Coming up on News 7 at Noon --
A first look at the man charged with killing two Lynchburg women,
and a meeting that President Clinton calls historic and astonishing.
Top T-V execs are at the White house to discuss violence on the airwaves.
Yesterday when I said colder, I meant it!
Lows tonight are headed back to the basement, look for twenties across the
region, but the likelihood of snow is dropping quite a bit, and therein lies
some good news.
Don't go away, the News 7 is next.
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A Madison Heights man charged with killing two women and dumping their
bodies in Amherst County made his first court appearance this morning.
44- year- old James Henry Burley is accused of shooting to death Robin Burge
and Jacqueline Dorsey last year.
Their bodies were discovered a month apart in remote sections of Amherst
The investigation was at a standstill until a woman told authorities she and
Burley saw one of the victim's bodies the day before it was reported to police.
IN Q=That's what I
((JIMMY AYERS/AMHERST CO. SHERIFF: THAT'S WHAT I CONSIDER A VERY LUCKY BREAK..
THAT'S WHAT WE DID.))
SUPER=01-Jimmy Ayers/Amherst Co. Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=what we did.
A gun linked to the murders was recovered from Burley's home.
He was appointed an attorney this morning and will be back in court on April
A jury in Floyd County is deciding the fate of a man convicted of killing
his live- in girlfriend.
David Hall could spend the rest of his life behind bars for the beating
death of 18- year- old Ellen Plocki.
The teen's body was discovered June 14th in a garage near the town of
The jury's decision came as no surprise to Plocki's mother.
SOT 17:47:30 tape 11
IN Q=We just had
((NANCY LINTECUM/WE JUST HAD A FEELING ALL ALONG-- THE FAMILY MEMBERS DID- THAT
HE WAS GOING TO HURT HER IN SOME WAY. ))
SUPER=01-Nancy Lintecum/Victim's Mother;
OUT Q=in some way.
Cecil Brown, who was with Hall the day he was arrested, testified against
Brown told the court that Hall admitted to killing Plocki.. because he
thought she was cheating on him.
SOT tape 7
IN Q=He kept telling
((CECIL BROWN/WITNESS: HE KEPT TELLING ME- IF I TOLD ANYBODY WHAT HAPPENED, I
WOULD LOOK LIKE HER TOO. ))
OUT Q=look like her too.
The jury is deliberating a sentence at this hour.
Just like the movies, television programs may soon fall under a ratings
Top T-V executives are meeting with President Clinton at this hour trying to
come up with a plan.
IN Q=The hope is that
((PETER LUND: THE HOPE IS THAT YOU'LL BE ABLE AS A VIEWER TO FIND OUT MORE
INFORMATION ABOUT THAT PROGRAM OR ANY OTHER PROGRAM BEFORE IT AIRS, THE
INFORMATION WILL BE IN YOU NEWSPAPERS OR IN TV GUIDE LISTINGS ON YOUR T-V
SUPER=01-Peter Lund/C.E.O. & President, CBS Inc.;
OUT Q=on your t-v screen.
TV executives hope to have a system in place by next year.
All this follows the enactment recently of the Telecommunications Law.
It stipulates if the executives don't come up with their own ratings, a
government panel will do it for them.
In South Carolina, it's a noon showdown between the G-O-P presidential
The top Republican candidates are squaring off in a debate.
The state's primary is Saturday.
Two separate polls in South Carolina show Bob Dole leading Pat Buchanan by
as much as 15 percentage points.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Up next -- everything you wanted to know about Leap Year but were afraid to
and imagine having a new home built for you in just 24 hours.
We'll leap on over to Lynchburg where they're doing just that.
music up full
Officials in Henry County have invested in saving some money.
They say by combining some positions and appointing Sidney Clower as the
new County Administrator, the county will save up to 77-thousand dollars.
Clower is currently General Manager of the Public Service Authority.
He will continue to serve in that position and take on the responsibilities
of the county administrator.
Clower previously served as county administrator in Buckingham and Pulaski
He'll be paid 80-thousand dollars a year with a one year contract.
Imagine watching your entire house being built in a single day.
It's possible for a family in Lynchburg.
That's what the city's chapter of Habitat for Humanity is trying to
accomplish over the next 24 hours.
The group started promptly at midnight and plans to work through the day
today to complete the home.
