Franklin County authorities believe a child accidently pulled the trigger on
a loaded rifle and injured his mother,
and there may be another case of terrorism in Israel.
The warm weather is on the way out, and colder, windy conditions are on the
way in, stay tuned for your complete forecast from the News 7 Weather Center.
Don't go away the news is next.
TAPEedit of #96-9
A Franklin County woman is in the hospital after she was apparently shot by
her five- year- old son.
SUPER=03-Franklin Co./Last Night;
It happened at this trailer home on route 7-6-0 in the Henry community last
Investigators say the boy's parents were living together-- but had recently
The boy's father, Lowell Rector, who lives in the trailer was talking with
the mother, Belinda Sink near a truck parked outside.
Authorities say their son was inside the truck with a loaded 22- caliber
rifle, when it accidently went off.
A bullet hit Sink in the chest.
Her family asks that her condition NOT be released.
Authorities are still investigating.
GRAPHIC=cuban air strike
Cuba today is rejecting the U-N Security Council's denunciation of the
downing of two small planes owned by a U-S based exile group.
SUPER=03-New York, NY/This Morning;
The U-N panel voted early this morning to call the weekend action deplorable
and requested an internal investigation of the incident.
IN Q=The council requests
((MADELEINE ALBRIGHT: THE COUNCIL REQUESTS THAT THE INTERNATIONAL CIVIL
AVIATION ORGANIZAITON REPORT ITS FINDINGS TO THE COUNCIL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
THE COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER THAT REPORT AND ANY FURTHER INFORMATION PRESENTED TO
IT WITHOUT DELAY.
SUPER=01-Madeleine Albright/U.S. Ambassador to U.N.;
OUT Q=WITHOUT DELAY
The Clinton administration is slapping Cuba with new sanctions.
House Speaker Newt Gingrich says Congress will show the president how to
crack down on Cuba and expand those sanctions.
Meantime, a former member of the exile group, claims the group has ties to
Appearing on Cuban television last night, Juan Pablo Roque (Roh Kay) said
the Miami-based "Brothers To The Rescue" had flown over Cuba in the past to
prepare acts of sabotage.
Roque (Roh Kay), who defected to the U-S three years ago, returned to his
homeland over the weekend.
Yesterday's fatal car wreck at a Jerusalem bus stop appears to have been
another act of terrorism.
One person died, 23 were hurt, and bystanders shot and killed the
driver who was an Arab-American.
Yesterday police said skid marks indicated the man simply lost control of
They now say the skid marks came from another vehicle.
They also say they found a note in the car reading ``Islamic Jihad.''
The accident came one day after 27 people were killed in two suicide
At least 10 people were killed this morning and dozens injured in a blazing
120 vehicle pileup in northwestern Belguim.
SUPER=03-Near Deinze, Belgium;
Officials blame the deadly chain reaction wreck on thick fog.
At least five people died on one side of the highway and another five on
the other side.
Witnesses describe the scene as burning cars and trucks piled in a mess of
GRAPHIC=wipe wipe wipe
At least 13 people were killed and 17 injured when an early morning fire
quickly spread through a nine- story apartment building in Taichung.
The dead included a woman who jumped from an upper floor and four children
who died of smoke inhalation.
It is the fourth major blaze in Taiwan in two weeks.
SUPER=03- Seoul, South Korea;
And about one-thousand lunch hour shoppers and employees fled a fire this
morning in a crowded seven-story department store in Seoul.
At least seven people had be rescued from the burning building but so far
no casualties have been reported.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come --
Layoffs at a Martinsville plant,
and the presidential hopefuls head to Arizona and the Dakotas, where there's a
lot at stake.
music up full
Polls are open in Arizona and both Dakotas today with a lot at stake for
the Republican presidential hopefuls.
Polls show a tight race among Bob Dole, Pat Buchanan and Steve Forbes.
On the campaign trail yesterday, there was every sign of a looming
Sandra Hughes reports.
SUPER=03-Tombstone, AZ; :00
SUPER=01-Sen. Bob Dole/(R) Presidential Candidate; :51
SUPER=01-Sandra Hughes/Reporting; 1:23
OUT Q=CBS News Phoenix.
On the eve of what pat buchanan hopes will be his next major win..
tensions boiled over outside an Arizona campaign event.. supporters and
this cowboy was working up until the final hours lassoing conservatives
throughtout the state.. making the bold prediction that an Arizona primary win
could propel him all the way to the republican nomination:
A CBS News poll found that among primary voters Buchanan's support has
skyrocketed tripling in the past month but of those same voters polled almost
half said Pat Buchanan would not be an effective president..Senator Bob Dole is
still the favorite among those same voters nationwide.
From the campaign trakl in georgia...dole discounted buchanan's surge:
BOB DOLE:BUCHANAN DOESN'T HAVE THE EXPERIENCE.. HE MAY BE GOOD ON TV.. BUT I
WANT HIMBACK ON CROSSFIRE.."
