Budget proposals and budget battles in Richmond and Washington.
The fog has lifted and U-S military planes are landing in Tuzla.
And authorities investigate a murder in Pittsylvania County.
It's going to cold and rainy today with highs in the upper 30s. I'll have
the forecast for you in a few minutes.
Stick around, the news is next.
What a difference a year makes in the political life of George Allen.
The Governor presented the broad outlines of his new two- year budget to the
General Assembly money committees today -- and got a very different reception
than last year.
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
We've seen the somewhat controversial proposals for bonuses and pay raises
for state workers.
What's new today?
Melanie, there is NO tax cut proposal this time around.
That's something that failed miserably last year, but that the Governor's
staff kept reporters guessing about as late as Friday afternoon.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: PERSONALLY ...WAS NOT THE TIME.))
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: IT'S VERY DIFFERENT FROM LAST YEAR... ELIMINATED PAROLE
OUT Q=parole or not.
What a standing room only crowd this morning did hear was a theme of
Allen says he'll pony up the money his opponents would like to see spent on
things like education -- but he's tying it to test scores and the like.
(ellen ad lib)
(Q&AWhat about specific budget items, like the cooperative extension budget?)
The national budget is on the top of President Clinton's mind today.
He's expected to talk with Republican leaders to try to figure out a way to
end the partial government shutdown, now in its third day.
Both sides remain deadlocked on a seven year plan to balance the budget.
Yesterday, they blamed each other and tried to drum up public support.
BOB DOLE:I'M A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED IN THE PRESIDENT...SCARING SCNIORS ABOUT
MEDICAIS AND MEDICARE.
LEON PANETTA/WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF:LET'S NOT DO IT ON THE BASIS OF
ULTIMATUMS, THREATS OR SHUTDOWN. HE'S MORE THAN HAPPY TO MEET WITH THEM TO TRY
TO RESOLVE THIS CRISIS.
SUPER=01-Sen. Bob Dole/Majority Leader;
SUPER=01-Leon Panetta/White House Chief of Staff;
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A leading Senate Democrat predicts the Senate will pass a temporary measure
today to get government running through the end of the week.
Whether the House would approve such a measure is unclear.
Meantime, President Clinton has vetoed spending bills for the departments of
Interior, Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development.
Clinton says the bills don't devote enough money to programs for
national parks, public housing, the environment and the arts.
Here in Southwest Virginia the second government shutdown in as many months
is causing confusion--not just with federal employees but with veterans as
Scott Prince joins us from the Poff Federal Building in Roanoke.
Scott what are some of the concerns right now?
(Scott ad libs/rollcue: "...veterans across Southwest Virginia")
IN Q= It's going to hurt
SUPER=01-Jim Lamb/Veteran; :00
SUPER=01-Jim May/Veterans Affairs Dir.; :27
OUT Q=processing of claims
(Scott Ad lib)
SUPER=01-Fred Ayscue/Social Security Director;
(Melanie Question: What's the situation with the Blue Ridge Parkway?)
A sniper's bullet has resulted in the first casualty in Sarajevo since the
Bosnian peace treaty was signed last week in Paris.
A doctor says a sniper's bullet fired at a streetcar wounded a young woman
Meantime, after five days of fighting fog, U-S transport planes are finally
able to land in Tuzla.
Cinny Kennard has more.
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It's in with the old in Russia.
Russian communists and nationalists are leading the polls in yesteray's
They've promised to roll back Democratic reforms.
The results are considered a slap in the face of President Boris Yelstins.
Many blame him for the economic problems since the Soviet Union's collapse
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French workers were able to get to work today by train, subway and bus.
A workers' strike put a halt to public transporation for nearly a month.
But with Christmas near and their savings running low -- rail workers voted
Friday to end their walkout.
Other unions are slowly following.
The unions are protesting the governments plan to overhaul the social
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Up next, why authorities in Franklin County spent last night combing the
and a Christmas stunt proves that the radio business has its ups and downs.
But this particular feat has more of an up side for children in need.
It looks like it's going to be a rainy day... The rain will continue through
tomorrow. Afternoon temperatures will remain in the 30s.... so will the
overnight lows. I'll have the forecast for you in just a few minutes.
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A missing Pittsylvania County man has been found murdered.
The sheriff's office says the body of 72-year-old Clark Aubrey Adkins was
discovered yesterday, in the Callands section of the county.
