The polls are open in seven states on what's known as Super Tuesday.
And some major job cuts in Pulaski.
Sunny skies and warmer temperatures are keeping the forecast pleasant, and
not just for today, but the rest of the week! I'll have the details...
ANCHOR=Melanie 2 shot
Don't go away, the news is next.
About 300 people will be out of work in Pulaski when Diversified Apparel
Resources closes its doors.
Diversified is a subsidiary of Sparkle Sportswear Incorporated, which was
just bought out by Her Majesty Industries of South Carolina.
Workers at Diversified in Pulaski were given 60 days notice yesterday that
the plant will shut down.
Diversified also employs about 130 people at its Council plant in Buchanan
No word yet on the fate of that facility.
The impact of the strike against two General Motors brake factories in Ohio
is widening today.
G-M has already been forced to close more than half its 29 North American
assembly plants, and company sources say by day's end all but two could be
Unlike Ford and Chrysler, which get most of their parts from outside,
lower-cost suppliers, G-M still manufactures 90 percent of its brakes and brake
But some G-M workers worry their days and their jobs may be numbered.
(( NANCY HOLCOMB/STRIKING WORKER: WE HAVE TO WALK OUT TEMPORARILY SO WE DONT
LOSE THEM PERMANENTLY. ITS SOMETHING WE HAD TO DO. ))
SUPER=01-Nancy Holcomb/Striking Worker;
OUT Q=we had to do.
But company executives say they have no choice, they have to be competitive.
And the strike so far isn't hurting G-M.
The company had an 82-day supply of cars at the end of February.
A 60-day supply is considered ideal.
Bob Dole's remaining rivals for the G-O-P nomination insist they'll go the
distance -- but it may not be easy after today's Super Tuesday primaries.
More than 360 delegates are up for grabs as voters go to the polls in seven
Sandra Hughes reports from Miami.
IN Q=Confident in predictions,
SUPER=03-Washington, DC/Last Night; :00
SUPER=03-San Antonio, TX; :12
SUPER=01-Senator Bob Dole/(R) Presidential Candidate; :21
SUPER=01-Pat Buchanan/(R) Presidential Candidate; :45
SUPER=03-Tampa, FL; :53
SUPER=01-Steve Forbes/(R) Presidential Candidate; 1:07
SUPER=01-Sandra Hughes/Reporting; 1:20
OUT Q=CBS News Miami.
Confident in predictions that he will crush his competition in today's
super tuesday contests.. frontrunner Senator Bob Dole wrapped up his southern
campaign sweep and headed home.
Earlier, appearing at a final campaign stop in San Antonio, Dole basked in
the warm reception and said it augured well.
BOB DOLE: TOMORROW THE SUN WILL BE OUT IN EACH ONE OF THE STATES WHERE WE
HAVE PRIMARIES, AND IF I AM NOT MISTAKEN WE'RE OING TO WIN ALL 7, 7 OUT OF 7
Senator Dole says his immediate job is unification of the party.. (blue
line: tulsa, ok) although commentator Pat Buchanan shows no signs of falling
in line, vowing that his battle for the direction of the party that will
culminate at the republican convention in August.
PAT BUCHANAN: WE'RE RIGHTING FOR THE FUTURE, FOR THE FUTURE OF THIS PARTY.
THIS IS GONNA BE OUR PARTY ITS GONNA BE OUR PARTY.
STEVE FORBES IS STANDING FIRM DESPITE A TELEPHONE PLEA FROM OLD FRIEND NEW
JERSEY GOVERNOR CHRISTINE WHITMAN TO DROP OUT...AND THE PUBLIC SUGGESTION BY
HIS FLAT TAX FRIEND JACK KEMP THAT A DEAL COULD BE BROKERED TO END FORBES'
STEVE FORBES: IF HE HAD MADE COMMENTS THAT SOUNDED LIKE I WAS
GETTING OUT, THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY UNAUTHORIZED AND THAT'S ALL THAT'S ABOUT.
I'M IN THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE DURATION.
NONE OF THE CANDIDATES WILL BE WATCHING THE RETURNS HERE IN
BOTH FORBES AND BUCHANAN ARE LAUNCHING INTO THE MIDWEST WHERE
CONTESTS WILL BE HELD NEXT WEEK, BUT IF TODAY'S RESULTS ARE AS ANTICIPATED
THOSE PRIMARIES COULD BE LITTLE MORE THAN A FORMALITY FOR DOLE ON THE ROAD TO
Sandra Hughes, CBS News, Miami.))
A standing ovation for President Clinton today as he signed into law a
series of tough news sanctions against Cuba.
