It's day four in the budget shutdown, and that means no room at the inn at
the Peaks of Otter.
Isrealis are about to see a video of the assassination of their prime
And we have an update on the enormous San Francisco sinkhole that devoured
one home and threatened several others.
This rainy weather will continue throughout the day... and tonight it will
change to snow showers.
I'll have the forecast for you in a few minutes.
Don't go away. The news is next.
President Clinton and top Republican leaders are scheduled to hold talks
this afternoon in an effort to end the budget stalemate.
The meeting comes on the fourth day of a partial government shutdown.
But both sides still seem to be far apart, and the White House admits
there's no guarantee of any progress.
((IT IS WRONG FOR CONGRESS TO SHUT THE GOVERNMENT DOWN JUST TO MAK A POLITICAL
POINT A WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS. IT IS U UNFAIR TO THE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES.
NEWT GINGRICH: 86 PERCENT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT THE BUDGET BALANCED AND
IN A FREE COUNTRY NO GROUP OF POLITICIANS CAN STAND AGAINST THE OVERWHELMEING
WEIGHT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT THE BUDGET BALANCED AND
WE'LL GET IT DONE.))
SUPER=01-Rep. Newt Gingrich/House Speaker; :11
OUT Q=GET IT DONE.
Yesterday President Clinton vetoed two spending bills that he said would
hurt the environment.
He's expected to veto two more today.
wipe wipe wipe
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People spending the holidays on the Blue Ridge Parkway are feeling the
effects of the shutdown.
The Peaks of Otter Lodge resort will close starting tomorrow because of the
That'll force hundreds of holiday vacationers to change their plans.
It also means most of the staff will be off the job.
They won't get back pay either.
Even though the Lodge is on federal land, it's privately operated.
The deployment of U-S troops and equipment in Bosnia has finally
hit its stride.
And U-S officials say Bosnian Serb forces are complying with the peace
Cinny Kennard reports on the operation.
SUPER=01-Lt. Gen. Sir Michael Walker/NATO Rapid Reaction Force; :38
SUPER=01-Cinny Kennard/Reporting; :57
OUT Q=CBS NEWS, TUZLA.
(( Lightly armed un soldiers are no longer in charge of security at what will
be the u.s. nato base here in bosnia.
Heavily armed soldiers of the 325th airborne combat division have taken
They now protect the front gate, and are working to secure at least two
High security is a priority for the nearly 400 us soldiers now occupying the
base and over a thousand are still due to arrive.
To the south in sarajevo nato is preparing for the official takeover of that
sector..the commander has arrived and will assume control when the un mission
is shut down tomorrow.
LT. GEN. SIR MICHAEL WALKER - NATO RAPID REACTION FORCE:WE HAVE THE CHANCE OF
SOMETHING EVERYONE WANTS : PEACE AND WE INTEND TO WORK WITH THE BOSNIAN PEOPLE
EVEN HANDEDLY TO HELP
THE ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH THE RECONSTRUCTION OF THIS COUNTRY
CAN TAKE PLACE.
Still, there is a grim remainder of the dangers of this
region...a sarajevo woman was cutdown as she traveled by tram through
the center of sarajevo.
Cinny Kennard, CBS News Tuzla.))
They may be spending Christmas in Bosnia, but U-S soldiers are only an
The Pentagon has established an electronic-mail address to soldiers in
It's part of the Defense Department's BosniaLINK home page on the World Wide
BosniaLINK features a message form under the heading ``Send your holiday
greetings to the troops in Bosnia.''
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Up next, a teen charged in a fatal drunk driving accident may be tried as an
and Israelis will soon have a chance to see the assassination of Prime Minister
Yitzhak Rabin on T-V.
The man accused of the crime went on trial today.
Rain and drizzle will continue today and eventually change to snow tonight.
Temperatures should stay about where they are for the rest of the afternoon.
Major travel problems are NOT expected in the New River Valley and the Roanoke
Valley...BUT ice may form on bridges and overpasses. I'll have the complete
forecast for you in a minute.