Sen. dole who paid his last visit to arizona voters over the weekend..
said he's hopeful that a campaign staff shakeup will improve his fortunes:
DOLE; I THINK THE DAKOTA'S FEEL PRETTY GOOD AZ COULD BE CLOSE//EDIT
TO: THAT'S A STATE WHERE FORBES DUMPED IN TWO OR THREE MILLION DOLLARS."
Forbes said there's more where that came from and offered to fly an
absent dole back to arizona last night to debate on local television..
Between Arizona..North Dakota and South Dakota...75 delegates up for
grabs today.. but more important.. each candidate is looking for a burst of
mementum going into the next two weeks when 830 delegates will be decided.
Sandra Hughes, CBS News Phoenix.))
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A former Amherst County Sheriff's candidate who illegally used a copying
machine has successfully appealed his theft conviction.
Donald Irvan used a copier at the Central Virginia Training Center, when he
worked there as a police officer, to make posters for his losing campaign last
An Amherst Circuit judge yesterday ordered Irvan to pay a 100-dollar fine
after Irvan pleaded guilty to destruction of property as part of a plea
Earlier, a General District Court judge sentenced Irvan to 60 days in
jail, with 50 suspended, and fined him 100 dollars.
TAPE# edit 95-99/95-44 and
Lawyers for the state say Jens Soering is raising NO new issues on appeal
and all of them have been addressed.
Yesterday they asked the Virginia Supreme Court to dismiss Soering's
contention that a judge already thought he was guilty before the trial.
They also asked the court to dismiss Soering's argument that pre-trial
publicity warranted moving the trial and that the judge improperly let the jury
hear a confession made after requests for a lawyer.
Soering is serving two life sentences for the 19-85 murders of Nancy and
Derek Haysom near Lynchburg.
He says his then-girlfriend, Elizabeth Haysom, committed the brutal crimes.
Haysom pleaded guilty to helping plan the murders of her parents but denies
participating in the killings.
She is serving a 90-year sentence.
TAPE#edit fo 95-37
The jury trial of a Floyd County man accused of murdering his girlfriend is
SUPER=03-Floyd/June 15, 1995;
33- year- old David Joel Hall is charged with killing 18- year- old Ellen
Marjorie Plocki last June.
Investigators say she was beaten to death.
The two had apparently lived together for about six months.
Also in court today -- the custody battle of Sharon Bottoms continues.
The lesbian mother is back in the same court she started in, hoping to prove
she is a fit parent.
Today University of Virginia professor Charlotte Patterson testified
that parents' sexual orientation does ``not'' hinder a child's development.
Bottoms alleges her mother Kay Bottoms, who has custody of Tyler, has denied
her visitation 25 times.
IN Q=Sharon has not
((RICHARD RYDER/KAY BOTTOMS' ATTORNEY: SHARON HAS NOT BEEN DENIED VISITATION.
EXCEPT I THINK OCTOBER OF LAST YEAR. THERE WERE A NUMBER OF INSTANCES WHERE
SHARON WOULD PICK TYLER UP AND BRING HIM BACK WHEN SHE HAD VARIOUS PEOPLE WITH
HER THAT WERE OBJECTIONABLE TO KAY.))
SUPER=01-Richard Ryder/Kay Bottoms' Attorney;
OUT Q=to Kay.
Kay Bottoms says she thinks Sharon's violated the court order that says she
cannot take the child to see her lesbian partner April Wade.
Her attorney has a list of eight witnesses to refute that allegation.
IN Q=Depends on who we
((DONALD BUTLER/SHARON BOTTOMS' ATTORNEY: DEPENDS ON WHO WE NEED TO CALL. I
MEAN SOME OF THESE WITNESSES ARE THERE TO PROVE NEGATIVES. THAT IS TO SAY THAT
NO SHARON AND TYLER WERE NOT IN THE APARTMENT. THEY WERE HERE, THEY WERE
SUPER=01-Donald Butler/Sharon Bottoms' Attorney;
OUT Q=they were there.
The Virginia Supreme Court has already upheld the original custody decision
-- citing both Sharon's fitness as a mother AND her sexual orientation.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Up next -- a celebration of Black History Month, including what comedian
Dick Gregory had to tell Virginia Tech students last night,
and we'll take to you Lynchburg to meet some men who made aviation history.
Their bravery is being documented in an H-B-O movie.
music up full
TAPE#edit of 96-14 with new field bite
GRAPHIC=black history month
It was a two and a half hour speech in honor of Black History Month --
but Virginia Tech students were hardly snoozing.
Comedian and activist Dick Gregory appeared last night as part of the
Gregory's "in your face" brand of humor and social commentary entertained
and enlightened his audience.
He commented on major news events like the O-J Simpson trial, the war in
Bosnia, and of course, the media.
Gregory says the media often portrays negative images-- which can influence
society's behavior and beliefs.
