A Craig County couple is unable to save their children as their home goes
up in flames.
And a terrorist attack in Sri Lanka leaves dozens dead and more than a
Last night's dose of winter weather amounts to very little, and we can hope
for the same out of tomorrow's forecast. More sleet, snow, and freezing rain
are on tap, stay tuned to find out how much.
Don't go away News 7 at Noon is next.
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Two children are dead following a house fire in Craig County last night.
SUPER=03-Craig Co./Last Night;
Their home, just off state route 638, caught fire at about 5-30.
Mike and Chastity Howard managed to get out safely but were unable to save
their children, a three-year-old daughter named Harley and their son Chris, age
Officials believe the fire spread quickly from the living room area down
the hallway to the bedrooms.
A neighbor says she saw smoke pouring from the house-- and says Mike
Howard broke a window, trying to get to the children.
IN Q=I just know
((LYNN BISHOP/NEIGHBOR: I JUST KNOW THEY LOVED THEIR LITTLE CHILDREN, I KNOW
THAT. THEY WERE GOOD TO THEM AND THEY TREATED THEM REAL WELL AND THEY WERE
GOOD PARENTS-- AND I KNOW THIS IS GOING TO BE A REAL SHOCK TO THEM. ))
OUT Q=shock to them
The children's grandfather told News 7 the children hid in the closet when
the fire broke out.
State police have been called in to determine the cause of the fire.
In Pittsylvania County, a man is accused of stabbing his 16-year old wife in
an attack that also injured his baby daughter.
18-year-old Christopher Lindsey Clark yesterday was charged with one count of
malicious wounding after he allegedly stabbed Melody Clark in the chest.
The couple's three- month- old daughter was also cut on the leg.
Clark is hospitalized in serious condition at Danville Regional Medical
The baby was treated and released.
A rebel suicide squad is blamed for dozens of deaths and more than a
thousand injuries in Sri Lanka today.
Authorities say the group drove a truck full of explosives into a bank
building in the capital, Colombo.
The attack turned Colombo's downtown financial district into an inferno.
Allen Pizzey has more.
SUPER=03-Colombo, Sri Lanka; :00
SUPER=01-Allen Pizzey/Reporting; 1:03
OUT Q=cbs news London.
The suicide truck bomb blew up in the Sri Lanka central bank.
More than 50 people were killed and a thousand wounded.
Many more were trapped in buildings damaged and set on fire by the explosion.
Firemen struggled to reach dozens of people stranded on the upper floors.
Ambulances could not get through and the wounded were bundled into buses to
be taken to hospital. appeals for bld donations were broadcast over radio
Three people reportedly jumped from the truck before it sped into the
building...and eyewtinesses spoke of hearing shooting.
"WE WERE STAYING IN THE HOTEL. BOMB BLAST. WE WAS JUST WATCHING THE SEA VIEW
AND THE BOMBS CAME. ALL THE WINDOWS WERE JUST BROKEN. BEFORE THERE WAS
SHOOTING. WE THOUGHT SOMEBODY WAS SHOOTING YOU KNOW.""
Mangled cars and debris littered the streets...testimony to the force of
the explosion. the blast went off about 500 yards from the office of the sri
lankan president..>who was not hurt.
He truck bomb was the latest in a series of terrorist attacks blamed on the
liberation Tamil tigers of elam...a separatist group seeking independence for
the northern part of the mainly sinhalese island.
Allen Pizzey, CBS News London.))
Another day in court for the Oklahoma bombing suspects as attorneys argue
on a trial site.
Yesterday, victims and family members reacted with anger at seeing
defendants Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols for the first time.
McVeigh was reported to be smiling and laughing during the court
Two mothers present at yesterday's hearing were outraged at McVeigh's
behavior and a possible change of venue.
((EDYE SMITH/MOTHER OF BOMBING VICTIMS:(WEARING RED COA)TWHEN I WALKED INTO THE
COURTROOM, THE FIRST PERSON I SAW WAS TIMOTHY MCVEIGH.
HE WAS LAUGHING, LIVING IN A FANTASY LAND. IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE VICTIMS AND
THEIR FAMILIES TO SHOW UP AT TRIAL TO MAKE IT MORE PERSONAL OR HIM. HE NEEDS
TO REALIZE HE AFFECTED PEOPLE, HE'S RUINED THEIR LIVES.
AREN ALMON/MOTHER OF BOMBING VICTIM:(blue coat)I WAS VERY ANGRY. I DON'T THINK
IT WAS RIGHT OF MCVEIGH TO SIT AND SMILE. IT'S LIKE HE DOESN'T CARE AT ALL.))
