified as John David Ford.
Police in Boston Massachussets found Ford Tuesday night asleep in the back
seat of the woman's '92 Oldsmobile.
Keith Humphry has the story.
IN Q=According to Boston
SUPER=01-Sgt. Robert Stout/Virginia State Police; :00
OUT Q=Humphry, News 7. **QUICK OUT**
IN Q=According to Boston
((SGT. ROBERT STOUT: ACCORDING TO BOSTON POLICE HE WAS EXTREMELY VIOLENT. HE
HAD NO IDENTIFICATION ON HIM. HE WOULD NOT GIVE THEM HIS NAME.))
OUT Q=his name.
The victim has asked not to be identified.
IN Q=But the guy
((BUT THE GUY WAS MOST UNCOOPERATIVE, I UNDERSTAND.
MRS. McDONALD: NO, I WAS THE COOPERATIVE ONE. HA, HA.))
OUT Q=to get out.
Mrs. McDonald agreed to let us use her last name, but did not want her full
name or her face on television.
She was leaving the S-and-S Cafeteria at Towers Mall Saturday, was about to
get in her car, when she was accosted by a man with a small handgun.
IN Q=He just pushed
OUT Q=or my hand.
They drove around Roanoke for hours, she says, finally ending up in Amherst
IN Q=There was no
The man took her into the woods, tied her up and left her in the woods with
a bear-skin rug and a blanket, claiming he'd be back in half an hour.
An hour and a half later she'd managed to free herself, walked to a house-
-where at first they didn't believe her story- -but someone called police.
Mrs. McDonald says she prayed the entire time- -not just for herself but
for her abductor.
IN Q=I still don't
OUT Q=than anything.
The Roanoke City Police Department says if you ARE approached by a suspicous
person, make as much noise as possible.
IN Q=The more noise
((SERGENT AL BROWN/ROANOKE CITY POLICE: THE MORE NOISE YOU CAN MAKE AND DRAW
ATTENTION TO YOURSELF THE BETTER OFF YOU ARE GOING TO BE. BUT, IT'S GOING TO BE
A JUDGEMENT CALL FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL CASE.))
SUPER=01-Sgt. Al Brown/Roanoke City Police;
OUT Q=each individual case.
Sergent Brown advises to yell "fire" instead of help.
He says it's more effective and will get people to look and see what's
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Up next, another food recall, this one involving bologna,
and Rover needs that rabies shot.
We'll chat with a veterinarian about how to protect your pet.
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Public health officials and veterinarians are trying to end the climbing
number of rabies cases.
Veterinary offices throughout the state were packed over the weekend,
administering rabies vaccinations at a reduced rate.
The cases of rabies have spread into a record number of Virginia counties.
That prompted veterinarians and public health officials to sponsor the
One vet commented on how little people know about their pets.
Here to set the record straight is Dr. David J. Rolfe of the Roanoke Animal
What misconceptions do people have about getting their animals vaccinated?
SUPER=01-Dr. David J. Rolfe/Roanoke Animal Hospital;
(In addition to the rabies shot, what kind of shots should pet owners get for
their puppies and kittens?)
(Are you alarmed by the number of people who get an animal, and don't bother to
get them vaccinated?)
(What kind of maintenance program is required?)
(Other than a rabies vaccine, what about getting an animal fixed in order to
prevent an increase in unprotected strays?)
There's another salmonella scare.
The Agriculture Department says Palm-yra Bologna Company is recalling 275
tons of Lebanon bologna that was distributed nationwide.
The recall affects packages of Swift, Eckrich, Kroger, America's Choice,
Super-G, Bomberger and Seltzer brands of Lebanon bologna.
Delicatessen-size packages of Kahn, Hansel and Gretel and Medford
brands are also being affected.
Products should be returned to the store where they were bought.
Stocks are edging higher, as benign inflation and solid earnings give
investors hope for market growth.
Economists cite a three-tenths of percent increase in wholesale prices last
month, the largest gain in nearly a year.
