President Clinton plans to testify at the Whitewater trial in Arkansas,
and the first caucus of the presidential season is today in Louisiana.
Don't go away, the news is next.
State Senator Virgil Goode is wasting no time.
One day after L. F. Payne announced he would not seek re- election to
Congress, Goode said he wants the job.
Goode made the announcement this morning at the state capitol.
The senator from Rocky Mount has angered many Democrats by forcing a power-
sharing agreement with Republicans in the evenly divided senate...
But he's already lining up a lengthy list of supporters for the 5th district
IN Q=I want to take Virginia values
((SEN. VIRGIL GOODE/(D) ROCKY MOUNT: I WANT TO TAKE VIRGINIA VALUES TO
WASHINGTON INCLUDED IN THOSE IS AN EFFORT TO HAVE A BALANCED BUDGET AND FISCAL
RESPONSIBILITY SO THAT MY CHILD, MY DAUGHTER KATHRYN CAN HAVE A GOOD STATE AND
A GOOD NATION.))
OUT Q=and a good nation.
George Landrith, the man who challenged Payne in 1994, says he will seek
the Republican nomination.
So will Eric Thompson, a United Parcel Service employee who lives in
Clarksville Delegate Frank Ruff is also said to be considering a bid for
the G- O- P nomination.
The race for the White has started in the the Bayou State.
SUPER=03-Baton Rouge, LA;
Louisiana Republicans convene today for a caucus and candidate Phil Gramm
is predicting he'll come out on top.
And for the Texas Senator and Pat Buchanon the stakes are high.
((SOT: WAYNE PARENT, LOUSIANA STATE UNIVERSITY: "IF EITHER ONE OF THEM CAN
COME OUT OF HERE SAYING THEY'RE THE CANDIDATE OF THE CIRISTIAN RIGHT, FAMILY
VALUES, AMERICAN SOUTH PART OF THE
REPUBLICAN PARTY, THAT MIGHT BE A BIT OF A BUMP GOING INTO IA AND
SUPER=01-Wayne Parent/Lousiana State University:
OUT Q=into Iowa and New Hampshire.
But Gramm's not running hard in Louisiana.
SUPER=03-Des Moines, IA;
He came north yesterday and campaigned in Iowa, where frontrunners Bob Dole
and Steve Forbes have been focusing their efforts.
Iowa's caucuses are next Monday.
Either by videotape or in person, President Clinton will have to testify at
next month's Whitewater trial.
The President will be questioned about a 300-thousand dollar loan to Susan
McDougal, a partner in the failed Arkansas land deal involving the Clintons.
Bill Plante has more.
IN Q=the president
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :00
SUPER=01-Alan Morrison/Attorney; :47
SUPER=01-Bill Plante/Reporting; 1:17
OUT Q=The White House.
The president got a warm welcome last night from democratic governors, which
must have felt good.
Coming as it did just shortly after Mmr. clinton learned he's being forced to
testify next month at the whitewater trial of his.
Partners in the failed land deal, james and susan mcdougal. the mcdougals
face criminal charges for illegal use of federal loans, and maintain that the
president alone can clear them.
The judge who granted the subpoena agreed. he said: " the expected
testimony of the president is relevant..." and "..vital in affording defendants
a fair trial..."
But mr. clinton may not be forced to appear in person if his attorneys can
convince the judge that would interfere with his being president.
ALAN MORRISON/ATTORNEY:HE WILL ABSOLUTELY BE GIVEN A REASONABLE AND MORE
THAN REASONABLE OPPORTUNITY
TO SHOW WHY HE DOESNT HAVE TO BE THERE.
If president clinton did have to appear live in the courtroom in arkansas,
he could be cross examined by independent counsel Kenneth Starr.
ALAN MORRISON/ATTORNEY:ANYTHING HE SAYS UNDER OATH ON THE WITNESS STAND COULD
BE USED AGAINST HIM IN
ANY KIND OF CHARGE OR IN DETERMINING WHETHER ANY KIND OF CHARGE SHOULD BE
The white house said last night in a statement that "the president's
intention is to cooperate in an appropriate fashion"
But officials suggested privately mr. clinton will likely argue that he
should be permitted to give his testimony on video tape. Bill Plante CBS News
the White House.))
