The Virginia House of Delegates tonight rejected the Senate amendments
requiring pregnant teens to notify their parents before an abortion.
That's a surprise, because a majority of the Delegates are in favor of
So the fate of the landmark legislation is up in the air again.
But in just getting to the Senate floor today, it leapt its biggest hurdle
in 17 years.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=An amendment
SUPER=01-Sen. Dick Saslaw/(D) Fairfax; :25
SUPER=01-Sen. Bill Bolling/(R) Hanover; :35
SUPER=01-Karen Raschke/Planned Parenthood of Va.; :41
SUPER=01-Anne Kincaid/Governor's Spokeswoman; 1:15
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( An amendment to a NOT very closely related bill got through a
parliamentary tangle and onto the Senate floor in a 20 to 19 vote.
The 40th Senator who did NOT vote said he didn't sleep well the night
((SEN. BO TRUMBO/R-BOTETOURT CO.: AND I'D GOTTEN TO THE POINT WHERE POLITICS
WAS STARTING TO OVERRULE THE SUBSTANCE OF THE GERMANENESS QUESTION. AND I SAID
I'M NOT GONNA PLAY THIS GAME.))
Trumbo took a walk down the hall for that vote, but was back for the final
25 to 15 vote.
((SEN. DICK SASLAW: SPARE ME THE ARGUMENT THAT I'M PRO-CHOICE BUT. IF YOU
WERE PRO-CHOICE BUT, YOU WOULD HAVE TAKEN SOME OF THESE AMENDMENTS THAT THESE
WOMEN OFFERED UP OVER HERE.))
((SEN. BILL BOLLING/R-HANOVER: THIS ISN'T A GUY THING. I THINK THERE ARE A
LOT OF PEOPLE IN VIRGINIA WHO THINK THAT PARENTS SHOULD BE INVOLVED.))
((KAREN RASCHKE/PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF VA.: I BELIEVE THERE ARE TWO CLASSES OF
PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT THIS BILL. AND THERE'S ONE CLASS OF PEOPLE I RESPECT. THEY
HONESTLY BELIEVE THAT A BILL REQUIRING CHILDREN TO NOTIFY PARENTS WILL ACTUALLY
CAUSE IT TO HAPPEN. ALL THE EXPERIENCE FROM OTHER STATES -- ALL THE EXPERIENCE
-- ALL THE EXPERIENCE FROM OTHER STATES PROVES THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN. WE KNOW
FOR A FACT THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN. NO STATE HAS REPORTED -- NO STATE HAS REPORTED
The other class Raschke refers to is the Christian right -- that would like
to outlaw abortions.
But they say requiring parental consent is NOT the next step in Virginia.
((ANNE KINCAID/GOVERNOR'S SPOKESWOMAN: I DON'T THINK SO. I THINK WE'RE VERY
HAPPY TO SEE THE RESULTS IN OTHER STATES. THERE ARE OVER 30 STATES THAT HAVE
PUT FORTH SIMILAR LEGISLATION TO THIS. THEY'VE HAD GOOD RESULTS OF SEEING THE
FAMILIES MORE INTACT. AND REALLY EXCELLENT CONSEQUENCES FROM THIS
((THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE IS EXCITED. SO EXCITED IN FACT THAT AS SOON AS THE
VOTE WENT DOWN IN THE SENATE, A STAFF MEMBER ACCIDENTALLY HIT THE PANIC BUTTON,
SUMMONING A HORDE OF CAPITOL POLICE TO THE THIRD FLOOR. NO INTRUDER. JUST A
BIG LEGISLATIVE VICTORY. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND. ))
Whether critics believe it's unnecessary or long overdue, Roanoke's rental
inspection program is raising questions and concern.
But tonight Joe Dashiell reports the proposal also received generally
IN Q=The rental inspection program
SUPER=01-Rev. Wayne Harrison/Belmont Baptist Church; :19
SUPER=07-Patricia Leftwich; :39
SUPER=01-Richard Winstead/Landlord; :54
OUT Q=JD News 7 Roanoke
((The rental inspection program commands strong opinions from all corners,
and the issue brought a large crowd of landlords, tenants and neighborhood
leaders to the Roanoke Civic Center.
The city is moving forward with a program that will require inspections of
rental property before new tenants can move in.
but according to some, the requirement is long overdue.