It's all being done with volunteer labor and donated materials.
IN Q=Most of the
((KEVIN CAMPBELL/LYNCHBURG HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: MOST OF THE FOLKS THAT ARE
HERE RIGHT NOW AND THROUGH THE WHOLE PROJECT DO THIS KIND OF WORK EVERY DAY,
BUT THEY'RE REAL EXCITED TO BE DOING IT, WITH OTHER COMPETITORS. PROBABLY AT
THIS TIME OF DAY I DON'T KNOW IF THEY'RE JUST CRAZY OR WHAT, BUT THEY ALL SEEM
TO BE REAL EXCITED ABOUT DOING IT.))
SUPER=01-Kevin Campbell/Lynchburg Habitat For Humanity; :00
OUT Q=about doing it.
Fontaine Howard and her three- year- old daughter will move into their new
home later tonight.
IN Q=I think it's
((FONTAINE HOWARD/PROSPECTIVE HOMEOWNER: I THINK IT'S GOOD TO SEE GOOD PEOPLE
TO COME OUT, BECAUSE SOMETIMES YOU WONDER WHERE ARE ALL THE GOOD PEOPLE?))
SUPER=01-Fontaine Howard/Prospective Homeowner; :00
OUT Q=the good people.
This will be the 109th house the Lynchburg Habitat chapter has built in its
eight years of existence.
Well, if your birthday is today, you'll be celebrating for the first time
in four years.
That's because it's Leap Year.
Beth Meyer is in the studio with us this afternoon, and she is joined by
Whitney Leeson, who is a historian at Roanoke College.
LIVE=Beth/2 shot -On Record set
SUPER=@Beth1; (screen left)
(beth ad libs)
SUPER=01-Whitney Leeson/Roanoke College Historian;
( What is the origin of Leap Year?
Which countries did not to use this calendar, and why?
How did the use of different calenders confuse things?
So when did all the other countries decide to convert?
How did they catch up on the days missed, and what was the impact?
What was the last country to convert?
Are there still civilizations that don't use this calendar? Which ones,
and are their systems better?)
(beth toss back to mel)
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come -- a rundown of last night's Grammy winners,
and a fractured fairy tale about a princess who agrees to give up her prince.
News 7 at Noon will be right back.
music up full
Fifteen years later, an unhappy ending to a fairy tale romance.
Britian's Princess Diana has agreed to a divorce.
The divorce is already less than friendly: Diana's first stab at a settlement
is different than the Buckingham Palace version.
Her spokeswoman says she'll keep her title and her home in Kensington
Palace... but Buckingham Palace says nothing is set yet.
The best and the brightest in the recording industry gathered in Los Angeles
last night for the 38th annual Grammy Awards.
Manuel Gallegus reports on the big winners.
SUPER=03-Los Angeles/Last Night; :00
SUPER=07-Hootie and the Blowfish; :26
SUPER=07-Alanis Morrisette; 1:15
SUPER=01-Manuel Gallegus/Reporting; 1;40
OUT Q=cbs News, Los Angeles.
(( Boys 2 men and mariah carey opened the show with their song...one sweet day
which was nominated for record of the year..
They were just one of the younger groups spotlighted during the grammy
awards. hootie and the blowfish..whose music appealed to fans of every
generation..won best new artist and best pop perfomannce.
The south carolina quartet whose awards capped a highly successful year was
even on the receiving end of a joke by vince gill.. who won a grammy for best
male country vocal performance.
VINCE GILL:THIS IS ONE THAT HOOOTIE DIDN'T WIN.
New comer alanis morrisette who was nominated in six catgeories picked up
the grammy for best rock performance by a female.
She accepted her award with
grace and humility.
ALANIS MORRISETTE:JUST BECAUSE I WON THIS ONE --DOESN'T MEAN I'M THE BEST
Coolio's "gangta paradise" picked up a grammy for best rap solo performance.
annie lennox won a grammy for best pop female vocal performance..and seal's
kiss from a rose was awarded a grammy for song and record of the year.
Manuel Gallegus, cbs News Los Angeles.))
One of the largest fraud cases in U-S history has ended in the largest
settlement ever for a federal criminal case.
Yesterday Daiwa (dy-wah) Bank of Japan pleaded guilty to covering up more
than one billion dollars in losses.