Seven people are dead after an early morning fire at an apartment complex in
Authorities say the victims--four children and three adults--all lived in
the same apartment.
Police report when they first arrived on the scene the fire was so intense
they could not enter the building.
No word yet on the cause of the fire.
A Campbell County man and his wife are homeless after fire gutted their home
near Evington this morning.
Firefighters responded to the scene on Route 8-88 just before six a-m.
They arrived to find half of the trailer engulfed in flames.
The owners of the trailer were able to escape, but their home was
IN Q=When we arrived
((ALAN MADDOX/EVINGTON V.F.D CHIEF: WHEN WE ARRIVED.. NOTHING TO SAVE.))
SUPER=01-Alan Maddox/Evington V.F.D. Chief; :00
OUT Q=nothing to save.
It took fire crews more than an hour to completely knock the fire down.
Maddox says the cold weather hampered their efforts.
A preliminary investigation suggests the fire started in the furnace on the
first floor and spread to the basement.
A Franklin County man was also able to escape his burning home, thanks to
Pete Doyle lost everything he owned in a house fire on Sunday, except for
Doyle was trapped inside his burning home, when he heard two familiar voices
SOT 12:24:03 tape 1
IN Q=They kept
((PETE DOYLE/HOUSE FIRE VICTIM: THEY KEPT SAYING, "PETE. WHERE ARE YOU?" THEN I
SAID I'M IN HERE. I DIDN'T KNOW WHERE I WAS. IN MY BEDROOM OR WHERE. ))
OUT Q=bedroom or where
The help came from Virginia Tech student Michael Nunn and his 15- year- old
Without hesitation, the brothers darted across the lawn, entered the burning
house, and pulled Doyle to safety.
Kevin Nunn did not realize his efforts were considered heroic.
He says he was just trying to help out a friend in trouble.
IN Q=After it was
((KEVIN NUNN/HOUSE FIRE HERO: AFTER IT WAS OVER I WAS KIND OF FREAKED OUT. BUT
I GUESS IT FELT PRETTY GOOD CAUSE WE GOT PETE OUT. ))
OUT Q=got Pete out
Pete Doyle and MICHAEL Nunn were both treated for smoke inhalation, but
doctors say they'll both be fine.
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When News 7 returns,
A Wythe County teenager accused of murder will be tried as an adult,
and in Los Angeles, the driver of this car ends his escape from the police when
he crashs into a utility pole.
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Rockbridge COunty authorities say a Washington and Lee Professor and a former
W-and-L student were involved in the distribution of cocaine.
After a year long investigation the Rockbridge County Drug Task Force has
indicted 17 men for distributing more than one million dollars worth of
Officials say 11 of the men have been arrested so far and they're still
looking for the other six.
The drug ring stretched from Miami Florida through North Carolina to
The freezing temperatures are apparently to blame for six deaths in
The body of 46- year- old William Mullins was found Saturday on his front
lawn-- within 10- feet of his home in the Wolf Creek area of Giles County .
Officials say Mullins had a history of medical problems-- and apparently
died of exposure.
An elderly Hanover County man died of a heart attack Sunday after shoveling
In Wythe County --
Christopher Shawn Wheeler is 16 years old, but he'll treated as an adult in
the eyes of the law.
Yesterday, a circuit judge upheld a lower- court ruling allowing the state
to try Wheeler as an adult for the murder of Wythe County sheriff's deputy
SUPER=03-Wythe Co./December, 1994;
Wheeler is charged with murder for allegedly shooting Dicker in December of
His lawyers had appealed the juvenile judge's ruling, arguing that
transferring Wheeler might avenge Dicker's death, but would do nothing to
salvage Wheeler's life.
Wheeler was 15 at the time of the shooting.