SUPER=01-Edye Smith/Mother of Bombing Victims;
SUPER=01-Aren Almon/Mother of Bombing Victim;
OUT Q=care at all.
The lawyers for McVeigh and Nichols want to move the trial out of Oklahoma,
claiming their clients can't get a fair trial in the state.
But prosecutors say surveys of potential jurors indicate an impartial jury
can be found in some other Oklahoma city.
Bedford's largest employer may be in for a multi-million-dollar plant
Workers at Rubatex say they got the word during a series of meetings this
But they point out that the company wants productivity, delivery time, and
quality control improvements first.
IN Q=Wanna improve
((CINDERELLA BROWN/RUBATEX EMPLOYEE: WANNA IMPROVE PRODUCTION, WE'RE NOT
PUTTING OUT ENOUGH PRODUCTION. ALL THE OTHER PLANTS THEY HAVE IS DOIN' BETTER.
AND THEY WANNA IMPROVE THIS ONE SO IT'LL DO BETTER.))
SUPER=01-Cinderella Brown/Rubatex Employee;
OUT Q=do better.
Rubatex employees add that part of the plant upgrade calls for the
consolidation of a number of the company's outer buildings, which are widely
scattered throughout its complex.
The workers do not expect the plan, if implemented, will mean any layoffs.
Rubatex has more than a thousand employees.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up next on News 7,
Turkey and Greece have withdrawn from what could have been one of the worst
escalations between the rival nations in almost 10 years,
and the results are in from the nation's first ever mail-in election.
music up full
Greece and Turkey today are withdrawing warships from the eastern Aegean
Sea, after U-S pressure defused the worst armed escalation between the two
rival nations since 19-87.
Both had threatened to use force, staking claim to a tiny island in the
Overnight President Clinton phoned the leaders of both nations, urging them
to use restraint.
The U-S ambassador to Greece confirmed today that talks had been successful.
((THOMAS M.T. NILES:WE ARE PLEASED WITH THE OUTCOME OF DISCUSSION, WE CAN
PLEASED THAT THE ISSUE HAS BEEN RESOLVED. ))
SUPER=01-Thomas M.T. Niles/US Ambassador to Greece;
OUT Q=HAS BEEN RESOLVED.
The U-S will monitor the withdrawl of Turkish and Greek troops from the
Here in the states --
A Democrat has won the nation's first-ever mail-in election for a
Oregon voters chose Ron Wyden to fill Bob Packwood's seat.
Wyden was challenged by Republican Gordon Smith.
GRAPHIC=Welfare in Virginia
The computer system that helps Virginia caseworkers manage the most massive
welfare reform in the nation is NOT working.
That's the report from the Allen Administration -- which has just put the
brakes on the project.
Ellen Qualls reports on what the Administration's telling lawmakers
publicly- and what its own private memo says.
IN Q=The ADAPT computer
SUPER=01-Del. Andy Guest/(R) Front Royal; :14
SUPER=01-Clarence Carter/Acting Social Services Commissioner; :21
SUPER=01-Marian Van Landingham/(D) Alexandria; :41
SUPER=01-Del. Jean Cunningham/(D) Richmond; 1:00
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( The ADAPT computer system has been in development since 1990.
It would, in a perfect world, automate the system of deciding who should
receive food stamps, Aid for Families with Dependent Children, and Medicaid.
It's NOT working.
((DEL. ANDY GUEST/R-FRONT ROYAL: HARDWARE IS IN PLACE. MAYBE A REWRITE OF
SOFTWARE IS CALLED FOR. BUT THAT'S A TREMENDOUS INVESTMENT TO WALK AWAY
((CLARENCE CARTER/ACTING SOCIAL SERVICES COMMISSIONER: WE SHARE THE EXACT SAME
OUTRAGE. IT IS UNCONSCIONABLE.... THEY INVESTED.))
((DEL. MARIAN VAN LANDINGHAM/D-ALEXANDRIA: ONE OF THE BASES ON WHICH THE
ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN CUTTING STAFFS IN SOCIAL SERVICES IS THAT WE HAVE IT
ALL, INFORMATION COMPUTERIZED. AND THIS WOULD REQUIRE LESS IN TERMS OF STAFF.
WELL NOW WE'VE CUT STAFF. AND WE'RE NOW STOPPING THE PRESENT
((DEL. JEAN CUNNINHAM/D-RICHMOND: AND NOW WE ARE 17 MILLION DOLLARS DOWN THE
ROAD AND OOPS WE'VE MADE A MISTAKE. I THINK THAT WOULD BE DISASTROUS FOR THE
STATE AND THE LOCALITIES.))
