In the midst of the U-N anniversary celebration, President Clinton and Boris
Yeltsin work to resolve their differences on Bosnia and NATO.
The murder of a Roanoke woman puts into question the effectiveness of the
state's stalking law.
And one of the singing Andrews Sisters passes away in New England.
Sunny skies and pleasant daytime temperatures continue across the Old
Dominion today, with a few clouds rolling by tomorrow. We'll show you a
massive storm in the Central U.S. that will have implications for our weather
before the week is over.
Don't go away. News 7 at Noon is next.
President Clinton and Russian leader Boris Yeltsin stepped away from the
celebration of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations this morning to head
for less friendly ground.
SUPER=03-Hyde Park, NY;
They met in a symbolic setting, the home of the late President Franklin
A place where Roosevelt held councils of war.
Today the two current presidents tried to resolve their differences over
Bosnia and NATO's plans to expand.
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
Meantime, Fidel Castro found himself snubbed by President Clinton at the U-N
But last night the Cuban leader received a warm welcome further uptown, in
Michael O'Looney reports.
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SUPER=03-New York, NY/Last Night; :00
SUPER=04-Voice of Interpreter; :36
SUPER=01-Michael O'Looney/Reporting; 1:22
OUT Q= Michael O'Looney, CBS News, New York.
The jury will hear closing arguments today in the Selena murder trial.
There's no dispute that Yolanda Saldivar shot the singer, what the jury has
to decide is whether it was deliberate or an accident.
The judge has given attorneys for both sides up to 90 minutes for their
Saldivar was Selena's former fan club president.
A 25- year- old Henry County man was shot and killed in what police believe
to be a drug related incident.
Orbin Smith Junior was found shot at his home on Carver Road at about ten
He was taken to Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County where he
Police are still investigating.
Relatives of Alesha Johnson want more done when it comes to Virginia's
Johnson was shot and killed by her boyfriend one week after he was arrested
and charged with stalking her.
As Denise Allen reports, loved ones HOPE officials will start taking the
crime more seriously.
IN Q=They came to
SUPER=01-Angela Johnson/Alesha's Sister; :15
SUPER=01-Darlene Young/Turning Point Women's Shelter; :39
SUPER=01-Battina Altizer/Attorney; 1:02
OUT Q=News 7
(( They came to say good bye.
Alesha Johnson had just recently turned 21.
And police say last Thursday, Johnson was shot by her former boyfriend
26-year old Larry Mack.
Family members say she was moving on with her life.
((ANGELA JOHNSON/ALESHA'S SISTER: JUST BECAUSE A WOMAN DOES NOT WANT TO BE
WITH YOU ANY LONGER IS NO REASON TO KILL HER AND TAKE HER LIFE. YOU MOVE ON.))
Family members say Mack had been staking out their apartment for weeks.
And shortly before her death Johnson filed stalking charges against him.
The stalking law went on the books in 1992.
Many say its over used and not taken seriously.
((DARLENE YOUNG/THE TURNING POINT WOMEN'S SHELTER: I THINK WE SHOULD STAND UP
AND START ENFORCING THESE LAWS AND STICKING UP FOR THESE WOMEN.))
The law states that a person is guilty of stalking if on more than one
occasion that person's behavior places another person in reasonable fear of
death, sexual assault or bodily injury.
If convicted it's a class two misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of six
months in jail.
((BETTINA ALTIZER/ATTORNEY: IF THAT PERSON IS CONVICTED MORE THAN ONCE IT'S A
CLASS ONE MISDEMEANOR AND THAT IS UP TO 12 MONTHS IN JAIL. OR A 25-HUNDRED
DOLLAR FINE. ON THE THIRD OFFENSE IT'S A CLASS SIX FELONY WHICH IS ONE TO FIVE
YEARS IN THE PENITENTIARY.))
Bettina Altizer says maybe using computers to improve communication between
the different divisions of the court system will help prevent cases similar to
Alesha Johnson's family says they'll do what ever it takes to help other
families avoid losing a loved one.
They says they want Alesha to be more than just a statistic.
Denise Allen News 7,))
The family of Larry Mack believes he never intended to harm Johnson.
IN Q=IF THIS MAN
((THENNIE MACK/LARRY'S NIECE: IF THIS MAN WOKE UP WITH THE INTENT TO KILL
SOMEONE AND HIMSELF HE WOULD OF DONE BOTH OF THE CRIMES AT THE SAME PLACE, NOT
GO AND ADMIT HIS REMORSE AND SCREAM OUT HIS COMPASSION FOR WHAT HE'D DONE AND
THEN FEEL LIKE THE ONLY WAY TO CORRECT HIS WRONG WAS TO TAKE HIS OWN LIFE.))
SUPER=01-Thennie Mack/Larry's Niece;
OUT Q=his own life
Police say Mack shot Johnson in Roanoke County.
He then went to a family member's house and committed suicide.
The Macks say Larry was confused about the break-up with Johnson, who he had
dated for two years.
They claim he wasn't stalking her but merely trying to find out why the
relationship had ended.