The second defendant in a Danville murder case has reached a plea agreement.
Bryant Lymont Powell was scheduled for a jury trial this morning.
But yesterday prosecutors dropped the murder charge.
In exchange, Powell pleaded guilty to robbery and abduction.
Powell HAD been charged with killing Angel Lewis DeJesus (de-Hay-seus).
The 32- year victim was found dead behind a house of Stephens Street in
Another man has already been found guilty of killing Dejesus.
Just last week, a judge found Phil Clayborne guilty of murder.
In Roanoke, a man accused of setting fire to a house with someone inside is
handed indictments in SEVEN more arson cases in the same neighborhood.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/December 4, 1995
The charges span a three- month period.
The prosecutor says Phillip Orren is a suspect in as many as 20 fires
altogether... including some dumpster fires.
Orren lives in the same neighborhood where the house fires occurred.
Prosecutor Betty Jo Anthony says the 20-year old suspect "just likes to
play with matches."
Another man, David Brian Barbour, was also indicted yesterday, charged with
setting two fires in Old Southwest on November 22nd.
Some suspected armed robbers found out the hard way-- you can't escape from
SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;
The suspects led police on a high speed chase yesterday from south Pasedena
to Central Los Angeles.
The chase, caught on tape, shows the suspects' desperate attempts to flee
at speeds exceeding 70 miles an hour.
The high speed pursuit ended when the suspects crashed into a light pole.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come,
A lucky dentist strikes it rich when he loses his glasses,
and an avalanche on a major interstate in Washington State traps one motorist.
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Some Picasso paintings valued at 15- million dollars are misssing.
New York authorities say two Piccassos along with another painting were
stolen from a holding area at Kennedy Airport.
They reportedly were brought to the U-S for appraisal by a Mexican
Pop Star Michael Jackson is running into more controversy.
A judge in Brazil is trying to prevent the singer from shooting a video in
Rio de Janeiro.
The judge has issued a temporary restraining order, saying the video could
jeopardize tourism because it will be shot in a slum area.
The judge has giving Jackson 20 days to better explain his intentions.
A dentist from Newark, New Jersey is four million dollars richer today --
all because he lost his glasses.
SUPER=03-Atlantic City, NJ;
Forty-six year old Joseph Damato set out yesterday to play a blackjack
tournament at a casino in Atlantic City.
When he arrived, he couldn't find his glasses, couldn't see the cards and
So Damato decided to take a shot at one of the Megabucks slot machines on
the casino floor.
He'd plunked in about two hundred dollars and soon after hit the
multi-million dollar jackpot.
And if you wondering about his future as a dentist?
IN Q=Well, it's a
((JOSEPH DAMATO/$4.4-MILLION DOLLAR WINNER: WELL IT'S A DIFFICULY QUESTION, I
QUESS JUST GOING ON DOING WHAT I'M DOING MOW BUT WITH A LITTLE MORE CLASS. ))
SUPER=01-Joseph Damato/$4.4 Million Winner;
OUT Q=A LITTLE MORE CLASS.
When it came time to leave DeMato ran into one slight problem - he couldn't
drive without his glasses.
So the casino offered him a limo ride home.
Two mountain pass roads remain closed in Washington state today while crews
clean up remnants of two avalanches.
SUPER=03-Snoqualmie Pass, WA;
State officials say the snow slide was up to 12 feet deep and 120 feet long.
Some drivers just missed being caught in the avalanche.
((JOHN FISCHER/MOTORIST: WE WERE ABOUT A QUARTER MILE AWAY, COULD SEE BIG BOOM
AND THEN THERE WAS A SLIDE.))
OUT Q= a slide.
Other drivers weren't so lucky and had to escape out their windows.
One motorist was trapped for 30 minutes before rescuers dug him out.
And we have some school announcments because of the snow and ice in our
(mel ad libs schoolwatch)
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
A new citizens group has formed around opposition to the Henry Street
Redevelopment Plan in Roanoke.
It's called the Black Concerned Citizens of Roanoke.
