The field of G-O-P presidential contenders narrows, as Phil Gramm gets ready
to end his campaign,
and a Martinsville schoolteacher's 33- year career may be over amid charges she
sexually abused a former student. (/////////////)
Expect cloudy skies this afternoon with temperatures in the low to mid 50s!
Tonight, will a little messier. I'll have the forecast for you in a few
Stick around. News 7 at Noon is next.
The G-O-P presidential hopefuls are in New Hampshire today campaigning for
next week's primary, but later this afternoon they'll likely be turning an ear
That's when Texas Senator Phil Gramm is expected drop out of the race after
poor showings in Louisiana and Iowa.
The remaining candidates are already vying for Gramm's supporters.
Elizabeth Kaledin has more.
SUPER=01-Elizabeth Kaledin/Reporting; 1:13
OUT Q=Elizabeth Kaledin, CBS News New Hampshire.
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
SUPER=03-Washington DC/This Morning;
President Clinton is expected to do a little campaigning in New Hampshire
this weekend, but first he's headed to the Pacific Northwest.
The President says he wants to see firsthand flood damage in Washington,
Oregon, and Idaho.
White House officials deny the trip is politically motivated.
The Franklin County man whose infant son died Sunday- -under suspicious
circumstances- -will be held in Roanoke WITHOUT bond.
Roanoke's Commonwealth Attorney asked the judge to hold Jerry Griffis, based
on information from the State Attorney in Florida.
IN Q=He was actually
((DON CALDWELL/ROANOKE PROSECUTOR: HE WAS ACTUALLY A FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE,
FOLLOWING A CONVICTION BY A JURY OF OFFENSES INVOLVING SEX OFFENSES AGAINST A
OUT Q=against a minor.
Griffis faced 25 years to life on four of the six convictions, but he
skipped town before he could be sentenced.
Griffis' lawyer asked the judge to let his client out, so that he could
attend Friday's funeral for his 5-MONTH old son.
The judge refused.
The defense attorney told the court Griffis has lived in Franklin County
for the past three years, has been married two years, and that his wife is
Allegations of sexual abuse have led to the suspension of a veteran grade
school teacher in Martinsville.
59- year old Anna Corbin was indicted Monday on charges she took indecent
liberties with a former female student, 18 years ago.
SOT 3:06:21 corbin tape
IN Q=I have talked
((HAROLD LAMM/MARTINSVILLE SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT: I HAVE TALKED WITH HER. I
WILL TALK WITH HER AGAIN. SHE IS SUSPENDED, WITHOUT PAY, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
AND WE WILL EXPECT THE LEGAL COURT SYSTEM TO RUN ITS COURSE-- TO MAKE A FINAL
SUPER=01-Harold Lamm/Martinsville School Superintendent;
OUT Q=a final determination
Corbin teaches at Albert Harris Elementary School.
The alleged victim is now 29.
She says the abuse dates back to 1978-- when she was 11.
Officials say she first revealed her story to her sister-- fearing her
sister's children might also be at risk.
IN Q=I would assume
((RANDY SMITH/MARTINSVILLE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: I WOULD ASSUME THERE'D BE
A LOT OF PUBLIC CONCERN. BUT OTHER THAN THAT, I DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE I COULD
SAY ABOUT IT, BUT TO SAY THAT AT THE PRESENT TIME-- THERE CERTAINLY IS NO
EVIDENCE THAT ANY OTHER CHILDREN WERE INVOLVED OR ARE AFFECTED BY THIS. ))
SUPER=01-Randy Smith/Martinsville Commonwealth's Attorney;
OUT Q=affected by this
Corbin will appear in court March fourth.
In Craig County last night, parents packed a meeting to talk about the
school board's request for the resignation of the school superintendent.
The board's action stemmed from a fuel leak at the high school in January.
Scott Prince has the story.
IN Q=This is going
SUPER=03-Craig Co./Last Night; :07
SUPER=01-Ernie Johnson/Craig Co. Minister's Association; :30
SUPER=01-Mellisa Wright/Craig Co. Resident; :48
SUPER=01-Jim Cady/Craig Co. School Board Chairman; :58
OUT Q=s.p. news 7 craig county
(( ((THIS IS GOING TO BE A CONTROVERSIAL HOUR.))
There was definitely something different about this Craig County School
Compared to others, the turnout was doubled, and members of the Sheriff's
Department were on hand to make sure things didn't get out of control.
Last week, the school board asked Superintendent Dallas Helems to hand in
He has refused to do so.
This time around residents were given an opportunity to talk about the
situation... but only as it pertained to the budget.
((ERNIE JOHNSON/CRAIG COUNTY MINISTER'S ASSOCIATION: IN OUR DEALING WITH HIM IN
REGARD TO SERVICES, SOFTBALL GAMES AND OTHER CHURCH ACTIVITIES, HE;S ALWAYS
DEALT FAIRLY AND RESPECTFULLY WITH US. ))
There were some who stormed out... saying those comments were out of line,
and they shouldn't have been made during this particular meeting.