THE ALLEN ADMINISTRATION'S OWN INTERNAL REPORT OBTAINED BY NEWS 7 SAYS ONE OF
THE MAIN PROBLEMS IS THAT NO ADDITIONAL TIME, MONEY, OR STAFFERS WERE ALLOCATED
TO ENTER THE WELFARE LAW CHANGES INTO THE SYSTEM.
The confidential report estimates fixing it and running it for five years
would cost 84- million dollars now.
That's NOT in the Governor's budget.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7,
We'll tell you what 9-1-1 callers in Los Angeles REALLY want,
and the Martinsville police force stacks the deck in its favor with a new way
to help kids learn about crime prevention.
music up full
You've heard of trading baseball cards and football cards, but what about
As Beth Myer reports, it's the latest way Martinsville police are hoping to
get through to kids.
SUPER=01-Lt. Charles Long/Martinsville Police; :18
SUPER=01-A.L. Petty/Martinsville Police; :33
SUPER=01-Capt. David Wallace/Martinsville Sheriff's Department; :55
OUT Q=News 7.
((The Martinsville police department is one of the first in the Nation to use
Police trading cards in its crime prevention program.
Officers want to get to know the children in the neighborhoods they patrol
and they want the kids to recognized them.
Police trading cards make this task easier.
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IN Q=With the kids
((LT. CHARLES LONG/MARTINSVILLE POLICE: WITH THE KIDS, GIVES YOU THE CHANCE TO
GET CLOSER TO THE KIDS, YOU HAVE TO WALK UP AND HAND THEM SOMETHING AND THEY
GET TO TALK TO YA.))
OUT Q=talk to ya.
Every year the cards are updated and the neighborhood children are already
asking for the 1996 set.
2 35 06 00 - 2 35 15 00
IN Q=They mob the car
((A.L. PETTY/MARTINSVILLE POLICE: THEY MOB THE CAR ALL WANT AND GET AS MANY
CARDS AS THEY CAN GET. IT'S NICE THEY APPROACH US AND ARE NOT INTIMIDATED BY
THE CARS. ))
OUT Q=by the cars.
The City of Martinsville pays for the cards, at a cost of 7-thousand dollars.
The money comes from funds set aside for crime prevention.
2 45 29 00 - 2 45 35 00
IN Q=The community's
((The community's response to these police cards has been so positive that even
the sheriff's department will use them this year.))
OUT Q=them this year.
02 12 40 00 - 02 12 53 00
IN Q=They were being
((CAPT. DAVID WALLACE/MARTINSVILLE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT: THEY WERE BEING
APPROACHED BY CHILDREN FOR CARDS, THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE POLICE OFFICERS AND WE
THOUGHT IT'D BE GOOD TO FAMILIARIZE COMMUNITY WITH OUR OFFICERS WHAT WE DO. ))
OUT Q=what we do.
All the members of the Martinsville police department are having their
pictures shot this month.
Local printers will soon bid on the job and the '96 cards should be on the
street by March. Beth Myer, News 7, Martinsville.))
And while Martinsville police are trying to get through to kids, police in
Los Angeles are giving residents a friendly reminder about the proper use of
the 9-1-1 system.
Emergency operators in city say 80 percent of the five million 9-1-1 calls
they answered last year were NOT true emergencies.
Instead, the callers to 9-1-1 wanted general information - like directions
to Disneyland, the time of day or traffic reports.
One caller wanted to know where the best seats were in the L-A Coliseum.
The city's police chief says the answer to the problem might be a new
three-digit number that residents can call for non-emergency help.
More layoffs could be on the way for I-T-T.
The I-T-T Night Vision plant in Roanoke County had nearly one-thousand
employees at the height of the Gulf War, but smaller military contracts for its
night vision equipment reduced its workforce to about 650.
Now sources tell News-7 I-T-T may soon trim its workforce by as much as 90
No one from the company was available for comment.
The government says wholesale prices jumped half a percent in December.
But some analysts say that won't have much of an effect on whether the
Federal Reserve cuts interest rates.
The analysts note the core rate of inflation, minus energy and food, rose
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was up three and a half points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns, Patrick will tell us why it was a magic night in Los
Angeles AND in Roanoke,
and we'll tell you what the widow and partner of the late Sergei Gringov plans
to do with her skating career.
MUSIC UP FULL
It was a magical night for basketball star Magic Johnson last night, as he
stepped out of retirement and into a familiar jersey for the first time in
Reed Galin was courtside for the comeback.
IN Q=Before the game
SUPER=03-Los Angeles; :00
SUPER=01-Nick Van Exel/L.A. Lakers; :10 (QUICK!!)