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Two people are dead after a shooting this morning at a Chrysler plant near
SUPER=03-Sterling Heights, MI;
Police say a man walked into the Sterling Heights factory, shot a woman to
death and then killed himself.
The shooter has not yet been identified but police say the woman is 36-
year- old Jacqueline Pritchett.
Investigators say she had an ongoing relationship with the shooter and
that both worked at the plant.
This is the second fatal shooting in a little more than a year at a
Chrysler plant in Sterling Heights.
Last December a man killed his boss and wounded a co-worker at a factory
not far from the site of today's shooting.
Later today, Israelis will see a home videotape of the assassination of
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
A small man, a pointed gun - and flashes of gunfire - an instant that
changed Israel, captured on tape.
Earlier today, Yigal Amir, the man who admits to killing the Prime Minister,
went on trial.
Jesse Schulman reports from Tel Aviv.
SUPER=03-Tel Aviv; :00
SUPER=01-Jonathan Ray Goldberg/Amir's Attorney; :47
SUPER=01-Jesse Schulman/Reporting; 1:08
OUT Q=CBS News, Tel Aviv
Yigal Amir's trial formally started today, but the first session
lasted less than an hour... Amir didn't even enter a plea.
His lawyers said they needed more time to prepare... the three-judge
panel granted their request.
The session was held under tight security... everyone entering the court was
checked.. even Amir's mother.
Yigal Amir has admitted he killed Yitzhak Rabin... he's even
shown police exactly how he did it. But he's claimed he knows
things that could turn the country upside down... fuelling
conspiracy theories especially among West Bank Jewish settlers
eager to shift the blame.
Amir's lawyer is himself a West Bank settler and a defender of
Jewish radicals in the past... He's already hinting Amir may not
get a fair trial.
JONATHAN RAY GOLDBERG, AMIR'S ATTORNEY: 3633 THE COURT IS FORCING ME TO
MANAGE THIS TRIAL IN SUCH A FAST WAY, THAT IN ITSELF IS AN INJUSTICE. I NEED
TIME, I NEED TIME TO LOOK AT THE CONCLUSIONS.
And if those conclusions might seem obvious, Amir could still
plead "not guilty"... that would mean a full trial and a perfect
soapbox for Amir's deadly brand of orthodox Jewish extremism.
Even a month and a half after the murder, yigal amir stil has
the power to shock... they're expecting a record audience
tonight for a special t.v. broadcast of an amateur video tape,
said to be the only record of the actual moment yitzhak rabin was
Jessee Sculman, CBS News Tel Aviv.))
The arson and murder trial of a Roanoke man is in its second day.
During testimony yesterday, witnesses placed 30- year- old Raymond Harold
Mahoney at the scene of the fire.
40- year- old Brenda Ann Davis was killed in the blaze back in May.
Witnesses say the two argued outside Davis' Washington Avenue home before
the fire broke out.
One person testified Mahoney was fighting with another man in front of the
victim's home-- and afterward, Mahoney yelled as he ran down the street.
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IN Q=I recall him
((JOHN LEMAIRE/WITNESS: I RECALL HIM SAYING SOMETHING ALONG THE LINES OF "I'LL
BE BACK" OR "I'M GOING TO GET YOU." ))
OUT Q=going to get you
Prosecutors contend Mahoney did come back from his home nearby-- and set
fire to Davis' house.
Davis later died of smoke inhalation.
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The chief prosecutor in Roanoke County wants a teenager charged with
manslaughter to be tried as an adult.
The Glenvar High School student is accused of killing a woman in a high-
speed, drunk- driving accident last week.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./December 14
The 16-year old suspect struck and killed 45- year old Bonnie Kitts Thursday
evening as she and her husband were walking along the street in their
The boy is currently set for trial in Juvenile court in early January.
But a transfer report is now being be prepared.
The Juvenile Court judge will then decide whether to send the case to
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Still to come --
All eyes are on Wall Street today.