IN Q=nat sot
SUPER=03-Washington DC/This Morning;
OUT Q=(nats of people giving him standing ovations.)
The president told the gathering he was signing the measure in memory of the
four Cuban-Americans who were killed last month when Cuba shot down two
American civilian planes.
IN Q=Today as I sign
((TODAY AS I SIGN WITH THE CERTAINITY THAT I WILL SEND A POWERFUL MESSAGE FROM
U.S. TO HAVANA THAT THE YEARNING OF CUBAN PEOPLE FOR FREEDOM WILL NOT BE
OUT Q=will not be denied.
The measure is aimed at discouraging foreign investments in Cuba.
It gives Americans the right to sue over property confiscated during the
Fidel Castro regime.
As promised China began eight days of war games this morning.
It's all part of a war of nerves aimed at keeping Taiwan from thinking too
hard about declaring independence.
The U.S. is sending a powerful navy force to monitor the tense situation,
and Taiwan's military is on heightened alert.
Barry Petersen reports.
IN Q=Taiwan's military remains
SUPER=03-Taipei, Taiwan; :00
SUPER=01-Andrew Yan/Taiwanese Defense Expert; :11
SUPER=01-Jason Hu/Government Spokesman; :53
SUPER=01-Barry Petersen/Reporting; 1:00
OUT Q=Barry Petersen, Taiwan.
Taiwan's military remains on high alert...but officials are
careful to downplay the tension - trying to keep everyone's
And well they should...a mistep would be fatal.
ANDREW YANG/TAIWANESE DEFENSE EXPERT:
THERE IS HIGHLY POSSIBLE THAT BOTH SIDES WILL EXERCISE IRRATIONALITY AND THEN
WHAT AND THEN - THAT MEANS WAR.
On the tiny island nearest the Communist Chinese exercises,
there are few obvious preparations...and people insist they
are not worried about the exercises turning into a 7/8 invasion.
The communists are furious over Taiwan's first democratic presidential
election later this month...expecially since some candidates are calling for
China considers Taiwan a renegade province.
Taiwanese officials stress that
independence is not what the government here wants.
JASON HU/GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN)
WE HAVE SAID TIME AND AGAIN WE ARE NOT PURSUING A POLICY OF
WHAT THEY CALL INDEPENDENCE.
There are few expectations that the exercise will turn into anything more
serious...but if Taiwan makes any
dramatic moves toward independence, communist china it will use every means,
including military action...to stop it. Barry Petersen, CBS News, Taiwan.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Two days late and not a dollar short, the General Assembly wraps up a
and a Carroll County woman who did not check on her infant son until he had
been dead for several hours is found guilty of child neglect.
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In Carroll County, a mother who failed to check on her two-and-a-half-
year-old son for 24 hours has been convicted of child neglect.
By the time LaDonna Blevins DID look in on the boy, he had been dead for
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=LaDonna Blevins left
SUPER=01-Greg Goad/Carroll Co. Prosecutor; :30
SUPER=01-Dwight Compton/Blevins' Lawyer; :39
OUT Q=News 7 Hillsville
(( LaDonna Blevins left for work at five p-m last August 26th, and went out
partying when her shift ended at midnight.
It was dawn the next morning by the time she went to bed.
Blevins says she and her live-in boyfriend Steven "Bones" Cole slept most of
the day, getting up twice to care for her infant daughter.
But it was after four p-m when she checked on two year-old Joshua, who was
lying dead in his bed with a fractured skull.
The medical examiner says Josh could've survived the injury if he'd gotten
medical treatment within a few hours.
((GREG GOAD/CARROLL CO. PROSECUTOR: THE EVIDENCE WAS THAT SHE HAD NOT CHECKED
ON THE CHILD FOR 24 HOURS AND HAD MULTIPLE CHANCES TO DO SO BUT FAILED TO DO
SO, AND THAT CONSTITUTES THE OFFENSE. ))
((DWIGHT COMPTON/BLEVINS' LAWYER: IN THE PAST THE CHILD WOULD GET HIMSELF UP
OUT OF BED AND MAKE NOISES OR COME IN AND WAKE HER, AND THAT'S PRETTY MUCH WHAT
SHE WAS ACCUSTOMED TO DOING. ))
Blevins testified she twice considered checking on Josh. But she says Cole,
who had babysat the children the night before, told her to let him sleep.
Cole told police he was high on drugs and shoved Josh while Blevins was at
work. He said Josh hit his head and he couldn't revive him, so he just put him
But on the witness stand, he testified it happened AFTER Blevins got home,
that he told her what happened and it was SHE who put Josh to bed.