SUPER=04-Prime Sports; :14
SUPER=01-"Magic" Johnson/Out of Retirement; :45
SUPER=01-Reed Galin/Reporting; :56
OUT Q=CBS News, Los Angeles.
Before the game, that magic smile was tense.
nat sot; I'm so nervows, I don't know what to do.
But he's back because Laker teammates wouldn't let him stay away.
((NICK VAN EXEL/LAKER: WAIT TIL YOU SEE HIM. I JUST TOLD HIM WE
NEED LEADERSHIP- HIS. JUST THE WAY HE IS. ALWAYS SMILING.))
He's back because he wants his little children to see who he really is.
nat sot; (Johnson goes in- wild ovation)
And because- even after a four year absence... even
feeling he's got a ways to go,
(SUPER: COURTESY PRIME SPORTS)
Earvin Johnson is still Magic on a basketball court.
At 36, number 32 has lost a lot of time and a few steps.
But last night, playing half the game against The Warriors, he scored 19
points and inspired his teammates to a solid win over a team that had
routinely beaten them.
((MAGIC JOHNSON (N/C 2526) (WAIT) I DIDN'T HAVE ANY EXPECTATIONS. I
DIDN'T CARE IF I DIDN'T SCORE A BASKET, OR AN ASSIST, OR A
REBOUND. JUST WALKING OUT ON THAT COURT WAS ENOUGH.))
When Johnson tried a come-back three years ago, many in the NBA were
concerned he could spread HIV -- and he retired again.
The league has since taken pains to educate its own about AIDS
((THEY WERE SAYING WELCOME BACK, GOOD TO HAVE YA BACK.))
Johnson himself has been warned not to become fatigued.
That means a lot of time on the bench- a strange sight in the LA
Forum, where he lead the Lakers to five championships.
Asked if Johnson should worry other players, his doctor said "It depends
how he shoots."
Last night on the court Magic
Johnson did look like someone to be feared.
And, that easy smile was back.
Reed Galin, CBS News, Los Angeles.
The widow of Olympic pairs champion skater Sergei Gringov (Green-gov)
says she'll continue skating.
Katia Gordeyeva (Gor-dee-ay-vah) and Gringov were not just husband and
wife, but skating partners as well.
SUPER=03-Hamar, Norway/February 13, 1994;
They skated together like no other two had skated and transcended the world
of pairs skating, in fact they skated as one.
SUPER=03-Moscow/November 25, 1995;
But last November while practicing in Lake Placid Sergei Gringov collapsed
In her first T-V interview since his death, his wife Katia says she will
((YEKATERINA GORDEYEVA/OLYMPIC PAIRS SKATER;OF COURSE I DON'T HAVE MY
PARTNER, HALF OF MY BODY WITH ME, AND I DON'T HAVE HIM TO HOLD ME LIKE NOBODY
HOLD ME, AND IT'S REALLY TERRIBLE AND NOBODY HUGS ME LIKE WE ALWAYS DID ON THE
ICE. AND IT'S REALLY DIFFICULT. I JUST FEEL LIKE I HAVE TO SKATE AND THAT'S
WHAT I'M DOING NOW."
SUPER=01-Yekaterina Gordeyeva/Olympic Gold Medalist;
OUT Q=what i'm doing.
Gordeyva will skate alone next month when the best skaters int he world
celebrate Gringov's life at a special performance in Hartford, Connecticut.
The Roanoke Express skated to victory against Nashville last night.
It's the team's third win in a row.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Knights vs. Express; :00
Express goalie Matt DelGuidice played for Nashville last year.
But last night, he came up with a few big saves early to set the tone for
The Express offense did the rest.
Jason Clarke notches his 17th goal of the season off the pass from Karry
Biette in the first.
About two minutes later a Nashville pass is intercepted and Ilja
Dukov puts the puck home.
Credit the assists to Tim Christian and Jeff Jablonski.
Roanoke goes on to win its third straight, 2-1.
(***********patrick toss to mel**********)
But before we go --
More than once you've proabably heard a tale about firefighters being called
to rescue a cat from a tree.
SUPER=03-Kansas City, MO;
Well, in Kansas City firefighters got a call to rescue a cat trapped IN a
Nobody but Goldie the cat knows how it exactly happened, but somehow the
cat backed into a crevice in this tree and couldn't get out.
When firefighters arrived they had their work cut out for them, literally.
But after two hours of chiseling and precision saw work Goldie was free.
If cats do have nine lives, it's a good bet Goldie has just used up 8 of
And that's it for News 7 at Noon. Have a great day.