IN Q=it wasn't stalking
((THENNIE MACK: IT WASN'T STALKING. I CAN THINK OF MANY ADJECTIVES TO
DESCRIBE LARRY, BUT I WOULD NEVER USE THE WORD STALKER, VOLATILE, A PERSON OF
RAGE. NO. HE WAS A LOVING AND CARING AND COMPASSIONATE PERSON. HE WOULD DO
ANYTHING FOR ANYONE.))
OUT Q=FOR ANYONE
Thennie (THEE-NEE) Mack says the deaths are a tragedy for both families.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come, a little boy is killed in an A-T-V accident,
and another tractor trailer accident slows traffic on Route 2-20.
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A Virginia Tech student is dead following an accident on Interstate 81 in
20- year- old Robert Lee Matheson of Danville was killed when another car
crossed the median and hit his car in front of the Ironto Rest area.
23-year-old Keith Wallace was the driver of the other vehicle.
He suffered minor injuries.
Wallace suffered minor injuries.
Police are still investigating.
There was also a fatal accident in Charlotte County yesterday.
Nine- year- old Travis Matthew Byron died after he was struck by a station
wagon on route 3-60.
And a four- year- old boy DIED after an all-terrain vehicle on which he was
riding rolled into the path of a pickup truck in Giles County.
State police say Brandon Mulford died Saturday.
Brandon and a teen-ager were riding Thursday on a grassy patch in a trailer
park where the younger boy lived, when the older boy fell off the vehicle.
Brandon remained on the vehicle, which then rolled onto Route 4-60 and was
struck by the westbound pickup.
Meanwhile in Franklin County, yet another tractor trailer overturned on
It happened a little after seven this morning.
Traffic was reduced to one southbound lane on the major road connecting
Franklin and Henry counties with Roanoke.
But it was never stopped completely.
The driver was airlifted by helicopter to be treated for his injuries.
No other information on the wreck is available.
VO NATS OUT!!!!!
Up next, Bob Dole gets the support of a former G-O-P presidential candidate,
and part of a legendary singing trio passes away.
The music industry bids farewell to Maxine Andrews.
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Less than a month after he dropped out of the race for the White House,
California governor Pete Wilson is throwing his support behind
Senator Bob Dole.
At this hour the two are appearing at a joint press conference at Dole's
campaign headquarters in Washington.
Wilson will be Dole's campaign chairman and head Dole's presidential effort
in electoral- rich California.
During World War Two she was part of the three sister team that cheered
Americans through a time of fear and uncertainity.
Maxine Andrews, one of the legendary Andrews' sisters, died of a heart
attack this weekend while vacationing in Cape Cod.
She was 79.
John Roberts reports.
OUT Q=cbs news
(( Theirs was the sound that defined the war effort.
As America marched off to the battlefields of Europe, sailed off to the
Pacific theater, the Andrews sisters were with them...in spirit and voice.
MAXENE ANDREWS: "WHEN I REMEMBER HOW THIS COUNTRY PULLED TOGETHER DURING
THAT WAR THAT WASN'T JUST EVERYBODY SAYING, OH, NOW THIS IS WHAT WE'RE GOING TO
HAVE TO DO. EVERYBODY, I THINK, IN THEIR HEARTS WAS SAVING..TRYING TO SAVE
They might not have been in the military, but they were the military's
favorite daughters, singing at war bond rallies across America, visiting
soldiers at military posts and hospitals, traveling to North Africa and Europe
for the USO.
In public it seemed the Andrews sisters were in uniform more often than not.
MAXENE: TO THIS DAY, I'M SURE THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO EXPECT ME--WHEN I
COME OUT AND DO CONCERTS, EXPECT ME TO COME OUT IN THAT UNIFORM."
Together with her sisters Patty, in the middle, and Laverne on the
right, who died in 1967, Maxene Andrews had 19 gold records..and sold more than
a hundred million copies of their songs. Even today, Andrews sisters
recordings still sell more than a million cd's and audio tapes each year.
Maxene was the only one to move on with her singing career after the
Andrews sisters stopped recording..yet she still remained tied to world war
She wrote a book about the war years recently..and last month, was a guest
of honor at vj day ceremonies in Hawaii.
Toward the end of her life...Maxene didn't think much about the Andrews
sisters...never played their records..rarely saw her surviving sister Patty.
Not because she wasn't proud of what the andrews sisters did...she says..it
was just a period of her life that was done.
MAXENE ANDREWS: MY CHANCE ON THE MERRY GO ROUND AND GETTING THE BRASS RING
HAPPENED ONCE IN MY LIFE AND THAT'S ABOUT--I CAN'T ASK FOR ANYTING MORE THAN
John Roberts, CBS News.))
Winter is still two months away but don't tell that to folks living in
SUPER=03-Salt Lake City, UT;
A Pacific cold front dumped snow on Salt Lake City this weekend.
Some areas recorded up to 6 inches of the white stuff.