((I THINK MR. COLE WILL SAY ANYTHING HE THINKS WILL SAVE HIS HIDE. ))
SUBlevins faces one to five years in prison when she's sentenced in April.
Cole is expected to be tried for murder sometime this summer. Tracy Altizer,
NEws 7 Hillsville.))
A Floyd County man will spend more than forty years in jail for murdering
42- year- old Wesley Ray Sowers pleaded no contest to the charges last
SUPER=03-Floyd Co./April 31, 1995;
In April the body of Alreda (all-REED-ah) Goad was found shot to death on a
Authorities say the killing stemmed from a verbal argument.
This morning Sowers was sentenced to nearly sixty years in prison... but his
sentence was suspended after forty- three years.
The longest Virginia General Assembly session in history is over.
Two days past their deadline, lawmakers adjourned last night after approving
a 35 billion-dollar state budget.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=It was the
SUPER=01-Sen. Dick Saslaw/(D) Springfield; :54
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( It was the education session.
It was the time to crack down on juvenile crime.
But most of all, it was the year the Governor put down the gloves to work
with the legislature, and Republicans finally had a seat at the table.
sot 13:48:16 BUDGET INTERVIEWS ONE
((DEL. LACEY PUTNEY: HAVING BEEN HERE 35 YEARS COUNTING THIS YEAR YOU CAN
IMAGINE WHAT A TREMENDOUS DEPARTURE IT IS FOR ME TO EXPERIENCE.))
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I THINK WHETHER IT'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, TRUE EDUCATION
REFORM, OR PUBLIC SAFETY AND JUVENILE JUSTICE, IT'S BEEN AN OUTSTANDING YEAR, A
VERY PRODUCTIVE SESSION. THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF GOOD BI-PARTISAN COOPERATION
WITH IT. A GOOD CONSENSUS ON MANY ISSUES.))
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL: I AM PLEASED THAT THERE WAS A SMILE ON THE FACE THIS
YEAR RATHER THAN A FIST IN THE FACE THIS YEAR.))
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: IN EDUCATION, THE DEMOCRATS AND MYSELF AND THE
REPUBLICANS AGREED THERE NEEDED TO BE MORE OF AN INVESTMENT.))
((SEN. DICK SASLAW/SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER: YOU ASK HIGHER EDUCATION WHICH
PARTY LOOKS OUT FOR THEM AND THEY'LL TELL YOU IT'S BEEN OUR PARTY.))
Well they mostly shared the credit.
The Democrats put the emphasis on preventing teen crime in the Governor's
juvenile justice package.
The Governor put the accountability of testing behind the new dollars for
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: IT IS WHEN WE WORK TOGETHER THAT WE'RE ABLE TO MOVE THE
WHOLE COMMONWEALTH. WHEN WE GO OFF IN SOME SPLINTER DIRECTION WITH A FRINGE
IDEA WE'RE UNSUCCESSFUL HERE.))
((HOUSE SPEAKER TOM MOSS: AS MANY AS FAVOR THE MOTION WILL SAY AYE, OPPOSED
NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE HOUSE ADJOURNS SINE DIE.))
That means they'll be back for one day in April to see what the Governor's
done to their bills -- and if the warm fuzzies still prevail.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
Democratic Senate Candidate Mark Warner brought his day-old campaign for
the U.S. Senate to the Roanoke Valley today.
On the morning after his campaign announcement, he toured the Huff Lane
Micro- Village: the Roanoke school where students are learning about business
by building their own economy.
He said that's the type of public- private partnership he hopes to foster as
a U.S. Senator.
IN Q=You've got the
((MARK WARNER/D- U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE: YOU'VE GOT THE SCHOOL WORKING TOGETHER.
YOU'VE GOT VOLUNTEERS COMING IN TO HELP TUTOR THEM. YOU'VE GOT BUSINESS COMING
IN. A LOT OF PROBLEMS WON'T BE SOLVED OUT OF WASHINGTON OR EVEN OUT OF
RICHMOND, BUT THEY'RE GOING TO TAKE COMMUNITY COLLABORATION.))
SUPER=01-Mark Warner/(D) U.S. Senate Candidate;
OUT Q=community collaboration.
Warner is challenging former Congresswoman Leslie Byrne for the democratic
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come,
The city of Roanoke goes out of town for some advice on further developing
and the sky fell overnight.
We'll show you where, next, when News 7 at Noon continues.
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A Chinese satellite launched in 19-93 is back on earth today.
The Air Force says the two-ton capsule re-entered the Earth's atmosphere
last night, impacting somewhere in the southern Atlantic Ocean.
Efforts to further develop downtown Roanoke have moved into the fast lane.