((MELLISA WRIGHT/CRAIG COUNTY RESIDENT: I DIDN'T THINK THE MINISTER'S COMMENTS
HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE BUDGET. I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND WHY THAT WAS ALLOWED.))
School Board Chairman Jim Cady tried to answer that question.
((JIM CADY/CRAIG COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN: I THINK THEY WERE LEGALLY WITHIN
THE BOUNDS. I THINK THEY WERE PUSHING THOSE BOUNDS VERY CLOSELY. ))
The school board will completely open the floor Thursday night to discuss
the Dr. Helems issue.
However it's doubtful the school board will take any action.
Scott Prince, News 7, Craig County.
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We'll take a look at how this year's Tour Dupont will wheel its way through
the Roanoke Valley,
and we'll check up on the fundraising that followed a fatal fire in southeast
beth in wx
Enjoy the warm afternoon, tonight will get colder. We're expecting some rain
mixed with snow. THere may be some accumulations in the higher elevations.
I'll tell you more about this in the forecast in just a few minutes.
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The Labor Department believes Trigon Blue- Cross Blue- Shield may owe nearly
59- MILLION dollars to businesses that hired it to run their health insurance
The money came from discounts the insurer negotiated with hospitals but
did NOT pass on to the businesses. A letter obtained by the "Richmond
Times-Dispatch" indicates the Labor Department believes Trigon may
have violated the federal Employment Retirement Income Security Act.
A Trigon spokeswoman says the company is cooperating with the department
and hopes to convince the agency it did not violate the law.
Meantime, a word to the wise from the new president of the Roanoke Academy
of Medicine concerning health coverage.
Paul White, an allergist at Lewis Gale Clinic, wants the public to know the
Academy is available to answer questions about health issues.
Dr. White also advises patients to take a more pro-active stance in
formulating their insurance and managed care policies.
IN Q=People should watch
((DR. PAUL WHITE/ROANOKE ACADEMY OF MEDICINE: PEOPLE SHOULD WATCH VERY
CAREFULLY ABOUT WHAT IS AND WHAT IS NOT COVERED. THE CONCERN THAT I HAVE AMONG
OTHERS, WITH MANAGED CARE IS THAT IT CAN ALWAYS BE MADE LESS EXPENSIVE, AND IT
CAN BE MADE LESS EXPENSIVE BY PURELY BY REDUCING SERVICES AVAILABLE. THIS IS
FINE UNTIL YOU NEED THOSE SERVICES.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Paul White/Roanoke Academy of Medicine; :
OUT Q=those services.
Dr. White advises that health care IS still in a state of reform....he says
what we have now is far from a final product.
Residents of the Roanoke Valley opened their hearts and their pocketbooks
after a fatal fire in January.
More than 500 people and businesses contributed to a fund for the Leftwich
Joe Dashiell has more on where that money is going.
IN Q=On Sunday night
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Sunday Night; :00
SUPER=01-Mark Leftwich/Father; :08
SUPER=04-January 20; :20
SUPER=04-January 25; :33
SUPER=01-Rev. Wayne Harrison/Belmont Baptist Church; :47
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke
((On Sunday night, musicians donated their time and talent to a benefit for
the Leftwich family at a Roanoke nightclub.
IN Q=It makes me feel
((MARK LEFTWICH/FATHER: IT MAKES ME FEEL WONDERFUL. IT MAKES ME FEEL LIKE
THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO REALLY CARE ABOUT US AND REALLY CARES ABOUT THE
NEIGHBORHOOD AND OTHER PEOPLE IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS.))
OUT Q=in the neighborhoods.
Since the fire that killed Christine Duncan and her four grandchildren,
more than 500 individuals and businesses have cared enough to contribute to a
fund administered by Belmont Baptist Church.
And those donations won't be needed for major funeral expenses.
Oakey Funeral Service paid for the caskets and other services. Evergreen
Burial Park provided the vaults. Frank Roupas donated the cemetery plots.
Gerry's Florist contributed flowers. Even the Roanoke Times donated the
IN Q=So far as the funeral expenses
((REV. WAYNE HARRISON/BELMONT BAPTIST CHURCH: SO FAR AS THE FUNERAL EXPENSES
THEMSELVES ARE CONCERNED, THERE ARE ONLY SOME VERY MINOR BILLS THAT ARE STILL
OWED ON THAT AND DUE TO THE GENEROSITY OF THOSE FOLKS AND THOSE COMPANIES THERE
JUST WASN'T A BILL THERE TO BE PAID.))
OUT Q=there to be paid.
The funds haven't been distributed yet...
but church officials say they intend to to see that most of the money goes
to relocate Patricia Leftwich, the woman who lost her mother, four children and
most of her belongings in the Stewart Avenue fire.
Joe Dashiell, News 7.))
The Roanoke Valley is already gearing up for the Tour DuPont in May.
Racers will begin stage five of the race in Mount Airy
and finish with a dramatic ending in Roanoke.