Adkins was reported missing last week; his body has been sent to Roanoke for
The sheriff has obtained murder warrants against a 19-year-old Chatham man.
Authorities identify him as Paul Michael Dalton, and say he's considered
Anyone who may have seen Dalton is asked to call the Pittsylvania County
A Roanoke man is charged with drunk driving in an accident that sent a woman
to the hospital.
43-year-old William Colbert was charged following the accident last night on
route 2-20 in front of Wal-Mart.
The Jaws of Life had to be used to cut 29 -year -old Roanoke resident
Deborah Howell from her car.
Police say she was driving north on route 2-20, when Colbert's car, which
was traveling south, crossed the median and struck her car.
Police say Colbert was also driving at a high rate of speed.
A domestic call in Franklin County results in a manhunt and a trip to the
It started yesterday afternoon,
when a woman told deputies her roommate Billy Joe Kline had left their home
with an assault rifle.
He apparently was very upset.
Kline was walking into the woods when the deputies arrived.
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((CAPT. BILL OVERTON/FRANKLIN CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: THEY HAD TO BACK OFF
BECAUSE THE SUBJECT STARTED FIRING. WE COULDN'T SAY THE SHOTS WERE FIRED AT
THE OFFICERS, EVEN IF HE KNEW THAT THE OFFICERS WERE ON THE SCENE YET. BUT
THEY ESTIMATED HE FIRED BETWEEN 50 AND 100 ROUNDS.))
SUPER=01-Capt. Bill Overton/Franklin Co. Sheriff's Dept.;
OUT Q=100 rounds
Overton says deputies surrounded Kline as he tossed bullets into a fire he
IN Q=one of our
((ONE OF OUR UNITS HAD WORKED HIS WAY DOWN TO THE WOODLINE AND COULD HEAR
ROUNDS BEING FIRED BUT HE COULD HEAR THE SUBJECT EXITING THE WOODS AND WE
FOLLOWED THE NOISE AND WITH THE NIGHT VISION EQUIPMENT WE COULD DETERMINE HE
HAD MADE HIS WAY TO THE WOODLINE AND HE WAS APPREHENDED AT THAT TIME.))
OUT Q=AT THAT TIME
Overton says a temporary detention order was issued against Kline because of
his history of mental health problems.
He was taken to Lewis Gale Hospital for psychiatric evaluation.
Overton says charges have not been filed.
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The manhunt has ended for two men who escaped from the Lynchburg City Jail
John Davis and Delmer Ray Salyer (SAUL-yer) were apprehended yesterday
They were found on Old Forest Road near a convenience store.
A guard discovered the two men missing at head count.
Davis is in jail on drug charges.
Salyer (SAUL-yer) is serving time for violating probation.
Some encouraging news on crime in the U-S.
The F-B-I says the number of murders dropped 12 percent during the first
half of 19-95.
That's the biggest decline in 35 years.
The news is even better for big cities like New York where homicides dropped
Overall crime fell one percent.
Violent crime dropped five-percent.
The numbers on robbery, rape and auto theft were also down.
Law enforcement credit programs like community policing and more cooperation
between federal and local agencies.
The F-B-I report covers adults and what it doesn't show is the alarming
growth of violent crime committed by teens.
IN Q=This is the
((JAMES ALAN FOX/CRIMINAL JUSTICE EXPERT: THIS IS THE CALM BEFORE THE CRIME
STORM. MY CONCERN IS THAT WE'LL GET COMPLACENT AND THINKING THAT WE ARE INDEED
WINNING THE WAR AGAINST CRIME.))
SUPER=01-James Alan Fox/Criminal Justice Expert;
OUT Q=war against crime.
U-S Attorney General Janet Reno says getting tough with young offenders and
providing afternoon and evening activities for teens are part of the solution
to curb teen violence.
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Still to come, Ma Bell considers one grandaddy of a merger,
and the lights are on in Little Rock.
How the Osbornes are getting away with their annual Christmas display, next,
on News 7 at Noon.
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A local D-J has taken the Toys for Tots campaign to new heights.
The goal of J-93's Slam Duncan and Marine Staff Sergent Steve Gardner was to
collect 93 bikes for children.
However, after spending the weekend suspended 93 feet above the ground they
ended their campaign and collected more than 500 hundred bikes.