SOT tape 2 21:53:34
IN Q=If you turn
((DICK GREGORY/COMEDIAN AND ACTIVIST: IF YOU TURN ON THE T.V. TONIGHT AND
WATCHED IT FOR SIX MONTHS, AND SOMEONE WOULD GIVE YOU A MILLION DOLLARS EVERY
TIME YOU SEE A CANTALOUPE, A GRAPEFRUIT, A WATERMELON, OR A PEACH-- YOU'D NEVER
GET NO MONEY. BUT IF EVERY TIME YOU SAW SOMEBODY VIOLENT, EVERY TIME YOU SAW
SOMEONE SNORT COKE, EVERY TIME YOU SAW SOMEONE USING WHISKEY-- YOU'D BE A
MILLIONAIRE IN A WEEK. ))
SUPER=01-Dick Gregory/Comedian and Activist;
OUT Q=millionaire in a week
Gregory also addressed racism in America.
But he says as long as there are people who will take a stand for what's
right, there is hope for the future.
A Black History month celebration in Lynchburg focused on some men who made
The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African Americans to fly combat missions
in Europe in World War Two, but they were only recently recognized.
Steve Smallshaw has their story.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Last Night; :00
SUPER=04-"The Tuskegee Airmen"-HBO; :15
SUPER=01-Chauncey Spencer/Squadron Member; :31
SUPER=01-Sam O'Dennis/Squadron Member; :37
SUPER=01-Richard Macon/Squadron Member; 1:08
OUT Q=standard outcue.
There are some layoffs to report at
DuPont's Nylon plant in Martinsville.
SUPER=03-Henry Co./File Tape;
This time though, the cutbacks are in its management ranks instead of its
Plant manager John Winske says a handful of managers will get 60 days notice
later this week as part of a reorganization plan.
The positions eliminated include people who do NOT supervise hourly
employees and engineers.
All told, there are 66 management level employees at the plant.
Some of the affected ones will be offered other jobs within the
TAPE# edit of 95-87 (kidney-deaths)
A company that provides dialysis for inmates at the Greensville
Correctional Center has lost its contracts with the prison.
Southeast Dialysis of Waynesboro, Georgia, provides the treatment at the
prison, where eight inmates in a 20-patient unit died between December 19-94
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported today that Southeast Dialysis will lose
its Greensville contract Monday.
A state source told the newspaper the causes of death for the eight
Virginia inmates included AIDS and diabetes, but not the dialysis itself.
The inmates were all seriously ill.
P-T-X Corporation will replace Southeast Dialysis at Greensville.
Wall Streeters apparently aren't putting too much stock in a report that
says consumer confidence rose sharply in February.
The news was followed by a pair of economic reports pointing
to benign inflation and weak retail sales in January.
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was DOWN 44 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Stick around -
Patrick has sports next, including a new home for one of Virginia Tech's
and a V-M-I senior basketball player is named to the first team all-southern
News 7 at Noon will be right back.
MUSIC UP FULL
The V-M-I Keydets closed out the regular season last night with a big
85-to-83 win over the Citadel on the road in Charleston.
The win sends V-M-I into this week's Southern Conference tournament with a
Bobby Prince and Lawrence Gullette led the way with 19 points apiece.
SUPER=03-Chapel Hill, NC/Last Thursday; :00
And speaking of Gullette, the 6-5 senior from Auburn, Alabama was named to
the first team all-southern conference squad last night.
The team is picked by the Southern Conference Sports Media Association.
Gullette is the only V-M-I player to make first or second team.
Davidson's Brandon Williams was the top vote getter on the team.
The Hokie Football Team lost one of it's top assistants last night.
Pulaski County native Todd Grantham is taking a similar job at Michigan
SUPER=03-New Orleans, LA/December; :00
Grantham joined Beamer's staff after a highly successful career as a lineman
for the Hokies.
He was a graduate assistant for two years before taking on fulltime duties in
Last month he was Frank Beamer's left hand man.
He joined his boss at the state capital and represented Tech as Governor
Allen honored the Hokies for their Sugar Bowl win over Texas.
Wayne Gretzky says a trade is near and will meet with the owners of the
Los Angeles Kings later today.
The N-H-L's all-time leading scorer had an assist last night in what
might have been his final game with the Kings -- a 4-to-3 loss at Winnipeg.
GRAPHIC=NEW S7 SPORTS
The University of Moncton is conducting an investigation into why a referee
was attacked during a playoff game over the weekend.
SUPER=03-Charlottetown, Canada; :00
The college game in Charlottetown turned ugly when a referee allowed an
overtime goal that ended the Eagles' chances of winning the national
While the winning players celebrated by jumping on top of each other, the
Moncton players were jumping all over referee Brian Carragher.
Fortunately, he escaped serious injury.
(****Patrick toss to Mel****)
And before we go --
Rehearsal has already begun for the biggest night in the music industry.
Tomorrow night C-B-S airs the 38th annual Grammy Awards.
Pop star Mariah Carey is up for six nominations including best album of the
year and best female pop vocal performance.
Her duet with Boys Two Men is up for record of the year.
Hootie and the Blowfish is up for best new artist.
Alannis Morissette is nominated in six categories including song of the
year, and album of the year.
And Joan Osborne has five nominations.
That's it for News 7 at Noon. Thanks for joining us.
You can catch the Grammys tomorrow night at eight on Your Hometown Station.