IN Q=You had to have someone die
((REV. WAYNE HARRISON/BELMONT BAPTIST CHURCH: YOU HAD TO HAVE SOMEONE DIE IN
ORDER TO GET TO THIS PROCESS AND THAT'S A TRAGEDY.))
OUT Q=and that's a tragedy.
The city was working on the program before the January fire on Stewart
Avenue, but the blaze has made this a major public issue.
When the crowd broke into smaller groups, one discussion included and
Patricia and Mark Leftwich... who lost five members of their family in that
IN Q=The tenants and landlords
((PATRICIA LEFTWICH: THE TENANTS AND LANDLORDS ARE ALL GETTING TOGETHER AND
WE'RE GETTING FEEDBACK LIKE WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE, AS BEFORE IT WAS LIKE A LOT
OF TENANTS WERE SCARED.))
OUT Q=tenants were scared.
Landlords say they can accept a program, but are hoping for assurances
that responsible property owners will not suffer.
IN Q=And I think its a good program
((RICHARD WINSTEAD/ROANOKE LANDLORD: AND I THINK IT'S A GOOD PROGRAM THAT
THEY'RE TRYING TO DO, BUT I THINK IT SHOULD INCORPORATE ALL THE PROPERTY IN A
TARGETED AREA AND A LOT OF PEOPLE FEEL STRONGLY ABOUT THAT. IT'S NOT JUST THE
OUT Q=not just the landlords.
City officials insist the rental inspection program is a work in progress.
They say they'll consider the suggestions they've heard here, and do it all
again next month.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke))
It didn't take Halifax County authorities long to arrest a suspect in last
night's fatal shooting, near Turbeville (TURB-UH-VUL).
33- year old Anthony Meadows was shot and killed around 10- 30 last night at
a trailer on Route 809.
Sheriff's Deputies arrested 26- year old Barry Dwight Thomas, Junior.
He's free tonight on 25-thousand dollars bond.
IN Q=It seems
((LT. ERNEST POWELL/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: IT SEEMS THERE HAD BEEN SOME
TYPE OF DOMESTIC DISPUTE BETWEEN FRIENDS, TWO WOMEN AND TWO GUYS, AND THERE HAD
BEEN A PARTY GOING ON AND THEY HAD A DISAGREEMENT. ))
SUPER=01-Lt. Ernest Powell/Halifax Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
OUT Q=had a disagreement.
Authorities say the suspects' girlfriend lived there.
They believe the victim may have struck the woman, which prompted the
An overwhelming victory for Bob Dole tonight.
He sweeps the New York Primary.
((SEN. BOB DOLE/R- PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: THE RESULTS TONIGHT ARE NOT JUST A
VICTORY FOR BOB DOLE. THE SWEEP IN NEW YORK IS AN OVERWHELMING STATEMENT OF
PUBLIC UNITY WHERE A BIG PARTY HAS ROOM FOR MANY VIEWS.))
22:10:34 FORBES TAPE
((STEVE FORBES/R- PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: WHEN PEOPLE WANT A CHANGE, IT'S A
SOUNDBITE SAYING THEY UNDERSTAND THAT CHANGE, THEN WHEN THE ELECTION IS OVER
IT'S BUSINESS AS USUAL. THAT'S WHY WE'RE NOT GONNA WITHDRAW FROM THIS
SUPER=01-Sen. Bob Dole/(R) Presidential Candidate;
SUPER=01-Steve Forbes/(R) Presidential Candidate; 10
OUT Q=from this campaign."
Forbes says he'll challenge Dole in next week's Super Tuesday primaries.
Pat Buchanan says he'll carry his fight all the way to the GOP convention
A spending bill to keep the government operating squeaked through the
Most Republicans voted for it- Democrats against.
((REP. BOB LIVINGSTON/R- LOUISIANA: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN THIS MAY NOT BE A
BILL THAT GIVES THE PRESIDENT AS MUCH MONEY AS HE WANTS BUT IT GIVES THE
AMERICAN PEOPLE THE BENEFITS THEY NEED AND AT A REASONABLE PRICE.))
((REP. RICHARD GEPHARDT/D- MINORITY LEADER: IT WILL HURT FLESH AND BLOOD
PEOPLE, CHILDREN OF THIS COUNTRY.))
((WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS.))
SUPER=01-Rep. Bob Livingston/(R) Appropriations Chairman; 00
SUPER=01-Rep. Richard Gephardt/(D) Missouri; 09-12 quick!!!