The bank will pay a record 340-million dollars in fines.
The tobacco industry is flexing its muscles on a bill that would help
protect it from a massive lawsuit.
Martinsville Delegate Ward Armstrong tried to downplay his bill's importance
But the bill limits the powers of Virginia's Attorney General to sue an
industry whose product causes health problems that taxpayers ultimately wind up
IN Q=It's good for
((CHUCK MIDKIFF/VA. MANUFACTURER'S ASSOC.: IT'S GOOD FOR THE MANUFACTURERS.
AND IT'S GOOD FOR BUSINESSES. IT SENDS THE MESSAGE THAT THE COMMONWEALTH OF
VIRGINIA IN FACT IS PRO-BUSINESS.))
((SO WHO SHOULD END UP PAYING FOR IT? US THE TAXPAYERS OR THE TOBACCO
INDUSTRY? SO WE'VE SEEN NOW THAT THEY HAVE A BILL THAT SAYS THAT THEY DON'T
WANT INDUSTRY TO HAVE TO TAKE ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR WHAT THEY DO. I THOUGHT
IT WAS VERY INTERESTING THAT THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE HAS VERY CAUTIOUS
CONCERNS ABOUT THIS.))
SUPER=01-Chuck Midkiff/Va. Manufacturers Assoc.; :00
SUPER=01-Anne Morrow Donley/Anti-Smoking Advocate; :07
OUT Q=about this.
A Senate committee easily passed the bill.
Tobacco opponents say they'll have a tough time defeating in the full
Five other states are currently suing tobacco companies to recover some
Medicaid costs spent on patients suffering from smoking- related illnesses.
There was a bit of a distraction today on the floor of the U-S stock
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
Super models Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer were on hand as Revlon
Shares went on sale for the first time.
The cosmetic giant's initial public offering was set at 24 dollars a share.
The stock will sell under the symbol REV.
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was DOWN 33-and -a -half points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
On the way --
Highlights of regional basketball,
and it's crunch time for one top local high school wrestler.
Patrick has sports, next, on News 7 at Noon.
MUSIC UP FULL
N-C-Double A, Division Three action begins tonight for the Roanoke College
Maroons over in Salem as they host Shenandoah.
The game tips off at 7:30.
Dave Dutton's team was 18 and 8 this season and tied for the Dixie
Conference regular season championship.
Dutton offered a few keys to stopping the ODAC champs.
IN Q="We have
((DAVE DUTTON/SHENANDOAH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Dave Dutton/Shenandoah Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...points a game"
The Roanoke women were knocked out of the the NCAA's falling to Maryville on
the road 77-to-76.
Suzanne Moore had 19 and Lori Boyd 16 in the losing cause.
In high school tournament aciton, only one regional game took to the court.
Blue Ridge champs Salem took on Laurel Park and defeated the Piedmont
champs by 17 points.
SUPER=03-Rustburg/Spartans vs. Lancers;
Herschel Thomas shows his game early.
He gets into the lane and scores 2 of his 19.
Rashad Wall keeps Laurel Park alive for awhile, using the window for 2 of
his team high 18.
But Salem goes inside to the big fella, Eric Grinnell, who powers up for
Then, watch Sam Lazarro kick out to Andy Beach who goes the distance from
the corner for 3 of his 11.
The SUPER=33-Salem/=62/Laurel Park/=47;
Spartans led by 7 at the break and cruise to the 62-45 win.
They'll take on Liberty in Friday's regional semifinals.
This weekend the Single A and Double A state wrestling tournament takes
over the Salem Civic Center while top Triple A wrestlers hold their meet in
Franklin County's Byran Jones will be one local grappler to keep an eye on
tomorrow and Saturday.
Steve Mason has his story.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Rocky Mount; :00
SUPER=01-Kris Kahila/Franklin Co. Head Coach; :17
SUPER=01-Bryan Jones/Eagle Tri-Captain; :37
SUPER=03-Franklin Co./February 2; :45
OUT Q=..News 7 sports"
(****toss to patrick****)
(patrick ad lib)
Aphrodisiacs-- do they work?
Coming up on NEWS-7 at FIVE's Health Check report-- the facts and fiction
behind Aphrodite's magical passionate powers.
Have a great day, byee.
That's tonight on News 7 at Five, then stick around for NEWS-7 at SIX.