The snow wreaked havoc on the roadways, causing fender benders but no
wipe wipe wipe
A blockbuster transaction appears to be underway in the banking industry.
Today's "Los Angeles Times" reports Nationsbank and BankAmerica are
discussing a merger that would create the country's largest financial
Should a deal be completed, it would create a bank with more than 400-
billion dollars in assets.
The paper cites a BankAmerica source as saying one difficulty has been in
deciding where the new bank should be located, since NationsBank is
headquartered in Charlotte and BankAmerica is based in San Francisco.
Washington, D-C, has been offered as a compromise.
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was DOWN 27 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Ward Burton plugs away at the A-C Delco 400,
and the Atlanta Braves are two wins shy of capturing their first World Series.
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The Atlanta Braves have control of the World Series after last night's win
over the Cleveland Indians.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/NBC SPORTS; :
In the top of the second, Indian Eddie Murray sends it over the left field
wall for a two run homer and a 2 to nothing lead.
But then Dave Justice hits a line drive to right field.
Mark Lemke rounds the bases to score and the game is tied at 2 to 2 in the
Atlanta breaks the game open in the
bottom of the sixth.
Javier Lopez sends one over the centerfield wall for a two run homer.
The Braves win it 4 to 3.
South Boston's Ward Burton is the winner of the A-C Delco 400.
SUPER=03-Rockingham, NC/TNN SPORTS; :
Dale Earnhardt was running 8th-- but having handling problems.
Rick Mast was the leader at this point and just about to pass Jeff Gordon,
putting Gordon a lap down.
Mast makes the pass and Gordon gets hit in the rear by Greg Sacks as he
tries to go into the pits for a tire change on lap 156.
Michael Waltrip, who started on the outside pole, gets hit by Shane Hall
and slides into the barrels at pit row.
Mast has some engine problems and pulls his car behind the wall.
Then Earnhardt loses his chances at winning when he is black-flagged for
what appeared to be a missing lug nut.
But when he pitted, the lug nut was there.
To correct the mistake NASCAR pulls out the caution and re-lines the cars
putting Earnhardt seventh.
IN Q=They sort of
((DALE EARNHARDT/FINISHED SEVENTH: THEY SORT OF HAD TO ADJUST TO THINGS. I WAS
COMFORTABLE GOING BEHIND #17. I WAS A LAP BEHIND #17 WHEN THE CAUTION CAME OUT.
THAT'S BETTER THEN NOTHING.))
SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt/Finished Seventh; :
OUT Q=better than nothing."
Burton leads the race on the re-start and pulls away to win his first
Winston cup Victory.
IN Q=This time we
((WARD BURTON/A-C DELCO 400 WINNER: THIS TIME WE HAD A RIGHT REAR GOING DOWNM
THEN WE OVER-ADJUSTED TO COMPENSATE. BUT RIGHT THERE AT THE END, BILL AND ALL
OF THEM GAVE ME A REAL NICE PACE. THE CAR WAS LIKE....ON A RAIL.))
SUPER=01-Ward Burton/A-C Delco 500 Winner; :
OUT Q=on a rail.
Wallace was second, Mark Martin third, Terry Labonte fourth and Jeff Burton
And the points race tightened.
Leader Jeff Gordan finished 20-th and leads Earnhardt by 162 with two races
The death of former a former W-D-B-J anchor stunned and saddened his old
friends and colleagues here at the station.
We've recieved lots of calls from viewers who liked and respected Rick's
We also got a couple of letters.
Here's assignment editor Joe McKean, with Feedback.
IN Q=From Iron Gate
OUT Q=McKean, News-7.
(( From Iron Gate, a viewer wrote that she "was stunned at the news of Rick
Mosher's passing away. I am so sorry. I really enjoyed Rick on WDBJ. It seems
like every time I get used to and really like one of your employees, they go
somewhere else. I think a lot of all the newspeople you have on WDBJ, much more
so than any other channel. I hope all your people know that."
A viewer from Altavista said "It does please me to know that he was a
talented writer and broadcaster and to know that he was held in high regard by
his former colleagues...I know I will miss the lost chance, as remote as it
would have been, to know Rick Mosher as a friend. I hope all of you treasure
the opportunities you had to know him."
On a different topic, a viewer from Christiansburg wrote to says thanks for
broadcasting "the races at New River Valley Speedway. I am not able to go to
the races and it is really nice of you all to put them on TV. I think Friday
Football Extra is the best local TV show anywhere and your station is really
our hometown station."
And a football fan from Rural Retreat said "I write on behalf of many
people here in Rural Retreat who were very pleased to see our football team
highlighted on the past two Friday Football Extras. Since we are about halfway
between Roanoke and Bristol, it seems we sometimes get left out of coverage. We
thank you and will look forward to seeing Rural Retreat and other teams from
our area again on your show."
If you have a topic in the news you'd like to comment on, send your letters
to News-7 Feeback, P.O. Box 7, Roanoke Virginia, 24022-0007.
Our fax number is 540-343-7269.
And if you prefer E-mail, our address is email@example.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
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