We'll take a look at today's action in the wake of yesterday 100 point dive,
and hopefully, no other homes will be taking the plunge in San Francisco.
We'll "fill" you in, next, on News 7 at Noon.
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In Danville, authorities have called off their search for a man who may have
jumped from a bridge.
Two people contacted authorities last night to report a man standing on the
railing of the Main Street bridge.
Police say when the callers returned to the bridge the man was gone.
Authorities were searching for a black male wearing a blue jacket.
Police, fire and rescue crews combed the Dan River and surrounding area for
Police say they have not been able to confirm that the someone jumped.
For those of you who have been wondering what ever happened to those San
Francisco mansions teetering on the edge of a giant sinkhole, we have a bit of
City workers have finished filling in the 200-foot-wide sinkhole in the
exclusive Sea Cliff neighborhood. Workers also shored up a blue house
which had threatened to topple into the sinkhole.
The work, however, is a temporary fix, so the home owners have not been
allowed to return home yet.
But two other families forced out of homes nearby are expected to return as
soon as utilities are restored.
And residents have returned to the other 22 homes evacuated last Monday.
Over in Wytheville, an American icon has given in to modern convenience.
As Tracy Altizer reports, the small, privately owned Central Drug Store
could hold out no longer -- the Revco Drugstore Chain is taking it over.
IN Q=Bud Crockett had to have
SUPER=01-Bud Crockett/"Coffee Crowd" Member; :12
SUPER=01-Eugene Warren/Pharmacist; :25
SUPER=01-"Doc" Crockett/Former Pharmacist; :51
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( Bud Crockett had to have one last cup of coffee at Central Drug.
For years, this has been the morning gathering place for a group of retirees
affectionately known as the coffee crowd.
((BUD CROCKETT/"COFFEE CROWD" MEMBER: IT'S A GOOD PLACE TO LOAF AND SOLVE THE
PROBLEMS OF THE WORLD, WE DISCUSS THEM ALL. ))
Plenty of them through the years.
Central Drug has made matches and survived wars.
((EUGENE WARREN/OWNER: SOLDIERS WHO WENT TO WAR IN 1918 REMEMBER THIS PLACE,
AND THE SOLDIERS WHO WENT TO WAR IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR REMEMBER THIS PLACE
BECAUSE THIS IS WHERE THEY MET THEIR GIRLFRIENDS. ))
The store has also taken care of a lot of ailments over the years.
The back room and the basement bear the proof.
((WE FIGURED ONE TIME WE HAD ENOUGH PRESCRIPTION PAPER IN THIS STORE TO MAKE A
SOLID WHITE LINE FROM WYTHEVILLE TO ROANOKE. ))
So it's understandable that Warren's decision to sell to Revco and close up
shop has upset some folks.
(("DOC" CROCKETT/FORMER PHARMACIST: IT'S HIT CLOSE, IT'S KIND OF LIKE HOME. ))
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((FOR CUSTOMERS, IT'S NOT JUST THE STORE THAT THEY'RE LOSING BUT THE SERVICE.
THIS STORE STILL DELIVERS, AND NOT ONLY PRESCRIPTIONS, BUT ALSO ITEMS SUCH AS
GREETING CARDS, EVEN CANDY.))
Warren says it'll be different for him, working in a chain store. But
maybe he can teach Revco a few things too.
((PERHAPS WE HAVE SOME THINGS WE CAN SHARE WITH THEM ABOUT THE WAY WE CARE FOR
OUR PEOPLE. ))
Meanwhile, the coffee crowd is in the market for a new pot. Tracy Altizer,
With Christmas only six days away surveys are showing many consumers may be
waiting 'til the last minute to do their shopping.
A survey by the TeleCheck company says sales for the first 24 days of the
season are down six percent from a year ago.
TeleCheck economist William Ford says consumers have apparently decided to
wait to shop until the final weekend before Christmas.
However, the latest survey of retail sales suggests consumers have already
begun to pickup the pace of their holiday shopping.