On Wall Street at noon, the Dow was UP 13 points.
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Don't go away.
We've got an update on the major league championship series,
and a history lesson.
Some interesting facts about the burial of Robert E. Lee.
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The American League playoffs are tied at one-all after the Cleveland Indians
beat the Mariners.
SUPER=03-Seattle, WA/ABC-TBN; :00
In the sixth inning, Manny Ramirez cranks out a solo homer to right field.
The homerun puts the Tribe in front 3-to-nothing.
Then Ken Griffey Junior puts the Mariners on board with a massive solo shot
to deep center field.
But the man in this one is Manny Ramirez, who is four for four with two
homers including a solo in the eighth inning.
SUPER=35-Cleveland/==5/Seattle/==2/Series Tied 1-1;
The Indians take game two 5 to 2.
The series moves to Cleveland Friday night.
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At Riverfront stadium, the Braves take a 2-to-nothing lead over Cincinnati
with Tuesday night's hero Mike Devereaux lining a shot to left field.
Fred McGriff scores on the play and the Braves are on top in the fourth.
The Reds come back in the fifth with two runs to tie it.
Watch the double steal as Lenny Harris takes
SUPER=35-Atlanta/==6/Cincinnati/==2/Braves Lead Series 2-0 ;
second and Jeff Branson dives into home.
In the bottom of the 10th Javey Lopez knocks in three runs with a homer.
Atlanta takes Game two 6-to-2.
Confederate General Robert E. Lee died 125 years ago today.
Ceremonies are planned at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, and a
a museum exhibit in Richmond is also honoring the civil war hero.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=Lexington and America
SUPER=01-Guy Swanson/Museum of the Confederacy; :10
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Lexington and America stopped on the road to Reconstruction this week in
1870 to mourn the man who led with honor in war and peace.
((GUY SWANSON/MUSEUM OF THE CONFEDERACY: LET'S SAY IF HE'D LIVED ANOTHER FIVE,
TEN, OR EVEN FIFTEEN YEARS, I BELIEVE GENERAL LEE COULD HAVE INFLUENCED THE
COURSE OF RECONSTRUCTION....AND THERE WERE PEOPLE IN THE NORTH THAT WERE JUST
AS EAGER TO PATCH UP WOUNDS AS PEOPLE IN THE SOUTH, SO THEY WOULD HAVE FELT THE
The Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond has his uniform, the sword and the
pen he used at Appomattox.
But once a year, museum officials trot out one of their most moving
The death mask of Robert E. Lee.
And the flower garland that adorned his coffin.
((DURING THE TIME OF HIS DECLINE, THERE WAS A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF RAIN IN THAT
PART OF THE COMMONWEALTH. AND AS SUCH IT WASHED OUT ALL OF THE BRIDGES LEADING
INTO LEXINGTON. AND AT THE TIME THE GENERAL DIED, THERE WAS NOT A COFFIN
AVAILABLE TO PLACE THE BODY IN.))
Not to worry, the funeral proceeded with a coffin that resourceful Lexington
residents pulled from flood debris.
It was too short -- so Lee was buried without his shoes.
But that's okay too, Lee was a practical and simple man.
((IN LEE'S DAY AND AGE IT REALLY AND TRULY MEANT SOMETHING. RESPONSIBILITY AND
DUTY. HE WAS A GENUINELY SINCERE AND HUMBLE PERSON.))
((LAST YEAR, THE DEATH MASK WAS DISPLAYED FOR ONLY ONE DAY. THIS YEAR, BY
POPULAR DEMAND, ITS RUN WILL STRETCH UNTIL OCTOBER 22ND. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7,
(toss to patrick)
Coming up in tonight's Health Check Report-- we'll check out the Y-W-C-A's
"Aging as a Spiritual Journey" program.
That story and more news tonight on NEWS-7 at FIVE, then stick around for
Have a nice day.
NEWS-7 at SIX.