OUT Q=better than this.
President Clinton is expected to veto the bill.
It now appears likely President Clinton will go to the Middle East next
week for a summit on terrorism.
((MIKE MCCURRY/WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN: THE CONTRIBUTION THAT LEADERS COULD MAKE
TO REASSURE THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL IS NDEED ONE THAT WOULD BE IMPORTANT TO THE
UNITED STATES VERY SIGNIFICANT AND CERTAINLY ONE THAT WOULD BE MEANINGFUL TO
THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL IN OUR VIEW.))
SUPER=01-Mike McCurry/White House Spokesman;
OUT Q=IN OUR VIEW."
The summit comes after a string of terrorist attacks killed 60 people in
Israel in just the past two weeks.
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When News 7 returns, two small planes collide in the mid air over Florida,
In Philadelphia, a pilot survives after crashing his plane in to a home,
and a South Carolina state trooper is fired after his actions are caught on
Toss to Robin
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
A mid-air collision off the Florida coast leaves one person dead and five
SUPER=03-Flagler Beach, FL;
The planes crashed one mile offshore.
IN Q=These two planes
((THESE TWO PLANES HIT HEAD ON - A LOT OF SMOKE A LOT OF FLAMES, AND IN FIVE
SECONDS, THEY WERE IN THE WATER))
OUT Q=in the water
The coast guard found one body, but called off the search for the others
because of high waves, tornado watches and winds up to 60 knots.
The search resumes tomorrow.
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A single engine plane crashed into a house in Philadelphia- but
miraculously the pilot is alive and no one on the ground was hurt.
The six seater Beachcraft radioed in an emergency.
It was cleared to land, but never made it to the runway.
Instead it clipped one house, crashed into another and bounced onto a
The pilot was taken to the hospital but his injuries are not life
A state troopers brutality is caught on videotape in Columbia South
The officer had just pulled a woman over for speeding.
((GET OUT NOW. NOW! ON THE GROUND! ON THE GROUND! NOW! ON THE GROUND.))
OUT Q=ON THE GROUND! (TRIPLE OUT)
Trooper W-H Beckwith cursed at the woman and threatened to cut her clothes
A camera mounted on the police car dash caught the incident.
The state trooper was fired. The woman is suing.
Virginia has come out the winner in a pillow fight with its neighbors to the
American Industries of California is putting a pillow manufacturing plant
in Henry County.
The area beat out rival bids from several communities in the Carolinas.
IN Q=And we will be putting
((GREG PARBS/AMERICAN FIBER INDUSTRIES: AND WE WILL BE PUTTING IN ONE PIECE OF
EQUIPMENT THAT TAKES SIX WEEKS TO INSTALL AND WE DON'T PICK UP AND MOVE, ONCE
WE'RE HERE WE WANNA STAY AND GROW WITH MARTINSVILLE AND HENRY COUNTY.))
SUPER=01-Greg Parbs/American Fiber Industries;
OUT Q=and Henry County.
American Fiber plans to hire 100 people when it opens this summer.
But that number could go as high as 250 if demand for its products remains
Martinsville, Henry County, and the state of Virginia lured the company here
with an incentive package valued at close to one million dollars.
Also today, a Henry County company announced it has a three year agreement
to distribute ski apparel made by Pacific Trail, a division of London Fog.
Diversified Distributors Incorporated says this will create about 50 new
jobs in the area.
At least three local church choirs are singing the blues.
Sunday, Bonsack United Methodist choir members became the latest victims in
a string of robberies.
((REV. JOHN ASHLEY/BONSACK UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: FOLLOWING WORSHIP, WE
DISCOVERED THAT SOMEONE HAD ENTERED THE CHOIR ROOM, HAD TAKEN THREE OR FOUR
PURSES AND WALLETS OUT OF OTHER PURSES ))
SUPER=01-Rev. John Ashley/Bonsack United Methodist;
OUT Q=other purses
Two similar crimes have taken place at other churches in recent weeks.
Police believe they're all connected.
IN Q=We believe
((TOM KINCAID/ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE: WE BELIEVE THERE COULD BE A BLACK MALE
BETWEEN THE AGES OF FORTY- FIVE AND FIFTY THAT COULD BE INVOLVED IN THIS AND
DRIVES A SMALL WHITE COMPACT CAR. ))
SUPER=01-Tom Kincaid/Roanoke Co. Police;
OUT Q=white compact car
Kincaid says the best defense against this type of crime is to keep personal
Two Floyd County High School students may face felony charges after setting
off a bomb in one of the school's restrooms.