Don't expect a holiday present from the Federal Reserve.
The Fed's policy-makers hold their final meeting of the year today.
Many analysts had been forecasting that the central bank would cut a key
rate by at least a quarter-point.
But they now believe there will be no change in interest rates until the
budget stalemate is resolved.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Yesterday;
Uncertainty about interest rates was cited as a factor in yesterday's big
drop in stock prices.
The stock market suffered its biggest one-day loss in four years.
Stock prices are putting in an erratic performance after yesterday's steep
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was UP 12 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Stay tuned for holiday hoopla with the Hokies,
and where can sports fanatics find all their favorite stars?
The All Star Cafe, of course.
We'll drop in, next, on News 7 at Noon.
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In college basketball --
After suffering their first loss of the season on Saturday, the Virginia
Tech Hokies bounced back with a win over West Virginia.
Mike Stevens has more from the Cassell.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Mountaineers vs. Hokies; :00
SUPER=01-Troy Manns/3 Assists Off The Bench; :36
SUPER=33-Virginia Tech/=68/West Virginia/=62; 1:04
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Va. Tech Head Coach; 1:11
SUPER=01-Shawn Smith/17 Points; 1:18
SUPER=01-Ace Custis/20 Points; 1:28
OUT Q=...news 7 sports."
James Madison coach Lefty Driesell has made himself at home on the
basketball court, but he may soon find himself in another kind of court -- a
court of law.
He has filed a lawsuit seeking more than 430-thousand dollars in damages
from Converse Incorporated.
Driesell's lawsuit alleges that Converse canceled the contract because he
also had a shoe deal with Reebok.
Any doubt that Frank Beamer was leaving Tech for Georgia was removed
yesterday as the Bulldogs named Kansas coach Glen Mason their new head coach.
Beamer said just to be mentioned in connection with coaching vacancies
around the country is a compliment.
IN Q="i THINK...
((FRANK BEAMER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
((WILLIAM YARBOROUGH/ALL BIG EAST SAFETY:))
((BRYAN STILL/VA. TECH FLANKER:))
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-William Yarborough/All Big East Safety; :14
SUPER=01-Bryan Still/Va. Tech Flanker; :30
OUT Q=.......EVEN MORE."
And finally, the Official All Star Cafe opened last night in New York City.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Last Night;
Hosting the celebration were partners Andre Agassi, Wayne Gretzky, Ken
Griffey Jr., Monica Seles, Joe Montana and Shaquille O'Neal.
Memorabilia from all sports are featured and fans watch videos of great
sport plays set to music on 100 monitors spanning 2-hundred and eighty degrees.
((REPORTER:WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE ITEM YOU LOANED?
CHARLIE SHEEN/ACTOR: I GOT TO GO WITH THE BABE RUTH CONTRACT...IT'S THE ACTUAL
PIECE OF PAPER THAT SOLD RUTH FROM THE RED SOX TO THE YANKEES IN 1920'S.
OUT Q=IN THE 1920's.
The sports theme restaurant is located on 45th Street and Broadway.
Coming up on News 7 at FIVE's Health Check report today--
It's widely accepted that handwashing can prevent the spread of many
Still, studies show as many as 70-percent of doctors and nurses don't
bother to practice the proper technique.
IN Q=I can summarize
((I CAN SUMMARIZE IT IN ONE WORD. IT'S NEGLIGENCE. ))
After undergoing surgery, this patient developed a massive bacterial
infection-- which caused a stroke and left him paralyzed.
He's now suing a hospital for unsanitary practices.
IN Q=They didn't
((THEY DIDN'T USE THEIR GLOVES. THEY DIDN'T USE THEIR GLOVES? YOU SAW THEM NOT
USING THEIR GLOVES WHEN THEY TREATED YOU? YEAH! ))
Coming up on News 7 at FIVE, we'll show you what hidden cameras turned up,
after monitoring hospital workers at the sink.
That does it for News 7 at NOON today.
Thanks for joining us, and have a good afternoon.