Urban Design Associates of Pittsburgh has been chosen as the consultant for
Outlook is the name of a process which will develop a new master plan to
take downtown Roanoke into the next century.
IN Q=We have
((BEV FITZPATRICK/OUTLOOK CHAIRMAN: WE HAVE INQUIRIES FROM DEVELOPERS ALREADY
ASKING US ABOUT WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO. WE'VE GOT PEOPLE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN
BEING INVESTORS IN THIS PROCESS ONCE WE PUT THE ROADMAP IN PLACE AND THEY
UNDERSTAND THE NEXT STEPS.))
SUPER=01-Bev Fitzpatrick/Outlook Chairman;
OUT Q=next steps.
The downtown study by Urban Design Associates will cost
The city, the Redevelopment and Housing Authority, and the downtown business
community will foot the bill.
Like past downtown studies, this one will include citizen input.
The city expects to adopt the plan by the end of the year.
Stocks are sharply lower today, following yesterday's recovery.
Traders blame brisk car sales for the first ten days of March.
On Wall Street at Noon the Dow was DOWN 51 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Patrick has sports next,
Including how one Roanoke Express player is on ice,
and in high school hoops --
The Liberty Minutemen beat the clock AND Gate City. We'll have the
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It's never too late for high school hoops!
In a snow makeup game --
The Liberty Minutemen beat Gate City 65-61 in overtime last night in the
group 2-A state quarterfinals.
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We pick up the action in the second half with the contest getting tight.
Gate City's Josh Shoemaker with the assist to Chris Peters for the lay in.
After three periods the Blue Devils are up 42-40.
Liberty always fighting back.
Greg Reynolds knocks the ball loose and he's gone...all the way for the
The Minutemen could have ended the
SUPER=33-Liberty/=65/Gate City/=61/in OT;
game on this play, but neither Robert Carson or Neil Roop could finish.
58-58 all...we head into overtime.
Liberty takes over and goes on to advance to the state semi-finals with the
Up until Sunday night, the Virginia Tech Hokies waited 10 years since their
last N-C-Double-A bid.
But a first round date with Wisconsin Green Bay makes their first invite
since 1986 bitter-sweet.
Mike Stevens has more from Blacksburg.
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SUPER=01-Shawn Smith/Va. Tech Forward; :31
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Va. Tech Head Coach; :39
SUPER=01-David Jackson/Tech Junior from Janesville, WI; 1:05
OUT Q=...news 7 sports"
(( The Last time Tech played in the NCAA tournament the 3 point line didn;t
That year even a dash of Curry couldn't prevent a first round exit in the
1986 southeast regionals.
The program weathered those 10 dry years and managed to spend this entire
season in the top 25.
So you can imagine their dismay when the NCAA selection committee gave them
a low number number 9 seed and paired them against dangerous Wisconsin-Green
Bay in Thursday's opening game.
((SHAWN SMITH/VA. TECH FORWARD:))
((BILL FOSTER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
Wisconsin-green Bay will test Tech's patience and toughness with its motion
offense and textbook half court defense - two things the Hokies' Wisconsin
native Jackson twins know all about.
((DAVID JACKSON/TECH JUNIOR FROM JANESVILLE, WISCONSIN:))
The Hokies biggest first round concern right now is the condition of Damon
Watlington's damaged ankle and Shawn Smith's dislocated shoulder.
((BILL FOSTER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
((SHAWN SMITH/VA. TECH FORWARD:))
If the E-C-H-L's ruling stands, the Roanoke Express will have to play
tonight's crucial game against the Johnstown Chiefs WITHOUT Jason Clarke.
Clarke received a game misconduct during Sunday night's Express- Hampton
Roads game in Norfolk.
That violation put the right winger over the E-C-H-L limit for game
misconducts in a season and the league has suspended him for tonight's game.
Express coach Frank Anzalone will appeal the ruling.
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Spring is on the way-- so it's not too early to talk about the dangers of
sun damage to your skin.
SUPER=03-San Diego, CA; :
Coming up today on Health Check--
More than ten-thousand people will die this year of skin cancer.
But not all cases are caused by exposure to sun.
Ten-percent of the estimated 34-thousand people diagnosed yearly will have
IN Q=About ten-percent
((ABOUT TEN PERCENT WHO GET MELANOMA BASICALLY GET IT BECAUSE IT'S A GENE
THAT'S RUNNING IN THEIR FAMILIES. ))
OUT Q=their families.
Researchers have identified two genes believed to be responsible for
It's hoped the discovery will lead to a better understanding of the
disease, and eventually a treatment.
We'll have the story, later today on News 7 at FIVE-- along with all the
latest news, sports and weather.
That's it for News 7 at NOON.
Have a good day.