The 14 and 15 year old students were suspended for 10 days following
Tuesday's blast inside a boys locker room toilet.
Principal Norman Blanchard is downplaying the incident.
He characterized it as a typical prank, and said the device amounted to
little more than a firecracker.
But the blast was enough to send debris flying, and Floyd County
Commonwealth's Attorney Gino Williams expects to charge the students with
manufacturing an explosive device.
((GINO WILLIAMS/FLOYD CO. PROSECUTOR: AND IT'S NOT JUST DAMAGE TO THE PROPERTY,
BUT IT'S ALSO THE FACT THAT YOU'RE PUTTING A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE AT RISK.
ANYBODY COULD'VE WALKED INTO THE AREA AND BEEN STRUCK BY FLYING DEBRIS, THINGS
LIKE THAT, SO FROM THAT STANDPOINT IT'S VERY SERIOUS. ))
SUPER=01-Gino Williams/Floyd Co. Prosecutor;
OUT Q=it's very serious.
The school superintendent can recommend that the school board extend the
students' suspension, or even to expel them.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the broadcast, Robin will be along with the COLD forecast,
and after nearly a two year absence a long time favorite is about to get back
on track at Mill Mountain Zoo.
MUSIC UP FULL
A Roanoke Salvation Army Shop got a deal it wasn't bargaining for today.
Susan Swanson drove her 19-68 Ford Galaxy through a large glass window at
the Williamson Road Thrift Store.
It happened this morning.
The store manager said the shop will not close but joked that business would
pick up now that it had a drive through.
No one was hurt and police are still considering charges.
Even in this age of satellites and computers, predicting severe weather can
still come down to relying on the eyes and ears of the average citizen.
That's why the National Weather Service is recruiting volunteers for its
"Skywarn" spotter program.
Volunteers spend a couple of hours in a training seminar, and learn how to
identify different elements of a storm.
The information they relay to the National Weather Service can be critical
in forecasting severe weather.
IN Q=With our radar
((JEFF STEWART/METEOROLOGIST: WITH OUR RADAR WE CAN SEE SEVERE STORMS, STORMS
THAT WE SUSPECT ARE SEVERE, BUT IT'S REALLY WITH THESE PEOPLES HELP THAT WE
KNOW FOR SURE, THAT IT'S PRODUCING LARGE HAIL, DAMAGING WINDS, VERY HEAVY RAIN
AND SO THEY'RE A TREMENDOUS HELP.))
SUPER=01-Jeff Stewart/Meteorologist; :00
OUT Q=a tremendous help.
A handful of people turned out for tonight's seminar in Lynchburg.
The National Weather Service says its Skywarn spotters range from housewives
to police officers to ham radio operators.
A maddening start to the Month of March for the Virginia Tech Hokies as they
get trampled by the Rhode Island Rams in the quarterfinals of the A-10 tourney
As you can see there were a lot of bruised egos and sick stomachs after this
Highlights from the Philadelphia Civic Center coming up.
The ACC tourney began last night with the play-in game as NC State, the worst
team in the regular season challenged Florida State.
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC/ESPN; :00
Did I say challenged ? I meant to say slammed the Seminoles.
Ishua Benjamin drills the three pointer from the right wing and NC State
opened the game with a 19-to-nothing run. Yes it's 19-to-nothing.
SUPER=33-N.C. State/=80/Florida State/=65;
The Seminoles never recovered as the Wolfpack earns the right to play Ga.
Tech in the semi-finals with the 80-to-65 win.
Back in 1979 Virginia Tech played its first ever tournament game as a member
of the Metro conference.
That year Charlie Moir's club shocked Cincinnati, Louisville and Florida
State to win the conference title.
Last night the Hokies made their tournament debut in the A-10, and as it
turned out they could have used the likes of Wayne Robinson, Dale Solomon,
Marshall Ashford and Les Henson.
The Hokies lose their Atlantic 10 quarterfinal to Rhode Island 77-to-71.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA/A-10 Network; :00
Tech had to work overtime to beat Rhode Island in the regular season so, it
really wasn't a big surprise when the Rams jumped out to a 6 point lead.