This is the third year that Roanoke has participated in the event, but this
is the first time that the Star City has been part of the ACTUAL road race.
In years past, the Valley has been the site for mountain time trials.
IN Q= What you're going
((STEVE BRUNNER/TOUR DUPONT; WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO SEE THIS YEAR IS A BIGGER
BETTER RACE AND I THINK THE EXCITEMENT THAT WE CAN BRING TO ROANOKE IS GOING TO
BE IN A DIFFERENT FORM.))
SUPER=01-Steve Brunner/Tour DuPont;
OUT Q=a different form.
This year racers will not go over Twelve O'clock Knob or Mount Chestnut.
Racers will have to travel over Lynville Moutain toward the end of stage
five-right before coming into downtown Roanoke.
Cyclists are expected to end May 5th's 113-mile leg at about 4:30 in the
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African-Americans celebrate Black History Month,
and how would you like to be married for eight decades -- to the same person?
Coming up, a Valentine's Day story that proves love can last forever.
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February is Black History month.
African-Americans across the country are sharing their heritage and culture
Ron Jones is at the Harrison Museum in Roanoke to tell us what it's all
(ron ad libs)
SUPER=01-Aletha Bolden/Harrison Museum Director;
(********roll tape on second question*********)
(ron toss back to mel)
Okay, so you've heard the statistics, half of marriages in this country end
Well on this Valentine's Day a story that proves true love can last forever.
Meet Lucile and Fred Bell, they've been man and wife for nearly 80 years.
They are believed to be America's longest married couple.
They met at church and married in 19-16.
In the days where couples divorce at the drop of a hat, 98- year- old
Lucile shares the secrets of their success.
((FRED BELL: WORK TOGETHER AND IF YOU HAVE A DIFFICULTY, IRON IT OUT BY
SUPER=01-Lucile Bell/Longest Married Couple;
OUT Q=it out by yourselves.
But Lucile says the most important ingredient is love.
The Bells have three children.
The oldest is 78, the youngest 72.
GRAPHIC=Lynchburg City Seal
A controversial sports complex for Lynchburg is one step closer to reality.
City council last night approved the creation of a sports authority, a non-
profit group that would oversee the funding and construction of the 17- million
The same residents who don't want the project in their neighborhood also
objected to the authority.
But supporters say this is NOT a neighborhood issue.
IN Q=But we ask
((JEFF DOWNIN/LYNCHBURG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: BUT WE ASK THAT ALL THE ARGUMENTS
REGARDING THE DETAILS SURROUNDING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THIS AUTHORITY, ISSUES
RELATED TO THE COMPLEX LOCATION, FINANCES, ETC. BE SEEN IN THE CLEAR LIGHT OF
WHAT WE BELIEVE TO BE THEIR TRUE ROOT-- NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERNS.))
SUPER=01-Jeff Downin/Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce; :00
OUT Q=neighborhood concerns.
Council okayed the measure by a 6 to 1 vote, with Mayor Jim Whitaker the
Whitaker said he will be seeking another four- year term on council, and he
admits the sports complex has become a political hot potato.
IN Q=I live in
((JIM WHITAKER/R- LYNCHBURG MAYOR: I LIVE IN THAT NEIGHBORHOOD... THOSE ARE
SUPER=01-Jim Whitaker/(R) Lynchburg Mayor; :00
OUT Q=those are real concerns.
Whitaker currently is unopposed for the Ward Four seat.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was
DOWN almost 27 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
We've got sports, next, including another update from Daytona,
and we'll show you how the Liberty Flames put the heat on Virginia Tech.
MUSIC UP FULL
The 10th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies were almost burned last night.
The Liberty Flames engulfed the Cassell, giving Tech an upset scare.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Flames vs. Hokies; :00
Early in the first, Liberty's Marcus White nails a shot for 2 of 15 points
on the night.
Barry Taylor gets the ball and gives it to Peter Aluma.
He powers in and scores.
Liberty went into the half up 29 to 21, but The Hokies regrouped at
Shawn Good gets the steal and goes coast to coast - he makes the basket,
and draws the foul.
Bill Foster's troops tie the game at 44 with a shot by Jim Jackson.
Then, Damon Watlington snaps the bottom of the net with a hit for three of
his 11 and Tech escapes with a 56-53 win.
Speedweeks '96 continues in Daytona.
Yesterday was a day of practice and qualifying, and while the weather has
been anything but cooperative this week, the drives rare getting along just
Mikes Stevens has this report.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=04-Winston Cup Practice; :00
SUPER=01-Rusty Wallace/Driver - Miller Ford; :22
SUPER=01-Ernie Irvan/Driver - Havoline Ford; :38
SUPER=01-Rick Mast/Driver - Hooters Pontiac; 1:06
OUT Q=News 7 sports"
Mike's live coverage from Daytona continues tonight on News 7 at Five and
That's it for News 7 at NOON.
We hope you have a Happy Valentine's Day!