Duncan spoke with his grandmother on the air and told her she was his
IN Q=You and Grandpa
((SLAM DUNCAN: YOU AND GRANDPA TOOK ME ON WHEN I WAS ABOUT A YEAR OLD WHEN MY
MOTHER WALKED OUT IN ME. AND I WANT EVERYBODY TO KNOW THAT EVERY BIT OF DECENCY
IS BECAUSE OF YOU AND MY GRANDFATHER.))
SUPER=01-Slam Duncan/J.93 Disc Jockey;
OUT Q=and my grandfather.
The Salvation Army will receive and distribute the bikes.
Well, it may be just a shadow of its former self but the Osborne Christmas
light display is back on in Little Rock.
SUPER=03-Little Rock, AR;
This is the toned-down version of the Osborne display, only 12-thousand
lights compared to the 3-point-2 million lights in years past.
Most of those lights and displays from last year were donated to Disney
World after neighbors complained about the thousands of people and traffic jams
the lights attracted.
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The Wall Street Journal reports Bell Atlantic and Nynex may soon be closer
than just a phone call.
The paper says the regional Bells are in preliminary merger talks.
A deal between the two would create a phone company rivaling A-T-and-T in
Bell Atlantic has more than 11-hundred workers in our area.
An analyst with PaineWebber who follows Bell Atlantic predicts most job cuts
following a merger would effect white collar workers performing corporate
Stock prices are plunging to start the week.
The opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange was delayed one
hour this morning, by an undetermined computer problem.
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was DOWN 57 points.
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Still to come --
How the Redskins and the Cowboys fared on the gridiron yesterday,
and we bet these kids actually wanted some sticks in their stockings.
Spot sits with Santa, next, on News 7.
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University of Oklahoma head football coach Howard Schnellenberger will
resign from his post today.
That word from a school official.
Schnellenberger's departure would come just a year after he took
the Sooners' job.
Oklahoma's 5-5-and-1 record included a 2-and-5 mark in the Big Eight, the
school's worst conference record since 1965.
The N-F-C West champion San Francisco 49ers can clinch a first-round bye in
the playoffs with a win over Minnesota tonight.
It's also a critical game for the Vikings who can make the playoffs with two
wins or with one victory and some help from the Bears and Falcons.
In other N-F-L action -- the Dallas Cowboys squeeked out a win yesterday.
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The Giant's Dave Brown scrambles five yards for his team's 2nd touchdown
before the half; 14-6 New York.
Emmitt Smith rushes for 103 yards and ties an N-F-L record with 24
touchdowns this season.
And it takes a last minute drive for Dallas to win and improve to 11 and 4.
With two seconds remaining, Chris Boniol boots a field goal.
Dallas wins 21-20.
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The Washington Redskins improved to 4 and 10 on the season by downing the
Heath Shuler finds Brian Mitchel for a 10-7 Washington lead in the first.
Tom Carter intercepts Mark Rypien and scores to give the Skins a 14-10 lead
before the half.
Shuler leaves the game with a injury to his right pinky finger and Gus
Ferrotte takes over.
Leslie Shepherd takes the hand off and takes it in from 8 yards out, 28-10
The Skins Tony Woods scores the Skins second defensive T-D as he recovers a
fumble and the Redskins win 35-23.
The Roanoke Express was has a lot of cooling off to do after being swept by
South Division Tallahassee over the weekend.
The Express lost yesterday 3-to-2.
The East Division, now shapes up like this.
If Roanoke had won all three games; the Express would have taken over
second place, above Hampton.
Charlotte is now tied with the Express for third place.
Roanoke does not play again until this Thursday and Friday when the team
takes on Richmond and then Hampton Roads.
And finally, Christmas isn't just for children,
it's for animals too.
Some pet owners in Vermont decided to get into the holiday spirit by having
their pets photographed with Santa Claus.
All the proceeds from the photo session go to the local Humane Society.
Meantime, a woman who hopes to have her cat home for Christmas is offering a
two-thousand dollar reward for his return.
Donna Palermo says her 18-pound black-and-white cat Sammy also answers to the
name of his favorite pet food -- Fancy Feast.
Palermo was driving home to Toronto on Interstate 77 when she lost Sammy.
She thinks he got out somewhere between Wytheville and Beckley, West
Coming up today on Health Check---
Botetourt County now has a Red Cross office-- we'll take you on a tour.
Plus, steroid use among young athletes-- apparently, the problem is
Join us for those stories, plus all the days news, sports and weather-- on
News 7 at FIVE.
Have a great day.
That does it for News 7 at NOON.