But by halftime the Rams had themselves a comfortable 37-ro-27 lead, and Tech
had itself some serous work to do.
The Rams went up by 14 before Shawn Good sparked the Hokie comeback as he
gets the steal, goes in for the slam, and draws the foul to cut the lead to 8.
Troy Manns playing for Damon Watlington who battled foul trouble and sore
ankle, hit this 3 to get Tech within 3 at 51-TO-48.
Damon would then come up with the loose ball and feed Good for a 2 handed jam
and Tech has the lead at 59-to-58.
SUPER=33-Rhode Island/=77/Virginia Tech/=71;
but Freshman Preston Murphy put the Rams in front to stay with the the short
jumper in the paint.
Tech goes down hard in the quarterfinals losing 77-to-71 to fall to 22-AND-5.
Defending champ Radford University led the parade of winners in yesterday's
quarterfinal action at the Big South women's tourney at the Dedmon Center.
RU beat UNC-Asheville 98-to-65 as Rebecca McNeil had 18 points.
Charleston Southern, Winthrop and
and UNC Greensboro also advanced to tonight's semi-finals.
The 8 team main event begins tomorrow at noon.
This afternoon Roy Stanley checked in with the Cavaliers at the Greensboro
Coliseum as they look to avoid their final wake up call of the season.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC; :00
SUPER=01-Chris Alexander/UVa Center; :15
SUPER=01-Harold Deane/UVa Guard; :47
SUPER=01-Curtis Staples/UVa Shooting Guard; :59
SUPER=01-Bill Brill/Former Roanoke Times Sports Editor; 1:17
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
Some other winners from yesterday's men's conference action including U-Mass,
Temple, Cincinnati, Louisville, Marquette, Syracuse, U-Conn and Georgetown.
SUPER=03-Johnson City, TN; :00
And not everyone was playing Thursday.
The folks at East Tennessee State University were doing a little hiring.
Ed DeChellis, who has served as an assistant coach at Penn State for the past
decade was named the Bucs new head hoop coach.
He replaces Alan LeForce who resigned after this season.
At Penn State his teams posted a 100 percent graduation rate.
Still to come tonight he March Madness spilled over on to the Salem Civic
Center floor tonight as the house that Harveycutter built
hosted 2 Group-A quarterfinals.
Steve Mason will the story of a Glenvar romp, plus Grayson - Council
highlights right after this.
The boys Group A state basketball tournament tipped off over at the Salem
Civic Center last night as fans dined on a smorgasbord of two games.
And Steve Mason says Glenvar feasted on J.I. Burton in the opener 83-58 to
advance to the state semi finals.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Salem/Black Raiders vs. Highlanders; :00
SUPER=01-Art Lawrence/Glenvar Head Coach; :10
SUPER=01-Cory Willis/Scored 23 Points; :32
SUPER=01-Josh Williamson/Scored 15 Points; :55
SUPER=33-Glenvar/=83/J.I. Burton/=58; 1:00
OUT Q=..news 7 sports"
VO-NAT Wipe to #eng
SUPER=04-Cobras vs. Blue Devils; :00
In the Group A night cap; 19 and 5 Grayson County took on 24 and 2 Council
for a spot in the state semi finals.
The Cobras bite hurt the Blue Devils early and often. Adrian Rosnake's shot
had the most poison; His three pointer put the Cobras up by 3. Council led
32-25 at the half. he had 19.
Grayson never quit. Chad Shaffner registered several blue collar baskets
for the Blue Devils, including this bucket for 2 of his 22 points.
The game was tied at 50 all and Grayson had a chance to win it, but the shot
misses. The game went into overtime and Council ends Grayson County's season
with the 69-53 overtime win.
Move over Chattanooga Choo Choo--it's time for the Mill Mountain Zoo Train.
The Zoo-Choo is back!
Volunteers must replace some rails --then the train will go back into
operation on weekends in mid-April and everyday during the summer.
The train derailed in 19-94. After 42 years of circling the zoo-- it was
taken out of operation.
The Mill Mountain Zoo will share the proceeds from the Zoo Choo with the
owner of the train, The Roanoke Jaycees.
The royal troubles are still not over.
It seems Princess Diana and Prince Charles are fighting over a divorce
British newspapers report that Diana wants Buckingham Palace to pay her
more than 45 million dollars- twice what she was offered.
The Sun says the palace wanted Diana to take 22 million but the Princess
rejected that offer.