Yesterday it urged city council to put the project on hold - the group
wants questions answered about minority participation and ownership.
IN Q=Well, I guess
((ANITA REED/BLACK CONCERNED CITIZENS: WELL I GUESS OUR PRIMARY CONCERN IS TO
EDUCATE THE COMMUNITY AS TO WHAT IS GOING ON BEHIND CLOSED DOORS THAT THEY MAY
NOT BE AWARE OF WITH REGARDS TO HENRY STREET.))
SUPER=01-Anita Reed/Black Concerned Citizens of Roanoke;
OUT Q=regards to Henry Street.
Last month, the Henry Street Revival Committee and the Roanoke
Redevelopment and Housing Authority unveiled the plan.
The 18- million dollar project would renovate the former commercial
district in Roanoke's Gainsboro neighborhood.
The Housing Authority has delayed its presentation to city council while
officials solicit more public comment on the proposal.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was
UP almost 25 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Stick around -
When News 7 returns, Patrick will have highlights of college basketball,
including the Cavaliers' big win against Old Dominion.
We'll be right back.
MUSIC UP FULL
The Virginia Cavaliers claim victory on the home court last night beating
Old Dominion 87-to-49.
Courtney Alexander goes behind his back early in the first half and finishes
with a basket.
Odell Hodge keeps the Monarchs in the game with the nice move on the
But the Cavaliers blow it wide open. Curtis Staples knocks down the tre and
Virginia leads 41-17 at the half.
The second half was a breeze as Staples finds Chris Alexander in transition
for the dunk, and Virginia goes on to win it 87-to-49.
V-M-I improved to 10-and-7 on the season and 500 in the Southern conference
with a 91-to-52 blowout against the Citadel.
Steve Mason has the game notes from Cameron Hall.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Lexington/Bulldogs vs. Keydets; :00
SUPER=01-Bart Bellairs/VMI Head Coach;
SUPER=01-Bobby Prince/8 Points & 2 Rebounds;
SUPER=01-Lawrence Gullette/17 Points & 4 Rebounds;
SUPER=01-Maurice Spencer/9 Points & 3 Rebounds;
OUT Q=,,,NEWS 7 SPORTS."
GRAPHIC=Washington & Lee
It was senior night for the Generals of Washington and Lee as they hosted
Randolph Macon in an ODAC battle.
SUPER=03-Lexington/Last Night; :00
Three players who have given their all to the school for 4 years were
Cam Dyer, one of those seniors, scored 22 points.
But the Yellow Jackets were too much.
Kurt Axe led all scorers with 31 points. The senior did most of his
SUPER=33-Randolph Macon/=88/W & L/=71;
damage behind the three point line.
Brad Shanfelt gets this deuce off the glass.
Dyer is tough inside, but his efforts were not enough as W & L falls to
Randolph Macon 88-71.
Virginia Tech is back in action tonight.
The Hokies are looking for their 16th straight win at the Cassell as they
host Atlantic 10 foe Duquesne (do-CANE).
The Hokies jumped up to 11th in the new Associated Press Top 25 released
We'll have highlights of tonight's game later on News 7.
(***********patrick toss to mel**********)
Also coming up today on News 7 at FIVE--
Health Check's Connie Stevens has a report on Anorexia and Eating
She'll preview the play "Eaten Alive"-- written and acted by a former
Mimi Wyche tracks the lives of five women-- to stress that eating
disorders are often more about the soul than the body.
IN Q=Look at that
((LOOK AT THAT, THAT IS DISGUSTING. NO WONDER THEY DIDN'T GIVE YOU A BONUS
CHECK. WHO IS GOING TO WANT TO GIVE A BONUS TO TUBBY TUBBY TWO BY FOUR. LOOK AT
THAT. YOU HAVE GOTTEN SO FAT. ))
OUT Q=gotten so fat.
Join us for that story, plus all the days' news, sports and weather-- on
News 7 at FIVE.
Thanks for joining us here, for News at at Noon. Have a great day.